Wednesday, September 23, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.263/.319/.352), 1.6 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.347/.412), 3.4 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.253/.357/.495), 3.0 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.325/.458), 3.0 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.279/.336/.473), 0.9 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.256/.336/.562), 0.6 bWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.326/.374), 1.2 bWAR
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.231/.283/.407), -0.9 bWAR
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.266/.315/.370), 2.8 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.6
1. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.304/.342/.369), 2.6 bWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.297/.369/.571), 8.2 bWAR
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.252/.375/.531), 4.6 bWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.277/.370/.549), 4.3 bWAR
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.225/.299/.465), 1.1 bWAR
6. Russell Martin (R) C: (.239/.325/.444), 2.9 bWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.245/.317/.347), 2.6 bWAR
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.264/.300/.378), 4.1 bWAR
9. Darwin Barney (R) 2B: (.000/.000/.000), -0.3 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 30.1
If only Masahiro Tanaka were pitching tonight.
But missing a start or three doesn’t make up for the thrill we got watching him try to bunt, right?
Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.
His death was reported by the Yankees and by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. Before moving to an assisted living facility in nearby West Caldwell, in 2012, Berra had lived for many years in neighboring Montclair.
In 1949, early in Berra’s Yankee career, his manager assessed him this way in an interview in The Sporting News: “Mr. Berra,” Casey Stengel said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.”
And so he was, and so he proved to be. Universally known simply as Yogi, probably the second most recognizable nickname in sports — even Yogi was not the Babe — Berra was not exactly an unlikely hero, but he was often portrayed as one: an All-Star for 15 consecutive seasons whose skills were routinely underestimated; a well-built, appealingly open-faced man whose physical appearance was often belittled; and a prolific winner — not to mention a successful leader — whose intellect was a target of humor if not outright derision.
That he triumphed on the diamond again and again in spite of his perceived shortcomings was certainly a source of his popularity. So was the delight with which his famous, if not always documentable, pronouncements, somehow both nonsensical and sagacious, were received.
“You can observe a lot just by watching,” he is reputed to have declared once, describing his strategy as a manager.
“If you can’t imitate him,” he advised a young player who was mimicking the batting stance of the great slugger Frank Robinson, “don’t copy him.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” he said, giving directions to his house. Either path, it turned out, got you there.
“Nobody goes there anymore,” he said of a popular restaurant. “It’s too crowded.”
I think my favorite Berra quote is “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
I didn’t get to see any of Berra the player, but Berra the character was a huge part of baseball lore. It’s worth perusing his Baseball Reference page just to get a sense of how good of a player he actually was.
With the way baseball has changed, it seems almost impossible that any player will ever match Berra being a part of 10 World Series victories.
R.I.P. Mr. Berra.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.261/.316/.346), 1.4 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.347/.413), 3.4 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.255/.358/.499), 3.0 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.238/.325/.458), 3.0 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.276/.335/.464), 0.7 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.250/.333/.534), 0.5 bWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.262/.328/.377), 1.3 bWAR
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.234/.282/.411), -0.8 bWAR
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.263/.312/.366), 2.7 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.2
1. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.304/.343/.370), 2.6 bWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.299/.369/.574), 8.2 bWAR
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.253/.375/.534), 4.5 bWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.278/.371/.547), 4.2 bWAR
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.226/.301/.470), 1.1 bWAR
6. Dioner Navarro (S) C: (.250/.309/.372), 0.7 bWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.247/.319/.350), 2.6 bWAR
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.260/.296/.367), 3.7 bWAR
9. Munenori Kawasaki (L) 2B: (.211/.286/.316), 0.2 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 27.8
TORONTO — David Price vanished after seven shutout frames with a four-run cushion. Aaron Sanchez lasted two batters and Brett Cecil was greeted by a Jacoby Ellsbury single that drove in a run.
Now, after a long night of futility against Price and attempting to climb out of the ditch Adam Warren put them in the Yankees were threatening against the Blue Jays’ bullpen.
Dustin Ackley was on second, Ellsbury on first with Brett Gardner facing Cecil with the Yankees trailing by three runs and one out.
After squandering a scoring chance in the third against Price the Yankees couldn’t let this one get away and still hope to cut into the Blue Jays’ AL East lead.
Then Cecil’s full-count, borderline breaking ball to Gardner was called a strike by umpire Greg Gibbons. Cecil ended the Yankees’ attempt to cut further into the lead by striking out Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann on the way to a 4-2 Blue Jays victory that was witnessed by 47,648 delirious Rogers Centre fans.
“There is nothing you can do about it,’’ manager Joe Girardi said of the pitch Gibbons called Gardner out on. “Maybe it changes the complexion of the inning but we still had our opportunities.’’
Eh. I had pretty much given up on the Yankees winning the East. I’m guessing their odds now are in the single digits.
Monday, September 21, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.259/.315/.345), 1.2 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.264/.347/.416), 3.3 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.255/.359/.501), 3.1 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.241/.327/.463), 3.1 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.278/.338/.469), 0.9 bWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.264/.331/.380), 1.4 bWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.250/.336/.518), 0.4 bWAR
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.264/.312/.368), 2.9 bWAR
9. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.232/.281/.412), -0.7 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.6
1. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.303/.342/.370), 2.6 bWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.299/.367/.575), 8.1 bWAR
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.251/.374/.533), 4.4 bWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.277/.370/.548), 4.2 bWAR
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.225/.301/.469), 1.1 bWAR
6. Russell Martin (R) C: (.240/.326/.447), 2.8 bWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.246/.317/.350), 2.6 bWAR
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.261/.296/.369), 3.7 bWAR
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B: (.208/.291/.276), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 29.5
Yankee Win Probability: 36.46%
Win probability does not lie.
NEW YORK — Can we make this match-up the World Series? (Hey maybe then Matt Harvey won’t come out after five innings!)
The Yankees beat the Mets, 11-2, Sunday night at Citi Field, the finale of a three-game Subway Series that the Yankees won, two games to one. The weekend attendance in Flushing was the largest for a three-game series in the stadium’s seven-season history. And indeed, every game was akin to an October match-up.
CC Sabathia didn’t out-pitch Harvey on Sunday but he lasted longer and that ended up mattering much, much more. The Yankees erupted for five runs in a crucial Harvey-less sixth inning, three of them thanks to their newest second baseman blasting a homer with two outs.
And their newest first baseman chipped in as well, launching a three-run blast of his own two innings later that provided the nail in the coffin.
Think this weekend was a big series? It was.
But the next? It might just decide the season.
Since donning a knee brace, CC has been more effective. It’s only three starts, but the line is encouraging.
17.1 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 2ER, 8 BB, 18 K.
If he can give them quality starts over the rest of the season, the Yankees should be in a good position for the wild card at the very least.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if the Yankees didn’t have to seeMasahiro Tanaka get injured doing something he shouldn’t be doing so he could be starting a game in their most crucial series of the past three seasons?
Yes, it would have been. But instead we’ll get Ivan Nova, who still doesn’t appear to have recovered from his ligament replacement surgery. Or maybe he has and this is what he is.
I would never have expected the Yankees to gain a game against Toronto this weekend, so I’m happy about that.
I’ll be even happier if they can somehow win against David Price tonight.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Remember when Pineda didn’t stink?
Friday, September 18, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.265/.349/.420), 3.4 bWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.267/.330/.385), 1.2 bWAR
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.277/.336/.463), 0.6 bWAR
4. Chris Young (R) LF: (.247/.311/.453), 1.4 bWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.248/.330/.505), 0.2 bWAR
6. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.287/.329/.426), 0.4 bWAR
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.267/.316/.373), 2.9 bWAR
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.225/.271/.350), -0.1 bWAR
9. Masahiro Tanaka (R) P: (.000/.167/.000), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 10.0
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF: (.259/.366/.454), 4.8 bWAR
2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF: (.294/.330/.555), 6.4 bWAR
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B: (.271/.315/.419), 0.4 bWAR
4. David Wright (R) 3B: (.303/.377/.431), 0.6 bWAR
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B: (.240/.344/.453), 2.1 bWAR
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C: (.293/.360/.551), 2.1 bWAR
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF: (.297/.378/.547), 2.3 bWAR
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS: (.265/.298/.416), 1.1 bWAR
9. Steven Matz (R) P: (.300/.300/.400), 0.1 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 19.9
Wonderful. Pitchers “hitting”.
No fun fact today. Instead, let’s take a little jaunt down memory lane.
Remember when the Yankees let Granderson go and signed Smellsbury instead?
The Yankees are thinking about giving stud infield prospect Jorge Mateo reps at second base during the Instructional League that started Thursday in Tampa and runs for a month.
By no means have the Yankees given up on the 20-year-old Mateo as a shortstop, the only position he has played in four professional seasons, but with second base in the big leagues a crater since Robinson Cano split following the 2013 season, the Yankees might want to see how the ultra-athletic Mateo handles the other side of the bag.
That’s especially true if Didi Gregorius, 25, can build on what has been a very solid season in his first year with the club.
According to a scout from an AL team who saw the 6-foot, 188-pound Mateo this season, second base is where he will play when he reaches the big leagues.
“His hands are a little too nervous for short,’’ the scout said. “He is more suited for second base. He is a big league player. The bat is good, he can run and he will be able to play second base.’’
I guess Robert Refsnyder’s getting traded for a reliever this offseason.
I’m still not certain Didi has cemented himself as the Yankees’ long-term solution as shortstop, so I’d at least keep Mateo splitting time between short and 2B, which is what I assume they will do.
Honestly, when I saw the headline I assumed it would be about the Yankees tinkering with Dustin Ackley in an attempt to make him their 2B next season, which may also be something worth pursuing if they are hell-bent against giving Refsnyder a chance for whatever reason.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Luis Severino bounced back from a rough outing to pitch into the sixth inning and Greg Bird launched a towering home run as the Yankees defeated the Rays, 3-1, on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
Having been knocked around by the division-leading Blue Jays his last time out, the 21-year-old Severino shrugged off the first shaky performance of his big league career and limited Tampa Bay to a run on six hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven. The Yanks stayed three back of Toronto in the American League East due to the Jays’ win against the Braves.
The Yankees produced two runs in six innings off Rays starter Chris Archer. Bird doubled home a run in the second inning and Chase Headley connected for a run-scoring single in the sixth. Archer scattered four hits and four walks, striking out seven.
Luis Severino really came through tonight against one of the top starters in the American League. Chris Archer was his typically awesome self, setting the Rays single-season strikeout record in the second inning (it surprised me that Scott Kazmir had that record and not David Price), but Severino was even better.
Tonight the Yankees had the good luck that they sure didn’t have yesterday. Stephen Souza almost tied the game in the sixth inning, even drawing an umpire review to see if it hit a ring in the stupid Tropicana stadium that means it is a home run. It obviously did not hit said ring. Later, Dellin Betances loaded the bases with three straight walks but got out of any further damage by striking out James Loney. Phew.
Greg Bird homered for his second straight game to give the Yankees an always appreciated insurance run. It is nice to see him hitting. Andrew Miller was great.
The Yankees get a day off before a scary stretch of three road games at Citi Field and then Rogers Centre. Big stretch coming up. Luckily for the Yankees, the off day tomorrow allows the Yankees to set their rotation up nicely for the Mets series, including skipping Ivan Nova, who has been pulled from the rotation at the moment (they’re going to a five-man rotation for now).
Anyhow, great win. Hopefully Jacoby Ellsbury uses the off day well.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.251/.310/.341), 1.1 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.267/.351/.424), 3.7 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.257/.360/.506), 3.2 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.242/.326/.463), 2.8 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.279/.337/.466), 0.6 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.235/.315/.459), -0.1 bWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.267/.330/.387), 1.1 bWAR
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.267/.314/.371), 2.8 bWAR
9. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.228/.279/.386), -1.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 14.2
1. John Jaso (L) DH: (.284/.379/.439), 0.6 bWAR
2. Mikie Mahtook (R) LF: (.262/.342/.523), 0.9 bWAR
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.270/.332/.433), 3.3 bWAR
4. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.285/.361/.448), 4.9 bWAR
5. James Loney (L) 1B: (.271/.317/.353), -0.5 bWAR
6. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.216/.304/.398), 0.6 bWAR
7. Nick Franklin (S) SS: (.143/.205/.286), -0.9 bWAR
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.262/.300/.415), 6.6 bWAR
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.179/.212/.278), -2.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 13.5
Today’s fun fact? Stephen Drew is finally sitting down, so the Yankees can get a player who’s been 1.6 wins worse than him in the lineup.
Bonus fun fact: Luis Severino’s FIP is 4.63.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees are convinced they’ve identified a flaw in Jacoby Ellsbury’s swing, and that the high-paid center fielder has put in extra work in recent days to fix it, hitting coach Jeff Pentland told NJ Advance Media Tuesday.
Much of Ellsbury’s problem has been that he’s been inconsistent with his front leg’s landing spot, often causing him to “fly open,” the coach said. That’s impacted the lefty hitter’s ability to make solid contact, Pentland said.
Pentland added, however, there are no concerns about the heath of his right knee. Ellsbury sprained it while swinging in late May while in the midst of a All-Star-caliber start and missed 43 games.
But since his July 8 return, Ellsbury has been almost an automatic out, hitting .206 with six home runs and 24 RBI in 238 at-bats.
Great news. I expect him to hit .400/.500/.600 the rest of the way, because he’s a $155M player after all.
Franklin's go-ahead blast came in the sixth inning off rookie right-hander Nick Rumbelow, the second reliever to follow Adam Warren. J.P. Arencibia drove home two insurance runs in the eighth with a flare single to right field off Bryan Mitchell.
The defeat, coupled with the Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to the Braves at Turner Field, kept the Yankees three games behind Toronto in the American League East race.
"I don't want to give up runs in any outing," Rumbelow said. "Today's no different than any other outing for me. It's the same process. I want to get every hitter I face out, and I didn't succeed today."
I don’t necessarily blame Rumbelow for the quote, but yeah, that was a dumb quote.
Anyhow, yet another Murphy’s Law type loss for the Yankees. A great catch by the other team’s outfielder (who sure seems to be making his gaudy defensive stats this year look reasonable), a terrible baserunning play by Didi, a catchable ball falling in for two insurance runs (with the way this team is hitting, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, but still). A-Rod, meanwhile, has a bone bruise in his knee and yet still hit his 32nd home run.
The Yankees are in big trouble with Chris Archer facing them tomorrow. They counter with Luis Severino, who got spanked by the Blue Jays on Friday. Let us hope that Severino shows up against a different top pitcher and, well, let’s just hope period for the Yankees against Archer. They’re going to need that hope.