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Friday, October 12, 2018

Yankees Will Shop Sonny Gray This Offseason

Sonny Gray’s tenure with the Yankees hasn’t panned out nearly as well as the organization had hoped, and general manager Brian Cashman candidly told reporters Friday that he plans to explore trade scenarios this offseason (Twitter link via Newsday’s David Lennon). “We’re entering the winter open-minded to relocation,” Cashman said of Gray. “…It’s probably best to try somewhere else.”

It’s highly atypical to see a baseball executive display that level of candor when discussing a potential trade of a player, but the writing has been on the wall for quite some time now. Gray was dropped from the team’s rotation amid considerable struggles this summer, and the Yankees didn’t carry him on their postseason roster.

Acquired in a high-profile trade that sent Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian to the Athletics in July 2017, Gray gave the Yankees 65 1/3 innings of 3.72 ERA ball down the stretch that season. He was far more homer-prone than he’d been in Oakland — perhaps to be expected given the radical shift in his home park — but the 2018 season was an ugly one for Gray. In 130 1/3 innings this season, he posted a 4.90 ERA with a career-worst 3.94 BB/9 mark and a career-high eight hit batters.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 12, 2018 at 02:14 PM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: sonny gray, that was fast, trade rumors, yankees

Didi Gregorius to have Tommy John surgery | MLB.com

Didi Gregorius will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the Yankees announced on Friday.

Manager Aaron Boone said Gregorius injured his elbow in Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2018 at 01:21 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, yankees

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Giancarlo Stanton’s first postseason with the Yankees was a disappointing dud

Giancarlo Stanton stood at the plate with a chance to rewrite the narrative of his first year with the New York Yankees. It was the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees were on the brink of postseason elimination and he represented the tying run.

A homer here? He could forget about all those boos after strikeouts in April and May, because the people in Yankee Stadium sure would. A homer here? He’d be a Yankees legend already. He’d be the guy who saved their season when it looked like the Boston Red Sox were about to send the Yankees packing in the American League Division Series.

Boston closer Craig Kimbrel had looked erratic thus far. Stanton, who hadn’t had much luck against Kimbrel in his career, had a chance to rewrite that too. The Yankees were down 4-1 and Aaron Judge had started the inning with a walk. Didi Gregorius followed with a single. All of a sudden, the Yankees had a swinging chance. And Stanton was certainly a guy who could hit one out of Yankee Stadium. Stanton hit 38 homers in 2018, 20 of them coming at home. This was possible.

Rationally, I know this is intellectually dubious in nature- as someone who thinks the trade that got him to the Yankees was similarly intellectually dubious, on the other hand…..

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

Yankees manager Aaron Boone regrets slow hook of Severino

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone regrets his slow hook of Luis Severino.

Given a night to reflect on New York’s record-setting 16-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees’ rookie manager said he would not have let his ace take the mound for the fourth inning down 3-0 after allowing five singles and several hard-hit outs.

“Certainly in hindsight, when he doesn’t get an out, I’d like to have that back,” Boone said before Game 4 on Tuesday. “Being able to look back in hindsight, sure, go in a different way there in that spot.”

On the bright side, at least this isn’t the management that the team had twenty-five years ago, where he’d already have been fired after his loss…..

QLE Posted: October 10, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, luis severino, yankees

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Yankees vs. Red Sox: Ron Darling doesn’t have a Luis Severino regret — but he should

How quickly can Google Maps find a route from a molehill to a mountain?

When Severino failed, Darling did as well, drawing a straight line from his pregame prep to his poor outing, declaring as fact that Severino warmed up late and left early.

“That was a cute line,” Darling said in our interview. “You are going into break. You are trying to find something interesting to say. That’s a going-to-break line. But I understand what you are saying.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, ron darling, yankees

Yankees Endure Their Worst Postseason Loss Ever as Red Sox Win 16-1 in Game 3

Behind a seven-run fourth inning, a cycle from Brock Holt and a slew of questionable decisions by Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Red Sox took control of their Division Series against New York with an impressive 16–1 demolition in Game 3. Boston can finish the series on Tuesday night in the Bronx, but before we look ahead to that one, here are three thoughts from a wild rout at Yankee Stadium.

Things looked good for Boston early in Game 1, when the lineup put up five runs in the first three innings. But since that initial outburst, things had gone deadly silent for the Sox, who were shut down the rest of the way in a harrowing win and held in check in the Yankees’ 6–2 Game 2 victory. All told, Boston had managed just two runs in its last 14 innings coming into Game 3, and that lethargic stretch coupled with some poor results from the bottom of the lineup prompted some dramatic changes from manager Alex Cora. For Game 3, he replaced half his starting nine, sitting Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nuñez, Sandy Leon and the injured Mitch Moreland for Brock Holt, Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez, and Steve Pearce, respectively.

Those moves paid off in spades. Devers got the scoring started in the second by singling off Yankees starter Luis Severino, stealing second base, moving to third on a flyout, and crossing home on Vazquez’s infield single. Vazquez and Holt ignited the big fourth-inning rally with back-to-back singles off Severino, and it was Holt who put the finishing touches on the frame by tripling in Xander Bogaerts and Pearce, who had himself driven in a run with a single the at-bat before.

Fans of the teams involved: Any comments as for any broader significance of this loss, or just a reminder that even really good teams can have a really bad defeat on any given day?

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, the agony of defeat, yankees

Saturday, October 06, 2018

ALDS Game 1: Red Sox overcome bullpen woes to beat Yankees

I thought I was beyond Red Sox angst. I was wrong.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2018 at 07:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, October 04, 2018

ALDS: This isn’t the Yankees-Red Sox of 2004

Does Passan have early onset Maury Chassism?

Baseball in 2018 is a rigid set of facts delivered, interpreted, distilled, tweaked and applied in hopes that the next set will have produced an outcome likelier to succeed. It is a multivariable math problem masquerading as a game. It is, in other words, the homo sapien to baseball in 2004’s homo erectus.

The comparison of those two years is no accident. Those were the days of mystique and aura, the time when it was cool to be a bunch of idiots. A decade and a half in baseball might as well be an eternity. Because as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox prepare to butt heads in the American League playoffs after the Yankees’ 7-2 wild-card victory Wednesday against the Oakland A’s, the 2018 version of the game — of the world — is diametrically opposed to the series that produced the greatest comeback in sports history.

...

Consider the Dave Roberts stolen base. You remember it because, as the story goes, even still to this day, it won the Red Sox the World Series. This, of course, is absurd. Roberts’ stolen base gave Boston an opportunity to beat Mariano Rivera, which allowed for a Game 5, which they won and forced a Game 6, which led to a Game 7 blowout, which gave them a shot at the World Series, where they would have to win four more games to make Roberts’ stolen base more than an afterthought.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 08:04 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Yankees beat A’s in AL Wild Card Game | MLB.com

It’s been a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2018 at 06:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

‘Cold Hard Cash’: How Brian Cashman played the long game and used analytics to transform the Yankees’ culture – The Athletic

Some great stuff about the Yankees, including a mention of an old Usenet baseball legend.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 05:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, brian cashman, yankees

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A’s set to play AL wild-card game in New York after Yankees win

ANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.

The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 on Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Before the A’s took on the Angels on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson and GM David Forst were still holding daily conversations in order to determine which pitcher will start the game. Now that they know the game will be played in New York, it should give the team a better indication as to who the starter will be.

Efforts by As management to split the difference in travel and hold the game in Omaha were ultimately to no avail.

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, wild card, yankees

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Yankees have paired the best bullpen ever with cutting-edge tools to optimize its usage. Will it be enough in the playoffs? – The Athletic

A really interesting look at what the Yankees are doing with analytics

In his previous life as a broadcaster, Boone dutifully studied matchups. Before every game he was assigned to call, it became part of his routine to learn which pitchers had the most success against each batter. Past performance was his guide, the same as it had been for many others over the last century. This is the information that allows fans to manage along at home and on Twitter, one of the many charms of the game.

But in in his role as Yankees manager, those numbers have almost become an afterthought.

“There’s pretty strong evidence that it’s nonsense,” Boone said recently.

...

Then there’s the science. For the Yankees, their work in that area is proprietary, so club officials declined to share specifics. But according to people with knowledge of the team’s thinking, they have designed a projection system to identify the best matchups based on stuff and pitch types, thus allowing Boone to use certain arms to attack perceived vulnerable spots in opposing lineups.

The concept itself is not new. There’s no shortage of publicly-available data to expose which hitters might have trouble against cutters buried in on the hands, or two-seamers that nick the corners. But the Yankees have used their blend of data to tailor those projections. With their tools, it’s possible to estimate a hitters’ performance not against just two-seam fastballs in general, but two-seam fastballs thrown by Britton, or curveballs thrown by Robertson, or sliders thrown by Chapman. Specific velocity and spin is taken into account and matched up to a hitters’ bat path, which can also be precisely measured.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: pay site, sabermetrics, yankees

Monday, September 24, 2018

Didi Gregorius possibly out for season with cartilage tear in wrist

Less than 24 hours after celebrating the clinching of a Wild Card spot, the Yankees suffered two losses. First, the team dropped the series finale to the Orioles in deflating fashion. The worse loss, however, came with Aaron Boone’s postgame conference. It’s here that he told reporters that Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius suffered a cartilage tear in his right wrist.

The injury occurred last night, as Gregorius scored on Aaron Hicks’ walk-off hit. Didi slid head first into home, scoring the winning run, but tearing the cartilage in his wrist in the process. According to Bryan Hoch, he underwent an MRI and received a cortisone shot. It is possible that this ends the season for the Yankees shortstop.

For those curious, for all the fuss at the start of the season, Gregorius ended up with 0.5 WAR and 0.5 WAA more than last year- slightly better at both getting walks and power, but static at everything else.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injury, yankees

Friday, September 21, 2018

Red Sox Fan Dies Climbing On Top of Train Leaving Yankee Stadium

A Red Sox fan was killed on his way home from Yankee Stadium Wednesday while trying to climb his way onto the top of a train, NBC10 Boston reports.

Michael Vigeant, 24, was electrocuted during the act. The car on Metro-North was heading from Yankee Stadium to New Haven, Conn. His brother also attempted to get on top of the train, but was safely removed by officials.

And you thought the two guys with the banner were the dumbest Sox fans of the week.  Build a better mousetrap…

Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: September 21, 2018 at 02:22 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: celebrations, dumbass, red sox, yankees

Hearing WFAN’s John Sterling home run call on WEEI was a weird juxtaposition

For years, it seemed possible that someday Red Sox fans would hear a giddy announcer call a Giancarlo Stanton home run from the Boston radio booth.

After all, in the eight years he spent walloping homers for the usually hapless Florida/Miami Marlins, Stanton’s name often came up in Red Sox trade rumors.

Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension in December 2014 that practically priced him out of Miami before the ink was dry, never got to call Fenway home.

Unless they’re even bigger gluttons for punishment than any of us would be inclined to guess, I really doubt this was anything like what Red Sox fans had in mind.

QLE Posted: September 21, 2018 at 08:05 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: announcing, john sterling, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Multiple Teams Miffed Over Donaldson Trade

The issue, according to [The Athletic], is the unclear health status of Donaldson, who has not played in the majors since May 28 because of a calf injury. The former American League MVP began a minor league rehab assignment on Aug. 29 and was placed on revocable trade waivers by the Blue Jays that same day. He was traded to Cleveland just before the Aug. 31 deadline, meaning he is eligible to play for the Indians in the postseason.

By rule, a player must be certified as healthy in order to be placed on trade waivers.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, red sox, yankees

Friday, August 31, 2018

Andrew McCutchen deal comes amid questions about Aaron Judge

As Judge continues to recover from a chip fracture in his right wrist, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for McCutchen, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. McCutchen, a 31-year-old, five-time All-Star outfielder, will bolster the Yankees’ offense and defense until their big power-hitting, hard-throwing, 26-year-old right fielder can come back.

And when that will be remains anybody’s guess.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 31, 2018 at 11:10 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, andrew mccutchen, yankees

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Aroldis Chapman lands on DL one day after exiting with knee pain

MIAMI—New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday due to left knee tendinitis, the team announced.

Chapman left Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins in the 12th inning after feeling pain in the knee.

Speaking through an interpreter, Chapman said Wednesday that he didn’t know a set timeline on his return but that he at least wanted to use these 10 days to rest the knee.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 23, 2018 at 05:18 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Didi Gregorius goes on DL with bruised heel

The Yankees placed shortstop Didi Gregorius on the 10-day disabled list with a left heel contusion on Tuesday and recalled first baseman Luke Voit from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

“Not great,” manager Aaron Boone said of Gregorius’ injury on Sunday. “There is nothing broken or anything like that, but he’s got a pretty significant bruise, and there is some swelling in there.”

New York is already without Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton is playing through hamstring pain.

Should be back in plenty of time for their one-game playoff.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: did gregorious, yankees

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Yankees 1998 reunion was missing Derek Jeter and completely ignored Joe Girardi

[Insert jokes concerning loyalty of the Steinbrenners/the question as for what team Jeter really is working for here]

The 1998 New York Yankees reunited at Yankee Stadium Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their World Series championship.

Well, most of the 1998 Yankees reunited. There were a few notable absences, including former captain Derek Jeter and former catcher-turned-manager Joe Girardi.

How the Yankees handled those absences may have been the most notable takeaway from the event. A recorded message from Jeter was played to explain his absence, while Girardi was reportedly completely ignored throughout the ceremony.

QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, joe girardi, yankees

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Luis Severino struggling with slider

His slider is one part of the problem. I’ve watched a few of his starts. What I noticed is his fastball location is off. He’s catching too much of the middle of the plate. To verify I looked at his fastball heatmaps on Baseball Savant. Here’s what I found:
severino_before_after

Edit: Missed the labels somehow. On the left is Severino’s fastball before July 2nd; on the right is his fastball after July 2nd.

A slider, which isn’t breaking as much, mixed with a straight fastball, which is finding too much of the plate, is a bad combination.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

It’ll take more than blind optimism for Aaron Boone to resurrect Yankees

The whole Chicken Little baseball coverage irks me. The Yankees have injuries. Some of their better healthy players aren’t playing at their peaks. It happens. It’s a long season, though. The Yankees can pull things together in September, win the Wild Card game, and crush everyone in the playoffs. If it happens, their current stretch won’t matter. A Red Sox historic season would be tarnished. And all that is assume the Red Sox don’t get crushed by injuries and the Yankees don’t quickly rebound, which is also possible.

If baseball seasons were perfectly predicable there would be no reason for the games.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

No hits? No problems!

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Winning a game when you get no-hit, getting no hits, and the extra inning free runner rule.

stevegamer Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, no hitter, phillies, yankees

Monday, July 30, 2018

Royals’ Salvador Perez turned an extremely rare unassisted double play by a catcher

New York had loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning when the Yankees’ Tyler Wade hit a tapper about 2 feet in front of the plate.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez sprang to his feet, touched home plate for the force and then tagged Wade for the second out.

It was over in a flash and Wade seemed a bit stunned because the double play happened while he was in the batter’s box.

Zach Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: double plays, royals, salvador perez, unusual plays, yankees

Saturday, July 28, 2018

First, the Yankees Played the Indians. Then World War ll Took the Field.

Rather interesting story here, especially for those with an interest in the sort of special exhibition games we don’t seem to have anymore.

During World War II, baseball not only survived, it thrived. Games were turned into dazzling patriotic shows, and an extravaganza like the all-star game featuring the greats of the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers at Polo Grounds on Aug. 26, 1943, raised $800 million in war bonds.

But another war-relief game that summer, which raised far less money, left an enduring mark on baseball.

On July 28, 1943, the main event came after the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium.

 

QLE Posted: July 28, 2018 at 07:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, exhibitions, indians, navy, ted williams, world war ii, yankees

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