Thursday, May 25, 2017
Royals: Miguel Almonte (R): NR vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (48 IP, 6.56 ERA)
Tanaka = Guaranteed Loss.
Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.
Severino gave the Yanks’ fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York’s lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
“It feels good to help the team, to give an outing like this,” Severino said. “I have to keep working, keep trying to be in the game more. I feel more confidence in my changeup and my fastball. I feel good.”
The first Yankees pitcher since May 8 to complete at least seven innings, Severino called it the best outing of his brief career. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain would probably agree, saying that Severino was “lights out” and “pretty much unhittable.”
What an awesome performance by Severino. Paired with Jordan Montgomery, this is the type of thing that you want to see.
Tanaka Time tomorrow, though, which does not bode well for the Yankees (he is 0-3 with a 17.51 ERA.in 4 day game starts this year).
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Royals: Jason Hammel (R): (40.2 IP, 6.20 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (47 IP, 3.64 ERA)
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS .179/.210/.232
2. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B .250/.286/.494
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF .266/.361/.367
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B .301/.361/.422
5. Salvador Perez (R) C .285/.324/.538
6. Jorge Bonifacio (R) RF .267/.326/.488
7. Brandon Moss (L) DH .192/.261/.442
8. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B .257/.307/.429
9. Alex Gordon (L) LF .175/.294/.212
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .281/.373/.527
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .267/.360/.440
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .274/.373/.504
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .335/.374/.511
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .315/.419/.685
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .281/.349/.422
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .237/.310/.382
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .319/.350/.426
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .213/.304/.393
Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery got the bounce-back outing he was looking for in a no-decision against the Royals.
Despite the Yankees’ 6-2 loss on Tuesday night, Montgomery had arguably the best start of his young Major League career—tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and allowing just two hits. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive Royals.
“I think he pitched extremely well,” catcher Austin Romine said. “Tonight, he moved in and out. His slider was very good early. His curveball was very good late, so were the pitches he saved for later in the game. Like I said before, I think he pitched extremely well.”
Montgomery commanded the zone for much of the game, throwing first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 22 batters he faced. He didn’t issue a walk, and only three times did the count reach three balls.
One of the great stats is that the single season home run leader for the Kansas City Royals is none other than former Yankee Steve Balboni, at a paltry 36. They are the only current active franchise in Major League history to not have a single player ever hit 40 home runs. This year, however, they are hitting the long ball really well. They’re on pace to shatter their team record for home runs, which was set the same year Balboni set the team record. I mention this mostly to note that the Royals ARE a team that hits a lot of home runs, so them hitting a bunch of home runs Tuesday night isn’t a huge deal. It’s not GOOD, of course, but this isn’t some fluke, either.
This was a tough loss, but an acceptable one, especially since Jordan Montgomery was dynamite tonight, against a team that hit him pretty hard just last week. I’m more pleased about that than I am pissed that Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve all gave up home runs, although I admittedly AM a bit worried about Warren, who has turned into a frog from a prince rather abruptly. Let’s hope that he cuts that out.
Luis Severino pitches tomorrow night, facing the Royals for the first time in his career. He is in the midst of a slump himself, so that does not bode well for the Yankees.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Royals: Danny Duffy (L): (57.2 IP, 2.97 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (39.1 IP, 4.81 ERA)
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS .182/.209/.236
2. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B .250/.287/.481
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF .265/.358/.348
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B .308/.369/.432
5. Salvador Perez (R) DH .286/.325/.545
6. Jorge Bonifacio (R) LF .268/.330/.463
7. Jorge Soler (R) RF .170/.304/.298
8. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B .248/.300/.396
9. Drew Butera (R) C .286/.306/.486
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .285/.354/.431
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .292/.430/.552
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .267/.370/.504
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .335/.372/.514
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .315/.417/.692
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .333/.365/.444
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .236/.311/.378
8. Austin Romine (R) C .247/.278/.356
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .209/.296/.360
Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead homer, Brett Gardner continued his power surge and the Yankees got the benefit of a close call at first base to edge the Royals, 4-2, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Gregorius and Gardner went deep off Kansas City left-hander Jason Vargas, who lost to New York for the second time in a week. Gardner put the Yanks on the board with his ninth homer in 21 games, a solo shot in the third, and Gregorius slugged a two-run shot in the fourth inning.
“You’ve just got to stay in there,” Gardner said. “Vargas isn’t a guy who throws real hard, but he’s a guy that knows how to pitch and he does a good job of throwing changeups to lefties. He tries to stay on the corners. You just have to keep your shoulder low and stand in there against them.”
Great win for the Yankees, as once again they held the opposing team to just two early runs. This bullpen is something special .All without perhaps their best relief pitcher available!
Pineda pitched well and the Yankees continue to get strong hitting from Didi and shocking amounts of power from Brett Gardner.
The Yankees got majorly lucky, though, when Chris Carter foolishly didn’t throw home right away when Jorge Soler alertly tried to score from second base on an infield single. Luckily, after Girardi challenged the call at first base, the umpires reviewed it and somehow reversed the call, despite it looking EXTREMELY difficult to determine if the call was right or not (the Royals’ replay guy told Ned Yost he was out, so the Royals didn’t complain, but boy, seemed like a really tough call - and the umps shockingly made the call QUICKLY).
The Yankees get Danny Duffy on Tuesday, who dominated them last week, with Jordan Montgomery pitching, who did not do so well his last time out, so this does not bode well for the Yankees.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Royals: Jason Vargas (L): (48.2 IP, 2.03 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (47.1 IP, 3.42 ERA)
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS .180/.208/.230
2. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B .257/.294/.493
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF .272/.366/.358
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B .309/.372/.430
5. Salvador Perez (R) C .280/.321/.547
6. Brandon Moss (L) DH .200/.270/.460
7. Jorge Bonifacio (R) LF .269/.333/.436
8. Jorge Soler (R) RF .159/.288/.295
9. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B .245/.299/.398
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .282/.376/.514
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .286/.383/.471
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .258/.360/.492
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .341/.374/.524
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .321/.421/.707
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .301/.441/.570
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .322/.355/.402
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .241/.317/.386
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .205/.295/.325
Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Aaron Judge preserved the lead with a sensational diving catch as the Yankees withstood Chris Archer’s season-high 12 strikeouts, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Gardner’s second-inning blast was his eighth homer in the past 20 games, exceeding his total for all of 2016. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Archer, who permitted six hits and two walks over 6 1/3 innings while accepting his second straight loss.
Man, it was crazy to see the Yankees score three runs in the second inning, score NO more in the rest of the game and still pull out the win. Very cool. Great job by CC and the bullpen was solid, as well. Statcast has a thing where they rank the odds that a defensive play will be made. If there is a 25% chance or less that the play would be made and the play IS made, they rank that a five-star catch. They’re obviously quite rare. Judge’s catch? A 26% chance. Amazing stuff.
The Yankees take on Jason Vargas again on Monday. So they have to try to beat him twice in a week. That does not bode well for them.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (45.2 IP, 4.93 ERA) vs. Rays: Chris Archer (R): (58.1 IP, 3.70 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .275/.369/.493
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .303/.395/.500
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .266/.370/.508
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .349/.383/.536
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .331/.431/.728
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .286/.357/.429
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .248/.325/.397
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.326/.373
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .213/.297/.338
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .269/.303/.449
2. Corey Dickerson (L) DH .343/.394/.639
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B .254/.320/.428
4. Rickie Weeks Jr. (R) 1B .221/.326/.377
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF .255/.359/.428
6. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .235/.324/.331
7. Derek Norris (R) C .225/.296/.342
8. Daniel Robertson (R) 2B .209/.346/.373
9. Peter Bourjos (R) LF .204/.264/.367
Corey Dickerson homered twice, including a mammoth three-run blast that approached the video board in right field at Tropicana Field, and the Rays chased Masahiro Tanaka early to win their fourth straight, a 9-5 victory over the Yankees on Saturday.
Tanaka was pounded for six runs and nine hits—including three homers—in three-plus innings before Yankees manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were ejected in the fifth. Dickerson hit a leadoff homer and Evan Longoria barreled a solo shot in the third inning, his 34th against the Yankees, before Dickerson belted a three-run blast in the fourth.
Could they just please put Tanaka on the DL? Make up an injury, if that’s what it takes. He’s clearly hurt in SOME way, so let him work it out not in front of Major League hitters in games that count!
The Yankees turn to their “stopper,” CC Sabathia, today. This does not bode well.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (45 IP, 5.80 ERA) vs. Rays: Matt Andriese (R): (45.1 IP, 3.18 ERA)
I liked it better when Tanaka was pitching well enough that his opting out after the seasons was a foregone conclusion.
Evan Longoria tied his career high with a four-hit performance, driving home the deciding run with an eighth-inning RBI single as the Rays edged the Yankees, 5-4, on Friday night at Tropicana Field.
Longoria’s fourth hit came off Tyler Clippard and drove home Derek Norris with the go-ahead run after Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday had crushed a game-tying home run in the top half of the inning against Rays reliever Ryne Stanek.
It marked Longoria’s seventh career four-hit game, and first against the Yankees.
Tampa Bay (22-22) returned to the break-even mark after rallying for three runs in the seventh. Logan Morrison tied the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and Rickie Weeks Jr. came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit two-run double that bounced under third baseman Ronald Torreyes’ glove.
Tough loss, especially since Shreve looked like he had Rickie Weeks struck out before Weeks then doubled in two runs.
Oh well. Severino pitched well and you have to love the battling from the Yankees, especially that game-tying home run by Holliday. Rob Thomson chose to give Gary Sanchez a full day off, which I disagreed with, as you figure you’d prefer to see Sanchez be given a chance at tying the game in the ninth with a dinger. Oh well.
Let’s hope that Tanaka gets the good times going again on Saturday.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (42 IP, 3.86 ERA) vs. Rays: Erasmo Ramirez (R): (24.2 IP, 2.92 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .282/.371/.511
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .280/.356/.415
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .265/.370/.487
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .348/.383/.544
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .326/.428/.713
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .320/.358/.413
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B .221/.299/.351
8. Austin Romine (R) C .261/.293/.377
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .295/.303/.386
1. Corey Dickerson (L) DH .335/.382/.608
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .229/.320/.331
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B .232/.299/.390
4. Logan Morrison (L) 1B .246/.331/.530
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF .259/.354/.439
6. Colby Rasmus (L) LF .268/.362/.634
7. Tim Beckham (R) SS .279/.314/.469
8. Daniel Robertson (R) 2B .183/.329/.333
9. Derek Norris (R) C .231/.298/.352
Mike Moustakas clubbed a three-run homer, left-hander Danny Duffy tossed seven shutout innings and the Royals avoided a three-game sweep by the Yankees with a 5-1 win on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Moustakas, who missed most of 2016 with a torn ACL, now has 32 home runs in his last 133 games. He leads the Royals in homers, with 10.
“That was a huge home run for us,” Duffy said. “Going from a two-run lead to a five-run lead, that just made it so much more comfortable.”
Duffy carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury bunted for a single. Duffy gave up two more hits while walking two and striking out 10.
Oh, that was a huge home run? Really? That’s some tight analysis there.
Jordan Montgomery really needs to cut down on his home runs.
The Yankees travel to Tampa Bay for a three-game series in that awful shithole they call a stadium. Let’s hope that Severino can move on from his last awful outing!