Quick hit: Yankees Designate Austin and Figueroa, Activate Bailey

More roster moves were announced this morning.

From MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees have designated outfielder Tyler Austin and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment, the club announced. Those moves were made as part of a flurry of roster activity to clear 40-man space for September call-ups, including former All-Star closer Andrew Bailey.

Also of note, Domingo German, who had Tommy John surgery, was called up and transferred to the 60-day DL. This means he gets five weeks of MLB pay and time even though he can’t actually play.

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Checking in on Didi Gregorius

Back on July 15, I wrote about the slow and steady progression of Didi Gregorius so I thought in light of last night’s performance and his performance against the Braves this past weekend, we could take a look at how he has been doing since the All-Star break.

In 147 at bats (42 games), Gregorius is hitting .327/.365/.435/.800. He’s batting .233/.273/.315/.588 at home and batting .419/.451/.554/1.005 away from Yankee Stadium.

Here’s his overall spray chart since the All-Star break:
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And here’s the heat map:
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Some numbers:

  • Gregorius has gotten three singles off the cutter – two off David Price – and he’s batting .375/.375/.375/.750.
  • He’s gotten one single off the splitter. .286/.286/.286/.571
  • He has trouble with the changeup, batting .111/.190/.167/.357, but he hit a double in Saturday’s game against the Braves.
  • He’s hit five singles and a double off the slider and he’s batting .259/.259/.296/.556.
  • In six at bats against the knuckleball, he has three singles – two off R.A. Dickey and one off Steven Wright.
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Yankees Announce First Round Of September Call-Ups

It was news that flew under the radar while the frustrating game was playing out in Boston, but the Yankees did announce their first round of September roster expansion call-ups last night.  The group will include catcher Austin Romine, infielders Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela, outfielder Rico Noel, and relief pitchers Caleb Cotham, James Pazos, and Andrew Bailey.  The team will also activate utility man Dustin Ackley off the DL today.

This a pretty even layer of depth being added to the roster with nothing really standing out as especially notable.  I wrote about what Ackley is bringing back to the table yesterday and he figures to be the most useful of this bunch.  I expect we’ll see some of Refsnyder against left-handed pitching at second, but he isn’t going to be taking time away from Drew.  Romine will serve as the emergency catcher because Gary Sanchez is hurt and could be an option as a righty first baseman.  …

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Game 130 Recap: Red Sox 4 Yankees 3

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Out by a mile. My favorite part of this game. Courtesy of the AP

From one divisional basement dweller to another, the Yankees traveled to Boston to start a 3-game series last night looking to continue  to beat up on inferior competition and keep pace with the Blue Jays.  Based on the number of opportunities they generated, the Yankees should have won this game in a walk.  But they could never cash in big on even one of them, and instead they went home with a frustrating “coulda, shoulda, woulda” type of loss.

How many missed opportunities were there?  Let’s just list them out.

  • Top 1st- Yanks loaded the bases with nobody out on a catcher’s interference, a fielding error, and an Alex Rodriguez base hit.  They scored a run on a Carlos Beltran sac fly and nothing else.
  • Top 4th– Loaded the bases again with nobody out on a walk to Brian McCann and 2 singles by Chase Headley and Greg Bird.  
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Game 130: Nova vs. Rodriguez

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

New York Yankees Houston Astros
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Chris Young, LF Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Xander Bogaerts, SS
Carlos Beltran, RF David Ortiz, DH
Brian McCann, C Travis Shaw, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Rusney Castillo, RF
#GREGBIRD, 1B Brock Holt, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Ryan Hanigan, C
Brendan Ryan, 2B Jackie Bradley, Jr., LF
Ivan Nova, SP Eduardo Rodriguez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Deja Vu in Atlanta?

Baseball is such a funny game with all its twists and turns, which is what makes the 162 game grind so exhausting on one hand, but so rewarding on the other hand if it ends up going your way.

The Yankees looked like an old, fragile and broken down baseball team heading into the deep south. It certainly seemed like things were just not headed in the right direction after losing five of seven games against Cleveland and Houston at home, which is a place they had been previously dominant all season long.

The Yankees were dominated by some great pitchers like Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Carrasco, but also could not hit against mediocre to poor ones like Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and Scott Feldman. So even though the Braves are a bad baseball team, it wasn’t exactly reassuring. Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira had injuries and Alex Rodriguez was being replaced in the lineup by a pitcher (the wisdom of NL baseball at its finest).…

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The Farm Report: August

Well, we have somehow hit that point in the season where the minor leagues are getting closed to wrapping up and prospects will be hoping to get their first taste of big league action with a September call up to the Bronx. I’ll do a more thorough recap of the minor league teams’ seasons after they have finished, but here is an update for now.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders have put together a very strong 2015, going 76-60 so far. They are five games ahead of Rochester in the IL North and, with eight games left in the season (two against Rochester), they only need four games to eliminate the Redwings. The RailRiders used a league-leading line of .269/.336/.385 to put them within reach of the IL North crown. Jose Pirela has been a big bat for Scranton in August, hitting .320/.391/.361 with eleven walks and six strikeouts. Ben Gamel has been solid for Scranton as well, hitting .355/.395/.570 this month.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: Could Dustin Ackley Be Exactly What The Yankees Need?

The Yankees finished off an impressive weekend road sweep with a 20-6 shellacking of the Atlanta Braves yesterday, and they head to Boston to open another road series tonight in a much better spot than they were a few days ago.  They’ll also head into Boston not knowing whether injured first baseman Mark Teixeira will be able to play and considering playing A-Rod there against one of Boston’s lefties should Teix continue to be unavailable.

Yesterday’s offensive breakout being what it was, there are still a few guys in the lineup who have looked tired and could probably use another day or 2 off similar to what A-Rod got over the weekend.  The Yankees’ unwillingness to put Teix on the DL has left them with a short bench, which has made it more difficult for Joe to give those tired guys a spell and still put a decent lineup out on the field.  That’s where Dustin Ackley comes in.  He’s been playing in MiL rehab games and should be activated on Tuesday.  …

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