Quick hit: 5 off day observations after a 5-1 road trip

The Yankees completed a successful 5-1 road trip and while they’re still in second place – because Toronto is ridiculous and won’t lose, and when they do lose the Yankees lose – they have a few things to be happy about.

1) Didi Gregorius is on fire! I wrote about how well Didi has been doing since the All-Star break and he continued his hot hitting in Boston. He hit a home run yesterday, went 2-4 on the day and raised his season BA to .272.

2) So is Stephen Drew! Can you believe it? Drew is now batting .211 on the season which seemed like an impossibility just a week ago.

3) The Yankees did what they needed to do. They beat bad teams. Sure, they dropped that frustrating game on Monday night and lost the chance to gain a game on the Blue Jays, but they came right back and beat Boston two out of three after sweeping Atlanta.…

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On Yesterday’s Decision To Go To Millances

Ultimately the only thing that mattered was winning the ballgame, but a big wave of emotion rolled across Twitter yesterday afternoon when the Yankees’ C-level relievers couldn’t keep runs off the board or put outs on it and Joe made the decision to go to Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.  The line was drawn and people took to their sides immediately to either call Joe stupid for using his best relievers in what was a blowout game or smart for not letting the C-level spiral get out of hand and turn the blowout into something closer.  Matt and I went back and forth with William from The Captain’s Blog on the issue.

Seeing how quickly and passionately people took their stances on the move, I figured it was worth discussing in greater detail on the blog.  It’s always a little bit fun to play Monday morning QB on stuff like this, and I was honestly surprised that there wasn’t a more unanimous feeling of positivity about the decision.  …

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Game 132 Recap: Yankees 13 Red Sox 8

Drew HR vs BOS

Cue the music from “The Natural”. Courtesy of Getty Images

The last time he faced the Yankees on August 4th, Henry Owens did alright for himself in a 3-run, 5-inning outing that netted him an ND and his team a blowout loss.  He wasn’t even close to being that lucky this afternoon, failing to make it out of the 2nd inning and giving up the bulk of an early run-scoring onslaught that the Yankees would use to slowly plod to victory.  Poor bastard.

Owens retired the side in order in the 1st and struck out Carlos Beltran to start the top of the 2nd.  It spiraled downward at warp speed for him from there.  Chase Headley walked on 5 pitches and Greg Bird hit a 2-run home run to get the Yankees on the board.  John Ryan Murphy followed up with a solo shot of his own to make it 3-0, and the Yankees proceeded to go single, single, walk, single, single to make it 6-1 and end Owens’ day.  …

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Game 132: #TANAK vs Owens

Welcome to today’s game thread!


Betts CF
Sandoval 3B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Shaw 1B
Castillo LF
Holt 2B
Swihart C
Bradley Jr. RF

Gardner CF
Young LF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: A CC Sabathia injury update

Sabathia vs BOS

CC Sabathia is feeling no pain after a bullpen session.

According to George King of the New York Post, Sabathia pitched a bullpen session Monday and is scheduled to throw another one today. Sabathia said, “No pain, I’m excited.’’

When speaking to the media about Sabathia on Monday, GM Brian Cashman said, “”I think we’ll be in a position to plug him back into the rotation. That’s the plan.”

Sabathia is currently on the 15-day DL. The degenerative knee condition he suffers from, which was diagnosed in 2014, acted up after Sabathia changed his delivery to increase his velocity. He told reporters when he was first placed on the DL, that he was sacrificing pain for velocity.

Sabathia last pitched on August 23 against the Indians, when he was removed from the game due to knee pain and said that the large brace he’s been wearing since going on the DL and rest have helped him avoid pain while throwing.…

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A Sweet Golden Sombrero


This post is not going to be an analytical gem. It is not going to be some biting analysis about what happened in a game. It is certainly not a journalistic endeavor. Okay, you might be saying, “So what else is new?” Yes, I know. I’ve been writing about baseball on the Internet for twelve years. Let’s be real. Nobody has ever called me a journalist or an analyst. After all, my Twitter handle has always been, “@FlagrantFan.” No, this post is none of those things you can hang a shingle on. This is a post of a one-man celebration of an event that has never happened before. The Yankees struck out David Ortiz swinging four times in four at bats. That, friends, was a sweet Golden Sombrero.

Oh, the Yankees have struck out David Ortiz four times in a game before. It happened twice before it happened last night. The first time was on May 24, 2006. Randy Johnson started the game for the Yankees and got Ortiz swinging in the first.…

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Game 131 Recap: Yankees 3 Red Sox 1

Ortiz K vs NYY

It’s so beautiful it almost makes me cry. Courtesy of Getty Images

That’s more like it.  I wouldn’t necessarily call it snapping out of their funk from Monday night, but the Yankees did turn in a very good team pitching performance to shut down the Red Sox and picking up a win to even the series.  I’ll always take a win.

Michael Pineda started the night with the ball in his hand for the Yanks and from the get go it was clear that he was feeling better tonight than he has in a while.  He pumped a few fastballs in at 94-95, threw a couple good, hard sliders, and retired 7 of the first 8 Boston hitters he faced.  He hit a speed bump in the bottom of the 3rd when Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a double and came around to score on a Pablo Sandoval hit, but he quickly recovered from that to strike out Xander Bogaerts swinging on a 96 MPH fastball and end the inning.…

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Game 131: Pineda vs. Porcello

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

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS
Brian McCann, C David Ortiz, DH
Alex Rodriguez, DH Travis Shaw, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Rusney Castillo, RF
#GREGBIRD, 1B Brock Holt, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Blake Swihart, C
Stephen Drew, 2B Jackie Bradley, Jr., LF
Michael Pineda, SP Rick Porcello, SP

Enjoy the game!

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An injury update on Mark Teixeira

Ugh… this just came across the Twitter wire, so to speak:

I’m so glad they didn’t put Tex on the DL right away. Good job, everyone!

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