• 82 Games Into The 2015 Season

    Posted by on July 6th, 2015 · Comments (22)

    I am actually amazed that the Yankees are in first place (at this point in the season).

    No question, Yankee Stadium has something to do with it.  The difference between their home and road records, to date, is huge.  They just hit so much better in the Bronx.

    Can they keep it up over t he next 80 games?  Time will tell.

    Comments on 82 Games Into The 2015 Season

    1. redbug
      July 6th, 2015 | 11:42 am

      They’re in 1st place but w/ 3 teams w/in 2 games of them. Plus, don’t underestimate the Red Sox.

      They SHOULD hit well at home. Cashman’s job is to find hitters who can take advantage of the stadium.

      Like ea team in the division, the Yanks have challenges. Tanaka & CC are obvious questions marks, as is the bottom of the line up.

      They could wind up in 1st place at the end of the season. Only because no one else is much better.

    2. Evan3457
      July 6th, 2015 | 11:51 am

      I agree with you Steve. I should like to point out that they 43 games left at home and 37 on the road. That’s a small advantage, given what we know. Enough of an advantage? Maybe not.

      Three of those home series are against the Indians, the White Sox and the A’s, who are playing better after rough starts to the season.

    3. KPOcala
      July 6th, 2015 | 12:43 pm

      Besides health, it’s going to come down to Cashman somehow pulling off and trading for a player(s) w/o giving away the studs. Of course, the same can be said of 75% of teams, so I could have just saved some keyboard wear and tear 😉

    4. #15
      July 6th, 2015 | 3:16 pm

      Wow Steve, this ranks as unbridled optimism coming from you. 🙂

      We aren’t great and we aren’t bad. Can they win the division? Sure, but they are unlikely to walk away with it. Toronto can mash but not pitch, same with the Botox. Rays can pitch but can’t hit. Baltimore should be better than they have been, but you are pretty much what your record shows by now, unless you have some major injuries that are clearing up soon. We are probably the most balanced in terms of starting pitching, bull pen and offense, though our infield defense (Tex aside) isn’t great by any measure.

      I’d look for a way to upgrade the production out of the middle infield. That has been awful. We’ve seen enough from Drew to know this is what he is… a .185 hitter with occasional Yankees Stadium pop. Assuming Miller comes back strong, we are set in the pen. Barring someone being stupid enough to take Beltran’s contract, I doubt there is much else we can/will do to upgrade the team. The one thing Beltran might offer us is LH-DH insurance if A-Rod gets hurt. We’d get better just by removing his glove in right field. Moreover, getting Ellsbury back will be a huge upgrade for us. Probably enough to win the division, in a close race, down to the wire. If we can sneak into the playoff… we might stack up okay with our overall pitching depth.

    5. July 6th, 2015 | 3:56 pm

      I almost forgot that Ellsbury and Miller were on the team.

    6. KPOcala
      July 6th, 2015 | 9:04 pm

      They need to bite the bullet and stuff CC into the bullpen. He may develop a new pitch or go the way of Tanana, being bitter medicine until he’s “like” sixty. 😉 I can’t believe that it hasn’t already happened, only Jeter ever escaped the scythe. The team could fill his spot a hell of a lot easier than trying to find a good second baseman, supply and demand dictates price, right? People forget how important the DP is, until you don’t see them turned, say like the last ten years….. Would anyone think it crazy to trade John R Murphy in a package for either a starter or a quality second baseman? Romine is considered a very good receiver, and at this point……….

    7. Evan3457
      July 6th, 2015 | 9:52 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      I almost forgot that Ellsbury and Miller were on the team.

      Well, Miller should be back later this week. He threw 9 pitches in his 1 inning today. They’ll probably give him a day off, and then decide if he needs a 2nd rehab game, or activate him on Wednesday.

      As for Ellsbury:
      Chad Jennings at LoHud Yankees Blog writes:

      The Yankees just sent the following Ellsbury update:

      Please note that OF Jacoby Ellsbury participated in simulated game activities today and will do so again tomorrow — and will not play in another minor league rehab game. He is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game vs. Oakland.

    8. Evan3457
      July 6th, 2015 | 9:53 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      They need to bite the bullet and stuff CC into the bullpen. He may develop a new pitch or go the way of Tanana, being bitter medicine until he’s “like” sixty. I can’t believe that it hasn’t already happened, only Jeter ever escaped the scythe. The team could fill his spot a hell of a lot easier than trying to find a good second baseman, supply and demand dictates price, right? People forget how important the DP is, until you don’t see them turned, say like the last ten years….. Would anyone think it crazy to trade John R Murphy in a package for either a starter or a quality second baseman? Romine is considered a very good receiver, and at this point……….

      Pushing him back to Wednesday is the 1st sign that he’s now considered the #5 starter, and that if he doesn’t start doing better, they’ll eventually push him out of the rotation altogether.

    9. Evan3457
      July 6th, 2015 | 9:59 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Wow Steve, this ranks as unbridled optimism coming from you.
      We aren’t great and we aren’t bad. Can they win the division? Sure, but they are unlikely to walk away with it. Toronto can mash but not pitch, same with the Botox. Rays can pitch but can’t hit. Baltimore should be better than they have been, but you are pretty much what your record shows by now, unless you have some major injuries that are clearing up soon. We are probably the most balanced in terms of starting pitching, bull pen and offense, though our infield defense (Tex aside) isn’t great by any measure.

      The Jays need to add one good starter and a closer, and they become the best team in the division, because their lineup is murderous, especially because Rogers Centre plays a lot like the new Yankee Stadium for home runs. Last year it was 3rd behind YS and Coors Field in HR factor (ESPN Park factors). This year, YS is 3rd and Rogers Centre is 9th.

      In fact, if/when Sanchez, Norris and Jeff Hoffman complete their development, the Jays are going to be hell on wheels to deal with.

    10. KPOcala
      July 7th, 2015 | 1:42 pm

      BTW, I saw a photo today of Hank on the New York Dailey’s website. OMG, he looks “bad”.

    11. KPOcala
      July 7th, 2015 | 1:43 pm

      @ Evan3457:Evan, do you know anything about the Jays’ farm system. Because if it’s deep……..

    12. redbug
      July 8th, 2015 | 6:50 am
    13. Evan3457
      July 9th, 2015 | 5:13 pm

      Yanks started the season 10-3 on the road, but are 11-20 since then for a total of 21-23.

      They started 9-10 at home, but are 16-6 since getting swept by the Rangers for a total of 25-16 at home.

      Project the home and road records over the remaining home and road games and they wind up 88-74.

    14. Greg H.
      July 11th, 2015 | 10:54 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      The Jays need to add one good starter and a closer, and they become the best team in the division, because their lineup is murderous, especially because Rogers Centre plays a lot like the new Yankee Stadium for home runs.

      Glancing at the standings, the Jays now have a +79 run differential and are one game under .500? How is that even possible? They’ve scored 470 runs to the Yanks’ 398. I would agree that they should spend all their lunch money on pitching at the deadline, and they would easily be the most trouble in the division.

    15. KPOcala
      July 12th, 2015 | 6:45 pm

      They looked horrible in Fenway, no?

    16. Evan3457
      July 13th, 2015 | 10:14 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      They looked horrible in Fenway, no?

      Barely won a road series against “another last place sub-.500 team” that was missing it’s All-Star 2nd baseman for the whole series and a Yankee killing DH for the last game when one more big hit would’ve destroyed Eovaldi. Ho hum.

      😉

    17. #15
      July 13th, 2015 | 12:14 pm

      Let the pigeons loose!! 5 up in the lose column??? 7 lose advantage over the Botox???? It’s time to crack open 2 cans of champagne and celebrate. Jacoby stays on the field for more of the second half than the first half and we have a good chance at making the playoffs. I know I’m in the minority, but to really make us a WS contender, I’d: 1) keep Ref up, dump Ryan and use Drew where needed around the infield (if Ref fails, revert to Drew or Pirella), 2) platoon Young and Beltran (couldn’t be more obvious), and 3) here comes the controversial part, trade for Tulo. His incremental bat over Didi’s really lengthens our line up and creates more right-handed hitting balance. It also gives us a more reliable hand at SS although Didi looks much better than he did early, and it will cut down on the stupid base running tricks we’ve watched so far. We aren’t going to be able to trade CC and the Yankees won’t cut him, but clearly we could do better there as well. In short, the Yankees have shown enough to make them buyers and make a run at it. The big area for improvement potential is SS hitting production.

    18. KPOcala
      July 13th, 2015 | 1:26 pm

      @ Evan3457:”when one more big hit would’ve destroyed Eovaldi. Ho hum”. Yes, well, Eovaldi Does make life “interesting” doesn’t he? Give the man an emory board, good enough for Whitey 😉 He just might be the most aggravating Yankee pitcher since Burnett, worse even. For this year, the team would be best served by “trying” to trade for another pitcher, and stuffing CC or Eovaldi into either the trunk of a car, or the bullpen 😉

    19. Evan3457
      July 15th, 2015 | 1:06 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      @ Evan3457:”when one more big hit would’ve destroyed Eovaldi. Ho hum”. Yes, well, Eovaldi Does make life “interesting” doesn’t he? Give the man an emory board, good enough for Whitey He just might be the most aggravating Yankee pitcher since Burnett, worse even. For this year, the team would be best served by “trying” to trade for another pitcher, and stuffing CC or Eovaldi into either the trunk of a car, or the bullpen

      Burnett was more aggravating because he’d fall behind and walk people. Eovaldi gives up a lot of hits because of poor command within the strike zone on his fastball and his slider.

    20. Evan3457
      July 15th, 2015 | 1:07 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Let the pigeons loose!! 5 up in the lose column??? 7 lose advantage over the Botox???? It’s time to crack open 2 cans of champagne and celebrate. Jacoby stays on the field for more of the second half than the first half and we have a good chance at making the playoffs. I know I’m in the minority, but to really make us a WS contender, I’d: 1) keep Ref up, dump Ryan and use Drew where needed around the infield (if Ref fails, revert to Drew or Pirella), 2) platoon Young and Beltran (couldn’t be more obvious), and 3) here comes the controversial part, trade for Tulo. His incremental bat over Didi’s really lengthens our line up and creates more right-handed hitting balance. It also gives us a more reliable hand at SS although Didi looks much better than he did early, and it will cut down on the stupid base running tricks we’ve watched so far. We aren’t going to be able to trade CC and the Yankees won’t cut him, but clearly we could do better there as well. In short, the Yankees have shown enough to make them buyers and make a run at it. The big area for improvement potential is SS hitting production.

      Tulo will cost too much in prospects, is a constant injury risk, and will wind up another albatross contract. No thanks.

    21. Evan3457
      July 19th, 2015 | 5:03 pm

      Beating the Mariners 2-1 with CC vs. Felix?
      It’s a sign!
      A sign they’re going to make the playoffs!
      Or…a sign of the apocalypse.

      I’m not really sure 😮

    22. KPOcala
      July 19th, 2015 | 7:37 pm

      @ Evan3457:Or as the “Articulate One”, the late Howard Cosell would have put it, “How do ya like that”?!

      Honestly, I figured that today was going to be the ‘beginning of the end’, losing the series to the Mariners, with CC V. “The King”. Now, it’s, “everything’s alright, everything’s fine….” Go figure…. 😉

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