Monday, May 2, 2016
BOSTON—Christian Vazquez became the second player this weekend to hit a game-turning, first-pitch homer against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, lifting the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep in the first rivalry series of the season.
Vazquez jumped on a 97-mph heater for a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that snapped a 6-6 tie.
“I was talking to [hitting coach] Chili Davis before he got to the mound,” said Vazquez of Betances coming on. “I was trying to get the fastball and I got him, so I hit the bomb. It was a great moment.”
The win put the 15-10 Red Sox in sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time this season. It was their first series sweep of the Yankees since Sept. 13-15, 2013.
I feel like my decision to ignore this series was a sound one.
Maybe I should ignore this season.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (24.2 IP, 4.38 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: David Price (L): (29.2 IP, 5.76 ERA, 2.38 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.235/.269/.341, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.369/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.185/.274/.400, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.352/.355, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.305/.345/.488, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.150/.268/.150, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.087/.160/.087, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.381/.381/.524, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.294/.333/.353, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.232/.311/.352, 1.0 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.266/.298/.459, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.311/.360/.485, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.290/.365/.419, 1.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.321/.418/.654, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.284/.307/.389, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.314/.385/.500, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.265/.350/.397, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.222/.282/.306, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.272/.326/.481, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.289/.349/.461, 6.1 bWAR
Is this the first whatever of the season?
BOSTON—Choose your adjective: Repetitive. Monotonous. Dispiriting. Same-old/same-old.
It goes something like this: New York Yankees fall behind early. Yankees don’t hit. Yankees lose.
Sounds about right.
It happened again Saturday night at Fenway Park, as they fell behind 2-0 after two innings. The way this offense is hitting—or not hitting—it felt more like 20-0.
By the time it was 4-0 after six innings, the game was pretty much over, because the Yankees have scored more than four runs in any one game only once since April 9, a stretch of 17 games. Not surprisingly, they have lost 12 of those games.
For a team that insists it is not pressing, there were an awful lot of drawn faces, tight lips and bulging neck veins in the postgame clubhouse. And that was just the manager.
The Yankees are not a happy ship, and despite Joe Girardi’s insistence that his team will ultimately play to the proverbial “back of the baseball card,” it might be time to realize that everyone’s baseball card, even Babe Ruth’s, shows a steady decline as the players on the front side get older. It’s a scientific certainty as dependable as Boyle’s Law from your seventh-grade chemistry class: As age increases, productivity decreases.
The entire Yankees lineup aside from their middle infield is 32 or older. And while Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro have been worth as much as 3 WAR in a season, neither is the kind of player that is going to carry a team that needs it badly.
This is not a good team. I don’t know if they are the worst team in the American League, but there’s a fairly decent chance they could be.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (24.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: Henry Owens (L): (3.1 IP, 8.10 ERA, 8.20 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.241/.259/.354, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.382/.381, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.263/.288/.461, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.243/.369/.386, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.190/.288/.379, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.333/.461, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.148/.277/.148, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.246/.365, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.312/.380, 1.6 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.270/.305/.470, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.337/.382/.526, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.282/.358/.424, 0.9 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.296/.398/.577, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.287/.304/.402, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.312/.391/.519, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.246/.333/.393, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.208/.321/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.240/.293/.387, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.283/.345/.456, 5.0 bWAR
The only question tonight is how badly the Yankees will lose.
I don’t think I’ll be watching any Yankees/Red Sox games this year. I don’t think I want to listen to all the Ortiz is retiring nonsense.
BOSTON − The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may not be what it was a decade ago, but could a trip to Fenway Park be the perfect tonic for what’s been ailing the Bombers?
That’s what Joe Girardi and his club are hoping as they spent Thursday’s off-day in Boston preparing for a three-game weekend set against the Red Sox.
Good luck with all that.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of a break,” Alex Rodriguez said of the well-timed off-day. “I like the way we’re working, I like our attitude, we’re playing hard. Things will turn around.
“No matter how either team is playing, when you go to Boston or they come to New York, it’s always special. We’re looking forward to it.”
I’m not looking forward to it. Actually, I take that back. I am looking forward to the Boston fans showering the Yankees’ leadoff hitter with the boos he deserves.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Player A vs. Player B
Starter Martin Perez earned his first win of the season, and the Rangers took their second straight over the Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
Perez, now 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA, allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came in the first inning. The back end of the Rangers’ bullpen closed it out, with Jake Diekman pitching two scoreless innings and Shawn Tolleson working the ninth for his seventh save.
“Martin getting a win, hopefully it will settle him some,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He came out strong in the first. You could see some urgency. We made some plays behind him. He battled. Not his cleanest outing, but good enough.”
The Yankees are now 28th out of 30 teams in the Major Leagues in runs scored (the 30th-ranked team is the Braves, who are the worst team I’ve seen since I guess one of those Houston Astros teams when they were losing 100 plus games every year).
The Yankees are now 23rd out of 30 teams in ERA (oddly enough, they’re also last in the American League, which is really weird - what’s up with National League pitching this year?).
It’s hard to even say that they’re just having hard luck with RISP, when their OBP is 21st in the league (okay, I guess 21st in OBP and 28th in runs does suggest some bad luck).
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes a shitty team is just a shitty team.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.253/.272/.373, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.271/.403/.407, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.264/.289/.472, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.254/.375/.403, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.145/.242/.273, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.365/.444, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.278/.325/.458, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.157/.290/.157, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.471/.471/.647, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.325/.391, 1.8 bWAR
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.229/.316/.314, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.365/.426/.519, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.300/.345/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.211/.309/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) DH (.258/.258/.290, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.234/.272/.403, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.343/.370/.463, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Hanser Alberto (R) 1B (.143/.143/.143, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Bryan Holaday (R) C (.200/.273/.233, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.322/.396, 3.1 bWAR
I’m expecting a correction for CC. No, not one where he pitches closer to his FIP.
A five-run third inning helped bring the Rangers out of their offensive malaise, and they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
The Rangers finished with 13 hits after scoring four runs on 23 hits in their previous four games. Elvis Andrus had three hits, and Nomar Mazara had a two-hit night on his 21st birthday.
Nine of the Rangers runs scored with two outs, including those on homers by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.
I like “early deficit too much for Yankees to overcome.” While technically true, it makes it sound like the Yankees made this a real game at any point instead of it being a total blowout all the way through.
Severino has been such a major disappointment this year. He has pitched so poorly that I really would not mind him trying to work out some of his issues in the bullpen as a long man while Ivan Nova takes his rotation spot for a little bit. It is not that I have a lot of faith in Ivan Nova, as I do not but I think he would be at least mediocre, while Severino just looks lost out there.
This should not distract from the recurring suckitude of the Yankee offense, of course. They were bad once again. This might just be a bad team.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.268/.286/.394, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.268/.397/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.265/.292/.485, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.238/.368/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.280/.390/.480, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.290/.338/.478, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.083/.214/.083, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.258/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.429/.429/.643, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.430, 2.4 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.233/.263/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.354/.411/.521, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.303/.349/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.187/.247/.293, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.191/.286/.309, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.222/.290/.413, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.317/.348/.429, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.238/.304/.476, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.242/.333/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.312/.394, 2.2 bWAR
Is it too soon to label Severino a bust?
Starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Nomar Mazara, and the Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.
Eovaldi was trying to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999. That bid ended when Mazara grounded a single through the left side. There have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in Yankees history in addition to Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
“They’ve got a lot of early swingers, and I was just trying to locate the ball in and away and locate the offspeed pitches and be careful with it,” said Eovaldi, who improved to 1-2 and lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 4.38. “I feel like I’ve gotten better each outing. For it all to come together tonight, it was nice.”
Eovaldi, getting home run support from Jacoby Smellsbury and Starlin Castro, ended up going seven-plus innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. He left after a leadoff walk to Mitch Moreland in the eighth.
It’s always good to know that so long as you throw seven almost no-hit innings, the Yankees will probably score enough to support your start.
Seriously, though, Eovaldi was excellent tonight. This was the sort of performance you know Brian Cashman was thinking of when he made a point of trading for Eovaldi - the guy has such great stuff and a striking array of quality pitches that it really is a wonder that he isn’t a better pitcher than he has been so far in his career. Everything was working tonight, though, and Eovaldi just dominated the Rangers.
There was a sliiiiight scare when Dellin Betances gave up his first earned run of the season with a home run in the eighth inning, but Andrew Miller shut things down in the ninth and the Yankees won the game.
The offense was another shamockery when it came to actually scoring the guys it got on base, as they somehow only scored 3 runs despite having 13 men on base. That might not even sound quite so bad, except when you realize that two of the runs scored on home runs, so it was really one runner scored out of 11 men on base. But hey, it was enough to win the game, so I’ll take it!
Hopefully their ability to drive in runners heats up tomorrow for game 2 of this series!
Monday, April 25, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.258/.278/.348, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.294/.429/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.277/.294/.508, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.220/.361/.373, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.329/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.149/.293/.149, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.111/.200/.111, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.259/.393, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.308/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.318/.379, 1.2 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.246/.278/.391, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.356/.404/.533, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.319/.367/.528, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B (.181/.244/.278, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.200/.297/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) DH (.230/.288/.426, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.333/.364/.450, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.222/.300/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.254/.347/.349, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.319/.402, 2.3 bWAR
How many homers will the Yankees’ starter give up tonight?
News of Alex Rodriguez’s oblique injury was not the only thing on the mind of the New York Yankees organization on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, Sandy Acevedo, an infielder in their minor league system who was set to begin his professional career this season, has been killed in a car crash. He was 18. No other details of the crash have been given as of time of publication.
The team says Acevedo died Saturday night in the Dominican Republic. He signed with the team last year as an international free agent and had not made the jump yet to the organization.
In a 2015 Scout.com interview, Donny Rowland, the Yankees’ director of international scouting, described how the Yankees discovered Acevedo while working out another player, pitcher Yoan Lopez, who ended up signing with the D-backs.
“Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face him, and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff,” Rowland said in the interview. “That’s where our staff became sold on this guy. ‘We like the pitcher, but who is the hitter?’”
A moment of silence was held for him at Yankee Stadium before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and a picture of Acevedo batting was shown on the giant video screen in center field.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Steven Souza Jr. hit two homers and the Rays had five total off Yankees starter Michael Pineda and reliever Nick Goody as Tampa Bay took the final game of a three-game series with an 8-1 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The first four homers were hit off Pineda, who lasted five innings, allowed 10 hits and struck out nine. Two of the homers were hit in the top of the first inning, two-run shots by Corey Dickerson and Souza, who turned 27 on Sunday. Steve Pearce led off the third with a blast and Souza hit his second with two outs in fifth inning. Logan Forsythe finished the power display with an eighth-inning homer off Goody.
“Offense really came out and set the tone,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “There were some long home runs hit today. Souza, Dickerson, Pearce, the ball Souza hit to right was extremely impressive. You don’t see too many right-handers do that. Just a great offensive day, especially in that first inning.”
What’s funny is that yes, Pineda was godawful, just horrid, horrid, horrid. But had he given up just the first home run, the Yankees would have still lost, because their offense is, well, you know, lost.
Still, taking 2 out of 3 against Tampa Bay was good. Hopefully their bats heat up in Texas.
A-Rod’s MRI on his oblique was negative, but Joe Girardi rightly noted that an oblique issue can be a problem even without a positive MRI. We’ve seen batters hit with injuries before (Donnie Baseball, anyone?) and it can often not be pretty.