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NYDN: As Yankees head into offseason, here are five must-make moves to get them back to playoffs
(50 Comments - 10/1/2014 5:43:47 pm)

Athletics (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:07 pm
(55 Comments - 10/1/2014 9:00:09 am)

TGS NY: Yankees prep Brian Cashman deal
(17 Comments - 9/30/2014 6:57:46 pm)

NYDN: Brandon McCarthy enjoyed pitching for Yankees, appears willing to return to Bombers
(33 Comments - 9/30/2014 2:45:26 pm)

NY Times: As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party
(30 Comments - 9/30/2014 12:50:06 am)

Yankees.com: Jeter fittingly goes out a winner in final game
(7 Comments - 9/29/2014 11:26:00 am)

Yankees (83-78) @ Red Sox (71-90), Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:35pm
(41 Comments - 9/28/2014 6:39:02 pm)

Yankees (82-77) @ Red Sox (70-89), Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:10pm
(73 Comments - 9/28/2014 1:18:59 am)

USA Today: Derek Jeter’s unbelievable closing act at Yankee Stadium
(55 Comments - 9/26/2014 4:49:50 pm)

Yankees.com: Captain Clutch! Jeter scripts walk-off
(28 Comments - 9/26/2014 9:29:20 am)


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, September 16, 2014

Yankees (76-73) @ Rays (73-78), Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Michael Pineda (25, RHP, 3-4, 2.20) vs. TBR: Jake Odorizzi (24, RHP, 10-12, 4.08)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA, but guaranteed to stink

Rays
1. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
6. Matt Joyce (L) RF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

Am I a bad fan because I don’t watch the games anymore and am actively rooting for the Yankees to finish below .500?

--Posted at 3:36 pm by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees eliminated from East, wild-card hopes all but over

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Standing in a solemn clubhouse that grows more quiet with each passing loss, Brett Gardner rolled back the clock to March.

“Coming into spring training the lineup we put together, it looked good on paper,’’ Gardner said.

Now, two weeks from the end of a second straight season in which there will be no games in October, the Yankees appear to be swinging wet newspapers instead of bats.

I love ya Brett, but this lineup never looked very good on paper.  They didn’t look this bad, but they didn’t look good.

And I don’t see a blueprint to make them appreciably better in the next few years, aside from “hope a bunch of players in their mid to late 30s play better a year further removed from the typical peak age for a baseball player.”

--Posted at 7:57 am by SG / 42 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 15, 2014

Yankees (76-72) @ Rays (72-78), Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 2-3, 4.90) vs. TBR: Alex Colome (#37, 25, RHP, 1-0, 2.79)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Martin Prado (R) 2B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

Rays
1. Ben Zobrist (S) CF
2. Brandon Guyer (R) LF
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH
4. Wil Myers (R) RF
5. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
6. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Sean Rodriguez (R) 3B
9. Curt Casali (R) C

--Posted at 3:37 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



NY Times: Yankees Grab Lead in the Ninth, but Then It Slips Through Their Hands

BALTIMORE — For the past couple of weeks, the Yankees have suffered several seemingly devastating losses, only to remain mathematically alive in the race for the second American League wild-card spot. Sunday’s loss seemed devastating enough to finally do them in for good.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched very well, and Brian McCann hit a ninth-inning home run to give the Yankees a late lead. But David Robertson, pitching for the third straight day, blew the save chance in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees lost, 3-2, to the Baltimore Orioles, their third loss in four games here.

I haven’t really found any of the losses to be that devastating.  I haven’t seen them which may be part of the reason.

And really, this team was eliminated from the postseason before the season started.

--Posted at 7:09 am by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, September 14, 2014

Yankees (76-71) @ Orioles (88-60), Sunday, September 14, 2014, 8:00pm

NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 10-9, 3.91) vs. BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 12-5, 3.36)

Lineups
Yankees
WOE

Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

I was thinking about how a game this important really should have been in prime time.  I hope TGS gets a 0.0 rating for this crap.

--Posted at 3:09 pm by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees’ Derek Jeter has bad stats, good at-bats, Joe Girardi says

BALTIMORE — Derek Jeter is hitless in 20 at-bats and is having a terrible second half to what will be his final season.

But manager Joe Girardi said he’s not looking so much at the numbers when it comes to Yankees hitters.

“You look at at-bats,” he said after Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Orioles. “We don’t get so caught up in what the numbers are. You look at the at-bats.

“Sometimes you could be swinging horrible and be getting hits, too. So I thought he hit a ball on the screws last time. He hit a couple the other day. He didn’t have much to show for it.”

I feel better now knowing that.

--Posted at 9:55 am by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 13, 2014

Yankees (75-71) @ Orioles (88-59), Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:05pm

NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 4-3, 3.57) vs. BAL: Miguel Gonzalez (#50, 30, RHP, 9-7, 3.22)

--Posted at 8:07 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 12, 2014

Yankees (75-69) @ Orioles (86-59), Friday, September 12, 2014, Doubleheader

What’s worse than a Yankee game?  Two of them.

Game 1: NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 9-14, 4.13) vs. BAL: Kevin Gausman (#39, 23, RHP, 7-7, 3.83)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
3. Brian McCann (L) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
9. Antoan Richardson (S) RF

Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

Game 2: NYY: Bryan Mitchell (#65, 23, RHP, 0-0, 0.00) vs. BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 12-8, 3.92)
Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Orioles
TBA

--Posted at 12:41 pm by SG / 79 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees’ VP of baseball operations Mark Newman retiring: sources

After a disappointing 2013 season, owner Hal Steinbrenner said he was going to look at all aspects of the system, including player development and amateur scouting.

Damon Oppenheimer’s recent amateur drafts have been solid, and he is believed to be safe.

There is some belief that if Newman didn’t retire, the Yankees wouldn’t renew his contract. The contract expires this year.

Asked Thursday afternoon if he had heard anything about his future, Newman said he hadn’t.

A message left early Thursday night pertaining to possible retirement wasn’t immediately returned.

Actual movement instead of inertia?  What’s next?

--Posted at 10:39 am by SG / 3 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yankees.com: Young’s late heroics rescue Yankees

Chris Young broke up Alex Cobb’s no-hit bid in the eighth and then hit a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth to pull N.Y. within 4 games of the WC.

WTH did that come from?  Too bad it was meaningless, but it was still awesome.

--Posted at 9:26 pm by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)



Rays (70-76) @ Yankees (74-69), Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:05pm

TBR: Alex Cobb (#53, 26, RHP, 9-7, 2.83) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 3-4, 1.80)

Lineups
Rays
1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. David DeJesus (L) DH
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Wil Myers (R) RF
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF
7. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Curt Casali (R) C

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) DH
6. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Chris Young (R) LF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B

I am convinced at some point before the year is out, Pineda will lose a game where he allows zero runs.  You really can’t ask him to pitch better than he’s pitched in 2014, but unfortunately for him he’s surrounded by a wretched hive of an offense.

Anyway, for all intents and purposes, the Yankees’ season is over.  So I’ll mainly be watching to see if Derek Jeter can keep his OBP above .300 and his OPS above .600 by season’s end.

Today’s “fun” stat. 

Brian Roberts: .237/.300/.360, OPS+ 86
Jeter: .256/.303/.306, OPS+ 74

--Posted at 3:24 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees’ Carlos Beltran: Elbow surgery decision could happen soon

NEW YORK — If the pain from the bone spur in Carlos Beltran’s elbow doesn’t subside within the next few days, the Yankees’ slugger will end his season and have surgery to remove it, he said Wednesday.

“It’s been frustrating, but it is what it is,” he said after the Yankees’ 8-4 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium. “Nothing I could do about it.

Beltran sat out the victory. He felt pain in the elbow during batting practice before it started and manager Joe Girardi immediately pulled him out of the DH spot in the lineup.

Beltran has followed a similar routine each time the elbow pain has flared up since he discovered the injury May 13. He would get a cortisone shot, rest a few days and return to the Yankees’ lineup.

But the 37-year-old has already had three of the shots and won’t have another.

Just think.  Beltran’s only signed for two more seasons after this.

Assuming he’s done for the year, the Yankees will have paid Beltran $15M for -0.1 bWAR and -0.4 fWAR. 

Is that good or bad?

--Posted at 8:26 am by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yankees.com: Yanks erase four-run deficit in comeback win

Mark Teixeira legged out a rare go-ahead triple, Brian McCann and Chris Young homered and the Yankees rallied to keep their postseason hopes alive with their biggest comeback win of the year, an 8-5 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Down by four runs after Chris Capuano managed to record only one out in the first inning, the Yankees struck back for six unanswered runs against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi, chasing the right-hander in the fifth.

McCann started the surge with his 18th homer of the season, 16 of which have come in the Bronx, then delivered a two-run single to trim the deficit in the third. Young tied the game in the fourth with his first homer as a Yankee, a solo shot to left field.

New York grabbed the lead in the fifth as McCann was hit by a pitch, then chugged around the bases to score as Teixeira’s triple—his first since July 6, 2012—was kicked around in the right-field corner, knocking Odorizzi from the game. Chase Headley tacked on by greeting reliever Jeff Beliveau with an RBI single.

Here’s an interesting note about the playoffs - right now there is no guarantee at all that the Athletics make the playoffs. They’re only 1.5 games up on Detroit/Seattle for the first wild card. Can you imagine how many fully erect U.S. sportwriters there will be if Billy Beane’s team doesn’t make the playoffs after Beane wrote that Brad Pitt movie about how awesome he was?

--Posted at 11:33 pm by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)



WSJ: Yankees Want Tanaka Back Soon, but Not to Save the Season

If and when he returns to the mound, injured Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka will not do so as a savior of the 2014 season. Even if the Yankees were closer to contending, the two starts he’d likely make wouldn’t be enough to turn the tide.

Tanaka’s return, which could come at the end of next week after a promising throwing session on Tuesday, has little to do with this year and everything to do with 2015.

I’m not sure seeing Tanaka back for two starts at the end of the season will make any difference in prognosticating him remaining healthy next year, but I guess it’s better that he does make it back than not.

--Posted at 7:21 am by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)



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