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Rangers (37-37) @ Yankees (40-32), Sunday, 6/25/2017, 02:05p ET
(73 Comments - 6/26/2017 4:19:50 am) Judge’s clout not enough in Yanks’ loss
(12 Comments - 6/25/2017 2:53:54 pm)

Rangers (36-37) @ Yankees (40-31), Saturday, 6/24/2017, 01:05p ET
(108 Comments - 6/25/2017 12:38:27 am) After Yu-Tanaka duel, Torreyes wins it for NY
(9 Comments - 6/24/2017 1:05:11 pm)

Rangers (35-35) @ Yankees (38-30), Friday, 6/23/2017, 07:05p ET
(104 Comments - 6/24/2017 2:38:44 am) Yanks lose lead, game after 3 errors
(27 Comments - 6/23/2017 5:19:17 pm)

Angels (37-38) @ Yankees (39-30), Thursday, 6/22/2017, 07:05p ET
(86 Comments - 6/23/2017 3:09:57 am) Aroldis (fastest pitch of ‘17) snaps NY’s skid
(29 Comments - 6/22/2017 4:23:23 pm)

Angels (37-37) @ Yankees (38-30), Wednesday, 6/21/2017, 07:05p ET
(78 Comments - 6/21/2017 11:31:01 pm) Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos
(19 Comments - 6/21/2017 3:54:54 pm)

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Monday, June 26, 2017 Comeback falls just short in finale vs. Texas

Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson cracked home runs to send Michael Pineda to an early exit, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Yankees, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Taking the mound following the 71st annual Old-Timers’ Day festivities, Pineda served up a season-high three homers as Texas grabbed two of three games in the weekend series, sending the reeling Yankees to their 10th loss in 12 games.

As painful as it was to watch Michael Pineda give up three home runs and see the game almost lost before the Yankees even came to bat and as painful as it was to watch the Yankees make a valiant comeback that came just tantalizingly short, I think that the most painful part of the game with the fact that Mason Williams had to hit with a runner on second in the 8th and Austin Romine had to hit in the ninth inning in a one-run game because Aaron Hicks is hurt, Starlin Castro was hurt and Matt Holliday is hurt.

So not only are they sucking, but they’re dropping players like flies. It is very ungood. Thankfully, the Angels helped the Yankees out, so they’re still in first place despite being 2 for their last TWELVE!

Hey, Jordan Montgomery, it sure would be swell if you pitched well in Chicago.

--Posted at 5:35 am by Brian Cronin / 13 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rangers (37-37) @ Yankees (40-32), Sunday, 6/25/2017, 02:05p ET

Michael Pineda (#35, 28, RHP, 7-3, 3.56) vs. Nick Martinez (#22, 26, RHP, 2-3, 4.33)

Gardner LF
Hicks CF
Judge DH
Sanchez C
Gregorius SS
Headley 3B
Austin 1B
Williams RF
Torreyes 2B


DeShields LF
Choo RF
Andrus SS
Beltre 3B
Odor DH
Gomez CF
Lucroy C
Napoli 1B
Robinson 2B

Pineda has already lost the game before I could even get this post up. Yay! So, I guess, come on, Angels!

--Posted at 1:18 pm by Brian Cronin / 73 Comments | - (0) Judge’s clout not enough in Yanks’ loss

Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge’s 26th home run provided the only run for the Yankees, as starter Luis Cessa took the loss. Cessa allowed three runs in five innings while continuing to fill in for injured left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees, despite winning the series opener on Friday, have lost nine of their last 11 games.
Bibens-Dirkx has been filling in for multiple injured starters on the Rangers’ staff, but has been making a case for a more permanent role. He is now 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts and 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA since being called up to the big leagues on May 7 for the first time in his 12-year professional career.

So wait, a solo home run was not enough?! How can that be?! headlines are so weird.

Anyhow, another day of WOE, which is annoying. It was like Chris Carter never left with Tyler Austin’s debut at first.

The Yankees tried to get Tyler Clippard going in a low-pressure inning (9th inning, down 4-1) and he was beyond terrible. I know that they want to try to fix him, but I might seriously consider cutting him at this point. Or at least making up an injury to get him off of the active roster so he can fix his shit in games that don’t count.

Let’s hope that Michael Pineda can get the good times going again with a rare series win tomorrow. BoSox almost stole a game from the Angels, but they lost, so the Yankees remain in first place…for now.

--Posted at 12:27 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rangers (36-37) @ Yankees (40-31), Saturday, 6/24/2017, 01:05p ET

Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (R): (29.2 IP, 4.25 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (7.1 IP, 7.36 ERA)

1. Delino DeShields (R) LF .292/.354/.354
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF .262/.387/.432
3. Elvis Andrus (R) DH .290/.338/.437
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B .274/.353/.438
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .212/.252/.387
6. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .260/.339/.503
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .200/.281/.434
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .239/.327/.565
9. Pete Kozma (R) SS .136/.240/.273

1. Mason Williams (L) CF .222/.222/.222
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .294/.404/.526
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .329/.437/.694
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .266/.371/.520
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .316/.352/.493
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .313/.333/.485
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .293/.315/.366
9. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.258/.325

--Posted at 11:43 am by SG / 108 Comments | - (0) After Yu-Tanaka duel, Torreyes wins it for NY

After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night’s biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander’s third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game’s first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.

“I’m so happy because we got the win,” Torreyes said through an interpreter. “I was just looking to hit something hard and made good contact. I was looking for something that I could drive up the middle. I’ve got to say, without Tanaka, we don’t have a chance. He was excellent tonight.”

In a way, you could argue that the Yankees’ recent malaise all began when Chris Carter made a terrible defensive play at first base that extended an inning and led to CC Sabathia injuring himself later that inning and then everything fell apart since. In the bottom of the tenth inning, after the Yankees miraculously tied the game in the ninth inning on a home run by Brett Gardner, the Yankees had runners on the corners with one out. A sac fly wins the game. Chris Carter was up…and he struck out easily, just like what everyone expected him to do. But then something special happened - Ronald Torreyes followed Carter with a game-winning single (amusingly, Torreyes celebrated on contact - you don’t often see that from hitters). And if to seemingly officially commemorate the exorcism of Carfer’s bad mojo, the Yankees then DFAed Carter and called up Tyler Austin, who is now the Yankees official starting first baseman (until he also sucks so much that they make a trade).

Masahiro Tanaka was electric. He did not just have good results, he also looked amazing in getting the results. He had total command of his pitches and he used them beautifully. His last start, he had moments when he actually looked good (dude struck out 10 in 4 innings, ya know?) but there were other times when he dicked around and got killed for it. Here, he just went right at guys. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes Tanaka gets in trouble for going right at guys and giving up home runs, but I think that you can go right at guys and not just serve up creamballs, and that’s what Tanaka did tonight. Aroldis Chapman was almost the hard luck loser, as the go-ahead run scored on a passed ball while he was striking out Adrian Beltre for the second out of the inning, but the Yankees tied it up and got one of their most improbable wins of the season.

Luis Cessa goes Saturday afternoon and…well, the bats better wake up on Saturday, as Cessa will need all the run support he can get for the three innings that he will likely pitch.

--Posted at 3:26 am by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rangers (35-35) @ Yankees (38-30), Friday, 6/23/2017, 07:05p ET

Rangers: Yu Darvish (R): (94 IP, 3.35 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (76.2 IP, 6.34 ERA)

1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF .265/.383/.429
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .289/.334/.443
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF .279/.346/.467
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B .295/.389/.475
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .219/.260/.401
6. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .255/.337/.472
7. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C .268/.311/.389
8. Mike Napoli (R) DH .198/.269/.426
9. Joey Gallo (L) 1B .191/.291/.495

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.340/.476
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .302/.414/.549
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .333/.443/.704
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .271/.377/.518
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .322/.359/.507
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .288/.374/.556
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .323/.344/.489
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .201/.287/.384
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .296/.319/.374

Oh great, it’s Tanaka-time.  My advice, find a better way to spend your Friday than watching this.

--Posted at 4:06 pm by SG / 104 Comments | - (0) Yanks lose lead, game after 3 errors

Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees’ defense, overcoming Aaron Judge’s Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin’s potential double-play ball to set up a four-run Angels seventh. Kole Calhoun lifted a sac fly before Maybin stole second, advancing on an errant throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. Pujols then rifled a Dellin Betances fastball into right field for the go-ahead knock.

“We just continue to come in with that fighter’s mentality,” Maybin said. “Sometimes you get knocked down, but we don’t get knocked out very much.”

They’ve certainly had more painful losses recently, but I don’t think they have had a more PATHETIC one. Holy shit, those errors were awful, plus Luis Severino was not good, Betances sucked, ugh ugh ugh. Not a good game.

But don’t worry, I’m sure Tanaka will pitch well Friday. Oh boy.

--Posted at 2:18 am by Brian Cronin / 27 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Angels (37-38) @ Yankees (39-30), Thursday, 6/22/2017, 07:05p ET

Angels: Jesse Chavez (R): (81.2 IP, 4.85 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (81.1 IP, 2.99 ERA)

1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .276/.382/.429
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .244/.327/.385
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .236/.284/.382
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .272/.322/.404
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .194/.299/.339
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .280/.338/.409
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .290/.380/.464
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C .267/.338/.426
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B .226/.305/.262

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.341/.471
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .301/.414/.543
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .331/.438/.694
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .275/.379/.536
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .321/.358/.504
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .293/.376/.554
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .321/.342/.500
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .201/.287/.384
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .296/.319/.374

--Posted at 2:53 pm by SG / 86 Comments | - (0) Aroldis (fastest pitch of ‘17) snaps NY’s skid

Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday homered, Austin Romine collected three hits and closer Aroldis Chapman put an exclamation point on the end of the Yankees’ season-high seven-game skid on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, closing out an 8-4 victory over the Angels with a 102.9-mph pitch. The fastball that struck out Eric Young Jr. was the fastest pitch in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™, and moved New York back into first place in the American League East.

Gregorius put New York on the board with a two-run homer in the second inning and Holliday drilled a solo homer in the fifth off Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The losing streak was the Yanks’ longest since April 2007, but Gregorius said there was no panic in the clubhouse.

What a poorly designed headline. Who puts a parenthetical like that in a headline?

Anyhow, boy, did they need that. Back into first place! Two game lead on the Red Sox in the loss column! That’s better than, well, not being in first place!

When Jordan Montgomery gave up the game-tying home run, I don’t think any of us were particularly confident. But they pulled it out. Phew.

By the way, the ninth inning with the score 8-2 was precisely the spot to try to get Tyler Clippard back on track. A non-pressure situation to see if he could right the ship. He sunk the ship instead, leading to Aroldis Chapman getting just his second inning of work since he returned from the disabled list, but it made perfect sense to let Clippard start that inning.

Since he suuuuuuuuuuuuucks right now, though, the Yankee bullpen is really weird. I think Chasen Shreve is probably the 7th inning guy on Wednesday (and I think Jonathan Holder isn’t even available). Chad Green looks like he’s going to become the seventh inning guy while Adam Warren is hurt, but he’s never been a short reliever before, so it will be interesting.

Let’s hope that Luis Severino can keep the good times going Thursday night in the climax of this series!

--Posted at 3:14 am by Brian Cronin / 29 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Angels (37-37) @ Yankees (38-30), Wednesday, 6/21/2017, 07:05p ET

Angels: Ricky Nolasco (R): (79 IP, 5.01 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (69 IP, 3.78 ERA)

1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .279/.380/.433
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .247/.331/.391
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .240/.288/.388
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .277/.328/.411
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .273/.332/.400
6. Martin Maldonado (R) C .257/.330/.382
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B .217/.266/.304
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .174/.247/.308
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .303/.395/.485

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.340/.476
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .302/.414/.549
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .333/.443/.704
4. Matt Holliday (R) 1B .271/.377/.518
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .322/.359/.507
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .288/.374/.556
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .323/.344/.489
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .242/.328/.361
9. Austin Romine (R) C .218/.241/.300

--Posted at 3:14 pm by SG / 78 Comments | - (0) Judge, Sanchez HRs not enough vs. Halos

Cameron Maybin’s go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York’s season-high losing streak to seven games.

Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.

While I think it was reasonable to bring in Tyler Clippard to start the 7th in a tie game, I do agree that Clippard has to be buried now. He has to be low man on the totem pole going forward. He can earn his way back by performing well in mop-up duty, but he better not see another high pressure situation any time soon. He’s been beyond awful during this skid.

Anyhow, yet ANOTHER “come from behind to tie only to lose” games, which just saps the energy out of you as a fan. The Yankees are now in second place in the AL East, and they seem like they’ll be lucky if they can even keep THAT up.

Jordan Montgomery doesn’t exactly exude confidence as the “stopper” on Wednesday, but let’s hope for the best!

--Posted at 3:33 am by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Angels (36-37) @ Yankees (38-29), Tuesday, 6/20/2017, 07:05p ET

Angels: Parker Bridwell (R): (9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (77.2 IP, 3.71 ERA)

1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .270/.376/.408
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .243/.327/.386
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .236/.286/.388
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .274/.326/.402
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .185/.295/.311
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .278/.338/.407
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .323/.417/.516
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C .251/.327/.374
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .172/.245/.302

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .266/.345/.484
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .306/.413/.556
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .335/.445/.699
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .270/.375/.516
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .324/.361/.511
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .287/.371/.540
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .330/.351/.500
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .244/.329/.364
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .205/.292/.391


--Posted at 3:05 pm by SG / 82 Comments | - (0)

TGS NY: Gleyber Torres’ injury saves Chase Headley’s spot on Yankees

NEW YORK—New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley basically is the same player as Scott Brosius. Brosius is beloved by Yankees fans because he was the third baseman for three of the club’s championship teams at the end of the last century. Meanwhile, Headley has played on Yankee teams that have appeared in one playoff game.

Yankees fans do not seem to hold the same admiration for Headley as they did for Brosius. But that is nothing some postseason magic couldn’t change for Headley.

It appears Headley is safe to possibly have that chance now that the Yankees’ top infield prospect, Gleyber Torres, is out for the rest of the year because he needs Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. It is just a minor bump in the 20-year-old Torres’ development—as minor as Tommy John surgery can be.

It’s kind of hard to have postseason magic when you stink, but who knows?

--Posted at 8:14 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)

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