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NY Post: A-Rod, Teixeira anchors on Yankees offense with no hope in sight
(2 Comments - 5/31/2016 2:10:52 pm) Yankees held to McCann’s late HR vs. Jays
(15 Comments - 5/31/2016 1:40:56 pm)

Yankees (24-25) @ Blue Jays (26-26), 7:07pm
(26 Comments - 5/30/2016 9:57:57 pm) Shining Starlin: HR ends Odorizzi no-no for W
(27 Comments - 5/30/2016 4:36:31 pm) Beltran’s HR, Yanks’ late threats fall short
(32 Comments - 5/29/2016 5:48:56 pm)

Yankees (23-24) @ Rays (21-25), Saturday, 5/28/2016, 4:10pm
(28 Comments - 5/28/2016 7:13:27 pm) A-Rod’s HR leads bats behind Tanaka for win
(4 Comments - 5/28/2016 2:04:25 pm)

Yankees (22-24) @ Rays (21-24), Friday, 5/27/2016, 7:10pm
(17 Comments - 5/27/2016 10:55:08 pm) CC’s gem goes unrewarded in finale vs. Jays
(14 Comments - 5/27/2016 8:38:02 pm)

Blue Jays (23-25) @ Yankees (22-23), Thursday, 5/26/2016, 4:05pm
(45 Comments - 5/27/2016 12:11:24 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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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Blue Jays (22-24) @ Yankees (21-22), Tuesday, 5/24/2016, 7:05pm

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R):  (54 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.45 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (48.2 IP, 4.44 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.230/.373/.497, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.250/.348/.517, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.240/.308/.447, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.322/.388/.570, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.205/.286/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH (.400/.455/.800, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.250/.282/.372, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B (.328/.366/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.238/.237, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.331/.458, 7.1 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.333/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.246/.370/.391, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.295/.283, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.274/.299/.522, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.152/.273/.152, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.276/.310/.436, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.213/.297/.279, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.279/.370, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.286/.350, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.380, 2.2 bWAR)

A whopping five game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled.  I am not one of them.  This team still does stink.

--Posted at 4:10 pm by SG / 71 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: After hot start, Yankees’ Mark Teixeira struggling to find power

One week into the season, Mark Teixeira thought 2016 was going to be a huge year for him.

With three home runs in the first seven games, the notoriously slow starter had picked up where he left off last August, when a foul ball fractured his right leg, ending his season after he hit 31 home runs in 391 at-bats.

“The first week, I thought, ‘I’m going to hit 50 this year,’” Teixeira said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be a great season.’ Then I just lost it. I lost the timing and ever since I’ve been trying to get it back.”

It’s been 34 games since Teixeira last hit a home run, an unprecedented streak for the three-time All-Star. With 397 career home runs, Teixeira was jockeying with Carlos Beltran to see who would get to 400 first, but unlike his red-hot teammate, getting to 398 has proven to be a much tougher task then he ever imagined.

About that qualifying offer…

--Posted at 9:59 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Bay breeze: Yanks sweep A’s for 5th straight

A two-run sixth inning and home runs from Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 win and a sweep of the A’s Sunday at the Coliseum.

New York won its fifth game in a row and has won eight of its last 10. It took all four games from Oakland, marking the first time the A’s were swept at home in a four-game series since April 26-29, 1999 against the Indians.

The Yankees tagged A’s starter Jesse Hahn for four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up solo homers to McCann in the second and Ellsbury in the third before putting two runners on in the sixth inning. Hahn was lifted with a 3-2 lead in favor of John Axford, who gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Mark Teixeira and Starlin Castro, giving New York a 4-3 lead.

At least Pineda played decently.

--Posted at 7:01 pm by Brian Cronin / 26 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Tanaka, Castro trigger Yanks’ 4th straight win

Masahiro Tanaka returned to form with seven strong innings and Starlin Castro notched three hits as the Yankees won their fourth straight contest on Saturday, posting a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.

Tanaka scattered five hits with two walks, limiting the A’s to Danny Valencia’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly as he struck out four and picked up his second victory of the season. The Yankees’ starting pitching has not been a strength this year, but they have logged four straight quality starts on this trip.

“I actually think that the starting rotation is starting to pitch better,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “For me, for today’s game, I was trying to sort of match what the other guys did. If we keep on pitching like this, we’ll be able to sort of overturn those words.”

At least Tanaka is playing decently.

--Posted at 7:31 pm by Brian Cronin / 39 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (19-22) @ Athletics (19-24), Saturday, 5/21/2016, 4:05pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (51.1 IP, 3.51 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Sean Manaea (L):  (19.1 IP, 7.91 ERA, 5.52 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)



A whopping three game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled.  I am not one of them.  This team still does stink.

--Posted at 12:52 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0) Yanks’ big 4th, sharp CC fuel 3rd straight win

Carlos Beltran collected three doubles and as many RBIs, helping the Yankees hand Sonny Gray and the A’s another loss at the Coliseum on Friday night by an 8-3 decision.

Backing CC Sabathia’s six innings of one-run ball, the Yankees chased a struggling Gray out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings, scoring five times in an eventful fourth inning that included a two-run triple from Ronald Torreyes. It marked the Yankees’ first three-game winning streak of the season.

“It’s the first time we did this? It’s a good start, then,” Beltran said. “CC did a great job today, pitched good, gave us the opportunity to win a ballgame. Let’s try to go for the fourth game in a row tomorrow.”

Carlos Beltran has a big game at the plate as he records three doubles and three RBIs vs. the Athletics

Sabathia did his part with eight strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, and Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in with a two-run triple in the ninth to cap off the scoring.

“We’ve been battling all year,’ Sabathia said. “We’re starting to turn things around, so you want to keep it going, keep the momentum going.”

At least Sabathia is playing decently.

--Posted at 3:49 am by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Yankees (18-22) @ Athletics (19-23), Friday, 5/20/2016, 9:35pm

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (28.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Sonny Gray (R):  (44.2 IP, 5.84 ERA, 5.14 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.333/.403, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.377/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.279/.493, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.275/.312/.443, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.217/.300/.287, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.152/.273/.152, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.357, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.211/.244/.329, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.390, 3.0 bWAR

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF (.235/.302/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.226/.311/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.352/.387/.591, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Khris Davis (R) LF (.233/.270/.507, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Billy Butler (R) 1B (.219/.242/.297, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.254/.283/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Jake Smolinski (R) RF
8. Matt McBride (R) DH (.333/.333/.444, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Tyler Ladendorf (R) 2B (.000/.071/.000, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.295/.437, 1.5 bWAR

Something tells me facing the Yankees’ lineup is just what Sonny Gray needs to get back on track.  And with CC going against him, it’s also safe to say that the Yankees can rest their top three relievers tonight.

Trivia question.  Is Dustin Ackley the worst player to play 1B in Yankee history?

--Posted at 5:49 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0) Beltran backs strong effort by Nova, relievers

Ivan Nova strung together six efficient innings of one-run ball, and the Yankees’ formidable bullpen finished off the A’s in a 4-1 series-opening victory Thursday night at the Coliseum, snapping Oakland’s four-game win streak.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodriguez and drove in three runs overall, while Aaron Hicks chipped in with an RBI double for the Yankees, who knocked A’s starter Kendall Graveman out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. The right-handed Graveman allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out five in the loss, falling to 1-6.

Josh Reddick homered in the fourth off Nova, his fifth of the season, but the A’s managed just three other hits off the righty and five overall. Yankees relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for three scoreless frames.

At least Nova is playing decently.

--Posted at 2:25 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Yankees (17-22) @ Athletics (19-22), Thursday, 5/19/2016, 10:05pm

Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (24.1 IP, 3.70 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Kendall Graveman (R):  (37 IP, 5.84 ERA, 6.30 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.409, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.362/.400, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.245/.275/.468, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.268/.364/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.283/.320/.455, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.207/.294/.270, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.140/.255/.140, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.361, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.208/.244/.319, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.308/.387, 2.2 bWAR

1. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.234/.304/.405, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Billy Burns (S) CF (.262/.301/.317, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.315/.389/.441, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.357/.393/.607, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Khris Davis (R) DH (.238/.276/.517, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.244/.274/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.235/.289/.328, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.231/.318/.469, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Chris Coghlan (L) 2B (.168/.242/.327, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.308/.416, 3.3 bWAR

I’ve got good news and bad news.  The good news is we don’t have to watch pitchers hit tonight.  The bad news is we have to watch the Yankees hit.  Well, technically one doesn’t have to watch them if one doesn’t desire to do so.  And if one is a lucky Comcast subscribers, one can’t watch them even if one wanted to.  Which one shouldn’t, unless one happens to be a masochist.

Here’s the thing.  Oakland’s offense stinks.  I look at that lineup and I laugh at it.  Then I realize how much better it is than the Yankees’ lineup and I stop laughing.  Oakland’s averaging 4.0 runs per game, which dwarfs the Yankees’ 3.7.

If you’re on the East Coast I can’t think of a possible reason to stay up and watch this nonsense.  And if you’re on the West Coast, surely you have better things to do as well.

--Posted at 8:05 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0) Yankees should consider selling, despite Hal Steinbrenner’s reluctance

NEW YORK — Hal Steinbrenner was — understandably — reluctant to face a possible and scary reality.

The Yankees owner wasn’t willing to talk about whether his club would be willing to do something in stark contrast to its mission statement — and it’s history:

Become salesmen if buying no longer made sense.

“It’s mid-May,” Steinbrenner said. “I’m going to see you guys. I’m going to be around. I’ll be around the stadium. We’ll talk again in July. Right now, that’s the least of my concerns.”

Nothing screams passion like an owner who shows up at his team’s stadium every couple of months.

Steinbrenner was talking outside Major League Baseball’s headquarters during Day 1 of the Owners Meetings on Wednesday in Manhattan.

With their record at 17-22 — their worst start in a long time — the Yankees have been in last place in the American League East since April 23.

“Look, every trade deadline, you know me,” Steinbrenner said. “Any possibility that comes along, we’re going to look at. But I’m not even going to think of that right now. But that’s what I do every trade deadline. We looked at a lot of possibilities last year, but we just ended up not doing anything.”

Again, Steinbrenner’s preference to kick the can down the road was understandable. He doesn’t want to make it sound like the Yankees are considering waving the white flag this early, and of the first time in a long time. It’s way, way too early for that.

But we’ll say it for him: Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman need to explore selling off assets if contention is no longer a reality come the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Hear, hear!

I don’t have to wait until August 1.  I’ll say it before Memorial Day.  This team can’t contend this year or next year with what they have in the organization and without a willingness to spend money that they haven’t shown.  And I would argue that given the unimpressive free agent crop looming after this season, they can’t spend themselves into a contender in 2017 and it would be foolish to try.

The Yankees need to sell everything they can. 

--Posted at 9:12 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0) Eovaldi, Yanks’ power ‘pen subdue D-backs

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of one-run, one-hit ball and then turned the game over to the relief trio now dubbed “Run BMC,” as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 4-2, over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Eovaldi was followed by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who recorded his fourth save since returning from a 30-game suspension. This is the third time the three hurlers have combined to close a game. Eovaldi won his fourth consecutive decision after opening the season with two losses.

At least Eovaldi is playing decently.

--Posted at 1:34 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yankees (16-22) @ D-backs (19-23), Wednesday, 5/18/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (42.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller (R):  (35 IP, 6.94 ERA, 6.88 FIP, -0.8 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.304/.384, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.233/.361/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.244/.276/.474, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.266/.355/.440, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.211/.318/.313, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.322/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.260/.364, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.287/.262, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.311/.388, 2.2 bWAR

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.337/.363/.512, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Philip Gosselin (R) LF (.275/.291/.373, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.232/.398/.451, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.274/.361/.533, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.298/.336/.521, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.318/.345/.545, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.283/.333/.400, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.193/.252/.304, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Shelby Miller (R) P (.154/.154/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.276/.340/.461, 6.6 bWAR

There’s no shame in getting swept by a good team.  The Diamondbacks are a good team, right?

--Posted at 7:41 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0) Yankees stink

Zack Greinke got the better of Michael Pineda on Tuesday night at Chase Field and the result was a 5-3 victory for the D-backs over the Yankees, their second in as many nights.

The D-backs have outscored the Bombers, 17-5, in the first two games of a three-game series that ends here on Wednesday night.

Looking like the Greinke of old, the right-hander allowed three runs on just five hits, including a second-inning homer by Starlin Castro that gave the Yankees a short-lived, 1-0 lead. He struck out seven and walked none, exiting in the eighth inning with a 5-1 lead after allowing lead-off singles to Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. Both runners came around to score. Greinke’s now 4-3 with a 5.08 ERA.

“He threw the ball well,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said about Greinke. “He used his changeup and kept it down. It was a knockout pitch for him. He was able to get ahead with the fastball. When he knew guys were swinging he used his changeup early in the count. Slider, curveball. Probably the only thing he didn’t do well tonight was hit.”

After crawling back to four games under .500, the Yankees have now lost two more games and don’t have a great matchup tomorrow. This is why I’d be thrilled with .500 by the All-Star Break. It is very hard to make up the sort of hole that the Yankees have made for themselves.

--Posted at 2:04 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yankees (16-21) @ D-backs (18-23), Tuesday, 5/17/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (38.2 IP, 6.28 ERA, 5.24 FIP, -0.3 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (R):  (49.2 IP, 5.26 ERA, 3.62 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.306/.389, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.371/.388, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.218/.326/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.367/.457, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.317/.438, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.202/.288/.269, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.261/.368, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.243/.324, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Michael Pineda (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.373, 2.8 bWAR

1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.333/.360/.512, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Chris Herrmann (L) RF (.279/.328/.590, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.223/.390/.446, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.275/.364/.519, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.299/.339/.530, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.305/.357/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.284/.336/.388, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.183/.245/.298, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Zack Greinke (R) P (.333/.368/.389, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.275/.344/.465, 7.4 bWAR

I am tingling with the anticipation that we may see a double switch tonight.  Interleague play is fantastic.  Unlike Michael Pineda or the Yankees.

--Posted at 7:54 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)

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