Monday, August 3, 2015

THE YANKEES COULD GRAB JAMES SHIELDS


If there were 2 pitchers that I was convinced the Yankees would try to get at the trade deadline, I was pretty sure it would be David Price or James Shields.  Price disappeared to the Toronto Blue Jays, while James Shields still remains in San Diego.  But, it doesn't mean he'll stay there, at least that's what I think... and so does Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:


"Shields is a guy the Padres might be able to slip through waivers because of his hefty salary. It’s hard to imagine a team putting a claim in, so Shields could be an August acquisition for a team such as the Yankees, who didn’t solve any pitching needs."

Tough to tell right now, but there is no question to me that the Yanks should at least get 1 starter, or keep an eye on the waiver wire for a strong reliever.   There's no question that alittle pitching help, well, can't hurt.

Stay Tuned...

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SOX STOMP!


The Yankee offense was pretty incredible yesterday, just stomping all over the White Sox pitching. 


The Yanks put Ivan Nova on the mound.  The White Sox put Jeff Samardzija out there.  Nova ended up going 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run.  He struck out 7.  He looked real good.


On the other hand Shark went 4.2 and gave up 9 runs on 8 hits.  Not the ace I'm used to seeing... anyway....

The Yankee hit parade went like this:

In the first, it was Jacoby Ellsbury with a solo shot.  Then in the 4th, Didi Gregorius singled, knocking in 2. Jacoby Ellsbury, up next, then sacrificed home a run.  Brett Gardner then singled in another.  At this point, it was 6-0 Yankees in the 4th.


In the 5th, Mark Teixeira hit a homer, his 29th on the season.  Stephen Drew then doubled in 2. In the 7th, it was Drew again, this time tripling and knocking in 2 more runs. 


Next Jacoby grounded out but in the process... 1 run scored. At that point it was 12-1.   The White Sox would score 2 more off of Chasen Shreve... but we pretty much shut them down after that. 

The Yankees have been solid, and so, you gotta appreciate how they are handling their games of late.  I just hope it continues when we face Boston.

Final: Yankees 12 - White Sox 3

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS

That's Cashman and Girardi looking at me... and they can't believe it.


The Trade Deadline was stressful. It was anti-climactic and with so many question marks popping up lately I was expecting something. I have been called a "prospect hugger" by other fans and even some of our readers. I don't deny it but I will be the first one to admit that I wasn't thinking clearly and was not living up to that name.

I have been paranoid the past week. I have this little nagging feeling inside of me that just will not go away. I have been trying to shake it but I can't help but feel like something big and bad is around the corner. The Yankees have been able to dodge a lot of bullets this season unlike the last two seasons that were plagued with injuries. Maybe that is why I lost my sanity, let me explain.


Our current rotation scares me. We have been cruising along this year and everyone has been healthy, for the most part. Suddenly, Michael Pineda hit the disabled list this week, read more HERE. Fine, it's one pitcher right so based on sheer numbers alone I shouldn't be freaking out. However, he has been with us for 4 years now and he has been injured more often then not. Then, I am listening to an interview and he blows it off like it is nothing. In fact, I hear him say "I am not worried, no big deal." Uh, yeah it is! It's August. Pineda, you could be out for a month easy with a forearm strain. The Yankees may have a comfortable lead now in the division but injuries at this point could be a game changer.


To make things more complicated for the Yankees, Ivan Nova left his last start after pitching for 5 innings because he feels fatigued. I know coming off of Tommy John surgery that could happen, but the Yankees have since listed him as "day to day" and it is questionable if he will make his next start. I don't like question marks in August!


This week we also saw Chris Capuano fill in and meltdown. He's gone now. We also saw CC Sabathia have another sub par outing. He is one of the remaining starters and he's not the same pitcher anymore.


I feel like the Yankees are trying to make him be something he isn't anymore. He's not that pitcher and I don't want to watch him struggle like this in the postseason. My heart simply can't take it because I have so much respect and admiration for the guy. This puts too much pressure on Nathan Eovaldi and Masahiro Tanaka. We need stability.


So that leads me to the deadline. Because of the question marks now in the rotation I was expecting an addition of Mike Leake. He made sense and suddenly I am ready to sacrifice....someone on the farm. It hurts me to type that, but it is true. For years I have been the guardian of the prospects. I have literally yelled at Brian Cashman several times throughout the years as if the guy could hear me. Now suddenly I want to ship one off for a short term gain. I am ashamed. I even told this to Casey the other day and I shocked him. I got the old "WOW that's provocative!" He's right. So I sit here, and type that I know I was wrong in the end. I own up to my fleeting moment of madness. I am sorry.


What makes all of this worse....in my fleeting moment of madness I was ready to ship Greg Bird off because in the back of my mind I know he could be the replacement for when Mark Teixeira is no longer a Yankee. Since I have defended the guy to the end of the earth and back several times I guess his resurgent year made me lose sight of the bigger picture here. He is having a good year, but this year means little in the grand scheme of things. The bigger picture here is that when he is gone, Bird does have the talent to make it as a Yankee. I have seen it up close and personal, so that just makes this an even bigger personal failure.


So this is me saying I was wrong. I admit it. I am happy to be wrong when it comes to this. I am a passionate fan and sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me. I am sorry Bird, I really didn't mean to cast you off. I am now off to go find some rehab to make sure that my "prospect hugger" status is never lost and this insane moment never happens again. If you haven't already, read QUIT COMPLAINING! YOU GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANTED! Because it is exactly what I would've said before I lost my sanity.


   

--Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer and Editor
Twitter: @NyPrincessJ 





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DANKS FOR NOTHING


Sometimes the Yankees just don't have it.  As my buddy Paul Chivari, Chicago guy, BYB reader wrote in our piece TALKING CHISOX VS. YANKEES WITH A CHICAGO GUY,

"John Danks has been better recently but is 2-3 lifetime against the Yankees..." 


Well, he's one better this morning.  Danks beat the Yankees and the Yankees just didn't do much in Chicago last night.  That's fine.  A loss here and there is going to happen. You just don't want to start losing consistently... not now. Not with the stretch coming.
Bryan Mitchell started for the Yankees.  He went 4, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs.  He struck out 5.  I may be the only one on the planet who doesn't care for Mitchell.  Not just for last night, but in general.  He doesn't do it for me. I don't find him exciting, I treat him like an Adam Warren... do the job and get out of there.  


He hasn't earned my trust...maybe that's it.  Anyway, I digress...

He was followed by Diego Moreno who gave up the other 4.  Again, same with this guy.  Now look, I understand youth and growing pains, but there is just something I'm not feeling about these guys.  Maybe it's the fact that we constantly hear about certain youth being touted and then these guys just show up, or maybe it's just guys the Yanks are just trying to figure out themselves... we shall see.  Whatever the case, Yankee pitching gave up 8 runs.

The Yankees run scoring went like this:

In 5.2 innings from John Danks, the Yankees were only able to scratch out 3 hits and score 1 run.    Didi Gregorius sacrificed home John Ryan Murphy in the 3rd.  Then, in the 9th, off Zach Putnam, Brian McCann homered... a solo shot.  That was it.


The Yanks left 7 on base and were 1-6 with runners in scoring position.  Not what I like to see from my Yanks.  Oh well, today we change that.  


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

QUIT COMPLAINING! YOU GOT EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANTED!


Yankee fans annoy the crap out of me sometimes!  You complained over and over again about how you "refused to part with Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Luis Severino."  For weeks leading up to this years trade deadline you were begging the Yankees to bring up the "3 Kings" as BYB Senior Writer Ike Dimitriadis calls them, and you didn't want to see them traded.

Then the day arrives... and YOU'RE BITCHING AND MOANING ABOUT HOW THE YANKEES DIDN'T PULL OFF ANY TRADES.  ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?


Let me make this crystal clear.  While the Yankees have many capable prospects, and some of which we are willing to part with... the Yankees couldn't make a deal because almost every team that had a player available for us actually wanted one of the 3 Kings and NOT one of the other prospects we were willing to part with.


And guess what... Brian Cashman heard you!  He heard all of us and he did exactly what we all wanted! He didn't part with them! 

So be happy. The Yankees are still playing well, we have a strong bullpen and between now and August 31st there will be a few moves, trust me, they do it every year.  They will do it this year as well.


The 3 Kings are still in the Yankees organization, and coming to the Bronx soon... just the way you wanted it!

Stop bitching! You should be kissing Cashman's ass right now.

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