Friday, June 3, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.333/.425, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.211/.342/.335, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.270/.302/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.177/.240/.406, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.181/.273/.265, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.285/.408, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.287/.367, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.232/.314/.311, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.293/.317/.431, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.301/.385, 1.6 bWAR)
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.296/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.367/.449/.483, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.318/.386/.616, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.216/.338/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.288/.342/.585, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.281/.321/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.214/.305/.393, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.265/.293/.455, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.296/.229, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.333/.470, 7.4 bWAR)
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Yankees used a four-run seventh to beat the Tigers, 5-4, in a makeup game on Thursday night at Comerica Park.
Rob Refsnyder put New York on top for good with an RBI single in the inning, while Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run triple capped the inning and was part of a three-RBI night for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter.
The Yankees’ four-run seventh inning spoiled what was a strong outing by Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Certainly one of their most unusual wins of the season. Each one of the “Big Three” relievers surrendered a run, but with the tying run on third base and two outs, the Yankees elected to pitch to Miggy Cabrera (who was 3-3 for the night) and Aroldis Chapman got Miggy to ground out to end the game. Didi Gregorius, who came in for defense late in the game, had a perfect relay throw to cut down a runner at home to end the eighth inning and then, with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, made a circus play to start a double play to get the Yankees within an out of the win.
Robert Refsnyder had another great game at the plate. Methinks Ref might want to start taking more reps at first base, as Teix is literally playing hurt, and it is just so stupid. We get it, Teix, you’re willing to play through the pain - but by doing so, you’re killing the team!
Michael Pineda was outstanding tonight and Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, as well.
Big three games coming up against Baltimore. That team can score, but their pitching is not all that great - so the Yankees might score four runs over three games.
Still, it seems clear this is a mediocre ballclub with a championship-caliber bullpen, and at some point Cashman is going to want to cash in on that asset as the Yankees are forced to become more transparent about building for the future.
In fact, for almost any of the serious contenders this season, adding a lock-down reliever is perhaps the best way to increase their chances of winning a September pennant race and/or advancing in the post-season.
So there could be some serious bidding for Chapman, who is headed for free agency, and perhaps even more so for Andrew Miller, if the Yankees decide that acquiring a couple of blue-chip prospects is more valuable to their future than having the lefty under contract for two more seasons.
At least a few teams might also see Carlos Beltran as a valuable and proven postseason hitter worth giving up a solid prospect to acquire, but the Yankees don’t really have much else to trade.
SELL, SELL, SELL!
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Aaron Sanchez pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning and Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak each drove in a pair of runs, powering the Blue Jays to a 7-0 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at Rogers Centre to complete a sweep of the three-game series.
Sanchez was in command of the slumbering Yankees lineup, which produced just three runs over the 27 innings of this series. The right-hander scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out six as the Blue Jays won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Toronto has won 13 of 17 games against the Yankees dating back to last season.
Encarnacion and Smoak roped big hits to highlight a five-run seventh inning against the Yankees’ bullpen, knocking around Kirby Yates and Nick Goody. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka started for New York and was charged with the loss—his first of the season—after allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits over six innings.
I’m not saying that this offense isn’t terrible. It IS terrible. However, even a terrible offense should score more than this team has against Toronto this season. This is flukishly bad.
Tanaka did a decent job, but the bullpen was wretched. Not that it mattered, since the game was over as soon as Tanaka gave up a single run.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (65.1 IP, 2.89 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 2.2 bWAR) vs. Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (R): (65.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.331/.413, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.215/.344/.342, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.265/.299/.530, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.229/.323/.410, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.285/.278, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.170/.240/.409, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.290/.373, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.236/.317/.319, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.271/.327/.375, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.236/.308/.386, 2.4 bWAR)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.365/.479, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.256/.355/.517, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.240/.313/.447, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.291/.371/.529, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.275/.375/.435, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.197/.259/.272, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.250/.280/.292, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.246/.277/.365, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.322/.352/.448, 1.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.332/.437, 7.2 bWAR)
Brian Cashman presented the three alternatives available for dealing with Michael Pineda to Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild following the righty’s most recent dismal start:
1) Keep him in the rotation. 2) Send him to the bullpen. 3) Demote him to the minors.
“Right now [Girardi and Rothschild] feel strongly that they want to keep at him with him [in the majors],” Cashman said by phone.
Nevertheless, the clock is ticking on a reversal or else — and not just because Pineda has the worst ERA (6.92) among qualifiers and no team wants to keep deploying a starter to serve up in-game batting practice. The Yankees also are cognizant one of the alternatives is about to go away.
Pineda reaches four years and 172 days of service time on June 14, and 172 days equates to a full season when accounting for service time. Thus, Pineda becomes a five-year player on that date and a player can no longer be sent to the minors without his consent when he accrues five years. So the Yankees are two weeks away from losing a tool to deal with a struggling Pineda, though he has two minor league options left.
In other words, in two weeks the Yankees will not — without Pineda’s approval — be able to do with the righty what they did with the failing Luis Severino by sending him to Triple-A.
“I am aware of the options, but under the current circumstances we want to keep him in the rotation,” Cashman said. “He will make his next start [Thursday in Detroit] and we will have further conversations.”
While they’re at it, I have about 20 other players that should also be sent to the minors.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney delivered timely hits in the seventh inning off Dellin Betances to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays chased Yankees starter CC Sabathia after a leadoff double by Edwin Encarnacion to open the seventh. Betances entered and picked up a pair of quick outs, but he then issued a walk, Pillar smacked a run-scoring single and Barney singled home two more to give Toronto its fourth series victory in a row.
The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 against the Yankees this season and clinched their third consecutive series victory against New York. Reliever Joe Biagini picked up his third win of the year, and Roberto Osuna notched his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Toronto starter J.A. Happ pitched six solid innings in the no-decision, allowing a run. The 33-year-old left-hander has allowed just five runs over his past three starts after getting rocked for a season-high eight against the Rays on May 16.
Another pathetic performance by the offense.
CC did well, which was nice.
Betances had an off night, but eh, they were going to lose no matter what with this terrible offense.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.280/.333/.420, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.250/.250/.500, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.195/.291/.286, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.325/.413, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.264/.295/.534, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.291/.420, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.229/.313/.307, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.291/.376, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.270/.297, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.302/.390, 1.8 bWAR)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.237/.371/.489, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.256/.357/.523, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.239/.313/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.273/.376/.414, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Russell Martin (R) C (.194/.258/.271, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.273/.273/.318, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.271/.363, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.321/.352/.452, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF (.382/.433/.491, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.331/.427, 5.8 bWAR)
TORONTO — Aroldis Chapman arrived late, but finally the Yankees began to win more regularly, and there is cause and effect.
There is also smoke and mirrors.
The Yankees are 13-8 since Chapman returned from his suspension, one of the best marks in the majors. Yet they have barely outscored the opposition in that time, 91-87. They win when Nate Eovaldi, CC Sabathia or Masahiro Tanaka starts well and the firm of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman protects whatever meager lead the offense supplies.
The Yankees won Sunday in Tampa 2-1 despite managing just one hit (smoke and mirrors). They lost Monday in Toronto 4-2 when they managed five hits — just three hits and zero runs in eight innings against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.
This marked the 21st time the Yankees scored two runs or fewer — the most in the AL. You can have Betances, Miller, Chapman and throw in the spirit of Mariano Rivera for good measure and the Yanks are not going to be a playoff team with that kind of offense, not when they also are below par running the bases and on defense.
The Yankees stacked eight lefties against Estrada and had one limp result after another. They were 2-for-13 with men on base, hitless in four shots with runners in scoring position to fall to a major league-worst .212 in such spots.
“When you have two-thirds of your lineup not swinging well, it is hard to score runs,” Joe Girardi said.
Maybe they should have gotten better players?
I haven’t watched a pitch of a Yankee game since the Arizona series, and I haven’t really missed it.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Right-hander Marco Estrada rose to the occasion when the Blue Jays needed him the most, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Estrada scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six in his seventh quality start of the year. He has gone at least seven innings during each of his last three starts and has now picked up a victory against New York in back-to-back outings.
The veteran starter could not have picked a better time to go deep into a game. The Blue Jays had four relievers unavailable, and manager John Gibbons lamented the health of his bullpen prior to the game. Almost everybody needed a day of rest, and Estrada provided it.
“He was great again,” Gibbons said of Estrada, who became the second pitcher in Toronto history to defeat the Yankees in back-to-back outings. “It was really the exact outing we had to have.
“To be honest, I’ve seen him do that many times, so I can’t say he had one of his best outings, because he does that a lot. But he stepped up, and he just faced these guys the other day. That makes it even tougher on a pitcher, when everybody is familiar with you. He has been a great pitcher for us.”
Right-hander Ivan Nova picked up the loss for the Yankees after allowing four runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The big blows came on RBI doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, plus a solo home run by shortstop Ryan Goins.
Ivan Nova was not good, but this was once again pretty much all on the offense. Another pathetic performance. This clearly will not be even a decent team if no one on the team can hit.
NYY: Ivan Nova (#47, 29, RHP, 3-2, 3.65) vs TOR: Marco Estrada (#25, 32, RHP, 2-2, 2.76)
Thanks to all who served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but one swing of the bat from Starlin Castro changed everything.
With Brett Gardner on base after working a one-out walk, the Yankees’ second baseman launched an offering on a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Odorizzi’s strong outing ended after the seventh, with the one hit, the walk and Dustin Ackley reaching on an error earlier in the game being his only blemishes. He struck out six but saw his record fall to 2-3.
The fearsome bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman worked an easy three innings to give a win to New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, who limited the Rays to one run and six hits over a 105-pitch effort.
If you had to pick a team that would win a game with just one hit, you would have to put the WOEful Yankees high on that list.
Kudos to Eovaldi on another good game. And what can we say about the Big 3 relievers that hasn’t already been said at this point? They are amazing.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury stared down at the perfectly framed mitt of Hank Conger. The man who had thrown the pitch, Matt Moore, had already started his walk off the mound, and Ellsbury dropped his bat to the ground as his strikeout ended the frame.
Moore had just finished his fifth inning of work—a threshold he hadn’t passed in his past four outings. But this time, he wasn’t done. Moore pitched 6 2/3 innings of Tampa Bay’s 9-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs. His fastball had good command, and he used his curveball as his secondary pitch.
“I liked my mindset heading into it,” Moore said. “I found out what pitches were coming out good, and I kind of stayed with that as opposed to just forcing them out.”
Yanks starter Michael Pineda allowed six runs over just 3 2/3 innings, the second start against Tampa Bay this year that ended early for the righty.
The Rays’ offense broke out in a big way to even the series. Evan Longoria was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. The light-hitting Conger also homered and hit two doubles while driving in three runs, and Brad Miller had a double and a triple.
Wow, Pineda is terrible. I really don’t know who I’d rather see pitch at this point, Pineda or Severino. Yikes.
You have to at least sort of admire how much effort they put into trying to come back. Austin freakin’ Romine is looking like a Major League hitter, huh?
Hopefully Eovaldi pitches better in the finale of the series.
NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 2-5, 6.34) vs. TBR: Matt Moore (#55, 27, LHP, 1-3, 5.47)
Friday, May 27, 2016
Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer backed a solid start by Masahiro Tanaka to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez’s sixth home run of the season came against Rays starter Chris Archer and capped a three-run Yankees sixth that saw the Rays make two errors in the inning. For Rodriguez, the blast was his 30th career home run at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran added a solo home run against Archer in the eighth to put the Yankees up, 4-0, before Steve Pearce launched his own solo shot in the ninth as the Rays avoided a shutout.
Archer, who allowed just one earned run in eight innings, fell to 3-6 on the season. Tanaka allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings to move to 3-0.
Tanaka has been outstanding this season. It’s a shame that he’s going to be screwed out of an All-Star Game spot due to wins, which he doesn’t have full control over. Oh well. He’s making a gazillion dollars a year, so he can’t be too upset about not also making the All-Star team.
Anyhow, great win. Nice to see A-Rod get a home run. Bryan Hoch wrote this sort of douchey article today about how Beltran will still see DH at-bats (obviously he’ll see DH at-bats, but whatever), which included the following passage:
The Yanks have struggled against left-handed starters this year, and Rodriguez’s bat was expected to help them against southpaws.
That has not materialized, in part because Rodriguez has not produced much against any kind of pitching—he entered play on Friday batting .184 with five homers and 12 RBIs.
It annoys me when a guy chooses pithiness over, you know, accuracy. A-Rod has a .930 OPS against lefties this season. He’s just been terrible against righties (.492 OPS). So it was great to see him hit a home run off of a good righthanded pitcher in Chris Archer.