Game 99: Capuano vs. Perez

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Chris Young, LF Rougned Odor, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, DH
Chris Young, RF Elvis Andrus, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Ryan Rua, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Chris Capuano, SP Martin Perez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Why the Perenially Sad-Sack Rockies Won the Tulo Trade

As the trade deadline approaches, if you’re not happy with Cashman’s performance, here’s your daily optimism: it could be worse – a lot worse. Trust me: I’m not just a Yankees fan; I’m also a Rockies fan. As Matt noted, the Rockies are deservedly seen as a “clown shoes organization”; the long list of low points span this year’s decision to bring a homer-prone 80 ERA+ starter to Coors Field (predictably yielding 2 HR/9 and a 6.33 ERA), to former General Manager Dan O’Dowd declaring during a 76-86 season, “You look at some of the games we’re winning. Those aren’t just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this.” I’ll pass on O’Dowd’s theology in favor of Einstein’s view, “God does not play dice,” because I don’t think God plays baseball either – but if I did believe in a baseball-game-influencing God, and I had responsibility for the Rockies’ record of failure like O’Dowd, I’d be displeased, not self-satisfied, at the thought, “God has definitely had a hand in this.”

But with O’Dowd getting all-too-belatedly booted this past year, we in Rockiesland are hopeful that new thirtysomething GM Jeff Bridich is a different breed.…

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Should the Yankees Reacquire Martin Prado?

The Yankees need a second baseman.

Starters at the position have hit a team-low .193 this season, with a .619 OPS. Stephen Drew continues to draw starts despite his disappointing play, Jose Pirela’s bat hasn’t quite packed the punch the Yankees had hoped, and the team doesn’t appear ready to give Rob Refsnyder a shot yet.

Several teams have noted interest in 2B Ben Zobrist of the Athletics, so his price may be a bit too high for New York’s liking. A cheaper option may be looking to acquire an old friend.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Martin Prado might be an option for the Yankees.

The Yankees traded for the 31 year-old at last year’s trade deadline, before shipping him off to the Marlins last December along with David Phelps for Nate Eovaldi.…

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Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.

From the New York Times 7/29/95:

It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.

 

The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.

From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays:

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Quick hit: The Didi Gregorius Game

So I was in Camden Yards last night watching the O’s walk off against the Braves and I missed all of the hullabaloo in Texas – which included my boy Alex Rodriguez’s 40th birthday home run. When my friend Dave, who was with me at the game, and keeping track of the Yankee game on his phone said that Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-run homer I replied, “Whaaaaat?” Just like that.

Then later in the game, when Gregorius plated home two more runs, my reaction was more like this:

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Anyway, here are the heat maps and spray chart of his big 3-4 with four RBI night!

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His two singles were off fastballs at 90 and 93 while his home run off an 83 mph fastball (that’s according to my system).

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As I wrote nearly a couple of weeks ago, Gregorius is slowly progressing into a solid player for the Yankees and hopefully, we’ll see more of this type of performance in the future.…

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Game 98 Recap: Yankees 6 Rangers 2

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Best shortstop in town. Courtesy of the AP

New York, Minnesota, Texas, doesn’t matter where.  The Yankees show up at the ballpark on any given day and they’re probably going to beat you.  That’s just how things are going right now.  Everybody is chipping in, everybody has their turn to contribute, and the Bombers are rolling like a well-oiled baseball machine as they pull away in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got the start last night and once again he turned in an outing that wasn’t nearly as good as his line made it look.  The Rangers got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, all generated with 2 outs.  Josh Hamilton singled and scored of Elvis Andrus‘ double, then Andrus came home on a Lenonys Martin.  The Rangers looked like they were going to put a hurting on Nova, then he managed to get through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He had to escape a bases loaded/1 out situation in the 4th with a couple ground ball outs, and he put 2 men on with 2 outs again in the 5th, but no more runs crossed.  …

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Game 98: Nova vs. Harrison

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Brett Gardner, CF Rougned Odor, 2B
Chris Young, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
Brian McCann, C Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Josh Hamilton, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Leonys Martin, CF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Ivan Nova, SP Matt Harrison, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/27/15

Deadline’s right around the corner.  Here’s the latest:

– The big weekend trade was Johnny Cueto going to the Royals for a trio of lefty arms.  From what I read, it sounds like the return for Cueto wasn’t that great.  Makes you wonder what the Yanks could have done if they had a full complement of healthy pitching prospects.

- Via George King, the Yanks scouted Cueto for 5 weeks and at one point had “limited discussions” with the Reds about a deal involving Ivan Nova.  King says the Yanks are now waiting to see what the Tigers do with David Price.

– One pitcher they don’t seem interested in pursuing is Cole Hamels.  According to Joel Sherman, they aren’t interested in trading top prospects (Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo) or taking on big money, both of which they would have to do to acquire Hamels.

- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks “have discussed just about every available top starter and reliever”, so Cash is definitely doing his due diligence.  …

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Happy 40th Birthday, A-Rod!

A mere two days before the big 4-0, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the first time since August 2010.

And all of them were monster shots with the “shortest one” measuring 424 feet.

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While the first one, off starter Tommy Milone, came off an 88 m.p.h. cutter and traveled the furthest, it was the game-tying shot in the ninth that was really impressive because it came against closer Glen Perkins who threw Alex a 94 m.p.h. fastball that was quickly deposited to dead centerfield.

Right now, at age 40, Rodriguez is batting .277/.375/.539/.914 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI.

His spray chart:
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No one saw this performance coming. Alex included. But it has been great to watch.

Now, I know this will probably shock most of you, but I was having a tough time coming up with something to write about today. I knew, I wanted to write about Alex turning 40 but the words were not coming to me so instead, here are some of my favorite Alex Rodriguez highlights.…

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