The Yankees’ bullpen is living up to expectations so far

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It was no secret going into the season that the bullpen would be the biggest strength for the New York Yankees.

However, the bullpen has managed to even exceed high expectations so far. The Yankees bullpen is second in MLB in team ERA (1.86) and second in K/9 (9.84).

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances have not allowed a single run this season and the Yankees have not missed David Robertson yet at all, despite him getting off to an outstanding start with the White Sox. Robertson has been so good that his FIP – .82. I did not even know a minus FIP was possible honestly. I was critical of the decision not to bring Robertson back myself, but so far it certainly hasn’t been an issue. Just think about how sick Robertson, Betances and Miller would be though.

Betances is back to his 2014 form after initially struggling with his mechanics at the beginning of the season. His 97-98 mph velocity has returned along with his knee buckling slurve that had Mets hitters looking childish last night.…

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The Farm Report: April 27

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders went 4-3 this week, putting them at 9-9 over all, and 3.5 games behind Buffalo in the IL North Division. They took two out of three from Lehigh Valley before splitting a four game set against Pawtucket. The RailRiders currently lead the IL in triples with seven.

Chase Whitley continues to impress, throwing six innings against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, giving up one run on six hits, no walks and two Ks. He owns a 2.12 ERA right now, with opposing hitters batting just .210 off him. Whitley has struck out thirteen in three games, while walking just six. Jacob Lindgren made two appearances this week, each for 0.2 innings. He allowed only one hit, two walks and struck out three. He owns a 2.98 ERA over seven games and has opposing hitters batting just .206.

Tyler Austin had a tough week, going just 3-28 with one RBI. He took only one walk and struck out seven times.…

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Game 19 Recap: Yankees 6 Mets 4

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This play, and this picture, was/is laugh out loud funny. Courtesy of the AP

There was a battle this weekend, good people.  You might not have even realized it was happening, but the very foundation of New York City was held in the hands (and legs, and bats, and gloves) of 2 titans of local sport.  For years they’ve battled for city supremacy, with the evil empire from the Bronx reigning supreme time and time again.  But not this year.  Not with the Mets poised to strike while the empire was down.  Not with The Dark Knight and The Guy With The Hair and that third baseman who’s not A-Rod and that young catcher who always gets hurt and Curtis Granderson‘s rotting corpse and the closer who got pinched for steroids.  Surely this was the year that the Mets would take back the city, reclaim it as their own, and vanquish the evil empire back from whence they came.  Or maybe not, since they played like a JV high school team last night and got beat.  …

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Game 19: Eovaldi vs. Niese

Here is your game thread.

METS
Granderson 9
Lagares 8
Duda 3
Cuddyer 7
Murphy 4
Campbell 5
Flores 6
Muno DH
Plawecki 2

YANKEES
Gardner 7
Young 8
A-Rod DH
Teixeira 3
Beltran 9
Headley 5
Murphy 2
Drew 6
Petit 4

Enjoy!

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Happy 10th Anniversary, A-Rod!

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Ten years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez had himself quite a game.

That day, April 26, 2005, the Yankees were facing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on a seemingly ordinary Tuesday evening in the Bronx. Carl Pavano (I know, I know) was starting for the Yankees and looking for his second win of the season while Bartolo Colon was starting for the Angels.

Pavano, who didn’t get injured in this game, got the first two outs, gave up a single to the third batter of the night, Vladimir Guerrero, and then got Garret Anderson to groundout to first for the final out.

Colon started things off in the bottom of the first by walking Derek Jeter but got two quick outs after Bernie Williams popped out to foul territory by third base and Gary Sheffield hit a fly ball to centerfield. He gave up another walk to Hideki Matsui which set the stage for A-Rod.

With the count 2-2, Rodriguez hit Colon’s fifth pitch of the at bat out of the park for a three-run home run.…

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Game 18 Quick Recap: NYM 8 NYY 2

The middle game of this Subway Series was expected to be the one that went the Mets’ way.  Matt Harvey is a god on Earth with a 3-0 record, CC Sabathia is an old bum with an 0-3 record.  That was the story being told at least, and once the game started that was basically how things played out.  Like the first game on Friday, this one was over early.

Sabathia just didn’t have it yesterday.  He couldn’t throw his fastball for strikes down in the zone and missed badly with it at times.  He also didn’t seem to have good command of any of his other pitches and that led to him having to throw more fastballs.  That’s not the best strategy when you’re working in the high 80s, and the Met hitters picked up on it pretty quickly.  They got on the board quickly with a Lucas Duda solo home run and really put the hurt on CC in the 4th, when they scored 4 runs with 2 outs on a triple-single-homer string of at-bats.  …

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Game 18: Harvey vs. Sabathia

Here’s the game thread.

Sorry it’s so late.

Lineups:

METS
Granderson RF
Mayberry, Jr. LF
Duda 1B
Cuddyer DH
Murphy 2B
Campbell 3B
Lagares CF
Flores SS
Plawecki C

Harvey RHP

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Young RF
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Sabathia LHP

Enjoy!

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Quick hit: Some of the Yankees are growing mustaches

This is amazing, mainly because it’s going to annoy so many people – our very own William Tasker being one of them. Some of the Yankees, spurred on by Brett Gardner of all people, are growing mustaches.

Here are the tweets from some of the writers about the mustache squad:

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Game 17 Quick Recap: NYY 6 NYM 1

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Boomtown, population Mark Teixeira. Courtesy of the AP

Hey, remember how the Mets were the greatest team in the history of baseball and they were going to take over the city and run the Yankees out of town and Matt Harvey was going to be elected mayor for life?  Yeah, that was fun while it lasted for about 10 minutes last night.  It wasn’t Harvey on the mound, it was Jacob deGrom, and he got tattooed by the suddenly very deep and dangerous Yankee lineup while Big Mike showed him what being a stud righty pitcher is all about.  Fun times.

The Yankees didn’t waste any time getting to deGrom, as Mark Teixeira cracked a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 1st to put his team up 2-0.  That was all Michael Pineda would really need, but the Yanks didn’t stop there.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer of the year to lead off the bottom of the 3rd, then a single and a walk put more ducks on the pond for Teix.  …

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