Wednesday, September 19, 2018

IT'S AN ALL OR NOTHING KIND OF TEAM

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The Yankees offense is either hot or it's not.  There is no in between for this 2018 Yankee team.  They are either smashing the ball with chart topping exit velocities or they are hitting dribbles or nothing at all.  It's an all or nothing kind of team and we are in the middle of it.

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Through six and half innings in the Bronx last night, the Yankees had no runs on the board, while the Red Sox chipped away at J.A. Happ.  Sure it's September baseball where the game elevates to new heights and anxiety levels make you jittery.  We as fans have hung in there with this team but it's has been laborious and down right torturous at times; enough to make you crazy. It was that way last night until Neil Walker smashed one to right field giving the team a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th.


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As WFAN said Tuesday afternoon during the Carlin, Maggie and Bart show, we need the team to "show a little fight." I couldn't agree more.  The performance of this team is simply lackluster, falling to teams that are weaker than them and showing no sense of urgency to score runs or protect against them.  The only way the Yankees know how to do it is through the long ball.  Grateful for that last night but we need more from this team.

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If it's not the offense it's the defense particularly behind the plate with Gary Sanchez the usual suspect. Sanchez continues drop the ball literally, putting the Yankees at a serious disadvantage behind the plate.  His passed ball gave the Red Sox an early lead in the game, a lead that they carried into the late innings last night.  Many say that if you take the bat out of Sanchez's hands and sit him for better defensive catcher Austin Romine, we lose something offensively.  I don't agree.  I don't think Sanchez has earned his spot back behind the plate or in the line up.  He hasn't done much for the Yankees in either position.  He's an all or nothing player and right now, he's nothing.

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I'm grateful for the Yankee win, but truthfully speaking, shallow performances and low energy from this Yankee team brings everyone down, even us here at BYB.  I wish the Yankees had more fight in them, and I am hopeful the Walker home run ignited some, but the errors in the 9th inning say otherwise.  This all or nothing kind of team needs to turn their bus around and go back to the depot to refuel.  The deadline is approaching; it's time to face it head on.




--Suzie Pinstripe
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Twitter: @suzieprof





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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SIMULATION GAMES COMPLETE FOR CHAPMAN & JUDGE

Now it's time to beat the Red Sox.


We really need Aroldis Chapman and Aaron Judge, like... right now. Like in this series coming up, one of the most important series in our season.  We need to win all, but if we can get 2 of 3, I would very much like that.  Plus you have a Red hot A's team that wants our spot. Forget catching up the mighty Red Sox, they are too good and will probably celebrate in our home if they win. It's the way it is... tip your cap.

Anyway...Daniel Kramer of MLB.com writes:

"The Yankees are off on Monday, but both Aaron Judge and Aroldis Chapman made strides toward their respective comebacks with simulated games at Yankee Stadium. Judge, who was activated off the 10-day disabled list on Friday, took live at-bats against right-handers A.J. Cole and Chance Adams and Minor League lefty Phillip Diehl, and Chapman threw a 22-pitch session to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka


Both Judge and Chapman completed their workloads without issues, the Yankees announced."

And so now we really need to get moving with our top shelf players.  Let's go Yanks. Big month here... we need wins, like, a lot.


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YELICH IS A GOD!


The best thing Christian Yelich did was get the hell out of Miami.  That's one thing Derek Jeter did right. He was able to free Yelich and ship him off to Milwaukee and now Yelich is a superstar.

My kid and I saw Yelich play a few times with Miami and always thought he was underrated and needed more exposure. Well, he did that all by himself.  He hit for the cycle twice in the past several weeks and literally is a front runner for NL MVP.


MLB.com writes:

"Yelich went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle as the Brewers blanked the Reds 8-0. If that sounds familiar it's because Yelich hit for the cycle earlier this season against the Reds, making him the fifth player with two cycles in one season and the first player with two against the same team....

Yelich has hit .355/.417/.733 since the All-Star break. In the second half, he's second in the majors to Justin Turner in OPS, second to Khris Davis with 20 home runs (Davis has 22), second to Davis in RBIs (51 to 50), first in hits, fourth in runs and second in extra-base hits."

And I say that title again, loud and proud... Yelich is a god.

Congrats, Christian. You da man.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

JUDGE IS BACK & SO ARE THE DAMN RED SOX!

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Another game, another loss and another series the Yankees should have won. Not the greatest end to the weekend, eh? By now we all know what went wrong. We lost to another bad team this time the Blue Jays. So, where are the positives?

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It's getting harder to find a silver lining with this team, but there is one thing that I am looking forward to watching. It's time, everyone....Justus Sheffield is coming! Now that the RailRiders have been eliminated from playoffs the Yankees are FINALLY bringing him up. This team needs some fresh blood and a prayer lately. Maybe Sheffield can breathe some fresh life into this team somehow.

And the Yankees also called Domingo German back up. We saw him earlier this season but he was sent back down to the minors due to performance issues and was then sidelined with an elbow injury.

The Yankees have a day off today. It couldn't come at a better time as the Red Sox are back at Yankee stadium on Tuesday. Hopefully this time the Yankees have some better results. At this point the Red Sox have absolutely nothing to lose, but the Yankees are still fighting to stay ahead of the Oakland A's. Momentum isn't on our side right now.

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But maybe, just maybe it could change with Aaron Judge back in the mix. Rumor has it, Judge may return to the lineup against the Red Sox, read more HERE. A productive Judge back in the lineup would be a huge upgrade to this team and the timing couldn't be any better.

Aaron Boone thinks if Judge returns during the Red Sox series that he will have 30-40 at bats before the end of the regular season and Judge feels that is plenty of time to get him back in a productive routine. Going forward the Yankees need a productive Judge.

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As the Wild Card race between the A's and the Yankees continues to stay too close for comfort the Yankees have a disadvantage in the schedule going forward. The A's will face the Angels and Twins. The Yankees get three at home against the Red Sox, then three at home against the Orioles. But then they finish with four on the road against the Rays who are a hot a team right now and finally with three in Boston. The schedule is definitely scarier.

It's hard to watch the Yankees falter in September. If it's not pitching, it's a lack of hitting. It's not fun to watch. What will be worse to watch....the Red Sox clinching at Yankee stadium this week. I may become violently ill so let's hope it doesn't happen on our turf. Let's hope Judge is back in the lineup and the Yankees play the best series they've had their entire season....I hate Boston right now more than ever. Protect our house, boys!





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




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Sunday, September 16, 2018

IT CONTINUES TO BE THE MANAGER'S GAMES TO LOSE

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I sat in right field last night as I watched CC Sabathia go 2.1 innings, giving up five runs over about 50 pitches.  It was a complete implosion and it put the Yankees at a deficit that carried them into sixth inning.  It was upsetting to see him be unproductive and I am sure he felt the same way.  But what is more upsetting is what transpired after, as the Aaron Boone, once again mismanaged the bull pen putting the Yankees further in jeopardy of winning against a team that is far weaker than the Bombers.  It continues to be Boone's games to lose and it is frustrating to watch.

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"We come out (Friday) like gangbusters and we play well, then kind of fall back to keep from getting that roll," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "But I also feel like we're just a few games away from really getting on that roll to where we can start rolling downhill and start beating some people up. But we've got to get there," said Boone after Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays 8-7 according to NJ.com.  I don't even know what that quote means.  What I do know is what YES Network said about this Yankee team being the worst 90-win team ever.  And part of the reason why is Aaron Boone.

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Chad Green came in to relieve Sabathia and gave up three hits and no runs in 2.1 innings.  He only threw 44 pitches.  So, why not keep him in?  No, Boone brings in Jonathan Holder who also pitched well but then instead of bringing in David Robertson when the Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, he brings in Tommy Kahnle to pitch the 6th.  I asked the fans around me if the Yankees were just giving up.  Kahnle has given the Yankees nothing but grief and opposing teams lots of runs.  He loaded the bases in Kahnle-style and gave up three runs.  With a score of 8-1, the Yankees put together a comeback but fell one short.  Had Boone put in Robertson, who was also up in the pen, kept in Green or Holder for more innings, we could won this game and should have won this game.

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I felt deflated as many other fans, like yourselves, felt last night into today.  If Boone gives the impression of giving up, why should we stand behind him or this team?  He simply cannot manage.  He has put this team in terrible position for the Wild Card and I can barely watch the rest of the season while he is at the helm.  As I stated earlier, I don't even understand his explanations or soundbites.  I don't think anyone does. Oh and besides mismanaging his pitching staff he sat red-hot Miguel Andujar for most of the game until he realized his bat was missing, just in time for Miggy to hit a grand-slam to put the Yankees within one of Toronto.

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Today is the final game of the series with the Blue Jays.  The Yankees have brought up Justus Sheffield from Triple A Scranton and it is possible we could see Aroldis Chapman in the Boston series later this week.  It is all hands on deck.  We cannot afford anymore of this bone-head moves.  If Boone wants this team to get "rolling" then he needs to help them by getting feedback from his advisers and helping his team win.



--Suzie Pinstripe
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Twitter: @suzieprof





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Saturday, September 15, 2018

JUDGE INJECTION!

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That title sounds weird. Not at all.  There's new life with the Yankees right now, and much of it has to do with the fact that Aaron Judge is back!  

Ken Davidoff starts off his article wonderfully:

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"When was the last time anywhere a standing ovation saluted … a defensive replacement? More to the point, when was the last time Yankee Stadium felt so electric? 

Certainly before July 26, when Aaron Judge fractured his right wrist and altered the trajectory of this Yankees season. So now that Judge has returned to the active roster, his cameo in the field Friday night highlighting his team’s 11-0 thumping of the terrible Blue Jays in the opener of this season’s final homestand, can the Yankees’ leaky ship be righted in time to avoid a season-ending, Bay Area beatdown? 

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'Pretty crazy,' Judge said of the standing O that greeted his jog to right field in the top of the eighth inning. 'We’ve got the best fans in the world.'” 

It sounds nuts to think about... but now that Judge is back, I have to say... WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH US FANS? We were like a kid who lost their puppy.  We were like zombies when Judge was out.  We were crossing our fingers hoping for wins, when reality is, it's not just one player that wins a game, it's all 25.

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But here's something important about baseball which I love... a player with life, brings life to a club and we love Judge. We love him out there on the field, we love him in the clubhouse.  But with him NOT there... we clearly can't function, and neither can the Yanks.  Leadership is evident. Judge is larger than life and he leads this club.  Maybe a future captain, who knows.


Much like when Jeter busted his ankle... without that presence of leadership, our team died.  With a leader present, a team can feel and do anything.  Not the way it should be, but it is.  We love leaders and leadership... and Judge is that!

Love that Judge is back! Maybe we can make that run for the playoffs after all!

Welcome back Aaron. Go Yanks!


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