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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:15 am

Luke Voit prospering where ailing Yankees need it the most

By Ken Davidoff June 14, 2019 | 9:31am

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CHICAGO — There are times in a tight game, Luke Voit acknowledged Thursday, when he’ll gaze from home plate back to his superiors for reminders and reassurance.

“I’ll look over to [hitting coach] Marcus [Thames] in the dugout, and he’ll go, ‘Slow down. Don’t take that big swing,’” Voit explained to The Post, also simulating how Thames will push his hands forward, like a police officer stopping traffic.

If you’ve watched Voit play so much as once, you know the 28-year-old is a high-energy, excitable player. He’s precisely the type of player you wonder about in big spots. Will he psych himself out? Amp himself up too much? As opposed to, say, first-year Yankee DJ LeMahieu, who is so low-key he probably wouldn’t flinch if a grizzly bear raided his kitchen.

Just like LeMahieu, however, Voit has thrived in clutch situations since joining the Yankees in the middle of last year. The Yankees’ overall success performing with runners in scoring position, an area of weakness more often than not in the past decade, largely explains how their offense has continued to thrive despite missing injured twin behemoths Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton for the bulk of the season. And Voit’s prowess in this area has played a considerable role in his ability to stabilize the Yankees’ first-base position and turn former top prospect Greg Bird into an afterthought.

Entering Thursday’s series opener against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field (the worst ballpark name ever), Voit owned a .300/.455/.620 slash line in 66 plate appearances with runners in scoring position this season. Most recently, in Game 1 of Tuesday’s day-night Subway Series doubleheader, Voit delivered a fourth-inning, two-out, three-run homer against the Mets’ Zack Wheeler to break a 4-4 tie en route to a 12-5 Yankees victory.

“I’m making sure I’m not getting overaggressive,” said Voit, who went 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the White Sox. “I think some guys get like that. … Especially in a big game against Boston or Houston, someone like that, you’ve just got to remember to breathe, step out, take some extra time.”

Last year, which included a handful of opportunities with the Cardinals prior to the trade that made him a Yankee, Voit had a .387/.472/.774 slash line in 36 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. In situations that Baseball Reference identifies as “Late and Close” — in the seventh inning or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or with the tying run on base or on deck — he stood at .270/.357/.527 through Tuesday’s action.

“That’s me doing my homework, too,” Voit said. “Pitchers do pitch a little differently with guys in scoring position than they do if there’s nobody on. They attack me. They’re throwing me sliders. They know I can hit a fastball, so they’re throwing me their best secondary pitch.”

He does hit fastballs best, as confirmed by MLB.com’s Baseball Savant page, and while he has struggled against sliders and curveballs this season, he hit them better last season, putting up a .300 batting average and a .353 weighted on-base average.

“I get a little pull-happy sometimes,” Voit added. “Sometimes, with runners in scoring position, I’m trying to get that three-run homer. And that’s when I strike out.”

He made a few self-critical comments like this. I had to remind him a couple of times that I was writing a column on why he is good, not bad, at this important skill. Voit laughed.

“My goal every year is to improve at statistics like that,” he said. “That’s how I get paid.”

He continues to pay off, of course, for the Yankees, whose offensive identity has changed for the better thanks to their star rising from near-oblivion.
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:19 pm

I don't want to sound overly critical of Voit because he has far exceeded expectations, but despite the increase in HRs, I liked his approach better last year. To me it seemed like he used right field a little more, was a bit more selective and wasn't swinging for the fences with each AB. Don't get me wrong, I really like him as a player but wish he would go back to last years approach even if it means a few less HRs.
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:52 pm

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1955Yanksfan wrote:Right now, the Yankees don't have a single starting pitcher I would trust with game 1 of a playoff series or a WC game. It's really important that Paxton gets back to where he was before the knee and I'm sure the Yankees have to be concerned. Severino needs to pitch some in the second half to get his arm built up and so we can see what he might give us. A few weeks ago I was thinking we needed one more top of the rotation arm to make us a legitimate world series threat. I'm now thinking we may need to add a couple starters to get to the playoffs. I sure don't want to go through the WC game again, but if we don't get this figured out soon that's going to be our best scenario.

Yep, I agree. I wouldn't hold out hope for Severino either. We need an ace since Paxton is pitching like a slug. Cashman needs to make the move. You win now, screw the prospects. It's gotten ugly fast and could get even uglier. With this lousy starting pitching, we need both Stanton and Judge back and in mid seaI son form - fast.

BG, how much of this falls on Rothschild? As you probably know, I've been a critic of his for awhile but it seems to me we get young pitchers with promise or veterans with a track record who seem to pitch well for awhile then regress once they put on the pinstripes. I'm not sure he's able to get pitchers to maximize their ability.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:13 pm

1955Yanksfan wrote:
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1955Yanksfan wrote:Right now, the Yankees don't have a single starting pitcher I would trust with game 1 of a playoff series or a WC game. It's really important that Paxton gets back to where he was before the knee and I'm sure the Yankees have to be concerned. Severino needs to pitch some in the second half to get his arm built up and so we can see what he might give us. A few weeks ago I was thinking we needed one more top of the rotation arm to make us a legitimate world series threat. I'm now thinking we may need to add a couple starters to get to the playoffs. I sure don't want to go through the WC game again, but if we don't get this figured out soon that's going to be our best scenario.

Yep, I agree. I wouldn't hold out hope for Severino either. We need an ace since Paxton is pitching like a slug. Cashman needs to make the move. You win now, screw the prospects. It's gotten ugly fast and could get even uglier. With this lousy starting pitching, we need both Stanton and Judge back and in mid seaI son form - fast.

BG, how much of this falls on Rothschild? As you probably know, I've been a critic of his for awhile but it seems to me we get young pitchers with promise or veterans with a track record who seem to pitch well for awhile then regress once they put on the pinstripes. I'm not sure he's able to get pitchers to maximize their ability.

To me, Larry's been the most overrated pitching coach in baseball for the last decade. Who has he fixed? Any idiot off the street can make up a pitching schedule. As soon as they brought him back last year I knew there was going to be more of the same. Hell, Severino was tipping his pitches the whole 2nd half of the year and he never spotted it. The guys at MLB spotted. Betances had issues and Harkey fixed him.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:16 pm

The Yankees need more from James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka

With the rotation in shambles, it’s up to the team’s horses to lead the way.

By Tom Krosnowski Jun 14, 2019, 2:00pm EDT

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Management may not have realized it at the time, but the minute that the Yankees balked at signing Dallas Keuchel, they doubled down on James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka as the club’s top two pitchers. While they have solid on the whole this year, they haven’t been the aces that the Yankees desperately need.

Right now, the rotation is teetering: there’s almost a whole five-man rotation of starters on the injured list, leaving only four healthy starters on the roster and the team regularly turning to “bullpen games” every fifth day. This places a greater onus than ever on the starters with the highest ceiling – Paxton and Tanaka.

This week’s Subway Series was an excellent opportunity to sweep a doubleheader against a rival by putting out the team’s top two starters. Instead, Tanaka grinded through 6.2 innings of hard contact and five runs, while Paxton was lit up for six runs in 2.2 innings in an ugly loss. While it may just seem like two bad games, it capped what has been a mediocre stretch for Paxton and Tanaka over their past three starts.

Paxton’s strikeout numbers are the best of his career this season, but his walk rate has gotten a little out of control at 3.7 BB/9. Batters are also making hard contact over 40 percent of the time against him this year, which is in the bottom 20 percent league-wide. While Paxton can deceive hitters, the results have been ugly when they make contact, or when he misses the zone. His .325 BABIP against also shows that there’s room for improvement.

As for Tanaka, he just hasn’t had command of his trademark splitter all year. He’s throwing less of them than ever before, and they’re still getting hit the most of any of his pitches (.311 batting average against, 6 HR). While his strikeout rate has declined as a result, his other rates and peripherals are all close to his averages, which points that Tanaka may be closer to a turnaround if he ever figures out his splitter.

It’s imperative that Paxton and Tanaka figure out whatever is ailing them because the pitching staff cannot carry on without them at their best. J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia are good back-end pieces, but cannot be counted on for much more than five innings in a start. Sabathia, in particular, doesn’t have the best health record either.

When Tanaka and Paxton don’t go deep into games, it strains the bullpen. Already taxed from having to pitch a whole game one out of every five turns, the top relief arms are hitting a bit of a rut right now. While it could just be a stretch of bad luck, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the bullpen has pitched worse when being relied on for more innings.

More effective versions of Tanaka and Paxton reduce the stress and workload for the bullpen. Tanaka has proven time and again that he is a big-game pitcher, and his peripherals this season aren’t as concerning as Paxton’s. I’m not as worried about him finding his place again.

With Paxton, though, we don’t have as much of a baseline, we just know that he should be better than this based on his time in Seattle. While we’re far from a Sonny Gray situation with Paxton, he’ll need to go deep into games (he’s only gone more than six innings once), he’ll have to stop walking so many batters and he must stop giving up so much hard contact. The only way to solve these problems is to have better pitch location:

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Paxton’s 2018 Heatmap

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Paxton’s 2019 Heatmap

Paxton’s heatmap in 2019 is concentrated higher in the zone and more inside to righties. When put together, those are danger zones for left-handed pitchers. Paxton’s whiff rate shows that his dominant stuff is still there, he just needs to locate it better.

By passing on Keuchel, the Yankees indicated they thought that their current rotation was good enough as is. While that seems unlikely, the rotation can still be solid if Paxton and Tanaka reach the heights that they are capable of. The Yankees’ rotation doesn’t have an ace right now, but it does have two guys with the ability to fill the void. It’s time for James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka to step up.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:25 pm

Yankees should explore deal to add reliever(s) from San Francisco Giants

by Jon Butensky Follow @jbutensky

With Dellin Betances not returning anytime soon due to a recently diagnosed low-grade lat strain, the Yankees may need some reinforcements in the bullpen. Due to their current place in the standings, the San Francisco Giants may be just the team to provide a suitable reliever or two.

The Yankees and Giants have been connected in trade rumors of late in regards to Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner. While this is certainly a realistic possibility, it may not be a bad idea to explore trading for one (or two) of the bullpen arms that the Giants have to offer.

As expected, San Francisco hasn’t been very good so far during the 2019 season. As of June 14th, the Giants are 28-38 – dead last in the NL West and the second-worst record in the NL besides the Miami Marlins (24-42).

On the Yankees front, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provided the latest about righty Dellin Betances on Tuesday:

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Dellin Betances has a low-grade lat strain and will be “shut down for a couple of weeks,” Aaron Boone said. “He’s still going to play a big role for us this year, just a little later on.”


Long story short: Betances isn’t returning any time soon.

If there are any positives to this down year for the Giants, it’s the success of their relievers. The San Francisco bullpen currently owns a 3.78 ERA – the fifth lowest in all of baseball. With the Giants most likely out of contention, it can’t be hard to imagine that the team would be willing to sell their ‘pen arms, included or not in any Bumgarner deal.

Here are some of the potential arms that could be of interest to the Yankees.

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One of the more recognizable relievers on this list, Sam Dyson has been dynamite for San Francisco in his 29 appearances in 2019. In 31.0 innings pitched, the righty has a 2.61 ERA and a 0.935 WHIP with 30 strikeouts. Additionally, Dyson has allowed 1.16 BB/9 IP (the eight fewest in all of baseball) and his 3.3 BB% is in the Top 2 percentage according to Baseball Savant. Dyson also owns a 57.7% groundball percentage which is 12th best in the Majors.

The 31-year old has experience pitching in the postseason (2015-2016 with the Texas Rangers). Overall, Dyson has appeared in 5 G with a 1.93 ERA across 4.2 innings pitched, having only allowed six hits and one earned run. It’s certainly good to know that the righty isn’t afraid of any moment.

Dyson wouldn’t be a long-term commitment as he is a free agent after this season. The fact that he doesn’t have a multi-year deal attached to him, the righty probably wouldn’t cost much for the Yankees to acquire him in terms of prospects.


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Definitely a wild card and mostly an unknown name, there’s one reason why the Yankees could pursue Reyes Moronta: he strikes out A LOT of batters.

In fact, the righty has recorded13.2 K/9 which is tied for 13th in all of Major League Baseball. Moronta really came into his own last season with the Giants:

2018: 69 G, 65.0 IP, 2.49 ERA, 34 H, 20 R (18 ER), 79 K, 10.9 K/9
2019: 26 G, 28.2 IP, 3.14 ERA, 21 H, 10 R (10 ER), 42 K, 13.2 K/9

The 26-year old’s fastball averages 97.1 miles per hour, so that is certainly a reason for his success via the strikeout. The one downside for the right-hander is that he has allowed 5.65 B/9 (the 17th most in the Majors).

Moronta reminds me of Tommy Kahnle in a sense as both are flamethrowing right-handers. Kahnle was seen as a “throw-in” during the 2017 trade that bought him to New York alongside David Robertson and Todd Frazier. He’s now the only guy from that trade who’s still on the Yankees and he’s thriving as one of their high leverage relievers.

If New York can convince the Giants to include Moronta in a trade involving Madison Bumgarner, he could be a solid piece in the ‘pen for the Yankees.


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By far the most dominant reliever in the Giants’ bullpen, Will Smith is well on his way to earning a spot in the All-Star Game this year. However, it may or may not be with the National League if he gets dealt prior to July 9th.

The lefty has pitched in 27 games in 2019 with a 2.03 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP across 26.2 innings pitched. Additionally, Smith has a ridiculous 38/6 K/BB ratio this season and has compiled 16 saves (tied for seventh in the Majors). The lefty has a 1.0 WAR thus far into the season – tied for ninth in baseball among qualified relievers.

Having pitched in Oracle Park -widely considered a pitchers ballpark- you would expect Smith to have better numbers at home. However, that’s not necessarily the case this season:

Home (2019): 16 G, 11 H, 4 R, 21/4 K/BB, .193/.246/.246, .306 BABIP
Away (2019): 11 G, 3 H, 2 R, 17/2 K/BB, .086/.135/.286, .063 BABIP

Interpret this any way you want, but Smith has been money on the road even when pitching in a pitcher-friendly ballpark at home. One point of concern is that the 29-year old had Tommy John Surgery and missed all of the 2017 season. However, he seems well past the injury based on his success in 2018 and so far in 2019.

Smith would be a rental if traded since he’s a free agent after this season which makes him even more attractive to teams looking to acquire him. He’s going to be the most sought after reliever on the Giants in the coming weeks but if the Yankees can add him he could be a huge difference maker at the back end of their pen.


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Tony Watson has been extremely efficient thus far for the Giants this season. The lefty has appeared in 29 games with a 2.70 ERA across 26.2 innings pitched.

The 2014 All-Star is currently in the second year of a two-year, $7 million deal with a player option for 2020. He would only be owed $2.5 million for next season, which is a bargain considering what reliable relievers are getting paid in today’s market.

What stands out most about Watson is how few walks he allows. The 34-year old has only walked 1.01 batters per nine innings pitched – the third best in all of Major League Baseball among qualified relievers.

Watson is capable of retiring both lefties and righties, but has oddly struggled against left-handed hitting opponents this season despite a smaller sample size:

vs. RHB (2019): 79 PA, 17 H, 5 R, 17 K, .230 Opp. BA
vs. LHB (2019): 32 PA, 10 H, 6 R, 5 K, .313 Opp. BA
vs. RHB (Career): 1428 PA, 288 H, 149 R, 314 K, .226 Opp. BA
vs. LHB (Career): 774 PA, 158 H, 67 R, 178 K, .223 Opp. BA

Although his .313 opponent batting average against left-handers this season is a bit worrisome, Watson has proven in the past that he is not just a lefty specialist.

Watson certainly isn’t as recognizable in regards to potentially available left-handed relievers such as Brad Hand, Sean Doolittle, or teammate Will Smith, but he could be had without giving up big-name prospects or acquiring a large contract.
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Moving on up: Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge take next step in rehab, get closer to returning to Bronx (UPDATE)

Updated 1:10 PM; Today 12:51 PM

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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton, left, and Aaron Judge hope to return soon from the 10-day injured list.

By Mike Rosenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

UPDATE (Friday, 12:49 p.m.): Per Yankees PR:

Earlier today, the Yankees transferred the rehab assignment for OF Giancarlo Stanton from Single-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Additionally, OF Aaron Judge will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight.

Injured New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to join the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Friday on a rehab assignment. The RailRiders are visiting the Durham Bulls this weekend. And before the series is over, right fielder Aaron Judge could join Stanton in the RailRiders’ lineup.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone says Stanton, who landed on the injured list April 1 with a left biceps strain (and later a left shoulder strain), is expected to play all three games against Durham. If all goes well, Stanton could return to the Bronx by Tuesday.

Stanton hit two home runs in two rehab games with Single-A Tampa before moving up to Scranton.

According to NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty, Boone envisions using Stanton at DH when he returns to the Yankees. “He’ll definitely probably DH as much as anyone, especially when we get him and Aaron back,” Boone said. “We’ll try and use that spot creatively to get guys in the lineup to give guys day off or whatever. G will occupy that spot at least a fair amount.”

Boone also said Judge, who is on the injured list with a left oblique strain, could join Stanton in Durham as early as this weekend.

At the team’s training complex in Tampa, Judge has faced live pitching the last two days. On Thursday, he hit a long home run on the first pitch he saw, and he told the few fans watching that he’s “feeling good.” “He’s doing really well,” Boone said of Judge.
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Postby davis2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:48 pm

1955Yanksfan wrote:I don't want to sound overly critical of Voit because he has far exceeded expectations, but despite the increase in HRs, I liked his approach better last year. To me it seemed like he used right field a little more, was a bit more selective and wasn't swinging for the fences with each AB. Don't get me wrong, I really like him as a player but wish he would go back to last years approach even if it means a few less HRs.
I'm liking last year's approach better too.
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Postby davis2 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:57 pm

The whole team looks like shit right now! Can't pitch, hit, catch, or probably not even get laid... Damn!
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:04 pm

Every game I watch the Yankees play, someone comments on how Urshela is a gold glove caliber third baseman. He does make some remarkable plays, but 10 errors at this point in the season is no where near gold glove territory. It's more Andujaresque.
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