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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/8/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 12/8/22

Nestor Cortes is the best hype man in the business, y’all. | Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via The Winter Meetings are done, Judge is a Yankee again, all is good. Yesterday was the conclusion of a months-long saga that briefly looked like it was going towards the genre of tragedy. However, the Yankees pulled through at the last hour and retained their superstar face of the franchise, and Aaron Judge set the market with the biggest contract in free agency history (while turning down an even bigger offer). All is right in the world — now we’ll see what plans...
Pinstripe Alley Dec 3, 2022
Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jameson Taillon

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Jameson Taillon

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Should the Yankees pursue a reunion with Taillon for 2023 and beyond? Going into 2023, the Yankees almost have a potential initial five-man rotation locked into place. Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Luis Severino are obviously all locks as long as they’re healthy. While Frankie Montas had a poor run after the Yankees acquired him at the deadline, he’s still almost certainly going to start next season in the rotation. However, that leaves a fifth spot open. Sure, there are pitchers currently in the Yankees’ organization that they could put...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 30, 2022
Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Chris Bassitt

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Chris Bassitt

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ The Yankees can balance depth with upside in going after the ex-Met. The Yankee rotation is in kind of a funny spot. Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Luis Severino offer one of the best top threes in the game, but you’d be forgiven for being worried about any of them. Cole has had his performance warts, Cortes is coming off his biggest workload ever, and Sevy carries injury concerns. Although the ceiling for the rotation is high, it wouldn’t be a bad idea by any stretch to bolster the depth. Having said that, I’m never a fan of depth-only...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 30, 2022
NYY News: Nasty Nestor to don the Red, White, and Blue

NYY News: Nasty Nestor to don the Red, White, and Blue

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Cortes named to Team USA; Mattingly on verge of joining Blue Jays; O’Neill’s YES Network future up in the air; Houston showing interest in Benintendi; Two former Yankees relievers find new homes MLB.com | Michael Clair: Nestor Cortes was arguably the Yankees’ best starting pitcher in 2022, and now he can add another achievement to his mantle — being named to the Team USA starting rotation. The team is looking to defend its World Baseball Classic crown from 2017 after the tournament was postponed from 2021 by the COVID-19...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 23, 2022
Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Kodai Senga

Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Kodai Senga

Photo by Koji Watanabe/ One of NPB’s best arms is headed to MLB. The Yankees rotation has carried a rather underwhelming lineup the last couple of seasons, balancing the flashes of sky-high ceiling Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes with depth performances from guys like Jameson Taillon. The always-alluring potential of Luis Severino adds to the upside of the rotation, but with Taillon hitting free agency and question marks about full-season use of depth guys, the Yankees could stand to add one more arm. If they go that route, NPB frontliner Kodai Senga probably gives the...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 18, 2022
Yankees History: Russ Ford and a very weird complete game

Yankees History: Russ Ford and a very weird complete game

Photo by Transcendental Graphics/ In a game that would only happen in the olden days of baseball, the Yankees produced a weird win in 1912. The art of the complete game appears to be one that is dying. Officially, only one Yankee pitcher threw one in 2022, and that was Nestor Cortes in a game that only went six innings because of rain. Cortes’ May 26th start against the Rays was the only time a Yankee pitcher was sent back out for the ninth inning to potentially get one. He then allowed a leadoff single to start the ninth and was removed. Every other time a Yankee...
Pinstripe Alley Nov 14, 2022
The pitching staff for the All-AL East team in 2022

The pitching staff for the All-AL East team in 2022

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Shane McClanahan and Nestor Cortes headline this year’s selections for the All-AL East team. Continuing a tradition we started at PSA last year, it’s time to nominate the All-AL East team, a few days after MLB came out with the list of candidates for the All-MLB first and second teams. In part one of this miniseries, we covered the batting order for this illustrious group, now it’s time to cover the pitching staff. Only three players (Judge, Devers, and Bogaerts) earned back-to-back nominations into the All-AL East starting lineup,...

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