New York Yankees: Last-minute Opening Day news and lineups

Tomorrow is the day New York Yankee fans have been waiting for what seems like forever; it will be Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Fans haven’t been able to attend games since the 2019 postseason. Now, 10,850 lucky fans will be allowed to attend in person.

There is no question that it will be celebratory, but not without its unpleasantries. According to the Yankees, fans will have to carry some type of proof that they have received the vaccine or subject themselves to a PCR COVID test before arrival at the stadium that must be negative. Then before entering, you must pass a temperature check as well. Once inside, you will be seated in pods of from 1 to 8 fans. You must wear a mask except for when you are actively drinking or eating. Concessions will only accept plastic. According to reports, there will be no interaction between players and fans. Here is the statement from the Yankees.

Please note the required timeframes associated with each option so you can plan ahead accordingly. Guests holding valid game tickets who cannot present proof of either a negative COVID-19 test within the required timeframes or proof of a COVID-19 full vaccination will not be allowed inside Yankee Stadium. There is NO COVID-19 Testing available at Yankee Stadium.

The proof of vaccination or negative PCR test can be shown on your mobile phone. For more information, click here.

Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Opening Day lineups:

The New York Yankee starter will be Gerrit Cole. This will be Cole’s second opening day start for the Yankees. During the shortened 2020 season, Cole had 12 starts and went  7-3 with a 2.84 ERA. During the postseason, he had an ERA of 2.95 in three postseason games. Although he seemed to struggle at times during this spring, throwing a lot of pitches, he had a 3-0 season with a 2.45 ERA. Against Toronto last season, he was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA.

Here is the New York Yankee lineup: (spring training stats/last season)

  1. DJ LeMahieu 2b, .216/.364. DJ has gotten off to a slow start in spring training with just one home run. He had 3 walks.
  2. Aaron Judge RF, .256/257. Last year Judge got off to a hot start hitting 9 home runs in his first 18 games. He had 1 homer during the spring. Judge has suffered from allergies the last few days.
  3. Aaron Hicks CF, .205/.225. Hicks has had one homer during spring and has made some great plays in the field.
  4. Giancarlo Stanton DH, .314/.250. Stanton played in only 18 regular-season games but hit 6 HR in 7 postseason games. Stanton is healthy to start the season and is hitting hard.
  5. Gleyber Torres SS, .273/.243. Torres has been hot. He has 5 home runs in just 18 games, compared to 3 all of last season.
  6. Gio Urshela 3b, .150/.298. Gio has gotten off to a languid start with only one home run in 14 games.
  7. Gary Sanchez C, .200/.147. Gary got off to a hot start hitting 3 home runs in 9 games; he’s gone stone cold since then.
  8. Jay Bruce 1b, .206/.198. Jay was headed to the minors until Luke Voit required knee surgery.
  9. Clint Frazier LF, .217/.267. Clint has been spotty in spring training, but defense is still there.

The Toronto Blue Jays will start their ace, Hyun Jin Ryu. This is also his second opening day with the Jays.  Toronto has their pitching problems this season with pitchers injured. Ryu was excellent last season. He pitched to an ERA of 2.69 and came in third in the Cy Young Award competition. Last season he had a record of 5-2 in twelve starts. Ryu gave up 3 home runs to the Yankees on September 8, 2020.

Here is the Jays starting lineup for tomorrow:

  1. Cavan Biggio 3b, .267/.250. One homer in the spring.
  2. Marcus Semien 2b, .223/.223. Home run machine 3 during spring training.
  3. Bo Bichette SS, .313/.301. Bichette has always been a problem for the Yankees. He had 2 homers this spring.
  4. Teoscar Hermandez RF, .214/.289. He had 16 home runs last season and  2 this spring.
  5. Vlad Guerrero Jr. 1b, .421/.262. Vlad has been the Blue Jays hottest hitter during the spring with 2 homers.
  6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF, .250/.308. Lourdes has gotten off to a bit of a slow start this season but doesn’t have 2 homers.
  7. Rowdy Tellez DH, .196/.283. Tellez is another Blue Jay that has had a slow start in spring. He had one homer.
  8. Randal Gruchuk CF, .231/.273. Randal has one homer in the spring.
  9. Danny Jansen C, .152/.183. One homer during the spring.

The biggest question other than who will win the game is the weather for the Opening Day festivities. It has held pretty steady for the last several days that there will be rain turning to showers in the morning. Although it will remain cloudy, precipitation should stop in time for the Opening Day celebration. It will be chillier than the Florida games, with a temperature that will hover in the mid-40s.

As far as the game is concerned, this one is a real toss-up. It will probably come down to which pitcher allows home runs and which team leaves the fewest players on base. There is no question that the New York Yankee lineup will have a tough time with Ryu, especially if the bats remain relatively silent as they have in the last few games of spring training. One thing is for sure this will be one of the most exciting games of the regular season.

The game will be at 1:05 pm and will be televised on the YES Network, ESPN, and MLB.TV. The YES Network will have extended coverage of all the Opening Day festivities starting at 11:30 am.

New York Yankees rumors: Josh Hader, Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-jin Ryu

New York Yankees looking into Hyun-jin Ryu?

The New York Yankees have already started their offseason lavishly with the signing of star pitcher Gerrit Cole, but it doesn’t seem as if they’re prepared to walk away with a bounty of riches already in tow. General manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner have been open to considering any pieces that can help the Yankees reach the World Series in 2020. That probability undoubtedly sky-rocker the very moment Cole agreed to a nine-year, $324 million contract.

However, there’s still work to be down, as Cashman remains engaged with pitches Josh Hader (trade), Dallas Keuchel, and Hyun-jin Ryu. Sprinkle in a bit of Madison Bumgardner, and you have to wonder, what’s Cashman’s motive staying in the pitching market.

We can assume Dellin Betances is likely on his way out considering his slew of injuries and torn Achilles last season. The Bombers seem more intrigued by the idea of a multi-year deal rather than a one-year “prove it” agreement. With the market always expanding and becoming more expensive, locking down players for numerous years theoretically should save them money in the future.

Here are the latest New York Yankees rumors of the day:

MLB Marathon: #Yankees remain in contact with representatives of Ryu, Keuchel, and Bumgarner. Ryu and Keuchel of course represented by Boras corp. Even after signing Cole, Yanks looking to add to rotation. #MLB

Jon Heyman: Yankees are among teams to talk to Brewers about Josh Hader, as

@Ken_Rosenthal reported. NYY does have the players to make it work. No sense from teams yet Milwaukee is motivated to move him. But they are talking.

 

MLB Marathon: #Indians Corey Kluber likely to be traded before Christmas. Momentum has picked up in talks for the right hander. #Padres, #Yankees, #Rangers, others remain engaged. No clear front runner as of yet.

Jon Heyman: Corey Kluber trade market is very active. Multiple teams in. Some may prefer to wait till spring to gauge progress, but interest is strong. Much more likely to be dealt than Lindor, and perhaps soon.

@ByRobertMurray mentioned 1st today

 

 

New York Yankees: Hyun-Jin Ryu Could Be A Free Agent Target

Hyun-Jin Ryu has been an overlooked name on the free agent market thus far, and the New York Yankees could possibly be targeting him.

Ryu, 32, is coming off a 2nd place finish in the NL Cy Young race, leading the Dodgers to the postseason with Clayton Kershaw having a down year. He had a 2.32 ERA over 29 starts, but did fade a little bit towards the end of the season.

Ryu has a career ERA under three over seven seasons.

How Serious Could The Yankees Be?

Hyun-Jin Ryu is by no means the top target for the Yankees, but could be a plan B. Going to plan B would be if the team fails to sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.

Zack Wheeler was originally considered plan B, but was recently picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies on a five year, $118 million deal.

There are a few major drawbacks about if the Yankees signed Ryu. The biggest one is that it’s not Cole or Strasburg, but also since he’s older and another lefty.

He will be 33 in the spring, and the Yankees wouldn’t be able to spend big bucks on him and sign him for more than probably five years.

He would also be the third lefty starting pitcher on the team. James Paxton and Jordan Montgomery are also lefty, but Montgomery may move to the bullpen or be moved from the Yankees altogether. You don’t want to have too much of an unbalance of lefty or righty arms.

Overall, Hyun-Jin Ryu could be a nice fallback option, but won’t be a name that the team willy heavily pursue unless Cole and Strasburg fall off the market.

New York Mets: Two Cy Young Contenders Square Off

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw outpitched Noah Syndergaard in the Dodgers 9-2 victory. Jacob deGrom and the Mets have the opportunity to knot up the series against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who looked to be running away with the Cy Young award just a month ago. Due to a few bad starts, he is no longer the front runner.

deGrom and Ryu seem to be trending in opposite directions. Over his last four starts, he has an ERA just under 10 and has walked 7 batters. This has caused his ERA to jump a full run from 1.45 to 2.45. Rye’s recent struggles has also allowed deGrom and a few others to reenter the Cy Young picture.

Since the trade deadline, deGrom has pitched to a 2.33 ERA and has kept himself in the front of the pack. No Met has ever won back to back Cy Young awards and if he wins another, he will join Tom Seaver as the only other Met to win multiple Cy Young awards.

deGrom Has to Lead the Charge

After their loss in the first game of the series, game two becomes a must win game. The Cubs are going to defeat the Pirates and a four game deficit seems insurmountable at this point in the season. The Mets have been full of fight all season, but it will take a major miracle to comeback from that.

deGrom will see a lineup with only three right handed hitters, much like Syndergaard the previous night. A win for him would equal the same amount of wins he put together last season and the Mets need him to carry them to a victory.