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NYY vs. TOR: Jameson Taillon vs. Hyun Jin Ryu

NYY vs. TOR: Jameson Taillon vs. Hyun Jin Ryu

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Jameson Taillon makes his second start for the Yankees, Gio Urshela mans shortstop, and Gary Sánchez bats cleanup. Last night, the Yankees opened the series against the Toronto Blue Jays of Dunedin in a big way, as Gerrit Cole and Kyle Higashioka combined to dominate Toronto hitters and pitchers. Neither of them, however, will be playing today, so the Yankees will need contributions from literally anybody else, especially in the lineup. Cole’s former and once again teammate Jameson Taillon will make his second start as a member of the Yankees....
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Early-season weird stats: Yankees edition

Early-season weird stats: Yankees edition

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Small sample sizes create room for the unthinkable. Let’s have some fun while watching some weird stats and numbers By now, we know that we shouldn’t trust early-season stat lines. We have seen too many fast April starts crash in May or June, too many batters or pitchers struggle in the first few weeks of a season, only to pick it up later down the road. There is a reason for that. Baseball is a game with a considerable degree of randomness involved; we need chunks of data to provide legitimacy to a specific player’s performance or...
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If Aroldis Chapman’s splitter is here to stay, he could be better than ever

If Aroldis Chapman’s splitter is here to stay, he could be better than ever

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Chappy’s splitty brings the fireballer’s already overpowering package of pitches an element of surprise. Through his first three games of the young 2021 season, Aroldis Chapman has been nothing short of dominant. He recorded his first save of the season last night, and looked sharp in his non-save situation appearances as well. Before addressing Aroldis’s crucial new addition to his arsenal, it’s worth noting that he seems to have regained access to the very best versions of his offerings from previous seasons. Already, Chapman’s...
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What Jay Bruce teaches us about the shift

What Jay Bruce teaches us about the shift

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Here’s why hitters can’t just “shorten up and take it the other way!” I don’t blame you if you haven’t paid attention to Jay Bruce this year. You’re a busy person and Bruce has done precious little to command your time and attention. He has just three hits, and his defense — such as it is — at first doesn’t inspire much confidence either. You’re free to speculate on how long he’ll even stay in the Bronx, as Rougned Odor can be counted on to provide mediocre left-handed hitting while playing a more challenging infield...
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Yankees 2021 Prospect Preview: Ryder Green

Yankees 2021 Prospect Preview: Ryder Green

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports With top-of-the-line power and one of the strongest outfield arms in the system, Ryder Green is a prospect to watch in 2021. The Yankees selected Tennessee native Ryder Green with their third-round selection in the 2018 draft. With a solid commitment to be a two-way player at Division-I powerhouse Vanderbilt, the Yankees offered Green an over-slot bonus and convinced him to join the professional ranks. Green struggled during his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League that summer, striking out over 36 percent of the time. However, he...
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Why don’t some Yankees fans like Giancarlo Stanton?

Why don’t some Yankees fans like Giancarlo Stanton?

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports An attempt to decipher the hostility toward Giancarlo Stanton. When the 2021 season started, Yankees fans’ most recent memory of Giancarlo Stanton in meaningful games was the slugger crushing dingers throughout the 2020 playoffs. On Opening weekend though, the Bronx faithful turned on him almost immediately. Stanton went hitless against the Blue Jays in a series wherein the entire offense struggled to hit Toronto’s pitching. While fans have already booed other players this season (Aaron Judge… really?), fans jeering Giancarlo is not...
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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 4/13/21

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 4/13/21

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Here’s your preview for a Tuesday. On the verge of getting swept by the Rays on Sunday, the Yankees were staring right at a 3-6 start to the season. An MLB campaign is obviously very long, but a three-game manhandling by the rival Rays would have felt pretty poor even at the outset. But the Yankees rallied to win that game, and now they’ve put together a win streak. They can run that streak to three tonight, when Jameson Taillon faces off with Hyun Jin Ryu Today on the site, Dan previews outfield prospect Ryder Green’s 2021 campaign,...
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NYY news: Hicks takes a mental health day

NYY news: Hicks takes a mental health day

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Yankees give Hicks mental health day; Taillon unfazed by Dunedin start; Cole and HIgashioka on a roll; Jasson Dominguez profiled by MiLB New York Post | Ken Davidoff: Aaron Hicks wasn’t in the Yankees’ starting lineup on Monday night, but while he is off to a rough start in 2021, it wasn’t because of his performance. After reckoning with the emotions of the death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, MN, the former homegrown Twins outfielder asked skipper Aaron Boone if it was OK to take a mental health day. This is an excellent article from...
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Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1: Never count out Gerrit Cole

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1: Never count out Gerrit Cole

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The Cole/Higashioka tandem was too much for Toronto. Although it took Gerrit Cole a little while to get into a rhythm on Monday night against the Blue Jays, he found it in the middle of the second and didn’t lose it. Back by a pair of homers from his catcher, Kyle Higashioka, Cole recovered nicely and led the Yankees to a 3-1 victory in Dunedin (Toronto’s current home-away-from-home). It was a bit of an inauspicious beginning for Cole, who may just been getting used to a mound that is not his favorite. After a perfect first inning...
Apr 12, 2021
NYY vs. TOR: Gerrit Cole vs. Robbie Ray

NYY vs. TOR: Gerrit Cole vs. Robbie Ray

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ A regular season game live from Dunedin, rather than Toronto. Yesterday, the Yankees salvaged the finale of their three-game set against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Now, they’ll drive half an hour west to Dunedin, where the Blue Jays are currently playing their home games. Seeing relevant regular season baseball at a spring training complex remains very weird, but hey, not much about the past 13 months can be classified as anything other than weird. Gerrit Cole will take the mound for the Yankees, and they’d really like their ace to give...
Apr 12, 2021
Yankees fans remain confident in the team and its offense

Yankees fans remain confident in the team and its offense

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Bronx Bombers will truly launch bombs soon. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in New York Yankees fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 73 percent of Yankees fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. Although a good figure, it is down from 76 percent to start the season. A part of that assuredness comes from feelings about the team’s ability to score. Despite some...
Apr 12, 2021
Corey Kluber’s health is a multifaceted issue

Corey Kluber’s health is a multifaceted issue

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Whether or not Kluber stays healthy is a good question, but there’s a better one not being asked. A sizable question surrounding Corey Kluber has been regarding his health. Can he stay healthy through 2021 after recovering from a fractured forearm and a torn teres major muscle, which forced him to miss most of the 2019 and virtually all of the 2020 seasons? It’s an important question for sure, as I’m only one of countless writers who’ve opined on his chances of remaining 100 percent active throughout the season. Yet there’s an...
Apr 12, 2021
Yankees 2021 Prospects Preview: Yoendrys Gomez

Yankees 2021 Prospects Preview: Yoendrys Gomez

USA TODAY NETWORK The Yankees’ farm system is littered with hard-throwing right-handers, with Yoendrys Gomez among the best ones. With the exception of the existence of Jasson Dominguez, the Yankees’ farm system is known for its deep collection of high-octane arms more than anything else. We’ve already profiled a few of their high-upside hurlers, such as Albert Abreu and Luis Gil. We’ll roll along today with yet another right-hander to dream on, Yoendrys Gomez. Gomez doesn’t generate the prospect buzz that former or current top-100 names like Abreu or Deivi...
Apr 12, 2021
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 4/12/21

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 4/12/21

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ Here’s the program for your Monday browsing. The Yankees’ first road trip of the season hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start, but at least they left Tampa with a victory. After salvaging the finale of the Rays series New York is staying in-state to play Toronto, travelling to the Blue Jays’ spring training field. The Yankees had to play in an alternate site for Toronto’s home games last season as well, and they didn’t go great, so here’s hoping that Dunedin proves to be friendlier turf. While you’re waiting for...
Apr 12, 2021
NYY News: Bye bye, Thairo

NYY News: Bye bye, Thairo

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Estrada sent to San Francisco; Updates on injured Yankees; Germán likely to rejoin rotation; Tempers flare again in Tampa. CBS Sports | Katherine Acquavella: The Yankees had previously announced that they designated Thairo Estrada for assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster for Rougned Odor, but the Yankees officially moved him yesterday. Estrada will be joining the San Francisco Giants in exchange for cash considerations. Estrada was assigned to the Giants’ alternate site, but serves as insurance for a Giants...