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Friday, August 11, 2017 Yanks hope to leave inconsistent bats on road

The Yankees could not wait to play with Sonny Gray following his blockbuster addition prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but their offense has thus far been unable to muster a single run of support behind the right-hander’s 12 innings with the club.

As he did in his debut against the Indians last week, Gray provided a respectable performance but was overshadowed by his new teammates’ silent bats, which were shut down by Marco Estrada and two relievers as the Blue Jays dispatched the Yankees with a 4-0 victory on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
“Sonny pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgame, but it’s up to us to get runs, and we didn’t do that tonight,” Brett Gardner said. “I think it’s a lack of consistency on our part as an offense, and sometimes you’ve got to give credit to the pitching.”

Sonny Gray’s two Yankee starts have been bizarre. He’s given up four runs each time, but both times due to bad plays, errors and the like, he clearly pitched better than his results, but at the same time, he didn’t pitch THAT much better than the results. He looks like a decent pitcher and will probably continue to be one, but he’s probably not an ace.

However, if they can’t hit, then it really doesn’t matter, right? And right now, they’re comically bad with runners in scoring position. Unless they sweep the Red Sox this weekend (which is highly unlikely, especially with Chris Sale pitching the finale), there doesn’t seem to be a realistic path to the division. Luckily, the Wild Card race looks pathetic at the moment, and the Yankees are doing well there despite their recent woes. So hopefully they at least hold on to host a Wild Card game.

Jaime Garcia against the Red Sox - that can’t go horribly wrong, right?

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Ugh. Thought the offense would be suspect this season, but was lulled into sense of security thanks to the first 2 months. Garcia seems like one of those pitchers who can’t be effective in the AL East. Soft tossing pitcher who nibbles and deceives hitters. The only team he could beat on a consistent basis would be this Yankees lineup. That’s baseball Suzyn.

Hal too cheap to simply claim Bruce and add a power LHB to the team.

[1] To be fair, injuries have really taken their toll on the offense. 

However, that doesn’t change the fact that they’ve been awful ever since that ill-fated trip to LAAAAAA.

24 and 30 since June 10

[0] Also, I’d like to know what Cashman thought he was getting in Garcia, because that guy looks cooked and I think Twins knew it.

Is it time to move Judge down in the order or does it even matter at this point?

[5] He didn’t cost too much and the Yankees needed another starter (it looked like they weren’t going to get Gray at that point). As frustrating as Pineda was, his loss was a huge blow to the stability of the rotation.

Holliday and Judge going through prolonged slumps/injuries have really killed this team. With Hicks back though, they can at least cobble together a decent heart of the lineup with Sanchez.

If Judge can adjust or Holliday can come back effective soon, they should be able to recover. Castro returning should help as well (a healthy Bird should provide an additional boost).

Neither Bird nor Castro have even started rehab assignments and I’d be very surprised (pleasantly) if Bird contributes this year.  What Judge is going through is a level or two worse than a slump, Holliday is done and Hixie may or may not be healthy and may or may not contribute.  Hal should’ve claimed Bruce and put the Mutts in the position of letting the Yankees have him for Hal chump change or making a deal. As of December 2015 Yankee payroll as a percent of revenue was 43%
which was 20th among all MLB teams.  Hal is NOT cash poor.


Judge is 25th in zone contact % amongst qualified right fielders, and 27th in out of zone contact %. He just has massive holes in his swing, always has. Anyone know how to get monthly splits? The fangraphs tool is pretty hideous, but it looks like his out of zone swing rate is going up.

Although Jamba has the best numbers of any MLB player in his farewell season in many categories who was not forced out of the game (Shoeless Joe) the honors for highest BA of a player in his walk year went to former Yankee Chicken Hawks who hit 322 for the Phillies in 1925. Incidentally he was also one of only 7 Yankees with a four hit, multi RBI outing in their first 10 MLB games.  A monument please.

[8] They are both about to start from reports:

[8] I think Judge absolutely going through a slump. Pitchers may be adjusting as well, but I don’t think he’s suddenly the .225 hitter he’s been in July/August, especially when he’s still walking and hitting for power.

I think it’s pretty reasonable to guess that his true talent level is somewhere between these two extremes:

When he adjusts/his BABiP comes back up, he’ll be fine and the Yankees offense will markedly improve.

[10] Scanning through some heatmaps, it looks like he’s swinging more at pitches way away and way in. He’s also generally making less contact on pitches just off the plate. And, he’s getting a lot more strikes called against him off the plate. So, he’s not helping himself, but the umps aren’t doing him any favors either.

And he’s just not hitting for power across the entire plate like he was earlier this year:
This is terrifying, this is not.

[3] Hicks was due for a major correction.

[8] They don’t want to go over the limit and pay the tax. That is firm, and nothing we can do about it.

Fact is that the Mutts came out looking like rats.

ABC News Yankees left-hander CC Sabatthia was put on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee inflammation and left-hander Jordan Montgomery was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

New York also activated infielder Tyler Austin from the 10-day disabled list before Friday’s game against Boston and optioned him to Scranton.

And for tonight’s silver winning team

1. Aaron Hicks (S) LF
2. Gary Sanchez (R) DH
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B
9. Austin Romine (R) C

That 5-9 is some kind of mediocre.

[12 & 13] great point about Judge not helping himself by swinging at balls, and umpires not helping him either.

I saw a little of last night’s game and there was an awful strike three call on Judge later in the game.  It seems like it happens every game, at least one key pitch called a strike that is simply not a strike, and the results are always disastrous.  I wonder if it is that umpires are so accustomed to looking in a general area and, because Judge is so tall, the area around the knees that is a strike for many major leaguers is too low for Judge.  Or if it is a case of the out-dated “old boys network” where umps don’t give young players borderline calls because they are need to be hazed and earn their ML stripes.  I sure hope it stops soon, whatever the reason.

18 Yup and 1 is probably a week away and 3 is well “struggling.”

[19] Although the sample size is limited, it’s actually gotten worse in the second half.

Jeter gets the Marlins

19: Obviously how would I know, but it seems like you’re onto something. I can’t imagine them adjusting their zone for a taller guy, after decades of calling pitches that take half a second to get to home plate.

[23] There were a few articles about it earlier in the year. But (SSS) it’s been worse in the second half.

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