Sunday, May 8, 2016
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.254/.296/.410, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.308/.348/.469, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.311/.371/.429, 1.4 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.301/.390/.621, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.292/.328/.434, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.306/.370/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.284/.358/.395, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.277/.333/.505, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.176/.282/.235, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.345/.460, 7.0 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.239/.368/.352, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.295/.333/.457, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.266/.370/.418, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.216/.345/.320, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.243/.259/.408, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.111/.200/.111, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.132/.190/.211, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.235/.258/.341, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.169/.261/.169, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.229/.304/.340, 0.3 bWAR
Who would you bet on? The guy with the 1.67 ERA or the guy with the 6.31 ERA?
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Nathan Eovaldi worked eight strong innings and Didi Gregorius delivered a bases-clearing double to send David Price to his first loss in a Red Sox uniform during the Yankees’ 8-2 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees thumped Price for six runs in a second consecutive start as Austin Romine stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles in a three-hit effort, Gregorius drove home three runs in the fourth and Carlos Beltran chased Price with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning.
“Winning ballgames, it helps; especially winning against a team like Boston that’s playing good baseball,” Beltran said. “Taking two games out of three right now against them, it feels good. Tomorrow we have a chance to take three out of three. That’s important for us.”
It proved to be plenty of support for Eovaldi, who showcased his high-octane velocity as he held Boston to two runs while striking out six and equaled the longest outings of his career.
“I felt really good going out there,” Eovaldi said. “I feel like the biggest key for me today was just locating the fastball. I was able to work it both inside and outside, and when I’m able to do that I feel like I’m able to get a lot more quick outs.”
That was a very nice win, especially because of Eovaldi’s performance and the strong hitting from the back of the lineup. Romine, in particular, had himself a heck of a day.
It’s always fun to beat up David Price, who claims he is not hurt, but I dunno, dude, he sure looks like something is off for him physically.
This is just the second game all season that neither Dellin Betances nor Andrew Miller pitched in. That’s kind of crazy. Although I guess when you don’t score runs, games are often close (for a while, until your bullpen blows it).
Going into the season, one of the things that I was looking forward to the most was watching Luis Severino pitch. Well, it’s getting to the point where I dread his starts now. Steven Wright, the knuckleballer who has handled the Yankees really well so far in his career, vs. Severino is not a good look for the finale of the series (which is still on Sunday Night Baseball for some reason - why not put GOOD teams on Sunday Night, ESPN? What the heck?).
Friday, May 6, 2016
Aaron Hicks picked an opportune time for his first home run in pinstripes, slugging a go-ahead blast off Rick Porcello in the seventh inning on Friday that lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Things got interesting in the ninth inning, as closer Andrew Miller loaded the bases with one out, but he escaped the threat by striking out David Ortiz looking and Hanley Ramirez swinging to lock down the save. Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected during Ortiz’s at-bat for arguing the strike-two call that appeared to catch the bottom of the zone. Strike three to Ortiz appeared to miss the bottom of the strike zone, but home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa called it strike three.
After Ortiz went back to the Red Sox’s dugout, he started barking at Kulpa. The home-plate umpire immediately ejected Ortiz, and the slugger had to be restrained by teammates.
David Ortiz is called out on strikes, voices his displeasure with the umpire’s call and gets tossed in the top of 9th inning
Hicks’ blast to right-center field was projected by Statcast™ to land 446 feet away, making it the longest hit by a Yankee this season. It provided the deciding blow in a tight duel between Porcello and Michael Pineda, who held Boston to a first-inning, two-run Ortiz home run over six frames.
Here’s the crazy thing - the Yankees haven’t even really been all that unlucky this season. For every brutal 1-0 loss, they’ve gotten a number of super tight wins like tonight, as well. Their offense has just been so bad that they generally should lose most games.
Luckily, tonight, three runs was just enough, as Michael Pineda was actually surprisingly good and the bullpen worked in and out of trouble. I’ve said before that Andrew Miller reminds me of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera in the sense that I feel okay even if the bases are loaded and there’s less than two outs. I doubted him tonight, but that was foolish of me, as I think the general Yankee malaise was making me doubt Miller when I shouldn’t have.
Anyhow, a fun win - especially when Oritz was SO mad in the ninth when he got ejected. It was awesome.
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.254/.293/.421, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.322/.364/.496, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.309/.374/.427, 1.4 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.319/.413/.638, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.286/.319/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.297/.366/.505, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.280/.360/.400, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.277/.337/.489, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.227/.277/.364, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.290/.348/.470, 7.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.306/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.371/.358, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.361/.337, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.375/.413, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.267/.417, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.327/.465, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.091/.143/.091, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.215/.241/.316, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.346/.346/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.315/.375, 1.7 bWAR
Great, another series to avoid.
Pedro Alvarez’s sacrifice fly off Yankees closer Andrew Miller gave the Orioles a 1-0 walkoff win in the 10th inning on Thursday night.
The inning started with Hyun Soo Kim beating out a dribbler for an infield single off Yankees reliever Johnny Barbato. Jonathan Schoop then lined a single into center field to put the potential winning run, pinch-runner Nolan Reimold, 90 feet away.
“He’s very tough, obviously,” Alvarez said of facing the lefty Miller. “He’s got the numbers to back it up. He’s one of the most effective closers in baseball, and any time you step in there against him, it’s not a comfortable at-bat.”
The run was the O’s first in 21 innings.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka traded zeros for eight innings in an impressive pitching duel. Gausman tied a career high in innings with the outing, while Tanaka—who struck out seven—turned in his best start this season.
You know, it might actually make sense to just see what they can get for Tanaka. They might be able to get a really nice offer for him. Then hell, maybe they can re-sign him in two years.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.318/.396, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.320/.453, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.278/.381/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.365/.341, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.278/.435, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.118/.211/.118, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.067/.125/.067, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.224/.250/.329, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.375/.375/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.309/.378, 1.2 bWAR
1. Manny Machado (R) SS (.355/.410/.673, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Adam Jones (R) CF (.205/.287/.295, -0.6 bWAR)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.219/.336/.458, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.333/.376/.598, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.217/.288/.300, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.600/.647/.667, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.225/.258/.427, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.208/.323/.340, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.294/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.339/.467, 2.8 bWAR
I was going to talk about how crappy the Yankees’ lineup looks, but without Headley that doesn’t seem fair.
A vintage outing from veteran CC Sabathia and a big night from Brian McCann helped the Yankees snap their six-game losing streak with Wednesday’s series-evening 7-0 win over the Orioles.
Sabathia went a season-high seven innings, holding Baltimore to six hits and striking out six as the Yankees beat the O’s for the first time in their last seven matchups. McCann went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs driven in, propelling a struggling Yankees offense that had seen Alex Rodriguez placed on the disabled list prior to the game.
“We needed one. It’s just been a tough start to the season for us,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully we can get on a little roll now.”
Clearly, A-Rod was just holding the offense back.
I love the headline. Yep, just seven games under! They’re totally back on track!
Seriously, though, it’s so early that I honestly am not willing to give up on this team yet. Two wild cards make things a lot more interesting. It’s a loooong season. They’re probably terrible, but hey, maybe they’re not. We shall soon see.
Good to see Brett Gardner get hit on the elbow tonight with the game out of reach. That’s just what the doctor ordered!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.284/.366, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.370/.364, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.283/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.217/.343/.337, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.269/.380/.418, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.337/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.077/.143/.077, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.222/.250/.333, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.147/.253/.147, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.235/.307/.354, 0.9 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.267/.296/.376, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.407/.660, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.213/.289/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.226/.339/.473, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.337/.381/.612, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.343/.378/.686, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.224/.258/.424, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.212/.297/.242, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.154/.214/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.331/.476, 2.6 bWAR
The best thing about the 2016 season is that each day brings us closer to the end of it.
Sure, it’s early. But it can get late awfully quick in these parts, and the 8-16 mark after Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Camden Yards left on a frayed thread whatever patience executives and fans had. With 14 of their 27 remaining May games on the road, putting together a bunch of series wins to get back to even by June won’t be an easy task.
The answers come in offense, however. And that is where Cashman needs to understand exactly how the Yanks got into this predicament.
It isn’t hard. Just look to the offseason.
I don’t really know how the Yankees were going to be able to add much offense with HalCap™ and nowhere to add it without benching players making a lot of money for very little production.
Am I crazy for hoping they lose 100 games?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Mark Trumbo homered twice to back starter Chris Tillman’s seven strong innings in the Orioles’ 4-1 series-opening win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
After hitting a leadoff homer off Yankees starter Luis Severino in the second, Trumbo belted a two-run shot into the left-field seats in the fifth.
Severino allowed four runs (three earned) over his six innings, striking out four.
Tillman held a scuffling Yankees (8-16) team to one run on five hits and turned in his second consecutive nine-strikeout start. Tillman, who was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter, improved to 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
Boy, this team sucks.
And their only vaguely hot hitter, A-Rod, is now hurt. Hopefully the MRI on his hamstring is negative.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.286/.371, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.243/.364/.351, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.286/.464, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.347/.350, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.262/.360/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.273/.429, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.314/.352/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.250/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.156/.267/.156, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.311/.380, 1.3 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) LF (.278/.308/.392, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.404/.660, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.225/.304/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.352/.494, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.330/.376/.553, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.214/.290/.304, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.322/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.220/.256/.415, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.273/.200, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.452, 1.7 bWAR
The Yankees are playing out the string at this point, right?
The sickening feeling in the gut of Yankee fans is an unpleasant sensation shared by Brian Cashman.
Cashman watched as the Yankees were swept in Boston over the weekend and used words like horrific to describe the season, a term uttered infrequently in his 19 years as their general manager.
As the slumping Yankees paused Monday before heading into the teeth of a withering schedule, Cashman expressed deep frustration over the state of the team and sounded as if his patience was running out.
Although major changes are not on the horizon, if the Yankees continue to disappoint, something will have to change.
“There’s only so long you can allow it to go on before tinkering,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “But it just needs to stop.”
The Yankees are 8-15 and in last place in the American League East. They have lost five in a row to fall seven games under .500. They have not been that far under .500 since 2007, when they opened the season 21-29.
Cashman said “very few” players on the roster could look in the mirror and say they had lived up to expectations. The rest are significantly underperforming.
He said he would prefer that this group of players turned things around and played up to the levels they had established in their careers. But if they don’t, he or Manager Joe Girardi will act.
I would have thought the time to act would have been before the season, when talent was available for money, the one item the Yankees have in abundance. What exactly will “acting” accomplish now? Benching Chase Headley for Ronald Torreyes or an outfielder for Aaron Hicks isn’t going to fix anything. Moving Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen so Ivan Nova can do the same thing they’re doing isn’t going to fix anything.
And you aren’t trading the underperforming parts of your roster for anything useful in the present.
I really do think at this point the best thing that can happen is a horrendous year that forces the Yankees to sell whatever they can and finally face what should have been evident for the last three seasons.
There just aren’t enough band aids to fix this roster anymore.
Monday, May 2, 2016
BOSTON—Christian Vazquez became the second player this weekend to hit a game-turning, first-pitch homer against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, lifting the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep in the first rivalry series of the season.
Vazquez jumped on a 97-mph heater for a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that snapped a 6-6 tie.
“I was talking to [hitting coach] Chili Davis before he got to the mound,” said Vazquez of Betances coming on. “I was trying to get the fastball and I got him, so I hit the bomb. It was a great moment.”
The win put the 15-10 Red Sox in sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time this season. It was their first series sweep of the Yankees since Sept. 13-15, 2013.
I feel like my decision to ignore this series was a sound one.
Maybe I should ignore this season.