Monday, August 3, 2015
CHICAGO — As the baseball season advances further into August, the Yankees’ surprising ascent to the top of the American League East can be primarily traced to the turn-back-the-clock performances of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, an offense that has scored the most first-inning runs and a bullpen that is among the most reliable in the majors.
But perhaps no player has more closely mirrored the Yankees transition from early-season floundering to midsummer flourishing than shortstop Didi Gregorius.
Gregorius, who was acquired last winter from Arizona, had the unenviable task of replacing Derek Jeter, and he did not endear himself to fans with a handful of plays early in the season that might best be described as anti-Jeteresque, beginning on opening day when he was thrown out trying to steal third with his team trailing by four runs late in the game.
As those miscues have largely disappeared, a different Gregorius has emerged — one whose athleticism has become an asset and whose bat has become a threat.
Both were on display Sunday when the Yankees concluded their 10-game trip with a 12-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees won six games on the trip, which they finished with a six-game lead over Baltimore and Toronto in the American League East.
Gregorius was again in his element Sunday. He parlayed a slick backhanded scoop of Adam LaRoche’s smash up the middle into a double play in the second inning, and his bases-loaded single was the first blow in a five-run fourth inning that gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead.
In his last 11 games, Gregorius is batting .472 with nine runs and 13 R.B.I. He also hit his first career home run against a left-hander on July 27. He nearly had another on Saturday night, but White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia reached above the fence to catch it.
CAIRO had Gregorius projected to hit .239/.310/.357 this season, and he’s now at .260/.309/.352. It’s possible he’s going to keep improving all year (OPS was at .499 at the end of April, .580 at the end of May, .610 at the end of June and .655 at the end of July). But it’s more likely he is around where he should be, even if took him a while to get there.
As for where he is now, Baseball Reference has him around 1.4 WAR, FanGraphs around 1.2. He projects to add another 0.5 WAR over the rest of the season, which puts him in range of an average overall shortstop.
That’s good enough for him to be an asset for the Yankees, even if it’s not a Hall of Fame trajectory.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.283/.352/.361)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.288/.370/.457)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.384/.539)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.266/.374/.580)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.253/.325/.470)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.261/.316/.435)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.273/.325/.393)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.257/.305/.350)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.191/.263/.375)
1. Adam Eaton (L) CF: (.268/.345/.422)
2. Tyler Saladino (R) 3B: (.256/.306/.385)
3. Jose Abreu (R) DH: (.297/.353/.501)
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.285/.325/.403)
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF: (.264/.311/.359)
6. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B: (.217/.310/.349)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS: (.237/.262/.341)
8. Carlos Sanchez (S) 2B: (.228/.260/.326)
9. Geovany Soto (R) C: (.242/.333/.468)
Saturday, August 1, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.354/.366)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.291/.373/.462)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.282/.386/.544)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.269/.375/.585)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.266/.319/.494)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.273/.324/.393)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.284/.327/.389)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.314/.351/.543)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.256/.305/.350)
1. Adam Eaton (L) CF: (.266/.342/.421)
2. Tyler Saladino (R) 3B: (.260/.313/.397)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B: (.296/.351/.500)
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.282/.321/.393)
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF: (.265/.312/.360)
6. Adam LaRoche (L) DH: (.219/.311/.352)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS: (.234/.260/.329)
8. Carlos Sanchez (S) 2B: (.232/.264/.332)
9. Tyler Flowers (R) C: (.217/.256/.345)
Luis Severino‘s next start will be in the majors, Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters, including Sweeny Murti of WFAN (on Twitter). Severino’s name came up in trade rumors in recent days – unsurprising given his upside – but the Bombers did not part with him.
While there were no true untouchables in the Yankees’ farm system this summer, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino came “close” to earning that label, George A. King III of the New York Post recently wrote. Heading into the season, Baseball America ranked Severino as the No. 35 prospect in the country. The right-hander got the bump up to Triple-A this season, pitching to a 1.91 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 in 11 starts.
Per Cashman, he will have no innings limit.
This could be fun.
Friday, July 31, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.288/.355/.369)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.263/.315/.491)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.378/.538)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.263/.368/.562)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.254/.310/.423)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.270/.320/.392)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.278/.316/.378)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.276/.323/.517)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.259/.309/.353)
1. Adam Eaton (L) CF: (.263/.339/.418)
2. Tyler Saladino (R) 3B: (.265/.320/.412)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B: (.295/.349/.492)
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF: (.282/.321/.393)
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF: (.268/.316/.366)
6. Adam LaRoche (L) DH: (.210/.304/.342)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS: (.233/.259/.329)
8. Geovany Soto (R) C: (.248/.336/.479)
9. Carlos Sanchez (S) 2B: (.231/.264/.329)
The Yankees and Padres spent much of the night working on a trade to send closer Craig Kimbrel from San Diego to New York, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. The Astros, too, are in the mix for Kimbrel. Stark’s colleague, Buster Olney, tweets that he’s hearing the Yankees connected to Kimbrel as well.
Reports last night indicated that the Yankees would be willing to take on all of the $28MM that Kimbrel is guaranteed through the 2017 season. Stark hears the same but adds that the Yankees are continuing to balk at the possibility of including top prospects Luis Severino, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge in a potential swap. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets that the Padres have sought top shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo as well but been denied to this point.
I think Kimbrel is fantastic, but he doesn’t strike me as the type of player you give up a premium prospect for when you have a glaring weakness in your starting rotation and could probably get a larger upgrade there by giving up a package comparable to the one the Padres are likely seeking for Kimbrel.
Would I give up Refsnyder and Heathcott or Williams for Kimbrel? I probably wouldn’t, but the Yankees likely would. I don’t think the Padres would take it though.
I still prefer the Yankees hold tight.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.289/.354/.362)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.294/.378/.467)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.378/.542)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.257/.362/.541)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.324/.451)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.254/.308/.425)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.270/.321/.393)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.258/.307/.354)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.192/.265/.380)
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF: (.273/.367/.397)
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.248/.300/.326)
3. Prince Fielder (L) 1B: (.333/.404/.505)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.255/.295/.382)
5. Josh Hamilton (L) DH: (.247/.300/.419)
6. Ryan Rua (R) LF: (.197/.219/.394)
7. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.237/.316/.408)
8. Adam Rosales (R) 2B: (.225/.301/.343)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.225/.313/.427)
The Mariners announced today that they have traded outfielder Dustin Ackley to the Yankees in exchange for outfield prospect Ramon Flores and right-hander Jose Ramirez.
Ackley, now 27 years old, came to the Mariners with a great deal of fanfare after being selected with the second overall pick in the 2009 draft. Selected one spot after Stephen Strasburg, Ackley was hailed as the best college bat in the draft on the strength of his play at UNC. Baseball America rated him as the No. 11 prospect prior to the 2010 season and No. 12 prior to the 2011 season, but Ackley’s excellent minor league play — .303/.401/.472 in 143 Triple-A games — never carried over to the Majors with any sort of consistency.
WTF? I’d rather have either of Flores or Ramirez than Ackley. At 27, he’s not likely to end up being any better than he is now, which isn’t very good, and he has played one game at 2B over the last two seasons, although I guess the Mariners signed some 2B who is monopolizing the playing time there.
I guess this frees up a valuable 40 man roster spot. So yay, roster spot.
The Yankees will place right-hander Michael Pineda on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right forearm strain, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (Twitter link). The timetable for his return remains unclear, though Sherman says the Yankees do expect Pineda to pitch again in 2015. The injury is the same as the one suffered by Andrew Miller earlier this year, Sherman adds. Miller missed about a month with his forearm strain, though the recovery process for a reliever and for a starting pitcher will probably vary, and Pineda may need more time to return to his previous per-start workload after sitting out.
An injury to Pineda further taxes a Yankees rotation that already contained some question marks. CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi should continue to hold down spots, and the team has used right-hander Bryan Mitchell in the rotation this season as well. There figures to be a good deal of speculation surrounding top prospect Luis Severino as well, though despite a 2.45 ERA this season, he’s already just 14 innings shy of his career-high 113 1/3. Certainly he’ll be expected to exceed that number in 2015 — the question is just to what extent he’ll be able to surpass that mark.
Hmm, can they un-DFA Chris Capuano?
Conspicuously absent from this percolating market has been the Yankees.
Whether they are lurking, or just standing on the sidelines, may not be known until the deadline passes Friday. But the decision Wednesday by the Detroit Tigers to listen to offers for the star pitcher David Price would seem to get the attention of anyone with World Series aspirations.
“Oh, I think he’s going to make a difference wherever he goes,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.
Unfortunately, the Blue Jays did not remain quiet, and have acquired Price from the Tigers. Price isn’t going too make up a seven game gap on his own over what’s left in the season, but the Yankees do face Toronto in four more series (13 games) over the rest of the season, and Price may get four starts against them.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF: (.272/.364/.398)
2. Rougned Odor (L) 2B: (.260/.327/.466)
3. Prince Fielder (L) DH: (.333/.403/.507)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.252/.293/.380)
5. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B: (.285/.334/.516)
6. Josh Hamilton (L) LF: (.236/.292/.416)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.251/.303/.330)
8. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.231/.311/.404)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.223/.313/.423)
The New York Yankees trailed 5-0 through one inning Tuesday evening. For many teams this season, it would be a tall order to simply come back and tie the game before it’s concluded. For the Bronx Bombers, well, they did this in the second inning:
Pretty wild game.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF: (.275/.362/.402)
2. Rougned Odor (L) 2B: (.265/.332/.474)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.256/.296/.385)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH: (.336/.405/.511)
5. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.251/.303/.331)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B: (.287/.334/.520)
7. Ryan Rua (R) LF: (.194/.217/.403)
8. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.230/.309/.402)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.225/.313/.427)
This is one of those moments when it does not matter what Brian Cashman says, which is that he is more likely not to make a trade than make one between now and Friday’s non-waiver deadline.
It does not matter that his history is generally to do deals that augment the roster at this time of year rather than scream blockbuster.
His fellow executives simply ignore the words and the deeds. They see the Yankees in first place with a strong chance to win the division. They see a power-bat, power-bullpen arm combo that could do October damage. Thus, rival executives simply do not believe this deadline is coming and going without Cashman improving his rotation.
One top AL executive said definitively what many suggested: “There is no question the Yankees are getting a pitcher.”
The Yankees definitely could use a starting pitcher. I just fear the cost of getting one.
Monday, July 27, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.295/.373/.464)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.257/.310/.473)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.277/.375/.539)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.259/.363/.550)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.326/.454)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.256/.306/.420)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.263/.313/.387)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.291/.325)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.263/.333/.421)
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B: (.271/.339/.486)
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.232/.311/.407)
3. Prince Fielder (L) DH: (.337/.406/.514)
4. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B: (.285/.329/.516)
5. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.259/.300/.390)
6. Josh Hamilton (L) LF: (.233/.283/.419)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.250/.301/.328)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF: (.218/.263/.316)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.229/.317/.433)
CAIRO’s updated 2015 Final Projected Standings and Postseason Odds as of July 27
In the last thread, bigknowz asked:
SG, any chance you can run a simulation on final standings? Seems like the Yanks are in really good shape.
So I ran these overnight, and he’s right. The Yankees are in good shape.
W: Projected final 2015 wins
L: Projected final 2015 losses
RS: Projected final 2015 runs scored
RA: Projected final 2015 runs allowed
Div: Division win percentage
WC1: Wild card win percentage
WC2: Wild card win percentage
PS: Postseason percentage (Div + WC1 + WC2)
W+/-: Projected wins within one standard deviation
These were run with a weighted average of team performance to date and their projections over the rest of the season, adjusted for major roster changes.
CAIRO still doesn’t love the Yankees. In fact, it only sees them playing about one game over .500 over the rest of the season. They still have a lot of injury risk in players that are their primary contributors. But because of where they are right now and the unimpressive competition, that is probably good enough for them to be the strong favorites in the AL East.
It’s worth noting that the average win total for the AL East leader was 91 wins.
It’s also worth noting that the only two AL teams who appear to have better postseason odds than the Yankees right now are Kansas City and the California Los Angeles Anaheim Angels.
There’s still enough time left in the season for wild swings in fortune. A bad week by the Yankees and a good week by Toronto can change things considerably, so don’t get too excited just yet. But things are looking better than they have in a couple of years.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.299/.370/.377)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.293/.370/.461)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) DH: (.263/.365/.557)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.252/.324/.457)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.256/.307/.419)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.224/.268/.381)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.312/.377)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.244/.294/.328)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.186/.259/.369)
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B: (.256/.328/.512)
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF: (.254/.308/.443)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B: (.277/.340/.395)
4. Miguel Sano (R) DH: (.286/.414/.518)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B: (.255/.315/.459)
6. Eddie Rosario (L) LF: (.281/.304/.416)
7. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS: (.278/.317/.452)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C: (.233/.293/.305)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF: (.263/.329/.382)
Huh, I had no idea Nun-E was hitting so well. More shockingly, he’s played 112 innings at SS and rates as average by DRS. Who’d a thunk that?
MINNEAPOLIS — If you strung together the three home runs that Alex Rodriguez hit Saturday night, they would total more than 1,300 feet — about as long a shot as the Yankees figured to have of winning Saturday night’s game.
But after the Yankees managed one hit through six innings against the left-hander Tommy Milone and endured another shaky start from C. C. Sabathia, they rallied from a five-run deficit to shock the Minnesota Twins, 8-5.
Rodriguez’s final home run, which tied the score leading off the ninth against Glen Perkins, the Twins’ All-Star closer, might have been predictable, but John Ryan Murphy’s game-winning three-run homer was not. It was his first homer this season.
“It’s maybe our best win of the year,” Manager Joe Girardi said, though a qualifier hardly seemed necessary.
I was at a wedding last night so I didn’t get to see the game. I check the score around 9 pm and saw the Yankees were trailing 5-1 and figured I wasn’t missing much. Checked again as we were leaving around midnight and was quite surprised, and I had to stay up to watch the replay.
Rodriguez has exceeded any realistic expectations by leaps and bounds, and I am happy to see it.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.302/.373/.382)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.255/.305/.468)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.271/.371/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.260/.364/.554)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.260/.312/.425)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.259/.312/.378)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.272/.307/.346)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) SS: (.294/.368/.471)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.185/.260/.371)
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B: (.255/.325/.513)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF: (.259/.327/.361)
3. Trevor Plouffe (R) 1B: (.259/.319/.466)
4. Miguel Sano (R) DH: (.283/.409/.528)
5. Torii Hunter (R) RF: (.255/.308/.436)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B: (.251/.285/.396)
7. Shane Robinson (R) LF: (.246/.295/.320)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C: (.232/.290/.305)
9. Danny Santana (S) SS: (.221/.243/.303)
Friday, July 24, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.308/.382/.390)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.296/.374/.467)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.272/.373/.511)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.253/.360/.552)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.326/.464)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.316/.432)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.259/.313/.379)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.241/.292/.325)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.180/.256/.369)
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B: (.256/.326/.510)
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF: (.252/.307/.428)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B: (.277/.341/.394)
4. Miguel Sano (R) DH: (.286/.419/.490)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B: (.253/.315/.451)
6. Eddie Rosario (L) LF: (.272/.296/.396)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF: (.257/.329/.361)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C: (.227/.287/.302)
9. Danny Santana (S) SS: (.225/.247/.308)
n this most surprising Yankees season since … 1996? 1965? 1925? … here’s another unanticipated statement:
Now we’ll see how these guys cope with prosperity.
For this was one prosperous group that packed its bags and threw on blazers Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, after dismantling the Orioles by a 9-3 score and completing a three-game sweep of the defending AL East champions. The O’s (46-48), after starting this series four games back, now stand a daunting seven games behind the Yankees (53-41), who attained another high-water mark by climbing 12 games over .500 and maintained their 5 ¹/₂–game lead — seven in the loss column — over Toronto (49-48).
The upcoming Twins series seems like one of those series that is doomed to failure before it starts.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.298/.368/.528)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.293/.325/.460)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.290/.331/.497)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.238/.318/.466)
5. Nolan Reimold (R) RF: (.235/.316/.412)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C: (.250/.279/.423)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.269/.300/.582)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.231/.267/.332)
9. David Lough (L) LF: (.226/.268/.349)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.298/.377/.361)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.299/.377/.473)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.275/.375/.518)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.256/.361/.557)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.317/.435)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.257/.311/.375)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.234/.286/.320)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.247/.286/.325)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.256/.367)
When did Ubaldo Jimenez become good again?
The Yankees can’t find a middle infielder that can hit, their starting pitching has been mediocre and they’ve have had two-thirds of their outfield land on the disabled list.
Nevertheless, the Yankees’ stranglehold on the American League East only seems to grow stronger each day, their latest victory a 4-3 win over the Orioles in The Bronx on Wednesday night.
The Yankees entered the All-Star break by winning four out of five and have come out the same way, with eight wins in 10 games overall. They’re now 52-41, a season-high 11 games over .500.
This victory came thanks to homers from Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, who refuse to slow down, and a solid effort from Ivan Nova, still finding his way after Tommy John surgery.
I would have bet a lot of money that we’d never see a headline like that ever again.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.297/.366/.527)
2. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.254/.333/.368)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.294/.335/.503)
4. Matt Wieters (S) DH: (.260/.290/.440)
5. Chris Davis (L) RF: (.238/.319/.460)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.286/.318/.619)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.229/.263/.330)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B: (.244/.320/.375)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.242/.315/.389)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.299/.379/.358)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.300/.378/.476)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.275/.376/.511)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.359/.545)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.256/.327/.467)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.313/.430)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.259/.313/.378)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.288/.323)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.255/.369)
Since returning from the DL, LOL-sbury is hitting .205/.244/.308.
I guess $153M doesn’t buy what it used to.
The Yankees are going to force the lefty-crushing Chris Young into the starting lineup as often as possible — as long as he continues to dominate southpaws, manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s game against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
That decision pushed Beltran to the bench. The 38-year-old veteran is used to playing every day — he’s even made a solid, if mostly unconvincing Hall of Fame case over his 18-year career. But as the Yankees fight to keep their American League East lead, Beltran knows it’s no use attempting to battle Girardi.
“It is what it is,” Beltran said. “You have to understand you’re not young. You’re not 22 (years old) anymore.”
Girardi said that while Young — hitting .360 vs. lefties but .178 vs. righties — will keep finding his name in the lineup against left-handers, it won’t come solely at Beltran’s expense.
The Yankees will also give left fielder Brett Gardner and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury — both lefty hitters — off days to fit in Young, Girardi said.
“I’m not saying it’s going to be a platoon,” Giradri said. “That’s not what I’m saying. As I said I’ll give Gardy a day off and Ells a day off.”
Beltran hasn’t been great against LHP, but he hasn’t been great against any pitching really. .271/.316/.441 vs. RHP compared to .239/.307/.403 vs. LHP in 2015, with an even larger disparity of .254/.331/.446 vs. RHP and .196/.242/.322 vs. LHP in 2014. When you combine that with the gap in defense between Young and Beltran, Young should start every single game against LHP.
Sounds like Girardi’s plan to accomplish that is just about perfect. Mainly sitting Beltran, with a few days off for TPASBG™ and Smellsbury. Hopefully more for the latter than the former.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.300/.367/.531)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.294/.326/.463)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.291/.333/.503)
4. Chris Davis (L) RF: (.238/.320/.463)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C: (.258/.282/.443)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.229/.263/.332)
7. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.255/.332/.370)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.305/.339/.661)
9. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B: (.238/.273/.488)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.302/.383/.357)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.300/.378/.477)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.277/.378/.515)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.249/.358/.539)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.325/.468)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.251/.303/.470)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.311/.373)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.289/.324)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.308/.400/.462)
I had no idea Rtan was having such a good year.
Specifically, Cashman said, designating either Drew or Ryan for assignment — effectively cutting ties with the player — could have left the Yankees exposed and limited their options.
“It’s in our best interest currently to keep all assets in play,” he said. “I can send Rob down. I can always get him back. If I had designated somebody, the landscape changes. I felt like it was in our best interest.”
Cashman said Refsnyder’s promotion was never about a long-term solution. When the team added him July 11 in Boston, it wanted to give the team “the best chance to win” against the two left-handed starting pitchers the Red Sox were slated to pit against the Yankees.
Yes, cutting ties with Rtan would have left the Yankees exposed and limited their options.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Mark Teixeira belted his 23rd home run of the season over the right-field fence for a go-ahead shot that lifted the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Mariners on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The Mariners got on the board first when Austin Jackson’s single to center field scored Jesus Montero in the fifth, but the Yankees responded in the sixth when Carlos Beltran singled to left field to bring home Brett Gardner to knot the game. The score stayed tied until the eighth when Teixeira clinched the series for the Yanks, who won Friday but lost Saturday. With the homer, Teixeira eclipsed the 22 long balls he tallied in all of 2014.
“Any time you get in that part of the order, you feel really good that anyone can pop one, and Tex had a big day,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He was part of our two runs today, made some outstanding plays—Nelson Cruz in the eighth inning. Just a big day from Tex.”
What a victory! A big series coming up with Baltimore now after an off day.
While this was quite a win, I must throw in one minor complaint, which is that with the offense being so poor, it seems weird to make, in effect, a Refsnyder/Rtan trade.
Friday, July 17, 2015
1. Brad Miller (L) SS: (.247/.322/.413)
2. Kyle Seager (L) 3B: (.269/.329/.438)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B: (.251/.290/.370)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH: (.308/.373/.546)
5. Seth Smith (L) RF: (.268/.338/.477)
6. Austin Jackson (R) CF: (.251/.295/.355)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) LF: (.221/.280/.378)
8. Logan Morrison (L) 1B: (.229/.300/.385)
9. Mike Zunino (R) C: (.160/.223/.292)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.318/.399/.376)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.302/.377/.484)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.382/.515)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.350/.526)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.259/.331/.471)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.248/.301/.452)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.310/.373)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.293/.326)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B: (.286/.286/.714)
I have a bad feeling Cano is going to get going in this series.
There are other questions pertinent to a possible trade: do the Yankees truly believe Sabathia will ever figure out how to pitch effectively with his reduced velocity? Or do they see his 5.47 ERA as an indication of what he is now?
Similarly, has a half-season of watching hitters tattoo Eovaldi’s 98-mph fastball convince them he’ll never get over the hump and become a dependable starter?
Finally, there is perhaps the most intriguing question of all: Do they think Severino, who has a 1.95 ERA after nine Triple-A starts, will be ready for the big leagues over the next several weeks?
Cashman’s history says it’s more likely he’ll make a deal for a Brandon McCarthy type as he did last year.
But if the move is not going to be for a difference-maker, perhaps the margin for error the Yankee bullpen provides would convince the GM to give Severino a shot instead.
That might be enough for this team. As long as it continues to defy the age-and-injury odds, which almost nobody thought was possible.
I’m not sure how many innings the Yankees are willing to give Severino this year, which I feel makes it very unlikely he will make significant starts down the stretch for the MLB time. But who knows?
Thursday, July 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have signed former UCLA right-hander James Kaprielian, the 16th overall pick in the June draft.
Kaprielian agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with a $2.65 million signing bonus.
I missed this yesterday.
I wonder if he can get into the rotation by August?
Johnny Cueto, Cole Hamels and Justin Upton are viewed as the holy trinity of the upcoming trade market. They currently project as the most talented players almost certain to be dealt to contenders before 4 p.m. on July 31.
Big-game hunting history will be cited as why the Yankees should not be counted out on any of the major pieces.
But if history is our guide, the Yankees only have made one trade in the past 10 Julys that involved them giving up an elite prospect — and that trade did not even get consummated. In early July 2010, the Yankees agreed to include Jesus Montero as the key piece of a three-prospect deal with Seattle for Cliff Lee. But one of the secondary cogs, David Adams, did not pass the Mariners’ physical review, the Yankees refused to include Eduardo Nunez or Ivan Nova in his place and Lee ultimately was moved to Texas.
Besides that, Brian Cashman has followed a similar script in July: 1) Think about deepening/strengthening the overall roster rather than swinging big for superstars; 2) Use the Yankees’ financial might to take on contracts that other teams want to get rid of and, in exchange, lower the prospect asking price; 3) Part with prospects from areas of perceived organizational depth.
Last July was essentially a road map. The Yankees deployed all or some combination of those principles to land Brandon McCarthy, Chase Headley, Martin Prado and Stephen Drew. But go through the last decade. It is the same process, whether the haul was Alfonso Soriano or Ichiro Suzuki or Lance Berkman or Kerry Wood or Bobby Abreu. The closest the Yankees have come to actually dealing a well-regarded prospect was in July 2008 when they obtained Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from Pittsburgh and included in return Jose Tabata. But by then Tabata had lost some luster in the Yankees organization, getting leap-frogged as an outfield prospect by Austin Jackson.
There are really three prospects I hope the Yankees don’t consider trading. Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Greg Bird. Anyone other that I’d be fine with depending on the return. I think Sherman is right, they’ll look for marginal upgrades that won’t cost an arm and a leg. But this year they really have their most legitimate chance at winning the division for the first time since 2012 and may decide to be a bit more aggressive in pursuing a difference-maker.
Or they could just take CC Sabathia out of the rotation and improve themselves by a couple of wins without giving up anything except money that’s already gone…
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
BOSTON — By 5 p.m. Friday, James Kaprielian and the Yankees have to have a contract signed or the first-round pick will no longer be able to negotiate with the club.
Kaprielian, the right-hander from UCLA the Yankees took with the 16th pick in June’s draft, is being advised by agent Scott Boras.
“We are negotiating. I hope we get it done,’’ amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer said Sunday.
Texas high school outfielder Trent Clark, taken by the Brewers with the 15th pick, signed for $2.7 million. Florida lefty Brady Aiken was taken with the 17th selection by the Indians and signed for $2.513 million.
If Kaprielian doesn’t sign with the Yankees he can return to UCLA for his senior year or go the Independent League route.
I didn’t love this draft pick anyway, but not signing him would really make it a bad one.
Monday, July 13, 2015
After an off-season with so many uncertainties — the health of the No. 1 starter Masahiro Tanaka and other important players, the infusion of young prospects into an aging lineup, the capability of the bullpen to close games — the one Girardi mentioned first on Sunday was Rodriguez.
Girardi and the Yankees’ higher-ups were not going to blindly grant Rodriguez, who had missed more than 86 percent of the Yankees’ games during the past two seasons because of an injury and a suspension, a significant role without receiving something in return for the distraction he would bring.
“In the opening day lineup,” Girardi said, “I believe he was seventh.” Girardi was right — Rodriguez, batting two spots from the bottom of the order, was 1 for 2 with a walk — but Rodriguez climbed from there.
The Yankees have used Rodriguez primarily as a designated hitter; he has started only three games in the field, twice at third base, once at first. That has helped reduce the toll on Rodriguez’s body as he nears 40.
Girardi said he was not surprised that Rodriguez’s teammates had welcomed him back, even as vitriol from opposing fans had inevitably emerged. Outside Fenway on Sunday, a street vendor was selling gray T-shirts that read “A*Rod,” a suggestion that an asterisk belonged next to his statistics, and prominently featured two crossing syringes. And inside the stadium, the fans booed him, heavily, every time he walked to the plate, rounded the bases or did pretty much anything else.
“I think he understood where he was at, what he was going to go through,” Girardi said.
The Yankees enter the All Star Break in sole possession of first place, with Rob Refsnyder finally cracking the lineup, and with a fairly healthy team, and are getting contributions from players like Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira that far exceeded expectations. Instead of the below .500 team I had them projected as heading into the year, they look significantly better than that. Given the general parity in the American League right now, barring a major stumble they should be in the thick of postseason contention for the rest of the season.
That’s not to say that they can’t stumble. It wouldn’t take much more than a handful of injuries to their front-line performers to really hurt them, but you can probably say that about every team.
At the very least, the last stretch of the season should be very interesting.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.327/.410/.388)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.300/.377/.486)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.279/.384/.516)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.351/.530)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.248/.302/.451)
6. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.329/.454)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.305/.367)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.297/.331)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B: (.000/.000/.000)
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.278/.330/.467)
2. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.293/.379/.414)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.302/.337/.412)
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.266/.308/.388)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH: (.272/.318/.495)
6. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.315/.357/.576)
7. Shane Victorino (R) RF: (.243/.346/.314)
8. Travis Shaw (L) 1B: (.231/.286/.231)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.233/.367/.301)
I thought these games were contractually obligated to be at 8 pm?
Saturday, July 11, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.317/.402/.360)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.301/.378/.485)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.279/.385/.509)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.243/.352/.536)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.243/.298/.446)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.305/.368)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.253/.293/.333)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.241/.297/.331)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.275/.328/.458)
2. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.292/.377/.415)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.303/.338/.414)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.227/.321/.430)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.269/.316/.484)
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.267/.309/.389)
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.194/.297/.357)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF: (.257/.311/.461)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.246/.384/.319)
Nova’s correction today isn’t going to be very pretty, is it?
BOSTON — The Yankees will call up second baseman Robert Refsnyder Saturday.
Manager Joe Girardi confirmed the move after the Yankees’ 5-1 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park Friday. The YES Network’s Jack Curry first reported it.
Refsynder, 24, is the Yankees’ top prospect at a position that’s been a big weakness for the big-league club. But he comes with questions of his own.
While Refsnyder is considered by many to be a big-league hitter, his transition from the outfield to the infield has been anything but smooth. He led the Yankees with six errors in spring training. He’s committed 13 of them this season.
In May, however, Refsnyder told NJ Advance Media that he was finally starting to relax on defense and believed he was turning a corner.
Looks like Refsnyder’s getting his chance. Hopefully he runs with it.
Friday, July 10, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.321/.408/.365)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.303/.381/.490)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.276/.382/.498)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.244/.355/.542)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.258/.333/.463)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.230/.276/.397)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.240/.294/.327)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.257/.374)
9. Cole Figueroa (L) 3B: (.500/.500/1.000)
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.276/.329/.452)
2. Brock Holt (L) 2B: (.293/.379/.418)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.304/.340/.416)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.230/.325/.436)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.272/.320/.491)
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.267/.310/.391)
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.192/.294/.358)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF: (.255/.310/.463)
9. Sandy Leon (S) C: (.174/.245/.186)
FIP says Buchholz by a nose. Damn.
NEW YORK—They wanted to take more swings in the batting cage after the game, but their father had another obligation first, so they followed him into the Yankees’ clubhouse.
Brett Gardner knows that although they don’t understand now, someday his sons Hunter and Miller will grasp the magnitude of what took place before the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 6-2 win over the A’s on Thursday: their father became an All-Star for the first time in his career.
“I know I’ll always remember and cherish [this],” Brett Gardner said. “But they’ll realize a little later on how special it is.
Gardner had just finished playing catch with Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield when he noticed that the outfield TV cameras were on him, something that he said doesn’t usually happen. He looked up to see his face on the large video board with a message on it, congratulating him for earning the nod. Gardner will replace Alex Gordon of the Royals, who strained his left groin on Wednesday and is expected to miss eight weeks.
Shocked and excited, Gardner could only acknowledge the news for a brief moment, as he still had a game to finish.
But when the postgame interviews rolled around, Gardner—who was handpicked by American League manager Ned Yost—really began to soak it all in.
“I’ll be 32 years old next month,” Gardner said. “This is my first All-Star Game. I don’t know how many more chances I’ll get at it. I can’t think of a better way to get in. He could have picked several other guys that are obviously very deserving, and for him to choose me, I’m definitely very grateful. I’ve got a big ‘Thank you’ coming for him.”
Well-deserved, and a fantastic achievement for a player not many ever thought would amount to much at the major league level.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.318/.354/.420)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) C: (.287/.375/.493)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B: (.255/.344/.431)
4. Josh Reddick (L) RF: (.286/.344/.459)
5. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.315/.375)
6. Ike Davis (L) 1B: (.259/.329/.406)
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.290/.327/.430)
8. Mark Canha (R) LF: (.249/.312/.416)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.307/.404)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.322/.408/.368)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.298/.378/.478)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) DH: (.244/.356/.546)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.335/.469)
5. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.238/.285/.410)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.294/.331)
7. Chris Young (R) RF: (.246/.296/.452)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.254/.375)
9. Cole Figueroa (L) 3B: (—-/—-/—-)
Did not know this was a day game, and did not know the Yankees have someone named Cole Figueroa.
NEW YORK—You could practically hear the groans in the ballpark when the announcement was made before the start of the seventh inning Wednesday: “Defensive change for the Yankees. Now playing second base, Stephen Drew.”
Up to that point, it had been a pretty good night for the New York Yankees and their fans. CC Sabathia weathered a rough start to settle down for 5 1/3 serviceable innings and left with a 3-2 lead, which had been extended to 4-2 by the second of two home runs by Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ lone All-Star position player this year. In addition, Teixeira had flashed the kind of leather that has earned him five Gold Gloves at first base. Jacoby Ellsbury had come back from his knee injury and demonstrated that he was OK by lining out sharply to left in his first at-bat. There was comfort in knowing that closer Andrew Miller was back, too, making that one-run lead feel more secure than it really was.
The only sour note, to many Yankees fans, was the presence of Drew on the field; Drew carried into the game the lowest batting average of 164 qualifying major league players, a meager .176. Never mind that he was in there for his glove, replacing the young and erratic Jose Pirela, which in a tight game could have made all the difference.
Well, Drew wound up making all the difference, all right, but not with his glove.
The highlight reels belonged to Teixeira, who in addition to his two home runs (Nos. 21 and 22 on the season) and two RBIs (to give him an American League-leading 61) also made three sparkling plays in the field. But the night belonged to Drew.
Sometimes Teixeira reminds us that his contract should not have been the disappointment it has been.
And Drew cemented his spot on the team for the rest of the season. Yay…
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.316/.353/.420)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) 1B: (.293/.381/.502)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B: (.261/.347/.440)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.315/.373)
5. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.291/.328/.432)
6. Jake Smolinski (R) RF: (.133/.270/.200)
7. Josh Phegley (R) C: (.268/.320/.500)
8. Mark Canha (R) LF: (.242/.304/.412)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.308/.397)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.324/.412/.372)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.296/.373/.478)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.387/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.239/.351/.522)
5. Chris Young (R) RF: (.250/.297/.459)
6. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.239/.282/.324)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.295/.328)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.203/.227/.297)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 3B: (.184/.238/.263)
I thought CC was out of the rotation?
NEW YORK (AP) — The first-place New York Yankees are about to get two important players back at once.
Closer Andrew Miller and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are expected to come off the disabled list before Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Miller has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained left forearm, while Ellsbury has been out since May 20 with a sprained right knee.
Dellin Betances can probably use the help.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
1. Billy Burns (S) CF: (.318/.356/.424)
2. Stephen Vogt (L) C: (.290/.380/.502)
3. Ben Zobrist (S) LF: (.267/.354/.450)
4. Josh Reddick (L) RF: (.288/.346/.463)
5. Billy Butler (R) DH: (.250/.316/.365)
6. Ike Davis (L) 1B: (.264/.331/.414)
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B: (.291/.329/.425)
8. Eric Sogard (L) 2B: (.256/.298/.293)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS: (.260/.308/.399)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.297/.373/.481)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.307/.373)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.390/.513)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.243/.356/.532)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.332/.471)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.229/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.250/.298/.464)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.242/.296/.329)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.178/.251/.364)
Gardner, on the other hand, is a homegrown eight-year Yankee who is universally respected throughout baseball. And he is in the middle of a breakout season, hitting .297 with nine home runs, 21 doubles, 60 runs scored, 15 steals and a career-high .854 on-base plus slugging percentage splitting time between left and centerfield.
For all these reasons, when the Yankees have been struggling, Gardner has most often played the role of team spokesman, explaining what has gone wrong and what needs to be done to fix it.
Inside the clubhouse, the 31-year-old South Carolina native is playing the same role. Garrett Jones, who became close to Gardner quickly after joining the team this spring, was immediately struck by the respect that the outfielder commanded from his fellow Yankees, and how he used it to help them.
“As far as leadership on the field, in the clubhouse and off the field, he’s just a good guy, a good teammate, a good human being—he helps out anyone who needs it, you can go out up to him and talk to him about anything at any time,” Jones said.
Gardner really deserves to be on the All Star Team, although I would be surprised if he wins the final man vote, especially with a KC Royal among the candidates. But he’s having a very good year, and has been the most valuable player on a team that’s playing far better than I expected them to in 2015.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Jonah Kerri spotlights four over-30 players having awful years, from Robinson Cano to Matt Kemp to CC Sabathia to Jimmy Rollins.
The part of the article on Sabathia is very interesting. Here’s an excerpt:
Here are CC Sabathia’s ERA and xFIP over the past five seasons:
Year ERA xFIP
2011 3.00 3.02
2012 3.38 3.20
2013 4.78 3.76
2014 5.28 3.11
2015 5.59 3.50
One stat shows a pitcher in spectacular decline; the other shows a pitcher who might’ve lost a little from age 30 to age 34, but not enough to freak out over. So what should we believe?
What xFIP attempts to quantify is how a pitcher fares once you (a) strip out the impact of defense, and (b) normalize his home run rate. That second point has always been a little problematic. Yes, a couple of gusts of wind here or there can make a dent in a pitcher’s home run rate, or more precisely his home-run-per-fly-ball rate. Sabathia was supernaturally consistent in his HR/FB rate throughout his prime, never going lower than 7.4 percent or higher than 8.8 percent from 2006 through 2011. Seeing those figures shoot up to a career-worst 23.3 percent last year and 18.1 percent this season (highest in the AL) might make you look at Sabathia’s poor results as some kind of fluke.
Thing is, we’ve now got PITCHf/x stats and batted-ball stats to help us better understand how and why a pitcher might succeed or fail. And in Sabathia’s case, it’s simple: The fearsome lefty who used to fire mid-90s heat with regularity is now throwing something closer to a batting-practice fastball, and hitters are feasting on it, whacking that pitch at a .355 clip in 2015.
The Yankees are aware of Sabathia’s fall from grace, an outlier stat or two — Sabathia has continued to pound the strike zone and ranks eighth in the AL in strikeout-to-walk ratio — be damned. Nobody is taking the roughly $62 million left on Sabathia’s contract (or $42 million if his 2017 option doesn’t vest), and GM Brian Cashman has been around long enough to understand the concept of sunk costs. Thanks to the franchise’s wealth, the Yanks can make a simple decision based on talent alone: Should they send one of the most decorated pitchers in team history to the bullpen (or a wink-wink DL stint) and shop for a better option via trade? Or should they ride it out and hope that the big lefty rediscovers his lost abilities?
It has been more than two decades since there was an All-Star Game without either a Yankee or a Met in the starting lineup — a streak that will end this year in Cincinnati.
David Cone was the lone Mets representative in that 1992 game and was joined by Yankees outfielder Roberto Kelly.
And while Cone was focused more on the fact he thought he might be traded that season, he does recall it being unusual to have such a lack of a New York presence.
“It was different,” Cone said. “But the Yankees were in their rough patch at that time, and we were kind of at the end of our run. You could see that coming.”
The difference this time around, according to Cone, is there are some legitimate candidates — especially in The Bronx.
“You’ve got [Mark Teixeira], [Brett] Gardner, [Brian] McCann, [Dellin] Betances,” Cone said after broadcasting Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Rays at the Stadium for YES. “Back then, I don’t know that you could have pointed to any potential snubs.”
Has anyone checked in with Brian C. to make sure he’s ok?
Brett Gardner is tied for 10th in the AL in bWAR by position players, but there are four outfielders ahead of him so I don’t know that I’d really consider him a snub. Hopefully he makes it as a reserve.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
1. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.281/.354)
2. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.267/.322/.390)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH: (.274/.350/.413)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.282/.323/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.282/.368/.429)
6. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.213/.301/.422)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.286/.411)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.319)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.261/.292/.478)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.299/.371/.485)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.307/.371)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.388/.504)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.358/.538)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.333/.477)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.228/.279/.404)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.254/.299/.471)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.246/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.253/.368)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.275/.310/.358)
2. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.306/.352/.461)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.275/.351/.415)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.274/.317/.372)
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.208/.299/.409)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.282/.351)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.254/.287/.415)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 2B: (.229/.277/.330)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.250/.286/.450)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.390/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.359/.537)
5. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.225/.277/.396)
6. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.241/.241/.276)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.250/.293/.338)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.245/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.252/.371)
Friday, July 3, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.259/.295/.336)
2. Joey Butler (R) RF: (.314/.358/.474)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.272/.350/.412)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.275/.322/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.286/.370/.435)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.264/.321/.389)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.224/.280/.353)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.285/.408)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.163/.201/.276)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.304/.373/.495)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.381/.506)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.356/.528)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.333/.470)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.231/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.261/.303/.484)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.240/.290/.326)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.254/.374)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Jacoby Ellsbury will not come off the disabled list on Friday night against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Ellsbury did not play Thursday in his scheduled rehab game in Clearwater, Florida. It was the second game in the past four that Ellsbury missed since he began his rehab assignment on Monday. Ellsbury has been out six weeks with a knee sprain.
Words escape me.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
ANAHEIM — The Yankees’ pitchers weren’t taking any chances on Wednesday.
After three straight losses in which the Bombers managed only a run each game, Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen made sure what they got Wednesday would be enough, combining for a 3-1 win over the Angels.
Eovaldi (8-2) threw 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings before loading the bases in the sixth, but Chasen Shreve’s clutch performance helped keep the starter’s ledger clean for the day. “He’s been doing it all year,” Joe Girardi said of Shreve, who got the final two outs of the sixth with a little help from a nifty Mark Teixeira scoop at first. “We have a ton of confidence in him.”
Shreve pitched a scoreless seventh before Justin Wilson gave up a two-out home run by to right Mike Trout in the eighth, ending the shutout.
Dellin Betances recorded the final four outs for his seventh save, although he put the tying runs on base with two out in the ninth before getting the final out, helping the Yankees avoid a three-game sweep. “You always want a happy flight,” said Garrett Jones, who hit a solo home run to right in the sixth.
The trade with the Marlins finally paid off yesterday.
Shreve has been very good. In fact, he leads the Yankee pitching staff in RE24, which is a fancy way of saying that he’s essentially saved the team the most runs relative to league average given the base and out states of when he pitched. That’s more of a value metric than an ability metric, and it is heavily influenced by the way he’s being deployed, but he’s doing the job when he’s being asked to do it and it’s been key.
Whenever this team starts to go into one of their slumps, I begin to tell myself that they were never very good and they’re just returning to their rightful place, but they always seem to manage to win again when I’m expecting them to crater.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.375/.498)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.300/.369)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.512)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.359/.536)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.335/.473)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.229/.270/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.256/.298/.478)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.235/.287/.324)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.253/.370)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.263/.319/.352)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.318/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.303/.392/.582)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.332/.558)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.324)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.299/.404)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.280/.317)
8. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.181/.283/.268)
9. Efren Navarro (L) 1B: (.268/.316/.324)
Sweep, sweep, sweep…
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Baseball is a game of consistency. That makes the Yankees’ troublesome rotation issues even more disconcerting.
The one consistency the starters have shown is grooving home run pitches and it happened again Tuesday night on a hot night in SoCal.
As far as getting it right time and again, that’s been impossible for these starters, and now Adam Warren, their best starter of late, is pushed to the bullpen because there is a need for a Bridge to Betances.
The starters’ chain is weaker as a result.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is one of the best in the business and has been trying to figure out each issue.
“It’s been a mix of some things we need to improve upon and some things that have happened,’’ Rothschild told The Post before the Yankees dropped their third straight Tuesday night, 2-1 to the Angels at Angel Stadium.
Seems to me Nova pitched well enough to win if he had any semblance of an offense behind him yesterday, but yeah, the Yankee rotation certainly isn’t impressing anyone lately as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games.
I’d expect Pineda and Tanaka to pitch better if they are healthy and can’t stay healthy, but I wouldn’t expect them to be or stay healthy. I’ve never felt Eovaldi was going to be particularly good and I don’t think he will be now. Nova’s a wild card, and has looked solid, but I’m not sure how much the Yankees can realistically expect from him. I have no reason to believe that Sabathia’s going to figure out how to pitch with what he has now.
Maybe Luis Severino can come up and give them a temporary boost, but his innings are likely going to be capped.
I guess it’s possible that Pineda/Tanaka/Nova give them enough going forward to remain in contention.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.377/.502)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.389/.520)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.244/.356/.524)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.269/.339/.480)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.263/.312/.433)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.300/.371)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.290/.328)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.256/.375)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.265/.319/.355)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.319/.382)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.390/.583)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.265/.333/.552)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.261/.302/.307)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.300/.406)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.183/.272/.307)
8. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.207/.239/.297)
9. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.184/.282/.272)
Let’s see if Nova can strike anyone out tonight.
ANAHEIM — It appears the Yankees have made their decision about the starting rotation, and Adam Warren is headed to the bullpen.
Warren told the Daily News after Monday’s game that he had been informed by the team that he would not start Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Nathan Eovaldi will make that start, pitching on regular rest.
Warren has been more effective than I expected in the rotation, but I’m not sure he’s a great bet to keep pitching to the best ERA+ of any of the Yankees’ top five starters this year. FIP says he’s been a bit worse than all but CC Sabathia, although over Warren’s last 11 starts his FIP of 3.80 is better than Masahiro Tanaka and Sabathia, and about the same as Nathan Eovaldi.
There may be some consideration about Warren’s workload as well, although given his age (27) and the fact that he threw around 150 innings in 2011 and 2012 in the minors I’m not sure it’s a valid one.
Given that, Warren’s previous success in the bullpen and the albatross that is Sabathia’s remaining contract this is not a surprising move.
But I still think it’s annoying.
Monday, June 29, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.493)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.267/.311/.500)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.388/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.354/.529)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.309/.432)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.304/.376)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.224/.250/.328)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.258/.301/.348)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.233/.283/.323)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.266/.320/.357)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.262/.320/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.389/.575)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.334/.553)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.236/.301/.411)
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.310)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.204/.237/.269)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.245/.257/.343)
9. Daniel Robertson (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
Angels RHB come into tonight’s game hitting .248/.316/.393 against LHP in a league whose RHB are hitting .260/.327/.415 vs. LHP facing CC Sabathia whose allowing a RHB a line of .339/.375/.580 this season.
Statistically, that means CC should actually hold the Angels RHB to a line of .325/.363/.558, which is better than he usually does.
LOS ANGELES — Though His ERA has ballooned to 5.65 in 15 starts this season, CC Sabathia (3-7) usually remains in good spirits before and after games in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He believes he’s going to turn things around.
The coaches believe he’s going to turn things around. (If by only saying he has virtually no chance of heading to the bullpen.)
Andy Pettitte believes he’s going to turn things around.
It’s just a matter of time, they say, a matter of finding a groove that suits him as he figures out how to pitch without a blazing fastball he relied on for so many years of his borderline Hall of Fame career.
I agree. Any year now , I expect it all to click for Sabathia.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I’m going to ignore ERA and FIP and bet on the guy who’s pitched more innings. Better pitchers pitch more often, right?
Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON — As Masahiro Tanaka was in the process of flushing a six-run lead Saturday against the Astros questions from every pew in the Yankees’ universe flowed concerning his health.
George Springer’s RBI single in the second reduced the lead to four and “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right elbow?” flowed throughout Minute Maid Park.
Chris Carter’s solo homer in the fourth halved the advantage and brought groans of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right wrist?’’
Three runs in the fifth that came on back-to-back homers by Carlos Correa and Luis Altuve tied the score and started a chorus of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right forearm?’’
“My body is fine,’’ Tanaka said after Mark Teixeira delivered a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley homered in the ninth for a 9-6 victory in front of a sold-out gathering of 41,133. “It’s just mechanics.’’
The good news is that the Yankees won and they have The Incomparable Brett Gardner. The bad news is Tanaka had another poor start.
Hopefully it was just one of those days.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.485)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.271/.313/.494)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.289/.390/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.362/.540)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.474)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.304/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.309/.374)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.284/.326)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.236/.263/.345)
1. George Springer (R) CF: (.265/.361/.458)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.282/.309/.513)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.291/.331/.396)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.197/.279/.450)
5. Evan Gattis (R) LF: (.236/.266/.439)
6. Jon Singleton (L) DH: (—-/—-/—-)
7. Domingo Santana (R) RF: (.227/.292/.545)
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.195/.316/.382)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.217/.283/.383)
HOUSTON — It took 16 innings, but the Yankees finally found some offense against the Houston Astros. And of course it was outfielder Chris Young’s doing, who just seems to hit bigger in Texas.
Young, a Houston native, blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Yankees their first runs of the series and powered them to a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It has been quite the homecoming for Young.
More below on him, and how the rest of the evening unfolded in Houston:
What it means: It’s a crowded American League East. With the win, the Yankees (40-34) are now just a half game back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Boston Red Sox Friday. But the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers, 12-2, and sit just a half game back of New York. With the Baltimore Orioles at 38-34, four teams are separated by just two games in the division.
I hadn’t realized just how closely bunched the AL East is.
Friday, June 26, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.292/.365/.482)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.304/.375)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.255/.367/.550)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.342/.483)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.262/.305/.441)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.232/.277/.400)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.259/.302/.469)
8. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.289/.332)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.187/.255/.384)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.270/.366/.465)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.284/.312/.527)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.292/.332/.399)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.199/.279/.455)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.232/.262/.438)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.251/.322/.492)
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.198/.321/.388)
8. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.252/.319/.439)
9. Hank Conger (S) C: (.232/.330/.427)
HOUSTON—The new and improved Alex Rodriguez avoids excuses. When the Yankees are beat thoroughly and they don’t score a run, A-Rod refuses to point out that Joe West’s strike zone was sometimes as big as the state Thursday night’s game was played in.
Nope, A-Rod is going to rightfully say how excellent one of the best pitchers in the game, Dallas Keuchel, threw the ball in the Astros’ 3-0 win over the Yankees.
“Tonight was just a complete domination,” Rodriguez said.
Keuchel became the first pitcher to have two complete games in his first two starts against the Yankees since Teddy Higuera did it in 1985. Not bad. (In August 2014, Keuchel threw a complete game in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium.)
Teddy Higuera used to KILL the Yankees. Ugh.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
1. Chris Young (R) CF: (.253/.298/.468)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.258/.308/.380)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.290/.392/.538)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.259/.369/.557)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.302/.440)
6. Jose Pirela (R) LF: (.255/.283/.373)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.300/.349)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.258/.389)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.200/.256/.286)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.273/.367/.470)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.300/.329/.557)
3. Jose Altuve (S) 2B: (.285/.326/.386)
4. Luis Valbuena (S) 3B: (.201/.276/.459)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.228/.259/.433)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.249/.319/.492)
7. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.250/.313/.433)
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS: (.242/.269/.391)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.220/.287/.390)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW YORK—In his first big league start of 2015, Ivan Nova led the Yankees to a win in the series finale with a standout performance Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
He helped the Yankees beat the Phillies, 10-2, to avoid being swept by the team with the worst record in baseball. Nova made his season debut following more than a year of rehab after Tommy John surgery in April 2014. It looked like he never left. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
I’m happy to see Nova back on the mound and pitching effectively, although that’s tempered somewhat by the fact that he struck out only one batter and threw only 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes as well as the fact that the Phillies offense stinks.
More importantly his velocity looks like it is back to where it was pre-injury and that makes me optimistic that he will be useful going forward.
So welcome back Ivan.
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.292/.330/.373)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.248/.347/.341)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.319/.368/.604)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.227/.266/.453)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.161/.316/.226)
6. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.281/.349/.544)
7. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.235/.269/.339)
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C: (.227/.296/.264)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.259/.300/.313)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.304/.376)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.384/.536)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.364/.556)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.308/.450)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.292/.356)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.282/.324)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.234/.250/.340)
Phillies go for the sweep.
Asked if he’d keep starting Sabathia, Joe Girardi said, “Yes. He’ll keep working at it. We’ll keep working at it.”
Pressed on what might have to happen to make a change, Girardi added, “You’re asking me a question — I just walked in here, two minutes ago we played a game. He’s a starter for us. That’s what he is and that’s what we’re paying him to do and that’s what he’s going to do.”
And that’s only right. It’s true that Sabathia is not close to the dominant ace that he once was — even he seems to know it, deep down in his pitcher’s heart — but there is a living to be made on competitiveness, location and cutters barreling in on righthanded hitters. Just ask Andy Pettitte. If Sabathia can figure it out, maybe the Yankees have something.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching any games started by CC, and I’m glad I didn’t watch tonight.
Going back to 2013, Sabathia’s allowed 391 hits and 210 runs in 344.2 innings (an RA of 5.48). I realize it’s not realistic that the Yankees will dump him from the rotation given the financial obligation they have remaining to him, but they are actively sabotaging their postseason chances every time they run him out there, and there’s really very little to justify it at this point unless you still think he’s been BABIP-unlucky for three straight seasons now and will rebound to pitch closer to his 4.29 FIP over that stretch going forward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.287/.325/.366)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.232/.331/.320)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.312/.353/.574)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.231/.271/.463)
5. Jeff Francoeur (R) LF: (.260/.289/.413)
6. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.179/.303/.250)
7. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.264/.328/.491)
8. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.265/.333/.337)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.265/.306/.319)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.290/.361/.472)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.303/.364)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.340/.488)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.260/.306/.442)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.233/.281/.378)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.325)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.256/.273/.372)
There’s no shame in losing to a juggernaut like the 2015 Phillies.
New York’s second in the majors with 326 runs scored, ninth in getting on base at .323, and fourth in slugging at .429, and are in contention for the best record in the AL.
But unless the Yankees can spice up a rotation that’s mired in mediocrity, they have little chance of contending deep into the fall.
Thus, the trade talk surrounding Philadelphia Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels figures to heat up before the July 31 deadline. New York, and a host of teams around both leagues, have reportedly expressed interest in the 31-year-old All-Star but nothing’s come to fruition, yet. General manager Brian Cashman is expected to be a major player at the trade dealine and Hamels is expected to be a top target.
I’d love to have Hamels in the Yankee rotation, but not at the cost of Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, which may have to be the centerpiece of a reasonable trade to get him.
If the Yankees can make some marginal upgrades, I’d rather they pursue that.
Maikel Franco homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in a four-hit performance and Cesar Hernandez scored three runs, pacing the Phillies’ biggest offensive outburst of the season as they pounded Michael Pineda in an 11-8 victory on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Franco notched the first multi-homer game of his career, slugging his eighth and ninth blasts of the year. Eight of the nine Philadelphia starters logged a hit as they saw Pineda chased with one out in the fourth inning, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits.
Wow, that was an awful game. At least Brett Gardner gave the fans something to be excited about. I don’t like this whole “not know what you’re getting” thing from Pineda. Dude didn’t strike out a single batter! Ugh.
In other news, the Yankees got good news about the MRI on Mark Teixeira’s neck. It seems like nothing is wrong with him structurally. He’ll probably rest Tuesday, as well, but hopefully play on Wednesday (although I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the whole series off).
By the way, it just occurred to me - the Yankees will not have anyone starting in the All-Star Game this year. That will be the first time that’s happened since 1999 (2001, if you’re only counting position players, as Roger Clemens started that game that year). Interestingly enough, though, the Yankees obviously were pretty good in both 1999 and 2001. In fact, they also only had a starting pitcher in the 1998 All-Star Game and that Yankee team was pretty, pretty good. So maybe this is a good sign! One thing that would be nice about the voting is if Nelson Cruz can pass Kendrys Morales, in which case A-Rod has a shot of making the team. I imagine that right now, it is Teix and Betances as the Yankees’ only All-Stars and Teix isn’t even a lock.
Monday, June 22, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.282/.322/.363)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.225/.324/.308)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 3B: (.294/.338/.522)
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B: (.232/.273/.468)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.174/.321/.217)
6. Chase Utley (L) DH: (.182/.258/.280)
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.253/.318/.329)
8. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.229/.265/.335)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.258/.300/.309)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.349/.451)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.367)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.282/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.339/.475)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.252/.300/.429)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.224/.275/.365)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.289/.333)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.288/.472)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.188/.254/.390)
Look to FIP and be not dissuaded by that shiny 1.69 ERA.
The Yankees promoted Aaron Judge, their top hitting prospect, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Sunday night, according to reports.
The 23-year-old right fielder showed that his impressive 2014 was no fluke, hitting .284 with 12 homers and 44 RBI while playing steady defense with Double-A Trenton.
My guess is that the Yankees don’t want to promote Judge to MLB this year, but he could force their hand depending on how he performs in AAA.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF: (.280/.342/.448)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.268/.339/.352)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.444/.592)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.214/.307/.265)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.269/.329/.478)
7. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.258/.258/.452)
8. Andrew Romine (S) 3B: (.260/.315/.260)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.323/.372/.391)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.282/.353/.456)
2. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.290/.335)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.386/.529)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.250/.365/.559)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.460)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.235/.287/.383)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.289/.479)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.246/.357)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B: (.300/.364/.500)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
If there’s one thing Alex Rodriguez knows about, it’s drama.
A-Rod wasted no time in giving the Yankee Stadium fans what they wanted Friday night, drilling the first pitch he saw from Justin Verlander over the right-field wall for his 3,000th hit.
Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also went deep, with Gardner’s two-run shot in the fifth serving as the decisive blow in the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Tigers. Adam Warren pitched eight strong innings to earn his fifth victory, extending the Yankees’ winning streak to three.
The redemption of Rodriguez has to be one of the best things going on in the 2015 Yankees’ season.
Friday, June 19, 2015
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.284/.324/.383)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.271/.343/.357)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.446/.598)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.216/.308/.270)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.265/.327/.478)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.333)
8. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.259/.259/.481)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.333/.383/.403)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.265/.341/.422)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.301/.368)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.384/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.364/.570)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.250/.289/.402)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.303)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.169/.238/.353)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.264/.305/.377)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.263/.300/.579)
NEW YORK—Before the pandemonium ensued—before fans screamed for Alex Rodriguez, then booed a Marlins pitcher in his honor, before the Yankees went on a four-run barrage in the eighth inning against Miami on Thursday night—there was a tied ballgame at Yankee Stadium.
Before reporters huddled around Rodriguez’s locker to ask him about closing in on 3,000 hits, they swarmed Carlos Beltran’s to ask him about that tie he broke open with his game-winning, two-run homer in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Marlins.
Before Beltran acknowledged his success, he first took a second to reflect on his shortcomings earlier in the game—striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning, popping out with two men on in the fifth.
Beltran’s actually hitting fairly well since May 1, with a line of .294/.326/.471. I don’t know how sustainable that is, but if he hits along those lines for the rest of the season he would end up with a line of something like .275/.310/.440. Not great, and with his defense probably not even an average player, but possibly an above replacement level player.
Alex Rodriguez was denied an opportunity for his 3000th career hit when he walked in the eighth, but he’s got the upcoming series with Detroit to try and get it at home.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.374/.414)
2. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.332/.412)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.238/.307/.337)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.346/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.281/.336/.380)
6. Jeff Baker (R) DH: (.250/.339/.481)
7. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.265/.342/.441)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B: (.160/.192/.240)
9. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.150/.190/.200)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.340/.409)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.295/.366)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.274/.379/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.254/.368/.574)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.260/.324/.458)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.285/.388)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.285/.305)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.172/.239/.359)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.200/.200/.467)
Oh joy. It’s CC day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez moved within three hits of 3,000 and the Yankees benefited from an overturned call at home plate, holding on for a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda retired 18 of the first 20 Marlins he faced, issuing two walks, before Christian Yelich broke up the bid with a homer to right-center field leading off the seventh. It was another close call for the Marlins, who were nearly no-hit by the Braves’ Shelby Miller on May 17. Pineda settled for nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, registering his eighth victory of the season.
It sure looked like all Pineda’s great pitching was going to be for naught, but the Marlins’ apparent tying run was reversed upon review.
If the Yankees could pitch Tanaka, Pineda and Betances every game, they’d be really really good, wouldn’t they?
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.357/.379/.420)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.444/.500/1.000)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.236/.303/.320)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH: (.265/.351/.616)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.282/.337/.382)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.270/.336/.450)
7. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.188/.235/.250)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.303/.332/.416)
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF: (.288/.342/.338)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.341/.407)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.292/.367)
3. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.468)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.267/.369/.500)
5. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.247/.293/.403)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.276/.384)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.291/.312)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.174/.238/.364)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.167/.167/.500)
FIP never lies. Except when it does.
MIAMI — Any hope the Yankees had of getting Jacoby Ellsbury back from the disabled list before July 1 vanished Tuesday. Now, manager Joe Girardi has his fingers crossed the center fielder and leadoff hitter returns before the All-Star break.
“I sure hope so,’’ Girardi said of Ellsbury being able to come back before the July 13-16 break.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
MIAMI—When internal information of the Houston Astros was hacked and leaked last June, the Yankees took measures to ensure the same didn’t happen to their organization.
General manager Brian Cashman shed some light on those measures prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins.
A report circulated on Tuesday morning about the FBI and Justice Department investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly obtaining unauthorized access to Houston’s computer system. Cashman, calling the Astros’ personnel “intelligent people,” thought everybody would go through the process of researching vulnerabilities to prevent a breach. He made the final call concerning steps the Yankees made to feel more secure.
When an employee leaves, for example, his/her access gets shut down and the equipment is captured. Still, as Cashman put it, “You can’t take what people know.”
You definitely don’t want anyone hacking into the system that suggested that signing Carlos Beltran for three years was a good idea.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.266/.346/.413)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.291/.313)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.256/.368/.580)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.327/.467)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.250/.297/.373)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.277/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.273/.438)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.400/.500/.800)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (.000/.000/.000)
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.375/.417)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.400/.400/1.200)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.230/.295/.316)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.349/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.278/.332/.380)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.274/.343/.463)
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C: (.236/.266/.376)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.329/.405)
9. David Phelps (R) P: (.053/.100/.053)
Oh joy. Pitchers “hitting.”
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if David Phelps out-pitched Nathan Eovaldi?
BALTIMORE — While the Yankees have needs in other departments, they aren’t ignoring what they perceive to be the lifeblood of any team: starting pitching.
The Yankees sent scout Jeff Datz to Wrigley Field Friday and Saturday to watch Reds right-handers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. Each will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds are expected to seriously listen to offers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Like all clubs, the Yankees scout potential free agents throughout the season to be ready for trades or signings during the offseason.
Of the two, the 29-year-old Cueto is the front-end starter so many teams are looking for as pennant races intensify. The 27-year-old Leake is viewed as a third or fourth starter.
It seems to me that they’d be better off adding non-replacement level hitters in the middle infield if they’re going to give up the prospects needed to get one of these two pitchers. And if they’re going to trade for one of these guys while still running the remains of CC Sabathia out there every fifth day, I don’t quite see the point.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Propelled by Derek Dietrich’s go-ahead home run in the seventh, the Marlins snuck by the Yankees, 2-1, on Monday at Marlins Park. Dietrich’s first long ball of the season followed seven strong innings from righty Tom Koehler, who allowed just one run as he outdueled Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who surrendered only two.
“I know I say the same word every time, but he’s just gritty and he’s gutty and he battles through,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Koehler. “He had his curveball working out there and worked both sides of the plate. He grinded through seven innings and gave us
The Yankees jumped ahead in the second inning when Mark Teixeira blasted a solo home run for his 18th of the season. But Miami answered immediately with an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
The starting pitchers kept the score intact until the seventh when Dietrich, leading off, connected on a 2-0 pitch and sent it over the right-field fence. Miami’s Carter Capps then struck out the side in the eighth and Yankees righty Sergio Santos escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom half before Marlins closer A.J. Ramos earned his ninth save of the year, getting pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez to fly out to end the game.
Poor Tanaka. He pitched well. The Yankees are now officially out of first place for the first time in nearly a month, May 25th.
Sergio Santos really pitched the hell out of the 8th inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam with no outs (Jose Ramirez’s career just went past his eyes). Tanaka was too good for me to be too upset with the loss, but it sure isn’t fun for the Yankees to be out of first. Luckily, the Blue Jays tied the Mets in the ninth and actually took the lead in the 11th before the Mets had a two-out, two-run rally to end the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak. So that’s something. It’s very little, but it is something!
The Yankees decided to give Masahiro Tanaka just one run over seven innings, so the Yankees now trail the Marlins 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
John Ryan Murphy delivered a go-ahead two-run double off Brian Matusz in the fifth inning and the Yankees held on for a 5-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, salvaging the final game of a weekend series at Camden Yards.
Murphy’s two-out hit ricocheted off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado and came after the Yankees worked four straight walks to open the inning, including one by Garrett Jones with the bases loaded that tied the game.
“I got into a good count; he left me a good pitch to hit,” Murphy said. “Any inning we score runs is a good inning, but of course when it’s a tied game it feels a little bit better.”
Baltimore starter Mike Wright walked all three batters he faced in the frame before exiting, charged with five runs in four-plus innings.
“I didn’t feel like I was pitching frustrated,” Wright said. “I was trying to battle the whole game, but they were just a little bit better than I was today.”
Yankees starter Adam Warren lasted just 4 2/3 innings, permitting three runs and six hits, before yielding to the bullpen. It snapped a string of five straight quality starts by the right-hander. Chasen Shreve earned the victory with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Dellin Betances recorded his third save.
At least they didn’t get swept! This is likely Warren’s second-to-last start, with Nova’s return imminent, Warren will likely become Dellin Betances’ top set-up man.
I don’t know why the Yankee hitters even bother trying to come back in these games, since their pitchers just keep giving the lead right back to the Orioles. This has been one depressing series, especially with Toronto on the verge of winning their twelfth straight game today.
Friday, June 12, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.276/.352/.433)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.245/.293/.373)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.270/.373/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.361/.568)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.327/.477)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.279/.389)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.288/.304)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.235/.369)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.274/.327/.469)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.294/.323/.469)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.311/.351/.518)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.222/.311/.458)
5. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.210/.229/.286)
6. Travis Snider (L) RF: (.262/.340/.341)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF: (.200/.429/.800)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.250/.348/.425)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.234/.314/.369)
Needing steady help for their bullpen, the Nationals added a veteran hard-throwing right-hander to the mix Thursday, acquiring 29-year-old reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees for minor league infielder Tony Renda.
Carpenter struggled with the Yankees this season but posted a 2.63 ERA in two seasons with the Braves in 2013-2014. The Nationals took a low-risk gamble for the chance to fix Carpenter.
I realize it’s not the popular opinion around here, but I think that the Yankees gave up on Carpenter too soon, and I think he will pitch better than any Yankee reliever not named Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances over the rest of this season.
Renda seems like a non-prospect to me. Not much of a hitter, and can’t play any position besides 2B, but at least Hal gets to save some money on Carpenter’s salary.
Here are some of Renda’s projections heading into this season:
He’s in his age 24 season and is hitting .267/.333/.340 in AA which translates to an MLE in the neighborhood of .215/.265/.275.
If he can only play 2B, then I can’t imagine his defense makes up for that kind of offense, but whatever.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
NEW YORK—On Wednesday, after a 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announced that closer Andrew Miller would be placed on the disabled list with a strained mass flexor muscle.
The flexor muscles are the muscles that bend or flex fingers. The Flexor Pronator Mass is in your forearm by the elbow. The tendons that connect arm muscles to finger bones stretch from the elbow to the fingers. These muscles and tendons allow a pitcher to grip or throw a ball. Muscle and tendon strains are actually tears.
It sounds like the MRI that was performed on Miller yesterday showed no evidence of ligament damage, so I feel a bit less worried that this will be a long-term issue. If it’s truly just a muscle strain, he should only miss a month or so.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
NEW YORK—Denard Span’s back is fine, apparently. The center fielder’s RBI infield single in the 11th inning gave the Nationals just enough for a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. In his return to the lineup after back tightness, Span narrowly beat out the throw from second baseman Stephen Drew, which allowed Tyler Moore to score the winning run.
Nathan Eovaldi and Gio Gonzalez each tallied quality starts. Eovaldi gave up three runs in seven-plus innings, while Gonzalez allowed two in 6 1/3 innings. Neither pitcher factored into the decision—Blake Treinen picked up the win, Chris Capuano took the loss and Drew Storen collected his 19th save.
Joe Girardi’s bizarre bullpen management in this game made a bit more sense with the news that Andrew Miller is heading to the DL with a forearm strain. Luckily, forearm strains rarely mean anything major, right?
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.356/.434)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.299/.381)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.272/.377/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.351/.566)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.485)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.281/.398)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.277/.455)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.268/.268/.390)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS: (—-/—-/—-)
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
NEW YORK—Two homers from Stephen Drew and a seventh-inning barrage helped lead the Yankees to their seventh straight victory, a 6-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball to pick up his fourth win. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer fell to 6-5.
Early homers from Drew and Bryce Harper had the game tied at 1 until the Yankees opened it up in the seventh.
Ramon Flores got the rally going with a one-out single to right field, and Brett Gardner followed suit with a single of his own to left. Alex Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice, and when Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond tried to throw Flores out at third, the ball hit the runner and scooted past third baseman Anthony Rendon, allowing Flores to score. Desmond was charged with the error. Later in the inning, Brian McCann hit a two-run single to right field, and Carlos Beltran made it 5-1 when his single brought in Mark Teixeira. Drew’s second homer of the game, in the eighth, gave the Yanks a 6-1 advantage.
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.291/.333/.456)
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B: (.200/.250/.267)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) DH: (.325/.383/.397)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.326/.464/.706)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.213/.270/.353)
6. Clint Robinson (L) LF: (.246/.292/.328)
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.263/.285/.380)
8. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.242/.286/.383)
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.257/.360/.459)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.355/.438)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.301/.386)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.386/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.237/.348/.565)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.321/.473)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.277/.395)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.294/.311)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.168/.232/.335)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.182/.182/.227)
“Kaprielian is a guy we’ve scouted for a long time, and we’re really happy we were able to get him,” Oppenheimer said. “He has three quality pitches, throws strikes and generates a lot of swings-and-misses. On top of that, he has great make-up. He compiled a quality track record in a good league and performed well for Team USA.”
At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Kaprielian was ranked No. 19 among prospects by Baseball America entering the draft and was its ninth-best pitcher. The Mariners picked him out of high school in 2012.
Kaprielian was the Yankees’ highest pick since they had the No. 13 overall selection in 1993.
I was sort of hoping that the Yankees would use the 16th pick on a high upside player, which does not seem to describe Kaprielian, but he has a chance to be a valuable contributor fairly quickly which seems to make this a reasonably solid pick, if a bit unexciting.
The Yankees’ second pick seems like a reach to me, but what the hell do I know about this crap?
Scouting report: Holder is considered perhaps the best defensive shortstop in this year’s class, but his offense is still a work-in-progress, according to reports. But Holder took a step forward this spring and appears to have an advanced approach at the plate, walking (19) as often as he struck out in his final college season.
Why they chose him: The Yankees chose Holder because they saw him as the best player available. It also helps that his lefty swing might provide him extra power, considering Yankee Stadium’s right-field short porch. Also, the pick fits the Yankees’ focus in recent years of filling the middle of the field with excellent fielders — think the additions of Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan.
When I think “Excellence in Fielding”, I definitely think of Sir Gregorius.
Scouting report: Degano had Tommy John surgery two years ago but throws the ball hard and keep it down in the zone. He misses bats and his several good pitches. He’s older than most (22) and has undergone that surgery, but the fact that he’s bounced back nicely means he should remain healthy.
Why they chose him: Degano popped up basically out of nowhere this year after redshirting in 2014 with the Sycamores. He throws a consistent 90-94 mph fastball with an above-average curveball, his best off-speed pitch.
Never hurts to add a lefty who throws in the 90s, although again I don’t see major upside with this pick. I guess we have to hope for upside from some of their IFA signings prior to the draft.
Monday, June 8, 2015
2015 1st Day of the Draft Thread
The Yankees are actually playing solid baseball right now. It’s pretty cool. I’m watching games again. Unfortunately, there is no game tonight.
On the plus side the draft starts tonight AND we no longer have to watch Bud Selig read out the draft picks.Can life get better?
Tonight’s broadcast will extend through the end of the Competitive Balance B round. That’s 75 picks. The Yankees will have 3 of those.
The first is 16th overall for being pretty mediocre last year. Then they’ll pick 30th overall as compensation for letting Robertson go. The Yankees also have the 57th overall pick as part of the second round. They get that pick just for existing. Isn’t that nice.
This is a little less exciting than the 2013 draft when the Yankees had 3 1st round picks. But their top pick at 16 is considerably higher than the 26 they had 2 years ago, so it’s still pretty exciting.
In 2013 the Yankees added some serious prospects to their system in Jagielo (26) and Judge (32), both of whom are punishing AA pitchers, as well as a quality arm with Clarkin (33). Unfortunately Clarkin has yet to pitch this year due to a lingering injury (please not TJ). It would be nice if they could do something similar this year.
I’m not going to go over a ton of players before the draft, RAB already does a solid job of that and McDaniels at Fangraphs has been providing solid amateur content for the last few months.
Apparently, the general feeling is that this draft class is less impressive than the last few years and the next couple, but it’s relatively deep in quality arms. I’d be pretty surprised if the Yankees don’t take at least one arm tonight.
Rounds 3-10 take place on Tuesday and the final 30 rounds zip by on Wednesday.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.311/.319)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.375/.553)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.254/.303/.493)
4. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.292/.427)
5. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.271/.335/.397)
6. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.174/.273/.287)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.198/.226/.267)
8. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.263/.329)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.282/.339/.376)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.357/.426)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.302/.388)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.384/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.355/.577)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.247/.281/.402)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.220/.276/.432)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.237/.237/.263)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.200/.255/.311)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.294/.311)
Saturday, June 6, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.312/.320)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.377/.544)
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.252/.300/.495)
4. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.276/.336/.403)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.293/.426)
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.187/.262/.323)
7. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.204/.225/.276)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.304/.322/.464)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.284/.339/.379)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.274/.351/.425)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.393)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.374/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.353/.581)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.319/.456)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.241/.276/.400)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.229/.289/.299)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.238/.345)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.167/.167/.167)