The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News

Was Dellin Betances the best reliever in the A.L. this year?

Tweet Dellin Betances might not have been as good this year as he was last year — higher ERA, higher WHIP, higher FIP, fewer innings, lower strikeout-to-walk ratio — but he still might have been the best relief pitcher in baseball. Before tonight’s World Series Game 2, Major League Baseball will announce the winners of […]

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Betances: “I’m limiting the damage, but I can’t keep doing it”

Tweet It was a little more than two weeks ago when Dellin Betances had one of his most memorable innings of the year. He faced six batters, walked half of them and struck out the other half. He was both completely erratic and perfectly dominant. He got the job done, but it was touch-and-go for […]

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Pitching injuries mount, but Girardi comfortable with workload for Betances

Tweet The Yankees have sent three pitchers to the disabled list with forearm issues this season. CC Sabathia has missed time with a lingering knee issue, Chase Whitley had Tommy John surgery, Diego Moreno and Jacob Lindgren also had elbow issues, and now Nathan Eovaldi is shut down with his own elbow inflammation. Even the […]

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Postgame notes: “I just left that pitch over the plate”

Tweet When American League players submitted their ballots for next week’s All-Star Game, no reliever got more votes than Yankees second-year standout Dellin Betances. But, I suppose, even the big and powerful guys like that can hang a breaking ball. This one was an 0-2 pitch, a prime opportunity to bury a pitch in the […]

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Postgame notes: “We’ll continue to work at it, and we’ll get him right”

Tweet The Yankees’ pitching staff just coughed up 11 runs for the third game in a row. It’s the first time the Yankees have done that since September of 2000, and they’ve done it with the guys who are supposed to be the top three starters in their rotation. First Masahiro Tanaka, then Michael Pineda, […]

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Postgame notes: “Only difference is that I’m shaking hands at the last out”

Tweet This three-game series in Baltimore exposed plenty of still unanswered questions about the Yankees’ bullpen, but Joe Girardi has insisted he still has at least three relievers he can count on to hold a late lead. Finally given a late lead this afternoon, Girardi went to the best available, and they delivered. Four outs […]

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After weathering Tanaka and Ellsbury (so far), Yankees must survive without Miller

Tweet First, a quick note: We’re going to do a chat today at noon. Come by if you can. Obviously there’s plenty to talk about. Until then… On April 28, the Yankees discovered a strain in Masahiro Tanaka’s forearm. He missed 32 games, and the Yankees with 15-17 without him. Their strong start to the […]

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One year after Lindgren, Yankees looking to capitalize on high draft pick

Tweet On the day he was drafted, Yankees reliever Jacob Lindgren was home in Mississippi. His girlfriend got into town that morning, and so he showed her around. A family friend invited some people over, and so there was barbecuing and swimming. “It was nice and hot out,” Lindgren said. It was June 5 of […]

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Why five lefties in the Yankees’ bullpen doesn’t have to be a problem

Tweet In theory, what the Yankees have created is absurd. Five lefties in the bullpen? It makes no sense. Not if you’re starting from scratch and trying to choose the proper pieces. Hard to imagine any team would go to the drawing board and elect five left-handed relievers. But teams are never choosing pieces. Not […]

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Postgame notes: “For what they’re paying me, I’ll do anything”

Tweet After each of Andrew Miller’s MLB-leading 13 saves — or, at least after most of them — Joe Girardi has been asked the same question about whether he’s willing to name Miller as his official closer. Every time that the Yankee manager had been asked, he would dodge the question and give a reason […]

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