Thursday, May 14, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.343/.417/.396)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.306/.392/.450)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.241/.351/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.355/.605)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.308/.426)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.303/.369/.632)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.240/.289/.384)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.212/.275/.242)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.357/.357/.429)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.240/.283/.440)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.229/.341/.415)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.381/.462)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.222/.263/.347)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.375/.487)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.299/.357/.416)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.214/.267/.325)
8. Joey Butler (R) DH: (.258/.303/.484)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.126/.178/.200)
Has the Yankees’ correction begun?
Hell hath no fury like a fading professional athlete feeling disrespected by his own team. Jorge Posada has written an autobiography, “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes,” that includes some not-so-happy memories of the end of his major league career with the New York Yankees.
Why was he/has he been/is he so bitter? It stems from a lack of respect and bad communication Posada says he felt coming from manager Joe Girardi.
The final blow was taking Posada away from his job as a catcher and transitioning him to designated hitter in 2011.
As mentioned in the article, the Yankees may have been concerned about Posada’s health and concussion status when they moved him off the position, but I’m sure it didn’t help that his defense was pretty bad by that point as well. I’d probably be bitter too, but I sense Jorge’s book is going to be just another “get off my lawn” type book that I shan’t be reading.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.346/.418/.400)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.397/.467)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.243/.357/.542)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.236/.351/.609)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.302/.423)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.220/.265/.376)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 3B: (.184/.281/.367)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.364/.364/.455)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.211/.276/.242)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.250/.294/.458)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.228/.343/.395)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.283/.385/.469)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.217/.260/.348)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.376/.482)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.311/.370/.432)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.210/.258/.315)
8. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.214/.267/.464)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.167/.242/.167)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.341/.415/.397)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.308/.385/.462)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.250/.360/.558)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.304/.430)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.219/.265/.381)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.233/.285/.383)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.191/.291/.383)
8. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.152/.176/.242)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.284/.250)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.258/.296/.473)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.218/.338/.391)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.389/.473)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.227/.261/.364)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.303/.372/.486)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.296/.359/.423)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.215/.264/.322)
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF: (.286/.393/.457)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.130/.184/.207)
I’m about ready for the Garrett Jones experience to be over.
Instead, it’s your worst nightmare. The Yankees are good. They’re not going away, especially in what’s shaping up to be a mediocre AL East. This isn’t the year we get to bury the Yankees. This is a Stephen King novel come to life, and the Yankees are once again the bad guys ... only they’re disguised as the good guys.
That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to 85 or 90 losses.
I’m still not convinced they’re good largely because I think their relative good health to this point will last, but I will concede that they’ve been much better than I expected even with the health they’ve had so far. And yes, it’s been an interesting season through May 12.
If they play one game over .500 the rest of the way, they would end the year at 86 wins. That should be enough to keep them in postseason contention at the very least.
Monday, May 11, 2015
ST. PETERSBURG—Five home runs and a solid start by CC Sabathia fueled an 11-5 Yankees win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
Alex Rodriguez started the homer parade with a solo shot in the first. Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira all added to the barrage, with Headley and Gardner each hitting three-run shots. Four of the homers came against Rays starter Alex Colome.
It’s amazing how much better the Yankees look with a legitimate leadoff hitter. Don’t get me wrong, they still stink and will eventually plummet back to last place where they belong, but maximizing the number of the PA their most powerful and fastest player gets is pretty clearly the best way to put on an impressive offensive showing.
As for CC, yeah, four runs and two homers in seven innings is about as solid as cotton candy.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.313/.393/.444)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.210/.259/.350)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.350/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.212/.336/.567)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.242/.308/.442)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.224/.280/.353)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.306/.375/.653)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.189/.292/.378)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.225/.286/.258)
1. Brandon Guyer (R) CF: (.294/.388/.471)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.215/.333/.393)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.292/.402/.491)
4. Logan Forsythe (R) DH: (.286/.359/.438)
5. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.208/.269/.375)
6. James Loney (L) 1B: (.242/.277/.387)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.205/.256/.308)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.208/.263/.375)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.135/.189/.213)
Great. It’s CC Day…
Guess I’ll find something else to do this evening.
Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.
Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.
Opposing hitters were 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with a Pineda fastball on Sunday. They were 8-for-22 against it in his previous two starts.
Also of note: The eight strikeouts with the slider were two more than he had in his previous two starts combined.
Pineda finished the game with 22 swings and misses. Two pitchers have had more in a start this season—James Shields (26) against the Astros and Danny Salazar (23) against the Twins.
Unfortunately, Mother’s Day Brunch meant I didn’t get to see this game, but Pineda is probably the best thing going on with the Yankees right now. Let’s hope he can keep it up and stay healthy, because he’s pitching about as well as any pitcher in baseball at present.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic effort, striking out a career-high 16—tied for the second-highest total by a Yankees pitcher all-time—as New York took three of four in its four-game series against Baltimore with Sunday’s 6-2 win.
Pineda worked seven innings of dominant baseball, not issuing a single walk and allowing only J.J. Hardy’s solo homer. The Yankees offense rewarded him with a four-run fourth inning that started with Carlos Beltran’s homer. Brian McCann also went deep off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz in the fifth.
Amazing. Carlos Beltran homered?
It’s the day we thank those who let us dwell in their basements. I’m thanking mine by letting her come down into the basement for a brunch of Cheerios and Doritos! Thanks Mom!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
NEW YORK—Before Saturday, Chase Whitley had faced 143 batters at Yankee Stadium, and only three of them hit home runs.
So Whitley wasn’t about to blame the ballpark for what happened against the Orioles, as he allowed three homers in a seven-batter span in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss.
“The thing is, I’ve got to get those balls down,” Whitley said, after his first loss in three starts since joining the Yankees’ rotation. “Hopefully, those fans’ hands are OK.”
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.277/.355/.479)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.328/.357/.612)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.359/.398/.583)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.313/.333/.344)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.250/.315/.490)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.188/.274/.297)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.143/.250/.286)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.221/.264/.368)
9. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C: (.158/.200/.211)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.362/.439/.414)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.326/.412/.472)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.304/.368/.652)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.227/.350/.608)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.191/.230/.309)
6. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.286/.286/.429)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.282/.367)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.179/.276/.369)
9. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.227/.333/.364)
I don’t think you can be a good team and have two people named Chase starting at the same time. Or one person named Carlos Beltran, for that matter.
Friday, May 8, 2015
NEW YORK—Brian McCann slugged a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran delivered a key two-run double, helping to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Dellin Betances was credited with the victory after taking over with two outs in the seventh inning, slamming the door after the Orioles chipped away at the five-run deficit to draw within one. Manny Machado and Delmon Young collected fifth-inning RBIs off Yankees starter Adam Warren, who completed just 4 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits with three walks.
I’m sorry, but good teams don’t have Adam Warrens entrenched in their rotations.
If you keep deluding yourself that this is a good team, you are setting yourselves up for heartbreak.
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.256/.333/.467)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.339/.369/.645)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.367/.407/.602)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.322/.344/.356)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.261/.327/.511)
6. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.296/.390/.493)
7. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.288/.365/.409)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.000/.000/.000)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.300/.400/.600)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.363/.438/.416)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.408/.459)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.245/.351/.532)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.223/.345/.606)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.286/.375)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.187/.227/.297)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.292/.381)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.500/.500/.750)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.275/.241)
Is it preferable to be 12-14 and good, or 18-11 and not good?
Thursday, May 7, 2015
NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez hit his 661st career homer to pass Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list, and Mark Teixeira drove in a pair of runs as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez broke his tie with Mays (660) by slugging a solo home run to center field in the third inning off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. It marked Rodriguez’s seventh home run since returning from a suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.
Teixeira’s fifth-inning RBI double off Tillman marked the go-ahead hit, as Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi and three relievers made the lead hold up. Jimmy Paredes and Caleb Joseph homered for Baltimore off Eovaldi, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his third victory in pinstripes.
This is all smoke and mirrors and when reality strikes it’s not going to be pretty.