The Yankees and Twins will meet again tonight at 8:10 pm for the rubber match of the three-game series between the two first-place teams. It’s a potential playoff matchup, too. Last night’s game was an instant classic and not one many of us are likely to forget anytime soon.
Before then, though, let’s all take a deep breath, grab another cup of coffee (games that end at 2am suck!), and catch up on some news and notes from around Yankeeland.
Here’s something I didn’t know: J.A. Happ has been the Yankees’ best pitcher in July. I repeat: J.A. Happ has been the Yankees’ best starter in July. Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you. But check it out:
Huh, would you look at that? Happ has a 2.87 ERA (2.91 FIP) with 10+ K/9 in 15.2 innings pitched in July. That, coupled with a finally-declining HR rate (in both HR/9 and HR/FB%), have combined to make him the Yanks’ most valuable starter in terms of fWAR this month despite throwing the fewest innings in the non-opener category.
That’s actually very encouraging and something I’d missed entirely. It’s obviously an extremely, extremely small sample, but hopefully it’s the start of something. Happ did have a 111 ERA+ in the ALE in his last 5 seasons before 2019, so there’s a recent track record here. It would be nice for him to keep this forward momentum rolling and build on it by giving the Yankees some length this evening. Lord knows they need it after last night.
According to ESPN’s Jon Morosi, the Yankees have been in contact with the Arizona Diamondbacks about SP Robbie Ray. Check it out:
The 27-year-old Ray is having a nice season in Arizona (3.95 ERA, 31% K rate, etc.) and is an interesting but uninspiring potential trade candidate. I’ll break him down in more depth in the coming days, so not going to go too much into it here, but he’d likely be a solid innings-eater in New York. That’s not nothing. Anyway, just some food for thought.
FanGraphs’ Trade Values
Each season around this time, FanGraphs publishes a series in which they rank some of the top MLB players and establishes their trade value. You can check out the whole series here. It’s a fun exercise, though I don’t know how Trout isn’t #1 on this list every year. I know his contract, but I don’t care. There is Trout and there is everyone else. That’s just how it is.
Anyway, three Yankees made the list on the top 50 most valuable trade chips in baseball, and you can probably guess them: Gleyber Torres, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sánchez.
Gleyber, unsurprisingly, came in the highest at 12. If I’m being honest, that seems a bit low for the 22-year-old megastar in the making who just keeps getting better and is under team control for 4 more seasons after 2019, but hey–maybe I’m a biased source here. (Ed note: I am a biased source here.) Honestly, as yourselves: for which players would you trade Gleyber? I’m not sure that there are 11.
Judge and Gary came in at 15 and 46, for what it’s worth. Check it out for yourself and get super mad about it. That’s what happened on Twitter, from what I saw, because of course it is.
Baseball America Top 30
Baseball America updated their Top 30 organizational prospects. There aren’t many surprises. That means that Seigler isn’t in the Top 10, which isn’t surprising but remains disappointing. Hopefully he can turn around his season in Staten Island soon enough. It’s behind a paywall, so I won’t give too much away, but here’s the top 10:
- Deivi Garcia
- Estevan Florial
- Everson Pereira
- Luis Gil
- Oswald Peraza
- Antonio Cabello
- Albert Abreu
- Roansy Contreras
- Anthony Volpe
- Jonathan Loaisiga
Gil is having himself one hell of a season, and it’s great to see him getting some love in the rankings. Views’ son, Deivi Garcia, also comes in number 1 overall. No surprises here.
We covered the Hall of Fame here at Views, and Steven even was lucky enough to go up to Cooperstown last weekend, but I wanted to pass along a very fun and informative article by ESPN’s Sam Miller about Mariano.
Frankly, you guys should all be reading everything Sam writes, as I think he’s the best baseball writer in the business. I think this Mariano article is a perfect example why: he conducts a fun thought exercise in which he asks if postseason-only Mariano or regular season-only Mariano are Hall of Famers.
In his trademark, thorough way, he proves what we here at Views knew all along: that Mariano is the greatest, and that there will never be another like him. Just don’t ask us about his politics, and we won’t ask you about them either, okay? Deal? Deal.