Sunday, April 23, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (10.2 IP, 4.22 ERA) vs. Pirates: Ivan Nova (R): (20 IP, 2.25 ERA
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .192/.323/.250
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .362/.456/.603
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .364/.408/.591
4. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .323/.373/.403
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .281/.349/.667
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .111/.216/.244
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .296/.296/.444
8. Kyle Higashioka (R) C—/—/—
9. Jordan Montgomery (L) P—/—/—
1. Jordy Mercer (R) SS .220/.303/.288
2. Josh Harrison (R) 3B .275/.362/.353
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF .262/.319/.462
4. Gregory Polanco (L) LF .216/.298/.275
5. David Freese (R) 1B .333/.443/.569
6. Jose Osuna (R) RF .167/.375/.500
7. Phil Gosselin (R) 2B .077/.077/.077
8. Chris Stewart (R) C .250/.250/.375
9. Ivan Nova (R) P—/—/—
Held hitless for 4 2/3 innings Saturday afternoon, the Yankees finally found their bats—in a big way. Starlin Castro and Chris Carter each launched a three-run homer and Aaron Judge added a monster solo shot in the ninth, leading the Yankees to an 11-5 win at PNC Park.
While Castro’s game-tying homer and Carter’s go-ahead blast pushed the Yankees past the Bucs, it was Judge’s prodigious shot, his sixth of the season, that had everyone talking after the game. More >
“Every time he hits the ball,” Castro said, “the sound is unbelievable.”
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Dellin Betances came in with one out and a runner on third base in a 5-5 game. He promptly got the next two outs without the run scoring. So headed into the 8th inning, Joe Girardi obviously planned on using Betances in the 8th. Then, with two outs in the top of the 8th, the Pirates second baseman, Adam Frazier, booted a ball with two outs to allow Austin Romine to reach base. Ronald Torreyes followed with his third hit of the game. That brought up the pitcher’s spot. If Girardi pinch-hit and the pinch-hitter didn’t drive in a run, that would mean he would no longer have Betances pitching in a tie game. However, if he let Betances hit, it would almost assuredly mean that the game would remain tied. I don’t think it was an obvious decision, but Girardi went to his bench and pinch-hitter Chris Carter hit a three- run home run to give the Yankees an 8-5 lead. Wow, what a moment.
Aaron Judge later hit an amazing home run, but honestly, I am almost more amazed by Carter’s home run. Judge absolutely CRUSHES his home runs, but Carter, that guy is nuts - he is so strong that he barely seems to get good wood on the ball and it goes flying. It’s a short, effortless swing, as opposed to Judge’s dramatic hacks. It’s cool how two guys can both be power hitters while batting so differently.
Anyhow, this was a heck of a win. The Yankees take on their old friend, Ivan Nova, for the first time in a real game (not counting spring training games). Let’s hope that Jordan Montgomery keeps the good times going!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (18.1 IP, 3.44 ERA) vs. Pirates: Jameson Taillon (R): (20 IP, 0.90 ERA
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .333/.387/.421
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .321/.459/.786
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B .377/.476/.623
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .371/.409/.565
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .269/.345/.615
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .122/.217/.268
7. Austin Romine (R) C .313/.378/.469
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .245/.245/.388
9. Michael Pineda (R) P—/—/—
1. Adam Frazier (L) 2B .289/.347/.444
2. Josh Bell (S) 1B .213/.275/.383
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF .254/.299/.413
4. Gregory Polanco (L) LF .239/.327/.304
5. David Freese (R) 3B .340/.456/.532
6. John Jaso (L) RF .091/.200/.091
7. Francisco Cervelli (R) C .212/.281/.404
8. Jordy Mercer (R) SS .218/.306/.291
9. Jameson Taillon (R) P—/—/—
It has been a long and scenic road for CC Sabathia, one that might eventually lead to Cooperstown. But the 36-year-old Yankees left-hander required a detour lately before resuming, and he practically reinvented himself.
Sabathia owns more than 2,700 strikeouts in a Major League career that began in 2001 with Cleveland. He won an American League Cy Young Award six years later. But what he had to give up was the big heat that helped produce such accomplishments. His fastball is down to 90 mph on a good day—and Friday’s 6-3 loss to the Pirates was not one of those days.
CC has been so good this year that you really can’t complain. Better luck next game, Yankees!
Friday, April 21, 2017
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (18.1 IP, 1.47 ERA) vs. Pirates: Tyler Glasnow (R): (6.2 IP, 12.15 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
4. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B
7. Austin Romine (R) C
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS
9. CC Sabathia (L) P
1. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
2. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Gregory Polanco (L) LF
5. David Freese (R) 3B
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
7. Jose Osuna (R) RF
8. Josh Bell (S) 1B
9. Tyler Glasnow (L) P
I’m still not buying the re-invention of Sabathia. I do think he can possibly put an ERA in the low 4s.
I still can’t wrap my head around the concept of Smellsbury, Clean-Up hitter. Then again, I can’t wrap my head around the concept of a Yankee team that is fun to watch and has won two-thirds of their games so far this season either.
With Alex Rodriguez no longer in the DH picture after batting .200 in 65 games and being released last Aug. 13, the Yankees were in the market for his replacement in the offseason.
Among the hitters they had contact with was Eric Thames, who was looking to return to the big leagues after spending three seasons punishing pitchers in Korea.
“We talked to his agent, but the financial considerations weren’t a match,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said of the 30-year-old Thames, a lefty swinging first baseman/outfielder.
Thames must have gotten a lot more money than Matt Holliday since the financial considerations weren’t a match, right?
Thames, a 39th-round pick of the Yankees in 2007 when he was a sophomore eligible out of Pepperdine who didn’t sign, inked a three-year deal with the Brewers in November for $16 million.
Yeah, $16M over three years for a 30-year-old player who hadn’t done anything in MLB does seem a bit risky. You could end up with Yasmany Tomas or Rusney Castillo.
In early December, the Yankees signed 37-year-old Matt Holliday to a one-year contract for $13 million to be their DH.
Whereas $13M for ONE season for a 37-year-old coming off the worst season of his career is a good one.
This all makes sense to me. Why would you want to pay Thames $3M for two more years?
See, even with the Yankees at 10-5, we can find things to complain about if we apply ourselves.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The Yankees combined tape-measure thunder with a Masahiro Tanaka gem to put the finishing touches on an impressive first homestand, breezing to a 9-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Starlin Castro and Aaron Judge whipped their teammates into a frenzy with back-to-back homers in the fifth inning off rookie Dylan Covey. Chase Headley and Aaron Hicks also went deep for the surging Yanks, who won eight of nine games in their best home showing since July 2009.
“We came here and played in front of our fans,” said Judge, whose 448-foot blast was the third-longest at Yankee Stadium in the Statcast™ era. “There was a lot of energy in this stadium the whole homestand. I think we just kind of fed off that, and our pitching staff came out and did what they did. I think collectively as a team, we just did our job.”
The healthy run support helped Tanaka pick up his second victory of the year on a night when his best stuff seemed to be absent. The first four innings were a grind for the right-hander, who settled in to hold the White Sox to Jose Abreu’s RBI double over seven innings while striking out six.
“He cleaned up his pitches,” catcher Austin Romine said. “His slider was a little tighter, his split was real good. That was the best I’ve seen his split this year. The fastball command was there, other than a couple of pitches. Overall I thought he did pretty well.”
Man, this team is really starting to get disturbing in how well that they are playing. They are just hitting the hell out of the ball and that’s all without perhaps their best hitter on the team! And with their backup shortstop instead of their pretty good hitting shortstop. That’s what is so remarkable about all of this, is that they’re doing it without Sanchez or Gregorius.
The Yankees finished out one hell of a homestand with a whole lot of offense and some battling from Tanaka, who did not look good at all all night, but he hung in there and gutted out a one-run outing. Good for him. They obviously will need him if they are going to make any noise this season.
Hopefully CC can keep the good times going against Pittsburgh on Friday!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
White Sox: Dylan Covey (R): (5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (14 IP, 8.36 ERA
1. Tyler Saladino (R) 2B .206/.372/.265
2. Tim Anderson (R) SS .176/.192/.235
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .263/.333/.368
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B .157/.204/.176
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .440/.481/.680
6. Cody Asche (L) DH .080/.179/.080
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B .304/.304/.522
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C .167/.250/.167
9. Leury Garcia (S) CF .269/.321/.538
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .205/.340/.250
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .409/.519/.614
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .220/.373/.415
4. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .327/.377/.429
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .364/.397/.527
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .250/.327/.591
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B .121/.237/.273
8. Austin Romine (R) C .333/.414/.542
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .238/.238/.405
Where’s Hicks? This is an outrage.
I never thought I’d be saying that.
Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia mashed homers to support Miguel Gonzalez’s masterful outing as the White Sox handed the Yankees their first loss in more than a week, posting a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees saw their eight-game winning streak—the longest in the Majors this season—snapped as they wasted Luis Severino’s 10-strikeout performance. The right-hander held the White Sox to a run through the first six innings before Pete Kozma’s error opened the door for Avisail Garcia’s three-run homer in the seventh.
“I was looking for something in the zone,” Garcia said. “He throws really, really, really hard. He throws everything for a strike, so you’ve got to be careful and don’t try and do too much with that guy. My second at-bat, he threw me a lot of sliders. My third at-bat, he threw a couple of fastballs, and I was looking for what he threw me a lot, the slider.”
Gonzalez was incredibly efficient, throwing 88 pitches in his 8 1/3 innings. He needed just 59 pitches to get through the first seven. The Yankees were held hitless by Gonzalez until Starlin Castro reached on an infield single in the fifth. The right-hander permitted four infield hits and one walk with four strikeouts, picking up his first victory in 19 road starts.
That was a tough loss. Luis Severino was excellent most of the night, but then Kozma booted that double-play grounder and Severino couldn’t respond.
Of course, the offense was also stymied by Miguel Gonzalez, who has had some great games against the Yankees in the past (he has also gotten his ass kicked by the Yankees, as well), so Severino’s performance did not matter that much.
Headley is back tomorrow, hopefully the good times are, as well!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez (R): (10.2 IP, 4.22 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (12 IP, 4.50 ERA
1. Tyler Saladino (R) 2B .233/.410/.300
2. Tim Anderson (R) SS .170/.188/.234
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .294/.368/.412
4. Jose Abreu (R) DH .170/.220/.191
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .447/.490/.638
6. Matt Davidson (R) 1B .355/.364/.742
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B .350/.350/.600
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C .200/.294/.200
9. Leury Garcia (S) CF .261/.320/.435
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .220/.347/.268
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .326/.367/.435
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .243/.404/.459
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .365/.389/.538
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.356/.650
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .133/.257/.300
7. Austin Romine (R) C .333/.423/.571
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .250/.250/.425
9. Pete Kozma (R) SS .200/.333/.200
Monday, April 17, 2017
Matt Holliday and Aaron Judge homered to support Jordan Montgomery’s first Major League win and run the Yankees’ winning streak to eight games in a 7-4 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Holliday hit a three-run shot as part of a five-run third inning and Judge added a two-run drive in the fifth to support the rookie left-hander, who carried a shutout into the seventh inning.
Yolmer Sanchez’s three-run homer chased Montgomery, who scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out four in his second turn as a member of the rotation. White Sox starter Derek Holland was hammered for seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.
They 8 it up? For serious?
Anyhow, another great win by the Yankees. Doesn’t Matt Holliday just look like a guy who should have become a DH years ago? I looks like it has done wonders for him so far.
Jordan Montgomery wasn’t great, but nor was he awful. I think he would have probably gotten his ass kicked by a better offensive team if he pitched just like how he pitched tonight, but I also think that this could easily have been an off night for him and that he will come back stronger next time. Again, it wasn’t like he pitched terribly, but he also seemed like he was getting away with a lot. You could argue that he was A. pitching to the team that he was playing against (in that he knew that they weren’t a big offensive threat) and B. pitching to the score. In addition, there’s no way he starts the 7th if the Yankees weren’t up 7-0, so his day would have looked a lot better otherwise. But still, there was a lot to like about how much he battled tonight. He did Andy Pettitte’s BattleCat legacy proud.
Let’s hope that Severino keeps the good times going!
White Sox: Derek Holland (L): (12 IP, 1.50 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (4.2 IP, 3.86 ERA
1. Tyler Saladino (R) 2B .222/.382/.296
2. Tim Anderson (R) SS .163/.182/.233
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .258/.324/.387
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B .186/.239/.209
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .465/.511/.674
6. Matt Davidson (R) 3B .370/.379/.815
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) DH .250/.250/.375
8. Kevan Smith (R) C—/—/—
9. Jacob May (S) CF—/.087/—
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .310/.356/.429
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .318/.484/.773
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .242/.419/.394
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .333/.360/.479
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B .410/.531/.615
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .250/.341/.583
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B .182/.240/.273
8. Austin Romine (R) C .368/.435/.632
9. Pete Kozma (R) SS—/.333/—
Greg Bird burst out of his 0-for-20 slump, and Michael Pineda handcuffed the Cardinals’ offense on Sunday night to lead the Yankees to a 9-3 victory that sealed a three-game Interleague sweep and extended their winning streak to seven games. With the win, the Yankees have opened the season 6-0 at home for the first time since 1998.
Bird, who had one hit in 30 plate appearances entering the night, reached base four times, most notably with a second-inning blast that put the Yankees ahead, 3-1.
“It’s just nice to be back on the board and back to contributing to the team,” Bird said.
Damn, this team is angering me by making it so difficult to complain about them. Don’t they know that that’s what this blog is here for?
Seriously, though, this was another excellent win, with strong starting pitching from Pineda, timely hitting from the Yankees (especially the tack-on runs) and a complete embarrassment of a team that “plays the game the right way” on national television.
This has been quite an interesting start to the season. Let’s hope that Severino can keep the good times going against Chicago!