What the Yankees Should Have Learned this Month

What the Yankees Should Have Learned this Month

The easiest person to blame for this is Giancarlo Stanton whose ninth inning strikeout with two runners on base in game four was just one of several times in that series when the slugger came up empty in potentially game changing situations. That strikeout will likely be the enduring memory from a solid, but unspectacular season from Stanton, his first with the Yankees. However, the fault cannot be laid entirely at the feet of Stanton. The problem is bigger than that and starts with a team that had five batters with 100 or more strikeouts, two more with between 90-99 whiffs and 180 more team strikeout than the Astros, Red Sox or Indians, the other teams that made it into the final four in the American League.

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Don't Look to the Farm System for Help

Don't Look to the Farm System for Help

Top Yankee prospects are either a few years away like Estevan Florial or Anthony Seigler, major question marks like Clint Frazier or, like eight of the team’s top ten prospects according to MLB.com, pitchers. Overall, the system is no longer very impressive. The highest ranked, again according to MLB.com, Yankee prospect is Justus Sheffield at 31st. The Yankees placed a respectable but not overwhelming four prospects in MLB’s top 100. Prospect ranking are imperfect and always in flux, but these rankings are consistent with what we know about the system-no elite prospects ready to contribute immediately and a lot of somewhat unformed pitching.

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To My Dad, The Life Long Red Sox Fan...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Teddy Ballgame is smiling down from Heaven on you and your beloved Red Sox.

It always hurts (a lot) to see the Yankees lose, especially to the Red Sox, but, I am glad for you. You suffered for a long time with the Sox and because you are a true fan, you always stayed loyal to your team. Enjoy this ride - the winning doesn’t ever happen enough.

It is good the Sox are winning in your 80th year. It’s a wonderful year-long birthday present.

And now that the Yankees are done, just for you, I’ll say “Go Red Sox!”

Yankees Preview ALDS Game 3: Boone, Severino, Gregorius, & Hicks

Yankees Preview ALDS Game 3: Boone, Severino, Gregorius, & Hicks

The official MLB Youtube page posted a half-hour long compilation of press conferences from Aaron Boone, Luis Severino, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks as they talk about tonight’s Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox.

Video and the timestamps for each interview are here:

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