After trading away Carlos Beltran, who was the team’s best offensive player in the first four months of the season, and Ivan Nova, who had been a pitcher with the Yankees since 2010 and was signed when he was 16, on Monday, the Yankees beat the Mets 6-5 in 10 innings.
The Yankees made the right decision in trading away their most valuable assets before the trade deadline because they had to improve the minor league system. They now have likely the best collection of prospects in baseball and those prospects will either be part of the next championship team or can be traded for players who can help the team win.
The Yankees had a middle of the pack farm system before trading Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Beltran but their minor league system has now vaulted to the top. Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner hit the reset at the right time because the team did not have a realistic chance at making the playoffs and in making these trades they are closer to winning their next World Series. If they didn’t make these trades the team would have been in contention for the second wild card spot for the next few seasons, which is not the goal that the Yankees have.
In return for Beltran, who should make it to the Hall of Fame when he retires, and two of the top five relievers in baseball in Miller and Chapman, the Yankees received a total of 10 prospects and Adam Warren. For Beltran, they received two lower profile prospects and Dillon Tate, from the Rangers, who is a pitcher that was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft. For Miller, they got back highly rated outfield prospect Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Ferereisen.
Frazier’s “bat speed and raw power are among the best in the Minor Leagues and suggest the ceiling of an All-Star” according to his MLB Pipeline scouting report. Frazier will be in Triple-A Railriders lineup on Tuesday, and Heller, a relief pitcher, has also been assigned to Triple-A.
Chapman is the only pitcher in baseball who can throw 105 mph. When the Yankees traded him the Cubs, who needed a closer, last week, the Yankees got back Warren, the Cubs top shortstop prospect in Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford.
In addition to those trades, Cashman also traded Nova just before the 4 p.m. trade deadline for two players to be named later. This made sense because Nova had struggled this season (4.90 ERA) and they likely would not have signed him in the offseason anyway. They also reacquired Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamonbacks for Vicante Campos. Clippard and Warren are not as talented as Miller and Chapman, but those two pitchers will be able to be valuable in the 7th and 8th innings and were important to get back since they lost so much production in the bullpen.
Cashman was able to get back a lot of top prospects for Miller and two players who might be rentals for the Cubs and Rangers. The Yankees had help from players who will be part of their present and future when they beat the Mets on Monday.
Didi Gregorius hit a two-run single in the 8th inning to tie the score at five. He has an impressive .291 average and is only 12 RBI away from setting a career-high. Starlin Castro was 0-3 but his sacrifice fly to right in the 10th that scored Jacoby Ellsbury ended up winning the game for the Yankees.
Dellin Betances, who is now the closer, recorded his first save of the season after James Loney, who owns the Yankees, doubled to leadoff the 10th. Betances was able to execute his pitches after that as he struck out Curtis Granderson to end the game after throwing two batters out at first.
The Yankees attempted to run more on the bases than before all of these trades. Austin Romine had his first steal of the season, Castro had his third steal of the season and Brett Gardner was thrown out at home attempting an inside the park home run.
Jacoby Ellsbury scored the first run of the game for the Yankees on a wild pitch and then the Yankees scored their second and third runs in the 5th. Brett Gardner had an RBI double and Ellsbury’s single drove in Gardner.
Warren and Clippard were big contributors out of the bullpen as they combined to pitch three innings, only allow one hit, not allow a run and strikeout four. This was Warren third appearance out of the bullpen since the trade and after struggling with the Cubs he has pitched like he did the previous few seasons with the Yankees, as he has only allowed one hit and no runs in four innings pitched.
The Yankees are now a game over .500 and can now play like they have nothing to lose since there is not much pressure after all of the trades thad were made. The Yankees recalled Ben Gamel and Nick Goody on Monday and will could bringing up catching prospect Gary Sanchez on Wednesday. Outfielder Aaron Judge, who is about to be reinstated from the disabled list and has performed well this season, and Tyler Austin, will both likely be called up in the next few weeks to continue the youth movement.
Since Sanchez will be coming up to the Yankees will have to decide what they will do with Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod has not hit at all recently (one hit in his last 16 at-bats) so they could cut him, but they might decide to have him DH until he hits his 700th homer (he is at 696). However, the Yankees don’t really want him taking at-bats away from a younger player.
The Yankees won a come from behind 5-2 game on Monday night against the Angels (26-31) at Yankee Stadium as they did not have the lead until the bottom of the eighth inning. Carlos Beltran’s homer to right just over the wall drove in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner to break the 2-2 tie from the seventh inning.
That homer was Beltran’s team leading 14th of the season and he now also has a team leading 36 RBIs. His is leading the team in both categories by a wide margin as Starlin Castro and Brian McCann are tied for second with eight homers and Castro is second in RBIs with his 24. Beltran, who should be a DH instead of a right fielder at this point, has been performing very well at the plate since May of last year, and the Yankees would definitely be further under .500 than they are right now without the 39-year-old Beltran (27-30).
McCann and Castro smashed back-to-back mammoth homers in the seventh inning to tie the score at two. McCann pulled a pitch from Matt Shoemaker to the suite level in the second deck in right field and Castro pulled a pitch from Shoemaker that went 413 feet to left field.
“There’s power in this offense,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They can do it, and do it quickly.”
McCann’s homer was a much needed one since before this game he had previously only had two hits in his last 29 at-bats. His previous hit during the loss to the Blue Jays on May 30 was also a homer. It was a rarely seen at-bat by McCann because he just missed a homer since the previous ball did not stay fair and then he hit the round tripper on the very next pitch. His average is all the way down to .222 and the Yankees need him pick up his production on offense.
Masahiro Tanaka had another dominant performance to give the Yankees a chance to win the game. He pitched seven strong innings and only allowed two runs on six hits and two walks but got another no decision because the Yankees only scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Even though he has an ERA of 2.76, which is the eighth best in the American League, he only has three wins this season because he has eight no decisions.
The Yankees have repeatedly not scored runs for Tanaka this season but he has been an elite pitcher this season. His 1.01 WHIP is the third lowest among starters in the AL this season and has been able to command his sinker, slider, splitter and cutter while not having to rely as much on his splitter.
Tanaka has allowed a combined four earned runs in his last four starts, which has lowered his ERA from 3.51 to 2.76. He has remarkably allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of the 12 starts that he has made this season. Giving up too many walks can lead to trouble for a starting pitcher and Tanaka has eight starts this season with one or zero walks.
Former Yankee David Huff will pitcher for the Angels in the second game of the series at Yankee Stadium. Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees, and he will be looking to have similar results as he had in his last start. He struck out eight and walked none while allowing one run against the Tigers last week.
The Yankees beat the New York Mets, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon and their deficit in the American League East is now 3.5 games since the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, but Joe Girardi still ended up using six relief pitchers. It worked out in the end because the Mets did not score a run, but Girardi could have brought in one fewer pitcher out of the bullpen.
Michael Pineda pitched 5.1 innings on Saturday against the Mets, allowing four hits, one walk and striking out four. He is a very effective pitcher when he throws his slider where he wants it to go and he did exactly that against the Mets. Big Mike was taken out of the game after throwing only 86 pitches and allowing two singles and then striking out Yoenis Cespedes in the sixth.
Joe Girardi said that he was taken out of the game because of how he had previously pitched against Daniel Murphy, who was the next batter. Girardi’s strategy ended up working in the sixth inning as Justin Wilson walked Murphy to load the bases and then struck out David Wright and Juan Uribe swinging to end the frame.
Noah Syndergaard, who is one of the best young pitchers in the National League and came into the game with a 3.20 ERA in 21 starts, was not effective in the first inning. His least effective innings this season have been in the first and sixth innings, and Synergaard allowed multiple runs in both of those innings.
Carlos Beltran hit a homer to right field to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner in the first inning. That was Beltran’s 16th blast of the season, which is tied for fifth most on the team. He also has the best average on the team (.279) and nobody would have expected that at this point of the season after he had a .162 average at the end of April.
“The first month I wasn’t really basically using my lower body,” Beltran said. “Looking at a lot of videos, looking at a lot of clips from previous years, I was able to make the adjustment.”
Another positive about the first inning is that Ellsbury and Gardner both singled and it will be important that they continue to get on base at the top of the lineup in the remaining 15 games for the middle of the order to have RBI opportunities.
Brian McCann hit a 433-foot homer to right center in the sixth inning to score Beltran to give the Yankees two insurance runs. That was McCann’s 26th homer of the season and his team leading 89th RBI. McCann, who is a seven-time All-Star, is on his way to finishing with 30 homers and 95 RBIs for the first time in his career.
Wilson struck out four in his 1.1 innings of relief but after that Girardi truly mixed and matched his relievers for the rest of the game. Wilson came out of the game with two outs in the sixth inning and from the point on Caleb Cotham, Dellin Betances, James Pazos, Chris Martin and Andrew Miller all pitched for the Yankees.
Betances pitched a perfect eighth inning striking out two batters and then Girardi went to the rookie Pazos. He had only allowed one hit in six appearances (3.0 innings) coming into this game, and he got the only batter he faced (Murphy) to ground out to Didi Gregorius. Girardi could have opted to leave in Pazos, but luckily Miller only had to throw three pitches to get the final out of the game, which means that he will be able to pitch again on Sunday.
Girardi doesn’t like to throw Betances or Miller three days in a row, but that rule could be thrown out of the window now and Sunday would only be his second day in a row pitching anyway.
“I think his rules usually [don’t] include September,” Miller said. “That’s how I understood them. I know they’re not hard and fast. I don’t know how many games we have left but I’m going to try to pitch in every one of them.”
The Yankees will look to win the series and keep their chances of catching the Blue Jays in the AL East alive with a win over the Mets on Sunday Night Baseball. Matt Harvey will be limited in this game due to coming back from Tommy John surgery and it was reported that he will throw about 70 pitches in tonight’s start.
CC Sabathia will get the start tonight for the Yankees and he has pitched better since getting a new brace on his knee. Sabathia, who has a 4.93 ERA this season, allowed zero runs in a start for the first time this season in his previous start.
“CC threw the ball as well as he’s thrown it all year,” Alex Rodriguez said. “Four pitches for strikes, and it’s not just about speed, it’s throwing the ball with conviction. Tremendous performance by CC. Very encouraging.”
On Sunday, Carlos Beltran hosted an ’80s-themed fundraiser to benefit his children’s foundation. According to the website, “Carlos Beltran’s ‘The 80’s Strike Back’ is a 1980’s themed fundraising gala with chic 80’s ambiance to benefit the Carlos Beltran Foundation.
His foundation promotes health, fitness and education for children from lower income families. This is Beltran’s second season playing for the Yankees, and he and his wife have hosted a fundraiser both years. He also hosts the “Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy” in Puerto Rico, and you can learn more here.
“Carlos and I, we come from a very hard working but humble family,” Jessica Beltran said. “We have been so blessed, and we are just blessed to give back.”
So many of Beltran’s teammates came out to Gotham Hall on Broadway, which proves how close the team as. Everyone said that they would support any type of event that a teammate does for a good cause. Dellin Betances and Chris Young both dressed as RUN DMC, and CC Sabathia, Garrett Jones, Brian McCann and Andrew Miller all wore 80s clothes picked out by their wives.
The foundation’s mission is to educate children by way of baseball. “This is what it is about,” Betances said. “Putting smiles on these kids faces. What he is doing is awesome.”
On Friday afternoon, the Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 1. He is on the DL due to a left oblique stain. Taylor Dugas who was surprisingly called up to the Yankees on Wednesday, was sent back down to Triple-A Scranton.
Beltran now joins Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list, which means that two out of their three Opening Day outfielders are on the DL. They will need Chris Young to continue hitting like he has been. In Beltran’s 66 games played this season (242 at-bats), he has a .260 average with seven homers, 18 doubles, 21 runs scored and 30 RBIs.
He has really improved over the last two months as he only had a .162 average at the end of April. After not hitting any homers and only driving in 12 runs in his first 26 games of the season, he went on to hit seven homers and drive 14 runs in his next 31 games. Beltran, who is 38, is batting .306 with a .500 slugging percentage and .883 OPS in his last 21 games.
The Yankees have recalled both middle infielder Gregorio Petit and outfielder Ramon Flores from the Scranton RailRiders. Flores, who has a very strong arm in left field, threw out a few runners at home while appearing in 10 games earlier this season. He had a .250 average with three runs scored and a double in his 28 at-bats. In his 225 at-bats this season with the RailRiders (59 games), Flores has a .289 average with six homers, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
Petit, who has gone back and forth between the Yankees to Triple-A this season, has played second and third this season. Petit, who is 30 and in his first year as a back-up infielder with the Yankees, has a .184 average with five RBIs and six runs scored in 38 at-bats this season. However he has hit much better while playing for Scranton this season as he has a .333 average in 42 at-bats with four RBIs and eight runs scored. He will mainly be relied upon to provide solid defense.
Neither Flores or Petit will get the start tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, as the Yankees will play the same lineup as they did during Wednesday’s win against the Angels. The Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are both one game behind the Yankees (42-37) and Baltimore Orioles, who are both tied for first place in the very competitive AL East.
After this series, the Yankees will play three games against the Oakland Athletics (37-45) and then three games against the Red Sox (37-44) before the All-Star break. It is important that the Yankees win six or more games in this nine-game stretch because all three teams are either struggling or at least seven games under .500.
Here are the pitching matchups against the Rays, who have lost eight of their previous 10 games.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-3, 3.88)
RHP Chris Archer (9-5, 2.31)
7:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
RHP Michael Pineda (8-5, 4.08)
RHP Nathan Karns (4-4, 3.26)
1:05 p.m., FS1
RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 1.50 ERA)
RHP Erasmo Ramirez (6-3, 4.01)
1:05 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
After winning Game 3 of their series against the Astros, 9-6, the Yankees play the Astros at Minute Maid Park at 2:10 p.m. EST in the series finale. In Saturday’s game, the Yankees had a 6-0 lead and then Masahiro Tanaka allowed two runs in the second, one in the fourth and then three in the fourth including a two-run homer by rookie Carlos Correa to tie the game. Tanaka had his second consecutive subpar performance to raise his ERA to 3.88 and is not being consistent enough right now to be considered the No. 1 starter.
The Yankees won the game as a result of Mark Teixeira’s two-run double to deep left center in the eighth to score Brett Gardner and Chris Young. Chase Headley hit a solo homer in the ninth to give the Yankees an insurance run. Teixeira’s two RBIs in the eighth gave him 53 for the season, which puts him in a three-way tie for first in the American League.
In today’s game Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees. He will look to rebound from his previous start as he allowed eight runs on 11 hits in only 3.1 innings. He did not have command of his slider during that start against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Carlos Beltran, who has a .320 average with four doubles in his last six games, will get the day off. He needs more rest days than some players because he is 38 years old. With Beltran out of the lineup, Alex Rodriguez will be the DH and Garrett Jones will get the start in right field.
The Yankees will look to win the series 3-1 before going to Anaheim to play the Angels. Here is the lineup against the Astros:
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones LF
Chris Young RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
The Yankees are playing the Oakland Athletics, who have the worst record in the American League (19-33), at O.co Coliseum in the fourth game of their series. They are trying to even the series at two after winning Saturday’s game 5-3. In Saturday’s win, Carlos Beltran drove in three of the five runs and now has one or more hits in 16 of his last 17 games. Beltran’s has really improved offensively in May as his average was .181 on May 1 and it is now .245 after his two hits on Saturday.
The Yankees (26-24) are now miraculously a game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East. The AL East is the most mediocre division in baseball as it is the only division with only one team above .500. The second place Rays are 25-25 and have lost seven of their last 10 games, the third place Baltimore Orioles are 23-25 and the last place Boston Red Sox are six games under .500 and only four games out of first place.
Winning this final game of the series is important so that they can go into their series in Seattle against the Mariners with some momentum. Adam Warren, who has dominated in his last two starts, is the starter for the Yankees. Brian McCann and Stephen Drew both have the game off. This is the lineup for Sunday’s game.
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Ramon Flores LF
John Ryan Murphy C
Didi Gregorius SS
Jose Pirela 2B