Thursday, July 28, 2016
Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 slump at an opportune time.
Rasmus, whose seven-game hitless streak tied his career high, cranked a two-run home run in the third inning Wednesday night off Masahiro Tanaka to back a strong start from Lance McCullers Jr. and send the Astros to a 4-1 win over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.
“Any time you get a hit or a home run or whatever,just to help the boys is great,” Rasmus said. “Especially as much as I’ve been letting us down, to be able to do that against the Yankees in a game we needed to win, since they beat us the first two, I’m thankful and happy to do it.”
McCullers (6-4) allowed one run—on a leadoff homer by Yankees catcher Brian McCann in the fourth—and five hits and struck out 10 batters in six innings, marking his second consecutive 10-strikeout game and fourth this season.
The loss wasn’t so bad, but it was a shame to see Tanaka have a bad start. Even this bad start wasn’t all THAT bad, but it wasn’t good. Game over in the third inning is rough to watch.
Happy birthday, A-Rod!
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.347/.356, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.324/.376, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.309/.350/.554, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.337/.424, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.271/.327, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.326/.462, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.403, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.325/.383, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.192/.258/.296, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.405, 9.9 bWAR
1. George Springer (R) DH (.260/.357/.478, 3.8 bWAR)
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B (.256/.295/.426, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.355/.422/.566, 5.8 bWAR)
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.267/.366/.471, 3.8 bWAR)
5. Colby Rasmus (L) RF (.226/.304/.372, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Preston Tucker (L) LF (.192/.245/.414, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Alex Bregman (R) 3B (.000/.125/.000, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.214/.278/.327, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Jason Castro (L) C (.216/.329/.381, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.338/.441, 15.8 bWAR
This winning nonsense is really getting annoying.
CC Sabathia won for the first time in more than a month by holding the Astros to two runs—on solo homers by Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis—in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Yankees to their eighth win in 10 games, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
“I’ve been doing everything I can and trying not to get frustrated,” Sabathia said. “We’ve been playing pretty well. We’re fighting right now, so to be able to help us get a win feels good.”
The Yankees roughed up Astros starter Doug Fister (10-7) for six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Didi Gregorius had a sac fly and Chase Headley had an RBI single in the second to put the Yankees ahead, 2-1. Starlin Castro added an RBI single in the third, and Yankees scored three times in the fifth, capped by a two-run triple by Aaron Hicks, to take a 6-1 lead.
“I think we’re playing the way that we hoped would play,” Headley said. “We’re playing the way we know that we can. We’ve dug ourselves a hole, so we just have to keep fighting.”
Okay, this isn’t even funny any more. This is just weird. I wouldn’t even be shocked if they went out and GOT a veteran at this point. This is just nuts.
That said, I think the most likely next move for the Yankees is trying to deal Ivan Nova to a National League team for a younger pitcher who the Yankees can control past 2017. I think Brian Cashman thinks that they can plug Luis Severino into the rotation to replace Nova and that he thinks that the pitching market is nuts enough that a National League team will actually give the Yankees a decent younger starter for the promise of having Nova now .More specifically, I think he thinks that the Miami Marlins will trade him something good for Nova and then the Yankees could just slide Severino into Nova’s rotation spot and thus still compete this year while setting the team up better for the future. It’s an odd balancing act Cashman has going on here. But hell, after the Chapman deal, I have pretty much full faith in the guy right now, so shine on you crazy diamond you, Cash!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.349/.360, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.320/.369, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.308/.350/.556, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.336/.426, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.184/.265/.320, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.328/.464, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.292/.402, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.326/.384, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.258/.286, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.317/.404, 9.4 bWAR
1. George Springer (R) RF (.263/.358/.482, 3.8 bWAR)
2. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 1B (.253/.293/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.359/.426/.572, 6.0 bWAR)
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.269/.365/.474, 3.8 bWAR)
5. Evan Gattis (R) C (.220/.284/.451, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Alex Bregman (R) DH (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B (.261/.358/.460, 2.4 bWAR)
8. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.209/.275/.325, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Jake Marisnick (R) LF (.213/.263/.298, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.340/.451, 16.9 bWAR
Nothing like a poorly-timed hot streak to scuttle the true rebuilding we were hoping for.
The Yankees somehow found a way to get the best of nemesis Dallas Keuchel on a night he had some of his best stuff of the season.
Chase Headley and Austin Romine each had RBI hits to back seven strong innings from starter Michael Pineda to lead the Yankees to a 2-1 win over Keuchel and the Astros in the series opener Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
“We had a feeling it was going to be a low-scoring game,” Headley said. “Mikey was outstanding. Credit to him. The pitching staff has been great lately and that’s a big reason why we’re playing a lot better.”
George Springer clubbed a homer on Pineda’s first pitch of the game, and Keuchel sent down 13 of the first 14 batters he faced before Didi Gregorius doubled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Headley’s bloop single. Headley led off the eighth with a single and scored on a double by Austin Romine to put the Yankees ahead, 2-1. The Yankees improved to 51-48 with the victory, reaching three games over .500 for the first time this season.
I imagine every Yankee pitcher getting a note like this before each game…
Dear Yankee Starter,
If you give up more than one run, you will definitely not get a win. More than two runs, you will definitely lose. So, well, don’t give up more than one run.
Shitty Yankee Offense
This bizarre season continues its bizarre nature with the Yankees winning once again, bringing them to their highwater mark of the season, a whopping three games over .500! We all know what this means, of course, which is that they’ll win JUST enough to avoid selling before THEN collapsing.
But hey, if all they do is trade Chapman, at least they DID trade Chapman, which was nice.
Monday, July 25, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.374, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.255/.327/.337, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.305/.348/.554, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.262/.295/.406, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.188/.269/.325, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.297/.329/.464, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.323/.381, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.255/.267/.418, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.194/.261/.291, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.310/.407, 7.0 bWAR
1. George Springer (R) RF (.263/.359/.477, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Preston Tucker (L) LF (.194/.250/.419, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B (.360/.428/.575, 5.9 bWAR)
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS (.271/.366/.478, 3.8 bWAR)
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B (.253/.350/.455, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
7. Evan Gattis (R) DH (.223/.288/.458, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Carlos Gomez (R) CF (.209/.275/.326, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Jason Castro (L) C (.222/.337/.392, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.347/.460, 17.0 bWAR
A tale of two lineups…
The Cubs have agreed to a deal with the Yankees to acquire fireballing reliever Aroldis Chapman for a multiplayer package, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Neither team has confirmed the report.
Heyman tweeted that New York will acquire shortstop Gleyber Torres, outfielder Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren and likely one more player. Torres is the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, while McKinney ranks fifth in their system. Warren returns to the Yankees’ organization after being sent to Chicago for infielder Starlin Castro last offseason.
Chapman, who the Yankees acquired last offseason, is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves this year.
The fourth player is Rashad Crawford, a 22-year-old outfielder who seems okay, but not a huge prospect.
Still, holy crap, Brian Cashman just made out so damn well. And honestly, while the Cubs paid a lot in terms of prospects, A. they had a lot of prospects to deal and B. they haven’t won a World Series in 108 years. I get the desire to try to lock this shit down. Rondon and Chapman is an outstanding 1-2 punch, and Mike Montgomery is a great 7th inning guy. They don’t really have any notable holes now as a playoff team. That’s pretty huge.
But more importantly, the Yankees got two very good prospects in Torres and McKinney and Adam Warren will likely become the Yankees new seventh inning guy, and presumably the Yankees feel that they can fix him. Crawford is just icing on the cake.
Oh, and there’s no extension worked into the deal, so the Yankees can just re-sign Chapman as a free agent (and since he was traded, they won’t have to lose a pick to do so). Chapman clearly liked pitching here, so I’m sure he’d be open to returning.
Just a wonderful job overall by Brian Cashman. He got Chapman for, like, 25 cents on the dollar and then traded him for roughly $3 on the dollar. Very well done.
7:04pm: The Yankees and Cubs are working towards a trade that would send star closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and more, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports via Twitter. Sports Illustrated’s Kenny Ducey reported (Twitter link) earlier tonight that Torres was scratched from the lineup for Chicago’s High-A affiliate, and SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo adds that Torres was indeed removed due to ongoing trade talks.
8:06pm: There hasn’t been any talk of a contract extension between Chapman and the Cubs, Heyman reports (Twitter link). The trade is “looking likelier” but still not finalized, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan tweets. Torres is one of “multiple” Cubs pieces that have been agreed upon as part of the deal.
Seems like a pretty nice trade if it goes through.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira homered as Nathan Eovaldi threw a season-high 118 pitches, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday as they prepared to take their swirling trade speculation on the road.
Amid reports that the Yankees are listening to offers on closer Aroldis Chapman, they were able to complete a 6-4 homestand without calling upon the three big arms of Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, all of whom were unavailable. Eovaldi gave them the lengthy outing they needed, going 6 2/3 innings and credited his cutter to his performance.
“I definitely wanted to go deeper in the game. I knew that they were down today,” Eovaldi said. “The other guys we have in our bullpen, I know that they can get the job done, and we were able to add a few more runs. It was encouraging.”
Well, at least none of us can say that we were surprised that the Yankees kept winning JUST enough to muddy the trade waters.
They really, really have to trade Aroldis Chapman. If they want him back, they can easily re-sign him. Heck, for all we know, the Yankees might even continue to win without him! It’s not like he’s a HUGE part of the team (although he is a significant part of it). Betances and Miller would still be excellent at the back of the bullpen. They really, really need to deal Chapman.
1. Denard Span (L) CF (.255/.332/.344, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Angel Pagan (S) LF (.286/.331/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B (.281/.384/.481, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Buster Posey (R) DH (.284/.358/.467, 2.8 bWAR)
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS (.272/.340/.429, 3.3 bWAR)
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B (.245/.292/.387, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Mac Williamson (R) RF (.247/.337/.506, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Ramiro Pena (S) 2B (.320/.346/.467, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Trevor Brown (R) C (.270/.306/.443, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.344/.430, 11.2 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.351/.363, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.327/.378, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.303/.346/.545, 1.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.337/.429, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.295/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.297/.328/.462, 1.7 bWAR)
7. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.186/.268/.312, -0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.326/.385, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.256/.289, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.256/.319/.405, 9.4 bWAR
Will this be Aroldis Chapman’s final game as a Yankee?
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Presented with a second chance to give the San Francisco Giants an extra-inning lead Saturday, Mac Williamson treated it like a pitch down the middle. He wouldn’t let it pass him by.
Williamson drove in both Giants runs, including the go-ahead tally with a 12th-inning single that hastened San Francisco’s 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The decision ended the Giants’ season-high, six game losing streak and kept them four games ahead of second-place Los Angeles in the National League West.
Williamson broke a 1-1 tie in the 12th with a one-out hit that scored Trevor Brown, who doubled to lead off the inning against Anthony Swarzak (1-1). Two innings earlier, Williamson struck out against Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees’ dominant left-hander, with Grant Green on second base and nobody out.
Self-critical over his inability to accomplish anything in the 10th—“I couldn’t get [Green] over; I couldn’t get him in,” Williamson said—he connected with Swarzak’s 1-0 delivery and grounded it sharply into center field past diving Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.
“I was trying to drive something up the middle of the field, and not get too pull-happy, to give Trevor an opportunity to score,” said Williamson, who also homered in the fifth inning. “He left a slider over the middle of the plate and I snuck it by Didi a little bit, just enough.”
This offense likes to go to new lengths of suckitude sometimes. Then again, it’s not like San Fran’s offense has been anything to write home about either.
The Yankees apparently are close to an Aroldis Chapman deal, and it seems like it might be to Washington for a package centered around Erick Fedde. Fedde isn’t some amazing prospect, but he’s MILES better than what the Yankees gave up to get Chapman, so it’d be a net positive for the Yankees. I legitimately could see the Yankees re-signing Chapman this offseason. What’s Chapman’s market right now?
The Giants’ struggles and the Yankees’ surge both continued Friday night as San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford committed an eighth-inning throwing error that helped New York generate the tiebreaking run in a 3-2 victory. It was San Francisco’s season-high sixth consecutive loss.
“Unfortunately, the first half we couldn’t be consistent as a team,” Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran said after his team won its seventh of their last 10 games and is now 4 1/2 games out of the top spot in the American League Wild Card race. “Now, we feel like we’re playing better baseball, so we’re happy where we’re at. We just need to continue to put up wins and we’ll see what happens.”
With the score tied, 2-2, Chase Headley’s infield single, a dribbler toward third base that didn’t quite roll foul, launched the Yankees’ winning rally against Josh Osich (1-2). The rookie left-hander then walked Mark Teixeira. Austin Romine tapped a grounder to Crawford, who stepped on second base before throwing to first in hopes of recording a double play. But first baseman Brandon Belt couldn’t quite hold on to Crawford’s high throw, enabling Headley to score
. “I don’t know what other play I had,” said Crawford, the reigning National League Gold Glove recipient at his position who committed a career-high three errors. “Maybe the other option would have been the glove flip, but I felt more comfortable taking it myself. I thought, worst-case scenario, we have guys on first and third, one out. Throw got up a little bit. Belt kind of lost it also, he said. That didn’t help. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”
Oddly defensive comments by Crawford, no? Whatever, dude, you’re a great defender. No one is going to turn on you because you had a bad game once in a blue moon. Even throwing his teammate under the bus a bit. Odd.
Anyhow, ChrisS said it would happen, so of course it had to happen - a 3-2 victory that served to screw over any chances the Yankees have of becoming sellers. Well, we’ll see what happens with Games 2-3. Perhaps losing both of them will be enough. I love the whole “Hopefully Ivan Nova can pick up where he left off against the Giants.” Oh? You mean the seven scoreless he threw against them THREE YEARS AGO? Yeah, I’m sure that totally has some bearing on how he will do now.
By the way, lost in the bullpen having a mini-meltdown was another excellent Tanaka start. He’s awesome.
Friday, July 22, 2016
1. Denard Span (L) CF (.254/.334/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Angel Pagan (S) LF (.291/.332/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B (.285/.389/.491, 2.7 bWAR)
4. Buster Posey (R) C (.286/.360/.473, 2.9 bWAR)
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS (.276/.346/.438, 3.7 bWAR)
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B (.250/.299/.400, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Jarrett Parker (L) DH (.255/.367/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Ramiro Pena (S) 2B (.348/.377/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Gregor Blanco (L) RF (.245/.330/.347, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.350/.425, 11.3 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.352/.366, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.300/.339/.548, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.210/.260/.371, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.326/.389, 1.9 bWAR)
6. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.260/.327/.344, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.264/.277/.434, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.194/.257/.296, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.232/.289/.333, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.402, 5.2 bWAR
This would be a fun pitching matchup if the Yankees’ offense wasn’t so terrible.
The expectation with the Yankees, who are now five back in the Wild Card (and six back in the division), is that they’ll still trade Aroldis Chapman and perhaps a few others by the deadline. But those might not be the most drastic moves made in New York over the coming weeks.
According to Jon Heyman, if the Yankees do sell at the deadline, that could set off a domino effect that ends with multiple well-paid veterans getting the boot:
Some New York Yankees people have discussed whether, if they decide to sell, they might consider releasing great veterans Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to get on with the rebuild.
Both Teixeira and Rodriguez are in the midst of horrendous seasons. Teixeira entered Thursday hitting .189/.271/.320 (a 59 OPS+), while Rodriguez’s .213/.264/.376 (70 OPS+) effort isn’t much better. Neither has youth on their side (Teixeira is in his age-36 season; Rodriguez his age-40 campaign), meaning the only impediment is money. Consider that no impediment at all on Teixeira’s side, since he’ll be a free agent at season’s end. Rodriguez, conversely, is due more than $20 million for next season, which might make an outright release tougher to swallow.
I could see releasing Teixeira if Greg Bird was around. But it’s not like Teixeira’s blocking someone right now, and his glove is still useful enough in those rare games he plays in.
As for Rodriguez, you could conceivably release him and free up DH for Carlos Beltran and bring up Aaron Judge to play RF. But if they are going to rebuild, they should be trading Beltran anyway. And even if Rodriguez’s days as a productive MLB player are done, he seems to have some usefulness as a mentor to younger players, and it might be good for Judge to pick Rodriguez’s brain a bit before he’s gone. So releasing Rodriguez also doesn’t make much sense to me.
Both moves only make sense if you consider it as a definitive statement that they are punting on 2016. And even then, I don’t see the benefit to it.
I wouldn’t be particularly upset if they did do it, it would just feel like an empty gesture to me.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Chris Tillman worked seven strong innings, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a pair of runs and the Orioles snapped their four-game losing streak—and New York’s four-game winning streak—with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Tillman (14-2) scattered four hits, walking two and striking out seven as he won his fourth consecutive start, again holding the opponent to exactly one run. Baltimore improved to 10-0 in games that the right-hander has started against the American League East this season.
CC Sabathia was charged with the loss on his 36th birthday. The left-hander retired 15 of 17 through one stretch but allowed four runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, permitting a two-run single to Hardy in the first inning and a two-run double to Schoop in the seventh.
CC really wasn’t that bad. This loss is almost entirely on the offense. Not that CC was great, but he wasn’t terrible. And if he had any run support, he wouldn’t have been pitching in the seventh inning.
Honestly, CC has been a very pleasant surprise this season. Him being an okay pitcher is pretty nice to see. Very few things have been pleasant about this team.
Hopefully this means they’ll sell now!
1. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.263/.331/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.294/.327/.509, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.308/.366/.550, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.285/.338/.564, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.347/.491, 2.5 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.264/.296/.404, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Ryan Flaherty (L) RF (.227/.313/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.155/.211/.179, -0.7 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.332/.483, 12.2 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.351/.367, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.383, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.304/.343/.555, 1.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.340/.439, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.189/.271/.320, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.328/.462, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.264/.376, -0.7 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.224/.284/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.318/.416, 7.5 bWAR)
I feel we can count on CC to stop this annoying winning streak. Remember when he had an ERA two points lower than his FIP?
NEW YORK—The New York Yankees aren’t making this easy for anyone. Not for their fans, not for their ownership, not for the people entrusted with making their personnel decisions, and not for the people who are paid to report daily on what they could/should/might/will/won’t do at the upcoming trade deadline.
Most of all, they are not making it easy for themselves.
Just when it appeared that we could all agree on a course of action come Aug. 1—Sell! Sell!! SELL!!!—they go and win four in a row, including three straight from the Baltimore Orioles, knocking the O’s into a tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the American League East.
Wednesday night’s 5-0 win at Yankee Stadium vaulted the Yankees to a pinnacle they haven’t seen since April 12. Even if it is a modest achievement to be two games over .500, it at least indicates that there might be some life left in this aging, overpaid, underperforming roster.
And if they can pull off a sweep in Thursday afternoon’s finale, and the Red Sox lose to the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees will find themselves just 4 1/2 games out of first place, nearer than they’ve been to the promised land since April 27 and, believe it or not, closer to first place than their crosstown rival Mets, who only went to the World Series last year.
If they were going to pull this crap, why couldn’t they at least have won the series with Boston first?
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Michael Pineda’s electric slider produced eight strikeouts, Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup and the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, a 5-0 decision over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda blanked Baltimore in a 113-pitch effort, limiting their depleted batting order to five hits and two walks as he picked up his first victory since June 7. Teixeira provided support against O’s starter Yovani Gallardo, slugging his eighth homer in the fourth inning and working a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.
“Pitching is the name of the game, especially starting pitching,” Teixeira said. “When your starter goes out there and gives you a chance to win every night, you feel good about your chances. Mike was great tonight. He’s got No. 1 stuff; this guy throws 96 [mph] with a great slider. When he puts it all together, he can have nights like he did tonight.”
Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each tripled and scored on sacrifice flies for the Yankees, who improved to 48-46, two games over .500 for the first time since April 12. Carlos Beltran launched his 20th home run in the eighth inning off former Yankee Chaz Roe.
It is hilariously sad that two games over .500 is their highwater mark of the season. And it is equally hilariously sad that they last reached that mark in April.
Did you folks know that this is the first game that Pineda didn’t allow a run in all season? What a weird tease that guy is.
Anyhow, the Yankees are still a bad team, but now they’re apparently a bad team who is going to win just enough games to take themselves out of being sellers and thus hurting their future as a result. Blech.
Although, I’ll be honest, if the Yankees actually think that they can be competitive next season, I can see the appeal of trying to keep the Big Three together. There’s something very special about seeing a 2-0 lead in, say, the fourth inning and instinctively think, “Just two more innings.” The Big Three, though, deserve a better team. They deserve a team where a 2-0 lead after four innings isn’t a shocking surprise.
1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.269/.320/.379, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.298/.331/.514, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.307/.443, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) 1B (.284/.337/.563, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.250/.316/.484, 0.1 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.259/.292/.402, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.269/.333/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.233/.320/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.160/.218/.185, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.317/.453, 6.3 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.352/.361, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.331/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.301/.341/.544, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.239/.338/.442, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.186/.263/.305, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.299/.332/.468, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.410, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.261/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.219/.282/.297, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.408, 7.7 bWAR)
This has to be the most disappointing winning streak ever. Although, when I see the lineup the Orioles have been running out there every night, I’m glad they are getting their correction.
I just wish they would have waited three more days to start.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Starlin Castro homered and drove in four runs to lead the Yankees to their third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the division-leading Orioles on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Castro hit a two-run shot, his 11th, off Baltimore starter Vance Worley in the second inning and contributed a two-run double facing reliever Odrisamer Despaigne in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a run-scoring single and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who improved to 47-46, 6 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the American League East.
Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi worked 5 1/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball in his return to the rotation, but reliever Anthony Swarzak recorded the biggest outs of the evening, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth. Swarzak retired all eight Orioles he faced.
Some very impressive pitching by the Yankees tonight. It was especially cool to see Swarzak dominate with the Yankees’ Big Three out for tonight’s game after pitching in each of the last two games (Chapman tied his own record for the fastest recorded pitch ever on Monday).
This is still a bad team, but this was a strong performance by the Yankees tonight.
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.308/.445, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Joey Rickard (R) LF (.265/.317/.373, -0.4 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.311/.367/.555, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.287/.340/.569, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.301/.334/.520, 2.6 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.249/.316/.486, 0.1 bWAR)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.263/.297/.409, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.167/.226/.192, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B (.236/.319/.354, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.325/.473, 10.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.353/.362, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.330/.384, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.303/.339/.548, 1.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.242/.339/.448, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.264/.382, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.327/.466, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.294/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.325/.380, 1.8 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.269/.330/.355, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.324/.420, 10.1 bWAR
Only Eovaldi can save us from another annoying victory. For a team that’s 15 games over .500, the Orioles lineup sort of stinks, doesn’t it?
Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th home run, Ivan Nova hurled six solid innings and Aroldis Chapman wowed the crowd with a 105.1-mph fastball, leading the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Orioles on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez’s second-inning blast off Kevin Gausman soared into the left-field bleachers and marked his first home run since June 18, exactly one month prior. It was Rodriguez’s ninth home run of the season, and the slugger said that he has been working on hitting the ball in the air more often.
“I haven’t hit one in so long,” Rodriguez said. “Every game is so important right now, we definitely want to keep all the guys around and keep this team together. We feel like the best baseball is ahead of us, so we have to continue to play well.”
Isn’t the A-Rod stuff a BIT misleading since he barely played during the last month?
Anyhow, quality win for a non-quality team. They’re not seriously going to avoid selling just by being around .500, are they?
Monday, July 18, 2016
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.309/.447, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.302/.335/.515, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.312/.369/.558, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.287/.339/.571, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.253/.307/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.254/.322/.497, 0.2 bWAR)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.268/.298/.417, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.273/.329/.445, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B (.234/.314/.355, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.329/.487, 12.5 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.354/.364, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.334/.389, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.297/.334/.542, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.244/.340/.451, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.214/.259/.367, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.299/.330/.471, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.294/.395, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.328/.384, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.267/.330/.356, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.325/.420, 10.1 bWAR)
Challenged in what manager Joe Girardi described as “probably as important a game as we’ve had in July,” the Yankees responded behind six strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka to post a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.
Tanaka limited Boston to just three hits in an 87-pitch performance as he walked one and struck out seven to outduel David Price, who surrendered 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. All of New York’s damage off Price came in a three-run fourth inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits by Starlin Castro, Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury.
“We didn’t necessarily have a meeting and talk about how important tonight’s game was, but I think everybody understood the importance,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “We needed to win today.”
Sure, it was the challenge, Not Tanaka giving up just one run, It was the response to being challenged. Surprisingly, they won’t respond to the challenge tonight when they have a shittier pitcher going.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
NEW YORK—Things are becoming awfully silly around Yankee Stadium these days. First, there was The Wave breaking out when the home team was losing 5-1. Then, a raucous ovation for David Ortiz when he lined a ninth-inning single, a sure sign that there were few, if any, Yankees fans remaining in the building.
Finally, there was this gem from the manager after his team had to start a pitcher whose ERA was 8.59 and was making his first appearance after a three-week banishment to the minors:
“[Tomorrow] is probably as important a game as we’ve had in July in a long time.”
I mean, who is kidding whom here?
Sunday night’s finale of the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox may be an intriguing pitching matchup—the always-steady Masahiro Tanaka versus the very puzzling David Price—but for the Yankees, it’s about as important as the first day of pitchers’ fielding practice in spring training.
If the Yankees win it, good. They will draw, once again, to within one game of .500 and, with luck, within 8 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles.
And if the Yankees lose it, better. That will mean they are one day closer to the trade deadline and, presumably, one loss closer to convincing the holdouts in the club’s front office to do what every rational mind knows must be done to this roster: dismantle it and start over.
Sabathia has not won a game since June and has now lost his past three decisions. He has allowed 25 earned runs, 39 hits and five home runs in his past 28 1/3 innings—and surrendered five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings on Saturday.
I expected Sabathia to regress. I didn’t expect him to completely implode. A few weeks ago he may have been an interesting trade piece for a contender, although the Yankees would have likely had to pay some of his salary along side him. Now, I can’t see anyone taking a chance on him, especially with him being under contract through 2017 as well.
Anyway, yay loss. Eight more to go in my dream of the Yankees coming out of the All Star Break and going 0-10.
I am certain they will win tonight just to spite me.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Ryan Hanigan, Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts each celebrated their return from the All-Star break with homers off Yankees starter Michael Pineda, leading the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The trio of blasts supported a strong effort by right-hander Steven Wright, who retired the first 14 men he faced and held the Yanks scoreless until the sixth. Wright permitted three runs and three hits over six innings, improving to 4-1 lifetime against the Yankees.
“Very good combination,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Steven came out, was throwing a lot of strikes, there was quite a bit of violence to his knuckleball. We’ve been swinging the bat better. When we finished out the homestand right before the break, it started to carry through here right in the middle innings.”
The win was the eighth in the last 10 games for the Red Sox, who remain two games behind the Orioles in the American League East. New York is under .500 after the All-Star break for the first time since 1995.
This team is bad. However, Steven Wright also owns the Yankees, so as bad as the team is, this loss really wasn’t all that bad.
But yes, they’re bad. And they should sell. Just saying that as far as losses go, this really wasn’t that bad. The team, though, definitely IS bad.
Friday, July 15, 2016
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.304/.344/.525, 4.1 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.304/.368/.438, 2.9 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.329/.388/.475, 2.9 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.332/.426/.682, 3.6 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.288/.367/.435, 1.3 bWAR)
6. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.296/.378/.548, 3.8 bWAR)
7. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.269/.332/.456, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Brock Holt (L) LF (.258/.327/.402, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.189/.250/.230, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.298/.366/.492, 20.8 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.353/.355, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.279/.338/.398, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.299/.338/.550, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.248/.347/.462, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.272/.317, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.220/.260/.382, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.298/.328/.468, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.256/.293/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.329/.378, 1.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.321/.415, 8.5 bWAR)
With second half starting, it’s not hard to think up a list of Yankees concerns and questions—most leading back to the ‘buy or sell?’ question that’s engulfed baseball’s most famous organization for the first time in years.
Here’s a wrinkle to add to it, and it could have a major impact on how the Yankees proceed: The second half schedule is brutal. How tough? ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked it the toughest second-half schedule in the sport:
Well, that can’t be good, can it?
Home/road: 41 of their last 74 games are at home.
This is good news. The Yankees have hit .252/.323/.423 at home vs. .251/.304/.377 on the road. They’ve also pitched better at home, with a 4.29 ERA at home and 4.61 ERA on the road.
Games left against teams over .500: 58
This is good news. The Yankees are 24-30 against teams that are .500 or better, compared to 20-14 against teams that are below .500. Wait, I guess that makes this the opposite of good news, aka bad news.
The Yankees schedule coming out of the break has a pretty good chance to make or break their season. They are at home with three against Boston starting tonight, followed by four against Baltimore and three against San Francisco. At that point they’ll have 64 games left in the season. If they go 5-5, they’ll have to win 37 of those games to get to the 86 wins that it took the Astros to qualify for the second wild card last season. 86 wins may not be enough this year, but it would likely be enough to keep them from selling.
Is it bad form to root for the Yankees to lose the next 10 games?
Thursday, July 14, 2016
NEW YORK—As they head into the second half of the 2016 season, the New York Yankees are the definition of mediocrity with a 44-44 record. They face a daunting task to make the playoffs, sitting in fourth place in the AL East, 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles and needing to leapfrog a half-dozen teams to qualify for the second wild-card berth.
And yet, there is a division within the inner ranks of the organization as to whether the team should be buyers or sellers at the upcoming non-waiver trade deadline.
According to a baseball source who spoke to ESPN on condition of anonymity, the opposing factions are composed of the baseball operations people, led by general manager Brian Cashman, who believe the team should sell off its assets and plan for the future, and the business side, which is led by owner Hal Steinbrenner and team president Randy Levine, who hold to the belief that the club is still in contention.
According to the source, the baseball people would be willing to trade the core of the team, players such as closer Aroldis Chapman, first baseman Mark Teixeira, starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova, and right fielder Carlos Beltran, who has been the team’s best hitter all season and its only position player to make the All-Star team.
Chapman, Teixeira, Beltran and Nova will be free agents after the season; Eovaldi is arbitration-eligible this winter and will be a free agent in 2018.
The source also said the Yankees would like to move center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Brian McCann, a much more difficult proposition because of their contracts. Ellsbury is signed through 2020 at $21 million per year, with a club option for 2021 that includes a $5 million buyout, and McCann is signed through 2018 at $17 million a year. The Yankees are also said to be “willing to listen’’ on setup man Andrew Miller, who had an excellent first half and accompanied Beltran and reliever Dellin Betances to San Diego for the All-Star Game.
As rygel said in the last post, if the owner thinks the team shouldn’t sell, then they probably won’t be selling.
Question. If you could remove a single contract from the Yankees, which one would it be? It would have to be Ellsbury, wouldn’t it?
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
SAN DIEGO — Call it the must-win homestand for the Yankees.
Should the Yankees be buyers or sellers? That’s the question that ended the first half for the team and answers should come quickly as the Yankees open up at home after the All-Star break with 10 games, three against the Red Sox, four against the Orioles and three more against the Giants.
There is one way to become a buyer: Win games. And start on this homestand.
“We do need to start playing well, .500 is not going to cut it anymore,” Yankees All-Star reliever Andrew Miller told The Post before Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Petco Park.
“It’s really good teams we play this homestand,” Miller said. “We’ve played well against some really good teams and what we just did in Cleveland [winning three of four] was certainly a testament to that. We know the challenges ahead of us and it will be more rewarding if we beat teams like that.”
The biggest problem for the fourth-place Yankees has been in their own division with the three teams ahead of them in the AL East — the Orioles, Red Sox and Blue Jays. Against those three teams, the Yankees are 6-15.
Log 5 using year to date winning percentages and accounting for home field says the Yankees should go something like 4.5-5.5 on this home stand. Using Fangraphs’ rest of the year projections instead says 4.8-5.2. If they go 5-5, then they’ll be sitting at 49-49 and would have to win 37 of their last 54 to get to the 86 wins it took the Astros to qualify for the second wild card, which may not even be enough this year. And even though 5.5 games back of the second wild card doesn’t seem insurmountable in a vacuum, it is a lot harder when you have to get past six other teams.
You can’t predict baseball, but I’d be surprised if the Yankees even managed to pull off 5-5 here.
But you never know.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
2016 Yankees Actual vs. Projections at the All Star Break
As requested yesterday.
PA: YTD plate appearances
proj_avg/obp/slg Pre-season CAIRO projected average, on-base average and slugging percentage
proj_BR: Pre-season CAIRO projected linear weights batting runs adjusted for PA
act_avg/obp/slg: YTD average, on-base average and slugging percentage
act_BR: YTD BR
delta_BR: act_BR minus proj_BR (positive means exceeding projection, negative means below projection)
I ignored the players who didn’t accure at least 20 plate appearances here since they don’t really change anything.
Nothing that you really needed a chart to see. Beltran and Gregorius have been great, McCann, Ellsbury and Romine have been better than projected. Ackley, Rodriguez, Hicks and Teixiera have stunk. Everyone else is reasonably close to where they were projected to.
The main takeaway here for me is that the offense has essentially done what they were projected to do, although I guess you can’t project playing time. But this didn’t project to be a good offensive team coming into the year and they haven’t been. And they probably won’t be over the remainder of the season either.
But they’ll keep pretending they’re a contender, of that I’m certain.
Think the Yankees are having second thoughts on being outbid by the Red Sox for Yoan Moncada?
The 21-year-old Cuban infielder, who signed with the Sox for $31.5 million in March of 2015, is living up to the hype as a hugely touted prospect, and adding to the Red Sox frightening collection of young talent.
Frightening to the Yankees, anyway.
Only a few days ago Moncada was named as the No. 1 prospect in the minors by Baseball America in its mid-season rankings of minor league talent. And on Sunday he earned MVP honors at the Futures Game in San Diego, hitting a two-run home run as part of a 2-for-5 day that included a stolen base.
At the time GM Brian Cashman admitted they saw great potential in Moncada but felt compelled to draw the line financially at a certain point.
“We went to where we were comfortable going,” he said.
Grumble, grumble, grumble…
Monday, July 11, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury launched a key home run to help the Yankees capitalize on an uncharacteristically sloppy day for the American League Central-leading Indians, who made three errors on Sunday afternoon as New York took full advantage in an 11-7 win at Progressive Field to wrap up the first half.
“It’s a positive thing. We beat a very good team three out of four games,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “To end up 5-5 on a road trip where it starts off pretty poorly, it’s good. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum to after the break.”
Thanks in part to some miscues behind him, right-hander Carlos Carrasco lasted only 3 2/3 innings for the Tribe, which dropped three of four in the series. Carrasco allowed five hits and five runs, but only one of the runs was earned.
Some time ago, when the Yankees were just starting to right their ship after falling about 29 games under .500 (give or take 20), I noted that if they hit the All-Star Break at .500, you would have to be happy with that. So, well, I guess I’m happy with that.
Still, they are definitely not a good team and stand 5 1/2 games behind the Second Wild Card with a remarkable five between them and the Second Wild Card. So, well, this is not a good situation for the Yankees to be in. But heck, .500 is at least not that embarrassing, either.
Odds are they still DO end up selling at the very least Aroldis Chapman. Hopefully they get someone good for him.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
The hits keep coming for Brian McCann. In a 7-6 win in 11 innings over the American League Central-leading Indians on Saturday, the Yankees catcher collected three more hits, including the decisive blow in extra innings at Progressive Field.
After New York’s late-inning duo of Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman dodged trouble in the ninth and 10th innings, McCann came through in the 11th. The catcher pulled a pitch from Tribe reliever Tommy Hunter over right fielder Abraham Almonte, the double scoring pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes to break a 6-6 deadlock.
Aroldis Chapman goes 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, striking out four and earning his third win of the season vs. the Indians
“It’s really big,” Chase Headley said. “That’s a really good team over there. That’s as good of a team as I have seen this year. To be able to come in here and have a chance to win a series against a really good team, that’d be a huge thing for us.”
Over his past 15 games, which include an active 10-game hitting streak, McCann has hit .373 (22-for-59).
This team is still bad, but boy, they occasionally win some entertaining games.
Didi Gregorious was amazing today. The bat has really come along and the defense has always been there - he saved the game tonight in the seventh when Betances gave up the lead. Outside of the bullshit loss against Texas, they haven’t lost a game yet this season where the Big Three all pitch.
Carrasco is a tough matchup for the Yankees. Hopefully Tanaka does well so that they only lose 2-1.
Yankees right-hander Chad Green turned and watched the baseball soar over the towering left-field wall. Almost immediately, he turned his stare toward the ground as Mike Napoli’s ball landed three-fourths of the way up the bleachers at Progressive Field.
Napoli’s two-run mammoth shot in third was the deafening blow to Green’s first start against an American League team. The rookie was handed the loss in his third big league start after giving up four home runs to the Indians in Friday’s 10-2 loss.
“I didn’t execute some pitches, and a team like this is going to take advantage of it,” Green said. “I made four mistakes all game, but those four mistakes cost me seven runs.”
All eyes were on the young hurler as he toed the rubber against the first-place Tribe. Green was given another start in the rotation after throwing a gem in a spot start against San Diego on Sunday. With the Yankees’ rotation still in flux for the second half, Green was making a case for a permanent role in the rotation.
But his bid for a home in the starting staff got off on the wrong foot. Green surrendered back-to-back jacks to the first two batters he faced, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis. Things took a turn for the worse when Lonnie Chisenhall took the rookie deep on a two-run blast to right, completing a four-run first inning.
I am cool with confidence, but come on, dude, you just gave up four home runs in a single game, don’t give me this “I made four mistakes.” Seriously.
Oh well, at least this game was over early rather than making us think that there was a chance of the Yankees winning. Especially since the first inning was all that Kluber was going to need to win tonight.
Friday, July 8, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.354/.349, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.282/.340/.396, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.293/.334/.555, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.232/.337/.434, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.271/.318, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.295/.399, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.323/.456, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.332/.376, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.297/.360/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.326/.413, 8.6 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.351/.487, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.267/.326/.453, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.298/.353/.449, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.237/.312/.457, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) LF (.296/.355/.423, 1.6 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.302/.350/.470, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Juan Uribe (R) 3B (.222/.278/.365, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.325/.386/.596, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Yan Gomes (R) C (.175/.207/.332, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.326/.445, 9.1 bWAR)
The Indians got their first look at the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen monster on Thursday night, and the result was a 5-4 victory for New York in the opener of a four-game weekend series at Progressive Field.
The American League Central-leading Indians have had a knack for late-inning heroics at home, where they boast a 25-14 record with four walk-off wins this year, but the Yankees trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman shut down the Tribe over 3 2/3 combined innings.
“I hadn’t used them in three days, and that’s why I asked them to get us 11 outs tonight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “My hope was that [Ivan] Nova could get us through six, and we turn it over to them. I felt like I had to make a change. I’ll continue to stick to my rules, because their future is important to us.”
It was a tall task for the Indians over the final three-plus frames.
“You know going in that they’re some of the best in the league,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That doesn’t mean you’re not going to win. I thought we had some really good at-bats, but it’s certainly challenging. Any team, when you get down late, it’s hard, but those two guys at the end are pretty special.”
Chapman did deal with some late drama, though. With two outs and two runners aboard, Tyler Naquin hit an infield chopper and was deemed safe, loading the bases. The game ended, however, when a Yankees challenge resulted in an overturned call. After a replay review that lasted two minutes and 21 seconds, it was ruled that Chapman reached first just ahead of Naquin, ending the game on a 3-4-1 putout and boos from the crowd.
Still a bad team, but this was an impressive win. They definitely need it since they’re going up against Kluber tomorrow, so they’ll likely score negative runs.
Huh, it’s so weird, Rob Refsnyder played and he got on base in both at-bats and had a sac fly in his other plate appearance. So weird. It’s almost like he is a good hitter.
Didi is on a real tear. There’s a decent chance he ends up as their best position player this year.
While I was happy to see the game end the way that it did, it still seemed like an awfully long time for them to get the call right. Over two minutes, right?
Thursday, July 7, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.280/.339/.396, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.353/.348, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.297/.337/.563, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.233/.340/.439, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.273/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.295/.401, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.321/.445, 1.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.326/.373, 1.4 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.288/.349/.397, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.325/.413, 8.7 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.352/.487, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.265/.324/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.299/.355/.452, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.239/.313/.462, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.300/.360/.430, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.307/.355/.477, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF (.275/.333/.450, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.320/.383/.578, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Chris Gimenez (R) C (.190/.235/.278, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.340/.458, 10.1 bWAR)
Miguel Gonzalez has thrown seven solid innings in each of his last two starts, but on Wednesday the White Sox gave him some support, and they cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field.
“Just staying focused and not trying to do too much, staying within myself and letting the defense play,” said Gonzalez of the two starts. “And especially staying down in the zone is really important. The rest of the pitches are going to be there as long as I’m down and staying aggressive in the zone.”
Gonzalez allowed one hit in each of the first three innings, but he retired 14 of the last 16 hitters he faced, striking out three and walking one. Michael Pineda looked equally effective in retiring the first five hitters of the game, but the White Sox put together a four-run, two-out rally in the second that produced all the offense they would need.
Trading JR Murphy for Aaron Hicks made a lot of sense. The Yankees traded from a position of strength to get basically a lottery ticket in Hicks. Murphy has sucked this year so much that the Twins have sent him back to the Minors (and he isn’t hitting THERE, either), and that is with them knowing that X amount of plate appearances makes Kurt Suzuki’s contract option vest. So they really wanted to play Murphy, it just didn’t work. So if Hicks bombs out, no harm, no foul. But come on, Yankees, you’ve scratched the lottery ticket, it’s a bust. I fully respect the idea of giving him a real chance of playing every day to see what he has, but hasn’t he had that chance yet? He is not good. Just move on.
The rest of the team sucks so much that it is painful to watch them waste at-bats on a guy who doesn’t look like he has a future with this team.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was extremely sharp on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon was not, as New York pounded out a season-high 20 hits in a 9-0 victory that evened this three-game set at one win apiece.
Tanaka threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out six. Rodon struggled through five, matching a season high with 12 hits allowed, striking out three and walking two. The Yankees grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second and added two runs in the third on Chase Headley’s second two-run homer in two days.
“It obviously makes things easier for me,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “They scored a run early in the game and they kept on scoring, so that was a plus. I kind of remind myself just to keep on doing what I’m doing, keep this tempo going. Overall, it was a good day.”
Austin Romine went deep in the fifth, as the Yankees scored on Rodon in four of the five innings he pitched after leaving the bases loaded in the first. Brett Gardner’s four hits and three hits each from Carlos Beltran and Headley sparked the attack. Seven Yankees had multi-hit games, including former Cub Starlin Castro, who has celebrated his first trip back to Chicago with six hits in two games.
“Oh yeah, they’ll make you pay,” Rodon said. “I threw some fastballs, some good pitches, and they hit them.”
It is kind of crazy that this shitty Yankees team will have three representatives in this year’s All-Star Game. Not only that, but with Wade Davis injured, there is likely at least a chance that Aroldis Chapman also makes the team, right?
Anyhow, it was good to see Tanaka pitch well. The offense was nice, as well, but it was kind of nuts to see a team score 9 runs and still leave tons of men on base. Can Rob Refsnyder please just be an everyday player? I legitimately get the idea of trying to play Austin Hicks regularly to see if you have something for the future (as Hicks’ best stretch of the season came when he was playing everyday) but why not see what you have in Refsnyder? All the dude does is hit!
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.249/.351/.342, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.296/.337/.567, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.259/.383, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.276/.323, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) SS (.256/.292/.403, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.247/.326/.362, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.275/.333/.377, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.203/.267/.308, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.256/.266/.400, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.306/.392, 3.2 bWAR
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS (.308/.314/.519, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.274/.357/.394, 3.5 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.266/.323/.433, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.296/.345/.461, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.212/.309/.467, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.254/.319/.431, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Alex Avila (L) C (.231/.361/.347, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.238/.307/.343, 0.0 bWAR)
9. J.B. Shuck (L) CF (.235/.262/.398, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.326/.423, 9.9 bWAR
I was going to lookup the number of players with more bWAR than tonight’s starting Yankees lineup, but realized it would just annoy me further. We know at least one player on the White Sox is there though.
CHICAGO—New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi rarely tells it like it is. He likes to bob and weave during interviews, either choosing just to state the obvious or obfuscate enough to shade the full truth.
In discussing the disintegration of Nathan Eovaldi from up-and-coming starter to the relatively unimportant role as a middle reliever, Girardi tried to make it a need-based decision, claiming that Eovaldi’s potential new job as a bridge to the three-headed relief monster of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman is an underrated one, as if anyone in the history of baseball has used any of their top pitchers in middle relief.
No, no matter the manager’s intentions, this is a clear demotion, a rebuke of Eovaldi’s standing in the Yankees’ plans, a further devaluation of his once promising trade value, another potential failure of the organization to develop young starting pitching and a message to the rest of the Yankees that Girardi and GM Brian Cashman will tinker with underperformers. No one is on scholarship anymore.
Apparently the teams that dumped Eovaldi despite his 100 mph fastball knew what they were doing.
Monday, July 4, 2016
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS (.300/.307/.490, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Adam Eaton (L) CF (.272/.356/.391, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.267/.325/.437, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.204/.299/.455, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.294/.344/.462, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.254/.320/.433, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Dioner Navarro (S) C (.224/.274/.379, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.243/.312/.349, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Jason Coats (R) RF (.059/.304/.118, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.322/.420, 8.3 bWAR
Sunday, July 3, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.274/.334/.395, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.356/.350, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.187/.273/.290, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.335/.448, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.288/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.322/.437, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.194/.257/.297, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.237/.308/.322, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Chad Green (L) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.313/.377, 4.5 bWAR
1. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.266/.316/.444, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Wil Myers (R) 1B (.285/.351/.538, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Matt Kemp (R) RF (.255/.273/.461, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B (.281/.371/.439, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Dickerson (L) LF (.211/.250/.368, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Derek Norris (R) C (.210/.270/.391, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Ryan Schimpf (L) 2B (.143/.311/.314, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.243/.274/.326, -1.7 bWAR)
9. Andrew Cashner (R) P (.167/.286/.167, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.305/.430, 5.4 bWAR
The Yankees hit San Diego hoping for an interleague series sweep of a club that has been worse than them this season, and now they’re a bad game away from having it done to them.
A Padres win Sunday would give the Yanks a 39-42 first half that would be their worst in a non-strike season since they were 30-51 in 1990 under two managers, first Bucky Dent after then Stump Merrill.
This season’s Yankees aren’t that bad, but they haven’t played like their 2015 club, which was 44-37 in the first half and went on to finish 87-75, good enough to be a playoff team as a wild card.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.270/.332/.390, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.355/.344, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.291/.401, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.278/.296, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.323/.353, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.293/.323/.440, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.290/.352/.387, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.253/.264/.402, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ivan Nova (R) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.317/.377, 5.3 bWAR
1. Travis Jankowski (L) CF (.244/.343/.314, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Wil Myers (R) 1B (.288/.352/.543, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Matt Kemp (R) RF (.256/.273/.461, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B (.289/.381/.452, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Melvin Upton (R) LF (.260/.310/.426, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Derek Norris (R) C (.212/.269/.394, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.246/.277/.330, -1.6 bWAR)
8. Ryan Schimpf (L) 2B (.125/.310/.281, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P (.143/.143/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.305/.423, 5.9 bWAR
There were no imaginary arrows being shot after the Padres’ thrilling 7-6 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at Petco Park. Only new closer Brandon Maurer leaping off the mound, pumping both fists and screaming toward the heavens.
“That’s as loud of a roar as I’ve seen come out of him at any point in time,” Padres manager Andy Green said of the typically low-key Maurer, who has been given first crack at ninth-inning duties in the wake of Rodney’s trade to Miami. “He’s fired up about getting the save, rightfully so.”
Trailing, 7-2, entering the ninth, New York stormed back, cutting the deficit to one and putting the tying run on third base. But Maurer got Brett Gardner to bounce harmlessly to short, and in doing so, picked up his first career save.
Pretty plainly, there’s no way that this team is going to be any good if Nathan Eovaldi is going to suck this much.
Soooo…I guess this team isn’t going to be any good.
Friday, July 1, 2016
The Yankees are in an unusual spot, and a tough one at that. They are caught in no man’s land, smack between buyer and seller. That is someplace they’ve scarcely been before.
This is a difficult spot for anyone, but especially so for them, a team that’s seemingly always on top, or at least within striking distance of it. Right now they are smack in the middle, as average as can be, at 38-39. So it’s no shocker that their current middle-of-the-road predicament could inspire stirring debate within their offices at 161st and Rivera that may last right up until the Aug. 1 trade deadline. And it may have started already.
Word going around the game is that while team honchos Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine, the managing partner and president, don’t even want to think about selling, not yet, and not when they’re so close (3.5 games) to the wild card, perhaps not everyone feels exactly that way. Despite the Yankees’ uninspiring standing and their overt flaws, the two at the top are advocating a wait-and-see approach. But word going around is that not everyone in Yankeeland is quite so sure that’s the way to go. Word among rivals is that general manager Brian Cashman may be less convinced that staying the course is the way to go and more receptive to the idea of a rare sale of stars (though Cashman himself doesn’t exactly admit that that’s the case).
While folks around the league and team seem convinced Cashman sees the harsh reality of the situation, Cashman doesn’t stoke that potential fire. He says he’s merely “doing his job” by engaging teams for potential sales and buys. (And indeed, one rival mentioned the Yankees as one of a dozen teams at least looking at starting pitchers to buy).
“We are not sellers. We are not buyers. We have not had discussions with anyone,” one Yankees official insisted.
The idea going around that Cashman may be more amenable to selling may have some validity. Or it may be wishful thinking on the part of some of his rivals, who’d like to see superb relievers Aroldis Chapman and especially Andrew Miller, plus excellent, age-defying hitter Carlos Beltran, out on the market.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
For the second time in as many days, the Yankees came up clutch in the ninth inning to beat the American League West-leading Rangers, defeating Texas, 2-1, on a passed ball Thursday afternoon to get back to .500 at 39-39. The Rangers have lost consecutive games for the first time since losing three straight to the Athletics from May 16-18.
Chase Headley scored on a mad dash from third base on a Robinson Chirinos passed ball with two outs in the ninth. Headley led off the inning with a walk before Didi Gregorius, the hero in Wednesday’s walk-off win, bunted Headley into scoring position and a Starlin Castro groundout put him on third base.
“When you get an opportunity like that with two outs in the ninth, you got to find a way to score,” Headley said. “We’ll take it any way we can get it—that was a great win. These can be momentum wins. That’s a really good team over there, and to come back and get a couple wins from them, that’s big for us.”
Michael Pineda was stellar, striking out a season-high 12 batters in six innings, over which he allowed just two hits and one run. It was the second consecutive outing that Pineda allowed only two hits, and he earned no-decisions in both of the games. The Yankees’ three-pronged bullpen attack of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over from there, allowing two hits and striking out four, effectively silencing the Rangers in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
“Their guy on the hill was exceptional,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “That slider was devastating and he had a 96-mph fastball. That’s that guy. He can throw like an ace or give up some runs. Then you get to their big guys, they are as challenging as anybody.”
Okay, you have to give it up to Michael Pineda. He was amazing today. How has this guy been so terrible for so long? Look at that stuff! How is he not an ace?!
The great Yankee offensive strategy of walks and passed balls for the clutch victory. Hilarious. I would have been shocked if they took a game from the Rangers in this series. To split the series? That’s downright amazing. This was a surprisingly decent 5-4 homestand, with a lot of comebacks and three walkoff victories (if passed balls count as walkoffs, that is). That is kind of nuts.
They’re still not a good team, of course, but hey, it is better than nuthin’.
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.273/.404/.429, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.377/.528, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.339/.437, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.284/.333/.464, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.221/.293/.351, -0.9 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.292/.486, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Jurickson Profar (S) SS (.347/.380/.505, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.227/.295/.416, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.184/.298/.469, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.329/.452, 9.7 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.273/.332/.395, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.366/.356, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.251/.379, -0.8 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.229/.333/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.279/.302, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.324/.358, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.425, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.203/.259/.310, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.246/.306/.333, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.314/.374, 4.8 bWAR)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Down four runs entering the ninth inning, the Yanks rallied on Brian McCann’s game-tying homer and Didi Gregorius’ walk-off blast for a 9-7 win against the Rangers on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead behind a huge third inning led by Nomar Mazara and Prince Fielder. With the score tied at 1 and no one out in the third, the Rangers loaded the bases against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka off of singles by Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo, as well as an Ian Desmond walk. Next up was Mazara, who cleared the bases with a Statcast-estimated 367-foot double, giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, Fielder singled Mazara home, extending the lead to four and scoring more runs in one inning than Tanaka has allowed in all but three of his starts this season.
But things turned around in the eighth, when McCann cut the deficit to four runs with a solo home run. The Yankees continued to build off that swing in the ninth, as Rob Refsnyder and Jacoby Ellsbury reached off reliever Matt Bush. The Rangers brought in closer Sam Dyson, and Brett Gardner greeted him with a single, with Refsnyder scoring on an error by Desmond in center. After an Alex Rodriguez lineout, McCann evened the game with a three-run homer, scoring Ellsbury and Gardner. Two batters later, Gregorius smacked a ball over the short porch in the right field, scoring Starlin Castro with the walk-off blast and ending a three-game losing streak for the Yanks.
They’re still a bad team, but come on, who can’t be excited about a win like this? In terms of awesomeness, this was so awesome that it completely offset the awfulness of Monday’s loss.
It was nice to see them pick up Tanaka, who has been so good this year (although he has struggled as of late). And, of course, it was nice to see them score six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With the way Didi and Refsnyder are hitting, why not bat them in the middle of the lineup? What does this team have to lose?
That’s not a godawful lineup. Replace A-Rod with Beltran when he’s healthy (and bat Beltran 3rd, and swap Refsnyder with A-Rod) and you really have something.
Refsnyder really needs to play every day now. All the dude does is hit and this team hits terribly overall.
And, of course, perhaps the best part was watching the Texas closer suck, to hopefully make them want to part with someone really good for Aroldis Chapman.
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.264/.404/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.326/.377/.533, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.289/.341/.437, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.285/.334/.456, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.217/.290/.346, -1.0 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.293/.479, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.284/.337/.395, 1.3 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.231/.300/.423, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.178/.302/.489, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.328/.442, 10.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.327/.396, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.368/.360, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.219/.258/.391, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.223/.323/.406, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.284/.404, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.318/.413, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.249/.326/.345, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.259/.316, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.293/.348/.397, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.314/.382, 5.3 bWAR)
- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs to support Cole Hamels’ strong effort as the Rangers defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
“It has been fun to be on this type of team,” Hamels said. “Everybody comes in excited and having fun and pushing each other to another level. That’s exciting to see. We have an unbelievable balance in the clubhouse and on the field. Nothing is going to push us over the top or bring us down.”
Beltre enjoyed a three-hit performance, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, reaching on a sixth-inning single and adding an RBI single in the eighth as Texas, which has a Major League-high 51 wins, won its fourth straight contest, including two over the Yankees. Prince Fielder’s RBI double in the eighth chased Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who permitted six runs and eight hits as he was handed his fifth loss of the year.
Love those Yankees.com headlines. Yeah, the game “got away” from them.
Seriously, though, this was a good performance by CC, the offense is just awful and even more awful when facing Cole Hamels.
I’m still mad at the umpires from the first game of the series. The Yankees have very poor odds of winning a game in this series, so the umpires messing them over in Game 1 was not fun. And now Kaprelian is hurt - of course.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.279/.417/.456, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.321/.373/.532, 3.3 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.279/.330/.442, 2.6 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.213/.287/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) LF (.284/.366/.475, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.294/.482, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.288/.342/.401, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Jurickson Profar (S) 1B (.348/.375/.511, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.255/.287/.358, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.279/.333/.444, 9.9 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.394, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.294/.333/.569, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.223/.264/.398, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.191/.280/.303, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.285/.406, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.319/.416, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.323/.342, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.212/.265/.325, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.262/.273/.417, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.303/.404, 3.8 bWAR
For the Rangers, Monday night was worth the wait.
With the Yankees leading by one run and a runner on first base following a leadoff walk issued by closer Aroldis Chapman to Robinson Chirinos in the top of the ninth inning, Monday night’s game entered into a three-hour, 35-minute rain delay, beginning at 10:40 p.m. ET and resuming at 2:15 a.m. After the delay, Kirby Yates entered the game to pitch for the Yankees and couldn’t secure his second career save, allowing a two-run single to Adrian Beltre and an RBI single to Elvis Andrus as the Rangers won, 9-6.
The choice to delay the game belonged solely to crew chief, first-base umpire Paul Nauert, not managers Joe Girardi and Jeff Banister. Being that the game had lasted longer than five innings, Nauert was within his rights to call the game, but he elected not to, leading to the delay.
Prior to the delay, the Yankees broke out offensively with 15 hits, 13 of which were singles and five of which came with runners in scoring position. Mark Teixeira provided the big blast, smacking the Yanks’ first non-single of the day, a home run to lead off the seventh inning that extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-4. It was Teixeira’s second home run in two days after he went all of May and most of June without hitting one.
The Yankees’ bullpen wasn’t at its best but still had a chance to close it out. Dellin Betances tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and struck out one batter, but Andrew Miller allowed a solo home run to Rougned Odor in the eighth and Chapman walked the first batter he faced and was behind in the count to the next batter, Shin-Soo Choo, before the game was delayed.
While definitely one of their worst losses of the season, this was also a tough game to really give the Yankees too much guff over. I mean, obviously you can rip Kirby Yates for getting ahead of Ian Desmond 1-2 and then hitting him and then getting ahead of Nomar Mazzarra 1-2 before hitting HIM, too, to load the bases before getting ahead of Adrian Beltre 1-2 before giving up a two-run single. Then, after getting ahead of Prince Fielder 0-2, he hit HIM, too, to re-load the bases. After a flyout didn’t score a run, he gave up another two-run single to Elvis Andrus before finally ending the inning. So yes, Kirby Yates was awful. However, it is not like the Yankees had anyone else in the bullpen who you would want to be pitching in the situation Yates entered into - a runner on first, no outs and a 3-1 count for the Rangers’ leadoff hitter. Not a good situation. And the reason that they were in the situation was because the crew chief felt bad for the Rangers.
That’s really it.
He made everyone wait three hours and thirty-five minutes because he thought it would be unfair for the Rangers to lose a game when they had a real chance in the ninth. I’m not even saying that I think that that call was wrong, per se, but I WILL say that it is rarely called like that, and I bet dollars to donuts that the next time you see this situation, it won’t happen like this. But really, had they NOT called the rain delay, the Yankees were screwed, too, as Aroldis Chapman clearly couldn’t locate his pitches in the rain. His trouble with location actually likely led to him getting pitches that were technically strikes called balls because he was clearly off from where he was throwing the ball as he just couldn’t locate with the rain. So Girardi asked if Chapman could get a rosin bag and maybe if they could work on the mound and the crew chief instead decided to call for the rain delay. But if the umps were so worried about being unfair to the Rangers, who played through the same conditions, then why not just make the Yankees play through it? If they lost, they lost. Instead of waiting almost four hours and taking away the Yankees’ closer from the situation. It was just a clownish performance by the umpires.
But anyhow, this was more flukey than anything, so while terrible, it’s hard to feel TOO bad about it. This team still sucks, of course (and how can it be “stunned” when we all figured it would happen?)
Next time they face a righty, by the way, could Refsnyder please play right field? Please?
Monday, June 27, 2016
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.270/.418/.444, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.373/.525, 3.2 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.338/.434, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.280/.332/.447, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.211/.282/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.273/.295/.476, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.289/.341/.403, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.229/.299/.424, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.186/.286/.512, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.326/.440, 9.8 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.274/.328/.398, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.368/.359, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.287/.325/.566, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.322/.409, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.179/.272/.277, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.283/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.321/.344, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.219/.273/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.315/.397, 5.3 bWAR
Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
“First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate,” said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. “Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It’s a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive.”
Duffey retired the first 17 batters he faced before Aaron Hicks’ two-out double in the sixth, then limited the Yankees to one run over eight innings, striking out eight without a walk to help the Twins snap a three-game skid and avert a potential series sweep.
“That ball Hicks hit, it was just a changeup that I left over the middle,” Duffey said. “It was a pitch that I had located earlier in the game, swung through. It was one of those things where I knew what was going on the whole time. I knew I had to get the next guy out, so I just rolled with it and had to keep pitching.”
You have to love how much the Yankees.com headline writers stretch to come up with sort of positive headlines for terrible losses. “Hey, Teix hit a home run! Yeah, we allowed 48 home runs on our end, but at least Teix hit one!”
What a pathetic loss. Tyler Duffey was pitching for his rotation spot today, a rotation spot on the worst team in baseball, and yet he was PERFECT through nearly six innings! What a pathetic, pathetic offense.
They took 2 out of 3 from the Twins only because the Twins made some moronic errors in the first two games of the series.
This upcoming series against the Rangers is going to be high-lariously bad. I’d be surprised if they get a game.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.310/.341/.463, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.274/.401/.487, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.273/.370/.393, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.333/.424, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 1B (.250/.273/.380, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Max Kepler (L) RF (.242/.314/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.275/.303/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.222/.246/.317, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Danny Santana (S) CF (.250/.281/.333, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.327/.406, 3.4 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.333/.405, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.373/.365, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.290/.328/.573, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.226/.326/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.176/.271/.259, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.286/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.318/.413, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.325/.349, 1.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.217/.272/.329, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.400, 6.1 bWAR
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Though the Yankees struggled to cobble together offense against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, they came away with a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium after Eduardo Escobar booted a grounder off the bat of Starlin Castro in the eighth inning, allowing Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead run.
“It was hit hard,” Escobar said through an interpreter. “At that point, there’s not much you can do other than throw your glove at it. That’s not an excuse, but it was hit pretty hard.”
For as inconsistent as the Yankees’ offense was, their pitching was terrific. Right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just two hits through six innings of one-run ball before handing the ball to the bullpen. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took care of the rest, mowing down nine of the final 10 Twins batters. Chapman allowed a two-out single to Joe Mauer, which ended the trio’s perfect streak over the last three games.
“I want to pitch longer in the game and try to pitch longer to give [the bullpen] a little rest because those guys are working hard,” Pineda said. “It feels good when you have three guys down in the bullpen so good.”
When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to allow a run to score on an error on what would have been an inning ending double play, while your pitchers only gave up a single run, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.
Pineda was excellent today, though. How is that guy so terrible? He has such great stuff.
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.315/.346/.470, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.283/.413/.504, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.274/.371/.395, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.334/.415, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.247/.313/.416, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.280/.308/.384, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) 1B (.197/.283/.423, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.272/.312/.418, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.198/.238/.339, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.329/.419, 5.6 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.406, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.253/.368/.358, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.287/.326/.574, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.264/.401, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.323/.414, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.180/.271/.263, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.416, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.319/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.331/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.317/.407, 5.4 bWAR
Did you know the Yankees are 8-1 against the Angels and Twins and 28-35 against the rest of the teams they’ve played?
Despite an uncharacteristically laborious outing from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees capitalized on three Twins errors, plating three unearned runs on the way to a 5-3 series-opening victory over Minnesota on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
With the Yankees trailing, 2-0, in the third inning, the veterans stepped up, as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez notched an RBI single to knot the score. After the Twins put another run on the board in the fourth, the Yankees struck back with two of their own in the home half following a Joe Mauer fielding error to take the lead for good. Aaron Hicks added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer against his former club.
Alex Rodriguez knocks a single into left and Carlos Beltran beats the throw to the plate, then A-Rod advances to second on a throwing error
“It seems like this year in particular that we’ve had trouble in getting off the field after we’ve scored,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “It really does change the course of how games go when you get another offensive chance with a zero on the board.”
Tanaka was shaky after a 1-2-3 first, needing 95 pitches to get through six innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs before handing the game over to the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen behemoth of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. The trio promptly went nine-up, nine-down, notching five strikeouts—including three from Chapman, who at one point threw 10 straight pitches at 100 mph or faster.
When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to make weird errors to beat them with your best pitcher on the mound, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.
Mark Teixeira returns to the lineup on Saturday, which will be maddening, as it is likely that “almost surely still injured” Teixeira will not outhit Rob Refsnyder, and yet Teixeira will get his lineup spot back guaranteed.
Friday, June 24, 2016
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.316/.347/.474, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.294/.425/.523, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.277/.373/.400, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.244/.332/.409, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.259/.326/.435, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.281/.310/.388, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) DH (.200/.283/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.266/.307/.409, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.195/.236/.331, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.337/.420, 6.0 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.375/.366, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.288/.339/.404, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.323/.573, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.215/.259/.399, -0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.328/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.320/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.214/.266/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.272/.286/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.313/.415, 3.1 bWAR
Isn’t it hilarious that you can make a case that Carlos Beltran is the Yankees’ most valuable position player this year but he’s not been as valuable as Nun-E™? It’s hilarious, really.
Ike Davis is still waiting for his first at-bat in Yankee Stadium since signing with the team last week.
In two games against right-handed starters, Davis stayed on the bench in favor of Rob Refsnyder.
And with Mark Teixeira potentially on the verge of rejoining the Yankees on Saturday after rehabbing a knee injury, it’s anyone’s guess how many chances Davis will get in The Bronx.
It’s hardly the first time things haven’t gone according to plan for the former Met.
“I think I’ve had a great experience,” said Davis, who signed with the Yankees after being released by the Rangers this month. “I don’t think I performed the way I wanted to or that my career has gone the way I hoped it would go. But I also had a lot of weird things happen and I don’t think that’s given enough credit. I ran into some bad luck.”
Does anyone else think the Yankees just signed Davis to a major league deal so people would stop noting that they haven’t signed a major league free agent since whatever date it was that they hadn’t?
Anyway, I sure hope the $1.5M contract for Davis was pro-rated.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.
“It feels great,” Castro said. “Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game.”
Trailing by four runs heading to the seventh, Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius lined a run-scoring single as the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate, tying the game against Colorado relievers Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Miguel Castro. Aroldis Chapman picked up the victory after working a scoreless top half of the ninth.
“That shows that we never give up,” Gregorius said. “The bullpen kept us there. We put up some runs and then tied the game. Castro hit a big walk-off homer. It’s good that we kept fighting.”
Nick Hundley’s three-run homer highlighted the early barrage against starter CC Sabathia, who was unable to hold a lead provided by Chase Headley’s second-inning grand slam. Charlie Blackmon also lined a two-run single off Sabathia, who permitted six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Raburn added a two-run shot in the fifth off Anthony Swarzak.
This team is terrible, but come on, you have to admit that it is still fun when they win games like this.
But yeah…wow, this team is bad. Yay, Beltran, though!
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.357/.500, 1.1 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.324/.388/.492, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.295/.368/.590, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.317/.362/.556, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.324/.549, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Ryan Raburn (R) DH (.246/.331/.465, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.288/.358/.447, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.253/.379/.468, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Brandon Barnes (R) LF (.162/.225/.270, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.288/.355/.514, 10.9 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.279/.333/.406, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.370/.367, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.318/.563, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.261/.405, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.321/.412, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.404, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.317/.420, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.325/.341, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.300/.345/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.319/.418, 5.9 bWAR)
I am positive the Yankees will win today as they continue to delude themselves into thinking they are contenders.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Charlie Blackmon homered twice and Nolan Arenado claimed the Major League lead with his 21st long ball of the season, helping to lead the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Blackmon led off the game with a home run that struck the right-field foul pole, then went deep again in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Arenado slugged a two-run shot in the sixth off Nick Goody.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis limited New York to four runs (two earned) over six innings, tying a career high with eight strikeouts as he defeated the Bronx Bombers for the second time in a week. DJ LeMahieu contributed three hits for Colorado.
Oh man, they are so bad. I think I’m okay with giving Severino Nova’s rotation spot again. At least Severino is young.
One good thing - Refsnyder got the start against the righty and he did well. Nice job by Girardi. I was afraid that he would do a strict platoon with Davis and Refsnyder. Glad that my fears were misplaced.
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.292/.357/.475, 1.0 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.318/.384/.489, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.288/.364/.576, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.311/.355/.549, 1.8 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.323/.550, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Daniel Descalso (L) DH (.394/.487/.576, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.290/.362/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Ryan Raburn (R) LF (.245/.333/.473, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tony Wolters (L) C (.204/.297/.276, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.354/.503, 11.5 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.362/.362, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.283/.316/.567, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.220/.267/.413, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.322/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.348, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.221/.273/.316, -0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.283/.333/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.313/.410, 3.6 bWAR
Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t seem to favor the idea of selling.
The Yankees owner, enthused by his team’s improved play over the last month, said he expects his club to be a factor in acquiring talent by the trade deadline.
“I believe we’re going to be right smack in the middle of it by the end of July,” he said Monday at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan at the annual Harlem RBI “Bids for Kids” fundraising dinner. “We’ll have to see at the end of July, like we always do. We’ll take a look at everything.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Trevor Plouffe evaded Brian McCann’s tag to score the go-ahead run as part of a four-run sixth inning, helping lift the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday as the clubs completed a four-game series at Target Field.
Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple highlighted a rally against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who had limited the Twins to a Max Kepler home run through the first five innings. Kepler added a run-scoring single and Kurt Suzuki stroked an RBI double as part of the big inning, which included a video review that overturned an initial out call on Plouffe.
“Offensively, we had to scratch—Eovaldi was good,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “[Plouffe] made a pretty athletic slide. ... We got the call reversal, which was huge, and we added on a little bit. And then we had to hold on.”
Ervin Santana held the Yankees to two runs over seven innings to pick up the victory, snapping the Twins’ five-game losing streak. McCann hit two solo home runs on 3-for-4 day, smashing out of an 0-for-15 skid, and Alex Rodriguez punched an RBI single in the fourth inning.
It’s crazy how the Yankees won 3 out of 4 games in this series despite being pretty terrible in most of the games. This offense is so, so bad.
Speaking of “so bad,” Dellin Betances was awful in the sixth inning today. Nathan Eovaldi was pitching well, so I get why the Yankees stuck with him in the sixth, but he sure picked a bad time to collapse and Betances wasn’t much better.
A very bad loss.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
This was “a good character win” for the Yankees, in Alex Rodriguez’s eyes, as his team hit a pair of late homers that allowed them to withstand a shaky outing by closer Aroldis Chapman. It remains to be seen if this is the series that will finally vault them over .500 for good.
The Yankees returned to the break-even mark on Saturday with their third straight victory over the Twins, posting a 7-6 victory that put them back in the middle of the road after 68 games. They’ve seen their past win streaks followed by dips, but Rodriguez wants to believe this time will be different.
“I think it’s important for us to stay consistent,” Rodriguez said. “The one thing that for us is very important as an offense is to get runs early. The numbers when we get ahead early, when we score four runs; we’re 27-5 when we score four or more runs. As an offense, that should be a goal for us every night.”
Rodriguez clearly has done his research; he was thumping a similar objective of five-runs-or-better earlier in the season. That didn’t materialize, but maybe that’s because they hadn’t seen the Twins yet. Rodriguez hit his 695th career homer off Ricky Nolasco in the seventh inning, halving New York’s deficit to 4-2 at the time.
First off. how amazing is it that A-Rod can tell a reporter those numbers off the top of his head?
Anyhow, once again, a pathetic performance for most of the game turned into something special in the late innings. Ricky Nolasco, who isn’t that good, dominated the Yankees. Luckily, the Twins’ bullpen is pretty, pretty bad. A-Rod hit a two-run home run, Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run (now putting Beltran two homers off of the Major League lead in dingers!!!) and then the Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on a big two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury and then a sacrifice fly by Gardner.
So the Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth up by three runs. Aroldis Chapman got the first two outs by strikeouts and then gave up his first home run since last August to Eduardo Escobar!! Just the fourth home run Chapman had given up since 2014!! Then Kurt Suzuki came up and had a hell of a battle with Chapman, a battle that ended up with ANOTHER home run! I am sure John Sterling noted that you can’t predict baseball. Then Chapman closed the victory out.
The Yankees are back to .500. Let’s see if they can get over .500 with a sweep of the Twins tomorrow. Eovaldi has been awful in June, though, so it’s not likely.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.282/.337/.414, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.248/.363/.357, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.316/.563, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.218/.268/.401, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.211/.320/.383, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.333/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.312/.406, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.279/.319/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Ike Davis (L) 1B (.250/.333/.250, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.324/.414, 6.1 bWAR
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.314/.346/.485, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Danny Santana (S) LF (.256/.288/.344, -0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.285/.384/.414, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.227/.325/.369, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.209/.293/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Byung Ho Park (R) DH
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.266/.298/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.246/.259/.351, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.200/.234/.352, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.322/.390, 3.6 bWAR
he first three Yankees to hit all came around to score against Minnesota left-hander Pat Dean as part of a four-run first inning, and New York never looked back en route to an 8-2 rout at Target Field on Friday night that secured the Yanks at least a split of the four-game series.
Carlos Beltran led the way offensively for the Yankees with three hits, including a two-run home run—his team-leading 17th of the season—before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the sixth. Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine also drove in two runs apiece in support of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (4-2), who allowed one run through eight strong innings to bounce back from a rough start against the Tigers and secure his fifth quality start in his last six outings.
Minnesota scored its first run in the second inning after Trevor Plouffe singled, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s double and came home on a groundout by Max Kepler. After missing a homer on that double by a matter of feet, Escobar later drilled a no-doubter into the right-field bleachers in the ninth for his first long ball of the season.
Are the Twins awful? Of course. But come on, what more can you ask for but for the Yankees to beat up on a team that they should beat up? So yes, it is not impressive, but it is more impressive than losing! I can’t believe Beltran has 17 home runs. His Yankee season high is 19.
Friday, June 17, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.340/.419, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.256/.286/.359, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.273/.309/.546, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.217/.264/.406, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.254/.288/.415, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.321/.344, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.280/.314/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.276/.291/.434, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.220/.274/.318, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.304/.416, 3.5 bWAR
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) DH (.316/.347/.489, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.285/.386/.417, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.303/.441/.573, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.227/.326/.371, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B (.240/.266/.369, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.252/.286/.295, -0.5 bWAR)
7. Max Kepler (L) RF (.206/.296/.349, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.248/.291/.343, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.204/.239/.359, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.326/.398, 3.9 bWAR
Nothing like seeing your starting lineup has fewer bWAR than that of a team that’s 20-46. But hey, keep pretending you’re contenders…
CC Sabathia tossed six strong innings and Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to help the Yankees snap their four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.
The three-run blast from Gregorius came on the first pitch from lefty reliever Fernando Abad, who entered with a 0.79 ERA and hadn’t allowed a homer all year. It helped Sabathia pick up his second straight win, as he limited Minnesota to one run on six hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.
“He threw me a fastball right down the middle, and I hit a home run,” Gregorius said. “I’m not looking to hit a home run, but it happened. You can at least drive one run in, that’s what you always look for in those situations.”
Even when they win, they’re pathetic. Kyle Gibson, who is awful, dominated them for six innings. Granted, that Didi home run was awesome. And CC was great again. But man, this offense is so, so bad.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.342/.422, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.369/.364, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.277/.313/.554, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.209/.257/.403, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.215/.322/.390, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.292/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.309/.393, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.245/.316/.333, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Ike Davis (L) 1B (.200/.200/.200, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.317/.413, 5.3 bWAR
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.317/.346/.493, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.318/.453/.600, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.230/.327/.376, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Trevor Plouffe (R) DH (.234/.261/.366, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Byung Ho Park (R) 1B (.203/.290/.432, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.259/.294/.304, -0.4 bWAR)
7. Max Kepler (L) RF (.200/.284/.333, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.241/.285/.331, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.212/.248/.374, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.310/.403, 2.2 bWAR
I knew Nun-E would be a star. Maybe the Yankees should sign him for 7 years and $153M.
After last season, the Yankees — returning virtually the same roster — thought there would be no reason they wouldn’t end up competitive. But that’s what’s happened. And because the Rays beat the Mariners on Wednesday, the Yankees fell into last place in the American League East for the first time since May 19.
His pitching staff has been incredibly uneven. For a handful of starts, Nathan Eovaldi looked like the rotation ace, but now he’s lost his splitter. Ivan Nova started out so well when he joined the rotation in early May, but he’s allowed at least five runs in two of his last three starts. CC Sabathia has been outstanding, but can he keep it up? And after being so bad for so long, Michael Pineda has saved himself from a minor-league demotion over his last three starts.
And the offense? Girardi isn’t getting much production from designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira has alternated between bad on the field and hurt off it. They were supposed to anchor the lineup. Several other Yankees have underperformed, too, but because of either a lack of depth or a committed contract, the Girardi hasn’t had much wiggle room.
“At times we haven’t hit,” Girardi said. “At times we haven’t pitched.”
So, everything’s going wrong, and it’s a surprise Girardi took so long to get so tense.
I’m not particularly vexed that a team that needed everything to go more than perfectly to win games isn’t winning games.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Right-hander Chad Bettis shook off a four-start slump and Nolan Arenado homered for the 20th time as the Rockies beat the Yankees, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field to win their fourth straight and eighth in the last 10 games.
Bettis, who had gone 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA in his previous four outings, held the Yankees to three runs (two earned) on seven hits, with five strikeouts in six innings. Arenado’s two-run homer off Yankees starter Ivan Nova was part of a four-run fifth that helped the Rockies gain a sweep of the two-game set. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, falling a homer shy of the cycle.
Nova gave up five runs on 10 hits as the Yankees dropped their fourth straight to fall into the American League East basement.
Great googly moogly, they were awful today.
Thank goodness it was just a two-game series.
Not that they won’t be awful against other teams, but at least it isn’t in Colorado.
Trevor Story homered and drove in three runs and Carlos Gonzalez had four hits—including his 15th home run of the season—as the Rockies beat the Yankees, 13-10, at Coors Field on Tuesday to win for the seventh time in the last nine games.
The Yankees were unable to figure out Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, who earned his third win of the season by pitching five scoreless innings. Shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run off Gonzalez Germen in the sixth, starting an attack on the Rockies’ bullpen. New York added seven more runs on eight hits in the eighth off Justin Miller and Miguel Castro as the Rockies saw their nine-run cushion dissolve into one that required rookie Carlos Estevez to earn his second career save.
The Rockies broke the game open with back-to-back home runs by Story and Ryan Raburn off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in the fourth. DJ LeMahieu drove in a pair on a fifth inning single and seventh inning sacrifice fly. Gonzalez scored three times, most notably on his home run to lead off the ninth, giving the Rockies a three-run cushion.
Getting shut out for five innings by one of the shittiest pitchers in the National League in Colorado, while giving up a gazillion runs themselves, makes this one of the very worst losses of the season for the Yankees.
Cutting the lead to 12-10 was kind of cool, though.
Thank goodness this is just a two-game series.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.343/.428, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.374/.374, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.286/.418, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.326/.401, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.240/.316/.333, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.212/.250/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.266/.299/.374, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.205/.265/.311, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.317/.380, 4.4 bWAR
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.361/.487, 0.9 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.314/.381/.481, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.289/.367/.586, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.298/.345/.538, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.261/.312/.542, 1.6 bWAR)
6. Gerardo Parra (L) LF (.264/.275/.426, -1.2 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.293/.362/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.250/.363/.426, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Jorge De La Rosa (L) P (.375/.444/.375, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.286/.344/.498, 8.1 bWAR
ENVER — It’s unlikely the Yankees will emerge as top bidders for the services of Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel now that Major League Baseball has declared the 32-year-old infielder a free agent, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told NJ Advance Media.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez first reported Gourriel’s free agent status Monday.
The hangup? Money, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.
Gourriel’s middle-of-the-order ready bat would be a welcomed addition to the Yankees’ offense, which has severely underperformed and was ranked No. 24 in the league in runs scored on Monday night.
Over 15 seasons, Gourriel owns some sterling numbers, including a .335 batting average, a .417 on-base percentage and 308 doubles to go with 250 homers.
But the team, as currently constructed, doesn’t appear to have a ton of wiggle room financially or within its roster for Gourriel, who escaped Cuba with his younger brother, Lourdes Gourriel Jr., 22, in February, and has professed his affection for the Yankees. The elder Gourriel is also friends with Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and has said designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is his favorite player.
Hat tip to ChrisS.
To be fair, Gourriel is 32 and probably past his peak. He is also primarily a 3B who has played some 2B, both positions where the Yankees are already paying a fair amount of money, even if the production they are getting there isn’t all that impressive.
I’m not saying Hal Steinbrenner isn’t cheap. But if a rebuild is possibly on the table, signing Gourriel doesn’t make much sense.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Is Sabathia’s Success Sustainable?
After three straight poor seasons, I had very little hope of CC Sabathia figuring out how to deal with his diminished stuff and his balky knee. Instead, Sabathia has been one of the biggest surprises on the 2016 Yankees, with the best ERA and FIP in the starting rotation. He’s been particularly effective of late, with a 0.87 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list on May 20.
He’s doing this despite an average fastball that has been sitting around 88 mph, the lowest it’s ever been.
Let’s look at a few sets of data.
First, here are Sabathia’s numbers for 2016, split between his five starts prior to going on the DL and the five starts since.
FIP: Fielding-independent pitching
xFIP: Expected fielding-independent pitching
FBv: Average fastball velocity
bb/bf: Walks per batters faced
k/bf: Strike outs per batters faced
hr/fb: home runs per fly ball (league average is around 10-11%)
gb%: ground ball percentage
fb%: fly ball percentage
ld%: line drive percentage
iffb%: infield fly ball percentage
babip: batting average against on balls in play
Sabathia has picked up almost 1 mph on his fastball, and he’s allowing fewer line drives and getting more infield fly balls. His walk rate and strikeout rates are both improved as well, but everything else says he’s more likely to pitch how he did in the first five starts than he did in the last five.
These are the full season numbers for Sabathia since his last good season in 2012.
You can see that his velocity has declined and his effectiveness along with it until this year. What is interesting here is he’s walking more hitters this year than he has in any of the prior four seasons. My guess is this is by design, and that he’d rather miss off the plate at the expense of a few more walks instead of trying to throw strikes with diminished stuff that will get tattooed. Even if that is the case, I find it hard to believe he can continue to limit home runs as well as he has, and think he’s likely due for some regression soon.
Lastly, let’s just look at his line since he started pitching with a knee brace on September 9 of last season.
I don’t think we can count on Sabathia limiting home runs like he has recently. A more realistic scenario for CC going forward is an ERA in the low 4s, I would say. On most teams that would be a solid fourth starter. On the Yankees, that essentially guarantees a loss most of the time.
If I had to “project” Sabathia for the rest of the season, I think something like his line since the start of 2015 is fairly realistic.
Those peripherals seem realistic and would make him a slightly better than league average starter.
Even if it doesn’t last, it’s nice to see Sabathia’s persistence being rewarded, and I hope he can continue to defy the odds long enough that the Yankees can trade him and he can contribute to a team with real postseason aspirations. The Giants look like they could use a fourth starter, right?
It cannot be lost on general manager Brian Cashman and the organizational hierarchy that the Yankees were shut down for six innings on Sunday by a young power pitcher the Tigers obtained in a rental deal last July only after the Detroit front office yielded to the reality that their team wasn’t good enough to win anything of significance.
The pitcher’s name is Michael Fulmer, the rental property was Yoenis Cespedes, and that provides just one example of the road map the Yankees must follow as this season morphs into the trading season.
The first five games of this homestand that the Yankees swept by scoring 33 runs in defeating the Angels four times and the Tigers on Friday provided an oasis of sorts for the offense-parched Pinstripes.
But then the Yankees were limited to one run on six hits in Saturday’s 6-1 defeat, in which Justin Verlander was dominant through 6 ²/₃ innings, before Sunday’s 4-1 loss, in which they got two hits in six innings off Fulmer, who extended his shutout streak to 28 ¹/₃ innings.
Ah, the baseball adage of good pitching beating bad hitting was never more in evidence.
For better or worse, these are the Yankees 63 games through a season in which they’re one under .500. Which means, for better against bad teams with questionable pitching staffs and for worse against the good ones.
Being mediocre on the field isn’t a baseball crime, even in The Bronx where winning — and in this borough, that means championships, not wild-card game losses — is the thread that binds generations.
But being in denial in the front office is a felony.
The Yankees won’t sell, and we can blame the Angels.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.317/.370/.527, 3.1 bWAR)
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF (.386/.446/.446, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.293/.365/.509, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.335/.384/.524, 1.3 bWAR)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.269/.341/.496, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.309/.341/.553, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Justin Upton (R) LF (.224/.272/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C (.186/.297/.451, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Mike Aviles (R) SS (.204/.259/.241, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.286/.345/.478, 9.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.283/.341/.429, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.377/.379, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.281/.314/.561, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.291/.425, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.312/.333, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.270/.300/.380, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.290/.306/.449, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.203/.265/.305, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.233/.273/.367, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.316/.413, 5.5 bWAR
Saturday, June 11, 2016
One day after the Yankees knocked the Tigers back to .500, the Tigers returned the favor in a 6-1 win on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
On the back of a career-high five-RBIs from Ian Kinsler and another steady performance from Justin Verlander, Detroit (31-30) evened the three-game weekend series with New York (31-31). Kinsler supplied the sparks, smacking a three-run home run in the fifth inning and following that up with a two-run double off the center-field wall in the seventh inning in his next at-bat.
Masahiro Tanaka didn’t show his best stuff Saturday, lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing five earned runs (and two homers), while striking out just three batters. Saturday marked just the second time in 2016 that Tanaka allowed multiple home runs in a start.
Masahiro Tanaka just looked off all night long, as the Tigers looked locked in on him. Even when they made outs, it was often after really hard hit foul balls. Tanaka’s awesomeness is predicated on not allowing a lot of baserunners - that way the home runs he occasionally allows won’t hurt him that much. That wasn’t the case tonight, as the Tigers were on base a lot, and that paid off for them big time with a 3-run home run by Ian Kinsler. Still, Tanaka has been so good all year round that I’m okay with him having the occasional off night. And with the way that Justin Verlander was dealing tonight, a 2-1 deficit was probably going to be enough for Detroit.
Tomorow is a scary matchup, as Michael Fulmer comes in as one of the hottest starters in baseball (just one run allowed in his last four starts) and while Michael Pineda has pitched well as of late, he’s still, you know, Michael Pineda. So…it could be rough.
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.314/.365/.510, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF (.410/.471/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.298/.371/.518, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.340/.386/.531, 1.4 bWAR)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.265/.338/.496, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.310/.342/.545, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Justin Upton (R) LF (.223/.273/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
8. James McCann (R) C (.178/.224/.297, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.238/.292/.298, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.285/.340/.457, 9.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.287/.342/.436, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.379/.382, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.319/.571, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.217/.266/.419, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.227/.330/.411, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.292/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.269/.296/.376, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.313/.324, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.185/.233/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.421, 5.7 bWAR
Just as he’s been doing every start since the beginning of May, CC Sabathia spun a gem for the Yankees. And on Friday, the Yankees’ bats backed him up.
The Yanks jumped to an early lead with three first-inning runs and cruised thanks to seven shutout innings from Sabathia, holding onto the lead and defeating the Tigers, 4-0, for their fifth straight victory. With the win, the Yankees improved their record to above .500 for the first time since April 13, when they were 4-3.
Sabathia now has a 0.71 ERA over his last six starts dating back to May 4.
“Incredible. I think 42 [pitches] after two, maybe 58 after three, might’ve been more than that,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “At that point, you’re thinking if I can get five out of him, I’d be pleased. But he got better, which is impressive, and another just brilliant outing out of him.”
If you asked me four years ago, “Hey, Brian, do you think that CC Sabathia is the type of pitcher who will be able to make adjustments when he no longer has a crazy awesome fastball, like many other great pitchers? Or will he fall apart like other pitchers?” I would have said that I would bet on CC Sabathia being precisely the type of pitcher who could weather the loss of his good stuff. That’s why I had no problem with the contract extension the Yankees gave him. Then he sucked for, like, seventeen years. So him now looking like he made the adjustment I thought he could make back then? That’s freakin’ amazing. It’s obviously still a small sample size, so this can all come crashing down very easily, but damn, man, he looks flat out good. Like “Return to the Yankees” Andy Pettitte good. Good for him.
The offense wasn’t great, but it was good enough! So this is what over .500 feels like? It’s been so long! Hopefully they don’t go back to .500 tomorrow!
Friday, June 10, 2016
DET: Mike Pelfrey (#37, 32, RHP, 1-5, 4.76) vs. NYY: CC Sabathia (#52, 35, LHP, 3-4, 2.58)
Thanks in large part to a fifth-inning offensive outburst, the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Angels, returning to .500 on the season with a 6-3 win on Thursday.
The Yankees trailed, 1-0, headed into the bottom of the fifth inning, but sparked by a consistent stream of hits, the Yankees clawed back and eventually jumped ahead. Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a walk, Chase Headley moved him over with a grounder to second base, and Chris Parmelee singled him home, tying the game. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann all added hits as well in the frame, with Beltran’s and McCann’s landing for doubles.
For the Angels, the loss signaled an end to a tough trip to the Bronx in which Halos pitchers allowed 29 runs. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin looked strong to start, allowing just three baserunners in the first four innings, but was responsible for all five of the runs in the fifth inning, later departing after recording just one out in the sixth.
“I think we played good baseball this series,” said Beltran, who went 7-for-15 and drove in 10 runs in the four games. “Right now, we’re pitching good, playing good defense and hitting well. We need to stay with the same plan.”
Well, if you looked at a sample size of, well, just one series, the Yankees offense would look downright impressive, as they demolished the Angels’ pitchers all series long, leading to a 4-game sweep, that takes the Yankees to .500 again for the first time in a few weeks. The last couple of times that they evened up their record this season, they promptly lost their next game, so we’ll see what they can do when the suddenly decent Detroit Tigers come to town on Friday.
Sadly, mixed in with the good news was the disappointing news that Chris Parmelee was badly injured on a strange injury that he suffered upon making a diving stop at first in the seventh inning. It looks like a really bad groin injury or a really bad hamstring injury. Either way, he looks like he’ll be out for a while. After the game, Girardi suggested that Rob Refsnyder would now probably be the everyday first baseman going forward. It’ll be interesting to see who they call up for the roster spot, though. Could they really give Nick Swisher another shot? As Ugly Johnny Dickshot pointed out, it would be interesting to see if they could do some sort of catcher/first base platoon between Brian McCann, Austin Romine and a called-up Gary Sanchez (who is back after his thumb injury). Or they could just call up Ben Gamel for the hell of it.
Anyhow, here’s hoping the strong offense wasn’t just due to some terrible Angels pitching! Wishful thinking, I know…
Thursday, June 9, 2016
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.308/.357/.412, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.300/.378/.465, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.309/.413/.553, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.239/.319/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.301/.394, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.256/.279/.341, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.250/.287/.319, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.200/.243/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.288/.329/.438, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.333/.417, 6.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.293/.343/.447, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.367/.375, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.313/.571, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.221/.269/.426, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.317/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.293/.434, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.267/.291/.372, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.235/.309/.312, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B (.600/.600/2.000, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.316/.427, 5.2 bWAR
The Yankees are going to get conned into thinking they shouldn’t sell, aren’t they?
If Chris Parmalee can continue to OPS 2.600 for the rest of the season, he should be moved up in the lineup.
Chris Parmelee marked his first start in pinstripes with a pair of home runs and Carlos Beltran cleared the fences for the third straight game, helping to lead the Yankees to a 12-6 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Called up this week to replace the injured Mark Teixeira, Parmelee hooked a solo blast inside the right-field foul pole to begin a four-run sixth inning—during which Beltran hit a go-ahead double against right-hander Jered Weaver. Parmelee then homered again in the seventh facing Greg Mahle.
“I just put the good part of the bat on the ball,” Parmelee said. “As you know, Yankee Stadium is pretty friendly down that line. Anything can happen if you put the ball in the air here.”
The Yankees get a home run each from Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran and two from Chris Parmelee in a 12-6 win over the Angels
Along with Beltran’s 16th homer, which he hit in the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury also went deep and scored three runs, while Anthony Swarzak picked up the victory in relief. Weaver took the loss, surrendering six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees overcame a rough start by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
If you would have told me that Nathan Eovaldi was going to give up five runs in five innings…well, okay, I would have still thought that the Yankees would have had a CHANCE due to how poorly the Angels pitched in the first two games of the series, but I would have still been surprised to learn that the Yankees would have won the game going away.
Chris Parmalee is not a good baseball player, but I have no problem with giving him some more at-bats at first base to see if he can get hot for a stretch. Refsnyder can always hang around in a super-utility role and get at-bats here and there at second, right and then, when Parmalee falls apart (as he surely will), first base again.
By the way, how freakin’ streaky are these Yankee hitters?!? It’s like it’s either a bunch of 4-5 games or repeated oh-fers for some of these guys like Gardner and Beltran.
Oh well, it was cool to see them score a lot of runs. Hopefully the offense can be not terrible again tomorrow, as this four-game series comes to a close.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Carlos Beltran and Starlin Castro homered for the second consecutive game, supporting Michael Pineda’s longest effort of the year as the Yankees defeated the Angels, 6-3, on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Beltran hit a two-run homer and Castro added a solo shot off left-hander David Huff, who surrendered five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Austin Romine had an RBI single and Rob Refsnyder lifted a sacrifice fly to account for the other New York runs off Huff, the ninth different starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.
“Being able to get those runs early in the game, it’s a big boost for our team,” Beltran said. “I know we’ve been struggling to score runs lately, but the past couple of days we feel like we’re putting up good at-bats. That’s what it’s all about.”
Pineda spun a sharp effort for the second consecutive start, blanking the Halos through the first four frames before Gregorio Petit stroked a run-scoring single and Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run homer in a three-run fifth. He completed a season-high seven innings as the Yankees won their seventh straight game at home against the Angels, dating back to last year.
Imagine if Pineda wasn’t terrible! This was a strong victory, as the Yankees jumped out to a big lead and held on to it.
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.420, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.301/.379/.455, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.306/.412/.541, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.244/.326/.437, 0.3 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.302/.392, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.268/.287/.357, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.239/.278/.294, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.203/.248/.317, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.260/.308/.370, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.335/.414, 6.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.357/.362, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.227/.261/.409, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.272/.302/.540, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.204/.256/.425, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.291/.425, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.241/.316/.319, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.292/.309/.462, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.264/.289/.368, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.193/.258/.289, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.300/.401, 1.7 bWAR
Carlos Beltran lifted a two-out, three-run homer off lefty reliever Jose Alvarez in the bottom of the eighth, sending the Yankees to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night.
“I wasn’t really thinking homer,” Beltran said. “I was thinking more basehit to right field. As soon as it left the bat, I knew that I hit it well.”
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, who entered with a 1.59 ERA over his last three starts, held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, then gave up back-to-back solo homers to Brian McCann and Starlin Castro with two outs in the seventh, allowing New York to tie the game at 2.
With two outs in the eighth, Shoemaker faced the top of the Yankees’ lineup for the fourth time and got in trouble once more, giving up back-to-back singles to Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. That prompted Angels manager Mike Scioscia to remove Shoemaker, even though he had only thrown 93 pitches.
Brian McCann, Starlin Castro and Carlos Beltran connect on late home runs to fuel the Yankees’ 5-2 come-from-behind victory
“It got to a point in the game when we were just trying to turn Beltran around,” Scioscia said. “Shoe had trouble closing out that seventh inning and the eighth inning, so we felt it was better to turn him around and get that last out in the eighth.”
Beltran—with an .875 OPS against righties and a .728 OPS against lefties heading in—got an 0-1, 91-mph fastball out over the plate and sent it out to right field to give New York its only lead. Aroldis Chapman then closed it out in the ninth.
Well, that was a great win. Imagine if this offense wasn’t terrible. Tanaka sure is fun.
Monday, June 6, 2016
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.421, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.306/.386/.461, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.311/.415/.549, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.238/.319/.433, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.251/.303/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.274/.294/.366, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.245/.286/.302, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Jett Bandy (R) C (.300/.333/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.243/.293/.343, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.343/.425, 6.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.330/.411, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.359/.364, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.299/.525, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.211/.265/.440, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.320/.393, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.249/.286/.407, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.268/.294/.374, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.245/.321/.325, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.250/.286/.450, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.311/.407, 3.8 bWAR
I am actually surprised the Yankee lineup has more bWAR than Mike Trout.
The Yankees are losing their mojo.
Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.
The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.
Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.
“When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”
On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.
On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”
From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.
From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.
Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.
Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.
To be sure, YES viewership has been cut a bit because of Comcast blocking the network during a fee dispute. But the ratings have declined in four of the past five years — with only Jeter’s going-away tour providing a bit of an increase in 2014.
When fans across the country vote with their wallets and buy jerseys of their favorite players, the Yanks are missing their swagger.
I’m surprised about this. I mean, Hal Steinbrenner committed to putting a “championship caliber” team out there. How could interest possibly be dropping?
Saturday, June 4, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.276/.332/.418, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.220/.350/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.269/.301/.534, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.180/.241/.430, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.284/.405, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.265/.292/.376, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.318/.316, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.308/.308/.538, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.290/.313/.468, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.307/.410, 2.9 bWAR
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.295/.395, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.391/.466/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.312/.379/.605, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.218/.341/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.297/.350/.593, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.280/.319/.424, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.303/.388, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.264/.292/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.192/.286/.219, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.333/.470, 7.0 bWAR
Friday, June 3, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.333/.425, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.211/.342/.335, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.270/.302/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.177/.240/.406, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.181/.273/.265, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.285/.408, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.287/.367, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.232/.314/.311, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.293/.317/.431, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.301/.385, 1.6 bWAR)
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.296/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.367/.449/.483, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.318/.386/.616, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.216/.338/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.288/.342/.585, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.281/.321/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.214/.305/.393, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.265/.293/.455, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.296/.229, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.333/.470, 7.4 bWAR)
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Yankees used a four-run seventh to beat the Tigers, 5-4, in a makeup game on Thursday night at Comerica Park.
Rob Refsnyder put New York on top for good with an RBI single in the inning, while Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run triple capped the inning and was part of a three-RBI night for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter.
The Yankees’ four-run seventh inning spoiled what was a strong outing by Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Certainly one of their most unusual wins of the season. Each one of the “Big Three” relievers surrendered a run, but with the tying run on third base and two outs, the Yankees elected to pitch to Miggy Cabrera (who was 3-3 for the night) and Aroldis Chapman got Miggy to ground out to end the game. Didi Gregorius, who came in for defense late in the game, had a perfect relay throw to cut down a runner at home to end the eighth inning and then, with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, made a circus play to start a double play to get the Yankees within an out of the win.
Robert Refsnyder had another great game at the plate. Methinks Ref might want to start taking more reps at first base, as Teix is literally playing hurt, and it is just so stupid. We get it, Teix, you’re willing to play through the pain - but by doing so, you’re killing the team!
Michael Pineda was outstanding tonight and Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, as well.
Big three games coming up against Baltimore. That team can score, but their pitching is not all that great - so the Yankees might score four runs over three games.