Friday, July 8, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.354/.349, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.282/.340/.396, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.293/.334/.555, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.232/.337/.434, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.271/.318, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.295/.399, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.323/.456, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.332/.376, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.297/.360/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.326/.413, 8.6 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.351/.487, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.267/.326/.453, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.298/.353/.449, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.237/.312/.457, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) LF (.296/.355/.423, 1.6 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.302/.350/.470, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Juan Uribe (R) 3B (.222/.278/.365, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.325/.386/.596, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Yan Gomes (R) C (.175/.207/.332, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.326/.445, 9.1 bWAR)
The Indians got their first look at the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen monster on Thursday night, and the result was a 5-4 victory for New York in the opener of a four-game weekend series at Progressive Field.
The American League Central-leading Indians have had a knack for late-inning heroics at home, where they boast a 25-14 record with four walk-off wins this year, but the Yankees trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman shut down the Tribe over 3 2/3 combined innings.
“I hadn’t used them in three days, and that’s why I asked them to get us 11 outs tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “My hope was that [Ivan] Nova could get us through six, and we turn it over to them. I felt like I had to make a change. I’ll continue to stick to my rules, because their future is important to us.”
It was a tall task for the Indians over the final three-plus frames.
“You know going in that they’re some of the best in the league,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That doesn’t mean you’re not going to win. I thought we had some really good at-bats, but it’s certainly challenging. Any team, when you get down late, it’s hard, but those two guys at the end are pretty special.”
Chapman did deal with some late drama, though. With two outs and two runners aboard, Tyler Naquin hit an infield chopper and was deemed safe, loading the bases. The game ended, however, when a Yankees challenge resulted in an overturned call. After a replay review that lasted two minutes and 21 seconds, it was ruled that Chapman reached first just ahead of Naquin, ending the game on a 3-4-1 putout and boos from the crowd.
Still a bad team, but this was an impressive win. They definitely need it since they’re going up against Kluber tomorrow, so they’ll likely score negative runs.
Huh, it’s so weird, Rob Refsnyder played and he got on base in both at-bats and had a sac fly in his other plate appearance. So weird. It’s almost like he is a good hitter.
Didi is on a real tear. There’s a decent chance he ends up as their best position player this year.
While I was happy to see the game end the way that it did, it still seemed like an awfully long time for them to get the call right. Over two minutes, right?
Thursday, July 7, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.280/.339/.396, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.353/.348, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.297/.337/.563, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.233/.340/.439, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.273/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.295/.401, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.321/.445, 1.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.326/.373, 1.4 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.288/.349/.397, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.325/.413, 8.7 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.352/.487, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.265/.324/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.299/.355/.452, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.239/.313/.462, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.300/.360/.430, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.307/.355/.477, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF (.275/.333/.450, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.320/.383/.578, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Chris Gimenez (R) C (.190/.235/.278, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.340/.458, 10.1 bWAR)
Miguel Gonzalez has thrown seven solid innings in each of his last two starts, but on Wednesday the White Sox gave him some support, and they cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
“Just staying focused and not trying to do too much, staying within myself and letting the defense play,” said Gonzalez of the two starts. “And especially staying down in the zone is really important. The rest of the pitches are going to be there as long as I’m down and staying aggressive in the zone.”
Gonzalez allowed one hit in each of the first three innings, but he retired 14 of the last 16 hitters he faced, striking out three and walking one. Michael Pineda looked equally effective in retiring the first five hitters of the game, but the White Sox put together a four-run, two-out rally in the second that produced all the offense they would need.
Trading JR Murphy for Aaron Hicks made a lot of sense. The Yankees traded from a position of strength to get basically a lottery ticket in Hicks. Murphy has sucked this year so much that the Twins have sent him back to the Minors (and he isn’t hitting THERE, either), and that is with them knowing that X amount of plate appearances makes Kurt Suzuki’s contract option vest. So they really wanted to play Murphy, it just didn’t work. So if Hicks bombs out, no harm, no foul. But come on, Yankees, you’ve scratched the lottery ticket, it’s a bust. I fully respect the idea of giving him a real chance of playing every day to see what he has, but hasn’t he had that chance yet? He is not good. Just move on.
The rest of the team sucks so much that it is painful to watch them waste at-bats on a guy who doesn’t look like he has a future with this team.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was extremely sharp on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon was not, as New York pounded out a season-high 20 hits in a 9-0 victory that evened this three-game set at one win apiece.
Tanaka threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out six. Rodon struggled through five, matching a season high with 12 hits allowed, striking out three and walking two. The Yankees grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and added two runs in the third on Chase Headley’s second two-run homer in two days.
“It obviously makes things easier for me,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “They scored a run early in the game and they kept on scoring, so that was a plus. I kind of remind myself just to keep on doing what I’m doing, keep this tempo going. Overall, it was a good day.”
Austin Romine went deep in the fifth, as the Yankees scored on Rodon in four of the five innings he pitched after leaving the bases loaded in the first. Brett Gardner’s four hits and three hits each from Carlos Beltran and Headley sparked the attack. Seven Yankees had multi-hit games, including former Cub Starlin Castro, who has celebrated his first trip back to Chicago with six hits in two games.
“Oh yeah, they’ll make you pay,” Rodon said. “I threw some fastballs, some good pitches, and they hit them.”
It is kind of crazy that this shitty Yankees team will have three representatives in this year’s All-Star Game. Not only that, but with Wade Davis injured, there is likely at least a chance that Aroldis Chapman also makes the team, right?
Anyhow, it was good to see Tanaka pitch well. The offense was nice, as well, but it was kind of nuts to see a team score 9 runs and still leave tons of men on base. Can Rob Refsnyder please just be an everyday player? I legitimately get the idea of trying to play Austin Hicks regularly to see if you have something for the future (as Hicks’ best stretch of the season came when he was playing everyday) but why not see what you have in Refsnyder? All the dude does is hit!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.249/.351/.342, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.296/.337/.567, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.259/.383, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.276/.323, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) SS (.256/.292/.403, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.247/.326/.362, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.275/.333/.377, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.203/.267/.308, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.256/.266/.400, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.306/.392, 3.2 bWAR
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS (.308/.314/.519, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.274/.357/.394, 3.5 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.266/.323/.433, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.296/.345/.461, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.212/.309/.467, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.254/.319/.431, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Alex Avila (L) C (.231/.361/.347, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.238/.307/.343, 0.0 bWAR)
9. J.B. Shuck (L) CF (.235/.262/.398, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.326/.423, 9.9 bWAR
I was going to lookup the number of players with more bWAR than tonight’s starting Yankees lineup, but realized it would just annoy me further. We know at least one player on the White Sox is there though.
CHICAGO—New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi rarely tells it like it is. He likes to bob and weave during interviews, either choosing just to state the obvious or obfuscate enough to shade the full truth.
In discussing the disintegration of Nathan Eovaldi from up-and-coming starter to the relatively unimportant role as a middle reliever, Girardi tried to make it a need-based decision, claiming that Eovaldi’s potential new job as a bridge to the three-headed relief monster of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman is an underrated one, as if anyone in the history of baseball has used any of their top pitchers in middle relief.
No, no matter the manager’s intentions, this is a clear demotion, a rebuke of Eovaldi’s standing in the Yankees’ plans, a further devaluation of his once promising trade value, another potential failure of the organization to develop young starting pitching and a message to the rest of the Yankees that Girardi and GM Brian Cashman will tinker with underperformers. No one is on scholarship anymore.
Apparently the teams that dumped Eovaldi despite his 100 mph fastball knew what they were doing.
Monday, July 4, 2016
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS (.300/.307/.490, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Adam Eaton (L) CF (.272/.356/.391, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.267/.325/.437, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.204/.299/.455, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.294/.344/.462, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.254/.320/.433, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Dioner Navarro (S) C (.224/.274/.379, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.243/.312/.349, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Jason Coats (R) RF (.059/.304/.118, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.322/.420, 8.3 bWAR
Sunday, July 3, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.274/.334/.395, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.356/.350, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.187/.273/.290, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.335/.448, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.288/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.322/.437, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.194/.257/.297, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.237/.308/.322, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Chad Green (L) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.313/.377, 4.5 bWAR
1. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.266/.316/.444, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Wil Myers (R) 1B (.285/.351/.538, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Matt Kemp (R) RF (.255/.273/.461, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B (.281/.371/.439, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Dickerson (L) LF (.211/.250/.368, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Derek Norris (R) C (.210/.270/.391, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Ryan Schimpf (L) 2B (.143/.311/.314, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.243/.274/.326, -1.7 bWAR)
9. Andrew Cashner (R) P (.167/.286/.167, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.305/.430, 5.4 bWAR
The Yankees hit San Diego hoping for an interleague series sweep of a club that has been worse than them this season, and now they’re a bad game away from having it done to them.
A Padres win Sunday would give the Yanks a 39-42 first half that would be their worst in a non-strike season since they were 30-51 in 1990 under two managers, first Bucky Dent after then Stump Merrill.
This season’s Yankees aren’t that bad, but they haven’t played like their 2015 club, which was 44-37 in the first half and went on to finish 87-75, good enough to be a playoff team as a wild card.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.270/.332/.390, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.355/.344, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.291/.401, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.278/.296, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.323/.353, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.323/.440, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.290/.352/.387, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.253/.264/.402, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ivan Nova (R) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.317/.377, 5.3 bWAR
1. Travis Jankowski (L) CF (.244/.343/.314, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Wil Myers (R) 1B (.288/.352/.543, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Matt Kemp (R) RF (.256/.273/.461, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B (.289/.381/.452, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Melvin Upton (R) LF (.260/.310/.426, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Derek Norris (R) C (.212/.269/.394, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.246/.277/.330, -1.6 bWAR)
8. Ryan Schimpf (L) 2B (.125/.310/.281, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P (.143/.143/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.305/.423, 5.9 bWAR
There were no imaginary arrows being shot after the Padres’ thrilling 7-6 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at Petco Park. Only new closer Brandon Maurer leaping off the mound, pumping both fists and screaming toward the heavens.
“That’s as loud of a roar as I’ve seen come out of him at any point in time,” Padres manager Andy Green said of the typically low-key Maurer, who has been given first crack at ninth-inning duties in the wake of Rodney’s trade to Miami. “He’s fired up about getting the save, rightfully so.”
Trailing, 7-2, entering the ninth, New York stormed back, cutting the deficit to one and putting the tying run on third base. But Maurer got Brett Gardner to bounce harmlessly to short, and in doing so, picked up his first career save.
Pretty plainly, there’s no way that this team is going to be any good if Nathan Eovaldi is going to suck this much.
Soooo…I guess this team isn’t going to be any good.