Game # 61 -- Angels (33-33) vs Yanks (37-23)

Tanaka -- will the extra day make any difference? Will anything? Romine???!!!

YANKS

Gardner, LF
Hicks, CF
Judge, RF
Holliday, DH
Castro, 2B
Gregorius, SS
Headley, 3B
Carter, 1B
Romine, C
Tanaka, P

ANGELS

Maybin, CF
Calhoun, RF
Pujols, DH
Escobar, 3B
Valbuena, 1B
Simmons, SS
Young, Jr., LF
Maldonado, C
Espinosa, 2B
Meyer, P

Judge is a POW. German gets free trip to SWB. Heller gets free trip to LA.

Game on YES.

MLB Draft: Who will the Yankees select at 16?

With the Yankees opening a west coast road trip tonight in Anaheim, tonight's routine will be a little different. Instead of settling in for the usual 7:05pm first pitch, Yankees fans will be able to focus on the club's newest prospect when the organization makes the 16th pick in tonight's MLB draft.

The last time the Yankees selected this high was in 2015, when the organization selected James Kaprielian out of UCLA. Other than Kaprielian, the Yankees haven't had many selections in the teens in the last couple of decades. The others: Blake Rutherford last year (18th) and CJ Henry in 2005 (17th). You have to go all the way back to 1993 to find a pick in the teens again (Matt Drews at 13th). We've grown accustomed to the franchise having its first selection in the mid-to-late 20s, or if they signed a marquee free agent in the previous offseason, even later.

Considering how often the team has drafted late in the first round, there haven't been too many high impact draftees. After 1992, the year Derek Jeter was drafted, Yankees first-rounders (that they signed) with the most WAR rank as follows: Eric Milton (1996), Ian Kennedy (2006), Phil Hughes (2004), and Joba Chamberlain (2006, supplemental). It goes way downhill after Joba. In fairness, despite not signing them, you can give the Yankees credit for drafting Mark Prior and Gerrit Cole, but there are still a ton of duds in the last 25 years. That just goes to show how difficult it is to draft well late in the first round (though Aaron Judge, 32nd overall in 2013, may have something to say about that).

The overall quality of this year's draft crop is not as strong as usual. Keith Law noted this on his big board and Fangraphs' Eric Longenhagen echoed that sentiment on the most recent Ringer MLB Show. Baseball America's John Manuel has heard the same. That's an unfortunate break for the Yankees considering that they're certainly hoping not to pick this high again anytime soon. Nonetheless, it's a better pick than usual. So, who will they take? I'm definitely not the right person to ask. Below is a list of mock drafts from major publications and the Yankees' projected selection:

To familiarize yourself with those names above, spend some time scanning through the scouting reports/projections for these potential draftees and others to be selected tonight:

Game # 60 -- Oreos (31-29) vs Yanks (36-23)

I'm not saying Girardi is an American Idiot, but it's a Green Day game start. Sanchez does the day after a night game squat. Torreyes replaces Headley. Carter moving up in the batting order.

OREOS

Smith, RF
Schoop, 2B
Jones, CF
Trumbo, DH
Davis, 1B
Mancini, LF
Castillo, C
Hardy, SS
Tejada, 3B
Gausman, P

YANKS

Gardner, LF
Hicks, CF
Judge, RF
Holliday, DH
Castro, 2B
Sanchez, C
Gregorius, SS
Carter, 1B
Torreyes, 3B
Green, P

Games on YES
 

Game # 59 -- Oreos (31-28) vs Yanks (35-23)

Sevy to Sanchez tonight. Holliday back at his best defensive position -- DH. Can Carter return to form after the night off? All the regulars return.

Oreos

  1. RF: Seth Smith
  2. 2B: Jonathan Schoop
  3. CF: Adam Jones
  4. DH: Mark Trumbo
  5. 1B: Chris Davis
  6. LF: Trey Mancini
  7. C: Welington Castillo
  8. SS: J.J. Hardy
  9. 3B: Ruben Tejada
  10. SP: Chris Tillman

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. CF: Aaron Hicks
  3. RF: Aaron Judge
  4. DH: Matt Holliday
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. C: Gary Sanchez
  7. SS: Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B: Chase Headley
  9. 1B: Chris Carter
  10. SP: Luis Severino

Game on FOX -- will Trump be live tweeting?

Game # 58 -- Oreos (31-27) vs Yanks (34-23)

Can Monty continue pitching well against another ALE opponent? Holliday at 1B. Romine squats. Sanchez at DH. Carter sits. Aarons again front-to-front.

OREOS

Rickard, LF
Mancic, DH
Jones, CF
Trumbo, RF
Davis, 1B
Schoop, 2B
Hardy, SS
Joseph, C
Tejada, 3B
Bundy, P

YANKEES

Gardner, LF
Hicks, CF
Judge, RF
Holliday, 1B
Castro, 2B
Sanchez, DH
Gregorius, SS
Headley, 3B
Romine, C
Montgomery, P
 

Special start time of 7:30 pm (just to make sure I won't last for the whole game.)

Game on YES and MLBN (regional)

Podcast Episode 92: Headley Trades, Bench, Rotation

EJ, Scott and Andy discuss what the Yankees should do about Tanaka, Chris Carter and the current 3-man bench, and Chase Headley.

EJ and Jim discuss the Yankees decisions at first base. They then preview the 2017 Yankees draft.

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Game 57 Recap: Gary Sanchez Hits Two Home Runs Off David Price

Last September, we added a module to the right sidebar of this blog. That module, "Sanchez vs. Price", has been in hibernation for some time due to David Price's early season elbow injury. Please pardon me for a second while I explain why it exists.

Gary Sanchez is under Yankee control for the next six seasons, including 2017, through the 2023 offseason at minimum. David Price conveniently signed a seven-year, $217m contract the same year that Sanchez debuted. Thus, the two will do battle against each other for the foreseeable future.

Gary Sanchez owns David Price. Why? I don't know. He's a right-handed power hitter and David Price may not be that good any more. Including tonight, Sanchez has hit .571/.727/1.778 off Price in 11 plate appearances. See you in July, David. 

The rest of the game was great too. Pineda got back on track against a dangerous offense. 

Game # 57 -- Boston (32-26) vs Yankees (33-23)

Only difference is that Pineda is pitching. Gardy and Castro should be fresh after their half inning off yesterday. Can Sanchez duplicate what he did against Price last year?

WIN THE SERIES!

Boston

  1. RF: Mookie Betts
  2. LF: Andrew Benintendi
  3. SS: Xander Bogaerts
  4. 1B: Mitch Moreland
  5. DH: Hanley Ramirez
  6. CF: Jackie Bradley
  7. 2B: Josh Rutledge
  8. 3B: Pablo Sandoval
  9. C: Christian Vazquez
  10. SP: David Price

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. CF: Aaron Hicks
  3. RF: Aaron Judge
  4. DH: Matt Holliday
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. C: Gary Sanchez
  7. SS: Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B: Chase Headley
  9. 1B: Chris Carter
  10. SP: Michael Pineda

1969 -- Yanks retire # 7, also DiMaggio got a plaque.

Game on YES and, if you can stomach it -- or have no choice -- ESPN.

Game # 56 -- Boston (32-25) vs Yankees (32-23)

Hicks moved up in lineup. Sanchez squats further down. Same dead end at bottom.

Boston

  1. RF: Mookie Betts
  2. LF: Chris Young
  3. SS: Xander Bogaerts
  4. DH: Hanley Ramirez
  5. 1B: Sam Travis
  6. C: Sandy Leon
  7. 2B: Josh Rutledge
  8. CF: Jackie Bradley
  9. 3B: Deven Marrero
  10. SP: Rick Porcello

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. CF: Aaron Hicks
  3. RF: Aaron Judge
  4. DH: Matt Holliday
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. C: Gary Sanchez
  7. SS: Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B: Chase Headley
  9. 1B: Chris Carter
  10. SP: CC Sabathia

Game on YES and MLBN (regional coverage) 

Game # 55 -- Xxx Xxx (31-25) vs Yanks (32-22)

The start of six straight games against the 2nd & 3rd place ALE teams. Sanchez gets to catch Tanaka -- as if it matters. Carter back at 1B -- as if it matters.

Xxx Xxx

  1. RF: Mookie Betts
  2. LF: Andrew Benintendi
  3. SS: Xander Bogaerts
  4. 1B: Mitch Moreland
  5. DH: Hanley Ramirez
  6. CF: Jackie Bradley
  7. C: Christian Vazquez
  8. 3B: Pablo Sandoval
  9. 2B: Deven Marrero
  10. SP: Drew Pomeranz

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. C: Gary Sanchez
  3. RF: Aaron Judge
  4. DH: Matt Holliday
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. CF: Aaron Hicks
  7. SS: Didi Gregorius
  8. 3B: Chase Headley
  9. 1B: Chris Carter
  10. SP: Masahiro Tanaka

1990 -- Stump Merrill Replaces Bucky Effing Dent as Manager of the NYY.

Game on YES and MLBN.