Domenic is a staff writer for It's About the Money, and the host of the It's About the Money Stupid podcast. By day, he is a mild-mannered real estate attorney on Long Island, and an aspiring intellectual degenerate.

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Game 78: Nova vs. Heaney

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

New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels
Brett Gardner, CF Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Chris Young, LF Kole Calhoun, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Mike Trout, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Albert Pujols, 1B
Brian McCann, C Erick Aybar, SS
Carlos Beltran, RF David Freese, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Matt Joyce, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS C.J. Cron, DH
Stephen Drew, 2B Chris Iannetta, C
Ivan Nova, SP Andrew Heaney, SP

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Game 77: Sabathia vs. Wilson

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

New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels
Brett Gardner, CF Johnny Giavotella, 2B
Chris Young, LF Kole Calhoun, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Mike Trout, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Albert Pujols, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF David Freese, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Erick Aybar, SS
Jose Pirela, 2B C.J. Cron, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Carlos Perez, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Daniel Robertson, LF
CC Sabathia, SP C.J. Wilson, SP

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Game 73: Warren vs. Keuchel

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

New York Yankees Houston Astros
Chris Young, CF George Springer, RF
Chase Headley, 3B Carlos Correa, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Altuve, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Luis Valbuena, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Evan Gattis, DH
Jose Pirela, LF Colby Rasmus, CF
John Ryan Murphy, C Preston Tucker, LF
Stephen Drew, SS Marwin Gonzalez, 1B
Gregorio Petit, 2B Jason Castro, C
Adam Warren, SP Dallas Keuchel, SP

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Prospects on Divergent Paths

Last week, I took a look at how our pre-season top-ten prospects were performing. And, as is the norm with prospecting, the returns were a decidedly mixed bag. Some have thrived, others have faltered, and more still have spent quite a bit of time on the disabled list. For every prospect that rewards our excitement and adoration, a few dozen break our hearts. What better way to get a head start on a few players that may fall into one of those two categories than to focus our attention on a few risers and fallers?

The criteria here are fairly simple. A ‘riser’ is a player whose performance outclasses our pre-season expectations and projections, and a ‘faller’ is one who has failed to do so. In the interest of fairness, I’m going to ignore players that have failed to take the field this season – as high as my hopes were for Luis Torrens, it’s difficult to fault him for suffering a season-ending injury.…

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Quick Hit: Why Mike Leake?

With the non-waiver trade deadline just over five weeks away, it is clear that the Yankees rotation needs a bit of help. CC Sabathia ranks among the worst starting pitchers in baseball, and Nate Eovaldi isn’t too far behind (or ahead, depending on your point of view). Michael Pineda has been shelled in two of his last three starts, and four of his last seven. And, in the minds of some, Masahiro Tanaka has been downright awful.

Sure – Adam Warren has looked quite good … but he remains relatively unproven, and may not have much left in the tank (he’s already at 77.0 IP, after tossing 78.2 IP 2014 and 77.0 in 2013). And, yes, Ivan Nova is back … but consistency has never really been his game.

The Yankees recognize this, obviously, and their scouts have been busy. In the last week alone, they’ve scouted Reds starter Mike Leake twice; many believe that he is the team’s chief target.…

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Game 71: Sabathia vs. O’Sullivan

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

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, DH Brian McCann, C
Jeff Francoeur, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Domonic Brown, RF Garrett Jones, 1B
Andres Blanco, 3B Chris Young, LF
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Freddy Galvis, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Sean O’Sullivan, SP CC Sabathia, SP

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Game 70: Correia vs. Pineda

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

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 3B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, 1B Brian McCann, C
Domonic Brown, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Chase Utley, DH Garrett Jones, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Cody Asche, LF Chris Young, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Correia, SP Michael Pineda, SP

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Game 66: Latos vs. Sabathia

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

Miami Marlins New York Yankees
Dee Gordon, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Christian Yelich, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Giancarlo Stanton, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, CF Brian McCann, C
Jeff Baker, DH Carlos Beltran, RF
Justin Bour, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Donovan Solano, 3B Stephen Drew, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C Mason Williams, CF
Mat Latos, SP CC Sabathia, SP

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Checking in on the IIATMS Top-10

This short season has been defined, in many ways, by injuries and disappointments (excepting Messrs Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Dellin Betances, of course). An interesting side of effect of that is the constant need and demand for reinforcements and replacements, from within and outside of the system. The fact that six Yankees have made their Major League debut in 2015 thus far (Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Branden Pinder, Jacob Lindgren, and Matt Tracy) is a direct result of stints on the disabled list and under-performance – and further cries for change come with each CC Sabathia start, and every Stephen Drew at-bat.

With so many players making their way to the show, and others seemingly forcing their way out, now seems like as good a time as any to check-in on the cream of the crop that the Yankees system has to offer. So let’s see how the team’s ten best prospects are doing, and wonder whether we may be seeing them in the Bronx this year.…

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