New York Yankees: Is the postseason rotation too thin?

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

The New York Yankees announced their postseason rotation Thursday per Aaron Boone in a press conference.

Game one will be given to James Paxton, followed by Masahiro Tanaka, and then Luis Severino will be taking the mound for game three. If needed, a game four will most likely be a bullpen game featuring an opener.

There have been many questions surrounding the Yankees’ rotation with concerns of: is this enough?

The Yankee postseason rotation that they have announced is exactly what it should be. Paxton, Tanaka, and Severino are all guys that have shown they can “clutch up” in the moment.

There’s a concern on Paxton because he hasn’t thrown a single pitch in an MLB postseason, primarily because he wasn’t on a team that was playoff contenders until he joined the Yankees. Even though he doesn’t have that experience, Paxton has shown he has the stuff to take down any lineup.

“I’m excited,” said Paxton. “It’s gonna be awesome, I’m really honored to get this opportunity, to pitch game on. It’s gonna be great.”

Paxton also gives his teammates confidence. “He’s the best left-handed pitcher in the game, in my opinion,” said Aaron Judge. “He’s an animal out there. That’s what he’s shown the past couple starts… that’s what’s going to help us going into the playoffs.”

Tanaka is known for his dominant performances in October where he’s credited to a 1.50 ERA in his four career playoff series. He seems to flip a switch come playoff time.

Boone has confidence in his go-to guy Tanaka. “If he’s throwing the ball the way he’s capable of and on top of his game, we feel like he’s a good matchup anywhere.”

The bullpen is also highly capable of giving the New York Yankees a strong game. The opener strategy had been predominately effective during the regular season and can really keep opposing lineups on their heels.

New York Yankees: Big Maple announced as Game 1 starter for ALDS

New York Yankees, James Paxton

The New York Yankees will begin their 2019 postseason run on Friday against the mighty Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series. James Paxton will take the mound for the Yankees for game one at Yankee Stadium.

“I expect him to go pitch really well,” said manager Aaron Boone. “(He’ll) have a ton of confidence in his ability to do that. He’s got, obviously, all the weapons and all the equipment to go out there and be great.”

Paxton has been lights-out in his last ten starts of which he has won. He posted a strong 15-6 record during the regular season and was credited to a 3.82 ERA. In 29 games started and 150.2 innings pitched, the “Big Maple” fanned 186 players respectively.

The left-hander has also posted strong numbers pitching in pinstripes at home. Paxton was credited to a 3.35 ERA at home compared to a 4.33 ERA on the road.

“He’s really done a good job in kind of settling into being here in New York, being a Yankee,” said Boone. “I have no reservations about him not being able to not flourish in the environment.”

Masahiro Tanaka will take game two in the Bronx and Luis Severino will pitch the third game of the series in Minnesota.

CC Sabathia was left off the ALDS roster because he’s still dealing with shoulder troubles, per Aaron Boone. Sabathia, who is planning on retiring following this season, received a cortisone shot last week in his shoulder and did not respond well which causes his removal from the roster.

New York Yankees: Potiental lineup for the ALDS

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

The New York Yankees begin their postseason run after a fantastic season against the Minnesota Twins on Friday for game one of the ALDS. Both teams have crazy power in their lineup who have hit a total of 612 home runs during the regular season.

Since the Twins have 11 players with ten home runs or more, the Yankees are going to want to match that kind of power. Here’s a projected lineup that could do that:

  1. DJ LeMahieu, 3B
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Didi Gregorius, SS
  4. Gary Sanchez, C
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, LF
  6. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
  7. Gleyber Torres, 2B
  8. Luke Voit, 1B
  9. Brett Gardner, CF

The only concern with this lineup is how Didi Gregorius and Luke Voit finished off the regular season. Voit went one for his last 32 at-bats and batted .194 in September. Gregorius finished off with a .190 average in September.

If Gregorius and Voit continue to slump during the postseason, the Yankees could consider moving LeMahieu to first base and putting Gio Urshela at third, taking Voit’s spot in the lineup.

Gregorius’ lefty bat in the lineup is so valuable since the Yankees only have a few left-handed batters. However, if the Yankees are up against a lefty, Gregorius will most likely find himself coming off the bench.

The New York Yankees have not yet announced their official roster for the postseason but will most likely be said later this week.

The projected rotation for the playoffs is James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, and Luis Severino. Paxton is undoubtedly the game one starter and Luis Severino should take game two since he’s much better in the Bronx. Even though Tanaka has been shaky on the road this season, he’s a seasoned player with plenty of postseason experience that seems can turn in on come October.

New York Yankees set to play Twins for ALDS

New York Yankees, James Paxton

The New York Yankees will begin their postseason run this Friday where they take on the Minnesota Twins in game one of the American League Divison Series.

“They’re a beast,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We know how dangerous they are…and not to just cover all my bases here but I look at everyone that’s in this playoff mix as very real, very scary and capable of beating anyone.”

The Yankees hold a 4-2 record against the Twins this season and have historically always dominated them.

“We understand the history,” said team president Dave St. Peter. “Organizationally, I just say it’s time to slay the dragon, right?”

The last time to two teams matched up in the postseason came during the 2017 Wild Card game when the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4.

The series will definitely be filled with high-scoring games. Both teams have slugged the baseball all year long, where the Yankees are currently at 305 home runs and the Twins have slugged 303 bombs.

“Let’s go. Bring ‘em on,” St. Peter said. “We don’t get to pick who we play. No time like the present to break that curse, so to speak.”

Hal Steinbrenner, son of George Steinbrenner, has other plans. “We’ve got as good a chance as anybody. October is still October, right? Got to stay focused…(There’s) a long way to go, but we’re going in strong.”

It’s believed that James Paxton will be the game one starter for the New York Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino are believed to be the apart of that starting rotation for the playoffs.

New York Yankees: Clinch AL-East with a Marvelous Performance from Tanaka

New York Yankees, Gleyber Toress, Miguel Andujar

What do you receive when you combine a dominant performance from Masahiro Tanaka and a slugfest from the offense? You receive a tremendous victory and clinch the AL East in 2019. This is the first time the New York Yankees have clinched the division since the 2012 season and settled for the Wild Card spot three times since then.

Masahiro Tanaka was next to flawless on Thursday night vs the Anaheim Angels. He pitched 7 strong innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run and striking out 6 batters on 86 pitches. His split-finger fastball, slider and the rest of his pitch selection were extraordinary. Without a doubt, Tanaka looked fierce and is back in playoff mode. Cory Gearrin and Aroldis Chapman closed the game out with a combined 2 innings pitched and gave up 1 hit, no runs and struck out 2 batters on 31 pitches.

The offensive entourage began their rampage in the bottom of the 2nd. DJ LeMahieu crushed a 3-run homer to right-center field, traveling 355-feet with an exit velocity of 103.1 MPH. The Halos tacked on their only run of the game in the top of the 4th, with Kole Calhoun driving in a solo homer. In the bottom of the 4th, Brett Gardner drilled a solo shot to deep right field, traveling 414-feet with an exit velocity of 100.9 MPH.

As Tanaka continued to deal with absolute control, the offense recorded 2 more runs in the bottom of the 6th. Gardner, who is having the best season of his career and has been scorching-hot in the month of September, smoked a 2-run double into right field and granting the Yanks with a 6-1 lead.

The offensive production did not cease until after the bottom of the 8th inning. Cameron Maybin obliterated a solo shot to left field, traveling 416-feet with an exit velocity of 107.4 MPH. After an impressive at-bat from Gardner, which resulted in a walk, Clint Frazier hammered a 2-run bullet to right field, traveling 382-feet with an exit velocity of 109.2 MPH.

The Yankees exited the baseball diamond as the victors, defeating the Halos 9-1. They’re now the 2nd team this season to reach 100 wins and possess a 100-54 (.649) record. Aaron Boone is now the 2nd manager in MLB history to rack up 200 or more wins in his 1st 2 seasons. Ralph Houk is the only manager with more wins, who acquired 205 from 1961-1962. The Bronx Bombers also possess 14 AL East titles since 1995. Every other organization in the division owns a combined 11 titles since then.

 

 

 

New York Yankees clinch their first AL East title in seven years

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

With their win over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday night, the New York Yankees are the 2019 champions of the American League East. The Yankees also reached a significant 100 wins.

“We got a lot bigger fish to fry, but this is the first step along the way,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Nothing has got in their way. Whatever has come adversity-wise, they faced it and powered right through it.”

The New York Yankees have been through it all this season and have overcome anything that has tried to set them back.

Masahiro Tanaka was absolutely dominating on the mound going seven full frames allowing one run on four hits while fanning six. Cory Gearrin and Aroldis Chapman came in to end the game giving the Yankees their victory.

DJ LeMahieu started things off with a three-run home run in the second inning. Brett Gardner was the name of the night, going two-for-three with a homer while knocking in two other runs. Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier joined in on the fun each homering in the eighth inning.

This was the Yankees’ first AL East title since 2012. The past two seasons they’ve made the playoffs through the Wild Card, finishing second in the standings.

After Wednesday night’s loss, the Yankees wanted to win their way to clinching, not by another team losing. “It was probably actually a good little team building, bonding, one of those times you enjoy being together,” said Boone.

The Yankees will begin their last homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow at 7:05 PM EST.

 

New York Yankees: Could CC Sabathia Be in the Bullpen For the Postseason?

New York Yankees, Yankees, CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees has been struggled with going the distance all season. Part of this reason is because of his knee issues which have placed him on the injured list several times this season.

Sabathia knows that he can still get guys out at the major league level. Many believe that his struggles this season are stemmed from his knee problems. “I think if this team wasn’t in a position to win a championship, I probably would have had the surgery a long time ago,” said Sabathia.

Something I could see Sabathia doing in the postseason is following an opener. In example, Chad Green could go two innings and Sabathia could go three after him. That’s five innings from quality pitchers with postseason experience and Sabathia wouldn’t be overused.

When asked about his preference for being a starter or a bullpen guy Sabathia said, “It doesn’t matter. Whatever my role is in the postseason, I’m good for it.” Aaron Boone also has spoken on it, saying that they are considering every option.

Sabathia described his knee pain as a “level 10,” which he’s had all season. “There’s nothing really to manage,” Sabathia said. “If you wheel me around in a wheelchair … there’s nothing I can do. It flares up when it flares up. I feel good right now and knock on wood it continues to feel good.”

Sabathia has made 21 starts for the New York Yankees this season and is credited to a 5-8 record. He holds a 4.95 ERA in 103.2 innings pitched.

The 39-year-old has nine years and 15 series of postseason experience. In those nine years, Sabathia has a 10-7 record with a 4.31 ERA.

New York Yankees: The Main Concerns Heading into October

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees just came off a huge statement series win against the Los Angeles Dodgers where they took two out of three games from them. They proved that they really are the best team in baseball. However, there are a few lingering concerns heading into October.

Injuries

Not a surprise here, but the injuries have been apparent all season long. It’s gotten to a point where it’s expected to have at least one player go down every series. The New York Yankees will want their guys Edwin Encarnacion, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luke Voit consistently in their lineup. Luis Severino’s return would be huge for the Yankee pitching staff, regardless of what role he falls into. Dellin Betances’ return would also give the already-strong Yankee bullpen even more depth.

The lineup

There have been so many players who have contributed this year that making a lineup for the postseason will be a challenge for manager Aaron Boone. Guys like Mike Ford and Mike Tauchman took the team by storm this season where they showed out offensively. It’ll be tough getting those guys at-bats while keeping the stars and veterans in as well.

Triple-A callups

Yes, basically the whole current team is triple-A call-ups due to injuries. However, the New York Yankees will be allowed a 40-man roster once September 1st passes so that means they’ll have to analyze more potential callups. Guys like Clint Frazier, Deivi Garcia, and Kyle Higashioka are some of the big names for a possible September promotion. Take a look at this article, where I evaluated two players who I think should definitely be on the roster come September 1st.

New York Yankees: Two Players Who Should Be Called up for the Postseason

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees are winding down their season and there’s been talk of who will be called up heading into the postseason. September 1st allows MLB teams to carry a 40-man roster which means the Yankees will be calling players up from triple-A to assist them heading into the playoffs.

Clint Frazier

One of the more obvious players on this list, Clint Frazier is believed that he should be on the active roster already. Already had spent 53 games in the major leagues this season, Frazier has batted .262 with 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in. His controversial demotion to triple-A took many fans by surprise.

With the already-solid Yankee outfield, Frazier could be utilized as a DH alongside teammate Edwin Encarnacion. Frazier promises a strong at-bat with power.

Deivi Gacia

The New York Yankees held onto Deivi Garcia this year during the trade deadline and rightfully so. The 20-year-old stud was promoted to triple-A this season after dominating in the double-A Trenton. He flashes a fastball up to the mid-90s with an arsenal of pitches. He started the MLB Futures game this year where he dominated there as well.

If Garcia is chosen to be brought up, I think he’ll be utilized as a reliever to the give the bullpen even more depth. With the struggling Yankee rotation, having a starter in the bullpen could help the Yankees eat up innings. The only concern with Garcia is he hasn’t stepped on a major league mound. He’ll need to be brought up soon to get some major league action before heading into the crazy postseason play.

 

New York Yankees: Will Deivi Garcia be Seen in the Postseason?

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

Deivi Garcia is currently ranked the number one prospect in the New York Yankees organization and there has been talk if fans will see him in pinstripes this upcoming postseason.

After being promoted to triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Garcia is currently 1-3 where he’s credited to a 5.93 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched (Baseball Reference). Clearly not great numbers, but Garcia has electric stuff. His best pitch, a curveball, has the spin-rate consistent with some of the premier pitchers in the major leagues. He also flashes a fastball at 91-95mph.

The Yankees signed Garcia from the international market in 2015 for $200,000. At the age of 19, he went from low-Class A to double-A in only three months. This season, he was promoted to triple-A where he also started the 2019 MLB futures game.

Postseason on the horizon?

Garcia’s possibility of being added to the postseason roster would be decided based on Luis Severino’s return or not. I believe if Severino returns healthy and back to his ace-like stuff, Garcia won’t see the major leagues this season. However, if Severino and Delllin Betances don’t return there potential that Garcia could find himself suiting up in a bullpen role.

Only being 20 years old, the Yankees aren’t afraid of bringing up young talent. Fans saw this when superstar Gleyber Torres made his MLB debut at 21 years old and has dominated the league ever since. Miguel Andujar debuted when he was 21 years old as well.

By not trading him away during the July 31st deadline, the New York Yankees definitely like his stuff and know his potential. If Garcia doesn’t make his major league debut this season, he’ll definitely be a candidate for next season.