Weekly Mailbag: Stanton's Roster Spot, Aaron Hicks, CC's Injury, Yankees' Chances, and CC's Replacement

Weekly Mailbag: Stanton's Roster Spot, Aaron Hicks, CC's Injury, Yankees' Chances, and CC's Replacement

Well, that was deflating, wasn’t it?  I thought Tanaka looked great – 1 mistake makes his start look a lot worse than it was.  Green then, of course, compounded that mistake with one of his own.  I sat there, thinking about the multiplier effect that mistakes have in baseball as Sanchez whacked a homer over the wall for what would have been the game-tying homer had Green not missed with a fastball.  That’s baseball, I guess.  All I can say is that I don’t envy the people that work with me today – I may be a bit cranky.

This week, we’ll talk about Stanton’s inclusion on the ALCS roster, Aaron Hicks, CC’s shoulder injury, the Yankees’ chances, and CC’s replacement on the ALCS roster.  Let’s get at it:

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Weekly Mailbag: Aaron Hicks, Preferred Match-Ups, and Debating 2017 vs. 2019!

Weekly Mailbag: Aaron Hicks, Preferred Match-Ups, and Debating 2017 vs. 2019!

It always seemed inevitable that the Yankees and Astros would face-off in the ALCS this year, but it’s pretty cool that it’s finally happening.  Give the Rays a ton of credit – they pushed the ALDS to the brink, but the Astros’ lineup was just too powerful to overcome.  I never expected the Rays to go down without a fight, so I’m glad they made a series of it – it proves that the Astros are not invincible, as many national media writers and commenters would allow you to believe.  This ALCS is going to be as much fun as 2017…hopefully, just with a better ending.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll debate the merits of adding Aaron Hicks to the ALCS roster, discuss my ALCS match-up preference, and talk about the relative merits of the 2017 team vs. the 2019 team.  Let’s get at it:

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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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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.

(Photo Credit: Brad Penner, USA Today Sports)

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The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

As the last month of the regular season approaches, the weirdness of the Yankees 2019 season remains extraordinary. The Yankees have exceeded most pre-season expectations as they have been in control of the AL East race since before the All-Star break and have a good chance of finishing the season with the best record in the big leagues. They have done this with Luis Severino, Deilin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, and Miguel Andujar being non-factors, with Didi Gregorius and even Aaron Hicks having some value, but hardly being among the most important contributors on the team. Moreover, the team’s best starting pitcher, and only starter with an ERA+ under 100, has been Domingo German who was expected to be vie for playing time this season. Relief pitching is the only part of the team that has performed as expected as Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton have led one of the baseball’s best bullpens.

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Yankees 5, Mariners 4: Yanks Walk-Off in the Bottom of the 9th

Yankees 5, Mariners 4: Yanks Walk-Off in the Bottom of the 9th

On a rainy Tuesday, the replacement Yankees created enough offense to pick up the pitching staff to earn an exciting win over the Mariners in walk-off fashion. Masahiro Tanaka did not have his best stuff, the defense behind him was questionable at best, and rain caused a roughly 1.5 hour delay in the middle of the 6th inning, but the Yankees found a way to squeeze out a win.

(Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray, USA Today Sports)

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Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

Weekly Mailbag: A Trade Proposal, Ellsbury, Sanchez, and the Replacements!

The SSTN inaugural mailbag features some great questions this week - thanks, and keep them coming! Below, you can find out what I think about a fascinating trade proposal, Jacoby Ellsbury, Gary Sanchez, and the cast of thousands that has been needed to cover for all of the Yankees’ extensive body count this season. Without further ado, click “Read More” to see the mailbag!

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UPDATED: I'm Not (April) Fooling You: 3B Miguel Andujar to 10-Day Injured List, Potential for Season-Ending Surgery

UPDATED: I'm Not (April) Fooling You: 3B Miguel Andujar to 10-Day Injured List, Potential for Season-Ending Surgery

In a tweet from YES Network analyst Jack Curry from earlier today, the Yankees injuries problems are not over, and another move has already been made, less than 12 hours after Giancarlo Stanton was moved onto the Injured List earlier today.

In this move, 3B Miguel Andujar will also be heading to the 10-Day IL with a right shoulder strain from diving back to third base. There is no current timetable for return.

Miguel Andujar is now the 4th Yankee hitter who would normally be in the starting line-up to move to the IL, joining Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, and Didi Gregorius.

In a follow-up move, the Yankees have recalled up INF Tyler Wade from Triple-A. Wade will continue to wear #14.

The Yankees Official Twitter page has confirmed this news with their own Tweet, seen here.

MAJOR UPDATE: Bryan Hoch of MLB.com has reported that Miguel Andujar has suffered a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. He will be treated for it over the next two weeks, but it could lead to a season-ending surgery.

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