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Yankees.com: Prado homers, delivers walk-off winner for Yanks
(7 Comments - 8/23/2014 1:18:21 am)

White Sox (59-68) @ Yankees (64-61), Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:05pm
(26 Comments - 8/23/2014 12:19:59 am)

NJ.com: Yankees’ Brandon McCarthy explains adjustment that’s helped him dominate
(31 Comments - 8/22/2014 7:39:59 pm)

North Jersey: Out on Castillo
(25 Comments - 8/22/2014 1:44:27 pm)

FanGraphs: Brian McCann Probably Couldn’t Be Given Away For Free
(27 Comments - 8/22/2014 10:41:24 am)

Yankees.com: McCarthy masters Astros in four-hit shutout
(7 Comments - 8/21/2014 9:32:41 pm)

NY Post: Joe Girardi out of options as Yankees’ ship sinks
(25 Comments - 8/21/2014 4:40:17 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees Stink
(19 Comments - 8/21/2014 1:26:18 pm)

Astros (53-73) @ Yankees (63-60), Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 7:05pm
(51 Comments - 8/20/2014 11:17:01 pm)

Whatever
(18 Comments - 8/20/2014 6:19:08 pm)


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.
-alskor

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

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.
OldYanksFan




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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ships That Pass in the Night

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Yankees (61-59) @ Rays (61-61), Saturday, 16 August 2014, 4:10pm

Shane Greene (25, RHP, 3-1, 2.89) vs. Drew Smyly (25, LHP, 7-10, 3.73)

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter DH
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Prado 2B
Cervelli C
Ryan SS

RAYS
Jennings CF
Zobrist 2B
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Belnome DH
Casali C
Kiermaier RF

The Rays are in the midst of passing the Yankees in the standings and it is pretty depressing.

--Posted at 11:57 am by Brian Cronin / 41 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 15, 2014

Yankees.com: The Last One to Leave Has to Turn the Lights Off

The Yankees have run out of ways to explain their season-long difficulty in scoring runs. The numbers aren’t matching up to the backs of the baseball cards, and the time for excuses has expired. They need production, and they need it urgently.

For at least one more night, that proved to be easier said than done. Alex Cobb handcuffed their lineup to six hits over 7 1/3 innings as the Yankees lost their fifth straight game, dropping a 5-0 decision to the Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field.

The Yankees managed one runner as far as second base through the first seven innings against Cobb, who struck out eight and helped Tampa Bay reach the .500 mark for the first time since April 22. The Yankees have totaled seven runs during this losing skid.

Good golly, Miss Molly, this team is so bad.

--Posted at 10:32 pm by Brian Cronin / 11 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (61-58) @ Rays (60-61), Friday, 15 August 2014, 7:10pm

Brandon McCarthy (30, RHP, 7-11, 4.31) vs. Alex Cobb (26, RHP, 7-6, 3.41)

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Beltran DH
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Prado RF
Cervelli C

RAYS
Jennings CF
Zobrist LF
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Forsythe 2B
Escobar SS
Casali C
Kiermaier RF

Well, let’s just hope that when this series ends, the Rays are not over .500. It is crazy that they have a realistic chance of passing the Yankees in the standings. Stupid Yankees.

--Posted at 2:34 pm by Brian Cronin / 35 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Steinbrenner: Offense needs to step it up

Hal Steinbrenner believes it is important to factor injuries into evaluations of how his Yankees have performed this season to date, but the team’s managing general partner also is firmly pointing his finger at the bats to score more runs.

Steinbrenner spoke with a small group of reporters at the quarterly Owners Meetings, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The Yankees have not received the expected returns after investing a combined $283 million on Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran as free agents this past offseason.

“All teams have injuries, but when you lose four of your starting pitchers by the All-Star break, three by the first or second week in May—it’s going to have an impact on any club, in my opinion, regardless of how good their farm system is,” Steinbrenner said.

“That’s certainly been part of it. But we put a lot of money into the offense as well, and they have been, as a whole, inconsistent. It’s been a problem. And it needs to change, needless to say.”

The Yankees entered play on Wednesday ranked 11th in the American League in runs scored (471) and OPS (.696), and ninth in home runs (107). They had scored in just three of their past 29 innings, and they’ve scored one run or fewer in 22 games this year.

Steinbrenner, who authorized the July acquisitions of Stephen Drew, Chase Headley and Martin Prado in an attempt to upgrade the lineup, said that he wants to see the production improve over the season’s final 44 games.

“They have to. They know that,” Steinbrenner said. “They’re professionals and the talent is there. But they’ve got to step it up and they know that. ... Look, my job is to be an optimist, and I am confident.”

Steinbrenner added that he has not made any decisions about general manager Brian Cashman’s future. Cashman has held his current position since February 1998, and his current three-year contract expires after 2014.

Ah, I see. So that was the issue all along. The owner just forgot to tell the offense to do better. Well, that should be solved now. Phew.

Seriously though, I wonder if Cashman’s job might actually be in jeopardy this time around.

--Posted at 9:03 am by Brian Cronin / 37 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 14, 2014

ESPN: Rob Manfred one vote short on 1st ballot

Rob Manfred was one vote short of the required three-quarters majority Thursday in balloting to succeed Bud Selig as baseball commissioner, a person familiar with the balloting told The Associated Press.

Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, received 22 votes and Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner got eight, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

I don’t think it is overselling it to suggest that the winner of the Manfred/Werner competition might be one of the most important developments in baseball for the next five or so years.

Like Bud Selig or not, electing Manfred is a vote for things staying pretty much the way they are. If you like labor peace, Manfred is the way to go.

Werner, meanwhile, is supported by a dedicated eight owner bloc led by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf that want to try to do to the players what the other leagues have done in their respective recent labor disputes. They look at the NFL, the NHL and the NBA (where Reinsdorf owns the Chicago Bulls) and say, “They all broke their players unions and got massive concessions from the players. Why can’t we do that, too?”

So if you’re a fan of labor peace, a fan of sharing the vast MLB wealth with the players, a fan of not having a former Boston Red Sox owner becoming the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and, of course, a fan of a system that allows the Yankees to exploit their economic advantages, then you should be pulling for Manfred here.

It’ll be fascinating to see who caves.

EDITED TO ADD: Well,  THAT didn’t take long. Rob Manfred is the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball. As it turned out, it was the Nationals who broke from Jerry Reinsdorf’s eight-owner voting bloc (earlier, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay had also done so, back when Reinsdorf had a tentative ten-owner bloc) to vote for Manfred. Here are the teams whose owners held out against Manfred:

White Sox
Red Sox
Blue Jays
Angels
Diamondbacks
Athletics
Reds

Note that the way the system works is that once there is a majority, everyone agrees to vote for the winning candidate “officially,” so he was technically elected unanimously. Just throwing that out there in case anyone is confused by headlines like “Manfred elected unanimously.”

Well, as stated, I’m a fan of this move, if only because he is the lesser of two evils. Let’s hope that 2016 doesn’t bring any labor strife.

--Posted at 4:58 pm by Brian Cronin / 24 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: After Pineda’s solid start, Yanks let one get away

The deep eighth-inning drive off Adam Jones’ bat disappeared over the left-center-field fence to find a safe landing spot in the bullpen, and the Yankees’ hopes of catching the Orioles in the American League East may have vanished with it.

Dellin Betances served up a game-tying Jonathan Schoop homer, spoiling his third inning of relief, and Jones blasted a go-ahead three-run homer off Shawn Kelley that sent the Yankees to a 5-3 loss on Wednesday at Camden Yards. The defeat dropped New York a season-high eight games behind Baltimore for the division lead.

“That’s where we are? Well, I think we were more looking at that second Wild Card spot,” Kelley said. “That’s a little bit better number. That seems a little more achievable at this point, but we’ve got to win every day. We’ve got to go out there and we got to win series and we got to win in our division. We didn’t get it done.”

You almost have to love the ability of Bryan Hoch (who is a very good writer) to avoid just pointing out crazy cuckoo bananas this game was by Yankee manager Joe Girardi. He literally brought Dellin Betances in in the 6th inning and then tried to get 2 and 2/3rd innings out of the guy with a 2-1 lead. Say whaaaaaaa???? Like I said, it was just crazy cuckoo bananas. Especially learning after the game that David Robertson was going to come in had Betances gotten the second out of the 8th. So D-Rob could get four outs with an off day tomorrow but not six? For serious?

Yankee killer Jonathan Schoop had a hilarious quote about his success against the Yankees (4 of his 11 home runs have come against the Yankees): “I don’t know exactly why, but I think I put more emphasis, more focus on [those at-bats], I need to learn how to do that every at-bat.” Yeah, probably a good idea there, Schoop. What an odd thing to say.

Anyhow, while clearly this is up there with the most painful losses of the season, I can’t help but come away still pretty pleased about two things…

1. Michael Pineda was excellent. He doesn’t even look fully healed and he was still excellent. I think he’ll even be better once he’s fully healthy. Awesome news for next year.

2. Speaking of next year, Masahiro Tanaka continues to throw without incident. He became the latest flat ground all star today and as he notes, things went well

“It’s feeling really good,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “Really, I didn’t feel anything special compared to just regular tossing. I thought everything went well.”

It seems pretty hard to believe he seemingly is coming back, but, well, all we can judge is what he’s doing and so far he’s doing okay.

--Posted at 12:25 am by Brian Cronin / 35 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yankees (61-57) @ Orioles (68-50), Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:05pm

Michael Pineda (25, RHP, 2-2, 1.83) vs. Chris Tillman (26, RHP, 9-5, 3.73)

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Beltran DH
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Prado RF
Cervelli C

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Davis 3B
Jones CF
Cruz-DH
Young LF
Pearce 1B
Flaherty SS
Schoop 2B
Hundley C

The Yankees are pretty much screwed this year, but it’s weird, as screwed as they are (and they definitely are screwed) it is just too hard to look at a team that’s 2.5 games out of the playoffs on August 13th and say “Yeah, it’s over. They’re done.” That just can’t be. It is UNLIKELY that they will make the playoffs, but to be so close to the playoffs with over forty games left to play, you just can’t give up yet.

Luckily, even if you disagree with that sentiment, the Yankees are still giving us reasons to pay attention tonight as Michael Pineda returns to the team tonight. He was one of the few early bright spots and if he can return well, then at least 2015 will look a little bit brighter.

--Posted at 5:13 pm by Brian Cronin / 115 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 11, 2014

Yankees.com: Yankees can’t keep up with first-place Orioles

The Yankees arrived at Camden Yards recognizing what a pivotal week this will be for their postseason chances, perhaps determining if they have a realistic shot at the division or should instead focus their attention upon one of the Wild Card spots.

After one game, the early returns aren’t what they would have hoped. Chris Davis hit a go-ahead fifth-inning homer, Nelson Cruz also went deep and the Yankees’ bats couldn’t respond in an 11-3 loss to the American League East-leading Orioles on Monday evening.

Davis started the night on the bench before replacing Manny Machado, who exited in the third inning with a right knee sprain. The slugger’s 21st home run carried deep into the right-field seats off Yanks starter Chris Capuano, boosting Bud Norris to a win in his five-inning effort.


Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children run amok,
But there is no joy in New York— because the Yankees fucking suck.

--Posted at 11:22 pm by Brian Cronin / 50 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (61-56) @ Orioles (67-50), Monday, 11 August 2014, 7:05pm

Chris Capuano (35, LHP, 1-2, 3.91) vs.  Bud Norris (29, RHP, 9-7, 3.68)

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
Beltran DH
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Prado RF
Cervelli C

ORIOLES
Markakis RF
Machado 3B
Jones CF
Cruz DH
Young LF
Pearce 1B
Joseph C
Flaherty SS
Schoop 2B

No Chris Davis or JJ Hardy tonight, so the Yankees really need to win this game. Of course, they “really need” to win every game against Baltimore going forward, seeing as how they are six games back of the Orioles with 45 games to go, but still.

--Posted at 3:40 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)



ESPN: Michael Pineda to start Wednesday

The Yankees will forgo another rehab start for Michael Pineda and throw him into the fire for Wednesday night’s series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Originally, Esmil Rogers had been listed as the probable starter, and Pineda, who has made two rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton, had been slated to make one more. But with time, and games, running out on the Yankees in their quest to remain in the AL East race—they trail the Orioles by six games, with 10 remaining between the teams—the Yankees have decided to get Pineda back into the rotation.

He will face right-hander Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.73 ERA) in a 7:05 p.m. ET start

It is kind of crazy to think that he hasn’t pitched since April 23rd.

It seems a bit rash to skip a last rehab start to throw him against a decent offense like Baltimore, but I suppose these are desperate times.

--Posted at 2:31 pm by Brian Cronin / 6 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 10, 2014

Yankees.com: Kuroda, Yanks go quietly in finale loss to Tribe

It was understandable when the Indians’ Corey Kluber, one of the American League’s top pitchers this season, put the Yankees’ bats to sleep Saturday. But it was quite puzzling, if not frustrating for the 46,152 in attendance, to see Carlos Carrasco produce the same result Sunday.

Making his first start since April 25, Carrasco, who was moved to the bullpen after just four starts this year, limited the Yankees to only two hits over five innings and 77 pitches. The Indians’ bullpen then tossed four solid frames, and the Yankees dropped the rubber match to the Tribe, 4-1.

“We ran into some pretty good pitching this week,” said manager Joe Girardi. “That’s part of the game. You’re going to go through that as an offense.”

After a loud 10 runs on Friday, the Yankees’ offense was baffled again by Cleveland’s pitching staff, which produced 19 straight scoreless innings against them, dating back to the last two innings of Friday’s game. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a solo homer in the ninth to break that streak, but the Yankees’ fifth hit of the day was too little, too late.

This is up there with one of the most embarrassing losses of the season. On top of that, the Tigers blew a five-run lead behind David Price and then lost in the nineteenth inning to the Blue Jays.

Not good, people. Not good.

--Posted at 8:20 pm by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)



Indians (58-59) @ Yankees (61-55), Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:05pm

CLE: Carlos Carrasco (#59, 27, RHP, 3-4, 3.88) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 7-7, 3.97)

Lineups
Cleveland
1. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
2. Jose Ramirez (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) DH
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Yan Gomes (R) C
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
7. Zach Walters (S) LF
8. Chris Dickerson (L) CF
9. Ryan Raburn (R) RF

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
7. Martin Prado (R) 3B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Francisco Cervelli (R) C

It would be nice if Kuroda doesn’t give up more runs in the first inning than the Yankees will score all game.

The Yankees are running out of time in their quest for the postseason.  With 46 games remaining for both them and the Orioles, if the Orioles go 23-23 the Yankees would have to go 28-18 just to tie them at 90 wins.  Can this Yankee team play at the equivalent of a 99 win pace over 46 games?  I guess they could, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

The Angels are a game ahead of the Orioles and seem even less likely for the Yankees to catch.  So it’s essentially a four team race for the second wild card spot between surging Kansas City(14-3 in their last 17 games), the Mariners(that get to play Texas and Houson 13 more times), the Blue Jays, and the only one of those four teams that has scored fewer runs than they’ve allowed (the Yankees).

Interestingly, Toronto and Seattle have yet to play this season and have seven games remaining against each other.  So it’s likely those games will have a big impact on which of those teams is still there at the end.  It’s also conceivable that the Royals could catch Detroit for their division lead, which just means the Yankees would be contending against another better team for a wild card spot.

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if the Mariners end up taking that spot, with their margin over the Yankees the difference in WAR between Robinson Cano and a certain highly overpaid CF? A gap that currently sits at about 2.5 wins?

Hilarious.

--Posted at 9:42 am by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)



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