Thursday, April 14, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (5 IP, 9.00 ERA, 5.57 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (R): (13.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 3.70 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.273/.406, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.211/.400/.211, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.136/.269/.273, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.240/.345/.600, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.500/.591/.889, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.292/.320/.542, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.167/.273/.167, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.346/.414/.654, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.333/.348/.524, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.355/.478, 1.9 bWAR
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.189/.231/.270, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.306/.359/.694, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.321/.500/.679, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.265/.316/.265, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.125/.216/.219, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.280/.357/.520, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Colabello (R) 1B (.067/.125/.067, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Russell Martin (R) C (.077/.107/.077, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.321/.345/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.226/.298/.375, 0.9 bWAR
Enjoy the days of the Yankees out-WARing the opposing lineups while it lasts, because it shan’t be lasting long.
J.A. Happ tossed six innings and allowed one run, while Ryan Goins and Michael Saunders each had a pair of doubles as the Blue Jays evened their series against the Yankees with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Making his first start against the Yankees since 2014, Happ allowed seven hits and walked three batters, but worked out of jams in the third, fifth and sixth innings. The veteran lefty has tossed six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in each of his first two starts this season. Dating back to last year, he has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 outings and is unbeaten over that stretch.
“I critique myself pretty hard sometimes, but I think the best thing about tonight was being able to make some pitches in big situations to try and minimize the damage,” Happ said. “I think [Russell Martin] was great back there, and we were battling at the plate, and to add some more runs on at the end was awesome. It was a good win.”
Goins finished 3-for-4 on the evening, with run scored and two RBIs. Saunders and Bautista each had a pair of hits as the Blue Jays scored more than five runs for just the second time this year.
I love that they tried to make it sound like Pineda pitched well in this game. On the surface, he had similar (heck, better) results than Tanaka in the previous game, but he was not sharp at all. Like so many of the Yankee starters, the stuff is definitely there (Cashman has a very specific type of starter in mind - guys with great stuff) but he just seems kind of lost out there. Like it’s lucky to get through any inning.
The offense was bad, but really, the game pretty much turned on Ivan Nova coming out in relief and throwing softballs out there, as the Blue Jays pounded him for four runs in a single awful inning.
Stroman/Eovaldi in the finale does not look good for the Yankees.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): ( 5 IP, 10.80 ERA, 9.66 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L): ( 6 IP, 3.00 ERA, 5.10 FIP)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.250/.241/.393)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.143/.250/.143)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.167/.318/.333)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.227/.320/.500)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.286/.550)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.391/.440/.739)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.278/.200)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.800/.800/1.200)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.000/.250/.000)
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.219/.265/.313)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.313/.371/.719)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.292/.500/.667)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.267/.324/.267)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.107/.212/.214)
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.227/.292/.409)
7. Russell Martin (R) C (.083/.083/.083)
8. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.167/.375/.167)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.250/.280/.292)
Remember all the way back to 2015 when Pineda had a FIP more than a full run lower than his ERA? He’s got an even larger difference this year!
That’s good, right?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury hit the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning and Brian McCann hit a game-tying homer as the Yankees gained an early advantage in their series against the Blue Jays with a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
New York entered the sixth trailing, 2-1, until McCann evened the score with a deep home run to right field. One inning later, the Yankees put their first two hitters on base before Ellsbury delivered the decisive blow with a bloop RBI single to left field off left-hander Brett Cecil.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was limited to five innings because of a high pitch count. He held the Blue Jays to two runs—a Jose Bautista two-run double—and allowed just three hits, but he walked four batters and frequently struggled with his command. The win went to Johnny Barbato, who walked one batter in an otherwise clean sixth inning.
Damn, how good has Johnny Barbato looked this season? He used to be a very good prospect for the San Diego Padres, but his injury history was pretty scary. Still, he looks a lot better than Shawn Kelley ever did, and Shawn Kelley was not a bad pitcher.
Anyhow, great victory, with some clutch hits by Brian McCann and Jacoby Ell sbury. Tanaka was not particularly good, but nor was he awful. Just way too many pitches. EDITED TO ADD: And yes, the two runs that Tanaka gave up were as a result of a poor play in center field where a late break led to a very catchable ball going in for a two-run double, so that’s fair to take into consideration when reviewing how well Tanaka did. BABIP can be a cruel mistress.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): ( 5.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 4.75 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (R): ( 7 IP, 1.29 ERA, 2.91 FIP)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.217/.208/.391)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.286/.500/.286)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.214/.389/.429)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.278/.381/.611)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.467/.556/.733)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.294/.294/.647)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.083/.143/.083)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.450/.476/.850)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.333/.350/.500)
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.207/.233/.310)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.310/.355/.759)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.286/.500/.667)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.296/.333/.296)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.120/.207/.240)
6. Chris Colabello (R) 1B (.083/.083/.083)
7. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.263/.300/.474)
8. Russell Martin (R) C (.100/.100/.100)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.286/.318/.333)
I am not expecting much from this series.
TORONTO — Promising Yankees reliever Nick Rumbelow needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.
The surgery, first reported by The Journal News’ Chad Jennings, is a blow to the Yankees’ bullpen, though the 24-year-old didn’t make it out of spring training and was pitching in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when the injury was first discovered.
Tough blow for Rumbelow, who would likely have gotten some innings and a chance to impress this year.
Monday, April 11, 2016
DETROIT — They hesitated to admit it because we’re generally a stubborn species, but Sunday night’s rainout against the Tigers had to present a welcome relief for the Yankees. After all, how much blustery baseball can one team withstand?
So the Yankees worked out briefly at Comerica Park and headed toward their flight northeast, their ultimate destination being the comfort of three games in a weather-neutralized dome.
The discomfort, of course, comes in getting an early test against the team that bludgeoned them into wild-card submission last year. Their first series against the Blue Jays, defending champions of the American League East title, begins Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
“I think there’s curiosity,” Joe Girardi said Sunday. “See how we match up against them this year.”
“They won our division last year and are the team to beat,” said Masahiro Tanaka, whose second start of the season got pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday.
I thought Boston was the team to beat?
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Looks like your Sunday night just became wide open.
The Yankees and Tigers series finale has been rained out (or snowed out, whatever you want to call it). No official makeup date has been announced, but Marly Rivera reports July 28 is the expected date (that’s between trips to Houston and Tampa Bay, just a few days before the trade deadline).
I guess we need to find something else for our Sunday night complaining.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
CC Sabathia’s return to the Yankees’ rotation brought back glimpses of his old effectiveness, even if he doesn’t have his old velocity. While the big left-hander began his 16th Major League season by holding down Detroit’s formidable offense for six-plus innings, the Yankees spoiled Mike Pelfrey’s Tigers debut with six runs over 3 2/3 innings for an 8-4 New York win Saturday afternoon.
The 31-degree first-pitch temperature was the lowest for a game at Comerica Park, but it made little difference for Sabathia, making his first start for the Yankees since leaving the team at the end of the regular season to undergo alcohol rehab. The 35-year-old southpaw retired the Tigers in order the first time through with a nasty changeup and solid command.
“He cuts the ball, he sinks the ball—nothing seems to be straight, and he doesn’t seem to ever give in,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Part of that was the weather, but I think part of it was by design. He’s not going to give in to guys. He will end up walking them and going after the next guy and try to get a double play.”
Though James McCann’s two-run single broke up the no-hit and shutout bids, making Sabathia pay for walking the bases loaded, the lefty persisted until Jose Iglesias’ single chased him in the seventh. The quality start was a pleasant surprise for the Yankees after Sabathia struggled through much of Spring Training. By contrast, Pelfrey was solid through most of his spring, including three perfect innings against the Yankees on March 1 in Tampa, Fla. He never had his command Saturday, and New York took advantage for eight hits, capped by Jacoby Ellsbury’s three-run triple in the fourth.
Shockingly enough, CC had the best start of the Yankees’ rotation. If you had told me five years ago that CC would be the type of pitcher to get by when he got older with well-placed pitches once his velocity went away, I would say, “Sure, that makes sense to me.” If you told me that CC would be the type of pitcher to get by with well-placed pitches once his velocity went away after having three terrible seasons where he could not adjust to the loss of velocity, I would say, “Hopefully this isn’t a fluke!”
So, well, hopefully this isn’t a fluke!
The Yankees’ offense was outstanding. I was very excited when the Yankees picked up Ronald Torreyes from the Dodgers, as it seemed like the Yankees were taking advantage of the Dodgers’ large pool of talent and snatched a guy the Dodgers wouldn’t normally give up but had to because of a 40-man roster crunch. Then the Yankees let him go for Lane Adams. Then they got him back and dumped Adams, but kept Adams after he cleared waivers. Sooooo…...uhmmm….I guess good job by Cashman? I mean, he got Torreyes and Adams, so I guess he played the waiver wire correctly, but I don’t think Torreyes should ever have been exposed to waivers. Lane Adams isn’t as good. But whatever, it worked out.
Tanaka goes tomorrow as the Yankees try for back-to-back series wins ahead of a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (NR) vs. Tigers: Mike Pelfrey (R): (NR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.222/.211/.333)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.200/.467/.200)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.200/.385/.200)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.357/.438/.786)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.455/.538/.818)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.231/.231/.462)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.438/.438/.938)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.357/.400/.571)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (1.000/1.000/3.000)
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.467/.467/.733)
2. Justin Upton (R) LF (.200/.200/.333)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.385/.429/.615)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.333/.333/1.333)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.333/.429/.417)
6. James McCann (R) C (.111/.111/.111)
7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.417/.500/.417)
8. Mike Aviles (R) 3B
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF (.250/.308/.500)
Let’s see if I can predict how this goes. CC pitches a few innings where he gives up some base runners but somehow gets out of them while limiting the damage. Then he completely falls apart in an inning, I’ll say the fourth and gives up more runs than the Yankees would be able to score if the game went 27 innings.
Or he gives up nine in the first and Detroit cruises to an easy victory while maintaining their impressive undefeated start.
I certainly know there’s no scenario where Sabathia pitches decently. None.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Jordan Zimmermann made his Tigers debut a memorable one Friday, tossing seven scoreless innings at Comerica Park as Detroit picked up its eighth consecutive home opener win with a 4-0 decision over the Yankees.
Zimmermann, the first starting pitcher in modern history to make his Tigers debut in the team’s home opener, held the Yankees to a pair of two-out singles—Jacoby Ellsbury in the third, then Mark Teixeira an inning later.
“Pitching in this cold wasn’t the ideal conditions, but I made it out,” Zimmermann said. “I didn’t have my best stuff and I still two-hit the Yankees and gave the team seven, so that was encouraging.”
ew York didn’t put a runner in scoring position against the former Nationals right-hander until his seventh and final inning.
“I thought he did a good job of getting his breaking ball over early after his first go-around,” Ellsbury said. “He really didn’t miss location. For his first outing in the cold, I thought he threw pretty well.”
Yankees starter Luis Severino gave up 10 hits—nine of them singles—over five-plus innings. Ian Kinsler doubled and scored on a Miguel Cabrera single in the opening inning before four consecutive singles tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth. Cabrera struck again in the seventh with his first home run of the year, a solo shot into the right-field corner off former Tigers prospect Luis Cessa.
Severino did give up a lot of contact, but he was also unlucky on a number of the hits. Ellsbury, for instance, misplayed a ball that led to two runs and after getting a groundball with the bases loaded and one out, the ball was hit just too slow for the Yankees to turn two, letting in the third run of the game. I’m still totally in on Severino. He’s probably the Yankees #2 through the first four games of the season.
The offense, well, it took the day off. Jordan Zimmerman is at least a good pitcher.
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (NR) vs. Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (R): (NR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.214/.200/.357)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.143/.455/.143)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.583/.583/1.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.364/.417/.909)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.000/.000/.000)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.100/.091/.100)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.455/.500/.727)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.333/.500/.333)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.000/.000/.000)
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.455/.455/.727)
2. Justin Upton (R) LF (.273/.273/.455)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.333/.400/.333)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (1.000/1.000/4.000)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.250/.400/.375)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.125/.111/.250)
7. James McCann (R) C (.000/.000/.000)
8. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.375/.500/.375)
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF (.375/.444/.750)
Really? Three decent games and now Starlin Castro is the number three hitter? Yet after 263 mostly forgettable games, Smellsbury remains entrenched at leadoff where he can continue to gobble up outs like candy?
Anyway, one of these teams is undefeated and is playing at home. Logic should tell you that makes them exceedingly heavy favorites, to the point where it doesn’t necessarily make sense to play this game.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Yankees slugged three home runs, including a three-run shot by Mark Teixeira in the seventh inning off reliever Ken Giles that snapped a tie, en route to an 8-5 win over the Astros in the series finale Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner got the rally started in the seventh with a single off reliever Will Harris, and Alex Rodriguez greeted hard-throwing right-hander Giles with a sharp single to set the stage for Teixeira, who hit a 98-mph fastball the opposite way and down the left-field line to snap a 5-5 tie.
“I think the worrisome trend is more how much traffic we’re allowing as a team on the bases,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously, you look at that inning and it’s the middle part of their order and they did a lot of damage, and we had held their middle of the order in check pretty well most of the series.”
While Starlin Castro has been amazing through three games, Mark Teixeira playing well is still such a key part of the success of the Yankees’ offense this season. If he hits, then the Yankees will score. By the way, Ken Giles has now pitched twice for the Astros and has given up home runs in both appearances. Not a great start to the Ken Giles era in Houston.
Nathan Eovaldi was terrible today, which was frustrating, since his stuff looked really good. The Yankee starters give up so many home runs. Luckily, the bullpen was excellent once again. Brian Cashman sure knows how to put a bullpen together, doesn’t he?
The Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow, and we’ll see if Luis Severino can be the first Yankee starting pitcher to avoid giving up a home run this season.