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NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka passes first rehab start with flying colors
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The Correction
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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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Yankees (20-12) @ Rays (17-15) , Monday May 11, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (38 IP ,5.45 ERA, 4.39 FIP) vs. Rays: Alex Colome (R) (10 IP ,1.80 ERA, 1.16 FIP)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.313/.393/.444)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.210/.259/.350)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.350/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.212/.336/.567)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.242/.308/.442)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.224/.280/.353)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.306/.375/.653)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.189/.292/.378)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.225/.286/.258)

1. Brandon Guyer (R) CF: (.294/.388/.471)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.215/.333/.393)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.292/.402/.491)
4. Logan Forsythe (R) DH: (.286/.359/.438)
5. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.208/.269/.375)
6. James Loney (L) 1B: (.242/.277/.387)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.205/.256/.308)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.208/.263/.375)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.135/.189/.213)

Great.  It’s CC Day…

Guess I’ll find something else to do this evening.

--Posted at 3:20 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)

TGS: Pineda cranks up his fastball, nets great results

Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.

Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.

Opposing hitters were 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with a Pineda fastball on Sunday. They were 8-for-22 against it in his previous two starts.

Also of note: The eight strikeouts with the slider were two more than he had in his previous two starts combined.

Pineda finished the game with 22 swings and misses. Two pitchers have had more in a start this season—James Shields (26) against the Astros and Danny Salazar (23) against the Twins.

Unfortunately, Mother’s Day Brunch meant I didn’t get to see this game, but Pineda is probably the best thing going on with the Yankees right now.  Let’s hope he can keep it up and stay healthy, because he’s pitching about as well as any pitcher in baseball at present.

--Posted at 8:12 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, May 10, 2015 Pineda fans 16 as Yankees ease past Orioles

NEW YORK—Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic effort, striking out a career-high 16—tied for the second-highest total by a Yankees pitcher all-time—as New York took three of four in its four-game series against Baltimore with Sunday’s 6-2 win.

Pineda worked seven innings of dominant baseball, not issuing a single walk and allowing only J.J. Hardy’s solo homer. The Yankees offense rewarded him with a four-run fourth inning that started with Carlos Beltran’s homer. Brian McCann also went deep off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz in the fifth.

Amazing.  Carlos Beltran homered?

--Posted at 5:08 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (13-15) @ Yankees (19-12) , Sunday May 10, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Orioles: Bud Norris (R) (24 IP ,9.75 ERA, 4.83 FIP) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (39.1 IP ,2.97 ERA, 2.20 FIP)



It’s the day we thank those who let us dwell in their basements.  I’m thanking mine by letting her come down into the basement for a brunch of Cheerios and Doritos! Thanks Mom!

--Posted at 8:18 am by SG / 75 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, May 9, 2015 Rare homers sting Whitley in first loss of season

NEW YORK—Before Saturday, Chase Whitley had faced 143 batters at Yankee Stadium, and only three of them hit home runs.

So Whitley wasn’t about to blame the ballpark for what happened against the Orioles, as he allowed three homers in a seven-batter span in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss.

“The thing is, I’ve got to get those balls down,” Whitley said, after his first loss in three starts since joining the Yankees’ rotation. “Hopefully, those fans’ hands are OK.”

--Posted at 8:13 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (12-15) @ Yankees (19-11) , Saturday May 9, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (L) (28.2 IP ,2.83 ERA, 5.49 FIP) vs. Yankees: Chase Whitley (R) (12 IP ,0.75 ERA, 1.57 FIP)

1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.277/.355/.479)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.328/.357/.612)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.359/.398/.583)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.313/.333/.344)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.250/.315/.490)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.188/.274/.297)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.143/.250/.286)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.221/.264/.368)
9. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C: (.158/.200/.211)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.362/.439/.414)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.326/.412/.472)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.304/.368/.652)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.227/.350/.608)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.191/.230/.309)
6. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.286/.286/.429)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.282/.367)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.179/.276/.369)
9. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.227/.333/.364)

I don’t think you can be a good team and have two people named Chase starting at the same time.  Or one person named Carlos Beltran, for that matter.

--Posted at 11:02 am by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)

Friday, May 8, 2015 Yanks ride early strike to hold off Orioles

NEW YORK—Brian McCann slugged a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran delivered a key two-run double, helping to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Dellin Betances was credited with the victory after taking over with two outs in the seventh inning, slamming the door after the Orioles chipped away at the five-run deficit to draw within one. Manny Machado and Delmon Young collected fifth-inning RBIs off Yankees starter Adam Warren, who completed just 4 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits with three walks.

I’m sorry, but good teams don’t have Adam Warrens entrenched in their rotations. 

If you keep deluding yourself that this is a good team, you are setting yourselves up for heartbreak.

--Posted at 10:18 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (12-14) @ Yankees (18-11) , Friday May 8, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (R) (31.1 IP ,2.59 ERA, 3.93 FIP) vs. Yankees: Adam Warren (R) (26.1 IP ,4.78 ERA, 4.34 FIP)

1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.256/.333/.467)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.339/.369/.645)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.367/.407/.602)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.322/.344/.356)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.261/.327/.511)
6. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.296/.390/.493)
7. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.288/.365/.409)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.000/.000/.000)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.300/.400/.600)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.363/.438/.416)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.408/.459)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.245/.351/.532)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.223/.345/.606)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.286/.375)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.187/.227/.297)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.292/.381)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.500/.500/.750)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.275/.241)

Is it preferable to be 12-14 and good, or 18-11 and not good?

--Posted at 2:43 pm by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, May 7, 2015 A-Rod’s 661st HR, clutch Tex power Yanks to win

NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez hit his 661st career homer to pass Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list, and Mark Teixeira drove in a pair of runs as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez broke his tie with Mays (660) by slugging a solo home run to center field in the third inning off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. It marked Rodriguez’s seventh home run since returning from a suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.

Teixeira’s fifth-inning RBI double off Tillman marked the go-ahead hit, as Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi and three relievers made the lead hold up. Jimmy Paredes and Caleb Joseph homered for Baltimore off Eovaldi, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his third victory in pinstripes.

This is all smoke and mirrors and when reality strikes it’s not going to be pretty.

--Posted at 9:45 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)

Orioles (12-13) @ Yankees (17-11) , Thursday May 7, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Orioles: Chris Tillman (R) (26 IP ,6.23 ERA, 5.33 FIP) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (28.1 IP ,3.81 ERA, 3.70 FIP)

1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.261/.333/.477)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.333/.344/.600)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.383/.423/.628)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.327/.351/.364)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.273/.340/.534)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.180/.261/.295)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (—-/—-/—-)
8. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.286/.366/.397)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.284/.385/.433)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.355/.427/.409)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.309/.404/.444)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.231/.346/.495)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.209/.330/.593)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.238/.298/.393)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.195/.237/.310)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.294/.386)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.163/.258/.350)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.215/.276/.241)

The best team in the AL East visits the Bronx.

--Posted at 3:26 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)

Buffalo News: Sabathia’s slide a bad omen

It’s May and CC Sabathia still doesn’t have a win. It’s being spun every-which-way it can be spun, but 0-5 is 0-5. He’s the only five-game loser in the AL and his earned-run average is 5.45.

Sabathia turns 35 on July 21 and has a lot of mileage on that left arm and that big body. He had a few good moments and more uneven ones during Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Rogers Centre.

Sabathia has made six starts and the Yankees are 1-5 in them, scoring just 13 runs. The lack of run support is a fair point to make about his record, but so is the Yankees’ 16-6 record when anybody else starts.

Sabathia’s velocity isn’t there. Neither is the location. His pitches were up all night, and it took 26 for him just to get out of the first inning. In 6∑ innings, Sabathia gave up four runs and nine hits.

Yeah, I can’t help but think CC just isn’t going to be able to adjust to his diminished stuff at this point.  His command needs to be impeccable to succeed with what he’s got right now, and it hasn’t been.

He’s now made six starts this season compared to eight last year, and there’s nothing in his numbers that indicates any improvement despite the knee surgery and the weight gain which some assumed would help him pick up a bit of velocity. 

Stat 2014 2015
BABIP .350 .345
FIP 4.78 4.37
xFIP 3.11 3.83
K% 23.0% 17.8%
BB% 4.8% 4.9%
GB% 48.3% 48.8%
FBv 88.8 88.9

His average fastball is the same as it was last year, his BABIP against this season is essentially the same as last year, his K rate has dropped while his walk rate has remained flat, etc.,

Yeah, it’s only six starts, but the early returns aren’t good.  The Yankees don’t really have the rotation depth to remove Sabathia from the rotation right now and they probably shouldn’t anyway since he’s essentially signed through 2017.  A lot of things have to fall into place with the health of Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova but at some point it’s possible they’ll have six or seven better starting options than Sabathia and you wonder what they’ll do if that happens.

Perhaps it’s time for Hank Steinbrenner to suggest that ”[Sabathia] just needs to learn how to pitch like Jamie Moyer,”

--Posted at 9:28 am by SG / 27 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CC falls to 0-5 after finale loss to Blue Jays

TORONTO—Russell Martin homered and Chris Colabello had a four-hit game in the Blue Jays’ 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle tossed five strong innings to earn his first victory against the Yankees since April 10, 2004. Buehrle had lost his previous 12 decisions vs. New York, and his .067 winning percentage (1-14) entering Wednesday was the lowest mark for any active pitcher with at least 10 decisions against a club.

Buehrle’s lone blemish on Wednesday night came in the first inning when Alex Rodriguez doubled to put runners on second and third. Mark Teixeira drove in a run on a groundout, and that was the only damage the Yankees could generate against the 16-year veteran.

CC Sabathia took the loss for New York after he allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered nine hits and walked two while striking out four en route to his fifth loss of the year.

I guess they were due to a lose a series at some point.

--Posted at 9:23 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (17-10) @ Blue Jays (13-15) , Wednesday May 6, 2015 , 7:07 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (31.2 IP ,5.40 ERA, 4.25 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle (L) (28 IP ,6.75 ERA, 5.86 FIP)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Chris Young (R) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B

Blue Jays:
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Jose Bautista (R) DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
7. Chris Colabello (R) LF
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF

--Posted at 2:26 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Pineda shuts down Jays with help from early burst

TORONTO—Mark Teixeira homered, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Michael Pineda tossed eight scoreless innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

New York did most of its damage early in the game against right-hander Marco Estrada, who was making his first start of the season. In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double and Ellsbury followed in the second with an RBI single. Teixeira then put the game away in the fifth with a two-run shot to right-center field. That was the final batter of the night for Estrada, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three.

Pineda was borderline dominant for New York, despite a pair of doubles by Devon Travis and Russell Martin. He struck out six and walked one while allowing five hits, and it was his fourth consecutive outing allowing three runs or fewer.

The Yankees are a true talent .630 team like the Astros are a true talent .692 team.  I still ain’t buying none of it.

--Posted at 9:50 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (16-10) @ Blue Jays (13-14) , Tuesday May 5, 2015 , 7:07 PM

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (31.1 IP ,3.73 ERA, 2.21 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R) (10.2 IP ,0.84 ERA, 3.98 FIP)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.347/.426/.406)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.312/.404/.442)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.229/.347/.494)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.202/.327/.583)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.247/.302/.416)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.203/.247/.329)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.149/.235/.351)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.213/.277/.240)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 3B: (.194/.257/.290)

Blue Jays:
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B: (.315/.388/.609)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.314/.387/.552)
3. Russell Martin (R) C: (.237/.372/.500)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.221/.272/.375)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.237/.370/.447)
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.276/.303/.410)
7. Chris Colabello (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.256/.304/.326)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF: (.571/.571/.571)

--Posted at 3:27 pm by SG / 76 Comments | - (0)

NY Times: The Yankees Are Undone by One Rocky Inning

An Edwin Encarnacion double off Dellin Betances tied the score, and the Blue Jays pushed across two more runs as the Yankees’ Chase Headley made a diving stop of a Russell Martin grounder down the third-base line but first baseman Garrett Jones could not corral Headley’s one-hop throw.

“In the moment, you go from extremely fired up to dejected a little bit,” Headley said. “You think you make a great play and you’re going to get out of a big spot; then it doesn’t go your way.”

Jones said, “It’s a pick I should have made, and it’s upsetting that I didn’t.”

At least Jones makes up for his defense with his bat, right?

--Posted at 8:51 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)

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