Off-Day Musings and Analysis

Off-Day Musings and Analysis

The Yankees are officially in the home stretch now with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.  Barring some form of horrific, historic collapse, the Yankees will go to the playoffs and win the AL East.  While the remaining games have importance, and getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs would certainly be a preferable outcome to the end of the season, I am personally more concerned about finishing the season with as many healthy players as possible.  It will be a delicate balance, but Aaron Boone has a tough job ahead of him to ensure that guys get the right amount of playing time to be sharp for the playoffs while keeping the Yankees’ foot to the accelerator enough to win some ball games.

As we look to the last couple of weeks of the regular season, here are a few storylines I’ve thought about a bit:

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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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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!

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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Luke Voit Leaves Game With Core Injury... MRI Tonight

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Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

The Yankees are quite simply playing fantastic baseball over the last couple of weeks, winning 7 of their last 9. The Yankees beat up on the Rockies on Saturday, winning by a score of 11-5 while extending their winning streak to 5 games. The offense did all of their damage without the benefit of a home run, Tanaka was efficient until a disastrous 6th inning, and Luke Voit avoided serious injury after a scary moment in the 4th inning. Add it all up, and the Yankees are one game from a sweep.

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Yanks Even the Series with a Bang: Yankees 8, Rays 3

Yanks Even the Series with a Bang: Yankees 8, Rays 3

Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees had been in the midst of a slight power outage, at least when one considers the rate at which teams have been hitting homers in 2019. The Yankees decided to make up for lost time, riding the long ball and a strong outing by CC Sabathia to come back late to beat the Rays 3-2, and even their 4-game series at 1 apiece. In addition to the fireworks created by the bats, the benches cleared between the top and bottom half of the inning, so you could say that this game had a little bit of everything, bust most importantly, the Yankees can start a new winning streak now.

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A Player-By-Player Game Recap From the Yankees 17-13 London Win Over the Red Coats

A Player-By-Player Game Recap From the Yankees 17-13 London Win Over the Red Coats

In the first ever MLB sanctioned game played in Europe, the Yankees and the Red Sox combined to do some amazing (and other absolutely terrible) things.

Of the amazing things, the two teams combined to score 30 runs, rack up 37 hits, put up four separate half innings scoring 6 runs, all while not committing a single error over 4 hours and 42 minutes of baseball.

Of the terrible things, neither starting pitcher, Rick Porcello or Masahiro Tanaka was able to pitch through the first inning, which ended up taking an hour of time by itself, and each team needed to use 8 pitchers to get through 9 innings of baseball.

However, the most terrible thing was that the time it felt like the Yankees had easily secured the victory were too short. Especially with them having leads of 6 and 11 runs at separate points during the game.

I truly don’t know if what I watched yesterday was a baseball game or a real life, international exhibition to mimic a kid turning a video game to easy mode, but because the Yankees won I can’t be upset.

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Voit, Sanchez, Urshela Combine for 10 RBI's in Game 1 Win vs. Mets

Voit, Sanchez, Urshela Combine for 10 RBI's in Game 1 Win vs. Mets

The Yankees continued their historic winning in the Subway Series against the New York Mets, as they took Game 1 by a massive 12-5 margin.

Lets quickly dive into the 4-1 comeback with how Tanaka fixed some early game mistakes, the defense didn’t play too great with 3 errors (luckily, so did the Mets with 2 of their own), and the offense that scored in all but 2 innings during today’s home win.

Let’s get win #2 on the day this evening! Sweep the Subway!

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