To no one’s surprise, Aaron Judge was named as one of the three finalists for the AL MVP award. He is considered the favorite to win the award. I still get ticked by people pushing for Alvarez (it’s a regular season award, people!) or Ohtani (the Angels finished 33 games back. So, you are telling me that without him they are 45 back? Whoopdie damn do.).
The Contemporary Baseball Committee will be looking at 8 ex-players for the HOF. Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro and Curt Schilling. Five of the eight would be controversial selections because of steroids and/or personality issues, despite in some cases 3000+ hits, 500+ HR, 300+ wins. I won’t get into that. We know about all that. That leaves McGriff, Mattingly and Murphy. I believe McGriff, who is tied on the all-time list with Lou Gehrig with 493 HR (and no steroids) should have already been put in. I’d love Mattingly, but Mattingly’s 1994-1989 pre-back injury (HOF quality) and 1990-1995 post-back injury numbers (merely above average) are drastically different. If Donnie could have only stayed healthy and put up numbers 1990-1995 that matched his 1984-1989 numbers, then he would be a more serious candidate. Murphy I am on the fence on. A back-to-back MVP (1982 and 1983) that like Maris (1960 and 1961) isn’t in the HOF. Maybe a few more HR (he had 398) or a higher average (.265) would have given him a better shot. Once he turned 32, he wasn’t the same player. A few more seasons at his peak would have given him a better chance. The Yanks have not only players as free agents, but coaches too. Pitching coach Matt Blake is a free agent. (GM Brian Cashman is coming back but as of now is working pro bono. His contract expired October 31 and no new deal has been done yet). Assistant pitching coach Hensley Meulens is gone to be hitting coach for Colorado. As expected, the Yanks picked up the team option for Luis Severino at $15MM for 2023. Anthony Rizzo opted out of his contract and is a free agent. Here are the Yankees’ free agents and my thoughts. Andrew Benintendi. Yanks will make an offer to try to keep him. Zack Britton. Interesting call. With Chapman departing, Yanks could use a lefty reliever, but Britton will be 35 next year and missed almost all of 2022 after a poor 2021 and TJ surgery. Pass. Use $ for Judge. Matt Carpenter. A tough call. Turns 37 around Thanksgiving. If Stanton is DH most of the time, where does that leave Carpenter? I think it depends on if Judge stays or goes. If Judge stays, pass. If Judge goes, then the Yanks may look to sign Carpenter and Stanton and Carpenter could switch between RF and DH. Miguel Castro. Pass. The Yanks could probably replace him with Weissert at a lower cost (save $ for Judge). They already have Trivino, Marinaccio, King, Holmes, as RH relievers, as well as Schmidt and German if Schmidt and German aren’t starters. And Stephen Ridings should be over his injury issues that cost him 2022. Aroldis Chapman. Pass. Goodbye and Good Riddance for missing that mandatory workout before the ALDS. Marwin Gonzalez. Pass. Only hit .185 in 2022. Since 2019, has only hit .198. Oswaldo Cabrera can fill his utility role for less money. 34 next year. Like Britton, pass, go with youth and less $$. Save $ for Judge. Chad Green. Pass. Will miss most if not all of 2023 because of TJ surgery. Instead of paying him will need to throw that $ at Judge. Aaron Judge. Obviously the #1 Yankees target and priority. Anthony Rizzo. The Yanks will look to retain him. Jameson Taillon. Questionable. Even if the Yanks get Judge back, is there enough money left to go after a Carlos Rodon (my choice)? Would they give a low in years but high in $$ deal to Verlander, DeGrom or Kershaw? Could go either way here. Of course, getting rid of the salaries of Donaldson and Hicks would help. As of now, the Yanks think both have something left (excuse me while I get sick), but of course they aren’t going to say anything that diminishes whatever trade value they have.
Posted in Awards, Ex-Players, Offseason Moves, Players, The Front Office
Tagged Benintendi, Blake, Britton, Carpenter, Castro, Chapman, Donaldson, Gonzalez, Green, Hicks, Judge, Mattingly, Meulens, Rizzo, Severino, Taillon
Nestor Cortes’ last regular season start could not have gone much better. The best Yankees’ starter this season (sorry, Gerrit Cole) pitched 7 1/3 one-hit, shutout baseball as the Yankees defeated Baltimore 8-0 Saturday afternoon. Cortes was dominating, striking out 12. Cortes ends his season 12-4, with a superb 2.44 ERA. Aaron Judge went 0 for 2, with 2 walks and a HBP as we still wait and see if he can get #62 to set a new AL and Yankees record. He has a couple of things working against him. For one, the weather forecast is not good for Sunday. Should the Yankees be rained out on Sunday, the game, meaningless in the standings, would not be made up. So, Judge has one less game in order to hit #62. The Yankees next four games are on the road in Texas. One game Monday, a doubleheader Tuesday and the regular season finale on Wednesday. There may be a window to play today, but the game may be delayed for a very long time until that window arrives. There appears to be only a one-hour rainless window around 2 pm today, and a window from about 7 to 10 pm. That’s it, and with the Yankees needing to travel to Texas, it does not look good for a game today. Do they really sit in a clubhouse (and make the fans wait) six hours to start the game at 7 PM when they have to travel to Texas for a game tomorrow? For a game that means nothing in the standings, but only for one player. I don’t think so. Also, you can’t hit a HR if every pitch is 2 inches off the ground and 4 inches outside. Since hitting #60, Judge is 7 for 27, with that 61st HR, but SEVENTEEN walks and the HBP. Yesterday, as mentioned above, Judge was 0 for 2, both strikeouts, with a HBP and 2 walks. His batting average is at .313, two points below Luis Arraez of the Twins .315 as Judge also attempts to win the Triple Crown. It appears to be a two-man race for the batting title. Xander Bogaerts of Boston has dropped to .305. The Yanks got on the board quickly yesterday scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Judge was HBP but forced out at second by Anthony Rizzo. Gleyber Torres doubled in Rizzo and went to third on the throw home. Josh Donaldson hit a SF to make it 2-0, then Giancarlo Stanton smashed a 447-ft. HR (29) to make it 3-0. For the badly slumping Stanton, who was hitting .156 since June 1, he needed that badly. Kyle Higashioka homered for the Yanks in the bottom of the second (9) to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Judge walked to lead off the inning, with the pitcher, who appeared to be avoiding Judge, drawing a great deal of derision. The Yanks made him pay for that. Rizzo singled Judge to second. Torres singled in a run to make it 5-0, both runners moving up on the throw. Donaldson singled in both runners to make it 7-0, and he moved up on the throw. Two outs later, Harrison Bader doubled to close out the scoring at 8-0. Rizzo 2 hits Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI Donaldson 2 for 2, walk, 2 RBI. Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (29) Bader 2 hits, RBI Higashioka 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (9) Cortes (W, 12-4) 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 12 K. 2.44 Barnes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.64 (Det/NYY) Before the game Jacob Barnes up from SWB. Zack Britton to IL. If there is a game today, Chi Chi Gonzalez is supposed to start. No word as far as a corresponding move to get Gonzalez on the roster. Luis Severino is to go on Monday. Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will go in Tuesday’s doubleheader, and Domingo German closes out the regular season on Wednesday. The Yanks would then be off for six days, with Game 1 of the ALDS being at Yankee Stadium on October 11. Opponent to be determined. Game 2 would be after another off day on October 13. Then another off day. Game 3, October 15. Games 4 and 5 October 16 and 17 if necessary. The Yankees would only need 3 starters for this series. Most likely Cole, Cortes and Severino. With the off days, the Game 1 starter could come back for Game 4, and the Game 2 starter for Game 5, but the Game 2 starter would be doing so on 3 days’ rest. Severino would probably go Game 3. But who goes in Game 1 and who in Game 2 between Cole and Cortes? I think Cole would be better on his regular rest, so he lines up for 1 and 4. I think Cortes can adapt better to go on three days’ rest, so I’d have him Game 2. Taillon and German for middle relief if needed.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Bader, Barnes, Britton, Cole, Cortes, Donaldson, German, Gonzalez, Higashioka, Judge, Rizzo, Severino, Stanton, Taillon, Torres
Aaron Judge will have to wait for HR #62, going 1 for 2 with a pair of walks in the Yankees’ (96-60) 2-1 loss to Baltimore Friday night. Judge is at .314, about 7/10th of a point behind Minnesota’s Luis Arraez (.315) as Judge also goes for a Triple Crown. A couple of mistakes, lack of control, no run support and a lot of rust hurt the Yanks in the loss. In the first inning, Baltimore scored on a walk, a SB, a throwing error on Jose Trevino on the SB that allowed Cedric Mullins of Baltimore to go to third, and an RBI single. I thought Gleyber Torres should have caught or at least knocked down Trevino’s throw, but it is what it is. The Yanks only got four hits in the game, struck out 13x, and their only run came on a HR by Oswaldo Cabrera (5) in the bottom of the fifth. No way does Cabrera not make the postseason roster. Even if D.J. LeMahieu, Andrew Benintendi or Matt Carpenter do get over their injuries and make it. As for someone else, I’ll get to that in a bit. Domingo German was the tough luck loser in this game, having pitched well, but getting no run support save for Cabrera’s HR. In the top of the sixth, German walked the first two hitters before getting a groundout that moved the runners up. He was then relieved by Zack Britton. Britton is just coming off of TJ surgery and it is said that control is the last thing to return. Britton walked a batter before throwing a WP that enabled the deciding run in the game to score. He was then removed with a tired arm. Nice try in coming back and hoping to make the postseason roster. It is obvious that Britton isn’t ready yet. It will be interesting to see if Matt Carpenter, now taking batting practice, can get a couple of games in before the postseason, and if he can make the postseason roster, because if Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t Giancarlo Stanton, and making over $30MM a year, then based on performance alone, Stanton should NOT be on the postseason roster. Stanton is hitting .140 since coming off the IL, and .156 since June 1. If the Yanks had guts (and it would be a highly controversial move), if Carpenter is ok, they put Carpenter on the postseason roster and DH him and leave Stanton off of it. It won’t happen, though. But the Yanks are racing against the clock to get Stanton straightened out. I fear Stanton will kill the Yanks in the playoffs. He’s been THAT awful. Gallo-like awful. If Stanton is on the postseason roster, as expected, then PLEASE Aaron Boone, drop him in the lineup. To Seventh. Maybe even Eighth like Joe Torre did with A-Rod in 2006. You can’t just keep putting him 4 or 5. But then, Boone had Gallo hitting cleanup in last year’s wildcard game loss at Boston. Sigh. Don’t make the same mistake, Boonie. LeMahieu came off the IL for the game. Locastro taken off the roster. LeMahieu went 0 for 3 and we will see if D.J. is good enough to be on the postseason roster or not. Soon, we see about Benintendi, too. Feelings be damned. If someone isn’t ready or deserves to be on the postseason roster, then leave him off. You can’t mess around come playoff time. Today’s game may be delayed or postponed. The weather forecast calls for rain in NYC. Cabrera 2 hits, solo HR (5) German (L, 2-4) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. 3.31 Tough loss. Britton 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 WP. 13.50 Rusty. Not ready. Go home and heal up more. Marinaccio 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 2.09 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.11 Effross 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.59 (Cubs/NYY) Boone also revealed postgame that right-handed reliever Clay Holmes received a cortisone injection for inflammation in his right rotator cuff and likely won’t pitch again until the American League Division Series starts Oct. 11. We will have to see how he is. Meanwhile, Wandy Peralta should be off the IL by then, and Miguel Castro and Albert Abreu have finished rehab. The Yanks will have a LOT of interesting decisions to make regarding the postseason roster.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Benintendi, Boone, Britton, Cabrera, Carpenter, Castro, Chapman, Effross, German, Holmes, Judge, LeMahieu, Locastro, Marinaccio, Peralta, Stanton
Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris for the AL and Yankees’ single-season HR record by hitting his 61st HR last night in the Yankees’ (96-59) 8-3 win at Toronto. The blow broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Fitting that it was the game-winning hit. So, 61 years after Maris, who wore #9, hit 61, Judge, also a RF, who wears #99, matches him. And Maris sometimes played CF, especially after Mantle went down late in the 1961 season. We’ve seen Judge play a lot of CF himself this season. The Yankees are off today and return to NY for a weekend series against Baltimore. If Judge doesn’t hit #62 Friday night, maybe he does it Saturday, October 1. If so, he would break Maris’ mark exactly 61 years after Roger hit his 61st. Judge wasn’t the only one to tie a single season Yankees’ record last night. Gerrit Cole struck out four batters to give him 248 on the season, tying the mark set by Ron Guidry in 1978. Judge’s HR was his only at bat in a 1 for 4 night. He still leads, barely, in the batting title race as he possibly could win a Triple Crown. He is hitting .3134 to the Twins’ Luis Arraez .3133. Xander Bogaerts of Boston is at .309. Should Judge win the Triple Crown, he would be only the second player since 1967 to do so. He would be the third Yankee. Lou Gehrig in 1934 and Mickey Mantle in 1956 are the Yankees to have done so. By the way, no NL hitter has won the Triple Crown since Joe “Ducky” Medwick of St. Louis in 1937. Having won the AL East the night before, manager Aaron Boone made Anthony Rizzo the de facto manager for the evening. Most of the lineup was made up of the bench players, and rookie Oswald Peraza hit cleanup. The Yanks scored three times in the top of the first inning. Judge walked, and so did Oswaldo Cabrera. Josh Donaldson singled in Judge, and Peraza then got a single for his first MLB RBI to make it 2-0. After a force-out, Marwin Gonzalez hit a SF to make it 3-0. Cole retired the first 15 batters he faced before giving up a HR to Danny Jansen leading off the bottom of the sixth. As we have seen this year, anything that seems to throw Cole off a bit seems to mess him up big time, as far as limiting the damage. A single and walk immediately followed. After a lineout, a single brought in one run. A balk by Cole moved the runners up to second and third. A SF tied the game before Cole got out of the inning. In the top of the seventh, Aaron Hicks singled before Judge hit his AL record-tying HR (and we know about the steroid controversy surrounding the NL and MLB mark, a fact alluded to by Roger Maris, Jr. in a postgame interview). But two outs after Judge’s line drive blast (394 ft with an exit velo of 117+ MPH, the hardest HR Judge has hit all season), the Yanks tacked on another run. Peraza singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Harrison Bader, who moved to second on an error. 6-3 Yankees. The Yanks got a couple of insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Cabrera doubled, and Donaldson was HBP. A groundout by Peraza moved the runners up. Bader then hit a ball back to the mound, but in trying to get the runner out at home, Toronto pitcher Adam Cimber threw the ball back to the backstop and both runners scored. 8-3. Judge 2-run HR (61). Ties AL record and Yankees’ record for most HR in a season. Peraza 2 hits, RBI. First MLB RBI Locastro 2 hits Hicks 3 for 3 with a walk. Cole (W, 13-7) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51 Cole’s 248 K ties Guidry single season NYY record. Britton (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 13.50 After TJ surgery, control is the last thing to return. Effross (H, 16) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.63 (Cubs/NYY) Schmidt (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.29 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.24 D.J. LeMahieu is expected off the IL on Friday, and we will see about the corresponding move.
Posted in Awards, Ex-Players, In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Bader, Boone, Britton, Chapman, Cole, Donaldson, Effross, Gonzalez, Guidry, Hicks, Judge, LeMahieu, Locastro, Maris, Peraza, Rizzo, Schmidt
The Yankees (83-58) reduced their magic # for winning the AL East to 3 with a 7-5 win over Boston on Saturday. While they hit 3 HR, none were by Aaron Judge, who is stuck on 60 as he tries to tie and surpass Roger Maris’ AL and Yankee record of 61. Judge went 0 for 3 with a walk and fell one point behind Boston’s Xander Bogaerts in the batting race, .315 to .314. Luis Arraez of the Twins is at .313. Since Judge is way ahead in HR and RBI, he also could be a Triple Crown winner as well. The Yanks got on the board first when Gleyber Torres homered (24) in the bottom of the first inning. 1-0, Yankees. Domingo German had a shaky second inning though, giving up 2 HR and 3 runs as Boston took a 3-1 lead. The Yanks got a run back in the bottom of the second. With one out, Oswaldo Cabrera and Harrison Bader both walked. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled in Cabrera, Bader out at third. The Yanks went up 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run HR by Cabrera (4). Now this will be interesting in the offseason. Andrew Benintendi is a free agent, and currently on the IL with a broken hand. Do the Yankees try to sign Benintendi or do they feel confident in having the 23-year-old rookie Cabrera as their starting LF in 2023? In the fifth inning, the Yanks upped their lead to 5-3. Kyle Higashioka led off with a single and Judge walked. A flyout moved Higashioka to third. One out later, Josh Donaldson’s infield single brought home Higashioka. 5-3, Yankees. After a year away because of Tommy John surgery, Zack Britton returned to the mound but was ineffective, as Boston cut the Yanks lead to 5-4 in the sixth when Britton walked in a run. Lou Trivino came in with the bases loaded and one out and made sure that was all the Red Sox got. But Boston tied it up in the seventh off of Trivino and Lucas Luetge, who with two out, couldn’t slam the door before Boston tied the game. Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-run HR (32) in the bottom of the seventh that wound up deciding the game. 7-5 Yankees. Rizzo 2-run HR (32) Torres 2 hits, solo HR (24) Cabrera 2-run HR (4) German 5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.30 One rough inning. Britton (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. 27.00 First appearance of season. Trivino (H, 4) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.86 (A’s/NYY ERA) Luetge (W, 4-4; BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.78 Schmidt (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.40 Effross (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Benintendi, Britton, Cabrera, Donaldson, Effross, German, Judge, Kiner-Falefa, Luetge, Rizzo, Schmidt, Torres, Trivino
The Yankees (91-58) clinched a playoff spot with a 5-4, 10-inning win over Boston Thursday night. Should they finish in a tie with Baltimore, the Yanks get in due to a tiebreaker. The magic # for clinching the division and a bye is 6. A couple moves were made before the game. Scott Effross back off the IL. Greg Weissert sent down. Wandy Peralta to the IL. Zack Britton back off the IL. The Yankees also DFA’d Miguel Andujar. They should have traded him when they could have got something for him. Since his 2018 season when he was second in ROY voting, hitting 47 doubles, 27 HR 92 RBI and OPS+ 130, Andujar hasn’t been the same. That injury that cost him most of the 2019 season seems to have destroyed his career. Since then, Andujar has only hit .228-8-26 in 359 at bats. OPS+ 58. The power hasn’t shown up. Of the 82 hits since 2018, only 15 were for extra bases. 100 is a normal OPS+. That drop-off from 130 to 58 is drastic. Granted he has been a yo-yo, up/down, up/down from SWB to NY in that time, but he clearly has dropped off considerably from 2018. A shame. Aaron Judge almost won the game with a HR in the bottom of the ninth. How appropriate if #61 would have been a walk off into Monument Park. But the 404 ft. drive was caught just in front of the fence, 408 feet away. Judge was 0 for 2 in the game, with 3 walks. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts was 0 for 5 in the game, however, so Judge’s lead for the AL batting crown increased over Bogaerts. Judge is at .316, Bogaerts .314 as Judge tries not only for the AL single-season HR title, but also for a Triple Crown. The Yanks scored first in the bottom of the fifth inning. Oswaldo Cabrera walked and went to second on a passed ball. He had to stay at second on Harrison Bader’s infield single. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (who made a fine defensive play in the ninth) singled to load the bases, and Kyle Higashioka’s SF scored Cabrera. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR (28) in the bottom of the sixth and the Yanks went up 3-0. Jameson Taillon was great, pitching six shutout innings, but Clarke Schmidt gave up the lead in the top of the seventh. Schmidt started the inning by going HR, single, walk, HR and before you knew it, the Yanks lost their 3-0 lead and were losing 4-3. Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the eighth, once again with his control. Lou Trivino got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam to keep the score at 4-3, but the Yanks need to fix their bullpen problems before the playoffs start. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the eighth. Stanton led off with a single and was PR for by Tim Locastro, who stole second. A groundout moved Locastro to third and he scored on a SF by Bader, who has really been great in his first three games with the club. Judge got an OF assist in the top of the ninth, perfectly playing a single off the wall in right and throwing out Tommy Pham as he tried to make a double out of it. Then in the bottom of the ninth, the almost game-winning #61. So Close! Clay Holmes had no trouble with the ghost runner for Boston in the top of the tenth, then it was the Yankees’ turn. Marwin Gonzalez PR for Anthony Rizzo as the ghost runner. Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a DP, but Josh Donaldson singled to win the game. The Yanks sit as the #2 seed in the AL. There is almost no chance of catching Houston for the #1 seed (7 back with 13 to go). If, as expected, it stays this way, the Yanks get a bye into the ALDS where, as of now, they would face the winner of the Cleveland/Seattle series. You get what you hope for, and I won’t want to pick who I’d like to face, but I will say this. The Yankees targeted and didn’t get Luis Castillo, who went from the Reds to the Mariners at the trade deadline. Castillo has given the Yanks fits this year, as a Red and as a Mariner. The Yanks are 5-1 vs. Cleveland this year, 2-4 vs. Seattle (thanks in part, to Castillo). Now things could change, and it could be the winner of Cleveland/Tampa Bay or the winner of Cleveland/Toronto. Only 1 1/2 games separate Toronto, Tampa Bay and Seattle for the 4, 5, and 6 spots. Donaldson 3 hits, GW RBI single Stanton 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (28) Taillon 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 8 K. 3.90 Schmidt (BS, 1) 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.46 Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.36 Trivino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 4.78 Holmes (W, 7-4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.59
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Bader, Britton, Chapman, Donaldson, Effross, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, Peralta, Schmidt, Stanton, Taillon, Trivino, Weissert
AAA: SWB (78-63) won 4-3 over Lehigh Valley. 1B Ron Guzman grand slam (15) Spence 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.80 Shreve (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 Miguel Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 REHAB Zack Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 REHAB Cordero (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.82 AA: Somerset won Game 1 of their best-of-3 Semifinal Series for the Eastern League Championship, 9-4. SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits, 2 RBI. #6 prospect. C Austin Wells 2 RBI #4 prospect LF Elijah Dunham 4 hits, 2 RBI #21 prospect 2B Jesus Bastidas 3 hits Randy Vasquez 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. #16 prospect Minnick 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. McGarity 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Espinal 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. Coleman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Bastidas, Britton, Castro, Coleman, Cordero, Dunham, Espinal, Guzman, McGarity, Minnick, Shreve, Spence, Sweeney, Vasquez, Wells
AAA: SWB (76-62) won 8-2. 1B Armando Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI 2B Chris Owings 2 hits, 2 RBI 2-run HR (7) Brito 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.11 Mujica 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.14 Krook (W, 9-7) 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.28 Rich Rodriguez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.43 Britton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00 REHAB Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 Barnes 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45 AA: Somerset (82-52, 1st half division winner) won 2-1. RF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (11) Clayton Beeter 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 7 K. 2.13 #9 prospect. Overall: 0-3, 4.56 129 K in 77 IP Miguel Castro (BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 10.80 REHAB Espinal 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.11 Myatt (W, 4-2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.08 Jennings (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.19
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Alvarez, Barnes, Beeter, Brito, Britton, Castro, Espinal, Jennings, Krook, Mujica, Myatt, Owings, Rodriguez, Rosario, Shreve
Zack Britton was moved up to AAA for rehab. AAA: SWB (75-61) won 4-1. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits. #1 prospect .256-20-64, 48 SB C Josh Breaux 2 hits. # 22 prospect .223-18-46 1B Ron Guzman 3-run HR (13) Spence (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 7 K. 3.61 (AAA stat only) M. Gomez (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.21 Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 REHAB Duffey (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP 10.80 AA: Somerset (81-51; 1st half division winner) lost 12-7. CF Jasson Dominguez 0 for 5, 2 strikeouts. 1 9 yr. old just promoted to AA. 2nd game, 0 for 10. Overall 3 levels: .274-15-58, 36 SB #2 prospect DH Harrison Bader 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (1) REHAB C Austin Wells 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (12) #4 prospect Overall: .282-20-63, 16 SB SS Trey Sweeney 2-run HR (2). #6 prospect. Overall: .243-16-56, 31 SB RF Jeisson Rosario 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10) Randy Vasquez (L, 2-7) 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 3.90 #16 prospect. Espinal 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2 WP 3.16 Miguel Castro 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3 WP 6.75 REHAB Ernst 2 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.12 Ramirez 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 1.73
Posted in In-Season Moves, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Bader, Breaux, Britton, Castro, Dominguez, Duffey, Ernst, Espinal, Gomez, Guzman, Ramirez, Rosario, Spence, Sweeney, Vasquez, Volpe, Wells
AAA: SWB (73-61) won 14-2. 2B Tyler Wade 2 hits. CF Blake Perkins 2 hits, 2 RBI 1B Armando Alvarez 3 hits, RBI. Solo HR (17) C Josh Breaux 2 hits. #22 prospect. .220-18-46 RF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (5) DH Rob Brantly 3 hits, 2 RBI LF Chris Owings 2 hits, 5 RBI a 2-run HR and a 3-run HR (6) Brito 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.18 Boyle (W, 3-1) 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.06 Salazar 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 3.86 Rich Rodriguez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.74 M. Gomez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.30 AA: Somerset (81-49; won first half division title) lost 8-7. SS Trey Sweeney 2 hits. #6 prospect. .240-15-54, 30 SB DH Harrison Bader 1 for 3, single, walk. 1 R, 1 RBI. REHAB C Austin Wells 2 hits. #4 prospect. .280-18-61, 15 SB RF Elijah Dunham 2 RBI #21 prospect .253-17-62, 37 SB 3B Andres Chaparro 2 RBI 2B Jesus Bastidas 2 RBI. 2-run HR (17) Will Warren (L, 7-5) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.86 #8 prospect. Overall 9-8, 3.78 Semple 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K 5.14 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00 REHAB Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 REHAB Myatt 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.38 Coleman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.02 High A: Hudson Valley Cancelled. Rain. SEASON OVER Low A: Tampa Cancelled. Rain. SEASON OVER
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Alvarez, Bader, Bastidas, BOyle, Brantly, Breaux, Brito, Britton, Castro, Chaparro, Chapman, Coleman, Dunham, Gomez, LaMarre, Myatt, Owings, Perkins, Rodriguez, Salazar, Semple, Sweeney, Wade, Warren, Wells