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CBS New York: Yankees Linked To Several Players As Trade Deadline Fast Approaches
(25 Comments - 7/31/2014 11:22:03 am)

Yankees.com: Yankees Stink
(14 Comments - 7/31/2014 9:54:54 am)

Yankees (55-51) @ Rangers (42-65), Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:05pm
(39 Comments - 7/30/2014 11:14:18 pm)

Yankees.com: Seven-run sixth helps Yanks hold off Rangers
(6 Comments - 7/30/2014 7:21:07 pm)

The Sustainability of TPBG
(18 Comments - 7/30/2014 4:34:22 pm)

Yankees (54-51) @ Rangers (42-64), Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:05pm
(101 Comments - 7/30/2014 12:22:46 am)

Anonymous MLB Scout: They[The Yankees] have more in their farm system than people think
(19 Comments - 7/29/2014 4:48:09 pm)

Yankees.com: Gardner has Yu’s number, but Yanks fall in Texas
(8 Comments - 7/29/2014 11:50:16 am)

Yankees (54-50) @ Rangers (41-64), Monday, July 28, 2014, 8:05pm
(51 Comments - 7/28/2014 11:26:34 pm)

USA Today: Injured Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki shows up at Yankees game
(14 Comments - 7/28/2014 7:42:37 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.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

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.
OldYanksFan




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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

N.L. All-Stars @ A.L. All-Stars, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

NLS: Adam Wainwright (#0, 32, RHP, 12-4, 1.83) vs. ALS: Felix Hernandez (#0, 28, RHP, 11-2, 2.12)

Lineups
NL
CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

AL
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
LF Mike Trout, Angels
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Salvador Perez, Royals

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Derek Jeter.

--Posted at 3:48 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Derek Jeter remains stoic in final All-Star appearance

MINNEAPOLIS — They are freaking out everywhere in this city.

Fans are lined up across the street from the players’ downtown hotel, screaming at the mere sight of him.

Teammates are calling it among the greatest thrills of their lives.

His opponents already are scheming on different ways to celebrate the occasion.

I thought Mariano Rivera’s All Star Game appearance last year was one of the highlights of the 2013 season.  I fear this one is going to be far less organic and the leaked Nike commercial has already soured me on what we are likely to see.

But it will be nice for Jeter to get a send-off from all of baseball, even one as overwrought and forced as tonight’s will likely be.  It’s not just Jeter retiring, it’s pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the late 90s Yankees, one of the best stretches of baseball that any fan of any team at any time in history got to enjoy.

Those days are long gone. It’s hard to believe the 1998 team was 16 years ago and it’s hard to believe that Jeter’s sublime 1999 was 15 years ago.  He doesn’t look that much different, aside from the hair being gone…

--Posted at 8:02 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 14, 2014

Yankees.com: Whitley, Yanks suffer rain-shortened loss to O’s

BALTIMORE—When Chris Davis punched an opposite-field home run out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to put the O’s ahead of the Yankees in the fourth inning on Sunday, it just seemed like a blow.

The Yankees, in need of a win to take two of three from the Orioles and cut their division lead to three games, still had five innings to make a comeback. After 4 1/2 innings, the wind picked up and the rain started falling in Baltimore. A delay began.

An hour passed. Then two. With 4 1/2 more innings separating baseball from the All-Star break, there was an urgency for the two teams’ five All-Stars to make their way to Minneapolis for the festivities. Midnight came and went, most of the 34,483 in attendance left and eventually, the umpires called it. The Orioles won, 3-1, and the two teams hadn’t even played five innings.

The odds of this Yankee lineup scoring again if given another four innings were essentially nil anyway so who cares?

--Posted at 3:12 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yankees (47-46) @ Orioles (51-42), Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:05pm

NYY: Chase Whitley (#39, 25, RHP, 4-2, 4.94) vs. BAL: Kevin Gausman (#39, 23, RHP, 3-2, 3.51)
Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Kelly Johnson (L) LF
9. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B

Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Steve Pearce (R) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Manny Machado (R) 3B
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

--Posted at 4:15 pm by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yankees.com:  Yanks rookie Greene excels with poise of vet 4 hours ago

BALTIMORE—The appeal of an easy weekend highway drive into the Inner Harbor meant that there were plenty of supportive faces clutching tickets when Shane Greene looked up from the infield grass in the eighth inning on Saturday, trying to absorb a standing ovation.

Greene said that he felt goosebumps, and the Yankees sensed that they may have found an answer for their dented rotation. Greene allowed four hits over 7 1/3 stellar innings, earning his second big league win with a 3-0 victory over the Orioles.

“It was awesome, for sure,” Greene said. “It means a lot. It means a lot that I got the opportunity, and it means a lot that I can come up here and help the team win.”

I want to believe that Greene can be this good but it is hard when you look at his minor league numbers.

--Posted at 11:53 pm by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (46-46) @ Orioles (51-41), Saturday, July 12, 2014, 4:05pm

NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 1-0, 2.84) vs BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 7-4, 4.11)

--Posted at 1:21 pm by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Kuroda hangs tough, but Yanks fall to O’s in 10

BALTIMORE—The last pitch of the night was a slider that hung in the strike zone, and as it whizzed over Adam Warren’s head to land safely in center field, the Yankees once again sputtered back to the break-even mark with a .500 record.

Kicking off a weekend series between division rivals, Nick Hundley delivered the decisive hit off Warren in the 10th inning, a solid single that chased home Manny Machado with the winning run as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 3-2, on Friday night at Camden Yards.

“We want to gain some games on these guys, and it didn’t go our way tonight,” Warren said. “We’re just trying to get the first game of the series and trying to take momentum, and it just didn’t happen for us.”

The Yankees lost for the third time in four games, falling to 46-46 despite an effective seven-inning performance from Hiroki Kuroda, who locked into an entertaining duel with Baltimore counterpart Miguel Gonzalez.

Help us Jeff Francis.  You’re our only hope.

--Posted at 7:03 am by SG / 5 Comments | - (0)




Friday, July 11, 2014

Whatever

Hey, at least the Yankees got Jeff Francis.  That’ll make up for not having Tanaka.

--Posted at 6:12 pm by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka Tanaka…Oh, and the Yankees Still Stink

The Yankees had two losses tonight, one much more significant than the other.

First off, they blew a three run lead in the seventh inning and got destroyed by the Indians as Matt Thornton and Jim Miller were just awful, leading to a 9-3 loss.

But more importantly, Masahiro Tanaka has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.and will be out at least six weeks.

This does not officially mean that he will need Tommy John Surgery, as every surgeon that the Yankees brought Tanaka to said that they did not think that surgery was necessarily needed, and pitchers do recover from injuries like this without getting Tommy John Surgery, as this could essentially “just” be an elbow sprain. However, more often than not even seemingly small tears (which luckily this was) end up requiring Tommy John Surgery, and thus the Yankees would lose Tanaka for not just this season but for 2015, as well. That would be…unpleasant. All we can do now with regards to Tanaka is just hope for the best in six weeks (by the way, that’s six weeks until he can possibly begin throwing again - he’d have to build up arm strength, so even if everything goes perfectly, which, let’s face it, is a pipe dream, he wouldn’t be back until September).

--Posted at 10:41 pm by Brian Cronin / 57 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (46-44) @ Indians (44-46), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm

NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 3-4, 4.01) vs. CLE: T.J. House (#58, 24, LHP, 1-2, 4.24)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) DH
6. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
7. Zelous Wheeler (R) RF
8. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. David Murphy (L) RF
7. Nick Swisher (S) DH
8. Chris Dickerson (L) LF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C

WTH?  Where is Iron Horse Brian Roberts?

--Posted at 3:37 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Yankees.com: Ellsbury’s homer in 14th ends tough day with win

CLEVELAND—It took five extra innings, but on what was a particularly stressful day for the Yankees, a late-night victory helped take some of the sting out of their afternoon.

Jacoby Ellsbury connected for a two-out, solo home run off Vinnie Pestano in the top of the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

The win went into the books after the Yankees absorbed a heavy dose of bad news, hours after ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka boarded a flight to New York and had an MRI exam on his sore right elbow before being placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Chase Whitley picked up the win, and David Robertson pitched a scoreless 14th for his 22nd save.

Yay meaningless win.

--Posted at 11:42 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (45-44) @ Indians (44-45), Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:05pm

NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#205, 30, RHP, 3-10, 5.01) vs. CLE: Josh Tomlin (#43, 29, RHP, 5-6, 4.11)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) DH
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
6. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
7. Zoilo Almonte (S) RF
8. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) CF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
6. Nick Swisher (S) DH
7. David Murphy (L) RF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Chris Dickerson (L) LF

McCarthy seems like an intelligent and thoughtful guy, and because of that I feel terrible for him that he has been traded to the 2014 Yankees.

I was going to make a sardonic remark about having Jeter DHing then I realized that after watching Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran DH all year, how much worse could it be, really?

And Masahiro Tanaka is officially on the DL.  Except season-ending surgery by the All Star Game.

--Posted at 4:44 pm by SG / 78 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka flies back to New York for MRI on right arm

Masahiro Tanaka has left the Yankees and is flying back to New York for an MRI exam on his right arm, The Post has learned.

Tanaka had his worst start as a major leaguer Tuesday night in Cleveland, allowing 10 hits and five runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians. Tanaka was scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore – his final start before the All-Star break. He is 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA in his past four starts.

After the game, Tanaka said he “didn’t feel that bad” and thought location was his bigger issue.

“I think a lot of it had to do with command of my pitches,’’ he said. “I feel a lot of my pitches were right down the middle and pretty easy for the batters to hit.’’

But on Wednesday there was enough concern for the Yankees to send the 25-year-old for the test.

J-E-T-S!

Just
End
The
Season

--Posted at 2:45 pm by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Yankees minor league prospect Rob Refsnyder has potential - and patience

Yankees superscout Gene Michael, here on Monday, said he believes Refsnyder can play second in the big leagues. “I haven’t seen anything I don’t like,” he said.

For now, however, the Yankees’ need for power in the outfield is such that Refsnyder will start playing games in the outfield this week.

“I’m not presently looking to call him up, but he’s demanding that we pay attention,” Cashman said. “If he came up here (in the coming weeks), it would likely be in the outfield.”

Sure, because you’re getting yeoman’s work out of second base…

And of course you’re not looking to call him up.  He’s young and has upside.  What would be the purpose of that?

--Posted at 1:19 pm by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)



Masahiro Tanaka vs. Masahiro Tanaka

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb GB% FB% LD% IFFB% babip
4/4/2014 6/17/2014 14 99.7 389 1.99 2.72 2.44 91.2 4.1% 29.0% 14.1% 45.6% 27.4% 23.6% 3.5% .279
6/22/2014 7/8/2014 4 29.7 119 4.25 4.13 3.53 90.8 2.5% 18.5% 15.2% 41.7% 34.4% 21.9% 2.1% .303

FIP: Fielding-independent pitching
xFIP: Expected fielding-independent pitching
FBv: Average fastball velocity
bb/bf: Walks per batters faced
k/bf: Strike outs per batters faced
hr/fb: home runs per fly ball (league average is around 10-11%)
gb%: ground ball percentage
fb%: fly ball percentage
ld%: line drive percentage
iffb%: infield fly ball percentage
babip: batting average against on balls in play

Update: Added more stats per request

Start End O-Swing% Z-Swing% Swing% O-Contact% Z-Contact% Contact% Zone% F-Strike% SwStr%
4/4/2014 6/17/2014 38.6% 67.6% 50.2% 54.2% 85.6% 71.8% 40.2% 61.5% 14.1%
6/22/2014 7/8/2014 26.4% 50.9% 38.2% 42.9% 65.8% 57.6% 36.7% 61.1% 12.3%

O-Swing%: The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone.
Z-Swing%:  The percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone.
Swing%:  The overall percentage of pitches a batter swings at.
O-Contact%:  The percentage of pitches a batter makes contact with outside the strike zone when swinging the bat.
Z-Contact%:  The percentage of pitches a batter makes contact with inside the strike zone when swinging the bat.
Contact%:  The overall percentage of a batter makes contact with when swinging the bat.
Zone%:  The overall percentage of pitches a batter sees inside the strike zone.
F-Strike%: The percentage of first pitch strikes.
SwStr%:  The percentage of total pitches a batter swings and misses on.

--Posted at 10:47 am by SG / 6 Comments | - (0)



Player A vs. Player B

Player Age PA BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ GDP HBP Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR bWAR
A 33 365 .237 .351 .431 .782 124 0 3 9 0 1 2 -3 8 0.8 12 20 1.9
B 30 374 .279 .346 .390 .736 105 7 2 2 4 0 -7 2 1 0.3 13 14 1.5

bWAR explained

Both players are signed through age 37.

--Posted at 8:49 am by SG / 11 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Yankees.com: Yankees Stink

FINAL: Indians 5, Yankees 3. Staked to an early lead, Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t hold it, as the righty allowed five runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Tanaka had the worst start of his MLB career, but the offense just had one of their typical bad days.

I’m not worried about Tanaka.  And if the Yankees aren’t worried about their offense, I’m not sure that there’s any point in us worrying about it either.  This is at best a .500 team.  And more likely than not, they won’t be one by the end of the year.

--Posted at 9:02 pm by SG / 3 Comments | - (0)



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