Friday, June 19, 2015
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.284/.324/.383)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.271/.343/.357)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.446/.598)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.216/.308/.270)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.265/.327/.478)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.333)
8. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.259/.259/.481)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.333/.383/.403)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.265/.341/.422)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.301/.368)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.384/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.364/.570)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.250/.289/.402)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.303)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.169/.238/.353)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.264/.305/.377)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.263/.300/.579)
NEW YORK—Before the pandemonium ensued—before fans screamed for Alex Rodriguez, then booed a Marlins pitcher in his honor, before the Yankees went on a four-run barrage in the eighth inning against Miami on Thursday night—there was a tied ballgame at Yankee Stadium.
Before reporters huddled around Rodriguez’s locker to ask him about closing in on 3,000 hits, they swarmed Carlos Beltran’s to ask him about that tie he broke open with his game-winning, two-run homer in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Marlins.
Before Beltran acknowledged his success, he first took a second to reflect on his shortcomings earlier in the game—striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning, popping out with two men on in the fifth.
Beltran’s actually hitting fairly well since May 1, with a line of .294/.326/.471. I don’t know how sustainable that is, but if he hits along those lines for the rest of the season he would end up with a line of something like .275/.310/.440. Not great, and with his defense probably not even an average player, but possibly an above replacement level player.
Alex Rodriguez was denied an opportunity for his 3000th career hit when he walked in the eighth, but he’s got the upcoming series with Detroit to try and get it at home.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.374/.414)
2. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.332/.412)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.238/.307/.337)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.346/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.281/.336/.380)
6. Jeff Baker (R) DH: (.250/.339/.481)
7. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.265/.342/.441)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B: (.160/.192/.240)
9. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.150/.190/.200)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.340/.409)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.295/.366)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.274/.379/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.254/.368/.574)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.260/.324/.458)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.285/.388)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.285/.305)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.172/.239/.359)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.200/.200/.467)
Oh joy. It’s CC day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez moved within three hits of 3,000 and the Yankees benefited from an overturned call at home plate, holding on for a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda retired 18 of the first 20 Marlins he faced, issuing two walks, before Christian Yelich broke up the bid with a homer to right-center field leading off the seventh. It was another close call for the Marlins, who were nearly no-hit by the Braves’ Shelby Miller on May 17. Pineda settled for nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, registering his eighth victory of the season.
It sure looked like all Pineda’s great pitching was going to be for naught, but the Marlins’ apparent tying run was reversed upon review.
If the Yankees could pitch Tanaka, Pineda and Betances every game, they’d be really really good, wouldn’t they?
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.357/.379/.420)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.444/.500/1.000)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.236/.303/.320)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH: (.265/.351/.616)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.282/.337/.382)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.270/.336/.450)
7. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.188/.235/.250)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.303/.332/.416)
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF: (.288/.342/.338)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.341/.407)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.292/.367)
3. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.468)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.267/.369/.500)
5. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.247/.293/.403)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.276/.384)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.291/.312)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.174/.238/.364)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.167/.167/.500)
FIP never lies. Except when it does.
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MIAMI — Any hope the Yankees had of getting Jacoby Ellsbury back from the disabled list before July 1 vanished Tuesday. Now, manager Joe Girardi has his fingers crossed the center fielder and leadoff hitter returns before the All-Star break.
“I sure hope so,’’ Girardi said of Ellsbury being able to come back before the July 13-16 break.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
MIAMI—When internal information of the Houston Astros was hacked and leaked last June, the Yankees took measures to ensure the same didn’t happen to their organization.
General manager Brian Cashman shed some light on those measures prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins.
A report circulated on Tuesday morning about the FBI and Justice Department investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly obtaining unauthorized access to Houston’s computer system. Cashman, calling the Astros’ personnel “intelligent people,” thought everybody would go through the process of researching vulnerabilities to prevent a breach. He made the final call concerning steps the Yankees made to feel more secure.
When an employee leaves, for example, his/her access gets shut down and the equipment is captured. Still, as Cashman put it, “You can’t take what people know.”
You definitely don’t want anyone hacking into the system that suggested that signing Carlos Beltran for three years was a good idea.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.266/.346/.413)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.291/.313)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.256/.368/.580)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.327/.467)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.250/.297/.373)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.277/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.273/.438)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.400/.500/.800)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (.000/.000/.000)
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.375/.417)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.400/.400/1.200)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.230/.295/.316)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.349/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.278/.332/.380)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.274/.343/.463)
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C: (.236/.266/.376)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.329/.405)
9. David Phelps (R) P: (.053/.100/.053)
Oh joy. Pitchers “hitting.”
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if David Phelps out-pitched Nathan Eovaldi?
BALTIMORE — While the Yankees have needs in other departments, they aren’t ignoring what they perceive to be the lifeblood of any team: starting pitching.
The Yankees sent scout Jeff Datz to Wrigley Field Friday and Saturday to watch Reds right-handers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. Each will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds are expected to seriously listen to offers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Like all clubs, the Yankees scout potential free agents throughout the season to be ready for trades or signings during the offseason.
Of the two, the 29-year-old Cueto is the front-end starter so many teams are looking for as pennant races intensify. The 27-year-old Leake is viewed as a third or fourth starter.
It seems to me that they’d be better off adding non-replacement level hitters in the middle infield if they’re going to give up the prospects needed to get one of these two pitchers. And if they’re going to trade for one of these guys while still running the remains of CC Sabathia out there every fifth day, I don’t quite see the point.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Propelled by Derek Dietrich’s go-ahead home run in the seventh, the Marlins snuck by the Yankees, 2-1, on Monday at Marlins Park. Dietrich’s first long ball of the season followed seven strong innings from righty Tom Koehler, who allowed just one run as he outdueled Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who surrendered only two.
“I know I say the same word every time, but he’s just gritty and he’s gutty and he battles through,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Koehler. “He had his curveball working out there and worked both sides of the plate. He grinded through seven innings and gave us
The Yankees jumped ahead in the second inning when Mark Teixeira blasted a solo home run for his 18th of the season. But Miami answered immediately with an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
The starting pitchers kept the score intact until the seventh when Dietrich, leading off, connected on a 2-0 pitch and sent it over the right-field fence. Miami’s Carter Capps then struck out the side in the eighth and Yankees righty Sergio Santos escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom half before Marlins closer A.J. Ramos earned his ninth save of the year, getting pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez to fly out to end the game.
Poor Tanaka. He pitched well. The Yankees are now officially out of first place for the first time in nearly a month, May 25th.
Sergio Santos really pitched the hell out of the 8th inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam with no outs (Jose Ramirez’s career just went past his eyes). Tanaka was too good for me to be too upset with the loss, but it sure isn’t fun for the Yankees to be out of first. Luckily, the Blue Jays tied the Mets in the ninth and actually took the lead in the 11th before the Mets had a two-out, two-run rally to end the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak. So that’s something. It’s very little, but it is something!
The Yankees decided to give Masahiro Tanaka just one run over seven innings, so the Yankees now trail the Marlins 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
John Ryan Murphy delivered a go-ahead two-run double off Brian Matusz in the fifth inning and the Yankees held on for a 5-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, salvaging the final game of a weekend series at Camden Yards.
Murphy’s two-out hit ricocheted off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado and came after the Yankees worked four straight walks to open the inning, including one by Garrett Jones with the bases loaded that tied the game.
“I got into a good count; he left me a good pitch to hit,” Murphy said. “Any inning we score runs is a good inning, but of course when it’s a tied game it feels a little bit better.”
Baltimore starter Mike Wright walked all three batters he faced in the frame before exiting, charged with five runs in four-plus innings.
“I didn’t feel like I was pitching frustrated,” Wright said. “I was trying to battle the whole game, but they were just a little bit better than I was today.”
Yankees starter Adam Warren lasted just 4 2/3 innings, permitting three runs and six hits, before yielding to the bullpen. It snapped a string of five straight quality starts by the right-hander. Chasen Shreve earned the victory with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Dellin Betances recorded his third save.
At least they didn’t get swept! This is likely Warren’s second-to-last start, with Nova’s return imminent, Warren will likely become Dellin Betances’ top set-up man.
I don’t know why the Yankee hitters even bother trying to come back in these games, since their pitchers just keep giving the lead right back to the Orioles. This has been one depressing series, especially with Toronto on the verge of winning their twelfth straight game today.
Friday, June 12, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.276/.352/.433)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.245/.293/.373)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.270/.373/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.361/.568)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.327/.477)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.279/.389)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.288/.304)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.235/.369)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.274/.327/.469)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.294/.323/.469)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.311/.351/.518)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.222/.311/.458)
5. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.210/.229/.286)
6. Travis Snider (L) RF: (.262/.340/.341)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF: (.200/.429/.800)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.250/.348/.425)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.234/.314/.369)
Needing steady help for their bullpen, the Nationals added a veteran hard-throwing right-hander to the mix Thursday, acquiring 29-year-old reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees for minor league infielder Tony Renda.
Carpenter struggled with the Yankees this season but posted a 2.63 ERA in two seasons with the Braves in 2013-2014. The Nationals took a low-risk gamble for the chance to fix Carpenter.
I realize it’s not the popular opinion around here, but I think that the Yankees gave up on Carpenter too soon, and I think he will pitch better than any Yankee reliever not named Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances over the rest of this season.
Renda seems like a non-prospect to me. Not much of a hitter, and can’t play any position besides 2B, but at least Hal gets to save some money on Carpenter’s salary.
Here are some of Renda’s projections heading into this season:
He’s in his age 24 season and is hitting .267/.333/.340 in AA which translates to an MLE in the neighborhood of .215/.265/.275.
If he can only play 2B, then I can’t imagine his defense makes up for that kind of offense, but whatever.