5:07 PM EST, Sat November 16, 2019
Pinstripe Alley 1 hour ago
How three small moments can change a pennant race

How three small moments can change a pennant race

Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via When a race comes down to the wire, it’s often one at-bat or moment that can completely change things. In the race for the AL in 1952, there were a couple. Any race that comes right down to the wire is going to have games that could have changed things had they played out differently. Every one doesn’t necessarily have a one-run game between the top two teams that would have completely altered the standings had the loser actually won. The 1952 AL pennant race between the Yankees and Indians had three. After the early season weirdness that can...
Pinstripe Alley 3 hours ago
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Austin Romine

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Austin Romine

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Austin Romine had another serviceable season as Gary Sanchez’s backup. Austin Romine has been a career backup at catcher, but thanks to injuries to Gary Sanchez the past couple seasons, Romine has had a chance to get on the field quite a bit. Romine’s numbers at the plate might not have impressed anyone during his first few years, but over the last two seasons, Romine has raised his production to about league average. With Romine hitting the free agent market, we might have seen his last days in pinstripes. If so, he left after producing...
Pinstripe Alley 5 hours ago
James Paxton could benefit the most from the Yankees’ new pitching strategy

James Paxton could benefit the most from the Yankees’ new pitching strategy

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports The team’s analytics already helped him down the stretch in 2019, and Matt Blake could take that even further Potential can be a tricky thing. Most guys in the upper minors have a great deal of it, and certainly any top-50 prospect just drips potential. For most of those players, the full potential stays shackled for any number of reasons, but in today’s MLB, it’s often because of poor coaching and poorer analytics. Earlier this week I wrote about the Yankees’ hiring of Matt Blake, which is something that’s fascinated me to such an extent I’m...
Pinstripe Alley 7 hours ago
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: James Paxton

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: James Paxton

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports From giving up buckets of runs in the first inning to winning 10 starts in a row, Paxton’s season was full of highs and lows. James Paxton was traded to New York from the Seattle Mariners in November 2018 in exchange for Justus Sheffield and two other prospects. While “Big Maple” was brought to the Big Apple to be the ace of the staff, his career in pinstripes did not start the way he envisioned. The lefty had troubles in the first inning in many of his starts, resulting in a 9.00 ERA when pitching in the first. Those struggles led to an uneven stretch...
Pinstripe Alley 11 hours ago
Saturday open thread - 11/16/19

Saturday open thread - 11/16/19

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ It’s your weekend open thread here. Awards season has wrapped up, and the hot stove has actually flickered a bit. Former Giants reliever Will Smith inked a three-year, $39 million deal with the Braves, one which seemed inspired by the Yankees’ deal with Zack Britton for similar terms. Hopefully, we get a few more early deals in before the winter meetings next month. Fun Questions What’s your favorite flavor of Girl Scout Cookie? Were you surprised by any of the MLB awards results? Perhaps Mike Trout holding off Alex Bregman for AL MVP?
Pinstripe Alley 17 hours ago
NYY news: Miggy on the move?

NYY news: Miggy on the move?

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Will Austin Romine come back?; Teams make it clear they want Miguel Andujar; Yankees will do their best to get Cole; Cashman is engaging with all free agents. NJ.com | Brendan Kuty: As the offseason progresses, more and more decisions will be made about the Yankees 2020 roster. One potential decision that has made headlines as of late is whether or not backup catcher Austin Romine will be back. Romine has been with the Yankees since 2011 and grown into a quality reserve behind Gary Sanchez. However, the time has come that they Yankees may look elsewhere...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 15, 2019
This will be an important season for Jordan Montgomery

This will be an important season for Jordan Montgomery

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports After his 2019 season was cancelled due to injury, 2020 might be Jordan Montgomery’s last opportunity to prove his worth to the Yankees. Three days before the season began on March 26, 2019, Jordan Montgomery was placed on the 60-day IL so he could recover from the Tommy John surgery he had in 2018. He would not begin a rehab assignment until August 25 with High-A Tampa. He slowly worked his way through his rehab and was activated on September 4, but was only able to manage four innings before being sent back down for the postseason. Back in 2017,...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 15, 2019
Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Adam Ottavino

Yankees 2019 Roster Report Card: Adam Ottavino

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports The star right-handed reliever had a sub-2.00 ERA, but walks were an issued and his postseason play wasn’t good Adam Ottavino was a crucial bullpen piece for the Yankees in 2019, and with two more seasons to go on his contract, he will continue to see high leverage innings, especially against right-handed hitters. However, he had a very inflated BB% and he wasn’t his dominant self in the postseason, when he was needed the most, and that’s why he didn’t get an A grade. Grade: B+ 2019 Statistics: 66.1 innings, 1.31 ERA, 88 strikeouts, 1.48 WHIP,...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 15, 2019
Pinstripe Alley’s 2019 Yankees and MLB predictions results

Pinstripe Alley’s 2019 Yankees and MLB predictions results

Photo by Elsa/ If we keep predicting the Yankees to win the World Series, it will eventually happen. Not this year, though. Weeks after baseball officially ended, all of the big 2019 awards have finally been handed out. That means it is time for us to revisit our 2019 predictions and determine a PSA winner. For some absurd reason, Jake has won this thing three consecutive times. Can he go a perfect four-for-four? I haven’t actually calculated the results yet, so it’ll be a surprise for me too when we reach the end of this story. If you made predictions with us in the comments...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 15, 2019
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 15, 2019
Yankees Mailbag: Cole Hamels, Greg Bird, juiced balls

Yankees Mailbag: Cole Hamels, Greg Bird, juiced balls

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The answers to this week’s mailbag have arrived! Hello, friends, happy Friday! We have five questions in this week’s mailbag. I bookmarked a few submissions to save for later, too. Remember to keep sending your questions in our weekly mailbag call or via e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Larry asks: Would Cole Hamels be a good fit for the Yankees? Would a two-year, $24 million deal get it done? I can see the tweets and back pages now: the Yankees finally sign Cole! They would have a field day with it. Hamels pitched to a 3.81 ERA (4.09 FIP)...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 15, 2019
NYY News: Trade for Thor? Noah way

NYY News: Trade for Thor? Noah way

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Mets don’t plan to trade Syndergaard; Andujar drawing trade interest; Astros allegations bring whistling complaint to the forefront; LeMahieu finishes fourth in MVP voting NJ.com | Mike Rosenstein: Arguably the most exciting rumor from last winter saw the Yankees “pushing hard” for a Noah Syndergaard trade. The Mets apparently took calls on the right-hander at the trade deadline, too, and one would expect the Yankees to have inquired. Don’t expect a repeat scenario this offseason, though, as Brodie Van Wagenen said he isn’t moving Thor. Then again, it...
Newsday Nov 14, 2019

Brian Cashman, Yankees have big dreams for offseason

General manager wants to improve starting pitching, and Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg are on his wish list.
Newsday Nov 14, 2019

Yankees introduce Matt Blake: It's a 'new-world order' for a pitching coach

Pinstripes embrace the technology of how club interacts with staff in today's game of baseball by hiring 34-year-old out of Indians organization.
Pinstripe Alley Nov 14, 2019
Yes, the Yankees combine contact and power

Yes, the Yankees combine contact and power

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The 2020 season will test the Yankees’ ability of improving a certain batter profile Over the past two years, the Yankees have produced two of the most powerful seasons in baseball history, breaking the single-season team home run record in 2018 (267), then bashing another 306 this season. Power has become a constant throughout the lineup, but with it has formed the narrative that the Yankees only depend on home runs. Yes, power plays a role, but it isn’t the only skill that fans should notice. Along with their proficiency for slugging, everyday players have...

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