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.
Monday, August 15, 2016
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.302/.337/.488, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.292/.401/.565, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.271/.360/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) RF (.268/.354/.505, 2.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.248/.319/.464, 2.2 bWAR)
6. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.125/.125/.188, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.223/.316/.408, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.290/.405, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.252/.208, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.339/.479, 17.3 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.364, 1.9 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.329/.381, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.466, 2.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.289/.337, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.260/.297/.409, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.230/.330/.406, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.275/.293/.500, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.429/.500/1.286, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.204/.263/.328, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.310/.394, 7.6 bWAR
I feel like this is the series where the Yankees’ hopes and dreams of contention will finally get crushed for good.
This Yankees month of August, not even halfway over yet, might end up in a sports management textbook someday. They’ve covered pretty much everything, haven’t they?
Selling high on an asset (Carlos Beltran). Selling low (Ivan Nova). Graceful exits for senior talent (Mark Teixeira). Awkward exits for senior talent (Alex Rodriguez).
The energy and excitement that come from a youth movement. And, on Sunday, the growing pains and speed bumps that accompany a youth movement.
Luis Severino, recalled from the minor leagues to fill an injury void, went right back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres after getting pummeled in a 12-3 loss to the Rays at Yankee Stadium, ending the Yankees’ four-game winning streak in undramatic fashion. While a second major league homer in two major league games by rookie Aaron Judge gave the crowd of 41,473 something to cherish besides Mariano Rivera receiving his Monument Park plaque, Severino provided a sobering reminder that, in baseball, he who goes up often comes down.
After all, Severino and first baseman Greg Bird served as the Yankees’ youth movement last year, necessary reinforcements that allowed the team to hang onto a playoff spot. Bird has missed the entire season recovering from right shoulder surgery, and Severino sports a ghastly 7.19 ERA in 12 big league games.
The problem with Severino’s lousy pitching right now is the Yankees’ rotation is really thin. With no Eovaldi and Ivan Nova traded, they essentially have Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia and nothing else. I guess they can try and throw Chad Green and Luis Cessa out there a few times and see what happens. They don’t have any other real starting pitching options on their 40 man roster unless they want to try and stretch out Adam Warren.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
All season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman have vowed that the Yanks can get younger and still compete at a high level. On Saturday, the team backed up that notion.
Behind five home runs, two of which were hit by players making their Major League debuts, the Yankees defeated the Rays, 8-4, for their fourth straight win. The two rookies, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, started at first base and right field, respectively, and went back to back in the second inning, becoming the first pair of teammates in MLB history to record their first career home runs in their first at-bat in the same game. Both finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a single.
“I don’t think I could’ve asked for anything better,” Austin said. “Especially with us coming out on top with a win today, I think that was pretty awesome.”
I was a big believer in Tyler Austin for years. Even after he struggled after his wrist injury, I thought he would be able to rebound and still be a good player. But then last year happened and I joined with everyone else and just thought that he was finished, that the injury just ruined his career. I still cheered a bit when the Yankees were able to DFA him and still re-sign him (I am always impressed when Cashman does that - he’s like a DFA ninja), but that was more nostalgia than anything else. So to see him not only make it to the Majors but go 2-4 with a home run and a stolen base? That was something special.
The Yankees hit five home runs yesterday, the oldest player to hit a home run was 26. That was a special win.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.269/.326/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.259/.314, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.316/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.296/.403, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.313/.333/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.258/.285/.430, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.308/.396, 6.7 bWAR
Austin and Judge? That’s fun.
Starlin Castro drove in four of the Yankees’ six runs in Friday night’s 6-3 win over the Rays at Yankee Stadium, but it was New York’s first run of the night that fans will remember best.
Before what’s widely expected to be the last game of his 22-year career, Alex Rodriguez had time to reflect on what made him a three-time American League MVP and a 14-time All-Star. Rodriguez didn’t disappoint when he stepped to the plate in the first inning, lining a double into right-center field at a velocity Statcast™ estimated at 103 mph to plate Brett Gardner from first base and knot the score at 1.
“It was great,” Rodriguez said of the double. “I haven’t played a lot of baseball lately, and Chris Archer’s not a guy that I’m racing to go face. I saw him before the game, and I told him to take it easy on the old man. I gave him a hug, and he smiled. He’s a great competitor. I was just glad to drive the ball, especially to right-center, where I’ve made my living.”
Rodriguez was nearly moved to tears by rousing cheers from the crowd in the ninth inning, when he took the field for one last time, playing third base for the first out of the frame. He then left the game to an ovation and hugs from teammates. Rodriguez finished the night 1-for-4 with two groundouts and a strikeout.
Boy, Joe Girardi sure knows how to put together sendoffs, doesn’t he? Are they going to do something for Teix, as well?
Anyhow, what a great win. What a great moment for A-Rod in the ninth to be able to play third base. Ronald Torreyes must be thinking, “Awesome! I get into a game!” That RBI double was great. It got A-Rod’s batting average to .200 for the season, so he ended up above the Hicks line.
How freakin’ adorable was Girardi’s press conference, by the way? Dude was openly weeping.
Tyler Austin will be taking A-Rod’s spot on both the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster. Hopefully he takes Aaron Hicks’ spot in the lineup.
Good luck to A-Rod! I imagine he’ll try to get a job somewhere else, but I am a bit wary about whether any team will give him a shot. My favorite Yankee, Dave Winfield, did whatever it took at the end of his career to keep playing, so I could see A-Rod doing the same thing. “You want me to be a pinch-hitter only? Okay, I can do that.” I just don’t know if any team will accept him. Four home runs away from 700. Yikes. Hard to say no to that.
What is all of your favorite memory of A-Rod as a Yankee? Mine is probably the two home run/seven RBI inning in his final game of the 2009 season to get to exactly 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. That was in-sane.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Rays (46-67) @ Yankees (58-56), Friday, 8/12/2016, 7:05pm
Rays: Chris Archer (R): (143.2 IP, 4.26 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 0.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (118.1 IP, 4.18 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.3 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.283/.346/.466, 2.9 bWAR)
2. Matt Duffy (R) SS (.000/.000/.000, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.280/.332/.526, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.260/.313/.501, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF (.177/.241/.215, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.226/.277/.436, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) DH (.212/.272/.404, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.243/.270/.351, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.307/.456, 7.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.382, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.372, 2.3 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.199/.247/.348, -1.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.287/.334, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.329/.410, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.314/.456, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.294/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.384, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.259/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.310/.382, 8.0 bWAR
I hope Rodriguez fails in the clutch at least once tonight so he can get at least one more round of boos before he heads to the Marlins.
BOSTON — Rain could wash way Alex Rodriguez’s tears before they start.
The National Weather Service said scattered showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rains all day Friday in the Bronx.
That means there’s a chance A-Rod’s last game with the Yankees could get washed out. They’re scheduled to face the Rays at 7:35 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez said there’s been no talk of a contingency plan if the game gets rained out.
“No,” he said. “I’m sure there’s an excellent chance that it doesn’t rain, too. I’m going to keep optimistic all the way to the finish line.”
Does this mean Rodriguez’s tenure would last another day?
Thursday, August 11, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.265/.353/.383, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.331/.388, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.203/.251/.355, -1.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.297/.399, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.315/.458, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.321/.345/.536, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.252/.274/.402, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.191/.254/.297, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.310/.388, 7.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.298/.368/.446, 3.9 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.315/.372/.462, 2.7 bWAR)
3. David Ortiz (L) DH (.307/.400/.612, 3.4 bWAR)
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.268/.343/.434, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.288/.368/.514, 4.5 bWAR)
6. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.261/.325/.459, 2.3 bWAR)
7. Brock Holt (L) RF (.251/.326/.379, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.371/.413/.595, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.450/.450/.500, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.292/.363/.483, 20.4 bWAR)
Joe Girardi is clearly not trying to win tonight’s game.
Facing an uphill climb early when starter Nathan Eovaldi left after one inning with right elbow discomfort, the Yankees stunned the Red Sox with a late-inning surge en route to a 9-4 victory on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
The Bombers trailed, 4-1, after six, only to shell Boston’s bullpen for a five-spot in a game-turning seventh and add three more in the eighth. As part of a four-hit game, slugging prospect Gary Sanchez smoked his first career homer in the eighth, a majestic drive to center field. Starlin Castro gave New York a lead it would keep with a two-run double with two outs in the seventh.
“Pretty good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Sanchez’s night. “We’ve liked the way this kid has swung the bat for years. … He had some big hits tonight. It was really nice to see.”
Man, it feels good to watch young prospects begin to fulfill their promise. The crazy thing is that, as we’ve noted before, Teix and Hicks are so bad that you could build for the future and probably improve the team right this second by calling up Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge to play first base and right field, respectively.
Losing his starter after just one inning, Joe Girardi did a wonderful job managing the bullpen without really giving anyone too much of a workload. Good stuff. Eovaldi might be hurt, which isn’t good. Hopefully it isn’t something super serious like another TJS.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.266/.355/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.328/.371, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.330/.388, 1.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.283/.337, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.298/.399, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.451, 2.7 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.217/.250/.348, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.244/.262/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.192/.256/.299, -1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.310/.382, 6.7 bWAR)
1. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B (.297/.368/.445, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS (.317/.371/.465, 3.9 bWAR)
3. Mookie Betts (R) RF (.310/.352/.544, 4.2 bWAR)
4. David Ortiz (L) DH (.309/.398/.615, 3.2 bWAR)
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B (.271/.347/.439, 1.3 bWAR)
6. Jackie Bradley (L) CF (.286/.367/.515, 3.7 bWAR)
7. Travis Shaw (L) 3B (.262/.324/.460, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Sandy Leon (S) C (.363/.402/.593, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF (.500/.500/.563, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.298/.364/.501, 22.3 bWAR)
Remember when Joe Girardi promised to play Alex Rodriguez in all of the rest of the games if that’s what he wanted?
Pretty weak by Girardi, or more likely, his puppet masters.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Yankees catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers, according to a report from Fanrag’s Jon Heyman.
That would allow the Yankees to trade him before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. McCann, however, has a full no-trade clause.
The Braves talked to the Yankees about trading for the 32-year-old, who left Atlanta for a five-year, $85-million deal in New York before the 2014 season.
McCann was part of the Yankees’ win-now move that was a dud: the signings of McCann, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, right fielder Carlos Beltran and starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, all in the same offseason.
Alex Rodriguez is headed for retirement and leaving the Yankees after an emotional press conference on Sunday morning.
It’s unclear if the Braves would still be interested in McCann. They reportedly wanted the Yankees to eat some of McCann’s contract if they were going to acquire him. They Yankees, however, wanted impact prospects in return, according to a report.
The Yankees should certainly try to move McCann if they are able to, but it might be helpful to have him around as a mentor for Gary Sanchez as well. So I wouldn’t just trade him and pay most of his salary to get him off the team. But if you can get salary relief or an interesting prospect or two, sure, go for it.
Monday, August 8, 2016
A fresh stain of dirt lining the left side of his jersey, Mark Teixeira welcomed reliever Adam Warren’s hand and hopped up to his feet. The 36-year-old Yankees first baseman had just snared a hard-hit ball with runners on first and second in the seventh inning Sunday, before diving and extending his glove to the bag to beat Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor and end the frame. The highlight-reel play helped the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Indians, who were handed their fifth loss in their past seven games.
It was a great play by Teixeira, who on Friday announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. Alex Rodriguez, another longtime Yankee, said in an emotional pregame news conference on Sunday that he will play his final Major League game next Friday.
“Just a really impressive play,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s Tex. He gives everything he’s got. He slid headfirst, that’s a huge play.”
Behind six-plus innings of one-run ball from Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees clinched the series victory with just five hits, one of which was a home run off the bat of Didi Gregorius. The fourth-inning blast came off Carlos Carrasco, who pitched seven innings of three-run ball.
“I thought he was pretty good. Every mistake, it seemed like he really paid for it,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco. “Double, triple, homer, all three hurt us.”
This is a weird, weird team.
Thankfully Tanaka pitched well.
Luis Severino on Tuesday will be interesting, at least.
Farewell to A-Rod. I’ve always been a fan, even for all of his odd personality traits. I suspect that he will still try to play next year (taking the rest of the year off and arguing to teams next year that his time off in 2014 made him come out fresh and strong in 2015), but I also suspect that no one will actually sign him, even for the minimum. Veterans reaching milestones tend to only be attendance draws if they haven’t been suspended for entire seasons for steroid use.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.248/.346/.480, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.287/.346/.495, 2.8 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.306/.357/.452, 4.3 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.253/.339/.515, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.299/.356/.426, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.300/.350/.464, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Rajai Davis (R) LF (.260/.321/.412, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.324/.391/.614, 1.3 bWAR)
9. Roberto Perez (R) C (.050/.245/.050, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.279/.347/.471, 15.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.351/.372, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.325/.373, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.288/.341, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.233/.330/.417, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.325/.381, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.449, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.256/.329/.322, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.259/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.268/.408, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.316/.380, 8.2 bWAR
Does anyone else think Rodriguez should play every day for the rest of his career?
The Yankees announced on Saturday night that they will hold a news conference with designated hitter Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium prior to today’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Indians.
The news conference, which will begin at 11 a.m. and stream live on MLB.com, will also include general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. The club has not confirmed whether the news conference will address Rodriguez’s role on the team for the remainder of this season.
This is probably the end of the road for A-Rod as a Yankee.
He was certainly a controversial figure, but also a really good player for many years.
Best of luck, A-Rod.
There’s no team that would give him a shot to get to 700, right?
Saturday, August 6, 2016
On Sunday, the Yankees and Indians completed a trade that reflected their respective directions. Seeking another arm to fortify its bullpen for a playoff run, Cleveland sent the rebuilding Yankees a package of high-profile prospects for left-hander Andrew Miller.
Since acquiring Miller, though, the Indians have floundered, losing three of four to the Twins in part because of inconsistent starting pitching. Right-hander Josh Tomlin couldn’t buck the trend Friday night at Yankee Stadium, as the Bombers recorded 16 hits en route a 13-7 victory. Starlin Castro provided the big blow in the third, a grand slam to right-center field that gave the Yankees a six-run lead. The Indians fought back with three runs in the top of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.
“I think that that’s the team that we are,” Castro said. “If we can work together like that, we can score a lot of runs. Not every time is going to be good, but I think that we’ve got a really good team to kind of do that.”
“The position players are fighting back so hard, you want to give them a chance,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
The Yankees were buoyed in part by Mark Teixeira, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season in an emotional pregame news conference. The 14-year veteran went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in, too, with his first four-hit game since May 3, 2015. Right-hander Michael Pineda tossed six-plus innings and overcame some hiccups to pick up his sixth win of the season.
Sure, Starlin, this is definitely the team that the Yankees are. No doubt about it.
CC/Kluber - yikes, that’s a tough matchup.
Friday, August 5, 2016
1. Carlos Santana (S) DH (.245/.343/.482, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B (.285/.342/.489, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS (.306/.358/.456, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B (.253/.338/.513, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B (.296/.354/.423, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF (.303/.350/.467, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Tyler Naquin (L) CF (.330/.397/.626, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Abraham Almonte (S) LF (.271/.294/.458, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Gimenez (R) C (.198/.234/.267, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.281/.346/.477, 14.1 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.348/.365, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.268/.323/.369, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.287/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.236/.333/.421, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.325/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) SS (.255/.292/.389, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.250/.250/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.248/.319/.316, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.190/.251/.290, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.312/.367, 6.1 bWAR
One of the most productive switch-hitters in recent baseball history is calling it career.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.
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Mark Teixeira expected to announce his retirement later today, at 36, effective at the end of the season.
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The Yankees have called a 3 p.m. ET press conference with Teixeira at Yankee Stadium, though a reason was not given.
Wow. That’s huge. The latest injury must have really shook him up and made him realize he just wasn’t long for the game anymore and you might as well get out when you could do it on your own volition.
Good for him. He achieved most things any player could hope to achieve. He’s been a fine Yankee when healthy. Congrats, Teix!
Given how many of their players are either on the disabled list, lost for the season or simply underperforming, consider this a minor miracle: After beating the Yankees, 4-1, on Thursday to split a four-game Subway Series, the Mets found themselves one game out of a playoff berth.
“We’re very lucky to be where we are,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”
Thursday’s formula was simple, and one the Mets will need to repeat often if they hope to keep pace with the Marlins, Cardinals and others down the stretch. Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer for his first hit with his new team, Bartolo Colon delivered 6 2/3 solid innings and the visiting Mets never faced much danger at Yankee Stadium, splitting each half of this year’s home-and-home Subway Series.
Come on, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin! I need something to watch on this team other than Severino’s starts.
Gary Sanchez looks good. I’d like to see him catch in a game. Brian McCann has got to be tradeable, right? Don’t other teams care about playing baseball the right way?
Thursday, August 4, 2016
1. Curtis Granderson (L) LF (.235/.332/.437, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.211/.300/.323, -0.2 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.263/.327/.444, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.259/.311/.548, 0.3 bWAR)
5. James Loney (L) 1B (.289/.339/.443, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) DH (.225/.305/.422, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.292/.343, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B (.243/.303/.356, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.283/.490, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.316/.437, 2.2 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.266/.321/.367, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.326/.386, 2.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.334/.424, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.292/.390, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.455, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.125/.125/.125, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.257/.328/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.188/.250/.289, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.317/.384, 8.4 bWAR
Just as the Mets made their intentions clear in loading up for a playoff run, the crosstown Yankees’ Trade Deadline mantra was always transparent. The Yankees have made no secret of their desire to play their brightest, youngest players over this season’s final two months, with an eye toward rapidly developing the Bronx’s next consistent winner.
There will be some rough evenings along the way. But Wednesday provided the Yankees a glimpse of what’s possible, when Luis Severino pitched 4 1/3 strong innings in relief of Chad Green, Gary Sanchez recorded his first career hit and the Yankees rolled to a 9-5 win over a Mets club still struggling to find its offensive rhythm.
It was hardly youth alone that buoyed the Yankees; 36-year-old Mark Teixeira broke the game open with a three-run homer in the second inning off Steven Matz, reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances. But the kids did their part—particularly Severino, who allowed his only hit on a bunt single, also striking out new Mets acquisition Jay Bruce with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh to help seal the victory.
FINALLY they gave us something legitimate to give a hoot about - Luis Severino returned and looked so good (and Chad Green continued his audition to be a long man by keeping up his seemingly AAAA quality starting pitching) that he has to get a rotation spot the next time this rotation spot comes around and while the Mets are bad offensively, he was good enough that he might allow us to get excited about him again. That would go a long ways to giving us something to watch for these last couple of months. Plus more Gary Sanchez, of course.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Lest they endure a second night of indignity following their Trade Deadline shopping spree, the Mets bludgeoned the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday in one of their finest overall team performances of the season.
Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the third inning and the Mets piled on with a four-run rally in the seventh, splitting two games with the Yankees at Citi Field. The series will move to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday for the first of two additional games.
“We all experienced last year, coming back and taking over,” said Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who also homered. “We’ve all just got to believe.”
The offensive outburst proved significant for a Mets team that geared its Trade Deadline machinations around an impact bat, Jay Bruce, who arrived earlier in the day from Cincinnati. It was also a boon for starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who has ranked among the league’s least-supported starting pitchers all season. Given plenty of wiggle room on this night, deGrom blanked the Yankees over seven innings.
Man, Tanaka has been awful lately. That sucks.
This team isn’t just bad, it’s also kind of boring to watch them suck. Hopefully they call up Tyler Austin soon and, when he’s healthy, Aaron Judge. I could be interested in watching a team with a McCann/Sanchez platoon at designated hitter/catcher, Austin at right field and then first base when they cut Teix and call up Judge to play right field.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.354/.373, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.267/.323/.371, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.271/.321, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.335/.426, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.291/.319/.447, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.254/.291/.392, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.328/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.185/.249/.284, -0.8 bWAR)
9. Masahiro Tanaka (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.313/.381, 8.1 bWAR)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF (.208/.299/.300, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.255/.321/.429, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Jay Bruce (L) RF (.265/.316/.559, 0.6 bWAR)
4. James Loney (L) 1B (.285/.338/.446, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.258/.317/.459, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF (.223/.303/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.245/.293/.324, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.255/.286/.511, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P (.097/.176/.129, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.311/.440, 2.2 bWAR)
I thought the Mets were supposed to be good?
Please tell me this is the last interleague series where there is no DH.
Once Monday afternoon’s non-waiver Trade Deadline chaos settled into quiet, after the Mets acquired Jay Bruce from the Reds and the Yankees dealt Carlos Beltran to Texas, a sold-out crowd piled into Citi Field for what was theoretically still the day’s main event.
The New York rivals did not disappoint with an extra-inning Subway Series affair that the Yankees won, 6-5, on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly in the 10th.
Trailing for most of the later innings, the Yankees tied things on Didi Gregorius’ bloop two-run single against Addison Reed, who had strung together 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings before that hit. The Yankees then loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Seth Lugo, the last man available out of the Mets’ bullpen, before Castro’s sacrifice fly put them ahead.
Anchoring a patchwork lineup with multiple regulars injured and Bruce not yet on the ground in Queens, Matt Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a solo shot to highlight a five-run assault on Yankees starter CC Sabathia. But the Yankees managed three runs off Sabathia’s counterpart, Logan Verrett, before rallying late against a shorthanded bullpen.
With Aroldis Chapman off to Chicago and Andrew Miller in Cleveland, Dellin Betances locked down the ninth for his first save as the Yankees’ new closer. The Mets had runners on second and third with two outs, but Betances struck out Curtis Granderson swinging.
Would anyone really be shocked if Clippard and Warren suddenly became decent set-up guys? The craziest thing about these deals is that besides the loss of Carlos Beltran, the losses of Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman and Ivan Nova really don’t dramatically change the face of this team. Miller and Chapman are awesome, of course, but a mediocre team with a lights out back of the bullpen is still pretty much a mediocre team, especially since they picked up two okay back of the bullpen guys in Clippard and Warren, The drop-off from Miller and Chapman to Clippard and Warren is a significant one, but mostly for a good team, because of the extra leverage. For a mediocre team like the Yankees, it’s not really all that big of a deal. Beltran hurts, but who knows, we might see a Sanchez/McCann DH platoon starting Wednesday and that might not suck. In other words, while the Yankees got worse, they were already bad, so they might not even be that much worse going forwards. They might hang around .500. Since the Yankees likely are not signing anyone this offseason (the only guy I could see them even conceivably signing is Chapman, who can’t get a Qualifying Offer), having a protected pick is not a big deal and the difference between picking #10 and #13-14 is very slight. So if they win some more games, it really doesn’t hurt them that much.
Cashman had himself quite a fire sale.He did a wonderful job.
Monday, August 1, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.351/.363, 2.4 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.320/.366, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.269/.322, -0.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.236/.336/.429, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.292/.321/.450, 1.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.256/.292/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.260/.332/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.252/.320/.327, 0.2 bWAR)
9. CC Sabathia (L) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.254/.319/.387, 8.8 bWAR
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF (.234/.326/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
2. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF (.250/.250/.375, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Neil Walker (S) 2B (.259/.325/.435, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B (.254/.311/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C (.239/.290/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
6. James Loney (L) 1B (.282/.337/.441, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Matt Reynolds (R) SS (.233/.267/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF (.213/.296/.307, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Logan Verrett (R) P (.059/.059/.118, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.314/.410, 1.5 bWAR
Compared to the Mets, the Yankees should be buyers, not sellers…