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Yankees (72-58) @ Red Sox (61-70) , Tuesday September 1, 2015 , 7:10 PM
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Yankees.com: Missed opportunities haunt Yankees
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Yankees (72-57) @ Red Sox (60-70) , Monday August 31, 2015 , 7:10 PM
(127 Comments - 8/31/2015 11:55:43 pm)

NYDN: Yankees 2B Stephen Drew finally hitting .200 this season
(14 Comments - 8/31/2015 5:31:04 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees’ quench offensive thirst in Atlanta
(12 Comments - 8/31/2015 12:20:57 am)

Yankees (71-57) @ Braves (54-75) , Sunday August 30, 2015 , 1:35 PM
(74 Comments - 8/30/2015 7:09:39 pm)

Yankees.com: Severino, late runs carry Yanks past Braves
(8 Comments - 8/30/2015 11:00:00 am)

Yankees (70-57) @ Braves (54-74) , Saturday August 29, 2015 , 7:35 PM
(86 Comments - 8/29/2015 11:16:08 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees erupt for 15 runs to rout Braves
(11 Comments - 8/29/2015 3:42:00 pm)

Yankees (69-57) @ Braves (54-73) , Friday August 28, 2015 , 7:35 PM
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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yankees (61-49) @ Indians (51-59) , Tuesday August 11, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: Luis Severino (R) (5 IP, 1.80 ERA, 2.90 FIP) vs. Indians: Carlos Carrasco (R) (136.1 IP, 3.76 ERA, 2.81 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.267/.336/.360)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.285/.368/.446)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.275/.382/.523)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.263/.367/.570)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.245/.316/.459)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.261/.323/.437)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.261/.311/.348)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.192/.261/.378)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B: (.271/.314/.438)

Indians:
1. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B: (.198/.280/.288)
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS: (.271/.300/.385)
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF: (.313/.388/.460)
4. Carlos Santana (S) DH: (.223/.354/.383)
5. Yan Gomes (R) C: (.225/.259/.376)
6. Abraham Almonte (S) CF: (.254/.309/.429)
7. Chris Johnson (R) 1B: (.253/.287/.348)
8. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF: (.228/.261/.364)
9. Giovanny Urshela (R) 3B: (.251/.284/.360)

--Posted at 4:34 pm by SG / 158 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees scoreless in 26 straight innings for first time since 1991

NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius was one year old. Derek Jeter hadn’t been drafted yet. Alex Rodriguez was in high school. Joe Girardi was a 26-year-old catcher for the Chicago Cubs.

And so on.

After being shutout for the second straight game Sunday—the first time that’s happened since 1999—the Yankees have now not scored in 26 straight innings, the first time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, that that’s happened since May 1991, when all of the above things were true. (They went 32 scoreless innings in ‘91.)

The last time they did score, last Friday, was when Mark Teixeira launched a second-inning home run to left, his 30th of the year. It appeared at the time that while the Toronto Blue Jays were going to score a bunch over the weekend, so too were the Yankees.

Nope.

In the last three games, New York has the fewest hits in baseball, 14, good (or bad) enough for a .151 average.

By contrast the Cleveland Indians, who the Yankees open a three-game series against Tuesday, are best in baseball at the plate since Friday, smacking 47 hits (.416 average) with four homers.

You generally have all the information you need to assess the quality of a team by what they’ve done since the prior Friday.  Ergo, WOE meets BOE? 

WOE is us…

--Posted at 8:04 am by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 10, 2015

NY Times: Yankees’ New Look: Over Their Shoulders

First, there were no expectations for the Yankees.

Then, as the wins mounted and the lead in the division solidified, expectations grew, even though the Yankees were still the same aging team and even though their only star-caliber player was coming off a season-long drug suspension.

The Yankees had played well and hit well, and they had done so without breaking the bank for reinforcements.

Now they may have wished they did.

Toronto, buoyed by the addition of three players to an already talented roster, stormed into New York and stopped the Yankees with three suffocating performances. On Sunday, the Yankees were shut out for the second day in a row. In fact, they have not scored a run in 26 innings — not since Mark Teixeira’s home run to lead off the second inning on Friday.

The top of the batting order is not hitting. The bottom of the order is not hitting. The Yankees don’t steal bases.

The Yankees still do still have a three game lead in the loss column in the AL East (both teams have 61 wins) despite getting swept in this series with Toronto, but it feels like a question of when Toronto will overtake them rather than if.

If the Blue Jays play to their Pythagorean winning percentage of .611 over the rest of their 49 games, they will end the year at 91 wins.  If the Yankees play to their Pythagorean winning percentage of .555 over the rest of the season, they will end the year at 90 wins.

It doesn’t really matter since they play 10 more times against each other, and that will be the primary factor in who takes the East.  But getting swept really changed the outlook of the division pretty significantly.

But if you want to look at the bright side, the Yankees only lost this series 2.9 to 0.1 according to Pythag.  So they didn’t really get swept after all.

--Posted at 8:18 am by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 9, 2015

Blue Jays (60-52) @ Yankees (61-48) , Sunday August 9, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R) (111.1 IP, 3.40 ERA, 3.84 FIP) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R) (93.2 IP, 3.84 ERA, 4.07 FIP)

Congratulations to the Blue Jays on their 2015 AL East Championship.

--Posted at 9:33 am by SG / 89 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 8, 2015

Blue Jays (59-52) @ Yankees (61-47) , Saturday August 8, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Tor: D. Price (10-4, 2.45 ERA) vs. NYY: I. Nova (4-3, 3.10 ERA)

--Posted at 9:00 am by SG / 54 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 7, 2015

Blue Jays (58-52) @ Yankees (61-46) , Friday August 7, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R) (144 IP, 4.06 ERA, 4.59 FIP) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (117.1 IP, 4.30 ERA, 3.54 FIP)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS: (.301/.354/.478)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.295/.363/.569)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.234/.358/.499)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.251/.349/.478)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.234/.314/.450)
6. Russell Martin (R) C: (.254/.336/.464)
7. Ryan Goins (L) 2B: (.233/.296/.332)
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.264/.302/.377)
9. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.295/.331/.368)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.280/.348/.378)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.369/.450)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.388/.537)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.266/.371/.573)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.254/.324/.476)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.259/.316/.441)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.274/.329/.394)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.256/.306/.345)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.196/.266/.386)

Drew was so close to .200, but alas it appears to have passed him by again.

I’m pretty much expecting Toronto to sweep this series, but who knows?

--Posted at 2:58 pm by SG / 80 Comments | - (0)



The Postseason Implications of the Upcoming Series with the Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are heading to the Bronx having won five straight games and eight of their last nine.  After falling to 23-30 on June 2, they’ve gone 35-22, equivalent to a 99 win pace over a full season.  They’ve added Troy Tulowitzki and David Price to a team that already had the best run differential and Pythagorean winning percentage in baseball.

The Yankees have the edge in the standings, but Toronto is probably the better team right now.  With 13 head to head games remaining between the two teams, the 4.5 game gap can disappear very quickly. 

Here’s how my Monte Carlo simulator projects the postseason in the AL as of this morning.

American League
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS% W+/-
Yankees 89 73 755 688 56.2% 17.0% 11.1% 84.2% 81-97
Blue Jays 86 76 827 698 29.2% 21.4% 13.4% 63.9% 78-95
Orioles 84 78 714 650 11.6% 16.0% 15.8% 43.4% 75-92
Rays 80 82 616 619 3.0% 5.9% 8.3% 17.2% 72-88
Red Sox 74 88 716 774 0.1% 0.4% 0.9% 1.3% 66-82
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Royals 92 70 679 627 90.9% 2.2% 2.5% 95.6% 84-100
Tigers 81 81 710 733 5.6% 7.4% 10.4% 23.3% 73-89
Twins 78 84 677 729 1.2% 2.5% 4.1% 7.8% 70-86
White Sox 77 85 647 716 1.1% 2.4% 2.9% 6.4% 69-85
Indians 77 85 655 685 1.3% 1.1% 2.3% 4.7% 69-85
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Angels 86 76 672 619 47.2% 8.6% 8.6% 64.5% 78-94
Astros 86 76 709 667 41.5% 11.4% 12.9% 65.8% 78-94
Rangers 78 84 722 792 6.0% 2.3% 3.7% 12.0% 70-86
Mariners 78 84 628 655 3.8% 1.2% 4.1% 9.1% 70-86
Athletics 75 87 670 624 1.5% 0.4% 2.0% 3.8% 67-84

W: Projected final 2015 wins
L: Projected final 2015 losses
RS: Projected final 2015 runs scored
RA: Projected final 2015 runs allowed
Div: Division win percentage
WC1: Wild card win percentage
WC2: Wild card win percentage
PS: Postseason percentage (Div + WC1 + WC2)
W+/-: Projected wins within one standard deviation

The Yankees don’t have to win the majority of the remaining games with Toronto to take the division.  But they probably need to win at least five of them.  If the two teams had no other games left this season and the Yankees went 5-8, the final standings would look like this:

Yankees: 66-54
Blue Jays: 67-57

I believe the Yankees have the easier schedule over the rest of the season, and have more home games as well.  Toronto has played 53 games on the road (22-31) and 57 at home (36-21) compared to the Yankees who’ve played 50 at home (32-18) and 57 on the road (29-28).

Anyway, here’s how the various outcomes of this series would affect the AL’s postseason odds.  Bear in mind that there is some randomness in every set of simulations which may cause difference that aren’t directly related to what’s happening between Toronto and the Yankees.

Jays 3-0
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS% W+/-
Blue Jays 88 74 827 698 42.5% 21.7% 13.2% 77.4% 80-96
Yankees 88 74 755 688 41.5% 21.1% 13.9% 76.6% 80-96
Orioles 84 78 714 650 13.0% 13.3% 15.1% 41.4% 75-92
Rays 80 82 616 619 2.9% 5.9% 8.9% 17.7% 72-88
Red Sox 74 88 716 774 0.2% 0.4% 0.8% 1.4% 66-82
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Royals 92 70 679 627 88.9% 2.8% 1.3% 92.9% 83-100
Tigers 81 81 710 733 6.4% 7.7% 9.1% 23.2% 73-89
Twins 78 84 677 729 1.7% 1.7% 4.7% 8.0% 70-86
White Sox 78 84 647 716 1.3% 2.2% 2.9% 6.5% 70-86
Indians 77 85 655 685 1.8% 1.6% 3.7% 7.0% 69-85
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Angels 86 76 672 619 48.0% 7.6% 9.0% 64.6% 78-94
Astros 86 76 709 667 43.5% 9.5% 12.8% 65.8% 78-94
Mariners 78 84 628 655 3.2% 2.2% 3.6% 9.1% 70-86
Rangers 78 84 722 792 4.1% 2.0% 3.2% 9.3% 70-86
Athletics 75 87 670 624 1.2% 0.3% 0.7% 2.1% 67-83
Jays 2-1
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS% W+/-
Yankees 89 73 755 688 50.6% 19.0% 11.1% 80.7% 80-97
Blue Jays 87 75 827 698 33.2% 21.6% 15.1% 69.9% 79-95
Orioles 84 78 714 650 12.8% 13.7% 13.8% 40.3% 75-92
Rays 81 81 616 619 3.4% 5.7% 8.5% 17.7% 72-89
Red Sox 74 88 716 774 0.0% 0.4% 0.5% 0.9% 66-82
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Royals 92 70 679 627 88.3% 3.0% 2.2% 93.5% 83-100
Tigers 81 81 710 733 6.9% 6.9% 10.2% 24.0% 73-89
White Sox 77 85 647 716 1.4% 2.2% 3.5% 7.0% 69-85
Twins 77 85 677 729 1.9% 1.7% 3.8% 7.5% 69-85
Indians 77 85 655 685 1.6% 1.1% 3.0% 5.6% 69-85
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Angels 86 76 672 619 45.1% 10.3% 10.3% 65.7% 78-94
Astros 86 76 709 667 46.0% 9.9% 12.2% 68.1% 78-94
Rangers 78 84 722 792 4.0% 2.2% 3.4% 9.7% 70-86
Mariners 78 84 628 655 3.5% 1.8% 3.2% 8.5% 70-86
Athletics 75 87 670 624 1.4% 0.5% 1.3% 3.2% 67-83
Yankees 2-1 (Ha)
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS% W+/-
Yankees 90 72 755 688 62.2% 16.5% 10.3% 89.0% 82-98
Blue Jays 86 76 827 698 22.9% 24.0% 15.4% 62.2% 78-94
Orioles 83 79 714 650 11.6% 13.1% 13.3% 38.0% 75-91
Rays 81 81 616 619 3.2% 6.0% 9.3% 18.5% 72-89
Red Sox 74 88 716 774 0.1% 0.8% 0.5% 1.4% 66-82
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Royals 92 70 679 627 89.5% 2.8% 1.9% 94.2% 83-100
Tigers 81 81 710 733 6.4% 6.2% 10.0% 22.5% 73-89
Twins 78 84 677 729 1.7% 3.5% 4.3% 9.5% 70-86
White Sox 77 85 647 716 1.5% 2.1% 3.3% 6.8% 69-85
Indians 77 85 655 685 0.9% 2.0% 3.3% 6.2% 69-85
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Angels 86 76 672 619 49.8% 8.8% 8.2% 66.8% 78-94
Astros 86 76 709 667 40.1% 10.4% 13.5% 64.1% 78-94
Mariners 78 84 628 655 5.3% 1.5% 3.9% 10.6% 70-86
Rangers 78 84 722 792 3.7% 2.0% 4.5% 10.2% 70-86
Athletics 75 87 670 624 1.1% 0.4% 1.3% 2.8% 67-83
Yankees 3-0 (Ha ha)
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS% W+/-
Yankees 91 71 755 688 73.1% 12.4% 6.6% 92.0% 83-99
Blue Jays 85 77 827 698 14.7% 21.7% 16.0% 52.4% 77-93
Orioles 83 79 714 650 9.7% 17.8% 15.8% 43.3% 75-92
Rays 80 82 616 619 2.6% 8.0% 10.5% 21.0% 72-88
Red Sox 74 88 716 774 0.1% 0.3% 1.0% 1.4% 66-82
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Royals 92 70 679 627 89.3% 3.5% 2.6% 95.3% 83-100
Tigers 81 81 710 733 6.3% 7.8% 10.4% 24.5% 73-89
Twins 78 84 677 729 1.7% 1.6% 4.5% 7.8% 70-86
White Sox 78 84 647 716 1.7% 2.4% 3.9% 7.9% 69-86
Indians 77 85 655 685 1.2% 1.6% 2.9% 5.6% 69-85
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS% W+/-
Angels 86 76 672 619 44.2% 10.0% 8.0% 62.1% 78-94
Astros 86 76 709 667 45.8% 9.8% 11.6% 67.1% 78-94
Rangers 78 84 722 792 4.3% 1.6% 4.2% 10.1% 70-86
Mariners 78 84 628 655 4.3% 1.2% 3.4% 8.8% 70-86
Athletics 76 86 670 624 1.4% 0.5% 1.3% 3.3% 67-84

I guess the moral of this is, don’t get swept.  Which should be the moral of every series anyway and which is pointless because the Yankees will get swept because they stink and because these are the pitching matchups:

R.A. Dickey (144 IP, 4.06 ERA, 4.59 FIP) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (117.1 IP, 4.30 ERA, 3.54 FIP)
David Price (154 IP, 2.45 ERA, 3.01 FIP) vs. Ivan Nova (40.2 IP, 3.10 ERA, 4.25 FIP)
Marco Estrada (111 IP, 3.40 ERA, 3.83 FIP) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (93.2 IP, 3.84 ERA, 4.07 FIP)

But if by some miracle the Yankees can win just one measly game, they make their chances to hold off the clearly superior Blue Jay juggernaut just a bit better.

--Posted at 9:07 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 6, 2015

Red Sox (48-60) @ Yankees (60-46) , Thursday August 6, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (L) (66.1 IP, 4.34 ERA, 4.15 FIP) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (117 IP, 5.54 ERA, 4.85 FIP)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Rusney Castillo (R) RF: (.270/.305/.360)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.312/.340/.406)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.244/.335/.471)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.260/.301/.445)
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.209/.310/.391)
6. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B: (.262/.307/.392)
7. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.241/.348/.313)
8. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B: (.143/.250/.143)
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF: (.102/.220/.163)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.277/.345/.364)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.285/.369/.451)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.384/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.268/.372/.578)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.268/.325/.500)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.276/.329/.397)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.297/.336/.406)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.258/.309/.348)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.286/.333/.476)

CC has held the Red Sox to a line of .292/.333/.542 this year, which doesn’t seem that great until you realize that the Mets have hit .375/.400/.833 against him, the Rangers .444/.487/.694, the Phillies .348/.400/.696, the Rays .250/.296/.583 and the Orioles .306/.308/.571.

Optimism!

--Posted at 2:42 pm by SG / 95 Comments | - (0)



NY Times: Luis Severino, in a Loss, Shows the Yankees What They’ve Gained

His preparations complete, Luis Severino left the bullpen and made his way across the outfield grass toward the first-base dugout. Soon, he would take the mound in a major league stadium for the first time. As he made that walk, he reflected on what the moment meant.

“I felt really happy to be here,” Severino said through an interpreter.

The way Severino pitched, with a varied repertoire, an uncompromising competitiveness and a calm-beyond-his-years demeanor, left the Yankees feeling pleased, too.

The Yankees lost, 2-1, baffled by the Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright, but it seemed a trifling inconvenience when viewed against what they stood to gain: a ballyhooed 21-year-old pitching prospect who lived up to every bit of his billing.

For a team with a brittle starting rotation and an organization that has not produced a rotation regular since Andy Pettitte nearly 20 years ago, Severino offered encouragement. Severino allowed two runs (one earned) and just two hits — one of them a home run by David Ortiz — and struck out seven in five innings.

I liked what I saw out of Severino although I found it interesting how similar in velocity his three pitches were.  Here is his Brooks Baseball page for last night’s start. His fastball averaged 96.5 mph, his slider at 90.3, and his changeup at 89.5. 

Yes, Severino’s changeup is faster than CC Sabathia’s “fast"ball.

Anyway, I was encouraged and look forward to seeing what Severino can do over the rest of the season.

--Posted at 8:21 am by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Red Sox (47-60) @ Yankees (60-45) , Wednesday August 5, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Red Sox: Steven Wright (R) (59.2 IP, 4.53 ERA, 5.24 FIP) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R) (NR)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.280/.355/.385)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.315/.343/.410)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.244/.336/.465)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.263/.304/.450)
5. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B: (.259/.305/.385)
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.211/.308/.393)
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF: (.266/.320/.438)
8. Blake Swihart (S) C: (.244/.279/.335)
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF: (.109/.232/.174)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.282/.351/.370)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.288/.370/.454)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.388/.539)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.268/.373/.582)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.314/.431)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.278/.330/.400)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.258/.308/.348)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.199/.268/.390)
9. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.286/.327/.398)

Babies don’t need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach… it pisses me off! I’ll go over to a little baby and say ‘What are you doing here? You haven’t worked a day in your life!’

--Posted at 2:49 pm by SG / 93 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees’ pitching rotation appears in flux for a while

NEW YORK — Michael Pineda is on ice until September. On Wednesday, the Yankees are sending rookie Luis Severino to the mound for his major league debut start. CC Sabathia is making his first start Thursday since going to the hospital for dehydration symptoms.

And beginning August 11, the Yankees play 16 games in as many days in what could be a trying two weeks for a rotation with perhaps more questions than answers as the final two months of the season begin.

“Right now we’re going to see where we are with Luis and how he adapts,” GM Brian Cashman said Thursday. “We have [Bryan Mitchell]. You’ve seen us use the six-man situation at times, which we just did in Chicago. We brought Mitchell in to give us an option for us there.”

The Yankees have used a six-man rotation to keep their starters fresh and pitching on extra rest of late, particularly Masahiro Tanaka. (Mitchell threw 78 pitches last Saturday in a spot start, taking a loss.)

Manager Joe Girardi said he’s not totally opposed to the idea of Adam Warren building back up into a starter’s role.

“Right now, probably not,” Girardi said. “But push come to shove, I’m not against it. And I would definitely think about it.”

With their offense playing surprising well and their great bullpen, rotation is the glaring weakness on this team right now.  Hopefully Luis Severino can be part of the solution.

--Posted at 7:26 am by SG / 42 Comments | - (0)



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