Draft Notes: Manaea, Kaminsky, Crawford, And McKinney

We’re just a little bit more than a week away from draft day and the Yankees still haven’t spilled the beans. This is pretty standard for the organization, but while the news continues to come in about the Astros and Cubs meeting with projected top picks, the Yankees are remaining completely quiet. Most of what we’ve gathered about the Yankees’ draft is speculation, but there is a consensus around several mock drafts.

In my last draft post, I had a ton of links to rankings, scouting reports, and mock drafts. In most of them, the Yankees were heavily favored to take high school players, LHP Rob Kaminsky and C Jon Denney. College SS Tim Anderson has shown up in quite a few mocks as well, though the last time the Yankees took a college bat in the first round was 2001. HS OF Ryan Boldt was also named quite a few times as a possible high-risk pick for the team, as Boldt’s stock has fallen dramatically due to injury issues.…

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Stat of the day: 5/28/13

And how will the Yankees be rewarded tonight while on the verge of suffering through their first three-game losing streak of the season? By facing the Mets’ ace Matt Harvey.

The good news for them is that their own ace, Hiroki Kuroda, is also starting tonight.

So will there be another pitcher’s duel tonight in Queens? We’ll find out in a few hours.

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Recent Offensive Struggles Shine A Light On The Need For Injured Bats

It was bound to happen with the way the Yankees have played and the positive contributions the new guys have made this season, but it doesn’t make the notion any less silly.  With Curtis Granderson having already returned (and get hurt again) and Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis possibly set to do the same soon, the idea among fans that the team would be “better off without those high-priced guys” has grown.  It’s sure to grow even more when A-Rod gets ready to come back, as it always seems to do when he’s coming off the DL.  This is obviously incredibly flawed logic, something the MSM likes to throw out there to stir up fake controversy and sell papers.  Almost as if in anticipation of that issue, the team’s production recently has shown exactly why the Yankees are still very much in need of their injured stars’ services.

The Yanks are 6-6 in their last 12 games.  The last 2 losses have been especially troubling for different reasons, but the one constant in those games was the lineup’s inability to score runs.  …

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The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Norfolk 8-0:
The RailRiders used a big second inning to storm out ahead of the Tides. Ronnier Mustelier got it started by lining a single to left. Dan Johnson followed with a ground-rule double and Josh Bell singled in Mustelier for the first run of the game. With two outs, Bobby Wilson drew a walk to load the bases. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch, pushing another run across the plate. Thomas Neal lined a single to left, plating Bell and Zoilo Almonte singled in Wilson and Joseph, putting Scranton ahead 5-0. Johnson and Bell drew walks to start the third, with the former scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak. The RailRiders added a run in the seventh and the ninth, with Mustelier playing a role in both as he was swinging a particularly hot bat en route to the Scranton 8-0 victory.

Mustelier ended the day 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Almonte went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk.…

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Quick recap: Mets 2, Yankees 1

Well, someone had to lose tonight and unfortunately it was the Yankees.

The game was flying by because neither team could get a run across until the Yankees finally scored in the top of the sixth when Brett Gardner hit a triple which was followed by a Jayson Nix RBI single to make it 1-0 Yankees.

Gardner would factor in a big play in the bottom of the frame when Daniel Murphy took Phil Hughes deep to the 385 sign in the outfield. Gardner jumped up and robbed Murphy of what could have been a two-run home run. The Mets ended up not scoring that inning.

They got their first run on a solo shot by David Wright off Hughes in the bottom of the seventh. Hughes was fine tonight throwing seven innings of one run ball. He held the Mets to four hits – two by Wright and two by fellow starter Jonathon Niese – and struck out six.

The Mets took the lead in the eighth off of David Robertson who clearly didn’t have anything working tonight.…

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Game 50: Subway Series Game One

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Subway Series 2013 – Courtesy of nycpudding.com

I wrote something earlier about my record at Subway Series’ games (it’s pretty good) and I already posted the lineups so what on earth will I write?

Hmmm.

Well, it’s a shortened series with only two games at each ballpark – two at Citifield followed by two at Yankee Stadium – and the Yankees are currently 30-19 on the season and the Mets are 18-29 so they’re obviously headed in different directions.

This will be Mariano Rivera‘s last appearance at Citifield in the regular season so he met with some Mets season ticket holders earlier this afternoon as apart of his farewell tour. He will be honored by the Mets before tomorrow night’s game.

I wonder what they will give him. They already gave him his first career RBI and 500th save in 2009…

Anyway, go Yankees!

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Tonight’s Subway Series lineups: 5/27/13

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Nix SS
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Adams 3B
Ichiro RF
Overbay 1B
Stewart C

Hughes P

METS
Tejada SS
Murphy 2B
Wright 3B
Duda LF
Buck C
Ankiel CF
Davis 1B
Baxter RF

Niese P

Some roster news: Joba Chamberlain told the beat writers he’d be activated tomorrow.

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Looking back at my Subway Series history

When the Mets and Yankees first started playing Subway Series games way back in 1997, I was actually excited about it. I think everyone in New York was. Instead of talking about a rivalry that actually didn’t exist — because honestly, how can there even be a rivalry when the teams never play games against each other  — There would finally be one.

Growing up, the Yankees and Mets didn’t play each other in anything other than the Mayor’s Trophy games which were exhibition games that didn’t mean much to anyone other than George Steinbrenner who, as we all know, overreacted to almost every single game no matter how insignificant back in the day.

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Since interleague play began, I have been lucky enough to attend 16 Subway Series games (15 at Yankee Stadium and 1 at Shea Stadium – 15 regular series and 1 World Series) and the Yankees have won 14 of them. The only losses I witnessed in person occurred in 1999 and 2008.…

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