Sunday, May 29, 2016
Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but one swing of the bat from Starlin Castro changed everything.
With Brett Gardner on base after working a one-out walk, the Yankees’ second baseman launched an offering on a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Odorizzi’s strong outing ended after the seventh, with the one hit, the walk and Dustin Ackley reaching on an error earlier in the game being his only blemishes. He struck out six but saw his record fall to 2-3.
The fearsome bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman worked an easy three innings to give a win to New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, who limited the Rays to one run and six hits over a 105-pitch effort.
If you had to pick a team that would win a game with just one hit, you would have to put the WOEful Yankees high on that list.
Kudos to Eovaldi on another good game. And what can we say about the Big 3 relievers that hasn’t already been said at this point? They are amazing.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury stared down at the perfectly framed mitt of Hank Conger. The man who had thrown the pitch, Matt Moore, had already started his walk off the mound, and Ellsbury dropped his bat to the ground as his strikeout ended the frame.
Moore had just finished his fifth inning of work—a threshold he hadn’t passed in his past four outings. But this time, he wasn’t done. Moore pitched 6 2/3 innings of Tampa Bay’s 9-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs. His fastball had good command, and he used his curveball as his secondary pitch.
“I liked my mindset heading into it,” Moore said. “I found out what pitches were coming out good, and I kind of stayed with that as opposed to just forcing them out.”
Yanks starter Michael Pineda allowed six runs over just 3 2/3 innings, the second start against Tampa Bay this year that ended early for the righty.
The Rays’ offense broke out in a big way to even the series. Evan Longoria was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. The light-hitting Conger also homered and hit two doubles while driving in three runs, and Brad Miller had a double and a triple.
Wow, Pineda is terrible. I really don’t know who I’d rather see pitch at this point, Pineda or Severino. Yikes.
You have to at least sort of admire how much effort they put into trying to come back. Austin freakin’ Romine is looking like a Major League hitter, huh?
Hopefully Eovaldi pitches better in the finale of the series.
NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 2-5, 6.34) vs. TBR: Matt Moore (#55, 27, LHP, 1-3, 5.47)
Friday, May 27, 2016
Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer backed a solid start by Masahiro Tanaka to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez’s sixth home run of the season came against Rays starter Chris Archer and capped a three-run Yankees sixth that saw the Rays make two errors in the inning. For Rodriguez, the blast was his 30th career home run at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran added a solo home run against Archer in the eighth to put the Yankees up, 4-0, before Steve Pearce launched his own solo shot in the ninth as the Rays avoided a shutout.
Archer, who allowed just one earned run in eight innings, fell to 3-6 on the season. Tanaka allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings to move to 3-0.
Tanaka has been outstanding this season. It’s a shame that he’s going to be screwed out of an All-Star Game spot due to wins, which he doesn’t have full control over. Oh well. He’s making a gazillion dollars a year, so he can’t be too upset about not also making the All-Star team.
Anyhow, great win. Nice to see A-Rod get a home run. Bryan Hoch wrote this sort of douchey article today about how Beltran will still see DH at-bats (obviously he’ll see DH at-bats, but whatever), which included the following passage:
The Yanks have struggled against left-handed starters this year, and Rodriguez’s bat was expected to help them against southpaws.
That has not materialized, in part because Rodriguez has not produced much against any kind of pitching—he entered play on Friday batting .184 with five homers and 12 RBIs.
It annoys me when a guy chooses pithiness over, you know, accuracy. A-Rod has a .930 OPS against lefties this season. He’s just been terrible against righties (.492 OPS). So it was great to see him hit a home run off of a good righthanded pitcher in Chris Archer.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.331/.433, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.228/.350/.362, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.262/.291/.512, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.244/.344/.420, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.184/.262/.421, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.301/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.276/.298/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.223/.309/.308, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.154/.262/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.311/.402, 3.5 bWAR
1. Brandon Guyer (R) RF (.315/.412/.559, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brad Miller (L) SS (.233/.306/.429, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.253/.305/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Steve Pearce (R) DH (.290/.384/.523, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.226/.321/.322, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Desmond Jennings (R) CF (.182/.254/.291, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.197/.246/.455, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Taylor Motter (R) 2B (.222/.391/.611, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.161/.203/.161, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.312/.422, 4.0 bWAR
Joined in progress.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs with a third-inning single, which proved to be sufficient for J.A. Happ, whose sterling effort helped lift the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays took two out of three games in the series despite being limited to just two hits by resurgent left-hander CC Sabathia, who did not permit an earned run over seven innings and struck out seven with a walk.
Make no mistake, that was a terrible loss for the Yankees. Their offense is horrendous and it made J.A. Happ look like the second coming of Steve Carlton. However, CC Sabathia pitched so brilliantly that I can’t feel all that bad about the loss, even though it was a really bad one.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.488, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.345/.503, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.242/.314/.441, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.312/.379/.567, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.278/.391/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.181/.248/.236, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.243/.274/.359, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.319/.356/.435, 0.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.334/.436, 6.7 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.234/.358/.372, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.205/.270/.307, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.302/.418, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.297/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.194/.275/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.250/.347/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.219/.301/.305, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.297/.401, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.289/.319/.467, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.310/.409, 2.7 bWAR
I shouted from the basement for all to hear that the Yankees’ winning streak was a mirage and they hadn’t suddenly stopped being a bad team. With last night’s loss, I have been proven right.
I am also going to shout from the basement that I don’t buy the “re-invention” of CC Sabathia. Sure, he’s had three quality starts in a row, but that’s solely due to not allowing a home run. In fact, on the season Sabathia only 2.9% of the fly balls hit off Sabathia have been home runs. His career rate is 9.7%, and he has been in the 13-17% range over the last three seasons.
What’s more likely? He’s figured out how to suppress home runs better than any pitcher ever, or he’s been lucky and it’s not likely to last. I will leave this as an exercise for the readers.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Russell Martin slugged his first two homers of the season, supporting Marco Estrada’s solid effort as the Blue Jays ended the Yankees’ six-game win streak with an 8-4 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Martin snapped out of a 124 at-bat homerless drought to start the year, connecting for a sixth-inning drive off Ivan Nova, then followed up in the seventh inning by belting a two-run shot off Chasen Shreve. Michael Saunders also hit a two-run homer as part of Toronto’s four-run seventh.
At least Eovaldi is playing decently this season.
Seriously, though, while this was an annoying loss due to the bases loaded, no outs situation with the top of the order up and then the bullpen taking what was still a close game (the Yankees would end up scoring three more times, after all) and then making it out of hand, overall it is hard to get too worked up about this. They just won six games in a row. Ivan Nova was pretty okay tonight, really. Not great, but not awful, either.
One thing is for sure, though, Dustin Ackley as the back-up first baseman for an injury-prone first baseman is a bad idea.
The Blue Jays reconfigured their rotation to send a lefty against the Yankees for the finale of the series on Thursday. I don’t mind gamesmanship in general, but damn, the Yankees are a game under .500! You don’t change your rotation up to maximize your chances against them! That is some overkill. A-Rod might be with the Yankees tomorrow, so that might help against the lefty.
Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R): (51.2 IP, 2.61 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R): (30.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.494, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.343/.509, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.235/.302/.437, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.314/.379/.556, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.282/.398/.417, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.172/.243/.180, -0.9 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.276/.364, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B
9. Ryan Goins (L) SS (.148/.197/.235, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.319/.412, 4.5 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.338/.444, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.367/.383, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.275/.304/.538, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.258/.357/.444, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.163/.276/.163, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.208/.289/.272, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.285/.370, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.209/.260/.314, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.314/.396, 3.8 bWAR)
A whopping six game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled. I am not one of them. This team still does stink.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Carlos Beltran and Nathan Eovaldi continued their recent hot streaks, while the Yankees’ bullpen was stingy as usual on Tuesday night, as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays, 6-0, and pulled back to .500 for the first time since April 14.
Eovaldi shut down the Blue Jays’ lineup for six-plus shutout frames, striking out five and at one point setting down 11 consecutive Toronto batters. The Jays only mustered two hits off him, the last of which led off the third inning. The Yankees’ offense didn’t do too much to back Eovaldi up, notching just three hits while he was in the game, but Beltran had two RBIs, one of which came on a fourth-inning home run, and New York broke it open with a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth.
“The good thing is, we’re playing better,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re getting contributions from everyone up and down the lineup. It seems to come from different spots. That’s been important too. You’re getting contributions from everyone in the pitching staff. That’s important. And that’s how you win series. That has to be the focus.”
At least Eovaldi is playing decently.
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.230/.373/.497, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.250/.348/.517, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.240/.308/.447, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.322/.388/.570, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.205/.286/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH (.400/.455/.800, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.250/.282/.372, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B (.328/.366/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.238/.237, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.331/.458, 7.1 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.333/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.246/.370/.391, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.295/.283, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.274/.299/.522, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.152/.273/.152, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.276/.310/.436, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.213/.297/.279, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.279/.370, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.286/.350, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.380, 2.2 bWAR)
A whopping five game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled. I am not one of them. This team still does stink.
One week into the season, Mark Teixeira thought 2016 was going to be a huge year for him.
With three home runs in the first seven games, the notoriously slow starter had picked up where he left off last August, when a foul ball fractured his right leg, ending his season after he hit 31 home runs in 391 at-bats.
“The first week, I thought, ‘I’m going to hit 50 this year,’” Teixeira said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be a great season.’ Then I just lost it. I lost the timing and ever since I’ve been trying to get it back.”
It’s been 34 games since Teixeira last hit a home run, an unprecedented streak for the three-time All-Star. With 397 career home runs, Teixeira was jockeying with Carlos Beltran to see who would get to 400 first, but unlike his red-hot teammate, getting to 398 has proven to be a much tougher task then he ever imagined.
About that qualifying offer…
Sunday, May 22, 2016
A two-run sixth inning and home runs from Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 win and a sweep of the A’s Sunday at the Coliseum.
New York won its fifth game in a row and has won eight of its last 10. It took all four games from Oakland, marking the first time the A’s were swept at home in a four-game series since April 26-29, 1999 against the Indians.
The Yankees tagged A’s starter Jesse Hahn for four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up solo homers to McCann in the second and Ellsbury in the third before putting two runners on in the sixth inning. Hahn was lifted with a 3-2 lead in favor of John Axford, who gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Mark Teixeira and Starlin Castro, giving New York a 4-3 lead.
At least Pineda played decently.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Masahiro Tanaka returned to form with seven strong innings and Starlin Castro notched three hits as the Yankees won their fourth straight contest on Saturday, posting a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.
Tanaka scattered five hits with two walks, limiting the A’s to Danny Valencia’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly as he struck out four and picked up his second victory of the season. The Yankees’ starting pitching has not been a strength this year, but they have logged four straight quality starts on this trip.
“I actually think that the starting rotation is starting to pitch better,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “For me, for today’s game, I was trying to sort of match what the other guys did. If we keep on pitching like this, we’ll be able to sort of overturn those words.”
At least Tanaka is playing decently.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (51.1 IP, 3.51 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Sean Manaea (L): (19.1 IP, 7.91 ERA, 5.52 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)
A whopping three game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled. I am not one of them. This team still does stink.
Carlos Beltran collected three doubles and as many RBIs, helping the Yankees hand Sonny Gray and the A’s another loss at the Coliseum on Friday night by an 8-3 decision.
Backing CC Sabathia’s six innings of one-run ball, the Yankees chased a struggling Gray out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings, scoring five times in an eventful fourth inning that included a two-run triple from Ronald Torreyes. It marked the Yankees’ first three-game winning streak of the season.
“It’s the first time we did this? It’s a good start, then,” Beltran said. “CC did a great job today, pitched good, gave us the opportunity to win a ballgame. Let’s try to go for the fourth game in a row tomorrow.”
Carlos Beltran has a big game at the plate as he records three doubles and three RBIs vs. the Athletics
Sabathia did his part with eight strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, and Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in with a two-run triple in the ninth to cap off the scoring.
“We’ve been battling all year,’ Sabathia said. “We’re starting to turn things around, so you want to keep it going, keep the momentum going.”
At least Sabathia is playing decently.
Friday, May 20, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.333/.403, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.377/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.279/.493, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.275/.312/.443, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.217/.300/.287, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.152/.273/.152, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.357, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.211/.244/.329, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.390, 3.0 bWAR
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF (.235/.302/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.226/.311/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.352/.387/.591, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Khris Davis (R) LF (.233/.270/.507, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Billy Butler (R) 1B (.219/.242/.297, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.254/.283/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Jake Smolinski (R) RF
8. Matt McBride (R) DH (.333/.333/.444, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Tyler Ladendorf (R) 2B (.000/.071/.000, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.295/.437, 1.5 bWAR
Something tells me facing the Yankees’ lineup is just what Sonny Gray needs to get back on track. And with CC going against him, it’s also safe to say that the Yankees can rest their top three relievers tonight.
Trivia question. Is Dustin Ackley the worst player to play 1B in Yankee history?
Ivan Nova strung together six efficient innings of one-run ball, and the Yankees’ formidable bullpen finished off the A’s in a 4-1 series-opening victory Thursday night at the Coliseum, snapping Oakland’s four-game win streak.
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodriguez and drove in three runs overall, while Aaron Hicks chipped in with an RBI double for the Yankees, who knocked A’s starter Kendall Graveman out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. The right-handed Graveman allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out five in the loss, falling to 1-6.
Josh Reddick homered in the fourth off Nova, his fifth of the season, but the A’s managed just three other hits off the righty and five overall. Yankees relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for three scoreless frames.
At least Nova is playing decently.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.409, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.362/.400, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.245/.275/.468, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.268/.364/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.283/.320/.455, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.207/.294/.270, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.140/.255/.140, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.361, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.208/.244/.319, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.308/.387, 2.2 bWAR
1. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.234/.304/.405, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Billy Burns (S) CF (.262/.301/.317, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.315/.389/.441, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.357/.393/.607, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Khris Davis (R) DH (.238/.276/.517, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.244/.274/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.235/.289/.328, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.231/.318/.469, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Chris Coghlan (L) 2B (.168/.242/.327, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.308/.416, 3.3 bWAR
I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is we don’t have to watch pitchers hit tonight. The bad news is we have to watch the Yankees hit. Well, technically one doesn’t have to watch them if one doesn’t desire to do so. And if one is a lucky Comcast subscribers, one can’t watch them even if one wanted to. Which one shouldn’t, unless one happens to be a masochist.
Here’s the thing. Oakland’s offense stinks. I look at that lineup and I laugh at it. Then I realize how much better it is than the Yankees’ lineup and I stop laughing. Oakland’s averaging 4.0 runs per game, which dwarfs the Yankees’ 3.7.
If you’re on the East Coast I can’t think of a possible reason to stay up and watch this nonsense. And if you’re on the West Coast, surely you have better things to do as well.
NEW YORK — Hal Steinbrenner was — understandably — reluctant to face a possible and scary reality.
The Yankees owner wasn’t willing to talk about whether his club would be willing to do something in stark contrast to its mission statement — and it’s history:
Become salesmen if buying no longer made sense.
“It’s mid-May,” Steinbrenner said. “I’m going to see you guys. I’m going to be around. I’ll be around the stadium. We’ll talk again in July. Right now, that’s the least of my concerns.”
Nothing screams passion like an owner who shows up at his team’s stadium every couple of months.
Steinbrenner was talking outside Major League Baseball’s headquarters during Day 1 of the Owners Meetings on Wednesday in Manhattan.
With their record at 17-22 — their worst start in a long time — the Yankees have been in last place in the American League East since April 23.
“Look, every trade deadline, you know me,” Steinbrenner said. “Any possibility that comes along, we’re going to look at. But I’m not even going to think of that right now. But that’s what I do every trade deadline. We looked at a lot of possibilities last year, but we just ended up not doing anything.”
Again, Steinbrenner’s preference to kick the can down the road was understandable. He doesn’t want to make it sound like the Yankees are considering waving the white flag this early, and of the first time in a long time. It’s way, way too early for that.
But we’ll say it for him: Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman need to explore selling off assets if contention is no longer a reality come the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
I don’t have to wait until August 1. I’ll say it before Memorial Day. This team can’t contend this year or next year with what they have in the organization and without a willingness to spend money that they haven’t shown. And I would argue that given the unimpressive free agent crop looming after this season, they can’t spend themselves into a contender in 2017 and it would be foolish to try.
The Yankees need to sell everything they can.
Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of one-run, one-hit ball and then turned the game over to the relief trio now dubbed “Run BMC,” as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 4-2, over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.
Eovaldi was followed by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who recorded his fourth save since returning from a 30-game suspension. This is the third time the three hurlers have combined to close a game. Eovaldi won his fourth consecutive decision after opening the season with two losses.
At least Eovaldi is playing decently.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (42.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller (R): (35 IP, 6.94 ERA, 6.88 FIP, -0.8 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.304/.384, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.233/.361/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.244/.276/.474, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.266/.355/.440, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.211/.318/.313, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.322/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.260/.364, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.287/.262, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.311/.388, 2.2 bWAR
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.337/.363/.512, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Philip Gosselin (R) LF (.275/.291/.373, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.232/.398/.451, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.274/.361/.533, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.298/.336/.521, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.318/.345/.545, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.283/.333/.400, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.193/.252/.304, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Shelby Miller (R) P (.154/.154/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.276/.340/.461, 6.6 bWAR
There’s no shame in getting swept by a good team. The Diamondbacks are a good team, right?
Zack Greinke got the better of Michael Pineda on Tuesday night at Chase Field and the result was a 5-3 victory for the D-backs over the Yankees, their second in as many nights.
The D-backs have outscored the Bombers, 17-5, in the first two games of a three-game series that ends here on Wednesday night.
Looking like the Greinke of old, the right-hander allowed three runs on just five hits, including a second-inning homer by Starlin Castro that gave the Yankees a short-lived, 1-0 lead. He struck out seven and walked none, exiting in the eighth inning with a 5-1 lead after allowing lead-off singles to Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. Both runners came around to score. Greinke’s now 4-3 with a 5.08 ERA.
“He threw the ball well,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said about Greinke. “He used his changeup and kept it down. It was a knockout pitch for him. He was able to get ahead with the fastball. When he knew guys were swinging he used his changeup early in the count. Slider, curveball. Probably the only thing he didn’t do well tonight was hit.”
After crawling back to four games under .500, the Yankees have now lost two more games and don’t have a great matchup tomorrow. This is why I’d be thrilled with .500 by the All-Star Break. It is very hard to make up the sort of hole that the Yankees have made for themselves.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (38.2 IP, 6.28 ERA, 5.24 FIP, -0.3 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (R): (49.2 IP, 5.26 ERA, 3.62 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.306/.389, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.371/.388, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.218/.326/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.367/.457, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.317/.438, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.202/.288/.269, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.261/.368, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.243/.324, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Michael Pineda (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.373, 2.8 bWAR
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.333/.360/.512, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Chris Herrmann (L) RF (.279/.328/.590, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.223/.390/.446, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.275/.364/.519, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.299/.339/.530, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.305/.357/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.284/.336/.388, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.183/.245/.298, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Zack Greinke (R) P (.333/.368/.389, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.275/.344/.465, 7.4 bWAR
I am tingling with the anticipation that we may see a double switch tonight. Interleague play is fantastic. Unlike Michael Pineda or the Yankees.
The D-backs’ offense snapped out of its funk and Robbie Ray tossed seven quality innings as Arizona ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Yankees, 12-2, on Monday night at Chase Field.
It was the first time Ray (2-2) managed to get through seven innings this year. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs and scattered six hits. The D-backs gave Ray some runs to work with early thanks to a first-inning homer by Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona padded its lead with a five-run fifth, which included a three-run homer from Jake Lamb.
Chad Green misunderstood his assignment. He was here to replace Luis Severino, not reenact Luis Severino’s last awful start.
In all seriousness, this was going to be Green’s only start either way, as CC Sabathia looks to return on Friday. However, with the hole that the Yankees have placed themselves into so far this season, they really cannot afford to lose games to bad teams like the Diamondbacks, especially with the awesome Michael Pineda/ Zack Greinke match up tomorrow.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Yankees: Chad Green (R): (NR) vs. Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (L): (35.1 IP, 4.84 ERA, 4.38 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.308/.375, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.286/.326/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.314/.300, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.246/.279/.485, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.289/.270, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.203/.243/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.236/.261/.373, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.303/.324/.424, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Chad Green (R) P
Lineup Total: (.239/.294/.379, 0.9 bWAR
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.331/.355/.497, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Michael Bourn (L) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.222/.390/.430, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.260/.349/.480, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.301/.356/.496, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.320/.343/.547, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Chris Herrmann (L) C (.259/.306/.586, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.175/.239/.278, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Robbie Ray (L) P (.083/.083/.083, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.336/.460, 4.0 bWAR
The only thing worse than the Yankees is interleague play.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Pinch-hitter Chase Headley hit the first two-out pitch he saw from Matt Albers for a run-scoring double in the seventh, bringing in Didi Gregorius from first and giving the Yankees a one-run lead that ended as a 7-5 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. That gap shot to right-center also gave New York the series victory and sent the White Sox back to Chicago with a 2-4 road trip.
The White Sox held a 4-3 lead in the sixth, but Brett Lawrie committed a throwing error on a Jacoby Ellsbury grounder with one out against Dan Jennings. White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to go with Zach Duke over Jennings against switch-hitter Carlos Beltran with two outs in the inning, with Beltran having five hits in 27 career at-bats against Duke. But Beltran connected for a two-run, go-ahead home run, the 400th homer of his career.
Melky Cabrera’s double to left off Dellin Betances tied the game in the seventh before the Yankees pulled back ahead and gave the lead to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who notched his third save. Miguel Gonzalez started for the White Sox, allowing three runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking five and fanning one. Masahiro Tanaka worked five for the Yankees, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
What I liked the most about this win was that it wasn’t an awesomely played game by the Yankees and they still got a win. Tanaka had his second straight poor start and after a big go-ahead home run by Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances blew the lead in a rough seventh inning. However, a pinch-hit double by Chase Headley (I think we all presumed that would happen, right? ) gave the Yankees the lead and Brian McCann added an insurance run with a home run. Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman protected the lead and the Yankees got a huge win. 16-20 is still a shitty record, but it’s a lot better than it was!
Trivia question - Carlos Beltran became the eighth player to hit his 400th home run in a Yankee uniform. Obviously, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle are three of the players. Who are the other four? There’s some surprising guys in there.
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.305/.400/.404, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.231/.301/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.331/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.220/.311/.504, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.394, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.274/.364/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.250/.325/.433, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.243/.364/.297, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Saladino (R) SS (.237/.231/.316, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.342/.413, 7.0 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.313/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.223/.356/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.244/.274/.465, 0.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.311/.293, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.357/.426, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.331/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.128/.222/.128, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.243/.261/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.306/.371, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.243/.310/.386, 1.8 bWAR
The over/under on homers allowed by Tanaka today is five.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Behind a brief surge of offensive productivity in the second inning, a strong start from Ivan Nova and the dominance of their bullpen, the Yankees outdueled Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Saturday to win, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium.
Nova looked strong while making just his second start of the season, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. When he left the ball over the plate, the White Sox took advantage, as three of the four hits they mustered against him went for extra bases. But those occasions were few and far between.
“We couldn’t get anything going. Nova was good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “His sinker was great today. We kept beating it into the ground. And if you don’t get anything early, you’re going to end up with that back end of the bullpen.”
After Nova, the Yankees’ vaunted bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work. Chapman secured his second save of the season and also threw four of the 10 fastest pitches that Statcast™ has recorded in 2016, including the top two (102.49 and 102.38 mph).
What a great win! Ivan Nova was very good and obviously the Big Three in the bullpen (I’m not calling them BMC) were amazing.
Already getting a win of the series against a good team is good for me, but imagine if they actually win tomorrow! Not likely, but maybe!!!
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.307/.404/.409, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.245/.310/.382, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.333/.407, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.217/.306/.486, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.396, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.275/.367/.473, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.257/.333/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Dioner Navarro (S) C (.222/.244/.383, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.237/.308/.331, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.337/.415, 6.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.231/.366/.389, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.298/.341/.476, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.205/.321/.304, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.248/.273/.472, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.366/.439, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.282/.258, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.203/.246/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.241/.356, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) DH (.300/.323/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.310/.385, 1.8 bWAR
Remember when the Yankees let Jose Quintana go for nothing? That was smart.
Chris Sale became the first White Sox pitcher since 2005 to win each of his first eight starts of the season, spinning a dominant complete-game outing in a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Sale limited the Bombers to just Chase Headley’s second-inning homer, scattering six hits while walking none and striking out six as he went the distance for the second time this year. Chicago provided plenty of support as Sale became baseball’s first eight-game winner, thumping Luis Severino for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.
“You can’t win without scoring runs,” Sale said. “At the end of the day, starting pitching and defense wins games, but you’ve still got to score some runs. I’m putting my guys in the position I needed ‘em, and they came [through].”
A couple of things.
1. This was likely going to be a loss no matter what. It’s almost better to have it be a 7-1 loss instead of it being a 2-1 loss with Tanaka pitching.
2. Luis Severino heads to the 15-Day Disabled List with a “mild right triceps strain.” Don’t expect to see him again this season. It reminds me a bit of 2005, when one of the keys to their turnaround was just removing the pitchers (Jaret Wright) who were getting rocked every damn start. They called up Chad Green, so I guess he’ll start in place of Severino until CC returns from the DL. Green has been excellent in AAA so far this season. When CC returns, Green also has the tools to be a good swing man. We shall see.
Jose Quintana looms tomorrow. It won’t be fun. We sort of have to hope for a win on Sunday, honestly, as a win tomorrow seems unlikely.
Friday, May 13, 2016
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.293/.391/.391, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.247/.315/.361, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.252/.338/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.222/.303/.496, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.308/.379/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.278/.372/.476, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.258/.330/.454, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.219/.359/.250, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.239/.294/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.343/.413, 6.4 bWAR)
1. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.200/.246/.327, -0.2 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.344/.483, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.256/.281/.488, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.194/.315/.287, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.194/.283/.226, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.229/.367/.390, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.333/.357/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.313/.333/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.383, 1.8 bWAR)
One of the best teams in the AL against one of the worst? One of the best starting pitchers in the league against one of the worst?
Any bets on how this game will go? Any bets on how this series will go?
Starlin Castro, Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius each homered, spoiling Ian Kennedy’s return to the Bronx as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 7-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Once a touted prospect in the Yankees’ system before going on to find greater success in the National League West, Kennedy was hammered for seven runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings by his original club as the Yankees took three of four games in the series.
“That was a series that we needed to play well against a very good team,” said Headley, whose second-inning homer was his first extra-base hit of the season. “To get three out of four, obviously, was big for us. And, personally, to have a good day was a step in the right direction.”
Nathan Eovaldi started for New York and limited the Royals to three runs, allowing eight hits over five innings to pick up his third victory of the year. Alex Gordon hit his fourth homer and added a run-scoring single in the loss.
Things do not get easier for the Yankees, as the Chicago White Sox come into town for a weekend series riding the best record in the American League. The White Sox will be throwing two excellent left handed starters against the Yankees this series, including Chris Sale vs. sacrificial lamb, Luis Severino, tomorrow night. Hopefully the Yankees won’t be down before even coming to bat on Friday night.
However, by winning tonight, the Yankees at least set themselves up to be just six games under if they can get a single game from the White Sox over the weekend and I think they have a chance at avoiding the sweep.
Tonight, though, the Yankees were great. They hit Ian Kennedy well, Nathan Eovaldi kept trying to fall apart, but never did so, and then Kirby Yates (who’s been quite a find), Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chasen Shreve (brought in when the Yankees took the game out of save territory) made mincemeat out of the Royals’ bats. Chase Headley got his first extra base hit of the season as the Yankees took three out of four from the defending champions. This homestand could have absolutely sunk the season, and so far, unless they get swept by the White Sox, they look like they’ll tread water for a little while longer.
In a very interesting piece of news announced after the game, the Yankees are calling up Gary Sanchez for the White Sox series. Interestingly enough, I had just commented before tonight’s game that this lineup (with Austin Romine catching and Brian McCann DHing) is actually their best offensive lineup right now, as Dustin Ackley is a waste on offense right now. So that appears to be what the Yankees are thinking of for this upcoming series, bringing Gary Sanchez on for offense, as he is a righthanded hitter and the Yankees have been awful against lefties so far this year (and for, well, ever). So I think we’ll see Sanchez catch one game and DH one game, with McCann catching the game Sanchez DHes and DHing the game that Sanchez catches. Should be exciting to see a promising prospect given a chance! Can’t hit worse than Dustin Ackley, right? I was thinking that Tyler Olson could be sent down for Sanchez, but then I remembered that Nick Goody was still on the team, so it makes a lot more sense to send Goody down while Phil Coke rests a game or two. When Coke is ready to pitch again, send Olson down (as Olson is just here to be a long man).
Thursday, May 12, 2016
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.257/.295/.307, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.274/.338/.403, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.328/.378/.536, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.195/.246/.333, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.229/.346/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.234/.271/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.286/.286/.429, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 2B (.257/.316/.314, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.226/.284/.274, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.385, 3.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.235/.371/.402, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.339/.457, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.202/.325/.298, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.274/.361/.442, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.261/.274/.496, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.216/.263/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.220/.240/.330, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.178/.265/.178, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.348/.375/.478, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.311/.380, 1.8 bWAR
I didn’t understand the Kennedy contract when it was signed, but so far the Royals certainly seem to have known what they were doing. I’d expect further evidence of their brilliance by what he does against the hapless Yankees tonight.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Lorenzo Cain continued to swing a hot bat, contributing a two-run single that helped the Royals defeat the Yankees, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Perez’s fifth homer of the season came as part of a four-run first inning against Michael Pineda, who settled down to work into the sixth but was charged with six runs in all. Nick Goody surrendered Cain’s sharp single to center field in the sixth, and Kendrys Morales hit a seventh-inning homer off Phil Coke as Kansas City celebrated just its fourth victory in 15 games.
This game was basically a metaphor for the Yankee season. When you open up by placing yourself into a big hole, you can try to climb out of it, but it gets very easy to fall back down. The Yankees had been on a bit of a medium temperature streak and had gotten within 5 games of .500, but then that all vanished in a half inning as Michael Pineda’s insane first inning woes continued, as he put them into a 4-0 hole that, for a team who has trouble scoring like the Yankees do, was pretty much “game over” as soon as the game began. They clawed back and had the tying run on third base with one out in the fifth, but they couldn’t get the run in and then Nick Goody had a terrible stint from the bullpen, coming in with runners on first and second and two out and then plunked the first batter he faced and then started Lorenzo Cain 2-0 before surrendering a two-run single before getting pulled for Phil Coke. That was it for the game. Coke thankfully pitched the rest of the game, saving the rest of the bullpen, giving up just a single run on a home run.
I question the logic a bit of only pitching their three best relief pitchers in close games late. Why have that many great relief pitchers if you have to go to Nick Goody in the sixth inning of a one-run game?
The one piece of good news is that Aaron Hicks’ bat has come to life a bit. I agreed with Girardi that Hicks should play everyday while Ellsbury was out and so far, Girardi’s faith is being rewarded. In fact, I think Hicks should remain the everyday right fielder until A-Rod returns. Let him get at-bats.
Tomorrow is a pretty big game with the White Sox coming to town over the weekend. Ian Kennedy is pitching really well so far this season, though, so it does not look good for this anemic offense.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.257/.292/.309, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.270/.321/.402, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.325/.377/.542, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.193/.240/.311, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.234/.344/.355, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.234/.265/.439, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.313/.313/.500, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 2B (.250/.294/.313, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.224/.286/.276, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.305/.382, 3.2 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.361/.410, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.297/.345/.459, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.286/.375/.462, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.252/.267/.461, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.143/.244/.143, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.170/.226/.319, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.229/.250/.344, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.174/.265/.174, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Ben Gamel (L) RF (.200/.200/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.238/.302/.373, 0.7 bWAR)
That Yankee lineup is just putrid, isn’t it? It would take them a month to score the number of runs Pineda typically allows over nine innings.
Brett Gardner doubled home the go-ahead run off Kelvin Herrera as the Yankees overcame Lorenzo Cain’s three-homer performance to post a wild 10-7 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner’s deciding hit came after Ben Gamel reached on an eighth-inning error by shortstop Alcides Escobar. Brian McCann added a two-run double to give Aroldis Chapman some breathing room, as the fireballing closer worked the ninth inning for his first save as a Yankee, getting Cain to pop out to end the game. The Royals have lost 11 of their last 14.
“That’s a good team they’ve got over there,” Gardner said. “They have a really, really good bullpen, and so do we. There’s a lot of firepower in both bullpens, which makes for an interesting game, especially late in the game, last couple innings. It was a lot of fun to be a part of that.”
If you thought that they were going to pull this game out against an excellent Kansas City bullpen after Masahiro Tanaka gave up his sixth run on Lorenzo Cain’s second home run of the game, then you are fooling yourselves. When Andrew Miller blew the 7-6 lead to make it 7-7 on Cain’s third home run of the game, you could be expected to at least think that the Yankees had a chance in the game still (tie game at home), but scoring three runs in the eighth inning against the almost always awesome Kelvin Herrera? That was very unexpected. Brett Gardner doubled in the speedy Ben Gamel from first base and then Brian McCann followed a walk to Carlos Beltran with a two-run double of his own.
Aroldis Chapman entered to save it and he opened the inning with three pitches over 100 miles per hour, with the last pitch, a 102 MPH pitch, inducing a broken-bat groundball. A walk led to Cain getting a crack at matching the legendary Mark Whiten with four home runs in a single game, but Chapman got him on a popup to end the game and the Yankees got perhaps their most thrilling victory of the season. Chapman is obviously rusty, so it’s amazing how good he is even rusty. Andrew Miller giving up the home run (his first run allowed of the season) was a shame. Especially since it ruined Tanaka’s chance at a win. I liked the idea of him getting a win after giving up a career-tying six earned runs (after having only one win to show for his previous excellent starts), but obviously he didn’t “deserve” a win after giving up six runs. I liked Girardi trusting him enough to still let him pitch seven innings.
This team keeps losing brand name batters (Mark Teixeira joins Jacoby Ellsbury on the day-to-day list and A-Rod on the “not being in the lineup” list) and they are somehow hitting a little bit better now. That’s doubtful to keep up. But I’ll enjoy it while it happens.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.256/.286/.308, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.256/.310/.316, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.336/.389/.560, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.198/.240/.319, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.233/.347/.350, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.233/.266/.447, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Omar Infante (R) 2B (.258/.293/.333, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.218/.283/.273, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.303/.367, 3.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.360/.406, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.296/.333/.463, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.364/.442, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.245/.261/.455, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.125/.222/.125, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.136/.184/.273, -0.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.217/.240/.315, -0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.171/.266/.171, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ben Gamel (L) RF (1.000/1.000/1.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.230/.294/.364, 0.2 bWAR
I’m just happy to the see the Yankees’ lineup in positive bWAR territory tonight.
Ellsbury is thought of in some circles as a brittle player who takes his time returning from injuries, but Girardi defended him.
“He tries to get back as soon as he can,’’ Girardi said. “Sometimes as a manager a guy might say ‘I am 90 percent and ready to go’ and you might say, ‘Take one more day.’ His injuries, some of them, have been substantial injuries. The knee, the ribs, they haven’t necessarily been a nick here and a nick there.’’
Ellsbury is not a fragile player. He just gets hurt a lot.
Carlos Beltran homered twice, and Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Brian McCann all homered as well as the Yankees rolled past the slumping Royals, 6-3, on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
All five were solo homers. The Yankees’ record for solo homers in a game is six, set in 1935.
“That was nice to see,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the home runs. “You look up and you have five solo shots and you have a 5-1 lead in the third inning, that’s nice to see. It’s something that we hit a lot of last year. We have not this year up to this point, but maybe this gets us going.”
Right-hander Ivan Nova started for the Yankees, replacing the injured CC Sabathia. Nova lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run and six hits. Kirby Yates got the win in relief, while Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees debut in the ninth.
A good victory. Ivan Nova was pretty decent tonight. The only reason he didn’t get a victory was because he was on a pitch limit. Chapman’s debut was a bit underwhelming, results-wise, but boy, he sure does throw the ball hard. It looked like he was going to strike out the side, but after two strikeouts, he gave up a hard hit double and then a run-scoring single before ending the game with a groundout.
By the way, for those of you wondering, John Sterlins’ home run call for Aaron Hicks is “Hicks hits one to the Sticks.” However, Sterling is also working on…sigh…SECONDARY home run calls. One of his initial famous home run calls, was an example of a secondary home run call, his “Bernie goes boom!” call, which was coupled with “Bern, baby, Bern!” but he has mostly avoided that in the years since. However, now (well, tonight, at least) he had secondary calls for Gardner (“Gardner plants one” on top of “Gardy goes yardy!”), Beltran (“The Bronx belter!” on top of “Beltran belts one”) and Hicks (“Aaron hammered that one” on top of “Hicks hits one to the Sticks”). Only McCann got just a solo call, but he also SANG for McCann (“Oh, the McCann can can, the McCann can can”), so I guess that balances it out.
Monday, May 9, 2016
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.258/.289/.313, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.259/.314/.321, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.336/.385/.540, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.205/.248/.330, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.220/.333/.310, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.232/.267/.455, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Omar Infante (R) 2B (.247/.284/.326, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.231/.298/.288, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.303/.364, 3.0 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.239/.364/.380, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.122/.178/.195, -0.4 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.268/.368/.415, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.210/.336/.310, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.236/.252/.396, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.103/.212/.103, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.227/.250/.330, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.163/.253/.163, -0.6 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.310/.333/.414, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.216/.295/.320, -0.3 bWAR
Say what you want about Hal Steinbrenner, but you can’t question his commitment to putting out a championship caliber team..
NEW YORK — Here are two different strategies on how to handle the most dangerous hitters in baseball:
1. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden refused to let reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper beat him in a four-game series at Wrigley Field that ended Sunday. The Washington Nationals outfielder was walked 13 times in his 18 plate appearances. On Sunday, he was 0-for-0 with a record-tying six walks and hit by pitch in a 13-inning game.
2. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has opted to pitch to seems-like-forever Yankees killer David Ortiz during two series against the Red Sox the last two weekends, and the lefty-swinging slugger responded by hitting .333 in 24 at-bats with five homers, the last two coming in Boston’s 5-1 win on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
Hopefully the door doesn’t hit Ortiz on one of his injection sites on his way out.
I can’t wait for him to retire.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.254/.296/.410, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.308/.348/.469, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.311/.371/.429, 1.4 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.301/.390/.621, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.292/.328/.434, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.306/.370/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.284/.358/.395, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.277/.333/.505, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.176/.282/.235, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.345/.460, 7.0 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.239/.368/.352, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.295/.333/.457, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.266/.370/.418, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.216/.345/.320, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.243/.259/.408, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.111/.200/.111, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.132/.190/.211, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.235/.258/.341, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.169/.261/.169, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.229/.304/.340, 0.3 bWAR
Who would you bet on? The guy with the 1.67 ERA or the guy with the 6.31 ERA?
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Nathan Eovaldi worked eight strong innings and Didi Gregorius delivered a bases-clearing double to send David Price to his first loss in a Red Sox uniform during the Yankees’ 8-2 victory on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees thumped Price for six runs in a second consecutive start as Austin Romine stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles in a three-hit effort, Gregorius drove home three runs in the fourth and Carlos Beltran chased Price with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning.
“Winning ballgames, it helps; especially winning against a team like Boston that’s playing good baseball,” Beltran said. “Taking two games out of three right now against them, it feels good. Tomorrow we have a chance to take three out of three. That’s important for us.”
It proved to be plenty of support for Eovaldi, who showcased his high-octane velocity as he held Boston to two runs while striking out six and equaled the longest outings of his career.
“I felt really good going out there,” Eovaldi said. “I feel like the biggest key for me today was just locating the fastball. I was able to work it both inside and outside, and when I’m able to do that I feel like I’m able to get a lot more quick outs.”
That was a very nice win, especially because of Eovaldi’s performance and the strong hitting from the back of the lineup. Romine, in particular, had himself a heck of a day.
It’s always fun to beat up David Price, who claims he is not hurt, but I dunno, dude, he sure looks like something is off for him physically.
This is just the second game all season that neither Dellin Betances nor Andrew Miller pitched in. That’s kind of crazy. Although I guess when you don’t score runs, games are often close (for a while, until your bullpen blows it).
Going into the season, one of the things that I was looking forward to the most was watching Luis Severino pitch. Well, it’s getting to the point where I dread his starts now. Steven Wright, the knuckleballer who has handled the Yankees really well so far in his career, vs. Severino is not a good look for the finale of the series (which is still on Sunday Night Baseball for some reason - why not put GOOD teams on Sunday Night, ESPN? What the heck?).
Friday, May 6, 2016
Aaron Hicks picked an opportune time for his first home run in pinstripes, slugging a go-ahead blast off Rick Porcello in the seventh inning on Friday that lifted the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
Things got interesting in the ninth inning, as closer Andrew Miller loaded the bases with one out, but he escaped the threat by striking out David Ortiz looking and Hanley Ramirez swinging to lock down the save. Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected during Ortiz’s at-bat for arguing the strike-two call that appeared to catch the bottom of the zone. Strike three to Ortiz appeared to miss the bottom of the strike zone, but home-plate umpire Ron Kulpa called it strike three.
After Ortiz went back to the Red Sox’s dugout, he started barking at Kulpa. The home-plate umpire immediately ejected Ortiz, and the slugger had to be restrained by teammates.
David Ortiz is called out on strikes, voices his displeasure with the umpire’s call and gets tossed in the top of 9th inning
Hicks’ blast to right-center field was projected by Statcast™ to land 446 feet away, making it the longest hit by a Yankee this season. It provided the deciding blow in a tight duel between Porcello and Michael Pineda, who held Boston to a first-inning, two-run Ortiz home run over six frames.
Here’s the crazy thing - the Yankees haven’t even really been all that unlucky this season. For every brutal 1-0 loss, they’ve gotten a number of super tight wins like tonight, as well. Their offense has just been so bad that they generally should lose most games.
Luckily, tonight, three runs was just enough, as Michael Pineda was actually surprisingly good and the bullpen worked in and out of trouble. I’ve said before that Andrew Miller reminds me of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera in the sense that I feel okay even if the bases are loaded and there’s less than two outs. I doubted him tonight, but that was foolish of me, as I think the general Yankee malaise was making me doubt Miller when I shouldn’t have.
Anyhow, a fun win - especially when Oritz was SO mad in the ninth when he got ejected. It was awesome.
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.254/.293/.421, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.322/.364/.496, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.309/.374/.427, 1.4 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.319/.413/.638, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.286/.319/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.297/.366/.505, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.280/.360/.400, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.277/.337/.489, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.227/.277/.364, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.290/.348/.470, 7.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.306/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.371/.358, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.361/.337, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.375/.413, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.267/.417, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.327/.465, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.091/.143/.091, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.215/.241/.316, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.346/.346/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.315/.375, 1.7 bWAR
Great, another series to avoid.
Pedro Alvarez’s sacrifice fly off Yankees closer Andrew Miller gave the Orioles a 1-0 walkoff win in the 10th inning on Thursday night.
The inning started with Hyun Soo Kim beating out a dribbler for an infield single off Yankees reliever Johnny Barbato. Jonathan Schoop then lined a single into center field to put the potential winning run, pinch-runner Nolan Reimold, 90 feet away.
“He’s very tough, obviously,” Alvarez said of facing the lefty Miller. “He’s got the numbers to back it up. He’s one of the most effective closers in baseball, and any time you step in there against him, it’s not a comfortable at-bat.”
The run was the O’s first in 21 innings.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman and Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka traded zeros for eight innings in an impressive pitching duel. Gausman tied a career high in innings with the outing, while Tanaka—who struck out seven—turned in his best start this season.
You know, it might actually make sense to just see what they can get for Tanaka. They might be able to get a really nice offer for him. Then hell, maybe they can re-sign him in two years.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.318/.396, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.320/.453, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.278/.381/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.365/.341, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.278/.435, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.118/.211/.118, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.067/.125/.067, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.224/.250/.329, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.375/.375/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.309/.378, 1.2 bWAR
1. Manny Machado (R) SS (.355/.410/.673, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Adam Jones (R) CF (.205/.287/.295, -0.6 bWAR)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.219/.336/.458, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.333/.376/.598, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.217/.288/.300, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.600/.647/.667, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.225/.258/.427, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.208/.323/.340, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.294/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.339/.467, 2.8 bWAR
I was going to talk about how crappy the Yankees’ lineup looks, but without Headley that doesn’t seem fair.
A vintage outing from veteran CC Sabathia and a big night from Brian McCann helped the Yankees snap their six-game losing streak with Wednesday’s series-evening 7-0 win over the Orioles.
Sabathia went a season-high seven innings, holding Baltimore to six hits and striking out six as the Yankees beat the O’s for the first time in their last seven matchups. McCann went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs driven in, propelling a struggling Yankees offense that had seen Alex Rodriguez placed on the disabled list prior to the game.
“We needed one. It’s just been a tough start to the season for us,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully we can get on a little roll now.”
Clearly, A-Rod was just holding the offense back.
I love the headline. Yep, just seven games under! They’re totally back on track!
Seriously, though, it’s so early that I honestly am not willing to give up on this team yet. Two wild cards make things a lot more interesting. It’s a loooong season. They’re probably terrible, but hey, maybe they’re not. We shall soon see.
Good to see Brett Gardner get hit on the elbow tonight with the game out of reach. That’s just what the doctor ordered!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.284/.366, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.247/.370/.364, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.261/.283/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.217/.343/.337, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.269/.380/.418, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.337/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.077/.143/.077, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.222/.250/.333, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.147/.253/.147, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.235/.307/.354, 0.9 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.267/.296/.376, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.407/.660, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.213/.289/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.226/.339/.473, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.337/.381/.612, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.343/.378/.686, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.224/.258/.424, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.212/.297/.242, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.154/.214/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.331/.476, 2.6 bWAR
The best thing about the 2016 season is that each day brings us closer to the end of it.
Sure, it’s early. But it can get late awfully quick in these parts, and the 8-16 mark after Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Camden Yards left on a frayed thread whatever patience executives and fans had. With 14 of their 27 remaining May games on the road, putting together a bunch of series wins to get back to even by June won’t be an easy task.
The answers come in offense, however. And that is where Cashman needs to understand exactly how the Yanks got into this predicament.
It isn’t hard. Just look to the offseason.
I don’t really know how the Yankees were going to be able to add much offense with HalCap™ and nowhere to add it without benching players making a lot of money for very little production.
Am I crazy for hoping they lose 100 games?
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Mark Trumbo homered twice to back starter Chris Tillman’s seven strong innings in the Orioles’ 4-1 series-opening win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
After hitting a leadoff homer off Yankees starter Luis Severino in the second, Trumbo belted a two-run shot into the left-field seats in the fifth.
Severino allowed four runs (three earned) over his six innings, striking out four.
Tillman held a scuffling Yankees (8-16) team to one run on five hits and turned in his second consecutive nine-strikeout start. Tillman, who was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter, improved to 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
Boy, this team sucks.
And their only vaguely hot hitter, A-Rod, is now hurt. Hopefully the MRI on his hamstring is negative.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.247/.286/.371, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.243/.364/.351, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.286/.464, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.225/.347/.350, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.262/.360/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.273/.429, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.314/.352/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.250/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.156/.267/.156, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.311/.380, 1.3 bWAR
1. Joey Rickard (R) LF (.278/.308/.392, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Manny Machado (R) SS (.350/.404/.660, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.225/.304/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.352/.494, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.330/.376/.553, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.214/.290/.304, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.322/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.220/.256/.415, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.273/.200, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.452, 1.7 bWAR
The Yankees are playing out the string at this point, right?
The sickening feeling in the gut of Yankee fans is an unpleasant sensation shared by Brian Cashman.
Cashman watched as the Yankees were swept in Boston over the weekend and used words like horrific to describe the season, a term uttered infrequently in his 19 years as their general manager.
As the slumping Yankees paused Monday before heading into the teeth of a withering schedule, Cashman expressed deep frustration over the state of the team and sounded as if his patience was running out.
Although major changes are not on the horizon, if the Yankees continue to disappoint, something will have to change.
“There’s only so long you can allow it to go on before tinkering,” Cashman said in a telephone interview. “But it just needs to stop.”
The Yankees are 8-15 and in last place in the American League East. They have lost five in a row to fall seven games under .500. They have not been that far under .500 since 2007, when they opened the season 21-29.
Cashman said “very few” players on the roster could look in the mirror and say they had lived up to expectations. The rest are significantly underperforming.
He said he would prefer that this group of players turned things around and played up to the levels they had established in their careers. But if they don’t, he or Manager Joe Girardi will act.
I would have thought the time to act would have been before the season, when talent was available for money, the one item the Yankees have in abundance. What exactly will “acting” accomplish now? Benching Chase Headley for Ronald Torreyes or an outfielder for Aaron Hicks isn’t going to fix anything. Moving Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen so Ivan Nova can do the same thing they’re doing isn’t going to fix anything.
And you aren’t trading the underperforming parts of your roster for anything useful in the present.
I really do think at this point the best thing that can happen is a horrendous year that forces the Yankees to sell whatever they can and finally face what should have been evident for the last three seasons.
There just aren’t enough band aids to fix this roster anymore.
Monday, May 2, 2016
BOSTON—Christian Vazquez became the second player this weekend to hit a game-turning, first-pitch homer against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, lifting the Red Sox to an 8-7 victory that completed a three-game sweep in the first rivalry series of the season.
Vazquez jumped on a 97-mph heater for a two-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that snapped a 6-6 tie.
“I was talking to [hitting coach] Chili Davis before he got to the mound,” said Vazquez of Betances coming on. “I was trying to get the fastball and I got him, so I hit the bomb. It was a great moment.”
The win put the 15-10 Red Sox in sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time this season. It was their first series sweep of the Yankees since Sept. 13-15, 2013.
I feel like my decision to ignore this series was a sound one.
Maybe I should ignore this season.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (24.2 IP, 4.38 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: David Price (L): (29.2 IP, 5.76 ERA, 2.38 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.235/.269/.341, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.369/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.185/.274/.400, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.224/.352/.355, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.305/.345/.488, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.150/.268/.150, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.087/.160/.087, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.381/.381/.524, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.294/.333/.353, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.232/.311/.352, 1.0 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.266/.298/.459, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.311/.360/.485, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.290/.365/.419, 1.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.321/.418/.654, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.284/.307/.389, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.314/.385/.500, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.265/.350/.397, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C (.222/.282/.306, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.272/.326/.481, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.289/.349/.461, 6.1 bWAR
Is this the first whatever of the season?
BOSTON—Choose your adjective: Repetitive. Monotonous. Dispiriting. Same-old/same-old.
It goes something like this: New York Yankees fall behind early. Yankees don’t hit. Yankees lose.
Sounds about right.
It happened again Saturday night at Fenway Park, as they fell behind 2-0 after two innings. The way this offense is hitting—or not hitting—it felt more like 20-0.
By the time it was 4-0 after six innings, the game was pretty much over, because the Yankees have scored more than four runs in any one game only once since April 9, a stretch of 17 games. Not surprisingly, they have lost 12 of those games.
For a team that insists it is not pressing, there were an awful lot of drawn faces, tight lips and bulging neck veins in the postgame clubhouse. And that was just the manager.
The Yankees are not a happy ship, and despite Joe Girardi’s insistence that his team will ultimately play to the proverbial “back of the baseball card,” it might be time to realize that everyone’s baseball card, even Babe Ruth’s, shows a steady decline as the players on the front side get older. It’s a scientific certainty as dependable as Boyle’s Law from your seventh-grade chemistry class: As age increases, productivity decreases.
The entire Yankees lineup aside from their middle infield is 32 or older. And while Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro have been worth as much as 3 WAR in a season, neither is the kind of player that is going to carry a team that needs it badly.
This is not a good team. I don’t know if they are the worst team in the American League, but there’s a fairly decent chance they could be.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (24.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.14 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Red Sox: Henry Owens (L): (3.1 IP, 8.10 ERA, 8.20 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.241/.259/.354, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.382/.381, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.263/.288/.461, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.243/.369/.386, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.190/.288/.379, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.333/.461, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.148/.277/.148, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.246/.365, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.312/.380, 1.6 bWAR
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.270/.305/.470, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.337/.382/.526, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.282/.358/.424, 0.9 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.296/.398/.577, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.287/.304/.402, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.312/.391/.519, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) LF (.246/.333/.393, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.208/.321/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.240/.293/.387, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.283/.345/.456, 5.0 bWAR
The only question tonight is how badly the Yankees will lose.
I don’t think I’ll be watching any Yankees/Red Sox games this year. I don’t think I want to listen to all the Ortiz is retiring nonsense.
BOSTON − The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may not be what it was a decade ago, but could a trip to Fenway Park be the perfect tonic for what’s been ailing the Bombers?
That’s what Joe Girardi and his club are hoping as they spent Thursday’s off-day in Boston preparing for a three-game weekend set against the Red Sox.
Good luck with all that.
“Sometimes you need a little bit of a break,” Alex Rodriguez said of the well-timed off-day. “I like the way we’re working, I like our attitude, we’re playing hard. Things will turn around.
“No matter how either team is playing, when you go to Boston or they come to New York, it’s always special. We’re looking forward to it.”
I’m not looking forward to it. Actually, I take that back. I am looking forward to the Boston fans showering the Yankees’ leadoff hitter with the boos he deserves.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Player A vs. Player B
Starter Martin Perez earned his first win of the season, and the Rangers took their second straight over the Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
Perez, now 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA, allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came in the first inning. The back end of the Rangers’ bullpen closed it out, with Jake Diekman pitching two scoreless innings and Shawn Tolleson working the ninth for his seventh save.
“Martin getting a win, hopefully it will settle him some,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He came out strong in the first. You could see some urgency. We made some plays behind him. He battled. Not his cleanest outing, but good enough.”
The Yankees are now 28th out of 30 teams in the Major Leagues in runs scored (the 30th-ranked team is the Braves, who are the worst team I’ve seen since I guess one of those Houston Astros teams when they were losing 100 plus games every year).
The Yankees are now 23rd out of 30 teams in ERA (oddly enough, they’re also last in the American League, which is really weird - what’s up with National League pitching this year?).
It’s hard to even say that they’re just having hard luck with RISP, when their OBP is 21st in the league (okay, I guess 21st in OBP and 28th in runs does suggest some bad luck).
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes a shitty team is just a shitty team.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.253/.272/.373, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.271/.403/.407, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.264/.289/.472, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.254/.375/.403, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.145/.242/.273, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.365/.444, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.278/.325/.458, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.157/.290/.157, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.471/.471/.647, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.325/.391, 1.8 bWAR
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.229/.316/.314, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.365/.426/.519, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.300/.345/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.211/.309/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) DH (.258/.258/.290, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.234/.272/.403, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.343/.370/.463, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Hanser Alberto (R) 1B (.143/.143/.143, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Bryan Holaday (R) C (.200/.273/.233, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.322/.396, 3.1 bWAR
I’m expecting a correction for CC. No, not one where he pitches closer to his FIP.
A five-run third inning helped bring the Rangers out of their offensive malaise, and they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
The Rangers finished with 13 hits after scoring four runs on 23 hits in their previous four games. Elvis Andrus had three hits, and Nomar Mazara had a two-hit night on his 21st birthday.
Nine of the Rangers runs scored with two outs, including those on homers by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.
I like “early deficit too much for Yankees to overcome.” While technically true, it makes it sound like the Yankees made this a real game at any point instead of it being a total blowout all the way through.
Severino has been such a major disappointment this year. He has pitched so poorly that I really would not mind him trying to work out some of his issues in the bullpen as a long man while Ivan Nova takes his rotation spot for a little bit. It is not that I have a lot of faith in Ivan Nova, as I do not but I think he would be at least mediocre, while Severino just looks lost out there.
This should not distract from the recurring suckitude of the Yankee offense, of course. They were bad once again. This might just be a bad team.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.286/.394, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.268/.397/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.265/.292/.485, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.238/.368/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.280/.390/.480, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.290/.338/.478, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.083/.214/.083, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.258/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.429/.429/.643, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.430, 2.4 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.233/.263/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.354/.411/.521, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.303/.349/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.187/.247/.293, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.191/.286/.309, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.222/.290/.413, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.317/.348/.429, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.238/.304/.476, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.242/.333/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.312/.394, 2.2 bWAR
Is it too soon to label Severino a bust?
Starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Nomar Mazara, and the Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.
Eovaldi was trying to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999. That bid ended when Mazara grounded a single through the left side. There have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in Yankees history in addition to Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
“They’ve got a lot of early swingers, and I was just trying to locate the ball in and away and locate the offspeed pitches and be careful with it,” said Eovaldi, who improved to 1-2 and lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 4.38. “I feel like I’ve gotten better each outing. For it all to come together tonight, it was nice.”
Eovaldi, getting home run support from Jacoby Ellsbury and Starlin Castro, ended up going seven-plus innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. He left after a leadoff walk to Mitch Moreland in the eighth.
It’s always good to know that so long as you throw seven almost no-hit innings, the Yankees will probably score enough to support your start.
Seriously, though, Eovaldi was excellent tonight. This was the sort of performance you know Brian Cashman was thinking of when he made a point of trading for Eovaldi - the guy has such great stuff and a striking array of quality pitches that it really is a wonder that he isn’t a better pitcher than he has been so far in his career. Everything was working tonight, though, and Eovaldi just dominated the Rangers.
There was a sliiiiight scare when Dellin Betances gave up his first earned run of the season with a home run in the eighth inning, but Andrew Miller shut things down in the ninth and the Yankees won the game.
The offense was another shamockery when it came to actually scoring the guys it got on base, as they somehow only scored 3 runs despite having 13 men on base. That might not even sound quite so bad, except when you realize that two of the runs scored on home runs, so it was really one runner scored out of 11 men on base. But hey, it was enough to win the game, so I’ll take it!
Hopefully their ability to drive in runners heats up tomorrow for game 2 of this series!
Monday, April 25, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.258/.278/.348, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.294/.429/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.277/.294/.508, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.220/.361/.373, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.329/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.149/.293/.149, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.111/.200/.111, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.259/.393, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.308/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.318/.379, 1.2 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.246/.278/.391, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.356/.404/.533, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.319/.367/.528, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B (.181/.244/.278, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.200/.297/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) DH (.230/.288/.426, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.333/.364/.450, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.222/.300/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.254/.347/.349, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.319/.402, 2.3 bWAR
How many homers will the Yankees’ starter give up tonight?
News of Alex Rodriguez’s oblique injury was not the only thing on the mind of the New York Yankees organization on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, Sandy Acevedo, an infielder in their minor league system who was set to begin his professional career this season, has been killed in a car crash. He was 18. No other details of the crash have been given as of time of publication.
The team says Acevedo died Saturday night in the Dominican Republic. He signed with the team last year as an international free agent and had not made the jump yet to the organization.
In a 2015 Scout.com interview, Donny Rowland, the Yankees’ director of international scouting, described how the Yankees discovered Acevedo while working out another player, pitcher Yoan Lopez, who ended up signing with the D-backs.
“Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face him, and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff,” Rowland said in the interview. “That’s where our staff became sold on this guy. ‘We like the pitcher, but who is the hitter?’”
A moment of silence was held for him at Yankee Stadium before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and a picture of Acevedo batting was shown on the giant video screen in center field.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Steven Souza Jr. hit two homers and the Rays had five total off Yankees starter Michael Pineda and reliever Nick Goody as Tampa Bay took the final game of a three-game series with an 8-1 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The first four homers were hit off Pineda, who lasted five innings, allowed 10 hits and struck out nine. Two of the homers were hit in the top of the first inning, two-run shots by Corey Dickerson and Souza, who turned 27 on Sunday. Steve Pearce led off the third with a blast and Souza hit his second with two outs in fifth inning. Logan Forsythe finished the power display with an eighth-inning homer off Goody.
“Offense really came out and set the tone,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “There were some long home runs hit today. Souza, Dickerson, Pearce, the ball Souza hit to right was extremely impressive. You don’t see too many right-handers do that. Just a great offensive day, especially in that first inning.”
What’s funny is that yes, Pineda was godawful, just horrid, horrid, horrid. But had he given up just the first home run, the Yankees would have still lost, because their offense is, well, you know, lost.
Still, taking 2 out of 3 against Tampa Bay was good. Hopefully their bats heat up in Texas.
A-Rod’s MRI on his oblique was negative, but Joe Girardi rightly noted that an oblique issue can be a problem even without a positive MRI. We’ve seen batters hit with injuries before (Donnie Baseball, anyone?) and it can often not be pretty.
TBR: Drew Smyly (#33, 27, LHP, 0-2, 2.91) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 1-1, 5.29
1. Logan Forsythe (R) DH
2. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
5. Steve Pearce (R) 2B
6. Brad Miller (L) SS
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Curt Casali (R) C
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
Where would the Yankees be without TPASBG?
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Brett Gardner homered in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees celebrated their first walk-off victory of the season, posting a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday and spoiling the Major League debut of touted prospect Blake Snell.
Gardner slugged his second career walk-off homer with two outs off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, having also tied the game in the seventh inning with a run-scoring single that struck left-hander Xavier Cedeno.
“I felt good about getting a good pitch to hit,” Gardner said. “I think [Ramirez] was probably trying to go away and he went middle in, and I put a good swing on it. I felt good at the plate, felt like I was seeing the ball well, and was fortunate to get a good pitch to hit.”
The end result is obviously great, but boy, the Yankees once again struggled big time to score runs before the game-winning home run in the 9th. Their first run scored on a wild pitch and the second run was on an infield single by Gardner following the previous batter loading the bases on a catcher’s interference call!!
Luckily, Tanaka pitched well and they DID come through with those runs. An improbable win tomorrow sure would be good for what ails the Yankees.
Rays: Blake Snell (L): (NR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (17.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 0.5 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.298/.375/.526, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.049/.114/.049, -0.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.269/.300/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) RF (.220/.245/.540, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.322/.340, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brad Miller (L) SS (.114/.188/.227, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Steve Pearce (R) 3B (.250/.323/.286, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.220/.333/.366, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.200/.238/.200, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.214/.279/.364, 1.0 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.276/.302/.379, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.279/.426/.395, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.293/.300/.552, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.216/.375/.392, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.143/.250/.265, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.302/.412/.535, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.317/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.171/.300/.171, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.294/.449, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.330/.402, 2.0 bWAR
Remember when Castro had an OPS of 1.875? Those were the days.
Jacoby Ells bury executed the first straight steal of home by a Yankees player in nearly 15 years, Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs and the Yankees held on for a 6-3 victory over the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Ells’ fifth-inning dash carried him headfirst past catcher Curt Casali, tying the game at 3 after he took advantage of left-hander Matt Moore, who was attempting to work from the windup.
This game was essentially the precise opposite of all the frustrating games that the Yankees played last week. Their hitters came through in clutch opportunities and they also had one of the most exciting runs that they’ve scored in years, as their regular starting center fielder (who didn’t even start tonight! He replaced Aaron Hicks after Hicks injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield) tied the game with a straight steal of home, possibly the most exciting game in baseball. Yankees.com has a wonderfully in-depth look at the pivotal steal here. I don’t recall thinking many times last season, “What the hell is the Yankee third base coach thinking?” so Joe Espada might actually be a good third base coach, and he sounds like one here, as he is the one who came up with the idea of the steal. The crazy thing is that it VERY easily could have been an out at home (the catcher had the ball in his glove before Ells gets to the plate, but Ells makes a beautiful slide where he caught the top of the plate with his hand ahead of the swipe of the catcher) and then I wonder what we would have thought of the call. I think I’d still have been pro the move, as Espada explains well how it was set up perfectly. Matt Moore was completely ignoring the runner at third AND was doing a full wind-up. I like one of the Yankees noting, though, “What if Gardner had to swing at the pitch (it was 3-2)? What if he hits you in the face with his bat?!”
Even after the steal, the game was only tied, but the Yankees somehow came through with a go-ahead single by Brian McCann (who earlier hit a two-run home run to tie the game after the Yankees went into a 2-0 hole) and then (GASP!) they got two insurance runs, also courtesy of Ells, who hit a two-out double (he got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, but come on, who could blame him at that point?). Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were their usual unhittable selves. Can you imagine how good the back end of this bullpen is going to look when Chapman returns? That will be so awesome to see on the two games a week that the Yankees have a lead in the 7th. Ivan Nova had another excellent game out of the pen, earning the win with two and a third strong innings. Two things stood out to me about Nova:
1. That he has had only one bad inning so far this year (although it was one hell of a bad inning - bad enough that his ERA is still over 4)
2. That he was able to pitch two and a third just two days after pitching a scoreless inning. That’s really good to see.
Hopefully the Yankees can keep this going tomorrow. The interesting thing is that the AL East is filled with teams beating each other up, so if the Yankees win a couple more games here, they’ll be right back into the thick of things. Big if, I know.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Rays: Matt Moore (L): (18.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (10.2 IP, 5.06 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.288/.373/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Brandon Guyer (R) CF (.381/.536/.524, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.258/.292/.468, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.244/.271/.600, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.327/.347, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 1B (.240/.296/.280, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) SS (.133/.188/.133, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Curt Casali (R) C (.179/.207/.321, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.431, 1.8 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.300/.440/.425, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.273/.322/.455, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.296/.304/.574, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.170/.350/.362, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.156/.269/.289, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.275/.383/.450, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.189/.326/.189, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.095/.174/.095, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.271/.435, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.234/.324/.390, 1.5 bWAR
Has any team ever been eliminated from the postseason by May 1?
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Khris Davis and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back home runs off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning on Thursday, highlighting a four-homer barrage by the Athletics in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium that completed a three-game sweep.
Davis launched his first home run of the season to snap a 2-2 tie, and Crisp followed suit on the very next pitch, reaching the second deck in left field. The long ball support made a winner of left-hander Rich Hill, who held New York to two runs (one earned) and three hits over six innings while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts.
Losing five out of six at home to Seattle and Oakland is pretty darn terrible.
There’s still enough talent here that they probably aren’t quite this bad, but they’re also possibly not a whole lot better.
Athletics: Rich Hill (L): (13 IP, 4.15 ERA, 3.19 FIP, -0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (10.2 IP, 5.91 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.310/.341/.452, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Mark Canha (R) 1B (.143/.143/.357, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.220/.333/.440, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B (.269/.316/.308, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.277/.314/.468, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Chris Coghlan (L) 3B (.184/.225/.316, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) DH (.174/.224/.196, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.158/.220/.316, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.217/.302/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.225/.284/.373, 0.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.220/.255/.320, -0.2 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.280/.333/.480, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.327/.333/.633, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.182/.357/.386, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.163/.250/.302, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.182/.333/.182, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.050/.095/.050, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.200/.273/.300, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.500/.500/.750, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.228/.303/.386, 0.7 bWAR
At least Severino is worth watching, right?
Kendall Graveman pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and struck out eight, leading the Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Graveman limited New York to Didi Gregorius’ second-inning solo homer as he led Oakland to its fourth consecutive victory. Carlos Beltran hit an eighth-inning homer for the Yankees, who have lost six of their last seven.
“You gotta think to yourself, solo home runs aren’t going to beat you,” Graveman said. “I know our offense is going to turn it around, and then we score, put up some runs. That turned things around, and then I was able to put together some quick outs.”
Oakland produced all of the runs it needed in a three-run fourth inning against Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted eight hits and struck out seven in a six-inning effort. Billy Burns tied a career high with three hits and Khris Davis broke the game open with a two-run single off Branden Pinder in the eighth.
The worst offense ever is, surprisingly enough, the worst offense ever.
Aaron Hicks at least gave Yankee fans something to cheer about with the fastest throw since Major League Baseball began tracking the speed of balls thrown in from the outfield, as he nailed a runner at the plate with a 105.5 MPH throw from left field!
Nathan Eovaldi wasn’t awful. And the bonus runs likely wouldn’t have scored had the Yankees had the lead (as no way would Brandon Pinder be pitching the 8th if the Yankees had a lead). So this game really was a lot closer than the final score. So it was all on the offense yet again> This offense seems to do everything they can to avoid getting hit with men on base. It’s pathetic. Just pathetic.
Much of this is just bad luck, but it’s a mediocre team with bad luck, meaning that they sort of suck right now.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Athletics: Kendall Graveman (R): (11.1 IP, 2.38 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (11.2 IP, 6.94 ERA, 5.46 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.270/.308/.378, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Chris Coghlan (L) 2B (.176/.200/.294, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.217/.327/.457, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.286/.340/.347, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.250/.298/.432, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jed Lowrie (S) DH (.286/.321/.327, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) LF (.143/.200/.167, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.143/.163/.167, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.238/.327/.524, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.226/.282/.345, 0.5 bWAR
1. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.059/.111/.059, -0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.308/.438/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.333/.340/.600, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.385/.425, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.286/.390/.486, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.154/.250/.308, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.298/.340/.511, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.225/.238/.350, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.342/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.332/.407, 1.8 bWAR
If the idea of starting Hicksy in CF and batting him leadoff is to make me hate the Smellsbury deal less, it isn’t working.
Anyway, I had no idea Headley was batting .200 and slugging .200. Good for him.
Jed Lowrie tied his career high with four hits and scored the deciding run on Mark Canha’s 11th-inning, two-out single, helping to lift the Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Canha’s hit came off rookie Johnny Barbato, shooting just past the reach of shortstop Didi Gregorius and driving home Lowrie, who sparked the rally with a one-out double. The victory was credited to Fernando Rodriguez, who hurled two scoreless innings, while Ryan Madson worked the home half of the 11th to pick up his fifth save.
Another depressing loss for the offense, but at least the starting pitching from Michael Pineda was pretty decent. Oakland’s not much of an offense, either, but still, Pineda probably had his best game of the season. And the bullpen was awesome, as per usual. Johnny Barbato giving up a single run in his second inning of work isn’t really cause for concern, you know?
Man, right now both sides of the Aaron Hicks/John Ryan Murphy trade must be thinking, “Huh?” as both players seem like they’ve completely forgotten how to hit. They’re both still young-ish, but man, very strange.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Athletics: Eric Surkamp (L): (9 IP, 4.00 ERA, 6.24 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (11 IP, 6.55 ERA, 5.76 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)
1. Billy Burns (S) CF (.281/.324/.344, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Chris Coghlan (L) LF (.161/.188/.290, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.238/.340/.500, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.273/.333/.295, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.282/.333/.487, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B (.227/.271/.250, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Khris Davis (R) DH (.162/.225/.189, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.128/.150/.154, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.237/.333/.553, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.223/.282/.341, 0.3 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.314/.442/.429, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.333/.378/.548, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.341/.357/.610, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.216/.383/.459, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.118/.231/.294, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.333/.444/.567, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.083/.154/.083, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.154/.324/.154, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.222/.237/.361, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.344/.427, 2.1 bWAR
Something about this lineup just feels right. Swap out Headley for Torreyes and it’s likely the best lineup the Yankees can run out there right now.
That being said, I still expect them to get their asses handed to them.
Even the Yankees’ general manager is scratching his head over Jacoby Ellsbury’s play in center field so far this young season.
“I don’t know what’s going on on the defensive side,” Brian Cashman said Monday. “I think I’ve seen three plays now where he’s misjudged a play in the air. I don’t have an explanation for it.”
Ellsbury misplayed two balls on the Yankees’ last road trip, one each in Detroit and Toronto, and then Sunday dove and missed for a liner by Norichika Aoki that went for a triple.
Add that he “double-clutched” on a throw on a play in which Ketel Marte, running on the pitch, scored from first on a single Saturday and you have a difficult fielding start for the man who won a Gold Glove in center with Boston in 2011.
At least the thunder in his bat makes up for the defensive issues.
Cashman says there’s nothing wrong with Ellsbury, who is also struggling at the plate, batting .213 with a .260 on-base percentage.
Uhm, at least he’s not signed for another six years?
Only four years and 151 games left!
Monday, April 18, 2016
NY Times: Yankees and Alex Rodriguez End Skids in Win Over Mariners
If Manager Joe Girardi’s temperament is a weather vane for the Yankees’ fortunes, then his recent testiness — with a few dashes of sarcasm — may explain how the first two weeks of the season have unfolded.
A 4-3 victory on Sunday over the Seattle Mariners provided plenty of reasons to exhale, beginning with the four-game losing streak it ended.
There was Alex Rodriguez answering his demotion in the batting order and breaking a 0-for-19 slump by slugging a two-run home run. There was Masahiro Tanaka looking like the pitcher the Yankees handed $155 million and outfielder Brett Gardner resembling a catalytic pest. And the back end of the bullpen was not bad either: Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller combined to strike out all six batters they faced.
Hooray for not getting swept at home by a team that’s not very good, I guess.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Mariners: Hisashi Iwakuma (R): (11 IP, 4.09 ERA, 2.32 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (10.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 0.3 bWAR)
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) DH (.278/.458/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.222/.286/.578, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF (.279/.367/.558, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.132/.267/.263, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.192/.192/.231, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Steve Clevenger (L) C (.000/.000/.000, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.257/.333/.486, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.211/.262/.211, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.216/.299/.400, 1.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.209/.255/.302, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.410/.355, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.351/.368/.649, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.349/.457, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.370/.469/.630, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.100/.229/.200, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.342/.390/.553, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.265/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.667/.667/1.000, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.349/.461, 2.5 bWAR
Sweeping the Yankees shouldn’t really count as a full sweep. Maybe more like a half sweep.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Mariners: Felix Hernandez (R): (13 IP, 0.69 ERA, 2.54 FIP, 0.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (6 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.182/.243/.182, -0.4 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.214/.267/.595, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.256/.356/.513, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF (.250/.381/.313, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Chris Iannetta (R) C (.320/.452/.560, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Dae-Ho Lee (R) 1B (.231/.286/.692, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.258/.343/.419, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Luis Sardinas (S) 3B (.231/.231/.462, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.324/.462, 2.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.225/.238/.325, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.231/.412/.346, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.120/.267/.240, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.219/.342/.500, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.303/.469, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.303/.361/.545, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.174/.310/.174, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.300/.464, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.143/.250/.143, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.232/.314/.386, 1.4 bWAR
Back in 2009 or 2010 this would have been one hell of a pitching matchup.
Friday, April 15, 2016
On a night where getting on base came pretty easy for both teams, only the Mariners could take advantage of it Friday.
Working off the strength of three RBIs from Chris Iannetta, the Mariners snagged the opener of this weekend’s three-game tilt versus the Yankees, 7-1. Right-hander Nathan Karns earned his first win for the Mariners, striking out seven in five innings. He walked four and allowed five hits in the outing. The only run Karns allowed was a home run to Brett Gardner in the first.
The Yankees’ bats were anemic during scoring opportunities on the night, leaving 12 on base and notching an 0-for-12 mark with runners in scoring position. Right-hander Luis Severino didn’t have his best stuff, allowing four runs and eight hits while striking out only two over 5 2/3 innings.
Just a complete and utter shitshow. The six-run deficit is slightly misleading, as Girardi knew they weren’t scoring any runs, so he let the bullpen roughage finish the game out, with Tyler Olson giving up two runs in two and two thirds innings pitched. I think he should have gone to the bullpen earlier, but whatever, they only scored one run, so it wasn’t like they were going to have a chance in this game.
A poor performance by Severino and a just ungodly performance from this awful offense.
Well, at least the Mariners’ two best starters aren’t pitching the next two ga…oh, wait…
Mariners: Nathan Karns (R): (5 IP, 7.20 ERA, 4.01 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (5 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.21 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) DH (.267/.450/.467, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.189/.250/.622, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF (.229/.325/.486, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.152/.300/.303, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.095/.095/.095, -0.4 bWAR)
7. Chris Iannetta (R) C (.227/.370/.364, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.296/.387/.481, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.172/.242/.172, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.201/.302/.388, 1.2 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.257/.270/.371, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.174/.345/.174, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.241/.333/.552, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.455/.538/.773, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.310/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) DH (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.310/.375/.586, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.292/.308/.458, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.150/.280/.150, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.335/.442, 1.7 bWAR
I thought Cano was hitting roughly .900?
TORONTO — Alex Rod riguez’s start in 2016 has looked similar to his 2015 finish. A-Rod, who slumped the final two months of last season, went 0-for-3 Thursday night, leaving him at 3-for-25 with one homer, two RBIs and a slash line of .120/.267/.240.
“I feel great,” he said afterward. “I was very happy today with my swings. Swing at strikes in the strike zone. Results weren’t good, but a much better approach today.”
As opposed to all the other Yankees that are tearing the cover off the ball?
I don’t think I’ve seen a Rodriguez PA yet this season. How’s he looking?
Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki each homered while Marcus Stroman tossed eight innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
Toronto was struggling to generate any kind of offense against Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi until Donaldson came through with a deep three-run shot to straightaway center field in the fifth inning. One inning later, Tulowitzki added a solo shot as the Blue Jays took a two-run lead and didn’t look back.
Stroman picked up his second victory in three starts despite a rough fourth inning that saw him allow a pair of runs on 34 pitches. Toronto had reliever Pat Venditte warming in the bullpen, but Toronto’s No. 1 starter found a way to survive the inning and then cruised the rest of the way. He was charged with two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over eight innings.
A few things come to mind about this loss, which drops the Yankees to 4-4.
On the bright side, these were the Blue Jays’ two best starters, and the Yankees were competitive in both of their losses.
On the not so bright side, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi were their typical frustrating selves, throwing too many pitches and seemingly inevitably having an inning where they get rocked.
On the bright side, the Blue Jays’ high-powered offense has not looked all that amazing so far this year.
On the not so bright side, the Yankees’ offense has looked bleak these last couple of games, with their #1-3 hitters being particularly bad.
The Seattle Mariners come to town for a weekend series, and annoyingly enough, the Yankees get the Mariners’ two best pitchers, as well.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R): (5 IP, 9.00 ERA, 5.57 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (R): (13.1 IP, 5.40 ERA, 3.70 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.273/.406, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.211/.400/.211, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.136/.269/.273, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.240/.345/.600, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.500/.591/.889, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.292/.320/.542, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.167/.273/.167, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.346/.414/.654, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.333/.348/.524, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.355/.478, 1.9 bWAR
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.189/.231/.270, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.306/.359/.694, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.321/.500/.679, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.265/.316/.265, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.125/.216/.219, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.280/.357/.520, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Colabello (R) 1B (.067/.125/.067, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Russell Martin (R) C (.077/.107/.077, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.321/.345/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.226/.298/.375, 0.9 bWAR
Enjoy the days of the Yankees out-WARing the opposing lineups while it lasts, because it shan’t be lasting long.
J.A. Happ tossed six innings and allowed one run, while Ryan Goins and Michael Saunders each had a pair of doubles as the Blue Jays evened their series against the Yankees with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Making his first start against the Yankees since 2014, Happ allowed seven hits and walked three batters, but worked out of jams in the third, fifth and sixth innings. The veteran lefty has tossed six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in each of his first two starts this season. Dating back to last year, he has allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 outings and is unbeaten over that stretch.
“I critique myself pretty hard sometimes, but I think the best thing about tonight was being able to make some pitches in big situations to try and minimize the damage,” Happ said. “I think [Russell Martin] was great back there, and we were battling at the plate, and to add some more runs on at the end was awesome. It was a good win.”
Goins finished 3-for-4 on the evening, with run scored and two RBIs. Saunders and Bautista each had a pair of hits as the Blue Jays scored more than five runs for just the second time this year.
I love that they tried to make it sound like Pineda pitched well in this game. On the surface, he had similar (heck, better) results than Tanaka in the previous game, but he was not sharp at all. Like so many of the Yankee starters, the stuff is definitely there (Cashman has a very specific type of starter in mind - guys with great stuff) but he just seems kind of lost out there. Like it’s lucky to get through any inning.
The offense was bad, but really, the game pretty much turned on Ivan Nova coming out in relief and throwing softballs out there, as the Blue Jays pounded him for four runs in a single awful inning.
Stroman/Eovaldi in the finale does not look good for the Yankees.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): ( 5 IP, 10.80 ERA, 9.66 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L): ( 6 IP, 3.00 ERA, 5.10 FIP)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.250/.241/.393)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.143/.250/.143)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.167/.318/.333)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.227/.320/.500)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.250/.286/.550)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.391/.440/.739)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.278/.200)
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.800/.800/1.200)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.000/.250/.000)
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.219/.265/.313)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.313/.371/.719)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.292/.500/.667)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.267/.324/.267)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.107/.212/.214)
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.227/.292/.409)
7. Russell Martin (R) C (.083/.083/.083)
8. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.167/.375/.167)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.250/.280/.292)
Remember all the way back to 2015 when Pineda had a FIP more than a full run lower than his ERA? He’s got an even larger difference this year!
That’s good, right?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury hit the go-ahead single in the top of the seventh inning and Brian McCann hit a game-tying homer as the Yankees gained an early advantage in their series against the Blue Jays with a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
New York entered the sixth trailing, 2-1, until McCann evened the score with a deep home run to right field. One inning later, the Yankees put their first two hitters on base before Ellsbury delivered the decisive blow with a bloop RBI single to left field off left-hander Brett Cecil.
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was limited to five innings because of a high pitch count. He held the Blue Jays to two runs—a Jose Bautista two-run double—and allowed just three hits, but he walked four batters and frequently struggled with his command. The win went to Johnny Barbato, who walked one batter in an otherwise clean sixth inning.
Damn, how good has Johnny Barbato looked this season? He used to be a very good prospect for the San Diego Padres, but his injury history was pretty scary. Still, he looks a lot better than Shawn Kelley ever did, and Shawn Kelley was not a bad pitcher.
Anyhow, great victory, with some clutch hits by Brian McCann and Jacoby Ell sbury. Tanaka was not particularly good, but nor was he awful. Just way too many pitches. EDITED TO ADD: And yes, the two runs that Tanaka gave up were as a result of a poor play in center field where a late break led to a very catchable ball going in for a two-run double, so that’s fair to take into consideration when reviewing how well Tanaka did. BABIP can be a cruel mistress.
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): ( 5.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 4.75 FIP) vs. Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (R): ( 7 IP, 1.29 ERA, 2.91 FIP)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.217/.208/.391)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.286/.500/.286)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.214/.389/.429)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.278/.381/.611)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.467/.556/.733)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.294/.294/.647)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.083/.143/.083)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.450/.476/.850)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.333/.350/.500)
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.207/.233/.310)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.310/.355/.759)
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.286/.500/.667)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.296/.333/.296)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.120/.207/.240)
6. Chris Colabello (R) 1B (.083/.083/.083)
7. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.263/.300/.474)
8. Russell Martin (R) C (.100/.100/.100)
9. Ryan Goins (L) 2B (.286/.318/.333)
I am not expecting much from this series.
TORONTO — Promising Yankees reliever Nick Rumbelow needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday.
The surgery, first reported by The Journal News’ Chad Jennings, is a blow to the Yankees’ bullpen, though the 24-year-old didn’t make it out of spring training and was pitching in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when the injury was first discovered.
Tough blow for Rumbelow, who would likely have gotten some innings and a chance to impress this year.
Monday, April 11, 2016
DETROIT — They hesitated to admit it because we’re generally a stubborn species, but Sunday night’s rainout against the Tigers had to present a welcome relief for the Yankees. After all, how much blustery baseball can one team withstand?
So the Yankees worked out briefly at Comerica Park and headed toward their flight northeast, their ultimate destination being the comfort of three games in a weather-neutralized dome.
The discomfort, of course, comes in getting an early test against the team that bludgeoned them into wild-card submission last year. Their first series against the Blue Jays, defending champions of the American League East title, begins Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
“I think there’s curiosity,” Joe Girardi said Sunday. “See how we match up against them this year.”
“They won our division last year and are the team to beat,” said Masahiro Tanaka, whose second start of the season got pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday.
I thought Boston was the team to beat?
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Looks like your Sunday night just became wide open.
The Yankees and Tigers series finale has been rained out (or snowed out, whatever you want to call it). No official makeup date has been announced, but Marly Rivera reports July 28 is the expected date (that’s between trips to Houston and Tampa Bay, just a few days before the trade deadline).
I guess we need to find something else for our Sunday night complaining.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
CC Sabathia’s return to the Yankees’ rotation brought back glimpses of his old effectiveness, even if he doesn’t have his old velocity. While the big left-hander began his 16th Major League season by holding down Detroit’s formidable offense for six-plus innings, the Yankees spoiled Mike Pelfrey’s Tigers debut with six runs over 3 2/3 innings for an 8-4 New York win Saturday afternoon.
The 31-degree first-pitch temperature was the lowest for a game at Comerica Park, but it made little difference for Sabathia, making his first start for the Yankees since leaving the team at the end of the regular season to undergo alcohol rehab. The 35-year-old southpaw retired the Tigers in order the first time through with a nasty changeup and solid command.
“He cuts the ball, he sinks the ball—nothing seems to be straight, and he doesn’t seem to ever give in,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Part of that was the weather, but I think part of it was by design. He’s not going to give in to guys. He will end up walking them and going after the next guy and try to get a double play.”
Though James McCann’s two-run single broke up the no-hit and shutout bids, making Sabathia pay for walking the bases loaded, the lefty persisted until Jose Iglesias’ single chased him in the seventh. The quality start was a pleasant surprise for the Yankees after Sabathia struggled through much of Spring Training. By contrast, Pelfrey was solid through most of his spring, including three perfect innings against the Yankees on March 1 in Tampa, Fla. He never had his command Saturday, and New York took advantage for eight hits, capped by Jacoby Ellsbury’s three-run triple in the fourth.
Shockingly enough, CC had the best start of the Yankees’ rotation. If you had told me five years ago that CC would be the type of pitcher to get by when he got older with well-placed pitches once his velocity went away, I would say, “Sure, that makes sense to me.” If you told me that CC would be the type of pitcher to get by with well-placed pitches once his velocity went away after having three terrible seasons where he could not adjust to the loss of velocity, I would say, “Hopefully this isn’t a fluke!”
So, well, hopefully this isn’t a fluke!
The Yankees’ offense was outstanding. I was very excited when the Yankees picked up Ronald Torreyes from the Dodgers, as it seemed like the Yankees were taking advantage of the Dodgers’ large pool of talent and snatched a guy the Dodgers wouldn’t normally give up but had to because of a 40-man roster crunch. Then the Yankees let him go for Lane Adams. Then they got him back and dumped Adams, but kept Adams after he cleared waivers. Sooooo…...uhmmm….I guess good job by Cashman? I mean, he got Torreyes and Adams, so I guess he played the waiver wire correctly, but I don’t think Torreyes should ever have been exposed to waivers. Lane Adams isn’t as good. But whatever, it worked out.
Tanaka goes tomorrow as the Yankees try for back-to-back series wins ahead of a matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (NR) vs. Tigers: Mike Pelfrey (R): (NR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.222/.211/.333)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.200/.467/.200)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.200/.385/.200)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.357/.438/.786)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.455/.538/.818)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.231/.231/.462)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.438/.438/.938)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.357/.400/.571)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (1.000/1.000/3.000)
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.467/.467/.733)
2. Justin Upton (R) LF (.200/.200/.333)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.385/.429/.615)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.333/.333/1.333)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.333/.429/.417)
6. James McCann (R) C (.111/.111/.111)
7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.417/.500/.417)
8. Mike Aviles (R) 3B
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF (.250/.308/.500)
Let’s see if I can predict how this goes. CC pitches a few innings where he gives up some base runners but somehow gets out of them while limiting the damage. Then he completely falls apart in an inning, I’ll say the fourth and gives up more runs than the Yankees would be able to score if the game went 27 innings.
Or he gives up nine in the first and Detroit cruises to an easy victory while maintaining their impressive undefeated start.
I certainly know there’s no scenario where Sabathia pitches decently. None.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Jordan Zimmermann made his Tigers debut a memorable one Friday, tossing seven scoreless innings at Comerica Park as Detroit picked up its eighth consecutive home opener win with a 4-0 decision over the Yankees.
Zimmermann, the first starting pitcher in modern history to make his Tigers debut in the team’s home opener, held the Yankees to a pair of two-out singles—Jacoby Ellsbury in the third, then Mark Teixeira an inning later.
“Pitching in this cold wasn’t the ideal conditions, but I made it out,” Zimmermann said. “I didn’t have my best stuff and I still two-hit the Yankees and gave the team seven, so that was encouraging.”
ew York didn’t put a runner in scoring position against the former Nationals right-hander until his seventh and final inning.
“I thought he did a good job of getting his breaking ball over early after his first go-around,” Ellsbury said. “He really didn’t miss location. For his first outing in the cold, I thought he threw pretty well.”
Yankees starter Luis Severino gave up 10 hits—nine of them singles—over five-plus innings. Ian Kinsler doubled and scored on a Miguel Cabrera single in the opening inning before four consecutive singles tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth. Cabrera struck again in the seventh with his first home run of the year, a solo shot into the right-field corner off former Tigers prospect Luis Cessa.
Severino did give up a lot of contact, but he was also unlucky on a number of the hits. Ellsbury, for instance, misplayed a ball that led to two runs and after getting a groundball with the bases loaded and one out, the ball was hit just too slow for the Yankees to turn two, letting in the third run of the game. I’m still totally in on Severino. He’s probably the Yankees #2 through the first four games of the season.
The offense, well, it took the day off. Jordan Zimmerman is at least a good pitcher.
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (NR) vs. Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (R): (NR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.214/.200/.357)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.143/.455/.143)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.583/.583/1.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.364/.417/.909)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.000/.000/.000)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.100/.091/.100)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.455/.500/.727)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.333/.500/.333)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.000/.000/.000)
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.455/.455/.727)
2. Justin Upton (R) LF (.273/.273/.455)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.333/.400/.333)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (1.000/1.000/4.000)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.250/.400/.375)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.125/.111/.250)
7. James McCann (R) C (.000/.000/.000)
8. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.375/.500/.375)
9. Anthony Gose (L) CF (.375/.444/.750)
Really? Three decent games and now Starlin Castro is the number three hitter? Yet after 263 mostly forgettable games, Smellsbury remains entrenched at leadoff where he can continue to gobble up outs like candy?
Anyway, one of these teams is undefeated and is playing at home. Logic should tell you that makes them exceedingly heavy favorites, to the point where it doesn’t necessarily make sense to play this game.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Yankees slugged three home runs, including a three-run shot by Mark Teixeira in the seventh inning off reliever Ken Giles that snapped a tie, en route to an 8-5 win over the Astros in the series finale Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Brett Gardner got the rally started in the seventh with a single off reliever Will Harris, and Alex Rodriguez greeted hard-throwing right-hander Giles with a sharp single to set the stage for Teixeira, who hit a 98-mph fastball the opposite way and down the left-field line to snap a 5-5 tie.
“I think the worrisome trend is more how much traffic we’re allowing as a team on the bases,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously, you look at that inning and it’s the middle part of their order and they did a lot of damage, and we had held their middle of the order in check pretty well most of the series.”
While Starlin Castro has been amazing through three games, Mark Teixeira playing well is still such a key part of the success of the Yankees’ offense this season. If he hits, then the Yankees will score. By the way, Ken Giles has now pitched twice for the Astros and has given up home runs in both appearances. Not a great start to the Ken Giles era in Houston.
Nathan Eovaldi was terrible today, which was frustrating, since his stuff looked really good. The Yankee starters give up so many home runs. Luckily, the bullpen was excellent once again. Brian Cashman sure knows how to put a bullpen together, doesn’t he?
The Yankees take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow, and we’ll see if Luis Severino can be the first Yankee starting pitcher to avoid giving up a home run this season.