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Postby Faxedreceipts66 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:46 pm

Look! The Indians are playing Baltimore!
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Postby Paterson » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:23 pm

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BigGuy wrote:Captain Crunch: Ex-Yankee Derek Jeter ready to dump Marlins’ Don Mattingly?

Updated 8:57 AM; Today 8:18 AM

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Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, left, might be ready to let go of manager Don Mattingly.

By Mike Rosenstein | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Call it captain-on-captain crime.

Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter could be ready to part ways with former Yankees captain Don Mattingly, who’s completing his fourth season as Miami Marlins manager.

MLB.com reports Jeter, the Marlins’ CEO, talked to the media Wednesday about Mattingly’s status and realizes a big decision is coming.

“To be fair to Donnie, it’s something that we need to talk about sooner rather than later,” Jeter said. “We have touched base, and we’ll continue to talk.”

Winding down on his four-year contract, Mattingly made it clear he would like to stay. But, he added, only if he’s wanted. “I’d love to be back, especially if they want you back,” Mattingly said. “You don’t want to be anywhere that you don’t feel like it’s the best situation. You don’t want to get in the way of anything. If they think they want to go in [another] direction, then that’s something you just deal with at the time.”


The Marlins are heading toward their fourth straight losing season under Mattingly. Miami owns the worst record in the National League at 44-75.

But some (or most) of the responsibility for Miami’s struggles fall on Jeter, who’s traded away the teams stars, including Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and JT Realmuto in the last two years. And according to MLB.com, Jeter realizes he hasn’t made it easy on Mattingly.

“Sometimes you have to take into consideration, when an organization, when a team is at this point, I think it’s very easy for the fans, it’s very easy for media to look at wins and losses, and that’s how they evaluate the job that someone is doing,” Jeter said. “There’s a lot of things that go into it. Donnie has done a good job. But then again, we’ve got to sit down, like we do with coaches every year as well, and ask, ‘How can we get better?’”

Mattingly, who spent five seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager (winning three division titles) before heading to South Florida, knows how this might play out in Miami. Per MLB.com:

“I’ve talked about it from the very beginning,” Mattingly said. “I’m comfortable with whatever happens and whatever way it goes. I’ve said all along, this is a place I’ve come to hopefully help turn this thing around and getting it going in the right direction.”


Jeter is a total d-bag, as per his brief executive career highlights in so many ways. It's a shame that he is going to put on a NYY front next summer at Cooperstown. Odds are that he is going to fail in Florida. So what does that mean? He has alienated a lot of NYY fans, like me, that depise that he has to make a name for himself out of the NYY organization. No such thing as loyalty and working within the NYY system. When he fails, which he will, hopefully he stays out of the Bronx. We know what a phony he is.


If Jeter were a real SOB he'd fire Mattingly even if he got his team to the 7th game of the NLCS !
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Postby 1955Yanksfan » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:48 pm

Lots of poor performances tonight so it might come across like I'm picking on him, but Chance Adams is starting to look like a guy who is just taking up a 40 man roster spot.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:33 am

1955Yanksfan wrote:Lots of poor performances tonight so it might come across like I'm picking on him, but Chance Adams is starting to look like a guy who is just taking up a 40 man roster spot.

I never jumped on his train. Mediocre stuff.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:35 am

Yankees’ bullpen game backfires in 19-5 loss to Indians

Nobody pitched well for the Yankees on Thursday night

By Tom Krosnowski Aug 15, 2019, 11:30pm EDT

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The Yankees entered Thursday night with a 12-1 record using a bullpen game. That record dropped to 12-2, a figure that somehow doesn’t even combine for the amount of runs that the Cleveland Indians scored in a 19-5 rout of the Yankees.

Chad Green had been impeccable as an opener entering Thursday, but that changed quickly thanks to Cleveland’s deep lineup. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Jose Ramirez, who promptly unloaded them with a grand slam into the Yankees’ bullpen. Jason Kipnis followed with a solo shot, and the Indians were up 5-0 before the first inning was even over. Green threw 35 pitches and recorded just one out in the process.

Jonathan Loaisiga took over for Green, but he didn’t get out of the first unscathed as Roberto Perez took him deep, extending the lead to 7-0 Indians. Cleveland batted around before the Yankees even had a chance to come to the plate.

The Yankees got one run back in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from Gio Urshela. They missed out, however, on the chance to cut further into the deficit by leaving the bases loaded.

Ramirez made the Yankees pay in the top of the second, ripping his second home run of the night, extending the lead to 9-1 Indians. After New York failed to score in the next two innings, Carlos Santana buried the Yankees in just the fourth inning, crushing a two-run dinger off Chance Adams, making it 11-1 and basically ending any comeback hopes.

The rest of the game didn’t feature very many highlights, but Didi Gregorius hit a long home run and went 3-for-4. Gary Sanchez smoked a round-tripper in the sixth, his third since coming off the injured list. First baseman (and former Ivy League pitcher of the year) Mike Ford finished off the game with two miserable innings of relief. Ford’s ERA sits at 22.50 after Cleveland roughed him up in garbage time. He did get one strikeout though!

Although one bad night shouldn’t lead to any overreactions, the loss showed many flaws of the bullpen game. If the opener has a bad outing, it can ruin the entire flow of the game and put more stress on the pitchers who come in next. A successful bullpen game involves four to six pitchers all having good performances, which can be a tough ask.

The Yankees will look to bounce back tomorrow now that their five-game win streak has been snapped. Masahiro Tanaka will go for the Yankees, while the Indians will roll out rookie Aaron Civale.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:37 am

Chad Green gives Yankees plenty to think about

By George A. King III August 16, 2019 | 2:29am

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The Yankees’ use of a reliever starting a game has been a little different than other teams who use the “opener’’ strategy. Some clubs use a reliever for the first inning and then summon a starter from the bullpen. The Yankees have used the formula more because of injuries to the starting rotation and haven’t backed up the opener with a starter.

Including Thursday, when Chad Green started for the 12th time this season, the Yankees have used the opener plan 14 times, and general manager Brian Cashman didn’t completely rule it out in the postseason. He might, however, have second thoughts about that after the Indians pounded Green for five runs and four hits, including two homers, in one-third of an inning to help send the Yankees to a 19-5 loss.

“Without question, we know it is effective because it has been effective against us. I remember when Oakland employed it against us in the [AL wild-card game] last year,” Cashman said. “Especially in a one-game situation, it could be strategic and beneficial. Over the course of a marathon season it would be easier to manage that, as it would be in a sprint.”

“As long as we put ourselves to get to the postseason then we will have a chance to play with what is in our best interest. See that schedule, who is available to us? Is [Luis Severino] back? How is everybody else out of our bullpen lined up? What are the off days? Then we will try and make difficult decisions. We haven’t had those discussions yet. It is certainly something that will be a possibility if we are in [the postseason] but we have to get there first.’’
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:39 am

Indians are the playoff nightmare Yankees should want to avoid

By Ken Davidoff August 16, 2019 | 12:33am

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The formula is basic and stands the test of time:

If the Twins are in the playoff hunt, then the Yankees should desire to play them.

Or do you think they’d rather take their chances against these Indians? These Indians who treated Yankee Stadium like their personal Xanadu on Thursday night?

By thrashing the Yankees, 19-5, the Indians remained a half-game behind the Twins — who beat the Rangers — in the American League Central, which goes down as a pinstriped negative. If the playoffs started today, the Yankees, with the AL’s best record, would face the winner of the Rays-at-Indians wild-card game, and the Twins, seeded third, would open at the second-seeded Astros.

Surely if administered a truth serum, the Yankees would admit to preferring the Twins, or the Rays, to the Indians, in the best-of-five round.

“It’s a team that presents a lot of challenges,” Aaron Boone said of Cleveland before the game. “Really good pitching staff, obviously. Really good starters to go along with the good pen, and a lineup with some star players in it. Obviously a lot of switch hitters, so they create some matchup issues.

“They’ve obviously brought in some guys in [Yasiel] Puig and [Franmil] Reyes, some right-handed thump that it gives them. So they’re a challenge.”

Cleveland’s offense, its Achilles’ heel at the season’s outset, put on quite the show courtesy of the revived Jose Ramirez, one of the switch hitters to which Boone referred, who slammed two homers, including a first-inning grand slam, and drove home six runs; old pal Carlos Santana (two homers, four RBIs); and high-profile trade acquisition Yasiel Puig (two singles, two RBIs), among others. Starting with a beatdown of opener Chad Green, who gave up five runs in one-third of an inning, the Indians smoked the Yankees so badly that Boone resorted to pitching designated-hitter Mike Ford in the eighth and ninth. The Indians have now won 44 of their past 63 games.

“This is the type of game that you remember,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. “… Hopefully we run into them or not in the playoffs, but they’re a really competitive team, and it’s a good feeling when you get a good result like today.”

“It’s nice,” Cleveland’s veteran second baseman Jason Kipnis said. “We’ve got guys who haven’t played here before. It makes it a little easier for them to relax. Obviously this can be a little bit of an imposing venue.”

The Indians can be a little bit of an imposing opponent. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko limited the Yankees to three runs in six innings, and he’s unlikely to even be part of a playoff starting rotation that should feature two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (if he fully rehabilitates his fractured right ulna bone), Shane Bieber, Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac. The Indians’ bullpen began the day ranked third in baseball with 4.8 wins above replacement, as per FanGraphs; the Yankees, with 6.2, placed first.
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Throw in Cleveland’s battle-tested manager Terry Francona and maybe even a thirst for revenge after the Yankees’ stunning upset of these guys in the 2017 ALDS, and you can understand why the Yankees would rather have the Astros deal with them while they get a less complete, less experienced October entry, especially when you factor in the success they have registered against the Twins (4-2) and Rays (12-5, with two games left).

If this sounds vaguely familiar, you’re recalling 2010, when the Yankees eased up on the gas pedal in their AL East tête-à-tête with the Rays because they didn’t mind settling for the wild card and taking on the AL Central-winning Twins instead of Cliff Lee’s Rangers. They of course have faced Minnesota five times in the postseason — the ALDS in 2003, 2004, 2009 and ’10, plus the ’17 AL wild-card contest — and eliminated the Twins each and every time.

While the Yankees can do only so much to control their first-round matchup, it wouldn’t hurt them to keep an eye on it. And to pray to the baseball gods to take them somewhere besides “The Rock and Roll Capital of the World” in October’s first week.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:42 am

Yankees’ dose of reality comes with some good news

By George A. King III August 15, 2019 | 11:10pm | Updated

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It could have been a whole lot worse.

In addition to getting embarrassed 19-5 by the Indians in front of 44,654 on Thursday night in The Bronx, the Yankees could have watched Aaron Judge suffer a serious injury to his left wrist while diving for a Jason Kipnis double in the sixth inning with the game out of hand.

“I had a lot of concern about it. But we determined he was sound and good,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of the slumping right fielder, who rolled his wrist and lost his glove on the play but finished the game. “I was thinking about getting him out of there, just obviously [because of ] the score, but felt like it was not an issue going forward.’’

Judge, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts to extend his slump to 12-for-80 (.150) with one homer and four RBIs in the past 21 games (20 starts), felt something in the wrist but said he was OK.

“I felt it roll up a little bit, but no issues,’’ Judge said.

Everywhere else in the quiet Stadium, there were plenty of issues beyond the Yankees moving Mike Ford from DH to the mound for the final two innings.

The 19 Indians runs tied a season-high scored against the Yankees. The 24 hits and seven homers were season highs. The seven homers also tied a franchise record.

MLB rules stipulate games have to be played for nine innings, but the 7-0 first-inning ditch Chad Green and Jonathan Loaisiga combined to drive the Yankees into was too deep to escape.

Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam off Green and Kipnis followed with a solo homer off Loaisiga, who also gave up a two-run homer to Roberto Perez. Ramirez added a two-run homer off Loaisiga in the second. Chance Adams replaced Loaisiga and gave up five runs and 10 hits in 3 ²/₃ innings. Carlos Santana homered off Adams while Greg Allen and Santana went deep off Ford in the eighth to complete the homer party.

The self-loathing Yankees fans will point to the Indians, who are one-half game out of the AL Central lead, not being the woebegone Orioles and panic about the lopsided loss. Yet the Yankees are 81-42 and lead the second-place Rays by 9 ½ lengths in the AL East and are en route to their first AL East title since 2012.

“Obviously they were tough and kind of getting away there early changed the complexion of the game,’’ Boone said of the Indians, who received at least one hit from every starter in the lineup. “They are a really good team and we have to play our best to beat them.’’

The Yankee highlights were limited to Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres hitting homers that did little to dent the early damage done by the Indians. While Ford, the 2013 Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year at Princeton, gave up five runs and six hits (two homers) while throwing batting practice fastballs in the 80s during the eighth, his perfect ninth was akin to putting a diamond studded tuxedo on a pig.

“The 53-mph pitch was the best I threw,’’ Ford said of the pitch that Perez missed in the ninth for a second strike and looked at another slow-motion curveball for the final out. “I tried to have fun out there.’’

That was the only light moment of the night.

Green, who figures prominently in the Yankees’ October plans, got pounded for the first time in 12 opener assignments. Loaisiga, who the Yankees expect will help down the stretch, was ineffective. The Yankees scored just three runs off Adam Plutko. And Judge’s funk continued.

“Got to keep grinding. It sucks right now but we will get through it,’’ Judge said.

As bad as it was it could have been worse.
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:44 am

Yankees aren’t getting their Luis Severino hopes up just yet

By George A. King III August 15, 2019 | 10:17pm

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Lately, every step along the rehab program trail has left a smile on Luis Severino’s face, and Thursday wasn’t different.

“Today went well, hopefully Sunday goes well,’’ Severino said following a 30-pitch afternoon bullpen session ahead of the Yankees and Indians opening a four-game series in The Bronx.

Severino showed increased intensity with his pitches and said he threw all his pitches. With Aaron Boone watching, the former staff ace was pleased.

“I am glad and happy the velocity is there,’’ said Severino, who hasn’t pitched in a game at any level this season with an inflamed right rotator cuff that developed in spring training and a right lat problem that surfaced later.

The next step for Severino is facing hitters in a simulated-game setting Sunday at the Stadium before the Yankees travel to Oakland for a three-game series against the A’s.

“After that head to Tampa,’’ said Severino, who wants to build up to 60-75 pitches to be ready for big-league work. “Right now I feel better than spring training. I let go of a couple to see how my arm feels.’’

GM Brian Cashman agrees with Severino that at some point he will be an active major league pitcher, but as usual in a situation like Severino is in, there is always a pause.

“What jives is at some point a major leaguer, yes,’’ Cashman said. “I am not going to echo his commentary, but I do know that he is progressing and we are certainly hopeful. We like to get him along with a lot of other high-end players back to join the party. Get as close to full throttle as we can. But [Severino] slowly but surely we will able to deploy him at some point.’’

First, Severino’s health will dictate when or if he gets back. Then there is the landscape of the staff to consider. Will he be built up to start or be used out of the pen?

“Like everything else, it will depend on where we are at and what our needs are. Can we buy more time or not as we navigate what is our best interest in the present and the future. We will be in a better position to collaborate with him what our roster is and how close he is,’’ Cashman said.

Since Severino is 41-25 with a 3.51 ERA in 96 games (85 starts) since 2015 and 33-14 in 2017-18 with a 3.18 ERA while logging 384 ²/₃ innings, the Yankees would certainly look forward to adding him to the mix as they head into October as likely AL East champions. And they would take their chances in the postseason despite Severino’s spotty October ledger. In six postseason games, Severino is 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA and has allowed 36 base runners (14 walks; 22 hits) in 23 innings and has worked past 4 ²/₃ innings once. He registered one out against the Twins in the 2017 AL wild-card game and gave up three runs. His last October appearance was against the Red Sox in the 2018 ALDS when he got pummeled for six runs and seven hits in three innings of Game 3, which the Yankees dropped 16-1.

“He has been one of the better starters in the game, so to get our hands on that type of ability is something we are currently dreaming on,’’ Cashman said. “At the same time, I don’t want to put the cart ahead of the horse by asking too much from someone who hasn’t played for us yet. He is healthy now and he has to get built up. The potential of him reaching his ceiling would be very exciting for us. When he is right and when he is on, we know what he is capable of. It’s pretty special.’’
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Postby BigGuy » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:45 am

Giancarlo Stanton is Yankees’ enigma only he can solve

By Ken Davidoff August 15, 2019 | 8:18pm | Updated

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Imagine you own a vintage luxury car collection. Yes, let’s dream big.

You show off your garage to a visitor, describing each vehicle in loving detail. Then you turn to your 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.

“My most expensive purchase,” you say wistfully. “Can’t get it going recently. Brakes, shocks, steering — it’s been one problem after another.”

At that point, what do you really have?

Similarly, it’s natural to wonder: What do the Yankees have in the can’t-get-going Giancarlo Stanton?

“That’s an impact bat, and he’s not just a DH. He’s much more than that,” Brian Cashman said of Stanton on Thursday, before the Yankees opened a series with the Indians at Yankee Stadium. “He’s an athletic outfielder despite the size. So hopefully we’ll be in a position to utilize him.

“… He’s also coming back from a serious injury that takes time to heal.”

Actually, in his second year as a Yankee — with eight more (yeesh) to go — Stanton has endured multiple serious injuries that have limited him to a startling nine games and 38 plate appearances.

The 29-year-old spoke to the media on Thursday, his first such availability since he suffered his latest setback, a strained PCL in his right knee on June 25. That marked his sixth game back from the injured list after an array of maladies — left biceps, left shoulder and left knee/calf — sidelined him from April 1 through June 17. Stanton voiced a cautious optimism about his return this season, saying, “I do want to have a few weeks of at-bats before October, for sure.” He hasn’t done anything outside so far, his rehabilitation limited primarily to work on a treadmill and in a batting cage, so the Yankees should score it a victory if Stanton returns to active play by Sept. 15.

“It’s been brutal on my side,” he said of his very odd season. “It’s been really good to see the team playing so well. That’s what’s really kept it not so bad to me, is to watch everyone bringing together wins in all different types of ways. Not one hero every night.

“That’s what I’ve been focusing on, not ‘Poor me,’ all the stuff. I’m just watching how good we’ve been playing. What games, what strategy for me to come file in, not to just be back playing, but to give another boost to what we’ve already been doing very well.”

Therein lies one of two key questions surrounding Stanton’s future: Will his return disrupt the team? Everyone knows that the 2019 Yankees offense has outperformed its immediate predecessor, which Stanton led in plate appearances. These Yankees hit for average far better (.272, entering Thursday’s action, compared to .249) and perform at a superior level with runners in scoring position (.304/.379/.536 compared to .253/.342/.442). The shocking surge of outfielder Mike Tauchman, one of the many “heroes” that Stanton acknowledged, has ensured that Yankees fans won’t hold group prayer sessions regarding Stanton’s return.
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The countering side of the argument should prevail in a debate; we are talking about one of the most prodigious hitters of the last decade. Nevertheless, you know what can occur in small sample sizes. You saw it last October, when Stanton fizzled in his postseason debut. You sure as heck don’t want to see a repeat of that and wonder what might have been with someone else getting those at-bats.

The second key Stanton question: Is he breaking down? How can you not be at least moderately alarmed by this season’s array of ailments?

Asked whether the volume of Stanton’s injuries concerned him about the player’s long-term viability, Cashman said, “No.”

“We haven’t talked about that,” Stanton said, and he later said, “Fluke things happen.”

While he’s too liked and respected in the Yankees’ clubhouse to draw comparisons to human tire fire Jacoby Ellsbury, Stanton would help both his cause and his team’s by getting back out there in September and contributing in October. By doing his part to ensure that, no one in the Yankees’ universe speaks wistfully of him this early in their long-term commitment.
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