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At last: Cause for Yankee hope... the Gammonites are declaring Boston's victory

Yankeewise, it's been a crapola winter. We churned up a few trades, hoping to win on dice rolls (Hicks, Castro) and dealt four kids for a scary closer (El Chapo) who might also be a trainwreck. Before we got to watch him throw a pitch, we lost our best hitting prospect for the year. I'd call that a crapola winter, and when I say such things, I'm being polite to crap and...

New York Yankees: Things to watch as pitchers and catchers report

Just a little over two weeks until pitchers and catchers report for spring training. Not much has changed for the New York Yankees in their rotation or bullpen. There are a few things to look out for in the coming weeks. The first being the health of Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow. He has had a full off-season to rehab his elbow and rest it. There are a lot of scouts and analysts around...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals land Korean relief pitcher Oh

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced their agreement with closer Seung Hwan Oh. The team and Oh came to terms on a one-year deal for the 2016 season with a club option for 2017 after the righthander successfully completed a physical in St. Louis. Rumor has it that the deal and possible team option could be worth around $5 million. The addition of Oh gives the Cardinals...
Via STLSportsMinute
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding the Yankees a Young Starting Pitcher

So far this offseason, the Yankees have focused on bolstering their batting order through trades for outfielder Aaron Hicks and infielder Starlin Castro. But now, with the team’s position-player alignment pretty much set (barring a trade of Brett Gardner) it is time to talk about pitching. If the season started tomorrow, the Yankees’ starting rotation would look something like...
Via BP Bronx
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees 25 Man Roster Projection

New York Yankees – John Miceli Starting Rotation Embed from Getty Images 1. Masahiro Tanaka 2. Luis Severino 3. Yovani Gallardo 4. Nathan Eovaldi 5a. CC Sabathia 5b. Cliff Lee* – Wouldn’t be currently on roster   The Yankees two main starters should move to the top of the rotation. I’m not sure either are worthy of being a true ace, but Tanaka will earn ace status...
Via TopSportsReport
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s On the Yankees’ Grocery List After Signing Castro?

Top 3 Starting Pitcher View image | gettyimages.com New York Yankees pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino are both quality pitchers, but I’m not entirely confident that either of them represent true aces at this stage in their respective careers.  Severino certainly has the potential to become one, but he’s not there just yet.  With most of the aces either off...
Via TopSportsReport
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees fans have a character-building offseason ahead

When it came to the offseason, being a New York Yankees fan used to be easy. There was a four step process that got fans of the Bronx Bombers through the lean months between the end of the World Series and the beginning of the next season. It went something like this. 1) Close your eyes and imagine what the absolute best free agents would look like in pinstripes. 2) Pat yourself...
Via BP Bronx
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

How Much Should Teams Spend on Kenta Maeda?

Reports indicate that Japanese righty Kenta Maeda met with the Hiroshima Carp this week and requested to be posted. He hasn’t been posted yet, but when things like this get public, there can be a growing pressure on the team to fulfill their star’s wishes. We’ve already looked for a comp for Maeda, but how can we use that data to answer the next question on the checklist: how...
Via Fangraphs
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees fail to record a shutout in 2015, but was it close?

Baseball, much like most things in life, is always changing. It’s possible that’s one of your favorite things about baseball, it’s possible that you are praying the game will crystallize right now because it’s making your head spin. It saddens me to be the one to break this news to you, but as it happens your opinion on the matter will not be taken into consideration. Baseball...
Via BP Bronx
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking for a Kenta Maeda Comp

Since we don’t have much more than velocity readings from Japan, it can be difficult to rely on anything but scouting reports when evaluating pitchers coming over from Nippon Professional Baseball. And now that 27-year-old Kenta Maeda is once again rumored to be coming to America through the posting system, we’re once again left wondering how to place him in context. We have...
Via Fangraphs
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the St. Louis Cardinals go after Byung-Ho Park?

Every offseason it seems as if a Japanese baseball star hits the MLB market. Last year it was Jung Ho Kang, and the previous year it was Masahiro Tanaka. Both Kang and Tanaka have both panned out well so far for their respective teams. However, MLB teams fear that the success of these Japanese stars will be short-lived, like in the cases of Kosuke Fukudome and Daisuke Matsuzaka....
Via isportsweb.com
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

And now... the award for the 2015 Yankee IT IS HIGH Gopher Ballsman of the Year goes to...

Continuing coverage of our 2015 awards banquet...The nominees for the 2015 Yankee IT IS HIGH Gopher Ballsman Award - that is, the Yankee pitcher who surrendered the most soul-crushing, spine-sapping, TV-kicking-in home run balls this past season - are...CC Sabathia (applause)Masahiro Tanaka (applause)Chasen Shreve (wild applause)I would ask that the audience, in respect to the...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees' Tanaka has surgery; no not the dreaded one

Most everyone who follows the New York Yankees waited all season for Masahiro Tanaka to walk off the mound holding his right elbow, the partial tear finally succumbing to the unnatural torque of throwing a baseball. It never happened.Masahiro TanakaPhoto credit: Keith Allison via FlickrHowever, the partial tear was not the only issue with the elbow; Tanaka still had surgery on his...
Via Yankees Unscripted
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees' Tanaka has elbow surgery to remove bone spur

 Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has had arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.The team said Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek operated on Tanaka at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday and that typical recovery time includes six weeks of exercise and strengthening, followed by a throwing program.The Yankees added that the injury dates from...
Via AP on Fox
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees didn’t get screwed by the strike zone

During last night’s Wild Card game live blog, there were a few readers (presumably Yankee fans) who were very upset with the strike zone being called by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. 10:42 Comment From Hank Cooper is a joke – that one was 4-6" off the plate! Comment From Cb Why is Sipp getting the benefit of the doubt on all these 3-ball count pitches on the edge? Comment...
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

AL Wild Card Game Recap: Astros 3 Yankees 0 – Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Booing

The joy of baseball lies in its unpredictability. The g**damn frustrating joy of baseball lies in its predictability. In 2015, when opposing batters swung at the first pitch off Masahiro Tanaka, they slugged .508 with four home runs. In September/October, the Yankees offense ranked last or second-to-last in the AL in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. In two regular...
Via BP Bronx
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros Hit Two Home Runs, Shut Out Yankees To Win AL Wild Card (Videos)

The Houston Astros are on to the American League Division Series. Houston finished second in baseball with 230 home runs this season. They only needed one more to take down the New York Yankees on Tuesday, and Colby Rasmus delivered. The Astros outfielder took the first pitch he saw from Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka in the second inning and plunked it in the right field seats. ...
Via NESN.com
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros pitch their way to 3-0 win over Yankees in AL Wild Card game

The New York Yankees are one and done in 2015. On Tuesday night, they fell 3-0 to a game Houston Astros side at Yankee Stadium, marking the third straight season the team has gone without a playoff win. But the Yankees weren’t the story on Tuesday night – the Astros pitching staff was the story. Houston won their first playoff game since the 2005 NLCS by outpitching the Yankees...
Via Bloguin Best
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Carlos Gomez Not Uncertain About Home Run

As a rule, life is characterized predominantly both by crippling doubt and also other kinds of doubt. Less susceptible to that sort of doubt is Houston outfield Carlos Gomez, depicted here recording a home run against Masahiro Tanaka — with regard to which home run Gomez exhibits something much closer to unambiguous certainty.
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees fans stuck in long security lines before AL Wild Card Game

The New York Yankees earned home-field advantage in Tuesday night’s AL Wild Card Game against the Houston Astros, but long security lines prevented many fans from seeing player introductions. ESPN did its best to use different camera angles to avoid showing how few people were in their seats during introductions, but judging by the noise level, it was clear that Yankee Stadium...
Via The Sports Daily
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Tanaka vs. Astro moon shots

Baseball games rarely go according to form. Games, I mean. As for baseball serieses, forget about it. The other day I was reading that the Blue Jays have the best chance of winning the World Series: 19 percent. I was surprised it was quite that high. When the game can (and often does) turn on one swing of the bat, one slightly mis-thrown pitch, one missed call by an umpire, it's...
Via Fox Sports
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The Reality of Masahiro Tanaka’s Fastball

Six months ago, we were all idiots. We were all idiots because we figured the Yankees were idiots for letting Masahiro Tanaka pitch. It felt like elbow surgery was inevitable, UCL tears being things you don’t just play through, so it felt strange to see the Yankees in denial. Oh, we all thought we knew what was better. Turns out the Yankees might’ve been on to something. Turns...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Astros Vs. Yankees AL Wild Card Game Online (Live Stream)

The Houston Astros are hoping to make their first ever appearance in the American League Division Series, but they first will have to beat the New York Yankees in Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game. The game will be played at Yankee Stadium because New York finished with the better regular-season record. The pitching matchup is expected to be Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) versus Dallas Keuchel...
Via NESN.com
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Five questions about the 2015 American League Wild Card game

The Houston Astros (86-76) and the New York Yankees (87-75) meet tonight in the American League Wild Card game to determine who’ll go on to face the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS. It’s a battle of two teams that have had their ups and downs this year: both of them were in first place in their respective divisions for a good length of time, and both of them faltered and were...
Via The Outside Corner
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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