A big shoe drops today, and the mystery of Dustin Ackley will be explained

Something will happen today. It must happen. I'm sort of dreading it. Today, we will learn why, why, why the Yankees sandbagged themselves into a corner in their obsessive quest for somebody named Dustin Ackley.  I spent last night trying to figure it out. Never did. Ackley's nickname should be "The Sphinx." His presence as a Yankee - if he remains one after today - is a dark...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Mets make ruling NYC too easy for the Yankees

Thirty years ago, the Mets were actually worth booing. They were New York's main team, and the back pages - fueled by Dick Young's thirst for Tom Seaver's blood - covered whatever was happening in the Metiverse: Bobby Bonilla's contract... David Cone's warmup rituals... Keith Hernandez' mustache... whatever. The Amazin's always amazed.I trace the direct threat from the Mets...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: instant thoughts to game 100 vs. the Texas Rangers

After taking the first two games of the four game series, the New York Yankees couldn’t continue their winning ways into Wednesday night, as they lost to the Texas Rangers 5-2. Pitching struggles and an anemic offense held were the main causes that held the Yankees back during the contest. Let’s take a look at my instant thoughts to tonight’s game. Signs of struggle After stringing...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: instant thoughts to game 92 vs. the Baltimore Orioles

In what I described earlier as the biggest series for the New York Yankees this season, the team was able to secure the first of three games against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Nathan Eovaldi – for the sixth consecutive start – pitched solid, while the bullpen was able to lock the game down from the sixth inning, en route to a 3-2 victory. Here are my instant reactions...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees activate Beltran from DL, send Refsnyder to Triple-A

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have activated Carlos Beltran from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup Sunday against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. In somewhat of a surprise move, the Yankees optioned second baseman Rob Refsnyder to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a day after manager Joe Girardi said the touted prospect would get more...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees trade rumors: Carlos Beltran edition

With right fielder Carlos Beltran set to return as soon as today, the New York Yankees have an interesting decision on their hands. Obviously they will remove somebody from their current roster to pave the way for his activation from the DL, but the bigger question is whether the team should still keep him. At 38 years old with an increasingly frail body, Beltran is better suited...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Beltran plays 5 innings in second rehab game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran singled in three at-bats and played five innings of defense in his second minor league rehabilitation game while recovering from a strained left oblique. The 38-year-old Beltran, playing for Class A Tampa against Charlotte on Thursday night, also went 2 for 2 with a walk as the designated hitter Wednesday. Beltran is eligible...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees shut out of "Cub-Worthy All-Stars" by dragon lady voters of

Hard to imagine, but Brian McCann, CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran have been snubbed by the fish-netted, turkey-necked, cyber-crones at, in voting for the 2015 stud-buddy All-Star Jigolo Team.  Leading the pack is the 22-year-old Chippendale-worthy super cub, Bryce Harper, who - as a result - now gets his pick from both the Sarasota Seniors Happy Kazoo Team or the...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees trade rumors: Gerardo Parra edition

The New York Yankees got some good news before their 5-4 win over the Athletics on Wednesday, as center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was activated off the DL. This move was certainly one that the Yanks needed, as they already had three outfielders (Carlos Beltran, Slade Heathcott, and Mason Williams) on the disabled list. As the trade deadline approaches, the team should seriously consider...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Beltran headed to the DL

The New York Yankees lineup took a hit today, as they learned they will be without outfielder Carlos Beltran for the foreseeable future. Beltran left the Yankees contest against the Los Angeles Angles on Tuesday with an apparent injury. He left during the fifth inning, as he aggravated a previous injury to his left rib cage. Beltran had hoped that the injury wasn’t too serious...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Beltran joins Jacoby Ellsbury on Yanks' disabled list

NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltran has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees because a strained left oblique muscle. New York made the move before Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay and said it was retroactive to Wednesday. The Yankees already are missing starting centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been slow to heal from a knee injury that has kept...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: instant reactions to game 79 vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The New York Yankees finally ended their dreaded 20-straight games on a high note, as they defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 3-1. Solid pitching and timely hitting were the main factors that led the team to victory. Here are my instant reactions to last night’s win. Nathan Eovaldi impresses Throughout his first season in pinstripes, it was apparent that Eovaldi could...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

When Garrett Jones and Carlos Beltran play OF, the 2015 Yankees pay the price for their original sin: Wanting to screw A-Rod

In our brief, recent sight-seeing excursion to the Confederacy, the damned Yankees gave the world two spectacular OF blunders, each worthy of a season ending low-light reel.Saturday night, Carlos Beltran pivoted around neatly to watch a fly ball land over his head and bounce against the wall - a sense of daring-do that would have made Bobby "The Wallflower" Abreu look like Minnie...
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Daily Fantasy Robopick: Carlos Beltran

Over the course of the 2015 fantasy baseball season, I’ve been working with Matthew Boland, a PhD student in Finance, on a daily fantasy sports strategy. With a little bit of economic theory, and a degree of baseball intuition we’ve come up with a formula that helps us put together winning daily fantasy baseball lineups. We’re keeping the full lineups to ourselves, but, will...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod, Beltran lead Yankees to 14-3 blowout against Tigers

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez added to his momentous weekend with a homer and five RBIs, Carlos Beltran went deep from both sides of the plate and the New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 14-3 Saturday night. Light-hitting Didi Gregorius homered for the second consecutive night and New York banged out a season-best 18 hits on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. With former greats...
Via AP on Fox
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: trade options, part two

Back on June 1, I wrote an article on Outside Pitch based on two different trade scenarios to improve the New York Yankees roster. In the two weeks that passed, the situation remains the same; the American League East is wide open, and each of the five teams have a chance to emerge as the division winner come seasons end. While the Bronx Bombers continue to stay in the conversation...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Grind: ASG Voting Shows Mets’ Lack of Star Power

The Mets are hanging tough with the Nationals at the top of the division after two months of play. But unlike the last Mets team to win the NL East (2006), this year’s team doesn’t feature elite position players anywhere on the diamond. It’s not a coincidence that, while the ’06 Mets accounted for half of the National League’s starting lineup in that year’s All-Star...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Let's acknowledge last night's great Cashmanic victory over Oakland

Kudos go out to Brian Cashman for his tireless work in last night's big Yankee win* over the A's.  He laid the groundwork two winters ago, signing Carlos Beltran to a three-year deal. The Belt Man, who is slowly salvaging his season, won last night's game with a clutch two-run HR, his fourth of the year. Carlos is now batting .246, up about 80 points over a month ago. Watch out...
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Carlos Beltran's Yankee soul be saved?

In the last two years, underachieving Yankee stars have been blessed by the presence of Carlos Beltran, one of the great whipping mules in NYC history. From the moment he signed, Yankee fans wondered what form of brain oatmeal rationalized returning Beltran to a town where he was most famous for watching a called strike three, killing the Mets' last honest chance at anything...
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees' big problem is not pitching, hitting or fielding. It is a dark, soul-crushing boredom

Last night, I had a reason to watch the Yankees. His name was Slade Heathcott.First time he came up, we were already down 7-0. I figured the game was over. We don't score eight runs in a weekend, much less one night. Still, I dropped what I was doing and rushed the TV. And he didn't let me down: He laced a drive to left-center, ran like a banshee, slid headfirst for a double. It...
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Missing Ellsbury's Effort & Cursing Beltran's Lack Therof

A 2-7 road trip. As Joe Girardi would say, "It's not what you want." Last night was really frustrating, thanks, in part, to one Carlos Beltran.If he had made any sort of an effort to catch that pop fly in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees might have gone on to get out of the inning without (what turned out to be) the winning run scoring. He didn't, and the Yankees lost the last...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Perfect timing? MIred in a slump, Slade Heathcott gets called up to the Yankees

For weeks, I secretly hoped Carlos Beltran would tweak a love handle and go on the DL. It wasn't that wished ill on Beltran - he is a nice man - but I just lost hope for him. I now leave the room when he comes to bat. (I've tried everything; nothing works.) In my fantasy Yankee world, Slade Heathcott would rise from Scranton like Linus's Great Pumpkin, take over RF and play there...
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Apparently, the Yankees will wait to fall out of first before making any moves

Here's today's Amazing True Fun Fan Fact:The Yankees yesterday were shutout for the first time all year!Yep. That was our first full-game whiff. It's hard to imagine that a team whose batting averages - after the first three hitters - are .248, .237, .234, .236, .177, and .204 - had not been shutout until yesterday. That's because several of our one-run games - like Thursday night...
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Not So Fast! Tanks Not Empty Yet For Sabathia, Beltran

Last night's 11-5 win over the Rays gave the Yankees a 21-12 record, the best in the American League.  They accomplished the feat thanks to contributions from everyone who played, including two of the most unlikely, CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran.Sabathia earned his first win of the season, putting together a very solid line: 7IP, 6H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 9K, 2HR. Beltran, who has hit...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Everything is all right... something must be wrong

Sunday, Tanaka was resting, Chris Capuano and Ivan Nova were healing, and even Carlos Beltran was HR-trotting around the bases. Brian Cashman was celebrating the 2012 trade of Jesus, Michael Pineda was gathering a Cy Young buzz, Brian McCann was beating the over-shift, and down in the Anthracite Capital of Pennsylvania, Slade Heathcott was tearing up the International League instead...
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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