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Yankees’ sloppy defense is worrisome for postseason

Yankees’ sloppy defense is worrisome for postseason

Photo by Emilee Chinn/ New York needs to stop making so many fielding mistakes if they want to advance beyond the Wild Card Series. The Yankees need to tighten up their defense if they want any hope of advancing past the first round of the playoffs this year. The team’s sloppy fielding is a major concern as the regular season wraps up and the Wild Card matchups begin to take shape. That defense is the Yankees’ biggest vulnerability entering the postseason is surprising, to say the least. Puzzling even, considering the guys the team has out there. DJ LeMahieu has won two Gold Gloves...
54 mins ago
Yankees flip the switch in 11-4 win over Marlins

Yankees flip the switch in 11-4 win over Marlins

Photo by Al Bello/ The offense wakes up in time to break away from the Marlins and secure a much-needed win. Today wasn’t the kind of must-win scenario they’ll be facing in a couple of days, but it still felt like the Yankees badly needed to take their matinee match against the Marlins. They’re barely hanging onto the fifth seed for the Wild Card Series, and they’ve got the Toronto Blue Jays breathing down their necks at the finish line. Fortunately for New York, they showed up after a frustrating night opened up this series. The Bombers returned to their power-laden form, and...
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Did Gerrit Cole live up to expectations?

Did Gerrit Cole live up to expectations?

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ The white whale of free agency finished the season as good as can be. Right off the bat, I get the fallacy in the headline. It wasn’t really possible for Gerrit Cole to live up to expectations — in December 2019, when he signed that nine-year, $324 million contract, some Yankee fans thought he would run the table atop the team’s pitching staff, strike out 400 men, then outmatch Madison Bumgarner’s 2014 postseason run, and somehow hit the World Series-winning home run to boot. That wasn’t ever going to happen, but I think it’s fair to try to be as...
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NYY vs. MIA: Deivi García vs. Trevor Rogers

NYY vs. MIA: Deivi García vs. Trevor Rogers

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees look to get back on track at the season’s end The Yankees watched the Marlins clinch their first postseason berth since 2003 last night. Give the Yankees some credit for sportsmanship, they’re making plenty of dreams come true. Enough of that, though, as they could sure use some wins to close out the season, punching a more favorable playoff-ticket. Losing the next two games would consign them to the number eight seed, and a trip to Tropicana Field, while two wins or one Blue Jays loss has the Bombers heading to the South Side of Chicago for...
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This Day in Yankees History: Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth

This Day in Yankees History: Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth

Two iconic Yankee moments happened on this day in history. Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. The season may be underway, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip into the past. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ 66 Years Ago On the final day of the season with the Yankees eliminated from World Series contention, manager Casey Stengel decides to have some fun with his lineup. He puts Yogi Berra at third base and...
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DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees are a perfect match

DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees are a perfect match

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The veteran infielder has experienced a massive career boost since putting on the pinstripes, and it’s no coincidence that he’s thriving in the Bronx. Last season, DJ LeMahieu outperformed even his most optimistic projections. Despite maintaining his line-drive opposite field approach he honed as a member of the Rockies, he’s been able to increase his power output even after leaving the dinger-friendly confines of Coors Field. This year, he’s been just as good, if not better. During his seven years with the Rockies, LeMahieu posted a combined .760 OPS; below...
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Aroldis Chapman is expanding his arsenal

Aroldis Chapman is expanding his arsenal

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Apparently the Yankees closer throws a splitter. Spoiler alert: it’s nasty. There are not many positives the Yankees can take away from the mostly-lifeless showing against the Blue Jays this week. The Bombers lost three out of four divisional games at the worst possible time, adding much unneeded stress to the season finale against the Marlins. In their three losses, the offense mustered only seven runs while the pitching imploded to the tune of 29 runs surrendered. However, the Yankees can feel encouraged by one development from the disappointing series. Aroldis...
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Pinstripe Alley open thread - 9/26/2020

Pinstripe Alley open thread - 9/26/2020

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Start off your Saturday with an open thread. The Yankees are not playing particularly well, and they’ve got two games left to turn things around before the spotlight shines even brighter. There’s still room for a lot of movement in the playoff standings in these last two games, which leads to a lot of uncertainty over who the Yankees will face in the Wild Card Series, but what they do know is that they have the Marlins in front of them for two more games. Make the most of it, and hit that reset button hard once everyone is 0-0 again. Today on the site, Peter...
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Miscues doom Yankees in 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Marlins

Miscues doom Yankees in 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Marlins

Photo by Sarah Stier/ Four errors and a botched bunt attempt served to prolong the Yankees’ recent frustrations It was a sloppy Friday night affair in the Bronx — one that left the Yankees’ final playoff position murky heading into the regular season’s final two games. The Yankees made four errors en route to a 4-3 loss to the Miami Marlins in 10 innings. The Marlins’ win clinched the team’s first playoff berth since 2003, when they went on to beat the Yankees in the World Series. It was a game the Yankees may rue, as they now sit just one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays,...
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NYY news: Giants at home, not so much on the road

NYY news: Giants at home, not so much on the road

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ The Yankees will take an 11-18 road record to the Wild Card series; CC Sabathia explains his, well, “hate” towards Jackie Bradley; Judge has the second most popular jersey; Gleyber talks about his defense MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: As things stand right now, the Yankees will play the Wild Card series, which is a best-of-three set and the first round of the 2020 playoffs, on the road. That’s by virtue of not finishing among the four best records in the American League. The problem is that, before Friday’s contest against the Marlins, the Bombers were 21-7 at...
19 hours ago
Yankees Highlights: Fundamentals not found

Yankees Highlights: Fundamentals not found

Photo by Sarah Stier/ A sloppy game combined with some frustrating breaks found the Yankees dropping their third straight game. There’s not much to say about how the Yankees played, other than it wasn’t good enough tonight. They made several misplays that aided the Marlins in key moments, and they got some bad breaks from circumstances out of their control as well. The score was a close one, a 4-3 loss in 10 innings, but it felt pretty deflating and there was clearly some frustration in the pinstripes dugout. Winners of the Game Aaron Judge is getting his feet back under him, and he...
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Yankees manager Aaron Boone ejected after umpire makes horrible call against Aaron Judge

Yankees manager Aaron Boone ejected after umpire makes horrible call against Aaron Judge

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Boone had a problem with Tumpane’s strike zone Aaron Boone knows the Yankees are in a rut. He made his frustrations clear in recent postgame press conferences, where the usual optimist outright acknowledged the team’s poor play, no silver linings, no small victories, no subtle signs of encouragement. It looks like things boiled over on Friday night, when home plate umpire John Tumpane delivered one of the worst called strike threes in recent memory against Aaron Judge. After five pitches in his at-bat against Sandy Alcántara, Judge found himself in a...
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NYY vs. MIA: J.A. Happ vs. Sandy Alcántara

NYY vs. MIA: J.A. Happ vs. Sandy Alcántara

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The Yanks hope to rebound from another shaky run of form as October lies just around the corner The Yankees embark on their final series of the 2020 season and will hope to avoid completely limping into the playoffs as they face off against postseason hopefuls, the Miami Marlins. A week ago, the Yanks were riding high on the wave of a 10-game win streak, but that was snapped Sunday and the club sputtered against the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo, dropping three of four mid-week. That stumble means their final playoff position remains up in the air. They currently sit...
Sep 25, 2020
Interview with Yankees minor league hitting coach Joe Migliaccio, part two

Interview with Yankees minor league hitting coach Joe Migliaccio, part two

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The hitting coach for the High-A Tampa Tarpons talks with Pinstripe Alley about some players who made significant progress in 2019, and coaching in a remote environment. In the first part of our interview with Yankees minor league hitting coach Joe Migliaccio, he discussed entering coaching, his path to the Yankees organization, and transitioning from college to professional baseball. You can read that here. Below Joe discusses some players who stood out during the 2019 season, including one of the Yankees’ top prospects. Dan Kelly - Is there any one...
Sep 25, 2020
New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins: Series Preview

New York Yankees vs. Miami Marlins: Series Preview

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ The Bombers will host the playoff-hungry Marlins at Yankee Stadium from Friday through Sunday The New York Yankees will begin a three game series, the last one of the regular season, against the Miami Marlins. First pitch of today’s game is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET, at Yankee Stadium. The Bombers, still with a slight chance of playing the Wild Card Series at home, will try to sweep the Fish and leave them with no postseason. Miami, at 28-28 before Thursday’s games, is still without a sealed ticket to October baseball. They are in second place in the National...