Monday, September 28, 2015
BOS: Eduardo Rodriguez (#52, 22, LHP, 9-6, 3.97) vs. NYY: Ivan Nova (#47, 28, RHP, 6-9, 4.87
Sunday, September 27, 2015
The Yankees got one step closer to the playoffs Sunday with a 6-1 win over the White Sox. New York remains four games behind American League East-leading Toronto, while cutting its magic number to clinch a postseason berth to three with seven games remaining.
Brian McCann delivered a sacrifice RBI to score Jacoby Ellsbury in the first after a walk and two Jose Abeu errors loaded the bases for the Yanks. The deciding run came in the sixth on Dustin Ackley’s homer. Later that inning, Rob Brantly’s passed ball allowed Slade Heathcott to score from third, making it 3-0, and Ellsbury’s RBI single in the seventh made it 4-1. The final runs came in the eighth.
Chicago’s run came in the seventh when pinch-hitter Avisail Garcia hit his 13th homer over the center-field wall. It was just the second pinch-hit homer this season for the White Sox, who finished 36-45 on the road.
At least Yankees.com is finally giving up on the division. No “still four games back!” stuff.
Severino was excellent again. A lot of the talk around him today is whether he would actually be the pitcher in the Play-In Game if Tanaka is unavailable. Speaking of that, here is a snippet from Yankees.com about Tanaka’s availability, “Girardi said Tanaka would have to start by Thursday if he was going to be able to start in both one more regular-season game and the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser. A start after Thursday wouldn’t give him enough days of rest for the Wild Card Game.” Yes, I shit you not, the article actually says “the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser.” That is hilarious.
In addition, in case people were wondering where the heck Stephen Drew has gone, he is suffering dizziness due to a bad sinus infection. He explained “that he thinks sinus congestion instigated fluid in his ears, which aggravated damage done when he was hit in the head by a fastball two years ago.” That kind of sucks for him.
Anyhow, hopefully the Yankees clinch home field for the Play-In Game in the next few games against Boston. Always fun to celebrate with the Red Sox in town.
1. Adam Eaton (L) DH: (.283/.356/.422), 3.4 bWAR
2. Jose Abreu (R) 1B: (.289/.347/.503), 3.8 bWAR
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.275/.317/.397), 1.6 bWAR
4. Trayce Thompson (R) CF: (.306/.364/.582), 1.3 bWAR
5. J.B. Shuck (L) RF: (.273/.351/.356), 0.9 bWAR
6. Mike Olt (R) 3B: (.195/.271/.351), -0.3 bWAR
7. Rob Brantly (L) C: (.174/.231/.348), 0.0 bWAR
8. Carlos Sanchez (S) 2B: (.228/.269/.337), 1.0 bWAR
9. Tyler Saladino (R) SS: (.234/.275/.347), 1.3 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 13.0
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.260/.316/.347), 2.0 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.260/.346/.408), 3.2 bWAR
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.275/.334/.470), 0.8 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.239/.327/.452), 3.1 bWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.242/.322/.523), 0.5 bWAR
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.230/.280/.405), -0.9 bWAR
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.267/.316/.369), 3.0 bWAR
8. Slade Heathcott (L) RF: (.350/.318/.700), 0.4 bWAR
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B: (.218/.261/.333), -0.1 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 12.0
That doesn’t strike me as the lineup of a team that is actually heading to the postseason.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez drove in runs with a pair of consecutive ground-rule doubles, Adam Warren combined with three relievers on a three-hitter and the Yankees posted a 2-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The win reduced the Yankees’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth to four. New York remains four games behind the Blue Jays in the chase for the American League East title with eight games remaining. The White Sox officially were eliminated from postseason contention and guaranteed a third straight losing season.
“These games are all going to be great preparation for October,” said Rodriguez, who knocked in the deciding run facing Chicago starter John Danks, who scattered six hits over six innings, in the sixth inning. “We’re going to be in a lot of tough games, a lot of tight games. We’ve been facing really good pitching and tonight was a good win.”
Warren recovered from a shaky first inning to complete six innings of one-run ball, picking up his seventh victory and his first since rejoining the rotation. Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances hurled scoreless innings to set up for closer Andrew Miller, who logged his 36th save in 38 chances.
It’s adorable how how Yankees.com still talks about the division.
Anyhow, Adam Warren and the bullpen were excellent today and I loved the big hit from A-Rod, but boy, yet another terrible day overall from the offense. This does not bode well for the Play-In Game.
Friday, September 25, 2015
1. Adam Eaton (L) CF: (.283/.356/.425), 3.3 bWAR
2. Jose Abreu (R) 1B: (.291/.349/.509), 4.0 bWAR
3. Trayce Thompson (R) RF: (.315/.378/.618), 1.4 bWAR
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.277/.319/.401), 1.6 bWAR
5. Leury Garcia (S) DH: (.154/.214/.154), -0.1 bWAR
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS: (.250/.285/.358), 1.0 bWAR
7. Mike Olt (R) 3B: (.197/.269/.324), -0.3 bWAR
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C: (.228/.284/.348), 0.2 bWAR
9. Gordon Beckham (R) 2B: (.206/.272/.319), 0.6 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 11.7
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.260/.345/.409), 3.2 bWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.262/.327/.375), 1.2 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.251/.355/.492), 3.0 bWAR
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.279/.337/.477), 1.0 bWAR
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.324/.455), 2.9 bWAR
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.247/.310/.447), 1.0 bWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.256/.333/.552), 0.7 bWAR
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B: (.176/.167/.353), -0.5 bWAR
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.267/.315/.370), 2.9 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.4
Playing Refsnyder again? Apparently Girardi doesn’t even want to win a wild card at this point.
NEW YORK — The Yankees received good news Thursday evening when doctors cleared right-hander Masahiro Tanaka to throw a bullpen either Friday or Saturday.
Tanaka was skipped his last start in Toronto because of a Grade 1 hamstring pull he suffered last Friday in Queens against the Mets. He strained it when running from the batter’s box after laying a bunt down, something he doesn’t do very often since he plays in the American League.
Manager Joe Girardi said late Thursday night he doesn’t know which day it will be that Tanaka will throw his bullpen, but said either way it would line Tanaka up to pitch in a game early next week, either Monday or Tuesday.
This, then, would likely set Tanaka up to pitch October 6, the American League Wild Card game that appears to be the Yankees’ avenue into the playoffs. (They’re currently up 4.5 games on the Houston Astros for the first slot.)
Since Tanaka probably wouldn’t have pitched much better than Nova did, his missing his turn Wednesday turned out to not matter very much. I’m not looking forward to the Yankees facing Dallas Keuchel in a win or go home situation, so hopefully the Astros have to fight to the end and can’t set up their rotation to pitch him if they make it.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
1. Adam Eaton (L) CF: (.280/.353/.423), 3.2 bWAR
2. Jose Abreu (R) 1B: (.292/.350/.511), 4.0 bWAR
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.277/.319/.402), 1.5 bWAR
4. Trayce Thompson (R) RF: (.314/.372/.593), 1.2 bWAR
5. Adam LaRoche (L) DH: (.211/.298/.347), -0.6 bWAR
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS: (.248/.284/.357), 1.0 bWAR
7. Carlos Sanchez (S) 2B: (.232/.272/.343), 1.2 bWAR
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C: (.224/.281/.346), 0.2 bWAR
9. Tyler Saladino (R) 3B: (.239/.280/.353), 1.4 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 13.1
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.260/.316/.348), 1.7 bWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.326/.374), 1.1 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.253/.356/.495), 3.0 bWAR
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.277/.336/.470), 0.8 bWAR
5. Chris Young (R) LF: (.246/.310/.449), 1.0 bWAR
6. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.281/.322/.417), 0.4 bWAR
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B: (.233/.283/.411), -0.9 bWAR
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B: (.143/.133/.357), -0.5 bWAR
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS: (.226/.270/.345), -0.1 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 6.5
Really? 6.5 bWAR?
I guess this is Girardi conceding the division. I mean how can you possibly play Refsnyder?
TORONTO — When Russell Martin swung and belted a no-doubt-about-it drive into the left-field seats, the baseball was not the only thing to which the Yankees could wave goodbye.
Gone, too — in all likelihood — are their division-title hopes after Martin’s three-run, seventh-inning homer delivered the crowning blow in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 4-0 win Wednesday, which put them three and a half games ahead of the Yankees with 11 days remaining in the regular season.
If it was especially painful that the Yankees were beaten by Martin, a catcher whom they allowed to leave as a free agent after the 2012 season, or that they were stymied for the second time this month by the Long Island native Marcus Stroman, they were most disappointed that the division seemed to be slipping away.
“It’s not mathematically impossible, but it’s difficult,” said Manager Joe Girardi, whose team must face the White Sox’ ace, Chris Sale, when it returns home Thursday night. “We have to play extremely well. We’re going to have to be almost perfect.”
I say It’s pretty much mathematically impossible.
If you had told me before the season started that the Yankees were still going to be contending for the AL East on September 23 and playing a game which would leave them just one game back in the loss column with a victory, I’d have been happy with it. But if you told me they’d have blown a seven game division lead in less than two months, not so much.
So yeah, they’ve been better than I expected and are almost a lock to get into the play-in game and that’s better than I thought before the season started. But it’s still disappointing given where they were on July 28.
I’m not seeing a team that is going to get out of the ALDS either way, so I’m not sure it matters all that much.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.263/.319/.352), 1.6 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.347/.412), 3.4 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.253/.357/.495), 3.0 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.325/.458), 3.0 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.279/.336/.473), 0.9 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.256/.336/.562), 0.6 bWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.326/.374), 1.2 bWAR
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.231/.283/.407), -0.9 bWAR
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.266/.315/.370), 2.8 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.6
1. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.304/.342/.369), 2.6 bWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.297/.369/.571), 8.2 bWAR
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.252/.375/.531), 4.6 bWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.277/.370/.549), 4.3 bWAR
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.225/.299/.465), 1.1 bWAR
6. Russell Martin (R) C: (.239/.325/.444), 2.9 bWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.245/.317/.347), 2.6 bWAR
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.264/.300/.378), 4.1 bWAR
9. Darwin Barney (R) 2B: (.000/.000/.000), -0.3 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 30.1
If only Masahiro Tanaka were pitching tonight.
But missing a start or three doesn’t make up for the thrill we got watching him try to bunt, right?
Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90.
His death was reported by the Yankees and by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J. Before moving to an assisted living facility in nearby West Caldwell, in 2012, Berra had lived for many years in neighboring Montclair.
In 1949, early in Berra’s Yankee career, his manager assessed him this way in an interview in The Sporting News: “Mr. Berra,” Casey Stengel said, “is a very strange fellow of very remarkable abilities.”
And so he was, and so he proved to be. Universally known simply as Yogi, probably the second most recognizable nickname in sports — even Yogi was not the Babe — Berra was not exactly an unlikely hero, but he was often portrayed as one: an All-Star for 15 consecutive seasons whose skills were routinely underestimated; a well-built, appealingly open-faced man whose physical appearance was often belittled; and a prolific winner — not to mention a successful leader — whose intellect was a target of humor if not outright derision.
That he triumphed on the diamond again and again in spite of his perceived shortcomings was certainly a source of his popularity. So was the delight with which his famous, if not always documentable, pronouncements, somehow both nonsensical and sagacious, were received.
“You can observe a lot just by watching,” he is reputed to have declared once, describing his strategy as a manager.
“If you can’t imitate him,” he advised a young player who was mimicking the batting stance of the great slugger Frank Robinson, “don’t copy him.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” he said, giving directions to his house. Either path, it turned out, got you there.
“Nobody goes there anymore,” he said of a popular restaurant. “It’s too crowded.”
I think my favorite Berra quote is “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
I didn’t get to see any of Berra the player, but Berra the character was a huge part of baseball lore. It’s worth perusing his Baseball Reference page just to get a sense of how good of a player he actually was.
With the way baseball has changed, it seems almost impossible that any player will ever match Berra being a part of 10 World Series victories.
R.I.P. Mr. Berra.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.261/.316/.346), 1.4 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.347/.413), 3.4 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.255/.358/.499), 3.0 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.238/.325/.458), 3.0 bWAR
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.276/.335/.464), 0.7 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.250/.333/.534), 0.5 bWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.262/.328/.377), 1.3 bWAR
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B: (.234/.282/.411), -0.8 bWAR
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.263/.312/.366), 2.7 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.2
1. Ben Revere (L) LF: (.304/.343/.370), 2.6 bWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.299/.369/.574), 8.2 bWAR
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF: (.253/.375/.534), 4.5 bWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.278/.371/.547), 4.2 bWAR
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.226/.301/.470), 1.1 bWAR
6. Dioner Navarro (S) C: (.250/.309/.372), 0.7 bWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.247/.319/.350), 2.6 bWAR
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.260/.296/.367), 3.7 bWAR
9. Munenori Kawasaki (L) 2B: (.211/.286/.316), 0.2 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 27.8
TORONTO — David Price vanished after seven shutout frames with a four-run cushion. Aaron Sanchez lasted two batters and Brett Cecil was greeted by a Jacoby Ellsbury single that drove in a run.
Now, after a long night of futility against Price and attempting to climb out of the ditch Adam Warren put them in the Yankees were threatening against the Blue Jays’ bullpen.
Dustin Ackley was on second, Ellsbury on first with Brett Gardner facing Cecil with the Yankees trailing by three runs and one out.
After squandering a scoring chance in the third against Price the Yankees couldn’t let this one get away and still hope to cut into the Blue Jays’ AL East lead.
Then Cecil’s full-count, borderline breaking ball to Gardner was called a strike by umpire Greg Gibbons. Cecil ended the Yankees’ attempt to cut further into the lead by striking out Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann on the way to a 4-2 Blue Jays victory that was witnessed by 47,648 delirious Rogers Centre fans.
“There is nothing you can do about it,’’ manager Joe Girardi said of the pitch Gibbons called Gardner out on. “Maybe it changes the complexion of the inning but we still had our opportunities.’’
Eh. I had pretty much given up on the Yankees winning the East. I’m guessing their odds now are in the single digits.