6:13 AM EDT, Sat August 18, 2018
4 hours ago

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5: Offense thunders in rain-shortened victory

The top of the first inning looked like an extension of the Rays series, but the Yankees’ offense came alive and did more than enough to win before the rain finished this one after seven innings. Showing some fight After half an inning, the Bombers found themselves down four runs and staring a three-game losing […] The post Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5: Offense thunders in rain-shortened victory appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
11 hours ago

Game 122: Leave it to Lynn

That Rays series was a bummer, right? Yuck. Two opportunities to win the series with one clunker and another lifeless heartbreaker. Luckily, the Yankees’ schedule moves down the AL East standings to the Blue Jays, who got into New York late last night. They had their series finale in Kansas City delayed by rain and […] The post Game 122: Leave it to Lynn appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
14 hours ago

8/17 to 8/19 Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

With yesterday’s loss, the Yankees are officially a .500 team in the second-half, sitting at 13-13 since the All-Star break. They have a +3 run differential in that time, so it isn’t all bad luck, either. This upcoming stretch is a great opportunity to turn it around, though, as their next five series (or sixteen […] The post 8/17 to 8/19 Series Preview: Toronto Blue Jays appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
17 hours ago

Yankeemetrics: Bronx bummer, bats broken (Aug. 13-16)

Monday mess The week got off to a terrible start as the Yankees were embarrassed by their Big Apple rivals in a 8-5 loss on Monday. The Mets punished the Yankees pitchers with five home runs, the most the Yankees have ever surrendered in a Subway Series matchup. Luis Severino’s slump reached another level as […] The post Yankeemetrics: Bronx bummer, bats broken (Aug. 13-16) appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
20 hours ago

Mailbag: Stanton, Bird, Happ, Quintana, Wild Card, Hughes

Only seven questions and seven short answers in this week’s mailbag because I’m out of town and don’t have much time to spare. Send your questions to RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get to as many as I can each week. Steve asks: As you have mentioned a few times, I love how […] The post Mailbag: Stanton, Bird, Happ, Quintana, Wild Card, Hughes appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 16, 2018

DotF: Charleston tosses combined no-hitter

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (7-4 loss to Norfolk) LF Tyler Wade: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS — 6-for-18 (.333) with a double and two home runs in his last five games SS Abi Avelino: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K — had been in a 4-for-29 (.138) 1B Luke Voit: 1-5, […] The post DotF: Charleston tosses combined no-hitter appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 16, 2018

Rays 3, Yankees 1: An even more frustrating loss to the Rays

The Yankees have had a lot of lackluster defeats against the Rays this season, ranging from all three games of a sweep at the Trop to Wednesday’s 6-1 listless affair. Thursday afternoon’s loss may take the cake as the Yankees showed little fight until the end and squandered a golden opportunity to steal a win. […] The post Rays 3, Yankees 1: An even more frustrating loss to the Rays appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 16, 2018

The Yankees have not yet called up Justus Sheffield and there is a very simple explanation

Last night, in a spot start replacing the injured CC Sabathia, Luis Cessa was tagged for five runs in 3.2 innings. It was his fourth start this season and his second straight game with five runs allowed in three innings and change. Cessa was sent back to Triple-A Scranton after the game because the Yankees […] The post The Yankees have not yet called up Justus Sheffield and there is a very simple explanation appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 16, 2018

Game 121: Win the Series, Please

The Yankees lost last night, in one of the more frustrating games in recent memory – though, to be fair, that’s largely due to the fact that the Rays are the most annoying team in Major League Baseball. And the edge in the season series is on the line this afternoon, as they’ve split the […] The post Game 121: Win the Series, Please appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 16, 2018

Neil Walker is holding his own in right field and it looks like the job will be his for a while

For the fifth time in five days, career infielder Neil Walker started in right field last night. These are his only five career starts at the position. He’s out there because Aaron Judge is on the disabled list and because Giancarlo Stanton is still nursing a tight hamstring. A lot has had to go wrong […] The post Neil Walker is holding his own in right field and it looks like the job will be his for a while appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 15, 2018

Rays 6, Yankees 1: One run won’t win you many ballgames

This was very much one of those 50-something forgettable games each team is going to lose each year. Never once felt like the Yankees’ night. The Rays won 6-1 on Wednesday. Go win the series tomorrow. Not Even Four & Fly Didn’t take long for the CC Sabathia injury to hurt the Yankees. Luis Cessa, […] The post Rays 6, Yankees 1: One run won’t win you many ballgames appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 15, 2018

DotF: Sheffield labors, Wade homers in AAA doubleheader

RHP Nick Green has been promoted to Double-A Trenton, the team announced. He had a 3.28 ERA (4.18 FIP) with 18.3% strikeouts, 11.2% walks, and a minor league best 65.7% ground ball rate in 115.1 innings with High-A Tampa. Green is my No. 19 prospect. Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Game One (7-3 loss to Indianapolis) SS […] The post DotF: Sheffield labors, Wade homers in AAA doubleheader appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 15, 2018

Game 120: Middle of the Homestand

Somehow there are still five games to go on this homestand. It’s a long one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Love me some home games in Yankee Stadium. Just feels like the Yankees have been home all month, yet somehow they have only played one more home game (60) than road games (59) […] The post Game 120: Middle of the Homestand appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 15, 2018

Making a case for adding Tyler Wade to the bench

For the fourth consecutive game, Neil Walker started in right field last night. They’re the only four right field starts of his career. Aaron Judge is out with his fractured wrist and Giancarlo Stanton is nursing a tight hamstring, which has pushed Walker into right field. Who would’ve guessed it would come to this back […] The post Making a case for adding Tyler Wade to the bench appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Aug 15, 2018

Zach Britton is getting plenty of ground balls, now he needs to stop beating himself with walks

In his two weeks as a Yankee, Zach Britton has yet to provide the team with much impact. Well, he’s having an impact, just in the wrong direction. Britton has allowed a run in four of his eight appearances as a Yankee, including in three of the last four. He’s allowed six runs and put […] The post Zach Britton is getting plenty of ground balls, now he needs to stop beating himself with walks appeared first on River Avenue Blues.