The Rise of Sir Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius has been one of the best stories for the Yankees in a season where you have so many good ones to choose from. Gregorius looked like he wasn’t long for New York and that the pressure from the many angry fans were going to run him out of the Bronx.

Many fans didn’t seem willing to give him much of a break despite the fact that the pressure of replacing Derek Jeter would be hard for even the most mentally tough players. It certainly didn’t help that Shane Greene, whom Gregorius was traded for, was lighting the world on fire in Detroit. At the same time Gregorius just did not look like a MLB caliber player. He hit .206/.261/.238/.449 with an 36 wRC+ and his much hyped defensive ability wasn’t there either. His many mental lapses both in the field and on the base paths were hard to watch. However, baseball is such a crazy game, and Gregorius kept battling and improving just a little bit every month until finally it all clicked this past July.…

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The Farm Report: July

With the passing of the trade deadline comes August, so it is time to look at how the Yankees’ farm teams fared last month. Due to some time constraints on my end, I’ll be touching on Scranton and Trenton today, with Tampa and Charleston to follow. Enjoy!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders continued their strong season in July, going 17-12 and giving them a solid 61-49 record for the year so far. They remain at the top of their division, leading Rochester by four games. Scranton’s roster has seen a lot of action, with players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez being called up and other players like Luis Severino getting called up to the Bronx.

They have strength on both sides of the field, however, Scranton’s batting line of .270/.340/.386 tells you why they are in first. They have the best team average and on base percentage in the International League. They have drawn 380 walks (third most) and have limited their strikeouts to 784, which is lower than average.…

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Some feelings on and some facts about the 10-game road trip

[Editor’s note: I wrote this piece last night before I went to bed. It may seem redundant after reading Brad’s post about the road trip, so I apologize about that because it seems that great minds think alike. Happy Monday! -SG]

I’m doing something a little different today, so bear with me.

My feelings on the road trip:

I am very happy right now.

When the road trip began, I said that I would be satisfied with six wins. My reasoning was that the Yankees had been having issues on the road this season, and that you never know how a 10-gamer can affect a team. Particularly when you’re playing four of those 10 in the heat of Texas. And guess what? They could have gone 7-3 if not for that walk-off loss in Texas. They should have won that one and let it get away, but everything else? Good stuff.

One of my favorite games from the road trip was the comeback win in Minnesota on the Sunday of the first weekend.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: The Road Warriors

On the morning of July 24th, the Yankees were 5.5 games up in the division and heading out on a 10-game road trip.  At the time they were a sub-.500 road team and their inability to score runs away from the short porch of Yankee Stadium was starting to become more of a concern.  10 games against pseudo-Wild Card contenders the Twins, Rangers, and White Sox would be a good test for the offense and the team as a whole.  If they were going to make the playoffs and make any kind of noise in the playoffs, the Yankees had to start figuring out how to score and win on the road.

10 days later and I’d say they passed the test with flying colors.  The Yankees went 6-4 on the trip, securing that winning record with a big victory yesterday afternoon in Chicago.  Not only did they find a way to score more runs outside of Yankee Stadium, they found a way to score a ton of runs.  …

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Game 104 Recap: Yankees 12 White Sox 3

Teix HR vs CHW

Teix should probably be charging for high fives at this point. Courtesy of the AP

Part of what has made the Yankees’ start to the second half so strong has been their ability to shake off a bad game and come back strong the next.  They didn’t play particularly well in any aspect of the game yesterday, so they righted that wrong by coming out today and mashing the White Sox into the ground to lock up another series victory.

I was a big proponent of trading for Jeff Samardzija during the final days leading up to this week’s trade deadline.  Boy am I an idiot.  Samardzija did not look good this afternoon and the Yankee bats were on him from the get go.  Jacoby Ellsbury homered to center to lead off the game and that was just the beginning.  Samardzija could not command his offspeed stuff and the Yankee hitters figured that out by their second turn through the order.  …

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Game 104: Nova vs. Samardzija

Welcome to today’s game thread! (Sorry there wasn’t a thread yesterday. I was out and not checking up. Whoops!)

Lineups:

WHITE SOX
Eaton CF
Saladino 3B
Abreu DH
Cabrera LF
Garcia RF
LaRoche 1B
Ramirez SS
Sanchez 2B
Soto C

YANKEES (Per Wally Matthews on Twitter)
Ells CF
Gardy LF
Alex DH
Tex 1B
Mac C
Beltran RF
Head 3B
Didi SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Game 103 Quick Recap: CHW 8 NYY 2

Tough go for the Yankees last night in the second game of this Second City weekend series.  They didn’t pitch well and they didn’t hit much.  Baseball games are hard to win when you don’t do those things.

Bryan Mitchell got the spot start and he showed flashes of the potential that’s always kept him on the Yankees’ top prospect lists.  His fastball was lively and his curveball drew some swings and misses.  He also gave up a lot of hard contact and the White Sox got to him for 4 runs in his 4 innings of work.  Alexei Ramirez tagged him for a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, which is always embarrassing, and he set the stage for Melky Cabrera‘s 3-run homer in the 5th that basically put the game away.

Didi Gregorius was responsible for the first Yankee run on a 3rd inning sac fly.  It could have been a 3-run home run if it wasn’t for Avisail Garcia making a leaping catch at the wall.  …

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Trade Deadline Thoughts And Afterthoughts

Severino SWB

Best deadline pickup? Courtesy of Bill Tarutis/Times Leader

The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline came and went yesterday and it was the quietest deadline in years for the Yankees.  Despite being connected to plenty of players in the weeks and days leading up to 4 PM yesterday, including almost every big name pitcher, they ended up making just the one move to pick up Dustin Ackley.  Since there aren’t a lot of trades to talk about, I figured I’d expand the deadline analysis to the whole roster and look at what other things the Yankees did to try and bolster their roster for the stretch run.

– But first the Ackley trade.  I didn’t have a strong feeling about it one way or the other when it was announced on Thursday, and I still really don’t.  At a high level, it makes sense for the Yankees.  They traded from their 2 sources of greatest prospect depth and upgraded a part of their Major League bench.  …

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Game 102 Recap: Yankees 13 White Sox 6

The Yankees were reeling heading into Chicago for this weekend series.  Coming off 2 straight losses for the first time since July 7th and a trade deadline that passed without them making any more moves, they were basically a dead stick and set up to miss the playoffs altogether.  They needed a miracle to get the ship righted and they got one in Carlos Rodon.  He served up a ton of tasty pitches early and the Yankee bats feasted on them to build a big early lead that they would never give up.

The Yanks got to Rodon for a run in the 1st on a pair of doubles by A-Rod and Carlos Beltran sandwiched around a Mark Teixeira walk.  Teix factored much more prominently in the scoring in the 2nd when he hit a 2-out grand slam to give his team a 6-0 lead.  The top half of the order was locked in on Rodon and they knocked him out in the 4th after Chris Young doubled to lead off the inning and scored on 2 wild pitches, and A-Rod walked again.  …

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