Thursday, July 9, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.318/.354/.420)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) C: (.287/.375/.493)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B: (.255/.344/.431)
4. Josh Reddick (L) RF: (.286/.344/.459)
5. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.315/.375)
6. Ike Davis (L) 1B: (.259/.329/.406)
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.290/.327/.430)
8. Mark Canha (R) LF: (.249/.312/.416)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.307/.404)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.322/.408/.368)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.298/.378/.478)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) DH: (.244/.356/.546)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.335/.469)
5. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.238/.285/.410)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.294/.331)
7. Chris Young (R) RF: (.246/.296/.452)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.254/.375)
9. Cole Figueroa (L) 3B: (—-/—-/—-)
Did not know this was a day game, and did not know the Yankees have someone named Cole Figueroa.
NEW YORK—You could practically hear the groans in the ballpark when the announcement was made before the start of the seventh inning Wednesday: “Defensive change for the Yankees. Now playing second base, Stephen Drew.”
Up to that point, it had been a pretty good night for the New York Yankees and their fans. CC Sabathia weathered a rough start to settle down for 5 1/3 serviceable innings and left with a 3-2 lead, which had been extended to 4-2 by the second of two home runs by Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ lone All-Star position player this year. In addition, Teixeira had flashed the kind of leather that has earned him five Gold Gloves at first base. Jacoby Ellsbury had come back from his knee injury and demonstrated that he was OK by lining out sharply to left in his first at-bat. There was comfort in knowing that closer Andrew Miller was back, too, making that one-run lead feel more secure than it really was.
The only sour note, to many Yankees fans, was the presence of Drew on the field; Drew carried into the game the lowest batting average of 164 qualifying major league players, a meager .176. Never mind that he was in there for his glove, replacing the young and erratic Jose Pirela, which in a tight game could have made all the difference.
Well, Drew wound up making all the difference, all right, but not with his glove.
The highlight reels belonged to Teixeira, who in addition to his two home runs (Nos. 21 and 22 on the season) and two RBIs (to give him an American League-leading 61) also made three sparkling plays in the field. But the night belonged to Drew.
Sometimes Teixeira reminds us that his contract should not have been the disappointment it has been.
And Drew cemented his spot on the team for the rest of the season. Yay…
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.316/.353/.420)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) 1B: (.293/.381/.502)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B: (.261/.347/.440)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.315/.373)
5. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.291/.328/.432)
6. Jake Smolinski (R) RF: (.133/.270/.200)
7. Josh Phegley (R) C: (.268/.320/.500)
8. Mark Canha (R) LF: (.242/.304/.412)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.308/.397)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.324/.412/.372)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.296/.373/.478)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.387/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.239/.351/.522)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.250/.297/.459)
6. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.239/.282/.324)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.295/.328)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.203/.227/.297)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 3B: (.184/.238/.263)
I thought CC was out of the rotation?
NEW YORK (AP) — The first-place New York Yankees are about to get two important players back at once.
Closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are expected to come off the disabled list before Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Miller has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained left forearm, while Ellsbury has been out since May 20 with a sprained right knee.
Dellin Betances can probably use the help.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.318/.356/.424)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) C: (.290/.380/.502)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) LF: (.267/.354/.450)
4. Josh Reddick (L) RF: (.288/.346/.463)
5. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.316/.365)
6. Ike Davis (L) 1B: (.264/.331/.414)
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.291/.329/.425)
8. Eric Sogard (L) 2B: (.256/.298/.293)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.308/.399)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.297/.373/.481)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.307/.373)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.390/.513)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.243/.356/.532)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.332/.471)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.229/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.250/.298/.464)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.296/.329)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.178/.251/.364)
Gardner, on the other hand, is a homegrown eight-year Yankee who is universally respected throughout baseball. And he is in the middle of a breakout season, hitting .297 with nine home runs, 21 doubles, 60 runs scored, 15 steals and a career-high .854 on-base plus slugging percentage splitting time between left and centerfield.
For all these reasons, when the Yankees have been struggling, Gardner has most often played the role of team spokesman, explaining what has gone wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.
Inside the clubhouse, the 31-year-old South Carolina native is playing the same role. Garrett Jones, who became close to Gardner quickly after joining the team this spring, was immediately struck by the respect that the outfielder commanded from his fellow Yankees, and how he used it to help them.
“As far as leadership on the field, in the clubhouse and off the field, he’s just a good guy, a good teammate, a good human being—he helps out anyone who needs it, you can go out up to him and talk to him about anything at any time,” Jones said.
Gardner really deserves to be on the All Star Team, although I would be surprised if he wins the final man vote, especially with a KC Royal among the candidates. But he’s having a very good year, and has been the most valuable player on a team that’s playing far better than I expected them to in 2015.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Jonah Kerri spotlights four over-30 players having awful years, from Robinson Cano to Matt Kemp to CC Sabathia to Jimmy Rollins.
The part of the article on Sabathia is very interesting. Here’s an excerpt:
Here are CC Sabathia’s ERA and xFIP over the past five seasons:
Year ERA xFIP
2011 3.00 3.02
2012 3.38 3.20
2013 4.78 3.76
2014 5.28 3.11
2015 5.59 3.50
One stat shows a pitcher in spectacular decline; the other shows a pitcher who might’ve lost a little from age 30 to age 34, but not enough to freak out over. So what should we believe?
What xFIP attempts to quantify is how a pitcher fares once you (a) strip out the impact of defense, and (b) normalize his home run rate. That second point has always been a little problematic. Yes, a couple of gusts of wind here or there can make a dent in a pitcher’s home run rate, or more precisely his home-run-per-fly-ball rate. Sabathia was supernaturally consistent in his HR/FB rate throughout his prime, never going lower than 7.4 percent or higher than 8.8 percent from 2006 through 2011. Seeing those figures shoot up to a career-worst 23.3 percent last year and 18.1 percent this season (highest in the AL) might make you look at Sabathia’s poor results as some kind of fluke.
Thing is, we’ve now got PITCHf/x stats and batted-ball stats to help us better understand how and why a pitcher might succeed or fail. And in Sabathia’s case, it’s simple: The fearsome lefty who used to fire mid-90s heat with regularity is now throwing something closer to a batting-practice fastball, and hitters are feasting on it, whacking that pitch at a .355 clip in 2015.
The Yankees are aware of Sabathia’s fall from grace, an outlier stat or two — Sabathia has continued to pound the strike zone and ranks eighth in the AL in strikeout-to-walk ratio — be damned. Nobody is taking the roughly $62 million left on Sabathia’s contract (or $42 million if his 2017 option doesn’t vest), and GM Brian Cashman has been around long enough to understand the concept of sunk costs. Thanks to the franchise’s wealth, the Yanks can make a simple decision based on talent alone: Should they send one of the most decorated pitchers in team history to the bullpen (or a wink-wink DL stint) and shop for a better option via trade? Or should they ride it out and hope that the big lefty rediscovers his lost abilities?
It has been more than two decades since there was an All-Star Game without either a Yankee or a Met in the starting lineup — a streak that will end this year in Cincinnati.
David Cone was the lone Mets representative in that 1992 game and was joined by Yankees outfielder Roberto Kelly.
And while Cone was focused more on the fact he thought he might be traded that season, he does recall it being unusual to have such a lack of a New York presence.
“It was different,” Cone said. “But the Yankees were in their rough patch at that time, and we were kind of at the end of our run. You could see that coming.”
The difference this time around, according to Cone, is there are some legitimate candidates — especially in The Bronx.
“You’ve got [Mark Teixeira], [Brett] Gardner, [Brian] McCann, [Dellin] Betances,” Cone said after broadcasting Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Rays at the Stadium for YES. “Back then, I don’t know that you could have pointed to any potential snubs.”
Has anyone checked in with Brian C. to make sure he’s ok?
Brett Gardner is tied for 10th in the AL in bWAR by position players, but there are four outfielders ahead of him so I don’t know that I’d really consider him a snub. Hopefully he makes it as a reserve.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
1. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.281/.354)
2. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.267/.322/.390)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH: (.274/.350/.413)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.282/.323/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.282/.368/.429)
6. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.213/.301/.422)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.286/.411)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.319)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.261/.292/.478)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.299/.371/.485)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.307/.371)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.388/.504)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.358/.538)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.333/.477)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.228/.279/.404)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.254/.299/.471)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.246/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.253/.368)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.275/.310/.358)
2. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.306/.352/.461)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.275/.351/.415)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.274/.317/.372)
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.208/.299/.409)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.282/.351)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.254/.287/.415)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 2B: (.229/.277/.330)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.250/.286/.450)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.390/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.359/.537)
5. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.225/.277/.396)
6. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.241/.241/.276)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.250/.293/.338)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.245/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.252/.371)
Friday, July 3, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.259/.295/.336)
2. Joey Butler (R) RF: (.314/.358/.474)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.272/.350/.412)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.275/.322/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.286/.370/.435)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.264/.321/.389)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.224/.280/.353)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.285/.408)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.163/.201/.276)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.304/.373/.495)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.381/.506)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.356/.528)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.333/.470)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.231/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.261/.303/.484)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.240/.290/.326)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.254/.374)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Jacoby Ellsbury will not come off the disabled list on Friday night against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Ellsbury did not play Thursday in his scheduled rehab game in Clearwater, Florida. It was the second game in the past four that Ellsbury missed since he began his rehab assignment on Monday. Ellsbury has been out six weeks with a knee sprain.
Words escape me.