Yanks Move to 1 Win from the ALCS - Beat Twins 8-2 at Home

Yanks Move to 1 Win from the ALCS - Beat Twins 8-2 at Home

The ALDS match-up between the Yankees and Twins has been billed as a series featuring two powerful offenses forced to bludgeon each other into submission. Thus far, only one side has lived up to that billing. Yankee pitching remained highly effective early Saturday evening, while the Yanks’ offense remained highly potent, pushing the Twins to the brink with an 8-2 win to move ahead in the ALDS 2-0 over the Twins. With the win, the Yankees have a chance to move on with a sweep on Monday night in Minnesota. For now though, the Yankees and their fans can revel in yet another dominant performance.

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The Playoff Roster

The Playoff Roster

I’ve danced around talking about the playoff roster for a little over a month now, but the time has finally come to discuss the likely playoff roster. At first pass, I think as many as 22 of the 25 roster spots are locked up. In order to predict the most likely roster composition, we’ll need to look at the most likely ratio of position players to pitchers; evaluate possible injury complications; identify the players locked into spots; and then identify the bubble spots and likely candidates to fill those spots. Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Preferred Playoff Match-Ups, the Case of Greg Bird, Gardy Bragging, and Loaisiga's Playoff Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Preferred Playoff Match-Ups, the Case of Greg Bird, Gardy Bragging, and Loaisiga's Playoff Role!

It’s finally here: the last weekend of the regular season.  The Yankees have made it clear that they are prioritizing resting key players over gaining home field advantage through at least the AL portion of the playoffs.  As frustrating as it can be to watch the team lose in semi-listless fashion, I think this is a good call.  The team has been so banged up this year that giving guys a break during the last week of the regular season gives the team the best chance for a good outcome in the playoffs.  Even without the injuries, the Major League Baseball season is a physical and mental grind; all of these guys could use a breather.

In this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about preferred playoff match-ups, lament the case of Greg Bird, brag about Gardy, and ponder Loaisiga’s playoff role.  Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Man, the hits just keep on coming. This team can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.  I really thought that we’d get some of the team healthy prior to the playoffs, but right now, we’re playing two men down, one man up.  Between the bad news on Hicks and injuries to Tauchman, Happ, Kahnle, Sanchez, and Encarnacion, it’s getting tough to keep it all straight.  Luckily, the Yankee front office has assembled a ton of depth, probably even more than it realized.  Still, I’d love to talk about a much healthier Yankee roster as we get closer to the playoffs.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about James Paxton’s run of excellence, sort through a potential playoff infield lineup, and look at a potential role for Jonathan Loaisiga.  Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting Sonny Gray, Regrets, and an Off-Season Trade Idea!

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend, and I hope all of those who have returned to school/work have had a smooth transition.  At least we’ve had plenty of good baseball to watch since last weekend, and we’ll have more this weekend with the Yankees up in Boston.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Sonny Gray trade, explore a possible off-season trade, and talk about Stanton and the playoffs.  Let’s get at it:

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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: Tauchman vs. Frazier, a Surprising Trade Proposal, and My Favorite Pitcher on the Trade Market

Weekly Mailbag: Tauchman vs. Frazier, a Surprising Trade Proposal, and My Favorite Pitcher on the Trade Market

Wow, our readers are definitely in trade mode - a bunch of questions about trades this week, and rightfully so, given that the trade deadline is just a few days away. In this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about Tauchman vs. Frazier, a surprising trade proposal, and my favorite pitcher on the trade market. Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

Weekly Mailbag: The Fate of the Replacements, Hicks, Garcia, and Stats!

The questions were really great this week, everyone, and I’m sorry that I can’t get to all of them. Know that I’m keeping some of the questions that have not been answered in the hopper for future mailbags, if the questions remain relevant. Without further ado, let’s get at it:

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Kikuchi Had Yanks 'Pining' for Hits & 'Tarred' the Hitters, as M's Win 10-1

Kikuchi Had Yanks 'Pining' for Hits & 'Tarred' the Hitters, as M's Win 10-1

The news will be spread throughout the night on every sports radio station, every televised sporting recap show, and be published into the morning on every major sports publication. And, it isn’t hard to see why.

In fact, its because it was too obvious, that this news will make the late-night publication rounds.

Pictures and Videos of Michael Pineda will be shared around the internet, thoughts about Kenny Rogers in the 2006 playoffs and memories of George Brett back in 1983 will follow suit. (Isn’t it funny that the Yankees are always wrapped up in pine tar related incidents?)

If you haven’t heard by now, Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is suspected (and it seems to be pretty blatantly clear) of using pine tar from the brim of his hat during tonight game, where he went into the 6th with a no-hitter.

We’ll get to this, and more, in this 10-1 Yankees loss game recap:

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Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Much of the reporting of Jonathan Loaisiga’s first start focused on how similar his results were to his Major League performance in 2018. Loaisiga displayed electric stuff in his first start of 2019, but he struggled to get outs multiple times through the order, and was unable to pitch deep into the game, forcing the Yankees to go to the bullpen after just 4 innings (and admittedly, just 70 pitches). Lost in the analysis of results was the recognition that Loaisiga did not achieve those results in exactly the same way as last season. As a disclaimer, super-small sample size certainly applies in this case, however I would like to highlight some trends that I plan to track when Loaisiga pitches this season.

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