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Yankees (24-26) @ Blue Jays (27-26), Tuesday, 5/31/2016, 7:07pm
(76 Comments - 5/31/2016 11:14:34 pm)

NY Post: A-Rod, Teixeira anchors on Yankees offense with no hope in sight
(5 Comments - 5/31/2016 5:19:04 pm) Yankees held to McCann’s late HR vs. Jays
(15 Comments - 5/31/2016 1:40:56 pm)

Yankees (24-25) @ Blue Jays (26-26), 7:07pm
(26 Comments - 5/30/2016 9:57:57 pm) Shining Starlin: HR ends Odorizzi no-no for W
(27 Comments - 5/30/2016 4:36:31 pm) Beltran’s HR, Yanks’ late threats fall short
(32 Comments - 5/29/2016 5:48:56 pm)

Yankees (23-24) @ Rays (21-25), Saturday, 5/28/2016, 4:10pm
(28 Comments - 5/28/2016 7:13:27 pm) A-Rod’s HR leads bats behind Tanaka for win
(4 Comments - 5/28/2016 2:04:25 pm)

Yankees (22-24) @ Rays (21-24), Friday, 5/27/2016, 7:10pm
(17 Comments - 5/27/2016 10:55:08 pm) CC’s gem goes unrewarded in finale vs. Jays
(14 Comments - 5/27/2016 8:38:02 pm)

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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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Yankees stink

Zack Greinke got the better of Michael Pineda on Tuesday night at Chase Field and the result was a 5-3 victory for the D-backs over the Yankees, their second in as many nights.

The D-backs have outscored the Bombers, 17-5, in the first two games of a three-game series that ends here on Wednesday night.

Looking like the Greinke of old, the right-hander allowed three runs on just five hits, including a second-inning homer by Starlin Castro that gave the Yankees a short-lived, 1-0 lead. He struck out seven and walked none, exiting in the eighth inning with a 5-1 lead after allowing lead-off singles to Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. Both runners came around to score. Greinke’s now 4-3 with a 5.08 ERA.

“He threw the ball well,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said about Greinke. “He used his changeup and kept it down. It was a knockout pitch for him. He was able to get ahead with the fastball. When he knew guys were swinging he used his changeup early in the count. Slider, curveball. Probably the only thing he didn’t do well tonight was hit.”

After crawling back to four games under .500, the Yankees have now lost two more games and don’t have a great matchup tomorrow. This is why I’d be thrilled with .500 by the All-Star Break. It is very hard to make up the sort of hole that the Yankees have made for themselves.

--Posted at 2:04 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yankees (16-21) @ D-backs (18-23), Tuesday, 5/17/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (38.2 IP, 6.28 ERA, 5.24 FIP, -0.3 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (R):  (49.2 IP, 5.26 ERA, 3.62 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.306/.389, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.371/.388, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.218/.326/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.367/.457, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.317/.438, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.202/.288/.269, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.261/.368, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.243/.324, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Michael Pineda (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.373, 2.8 bWAR

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.333/.360/.512, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Chris Herrmann (L) RF (.279/.328/.590, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.223/.390/.446, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.275/.364/.519, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.299/.339/.530, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.305/.357/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.284/.336/.388, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.183/.245/.298, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Zack Greinke (R) P (.333/.368/.389, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.275/.344/.465, 7.4 bWAR

I am tingling with the anticipation that we may see a double switch tonight.  Interleague play is fantastic.  Unlike Michael Pineda or the Yankees.

--Posted at 7:54 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0) Yanks can’t contain D-backs, drop opener

The D-backs’ offense snapped out of its funk and Robbie Ray tossed seven quality innings as Arizona ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Yankees, 12-2, on Monday night at Chase Field.

It was the first time Ray (2-2) managed to get through seven innings this year. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs and scattered six hits. The D-backs gave Ray some runs to work with early thanks to a first-inning homer by Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona padded its lead with a five-run fifth, which included a three-run homer from Jake Lamb.

Chad Green misunderstood his assignment. He was here to replace Luis Severino, not reenact Luis Severino’s last awful start.

In all seriousness, this was going to be Green’s only start either way, as CC Sabathia looks to return on Friday. However, with the hole that the Yankees have placed themselves into so far this season, they really cannot afford to lose games to bad teams like the Diamondbacks, especially with the awesome Michael Pineda/ Zack Greinke match up tomorrow.

--Posted at 4:41 am by Brian Cronin / 35 Comments | - (0)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Yankees (16-20) @ D-backs (17-23), Monday, 5/16/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Chad Green (R): (NR) vs. Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (L):  (35.1 IP, 4.84 ERA, 4.38 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.308/.375, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.286/.326/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.314/.300, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.246/.279/.485, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.289/.270, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.203/.243/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.236/.261/.373, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.303/.324/.424, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Chad Green (R) P
Lineup Total: (.239/.294/.379, 0.9 bWAR

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.331/.355/.497, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Michael Bourn (L) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.222/.390/.430, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.260/.349/.480, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.301/.356/.496, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.320/.343/.547, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Chris Herrmann (L) C (.259/.306/.586, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.175/.239/.278, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Robbie Ray (L) P (.083/.083/.083, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.336/.460, 4.0 bWAR

The only thing worse than the Yankees is interleague play.

--Posted at 5:53 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Pinch-hit from Headley gets Yanks series win

Pinch-hitter Chase Headley hit the first two-out pitch he saw from Matt Albers for a run-scoring double in the seventh, bringing in Didi Gregorius from first and giving the Yankees a one-run lead that ended as a 7-5 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. That gap shot to right-center also gave New York the series victory and sent the White Sox back to Chicago with a 2-4 road trip.

The White Sox held a 4-3 lead in the sixth, but Brett Lawrie committed a throwing error on a Jacoby Ellsbury grounder with one out against Dan Jennings. White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to go with Zach Duke over Jennings against switch-hitter Carlos Beltran with two outs in the inning, with Beltran having five hits in 27 career at-bats against Duke. But Beltran connected for a two-run, go-ahead home run, the 400th homer of his career.

Melky Cabrera’s double to left off Dellin Betances tied the game in the seventh before the Yankees pulled back ahead and gave the lead to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who notched his third save. Miguel Gonzalez started for the White Sox, allowing three runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking five and fanning one. Masahiro Tanaka worked five for the Yankees, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

What I liked the most about this win was that it wasn’t an awesomely played game by the Yankees and they still got a win. Tanaka had his second straight poor start and after a big go-ahead home run by Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances blew the lead in a rough seventh inning. However, a pinch-hit double by Chase Headley (I think we all presumed that would happen,  right? ) gave the Yankees the lead and Brian McCann added an insurance run with a home run. Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman protected the lead and the Yankees got a huge win. 16-20 is still a shitty record, but it’s a lot better than it was!

Trivia question - Carlos Beltran became the eighth player to hit his 400th home run in a Yankee uniform. Obviously, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle are three of the players. Who are the other four? There’s some surprising guys in there.

--Posted at 6:19 pm by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)

White Sox (24-13) @ Yankees (15-20), Sunday, 5/15/2016, 1:05pm

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez (R):  (11 IP, 4.91 ERA, 4.99 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (46.1 IP, 3.11 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 1.4 bWAR)

White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.305/.400/.404, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.231/.301/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.331/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.220/.311/.504, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.394, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.274/.364/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.250/.325/.433, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.243/.364/.297, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Saladino (R) SS (.237/.231/.316, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.342/.413, 7.0 bWAR

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.313/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.223/.356/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.244/.274/.465, 0.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.311/.293, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.357/.426, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.331/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.128/.222/.128, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.243/.261/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.306/.371, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.243/.310/.386, 1.8 bWAR

The over/under on homers allowed by Tanaka today is five.

--Posted at 10:41 am by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, May 14, 2016 Done BMC: Yanks ‘pen trio finishes White Sox

Behind a brief surge of offensive productivity in the second inning, a strong start from Ivan Nova and the dominance of their bullpen, the Yankees outdueled Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Saturday to win, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium.

Nova looked strong while making just his second start of the season, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. When he left the ball over the plate, the White Sox took advantage, as three of the four hits they mustered against him went for extra bases. But those occasions were few and far between.

“We couldn’t get anything going. Nova was good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “His sinker was great today. We kept beating it into the ground. And if you don’t get anything early, you’re going to end up with that back end of the bullpen.”

After Nova, the Yankees’ vaunted bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work. Chapman secured his second save of the season and also threw four of the 10 fastest pitches that Statcast™ has recorded in 2016, including the top two (102.49 and 102.38 mph).

What a great win! Ivan Nova was very good and obviously the Big Three in the bullpen (I’m not calling them BMC) were amazing.

Already getting a win of the series against a good team is good for me, but imagine if they actually win tomorrow! Not likely, but maybe!!!

--Posted at 9:26 pm by Brian Cronin / 3 Comments | - (0)

White Sox (24-12) @ Yankees (14-20), Saturday, 5/14/2016, 1:05pm

White Sox: Jose Quintana (L):  (45.2 IP, 1.38 ERA, 2.12 FIP, 2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (18.2 IP, 4.34 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 0.2 bWAR)

White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.307/.404/.409, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.245/.310/.382, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.333/.407, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.217/.306/.486, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.396, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.275/.367/.473, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.257/.333/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Dioner Navarro (S) C (.222/.244/.383, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.237/.308/.331, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.337/.415, 6.4 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.231/.366/.389, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.298/.341/.476, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.205/.321/.304, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.248/.273/.472, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.366/.439, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.282/.258, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.203/.246/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.241/.356, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) DH (.300/.323/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.310/.385, 1.8 bWAR

Remember when the Yankees let Jose Quintana go for nothing?  That was smart.

--Posted at 10:43 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0) Headley’s homer Yanks’ lone damage vs. Sale

Chris Sale became the first White Sox pitcher since 2005 to win each of his first eight starts of the season, spinning a dominant complete-game outing in a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Sale limited the Bombers to just Chase Headley’s second-inning homer, scattering six hits while walking none and striking out six as he went the distance for the second time this year. Chicago provided plenty of support as Sale became baseball’s first eight-game winner, thumping Luis Severino for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

“You can’t win without scoring runs,” Sale said. “At the end of the day, starting pitching and defense wins games, but you’ve still got to score some runs. I’m putting my guys in the position I needed ‘em, and they came [through].”

A couple of things.

1. This was likely going to be a loss no matter what. It’s almost better to have it be a 7-1 loss instead of it being a 2-1 loss with Tanaka pitching.

2. Luis Severino heads to the 15-Day Disabled List with a “mild right triceps strain.” Don’t expect to see him again this season. It reminds me a bit of 2005, when one of the keys to their turnaround was just removing the pitchers (Jaret Wright) who were getting rocked every damn start. They called up Chad Green, so I guess he’ll start in place of Severino until CC returns from the DL. Green has been excellent in AAA so far this season. When CC returns, Green also has the tools to be a good swing man. We shall see.

Jose Quintana looms tomorrow. It won’t be fun. We sort of have to hope for a win on Sunday, honestly, as a win tomorrow seems unlikely.

--Posted at 2:10 am by Brian Cronin / 2 Comments | - (0)

Friday, May 13, 2016

White Sox (23-12) @ Yankees (14-19), Friday, 5/13/2016, 7:05pm

White Sox: Chris Sale (L):  (50.1 IP, 1.79 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R):  (32.1 IP, 6.12 ERA, 4.92 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)

White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.293/.391/.391, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.247/.315/.361, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.252/.338/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.222/.303/.496, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.308/.379/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.278/.372/.476, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.258/.330/.454, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.219/.359/.250, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.239/.294/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.343/.413, 6.4 bWAR)

1. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.200/.246/.327, -0.2 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.344/.483, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.256/.281/.488, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.194/.315/.287, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.194/.283/.226, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.229/.367/.390, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.333/.357/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.313/.333/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.383, 1.8 bWAR)

One of the best teams in the AL against one of the worst?  One of the best starting pitchers in the league against one of the worst? 

Any bets on how this game will go?  Any bets on how this series will go?

--Posted at 3:27 pm by SG / 45 Comments | - (0) Bronx Bombers go deep 3 times to beat Royals

Starlin Castro, Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius each homered, spoiling Ian Kennedy’s return to the Bronx as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 7-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Once a touted prospect in the Yankees’ system before going on to find greater success in the National League West, Kennedy was hammered for seven runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings by his original club as the Yankees took three of four games in the series.

“That was a series that we needed to play well against a very good team,” said Headley, whose second-inning homer was his first extra-base hit of the season. “To get three out of four, obviously, was big for us. And, personally, to have a good day was a step in the right direction.”

Nathan Eovaldi started for New York and limited the Royals to three runs, allowing eight hits over five innings to pick up his third victory of the year. Alex Gordon hit his fourth homer and added a run-scoring single in the loss.

Things do not get easier for the Yankees, as the Chicago White Sox come into town for a weekend series riding the best record in the American League. The White Sox will be throwing two excellent left handed starters against the Yankees this series, including Chris Sale vs. sacrificial lamb, Luis Severino, tomorrow night. Hopefully the Yankees won’t be down before even coming to bat on Friday night.

However, by winning tonight, the Yankees at least set themselves up to be just six games under if they can get a single game from the White Sox over the weekend and I think they have a chance at avoiding the sweep.

Tonight, though, the Yankees were great. They hit Ian Kennedy well, Nathan Eovaldi kept trying to fall apart, but never did so, and then Kirby Yates (who’s been quite a find), Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chasen Shreve (brought in when the Yankees took the game out of save territory) made mincemeat out of the Royals’ bats. Chase Headley got his first extra base hit of the season as the Yankees took three out of four from the defending champions. This homestand could have absolutely sunk the season, and so far, unless they get swept by the White Sox, they look like they’ll tread water for a little while longer. 

In a very interesting piece of news announced after the game, the Yankees are calling up Gary Sanchez for the White Sox series. Interestingly enough, I had just commented before tonight’s game that this lineup (with Austin Romine catching and Brian McCann DHing) is actually their best offensive lineup right now, as Dustin Ackley is a waste on offense right now. So that appears to be what the Yankees are thinking of for this upcoming series, bringing Gary Sanchez on for offense, as he is a righthanded hitter and the Yankees have been awful against lefties so far this year (and for, well, ever). So I think we’ll see Sanchez catch one game and DH one game, with McCann catching the game Sanchez DHes and DHing the game that Sanchez catches. Should be exciting to see a promising prospect given a chance! Can’t hit worse than Dustin Ackley, right? I was thinking that Tyler Olson could be sent down for Sanchez, but then I remembered that Nick Goody was still on the team, so it makes a lot more sense to send Goody down while Phil Coke rests a game or two. When Coke is ready to pitch again, send Olson down (as Olson is just here to be a long man).

--Posted at 2:55 am by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Royals (16-17) @ Yankees (13-19), Thursday, 5/12/2016, 7:05pm

Royals: Ian Kennedy (R):  (38 IP, 2.13 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (37.2 IP, 4.78 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 0.5 bWAR)

1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.257/.295/.307, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.274/.338/.403, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.328/.378/.536, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.195/.246/.333, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.229/.346/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.234/.271/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.286/.286/.429, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 2B (.257/.316/.314, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.226/.284/.274, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.385, 3.6 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.235/.371/.402, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.339/.457, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.202/.325/.298, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.274/.361/.442, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.261/.274/.496, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.216/.263/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.220/.240/.330, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.178/.265/.178, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.348/.375/.478, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.311/.380, 1.8 bWAR

I didn’t understand the Kennedy contract when it was signed, but so far the Royals certainly seem to have known what they were doing.  I’d expect further evidence of their brilliance by what he does against the hapless Yankees tonight.

--Posted at 3:03 pm by SG / 58 Comments | - (0) Rocky first sets tone Yankees can’t erase

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Lorenzo Cain continued to swing a hot bat, contributing a two-run single that helped the Royals defeat the Yankees, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Perez’s fifth homer of the season came as part of a four-run first inning against Michael Pineda, who settled down to work into the sixth but was charged with six runs in all. Nick Goody surrendered Cain’s sharp single to center field in the sixth, and Kendrys Morales hit a seventh-inning homer off Phil Coke as Kansas City celebrated just its fourth victory in 15 games.

This game was basically a metaphor for the Yankee season. When you open up by placing yourself into a big hole, you can try to climb out of it, but it gets very easy to fall back down. The Yankees had been on a bit of a medium temperature streak and had gotten within 5 games of .500, but then that all vanished in a half inning as Michael Pineda’s insane first inning woes continued, as he put them into a 4-0 hole that, for a team who has trouble scoring like the Yankees do, was pretty much “game over” as soon as the game began. They clawed back and had the tying run on third base with one out in the fifth, but they couldn’t get the run in and then Nick Goody had a terrible stint from the bullpen, coming in with runners on first and second and two out and then plunked the first batter he faced and then started Lorenzo Cain 2-0 before surrendering a two-run single before getting pulled for Phil Coke. That was it for the game. Coke thankfully pitched the rest of the game, saving the rest of the bullpen, giving up just a single run on a home run.

I question the logic a bit of only pitching their three best relief pitchers in close games late. Why have that many great relief pitchers if you have to go to Nick Goody in the sixth inning of a one-run game?

The one piece of good news is that Aaron Hicks’ bat has come to life a bit. I agreed with Girardi that Hicks should play everyday while Ellsbury was out and so far, Girardi’s faith is being rewarded. In fact, I think Hicks should remain the everyday right fielder until A-Rod returns. Let him get at-bats.

Tomorrow is a pretty big game with the White Sox coming to town over the weekend. Ian Kennedy is pitching really well so far this season, though, so it does not look good for this anemic offense.

--Posted at 12:03 am by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)

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