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The Yankees shouldn’t settle in free agency

The Yankees shouldn’t settle in free agency

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports It’s time to open up the check book for a top-flight starter. The Yankees have to address their starting rotation this offseason. Luis Severino, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka are the only sure things on the roster, but thankfully they can land another sure-thing in free agency. Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg loom large on the open market, and without question, they are the most-talented pitchers available anywhere this year. The Yankees will still look in other places for pitching talent. Earlier this week, Brian Cashman mentioned he’d engage...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 10, 2019
NYY news: The calm before the storm

NYY news: The calm before the storm

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Yankees have work to do at GM Meetings; Left-handed hitting options who aren’t Lindor; What the future holds for Tauchman SNY | Danny Abriano: Major League Baseball’s General Manager Meetings get underway tomorrow in Scottsdale, Arizona. These meetings traditionally don’t generate the same type of buzz as the Winter Meetings, but expect a fair dose of hot stove action. That’s inevitable when all 30 GMs end up in one place. Last year the Yankees signed CC Sabathia during this conference, and they learned that James Paxton was available. Plus the Aaron Hicks...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 3, 2019
These free agent pitchers check the Yankees’ boxes

These free agent pitchers check the Yankees’ boxes

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ They aren’t Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, either. On Friday, I took a closer look at the current Yankees pitching philosophy. To sum it up, the Bombers don’t throw a lot of fastballs compared to other teams, and in 2019 fastballs were their worst pitch. Interestingly, last offseason the Yankees ended up with James Paxton and J.A. Happ, who are both fastball-dependent. The acquisition of these two pitchers shows what the team is trying to create and what they wish to avoid. When Paxton began to struggle, the organization had him decrease...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 22, 2019
DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ MVP

DJ LeMahieu was the Yankees’ MVP

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The offseason acquisition was an offensive force with a contact-oriented approach and some added power. Determining the Most Valuable Player on the Yankees’ roster may not be an easy task, given the fantastic season that Gleyber Torres had and the impressive numbers that Aaron Judge put up despite missing many games. On the pitching side, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka each surpassed 3.0 fWAR and Domingo German started the season on fire. However, nobody had the consistently great performance of one of most underrated and off-the-radar offseason...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 19, 2019
ALCS Game Six/Saturday open thread

ALCS Game Six/Saturday open thread

Photo by Elsa/ Here’s your open thread for the day! We have ourselves a Game Six! If anyone needs a pick me up, I highly recommend watching 2009 World Series highlights. Along with that, I also watched highlights from James Paxton’s no-hitter yesterday and all of that had me feeling real good about Game Five. (It also left me missing Hideki Matsui.) Fun Questions How do you feel about tonight’s battle of the bullpens? What is your single favorite moment from the 2009 World Series?
Pinstripe Alley Oct 19, 2019
Yankees force ALCS Game Six with 4-1 victory over Houston

Yankees force ALCS Game Six with 4-1 victory over Houston

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Back to Houston they go! The way this must-win game began wasn’t to the liking of Yankees fans, but soon enough James Paxton and the lineup figured it out. George Springer started things off with a weak groundball that happened to get through Paxton and Gleyber Torres. After a passed ball and groundout by Jose Altuve, Springer made his way to third base. Paxton couldn’t get the left-handed hitting Michael Brantley out, walking him to put runners on the corner. Another passed ball gave the Astros a 1-0 lead, but no further damage was done in...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2019
New York Yankees news: James Paxton delivers under pressure

New York Yankees news: James Paxton delivers under pressure

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports James Paxton pitched a heck of a game to keep the Yankees alive; A-Rod thinks lineup changes leading to cold bats; CC Sabathia talks shoulder injury; Aaron Boone held a team meeting. USA Today | Bob Nightengale: The Yankees managed to stay alive for another game. Interestingly, it was the first time in Yankee history that they homered two or more times in the first inning of a playoff game. They pulled that off against Justin Verlander, of all people. On the other side, James Paxton was fantastic. Now they just have to win two more games. NJ.com | Brendan...
Newsday Oct 18, 2019

Homers by DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks help Yankees remain alive with ALCS Game 5 win over Astros

James Paxton holds Astros in check as Yankees force ALCS Game 6 in Houston on Saturday night.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2019
Yankees Highlights: James Paxton, Aaron Hicks save the season

Yankees Highlights: James Paxton, Aaron Hicks save the season

Photo by Elsa/ Let’s go!! Tonight was a do-or-die game for the Yankees, and they did the dang thing! Now the ALCS moves back to Houston where we’ll see a battle of the bullpens in Game Six. We’ll have a full recap up in a bit, but enjoy the highlights in the meantime: Winner(s) of the Game James Paxton had yet to dazzle in the postseason, and it looked like he might have another bad outing early. George Springer hit a ball up the middle to get things going in the first inning then advanced to second on a passed ball. The Astros ended up scoring one run to take the lead. Big Maple...
Newsday Oct 18, 2019

James Paxton gives Yankees just what they need: Six strong innings from starter in ALCS Game 5

After allowing a run in the first inning, he allows none over the next five in Game 5 of ALCS.
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2019
How James Paxton can redeem himself in ALCS Game Five

How James Paxton can redeem himself in ALCS Game Five

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The lefty has struggled in his first postseason, but still has an opportunity to turn things around. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the ALCS, the Yankees need some key performances to stay alive in this series. One of the players currently hanging in limbo is James Paxton, and he could determine if the Yankees have a run in them when he takes the mound in Game Five. Because of the rainout on Wednesday, the Yankees are staring down a potential of four consecutive days with games depending on if they can extend the series. The Yankees’ methodology to using their...
NorthJersey.com Oct 18, 2019
New York Yankees announce Friday's ALCS Game 5 lineup vs. Houston Astros

New York Yankees announce Friday's ALCS Game 5 lineup vs. Houston Astros

Justin Verlander (0-0, 2.70) will start for the Astros, while James Paxton (0-0, 3.86) will go for the Yankees.        
Pinstripe Alley Oct 18, 2019
Friday/ALCS Game Five open thread

Friday/ALCS Game Five open thread

Photo by Elsa/ We’ve come down to the wire. We’ve come to the edge. The Yankees have dropped three in a row, and now need a near miracle to make it to the World Series. It ain’t over, but things don’t look great. Game Five of the ALCS is tonight, and the Yankees will turn to James Paxton to cancel out Justin Verlander and help them take the series back to Houston. The action starts at 8:08 EST. Fun Questions Do you think the ALCS Game Four rainout benefited either team? What's your favorite 3-1 playoff series comeback in sports? The Cubs in the 2016 World Series? The Cleveland...

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