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Blue Jays (54-50) @ Yankees (54-48), Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1:05pm
(91 Comments - 7/28/2014 1:52:21 am)

MLB.com: Cashman prioritizes adding bat before August
(13 Comments - 7/26/2014 10:34:05 am)

Blue Jays (54-49) @ Yankees (53-48), Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:05pm
(52 Comments - 7/26/2014 10:13:21 am)

CBS Sports: Yankees acquire Chris Capuano from Rockies for cash
(7 Comments - 7/25/2014 10:21:16 am)

Yankees.com: Victorious McCarthy continues to stabilize Yanks
(20 Comments - 7/24/2014 9:15:12 pm)

Rangers (40-61) @ Yankees (52-48), Thursday, July 24, 2014, 1:05pm
(55 Comments - 7/24/2014 5:28:17 pm)

Yankees.com: Phelps, Yanks take rain-shortened win over Rangers
(14 Comments - 7/24/2014 1:29:03 pm)

Rangers (40-60) @ Yankees (51-48), Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 7:05pm
(64 Comments - 7/24/2014 12:07:59 am)

Dan Szymborski: Headley RoS ZiPS in Yankee Stadium
(9 Comments - 7/23/2014 3:55:59 pm)

Yankees.com: Newcomer Headley Yanks’ walk-off hero in 14th
(9 Comments - 7/23/2014 12:39:08 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, July 19, 2014

Reds (51-45) @ Yankees (48-47), Saturday, July 19, 2014, 1:05pm

CIN: Alfredo Simon (#0, 33, RHP, 12-3, 2.70) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 3-10, 4.80)

Lineups
Reds
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
7. Chris Heisey (R) LF
8. Donald Lutz (L) DH
9. Kristopher Negron (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B

Alfredo Simon has a FIP of 4.34.  Brandon McCarthy has a FIP of 3.76.

Advantage Yankees!

--Posted at 10:34 am by SG / 50 Comments | - (0)




Friday, July 18, 2014

Reds (51-44) @ Yankees (47-47), Friday, July 18, 2014, 7:05 pm

CIN: Mike Leake (#44, 26, RHP, 7-7, 3.54) vs. NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 3-4, 3.94)

Lineups
Reds
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) DH
7. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
8. Chris Heisey (R) LF
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
9. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B

There was a time not long ago where the All Star Break seemed interminable. 

Now I’m sad it’s already over.

--Posted at 3:47 pm by SG / 18 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees Midseason Report: Much needs to happen to save the season

Disorder surrounds the Yankees.

High-priced bats have failed. Injuries have shredded the pitching staff. And there doesn’t seem to be anyone on the trade market who can ride to the rescue. They are a .500 team, and yet, they are contenders.

As the Yankees open the second half tonight in the Bronx against the Cincinnati Reds, they are 3 ½ games removed from the second Wild Card spot in the American League, and against the odds, still carry grand, Yankee-esque aspirations.

A tough climb awaits them, along with a nervous question. Will their knockout rookie, Masahiro Tanaka, and his ailing right elbow return this season? If not, sport’s most storied franchise may wind up out of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in twenty years, leaving the club with final drama: The countdown to Derek Jeter’s final game.

I don’t really like the Yankees’ chances over the remainder of the season, but I guess I could envision a scenario where they sneak into the postseason.  I think it will have to be done via winning the division, not through a wild card spot.  The Angels and Mariners are currently sitting in the two wild card slots and get to play more games against Texas and Houston teams that aren’t very good.  You could counter that by saying the Yankees get games against Tampa Bay and Boston teams that have similar records to Texas and Houston but I would argue that those records are misleading and both teams are better than they’ve shown so far.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens.  I am not expecting them to make the postseason this year, so I’d like to see a few things happen with an eye towards 2015.

1) Masahiro Tanaka comes back healthy.
2) Michael Pineda returns to the mound and finishes the season well
3) Robert Refsnyder gets called up at some point and shows enough to be penciled in as the starting 2B next season.
4) Luis Severino dominates AA and puts himself into the rotation picture for the tail-end of 2015.
5) David Robertson re-signed.

I’d also like to see Derek Jeter stay healthy and get up to sixth place on the all-time hits list.

What I don’t want to see and what I am very fearful of seeing are dumb trades that further mortgage an already shaky future for maybe a 10% chance at a 50% chance of getting into a postseason series.

--Posted at 9:22 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yankees.com: Jeter goes out in style to fitting All-Star farewell

MINNEAPOLIS—The afternoon of Derek Jeter’s final All-Star Game started with a ride in the back of a slow-moving pickup truck, waving to the crowds along the red-carpeted streets of Minneapolis as the vehicle rolled toward the players’ entrance of Target Field.

It concluded with the retiring Yankees captain doffing his cap to a standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes, finishing 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored as the American League’s leadoff hitter before being replaced at shortstop for the fourth inning.

“Any player that says they don’t want to go to an All-Star Game is lying to you,” Jeter said. “It’s something everyone wants to be a part of. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of a few of them and I’m happy that I had a chance to do it one last time.”

I didn’t watch the game all that closely as I was over at someone’s house for a late dinner but I did watch some of it later on DVR and it wasn’t nearly as tacky as I was expecting it to be, especially when Mike Trout deservedly won the MVP over Jeter despite Jeter’s solid performance.  Seeing the vile Bud Selig made me wonder how his farewell tour was going.  I haven’t heard much about it for some reason.

The season will resume Friday, with David Phelps toeing the rubber at home against Cincinnati.  If you want to get a sense of the Yankees’ chances over the rest of the season, realize that their first three starters after the All Star Break when you can essentially set your rotation to your best advantage are Phelps, Brandon McCarthy and Hiroki Kuroda.

It’s not impossible the Yankees can make a run at a postseason spot.  But it’s pretty damn unlikely at this point.  I don’t really have the interest in running my Monte Carlo simulations but I’ll just point to the Fangraphs playoff odds instead.

Division winning odds: 8.3 %
Wild card odds: 3.0 %
Qualifying for postseason odds: 11.4 %
Making it to the divisional series odds: 9.8 %

I don’t know what those assume about a return by Masahiro Tanaka, but that’s pretty much a requirement for this team to have any actual chance at making a postseason run.  The Yankees have 68 games left this season.  If they play at a 95 win pace they would win 40 of them and end the year at 87 wins.  That could win the AL East. 

And monkeys could fly out of my butt.

--Posted at 7:10 am by SG / 78 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

N.L. All-Stars @ A.L. All-Stars, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 8:00 pm

NLS: Adam Wainwright (#0, 32, RHP, 12-4, 1.83) vs. ALS: Felix Hernandez (#0, 28, RHP, 11-2, 2.12)

Lineups
NL
CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers

AL
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
LF Mike Trout, Angels
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
C Salvador Perez, Royals

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Derek Jeter.

--Posted at 3:48 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)



USA Today: Derek Jeter remains stoic in final All-Star appearance

MINNEAPOLIS — They are freaking out everywhere in this city.

Fans are lined up across the street from the players’ downtown hotel, screaming at the mere sight of him.

Teammates are calling it among the greatest thrills of their lives.

His opponents already are scheming on different ways to celebrate the occasion.

I thought Mariano Rivera’s All Star Game appearance last year was one of the highlights of the 2013 season.  I fear this one is going to be far less organic and the leaked Nike commercial has already soured me on what we are likely to see.

But it will be nice for Jeter to get a send-off from all of baseball, even one as overwrought and forced as tonight’s will likely be.  It’s not just Jeter retiring, it’s pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the late 90s Yankees, one of the best stretches of baseball that any fan of any team at any time in history got to enjoy.

Those days are long gone. It’s hard to believe the 1998 team was 16 years ago and it’s hard to believe that Jeter’s sublime 1999 was 15 years ago.  He doesn’t look that much different, aside from the hair being gone…

--Posted at 8:02 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 14, 2014

Yankees.com: Whitley, Yanks suffer rain-shortened loss to O’s

BALTIMORE—When Chris Davis punched an opposite-field home run out of Oriole Park at Camden Yards to put the O’s ahead of the Yankees in the fourth inning on Sunday, it just seemed like a blow.

The Yankees, in need of a win to take two of three from the Orioles and cut their division lead to three games, still had five innings to make a comeback. After 4 1/2 innings, the wind picked up and the rain started falling in Baltimore. A delay began.

An hour passed. Then two. With 4 1/2 more innings separating baseball from the All-Star break, there was an urgency for the two teams’ five All-Stars to make their way to Minneapolis for the festivities. Midnight came and went, most of the 34,483 in attendance left and eventually, the umpires called it. The Orioles won, 3-1, and the two teams hadn’t even played five innings.

The odds of this Yankee lineup scoring again if given another four innings were essentially nil anyway so who cares?

--Posted at 3:12 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yankees (47-46) @ Orioles (51-42), Sunday, July 13, 2014, 8:05pm

NYY: Chase Whitley (#39, 25, RHP, 4-2, 4.94) vs. BAL: Kevin Gausman (#39, 23, RHP, 3-2, 3.51)
Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
7. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
8. Kelly Johnson (L) LF
9. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B

Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Steve Pearce (R) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Manny Machado (R) 3B
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B

--Posted at 4:15 pm by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yankees.com:  Yanks rookie Greene excels with poise of vet 4 hours ago

BALTIMORE—The appeal of an easy weekend highway drive into the Inner Harbor meant that there were plenty of supportive faces clutching tickets when Shane Greene looked up from the infield grass in the eighth inning on Saturday, trying to absorb a standing ovation.

Greene said that he felt goosebumps, and the Yankees sensed that they may have found an answer for their dented rotation. Greene allowed four hits over 7 1/3 stellar innings, earning his second big league win with a 3-0 victory over the Orioles.

“It was awesome, for sure,” Greene said. “It means a lot. It means a lot that I got the opportunity, and it means a lot that I can come up here and help the team win.”

I want to believe that Greene can be this good but it is hard when you look at his minor league numbers.

--Posted at 11:53 pm by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (46-46) @ Orioles (51-41), Saturday, July 12, 2014, 4:05pm

NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 1-0, 2.84) vs BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 7-4, 4.11)

--Posted at 1:21 pm by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Kuroda hangs tough, but Yanks fall to O’s in 10

BALTIMORE—The last pitch of the night was a slider that hung in the strike zone, and as it whizzed over Adam Warren’s head to land safely in center field, the Yankees once again sputtered back to the break-even mark with a .500 record.

Kicking off a weekend series between division rivals, Nick Hundley delivered the decisive hit off Warren in the 10th inning, a solid single that chased home Manny Machado with the winning run as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 3-2, on Friday night at Camden Yards.

“We want to gain some games on these guys, and it didn’t go our way tonight,” Warren said. “We’re just trying to get the first game of the series and trying to take momentum, and it just didn’t happen for us.”

The Yankees lost for the third time in four games, falling to 46-46 despite an effective seven-inning performance from Hiroki Kuroda, who locked into an entertaining duel with Baltimore counterpart Miguel Gonzalez.

Help us Jeff Francis.  You’re our only hope.

--Posted at 7:03 am by SG / 5 Comments | - (0)



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