Thursday, April 7, 2016
Astros: Mike Fiers (R): (NR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (NR)
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.286/.444/.429)
2. George Springer (R) RF (.222/.300/.556)
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.556/.556/1.556)
4. Colby Rasmus (L) LF (.333/.500/.500)
5. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.000/.000/.000)
6. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B (.250/.250/.250)
7. Tyler White (R) 1B (.600/.667/.800)
8. Preston Tucker (L) DH (.400/.400/.800)
9. Erik Kratz (R) C (.000/.000/.000)
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.111/.100/.111)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.000/.571/.000)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.000/.333/.000)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.286/.375/.714)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.429/.556/.571)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.375/.375/.750)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.143/.143/.143)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.625/.625/1.250)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.500/.500/.875)
Why do I have a feeling the Yankees scored all their runs for the rest of the month yesterday. And if Starlin Castro doesn’t start walking, he’s going to be a bust. A bust, I tell you.
The Yankees chased Collin McHugh early in a six-run first inning, then added a pair of three-run homers from Starlin Castro and Mark Teixeira as they enjoyed a 16-6 rout of the Astros on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
McHugh recorded just one out in the bottom of the first, which saw the Yankees send 12 men to the plate and took 36 minutes to complete. Castro launched his first homer in pinstripes in the second inning and Teixeira went deep in the third inning, both off Michael Feliz. Every Yankees starter had reached base by the second inning.
“I just wanted to be the player that I used to be, to show everybody that I am a good player,” said Castro, who collected four hits and drove in five runs. “I can be a better player if I work hard every day, and that’s what I’m trying to do. [We] come in here every day and we focus on the game and try to be ready every day.”
The Castro era sure has opened up to some astonishing success. Castro has as many RBI in his first two games of the season as any Yankee in team history. Let’s hope he keeps hitting all year long.
Meanwhile, the pitching was both pretty decent (Ivan Nova looking okay through four scoreless innings) and “oh my god what the hell was that?” (Michael Pineda responding to being given a 6-1 lead by giving up a grand slam in the second inning). Pineda did settle down, but we’ve seen this performance from him way too much last year. A few good innings and one “What the hell?!” inning where he gives up a gazillion runs. While Masahiro Tanaka gives up a lot of home runs, he’s good at keeping men off the bases, so his home runs tend to be solo shots. Pineda, on the other hand, tends to give up a lot of homers with men on base. More than half (11) of his 21 home runs last year came with runners on base, and four of them were with three men on base. Tanaka, on the other hand, gave up 25 home runs but just six with men on base.
It really looked like Pineda might be something special last year, but the rest of last season seemed to indicate otherwise, and tonight sure seemed to be closer to the bad Pineda we became familiar with most of last season.
But let’s dwell on the good - pretty much every Yankee was awesome today, including the Yankee debut of back-up infielder Ronald Torreyes, who hit a triple and made an excellent defensive play at third.
The Yankees go for a series win Thursday afternoon with yet another one of their inconsistent starters from last year, Nathan Eovaldi.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Astros: Collin McHugh (R): (NR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (NR)
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.250/.400/.500)
2. George Springer (R) RF (.200/.200/.200)
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.250/.250/1.000)
4. Colby Rasmus (L) LF (.000/.500/.000)
5. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.000/.000/.000)
6. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B (.250/.250/.250)
7. Tyler White (R) 1B (1.000/1.000/1.000)
8. Preston Tucker (L) DH (.500/.500/1.000)
9. Jason Castro (L) C (.000/.000/.000)
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.000/.000/.000)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.000/.000/.000)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.000/.250/.000)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.000/.250/.000)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.333/.500/.333)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.250/.250)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.000/.000/.000)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.333/.333/.667)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.333/.333/1.333)
There’s a whole lot of .000s in there. And yes, I know it’s been one game.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
NEW YORK—Carlos Correa reached on an eighth-inning throwing error by Dellin Betances, sending Jose Altuve home with the go-ahead run as the Astros defeated the Yankees, 5-3, on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.
Correa homered and drove in two runs for Houston, but it was his dribbler up the first-base line that wound up deciding the contest. Betances lobbed his throw over both Correa, who was running on the infield grass, and first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Manager Joe Girardi signaled that the Yankees would play the game under protest, arguing that Correa ran out of the baseline. Luis Valbuena added a two-run single off Betances in the three-run eighth.
Starlin Castro had a two-run double in his Yankees’ debut, accounting for the production off Dallas Keuchel, who scattered three hits over seven innings. Masahiro Tanaka made his second straight Opening Day start for New York and permitted two runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Didi Gregorius hit an eighth-inning homer off Ken Giles. The Yankees have lost five straight season openers, marking the first time they have done so since 1934-38.
I’m just amazed they scored off Keuchel.
HOU: Keuchel (0-0) vs. NYA: Tanaka (0-0)
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
2. George Springer (R) RF
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS
4. Colby Rasmus (L) LF
5. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
6. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
7. Preston Tucker (L) DH
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B
9. Jason Castro (L) C
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
Remember that time in 2015 when the Yankees scored a run off Keuchel? No, you don’t, because they never did in the three starts he made against them.
The over/under on Yankee runs today is -1.
It’s somewhat fitting that Keuchel ended the Yankees’ 2015 season and now will end 2016 before it even starts. You can count the number of teams that made the postseason after losing their home opener on one hand.
Anyway, hooray for Opening Day II: Electric Boogaloo.
Monday, April 4, 2016
The Yankees and Astros will have to wait one more day for a rematch.
Scheduled to open the season with a 2015 American League Wild Card Game reunion, Monday’s Astros-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up at 1:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, a day that was scheduled to be an off-day for both teams.
Hey, at least Tanaka gets an extra day of rest, right?
Friday, April 1, 2016
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced Friday that CC Sabathia will be the club’s fifth starter to begin the regular season. The left-hander is scheduled to make his season debut April 9 in Detroit.
Sabathia, 35, earned the rotation spot over right-hander Ivan Nova, going 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA through five Grapefruit League starts (16 1/3 innings) this spring. Nova is now expected to begin the year working out of the Yankees’ bullpen.
“There was a lot of discussion,” Girardi said. “Lot of it came down to CC’s September last year. He’s been there so many times.”
This was always going to be the call, but it probably is better that they just announce it now instead of dragging it out (if only to keep Wallace Matthews’ cries down, as he was so upset that the Yankees were tormenting CC and Nova with this indecision).
1. CC Sabathia’s fate undecided
The Yankees still haven’t picked their fifth starter. It’s been down to Ivan Nova and Sabathia for just about all of spring training. Girardi called trying to choice between the two a difficult decision because the team isn’t just weighing performance, but track record.
Does track record matter when a player is no longer the player he was when he amassed said track record? I’m not saying I don’t expect to see CC make a fair number of starts this year. I’m just saying that the more games he starts, the fewer the Yankees will win.
2. Opening Day starter named
This wasn’t much of a surprise. The Yankees told Masahiro Tanaka that he’d get the Opening Day start for the second straight year. Tanaka said he was happy and honored to have the job.
Hopefully this goes better than the last time Tanaka faced Keuchel.
3. Bullpen spot open
Bryan Mitchell (toe) appears slated to open the season on the 60-day disabled list. Andrew Miller (wrist) might also not be ready for Opening Day. That whittled the Yankees’ no-doubt Opening Day relievers down to just Dellin Betances, Chasen Shreve and the loser of the fifth-starter race. After Thursday’s game, it became clear that rookie righty Johnny Barbato would make it, too, as would righty starter-turned-reliever Luis Cessa. That means the Yankees could look to add one, or as many as two, more relievers to the bullpen before Monday. With Anthony Swarzak getting reassigned to minor-league camp, Kirby Yates stands out as a candidate.
Yates seems like the guy after a strong spring where he fanned 10 and walked one and allowed just two hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He’s got a career strikeout rate of 10.1 per nine, which is impressive. Not as impressive, that career ERA of 5.27 and career FIP of 5.51. But hey, maybe moving to Yankee Stadium will allow him to do better than the 14 home runs he’s allowed in 56 career major league innings.
4. Backup catcher picked
Austine Romine got the job. No shock there.
Nope, and it makes perfect sense. Sanchez gets some regular playing time and the Yankees can control him for another season if he stays in the minors for 35 days, and Romine stays in the organization a bit longer to show them that he still can’t hit.
Opening Day is almost here.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — What had been a mostly healthy camp for the Yankees ended with the unmistakable thud of ball on skin and the team possibly without two-thirds of their much heralded back end of the bullpen.
Andrew Miller was forced out of Wednesday’s game when he was drilled by a line drive hit by the Braves’ Willians Astudillo in the seventh inning.
Miller was sent back to Tampa for X-rays, which came back negative, the Yankees announced early Wednesday evening. However, a CT-scan taken later revealed a chip fracture in the wrist. Miller will visit with a hand specialist to determine the next step. It was not immediately known whether Miller will have to start the season on the disabled list, though it seems likely.
So yeah, this doesn’t seem good. A quick Google of chip fracture wrist gives me this link.
Recovery time varies and depends on a lot of factors. It is not unusual for recovery to take months. Even then, some patients may have stiffness or aching. Severe wrist fractures can result in arthritis in the joint. Occasionally, additional treatment or surgery is needed.
Depending on the severity, Miller could miss a month or more. Maybe Aroldis Chapman should appeal his suspension after all…