• Today, The Jays Are Six Back Of The Yankees

    Posted by on July 31st, 2015 · Comments (19)

    Let’s see what happens from this point out.

    Comments on Today, The Jays Are Six Back Of The Yankees

    1. #15
      July 31st, 2015 | 6:30 pm

      They went from not as good as us to better than us. We’ll see if they play up to it. I’m guessing they run us down unless someone key gets badly hurt.

    2. Evan3457
      July 31st, 2015 | 6:42 pm

      Pretty brave, Steve, waiting until after the Jays make 2 major and 2 minor upgrades.

      But I agree. Yanks will be hanging on for dear life, if they make it at all now, especially because the Jays and Yanks still have 13 games head to head.

    3. Greg H.
      July 31st, 2015 | 10:25 pm

      Please. Price was bold, but Tulo for Reyes NBD.
      They have to play the games. This is by far the most interesting season in three years no matter what the outcome. Yanks take the division. Jays will have to show me.

    4. Evan3457
      August 1st, 2015 | 12:25 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      Please. Price was bold, but Tulo for Reyes NBD.
      They have to play the games. This is by far the most interesting season in three years no matter what the outcome. Yanks take the division. Jays will have to show me.

      Yanks starting staff is riddled with holes unless Mitchell and Severino both step up. Odds of that are not good. That’s the key right now.

    5. Raf
      August 1st, 2015 | 9:00 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      This is by far the most interesting season in three years no matter what the outcome.

      Exactly. Looking forward to seeing it play out. Remember, only one trading deadline has passed, there is still the waiver period. Both the Yanks and Jays could further improve.

      Mathematically the Jays have a chance what with the head to head games left, but the other games are just as important.

      I think CC’s leash just got shorter.

    6. LMJ229
      August 1st, 2015 | 10:13 am

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Yanks starting staff is riddled with holes unless Mitchell and Severino both step up. Odds of that are not good. That’s the key right now.

      I am absolutely shocked that Cashman didn’t get us any pitching before the deadline. He got us pitching last year when this team was going nowhere. Now this year, when we have a legitimate shot to make some noise, he does nothing. Makes no sense to me.
      You are right – the season now hinges on whether Mitchell and Severino can both step up.

    7. Greg H.
      August 1st, 2015 | 5:19 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I am absolutely shocked that Cashman didn’t get us any pitching before the deadline.

      Akley made little sense to me. But the pitching would have cost too much in prospects, or been too small an incremental gain to not try the kids out. I don’t understand complaints that there’s no Farm to help out, and now that there is a farm to help out, we should be trading them away and not calling them up.

    8. Greg H.
      August 1st, 2015 | 5:26 pm

      Wait, we’re leading the division by 6 games on August 1? And this is a sign of impending doom?

      The key is also whether any other team in the division can stop playing mediocre ball. The Jays in particular seem great at finding ways to lose games despite a huge run differential. We have a six game lead – the onus is on the rest of the division as much as or more than the Yankees.

    9. LMJ229
      August 2nd, 2015 | 12:31 am

      Greg H. wrote:

      Akley made little sense to me. But the pitching would have cost too much in prospects, or been too small an incremental gain to not try the kids out. I don’t understand complaints that there’s no Farm to help out, and now that there is a farm to help out, we should be trading them away and not calling them up.

      Aside from Severino and Judge, who the Yankees were intent on not trading, we just don’t have the prospects to pull off a deal for a big time pitcher. However, I was hoping we could dip into that second tier pitching market to pick up a guy like Leake or Shields. Cashman has always been pretty adept at those “under the radar” type trades. Yet this year, when we really need it, he does nothing. I still don’t get it.

    10. LMJ229
      August 2nd, 2015 | 12:35 am

      @ Greg H.:
      Ackley made little sense to me too. I’m guessing the Yankees saw him as a more versatile, more athletic option than Garrett Jones.

    11. Evan3457
      August 2nd, 2015 | 1:42 pm

      With Ackley, their hitting staff must think they can turn him around. If they can, that might be the answer at 2nd base for the next 2 seasons.

    12. Evan3457
      August 2nd, 2015 | 5:53 pm

      LMJ229 wrote:

      Greg H. wrote:
      Akley made little sense to me. But the pitching would have cost too much in prospects, or been too small an incremental gain to not try the kids out. I don’t understand complaints that there’s no Farm to help out, and now that there is a farm to help out, we should be trading them away and not calling them up.
      Aside from Severino and Judge, who the Yankees were intent on not trading, we just don’t have the prospects to pull off a deal for a big time pitcher. However, I was hoping we could dip into that second tier pitching market to pick up a guy like Leake or Shields. Cashman has always been pretty adept at those “under the radar” type trades. Yet this year, when we really need it, he does nothing. I still don’t get it.

      Shields contract is a dead weight at this point. Hal’s not picking that up.

    13. KPOcala
      August 3rd, 2015 | 11:42 am

      I think that many of us look at our roster and see what “isn’t”. Take a look at Toronto’s, a very flawed team. Tulo is “iffy” away from Denver, and Price, well, the Yankees have faced him enough, and he can’t pitch every day. I’d rather be a Yankee fan right now than a Jay’s fan……..

    14. Evan3457
      August 3rd, 2015 | 1:46 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      I think that many of us look at our roster and see what “isn’t”. Take a look at Toronto’s, a very flawed team. Tulo is “iffy” away from Denver, and Price, well, the Yankees have faced him enough, and he can’t pitch every day. I’d rather be a Yankee fan right now than a Jay’s fan……..

      Tulo hit well away from Coors this year. Toronto is also a hitter’s park, although not as extreme. He’ll thrive at the head of that lineup, batting in front of Donaldson and Bautista.

      They just took 3 of 4 from a very good Royals team, and nearly swept them. Price will likely pitch OK vs. the Yanks. They’re a real problem; the Yanks lineup is good, maybe very good, but when they get Travis back, the Jays’ lineup is better. Right now, their rotation is somewhat better. Their bullpen is still iffy; the Yanks’ main advantages are the bullpen and the 6 game lead.

      A lot hinges on Severino doing at least a good job with his starts. I’d rather have the 6 game lead, but it’s not nearly as safe as it was a week ago.

    15. KPOcala
      August 3rd, 2015 | 11:34 pm

      @ Evan3457:Evan you are quite correct regarding Tulo. A ‘tip ‘o the cap to you, sir. I’m quite flabbergasted that the media makes such an issue about his “home/away” splits. Yes, he’s better at home, but his away OPS numbers would make a lot of players quite wealthy:
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=tulowtr01&year=2015&t=b

      A lesson to be “re-learned”, ‘don’t read the media’s opinion with one eye open’. Barring injury to a couple/three Yankee pitching staff members, they’ll hold Toronto off. A BIG “if”, they MUST get a healthy Pineda back asap, and stuff CC into the bullpen. Unless he turns it around ‘yesterday’, his staying in the rotation could very well cost them the play-offs. BTW, the Yankees are up by seven in the “loss” column, if that’s any solace. Here’s hoping for the Yanks, Jays, and Orioles to remain healthy. If so, we’ll be in for a really fun, nail-biting Sept.

    16. Mick
      August 4th, 2015 | 1:13 pm

      Is it me or Can we hold off on the Coronation of Yankees Severino in the media. He’s 21 & never thrown a pitch in MLB or at least wait until Thursday morning

    17. #15
      August 4th, 2015 | 1:46 pm

      @ Mick:
      One would think the whole Phil Hughes experience would engender caution.

      Then again, we are soooooo due to develop a young impact starter, and he looks as strong as any we’ve had in a while.

    18. Mick
      August 4th, 2015 | 2:23 pm

      @ #15:
      I know right! But I’m am very hopeful… I do hope he finds lightening in a bottle the next few months

    19. #15
      August 5th, 2015 | 2:43 pm

      Well…. on the July 20th thread about the coming month of August I said we had a reasonable chance to go 10-6 over the next 16 games. We are now 10-4 with 2 remaining against a very weird Botox team. I loved the way Fat Papi loafed to 1st last night. Mannyball at it’s worst. If Pedroia was dead he’d be rolling over in his grave.

      With this stretch behind us, having done what we should have done against those teams, I think we have a very good shot at the playoffs, although Toronto may run us down for the division. Key to the season may be playing them to head to head at ~ .500 ball the rest of the way. Tanaka varied between very sharp and just okay last night, but that was a very serviceable outing. I thought he got away with a few pitches. Although the Sandoval deal is looking like a dog… we don’t want ever want Tanaka pitching to him in a key situation. He has Tanaka’s number. Fortunately, Boston doesn’t look like they will have many/any key moments for quite some time. Their pitching is a shambles.

      Is Garrett Jones still out there? I got the DT’s when I saw McCann put on a 1st baseman’s glove last might.

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