Friday, May 6, 2016
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.254/.293/.421, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.322/.364/.496, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.309/.374/.427, 1.4 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.319/.413/.638, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.286/.319/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.297/.366/.505, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.280/.360/.400, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.277/.337/.489, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.227/.277/.364, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.290/.348/.470, 7.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.306/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.371/.358, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.361/.337, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.375/.413, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.267/.417, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.327/.465, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.091/.143/.091, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.215/.241/.316, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.346/.346/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.315/.375, 1.7 bWAR
Great, another series to avoid.
Pedro Alvarez’s sacrifice fly off Yankees closer Andrew Miller gave the Orioles a 1-0 walkoff win in the 10th inning on Thursday night.
The inning started with Hyun Soo Kim beating out a dribbler for an infield single off Yankees reliever Johnny Barbato. Jonathan Schoop then lined a single into center field to put the potential winning run, pinch-runner Nolan Reimold, 90 feet away.
“He’s very tough, obviously,” Alvarez said of facing the lefty Miller. “He’s got the numbers to back it up. He’s one of the most effective closers in baseball, and any time you step in there against him, it’s not a comfortable at-bat.”
The run was the O’s first in 21 innings.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka traded zeros for eight innings in an impressive pitching duel. Gausman tied a career high in innings with the outing, while Tanaka—who struck out seven—turned in his best start this season.
You know, it might actually make sense to just see what they can get for Tanaka. They might be able to get a really nice offer for him. Then hell, maybe they can re-sign him in two years.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.318/.396, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.320/.453, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.278/.381/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.365/.341, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.278/.435, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.118/.211/.118, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.067/.125/.067, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.224/.250/.329, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.375/.375/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.309/.378, 1.2 bWAR
1. Manny Machado (R) SS (.355/.410/.673, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Adam Jones (R) CF (.205/.287/.295, -0.6 bWAR)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.219/.336/.458, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.333/.376/.598, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.217/.288/.300, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.600/.647/.667, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.225/.258/.427, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.208/.323/.340, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.294/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.339/.467, 2.8 bWAR
I was going to talk about how crappy the Yankees’ lineup looks, but without Headley that doesn’t seem fair.
A vintage outing from veteran CC Sabathia and a big night from Brian McCann helped the Yankees snap their six-game losing streak with Wednesday’s series-evening 7-0 win over the Orioles.
Sabathia went a season-high seven innings, holding Baltimore to six hits and striking out six as the Yankees beat the O’s for the first time in their last seven matchups. McCann went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs driven in, propelling a struggling Yankees offense that had seen Alex Rodriguez placed on the disabled list prior to the game.
“We needed one. It’s just been a tough start to the season for us,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully we can get on a little roll now.”
Clearly, A-Rod was just holding the offense back.
I love the headline. Yep, just seven games under! They’re totally back on track!
Seriously, though, it’s so early that I honestly am not willing to give up on this team yet. Two wild cards make things a lot more interesting. It’s a loooong season. They’re probably terrible, but hey, maybe they’re not. We shall soon see.
Good to see Brett Gardner get hit on the elbow tonight with the game out of reach. That’s just what the doctor ordered!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.284/.366, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.370/.364, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.283/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.217/.343/.337, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.269/.380/.418, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.337/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.077/.143/.077, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.222/.250/.333, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.147/.253/.147, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.235/.307/.354, 0.9 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.267/.296/.376, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.407/.660, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.213/.289/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.226/.339/.473, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.337/.381/.612, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.343/.378/.686, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.224/.258/.424, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.212/.297/.242, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.154/.214/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.331/.476, 2.6 bWAR
The best thing about the 2016 season is that each day brings us closer to the end of it.
Sure, it’s early. But it can get late awfully quick in these parts, and the 8-16 mark after Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Camden Yards left on a frayed thread whatever patience executives and fans had. With 14 of their 27 remaining May games on the road, putting together a bunch of series wins to get back to even by June won’t be an easy task.
The answers come in offense, however. And that is where Cashman needs to understand exactly how the Yanks got into this predicament.
It isn’t hard. Just look to the offseason.
I don’t really know how the Yankees were going to be able to add much offense with HalCap™ and nowhere to add it without benching players making a lot of money for very little production.
Am I crazy for hoping they lose 100 games?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Mark Trumbo homered twice to back starter Chris Tillman’s seven strong innings in the Orioles’ 4-1 series-opening win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
After hitting a leadoff homer off Yankees starter Luis Severino in the second, Trumbo belted a two-run shot into the left-field seats in the fifth.
Severino allowed four runs (three earned) over his six innings, striking out four.
Tillman held a scuffling Yankees (8-16) team to one run on five hits and turned in his second consecutive nine-strikeout start. Tillman, who was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter, improved to 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
Boy, this team sucks.
And their only vaguely hot hitter, A-Rod, is now hurt. Hopefully the MRI on his hamstring is negative.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.286/.371, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.243/.364/.351, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.286/.464, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.347/.350, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.262/.360/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.273/.429, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.314/.352/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.250/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.156/.267/.156, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.311/.380, 1.3 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) LF (.278/.308/.392, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.404/.660, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.225/.304/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.352/.494, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.330/.376/.553, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.214/.290/.304, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.322/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.220/.256/.415, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.273/.200, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.452, 1.7 bWAR
The Yankees are playing out the string at this point, right?
The sickening feeling in the gut of Yankee fans is an unpleasant sensation shared by Brian Cashman.
Cashman watched as the Yankees were swept in Boston over the weekend and used words like horrific to describe the season, a term uttered infrequently in his 19 years as their general manager.
As the slumping Yankees paused Monday before heading into the teeth of a withering schedule, Cashman expressed deep frustration over the state of the team and sounded as if his patience was running out.
Although major changes are not on the horizon, if the Yankees continue to disappoint, something will have to change.
“There’s only so long you can allow it to go on before tinkering,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “But it just needs to stop.”
The Yankees are 8-15 and in last place in the American League East. They have lost five in a row to fall seven games under .500. They have not been that far under .500 since 2007, when they opened the season 21-29.
Cashman said “very few” players on the roster could look in the mirror and say they had lived up to expectations. The rest are significantly underperforming.
He said he would prefer that this group of players turned things around and played up to the levels they had established in their careers. But if they don’t, he or Manager Joe Girardi will act.
I would have thought the time to act would have been before the season, when talent was available for money, the one item the Yankees have in abundance. What exactly will “acting” accomplish now? Benching Chase Headley for Ronald Torreyes or an outfielder for Aaron Hicks isn’t going to fix anything. Moving Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen so Ivan Nova can do the same thing they’re doing isn’t going to fix anything.
And you aren’t trading the underperforming parts of your roster for anything useful in the present.
I really do think at this point the best thing that can happen is a horrendous year that forces the Yankees to sell whatever they can and finally face what should have been evident for the last three seasons.
There just aren’t enough band aids to fix this roster anymore.
Monday, May 2, 2016
BOSTON—Christian Vazquez became the second player this weekend to hit a game-turning, first-pitch homer against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, lifting the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep in the first rivalry series of the season.
Vazquez jumped on a 97-mph heater for a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that snapped a 6-6 tie.
“I was talking to [hitting coach] Chili Davis before he got to the mound,” said Vazquez of Betances coming on. “I was trying to get the fastball and I got him, so I hit the bomb. It was a great moment.”
The win put the 15-10 Red Sox in sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time this season. It was their first series sweep of the Yankees since Sept. 13-15, 2013.
I feel like my decision to ignore this series was a sound one.
Maybe I should ignore this season.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (24.2 IP, 4.38 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: David Price (L): (29.2 IP, 5.76 ERA, 2.38 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.235/.269/.341, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.369/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.185/.274/.400, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.352/.355, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.305/.345/.488, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.150/.268/.150, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.087/.160/.087, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.381/.381/.524, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.294/.333/.353, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.232/.311/.352, 1.0 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.266/.298/.459, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.311/.360/.485, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.290/.365/.419, 1.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.321/.418/.654, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.284/.307/.389, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.314/.385/.500, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.265/.350/.397, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.222/.282/.306, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.272/.326/.481, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.289/.349/.461, 6.1 bWAR
Is this the first whatever of the season?
BOSTON—Choose your adjective: Repetitive. Monotonous. Dispiriting. Same-old/same-old.
It goes something like this: New York Yankees fall behind early. Yankees don’t hit. Yankees lose.
Sounds about right.
It happened again Saturday night at Fenway Park, as they fell behind 2-0 after two innings. The way this offense is hitting—or not hitting—it felt more like 20-0.
By the time it was 4-0 after six innings, the game was pretty much over, because the Yankees have scored more than four runs in any one game only once since April 9, a stretch of 17 games. Not surprisingly, they have lost 12 of those games.
For a team that insists it is not pressing, there were an awful lot of drawn faces, tight lips and bulging neck veins in the postgame clubhouse. And that was just the manager.
The Yankees are not a happy ship, and despite Joe Girardi’s insistence that his team will ultimately play to the proverbial “back of the baseball card,” it might be time to realize that everyone’s baseball card, even Babe Ruth’s, shows a steady decline as the players on the front side get older. It’s a scientific certainty as dependable as Boyle’s Law from your seventh-grade chemistry class: As age increases, productivity decreases.
The entire Yankees lineup aside from their middle infield is 32 or older. And while Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro have been worth as much as 3 WAR in a season, neither is the kind of player that is going to carry a team that needs it badly.
This is not a good team. I don’t know if they are the worst team in the American League, but there’s a fairly decent chance they could be.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (24.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: Henry Owens (L): (3.1 IP, 8.10 ERA, 8.20 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.241/.259/.354, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.382/.381, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.263/.288/.461, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.243/.369/.386, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.190/.288/.379, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.333/.461, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.148/.277/.148, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.246/.365, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.312/.380, 1.6 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.270/.305/.470, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.337/.382/.526, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.282/.358/.424, 0.9 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.296/.398/.577, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.287/.304/.402, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.312/.391/.519, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.246/.333/.393, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.208/.321/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.240/.293/.387, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.283/.345/.456, 5.0 bWAR
The only question tonight is how badly the Yankees will lose.
I don’t think I’ll be watching any Yankees/Red Sox games this year. I don’t think I want to listen to all the Ortiz is retiring nonsense.
BOSTON − The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may not be what it was a decade ago, but could a trip to Fenway Park be the perfect tonic for what’s been ailing the Bombers?
That’s what Joe Girardi and his club are hoping as they spent Thursday’s off-day in Boston preparing for a three-game weekend set against the Red Sox.
Good luck with all that.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of a break,” Alex Rodriguez said of the well-timed off-day. “I like the way we’re working, I like our attitude, we’re playing hard. Things will turn around.
“No matter how either team is playing, when you go to Boston or they come to New York, it’s always special. We’re looking forward to it.”
I’m not looking forward to it. Actually, I take that back. I am looking forward to the Boston fans showering the Yankees’ leadoff hitter with the boos he deserves.