Wednesday, September 2, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.273/.358/.422), 3.5 bWAR
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.245/.306/.460), 1.1 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.256/.363/.485), 2.7 bWAR
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.282/.344/.479), 0.8 bWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.276/.340/.401), 1.3 bWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.237/.313/.373), -0.1 bWAR
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.279/.311/.385), 0.3 bWAR
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.270/.318/.364), 2.4 bWAR
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.205/.276/.389), 0.8 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 12.8
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.274/.319/.452), 4.1 bWAR
2. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B: (.249/.297/.379), -0.6 bWAR
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.316/.346/.406), 3.6 bWAR
4. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.265/.353/.520), 2.1 bWAR
5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B: (.283/.336/.538), 1.2 bWAR
6. Rusney Castillo (R) LF: (.283/.319/.416), 0.7 bWAR
7. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.280/.349/.383), 2.8 bWAR
8. Blake Swihart (S) C: (.279/.325/.378), 0.2 bWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) RF: (.287/.364/.574), 1.4 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 15.5
The Yankees’ lineup looks much better with a real CF leading off.
BOSTON — Part of the Yankees’ call-up contingency for September includes a player you’ve probably never heard of and one that likely won’t be asked to take one at-bat all month.
Outfielder Rico Noel, 26, was called up to the Yankees for one reason: to run the bases. Across six minor league seasons Noel has 283 stolen bases and will be inserted over the next four weeks (and October?) to steal second base and pinch-run in scoring position.
Indeed, this might be Noel’s only time to play for a major league team unless he latches on elsewhere after the season. Considering he has basically just one role on the team, he was pretty surprised to get the call.
“They said it was a possibility, but I kept going about my business and trying not to worry and the call came,” Noel said Tuesday at Fenway Park. “So when the call came, I was like, Wow, this is it. This is really it.”
Noel was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fifth round in 2010 and came to the Yankees’ organization just this year. He’s 23-for-28 in stolen bases with the Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season.
“It’s really good to have a guy that can fly,” Girardi said.
Noel, 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, is from Lawton, Oklahoma, a city in the southwest corner of the state, about 100 miles from Oklahoma City. He said the big league call was really real when he talked to his mom.
“The excitement in her voice, that’s when it really hit me,” Noel said.
Baseball, though, isn’t the only thing on his mind right now.
His mom and dad, Noel said, weren’t able to make the trip east because they are with his younger brother, Orlandus, at the Baylor Heart Institute in Dallas, Texas.
Orlandus needs a new heart, he said.
“Twenty-four [years old],” Noel said. “Young. Came out of nowhere. But he’ll be all good once he gets that new heart…It shouldn’t be too long of a wait. A lot of people think it’s a lot longer, which I thought when I first heard the news, but once you get on the list it’s pretty quick for the most part.”
I never heard of Noel before seeing this article, but here’s hoping he can help the team a few times and even more importantly, that his brother will be okay.
Stephen Drew drove in two runs, Brett Gardner added some insurance with a late homer and the Yankees spoiled Rick Porcello’s 13-strikeout performance with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Porcello scattered five hits and one earned run over eight innings, but he was ticketed for the loss by two big hits, Drew’s two-run double in the fifth inning and Gardner’s two-out solo shot in the eighth.
“For us, it’s huge to capitalize on that,” Drew said. “We’re not always able to, but when you can, it’s huge. In these types of games, and especially the way he was pitching.”
Yankees starter Michael Pineda picked up the victory with six innings of one-run, four-hit ball, striking out seven. Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his 29th save as the Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays in the American League East.
I’m not sure if the word “impressive” really works here, but this was as close to an impressive victory as you can get, with the Yankees’ pitching excelling (it is always good to see good Pineda, for instance - when he is on it suddenly makes this rotation look shockingly good) and the offense managing to eke out three runs against an otherwise dominant Rick Porcello. It’s interesting how Stephen Drew has now sort of become an important offensive player for this team with everyone else slumping, his decent hitting of late has made him sort of a key bat - notice how all of their recent most impressive offensive performances seem to involve him. In addition, surprisingly, Drew is at roughly 1 WAR for the year, and with one win being worth roughly $5.5 million, he’s amazingly “worth” his salary.
Tanaka time as the series closes out Wednesday afternoon (an odd 4:05 getaway game time - interestingly enough, after Friday’s 7:05 start, the Yankees’ next three games will all be at 1:05 pm, including Monday’s game against Baltimore). It’ll be fascinating to see who the Yankees have at first and third base on Wednesday against the young promising Red Sox lefty Henry Owens. Girardi has been pushing to see A-Rod play first against some lefties and A-Rod and Cashman have been essentially saying, “Yeah, let’s not do that.” So let’s see who wins that mini-power struggle.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.275/.336/.379), 1.8 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.273/.358/.417), 3.6 bWAR
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.283/.345/.482), 0.9 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.245/.324/.472), 2.8 bWAR
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.256/.364/.487), 2.8 bWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.278/.341/.404), 1.5 bWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.250/.328/.393), -0.1 bWAR
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.269/.318/.364), 2.5 bWAR
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.203/.276/.387), 0.8 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 16.6
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.274/.320/.454), 4.3 bWAR
2. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B: (.249/.298/.380), -0.4 bWAR
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.315/.345/.405), 3.6 bWAR
4. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.267/.356/.525), 2.2 bWAR
5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B: (.294/.348/.559), 1.4 bWAR
6. Rusney Castillo (R) RF: (.288/.320/.424), 0.7 bWAR
7. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.280/.350/.384), 2.8 bWAR
8. Blake Swihart (S) C: (.280/.326/.381), 0.2 bWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) LF: (.277/.358/.555), 1.4 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 16.2
It was nice of the Yankees to lose on the same day that Toronto picked for their weekly loss. Since Toronto shan’t be losing today, it would behoove the Yankees to win.
Play this game in any other ballpark, Didi Gregorius said, and the Yankees would be the ones celebrating. You didn’t need a tape measure to figure out that his good wood, ninth-inning drive would have powered a grand slam back in the Bronx.
No lead seems safe at Fenway Park either, but the forgiving right-field dimensions helped the Red Sox this time. Gregorius’ fly ball died on the warning track, allowing the erratic Jean Machi to close out a 4-3 victory on a night of missed opportunities for the Yankees.
“I think any other stadium other than this one, it probably would have went,” Gregorius said. “I’m not a strong guy like all the other guys.”
According to Statcast™, Gregorius’ ball traveled 362.9 feet, but Rusney Castillo hit a top speed of 15.72 mph to race back and make the catch.
While I admit that I thought it was out off the bat, as well, I don’t think that would have been out of the majority of ballparks, let alone any other ballpark.
You know what? While that was agonizing loss, I am still taking a lot of solace from it. They had the bases loaded an astonishing FIVE times while only scoring three runs. That’s just bad luck. That’s good offense. If they keep that up, they will score runs. So I am more pleased about all of the hits and the walk then I am pissed about the bad luck (like hitting the long fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded and striking out with one out and the bases loaded - reverse the order and the game is tied).
It’s September 1st, so with Refsnyder and Ackley up, we hopefully never have to see Chris Young bat against another righty nor ZBrendan Rtan bat against anyone period (although Headley is going to play first on Wednesday against Owwns. It better be Drew at third and Ackley at second and not Rtan at third).
The Blue Jays won 21 games in August. That was almost the most wins they ever scored in a single month in their HISTORY. Hopefully that’s unsustainable and hopefully the Yankees do better in the rest of this series. After Pineda tomorrow, the cool trio of Tanaka/Severino/Eovaldi go. I love that trio. I hope they don’t throw Mitchell into the mix just to get a six-man rotation. CC apparently is returning to the rotation when he’s healthy.
Monday, August 31, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.278/.340/.383), 1.9 bWAR
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.500/.500/.500), 1.0 bWAR
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.257/.363/.489), 2.8 bWAR
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.282/.344/.480), 0.9 bWAR
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.247/.321/.475), 2.7 bWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.277/.339/.404), 1.4 bWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.255/.339/.412), 0.0 bWAR
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.263/.313/.359), 2.3 bWAR
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.224/.268/.358), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 13.0
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.272/.318/.447), 4.1 bWAR
2. Pablo Sandoval (L) 3B: (.251/.300/.384), -0.3 bWAR
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.315/.344/.405), 3.6 bWAR
4. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.264/.352/.515), 2.0 bWAR
5. Travis Shaw (L) 1B: (.303/.352/.576), 1.4 bWAR
6. Rusney Castillo (R) RF: (.295/.328/.434), 0.9 bWAR
7. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.283/.354/.388), 3.0 bWAR
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.253/.345/.336), 0.9 bWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) LF: (.259/.343/.534), 0.8 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 16.4
The Red Sox could still conceivably win 92 games this season. And their lineup out-WARs the Yankees’ lineup tonight. And their pitcher out-WARs the Yankees’ pitcher.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, the Red Sox will likely win this game.
TLANTA — Stephen Drew has flirted with the .200 mark several times this season, even reaching it during a game last week. But until Sunday, he hadn’t walked off the field with his average sitting above the Mendoza Line.
Drew had a monster game Sunday, going 4-for-4 with two walks, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI as the Yankees battered the Braves, 20-6. He finished the day hitting .201.
“I’m not worried about it,” Drew said of his much-talked-about average. “I think just looking at my at-bats, having good at-bats where the outcome is sometimes going to be there and sometimes not — you’re going to line out. It’s a good day offensively for me.”
Congratulations to Drew on this huge accomplishment.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
A three-game showdown against the Braves’ inexperienced pitching staff seemed to get the Yankees’ bats back on track. The contributions up and down the batting order were so widespread, evenStephen Drew’s batting average bubbled above the Mendoza line.
Drew and Chase Headley combined to go 7-for-7 with two homers, six runs, eight RBIs and four walks on Sunday, while Jacoby Ellsbury slugged a three-run homer in a 20-6 rout at Turner Field that saw the Yankees plate nine runs in the seventh inning. New York outscored Atlanta, 38-11, in the series.
“We’ve talked about how we hit that skid there for a little bit, but over the course of the year, everybody will go through that,” said Drew, whose four-hit performance boosted his season average to .201. “Hopefully that’s the last of that. It’s good for the offense to be able to come in and everybody be able to contribute that.”
Wow, .201! Never stop dreaming, kids!
The offensive explosion was awesome to see, but Nathan Eovaldi pitching terribly was less awesome.
The Red Sox are next! Let’s go, Yankees!
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.277/.339/.375), 1.8 bWAR
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.271/.358/.418), 3.6 bWAR
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.278/.341/.479), 0.7 bWAR
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.247/.321/.478), 2.7 bWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B: (.234/.321/.383), 0.0 bWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.273/.332/.392), 1.0 bWAR
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.260/.306/.357), 2.1 bWAR
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.192/.262/.369), 0.2 bWAR
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (.000/.000/.000), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 12.1
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF: (.299/.368/.376), 1.4 bWAR
2. Nick Swisher (S) LF: (.214/.284/.359), -0.4 bWAR
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B: (.278/.351/.483), 1.9 bWAR
4. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C: (.293/.334/.426), 1.1 bWAR
5. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B: (.254/.264/.467), -0.1 bWAR
6. Jace Peterson (L) 2B: (.241/.317/.339), 0.8 bWAR
7. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS: (.263/.330/.339), 3.2 bWAR
8. Michael Bourn (L) CF: (.228/.299/.273), 0.1 bWAR
9. Julio Teheran (R) P: (.075/.119/.075), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 8.0
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Didi Gregorius’ seventh-inning double ended Matt Wisler’s night and provided sufficient support to Luis Severino, who helped the Yankees claim a 3-1 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field.
A first-inning wild pitch accounted for the only run Wisler had surrendered until Chase Headley and Gregorius began the seventh inning with consecutive doubles. Brian McCann’s eighth-inning double off Edwin Jackson provided an insurance run for the Yankees, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Blue Jays in the American League East race.
Severino scattered four hits over six scoreless innings while making the fifth start of his career. After stranding a pair of runners in both the fourth and sixth innings, the Braves finally cracked the scoreboard when a Justin Wilson error allowed Christian Bethancourt to cross the plate in the seventh inning.
This is going to sound weird, but I almost prefer performances like this one from good young pitchers than I do to dominant ones, since dominant performances tend not to be repeatable. Performances like tonight, though, these are the jobs where you could see a pitcher routinely doing something like this. Severino wasn’t totally sharp, but he was just good enough to easily breeze through six innings. He did the things pitchers should do. He annihilated the bad hitters in the lineup and he did okay against the good hitters. What a boon he has been. I think he might be the best Yankees starter right now. Either him, Tanaka or Eovaldi. Those three starting a playoff series with Pineda as the #4 starter would be pretty freakin’ sweet. Imagining adding David Price next year and having Tanaka be less than necessary to the success of the rotation?
The offense was pretty shitty, as their first run came on a bases loaded wild pitch and their second run was due to Cameron Maybin misplaying a double by Chase Headley. But Didi hit a no-doubt double to score Headley and McCann later hit a double that would have been a homer in a lot of parks. Girardi smartly pinch-ran Chris Young for Beltran as no way Beltran scores on that McCann double. It was hit too hard.
Justin Wilson struggled but he didn’t pitch as poorly as it seemed. The run scored on a bad play by Didi (he went for a double play when there was no chance of a double play). Betances struggled but Andrew Miller was dominant in the ninth. He made the Brave hitters look like jokes.
In other news, CC Sabathia had his photograph taken smoking a cigar on his balcony. The photographer then tried to blackmail him, thinking that the cigar was a marijuana blunt. Yes, he honestly tried to blackmail him. Nuts. Then the photographer got $15,000 from I believe the Daily News for the photo. Un-real.
In tragic news, a fan freakin’ DIED at tonight’s game, falling from the upper deck. Blood was everywhere in the lower section where he fell. Awful. Just awful. That being said, people, pay attention when you’re by an edge like that! No one wants their last action in life to be yelling at A-Rod.
Nathan Eovaldi goes for the Yankees tomorrow as they try for a much-needed sweep, especially with the Blue Jays surprisingly missing all of the Tigers’ good pitchers this weekend. Let’s go, Yankees!
NYY: Luis Severino (#40, 21, RHP, 1-2, 2.74) vs. ATL: Matt Wisler (#37, 22, RHP, 5-4, 5.43)
Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and collected a career-high six RBIs, Brian McCann celebrated his return to Atlanta with a three-run shot of his own and the Yankees rolled to a 15-4 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Turner Field.
Gregorius’ seventh homer of the year highlighted New York’s eight-run pounding of right-hander Williams Perez, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. Chase Headley also drove in three runs for the Yankees, who remain 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the American League East lead.
“We needed that,” Gregorius said. “Offensively, we’ve struggled the last couple days, but we’ve been working, and trying to get everything going. Today that’s what happened.”’
Starter Masahiro Tanaka surrendered a pair of first-inning runs but righted himself after the Yanks provided four more runs in the second, holding Atlanta to three runs and five hits over seven frames. McCann, who made his big league debut in 2005 at Turner Field, homered in the eighth inning off Andrew McKirahan.
“It was great. I’ve been saying it all day,” McCann said. “I was really excited to come back here and play in front of these fans. It meant a whole lot to me.”
This was awesome to see, but come on, who else here is thinking, “Great, that will be all the runs they score this series”? Admit it, a lot of you are thinking that!
Mark Teixeira continues to be unable to run. The Yankees insisted on Friday that there is no break and that it is “just” massive inflammation. Of course this means that the Yankees could have placed him on the 15-Day Disabled List, but, well, hindsight is 20/20!
Masahiro Tanaka looked awful early on (it took an amazing running play by Jacoby Ellsbury in center where he had to cover almost 80 feet in a matter of seconds to avoid giving up four runs in the first while still having a runner on second or third base and two outs - naturally, Ellsbury landed on his bad hip making the catch) but he settled down to pitch a decent enough game.
Luis Severino-time tomorrow. Let’s go, Yankees!
Friday, August 28, 2015
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF: (.301/.371/.379), 1.5 bWAR
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF: (.276/.339/.395), 1.0 bWAR
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B: (.277/.347/.477), 1.9 bWAR
4. Nick Swisher (S) LF: (.210/.286/.362), -0.3 bWAR
5. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B: (.246/.256/.465), -0.2 bWAR
6. Jace Peterson (L) 2B: (.244/.316/.343), 0.6 bWAR
7. Christian Bethancourt (R) C: (.185/.214/.269), 0.0 bWAR
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS: (.263/.332/.338), 3.2 bWAR
9. Williams Perez (R) P: (.100/.143/.100), 0.0 bWAR
Total Lineup bWAR: 7.7
The Yankees’ Jersey Boy might make it to the Bronx after all.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said former All-Star reliever Andrew Bailey, of Haddon Township, has a chance at being among the many relievers expected to be called up when rosters expand Sept. 1.
“He’s pitched himself into the discussion,” the general manager told NJ Advance Media Thursday.
Bailey, 31, had a 1.85 ERA with a 10.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 34 innings split between four levels of the minors entering Thursday. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander had a 2.38 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
Bailey’s had a long, hard road back to the majors.
If the over/under for innings Bailey throws for the Yankees this season is five, I’ll take the under.
And if the team doesn’t remember how to score runs, I’m not sure his return to the majors really matters all that much anyway.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Yankees scored at a strong clip for much of this season, yet all the pathologies that created concern about their lineup in spring lurked — like a sickness in remission.
There was, in many ways, a race — could the Yankees get to the finish line this season without being overwhelmed by their age, by their fragility, by the lack of speed/batting average that could diversify an attack if the walks and homers stopped coming?
They had a bit of a Fantasyland going there for four months.
Fountains of Youth for Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Some injuries, but nothing to devastate the whole attack. Enough long balls — especially at home — to whitewash how much difficulty so many of their hitters had simply reaching base.
But the season is not four months and reality is a pitch — that these days the Yankees cannot hit.
The Yankees still have the second-most runs in the majors, but are 24th in August. Collin McHugh, the Houston starter Wednesday, is a fine pitcher, but he was overpowering the Yankees with 90- to 91-mph fastballs and 88-mph cutters. The Yankees looked like they were swinging spaghetti against the force of a wind tunnel — slow and ineffective. There were innings that went 1-2-3 and felt like seconds, not hitters used.
The Yankees scored four runs in three games against the Astros. They had just two extra-base hits in the three games, accentuating that when the ball does not fly for them, they do not have another way to build runs.
That they won Monday was a tribute to the pitching of Nathan Eovaldi and that Oliver Perez, now an Astros reliever, still can butcher a game in a hurry. The victory was 1-0. The only run scored Tuesday was in the ninth inning with Houston up 15-0. In a 6-2 setback Wednesday, the Yanks were behind 5-0 when Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer.
It was not long ago that the Yankees saw their frequency of home games as an ally down the stretch, particularly because the short right-field porch played to their offensive strengths.
But after sweeping three games from their personal piñatas, the Twins, the Yankees went 2-5 against the Indians and Astros, managing 16 runs in seven games and going 5-5 overall.
“It [the offensive downturn] is the root of our problems,” Joe Girardi said.
The Yankee offense of August was the offense I was sort of expecting all season. That they exceeded expectations for four months was great at the time, but it doesn’t make me think they’re going to all of a sudden explode in September to score the way they did earlier in the season.
They probably aren’t as bad as they’ve looked in August, but they probably aren’t as good as they looked from April though July either. But it’s hard to see this team as presently constructed beating out Toronto for the AL East. And it’s even harder to see them advancing past the ALDS even if they make it into the play-in game and advance.
But that’s why they play the games I guess.