Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

After losing their nearly-historic streak against the Rangers yesterday, the Yankees made one heck of a statement tonight in game 2 of their series with Texas. James Paxton was as good as he’s been all season, the bats were no longer afraid, and the Yankees won in definitive fashion in the Bronx, 10-1 over the Rangers.

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Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

It’s Labor Day weekend, everyone – a last respite for all of us before the summer ends, school starts, and those of us with jobs have to pay attention a little more.  Shout out to long-time reader, Mark, who asked some really good questions this week.

In this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Stanton trade, evaluate Brett Gardner now and forever, project Jordan Montgomery’s rest-of-year projection, and remember the Jeter flip!

Let’s get at it:

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The Umps Cost the Yanks a Game: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1

The Umps Cost the Yanks a Game: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1

Much as I try to be fair and unbiased, there is no other way to put it: the umpiring was as bad as I’ve ever seen it in today’s game, and there is no argument I’ll accept other than that the umpires cost the Yankees a game today. The Dodgers pitched well, the Yankees didn’t play their best, but this game is on the umps. Read more inside.

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Weekly Mailbag: Frazier/Hicks Part III, #21, Who is Mike Ford, and An Under-the-Radar Hitting Prospect

Weekly Mailbag: Frazier/Hicks Part III, #21, Who is Mike Ford, and An Under-the-Radar Hitting Prospect

Wow, you guys really got into the Frazier vs. Hicks conversation! I’ve had fun with the way you guys have challenged me the last few weeks, and we’ve got some really good stuff this week - thanks and keep it coming! You guys have been way more on your games than the Yankees have this week.

Without any further ado, this week’s mailbag will feature round three of the Frazier vs. Hicks discussion, the number 21, digging deeper into Mike Ford’s production, and taking a look at an under-the-radar hitting prospect. Let’s get at it:

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Start Spreading The News on the Bronx Beat Podcast Episode 204

Start Spreading The News’s own Andy Singer joined EJ Fagan, friend of the blog and host of Baseball Prospectus’s Bronx Beat Podcast, to discuss the Trade Deadline, post-deadline injuries, and the current state of the roster. Enjoy!

Weekly Mailbag: Resting Procedure, Ronald Torreyes, Tulo, and Deivi Garcia (Again)!

Weekly Mailbag: Resting Procedure, Ronald Torreyes, Tulo, and Deivi Garcia (Again)!

I just want to quickly thank all of you for your questions lately - you’re keeping me on my toes! Keep ‘em coming. This week, we’ll talk about the effectiveness of resting players, former fan favorite, Ronald Torreyes, Tulo, and Deivi Garcia (again)! Let’s get at it:

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The Time for Frazier is Now

The Time for Frazier is Now

As the entire Yankee Universe is aware by now, the Yankees did not go out and supplement the current roster at the trade deadline. No matter what I or anyone else thinks, Brian Cashman as said that true upgrades either were not available to the extent that outside observers thought, or in cases in which upgrades were available, the prices to acquire said upgrades were too expensive to be worthwhile. Cashman has stated that he believes upgrades to the current roster are available within the current organization. While much discussion has focused around the growing cast of thousands that currently reside on the Injured List, very little time has been spent talking about a player who has been conspicuously absent from the roster in recent weeks: Clint Frazier.

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Weekly Mailbag: Maybin, Pitching, Eddy, and Chapman

Weekly Mailbag: Maybin, Pitching, Eddy, and Chapman

We got a bunch of good questions this week - good work, guys and gals! In this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about Cameron Maybin, the pitching staff, Edwin Encarnacion, and Aroldis Chapman. Let’s get at it:

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Ending the First Half: A Run Too Short for Game 88

Ending the First Half: A Run Too Short for Game 88

The baseball world is very interesting, given that we consider the season to be at its “halfway point” once the All-Star Break occurs, and the actual halfway point (the 81st game) seems to fly by without much fanfare.

This season, the Yankees at their halfway point have now finished 88 games. The team that has played the most games, the Seattle Mariners, have played 94 games. (The Detroit Tigers have played the least games at 85.) A 9-game difference between the most and least games played, and as I’ll come to state often in this recap, each game matters.

The Yankees are currently on pace to win 105 games this season at their current pace (well, 104.93 technically), so it is hard to complain at this point in the season. Add in how the 538 Prediction Model has them with a 98% chance to make the playoffs, and I’ll seem crazy.

Yet, with only a 87% chance to win the division- and skip the dreaded 1-game playoff- every win counts. And today, the Yankees may have given one win up.

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