Monday, June 29, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.493)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.267/.311/.500)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.388/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.354/.529)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.309/.432)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.304/.376)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.224/.250/.328)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.258/.301/.348)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.233/.283/.323)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.266/.320/.357)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.262/.320/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.389/.575)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.334/.553)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.236/.301/.411)
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.310)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.204/.237/.269)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.245/.257/.343)
9. Daniel Robertson (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
Angels RHB come into tonight’s game hitting .248/.316/.393 against LHP in a league whose RHB are hitting .260/.327/.415 vs. LHP facing CC Sabathia whose allowing a RHB a line of .339/.375/.580 this season.
Statistically, that means CC should actually hold the Angels RHB to a line of .325/.363/.558, which is better than he usually does.
LOS ANGELES — Though His ERA has ballooned to 5.65 in 15 starts this season, CC Sabathia (3-7) usually remains in good spirits before and after games in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He believes he’s going to turn things around.
The coaches believe he’s going to turn things around. (If by only saying he has virtually no chance of heading to the bullpen.)
Andy Pettitte believes he’s going to turn things around.
It’s just a matter of time, they say, a matter of finding a groove that suits him as he figures out how to pitch without a blazing fastball he relied on for so many years of his borderline Hall of Fame career.
I agree. Any year now , I expect it all to click for Sabathia.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I’m going to ignore ERA and FIP and bet on the guy who’s pitched more innings. Better pitchers pitch more often, right?
Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON — As Masahiro Tanaka was in the process of flushing a six-run lead Saturday against the Astros questions from every pew in the Yankees’ universe flowed concerning his health.
George Springer’s RBI single in the second reduced the lead to four and “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right elbow?” flowed throughout Minute Maid Park.
Chris Carter’s solo homer in the fourth halved the advantage and brought groans of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right wrist?’’
Three runs in the fifth that came on back-to-back homers by Carlos Correa and Luis Altuve tied the score and started a chorus of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right forearm?’’
“My body is fine,’’ Tanaka said after Mark Teixeira delivered a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley homered in the ninth for a 9-6 victory in front of a sold-out gathering of 41,133. “It’s just mechanics.’’
The good news is that the Yankees won and they have The Incomparable Brett Gardner. The bad news is Tanaka had another poor start.
Hopefully it was just one of those days.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.485)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.271/.313/.494)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.289/.390/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.362/.540)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.474)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.304/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.309/.374)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.284/.326)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.236/.263/.345)
1. George Springer (R) CF: (.265/.361/.458)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.282/.309/.513)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.291/.331/.396)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.197/.279/.450)
5. Evan Gattis (R) LF: (.236/.266/.439)
6. Jon Singleton (L) DH: (—-/—-/—-)
7. Domingo Santana (R) RF: (.227/.292/.545)
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.195/.316/.382)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.217/.283/.383)
HOUSTON — It took 16 innings, but the Yankees finally found some offense against the Houston Astros. And of course it was outfielder Chris Young’s doing, who just seems to hit bigger in Texas.
Young, a Houston native, blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Yankees their first runs of the series and powered them to a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It has been quite the homecoming for Young.
More below on him, and how the rest of the evening unfolded in Houston:
What it means: It’s a crowded American League East. With the win, the Yankees (40-34) are now just a half game back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Boston Red Sox Friday. But the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers, 12-2, and sit just a half game back of New York. With the Baltimore Orioles at 38-34, four teams are separated by just two games in the division.
I hadn’t realized just how closely bunched the AL East is.
Friday, June 26, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.292/.365/.482)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.304/.375)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.255/.367/.550)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.342/.483)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.262/.305/.441)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.232/.277/.400)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.259/.302/.469)
8. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.289/.332)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.187/.255/.384)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.270/.366/.465)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.284/.312/.527)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.292/.332/.399)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.199/.279/.455)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.232/.262/.438)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.251/.322/.492)
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.198/.321/.388)
8. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.252/.319/.439)
9. Hank Conger (S) C: (.232/.330/.427)
HOUSTON—The new and improved Alex Rodriguez avoids excuses. When the Yankees are beat thoroughly and they don’t score a run, A-Rod refuses to point out that Joe West’s strike zone was sometimes as big as the state Thursday night’s game was played in.
Nope, A-Rod is going to rightfully say how excellent one of the best pitchers in the game, Dallas Keuchel, threw the ball in the Astros’ 3-0 win over the Yankees.
“Tonight was just a complete domination,” Rodriguez said.
Keuchel became the first pitcher to have two complete games in his first two starts against the Yankees since Teddy Higuera did it in 1985. Not bad. (In August 2014, Keuchel threw a complete game in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium.)
Teddy Higuera used to KILL the Yankees. Ugh.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
1. Chris Young (R) CF: (.253/.298/.468)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.258/.308/.380)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.290/.392/.538)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.259/.369/.557)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.302/.440)
6. Jose Pirela (R) LF: (.255/.283/.373)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.300/.349)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.258/.389)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.200/.256/.286)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.273/.367/.470)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.300/.329/.557)
3. Jose Altuve (S) 2B: (.285/.326/.386)
4. Luis Valbuena (S) 3B: (.201/.276/.459)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.228/.259/.433)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.249/.319/.492)
7. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.250/.313/.433)
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS: (.242/.269/.391)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.220/.287/.390)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW YORK—In his first big league start of 2015, Ivan Nova led the Yankees to a win in the series finale with a standout performance Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
He helped the Yankees beat the Phillies, 10-2, to avoid being swept by the team with the worst record in baseball. Nova made his season debut following more than a year of rehab after Tommy John surgery in April 2014. It looked like he never left. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
I’m happy to see Nova back on the mound and pitching effectively, although that’s tempered somewhat by the fact that he struck out only one batter and threw only 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes as well as the fact that the Phillies offense stinks.
More importantly his velocity looks like it is back to where it was pre-injury and that makes me optimistic that he will be useful going forward.
So welcome back Ivan.
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.292/.330/.373)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.248/.347/.341)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.319/.368/.604)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.227/.266/.453)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.161/.316/.226)
6. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.281/.349/.544)
7. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.235/.269/.339)
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C: (.227/.296/.264)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.259/.300/.313)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.304/.376)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.384/.536)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.364/.556)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.308/.450)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.292/.356)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.282/.324)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.234/.250/.340)
Phillies go for the sweep.
Asked if he’d keep starting Sabathia, Joe Girardi said, “Yes. He’ll keep working at it. We’ll keep working at it.”
Pressed on what might have to happen to make a change, Girardi added, “You’re asking me a question — I just walked in here, two minutes ago we played a game. He’s a starter for us. That’s what he is and that’s what we’re paying him to do and that’s what he’s going to do.”
And that’s only right. It’s true that Sabathia is not close to the dominant ace that he once was — even he seems to know it, deep down in his pitcher’s heart — but there is a living to be made on competitiveness, location and cutters barreling in on righthanded hitters. Just ask Andy Pettitte. If Sabathia can figure it out, maybe the Yankees have something.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching any games started by CC, and I’m glad I didn’t watch tonight.
Going back to 2013, Sabathia’s allowed 391 hits and 210 runs in 344.2 innings (an RA of 5.48). I realize it’s not realistic that the Yankees will dump him from the rotation given the financial obligation they have remaining to him, but they are actively sabotaging their postseason chances every time they run him out there, and there’s really very little to justify it at this point unless you still think he’s been BABIP-unlucky for three straight seasons now and will rebound to pitch closer to his 4.29 FIP over that stretch going forward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.287/.325/.366)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.232/.331/.320)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.312/.353/.574)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.231/.271/.463)
5. Jeff Francoeur (R) LF: (.260/.289/.413)
6. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.179/.303/.250)
7. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.264/.328/.491)
8. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.265/.333/.337)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.265/.306/.319)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.290/.361/.472)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.303/.364)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.340/.488)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.260/.306/.442)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.233/.281/.378)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.325)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.256/.273/.372)
There’s no shame in losing to a juggernaut like the 2015 Phillies.
New York’s second in the majors with 326 runs scored, ninth in getting on base at .323, and fourth in slugging at .429, and are in contention for the best record in the AL.
But unless the Yankees can spice up a rotation that’s mired in mediocrity, they have little chance of contending deep into the fall.
Thus, the trade talk surrounding Philadelphia Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels figures to heat up before the July 31 deadline. New York, and a host of teams around both leagues, have reportedly expressed interest in the 31-year-old All-Star but nothing’s come to fruition, yet. General manager Brian Cashman is expected to be a major player at the trade dealine and Hamels is expected to be a top target.
I’d love to have Hamels in the Yankee rotation, but not at the cost of Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, which may have to be the centerpiece of a reasonable trade to get him.
If the Yankees can make some marginal upgrades, I’d rather they pursue that.
Maikel Franco homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in a four-hit performance and Cesar Hernandez scored three runs, pacing the Phillies’ biggest offensive outburst of the season as they pounded Michael Pineda in an 11-8 victory on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Franco notched the first multi-homer game of his career, slugging his eighth and ninth blasts of the year. Eight of the nine Philadelphia starters logged a hit as they saw Pineda chased with one out in the fourth inning, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits.
Wow, that was an awful game. At least Brett Gardner gave the fans something to be excited about. I don’t like this whole “not know what you’re getting” thing from Pineda. Dude didn’t strike out a single batter! Ugh.
In other news, the Yankees got good news about the MRI on Mark Teixeira’s neck. It seems like nothing is wrong with him structurally. He’ll probably rest Tuesday, as well, but hopefully play on Wednesday (although I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the whole series off).
By the way, it just occurred to me - the Yankees will not have anyone starting in the All-Star Game this year. That will be the first time that’s happened since 1999 (2001, if you’re only counting position players, as Roger Clemens started that game that year). Interestingly enough, though, the Yankees obviously were pretty good in both 1999 and 2001. In fact, they also only had a starting pitcher in the 1998 All-Star Game and that Yankee team was pretty, pretty good. So maybe this is a good sign! One thing that would be nice about the voting is if Nelson Cruz can pass Kendrys Morales, in which case A-Rod has a shot of making the team. I imagine that right now, it is Teix and Betances as the Yankees’ only All-Stars and Teix isn’t even a lock.