Monday, April 12, 2021

THAIRO ESTRADA IS GONZO


And just like that, Thairo Estrada's time in pinstripes is finally over.  He was a hanger on forever, solid athlete, but it was just time.  You can blame Rougned Odor I guess.

CBS Sports

"On Sunday, the New York Yankees and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a trade that will ship infielder Thairo Estrada to the west coast in exchange for cash considerations. The Giants subsequently optioned Estrada to their alternate site.

Estrada, 25, was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees to clear a spot for Rougned Odor on the 40-man roster. The Yankees signed Estrada as an international free agent in August 2012. In parts of two big-league seasons (61 games), Estrada hit .214/.267/.348 with four home runs, three doubles, 15 RBI and five stolen bases. He spent time at second base, shortstop and third."

And that's all I got. Estrada was a good soldier, and the Yankees probably took advantage of him because he was a young up and comer. That being said, it was just time. It's business.

Farewell Estrada, keep grinding!

THE BAD LIAR

I used to admire this guy, but he's now just basically peddling BS just to draw a Twitter following or something and I gotta tell you, it's dangerous.  This isn't about the Yankees guys, this is just about me rambling about false bullshit so if you wanna tune out here. you may. Forgive me, I gotta get this off my chest. 

I hate when people push a narrative that's not true, but act like they are part of a movement. Yet, this loser just sits in his house doing nothing but getting us all riled up. Dare I say, in today's society where no one actually reads facts or values truth... you're just gathering sheep.  The irony is Aubrey Huff is the biggest sheep of them all.  His latest piece of theater was that he walked through a supermarket in California... allegedly... and spewed how he was not wearing a mask and got some dirty looks and thinks everyone needs to do it.  

Here's the problem, there wasn't a soul around him. If he was truly a rule breaker, you'd see a crowd... you'd see the faces, the disgust, the applause whatever.  You'd see something... you see nothing but this toolbox claiming he's some crusader.  He's not. Why? Because this guy is too worried about what people think about him on both sides... so if he can fool you, he will try.

 


Remember he's anti-mask, but wore one on his recent trip to Kentucky. So, for all y'all that think this guy is noble? You've been played, just saying.



I don't care if you want the vaccine or not. I don't care if you want to wear a mask or you don't. I don't care if you believe in COVID-19. I do, that's good enough for me. What I do care about is facts and information. 

Where is the tweet about Aubrey having to wear a mask on his flight? He left that conveniently out. That's because he wears a mask and that's disingenuous to his false brand. I know for a fact that he wears one where places require one, especially when he's with his boys. My point is, this guy's a fraud, all for your entertainment.  

So, do what he does, go for it. And if you get ill, or die, or get busted on social media for not following the rules, be sure to let this guy know he's being destructive. 


I leave you with this...When he preaches America needs to be taken back and applauds a capitol riot, just remember he wasn't there. He was in the comfort of his home. 

Facts are pretty important. This guy doesn't use them. Be weary.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

YANKEES EXPOSING THEIR WEAKNESSES

The Yankees didn't show much action in Saturday afternoon's game against their nemesis Tampa Bay Rays but they did expose their clear weaknesses that need to be plugged up if the Yankees are going to be competitive not only against the Rays but the AL East and MLB at large.

What are the Yankees weaknesses? There are number of clear winners and since it is early in the season, there are a lot opportunities to tweak and improve in order for the 2021 Yankees to meet their mark of winning the AL East and moving onto the post season matchups and into the World Series.

Source: AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

1. Hitting with runners in scoring position. RISP is key to success and the Yankees simply cannot convert hits into the runs. "The Yankees collected just five hits, despite watching starting pitcher Chris Archer (2 1/3 innings, 0 runs) leave early with forearm tightness. A day after missing a game due to COVID-19 vaccine side effects, Gio Urshela didn’t get a hit in three at-bats. They went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners," reported NJ.com following the Bombers 4-0 shut out loss against the Rays. 

2. Gleyber Torres. Sigh. Gleyber Torres's defense has been in the spotlight since 2020 when he began to show mechanical and timing issues fielding balls at short. And already this season, Gleyber has a number of missteps and poor throws leading to errors and runs. The Yankees need to be a win-now team and they have to start to ask this question, "Can we win the Series with Torres at shortstop?" I would not go so far as making a trade for Torres, but I wonder myself if the Yankees latest acquisition Rougned Odor, who will likely get the start at second today, will step in for Torres and make a difference or do they need to go out and get another specialist such as Trevor Story or Corey Seager. And is that even possible in 2021? I think The New York Post columnist Joel Sherman's article on Saturday gives a lot to think about on this topic. As a note of reference, the Yankees have already demoted Tyler Wade, who although defensively and in speed he outshines Torres, Wade can't swing the bat so there's that. 

Source: Newsday

3. Injuries. Aaron Judge sat out two games due to soreness. How is that even possible? Can he take Advil? I feel like there is more going on there. And we wrote about it earlier this week in THIS AARON JUDGE INJURY SEEMS KIND OF SERIOUS. Then there are the early injuries to Luke Voit and Zack Britton, causing stress on the Yankees. Jay Bruce simply is not producing the way the Yankees expected but the bullpen continues to outdo itself. The addition of Justin Wilson is proving to be impactful.

Source: MLB Film Room

On the flip side of injuries, Brett Gardner continues to be, well, Brett Gardner. He made fantastic catch in left center field. It was so incredible that fellow outfielder Brett Phillips saluted him. Gardner also produced offensively for the Yankees. 

It is still early. And teams don't make drastic changes until later in the spring or even early summer. But changes need to be made and the Yankees have to be thinking about this. As Aaron Hicks said on Saturday, the Yankees are tired of losing and so are we as fans. 




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof



Saturday, April 10, 2021

ARE THE YANKEES JUST TOO SOFT?


I'm not pleased with babying when it comes to my team. And for the amount of money these guys make, it really bothers me that guys like Aaron Judge can have "side soreness" and everyone just says "OK, lets put him on the IL."  I don't even know what general side soreness means, other than it's on the side, and you're a little sore. I guess. Point is, you ever work out and the next day you have some soreness around the muscles you worked out on? Is that the kind of soreness we're talking about or is it something else.  Bottom line, I'm tired of it.

Of all places, Golf Digest teed off on the Yankees in a great, witty piece by Coleman Bentley and goes further:


"Gio Urshela, who was originally scheduled to start at third base before being pulled from the lineup due to the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Can’t play with COVID and, apparently, you can’t play without it either. Add this latest rash of “injuries” to Giancarlo Stanton and his achilles [gestures widely] everything, which has limited him to a whopping 46 games of baseball since 2018, and you have the makings of a very real problem brewing in the Bronx.


Even manager Aaron Boone seems perplexed, and when asked by ESPN’s Marly Rivera whether or not he would characterize Aaron Judge as “injured” on Friday afternoon (a realllllllly good question), he admitted that he didn’t have an answer..."

And so I will ask again... are the Yankees soft?  I grew up in the 70's. We piled a bunch of kids in the back of a station wagon, rubbed dirt on a bruise on the baseball field and watched guys like Nolan Ryan  throw until his arm fell off... and guess what, it never did.  What has happened to this Yankee team that every little thing needs to be pinpointed and have these guys sidelined for "side soreness"?  I know... I'm riding Judge, but I gotta tell you, it's total bologna.


Friday, April 9, 2021

THIS AARON JUDGE INJURY SEEMS KIND OF SERIOUS

Aaron Judge gets hurt a lot. Let's not get it twisted. I know we all like to hold him as a valued Yankee and silent Yankee captain, but here's the thing, it is what it is... he's either accident prone or something isn't right with the dude's health.  I don't know which. I'd love to see this guy health for 1 full season but I am just not seeing it.  Its crazy.

Anyway, here's the latest on his injury... NJ.com has it:

"The right fielder sat out Wednesday’s 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium with what manager Aaron Boone before the game called “general soreness” on his left side....

the side soreness could be extra alarming. He’s strained both obliques in recent seasons. In 2019, he missed two months with a left oblique strain.

The oft-injured star is making $10.2 million this season and will be a free agent after next year."

The word "alarming", alarms me. So what do we think? Should we be worried? I'd say yea.  What if this keeps happening? I mean, it's frustrating for us fans, but when will the Yankees get frustrated? 

Interesting thing to think about. I hope this dude gets back to 100%.

FOR TY HENSLEY, THE JOURNEY WILL CONTINUE!!


We here at BYB have been Ty Hensley cheerleaders since the day he signed with the Yankees in 2012.  We have rooted for him, updated you when he had a setback, rooted again and no matter what happens to this kid, he just keeps coming back.  The reason is dreams. Ty has big dreams. And so, no matter the setback, the obstacle, the wall, the injury, he takes a second to breathe, and then he tries again. It's quite noble and we are lucky to have gotten to know the family over the years. They're good people.

FOX Nation, a streaming service did a documentary of this kid. It's called "Pitch of Faith". It was pretty cool, especially because we've watched a lot of these setbacks unfold at BYB over the years, but some of those setbacks I didn't even know about. It just goes to show his focus was more important. Getting back on the horse and trying to fulfill his dream was the big thing.

Suzie Pinstripe has a cameo in Pitch of Faith. When she told me she was gonna be interviewed about Ty I was thrilled to hear the news. Anyway, here's a clip.

It's a great doc. If you haven't checked it out, be sure to do it. Bottom line, Ty now goes to play with the Milwaukee Milkmen, but I have no doubt major league teams are checking this guy out again! How exciting.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

COLE THROWS 7 SCORELESS TO DOMINATE THE BIRDS

Source: N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

I just love the sound of that headline. It is about time. Now I know it is the Orioles, but it is still an AL East team and it is a team that traditionally beats up on the Yankees despite their record over the more recent years.  The Yankees need to win and to do so, Gerrit Cole needs to be great behind an strong defense and an equally powerful offense.

"Cole, who threw 97 pitches, recorded the most strikeouts by a Yankees pitcher since Masahiro Tanaka fanned 15 vs. the Blue Jays on Sept. 29, 2017. He also became the only Yankees pitcher to record seven or more strikeouts in 11 straight starts. Cole touched 100.5 mph and fanned Freddy Galvis swinging to end his night," reported NJ.com


Aaron Judge smashed a three-run home run in the 8th inning to solidify the Yankees 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. These are the kinds of wins that the Yankees effortlessly need to make happen as they chip away at the championship, game by game, inning by inning.

It was great to see the Bombers beat up the Birds. It was equally great to see Brett Gardner hit and get on base the way he consistently does. Gardner played centerfield for Aaron Hicks who had a day off.  Also getting some chatter was the Yankees' decision to sit Gary Sanchez for Kyle Higashioka. Many feel that Higgie has been deemed Cole's personal catcher, but the Yankees have not confirmed this assertion. 


Gleyber Torres continues to struggle at shortstop, looking sluggish and uncomfortable. The Yankees shortstop waited an extra beat on Ryan Mountcastle's chopper to his right. A highlight both offensively and defensively for the Yankees is Jay Bruce, who is pushing to hold onto his roster spot as the Yankees sign another infielder Texas Ranger Rougned Odor. 

Great to see Cole pitch so well last night. Really kicks up the adrenaline as the Yankees and Orioles close out the series in the Bronx tonight with Jameson Taillon making his debut in pinstripes. 




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof


Tuesday, April 6, 2021

YANKS ACQUIRE ODOR AND NO ONE KNOWS WHY OR EVEN LIKES IT


The Yankees are a few years too late with this move.  Many hate it. Others don't get it.  I think it's absolutely ridiculous. My 18 year old says it's stupid because, well... "he's not good."  But it is what it is... the Yankees have acquired Rougned Odor from the Rangers.

The New York Post writes:

"The Yankees traded a pair of minor leaguers for the 27-year-old infielder on Tuesday. Odor was designated for assignment by the Rangers before Opening Day and has two years and $27 remaining on his contract, with Texas expected to pick up much of it. The Yankees sent outfielders Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers to the Rangers."

And literally, that's all I got. It's unclear his role in New York and why the Yankees even went for it, but they did. Now we will see what will happen next.

THE YANKEES JUST SNAGGED MIKE MONTGOMERY

 Nice pick up for the Yankees. Let's see what big lefty Mike Montgomery has!


SB Nation writes: " the Yankees have signed lefty reliever Mike Montgomery to a minor league contract... Montgomery reached the apex of his professional career back in 2016 with the Cubs, when he was the man on the mound for the final out of their first World Series title in 108 years. He’s bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and bullpen throughout his six-year career.

The past couple years haven’t been as kind. Montgomery got off to an awful start to 2019... Montgomery’s 2020 was ruined by a lat strain in his first outing."

Look, it doesn't sound too promising, but don't underestimate pithing. Acquiring arms is always a good thing for teams.  The Yankees are no different. Let's just say that this is a look see and if they like what Montgomery can do, they may being the dude up. It's a guessing game right now, but all good.  

Welcome to the Bronx Mike. We hope to see you deliver!

Monday, April 5, 2021

JON HEYMAN TALKS 'CORREA TO THE YANKEES.' HE'S LOST HIS MIND!


Pre-opening day a lot of us were talking about the anticipation. Some of us were talking about the excitement of getting BACK to Yankee stadium for Opening Day, finally. But not ALL of us were talking about THIS season. Some of us were talking about....craziness.

I like to think ahead. I like to make predictions or dream of possibilities just like anyone else but Jon Heyman is all the way out in left field....literally. Last week I was talking about the surprise of Lucas Luetge and Heyman is talking about a new 2022 shortstop? And a crazy one at that, check THIS out.


Nothing is impossible, especially when it comes to the Yankees but I think the likelihood of the Yankees shopping in the shortstop market will depend heavily on two things:
1.What kind of season did Gleyber Torres have?

2. Was Aaron Judge healthy and productive? If not, they have to consider spending more money here too.

But Heyman is very fixated on shortstop right now and....possibly Carlos Correa? I'm gonna be sick.
"Yankees are rumored. It's possible. They certainly could get in there on one of those shortstops, and I don't think it's going to be Francisco Lindor. If it's going to be one of them, it'll probably be Trevor Story or Corey Seager. Again, they like Correa, too, so we'll see."

Let's think about this. Let's ignore the Lindor extension with the Mets right now. It's happened and over BUT The Yankees were tied to Lindor for a long time, even before last season. Over the winter that reignited again. The Yankees interest still would've been made their calls and done their due diligence. There is no reason to think they wouldn't, history says otherwise.



But the interest with Correa doesn't make sense. Why do they supposedly like him? He's injury prone, a cheater and the other shortstops that will be on the market are more well-rounded. I'll say this, Torres has to have the worst season imaginable and everything that could go wrong would have to go wrong in order for the Yankees to suddenly have serious interest in Carlos Correa. I can't even imagine what that would be for the Yankees to go looking elsewhere. Torres is 24 years old and won't be a free agent until 2025....the Yankees are and will remain committed to him and if the unimaginable happened and they decided to sign someone else, it wouldn't be Correa.

Whether you think Correa is a cheater or not (He IS for the record) he is a clubhouse cancer. He is tainted goods and his reputation is trashed. He and the Astros are made for each other. The Yankees are not signing Correa in any crazy kind of world you can imagine. They are not inserting THAT into the clubhouse. There is way too much baggage there and the guy is a headcase. 

I don't know what Heyman is drinking or smoking but he is dead wrong. Even if the Yankees made a knee jerk reaction and decided to shop for a new shortstop it wouldn't be Correa. I know I am picking on Heyman here but he isn't the only person I have seen talking about this, he's just a big name that we all know so he gets the attention here.

It's a hot take for ya....but he's a hot mess if he thinks the Yankees and Correa would EVER happen. Now I am violently ill.



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