Saturday, April 23, 2016
Rays: Blake Snell (L): (NR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (17.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 0.5 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.298/.375/.526, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.049/.114/.049, -0.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.269/.300/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) RF (.220/.245/.540, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.322/.340, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brad Miller (L) SS (.114/.188/.227, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Steve Pearce (R) 3B (.250/.323/.286, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.220/.333/.366, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.200/.238/.200, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.214/.279/.364, 1.0 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.276/.302/.379, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.279/.426/.395, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.293/.300/.552, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.216/.375/.392, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.143/.250/.265, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.302/.412/.535, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.317/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.171/.300/.171, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.294/.449, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.330/.402, 2.0 bWAR
Remember when Castro had an OPS of 1.875? Those were the days.
Jacoby Ells bury executed the first straight steal of home by a Yankees player in nearly 15 years, Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs and the Yankees held on for a 6-3 victory over the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Ells’ fifth-inning dash carried him headfirst past catcher Curt Casali, tying the game at 3 after he took advantage of left-hander Matt Moore, who was attempting to work from the windup.
This game was essentially the precise opposite of all the frustrating games that the Yankees played last week. Their hitters came through in clutch opportunities and they also had one of the most exciting runs that they’ve scored in years, as their regular starting center fielder (who didn’t even start tonight! He replaced Aaron Hicks after Hicks injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield) tied the game with a straight steal of home, possibly the most exciting game in baseball. Yankees.com has a wonderfully in-depth look at the pivotal steal here. I don’t recall thinking many times last season, “What the hell is the Yankee third base coach thinking?” so Joe Espada might actually be a good third base coach, and he sounds like one here, as he is the one who came up with the idea of the steal. The crazy thing is that it VERY easily could have been an out at home (the catcher had the ball in his glove before Ells gets to the plate, but Ells makes a beautiful slide where he caught the top of the plate with his hand ahead of the swipe of the catcher) and then I wonder what we would have thought of the call. I think I’d still have been pro the move, as Espada explains well how it was set up perfectly. Matt Moore was completely ignoring the runner at third AND was doing a full wind-up. I like one of the Yankees noting, though, “What if Gardner had to swing at the pitch (it was 3-2)? What if he hits you in the face with his bat?!”
Even after the steal, the game was only tied, but the Yankees somehow came through with a go-ahead single by Brian McCann (who earlier hit a two-run home run to tie the game after the Yankees went into a 2-0 hole) and then (GASP!) they got two insurance runs, also courtesy of Ells, who hit a two-out double (he got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, but come on, who could blame him at that point?). Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were their usual unhittable selves. Can you imagine how good the back end of this bullpen is going to look when Chapman returns? That will be so awesome to see on the two games a week that the Yankees have a lead in the 7th. Ivan Nova had another excellent game out of the pen, earning the win with two and a third strong innings. Two things stood out to me about Nova:
1. That he has had only one bad inning so far this year (although it was one hell of a bad inning - bad enough that his ERA is still over 4)
2. That he was able to pitch two and a third just two days after pitching a scoreless inning. That’s really good to see.
Hopefully the Yankees can keep this going tomorrow. The interesting thing is that the AL East is filled with teams beating each other up, so if the Yankees win a couple more games here, they’ll be right back into the thick of things. Big if, I know.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Rays: Matt Moore (L): (18.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (10.2 IP, 5.06 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.288/.373/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Brandon Guyer (R) CF (.381/.536/.524, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.258/.292/.468, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.244/.271/.600, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.327/.347, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 1B (.240/.296/.280, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) SS (.133/.188/.133, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Curt Casali (R) C (.179/.207/.321, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.431, 1.8 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.300/.440/.425, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.273/.322/.455, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.296/.304/.574, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.170/.350/.362, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.156/.269/.289, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.275/.383/.450, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.189/.326/.189, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.095/.174/.095, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.271/.435, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.234/.324/.390, 1.5 bWAR
Has any team ever been eliminated from the postseason by May 1?
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Khris Davis and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back home runs off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning on Thursday, highlighting a four-homer barrage by the Athletics in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium that completed a three-game sweep.
Davis launched his first home run of the season to snap a 2-2 tie, and Crisp followed suit on the very next pitch, reaching the second deck in left field. The long ball support made a winner of left-hander Rich Hill, who held New York to two runs (one earned) and three hits over six innings while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts.
Losing five out of six at home to Seattle and Oakland is pretty darn terrible.
There’s still enough talent here that they probably aren’t quite this bad, but they’re also possibly not a whole lot better.
Athletics: Rich Hill (L): (13 IP, 4.15 ERA, 3.19 FIP, -0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (10.2 IP, 5.91 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.310/.341/.452, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Mark Canha (R) 1B (.143/.143/.357, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.220/.333/.440, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B (.269/.316/.308, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.277/.314/.468, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Chris Coghlan (L) 3B (.184/.225/.316, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) DH (.174/.224/.196, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.158/.220/.316, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.217/.302/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.225/.284/.373, 0.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.220/.255/.320, -0.2 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.280/.333/.480, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.327/.333/.633, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.182/.357/.386, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.163/.250/.302, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.182/.333/.182, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.050/.095/.050, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.200/.273/.300, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.500/.500/.750, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.228/.303/.386, 0.7 bWAR
At least Severino is worth watching, right?
Kendall Graveman pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and struck out eight, leading the Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Graveman limited New York to Didi Gregorius’ second-inning solo homer as he led Oakland to its fourth consecutive victory. Carlos Beltran hit an eighth-inning homer for the Yankees, who have lost six of their last seven.
“You gotta think to yourself, solo home runs aren’t going to beat you,” Graveman said. “I know our offense is going to turn it around, and then we score, put up some runs. That turned things around, and then I was able to put together some quick outs.”
Oakland produced all of the runs it needed in a three-run fourth inning against Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted eight hits and struck out seven in a six-inning effort. Billy Burns tied a career high with three hits and Khris Davis broke the game open with a two-run single off Branden Pinder in the eighth.
The worst offense ever is, surprisingly enough, the worst offense ever.
Aaron Hicks at least gave Yankee fans something to cheer about with the fastest throw since Major League Baseball began tracking the speed of balls thrown in from the outfield, as he nailed a runner at the plate with a 105.5 MPH throw from left field!
Nathan Eovaldi wasn’t awful. And the bonus runs likely wouldn’t have scored had the Yankees had the lead (as no way would Brandon Pinder be pitching the 8th if the Yankees had a lead). So this game really was a lot closer than the final score. So it was all on the offense yet again> This offense seems to do everything they can to avoid getting hit with men on base. It’s pathetic. Just pathetic.
Much of this is just bad luck, but it’s a mediocre team with bad luck, meaning that they sort of suck right now.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Athletics: Kendall Graveman (R): (11.1 IP, 2.38 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (11.2 IP, 6.94 ERA, 5.46 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.270/.308/.378, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Chris Coghlan (L) 2B (.176/.200/.294, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.217/.327/.457, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.286/.340/.347, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.250/.298/.432, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jed Lowrie (S) DH (.286/.321/.327, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) LF (.143/.200/.167, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.143/.163/.167, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.238/.327/.524, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.226/.282/.345, 0.5 bWAR
1. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.059/.111/.059, -0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.308/.438/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.333/.340/.600, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.385/.425, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.286/.390/.486, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.154/.250/.308, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.298/.340/.511, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.225/.238/.350, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.342/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.332/.407, 1.8 bWAR
If the idea of starting Hicksy in CF and batting him leadoff is to make me hate the Smellsbury deal less, it isn’t working.
Anyway, I had no idea Headley was batting .200 and slugging .200. Good for him.
Jed Lowrie tied his career high with four hits and scored the deciding run on Mark Canha’s 11th-inning, two-out single, helping to lift the Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Canha’s hit came off rookie Johnny Barbato, shooting just past the reach of shortstop Didi Gregorius and driving home Lowrie, who sparked the rally with a one-out double. The victory was credited to Fernando Rodriguez, who hurled two scoreless innings, while Ryan Madson worked the home half of the 11th to pick up his fifth save.
Another depressing loss for the offense, but at least the starting pitching from Michael Pineda was pretty decent. Oakland’s not much of an offense, either, but still, Pineda probably had his best game of the season. And the bullpen was awesome, as per usual. Johnny Barbato giving up a single run in his second inning of work isn’t really cause for concern, you know?
Man, right now both sides of the Aaron Hicks/John Ryan Murphy trade must be thinking, “Huh?” as both players seem like they’ve completely forgotten how to hit. They’re both still young-ish, but man, very strange.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Athletics: Eric Surkamp (L): (9 IP, 4.00 ERA, 6.24 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (11 IP, 6.55 ERA, 5.76 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.281/.324/.344, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Chris Coghlan (L) LF (.161/.188/.290, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.238/.340/.500, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.273/.333/.295, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.282/.333/.487, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B (.227/.271/.250, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) DH (.162/.225/.189, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.128/.150/.154, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.237/.333/.553, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.223/.282/.341, 0.3 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.314/.442/.429, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.333/.378/.548, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.341/.357/.610, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.216/.383/.459, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.118/.231/.294, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.333/.444/.567, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.083/.154/.083, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.154/.324/.154, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.222/.237/.361, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.344/.427, 2.1 bWAR
Something about this lineup just feels right. Swap out Headley for Torreyes and it’s likely the best lineup the Yankees can run out there right now.
That being said, I still expect them to get their asses handed to them.
Even the Yankees’ general manager is scratching his head over Jacoby Ellsbury’s play in center field so far this young season.
“I don’t know what’s going on on the defensive side,” Brian Cashman said Monday. “I think I’ve seen three plays now where he’s misjudged a play in the air. I don’t have an explanation for it.”
Ellsbury misplayed two balls on the Yankees’ last road trip, one each in Detroit and Toronto, and then Sunday dove and missed for a liner by Norichika Aoki that went for a triple.
Add that he “double-clutched” on a throw on a play in which Ketel Marte, running on the pitch, scored from first on a single Saturday and you have a difficult fielding start for the man who won a Gold Glove in center with Boston in 2011.
At least the thunder in his bat makes up for the defensive issues.
Cashman says there’s nothing wrong with Ellsbury, who is also struggling at the plate, batting .213 with a .260 on-base percentage.
Uhm, at least he’s not signed for another six years?
Only four years and 151 games left!
Monday, April 18, 2016
NY Times: Yankees and Alex Rodriguez End Skids in Win Over Mariners
If Manager Joe Girardi’s temperament is a weather vane for the Yankees’ fortunes, then his recent testiness — with a few dashes of sarcasm — may explain how the first two weeks of the season have unfolded.
A 4-3 victory on Sunday over the Seattle Mariners provided plenty of reasons to exhale, beginning with the four-game losing streak it ended.
There was Alex Rodriguez answering his demotion in the batting order and breaking a 0-for-19 slump by slugging a two-run home run. There was Masahiro Tanaka looking like the pitcher the Yankees handed $155 million and outfielder Brett Gardner resembling a catalytic pest. And the back end of the bullpen was not bad either: Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to strike out all six batters they faced.
Hooray for not getting swept at home by a team that’s not very good, I guess.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma (R): (11 IP, 4.09 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (10.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 0.3 bWAR)
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) DH (.278/.458/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.222/.286/.578, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF (.279/.367/.558, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.132/.267/.263, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.192/.192/.231, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Steve Clevenger (L) C (.000/.000/.000, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.257/.333/.486, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.211/.262/.211, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.216/.299/.400, 1.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.209/.255/.302, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.410/.355, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.351/.368/.649, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.349/.457, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.370/.469/.630, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.100/.229/.200, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.342/.390/.553, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.265/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.667/.667/1.000, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.349/.461, 2.5 bWAR
Sweeping the Yankees shouldn’t really count as a full sweep. Maybe more like a half sweep.