• Signing Manny Machado

    Posted by on June 19th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Between the financial commitment and his temperament, the team that signs him will regret it…in an A-Rod fashion. Pass.

    6 In A Row?

    Posted by on June 18th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    That’s not good.

    Of course, if they take 7 of their next 10, all will be forgiven.

    15-8

    Posted by on June 17th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    That was the Yankees record in April this year. Since then, they are 23-19.

    Love this team and most of the things that are happening; but, the water is seeking it’s own level. It’s coming folks.

    At Close Of Business June 9th…

    Posted by on June 10th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    The Yankees have the 4th best record in baseball and the second best record in the American League.

    There’s still a chance that they end up an 87-win team. But, it has been an amazing start to the season. And, it’s not chump change…we’re talking a third of the season.

    As is often the case, August will be a test. If they are still in a good position come September 1st, then it’s time to get some serious expectations.

    25

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Why are the Yankees sitting on uniform #25?

    All these years, 21, I get it. But, now their doing it with 25?

    Nobody wants it?

    10-12 In Their Last 22

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Don’t look out the window.

    Reality Sets In

    Posted by on May 24th, 2017 · Comments (5)

    Lost 8 of their last 13. Also, the warts are starting to show. And, that includes the premature stupidity of the Judge’s Chambers.

    Aaron Hicks

    Posted by on May 9th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    What a difference a year makes, huh?

    21-9

    Posted by on May 9th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    This is just the 17th time in Yankees history that the Yankees have won 21 of their first 30 games of the season.  And, it’s just the 5th time since 1959!  Enjoy it!  You don’t see this very often…not even in Yankeeland.

    Results
    Rk Tm Year #Matching W
    1 NYY 1939 24 24 Ind. Games
    2 NYY 1958 24 24 Ind. Games
    3 NYY 1928 24 24 Ind. Games
    4 NYY 1998 23 23 Ind. Games
    5 NYY 2003 23 23 Ind. Games
    6 NYY 1950 22 22 Ind. Games
    7 NYY 1932 22 22 Ind. Games
    8 NYY 1923 22 22 Ind. Games
    9 NYY 1953 21 21 Ind. Games
    10 NYY 1926 21 21 Ind. Games
    11 NYY 2000 21 21 Ind. Games
    12 NYY 1936 21 21 Ind. Games
    13 NYY 1927 21 21 Ind. Games
    14 NYY 2010 21 21 Ind. Games
    15 NYY 1951 21 21 Ind. Games
    16 NYY 1942 21 21 Ind. Games
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 5/9/2017.

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    Yankees Are The Best Team In Baseball

    Posted by on May 6th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Numbers don’t lie – although the home cooking sure helps. Question is: Can they keep it up? It’s not crazy at this stage to say they could still end up as an 86-win team. Pineda and Severino need to keep it up. And, Adam Warren can’t keep going the way he’s been throwing. Also, I know that Castro is due to crash soon. He always does.

    MLB Detailed Standings
    Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk R RA Rdiff SOS SRS
    pythWL Luck Home Road
    1 NYY 18 9 .667 W 3 5.6 3.9 1.7 0.7 2.4 18-9 0 12-3 6-6
    2 WSN 20 9 .690 W 3 6.3 4.6 1.7 0.3 2.0 19-10 1 9-6 11-3
    3 CHC 16 13 .552 L 1 5.0 4.4 0.6 0.8 1.3 16-13 0 7-7 9-6
    4 BAL 18 10 .643 W 2 4.4 4.1 0.2 0.9 1.1 15-13 3 9-3 9-7
    5 PHI 12 16 .429 L 4 4.6 4.4 0.2 0.8 1.0 15-13 -3 7-5 5-11
    6 CIN 15 14 .517 W 3 5.0 4.8 0.2 0.7 1.0 15-14 0 9-9 6-5
    7 STL 14 14 .500 W 1 4.3 4.3 0.0 1.0 1.0 14-14 0 9-8 5-6
    8 MIL 15 15 .500 L 1 4.9 4.8 0.2 0.6 0.8 15-15 0 7-10 8-5
    9 TBR 15 16 .484 L 1 4.3 4.2 0.1 0.6 0.7 16-15 -1 10-6 5-10
    10 BOS 15 14 .517 L 2 3.8 3.9 -0.1 0.8 0.6 14-15 1 11-7 4-7
    11 LAD 16 14 .533 W 1 4.6 3.6 1.0 -0.4 0.6 18-12 -2 10-6 6-8
    12 ARI 18 13 .581 W 1 5.0 4.0 1.0 -0.5 0.5 19-12 -1 12-5 6-8
    13 PIT 13 16 .448 W 1 3.9 4.4 -0.5 0.9 0.4 13-16 0 7-6 6-10
    14 CHW 15 13 .536 L 1 4.1 3.6 0.5 -0.3 0.2 16-12 -1 6-5 9-8
    15 CLE 15 13 .536 L 1 4.4 4.2 0.2 -0.2 0.0 15-13 0 6-6 9-7
    16 MIA 12 16 .429 L 2 4.5 4.6 -0.1 0.1 0.0 14-14 -2 5-6 7-10
    17 NYM 13 15 .464 W 2 5.0 5.5 -0.5 0.4 0.0 13-15 0 5-10 8-5
    18 TOR 10 19 .345 W 1 4.0 4.6 -0.7 0.6 0.0 12-17 -2 4-8 6-11
    19 HOU 20 10 .667 W 1 4.9 3.8 1.1 -1.2 -0.1 18-12 2 12-6 8-4
    20 DET 15 13 .536 W 1 5.0 5.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 14-14 1 9-7 6-6
    21 MIN 15 12 .556 W 1 4.7 4.2 0.5 -0.7 -0.2 15-12 0 8-8 7-4
    22 COL 18 12 .600 L 1 4.6 4.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 15-15 3 7-7 11-5
    23 ATL 11 16 .407 L 2 4.6 5.4 -0.9 0.2 -0.7 11-16 0 5-6 6-10
    24 SEA 13 17 .433 L 1 4.8 4.7 0.1 -0.9 -0.8 15-15 -2 8-5 5-12
    25 TEX 13 17 .433 W 2 4.6 4.5 0.1 -1.2 -1.2 15-15 -2 8-8 5-9
    26 SDP 12 19 .387 L 3 3.7 5.1 -1.4 -0.3 -1.6 11-20 1 6-7 6-12
    27 LAA 15 16 .484 L 3 3.9 4.5 -0.6 -1.1 -1.7 13-18 2 9-5 6-11
    28 SFG 11 19 .367 L 1 3.4 5.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.8 10-20 1 6-8 5-11
    29 KCR 10 18 .357 W 1 2.9 4.2 -1.3 -0.7 -2.0 9-19 1 8-7 2-11
    30 OAK 12 17 .414 L 1 3.7 5.0 -1.3 -1.0 -2.4 10-19 2 7-7 5-10
    31 Avg 14 14 .500 4.5 4.5 14-14 7-6 6-7
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 5/6/2017.

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    Lynn, Ichiro…And Judge?

    Posted by on May 4th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Yes, we’re talking simultaneously winning the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

    Well, sure there’s still 85% of the season to be played. So, yeah, there’s that. But, if the season ended today, it could happen.

    20 Games Into 2017

    Posted by on April 28th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    You could make a case that the Yankees are the best team in baseball at this early part of the season. How about that? You really couldn’t ask for a better start to the season.

    MLB Detailed Standings
    Rk Tm Lg G W L W-L% R RA Rdiff SOS SRS
    pythWL
    1 NYY AL 20 13 7 .650 4.9 3.2 1.8 0.4 2.2 14-6
    2 WSN NL 22 16 6 .727 6.3 4.8 1.5 0.5 2.1 14-8
    3 CHC NL 21 12 9 .571 5.2 4.2 1.0 0.6 1.5 12-9
    4 PHI NL 20 11 9 .550 4.8 4.2 0.6 0.9 1.4 11-9
    5 MIL NL 23 12 11 .522 5.2 4.5 0.7 0.7 1.4 13-10
    6 CIN NL 22 10 12 .455 4.7 4.8 -0.1 1.0 0.9 11-11
    7 BAL AL 20 14 6 .700 4.0 3.5 0.5 0.3 0.8 11-9
    8 ARI NL 24 15 9 .625 5.5 4.3 1.3 -0.6 0.6 15-9
    9 STL NL 22 11 11 .500 4.0 4.4 -0.4 1.0 0.6 10-12
    10 MIA NL 20 10 10 .500 4.6 4.2 0.4 0.2 0.6 11-9
    11 TBR AL 23 11 12 .478 4.4 4.3 0.2 0.4 0.6 12-11
    12 CHW AL 20 11 9 .550 4.1 3.5 0.7 -0.2 0.5 12-8
    13 LAD NL 23 11 12 .478 4.2 3.5 0.7 -0.1 0.5 13-10
    14 CLE AL 21 12 9 .571 4.8 4.3 0.4 -0.1 0.3 11-10
    15 NYM NL 21 8 13 .381 4.1 4.6 -0.5 0.8 0.3 9-12
    16 BOS AL 21 11 10 .524 3.7 3.8 -0.1 0.2 0.1 10-11
    17 COL NL 23 14 9 .609 4.7 5.0 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 11-12
    18 HOU AL 22 14 8 .636 4.3 3.7 0.6 -1.0 -0.3 13-9
    19 PIT NL 21 9 12 .429 3.4 4.7 -1.3 0.9 -0.3 7-14
    20 ATL NL 20 8 12 .400 4.0 4.6 -0.6 0.3 -0.3 9-11
    21 MIN AL 21 10 11 .476 4.2 4.2 0.0 -0.5 -0.5 11-10
    22 DET AL 21 11 10 .524 5.0 5.6 -0.6 0.0 -0.6 9-12
    23 SEA AL 23 10 13 .435 4.7 4.6 0.2 -0.8 -0.7 12-11
    24 TOR AL 22 6 16 .273 3.5 4.6 -1.0 0.2 -0.8 8-14
    25 TEX AL 22 10 12 .455 4.7 4.2 0.5 -1.4 -0.9 12-10
    26 SFG NL 23 8 15 .348 3.3 4.3 -1.0 -0.2 -1.2 9-14
    27 SDP NL 24 9 15 .375 3.4 5.1 -1.7 0.1 -1.6 8-16
    28 LAA AL 24 12 12 .500 3.5 4.1 -0.6 -1.3 -1.9 10-14
    29 OAK AL 22 10 12 .455 3.8 4.5 -0.8 -1.3 -2.1 9-13
    30 KCR AL 21 7 14 .333 2.6 4.1 -1.6 -0.9 -2.5 6-15
    31 Avg 10 10 .500 4.3 4.3 10-10
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 4/28/2017.

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    Clay & Cody

    Posted by on April 26th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Very cool that Cody Bellinger is wearing #35, like his dad. Of course, Clay has two rings. So, Cody has some catching up to do in that department.

    No Thanks

    Posted by on April 11th, 2017 · Comments (9)

    Michael Pineda could go 25-3 with an ERA of 1.74 this season, and, I would still let him walk away as a free agent at the end of the year.

    Austin Leyritz

    Posted by on March 31st, 2017 · Comments (0)

    I saw that the Orioles recently signed Jim Leyritz’ son, Austin, to a contract. I wonder if that was a favor from Buck? Austin is not a highly rated prospect.

    Greg Bird

    Posted by on March 26th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Going yard is nothing new for him. He’s been doing it his whole life. Greg Bird led the United States in home run ratio and slugging percentage in both 2010 and 2011. He hit 80 home runs during his high school career. He’s going to be fun to watch this year in the Bronx.

    Tyler Wade

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2017 · Comments (3)

    My guess is that he will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Yankees this year. (They want Torres to get more time in the minors. Plus, why start the clock on him this young?)

    Wade is an interesting player. He’s more of an OBA guy than someone who will hit for average. (He walks a lot for a guy who is not a great hitter.) He’s got no pop. But, he can and will steal a base – and he’s very athletic in the field. He’s pretty tough too. It will take a lot to knock him out of a game.

    I would rather give Wade a shot this April than go with Ronald Torreyes or Ruben Tejada.

    Lastly, my guess is that you won’t see Didi Gregorius for a while. They are saying the end of April. It would not shock me if it was closer to June, if then.

    USA vs. República Dominicana

    Posted by on March 19th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    So, of course, you know I stayed up until (what was) 2 AM this morning to watch the whole WBC game last night.

    Outstanding game. The tension of sudden death and needing to win for advancing. Full house. Clutch pitching. Close plays. Great defensive plays. Big home runs. Leads gained and lost. Tight run difference for most of the night. Pretty much representative of everything you want to see in a baseball contest.

    As far as the Jones’ catch: Given the full-blown 360-degree context of this catch, totally inclusive of all factors, how can it not go down in baseball history as one of the most memorable grabs ever?

    Quietest Yankees Spring Ever?

    Posted by on March 18th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    Lots of power.  Great pitching.  A record of 16-5.  No major injuries.  No squabbles.  It’s all good, right?

    Bryan Mitchell

    Posted by on February 26th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    I’m not saying that Bryan Mitchell is going to be a stud. But, I really like him and find myself rooting for him. He seems to be a ball player’s ball player kind of guy.

    In fact, in my wildest dreams, I would like to see three of the kids fighting for the rotation – maybe Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and Luis Severino really emerge this spring and have one of them PUSH Michael Pineda. I’ve had enough of Captain Pine Tar and his crooked cap over the last two years.

    Yankees Vs. White Sox

    Posted by on February 23rd, 2017 · Comments (1)

    This is the race that I really want to watch.

    Both teams unloaded established players to obtain blue chip prospects over the last half-year or so. And, both, according to them, had pretty good drafts/international signings the last couple of years.

    Chicago has not won a ring since 2005. The Yankees last won a ring in 2009.

    Both teams play in big markets. Both teams share a city and have their neighbor doing better than them, recently.

    It will be a nice study to see which team/GM did the better job of rebuilding.

    Dellin Betances

    Posted by on February 18th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Might as well trade him now while his value is high. He’s got three more years until he can be a free agent. I bet that a team like the Nationals would he very interested in him.

    They’re going to win 84 games with him. And, they can win 84 games without him.

    Mad Dog

    Posted by on February 17th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    This was awesome:

    Maddux. What he did from 1992 from 2002 was amazing. Probably need a better word for it than amazing.

    I always remember how bad Stick Michael want to sign him for the Yankees after 1992. And, I wonder if his career would have been any different if he had signed with the Yankees. (Not that it hurt him, in any way, not to pitch for the Yankees.)

    Clemens, Seaver, Unit and Maddux – easily the best starting pitchers in modern baseball history.

    Cashman Speaks!

    Posted by on February 12th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    It’s a good read. Unless, of course, if you are Tyler Austin. Cash doesn’t seem too high on him.

    Clint Frazier

    Posted by on February 1st, 2017 · Comments (7)

    When Ginger Frazier gets called up to the Yankees, the ladies and kids are going to love him.  Remember Nick Swisher? It will be something like that…right on the sweet spot for the Millennials and younger. Lots of personality, swagger, tweets, etc.

    But, anyone who thinks he’s going to be the Yankees’ Mike Trout is mistaken.

    At his worst, I think he can be an Eric Byrnes at his peak: a 20-20 player with an OPS in the high 700’s. And, that’s a very useful player. But, it’s not Andrew McCutchen…at least not in terms of the OPS.

    Since 1973, the Yankees best right-handed batting outfielders have been Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Roberto Kelly, Jesse Barfield, Lou Piniella and Gary Sheffield. And, that’s it. So, you can make a case that the Yankees don’t exactly have a history of bringing up young right-handed hitting outfielders and seeing them have a lot of success.

    Remember Hensley Meulens, Juan and Ruben Rivera, Gerald Williams…? Some of them turned out to be useful big leaguers, in time. But, no stars. Heck, maybe the last time the Yankees had a young right-handed hitting outfielder come up and be a star for the team was Hank Bauer?

    Maybe Frazier can be that guy? I just hope the hype and expectations are not his downfall.

    1B, RF and The Last Two Rotation Spots

    Posted by on January 25th, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Those are the only real question marks for the Yankees in 2017, in terms of not knowing for sure who is going to fill those roles.

    But, what about the positions that we do know about?

    Up the middle, last year, Didi Gregorius (OPS+ 97) and Starlin Castro (OPS+ 93) where below league average offensive performers. And, per the sabermetric stats, neither one of them was a league average defender. (Castro, in fact, was very bad.)

    At third, Chase Headley was very much improved (compared to 2015) with the glove. But, he also was a below league average offensive performer.

    As far as DH, well, Matt Holliday has to prove that he’s not washed up.

    Don’t even get me started on Jacoby Ellsbury. And, Brett Gardner? He’s become a slap hitter who doesn’t run. This year could be anything when it comes to him – either he rebounds, stays the same, or gets worse.

    Lastly, in terms of hitters, while I hope Gary Sanchez has a great year, we don’t know for sure what’s going to happen there.

    On the pitching side, Tanaka and Sabathia have health/mileage concerns – yet, should be OK. But, does anyone have faith in Michael Pineda?

    For the last 4 seasons, on average, the Yankees have been an 84 win team. Even if everything works out with 1B, RF and those last two rotation spots, how can anyone be confident that the Yankees are any better than they have been since 2013?

    The Yankees 2018 Starting Rotation

    Posted by on January 12th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Sabathia and Pineda will be free agents.  Tanaka can opt out.    Who does that leave for the season after this one?

    Big Hairy Monster Roll Call

    Posted by on January 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Jesus Montero is now an Oriole. Peter O’Brien is now a Royal.

    Gary Sanchez is still in the house.

    I Would Trade Aaron Judge NOW

    Posted by on December 19th, 2016 · Comments (15)

    If he’s 275 pounds at age 24, pretty soon he’s going to be too big to move around on the field.

    Yes, I know he’s 6′ 7″ tall. Doesn’t matter. Still going to be too big.

    Plus, if you give him 600 PA in 2017, he’s going to strikeout 190+ times. And, unless he has an OPS of 850 or better, everyone is going to harp on those strikeouts – because players who strike out THAT MUCH look bad.

    Clint Frazier, Dustin Fowler and Mark Payton are not that far away. And, you still have Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin.

    Plus, Blake Rutherford might be coming fast. And, besides, everyone says the Yankees are going after Harper when he’s a free agent. (And, that would be a mistake, by the way.)

    The value on Aaron Judge may never be higher at this point. Trade him for Jose Quintana, Danny Duffy or Sonny Gray.

    At best, Judge is going to be Richie Sexson or Tony Clark. He’s not going to be Frank Thomas. Trade him now and take advantage of his prospect worth while he still has it.

    Gleyber Torres, Second Baseman?

    Posted by on December 7th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Reportedly, a lot of scouts who watched the AFL this year feel that, in the long-term, Gleyber Torres will end up as a second baseman.

    This is interesting.

    The Yankees already moved Jorge Mateo towards second. Maybe he could end up as an outfielder with his speed?

    But, what about the Yankees future shortstop? They’ve already moved Tyler Wade into a utility type role. Kyle Holder, while 22, has yet to prove that he can even hit Double-A pitching.

    And, what about Nick Solak? Granted, he’s also far, far, away. But, does this push him to third?

    Of course, you still have Didi Gregorius for another three years. But, he’s yet to post a major league season with an OPS+ better than 97. And, the sabermetric stats tell us that he was not a great fielding SS last season. Don’t be shocked if he plays himself out of town next season or the one after.

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