Tag: Ryan Bollinger

Game 106: Sonny for the Sweep

Yes, it’s the Orioles. But, a sweep of the two-game series against the last-place O’s is the perfect momentum boost for the Yankees as they head into a massive four-game series with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow.

Sonny Gray, who seems to have figured himself out of late, is tasked with getting that done this afternoon. Starting with a July 11 win over the same Orioles, Gray has put up an impressive 1.10 ERA in his last three starts with 19 strikeouts to just six walks. He threw only 75 pitches his last time out July 26 against the Kansas City Royals because he took a comebacker off of his pitching hand. The Yankees had a seven-run lead at the time and decided it was not worth the risk of having him stay on the mound. He is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Baltimore this season.

Alex Cobb will pitch for Baltimore, and it’s safe to say his free-agent signing is not working out so far. Since he didn’t sign until March 21, he began the season in the minor leagues. He did not pitch through the fifth inning in a start until May 1, and that’s just the first of many ugly statistics. His last seven decisions have been losses, and he owns a 5.96 ERA in that timeframe (nine starts). He has not face the Yankees yet in 2018, but has plenty of history with them from his career and Tampa Bay. In 14 starts, he is 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA. The Yankees are hoping for Baltimore Cobb and not Tampa Bay Cobb today.

Giancarlo Stanton is serving as the designated hitter today, giving Neil Walker the day off after seven consecutive starts. Shane Robinson will be patrolling right field this afternoon. It turns out my concern about Austin Romine coming down with hand, foot and mouth disease after catching J.A. Happ was unfounded. He sat last night in order to be in position to catch Gray in the day game after a night game.


Pre-Game Notes:

  • Lance Lynn has reported to the Yankees today, and will be active out of the bullpen. He will be wearing No. 36.
  • Lynn’s roster spot was open once the Yankees optioned lefty Ryan Bollinger back to Double-A Trenton after last night’s game. It’s unclear if he will retain his 40-man roster spot or if the Yankees will attempt to outright him again. He already has the healthcare for life.
  • Speaking of Happ, the Yankees have yet to definitively scratch him from Saturday’s start in Boston. They plan to evaluate him and make that decision in the next 24-or-so hours. Luis Cessa was limited to a one-inning outing yesterday for the RailRiders so he and Lynn are the insurance options.
  • Some minor-league details: first-round pick Anthony Seigler was removed from a GCL game after one plate appearance the other day, but for a good reason: he was being promoted to Pulaski (considered to be a rookie league but a step above the Gulf Coast League and below the South Atlantic League).

Orioles Lineup:

  1. Tim Beckham – SS
  2. Jace Peterson – RF
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Danny Valencia – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Trey Mancini
  7. Caleb Joseph – C
  8. Renato Núñez – 3B
  9. Breyvic Valera – 2B

Game 105: Tanaka Tuesday Post-Deadline

The dust has finally settled from another wild non-waiver trade deadline. The Yankees acquired four players and a bunch of international signing bonus pool money, while also clearing excess players well in advance of the 40-man roster deadline.

Masahiro Tanaka will be on the bump this evening. His last start was his best all season, pitching a complete game shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays on July 24. He allowed just three hits and one walk, while striking out nine batters. He gets the benefit of facing a much weaker Baltimore Orioles lineup then he faced July 10, where he allowed three runs on six hits through 4⅓ innings (although he was on a pitch count).

Yefry Ramírez, A former Yankee farmhand, starts for Baltimore. In five starts, he has a 4.24 ERA and has 27 strikeouts to just 10 walks. The Yankees really knocked him around when they faced him July 9, where he allowed four earned runs on nine hits with two walks. He did, however, pick up a win July 24 against Boston with five innings of three-run ball.

The Yankees had no more trading to do in the final 24 hours of non-waiver deals. They did select the contract of journeyman lefty Ryan Bollinger to be active for tonight’s game out of the bullpen. He was supposed to start for Double-A Trenton, but is in the Bronx tonight to take Adam Warren‘s spot until Lance Lynn arrives. Boone goes with the usual non-Judge lineup, except Kyle Higashioka is behind the dish (I have some concerns about that in the next section).


Pre-Game Notes:

  • J.A. Happ was sent home by the team Tuesday after contracting hand, foot and mouth disease. Yes, the same ailment for children that also forced Noah Syndergaard to the disabled list. Happ started Sunday for the Yankees and pitched six innings of one-run ball. I’m a bit concerned because his catcher for that start, Austin Romine, is out of the lineup tonight. Hopefully, he hasn’t been infected. The Yankees have not ruled Happ out for his next start in Boston, which was supposed to come Saturday.
  • The Yankees acquired $3.75 million in international signing bonus pool money in trades, per Brian Cashman. They used some of it to sign RHP Osiel Rodríguez, who was ranked as the No. 1 pitching prospect available by Baseball America. They gave the 16-year-old Cuban a $600,000 bonus.

Orioles Lineup:

  1. Tim Beckham – SS
  2. Jonathan Schoop – 2B Jace Peterson – 2B (Schoop traded to Milwaukee)
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Mark Trumbo – DH
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Trey Mancini – LF
  7. Joey Rickard – RF
  8. Renato Núñez – 3B
  9. Austin Wynns – C

Ryan Bollinger Selected to Yankees

The 27-year-old journeyman is back.

With Lance Lynn on the way but not quite in the Bronx yet, the Yankees have selected the contract of lefty Ryan Bollinger from Double-A Trenton to serve as the longman out of the bullpen. He will wear No. 48.

This is the second stint for the well-traveled left in the big leagues, as he spent a day with the team May 23 during the disastrous series with Texas. In 14 minor-league starts, all but two with Double-A Trenton, he has a 5-5 record and 4.76 ERA.

Bollinger has one of the most interesting stories of anyone in the big leagues, having pitched in Canada, Germany and Australia before landing back in the United States with the Yankees. He was a 47th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009, and pitched in the Chicago White Sox system from 2011 to 2013.

Ryan Bollinger Selected; Giovanny Gallegos Optioned

After stops in independent ball, Germany and Australia, Bollinger has made an MLB active roster.

After using both A.J. Cole and Giovanny Gallegos Tuesday night in Texas (and optioning the latter), the Yankees selected the contract of journeyman left-hander Ryan Bollinger to be activated for Wednesday’s series finale in Arlington.

Now, I mean it when I call Bollinger a “journeyman”. He was a 47th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 as a first baseman. He slashed .174/.240/.217 in 25 plate appearances as an 18-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. His time in the Phillies organization did not last long, as he was released by the team July 15, 2010.

The next stop for Bollinger was the Windy City ThunderBolts of the independent Frontier League, where he threw five innings without allowing a run and also drew a walk in the only plate appearance he had for the team. Bollinger turned this 7-game stint with the ThunderBolts into a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox in October 2010.

Bollinger spent three years in the White Sox organization, making it as high as Low-A in the South Atlantic League at age-22. However, in the spring of 2014, Bollinger once again found himself cut by the White Sox organization. He bounced around the independent circuit in 2014, pitching for the Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Canadian-American Association and the St. Paul Saints and Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.

He then returned to Trois-Rivieres for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, where he appeared in at least 20 games while jumping between starting and relief. During the regular season in 2017, he pitched in the German Baseball-Bundesliga for the Munich-Haar Disciples. He went 10-1 with a filthy 0.76 ERA in 14 appearances. Then, he made another jump to a new league in 2017, taking his talents down under to the Australian Baseball League. In nine games (two complete games!) for the Brisbane Bandits, Bollinger went 5-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a 12.4 strikeouts-per-nine rate.

In the aftermath of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, the Yankees quietly signed Bollinger to a minor league contract on December 16, 2017. They assigned him to Double-A Trenton on Valentine’s Day 2018, a level he never reached in his previous stints in affiliated ball. He made three starts in Trenton, throwing 20 innings and allowing just 11 hits and three runs. That earned him two starts in Triple-A Scranton, where he allowed four earned runs on seven hits.

Ryan Bollinger had been scheduled to start today in Trenton, but instead will head to Arlington where he could make his long-awaited MLB debut after an incredible journey. Hopefully, the Yankees will have a solid lead and Bollinger can show his stuff. I’m going to guess Bollinger will be assigned No. 61, which was vacated by Gallegos’ optioning.

This will be Bollinger’s first major league contract, so he will have the standard three option years. Therefore, he’s likely joining the folks on the Scranton Shuttle.


Giovanny Gallegos scattered two hits in two innings of scoreless mop-up relief in Tuesday’s 6-to-4 loss to the Rangers. He’ll head back to Triple-A Scranton where he’ll await his next turn on the shuttle.