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The Yankees enter the All-Star break within shouting distance of first place in a mediocre American League East.
Most analysts are in agreement the team needs improvements, but with a trade market that’s both thin and seemingly costly, here are several ways the Yankees can immediately upgrade their team for the stretch run – all without making a deal:
1. Institute a defensive platoon...Read more »
1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA): .330 BA, .399 OBP, .546 SLG, 12 HRAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)Has 134 plate appearances at Triple-A now and has started three games in right field. His major league call-up should come sometime after the All-Star break.
2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 98 K, 21 BBAGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out...Read more »
These are the full answers for the Yankees or Mets quiz.
Note: Answers are based on stats as of July 8.
Which team's regular first baseman has the higher on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS)?
Lucas Duda (Mets)Mark Teixeira (Yankees)
A: Duda has a .819 OPS, Tex has a .791 OPS.
Which team's regular center fielder has the higher slugging percentage?
Juan...Read more »
No hitter was able to make contact against Shane Greene during his major league debut, on April 24 against the Red Sox.
Of course, Greene didn't give them much of a chance. Or himself.
He appeared out of the Yankees' bullpen and in just 0.1 innings walked three and struck out one. All three of his walks came around to score and Greene was sent packing, back to Triple-A.
Joe Girardi...Read more »
1. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .340 BA, .408 OBP, .551 SLG, 10 HR
AGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 5th round (2012)
Has a .512 OBP in his last 10 games and has baseball buzzing about a possible call-up.
2. LUIS SEVERINO, RHP, Tampa Yankees (A+): 2.56 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 90 K, 19 BB
AGE: 20 | DRAFTED: Signed out of the Dominican Republic
Has allowed two hits in 12...Read more »
CC Sabathia will likely not pitch again this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, due to the right knee issue that has limited him to eight starts with the Yankees this year.
When asked if Sabathia may not return during the 2014 season, Joe Girardi told reporters before Friday’s game against Minnesota, “That’s probably fair to say.”
Girardi admitted there was some concern that,...Read more »
After the Yankees sent down slumping Yangervis Solarte earlier Thursday, his replacement, rookie infielder Zelous Wheeler, proved he deserves a shot at the big-league level.
In just his second career at-bat, Wheeler drove a 3-1 pitch from Phil Hughes over the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins....Read more »
Several top prospects from the Mets and Yankees will finally set foot on a major league field for game action on July 13.
So what if the game doesn’t count?
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and catcher Kevin Plawecki and Yankees first baseman Peter O’Brien and pitcher Luis Severino were selected Tuesday to the rosters of the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played at Target...Read more »
Maybe we should have seen this coming.
Dellin Betances’ season line from 2013 appears uninspiring at first glance: in six games he posted a 10.80 ERA, allowing six earned runs and nine hits in five innings. But five of those hits and four of those runs came during a single game, his first major league action of the season on Aug. 13 against the Angels.
That day he was plain awful.
Afterwards?...Read more »
1. BRADY LAIL, RHP, Charleston Riverdogs (A): 3.49 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 71 K, 13 BB
Lail, 20, was an 18th rounder in 2012, but has a career 5.96 K/BB and has raised his K/9 each season.
2. ROB REFSNYDER, 2B, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA): .333 BA, .375 OBP, .529 SLG, 6 HR
His hot-hitting earned a recent promotion to Triple-A. Possesses excellent patience and contact.
3. AARON JUDGE,...Read more »