Wednesday, April 25, 2018

THE BATS ARE HOT & I LIKE IT!

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Finally, the Yankee bats thawed from the cold early beginnings of spring to ignite an all out hit fest in the Bronx.  During the first game against Minnesota, Giancarlo Stanton raised his batting average into the 200s, which is great considering that it was a pitifully ugly start for the National League MVP.  Guys like Miguel Andujar, Tyler Austin, Didi Gregorius and the consistently productive Brett Gardner have jumpstarted this Yankee team and I like it.

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The chatter had been quiet on my Twitter feed up until the recent home stand and rightfully so.  We were struggling.  We were not playing well offensively or defensively, but with some shifts in the batting order and the addition of phenom Gleyber Torres, who not only got his first hit in the first game against the Twins but in the second game picked up his first RBI, the team is back on track.  Yankee baseball is fun to watch again.

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The Yankees needed a confidence boost and the Twins have done that for them.  As I said to my son this week, sometimes you need to play weaker teams just to work out the kinks and find your center.  Although the Twins had a good start this season, they are not the Yankees or an AL East team for that matter.

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As the NY Times reported on Tuesday, "It took them 21 games, but the Yankees finally put together a three-game winning streak." And with Tuesday's win, a four-game winning streak.  And as the Times predicts, "It is still early, of course, with about 87 percent of the season still to be played, but the win streak is the first indication that this rebuilt, retooled and significantly younger Yankees team might be equipped to challenge, or exceed, the unexpected success of the 2017 version, which came within one win of going to the World Series."  I like the sound of that.  I like it a lot.

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So the bats are hot and the Yankees are back.  They finish off the Twins at home on Thursday and then head out to the West Coast for three games against the Angels and four against the World Series Champion Houston Astros.  Stay on track, Yankees...stay hot!



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof







YANKEES MAKE SIGNIFICANT TRADE

You may not know the guy, but trust the move... it's a good one.

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The New York Post has the story:

"David Hale threw two scoreless innings Monday night in his Yankees debut and then was replaced on the roster by right-hander A.J. Cole. Cole was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Friday and dealt to the Yankees for cash considerations on Monday."

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If you need to know anything about Cole, it's this...  He's a tough righty pitcher, crafty. 4 years in the major leagues. He's only 26.  And there's more... as Yanks Go Yard writes:

"... he boasts a four-pitch arsenal which consists of a 93-mph fastball, 83-mph slider, 80-mph changeup and 79-mph curveball.

The Yankees must believe that the 2015 No. 52 overall prospect, can potentially thrive in the bullpen thanks to his career 8.3 K/9."

There you have it.

Holla.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JACE PETERSON WAS JUST CLAIMED

Well that didn't take too long, huh? Jace Peterson is gone, folks.

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ESPN has this nugget. He was claimed by the Orioles...

"The Orioles have claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson after he was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees.

Peterson, a left-handed hitter, is expected to report Wednesday. He provides depth to an infield that is without injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop and could potentially lose Tim Beckham, who left Monday's game against Cleveland with a groin injury."

It seems like the O's needed someone quick. That worked out well for them.

Anyway... carry on...

THAT WALKER - WADE MESS

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Man oh man, Neil Walker and Tyler Wade didn't work out too well.

Look, I don't know about you, but I like Gleyber Torres at second base right now. I like Tyler Austin at first. 

Yes, we have Tyler Wade, now at Triple A... and Neil Walker, but both are struggling. I have a hunch there will eventually be great things coming from the Torres-Gregorius-Andujar infield.

Look, there have been many reasons why players are struggling this year, discussed here on BYB and all over the net. Many excuses have been made with one of the main ones being..."it's early" and "it's cold out there".   The fact is though, excuses can only carry you so far. The fans and media might be able to accept these reasonings for a game or two, but every team and player on the East Coast are dealing with the same conditions.

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Besides the well-documented struggles of Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees are dealing with the struggles of Neil Walker.  He's just not good. Plus, Boone saw something he loved in Wade and that's why he made the team, but that experiment is over for now. Torres is up in the Bigs.  Here's a great piece from the New York Post expressing the Walker concern. Pressure is building and he soon might be out of a job.

Photo: Greg Bird
"Aaron Boone may not need to rely on a makeshift infield much longer. Greg Bird 'had a really good day' in his recovery from foot surgery and was running on the field Thursday. Brandon Drury, who has been out with blurred vision caused by migraines, was back taking batting practice and doing defensive work."


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So the question becomes... how much longer do they wait for guys like Drury and Bird?  How much more playing time will Tyler Austin get at first base instead of Walker? How many more games do we see Torres at second now? Will Wade every come back to the Bigs this season? Will Walker get less playing time? Will Walker get cut? Is Ronald Torreyes better than all of them right now?

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A ton of questions. At this very second, Tyler Wade is in Triple A trying to figure out what happened and why he was replaced with his teammate in Torre.  Neil Walker? My gut tells me he will no doubt fade off into the sunset like Chris Carter did last year.

Stay tuned for this one.



--Michael Carnesi
BYB Junior Writer
Twitter: @sevn4evr

Monday, April 23, 2018

THAT MONSTER THAT IS ANDUJAR

Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke
Great story in NJ.com about Miguel Andujar and after yesterday's 4-4 game for him, and a Yankee win in which Miguel was a huge part of, we needed to share some of it...

"What Miguel Andujar is doing now is just about what Yankees international scouts envisioned when they first zeroed in on the Dominican Republic native when he was 15 years old.

"He had bad intentions when he stepped in the batters box," Yankees international scouting director Donny Rowland said recently in a phone interview. "He wanted to hurt something."

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After a rough start taking over for the injured Brandon Drury (severe migraines) at third base, Andujar has helped carry the Yankees' offense the last two weeks.

With his 4-for-4 (two doubles) showcase in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Andujar (23 years, 51 days old) became the youngest Yankee to have four or more hits in a game since Melkey Cabrera (21 years, 292 days old) in 2006."

It's Melky, not Melkey, but all good, we get it.

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I love to see when these young players start to get a rhythm.  Sometimes that energy rubs off.  With Gleyber Torres up yesterday, there will be a lot of learning in that infield, but with guys like Didi Gregoirus to help out, there is no question the hits will start coming.

Yankee fans, we are in a very important time in our lives with this team.  A well rounded, solid group of young men all finally given an opportunity to shine. Sure, kinks will needed to be worked out, but let it happen.  It's a good place to be.

Good piece by Kuty of NJ.com here and I wish this team the best of luck. It's about to get real fun.


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Sunday, April 22, 2018

GLEYBER TORRES COMES TO THE BRONX

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Finally, Gleyber Torres' day has come.  Today, the Triple-A Phenom will officially join the NY Yankees major league team during their current home stand in the Bronx.  As Jack Curry tweeted after yesterday's 9-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, "Gleyber Torres will be promoted and will join the Yankees on Sunday. So the Gleyber Era will begin." 

Source: WFAN

Torres was pulled from second base in the sixth inning last night, signifying his official call-up ceremony with his current teammates at his side. Perhaps Torres can help add some much needed consistency into the Yankee lineup in lieu of the erratic ups and downs the team is now experiencing.

Source: Todd Hiller

"Entering Saturday’s game, he (Torres) was hitting .370 with a home run and 11 RBIs in 13 games. He had played eight of those at third, adding diversity to his game. He has two errors on the year but said wherever he plays, he feels he’s both athletic and prepared enough to thrive," reported the NY Post.

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Torres will join the red hot Miguel Andujar who skipper Aaron Boone believes has that "little bit of swagger" this team needs.  "He's getting better and better at laying off some pitches that they want him to chase and I think it's a result of him getting a little more comfortable and him being a really talented hitter," said Boone as reported by NJ.com.  Andujar talked about his recent adjustments, crediting his coaches for their guidance and mentoring.  “There’s been a lot of communication between me and the hitting coaches. They told me I was a little too anxious, so I’m going out there a little more relaxed. That’s what I feel. I just feel more relaxed. That’s helping me a lot right now," as tweeted by Bryan Hoch.



The potential dynamic duo of Torres and Andujar and their chemistry could be just the antidote to this very slow start by this Yankee team, a team with a long road ahead, which includes a lot of twists and turns, significant to finding success.





--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof