With 74 games remaining on the season, many (most?) baseball experts, wanna-be experts, writers, commentators, podcasters, posters, and bloggers feel that the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher to enhance the club. There is this sense that the Yankees need an ace. I agree.
I also think that with the post-season seemingly within easy reach, the time is NOW for the Yankees to build the rotation that will allow them to win the division, dominate in the post season and bring home a championship.
Let’s take a look at pitchers on teams that are most likely out of the race. Below are my realistic choices of available pitchers who could help the Bombers…
Marcus Stroman (11-5, 3.18) Blue Jays
John Means (7-4, 2.50) Orioles
Matthew Boyd (6-6, 3.87) Tigers
Zack Wheeler (6-6, 4.69) Mets
Madision Bumgarner (5-7, 4.05) Giants
Tanner Roark (5-6, 3.51) Reds
Now it’s time for you to pick one, even if he’s not listed above. Remember, make it a REALISTIC pick.
Well? What are you waiting for, make a pick and why you think it would help the Yanks.
The 2019 MLB All-Star Game is in the books. The American League jumped out to a three-run lead and held on for a 4-3 victory.
Sunday marked the end of the first half of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season (were actually 7 or 8 games into the second half). Most of the league will get the next few days off before play resumes on Friday. From there, the ensuing couple weeks will revolve around who will be on the move ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Playoff races will then take center stage until it's time for postseason baseball.
While I can't touch on everything, I’ve decided to highlight some aspects of the first half that surprised me, amused me, or disappointed me. Here’s my take…
What’s up with the ball?? Commissioner Rob Manfred has blamed the ball's enhanced aerodynamic state on the "pill" being centered better. There is independent research suggesting the seams have also been altered. Ummm, ok. The amount of home-run records being shattered is absurd. All I know is, this is one of the reasons the game is changing before our eyes, and I don’t like it. Home runs are exciting. But if you're tired of tuning in to a home-run derby each night -- I feel you.
Mike Trout is undeniably the best player in baseball, and seems certain to finish yet another season with an OPS+ over 160. This is his eighth full season; he's never been lower than 168. Ridiculous. Trout is also likely to notch his sixth 30-plus homer season and perhaps his second year with more walks than strikeouts. And that’s a shame because the Angles won’t make the playoffs again.
You have to appreciate and respect what Cody Bellinger, Joey Gallo. and Christian Yelich are doing. Amazing
While we're talking about Bellinger, how about the rest of his team? The Dodgers are steamrolling the rest of the NL, and in my humble opinion, are the best team in baseball right now. Los Angeles comes into today with the best run differential in baseball, and was more than 80 runs better than any other NL squad. That's dominance. They look positioned to win a third consecutive pennant.
And now the locals…
Woo boy. New general manager, new-look roster, and yet it's the same old mess in Flushing. During the first half the Mets had to: walk back a number of self-imposed restrictions on closer Edwin Diaz; change course on having Dominic Smith play the outfield; and fine manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Jason Vargas for threatening a reporter. Then there’s Mr No hustle, Robinson Cano.
If it weren’t for Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and the already mentioned Smith, there would be absolutely nothing good to say. What happened to that “playoff” caliber pitching staff?
Instead, it's the All-Star Break and they seem certain to sell pieces at the deadline and fire their manager before the season ends. Another boring season in Flushing.
What can I say about our Bronx Bombers. It is nonetheless a feat that the Yankees have been so good despite not being even close to 100 percent healthy all season. And, they're still missing Luis Severino , Dellin Betances, and Giancarlo Stanton who landed back on the injured list as quickly as he came off it.
The Yankees have gained control of the AL East on largely on the strength of their Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu led offense, which is once again specializing in home runs. Then there is Luke, Glyber, Gio and the senior veteran Gardy who may not have the numbers, but always seem to come up big, while out hustling everyone and still playing stellar defense. Their bullpen has also been better than its 4.01 ERA, particularly where Aroldis Chapman and Adam Ottavino are concerned. (it’s been a struggle lately for Chapman). The starters have been mostly inconsistent, but the offense seems to often bail them out.
If this is what the Yankees can do while banged up, may the baseball gods help the rest of MLB if/when they get completely healthy. The bombers appear to be a juggernaut everywhere but where it really matters -- in the starting rotation. The trade deadline looms big.
The fun never stops for the 2019 Mets, who’ve endured a nightmarish, drama-packed campaign after starting it with playoff aspirations. Following Friday’s loss to the Phillies, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen assembled the Mets’ coaching staff, including beleaguered manager Mickey Callaway, and “lashed out” over the fact that the team wasted ace Jacob deGrom’s excellent performance. In fact it is reported that outburst included Brodie throwing a chair. The GM neither confirmed nor denied the incident took place, but others claim it happened and most of the wrath was directed at Met manager Mickey Calloway.
The circus continued during Saturday’s game against the Phillies when Todd Frazier and Mickey Callaway were both tossed in the fifth inning of the game that began with Jake Arrieta hitting Frazier with a change-up. Yes, I said a change-up. Frazier, who was also hit on Friday, slammed his bat to the ground and was fired up, yelling at Arrieta, catcher J.T. Realmuto and the home-plate umpire before getting sent to the showers.
It certainly woke up the Mets, as Dominic Smith doubled and Amed Rosario was hit just below the left hip with a 1-2 changeup at 86 mph. That’s when Callaway came storming out of the dugout, giving home plate umpire Tripp Gibson. (yes, that’s his real name) obviously angry that Arrieta hadn’t been tossed for nailing Rosario following the earlier warnings. Calloway soon joined Frazier in the showers. The Mets did rally to win the game.
After the game, Arrieta responded to questions…"Frazier's not happy about it, he can come see me and I'll put a dent in his skull"
Today’s game should be interesting, as the two underachieving teams square off in the series rubber match.
I think it’s funny that Frazier goes ballistic when hit by a change-up. I also think it’s fair to wonder how much longer Callaway will continue with the organization. The club has gone a horrid 116-134 since it hired him entering last season, though that’s not to suggest he’s the lone source of blame, as the Mets seem to find ways to lose and Calloway and Van Wagenen continue to grab embarrassing headlines.
By popular demand (actually two people asked), I'm back at it again. So much has changed since my last entry. I have officially retired and as many of us old folks do, I relocated to Florida. I'm still a huge New York area sports fan, with my favorite team being the New York Yankees.
As in the past, I make no money from this blog and currently have no advertisers . I do it for the love of sports and to have fun. I hope, as in the past you read and comment. Write your comments with conviction, passion and fairness., but don’t be a jerk. No name calling or other abusive remarks. No politics please. Lets have fun and talk sports.
Currently...The Yankees are on top of the AL East and have the second best record in the majors. The Rangers and Devils, got the number 1 & 2 draft picks as well as some great free agent signings. The Nets agreed to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start to free agency, giving the longtime No. 2 team in New York top billing in the Big Apple. The Knicks didn't. The Mets are the laughing stock of baseball. And finally, the Giants and Jets start training camp with roughly two and a half weeks before they open their preseason against each other on August 8.
We all caught up now?? Grab a beer, take a read, and keep those comments coming.
Even if the 2018-19 baseball free agent class isn’t going to be the slam-dunk we thought it would be, there are still players farther in the future that will change free agency—JD Martinez, Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Sale, and Nolan Arenado will likely all get their own respective mega-deals.
I don’t believe for one second that Gary Sanchez actually reinjured his groin last Monday. Putting him on the DL serves as the cleanest resolution to what could have been a massive crisis for the team, the clubhouse and the rookie manager.
Sometimes you sign a guy for all the right reasons and everything turns out as wrong as it has with Cespedes and the Mets. Why am I not surprised?
Get excited America, the Orioles are coming to Sunday Night Baseball (The O's are ONLY 41.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East). What happened to flex scheduling?? Could it just be that the powers at ESPN don’t think the scrappy underdog Yankees have had enough feature games in primetime yet this year. Sure, that has to be it.
Fox’s NASCAR viewership dropped 19 percent from last year. How many of you north of the Mason-Dion line actually watch NASCAR?
Because the NFL has become a “win now” league, I liked the Saquon Barkley pick, but I can’t help thinking is Davis Webb or Kyle Lauletta the Giant’s future at QB???
Ironic how just as the Yankees include outfielder Bill McKinney in a trade that Aaron Judge goes down with an injury. McKinney would have been the one most likely called up since Clint Frazier is on the disabled list with post-concussion migraines. Look for a trade.
What a disaster. Gary Sanchez’s lack of hustle cost the Yankees mightily. After this loss and a Red Sox win against the O’s last night, New York is now 6 games back for the AL East division lead. Since June 22nd, the Yanks are 13-13.
Luis Severino, for the third game in a row, wasn’t Severino. In the first inning Severino threw a slider that Sanchez failed to catch on an obvious cross-up. The ball trickled down towards the third base side in foul territory and Sanchez jogged towards it. Meanwhile, Jake Bauers the runner at 2nd easily took third and… started to sprint home. Bauers saw that the Yankee catcher wasn’t hustling to the ball and races home. Sanchez finally gets to the ball, but his throw was off line. Bauers scores. Not a care in the world.
Sanchez who has gone 1 for his last 19, comes up in the ninth. The Yankees have climbed back in the game that the Rays have led all night. It’s 7-6, the Yankees had top of the order come to the plate. The first two hitters – Gardner and Judge – did what the top of the order is supposed to do and got on base by an infield single and walk, respectively. Up comes Didi Gregorius who shockingly lays down a sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position. Interesting, but it worked. The Rays intentionally walk the red hot Gincarlo Stanton, to load the bases.
Aaron Hicks grounded into to a force out at home. Up comes Mr Hustle. On a 1-1 pitch, Sanchez squared a hard grounder up to middle that 1) SS Willy Adames fielded 2) he tossed to 2B Daniel Robertson for a force out attempt 3) but Hicks’s hustle slide kept the game alive… for that moment 4) Robertson immediately threw to first to get Sanchez out and end the game. Sanchez is not the fastest guy, but good grief, he didn’t even pretend to hustle down the line to keep the Yanks alive. He basically jogged and it’s game over! I thought I might have even seen a yawn. Hey Gary, are we keeping you awake??
Sorry Snachez fans but, me thinks Gary is a bit over rated. While he has a gun for an arm and releases the ball quickly, his overall catching skills are terrible. I’m much more comfortable (when runners are aboard) to have Austin Romine behind the plate. I think the Yankees pitchers would agree. As for his ability to hit home runs, well how often has that happened lately? He’s been a flop at the plate hitting .188 with 14 homers and 42 RBI in 66 games, often striking out in a big spot, and we all know about his lack of hustle.
Monday’s mishaps weren’t just about Sanchez’s bad hands or legs, though. They spoke to a clear and present lack of effort that we all saw. Sanchez has earned a reputation as a player who frequently dogs it, it’s time to bench him.
Sometimes life throws you a curve. Life threw me and my family two of them. Living is about falling down and getting back up again. I’ve gotten back up and I'm back in!
So much has happened since I last blogged. Legalized sports gambling, NBA and NHL Playoffs, much of the baseball season. The Triple Crown, nauseating LeBron James stories, more LeBron James stories, World Cup soccer, Wimbledon, The NFL’s stupid anthem policy, and the continuing failure of the New York Met"s. So some quips, quotes and opinions…
Brutal. Just brutal. For the second time in as many days, the Yankees let a very winnable game slip away against the worst team in baseball. Tuesday final score was 6-5. You CAN’T lose to the Orioles. 3 games out!
I keep wondering about how the people in charge of the PGA Tour like the idea of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing that $10 million winner-take-all match.
I think J.A. Happ’s audition last weekend didn’t impress the Yankee front office.
Who gets traded, Thor or deGrom? I’m thinking Thor.
I want to feel badly for Russia, the guys losing the way they did on another last-kick ending. Sorry, I don’t.
And the Red Sox just keep on winning. Eight in a row, 13 of their last 15.
The Mets seemingly find new lows on an almost daily basis. Another dismal loss…7-3 to the Phillies. And who is this Drew Gagnon ?
After feuding with his sons’ Lithuanian coach, LaVar Ball took his boys and went home. Again. As if this was ever going to end any other way.
After publicly saying Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez didn't belong in last year’s Home Run Derby. Twins Logan Morrison was left out of the derby last year. Morrison added fuel to the Yankees fan hatred by calling them "stupid." He’s been hearing the boo’s during the current series at the stadium. The 30-year-old went into the series struggling and knew he'd be hearing it from the fanbase. He’s 1-for-6 in the this series and continues to struggle this season. He's batting (as of last night) .103 with 16 strikeouts and only one home run. If the trend continues, Morrison will likely be left out of this year's Home Run Derby once again.
Like it or not Matt Harvey was used out of the bullpen for the first time Tuesday night and fell right into deep water. His first real relief appearance came with the Mets and Cardinals tied in the bottom of the fifth inning. Harvey gave up the go-ahead run on a pair of doubles by Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong. Maybe he’s right…he doesn’t belong in the bullpen.
I have to admit Mookie Betts is one of the truly great two-way players in big-league baseball…And getting better. Like, by the day.
Mike Francesa's shocking return to WFAN afternoon drive just four months after his much-celebrated departure (and the 19-month farewell tour that preceded it) is a surprise to all. Other on air personalities will be affected by this ridiculous move that the new upper management thought was a good idea. The idea that he’s coming back to the station that he just retired from is all sorts of awkward for so many reasons. Mike, stay home.
Like I said before, Sonny Gray is way overrated.
I know it’s early but…The Yankees should never split a series with the Marlins and lose 9-1. Was it Bill Parcells that said, you are what your record is?
I know it’s early but…Last night Masahiro Tanaka allowed six earned runs, seven total, in five innings. For the season 6.45 ERA. Surrendered his fifth home run of the early season, for at least one in all four of his starts.
I know it’s early but…Sonny Gray is way overrated. 6.92 ERA. 49-44 lifetime. Gray has yet to emerge as an above-average starter since he arrived in The Bronx.
I know it’s early but…Yanks defense is terrible. Comedy of errors continued in the 2nd inning of last night’s game as Cameron Maybin reached on what was ruled a bunt single despite misplays by both Sanchez and first baseman Tyler Austin. Maybin got to second when Austin let Sanchez’s throw get by him and scored on a hit by Derek Dietrich that Neil Walker couldn’t come up with that also could have been scored an error. Even Didi had one. 16 games, 17 errors. 28th in MLB.
I know it’s early but…Bullpen has been awful. Save percentage only 50%.
I know it’s early but…Gincarlo Stanton .197 BA. 29 strikeouts in 66 at bats. Can’t hit a lick at the stadium. 3 for 35 (.086) with 20 strikeouts. New York’s newest big fish has yet to catch on in the Big Apple.
I know it’s early but…
I have always felt that teams need to play a minimum of 30-35 games before you can get a picture of who they are. After 14 games, the New York Mets are 12-2, yes I said 12-2. That record is the best start in their history. It’s still too early, (with less than 10 percent of season having been played), to draw large-scale conclusions, and I’m sure the Mets, are not going to keep playing at an .857 clip. But this is a surprise.
The question is…why? Answer: Their Noah Syndergaard led starting rotation is healthy, which has always been the differentiating factor for this team. Their veteran lineup boasts experience. Veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier are off to hot starts. And they have something special going that makes them practically unbeatable at the moment, even if Yoenis Cespedes, the most important hitter in the lineup, is hitting just .190, with 26 strikeouts in 14 games. Just look back to yesterday’s walk off win.
The Mets begin a series against the big, bad Nationals, and have a chance to bury them a little deeper in the standings over the next three nights at Citi Field. They already have a 6 game lead.
Going into the season I thought the Mets would be better than most predicted. I never imagined this kind of hot start. It is obviously still early on with more than 130 games to play, but the Mets with a series win over the Nationals might be looking like the team to beat in the NL East.
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