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Would you consider starting Dellin Betances in the wild card game?

It was a vaguely ridiculous question, but Aaron Boone stopped in a hallway outside the Yankees clubhouse on Thursday morning to think about it.

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May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
May 1, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Yankees won their fourth straight game after a disasterous weekend in Boston and all was going according to plan against the Rangers on Thursday night through eight innings.

J.A. Happ threw another quality start; Giancarlo Stanton homered again, as did Neil Walker (twice!), Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks. The bullpen behind Happ was strong-- until Aroldis Chapman entered the game.

Chapman walked his first two batters while averaging 96 MPH on his fastball. After a mound visit, he almost exclusively threw his slider and retired the next three batters without letting a run in. Still, it's concerning for what is meant to be a strength of the team.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives A rookie skipper automatically gets some rope to navigate his way up the managerial learning curve, but what happens when the rope begins to fray?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been provided more leash than others due to a 50-22 start. But, since the exceptional opening to the season, Boone's Yankees are 19-20 and lost five straight games before Monday night's win in Chicago.

Boone has called the span of lackluster play a "blip," and repeatedly says there is not an energy problem. After the sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, Boone said the Yankees were "too good" to let it define them.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Kyle Higashioka, Neil Walker, Chris Carelli
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 (Paul Rutherford)
(Paul Rutherford)

After such a tumultuous weekend up in Boston, would it be safe to say the Red Sox have taken the AL East title following their four-game sweep of the Yankees?

Manager Aaron Boone won't let up. 

"We will not. We're too good," Boone told ESPN's Coley Harvey when asked if the sweep defines the Yankees' season. "This is a test we're going through right now, there's no question."

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar
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Yankees missing Judge, Sanchez 00:04:59
The BNNY panel discusses the New York Yankees' offensive ineptitude with sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez missing from the lineup.

Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning and Jonathan Holder allowed a walk-off single to Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning as the Yankees' losing streak reached five games with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score


1) Holder (1-3) allowed a two-out single to Sandy Leon in the 10th inning and then threw a wild pitch to move him to second. After intentionally walking Mookie Betts, Benintendi singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Tony Renda for their 28th win in their last 35 games.

2) Chapman allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit, three walks and one error in the bottom of the ninth to snap a stretch of 22 straight saves converted. After walking the bases loaded, he allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez that turned a 4-1 lead into a one-run advantage. Chapman then got Xander Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar's throw fell short of Greg Bird's stretched glove and allowed Betts to score the tying run.

3) The Yankees, who scored all four of their runs in the seventh inning, have lost five games in a row for the first time since they lost seven straight from June 13-20 last season. They fell to 9 1/2 games back of first place.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Boston Red Sox
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Aroldis Chapman (54) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Aroldis Chapman (54) Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The 2018 non-waiver trade deadline is almost here, and the Yankees have been active already. But they may not be done. 

Here are six huge deals that went down on or around past trade deadlines...

July 21, 1988: Jay Buhner traded to Mariners for Ken Phelps

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Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Zach Britton pitches during the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman praised New York's bullpen following the acquisition of Orioles reliever Zach Britton, saying it adds more depth to their already strong bullpen.

Even without Britton, the New York Post's Joel Sherman notes, the Yankees have five of the top 30 relievers in baseball in WAR (Aroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesJonathan Holder and Chad Green), and Britton, a two-time All-Star, makes them even stronger.

"If somebody, god forbid, ever got hurt, we have another legitimate, quality option in choice that can reinforce us," Cashman said on Wednesday, according to Newsday's Erik Boland. "It hopefully covers us a lot of different ways."

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Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone (17) after being taken out of the game against the New York Mets after giving up three runs during the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees had a healthy 7-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth against the Mets on Saturday, and closer Aroldis Chapman came to the mound to finish off the win in his first outing since the All-Star break. 

But, what looked to be a routine outing for the flame-throwing lefty, turned into a big scare real fast. Chapman issued a walk to Kevin Plawecki to lead off the inning, and Amed Rosario followed up with a single to make it first and second with no outs. 

Then, Chapman lost the strike zone. He issued 11 straight balls, which brought home a run after the walk to Jose ReyesBrandon Nimmo had a 3-0 count before Chapman hit him to plate another and make it a two-run ball game. 

 

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Boone, Judge on Chapman's outing 00:00:39
Aaron Boone and Aaron Judge discuss Aroldis Chapman's uncharacteristic outing in Saturday's game against the Mets.

The Yankees needed every one of their insurance runs as Aroldis Chapman failed to record an out against five batters in the ninth inning, and only threw three strikes, as the Yankees held on to beat the Mets 7-6.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

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Jul 8, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws during the sixteenth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Jul 8, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws during the sixteenth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

Another potential Yankees trade target has to be crossed off the list. 

The Indians announced they made a deal with the Padres to land LHP Brad Hand, who the Yankees had reportedly been looking at. Cleveland also acquired another bullpen arm in RHP Adam Cimber. 

In exchange, Cleveland sent their top prospect, C Francisco Mejia, to San Diego. Mejia is also ranked the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline. 

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Orioles All-Star Manny Machado has been the subject of trade rumors for months. The Yankees have been among the teams rumored to be pursuing him. Machado, himself, liked an Instagram post of him in a Yankees uniform (and ones of other teams).

And on Monday, he posed for a picture with three players who could be future teammates.

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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Yankees defeat the Tribe 00:03:17
Eamon McAnaney, Anthony McCarron and John Jastremski discuss the Yankees' win over the Indians and whether Manny Machado is a good fit.

CC Sabathia allowed a game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning, but Austin Romine scored on his own double in the seventh to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Saturday night >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) Sabathia allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run in the first and the Indians scored again in the second when Erik Gonzalez came home from third on Michael Brantley's groundout. In the sixth, Brandon Guyer hit a game-tying two-run single.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, CC Sabathia, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird
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New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) in the dugout after blowing a save in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has decided to opt out of the 2018 All-Star Game on July 17, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. 

The reason Chapman has pulled himself out is due to the pain he continues to feel in his left knee. The flame-throwing lefty has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee for a few weeks now, and though he is available for the Yankees in their final series before the All-Star break with the Indians, he doesn't want to push himself in a game that is only for show.

"It's an honor to be selected to an All-Star Game," Chapman said through an interpreter. "Your peers vote for you, managers, fans and all that. Any time you have an opportunity like that, you want to participate. At the end of the day, I think it was a smart decision for me to help me recover and to get ready for the second half, one that's going to be very demanding and very exciting."

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Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Manny Machado (13) poses for a photo at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The thought of Manny Machado donning the pinstripes sounds amazing. The 25-year-old is posting career highs with his .309/.379/.555 slash line, and is on pace to break his home run mark as well with 21 dingers on the year already.

But would the payout be worth it for a player the Yankees could simply be renting for three months?

The price is bound to be steep for Machado, but New York should be able to match it considering their deep trove of prospects. SNY's Andy Martino noted a package that includes top pitching prospect LHP Justus Sheffield and INF Brandon Drury could be in the works if the Yankees are serious...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Jordan Montgomery, Justus Sheffield, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Scott Thompson
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Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Giancarlo Stanton (27) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is on the final vote for the American League All-Star Game roster.

Stanton, Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario and Mariners shortstop Jean Segura are under consideration for the 32nd roster spot.

Stanton, in his first year as a Yankee, has hit .267 with 21 home runs and 51 RBIs in 86 games. Though he won the Home Run Derby in 2016 and competed in it last year, he will not compete in it this season even if he makes the All-Star Game.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

Outfielder Aaron Judge is among four Yankees who were named to the All-Star Game on Sunday.

Judge, whose 25 home runs have him in a tie for second for the major-league lead, was voted into his second straight All-Star Game and will start alongside the Angels' Mike Trout and Boston's Mookie Betts for the American League by finishing among the top three vote-getters among AL outfielders.

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres is the only other Yankees position player to make the roster, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Aroldis Chapman were also selected.

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Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aaron Hicks (31) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Though they are both dealing with minor injuries, manager Aaron Boone says OF Aaron Hicks and LHP Aroldis Chapman could be available for Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays. 

Hicks, who was suffering from left leg cramps on Saturday, wasn't in the starting lineup today as Clint Frazier was added to the outfield. And though Boone would like to not have to use Hicks, he does consider him an option if need be. 

"Aaron is doing well, Boone told the Daily News' MIke Mazzeo. "We'll try to stay away from him, but I view him as an option."

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Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) walks towards the dugout with the trainer in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 7, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) walks towards the dugout with the trainer in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Yankees OF Aaron Hicks and closer Aroldis Chapman left Saturday's game with injuries, but the team isn't expecting either player to miss much time.

 Hicks suffered from left leg cramps, while Chapman felt pain in his knee. Manager Aaron Boone said after Saturday's game that he thinks Chapman is suffering from the left knee tendinitis, which forced him to miss time earlier this season.

"You can feel it a little bit when you walk around and stuff, but today was just a little different," Chapman said via an interpreter, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "It was a completely different sensation -- more pain."

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Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

It is no secret the Yankees are going to be buyers in the pitching department before the July 31 trade deadline. Yankees GM Brian Cashman would prefer to add a quality starter to shore up his questionable rotation come October. 

But does he need to go after a reliever, too?

In the past, top contenders -- like the Yankees are at the moment -- would have paid a boatload to acquire a top reliever at the trade deadline...

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Yankees bounce back in Philly 00:01:05
Aaron Boone and Austin Romine discuss starter Jonathan Loaisiga's performance in the Yankees' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Monday night.

Aaron Judge hit his 20th home run of the season while Giancarlo Stanton hit a clutch two-run single in the eighth inning as the Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) A day after Stanton tied Judge for the team lead in home runs, Judge broke it by lining a solo shot off Vince Velasquez to left field in the fifth inning that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

2) Stanton continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, hitting a two-run chopper with the bases loaded over a drawn-in infield in the eighth inning that turned a 2-1 lead into a three-run cushion.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees relievers Jonathan Holder and Dellin Betances continued to dominate out of the bullpen in Monday's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning while Betances struck out the side in his 11th consecutive scoreless outing.

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Holder, Stanton shine vs. Nats 00:04:04
Jonathan Holder and Giancarlo Stanton made huge contributions in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Nationals.

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run as the Yankees rebounded from losing in a suspended game earlier Monday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Stanton his first four-hit game since May 13, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the seventh to give New York a two-run lead.

2) Hicks crushed his ninth home run of the season when he hit a 3-1 Erick Fedde sinker to deep right-center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.

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Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Masahiro Tanaka wasn't the only Yankee to come away from the team's 4-1 win against the Mets with injury worries. 

Aaron Judge jammed his thumb sliding into second base in the first inning and Aroldis Chapman battled through knee tendinitis. Neither over concerned about their ailments.

"Not too concerned," Judge said after the game. "Just felt a little something but I'm good to go ... Feels good, a little sore, but nothing too bad. We'll see in the morning."

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

The Yankees finally got on the board in the top of the 13th thanks to blasts from Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to down the Blue Jays, 3-0, in extras Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about tonight's game

1) With the game still knotted in a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, Judge and Stanton each delivered a blast over the left field fence to put the first runs on the board. Judge waited on a 1-2 curveball from Joe Biagini, and launched it to the seats to give the Yanks a 2-0 lead. Two batters later Stanton hit an absolute laser to left for a solo shot. It measured a 119.3 mph exit velocity.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, Sonny Gray
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Austin Romine and Greg Bird's long balls highlighted a six-run fourth inning that helped the Yankees take Game 1 of the split doubleheader, 7-4, over the Tigers.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Yankees and Red Sox played an early-season classic of a series this week, hinting at a thrilling summer to come in the American League East. It ended with a piece of intrigue to chew on: Was Aaron Boone wrong to send Dellin Betances out for a second inning of relief on Thursday night?

Betances has quietly become more reliable of late, but his initial assignment in this game served as a reminder of his reduced role. Boone summoned the onetime setup man in the seventh, with the Yanks trailing, 4-0. Betances pitched a perfect frame, then watched his offense erase the deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the frame.

There came the controversial moment...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Tommy Kahnle, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

This is the Aroldis Chapman the Yankees believed was worth $86 million.

When the Yankees made Chapman the highest paid closer in the game before the 2017 season, they did so believing the then 29-year-old would be able to stay on top of his game long enough to warrant a five-year deal. The question was always, could Chapman maintain his extreme velocity throughout the term of the deal?

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez follows through on a swing for a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. (Kelvin Kuo/USA TODAY Sports)

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run home run while CC Sabathia threw seven strong innings as the Yankees won their ninth straight game and swept the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 win on Sunday at Angel Stadium. >> Box score


Sanchez's two-run home run off Tyler Skaggs in the fourth inning proved to be enough as Sabathia (2-0) and New York's bullpen held off the Angels in a three-game sweep.

After Giancarlo Stanton doubled with one out, Sanchez crushed an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence for his seventh home run of the season and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Sabathia gave up one run and five hits in seven solid innings, as he improved to 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA over his last three outings.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

CC Sabathia wasn't expected to throw a normal start's worth of pitches on Thursday, his first start since returning from the DL. The bullpen would be relied upon for more than a few outs. 

Sabathia went 4.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs, meaning the bullpen would have to carry the other 4.2 innings. Over those frames, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow just one run, preserving the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays...

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

In his second game off the DL, Aaron Hicks led the Yankess with three RBI on two homers in 8-6 win over the Tigers on Friday.<< Box score


Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.

In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:00:45
Yankees manager Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge discuss the type of power that this team is capable of bringing this season.

The Yankees' three-headed monster in Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez each hammered a home run in a 7-2 win over the Rays. << Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Scott Thompson
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 (Gerry Angus)
(Gerry Angus)

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It's just five games into the regular season, but Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone has a dilemma on his hands. His bullpen is underperforming, and he's having trouble managing it.

The Yankees bullpen entered the season believed to be among the best in the game, however, the crew has performed inadequately to say the least. Yankees relievers have allowed 14 runs in 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA), which ranks 27th in the league. They lost back-to-back games in their first series of the season at the hands of reliever implosions, and only Didi Gregorius saved them from another in Tuesday's home opener...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Chris Carelli
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Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 8, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

After a strong start from Luis Severino, the Yankees surrendered six unanswered runs en route to a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field.

Making his 2018 Grapefruit League debut, Severino allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, with Erik KratzGiancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez driving in the Yankees' remaining runs.

After Aroldis Chapman relieved Severino and struck out two of the three batters he faced, Justus Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc each allowed three earned runs to give the Phillies the lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Justus Sheffield, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman looks on during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman looks on during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman struggled with his control in his spring training debut on Sunday, throwing 10 of 18 pitches for strikes and allowing two of the three batters he faced to reach base in a 9-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chapman, whose fastball was able to reach the high 90s, according to the New York Post's George A. King III, hit one batter, allowed a single and induced a fielder's choice before manager Aaron Boone pulled him due to his pitch count.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances walks off the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Baltimore won 7-6. (AP)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

The Yankees had a surprisingly magical 2017 season with numerous high quality and breakout performances; however, there were a few players whose production the club hopes is not duplicated in 2018.

Dellin Betances

Betances has never been the model of command on the mound. His inability to control his large frame forced the Yankees to convert him to a reliever in the minors as a last-ditch effort to squeeze value out of a highly touted prospect.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Yankees will not be viewed as the lovable, up and coming "Baby Bombers" this season. Instead, the Yankees will come out of the gate as the hunted "Evil Empire," which comes with one expectation; winning a World Series title.

It is a poorly kept secret that a championship is the Yankees' Spring Training mantra year in and year out. However, over the last few seasons, fans, the players, coaches and front office would admit under truth serum that the club was not the best team in the league. Fresh off an incredible 2017 season and courtesy of a strong returning cast, more impact prospects on the horizon and a rather large addition (literally and figuratively), the 2018 Yankees have a legitimate chance to reach and win their 28th World Series.

Teams often relish the role of the underdog. Working under stamped down expectations from those outside the organization tends to create an "us versus them" mentality. The Yankees seemed to ride that sentiment through much of the 2017 season. That mindset is history.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Masahiro Tanaka
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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In order for the Yankees to build on a surprising and inspiring 2017 season, the club will need to receive the dominant efforts many expect from their late-inning relievers.

As we preview expectations for the coming season, we'll take the relievers in the order I believe Yankees skipper Aaron Boone will open the season if he was to utilize a strict inning-by-inning methodology to complete games (he probably won't).

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Adam Warren (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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The backend of the Yankees bullpen is going to get a majority of the press when bullpens are compared team by team. As dominant as those relievers might be, the Yankees middle relievers are just as critical to the team's ability to reach the postseason in 2018.

Tags: 2018 Yankees Expectations, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Jonathan Holder, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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 (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: It's that time once again to pledge changes in our lives that are sure to be broken within a week. I took a stab at 2018 New Year's resolutions for key Yankees (including some staff) on an individual basis...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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The Yankees entered the 2017 season with question marks up and down the rotation. Some of the issues came to fruition, however there were exciting developments and the group gelled down the stretch.

Let's review the performance of the Yankees' 2017 starters with innings pitched used to sort through the players...

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Chris Carelli
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Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)
Masahiro Tanaka (Shanna Lockwood)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Wednesday afternoon at 5:08 at Yankee Stadium. The series is tied, 2-2, after the Yankees' come-from-behind victory in Game 4.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Gary Sanchez, C
Carlos Correa, SS Didi Gregorius, SS
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Aaron Hicks, CF
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Chase Headley, DH

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Masahiro Tanaka, who allowed two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in 6.0 innings in Game 1.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees ventured back to New York, found their bats, and displayed the resilience demonstrated often throughout the regular season and several times during the playoffs. Kickstarting the offense has been important to the Yankees ability to tie the American League Championship Series at two games apiece, but the key to the team's play in this series has been the pitching staff.

The Yankees have benefitted from extremely solid starting pitching, and the bullpen continues to dominate hitters. Much of this may have been unexpected considering the Yankees are playing against the best offense in the majors this season, and Houston came into the ALCS extremely hot at the plate.

In the four games, Yankees pitching has held the Astros to nine runs (seven earned) on 18 hits (.153 batting average against). That's impressive against a club that averaged 5.5 runs per game, and put together a collective 121 wRC+, by far an MLB-best. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa have consistently provided the Astros with solid at-bats (.310 combined average and half of the club's total hits), while the rest of the lineup is hitting just .101...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees' win 00:02:17
Eamon McAnaney recaps the Yankees' impressive 6-4 comeback win in Game 4 of the ALCS to even the series at two games apiece.

The Yankees' offense exploded to score six runs over the course of two innings to help overcome sloppy defense and a four-run deficit to beat the Astros, 6-4, in Game four of the ALCS. >> Read more

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Yankees and Astros play Game 4 of the best-of-seven ALCS on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Astros lead the series 2-1 after the Yankees' victory in Game 3.

Astros Yankees
George Springer, CF Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Reddick, RF Aaron Judge, RF
Jose Altuve, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Carlos Correa, SS  Gary Sanchez, DH
Yuli Gurriel, 1B Greg Bird, 1B
Alex Bregman, 3B Starlin Castro, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Aaron Hicks, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Todd Frazier, 3B
Brian McCann, C Austin Romine, C

Who is starting for the Yankees?

RHP Sonny Gray, who allowed three runs on three hits while walking four and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 5 against the Indians.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) pulls relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) from the game during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Postseason games are typically long, grinding nail-biters where the bullpen's performance can make the difference for a club. After his Game 3 performance, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has officially become an alarming negative factor, which is causing a detrimental trickle-down effect for the remaining bullpen arms.

"He's out of whack," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said referring to Betances after Game 3. "He's [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we've seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times and we're still trying to do that because I still think he is really important to us."

"We need him, so we'll continue to try to fix it," Girardi said.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Chris Carelli
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:01:18
Anthony McCarron breaks down the final play of Game 2 in which catcher Gary Sanchez botched a relay throw at home plate in the ninth.

 The Yankees were tied with the Astros 1-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 2 of the ALCS. After Luis Severino pitched four innings and Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson combined to give up only one hit in four innings, the Yankees put in Aroldis Chapman to help send the game to extras.

Instead, Chapman gave up a one-out single to American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve and a walk-off double from shortstop Carlos Correa .

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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