Monday, July 6, 2015
It has been more than two decades since there was an All-Star Game without either a Yankee or a Met in the starting lineup — a streak that will end this year in Cincinnati.
David Cone was the lone Mets representative in that 1992 game and was joined by Yankees outfielder Roberto Kelly.
And while Cone was focused more on the fact he thought he might be traded that season, he does recall it being unusual to have such a lack of a New York presence.
“It was different,” Cone said. “But the Yankees were in their rough patch at that time, and we were kind of at the end of our run. You could see that coming.”
The difference this time around, according to Cone, is there are some legitimate candidates — especially in The Bronx.
“You’ve got [Mark Teixeira], [Brett] Gardner, [Brian] McCann, [Dellin] Betances,” Cone said after broadcasting Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Rays at the Stadium for YES. “Back then, I don’t know that you could have pointed to any potential snubs.”
Has anyone checked in with Brian C. to make sure he’s ok?
Brett Gardner is tied for 10th in the AL in bWAR by position players, but there are four outfielders ahead of him so I don’t know that I’d really consider him a snub. Hopefully he makes it as a reserve.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
1. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.281/.354)
2. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.267/.322/.390)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH: (.274/.350/.413)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.282/.323/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.282/.368/.429)
6. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.213/.301/.422)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.286/.411)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.319)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.261/.292/.478)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.299/.371/.485)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.307/.371)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.388/.504)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.358/.538)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.333/.477)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.228/.279/.404)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.254/.299/.471)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.246/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.179/.253/.368)
Saturday, July 4, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.275/.310/.358)
2. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.306/.352/.461)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.275/.351/.415)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.274/.317/.372)
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.208/.299/.409)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.225/.282/.351)
7. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.254/.287/.415)
8. Jake Elmore (R) 2B: (.229/.277/.330)
9. Curt Casali (R) C: (.250/.286/.450)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.390/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.359/.537)
5. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.225/.277/.396)
6. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.241/.241/.276)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.250/.293/.338)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.245/.300/.335)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.252/.371)
Friday, July 3, 2015
1. Grady Sizemore (L) DH: (.259/.295/.336)
2. Joey Butler (R) RF: (.314/.358/.474)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.272/.350/.412)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.275/.322/.376)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.286/.370/.435)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.264/.321/.389)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.224/.280/.353)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.251/.285/.408)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.163/.201/.276)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.304/.373/.495)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.305/.372)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.381/.506)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.356/.528)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.333/.470)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.231/.278/.407)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.261/.303/.484)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.240/.290/.326)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.254/.374)
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Jacoby Ellsbury will not come off the disabled list on Friday night against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
Ellsbury did not play Thursday in his scheduled rehab game in Clearwater, Florida. It was the second game in the past four that Ellsbury missed since he began his rehab assignment on Monday. Ellsbury has been out six weeks with a knee sprain.
Words escape me.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
ANAHEIM — The Yankees’ pitchers weren’t taking any chances on Wednesday.
After three straight losses in which the Bombers managed only a run each game, Nathan Eovaldi and the bullpen made sure what they got Wednesday would be enough, combining for a 3-1 win over the Angels.
Eovaldi (8-2) threw 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings before loading the bases in the sixth, but Chasen Shreve’s clutch performance helped keep the starter’s ledger clean for the day. “He’s been doing it all year,” Joe Girardi said of Shreve, who got the final two outs of the sixth with a little help from a nifty Mark Teixeira scoop at first. “We have a ton of confidence in him.”
Shreve pitched a scoreless seventh before Justin Wilson gave up a two-out home run by to right Mike Trout in the eighth, ending the shutout.
Dellin Betances recorded the final four outs for his seventh save, although he put the tying runs on base with two out in the ninth before getting the final out, helping the Yankees avoid a three-game sweep. “You always want a happy flight,” said Garrett Jones, who hit a solo home run to right in the sixth.
The trade with the Marlins finally paid off yesterday.
Shreve has been very good. In fact, he leads the Yankee pitching staff in RE24, which is a fancy way of saying that he’s essentially saved the team the most runs relative to league average given the base and out states of when he pitched. That’s more of a value metric than an ability metric, and it is heavily influenced by the way he’s being deployed, but he’s doing the job when he’s being asked to do it and it’s been key.
Whenever this team starts to go into one of their slumps, I begin to tell myself that they were never very good and they’re just returning to their rightful place, but they always seem to manage to win again when I’m expecting them to crater.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.375/.498)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.300/.369)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.512)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.359/.536)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.265/.335/.473)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.229/.270/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.256/.298/.478)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.235/.287/.324)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.253/.370)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.263/.319/.352)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.318/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.303/.392/.582)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.332/.558)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.324)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.299/.404)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.280/.317)
8. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.181/.283/.268)
9. Efren Navarro (L) 1B: (.268/.316/.324)
Sweep, sweep, sweep…
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Baseball is a game of consistency. That makes the Yankees’ troublesome rotation issues even more disconcerting.
The one consistency the starters have shown is grooving home run pitches and it happened again Tuesday night on a hot night in SoCal.
As far as getting it right time and again, that’s been impossible for these starters, and now Adam Warren, their best starter of late, is pushed to the bullpen because there is a need for a Bridge to Betances.
The starters’ chain is weaker as a result.
Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is one of the best in the business and has been trying to figure out each issue.
“It’s been a mix of some things we need to improve upon and some things that have happened,’’ Rothschild told The Post before the Yankees dropped their third straight Tuesday night, 2-1 to the Angels at Angel Stadium.
Seems to me Nova pitched well enough to win if he had any semblance of an offense behind him yesterday, but yeah, the Yankee rotation certainly isn’t impressing anyone lately as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games.
I’d expect Pineda and Tanaka to pitch better if they are healthy and can’t stay healthy, but I wouldn’t expect them to be or stay healthy. I’ve never felt Eovaldi was going to be particularly good and I don’t think he will be now. Nova’s a wild card, and has looked solid, but I’m not sure how much the Yankees can realistically expect from him. I have no reason to believe that Sabathia’s going to figure out how to pitch with what he has now.
Maybe Luis Severino can come up and give them a temporary boost, but his innings are likely going to be capped.
I guess it’s possible that Pineda/Tanaka/Nova give them enough going forward to remain in contention.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.305/.377/.502)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.389/.520)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.244/.356/.524)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.269/.339/.480)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.263/.312/.433)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.300/.371)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.290/.328)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.183/.256/.375)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.265/.319/.355)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.261/.319/.382)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.390/.583)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.265/.333/.552)
5. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.261/.302/.307)
6. David Freese (R) 3B: (.234/.300/.406)
7. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.183/.272/.307)
8. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.207/.239/.297)
9. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.184/.282/.272)
Let’s see if Nova can strike anyone out tonight.
ANAHEIM — It appears the Yankees have made their decision about the starting rotation, and Adam Warren is headed to the bullpen.
Warren told the Daily News after Monday’s game that he had been informed by the team that he would not start Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Nathan Eovaldi will make that start, pitching on regular rest.
Warren has been more effective than I expected in the rotation, but I’m not sure he’s a great bet to keep pitching to the best ERA+ of any of the Yankees’ top five starters this year. FIP says he’s been a bit worse than all but CC Sabathia, although over Warren’s last 11 starts his FIP of 3.80 is better than Masahiro Tanaka and Sabathia, and about the same as Nathan Eovaldi.
There may be some consideration about Warren’s workload as well, although given his age (27) and the fact that he threw around 150 innings in 2011 and 2012 in the minors I’m not sure it’s a valid one.
Given that, Warren’s previous success in the bullpen and the albatross that is Sabathia’s remaining contract this is not a surprising move.
But I still think it’s annoying.
Monday, June 29, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.493)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.267/.311/.500)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.388/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.354/.529)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.309/.432)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.304/.376)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.224/.250/.328)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.258/.301/.348)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.233/.283/.323)
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.266/.320/.357)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.262/.320/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.389/.575)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.334/.553)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.236/.301/.411)
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.310)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.204/.237/.269)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.245/.257/.343)
9. Daniel Robertson (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
Angels RHB come into tonight’s game hitting .248/.316/.393 against LHP in a league whose RHB are hitting .260/.327/.415 vs. LHP facing CC Sabathia whose allowing a RHB a line of .339/.375/.580 this season.
Statistically, that means CC should actually hold the Angels RHB to a line of .325/.363/.558, which is better than he usually does.
LOS ANGELES — Though His ERA has ballooned to 5.65 in 15 starts this season, CC Sabathia (3-7) usually remains in good spirits before and after games in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He believes he’s going to turn things around.
The coaches believe he’s going to turn things around. (If by only saying he has virtually no chance of heading to the bullpen.)
Andy Pettitte believes he’s going to turn things around.
It’s just a matter of time, they say, a matter of finding a groove that suits him as he figures out how to pitch without a blazing fastball he relied on for so many years of his borderline Hall of Fame career.
I agree. Any year now , I expect it all to click for Sabathia.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I’m going to ignore ERA and FIP and bet on the guy who’s pitched more innings. Better pitchers pitch more often, right?
Saturday, June 27, 2015
HOUSTON — As Masahiro Tanaka was in the process of flushing a six-run lead Saturday against the Astros questions from every pew in the Yankees’ universe flowed concerning his health.
George Springer’s RBI single in the second reduced the lead to four and “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right elbow?” flowed throughout Minute Maid Park.
Chris Carter’s solo homer in the fourth halved the advantage and brought groans of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right wrist?’’
Three runs in the fifth that came on back-to-back homers by Carlos Correa and Luis Altuve tied the score and started a chorus of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right forearm?’’
“My body is fine,’’ Tanaka said after Mark Teixeira delivered a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley homered in the ninth for a 9-6 victory in front of a sold-out gathering of 41,133. “It’s just mechanics.’’
The good news is that the Yankees won and they have The Incomparable Brett Gardner. The bad news is Tanaka had another poor start.
Hopefully it was just one of those days.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.485)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.271/.313/.494)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.289/.390/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.362/.540)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.474)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.304/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.309/.374)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.284/.326)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.236/.263/.345)
1. George Springer (R) CF: (.265/.361/.458)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.282/.309/.513)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.291/.331/.396)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.197/.279/.450)
5. Evan Gattis (R) LF: (.236/.266/.439)
6. Jon Singleton (L) DH: (—-/—-/—-)
7. Domingo Santana (R) RF: (.227/.292/.545)
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.195/.316/.382)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.217/.283/.383)
HOUSTON — It took 16 innings, but the Yankees finally found some offense against the Houston Astros. And of course it was outfielder Chris Young’s doing, who just seems to hit bigger in Texas.
Young, a Houston native, blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Yankees their first runs of the series and powered them to a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It has been quite the homecoming for Young.
More below on him, and how the rest of the evening unfolded in Houston:
What it means: It’s a crowded American League East. With the win, the Yankees (40-34) are now just a half game back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Boston Red Sox Friday. But the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers, 12-2, and sit just a half game back of New York. With the Baltimore Orioles at 38-34, four teams are separated by just two games in the division.
I hadn’t realized just how closely bunched the AL East is.
Friday, June 26, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.292/.365/.482)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.304/.375)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.255/.367/.550)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.342/.483)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.262/.305/.441)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.232/.277/.400)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.259/.302/.469)
8. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.289/.332)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.187/.255/.384)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.270/.366/.465)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.284/.312/.527)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.292/.332/.399)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.199/.279/.455)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.232/.262/.438)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.251/.322/.492)
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.198/.321/.388)
8. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.252/.319/.439)
9. Hank Conger (S) C: (.232/.330/.427)
HOUSTON—The new and improved Alex Rodriguez avoids excuses. When the Yankees are beat thoroughly and they don’t score a run, A-Rod refuses to point out that Joe West’s strike zone was sometimes as big as the state Thursday night’s game was played in.
Nope, A-Rod is going to rightfully say how excellent one of the best pitchers in the game, Dallas Keuchel, threw the ball in the Astros’ 3-0 win over the Yankees.
“Tonight was just a complete domination,” Rodriguez said.
Keuchel became the first pitcher to have two complete games in his first two starts against the Yankees since Teddy Higuera did it in 1985. Not bad. (In August 2014, Keuchel threw a complete game in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium.)
Teddy Higuera used to KILL the Yankees. Ugh.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
1. Chris Young (R) CF: (.253/.298/.468)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.258/.308/.380)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.290/.392/.538)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.259/.369/.557)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.302/.440)
6. Jose Pirela (R) LF: (.255/.283/.373)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.300/.349)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.258/.389)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.200/.256/.286)
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.273/.367/.470)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.300/.329/.557)
3. Jose Altuve (S) 2B: (.285/.326/.386)
4. Luis Valbuena (S) 3B: (.201/.276/.459)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.228/.259/.433)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.249/.319/.492)
7. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.250/.313/.433)
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS: (.242/.269/.391)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.220/.287/.390)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW YORK—In his first big league start of 2015, Ivan Nova led the Yankees to a win in the series finale with a standout performance Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
He helped the Yankees beat the Phillies, 10-2, to avoid being swept by the team with the worst record in baseball. Nova made his season debut following more than a year of rehab after Tommy John surgery in April 2014. It looked like he never left. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
I’m happy to see Nova back on the mound and pitching effectively, although that’s tempered somewhat by the fact that he struck out only one batter and threw only 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes as well as the fact that the Phillies offense stinks.
More importantly his velocity looks like it is back to where it was pre-injury and that makes me optimistic that he will be useful going forward.
So welcome back Ivan.
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.292/.330/.373)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.248/.347/.341)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.319/.368/.604)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.227/.266/.453)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.161/.316/.226)
6. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.281/.349/.544)
7. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.235/.269/.339)
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C: (.227/.296/.264)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.259/.300/.313)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.304/.376)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.384/.536)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.364/.556)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.308/.450)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.292/.356)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.282/.324)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.234/.250/.340)
Phillies go for the sweep.
Asked if he’d keep starting Sabathia, Joe Girardi said, “Yes. He’ll keep working at it. We’ll keep working at it.”
Pressed on what might have to happen to make a change, Girardi added, “You’re asking me a question — I just walked in here, two minutes ago we played a game. He’s a starter for us. That’s what he is and that’s what we’re paying him to do and that’s what he’s going to do.”
And that’s only right. It’s true that Sabathia is not close to the dominant ace that he once was — even he seems to know it, deep down in his pitcher’s heart — but there is a living to be made on competitiveness, location and cutters barreling in on righthanded hitters. Just ask Andy Pettitte. If Sabathia can figure it out, maybe the Yankees have something.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching any games started by CC, and I’m glad I didn’t watch tonight.
Going back to 2013, Sabathia’s allowed 391 hits and 210 runs in 344.2 innings (an RA of 5.48). I realize it’s not realistic that the Yankees will dump him from the rotation given the financial obligation they have remaining to him, but they are actively sabotaging their postseason chances every time they run him out there, and there’s really very little to justify it at this point unless you still think he’s been BABIP-unlucky for three straight seasons now and will rebound to pitch closer to his 4.29 FIP over that stretch going forward.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.287/.325/.366)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.232/.331/.320)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.312/.353/.574)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.231/.271/.463)
5. Jeff Francoeur (R) LF: (.260/.289/.413)
6. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.179/.303/.250)
7. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.264/.328/.491)
8. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.265/.333/.337)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.265/.306/.319)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.290/.361/.472)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.253/.303/.364)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.340/.488)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.260/.306/.442)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.233/.281/.378)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.325)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.256/.273/.372)
There’s no shame in losing to a juggernaut like the 2015 Phillies.
New York’s second in the majors with 326 runs scored, ninth in getting on base at .323, and fourth in slugging at .429, and are in contention for the best record in the AL.
But unless the Yankees can spice up a rotation that’s mired in mediocrity, they have little chance of contending deep into the fall.
Thus, the trade talk surrounding Philadelphia Phillies ace lefty Cole Hamels figures to heat up before the July 31 deadline. New York, and a host of teams around both leagues, have reportedly expressed interest in the 31-year-old All-Star but nothing’s come to fruition, yet. General manager Brian Cashman is expected to be a major player at the trade dealine and Hamels is expected to be a top target.
I’d love to have Hamels in the Yankee rotation, but not at the cost of Aaron Judge and Luis Severino, which may have to be the centerpiece of a reasonable trade to get him.
If the Yankees can make some marginal upgrades, I’d rather they pursue that.
Maikel Franco homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in a four-hit performance and Cesar Hernandez scored three runs, pacing the Phillies’ biggest offensive outburst of the season as they pounded Michael Pineda in an 11-8 victory on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Franco notched the first multi-homer game of his career, slugging his eighth and ninth blasts of the year. Eight of the nine Philadelphia starters logged a hit as they saw Pineda chased with one out in the fourth inning, surrendering eight runs on 11 hits.
Wow, that was an awful game. At least Brett Gardner gave the fans something to be excited about. I don’t like this whole “not know what you’re getting” thing from Pineda. Dude didn’t strike out a single batter! Ugh.
In other news, the Yankees got good news about the MRI on Mark Teixeira’s neck. It seems like nothing is wrong with him structurally. He’ll probably rest Tuesday, as well, but hopefully play on Wednesday (although I wouldn’t be surprised if he took the whole series off).
By the way, it just occurred to me - the Yankees will not have anyone starting in the All-Star Game this year. That will be the first time that’s happened since 1999 (2001, if you’re only counting position players, as Roger Clemens started that game that year). Interestingly enough, though, the Yankees obviously were pretty good in both 1999 and 2001. In fact, they also only had a starting pitcher in the 1998 All-Star Game and that Yankee team was pretty, pretty good. So maybe this is a good sign! One thing that would be nice about the voting is if Nelson Cruz can pass Kendrys Morales, in which case A-Rod has a shot of making the team. I imagine that right now, it is Teix and Betances as the Yankees’ only All-Stars and Teix isn’t even a lock.
Monday, June 22, 2015
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.282/.322/.363)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.225/.324/.308)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 3B: (.294/.338/.522)
4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B: (.232/.273/.468)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.174/.321/.217)
6. Chase Utley (L) DH: (.182/.258/.280)
7. Cameron Rupp (R) C: (.253/.318/.329)
8. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.229/.265/.335)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.258/.300/.309)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.349/.451)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.367)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.282/.384/.524)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.339/.475)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.252/.300/.429)
6. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.224/.275/.365)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.289/.333)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.288/.472)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.188/.254/.390)
Look to FIP and be not dissuaded by that shiny 1.69 ERA.
The Yankees promoted Aaron Judge, their top hitting prospect, to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre late Sunday night, according to reports.
The 23-year-old right fielder showed that his impressive 2014 was no fluke, hitting .284 with 12 homers and 44 RBI while playing steady defense with Double-A Trenton.
My guess is that the Yankees don’t want to promote Judge to MLB this year, but he could force their hand depending on how he performs in AAA.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF: (.280/.342/.448)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.268/.339/.352)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.444/.592)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.214/.307/.265)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.269/.329/.478)
7. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.258/.258/.452)
8. Andrew Romine (S) 3B: (.260/.315/.260)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.323/.372/.391)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.282/.353/.456)
2. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.290/.335)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.386/.529)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.250/.365/.559)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.460)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.235/.287/.383)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.243/.289/.479)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.181/.246/.357)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) 3B: (.300/.364/.500)
Saturday, June 20, 2015
If there’s one thing Alex Rodriguez knows about, it’s drama.
A-Rod wasted no time in giving the Yankee Stadium fans what they wanted Friday night, drilling the first pitch he saw from Justin Verlander over the right-field wall for his 3,000th hit.
Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also went deep, with Gardner’s two-run shot in the fifth serving as the decisive blow in the Yankees’ 7-2 win over the Tigers. Adam Warren pitched eight strong innings to earn his fifth victory, extending the Yankees’ winning streak to three.
The redemption of Rodriguez has to be one of the best things going on in the 2015 Yankees’ season.
Friday, June 19, 2015
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.284/.324/.383)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.271/.343/.357)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.342/.446/.598)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.216/.308/.270)
5. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.335/.492)
6. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.265/.327/.478)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.221/.268/.333)
8. Bryan Holaday (R) C: (.259/.259/.481)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.333/.383/.403)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.265/.341/.422)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.301/.368)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.278/.384/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.364/.570)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.250/.289/.402)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.283/.303)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.169/.238/.353)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.264/.305/.377)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.263/.300/.579)
NEW YORK—Before the pandemonium ensued—before fans screamed for Alex Rodriguez, then booed a Marlins pitcher in his honor, before the Yankees went on a four-run barrage in the eighth inning against Miami on Thursday night—there was a tied ballgame at Yankee Stadium.
Before reporters huddled around Rodriguez’s locker to ask him about closing in on 3,000 hits, they swarmed Carlos Beltran’s to ask him about that tie he broke open with his game-winning, two-run homer in the Yankees’ 9-4 win over the Marlins.
Before Beltran acknowledged his success, he first took a second to reflect on his shortcomings earlier in the game—striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning, popping out with two men on in the fifth.
Beltran’s actually hitting fairly well since May 1, with a line of .294/.326/.471. I don’t know how sustainable that is, but if he hits along those lines for the rest of the season he would end up with a line of something like .275/.310/.440. Not great, and with his defense probably not even an average player, but possibly an above replacement level player.
Alex Rodriguez was denied an opportunity for his 3000th career hit when he walked in the eighth, but he’s got the upcoming series with Detroit to try and get it at home.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.374/.414)
2. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.332/.412)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.238/.307/.337)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.346/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.281/.336/.380)
6. Jeff Baker (R) DH: (.250/.339/.481)
7. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.265/.342/.441)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B: (.160/.192/.240)
9. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.150/.190/.200)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.340/.409)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.247/.295/.366)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.274/.379/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.254/.368/.574)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.260/.324/.458)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.285/.388)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.285/.305)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.172/.239/.359)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.200/.200/.467)
Oh joy. It’s CC day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez moved within three hits of 3,000 and the Yankees benefited from an overturned call at home plate, holding on for a 2-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda retired 18 of the first 20 Marlins he faced, issuing two walks, before Christian Yelich broke up the bid with a homer to right-center field leading off the seventh. It was another close call for the Marlins, who were nearly no-hit by the Braves’ Shelby Miller on May 17. Pineda settled for nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings, registering his eighth victory of the season.
It sure looked like all Pineda’s great pitching was going to be for naught, but the Marlins’ apparent tying run was reversed upon review.
If the Yankees could pitch Tanaka, Pineda and Betances every game, they’d be really really good, wouldn’t they?
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.357/.379/.420)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.444/.500/1.000)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.236/.303/.320)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH: (.265/.351/.616)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.282/.337/.382)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.270/.336/.450)
7. Jeff Mathis (R) C: (.188/.235/.250)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.303/.332/.416)
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF: (.288/.342/.338)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.262/.341/.407)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.246/.292/.367)
3. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.468)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.267/.369/.500)
5. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.247/.293/.403)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.276/.384)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.237/.291/.312)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.174/.238/.364)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (.167/.167/.500)
FIP never lies. Except when it does.
MIAMI — Any hope the Yankees had of getting Jacoby Ellsbury back from the disabled list before July 1 vanished Tuesday. Now, manager Joe Girardi has his fingers crossed the center fielder and leadoff hitter returns before the All-Star break.
“I sure hope so,’’ Girardi said of Ellsbury being able to come back before the July 13-16 break.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
MIAMI—When internal information of the Houston Astros was hacked and leaked last June, the Yankees took measures to ensure the same didn’t happen to their organization.
General manager Brian Cashman shed some light on those measures prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins.
A report circulated on Tuesday morning about the FBI and Justice Department investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly obtaining unauthorized access to Houston’s computer system. Cashman, calling the Astros’ personnel “intelligent people,” thought everybody would go through the process of researching vulnerabilities to prevent a breach. He made the final call concerning steps the Yankees made to feel more secure.
When an employee leaves, for example, his/her access gets shut down and the equipment is captured. Still, as Cashman put it, “You can’t take what people know.”
You definitely don’t want anyone hacking into the system that suggested that signing Carlos Beltran for three years was a good idea.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.266/.346/.413)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.291/.313)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.256/.368/.580)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.261/.327/.467)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.250/.297/.373)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.277/.381)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.273/.438)
8. Brendan Ryan (R) 2B: (.400/.500/.800)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (.000/.000/.000)
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B: (.352/.375/.417)
2. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B: (.400/.400/1.200)
3. Christian Yelich (L) LF: (.230/.295/.316)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF: (.261/.349/.606)
5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF: (.278/.332/.380)
6. Justin Bour (L) 1B: (.274/.343/.463)
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C: (.236/.266/.376)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS: (.300/.329/.405)
9. David Phelps (R) P: (.053/.100/.053)
Oh joy. Pitchers “hitting.”
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if David Phelps out-pitched Nathan Eovaldi?
BALTIMORE — While the Yankees have needs in other departments, they aren’t ignoring what they perceive to be the lifeblood of any team: starting pitching.
The Yankees sent scout Jeff Datz to Wrigley Field Friday and Saturday to watch Reds right-handers Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake. Each will be a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds are expected to seriously listen to offers before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Like all clubs, the Yankees scout potential free agents throughout the season to be ready for trades or signings during the offseason.
Of the two, the 29-year-old Cueto is the front-end starter so many teams are looking for as pennant races intensify. The 27-year-old Leake is viewed as a third or fourth starter.
It seems to me that they’d be better off adding non-replacement level hitters in the middle infield if they’re going to give up the prospects needed to get one of these two pitchers. And if they’re going to trade for one of these guys while still running the remains of CC Sabathia out there every fifth day, I don’t quite see the point.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Propelled by Derek Dietrich’s go-ahead home run in the seventh, the Marlins snuck by the Yankees, 2-1, on Monday at Marlins Park. Dietrich’s first long ball of the season followed seven strong innings from righty Tom Koehler, who allowed just one run as he outdueled Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who surrendered only two.
“I know I say the same word every time, but he’s just gritty and he’s gutty and he battles through,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Koehler. “He had his curveball working out there and worked both sides of the plate. He grinded through seven innings and gave us
The Yankees jumped ahead in the second inning when Mark Teixeira blasted a solo home run for his 18th of the season. But Miami answered immediately with an Adeiny Hechavarria RBI single in the bottom of the frame.
The starting pitchers kept the score intact until the seventh when Dietrich, leading off, connected on a 2-0 pitch and sent it over the right-field fence. Miami’s Carter Capps then struck out the side in the eighth and Yankees righty Sergio Santos escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom half before Marlins closer A.J. Ramos earned his ninth save of the year, getting pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez to fly out to end the game.
Poor Tanaka. He pitched well. The Yankees are now officially out of first place for the first time in nearly a month, May 25th.
Sergio Santos really pitched the hell out of the 8th inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam with no outs (Jose Ramirez’s career just went past his eyes). Tanaka was too good for me to be too upset with the loss, but it sure isn’t fun for the Yankees to be out of first. Luckily, the Blue Jays tied the Mets in the ninth and actually took the lead in the 11th before the Mets had a two-out, two-run rally to end the Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak. So that’s something. It’s very little, but it is something!
The Yankees decided to give Masahiro Tanaka just one run over seven innings, so the Yankees now trail the Marlins 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
John Ryan Murphy delivered a go-ahead two-run double off Brian Matusz in the fifth inning and the Yankees held on for a 5-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, salvaging the final game of a weekend series at Camden Yards.
Murphy’s two-out hit ricocheted off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado and came after the Yankees worked four straight walks to open the inning, including one by Garrett Jones with the bases loaded that tied the game.
“I got into a good count; he left me a good pitch to hit,” Murphy said. “Any inning we score runs is a good inning, but of course when it’s a tied game it feels a little bit better.”
Baltimore starter Mike Wright walked all three batters he faced in the frame before exiting, charged with five runs in four-plus innings.
“I didn’t feel like I was pitching frustrated,” Wright said. “I was trying to battle the whole game, but they were just a little bit better than I was today.”
Yankees starter Adam Warren lasted just 4 2/3 innings, permitting three runs and six hits, before yielding to the bullpen. It snapped a string of five straight quality starts by the right-hander. Chasen Shreve earned the victory with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Dellin Betances recorded his third save.
At least they didn’t get swept! This is likely Warren’s second-to-last start, with Nova’s return imminent, Warren will likely become Dellin Betances’ top set-up man.
I don’t know why the Yankee hitters even bother trying to come back in these games, since their pitchers just keep giving the lead right back to the Orioles. This has been one depressing series, especially with Toronto on the verge of winning their twelfth straight game today.
Friday, June 12, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.276/.352/.433)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.245/.293/.373)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.270/.373/.505)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.245/.361/.568)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.264/.327/.477)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.279/.389)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.288/.304)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.235/.369)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.274/.327/.469)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.294/.323/.469)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.311/.351/.518)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.222/.311/.458)
5. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.210/.229/.286)
6. Travis Snider (L) RF: (.262/.340/.341)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF: (.200/.429/.800)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.250/.348/.425)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.234/.314/.369)
Needing steady help for their bullpen, the Nationals added a veteran hard-throwing right-hander to the mix Thursday, acquiring 29-year-old reliever David Carpenter from the Yankees for minor league infielder Tony Renda.
Carpenter struggled with the Yankees this season but posted a 2.63 ERA in two seasons with the Braves in 2013-2014. The Nationals took a low-risk gamble for the chance to fix Carpenter.
I realize it’s not the popular opinion around here, but I think that the Yankees gave up on Carpenter too soon, and I think he will pitch better than any Yankee reliever not named Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances over the rest of this season.
Renda seems like a non-prospect to me. Not much of a hitter, and can’t play any position besides 2B, but at least Hal gets to save some money on Carpenter’s salary.
Here are some of Renda’s projections heading into this season:
He’s in his age 24 season and is hitting .267/.333/.340 in AA which translates to an MLE in the neighborhood of .215/.265/.275.
If he can only play 2B, then I can’t imagine his defense makes up for that kind of offense, but whatever.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
NEW YORK—On Wednesday, after a 5-4 loss in 11 innings to the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees announced that closer Andrew Miller would be placed on the disabled list with a strained mass flexor muscle.
The flexor muscles are the muscles that bend or flex fingers. The Flexor Pronator Mass is in your forearm by the elbow. The tendons that connect arm muscles to finger bones stretch from the elbow to the fingers. These muscles and tendons allow a pitcher to grip or throw a ball. Muscle and tendon strains are actually tears.
It sounds like the MRI that was performed on Miller yesterday showed no evidence of ligament damage, so I feel a bit less worried that this will be a long-term issue. If it’s truly just a muscle strain, he should only miss a month or so.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
NEW YORK—Denard Span’s back is fine, apparently. The center fielder’s RBI infield single in the 11th inning gave the Nationals just enough for a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. In his return to the lineup after back tightness, Span narrowly beat out the throw from second baseman Stephen Drew, which allowed Tyler Moore to score the winning run.
Nathan Eovaldi and Gio Gonzalez each tallied quality starts. Eovaldi gave up three runs in seven-plus innings, while Gonzalez allowed two in 6 1/3 innings. Neither pitcher factored into the decision—Blake Treinen picked up the win, Chris Capuano took the loss and Drew Storen collected his 19th save.
Joe Girardi’s bizarre bullpen management in this game made a bit more sense with the news that Andrew Miller is heading to the DL with a forearm strain. Luckily, forearm strains rarely mean anything major, right?
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.356/.434)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.299/.381)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.272/.377/.508)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.351/.566)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.266/.330/.485)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.249/.281/.398)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.277/.455)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.268/.268/.390)
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS: (—-/—-/—-)
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
NEW YORK—Two homers from Stephen Drew and a seventh-inning barrage helped lead the Yankees to their seventh straight victory, a 6-1 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings of one-run ball to pick up his fourth win. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer fell to 6-5.
Early homers from Drew and Bryce Harper had the game tied at 1 until the Yankees opened it up in the seventh.
Ramon Flores got the rally going with a one-out single to right field, and Brett Gardner followed suit with a single of his own to left. Alex Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice, and when Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond tried to throw Flores out at third, the ball hit the runner and scooted past third baseman Anthony Rendon, allowing Flores to score. Desmond was charged with the error. Later in the inning, Brian McCann hit a two-run single to right field, and Carlos Beltran made it 5-1 when his single brought in Mark Teixeira. Drew’s second homer of the game, in the eighth, gave the Yanks a 6-1 advantage.
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.291/.333/.456)
2. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B: (.200/.250/.267)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) DH: (.325/.383/.397)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.326/.464/.706)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.213/.270/.353)
6. Clint Robinson (L) LF: (.246/.292/.328)
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.263/.285/.380)
8. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.242/.286/.383)
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.257/.360/.459)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.278/.355/.438)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.301/.386)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.280/.386/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.237/.348/.565)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.255/.321/.473)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.243/.277/.395)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.238/.294/.311)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.168/.232/.335)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.182/.182/.227)
“Kaprielian is a guy we’ve scouted for a long time, and we’re really happy we were able to get him,” Oppenheimer said. “He has three quality pitches, throws strikes and generates a lot of swings-and-misses. On top of that, he has great make-up. He compiled a quality track record in a good league and performed well for Team USA.”
At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Kaprielian was ranked No. 19 among prospects by Baseball America entering the draft and was its ninth-best pitcher. The Mariners picked him out of high school in 2012.
Kaprielian was the Yankees’ highest pick since they had the No. 13 overall selection in 1993.
I was sort of hoping that the Yankees would use the 16th pick on a high upside player, which does not seem to describe Kaprielian, but he has a chance to be a valuable contributor fairly quickly which seems to make this a reasonably solid pick, if a bit unexciting.
The Yankees’ second pick seems like a reach to me, but what the hell do I know about this crap?
Scouting report: Holder is considered perhaps the best defensive shortstop in this year’s class, but his offense is still a work-in-progress, according to reports. But Holder took a step forward this spring and appears to have an advanced approach at the plate, walking (19) as often as he struck out in his final college season.
Why they chose him: The Yankees chose Holder because they saw him as the best player available. It also helps that his lefty swing might provide him extra power, considering Yankee Stadium’s right-field short porch. Also, the pick fits the Yankees’ focus in recent years of filling the middle of the field with excellent fielders — think the additions of Didi Gregorius, Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan.
When I think “Excellence in Fielding”, I definitely think of Sir Gregorius.
Scouting report: Degano had Tommy John surgery two years ago but throws the ball hard and keep it down in the zone. He misses bats and his several good pitches. He’s older than most (22) and has undergone that surgery, but the fact that he’s bounced back nicely means he should remain healthy.
Why they chose him: Degano popped up basically out of nowhere this year after redshirting in 2014 with the Sycamores. He throws a consistent 90-94 mph fastball with an above-average curveball, his best off-speed pitch.
Never hurts to add a lefty who throws in the 90s, although again I don’t see major upside with this pick. I guess we have to hope for upside from some of their IFA signings prior to the draft.
Monday, June 8, 2015
2015 1st Day of the Draft Thread
The Yankees are actually playing solid baseball right now. It’s pretty cool. I’m watching games again. Unfortunately, there is no game tonight.
On the plus side the draft starts tonight AND we no longer have to watch Bud Selig read out the draft picks.Can life get better?
Tonight’s broadcast will extend through the end of the Competitive Balance B round. That’s 75 picks. The Yankees will have 3 of those.
The first is 16th overall for being pretty mediocre last year. Then they’ll pick 30th overall as compensation for letting Robertson go. The Yankees also have the 57th overall pick as part of the second round. They get that pick just for existing. Isn’t that nice.
This is a little less exciting than the 2013 draft when the Yankees had 3 1st round picks. But their top pick at 16 is considerably higher than the 26 they had 2 years ago, so it’s still pretty exciting.
In 2013 the Yankees added some serious prospects to their system in Jagielo (26) and Judge (32), both of whom are punishing AA pitchers, as well as a quality arm with Clarkin (33). Unfortunately Clarkin has yet to pitch this year due to a lingering injury (please not TJ). It would be nice if they could do something similar this year.
I’m not going to go over a ton of players before the draft, RAB already does a solid job of that and McDaniels at Fangraphs has been providing solid amateur content for the last few months.
Apparently, the general feeling is that this draft class is less impressive than the last few years and the next couple, but it’s relatively deep in quality arms. I’d be pretty surprised if the Yankees don’t take at least one arm tonight.
Rounds 3-10 take place on Tuesday and the final 30 rounds zip by on Wednesday.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.311/.319)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.375/.553)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.254/.303/.493)
4. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.292/.427)
5. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.271/.335/.397)
6. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.174/.273/.287)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.198/.226/.267)
8. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.190/.263/.329)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.282/.339/.376)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.279/.357/.426)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.252/.302/.388)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.283/.384/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.242/.355/.577)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.247/.281/.402)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.220/.276/.432)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.237/.237/.263)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.200/.255/.311)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.236/.294/.311)
Saturday, June 6, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.266/.312/.320)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.284/.377/.544)
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.252/.300/.495)
4. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.276/.336/.403)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.238/.293/.426)
6. Matt Joyce (L) LF: (.187/.262/.323)
7. C.J. Cron (R) DH: (.204/.225/.276)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.304/.322/.464)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.284/.339/.379)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.274/.351/.425)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.305/.393)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.284/.374/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.353/.581)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.319/.456)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.241/.276/.400)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.229/.289/.299)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.173/.238/.345)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.167/.167/.167)
Friday, June 5, 2015
1. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.271/.318/.327)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.289/.379/.552)
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B: (.258/.305/.505)
4. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.266/.325/.396)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.237/.290/.429)
6. Matt Joyce (L) DH: (.179/.251/.311)
7. Chris Iannetta (R) C: (.188/.270/.304)
8. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF: (.120/.185/.200)
9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.285/.337/.382)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.271/.350/.414)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.307/.398)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.270/.364/.517)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.357/.575)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.248/.315/.452)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.258/.292/.452)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.290/.303)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.165/.232/.305)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.143/.143/.143)
FIP’s calling this one a dead heat, so I don’t know what to think.
This Monday’s draft contains more intrigue for the Yankees, who own the 16th and 30th selections, than perhaps any other in recent history. No. 16 is the club’s highest pick since 1993, when they took pitcher Matt Drews at 13. Drews never made it to the majors.
For the past two-plus decades, the Yankees have chosen no earlier than 20th except for 2005, when they picked shortstop C.J. Henry at 17.
In the early 1990s, the Yankees had a top-10 pick for three straight years. In 1990, they chose Carl Everett with the 10th pick. Everett had a pretty good career, but is probably best remembered for not believing in dinosaurs.
In 1991, the Yankees selected Brien Taylor with the No. 1 overall pick. Taylor missed out on the team’s dynasty, never throwing a major league pitch after severely damaging his left shoulder in a fight.
In 1992, the Yankees, at No. 6, decided on a high school kid from Kalamazoo, Michigan, named Derek Jeter. Whatever happened to him?
The draft is a crapshoot, but having two picks in the top 30 is a pretty nice chance to get a player or two who could be important to the Yankees future.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
SEATTLE—Masahiro Tanaka returned from a monthlong stint on the disabled list to throw seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees swept a three-game series over the Mariners with a 3-1 win on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Tanaka, pitching for the first time since April 23 due to a strained right forearm, allowed just three hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in an efficient 78-pitch outing as he improved to 3-1 with a 2.76 ERA in six starts this season.
Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker (2-6. 5.80 ERA) allowed just five hits in eight innings, but was hurt by the long ball as Mark Teixeira hit his 16th homer of the season with a solo shot in the second and Garrett Jones launched his second in the past two games with a two-run blast in the fourth.
The American League East-leading Yankees improved to 29-25 with their eighth straight win at Safeco Field dating back to 2013, while Seattle lost its fifth straight in falling to 24-29 overall and 1-6 on this homestand.
Tanaka was very effective, and his stuff looked very sharp from the highlights I saw.
Unfortunately, Brian McCann left the game with some sort of foot soreness which may or may not end up being a big problem.
Sweeping Seattle salvaged a road trip that started out disastrously. The Yankees just may be the best team in the sorry AL East.
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.277/.357/.424)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.308/.396)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.274/.366/.526)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.359/.565)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.316/.455)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.254/.290/.407)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.168/.236/.311)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.224/.283/.296)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.182/.182/.182)
1. Logan Morrison (L) 1B: (.245/.322/.386)
2. Austin Jackson (R) CF: (.267/.314/.351)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B: (.249/.291/.337)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH: (.330/.387/.640)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B: (.280/.333/.477)
6. Seth Smith (L) RF: (.261/.323/.486)
7. Brad Miller (L) SS: (.224/.315/.408)
8. Dustin Ackley (L) LF: (.185/.227/.319)
9. Mike Zunino (R) C: (.183/.240/.373)
Let’s see if Tanaka can stay healthy…
SEATTLE—Garrett Jones launched a three-run home run off veteran southpaw Joe Beimel with two out in the top of the 11th inning on Tuesday night to give the Yankees a 5-3 victory over the Mariners.
“He’s always been a tough at-bat, especially lefty on lefty,” Jones said. “I was just going up there, wanting to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on something. Just hit it hard and make it tough on the defenders there with two outs. I got 2-0 and he gave me a good pitch over the heart of the plate.”
“It was a decent pitch, but I was behind and he’s probably looking for a fastball there,” said Beimel. “I was trying to keep it down and away, but it kind of just went down and he hit it. That’s what happens when you fall behind like that.”
Mariners left-hander Mike Montgomery threw six innings of one-run ball in his Major League debut, but wound up with a no-decision after closer Fernando Rodney surrendered a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Stephen Drew.
“It just was an all-around great team win tonight,” Drew said. “It was a lot of fun, the game was going back and forth, and it was fun to be a part of.”
Garrett Jones and Stephen Drew getting hits in the same game? Amazing.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.273/.352/.413)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.223/.281/.446)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.282/.372/.541)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.358/.566)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.306/.399)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.242/.278/.406)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.222/.222/.250)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.205/.267/.333)
9. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.160/.231/.301)
1. Austin Jackson (R) CF: (.244/.284/.315)
2. Willie Bloomquist (R) SS: (.178/.196/.200)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B: (.246/.290/.337)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) RF: (.333/.389/.652)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B: (.277/.332/.479)
6. Rickie Weeks (R) DH: (.181/.280/.278)
7. Logan Morrison (L) 1B: (.240/.320/.385)
8. Justin Ruggiano (R) LF: (.203/.311/.359)
9. Mike Zunino (R) C: (.183/.240/.373)
Chris Young sure fell back down to earth in a hurry, huh?
FIP cannot predict this game, because Montgomery has no FIP. I am confused and frightened.
SEATTLE—As a rookie trying to make a lasting impression on the big league stage, Michael Pineda took advantage of his close proximity to Felix Hernandez, scooping up morsels of knowledge from the reigning Cy Young Award winner about life in the Majors.
Four years later, Pineda bumped up against his former teammate on a night when the King looked anything but royal. The pupil beat the teacher, dethroning Hernandez with a nine-strikeout performance in the Yankees’ 7-2 victory over the Mariners on Monday at Safeco Field.
“I’m very excited today for this game,” Pineda said. “I’m very happy to be here again and pitching in Safeco Field. I’m happy tonight.”
While Hernandez wobbled, unraveling after the third inning to permit seven runs—including a Mark Teixeira grand slam—while walking five, Pineda held the line to log his seventh victory, presenting Seattle with few opportunities to get back in the game.
Who saw that coming?
Monday, June 1, 2015
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.274/.351/.417)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.308/.402)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.281/.369/.545)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.239/.355/.552)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.253/.322/.467)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.241/.273/.401)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.221/.283/.297)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.157/.225/.301)
9. Ramon Flores (L) LF: (.143/.143/.143)
1. Logan Morrison (L) 1B: (.240/.321/.389)
2. Robinson Cano (L) 2B: (.251/.295/.344)
3. Nelson Cruz (R) RF: (.335/.392/.660)
4. Kyle Seager (L) 3B: (.272/.328/.478)
5. Seth Smith (L) DH: (.261/.325/.478)
6. Austin Jackson (R) CF: (.236/.277/.301)
7. Brad Miller (L) SS: (.228/.311/.414)
8. Mike Zunino (R) C: (.188/.247/.384)
9. Dustin Ackley (L) LF: (.188/.230/.325)
Since FIP is more predictive than ERA, the Yankees will win this one 3.18-2.50, right?
OAKLAND—As the season’s second month peels off the calendar, the Yankees are trying to determine who they really are. The standings say they are a first-place team, and they have shown themselves to be the kind of club that can run off a dominant 18-6 tear, but then there are also gut-punches like this.
Filing out of the Coliseum after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Athletics, the Yankees absorbed their third defeat in four contests against last-place Oakland—a series that felt a bit too much like some of the season’s earlier, ugly displays.
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and added an RBI single in the eighth, guiding the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the A’s at the Coliseum on Saturday night and putting New York in position to split the four-game series in Sunday’s matinee.
Beltran’s one-out shot to straightaway center field off A’s starter Jesse Hahn was his fourth of the year, and just the third home run allowed by Hahn in 59 2/3 innings.
“It’s great. At the end of the day, it’s about wins,” Beltran said. “It feels good every time we’re capable of helping the team to win a ballgame. Today was a good day for me, at the same time it was a good day for the ballclub. We needed this one. Tomorrow we have a chance to leave this place with an even series.”
Oh boy, they can possibly split a series with the team with the worst record in baseball! I kid, I kid, the Yankees are mediocre enough that if you told me they’d split this series beforehand, I’d totally take it, especially with the Capuano/Gray match-up in Game 2.
The men of the hour are Carlos Beltran, slowly turning his season around (offensively, at least - he’s still a statue out there in right field), who effectively won the game with a go-ahead home run and Chasen Shreve, giving Joe Girardi someone he can rely on other than Betances and Miller in the bullpen (those two guys were excellent, as well, but that’s not as surprising). Justin Wilson is actually pretty decent, too, but only in a LOOGY sense. We give Cashman guff for the Banuelos trade, but at least Shreve is pitching well and he’s young.
Shane Greene (they guy the Yankees needed to get Eovaldi to replace) got his ass kicked tonight and Martin Prado (the guy the Yankees gave up to acquire Eovaldi) is OPSing below .700 (although obviously still well ahead of Stephen Drew), so the Nathan Eovaldi trade isn’t a total disaster, all said and done. But boy, he sure doesn’t seem that impressive.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
A four-run third inning backed A’s ace Sonny Gray, who did his part by completing eight solid innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Friday night, securing Oakland its second straight win.
Gray fired four no-hit innings, before Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit his fourth home run in as many games to lead off the fifth. Shortstop Didi Gregorius doubled off Gray and scored in the sixth, but that’s all the right-hander would allow, while maintaining the American League’s best ERA, at 1.82.
Yankees lefty Chris Capuano was on the hook for four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. A’s first baseman Stephen Vogt collected two of those hits, including a two-run double to highlight the pivotal four-run fourth, and third baseman Brett Lawrie notched his second home run of the series with a two-run shot in the eighth off lefty Jacob Lindgren to make it 6-2.
I think this game was always likely to be a loss, which makes the previous night’s efforts stand out more in terms of importance, which is why it was a shame that it came down to a choice of David Carpenter and CC Sabathia in the 7th inning of a tie game. That said, the player I would have chosen to pitch the 7th was Jacob Lindgren, and he pitched tonight in a 4-2 game and was pretty terrible, giving up three hits and a walk in surrendering two runs. That said, even in the midst of his awful inning, he did show some sharp stuff, getting a big strikeout with runners on first and third. But yeah, I think the main thing to note is that outside their dominant eighth and ninth inning guys, the Yankees bullpen is quite suspect. Hell, it is so poor that I honestly wouldn’t blame them if they went out and signed Rafael Soriano, and he’s pretty darn mediocre.
You’d like to think that the Yankees can do better in the next two games, but, well, they’re just not that good of a team, so predicting anything is difficult.
In other bad news, Slade Heathcott is out for at least a month due to a severe quad sprain. Very sad. Ramon Flores will be up tomorrow. He’s no great shakes, but he is probably better than either Chris Young or Garrett Jones at this point. The bigger issue is that Stephen Drew just cannot stay in the starting lineup anymore. He’s on a one-year deal, he offers very little upside, you don’t even need to cut him, just send Jose Pirela to the minors and call up Robert Refsnyder and give him second base duties and have Drew be a defensive replacement and occasional starter at shortstop with Didi Gregorius, who looks like Rod Carew out there compared to Drew. The Yankees even have an open spot on the 40-man roster (Domingo German is out for the year but hasn’t been placed on the 60-Day DL yet)! It just doesn’t make any sense. Tonight, down four runs in the ninth, the Yankees had two men on with two out and Mark Teixeira ready to pinch-hit for Gregorius if a man got on - but Drew’s spot was up and Drew was the only real option to bat there and, of course, he made out to end the game. Just call up Refsnyder!
Friday, May 29, 2015
One of these pitchers is not like the other.
Billy Burns and Brett Lawrie homered, and the A’s posted a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break ahead and claim a 5-4 series-opening victory over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Thursday evening.
Lawrie wiped away a two-run Yankees lead in the sixth with a two-run home run off left-hander CC Sabathia, who allowed eight hits in six-plus innings and was charged with all five runs, and the A’s went ahead in the seventh when Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk against right-hander David Carpenter.
Yankees catcher Brian McCann notched his seventh homer of the season and third in as many days with a solo shot against A’s starter Kendall Graveman in the second, one of McCann’s three hits on the night. Alex Rodriguez’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly gave him 1,996 career RBIs, tying him with Barry Bonds for second on the all-time list, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Brett Gardner drove in Garrett Jones with a two-out RBI double in the ninth off A’s closer Tyler Clippard to make it 5-4, but Chase Headley flew out to center for the final out.
Definitely an ugly loss. The seventh inning was a mess. I get that CC and David Carpenter seemed like equally shitty options to Girardi, so I can sort of kind of see why he would start the seventh with CC, but the leash has got to be microscopic, he should have been pulled after the first guy got on. By the way, okay, if you don’t trust Lindgren, what about Shreve over Carpenter for now?
Once again the offense really couldn’t do much after the early innings, although there was a tease in the ninth with a ribbie double by Gardner.
Oh well, at least tomorrow is an automatic win with Capuano vs. Gray.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Alex Rodriguez belted a go-ahead three-run homer and right-hander Michael Pineda delivered 6 2/3 superb innings as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Royals with a 4-2 victory on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
The Royals lost their fourth straight, their longest losing streak since late August, and dropped into a tie for first place in the American League Central with surging Minnesota.
Brian McCann homered for the Yankees in the second inning before Rodriguez lined a laser just over the wall in left field in the third.
Pineda gave up six hits and one run while walking one and striking out eight.
Chris Young took the loss for the Royals, going six innings and giving up four runs. He walked two and struck out seven. Young had given up just one earned run total in his previous four starts.
Well, that was a pleasant surprise. The amount of power A-Rod has is ridiculous. He barely looked like he exerted himself on the three-run home run.
It was great to see Pineda return to form. He’s going to have to perform well for the next month if he wants to be the Yankees’ token All-Star representative.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Right-hander Adam Warren threw 6 1/3 strong innings, while Mark Teixeira drove in four runs with a double and a homer as the Yankees rolled to a 5-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Royals dropped their third straight, the first time they have lost three straight games in nearly eight months. Kansas City dropped four straight over the final four days in August.
Warren gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out five. He retired the first 10 hitters he faced until Mike Moustakas beat out a hit into short right field against the shift.
Alex Rodriguez reached base three times for the Yankees and scored twice.
Adam Warren has really come into his own recently. Here’s the tricky thing, when/if Tanaka returns, who goes to the bullpen? The issue is that Warren is the better pitcher, but he’s also the better reliever while Capuano is not all that helpful as a reliever, so who do you pull from the rotation - the better starter who can be used as a high leverage reliever or the worse starter who would only become a long man if pulled from the rotation?
Monday, May 25, 2015
The Yankees snapped their six-game losing streak in grand fashion on Monday, cruising to a 14-1 victory over the Royals in the series opener at Yankee Stadium.
Losers of six straight and 10 of their past 11, the Yankees wasted no time in jumping all over Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, knocking the veteran right-hander out of the game before he could record an out in the second inning. In the second-shortest start of his career, Guthrie allowed a career-worst 11 earned runs. He gave up four homers and allowed 13 of the 16 batters he faced to reach base.
Eight of those 11 runs—and three of the homers—came in the first inning as the Yankees staked right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to an 8-0 lead. New York continued to pour it on in the second inning, as the first two batters reached before Stephen Drew ended Guthrie’s day with another home run, a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 11-0.
On the one hand, obviously it is very good to see the Yankees have a rare laugher. On the other hand, boy, where the hell was this run support the last 11 games?!
Still, better to get a win than not! I think the Yankees should keep Headley in the #2 hole. He is an interesting guy there. Meanwhile, Slade Heathcott. Holy crap, right?
Lost in the offense is the fact that Nathan Eovaldi was excellent today. One of his best starts of the season. Jacob Lindgren got to make his Major League debut today and he was shockingly good. Oh wait, did I say shockingly? I meant “predictably.” Hopefully he gets some higher leverage innings soon (or rather, hopefully the Yankees keep winning big and there is no need for high leverage innings - hey, if I’m going to dream, I might as well dream big, right?).
KCR: TBA vs. NYY: TBA
Memorial Day is a good time to say thank you to all who served our country and particularly those who made the supreme sacrifice. Thank you to all vets and their families.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.
Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York’s bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.
The Kansas City Royals come to town tomorrow and, well, yeah, the Yankees are kind of screwed. After already being screwed due to losing their last six games. Not good times.
TEX: Yovani Gallardo, RHP vs. NYY: Chris Capuano, LHP
Saturday, May 23, 2015
TEX: Nick Martinez, RHP vs. NYY: CC Sabathia, LHP
Friday, May 22, 2015
1. Delino DeShields (R) LF: (.279/.405/.393)
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF: (.234/.316/.445)
3. Prince Fielder (L) DH: (.340/.397/.488)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B: (.259/.296/.416)
5. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B: (.312/.382/.506)
6. Elvis Andrus (R) SS: (.224/.289/.280)
7. Leonys Martin (L) CF: (.208/.246/.308)
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C: (.190/.300/.440)
9. Thomas Field (R) 2B: (.222/.300/.444)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.290/.363/.427)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.237/.271/.389)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.246/.346/.554)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.252/.377/.588)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.234/.293/.387)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.283/.385)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.182/.263/.339)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.214/.276/.250)
9. Slade Heathcott (L) CF: (—-/—-/—-)
Pretty cool to see Heathcott in the starting lineup, regardless of where his career goes from here. Not as cool to see Beltran. Or Drew. Or Gregorius. Or….
MOOSIC, Pa. — He threw 41 pitches, 25 of them for strikes against a Triple-A team. But all that mattered for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka was that he made his pitches without pain or problems.
Feeling no discomfort, “not at all,” he said, Tanaka went three innings for the Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate Thursday in his first rehab start. He gave up a double in a 12-pitch first inning, went through a 1-2-3 second inning and then required 22 pitches to get out of the third, in which he surrendered a single but struck out two.
“I felt pretty good out there. I was able to use all my pitches. So I felt pretty good,” Tanaka, speaking through a translator, said to a gathering of more than three dozen media types at PNC Field.
Final tally: three innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, two strikeouts. He hit 92 mph with one pitch and was consistently 90-91 with his fastball.
If I didn’t feel like this is all just delaying the inevitable, I might be happy.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
After their 11-5 win at Tampa Bay on May 11, the Yankees were 21-12. They had outscored their opponents by 36 runs and had improved their CAIRO final 2015 win projection from 79 at the start of the season to around 86 wins.
Then came the correction.
The Yankees have lost seven of their last eight games, scoring 17 runs and allowing 39. They’ve dropped to a final projected win total of around 82 wins now. Here’s a little chart that conveys how their postseason odds have swung since Opening Day.
W: Projected final 2015 wins
L: Projected final 2015 losses
RS: Projected final 2015 runs scored
RA: Projected final 2015 runs allowed
Div: Division win percentage
WC1: Wild card win percentage
WC2: Wild card win percentage
PS: Postseason percentage (Div + WC1 + WC2)
An optimist can say that the Yankees are still ahead of where they projected to be at the start of the year, despite a lot of fairly disappointing performances. A pessimist might say that all the players that have played well so far are due to regress and that none of the players who have played poorly so far will play any better and that they have been somewhat fortunate in regards to health (Masahiro Tanaka notwithstanding).
The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle. The Yankees are probably good enough to remain on the fringes of contention for a while, because the AL East as a whole doesn’t appear to have any clearly great team. As it stands now, this is how the CAIRO projects the rest of the season to play out in the AL East.
It’s likely that we’ll see a much larger separation than that by season’s end, but I feel comfortable in saying that it’s still anyone’s division right now. The Yankees had built up a bit of a cushion when they were 21-12 and it’s gone away, but they are still in a position to contend.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
WASHINGTON—Denard Span’s single broke a tie in the seventh inning and helped the Nationals edge the Yankees, 3-2, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.
With the bases loaded, one out and left-hander Justin Wilson on the mound, Span singled to left field, scoring Wilson Ramos, who saw his hitting streak halted at 19 games.
Drew Storen struck out Alex Rodriguez with a runner on first to earn his 12th save.
That title could describe the Yankees season as it goes down in flames too.
I apologize for saying the Yankees would be under .500 by June 1. They will actually be under .500 by May 25.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.291/.366/.433)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.236/.272/.386)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.258/.380/.602)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.228/.279/.382)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.284/.389)
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.188/.271/.350)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.264/.323/.538)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.204/.269/.241)
9. Adam Warren (R) P: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.327/.370/.510)
2. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.244/.297/.369)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B: (.333/.387/.404)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.336/.474/.737)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.242/.294/.418)
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.311/.333/.410)
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF: (.211/.268/.421)
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.267/.369/.476)
9. Jordan Zimmermann (R) P: (.125/.125/.188)
I see no reason to think the Yankees’ descent will end tonight.
The Nationals led 2-0 Tuesday night. Then they trailed 6-2. They homered three times but came up empty in key situations with men on base. They made big defensive plays to back five scoreless innings from the bullpen. And they finally got a clutch hit they needed against Andrew Miller, a pitcher who had allowed just three hits to the 70 batters he faced before Zimmerman stepped in with one out in 10th.
Zimmerman let Miller’s brutal sliders go and smashed a fastball to right for another walk-off home run. Miller hadn’t given up an earned run all season before the blast.
I was never on the Eovaldi bandwagon, so I’m not getting of it now. He is what he is, and what he has been. He’s a guy with a great arm who has been jettisoned by two separate organizations. He’s not a hidden jewel that just needs polishing.
Mark it down. The Yankees will be below .500 by June 1.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.327/.411/.374)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.303/.380/.451)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.267/.330/.558)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.248/.366/.576)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.237/.290/.398)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.236/.285/.386)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.238/.238/.286)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.177/.264/.345)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P: (—-/—-/—-)
1. Denard Span (L) CF: (.333/.379/.527)
2. Ian Desmond (R) SS: (.239/.293/.348)
3. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B: (.326/.373/.399)
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF: (.338/.476/.729)
5. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B: (.243/.297/.405)
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C: (.314/.336/.390)
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B: (.275/.373/.490)
8. Michael Taylor (R) LF: (.250/.302/.438)
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P: (.000/.000/.000)
You can only sustain a smoke and mirrors act for so long.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Yankees right-hander Chase Whitley has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery following a consultation with team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Monday in New York. Ahmad will perform the procedure on Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Whitley exited his start against the Rays last Wednesday in the second inning with what the team initially described as a “right elbow injury.” He underwent an MRI examination the next day in Tampa, Fla., and he revealed he had been battling discomfort for at least two starts.
“I have no regrets about it,” Whitley said after the MRI. “In my head, I want to pitch. I told you all from the time I got called up last year, I’m here to pitch. It just happened that way.”
I suspect that he likely would have needed TJS no matter what, but it sure doesn’t seem like a smart idea to hide discomfort in your arm.
Anyhow, naturally, I feel bad for Whitley. The Yankees rotation is in a fascinating state right now. It could be bolstered soon by the additions of Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka or it, well, could not. We shall see.
Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven shutout innings and Salvador Perez homered and drove in two runs as the Royals stymied the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday, taking two of three in the series at Kauffman Stadium.
Volquez was sharp from the onset, retiring the first 11 hitters he faced until Alex Rodriguez doubled. Volquez gave up just three hits, walked none and struck out five.
“He’s just been very consistent for us all season,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “And today he was fantastic.”
Left-hander Chris Capuano made his 2015 debut for the Yankees after recovering from a right quad strain. Capuano went three-plus innings, giving up four hits and four runs.
Two straight walks by Capuano to Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to open the fourth triggered a three-run Royals rally—Kendrys Morales, Perez and Omar Infante all delivered RBI hits in the inning.
While I would like to continue to point out the folly in “Esmil Rogers, Fireman,” the truth is that the offense did so poorly that it really didn’t matter how the pitching was. Hopefully Teix’s big toe contusion won’t be a problem (I am crossing my fingers that he will only lose the toe and not the whole foot).
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1 Ellsbury CF
2 Gardner LF
3 Rodriguez DH
4 Teixeira 1B
5 McCann C
6 Beltran RF
7 Headley 3B
8 Drew 2B
9 Gregorius SS
1 Escobar SS
2 Moustakas 3B
3 Cain CF
4 Hosmer 1B
5 Morales DH
6 Perez C
7 Infante 2B
8 Orlando RF
9 Dyson LF
Chris Capuano makes his season debut today. Him pitching well sure would make the loss of Chase Whitley fairly meaningless. Plus, his pitching well would open up Adam Warren to return to the bullpen when/if Ivan Nova or Masahiro Tanaka return from the DL.
The off day tomorrow has given us the rare Sunday afternoon non-House Money lineup. Good to see. Some runs today would also be good to see.
Let’s go, Yankees!
Friday, May 15, 2015
1 Ellsbury CF
2 Gardner LF
3 Rodriguez DH
4 Teixeira 1B
5 McCann C
6 Beltran RF
7 Headley 3B
8 Drew 2B
9 Gregorius SS
1 Escobar SS
2 Moustakas 3B
3 Cain CF
4 Hosmer 1B
5 Morales DH
6 Gordon LF
7 Perez C
8 Infante 2B
9 Orlando RF
So far, the Yankees are already trailing after a pair of doubles in the first inning off of Michael Pineda. I am not enjoying this correction.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.343/.417/.396)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.306/.392/.450)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.241/.351/.527)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.355/.605)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.308/.426)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.303/.369/.632)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.240/.289/.384)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.212/.275/.242)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.357/.357/.429)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.240/.283/.440)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.229/.341/.415)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.381/.462)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.222/.263/.347)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.375/.487)
6. David DeJesus (L) LF: (.299/.357/.416)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.214/.267/.325)
8. Joey Butler (R) DH: (.258/.303/.484)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.126/.178/.200)
Has the Yankees’ correction begun?
Hell hath no fury like a fading professional athlete feeling disrespected by his own team. Jorge Posada has written an autobiography, “The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes,” that includes some not-so-happy memories of the end of his major league career with the New York Yankees.
Why was he/has he been/is he so bitter? It stems from a lack of respect and bad communication Posada says he felt coming from manager Joe Girardi.
The final blow was taking Posada away from his job as a catcher and transitioning him to designated hitter in 2011.
As mentioned in the article, the Yankees may have been concerned about Posada’s health and concussion status when they moved him off the position, but I’m sure it didn’t help that his defense was pretty bad by that point as well. I’d probably be bitter too, but I sense Jorge’s book is going to be just another “get off my lawn” type book that I shan’t be reading.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.346/.418/.400)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.397/.467)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.243/.357/.542)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.236/.351/.609)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.302/.423)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.220/.265/.376)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 3B: (.184/.281/.367)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.364/.364/.455)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.211/.276/.242)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.250/.294/.458)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.228/.343/.395)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.283/.385/.469)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.217/.260/.348)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.304/.376/.482)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.311/.370/.432)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.210/.258/.315)
8. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.214/.267/.464)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.167/.242/.167)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.341/.415/.397)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.308/.385/.462)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.250/.360/.558)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.240/.304/.430)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.219/.265/.381)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.233/.285/.383)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.191/.291/.383)
8. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.152/.176/.242)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.284/.250)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.258/.296/.473)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.218/.338/.391)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.282/.389/.473)
4. James Loney (L) 1B: (.227/.261/.364)
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B: (.303/.372/.486)
6. David DeJesus (L) DH: (.296/.359/.423)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.215/.264/.322)
8. Brandon Guyer (R) LF: (.286/.393/.457)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.130/.184/.207)
I’m about ready for the Garrett Jones experience to be over.
Instead, it’s your worst nightmare. The Yankees are good. They’re not going away, especially in what’s shaping up to be a mediocre AL East. This isn’t the year we get to bury the Yankees. This is a Stephen King novel come to life, and the Yankees are once again the bad guys ... only they’re disguised as the good guys.
That’s right. I’m going to say it, and I rewrote this sentence 49 times because it’s hard to admit: This team is likable, fun to watch and giving us a story much more interesting than an aging, broken-down team on its way to 85 or 90 losses.
I’m still not convinced they’re good largely because I think their relative good health to this point will last, but I will concede that they’ve been much better than I expected even with the health they’ve had so far. And yes, it’s been an interesting season through May 12.
If they play one game over .500 the rest of the way, they would end the year at 86 wins. That should be enough to keep them in postseason contention at the very least.
Monday, May 11, 2015
ST. PETERSBURG—Five home runs and a solid start by CC Sabathia fueled an 11-5 Yankees win over the Rays on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
Alex Rodriguez started the homer parade with a solo shot in the first. Chase Headley, Carlos Beltran Brett Gardner and Mark Teixeira all added to the barrage, with Headley and Gardner each hitting three-run shots. Four of the homers came against Rays starter Alex Colome.
It’s amazing how much better the Yankees look with a legitimate leadoff hitter. Don’t get me wrong, they still stink and will eventually plummet back to last place where they belong, but maximizing the number of the PA their most powerful and fastest player gets is pretty clearly the best way to put on an impressive offensive showing.
As for CC, yeah, four runs and two homers in seven innings is about as solid as cotton candy.
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.313/.393/.444)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.210/.259/.350)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.350/.530)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.212/.336/.567)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.242/.308/.442)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.224/.280/.353)
7. Chris Young (R) CF: (.306/.375/.653)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.189/.292/.378)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.225/.286/.258)
1. Brandon Guyer (R) CF: (.294/.388/.471)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.215/.333/.393)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B: (.292/.402/.491)
4. Logan Forsythe (R) DH: (.286/.359/.438)
5. Joey Butler (R) LF: (.208/.269/.375)
6. James Loney (L) 1B: (.242/.277/.387)
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.205/.256/.308)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.208/.263/.375)
9. Rene Rivera (R) C: (.135/.189/.213)
Great. It’s CC Day…
Guess I’ll find something else to do this evening.
Pineda’s strikeouts were evenly split between his fastball and his slider and equally split between the left- and right-handed hitters in the Orioles’ lineup.
Pineda averaged 92.6 mph with his fastball, his second-best velocity this season (he averaged 93.0 in his previous start). He’s averaging that same 92.6 in his past three starts. His fastball averaged 90.7 mph in his first four starts.
Opposing hitters were 1-for-11 in at-bats ending with a Pineda fastball on Sunday. They were 8-for-22 against it in his previous two starts.
Also of note: The eight strikeouts with the slider were two more than he had in his previous two starts combined.
Pineda finished the game with 22 swings and misses. Two pitchers have had more in a start this season—James Shields (26) against the Astros and Danny Salazar (23) against the Twins.
Unfortunately, Mother’s Day Brunch meant I didn’t get to see this game, but Pineda is probably the best thing going on with the Yankees right now. Let’s hope he can keep it up and stay healthy, because he’s pitching about as well as any pitcher in baseball at present.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
NEW YORK—Michael Pineda turned in a fantastic effort, striking out a career-high 16—tied for the second-highest total by a Yankees pitcher all-time—as New York took three of four in its four-game series against Baltimore with Sunday’s 6-2 win.
Pineda worked seven innings of dominant baseball, not issuing a single walk and allowing only J.J. Hardy’s solo homer. The Yankees offense rewarded him with a four-run fourth inning that started with Carlos Beltran’s homer. Brian McCann also went deep off Orioles reliever Brian Matusz in the fifth.
Amazing. Carlos Beltran homered?
It’s the day we thank those who let us dwell in their basements. I’m thanking mine by letting her come down into the basement for a brunch of Cheerios and Doritos! Thanks Mom!
Saturday, May 9, 2015
NEW YORK—Before Saturday, Chase Whitley had faced 143 batters at Yankee Stadium, and only three of them hit home runs.
So Whitley wasn’t about to blame the ballpark for what happened against the Orioles, as he allowed three homers in a seven-batter span in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss.
“The thing is, I’ve got to get those balls down,” Whitley said, after his first loss in three starts since joining the Yankees’ rotation. “Hopefully, those fans’ hands are OK.”
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.277/.355/.479)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.328/.357/.612)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.359/.398/.583)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.313/.333/.344)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.250/.315/.490)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 2B: (.188/.274/.297)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.143/.250/.286)
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.221/.264/.368)
9. Ryan Lavarnway (R) C: (.158/.200/.211)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.362/.439/.414)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.326/.412/.472)
3. Chris Young (R) RF: (.304/.368/.652)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.227/.350/.608)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.191/.230/.309)
6. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.286/.286/.429)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.282/.367)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.179/.276/.369)
9. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.227/.333/.364)
I don’t think you can be a good team and have two people named Chase starting at the same time. Or one person named Carlos Beltran, for that matter.
Friday, May 8, 2015
NEW YORK—Brian McCann slugged a two-run homer and Carlos Beltran delivered a key two-run double, helping to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Orioles on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Dellin Betances was credited with the victory after taking over with two outs in the seventh inning, slamming the door after the Orioles chipped away at the five-run deficit to draw within one. Manny Machado and Delmon Young collected fifth-inning RBIs off Yankees starter Adam Warren, who completed just 4 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits with three walks.
I’m sorry, but good teams don’t have Adam Warrens entrenched in their rotations.
If you keep deluding yourself that this is a good team, you are setting yourselves up for heartbreak.
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.256/.333/.467)
2. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH: (.339/.369/.645)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.367/.407/.602)
4. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.322/.344/.356)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.261/.327/.511)
6. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.296/.390/.493)
7. Travis Snider (L) LF: (.288/.365/.409)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS: (.000/.000/.000)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B: (.300/.400/.600)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.363/.438/.416)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.318/.408/.459)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.245/.351/.532)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.223/.345/.606)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.286/.375)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.187/.227/.297)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.238/.292/.381)
8. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.500/.500/.750)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.217/.275/.241)
Is it preferable to be 12-14 and good, or 18-11 and not good?
Thursday, May 7, 2015
NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez hit his 661st career homer to pass Willie Mays for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list, and Mark Teixeira drove in a pair of runs as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez broke his tie with Mays (660) by slugging a solo home run to center field in the third inning off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman. It marked Rodriguez’s seventh home run since returning from a suspension that cost him the entire 2014 season.
Teixeira’s fifth-inning RBI double off Tillman marked the go-ahead hit, as Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi and three relievers made the lead hold up. Jimmy Paredes and Caleb Joseph homered for Baltimore off Eovaldi, who hurled 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball to earn his third victory in pinstripes.
This is all smoke and mirrors and when reality strikes it’s not going to be pretty.