Thursday, June 21, 2018

THAT ANDUJAR FOR JACOB DEGROM TRADE IDEA IS BACK AGAIN

Photo: New York Post
This Jacob DeGrom to the Yankees talk just won't go away. The Yankees definitely need some pitching and baseball fans want to see the trades happen. Baseball writers everywhere also seem to want to see the Mets and Yankees finally make a trade. I don't care for the crosstown trade hype, if it works fine.....but it has to make sense.

Photo: North Jersey
Right now some of the reasons to trade Miguel Andujar do not make sense to me but NJ.com had a piece HERE giving a bunch of reasons why they should. I get that the Mets are not a contending team and are likely to listen to offers but should the Yankees really be as interested in getting rid of Andujar?

Just being realistic here, if the Yankees and Mets even started talking about this trade DeGrom is worth a lot more than just Andujar and if I am the Mets right now considering giving him up, it better be for one hell of a haul back. The Yankees better be prepared to start including other names like Justus Sheffield since Gleyber Torres is definitely untouchable according to Brian Cashman. DeGrom is one of the best starting pitchers in the game right now and the Mets should be interested in rebuilding around him, especially since he is under team control until 2021.

Photo: New York Post
One thing I definitely disagree about is the idea that Andujar lacks plate discipline. How can a guy with an 18% strikeout rate have a plate discipline problem? The Yankees already have plenty of guys on the team who swing and miss (Giancarlo Stanton, anyone?) so it's nice to have a guy in the lineup that will wait for his pitch and be hard to strike out.

And what about Andujar's track record? There's nothing to dislike about his performance. Andujar has earned his spot on this team. He's hitting .290, has had some big hits an stepped up for the Yankees when they got in a pinch and Brandon Drury needed time on the disabled list. The "never being ranked in the top 50 prospects" doesn't bother me either. That stat is meaningless once you reach 120 major league at bats and he's an everyday player so obviously the Yankees aren't worried about that either.

Photo: Sporting News
We all know not all top prospects live up to the hype. Remember Yoan Moncada? He was 2016-2017 top prospect and was signed by the Red Sox. He finished his 2016 season with a .211 average and was then traded to the Chicago White Sox where he currently has a .230 BA, 100 strikeouts, five fewer RBI's and only one more home run. The "top prospect" argument by NJ.com proves to be irrelevant here.


And what about Brandon Drury? Sure, Drury is a luxury like the article says. He's versatile and looking at Greg Bird's injury history he may be an even nicer luxury for us to have. He's also been unlucky because he has been blocked by another player in Arizona and now he is blocked again as a Yankee. Even when he recovered from his injuries the Yankees chose not to call him back up. Drury also doesn't have all of the extra base hits Andujar has and since "track record" was a concern with Andujar.....why isn't it with Drury?

It doesn't sound like Brian Cashman considers Andujar to be "untouchable" but I think just like the Mets would need to be impressed to move DeGrom, it would be the same case for Andujar. It never hurts to listen to the offers, but the Mets and the Yankees matching up for this trade? Not likely, and I don't think we should be so concerned on Andujar, he's doing just fine.




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HERE'S THE PROBLEM WITH STEVE...



He doesn't get what we do here at BYB, and he doesn't understand being a true fan, where you don't get all nerdy with stats and instead enjoy the game for the player you love and appreciate.  Sometimes that's all you need and that's what we do here.  No one hates Greg Bird.  We just like Tyler alittle more. If you're confused... here's a recap.

Last night we posted this story:

BIRD'S FASTBALL STRUGGLE. AUSTIN'S HITTING BOMBS. HMMM 

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In it was a continued love letter for how we feel about Tyler Austin and his long baseball journey and how we'd like him back in the Bigs. That's it... nothing much to it other than we compared a simple home run to some stats that Greg Bird's been putting up when it comes to fastball approach.


River Ave Blues did a great job with the piece, we just figured we'd give them a shout out. And so, that's it.  Nothing earthshattering, no science involved, no mathematics... because we don't do that here.  We're here for the fans, we're all about the fans, and we keep it simple with opinions... FROM FANS.

Steve Hollwedel has it all figured out. Boy genius right here.


I mean it... he's so smart. NO ONE CARES, STEVE.  If we did, you'd be reading you, but we don't... like EVER. BYB has been an established Yankee fan site since 2010. We are read internationally and you don't write for us... and we're still popular? Oh my god.

Our fans get what we're doing. You came in late. Too bad, you missed a lot.

We at Bleeding Yankee Blue have been going against the grain and the stat nerds and doing it our way. That is why we are successful here... and it's why you are sitting on your couch writing ridiculous comments to websites you have no idea about.

Well, I just made you famous.

By the way, I can't wait to read the Hollwedel article he's gonna write... in his sleep.

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Troll...


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BILLY CONNORS HAS PASSED

Photo: USA Today
We all know Billy Connors, a true Yankee and has been around for ever.  He died at 76 years old.  Pretty sad if you ask me.

ESPN has this:

Photographer: Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports
"Billy Connors, a longtime Yankees executive and pitching coach, died Monday. He was 76.

'The Yankees organization mourns the passing of Billy Connors, who was a close and trusted friend of my family for many years,' Yankees general managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. 'Since joining the Yankees at the conclusion of the 1988 season, Billy contributed to the organization in countless ways over his long career as a pitching coach, executive and advisor. On behalf of the Steinbrenner family, I extend our deepest condolences to Billy's family, friends and loved ones.'"

Prayers to his family.  Rest in Peace, Billy.


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BIRD'S FASTBALL STRUGGLE. AUSTIN'S HITTING BOMBS. HMMM

Fastball trouble or bombs. I know what I like more.


Nice piece by River Ave Blues about Greg Bird and his trouble at the plate with the Fastball. Check this out...

"One thing Bird has not done early in his 2018 season is hit fastballs. He’s hitting .162 with a .189 ISO against heaters so far, whereas the league averages are .265 and .177, respectively. He’s also posted a .301 expected wOBA against fastballs this year.

Photo: New York Post
The league average is .365. The results aren’t particularly good because the contact hasn’t been particularly good.

Furthermore, Bird has missed with 20.9% of his swings at fastballs so far this season. The league average is 19.3%. Given what we’ve seen from Bird the last few years, I don’t think it’ll surprise you to learn that most of his whiffs against heaters have come on pitches up in the zone."

Meanwhile, with Scranton Wilkes Barre... Tyler Austin did this...

I know what I like better...

Wonderboy please.


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AND IN OTTERS NEWS...

Ty Hensley pitched.


If you didn't see our report last week, we are letting the BYB family know that Ty Hensley is pitching for the Evansville Otters and here's the latest in their game verses the Florence Freedom. Check it out. WFIE, 14 news has this:

"Thanks to a season-high 18 hits, the Evansville Otters topped the Florence Freedom 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon at UC Health Stadium... Otters starter Ty Hensley receives a no-decision after throwing 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on hits while striking out three... The two clubs will play the rubber match of the series tomorrow evening at 6:35 p.m. ET at UC Health Stadium."

I'm thrilled Ty's back on the bump.  My family are Ty Hensley fans.  More importantly though, we're Hensley fans.  That's why this post happens today.

I have personally reached out to the Otters for a hi-res version of a shot of Hensley for our site. I will let you know how that works out.  In the meantime, here's a message to Ty from everyone here at BYB...

Go get'em kid!


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SO WHAT IF STANTON CHANGED HIS STANCE

Source: YES Network

The pre-game last night highlighted Giancarlo Stanton's new stance or is it new?  Stanton says no.  Boone kinda says no, explaining it's the camera angles.  Whatever happened over the last week or so jump started Stanton's bat, so I say, "So what if Stanton changed his stance?"


Source- Carlos Osorio / AP

As reported by the New York Daily News, when asked by reporters if he changed his stance to move closer to the plate the slugger replied, “No,” a clearly annoyed Stanton said with a sigh. “I didn’t make adjustments.” But yet in the split screen, Stanton visibly appears closer to the plate with a narrower stance.  When he made the adjustment last year as a Marlin, his batting average and home run count skyrocketed.

Source: Nick Wass / AP

According to MLB.com, "It was June 19 in Miami, and the Marlins were preparing to host the National League East-leading Nationals. Beneath a closed Marlins Park roof, Stanton began his experiment. He had watched endless video clips, and he was ready to test what he'd envisioned: He closed his stance."  Now a year later, as a Yankee, he won't admit to the adjustment, which clearly served him well.  He had four hits on Monday night and last night he slugged one out to the deep part of center.

Last year with the Marlins

"The Yankees manager said before Tuesday’s game against the Mariners that despite YES Network cameras showing a split screen of a slightly less closed stance from Stanton on Monday, the right-handed slugger has not changed anything," reported NY Daily News.

 Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America

So what if Stanton changed his stance?  What is the big deal?  If he can hit more and strike out less it is a win-win for us.  I'm tired of hearing about Stanton's adjustments or non-adjustments.  Just go out there and play and make a difference.  Enough of the hoopla...just hit.




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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WONDERING IF FRAZIER & DRURY WILL BE TRADED


I feel like Clint Frazier is the Rod Refsnyder of this team this year.  Not because of talent level or anything like that.  I just feel like Frazier is a player without a home and the Yankees need a pitcher. And so... wouldn't it make sense to let him go to get one?

I don't want to do that, trust me, I like Clint. I want him in the Bronx.  But I've seen this movie before when it comes to the Yankees... and I feel like it's coming.

Photo: NJ.com
When it comes to Brandon Drury... trade him.  Do whatever you need to do and get rid of him. Yes, I see the potential talent. Yes, he can be good for the Yankees. But we have mad depth and he can also be good for another team, and so I say it again... trade him.  Find a pitcher... do it. We'll be happy when we do.  If I had to choose between the 2.... I'd hold onto Frazier tight, because he's the Yankees future... but I'd get rid of Drury.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes this:

Photo: New York Post
"'No question, you can’t keep them all,' Brian Cashman said. 'You have to constantly manage your roster and you don’t just want to lose someone in the Rule 5 draft. Another team will take the talent out of you and you might never see it again. You either make the best trades you can or you run a real risk of losing them for nothing.'... 

The Yankees also had 13 players they had traded among the top-30 prospects of other organizations (via MLB Pipeline). Some would not have made the Yankees’ top 30. One team’s organizational depth is another’s gem. Taylor Widener was ranked the Yankees’ 14th-best prospect when he was part of the offseason trade for Brandon Drury. He is fourth with Arizona....


Drury (.999) and Clint Frazier (.947) rank 1-2 in the International League in OPS (minimum 160 plate appearances). They are essentially major leaguers who are blocked with the Yankees and thus viable trade candidates over the next few weeks. This is quite different from most of Cashman’s two-plus decades as Yankees GM, when they were top-heavy but lacking in organizational depth."

Look, whatever the case, it's going to be an interesting summer, whether these are the guys that are shipped out of not. I do know this, as Sherman wrote.... the Mariners are coming to town, and the Yankees and Mariners have a great relationship when it comes to trades.  I'd be curious to see what they discuss this week.

Stay tuned.


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JACK CURRY HAS LOU GEHRIG'S BIRTHDAY ON LOCK!

If you don't love Jack Curry, you might be a fool.

Photo: NorthJersey.com
I just received this note from the YES Network, and wanted to share it with all of you.  If there can be more eyeballs on the Yankees' pre-game show tonight, that would be cool.  Here's the note from the Yes Network:

"Today is the anniversary of the birth day of Lou Gehrig. Later today, within YES’ Yankees Pre-Game Show (6:30 pm), we’ll feature a segment in which Jack Curry interviews Pat Quinn.


Quinn was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) in 2013 and was a co-founder of the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

Here is a snippet from the interview:


"Quinn lost his voice last year, but he 'regained' it through the magic of new technology from a company named Lyrebird. Using Lyrebird’s technology, Quinn uses his eyes to 'type' letters and words into a computer, and his voice is projected from the computer. 

Quinn tells Curry: 'Because of this new technology, I am much more willing to get involved in conversations. I promise you, I’m not going to shut up.'” 

Unbelievable. I cannot wait to watch this.

Nice work Jack as always.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

MOVIN' ON UP!

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That Gleyber Torres kid is something else, isn't he? He's so good and it makes it look easy. He's doing his job and making big hits so I know I am not the only one who was saying he deserved to be hitting higher in the order.

I guess Aaron Boone finally decided to make the move and put him higher in the order. At first I really thought he was just trying to protect Torres. He is only 21 and at first maybe it made sense to start him off slow with no pressure. Now we are in the middle of June though and the kid has shown he hasn't been phased by much. He should've been moved up a while ago.

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The Yankees have the best record in baseball. They have a lot of success, but could have even more with a few tweaks. Torres has been a number five hitter stuck in the nine hole for a long time....until now. Nothing against a number nine hitter, they are extremely important and Aaron Boone and I agree that they are basically another lead off hitter. The Yankees are so deep that he has been another Brett Gardner. He's been a table setter. We need those, but Torres is also a guy who drives in runs.

Photo: Getty Images
Torres may be young but his inexperience doesn't show and he has done what the Yankees have asked for since he was called up. If the Yankees would construct their lineup and put guys like Torres and Miguel Andujar in the heart of the order this team becomes even scarier. I think Boone needs to put the guys that are hot in the middle and not stick with the same guys in the same spot when it isn't working. Torres has earned that number five spot and Andujar is more than just a number seven hitter.

On the other hand, Giancarlo Stanton hitting in the three or four hold hasn't paid off like it should. Stanton can be a dangerous hitter as we have seen in the recent series against the Rays. He's had his moments, but he has not been consistent at anything besides striking out. He may be a veteran hitter, but keeping him in a spot he isn't producing in is doing nothing for this team.

Photo: Getty Images
Boone says he wasn't trying to protect Torres, and maybe that's true. The only thing he should protect is keeping the most production in the heart of the order. Torres has stepped up in a big way, maybe the only guy that needs protection right now is Stanton.

I think the Yankees have opportunity for more success here. Torres is the consistent guy that will make things happen. I think Boone recognizes that now, and hopefully he also sees what hasn't been working and continues to make those changes.

Anything is possible with this team....and I love it!




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Sunday, June 17, 2018

JOHNNY LASAGNA COULD HAVE WHAT IT TAKES

Source: Twitter

If you haven't heard enough about the Yankee 23-year-old minor league now major league Jonathan Loaisiga, we are going to give you some more things to love about him. Besides stepping into some incredible shoes on a Friday night at Yankee Stadium and not even blinking, the starter likes lasagna and welcomes the nickname 'Johnny Lasagna' that his peers coined back in 2012.  He threw five scoreless innings besting the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 and turned some collective heads in both baseball and the media.


"I think it confirmed what we thought and a big reason why he's here," Boone said of Loaisiga's poise. "Everyone got a look at the stuff that this kid has and the arm he has and the easy delivery he has, and I felt confident in just the little I got to see him in spring training and watching him on video and talking to people within our organization and I felt like mentally (and) emotionally, he's equipped to handle this," reported NJ.com. And the kid served a whole tray of the Italian favorite in front of thousands of fans on this Father's Day Weekend.


When you think about baseball nicknames across the decades of the National Pastime, names like Yogi, Joltin' Joe and The Mick come to mind.  You may also remember Louisiana Lightning, Donnie Baseball and Goose Gossage.  Scooter, Bucky and Catfish, the nicknames keep coming.  Even Giancarlo Stanton has a couple of names he goes by, including his two middle names Mike and Cruz.  He actually went by Mike Stanton into the start of his major league career.

Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America

 "Stanton's full name is Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton, and to add another layer to this already complicated name story, his mother actually calls him Cruz. He has said that he started going by Mike when he was younger because his classmates had difficulty pronouncing Giancarlo," reported Sports Illustrated back in February.  So if guys can't pronounce Loaisiga then why not Lasagna and let's see if both his name and his pitching stays.


Something even bigger than is nickname is his comparison to another guy whose nickname stuck, 'The Sandman'. "Loaisiga had something else to process while he was meeting with reporters before Saturday's game. That's when he was told that Rays manager Kevin Cash said that he "looks like a young Mariano Rivera" on the mound. "That's a big compliment right there," Loaisiga said. "Mariano was one of the best all-time in this sport. It's humbling for (Cash) to say like that," reported NJ.com.

Source: NJ.com

Why not fill the void of pitching from within?  Why not Lasagna instead of fishing across MLB for something else?  Johnny Lasagna it is and maybe that's all we need.



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Saturday, June 16, 2018

DRURY VS. AUSTIN & THE 'GOOD PLAYER' YANKEE PROBLEM


Since he's finished his rehab, Brandon Drury has been stuck in purgatory in Scranton/Wilkes Barre. Last week BYB Managing Editor Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa posted her piece about Drury being down in the dumps giving her thoughts. Since then, the New York Post says this about Drury and how he may have found a path back to the Bronx...

"Brandon Drury started at first base for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night against Rochester, driving in both runs in a 2-0 win and playing errorless ball in the field. It was Drury’s initial start at first this season after appearing in a combined 38 games as the DH or at third for Double-A Trenton and SWB."

Expanding his versatility is most definitely the best way back to the Majors for Drury. If he can add first base to a resume that already includes 2nd and 3rd, it could be most beneficial to him and the Yankees.


Now, look, I can hear you saying "but we have Tyler Austin, what about him?"  I get that. That's Casey's guy... I hear you. The best thing way to answer that question is to send him somewhere where he can get the playing time he deserves.  You heard it here first, I'm going against the BYB grain. Mired in a slump since the return of Greg Bird, Tyler needs to play and get back into the swing of things. He doesn't need to worry about if he's finally going to play or if he will be riding the pine.

While personally, I love Tyler... it is my belief that at this moment the best place for him is Scranton/Wilkes Barre and playing first base for the Railriders. The Yankees at this time have the problem of too many good players. There is only so much playing time to go around. Unfortunately, someone will be on the outside looking in. While it's a good problem for the Yankees to have, it does suck for the players involved.

With the kids the Yankees have and the way they're playing, players like Brandon Drury, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin and Ronald Torreyes are all getting screwed a bit. But hopefully with the trade deadline approaching, things will be worked out. I'm not going to go into who should go and who shouldn't... but I will go out on a limb and say someone will.

Stay tuned...




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Friday, June 15, 2018

YANKS BREAK OUT BIG!

Photo: Getty Images
Just when you thought the game was lost... it was not.  What a game! And this Gleyber Torres kid? Wow.

The Washington Post writes:

(Adam Hunger/Associated Press)
"For a team with some of the biggest stars in baseball, the New York Yankees are getting many of their most critical contributions from a remarkable group of unflappable youngsters. Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer, fellow rookie Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win and the Yankees edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night... 

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Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell (8-4) as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak."

The youth moment is doing things in Yankeeland no one dreamed. I mean sure, we wanted to see these guys play, but did you really expect such success?  It's mind boggling and terrific.

Hope they keep going.


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