Scattered Thoughts Going into the All-Star Break

Hooray!

Hooray!

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.…

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Yankees Announce Post-ASB Rotation Order

The Yankees finished up a 4-2 homestand and a pretty solid final first half turn through the rotation yesterday.  Their diminished former ace pitched well enough to win on Wednesday, their new ace and backup ace looked like aces on Thursday and Friday, their recovering TJS guy continued to show some positive signs in his battle to regain his pre-surgery form on Saturday, and their young development project turned in his 9th start of 3 ER or fewer in his last 10 yesterday.

The Yankee rotation has had no shortage of concerns and conversations surrounding it this season.  From injury concerns to workload concerns to performance concerns to concerns over who should and should not be in it.  After a first half of spot juggling, injury replacing, extra rest days, and harsh realities, the team already has its plan mapped out for the start of the second half.  Per Dan Barbarisi yesterday morning:

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Game 88 Recap: Yankees 8 Red Sox 6

Refs vs BOS

Somebody just earned himself a fancy new suit from Mr. Rodriguez. Courtesy of the AP

It’s gone a tad under the radar, but that’s 7 wins in 10 games and 3 straight series victories for the Yankees going into the All-Star break.  They closed out this road series in Boston with a hard fought and sloppily-finished victory today and head into the break with a 3.5 game division lead, 5 in the loss column.

Nathan Eovaldi got the ball this afternoon, and his outing was about as textbook Nathan Eovaldi as it could have been.  He worked around 1-out hits in each of the first 2 innings, but needed over 40 pitches to do so.  When the lineup turned over in the 3rd, the Red Sox hitters were keyed into what he was doing and he couldn’t put anybody away.  5 base hits in a 6-batter span, the last 2 in 2-strike counts, plated 3 Boston runs and gave them a brief 1-run lead.…

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Quick hit: Refsnyder gets his first hit and first homer!

Rob Refsnyder had a nice day at the plate finishing 2-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Here’s the single:

Here’s the homer:

Hopefully we’ll see more from him after the All-Star break.

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Game 88: Eovaldi vs Miley

Here’s your game thread.

The last one before the All-Star break. Can you believe it?!

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Young RF
McCann C
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Refsnyder 2B

Eovaldi P

RED SOX
Betts CF
Holt 2B
Bogaerts SS
Sandoval 3B
Ramirez DH
De Aza LF
Victorino RF
Shaw 1B
Hanigan C

Enjoy the game!

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Game 87 Quick Recap: BOS 5 NYY 3

Last night’s game started the same way Friday’s did, with Alex Rodriguez smacking a 1st-inning home run to give the Yankees an early lead.  This game didn’t end the same way though, with the Sox getting to Ivan Nova and the Yankee offense never getting going in a series-evening loss.

Nova got through the 1st inning 1-2-3, but he was battling through almost every inning from there on out.  He needed a big double play to work around leadoff double-single in the 2nd, gave up multiple hits in the 3rd and 4th, and got hit for another double in the 5th.  The run against him in the 3rd wasn’t all his fault.  John Ryan Murphy threw a ball into center field to move Alejandro De Aza to third base and he scored on a groundout in the next at-bat.  The go-ahead runs in the 4th were all on Nova.  David Ortiz hit a leadoff on a meaty fastball and Hanley Ramirez followed up with a 2-run homer.…

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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.

Game 87: Nova vs. Rodriguez

Here’s tonight’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:

RED SOX
Betts CF
Holt 2B
Bogaerts SS
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Sandoval 3B
Napoli 1B
De Aza RF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Young RF
Headley 3B
Murphy C
Gregorius SS
Refsnyder 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Refsnyder Refresher

If you hate Stephen Drew as much as most Yankee fans do, you’re probably pretty well-versed in the world of Rob Refsnyder by now.  He burst onto the prospect scene with a strong 2014 season and he’s been knocking on the door of the starting second base job in The Bronx since Spring Training of this year.  If, for some reason, you need an update on who Refsnyder is and what to expect when he starts his Major League career tonight, consider this your refresher course.

Refsnyder, now 24 years old, was the Yankees’ 5th round pick out of Arizona in the 2012 draft and the consensus #6 Yankee prospect in this year’s IIATMS Top 30.  A righty batter and thrower, he’s played second base primarily in his pro career and almost exclusively since 2013.  His offensive profile is built around the dual ability to hit for high average and get on base, although he has shown the ability to hit for some pop over the last 2 seasons.  …

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