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Yankees (50-48) @ Astros (54-44), Monday, 7/25/2016, 8:10pm
(32 Comments - 7/26/2016 12:22:29 am) Cubs, Yanks reportedly have deal for Aroldis
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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees, Cubs Working On Trade Involving Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres
(55 Comments - 7/25/2016 1:54:11 pm) Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win
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Giants (58-39) @ Yankees (49-48), Sunday, 7/24/2016, 1:05 PM ET
(25 Comments - 7/24/2016 6:42:40 pm) Yankees see Giants come back for win in 12th
(16 Comments - 7/24/2016 12:52:28 pm) Yankees stay hot, send Giants to 6th straight loss
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Giants (57-38) @ Yankees (48-47), Friday, 7/22/2016, 7:05pm
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CBS Sports: Report: Yankees have thought about cutting A-Rod and Mark Teixeira
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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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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Pineda outduels Keuchel as Yanks nip Astros

The Yankees somehow found a way to get the best of nemesis Dallas Keuchel on a night he had some of his best stuff of the season.

Chase Headley and Austin Romine each had RBI hits to back seven strong innings from starter Michael Pineda to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 win over Keuchel and the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.

“We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game,” Headley said. “Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that’s a big reason why we’re playing a lot better.”

George Springer clubbed a homer on Pineda’s first pitch of the game, and Keuchel sent down 13 of the first 14 batters he faced before Didi Gregorius doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Headley’s bloop single. Headley led off the eighth with a single and scored on a double by Austin Romine to put the Yankees ahead, 2-1. The Yankees improved to 51-48 with the victory, reaching three games over .500 for the first time this season.

I imagine every Yankee pitcher getting a note like this before each game…

Dear Yankee Starter,

If you give up more than one run, you will definitely not get a win. More than two runs, you will definitely lose. So, well, don’t give up more than one run.

Shitty Yankee Offense

This bizarre season continues its bizarre nature with the Yankees winning once again, bringing them to their highwater mark of the season, a whopping three games over .500! We all know what this means, of course, which is that they’ll win JUST enough to avoid selling before THEN collapsing.

But hey, if all they do is trade Chapman, at least they DID trade Chapman, which was nice.

--Posted at 6:28 am by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yankees (50-48) @ Astros (54-44), Monday, 7/25/2016, 8:10pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (106.1 IP, 5.25 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Astros: Dallas Keuchel (L):  (126.1 IP, 4.70 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 0.2 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.374, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.255/.327/.337, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.305/.348/.554, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.262/.295/.406, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.188/.269/.325, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.297/.329/.464, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.323/.381, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.255/.267/.418, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.194/.261/.291, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.310/.407, 7.0 bWAR

1. George Springer (R) RF (.263/.359/.477, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Preston Tucker (L) LF (.194/.250/.419, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.360/.428/.575, 5.9 bWAR)
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.271/.366/.478, 3.8 bWAR)
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B (.253/.350/.455, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
7. Evan Gattis (R) DH (.223/.288/.458, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.209/.275/.326, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Jason Castro (L) C (.222/.337/.392, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.347/.460, 17.0 bWAR

A tale of two lineups…

--Posted at 6:13 pm by SG / 32 Comments | - (0) Cubs, Yanks reportedly have deal for Aroldis

The Cubs have agreed to a deal with the Yankees to acquire fireballing reliever Aroldis Chapman for a multiplayer package, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Neither team has confirmed the report.

Heyman tweeted that New York will acquire shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielder Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren and likely one more player. Torres is the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, while McKinney ranks fifth in their system. Warren returns to the Yankees’ organization after being sent to Chicago for infielder Starlin Castro last offseason.

Chapman, who the Yankees acquired last offseason, is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves this year.

The fourth player is Rashad Crawford, a 22-year-old outfielder who seems okay, but not a huge prospect.

Still, holy crap, Brian Cashman just made out so damn well. And honestly, while the Cubs paid a lot in terms of prospects, A. they had a lot of prospects to deal and B. they haven’t won a World Series in 108 years. I get the desire to try to lock this shit down. Rondon and Chapman is an outstanding 1-2 punch, and Mike Montgomery is a great 7th inning guy. They don’t really have any notable holes now as a playoff team. That’s pretty huge.

But more importantly, the Yankees got two very good prospects in Torres and McKinney and Adam Warren will likely become the Yankees new seventh inning guy, and presumably the Yankees feel that they can fix him. Crawford is just icing on the cake.

Oh, and there’s no extension worked into the deal, so the Yankees can just re-sign Chapman as a free agent (and since he was traded, they won’t have to lose a pick to do so). Chapman clearly liked pitching here, so I’m sure he’d be open to returning.

Just a wonderful job overall by Brian Cashman. He got Chapman for, like, 25 cents on the dollar and then traded him for roughly $3 on the dollar. Very well done.

--Posted at 11:28 am by Brian Cronin / 82 Comments | - (0)

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees, Cubs Working On Trade Involving Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres

7:04pm: The Yankees and Cubs are working towards a trade that would send star closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and more, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports via Twitter.  Sports Illustrated’s Kenny Ducey reported (Twitter link) earlier tonight that Torres was scratched from the lineup for Chicago’s High-A affiliate, and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo adds that Torres was indeed removed due to ongoing trade talks.

8:06pm: There hasn’t been any talk of a contract extension between Chapman and the Cubs, Heyman reports (Twitter link).  The trade is “looking likelier” but still not finalized, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets.  Torres is one of “multiple” Cubs pieces that have been agreed upon as part of the deal.

Seems like a pretty nice trade if it goes through.

--Posted at 7:21 am by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, July 24, 2016 Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win

Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira homered as Nathan Eovaldi threw a season-high 118 pitches, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday as they prepared to take their swirling trade speculation on the road.

Amid reports that the Yankees are listening to offers on closer Aroldis Chapman, they were able to complete a 6-4 homestand without calling upon the three big arms of Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, all of whom were unavailable. Eovaldi gave them the lengthy outing they needed, going 6 2/3 innings and credited his cutter to his performance.

“I definitely wanted to go deeper in the game. I knew that they were down today,” Eovaldi said. “The other guys we have in our bullpen, I know that they can get the job done, and we were able to add a few more runs. It was encouraging.”

Well, at least none of us can say that we were surprised that the Yankees kept winning JUST enough to muddy the trade waters.

They really, really have to trade Aroldis Chapman. If they want him back, they can easily re-sign him. Heck, for all we know, the Yankees might even continue to win without him! It’s not like he’s a HUGE part of the team (although he is a significant part of it). Betances and Miller would still be excellent at the back of the bullpen. They really, really need to deal Chapman.

--Posted at 5:27 pm by Brian Cronin / 48 Comments | - (0)

Giants (58-39) @ Yankees (49-48), Sunday, 7/24/2016, 1:05 PM ET

Giants: Jeff Samardzija (R):  (122.1 IP, 4.05 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (104 IP, 4.93 ERA, 4.95 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

1. Denard Span (L) CF (.255/.332/.344, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Angel Pagan (S) LF (.286/.331/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B (.281/.384/.481, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Buster Posey (R) DH (.284/.358/.467, 2.8 bWAR)
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS (.272/.340/.429, 3.3 bWAR)
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B (.245/.292/.387, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Mac Williamson (R) RF (.247/.337/.506, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Ramiro Pena (S) 2B (.320/.346/.467, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Trevor Brown (R) C (.270/.306/.443, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.344/.430, 11.2 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.351/.363, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.327/.378, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.303/.346/.545, 1.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.337/.429, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.295/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.297/.328/.462, 1.7 bWAR)
7. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.186/.268/.312, -0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.326/.385, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.256/.289, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.256/.319/.405, 9.4 bWAR

Will this be Aroldis Chapman’s final game as a Yankee?

--Posted at 11:57 am by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, July 23, 2016 Yankees see Giants come back for win in 12th

Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn’t let it pass him by.

Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco’s 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants’ season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.

Williamson broke a 1-1 tie in the 12th with a one-out hit that scored Trevor Brown, who doubled to lead off the inning against Anthony Swarzak (1-1). Two innings earlier, Williamson struck out against Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees’ dominant left-hander, with Grant Green on second base and nobody out.

Self-critical over his inability to accomplish anything in the 10th—“I couldn’t get [Green] over; I couldn’t get him in,” Williamson said—he connected with Swarzak’s 1-0 delivery and grounded it sharply into center field past diving Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.

“I was trying to drive something up the middle of the field, and not get too pull-happy, to give Trevor an opportunity to score,” said Williamson, who also homered in the fifth inning. “He left a slider over the middle of the plate and I snuck it by Didi a little bit, just enough.”

This offense likes to go to new lengths of suckitude sometimes. Then again, it’s not like San Fran’s offense has been anything to write home about either.

The Yankees apparently are close to an Aroldis Chapman deal, and it seems like it might be to Washington for a package centered around Erick Fedde. Fedde isn’t some amazing prospect, but he’s MILES better than what the Yankees gave up to get Chapman, so it’d be a net positive for the Yankees. I legitimately could see the Yankees re-signing Chapman this offseason. What’s Chapman’s market right now?

--Posted at 11:39 pm by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0) Yankees stay hot, send Giants to 6th straight loss

The Giants’ struggles and the Yankees’ surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco’s season-high sixth consecutive loss.

“Unfortunately, the first half we couldn’t be consistent as a team,” Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said after his team won its seventh of their last 10 games and is now 4 1/2 games out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. “Now, we feel like we’re playing better baseball, so we’re happy where we’re at. We just need to continue to put up wins and we’ll see what happens.”

With the score tied, 2-2, Chase Headley’s infield single, a dribbler toward third base that didn’t quite roll foul, launched the Yankees’ winning rally against Josh Osich (1-2). The rookie left-hander then walked Mark Teixeira. Austin Romine tapped a grounder to Crawford, who stepped on second base before throwing to first in hopes of recording a double play. But first baseman Brandon Belt couldn’t quite hold on to Crawford’s high throw, enabling Headley to score
. “I don’t know what other play I had,” said Crawford, the reigning National League Gold Glove recipient at his position who committed a career-high three errors. “Maybe the other option would have been the glove flip, but I felt more comfortable taking it myself. I thought, worst-case scenario, we have guys on first and third, one out. Throw got up a little bit. Belt kind of lost it also, he said. That didn’t help. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”

Oddly defensive comments by Crawford, no? Whatever, dude, you’re a great defender. No one is going to turn on you because you had a bad game once in a blue moon. Even throwing his teammate under the bus a bit. Odd.

Anyhow, ChrisS said it would happen, so of course it had to happen - a 3-2 victory that served to screw over any chances the Yankees have of becoming sellers. Well, we’ll see what happens with Games 2-3. Perhaps losing both of them will be enough. I love the whole “Hopefully Ivan Nova can pick up where he left off against the Giants.” Oh? You mean the seven scoreless he threw against them THREE YEARS AGO? Yeah, I’m sure that totally has some bearing on how he will do now.

By the way, lost in the bullpen having a mini-meltdown was another excellent Tanaka start. He’s awesome.

--Posted at 6:13 am by Brian Cronin / 47 Comments | - (0)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Giants (57-38) @ Yankees (48-47), Friday, 7/22/2016, 7:05pm

Giants: Madison Bumgarner (L):  (135.2 IP, 2.12 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (123 IP, 3.15 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 3 bWAR)

1. Denard Span (L) CF (.254/.334/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Angel Pagan (S) LF (.291/.332/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B (.285/.389/.491, 2.7 bWAR)
4. Buster Posey (R) C (.286/.360/.473, 2.9 bWAR)
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS (.276/.346/.438, 3.7 bWAR)
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B (.250/.299/.400, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Jarrett Parker (L) DH (.255/.367/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Ramiro Pena (S) 2B (.348/.377/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Gregor Blanco (L) RF (.245/.330/.347, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.350/.425, 11.3 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.352/.366, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.300/.339/.548, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.210/.260/.371, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.326/.389, 1.9 bWAR)
6. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.260/.327/.344, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.264/.277/.434, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.194/.257/.296, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.232/.289/.333, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.402, 5.2 bWAR

This would be a fun pitching matchup if the Yankees’ offense wasn’t so terrible.

--Posted at 4:28 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)

CBS Sports: Report: Yankees have thought about cutting A-Rod and Mark Teixeira

The expectation with the Yankees, who are now five back in the Wild Card (and six back in the division), is that they’ll still trade Aroldis Chapman and perhaps a few others by the deadline. But those might not be the most drastic moves made in New York over the coming weeks.

According to Jon Heyman, if the Yankees do sell at the deadline, that could set off a domino effect that ends with multiple well-paid veterans getting the boot:

Some New York Yankees people have discussed whether, if they decide to sell, they might consider releasing great veterans Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to get on with the rebuild.

Both Teixeira and Rodriguez are in the midst of horrendous seasons. Teixeira entered Thursday hitting .189/.271/.320 (a 59 OPS+), while Rodriguez’s .213/.264/.376 (70 OPS+) effort isn’t much better. Neither has youth on their side (Teixeira is in his age-36 season; Rodriguez his age-40 campaign), meaning the only impediment is money. Consider that no impediment at all on Teixeira’s side, since he’ll be a free agent at season’s end. Rodriguez, conversely, is due more than $20 million for next season, which might make an outright release tougher to swallow.

I could see releasing Teixeira if Greg Bird was around.  But it’s not like Teixeira’s blocking someone right now, and his glove is still useful enough in those rare games he plays in.

As for Rodriguez, you could conceivably release him and free up DH for Carlos Beltran and bring up Aaron Judge to play RF.  But if they are going to rebuild, they should be trading Beltran anyway.  And even if Rodriguez’s days as a productive MLB player are done, he seems to have some usefulness as a mentor to younger players, and it might be good for Judge to pick Rodriguez’s brain a bit before he’s gone.  So releasing Rodriguez also doesn’t make much sense to me.

Both moves only make sense if you consider it as a definitive statement that they are punting on 2016.  And even then, I don’t see the benefit to it.

I wouldn’t be particularly upset if they did do it, it would just feel like an empty gesture to me.

--Posted at 8:39 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, July 21, 2016 CC inconsistent as Yanks’ streak snapped by O’s

Chris Tillman worked seven strong innings, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a pair of runs and the Orioles snapped their four-game losing streak—and New York’s four-game winning streak—with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Tillman (14-2) scattered four hits, walking two and striking out seven as he won his fourth consecutive start, again holding the opponent to exactly one run. Baltimore improved to 10-0 in games that the right-hander has started against the American League East this season.

CC Sabathia was charged with the loss on his 36th birthday. The left-hander retired 15 of 17 through one stretch but allowed four runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, permitting a two-run single to Hardy in the first inning and a two-run double to Schoop in the seventh.

CC really wasn’t that bad. This loss is almost entirely on the offense. Not that CC was great, but he wasn’t terrible. And if he had any run support, he wouldn’t have been pitching in the seventh inning.

Honestly, CC has been a very pleasant surprise this season. Him being an okay pitcher is pretty nice to see. Very few things have been pleasant about this team.

Hopefully this means they’ll sell now!

--Posted at 4:54 pm by Brian Cronin / 6 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (53-40) @ Yankees (48-46), Thursday, 7/21/2016, 1:05pm

Orioles: Chris Tillman (R):  (120.1 IP, 3.29 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 3.7 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (93.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 1.3 bWAR)

1. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.263/.331/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.294/.327/.509, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.308/.366/.550, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.285/.338/.564, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.347/.491, 2.5 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.264/.296/.404, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Ryan Flaherty (L) RF (.227/.313/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.155/.211/.179, -0.7 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.332/.483, 12.2 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.351/.367, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.383, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.304/.343/.555, 1.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.340/.439, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.189/.271/.320, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.328/.462, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.264/.376, -0.7 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.224/.284/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.318/.416, 7.5 bWAR)

I feel we can count on CC to stop this annoying winning streak.  Remember when he had an ERA two points lower than his FIP?

--Posted at 11:43 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)

TGS NY: Yankees’ surge against Orioles puts fire sale on hold

NEW YORK—The New York Yankees aren’t making this easy for anyone. Not for their fans, not for their ownership, not for the people entrusted with making their personnel decisions, and not for the people who are paid to report daily on what they could/should/might/will/won’t do at the upcoming trade deadline.

Most of all, they are not making it easy for themselves.

Just when it appeared that we could all agree on a course of action come Aug. 1—Sell! Sell!! SELL!!!—they go and win four in a row, including three straight from the Baltimore Orioles, knocking the O’s into a tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the American League East.

Wednesday night’s 5-0 win at Yankee Stadium vaulted the Yankees to a pinnacle they haven’t seen since April 12. Even if it is a modest achievement to be two games over .500, it at least indicates that there might be some life left in this aging, overpaid, underperforming roster.

And if they can pull off a sweep in Thursday afternoon’s finale, and the Red Sox lose to the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees will find themselves just 4 1/2 games out of first place, nearer than they’ve been to the promised land since April 27 and, believe it or not, closer to first place than their crosstown rival Mets, who only went to the World Series last year.

If they were going to pull this crap, why couldn’t they at least have won the series with Boston first?

--Posted at 9:26 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Backed by HRs, Pineda, Yanks blank Orioles

Michael Pineda’s electric slider produced eight strikeouts, Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup and the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, a 5-0 decision over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda blanked Baltimore in a 113-pitch effort, limiting their depleted batting order to five hits and two walks as he picked up his first victory since June 7. Teixeira provided support against O’s starter Yovani Gallardo, slugging his eighth homer in the fourth inning and working a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

“Pitching is the name of the game, especially starting pitching,” Teixeira said. “When your starter goes out there and gives you a chance to win every night, you feel good about your chances. Mike was great tonight. He’s got No. 1 stuff; this guy throws 96 [mph] with a great slider. When he puts it all together, he can have nights like he did tonight.”

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each tripled and scored on sacrifice flies for the Yankees, who improved to 48-46, two games over .500 for the first time since April 12. Carlos Beltran launched his 20th home run in the eighth inning off former Yankee Chaz Roe.

It is hilariously sad that two games over .500 is their highwater mark of the season. And it is equally hilariously sad that they last reached that mark in April.

Did you folks know that this is the first game that Pineda didn’t allow a run in all season? What a weird tease that guy is.

Anyhow, the Yankees are still a bad team, but now they’re apparently a bad team who is going to win just enough games to take themselves out of being sellers and thus hurting their future as a result. Blech.

Although, I’ll be honest, if the Yankees actually think that they can be competitive next season, I can see the appeal of trying to keep the Big Three together. There’s something very special about seeing a 2-0 lead in, say, the fourth inning and instinctively think, “Just two more innings.” The Big Three, though, deserve a better team. They deserve a team where a 2-0 lead after four innings isn’t a shocking surprise.

--Posted at 11:28 pm by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (53-39) @ Yankees (47-46), Wednesday, 7/20/2016, 7:05pm

Orioles: Yovani Gallardo (R):  (48.1 IP, 5.77 ERA, 5.12 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (100.1 IP, 5.56 ERA, 4.04 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.269/.320/.379, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.298/.331/.514, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.307/.443, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) 1B (.284/.337/.563, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.250/.316/.484, 0.1 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.259/.292/.402, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.269/.333/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.233/.320/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.160/.218/.185, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.317/.453, 6.3 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.352/.361, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.331/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.301/.341/.544, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.239/.338/.442, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.186/.263/.305, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.299/.332/.468, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.410, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.261/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.219/.282/.297, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.408, 7.7 bWAR)

This has to be the most disappointing winning streak ever.  Although, when I see the lineup the Orioles have been running out there every night, I’m glad they are getting their correction. 

I just wish they would have waited three more days to start.

--Posted at 4:24 pm by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Shining Starlin’s 4 RBIs lead Yanks over O’s

Starlin Castro homered and drove in four runs to lead the Yankees to their third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the division-leading Orioles on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Castro hit a two-run shot, his 11th, off Baltimore starter Vance Worley in the second inning and contributed a two-run double facing reliever Odrisamer Despaigne in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a run-scoring single and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who improved to 47-46, 6 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the American League East.

Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi worked 5 1/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball in his return to the rotation, but reliever Anthony Swarzak recorded the biggest outs of the evening, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth. Swarzak retired all eight Orioles he faced.

Some very impressive pitching by the Yankees tonight. It was especially cool to see Swarzak dominate with the Yankees’ Big Three out for tonight’s game after pitching in each of the last two games (Chapman tied his own record for the fastest recorded pitch ever on Monday).

This is still a bad team, but this was a strong performance by the Yankees tonight.

--Posted at 10:22 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)

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