Game 106-This one might actually be close

Yesterday’s doubleheader bore a resemblance to a varsity squad playing a group of little leaguers, which in MLB terms isn’t a totally unfair comparison. The Yanks are looking to improve upon their 8-1 record against the O’s this year, and have outscored them 78-28 this season. That’s a +50 run differential over just 9 games, which accounts for 1/3 of the Yankee +148 run differential on the season. Amazing. Here’s your Yankee lineup, courtesy of LoHud:

1. Gardner LF
2. Jeter SS
3. Granderson CF
4. Teixeira 1B
5. Cano DH
6. Swisher RF
7. Chavez 3B
8. Martin C
9. Nunez 2B

Freddy Garcia on the mound, facing the talented Jake Arrietta for the Birds.

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  1. I just want to say this again, for emphasis:

    (the Yanks) have outscored them 78-28 this season. That’s a +50 run differential over just 9 games, which accounts for 1/3 of the Yankee +148 run differential on the season.

  2. The Yankees have promoted Manny Banuelos to AAA. Not sure I really understand why though. He was struggling against AA batters, and it would seem like Betances would be the first of the two to get that call. Some people are saying that the Yankees are planning on call Banuelos up soon to use out of the pen. I really hope we don’t go this route all over again, that would be a terrible move in my opinion. He’s only 20 we don’t need to mess with his development now, and taking away his potential innings like that could set him back for next year’s inning cap.

    Also Wandy Rodriguez to the Yankees is starting to heat up as a rumor everyone thinks will get done. I’ve watch Wandy his whole career, and I don’t think he is a good fit with us. I really don’t see him as much of an upgrade, he’s under a pretty large contract, and the Astros want a “signifigant prospect” in return.

  3. Nice find by Kevin Goldstein, via NYBD:

    Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus did throw out a warning on Twitter about Bell that hasn’t been talked about: his declining strikeout rate

    Usually a severe drop in K/9 tells you that something is wrong with a pitchers health or mechanics. A career 9.2 per nine K-Rate, Bell was over 10 in 2009 and 2010, but this year is at 6.6. In July it’s been down to about 5. It hasn’t hurt his effectiveness (30 saves, 2.34 ERA), but it’s something to be aware of.

  4. Ubaldo is finishing up his physical right now, and is expected to pass with no problems. Apparently the Yankees deal was they wanted to do the physical before reaching a trade agreement. I’m not sure how common that is or not, I know all deals have physicals after, but I haven’t heard of many before deals.

    Tune on Wandy deal appears to be changing. More and more people reporting the Yankees will be standing pat at the deadline. Honestly at this point that’s what I prefer. Let’s not just make a trade to make one, there is no real top of the rotation pitching out there now.

  5. Verlander has a no hitter going through 5 against the Angels.

    Ken Rosenthal reporting Heath Bell to the Rangers all but done.

  6. Gardner really has proven he deserves to be in the leadoff spot. I wonder what happens to the lineup when Alex comes back?

    Jeter’s hand must be worse than he lead on.

  7. that triple with the bases loaded was exciting! The YES men did a great job highlighting Nunez’ speed. Nunie has been hitting real well, too. He’s starting to round into a great sub.

    Arrieta, amidst the rally, is tough: that cutter is a well used weapon on lefties, tho he hung one that Brett got.

  8. The Indians are now trying to trade for Wandy Rodriguez. The Indians are really going for it if they are making this many moves for arms.

    The Rangers have not traded for Bell, instead they get Mike Adams. Taking home both Uehara, and Adams.

    Teams are telling Astros they want Houston to pay half of Wandy’s 40 million left, Astros won’t do that.

  9. Heath Bell won’t be traded unless Padres get big return. Sounds unreasonable, but as a Type A that makes sense for the Padres

  10. So much anger in the Tigers vs Angels game. First Weaver throwing at Avila’s head because Guillen styled on his HR, and then Verlander threatening to hit Aybar for trying to break up a no hitter with a bunt.

    Yankees among teams who asked for Astros to pay half of Wandy’s contract, Astros said they would only tiny piece.

  11. It’s official, Ubaldo has passed his physical.

    Ludwick likely headed to the Pirates. Buying two players at the trade deadline, who would’ve thought the Pirates would be aggresive like this.

  12. Mike Aviles to Boston: great pickup. Noticed that guy earlier, quite a sparker.

  13. Loved Vlad’s reaction to that called third strike: didn’t wait for the ump before turning to go.

  14. Tough market for the Yankees. Not a whole lot available for what we were looking for, and it looks like they have decided to stay as is.

    I still don’t think this team is a championship caliber contender, but I’d rather stay as is than get a Wandy Rodriguez type.

  15. Details on the Bedard trade.

    In the trade, Bedard and fellow Mariners pitcher Josh Fields are headed to Boston; Dodgers outfield prospect Trayvon Robinson is going to Seattle; Red Sox prospects Tim Federowicz, Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife are headed to the Dodgers; and Boston prospect Chih Hsien Chiang is headed for Seattle.