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2 months ago  ::  Oct 01, 2022 - 8:17AM #4141
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Britton came out of the game moments after throwing an errant sinker, a bad sign for a reliever who recently returned from Tommy John surgery.

NEW YORK — Yankees reliever Zack Britton exited Friday night's game against the Orioles with an apparent injury after throwing a wild sinker in the sixth inning.

The left-hander motioned to the dugout instantly after throwing a pitch to the backstop that allowed a run to score, his ninth pitch since coming in from the bullpen. 

After a very quick visit from manager Aaron Boone and a trainer, Britton came out of the game, briskly walking off the mound, down the dugout steps and into the clubhouse. 

In the ninth inning, the Yankees announced that Britton left the game with "left arm fatigue."

The sinker that Britton threw before coming out of the game was clocked at 90.8 mph. Britton was averaging 92.9 mph on that pitch in a small sample size since returning from the IL.

Britton was making his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery on Friday night. He underwent the procedure on his left elbow last September, working over these last 12 months to rejoin his teammates and help out in New York's pursuit of a championship.

With a few weeks to go before the postseason, Britton was ramping up while simultaneously trying to prove that he's worthy of a spot on the Yankees' playoff roster. 

In each of his three outings, he struggled with his command. Before the at-bat where he was forced to come out of the game, with Orioles slugger Jesús Aguilar in the batter's box, Britton had walked six of the nine batters he had faced.

Earlier in the day on Friday, Boone was asked about Britton and what he needs to see in order to put the southpaw on this team's postseason roster. Boone singled out the veteran's sharpness.

"With Britt, his first two outings, I feel like it's been good. I know he feels really good, which is good," Boone said. "I do feel like the arm speeds there and the stuff is there. Now it's just a matter of getting sharp and finding that next level of command and finding the timing of his release point and all that, being in these games."

Now, who knows if Britton will pitch again this season. 

2 months ago  ::  Oct 01, 2022 - 8:24AM #4142
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About Last Night: Orioles 2 - Yankees 1

Quick Stats:

Winning Pitcher: Jordan Lyles (12-11, 4.42) 7 IP/ 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER / 9 K, 1BB / 106-72 PC-ST (68% Strikes)

Losing Pitcher: Domingo Germán (2-4, 3.31) 5.1 IP/3 H, 2 R, 2 ER / 6 K, 3 BB / 78-47 PC-ST (60% Strikes)

Yankee Home Runs: None

Who’s Hot?

○ ALL RISE: OF Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 61st home run of the season on Wednesday, tying Roger Maris (61 HR in 1961) for the most home runs in a single season in American League history. Judge is just the fifth player in Major League history (eighth time) to hit at least 61 home runs in a single season, joining Barry Bonds (73 HR in 2001 with SF), Mark McGwire (70 HR in 1998 and 65 HR in 1999 with STL), Sammy Sosa (66 HR in 1998, 64 HR in 2001 and 63HR in 1999 with CHC) and Roger Maris (61 HR in 1961 with NYY).

○ WIZARD OF OZ: INF/OF Oswaldo Cabrera has reached base in 16 of his last 17 games, including each of his last 10 games and is batting .328 with 16 runs, 5 doubles, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 9 BB and 3 SB in his last 17 games (since 9/10). He’s now batting .250 on the season.

Who’s Not?

○ Giancarlo Stanton is batting just .140 (14-for-100) with 1 double, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 12 BB and 42 strikeouts since being reinstated off the 10-day injured list on 8/25.

Big Story - Last night was all about stingy pitching early, as Orioles starter Jordan Lyles was sharp and Yankees starter Domingo Germán was equally effective, but last night was also about the continued boost that the Yankees youth has provided. All in all, it was a tightly contested affair throughout, but the Yankees could only muster four hits and only had three opportunities to bat with runners in scoring position. Baltimore’s pitching was just too good for the Yankee lineup last night.

Opening the scoring in the first-inning, Ryan Mountcastle put the Orioles on the board first with an RBI single and it wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth-inning that the Yankees broke through to tie the score. Impressive Yankees rookie Oswaldo Cabrera, taking advantage of being left-handed and playing in Yankee Stadium, cracked his fifth home run of the season off Jordan Lyles to tie the score through five-frames.

With a slim chance to make the playoffs yet remaining, the Orioles needed a big night out of Lyles and they got it as he tossed 107-pitches all total, the last of which was to Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who came up with a clutch single to open the bottom of the eighth-inning.

Hulking and intimidating Orioles reliever, the flame throwing Felix Bautista, came in to relieve Lyles and attempt to preserve the lead. Falefa stole second on a very close play. Then, Bautista struck out Trevino which brought Aaron Judge up with first base open. Judge was pitched around and then, of course, smartly intentionally walked by the Orioles and Anthony Rizzo came up in what was really the key spot in the game for the Yankees. Bautista struck Rizzo out swinging on a tough 91 mph splitter and then Gleyber Torres lined out to center fielder Cedric Mullins to end the Yankees attempt at a rally.

From there, Scott Effross worked out of a two-on, two-out jam to keep the game clsoe, but Yankees fans then got a glimpse of the future, as Orioles lefty DL Hall, who is one of the crown jewels of their system having been drafted in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft with the 21st pick, came in and retired the Yankees 1-2-3 to earn his first career save. Hall’s fastball grades out 70 and he’s a legit “Tier-One” pitching prospect who will give the Orioles yet another formidable pitcher for years to come.

Player of the Game - Jordan Lyles really deserved the nod here. He lasted into the 8th-inning and he really kept the Yankees offense in check as mixed in mostly biting sliders and running fastballs, with an occasional curve-ball or sinker mixed in to keep the Yankees off balance and frustrated.

Notable Performances

● Domingo German was really solid yet again. I’m convinced he can be more of a help in the postseason than many fans might realize, though he does seem destined to come out of the bullpen. 

● One of the few Yankees highlights of what was a very quiet showing by NY came in the fifth inning, when Harrison Bader made a full-speed diving catch towards the left-center field gap to rob Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins of an extra-base hit! His “plus” defense in center field has made the Yankees overall defense even better.

Better to Forget

● Most concerningly, Giancarlo Stanton continues to look overmatched by fastballs and in general, he’s very out-of-whack. Last night he was close to being an automatic out and opposing pitchers are blowing mediocre fastballs right past him. Something’s not right here. I’m convinced he’s still injured.

● Zack Britton is still understandably struggling with his command. He faltered badly last night in the sixth inning, allowing two walks and then issuing a run-scoring wild pitch. What was truly forgettable was that the Orioles scored one run in the inning on no hits and four walks, but thankfully Ron Marinaccio was able to fan Orioles left-handed DH Kyle Stowers swinging on a nice fading 4-seam fastball that sat 94.6 mph on the outside of the plate.

My Take - Now that the Yankees have clinched, it’s all about getting guys right and lining up the roster for the postseason. Don’t tell the Orioles that though, because last night was a crucial win for their franchise. The Yankees are pretty much in postseason form right now, every run seems to be contested and Yankee pitching has been very good of late.

Last night Aaron Boone absolutely did the right thing, getting both Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman into last night’s ball game. The Yankees desperately need one or both of them to suddenly come to life so that they can bolster the high-leverage group in the Yankee bullpen, which presently feels very mix and match these days.

With only six games now remaining in the season, time is running out on this aging pair of former all-star closers. With both of them being lefties and considering the Yankees have only two other lefties in their bullpen and amazingly having only one lefty starter these days, most Yankees fans are holding their breath to see if either can regain enough of their prior form to conceivably help the team in what is now the eleventh hour of the season.

Aaron Boone seems to have identified Scott Effross as possibly being the postseason closer as he’s mentioned quite a bit about how confident he is with Effross in high-leverage innings lately. Boone also has been using Jonathan Loaisiga with success late in games so as things stand right now, Chapman and Britton are clearly still auditioning for postseason spots in the Yankees bullpen.

For whatever reason, Brian Cashman didn’t really go all out at the deadline to fix the bullpen issues though Effross and Lou Trivino have both helped considerably. There is no doubt that it’s always a bad idea to give up high end prospects for relief pitching, but It’s my hope that Cashman’s failures to land a closer don’t doom the 2022 Yankees in the postseason. A healthy and more important, effective Britton and or Chapman might make all the difference in the world.

Last night, Britton was very wild and appears to simply not be where he needs to be to help the team and Chapman came in sitting 93 mph on his fastball, which just isn’t going to help the Yankees either. Granted, Champman did finally touch 97.8mph during Rougned Odor’s two-out at bat, but Chapman’s pitch mix was decidedly slider-sinker and the fastball seems to be a pitch he no longer can blow hitters away on. His final pitch to Odor was an unimpressive 94.7 mph fastball that Chapman seemed to reach back and attempt to put something on, which Odor shot into right field for a hot-smash single. Chapman then picked Odor off to end the inning, but I was left feeling very shaky about what I had seen.

Chapman appears to be at the end of the line as a fireballer, with his best days far in the rear-view mirror.

With six-games to go in the regular season, it sure feels like the situation has reached critical mass. I frankly don’t know what to think. It really doesn’t appear that Chapman and Britton can help the team. I think we may be past the point of hoping there’s time for either of these pitchers to get it going. We can hope Clay Holmes is able to return soon also, here’s some good news on that front:

On another note, Aaron Judge’s pursuit of the non-PED achieved all-time home run record is going to be the big story each and every game from here out out, until the record is either broken or the season ends. However, another storyline surrounding Judge is his pursuit of the Triple Crown, as he attempts to become only the third Yankee player ever to win the coveted award that recognizes the league’s top batting average, the home run king, and the RBI champ.

Standing in Judge’s way of winning the American League Triple Crown going away is Twins infielder Luis Arraez, who Twins manager Rocco Baldelli gave the night off last night as Arraez only recently came back from a hamstring injury. Arraez is batting .315 and after last night, Judge is now hitting .314 which makes for a thrilling battle that will surely go down to the wire.

Sitting presently at an amazing 61 home runs, Judge is easily leading the home race over the Angels Mike Trout, who we notice is a distant second with 38 total dingers, as we put cream cheese on our bagels this morning and peruse the MLB box scores! Meanwhile, Judge with his 130 RBI’s also leads the RBI race over the Guardians José Ramírez, who has 122 heading into today’s action after driving in three more last night.

Lastly, it does appear that Boone will be sticking with Aaron Judge batting leadoff in the postseason. Never mind that Judge has 20 solo home runs this year. The Yankees seem to like that he gets on base at a high clip. In today’s game, the manager wants his best players getting maximum at-bats and so that is what Boone appears to be set on. I know we’ve dismissed this notion a bit here on SSTN, but it is what it is. This offseason, we’ll write many articles about what the Yankees did wrong, unless they manage to win the World Series – in which case, we’ll applaud Boone for being a genius and celebrate Cashman as the smartest and best GM in baseball, for the mob is fickle - or should I quote Seneca here, “..and so we see the same thing happening that happens at the elections, where, when the fickle breeze of popular favour has shifted, the very same persons who chose the praetors wonder that those praetors were chosen.”

Next Up - In what is their final homestand of the 2022 Regular Season, the Yankees host the Orioles for game two of this three-game series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Game time is at 1:05pm, as the Orioles will send right-hander Austin Voth (5-3, 4.19) to the mound to oppose the Yankees ace, All-Star lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. (11-4, 2.56).

This afternoon’s start will mark Voth’s 17th of the season (and his 41st appearance). Voth didn’t factor in the decision his last time out, on September 25th vs. the Astros, but he did last 5.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits with six strikeouts. Voth has a 2.78 ERA (22 ER/71.1 IP) as a starter this year.

Cortes meanwhile will make his 28th start of the season today and he’ll be working on five days' rest due to Thursday's team off day, having last pitched on Sunday against the Red Sox, earning his 11th win of the season after tossing 6.0 scoreless innings (1H, 2BB, 5K) in a 2-0 Yankees victory at Yankee Stadium.

The recent win against the Red Sox marked his sixth scoreless start in what has been a magical 2022 season for Nestor Cortes. He’s allowed 3R-or-fewer in 24 of his 27 starts this season, including 2R-or-fewer in 20 starts and 1R-or-fewer in 14 starts. Perhaps the most impressive feat of his season is that he’s made nine starts this season with 6.0-or-more innings tossed and 1-run-or-fewer allowed! He’s amazingly been the Yankees best pitcher this year.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 01, 2022 - 8:26AM #4143
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For those curious, Boone did note that Miguel Castro and Albert Abreu are available to return if needed, though 2021 rookie Stephen Ridings is out. Castro and Abreu were on the injured list for most of September and had been on rehab assignment until the minor league season ended. | Sarah Langs: Aaron Judge has already made history this season, but he could achieve a feat that only Ted Williams accomplished. In MLB history, only Ted Williams has won the Quadruple Triple Crown, which requires a player to lead his league in 12 offensive categories (home runs, RBI, batting average, runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, wRC+ and WAR) — a feat he achieved during his 1942 and 1947 Triple Crown-winning campaigns. Judge leads in 11 categories entering play Friday, trailing only Luis Arraez of the Twins in average, .313 to .315.

CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: Any team would be thrilled to have Judge, but only a select few make sense as landing spots for the superstar outfielder as he hits free agency this winter. Anderson ranks all 30 teams, grouping them into five categories of least to most likely. He sees a reunion between Judge and the Yankees as the most likely conclusion, but they’re joined by three other teams in the category of “favorites” to land him.

NJ Advance Media | Randy Miller: Matt Carpenter has been in a race against time as he tries to make it back from a broken foot to play for the Yankees again this season. He suffered the fracture on August 9th after fouling a ball off his foot against the Mariners, and his recovery appears to be going well with the lefty veteran taking batting practice prior to last night’s game.

It’s unclear whether Carpenter will be activated for the final series of the season against the Rangers, or if he’ll simply participate in an alternate site camp hosted by the Double-A Somerset Patriots alongside Castro, Abreu, and Frankie Montas. Miller indicated in his piece that the latter is more likely, though Jack Curry of YES Network also suggested Texas as a serious possibility. The 36 year-old Carpenter was the hottest hitter on the planet after joining the Yankees, batting .305/.412/.727 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, and a 216 wRC+ in 154 plate appearances spanning 47 games.

Sports Illustrated | Mike McDaniel: Aaron Judge may have tied Roger Maris at 61 homers, but now the eyes of the world are on the prodigious slugger to see if he can break the 61-year-old mark outright for sole possession of the AL home run record. In anticipation of him going for number 62, ticket prices have soared at Yankee Stadium, with the average price of a seat for the series finale on Sunday coming in at a whopping $458.76.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 01, 2022 - 1:06PM #4144
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Yankees Select Jacob Barnes, Place Zack Britton On 60-Day IL

The Yankees announced they’ve selected reliever Jacob Barnes onto the major league roster. In a corresponding move, veteran southpaw Zack Britton has been placed on the 60-day injured list. His season is over after he left last night’s appearance with shoulder fatigue.

Barnes cracks a major league roster with a third different team of the 2022 campaign. The 32-year-old broke camp with the Tigers and pitched in 22 games, working to a 6.10 ERA through 20 2/3 innings. Barnes only struck out 11.2% of batters faced on a personal-worst 7.7% swinging strike percentage. Barnes did induce ground-balls at a career-best 51.5% clip, but the lack of swing-and-miss led the Tigers to designate him for assignment in June.

The veteran reliever signed a minor league deal with the Mariners and briefly made the major league roster in July. He spent a few days on the active roster but didn’t make an appearance before being let go. Barnes returned to Detroit on a minor league deal, spent a month in Triple-A and then was granted his release. He signed a minor league deal with New York at the end of August and pitched in ten games for their top affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

While Barnes hasn’t had much major league success this season, he’s pitched 18 innings of 2.00 ERA ball at the Triple-A level. Barnes has punched out 32.9% of opponents there against a 9.2% walk rate, and he’s missed plenty of bats at the big league level in years past. He punched out upwards of 30% of opponents with the Angels in 2020 and had an above-average 25.8% strikeout rate as recently as last season.

Because Barnes was in the organization by August 31, he’d be eligible for the Yankees postseason roster. He wasn’t on the 40-man roster at the end of August, but New York can still petition the commissioner’s office for him to be playoff-eligible as an injury replacement for Britton. Injury exemptions are a common occurrence each season, so the Yankees shouldn’t have an issue carrying Barnes for the playoffs if they desire. Now that he’s back on a 40-man roster, Barnes is technically arbitration-eligible for next season, but it’s probable the Yankees will take him off the roster at the end of the year and allow him to hit minor league free agency.

It seems unlikely they’d carry Barnes given his struggles at the big league level this year, but the Yankees pitching staff is navigating a number of injuries. Closer Clay Holmes has a shoulder strain, manager Aaron Boone revealed last night. New York won’t place him on the injured list and rule him out as an option for the AL Division Series, but he’s not expected to pitch again in the regular season. Bryan Hoch of relays that the Yankees are hopeful Holmes will be ready for the start of the ALDS, but it’s hard to know for sure whether that’ll be the case.

Meanwhile, trade deadline acquisition Frankie Montas doesn’t look as if he’ll be an option for the ALDS. New York placed Montas on the IL with shoulder inflammation two weeks ago, and Boone said this morning that it appears he won’t be ready for the Division Series (Hoch link). Montas is playing catch today and the Yankees haven’t officially ruled him out for the ALDS, but Boone suggested it’s more likely he’d return as a relief option for the ALCS if the Yankees qualify.

Britton is certainly no longer a playoff option, with the 60-day IL placement ending his year. It could bring an unceremonious end to his four-plus year tenure as a Yankee. Acquired from the Orioles midway through the 2018 campaign, Britton was an elite late-game weapon for his first few seasons in the Bronx. He pitched to a 2.14 ERA over 105 1/3 innings through the end of the 2020 season, including grounders at an incredible 76.3% clip. The Yankees preemptively exercised a $14MM option on his services for 2022 at the end of that year to prevent Britton from triggering an opt-out that’d have allowed him to test free agency.

While an understandable move at the time, that decision proved very regrettable in hindsight. Britton was tagged for a 5.89 ERA in 18 1/3 frames last season, battling injury issues throughout the year. He eventually underwent Tommy John surgery last September, an issue that kept him on the injured list until last week. Britton made it back on September 22 and made three appearances, but he walked six of the nine batters he faced before yesterday’s injury.

Britton will hit the open market this winter coming off two virtually lost seasons. His fastball velocity was down in his very brief look this month, and he obviously battled extreme rust from a strike-throwing perspective. The 34-year-old hasn’t seemed fully healthy for two years, which’ll obviously deal a hit to his market value.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 02, 2022 - 8:49AM #4145
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Judge stays at 61 homers on 61st anniversary of Maris' 61st

NEW YORK — The numbers were aligned for Aaron Judge. The pitches were not.

Judge remained at 61 home runs on the 61st anniversary of Roger Maris' 61st — he even came to the plate at the exact time Maris went deep.

Just eight of 25 Baltimore's pitches to Judge were strikes. He walked twice and was hit by a pitch on an 0-for-2 afternoon, sparking a three-run first and a four-run seventh in the New York Yankees' 8-0 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

"We know we got to capitalize on that. Otherwise, they're going to keep on doing it," said Giancarlo Stanton, whose 447-foot drive into the left-field bleachers capped the first. "I think they will either way, but it's a good extra punch when we do capitalize."

Judge was grazed on the left arm by a cutter from Austin Voth (5-4) leading off the first, walked in the second and struck out on a full-count curveball in the fourth — at 2:43 p.m., 61 years to the minute when Maris hit his 61st off Boston's Tracy Stallard across the street at old Yankee Stadium on Oct. 1, 1961.

Against Spenser Watkins, he walked starting in the seventh and struck out on a changeup in the eighth.

"That's probably a little bit weird for every pitcher," Boone said. "You're striking that balance between `I want to attack him,' but `It's the best hitter in the world.'"

Fans in the rowd of 45,428 booed every ball and chanted profanely at Orioles pitchers.

"It was pretty loud. Of course I heard it," Watkins said. "It's just Yankees fans."

Judge is in contention to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade. He leads in RBIs with 130 and at .313 is second in batting to Minnesota's Luis Arraez, and also is tops with 110 walks.

AL East champion New York (97-60) has five games remaining: Sunday's rain-threatened home finale followed by a four-game series at Texas.

"There's no bigger stage and there's no tougher place to do it," Stanton said. "He's at the top of the top and he's made it look easy."

Nestor Cortes (12-4) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts, pitching one-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings and walking two. Jorge Mateo singled inches over the outstretched glove of leaping shortstop Oswald Peraza with two outs in the fifth.

Cortes got 19 swings and misses among 93 pitches. He lowered his ERA to 2.48 ERA and would be seventh in the AL except he is 3 2/3 innings shy of qualifying. He got a standing ovation when he walked back to the dugout after his last pitch and tipped his cap to fans.

"I got a chip on my shoulder every time I go out there, a sense of urgency," he said. "Every time I go out there and pitch, I always feel like it could be the last one."

With second baseman Gleyber Torres moved to right as part of a four-man outfield — and waving to fans in the seats behind him — Cortes used his hesitation delivery to fan Ryan Mountcastle ending the sixth inning.

"I do it on the spot," Cortes said. "I don't really know what I'm doing until it happens."

Jacob Barnes finished with two-hit relief in his Yankees debut, completing New York's 16th shutout, its most since 1998.

Kyle Higashioka had three of New York's 14 hits, including his ninth home run, and Torres and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs each.

Voth gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings for the surprising Orioles (81-77), who following a 110-loss season remained in postseason contention until mathematically eliminated by Seattle's late-night win Friday.

Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde knew his team disappointed fans wanting to see No. 62.

"I get it. They want to see something special. It's a cool moment," he said. "We're not trying to walk him. We're trying to pitch him carefully."


Anthony Rizzo was hit on the left knee by a pitch in the Yankees second, the 200th time he was hit by a pitch in his career.


New York's 57 home wins matched 2009 and '19 for its most at new Yankee Stadium.


Yankees: LHP Zack Britton was put on the 60-day IL, ending his season, his comeback from Tommy John surgery cut short after just three relief appearances because of arm fatigue. New York selected the contract of Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... INF-OF Matt Carpenter, sidelined since breaking his left toot on Aug. 8, ran on the field and will be among players reporting to training camp for Double-A Somerset. Boone anticipates Carpenter being available for the postseason as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter. ... RHP Frankie Montas, sidelined since Sept. 16 by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has resumed throwing but may not be available until after the Division Series.


RHP Chi Chi González will be brought up from Triple-A to make his Yankees debut and start against Baltimore RHP Kyle Bradish (4-7, 5.11) on Sunday. González made four appearances this season for Minnesota and Milwaukee. Luis Severino was pushed back to Monday, with Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon starting in Tuesday's doubleheader and Domingo Germán on Wednesday.

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New York Post | Greg Joyce: Zack Britton worked his tail off to get back to the majors in the hopes of contributing to some postseason success for the Yankees, but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be. After a disastrous appearance on Friday night ended with Britton walking off the field with the team trainer, he has been put on the 60-day IL with shoulder fatigue, effectively ending both his season and his Yankees career. It’s always hard to watch a guy’s body fail him, but it’s especially difficult to watch when it happens to one of the best relievers of the last decade or so. At this stage in his career, too, questions start to swirl about whether he will be able to return, or if this’ll be it. For his sake, I hope Friday night’s wild pitch isn’t the last he throws on a baseball field. He’s had too good of a career to go out like that.

MLB Trade Rumors | Anthony Franco: When the year-end Sporcle quiz goes around that asks you to identify all of the players who made an appearance for the Yankees this season, I imagine this will be the one that stumps a lot of people. With Britton going to the IL with season-ending shoulder fatigue and Clay Holmes on the shelf until the postseason, the Yankees selected the contract of Jacob Barnes. The Yankees are his third different team in 2022, after struggling with the Detroit Tigers and a brief stint with the Seattle Mariners. Barnes’s season hasn’t been anything to write home about — he pitched to a 6.10 ERA in 20.2 innings with Detroit — but he’s posted eight solid innings in Triple-A since being signed to a minor league deal in August, so I guess that’s something.

Audacy | Ryan Chichester: Domingo Germán has pitched quite nicely since finding himself back in the starting rotation. When it comes to the playoffs, though, it appears as though the Yankees may want to use Germán as a long-man out of the bullpen. And, according to Germán himself, he’s up for the challenge. His expected stats are a little concerning from this vantage point, but you can never have too many arms come playoff time, and his recent stretch of games has more or less made him deserving of a postseason roster spot.

Angels, Shohei Ohtani Avoid Arbitration With One-Year, $30MM Contract For 2023

2 months ago  ::  Oct 02, 2022 - 8:53AM #4147
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Frankie Montas Resumes Throwing, But is Unlikely For ALDS

Montas could be a bullpen arm for the Yankees in the ALCS. He has experience pitching in relief, but hasn’t had much success.

After 11 days of not throwing, Frankie Montas played catch on Saturday. The development was the first step toward him potentially impacting the Yankees in the postseason, though that probably won’t happen in the American League Division Series, which starts Oct. 11.

Instead, Aaron Boone said it’s more likely that Montas, who is recovering from right shoulder inflammation, will rejoin the team during the American League Championship Series should New York advance. If that happens, Montas figures to be a bullpen option or opener, as he’s pitched poorly since being traded from the Athletics and won’t have time to build up arm strength.

“I don’t know about the Division Series,” Boone said Saturday, per’s Randy Miller. “I don’t know if that’s going to be in play, but we feel like there’s time to where he can get to a point where he could be an option for us. Maybe Division Series, but more likely beyond.”

The Yankees expected Montas to be frontline starter who could upgrade their postseason rotation when they acquired him in August. Instead, he pitched poorly before getting hurt, recording a 6.35 ERA over his first eight starts with the team. Montas also missed time due to shoulder inflammation in July while he was still a member of the Athletics.

Should Montas return in October and pitch out of the bullpen, such a role won’t be entirely unfamiliar to him.

While the 29-year-old has exclusively been a starter since the beginning of the 2019 season, Montas did pick up 30 games and 41.1 innings of experience out of the bullpen early in his career. His relief numbers are not great though; he owns a 5.66 ERA out of the pen.

Should the Yankees call on Montas in the playoffs, they’ll need him to be better than that – and better than he’s been in pinstripes.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 03, 2022 - 6:53AM #4148
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About Yesterday Afternoon: The Yankees Fall to the Orioles 3-1

The Yankees have won the American League East this season. They will open the American League Division championship series on October 11th against the winner of the of the series between the Rays and the Guardians. However, entering play yesterday, they still had five games left on the schedule. They need to play those games. The primary importance of these games for Yankees' fans is to see if Aaron Judge can hit his 62nd home run of the season, and perhaps more.

For the team, the final games will be used to set the pitching rotation for the playoffs and make determinations about roster spots and roles for the team headed into the postseason. Whether DJ LeMahieu, Aroldis Chapman and others can be contributors in the playoffs will be determined. Other than that, the remaining games do not have a great deal of significance. That is why yesterday's game was started by Chi Chi Gonzalez, whose entire Yankees career will most likely be comprised of yesterday's game.

Since I was covering yesterday's game, two things happened. First, it rained. Second, Aaron Hicks was in the starting lineup. In the first inning, we had a chance to see Hicks take the wrong route on a ball and then jog after it, allowing Ryan Mountcastle to get a double and drive in a run. In the sixth inning, Hicks jogged after another ball in the corner, which became a double for Austin Hayes. It's good to see Hicks at the peak of his game headed into the playoffs. To his credit, he did make a nice running catch in the seventh inning. By the way, yesterday was Aaron Hicks 33rd birthday. His present will most likely be a spot on the playoff roster. Our gift is that the Yankees have him under contract for three more years. Perhaps, he ate some cake before the seventh inning.

Quick Stats:

  • Since Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run, 26% of the pitches he has seen have been strikes, which is well below the major league average. It's hard to hit a home run when pitchers won't throw the ball over the plate.

  • Chi Chi Gonzalez gave up one run in 4.2 innings. He did what he was asked to do.

  • Aroldis Chapman pitched in the 7th inning. In just 1/3 of an inning, He gave up an infield single, three walks, and two runs. SSTN reader Fuster has a better chance of making the postseason roster than Chapman.

  • On yesterday's date in 1978, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 in a one-game playoff to go to the postseason. Bucky Dent acquired a new middle name that day.

The Big Story: The final score of yesterday's game was not that important. It had no bearing on the outcome of the season. What is significant is the fact that in the eighth inning, Ron Marinaccio, who has become an important part of the bullpen, left due to a shin injury. At this point, we don't know what it means to head into the playoffs. However, Clay Holmes will not pitch again, at least until the playoffs. There are now multiple questions in the bullpen. Miguel Castro will be reactivated tomorrow and will certainly pitch in Texas. Wandy Peralta should be back for the playoffs. Aaron Boone even mentioned the possibility of Albert Abreu the other day but I for one, hope that does not happen. I just don't think Abreu would be much help in the playoffs. At this point, the four-game series in Texas will be very important to provide some clarity to the bullpen composition.

Player of the Game: Although he did not have a spectacular game, Harrison Bader's solid defense and his ability to get on base and shake things up have been impressive. He could be a major force in the playoffs.

Notable Performances - No one really stood out.

Better to Forget- Aroldis Chapman's outing. His Yankees' career could end on Wednesday.

My Take: The 2022 New York Yankees are playoffs-bound. They may not have won as many games as we all thought they would at the All-Star break but, they still won the American League East, and they get a bye in the first round of the playoffs. We will see how far they go. Hopefully, they will win the World Series. At the very least, it would be great if they made it there. Between now and the start of the playoffs, we will have opportunities to talk about the Yankees' chances in the postseason. Let's just take a moment to savor their success.

As Yankee fans, we may not be thrilled with the team and fully optimistic that they will win the World Series. However, they do have a chance. What we can and need to be thrilled with is the year-long performance of Aaron Judge. He declined the Yankees' offer for a long-term deal and went into the season knowing his performance would have a direct influence on his future contract. He put up a phenomenal season. When you consider that he played centerfield very well in addition to his regular position of rightfield, and clearly established himself as a leader; that would be incredible all on its own.

Think about this, Aaron Judge enters the last four games of the season flirting with the Triple Crown. He may not win it but, he will definitely lead the league in home runs and RBI. He has put up numbers that none of us have ever seen before. Yes, some readers were alive when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs but, he did not have the batting average that Judge has this year. Judge leads the league in virtually every offensive statistic, including those obscure statistics that only three people who live in their mom's basement and eat food out of cartons know about. I guarantee there is a statistic for most home runs on a Tuesday off left-handed, side-arming pitchers whose mother's first name is Ruth. Judge leads in that one too.

We need to step back from this. We may never see another season like this in our lifetimes. The last time someone hit 61 home runs in the American League, or 61 home runs without the cloud of steroids looming over him, was 61 years ago. Even Judge himself may never come close to duplicating what he did this year. It is not easy to hit home runs as we have seen over the past few weeks. In most cases, home runs happen; they are not planned. Even if Judge never comes close to doing anything like this again, it will not diminish his greatness as a player. I doubt he will turn into a .240 hitter with 21 home runs for the remainder of his career.

The point is, we have witnessed a historic season by a great player, who we all hope will be a lifetime Yankee. If the Yankees win the World Series and then sign Judge to a long contract, it will be much better than if they would have won 122 games but lost the World Series and not retained Judge. Yankees fans may wind up in the unique position of being able to eat our cake and have it, too.

Next Up: Tonight, the Yankees open a four-game series against the Rangers in Texas at 7:05 PM. Jameson Taillon (14-5 3.84 ERA) will face Martin Perez (12-7 2.93 ERA) for Texas.

2 months ago  ::  Oct 03, 2022 - 6:54AM #4149
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New York Daily News | Kristie AckertYankees reliever are dropping like flies. In a span of a few days, the team has lost Clay Holmes and Zack Britton, and now the effective Ron Marinaccio is joining the unfortunate list. The right-hander revealed he has been battling through a right shin issue all year, and it flared up on Sunday as he had to leave the game with the trainer in the eighth inning.

The pitcher will undergo an MRI and a CT scan on Monday, but the hope is that it’s nothing overly serious and he can return for the playoffs. “I guess it’s just that time of the year where there’s some wear and tear shouldn’t be any issues,” Marinaccio said. “Hopefully just a day (off) as long as everything comes back clean.”

New York Post | Greg Joyce: In the Yankees’ 3-1 loss to the Orioles, Aaron Judge went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk. People were eager to watch his 62nd home run, the one that would give him sole possession of the franchise and the American League single-season record, at home. That won’t be happening now, as the Yanks will travel to finish out the regular season in Texas and won’t return to Yankees Stadium until the playoffs.

“It would [have been] nice to hit it at home and do something special like that for the home fans,” Judge said. “But at the end of the day, I got a job to do. I got at-bats getting ready for the postseason. So it didn’t happen, but the season’s not over yet.”

NJ Advance Media | Brendan Kuty: The Yankees seem determined to getting Matt Carpenter healthy in time to make an impact in the playoffs. According to manager Aaron Boone, the lefty-hitting slugger will test out his broken right foot while taking live at-bats at Double-A Somerset’s TD Bank Ballpark this week.

The last time Carpenter played was on August 8th, when he fouled off a ball to his left foot and suffered a fracture. He has been hitting on the field and running the bases in the last few days. He has a shot at being a bench bat for the Division Series, which is scheduled to start on October 11th. With a .305 average, 15 home runs, 37 RBI and a 1.138 OPS in 154 plate appearances, the Yankees could certainly use his bat.

“The biggest thing is we just want him to start getting at-bats,” Boone explained. “Between now and the start of the Division Series when we get back, he should be able to rack up a number of live at-bats.” | Manny Randhawa: Judge leads the American League by a wide margin with 61 home runs and 130 RBI. However, after going 0-for-3 on Sunday and seeing how Twins’ Luis Arraez keeps racking up the hits, the Yankees’ star has fallen behind in the batting average department.

After Sunday’s games, Arraez leads the junior circuit with a .315 mark, and Judge is second with .311. Judge still has a shot but needs a big series against the Rangers, and it wouldn’t hurt if Arraez has a few 0-fers, too.

New York Post | Ethan Sears: Aroldis Chapman’s form ahead of the playoffs is a problem for the Yankees. The left-hander had another horrible game on Sunday in the Yanks’ loss to the O’s, and at this point, it’s fair to question whether he will make the postseason roster at all.

His control and command betrayed him once again, as he walked three while getting just one out against Baltimore. He also allowed a hit and a couple of runs, losing the game. Asked if he was worried about his former closer, Boone didn’t deny it. “Um, yeah,” he answered. “We just talked about that. So yeah. Sure, it’s a concern.”

Talking about his control problems, Chapman said that it was “nothing in particular. It’s just there, (I) haven’t been executing consistent strikes. Been something that has happened to me this season.”

2 months ago  ::  Oct 04, 2022 - 8:25AM #4150
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Aaron Judge still at 61 HRs, Luis Severino throws 7 no-hit innings, Yankees beat Rangers 3-1

ARLINGTON, Texas — While Aaron Judge is down to three more games to try to get his 62nd home run for the Yankees, Luis Severino was nearly perfect in a promising final start before the playoffs.

Severino faced the minimum 21 batters with one walk while pitching seven no-hit innings, in only his third start since missing two months with a strained right lat, before the Texas Rangers broke through against New York's bullpen in the Yankees' 3-1 win on Monday night.

Judge has gone without a homer in four games, and his only one in the last 12 was No. 61 on Wednesday in Toronto that tied Roger Maris' American League record. He went 1 for 4 with an infield single against Texas, and is 2 for 12 with five walks and a hit by pitch since that last long ball.

The Yankees and Rangers play a day-night doubleheader Tuesday before closing the regular season Wednesday.

Manager Aaron Boone said after the game that he hadn't spoken yet with Judge about whether he would play both games Tuesday.

"I'm going to kind of get with him, figure out what we want to do," Boone said.

Boone had a one-sided conversation with Severino (7-3). The manager wasn't going to push him.

Severino wanted to go back out and said he was "1,000%" positive he could have finished the no-hitter. But he understood why Boone didn't give in.

"I think it was a good decision," Severino said. "I don't want to go out there and hurt myself and not be good for the postseason. We're looking for the bigger picture."

Severino threw 63 of 94 pitches for strikes for the AL East champions.

Boone had a one-sided conversation with Severino (7-3). The manager wasn't going to push him.

Severino wanted to go back out and said he was "1,000%" positive he could have finished the no-hitter. But he understood why Boone didn't give in.

"I think it was a good decision," Severino said. "I don't want to go out there and hurt myself and not be good for the postseason. We're looking for the bigger picture."

Severino threw 63 of 94 pitches for strikes for the AL East champions.

"Pretty certain he would have got that no-hitter ... the fastball had, like, crazy life today," said catcher Kyle Higashioka, drawing comparisons to Corey Kluber's no-hitter he caught at Texas in 2021, about six weeks after San Diego's Joe Musgrove also no-hit the Rangers there.

Castro, in his first appearance since July 10 after recovering from a strained shoulder, struck out Adolis Garcia to open the eighth. Rookie third baseman Josh Jung, who is hitting just .195, lined a single over shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Jonah Heim followed with another solid single before Kole Calhoun's RBI groundout.

Marwin Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton homered in the eighth off just-in reliever Jonathan Hernández. Stanton hit a 457-foot drive and reached 30 homers for the seventh time. Judge struck out between those long balls.

Scott Effross worked the ninth for his his third save with the Yankees.

Martín Pérez (12-8) allowed only one run over six innings while give up five hits and walking five. The Rangers turned five of their club record-tying six double plays behind the All-Star left-hander.


The roof was open at Globe Life Field, where New York had played only once before — a four-game series last year when Judge had 14 at-bats and a walk without going deep. But the slugger did hit the final homer in the Rangers' former stadium across the street when the Yankees were the opponent for the last game played there in 2019.


The opener of the four-game series was the 159th game of the season for both teams. It was initially supposed be the season opener six months ago before MLB's 99-day offseason lockout delayed spring training and postponed the first week of the regular season.


Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres was a late scratch from the starting lineup because of flu-like symptoms. ... Boone said he had no update on reliever Ron Marinaccio, who exited Sunday after 12 pitches because of a sore right shin. Marinaccio did have an MRI. ... Reliver Clay Holmes (rotator cuff inflammation) is scheduled to start throwing Tuesday to build up for the playoffs. ... DJ LeMahieu went 1 for 3 in his third game in four days since missing three weeks because of an inflamed right second toe.

Rangers: Rookie LHP Cole Ragans (0-3 in his first nine big league starts this season) was placed on the injured list with a left calf strain.


RHP Jameson Taillon (14-5, 3.83 ERA) is set to pitch the opener for the Yankees, with RHP Gerrit Cole (13-7, 3.51) in the nightcap. Texas will go with RHP Jon Gray (7-7, 3.93) for the day game, and a bullpen game for Game 2.

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