Author: Chris Northrop

Pitching Preview: RHP Junior Guerra vs LHP Jordan Montgomery

The Yankees and Jordan Montgomery (6-4, 3.62 ERA) will match-up against the Brewers’ 32 year old RHP Junior Guerra tonight (1-3, 4.93 ERA).  Guerra relies primarily on his 4-seam fastball (92 mph) and mixes in a sinker (92 mph), splitter (84 mph) and slider (81 mph).  Guerra is the Brewers’ ace, and was the opening day starter in 2017.  However, while 2016 was his break-out season, he has struggled recently with both his velocity and location, leading to some poor outings.  In his last outing against the Marlins, his fastball velocity dipped to 90 mph from his 92 mph...

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RHP Pat Neshek: Yankees Middle Relief Relief?

The Phillies record of 24-51 places them 20.5 games behind the first place Nationals.  Rumor has it that the Phillies may be looking to sell by the trade deadline, and the right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek is among those on the block. In 2017, Neshek has relied primarily on his sinker (90 mph) and slider (83 mph).  He also throws a change on rare occasions. Below is a basic description of Neshek’s 2017 pitches compared to other RHP: “His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, results in somewhat more flyballs...

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Sir Didi: Man without Emoji

If you are a Yankee fan, a Didi Gregorius fan, and a Twitter user, then you already know that Sir Didi (@DidiG18) posts a unique emoji after every celebratory tweet to indicate a teammate’s achievement.  For example, a recent tweet extols a 900 ft (slight exaggeration) Aaron Judge homer, a Starlin Castro homer and a Gary Sanchez 3-run homer: Fans love his tweets almost as much as they love his stats:  .321/.342/.842. However, fans would never know when Didi homers or gets a game winning hit because he has no emoji of his own.  He only tweets to shout...

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Yankee Targets: Quintana, Vargas, D. Holland

The West Coast swing notwithstanding, this Yankees team is still poised to win the division and contend in the playoffs.  However, with CC Sabathia out for six weeks and Masahiro Tanaka out of his mind, Yankee fans know the team needs help in the starting rotation and cannot help wondering if the organization would go outside to obtain it.  While the farm system has arms, fans are clamoring for the organization to bring up Chance Adams. The Yankees do not seem ready to promote him or others yet. Jose Quintana’s name has been tossed around so much that Yankee...

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