Deja Vu in Atlanta?

Baseball is such a funny game with all its twists and turns, which is what makes the 162 game grind so exhausting on one hand, but so rewarding on the other hand if it ends up going your way.

The Yankees looked like an old, fragile and broken down baseball team heading into the deep south. It certainly seemed like things were just not headed in the right direction after losing five of seven games against Cleveland and Houston at home, which is a place they had been previously dominant all season long.

The Yankees were dominated by some great pitchers like Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Carrasco, but also could not hit against mediocre to poor ones like Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and Scott Feldman. So even though the Braves are a bad baseball team, it wasn’t exactly reassuring. Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira had injuries and Alex Rodriguez was being replaced in the lineup by a pitcher (the wisdom of NL baseball at its finest).…

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The Farm Report: August

Well, we have somehow hit that point in the season where the minor leagues are getting closed to wrapping up and prospects will be hoping to get their first taste of big league action with a September call up to the Bronx. I’ll do a more thorough recap of the minor league teams’ seasons after they have finished, but here is an update for now.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders have put together a very strong 2015, going 76-60 so far. They are five games ahead of Rochester in the IL North and, with eight games left in the season (two against Rochester), they only need four games to eliminate the Redwings. The RailRiders used a league-leading line of .269/.336/.385 to put them within reach of the IL North crown. Jose Pirela has been a big bat for Scranton in August, hitting .320/.391/.361 with eleven walks and six strikeouts. Ben Gamel has been solid for Scranton as well, hitting .355/.395/.570 this month.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: Could Dustin Ackley Be Exactly What The Yankees Need?

The Yankees finished off an impressive weekend road sweep with a 20-6 shellacking of the Atlanta Braves yesterday, and they head to Boston to open another road series tonight in a much better spot than they were a few days ago.  They’ll also head into Boston not knowing whether injured first baseman Mark Teixeira will be able to play and considering playing A-Rod there against one of Boston’s lefties should Teix continue to be unavailable.

Yesterday’s offensive breakout being what it was, there are still a few guys in the lineup who have looked tired and could probably use another day or 2 off similar to what A-Rod got over the weekend.  The Yankees’ unwillingness to put Teix on the DL has left them with a short bench, which has made it more difficult for Joe to give those tired guys a spell and still put a decent lineup out on the field.  That’s where Dustin Ackley comes in.  He’s been playing in MiL rehab games and should be activated on Tuesday.  …

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Game 129 Quick Recap: NYY 20 ATL 6

The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense.  Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games.  They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style.

Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn’t have it at all today.  The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.

Teheran’s day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves’ bullpen again from there.  Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings.  The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6.  …

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Game 129: Eovaldi vs. Teheran

Welcome to today’s game thread!

Lineups:

BRAVES
Markakis RF
Swisher LF
Freeman 1B
Pierzynski C
Garcia 3B
Peterson 2B
Simmons SS
Bourn CF

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
McCann C
Bird 1B
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Game 128 Recap: Yankees 3, Braves 1

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Before I start the game recap, I’d just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they’re going through. I’d also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.

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This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he’s on the mound.

I’m glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.

First up, the aforementioned Severino.…

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Game 128 – Wisler While They Work

Severino vs BOS

The New York Yankees continue their interleague match-up against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Yankees have young stud, Luis Severino, on the mound squaring up with the Braves’ Matt Wisler. Severino is coming off his first win of the season and sports a very promising 2.74 ERA along with 9.39 strikeouts per nine innings.

Matt Wisler will be making his thirteenth start for the Braves and though he has a winning record of 5-4, his statistical line does not look pretty. His ERA and FIP are over five and his home run per nine rate is very high. Wisler does not strike out a lot of batters so his stuff is not the kind that misses bats.

But as always, the game is played on the field and you never know what is going to happen until it does. The Blue Jays have already won (what a surprise…) by tomahawking the Tigers, 15-1. Thanks for showing up, Tigers!…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.

Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…

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