Friday, July 3, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.259/.295/.336)
2. Joey Butler (R) RF: (.314/.358/.474)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.272/.350/.412)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.275/.322/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.286/.370/.435)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.264/.321/.389)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.224/.280/.353)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.285/.408)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.163/.201/.276)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.304/.373/.495)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.381/.506)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.356/.528)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.333/.470)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.231/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.261/.303/.484)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.240/.290/.326)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.254/.374)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Jacoby Ellsbury will not come off the disabled list on Friday night against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Ellsbury did not play Thursday in his scheduled rehab game in Clearwater, Florida. It was the second game in the past four that Ellsbury missed since he began his rehab assignment on Monday. Ellsbury has been out six weeks with a knee sprain.
Words escape me.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
ANAHEIM — The Yankees’ pitchers weren’t taking any chances on Wednesday.
After three straight losses in which the Bombers managed only a run each game, Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen made sure what they got Wednesday would be enough, combining for a 3-1 win over the Angels.
Eovaldi (8-2) threw 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings before loading the bases in the sixth, but Chasen Shreve’s clutch performance helped keep the starter’s ledger clean for the day. “He’s been doing it all year,” Joe Girardi said of Shreve, who got the final two outs of the sixth with a little help from a nifty Mark Teixeira scoop at first. “We have a ton of confidence in him.”
Shreve pitched a scoreless seventh before Justin Wilson gave up a two-out home run by to right Mike Trout in the eighth, ending the shutout.
Dellin Betances recorded the final four outs for his seventh save, although he put the tying runs on base with two out in the ninth before getting the final out, helping the Yankees avoid a three-game sweep. “You always want a happy flight,” said Garrett Jones, who hit a solo home run to right in the sixth.
The trade with the Marlins finally paid off yesterday.
Shreve has been very good. In fact, he leads the Yankee pitching staff in RE24, which is a fancy way of saying that he’s essentially saved the team the most runs relative to league average given the base and out states of when he pitched. That’s more of a value metric than an ability metric, and it is heavily influenced by the way he’s being deployed, but he’s doing the job when he’s being asked to do it and it’s been key.
Whenever this team starts to go into one of their slumps, I begin to tell myself that they were never very good and they’re just returning to their rightful place, but they always seem to manage to win again when I’m expecting them to crater.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.375/.498)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.300/.369)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.512)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.359/.536)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.335/.473)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.229/.270/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.256/.298/.478)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.235/.287/.324)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.253/.370)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.263/.319/.352)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.318/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.303/.392/.582)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.332/.558)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.324)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.299/.404)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.280/.317)
8. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.181/.283/.268)
9. Efren Navarro (L) 1B: (.268/.316/.324)
Sweep, sweep, sweep…
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Baseball is a game of consistency. That makes the Yankees’ troublesome rotation issues even more disconcerting.
The one consistency the starters have shown is grooving home run pitches and it happened again Tuesday night on a hot night in SoCal.
As far as getting it right time and again, that’s been impossible for these starters, and now Adam Warren, their best starter of late, is pushed to the bullpen because there is a need for a Bridge to Betances.
The starters’ chain is weaker as a result.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is one of the best in the business and has been trying to figure out each issue.
“It’s been a mix of some things we need to improve upon and some things that have happened,’’ Rothschild told The Post before the Yankees dropped their third straight Tuesday night, 2-1 to the Angels at Angel Stadium.
Seems to me Nova pitched well enough to win if he had any semblance of an offense behind him yesterday, but yeah, the Yankee rotation certainly isn’t impressing anyone lately as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games.
I’d expect Pineda and Tanaka to pitch better if they are healthy and can’t stay healthy, but I wouldn’t expect them to be or stay healthy. I’ve never felt Eovaldi was going to be particularly good and I don’t think he will be now. Nova’s a wild card, and has looked solid, but I’m not sure how much the Yankees can realistically expect from him. I have no reason to believe that Sabathia’s going to figure out how to pitch with what he has now.
Maybe Luis Severino can come up and give them a temporary boost, but his innings are likely going to be capped.
I guess it’s possible that Pineda/Tanaka/Nova give them enough going forward to remain in contention.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.377/.502)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.389/.520)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.244/.356/.524)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.269/.339/.480)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.263/.312/.433)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.300/.371)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.290/.328)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.256/.375)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.265/.319/.355)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.319/.382)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.390/.583)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.265/.333/.552)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.261/.302/.307)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.300/.406)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.183/.272/.307)
8. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.207/.239/.297)
9. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.184/.282/.272)
Let’s see if Nova can strike anyone out tonight.
ANAHEIM — It appears the Yankees have made their decision about the starting rotation, and Adam Warren is headed to the bullpen.
Warren told the Daily News after Monday’s game that he had been informed by the team that he would not start Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Nathan Eovaldi will make that start, pitching on regular rest.
Warren has been more effective than I expected in the rotation, but I’m not sure he’s a great bet to keep pitching to the best ERA+ of any of the Yankees’ top five starters this year. FIP says he’s been a bit worse than all but CC Sabathia, although over Warren’s last 11 starts his FIP of 3.80 is better than Masahiro Tanaka and Sabathia, and about the same as Nathan Eovaldi.
There may be some consideration about Warren’s workload as well, although given his age (27) and the fact that he threw around 150 innings in 2011 and 2012 in the minors I’m not sure it’s a valid one.
Given that, Warren’s previous success in the bullpen and the albatross that is Sabathia’s remaining contract this is not a surprising move.
But I still think it’s annoying.
Monday, June 29, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.493)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.267/.311/.500)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.388/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.354/.529)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.309/.432)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.304/.376)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.224/.250/.328)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.258/.301/.348)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.233/.283/.323)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.266/.320/.357)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.262/.320/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.389/.575)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.334/.553)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.236/.301/.411)
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.310)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.204/.237/.269)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.245/.257/.343)
9. Daniel Robertson (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
Angels RHB come into tonight’s game hitting .248/.316/.393 against LHP in a league whose RHB are hitting .260/.327/.415 vs. LHP facing CC Sabathia whose allowing a RHB a line of .339/.375/.580 this season.
Statistically, that means CC should actually hold the Angels RHB to a line of .325/.363/.558, which is better than he usually does.
LOS ANGELES — Though His ERA has ballooned to 5.65 in 15 starts this season, CC Sabathia (3-7) usually remains in good spirits before and after games in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He believes he’s going to turn things around.
The coaches believe he’s going to turn things around. (If by only saying he has virtually no chance of heading to the bullpen.)
Andy Pettitte believes he’s going to turn things around.
It’s just a matter of time, they say, a matter of finding a groove that suits him as he figures out how to pitch without a blazing fastball he relied on for so many years of his borderline Hall of Fame career.
I agree. Any year now , I expect it all to click for Sabathia.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I’m going to ignore ERA and FIP and bet on the guy who’s pitched more innings. Better pitchers pitch more often, right?
Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON — As Masahiro Tanaka was in the process of flushing a six-run lead Saturday against the Astros questions from every pew in the Yankees’ universe flowed concerning his health.
George Springer’s RBI single in the second reduced the lead to four and “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right elbow?” flowed throughout Minute Maid Park.
Chris Carter’s solo homer in the fourth halved the advantage and brought groans of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right wrist?’’
Three runs in the fifth that came on back-to-back homers by Carlos Correa and Luis Altuve tied the score and started a chorus of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right forearm?’’
“My body is fine,’’ Tanaka said after Mark Teixeira delivered a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley homered in the ninth for a 9-6 victory in front of a sold-out gathering of 41,133. “It’s just mechanics.’’
The good news is that the Yankees won and they have The Incomparable Brett Gardner. The bad news is Tanaka had another poor start.
Hopefully it was just one of those days.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.485)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.271/.313/.494)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.289/.390/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.362/.540)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.474)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.304/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.309/.374)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.284/.326)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.236/.263/.345)
1. George Springer (R) CF: (.265/.361/.458)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.282/.309/.513)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.291/.331/.396)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.197/.279/.450)
5. Evan Gattis (R) LF: (.236/.266/.439)
6. Jon Singleton (L) DH: (—-/—-/—-)
7. Domingo Santana (R) RF: (.227/.292/.545)
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.195/.316/.382)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.217/.283/.383)
HOUSTON — It took 16 innings, but the Yankees finally found some offense against the Houston Astros. And of course it was outfielder Chris Young’s doing, who just seems to hit bigger in Texas.
Young, a Houston native, blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Yankees their first runs of the series and powered them to a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It has been quite the homecoming for Young.
More below on him, and how the rest of the evening unfolded in Houston:
What it means: It’s a crowded American League East. With the win, the Yankees (40-34) are now just a half game back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Boston Red Sox Friday. But the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers, 12-2, and sit just a half game back of New York. With the Baltimore Orioles at 38-34, four teams are separated by just two games in the division.
I hadn’t realized just how closely bunched the AL East is.