Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/2/15

October is back, longsleeve weather is back, October baseball is back!  It’s all good in the hood on this Friday afternoon.  Missed the Palooza last Friday because I was busy duck boating around in enemy territory, but we’re back this week and we’ve got a solid batch of links.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Tuesday, SG of RLYW had an absolutely BRUTAL stat to sum up Jacoby Ellsbury’s season.

– Owen Watson of JABO broke down Ellsbury’s season pre- and post-injury. Doesn’t spell great things for the postseason.

– El duque of It Is High… warned of the eventual Red Sox return to competitiveness, which could be coming too.  Good thing the Yankees have a good crop of young players coming up now too.

– On Wednesday, Andrew Mearns of Pinstripe Alley gathered up the candidates for best Yankee moment of the season.  Totally unbiased, #ARod3K all the way.

– Mike Axisa of RAB put together his version of the WC game pitching staff.

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Putting Together The Wild Card Game Roster

The Yankees are back in the playoffs.  That’s good news.  They only need 1 more win or 1 more Astros loss to secure home field advantage in the AL Wild Card game, which is also good news.  In addition to the decided advantage that will come with facing the Astros and Dallas Keuchel at Yankee Stadium, it also gives Joe a chance to rest a few guys over these final few regular season games in preparation for building his Wild Card game roster.  I’ve hesitated to write this post until I knew they were actually going to be in the game, but now that we know I can proceed.

The roster for the WC game goes back down to a standard 25-man, which the Yankees can load up however and with whoever they want because they will have the option of changing the roster again for the ALDS should they win.  In a 1-game, winner-take-all scenario, typical roster balance can be thrown out the window and I anticipate the Yankees will use 15 position players and 10 pitchers for this game.  …

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About Last Night: “Act Like You’ve Been There Before!”


Made by Carlos Rivera (No, not that one). Posted by Bald Vinny

“A lot of people asked me if we were going to celebrate today and I said, ‘You’re darn right we’re gonna celebrate.” – Alex Rodriguez 10/1/15

Not even 15 seconds after Dellin Betances struck out Josh Rutledge to end last night’s game, and to secure their 10,000th franchise win and a trip to the Wild Card game, people were poo pooing the Yankees’ celebration. Those people were acting as if the Yankee players should have just shaken each other’s hands, quietly left the field, and not cared that they had just made the postseason for the first time since 2012. Well, I’m sorry, but that’s a bunch of bullshit.

First of all, most of the people making fun of or complaining about the Yankees for celebrating were Mets fans which is really rich if you ask me. Who are they to say anything about this? Their team just made the playoffs for the first time in eight years.…

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Game 159 Recap: Yankees 4 Red Sox 1

Yankees WC Celebration I

Yankees WC Celebration II

Yankees WC Celebration III

Yankees WC Celebration IV

There it is!  Now was that so hard?  The Yankees finally got to the 10,000 win plateau last night, beating the Red Sox 4-1 to salvage a game from this series and knock their AL Wild Card magic number down to 0.  The Yankees are going back to the postseason for the first time since 2012, and just like in 2012 they’ve got CC Sabathia to thank for it.

Sabathia took the ball last night and turned in another callback CC start.  It wasn’t the CC of 2012 or 2009 who could go for 7-8 innings and 125 pitches, but it was a good enough approximation and a reminder that this guy can still get it done.  CC put a man on in every inning and worked out of almost every jam.  He got Xander Bogaerts to ground into an inning-ending double play with 2 on and 1 out in the 3rd.  He got another double play to eliminate Travis Shaw‘s leadoff single in the 4th.  …

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Game 159: Sabathia vs. Hill

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

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Rusney Castillo, RF Chris Young, LF
Allen Craig, DH John Ryan Murphy, C
Deven Marrero, 3B Greg Bird, 1B
Sandy Leon, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Josh Rutledge, 2B Brendan Ryan, 3B
Rich Hill, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Rodriguez is a Finalist for Comeback Player of the Year

As per Mark Feinsand:

Alex Rodriguez’s comeback season has been a major storyline around the Yankees all season. The rest of baseball took notice, apparently.

A-Rod is one of three finalists for the American League Comeback Player of the Year in this year’s Players Choice Awards, the MLB Players Association announced Thursday.

Prince Fielder of the Rangers and Kendrys Morales of the Royals are the other two finalists.

It is certainly exciting to see Rodriguez up for any award, let alone one that is determined in part by his peers. Heading into tonight’s game, he’s hitting .252/.356/.492 with 33 HR and 86 RBI, good for a 130 wRC+ – and this on the heels of missing all of 2014, and the majority of 2013.

Had Mark Teixeira‘s season not ended prematurely, one has to wonder if he would have been up for the award, as well.

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Shadow Yankees

Over the last twenty seasons, John Sickels of SB Nation’s Minor League Ball has conducted his own draft for the Minnesota Twins. It began as a pet project of sorts, with Sickels making picks for the first ten rounds or so, and rolling with the international free agents signed by the real world Twins. Over the last several years, however, he has changed course, determining his own international signings and making all fifty (and now forty) Rule IV picks for his Shadow Twins. And each year he rates his own prospects and critiques his own farm system. It’s an incredible undertaking, and a worthwhile read to say the least.

I began my own version of this back in 2008, when I first became enamored with the draft itself. Lacking the connections, resources, and insight of Mr. Sickels, I focused entirely on rounds one through five, as my subscriptions to Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Scout could only take me so far.…

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Game 158 Recap: Red Sox 9 Yankees 5 (11 Innings)

Betances vs BOS

Courtesy of Getty Images

Full disclosure, I fell asleep last night when this game was 4-4.  And boy am I glad I did because this one didn’t end pretty.  The Yankees dropped their third straight to Boston, clawing back from an early 3-run deficit, briefly taking the lead in the later third of the game, and then watching their crumbling, leaky bullpen give it right and lose the game in extras.

The big story last night was Masahiro Tanaka‘s return.  Joe said he would be ready to throw 100 pitches and there were no restrictions on him, but Tanaka sure didn’t look that way to the naked eye.  To me, he looked like a guy who was pitching to protect his hamstring.  He didn’t throw a lot of fastballs, didn’t throw many hard ones when he did, and none of his offspeed pitches had their usual bite.  The Red Sox hitters squared him up a lot in the top of the 1st to create a 2-out rally, starting with Xander Bogaerts‘ single and ending with Travis Shaw‘s 3-run home run to right.…

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