Monday, January 4, 2016

The New York Yankees make a couple of big trades



The New York Yankees have been quiet in the free agent market this offseason but that doesn't mean they have been quiet.  They have made a couple of big offseason trades.  The first one was to get their second baseman, they traded Adam Warren and a PTBNL that became Brendan Ryan for Starlin Castro.  Castro was expendable to the Cubs because of the younger prospects they had coming up Addison Russell who took his SS job and by signing Ben Zobrist to play second.  Castro has been in the majors for six years and been a 3X all star.  He is only 26 years old and fits the mold of what the Yankees want, young athletic players.  He has a contract but it is reasonable. 

He is a guy who struggled a lot of last year but really took off when he was moved to second base.  He should stabalize the position for sure and allow Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder to be more of  platoon players and backups in case of injury.  It will be very fun to watch Castro and Gregorius team up for years to come as the double play combo for the New York Yankees.  Castro also in being a Yankee won't have to be the main guy like he was counted on for so long in Chicago and I think that will help him.  I could see him hitting 28-290 with some more power then he has shown in the past and solid defense at second base.  He has the potential to be an all star 2B and the Yankees will be thrilled if that does happen. 

The Yankees made an even bigger deal before the holidays in landing all star closer Aroldis Chapman.  They traded away four minor leaguers to get him.  Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo and then Tony Renda and Caleb Cotham.  This was a really good deal for the Yankees and the price dropped considerably because of the domestic abuse investigation Chapman is going through.  It is expected that he will serve some type of suspension to start next season but probably not a really long one.  If he does serve more than 42 days the Yankees would get him an extra year as he is currently able to become a free agent after this season.  If the Yankees hold on to Andrew Miller this will form arguably the best bullpen in the history of baseball.  The Yankees have Miller, Chapman and Dellin Betances who were the only three relievers in all of MLB last season to record 100+ strikeouts.  They also are the three leading K/9 inning guys in all of baseball.  The starters go six innings and the game is pretty much over, maybe even 5+ in some cases.  It should be a real treat to see the back end of this bullpen close out games for now and maybe a few years to come. 

The Yankees also made a minor trade, sending Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for a couple of minor league pitchers who will add depth to AAA and possibly be in line to spot start this season if any injuries occur.  We will wait and see on that but at least it adds depth and now with Chapman in the mix the Yankees definitely didn't hurt their bullpen.  It will also allow guys like James Pazos and Jacob Lindgren two young homegrown relievers to have a shot in the bullpen this upcoming season. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

New York Yankees Winter Meetings recap



The 2015 MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone this past week.  There was a flurry of activity including a lot of rumors as always.  The Yankees were busy as well, they weren't left out although they aren't being the old Yankees by going out and throwing money around to high priced free agents.  They did make a couple of trades during the winter meetings which got them younger to add to a trade they made earlier in the off-season. 

The Yankees traded swingman Adam Warren and  PTBNL which is expected to be backup SS Brendan Ryan for 2B and backup SS Starlin Castro.  The Yankees were trying to get him as far back as last July and were able to acquire him after the Chicago Cubs signed Ben Zobrist to be their new 2B.  Castro is just 25 years old and will be 26 during next season.  He has played six seasons in the major leagues already and is a 3X All Star.  He had a down year last year but was moving off of his SS position and to be fair he was much better once he switched to 2B.  He has a lot of talent and he still hit 265 last season, Yankees 2B last season hit a combined 222.  Castro defense has been much better at 2B, he is a young, athletic and exciting player that is a career 281 hitter with a 725 OPS.  It would appear that the Yankees have definitely upgraded at 2B.  Rob Refsnyder will now either be traded or be AAA dept.  Dustin Ackley can be more of a super utility guy now which is good and Castro will also be the backup SS for when Didi Gregorius needs some time off. 

The other move that the Yankees made was kind of curious.  They traded left handed reliever and seventh inning guy Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for two minor league starting pitchers.  The Yankees state that they need more upper level pitching depth but I wonder if there is more to come after this.  The pitchers that the Yankees picked up were Luis Cessa and Chad Green.  The truth is Wilson was good but he did walk too many guys and the Yankees do have young replacements such as Jacob Lindgren or James Pazos that could step in and take his spot. 

I am sure the Yankees aren't done and I am sure the bullpen will be fine as long as they keep Betances and Miller for the last couple of innings.  They do need some more depth in the starting rotation though.  It has the potential to be good but there are just too many question marks with Tanaka, Sabathia, Pineda.  I am sure having Severino for a full season will help and Eovaldi is good but the first three aren't very durable.  If they are the Yankees can probably win the division or at least be one of the wild cards again and may be better off this year, they are not a finished product though and let's see what they do the rest of the winter. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Kansas City Royals win the World Series over the New York Mets in extra innings



The New York Mets were defeated by the Kansas City Royals on Sunday night in game five of the World Series.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 7-2 in 12 innings.  Matt Harvey started for the Mets and pitched brilliantly but couldn't finish the job as he convinced his manager to let him out for the ninth and then blew the game.  The Mets offense only managed four hits with two of them coming from Michael Conforto. 

Harvey pitched 8+ innings giving up five hits and two runs with two walks and nine strikeouts.  Jeurys Familia pitched two innings with two strikeouts and got charged with his third blown save of the series even though I wouldn't put this one on him.  Jon Niese pitched an inning giving up a hit, Addison Reed pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up three hits and five runs with four of them being earned and he walked one.  Bartolo Colon pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit. 

Edinson Volquez pitched six innings giving up two hits and two runs with one of them being earned.  He walked five and struck out five.  Kelvin Herrera pitched three innings giving up a hit and striking out three, Luke Hochevar won the game pitching two innings and walking one and Wade Davis pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out three. 

Curtis Granderson had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, David Wright had a hit and Daniel Murphy drew two walks.  Lucas Duda had an RBI and drew two walks, Conforto had two hits and Wilmer Flores drew a walk.  Granderson hit a homerun and the Mets were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Wright and Murphy each committed an error. 

Alcides Escobar had a hit, an RBI, Ben Zobrist had a hit and drew a walk and Lorenzo Cain had two hits and three RBI with a walk.  Eric Hosmer had two hits and an RBI, Mike Moustakas had a hit and Salvador Perez had a hit and an RBI.  Alex Gordon drew a walk, Christian Colon had a hit and an RBI and Volquez had a hit.  Hosmer, Escobar and Cain each hit a double.  The Royals were 4-11 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Cain had two stolen bases and Hosmer and Dyson each had one.  Hosmer committed an error. 

In the first Granderson hit a solo homerun giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.  In the sixth Duda hit a sac fly to make it a 2-0 game.  In the ninth Hosmer hit an RBI double to cut the lead to 2-1.  Perez hit an RBI groudnout to tie the game at two.  It was a crazy play as Hosmer sprinted home as Wright threw to first base to get the out, a good throw would of nailed him and won the game for the Mets sending it back to Kansas City but that didn't happen.  In the 12th Colon hit an RBI single to give the Royals their first lead at 3-2, Escobar hit an RBI double to make it 4-2 and Cain hit a three run double to push the lead to 7-2 which would be the final score of the game.  The World Series ended in five games although it was very competitive and the Mets had the lead in every game.  The Kansas City Royals are your 2015 World Series Champions after falling last year in game seven of the World Series.  We put a wrap on another great MLB season and postseason and look forward to spring training 2016.   

The New York Mets drop game four to fall into a big hole



The New York Mets were defeated by the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night in game four of the World Series.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 5-3.  Steven Matz started and pitched pretty well, the bullpen wasn't bad but Tyler Clippard wasn't good.  Michael Conforto led the offense with a couple of hits and RBI. 

Matz pitched five innings giving up seven hits and two runs with no walks and five strikeouts.  Jon Niese pitched to two batters and retired them both, Bartolo Colon pitched to one batter and struck him out and Addison Reed pitched an inning striking out one.  Clippard pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two runs with two walks, Jeurys Familia pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up an unearned run and Hansel Robles pitched an inning striking out two. 

Chris Young pitched four innings giving up two hits and two runs with a walk and three strikeouts.  Danny Duffy pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout, Luke Hochevar pitched an inning and Ryan Madson won the game pitching a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts.  Wade Davis earned the save pitching two innings and giving up two hits and striking out two. 

Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI, David Wright drew a walk and Daniel Murphy had a hit.  Yoenis Cespedes had a hit, Conforto had two hits and two RBI and Wilmer Flores had a hit.  Conforto hit two homeruns and the Mets were 0-1 with runners in scoring position and left two men on base.  Granderson was caught stealing and Colon and Murphy each committed an error.

Alcides Escobar had a hit, Ben Zobrist had a hit and drew a walk and Lorenzo Cain had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Mike Moustakas had a hit and an RBI, Salvador Perez had three hits and an RBI and Alex Gordon had a hit and an RBI.  Kendrys Morales had a hit, Perez and Zobrist each hit a double and the Royals were 4-10 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Cain had a stolen base. 

In the third Conforto hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.  In the third Granderson hit a sac fly and it was 2-0 Mets after a video replay.  In the fifth Gordon hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 2-1 and Conforto hit another solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead to 3-1.  In the sixth Cain hit an RBI single and the lead was cut to 3-2.  In the eighth Hosmer reached on an error and the game was tied at three.  Moustakas hit an RBI single and the Royals took a 4-3 lead and then Perez hit an RBI single and it was 5-3 Royals which would be the final score. 

The Royals hold a 3-1 game lead in the best of seven series and will look to close it out and win their first championship in 30 years on Sunday night. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

The New York Mets get back into series with a blowout win in Game Three



The New York Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.  The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York and the final score was 9-3 Mets.  Noah Syndergaard started and pitched well after a rough start and Curtis Granderson, David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud each had two hits. 

Syndergaard pitched six innings giving up seven hits and three runs with two walks and six strikeouts.  He picked up the win, Addison Reed pitched a perfect inning and Tyler Clippard pitched a perfect inning.  Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. 

Yordano Ventura pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and five runs with no walks and a strikeout, he took the loss.  Danny Duffy pitched 2/3 of an inning striking out one, Luke Hochevar pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two and Franklin Morales pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up two hits and four runs.  Kelvin Herrera pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout, Ryan Madson pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out one and Kris Medlen pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 

Granderson had two hits and two RBI, Wright had two hits and four RBI and Daniel Murphy drew a walk.  Yoenis Cespedes had a hit and an RBI, Lucas Duda had a hit and d'Arnaud had two hits.  Michael Conforto had a hit and an RBI, Juan Lagares had a hit and Syndergaard had a hit.  Juan Uribe had a hit and an RBI, d'Arnaud hit a double and Wright and Granderson each hit a homerun.  The Mets were 3-8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  d'Arnaud had a passed ball and Conforto had an outfield assist. 

Alcides Escobar had a hit, Ben Zobrist had a hit and Lorenzo Cain had a hit.  Eric Hosmer had an RBI, Mike Moustakas had a hit and Salvador Perez had a hit and drew a walk.  Alex Gordon had a hit and drew a walk, Alex Rios had a hit and an RBI and Zobrist hit a double.  The Royals were 2-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Escobar had a stolen base. 

Hosmer hit an RBI groundout in the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.  Wright hit a two run homerun in the first to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.  In the second the Royals tied the game at two on an RBI single.  A passed ball scored a run and gave the Royals a 3-2 lead.  In the bottom of the third Granderson hit  a two run homerun to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.  In the fourth Conforto hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-3 Mets.  Uribe hit an RBI single in the sixth and it was 6-3 Mets.  Wright hit a two run single to push the lead to 8-3 also in the sixth.  Cespedes hit a sac fly to make it 9-3 and that was the final score of the game.  The two teams will play game four on Saturday night.   
 

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