Friday, May 25, 2018

PASSIONATE YANKEE FANS & GIANCARLO STANTON

Photo: AP
Sometimes reading the posts by Yankee fans on Twitter or just hearing certain fans talk makes me want to cringe. Most of the time I'll just sit here laughing about it all, and wonder "What is this guy thinking?"

Look, I don't say too much because as you and I know, there is no arguing passionate Yankee fans. We love who we love, we are critical who we're critical of and that's it!  Passionate fans believe what they want to believe, and at that moment, there is no way to change their minds. Funny thing is the minute something goes great and things start to fall into place, those same passionate fans are very forgiving and sometimes forgetful of the things they've spewed before. Interesting, right?

Just a few short weeks ago, Giancarlo Stanton was getting booed off the field. We all remember... some of you were in the front row. Lately though, Giancarlo has found a groove and has ran with it. This piece from the New York Post talks about how he's finally settling into Yankee pinstripes. I like this line alot...

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"Routines are firmly in place. The swing is coming together and, most of all, Giancarlo Stanton is figuring out what it means to be a Yankee nearly 50 games into his pinstripe life."

Now... the question. Did the Yankees need him? I don't believe they did. He's more of a luxury kind of guy that buys a Ferrari when he already has a Lamborghini. 

Do the Yankees have other pressing needs? I believe they do, but with the way Gleyber Torres is playing, they didn't need Starlin Castro either. See what I'm saying? It's happened many times in the past. A "superstar" from another team goes to the Yankees and struggles for a bit, sometimes their entire tenure in the Bronx. Then one day... something clicks and they take off, leaving behind the city that was more easy going and had less media attention.


Look, I get it, I really do, the Yankees didn't need him. That's kind of silly to discuss after the fact. My take quite simply is there's no need to debate and argue about it. The Yankees have him and he's there to stay. Just be happy that things are finally coming together, folks... and the big man is settling into his pinstripes.

In a sport that is all about numbers, Giancarlo Stanton starting to show it. Let's hope it sticks, and the way I see it, like the move or hate it, he's in pinstripes... root for him.


--Michael Carnesi
BYB Junior Writer
Twitter: @sevn4evr



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Thursday, May 24, 2018

HOMER HAPPY, BUT FALLING SHORT

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It was a good game full of suspense, and in the end it was clear, our bullpen isn't the best in the league.  Whatever... it was a good fight and kind of exciting.  We can't win all 162...but damn... we're trying and I like that.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes:

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"Gleyber Torres and Aaron Judge highlighted a four-homer barrage that presented another assault on the record books, but Jurickson Profar's bases-clearing double held up as the difference as the Rangers edged the Yankees in a wild 12-10 slugfest on Wednesday evening at Globe Life Park. Profar's big hit came off of David Robertson in the sixth inning, restoring Texas' lead after Torres and Judge homered in a six-run fifth that seemed to put the game away.

Instead, New York completed its three-city road trip by dropping two of three contests to the cellar-dwelling Rangers, coughing up leads of four and five runs."

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DRob felt terrible about it.  I feel terrible about him feeling terrible. He didn't have his stuff.  Some nights lately, he's been really struggling.  Not sure if it's in his head or he's doing something wonky with his mechanics.  I do know this, our bullpen needs to snap out of it.  And quick.  You have an offense that is constantly battling. Having a solid pen would be a nice compliment.

Look, the Yanks have been playing great baseball.  I'm mad, but not angry about this one, it happens.  We just need to come back hard in our next series.  I have a hunch we will.


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ANOTHER PEDs USER PINCHED

Photo: Chicago Tribune
Robinson Cano... now Welington Castilo.  Come on man.  What are we doing?

The Athletic has it, and USA Today reported this nugget:


"Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will reportedly be suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use. The news was first reported by a Dominican Republic journalist on Twitter and later confirmed by The Athletic. The announcement is expected to be made Thursday."

But why? Are these players knowingly doing it and then act like they didn't know what they were putting into their body? It's pretty bad.

Castillo? He'll go back to playing eventually and fade away into the sunset.  With a guy like Cano, clearly on his way to the Hall of Fame or at least very close to it... this changes everything.  Too bad.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SURPRISE! YANKS CALL UP DOUBLE-A PITCHER!

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Nice nugget here and something I appreciate. For 1, it fits the Yankees needs for this game, but it also gives a young kid a shot.

The New York Daily News writes:

"The Yankees brought up lefty Ryan Bollinger from Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. Bollinger, 27, was 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three starts for the Thunder."

Trenton is not the Bigs, but that being said, I like the numbers and hope he gets in.

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THE YANKEES HAVE WAY TOO MANY GOOD PLAYERS

Source: Newsday

As the headline suggests, the Yankees have incredible depth this season.  They have grit.  They have confidence.  And they have way too many good players.  This means that they can't keep them all and not everyone can play consistently.  So if you are looking to find an Achilles heel in this year's team, it's that they are too good.

Source: USA Today

According to SNY.com, "On Sunday, the team optioned outfielder Clint Frazier to Triple-A Scranton. Frazier's status as a top prospect is debatable, but he is ready to at least serve as a fourth outfielder or more on many big league teams. And later this week, if first baseman Greg Bird makes his expected return from the disabled list, the Yanks will have to option Tyler Austin."  

Source: NJ.com

It has been my stance that Austin has earned his keep and that it is Greg Bird who has to earn his way back on the team.  Some of our fellow bloggers think that Bird should be traded before he gets hurt again.  "Bird was injured for the entire 2016 season and most of 2017, so why are the Yankees so in love with him," reports Ben Green of Yanks Go Yard.  He may be on to something.  With the Yankees in a current state of "roster crunch" as Green calls it, could we at least consider keeping Austin and giving Bird some alternate days?  Platoon the guys and let the best man win.

Source: USA Today

As SNY suggests, "Where this could all get interesting is if everyday players don't perform. With roster spots at a nearly unprecedented premium, what happens if Bird slumps upon his return? What if Didi Gregorius continues to struggle? Or if  (Miguel) Andujar can't push his on-base percentage to .300? Or if Frazier dominates the International League and Aaron Hicks or Brett Gardner struggles?" 

Source: USA Today

Or as the the Yankees continue to improve, which is likely as the team matures together, could they shop some players for some much needed starting pitching?  We have had our woes with starters and as much as I am rooting for guys like Domingo German, he may not be the answer.

 Source: Rodger Mallison | Fort Worth Star-Telegram | TNS

So we have too many good players but not enough of the right players, namely pitchers.  Something has to give as the Yankees finish up their final full week of May and enter into the weekend and then the beginnings of the third month of the season in June.  Let's hope we use our Achilles heel to our advantage and figure out how to move the right players out and bring in some starting pitching that helps us get to our ultimate goal: The World Series.  Happy Hump Day.




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof






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THE FLORIAL FACTOR

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Bad news out of Tampa and something we meant to mention a few days ago. It's being reported top Yankee prospect Estevan Florial will be out for a while after exiting the game last Thursday night with a sore right wrist.   For more on that, we check in with Casey's pal, Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, who always spreads his little nuggets...

"Highly-touted Yankees outfield prospect Estevan Florial requires hamate surgery on his right hand. It’s an injury that will cost him at least a month and could possibly keep the fleet center fielder sidelined longer. Florial, 20, came out of Thursday’s game at Class A Tampa with soreness in his right wrist... Over his first 36 games at Class A Tampa, Florial has yet to take off. He is slashing .246/.353/.343, with one home run, six doubles, two triples and 10 RBI in 134 at-bats, with five stolen bases. "

Photo: AP
Though Florial has yet to get going this year, I hope this is just a temporary setback. Reports are at least 3 months, and that sounds horrible because the kid's great. After watching him in the Arizona Fall League this past year, I believe this kid has what it takes to be in the Bigs one day very soon. Florial is a true five-tool prospect. He just needs to work on cutting down on strikeouts. 

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Florial should move to the Yankees top-prospect as soon as Gleyber Torres loses his prospect status, and if you've seen anything with him recently in the Bronx, it's going to happen quickly.

Hoping for a speedy recovery for Estevan.  Nice piece Pete Caldera!



--Michael Carnesi
BYB Junior Writer
Twitter: @sevn4evr





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