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:

(Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

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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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We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

We May Be Talking About the Wrong Met...

Multiple outlets reported yesterday that the Yankees were the middleman in a rumored three-team trade that would have seen Noah Syndergaard in pinstripes, while JT Realmuto would have landed in Queens. In order to facilitate a trade of that magnitude, a high-end young Yankee, most probably Miguel Andujar, would have been dealt. While a player like Miguel Andujar should be available if the right deal presents itself (if you haven’t read it yet, check out our own Matthew Cohen’s analysis of Andujar’s value), I think it’s fair to say that the threshold for trading Andujar should be very high. Reports today suggest that the aforementioned three-team deal is fizzling, but that does not mean that the Yankees should table discussions that involve the Mets.

I personally feel that a deal centered around Miguel Andujar is a a little rich for a pitcher as volatile from a health perspective as Noah Syndergaard. That said, the fact that these discussions have become so public indicates that Mets’ ownership may finally be willing to swing a deal with the Yankees. If that is the case, I think the Yankees should set their sights on a lower-cost alternative: Zack Wheeler.

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A Plan for the 5th Rotation Spot

A Plan for the 5th Rotation Spot

2018 may be remembered as the first year that numerous teams experimented with the idea of using an “opener”, or a pitcher that matched up specifically with the first 3-5 hitters in the opposing team’s lineup prior to giving way to the rest of the bullpen. Teams utilized openers to varying degrees of success this year, prompting many in the baseball community to rethink the composition of the traditional pitching staff. In 2018, the Yankees did not employ an opener in any of their rotation spots. Despite this fact, the Yankees kept a minimum of 12-13 pitchers on the staff for most games this season. Most of that time, the 12th and 13th members of the pitching staff would go multiple days without being used, essentially wasting a roster spot as insurance for a blowout game. While the idea of an opener can be debated as a legitimate solution for off-season roster construction as opposed to a desperate decision for a flawed team, one idea that was not really explored last season was the idea of employing multiple multi-inning relievers to fill out a rotation spot. Most teams struggle to find even 3 or 4 legitimate starters to pitch 180-200 innings each year, which leaves 1-2 rotation spots to pitchers who probably cannot achieve acceptable statistics for a competitive team over the course of 150+ innings. Based on the available options on the Free Agent market, and the abundance of intriguing pitchers the Yankees have in the high minors, I think the Yankees would be well served to explore using tandem starters in the 5th rotation slot.

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The Yankees Come Back from 5-0, Take the Game 7-5 with a WALK-OFF Homer from Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees Come Back from 5-0, Take the Game 7-5 with a WALK-OFF Homer from Giancarlo Stanton

The Yankees are a team that takes advantage of the weakest links of their opponents, game after game. For much of baseball, this is found in their bullpen, which is often made up of solid-enough major league pitchers who couldn't quite find it as a starter or only have a solid pitch (or two) that they can really pitch.

Fortunately for the Yankees, they seem to keep finding new gems in their system. Last year it was the inception of Chad Green from starting pitcher to shut-down reliever. This year, their latest magic has been found in Jonathan Holder, a man who has been living up to his name for the Yankees this year.

With Holder stopping the Mariners attack (and Chapman in the 9th), the Yankees offense was able to knock the Mariners King off his throne. They then took advantage of the weaker arms in the bullpen as they collected 5 runs in the last third of the game, most importantly off the bats of Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton.

And without further ado, let's get to the recap:

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Loaisiga gets the Win in his MLB Debut on 6 K's, a Didi Homer, and a Sanchez 3-Run Double (Yankees 5, Rays 0)

Loaisiga gets the Win in his MLB Debut on 6 K's, a Didi Homer, and a Sanchez 3-Run Double (Yankees 5, Rays 0)

Last week when Masahiro Tanaka was removed from the Mets game after straining both his hamstrings while scoring a run on a sacrifice fly, it became even more apparent that the Yankees are in desperate need for starting pitching help.

While fans- both educated and not...side note to everyone who calls into local NYC Sports Radio: The Mets don't want Tyler Austin or Austin Romine, and, those two are not going to sway a trade in the Yankees favor for DeGrom...however, I digress- have been clamoring for Cashman to make a major deal, the Yankees have been looking at their internal options.

Last night, Domingo German put together a 10 strikeout performance around his first win of the season. Tonight, it was Jonathan Loaisiga's turn for the fans to experience what the Yankee farm system is all about.

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