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Sunday, August 20, 2017

CC Sabathia went from lowest low to highest high in two weeks | New York Post

From retirement to rescue, all in a 12-day span for CC Sabathia.

If it didn’t quite match Homer Simpson going through the five stages of grief in less than 60 seconds (Season 2, when he eats the poison blowfish), well … that was make-believe. This actually happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Monday, August 14, 2017

MLBN: High Heat on Yanks-Red Sox

Brian Kenny fills in for Mad Thug Dog Russo:

Brian Kenny brushes back on High Heat with some questions about the bullpen usage for the Red Sox and Yankees over this past weekend.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:12 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, mlb_network, red sox, yankees

Sullivan: Let’s Watch Rafael Devers Take Aroldis Chapman Deep

Kung Fu Who?

Even before Sunday, Devers was doing pretty well. He’d advanced through Portland, he’d advanced through Pawtucket, and he’d run a .939 OPS over some dozens of chances in the major leagues. Devers, as a rookie, has taken a firm hold on the Red Sox’s third-base position, which earlier had proven a crippling weakness. Now, though, Devers truly has his breakthrough moment. See, he batted against Chapman in the ninth inning of a one-run game, and he tied it up. He tied it up with a home run back up the middle, and he tied it up with a home run against a pitch measured at 102.8.

Pitchers have been throwing pitches for more than a hundred years. Batters have been swinging at them for same. And yet, for more than a century, we lacked all the data. We have pitch velocities tracked only back to 2008. So be it. We’re given a limited window, but still a meaningful one. For shorthand, you could say we have a decade of information. Over that decade, no one has gone yard against a faster fastball. Faster pitches have been thrown, but none of them have gone for four bases. Devers is still looking ahead to his 21st birthday, but already he’s done one of the most incredible things he’ll probably ever do.

The pitch was faster than the pitch thrown to Davis, by almost six ticks. And, unlike Davis, Devers went up batting left-handed. Chapman, historically, has been good against everyone, but he’s been the best pitcher against lefties on record. Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, I searched historical splits for pitchers who’ve thrown at least 100 innings against left-handed hitters. Chapman ranks first in slugging percentage against, at .174. The guy in second place is all the way up at .238. Then you’ve got a guy at .240. Chapman has faced 422 career lefties. Devers just doubled the home-run total.

Read the whole thing.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: August 14, 2017 at 03:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, awesome sauce, home run, rafael devers, red sox, yankees

Derek Jeter will bring old-school baseball style to the owner’s box | New York Post

Mystique and Aura are coming to Miami to rid the game of all your soulless numbers.

Jeter believes in scouting, talent, heart and soul, and he will look to fill the Marlins roster with the same kind of winning player he was during his 20-year championship career with the Yankees. In doing so he will slow down the rush to analytics that is now being portrayed the answer to all of baseball’s questions.

Consider this comment Jeter made to me at his locker several years before he retired.

“Everything is about numbers today, this game is more than numbers, buddy,’’ Jeter said. He went on to point out the value of scouting, the value of allowing a player to think for himself and not becoming a numbers robot.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 09:16 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins, yankees

Red Sox 3, Yankees 2: Rafael Devers saves the day in the ninth

In a freshly tied game in the ninth, Reed issued his own leadoff walk. He recovered, though, even after his manager attempted to pull him in the middle of an at-bat. Farrell came out of the dugout to insert Craig Kimbrel once Reed fell behind Jacoby Ellsbury, but he was prohibited from doing so because the team had already made a mound visit during the at-bat.

“I messed up. I know the rule,” Farrell said. “I messed up trying to get Kimbrel in the game.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

The first major Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith test is here | New York Post

Test? It’s a series between unequals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 08:16 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, dominic smith, mets, yankees

Must C: Red Sox stun Yankees | MLB.com (video)

OK, this is impressive.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Inside the struggle: How MLB has caught up to Aaron Judge - Yankees Blog- ESPN

The New York Yankees rookie boasted a .329 average with a 1.139 OPS and 30 home runs heading into the All-Star break. He could do no wrong at the plate, right through the Home Run Derby, which he won with an amazing performance.

But baseball is a game of adjustments. And the league has since adjusted to Judge.

The right fielder is struggling in the second half, hitting .182 with a .710 OPS and five home runs in 22 games.

So, what happened? Let’s take a look at how the league has adjusted to Judge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Monday, August 07, 2017

Yankees’ Luis Severino dominant vs. Indians | MLB.com

“Sevvy is really good,” manager Joe Girardi said. “[What needs] to continue for him is to take steps forward. I’ve said all along: Sevvy’s stuff does not fall off. As he gets late in the game, it does not fall off.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Baseball Researcher: A Portrait of Mickey Mantle in Decline

When you really want to know something you put the time in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2017 at 10:10 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: mickey mantle, photos, research, yankees

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Gary Sanchez gets day off, challenged to improve defense

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi benched All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez on Sunday because of his failures on defense this season.

Girardi is starting usual Yankees backup Austin Romine even though they are playing a day game after a night game. Girardi had said that Sanchez would be behind the plate Sunday, but the manager said he changed his mind after seeing how well Romine caught on Saturday.

“The start is not the message,” Girardi said. “The message came from us verbally that, ‘Your defense needs to improve. That you need to get better. You need to work at it.’ We have stressed how important it is. There are certain situations that some people may not think that something that happens in the game affects the next game. It could if it leads to 10 extra pitches for a reliever.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:43 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Gary Sanchez has to grow out of his bad habits | New York Post

“He needs to improve,” the Yankees manager and former catcher said of Sanchez, who was charged with his industry-leading 12th passed ball and failed to block two wild pitches.

Before the Yankees’ 2-1 win on Saturday night, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told The Post’s George King that Sanchez’s effort to gain muscle last winter has backfired, as it has hindered the catcher’s flexibility.

“It was good intentions and bad results,” said Cashman, who dismissed the notion that Sanchez had gotten fat.

Girardi offered a similar theory on Saturday, before the Yankees and Indians continued their series. “Sometimes you can get too big,” Girardi said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Aaron Judge’s simple explanation for slump | New York Post

He’s human?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2017 at 01:07 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu

No one had noticed anybody come or go for days when, just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, a man emerged from a tidy three-bedroom house near the end of a cul-de-sac in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. His screams pierced the suburban idyll of the affluent neighborhood, with its hilltop homes and panoramic views up toward Los Angeles and out over the Pacific. Deputies from the L.A. County sheriff’s department arrived quickly. In one of the bedrooms, they found the friend the man had come to check on.

He was wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts. His body, which a coroner measured at 6’ 5” and 236 pounds, hung suspended from a half-inch-thick white rope. Judging by the state of him, he had died several days before—perhaps on Sunday, the last time he was known to be alive. He left no note for his wife and two young daughters, and though his computer was set to Japanese, a deputy determined that no document had been recently created. No one suspected foul play. “The manner of death is suicide,” concluded the autopsy report, filed two mornings later. Fourteen Julys after he had debuted on the mound at Yankee Stadium in front of 52,000 fans, and nine years after he’d thrown the last pitch of a major league career that had tailspinned from promising to punch line, Hideki Irabu, 42 years old, had died desperately alone.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:44 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: death, hideki irabu, japanese baseball, yankees

Roster maneuvering would give Yankees ideal rotation setup | New York Post

Six starters isn’t a good idea.

Because these Yankees, as they try to capture their first American League East title since 2012, will be best served with a six-man rotation as long as all six of their current options remain healthy. Actually, going with six represents the Yankees’ optimal likelihood of keeping all six guys, not a one of whom lacks concern about either health or innings limits, active and productive.

“In theory, it sounds great,” Girardi said before the Yankees fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers at Yankee Stadium, falling into second place in the AL East (although still a game ahead in the loss column) when the Red Sox walked off the Indians at Fenway Park. “But now you have six relievers and six starters and you get rid of one of your relievers that gives you distance, it puts you in a bind.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2017 at 11:05 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Yankees are all in and the baseball world feels right again | New York Post

If the Yankees were “all in” Yu Darvish would be pitching for them this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jack Curry on Twitter: “Source: Sonny Gray will be traded to the Yankees.”

Will update soon. Joel Sherman on MLB Network says Jorge Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian to Athletics.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 03:01 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray, trades, yankees

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ken Rosenthal - On Sonny Gray

Need?

The Yankees view Gray as a No. 3 starter, maybe a No. 2 on certain days, but not a No. 1. Fair enough — Darvish probably is the guy you’d pick if you had one game to win. But again, the contractual situations are entirely different. Darvish is a rental. Gray, Severino, Montgomery and Tanaka (if he stays) could form the nucleus of the Yankees’ rotation through at least 2019.

The staredown continues, but perhaps not for much longer. The Yankees need Sonny Gray. The Athletics need to trade him.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, trade rumors, yankees

MLBTR: Twins, Yankees Moving Toward Jaime Garcia Trade

The Twins are sellers now? What a difference a week makes.

7:10am: Talks between the Twins and Yankees are “at the 1-yard line,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Yankees will continue to talk to the A’s about acquiring Gray as well even after the Garcia trade is finalized.

12:53am: Yankees Double-A pitching prospect Zack Littell is part of the talks, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Yankees scratched the righty from his start Saturday. MLB.com ranks Littell as New York’s 22nd-best prospect.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trade deadline, twins, yankees

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka dominates Rays | MLB.com

Tanaka’s Jekyll and Hyde season continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2017 at 08:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Friday, July 28, 2017

Athletics Stuck On Frazier Or Torres From The Yankees For Gray

Heyman reports.

The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees aren’t believed close to any deal yet in talks about Sonny Gray, as Oakland is said to have asked for packages that include either outfielder Clint Frazier or shortstop Gleyber Torres, two young players the Yankees have suggested are off-limits.

The A’s, in a deep sellers’ market, have named the very top prospects in talks to this point. From the Brewers, they are believed to like outfielder Lewis Brinson, and from the Braves outfield Ronald Acuna. The Brewers are said to have “backed off” in recent days, while the Braves are thought to be behind in the running.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray, trade rumors, yankees

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Yankees have a new ace — and reason for Sonny Gray restraint | New York Post

Talk about holding velocity. He was still hitting 99-100 MPH late in his appearance. Watching him throw 100 MPH on one pitch, then drop an 83 MPH sinking change on the corner was very impressive.

“That term gets thrown around loosely these days,” longtime former ace CC Sabathia said when I asked him whether Severino had earned that moniker. “But yeah, for what that term is, yeah, he is.”

“He’s thrown the best all year for us,” Girardi, who fielded the same question before Wednesday’s game, said of Severino. “You can call him what you want. Some people call him that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Olney: Trade Sonny Gray to Yankees, as time is right for big markets to get their ace

When the Yankees made their big trade last week for Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Todd Frazier, the rationale was to acquire pitchers who can help them beyond 2017. This is true for Gray, as well. He would help their chances of making the playoffs this year and of winning in the postseason, as Gray is known as a big-stage performer after his strong October showing against the Tigers as a rookie. And he would also help the Yankees’ chances in 2018 and 2019, before he finally reaches free agency.

And there’s no doubt about this: The Yankees need starting pitchers for 2018. Luis Severino will be back, but Michael Pineda was lost to an elbow injury (and would’ve been gone as a free agent, anyway). CC Sabathia’s contract is about to expire, and Masahiro Tanaka could opt out of his deal (and is a major health risk if he stays). Gray would slot in next year and the year after that as the No. 2 or No. 3.


Monday, July 24, 2017

The sweet friendship forming in Yankees’ rising-star outfield | New York Post

Give Clint Frazier credit. At 22, he’s figuring it out. He is having poised at-bats.

Frazier has sat back and watched how fellow rookie Aaron Judge has handled himself in tough times and in good times, and that has made all the difference. Listen to what Frazier told The Post about Judge:

“He’s the new Jeter,’’ Frazier said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2017 at 09:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, July 21, 2017

Yankees’ Luis Severino handcuffs Mariners | MLB.com

Severino is looking more and more like an ace.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:48 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

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