Monday, August 15, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.302/.337/.488, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.292/.401/.565, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.271/.360/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) RF (.268/.354/.505, 2.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.248/.319/.464, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.125/.125/.188, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.223/.316/.408, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.290/.405, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.252/.208, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.339/.479, 17.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.364, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.329/.381, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.466, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.289/.337, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.260/.297/.409, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.230/.330/.406, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.275/.293/.500, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.429/.500/1.286, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.204/.263/.328, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.310/.394, 7.6 bWAR
I feel like this is the series where the Yankees’ hopes and dreams of contention will finally get crushed for good.
This Yankees month of August, not even halfway over yet, might end up in a sports management textbook someday. They’ve covered pretty much everything, haven’t they?
Selling high on an asset (Carlos Beltran). Selling low (Ivan Nova). Graceful exits for senior talent (Mark Teixeira). Awkward exits for senior talent (Alex Rodriguez).
The energy and excitement that come from a youth movement. And, on Sunday, the growing pains and speed bumps that accompany a youth movement.
Luis Severino, recalled from the minor leagues to fill an injury void, went right back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres after getting pummeled in a 12-3 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium, ending the Yankees’ four-game winning streak in undramatic fashion. While a second major league homer in two major league games by rookie Aaron Judge gave the crowd of 41,473 something to cherish besides Mariano Rivera receiving his Monument Park plaque, Severino provided a sobering reminder that, in baseball, he who goes up often comes down.
After all, Severino and first baseman Greg Bird served as the Yankees’ youth movement last year, necessary reinforcements that allowed the team to hang onto a playoff spot. Bird has missed the entire season recovering from right shoulder surgery, and Severino sports a ghastly 7.19 ERA in 12 big league games.
The problem with Severino’s lousy pitching right now is the Yankees’ rotation is really thin. With no Eovaldi and Ivan Nova traded, they essentially have Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia and nothing else. I guess they can try and throw Chad Green and Luis Cessa out there a few times and see what happens. They don’t have any other real starting pitching options on their 40 man roster unless they want to try and stretch out Adam Warren.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
All season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman have vowed that the Yanks can get younger and still compete at a high level. On Saturday, the team backed up that notion.
Behind five home runs, two of which were hit by players making their Major League debuts, the Yankees defeated the Rays, 8-4, for their fourth straight win. The two rookies, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, started at first base and right field, respectively, and went back to back in the second inning, becoming the first pair of teammates in MLB history to record their first career home runs in their first at-bat in the same game. Both finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a single.
“I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything better,” Austin said. “Especially with us coming out on top with a win today, I think that was pretty awesome.”
I was a big believer in Tyler Austin for years. Even after he struggled after his wrist injury, I thought he would be able to rebound and still be a good player. But then last year happened and I joined with everyone else and just thought that he was finished, that the injury just ruined his career. I still cheered a bit when the Yankees were able to DFA him and still re-sign him (I am always impressed when Cashman does that - he’s like a DFA ninja), but that was more nostalgia than anything else. So to see him not only make it to the Majors but go 2-4 with a home run and a stolen base? That was something special.
The Yankees hit five home runs yesterday, the oldest player to hit a home run was 26. That was a special win.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.326/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.259/.314, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.316/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.296/.403, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.313/.333/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.258/.285/.430, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.308/.396, 6.7 bWAR
Austin and Judge? That’s fun.
Starlin Castro drove in four of the Yankees’ six runs in Friday night’s 6-3 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium, but it was New York’s first run of the night that fans will remember best.
Before what’s widely expected to be the last game of his 22-year career, Alex Rodriguez had time to reflect on what made him a three-time American League MVP and a 14-time All-Star. Rodriguez didn’t disappoint when he stepped to the plate in the first inning, lining a double into right-center field at a velocity Statcast™ estimated at 103 mph to plate Brett Gardner from first base and knot the score at 1.
“It was great,” Rodriguez said of the double. “I haven’t played a lot of baseball lately, and Chris Archer’s not a guy that I’m racing to go face. I saw him before the game, and I told him to take it easy on the old man. I gave him a hug, and he smiled. He’s a great competitor. I was just glad to drive the ball, especially to right-center, where I’ve made my living.”
Rodriguez was nearly moved to tears by rousing cheers from the crowd in the ninth inning, when he took the field for one last time, playing third base for the first out of the frame. He then left the game to an ovation and hugs from teammates. Rodriguez finished the night 1-for-4 with two groundouts and a strikeout.
Boy, Joe Girardi sure knows how to put together sendoffs, doesn’t he? Are they going to do something for Teix, as well?
Anyhow, what a great win. What a great moment for A-Rod in the ninth to be able to play third base. Ronald Torreyes must be thinking, “Awesome! I get into a game!” That RBI double was great. It got A-Rod’s batting average to .200 for the season, so he ended up above the Hicks line.
How freakin’ adorable was Girardi’s press conference, by the way? Dude was openly weeping.
Tyler Austin will be taking A-Rod’s spot on both the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster. Hopefully he takes Aaron Hicks’ spot in the lineup.
Good luck to A-Rod! I imagine he’ll try to get a job somewhere else, but I am a bit wary about whether any team will give him a shot. My favorite Yankee, Dave Winfield, did whatever it took at the end of his career to keep playing, so I could see A-Rod doing the same thing. “You want me to be a pinch-hitter only? Okay, I can do that.” I just don’t know if any team will accept him. Four home runs away from 700. Yikes. Hard to say no to that.
What is all of your favorite memory of A-Rod as a Yankee? Mine is probably the two home run/seven RBI inning in his final game of the 2009 season to get to exactly 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. That was in-sane.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Rays (46-67) @ Yankees (58-56), Friday, 8/12/2016, 7:05pm
Rays: Chris Archer (R): (143.2 IP, 4.26 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 0.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (118.1 IP, 4.18 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.3 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.283/.346/.466, 2.9 bWAR)
2. Matt Duffy (R) SS (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.280/.332/.526, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.260/.313/.501, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF (.177/.241/.215, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.226/.277/.436, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) DH (.212/.272/.404, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.243/.270/.351, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.307/.456, 7.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.382, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.372, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.199/.247/.348, -1.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.287/.334, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.329/.410, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.314/.456, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.294/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.259/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.310/.382, 8.0 bWAR
I hope Rodriguez fails in the clutch at least once tonight so he can get at least one more round of boos before he heads to the Marlins.
BOSTON — Rain could wash way Alex Rodriguez’s tears before they start.
The National Weather Service said scattered showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rains all day Friday in the Bronx.
That means there’s a chance A-Rod’s last game with the Yankees could get washed out. They’re scheduled to face the Rays at 7:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez said there’s been no talk of a contingency plan if the game gets rained out.
“No,” he said. “I’m sure there’s an excellent chance that it doesn’t rain, too. I’m going to keep optimistic all the way to the finish line.”
Does this mean Rodriguez’s tenure would last another day?
Thursday, August 11, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.383, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.331/.388, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.251/.355, -1.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.297/.399, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.315/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.321/.345/.536, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.252/.274/.402, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.254/.297, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.310/.388, 7.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.298/.368/.446, 3.9 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.315/.372/.462, 2.7 bWAR)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH (.307/.400/.612, 3.4 bWAR)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.268/.343/.434, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.288/.368/.514, 4.5 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.261/.325/.459, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) RF (.251/.326/.379, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.371/.413/.595, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.450/.450/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.292/.363/.483, 20.4 bWAR)
Joe Girardi is clearly not trying to win tonight’s game.
Facing an uphill climb early when starter Nathan Eovaldi left after one inning with right elbow discomfort, the Yankees stunned the Red Sox with a late-inning surge en route to a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
The Bombers trailed, 4-1, after six, only to shell Boston’s bullpen for a five-spot in a game-turning seventh and add three more in the eighth. As part of a four-hit game, slugging prospect Gary Sanchez smoked his first career homer in the eighth, a majestic drive to center field. Starlin Castro gave New York a lead it would keep with a two-run double with two outs in the seventh.
“Pretty good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sanchez’s night. “We’ve liked the way this kid has swung the bat for years. … He had some big hits tonight. It was really nice to see.”
Man, it feels good to watch young prospects begin to fulfill their promise. The crazy thing is that, as we’ve noted before, Teix and Hicks are so bad that you could build for the future and probably improve the team right this second by calling up Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge to play first base and right field, respectively.
Losing his starter after just one inning, Joe Girardi did a wonderful job managing the bullpen without really giving anyone too much of a workload. Good stuff. Eovaldi might be hurt, which isn’t good. Hopefully it isn’t something super serious like another TJS.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.266/.355/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.328/.371, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.388, 1.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.283/.337, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.298/.399, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.451, 2.7 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.217/.250/.348, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.244/.262/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.192/.256/.299, -1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.310/.382, 6.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.297/.368/.445, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.317/.371/.465, 3.9 bWAR)
3. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.310/.352/.544, 4.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.309/.398/.615, 3.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.271/.347/.439, 1.3 bWAR)
6. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.286/.367/.515, 3.7 bWAR)
7. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.262/.324/.460, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.363/.402/.593, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.500/.500/.563, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.298/.364/.501, 22.3 bWAR)
Remember when Joe Girardi promised to play Alex Rodriguez in all of the rest of the games if that’s what he wanted?
Pretty weak by Girardi, or more likely, his puppet masters.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Yankees catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers, according to a report from Fanrag’s Jon Heyman.
That would allow the Yankees to trade him before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. McCann, however, has a full no-trade clause.
The Braves talked to the Yankees about trading for the 32-year-old, who left Atlanta for a five-year, $85-million deal in New York before the 2014 season.
McCann was part of the Yankees’ win-now move that was a dud: the signings of McCann, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, right fielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, all in the same offseason.
Alex Rodriguez is headed for retirement and leaving the Yankees after an emotional press conference on Sunday morning.
It’s unclear if the Braves would still be interested in McCann. They reportedly wanted the Yankees to eat some of McCann’s contract if they were going to acquire him. They Yankees, however, wanted impact prospects in return, according to a report.
The Yankees should certainly try to move McCann if they are able to, but it might be helpful to have him around as a mentor for Gary Sanchez as well. So I wouldn’t just trade him and pay most of his salary to get him off the team. But if you can get salary relief or an interesting prospect or two, sure, go for it.