3:04 PM EDT, Thu July 19, 2018
3 hours ago

Another trade target off the board: Brad Hand goes to Indians

Another potential Yankees trade target is off the market. The Padres have traded All-Star southpaw Brad Hand and righty middle reliever Adam Cimber to the Indians for top prospect Francisco Mejia, according to multiple reports. It’s a 2-for-1 deal. Quite the bullpen makeover for the Tribe. The Yankees had been connected to Hand in recent […] The post Another trade target off the board: Brad Hand goes to Indians appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
5 hours ago

Thoughts prior to the start of the second half

Tomorrow night the Yankees will resume the regular season with the first game of the second leg of the 2018 Subway Series. They took two of three from the Mets at Citi Field a few weeks ago. Now they’ll play three games at Yankee Stadium this weekend. Sixty-seven games to go this season. Sixty-seven games […] The post Thoughts prior to the start of the second half appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
17 hours ago

DotF: Wagner’s power breakout continues in Tampa’s win

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (3-0 loss to Toledo) SS Abi Avelino: 0-4, 2 K LF Billy McKinney: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K — 2-for-12 (.167) with two homers and six strikeouts in his three rehab games … as long as the groin is healthy, he should be back with the […] The post DotF: Wagner’s power breakout continues in Tampa’s win appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
20 hours ago

Wednesday Night Open Thread

?The All-Star Game is over and now we wait. Two off-days before the regular season resumes Friday night. The Yankees are hosting the Mets for three games this weekend. On this baseball-less night, I recommend Joel Sherman’s piece on embracing baseball for what it is today rather than lamenting it for what it’s not. Maybe […] The post Wednesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
23 hours ago

2018 Midseason Review: The Bullpen

As expected, the bullpen has been a strength for the Yankees so far this season. The relief crew actually got off to a bit of a rocky start the first week or two, though things have settled down nicely since, and Aaron Boone now has arguably the best and deepest bullpen in the game at […] The post 2018 Midseason Review: The Bullpen appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 18, 2018

Manny off the table: Machado reportedly heading to Dodgers

It always felt like a long shot — it did to me, anyway — and we can now rule out the Yankees trading for Manny Machado. According to multiple reports, Machado is being traded to the Dodgers for a package that includes as many as five prospects. An official announcement and a press conference is […] The post Manny off the table: Machado reportedly heading to Dodgers appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 18, 2018

Judge goes deep in yet another AL win in the All-Star Game

For the sixth consecutive season, the American League has won the All-Star Game. The AL won Tuesday night’s Home Run Derby All-Star Game thanks to Alex Bregman’s and George Springer’s back-to-back homers against Ross Stripling in the tenth inning. Bregman was named MVP. Here are the box score and video highlights. All told, an All-Star […] The post Judge goes deep in yet another AL win in the All-Star Game appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 17, 2018

DotF: Florial continues to rake on rehab assignment

Some quick notes: C Anthony Seigler, this year’s first round pick, has not played since July 4th, though Josh Norris says he’s not hurt, so that’s good. Not sure why he hasn’t played lately though. Kinda weird. UPDATE: Norris says Seigler has a minor hamstring issue. So there you go. C Josh Breaux, this year’s […] The post DotF: Florial continues to rake on rehab assignment appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 17, 2018

2018 All-Star Game Thread

Tonight in Washington, baseball’s best players and brightest stars will gather at Nationals Park for the 89th annual All-Star Game. The MLB All-Star Game is, by frickin’ far, the best All-Star Game among the four major North American sports. It is not even a contest. The Yankees have four All-Stars this season: Aroldis Chapman, Aaron […] The post 2018 All-Star Game Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 17, 2018

2018 Midseason Review: The Outfielders

On the position player side of things, the outfield has been the biggest strength for the 2018 Yankees so far this season. The team’s outfielders have combined for a .261/.353/.480 (123 OPS+) batting line and they rank fourth in baseball in OBP, second in SLG, and second in OPS+. They’re also third with +26 DRS […] The post 2018 Midseason Review: The Outfielders appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 17, 2018

The All-Star break comes at a good for Luis Severino as his workload continues to climb

Later tonight Luis Severino will take part in his second All-Star Game, and he’s actually going to pitch this year. American League manager A.J. Hinch announced yesterday Severino will be the first guy out of the bullpen behind starter Chris Sale. Severino made the All-Star team last year but did not pitch. This year he’s […] The post The All-Star break comes at a good for Luis Severino as his workload continues to climb appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 16, 2018

DotF: Sanchez homers again in second rehab game

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (5-0 win over Toledo) CF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K DH Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — two homers in two rehab games … he’s getting an off-day tomorrow, then will catch nine innings Wednesday 1B Tyler Austin: […] The post DotF: Sanchez homers again in second rehab game appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 16, 2018

2018 Home Run Derby Open Thread

The Home Run Derby is a little less exciting this year. Last year Aaron Judge stole the show and won the whole damn thing convincingly, but unfortunately he elected not to defend his title this year. A bummer — I’m not sure there’s anything in baseball I enjoy more than watching Judge hit dingers — […] The post 2018 Home Run Derby Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 16, 2018

Trade Deadline Rumors: Machado, Heaney, Skaggs, Yates

Only two weeks and one day until the 2018 non-waiver trade deadline. “I know Cash and the guys are turning over every leaf and kicking tires on everything … So, if the right deal comes about, I think we’ll make it,” said Aaron Boone prior to yesterday’s first half finale. Here are the latest trade […] The post Trade Deadline Rumors: Machado, Heaney, Skaggs, Yates appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Jul 16, 2018

2018 Midseason Review: The Catchers

The All-Star break has arrived and this is the perfect time to take a step back and review the first half of what has been a very successful 2018 Yankees season to date. We’ll review the team and hand out some letter grades (relative to expectations), because why not? We begin today with the catchers. […] The post 2018 Midseason Review: The Catchers appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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