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Yankees (70-63) @ Blue Jays (67-67), Saturday, August 30, 2014, 1:07pm
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Yankees (69-63) @ Blue Jays (67-66), Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:07pm
(57 Comments - 8/30/2014 1:44:11 pm)

NY Times: In Season of 63 Losses So Far, Yankees Find Few as Agonizing as This One
(29 Comments - 8/29/2014 5:37:03 pm)

Yankees (69-62) @ Tigers (71-60),  Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:08pm
(93 Comments - 8/29/2014 7:31:32 am)

NYDN: Yankees sign Mets reject Chris Young to minor-league deal
(10 Comments - 8/28/2014 1:11:26 pm)

Yankees.com: Detroit sock city: Yanks hammer Price, gain in WC race
(9 Comments - 8/28/2014 1:03:08 am)

Yankees (68-62) @ Tigers (71-59), Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:08pm
(85 Comments - 8/27/2014 11:10:42 pm)

NYDN: Yankees GM Cashman reveals how the last-minute deal for Martin Prado went down
(17 Comments - 8/27/2014 7:12:33 pm)

Yankees.com: McCarthy battles, but Yankees’ win streak snapped
(6 Comments - 8/27/2014 10:36:39 am)

Yankees (68-61) @ Tigers (70-59), Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7:08pm
(71 Comments - 8/26/2014 11:27:45 pm)


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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Friday, July 25, 2014

Blue Jays (54-49) @ Yankees (53-48), Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:05pm

TOR: Mark Buehrle (#0, 35, LHP, 10-6, 2.86) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 6-6, 3.88)

Lineups
Toronto
TBA

Yankees

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
9. Francisco Cervelli (R) C

--Posted at 2:30 pm by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)



MLB.com: Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August

NEW YORK—The reformulated Yankees rotation has performed better than Brian Cashman would have anticipated, and the general manager said that he’d prefer to focus his attention on acquiring a big bat as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

“It’s weird,” Cashman said in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “Our pitching has been drastically altered because of the injuries, and despite losing four out of five starters and all that stuff, our pitching has survived—surprisingly—to this point. I think our offense should be better.

“It still feels like the pitching needs more help, but honestly, the offense has been consistently poor throughout the entire year. The answer has to be an offensive piece, I guess.”

I’ve felt all along this team was a few bats short of a legitimate offense.  I’m encouraged that Cashman feels the same way.  The most obvious place where they could use an upgrade is probably RF if we assume Beltran is more or less restricted to one pitch plate appearances as a DH.  But I haven’t really looked at who might fit the bill and would be available.  I still don’t understand why they won’t give Zoilo Almonte a legitimate shot at MLB playing time.  All it would cost them is some Ichiro plate appearances…

--Posted at 10:04 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, July 24, 2014

CBS Sports: Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies for cash

The New York Yankees have acquired left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations, the club announced Thursday evening.

The Yankees will be the third franchise for Capuano this season, as he started off with the Red Sox and was later released on July 1. He then signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies on July 4.

Eh, why not?

--Posted at 9:00 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Victorious McCarthy continues to stabilize Yanks

NEW YORK—When Brandon McCarthy learned he’d been traded to the Yankees earlier this month, the right-hander experienced a rush of relief, knowing that his unimpressive season statistics could effectively be flushed. This would be, he said, a fresh start.

McCarthy is making the most of that second season, fitting nicely into pinstripes and providing the Yankees with another solid outing on Thursday. He permitted just one run over six innings as New York defeated the Rangers, 4-2, at Yankee Stadium.

Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli each contributed run-scoring hits against Texas starter Colby Lewis to pace the attack as the Yankees took three of four games from the Rangers.

Acquired from the D-backs on July 6 in exchange for left-hander Vidal Nuno, McCarthy has bolstered a reconstructed Yankees staff, improving to 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his three starts for New York. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA with Arizona.

The pitching continues to carry this team.

--Posted at 3:07 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-61) @ Yankees (52-48), Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:05pm

TEX: Colby Lewis (#48, 34, RHP, 6-7, 6.37) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 4-10, 4.63)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Alex Rios (R) RF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Jim Adduci (L) 1B
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) DH
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
9. Rougned Odor (L) 2B

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Brian McCann (L) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

It would be nice if this game also got rained out after four and a half innings since the Yankees tend to do what little scoring they do in the first three.

--Posted at 11:36 am by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yankees.com: Phelps, Yanks take rain-shortened win over Rangers

NEW YORK—David Phelps hurled five strong innings and Brett Gardner homered as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 2-1, in a rain-shortened game on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Heavy rain and wind stopped play at 8:46 p.m. ET with one out in the home half of the fifth inning, and the Yankees’ grounds crew needed 14 more minutes to apply the tarpaulin.

The game was called nearly two hours later, once it was determined the field was unplayable for the rest of the night.

Phelps was credited with the first complete game of his career, and is the first Yankees pitcher with a complete game and save in the same season since 2006, when Chien-Ming Wang accomplished the double.

The Yankees produced two runs in 4 1/3 innings against Texas starter Yu Darvish, who scattered four hits and was charged with the loss; both runs came across in the third inning.

Yay rain!

--Posted at 11:21 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-60) @ Yankees (51-48), Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:05pm

TEX: Yu Darvish (#0, 27, RHP, 9-5, 2.88) vs. NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 4-4, 3.87)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) LF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Alex Rios (R) RF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Jim Adduci (L) 1B
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) DH
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C
9. Rougned Odor (L) 2B

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B

Remember when the Yankees made a comically low “bid” on Yu Darvish?

--Posted at 2:48 pm by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)



Dan Szymborski: Headley RoS ZiPS in Yankee Stadium

Headley RoS ZiPS in Yankee Stadium: 253/331/426.

That .757 OPS would rank fourth on the Yankees right now.

--Posted at 9:06 am by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yankees.com: Newcomer Headley Yanks’ walk-off hero in 14th

NEW YORK—In his first game as a Yankee, Chase Headley connected for a game-winning single in the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers late Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The decisive hit came off right-hander Nick Tepesch, the ninth Texas pitcher of the evening. Brian Roberts laced a one-out ground-rule double, and Francisco Cervelli singled through the right side of the infield to set up Headley’s flare to left-center field.

J.P. Arencibia had put the Rangers ahead in the top half of the 13th with a solo home run into the left-field bullpen off left-hander David Huff, marking the first run of the game.

The Yankees answered in the home half, as Brett Gardner greeted closer Joakim Soria with a double, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single to right field. After another hit, Soria got Brian McCann to hit into a inning-ending double play.

--Posted at 11:12 pm by SG / 9 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (40-59) @ Yankees (50-48), Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:05pm

TEX: Nick Martinez (#22, 23, RHP, 1-6, 5.10) vs. NYY: Chase Whitley (#39, 25, RHP, 4-3, 5.10)

Lineups
Texas
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Jim Adduci (L) LF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Leonys Martin (L) CF
6. J.P. Arencibia (R) 1B
7. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B
9. Daniel Robertson (R) DH

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
5. Brian McCann (L) 1B
6. Kelly Johnson (L) RF
7. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B

Yawn.

--Posted at 4:15 pm by SG / 107 Comments | - (0)



MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Acquire Chase Headley

The Yankees announced that they have officially acquired Chase Headley from the Padres. The Yankees will send Yangervis Solarte and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula to the Padres in return for Headley and $1MM.

Headley, a lifetime member of the Padres, is hitting just .229/.296/.355 with seven homers this season, though he’s playing outstanding defense at third base, per both UZR/150 (+19.7) and Defensive Runs Saved (+7). Headley is earning $10.535MM in 2014, of which $3.97MM remains. He is eligible for free agency following the season.

I don’t get the point, but whatever.

--Posted at 12:51 pm by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Yankees commit five errors in 4-2 loss to Texas Rangers

On Monday night, it wasn’t easy being Greene.

A sloppy, five-error effort and a slew of lifeless bats caused the Yankees to drop a 4-2 game to the AL-worst Rangers in front of 45,278 in the Bronx. Rookie starter Shane Greene took his first career loss in his first appearance at Yankee Stadium in a game in which the Yankees had as many errors as hits.

“It was an ugly game on our part,” Joe Girardi said. “Our defense was bad, we weren’t swinging the bats particularly well. Their pitcher worked hard the first two innings and he ends up getting into the eighth inning. It was an ugly game.”

The Yankees (50-48) struck first with some small ball in the first. Derek Jeter drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a balk and then to third on an infield hit by Jacoby Ellsbury. Carlos Beltran brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Ellsbury would later put the Bombers up 2-1 with a home run over the right field wall to lead off the fourth.

Nothing like losing to team that had lost 20 of its last 24 games.

I thought Joe Girardi stuck with Greene one batter too long, but I also figured that when Matt Thornton came in he’d blow it.  To be fair to Thornton, the hit that gave the Rangers the lead would likely have been fielded if the Yankees hadn’t put a Derek Jeter figurine at shortstop last night.  If you were to look at surface stats like ERA or FIP, Thornton has been okay this year, but if you look at his RE24 which estimates how his performances have changed the opposing team’s run expectancy he’s been pretty terrible (-5.21).  To put that in context, Dellin Betances’s RE24 this season is 22.67.

Again though, if this team had an offense it’s a game they probably would have won.  But they don’t.  So they didn’t.

--Posted at 8:52 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 21, 2014

Rangers (39-59) @ Yankees (50-47), Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:05pm

TEX: Miles Mikolas (#36, 25, RHP, 0-2, 10.05) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 2-0, 1.32)

Lineups
Rangers
TBA

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Carlos Beltran DH
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B

Is tonight the night Shane Greene gets exposed?  Texas is injury-ravaged, but their team OPS+ of 94 blows away the Yankees’ OPS+ of 93.

--Posted at 3:43 pm by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)



NY Times: A Bloop Leads to a Blooper, Lifting the Yankees to a Sweep

When a batter is facing a pitcher who throws 102 miles per hour, there is not really time for directional hitting. It is the kind of heat that sends murmurs through the crowd during warm-ups. The pop of the baseball when it hits the catcher’s mitt echoes an extra beat, and even major league hitters take notice of the radar-gun readings. At the plate, hitters just hope for the best.

They perhaps hope, as Brian McCann did, that the angle of the afternoon sun coupled with a light southerly breeze might play tricks on a languid pop-up to short right field and help it drop for a hit.

It does not happen often, but it happened Sunday to account for the Yankees’ winning hit in a 3-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman faced three batters in the ninth inning and threw 15 pitches that reached triple digits. But after a leadoff single by Jacoby Ellsbury, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Chapman could not escape the inning with a 2-2 tie intact. He struck out Mark Teixeira to get one out before McCann blooped a 1-0 pitch into right that fell among three Reds fielders.

Much has been made of McCann’s recent performance since he’s hit .310/.333/.437 over his last 75 PA.  But I’d say that with his BABIP of .364 over that stretch and the relatively low isolated power and discipline in that data as well as the ridiculously small sample size of it I’m not all that convinced he’s turned the corner just yet.

That being said, I think he’ll be a significantly better in the second half.

The Yankees were fortunate to catch Cincinnati with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips out, but a sweep is a sweep.  Yay sweep.

--Posted at 9:31 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reds (51-46) @ Yankees (49-47), Sunday, July 20, 2014, 1:05pm

CIN: Johnny Cueto (#47, 28, RHP, 10-6, 2.13) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 6-6, 4.10)

Lineups
Reds
TBA

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B

I still can’t believe the 2014 Yankees scored a week’s worth of runs in one game.  Have the Yankees swept a series yet this year?  With Cueto going I don’t like their chances today.  As opposed to all the other days where I also don’t like their chances.

--Posted at 10:03 am by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Reds (51-45) @ Yankees (48-47), Saturday, July 19, 2014, 1:05pm

CIN: Alfredo Simon (#0, 33, RHP, 12-3, 2.70) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 3-10, 4.80)

Lineups
Reds
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
7. Chris Heisey (R) LF
8. Donald Lutz (L) DH
9. Kristopher Negron (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B

Alfredo Simon has a FIP of 4.34.  Brandon McCarthy has a FIP of 3.76.

Advantage Yankees!

--Posted at 10:34 am by SG / 50 Comments | - (0)



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