Brendan Ryan’s RBI double lifts the Yanks past O’s 3-2

Game 92: Love This Team
DotF: Refsnyder, Flores double in Triple-A loss

If you are in first place, it is always welcoming to beat the second place team. That’s exactly what the Yankees did tonight. Nathan Eovaldi was absolutely dealing for the first four innings but later gave up the 2-0 lead. However, the unlikely heroics of Brendan Ryan and another solid bullpen outing got the Yankees their 51st win of the season and, at this moment, a five game-lead for the AL East.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Early runs

The Yankee offense struck early. From the very first at-bat, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double and scored later on an A-Rod sac fly.

The bottom of second started after a 15-minute rain delay. Brian McCann and Chris Young didn’t waste any time heating things up by hitting back-to-back singles to start the frame. Chase Headley followed it up with an RBI double to score McCann and put two runners on the scoring position. 2-0 Yankees.

#RISPFails

At that point, you’d imagine the Yankees would be able to squeeze a run or two more to get a bigger lead to carry through the game. Well, that didn’t happen. Wei-Yin Chen Chen got Didi Gregorius to strike out, Brendan Ryan to pop out and Ellsbury to ground out to get out of the frame without further damage. That’s no bueno against a division rival (or any other team, really) that could make a comeback later in the game.

In the bottom fifth, a bit of bad luck hit the Yanks. With two outs and Brett Gardner at first, Mark Teixeira hit a liner that just got past the diving Travis Snider’s reach. The ball bounced several feet away and … went over the fence! What should have been a two-out RBI double became a two-out ground-rule double that didn’t bring a runner home. The O’s caught a big break here. Chen took advantage with a strikeout of McCann to end the inning.

In the seventh, with one out and A-Rod on first, Teixeira hit another double to bring two runners in the scoring position. Chris Young came at bat after McCann was intentionally walked to load the bases. Now, by then, Chen had been removed from the game – RHP Tommy Hunter was pitching for Baltimore. I had wondered if Joe Girardi would pinch-hit Carlos Beltran in Young’s place but he went with the lefty killer to face a RHP. Well, Hunter struck out Young swinging on the nasty 98 mph fastball on the inside and got Headley to ground out to get out of the inning. So that’s that.

When it was all said and done, the Yankees won. That’s good! They were also 1-for-10 in RISP situations. That’s bad! Imagine how less of a stressful one this could have been if New York managed to squeeze out more runs.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Nasty (for the first four innings) Nate

For the first four innings, Eovaldi was absolutely dealing. His fastball hit triple digits multiple times, his splitters were either inducing weak contacts or swings-and-misses and his location looked pretty nice. He allowed only one hit and a walk in those four innings while striking out four.

Things got dicey for Eovaldi in the fifth. Matt Wieters opened the inning with a walk and J.J. Hardy followed it up with a force out at second. With Snider batting, McCann let a 83mph slider pass under his legs for a wild pitch, putting a runner in the scoring position for the first time in the game. Snider worked a walk on five pitches and on came Jonathan Schoop. The Oriole second baseman kills the Yankees and he did the same for the first two pitches … except they both hooked foul. The second one was literally a few inches away from being an RBI double. Mercifully for the Yankees, Schoop grounded into a force out to Headley. Eovaldi then got Chris Parmelee for another ground out to get out unscathed.

Nasty Nate wasn’t as lucky in the sixth. With one out, he allowed consecutive singles to Jimmy Paredes and Adam Jones. Chris Davis followed it up with a pop out (on a hanging 77 mph curveball, so go figure) to give Eovaldi a better chance to close out the inning… and then Wieters hit a hanging splitter for an RBI base hit. Girardi decided that he saw enough of Eovaldi, sub’d in Justin Wilson for him. And then of course, Wilson gave up another RBI single to J.J. Hardy to wipe away Eovaldi’s win instantly. Wilson avoided further damage.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Fear the ‘stache

As soon as the Yanks gave up the lead, the offense went back to regain it. Wei-Yin Chen got first two outs quickly in three pitches. Didi Gregorius, who showed some bad at-bats earlier today, singled on the first pitch to keep the inning alive.

With Brendan Ryan coming up, however, it seemed to majority of the Yankee fans (and O’s fans, I presume) thought the inning was going to be over soon. Well, guess what? He shattered those expectations (or lack thereof). On the second pitch of the at-bat, Ryan smashed a double down the line to score Gregorius. 3-2 Yankees. The score would not change again for the rest of the match.

Yeah yeah, his mustache looks goofy but if he can deliver hits like these as a Yankee, he could grow the world’s biggest fu-manchu and I could care less.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Holding the lead

Yankees have won three out of four since the All-Star break and all those were one-run games. A major reason for winning close games? A solid bullpen.

Justin Wilson got slapped with a blown save but he managed not to allow another run before Dellin Betances came in to pitch. In the seventh inning, with two outs, the Orioles had Nolan Reimold on second base with Manny Machado batting. The two AL All-Star teammates squared off and Betances won pretty easily – a swinging strikeout on a 2-2 count. Dellin followed that up by pitching a scoreless eighth and making way to the “closer” Andrew Miller.

Andrew Miller is Andrew Miller. He’ll overpower guys and strike some out – that’s exactly what he did against the O’s in the ninth: two ground outs and a three-pitch swinging strikeout. Game over.

Box score, standings, highlights, WPA

Here’s the box score, updated standings, video highlights and WPA:


Source: FanGraphs


Good win, guys. Tomorrow, the Yankees are back at it again versus the Orioles at YS3. Ivan Nova squares off against Kevin Gausman on another weeknight match.

Game 92: Love This Team
DotF: Refsnyder, Flores double in Triple-A loss
  • thisiscarter

    fun

  • Austinmac

    Winning is so much more fun. Betances and Miller are fun. The Red Sox, universally beloved by the media, are losing every day. More fun.

  • NYYFanFromThePhilippines

    This is fun.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Strong pitching from the middle of the rotation. Role players rising to the task when given the opportunity to play. These are the games you win when things are going well.

    You may not believe, but I certainly believe in….

    http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33600000/-Captain-Eo-Movie-Poster-michael-jackson-33613031-334-500.jpg

  • Tony Wilson

    Brendan Ryan with the game winning hit, might be the Yankees year!!! Great win!

    • n0exit

      Things are looking good when the DFA avoider has a solid contribution.

      • Tony Wilson

        Yep

    • MB923

      About as rare as an American League pitcher hitting a HR as the only run in the ball game. Nathan Karns homered for Tampa against Philly. Rays win 1-0.

      • n0exit

        Key words, against Philly. I don’t think it would happen against any other team. Only the Phillies can find new depths to plummet to.

        • Sam Palazzo

          can’t believe we only won 1 out of 3 against them

          • MB923

            Yep, but it happens. I remember the 09 Yankees losing 2 of 3 to the Nationals who had the worst record in baseball with only 59 wins that year. I believe 48 year old Jamie Moyer even threw a shutout.

  • ZachA

    Who would have thought after the last two season of offensive ineptitude that the Yankees would be so good at the plate this season? They’re 2nd in MLB in runs (418) and HR (120). They’re also 5th in MLB in BB (297) and wRC+ (105). Very balanced.

    Meanwhile, NYY’s bullpen is #1 in baseball in WAR (4), K/9 (10.1), Ks (325), and IBB (3). Sick.

    Good combo.

    • Tony Wilson

      The bullpen is so ridiculous, the way this team is put together, they are built for the postseason.

    • MB923

      I knew it would be better than last year when we knew a 40 year old wasn’t batting 2nd all the time. I did not expect it to be one of the best in the league.

      • Sam Palazzo

        Instead we have a 40 year old batting 3rd.

        • MB923

          Who doesn’t play a premium position anymore and is strictly a DH, and has an OPS+ of 113

          As opposed to the 40 year old last year playing a premium position who had a 73 OPS+ last year.

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            147 OPS+

            • MB923

              Boy was I off. I was looking at 2013. Thank you for the correction. A pretty big difference too.

          • n0exit

            I mean, Jeter is HOF and all, but “playing a premium position” is the most liberal use of that phrase possible to describe what Jeter was doing out there in 2014.

            • MB923

              Maybe, but I think you get my point though. Jeter batting 2nd every game despite being subpar offensively shouldn’t be compared with A-Rod who has actually hit well

              If A-Rod was hitting poorly, i don’t think Girardi would play him as much. After all, he benches A-Rod in the playoffs when he hit poor, so I’m sure he would have done the same in the regular season

              Thankfully thusfar, we didn’t have to witness this.

  • blake

    5 game lead ….5 in the LC over Orioles, 6 in LC over the Jays and 7 in the LC over the Rays. Boston has lost 6 straight and appear to be folding up shop and quiting

    Things could change fast….but right now life looks pretty darn good

    • Bret The Hitman

      Think yanks make at least a small move like Zobrist?

    • MB923

      Sorry if this sounds dumb, but is there a reason why they say X amount of games ahead/behind in the Loss column?

      Barring the very rare occasions where they don’t make-up a game, all teams play 162 games, so in the end, you’ll be behind the same number of games in both the Win and Loss column.

      • n0exit

        The number of games back in the loss column is entirely out of the control (pretty much) of the chasing team as the team ahead has to lose the games for them to gain. A team gould be half a game ahead by virtue of playing more games than the other team, but if you aren’t back in the loss column, you are in control as you can catch up by winning and don’t have to rely on others losing.

        • MB923

          Ok. That makes sense. Thanks.

          I guess if you are fighting for the Worst record, you want to be behind in the Win column? :)

        • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

          this. though it’s really early to be talking about the loss column right now. it becomes significant in september.

      • Asher Dratel

        You can’t make up for the LC difference.

      • vwnut13

        You can’t un-lose a loss.

        You can win a game that has yet to be played.

  • MB923

    Random but fun note – With the Mariners win and the Red Sox loss, the Boston Red Sox now have the worst record in the American League.

    • Asher Dratel

      It is really amazing how terrible the Tigers pen is.

      • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        It seems to get worse every year too.

        • Looser Trader FotD™

          But teh JOBA!!

          • MB923

            On the Jays now. Minor league deal.

  • Centaur Hips
    • Asher Dratel

      That the team managed to keep winning while they worked out the bullpen issues is one of those “intangibles” that I love to see.

      • Centaur Hips

        Yeah they managed to win some close games while still figuring things out in the pen. It’s great that they don’t have Esmil and Carpenter messing things up. I bet the pen’s ERA will get lower with those guys and their 1.92 ERA as the main group. That’s really amazing.

  • Asher Dratel
    • n0exit

      I can’t remember the exact date, but its been nearly two years.

      • Asher Dratel

        Beep boop, paging all Katies.

        • n0exit

          It’s a few threads back. I found it after the last game against the mariners. Late 2013 I think.

          • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

            friday the thirteenth of september, 2013.

    • Mustang

      September 13, 2013

      677 Days!

      That’s 1 year 10 months and 8 days!

      ENOUGH SAID!!!

      • MB923

        When a grand slam by Salty was hit at YS. Ewww.

    • Mustang

      WELL DONE !!!!!!

  • HoopDreams
  • Emilio

    How about that out call on the ball that Headley almost booted? I’m surprised Buck didn’t lose it.

    • n0exit

      No need to lose it anymore, just get on the phone and see the replay.

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    Brendan Ryan’s hit tonight made his contract worth it. The rest is just extra profit. We could DFA him at any time now and not lose anything.

    • n0exit

      The man has a top 5 OPS+ on this ball club.

  • My name is Paul Heyman

    Seeing everynight RS fans BEGGING theiR FO to trade Panda and Hanley is just hilarious

    • Elton Cod M.T.

      If Headley keeps this up we will need a 3B.

      • n0exit

        You mean if Headley keeps heating up we won’t need a 3B? Yea I agree.

        • Elton Cod M.T.

          Headley swings are usually so sad, because he tries so hard and swings so mightily, but the swing doesn’t have power and it barely makes contact so he hits a shitty foul ball.

          • Monterocouldstillbedinero

            Headley (right side) and Ryan with big hits. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  • n0exit

    Expectations on Schwarber are about to become insanely unrealistic.

    • Asher Dratel

      What’s his schWAR up to now?

    • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki
      • n0exit

        Funny, because Schwarber can’t really catch either.

      • Monterocouldstillbedinero

        You guys are cruel. Montero and Schwarber are both major league hitters. One is just in search of a major league team right now. Young guys. I’d take them both.

  • Asher Dratel

    Probably better saved for an open thread, but holy moly.

    https://twitter.com/nickgroke/status/623709884643586049

    • Veteran presents

      Would love to have his bat in the line-up, but it’s not happening.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Severino/Didi/Sanchez/Jagielo. I’ll drive the car to the airport.

      • Asher Dratel

        If you’re driving we can probably drop two of those names from the offer!

        • Sir Didi Nakamura

          This deal is amazing for us. Fuck prospects.

          As Mike Axisa said: “YOLO”

          • Jimmy

            Mike (or was it Joe?) also said YTPS.

    • kikojones

      Yikes!

    • Ewing33

      And just the other week he was like “I’m a Rockie and I signed to be a Rockie.” Losing is getting to him.

  • Mustang

    I’m happy

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      10 games over .500 finally! Course you’re happy.

      • Mustang

        Don’t know about you but I’m poping champaign bottles in my house!!!

  • Bob Loblaw

    Sung-min, I love your write ups but you need to edit these bad boys my man. Way too many grammatical mistakes for a published piece.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Lol

    • kikojones

      Careful–criticism of grammar, typos, etc is frowned upon by the RAB brain trust. I know it can be irksome, but just let it go.

    • Jimmy

      Always praise in public, criticize in private. No need to blast the kid publicly here. If you sincerely want him to do better, send him an email or write back to RAB.

      • Bob Loblaw

        I told him I love his work which I do. I also understand it’s tough to not have a couple wording mistakes when he is submitting a ridiculously thorough write up at 1130 at night. Just saying be mindful since there were a solid seven mistakes that are just extremely avoidable.

  • Mustang

    Cashman on the Ryan move…LOL

  • https://www.facebook.com/daniel.wasserman.35 nsalem

    In case it has not been mentioned Beltran .632 OPS in 57 PA lifetime.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Kid only has 57 PA? Way to play the kids Cashman/Girardi. NOT.

      • https://www.facebook.com/daniel.wasserman.35 nsalem

        ph

    • kikojones

      You mean 57 PH PAs, right?

      • https://www.facebook.com/daniel.wasserman.35 nsalem

        Yes PH neglected to insert.

  • kikojones

    I had wondered if Joe Girardi would pinch-hit Carlos Beltran in Young’s place but he went with the lefty killer to face a RHP.

    Me too, but I guess he figured if Young failed he’d have Beltran playing RF late in a tight ballgame. So he passed. And it worked out.

    • n0exit

      You’re basically always giving up defense late in games or offense late in games when Young starts. While he’s hot, its probably worth it but beyond that well… I don’t think that falls into what Girardi calls the “foreseeable future”

      • kikojones

        Yeah, but if it’s a 1-run game with the Yankees in the lead, I’d rather see Young rather than Beltran in RF.

  • bardos

    The big game changer apart from Ryan hitting the ball down the left field line were the two Yankee “fans” sitting in first row seats who made vain attempts to grab the souvenir ball. Check the video highlight. If they had even touched it, Didi goes back to third and is dependent on a two out hit, and we might have left the sixth inning in a tie game… altering the dynamic of the game.

    • n0exit

      They weren’t even close. The BABIP gods helping Ryan changed the dynamic of the game.

      • bardos

        Not to argue distances from the ball, what I am saying is that they cared more for catching a souvenir than for the outcome of the game. I personally found that sad.

  • Tony Wilson

    Ellsbury, Gardner, Tulo, Teixeira, Arod, McCann, Beltran/Young, Headley, Drew

    • n0exit

      Except Tulo would never make it in the lineup. He’s more of an injury risk than the 38 yo RF they currently have and he costs a lot more money.

      • Tony Wilson

        He’s not injured now, that lineup along with the pen and starters would get the Yankees to the series. However I do think that if they make the postseason, they can get there with the team they currently have. I just want Tulo to be a Yankee and follow his idol as the Yankee SS.

        • n0exit

          The theory of Tulo is great, the reality of Tulo is something that is very different. It is entirely possible that he costs a ton of prospects only to spend the majority of his time on the DL. You’re right though, it would be a nice story.

  • whileaway

    in 12 of Eo´s 19 starts he´s failed to go 6. All praise to the BP.

    • blake

      A lot of those games of wasn’t about his PC though……it was about Girardi havin a quick hook…..and also the Yankees have won a lot of those games as well.

      Eovaldi has to figure out how to get past that 6th inning hump….

      • Ewing33

        Definitely not completely his fault, but he doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in those 5-6th innings most of the time. Also a product of the new MLB and Yanks in particular with deep pens and not letting your starter go through a lineup a third time.

        • blake

          No it’s often his fault…..he starts to lose it around the 6th inning for some reason and recently Girardi has just started yanking him when the wheels start to wobble……it’s both the right move by Girardi and something Eovaldo has to work through.

          I almost think it’s a mental thing at this point because you can often see a noticeable difference in his location ….it’s like he says….oh shit…..it’s the 6th inning and loses focus

          • Ewing33

            Yea. Perhaps throwing 100 mph consistently will tire you out faster than other starters. Just a theory I’m working on.

            But in the grande scheme of things, starters should not be allowed to go through lineups a third time anyway if you have a pen like the Yanks do.

            • blake

              The problem though is overtaxing that pen if you have to do it every night…..if it’s just the back end guys ok….but they need more length to keep the pen fresh heading into October

              • Ewing33

                True. But usually you might try to limit how much work you give your 4-5th guys in the pen, but with the Yanks those guys are Wilson and Shreve. And then maybe tack on Mitchell and/or Severino in September too. You are right though, you definitely have to watch it.

                • blake

                  Wilson kinda flies under the radar but how good has he been…..yea I mean you’re right the middle of their pen is good too……and could get better

        • whileaway

          this is definitely “The Year of the Pen“ all across MLB.

          • blake

            It’s a shift in how the game is played……20 years ago teams tried to avoid their bullpens until maybe the 9th with their closer…….in 2015 there are so many good relievers that teams are rushing to get to their pens…..I kinda like it

            • whileaway

              I prefer the CG but this is the best BP NY has had in their history.

      • Tony Wilson

        He really does, for his “effectiveness ” While he’s in there fewer than 6 innings almost every start is not good.

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Need to keep winning at home. Long tough road trip coming up. Cities where ny traditionally doesn’t play well.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      They’re playing in Somalia?

    • n0exit

      They need to keep winning? Whoa, that’s deep man.

  • drewskie

    Is this the first time evoldi didn’t get a ton of run support?

    • calripyankee

      No, but a typical Eovaldi game.. 5+ inns of solid pitching.. I’ll take that everyday.. With the hope that he gets over the “quick hook” from Girardi hump..

  • blake

    People complain about Girardi all the time…..the truth is that he’s doing a fantastic job with this club and is one of the best managers in baseball

    • n0exit

      I haven’t seen anyone complain about JG recently. He’s an above average manager probably in the second tier below the best, he does have the occasional brain fart. But solid clubhouse manager unlike Farrell.

      • Austinmac

        I wonder about Farrell’s job security. One good year can only keep good feelings for so long.

        One of the papers in Boston is telling them to get rid of Sandoval and Ramirez. A fine off season last year for them.

        • n0exit

          I mean these guys won the off season right? Now those same moves are being lambasted. IMO, those aren’t moveable pieces and they’re probably better off sticking with them and hoping for a bounce back next year and signing an ace. Didn’t they trade for Farrell? Probably extends his leash a little of they did.

        • blake

          I mean I’m not sure why anyone thought they were going to be that good to begin with with that rotation…….Cherington is the one who should be looking over his shoulder…..allowing his team to start 2015 with no rotation and signing Hanley and Panda to bad contracts.

          Boston’s big league, AAA, and AA teams are a combined 52 games under .500…….but hey they got Moncada in A ball !

  • Jman1213

    Meanwhile, the Red Sox have lost six straight. The tide is turning, huh Harold Reynolds?

    • MB923

      No. They still have a great shot

      – ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew

      • Ewing33

        I still have nightmares about that broadcast.

      • BigDavey88

        Anything can happen in this mediocre division led by the second best offense in baseball! Anything!

    • blake

      All they need is 5 starters and a new bullpen ….never surrender

  • blake

    Boston now is the proud owner of the worst record in the AL

  • Dellin Beteddardnces

    I thought it was the best win of the season, Mike. Eovaldi was brilliant. I was glad to see Joe give him a chance to get out of some jams with runners on base. I’d like to see Refsnyder get a game winning hit like Ryan did last night. Ryan proved his worth and every ballclub needs a clutch little utility guy like him. He reminds me of the Luis Sojos and Clay Bellingers during the dynasty years. Win the next two and it’s a 7 game lead over their biggest rival. I said they’d create separation and they have.

    • Tony Wilson

      He was brilliant for 4 innings, he needs to start going longer.

    • sevrox

      Best win of the season will be when they clinch the ALEast.

  • MG2015

    Ryan has started 4 games for the Yankees and has actually been decent (lots better than Drew), maybe it’s time to lay off him a little until he has an 0-20 slump with 12 K’s, then give it to him with both barrels….

    • blake

      It’s the stache….:problem is that he gets hurt all the time

    • n0exit

      If Ryan gets 20 more ABs I’ll be super depressed. Unless someone good replaces Drew then I won’t care.

  • blake

    Headley is hitting .346 with a .404 OBP in July……almost has his season OPS up to .700.

    • Yankee Trader

      Plus he’s cleaned up his throws to first, no more low throws that Tex has to scoop out of the dirt.

      • Austinmac

        Teixiera’s scoop on Didi’s throw my well have saved that game. It was a tough one too. Headley’s have been very much on target lately.

  • Austinmac

    Eovaldi looked his best all year in the first four innings. I think Girardi pulled him at the right time. We were a bit lucky with a couple of the rockets going foul. I would still like another good starter, or alternatively I suppose, another very good reliever to deal with all the bullpen innings needed for the rest of the season.

    • blake

      the Schoop AB in the 5th……he went 0-4 but if you watched that AB he was right on every pitch…..Yanks got pretty fortunate there.

      • Austinmac

        Sometimes you have to be lucky. Maybe Headley is getting his share too. He hit a lot of line drives that were caught in the first half.

        • blake

          he’s kinda settle down in the field too…..I don’t know what in the world was going in with him in the first half defensively but I’m hoping we get the good Headley in the 2nd half……that’ll almost be like trading for a new 3B when you consider how bad in was overall in the first half. His history suggests he’s gonna heat up…..and he is…..

          • n0exit

            I think his throwing messed with his fielding. Going in trying to avoid the long throw. When you can trust your arm like Didi does you have a lot more leeway.

          • Austinmac

            I supported the Headley signing and still do.

            I see Brett Anderson of the Dodgers, unsurprisingly, has Achilles issues. If he is out, they may try to get a couple of pitchers.

            • Yankee Trader

              Cole Hamels has been rumored to interest them.

              • blake

                Hamels will be a Dodger or a Cub

      • Mustang

        Yes, Sir!
        He hung almost every pitch.

    • Yankee Trader

      Good morning. Too bad Eovaldi didn’t get the win, when Wilson let in the tying run.

  • Mustang

    Cashman on the Ryan move…LOL

  • Baked McBride

    Speaking of Yanks-O’s, anyone here clearly remember that mail biting 1980 pennant race? That was a great yankee team that unfortunately came up against that Good Royals team one too many times

  • Yankee Trader

    As a righty, Eovaldi has a terrific pick off move to first. I wonder how many he has?

    • Bob Loblaw

      I would also want to see his splits with men on base and with risp compared to the league average. Last night I feel like the rare times he pitched from the stretch he lost command fast.

      • Y’s Guy

        he pitches from the stretch constantly with that 1.50 Whip

    • pat

      He has 4 this year, and 10 in his MLB career.

      • Yankee Trader

        Thanks

  • Baked McBride

    Loved Girardi as a player and would love him as a neighbor. Seems like a solid all around guy. As a manager, he has the greatest tool box on the block, one that all the guys envy, but he does still manage to strip a screw with the wrong bit more often than we’d expect

    • Bob Loblaw

      Terry Collins is the pedophile who lives down the street who doesn’t mow his lawn.

  • OldYanksFan

    Blue Jays ink Chamberlain to minor league deal
    The Toronto Blue Jays have signed reliever Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract.

    • Austinmac

      I don’t think we should give up quite yet. How quickly he fell(no pun intended).

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Instantly upping their grunting and farting ratio.

    • Bob Loblaw

      Nothing will make me happier than seeing that fat faced fuck blow high leverage innings in a pennant race.

  • Yankee Trader

    I still think the Yankees need to add some players at the trading deadline. Last nights game shouldn’t have been that close.

    Let’s just say Cashman is working to add a second baseman, a bullpen arm, and another starter. He is not going to trade Severino, Judge, Mateo, Bird or Refsnyder, but is not planning on promoting Refsnyder if he can trade for a second baseman. Hal not willing to add a Hamels or any other long term high priced commitment.

    Who would you trade for or promote from within? Any other players you want to protect-Sanchez?

    Re acquire Prado
    Promote Andrew Bailey, who has pitched well, but is stuck at AA?
    Look at free agent Iwakuma, who seems to be back on track, recovered from a lat injury.

    • Y’s Guy

      I like the idea of aquiring Iwakuma first out of those three options, then Prado. Bailey….meh.

      • Yankee Trader

        Who would you go after or promote for a BP arm?

        • Y’s Guy

          I think we’re fine with the arms we have. They’ll continue to move people up and down to fill the back end.

          • Stan

            I think if the Yankees do not trade for a starter they need to look for a RHRP since they will probably slide Warren back into the rotation if there is an injury.

      • Monterocouldstillbedinero

        Iwakuma can dominate when healthy but who do we have to send to the M’s to make it happen?

        • Stan

          for a rental coming off injury? a mid level prospect or 2

          • Monterocouldstillbedinero

            Would do that for sure.

    • pat

      Why is it a given he’s not going to promote Refsnyder? Cash literally said he’d be up after the trade deadline.

      • Yankee Trader

        Just a scenario, with no facts behind it. If he doesn’t trade for a second baseman, then Refsnyder is back in the picture.

    • whileaway

      I like the idea of adding Hamels but the likelihood of that becoming a reality is doubtful. If NY is looking for SP I think Kazmir is the one to shoot for. Clippard to give NY a solid RHRP.
      I think NY has enough offense barring injury to sustain a pennant drive.
      All NY needs is a good 8-2, 10-2 run to distance themselves from the pack.

      • Y’s Guy

        I think the Phillies have to move Hamels and that only the Dodgers and Yankees will pick up the whole contract, so the price may well not turn out to be as high as some expect it to be, especially if David Price is in-play.

        • whileaway

          true. Another team might be willing to toss the Phils better players for a reduction in contract.

          • Y’s Guy

            There is a very strange dynamic going on right now. Everybody in Philly blames Amaro for where the team is now, and he’s a total lame-duck. They’ve already picked the new President but he won’t take over til after the season. So Amaro is basically stripped of his power but the new guy doesn’t have to make the Hamels decision. My bet is that ownership wants Amaro to make the trade so if it blows up, he will take that blame after he’s gone and the new admin has clean hands. If Hamels isn’t traded by the TD, his value will drop between then and the end of the year b/c another pennant race and PS will have gone by. I think they have to move him and that they will take the best package offered.
            Now the question is whether the powers that be consider offloading all of his salary more importatnt than the prospect haul or how much of his contract they are willing to cover to up the prospect package.
            I’d think McPhail would prefer not to be paying Hamels to play for another team when he takes over.

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      The O’s are not a pushover and we have been a RISP-failure team often these last few years. It has killed us in the post season where contact and situational hitting often wins out. Against superior post season pitchers who can pitch backwards in counts the HR is less useful. See Tex, ARod and Swish in the post season. I don’t expect us to get beyond winning our division with our starters and HR hitters. At this point we lose to KC and LAA.

      • Y’s Guy

        I’d also give the edge to Houston if they win the Division.

      • Stan

        The home run is never less useful per se… runner at 2nd I’d still prefer 2 runs with a homer than 1 with a single.

        But I get your point that you need to get that run across the plate.

    • Stan

      I can live with a Drew/Refsnyder platoon at 2B…. not my preference but depending on the cost on a replacement I’m also not opposed to bringing in a solid 2B option

      I’ve been wondering silently why they hadn’t brought him up, then I looked at his stats down in the minors.. they have been moving him up the food chain a game in rookie ball 7 in A+ and 8 in AA. I’m guessing he’ll do a short stint in AAA before the Yankees consider bringing him up.

      I mentioned yesterday that Iwakuma is my 3rd choice for affordable (prospectwise) starters… Kazmir, Shark, Iwakuma, Leake, and Latos make up my top 5

    • Tony Wilson

      Iwakuma and Prado sound great!

  • Baked McBride

    I am shocked that the Yanks didn;t at least consider Joba Part Deux. He must really suck right now if even Cashman didn;t want to buy a lottery ticket on that trampoline bouncing Soprano.

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      Saw this on other thread. Keep trying. Joba sucks and is an imploder in high leverage situations. His fb and slider are just not that good anymore and he has no 3rd pitch to speak of. He goes better with Coke.

      • Y’s Guy

        I think the BJ’s should turn him back into a starter.

      • Baked McBride

        keep trying what? I put it in the wrong thread. BooHoo. Don’t be a dick

    • Stan

      Too much history with the Yankees.. a lot of it not good… best he pitches elsewhere.

      When he went to the Tigers I mentioned that the change of scenery and fresh start without the huge expectations following him around would be good for him.

  • http://batman-news.com nyyankfan7

    So everyone still pissed that Ryan wasn’t cut a couple of days ago?

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      Truly it can be said…

      YCPB

    • Stan

      Yeah… Refsnyder would have homered…. lol

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    This team looks good for the division…but that’s about it. How can we improve to beat KC or LA?

    • Y’s Guy

      Upgrade the rotation.

    • Tony Wilson

      LAA is playing good ball right now but their pitching doesn’t scare me and in the postseason Trout would get an AB in the 1st and maybe another. Pujols would have to continue hitting well because I wouldn’t allow Trout to beat us. Add another starter or get Tulo and the Yanks are favorites in the AL.

  • Brazen-NYY

    ADD Bailey ( if he is dominating) and PAP to Bullpen…Sell or release CAP…Send Pinder back down or part of package to phils. Release or Trade drew…call up Refs…6 man rotation…call up SEVS for spot starts. Warren to rotation if he has the innings to spare. Send Nova to Phils.

    • Re2pect

      anything else on the xmas list?

      • Stan

        I’m still waiting for my official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle

        • dkidd

          you’ll shoot your eye out, kid

    • Tony Wilson

      No to Pap!

  • Y’s Guy

    The Dodgers have consistently said that Seager and Urias are off the table yet the Hamels rumors continue. Texas and Houston are sniffing but want salary relief in exchange for a better package.

    • Stan

      Dodgers have a strong farm.. holmes and deleon were also top preseason 100 prospects.. they could still possibly pull off that kind of deal