Yankees News/Rumors: Another team has entered the mix for DJ LeMahieu

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees are quickly running out of time to lock and DJ LeMahieu to a long term extension. General manager Brian Cashman is buying his time with the star infielder, who most recently won the batting title in 2020 with a .364 average, 10 homers, and 27 RBIs. He had a career-low 9.7% strikeout rate and career-high .421 on-base percentage. His defense was a bit off this past year, considering the abbreviated 2020 season and a thumb injury limiting his efficiency.

Nonetheless, teams are starting to pick up steam in their hunt for DJ, and three squads have already made contact with his representatives.

Cashman’s plan is clear, allow other teams to enter the fold and see if they bid higher. Ultimately, Cashman believes that DJ is worth a specific amount, and he’s gotten evaluations right in the past. If no other teams are willing to offer five years and $25 million per, Cashman will win the negotiation battle and force LeMahieu to settle for less. The Yankees want him on a four-year deal since they already have Giancarlo Stanton and Gerrit Cole on the payroll for quite some time.

Here are the three teams the New York Yankees are battling for LeMahieu’s services:

The New York Mets have inquired about DJ LeMahieu, according to Jon Heyman:

The Mets recently contacted D.J. LeMahieu, which could set up a New York-New York battle for the Yankees’ best player two years running.

The Blue Jay have made their desire to bring DJ to Toronto known, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported:

The Blue Jays, sources said, have emerged as significant players in the LeMahieu sweepstakes — perhaps the biggest threat to him re-signing with the New York Yankees, with whom a significant gap remains.

Now, a new team has entered the mix, and it’s those pesky Los Angeles Dodgers, per Joel Sherman of the NY Post:

LeMahieu’s non-Yankee suitors look a lot like those of Bauer — Mets, Blue Jays and “watch the Dodgers.”

The LA Dodgers have formed one of the best clubs in baseball, considering they traded for Mookie Betts last year and signed him to a long-term deal. They have incredible offensive talent and solid pitching, let alone impressive depth.

With the Yankees struggling to stay within their means financially, the Dodgers have set themself up perfectly for the future and could easily swipe DJ and retain their status as the best team in baseball with ease.

MLB News: The Ray’s Glasnow allows six runs in Dodgers win in Game 1 (videos)

Tyler Glasnow won over the New York Yankees, but the Los Angles Dodgers took him for six runs in Game 1 of the MLB 2020 World Series. On a beautiflul night in Arlington, Texas the Tampa Bay Rays and the Dodgers took to the field to play the first game of the seven game Fall Classic. The first three innings of the game were uneventful and both pitchers put down their opponents.

Tyler Glasnow first faced trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning. With Muncy on base, Cody Bellinger hit a homer to right center, scoring Muncy for the Los Angeles lead. The Tampa Bay Rays got a run back when Kevin Kiermaier homered to right field in the top of fifth inning.

The bottom of the fifth was a nightmare for Glasnow and the Rays, as the game got out of reach. Glasnow allowed four Dodger runs in the fifth inning, and Ray’s reliever Yarbourgh couldn’t prevent two more runs, left on base by Glasnow from scoring. Meanwhile, the Dodger’s starter Clayton Kershaw sat for nearly 30 minutes. But that didn’t stop him as he pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning.

Mookie Betts waited until the bottom of the frame to hit his first home run of the postseason, a long one to left field. Fleming in for Yarborough, struggled as he allowed two balls to the wall for the Dodgers 8-1 lead. Devin Floro took over for Kershaw in the seventh inning. Ji-Man Choi, with two on, pitch hit for the Rays causing a pitching change as the Dodgers went to Victor Gonzalez as Rays countered with Mike Brosseau, the ALDS hero. Brosseau singled, allowing another Rays run for the Dodgers 8-2 lead. Kiermaier, who got the home run against Kershaw, singled, driving in another Ray’s tun. Gonzalez got out of the inning with a comebacker double play, Dodgers 8 Tampa Bay 3. Clayton Kershaw got the win and Tyler Glasnow the loss.

Tampa Bay didn’t seem to have it altogether like they did in the ALCS. The Los Angeles Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw showed off for the Dodgers being dominant, allowing only two  hits and one earned run. Previously he had to deal with near-constant criticism about his postseason track record, he delivered six innings of one-run ball. He struck out eight batters and allowed two hits and a walk wiping away any criticism of his performance. Meanwhile Tyler Glasnow struggled throwing 112 pitches before the fifth inning. That the most pitches thrown in so few innings in postseason history, since they were tracked in 1988.

Mookie Betts did it all in the game, he scored two runs one from his homer in the sixth innings. He became the first player in World Series history with 2+ steals, a homer, and 2+ runs in a single game! But the real hero of the game was Cody Bellinger. He homered and made a fantastic over the wall catch to prevent an Austin Meadows home run.

The best of seven MLB series will continue tonight in Arlington at Globe Life Field at 8:08 pm. Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers will face Blake Snell of the Ray. Both teams will then have a day off on Thursday as they revert back to the Rays having home field advantage for the next three games at the same Globe Life Park. A game six and seven if needed will be on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  For MLB the bubble in the postseason has been very successful, not a single players has come down with the coronavirus.

MLB News: The Los Angeles Dodgers/Tampa Bay Rays World Series gets underway tonight

With the New York Yankees out of MLB and licking their wounds along with the Houston Astros, many fans are still interested in the Fall Classic. Those interested want to see close games with a series that goes the full seven games, with outstanding pitching and long ball heroes. I can’t promise you any of these things, but for sure, it will be an exciting series with two teams that are very energized.

The Tampa Bay Rays haven’t been to the World Series since 2008, and the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988. The game tonight will be almost freaky as the cameras pan around, and you see and hear the cheers, and moans of real fans in the stands, albeit limited.

Tonight’s game and all the World Series games will be at the brand new Globe Life Field, the home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas. The game time will be 8:09 pm, and the game-time temperature will be about  80 degrees and will stay in the upper ’70s throughout the game. The skies will be clear, and a perfect night for baseball in the open Globe Life Field. The game will be broadcast on the Fox Network.

First out on the mound will be pitching ace Clayton Kershaw as the first two games, the Dodgers will be the home team. Kershaw on the year was 6-2 with an ERA of 2.16. In the postseason, he was 2-1 with an ERA of 3.32. Kershaw is a seasoned veteran in the World Series with four starts in his career and one relief appearance. Kershaw relies mainly on a slider and a low ’90s four-seam fastball with some backspin. The 32-year-old, 6′ 4″ 225 pounder has re-invented his pitching in the last two years by adding a changeup to his repertoire.

The Tampa Bay Rays will start their strike-throwing Tyler Glasnow, who has pretty much cemented his place as the Rays ace over Blake Snell. Glasnow won his Wild Card Game against the Blue Jays, beat the New York Yankees on October 6, but lost his short rest to the Yankees on the 9th even though he didn’t have an earned run. In his last outing against the Houston Astros, he lost, giving up four runs in six innings.

Glasnow’s shortcoming is that he is basically a two-pitch pitcher; he throws a high ’90s four-seamer and a mid-’80s curveball.  He rarely throws a change-up. Despite being a two-pitch pitcher, he had 91 strikeouts in the regular season and had the fourth-most strikeouts in all of the baseball’s postseason with 25K’s.

I give the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kershaw the edge in Game 1.

 

MLB News: Los Angeles Dodgers score record 11 runs in first inning in win over the Braves

The postseason is over after losing game five of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays for the New York Yankees, but there are still things going on in MLB. Last night the Los Angeles Dodgers, two games behind in the NLCS, in their quest for a World Series appearance, scored a record 11 runs in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves. No team has ever scored 11 runs in the first inning of postseason play.

The final score in the game was Dodgers 15 and the Braves 3. Before the Dodger win, the Dodgers were two games behind the Braves, now 1-2 in the seven-game NLCS. They got the win with 5 homers, 13 hits, and 15 runs scored, all in the game’s first 3 innings. The game was held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and was the first series of the year to have fans socially distanced in the stands. During the first inning, many Atlanta fans left for local restaurants.

On the MLB American League side, the Tampa Bay Rays may walk away with the America League Championship tonight as it will be an elimination game for the Houston Astros.  The Rays won the first game in San Diego at Petco Park 2-1. The Rays won game 2, 4-2, and the third game 5-2, putting the Astros in an elimination situation. But the Astros won last night’s game 4-3, starving off elimination, which they again face tonight. The Ray already won the ALCS series from the New York Yankees three games to two, with the Yankees losing the deciding game by just one run.

In other baseball news the Wall Street Journal reported that Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane will soon have a stake in the Boston Red Sox through his company RedBall Acquisition Corp. Since you can’t be involved in running two MLB teams at once, it appears Beane will instead leave baseball entirely — joining Red Sox owner John Henry’s business efforts across other sports (most notably soccer — Henry owns the Liverpool club). During Beane’s time with the Athletics he brought the team to seven division titles since 1998.

 

Dodgers’ crazy Joe Kelly curses out Houston Astros after being suspended

Dodgers, Joe Kelly

About two weeks ago, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly threw at the heads of Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa. What ensued was a benches-clearing situation that went against MLB protocols regarding COVID-19.

As Kelly was walking off the mound, he stuck his tongue out at the Astros bench and mocked them. This has been a consistent trend across the league, as most players believe the Astros deserve some sort of consequences for their cheating actions that subsequently won them a World Series title. The players didn’t receive any suspensions, snitching their way out of the situation, Kelly would express on Ross Stripling’s the “Big Swing Podcast.

For throwing out their heads, Kelly was suspended eight games, which social media and players took personally, considering the lack of consequences for the Astros’ players.

“I think I’ll be irritated forever.”

The players subsequently sacrificed their coaches to walk away scott-free.

Rays Advance Over A’s, Nationals Advance Over Brew Crew

New York Yankees, Blake Snell

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Washington Nationals have won their respective Wild Card games and will advance to the Division Series.

AL Wild Card

Hitting four home runs, the Rays beat the Athletics by a score of 5-4 on Wednesday in Oakland. Yandy Diaz hit two solo home runs, including a leadoff home run. The Rays took the lead in the first at-bat of the game and never lost it.

The only non-solo home run of the game came off the bat of Avisail Garcia in the second, a two-run shot. Diaz hit his second homer of the day in the third, and Tommy Pham hit one for insurance in the fifth.

A’s starter Sean Manaea lasted just two innings. Charlie Morton took the win for the Rays, his third win in win or go home games in his postseason career.

The Rays will now take on the Astros in the ALDS, with game one starting at 2:05PM ET on Friday from Houston.

NL Wild Card

The Washington Nationals trailed almost all game, but some late-game heroics off the bat of Juan Soto surpassed the team over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Max Scherzer was by no means his best on Tuesday for the Nationals. He gave up three runs over five innings, and the Brewers were hitting the ball hard off of him all night. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run just seven pitches in, giving the Brewers a quick 2-0 lead.

An inning later, Eric Thames joined in on the fun, making it 3-0.

The Nationals had trouble piecing together offense in the first seven innings, their only bright spot being a solo home run off the bat of Trea Turner. He had finished the regular season with five homers in his last 10 games with a new and improved grip.

In the eighth, Brewers all-star reliever Josh Hader hit a batter, walked a batter, and gave up a hit to load the bases. With two outs, Juan Soto hit a single to right that tied the game, but right fielder Trent Grisham booted the ball, scoring Anthony Rendon as the go-ahead run.

Daniel Hudson came in the ninth and got the save for the Nationals. They now take on the Dodgers on Thursday at 8:37PM ET. Patrick Corbin gets the ball for the Nats against Walker Buehler of the Dodgers.

New York Yankees Screwed Again By Poor Umpiring In Ninth Inning Controversy

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Down 2-1 in the top of the ninth, the New York Yankees had a rally going off of Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen when poor umpiring hurt them yet again.

What Happened?

Home plate umpire Gabe Morales is by no means the best umpire in the MLB, and had a fairly wide zone throughout the game. The controversy began early in the ninth when Gleyber Torres took two very high strikes to go down 1-2, but it wouldn’t matter as he singled with one down.

Following Gleyber, Brett Gardner hit a hard grounder to first and reached safely when Jedd Gyorko bobbled it on a diving attempt.

Now here’s where things get good. Gio Urshela swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a soft grounder to third baseman Justin Turner’s left. He fielded the ball and threw the ball softly to second to attempt to get Gardner.

Gardner slid hard into the bag, knocking over Max Muncy, but was called out on the force with Urshela reaching first. It was a clean slide into the bag, but Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts didn’t think so.

While everyone on the Dodgers was distracted, Gleyber Torres made a mad dash towards home, but Morales called time at the plate when Torres was about halfway there. He would’ve been safe and the game would’ve been tied.

Jansen did request time, but did so while Torres was headed down the line. It was like Morales assumed that the play was already dead.

Both managers came out to plead their cases, and in the midst of it all Aaron Boone requested a challenge at second, and it was overturned loading the bases.

However, Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez each struck out to end the game.

Here’s the play broken down by the one and only, Jomboy:

My Thoughts:

Saturday was just another example of umpires targeting the Yankees. They have constantly been victim to bad calls all year. Umpires can’t just call time when the play is live. Torres was already halfway down the line and the play was still live.

Major League Umpiring needs to be fixed. End of story.

 

 

New York Yankees: The Hype Is Real For This Weekend

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees are headed out west for a nine game swing which includes three games with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

This series is starting to become one of the most hyped regular season series in recent MLB history.

The two teams have the best record in their respective leagues, and the teams are the favorites to match-up in the World Series. The Dodgers are coming off World Series losses the last two seasons.

It’s also players weekend, where teams where colorful uniforms and special cleats with wild nicknames on the backs of their shirts. The Yankees will be wearing black road uniforms throughout the weekend.

It’s also big because the cities of New York and Los Angeles always compete against each other, and the winner of the series would have some serious bragging rights.

There also happens to be a few fantastic pitching match-ups. NL Cy Young favorite Hyun-Jin Ryu will be facing James Paxton on Friday, while Clayton Kershaw will face Domingo German on Sunday night under the lights on ESPN.

Personally, I’m so excited to see this series unfold. The winner of the series could change betting odds for the World Series, and the Dodgers and the Yankees don’t play very often, adding more excitement. Though I like the DH, it’s fun to be able to see pitchers have a few at-bats once in a while.

Hopefully, with all the meaning of the series, TV ratings will be booming. All three games will be broadcasted nationally, and hopefully people will want to watch it.

It would sure be a lot of fun to see this match-up again in October.