Edwin Encarnacion a Yankee: The Fallout

Edwin Encarnacion a Yankee: The Fallout

As all of the Yankee universe is well aware, the Yankees pulled off a trade to acquire Edwin Encarnacion last night. No matter what you think about the roster construction as it stands now, there is no doubting that the Yankees now have one of the most dangerous lineups in all of baseball once Judge and Stanton return next week. Our own Ethan Semendinger posted a great breakdown of the trade this morning, but I would like to look at the trade from a different angle.

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The Story so Far, and Yet to Come: The 2019 Bullpen

The Story so Far, and Yet to Come: The 2019 Bullpen

Prior to the 2019 season, many observers (this writer included) thought that the Yankee bullpen had a chance to be historically great. For one reason or another, the bullpen, while good, has not been historically great. I examine how the bullpen has performed to-date, and evaluate what the bullpen might look like for the rest of the season.

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Gio Urshela: Is He For Real?

Gio Urshela: Is He For Real?

There is little question but that the 2019 Yankees would be in the basement of the AL East without the play of all of the depth players that began the year at AAA Scranton. As good as all of those guys have been, one has stood above the rest: Gio Urshela. Prior to this season, Urshela was considered to be little more than a depth infielder. This season has largely changed that perception. In addition to playing good defense at the hot corner (I know that the metrics are mixed - defensive metrics take larger sample sizes to trust, so I am trusting my eyes on this one), Urshela has hit .341/.396/.505 with a .902 OPS, 140 OPS+, and 143 wRC+. Were Urshela to keep up this level of performance over a full season, he would finish with 5-ish WAR, or All-Star caliber production from 3B. Urshela’s current offensive performance is easy to comprehend, but the aforementioned statistics only tell us how Urshela has performed to this point; they say nothing about what we can expect from him moving forward. The question remains: who is Gio Urshela long-term?

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What Do You Think? Andujar vs. Urshela?

This is one of those situations where there is no clear cut answer…

Miguel Andujar has demonstrated that he is an outstanding hitter. He’s also demonstrated that he is a poor fielder. With Andujar playing third base, the Yankees would have a bat first player in the field.

Gio Urshela has demonstrated that he is an outstanding fielder. He’s also demonstrated (in his career prior to this year) that he is a poor hitter (lifetime .225/.274/.315). With Urshela in the line-up (and playing third base), the Yankees would gave a glove first batter in the batting order.

Here is the big question…

Which scenario do you consider worse as a fan:

(A) Losing a game because Miguel Andujar makes a critical error that leads to the winning run scoring in the ninth inning?

or

(B) Losing a game because Gio Urshela grounds out meekly to end the game with the tying runner at third base and the winning run at second base?

(I could have asked this question the opposite way (Which is better, winning with a big hit or a great catch), but all wins feel great. I’m wondering which type of loss feels worse. )

I have debating this with some friends. There is no correct answer.

What is your opinion?