Tuesday, December 6, 2016
The Boston Red Sox acquired Chris Sale, one of the game’s most dominant left-handed pitchers, from the Chicago White Sox for Yoan Moncada and three other prospects.
The White Sox also got minor league right-handed pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe.
The blockbuster marks a turn toward rebuilding for the White Sox, who deal their left-handed ace whose combination of dominance and cost-effectiveness made him the top prize on the trade market this winter.
As for the Red Sox, they land Sale, 27, for three years at the low cost of $51.5 million if they exercise a club option for 2019. And suddenly, they boast a deadly left-right-left combo of David Price, Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and Sale, who went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts in 226 2/3 innings last season.
The cost was significant, as club President Dave Dombrowski sent power-hitting Cuban infielder Moncada to the White Sox, along with right-handed starter Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Basabe and right-hander Victor Diaz.
Moncada, 21, produced a .918 OPS in 106 games at high-A and Class AA last season, and then had a 19-at-bat stint in Boston at the end of the year. He was the top-ranked prospect by Baseball America at midseason.
Remember when the Yankees could have signed Yoan Moncada and didn’t?
The Yankees aren’t balking at Aroldis Chapman’s reported desire for a six-year contract, believing there is mutual interest to work out a reunion with the flame-throwing closer, but they maintained contact with other bullpen options as the Winter Meetings opened Monday at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort & Convention Center.
In addition to Chapman, general manager Brian Cashman said that he has been talking to free-agent closer Kenley Jansen and that he is considering trade opportunities to add a reliever. Chapman told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he would like a six-year contract, though the left-hander refuted a suggestion that his eventual deal must exceed $100 million.
I think Chapman is one of those rare closers that I’d be okay with signing to such a long contract, but yeah, the money might be too much, even for the Yankees.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat on the eve of baseball’s Winter Meetings, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract.
The signing has not been officially announced by the team. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi has confirmed the signing and its financial terms.
Holliday, who turns 37 in January, batted .246 with a .322 on-base percentage and .461 slugging percentage in 110 games for the Cardinals this past season, producing 20 doubles, one triple, 20 home runs and 62 RBIs.
Holliday is a fine one-year stopgap. He can at least fake an outfield position. And he has a legitimate chance at having a bounceback season, especially if he is now an everyday DH.
Friday, December 2, 2016
The Yankees resolved two of their potential non-tender situations this week with the outright releases of right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, which may have settled their business in advance of Friday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
The Yankees have seven guys eligible for arbitration.
Four of them are no-brainers to get tendered contracts - Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda, Didi Gregorius and Adam Warren.
Austin Romine is almost certainly going to be tendered the contract as he is likely the back-up catcher unless Kyle Higashioka tears it up in Spring Training, and even then, since Higashioka has a bunch of options left, Romine probably would still get the back-up gig to start the season (I wonder, though, will the drop-off offensively from McCann to Romine be enough for the Yankees to pursue an everyday DH so that they don’t have to worry about Romine catching too much, as Romine would have to catch every game that Sanchez DHs, which initially seemed like it would be a lot).
Aaron Hicks is probably back. He hit enough to avoid being non-tendered.
That leaves Tommy Layne as the only serious non-tender possibility and I think they have to give him a roster spot. He was pretty darn good last season.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Major League Baseball’s players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides.
At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That’s how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today’s deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.
Players and owners negotiated until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, took a few hours off, then went back to the bargaining table. Suddenly, negotiations that had moved with a crawl for months picked up intensity as the end of the current agreement approached.
Now, both parties are expected to speak at a news conference when the deal is formally announced.
Man, the Steinbrenners handle this stuff pretty much the complete opposite of how their dad did. He would have ultimately accepted some sort of luxury tax, but they’re practically jumped in head first, “Sure, we’ll gladly let you make it so that we don’t have to spend a lot of money” by agreeing to some onerous freakin’ tax limits. Revenue has SKYROCKETED in the last few years and yet if the Yankees spent just 5% more than they did eight years ago, they would have to pay a 90% tax on their overage. That’s just bonkers. That’s simply, “Thanks guys for giving us an excuse for never having to spend a lot more than the other big market teams.” It’s like they are fine if they don’t spend big so long as no one else can spend big either.
And how in the world did the Yankees agree to a $5 million yearly cap on international free agents? What the hell?! Even for the Steinbrenners, that sounds stupid.
Tony Clark might not be the best negotiator out there. Maybe hire a professional next time, guys.
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Yankees have unconditionally released pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow.
The three hurlers had been designated for assignment Nov. 18.
Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) for the Yankees this past season, but the 26-year-old right-hander is expected to miss all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.
Acquired by the Yankees from the Marlins in a five-player deal in Dec. 2014, Eovaldi was 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA in 51 games (48 starts) for New York over the past two seasons. He owns a career 4.21 ERA in 134 games (127 starts) over six seasons with the Dodgers, Marlins and Yankees.
Mantiply, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Nov. 8. The left-hander got his first taste of big league duty with five appearances for Detroit this past season, permitting five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings (16.88 ERA), after spending most of the season with Double-A Erie.
Rumbelow, 25, had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April after beginning the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander made 17 appearances as a rookie with New York in 2015, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.02 ERA.
Nathan Eovaldi makes a lot of sense to release, because otherwise he would still be arbitration eligible. Hopefully they re-sign him to a make-good contract (you know, a little money for this year and then a few million for next year). I don’t understand releasing Mantiply and Rumbelow, though. They both cleared waivers, why not hold on to them off the 40-man roster?
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy.
The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
A lockout would put baseball’s business on hold, delaying free-agent signings and trades until a new agreement is reached. The winter meetings, a joint venture between the majors and minors scheduled to take place from Dec. 4 to 8 near Washington D.C., might still transpire, but without the usual frenzy of major-league activity.
The possibility of a lockout stems from the owners’ frustration with the players’ union over the slow pace of the discussions, sources said. The two sides still have more than a week to complete a deal, but a number of significant issues remain unresolved.
The crazy thing is that the issue that the owners are fighting over the most is an international draft, and I just don’t see how the players can agree to an international draft. As noted in the article, nearly 30% of the league were signed as international players. It seems hard to believe that the players would screw over such a large section of their union. This could get ugly.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Every time I hear Brian Cashman utter his cryptic mantra, “We’re open to anything,” the same thought enters my head:
“Uh-oh, here come the Yankees.”
The team’s payroll flexibility is increasing. Its farm system is one of the game’s best. And its average home attendance declined by nearly 5,000 per game from 2014 to ’16.
Is this the profile of a club that is going to spend the next two seasons evaluating its young talent while awaiting the great free-agent class of 2018-19?
We know the Yankees are interested in signing free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman and designated hitter Carlos Beltran, and engaged on virtually every other free agent and trade possibility.
We know, from major-league sources, that they also want to beef up the rest of their bullpen. And we know, from Cashman’s latest comments, that they are drawing trade inquiries on outfielder Brett Gardner and third baseman Chase Headley.
Simply re-signing Chapman and Beltran would enable the Yankees to look at Greg Bird and Tyler Austin at first base next season, and Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge in right field. Adding a quality setup type with Chapman would give them a variation of the three-headed bullpen monster that they had in the first four months of last season—Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman.
But why would Cashman stop there?
I get where these reporters are coming from, but come on, guys, the Yankees clearly aren’t going on some wild spending spree! Cashman just said the other day that it was only the McCann trade that is even allowing him to sign a hitter as well as a pitcher! Jim Bowden said the other day that he thinks that the Yankees will definitely be signing either Edwin Encarnacion or Yoenis Cespedes…and possibly BOTH! These people are nuts!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Brian McCann is headed to Houston.
The Yankees announced Thursday they’ve shipped the 12-year veteran catcher to Houston with cash considerations in exchange for Minor League right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Abreu was the Astros’ seventh-ranked prospect by MLB.com Pipeline.
McCann, 32, signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees—with a full no-trade cluse—prior to the 2014 season, and hit .235 with 69 homers and 227 RBIs over his three years in the Bronx.
With the emergence of superstar rookie Gary Sanchez, McCann’s days in New York seemed numbered. He made 27 starts as DH over the final two months after the Yankees traded Carlos Beltran to Texas. And with Austin Romine as another backstop in-house, Thursday’s move showed they value fleshing out their farm.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Yankees will pay $5.5 million of the $17 million McCann will make over each of the next two seasons.
The problem with judging this deal is the same problem with a lot of Yankee deals recently. We don’t know how much the money matters. For instance, this is not much of a return on a player who is still a very useful guy to have on your team, as McCann is a good catcher who wouldn’t be a godawful DH (although he wouldn’t be a particularly good DH, either). So you’d like to see a better return than what they got from the Astros, which was effectively one “Hey, maybe he might succeed” prospect.
However, the Astros are eating $11.5 million of McCann’s salary for each of the next two years. If that extra $11.5 million was preventing the Yankees from signing someone who could help them more than McCann would next season, then it’s a worthwhile trade. I just don’t know what the money situation is this offseason.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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If you’re a Yankee fan, it must be kind of annoying that Gary Sanchez did not win the American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday. He was, after all, a second-half sensation and there was historical precedent for a winner playing about the same number of games as Sanchez’s 53 — Willie McCovey only played in 52 games in 1959 but copped the NL award.
But the real takeaway from Sanchez having an empty place on his mantle shouldn’t have anything to do with Michael Fulmer, the Detroit pitcher who was certainly a deserving winner. The Yankees and their fans should concentrate on something much more meaningful than bling, which is this:
Sanchez helped transform a boring, irrelevant team this year. He injected hope into what was a hopeless season. He could be a granite building block for their future, their big star.
Remember when Bob Hamelin won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1994? You know who finished second to him? Manny Ramirez.
Who would you rather have had, Hamelin or Ramirez? One accumulated 2.6 bWAR in his career, the other accumulated 69.2 bWAR.
At least in this instance, Fulmer was legitimately good this year and the fact is he was there all season.
I’ll settle for five or six MVPs for Sanchez in lieu of the ROY.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The southpaw would be a good addition for either team considering both have (or could) lose lefty relievers. The Yankees dealt two lefties who would go on to the World Series—red-hot lefty Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs and Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians—along with Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers in the last year. The Mets could lose lefty Jerry Blevins to free agency.
Logan, 32, spent last season with the Colorado Rockies and had a 3.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 46⅓ innings. He pitched for the Yankees from 2010-13.
Logan held lefties to a .142/.222/.255 line last season, but was not as effective in 2015 or 2014. I wouldn’t mind seeing him back as a lefty specialist, but given the cost of relievers he’ll likely command more than I’d be comfortable giving him.
If the Yankees are still trying to get under the salary cap, spending money on relievers probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s why I didn’t like trading for Tyler Clippard and his $8M salary. $6M here, $8M there, and then you are stuck in a situation where you can’t fill a position of need if someone is available and still stay under the salary cap.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well.
But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until next offseason, at which point the frenzy for his services likely will make him the first Japanese import to exceed $200 million.
“I actually think the guy might get a $300 million deal,” said a scout who has had multiple looks at the righty pitcher/lefty hitter. “That is how special a talent he is. He has power No. 1 starter stuff. He is throwing 99 [mph] in the eighth inning. His secondary stuff is unhittable. He is big and loose. His fastball is electric and his curve, cutter and split are all 70s [on the 20-80 scouting scale].
“And I think he is getting better as a hitter. I think an American hitting coach teaches him to turn on the ball more and he can be a 45-homer guy. He has Darryl Strawberry power. He is the face of a franchise. He is a big, handsome guy and when he plays baseball you cannot take your eyes off of him.”
I"m sold. Not sure if/when he’ll be posted but the Yankees are hopefully doing their due diligence.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Yankees have known for years that Brett Gardner brings above-average defensive ability to the field on a nightly basis, and now that has been acknowledged in physical form with the veteran’s first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Gardner was named Tuesday as the American League’s top defender in left field, becoming the first Yankees outfielder to win a Gold Glove Award since Bernie Williams won four in a row from 1997-2000.
The 33-year-old Gardner ranked second in the AL with a .989 fielding percentage and 249 putouts, trailing Alex Gordon of the Royals (.991) and Justin Upton of the Tigers (253), respectively.
Good for Gardy!
Of course, the fact that the last Yankee outfielder to win a Gold Glove was Bernie in 2000 (by which point his defense had already fallen off of a cliff) kind of goes to show you how sketchy these awards often are. But still, better to win one than not! And in recent years, the Gold Glove seems like the voters take it a lot more seriously than they did back in 2000, when there seemed to be an air of, “Eh, whatever” to the proceedings (with Rafael Palmiero infamously winning a Gold Glove while DHing almost the entire season).
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Gary Sanchez’s late-season power surge earned him a place in the history books, and now the Yankees catcher is in the running to bring home some hardware after being named as a finalist for the American League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award.
Sanchez joins the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer and Indians’ Tyler Naquin among the select contenders for the award, as revealed Monday on MLB Network.
Sanchez’s performance on both sides of the ball won over many supporters despite his abbreviated season.
“I can tell you, Gary’s meant as much to this team as any rookie in the big leagues this year, and he’s only been here what, a month and a half?” manager Joe Girardi said in September. “That’s how important he has been. I think Fulmer’s had a great year, but if I had a vote, it’d be for Gary.”
Good for Sanchez. I hope he somehow wins.
I must say, I really love the top three finalist thing they’re doing now. It gives the OTHER top players a week in the sun before the winner is announced, and it helps drive debate, as well. Good job, MLB! I know everyone is pretty much doing this nowadays, but still!
Love that Ortiz didn’t end up in the Top 3 for AL MVP, but I bet that means Betts wins it.
Free agency has barely begun, and already Aroldis Chapman has a suitor. Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Monday confirmed that he’s expressed interest to Chapman’s agent. Via the New York Daily News:
“There are certainly some names out there that are pretty good,” Cashman said. “It’s probably a thin starting pitching market, there are a number of different relievers in the market; certainly more relievers in this free agency than there are starters of quality. The trade route is obviously an area we’ll see what develops over time.”
Cashman originally acquired Chapman from the Reds in December of 2015. However, after the Yankees faded from contention this past season, Cashman dealt Chapman to the Cubs on July 25 for a package fronted by shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres. Chapman is now a free agent, and since he played for two teams in 2015 he doesn’t have a qualifying offer attached, which, in turn, means he won’t cost his new team a compensatory draft pick.
Not surprising, although I’d guess Chapman is not in any hurry to sign.
I am dreading the inevitable Cashman trade for starting pitching. Those just rarely seem to work out, for whatever reason.
Monday, November 7, 2016
1) Do the Yankees need more starting pitching?
2) Is Dellin Betances the Yankees’ closer?
No. At least he shouldn’t be. Not because he can’t do it, but because he’s more valuable pitching higher leverage situations in the 7th and 8th instead of protecting three run leads in the 9th.
3) Will Brian McCann be on the Yankees in 2017?
4) Is this the winter Brett Gardner gets traded?
I’d be shocked if he isn’t. I’d rather they trade the CF, but no one will be stupid enough to take on a contract that was a disaster on the day it was signed.
5) Are the Yankees ready to sink or swim with the Baby Bombers?
I sure hope so.
Friday, November 4, 2016
Sounding like his old Boss, the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who always said you can never have enough pitching, Bombers general manager Brian Cashman said “pitching, pitching, pitching” is what he and the team’s front office will be focusing on during the winter. Could that mean bringing closer Aroldis Chapman back to the Bronx for a second stint, fresh off the Cuban flame-thrower winning a title with the Cubs?
“We’re going to go through everything. We’ve had our scouting meetings. The areas that we would like to focus on—the bullpen and starting pitching,” Cashman said Thursday night at the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter’s 22nd annual Lou Gehrig’s Sports Award gala, where Cashman received the Jacob Javits Lifetime Achievement Award. “I think the biggest focus will be pitching, pitching, pitching.”
The Yankees really do need pitching, especially starting pitching. Unfortunately, there’s not a single starting pitcher I’d sign from the free agent pool.
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I suppose you could throw some money at Rich Hill and hope he exceeds his 110 innings in 2016 which is the most innings he’s pitched in a season since 2007. Which also happens to be the only other season in his major league career where he exceeded 58 innings in a season. I’m probably in the minority but I’d possibly consider bringing back Ivan Nova depending on the terms. He pitched well for Pittsburgh after being traded there, wouldn’t cost you a draft pick, is still relatively young and further removed from Tommy John surgery and could possibly at least soak up some innings. But I completely understand why most Yankee fans would not want him back.
I wouldn’t touch any of the other pitchers on this list.
Happy shopping Cashman.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Both the Mets and Yankees—for totally different reasons—could use a big boost in the bullpen this offseason.
In the Bronx, the Yankees will likely look to recreate some of what was lost from baseball’s best bullpen when both Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller were traded away. While Dellin Betances, despite some late-season hiccups, can be a big-time closer moving forward, another top arm or two behind him can only help manager Joe Girardi in 2017. That’s why you’ll see the Yankees linked to a Chapman return when the hot stove heats up.
For the Mets, the combination of Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed is more than enough to suffice in high-leverage, late-game situations. That, of course, is contingent on both being available. After Tuesday’s news of Familia’s arrest for a domestic violence incident, the future of the NL saves leader is on hold.
Luckily for any bullpen-needy team, a potential low-risk, high-reward bullpen ace is available and ready to showcase his health and skills to interested parties. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, former Royals closer Greg Holland is healthy after missing all of 2016 after Tommy John surgery and will hold a showcase in the next week.
I’m fairly certain the Yankees will sign a closer. Chapman is probably the best option, but will probably also be the most expensive in terms of salary. Kenley Jansen is also intriguing, but he will likely cost a first round draft pick and also won’t be cheap. They could go after someone like Mark Melancon, who is not quite as dominant as Chapman/Jansen but should come with less of a financial committment.
Holland is an interesting guy to take a flier on, but not someone I’d be ready to count on as the only option.
Given what elite relievers are fetching on the mid-season trade market, I think it’s defensible to overpay for them in free agency. Barring injury, you can likely flip them for good prospects if you don’t see contention in your future, although you may have to eat some salary to do it.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF (.276/.393/.447, 4.2 bWAR)
2. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH (.000/.200/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B (.292/.385/.554, 7.7 bWAR)
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B (.292/.385/.544, 5.7 bWAR)
5. Ben Zobrist (S) LF (.272/.386/.446, 3.8 bWAR)
6. Addison Russell (R) SS (.238/.321/.417, 4.3 bWAR)
7. Willson Contreras (R) C (.282/.357/.488, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Jason Heyward (L) RF (.230/.306/.325, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Javier Baez (R) 2B (.273/.314/.423, 3.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.358/.457, 32.3 bWAR)
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.259/.366/.498, 3.0 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.275/.343/.469, 4.1 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.301/.358/.435, 5.7 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.239/.335/.465, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.312/.363/.462, 3.9 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.286/.328/.439, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) CF (.249/.306/.388, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.231/.302/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Roberto Perez (R) C (.183/.285/.294, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.338/.442, 20.4 bWAR)
Bold prediction. One group of fans will be very happy tonight, and one group will be very disappointed.
I’m just rooting for an interesting game, with a slight personal preference for the American League representatives.
Monday, October 31, 2016
The Yankees missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, but finally their youth movement has begun. This offseason will determine how quickly they return to big league relevance.
1. Gleyber Torres, ss
2. Clint Frazier, of
3. Blake Rutherford, of
4. Jorge Mateo, ss
5. James Kaprielian, rhp
6. Aaron Judge, of
7. Justus Sheffield, lhp
8. Chance Adams, rhp
9. Dustin Fowler, of
10. Domingo Acevedo, rhp..
It’s nice to see three of the prospects the Yankees acquired for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in this list as we watch them dominating in the postseason.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Indians reliever Andrew Miller offered a window into the Yankees’ bullpen world this year with the big three of himself, Aroldis Chapman, and Dellin Betances and how there was some confusion at times for manager Joe Girardi.
“I know when Chapman came back to us for the Yankees this year, Dellin and I were kind of up in the air about what order we would pitch,’’ Miller said. “And in some instances it created a mess because we were both warming up next to each other.
Managing his bullpen has generally been a strength of Girardi’s, but over the last few seasons it feels like he’s gotten worse. I don’t know if the data backs it up and it’s pretty hard to mess up a bullpen with some of the options Girardi has had at his disposal, but I’ve been less than enamored with some of his decisions. In particular, I feel he’s tired out Dellin Betances a lot more than he needed to, and that may have contributed to his struggles down the stretch.
It’ll be interesting to see what he does next year when he doesn’t have options like Miller and Aroldis Chapman along with Betances and has to deviate from a bullpen-by-numbers approach.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
CLEVELAND — Here’s the good news for the Yankees, who have not won a playoff series since 2012.
The Indians, who begin World Series play Tuesday night at Progressive Field against the Cubs, had the biggest of plans for key young pieces, outfielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield, two of the players the Bombers received in that deadline deal for Andrew Miller, who helped win the AL pennant for Cleveland.
“They were a big part of our future planning,’’ Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told The Post. “We’re working on parallel paths right now as an organization, what’s going on in our major leagues, which is something that is exciting and obviously Andrew has been a huge part of it, but at the same time we are looking at our offseason planning for the next three years, and there are some big holes in that planning that we were kind of counting on, the guys that we traded to New York.
“We knew we were going to have to pay a stiff price in prospects, and ultimately we did. We felt it was worthwhile, but we gave up some of our best guys.’’
Miller’s been outstanding for Cleveland and I think it made sense for them to trade for him, but I sure hope Frazier and Sheffield make it hurt for the next decade or so.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
What’s wrong with just watching a baseball game?
Yankee Stadium is preparing to become the ultimate hangout in the Bronx for adults and children alike.
The Yankees announced Monday that the Stadium will undergo its first series of major design enhancements since the ballpark opened in 2009, adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“We have listened to our fans and ticketholders and their top requests were for more family-friendly and socially-oriented spaces at Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement. “Yankees fans will now have many more dedicated areas for spending time with guests who have tickets in other sections of the Stadium, allowing all guests to be able to enjoy the game from multiple vantage points while having unique food and drink options available to them.
I thought people went to baseball games to watch baseball?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Let’s get this straight. Pitching prospect Dillon Tate, a No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft whom the Yankees acquired Aug. 1 from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran deal, is a “nice kid” with a good arm and a strong work ethic, but he also “can’t pitch,” according to one scout.
The veteran scout, who — according to NJ.com — has deep knowledge of the Yankees farm system, understands why teams marvel at the 22-year-old’s rocket arm, but he’s not convinced the right-hander has what it takes to match their high expectations.
“I can’t get into too much of why I know this, but if Tate doesn’t change his pre-game and if he doesn’t change how he goes about his work, he’ll never succeed … period,” the scout told the website before a Yankees’ Arizona Fall League game.
“He works hard. It’s not his work ethic. It’s how he works. It’s what he does and his stubbornness in it. If he doesn’t change that, he won’t succeed.”
What the hell does this even mean?
Monday, October 17, 2016
You might think Brian Cashman would be rooting against a Cubs-Indians World Series, considering that he armed each with a weapon that is vital to their hopes of winning it all.
Instead the Yankee GM indicates he’d kind of like to see such a matchup, with ex-Yankee relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each looming as difference-makers, one for the Indians, one for the Cubs.
“I want the teams that stepped up and made those trades to be rewarded for doing so,’’ Cashman said by phone on Friday. “It would justify the action they took.
“I have absolutely no regrets about the deals we made — other than being in the position we were in. We did what we had to do, and hopefully everybody wins.’’
Andrew Miller has sure been fantastic this postseason, hasn’t he? The Yankees should bring him back in 2019.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
For all of the hype around Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin, they have one flaw in common: None of them can pitch.
The influx of youth in the Yankees lineup cannot be matched in the rotation, which is the team’s biggest question mark heading into the offseason. But there is one young starter who could help the Yankees next season, and James Kaprielian took a big step toward fulfilling that hope Wednesday night.
Kaprielian threw three shutout innings in the Arizona Fall League, striking out six and allowing one hit in his first live action since April.
“Yeah, I feel good,” Kaprielian told NJ.com. “I’m happy with where I’m at right now. I want to continue to get better, though. I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s something that I’ve taken from a lot of older guys and veterans.
It’s a long way from the AFL to the majors, but it beats throwing off flat ground.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
he Yankees have eight players assigned to the Fall League, and it’s a strong group that includes five of their top 14 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Here’s a capsule look at each Yankees prospect who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, which starts this afternoon and continues into late November.
Miguel Andujar, Third baseman, 21 years old
Greg Bird, First baseman, 23 years old
Gleyber Torres, Shortstop, 19 years old
Tyler Wade, Utility man, 21 years old
J.P. Feyereisen, Relief pitcher, 23 years old
James Kaprielian, Starting pitcher, 22 years old
Brody Koerner, Relief pitcher, 22 years old
Dillon Tate, Relief pitcher, 22 years old
Go to the linked article for a little bit of detail about each of the eight prospects listed.
Monday, October 10, 2016
The Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s might have at least been slowed down a tad if not for the baseball glove of a 12-year-old boy in the right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium.
New York — competing in its first ALCS in 15 years — trailed the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth in Game 1 of the 1996 edition when a rookie named Derek Jeter stepped to the plate. He did what Jeter would do so many times in his career — hit a ball to the opposite field. This one carried deep, all the way to the wall. It wasn’t quite deep enough to leave the park, though, and Orioles left-fielder Tony Tarasco was lined up for the harmless put-out. And then fortunes turned:
A boy, whose name we’d later learn was Jeffrey Maier, reached over the wall and caught Jeter’s fly ball. Right-field umpire Rich Garcia ruled it a home run, much to Tarasco’s dismay. He argued for what should’ve been ruled fan interference and was joined in protest by manager Davey Johnson and most of the rest of the team.
The call would stand, and the Yankees would go on to win on a Bernie Williams walk-off home run in the 11th to take a 1-0 series lead.
It doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years, does it?
Thursday, October 6, 2016
When teams dangle veteran stars for prospects this offseason, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will do his best to say no.
New York missed the playoffs for the third time in four years and at 84-78 finished four games out of an AL wild card.
The Yankees struggled to a 9-17 start, then improved in the final two months of the season after bringing up catcher Gary Sanchez, right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin.
First-base prospect Greg Bird, a late 2015 sensation, returns following shoulder surgery, and more youth could bubble up from the minors during the season.
Right now, a veteran pitcher such as White Sox ace Chris Sale probably is not a good fit for the rebuilding Baby Bombers.
“We have an exciting, young nucleus that’s coming, Some of it’s arrived, some of it’s still coming,” Cashman said Wednesday.
“You’d have to be one piece away, and I would not recommend that type of decision-making as we approach the 2017 season. I think that would be a dangerous approach.”
I agree that with the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, the trade market is now so tight that the Yankees would have to throw in everything but the kitchen sink for someone like Chris Sale, and that would not be worth it (you know that there are ChiSox fans out there who think that they would have to get back Sanchez in such a deal, as insane as that idea is). If they’re going to make a move, I think it should be in free agency, where there are two very good players available without draft picks attached to them - Aroldis Chapman and Rich Hill. Offense is a lot more difficult to find, as the best guys will all be getting Qualifying Offers. I wouldn’t give up a first rounder for Mark Trumbo, ya know? So if they want to improve the offense, they might have to make a trade.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The New York Mets, back in the playoffs after last year’s surprising run to the World Series, have already notched a big victory this season: outdrawing their crosstown rival New York Yankees on TV for the first time.
SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.
Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the network will likely release its final viewership numbers on Oct. 4.
The Mets’ viewership and average household rating of 2.73 were both their highest since the 2008 season, when the team went 89-73 and missed the playoffs. New York is the nation’s biggest television market.
Part of the reason for the dip in Yankees’ ratings is the ongoing dispute between YES, majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., and Comcast Corp., which has kept the team’s games out of about 900,000 homes, about 65 percent of which are in the official New York TV market.
The bold part seems to be the only reason this happened, right? if 7.8376068% of the Comcast homes in the New York TV market would have watched the Yankees, the Yankees would have had the exact same ratings as the Mets did.
Monday, October 3, 2016
The Yankees knew their chances of making the postseason were over before this last series began.
Still, there was some finality in seeing the Orioles clinch a spot in the wild-card game — the one the Yankees had craved — when they fell to Baltimore in a season-ending 5-2 loss Sunday in The Bronx.
“You work so hard to get into the playoffs and make a run at a championship,” Joe Girardi said. “When you don’t, it’s a hard pill to swallow.”
It now has been nearly four years since they won a postseason game, with just a wild-card loss to the Astros last season to put on their postseason résumé since being swept in the 2012 ALCS by the Tigers.
Before Girardi managed the last game of the Yankees’ season with just one year remaining on his contract, he was asked about his job security heading into 2017.
“I never worry about it,” Girardi said. “I don’t worry about it.”
Another season like this one might change that.
They finished the year 84-78, the fourth straight season in which they have won 87 games or fewer. In the previous 17, they never won fewer than 87. The 84 victories matched the lowest win total for a full season since 1992.
Despite the final record and the way the season ended, I am more hopeful about this team’s future than I was over the last couple of years. The starting pitching is likely going to be a problem that needs addressing, and Brian Cashman’s track record in trading for starting pitching scares me, but other than that I’m excited about the potential lineup we may see out there by the end of 2017.
I don’t expect the team to be a strong contender next year, but I think we’ll see some potential progress towards a 2018 team that can be a good one.
This offseason’s free agent class stinks, aside from a few relievers I guess. I’d prefer the Yankees avoid it if possible, although I’d be ok with signing Aroldis Chapman since he wouldn’t cost them a draft pick.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
This game is pretty much meaningless, but it’d be nice to end the season with a win.
Friday, September 30, 2016
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.269/.314/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.307/.385/.429, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.296/.346/.535, 6.7 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.252/.313/.528, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.243/.302/.399, 1.5 bWAR)
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.219/.330/.460, 3.0 bWAR)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.273/.313/.415, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.263/.294/.445, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Michael Bourn (L) RF (.260/.306/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.321/.456, 18.5 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.321/.374, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.249/.326/.379, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.303/.378/.672, 2.8 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.238/.333/.405, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.205/.295/.365, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.304/.448, 2.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.218/.277/.338, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Mason Williams (L) LF (.348/.375/.391, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.257/.301/.382, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.316/.407, 10.4 bWAR
On the evening that the Yankees’ playoff hopes met their end, CC Sabathia completed his season on a strong note, striking out eight over 7 1/3 efficient frames in a 5-1 victory to complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Starlin Castro, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Hicks had run-scoring doubles for the Yankees (83-76), who were mathematically eliminated from the race for the second American League Wild Card by the Orioles’ 4-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Eliminated after Game #158 was a lot longer than I expected it to occur back in late July. Heck, a lot longer than I expected it to occur back before this Red Sox series began.
So good for them. And good for CC to end the year on a good note. Let’s see if they can’t at least take the Orioles out of the playoffs with them! It’s amazing that despite beating up on each other, the AL East still has a good chance at sending three teams to the playoffs. Unbalanced schedules can be tough sometimes.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
1. Aaron Hill (R) 3B (.266/.336/.384, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.309/.371/.500, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.295/.356/.442, 3.3 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.316/.401/.622, 4.9 bWAR)
5. Chris Young (R) RF (.270/.350/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.272/.354/.496, 5.6 bWAR)
7. Ryan Hanigan (R) C (.167/.227/.235, -0.8 bWAR)
8. Travis Shaw (L) 1B (.244/.308/.424, 2.4 bWAR)
9. Deven Marrero (R) 2B (.100/.250/.100, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.276/.349/.471, 18.2 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.263/.353/.364, 3.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.317/.370, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.311/.387/.689, 2.9 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.271/.301/.434, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.277/.306/.451, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.324/.380, 2.2 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.332/.405, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.274/.332, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.230/.278/.432, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.321/.411, 14.4 bWAR)
I’m hoping CC can get his ERA under 4 in what is likely going to be his last start of the season. But I wouldn’t bet on it happening.
A quick survey of the Yankees’ clubhouse — a small sample, admittedly — revealed that no one was familiar with the perhaps apocryphal tale from Russian history of Rasputin, the spiritual adviser to Czar Nicholas II, whose rivals fed him poisoned wine, shot him several times and then tossed him into an icy river, which he tried to claw his way out of before finally dying.
“Who?” the rookie Tyler Austin asked.
“Never heard of him,” said a smiling Adam Warren, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, but in business administration.
The Yankees entered Wednesday needing one more day of Rasputin-like survival instincts to keep alive their playoff hopes, which hovered somewhere between microscopic and nonexistent.
After stirring victories the previous two nights, the Yankees mustered another when — down to the final out to stay mathematically alive — Mark Teixeira blasted a game-ending grand slam to keep the Yankees relevant for another day with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees, trailing by three runs with one out to go, knew a loss would eliminate them after the Baltimore Orioles staged a ninth-inning rally of their own moments earlier, coming from behind to beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees really don’t have a chance at the wild card at this point, but at least they denied a Boston celebration on the Yankees’ field. Good for Teixeira, who I was certain was going to make an out there.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tyler Austin’s late home run delayed a potential Red Sox celebration while keeping his club alive in the playoff chase for at least one more evening, as the rookie’s two-run shot lifted the Yankees to a 6-4 victory on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Austin helped snap Boston’s 11-game winning streak with an opposite-field blast in the seventh inning off David Price, who surrendered six runs and once again continued to have difficulty with the Bombers’ batting order.
“He’s an unbelievable pitcher, and I happened to put a good swing on a ball tonight. Not taking anything else away than that,” Austin said.
I like that they don’t even list the scenario where the Yankees could still make the playoffs, as it would literally involve, like, three other teams losing every game while the Yankees won all of their games.
Anyhow, the Yankees now clinched that they will at least finish the season without a losing record. One more win in their final five games and they will have a winning record for their 24th consecutive season, which is astonishing, even more so considering that they traded away two of their three All-Stars this season, as well as their dominant closer, Aroldis Chapman (plus a decent enough starting pitcher in Ivan Nova). So good for them.
Gary Sanchez continued his awesome rookie season with his twentieth home run. Didi Gregorious ALSO hit his 20th home run. Gregorius and Starlin Castro are the only two Yankee middle infielders to ever hit 20 home runs or more in the same season. That’‘s impressive.
And, of course, I can’t forget to mention the excellent day that Tyler Austin had at the plate, 3-3 including a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning off of David Price (It is always fun when the Yankees hit David Price well).
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In a game marred by two early benches-clearing incidents, the Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning—three coming on homers by Mark Teixeira and Aaron Hicks—and defeated the Blue Jays, 7-5, on Monday night at Rogers Centre to win the finale of the four-game series.
The loss cut the Blue Jays’ lead for the first American League Wild Card to one game over the idle Orioles, who begin a crucial three-game series Tuesday in Toronto. The Blue Jays are in a solid position with six games left, as they are three games up for a Wild Card spot.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are five games behind the O’s for the second Wild Card spot, with an elimination number of two.
One more win and they at least don’t have a losing season. That’s something.
Anyhow, what a cool win, if just to see Teix shouting “Blown save!” at Jason Grilli after tying the game in the ninth inning with a home run.
Also, how good has Tommy Layne been for the Yankees? I love that the Red Sox dumped him for seemingly no good reason. He’s been excellent. And it wasn’t like he was bad in Boston, either!
Monday, September 26, 2016
ven when things look like they’re about to go right for the Yankees, they haven’t been ending that way.
New York lost for the fourth consecutive time on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, 4-3, with its reliable duo of Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard unable to hang onto a late one-run lead.
The outing cost the Yankees more than just the game, as New York’s Wild Card elimination number dropped to two as it sits 5 1/2 games back of the Orioles for the second American League Wild Card with seven games remaining.
If they actually had a shot, that loss would have been brutal. As it was, it was more annoying than anything.
I’m really doubting whether they can pull out even two wins in these last seven games of the season to just get to 81 wins, let alone the three wins they need to get to a winning record this season.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jose Bautista has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Blue Jays will hope to ride it all the way into the postseason.
Bautista came through in a big moment yet again on Saturday with a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Toronto a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. It was Bautista’s second home run in his last three games, after he also hit a tying ninth-inning home run vs. Seattle on Wednesday.
It’s really seeming like a winning season might be at risk. They don’t exactly have any easy wins coming up and Tanaka’s out and WOE is about as WOEful as it has been in years, so things are looking bad.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Blake Snell hurled five effective innings and Corey Dickerson homered, helping the Rays put another dent in the Yankees’ postseason hopes with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
Brad Miller drove in the game’s first run to help Tampa Bay take the finale of this three-game series with New York, which fell to three games back—with four teams to jump—in the chase for the second American League Wild Card berth. That spot is now held by the Tigers, who won both ends of a doubleheader at Minnesota on Thursday.
Snell struck out six while scattering five hits against a Yankees club that went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. It was Snell’s fourth career start against the Yankees, having made his Major League debut against them on April 23 in New York.
Obviously it’s not over until it’s officially over, but it’s about as close to being officially over as you can get. The Yankees are three out with ten to play. They pretty much have to go 8-2 or better to have a chance. That’s unlikely to happen.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.348/.360, 3.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.320/.379, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.337/.410/.747, 3.0 bWAR)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH (.285/.337/.426, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.289/.346, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.333/.394, 2.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.306/.449, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.275/.329, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Donovan Solano (R) 2B (.308/.308/.615, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.322/.406, 11.9 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.277/.347/.466, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.243/.329/.417, 4.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.280/.325/.537, 4.0 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.249/.306/.497, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.243/.287/.469, 1.4 bWAR)
6. Curt Casali (R) C (.161/.248/.302, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Juniel Querecuto (S) 3B
8. Richie Shaffer (R) 1B (.161/.235/.323, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Mikie Mahtook (R) RF (.177/.223/.231, -1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.307/.456, 14.5 bWAR)
I miss Tyler Austin.
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. – As long as teams continue to pitch to Gary Sanchez, the Yankees should have a shot to get to the postseason.
Sanchez put the Yankees on his back once again Wednesday night, homering twice to lead them to an 11-5 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The 23-year-old rookie homered for the fourth straight game, driving in five runs as he continued his assault on American League pitching.
“It’s hard to believe what this young man has done in a short period up here,” Joe Girardi said. “You just watch him and he continues to come up with big hit after big hit. It’s hard to believe. I haven’t seen anything like it.”
I’m starting to think this kid Sanchez has a chance to carve out a major league career.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.348/.361, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.265/.321/.382, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.327/.399/.710, 2.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.328/.409, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.288/.344, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.307/.450, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.276/.326/.402, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Mason Williams (L) RF (.385/.385/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Donovan Solano (R) 2B (.125/.125/.125, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.325/.411, 10.6 bWAR
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.279/.350/.470, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.243/.330/.419, 4.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.281/.325/.534, 3.9 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.247/.305/.485, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.241/.285/.460, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.240/.277/.335, -2.3 bWAR)
7. Jaff Decker (L) RF (.133/.212/.133, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) DH (.185/.267/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.237/.273/.351, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.308/.446, 12.0 bWAR
Gary Sanchez’s increasingly convincing candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year Award kept the Yankees’ postseason dream alive for another day.
Sanchez slugged a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Mark Teixeira also homered and Brett Gardner drove home a run for the Yankees, who won for just the second time in their past nine games.
I don’t believe that there is enough time to change the voters’ minds, but I’ve been convinced. I’d go with Sanchez for Rookie of the Year, but I’m an easy mark, as I’ve always been a “if it is close, give it to the guy who looks like he’ll be the bigger star,” which is why I think Manny Ramirez, Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton should have won Rookies of the Year.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.350/.362, 2.9 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.213/.273/.330, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.327/.393/.698, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH (.283/.336/.417, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.286/.337, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.308/.452, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.268/.321/.398, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF (.444/.444/.556, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.256/.320/.408, 7.3 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.277/.348/.465, 3.6 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.245/.333/.424, 4.9 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.279/.324/.533, 3.9 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.245/.303/.481, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.243/.287/.464, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Mikie Mahtook (R) RF (.181/.227/.236, -0.9 bWAR)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.242/.277/.337, -2.4 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) DH (.208/.296/.417, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.240/.277/.356, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.306/.440, 11.3 bWAR)
Yay, Hicksy is back as the drive for 82 wins kicks into high gear.
Monday, September 19, 2016
BOSTON — Bad, bad Binder.
For those who thought Joe Girardi could not have had a worse performance as manager this series, he saved his worst night for the series finale.
The Red Sox finished off their four-game sweep, their Yankees massacre, with a thunderous 5-4 win at Fenway Park on Sunday night with Hanley Ramirez once again doing the damage.
Ramirez blasted a two-out, three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the fifth to get the Red Sox within one after the Yankees opened up a 4-0 lead. Then with the game tied at 4-4, Ramirez crushed another long home run over the Green Monster in the seventh off reliever Tyler Clippard to lift the Red Sox to victory and the four-game sweep.
The Yankees were still playing? I had no idea.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Hanley Ramirez created a wild walk-off finish for the Red Sox on Thursday night with a towering three-run homer off closer Dellin Betances to cap a stunning 7-5 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Ramirez’s second career game-winning homer came with two outs and capped a five-run bottom of the ninth. Ramirez’s homer, projected at 426 feet by Statcast™, was the longest that Betances has allowed this season. The drive came on a 99.3-mph pitch; just five homers in the Majors this year have been hit on faster pitches.
“I was trying to go to the moon,” said Ramirez. “That’s why I was sitting on a fastball the whole time. Just stay back and let it rip.”
While that was terrible, we shouldn’t let the awful end to the season distract from how enjoyable this last month and a half has been. These guys have made it so that next season actually looks like it might be fun to watch, which is a good thing.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.348/.359, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.324/.388, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.321/.396/.686, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.270/.302/.436, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Billy Butler (R) DH (.276/.331/.403, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.272/.301/.447, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.331/.393, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.264/.335/.329, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.200/.246/.369, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.324/.414, 12.1 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.329/.389/.462, 5.6 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.297/.354/.443, 2.6 bWAR)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH (.314/.400/.619, 4.4 bWAR)
4. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.311/.352/.540, 8.4 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.285/.357/.489, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.255/.320/.447, 2.5 bWAR)
7. Sandy Leon (S) C (.349/.407/.542, 2.9 bWAR)
8. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.272/.350/.497, 4.9 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.324/.365/.485, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.300/.364/.501, 33.8 bWAR)
It’s just unfortunate Billy Butler won’t be on the postseason roster this year.
Clayton Kershaw fired five sharp innings in the first Yankee Stadium start of his career and Justin Turner belted a ninth-inning double off a shaky Dellin Betances as the Dodgers edged the Yankees, 2-0, on Wednesday.
Turner’s deciding hit down the left-field line chased home Corey Seager, who had reached on an error charged to second baseman Starlin Castro. Betances then threw wildly past catcher Gary Sanchez on a Yasmani Grandal tapper, allowing Turner to score Los Angeles’ second run.
“It was a breaking ball. That’s his bread and butter and he likes to go to it,” said Turner, who has five go-ahead RBIs in the ninth inning or later this season. “Corey did a good job on the 2-2 pitch of getting a good jump and stealing second to get in scoring position. [Betances] just left that one over the plate a little bit and I kept it fair.”
The win was credited to Luis Avilan, who recorded four outs as the Dodgers took two of three games in the Interleague set. Kenley Jansen set the Yankees down in the ninth inning for his 44th save in 50 chances. Los Angeles pushed its National League West lead to five games over the Giants, while the Yankees missed out on a chance to gain in the Wild Card race.
New York now takes its pursuit of a postseason berth to Boston, where the rivalry will be heightened with so much at stake. The Yankees trail the Red Sox by four games in the AL East and are two behind the Blue Jays for the second AL Wild Card, with the Orioles holding the first Wild Card slot, a game ahead of Toronto.
We knew that this was going to be a difficult series, but boy, it was a lot more painful than just that. WOE was in full effect. Not against Kershaw, as come on, that guy’s just otherworldly, but also against the Dodgers bullpen.
The Yankees are hanging on by a slim thread, solely because Toronto shit the bed against Tampa Bay. The Yankees honestly probably need to take three out of four against the Red Sox this weekend, and the odds of that happening are not particularly good. Oh well.
Dellin Betances, by the way, is still a very good closer. We’ve just been spoiled by top of the line closers for twenty years now. Remember John Wetteland? Steve Howe? (Howe was great in 1994, but it seemed like they were playing with fire there - he was awful in 1995 and his career was over in mid-1996)? Those were very good closers, as well, and they all had their scary moments for the Yankees. Steve Farr was the last time the Yankees had a flat out mediocre closer. So moments like tonight will probably continue as long as Betances remains the closer. He can’t hold runners on and he can’t throw to first. Some pretty embarrassing faults for a guy to have. I hope that the Yankees manage to sign a top closer and return Betances to the eighth inning next year. Clippard/Betances/Top Closer would be a lethal back end of the bullpen.
In other news, the Yankees signed Billy Butler to try to help them against the string of lefties that they’re about to be facing over the next eleven games. He’ll probably suck, but I at least appreciate the attempt to try something. Butler’s OPS is sadly higher than a goodly chunk of the Yankee lineup (Headley, Gardner, Ellsbury, Teixeira, Austin, Romine and Refsnyder).
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
1. Chase Utley (L) 2B (.248/.314/.380, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Corey Seager (L) SS (.319/.377/.534, 5.9 bWAR)
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B (.269/.335/.499, 4.6 bWAR)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B (.289/.351/.442, 1.9 bWAR)
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C (.225/.334/.479, 2.5 bWAR)
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.274/.338/.397, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Andre Ethier (L) DH (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Joc Pederson (L) CF (.247/.344/.491, 3.0 bWAR)
9. Andrew Toles (L) LF (.347/.405/.587, 0.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.344/.465, 22.1 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.348/.361, 2.7 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.270/.326/.391, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.331/.406/.706, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.268/.300/.436, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.394, 2.3 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.274/.302/.450, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.268/.340/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) DH (.240/.269/.390, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.210/.258/.387, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.322/.417, 12.6 bWAR)
They were the guys who weren’t supposed to play on Tuesday night, but they ended up winning the game for the Yankees.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius, both out of the starting lineup against the Dodgers, hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh as New York scored a 3-0 victory before 32,615 at Yankee Stadium. With the win, the Yanks ended a two-game losing streak and moved to four back of Boston in the American League East. New York is two back of the Orioles and Blue Jays in the Wild Card race.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Ellsbury on the bench to keep him from wearing down. Gregorius was out with a bruised rib cage and forearm.
Ellsbury entered the game after the fourth inning when Aaron Judge had to exit with a right oblique strain. He didn’t come to bat until the seventh and won a nine-pitch battle with Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling by hitting a 3-2 pitch into the second deck in right field.
If Jacoby Ellsbury can keep up this recent power surge, that would be swell.
What an amazing victory. Especially with the practically unhittable Clayton Kershaw pitching Wednesday afternoon.
For at least a night, we can still tell ourselves that the Yankees are right there in the playoff race. Two back of a wild card spot! Hell, the first place Red Sox are “only” four games ahead.
One bit of bad news is that Aaron Judge is likely out for the rest of the season. That has more to do with the season not being much longer, as his injury doesn’t look DEVASTATING, but probably enough to keep him out for the rest of the month. I suppose Robert Refsnyder now becomes the everyday rightfielder on days that Tyler Austin plays first base and Austin plays right when Teix plays first. I guess Eric Young Jr. could be called up as a backup outfielder. Young Jr. and Mason Williams (is he an option at all?) are the only other official outfielders on the Yankees’ 40-man roster right now, as Aaron Hicks, Dustin Ackley and Judge are now all out.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
1. Howie Kendrick (R) 3B (.267/.340/.385, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Justin Turner (R) DH (.269/.335/.501, 4.6 bWAR)
3. Corey Seager (L) SS (.319/.378/.536, 5.9 bWAR)
4. Yasiel Puig (R) LF (.265/.329/.416, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B (.291/.353/.445, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Carlos Ruiz (R) C (.256/.367/.341, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF (.195/.290/.330, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Rob Segedin (R) RF (.241/.283/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Chase Utley (L) 2B (.250/.316/.383, 1.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.341/.436, 18.1 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF (.263/.351/.364, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.269/.342/.336, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.333/.411/.697, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.297/.433, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.287/.343, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.330/.411, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.331/.395, 2.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.181/.258/.349, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.282/.331/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.324/.405, 9.0 bWAR)
A large contingent of Dodgers fans made the Bronx feel like Chavez Ravine East as Jose De Leon fired five solid innings and Chase Utley’s deep drive in the second found outfield grass for a key two-run error in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Backed by the group of banner-waving fans in Dodger blue, who did a Bleacher Creature-style roll call when Los Angeles took the field in the bottom of the first inning and cheered throughout the night, De Leon picked up his second win in as many outings as he limited the Yankees to two runs and three hits, helping the National League West leaders to their seventh victory in nine games.
Wow, that was awful.
Good for the Dodger fans, though, taking advantage of the sketchy crowds that the Yankees have been getting this season, despite their recent fun play. Pathetic display by the hometown fans.
Anyhow, things look bleak for the possibility of the Yankees making the playoffs, but I still am impressed with this team. If they could win 85 games, that’d be amazing still.
Monday, September 12, 2016
1. Chase Utley (L) 2B (.250/.315/.384, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Corey Seager (L) SS (.319/.377/.537, 5.9 bWAR)
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B (.270/.336/.498, 4.5 bWAR)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (L) DH (.292/.355/.448, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Yasmani Grandal (S) C (.226/.337/.484, 2.6 bWAR)
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.274/.338/.395, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Howie Kendrick (R) 1B (.264/.336/.383, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Joc Pederson (L) CF (.250/.348/.497, 3.0 bWAR)
9. Andrew Toles (L) LF (.352/.413/.606, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.273/.346/.459, 23.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.352/.367, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.325/.385, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.341/.415/.713, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.296/.425, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) DH (.238/.330/.415, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.331/.398, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.224/.274/.414, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.177/.258/.316, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.283/.333/.425, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.328/.412, 11.6 bWAR
Remember when Smellsbury passed TPBG™ in OPS? It took five months to do it, and how long did it last, one PA? Great job Smelly.
Only four more years and a couple of weeks left, thankfully.
Anyway, I don’t really like the Yankees’ chances in this one.
The Yankees’ run at an American League postseason spot stalled on Sunday, at least for a day. Tampa Bay homered three times to snap New York’s seven-game win streak with a 4-2 victory in the Bronx in front of 33,087 at Yankee Stadium.
Corey Dickerson opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, and Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller added solo shots in the sixth off Luis Cessa, who suffered his first Major League loss.
The Yankees are now two games back of an AL Wild Card spot, tied with the Tigers and trailing the Blue Jays and the Orioles, who have both AL spots with identical records. New York trails Boston by four games in the AL East.
Well, it was fun while it lasted. Now they host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games and, well, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees even get to play against Clayton Kershaw. Blech.
Oh well, hopefully they’ll still surprise us! Even if they don’t pull out of a postseason spot, this last month and a half has been an absolute blast regardless!
Sunday, September 11, 2016
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.281/.352/.473, 3.5 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.252/.333/.435, 4.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.277/.325/.521, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.249/.306/.485, 1.5 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.239/.320/.415, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Nick Franklin (S) LF (.283/.349/.493, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.235/.283/.444, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Steven Souza (R) RF (.238/.290/.402, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Luke Maile (R) C (.247/.280/.404, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.316/.459, 15.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.349/.361, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.328/.388, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.344/.420/.728, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.238/.331/.416, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.202/.290/.347, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.303/.446, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.330/.391, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.173/.259/.320, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.288/.339/.432, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.326/.408, 12.2 bWAR
This looks like a total mismatch.
The Baby Bombers deserve plenty of credit for powering the Yankees back into the postseason chase, but Masahiro Tanaka’s late-season surge might just be the most meaningful development taking place in the Bronx.
Tanaka stepped into the ace role again on Saturday as he recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts without a walk as the Yankees grabbed their seventh straight win with a 5-1 victory over the Rays.
“I feel that we’re on a really good roll,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I think we have younger guys up, and the new guys are providing positive energy into the clubhouse and the team. I think that has a lot to do with it.”
The 27-year-old Tanaka saved his best work for the second half, helping a Yankees club that remains one game off the pace for the second American League Wild Card spot. Tanaka scattered five hits over 7 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 in his past six starts as the Yankees moved to three games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
“We’re not thinking too far ahead,” said Gary Sanchez, who hit his 13th homer in the sixth inning and nearly slugged another one in the eighth, lifting a sacrifice fly as the Rays tried to intentionally walk him. “We come here and work hard. Every time, we want to win on that day, and that’s the focus right now.”
This is how ridiculous things are getting, Gary Sanchez nearly hit a three-run home run off of an intentional ball, as the Tampa Bay reliever got nervous and missed his spot with his pitch and it ended up close enough to the plate for Sanchez to crush it, but it died just short of the wall. The look on Kevin Cash’s face was priceless. I know a lot of it is having a shitty team to manage, but boy, Cash has not looked too good this series. It’s like he’s just checked out.
Anyhow, an outstanding performance by Masahiro Tanaka and great games from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez. Adam Warren came in in the 8th inning with the game 3-1 and a runner on first due to a Tanaka HBP and then promptly plunked the first batter he faced, which is just ludicrous. He then got out of the inning by getting Evan Longoria to ground into an inning-ending double play, so all is forgiven, Adam! Joe Girardi tried to give Tyler Clippard a day off, but couldn’t help but bring him in with a four-run lead and a runner on first with two outs in the ninth. In all seriousness, it wasn’t a big deal, as it was just one out, but Girardi probably should have given it one more batter.
The Yankees are now tied with the Detroit Tigers at one game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card and are now three games back of the Boston Red Sox for the AL East itself. The problem, of course, remains that there are just too many teams involved, including teams with some easy schedules like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers. This is still an uphill battle, but hey, seven straight wins should be celebrated no matter what else happens in the future. Luis Cessa goes Sunday afternoon as the Yankees attempt a sweep of the Rays.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 27, RHP, 8-17, 4.06) vs. NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 27, RHP, 12-4, 3.11)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
2. Nick Franklin (S) SS
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B
5. Logan Morrison (L) DH
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
6. Brian McCann (L) DH
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF
8. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B
This looks like a total mismatch.
Mark Teixeira hit his 11th career grand slam as the Yankees outlasted both the Rays and three rain delays to post their sixth straight win on Friday, a 7-5 victory at Yankee Stadium that moved them just one game off the pace for a postseason berth.
Teixeira was summoned for a curtain call following his fourth-inning blast off Kevin Jepsen, which landed in the right-field bullpen. Slugging rookie Gary Sanchez also hit his 12th home run as the Yankees (75-65) improved to a season-high 10 games over .500, trailing the Orioles and Tigers by just a game for the second American League Wild Card.
“I hope there’s a lot more, but to me, it was a big home run,” Teixeira said. “I didn’t know how many more grand slams I had left in me, so it was nice to get one tonight.”
Dellin Betances recorded the final three outs despite a 51-minute delay in the top of the ninth. The Yankees now sit two games behind the Blue Jays for the first Wild Card spot, and are four games in back of the division-leading Red Sox in the AL East.
“We’ve got to keep it going,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I said it all along: Everything was right in front of us because of the teams we were playing.”
This is truly amazing, but Girardi is absolutely correct. As awesome as this is, they pretty much have to keep winning or they’re sunk. Over at FiveThirtyEight, they have the Yankees all the way up to a 24% chance of making the playoffs, which is great on one hand but it also kind of sucks on the other hand. They’ve put themselves into a position where they can’t afford to lose games to teams like the Rays, and that’s asking a lot of any team. “Good luck! If you lose at all, we’re fucked!”
Still, the long odds shouldn’t take away from how amazing these wins are. Ten games over .500! That’s unreal! One game back of the second Wild Card! Also unreal!
It was great to see Gary Sanchez hit another home run, but that was probably not even his coolest play. His throw to second base to double off Corey Dickerson was amazing. He threw the ball so damned fast.
No Betances tomorrow because of another unlucky rain delay, but Tyler Clippard has been so good, he is fine as a back-up closer, if necessary. Tanaka Day on Saturday, which is important since they’re going up against the league-leader in strikeouts, Chris Archer.
Friday, September 9, 2016
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.281/.350/.474, 3.3 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.249/.329/.434, 4.1 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.280/.328/.528, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) DH (.254/.311/.495, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.235/.317/.404, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Steven Souza (R) RF (.238/.289/.397, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.230/.279/.441, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.241/.275/.330, -2.3 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.244/.275/.352, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.308/.438, 10.9 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.326/.380, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF (.268/.340/.331, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.336/.410/.689, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.294/.426, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.283/.332, -0.9 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.309/.454, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.330/.393, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) DH (.245/.273/.453, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.178/.247/.329, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.313/.411, 7.9 bWAR)
This looks like a total mismatch.
The Yankees started playing their best baseball when a crop of Baby Bombers showed up in town, and as their postseason chances improve on a nightly basis, that surge shows no sign of slowing.
Tyler Austin took another turn as the hero on Thursday, slugging a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees continued their “nothing to lose” push with a 5-4 victory over the Rays, marking their fifth straight win and the 11th in 15 games.
“I’ve just been trying to help the team win any way I can,” said Austin, who clubbed the deciding blast off Erasmo Ramirez. “I think everybody in this clubhouse believes that we can make a push at this thing and get into the postseason, and it’s an exciting time right now.”
This team. This freakin’ team. It’s awesome, of course, but wow, this freakin’ team.
A moment that we should really spotlight is when Joe Girardi successfully argued with the umpires to get them to change a balk call in the fifth inning that would have tied the game 4-4. And since the Yankees won 5-4, that run obviously mattered a lot. I can’t believe Kevin Cash didn’t get himself ejected. I think that the reversal was the correct call, but who the heck ever reverses a balk call? Especially a balk call that would have tied the game!
Tommy Layne has been shockingly good since he came to the Yankees. I especially like that he came from the Red Sox, where he had been pitching pretty well, as well, but they just had a roster crunch. Good for him to get the win. And good, of course, for Tyler Austin, for the big game-winning home run. Good on Girardi for not pinch-hitting for Austin with Mark Teixeira.
Tough matchup Friday night, as the Yankees get Blake Snell versus Michael Pineda. The annoying thing is that for all of their winning, they are still in a bad spot, so all they can do to hang in there is just, well, keep winning. And that’s obviously easier said than done.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.280/.350/.475, 3.4 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.240/.322/.408, 3.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.280/.329/.531, 3.8 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.254/.310/.495, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Mikie Mahtook (R) LF (.176/.233/.244, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Nick Franklin (S) 1B (.290/.354/.504, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza (R) RF (.233/.284/.379, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) 3B (.286/.375/.429, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Curt Casali (R) C (.168/.257/.314, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.313/.446, 13.1 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.347/.359, 2.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.325/.381, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.348/.423/.713, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.280/.309/.455, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.296/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.235/.329/.400, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.333/.397, 2.2 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.224/.255/.388, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.171/.244/.329, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.324/.415, 12.1 bWAR)
This looks like a total mismatch.
The Yankees are keeping an eye on the scoreboard as they continue their surprising hot streak, and the clubs in front of them might be starting to take notice.
Bryan Mitchell tossed five strong innings to earn his first Major League victory and Starlin Castro homered as the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive win, completing a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Brian McCann also contributed a third-inning RBI single as the Yankees improved to a season-high eight games over .500, closing within 2 1/2 games of the second American League Wild Card spot. It was New York’s first sweep of a three-game series this year. The Blue Jays fell to one game out in the AL East due to the Red Sox’s win later Wednesday night.
“We’ll get there if we continue to play like we’re playing,” Castro said. “Especially now in September, we’re facing the teams in front of us. If we continue winning series like we did today, we’ll be all right.”
This is just getting ridiculous, but in a very awesome fashion. A season-high eight games over .500? Pretty amazing.
The odds are still not in their favor because of all of the teams ahead of them (Houston and Detroit are both between the Yankees and the Second Wild Card-leading Orioles), even with their deficit “only” being two and a half games, but hell, they’ve definitely given themselves a chance, which is remarkable (their odds have actually slipped a little bit from a couple of weeks ago simply due to less time being left in the season)
A lot of us were looking forward to seeing Bryan Mitchell pitch as a long man/spot starter this year after he excelled in Spring Training, so seeing him getting a chance to start was great to see and he had an excellent game. Luis Severino’s stuff, meanwhile, really plays up out of the pen (like many pitchers, of course, this is not anything unique to Severino), so I’d prefer to see Mitchell remain in the #5 spot, with Severino relieving for the rest of the season. Mitchell and Luis Cessa are both solid enough starters for the back end of the Yankee rotation.
Tyler Clippard continues his stunning turnaround since he has returned to the Yankees, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up the save (with Dellin Betances obviously not available tonight after throwing 952 pitches last night). Starlin Castro also continues his power surge. If only that dude could take a walk at ALL, he’d be a really good player. Alas, his lack of walks was why he was available for just Adam Warren.
Big series starting against Tampa Bay. The Yankees can’t afford to suddenly suck against the bad teams after excelling against the good ones.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.292/.323/.456, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.292/.406/.567, 7.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.270/.360/.547, 3.4 bWAR)
4. Jose Bautista (R) DH (.228/.351/.444, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Russell Martin (R) C (.246/.342/.419, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.251/.319/.449, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Michael Saunders (L) RF (.268/.350/.508, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) LF (.246/.293/.416, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.267/.300/.386, 2.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.341/.470, 24.5 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.254/.345/.357, 2.5 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.375, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.296/.425, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.308/.454, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.283/.335, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.235/.330/.402, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.334/.398, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Tyler Austin (R) RF (.217/.250/.391, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.245/.275/.399, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.315/.395, 9.7 bWAR
This looks like a total mismatch.
Brett Gardner slammed into the left-field wall as he caught Justin Smoak’s bases-loaded drive, raising both hands and flipping the ball into the air as the Yankees celebrated a wild 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner’s highlight-reel play allowed the Yankees to escape a stressful ninth inning after Toronto scored twice on Dellin Betances, who threw a season-high 40 pitches as he worked his third consecutive game. Blake Parker recorded the final two outs to pick up his first Yankees save and the second of his career.
“That game was back and forth at the end, and some guys came through with big at-bats,” Gardner said. “Guys came through in some big spots. I was excited, man. Every game at this point is big, especially the ones you have a chance to win that you’re supposed to win. It was a big win tonight.”
The Yankees continue to win some outrageous games, with this one being particularly crazy. After taking a 3-2 lead on a Tyler Austin home run (Teixeira coming in for defense was a good sign that he might have been healthy enough to play and Austin just got the nod over him), the Yankees, who were sans Tyler Clippard and had just used Adam Warren for 40 pitches, tried to get through the eighth inning with their lesser relievers and it did not go well. Dellin Betances had pitched the previous two games, so Girardi wasn’t going to use him in the eighth and the end result was a 4-3 Blue Jays lead. Then the Yankees answered right back with four runs of their own, including a clutch hit from the slumping Didi Gregorious and a big two-run home run from Chase Headley, who quietly has been having a pretty darn decent season, both offensively and defensively (although mostly on defense - he made a couple of excellent plays tonight). Then Betances came in for his third game in a row and he just didn’t have control of his offspeed stuff and he walked the first two batters and then gave up two infield singles. Honestly, his performance was not even really worrisome, as it seemed like A. fatigue and B. bad luck, as he got the ground balls when he needed them). Had it not been for his super high pitch count and his third game in a row, I think Girardi leaves him in there and I wouldn’t have been surprised if he came back to close out the game. Instead, the bare bullpen led to Blake Parker coming in and somehow getting the save, with first a ket strikeout of Kevin Pillar and then an excellent catch by Brett Gardner off the bat of Justin Smoak. Gardner wasn’t sure he made the catch, so the moment where he realized he had the ball? Awesome.
Bryan Mitchell takes the ball Wednesday night and…well…that might not go well.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.227/.348/.445, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.294/.408/.572, 7.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.268/.359/.542, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Russell Martin (R) C (.246/.342/.421, 1.8 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.251/.320/.451, 2.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.267/.350/.509, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.262/.294/.381, 2.8 bWAR)
8. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.228/.315/.413, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.293/.324/.459, 2.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.344/.472, 22.4 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.348/.361, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.322/.377, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.351/.429/.730, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.308/.452, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.297/.426, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.329/.394, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.335/.392, 2.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.169/.247/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.205/.222/.318, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.323/.411, 11.8 bWAR)
This looks like a total mismatch.
The Yankees don’t intend to go down without a fight, and they certainly aren’t going to make things easy for the division leaders in the American League East.
New York issued an early statement on Labor Day by delivering a blow to the Blue Jays with a 5-3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The win allowed the Yankees to remain 3 1/2 games back of Baltimore for the second Wild Card while at the same time making things even tougher on the suddenly struggling Blue Jays.
Toronto’s lead atop the division remains at one game over the Red Sox due to Boston’s 2-1 loss to the Padres. The loss did allow the Orioles to pull within two games of first place in the division after Baltimore pulled out a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.
They really just keep on keeping on, don’t they? I mean, again, the chances of them making the playoffs are practically non-existent, but who knows? If they keep winning, that could change.
It was great to see Tyler Austin having such a good game. Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t great, but he was pretty good. His season has actually been excellent so far. I could almost see him getting back of the ballot Cy Young consideration.
Monday, September 5, 2016
In a game Yankees manager Joe Girardi deemed their “most important of the season,” New York jumped out to an early lead and pitched around trouble to avoid a series sweep with a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
A loss would have dropped the Yankees 5 1/2 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot. Instead, they moved to 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the final playoff spot, while the O’s fell to three games back of the AL East lead and slipped back into a tie with the Tigers for the second AL Wild Card, two ahead of Houston.
“I think everybody here knows what’s going on,” Yankees third baseman Chase Headley said. “We came in with a goal of trying to win the series at least, but that didn’t happen. If you drop three, you’re really putting yourself behind the eight-ball; I’m not going to say it’s over, but it’s going to be tough. We’re still in it, so it was important.”
It’s still pretty much over, but hey, at least there’s still a chance now. If they had lost this one, there probably would be no chance.
Luis Severino continues his “Awesome as a reliever, shitty as a starter” season with two big innings of relief, making him 2-0 as a reliever to go with 0-8 as a starter. Interestingly, Severino was going to get the start on Wednesday against Toronto if he didn’t start today. That surprises me. I would have thought they would want to keep Severino in the pen in the Majors. I think Bryan Mitchell makes more sense on Wednesday.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
After Zach Britton recorded his 40th save Saturday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles had shut out New York for the second consecutive night, and third straight game overall—going back to the finale of last weekend’s series—and made significant moves in both of their postseason races.
Kevin Gausman gave the O’s their fourth quality start in five games, firing six masterful innings, and Adam Jones belted his 25th homer, to lead Baltimore a 2-0 win and a series victory. It is the Orioles’ first series win in their last six against the American League East, and it pulled them within two games of the division lead.
The O’s also broke their tie with the Tigers for the second Wild Card spot, while the Yankees slipped to 4 1/2 games back in that race.
Well, that should just about do that. Four and a half games back? That’s pretty close to being out of things.
Chad Green, meanwhile, is out for the rest of the season, but doesn’t need Tommy John Surgery….yet. It sure sounds scary, though. I would give Bryan Mitchell a shot first instead of Luis Severino.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
The Orioles’ home run-happy lineup showed up in a big way Friday night, mashing four homers en route to an 8-0 series-opening romp over the Yankees.
The American League East matchup at Camden Yards, which features two teams fighting for the playoffs, saw the Yankees—who won two of three against the Orioles last weekend at home—get off to a rough start as starter Chad Green exited after five outs with tightness and soreness in his right elbow. Green was charged with four runs, including a homer, as part of a six-run second inning for Baltimore.
“They must’ve had a tough time picking player of the game, because there was a lot of guys you could make a case for,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Just a reminder what guys have been doing most of the year and what we’re capable of.”
The Orioles remained in a tie with the Tigers for the second AL Wild Card spot and expanded their lead over the Astros to two games, while pushing the Yankees 3 1/2 games back.
Worrisome times now for Green, as his elbow injury is in that great unknown where it could be nothing or it could be Tommy John Surgery. Even Green, after the game, noted that he had no idea which direction it was going to be going. Scary for him.
Anyhow, that was an ass kicking. At least Severino and Holder pitched well.
Friday, September 2, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.350/.367, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.321/.372, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.374/.441/.798, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.203/.285/.340, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.314/.462, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.301/.434, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) DH (.236/.333/.400, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.330/.393, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.189/.267/.396, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.323/.411, 12.6 bWAR)
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.275/.316/.456, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.256/.315/.509, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.305/.356/.560, 6.2 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.220/.336/.469, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.253/.314/.531, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.477, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.241/.294/.392, 0.4 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.257/.295/.401, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.315/.392/.425, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.325/.477, 16.2 bWAR)
Will tonight be the night Gary Sanchez passes Ellsbury and moves into sole possession of second-best Yankee position-player bWAR?
Thursday, September 1, 2016
It was a battle of tired and depleted bullpens.
And the Yankees’ bullpen survived the longest. Brian McCann lifted a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run in the 13th inning as New York overcame an early four-run deficit for a 5-4 win over Kansas City in the rubber game on Wednesday night.
Both teams went to their bullpens early in a 10-inning game on Tuesday when rain delayed that game 59 minutes. The Yankees’ bullpen held the Royals to no hits and no runs over the final seven innings on Wednesday. Ben Heller got his first Major League win, while Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save.
As I was saying to my completely non-interested-about-the-game wife sometime around the 12th inning, this is one of those reasons that I love sports. They’re so darned unscripted. After both teams depleted their bullpens on Tuesday night, the last thing either team wanted to get involved in was an extra-innings game, and what happens? They play thirteen innings!!
The Yankees bullpen remarkably went SEVEN innings without giving up a single hit. Ben Heller recovered from his blown save opportunity (he didn’t get an ACTUAL blown save, but you know what I mean) the previous night to pitch well tonight and Chasen Shreve continued his “Hey, remember when I was awesome?” reunion tour with the Yankees (let’s hope that he keeps it up).
With this win, the Yankees are remarkably just 2.5 games out of the second wild card and are traveling to play three games against the team currently leading in the second wild card race. Of course, there are major complications, primarily that the aforementioned team, the Orioles, are actually now tied with the Detroit Tigers. And the Houston Astros are a game back of them. And the Royals are only a half game back of the Yankees and the Mariners only a game and a half. So, well, the odds are still very long for the Yankees making the playoffs, but they enter September just 2.5 games back, and that’s remarkable as hell.
As we enter September (as I said yesterday, I always say “if the Yankees are just within five games of a playoff spot by September 1st, I at least feel like I have a reason to keep watching” - they’ve given me a reason to keep watching for over twenty years straight now), we also get to see the return of Luis Severino, who will hopefully help as a new short man at the back of the bullpen, presumably taking the 7th inning over from Adam Warren, while Warren and Chasen Shreve handle the sixth (with Ben Heller perhaps pushing himself into the mix). Joe Girardi was complaining about how silly expanded rosters are, and he’s correct. I like his idea - you have to designate 26 or 27 guys who are eligible each game. It’s such a simple idea. Why not just do that, MLB?! Oh, speaking of expanded rosters, the Yankees added Eric Young Jr. as their designated pinch runner of the year. They always seem to add a fast guy around this time. The Red Sox did the same. Theirs just happened to be named Yoan Moncada. Eh, Moncada/Young, same difference.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.368, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.321/.373, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.383/.448/.819, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.204/.287/.343, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.315/.465, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.266/.299/.425, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) DH (.239/.337/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.328/.393, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.215/.273/.333, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.320/.405, 12.3 bWAR
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.248/.321/.353, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.290/.326/.438, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.272/.335/.430, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.251/.318/.436, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Salvador Perez (R) C (.257/.292/.463, 2.6 bWAR)
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.225/.324/.390, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Paulo Orlando (R) RF (.307/.333/.409, 2.3 bWAR)
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.296/.340, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.196/.243/.299, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.315/.406, 9.5 bWAR
And Round two goes to the Yankees.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who had four hits, clanked a bases-loaded ground ball off reliever Joakim Soria that went for an infield hit and drove in the go-ahead run as the Yankees grabbed a 5-4 win over the Royals in 10 innings on Tuesday night to even series at one game apiece. The game was delayed 59 minutes by rain after the fifth inning.
Ellsbury’s comebacker hit off Soria’s glove and caromed toward third baseman Christian Colon, whose throw to first wasn’t nearly in time, and pinch-runner Aaron Hicks scored from third.
The Royals had runners on second and third with none out in the bottom of the 10th, but reliever Ben Heller struck out Lorenzo Cain. The Royals then had the bases loaded and one out, but Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve struck out Kendrys Morales, and got Salvador Perez to fly out to end the game.
Wow, that was not a pretty win, but it was still a hell of a win! It’s impressive for them to win any game where Gary Sanchez was not a heroic star (in fact, he even had a costly error that led to a blown save for Dellin Betances despite Betances retiring every batter that he faced).
Old friend Ian Kennedy has turned his season around the last couple of months. It’ll be interesting to see how he does against the Yankees tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.345/.364, 2.2 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.261/.317/.367, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.398/.465/.864, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.468, 2.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.267/.300/.428, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.334/.403, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.329/.395, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.196/.283/.370, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.188/.188/.281, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.325/.418, 12.3 bWAR
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.239/.315/.338, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF (.287/.335/.408, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.274/.336/.433, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.250/.318/.430, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Salvador Perez (R) C (.260/.295/.468, 2.7 bWAR)
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.227/.325/.394, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.296/.341, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 3B (.236/.304/.276, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.191/.232/.298, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.314/.397, 9.7 bWAR
It has been years—decades?—since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.
And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.
The defending World Series champion Royals have won 18 of 22, and crept to just two games back of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. The Yankees stayed 3 1/2 behind Baltimore.
Man, the middle of the Yankees’ bullpen suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. You can almost see how Swarzak looked like an option.
At least they somehow got the tying run to the plate in both the 8th and the 9th inning, which is impressive considering they were down 8-1 going into the 8th.
Monday, August 29, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.263/.318/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.218/.274/.338, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.405/.468/.893, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.314/.462, 2.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.267/.301/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.335/.405, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.396, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.209/.300/.395, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.138/.138/.241, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.316/.419, 10.4 bWAR
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.239/.316/.340, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.291/.327/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF (.287/.333/.408, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.274/.337/.435, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.248/.316/.429, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.257/.292/.467, 2.6 bWAR)
7. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.226/.323/.394, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.297/.336, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.189/.232/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.315/.406, 9.5 bWAR
Is today the day Aaron Hicks breaks out of his negative bWAR?
Sunday, August 28, 2016
1. Steve Pearce (R) RF (.294/.375/.494, 2.0 bWAR)
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.405, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.306/.358/.564, 6.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.257/.317/.537, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.227/.340/.482, 2.9 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.279/.312/.472, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.295/.391, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Nolan Reimold (R) CF (.225/.298/.371, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.396/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.332/.477, 16.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.346/.367, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.218/.275/.339, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.400/.467/.900, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.204/.288/.346, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.464, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.431, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.336/.406, 1.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.225/.319/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.287/.336/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.319/.417, 9.5 bWAR
Yes, Gary Sanchez and his 90 PA leads the 2016 New York Yankee position players in bWAR.
- Gary Sanchez made history as he slugged the 11th home run of a blistering rookie month to remember, while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also launched deep drives in powering the Yankees past the Orioles, 13-5, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees posted a double-digit run total for the second consecutive game, thumping right-hander Dylan Bundy for five runs and seven hits over four innings.
Castro and Hicks each collected three RBIs to pace the squad, slugging a pair of two-run homers in the fifth inning off T.J. McFarland. The victory moved New York (67-61) a season-high six games over .500, and within 2 1/2 games of the O’s (70-58) for the second American League Wild Card slot.
Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.
Sanchez is doing things you just don’t see ballplayers do. This reminds me of A-Rod in 2007, except it’s a 23 year old catcher! Amazing.
The rest of the offense wasn’t too shabby themselves…
Saturday, August 27, 2016
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.305/.358/.564, 5.8 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.319/.396/.437, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.256/.314/.531, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.224/.337/.468, 2.6 bWAR)
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.477, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.317/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.296/.393, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.404, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (.222/.222/.222, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.329/.483, 14.7 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.348/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.318/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.403/.459/.883, 2.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.287/.342, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.464, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.299/.421, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) DH (.228/.330/.399, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.269/.326, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.324/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.316/.405, 10.6 bWAR
Does Sanchez have a chance at Rookie of the Year?
Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez’s two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.
“Yeah, [I’m surprising myself] a little bit, but at the same time there’s a lot of hard work before every game,” Sanchez said. “That’s giving me good results right now.”
Gallardo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) in just 1 1/3 innings. Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley also hit two-run homers for New York, while Baltimore’s Manny Machado homered twice off Yankees starter Luis Cessa, who worked six innings of three-run ball to earn his second victory in as many Major League starts.
“Just up and wild in the strike zone and up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gallardo. “Never really got any sequences going. He had a chance to make a pitch in some counts and couldn’t make it, and he paid the price. He wasn’t the only one. We didn’t pitch well tonight on a lot of fronts.”
Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.
While Sanchez is obviously THE story, there were a couple of other notable performances in the game, specifically Luis Cessa having another good start and Ben Heller making a great debut in the 8th inning (despite making an error).
It’s always fun watching young players doing well. Five games over .500 for the first time all season. That’s just hilarious.
Friday, August 26, 2016
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.276/.317/.457, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.398/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.303/.357/.552, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.223/.337/.468, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.257/.315/.535, 1.4 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.479, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.318/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.267/.306/.407, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Francisco Pena (R) C (.222/.263/.306, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.330/.486, 15.4 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.347/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.315/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.389/.450/.847, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.285/.330, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.419, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) DH (.253/.329/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.222/.310/.417, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.277/.317/.426, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.318/.408, 10.7 bWAR
Cessa better fix that FIP or he’s got no chance at a career in MLB.
But with opportunity come challenges.
Chief among them is the fact that because the Yankees are facing several of the teams they need to pass in order to make an unlikely postseason bid, they’re going to have to beat some pretty good teams.
As play began Thursday, all but six of the games they have left are against teams with a winning record.
That fact, coupled with the games within their division, doesn’t bode well for the Yankees.
Because they are 38-39 against teams over .500 and are just 19-27 versus the rest of the AL East, which is why Baseball Prospectus has the Yankees’ odds of making the playoffs at just 4.3 percent.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez homered yet again in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon to close the series in Seattle. With its second consecutive win, New York took the three-game set.
“They pitched us well all series,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We haven’t been shut down like that in quite some time, and if you don’t score, it’s going to be tough to win.”
The Yankees’ right-hander earned his second win pitching opposite his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammate Hisashi Iwakuma. Tanaka scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in his fourth straight win. The only other time the two starters faced each other was April 17, when the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-3.
What in the world does the headline mean by “years”? Teix’s single? Weird headline, right?
Anyhow, another excellent start by Tanaka. After a bit of a rough patch, he’s righted his ship and is back to being the closest thing this team has had to an ace since CC Sabathia’s prime years.
And Gary Sanchez…wow. How amazing is it to watch this guy bat nowadays? They intentionally walked him twice tonight!!
This team continues to be a lot of fun to watch, even if they have no real shot at the playoffs. Although, they continue to hover around my personal benchmark for whether to realistically still watch September games and think that they have a chance, which is five games back on September 1st. If they’re within five games of a playoff spot on September 1st, I can at least convince myself that the September games matter. However, with this team, they’re a blast to watch even if the playoffs are a slim chance.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
CC Sabathia got back on track and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run to open up a close game en route to a 5-1 Yankees win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Yankees evened the three-game series at a game apiece and knocked the Mariners back to two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.
“It comes down to location for CC, and avoiding some of the bad breaks that he gets,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “And tonight we got him some runs, too. That always helps, too. I know what his ERA is, but I’m going to tell you, he’s pitched a lot better than that ERA, I really believe.”
Sabathia had his best outing in months. For the first time since facing the Twins on June 16, the lefty allowed only a single run. Sabathia faced the minimum in four of the seven innings he pitched, only scattering three hits and walking one.
Great victory. CC was extremely sharp and the offense did well.
It’s crazy how fun this team is to watch again.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.363, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.312/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.385/.429/.831, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.298/.425, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.284/.330, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.333/.404, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.267/.333/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.209/.264/.325, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.256/.301/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.307/.406, 7.1 bWAR
1. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF (.269/.367/.385, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF (.236/.322/.437, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.294/.348/.522, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.371/.547, 3.5 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.288/.366/.518, 5.6 bWAR)
6. Mike Zunino (R) C (.280/.396/.707, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.437, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.244/.310/.395, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.264/.292/.342, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.334/.474, 18.3 bWAR
SEATTLE — There’s no stopping Gary Sanchez.
The Yankees, though, are a different story.
The rookie catcher smacked two more home runs Monday night in a 7-5 loss to the Mariners, as the Yankees continue to fall behind in the postseason race.
“It’s hard to explain,” Sanchez said through a translator of his hot start. “I’m just trying to put a good swing on the ball, and I’m getting good results.”
The same can’t be said of the bullpen, which had done well immediately following the departure of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller but has sprung some leaks of late.
After Michael Pineda left with two on and one out in the sixth, Tommy Layne got Adam Lind to pop out, but Anthony Swarzak hung a 3-2 slider to Mike Zunino, who made him pay with a three-run homer to put the Mariners ahead.
“I tried to execute my slider, and I didn’t make the pitch,” Swarzak said. “We need every game now, especially with an offensive showing like that.”
I’ve tried to figure out the Yankees’ fascination with Swarzak, and i think it basically comes down to getting a better draft pick next year.
Monday, August 22, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.346/.370, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.364, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.361/.409/.738, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.312/.468, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.232/.332/.407, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.308/.379/.577, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.330/.390, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.150/.150/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.323/.411, 11.2 bWAR
1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) RF (.261/.351/.408, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.290/.345/.520, 5.4 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.372/.543, 3.4 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.286/.363/.511, 5.4 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.439, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Mike Zunino (R) C (.282/.402/.690, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.246/.313/.398, 1.2 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.263/.292/.342, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.336/.469, 17.5 bWAR
The question of the day is this:
Would you rather have paid $59.9M for 7.2 bWAR or $68M for 15.2 bWAR?
Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.
Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels’ rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.
“I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to throw strikes,” said Chacin, who didn’t allow an earned run in a start for the first time since April 12. “I executed good pitches today.”
With their chances of missing the playoffs at near-certainty levels, I think it is more important to look at individual performances of players who might have roles on the 2017 Yankees team, so I took a lot of good out of this game, as Chad Green pitched well once again. If he could become an actual decent starter, then that would be huge for this team next season.
What a great catch by Ellsbury to rob Albert Pujols of a home run.
Even in their losses, this team has become a lot of fun to watch.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.347/.373, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.265/.319/.368, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.379/.419/.776, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.313/.470, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.295/.410, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.332/.410, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.285/.329, -0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.333/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.204/.260/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.315/.397, 10.4 bWAR
1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.271/.353/.416, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF (.308/.426/.546, 7.7 bWAR)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.249/.315/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
4. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.274/.326/.468, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS (.269/.303/.334, 2.3 bWAR)
6. Nick Buss (L) LF (.259/.259/.444, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Kaleb Cowart (S) 3B (.167/.167/.167, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.225/.253/.349, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B (.238/.294/.396, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.338/.430, 15.6 bWAR
ANAHEIM – Just when you think you’ve seen what the Yankees’ future has to offer, another rookie opens your eyes.
Luis Cessa became the latest neophyte to show off his stuff, throwing six-plus scoreless innings Saturday night to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.
Making his first career major-league start, the 24-year-old righthander allowed three hits and walked one, striking out five as he improved to 3-0 this season.
Cessa was backed by a couple of his young teammates as Gary Sanchez homered and Aaron Judge drove in a pair of runs.
“He used his fastball extremely well on both sides of the plate, he pitched inside effectively,” Girardi. “His slider was good, he threw some early curveballs in the count to show them two different breaking balls. You can’t let these guys get comfortable because they’re going to do damage if they do.”
Said Cessa: “I was excited. The adrenaline was flowing during the game. It’s a process. We talked before the game about the scouting report for the hitters, so I just tried to throw good pitches. “I felt nervous before the game, but after I threw the first pitch, it felt like a normal game.
A couple of the old guys chipped in as well as Brian McCann drove in two runs and Brett Gardner saved two more, stealing a home run from C.J. Cron in the seventh inning with a spectacular catch over the wall.
This team has gotten a lot more interesting over the past few weeks, hasn’t it? It has been a while since I felt like I wanted to stay up for West Coast games but now I do.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
NYY: Luis Cessa (#85, 24, RHP, 2-0, 5.30) vs. LAA: Ricky Nolasco (#47, 33, RHP, 4-10, 5.13)
Friday, August 19, 2016
NEW YORK — For now, the rest of this Yankees season will go as such in regards to the starting rotation:
1) Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 3.40)
2) Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89)
3) CC Sabathia (7-10, 4.49)
4) Chad Green (2-2, 4.05)
5) Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30)
The first three you know and have mostly been dependable this season for regular starts, even if Pineda and Sabathia’s ERAs are high. But Green and Cessa are recent additions with the loss of Nathan Eovaldi to elbow surgery, Luis Severino to poor performance, and Ivan Nova to a trade.
Green (25) and Cessa (24) were both brought over in a surprise trade with the Detroit Tigers last season in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, and boy, does that look like a good move right about now.
Wilson, 29, was a fine reliever for the Yankees in 2016 (3.10 ERA in 61 innings) but in 49 games with Detroit this season his ERA has jumped to 4.67 and he’s already allowed two more home runs in 16.2 fewer innings.
But even with all of Wilson’s troubles aside the Yankees, with that one move last December 9, have found two pitchers they’re relying on to finish this season that, even after a mid-season fire sale of their best players, isn’t over. They’re 61-59 heading into this weekend series in Los Angeles against the Angels and with some luck they could find themselves fighting for the American League Wild Card down the stretch.
I don’t think I had much of an opinion on the Wilson trade at the time, since I chose to instead use the thread about it to whine about the stupidity of the Ellsbury contract, again.
But fret not, only four years and one month and 12 days of whining left!
Anyway, Wilson was pretty good last year, not so good this year and the Yankees got a couple of guys who may or may not be useful this year and beyond. Green’s AAA performance can’t be ignored, nor the flashes he’s shown in a few starts this year. Cessa hasn’t been as impressive in either AAA or the majors, but his stuff seems capable of at least being a bullpen guy if he can’ t hack it in the rotation.
So kudos to Cashman, who’s been doing a damn fine job of trading with a roster that’s not that easy to trade from..
Thursday, August 18, 2016
HOUSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees’ top catcher.
The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners’ meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.
“It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay,” Steinbrenner said. “So we’ll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCann’s a great player, too, so we’ll just have to figure that out.”
Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees’ recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.
McCann probably deserves to be starting somewhere, and my guess is he’ll be traded this offseason, even though the Yankees will likely have to eat some of his salary to do it.
I’m also assuming Brett Gardner will be traded this offseason as well, which I would not be happy about on an emotional level, but which I would completely understand from the organizations’ perspective. I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded now if he were to clear waivers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.299/.333/.483, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) DH (.291/.402/.561, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.270/.357/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Russell Martin (R) C (.235/.337/.386, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.257/.325/.476, 2.5 bWAR)
6. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.292/.403, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF (.256/.342/.364, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 3B (.256/.307/.350, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.130/.167/.217, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.340/.462, 18.8 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.263/.352/.379, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.332/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.294/.404, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.340/.367/.660, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.357/.438/.857, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.315/.468, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.375/.375/.750, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.248/.275/.414, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.202/.260/.323, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.314/.409, 7.7 bWAR)
Yay, Gardner’s back!
After a rain delay, the Blue Jays scored 12 unanswered runs against the Yankees to erase a six-run deficit and reclaim sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.
With his team trailing by two runs, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a clutch home run in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Adam Warren, driving in Josh Donaldson, who drew a 12-pitch walk just two pitches earlier. Three batters later, Russell Martin broke the tie, unleashing his second home run of the game, scoring Troy Tulowitzki and giving the Blue Jays a two-run lead. Tulowitzki and Martin combined for six hits, five RBIs and three home runs.
Thanks to Boston’s defeat of Baltimore, interestingly enough also decided by an eighth-inning two-run home run, the Blue Jays now hold a one-game advantage over the Red Sox and Orioles, who are tied in second place. With the loss, the Yankees fell to 5 1/2 games back of a Wild Card berth.
Six games back for the second wild card is more or less eliminated, but it wasn’t like we expected them to make the playoffs. I’m fine with them just playing well overall, even if they don’t make the playoffs. 85 wins is likely not enough to make the playoffs, but it would be enough to make me hopeful for the next season (and I suspect it would force their hands with regards to spending on someone like Aroldis Chapman this offseason).
Anyhow, this is the second game this season that the Yankees got screwed by a rain delay. Michael Pineda was rolling along before the rain led to him being pulled. That said, when Adam Warren, who has been excellent as the eighth inning guy since he returned to the Yankees, got his ass kicked and then Chasen Shreve and Brian Parker followed, I guess it didn’t make a difference if Pineda stayed in the game or not, since nearly every non-Tyler Clippard (who continues his fine play since being re-acquired) reliever stunk. Still, this was an awful loss.
Gary Sanchez is great, though. It sure would be nice to see Tyler Austin playing first base tomorrow night instead of Mark Teixeira.
Luis Cessa is getting Nathan Eovaldi’s rotation spot. That’ll be interesting to see.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.297/.332/.480, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.291/.400/.562, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.268/.357/.555, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) DH (.266/.351/.501, 2.3 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.249/.319/.462, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.232/.336/.366, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.158/.158/.263, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.244/.288/.402, 1.4 bWAR)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF (.258/.346/.368, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.263/.343/.473, 19.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.266/.322/.365, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.333/.383, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.460, 2.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.289/.333, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.295/.405, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.232/.334/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.302/.333/.512, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.500/.583/1.200, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.205/.263/.327, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.311/.393, 7.9 bWAR)
Is it time to throw Tyler Austin on a milk carton?
Thanks in large part to two players who were teammates in Triple-A as recently as four days ago, the Yankees took another step toward pushing their way into the postseason conversation.
Behind six scoreless innings from starting pitcher Chad Green and an RBI double from rookie right fielder Aaron Judge, the Yankees held off the Blue Jays, 1-0, at Yankee Stadium. Judge’s double gave him an extra-base hit and an RBI for the third straight game to open his career, making him the first player in American League history to achieve such a feat. He’s also the first player in Yankees history to record an extra-base hit in each of his first three career games.
“It’s still the same game,” Judge said about his quick transition to MLB pitching. “You’ve just got to try to go out there and have fun.”
Toronto had a chance in the ninth, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Yankees closer Dellin Betances got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending double play. With the win, the Yankees are still 4 1/2 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot, but the division race between Baltimore and Toronto is now tied.
What an amazing win. Chad Green is an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a riddle, as he literally either dominates or gets annihilated. It’s so freakin’ weird. However, when you are able to strike out eleven Blue Jays in six innings while not allowing a single run, then you’re someone worth watching.
Dellin Betances continues his odd tenure as closer with another high wire performance. What a play by Chase Headley to seal the victory! It’s great to see him return to form at third base. I think he’ll be a fine veteran presence on this team for the next couple of years.
And Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez…wow, what can I say about them that hasn’t been said? Any time you set a good Major League record it is a good day, and Judge did that with his third straight game with an extra base hit to start his career. And Sanchez looks like a star veteran out there. I’m so happy to have them here. Brian McCann is actually still a fine player. He’s actually been more or less worth his contract so far. And yet I’d love to see him traded to free up more at-bats for Sanchez and the other guys like Tyler Austin and Greg Bird (Teix retiring will free up first base, but McCann being gone will free up DH). That said, I wouldn’t just GIVE McCann away. A McCann/Sanchez/Romine platoon at C/DH is still pretty good. Tyler Austin is the one who gets sort of “screwed” in the process.