Sunday, 1:58pm: Jack Curry, who will inevitably break the Chapman trade news, says nothing is imminent and the Yankees are still mulling offers. For what it’s worth, John Harper says Hal Steinbrenner gave the okay to deal Chapman before the Giants series. Here’s the latest:
- The Cubs are “strong” in the mix for Chapman, says Ken Rosenthal. The Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, and Indians are all involved too. That sounds like a last minute leak from the Yankees to get someone to raise their offer. He’s currently on the DL with a minor shoulder injury and is due back soon.
- The Yankees have interest in Nats righty Joe Ross, reports Jon Heyman. One source told him there is “no chance” they’ll trade Ross for a rental though. Here’s my offseason Scouting the Market post on Ross.
- Keith Law hears the Yankees would get righty Erick Fedde, righty Koda Glover, and a third piece if the deal with the Nationals goes through. That is a lot. Here is MLB.com’s Nationals top 30 prospects list so you can familiarize yourself with those guys.
- The Yankees “love” Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, according to Buster Olney. I wrote about Torres in our Scouting the Market: Cubs post a few days ago.
Sunday, 12:41am ET: Rosenthal says a trade is not necessarily imminent. The Yankees are preparing to wrap-up the process though. I guess that means they’re sorting through final offers and things like that.
Saturday, 10:38pm ET: The Yankees are telling teams they are close to trading Aroldis Chapman and will hold on to Andrew Miller, reports Ken Rosenthal. There’s no word on where Chapman may be heading or when a deal may be completed. For what it’s worth, the Nationals have been connected to him most frequently.
Following Saturday’s loss, the Yankees are now 49-48 on the season and 7.5 games back in the AL East. They’re 4.5 games back of a wildcard spot with four teams ahead of them. FanGraphs puts their postseason odds at 8.3% as of this writing, which should have the team firmly in sell mode. I’m not sure what else ownership needs to see.
Now, that said, trading Chapman would make sense even if the Yankees were in the race. They were able to get him at a very discounted rate due to his pending domestic violence suspension, and now that the suspension has been served, they can market him as a full price rental elite reliever. That’s pretty darn valuable and should fetch a lot.
In addition to the Nationals, the Rangers, Cubs, and Giants have all been connected to Chapman to some degree. Washington tried to acquire Aroldis in the offseason following his domestic dispute incident, but the Yankees beat them to the punch. Nationals manager Dusty Baker had Chapman with the Reds and has reportedly been pushing to acquire him.
As for keeping Miller, it’s certainly a sound strategy considering his general awesomeness and the two years left on his affordable contract. It’s been reported that the Yankees will have to be blown away to move him. That could still happen before the deadline, it’s not like there’s a shortage of teams in on Miller. We’ll see. The trade deadline is one week from Monday.
This second half opening ten-game homestand is coming to an end today. The Yankees have won five of the first nine games, and boy, a 6-4 homestand looks so much better than a 5-5 homestand. Of course, the Yankees were going to have to go something like 7-3 or even 8-2 to really get back into the postseason race. They’re still treading water, which is bad for #TeamBuy and good for #TeamSell.
I’m not going to have time to add the lineup to the post, so I’ll instead direct you to the Yankees PR folks on Twitter. They should have the lineup posted there. It’s another really hot day in the New York, though at least there are some more clouds in the sky to provide shade. Today’s series finale is set to begin at 1:05pm ET. You can watch on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.
What’s worse than a loss? A loss that completely decimates your bullpen. The Yankees did exactly that in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Giants. The game went 12 innings. Let’s recap with bullet points, because it’s a Saturday night:
- Just One Run: Like Madison Bumgarner on Friday, the Yankees had some chances to get to Johnny Cueto early on the Sunday, but they couldn’t capitalize. They scored their one run in the fourth inning, when Mark Teixeira pulled a single to right field that Mac Williamson bobbled. The bobble was just enough to allow Didi Gregorius to race around all the way from first. He slid in just ahead of the tag. And thus concludes the run scoring for the day.
- Alright Ivan: Props to Ivan Nova for a strong start. The first few innings were pretty shaky, but he settled down in the middle innings and gave the Yankees seven innings of one-run ball. He struck out seven and allowed the run on six hits and two walks. Nova has now allowed no more than one run in three of his last four starts. Nice little showcase before the trade deadline, I’d say.
- The Blown Chance: The Yankees were gift-wrapped a golden opportunity in the tenth. Lefty Josh Osich started the frame by walking Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, then, for whatever reason, Jacoby Ellsbury bunted the runners up. Why? Hicks is scoring on pretty much any single, and the bunt meant Carlos Beltran wouldn’t get to hit. Sure enough, Beltran was intentionally walked. Brian McCann popped up on the first pitch with the bases loaded, then Starlin Castro flew out to end the inning. What a waste.
- The Bullpen: Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman have now combined to throw 132 pitches the last two days. Chapman threw two innings Saturday, and Betances tossed an inning as well. He was pitching for the fifth time in the last seven days, plus he warmed up on one of the days he didn’t pitch. Yikes. Those guys are running on fumes. Anthony Swarzak allowed the losing run on a double and a single. Womp womp.
- Leftovers: The Yankees had nine hits and still managed to go 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. I’m not even mad. I’m amazed … every starter had a hit except Castro. Gardner, Beltran, Hicks, and Chase Headley drew the walks … Gardner, Gregorius, and McCann teammate up for a brilliant play at the plate. Here’s the video. Watch it.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Giants wrap up this three-game series on Sunday afternoon. That’s a 1pm ET start. Jeff Samardzija and Nathan Eovaldi are the scheduled starters in a matchup of hard-throwing righty enigmas.
Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Sweeny Murti that OF Aaron Judge should return to the lineup in 4-5 days. Shane Hennigan says Judge hit against soft toss and did some long toss throwing today, so he’s working his way back. Good news.
Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Durham)
- CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 3 K
- RF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
- C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — that’s his sixth steal of the season, and no, it’s not a career high … he stole 15 bases (!) back in 2012
- DH Ike Davis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
- 1B Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
- LF Cesar Puello: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HBP, 3 SB — that’s hit-by-pitch No. 14 … no one else in the system has more than seven
- LHP Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/4 GB/FB — 55 of 97 pitches were strikes (57%)
- LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 20 of 37 pitches were strikes (54%)
- RHP Johnny Barbato: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 19 pitches were strikes (53%) … he’s been really good of late, but this wasn’t his best outing
- RHP Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 20 of 29 pitches were strikes … two-inning save in a one-run game in his second Triple-A outing
Goodness gracious is it hot outside here in New York. The temperature has been in the mid-90s all day and there’s not a cloud in the sky, so it feels even hotter because the sun has been beating down on the sidewalk all day. This little heat wave is supposed to last right through the end of next week too. Thanks goodness for air conditioning, man’s greatest invention.
Also hot: the Yankees. They’ve won five of their last six games and eight of their last 12 games. Were they all textbook wins? Hardly. They needed some lucky breaks along the way, but that’s fine, a win is a win. The question now is how will this recent hot streak impact the team’s trade deadline activity? Do they see this as a chance to get back into the race, or just a mirage? The answer to that question might be the most important decision the Yankees have made in years, if not decades. Here is the Giants’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:
- LF Brett Gardner
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- DH Carlos Beltran
- C Brian McCann
- 2B Starlin Castro
- SS Didi Gregorius
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- 3B Chase Headley
- RF Aaron Hicks
RHP Ivan Nova
The Giants changed up their pitching plan. Johnny Cueto is starting today and Jeff Samardzija is starting tomorrow. I’m not exactly sure why they made the change, but they did. There’s no injury or anything. They just flipped the two.
Anyway, like I said, it’s crazy hot outside. Not the most comfortable afternoon to be sitting out in the stands. Today’s game is scheduled to begin a little after 4pm ET. You can watch on YES or Fox Sports 1. Enjoy the game.