Friday, August 23, 2019

THE J.A. HAPP OF IT ALL


Wednesday night brought us another disappointing J.A. Happ start, lasting only 4+ innings in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to the A's. Now that his ERA shot up to 5.58, what do the Yankees do with Happ after this season?

'I haven’t struggled like this in a while,' Happ said afterward. 'But again, I’m doing everything I can every day to come in and try to figure this thing out. Try to support the rest of the guys. And I feel good. So I feel like I can make the adjustments and make the changes. That’s my hope.' In between starts, Happ says he has been doing everything he can to try and improve his pitching.

'We’re trying to do everything we can between starts to try to figure out sequencing, location, execution, delivery,' Happ said. What's the best move for Happ right now? Instead of starting should he be put into the bullpen to relieve? Send him down to Triple-A? Deactivate him onto the IL? It's not the first time we have been this with Yankees' pitching.


The same happened with Sonny Gray: Boone kept confident with him till the bitter end before replacing him. The problem is, there's no one to replace Happ. 'I know he's frustrated,' Boone said.

'We've got to keep grinding away. But the stuff is there enough for him to go out and continue to be successful. We've just got to continue to find a way with him and try and learn from things but really try and find and build on a lot of the positive things that are happening with him in an outing.'”





--Missy O'Rourke
BYB Contributor
Twitter: @missy_orourke

Thursday, August 22, 2019

GET READY! HERE COMES DEIVI GARCIA!


I'm stoked and I won't try and hide it! We may see Deivi Garcia sooner rather than later and I'm hoping we do. The stats this kid is putting up has me drooling for the chance to see him in the Bronx.

And that just may happen because Deivi has a new gig for the rest of the season and will pitch from the bullpen. But why?
"It’s a couple different reasons," Jay Bell Triple-A RailRiders manager said. "One, just to preserve pitches and that kind of stuff. But they also want to see if he’s an option in New York in September. So, we’ll see what happens there," read more HERE.

Deivi has been impressive this season, but he is already at a career high 103.2 innings pitched this season and his previous high was only 74. The Yankees no doubt want to rest him but they also want to use him as a September call up which will be here before we know it. It's smart to rest him before he gets his next big test.


His last appearance was Saturday out of the bullpen but that was because Ben Heller was also there on a rehab assignment and he was used as the RailRiders opener. Heller and Garcia pitched for a combined six innings and Deivi pitched in five of them and walked five, struck out seven and had one unearned run.

Bell said Deivi will switch to a reliever effective immediately but will have no set pitching schedule. I hope we see him in September, he could be a huge asset with our inconsistent pitching staff. Truth is the Yankees need as many arms as they can get right now. I hope Dellin Betances is back soon but you an never have enough arms, right? He's missed all season, a little extra insurance would be nice and I really want to see if the kid is ready for MLB hitters.


I like the idea of adding an extra weapon to the bullpen. We already have great arms with Adam Ottavino, Aroldis Chapman and Chad Green but if we get Betances back AND Deivi this could be one hell of a road block for the rest of the season.

So it's time to wait and see what happens. As long as I get to see Deivi in the Bronx it will be worth the wait.

I get excited about the young, promising kids and I can't wait for September call-ups. Get ready....because I think Deivi is coming!




--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

SHOULD THURMAN MUNSON BE IN THE HALL OF FAME?


I'm not going to say much about this. But instead I want you to watch this video and decide for yourself.

Remember, Thurman Munson played 10 years in the Major Leagues. He collected 1558 hits, a 7 time All-Star, and his life was cut tragically short.  Does Thurman belong in the Hall of Fame? This video makes an incredible argument... and it has sealed the deal for me personally.

Check it out:



Thurman Munson's Case for Cooperstown from Eight Seven Media on Vimeo.






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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

#ALLRISE HEADS HOME

Source: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to recover, recoup and recharge.  And if that change of scenery is going home, well, all the better.  Aaron Judge has suffered from lack of production over the last few weeks and his numbers show it.  Growing up about 90 minutes from Oakland, CA, Judge will have the benefit of playing as close to home as his team can get and that kind of change of scenery could be just what the doctor ordered.

Source: NY Daily News

"Overall, it’s been a rough time since late July for Judge, slashing .188/.309/.288 in his last 21 games, with one home run and five RBI in 80 at-bats. So, maybe this is a perfect time to come home, to get that lift that comes with being around family and old friends and familiar faces — people who aren’t consumed by your current OPS," reported NorthJersey.com.


Judge will also welcome kids from the All Rise Foundation, a not-for-profit the Yankee right fielder started in January, as a way of giving back, much like his parents do as educators of kids both inside and outside the classroom.  "It kind of all started with that, and my parents,’’ Judge said of his idea for All Rise, an organization which supports kids with families with challenging lives due to income and other factors.  And in just a few months since its inception, All Rise has developed a breakfast program, supported kids in leadership camps, created baseball and softball camps and is looking to expand this work across California and even bring it to New York.

“I want to help these kids. They’re our future,’’ Judge said. “Any way we can help improve their lives and make them better citizens and leaders – that’s what it’s all about," reported North Jersey.com.

Source: USA Today

And maybe all of this good work will take his mind off the struggles he has had since coming off the injured list after suffering an oblique strain. Even though the Yankees have shown the depth of their clubhouse with guys like DJ LeMahieu, Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman stepping up, the Yankees are a better team when Judge is hot.  Hears hoping that coming home is the jumpstart he needs to do just that!



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof





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FORMER MLB PLAYERS HAVE SOME EXPLAINING TO DO


Crime doesn't pay. Just ask Luis Castillo and Octavio Dotel. Amazing story about these two. They are in trouble with the law... and it's big time.

2 tweets are coming out about this:

And just to be clear, this is the Luis Castillo that played back in the day, a journeyman for many teams.  The Big Lead writes:


"Castillo batted .290 over 14 years for the Marlins, Twins, Blue Jays, and Mets. Castillo has been retired since 2010..."

Too bad.  Terrible.

Be Read. Get Known.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

BETANCES WILL MAKE THE YANKEES EVEN BETTER


We all forget about Dellin Betances because the Yankees are clicking right now, but truth be told the Yankees will be a better team when they have Dellin back. Don't you think?

Great piece by Pinstripe Alley and I wanted to share some of it:

"...the Yankees need as many quality arms available as possible. Dellin Betances’ return, in particular, will prove instrumental in a deep postseason run...When healthy, the All-Star reliever has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the game...


As the season comes towards an end, the competition strengthens and weaknesses become more visible. The Yankees’ bullpen is already great with Adam Ottavino, Chad Green, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman picking up the slack, but a returning Betances adds another weapon. Imagine how the coaching staff could deploy that stacked bullpen. If there’s ever a situation where the starters have trouble, the Yankees could get five or six innings from their relievers. "

Here's the good news. Betances is on the fast track... he's almost back after missing 127 games this season.  NJ.com writes:

"Betances threw a bullpen on Sunday and is close to being cleared to face hitters. He’s expected to be off the IL and pitching for the Yankees in September."

I look forward to a bullpen with Betances.

Mark your calendar.