3:30 PM EDT, Sat September 22, 2018
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The Yankees are waiting for the outfield to fire on all cylinders

The Yankees are waiting for the outfield to fire on all cylinders

We have yet to see the Yankees outfield collectively mash at the plate. Now’s as good a time as any. When the 2018 season began, the Yankees boasted a crowded outfield that could hurt opponents with unmatched power at the plate, particularly with the addition of Giancarlo Stanton. Aaron Judge and Stanton, both Gold Glove Award nominees and the two top home run hitters of 2017, highlighted an outfield that also had Brett Gardner and the ever-improving Aaron Hicks. Fast forward six months, and the Yankees are still looking for that outfield to fire on all cylinders — at least at the...
2 hours ago
The Yankees’ defense might cost them a deep playoff run

The Yankees’ defense might cost them a deep playoff run

The Yankees’ offense and strikeout-heavy pitching can’t always paper over their defensive weaknesses. One of the cruelest things about baseball is that it lets you dream. I dreamed of denying the Red Sox the pleasure of clinching the AL East at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees did their darnedest to make that dream a reality, winning the first two games of the series. Game three began inauspiciously, with Masahiro Tanaka having his first rough start in a while, but when Giancarlo Stanton hit his go-ahead grand slam in the fourth, I honestly thought that the Yankees had the sweep in the...
4 hours ago
Vito Tamulis, and the best Yankees pitching debut in team history

Vito Tamulis, and the best Yankees pitching debut in team history

It wasn’t exactly a sign of things to come, but Tamulis set the gold standard for a Yankee pitching debut. Justus Sheffield’s major league debut was up and down. On one hand, he loaded the bases and had some trouble finding the strike zone. On the other hand, he got Mookie Betts to ground into a game-ending double play to close out a win over the Red Sox. No real conclusions can be made about one inning at the very end of a Yankees’ blow out win. The young left-hander was pretty clearly nervous. Either way, the outing won’t go on a list of best Yankee debuts, no matter how...
6 hours ago
The future of the Yankees’ pitching staff has become murkier

The future of the Yankees’ pitching staff has become murkier

The Yankees entered the year with a decent idea of what their pitching staff would look like going forward, but that stability has eroded as the season has progressed. Pitching is difficult to predict. Injuries, fluctuations in pitch speed, the vagaries of batted ball luck, and a wealth of other factors combine to make projecting major league arms a tall task. Even the greatest pitchers, like Clayton Kershaw, can suffer sudden losses of velocity, and the healthiest of pitchers can go under the knife at a moment’s notice. That being said, the Yankees’ pitching situation looked fairly...
8 hours ago
NYY news: The Wild Card debate rages on

NYY news: The Wild Card debate rages on

The Wild Card starter debate continues; Ken Singleton talks about why he returned for 2019; Chapman’s return was less than ideal; Documentary on the 1978 tiebreaker takes lighter, comedic perspective ESPN | Coley Harvey: Heading into their series finale against the Red Sox, momentum was on Masahiro Tanaka’s side to start the Wild Card Game. Tanaka had been on a tear in the second half, and many of the arms that the Yankees have relied on have gone through slumps since. Unfortunately, Tanaka managed to further increase the debate by getting hit hard against the Sox, resurfacing the...
16 hours ago
Yankees win inexplicably close game against Orioles, 10-8

Yankees win inexplicably close game against Orioles, 10-8

The Yankees scored early and often, but the bullpen kept the Orioles within reach Usually, 10 runs are enough to ensure a victory. When a club scores 10 runs against the worst team in baseball should feel like a cruise for nine innings. This was decidedly not a cruise. The Yankees took game one of the final home series of the regular season by a score of 10-8 over the Baltimore Orioles, who continue to be annoying even in defeat. Despite the close score, there was plenty of positives from the game. First and foremost was CC Sabathia’s performance. The veteran left-hander looked much more...
21 hours ago
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: CC Sabathia vs. Yefry Ramirez

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: CC Sabathia vs. Yefry Ramirez

Shaking off last night’s game, CC kicks off the final home series of the regular season The race for the American League East title ended last night, and the Yankees have to quickly turn their eyes to the ever persistent Oakland Athletics in the standings. The two teams don’t have any meetings remaining however, so the only thing left to do is take care of business against the opponents in front of the Yankees. Enter Baltimore. The Orioles have the worst record in baseball, but they’ve been a persistent thorn in New York’s side this season. This is the last opportunity the Yankees...
22 hours ago
What to take from Aroldis Chapman’s return to the Yankees

What to take from Aroldis Chapman’s return to the Yankees

The Yankees’ closer exhibited some positive signs in his return, but also plenty to be concerned about in his shaky first outing since injury. The Yankees are almost back at full strength as the season winds down. They were without Aaron Judge for nearly two months, but their superstar outfielder is back in the lineup now that his wrist has recovered enough. Similarly, their closer, Aroldis Chapman, has returned, making his first appearance off the disabled list against the Red Sox. Unfortunately for Judge and Chapman, they don’t have much time to get their legs back under them before...
Sep 21, 2018
Greg Bird has a Luke Voit problem

Greg Bird has a Luke Voit problem

The emergence of Luke Voit has made the struggling Greg Bird’s role unclear down the stretch. The 2017 playoffs were stressful. Those 13 games were full of tension, but there are certain identifiable moments that stand above the others. The Yankees entering the bottom of the first inning of the Wild Card Game against the Twins, down by three, with Luis Severino already knocked out was enough to cause heart palpitations. Brett Gardner’s 12-pitch at-bat against the Indians’ Cody Allen in the ninth inning of game five of the ALDS felt like an eternity. But it was Game 3 of the ALDS that...
Sep 21, 2018
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Series preview

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles: Series preview

Maybe the Yankees can beat the Orioles for once. That series with the Red Sox went about as well as one could have expected. Now the Yankees will host the Orioles for the final home series of the regular season. The Bombers should, in theory, pummel a 100+ loss team, but the O’s have been a pain all year. New York is somehow only 10-6 against Baltimore in 2018. I don’t care how they do it, but just win. Game one: CC Sabathia vs. Yefry Ramirez The wheels have really come off Sabathia, haven’t they? The 38-year-old has a 6.35 ERA (3.68 FIP) over his last five starts. I’ve seen...
Sep 21, 2018
Is the Yankees’ second-half slide historic?

Is the Yankees’ second-half slide historic?

The lackluster play since July is notable for a few reasons If you’ve been paying attention to the Yankees in the second half, you know that they’ve been a little underwhelming. After posting a .653 winning percentage in the first three months of the season, the team’s managed just a 31-25 record since. That’s still a .554 winning percentage, and good for a 90-win pace over a full year, but when the Red Sox are close to 110 wins and the Rays are closing on 90, it’s certainly a letdown. Is this historical, though? Good teams often slow down to an extent in the second half. Nobody...
Sep 21, 2018
Brett Gardner is caught in the middle of the Yankees’ outfield situation

Brett Gardner is caught in the middle of the Yankees’ outfield situation

Gardner is overqualified to be a fifth outfielder, but he’s not playing well enough to crack the lineup regularly. It is very rare for athletes to finish their careers with storybook endings. Just ask Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Joe Torre or Joe Girardi. Typically, athletes and coaches are forced out and replaced by someone younger and cheaper. For Brett Gardner, this could be the beginning of the end. The Yankees’ veteran leader has been demoted into a part-time role for the first time since his rookie year, and it’s pretty justifiable. The Yankees have four younger, superior...
Sep 21, 2018
NYY news: Luke Voit’s 10th home run sets record

NYY news: Luke Voit’s 10th home run sets record

Luke Voit helps break Yankee HR record; cracks in foundation showing for Red Sox; Luis Severino might be the Wild Card starter again; Luke Voit: cult hero Sporting News | Thomas Lott: With his homer in the second inning last night, Luke Voit made the Yankees the first team in MLB history to have 12 players with double-digit home runs in a season. The homer was also the Yankees’ 246th of the season, which is a franchise record. NY Times | David Waldstein: The Yankees served the Red Sox their 49th loss of the season on Wednesday night, meaning the 2018 Red Sox can’t win more games than...
Sep 20, 2018
Yankee pitching can’t hold off Red Sox bats, lose series finale 11-6

Yankee pitching can’t hold off Red Sox bats, lose series finale 11-6

We knew it was only a matter of time before Boston’s bats woke up. This game had everything you’d want from the Yankees’ offense. Big home runs, a half-Interstate worth of traffic on the basepaths, some speed, and the starter knocked out after four innings. In the end, though, pitching cost the Yankees a chance at a sweep, with Boston taking the series finale 11-6. Luke Voit got the offense rolling with a record-breaking home run. In the second inning, following Gary Sanchez’s walk, Voit absolutely crushed a ball more than 400’ into Monument Park. The home run was Voit’s tenth...
Sep 20, 2018
Yankees make home run history against Red Sox

Yankees make home run history against Red Sox

The 2018 Yankees just became the first team to boast 12 players with double-digit dingers. The Yankees made baseball history on Thursday night against the rival Red Sox. With New York trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Luke Voit crushed an Eduardo Rodriguez fastball. The blast sailed over the dead center-field wall and into Monument Park. The two-run shot was Voit’s 10th dinger of the year. It put the Bombers back in the game, and immortalized the 2018 squad in baseball lore. New York now boasts 12 players with double-digit home runs this season, becoming the first team in...