Christopher Carelli

Besides providing coverage of the New York Yankees for SNY.tv, Christopher Carelli's baseball commentary has also been published by Yahoo! Sports and The Cauldron. Follow Christopher on Twitter, @Chris_Carelli.

 

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No experience, no problem? Aaron Boone, who interviewed on Friday, better hope so if he wants to become the Yankees' next manager.

As the Yankees seek to replace long-time manager Joe Girardi, the club has interviewed a 28-year organizational man Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, who possesses 10 years of MLB managerial experience, and Hensley Meulens, who has been coaching for over a decade. Boone, a former Yankees third baseman, who has zero coaching experience, let alone time as a manager, might seem to be at a disadvantage when compared to his competition.

Lucky for Boone, his inexperience doesn't seem to be an issue for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Most of the New York Yankees' eight prospects who played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League produced fine results. The Scorpions finished last in their division with a 12-17-1 record and four games back. Here is how each player performed:

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) put to rest any doubt that he was fully recuperated from an oblique injury that took away a significant number of innings away from his regular season. Sheffield started five games (20 1/3 innings), posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Sheffield struck out 23 batters and walked just three, which helped him earn a spot in the Fall Stars Game. Sheffield could start the 2018 season in Triple-A, and if all goes extremely well, there is a chance he could receive a cup of coffee as a September call-up.

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(H. Darr Beiser)

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Hensley Meulens was unable to make a significant impact with the Yankees as a player, but maybe he can lead them to 28th World Series championship as their manager.

"Bam Bam" Meulens often destroyed minor league baseballs as a young 20-something outfielder in the late 80s and early 90s in the Yankees organization, hitting 129 home runs across seven seasons in the organization's system. The nickname carried over to the major leagues, but the home run prowess never did, as Meulens hit 12 home runs in 159 career games as a Yankee. He had success in three seasons in Japan, and then continued to latch on in various locations within MLB (and minor leagues), Mexico, the KBO, and in the Independent Atlantic League before retiring after the 2002 season.

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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Friday, we learned former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge was the second person to be interviewed for the Yankees' managerial position.

Up until this revelation, the Yankees had been connected to both in-house and out of the box candidates not in the organization. Wedge's advantage is that his 10 years of managerial experience at the major league level is 10 years more than any of them combined.

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May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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On Wednesday, the Yankees conducted their first interview (at least that we know of) for the team's open managerial position. The interviewee was Rob Thomson, who has been with the Yankees in some capacity for 28 years.

Thomson recently served as Joe Girardi's bench coach in 2008 and for the last three seasons. He has been the Yankees' third base coach (2009-14) and held multiple front office positions surrounding the organization's farm system. Thomson is also credited with completely controlling Yankees spring training arrangements from top to bottom.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman held a lengthy conference call Monday, and stated that he did not have a list of candidates for the club's managerial opening. However, a bevy of names have been tossed around since the moment Joe Girardi was said to be departing, with one of the most mentioned internal options being Jay Bell.

Bell, an 18-year MLB veteran, was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops in 1993. Bell hit .265 in his career with 195 home runs and a 101 OPS+. He was also a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Yankees sent eight prospects to the Arizona Fall League, and almost all are playing well with the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions (10-9-1) are in second place, 1 1/2 games behind Mesa. Let's see how the individual players are performing as the league gets set for Saturday's Fall Stars Game.

Note: Statistics are through games played Nov. 2. Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) has been dazzling in his AFL stint. In 19 innings, Sheffield holds a 2.37 ERA, has held batters to a .191 batting average and owns a spectacular 21:2 strikeout to walk ratio. Sheffield, another prize from the Andrew Miller deal from 2016, missed part of the regular season with a right oblique strain and logged just 93 1/3 innings at Double-A Trenton. Sheffield, 21, figures to begin the 2018 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre considering his outstanding effort thus far. Sheffield will join Estrada and McKinney at the Fall Stars Game.

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(Reinhold Matay)

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The Yankees are in need of a manger and it is expected they will follow a recent trend; hiring a young, analytically sound baseball mind that can also connect with players on a personal level.

Some in the baseball industry scratched their heads when the Houston Astros hired A.J. Hinch, who was 40 years old, and the Los Angeles Dodgers tabbed Dave Roberts, then 42, to be the clubs' respective managers. Wednesday night, Hinch delivered Houston's first World Series title with Roberts sitting in the opposing dugout.

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 After 20 years acting as the steering wheel ultimately under ownership's grip, Brian Cashman is now fully in control of the accelerator, the brakes, and direction of the Yankees' organization.

We began to see Cashman's power strengthen in the summer of 2016 when the mighty, cash-swelled Yankees, did the unthinkable and traded significant assets in order to boost an already improving farm system. The Yankees' sell-off required convincing of ownership, as did the recent decision to move away from the club's manager Joe Girardi after 10 seasons.

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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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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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 After 20 years acting as the steering wheel ultimately under ownership's grip, Brian Cashman is now fully in control of the accelerator, the brakes, and direction of the Yankees' organization.

We began to see Cashman's power strengthen in the summer of 2016 when the mighty, cash-swelled Yankees, did the unthinkable and traded significant assets in order to boost an already improving farm system. The Yankees' sell-off required convincing of ownership, as did the recent decision to move away from the club's manager Joe Girardi after 10 seasons.

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(Noah K. Murray)

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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: CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Chris Carelli
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(Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Kevin Long, a proven big league hitting coach, wants to be a manager. The Yankees, his former employer, are suddenly in the need of a new skipper and the Mets, on whose payroll he currently sits, selected someone else for their opening.

Long, who has been the Mets hitting coach since 2015 -- directly following his eight-year stint with the Yankees in the same role -- recently interviewed for the managerial vacancy left when Terry Collins was told he would not return to Citi Field in 2018. The Mets decided on Mickey Callaway and have since given Long permission to speak with the Washington Nationals about their managerial opening, though his contract ends on Oct. 31.

Long's name has popped up in many speculative reports as an option for the Yankees' surprising opening. Is the Long on the Yankees' short list?

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

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After a disappointing season at the plate in 2016, the Yankees earned back the nickname Bronx Bombers in 2017. Maybe that should be Baby Bombers.

Here are some Yankees offensive stats with AL and MLB ranks...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro, Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Who will replace Girardi? 00:04:19
The Daily News Live panel reviews some of the possible under-the-radar candidates to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees manager.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Yankees GM Brian Cashman decided it was time to part ways with Joe Girardi after the skipper guided the club for 10 seasons, which included a World Series title in 2009.

Cashman will likely want a manager that he knows well, is able to be molded to fit his vision of the squad going forward, and has a relationship with the club, either now or in the past.

Here are some of the candidates with varying chances of garnering an interview, taken in alphabetical order...

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Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAny day now, the Yankees will make an announcement about the fates of their general manager and manager. One decision is crystal clear, while the other may be more about weighing the pros and cons.

Brian Cashman deserves chance to see transition through

Cashman has reinvented the Yankees' roster model after years of being coerced (or outdone by ownership) to focus on finding star-ladened components to bring a championship to New York. It worked in 2009, but an ever-aging roster began to weigh down the organization. Over time, the Yankees began to realize that something had to change. And the 2016 season gave them the chance...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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(Brad Penner)

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The Yankees and their fans are aching for a repeat of a young core to propel the club to a slew of World Series titles. It will be difficult for any team to win four World Series in five seasons, but there are some similarities to the 1990s core of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams, to that of the current group of young players who have climbed the Yankees' farm system.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series in advance of many projections, and despite being sent home after a tough seven-game series, the key players should benefit immensely from the reps...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Chris Carelli
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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)

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Maybe this is where playoff experience before 2017 - even just a handful of games - would have paid off?

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Sabathia will start Game 7 00:02:01
CC Sabathia talks about his approach as he's been tasked to pitch for the Yankees in a pivotal Game 7 in Houston against the Astros.

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Pitching wins championships. In Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, the champion may rise in spite of the overall pitching performance.

The Yankees and Astros have battled to a 3-3 tie in the ALCS amid some incredible pitching displays. However, as middle of the rotation starters take the mound, combined with either depleted and/or underperforming bullpens, Game 7 could turn into a battle of attrition.

The Yankees - with good reason - are happy with CC Sabathia starting Game 7. Sabathia has been tremendous when pitching after a Yankees' loss this season, including the playoffs, going 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in such starts. Sabathia also started the Yankees last winner-take-all affair against the Indians in the ALDS, hurling 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball, while striking out nine. The Yankees finished off that game using David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman for eight outs and six outs respectively.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino delivers during the first inning in Game 2 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Shanna Lockwood/USA TODAY Sports)

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Luis Severino's breakout season is a microcosm of the 2017 Yankees.

At the outset of the season, Severino's ability to be a starter was in question, and experts picked the Yankees to languish toward the bottom of the standings. In Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have a chance to reach their 41st World Series, and Severino is the man they want on the mound to get it done.

"Beginning of the season, nobody was expecting us to be anything,'' Severino told reporters Thursday. "And right now, we have a chance to be in the World Series.''

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(Robert Deutsch)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Mystique and Aura returned to the Bronx, but they won't be a factor in Houston.

Yankees pitching has been the story of the American League Championship Series, but the offense exploded at Yankee Stadium, pushing its way back into the fold.

This wasn't so much of a surprise as they averaged 5.3 runs per game overall in the regular season, but an even more impressive 5.6 R/G at home. There were contributions up and down the lineup during the three games played in the Bronx, where it is safe to say the Yankees offense found its mojo.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chase Headley, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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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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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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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees have a few things going for them as they enter Game 3 of the American League Championship Series down 0-2 to the Astros. Maybe at the top of the list is the fact that Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander will be on the bench.

The Yankees have a miserable history against Keuchel, while Verlander has performed superbly against them as well, with no better success than his Game 2 start. Astros' Game 3 starter Charlie Morton is no slouch, as he pitched to a 14-7 record with a 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings in the regular season.

The Yankees have been striking out at a disturbing clip, so a matchup against another pitcher that generates plenty of swing and misses may not seem like a great matchup...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro, Chris Carelli
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Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) and first base coach Tony Pena (56) walk back to the dugout at the end of the eighth inning during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

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Baseball is a game of inches and the Yankees have been literally giving them away.

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(Ken Blaze)

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The Yankees ran into a familiar buzzsaw in the likes of Dallas Keuchel Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and now find themselves in a familiar spot in a playoff series. Down.

We know that the Yankees managed to climb out of a 2-0 hole in the division series against a terrific Indians team, so New York's confidence is by no means shattered. As such, there were some relevant circumstances in Game 1 that should have the Yankees optimistic they can put the loss behind them with a strong performance in Game 2...

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Chad Green, Chris Carelli
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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.

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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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McAnaney and Botte talk Yankees 00:04:15
Eamon McAnaney and Peter Botte share their thoughts on the Yankees' comeback against Cleveland in the ALDS and the key factors in the ALCS.

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Players have confidence in themselves, but often times, an influx of talent via trade invigorates the remaining roster and demonstrates the organization's faith in the squad.

The Yankees reached the American League Championship Series, and an organizational decision to buy 12 days before the trade deadline has become an important factor that has elevated the team in the postseason...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees surprised everyone by knocking Corey Kluber out in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS. It's hard to believe that Kluber will suffer another off night in Game 5, making the Yankees task more difficult in Wednesday's winner-take-all contest.

If the Yankees are to defeat Kluber - or at least quickly force him from the game again - they will need to maintain the same approach they mustered in Game 2. The hitch is Kluber is not likely to make it as easy as he did in his first start of the series.

The Yankees will need peak performance early on; someone to set the tone and make life difficult on Kluber. Some will point to Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez, the obvious fire power providers, to spark the club.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Chris Carelli
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Matt Holliday (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Matt Holliday (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The American League has the distinct offensive advantage of the designated hitter. It's doing the Yankees no good in the ALDS.

After four games in the ALDS, the Yankees may as well have used their pitchers in the DH spot, as the combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley has collected zero hits in 14 at-bats with just two walks while striking out seven times. Add in the wild card game and the hitless skid for Yankees DH's in the postseason is 20 at-bats, with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the man they paid $13 million to be the 2017 DH, Matt Holliday, has yet to receive a single plate appearance in the series. This has to change with a Game 5 start, and if the Yankees are fortunate enough to get to the ALCS, Holliday's name in the lineup should continue to be inserted regardless of his results in Game 5.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Chase Headley, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Holliday, Chris Carelli
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

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Greg Bird wants to play. Anyone (Hello, Mr. Unnamed Yankees Source) who believes otherwise should watch a replay of Bird's reaction after he blasted a mammoth home run which propelled the Yankees to a 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Bird has been an offensive catalyst in the division series, hitting .300 with a .462 OBP and .900 SLG with two home runs and three RBI. There is little doubt Bird is a key cog in the Yankees' offensive machine, and it was something many saw coming two years ago...

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: The Yankees arrive home down two games to zero in the American League Division Series, suffering from bruised psyches.

The club has shown resiliency at many points during the season, but ask a Yankee fan to name one player that will lead them in a comeback in the Bronx, and one name will be uttered more than others.

Aaron Judge.

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

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The Yankees will have to secure a win in Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS against arguably the league's best pitcher, Corey Kluber, after getting manhandled by Game 1 starter Trevor Bauer.

The Yankees, like any visiting club in a postseason series, desire a road win to go home with a chance to win the series without having to head back on the road. On paper, it seemed the Yankees' best shot at a victory in Cleveland was in Game 1 with Bauer on the mound, knowing Kluber was set for Game 2. The Yankees offense failed miserably, and the road will be rather difficult to navigate Friday afternoon.

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( Adam Hunger)

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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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GEICO SportNite: Yanks vs. Tribe 00:01:13
Indians manager Terry Francona discusses how good the Yankees' bullpen has been this season.

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This year has not been especially kind to Dellin Betances insofar as feeling respected by his club.

Yankees president Randy Levine lambasted Betances in public in February, after the right-handed reliever's arbitration hearing. Levine -- in a combative tone -- suggested that Betances was not a closer and shouldn't be paid like one.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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An important aspect to the Major League Baseball postseason is the ability for teams to revamp their rosters as each series commences. That means the Yankees will have some interesting decisions ahead of them as they head to the ALDS against the Indians, with the series opening Thursday night.

Let's project the position players Yankees manager Joe Girardi will select...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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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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(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

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Yankees ace Luis Severino is lined up for the club's potential Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins, set for Oct. 3. Severino on the bump is the most logical path for the Yankees to take. But, what if the Yankees thought out of the box and started bullpen stalwart Chad Green, followed by reliever after reliever, leaving Severino to watch?

Earlier this week, MLB Network's Brian Kenny suggested the Yankees consider "bullpenning," which is utilizing the bullpen from start to finish. Kenny's contention is that the Yankees could begin the game with Green, their most versatile relief weapon, who could potentially throw up to three innings...

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(Thomas Shea)

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Aaron Judge's 6-foot, 7-inch frame, 282 pound frame is a clear advantage when it comes to being a power-hitting baseball player.

The Yankees rookie star dwarfs virtually everyone he stands next to on the diamond, and his statistical achievements - beyond his record-setting 50 home runs for a rookie in a single season - thrust him to the conversation for the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

 

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Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Scottsdale Scorpions infielder Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects. This week we will briefly cover the playoff results at each level. We will also examine seasonal results and outlooks for 2018 with the club's Nos. 5 through 1 prospects.

Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Record: 86-55, 1st place, 6.5 GA

After winning the International League North Division regular season title and the division series, the RailRiders lost to the Durham Bulls in the International League finals 3-1 in the best-of-five series. The Bulls went on to beat the Pacific Coast League champion Memphis Redbirds 5-3 in the Triple-A championship game.

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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

 Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: By sweeping the Twins, the Yankees pushed their lead for the American League's first wild card spot to seven games. If the season were to end today, the clubs would meet up in the AL Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium. What did the series tell us about the potential wild card matchup?

Potential pitching matchup

The Yankees saw the Twins' best pitcher and the Twins saw the Yankees' ace. It is presumed that the clubs would try their best to arrange these pitchers to be their starters in a potential wild card game. The Yankees were able to put pressure on Ervin Santana, but couldn't find the big hit in a game, scoring just two runs off the veteran.

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Sep 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) hits a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit the Statcast home runs, but Didi Gregorius is the pulse of the New York Yankees.

It is amazing to think how far Gregorius has come since taking over for Yankees icon Derek Jeter at shortstop. He had yet to play a full MLB season when he arrived in New York, and there was a good deal of talk about Gregorius' inability to hit left-handed pitching. After his first month in the Bronx, the concerns that he could be a long-term solution grew.

Gregorius slowly silenced critics after the 2015 season's opening month, and turned them into avid supporters in 2016. This season, despite missing 24 games, Gregorius is snapping or within reach of personal bests in multiple offensive categories. He has produced FanGraphs WAR values of 3.1, 2.6 and 3.9 (and counting) since 2015.

Gregorius, who turns 28 just before next season, has two years left of arbitration before reaching free agency, which begs the question. Should the Yankees try to sign Gregorius to a long-term deal this offseason?

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Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Domingo Acevedo (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees' farm system providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects. This week we will briefly cover the playoff results at each level. We will also examine seasonal results and outlooks for 2018 with the club's No. 10 through No. 6 prospects.

Triple-A - International League North Division - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Record: 86-55, 1st place, 6.5 GA

The RailRiders won the International League North Division regular season title. The RailRiders dispatched of Lehigh Valley in the division series. Scranton is down 2-1 to Durham in the best-of-five International League Governors' Cup Championship Series.

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Sep 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Chase Headley (12) is congratulated at home by catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Chase Headley (12) is congratulated at home by catcher Gary Sanchez (24) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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It's time to take the kid gloves off the Yankees' offense.

As aggressive as Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been with the team's pitching staff -- quick hooks of starters and extended appearances for relievers -- he's been overly passive with constructing his lineup. Days off and handedness platooning has to -- pardon the pun -- be put to rest.

With 17 games left on the schedule and a three-game deficit in the American League East, the Yankees cannot afford to be sitting their best hitters down the stretch. The importance to winning the division, which is well within reach, cannot be understated.

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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss whether David Robertson is the man to fill Andrew Miller's shoes as fireman for the Yankees' bullpen.

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Some believe that Yankees manager Joe Girardi's strength lay with his manipulation of the bullpen. Others contend that Girardi doesn't have a clue when it comes to reading the tea leaves, rather relying too strictly to analytics. At this moment, I'm sitting on the fence, but surprisingly leaning in favor of Girardi's current seemingly-manic decisions.

As a playoff berth continues to look like a strong possibility for the Yankees, Girardi is managing his bullpen with what feels like reckless abandon one day and fierce competitiveness the next. This isn't exactly surprising to me, as Girardi's use of the bullpen this season has been erratic, often bordering on defying logic.

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New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar singles during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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Our weekly minor league report canvases the Yankees farm system, providing updates about the status of the teams in action and the organization's top prospects.

Notes: Top-30 prospect rankings (via MLBPipeline.com) are club based with overall MLB ranks, if applicable, in parenthesis. Prospects currently in the major leagues will not be covered here. Team records and statistics are through games played Aug. 24, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

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Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro has one thing on his mind when he steps to the plate - grip it and rip it. Castro isn't looking to draw walks, rather he's there to lace base hits, which he can accumulate in batches.

Castro's return to the Yankees after a second stint on the disabled list has been enough to provide a certain boost to the club's offense, which was scuffling without him in the lineup. Castro is hitting .372 with five doubles, a home run and nine RBIs in 45 plate appearances in 11 games since his return.

Castro's current slash line - .313/.352/.479 - would all be career-high marks. Castro has 18 doubles, 13 home runs, 54 RBIs and 115 OPS+ in 383 plate appearances. Castro entered the 2017 season sitting at No. 9 in base hits among all players since 2010. Even with Castro missing 58 games this season, mostly due to a right hamstring injury, he has managed to slide just one spot to No. 10.

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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hits a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

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Jacoby Ellsbury's transition to a part-time player for the Yankees arrived earlier than even his most fervent detractors predicted when he signed a seven-year, $153 million contract before the 2014 season. Ellsbury's season is not going exactly as he or the Yankees expected, but at the moment, things are working out, making his hefty contract feel slightly less burdensome.

Despite starting the season as New York's starting center fielder, a concussion forced him out of the lineup for nearly a month. When he fell into a bad slump upon his return and saw the emergence of Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier, he saw his role reduced.

The soon-to-be-34-year-old outfielder took it in stride and is beginning to click as the playoffs near. From Aug. 26 to Sept. 4 (nine games, seven starts), Ellsbury has been scorching hot, hitting .423 with a 1.175 OPS in 29 plate appearances. Ellsbury has four extra-base hits among his 11 knocks and has driven in seven runs during the span.

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