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Once again the Mets are embarrassing themselves , and the funny part is that they don’t even realize it — May 28, 2016

Once again the Mets are embarrassing themselves , and the funny part is that they don’t even realize it

One again the old saying “Once a fool always a fool”  is alive and flourishing in Flushing New York.

The Mets are celebrating that the last time they won the world series was in 1986.

Let’s stop and think about this for a minute .

The only reason they are celebrating is that they haven’t won a damn thing since ! because if they did what happened 30 years ago would be a distant memory.

Would the Yankee fan be celebtating that they haven’t won a damn thing in 30 years ?  of course not and that puts this fully in focus .

If it was 30 years since the Yankees won the fans would be besides themselves , they certainly wouldn’t be celebrtaing 30 years of failure.

So think about this while you’re watching the “Flushing Fools”  celebrate this weekend , it’s embarrassing to say the least , I’m so glad God made me a Yankee fan.

roflmao

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Are Chasen Shreve’s days numbered with Yankees? — May 26, 2016

Are Chasen Shreve’s days numbered with Yankees?

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Chasen Shreve #45 of the New York Yankees reacts after Michael Saunders #21 of the Toronto Blue Jays hit a two run home run in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City

By Ryan Hatch

NEW YORK — Since August 31 of last season no reliever in baseball  with 20 or more innings pitched has given up home runs at a higher rate than Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve.

In his last 26.2 innings Shreve, who was oh-so good for New York in the first five months last season, has surrendered 11 home runs including two Wednesday night in an 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

“Tonight I was falling behind, but besides that, I don’t think I’ve been throwing bad. A couple of things haven’t gone my way and I think I just need to forget about it and move on.”

But is it the Yankees who should move on? Perhaps at least for a little bit; a timeout in Triple-A could do Shreve some good. In 19 appearances this year his ERA sits at a juicy 5.21 but it could be much worse—he’s allowed seven home runs and 11 earned runs, meaning most of the long balls are solo shots.

“I think it’s location,” manager Joe Girardi said when asked to diagnose Shreve’s problem. “He had two [split-finger pitches] that were up in the zone. It’s not something he did a lot last year.”

Back to last year. All of this comes as a bit of a shock because Shreve was one of the best middle inning relievers in all of baseball for the first five months of the year. In 52.1 innings he had a 1.89 ERA, had allowed just six homers and he had struck out 59 batters. This season and 2015 is completely day and night.

“Early in the year I think it was just them jumping on fastballs early in the count,” Shreve said. “Tonight it was just falling behind. Small ballpark, and if you make mistakes, they’re going to hit them. Especially this team. They hit a lot of home runs.”

Here’s some sobering context:

Yankees Bullpen in 2016 Chasen Shreve: 7 HR, 18.1 IP Others: 11 HR, 117 IP

Would the Yankees rid themselves this early in the season? There are a few left-handed options at Triple-A in the coming days/weeks in James Pazos, Phil Coke, Neil Cotts, Richard Bleier, to name a few. It might behoove Shreve to get a breather. For his sake and the Yankees’.

 

CC Sabathia hasn’t been terrible — and that’s good enough — May 20, 2016

CC Sabathia hasn’t been terrible — and that’s good enough

By George A. King III

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The rotation CC Sabathia rejoins Friday night against the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum is a lot different from the one he left May 6 due to a left groin injury.

Luis Severino joined Sabathia on the shelf with a strained right triceps May 14. Masahiro Tanaka hasn’t pitched well in his last two starts, which he made on four days’ rest instead of the five he and the Yankees prefer. Chad Green was summoned from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make his major league debut Monday against the Diamondbacks and got spanked. Ivan Nova, who started against the A’s on Thursday night, took Sabathia’s spot.

Nathan Eovaldi has won his last three starts and is 4-2, but Michael Pineda has been awful. He is 1-5 with a 6.60 ERA in eight starts, and if the Yankees had somebody to turn to — they don’t — Pineda’s spot in the rotation would be in trouble.

The Yankees have to hope Sabathia can approach what he did in his final outing before going on the DL. On May 4 at Baltimore, the veteran lefty beat the Orioles 7-0. In seven innings, he allowed six hits, walked two and fanned six. And he held the Birds’ hitters to one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

“I have felt good in the bullpen and the simulated game,” Sabathia said Thursday afternoon. “I hope to throw the ball well [Friday]. I was able to play catch every day and work on things in the bullpen. I am hoping to keep building on what I had a few weeks ago. I am healthy and ready to go.”

In the previous start against the Rangers in Texas, Sabathia wasn’t as good, but he went six innings and gave up three runs and five hits in a 3-2 loss.

Sabathia is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA in five outings, none of which can be described as terrible.

Because he is from nearby Vallejo, Sabathia’s ticket demand is always great when he pitches at the Coliseum, where he is 4-7 with a 5.44 ERA in 15 starts and winless in his last three outings.

As a young pitcher, Sabathia may have tried too hard against the A’s. That approach has changed over the years.

“Now it just costs me money to play here,” said Sabathia, whose mother takes care of the tickets, which the pitcher said are in the $75-$125 range.


Alex Rodriguez ran the bases before Thursday’s game but wouldn’t commit to coming off the DL Saturday. He has been on the shelf since May 4 with a strained right hamstring.

“Saturday is still probably a question mark,” Joe Girardi said. “My hope is we will see. He went a little bit faster today on the arcs but still not where he needs to be.”

Rodriguez was encouraged by the progress but wasn’t ready to predict when he would play again.

“Every day it gets 5 percent better. The key is to be patient and smart so that when I come back it’s for good and I can help the team win,” Rodriguez said. “Today was a huge step. I ran home to first four times and first to third four times. I haven’t felt anything in a while.”

As for playing Saturday, Rodriguez said he couldn’t tell.

“I can’t predict, but I can tell the last two days I felt better each and every day,” said Rodriguez, who is hitting .194 (14-for-72) with five homers and 12 RBIs in 20 games.


Girardi said Severino likely would need a minor league rehab start before he comes off the DL and that it will take the right-hander longer than 15 days to return.

As for Severino losing his spot in the rotation when healthy, Girardi avoided the topic.

“We haven’t talked about any changes,” Girardi said. “He is one of our starters.”

Severino is 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA in seven starts.

Luis Severino (triceps) headed to DL after early exit in loss to White Sox — May 14, 2016

Luis Severino (triceps) headed to DL after early exit in loss to White Sox

By Wallace Matthews

NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher Luis Severino exited their 7-1 loss to theChicago White Sox on Friday night with soreness in the back of his right elbow and was diagnosed with a mild right triceps strain following an MRI.

He will go on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The Yankees say he will not pick up a baseball for five to seven days.

Severino, who has struggled throughout his sophomore season in the big leagues, lasted just 2 2/3 innings against the American League’s best team and departed with a team trainer after allowing a two-run home run to Jimmy Rollins that gave the White Sox a 7-1 lead.

Severino was seen shaking out his pitching arm after delivering the home run pitch, a 95 mph fastball that Rollins crushed into the second deck just inside the right-field foul pole. The area of discomfort initially reported by the Yankees is often a sign of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, an injury usually requiring Tommy John surgery.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Severino showed no sign of being injured and did not mention any pain before his final pitch. Girardi rejected suggestions that it might have been a pre-existing injury that contributed to Severino’s poor start this season.

“I think if it was an ongoing issue, you wouldn’t see [pitches in the 97 and 98 mph range]. So I think whatever popped up was new today,” Girardi said, speaking before Severino’s diagnosis. “But it’s a concern. Whenever someone leaves a game because of something in their elbow, you’re really concerned. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Austin Romine, who caught Severino on Friday night, said he also saw no sign of injury.

“I didn’t notice anything,” he said. “From my point of view, the ball was coming in good. It came down to execution of pitches. We were just kind of missing.”

This was the sixth straight loss for Severino (0-6, 7.46 ERA), who made a splash last season after being recalled from Triple-A at the trade deadline. Last season, Severino was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts, and he dazzled hitters with a 97 mph fastball and an array of sharp breaking pitches.

He has not been the same pitcher this season, although Girardi said he saw signs that Severino was coming around in his previous outing, a 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in which he allowed three home runs, two of them to David Ortiz.

The White Sox scored three runs off Severino in the second inning Friday night and added four more in the third before he departed with two outs after throwing 81 pitches. But until he left the mound, his velocity seemed consistent with his earlier outings and he showed no sign of being injured.

“I know he’s frustrated with where he’s at, but I think he’s a lot closer, and we’re pleased with progress that he’s making,” Girardi had said before the game. “I saw improvement in his stuff, his slider and changeup, and I thought he located his fastball better the last time. We’d love to see him put it all together.”

Severino, 22, has long been considered the top pitching prospect in the Yankees’ farm system, and general manager Brian Cashman chose to retain him and the Yankees’ other top prospects — Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder — at the 2015 trade deadline.

With Severino headed to the DL, it appears Ivan Nova will remain in the rotation when CC Sabathia is eligible to come off the DL at the end of next week. Still, the Yankees will have to find someone to take Severino’s turn Wednesday at Arizona.

Yankees calling up right-hander Chad Green —

Yankees calling up right-hander Chad Green

By Chad Jennings

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New York Yankees’ Chad Green pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla

The other piece of the Justin Wilson trade is on his way to New York.

According to Jon Morosi, the Yankees are calling up right-handed starter Chad Green from Triple-A. The 24-year-old has been terrific in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 1.22 ERA through seven starts. He struck out nine in his most recent outing. Another Yankees prospect, Josh Rogers, seemed to confirm the move with a tweet of his own:

Too hyped for my bro @chadgreen24 on getting the call tonight!#Yankees

— Josh Rogers (@JoshRogers13) May 14, 2016

Green was on turn to make a Triple-A start this afternoon, but he will instead be available for long relief after the bullpen had to deliver 6.1 innings last night. I suppose there’s some chance Green could make a spot start in place of Luis Severino next week — we should find out the full plan in a few hours — but for now, it makes sense to have Green available out of the bullpen.

It’s possible the Yankees will add a second pitcher as well. Severino will obviously go on the disabled list, but the Yankees could also option Nick Goody, who won’t be available for several days after pitching a career-high 3.1 innings last night.

Green was acquired with Luis Cessa in exchange for Wilson this offseason. The move was a bit of a head-scratcher at the time because Wilson was coming off a terrific year and neither Cessa nor Green was considered a standout prospect. Cessa, though, wound up making the Opening Day roster and now has a 4.18 ERA out of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation. Green has been the Yankees’ best starter in Triple-A.

The Yankees liked each one as a source of upper-level rotation depth, which the system lacked this offseason, and it’s now entirely possible Cessa could start in Severino’s place next week, while Green serves as the immediate injury replacement. Cessa allowed one run in six innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night, which means he’s perfectly on turn to fill Severino’s spot.

As for Wilson, he had an excellent month of April, but he’s been knocked around so far in May. His 4.50 ERA and 1.36 WHIP are quite a bit higher than last season, but he has a higher strikeout rate and a much lower walk rate. In his past five outings, Wilson has allowed seven runs on nine hits through three innings. Before that, he’d opened the season with 12 straight scoreless outings which included 15 strikeouts and only two walks.

Gary Sanchez called up by Yankees — May 13, 2016

Gary Sanchez called up by Yankees

By Chad Jennings

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New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

This idea has been floated in the past, and it looks like the Yankees are going to try it: According to Scranton Times-Tribune reporter Shane Hennigan, the Yankees have called up catcher Gary Sanchez, who will be with the big league club for tomorrow’s series opener against the White Sox.

The Yankees have not announced nor confirmed the move. No corresponding move has been announced.

A few things to keep in mind:

The Yankees are facing back-to-back lefties

  • With Chris Sale and Jose Quintana starting for the White Sox on Friday and Saturday, it makes sense for the Yankees to add an extra right-handed hitter. Sanchez has been red-hot lately. He has a nine-game hitting streak with three homers in his past eight games. He had two more hits tonight. The Yankees lost a key right-handed bat when Alex Rodriguez was hurt, and Sanchez replaces some of that right-handed power potential. The Yankees had previously faced only one lefty since the Rodriguez injury.

The Yankees are currently without their designated hitter

  • Instead of assuming Austin Romine is being cut or thinking of the Yankees as carrying three catchers, remember that they’re currently playing without their full-time designated hitter. Sanchez most naturally fits this roster as A-Rod’s replacement, not as Romine’s replacement. It seems entirely possible that Sanchez could DH the next two days and then be sent right back to Triple-A on Sunday (or he could DH one day and catch the next). Either way, he brings some right-handed pop, which the Yankees needed.

The Yankees are currently carrying an extra reliever

  • Who’s being sent down? The Yankees haven’t said, but it’s worth remembering that they’re currently carrying eight relievers. They could simply send one of them back to Triple-A to open space for Sanchez. Tyler Olson could return after a one-day call-up, but the Yankees might prefer to keep him as a long man while Phil Coke remains unavailable. My bet would be either Kirby Yates or Nick Goody being sent down to make room for Sanchez. Once Coke is ready to pitch again, Olson could return to Triple-A to be replaced by one of the other shuttle relievers.

The Yankees could still find a role for Rob Refsnyder

  • Whenever Refsnyder gets passed over for a call-up, I seem to get a fresh flurry of tweets and emails about the Yankees being dismissive of Refsnyder’s hot bat. Thing is, Sanchez has also been hitting extremely well lately, and Sanchez’s power bat seems to be a more natural replacement for A-Rod. On Monday, the Yankees open a three-game series in a National League park, and they might not want three catchers — or two catchers and a DH — for a National League series. Might make sense to use Sanchez for two days against the lefties, then bring up Refsnyder to add some balance and versatility heading into the road trip. I wouldn’t rule out Refsnyder showing up eventually, but Sanchez’s power bat makes sense in the short term.
Electric Chapman is doing something Mariano never could — May 11, 2016

Electric Chapman is doing something Mariano never could

By George A. Kimg III

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Two appearances consisting of two innings is all it took for Aroldis Chapman to become “The Most Exciting Two Minutes’’ in New York.

“I would pay to watch that, it’s great,’’ catcher Brian McCann said of Chapman’s high-octane fastball that sealed a 10-7 win over the slumping World Series champion Royals Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Asked to protect a three-run lead in the ninth after Masahiro Tanaka flushed two leads and Andrew Miller one, Chapman dazzled the crowd of 39,128 with a 102-mph fastball to Cheslor Cuthbert leading off the inning. Cuthbert got wood on the aspirin-like pitch, but it shattered his bat on a grounder to the right side.

When Chapman, who made his Yankees debut Monday night after serving a 30-day suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, popped up Lorenzo Cain for the final out, the gas-throwing lefty had his first save as a Yankee.

A free agent following the season and a candidate to be dealt if the Yankees fall out of postseason contention, Chapman isn’t going to be in The Bronx long enough to establish a legacy. However, judging from the first two nights, when the crowd bathed in the heat coming from Chapman’s left wing, his outings have already turned into happenings.

“Because of his velocity, it’s been well-advertised how hard he throws,’’ manager Joe Girardi said about the Stadium crowd connecting instantly with Chapman. “I think people are excited about it.’’

Mariano Rivera, the best closer ever, worked here. Goose Gossage is a Hall of Famer and former Yankee John Wetteland was the closer for the 1996 World Series winners. David Robertson succeeded Rivera and did very well. Miller was voted the top AL closer a year ago.

None created a buzz as quickly as Chapman.

“There is a great history here with closers,’’ Chapman said. “I am happy and proud to be here.’’

Monday night Girardi summoned Chapman with a four-run lead in the ninth and no save in the wind. Tuesday it was much different. Tanaka, the staff ace, surrendered two leads and Miller, the closer who went 6-for-6 in save situations while Chapman was suspended, flushed a one-run lead in the eighth by giving up Cain’s third homer of the evening.

Chapman walking Alcides Escobar with two outs in the ninth provided some anxiety because Cain was next. And while a fourth homer wouldn’t have erased a lead, it would have removed some of the bulletproof aura that surrounds Chapman.

“I was concentrating on making pitches and getting an out,’’ said Chapman, who popped up Cain to seal the Yankees’ fourth win in five games.

When the Yankees acquired Chapman from the Reds in late December, it was viewed by some as excess, since Dellin Betances and Miller were considered among the top late-inning relievers in baseball.

Now, it’s clear the move was a good one simply because Wednesday night, Chapman won’t be available after working two straight games. That means Girardi has Betances and Miller to summon if the Yankees are leading in the late frames as Chapman recovers.

With no Chapman, the ninth-inning buzz that engulfed the Stadium on Monday and Tuesday will be missing. But the 100-mph-plus fastball could return Thursday.

“I am glad I am catching it and not facing it,’’ McCann said of Chapman’s heat, which was well publicized as a Red but now part of New York’s baseball landscape after just two servings.

“A lot of fans like to see triple digits,’’ said Chapman, who has been pushing speed guns into that neighborhood for years. “I understand why they get excited when they see me do that.’’

Two games and two innings is all it took for “The Most Exciting Two Minutes’’ in New York

Suspension over, Chapman finally joining Yankees’ bullpen — May 9, 2016

Suspension over, Chapman finally joining Yankees’ bullpen

By Chad Jennings

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman rides in a golf cart with catcher Francisco Diaz before a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.

It was four hours before yesterday’s first pitch when Aroldis Chapman settled into the press conference room at Yankee Stadium.

He wasn’t allowed to be there at game time.

After a domestic incident in October, a blockbuster trade at the end of December, and a 30-game suspension announced in early March, Chapman will officially join the Yankees bullpen tonight. It will be the first time since joining the Yankees that he’s been allowed at the stadium for a game.

“I was always paying attention to the team,” Chapman said. “Whenever I got the chance, I would watch the games on my iPad. If I couldn’t watch the game, I would look for the results and see what happened.”

What has happened without Chapman is the Yankees digging themselves an early hole. They’ve had a hard time scoring runs, they’ve searched in vain for rotation consistency, and they’ve played their way into last place in the American League East. They’re not particularly close to clawing their way out of the basement.

Is a closer really going to make a difference?

“We want to have a great unit top to bottom,” Andrew Miller said. “And it would be hard to argue that he doesn’t make us better.”

This isn’t really a question of whether Chapman is a better closer than Miller — Joe Girardi has committed to Chapman in the ninth, with Miller falling into a setup role — it’s more a matter of Chapman being better than Nick Goody or Kirby Yates or whoever he’s about to replace in the bullpen. It’s a matter of Chapman making the bullpen deeper by letting established arms trickle into earlier innings, while also making it easier to save dominant arms for another day.

  • The Yankees are adding the game’s hardest thrower, who’s been an all-star closer the past four years.
  • Chapman lets Miller and Dellin Betances become thoroughly overqualified seventh and eighth inning relievers to significantly shorten the game.
  • Because Miller and Betances are a lefty and a righty, Girardi can play overwhelming matchups when the situation calls for it.
  • Chasen Shreve and possibly Johnny Barbato can now fall into the sixth or even fifth inning, or they can give the Yankees encouraging options when they’re losing winable games.
  • A deeper bullpen makes it easier to withstand a starter who can’t get past the sixth or even fifth inning.
  • Whenever possible, Girardi should be able to save at least one of his top three relievers, leaving him a dominant closer option always available.

“Your hope is every night you at least have one of them available,” Girardi said. “That’s your hope. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you run into a streak where they’ve pitched a lot and maybe you don’t (have them), but if I don’t have them, that probably means we’re winning a lot of games, and that’s a good thing too.”

Surely we can all agree, Chapman’s arrival is a good thing. It clearly comes with complicated and at occasionally uncomfortable questions about the reason he was suspended in the first place — and really, the Yankees have done a pretty good job addressing those issues — but it’s hard to paint his addition as anything other than a boost.

Thing is, the Yankees really need a difference maker elsewhere.

They need Ivan Nova to step up tonight and become a viable member of the rotation. They need Alex Rodriguez to get back from his strained hamstring (or at the very least, they need to get someone else to step and provide some right-handed power). They need Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury to take just a few days, and they need him to keep hitting the way he was in the week before he got hurt. They need Nathan Eovaldi keep pitching like he did on Saturday, and they need Luis Severino to pitch like he did against every hitter who didn’t hit a home run last night.

They need a reason to use Chapman in the first place.

“Having a guy like that on the team is a great, great thing for us,” Carlos Beltran said. “We just want to see him pitch.”

I finally decided who I’d like to Manage the Yankees — May 1, 2016

I finally decided who I’d like to Manage the Yankees

By Wolf

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It came to me while listening to the radio this morning , this guy is the perfect guy , the fans would look forward to listening to him , it would be a breath of fresh air from the crap and lies we get on a daily basis from Joe Giradi .

I don’t even know or care what the guys record is , all I know is that if we have to lose for a few years while this team gets out from under bad long term contracts  we might as well be entertained .

So while listening to Ed Randall’s talking Baseball this morning it became clear to me who that man was .

By the way I usually never listen to Randall anymore , his show used to be good  but the past few years all he talks about is people with horrible diseases , or he’s apologizing for racial inequality’s that   that happened 100 years ago , and to be honest enough is enough with this politically correct shit , this is why this country is in the mess it’s in today .

But I’m getting off the track .

The perfect manager for me would be Bruce Bochy , and like I said earlier it’s not based on his record  which is pretty damn good , it’s based on his voice , Yes you read right I said his voice.

This man is so entertaining to listen to , you’d tune in the hear him even if we lost  , and the reason is that he sounds exactly like Lou Brown the manager in the movie Major league , and I mean EXACTLY , I was laughing so hard I almost drove off the road listening to him .

Yes Hal PLEASE get us Bruce Bochy , it would make losing fun, well maybe not fun but certainly tolerable

.I’ll post the voices below , you judge for yourself.

Lou Brown:

 

 

Bruce Bochy: