Saturday, June 11, 2016
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.314/.365/.510, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF (.410/.471/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.298/.371/.518, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.340/.386/.531, 1.4 bWAR)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.265/.338/.496, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.310/.342/.545, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Justin Upton (R) LF (.223/.273/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
8. James McCann (R) C (.178/.224/.297, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.238/.292/.298, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.285/.340/.457, 9.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.287/.342/.436, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.379/.382, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.319/.571, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.217/.266/.419, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.227/.330/.411, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.292/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.269/.296/.376, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.313/.324, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.185/.233/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.421, 5.7 bWAR
Just as he’s been doing every start since the beginning of May, CC Sabathia spun a gem for the Yankees. And on Friday, the Yankees’ bats backed him up.
The Yanks jumped to an early lead with three first-inning runs and cruised thanks to seven shutout innings from Sabathia, holding onto the lead and defeating the Tigers, 4-0, for their fifth straight victory. With the win, the Yankees improved their record to above .500 for the first time since April 13, when they were 4-3.
Sabathia now has a 0.71 ERA over his last six starts dating back to May 4.
“Incredible. I think 42 [pitches] after two, maybe 58 after three, might’ve been more than that,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “At that point, you’re thinking if I can get five out of him, I’d be pleased. But he got better, which is impressive, and another just brilliant outing out of him.”
If you asked me four years ago, “Hey, Brian, do you think that CC Sabathia is the type of pitcher who will be able to make adjustments when he no longer has a crazy awesome fastball, like many other great pitchers? Or will he fall apart like other pitchers?” I would have said that I would bet on CC Sabathia being precisely the type of pitcher who could weather the loss of his good stuff. That’s why I had no problem with the contract extension the Yankees gave him. Then he sucked for, like, seventeen years. So him now looking like he made the adjustment I thought he could make back then? That’s freakin’ amazing. It’s obviously still a small sample size, so this can all come crashing down very easily, but damn, man, he looks flat out good. Like “Return to the Yankees” Andy Pettitte good. Good for him.
The offense wasn’t great, but it was good enough! So this is what over .500 feels like? It’s been so long! Hopefully they don’t go back to .500 tomorrow!
Friday, June 10, 2016
DET: Mike Pelfrey (#37, 32, RHP, 1-5, 4.76) vs. NYY: CC Sabathia (#52, 35, LHP, 3-4, 2.58)
Thanks in large part to a fifth-inning offensive outburst, the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Angels, returning to .500 on the season with a 6-3 win on Thursday.
The Yankees trailed, 1-0, headed into the bottom of the fifth inning, but sparked by a consistent stream of hits, the Yankees clawed back and eventually jumped ahead. Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a walk, Chase Headley moved him over with a grounder to second base, and Chris Parmelee singled him home, tying the game. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann all added hits as well in the frame, with Beltran’s and McCann’s landing for doubles.
For the Angels, the loss signaled an end to a tough trip to the Bronx in which Halos pitchers allowed 29 runs. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin looked strong to start, allowing just three baserunners in the first four innings, but was responsible for all five of the runs in the fifth inning, later departing after recording just one out in the sixth.
“I think we played good baseball this series,” said Beltran, who went 7-for-15 and drove in 10 runs in the four games. “Right now, we’re pitching good, playing good defense and hitting well. We need to stay with the same plan.”
Well, if you looked at a sample size of, well, just one series, the Yankees offense would look downright impressive, as they demolished the Angels’ pitchers all series long, leading to a 4-game sweep, that takes the Yankees to .500 again for the first time in a few weeks. The last couple of times that they evened up their record this season, they promptly lost their next game, so we’ll see what they can do when the suddenly decent Detroit Tigers come to town on Friday.
Sadly, mixed in with the good news was the disappointing news that Chris Parmelee was badly injured on a strange injury that he suffered upon making a diving stop at first in the seventh inning. It looks like a really bad groin injury or a really bad hamstring injury. Either way, he looks like he’ll be out for a while. After the game, Girardi suggested that Rob Refsnyder would now probably be the everyday first baseman going forward. It’ll be interesting to see who they call up for the roster spot, though. Could they really give Nick Swisher another shot? As Ugly Johnny Dickshot pointed out, it would be interesting to see if they could do some sort of catcher/first base platoon between Brian McCann, Austin Romine and a called-up Gary Sanchez (who is back after his thumb injury). Or they could just call up Ben Gamel for the hell of it.
Anyhow, here’s hoping the strong offense wasn’t just due to some terrible Angels pitching! Wishful thinking, I know…
Thursday, June 9, 2016
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.308/.357/.412, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.300/.378/.465, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.309/.413/.553, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.239/.319/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.301/.394, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.256/.279/.341, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.250/.287/.319, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.200/.243/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.288/.329/.438, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.333/.417, 6.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.293/.343/.447, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.367/.375, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.313/.571, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.221/.269/.426, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.317/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.293/.434, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.267/.291/.372, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.235/.309/.312, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B (.600/.600/2.000, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.316/.427, 5.2 bWAR
The Yankees are going to get conned into thinking they shouldn’t sell, aren’t they?
If Chris Parmalee can continue to OPS 2.600 for the rest of the season, he should be moved up in the lineup.
Chris Parmelee marked his first start in pinstripes with a pair of home runs and Carlos Beltran cleared the fences for the third straight game, helping to lead the Yankees to a 12-6 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Called up this week to replace the injured Mark Teixeira, Parmelee hooked a solo blast inside the right-field foul pole to begin a four-run sixth inning—during which Beltran hit a go-ahead double against right-hander Jered Weaver. Parmelee then homered again in the seventh facing Greg Mahle.
“I just put the good part of the bat on the ball,” Parmelee said. “As you know, Yankee Stadium is pretty friendly down that line. Anything can happen if you put the ball in the air here.”
The Yankees get a home run each from Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran and two from Chris Parmelee in a 12-6 win over the Angels
Along with Beltran’s 16th homer, which he hit in the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury also went deep and scored three runs, while Anthony Swarzak picked up the victory in relief. Weaver took the loss, surrendering six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees overcame a rough start by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
If you would have told me that Nathan Eovaldi was going to give up five runs in five innings…well, okay, I would have still thought that the Yankees would have had a CHANCE due to how poorly the Angels pitched in the first two games of the series, but I would have still been surprised to learn that the Yankees would have won the game going away.
Chris Parmalee is not a good baseball player, but I have no problem with giving him some more at-bats at first base to see if he can get hot for a stretch. Refsnyder can always hang around in a super-utility role and get at-bats here and there at second, right and then, when Parmalee falls apart (as he surely will), first base again.
By the way, how freakin’ streaky are these Yankee hitters?!? It’s like it’s either a bunch of 4-5 games or repeated oh-fers for some of these guys like Gardner and Beltran.
Oh well, it was cool to see them score a lot of runs. Hopefully the offense can be not terrible again tomorrow, as this four-game series comes to a close.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Carlos Beltran and Starlin Castro homered for the second consecutive game, supporting Michael Pineda’s longest effort of the year as the Yankees defeated the Angels, 6-3, on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Beltran hit a two-run homer and Castro added a solo shot off left-hander David Huff, who surrendered five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Austin Romine had an RBI single and Rob Refsnyder lifted a sacrifice fly to account for the other New York runs off Huff, the ninth different starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.
“Being able to get those runs early in the game, it’s a big boost for our team,” Beltran said. “I know we’ve been struggling to score runs lately, but the past couple of days we feel like we’re putting up good at-bats. That’s what it’s all about.”
Pineda spun a sharp effort for the second consecutive start, blanking the Halos through the first four frames before Gregorio Petit stroked a run-scoring single and Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run homer in a three-run fifth. He completed a season-high seven innings as the Yankees won their seventh straight game at home against the Angels, dating back to last year.
Imagine if Pineda wasn’t terrible! This was a strong victory, as the Yankees jumped out to a big lead and held on to it.
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.420, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.301/.379/.455, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.306/.412/.541, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.244/.326/.437, 0.3 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.302/.392, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.268/.287/.357, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.239/.278/.294, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.203/.248/.317, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.260/.308/.370, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.335/.414, 6.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.357/.362, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.227/.261/.409, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.272/.302/.540, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.204/.256/.425, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.291/.425, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.241/.316/.319, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.292/.309/.462, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.264/.289/.368, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.193/.258/.289, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.300/.401, 1.7 bWAR
Carlos Beltran lifted a two-out, three-run homer off lefty reliever Jose Alvarez in the bottom of the eighth, sending the Yankees to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night.
“I wasn’t really thinking homer,” Beltran said. “I was thinking more basehit to right field. As soon as it left the bat, I knew that I hit it well.”
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, who entered with a 1.59 ERA over his last three starts, held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, then gave up back-to-back solo homers to Brian McCann and Starlin Castro with two outs in the seventh, allowing New York to tie the game at 2.
With two outs in the eighth, Shoemaker faced the top of the Yankees’ lineup for the fourth time and got in trouble once more, giving up back-to-back singles to Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. That prompted Angels manager Mike Scioscia to remove Shoemaker, even though he had only thrown 93 pitches.
Brian McCann, Starlin Castro and Carlos Beltran connect on late home runs to fuel the Yankees’ 5-2 come-from-behind victory
“It got to a point in the game when we were just trying to turn Beltran around,” Scioscia said. “Shoe had trouble closing out that seventh inning and the eighth inning, so we felt it was better to turn him around and get that last out in the eighth.”
Beltran—with an .875 OPS against righties and a .728 OPS against lefties heading in—got an 0-1, 91-mph fastball out over the plate and sent it out to right field to give New York its only lead. Aroldis Chapman then closed it out in the ninth.
Well, that was a great win. Imagine if this offense wasn’t terrible. Tanaka sure is fun.
Monday, June 6, 2016
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.421, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.306/.386/.461, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.311/.415/.549, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.238/.319/.433, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.251/.303/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.274/.294/.366, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.245/.286/.302, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Jett Bandy (R) C (.300/.333/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.243/.293/.343, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.343/.425, 6.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.330/.411, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.359/.364, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.299/.525, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.211/.265/.440, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.320/.393, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.249/.286/.407, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.268/.294/.374, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.245/.321/.325, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.250/.286/.450, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.311/.407, 3.8 bWAR
I am actually surprised the Yankee lineup has more bWAR than Mike Trout.
The Yankees are losing their mojo.
Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.
The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.
Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.
“When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”
On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.
On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”
From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.
From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.
Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.
Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.
To be sure, YES viewership has been cut a bit because of Comcast blocking the network during a fee dispute. But the ratings have declined in four of the past five years — with only Jeter’s going-away tour providing a bit of an increase in 2014.
When fans across the country vote with their wallets and buy jerseys of their favorite players, the Yanks are missing their swagger.
I’m surprised about this. I mean, Hal Steinbrenner committed to putting a “championship caliber” team out there. How could interest possibly be dropping?
Saturday, June 4, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.276/.332/.418, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.220/.350/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.269/.301/.534, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.180/.241/.430, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.284/.405, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.265/.292/.376, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.318/.316, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.308/.308/.538, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.290/.313/.468, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.307/.410, 2.9 bWAR
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.295/.395, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.391/.466/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.312/.379/.605, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.218/.341/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.297/.350/.593, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.280/.319/.424, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.303/.388, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.264/.292/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.192/.286/.219, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.333/.470, 7.0 bWAR