Quick Hit: Dellin Back Dealin’ Again

Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch.  He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th.  Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the “Joe is running his guys into the ground” argument was going to start up again.

Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal.  Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts.  He’s back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.

He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some.  …

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Some random baseball (and life) thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon

I really love this Yankees team right now.

They’re not exactly world beaters and outscoring everyone by five runs a game and there are times, like last night, when they’re hitting failures are tough to watch, but they did win the game and that’s what matters.

They also look like they’re having fun, they’re relaxed and they’re enjoying each other. They’re not tight asses or businesslike anymore.

You know what else is great? It’s quiet. You’re not seeing as many stories about the Yankees as you would in the past. There isn’t a sideshow happening off the field. The only things happening off the field are group outings and birthday parties. Everything the media is concerned with right now is happening on the field.

Like friend of the blog Craig Calcaterra said yesterday after A-Rod sent his tweet with the picture of the guys at CC Sabathia’s birthday party, “I cannot recall a Yankee season in the past 20 years that has had less controversy or drama about it than this one.…

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Nathan Eovolving

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

There was a time earlier in this season when a Nathan Eovaldi start would bring a certain level of dread. We all saw his numbers with the Miami Marlins and his early results with the Yankees were not all that different. Here we are in July and at least the palms don’t get a bit sweaty until the fifth inning. That is progress. And if you look closely at the numbers, Eovaldi is evolving and there is the hope that the Yankees have themselves a pitcher here.

The big thing going for Eovaldi is that despite the lack of success his “stuff” produced, the “stuff” was there and he is only 25-years-old. Like the old line in the Alladin movie, “He can be taught!” The result of that teaching is starting to pay off.

In Eovaldi’s last six starts, he has pitched 33.1 innings and has allowed 30 hits. That is fairly significant an evolution as the one hallmark of Eovaldi’s entire career is giving up a bunch of hits.…

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Game 92 Recap: Yankees 3 Orioles 2

Miller-Mac vs BAL

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They made it!  It’s been a long battle to get there, but the Yankees finally reached the 10 games over .500 plateau last night with a close win over the division rival Orioles.  Once again it was the combination of just enough starting pitching, just enough offense, and a lockdown bullpen getting the job done.

The offense staked Nathan Eovaldi to a lead with a couple of early manufactured runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to lead off the bottom of the 1st, moved to third on a Brett Gardner sac bunt, and scored on an Alex Rodriguez sac fly.  A pair of singles by Brian McCann and Chris Young put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and Chase Headley doubled in a run to make it 2-0.

The Yankees failed to tack on more in that inning though, and Eovaldi walked a fine line in working 5 scoreless innings.  He stranded a leadoff walk in the 1st and worked around 2 to keep Baltimore off the board in the 5th.  …

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Game 92: Chen vs. Eovaldi

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Tonight’s pitching matchup finds lefty Wei-Yin Chen up against right hander Nathan Eovaldi. Evo, as his teammates call him, is looking for win #10 on the season.

Machado 3B
Paredes DH
Jones CF
Davis RF
Wieters C
Hardy SS
Snider LF
Schoop 2B
Parmelee 1B

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

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: I adore this team so much

Sure, this is a tweet from Alex Rodriguez but it’s a tweet of a picture that shows a number of Yankee players hanging out and having fun at CC Sabathia’s birthday party last night.

It’s amazing how much Rodriguez has caused this team’s chemistry to implode, isn’t it? Just kidding! As usual, the media got everything about A-Rod’s return completely wrong: The Yankees didn’t fall apart, he wasn’t released, his teammates seem to really like him and they have fun with him, and right now, the team is in first place.

Of course, the big question is will the Daily News’ I-Team launch an investigation into A-Rod and his cigar? Stay tuned.

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Maybe the Refsnyder Demotion Makes Sense

I’m disappointed in the Rob Refsnyder demotion too. Like seemingly every commenter and writer on this site, I think Refsnyder earned a shot at the full-time 2B gig: (1) he hit like mad at AAA; (2) he improved his defense at AAA, looking highly error-prone in April but not in the months since; and (3) he’s as non-blocked as a prospect could be, because Ref could exceed the sub-replacement performance of Stephen Drew or Brendan Ryan with even a modest outcome, maybe as a 1 WAR/yr Reverse-Didi (Gregorious combines average-plus D with subpar hitting for a 1 WAR/yr pace, while Ref could offer average-plus hitting with subpar D for similar net value).

But while I’m disappointed, I’m not ready to go as far as the commenters calling the demotion “inexcusable idiocy,” “STUPID,” or “DUMB!!!” I can see some possible logic for the demotion

Possibility #1: They know Refsnyder isn’t as good as we think.

Early in 2014, I was annoyed the Yankees moved John Ryan Murphy ahead of Austin Romine on the food chain, letting Murphy second-string in the bigs and leaving Romine in Scranton.…

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Flashback: July 21, 1988

One of the most infamous trades in Yankees history occurred on this date way back in 1988. Principal owner George Steinbrenner, before he was suspended and before he mellowed out a bit, traded Jay Buhner, Rick Balabon, and a player to be named later (Troy Evers on October 12, 1988) to the Mariners for Ken Phelps.

We all know how everything worked out because there have been many articles and blog posts written about the trade. Phelps and Buhner even got together to shoot a video reminiscing about it last year. But, we also know that the best thing to come out of that trade was this moment from an episode of Seinfeld called “The Caddy” that aired on January 25, 1996, a date which happened to be only a few months after Buhner’s Mariners knocked the Yankees out of the 1995 American League Division Series. By the way, Buhner batted .458 in that series because of course he did.…

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Tuesday Morning News And Notes: 7/21/15

Yesterday was an off-day and I’m staring down the barrel of another long day of professional development training today, so the creative juices aren’t exactly flowing.  Here are some updates on the goings on around Yankeeland instead.

– The early trade deadline target rumors are in, courtesy of Jon Heyman, and they’re what you would expect them to be for the Yankees: a starting pitcher, a righty bat, and a righty reliever.  I have to imagine reliever is lowest down on the priority list with the return of Adam Warren to the ‘pen, but the Yanks have been good at finding and acquiring undervalued relief talent over the years.

Via Chad Jennings, top prospect Aaron Judge has missed the last few Triple-A games with what Cash called “some minor stuff”.  Take that news however you want.

– On the positive side, Mason Williams has started playing catch again and it sounds like his shoulder has finally started getting better.  …

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