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Orioles (87-72) @ Yankees (83-76), Friday, 9/30/2016, 7:05pm
(25 Comments - 10/1/2016 2:04:47 pm) CC leads way as Yankees sweep Red Sox
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Red Sox (92-66) @ Yankees (82-76), Thursday, 9/29/2016, 7:05pm
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NY Times: Mark Teixeira’s Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts Yankees From Brink of Elimination
(18 Comments - 9/29/2016 6:25:50 pm) Yanks bash 3 HRs, delay Sox’s clinch party
(58 Comments - 9/29/2016 9:48:45 am) With 5-run 9th, Yankees stun Jays
(29 Comments - 9/28/2016 12:45:07 am) Betances, Clippard can’t seal deal vs. Jays
(22 Comments - 9/27/2016 5:38:55 pm) No support for CC; Yanks miss WC opportunity
(26 Comments - 9/26/2016 12:37:47 pm) Lost chances at Trop stunt Yanks’ progress
(61 Comments - 9/24/2016 9:03:06 pm)

Yankees (79-72) @ Rays (64-87), Thursday, 9/22/2016, 7:10pm
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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, September 13, 2016

Dodgers (81-62) @ Yankees (76-67), Tuesday, 9/13/2016, 7:05pm

Dodgers: Julio Urias (L):  (68.1 IP, 3.69 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (154 IP, 4.27 ERA, 4.41 FIP, 1.8 bWAR)

1. Howie Kendrick (R) 3B (.267/.340/.385, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Justin Turner (R) DH (.269/.335/.501, 4.6 bWAR)
3. Corey Seager (L) SS (.319/.378/.536, 5.9 bWAR)
4. Yasiel Puig (R) LF (.265/.329/.416, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B (.291/.353/.445, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Carlos Ruiz (R) C (.256/.367/.341, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF (.195/.290/.330, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Rob Segedin (R) RF (.241/.283/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Chase Utley (L) 2B (.250/.316/.383, 1.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.341/.436, 18.1 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) CF (.263/.351/.364, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.269/.342/.336, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.333/.411/.697, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.297/.433, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.287/.343, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.330/.411, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.331/.395, 2.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.181/.258/.349, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.282/.331/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.324/.405, 9.0 bWAR)


--Posted at 3:20 pm by SG / 38 Comments | - (0) AL East climb steeper with loss to Dodgers

A large contingent of Dodgers fans made the Bronx feel like Chavez Ravine East as Jose De Leon fired five solid innings and Chase Utley’s deep drive in the second found outfield grass for a key two-run error in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

Backed by the group of banner-waving fans in Dodger blue, who did a Bleacher Creature-style roll call when Los Angeles took the field in the bottom of the first inning and cheered throughout the night, De Leon picked up his second win in as many outings as he limited the Yankees to two runs and three hits, helping the National League West leaders to their seventh victory in nine games.

Wow, that was awful.

Good for the Dodger fans, though, taking advantage of the sketchy crowds that the Yankees have been getting this season, despite their recent fun play. Pathetic display by the hometown fans.

Anyhow, things look bleak for the possibility of the Yankees making the playoffs, but I still am impressed with this team. If they could win 85 games, that’d be amazing still.

--Posted at 12:16 am by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Dodgers (80-62) @ Yankees (76-66), Monday, 9/12/2016, 7:05pm

Dodgers: Jose De Leon (R):  (6 IP, 4.50 ERA, 2.81 FIP, -0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Bryan Mitchell (R):  (5 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 0.4 bWAR)

1. Chase Utley (L) 2B (.250/.315/.384, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Corey Seager (L) SS (.319/.377/.537, 5.9 bWAR)
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B (.270/.336/.498, 4.5 bWAR)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) DH (.292/.355/.448, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C (.226/.337/.484, 2.6 bWAR)
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.274/.338/.395, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Howie Kendrick (R) 1B (.264/.336/.383, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Joc Pederson (L) CF (.250/.348/.497, 3.0 bWAR)
9. Andrew Toles (L) LF (.352/.413/.606, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.346/.459, 23.1 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.352/.367, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.325/.385, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.341/.415/.713, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.296/.425, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) DH (.238/.330/.415, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.331/.398, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.224/.274/.414, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.177/.258/.316, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.283/.333/.425, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.328/.412, 11.6 bWAR

Remember when Smellsbury passed TPBG™ in OPS?  It took five months to do it, and how long did it last, one PA?  Great job Smelly.

Only four more years and a couple of weeks left, thankfully.

Anyway, I don’t really like the Yankees’ chances in this one.

--Posted at 3:07 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0) Yanks’ playoff chase stalled by power-hungry Rays

The Yankees’ run at an American League postseason spot stalled on Sunday, at least for a day. Tampa Bay homered three times to snap New York’s seven-game win streak with a 4-2 victory in the Bronx in front of 33,087 at Yankee Stadium.

Corey Dickerson opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, and Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller added solo shots in the sixth off Luis Cessa, who suffered his first Major League loss.

The Yankees are now two games back of an AL Wild Card spot, tied with the Tigers and trailing the Blue Jays and the Orioles, who have both AL spots with identical records. New York trails Boston by four games in the AL East.

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Now they host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games and, well, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees even get to play against Clayton Kershaw. Blech.

Oh well, hopefully they’ll still surprise us! Even if they don’t pull out of a postseason spot, this last month and a half has been an absolute blast regardless!

--Posted at 3:28 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Rays (59-82) @ Yankees (76-65), Sunday, 9/11/2016, 1:05pm

Rays: Matt Andriese (R):  (106 IP, 4.58 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Cessa (R):  (42 IP, 4.07 ERA, 5.93 FIP, 0.3 bWAR)

1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.281/.352/.473, 3.5 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.252/.333/.435, 4.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.277/.325/.521, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.249/.306/.485, 1.5 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.239/.320/.415, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Nick Franklin (S) LF (.283/.349/.493, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.235/.283/.444, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Steven Souza (R) RF (.238/.290/.402, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Luke Maile (R) C (.247/.280/.404, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.316/.459, 15.4 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.349/.361, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.328/.388, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.344/.420/.728, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.238/.331/.416, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.202/.290/.347, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.303/.446, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.330/.391, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.173/.259/.320, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.288/.339/.432, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.326/.408, 12.2 bWAR

This looks like a total mismatch.

--Posted at 9:35 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0) Yanks muscle up behind Tanaka for 7th in row

The Baby Bombers deserve plenty of credit for powering the Yankees back into the postseason chase, but Masahiro Tanaka’s late-season surge might just be the most meaningful development taking place in the Bronx.

Tanaka stepped into the ace role again on Saturday as he recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts without a walk as the Yankees grabbed their seventh straight win with a 5-1 victory over the Rays.

“I feel that we’re on a really good roll,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I think we have younger guys up, and the new guys are providing positive energy into the clubhouse and the team. I think that has a lot to do with it.”

The 27-year-old Tanaka saved his best work for the second half, helping a Yankees club that remains one game off the pace for the second American League Wild Card spot. Tanaka scattered five hits over 7 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 in his past six starts as the Yankees moved to three games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

“We’re not thinking too far ahead,” said Gary Sanchez, who hit his 13th homer in the sixth inning and nearly slugged another one in the eighth, lifting a sacrifice fly as the Rays tried to intentionally walk him. “We come here and work hard. Every time, we want to win on that day, and that’s the focus right now.”

This is how ridiculous things are getting, Gary Sanchez nearly hit a three-run home run off of an intentional ball, as the Tampa Bay reliever got nervous and missed his spot with his pitch and it ended up close enough to the plate for Sanchez to crush it, but it died just short of the wall. The look on Kevin Cash’s face was priceless. I know a lot of it is having a shitty team to manage, but boy, Cash has not looked too good this series. It’s like he’s just checked out.

Anyhow, an outstanding performance by Masahiro Tanaka and great games from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez. Adam Warren came in in the 8th inning with the game 3-1 and a runner on first due to a Tanaka HBP and then promptly plunked the first batter he faced, which is just ludicrous. He then got out of the inning by getting Evan Longoria to ground into an inning-ending double play, so all is forgiven, Adam! Joe Girardi tried to give Tyler Clippard a day off, but couldn’t help but bring him in with a four-run lead and a runner on first with two outs in the ninth. In all seriousness, it wasn’t a big deal, as it was just one out, but Girardi probably should have given it one more batter.

The Yankees are now tied with the Detroit Tigers at one game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card and are now three games back of the Boston Red Sox for the AL East itself. The problem, of course, remains that there are just too many teams involved, including teams with some easy schedules like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers. This is still an uphill battle, but hey, seven straight wins should be celebrated no matter what else happens in the future. Luis Cessa goes Sunday afternoon as the Yankees attempt a sweep of the Rays.

--Posted at 5:10 am by Brian Cronin / 1 Comment | - (0)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rays (59-81) @ Yankees (75-65), Saturday, 9/10/2016, 4:05pm

TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 27, RHP, 8-17, 4.06) vs. NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 27, RHP, 12-4, 3.11)


1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
2. Nick Franklin (S) SS
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B
5. Logan Morrison (L) DH
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
6. Brian McCann (L) DH
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF
8. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B

This looks like a total mismatch.

--Posted at 2:44 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0) Ain’t it grand? Yanks’ streak at 6 in Wild climb

Mark Teixeira hit his 11th career grand slam as the Yankees outlasted both the Rays and three rain delays to post their sixth straight win on Friday, a 7-5 victory at Yankee Stadium that moved them just one game off the pace for a postseason berth.

Teixeira was summoned for a curtain call following his fourth-inning blast off Kevin Jepsen, which landed in the right-field bullpen. Slugging rookie Gary Sanchez also hit his 12th home run as the Yankees (75-65) improved to a season-high 10 games over .500, trailing the Orioles and Tigers by just a game for the second American League Wild Card.
“I hope there’s a lot more, but to me, it was a big home run,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t know how many more grand slams I had left in me, so it was nice to get one tonight.”

Dellin Betances recorded the final three outs despite a 51-minute delay in the top of the ninth. The Yankees now sit two games behind the Blue Jays for the first Wild Card spot, and are four games in back of the division-leading Red Sox in the AL East.
“We’ve got to keep it going,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I said it all along: Everything was right in front of us because of the teams we were playing.”

This is truly amazing, but Girardi is absolutely correct. As awesome as this is, they pretty much have to keep winning or they’re sunk. Over at FiveThirtyEight, they have the Yankees all the way up to a 24% chance of making the playoffs, which is great on one hand but it also kind of sucks on the other hand. They’ve put themselves into a position where they can’t afford to lose games to teams like the Rays, and that’s asking a lot of any team. “Good luck! If you lose at all, we’re fucked!”

Still, the long odds shouldn’t take away from how amazing these wins are. Ten games over .500! That’s unreal! One game back of the second Wild Card! Also unreal!

It was great to see Gary Sanchez hit another home run, but that was probably not even his coolest play. His throw to second base to double off Corey Dickerson was amazing. He threw the ball so damned fast.

No Betances tomorrow because of another unlucky rain delay, but Tyler Clippard has been so good, he is fine as a back-up closer, if necessary. Tanaka Day on Saturday, which is important since they’re going up against the league-leader in strikeouts, Chris Archer.

--Posted at 3:58 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Rays (59-80) @ Yankees (74-65), Friday, 9/9/2016, 7:05pm

Rays: Blake Snell (L):  (74.1 IP, 3.39 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (151.2 IP, 5.10 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 0.7 bWAR)

1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.281/.350/.474, 3.3 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.249/.329/.434, 4.1 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.280/.328/.528, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) DH (.254/.311/.495, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.235/.317/.404, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Steven Souza (R) RF (.238/.289/.397, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.230/.279/.441, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.241/.275/.330, -2.3 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.244/.275/.352, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.308/.438, 10.9 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.326/.380, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.268/.340/.331, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.336/.410/.689, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.294/.426, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.283/.332, -0.9 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.309/.454, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.330/.393, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) DH (.245/.273/.453, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.178/.247/.329, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.313/.411, 7.9 bWAR)

This looks like a total mismatch.

--Posted at 4:26 pm by SG / 58 Comments | - (0) Wild times: Yanks walk off, gain ground

The Yankees started playing their best baseball when a crop of Baby Bombers showed up in town, and as their postseason chances improve on a nightly basis, that surge shows no sign of slowing.

Tyler Austin took another turn as the hero on Thursday, slugging a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees continued their “nothing to lose” push with a 5-4 victory over the Rays, marking their fifth straight win and the 11th in 15 games.

“I’ve just been trying to help the team win any way I can,” said Austin, who clubbed the deciding blast off Erasmo Ramirez. “I think everybody in this clubhouse believes that we can make a push at this thing and get into the postseason, and it’s an exciting time right now.”

This team. This freakin’ team. It’s awesome, of course, but wow, this freakin’ team.

A moment that we should really spotlight is when Joe Girardi successfully argued with the umpires to get them to change a balk call in the fifth inning that would have tied the game 4-4. And since the Yankees won 5-4, that run obviously mattered a lot. I can’t believe Kevin Cash didn’t get himself ejected. I think that the reversal was the correct call, but who the heck ever reverses a balk call? Especially a balk call that would have tied the game!

Tommy Layne has been shockingly good since he came to the Yankees. I especially like that he came from the Red Sox, where he had been pitching pretty well, as well, but they just had a roster crunch. Good for him to get the win. And good, of course, for Tyler Austin, for the big game-winning home run. Good on Girardi for not pinch-hitting for Austin with Mark Teixeira.

Tough matchup Friday night, as the Yankees get Blake Snell versus Michael Pineda. The annoying thing is that for all of their winning, they are still in a bad spot, so all they can do to hang in there is just, well, keep winning. And that’s obviously easier said than done.

--Posted at 2:40 am by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rays (59-79) @ Yankees (73-65), Thursday, 9/8/2016, 7:05pm

Rays: Alex Cobb (R):  (5 IP, 3.60 ERA, 0.95 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (150 IP, 4.20 ERA, 4.23 FIP, 1.9 bWAR)

1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.280/.350/.475, 3.4 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.240/.322/.408, 3.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.280/.329/.531, 3.8 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.254/.310/.495, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Mikie Mahtook (R) LF (.176/.233/.244, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Nick Franklin (S) 1B (.290/.354/.504, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza (R) RF (.233/.284/.379, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) 3B (.286/.375/.429, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Curt Casali (R) C (.168/.257/.314, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.313/.446, 13.1 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.347/.359, 2.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.325/.381, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.348/.423/.713, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.280/.309/.455, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.296/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.235/.329/.400, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.333/.397, 2.2 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.224/.255/.388, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.171/.244/.329, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.324/.415, 12.1 bWAR)

This looks like a total mismatch.

--Posted at 3:31 pm by SG / 77 Comments | - (0) Sweep of Jays helps Yanks in playoff hunt

The Yankees are keeping an eye on the scoreboard as they continue their surprising hot streak, and the clubs in front of them might be starting to take notice.

Bryan Mitchell tossed five strong innings to earn his first Major League victory and Starlin Castro homered as the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive win, completing a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Brian McCann also contributed a third-inning RBI single as the Yankees improved to a season-high eight games over .500, closing within 2 1/2 games of the second American League Wild Card spot. It was New York’s first sweep of a three-game series this year. The Blue Jays fell to one game out in the AL East due to the Red Sox’s win later Wednesday night.

“We’ll get there if we continue to play like we’re playing,” Castro said. “Especially now in September, we’re facing the teams in front of us. If we continue winning series like we did today, we’ll be all right.”

This is just getting ridiculous, but in a very awesome fashion. A season-high eight games over .500? Pretty amazing.

The odds are still not in their favor because of all of the teams ahead of them (Houston and Detroit are both between the Yankees and the Second Wild Card-leading Orioles), even with their deficit “only” being two and a half games, but hell, they’ve definitely given themselves a chance, which is remarkable (their odds have actually slipped a little bit from a couple of weeks ago simply due to less time being left in the season)

A lot of us were looking forward to seeing Bryan Mitchell pitch as a long man/spot starter this year after he excelled in Spring Training, so seeing him getting a chance to start was great to see and he had an excellent game. Luis Severino’s stuff, meanwhile, really plays up out of the pen (like many pitchers, of course, this is not anything unique to Severino), so I’d prefer to see Mitchell remain in the #5 spot, with Severino relieving for the rest of the season. Mitchell and Luis Cessa are both solid enough starters for the back end of the Yankee rotation.

Tyler Clippard continues his stunning turnaround since he has returned to the Yankees, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up the save (with Dellin Betances obviously not available tonight after throwing 952 pitches last night). Starlin Castro also continues his power surge. If only that dude could take a walk at ALL, he’d be a really good player. Alas, his lack of walks was why he was available for just Adam Warren.

Big series starting against Tampa Bay. The Yankees can’t afford to suddenly suck against the bad teams after excelling against the good ones.

--Posted at 5:53 am by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Blue Jays (77-61) @ Yankees (72-65), Wednesday, 9/7/2016, 7:05pm

Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (R):  (173 IP, 4.58 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Bryan Mitchell (R): (NR)

Blue Jays
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.292/.323/.456, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.292/.406/.567, 7.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.270/.360/.547, 3.4 bWAR)
4. Jose Bautista (R) DH (.228/.351/.444, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Russell Martin (R) C (.246/.342/.419, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.251/.319/.449, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Michael Saunders (L) RF (.268/.350/.508, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) LF (.246/.293/.416, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.267/.300/.386, 2.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.341/.470, 24.5 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.345/.357, 2.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.375, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.296/.425, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.308/.454, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.283/.335, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.235/.330/.402, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.334/.398, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) RF (.217/.250/.391, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.245/.275/.399, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.315/.395, 9.7 bWAR

This looks like a total mismatch.

--Posted at 3:30 pm by SG / 52 Comments | - (0) Wild Card-hunting Yanks take thriller vs. Jays

Brett Gardner slammed into the left-field wall as he caught Justin Smoak’s bases-loaded drive, raising both hands and flipping the ball into the air as the Yankees celebrated a wild 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Gardner’s highlight-reel play allowed the Yankees to escape a stressful ninth inning after Toronto scored twice on Dellin Betances, who threw a season-high 40 pitches as he worked his third consecutive game. Blake Parker recorded the final two outs to pick up his first Yankees save and the second of his career.

“That game was back and forth at the end, and some guys came through with big at-bats,” Gardner said. “Guys came through in some big spots. I was excited, man. Every game at this point is big, especially the ones you have a chance to win that you’re supposed to win. It was a big win tonight.”

The Yankees continue to win some outrageous games, with this one being particularly crazy. After taking a 3-2 lead on a Tyler Austin home run (Teixeira coming in for defense was a good sign that he might have been healthy enough to play and Austin just got the nod over him), the Yankees, who were sans Tyler Clippard and had just used Adam Warren for 40 pitches, tried to get through the eighth inning with their lesser relievers and it did not go well. Dellin Betances had pitched the previous two games, so Girardi wasn’t going to use him in the eighth and the end result was a 4-3 Blue Jays lead. Then the Yankees answered right back with four runs of their own, including a clutch hit from the slumping Didi Gregorious and a big two-run home run from Chase Headley, who quietly has been having a pretty darn decent season, both offensively and defensively (although mostly on defense - he made a couple of excellent plays tonight). Then Betances came in for his third game in a row and he just didn’t have control of his offspeed stuff and he walked the first two batters and then gave up two infield singles. Honestly, his performance was not even really worrisome, as it seemed like A. fatigue and B. bad luck, as he got the ground balls when he needed them). Had it not been for his super high pitch count and his third game in a row, I think Girardi leaves him in there and I wouldn’t have been surprised if he came back to close out the game. Instead, the bare bullpen led to Blake Parker coming in and somehow getting the save, with first a ket strikeout of Kevin Pillar and then an excellent catch by Brett Gardner off the bat of Justin Smoak. Gardner wasn’t sure he made the catch, so the moment where he realized he had the ball? Awesome.

Bryan Mitchell takes the ball Wednesday night and…well…that might not go well.

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