Tuesday, August 30, 2016
It has been years—decades?—since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.
And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.
The defending World Series champion Royals have won 18 of 22, and crept to just two games back of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. The Yankees stayed 3 1/2 behind Baltimore.
Man, the middle of the Yankees’ bullpen suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. You can almost see how Swarzak looked like an option.
At least they somehow got the tying run to the plate in both the 8th and the 9th inning, which is impressive considering they were down 8-1 going into the 8th.
Monday, August 29, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.263/.318/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.218/.274/.338, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.405/.468/.893, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.314/.462, 2.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.267/.301/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.335/.405, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.396, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.209/.300/.395, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.138/.138/.241, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.316/.419, 10.4 bWAR
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.239/.316/.340, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.291/.327/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF (.287/.333/.408, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.274/.337/.435, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.248/.316/.429, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.257/.292/.467, 2.6 bWAR)
7. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.226/.323/.394, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.297/.336, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.189/.232/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.315/.406, 9.5 bWAR
Is today the day Aaron Hicks breaks out of his negative bWAR?
Sunday, August 28, 2016
1. Steve Pearce (R) RF (.294/.375/.494, 2.0 bWAR)
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.405, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.306/.358/.564, 6.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.257/.317/.537, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.227/.340/.482, 2.9 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.279/.312/.472, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.295/.391, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Nolan Reimold (R) CF (.225/.298/.371, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.396/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.332/.477, 16.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.346/.367, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.218/.275/.339, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.400/.467/.900, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.204/.288/.346, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.464, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.431, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.336/.406, 1.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.225/.319/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.287/.336/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.319/.417, 9.5 bWAR
Yes, Gary Sanchez and his 90 PA leads the 2016 New York Yankee position players in bWAR.
- Gary Sanchez made history as he slugged the 11th home run of a blistering rookie month to remember, while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also launched deep drives in powering the Yankees past the Orioles, 13-5, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees posted a double-digit run total for the second consecutive game, thumping right-hander Dylan Bundy for five runs and seven hits over four innings.
Castro and Hicks each collected three RBIs to pace the squad, slugging a pair of two-run homers in the fifth inning off T.J. McFarland. The victory moved New York (67-61) a season-high six games over .500, and within 2 1/2 games of the O’s (70-58) for the second American League Wild Card slot.
Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.
Sanchez is doing things you just don’t see ballplayers do. This reminds me of A-Rod in 2007, except it’s a 23 year old catcher! Amazing.
The rest of the offense wasn’t too shabby themselves…
Saturday, August 27, 2016
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.305/.358/.564, 5.8 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.319/.396/.437, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.256/.314/.531, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.224/.337/.468, 2.6 bWAR)
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.477, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.317/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.296/.393, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.404, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (.222/.222/.222, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.329/.483, 14.7 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.348/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.318/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.403/.459/.883, 2.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.287/.342, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.464, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.299/.421, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) DH (.228/.330/.399, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.269/.326, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.324/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.316/.405, 10.6 bWAR
Does Sanchez have a chance at Rookie of the Year?
Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez’s two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.
“Yeah, [I’m surprising myself] a little bit, but at the same time there’s a lot of hard work before every game,” Sanchez said. “That’s giving me good results right now.”
Gallardo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) in just 1 1/3 innings. Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley also hit two-run homers for New York, while Baltimore’s Manny Machado homered twice off Yankees starter Luis Cessa, who worked six innings of three-run ball to earn his second victory in as many Major League starts.
“Just up and wild in the strike zone and up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gallardo. “Never really got any sequences going. He had a chance to make a pitch in some counts and couldn’t make it, and he paid the price. He wasn’t the only one. We didn’t pitch well tonight on a lot of fronts.”
Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.
While Sanchez is obviously THE story, there were a couple of other notable performances in the game, specifically Luis Cessa having another good start and Ben Heller making a great debut in the 8th inning (despite making an error).
It’s always fun watching young players doing well. Five games over .500 for the first time all season. That’s just hilarious.
Friday, August 26, 2016
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.276/.317/.457, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.398/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.303/.357/.552, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.223/.337/.468, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.257/.315/.535, 1.4 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.479, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.318/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.267/.306/.407, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Francisco Pena (R) C (.222/.263/.306, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.330/.486, 15.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.347/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.315/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.389/.450/.847, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.285/.330, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.419, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) DH (.253/.329/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.222/.310/.417, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.277/.317/.426, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.318/.408, 10.7 bWAR
Cessa better fix that FIP or he’s got no chance at a career in MLB.
But with opportunity come challenges.
Chief among them is the fact that because the Yankees are facing several of the teams they need to pass in order to make an unlikely postseason bid, they’re going to have to beat some pretty good teams.
As play began Thursday, all but six of the games they have left are against teams with a winning record.
That fact, coupled with the games within their division, doesn’t bode well for the Yankees.
Because they are 38-39 against teams over .500 and are just 19-27 versus the rest of the AL East, which is why Baseball Prospectus has the Yankees’ odds of making the playoffs at just 4.3 percent.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez homered yet again in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon to close the series in Seattle. With its second consecutive win, New York took the three-game set.
“They pitched us well all series,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We haven’t been shut down like that in quite some time, and if you don’t score, it’s going to be tough to win.”
The Yankees’ right-hander earned his second win pitching opposite his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammate Hisashi Iwakuma. Tanaka scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in his fourth straight win. The only other time the two starters faced each other was April 17, when the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-3.
What in the world does the headline mean by “years”? Teix’s single? Weird headline, right?
Anyhow, another excellent start by Tanaka. After a bit of a rough patch, he’s righted his ship and is back to being the closest thing this team has had to an ace since CC Sabathia’s prime years.
And Gary Sanchez…wow. How amazing is it to watch this guy bat nowadays? They intentionally walked him twice tonight!!
This team continues to be a lot of fun to watch, even if they have no real shot at the playoffs. Although, they continue to hover around my personal benchmark for whether to realistically still watch September games and think that they have a chance, which is five games back on September 1st. If they’re within five games of a playoff spot on September 1st, I can at least convince myself that the September games matter. However, with this team, they’re a blast to watch even if the playoffs are a slim chance.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
CC Sabathia got back on track and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run to open up a close game en route to a 5-1 Yankees win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Yankees evened the three-game series at a game apiece and knocked the Mariners back to two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.
“It comes down to location for CC, and avoiding some of the bad breaks that he gets,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “And tonight we got him some runs, too. That always helps, too. I know what his ERA is, but I’m going to tell you, he’s pitched a lot better than that ERA, I really believe.”
Sabathia had his best outing in months. For the first time since facing the Twins on June 16, the lefty allowed only a single run. Sabathia faced the minimum in four of the seven innings he pitched, only scattering three hits and walking one.
Great victory. CC was extremely sharp and the offense did well.
It’s crazy how fun this team is to watch again.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.363, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.312/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.385/.429/.831, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.298/.425, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.284/.330, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.333/.404, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.267/.333/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.209/.264/.325, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.256/.301/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.307/.406, 7.1 bWAR
1. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF (.269/.367/.385, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF (.236/.322/.437, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.294/.348/.522, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.371/.547, 3.5 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.288/.366/.518, 5.6 bWAR)
6. Mike Zunino (R) C (.280/.396/.707, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.437, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.244/.310/.395, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.264/.292/.342, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.334/.474, 18.3 bWAR
SEATTLE — There’s no stopping Gary Sanchez.
The Yankees, though, are a different story.
The rookie catcher smacked two more home runs Monday night in a 7-5 loss to the Mariners, as the Yankees continue to fall behind in the postseason race.
“It’s hard to explain,” Sanchez said through a translator of his hot start. “I’m just trying to put a good swing on the ball, and I’m getting good results.”
The same can’t be said of the bullpen, which had done well immediately following the departure of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller but has sprung some leaks of late.
After Michael Pineda left with two on and one out in the sixth, Tommy Layne got Adam Lind to pop out, but Anthony Swarzak hung a 3-2 slider to Mike Zunino, who made him pay with a three-run homer to put the Mariners ahead.
“I tried to execute my slider, and I didn’t make the pitch,” Swarzak said. “We need every game now, especially with an offensive showing like that.”
I’ve tried to figure out the Yankees’ fascination with Swarzak, and i think it basically comes down to getting a better draft pick next year.
Monday, August 22, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.346/.370, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.364, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.361/.409/.738, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.312/.468, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.232/.332/.407, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.308/.379/.577, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.330/.390, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.150/.150/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.323/.411, 11.2 bWAR
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) RF (.261/.351/.408, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.290/.345/.520, 5.4 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.372/.543, 3.4 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.286/.363/.511, 5.4 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.439, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Mike Zunino (R) C (.282/.402/.690, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.246/.313/.398, 1.2 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.263/.292/.342, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.336/.469, 17.5 bWAR
The question of the day is this:
Would you rather have paid $59.9M for 7.2 bWAR or $68M for 15.2 bWAR?
Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.
Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels’ rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.
“I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to throw strikes,” said Chacin, who didn’t allow an earned run in a start for the first time since April 12. “I executed good pitches today.”
With their chances of missing the playoffs at near-certainty levels, I think it is more important to look at individual performances of players who might have roles on the 2017 Yankees team, so I took a lot of good out of this game, as Chad Green pitched well once again. If he could become an actual decent starter, then that would be huge for this team next season.
What a great catch by Ellsbury to rob Albert Pujols of a home run.
Even in their losses, this team has become a lot of fun to watch.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.347/.373, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.265/.319/.368, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.379/.419/.776, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.313/.470, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.295/.410, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.332/.410, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.285/.329, -0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.333/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.204/.260/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.315/.397, 10.4 bWAR
1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.271/.353/.416, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF (.308/.426/.546, 7.7 bWAR)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.249/.315/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
4. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.274/.326/.468, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS (.269/.303/.334, 2.3 bWAR)
6. Nick Buss (L) LF (.259/.259/.444, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Kaleb Cowart (S) 3B (.167/.167/.167, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.225/.253/.349, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B (.238/.294/.396, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.338/.430, 15.6 bWAR
ANAHEIM – Just when you think you’ve seen what the Yankees’ future has to offer, another rookie opens your eyes.
Luis Cessa became the latest neophyte to show off his stuff, throwing six-plus scoreless innings Saturday night to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.
Making his first career major-league start, the 24-year-old righthander allowed three hits and walked one, striking out five as he improved to 3-0 this season.
Cessa was backed by a couple of his young teammates as Gary Sanchez homered and Aaron Judge drove in a pair of runs.
“He used his fastball extremely well on both sides of the plate, he pitched inside effectively,” Girardi. “His slider was good, he threw some early curveballs in the count to show them two different breaking balls. You can’t let these guys get comfortable because they’re going to do damage if they do.”
Said Cessa: “I was excited. The adrenaline was flowing during the game. It’s a process. We talked before the game about the scouting report for the hitters, so I just tried to throw good pitches. “I felt nervous before the game, but after I threw the first pitch, it felt like a normal game.
A couple of the old guys chipped in as well as Brian McCann drove in two runs and Brett Gardner saved two more, stealing a home run from C.J. Cron in the seventh inning with a spectacular catch over the wall.
This team has gotten a lot more interesting over the past few weeks, hasn’t it? It has been a while since I felt like I wanted to stay up for West Coast games but now I do.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
NYY: Luis Cessa (#85, 24, RHP, 2-0, 5.30) vs. LAA: Ricky Nolasco (#47, 33, RHP, 4-10, 5.13)
Friday, August 19, 2016
NEW YORK — For now, the rest of this Yankees season will go as such in regards to the starting rotation:
1) Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 3.40)
2) Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89)
3) CC Sabathia (7-10, 4.49)
4) Chad Green (2-2, 4.05)
5) Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30)
The first three you know and have mostly been dependable this season for regular starts, even if Pineda and Sabathia’s ERAs are high. But Green and Cessa are recent additions with the loss of Nathan Eovaldi to elbow surgery, Luis Severino to poor performance, and Ivan Nova to a trade.
Green (25) and Cessa (24) were both brought over in a surprise trade with the Detroit Tigers last season in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, and boy, does that look like a good move right about now.
Wilson, 29, was a fine reliever for the Yankees in 2016 (3.10 ERA in 61 innings) but in 49 games with Detroit this season his ERA has jumped to 4.67 and he’s already allowed two more home runs in 16.2 fewer innings.
But even with all of Wilson’s troubles aside the Yankees, with that one move last December 9, have found two pitchers they’re relying on to finish this season that, even after a mid-season fire sale of their best players, isn’t over. They’re 61-59 heading into this weekend series in Los Angeles against the Angels and with some luck they could find themselves fighting for the American League Wild Card down the stretch.
I don’t think I had much of an opinion on the Wilson trade at the time, since I chose to instead use the thread about it to whine about the stupidity of the Ellsbury contract, again.
But fret not, only four years and one month and 12 days of whining left!
Anyway, Wilson was pretty good last year, not so good this year and the Yankees got a couple of guys who may or may not be useful this year and beyond. Green’s AAA performance can’t be ignored, nor the flashes he’s shown in a few starts this year. Cessa hasn’t been as impressive in either AAA or the majors, but his stuff seems capable of at least being a bullpen guy if he can’ t hack it in the rotation.
So kudos to Cashman, who’s been doing a damn fine job of trading with a roster that’s not that easy to trade from..
Thursday, August 18, 2016
HOUSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees’ top catcher.
The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners’ meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.
“It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay,” Steinbrenner said. “So we’ll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCann’s a great player, too, so we’ll just have to figure that out.”
Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees’ recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.
McCann probably deserves to be starting somewhere, and my guess is he’ll be traded this offseason, even though the Yankees will likely have to eat some of his salary to do it.
I’m also assuming Brett Gardner will be traded this offseason as well, which I would not be happy about on an emotional level, but which I would completely understand from the organizations’ perspective. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded now if he were to clear waivers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.299/.333/.483, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) DH (.291/.402/.561, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.270/.357/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Russell Martin (R) C (.235/.337/.386, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.257/.325/.476, 2.5 bWAR)
6. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.292/.403, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF (.256/.342/.364, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 3B (.256/.307/.350, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.130/.167/.217, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.340/.462, 18.8 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.263/.352/.379, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.332/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.294/.404, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.340/.367/.660, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.357/.438/.857, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.315/.468, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.375/.375/.750, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.248/.275/.414, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.202/.260/.323, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.314/.409, 7.7 bWAR)
Yay, Gardner’s back!
After a rain delay, the Blue Jays scored 12 unanswered runs against the Yankees to erase a six-run deficit and reclaim sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.
With his team trailing by two runs, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a clutch home run in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Adam Warren, driving in Josh Donaldson, who drew a 12-pitch walk just two pitches earlier. Three batters later, Russell Martin broke the tie, unleashing his second home run of the game, scoring Troy Tulowitzki and giving the Blue Jays a two-run lead. Tulowitzki and Martin combined for six hits, five RBIs and three home runs.
Thanks to Boston’s defeat of Baltimore, interestingly enough also decided by an eighth-inning two-run home run, the Blue Jays now hold a one-game advantage over the Red Sox and Orioles, who are tied in second place. With the loss, the Yankees fell to 5 1/2 games back of a Wild Card berth.
Six games back for the second wild card is more or less eliminated, but it wasn’t like we expected them to make the playoffs. I’m fine with them just playing well overall, even if they don’t make the playoffs. 85 wins is likely not enough to make the playoffs, but it would be enough to make me hopeful for the next season (and I suspect it would force their hands with regards to spending on someone like Aroldis Chapman this offseason).
Anyhow, this is the second game this season that the Yankees got screwed by a rain delay. Michael Pineda was rolling along before the rain led to him being pulled. That said, when Adam Warren, who has been excellent as the eighth inning guy since he returned to the Yankees, got his ass kicked and then Chasen Shreve and Brian Parker followed, I guess it didn’t make a difference if Pineda stayed in the game or not, since nearly every non-Tyler Clippard (who continues his fine play since being re-acquired) reliever stunk. Still, this was an awful loss.
Gary Sanchez is great, though. It sure would be nice to see Tyler Austin playing first base tomorrow night instead of Mark Teixeira.
Luis Cessa is getting Nathan Eovaldi’s rotation spot. That’ll be interesting to see.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.297/.332/.480, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.291/.400/.562, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.268/.357/.555, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) DH (.266/.351/.501, 2.3 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.249/.319/.462, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.232/.336/.366, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.158/.158/.263, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.244/.288/.402, 1.4 bWAR)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF (.258/.346/.368, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.343/.473, 19.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.266/.322/.365, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.333/.383, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.460, 2.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.289/.333, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.295/.405, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.232/.334/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.302/.333/.512, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.500/.583/1.200, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.205/.263/.327, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.311/.393, 7.9 bWAR)
Is it time to throw Tyler Austin on a milk carton?
Thanks in large part to two players who were teammates in Triple-A as recently as four days ago, the Yankees took another step toward pushing their way into the postseason conversation.
Behind six scoreless innings from starting pitcher Chad Green and an RBI double from rookie right fielder Aaron Judge, the Yankees held off the Blue Jays, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. Judge’s double gave him an extra-base hit and an RBI for the third straight game to open his career, making him the first player in American League history to achieve such a feat. He’s also the first player in Yankees history to record an extra-base hit in each of his first three career games.
“It’s still the same game,” Judge said about his quick transition to MLB pitching. “You’ve just got to try to go out there and have fun.”
Toronto had a chance in the ninth, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Yankees closer Dellin Betances got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending double play. With the win, the Yankees are still 4 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot, but the division race between Baltimore and Toronto is now tied.
What an amazing win. Chad Green is an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a riddle, as he literally either dominates or gets annihilated. It’s so freakin’ weird. However, when you are able to strike out eleven Blue Jays in six innings while not allowing a single run, then you’re someone worth watching.
Dellin Betances continues his odd tenure as closer with another high wire performance. What a play by Chase Headley to seal the victory! It’s great to see him return to form at third base. I think he’ll be a fine veteran presence on this team for the next couple of years.
And Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez…wow, what can I say about them that hasn’t been said? Any time you set a good Major League record it is a good day, and Judge did that with his third straight game with an extra base hit to start his career. And Sanchez looks like a star veteran out there. I’m so happy to have them here. Brian McCann is actually still a fine player. He’s actually been more or less worth his contract so far. And yet I’d love to see him traded to free up more at-bats for Sanchez and the other guys like Tyler Austin and Greg Bird (Teix retiring will free up first base, but McCann being gone will free up DH). That said, I wouldn’t just GIVE McCann away. A McCann/Sanchez/Romine platoon at C/DH is still pretty good. Tyler Austin is the one who gets sort of “screwed” in the process.
Monday, August 15, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.302/.337/.488, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.292/.401/.565, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.271/.360/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) RF (.268/.354/.505, 2.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.248/.319/.464, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.125/.125/.188, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.223/.316/.408, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.290/.405, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.252/.208, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.339/.479, 17.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.364, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.329/.381, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.466, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.289/.337, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.260/.297/.409, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.230/.330/.406, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.275/.293/.500, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.429/.500/1.286, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.204/.263/.328, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.310/.394, 7.6 bWAR
I feel like this is the series where the Yankees’ hopes and dreams of contention will finally get crushed for good.
This Yankees month of August, not even halfway over yet, might end up in a sports management textbook someday. They’ve covered pretty much everything, haven’t they?
Selling high on an asset (Carlos Beltran). Selling low (Ivan Nova). Graceful exits for senior talent (Mark Teixeira). Awkward exits for senior talent (Alex Rodriguez).
The energy and excitement that come from a youth movement. And, on Sunday, the growing pains and speed bumps that accompany a youth movement.
Luis Severino, recalled from the minor leagues to fill an injury void, went right back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres after getting pummeled in a 12-3 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium, ending the Yankees’ four-game winning streak in undramatic fashion. While a second major league homer in two major league games by rookie Aaron Judge gave the crowd of 41,473 something to cherish besides Mariano Rivera receiving his Monument Park plaque, Severino provided a sobering reminder that, in baseball, he who goes up often comes down.
After all, Severino and first baseman Greg Bird served as the Yankees’ youth movement last year, necessary reinforcements that allowed the team to hang onto a playoff spot. Bird has missed the entire season recovering from right shoulder surgery, and Severino sports a ghastly 7.19 ERA in 12 big league games.
The problem with Severino’s lousy pitching right now is the Yankees’ rotation is really thin. With no Eovaldi and Ivan Nova traded, they essentially have Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia and nothing else. I guess they can try and throw Chad Green and Luis Cessa out there a few times and see what happens. They don’t have any other real starting pitching options on their 40 man roster unless they want to try and stretch out Adam Warren.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
All season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman have vowed that the Yanks can get younger and still compete at a high level. On Saturday, the team backed up that notion.
Behind five home runs, two of which were hit by players making their Major League debuts, the Yankees defeated the Rays, 8-4, for their fourth straight win. The two rookies, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, started at first base and right field, respectively, and went back to back in the second inning, becoming the first pair of teammates in MLB history to record their first career home runs in their first at-bat in the same game. Both finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a single.
“I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything better,” Austin said. “Especially with us coming out on top with a win today, I think that was pretty awesome.”
I was a big believer in Tyler Austin for years. Even after he struggled after his wrist injury, I thought he would be able to rebound and still be a good player. But then last year happened and I joined with everyone else and just thought that he was finished, that the injury just ruined his career. I still cheered a bit when the Yankees were able to DFA him and still re-sign him (I am always impressed when Cashman does that - he’s like a DFA ninja), but that was more nostalgia than anything else. So to see him not only make it to the Majors but go 2-4 with a home run and a stolen base? That was something special.
The Yankees hit five home runs yesterday, the oldest player to hit a home run was 26. That was a special win.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.326/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.259/.314, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.316/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.296/.403, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.313/.333/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.258/.285/.430, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.308/.396, 6.7 bWAR
Austin and Judge? That’s fun.
Starlin Castro drove in four of the Yankees’ six runs in Friday night’s 6-3 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium, but it was New York’s first run of the night that fans will remember best.
Before what’s widely expected to be the last game of his 22-year career, Alex Rodriguez had time to reflect on what made him a three-time American League MVP and a 14-time All-Star. Rodriguez didn’t disappoint when he stepped to the plate in the first inning, lining a double into right-center field at a velocity Statcast™ estimated at 103 mph to plate Brett Gardner from first base and knot the score at 1.
“It was great,” Rodriguez said of the double. “I haven’t played a lot of baseball lately, and Chris Archer’s not a guy that I’m racing to go face. I saw him before the game, and I told him to take it easy on the old man. I gave him a hug, and he smiled. He’s a great competitor. I was just glad to drive the ball, especially to right-center, where I’ve made my living.”
Rodriguez was nearly moved to tears by rousing cheers from the crowd in the ninth inning, when he took the field for one last time, playing third base for the first out of the frame. He then left the game to an ovation and hugs from teammates. Rodriguez finished the night 1-for-4 with two groundouts and a strikeout.
Boy, Joe Girardi sure knows how to put together sendoffs, doesn’t he? Are they going to do something for Teix, as well?
Anyhow, what a great win. What a great moment for A-Rod in the ninth to be able to play third base. Ronald Torreyes must be thinking, “Awesome! I get into a game!” That RBI double was great. It got A-Rod’s batting average to .200 for the season, so he ended up above the Hicks line.
How freakin’ adorable was Girardi’s press conference, by the way? Dude was openly weeping.
Tyler Austin will be taking A-Rod’s spot on both the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster. Hopefully he takes Aaron Hicks’ spot in the lineup.
Good luck to A-Rod! I imagine he’ll try to get a job somewhere else, but I am a bit wary about whether any team will give him a shot. My favorite Yankee, Dave Winfield, did whatever it took at the end of his career to keep playing, so I could see A-Rod doing the same thing. “You want me to be a pinch-hitter only? Okay, I can do that.” I just don’t know if any team will accept him. Four home runs away from 700. Yikes. Hard to say no to that.
What is all of your favorite memory of A-Rod as a Yankee? Mine is probably the two home run/seven RBI inning in his final game of the 2009 season to get to exactly 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. That was in-sane.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Rays (46-67) @ Yankees (58-56), Friday, 8/12/2016, 7:05pm
Rays: Chris Archer (R): (143.2 IP, 4.26 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 0.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (118.1 IP, 4.18 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.3 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.283/.346/.466, 2.9 bWAR)
2. Matt Duffy (R) SS (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.280/.332/.526, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.260/.313/.501, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF (.177/.241/.215, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.226/.277/.436, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) DH (.212/.272/.404, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.243/.270/.351, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.307/.456, 7.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.382, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.372, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.199/.247/.348, -1.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.287/.334, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.329/.410, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.314/.456, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.294/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.259/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.310/.382, 8.0 bWAR
I hope Rodriguez fails in the clutch at least once tonight so he can get at least one more round of boos before he heads to the Marlins.
BOSTON — Rain could wash way Alex Rodriguez’s tears before they start.
The National Weather Service said scattered showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rains all day Friday in the Bronx.
That means there’s a chance A-Rod’s last game with the Yankees could get washed out. They’re scheduled to face the Rays at 7:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez said there’s been no talk of a contingency plan if the game gets rained out.
“No,” he said. “I’m sure there’s an excellent chance that it doesn’t rain, too. I’m going to keep optimistic all the way to the finish line.”
Does this mean Rodriguez’s tenure would last another day?
Thursday, August 11, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.383, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.331/.388, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.251/.355, -1.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.297/.399, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.315/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.321/.345/.536, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.252/.274/.402, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.254/.297, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.310/.388, 7.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.298/.368/.446, 3.9 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.315/.372/.462, 2.7 bWAR)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH (.307/.400/.612, 3.4 bWAR)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.268/.343/.434, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.288/.368/.514, 4.5 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.261/.325/.459, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) RF (.251/.326/.379, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.371/.413/.595, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.450/.450/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.292/.363/.483, 20.4 bWAR)
Joe Girardi is clearly not trying to win tonight’s game.
Facing an uphill climb early when starter Nathan Eovaldi left after one inning with right elbow discomfort, the Yankees stunned the Red Sox with a late-inning surge en route to a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
The Bombers trailed, 4-1, after six, only to shell Boston’s bullpen for a five-spot in a game-turning seventh and add three more in the eighth. As part of a four-hit game, slugging prospect Gary Sanchez smoked his first career homer in the eighth, a majestic drive to center field. Starlin Castro gave New York a lead it would keep with a two-run double with two outs in the seventh.
“Pretty good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sanchez’s night. “We’ve liked the way this kid has swung the bat for years. … He had some big hits tonight. It was really nice to see.”
Man, it feels good to watch young prospects begin to fulfill their promise. The crazy thing is that, as we’ve noted before, Teix and Hicks are so bad that you could build for the future and probably improve the team right this second by calling up Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge to play first base and right field, respectively.
Losing his starter after just one inning, Joe Girardi did a wonderful job managing the bullpen without really giving anyone too much of a workload. Good stuff. Eovaldi might be hurt, which isn’t good. Hopefully it isn’t something super serious like another TJS.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.266/.355/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.328/.371, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.388, 1.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.283/.337, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.298/.399, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.451, 2.7 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.217/.250/.348, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.244/.262/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.192/.256/.299, -1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.310/.382, 6.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.297/.368/.445, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.317/.371/.465, 3.9 bWAR)
3. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.310/.352/.544, 4.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.309/.398/.615, 3.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.271/.347/.439, 1.3 bWAR)
6. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.286/.367/.515, 3.7 bWAR)
7. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.262/.324/.460, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.363/.402/.593, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.500/.500/.563, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.298/.364/.501, 22.3 bWAR)
Remember when Joe Girardi promised to play Alex Rodriguez in all of the rest of the games if that’s what he wanted?
Pretty weak by Girardi, or more likely, his puppet masters.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Yankees catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers, according to a report from Fanrag’s Jon Heyman.
That would allow the Yankees to trade him before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. McCann, however, has a full no-trade clause.
The Braves talked to the Yankees about trading for the 32-year-old, who left Atlanta for a five-year, $85-million deal in New York before the 2014 season.
McCann was part of the Yankees’ win-now move that was a dud: the signings of McCann, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, right fielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, all in the same offseason.
Alex Rodriguez is headed for retirement and leaving the Yankees after an emotional press conference on Sunday morning.
It’s unclear if the Braves would still be interested in McCann. They reportedly wanted the Yankees to eat some of McCann’s contract if they were going to acquire him. They Yankees, however, wanted impact prospects in return, according to a report.
The Yankees should certainly try to move McCann if they are able to, but it might be helpful to have him around as a mentor for Gary Sanchez as well. So I wouldn’t just trade him and pay most of his salary to get him off the team. But if you can get salary relief or an interesting prospect or two, sure, go for it.
Monday, August 8, 2016
A fresh stain of dirt lining the left side of his jersey, Mark Teixeira welcomed reliever Adam Warren’s hand and hopped up to his feet. The 36-year-old Yankees first baseman had just snared a hard-hit ball with runners on first and second in the seventh inning Sunday, before diving and extending his glove to the bag to beat Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor and end the frame. The highlight-reel play helped the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Indians, who were handed their fifth loss in their past seven games.
It was a great play by Teixeira, who on Friday announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. Alex Rodriguez, another longtime Yankee, said in an emotional pregame news conference on Sunday that he will play his final Major League game next Friday.
“Just a really impressive play,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s Tex. He gives everything he’s got. He slid headfirst, that’s a huge play.”
Behind six-plus innings of one-run ball from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees clinched the series victory with just five hits, one of which was a home run off the bat of Didi Gregorius. The fourth-inning blast came off Carlos Carrasco, who pitched seven innings of three-run ball.
“I thought he was pretty good. Every mistake, it seemed like he really paid for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. “Double, triple, homer, all three hurt us.”
This is a weird, weird team.
Thankfully Tanaka pitched well.
Luis Severino on Tuesday will be interesting, at least.
Farewell to A-Rod. I’ve always been a fan, even for all of his odd personality traits. I suspect that he will still try to play next year (taking the rest of the year off and arguing to teams next year that his time off in 2014 made him come out fresh and strong in 2015), but I also suspect that no one will actually sign him, even for the minimum. Veterans reaching milestones tend to only be attendance draws if they haven’t been suspended for entire seasons for steroid use.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.346/.480, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.287/.346/.495, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.306/.357/.452, 4.3 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.253/.339/.515, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.299/.356/.426, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.300/.350/.464, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF (.260/.321/.412, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.324/.391/.614, 1.3 bWAR)
9. Roberto Perez (R) C (.050/.245/.050, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.279/.347/.471, 15.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.351/.372, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.325/.373, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.288/.341, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.233/.330/.417, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.325/.381, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.449, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.256/.329/.322, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.259/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.268/.408, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.316/.380, 8.2 bWAR
Does anyone else think Rodriguez should play every day for the rest of his career?
The Yankees announced on Saturday night that they will hold a news conference with designated hitter Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium prior to today’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Indians.
The news conference, which will begin at 11 a.m. and stream live on MLB.com, will also include general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. The club has not confirmed whether the news conference will address Rodriguez’s role on the team for the remainder of this season.
This is probably the end of the road for A-Rod as a Yankee.
He was certainly a controversial figure, but also a really good player for many years.
Best of luck, A-Rod.
There’s no team that would give him a shot to get to 700, right?
Saturday, August 6, 2016
On Sunday, the Yankees and Indians completed a trade that reflected their respective directions. Seeking another arm to fortify its bullpen for a playoff run, Cleveland sent the rebuilding Yankees a package of high-profile prospects for left-hander Andrew Miller.
Since acquiring Miller, though, the Indians have floundered, losing three of four to the Twins in part because of inconsistent starting pitching. Right-hander Josh Tomlin couldn’t buck the trend Friday night at Yankee Stadium, as the Bombers recorded 16 hits en route a 13-7 victory. Starlin Castro provided the big blow in the third, a grand slam to right-center field that gave the Yankees a six-run lead. The Indians fought back with three runs in the top of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.
“I think that that’s the team that we are,” Castro said. “If we can work together like that, we can score a lot of runs. Not every time is going to be good, but I think that we’ve got a really good team to kind of do that.”
“The position players are fighting back so hard, you want to give them a chance,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Yankees were buoyed in part by Mark Teixeira, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season in an emotional pregame news conference. The 14-year veteran went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in, too, with his first four-hit game since May 3, 2015. Right-hander Michael Pineda tossed six-plus innings and overcame some hiccups to pick up his sixth win of the season.
Sure, Starlin, this is definitely the team that the Yankees are. No doubt about it.
CC/Kluber - yikes, that’s a tough matchup.
Friday, August 5, 2016
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.245/.343/.482, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.285/.342/.489, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.306/.358/.456, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.253/.338/.513, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.296/.354/.423, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.303/.350/.467, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.330/.397/.626, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Abraham Almonte (S) LF (.271/.294/.458, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Gimenez (R) C (.198/.234/.267, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.281/.346/.477, 14.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.348/.365, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.323/.369, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.287/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.236/.333/.421, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.325/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) SS (.255/.292/.389, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.250/.250/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.248/.319/.316, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.190/.251/.290, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.312/.367, 6.1 bWAR
One of the most productive switch-hitters in recent baseball history is calling it career.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.
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Mark Teixeira expected to announce his retirement later today, at 36, effective at the end of the season.
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The Yankees have called a 3 p.m. ET press conference with Teixeira at Yankee Stadium, though a reason was not given.
Wow. That’s huge. The latest injury must have really shook him up and made him realize he just wasn’t long for the game anymore and you might as well get out when you could do it on your own volition.
Good for him. He achieved most things any player could hope to achieve. He’s been a fine Yankee when healthy. Congrats, Teix!
Given how many of their players are either on the disabled list, lost for the season or simply underperforming, consider this a minor miracle: After beating the Yankees, 4-1, on Thursday to split a four-game Subway Series, the Mets found themselves one game out of a playoff berth.
“We’re very lucky to be where we are,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”
Thursday’s formula was simple, and one the Mets will need to repeat often if they hope to keep pace with the Marlins, Cardinals and others down the stretch. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer for his first hit with his new team, Bartolo Colon delivered 6 2/3 solid innings and the visiting Mets never faced much danger at Yankee Stadium, splitting each half of this year’s home-and-home Subway Series.
Come on, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin! I need something to watch on this team other than Severino’s starts.
Gary Sanchez looks good. I’d like to see him catch in a game. Brian McCann has got to be tradeable, right? Don’t other teams care about playing baseball the right way?
Thursday, August 4, 2016
1. Curtis Granderson (L) LF (.235/.332/.437, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.211/.300/.323, -0.2 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.263/.327/.444, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.259/.311/.548, 0.3 bWAR)
5. James Loney (L) 1B (.289/.339/.443, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) DH (.225/.305/.422, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.292/.343, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B (.243/.303/.356, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.283/.490, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.316/.437, 2.2 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.266/.321/.367, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.326/.386, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.334/.424, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.292/.390, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.455, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.125/.125/.125, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.257/.328/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.188/.250/.289, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.317/.384, 8.4 bWAR
Just as the Mets made their intentions clear in loading up for a playoff run, the crosstown Yankees’ Trade Deadline mantra was always transparent. The Yankees have made no secret of their desire to play their brightest, youngest players over this season’s final two months, with an eye toward rapidly developing the Bronx’s next consistent winner.
There will be some rough evenings along the way. But Wednesday provided the Yankees a glimpse of what’s possible, when Luis Severino pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief of Chad Green, Gary Sanchez recorded his first career hit and the Yankees rolled to a 9-5 win over a Mets club still struggling to find its offensive rhythm.
It was hardly youth alone that buoyed the Yankees; 36-year-old Mark Teixeira broke the game open with a three-run homer in the second inning off Steven Matz, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances. But the kids did their part—particularly Severino, who allowed his only hit on a bunt single, also striking out new Mets acquisition Jay Bruce with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh to help seal the victory.
FINALLY they gave us something legitimate to give a hoot about - Luis Severino returned and looked so good (and Chad Green continued his audition to be a long man by keeping up his seemingly AAAA quality starting pitching) that he has to get a rotation spot the next time this rotation spot comes around and while the Mets are bad offensively, he was good enough that he might allow us to get excited about him again. That would go a long ways to giving us something to watch for these last couple of months. Plus more Gary Sanchez, of course.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Lest they endure a second night of indignity following their Trade Deadline shopping spree, the Mets bludgeoned the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday in one of their finest overall team performances of the season.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning and the Mets piled on with a four-run rally in the seventh, splitting two games with the Yankees at Citi Field. The series will move to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for the first of two additional games.
“We all experienced last year, coming back and taking over,” said Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who also homered. “We’ve all just got to believe.”
The offensive outburst proved significant for a Mets team that geared its Trade Deadline machinations around an impact bat, Jay Bruce, who arrived earlier in the day from Cincinnati. It was also a boon for starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who has ranked among the league’s least-supported starting pitchers all season. Given plenty of wiggle room on this night, deGrom blanked the Yankees over seven innings.
Man, Tanaka has been awful lately. That sucks.
This team isn’t just bad, it’s also kind of boring to watch them suck. Hopefully they call up Tyler Austin soon and, when he’s healthy, Aaron Judge. I could be interested in watching a team with a McCann/Sanchez platoon at designated hitter/catcher, Austin at right field and then first base when they cut Teix and call up Judge to play right field.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.354/.373, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.371, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.271/.321, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.335/.426, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.291/.319/.447, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.254/.291/.392, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.328/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.185/.249/.284, -0.8 bWAR)
9. Masahiro Tanaka (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.313/.381, 8.1 bWAR)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.208/.299/.300, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.255/.321/.429, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.265/.316/.559, 0.6 bWAR)
4. James Loney (L) 1B (.285/.338/.446, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.258/.317/.459, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF (.223/.303/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.293/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.286/.511, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P (.097/.176/.129, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.311/.440, 2.2 bWAR)
I thought the Mets were supposed to be good?
Please tell me this is the last interleague series where there is no DH.
Once Monday afternoon’s non-waiver Trade Deadline chaos settled into quiet, after the Mets acquired Jay Bruce from the Reds and the Yankees dealt Carlos Beltran to Texas, a sold-out crowd piled into Citi Field for what was theoretically still the day’s main event.
The New York rivals did not disappoint with an extra-inning Subway Series affair that the Yankees won, 6-5, on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly in the 10th.
Trailing for most of the later innings, the Yankees tied things on Didi Gregorius’ bloop two-run single against Addison Reed, who had strung together 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings before that hit. The Yankees then loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Seth Lugo, the last man available out of the Mets’ bullpen, before Castro’s sacrifice fly put them ahead.
Anchoring a patchwork lineup with multiple regulars injured and Bruce not yet on the ground in Queens, Matt Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a solo shot to highlight a five-run assault on Yankees starter CC Sabathia. But the Yankees managed three runs off Sabathia’s counterpart, Logan Verrett, before rallying late against a shorthanded bullpen.
With Aroldis Chapman off to Chicago and Andrew Miller in Cleveland, Dellin Betances locked down the ninth for his first save as the Yankees’ new closer. The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs, but Betances struck out Curtis Granderson swinging.
Would anyone really be shocked if Clippard and Warren suddenly became decent set-up guys? The craziest thing about these deals is that besides the loss of Carlos Beltran, the losses of Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Ivan Nova really don’t dramatically change the face of this team. Miller and Chapman are awesome, of course, but a mediocre team with a lights out back of the bullpen is still pretty much a mediocre team, especially since they picked up two okay back of the bullpen guys in Clippard and Warren, The drop-off from Miller and Chapman to Clippard and Warren is a significant one, but mostly for a good team, because of the extra leverage. For a mediocre team like the Yankees, it’s not really all that big of a deal. Beltran hurts, but who knows, we might see a Sanchez/McCann DH platoon starting Wednesday and that might not suck. In other words, while the Yankees got worse, they were already bad, so they might not even be that much worse going forwards. They might hang around .500. Since the Yankees likely are not signing anyone this offseason (the only guy I could see them even conceivably signing is Chapman, who can’t get a Qualifying Offer), having a protected pick is not a big deal and the difference between picking #10 and #13-14 is very slight. So if they win some more games, it really doesn’t hurt them that much.
Cashman had himself quite a fire sale.He did a wonderful job.
Monday, August 1, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.363, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.320/.366, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.269/.322, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.336/.429, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.292/.321/.450, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.256/.292/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.260/.332/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.252/.320/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. CC Sabathia (L) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.319/.387, 8.8 bWAR
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF (.234/.326/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
2. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF (.250/.250/.375, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.259/.325/.435, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.254/.311/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.239/.290/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
6. James Loney (L) 1B (.282/.337/.441, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.233/.267/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF (.213/.296/.307, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Logan Verrett (R) P (.059/.059/.118, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.314/.410, 1.5 bWAR
Compared to the Mets, the Yankees should be buyers, not sellers…
The New York Yankees traded outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for right-handed pitching prospect Dillon Tate and others.
Beltran, 39, is batting .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs this season for the Yankees. He is in the final year of a three-year, $45 million contract and will be a free agent after this season.
Tate, 22, was the Rangers’ first-round pick in the 2015 draft. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) with the Hickory Crawdads, the Rangers’ Class A team in the South Atlantic League.
In addition to Tate, the Yankees will also receive minor league right-handed pitchers Erik Swanson and Nick Green from the Rangers.
At first glance, the return here seems unimpressive, but you never know. Tate obviously had enough talent a year ago to be a very high draft pick.
The Yankees went from having one of the weakest farm systems in all the land, to having one of the top ones within a week. At the buzzer of the MLB trade deadline Monday, the final domino fell as Brian Cashman shipped starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the Pirates. Jon Heyman was the first to report the move.
Nova was traded for a player to be named later. Since Nova was gone at the end of the year anyway, it probably doesn’t really matter who it ends up being. As long as his name is not Ivan Nova.
Despite spending $901.6 million on big league payroll from 2012-15, more than any club except for the Dodgers and nearly double what the average team paid, the Yankees have a grand total of two postseason appearances and zero playoff victories to show for it. New York’s Opening Day payroll of $227.9 million this year again trailed only Los Angeles, but has translated into just the fourth-best record in the American League East and the ninth-best overall in the Junior Circuit.
The Yankees have learned the hard way that their financial might alone can’t carry them to October glory. With one of the oldest teams in baseball, their 2017 and ‘18 outlooks didn’t seem any brighter. So they’ve changed course this summer, trading coveted relievers for blue-chip prospects as they look more toward the future and present.
After shipping Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list), and then spinning Andrew Miller to the Indians for a four-prospect package headed by outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 24) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 95), the Yanks have arguably the best and deepest farm system in the game. (We’ll update our system rankings after the Trade Deadline arrives on Monday.)
I’m sorry I doubted you.
I was hoping for a few more moves but it’s not looking very likely at this point. But I applaud the Yankees for being aggressive and realizing this probably wasn’t going to be their year, and being proactive about it.
Some or all of these prospects may bust, but that’s the chance you take in these types of deals.
Although I have to say, I thought committing $9M this year and next for the tattered remains of Tyler Clippard was dumb. He’s not very good anymore, and he makes it harder to get under the luxury tax. Was that worth a potentially useful piece like Vicente (formerly Jose) Campos?
Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Yankees agreed to part with their second high-profile reliever heading into Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, completing a deal on Sunday morning to send left-hander Andrew Miller to Cleveland for four prospects.
The Indians sent outfielder Clint Frazier and left-hander Justus Sheffield, the No. 1 and No. 5 prospects on Cleveland’s Top 30 list, as well as right-handers Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen to the Yankees, for Miller.
In another development, the Yankees acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the D-backs for Minor League right-hander Vicente Campos. Clippard played for New York in 2007, when he went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts.
Miller, an elite left-handed closer, is 6-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings for the Yankees this season. The 2016 American League All-Star served primarily as the Yanks’ setup man this season, but has recorded nine saves after recording 36 in 2015. He is signed through ‘18 and is set to earn $9 million in each of the next two seasons.
Frazier obviously had to be the guy that the Yankees got back in the trade. He’s a stud, no doubt about it. So it is an okay trade. Sheffield has serious upside, as well. So it’s probably a trade that they had to make, but after getting such a great prospect for a worse asset in Chapman, this solid trade is a bit disappointing.
Still, Frazier is a great prospect. And if the Yankees can re-sign Chapman, their bullpen will likely still be excellent next year. I’ll certainly miss Miller, though. He was excellent and he likely will continue to be excellent for many more years.
Friday, July 29, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.346/.355, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.372, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.305/.347/.548, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.335/.432, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.270/.325, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.298/.328/.462, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.296/.399, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.323/.380, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.248/.319/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.322/.409, 10.5 bWAR
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.273/.333/.446, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Brad Miller (L) SS (.248/.297/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.292/.340/.545, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.235/.280/.453, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B (.312/.384/.528, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.215/.306/.392, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza (R) RF (.239/.294/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF (.243/.344/.410, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Luke Maile (R) C (.214/.241/.286, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.320/.459, 10.5 bWAR
Ivan Nova is trying his best to tune out the swirling trade talk. He’s been linked to interest by the Miami Marlins, among the NL contenders — Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates — inspecting the starter’s market before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
On Friday, Nova, 7-5 with a 4.65 ERA, is scheduled to face the Rays at Tampa Bay, but he’s not wondering if it might be his last start as a Yankee. “My only job is to try to get the team back in the (playoff) fight,” Nova said.
“And hopefully get a win.”
The right-hander is eligible for free agency at season’s end, making Nova a possible two-month rental for a contender. If they were to deal Nova, the Yankees could slot Luis Severino, Chad Green or Adam Warren into their rotation; all three currently are in manager Joe Girardi’s bullpen.
Nova is coming off a solid, seven-inning, one-run no-decision in Saturday’s extra-inning loss to San Francisco.
“Obviously, the better you pitch or play, teams become more interested,” Girardi said. But lately Nova’s performance is “helping us get to a better spot. So, we want to keep it going.”
So wait, Nova is a free agent this year? I thought he still had one more year of arbitration. Oh well, in that case, they really need to deal him, no? He’s not part of the future of this team’s rotation and could easily be replaced by either Luis Severino or Chad Green (probably Adam Warren, too, but I’d like to see Warren be more of a top bullpen guy to replace some of what they lost in the Aroldis Chapman deal).
HOUSTON — As the Yankees dressed and packed for their flight to Florida late Wednesday night, their former closer fired the first pitches of his new life on a television just outside their clubhouse door. Aroldis Chapman uncoiled on the mound at Wrigley Field, whipped a fastball and announced his presence with the Chicago Cubs: 101 miles an hour. The crowd loved it.
The Yankees have moved on from Chapman, who was their carnival act and litmus test. He delivered, and they passed. They are better for the future and still strong enough in the bullpen to hang around the edges of the pennant race.
I’d be surprised if the Yankees traded anyone major at this point. Ivan Nova is likely being traded for something, probably not a whole hell of a lot, and that’s about it.
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