Game 17: deGrom vs. Pineda

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.

New York Mets New York Yankees
Curtis Granderson, RF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Juan Lagares, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Lucas Duda, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Michael Cuddyer, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Daniel Murphy, 2B Brian McCann, C
Eric Campbell, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
Wilmer Flores, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Plawecki, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, LF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jacob deGrom, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 4/24/15

I know the Subway Series is this weekend and the city is all abuzz about it because both teams are hot right now, but I want to take a quick break from that for a second to talk a little Rangers hockey.  I love what I’ve seen from them so far in this opening series with Pittsburgh, love it.  And I love it because they haven’t even really played that well.  I’d say Pittsburgh has probably outplayed the Rangers for 60-70% of the series thus far, and they’re still down 3-1.  At home, with a chance to close out tonight and get a little rest, and with their best playoff hockey presumably ahead of them is a great place to be.  I’ll be beer drinking and live tweeting that game tonight, so if you’re a Ranger fan, feel free to join me.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes looked at what the 2017 Opening Day roster might look like if the Yankees built strictly from within and filled spots with their own prospects.

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The Subway Series Buzz Returns

For the last few MLB seasons, there had been virtually no buzz when it came to the Subway Series. The Mets were still in their long run of futility and the Yankees had turned into a mediocre and boring team to watch. We have gone from that to the first Subway Series meeting ever between the two teams with both in first place in their respective divisions.

Also, the fact that the series had been dwindled down to four games a year took buzz away. It has returned to six games this year and I don’t know why (maybe because the Yankees are playing NL East teams in interleague), but I’m happy about it. I have never understood the complaints about the Subway Series. I understand why Joe Torre and his players hated it, but from a fan’s perspective these games are tons of fun.

Over a 162 game season it’s interesting to have a few that stand out over the rest.…

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Prospect Profile: Jorge Mateo

Jorge_MateoIt’s been a while since I did a prospect profile, so I thought I’d start this year with Jorge Mateo, the Charleston RiverDogs’ shortstop. Now that he is playing his first full season of professional baseball, the young middle infielder is garnering a lot of attention, so let’s look at why.

Jorge Luis Mateo
Born: June 23, 1995
Height: 6’0
Weight: 188
Bats: Right
Throws: RightPosition: Shortstop

Mateo was signed by the Yankees for $250,000 in January of 2012. He started his career in the Dominican Leagues, appearing in 14 games in 2012 and then 64 in 2013. It has been evident from day one that speed is Mateo’s game, and he managed to swipe 49 bags in 2013, a number he looks sure to easily eclipse this season.

In 2014, Mateo made his first appearance stateside, hitting .276/.354/.397 over sixteen games in the Gulf Coast League, though he missed a good chunk of time due to a wrist injury.…

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Thoughts following a 7-3 road trip and leading into the Subway Series

Last Friday morning, before the Yankees began their series in Tampa, I had casually mentioned in my random thoughts post that it was too soon for doom and gloom. You know, with it only being the second week of the season at that point. Anyway, I was accused of not watching the team for the past two years, not knowing what I was talking about, yadda yadda yadda. Essentially, I was made to feel silly because I thought the second full week of the season was too soon to panic. I believe I was also told that the Yankees were going to be in Tampa and then Detroit, and with the way they were playing, they could easily end up being 3-13 by the time the road trip ended.

Well, it is now a week later, and it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, the Yankees are now tied for first place in the division. They also have the best run differential in the division and third best in American League.…

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Game 16 Quick Recap: NYY 2 DET 1

Tanaka vs DET

Bada boom, realest guy in the room. Courtesy of the AP

Getaway Thursday game suck.  Normally I have a hard enough time following games that I’m not watching and trying to write a competent recap based on that.  When the game is happening while I’m at work, forget about it.  The stadium could have been swallowed into a sinkhole in the 3rd inning and I wouldn’t have known about it until about an hour ago.  From what I gather, Masahiro Tanaka was pretty damn good again today, and some timely late runs helped secure a pretty impressive road series victory for the Bronx Bombers.

It wasn’t an especially hot start for Tanaka either.  He gave up a double to lead off the game, walked Miguel Cabrera, and let the double come around to score a quick run on a Victor Martinez sac fly.  After that he was cash money.  Tanaka retired 8 in a row into the 4th before giving up a double to J.D.

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Game 16: #TANAK vs. Sanchez

Tanaka vs TOR 2015Happy #TANAK Day, peeps. Afternoon game today, starting at 1:08ET. Let’s see if Tanaka (2-1, 3.94 ERA) can continue his momentum from his last outing and lead the team to a series win against Annibal Sanchez (1-2, 7.71) and the Tigers.

While you’re at it, feel free to bash whatever dumb, trite, hackneyed narrative the writers are pounding on. Here’s a non-exhaustive (yet exhausting) list to start from:

  • Didi Gregorius is not a proper replacement for Derek Jeter
  • Carlos Beltran has looked old [OK, this is kinda true, sorry Carlos, last night’s triple not withstanding]
  • Jacoby Ellsbury is not earning his $153 million
  • If George were still alive…
  • Tanaka’s elbow could snap any second. LOOK OUT!
  • Tanaka should have had surgery despite three (or more) doctors advising against it
  • ARod can’t keep this up; he must be back on the juice
  • Teix is done and can’t hit against the shift

Lineups:

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Anthony Gose, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Brian McCann, C Victor Martinez, DH
Chase Headley, 3B J.D.
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ARod’s ‘marketable milestones’ take away his rights

The Yankees brass has made its intentions known without having to show it off on their high-def scoreboard.

When Alex Rodriguez hits home run No. 660 to tie Willie Mays for fourth all-time, their celebration will be tame. No red carpet. No champagne bottles. No commercials or special t-shirts. No, he will not get the “DJ3K” treatment.

Several outlets have reported how the Yankees are going to fight back against Arod’s special contract where he is supposed to receive what can be an extra $30 million for his milestone home runs – $6 million for each. Just don’t call them milestones. Seems the Yankees aren’t interested in that.

However, the New York Post story left me a bit baffled. According to their very special sources with knowledge of the situation, ARod would sign over his image rights and associated branding for $6 million a home run.

Really? Why?

I’m not thrown back by the Yankees wanting to keep the money in the battle over the contract.…

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About Last Night: The offense exploded again!

So last night was pretty fun.

I mean, sure, after the Yankees went up 6-0 in the first inning, it was fun. It wasn’t that enjoyable to watch Detroit immediately answer with four runs of their own right away, but seeing the Yankees continue to get on base and score throughout the game and to see Adam Warren hang in there after a rough first inning was pretty great.

You know what else is pretty great? Watching the Yankees hitters work counts and not rush things when they’re at the plate. It seemed like Alex Rodriguez was the only guy in the lineup who exhibited any patience at the plate to start the season and now, it feels like the whole lineup is much better at pitch selection and waiting for a good pitch to hammer.

Case in point:

Carlos Beltran had two hits last night! Both were on changeups – in the second inning, it was an 83 mph change up from David Price that he laced for a triple and in the fourth inning, he hit an 87 mph change up from Aaron Nesbitt for a single.…

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