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Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

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From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:

Gardner
Judge
Bird
Stanton
Sanchez
Gregorius
Hicks
Headley
Torreyes/Wade/Torres

Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).

 

 

 

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Yanks trade Castro & prospects to Marlins for Stanton. More to come.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I will fill in details later, once they become known, but imagine Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez in the same lineup.

Well, the Yankees traded Starlin Castro & prospects to the Marlins today for Stanton.

More to come.

UPDATE: Stanton for Castro, Jorge Guzman (21, 5-3, 2.30 at short Season Staten Island this year, 88K in 66 2/3 IP), and Jose Devers (17, .245-1-16, 16 SB, SS in rookie and Dominican Summer League Play).

The Yanks will be picking up all but $30mm of Stanton’s deal. Kind of like losing A-Rod’s deal after this year but replacing it with Stanton’s.

But a no-brainer. Lost Castro, so it will be determined who plays 2B. But didn’t give up any top prospects like Adams, Sheffield, Torres, Estrada, McKinney, Frazier, Abreu, Acevedo, German….

as for 2B it could be Gleyber Torres right away, or if he needs a little more time (and 20 more days in the minors means his free agency gets pushed back a year) the Yanks could use Ronald Torreyes or Tyler Wade as a stopgap.

 

Game 157. Yanks clinch home wild card game with a 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Rays tonight, 6-1, and in so doing ensured that the wild card play-in game will be played in Yankee Stadium.

They did pick up a game on Boston, and are still alive for the division crown, but are 3 back with five games to go. The Yanks won the season series against the Red Sox, so a tie goes to the Yankees.

With their 88th win, the Yanks have won more games than any Yankees team since 2012. You have to go back to 2012, when the Yanks last won the AL East, to find a team with more wins.

That 2012 team won the ALDS over Baltimore, thanks to Raul Ibanez’ heroics, but were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers. That ALCS is best remembered for Derek Jeter breaking his ankle in Game 1.

As for tonight, Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings to get the win, 6-1 over the Rays. He got help in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, who just came off of the DL. Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a grand slam HR. Instead it was a SF, and after that, Montgomery settled in.

Hicks drew 3 walks tonight and stole a base.

In the second, the Yanks struck for four runs. Starlin Castro hit his 15th HR leading off the inning. Singles by Todd and Clint Frazier, and then another by Ronald Torreyes, loaded the bases. Back to Back walks to Hicks and Judge forced in two runs. After a DP, Judge stole second, and a WP brought Hicks home.

In the eighth, with one out, Torreyes walked (a rarity). A WP moved him to second and after another out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled in one run, Holliday another. 6-1.

Hicks 3 walks and robbed a guy of a grand slam (wound up a SF)
Castro 3 for 3, HR.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Montgomery (W, 9-7, 3.96) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.44
Robertson (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.90
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.91

Ok, a question for you. Who would you want as the #4 starter in the postseason rotation after Severino, Gray and CC?

Tanaka? or Montgomery?

I say Montgomery. But I don’t think the Yanks will have the guts to do the right thing, and go with the rookie who has pitched better than Tanaka all season long.

I think they’ll go with the experience and with Tanaka.

But I hope I am wrong, and that do indeed they go with the guy whose ERA is one full run lower, and that’s Montgomery.

 

 

Game 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.

Game 129. Yanks rout Seattle with help from Mariners, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am back after a couple of days out of town, so I’ll BRIEFLY recap the Friday and Saturday games before getting into Sunday’s.

On Friday night, the Yanks lost to Seattle 2-1 in 11 innings. They were 0 for 12 w/RISP but Girardi once again got me mad. CC pitched great, 1 R in 7 IP, but Chad Green pitches the 8th, goes 1-2-3 on 8 pitches, 7 strikes, and stubborn Girardi pulls him. WHY? Let him go another inning! Instead, Girardi pulls him for Betances in the 9th, Robertson goes the 10th, and Chapman, struggling now as we all know, for the 11th, and of course, it’s Chapman who gives up the GW HR in the top of the 11th. Why pull Green? 8 pitches? Really? Let him go another inning and you can push the rest back. Joe, stop with the BS and “formula.” Guy has a 1-2-3 on few pitches, leave him in. Please.

Castro back, Wade sent down (until rosters expand Sept. 1).

On Saturday the Yanks won 6-3. Sonny Gray pitched a great game. Greg Bird back, Austin sent down (see above). Castro 2 RBI. Ellsbury 4 RBI, inc. 3-run HR.

Today, Tanaka gave up a run in the first but settled in, looking like the old Tanaka, which the Yanks need to see down the stretch. The Yanks got six in the bottom of the first, helped by FIVE Mariner errors.

Castro 4 for 4 w/an RBI.
Bird, looking good upon his return, had 2 RBI. Key for the stretch run.

Sad to see people dumping on Bird b/c of his 6 for 60 start this year. He played hurt. He hit over .430 in spring training with what, 8 HR? That misdiagnosed injury which requied surgery cost him this year. If he can have the month of September equal to the spring training he had…

Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

 

Tanaka (10-10, 4.69) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K. The Tanaka we need to go w/Severino, Gray & CC.

Smith 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.79.

The Yanks are 70-59 and now 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. Big 4-game series against them next weekend at the Stadium. They don’t play each other after that.

As for Judge, we really need to get him going again. The strikeouts are something, but Aaron, they are called strikeouts. Swing the bat!

Suspensions from the Yanks/Tigers fight. We’ll see what happens w/appeals. Romine got 2 games, Sanchez 4.

Girardi got ejected from Sunday’s game.

 

Game 125. Hot Kraken & the Mighty Mite lead Yanks to 10-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (68-57) weren’t able to pick up ground on the AL East leading Red Sox tonight, but at this point, they need to make sure they make the playoffs and have the wild card game at home.

They accomplished that feat tonight, whipping Detroit 10-2.

The “Kraken”, Gary Sanchez, is hot. He hit a HR in the first inning (26) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Yankees’ single season HR by a catcher is 30, shared by Yogi & Jorge. Now of the 26, 2 were at DH, and 1 as 1B, leaving 23 as C. We’ll see if Gary can break that.

The Yanks broke it open in the third, scoring five runs. Ellsbury & Torreyes singled. Gardner’s flyout moved both runners up. Hicks walked to load the bases and Sanchez singled in two. Judge doubled in another to make it 4-0. Didi singled one in, 5-0, and Headley hit a SF, 6-0. Game over.

Didi Gregorius’ 19th HR of the season made it 7-0 in the fifth.

Ronald Torreyes hit a bases-loaded hit in the sixth to make it 8-0. Torreyes was 4 for 4 with an RBI tonight. .299 for a utility backup IF.

Severino died off a bit in the sixth, giving up a HR, 8-1.

But Chase Headley hit a homer (8) in the top of the seventh, 9-1.

Aaron Hicks’ RBI single in the eighth made it 10-1, but Tommy Kahnle gave up a ninth-inning HR.

10-2.

In that one game wild card playoff, who’d you want other than Severino?

Severino (W, 11-5, 3.10) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R,  6 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W 4 K. All outs by K. 2.19
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.10

Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Judge 2 hits, RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Headley 2 RBI, HR.
Torreyes 4 for 4, RBI.

 

 

Game 124. Sanchez’ 2 HR power Yanks, 13-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit two HR, one 493 feet, to power the Yanks (67-57) to a 13-4 win over the Tigers Tuesday night.

With one out in the first, Sanchez’ first HR (24), the 493′ bomb, put the Yanks up 2-0. It was the second-longest HR this season, two behind a HR by Aaron Judge.

A walk to Judge, double by Didi Gregorius and SF by Tyler Austin later in the inning made it 3-0.

In the third, Judge walked, and Gregorius singled. Austin singled in a run to make it 4-0. After an out, Todd Frazier tripled in two runs for 6-0 and a SF by Ronald Torreyes made it 7-0.

Judge was 1 for 1 with three walks, and his striking out streak finally ended at 37.

Masahiro Tanaka came off the 10-day DL (Bryan Mitchell sent down) with a solid outing. He gave up one run in the third to cut the Yanks lead to 7-1.

In the fifth, Frazier and Torreyes singled, Brett Gardner hit into a force out. Aaron Hicks reached on a fielder’s choice, every one safe, run scoring. 8-1. After Sanchez struck out, Judge singled to make it 9-1.

A 2-run HR by Hicks (13) made it 11-1 in the seventh. Tanaka gave up a HR in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to 11-3.

Gary Sanchez’ second HR (25) of the game, a 2-run shot, put the Yanks up 13-3 in the ninth, and in the bottom of the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed on a diving catch and Nicholas Castellanos of the Tigers got an inside-the-park HR to make it 13-4, the final.

Hicks 2 hits, 3 RBI. (HR)
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. (493 and 403 foot HR)
Austin 2 RBI
Frazier 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, RBI.

Tanaka (W, 9-10, 4.86) 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.80. Gave up 1 HR.