Saturday Links: Stottlemyre, Betances, Didi, Mock Drafts

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Stottlemyre during his playing days. (Presswire)
Stottlemyre during his playing days. (Presswire)

Once again, the Yankees are playing a Saturday night game this week, though at least this one is on the East Coast. Including tonight, their next three and four of their next five Saturday games are night games. Blah. Anyway, here are some links to hold you over until the Yankees and Angels resume their series later tonight.

Mel Stottlemyre Battling Cancer Again

Former Yankees pitcher and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre is again battling cancer, reports John Harper. The 73-year-old Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, while on Joe Torre’s staff back in 2000, and he was told he only had 3-5 years to live. He’s outshot that projection by a decade, but the cancer returned in late-2011 and he has been undergoing treatment since.

“It’s been tough because so much of my life is controlled by doctors, by the cancer. And the side effects of the treatment have been nasty, there’s no getting around it. But I’m determined that I can beat this thing. There are times when I have my doubts but it’s not going to get me down,” said Stottlemyre to Harper. Among the side effects from the medication are heart and thyroid conditions, and a form of diabetes. He also has an Achilles tendon issue, but can’t undergo surgery due to chemotherapy.

Despite the cancer and the treatment, Stottlemyre said he is going to try to make it to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers’ Day later this month. “I want to be there in the worst way,” he said. His wife Jean said they are going to try to attend as well, though the travel from their home in Washington might be too much. Either way, let’s hope for the best for Stottlemyre, a longtime cancer survivor who is trying to do it again.

Betances Gets Pointers From Rivera

Earlier this season, when Dellin Betances was really struggling with his command, the big right-hander got some pointers from Mariano Rivera, writes Kevin Kernan. “Towards the beginning of the season when I was struggling early on, Mo told me a couple of pointers that really helped,” said Betances. “He told me he felt like my front shoulder was flying open and he offered some tips. I dropped the shoulder a little bit to stay within a straight line and have a good direction towards home, and I think that has helped me be more successful and more consistent.’’

Betances said Rivera also reminded him to “stay locked in and have confidence,” even while struggling. “Hearing that from him makes such a difference. I’ve been able to use that advice to my advantage,” he added. Dellin’s numbers since his early-April struggles are insane — he went into last night’s game with five hits and six walks allowed in his last 24 innings, with 43 strikeouts. Bonkers. Somehow Betances has been even better than last year. If only Rivera’s words had that much of an impact on everyone.

Gregorius Gets Pointers From A-Rod, Beltran

(Ezra Shaw/Getty)
(Ezra Shaw/Getty)

Meanwhile, the Yankees have turned to two current veteran players to help shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has improved at the plate lately but has struggled overall. In addition to hitting coach Jeff Pentland and assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell, both Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran have been helping Gregorius in recent weeks, reports George King. “Alex and Carlos had a big hand in talking to Didi,’’ said Pentland.

“You have to have the same approach in the batting cage that you do in the game, and that was something that was missing to me. He is the guy who has to go out and do it. Hopefully he has found something to work with,” said Beltran, who added he considers helping young players part of a veteran’s job. Both Beltran and A-Rod encouraged Gregorius to be “more selective in the (strike) zone” as well. This is the second time Rodriguez has lent a hand coaching Didi — he worked with him at shortstop a few weeks go.

Yankees Invite Whitley For Private Workout

According to Dan Zielinksi, the Yankees had New York HS OF Garrett Whitley in for a private workout before Monday’s draft. (Whitley said he worked out for the Braves and Brewers as well.) I’m not sure if the workout took place in Yankee Stadium or in Tampa, but that doesn’t really matter. Here’s my profile on Whitley, a projected first round pick and one of the highest upside players in the draft. Pre-draft workouts are not uncommon but teams don’t invite just anyone either — they’re usually reserved for players clubs have significant interest in, and, more than anything, the workout is so more members of the brain trust can see the player, including the higher ups. There’s no word on who else the Yankees brought in for a pre-draft workout.

Baseball Prospectus’ Mock Draft v2.0

Over at Baseball Prospectus (subs. req’d), Chris Crawford posted his second mock draft yesterday, and, like everyone else, he has the Diamondbacks taking Vanderbilt SS Dansby Swanson with the first overall pick. That’s not set in stone just yet, but it sure looks like Arizona is leaning in that direction. Crawford has the Yankees selecting Whitley and California HS C Chris Betts with their top two picks, 16th and 30th overall, respectively. Here’s my profile on Betts. (The Whitley profile is linked above.) The Yankees have been connected to both players for weeks now. There’s a decent chance Whitley will be off the board by time that 16th pick comes around, but Betts should still be available.

MLB.com’s Mock Draft v4.0

Meanwhile, Jim Callis posted his latest mock draft yesterday as well. He also has the D’Backs taking Swanson with the top pick. As for the Yankees, Callis has them picking UCLA RHP James Kaprielian and Betts with those 16th and 30th overall picks, respectively. Here’s my profile on Kaprielian. (Again, the Betts profile is linked above.) Callis says the Yankees “want a college pitcher,” but we’ve also heard they want a bat, so who really knows. This draft is very deep in right-handed pitchers, both high school and college, so the best available player for that 16th pick could easily be an arm.

Four Players To Attend 2015 Draft

According to MLB, four players will be at the MLB Network studios for the draft broadcast on Monday: Whitley, Florida HS SS Brendan Rodgers, Indiana HS RHP Ashe Russell, and Pennsylvania HS RH Mike Nikorak. Rodgers is a likely top five pick — he was a candidate to go first overall, but apparently the D’Backs want a quick moving college player — while the Yankees have been connected to the other three guys at various points these last few weeks. Here are my profiles for Russell and Nikorak. Look up a few paragraphs for the Whitley profile. It would be pretty neat if the Yankees drafted a kid who was actually in the studio, wouldn’t it?

Ibanez Changes Agents

Free agent Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez recently changed agents, according to Ben Badler. Ibanez left Praver Shapiro Sports Management and is now represented by Relativity Sports. He has been eligible to sign since February, but Badler says Ibanez is likely to wait to sign until after July 2nd so his bonus (and penalties) get pushed to the 2015-16 signing period. The Yankees have shown some interest in Ibanez, a 22-year-old light hitting/good fielding second baseman, but if he waits until July 2nd, they’ll have no shot to sign him. Part of the penalties for last year’s international spending spree is a bonus cap of $300,000 during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 signing periods, and $300,000 won’t be enough for Ibanez.

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  • blake

    Prayers for Mel….that’s a tough thing he’s dealing with.

    Everyone could see Betances was flying open early on….that’s usually a big reason for his struggles when he does struggle….but Mo is magic so him telling him that probably just miraculously fixed it.

    Arod is probably the best hitting coach in baseball

    Does anyone know what’s going on with Aiken? It doesn’t seem like the pundits are expecting him to go in the first round anymore? I think from what I’ve read I’m kinda wanting Whitley at 16…..but I’m still intrigued by Aiken if he’s healthy and if they think he will actuall sign

  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    I’m starting to think if the Yankees don’t land Whitley at 16 , then it might be possible that they make a strong push to sign Martinez before the June 16th deadline.

  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    I’m starting to think if the Yankees don’t land Whitley at 16 , then it might be possible that they make a strong push to sign Martinez before the June 16th deadline.

  • Kenthadley

    Mel was a great pitcher on a crappy team back in the day. Good hitter too. Saw the first game he pitch for Yanks. Was a big reason for their comeback in 64 and got three WS starts. Borderline HOF with a better team. Yanks pitched him until his rotator cuff gave away, and back then that meant the end. Always a class act.

    • Austinmac

      9-3 that year. It’s funny how my brain retains such things. Have you seen my keys? :)

      • Kenthadley

        Can’t remember what I had for breakfast, but I can tell you Bill Stafford’s uniform number.

  • Kenthadley

    Mel was a great pitcher on a crappy team back in the day. Good hitter too. Saw the first game he pitch for Yanks. Was a big reason for their comeback in 64 and got three WS starts. Borderline HOF with a better team. Yanks pitched him until his rotator cuff gave away, and back then that meant the end. Always a class act.

  • Y’s Guy

    My first game at the Big Ballpark Mel stared in his great rookie year. Best of luck to him, I hope he makes it to OTD, and speaking of which, isn’t it great how much old players really really want to make OTD at YS? When other teams have done OTD’s they seem like just another promotion and they have to scare up some players for the opposing team. The Yankees who get invited to OTD seem to circle it on the calendar every year.
    Wishing Mel many more OTD’s.

  • Y’s Guy

    My first game at the Big Ballpark Mel stared in his great rookie year. Best of luck to him, I hope he makes it to OTD, and speaking of which, isn’t it great how much old players really really want to make OTD at YS? When other teams have done OTD’s they seem like just another promotion and they have to scare up some players for the opposing team. The Yankees who get invited to OTD seem to circle it on the calendar every year.
    Wishing Mel many more OTD’s.

  • Austinmac

    I saw Mel pitch his first game. Very good sinkerball pitcher. I wish him well.

  • Austinmac

    I saw Mel pitch his first game. Very good sinkerball pitcher. I wish him well.

  • Austinmac

    Whitley with high upside would be great. No doubt he’ll be picked by the team right in front of us.

    • blake

      It’ll be Tex’s fault

  • Austinmac

    Whitley with high upside would be great. No doubt he’ll be picked by the team right in front of us.

  • Ramon Floreddardes

    I’ll say a prayer for Mel today. He was a big part of that late 90’s dynasty. Mel, Zim, Torre. They don’t get the credit they deserve.

    I’m not surprised Dellin has been working with Mariano. I think Dellin is the next Mariano and will have a plaque in monument park one day. I hope Dellin is a Yankee for life.

    I’m also not surprised that Didi’s improvement at the plate is due to the mentoring of Alex Rodriguez. Alex has really stepped up as a leader this year, both working with the young kids and leading by example with his patient approach at the plate. Joe would be smart to make Alex a coach when he retires.

    • Y’s Guy

      funny how everybody jumps on praising Arod for working with youngsters but Beltran? crickets!

      • Austinmac

        Crickets?

        • Y’s Guy

          yeah, this has been mentioned several times on here in the past few days how Beltran and Arod have been working with Didi. And everytime it seems like 3 or 4 or 5 people jump in and say how great it is of Arod to help the kids.

          • Austinmac

            I get your point. I don’t get the expression.

            • Y’s Guy

              crickets is a term you use to say that nobody’s speaking (so you hear crickets)

              • Austinmac

                Got it.

            • Y’s Guy

              crickets is a term you use to say that nobody’s speaking (so you hear crickets)

          • Austinmac

            I get your point. I don’t get the expression.

        • Y’s Guy

          yeah, this has been mentioned several times on here in the past few days how Beltran and Arod have been working with Didi. And everytime it seems like 3 or 4 or 5 people jump in and say how great it is of Arod to help the kids.

      • Austinmac

        Crickets?

      • blake

        That’s what was heard when Beltran loafed after that ball down the first base line a couple of weeks ago…..look I’m glad Carlos is helping the youngsters…..I’m glad he’s hittihg some now too….but I haven’t felt like he’s given great effort all the time the last 2 years and that’s something you can never say about Arod……but yea it’s good of him to share his knowledge

        • Y’s Guy

          he had ZERO chance on that ball and I pointed that out at the time, go watch the video of it again, NO CHANCE.

          • blake

            I disagree….he had no chance because he jogged the whole way. I have watched it….

            • Y’s Guy

              No chance. I watched the replay at least 5 times because it started such an uproar about ‘lazy Carlos’. No chance.

              • Y’s Guy

                I’ll admit I like Carlos, always have, but I do not defend his defense. In fact you might remember how over the winter I kept pointing out that Carlos just couldn’t play the OF any more. But I’m just being fair here, he can’t be knocked for not running and diving at a ball he had no chance to catch.

              • Y’s Guy

                I’ll admit I like Carlos, always have, but I do not defend his defense. In fact you might remember how over the winter I kept pointing out that Carlos just couldn’t play the OF any more. But I’m just being fair here, he can’t be knocked for not running and diving at a ball he had no chance to catch.

              • blake

                I just watched it…..come on man.

                • Y’s Guy

                  A good OF might have had a chance, Carlos Beltran on his knees had no chance. You are visualizing a competent OF with good legs getting over there and catching it on the run or with a dive. Beltran doesn’t have that.

              • blake

                I just watched it…..come on man.

            • Y’s Guy

              No chance. I watched the replay at least 5 times because it started such an uproar about ‘lazy Carlos’. No chance.

          • blake

            I disagree….he had no chance because he jogged the whole way. I have watched it….

        • Y’s Guy

          he had ZERO chance on that ball and I pointed that out at the time, go watch the video of it again, NO CHANCE.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I honestly haven’t seen him go full bore after a ball since going over the wall in Tampa last April. Coincidence?

      • blake

        That’s what was heard when Beltran loafed after that ball down the first base line a couple of weeks ago…..look I’m glad Carlos is helping the youngsters…..I’m glad he’s hittihg some now too….but I haven’t felt like he’s given great effort all the time the last 2 years and that’s something you can never say about Arod……but yea it’s good of him to share his knowledge

  • Ramon Floreddardes

    I’ll say a prayer for Mel today. He was a big part of that late 90’s dynasty. Mel, Zim, Torre. They don’t get the credit they deserve.

    I’m not surprised Dellin has been working with Mariano. I think Dellin is the next Mariano and will have a plaque in monument park one day. I hope Dellin is a Yankee for life.

    I’m also not surprised that Didi’s improvement at the plate is due to the mentoring of Alex Rodriguez. Alex has really stepped up as a leader this year, both working with the young kids and leading by example with his patient approach at the plate. Joe would be smart to make Alex a coach when he retires.

  • Austinmac

    Bichette has been sent back to Tampa. Culver is well under .200. Let’s hope we do a bit better as we have been recently. Just don’t try to be smarter than everyone else or go for signability.

    • blake

      I think all they have to do is actually draft somebody that is a first round talent….you know someone in the top 100 at least

      • Fawn Lopez

        Whose top 100? Baseball fans think they can run a draft because they would pick who BA and Keith Law told them to.

        • blake

          Anybody’s….of course teams have different evaluations of players the he publications and they should….but the point was that in general there is a consensus on who is first round talent and who isn’t as who is drafted and the rankings tend to line up fairly well on draft day. So if you draft someone in the first round that nobody else had as a firs rounder then you better be right.

  • Austinmac

    Bichette has been sent back to Tampa. Culver is well under .200. Let’s hope we do a bit better as we have been recently. Just don’t try to be smarter than everyone else or go for signability.

  • YankeeFan

    Any reports regarding the Yankees interest or lack of interest for Rafael Soriano? Last I read was that he will be throwing for teams this coming week and it looks like the Blue Jays are one of the more aggressive teams after him. Don’t see why the Yankees would give him a look if he is interested in a reunion. Really don’t need two gascans in the ‘pen with Crapuano and Rogers, much prefer to see Soriano back in pinstripes if he is open to it. He did pitch very well here when he came back from his injury in ’11 and was a team MVP in ’12 once Mo went down.

    • blake

      Release Esmil…sign untuck

      • MTU

        Forget both. Give another youngster a shot.

        • blake

          I’m fine with that too

    • Austinmac

      Too pricey? I don’t think they would pay a significant salary for a 7th inning guy.

  • YankeeFan

    Any reports regarding the Yankees interest or lack of interest for Rafael Soriano? Last I read was that he will be throwing for teams this coming week and it looks like the Blue Jays are one of the more aggressive teams after him. Don’t see why the Yankees would give him a look if he is interested in a reunion. Really don’t need two gascans in the ‘pen with Crapuano and Rogers, much prefer to see Soriano back in pinstripes if he is open to it. He did pitch very well here when he came back from his injury in ’11 and was a team MVP in ’12 once Mo went down.

  • MattPat11

    I remember being aware of Mel’s cancer, but I didn’t realize the prognosis was so dire. Hopefully he continues to beat the odds

  • ACX

    At the very least, rogers has to go and mitchell or rumbelow should be promoted. I dont see how rogers can entet another game, whether we are low on rhp relief or not. Sadly for Warren, this likely also means if Nova comes back and plays well, warren will fill that role in the pen.

    • FriarFlyer

      Keeping Esmil is playing with a 24 man roster and 11 man pitching staff. Dump him for a Rip or at least another position player

  • Tony Wilson

    Off topic but has anyone heard about the woman’s condition that was hit by the broken bat at Fenw ay yesterday?

  • Dick M

    i was 9 years old, listening to the radio in upstate NY when Mel threw a gem that summer of 64 and went 5-5 to boot. An August call-up, he dazzled for 2 months and was a huge part of that pennant winner down the stretch.

    He lost game 7 to Gibby and a great Cardinal team that year. But my prospect crush had been born.

    • FriarFlyer

      Believe in Mel’s MLB debut Mantle hit HR over the screen in centerfield

    • whileaway

      Mel was always one of my all- time favorites. I remember the 5-5 game with a 2-hit shutout. The WS he also had a no-decision in a very well pitched game.

      I would always when time permitted catch his starts on WPIX.

      He was always good for a 4-hit shutout.

      Just a great great pitcher.

      Get well soon Mel !

      • Dick M

        i went back and checked the 64 WS. He beat Gibby in game 2 and then pitched very well in the ND game. The game 7 loss to Gibby — Mel was on 2 days rest.

        Here’s his game log for Sept and October of 64. What neat is you can click on the asterisk and get the box for all of the games.

        http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pitchinglogs.php?p=stottme01&y=1964

        • whileaway

          I should have mentioned he beat Gibson in their first matchup. I know the 64 WS well .
          If NY had had a healthy Ford in the 64 series they probably would have won.

          I remember so many of his games it´s almost kind of silly.

  • dave_8

    I was wondering about Mel when I saw him on the jumbotron during that Joe Torre tribute. No cancer is easy but MM is on the brutal end. And tt gets a lot harder to endure even the treatments when you reach his age. He seems like the tough, old school, stoical type when it comes to this stuff — but that shit is really rough. It’ll break anyone’s spirit. I wish him well.

    • blake

      Yea it’s bad stuff….he’s a tough one

  • blake

    I know they probably aren’t ready to do this yet but I think Mitchell might make an awesome reliever…..folks are kinda down on the idea of starting pitchers in the pen in the majors because of Joba and Hughes but honestly that used to be how it was done…..it was typical for pitchers to come up first in the pen and then transition to the rotation and it seems like it may have helped Warren prepare for that challenge.

    • dave_8

      I think they need to keep him starting b/c they may need that more than another reliever. They don’t have many options for 6th starter.

      • blake

        True I guess I’m talking more when Nova is ready and if everyone else is healthy. Mitchell is probably in line right now for spots starts if they need them …..but his walk rate worries me at the big league level right now as a starter….they need a RH reliever that can actually get someone out besides Betances…..and if Warren is gonna stay in the rotation Mitchell might be an option at some point

        • dave_8

          I think if Whitley was still around, they might think differently — but we’re down one. That’s why the dump Cap stuff doesn’t fly. We have 4 starters who probably cant go full work load this season. We’ll need other guys to make starts. And we’ll need them more and more as the season drags on.

          • blake

            Yea they aren’t gonna dump Cap…..nor should they…..he needs to be the long guy….they need to get rid of Esmil and find a RH reliever who doesn’t stink

            • MTU

              And free up Severino later on to help w the pennant drive.

              • blake

                If Severino pitches well he will be up by August IMO….whether that’s in the rotation or the pen is TBD

  • Red Sox Boi

    Skanks got lucky as hell last night. Few bad calls by the crooked umps cost the Angels the game. Yanks better keep their steroids flowing if they want to have a chance at holding of my Sox. We started our charge for first place last night, it’s only a matter if time.

    Sox will win the East by 10 games.

    Suck it losers.

    • blake

      Speaking of steroids…..big Papi needs a new formulation. The old one isn’t working anymore

      • Red Sox Boi

        Papi NEVER tested positive, nor did Manny as a Red Sox player. Can’t say the same for the Skanks, half their friggin team has always been juicers

        • blake

          Ortiz failed the same test Arod did in 2003 so…..nope…..but anyway it’s cute that you’re trolling a Yankees blog ….it’s almost like old times

          • Red Sox Boi

            Haha, get a clue. Ortiz was wrongfully accused by the liars at the NY times. A few LEGAL supplements wrongfully triggered the positive test. Papi has already been cleared of any wrong doing. Can’t say the same for Aroid and many other Skanks

            • Y’s Guy

              yeah, Ortiz was pregnant! I cant believe you guys are picking on a player who was with child at the time!

            • Some Asshole

              The same New York Times that has an ownership stake in the Red Sox? Or the other one?

              lol

              • Tony Wilson

                Why waste your time with him, he’s an idiot.

              • Mandy Stankiewicz

                Canarsie, OT, how’s the trade negotiation? I’m using the mobile app mostly and it doesn’t allow comments like the desktop version…the app is pretty dated.

          • ACX

            So did Manny. Sad reality for red sox fans is whenever they start out bad, they give up and stay bad.

    • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

      Which Bad calls are you Referring to?

    • Y’s Guy

      Hahaha! The Red Sox blog just too depressing for your Boi?

    • HoopDreams

      Rick Porcello is your ace. Logout.

      • Red Sox Boi

        Eduardo is our ace. He’s miles better than any Skank pitcher

        • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

          Ain’t no way in hell you’re a redsox fan.

          So which regular poster are you trolling under?

    • Scheister of Doom

      Which one are you?
      Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • bernbabybern

      The charge of the light brigade.

  • DeutschlandNY

    Hang in there Mel! Fuck Cancer!

  • Bertin Lefkovic

    Braves just DFAed Eric Young Jr.. Would a Carpenter for Young Jr. swap be a crazy idea? Send Pirela back to AAA and use Young as an occasional 2B/OF and pinch runner through the All-Star break, see what opportunities the trade deadline brings, and if nothing else shakes out, hope that Refsnyder’s glove is ready for prime time by August 1.

    • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

      I think you could do better than EYJ.

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        In July, maybe. Right now, no.

        • Bertin Lefkovic

          Everth Cabrera, maybe, but will the Orioles deal with the Yankees. More likely that someone with a lesser record claims him before the Yankees can.

          • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

            Sorry but Cabrera Is washed up

            • ACX

              Thy are looking at zobrist.

              • MTU

                Trouble is so is everyone.

              • Bertin Lefkovic

                I would love for the Yankees to get Zobrist, but it is unlikely that he will be traded before the All-Star break unless someone is willing to massively overpay for him, which is something that I do not foresee the Yankees doing. Going after Cabrera or EYJ is something that the Yankees can do right now.

              • cxz

                Thy are also looking at holding onto their top prospects. In that scenario, thy should look elsewhere for something that won’t require overpay

                • Bertin Lefkovic

                  EYJ or Cabrera would not require overpay and could be an upgrade over Pirela or Ryan.

                  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

                    You’re better off trading for Daniel Descalso.

                    • whileaway

                      or signing Ibanez

                    • Bertin Lefkovic

                      Why would the Rockies be shopping him? EYJ and Cabrera are players who the Yankees could get right now for next to nothing and who are probably going to produce more than Pirela or Ryan.

                  • cxz

                    Neither of them inspire awe, either though. If they’re looking to catch lightning in a bottle, and all it takes is Carpenter, sure, take a flier.

    • ACX

      Also think refs could come up now and be ok. But two homers from drew and now he has bought himself another few months with joe.

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        I don’t disagree, but I don’t think that the Yankees are ready to make that leap yet. If nothing else shakes out by August 1, I think that his arrival becomes far more likely.

    • 86w183

      Not a bad idea…. people keep talking about Ref’s glove being “ready” but his bat has to get going too. His .734 OPS at Scranton isn’t the kind of thing that gets you promoted, especially with an iffy glove to go with it.

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        The crazy thing about Young is how streaky he is. For a month at a time, he is able to get on base, steal bases, and cause all kinds of mayhem. Then, he will disappear for three months at a time and be completely worthless. If the Yankees could get a great month out of him that could get them to the All-Star break, I think that they could make something happen on the trade front, possibly bringing back Martin Prado.

  • yankeefeminista

    One of the truly good people and truly great Yankees. God speed, Mel. I hope you get to be at OTD.

  • ACX

    Keep waiting to hear Rogers was DFA…..

    • Scheister of Doom

      But…but… he’s a righty!!! This bizarro season, typically we spend all year looking for a realible lefty. Normally we talk about youth but the old guys are productive…a pitcher that NEEDS (/hyperboled) TJS is our best pitcher…Jesus Montero ended up being a savior by bringing Pineda. Stephen Drew with 7 homeruns, hitting .185…dogs and cats procreating. Pandemonium!!

      • RetroRob

        Baseball.

  • ACX

    And f cancer. Unreal the damage this does to so many lives both the victim and the friends and family. And unreal there is still no cure.

    • MTU

      Lot’s of progress has been made. Especially w childhood Cancer.
      It’s a very complex disease.

      • ACX

        I just mean in the sense of the amount of money that has gone into it.

  • CashmanNinja

    That’s really sad news about Mel. Cancer is a very serious disease and hopefully he can battle it for as long as possible with the most dignity and grace he can muster. Hopefully we get to see him at Old Timer’s Day.

    • 86w183

      As a kid in the Bronx in the late 60’s I used to argue with my friends and Stotts was as good as Tom Seaver. I was full of crap…. but he was really good with that sinker of his. In 1968-69 he won 41 games and threw almost 600 innings. Thoughts are with him and his family on this great challenge.

  • 518forever

    Give it hell mel… Give it hell

  • Sam Palazzo

    Give me Whitley and Betts.

    • 86w183

      It would be a real shocker if either was available at # 30… possible, I suppose, but highly unlikely

      • Sam Palazzo

        One can hope/wish

        • 86w183

          I promise you more than one is hoping/wishing for that…. like half the people on this blog and more than half the people in the Yankees front office.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Whitley would be amazing at 16. If that happens, the Yankees can redraft Brackman, Culver, and Bichette Jr with their next 3 picks.

            • 86w183

              Don’t give them any ideas!

              • Dalek Jeter

                I’m still trying to figure out how we can blame signing Drew or Beltran for missing out on Whitley if he goes before 16, a la the ridiculous Teixeira/Trout narrative.

                • Preston

                  It’s still Tex’s fault.

  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    “It would be pretty neat if the Yankees drafted a kid who was actually in the studio, wouldn’t it?”

    Clarkin & Judge were in studio the day they were drafted.

    • Sam Palazzo

      Nice memory, memory bread.

    • vwnut13

      “I can’t stand the Yankees!”

  • Dalek Jeter
  • 86w183

    I wish Mariano also suggested that he throw more fastballs. He was really overdoing it with breaking stuff last night when he really didn’t have command…. though the last one was nasty. I’m guessing he gets today off and probably tomorrow.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I was screaming at the TV to stop throwing the breaking ball, but the 2 he threw to strike out Nieuwenhuis and Perez where nasty. That said, that’s 2 of about 17 pitches that were good.

    • blake

      Yea I agree….mjolnir is amazing but it lessens its effectiveness when he throws it like every pitch. He throws 99 mph ….throws fastballs. Of course he has a 0.30 era so it’s hard to complain too much

    • RetroRob

      Because what he’s been doing hasn’t been working?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Stephen Drew is 5-15 with 2HR, a double, and a walk since the start of the Seattle series. What the hell bizarreo world are we in?!

    • Ewing33

      Right when it starts to get bad enough to maybe finally make a move, he goes on a hot streak and keeps his job. Rinse, repeat until August probably.

      • brooklyn ny

        Nothing “hot” about .173 in June. 2 games doesn’t wash away his feebleness.

        • Dalek Jeter

          He’s actually .333/.375/.800 in June. That doesn’t change the fact that he’s awful, but if there’s one guy you don’t have to fudge the truth tmake look terrible, it’s Stephen Drew.

        • Ewing33

          Hitting two homers in a game has a way of letting you keep your job for a while longer whether your numbers the last two years say you deserve or not. It is scary how much this is like the Brian Roberts situation last year. I guess the Yanks just prefer it like this rather than playing youngsters who make boneheaded mistakes like you see with Didi.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Eh, if it’s the Roberts situation again Drew is running short on time. Roberts made it to 91 games last year and didn’t look near as bad as Drew offensively and Refs wasn’t yet at AAA.

            • Ewing33

              Yea, I would say starting another 40 games or so sounds about right. Sad thing is that if Drew was the utility man, it would have been a really nice signing and I would be a fan of his!

              • Dalek Jeter

                Yeah, as a utility man, he makes a ton of sense. Power for an infielder, LHB at YSIII, smooth glove all over the infield, that’s a great BUIF…but as a starter he’s terrible.

          • blake

            Plus the double that tied the game the other night

          • brooklyn ny

            I remember coming out the All Start break last year, n Roberts committing an error in 3 straight games that got us behind early. On top of being atrocious at the plate, that was the end for him. And he was hitting in the. 230s at the time. That’s 60 points higher then Drew, and Roberts was GODAWFUL We replaced godawful with horriawful. Just a slight upgrade maybe gets us to stop hovering around mediocrity and keeping the rest of this trash east in the race. Nothing major, just an upgrade. Can’t be that hard.

            • Dalek Jeter

              At least Drew’s good in the field. Roberts was a statue out there. Combine that with 39 year old Jeets on the other side of the bag…yeesh. It’s amazing that our pitching staff didn’t lead the league in hits given up the middle last year.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Also, Funny stat for Drew: his average is .173, his BABIP is .171…I have no idea where I’m going with this, it’s just weird that they’re so close and so awful. Did I say funny? I meant sad.

    • blake

      I hope it’s one where he actually is learning how to hit again….but it’s probably just a couple of good games

    • dave_8

      A soft tossing Weaver is more responsible for Drew’s night imo. Those two dingers were the definition of a pitcher speeding up a bat. It tells me that Drew has slider bat speed rather than something suddenly clicking with him.

      • Dalek Jeter

        You’re probably not wrong, but wasn’t his game tying double in Seattle of a Rodney fastball?

        • dave_8

          Yeah, but you can guess that’s coming with Rodney. Pick a spot, cheat a little and unload.

          • Dalek Jeter

            The Brett Gardner School of Ambush Homers.

            • dave_8

              yeah, or Ibanez. He didn’t have bat speed. He just set up the pitcher and picked a spot. Beltran needs to adopt more of that too.

              • Dalek Jeter

                It’s also something Didi should consider. For now he should continue focusing on going the other way, but he’s been okay lately (.273/.328/.418 since that shitty series in KC where the Yankees lost 3-4) and has adopted the other way approach pretty nicely, but he does have a smidge of power for a SS and if he’s up in the count 2-0 or 3-1 or goes up there guessing inside fastball first pitch against a dude who throws 92-93 he could get around on it.

                • Dalek Jeter

                  Also…holy shit was he bad at the plate before that. Not Stephen Drew bad, but close to it: .206/.268/.235 prior to that KC series. Hooray for arbitrary end points.

                • dave_8

                  That comes from going the other way a lot. Early in the season he was incredibly predictable in his ABs. If you show you can do other things, the patterns change. Then you can ambush on the inner half. When you show your cards like he did earlier — that you’re pull swinging like that on every pitch — they can toy with you.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    I still think he spent a lot of the early part of the season, and still probably is, trying to do too much to prove he belongs. I hate making excuses for guys, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Didi. He’s replacing a legend and he gets nothing but hate from everybody, and I think part of that is that people are at least subconsciously angry at him for not being Derek Jeter. I think he has to (or had to) take a step back and realize “there’s no way I can fill the shoes I’m trying to fill. I just need to be me, work hard every day, and hope the results come.”

                    • dave_8

                      Idk. I think the Jeter thing is overplayed. I think someone like Nunez had much more pressure. It’s different when they’re phasing you in while phasing the legend out. Jeter’s not sitting in the dugout as an option. He’s gone. It’s Didi’s job. Coming to the Yankees period is tough but the Jeter thing is a lesser thing in my view. It doesn’t take much to match Jeter’s final contributions on either side of the ball — and he’s not staring at you from bench b/c he’s still on the team as a pinch hitter or something.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      I don’t really know either, but while Jeter may not physically be there, his ghost still is. If I had a nickle for every time I’ve heard or read “at least Jeter made the routine play” or “even at the end Jeter didn’t make the mental mistake” I’d have at least 2 dollars.

                      Like, just last week a regular poster..and I think a guy who I regularly agree with, said something to the effect of “I prefer Jeter’s brand of defense to Didi’s.”

                    • dave_8

                      With fans maybe — but with the current roster? Idk. From a ceremonial standpoint, it was Jeter’s team, but I dont think there’s many left who bow to him. The slate is clean. Didi’s double play partner isn’t Cano — it’s a 170 hitting Drew who only became a Yankee last yr. The core guys are gone. And while the other players respect Jeter of course, I dont think they feel the same way — internally — as the past crew. It’s really just CC and maybe Tex. I’m sure A-Rod is glad the Jeter’s not in that clubhouse. I’d think Didi got a warm reception rather than “Ugh, you’re not ‘The Captain’.”

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      In the clubhouse, I’m sure you’re right…but Didi has a twitter and internet access, there’s no way he doesn’t search his name in the hashtags every so often, or google himself on occasion, or pick up the daily news or something. If those words all just fall right off him, good for him, but I’ve read criticism of my works before. It’s hard to not take to heart.

                    • dave_8

                      Of course, the fans and the media. But that’s part of the Yankee deal. I think they tried to make it a story b/c it’s so convenient. But as a pro ballplayer, it comes with the territory. This guy got the call into the office last yr to be demoted. You have to have a thick skin to be a big leaguer anywhere. If he wasn’t the next SS after Jeter, you don’t think they’d still kill him on the blunders? He’s a Yankee. Prepare to be crucified by fans and the media when you fail.

          • Barzini

            Isn’t that how you would approach almost any reliever? If I were trying to hit against Betances, I wouldn’t go up there looking for a curveball.

            • dave_8

              Depends on the hitter and the command the pitcher has as well. Some guys have to sit FB then react to offspeed. Some feel they can handle any FB and look offspeed. And despite the results, I think Betances looks a lot different than last yr. His hook was 12-6 last year and he locked up a lot of hitters with called thirds. His mechanics still seem a little off compared to last year and now the hook is short, lower and yanked a lot. He’s still flying open more than last year. More east/west than closed and north/south

      • blake

        Yankee stadium played a role too

        • dave_8

          Yep, Weaver helps you hit the ball b/c he’s lost a few inches — but that hurts on the other end with the distance. Weaver’s not contributing much more than a BP pitcher. you have to supply the power all by yourself.

      • Deep Thoughts

        I’d say Weaver had more to do with A-Rod going 4-4. We’ve seen Drew turn on MLB fastballs.

        • vicki

          brooks says fastball is just about the only thing drew can hit.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Generally speaking, yup. That said, in the 2nd inning last night, Drew fouled off a 75 mph curve and an 84 mph two-seamer before hitting a 69 mph curve out for a RF porch pop-fly HR.

  • brooklyn ny

    Bernie Williams is walking out with Cotto tonight at the Barclays Center. My favorite Yankee with my favorite boxer. Wepa!!

  • Ewing33

    Mo is definitely the perfect teacher for Betances. Both guys with otherworldly stuff and just needs to not beat themselves basically in order to dominate. If Mo gave that same advice to a guy with mediocre stuff, that guy would just keep getting killed. Better go to someone not so great to get advice on making adjustments!

    • Dalek Jeter

      Mo’s control on his worst day is probably naturally better than Betances on his best. Betances is all stuff and vicious movement on the offspeed. Even when he was throwing 94 regularly, Mo could spot his cutter on a dime.

      • Ewing33

        Very true, but if I remember correctly, Mo had similar control problems as a starter and then eventually turned into the dead eye pitcher he became.

  • Barzini

    Al the future skipper from Miami

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    One year pitched Vida blue who was a beast at that time. Next day best headline I ever saw: “STOT MAKES VIDA BLUE”. Get well.

  • Pkyankfan69

    Methinks Betts with the second pick would be pretty sweet… He better be better then Butts on the Sux

    • Dalek Jeter

      A Whitley/Betts or a Whitley/Nikorak first round would be an absolute coupe. Especially if they sign both.

      • HoopDreams

        With the 16th pick, in the 2015 MLB draft…the New York Yankees select, Tito Culver..Citos little brother.

        • Dalek Jeter

          RAB: *Literally explodes*

  • Y’s Guy

    Chad Jennings on wfan right now

    • Dalek Jeter

      Unless he’s reporting a trade or an Esmil DFA don’t really care.

      • Y’s Guy

        Just chatting with Kim. Both want Warren to the pen when Nova comes back.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Don’t think you can take Warren out of the pen right now….I mean, they definitely need a high leverage RHP to pair with Shreve and Wilson to get the ball from the starters to The Towers, but that guy could easily be Martin, Rumbelow, or Burawa.

        • cxz

          That has to be highly dependent on a few things. First off, how his next few starts go will be a consideration,if he starts to struggle,it’s an obvious call. Another would be the type of workload they want to give Warren this season. If they want to make sure he’s not overworked, then I see a point to be made, because this has been his first full season of starting. That could be tied into his coming starts as well, because if he shows signs of decreased effectiveness on his stuff as time goes on, fatigue could become a factor and also make it an obvious choice. If neither of those things happen, then there’s going to have to be some tough decisions made about how to approach things

          • Dalek Jeter

            If Warren is still showing that he can be a legitimate starter in 3 weeks, and Nova is showing that he’s ready to reclaim his rotation spot maybe they send Warren down to AAA (if he has options) to stay stretched as a starter and call up a Martin or a Rumbelow before putting Warren back in the pen. I personally don’t like the idea, but it is an idea.

            • cxz

              The thing is, I think you have to take workload into consideration with Warren, he’s on pace to log quite a few innings as a starter this year, and you’d have to imagine that’s being noticed. Not that he’s a cherished prospect that should be babied, but you do have to wonder just how many innings they want him to give them in a starting capacity in his first year of doing so. To me, that would be the best argument for pulling him from the rotation right now because his performance has kept him there.

              • Dalek Jeter

                I’m sure it’s something the Yankees are monitoring…I could see him being good for ~150 innings, a number he hit twice, in consecutive years, in 2011 and 2012.

                • cxz

                  In which case, he’s already more than a third of the way there, and I’d have to assume SP innings differ from RP innings to a degree, the workload is more broadly spread as a RP as opposed to concentrated effort every 5 nights or so being a SP, which is why I wonder how his stuff will weather the season. It should be interesting to see how they choose to manage him.

                • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

                  Given all the health questions for EVERY starter except (the mediocre) Eovaldi, it would make sense for the Yankees to go to a six man rotation for some period of time.

            • RetroRob

              It is an idea. It’s not the best one I’ve heard from you. : -)

            • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

              If Warren stays effective as a starter, it would be foolish to move him to the pen. I’d sooner put Nova in the pen for the rest of this year; let him prove himself first before we move out Warren. Heck, I’d sooner put CC in the pen than Warren.

              • cxz

                There’s a grander scheme than just Warren’s performance, however. Sure, he’s been much better than expected. There’s also workload factors that go into a lot of baseball decisions, ala sitting Pineda this time through the rotation. Even if he’s looking sharp in the rotation, if the workload doesn’t make sense for his first full year starting, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him moved to the pen, especially given the soon to be rotation crunch. Not saying that he’s destined for it, or that it’s the most exciting choice, but it’s also not something that we can rule out just because of how he’s done.

              • RetroRob

                Another lefty in the pen? : -)

                Seriously, if Warren is pitching well and Nova returns and shows he’s 2013 Nova, then both Warren and Nova should be in the rotation. Yet Evo is durable and someone who they’re investing in for the future, so I don’t see him being bumped, and CC is simply a monetary investment, so I don’t see him being bumped. It’s really a battle of Warren and Nova.

        • RetroRob

          One of Warren or Nova is destined for the pen short of an injury to another starter. Seems likely to be Warren. I do believe that Nova can be lights-out in the pen, even better than Warren was last year, but not sure if they’d want to use him in that capacity coming off TJS.

          • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

            Let’s not overvalue Nova as an asset. If it’s better for the team to put him in the pen, that’s where he should go. He’s only signed for one more year and the Yankees need to optimize his remaining value to themselves, not worry about his long-term health.

            • RetroRob

              I agree with the word asset, but that applies to both Nova and Warren. They are both assets owned by the Yankees and they should be deployed whichever way best serves the team the second half of the season. Warren has helped the team by being a starter for the last two months. We’ll see how he does for the next month, but he might have more value to the team in the pen the last half of the year. On the other side, Nova might return and struggle with command as a starter and he might serve the team better in the pen. TBD.

  • Pegasus

    Is Chris Betts have any relation with Mookie?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Seriously, Andrew, how do you have a near 3/1 Up Vote/Comment ratio? I smell a “rep cheat.”

  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    Ryan Perez after the 6th round please.

    Another switch pitcher except he has legit stuff and not soft tossing slop.

  • Still Stucky

    Stephen Drew doesn’t hit, and you fixate on Stephen Drew. Stephen Drew hits, and you spend your Saturday afternoon fixating on Stephen Drew…

    Yeah, totally normal.

  • SweetSpot

    Steven Drew and Didi Gregorius will not be the deciders this season, no matter how poorly they hit. If Tanaka and Pineda stay healthy this team should win the division.

  • kikojones

    – Maybe Mr. Stottlemyre can make the trip in stages and not one six hour flight. It’d be nice to see him at OTD.

    – That Betances anecdote just points at how much of a leader Mo was. Because of other examples like this one, I personally consider him more of a captain than Jeter was, but I digress.

    – Didi, oh, Didi…

  • DeutschlandNY

    Stephen Drew is a better troll than BGT.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Comment of the day.

    • RetroRob

      Are we sure they’re not that same person? Has an Andrew post ever happened while Drew was AB?

  • vwnut13

    Stephen Drew fWAR: -0.2
    Robinson Cano fWAR: -0.3

    • Dalek Jeter

      I don’t know what’s better solace:
      Drew’s on a one year deal and has his potential replacement a phone call away, so could be gone tomorrow. Or, Cano is literally one year removed from a 5.1 fWAR season that included a .314/.382/.454 slash line.

      On Cano though, while nobody could’ve predicted a drop off like this, there were signs of decline, from 2012 to 2013 his SLG, wOBA, ISO, wRC+, heck even his UZR declined…and then all declined further from 2013-2014. At the time they were written off as “going from a career/MVP type year back to his normal awesome self” and “going from a hitter’s park to a pitcher’s park” but maybe they were signs of something more.

      • blake

        I suspect he probably is declining to some degree…..but I also think he will get hot here soon and end up with respectable numbers at the end of the season.

        • Dalek Jeter

          It’s gonna have to be quite a sustained tear to make .243/.283/.326 respectable.

          • blake

            He’s got 4 months still….still roughly 2/3 of the season to play.

          • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

            I can see him having a good second half, but not enough to make his overall numbers look very respectable for himself. I could see him having 120 wRC+ for the second half but obviously ending at an awful (for him) overall level.

            • blake

              I mean by his standards it’s gonna be tough to get to those numbers…..but I could see him having an .850 OPS the rest of the way and ending up still better than every other 2b for the most part.

      • SweetSpot

        . . . and maybe the Yankees were well aware of that.

      • RetroRob

        I don’t think he’s cooked. He’s declining, as would be expected by his age, but I think this is more 10% decline related and 90% in his head. He’s pressing, trying to do too much, and in the process getting caught between, generally lost at the plate. Classic slump that worsens the more he presses. Of course, that would also be classic sign of being “cooked,” but I’m not fully buying it. Not this rapidly. (Stares with concerned look at Robert Alomar’s 2001-2002 seasons.)

        Looking at Cano’s 124, 143, 134, 149, 142 and 136 wRC+’s seasons from 2009 to 2014, we see a very stable peak range, with 2012 representing the top. There is some evidence he began edging down the next two seasons, not just by wRC+, but looking at some other stats. Yet coming into this year I still wasn’t sure if he was in decline, or perhaps just a gentle decline, and it wouldn’t have surprised me if he popped off another 140+ season. It also wouldn’t have surprised me if he declined into the 115-125 range. If so, that would be a clearer sign he had started his decline a couple years back with this being the first full year confirming the trend. I think that’s where we are now.

        I suspect he’ll rebound strongly, relax and go on a blistering Cano stretch. He’ll pull his numbers up above 100 wRC+. Seattle fans will convince themselves he was just pressing and he’ll put up a “normal” Cano year in 2017. That’s unlikely. Peak Cano will be a few years in the rearview mirror by then. The best hope is he steps down and maintains a new level for a few years similar to Pujols. What they should fear is the Alomar collapse.

    • blake

      I do remeber predicting that Drew would have more homers than Cano this year and being mocked for it :)

      • vwnut13

        Not sure about that, but I do remember wondering if Nelson Cruz would hit more HR than Cano RBIs.

        So far… Cruz HR: 18, Cano RBI: 18.

  • Joy Illimited

    I was going through old Eduardo Nuñez RAB archives in search of this photo: https://cbsnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/eduardo-nunez.jpg?w=420

    And stumbled upon a graphic that showed the production the Yankees got from shortstop in 2013. Jayson Nix, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez, Reid Brignac and Eduardo Nuñez for a combined -1.2 fWAR

    …I think I’ll take my chances with Didi.

    • Dalek Jeter

      – Jayson Nix always does something to help his team win. He’s a professional baseball player.
      – Eduardo Nunez has endless potential with the bat he just needs time to find it. Too bad he’s blocked.
      – I literally can’t even remember anything to mock positive things people have said about Cruz, Gonzalez, or Brignac that’s how bad they were.

      Also what the heck is going on in that picture?

      • Deep Thoughts

        Brignac AND Scott Sizemore were in the lineup last night as the Marlins’ AAA team beat up on the Mariners’ team out here in Tacoma, despite Jesus Montero’s 2-4, 1 RBI night. :-D

        http://tacoma.rainiers.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2015_06_05_nozaaa_tacaaa_1&t=g_box&did=milb&sid=t529

        • Joy Illimited

          My god it’s a minor league game made up entirely of broken Yankee dreams.

      • Joy Illimited

        That would be when they decided to try Nuney in the outfield. Looks like he misjudged it just a bit.

      • dave_8

        Gave up on Nunez at 25-26. No talk of patience or growing pains with that young player. At one time it was thought he could take over for Jeter too.

    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

      Didi sucks bro

  • SweetSpot

    Dear Señor Esmil Rogers. Thanks you so much for single handedly insuring that Dellin Betances will not be available to pitch tonight. Creep.

    • Austinmac

      And maybe not Sunday. He threw a lot of pitches.

      • SweetSpot

        You may be right. 33 pitches last night.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        All the more reason to axe ass meal today.
        We need another righty pronto!

    • blake

      Yea…..he can’t remain on the roster. If you can’t protect a 7 run lead then you have no place on the club……this isn’t the first time this has happened either. He had that one game early in the season and took one for the team and threw like a bunch of innings after pitching the day before……maybe that’s what killed him cause he’s been terrible since

      • vicki

        he was terrible before that appearance too.

        earlier in the season i was marvelling that he’d seen so many batters in high leverage. it dawned on me: he’d created the high leverage for himself.

        • blake

          Lol does it count as high leverage if you create the high leverage?

  • Austinmac

    Warren has looked like our third best starter. I don’t think you turn that into a seventh inning guy who throws three innings a week. Over the last month he has been at least as good as the average Nova. Probably better.

    • blake

      I thought the opposite a month ago….but now I agree they can’t take him out of the rotation. We have no idea what Nova will be….he was inconsistent before he got hurt…..no clue what he will be right after coming back.

      Things could change but right now Warren is a starter and they need to probably consider other options for that RH bridge role in the pen…..whether that be someone from outside the organization or it be getting creative with Mitvhell or Severino or one one of the current relievers in the minors step up

      • Austinmac

        I thought the other way as well, but he has made a believer out of me. He is still throwing 93-94 as a starter with pretty decent off speed. Starters are so hard to find. Severino may be possible to keep his innings under check. I think Mitchell should stay as a starter.

        Of course,the next time I predict something right will be newsworthy.

        • blake

          If Warren ends up making a career as a starter…..he broke in as a reliever in the majors. Maybe Mitchell could do the same

          • Austinmac

            True. His control is shaky, but he could really throw hard out of the pen.

            • blake

              That’s kinda what I’m thinking….the 5 walks per 9 won’t fly in the big leagues…..if he could simplfy his arsenal a little and just air it out for an inning maybe he could get away with it

      • Robinson Tilapia

        If everyone returns to their expected role, ability, and results, so will Adam Warren. Them’s the breaks.

        • blake

          Eh….Capuano sucks…..and Nova is a tota wild card. if Warren continues to pitch well I think he stays where he is…..it’s up to him

          • Robinson Tilapia

            If Ivan Nova looks fully recovered and ready to pitch like what we know from Ivan Nova in the rotation, I really believe they’re not bumping anyone other than Warren back to the pen. It’s not going to be Eovaldi. It’s not going to be CC.

            That being said, I think we’re probably being a bit premature in getting Adam’s rotation gravestone ready.

            • blake

              What is “like we know” from Nova? What we know about Noba is that he’s good sometimes and terrible others….and that was before having his elbow rebuilt

              • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

                Someone will get hurt , don’t worry.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          There’s always next year.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Pretty much.

            I’ll say this, though: there may never have been a time where trying a six-man rotation would appear to be as easy as it seems to be when Nova is activated. It would make sense on several levels.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              It’s going to happen.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                I mean…..Tanaka, Pineda, AND Nova could use the extra TLC….and so, probably, could CC. If they’re all pitching well, I’d give it a test run.

  • blake

    I wonder if Joe feels some loyalty to Esmil because of that game a few weeks ago where he kinda abused him……I mentioned it below and I can’t remember the specifics but he pitched like 5 innings after throwing I think 2 or 3 the day before…..really took one for the team…..he’s kinda been bad since then I believe…..not that he was much good before

    • Austinmac

      That entitles him to a lovely parting gift.

      • MTU

        Severance package.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Or as Cash likes to call it, “El Severino.”

      • blake

        Fruit basket

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think there’s something about stuff and work ethic they like. I think his being righty probably earns him a couple of extra lives until they feel comfortable burning through a bit of depth, perhaps even just until Betances and Miller are fully available and rested on the same day. His leash is short. We all want him gone. I’m not quite sure that’s today, and I don’t think there’s more to it than the above.

      • blake

        They have given him 2 years because of good stuff but they gave Carpenter 18 innings? Kinda wonder if there was more to that than we know about

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He hasn’t been a Yankee for even a full season yet. “Two years” is a bit of a stretch.

          • blake

            Wel I meant part of two seasons …..he’s pitched nearly 60 innings for the Yankees with an era close to 6 over that time.

            He’s had a longer sample and worse results than Carpenter

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Expectations are less but, other than that, don’t know what else to say there.

        • MTU

          Only the Shadow knows.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Esmil taller than Carp.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      Joe will find someone else to abuse.

    • RetroRob

      I don’t think he has loyalty to any particular pitcher. They’re arms to be used. Esmil is one of the ones he’s been given, just as Carpenter was, and he’s trying to fit them in. Using Rogers in an 8-1 game for mop up in the 9th pretty much said a lot. That’s where he should be and he figured that was a good game to see if he could get things worked out. He’ll be jettisoned too if he doesn’t straighten it out.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Unfortunately, Esmil Rogers received pointers from Anthony Claggett. Hey-O.

    Interested in who else the Yanks brought in for pre-draft workouts, as it would give us a taste of who their short list is and what their internals tell them as to who will even be around….and if they brought in anyone named “Dito Dulver.”

    • blake

      I heard they brought in Moncada just to troll us

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Skippy Moncada of a small high school by the Adirondacks.

      • dave_8

        Since u brought him up. .216/.298/.333.

        15 Ks in 14 games.and 7 errors in 10 games at 2B.

        • blake

          I hope he busts so bad

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Meh. He’s my countryman. I hope he plays well enough for him to not be single-handedly responsible for them beating us….or something like that.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              Are you talking about Jim Abbott?

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Mick with the quick hook today!

                • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

                  Call me Capt.

            • blake

              Well he’s already made a good living without ever playing …..so he’s set money wise….so I kinda hope he busts baseball wise….As much as I can say that without sounding like a jerk…..

              • Robinson Tilapia

                You cold-hearted bastard, Blake.

                • blake

                  Yea I know…..but he’s already got like 30 million in the bank. I would feel worse about it if he still had to make a living

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    As a Cuban American, I do want to feel proud of these guys as players, and not just proud of their bank accounts, even if the thought of Rusney Castillo spending so long in AAA did make me chuckle.

                    • blake

                      Understandable ….I do kinda feel bad about wanting players to bust….but I’m equal opportunity. I hope Blake Swinhart busts hard too

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      I have no ethnic connection to Blake Swinhart. Fuck ’em.

                    • cxz

                      Nothing wrong with a little bit of friendly opposition as long as it’s in the spirit of the game, and not actual ill-will! I appreciate the respect and connection though, and we’d probably be fooling ourselves to think he’s going to be an all out bust anyhow.

                    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

                      Your heritage is irrelevant when they are part of the organization. Cuban blood is thick, but Yankees blood is thicker. Remember your true heritage: Yankees fan.

                      What I’m trying to say is fuck him, fuck the Red Sox, hope he busts.

              • dave_8

                “he’s already made a good living without ever playing”

                That was the most over looked aspect of that saga. You gave FU money to a 19 yr old. And some defend guys Montero or Sanchez with their issues b/c they’re immature, entitled dicks at age 22 — but they were only hyped to the tune of a few million dollars. Moncada has already won life’s sweepstakes This isn’t Brien Taylor with just enough money to buy a Mustang 5.0 and his mother a house. Hard to stay hungry when you don’t need to. I don’t wish him ill. I just think the idea of the Yankees signing him at all costs being a no-brainer was absurd. I’ll be interested to see what the ROI is on him for what would’ve been 63 million plus in Yankee dollars.

                • blake

                  Yea that’s always a fair argument…..I still think it would have been a good risk given that the Yanks print money….but I get it

                  • dave_8

                    I’ve never been on the spend other peep’s $ bandwagon. But even those who feel that way would kill the Yankees if they outbid everyone and he turned out to be a bust or a even mediocre player 5 yrs later. No one would say the bonus was fine b/c the Yankees have so much $. They’d be ripped for poor talent evaluation and signing the wrong guy once again.

        • cxz
  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Ryan Hatch ? @ryanhatch
    Another day, another set of light exercises for Ellsbury in right field at Yankee Stadium. No brace on knee

    • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

      Does he say a possible return?

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    This Caravan is Rollin’.
    Is Ass Meal still on it?
    No room for stragglers.

  • LarryM Fl

    I remember Mel’s rookie year when he was called up just the best! Wish him well and hope that he can make it to Old Timers Day!

    • RetroRob

      Stottlemyre’s career ended just as I started watching baseball. I knew he was a good pitcher, but his end was quite abrupt, falling-off-a-cliff abrupt. Looks suspiciously like an arm injury, probably from heavy use. Do you remember what was discussed then? Was it shoulder or elbow? If the latter, he might have been a candidate for TJS, but was about a year or two short of its first use.

      • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

        What happens if you just let a UCL tear heal on its own?

        • RetroRob

          It doesn’t.

          • Sir Didihiro Nakamura

            Day to day activities severely hindered or just can’t throw a ball?

      • LarryM Fl

        I do not recall th injury but overuse was a given back in the day.

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    If Girardi had Venditte on the team, he would still pull him for Clay Rapada to get the lefty-lefty matchup.

  • HoopDreams
    • RetroRob

      Flores with the start over Jones. Was curious if they would sacrifice defense and go with the hotter bat tonight once Beltran returned to the lineup.

      • cxz

        An OF with both Beltran and Jones playing is a bit of a scary thought

        • RetroRob

          It is, but I’d understand if he gave it a try. LF at YS is pretty big. Neither Jones or Beltran figure to move around well out there.

          • cxz

            I suppose it’s better than the prospect of Trumbo and Cruz in the OF at the same time(even though that’s likely not to happen either)

    • YankeeFan™

      Looks like Esmil Rogers lives another day -____-

  • RetroRob

    On a serious note, I had never heard Mel Stottlemyre had terminal cancer. I don’t remember it ever being announced specifically what he had. We just knew it was serious. Amazing he’s been fighting this for 15 years. Hopefully he can knock it back again.

    On a less serious note, perhaps Mo should talk to Dellin again if last night was the start of something mechanics related. Hoping just a speed bump.

  • yankeefeminista

    Good thing that we’re addressing Tanaka’s innings. However, Betances is, in the long term, at risk of being overused. Yanks really need to get another reliever up who can pitch some high leverage innings.

    Looks like as per Cashman (Lohud), Nova might actually be back pitching with us after two more rehab starts. Sweet.

    • MTU

      They’ve already got him stretched to 75 pitches.
      Won’t be long.

      • yankeefeminista

        I’m targetingJune 18th vs. the Marlins.mits also Thurman bobblehead giveaway night. I am pumped!

        • MTU

          Be sure to calibrate your radar gun.

          • yankeefeminista

            I will if I go to SWB to see him pitch next weekend. I’m not sure about there but in Trenton the velo on the big board is totally off. You can’t get accurate readings unless you bring a gun or sit with the scouts, faux scout types.

  • vicki
    • MTU

      He’s right.
      The stuff is there. It’s the Pitcher that’s not.

    • Deep Thoughts

      I am waiting for the story in two weeks about how Ramiro Mendoza worked with Esmil and helped him straighten out some things.

      • dave_8

        Take a nap in your locker before games. Works every time.

    • dkidd

      it’s cashmans call not to dfa him, so there’s not much else joe can say

      • cxz

        Very good point. Joe doesn’t make that call, and even if the player hasn’t been good, you don’t throw him under a bus, you stand by him as much as you can. Now, what I WOULD like to hear is what Cashman’s opinion on the matter is.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I mean, I don’t expect Joe to throw a player on his team under the bus.

    • Joy Illimited

      What, and Carpenter didn’t have stuff? I get that it’s not either-or between them, but come on; Carpenter was throwing 97 the night he strangled himself with Joe’s leash. It’s time to move on from Esmil. Joe has a long man that he can abuse in Capuano, who can usually get outs.

    • dave_8

      I would’ve DFA’d just b/c he had the audacity to mention the pop-up as an excuse. A bad blunder but you don’t say that about your fielders — even if it’s true — ever. A simple “I didn’t do my job” would’ve been sufficient.

      • cxz

        Yeah, that rubbed me the wrong way too, majorly. Should be looked at as an unspoken rule not to ever deflect the blame, no matter how true the statement is.

    • http://yankeecanada.com/ Bob(bobby) M.

      boy Joe is loyal to a fault isn’t he?

  • Deep Thoughts

    Joe Kelly pitching a one-hitter through two innings.

    • MTU

      He said he was good. Just backing it up.

      • dkidd

        and against the powerful fightin sogards

    • Deep Thoughts

      There goes the shutout.

  • Pete22

    Just looking at Arods stats. In terms of OPS+ this is his best year since 2007. He was 31 then.. I think its reasonable to conclude he is clean now since another suspension would earn him a lifetime ban. Remarkable.

    Not a lot of hitters have put up the numbers he has done in their age 39/40 seasons. In fact, only 5 players in all of MLB history who played 50 or more games have put up a higher OPS+. Guys named Bonds, Ruth, Williams and Aaron (and Thome). This eliminates any doubt about Arods greatness in my mind. I doubt his numbers change much w/o PED’s unlike Bonds since Arod never really bulked up like Bonds

    • SweetSpot

      His stats are questionable since one can conclude they were assisted by his taking performance enhancing drugs. Simply put, he would not have anywhere near the numbers he has now were he not juicing for many years. Aside from some typical homers in New York, the rest of the baseball world and the fans understand this. He will never be in the HOF and his accomplishments will always be accompanied by snickers, laughter and legitimate doubt.

      • r.l

        would you please shut up and go self-flagellate

        • SweetSpot

          Ummm . . . nah.

  • SweetSpot

    Brett Gardner CF
    Chase Headley 3B
    Alex Rodriguez DH
    Mark Teixeira 1B
    Brian McCann C
    Carlos Beltran RF
    American Pharoah SS
    Stephen Drew 2B
    Ramon Flores LF
    RHP Adam Warren