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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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

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.

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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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Dave Lennon on ALCS 00:04:56
Newsday baseball columnist Dave Lennon joins Loud Mouths to preview the Yankees ALCS matchup with the Houston Astros.

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

After becoming the 10th team in MLB history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five playoff series, the Yankees are again the underdog when they face the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The Astros own home-field advantage and ranked second in the American League with 101 wins, however the Yankees turned some non-believers into believers after their impressive comeback over the Cleveland Indians propelled them to the ALCS in what was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year.

How do the Yankees match up with the Astros?

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Houston Astros, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Beginning of a Yankees dynasty? 00:03:59
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the bright future for this young Yankees team and how they could be set up for another dynasty.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After two games of the AL Division Series, the Yankees seemed primed for a blink-and-you-missed-it October visit. The winter would be devoted to recriminations over Joe Girardi's tactical meltdown in Game 2 threaded around hopeful talk of young players growing after a fine season.

But after coming back from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Indians, the Yankees have crushed anyone's timetable on the arrival of their looming juggernaut, including, probably, their own. Maybe they weren't supposed to be this complete, this fast, but here they are.

Watch out, Astros, beginning in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series, which starts Friday night in Houston. Watch out, the rest of baseball, now and in the coming years.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Anthony McCarron
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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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Yankees on 5-2 victory in Game 5 00:06:25
CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Brian Cashman, and David Robertson discuss advancing to the ALCS to take on the Houston Astros.

On the strength of two home runs from Didi Gregorius and a shutdown effort by the bullpen, the Yankees beat the Indians in Game 5 of the ALDS, 5-2, to take the series.

After losing the first two games, the Yankees stormed back to win the next three to advance to the ALCS, where they will take on the Astros. >> Box score


The Yankees jumped on the board quickly against Corey Kluber when Gregorius ripped a solo homer in the first inning.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

As the Yankees head into Cleveland for a decisive Game 5, they will have their key bullpen arms at full rest. 

The team can thank game 4 starter Luis Severino for that fortune. Severino went a full seven innings to earn the win Monday night, and it allowed manager Joe Girardi to use only Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle the rest of the way. 

Girardi needed that outing from the 23-year-old who he says matured with his first postseason win.

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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yankees RHP Dellin Betances' issues with his control on the mound continued as he walked the only two batters he faced in Monday's 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.

Betances, who entered a four-run game after Luis Severino threw seven strong innings, was pulled after walking Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor to put the game-tying run on deck.

"I threw a couple of really bad pitches," Betances said to reporters after the game. "Even with my slider, I was yanking it a little bit. It was just one of those days. ... It was frustrating today, being out there and putting the team in that situation."

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Cleveland Indians, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said LHP CC Sabathia will get the ball in Game 5 if it is necessary. 

Sabathia was efficient in his start against the Indians in Game 2 of the ALDS. After allowing two runs in the first, he settled down and didn't allow an earned run from then on. He finished with four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Sonny Gray's shaky performance in Game 1 of the ALDS has put him on the outs with a potential winner-take-all Game 5 battle in Cleveland set for Wednesday, leaving Girardi to go with the veteran lefty.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Yankee closer LHP Aroldis Chapman inadvertently "liked" an Instagram post calling for the Yankees to cut ties with manager Joe Girardi and did not find out until a team PR staffer notified him, the New York Post reports.

Chapman apologized to his manager on Saturday, and Girardi was fine with it, according to the Post.

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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

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

The Yankees managed to navigate and ultimately win Tuesday's wild card game after Luis Severino recored just one out. It was not how the Yankees planned on using their dominant bullpen, yet they rode their relievers for 26 outs and added offensive firepower to move on to the ALDS, which begins Thursday night in Cleveland.

Now, the Yankees will be viewed as the underdog to the defending AL champion Indians, who rung up an AL-best 102 wins. However, New York is officially playing with house money, and could make more noise this postseason...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Goosebumps. I get them now just thinking about two years ago, sitting in Section 405 as the Yankees prepared for the Astros in the 2015 AL Wild Card Game. There was an undeniable buzz in and around the Stadium for the simple fact that postseason baseball was back in the Bronx.

But it didn't last long as Dallas Keuchel threw a gem, and outdueled Masahiro Tanaka to win the Wild Card Game and move on to the ALDS. It was the loudest I have ever heard the new stadium, and unfortunately, it was short-lived. 

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) react after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) and catcher Gary Sanchez (24) react after defeating the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite Luis Severino's early struggles during Tuesday night's Wild Card game, the Yankees' bullpen came through to help get the team an 8-4 win against the Twins. 

After Severino allowed three runs while just recording one out, the bullpen came in to allow just one run over the final 8 2/3 innings. 

Chad Green entered the game with two runners and scoring position with one out after Minnesota grabbed a 3-0 lead but worked out of the jam, effectively saving the Minnesota lead from swelling even larger.

"I think in that situation, you're just trying to minimize, honestly," Green told reporters. "I happened to get two big outs right there and then [Didi Gregorius] hit a big three-run homer to tie it up. I think that was the momentum changer right there. I kind of treated it like any other appearance, really. I kind of got ready pretty quick, and the next thing I knew, I was in the game."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

The Yankees (91-71) overcame conventional wisdom, earning the American League's top wild card spot, and will host the Minnesota Twins (85-77) Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium in a one-game playoff to determine who will face the Indians in the ALDS. Truth be told, the Twins might be a bigger surprise after losing 103 games last season.

In the win or go home affair, the Yankees seem to be the favorite, but the factors are closer than one may think.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a home run in the first inning agains the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a home run in the first inning agains the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge hit his American League-leading 44th home run of the season while Todd Frazier hit a go-ahead sac fly in the sixth inning as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Frazier broke a 1-1 tie by hitting a bases-loaded sac fly with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning after Ervin Santana intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury as the Yankees expanded their wild-card lead to five games.

David Robertson (9-2) and the rest of the Yankees bullpen combined to throw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Jaime Garcia pitched into the sixth inning. Aroldis Chapman pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning and followed that with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save of the season.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Jacoby Ellsbury, Minnesota Twins
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:51
SNY's Sweeny Murti checks in from Citi Field to get the players' reactions from the the Yankees' win over the Rays in the rubber match.

Jaime Garcia allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings and the Yankees' bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Rays, 3-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Box score


The Yankees scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.

Todd Frazier's RBI single made it 1-0, and Brett Gardner's single later in the inning drove in a pair.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner
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New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Chad Green throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Chad Green has 15 strikeouts and has allowed just two hits in 7 1/3 innings over his last four outings, as he has turned into one of manager Joe Girardi's more reliable relievers.

"His control has been outstanding, and his fastball plays up out of the bullpen, and his slider has been good out of the bullpen," Girardi said, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff, after Green retired all seven batters he faced in Monday's 7-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.. "Similar to Dellin [Betances], it's been simplifying. He doesn't need to be a three- or four-pitch pitcher anymore. He's just been a two-pitch guy, and it's been successful for him."

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Dellin Betances, Jordan Montgomery
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Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)
Aug 24, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Osentoski)

After an entire week off, Yankees reliever LHP Aroldis Chapman appeared to be back to his normal self after a dominant outing Friday night. 

It was just the outing manager Joe Girardi needed to see out of Chapman, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning while striking out three of the four batters he faced. 

"He was pretty rested," Girardi told The Post's Dan Martin.

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Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 13, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is no longer committing to LHP Aroldis Chapman as his primary closer after another rough outing on Friday night.

Girardi said he will instead use Chapman "at any point" and said it will "not necessarily" be in save situations, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Girardi would not commit to any other single pitcher, but suggested he would use Dellin Betances and David Robertson, according to NJ.com.

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman will be available on Friday against the Red Sox after having the last two nights off, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo

Chapman successfully completed a bullpen session on Thursday, and had no issues with his hamstring, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He tweaked his hamstrong while running on the final play of the team's 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday.

He is 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA and has 15 saves in 36 games for the Yankees this season. He owns a 8.44 ERA in six appearances against the Red Sox. 

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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)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

"Remove Aroldis Chapman as the Yankees' closer" is the latest cry from the team's fans and even some in the media after the flame thrower allowed a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and then put the go-ahead run on base in the 10th inning of Sunday night's loss to the Red Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi can be overly stringent in his bullpen usage, consistently turning to the same formula day in and day out. The writing on the wall should tell the skipper that a change could do the Yankees some good, especially when Girardi can turn to an established closer now on the roster. If administered a truth serum, Girardi might very well feel the same way as those clamoring for a change.

Except, it's not that simple. Consider these factors.

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Yankees on 3-2 loss to Boston 00:00:53
Joe Girardi and Aroldis Chapman discuss Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in heartbreaking fashion

Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.

In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Boston Red Sox
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) takes the ball from New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV: 

Assembling a lockdown relief crew is tantamount to a successful baseball team. During the last few postseasons, it has become evident that championships do not come without dominant relievers.

The Yankees entered the season with what they believed to be the basis of such an endgame crew. With Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman leading the backend of the bullpen, the Yankees figured they had enough leading up to them with Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren picking up set-up duties. However, Clippard faltered mightily by June, Chapman and Warren endured stints on the disabled list and Betances lost his mechanics.

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Aug 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Aug 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery (47) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Jordan Montgomery pitched five solid innings, Chase Headley hit his sixth home run of the year, and Aroldis Chapman earned his 14th save in a tight, one-run ballgame as the Yankees eked out a 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday. >> Box score

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius
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JRSportBrief: Get Sonny Gray! 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why the Yankees should trade for Oakland pitcher Sonny Gray.

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

The Yankees are in heavy pursuit of starting pitching help - currently the weakest link on the roster - with Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray at the top of their wish list. The issues are the prospect cost and reports that there are as many as six other teams scouting the 27-year-old.

They could land the hurler (or a fallback option), and still have some significant problems to deal with as they try to maintain grip on a playoff spot...

 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner is greeted by left fielder Clint Frazier following a solo home run by Gardner during the first inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score


Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.

Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, James Pazos, Luis Severino, Seattle Mariners
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Yankees are making moves 00:01:18
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR reacts to the Yankees trade for David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Todd Frazier.

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

Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated the club would be "cautious buyers" during the trade deadline period. If a seven-player deal -- bringing in three major leaguers for one of the game's top prospects -- is cautious, this could be an interesting 13 days ahead.

The Yankees clearly filled two of their biggest holes by adding former organization relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to a tired and inconsistent bullpen, while adding Todd Frazier should stabilize the revolving door at first base for the remainder of the season.

Tags: Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Bryan Mitchell, CC Sabathia, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees are reportedly showing interest in re-acquiring Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson to bolster their bullpen in the second half, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Robertson, who pitched from the Yankees from 2008 to 2014, has 13 saves and a 2.70 ERA in 31 appearances for the White Sox this season. 

The Yankees, according to Heyman, sent personnel to Chicago to scout Robertson and infielder Todd Frazier, however Heyman reports New York's interest focuses on the 32-year-old Robertson.

Entering Sunday, the Yankees bullpen had the 11th highest ERA (4.62) among all 30 teams over the past 30 days. Its seven losses were the second most and two saves the second fewest in that span.

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Though held the lead for most of the game, Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the ninth as the Yankees dropped their first game since returning from the All-Star break, 5-4, in Boston.>> Box Score


Yankees' starter LHP Jordan Montgomery earned a no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in four innings pitched. 

The bullpen had its work cut out for them once Montgomery exited. However, they were up for the challenge as they didn't allow a run through four innings.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro celebrates his two-run home run with designated hitter Matt Holliday in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees return from the All-Star break with seemingly as many questions as they had when the season began. The backbone to current queries leads back to the same theme: Will the Yankees sacrifice their recent roster construction methodology in an effort to make a run at the postseason? Each facet could use reinforcements, but which ones the club will seek to fill are undetermined.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro, Tyler Clippard, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates his two run home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV:

The Yankees' version of a rebuild is unlike other clubs' tear-it-down approach.

The notion was to be competitive in 2017, but the true efforts would center on evaluating the organization's youth in order to push hard in 2018 and beyond. However, it seemed everything went the club's way in the opening month and a four-game division lead on June 12 changed the discourse. Unfortunately, a massively disturbing 7-18 slide since has forced the team and fans to throttle back expectations.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chris Carelli
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GEICO Sportsnite: Frazier homer 00:01:40
Clint Frazier's three-run walk-off home run gave the Yankees a lift on Saturday.

Clint Frazier hit a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee Saturday.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:02
Joe Girardi and Chase Headley react to the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, a badly-needed victory after a tough road trip.

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven sharp innings and Chase Headley drove in three runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


Tanaka (7-7) won his second straight start and has 22 strikeouts and a 1.29 ERA over his last three outings. He struck out eight batters on Monday and allowed one run and five hits, throwing 72 of 111 pitches for strikes. 

Headley, who went 2-for-3, hit a two-run double in the eighth inning that turned a one-run lead into a 4-1 game, then scored when Ronald Torreyes grounded into a fielder's choice. Ryan Tepera threw home to try to get Didi Gregorius out, but the ball got past the catcher as Gregorius slid in, allowing two runs to score.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka, Ronald Torreyes, Toronto Blue Jays
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2017 All-Star Game rosters 00:02:14
Five Yankees were named All-Stars and Michael Conforto will be the Mets lone representative in the Midsummer Classic.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge will start the All-Star Game on July 11 at Marlins Park after he was the leading vote-getter in the American League.

A 25-year-old rookie, Judge leads the American League in batting average (.327), home runs (27) and RBIs (62). He received 4.5 million votes, more than Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Houston Astros outfielder George Springer, the other two American League outfield starters.

"I'm looking forward to it ... go out there and enjoy the moment," Judge, who has still not decided if he will compete in the Home Run Derby, said on ESPN during the All-Star Selection Show.

Catcher Gary Sanchez and second baseman Starlin Castro were selected as reserve players, while starting pitcher Luis Severino and reliever Dellin Betances are on the American League's pitching staff.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro
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Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)
Jul 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) delivers during the eighth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports (Shanna Lockwood)

Clint Frazier hit a double and a home run in his big-league debut to help the Yankees jump out to a 6-3 lead after seven innings, but the bullpen collapsed and the Yankees lost to the Astros 7-6, on Saturday. >> Click here for a full box score

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Clint Frazier, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees pushed ahead of the American League East with a strong first two months of the season and a fine start to June. However, since June 12, the Yankees are 3-10, which begs the question of whether they should be full-out buyers at the trade deadline.

The contention is not that the Yankees were flukes early on, but they had an awful lot of things fall perfectly into place for them. Of late, the Yankees have not been getting all the bounces, they've played a good deal of sloppy baseball and the injury bug seems to have infiltrated the roster. The truth is, the Yankees are far from one player away from pulling away from the pack and those are the types of teams that flat out buy at the deadline.

The Yankees have several areas which need refinement. The most glaring has to do with middle relief, which continues to be a plague to the Yankees. Yankees relievers have been an atrocity this month and for much of the season the bridge to the closer has been shaky at best.

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New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Jordan Montgomery struck out eight batters in seven strong innings while Tyler Austin hit his first home run of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox, 6-5, Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score


Montgomery (6-4) allowed one run and five hits in what matched the longest outing of his career. After allowing back-to-back singles in the bottom of the third inning, he settled down to retire the next nine batters consecutively.

New York scored three runs in the fourth inning on an Austin sac fly, Chase Headley RBI single and Ronald Torreyes sac fly that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Austin Romine, Chase Headley, Chicago White Sox, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin
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Mets are sellers 00:05:05
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to the news that the Mets are making Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera available.

One constant at the trade deadline is that pitching is always in demand. Contenders looking to plug rotation holes and bolster bullpens offer far more valuable packages in July than in January. The Mets don't have an especially deep cache of arms to offer up, but there are a few names to watch for.

Addison Reed has largely righted his ship after a difficult start to 2017 and now has a 2.59 ERA dating back to 2015. His 4.89 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is the 10th best in baseball over the span and his 2.58 FIP is 13th best.

He has never been in the top tier of relief aces alongside such names as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but he has been surprisingly close. As a pending free agent capable of setting up or closing, he should garner plenty of interest from contenders with weak bullpens, such as, unfortunately, the Nationals...

Tags: Addison Reed, Aroldis Chapman, Jerry Blevins, Maggie Wiggin
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Yankees break out with home win 00:01:37
Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees were victorious for the first time in seven games.

The Yankees snapped their seven game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. 

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to earn the win. He lowered his season ERA to 3.74. 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Chris Carelli, SNY.tv

The Yankees lost their seventh straight game Tuesday and once again the main culprit was Tyler Clippard.

After the Yankees clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Clippard immediately coughed up a home run to Cameron Maybin and then allowed a couple more hard hits before being removed by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who said the right-hander "had another tough night." 

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Michael Conforto, and Jacob deGrom celebrate after deGrom's home run. (AP)
Michael Conforto, and Jacob deGrom celebrate after deGrom's home run. (AP)

The Mets dropped three of four against the Nationals. Jacob deGrom hit his first career home run and allowed one unearned run in eight innings Sunday to defeat the Nationals, 5-1. Robert Gsellman allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings in Thursday night's 8-3 loss to Washington. Outfielder Juan Lagares suffered a fractured left thumb and ended up on the disabled list. Steven Matz allowed three home runs Friday night as the Mets fell, 7-2, to the Nationals. Despite getting four hits and a home run from Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets lost to the Nationals, 7-4, on Saturday.

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New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees LHP Aroldis Chapman (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees activated LHP Aroldis Chapman off the disabled list before Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Chapman went on the disabled list on May 14 with rotator cuff inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

Over the past 30 days, the Yankees' bullpen has six saves, six blown saves and a 4.03 ERA. "My team needs me," Chapman said, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

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Mason Willams reacts after hitting a single. (AP)
Mason Willams reacts after hitting a single. (AP)

Outfielder Mason Williams and catcher Kyle Higashioka are being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez went down with injuries in Thursday night's loss to Oakland, according to Randy Miller of NJ.com. 

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