Game 133: Severino vs. Odorizzi

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

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Grady Sizemore, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Daniel Nava, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Evan Longoria, 3B Carlos Beltran, RF
John Jaso, DH Brian McCann, C
Logan Forsythe, 2B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Gregory Bird, 1B
James Loney, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Didi Gregorius, SS
J.P. Arencibia, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Jake Odorizzi, SP Luis Severino, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/4/15

Football’s back, baby!  It’s finally back!!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still fully in on baseball.  But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super stoked for the start of the college football season tomorrow.  First beer is being cracked just before the 11 AM kickoffs and the night will end with a ton of Three Floyds and a Wisconsin victory over Alabama.  Probably not on that last point, but whatever.  Onto the links!

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog took a look at how the Yankees’ poor team baserunning has hurt their offensive production this season.

– Katie Sharp of RAB dug into the numbers to show the true impact of losing Mark Teixeira in the lineup.  Very timely post to read given today’s earlier new.

– Greg Kirkland of Pinstripe Alley offered up some real talk on Rob Refsnyder after his “meh” season.  It’s sad but true.  Dude’s prospect shine is almost completely worn off in just a year.…

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Stephen Drew Playing His Way Into 2016 Plans?

Courtesy: Anthony Gruppuso USA Today

I know mostly everyone reading already vomited after glancing at the title, but if Stephen Drew has a strong September, the possibility exists of him returning again in 2016 if he agrees to another 1-year contract.

Drew has been a huge target of hate from Yankees fans, but the reality is he has put together a quality second half of the season thus far and there are worse things in the world than a No. 9 hitter who hits 20 home runs and plays solid defense.

This is not just about Drew’s insanely hot recent stretch.  He has actually been a quality player since June 1st, hitting .251/.323/.483 with 12 home runs and a 120 wRC+ since thene. Over the last two weeks, Drew’s slash line is an incredible .351/.429/.568. If Drew has a good September that would be four consecutive months of good baseball from him, which after his first two months and 2014 season nobody would have ever thought possible.  …

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Happy Anniversary, Chase Headley!

I know that a year seems early for a Happy Anniversary post, but this was a fun one, and to be honest, I couldn’t think of anything to write about this morning.

Anyway, it was a year ago tonight when Chase Headley hit a solo, walk-off home run off Koji Uehara to beat the Red Sox and help keep the Yankees’ slim playoff hopes alive.

Of course, we know how everything turned out, but this was still a cool moment from an otherwise forgettable 2014 season.

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Does Ben Gamel Have A Future With The Yankees?

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times Tribune

The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders won last tonight to lock up their first International League North division title since 2010.  It’s a cool accomplishment for those younger players, and in some way it’s a testament to the quality of the Yankees’ upper-level organizational depth and talent.  This is a team that, at some point during this season, had Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Bryan Mitchell, Mason Williams, Ramon Flores, Rob Refsnyder, and Jacob Lindgren playing for it, along with the slew of other relief arms that have ridden the roster shuttle this year.

The name left out of that group that may have been the biggest part of this division title is Ben Gamel.  The 23-year-old outfielder, picked in the 10th round of the 2010 draft, had a monster year in his first Triple-A season and was the one consistent roster presence on a team of change.  …

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Thursday Night Open Thread

Welcome to the Thursday night open thread.

It’s an off night so things are slow. Hopefully the guys who need some rest are getting some rest.

As for you, feel free to discuss anything you like as long as you keep the discussion friendly and respectful.

Have a nice evening.

Just putting this in here because it's always fun to watch him strike out.

Just putting this in here because it’s always fun to watch him strike out.

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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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