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Pinstripe Alley Aug 9, 2022
NYY @ SEA: Gerrit Cole vs. Luis Castillo

NYY @ SEA: Gerrit Cole vs. Luis Castillo

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The Yankees get their third shot at Castillo in a month. The Yankees finally snapped their five-game losing streak last night, getting a comfortable win out West against the Mariners. Aaron Judge homered again, the rest of the offense was alive, and Clay Holmes ended things with just a pinch of stress. Now they’ll look to get their first series win in August, and they’ll try to do so against an opponent that they’ve had their hands full with. Gerrit Cole will take the mound facing the same opponent that roughed him up in his last start....
Pinstripe Alley Aug 8, 2022
What has made All-Star Clay Holmes fall back to earth?

What has made All-Star Clay Holmes fall back to earth?

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Clay Holmes has looked more human since the All-Star break. What is going on? Since he was acquired last year, Clay Holmes has been stupendous for the Yankees. Before the All-Star break, he was pitching to a minuscule 1.31 ERA that was actually as low as 0.46 in early July. He deservedly earned a ticket to the Midsummer Classic as one of the best relief pitchers in the American League. Unfortunately, Holmes’ performance has suffered in the weeks following the All-Star Game, looking more human than at any other point in the season. As a...
Clay Holmes’ recent struggles show Yankees have to consider options for closing games

Clay Holmes’ recent struggles show Yankees have to consider options for closing games

The frustrating thing for the Yankees Friday night is Clay Holmes was starting to look like himself again.
Clay Holmes blows late lead, Yankees fall to Cardinals 4-3

Clay Holmes blows late lead, Yankees fall to Cardinals 4-3

What had started as an emotional homecoming ended as a disastrous loss for the Yankees.
Pinstripe Alley Aug 1, 2022
Yankees acquire reliever Effross from Cubs for Wesneski

Yankees acquire reliever Effross from Cubs for Wesneski

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/ With Michael King gone for the season, New York has bolstered its bullpen. The MLB Trade Deadline is tomorrow, and since it's been very quiet on the news front around the league outside of the Andrew Benintendi and Luis Castillo trades, today and tomorrow were bound to be full of activity. The Yankees themselves seemed likely to not settle for just Benintendi, and shortly after noon on Monday, they made a move. The Yankees' bullpen was a serious strength in the first half of the season, with Clay Holmes putting together an All-Star season...
Pinstripe Alley Aug 1, 2022
Rivalry Roundup: Astros walk it off to keep pressure on Yankees

Rivalry Roundup: Astros walk it off to keep pressure on Yankees

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees lost in frustrating fashion on Sunday while a couple rivals drew closer. The Yankees had a successful weekend against the Royals, but the series ended in suboptimal fashion with Clay Holmes blowing a save. Let’s run through the rest of yesterday’s American League action, and see if any of the club’s rivals were able to take advantage of the opportunity to gain ground. Detroit Tigers 1 (41-62) vs. Toronto Blue Jays 4 (57-45) Toronto’s surge continues. The Jays cruised past the Tigers 4-1 in the Sunday early game, taking...
Pinstripe Alley Aug 1, 2022
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 8/1/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 8/1/22

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Your program to open the week. The Yankees couldn’t quite seal the sweep yesterday, with Clay Holmes blowing a save and letting Kansas City salvage the series finale. They’ll have to shake it off and keep moving, as the Mariners, now armed with prized trade acquisition Luis Castillo, come to town. Houston was able to cool Seattle off a little bit over the weekend, and the Yankees will likewise look to prevent the Mariners from getting hot again. With the trade deadline all but here, we’ve get plenty more deadline coverage, with Erin...
Pinstripe Alley Jul 31, 2022
Yankees 6, Royals 8: A rough day for Yankee pitching

Yankees 6, Royals 8: A rough day for Yankee pitching

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ The Yankees bullpen lets one slip away late against the Royals. This one was not the most fun to watch, honestly. The Yankees’ bats were dormant for virtually the entire game, and after a strong first four innings, the pitching had a tough time containing the Royals offense. New York still carried a 6-5 lead into the ninth, but Salvador Perez crushed a three-run homer off Clay Holmes to propel KC to an 8-6 win. I probably shouldn’t complain about taking three of four, but it feels like the Yankees left the sweep on the table. Jordan...
NorthJersey.com Jul 31, 2022

Yankees can't complete sweep over Royals after tough outing for Clay Holmes

The red-hot Aaron Judge was kept inside the park on Sunday. Salvador Perez stole the show instead.      
Pinstripe Alley Jul 29, 2022
Yankees potential trade target: Buck Farmer

Yankees potential trade target: Buck Farmer

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Could Matt Blake work his magic with Buck Farmer’s slider and turn him into a bullpen weapon? When the Yankees traded for Clay Holmes last July, the general collective response was rather simply, “Why?” Holmes, after all, had a 4.93 ERA and a 4.07 FIP with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he allowed almost one and a half batters to reach per inning. The Yankees, however, simplified his approach, getting him to drop his four-seamer and curveball to become a two-pitch, sinker-slider pitcher. Now, Holmes has become one of the best relief pitchers in...
Pinstripe Alley Jul 26, 2022
Yankees potential trade target: Steve Cishek

Yankees potential trade target: Steve Cishek

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The Nationals sidearmer could bring a new look to the Yankees bullpen. On the whole, the Yankees bullpen ought to be considered a strength: Clay Holmes is one of the game’s top closers, Wandy Peralta and Lucas Luetge have been consistently above-average, if a bit prone to occasional meltdowns, and rookie Ron Marinaccio has been a pleasant surprise. Even so, that doesn’t mean the Yankees couldn’t use another arm or two. With the injury to Michael King and the inability of Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Loáisiga to get their seasons back on...
Pinstripe Alley Jul 24, 2022
That’s baseball, Suzyn: On baseball’s innate unpredictability

That’s baseball, Suzyn: On baseball’s innate unpredictability

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports For a game steeped in numbers like no other, baseball still remains, by and large, an unpredictable game. That’s what makes it so special. If you had pulled me aside this time last year and told me that all three of Nestor Cortes, Clay Holmes, and Jose Trevino would be representing the New York Yankees, the best team in the league, at the All-Star Game, I probably would have laughed in your face. In that scenario, the “best team in the league” label likely would’ve required a bit of a suspension of disbelief on my part as last...
Pinstripe Alley Jul 24, 2022
Michael King is out for the year, and the Yankees have a hole to fill

Michael King is out for the year, and the Yankees have a hole to fill

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ The Yankees’ pen will need some help for the playoffs. Michael King suffered a season-ending elbow fracture on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles. The injury is devastating for one of the breakout players of this successful 2022 Yankees season. King had worked to turn himself into one of the game’s premier relief arms, and the impact of his loss on the team cannot be overstated. Much like the starting rotation and lineup, the Yankees’ pen has been hitting on all cylinders this year, and alongside Clay Holmes, King may be the most...
Pinstripe Alley Jul 21, 2022
Yankees potential trade target: Scott Effross

Yankees potential trade target: Scott Effross

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/ Scott Effross has quietly been one of the best relievers in the National League this season and would make sense for the Yankees. Will Chicago be willing to discuss him, though? As we have said many times, bullpen help isn’t the Yankees biggest need. If they can get the best version of Jonathan Loáisiga and help Aroldis Chapman regain some consistency, they should have an elite unit headlined by Clay Holmes, Michael King, Wandy Peralta, Lucas Luetge, and another group of potential contributors like Albert Abreu, JP Sears, and Clarke...
Clay Holmes' terrific turnaround celebrated at MLB All-Star Game

Clay Holmes' terrific turnaround celebrated at MLB All-Star Game

Clay Holmes has a low-key personality, but his status — Yankees closer, among the best relievers in MLB — is much, much bigger.

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