On this day, back in 2006, Mariano Rivera recorded his 400th save. (A two-inning save to preserve a sweep of the White Sox)
Nine years ago? Jeez.
Replacing a long time Yankees position player is never an easy task for anyone. Most of the guys who have been asked to fill some big shoes in recent years have stumbled along the way. And replacing a Yankees lifer and future Hall of Famer like Derek Jeter is damn near impossible, but Didi Gregorius is slowly becoming more and more comfortable as the Yankees’ starting shortstop, and that is a very good thing.
(Note: I am only looking at his offensive numbers in this post. Someone much smarter can feel free to delve into his defense if they dare.)
This is how Gregorius’ spray chart looks overall so far this season:
As you can see, it’s not an overwhelming spray chart, but you will see in this post that the numbers have gone up from month to month.
Here’s your 2015 All-Star game thread!
Starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel AL and Zach Greinke NL
Position players: Russell Martin (C, Blue Jays), Stephen Vogt (C, A’s), Mark Teixeira (1B, Yankees), Brian Dozier (2B, Twins), Jason Kipnis (2B, Indians), Jose Iglesias (SS, Tigers), Manny Machado (3B, Orioles), Mike Moustakas (3B, Royals), Brock Holt (IF, Red Sox), Brett Gardner (OF, Yankees), J.D. Martinez (OF, Tigers), Prince Fielder (DH, Rangers)
Pitchers: Chris Archer (SP, Rays), Dellin Betances (RP, Yankees), Brad Boxberger (RP, Rays), Zach Britton (RP, Orioles), Wade Davis (RP, Royals), Felix Hernandez (SP, Mariners), Kelvin Herrera (RP, Royals), Darren O’Day (RP, Orioles), Glen Perkins (RP, Twins), David Price (SP, Tigers), Chris Sale (SP, White Sox), Hector Santiago (SP, Angels)
Position players: Yasmani Grandal (C, Dodgers), Yadier Molina (C, Cardinals), Adrian Gonzalez (1B, Dodgers), Joe Panik (2B, Giants), Brandon Crawford (SS, Giants), Troy Tulowitzki (SS, Rockies), Nolan Arenado (3B, Rockies), Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs), Ryan Braun (OF, Brewers), A.J.…
Welcome to the Home Run Derby Open Thread!
Things are going to be different this year. The derby’s now a single-elimination tournament, with three rounds.
Here are the contestants in the order of how they’re seeded:
Here are all of the details of the new and improved contest:
In each round, the better seed will hit second.
Each of the three rounds will consist of five minutes per batter, per round, with the time starting when the first pitch is thrown. For any home runs hit in the final minute, the clock will stop, and won’t start again until the batter either hits a ball that isn’t a home run or swings and misses.
Isn’t that picture a lovely sight?
I found it amusing, and if I’m going to be completely honest with you, slightly annoying how people – mainly national columnists – were crowing that the Yankees needed to look out for the big, bad Red Sox this weekend, as if Boston didn’t have three other teams to leapfrog in order to cause a stir in the AL East Standings. And what happened? The Yankees won two out of three games anyway.
Would we have preferred a sweep? Sure, but in the grand scheme of things, any time you can escape from Fenway Park with two wins, even when the current Sox squad isn’t doing that great overall, it’s a positive series.
And it was nice to see old man Alex Rodriguez finish his first half* strong. He’s batting .278/.382/.515/.897 with a .386 wOBA and 148 wRC+. Not to mention his 18 home runs and 51 RBI. Pretty good for a guy who was going to be cut during Spring Training.…
Here’s your game thread.
The last one before the All-Star break. Can you believe it?!
De Aza LF
Enjoy the game!
Quick hit: Some roster moves 7/11/15
Per all the NY beat writers on Twitter and the Yankees’ PR Twitter account: The Yankees signed INF Rob Refsnyder to a Major League contract and selected him from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, have optioned INF Cole Figueroa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and have transferred OF Mason Williams to the 60-day disabled list.
So this means that if you had visions of Stephen Drew being released or DFA’d dancing in your head, I hate to tell you this but it looks like it’s not happening any time soon.
Here’s tonight’s game thread.
Here are your lineups:
De Aza RF
Enjoy the game!