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Yankees.com: CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A’s
(1 Comment - 5/29/2015 1:54:55 am)

Yankees.com: Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda
(94 Comments - 5/29/2015 1:35:41 am)

Yankees.com: Teixeira’s HR helps Yankees power past Royals
(88 Comments - 5/27/2015 5:40:47 pm)

Yankees.com: Yankees don’t look back after early barrage
(65 Comments - 5/26/2015 10:16:50 pm)

Royals @ Yankees, Monday May 25, 2015 , 1:05 PM
(23 Comments - 5/25/2015 4:12:03 pm)

Yankees.com: Yanks drop finale to Texas as skid hits six
(16 Comments - 5/25/2015 3:56:56 pm)

Rangers @ Yankees, Sunday May 24, 2015 , 8:05 PM
(36 Comments - 5/25/2015 12:06:24 am)

Rangers @ Yankees, Saturday May 23, 2015 , 1:05 PM
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Rangers (18-23) @ Yankees (22-19) , Friday May 22, 2015 , 7:05 PM
(53 Comments - 5/23/2015 11:07:54 am)

NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka passes first rehab start with flying colors
(18 Comments - 5/22/2015 4:37:19 pm)



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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Friday, May 29, 2015

Yankees.com: CC lets lead slip away as Yanks fall to A’s

Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered, and the A’s posted a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break ahead and claim a 5-4 series-opening victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.

Lawrie wiped away a two-run Yankees lead in the sixth with a two-run home run off left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in six-plus innings and was charged with all five runs, and the A’s went ahead in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk against right-hander David Carpenter.

Yankees catcher Brian McCann notched his seventh homer of the season and third in as many days with a solo shot against A’s starter Kendall Graveman in the second, one of McCann’s three hits on the night. Alex Rodriguez’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly gave him 1,996 career RBIs, tying him with Barry Bonds for second on the all-time list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Brett Gardner drove in Garrett Jones with a two-out RBI double in the ninth off A’s closer Tyler Clippard to make it 5-4, but Chase Headley flew out to center for the final out.

Definitely an ugly loss. The seventh inning was a mess. I get that CC and David Carpenter seemed like equally shitty options to Girardi, so I can sort of kind of see why he would start the seventh with CC, but the leash has got to be microscopic, he should have been pulled after the first guy got on. By the way, okay, if you don’t trust Lindgren, what about Shreve over Carpenter for now?

Once again the offense really couldn’t do much after the early innings, although there was a tease in the ninth with a ribbie double by Gardner.

Oh well, at least tomorrow is an automatic win with Capuano vs. Gray.

--Posted at 12:25 am by Brian Cronin / 1 Comment | - (0)




Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Yankees.com: Yanks sweep Royals behind power, Pineda

Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

The Royals lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak since late August, and dropped into a tie for first place in the American League Central with surging Minnesota.

Brian McCann homered for the Yankees in the second inning before Rodriguez lined a laser just over the wall in left field in the third.

Pineda gave up six hits and one run while walking one and striking out eight.

Chris Young took the loss for the Royals, going six innings and giving up four runs. He walked two and struck out seven. Young had given up just one earned run total in his previous four starts.

Well, that was a pleasant surprise. The amount of power A-Rod has is ridiculous. He barely looked like he exerted himself on the three-run home run.

It was great to see Pineda return to form. He’s going to have to perform well for the next month if he wants to be the Yankees’ token All-Star representative.

--Posted at 4:37 pm by Brian Cronin / 94 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yankees.com: Teixeira’s HR helps Yankees power past Royals

Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Royals dropped their third straight, the first time they have lost three straight games in nearly eight months. Kansas City dropped four straight over the final four days in August.

Warren gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out five. He retired the first 10 hitters he faced until Mike Moustakas beat out a hit into short right field against the shift.

Alex Rodriguez reached base three times for the Yankees and scored twice.

Adam Warren has really come into his own recently. Here’s the tricky thing, when/if Tanaka returns, who goes to the bullpen? The issue is that Warren is the better pitcher, but he’s also the better reliever while Capuano is not all that helpful as a reliever, so who do you pull from the rotation - the better starter who can be used as a high leverage reliever or the worse starter who would only become a long man if pulled from the rotation?

 

--Posted at 9:04 pm by Brian Cronin / 88 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 25, 2015

Yankees.com: Yankees don’t look back after early barrage

The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.

Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.

Eight of those 11 runs—and three of the homers—came in the first inning as the Yankees staked right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to an 8-0 lead. New York continued to pour it on in the second inning, as the first two batters reached before Stephen Drew ended Guthrie’s day with another home run, a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 11-0.

On the one hand, obviously it is very good to see the Yankees have a rare laugher. On the other hand, boy, where the hell was this run support the last 11 games?!

Still, better to get a win than not! I think the Yankees should keep Headley in the #2 hole. He is an interesting guy there. Meanwhile, Slade Heathcott. Holy crap, right?

Lost in the offense is the fact that Nathan Eovaldi was excellent today. One of his best starts of the season. Jacob Lindgren got to make his Major League debut today and he was shockingly good. Oh wait, did I say shockingly? I meant “predictably.” Hopefully he gets some higher leverage innings soon (or rather, hopefully the Yankees keep winning big and there is no need for high leverage innings - hey, if I’m going to dream, I might as well dream big, right?).

--Posted at 5:02 pm by Brian Cronin / 65 Comments | - (0)



Royals @ Yankees, Monday May 25, 2015 , 1:05 PM

KCR: TBA vs. NYY: TBA

Memorial Day is a good time to say thank you to all who served our country and particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice.  Thank you to all vets and their families.

--Posted at 10:46 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yankees.com: Yanks drop finale to Texas as skid hits six

Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York’s bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

The Kansas City Royals come to town tomorrow and, well, yeah, the Yankees are kind of screwed. After already being screwed due to losing their last six games. Not good times.

--Posted at 11:33 pm by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)



Rangers @ Yankees, Sunday May 24, 2015 , 8:05 PM

TEX: Yovani Gallardo, RHP vs. NYY: Chris Capuano, LHP

--Posted at 5:45 pm by SG / 36 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rangers @ Yankees, Saturday May 23, 2015 , 1:05 PM

TEX: Nick Martinez, RHP vs. NYY: CC Sabathia, LHP

--Posted at 10:00 am by SG / 58 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 22, 2015

Rangers (18-23) @ Yankees (22-19) , Friday May 22, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Rangers: Colby Lewis (R) (50 IP, 3.06 ERA, 3.17 FIP) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (51.2 IP, 3.31 ERA, 1.99 FIP)

Lineups
Rangers
1. Delino DeShields (R) LF: (.279/.405/.393)
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.234/.316/.445)
3. Prince Fielder (L) DH: (.340/.397/.488)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.259/.296/.416)
5. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B: (.312/.382/.506)
6. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.224/.289/.280)
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF: (.208/.246/.308)
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.190/.300/.440)
9. Thomas Field (R) 2B: (.222/.300/.444)

Yankees:
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.290/.363/.427)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.237/.271/.389)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.246/.346/.554)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.377/.588)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.234/.293/.387)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.283/.385)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.182/.263/.339)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.214/.276/.250)
9. Slade Heathcott (L) CF: (—-/—-/—-)

Pretty cool to see Heathcott in the starting lineup, regardless of where his career goes from here.  Not as cool to see Beltran.  Or Drew.  Or Gregorius.  Or….

--Posted at 3:56 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Masahiro Tanaka passes first rehab start with flying colors

MOOSIC, Pa. — He threw 41 pitches, 25 of them for strikes against a Triple-A team. But all that mattered for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka was that he made his pitches without pain or problems.

Feeling no discomfort, “not at all,” he said, Tanaka went three innings for the Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate Thursday in his first rehab start. He gave up a double in a 12-pitch first inning, went through a 1-2-3 second inning and then required 22 pitches to get out of the third, in which he surrendered a single but struck out two.

“I felt pretty good out there. I was able to use all my pitches. So I felt pretty good,” Tanaka, speaking through a translator, said to a gathering of more than three dozen media types at PNC Field.

Final tally: three innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts. He hit 92 mph with one pitch and was consistently 90-91 with his fastball.

If I didn’t feel like this is all just delaying the inevitable, I might be happy.

--Posted at 8:22 am by SG / 18 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Correction

After their 11-5 win at Tampa Bay on May 11, the Yankees were 21-12.  They had outscored their opponents by 36 runs and had improved their CAIRO final 2015 win projection from 79 at the start of the season to around 86 wins.

Then came the correction. 

The Yankees have lost seven of their last eight games, scoring 17 runs and allowing 39.  They’ve dropped to a final projected win total of around 82 wins now.  Here’s a little chart that conveys how their postseason odds have swung since Opening Day.

Date W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS%
4-Apr 79 83 673 679 12.5% 6.1% 6.9% 25.5%
11-May 86 76 695 665 27.7% 10.8% 8.7% 47.1%
21-May 82 80 681 675 20.2% 8.5% 7.9% 36.6%

W: Projected final 2015 wins
L: Projected final 2015 losses
RS: Projected final 2015 runs scored
RA: Projected final 2015 runs allowed
Div: Division win percentage
WC1: Wild card win percentage
WC2: Wild card win percentage
PS: Postseason percentage (Div + WC1 + WC2)

An optimist can say that the Yankees are still ahead of where they projected to be at the start of the year, despite a lot of fairly disappointing performances.  A pessimist might say that all the players that have played well so far are due to regress and that none of the players who have played poorly so far will play any better and that they have been somewhat fortunate in regards to health (Masahiro Tanaka notwithstanding).

The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.  The Yankees are probably good enough to remain on the fringes of contention for a while, because the AL East as a whole doesn’t appear to have any clearly great team.  As it stands now, this is how the CAIRO projects the rest of the season to play out in the AL East.

TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS%
Rays 83 79 643 614 22.2% 8.0% 8.7% 38.9%
Yankees 82 80 681 675 21.0% 8.5% 7.9% 37.4%
Red Sox 82 80 760 760 20.2% 6.4% 7.0% 33.6%
Orioles 82 80 719 690 18.0% 7.1% 7.1% 32.1%
Blue Jays 81 81 775 732 18.2% 6.6% 7.1% 31.9%

It’s likely that we’ll see a much larger separation than that by season’s end, but I feel comfortable in saying that it’s still anyone’s division right now.  The Yankees had built up a bit of a cushion when they were 21-12 and it’s gone away, but they are still in a position to contend.

For now.

--Posted at 9:29 am by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yankees.com: Yankees’ promising start fizzles in loss

WASHINGTON—Denard Span’s single broke a tie in the seventh inning and helped the Nationals edge the Yankees, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

With the bases loaded, one out and left-hander Justin Wilson on the mound, Span singled to left field, scoring Wilson Ramos, who saw his hitting streak halted at 19 games.
Drew Storen struck out Alex Rodriguez with a runner on first to earn his 12th save.

That title could describe the Yankees season as it goes down in flames too.

I apologize for saying the Yankees would be under .500 by June 1.  They will actually be under .500 by May 25.

--Posted at 9:48 pm by SG / 6 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (22-18) @ Nationals (23-17) , Wednesday May 20, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) (38 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.14 FIP) vs. Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann (R) (46.2 IP, 3.66 ERA, 3.19 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.291/.366/.433)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.236/.272/.386)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.258/.380/.602)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.228/.279/.382)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.284/.389)
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.188/.271/.350)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.264/.323/.538)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.204/.269/.241)
9. Adam Warren (R) P: (—-/—-/—-)

Nationals:
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.327/.370/.510)
2. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.244/.297/.369)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B: (.333/.387/.404)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.336/.474/.737)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.242/.294/.418)
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.311/.333/.410)
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF: (.211/.268/.421)
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.267/.369/.476)
9. Jordan Zimmermann (R) P: (.125/.125/.188)

I see no reason to think the Yankees’ descent will end tonight.

--Posted at 3:04 pm by SG / 31 Comments | - (0)



Washington Post: Zimmerman’s blast lifts Nats over Yankees in 10th

The Nationals led 2-0 Tuesday night. Then they trailed 6-2. They homered three times but came up empty in key situations with men on base. They made big defensive plays to back five scoreless innings from the bullpen. And they finally got a clutch hit they needed against Andrew Miller, a pitcher who had allowed just three hits to the 70 batters he faced before Zimmerman stepped in with one out in 10th.

Zimmerman let Miller’s brutal sliders go and smashed a fastball to right for another walk-off home run. Miller hadn’t given up an earned run all season before the blast.

I was never on the Eovaldi bandwagon, so I’m not getting of it now.  He is what he is, and what he has been.  He’s a guy with a great arm who has been jettisoned by two separate organizations.  He’s not a hidden jewel that just needs polishing.

Mark it down.  The Yankees will be below .500 by June 1.

--Posted at 6:57 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yankees (22-17) @ Nationals (22-17) , Tuesday May 19, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (41.1 IP, 4.14 ERA, 4.10 FIP) vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez (L) (42.1 IP, 4.25 ERA, 2.75 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.327/.411/.374)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.303/.380/.451)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.267/.330/.558)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.248/.366/.576)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.237/.290/.398)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.285/.386)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.238/.238/.286)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.177/.264/.345)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (—-/—-/—-)

Nationals:
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.333/.379/.527)
2. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.239/.293/.348)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B: (.326/.373/.399)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.338/.476/.729)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.243/.297/.405)
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.314/.336/.390)
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.275/.373/.490)
8. Michael Taylor (R) LF: (.250/.302/.438)
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P: (.000/.000/.000)

You can only sustain a smoke and mirrors act for so long.

--Posted at 3:49 pm by SG / 79 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 18, 2015

Yankees.com: Whitley elects to have Tommy John surgery

Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery following a consultation with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday in New York. Ahmad will perform the procedure on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Whitley exited his start against the Rays last Wednesday in the second inning with what the team initially described as a “right elbow injury.” He underwent an MRI examination the next day in Tampa, Fla., and he revealed he had been battling discomfort for at least two starts.

“I have no regrets about it,” Whitley said after the MRI. “In my head, I want to pitch. I told you all from the time I got called up last year, I’m here to pitch. It just happened that way.”

I suspect that he likely would have needed TJS no matter what, but it sure doesn’t seem like a smart idea to hide discomfort in your arm.

Anyhow, naturally, I feel bad for Whitley. The Yankees rotation is in a fascinating state right now. It could be bolstered soon by the additions of Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka or it, well, could not. We shall see.

--Posted at 6:03 pm by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks blanked as Capuano struggles in KC

Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven shutout innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the Royals stymied the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday, taking two of three in the series at Kauffman Stadium.

Volquez was sharp from the onset, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced until Alex Rodriguez doubled. Volquez gave up just three hits, walked none and struck out five.

“He’s just been very consistent for us all season,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “And today he was fantastic.”

Left-hander Chris Capuano made his 2015 debut for the Yankees after recovering from a right quad strain. Capuano went three-plus innings, giving up four hits and four runs.

Two straight walks by Capuano to Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to open the fourth triggered a three-run Royals rally—Kendrys Morales, Perez and Omar Infante all delivered RBI hits in the inning.

While I would like to continue to point out the folly in “Esmil Rogers, Fireman,” the truth is that the offense did so poorly that it really didn’t matter how the pitching was. Hopefully Teix’s big toe contusion won’t be a problem (I am crossing my fingers that he will only lose the toe and not the whole foot).

--Posted at 2:34 am by Brian Cronin / 34 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Yankees (22-16) @ Royals (23-14) , Sunday May 17, 2015 , 2:10 PM

Lineups

Yankees
1 Ellsbury CF
2 Gardner LF
3 Rodriguez DH
4 Teixeira 1B
5 McCann C
6 Beltran RF
7 Headley 3B
8 Drew 2B
9 Gregorius SS

Royals
1 Escobar SS
2 Moustakas 3B
3 Cain CF
4 Hosmer 1B
5 Morales DH
6 Perez C
7 Infante 2B
8 Orlando RF
9 Dyson LF

Chris Capuano makes his season debut today. Him pitching well sure would make the loss of Chase Whitley fairly meaningless. Plus, his pitching well would open up Adam Warren to return to the bullpen when/if Ivan Nova or Masahiro Tanaka return from the DL.

The off day tomorrow has given us the rare Sunday afternoon non-House Money lineup. Good to see. Some runs today would also be good to see.

Let’s go, Yankees!

--Posted at 12:46 pm by Brian Cronin / 32 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 15, 2015

Yankees (21-15) @ Royals (22-13) , Friday May 15, 2015 , 8:10 PM

Lineups

Yankees
1 Ellsbury CF
2 Gardner LF
3 Rodriguez DH
4 Teixeira 1B
5 McCann C
6 Beltran RF
7 Headley 3B
8 Drew 2B
9 Gregorius SS

Royals
1 Escobar SS
2 Moustakas 3B
3 Cain CF
4 Hosmer 1B
5 Morales DH
6 Gordon LF
7 Perez C
8 Infante 2B
9 Orlando RF

So far, the Yankees are already trailing after a pair of doubles in the first inning off of Michael Pineda. I am not enjoying this correction.

--Posted at 7:34 pm by Brian Cronin / 71 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Yankees (21-14) @ Rays (19-16) , Thursday May 14, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: Chase Whitley (R) (17.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 4.38 FIP) vs. Rays: Erasmo Ramirez (R) (19.1 IP, 8.38 ERA, 4.23 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.343/.417/.396)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.306/.392/.450)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.241/.351/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.355/.605)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.308/.426)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.303/.369/.632)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.240/.289/.384)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.212/.275/.242)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.357/.357/.429)

Rays:
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.240/.283/.440)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.229/.341/.415)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.381/.462)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.222/.263/.347)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.375/.487)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.299/.357/.416)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.214/.267/.325)
8. Joey Butler (R) DH: (.258/.303/.484)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.126/.178/.200)

Has the Yankees’ correction begun?

--Posted at 3:05 pm by SG / 59 Comments | - (0)



CBS Sports: Jorge Posada bitter toward Yankees management in book

Hell hath no fury like a fading professional athlete feeling disrespected by his own team. Jorge Posada has written an autobiography, “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes,” that includes some not-so-happy memories of the end of his major league career with the New York Yankees.

Why was he/has he been/is he so bitter? It stems from a lack of respect and bad communication Posada says he felt coming from manager Joe Girardi.

The final blow was taking Posada away from his job as a catcher and transitioning him to designated hitter in 2011.

As mentioned in the article, the Yankees may have been concerned about Posada’s health and concussion status when they moved him off the position, but I’m sure it didn’t help that his defense was pretty bad by that point as well.  I’d probably be bitter too, but I sense Jorge’s book is going to be just another “get off my lawn” type book that I shan’t be reading.

--Posted at 8:08 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Yankees (21-13) @ Rays (18-16) , Wednesday May 13, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) (31 IP, 4.65 ERA, 4.32 FIP) vs. Rays: Nathan Karns (R) (40.1 IP, 3.79 ERA, 4.77 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.346/.418/.400)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.397/.467)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.243/.357/.542)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.236/.351/.609)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.302/.423)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.220/.265/.376)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 3B: (.184/.281/.367)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.364/.364/.455)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.211/.276/.242)

Rays:
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.250/.294/.458)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.228/.343/.395)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.283/.385/.469)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.217/.260/.348)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.376/.482)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.311/.370/.432)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.210/.258/.315)
8. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.214/.267/.464)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.167/.242/.167)

--Posted at 2:55 pm by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Yankees (21-12) @ Rays (17-16) , Tuesday May 12, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (34 IP ,3.97 ERA, 4.47 FIP) vs. Rays: Chris Archer (R) (41.2 IP ,2.59 ERA, 2.83 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.341/.415/.397)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.308/.385/.462)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.250/.360/.558)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.304/.430)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.219/.265/.381)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.233/.285/.383)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.191/.291/.383)
8. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.152/.176/.242)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.284/.250)

Rays:
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.258/.296/.473)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.218/.338/.391)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.389/.473)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.227/.261/.364)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.303/.372/.486)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.296/.359/.423)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.215/.264/.322)
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF: (.286/.393/.457)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.130/.184/.207)

I’m about ready for the Garrett Jones experience to be over.

--Posted at 3:11 pm by SG / 87 Comments | - (0)



TGS: Your worst nightmare comes true: The Yankees are good

Instead, it’s your worst nightmare. The Yankees are good. They’re not going away, especially in what’s shaping up to be a mediocre AL East. This isn’t the year we get to bury the Yankees. This is a Stephen King novel come to life, and the Yankees are once again the bad guys ... only they’re disguised as the good guys.

That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to 85 or 90 losses.

I’m still not convinced they’re good largely because I think their relative good health to this point will last, but I will concede that they’ve been much better than I expected even with the health they’ve had so far.  And yes, it’s been an interesting season through May 12.

If they play one game over .500 the rest of the way, they would end the year at 86 wins.  That should be enough to keep them in postseason contention at the very least.

--Posted at 9:08 am by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 11, 2015

Yankees.com: Yankees blast 5 HRs as CC picks up first win

ST. PETERSBURG—Five home runs and a solid start by CC Sabathia fueled an 11-5 Yankees win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.

Alex Rodriguez started the homer parade with a solo shot in the first. Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira all added to the barrage, with Headley and Gardner each hitting three-run shots. Four of the homers came against Rays starter Alex Colome.

It’s amazing how much better the Yankees look with a legitimate leadoff hitter.  Don’t get me wrong, they still stink and will eventually plummet back to last place where they belong, but maximizing the number of the PA their most powerful and fastest player gets is pretty clearly the best way to put on an impressive offensive showing.

As for CC, yeah, four runs and two homers in seven innings is about as solid as cotton candy.

--Posted at 9:15 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (20-12) @ Rays (17-15) , Monday May 11, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (38 IP ,5.45 ERA, 4.39 FIP) vs. Rays: Alex Colome (R) (10 IP ,1.80 ERA, 1.16 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.313/.393/.444)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.210/.259/.350)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.350/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.212/.336/.567)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.242/.308/.442)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.224/.280/.353)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.306/.375/.653)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.189/.292/.378)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.225/.286/.258)

Rays:
1. Brandon Guyer (R) CF: (.294/.388/.471)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.215/.333/.393)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.292/.402/.491)
4. Logan Forsythe (R) DH: (.286/.359/.438)
5. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.208/.269/.375)
6. James Loney (L) 1B: (.242/.277/.387)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.205/.256/.308)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.208/.263/.375)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.135/.189/.213)

Great.  It’s CC Day…

Guess I’ll find something else to do this evening.

--Posted at 3:20 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)



TGS: Pineda cranks up his fastball, nets great results

Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.

Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.

Opposing hitters were 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with a Pineda fastball on Sunday. They were 8-for-22 against it in his previous two starts.

Also of note: The eight strikeouts with the slider were two more than he had in his previous two starts combined.

Pineda finished the game with 22 swings and misses. Two pitchers have had more in a start this season—James Shields (26) against the Astros and Danny Salazar (23) against the Twins.

Unfortunately, Mother’s Day Brunch meant I didn’t get to see this game, but Pineda is probably the best thing going on with the Yankees right now.  Let’s hope he can keep it up and stay healthy, because he’s pitching about as well as any pitcher in baseball at present.

--Posted at 8:12 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 10, 2015

Yankees.com: Pineda fans 16 as Yankees ease past Orioles

NEW YORK—Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic effort, striking out a career-high 16—tied for the second-highest total by a Yankees pitcher all-time—as New York took three of four in its four-game series against Baltimore with Sunday’s 6-2 win.

Pineda worked seven innings of dominant baseball, not issuing a single walk and allowing only J.J. Hardy’s solo homer. The Yankees offense rewarded him with a four-run fourth inning that started with Carlos Beltran’s homer. Brian McCann also went deep off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz in the fifth.

Amazing.  Carlos Beltran homered?

--Posted at 5:08 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (13-15) @ Yankees (19-12) , Sunday May 10, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Orioles: Bud Norris (R) (24 IP ,9.75 ERA, 4.83 FIP) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (39.1 IP ,2.97 ERA, 2.20 FIP)

Lineups
Orioles
TBA

Yankees:
TBA

It’s the day we thank those who let us dwell in their basements.  I’m thanking mine by letting her come down into the basement for a brunch of Cheerios and Doritos! Thanks Mom!

--Posted at 8:18 am by SG / 75 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 9, 2015

Yankees.com: Rare homers sting Whitley in first loss of season

NEW YORK—Before Saturday, Chase Whitley had faced 143 batters at Yankee Stadium, and only three of them hit home runs.

So Whitley wasn’t about to blame the ballpark for what happened against the Orioles, as he allowed three homers in a seven-batter span in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss.

“The thing is, I’ve got to get those balls down,” Whitley said, after his first loss in three starts since joining the Yankees’ rotation. “Hopefully, those fans’ hands are OK.”

--Posted at 8:13 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (12-15) @ Yankees (19-11) , Saturday May 9, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (L) (28.2 IP ,2.83 ERA, 5.49 FIP) vs. Yankees: Chase Whitley (R) (12 IP ,0.75 ERA, 1.57 FIP)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.277/.355/.479)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.328/.357/.612)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.359/.398/.583)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.313/.333/.344)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.250/.315/.490)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.188/.274/.297)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.143/.250/.286)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.221/.264/.368)
9. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C: (.158/.200/.211)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.362/.439/.414)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.326/.412/.472)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.304/.368/.652)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.227/.350/.608)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.191/.230/.309)
6. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.286/.286/.429)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.282/.367)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.179/.276/.369)
9. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.227/.333/.364)

I don’t think you can be a good team and have two people named Chase starting at the same time.  Or one person named Carlos Beltran, for that matter.

--Posted at 11:02 am by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 8, 2015

Yankees.com: Yanks ride early strike to hold off Orioles

NEW YORK—Brian McCann slugged a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran delivered a key two-run double, helping to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Dellin Betances was credited with the victory after taking over with two outs in the seventh inning, slamming the door after the Orioles chipped away at the five-run deficit to draw within one. Manny Machado and Delmon Young collected fifth-inning RBIs off Yankees starter Adam Warren, who completed just 4 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits with three walks.

I’m sorry, but good teams don’t have Adam Warrens entrenched in their rotations. 

If you keep deluding yourself that this is a good team, you are setting yourselves up for heartbreak.

--Posted at 10:18 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (12-14) @ Yankees (18-11) , Friday May 8, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (R) (31.1 IP ,2.59 ERA, 3.93 FIP) vs. Yankees: Adam Warren (R) (26.1 IP ,4.78 ERA, 4.34 FIP)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.256/.333/.467)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.339/.369/.645)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.367/.407/.602)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.322/.344/.356)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.261/.327/.511)
6. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.296/.390/.493)
7. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.288/.365/.409)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.000/.000/.000)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.300/.400/.600)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.363/.438/.416)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.408/.459)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.245/.351/.532)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.223/.345/.606)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.286/.375)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.187/.227/.297)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.292/.381)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.500/.500/.750)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.275/.241)

Is it preferable to be 12-14 and good, or 18-11 and not good?

--Posted at 2:43 pm by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Yankees.com: A-Rod’s 661st HR, clutch Tex power Yanks to win

NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez hit his 661st career homer to pass Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list, and Mark Teixeira drove in a pair of runs as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez broke his tie with Mays (660) by slugging a solo home run to center field in the third inning off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. It marked Rodriguez’s seventh home run since returning from a suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.

Teixeira’s fifth-inning RBI double off Tillman marked the go-ahead hit, as Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi and three relievers made the lead hold up. Jimmy Paredes and Caleb Joseph homered for Baltimore off Eovaldi, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his third victory in pinstripes.

This is all smoke and mirrors and when reality strikes it’s not going to be pretty.

--Posted at 9:45 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (12-13) @ Yankees (17-11) , Thursday May 7, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Orioles: Chris Tillman (R) (26 IP ,6.23 ERA, 5.33 FIP) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (28.1 IP ,3.81 ERA, 3.70 FIP)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.261/.333/.477)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.333/.344/.600)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.383/.423/.628)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.327/.351/.364)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.273/.340/.534)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.180/.261/.295)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (—-/—-/—-)
8. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.286/.366/.397)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.284/.385/.433)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.355/.427/.409)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.309/.404/.444)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.231/.346/.495)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.209/.330/.593)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.238/.298/.393)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.195/.237/.310)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.294/.386)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.163/.258/.350)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.215/.276/.241)

The best team in the AL East visits the Bronx.

--Posted at 3:26 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)



Buffalo News: Sabathia’s slide a bad omen

It’s May and CC Sabathia still doesn’t have a win. It’s being spun every-which-way it can be spun, but 0-5 is 0-5. He’s the only five-game loser in the AL and his earned-run average is 5.45.

Sabathia turns 35 on July 21 and has a lot of mileage on that left arm and that big body. He had a few good moments and more uneven ones during Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays in Rogers Centre.

Sabathia has made six starts and the Yankees are 1-5 in them, scoring just 13 runs. The lack of run support is a fair point to make about his record, but so is the Yankees’ 16-6 record when anybody else starts.

Sabathia’s velocity isn’t there. Neither is the location. His pitches were up all night, and it took 26 for him just to get out of the first inning. In 6∑ innings, Sabathia gave up four runs and nine hits.

Yeah, I can’t help but think CC just isn’t going to be able to adjust to his diminished stuff at this point.  His command needs to be impeccable to succeed with what he’s got right now, and it hasn’t been.

He’s now made six starts this season compared to eight last year, and there’s nothing in his numbers that indicates any improvement despite the knee surgery and the weight gain which some assumed would help him pick up a bit of velocity. 

Stat 2014 2015
BABIP .350 .345
FIP 4.78 4.37
xFIP 3.11 3.83
K% 23.0% 17.8%
BB% 4.8% 4.9%
GB% 48.3% 48.8%
FBv 88.8 88.9

His average fastball is the same as it was last year, his BABIP against this season is essentially the same as last year, his K rate has dropped while his walk rate has remained flat, etc.,

Yeah, it’s only six starts, but the early returns aren’t good.  The Yankees don’t really have the rotation depth to remove Sabathia from the rotation right now and they probably shouldn’t anyway since he’s essentially signed through 2017.  A lot of things have to fall into place with the health of Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova but at some point it’s possible they’ll have six or seven better starting options than Sabathia and you wonder what they’ll do if that happens.

Perhaps it’s time for Hank Steinbrenner to suggest that ”[Sabathia] just needs to learn how to pitch like Jamie Moyer,”

--Posted at 9:28 am by SG / 27 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yankees.com: CC falls to 0-5 after finale loss to Blue Jays

TORONTO—Russell Martin homered and Chris Colabello had a four-hit game in the Blue Jays’ 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.

Veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle tossed five strong innings to earn his first victory against the Yankees since April 10, 2004. Buehrle had lost his previous 12 decisions vs. New York, and his .067 winning percentage (1-14) entering Wednesday was the lowest mark for any active pitcher with at least 10 decisions against a club.

Buehrle’s lone blemish on Wednesday night came in the first inning when Alex Rodriguez doubled to put runners on second and third. Mark Teixeira drove in a run on a groundout, and that was the only damage the Yankees could generate against the 16-year veteran.

CC Sabathia took the loss for New York after he allowed four runs over 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered nine hits and walked two while striking out four en route to his fifth loss of the year.

I guess they were due to a lose a series at some point.

--Posted at 9:23 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (17-10) @ Blue Jays (13-15) , Wednesday May 6, 2015 , 7:07 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (31.2 IP ,5.40 ERA, 4.25 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Mark Buehrle (L) (28 IP ,6.75 ERA, 5.86 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Chris Young (R) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B

Blue Jays:
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Jose Bautista (R) DH
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Russell Martin (R) C
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
7. Chris Colabello (R) LF
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF

--Posted at 2:26 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Yankees.com: Pineda shuts down Jays with help from early burst

TORONTO—Mark Teixeira homered, Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Michael Pineda tossed eight scoreless innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

New York did most of its damage early in the game against right-hander Marco Estrada, who was making his first start of the season. In the first inning, Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double and Ellsbury followed in the second with an RBI single. Teixeira then put the game away in the fifth with a two-run shot to right-center field. That was the final batter of the night for Estrada, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits while striking out three.

Pineda was borderline dominant for New York, despite a pair of doubles by Devon Travis and Russell Martin. He struck out six and walked one while allowing five hits, and it was his fourth consecutive outing allowing three runs or fewer.

The Yankees are a true talent .630 team like the Astros are a true talent .692 team.  I still ain’t buying none of it.

--Posted at 9:50 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (16-10) @ Blue Jays (13-14) , Tuesday May 5, 2015 , 7:07 PM

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (31.1 IP ,3.73 ERA, 2.21 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R) (10.2 IP ,0.84 ERA, 3.98 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.347/.426/.406)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.312/.404/.442)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.229/.347/.494)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.202/.327/.583)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.247/.302/.416)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.203/.247/.329)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.149/.235/.351)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.213/.277/.240)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 3B: (.194/.257/.290)

Blue Jays:
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B: (.315/.388/.609)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.314/.387/.552)
3. Russell Martin (R) C: (.237/.372/.500)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH: (.221/.272/.375)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B: (.237/.370/.447)
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.276/.303/.410)
7. Chris Colabello (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.256/.304/.326)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF: (.571/.571/.571)

--Posted at 3:27 pm by SG / 76 Comments | - (0)



NY Times: The Yankees Are Undone by One Rocky Inning

An Edwin Encarnacion double off Dellin Betances tied the score, and the Blue Jays pushed across two more runs as the Yankees’ Chase Headley made a diving stop of a Russell Martin grounder down the third-base line but first baseman Garrett Jones could not corral Headley’s one-hop throw.

“In the moment, you go from extremely fired up to dejected a little bit,” Headley said. “You think you make a great play and you’re going to get out of a big spot; then it doesn’t go your way.”

Jones said, “It’s a pick I should have made, and it’s upsetting that I didn’t.”

At least Jones makes up for his defense with his bat, right?

--Posted at 8:51 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 4, 2015

Yankees (16-9) @ Blue Jays (12-14) , Monday May 4, 2015 , 7:07 PM

Yankees: Chase Whitley (R) vs. Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.351/.432/.402)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.320/.400/.453)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.241/.362/.519)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.197/.244/.316)
5. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.155/.244/.366)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.242/.294/.400)
7. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.167/.194/.267)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.263/.375/.421)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.222/.288/.250)

Blue Jays:
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B: (.318/.394/.625)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B: (.307/.383/.545)
3. Jose Bautista (R) DH: (.203/.341/.486)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B: (.220/.273/.370)
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF: (.277/.305/.416)
6. Josh Thole (L) C: (.000/.000/.000)
7. Danny Valencia (R) LF: (.379/.400/.517)
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS: (.250/.302/.325)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF: (.600/.600/.600)

--Posted at 3:08 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)



A Look at the 2015 Yankees Component Stats through April 3

So yeah, the Yankees have played far better than I expected them to.  And I am still not sold, even though it’s been enjoyable to watch them so far.

There are few different ways that a team’s actual results could be skewed by that dreaded sabermetric concept of luck.  There’s the most basic statistical version of luck in baseball, where a team’s run differential does not support their actual record.  In the case of the Yankees to this point their 124 runs scored and 93 runs allowed has given them a Pythagenpat record of 16-9 that is identical to their actual record of 16-9.  So by that measure, they have not been luck.

A more advanced version of luck would take a look at the players’ individual performances compared to their projections and trying to determine which performances are fluky and/or unsustainable.  If the team has more players playing over their heads than players who are not, you’d expect them to play worse going forward. That’s worth looking at at some point, but I think a month into the season is too soon to try and make much use of that.

For a happy medium, we can look at the team’s component stats on offense and on defense and see if the offensive events to this point line up with the actual results on the field.  To do this, I’ll use my favorite basic run estimator, linear weights batting runs.  We can use the team’s offensive stats, and the offensive stats of the opposing batters to calculate a revised context-neutral version of their runs scored and runs allowed which will smooth out some of the anomalies that can occur over a set of games that may give a misleading picture of how good or bad a team actually is.

Pos Name PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO GDP HBP BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ BR
C Brian McCann* 86 77 11 19 5 1 2 15 0 0 2 15 1 5 .247 .302 .416 .718 99 10
1B Mark Teixeira# 104 84 14 17 5 0 9 20 0 0 16 15 3 1 .202 .327 .583 .910 149 17
2B Stephen Drew* 83 71 7 11 3 0 4 10 0 1 9 17 3 0 .155 .244 .366 .610 68 6
SS Didi Gregorius* 81 72 5 16 2 0 0 4 2 1 6 13 2 1 .222 .288 .250 .538 53 5
3B Chase Headley# 102 95 10 23 4 1 3 10 0 0 6 25 3 1 .242 .294 .400 .694 93 10
LF Brett Gardner* 88 75 17 24 4 0 2 13 8 1 8 11 1 2 .320 .400 .453 .853 139 14
CF Jacoby Ellsbury* 111 97 19 34 2 0 1 3 9 4 11 15 2 3 .351 .432 .402 .834 136 16
RF Carlos Beltran# 82 76 5 15 7 1 0 9 0 0 5 21 2 0 .197 .244 .316 .560 56 6
DH Alex Rodriguez 94 79 15 19 4 0 6 14 0 0 15 24 1 0 .241 .362 .519 .881 144 15
OF Chris Young 73 64 11 20 6 0 6 12 0 0 6 15 0 1 .313 .380 .688 1.068 192 15
UT Gregorio Petit 35 30 5 6 3 0 0 5 0 0 3 12 0 0 .200 .265 .300 .565 58 3
UT Garrett Jones* 31 30 1 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 1 0 .167 .194 .267 .460 28 1
C John Ryan Murphy 24 19 4 5 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 7 0 0 .263 .375 .421 .796 123 3
Team Totals 994 869 124 214 49 4 33 116 19 7 92 199 19 14 .246 .325 .426 .750 109 121
Name IP PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB HBP SO GDP BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip BR
Dellin Betances 14.2 58 50 1 6 0 0 0 2 1 8 0 25 0 .120 .241 .120 .361 .240 1
David Carpenter 9.2 35 31 3 5 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 5 2 .161 .235 .258 .493 .160 1
Kyle Davies 2.1 10 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .300 .300 .300 .600 .375 1
Nathan Eovaldi 28.1 124 116 12 38 6 0 3 0 0 6 1 22 5 .328 .363 .457 .820 .380 17
Chris Martin 11.1 47 44 3 8 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 13 0 .182 .234 .250 .484 .258 3
Andrew Miller* 13.1 52 44 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 6 2 23 0 .068 .212 .091 .302 .143 0
Branden Pinder (40-man) 2 9 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .286 .444 .571 1.016 .333 2
Michael Pineda 31.1 127 121 13 33 9 1 2 1 2 2 1 32 1 .273 .286 .413 .699 .348 13
Esmil Rogers 17.1 69 62 6 13 0 0 3 1 0 5 1 17 1 .210 .275 .355 .630 .233 6
CC Sabathia* 31.2 134 123 20 38 3 2 5 0 1 6 1 25 6 .309 .338 .488 .826 .344 18
Chasen Shreve* 10 41 34 3 6 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 9 2 .176 .300 .324 .624 .208 3
Masahiro Tanaka (15-day dl) 22.1 90 80 10 14 5 0 2 1 0 7 0 24 0 .175 .236 .313 .548 .214 6
Matt Tracy (40-man)* 2 11 9 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 .222 .364 .333 .697 .250 2
Adam Warren 26.1 111 100 15 25 4 0 2 0 0 10 1 14 6 .250 .324 .350 .674 .274 11
Chase Whitley 5 22 21 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 .286 .318 .381 .699 .375 2
Justin Wilson* 8.1 34 28 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 9 0 .107 .265 .143 .408 .158 1
Team Total 974 880 93 205 35 5 19 8 4 71 9 227 24 .233 .294 .349 .643 .289 87

In the Yankees’ case, they have 121 linear weights batting runs compared to their actual 124 batting runs, and their pitchers have allowed opposing hitters 87 batting runs instead of the 93 actual runs they have scored.

So no, thus far the Yankees’ performance is not out of line with what has happened on the field.  Whether they can continue to do what they’ve done so far is a different question, for another day.

--Posted at 9:23 am by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Teixeira, Gardner power Yanks’ sweep of Sox

BOSTON—The red-hot Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox by hanging on for an 8-5 victory on Sunday night at Fenway Park. It marked New York’s first sweep of three games or more in Boston since a five-game sweep from Aug. 18-21, 2006.

“That’s pretty cool. It’s obviously a tough place for us to play,” said Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. “They’ve always got a good team, they always play us tough, especially in their home park. They’ve got a really good lineup, really good offensive team. It’s tough to hold them down. We were able to get some runs early, and it ended up being just enough.”

While the Red Sox (12-13) fell below .500 for the first time this season, the American League East-leading Yankees (16-9) reeled off their 10th win in the last 12 games.

It’s all luck, I tell you.

--Posted at 4:46 am by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 3, 2015

Yankees (15-9) @ Red Sox (12-12) , Sunday May 3, 2015 , 8:05 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) vs. Red Sox: Joe Kelly (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.323/.400/.376)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.319/.405/.420)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.243/.371/.541)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.200/.323/.563)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.309/.417)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.181/.231/.292)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.231/.278/.396)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.167/.260/.394)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.221/.280/.250)

Red Sox:
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.221/.296/.337)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B: (.290/.374/.495)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.250/.340/.438)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.281/.333/.618)
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.329/.406/.447)
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.160/.267/.253)
7. Daniel Nava (S) RF: (.154/.209/.179)
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.263/.330/.350)
9. Blake Swihart (S) C: (.333/.500/.333)

--Posted at 4:50 pm by SG / 91 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 2, 2015

Yankees.com: Eovaldi, Gardy lead Yankees past Red Sox

BOSTON—Brett Gardner smacked a go-ahead two-run single to left in the top of the fifth, and the Yankees preserved the lead from there, taking a 4-2 victory over Wade Miley and the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. Boston will try to avoid a sweep in Sunday’s finale of the three-game rivalry series.

If not for TPBG™, the Yankees lose this game.  Thankfully TPBG™ was there to pick up the slack when other players failed to get the job done.

--Posted at 3:42 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (14-9) @ Red Sox (12-11) , Saturday May 2, 2015 , 1:35 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) vs. Red Sox: Wade Miley (L)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Red Sox:
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.220/.298/.330)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B: (.292/.379/.472)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.237/.333/.434)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.279/.326/.628)
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.321/.402/.444)
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.169/.280/.268)
7. Brock Holt (L) RF: (.378/.462/.489)
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.276/.345/.368)
9. Blake Swihart (S) C: (—-/—-/—-)

--Posted at 9:40 am by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 1, 2015

Yankees.com: A-Rod’s pinch-hit 660th HR wins it

In a tie game in the eighth, Alex Rodriguez drilled a solo shot to left field to tie Willie Mays and lift the Yankees over the Red Sox at Fenway.

That was pretty damn sweet.

--Posted at 9:53 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (13-9) @ Red Sox (12-10) , Friday May 1, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) vs. Red Sox: Justin Masterson (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.321/.406/.381)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.311/.400/.410)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.216/.322/.608)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.319/.453)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.162/.216/.265)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.232/.284/.390)
7. Garrett Jones (L) DH: (.185/.214/.296)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.177/.274/.419)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.206/.261/.238)

Red Sox:
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.230/.313/.345)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B: (.291/.367/.477)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.236/.337/.444)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.293/.341/.659)
5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.162/.269/.250)
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.312/.398/.442)
7. Allen Craig (R) RF: (.118/.189/.118)
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.274/.338/.356)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.216/.349/.294)

Can CC make it 0-5?  Considering how he’s pitched in Boston even when he was good (5.30 career ERA in Fenway) combined with the fact that he’s no longer good, I like his chances.

--Posted at 2:54 pm by SG / 73 Comments | - (0)



Lohud: Injury updates: Andrew Bailey shut down with shoulder strain

Andrew Bailey
After finally pitching in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, Bailey was taken off the High-A Tampa roster and reassigned to extended spring training. The move was made because of a shoulder issue, and an MRI revealed a strain. Bailey has been shut down for now, and Cashman said he didn’t have a clear timetable for when Bailey will be back on the mound.

Who saw that coming?

--Posted at 8:26 am by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, April 30, 2015

NYDN: Harper: Yankees’ Didi Gregorius struggles, gets help from Alex Rodriguez

As the education of Didi Gregorius continues, the Yankees called on Alex Rodriguez to work with the young shortstop, which naturally focused more attention on the question of why Gregorius hasn’t lived up to his glowing reputation as a defensive whiz.

Is it merely that Gregorius has been a bit overwhelmed by the adjustment to playing on the big New York stage as a Yankee, replacing a legend in Derek Jeter?

Or is there something more troubling about what at times has looked like a lack of baseball instincts?

I take it Satan was unavailable?

--Posted at 9:43 am by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yankees.com: Yanks fall in 13 innings for first loss to Rays

NEW YORK—James Loney drove home Steven Souza Jr. with the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning, lifting the Rays to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium to avert a series sweep.

Loney’s hit was a ground-ball single to right field off left-hander Chasen Shreve, who was the sixth Bombers reliever of the afternoon. Second baseman Stephen Drew chased the ball down but threw home too late to nab Souza Jr., and Tampa Bay held on to defeat the Yankees for the first time in six tries this season.

Chase Headley and Chris Young homered to account for the output against Rays left-hander Drew Smyly, who struck out 10 over six strong innings. Rays hurlers struck out 16 Yankees in all, a season high for both clubs. Brandon Gomes picked up the victory with two innings of scoreless relief and Ernesto Frieri worked the 13th for his second save.

--Posted at 4:54 pm by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)



Rays (11-10) @ Yankees (13-8) , Wednesday April 29, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Rays: Drew Smyly (L) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R)

Lineups
Rays
1. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.302/.375/.419)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.254/.346/.465)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.271/.313)
4. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.300/.398/.443)
5. James Loney (L) 1B: (.333/.400/.611)
6. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.277/.373/.462)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.293/.317/.534)
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF: (.227/.352/.386)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.188/.316/.188)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.308/.400/.372)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.291/.350/.600)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.254/.397/.556)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.232/.341/.652)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.159/.217/.270)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.234/.289/.364)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.313/.400/.500)
8. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.208/.286/.333)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.224/.281/.259)

--Posted at 11:40 am by SG / 71 Comments | - (0)



How have the first three weeks of the baseball season changed team’s final outlooks?

As we began discussing in a thread yesterday, we can’t read too much into how teams have performed to this point when trying to assess how good they actually are.  That doesn’t mean that the games that have been played to this point are not significant, because they are.  Games that are already played are banked, and the results of those games cannot be taken away.  They can also have some impact on a team’s estimated talent level, although the effect on that tends to be way overstated due to the small sample size.

Think of a simple example.  If you had a team that is essentially a .500 team, and they won their first 20 games without changing the fact that they were a .500 team, if they split the remaining 142 games they’d end the year with a record of 91-71.  It’s more likely that this team is an 81 win team that got lucky than an actual 91 win team.  But they did win 91 games.

So anyway, taking my CAIRO preseason projections, adding in the results of the games through last night, and modifying team projections slightly going forward based on YTD performance and any roster changes that were not captured in the preseason projections, here is how team outlooks have changed sorted in descending order by wins.

Team diffW diffDiv diffPS
Royals 6.5 13.5% 19.7%
Astros 6.2 6.1% 9.5%
Mets 5.8 19.0% 20.8%
Yankees 4.5 7.5% 11.8%
Cubs 3.8 3.5% 10.7%
Cardinals 3.3 12.3% 14.0%
Tigers 2.9 9.2% 12.2%
Rockies 2.6 1.1% 2.2%
Diamondbacks 1.9 0.1% 0.2%
Braves 1.6 2.0% 1.9%
Reds 1.2 -1.3% -0.2%
Twins 0.9 -1.1% -1.4%
Dodgers 0.9 11.0% 5.2%
Rays 0.3 -0.3% 0.9%
Padres 0.1 -0.1% 0.2%
Pirates -0.6 -5.3% -0.3%
White Sox -1.0 -5.8% -5.1%
Red Sox -1.0 -2.0% -1.5%
Orioles -1.1 -2.3% -2.0%
Blue Jays -1.2 -3.0% -2.6%
Phillies -1.4 -0.5% -1.6%
Rangers -1.7 -1.1% -3.4%
Marlins -1.7 -1.1% -4.2%
Angels -1.8 0.1% -5.0%
Athletics -2.0 -0.2% -5.3%
Mariners -3.4 -4.9% -10.2%
Giants -4.3 -12.0% -15.1%
Indians -4.7 -15.9% -17.7%
Nationals -5.8 -19.3% -16.6%
Brewers -8.7 -9.3% -17.2%

diffW: Change in final 2015 projected wins from pre-season CAIRO projections.
diffDiv: Change in final 2015 projected division win percentage from pre-season CAIRO projections.
DiffPS: Change in final 2015 projected post-season qualifying percentage from pre-season CAIRO projections (division titles plus either of the two wild cards).

The Mets’ hot start combined with the Nationals’ cold one has probably been the most significant at the top of any specific division.  The Royals have improved their projected win total by more than any other team, but unfortunately for them Detroit has improved as well.  And while I still remain skeptical about how good the Yankees really are, the 4.5 games they’ve picked up in a division that had very little spread heading into the season are pretty important.  The Indians were a pretty trendy dark-horse in the AL Central and have dug themselves a bit of a hole, and the Brewers have really hurt themselves in the early going.

This can and will change quite a bit as the season moves forward, so think of it as more of a fun little checkpoint than anything.

--Posted at 10:34 am by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Yankees.com: McCann drives in three to back Whitley’s solid spot start

NEW YORK—Brian McCann doubled twice and drove in three runs to help the Yankees continue their winning ways, powering a 4-2 victory over the Rays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers’ backstop slugged a run-scoring double as part of a two-run first inning, then connected for a two-run double in the fifth as he continued to pound Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi. The Yankees have won 10 of their last 12 games, and all five meetings with the Rays.

Yankees spot starter Chase Whitley picked up the victory in his first start of the season, holding the Rays to one run and six hits over five innings. Tampa Bay’s Asdrubal Cabrera had a run-scoring double in the third and Logan Forsythe legged out an RBI triple in the sixth facing Chasen Shreve. Yanks righty Chris Martin worked a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

The win was overshadowed by the news that Masahiro Tanaka is heading to the disabled list with wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain.  It’s not good news obviously, although it doesn’t necessarily mean his season is over yet either.

--Posted at 9:37 pm by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)



Rays (11-9) @ Yankees (12-8) , Tuesday April 28, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Rays: Jake Odorizzi (R) vs. Yankees: Chase Whitley (R)

Lineups
Rays
1. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.342/.419/.474)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.254/.342/.478)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.211/.250/.289)
4. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.318/.418/.470)
5. James Loney (L) 1B: (.267/.313/.600)
6. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.262/.366/.426)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.278/.304/.519)
8. Tim Beckham (R) DH: (.289/.353/.556)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.159/.197/.238)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.284/.384/.351)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.316/.409/.421)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.227/.333/.652)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.299/.417)
5. CarLOL Beltran (S) RF: (.167/.227/.283)
6. Garrett Jones (L) DH: (.217/.250/.348)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.233/.291/.370)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.193/.284/.456)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.218/.279/.255)

--Posted at 3:11 pm by SG / 79 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: McCann’s blast sparks Yankees past Rays

NEW YORK—The Yankees (12-8) took sole possession of first place in the American League East on Monday night with a 4-1 win over the Rays (11-9) at Yankee Stadium. It snapped Tampa Bay’s five-game winning streak and pushed the Yankees’ record to 4-0 against the Rays this season.

Brian McCann’s solo home run off Brandon Gomes in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie. Carlos Beltran followed with a double to center and scored one out later when Stephen Drew doubled to right off Everett Teaford.
The Yankees scored first when Gomes took over for Nathan Karns in the fifth with two outs and the bases loaded. Brett Gardner walked to drive home the run. The Rays answered in the top of the sixth when David DeJesus scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 1.

I’m still not buying this as more than an aberration.

--Posted at 7:41 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)




Monday, April 27, 2015

Rays (11-8) @ Yankees (11-8) , Monday April 27, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Rays: Nathan Karns (R) vs. Yankees: Adam Warren (R)

Lineups
Rays
1. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.353/.436/.500)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.254/.347/.492)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.208/.250/.278)
4. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.306/.413/.468)
5. James Loney (L) 1B: (.333/.385/.750)
6. Brandon Guyer (R) LF: (.250/.380/.425)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.294/.321/.549)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.302/.354/.581)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.150/.190/.233)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.282/.370/.352)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.302/.393/.396)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B: (.267/.405/.583)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.351/.694)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.232/.286/.357)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.161/.226/.268)
7. Chris Young (R) RF: (.320/.382/.660)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.167/.254/.426)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.212/.263/.250)

A scintillating battle for first place in the AL East!

--Posted at 3:10 pm by SG / 58 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: A-Rod paces offense as Yanks take series from Mets

NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Yankees’ attack against Jon Niese, helping to secure the first leg of the Subway Series with a 6-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Bombers took two of three games in the weekend set as Niese was thumped for six runs (four earned) and eight hits over five innings, including a four-run second inning in which the Yankees stroked four doubles. The Mets didn’t help their cause defensively, committing four errors in the field.

“Our goal is to win series, and we’ve done that in the last three,” Rodriguez said. “It’s especially sweet in the Subway Series, to win the series, and especially against a team that’s playing so well.”

Yay-Rod.

--Posted at 8:18 am by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mets (14-4) @ Yankees (10-8) , Sunday April 26, 2015 , 8:05 PM

Mets: Jon Niese (L) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R)

Lineups
Mets
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF: (.220/.370/.254)
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF: (.296/.311/.338)
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B: (.323/.400/.523)
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF: (.250/.324/.375)
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B: (.145/.217/.242)
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B: (.267/.400/.433)
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS: (.291/.328/.473)
8. Danny Muno (S) DH: (.333/.333/.333)
9. Kevin Plawecki (R) C: (.286/.333/.500)

Yankees:
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.386/.367)
2. Chris Young (R) CF: (.326/.392/.696)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.250/.400/.518)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.254/.356/.729)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.173/.241/.288)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.232/.293/.362)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.231/.353/.385)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.176/.267/.451)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.190/.280/.286)

--Posted at 5:27 pm by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, April 25, 2015

Yankees.com: CC chased as Yanks can’t keep up in Subway Series

NEW YORK—Matt Harvey finished one out shy of a complete game and the Mets swatted three homers off CC Sabathia, evening the Subway Series with an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Lucas Duda hit a first-inning solo shot, Kevin Plawecki notched his first Major League homer with a two-run blast in the fourth and Eric Campbell cleared the right-field wall in the sixth off Sabathia, who was battered for seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. Juan Lagares had four hits, tying a career high.

--Posted at 7:02 pm by SG / 18 Comments | - (0)



Mets (13-4) @ Yankees (10-7) , Saturday April 25, 2015 , 4:05 PM

Mets: Matt Harvey (R) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L)

Lineups
Mets
TBA

Yankees
TBA

--Posted at 9:45 am by SG / 23 Comments | - (0)




Friday, April 24, 2015

Yankees.com: Tex swats pair to back Pineda’s gem in win over Mets

NEW YORK—Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Jacoby Ellsbury also cleared the fence in Friday night’s Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets’ 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games behind a strong performance from Michael Pineda, who limited the Mets to Lucas Duda’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly to notch his third consecutive victory. Pineda scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
deGrom was charged with six runs on eight hits over five innings. Teixeira’s first-inning homer snapped his 18 1/3 innings scoreless streak.

--Posted at 10:37 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)



Mets (13-3) @ Yankees (9-7) , Friday April 24, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Mets: Jacob deGrom (R) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R)

Lineups
Mets
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF: (.200/.375/.220)
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF: (.270/.288/.286)
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B: (.351/.439/.526)
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) DH: (.273/.355/.418)
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B: (.170/.250/.283)
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B: (.250/.394/.292)
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS: (.271/.314/.479)
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C: (.286/.375/.286)
9. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF: (.000/.143/.000)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.384/.317)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.388/.381)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.265/.419/.571)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.196/.323/.569)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.224/.273/.367)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.184/.241/.306)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.242/.309/.387)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.178/.283/.467)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.200/.260/.222)

--Posted at 3:13 pm by SG / 65 Comments | - (0)



Pitcher A vs. Pitcher B

Pitcher BF IP H HR BB SO GB% FB% LD% PU% HR/FB
A 81 19 21 5 3 21 50.7% 34.3% 11.9% 3.0% 21.7%
B 82 20.2 22 1 4 20 50.7% 31.0% 15.5% 2.8% 4.5%

Given these two lines, which one would you assume would be more effective going forward?

--Posted at 11:00 am by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)



CBS Sports: Yankees Hot, Mets ‘Sizzling’ Heading Into Subway Series

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who says the Subway Series has run out of gas?

The New York Mets are “sizzling hot,” in the words of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, having won 11 straight games and on the verge of setting a franchise record. Meanwhile, the crosstown Bombers have shrugged off a slow start to win six of seven, including three straight in Detroit.

Now both teams will meet in a battle for Big Apple bragging rights. The three-game set kicks off Friday night at Yankee Stadium with reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA) on the hill against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00).

“It’s going to be awesome,” Rodriguez said Thursday. “The Stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It’s fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”

--Posted at 8:05 am by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, April 23, 2015

NYDN: Masahiro Tanaka posts second strong start as Yankees edge Tigers, 2-1

DETROIT – One week ago, the Yankees were a lost team, having opened the season with a 3-6 record and three straight series losses to division foes.

Now, after six wins in their last seven games, the Yankees return home as one of the hottest teams in the American League, ready to take on the crosstown rival Mets – also known as the hottest team in baseball.

The Yankees pulled out a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, taking three of four from the Tigers despite dropping Monday’s season-opener.

“We did not play well those first five games,” Girardi said of the Yankees’ 1-4 start. “But we’ve seemed to turn it around and kind of have everything in order now.”

Masahiro Tanaka posted his second strong start in a row, holding the Tigers to one run on three hits and two walks, striking out six over 6.1 innings.

--Posted at 4:03 pm by SG / 18 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (8-7) @ Tigers (11-4) , Thursday April 23, 2015 , 1:08 PM

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R) vs. Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.279/.362/.295)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.308/.413/.410)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.196/.240/.326)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.244/.294/.400)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.313/.407)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.368/.442/.816)
7. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.263/.300/.421)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.190/.286/.500)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.205/.250/.227)

Tigers:
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.361/.378/.556)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.279/.318/.361)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.386/.453/.579)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.250/.400/.278)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.267/.302/.550)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.322/.328/.593)
7. Alex Avila (L) C: (.241/.405/.379)
8. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.275/.356/.431)
9. Hernan Perez (R) SS: (.167/.167/.167)

--Posted at 10:16 am by SG / 77 Comments | - (0)



FOX Sports: Yankees pound David Price, Tigers amid snow flurries

Detroit - Jacoby Ellsbury turned as if to start his swing and then crumpled to the ground after David Price’s pitch caught him square in the chest.

With temperatures in the 30s in downtown Detroit, this was no way to begin the game.

‘‘It felt like a frozen snowball or something, going at 93,’’ Ellsbury said.

Ellsbury shook off the pain and went to first base, and Price’s problems were only beginning. The New York Yankees scored six runs off him in the first inning amid swirling snow flurries, and they went on to a 13-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Price (1-1) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings, his second straight terrible start against the Yankees. Detroit has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.

--Posted at 7:54 am by SG / 3 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yankees (7-7) @ Tigers (11-3) , Wednesday April 22, 2015 , 7:08 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) vs. Tigers: David Price (L)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.263/.344/.281)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.344/.432/.844)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.267/.411/.600)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.200/.328/.556)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.225/.283/.400)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.171/.222/.268)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.241/.305/.370)
8. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.111/.150/.111)
9. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.286/.500)

Tigers:
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.406/.406/.625)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.298/.339/.386)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.389/.450/.593)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.265/.405/.294)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.281/.305/.579)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.304/.310/.589)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.298/.382/.468)
8. Alex Avila (L) C: (.240/.424/.400)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.400/.449/.489)

--Posted at 3:25 pm by SG / 88 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: The adjustment that unlocked Nathan Eovaldi’s full arsenal

Cashman’s lust for power arms paid big dividends when Eovaldi muted the Tigers’ bats en route to a 5-2 win that was witnessed by 27,031 customers who sat through intense wind, a hard rain at times and temperatures that dropped from 50 degrees at first pitch to 42 for the final out.

“I changed my arm angle a bit,’’ said Eovaldi, who was very pedestrian in his first two Yankees starts. “My slider had depth and I made pitches when it needed to.’’

Eovaldi said the adjustment dealt with keeping his right hand closer to the body when he moved it backward at the beginning of the windup.

“His slider was good and the curveball was good,’’ manager Joe Girardi said of his starter, who had enough juice on the fastball that he reached 98 mph in the seventh inning after sitting for 30 minutes in the top of the frame when the Yankees scored three runs and sent nine batters to the plate.

--Posted at 9:45 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Yankees (6-7) @ Tigers (11-2) , Tuesday April 21, 2015 , 7:08 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) vs. Tigers: Kyle Lobstein (L)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.283/.356/.302)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.390/.400)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.412/.643)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.190/.302/.548)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.257/.317/.457)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.276/.344/.690)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.315/.400)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.158/.267/.421)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.143/.188/.143)

Tigers:
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.393/.393/.643)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.321/.362/.415)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.400/.464/.620)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.290/.421/.323)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.245/.273/.547)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.315/.585)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.295/.373/.477)
8. Alex Avila (L) C: (.182/.400/.318)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.439/.489/.537)

--Posted at 3:29 pm by SG / 50 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: CC shows stuff in CG, but outcome points wrong way

DETROIT—CC Sabathia on Monday night put together his best start of the season in terms of stuff, he said, and his final pitching line. But Sabathia’s first complete game since July 9, 2013, wasn’t enough as the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 2-1.

“I’ve been getting better every time out,” Sabathia said. “Obviously that’s not equating to wins or helping us, but hopefully I can put it together, start putting some starts like this together and help us win some games.”
Sabathia did his part. The left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five, needing only 98 pitches to get through eight innings.

--Posted at 4:30 am by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)




Monday, April 20, 2015

Yankees (6-6) @ Tigers (10-2) , Monday April 20, 2015 , 7:08 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) vs. Tigers: Alfredo Simon (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.364/.306)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.290/.405/.419)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.316/.447/.711)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.184/.306/.500)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.184/.238/.289)
6. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.316/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.234/.294/.383)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.167/.279/.444)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.189/.225/.189)

Tigers:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF: (.250/.364/.393)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.306/.352/.408)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.426/.491/.660)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.310/.429/.345)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.240/.269/.560)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.300/.314/.600)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.286/.354/.476)
8. James McCann (R) C: (.158/.200/.263)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.436/.476/.538)

--Posted at 3:39 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Yankees.com: Pineda helps Yankees finish sweep of Rays

Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Headley followed Teixeira’s third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

“The best part about that is that it’s coming from different guys,” Headley said. “It’s not just one guy who’s carrying us every night, it’s coming from different guys. And that bodes well for us going forward.”

Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run home run in the first inning and connected for a fifth-inning RBI double as part of a three-hit performance against Pineda, who recovered to fire 5 2/3 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball and earn his second win of the season. Dellin Betances recorded five outs and Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Two things stood out for me about today’s game [EDITED TO ADD: And dakranker pointed out an excellent third thing that I felt was so notable that I added it to the list].

1. Once again, the offense showed up and
2. Betances is really looking like he’s rounding into form. It is beginning to look like he and Miller might very well be the impressive tandem we were expecting when the season started. Not only that, but by making Miller the closer (which seems to have happened almost by accident), it has allowed Betances to be used more efficiently, throwing more than an inning in prettty much every game he’s pitched this season. Can you imagine if Andrew Bailey heals to the point where he can be a reliable late-inning reliever? They could have Bailey close and have Betances and Miller available to pitch multiple innings and, well, that would be very effective.
3. After being unremarkable to poor for the first eleven games, the defense was excellent today. Stephen Drew, in particular, was outstanding. Good to see it.

Michael Pineda was far from great today, but he was decent enough. Souza just kind of owned him today. The lineup looks a lot better with current A-Rod batting third instead of current Beltran. Hopefully A-Rod maintains his third spot even when Beltran returns, but Girardi has already pretty much said otherwise (he’s correct that it it not a lot of sample size still). A-Rod just looks locked in and not only that, but the Tampa Bay pitchers seem to legitimately fear him now. Some of his walks seemed to be of the “I’m not giving you a good pitch to hit” variety. Garrett Jones and Brian McCann are now tied for the team lead in triples, with one apiece. I’m sure we all knew that that would happen.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner continue to play well. Did you know Ellsbury is 3-4 in RISP but has not had a ribbie yet this season? Nuts, no?

CC pitches tomorrow in Detroit, so, well, the good times are likely going to take a bit of a detour. At least the Yankees won’t face Cy Greene in the Detroit series.

--Posted at 6:41 pm by Brian Cronin / 24 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, April 18, 2015

Yankees (4-6) @ Rays (6-5), Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:10pm

NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 26, RHP, 1-1, 7.00) vs. TBR: Jake Odorizzi (#23, 25, RHP, 2-0, 0.61)

--Posted at 3:49 pm by SG / 85 Comments | - (0)




Friday, April 17, 2015

Yankees (3-6) @ Rays (6-4) , Friday April 17, 2015 , 7:10 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) vs. Rays: Nathan Karns (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.375/.314)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.289/.400)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.171/.211/.286)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.361/.655)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.200/.241/.360)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.394/.571)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.148/.200/.370)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.318/.375/.727)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.172/.219/.172)

Rays:
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.344/.382/.750)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.250/.368/.469)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.190/.227/.262)
4. Evan Longoria (R) DH: (.226/.400/.452)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF: (.235/.341/.235)
6. Allan Dykstra (L) 1B: (.071/.350/.071)
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B: (.242/.342/.424)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.304/.320/.652)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.333/.400/.333)

--Posted at 3:48 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees are all-in on Carlos Beltran, and that’s a problem

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Late Wednesday night in a near-empty Yankees clubhouse at Camden Yards, Carlos Beltran was talking about the team’s current situation.

“We need to get going, no doubt about that. It’s only nine games and we have to find a way to turn the page and concentrate on Tampa,’’ Beltran said after the Yankees’ record dipped to 3-6 following dropping two of three to the Orioles. “Every team in baseball is going to go through this. We have to pick it up and start playing better baseball.’’

As the words spilled out of Beltran’s mouth, they sounded like they could have been about himself because he takes a .171 (6-for-35) batting average, a .211 on-base percentage and a .497 OPS into Friday night’s series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Asked if he was including himself in those words, Beltran confirmed it.

I was certain that a 37-39 year old Beltran would hit to the back of his baseball card.  That’s what 37-39 year old players do, right?

--Posted at 8:04 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, April 16, 2015

NY Post: The troubling signs Tigers have fleeced Yankees again

The replacement for Derek Jeter is playing horribly and the main guy traded for Didi Gregorius is performing like a Cy Young candidate, thus the Yankees’ most important move of the offseason — and arguably one of their most vital in years — is a Di-minus one week into the schedule.

The key words in the previous sentence were “one week,” and Shane Greene is unlikely to remain the best pitcher in his own rotation, much less the league.

But there is a little more than an early read to this. Historically, when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Detroit counterpart Dave Dombrowski have traded with each other, the results have greatly favored Dombrowski.

Eh.  It’s one week.  I don’t think Gregorius is any good or will be any good at any point in the future, but I’m not sure that Greene is all that good either.

Look at this way.  If the Yankees would have won three of the six games they’ve lost, they’d be 6-3 and tied for first place.

--Posted at 8:20 am by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yankees (3-5) @ Orioles (4-4) , Wednesday April 15, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) vs. Orioles: Bud Norris (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.290/.371/.290)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.226/.273/.419)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.156/.176/.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.375/.680)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.280/.409)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.345/.440)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.174/.231/.435)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.333/.400/.778)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.154/.207/.154)

Orioles:
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF: (.300/.323/.533)
2. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.261/.280/.261)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.429/.469/.929)
4. Travis Snider (L) DH: (.333/.481/.524)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.192/.250/.346)
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.148/.226/.185)
7. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.300/.391/.500)
8. David Lough (L) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.238/.273/.571)

--Posted at 3:16 pm by SG / 72 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Yankees.com: Yanks can’t finish rally as O’s even series

The O’s got a pair of RBIs—including another homer—from a red-hot Adam Jones and used a stellar seven-inning start from Miguel Gonzalez to top the Yankees, 4-3, in Tuesday’s series-evening win.

Gonzalez (1-1) set a new career high with 10 strikeouts and held New York to just one run. The righty has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in his first two starts this season.

“He was incredible,” catcher Caleb Joseph said. “We’ve been talking about the split-finger for a while now, trying to get it down. It showed up tonight, didn’t it? He’s great. He mixed all of his pitches there, really stayed in the count. The thing about Miggy is he’s got a lot of weapons, and when he gets ahead, he’s dangerous.”

Yankees starter CC Sabathia went seven innings in the loss, with Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran driving in runs. New York closed the gap to one run on left fielder Alejandro De Aza’s eighth-inning fielding error, but Zach Britton came on to record his second save of the year.

CC is one of the weirdest starters out there - it’s like he’s guaranteed to give up 4 runs, but he will also give you 7 innings. And that does have value, but it’s pretty odd.

So far this year, the Yankees have at least been pretty resilient. Have to give them some credit for that.

--Posted at 10:32 pm by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (3-4) @ Orioles (3-4) , Tuesday April 14, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) vs. Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (R)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.296/.387/.296)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.222/.276/.444)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.143/.167/.214)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.393/.714)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.278/.333/.500)
6. Garrett Jones (L) DH: (.200/.273/.300)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.357/.438/.857)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.190/.217/.476)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.130/.192/.130)

Orioles:
1. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.238/.238/.238)
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.130/.222/.174)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.440/.500/.880)
4. Steve Pearce (R) 1B: (.185/.313/.407)
5. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.111/.200/.111)
6. Chris Davis (L) DH: (.217/.280/.391)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.278/.316/.667)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.235/.350/.353)
9. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.333/.357/.593)

--Posted at 3:14 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Stephen Drew hits pinch-hit grand slam to lead Yankees past Orioles, 6-5

BALTIMORE — It was just how the Yankees Drew it up, right?

When the Yankees sent Stephen Drew to the plate to pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning Monday night, it raised some immediate concern over the left fielder’s health.

Gardner had been hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the first inning, struck in that spot for the second time in less than a week. He had remained in the game for five more innings, but with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing by two runs, Gardner told Joe Girardi he might want to find another hitter.

I guess Drew’s already paid for his contract.

--Posted at 8:19 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Monday, April 13, 2015

Yankees (2-4) @ Orioles (3-3) , Monday April 13, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) vs. Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (L)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.261/.370/.261)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.273/.385/.455)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.167/.192/.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.222/.375/.611)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B: (.300/.417/.550)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.300/.417/.700)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.286/.375/.571)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.158/.227/.158)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.286/.375/.286)

Orioles:
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.304/.333/.565)
2. Steve Pearce (R) RF: (.217/.333/.478)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.263/.333/.474)
4. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.381/.458/.762)
5. Travis Snider (L) DH: (.389/.522/.611)
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.053/.174/.053)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.286/.333/.714)
8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.235/.235/.235)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.154/.313/.308)

--Posted at 3:04 pm by SG / 85 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks pound Buchholz to back Tanaka in win over Sox

NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez ripped a bases-clearing double, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew slugged back-to-back homers, and the Yankees celebrated their biggest thumping of a Red Sox starter in nearly 70 years in a 14-4 victory on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees grabbed their first lead of the weekend with a seven-run first inning off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who hung around to absorb a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) over 3 1/3 innings. New York hadn’t hung a 10-spot on a Boston starter since June 21, 1945, when it knocked around Dave “Boo” Ferriss.
“It just takes the burden off,” Headley said. “We had been grinding for runs, so to get up there and really pour some on in the first inning kind of lets you go. You’re not on cruise control, but you can enjoy the at-bats, you can enjoy the game, and really let the game come to you at that point.”

What’s next?  Cats and dogs living together?

--Posted at 8:07 am by SG / 32 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, April 12, 2015

Red Sox (4-1) @ Yankees (1-4) , Sunday April 12, 2015 , 8:05 PM

Red Sox: Clay Buchholz (R) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF: (.190/.250/.381)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B: (.240/.345/.520)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH: (.150/.261/.300)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF: (.318/.348/.591)
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B: (.269/.321/.269)
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B: (.000/.150/.000)
7. Shane Victorino (R) RF: (.167/.333/.167)
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS: (.391/.462/.478)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C: (.091/.421/.091)

Yankees:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.250/.318/.250)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.235/.381/.471)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.100/.136/.200)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.188/.350/.625)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.231/.313/.308)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.350/.500)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.136/.208/.273)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.118/.118/.118)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.133/.222/.133)

The good news is that after tonight there will be only 156 games remaining in the Yankees’ 2015 season.

--Posted at 5:16 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yankees.com: Warren battles into 6th but Yanks fall short vs. Sox

NEW YORK—Joe Kelly permitted just one hit over seven sterling innings, retiring his final 17 batters faced, and the Red Sox pounced on a fatigued Yankees bullpen to post an 8-4 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Activated from the disabled list before Saturday’s game, Kelly cruised through an efficient first start of the season, permitting only Alex Rodriguez’s second-inning single. The right-hander started his first full season with the Sox by striking out eight and issuing two walks to go with a wild pitch.

I realize I don’t really follow the Yankees like I used to but I have literally never heard of Matt Tracy, who pitched the final two innings in this game, until today.

--Posted at 5:26 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)



Red Sox (3-1) @ Yankees (1-3) , Saturday April 11, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Red Sox: Joe Kelly (R) vs. Yankees: Adam Warren (R)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Brock Holt (L) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Allen Craig (R) RF
7. Daniel Nava (L) LF
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Chris Young (R) CF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B

Whatever.

--Posted at 12:00 pm by SG / 65 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees rally, but come up short vs. Red Sox

Mookie Betts lifted a sacrifice fly to center field in the 19th inning off Esmil Rogers, sending Xander Bogaerts home with the deciding run as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 6-5, in the longest game played at the current Yankee Stadium.

Chase Headley’s ninth-inning homer off Edward Mujica erased the first of four Boston leads in the contest. David Ortiz gave Boston back the lead in 16th with a solo shot off Rogers, but with the clock having moved past midnight, Mark Teixeira celebrated his 35th birthday in the home half of the 16th with a game-tying homer off Steven Wright.

In the 18th, Pablo Sandoval knocked a run-scoring single off Rogers to put the Red Sox back on top, but the Yankees again wiped out that lead as Carlos Beltran doubled to deep left off Wright, scoring pinch-runner John Ryan Murphy.

It was certainly an exciting game. The Yankee bullpen is excellent. Two things stood out to me tonight…

1. Girardi pinch-running Garrett Jones for A-Rod in the 11th inning after A-Rod doubled with one out. Jones cannot be that much faster than A-Rod, so the slight upside of having him run for A-Rod did not seem to make up for the risk of taking A-Rod out in a tie game. It seemed like a bad idea at the time and only looked worse when Jones ended up having four at-bats in the game. Would have been nice to have had A-Rod still in there.

2. Didi Gregorius made the third out of the inning with the winning run on third twice in extra innings. Having two automatic outs in the bottom two spots of the lineup just kills this already pathetic offense.

Oh well, this was a horrible loss, but at least there was some good dramatic moments and at least the bullpen looked phenomenal. Let’s hope Adam Warren can pitch well tomorrow.

--Posted at 1:40 am by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)




Friday, April 10, 2015

Red Sox at Yankees, Friday April 10, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Red Sox: Wade Miley (L) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B
3. David Ortiz (L) DH
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) LF
5. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
6. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
7. Daniel Nava (L) RF
8. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
9. Sandy Leon (S) C

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Chris Young (R) RF
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B

First Place visits Last Place!

--Posted at 2:41 pm by SG / 210 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Yankees.com: Sabathia’s strikes out eight, but Toronto spoils return

Daniel Norris worked 5 2/3 solid innings to pick up his first big league win and Edwin Encarnacion homered late as the Blue Jays spoiled CC Sabathia’s return to the big league mound, posting a 6-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 655th career home run, a solo shot to left field in the sixth inning, and Mark Teixeira also cleared the fence to highlight the Yanks’ production off the 21-year-old Norris, who was making just his second career start. The left-hander permitted three runs and six hits, walking two and striking out five.

It’s pretty funny that right after we were having a big discussion about how people always write about CC Sabathia being better than his results, we got tonight, where he gave up four earned runs and yet looked pretty damn good. Eight strikeouts is very nice. And even the one bad inning was a lot of fairly weak hits and RBI groundouts. He also gave up another run in his final inning, but that was on a Carlos Beltran error.

The offense was not great, but Toronto’s starter Daniel Norris looked very good out there, so three runs is not that bad. The Yankees actually had the possible tying runs on second and third with two outs against righthanded reliever Roberto Osuna in the sixth inning, but with the righthanded Gregorio Petit due up, Joe Girardi inexplicably pinch-hit Stephen Drew for Petit instead of Brian McCann or Garrett Jones, who (like Drew) are both lefthanded batters, except actually decent enough hitters. Why is Garrett Jones on the team if he’s not going to pinch-hit there?

Also, while not exactly a big deal, Didi Gregorius got his first hit as a Yankee, driving in a run but idiotically getting thrown out while taking a big turn at first. So far he has made Jorge Posada look like a good baserunner.

Nathan Eovaldi goes tomorrow night against the Red Sox. I’m really curious as to how he will look.

--Posted at 9:57 pm by Brian Cronin / 3 Comments | - (0)



Blue Jays at Yankees, Thursday April 9, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Blue Jays: Daniel Norris (L) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Russell Martin (R) C
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
8. Steve Tolleson (R) LF
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
8. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS

No Gardner = no reason to watch.

--Posted at 2:49 pm by SG / 83 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees pull out win in 8th against Blue Jays’ bullpen

Chase Headley’s infield single ticked off Blue Jays closer Brett Cecil’s glove and pushed home Brett Gardner with the go-ahead run as the Yankees rallied for three runs in the eighth inning, posting a 4-3 victory on a raw and rainy Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees accepted some help from Toronto’s bullpen in erasing the late deficit. Cecil’s wild pitch allowed Chris Young to score their second run, and with the bases loaded by a single, hit-by-pitch and intentional walk, Cecil plunked Brian McCann in the back to force home the tying run.

“A little bit unconventional, but guys did what they had to do to get on and we fought and clawed,” Headley said. “It turned out in our favor.”

That was one of the most embarrassing three run rallies in recent history. Even the initial double to start the inning was a pop-up that was caught up in the wind. But a win is a win is a win is a win, so I’ll certainly take it!

The good news from the game is that Michael Pineda and Andrew Miller were just as good as their hype suggested.

The bad news is that the Yankee offense is putrid and their defense has not been very good, either (although Brett Gardner made an awesome catch in the sixth inning that likely saved a run, and Stephen Drew did make a good play in the ninth inning).

CC Sabathia makes his season debut tomorrow. How he looks will play a huge part in how good this starting rotation will be this season (although I dare say that Nathan Eovaldi’s start might be even more important). Didi Gregorius will be sitting against the lefthander Daniel Norris. I really don’t agree with that move. I don’t mind giving him the occasional rest against lefties, but they really need to see if Gregorius can hit through his struggles with lefties. They invested a lot in getting him, they should give him a real shot to become the everyday shortstop.

--Posted at 12:01 am by Brian Cronin / 34 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blue Jays at Yankees, Wednesday April 8, 2015 , 7:05 PM

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Russell Martin (R) C
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Dalton Pompey (S) CF
7. Kevin Pillar (R) LF
8. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS

No team has ever gone 0-2 to start the season and won the World Series, I don’t think.

--Posted at 2:39 pm by SG / 135 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: Yankees turn to Michael Pineda to rebound from Masahiro Tanaka’s poor Opening Day outing

With Masahiro Tanaka looking so shaky on Opening Day, maybe the Yankees’ actual ace is the guy starting Wednesday night against Toronto — Michael Pineda.

The Yanks certainly need Pineda, who thrived when healthy last year, to soar at the Stadium. At the very least, it would wash away the bad taste of the club’s first-day flop.

But it could also give a lift of sorts to a team already facing doubts because of Tanaka’s poor performance and vulnerable elbow. A sparkling outing by Pineda would also be a first step toward proving right those in the Yankee organization who believe Pineda is headed for a breakout season.

I’m looking forward to watching Pineda this season for as long as he holds up.

--Posted at 8:30 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

NY Post: Why Yankees should embrace failure over World Series pipe dream

An unusual offseason and spring training for the Yankees have brought us to this juncture: Their long-term future looks more encouraging than it has in, let’s say, 10 years. And their short-term future looks more discouraging than it has in, let’s say, 23 years.

So what if those looks come to fruition and we’re left with a micro-bad, macro-good campaign? One in which the Yankees not only miss the playoffs for a third straight year but also finish under .500 for the first time since 1992, while also developing a promising core at both the major-league and minor-league levels?
Are the Yankees allowed to have one of those years?

“We’re not allowed to have a bad month,” said Brian Cashman, the team’s longtime general manager, “let alone six months.”

And yet you’ve had 24 bad months and counting…

--Posted at 10:59 am by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)




Monday, April 6, 2015

MLB: Blue Jays’ bats topple Tanaka, Yanks in season opener

NEW YORK—Edwin Encarnacion homered and Russell Martin drove in a pair of runs as the Blue Jays knocked around Masahiro Tanaka and celebrated a 6-1 Opening Day victory on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Toronto hung a five-run third inning on Tanaka, who leaned heavily on his offspeed pitches as he attempts to pitch through a partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament. The right-hander needed 82 pitches to get through four frames, forcing the Yankees to go to the bullpen early.

“It would be horrible not to make the playoffs three years in a row,” [Hal] Steinbrenner said.

--Posted at 3:41 pm by SG / 32 Comments | - (0)



Blue Jays at Yankees, Monday , April 6, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Blue Jays: Drew Hutchison (R) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Russell Martin (R) C
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Dioner Navarro (S) DH
7. Dalton Pompey (S) CF
8. Kevin Pillar (R) LF
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B
7. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS

--Posted at 9:41 am by SG / 138 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, April 5, 2015

2015 CAIRO v1.0 Final Player Projections and Standings

I know that technically the season has started, but here’s the final version of the 2015 CAIRO projections as well as my final projected standings.

Here’s a link to the spreadsheet of the individual projections.

cairo_2015_v1.0.xls

And here are the final projected standings.

American League
TM W L RS RA Div WC1 WC2 PS%
Red Sox 86 76 799 758 26.0% 9.4% 9.1% 44.5%
Blue Jays 85 77 758 717 23.7% 8.9% 8.9% 41.5%
Orioles 84 78 715 683 20.7% 8.4% 8.5% 37.6%
Rays 82 80 644 627 17.1% 7.6% 7.8% 32.5%
Yankees 79 83 673 679 12.5% 6.1% 6.9% 25.5%
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS%
Tigers 85 77 688 661 30.3% 6.5% 6.8% 43.5%
Indians 84 78 725 697 29.2% 6.3% 6.8% 42.3%
White Sox 81 81 724 723 20.6% 5.4% 6.2% 32.2%
Royals 79 83 645 664 16.8% 4.5% 5.6% 26.9%
Twins 67 95 662 784 3.2% 1.0% 1.6% 5.7%
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS%
Mariners 89 73 669 599 37.9% 11.2% 8.8% 57.9%
Athletics 87 75 674 630 30.6% 11.0% 9.0% 50.6%
Angels 85 77 664 635 24.6% 10.1% 8.9% 43.6%
Rangers 70 92 722 818 3.6% 1.9% 2.7% 8.1%
Astros 70 92 677 782 3.4% 1.8% 2.8% 8.0%
National League
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS%
Nationals 95 67 693 571 60.8% 7.8% 6.8% 75.4%
Mets 82 80 624 604 16.1% 7.8% 8.7% 32.6%
Marlins 82 80 633 630 14.6% 7.4% 8.1% 30.0%
Braves 76 86 586 624 7.1% 3.9% 5.3% 16.4%
Phillies 66 96 561 687 1.4% 0.8% 1.4% 3.7%
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS%
Cardinals 90 72 641 568 37.8% 9.9% 9.6% 57.3%
Pirates 88 74 640 588 30.9% 9.7% 9.6% 50.2%
Cubs 81 81 645 634 14.8% 6.5% 8.0% 29.3%
Brewers 79 83 666 674 11.0% 5.0% 6.7% 22.7%
Reds 74 88 622 678 5.6% 2.9% 4.3% 12.8%
TM W L RS RA Div WC WC2 PS%
Dodgers 95 67 690 574 53.5% 13.0% 8.4% 74.8%
Giants 90 72 634 560 33.1% 15.4% 10.8% 59.3%
Padres 80 82 603 615 9.4% 6.7% 7.6% 23.7%
Rockies 72 90 739 828 3.1% 2.5% 3.5% 9.1%
Diamondbacks 65 97 558 684 0.9% 0.7% 1.2% 2.9%

W: Projected final 2015 wins
L: Projected final 2015 losses
RS: Projected final 2015 runs scored
RA: Projected final 2015 runs allowed
Div: Division win percentage
WC1: Wild card win percentage
WC2: Wild card win percentage
PS: Postseason percentage (Div + WC1 + WC2)
W+/-: Projected wins within one standard deviation

Nothing really stands out here, aside from the fact that even the notoriously biased CAIRO can’t make the Yankees look very good.  They can contend if they have a bunch of players exceed expectations, but that’s an optimistic outcome and not a particularly realistic one.

Maybe I’ll feel differently tomorrow, but I don’t really care that the season is starting.  I didn’t watch a pitch of spring training, and if the Yankees are playing a day game tomorrow I haven’t made up an excuse to work from home to watch it.

I hope they do well this year, but I don’t think they will.  Poor us…

--Posted at 8:25 pm by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Friday, April 3, 2015

NY Post: A-Rod’s 1st base skills could introduce new Yankees lineup

Alex Rodriguez handled first base so well against the Pirates on Thursday at Steinbrenner Field that Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be confident using him in a real game.

“I’m glad he’s confident. Yeah, I think I can manage. Everything to help the team win,’’ said Rodriguez, who scooped two Stephen Drew throws from shortstop out of the dirt for outs and just missed turning a 3-6 double play at second. “I thought it was a play I could have made. But I didn’t make it.”

In his second stint at first, Rodriguez played six innings, recorded seven putouts and one assist.

I’d rather see Rodriguez at first every day over Teixeira, honestly.

--Posted at 8:30 am by SG / 101 Comments | - (0)



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