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Yankees (52-49) @ Rays (39-61), Friday, 7/29/2016, 7:10pm
(50 Comments - 7/30/2016 6:30:21 pm)

NY Times: Call it Selling. Call it ‘Rearranging.’ For Yankees, What Matters Is Whom and How Many
(2 Comments - 7/29/2016 8:24:41 pm) Yankees may be looking to trade Ivan Nova
(33 Comments - 7/29/2016 6:44:42 pm) Tanaka, Yanks can’t close out Houston sweep
(32 Comments - 7/29/2016 10:07:56 am)

Yankees (52-48) @ Astros (54-46), Wednesday, 7/27/2016, 8:10pm
(14 Comments - 7/28/2016 2:00:30 am) Yanks back CC, hold off Astros for series win
(36 Comments - 7/27/2016 6:41:24 pm)

Yankees (51-48) @ Astros (54-45), Tuesday, 7/26/2016, 8:10pm
(47 Comments - 7/27/2016 2:08:13 am) Pineda outduels Keuchel as Yanks nip Astros
(35 Comments - 7/26/2016 6:42:22 pm)

Yankees (50-48) @ Astros (54-44), Monday, 7/25/2016, 8:10pm
(32 Comments - 7/26/2016 12:22:29 am) Cubs, Yanks reportedly have deal for Aroldis
(82 Comments - 7/26/2016 12:06:00 am)

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.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

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.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Twins (23-49) @ Yankees (35-36), Friday, 6/24/2016, 7:05pm

Twins: Tommy Milone (L):  (23.1 IP, 5.79 ERA, 5.18 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (92.2 IP, 2.91 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 3.1 bWAR)

1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.316/.347/.474, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.294/.425/.523, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.277/.373/.400, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.244/.332/.409, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.259/.326/.435, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.281/.310/.388, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) DH (.200/.283/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.266/.307/.409, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.195/.236/.331, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.337/.420, 6.0 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.375/.366, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.288/.339/.404, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.323/.573, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.215/.259/.399, -0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.328/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.320/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.214/.266/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.272/.286/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.313/.415, 3.1 bWAR

Isn’t it hilarious that you can make a case that Carlos Beltran is the Yankees’ most valuable position player this year but he’s not been as valuable as Nun-E™?  It’s hilarious, really.

--Posted at 3:29 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)

NY Post: Ike Davis resigned to Yankees exit, blaming his bad luck

Ike Davis is still waiting for his first at-bat in Yankee Stadium since signing with the team last week.

In two games against right-handed starters, Davis stayed on the bench in favor of Rob Refsnyder.

And with Mark Teixeira potentially on the verge of rejoining the Yankees on Saturday after rehabbing a knee injury, it’s anyone’s guess how many chances Davis will get in The Bronx.

It’s hardly the first time things haven’t gone according to plan for the former Met.

“I think I’ve had a great experience,” said Davis, who signed with the Yankees after being released by the Rangers this month. “I don’t think I performed the way I wanted to or that my career has gone the way I hoped it would go. But I also had a lot of weird things happen and I don’t think that’s given enough credit. I ran into some bad luck.”

Does anyone else think the Yankees just signed Davis to a major league deal so people would stop noting that they haven’t signed a major league free agent since whatever date it was that they hadn’t?

Anyway, I sure hope the $1.5M contract for Davis was pro-rated.

--Posted at 10:04 am by SG / 11 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Castro’s walk-off HR caps Yanks’ rally vs. Rox

Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

“It feels great,” Castro said. “Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game.”

Trailing by four runs heading to the seventh, Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius lined a run-scoring single as the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate, tying the game against Colorado relievers Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Miguel Castro. Aroldis Chapman picked up the victory after working a scoreless top half of the ninth.

“That shows that we never give up,” Gregorius said. “The bullpen kept us there. We put up some runs and then tied the game. Castro hit a big walk-off homer. It’s good that we kept fighting.”

Nick Hundley’s three-run homer highlighted the early barrage against starter CC Sabathia, who was unable to hold a lead provided by Chase Headley’s second-inning grand slam. Charlie Blackmon also lined a two-run single off Sabathia, who permitted six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Raburn added a two-run shot in the fifth off Anthony Swarzak.

This team is terrible, but come on, you have to admit that it is still fun when they win games like this.

But yeah…wow, this team is bad. Yay, Beltran, though!

--Posted at 7:36 pm by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)

Rockies (34-36) @ Yankees (34-36), Wednesday, 6/22/2016, 1:05pm

Rockies: Jon Gray (R):  (65.1 IP, 4.55 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 0.9 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (65.1 IP, 2.20 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 2.7 bWAR)

1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.357/.500, 1.1 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.324/.388/.492, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.295/.368/.590, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.317/.362/.556, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.324/.549, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Ryan Raburn (R) DH (.246/.331/.465, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.288/.358/.447, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.253/.379/.468, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Brandon Barnes (R) LF (.162/.225/.270, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.288/.355/.514, 10.9 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.279/.333/.406, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.370/.367, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.318/.563, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.261/.405, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.321/.412, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.404, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.317/.420, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.325/.341, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.300/.345/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.319/.418, 5.9 bWAR)

I am positive the Yankees will win today as they continue to delude themselves into thinking they are contenders.

--Posted at 10:40 am by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Yanks trail from 1st inning on in loss to Rox

Charlie Blackmon homered twice and Nolan Arenado claimed the Major League lead with his 21st long ball of the season, helping to lead the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Blackmon led off the game with a home run that struck the right-field foul pole, then went deep again in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Arenado slugged a two-run shot in the sixth off Nick Goody.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis limited New York to four runs (two earned) over six innings, tying a career high with eight strikeouts as he defeated the Bronx Bombers for the second time in a week. DJ LeMahieu contributed three hits for Colorado.

Oh man, they are so bad. I think I’m okay with giving Severino Nova’s rotation spot again. At least Severino is young.

One good thing - Refsnyder got the start against the righty and he did well. Nice job by Girardi. I was afraid that he would do a strict platoon with Davis and Refsnyder. Glad that my fears were misplaced.

--Posted at 10:41 pm by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)

Rockies (33-36) @ Yankees (34-35), Tuesday, 6/21/2016, 7:05pm

Rockies: Chad Bettis (R):  (78.1 IP, 5.63 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 0 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (60.1 IP, 4.77 ERA, 4.60 FIP, 0.7 bWAR)

1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.292/.357/.475, 1.0 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.318/.384/.489, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.288/.364/.576, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.311/.355/.549, 1.8 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.323/.550, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Daniel Descalso (L) DH (.394/.487/.576, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.290/.362/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Ryan Raburn (R) LF (.245/.333/.473, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tony Wolters (L) C (.204/.297/.276, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.354/.503, 11.5 bWAR

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.362/.362, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.283/.316/.567, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.220/.267/.413, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.322/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.348, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.221/.273/.316, -0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.283/.333/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.313/.410, 3.6 bWAR

--Posted at 3:47 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)

NY Post: Yankees owner eyes buying — not selling — at trade deadline

Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t seem to favor the idea of selling.

The Yankees owner, enthused by his team’s improved play over the last month, said he expects his club to be a factor in acquiring talent by the trade deadline.

“I believe we’re going to be right smack in the middle of it by the end of July,” he said Monday at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan at the annual Harlem RBI “Bids for Kids” fundraising dinner. “We’ll have to see at the end of July, like we always do. We’ll take a look at everything.


--Posted at 8:14 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)

Monday, June 20, 2016 McCann’s twin homers not enough for sweep

Trevor Plouffe evaded Brian McCann’s tag to score the go-ahead run as part of a four-run sixth inning, helping lift the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday as the clubs completed a four-game series at Target Field.

Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple highlighted a rally against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who had limited the Twins to a Max Kepler home run through the first five innings. Kepler added a run-scoring single and Kurt Suzuki stroked an RBI double as part of the big inning, which included a video review that overturned an initial out call on Plouffe.

“Offensively, we had to scratch—Eovaldi was good,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “[Plouffe] made a pretty athletic slide. ... We got the call reversal, which was huge, and we added on a little bit. And then we had to hold on.”

Ervin Santana held the Yankees to two runs over seven innings to pick up the victory, snapping the Twins’ five-game losing streak. McCann hit two solo home runs on 3-for-4 day, smashing out of an 0-for-15 skid, and Alex Rodriguez punched an RBI single in the fourth inning.

It’s crazy how the Yankees won 3 out of 4 games in this series despite being pretty terrible in most of the games. This offense is so, so bad.

Speaking of “so bad,” Dellin Betances was awful in the sixth inning today. Nathan Eovaldi was pitching well, so I get why the Yankees stuck with him in the sixth, but he sure picked a bad time to collapse and Betances wasn’t much better.

A very bad loss.

--Posted at 1:52 am by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, June 19, 2016 A-Rod, Beltran power Yanks to comeback win

This was “a good character win” for the Yankees, in Alex Rodriguez’s eyes, as his team hit a pair of late homers that allowed them to withstand a shaky outing by closer Aroldis Chapman. It remains to be seen if this is the series that will finally vault them over .500 for good.

The Yankees returned to the break-even mark on Saturday with their third straight victory over the Twins, posting a 7-6 victory that put them back in the middle of the road after 68 games. They’ve seen their past win streaks followed by dips, but Rodriguez wants to believe this time will be different.

“I think it’s important for us to stay consistent,” Rodriguez said. “The one thing that for us is very important as an offense is to get runs early. The numbers when we get ahead early, when we score four runs; we’re 27-5 when we score four or more runs. As an offense, that should be a goal for us every night.”

Rodriguez clearly has done his research; he was thumping a similar objective of five-runs-or-better earlier in the season. That didn’t materialize, but maybe that’s because they hadn’t seen the Twins yet. Rodriguez hit his 695th career homer off Ricky Nolasco in the seventh inning, halving New York’s deficit to 4-2 at the time.

First off. how amazing is it that A-Rod can tell a reporter those numbers off the top of his head?

Anyhow, once again, a pathetic performance for most of the game turned into something special in the late innings. Ricky Nolasco, who isn’t that good, dominated the Yankees. Luckily, the Twins’ bullpen is pretty, pretty bad. A-Rod hit a two-run home run, Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run (now putting Beltran two homers off of the Major League lead in dingers!!!) and then the Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on a big two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury and then a sacrifice fly by Gardner.

So the Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth up by three runs. Aroldis Chapman got the first two outs by strikeouts and then gave up his first home run since last August to Eduardo Escobar!! Just the fourth home run Chapman had given up since 2014!! Then Kurt Suzuki came up and had a hell of a battle with Chapman, a battle that ended up with ANOTHER home run! I am sure John Sterling noted that you can’t predict baseball. Then Chapman closed the victory out.

The Yankees are back to .500. Let’s see if they can get over .500 with a sweep of the Twins tomorrow. Eovaldi has been awful in June, though, so it’s not likely.

--Posted at 12:03 am by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yankees (33-34) @ Twins (20-47), Saturday, 6/18/2016, 2:10pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (72 IP, 5.88 ERA, 4.06 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Twins: Ricky Nolasco (R):  (77.1 IP, 5.12 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.1 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.282/.337/.414, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.248/.363/.357, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.316/.563, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.218/.268/.401, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.211/.320/.383, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.333/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.312/.406, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.279/.319/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Ike Davis (L) 1B (.250/.333/.250, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.324/.414, 6.1 bWAR

1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.314/.346/.485, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Danny Santana (S) LF (.256/.288/.344, -0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.285/.384/.414, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.227/.325/.369, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.209/.293/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Byung Ho Park (R) DH
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.266/.298/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.246/.259/.351, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.200/.234/.352, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.322/.390, 3.6 bWAR

--Posted at 10:48 am by SG / 46 Comments | - (0) Yankees come out swinging, bury Twins

he first three Yankees to hit all came around to score against Minnesota left-hander Pat Dean as part of a four-run first inning, and New York never looked back en route to an 8-2 rout at Target Field on Friday night that secured the Yanks at least a split of the four-game series.

Carlos Beltran led the way offensively for the Yankees with three hits, including a two-run home run—his team-leading 17th of the season—before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the sixth. Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine also drove in two runs apiece in support of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (4-2), who allowed one run through eight strong innings to bounce back from a rough start against the Tigers and secure his fifth quality start in his last six outings.

Minnesota scored its first run in the second inning after Trevor Plouffe singled, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s double and came home on a groundout by Max Kepler. After missing a homer on that double by a matter of feet, Escobar later drilled a no-doubter into the right-field bleachers in the ninth for his first long ball of the season.

Are the Twins awful? Of course. But come on, what more can you ask for but for the Yankees to beat up on a team that they should beat up? So yes, it is not impressive, but it is more impressive than losing! I can’t believe Beltran has 17 home runs. His Yankee season high is 19.

--Posted at 12:54 am by Brian Cronin / 1 Comment | - (0)

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