Wednesday, June 24, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.292/.330/.373)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.248/.347/.341)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.319/.368/.604)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.227/.266/.453)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.161/.316/.226)
6. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.281/.349/.544)
7. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.235/.269/.339)
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C: (.227/.296/.264)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.259/.300/.313)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.304/.376)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.384/.536)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.364/.556)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.308/.450)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.292/.356)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.282/.324)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.234/.250/.340)
Phillies go for the sweep.
Asked if he’d keep starting Sabathia, Joe Girardi said, “Yes. He’ll keep working at it. We’ll keep working at it.”
Pressed on what might have to happen to make a change, Girardi added, “You’re asking me a question — I just walked in here, two minutes ago we played a game. He’s a starter for us. That’s what he is and that’s what we’re paying him to do and that’s what he’s going to do.”
And that’s only right. It’s true that Sabathia is not close to the dominant ace that he once was — even he seems to know it, deep down in his pitcher’s heart — but there is a living to be made on competitiveness, location and cutters barreling in on righthanded hitters. Just ask Andy Pettitte. If Sabathia can figure it out, maybe the Yankees have something.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching any games started by CC, and I’m glad I didn’t watch tonight.
Going back to 2013, Sabathia’s allowed 391 hits and 210 runs in 344.2 innings (an RA of 5.48). I realize it’s not realistic that the Yankees will dump him from the rotation given the financial obligation they have remaining to him, but they are actively sabotaging their postseason chances every time they run him out there, and there’s really very little to justify it at this point unless you still think he’s been BABIP-unlucky for three straight seasons now and will rebound to pitch closer to his 4.29 FIP over that stretch going forward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.287/.325/.366)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.232/.331/.320)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.312/.353/.574)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.231/.271/.463)
5. Jeff Francoeur (R) LF: (.260/.289/.413)
6. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.179/.303/.250)
7. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.264/.328/.491)
8. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.265/.333/.337)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.265/.306/.319)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.290/.361/.472)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.303/.364)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.340/.488)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.260/.306/.442)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.233/.281/.378)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.325)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.256/.273/.372)
There’s no shame in losing to a juggernaut like the 2015 Phillies.
New York’s second in the majors with 326 runs scored, ninth in getting on base at .323, and fourth in slugging at .429, and are in contention for the best record in the AL.
But unless the Yankees can spice up a rotation that’s mired in mediocrity, they have little chance of contending deep into the fall.
Thus, the trade talk surrounding Philadelphia Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels figures to heat up before the July 31 deadline. New York, and a host of teams around both leagues, have reportedly expressed interest in the 31-year-old All-Star but nothing’s come to fruition, yet. General manager Brian Cashman is expected to be a major player at the trade dealine and Hamels is expected to be a top target.
I’d love to have Hamels in the Yankee rotation, but not at the cost of Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, which may have to be the centerpiece of a reasonable trade to get him.
If the Yankees can make some marginal upgrades, I’d rather they pursue that.
Maikel Franco homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in a four-hit performance and Cesar Hernandez scored three runs, pacing the Phillies’ biggest offensive outburst of the season as they pounded Michael Pineda in an 11-8 victory on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Franco notched the first multi-homer game of his career, slugging his eighth and ninth blasts of the year. Eight of the nine Philadelphia starters logged a hit as they saw Pineda chased with one out in the fourth inning, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits.
Wow, that was an awful game. At least Brett Gardner gave the fans something to be excited about. I don’t like this whole “not know what you’re getting” thing from Pineda. Dude didn’t strike out a single batter! Ugh.
In other news, the Yankees got good news about the MRI on Mark Teixeira’s neck. It seems like nothing is wrong with him structurally. He’ll probably rest Tuesday, as well, but hopefully play on Wednesday (although I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the whole series off).
By the way, it just occurred to me - the Yankees will not have anyone starting in the All-Star Game this year. That will be the first time that’s happened since 1999 (2001, if you’re only counting position players, as Roger Clemens started that game that year). Interestingly enough, though, the Yankees obviously were pretty good in both 1999 and 2001. In fact, they also only had a starting pitcher in the 1998 All-Star Game and that Yankee team was pretty, pretty good. So maybe this is a good sign! One thing that would be nice about the voting is if Nelson Cruz can pass Kendrys Morales, in which case A-Rod has a shot of making the team. I imagine that right now, it is Teix and Betances as the Yankees’ only All-Stars and Teix isn’t even a lock.
Monday, June 22, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.282/.322/.363)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.225/.324/.308)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 3B: (.294/.338/.522)
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B: (.232/.273/.468)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.174/.321/.217)
6. Chase Utley (L) DH: (.182/.258/.280)
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.253/.318/.329)
8. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.229/.265/.335)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.258/.300/.309)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.349/.451)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.367)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.282/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.339/.475)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.252/.300/.429)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.224/.275/.365)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.289/.333)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.288/.472)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.188/.254/.390)
Look to FIP and be not dissuaded by that shiny 1.69 ERA.
The Yankees promoted Aaron Judge, their top hitting prospect, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Sunday night, according to reports.
The 23-year-old right fielder showed that his impressive 2014 was no fluke, hitting .284 with 12 homers and 44 RBI while playing steady defense with Double-A Trenton.
My guess is that the Yankees don’t want to promote Judge to MLB this year, but he could force their hand depending on how he performs in AAA.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF: (.280/.342/.448)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.268/.339/.352)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.444/.592)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.214/.307/.265)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.269/.329/.478)
7. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.258/.258/.452)
8. Andrew Romine (S) 3B: (.260/.315/.260)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.323/.372/.391)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.282/.353/.456)
2. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.290/.335)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.386/.529)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.250/.365/.559)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.460)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.235/.287/.383)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.289/.479)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.246/.357)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B: (.300/.364/.500)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
If there’s one thing Alex Rodriguez knows about, it’s drama.
A-Rod wasted no time in giving the Yankee Stadium fans what they wanted Friday night, drilling the first pitch he saw from Justin Verlander over the right-field wall for his 3,000th hit.
Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also went deep, with Gardner’s two-run shot in the fifth serving as the decisive blow in the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Tigers. Adam Warren pitched eight strong innings to earn his fifth victory, extending the Yankees’ winning streak to three.
The redemption of Rodriguez has to be one of the best things going on in the 2015 Yankees’ season.
Friday, June 19, 2015
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.284/.324/.383)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.271/.343/.357)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.446/.598)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.216/.308/.270)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.265/.327/.478)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.333)
8. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.259/.259/.481)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.333/.383/.403)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.265/.341/.422)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.301/.368)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.384/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.364/.570)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.250/.289/.402)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.303)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.169/.238/.353)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.264/.305/.377)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.263/.300/.579)
NEW YORK—Before the pandemonium ensued—before fans screamed for Alex Rodriguez, then booed a Marlins pitcher in his honor, before the Yankees went on a four-run barrage in the eighth inning against Miami on Thursday night—there was a tied ballgame at Yankee Stadium.
Before reporters huddled around Rodriguez’s locker to ask him about closing in on 3,000 hits, they swarmed Carlos Beltran’s to ask him about that tie he broke open with his game-winning, two-run homer in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Marlins.
Before Beltran acknowledged his success, he first took a second to reflect on his shortcomings earlier in the game—striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning, popping out with two men on in the fifth.
Beltran’s actually hitting fairly well since May 1, with a line of .294/.326/.471. I don’t know how sustainable that is, but if he hits along those lines for the rest of the season he would end up with a line of something like .275/.310/.440. Not great, and with his defense probably not even an average player, but possibly an above replacement level player.
Alex Rodriguez was denied an opportunity for his 3000th career hit when he walked in the eighth, but he’s got the upcoming series with Detroit to try and get it at home.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.374/.414)
2. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.332/.412)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.238/.307/.337)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.346/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.281/.336/.380)
6. Jeff Baker (R) DH: (.250/.339/.481)
7. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.265/.342/.441)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B: (.160/.192/.240)
9. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.150/.190/.200)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.340/.409)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.295/.366)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.274/.379/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.254/.368/.574)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.260/.324/.458)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.285/.388)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.285/.305)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.172/.239/.359)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.200/.200/.467)
Oh joy. It’s CC day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez moved within three hits of 3,000 and the Yankees benefited from an overturned call at home plate, holding on for a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda retired 18 of the first 20 Marlins he faced, issuing two walks, before Christian Yelich broke up the bid with a homer to right-center field leading off the seventh. It was another close call for the Marlins, who were nearly no-hit by the Braves’ Shelby Miller on May 17. Pineda settled for nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, registering his eighth victory of the season.
It sure looked like all Pineda’s great pitching was going to be for naught, but the Marlins’ apparent tying run was reversed upon review.
If the Yankees could pitch Tanaka, Pineda and Betances every game, they’d be really really good, wouldn’t they?