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Yankees (39-39) @ Padres (33-46), Friday, 7/1/2016, 10:40pm
(5 Comments - 7/1/2016 9:49:01 pm)

Heyman: Yankee intrigue over trade gap, A-Rod
(24 Comments - 7/1/2016 5:31:07 pm)

Yankees.com: Yanks use passed ball to walk off on Texas again
(11 Comments - 7/1/2016 12:57:40 pm)

Rangers (51-28) @ Yankees (38-39), Thursday, 6/30/2016, 1:05pm
(47 Comments - 6/30/2016 7:07:10 pm)

Yankees.com: Power rally: Yanks walk off with 6 in 9th
(16 Comments - 6/30/2016 12:20:44 pm)

Rangers (51-27) @ Yankees (37-39), Wednesday, 6/29/2016, 7:05pm
(40 Comments - 6/29/2016 11:25:23 pm)

Yankees.com: Game gets away from Yanks, CC in 8th
(26 Comments - 6/29/2016 4:31:01 pm)

Rangers (50-27) @ Yankees (37-38), Tuesday, 6/28/2016, 7:05pm
(55 Comments - 6/29/2016 12:17:14 am)

Yankees.com: Yanks stunned in 9th following long delay
(21 Comments - 6/28/2016 4:13:51 pm)

Rangers (49-27) @ Yankees (37-37), Monday, 6/27/2016, 7:05pm
(74 Comments - 6/28/2016 3:09:12 am)



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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

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

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

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

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Yankees (39-39) @ Padres (33-46), Friday, 7/1/2016, 10:40pm

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (86.2 IP, 5.19 ERA, 4.87 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Padres: Colin Rea (R):  (76.2 IP, 5.05 ERA, 4.29 FIP, -0.6 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Padres
TBA

--Posted at 3:50 pm by SG / 5 Comments | - (0)



Heyman: Yankee intrigue over trade gap, A-Rod

The Yankees are in an unusual spot, and a tough one at that. They are caught in no man’s land, smack between buyer and seller. That is someplace they’ve scarcely been before.

This is a difficult spot for anyone, but especially so for them, a team that’s seemingly always on top, or at least within striking distance of it. Right now they are smack in the middle, as average as can be, at 38-39. So it’s no shocker that their current middle-of-the-road predicament could inspire stirring debate within their offices at 161st and Rivera that may last right up until the Aug. 1 trade deadline. And it may have started already.

Word going around the game is that while team honchos Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine, the managing partner and president, don’t even want to think about selling, not yet, and not when they’re so close (3.5 games) to the wild card, perhaps not everyone feels exactly that way. Despite the Yankees’ uninspiring standing and their overt flaws, the two at the top are advocating a wait-and-see approach. But word going around is that not everyone in Yankeeland is quite so sure that’s the way to go. Word among rivals is that general manager Brian Cashman may be less convinced that staying the course is the way to go and more receptive to the idea of a rare sale of stars (though Cashman himself doesn’t exactly admit that that’s the case).

While folks around the league and team seem convinced Cashman sees the harsh reality of the situation, Cashman doesn’t stoke that potential fire. He says he’s merely “doing his job” by engaging teams for potential sales and buys. (And indeed, one rival mentioned the Yankees as one of a dozen teams at least looking at starting pitchers to buy).

“We are not sellers. We are not buyers. We have not had discussions with anyone,” one Yankees official insisted.

The idea going around that Cashman may be more amenable to selling may have some validity. Or it may be wishful thinking on the part of some of his rivals, who’d like to see superb relievers Aroldis Chapman and especially Andrew Miller, plus excellent, age-defying hitter Carlos Beltran, out on the market.

Whatever.

--Posted at 8:32 am by SG / 24 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, June 30, 2016

Yankees.com: Yanks use passed ball to walk off on Texas again

For the second time in as many days, the Yankees came up clutch in the ninth inning to beat the American League West-leading Rangers, defeating Texas, 2-1, on a passed ball Thursday afternoon to get back to .500 at 39-39. The Rangers have lost consecutive games for the first time since losing three straight to the Athletics from May 16-18.

Chase Headley scored on a mad dash from third base on a Robinson Chirinos passed ball with two outs in the ninth. Headley led off the inning with a walk before Didi Gregorius, the hero in Wednesday’s walk-off win, bunted Headley into scoring position and a Starlin Castro groundout put him on third base.

“When you get an opportunity like that with two outs in the ninth, you got to find a way to score,” Headley said. “We’ll take it any way we can get it—that was a great win. These can be momentum wins. That’s a really good team over there, and to come back and get a couple wins from them, that’s big for us.”
Michael Pineda was stellar, striking out a season-high 12 batters in six innings, over which he allowed just two hits and one run. It was the second consecutive outing that Pineda allowed only two hits, and he earned no-decisions in both of the games. The Yankees’ three-pronged bullpen attack of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over from there, allowing two hits and striking out four, effectively silencing the Rangers in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

“Their guy on the hill was exceptional,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “That slider was devastating and he had a 96-mph fastball. That’s that guy. He can throw like an ace or give up some runs. Then you get to their big guys, they are as challenging as anybody.”

Okay, you have to give it up to Michael Pineda. He was amazing today. How has this guy been so terrible for so long? Look at that stuff! How is he not an ace?!

The great Yankee offensive strategy of walks and passed balls for the clutch victory. Hilarious. I would have been shocked if they took a game from the Rangers in this series. To split the series? That’s downright amazing. This was a surprisingly decent 5-4 homestand, with a lot of comebacks and three walkoff victories (if passed balls count as walkoffs, that is). That is kind of nuts.

They’re still not a good team, of course, but hey, it is better than nuthin’.

--Posted at 6:38 pm by Brian Cronin / 11 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (51-28) @ Yankees (38-39), Thursday, 6/30/2016, 1:05pm

Rangers: A.J. Griffin (R):  (38 IP, 3.08 ERA, 3.58 FIP, 1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (83.1 IP, 5.51 ERA, 3.90 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Rangers
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.273/.404/.429, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.377/.528, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.339/.437, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.284/.333/.464, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.221/.293/.351, -0.9 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.292/.486, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Jurickson Profar (S) SS (.347/.380/.505, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.227/.295/.416, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.184/.298/.469, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.329/.452, 9.7 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.273/.332/.395, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.366/.356, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.251/.379, -0.8 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.229/.333/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.279/.302, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.324/.358, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.425, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.203/.259/.310, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.246/.306/.333, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.314/.374, 4.8 bWAR)

--Posted at 10:54 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Yankees.com: Power rally: Yanks walk off with 6 in 9th

Down four runs entering the ninth inning, the Yanks rallied on Brian McCann’s game-tying homer and Didi Gregorius’ walk-off blast for a 9-7 win against the Rangers on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Rangers jumped out to an early lead behind a huge third inning led by Nomar Mazara and Prince Fielder. With the score tied at 1 and no one out in the third, the Rangers loaded the bases against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka off of singles by Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo, as well as an Ian Desmond walk. Next up was Mazara, who cleared the bases with a Statcast-estimated 367-foot double, giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, Fielder singled Mazara home, extending the lead to four and scoring more runs in one inning than Tanaka has allowed in all but three of his starts this season.

But things turned around in the eighth, when McCann cut the deficit to four runs with a solo home run. The Yankees continued to build off that swing in the ninth, as Rob Refsnyder and Jacoby Ellsbury reached off reliever Matt Bush. The Rangers brought in closer Sam Dyson, and Brett Gardner greeted him with a single, with Refsnyder scoring on an error by Desmond in center. After an Alex Rodriguez lineout, McCann evened the game with a three-run homer, scoring Ellsbury and Gardner. Two batters later, Gregorius smacked a ball over the short porch in the right field, scoring Starlin Castro with the walk-off blast and ending a three-game losing streak for the Yanks.

They’re still a bad team, but come on, who can’t be excited about a win like this? In terms of awesomeness, this was so awesome that it completely offset the awfulness of Monday’s loss.

It was nice to see them pick up Tanaka, who has been so good this year (although he has struggled as of late). And, of course, it was nice to see them score six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With the way Didi and Refsnyder are hitting, why not bat them in the middle of the lineup? What does this team have to lose?

Ellsbury
Gardner
Refsnyder
Teix
McCann
Didi
A-Rod
Headley
Castro

That’s not a godawful lineup. Replace A-Rod with Beltran when he’s healthy (and bat Beltran 3rd, and swap Refsnyder with A-Rod) and you really have something.

Refsnyder really needs to play every day now. All the dude does is hit and this team hits terribly overall.

And, of course, perhaps the best part was watching the Texas closer suck, to hopefully make them want to part with someone really good for Aroldis Chapman.

--Posted at 11:06 pm by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)



Rangers (51-27) @ Yankees (37-39), Wednesday, 6/29/2016, 7:05pm

Rangers: Nick Martinez (R):  (13 IP, 5.54 ERA, 6.93 FIP, 0 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (98.2 IP, 3.01 ERA, 3.30 FIP, 2.9 bWAR)

Lineups
Rangers
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.264/.404/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.326/.377/.533, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.289/.341/.437, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.285/.334/.456, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.217/.290/.346, -1.0 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.293/.479, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.284/.337/.395, 1.3 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.231/.300/.423, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.178/.302/.489, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.328/.442, 10.2 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.327/.396, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.368/.360, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.219/.258/.391, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.223/.323/.406, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.284/.404, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.318/.413, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.249/.326/.345, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.259/.316, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.293/.348/.397, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.314/.382, 5.3 bWAR)

--Posted at 3:09 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Game gets away from Yanks, CC in 8th

- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs to support Cole Hamels’ strong effort as the Rangers defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

“It has been fun to be on this type of team,” Hamels said. “Everybody comes in excited and having fun and pushing each other to another level. That’s exciting to see. We have an unbelievable balance in the clubhouse and on the field. Nothing is going to push us over the top or bring us down.”

Beltre enjoyed a three-hit performance, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, reaching on a sixth-inning single and adding an RBI single in the eighth as Texas, which has a Major League-high 51 wins, won its fourth straight contest, including two over the Yankees. Prince Fielder’s RBI double in the eighth chased Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who permitted six runs and eight hits as he was handed his fifth loss of the year.

Love those Yankees.com headlines. Yeah, the game “got away” from them.

Seriously, though, this was a good performance by CC, the offense is just awful and even more awful when facing Cole Hamels.

I’m still mad at the umpires from the first game of the series. The Yankees have very poor odds of winning a game in this series, so the umpires messing them over in Game 1 was not fun. And now Kaprelian is hurt - of course.

--Posted at 3:04 am by Brian Cronin / 26 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Rangers (50-27) @ Yankees (37-38), Tuesday, 6/28/2016, 7:05pm

Rangers: Cole Hamels (L):  (96.2 IP, 2.79 ERA, 4.60 FIP, 2.6 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (69.2 IP, 2.71 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 2.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Rangers
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.279/.417/.456, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.321/.373/.532, 3.3 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.279/.330/.442, 2.6 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.213/.287/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) LF (.284/.366/.475, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.294/.482, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.288/.342/.401, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Jurickson Profar (S) 1B (.348/.375/.511, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.255/.287/.358, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.279/.333/.444, 9.9 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.394, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.294/.333/.569, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.223/.264/.398, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.191/.280/.303, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.285/.406, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.319/.416, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.323/.342, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.212/.265/.325, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.262/.273/.417, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.303/.404, 3.8 bWAR

--Posted at 3:12 pm by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks stunned in 9th following long delay

For the Rangers, Monday night was worth the wait.

With the Yankees leading by one run and a runner on first base following a leadoff walk issued by closer Aroldis Chapman to Robinson Chirinos in the top of the ninth inning, Monday night’s game entered into a three-hour, 35-minute rain delay, beginning at 10:40 p.m. ET and resuming at 2:15 a.m. After the delay, Kirby Yates entered the game to pitch for the Yankees and couldn’t secure his second career save, allowing a two-run single to Adrian Beltre and an RBI single to Elvis Andrus as the Rangers won, 9-6.

The choice to delay the game belonged solely to crew chief, first-base umpire Paul Nauert, not managers Joe Girardi and Jeff Banister. Being that the game had lasted longer than five innings, Nauert was within his rights to call the game, but he elected not to, leading to the delay.

Prior to the delay, the Yankees broke out offensively with 15 hits, 13 of which were singles and five of which came with runners in scoring position. Mark Teixeira provided the big blast, smacking the Yanks’ first non-single of the day, a home run to lead off the seventh inning that extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-4. It was Teixeira’s second home run in two days after he went all of May and most of June without hitting one.

The Yankees’ bullpen wasn’t at its best but still had a chance to close it out. Dellin Betances tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and struck out one batter, but Andrew Miller allowed a solo home run to Rougned Odor in the eighth and Chapman walked the first batter he faced and was behind in the count to the next batter, Shin-Soo Choo, before the game was delayed.

While definitely one of their worst losses of the season, this was also a tough game to really give the Yankees too much guff over. I mean, obviously you can rip Kirby Yates for getting ahead of Ian Desmond 1-2 and then hitting him and then getting ahead of Nomar Mazzarra 1-2 before hitting HIM, too, to load the bases before getting ahead of Adrian Beltre 1-2 before giving up a two-run single. Then, after getting ahead of Prince Fielder 0-2, he hit HIM, too, to re-load the bases. After a flyout didn’t score a run, he gave up another two-run single to Elvis Andrus before finally ending the inning. So yes, Kirby Yates was awful. However, it is not like the Yankees had anyone else in the bullpen who you would want to be pitching in the situation Yates entered into - a runner on first, no outs and a 3-1 count for the Rangers’ leadoff hitter. Not a good situation. And the reason that they were in the situation was because the crew chief felt bad for the Rangers.

That’s really it.

He made everyone wait three hours and thirty-five minutes because he thought it would be unfair for the Rangers to lose a game when they had a real chance in the ninth. I’m not even saying that I think that that call was wrong, per se, but I WILL say that it is rarely called like that, and I bet dollars to donuts that the next time you see this situation, it won’t happen like this. But really, had they NOT called the rain delay, the Yankees were screwed, too, as Aroldis Chapman clearly couldn’t locate his pitches in the rain. His trouble with location actually likely led to him getting pitches that were technically strikes called balls because he was clearly off from where he was throwing the ball as he just couldn’t locate with the rain. So Girardi asked if Chapman could get a rosin bag and maybe if they could work on the mound and the crew chief instead decided to call for the rain delay. But if the umps were so worried about being unfair to the Rangers, who played through the same conditions, then why not just make the Yankees play through it? If they lost, they lost. Instead of waiting almost four hours and taking away the Yankees’ closer from the situation. It was just a clownish performance by the umpires.

But anyhow, this was more flukey than anything, so while terrible, it’s hard to feel TOO bad about it. This team still sucks, of course (and how can it be “stunned” when we all figured it would happen?)

Next time they face a righty, by the way, could Refsnyder please play right field? Please?

--Posted at 2:45 am by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)




Monday, June 27, 2016

Rangers (49-27) @ Yankees (37-37), Monday, 6/27/2016, 7:05pm

Rangers: Chi Chi Gonzalez (R): (NR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (64.1 IP, 5.18 ERA, 4.98 FIP, 0.3 bWAR)

Lineups
Rangers
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.270/.418/.444, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.373/.525, 3.2 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.338/.434, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.280/.332/.447, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.211/.282/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.273/.295/.476, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.289/.341/.403, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.229/.299/.424, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.186/.286/.512, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.326/.440, 9.8 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.274/.328/.398, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.368/.359, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.287/.325/.566, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.322/.409, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.179/.272/.277, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.283/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.321/.344, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.219/.273/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.315/.397, 5.3 bWAR

--Posted at 3:45 pm by SG / 74 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Tex connects, but long ball stings Eovaldi

Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

“First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate,” said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. “Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It’s a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive.”

Duffey retired the first 17 batters he faced before Aaron Hicks’ two-out double in the sixth, then limited the Yankees to one run over eight innings, striking out eight without a walk to help the Twins snap a three-game skid and avert a potential series sweep.

“That ball Hicks hit, it was just a changeup that I left over the middle,” Duffey said. “It was a pitch that I had located earlier in the game, swung through. It was one of those things where I knew what was going on the whole time. I knew I had to get the next guy out, so I just rolled with it and had to keep pitching.”

You have to love how much the Yankees.com headline writers stretch to come up with sort of positive headlines for terrible losses. “Hey, Teix hit a home run! Yeah, we allowed 48 home runs on our end, but at least Teix hit one!”

What a pathetic loss. Tyler Duffey was pitching for his rotation spot today, a rotation spot on the worst team in baseball, and yet he was PERFECT through nearly six innings! What a pathetic, pathetic offense.

They took 2 out of 3 from the Twins only because the Twins made some moronic errors in the first two games of the series.

This upcoming series against the Rangers is going to be high-lariously bad. I’d be surprised if they get a game.

--Posted at 3:21 am by Brian Cronin / 13 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Twins (23-51) @ Yankees (37-36), Sunday, 6/26/2016, 1:05pm

Twins: Tyler Duffey (R):  (59.2 IP, 6.18 ERA, 4.69 FIP, -0.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (80.2 IP, 5.02 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.310/.341/.463, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.274/.401/.487, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.273/.370/.393, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.333/.424, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 1B (.250/.273/.380, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Max Kepler (L) RF (.242/.314/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.275/.303/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.222/.246/.317, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Danny Santana (S) CF (.250/.281/.333, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.327/.406, 3.4 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.333/.405, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.373/.365, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.290/.328/.573, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.226/.326/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.176/.271/.259, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.286/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.318/.413, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.325/.349, 1.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.217/.272/.329, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.400, 6.1 bWAR

--Posted at 11:55 am by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Yankees.com: Yanks pounce on late error as arms lead way

Though the Yankees struggled to cobble together offense against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, they came away with a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium after Eduardo Escobar booted a grounder off the bat of Starlin Castro in the eighth inning, allowing Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead run.

“It was hit hard,” Escobar said through an interpreter. “At that point, there’s not much you can do other than throw your glove at it. That’s not an excuse, but it was hit pretty hard.”

For as inconsistent as the Yankees’ offense was, their pitching was terrific. Right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just two hits through six innings of one-run ball before handing the ball to the bullpen. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took care of the rest, mowing down nine of the final 10 Twins batters. Chapman allowed a two-out single to Joe Mauer, which ended the trio’s perfect streak over the last three games.

“I want to pitch longer in the game and try to pitch longer to give [the bullpen] a little rest because those guys are working hard,” Pineda said. “It feels good when you have three guys down in the bullpen so good.”

When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to allow a run to score on an error on what would have been an inning ending double play, while your pitchers only gave up a single run, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.

Pineda was excellent today, though. How is that guy so terrible? He has such great stuff.

--Posted at 8:17 pm by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)



Twins (23-50) @ Yankees (36-36), Saturday, 6/25/2016, 1:05pm

Twins: Ervin Santana (R):  (72.2 IP, 4.83 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (77.1 IP, 5.82 ERA, 3.93 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.315/.346/.470, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.283/.413/.504, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.274/.371/.395, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.334/.415, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.247/.313/.416, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.280/.308/.384, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) 1B (.197/.283/.423, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.272/.312/.418, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.198/.238/.339, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.329/.419, 5.6 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.406, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.253/.368/.358, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.287/.326/.574, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.264/.401, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.323/.414, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.180/.271/.263, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.416, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.319/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.331/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.317/.407, 5.4 bWAR

Did you know the Yankees are 8-1 against the Angels and Twins and 28-35 against the rest of the teams they’ve played?

--Posted at 11:37 am by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Tanaka, Yankees benefit from Twins miscues

Despite an uncharacteristically laborious outing from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees capitalized on three Twins errors, plating three unearned runs on the way to a 5-3 series-opening victory over Minnesota on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

With the Yankees trailing, 2-0, in the third inning, the veterans stepped up, as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez notched an RBI single to knot the score. After the Twins put another run on the board in the fourth, the Yankees struck back with two of their own in the home half following a Joe Mauer fielding error to take the lead for good. Aaron Hicks added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer against his former club.

Alex Rodriguez knocks a single into left and Carlos Beltran beats the throw to the plate, then A-Rod advances to second on a throwing error

“It seems like this year in particular that we’ve had trouble in getting off the field after we’ve scored,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “It really does change the course of how games go when you get another offensive chance with a zero on the board.”

Tanaka was shaky after a 1-2-3 first, needing 95 pitches to get through six innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs before handing the game over to the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen behemoth of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. The trio promptly went nine-up, nine-down, notching five strikeouts—including three from Chapman, who at one point threw 10 straight pitches at 100 mph or faster.

When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to make weird errors to beat them with your best pitcher on the mound, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.

Mark Teixeira returns to the lineup on Saturday, which will be maddening, as it is likely that “almost surely still injured” Teixeira will not outhit Rob Refsnyder, and yet Teixeira will get his lineup spot back guaranteed.

--Posted at 6:08 am by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)




Friday, June 24, 2016

Twins (23-49) @ Yankees (35-36), Friday, 6/24/2016, 7:05pm

Twins: Tommy Milone (L):  (23.1 IP, 5.79 ERA, 5.18 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (92.2 IP, 2.91 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 3.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.316/.347/.474, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.294/.425/.523, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.277/.373/.400, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.244/.332/.409, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.259/.326/.435, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.281/.310/.388, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) DH (.200/.283/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.266/.307/.409, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.195/.236/.331, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.337/.420, 6.0 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.375/.366, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.288/.339/.404, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.323/.573, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.215/.259/.399, -0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.328/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.320/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.214/.266/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.272/.286/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.313/.415, 3.1 bWAR

Isn’t it hilarious that you can make a case that Carlos Beltran is the Yankees’ most valuable position player this year but he’s not been as valuable as Nun-E™?  It’s hilarious, really.

--Posted at 3:29 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Ike Davis resigned to Yankees exit, blaming his bad luck

Ike Davis is still waiting for his first at-bat in Yankee Stadium since signing with the team last week.

In two games against right-handed starters, Davis stayed on the bench in favor of Rob Refsnyder.

And with Mark Teixeira potentially on the verge of rejoining the Yankees on Saturday after rehabbing a knee injury, it’s anyone’s guess how many chances Davis will get in The Bronx.

It’s hardly the first time things haven’t gone according to plan for the former Met.

“I think I’ve had a great experience,” said Davis, who signed with the Yankees after being released by the Rangers this month. “I don’t think I performed the way I wanted to or that my career has gone the way I hoped it would go. But I also had a lot of weird things happen and I don’t think that’s given enough credit. I ran into some bad luck.”

Does anyone else think the Yankees just signed Davis to a major league deal so people would stop noting that they haven’t signed a major league free agent since whatever date it was that they hadn’t?

Anyway, I sure hope the $1.5M contract for Davis was pro-rated.

--Posted at 10:04 am by SG / 11 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yankees.com: Castro’s walk-off HR caps Yanks’ rally vs. Rox

Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.

“It feels great,” Castro said. “Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game.”

Trailing by four runs heading to the seventh, Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius lined a run-scoring single as the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate, tying the game against Colorado relievers Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Miguel Castro. Aroldis Chapman picked up the victory after working a scoreless top half of the ninth.

“That shows that we never give up,” Gregorius said. “The bullpen kept us there. We put up some runs and then tied the game. Castro hit a big walk-off homer. It’s good that we kept fighting.”

Nick Hundley’s three-run homer highlighted the early barrage against starter CC Sabathia, who was unable to hold a lead provided by Chase Headley’s second-inning grand slam. Charlie Blackmon also lined a two-run single off Sabathia, who permitted six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Raburn added a two-run shot in the fifth off Anthony Swarzak.

This team is terrible, but come on, you have to admit that it is still fun when they win games like this.

But yeah…wow, this team is bad. Yay, Beltran, though!

--Posted at 7:36 pm by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)



Rockies (34-36) @ Yankees (34-36), Wednesday, 6/22/2016, 1:05pm

Rockies: Jon Gray (R):  (65.1 IP, 4.55 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 0.9 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (65.1 IP, 2.20 ERA, 3.27 FIP, 2.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Rockies
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.357/.500, 1.1 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.324/.388/.492, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.295/.368/.590, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.317/.362/.556, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.324/.549, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Ryan Raburn (R) DH (.246/.331/.465, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.288/.358/.447, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.253/.379/.468, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Brandon Barnes (R) LF (.162/.225/.270, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.288/.355/.514, 10.9 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.279/.333/.406, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.370/.367, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.318/.563, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.261/.405, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.321/.412, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.404, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.317/.420, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.325/.341, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.300/.345/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.319/.418, 5.9 bWAR)

I am positive the Yankees will win today as they continue to delude themselves into thinking they are contenders.

--Posted at 10:40 am by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Yankees.com: Yanks trail from 1st inning on in loss to Rox

Charlie Blackmon homered twice and Nolan Arenado claimed the Major League lead with his 21st long ball of the season, helping to lead the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Blackmon led off the game with a home run that struck the right-field foul pole, then went deep again in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Arenado slugged a two-run shot in the sixth off Nick Goody.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis limited New York to four runs (two earned) over six innings, tying a career high with eight strikeouts as he defeated the Bronx Bombers for the second time in a week. DJ LeMahieu contributed three hits for Colorado.

Oh man, they are so bad. I think I’m okay with giving Severino Nova’s rotation spot again. At least Severino is young.

One good thing - Refsnyder got the start against the righty and he did well. Nice job by Girardi. I was afraid that he would do a strict platoon with Davis and Refsnyder. Glad that my fears were misplaced.

--Posted at 10:41 pm by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)



Rockies (33-36) @ Yankees (34-35), Tuesday, 6/21/2016, 7:05pm

Rockies: Chad Bettis (R):  (78.1 IP, 5.63 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 0 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (60.1 IP, 4.77 ERA, 4.60 FIP, 0.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Rockies
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.292/.357/.475, 1.0 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.318/.384/.489, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.288/.364/.576, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.311/.355/.549, 1.8 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.323/.550, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Daniel Descalso (L) DH (.394/.487/.576, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.290/.362/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Ryan Raburn (R) LF (.245/.333/.473, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tony Wolters (L) C (.204/.297/.276, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.354/.503, 11.5 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.362/.362, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.283/.316/.567, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.220/.267/.413, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.322/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.348, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.221/.273/.316, -0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.283/.333/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.313/.410, 3.6 bWAR

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



NY Post: Yankees owner eyes buying — not selling — at trade deadline

Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t seem to favor the idea of selling.

The Yankees owner, enthused by his team’s improved play over the last month, said he expects his club to be a factor in acquiring talent by the trade deadline.

“I believe we’re going to be right smack in the middle of it by the end of July,” he said Monday at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan at the annual Harlem RBI “Bids for Kids” fundraising dinner. “We’ll have to see at the end of July, like we always do. We’ll take a look at everything.

Whatever.

--Posted at 8:14 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)




Monday, June 20, 2016

Yankees.com: McCann’s twin homers not enough for sweep

Trevor Plouffe evaded Brian McCann’s tag to score the go-ahead run as part of a four-run sixth inning, helping lift the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday as the clubs completed a four-game series at Target Field.

Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple highlighted a rally against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who had limited the Twins to a Max Kepler home run through the first five innings. Kepler added a run-scoring single and Kurt Suzuki stroked an RBI double as part of the big inning, which included a video review that overturned an initial out call on Plouffe.

“Offensively, we had to scratch—Eovaldi was good,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “[Plouffe] made a pretty athletic slide. ... We got the call reversal, which was huge, and we added on a little bit. And then we had to hold on.”

Ervin Santana held the Yankees to two runs over seven innings to pick up the victory, snapping the Twins’ five-game losing streak. McCann hit two solo home runs on 3-for-4 day, smashing out of an 0-for-15 skid, and Alex Rodriguez punched an RBI single in the fourth inning.

It’s crazy how the Yankees won 3 out of 4 games in this series despite being pretty terrible in most of the games. This offense is so, so bad.

Speaking of “so bad,” Dellin Betances was awful in the sixth inning today. Nathan Eovaldi was pitching well, so I get why the Yankees stuck with him in the sixth, but he sure picked a bad time to collapse and Betances wasn’t much better.

A very bad loss.

--Posted at 1:52 am by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, June 19, 2016

Yankees.com: A-Rod, Beltran power Yanks to comeback win

This was “a good character win” for the Yankees, in Alex Rodriguez’s eyes, as his team hit a pair of late homers that allowed them to withstand a shaky outing by closer Aroldis Chapman. It remains to be seen if this is the series that will finally vault them over .500 for good.

The Yankees returned to the break-even mark on Saturday with their third straight victory over the Twins, posting a 7-6 victory that put them back in the middle of the road after 68 games. They’ve seen their past win streaks followed by dips, but Rodriguez wants to believe this time will be different.

“I think it’s important for us to stay consistent,” Rodriguez said. “The one thing that for us is very important as an offense is to get runs early. The numbers when we get ahead early, when we score four runs; we’re 27-5 when we score four or more runs. As an offense, that should be a goal for us every night.”

Rodriguez clearly has done his research; he was thumping a similar objective of five-runs-or-better earlier in the season. That didn’t materialize, but maybe that’s because they hadn’t seen the Twins yet. Rodriguez hit his 695th career homer off Ricky Nolasco in the seventh inning, halving New York’s deficit to 4-2 at the time.

First off. how amazing is it that A-Rod can tell a reporter those numbers off the top of his head?

Anyhow, once again, a pathetic performance for most of the game turned into something special in the late innings. Ricky Nolasco, who isn’t that good, dominated the Yankees. Luckily, the Twins’ bullpen is pretty, pretty bad. A-Rod hit a two-run home run, Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run (now putting Beltran two homers off of the Major League lead in dingers!!!) and then the Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on a big two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury and then a sacrifice fly by Gardner.

So the Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth up by three runs. Aroldis Chapman got the first two outs by strikeouts and then gave up his first home run since last August to Eduardo Escobar!! Just the fourth home run Chapman had given up since 2014!! Then Kurt Suzuki came up and had a hell of a battle with Chapman, a battle that ended up with ANOTHER home run! I am sure John Sterling noted that you can’t predict baseball. Then Chapman closed the victory out.

The Yankees are back to .500. Let’s see if they can get over .500 with a sweep of the Twins tomorrow. Eovaldi has been awful in June, though, so it’s not likely.

--Posted at 12:03 am by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, June 18, 2016

Yankees (33-34) @ Twins (20-47), Saturday, 6/18/2016, 2:10pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (72 IP, 5.88 ERA, 4.06 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Twins: Ricky Nolasco (R):  (77.1 IP, 5.12 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 0.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.282/.337/.414, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.248/.363/.357, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.316/.563, 1.1 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.218/.268/.401, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.211/.320/.383, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.259/.333/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.279/.312/.406, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B (.279/.319/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Ike Davis (L) 1B (.250/.333/.250, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.324/.414, 6.1 bWAR

Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.314/.346/.485, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Danny Santana (S) LF (.256/.288/.344, -0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.285/.384/.414, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.227/.325/.369, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.209/.293/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Byung Ho Park (R) DH
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.266/.298/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.246/.259/.351, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.200/.234/.352, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.322/.390, 3.6 bWAR

--Posted at 10:48 am by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees come out swinging, bury Twins

he first three Yankees to hit all came around to score against Minnesota left-hander Pat Dean as part of a four-run first inning, and New York never looked back en route to an 8-2 rout at Target Field on Friday night that secured the Yanks at least a split of the four-game series.

Carlos Beltran led the way offensively for the Yankees with three hits, including a two-run home run—his team-leading 17th of the season—before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the sixth. Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine also drove in two runs apiece in support of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (4-2), who allowed one run through eight strong innings to bounce back from a rough start against the Tigers and secure his fifth quality start in his last six outings.

Minnesota scored its first run in the second inning after Trevor Plouffe singled, moved to third on Eduardo Escobar’s double and came home on a groundout by Max Kepler. After missing a homer on that double by a matter of feet, Escobar later drilled a no-doubter into the right-field bleachers in the ninth for his first long ball of the season.

Are the Twins awful? Of course. But come on, what more can you ask for but for the Yankees to beat up on a team that they should beat up? So yes, it is not impressive, but it is more impressive than losing! I can’t believe Beltran has 17 home runs. His Yankee season high is 19.

--Posted at 12:54 am by Brian Cronin / 1 Comment | - (0)




Friday, June 17, 2016

Yankees (32-34) @ Twins (20-46), Friday, 6/17/2016, 8:10pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (84.2 IP, 3.08 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 2.5 bWAR) vs. Twins: Pat Dean (L):  (36.2 IP, 4.17 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 0.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.340/.419, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.256/.286/.359, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.273/.309/.546, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.217/.264/.406, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.254/.288/.415, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.321/.344, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.280/.314/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.276/.291/.434, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.220/.274/.318, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.304/.416, 3.5 bWAR

Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) DH (.316/.347/.489, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.285/.386/.417, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.303/.441/.573, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.227/.326/.371, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B (.240/.266/.369, -0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.252/.286/.295, -0.5 bWAR)
7. Max Kepler (L) RF (.206/.296/.349, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.248/.291/.343, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.204/.239/.359, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.326/.398, 3.9 bWAR

Nothing like seeing your starting lineup has fewer bWAR than that of a team that’s 20-46.  But hey, keep pretending you’re contenders…

--Posted at 4:09 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: CC, Didi get straight A’s in Yanks’ victory

CC Sabathia tossed six strong innings and Didi Gregorius hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh to help the Yankees snap their four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Twins on Thursday night at Target Field.

The three-run blast from Gregorius came on the first pitch from lefty reliever Fernando Abad, who entered with a 0.79 ERA and hadn’t allowed a homer all year. It helped Sabathia pick up his second straight win, as he limited Minnesota to one run on six hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts.

“He threw me a fastball right down the middle, and I hit a home run,” Gregorius said. “I’m not looking to hit a home run, but it happened. You can at least drive one run in, that’s what you always look for in those situations.”

Even when they win, they’re pathetic. Kyle Gibson, who is awful, dominated them for six innings. Granted, that Didi home run was awesome. And CC was great again. But man, this offense is so, so bad.

--Posted at 3:34 am by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yankees (31-34) @ Twins (20-45), Thursday, 6/16/2016, 8:10pm

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (59.1 IP, 2.28 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 2.4 bWAR) vs. Twins: Kyle Gibson (R):  (26.1 IP, 6.49 ERA, 5.34 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.342/.422, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.369/.364, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.277/.313/.554, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.209/.257/.403, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.215/.322/.390, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.292/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.309/.393, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.245/.316/.333, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Ike Davis (L) 1B (.200/.200/.200, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.317/.413, 5.3 bWAR

Twins
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.317/.346/.493, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.318/.453/.600, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.230/.327/.376, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Trevor Plouffe (R) DH (.234/.261/.366, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Byung Ho Park (R) 1B (.203/.290/.432, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.259/.294/.304, -0.4 bWAR)
7. Max Kepler (L) RF (.200/.284/.333, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.241/.285/.331, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.212/.248/.374, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.248/.310/.403, 2.2 bWAR

I knew Nun-E would be a star.  Maybe the Yankees should sign him for 7 years and $153M.

--Posted at 4:15 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees’ Joe Girardi vexed, and it’s easy to see why

After last season, the Yankees — returning virtually the same roster — thought there would be no reason they wouldn’t end up competitive. But that’s what’s happened. And because the Rays beat the Mariners on Wednesday, the Yankees fell into last place in the American League East for the first time since May 19.

His pitching staff has been incredibly uneven. For a handful of starts, Nathan Eovaldi looked like the rotation ace, but now he’s lost his splitter. Ivan Nova started out so well when he joined the rotation in early May, but he’s allowed at least five runs in two of his last three starts. CC Sabathia has been outstanding, but can he keep it up? And after being so bad for so long, Michael Pineda has saved himself from a minor-league demotion over his last three starts.

And the offense? Girardi isn’t getting much production from designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira has alternated between bad on the field and hurt off it. They were supposed to anchor the lineup. Several other Yankees have underperformed, too, but because of either a lack of depth or a committed contract, the Girardi hasn’t had much wiggle room.

“At times we haven’t hit,” Girardi said. “At times we haven’t pitched.”

So, everything’s going wrong, and it’s a surprise Girardi took so long to get so tense.

I’m not particularly vexed that a team that needed everything to go more than perfectly to win games isn’t winning games.

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




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yankees.com: Rough 5th stings Nova as Yanks fall to Rockies

Right-hander Chad Bettis shook off a four-start slump and Nolan Arenado homered for the 20th time as the Rockies beat the Yankees, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field to win their fourth straight and eighth in the last 10 games.

Bettis, who had gone 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA in his previous four outings, held the Yankees to three runs (two earned) on seven hits, with five strikeouts in six innings. Arenado’s two-run homer off Yankees starter Ivan Nova was part of a four-run fifth that helped the Rockies gain a sweep of the two-game set. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, falling a homer shy of the cycle.

Nova gave up five runs on 10 hits as the Yankees dropped their fourth straight to fall into the American League East basement.

Great googly moogly, they were awful today.

Thank goodness it was just a two-game series.

Not that they won’t be awful against other teams, but at least it isn’t in Colorado.

--Posted at 5:17 pm by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks show fight, but can’t keep up with Rox

Trevor Story homered and drove in three runs and Carlos Gonzalez had four hits—including his 15th home run of the season—as the Rockies beat the Yankees, 13-10, at Coors Field on Tuesday to win for the seventh time in the last nine games.

The Yankees were unable to figure out Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, who earned his third win of the season by pitching five scoreless innings. Shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run off Gonzalez Germen in the sixth, starting an attack on the Rockies’ bullpen. New York added seven more runs on eight hits in the eighth off Justin Miller and Miguel Castro as the Rockies saw their nine-run cushion dissolve into one that required rookie Carlos Estevez to earn his second career save.

The Rockies broke the game open with back-to-back home runs by Story and Ryan Raburn off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi in the fourth. DJ LeMahieu drove in a pair on a fifth inning single and seventh inning sacrifice fly. Gonzalez scored three times, most notably on his home run to lead off the ninth, giving the Rockies a three-run cushion.

Getting shut out for five innings by one of the shittiest pitchers in the National League in Colorado, while giving up a gazillion runs themselves, makes this one of the very worst losses of the season for the Yankees.

Cutting the lead to 12-10 was kind of cool, though.

Thank goodness this is just a two-game series.

--Posted at 1:44 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Yankees (31-32) @ Rockies (30-33), Tuesday, 6/14/2016, 8:40pm

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (71.1 IP, 4.42 ERA, 3.85 FIP, 1.1 bWAR) vs. Rockies: Jorge De La Rosa (L):  (31.2 IP, 8.81 ERA, 5.64 FIP, -0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.284/.343/.428, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.374/.374, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.286/.418, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.326/.401, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.240/.316/.333, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.212/.250/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.266/.299/.374, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.205/.265/.311, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P (.000/.000/.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.317/.380, 4.4 bWAR

Rockies
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.361/.487, 0.9 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.314/.381/.481, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.289/.367/.586, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.298/.345/.538, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.261/.312/.542, 1.6 bWAR)
6. Gerardo Parra (L) LF (.264/.275/.426, -1.2 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.293/.362/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.250/.363/.426, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Jorge De La Rosa (L) P (.375/.444/.375, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.286/.344/.498, 8.1 bWAR

--Posted at 4:35 pm by SG / 58 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees unlikely to land Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel, source says

ENVER — It’s unlikely the Yankees will emerge as top bidders for the services of Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel now that Major League Baseball has declared the 32-year-old infielder a free agent, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told NJ Advance Media.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez first reported Gourriel’s free agent status Monday.

The hangup? Money, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.

Gourriel’s middle-of-the-order ready bat would be a welcomed addition to the Yankees’ offense, which has severely underperformed and was ranked No. 24 in the league in runs scored on Monday night.

Over 15 seasons, Gourriel owns some sterling numbers, including a .335 batting average, a .417 on-base percentage and 308 doubles to go with 250 homers.

But the team, as currently constructed, doesn’t appear to have a ton of wiggle room financially or within its roster for Gourriel, who escaped Cuba with his younger brother, Lourdes Gourriel Jr., 22, in February, and has professed his affection for the Yankees. The elder Gourriel is also friends with Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and has said designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is his favorite player.

Hat tip to ChrisS.

To be fair, Gourriel is 32 and probably past his peak.  He is also primarily a 3B who has played some 2B, both positions where the Yankees are already paying a fair amount of money, even if the production they are getting there isn’t all that impressive.

I’m not saying Hal Steinbrenner isn’t cheap. But if a rebuild is possibly on the table, signing Gourriel doesn’t make much sense.

--Posted at 9:37 am by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)




Monday, June 13, 2016

Is Sabathia’s Success Sustainable?

After three straight poor seasons, I had very little hope of CC Sabathia figuring out how to deal with his diminished stuff and his balky knee.  Instead, Sabathia has been one of the biggest surprises on the 2016 Yankees, with the best ERA and FIP in the starting rotation.  He’s been particularly effective of late, with a 0.87 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list on May 20.

He’s doing this despite an average fastball that has been sitting around 88 mph, the lowest it’s ever been.

Let’s look at a few sets of data.

First, here are Sabathia’s numbers for 2016, split between his five starts prior to going on the DL and the five starts since.

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb gb% fb% ld% iffb% babip
4/10/2016 5/5/2016 5 28.3 125 3.81 3.57 4.58 88.0 10.4% 16.8% 3.4% 45.7% 31.5% 18.5% 4.3% .337
5/21/2016 6/11/2016 5 31.0 121 0.87 3.08 4.23 88.8 9.1% 23.1% 2.9% 36.5% 40.0% 14.1% 9.4% .205

FIP: Fielding-independent pitching
xFIP: Expected fielding-independent pitching
FBv: Average fastball velocity
bb/bf: Walks per batters faced
k/bf: Strike outs per batters faced
hr/fb: home runs per fly ball (league average is around 10-11%)
gb%: ground ball percentage
fb%: fly ball percentage
ld%: line drive percentage
iffb%: infield fly ball percentage
babip: batting average against on balls in play

Sabathia has picked up almost 1 mph on his fastball, and he’s allowing fewer line drives and getting more infield fly balls.  His walk rate and strikeout rates are both improved as well, but everything else says he’s more likely to pitch how he did in the first five starts than he did in the last five.

These are the full season numbers for Sabathia since his last good season in 2012. 

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb gb% fb% ld% iffb% babip
4/6/2012 10/1/2012 28 200.0 833 3.38 3.35 3.18 92.3 5.3% 23.6% 12.5% 46.7% 29.8% 20.5% 3.0% .288
4/1/2013 9/20/2013 32 211.0 908 4.78 4.16 3.89 91.1 7.2% 19.3% 13.0% 43.5% 32.1% 21.7% 2.7% .308
4/1/2014 5/10/2014 8 46.0 209 5.28 4.76 3.27 88.8 4.8% 23.0% 23.3% 47.0% 28.9% 21.5% 2.7% .350
4/9/2015 10/1/2015 29 167.3 726 4.73 4.65 3.92 90.1 6.9% 18.9% 16.6% 44.5% 31.5% 21.0% 3.0% .317
4/9/2016 6/10/2016 10 59.3 246 2.28 3.31 4.39 88.4 9.8% 19.9% 3.2% 41.2% 35.6% 16.4% 6.8% .275

You can see that his velocity has declined and his effectiveness along with it until this year.  What is interesting here is he’s walking more hitters this year than he has in any of the prior four seasons.  My guess is this is by design, and that he’d rather miss off the plate at the expense of a few more walks instead of trying to throw strikes with diminished stuff that will get tattooed.  Even if that is the case, I find it hard to believe he can continue to limit home runs as well as he has, and think he’s likely due for some regression soon.

Lastly, let’s just look at his line since he started pitching with a knee brace on September 9 of last season.

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb gb% fb% ld% iffb% babip
9/10/2019 6/11/2020 15 88.3 369 2.24 3.51 4.34 89.2 10.0% 19.8% 4.5% 42.7% 33.6% 17.9% 5.7% .273

I don’t think we can count on Sabathia limiting home runs like he has recently.  A more realistic scenario for CC going forward is an ERA in the low 4s, I would say.  On most teams that would be a solid fourth starter.  On the Yankees, that essentially guarantees a loss most of the time.

If I had to “project” Sabathia for the rest of the season, I think something like his line since the start of 2015 is fairly realistic.

Start End GS IP BF ERA FIP xFIP FBv bb/bf k/bf hr/fb gb% fb% ld% iffb% babip
4/9/2015 6/10/2016 39 226.7 972 4.09 4.30 4.05 89.8 7.6% 19.1% 12.9% 43.7% 32.5% 19.9% 3.9% .307

Those peripherals seem realistic and would make him a slightly better than league average starter. 

Even if it doesn’t last, it’s nice to see Sabathia’s persistence being rewarded, and I hope he can continue to defy the odds long enough that the Yankees can trade him and he can contribute to a team with real postseason aspirations.  The Giants look like they could use a fourth starter, right?

--Posted at 3:17 pm by SG / 11 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees just saw the big-time promise of waving the white flag

It cannot be lost on general manager Brian Cashman and the organizational hierarchy that the Yankees were shut down for six innings on Sunday by a young power pitcher the Tigers obtained in a rental deal last July only after the Detroit front office yielded to the reality that their team wasn’t good enough to win anything of significance.

The pitcher’s name is Michael Fulmer, the rental property was Yoenis Cespedes, and that provides just one example of the road map the Yankees must follow as this season morphs into the trading season.

The first five games of this homestand that the Yankees swept by scoring 33 runs in defeating the Angels four times and the Tigers on Friday provided an oasis of sorts for the offense-parched Pinstripes.

But then the Yankees were limited to one run on six hits in Saturday’s 6-1 defeat, in which Justin Verlander was dominant through 6 ²/₃ innings, before Sunday’s 4-1 loss, in which they got two hits in six innings off Fulmer, who extended his shutout streak to 28 ¹/₃ innings.

Ah, the baseball adage of good pitching beating bad hitting was never more in evidence.

For better or worse, these are the Yankees 63 games through a season in which they’re one under .500. Which means, for better against bad teams with questionable pitching staffs and for worse against the good ones.

Being mediocre on the field isn’t a baseball crime, even in The Bronx where winning — and in this borough, that means championships, not wild-card game losses — is the thread that binds generations.

But being in denial in the front office is a felony.

The Yankees won’t sell, and we can blame the Angels.

--Posted at 10:16 am by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tigers (31-30) @ Yankees (31-31), Sunday, 6/12/2016, 2:05pm

Tigers: Michael Fulmer (R):  (47.2 IP, 2.83 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 1.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (66 IP, 6.14 ERA, 4.28 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)

Lineups
Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.317/.370/.527, 3.1 bWAR)
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF (.386/.446/.446, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.293/.365/.509, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.335/.384/.524, 1.3 bWAR)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.269/.341/.496, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.309/.341/.553, 1.3 bWAR)
7. Justin Upton (R) LF (.224/.272/.338, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C (.186/.297/.451, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Mike Aviles (R) SS (.204/.259/.241, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.286/.345/.478, 9.5 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.283/.341/.429, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.377/.379, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.281/.314/.561, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.291/.425, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.312/.333, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.270/.300/.380, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.290/.306/.449, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.203/.265/.305, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.233/.273/.367, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.316/.413, 5.5 bWAR

--Posted at 11:39 am by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, June 11, 2016

Yankees.com: Homers costly as Tanaka falls against Tigers

One day after the Yankees knocked the Tigers back to .500, the Tigers returned the favor in a 6-1 win on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

On the back of a career-high five-RBIs from Ian Kinsler and another steady performance from Justin Verlander, Detroit (31-30) evened the three-game weekend series with New York (31-31). Kinsler supplied the sparks, smacking a three-run home run in the fifth inning and following that up with a two-run double off the center-field wall in the seventh inning in his next at-bat.
Masahiro Tanaka didn’t show his best stuff Saturday, lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing five earned runs (and two homers), while striking out just three batters. Saturday marked just the second time in 2016 that Tanaka allowed multiple home runs in a start.

Masahiro Tanaka just looked off all night long, as the Tigers looked locked in on him. Even when they made outs, it was often after really hard hit foul balls. Tanaka’s awesomeness is predicated on not allowing a lot of baserunners - that way the home runs he occasionally allows won’t hurt him that much. That wasn’t the case tonight, as the Tigers were on base a lot, and that paid off for them big time with a 3-run home run by Ian Kinsler. Still, Tanaka has been so good all year round that I’m okay with him having the occasional off night. And with the way that Justin Verlander was dealing tonight, a 2-1 deficit was probably going to be enough for Detroit.

Tomorow is a scary matchup, as Michael Fulmer comes in as one of the hottest starters in baseball (just one run allowed in his last four starts) and while Michael Pineda has pitched well as of late, he’s still, you know, Michael Pineda. So…it could be rough.

--Posted at 10:56 pm by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)



Tigers (30-30) @ Yankees (31-30), Saturday, 6/11/2016, 7:15pm

Tigers: Justin Verlander (R):  (79.1 IP, 3.97 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 1.3 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (78.1 IP, 2.76 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 2.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B (.314/.365/.510, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Cameron Maybin (R) CF (.410/.471/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B (.298/.371/.518, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH (.340/.386/.531, 1.4 bWAR)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF (.265/.338/.496, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B (.310/.342/.545, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Justin Upton (R) LF (.223/.273/.340, -0.3 bWAR)
8. James McCann (R) C (.178/.224/.297, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS (.238/.292/.298, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.285/.340/.457, 9.2 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.287/.342/.436, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.379/.382, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.319/.571, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.217/.266/.419, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.227/.330/.411, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.292/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.269/.296/.376, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.313/.324, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.185/.233/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.421, 5.7 bWAR

--Posted at 5:20 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: CC tops Tigers for Yankees’ fifth straight win

Just as he’s been doing every start since the beginning of May, CC Sabathia spun a gem for the Yankees. And on Friday, the Yankees’ bats backed him up.

The Yanks jumped to an early lead with three first-inning runs and cruised thanks to seven shutout innings from Sabathia, holding onto the lead and defeating the Tigers, 4-0, for their fifth straight victory. With the win, the Yankees improved their record to above .500 for the first time since April 13, when they were 4-3.

Sabathia now has a 0.71 ERA over his last six starts dating back to May 4.

“Incredible. I think 42 [pitches] after two, maybe 58 after three, might’ve been more than that,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “At that point, you’re thinking if I can get five out of him, I’d be pleased. But he got better, which is impressive, and another just brilliant outing out of him.”

If you asked me four years ago, “Hey, Brian, do you think that CC Sabathia is the type of pitcher who will be able to make adjustments when he no longer has a crazy awesome fastball, like many other great pitchers? Or will he fall apart like other pitchers?” I would have said that I would bet on CC Sabathia being precisely the type of pitcher who could weather the loss of his good stuff. That’s why I had no problem with the contract extension the Yankees gave him. Then he sucked for, like, seventeen years. So him now looking like he made the adjustment I thought he could make back then? That’s freakin’ amazing. It’s obviously still a small sample size, so this can all come crashing down very easily, but damn, man, he looks flat out good. Like “Return to the Yankees” Andy Pettitte good. Good for him.

The offense wasn’t great, but it was good enough! So this is what over .500 feels like? It’s been so long! Hopefully they don’t go back to .500 tomorrow!

--Posted at 1:17 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)




Friday, June 10, 2016

Tigers (30-29) @ Yankees (30-30), Friday, June 10, 2016, 7:05pm

DET: Mike Pelfrey (#37, 32, RHP, 1-5, 4.76) vs. NYY: CC Sabathia (#52, 35, LHP, 3-4, 2.58)

--Posted at 5:37 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Nova, Yanks’ bats lead way in Angels sweep

Thanks in large part to a fifth-inning offensive outburst, the Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the Angels, returning to .500 on the season with a 6-3 win on Thursday.

The Yankees trailed, 1-0, headed into the bottom of the fifth inning, but sparked by a consistent stream of hits, the Yankees clawed back and eventually jumped ahead. Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a walk, Chase Headley moved him over with a grounder to second base, and Chris Parmelee singled him home, tying the game. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann all added hits as well in the frame, with Beltran’s and McCann’s landing for doubles.

For the Angels, the loss signaled an end to a tough trip to the Bronx in which Halos pitchers allowed 29 runs. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin looked strong to start, allowing just three baserunners in the first four innings, but was responsible for all five of the runs in the fifth inning, later departing after recording just one out in the sixth.

“I think we played good baseball this series,” said Beltran, who went 7-for-15 and drove in 10 runs in the four games. “Right now, we’re pitching good, playing good defense and hitting well. We need to stay with the same plan.”

Well, if you looked at a sample size of, well, just one series, the Yankees offense would look downright impressive, as they demolished the Angels’ pitchers all series long, leading to a 4-game sweep, that takes the Yankees to .500 again for the first time in a few weeks. The last couple of times that they evened up their record this season, they promptly lost their next game, so we’ll see what they can do when the suddenly decent Detroit Tigers come to town on Friday.

Sadly, mixed in with the good news was the disappointing news that Chris Parmelee was badly injured on a strange injury that he suffered upon making a diving stop at first in the seventh inning. It looks like a really bad groin injury or a really bad hamstring injury. Either way, he looks like he’ll be out for a while. After the game, Girardi suggested that Rob Refsnyder would now probably be the everyday first baseman going forward. It’ll be interesting to see who they call up for the roster spot, though. Could they really give Nick Swisher another shot? As Ugly Johnny Dickshot pointed out, it would be interesting to see if they could do some sort of catcher/first base platoon between Brian McCann, Austin Romine and a called-up Gary Sanchez (who is back after his thumb injury). Or they could just call up Ben Gamel for the hell of it.

Anyhow, here’s hoping the strong offense wasn’t just due to some terrible Angels pitching! Wishful thinking, I know…

--Posted at 12:03 am by Brian Cronin / 34 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Angels (26-33) @ Yankees (29-30), Thursday, 6/9/2016, 7:05pm

Angels: Jhoulys Chacin (R):  (58 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (49 IP, 4.41 ERA, 4.57 FIP, 0.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Angels
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.308/.357/.412, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.300/.378/.465, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.309/.413/.553, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.239/.319/.428, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.301/.394, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.256/.279/.341, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.250/.287/.319, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.200/.243/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.288/.329/.438, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.333/.417, 6.3 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.293/.343/.447, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.367/.375, 1.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.281/.313/.571, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.221/.269/.426, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.317/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.293/.434, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.267/.291/.372, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.235/.309/.312, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Chris Parmelee (L) 1B (.600/.600/2.000, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.316/.427, 5.2 bWAR

The Yankees are going to get conned into thinking they shouldn’t sell, aren’t they? 

If Chris Parmalee can continue to OPS 2.600 for the rest of the season, he should be moved up in the lineup.

--Posted at 4:56 pm by SG / 61 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks blast past Angels for 3rd straight win

Chris Parmelee marked his first start in pinstripes with a pair of home runs and Carlos Beltran cleared the fences for the third straight game, helping to lead the Yankees to a 12-6 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Called up this week to replace the injured Mark Teixeira, Parmelee hooked a solo blast inside the right-field foul pole to begin a four-run sixth inning—during which Beltran hit a go-ahead double against right-hander Jered Weaver. Parmelee then homered again in the seventh facing Greg Mahle.

“I just put the good part of the bat on the ball,” Parmelee said. “As you know, Yankee Stadium is pretty friendly down that line. Anything can happen if you put the ball in the air here.”

The Yankees get a home run each from Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran and two from Chris Parmelee in a 12-6 win over the Angels

Along with Beltran’s 16th homer, which he hit in the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury also went deep and scored three runs, while Anthony Swarzak picked up the victory in relief. Weaver took the loss, surrendering six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Yankees overcame a rough start by right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who permitted five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

If you would have told me that Nathan Eovaldi was going to give up five runs in five innings…well, okay, I would have still thought that the Yankees would have had a CHANCE due to how poorly the Angels pitched in the first two games of the series, but I would have still been surprised to learn that the Yankees would have won the game going away.

Chris Parmalee is not a good baseball player, but I have no problem with giving him some more at-bats at first base to see if he can get hot for a stretch. Refsnyder can always hang around in a super-utility role and get at-bats here and there at second, right and then, when Parmalee falls apart (as he surely will), first base again.

By the way, how freakin’ streaky are these Yankee hitters?!? It’s like it’s either a bunch of 4-5 games or repeated oh-fers for some of these guys like Gardner and Beltran.

Oh well, it was cool to see them score a lot of runs. Hopefully the offense can be not terrible again tomorrow, as this four-game series comes to a close.

--Posted at 12:53 am by Brian Cronin / 53 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Yankees.com: Pair of homers back Pineda’s 7 strong innings

Carlos Beltran and Starlin Castro homered for the second consecutive game, supporting Michael Pineda’s longest effort of the year as the Yankees defeated the Angels, 6-3, on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Beltran hit a two-run homer and Castro added a solo shot off left-hander David Huff, who surrendered five runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Austin Romine had an RBI single and Rob Refsnyder lifted a sacrifice fly to account for the other New York runs off Huff, the ninth different starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.

“Being able to get those runs early in the game, it’s a big boost for our team,” Beltran said. “I know we’ve been struggling to score runs lately, but the past couple of days we feel like we’re putting up good at-bats. That’s what it’s all about.”

Pineda spun a sharp effort for the second consecutive start, blanking the Halos through the first four frames before Gregorio Petit stroked a run-scoring single and Kole Calhoun delivered a two-run homer in a three-run fifth. He completed a season-high seven innings as the Yankees won their seventh straight game at home against the Angels, dating back to last year.

Imagine if Pineda wasn’t terrible! This was a strong victory, as the Yankees jumped out to a big lead and held on to it.

--Posted at 10:44 pm by Brian Cronin / 77 Comments | - (0)



Angels (26-31) @ Yankees (27-30), Tuesday, 6/7/2016, 7:05pm

Angels: David Huff (L): (NR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (59 IP, 6.41 ERA, 4.25 FIP, -0.5 bWAR)

Lineups
Angels
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.420, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.301/.379/.455, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.306/.412/.541, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) 1B (.244/.326/.437, 0.3 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) DH (.251/.302/.392, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.268/.287/.357, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.239/.278/.294, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.203/.248/.317, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.260/.308/.370, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.335/.414, 6.4 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.357/.362, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.227/.261/.409, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.272/.302/.540, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.204/.256/.425, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.255/.291/.425, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.241/.316/.319, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.292/.309/.462, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.264/.289/.368, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.193/.258/.289, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.300/.401, 1.7 bWAR

--Posted at 4:20 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Beltran’s late HR completes Yanks’ rally

Carlos Beltran lifted a two-out, three-run homer off lefty reliever Jose Alvarez in the bottom of the eighth, sending the Yankees to a come-from-behind 5-2 victory over the Angels on Monday night.

“I wasn’t really thinking homer,” Beltran said. “I was thinking more basehit to right field. As soon as it left the bat, I knew that I hit it well.”

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker, who entered with a 1.59 ERA over his last three starts, held the Yankees scoreless through the first six innings, then gave up back-to-back solo homers to Brian McCann and Starlin Castro with two outs in the seventh, allowing New York to tie the game at 2.

With two outs in the eighth, Shoemaker faced the top of the Yankees’ lineup for the fourth time and got in trouble once more, giving up back-to-back singles to Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner. That prompted Angels manager Mike Scioscia to remove Shoemaker, even though he had only thrown 93 pitches.

Brian McCann, Starlin Castro and Carlos Beltran connect on late home runs to fuel the Yankees’ 5-2 come-from-behind victory

“It got to a point in the game when we were just trying to turn Beltran around,” Scioscia said. “Shoe had trouble closing out that seventh inning and the eighth inning, so we felt it was better to turn him around and get that last out in the eighth.”

Beltran—with an .875 OPS against righties and a .728 OPS against lefties heading in—got an 0-1, 91-mph fastball out over the plate and sent it out to right field to give New York its only lead. Aroldis Chapman then closed it out in the ninth.

Well, that was a great win. Imagine if this offense wasn’t terrible. Tanaka sure is fun.

--Posted at 2:11 am by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)




Monday, June 6, 2016

Angels (26-30) @ Yankees (26-30), Monday, 6/6/2016, 7:05pm

Lineups
Angels
1. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B (.311/.362/.421, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.306/.386/.461, 1.3 bWAR)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF (.311/.415/.549, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.238/.319/.433, 0.2 bWAR)
5. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.251/.303/.395, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B (.274/.294/.366, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Rafael Ortega (L) LF (.245/.286/.302, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Jett Bandy (R) C (.300/.333/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) SS (.243/.293/.343, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.343/.425, 6.2 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.330/.411, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.237/.359/.364, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.299/.525, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.211/.265/.440, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.320/.393, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.249/.286/.407, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.268/.294/.374, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.245/.321/.325, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.250/.286/.450, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.311/.407, 3.8 bWAR

I am actually surprised the Yankee lineup has more bWAR than Mike Trout.

--Posted at 3:52 pm by SG / 31 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees losing off the field as slump deepens

The Yankees are losing their mojo.

Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.

The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.

Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.

“When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”

On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.

On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”

From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.

From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.

Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.

Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.

To be sure, YES viewership has been cut a bit because of Comcast blocking the network during a fee dispute. But the ratings have declined in four of the past five years — with only Jeter’s going-away tour providing a bit of an increase in 2014.

When fans across the country vote with their wallets and buy jerseys of their favorite players, the Yanks are missing their swagger.

I’m surprised about this.  I mean, Hal Steinbrenner committed to putting a “championship caliber” team out there.  How could interest possibly be dropping?

--Posted at 8:13 am by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, June 4, 2016

Yankees (25-29) @ Orioles (31-22), Saturday, 6/4/2016, 7:15pm

Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (43 IP, 3.98 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 0.9 bWAR) vs. Orioles: Tyler Wilson (R):  (49.1 IP, 3.83 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.276/.332/.418, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.220/.350/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.269/.301/.534, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.180/.241/.430, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.284/.405, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.265/.292/.376, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.239/.318/.316, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.308/.308/.538, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.290/.313/.468, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.307/.410, 2.9 bWAR

Orioles
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.295/.395, -0.3 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.391/.466/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.312/.379/.605, 3.1 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.218/.341/.440, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.297/.350/.593, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.280/.319/.424, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.216/.303/.388, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.264/.292/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.192/.286/.219, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.333/.470, 7.0 bWAR

--Posted at 6:18 pm by SG / 86 Comments | - (0)




Friday, June 3, 2016

Yankees (25-28) @ Orioles (30-22), Friday, 6/3/2016, 7:05pm

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (60.2 IP, 3.71 ERA, 3.54 FIP, 1.6 bWAR) vs. Orioles: Chris Tillman (R):  (64.2 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 2.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.333/.425, 1.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.211/.342/.335, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.270/.302/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.177/.240/.406, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.181/.273/.265, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.245/.285/.408, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.287/.367, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.232/.314/.311, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.293/.317/.431, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.239/.301/.385, 1.6 bWAR)

Orioles
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.242/.296/.398, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.367/.449/.483, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) SS (.318/.386/.616, 3.3 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.216/.338/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.288/.342/.585, 1.2 bWAR)
6. Matt Wieters (S) C (.281/.321/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.214/.305/.393, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.265/.293/.455, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.200/.296/.229, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.333/.470, 7.4 bWAR)

--Posted at 4:03 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Yankees.com: Big 7th carries Yanks to makeup win in Detroit

The Yankees used a four-run seventh to beat the Tigers, 5-4, in a makeup game on Thursday night at Comerica Park.

Rob Refsnyder put New York on top for good with an RBI single in the inning, while Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run triple capped the inning and was part of a three-RBI night for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter.

The Yankees’ four-run seventh inning spoiled what was a strong outing by Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Certainly one of their most unusual wins of the season. Each one of the “Big Three” relievers surrendered a run, but with the tying run on third base and two outs, the Yankees elected to pitch to Miggy Cabrera (who was 3-3 for the night) and Aroldis Chapman got Miggy to ground out to end the game. Didi Gregorius, who came in for defense late in the game, had a perfect relay throw to cut down a runner at home to end the eighth inning and then, with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, made a circus play to start a double play to get the Yankees within an out of the win.

Robert Refsnyder had another great game at the plate. Methinks Ref might want to start taking more reps at first base, as Teix is literally playing hurt, and it is just so stupid. We get it, Teix, you’re willing to play through the pain - but by doing so, you’re killing the team!

Michael Pineda was outstanding tonight and Jacoby Ellsbury had a good game, as well.

Big three games coming up against Baltimore. That team can score, but their pitching is not all that great - so the Yankees might score four runs over three games.

--Posted at 11:24 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)



NYDN:  Harper: Yankees could deal Aroldis Chapman to these teams — and here’s who they should ge

Still, it seems clear this is a mediocre ballclub with a championship-caliber bullpen, and at some point Cashman is going to want to cash in on that asset as the Yankees are forced to become more transparent about building for the future.

In fact, for almost any of the serious contenders this season, adding a lock-down reliever is perhaps the best way to increase their chances of winning a September pennant race and/or advancing in the post-season.

So there could be some serious bidding for Chapman, who is headed for free agency, and perhaps even more so for Andrew Miller, if the Yankees decide that acquiring a couple of blue-chip prospects is more valuable to their future than having the lefty under contract for two more seasons.

At least a few teams might also see Carlos Beltran as a valuable and proven postseason hitter worth giving up a solid prospect to acquire, but the Yankees don’t really have much else to trade.

SELL, SELL, SELL!

--Posted at 4:19 pm by SG / 62 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yankees.com: Tanaka handed first loss as Yanks blanked

Aaron Sanchez pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning and Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak each drove in a pair of runs, powering the Blue Jays to a 7-0 victory over the Yankees on Wednesday at Rogers Centre to complete a sweep of the three-game series.

Sanchez was in command of the slumbering Yankees lineup, which produced just three runs over the 27 innings of this series. The right-hander scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out six as the Blue Jays won for the seventh time in their last eight games. Toronto has won 13 of 17 games against the Yankees dating back to last season.

Encarnacion and Smoak roped big hits to highlight a five-run seventh inning against the Yankees’ bullpen, knocking around Kirby Yates and Nick Goody. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka started for New York and was charged with the loss—his first of the season—after allowing two runs (one earned) and seven hits over six innings.

I’m not saying that this offense isn’t terrible. It IS terrible. However, even a terrible offense should score more than this team has against Toronto this season. This is flukishly bad.

Tanaka did a decent job, but the bullpen was wretched. Not that it mattered, since the game was over as soon as Tanaka gave up a single run.

--Posted at 11:38 pm by Brian Cronin / 34 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (24-27) @ Blue Jays (28-26), Wednesday, 6/1/2016, 7:07pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (65.1 IP, 2.89 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 2.2 bWAR) vs. Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (R):  (65.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.331/.413, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.215/.344/.342, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.265/.299/.530, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.229/.323/.410, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.190/.285/.278, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.170/.240/.409, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.290/.373, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.236/.317/.319, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.271/.327/.375, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.236/.308/.386, 2.4 bWAR)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.365/.479, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.256/.355/.517, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.240/.313/.447, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.291/.371/.529, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.275/.375/.435, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.197/.259/.272, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.250/.280/.292, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.246/.277/.365, 1.7 bWAR)
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.322/.352/.448, 1.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.332/.437, 7.2 bWAR)

--Posted at 4:17 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Ticking clock hangs over Yankees’ internal Michael Pineda debate

Brian Cashman presented the three alternatives available for dealing with Michael Pineda to Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild following the righty’s most recent dismal start:

1) Keep him in the rotation. 2) Send him to the bullpen. 3) Demote him to the minors.

“Right now [Girardi and Rothschild] feel strongly that they want to keep at him with him [in the majors],” Cashman said by phone.

Nevertheless, the clock is ticking on a reversal or else — and not just because Pineda has the worst ERA (6.92) among qualifiers and no team wants to keep deploying a starter to serve up in-game batting practice. The Yankees also are cognizant one of the alternatives is about to go away.

Pineda reaches four years and 172 days of service time on June 14, and 172 days equates to a full season when accounting for service time. Thus, Pineda becomes a five-year player on that date and a player can no longer be sent to the minors without his consent when he accrues five years. So the Yankees are two weeks away from losing a tool to deal with a struggling Pineda, though he has two minor league options left.

In other words, in two weeks the Yankees will not — without Pineda’s approval — be able to do with the righty what they did with the failing Luis Severino by sending him to Triple-A.

“I am aware of the options, but under the current circumstances we want to keep him in the rotation,” Cashman said. “He will make his next start [Thursday in Detroit] and we will have further conversations.”

While they’re at it, I have about 20 other players that should also be sent to the minors.

--Posted at 12:58 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yankees.com: CC solid, but Jays pull ahead in 7th for win

Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney delivered timely hits in the seventh inning off Dellin Betances to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays chased Yankees starter CC Sabathia after a leadoff double by Edwin Encarnacion to open the seventh. Betances entered and picked up a pair of quick outs, but he then issued a walk, Pillar smacked a run-scoring single and Barney singled home two more to give Toronto its fourth series victory in a row.

The Blue Jays improved to 6-2 against the Yankees this season and clinched their third consecutive series victory against New York. Reliever Joe Biagini picked up his third win of the year, and Roberto Osuna notched his 12th save in 13 opportunities.

Toronto starter J.A. Happ pitched six solid innings in the no-decision, allowing a run. The 33-year-old left-hander has allowed just five runs over his past three starts after getting rocked for a season-high eight against the Rays on May 16.

Another pathetic performance by the offense.

CC did well, which was nice.

Betances had an off night, but eh, they were going to lose no matter what with this terrible offense.

--Posted at 10:15 pm by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (24-26) @ Blue Jays (27-26), Tuesday, 5/31/2016, 7:07pm

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (41.1 IP, 2.83 ERA, 2.99 FIP, 1.3 bWAR) vs. Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L):  (64.2 IP, 3.20 ERA, 4.28 FIP, 1.5 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.280/.333/.420, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.250/.250/.500, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.195/.291/.286, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.325/.413, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.264/.295/.534, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.291/.420, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.229/.313/.307, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.291/.376, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.270/.297, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.302/.390, 1.8 bWAR)

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.237/.371/.489, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.256/.357/.523, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.239/.313/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.273/.376/.414, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Russell Martin (R) C (.194/.258/.271, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.273/.273/.318, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.271/.363, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.321/.352/.452, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF (.382/.433/.491, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.331/.427, 5.8 bWAR)

--Posted at 4:00 pm by SG / 76 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: A-Rod, Teixeira anchors on Yankees offense with no hope in sight

TORONTO — Aroldis Chapman arrived late, but finally the Yankees began to win more regularly, and there is cause and effect.

There is also smoke and mirrors.

The Yankees are 13-8 since Chapman returned from his suspension, one of the best marks in the majors. Yet they have barely outscored the opposition in that time, 91-87. They win when Nate Eovaldi, CC Sabathia or Masahiro Tanaka starts well and the firm of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman protects whatever meager lead the offense supplies.

The Yankees won Sunday in Tampa 2-1 despite managing just one hit (smoke and mirrors). They lost Monday in Toronto 4-2 when they managed five hits — just three hits and zero runs in eight innings against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.

This marked the 21st time the Yankees scored two runs or fewer — the most in the AL. You can have Betances, Miller, Chapman and throw in the spirit of Mariano Rivera for good measure and the Yanks are not going to be a playoff team with that kind of offense, not when they also are below par running the bases and on defense.

The Yankees stacked eight lefties against Estrada and had one limp result after another. They were 2-for-13 with men on base, hitless in four shots with runners in scoring position to fall to a major league-worst .212 in such spots.

“When you have two-thirds of your lineup not swinging well, it is hard to score runs,” Joe Girardi said.

Maybe they should have gotten better players?

I haven’t watched a pitch of a Yankee game since the Arizona series, and I haven’t really missed it.

--Posted at 12:27 pm by SG / 5 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 30, 2016

Yankees.com: Yankees held to McCann’s late HR vs. Jays

Right-hander Marco Estrada rose to the occasion when the Blue Jays needed him the most, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Estrada scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six in his seventh quality start of the year. He has gone at least seven innings during each of his last three starts and has now picked up a victory against New York in back-to-back outings.

The veteran starter could not have picked a better time to go deep into a game. The Blue Jays had four relievers unavailable, and manager John Gibbons lamented the health of his bullpen prior to the game. Almost everybody needed a day of rest, and Estrada provided it.

“He was great again,” Gibbons said of Estrada, who became the second pitcher in Toronto history to defeat the Yankees in back-to-back outings. “It was really the exact outing we had to have.

“To be honest, I’ve seen him do that many times, so I can’t say he had one of his best outings, because he does that a lot. But he stepped up, and he just faced these guys the other day. That makes it even tougher on a pitcher, when everybody is familiar with you. He has been a great pitcher for us.”

Right-hander Ivan Nova picked up the loss for the Yankees after allowing four runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The big blows came on RBI doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, plus a solo home run by shortstop Ryan Goins.

Ivan Nova was not good, but this was once again pretty much all on the offense. Another pathetic performance. This clearly will not be even a decent team if no one on the team can hit.

--Posted at 11:34 pm by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (24-25) @ Blue Jays (26-26), 7:07pm

NYY: Ivan Nova (#47, 29, RHP, 3-2, 3.65) vs TOR: Marco Estrada (#25, 32, RHP, 2-2, 2.76)

Thanks to all who served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

--Posted at 2:06 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 29, 2016

Yankees.com: Shining Starlin: HR ends Odorizzi no-no for W

Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but one swing of the bat from Starlin Castro changed everything.

With Brett Gardner on base after working a one-out walk, the Yankees’ second baseman launched an offering on a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Odorizzi’s strong outing ended after the seventh, with the one hit, the walk and Dustin Ackley reaching on an error earlier in the game being his only blemishes. He struck out six but saw his record fall to 2-3.

The fearsome bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman worked an easy three innings to give a win to New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, who limited the Rays to one run and six hits over a 105-pitch effort.

If you had to pick a team that would win a game with just one hit, you would have to put the WOEful Yankees high on that list.

Kudos to Eovaldi on another good game. And what can we say about the Big 3 relievers that hasn’t already been said at this point? They are amazing.

--Posted at 3:30 pm by Brian Cronin / 27 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 28, 2016

Yankees.com: Beltran’s HR, Yanks’ late threats fall short

Jacoby Ellsbury stared down at the perfectly framed mitt of Hank Conger. The man who had thrown the pitch, Matt Moore, had already started his walk off the mound, and Ellsbury dropped his bat to the ground as his strikeout ended the frame.

Moore had just finished his fifth inning of work—a threshold he hadn’t passed in his past four outings. But this time, he wasn’t done. Moore pitched 6 2/3 innings of Tampa Bay’s 9-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs. His fastball had good command, and he used his curveball as his secondary pitch.

“I liked my mindset heading into it,” Moore said. “I found out what pitches were coming out good, and I kind of stayed with that as opposed to just forcing them out.”

Yanks starter Michael Pineda allowed six runs over just 3 2/3 innings, the second start against Tampa Bay this year that ended early for the righty.

The Rays’ offense broke out in a big way to even the series. Evan Longoria was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. The light-hitting Conger also homered and hit two doubles while driving in three runs, and Brad Miller had a double and a triple.

Wow, Pineda is terrible. I really don’t know who I’d rather see pitch at this point, Pineda or Severino. Yikes.

You have to at least sort of admire how much effort they put into trying to come back. Austin freakin’ Romine is looking like a Major League hitter, huh?

Hopefully Eovaldi pitches better in the finale of the series.

--Posted at 8:58 pm by Brian Cronin / 32 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (23-24) @ Rays (21-25), Saturday, 5/28/2016, 4:10pm

NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 2-5, 6.34) vs. TBR: Matt Moore (#55, 27, LHP, 1-3, 5.47)

--Posted at 10:18 am by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 27, 2016

Yankees.com: A-Rod’s HR leads bats behind Tanaka for win

Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer backed a solid start by Masahiro Tanaka to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Rodriguez’s sixth home run of the season came against Rays starter Chris Archer and capped a three-run Yankees sixth that saw the Rays make two errors in the inning. For Rodriguez, the blast was his 30th career home run at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran added a solo home run against Archer in the eighth to put the Yankees up, 4-0, before Steve Pearce launched his own solo shot in the ninth as the Rays avoided a shutout.

Archer, who allowed just one earned run in eight innings, fell to 3-6 on the season. Tanaka allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings to move to 3-0.

Tanaka has been outstanding this season. It’s a shame that he’s going to be screwed out of an All-Star Game spot due to wins, which he doesn’t have full control over. Oh well. He’s making a gazillion dollars a year, so he can’t be too upset about not also making the All-Star team.

Anyhow, great win. Nice to see A-Rod get a home run. Bryan Hoch wrote this sort of douchey article today about how Beltran will still see DH at-bats (obviously he’ll see DH at-bats, but whatever), which included the following passage:

The Yanks have struggled against left-handed starters this year, and Rodriguez’s bat was expected to help them against southpaws.
That has not materialized, in part because Rodriguez has not produced much against any kind of pitching—he entered play on Friday batting .184 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

It annoys me when a guy chooses pithiness over, you know, accuracy. A-Rod has a .930 OPS against lefties this season. He’s just been terrible against righties (.492 OPS). So it was great to see him hit a home run off of a good righthanded pitcher in Chris Archer.

--Posted at 9:52 pm by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (22-24) @ Rays (21-24), Friday, 5/27/2016, 7:10pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (58.1 IP, 3.24 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 1.7 bWAR) vs. Rays: Chris Archer (R):  (52.1 IP, 5.16 ERA, 4.57 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.331/.433, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.228/.350/.362, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.262/.291/.512, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.244/.344/.420, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.184/.262/.421, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.301/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.276/.298/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.223/.309/.308, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.154/.262/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.311/.402, 3.5 bWAR

Rays
1. Brandon Guyer (R) RF (.315/.412/.559, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brad Miller (L) SS (.233/.306/.429, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.253/.305/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Steve Pearce (R) DH (.290/.384/.523, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.226/.321/.322, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Desmond Jennings (R) CF (.182/.254/.291, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.197/.246/.455, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Taylor Motter (R) 2B (.222/.391/.611, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.161/.203/.161, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.312/.422, 4.0 bWAR

Joined in progress.

--Posted at 6:56 pm by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: CC’s gem goes unrewarded in finale vs. Jays

Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs with a third-inning single, which proved to be sufficient for J.A. Happ, whose sterling effort helped lift the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

The Blue Jays took two out of three games in the series despite being limited to just two hits by resurgent left-hander CC Sabathia, who did not permit an earned run over seven innings and struck out seven with a walk.

Make no mistake, that was a terrible loss for the Yankees. Their offense is horrendous and it made J.A. Happ look like the second coming of Steve Carlton. However, CC Sabathia pitched so brilliantly that I can’t feel all that bad about the loss, even though it was a really bad one.

--Posted at 8:23 am by Brian Cronin / 14 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Blue Jays (23-25) @ Yankees (22-23), Thursday, 5/26/2016, 4:05pm

Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L):  (57.2 IP, 3.43 ERA, 4.20 FIP, 1.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (34.1 IP, 3.41 ERA, 3.18 FIP, 0.9 bWAR)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.488, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.345/.503, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.242/.314/.441, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.312/.379/.567, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.278/.391/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.181/.248/.236, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.243/.274/.359, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.319/.356/.435, 0.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.334/.436, 6.7 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.234/.358/.372, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.205/.270/.307, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.302/.418, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.297/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.194/.275/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.250/.347/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.219/.301/.305, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.297/.401, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.289/.319/.467, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.310/.409, 2.7 bWAR

I shouted from the basement for all to hear that the Yankees’ winning streak was a mirage and they hadn’t suddenly stopped being a bad team.  With last night’s loss, I have been proven right.

I am also going to shout from the basement that I don’t buy the “re-invention” of CC Sabathia.  Sure, he’s had three quality starts in a row, but that’s solely due to not allowing a home run.  In fact, on the season Sabathia only 2.9% of the fly balls hit off Sabathia have been home runs.  His career rate is 9.7%, and he has been in the 13-17% range over the last three seasons.

What’s more likely?  He’s figured out how to suppress home runs better than any pitcher ever, or he’s been lucky and it’s not likely to last.  I will leave this as an exercise for the readers.

--Posted at 2:13 pm by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Yankees.com: Walls close in on Yankees’ win streak

Russell Martin slugged his first two homers of the season, supporting Marco Estrada’s solid effort as the Blue Jays ended the Yankees’ six-game win streak with an 8-4 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Martin snapped out of a 124 at-bat homerless drought to start the year, connecting for a sixth-inning drive off Ivan Nova, then followed up in the seventh inning by belting a two-run shot off Chasen Shreve. Michael Saunders also hit a two-run homer as part of Toronto’s four-run seventh.

At least Eovaldi is playing decently this season.

Seriously, though, while this was an annoying loss due to the bases loaded, no outs situation with the top of the order up and then the bullpen taking what was still a close game (the Yankees would end up scoring three more times, after all) and then making it out of hand, overall it is hard to get too worked up about this. They just won six games in a row. Ivan Nova was pretty okay tonight, really. Not great, but not awful, either.

One thing is for sure, though, Dustin Ackley as the back-up first baseman for an injury-prone first baseman is a bad idea.

The Blue Jays reconfigured their rotation to send a lefty against the Yankees for the finale of the series on Thursday. I don’t mind gamesmanship in general, but damn, the Yankees are a game under .500! You don’t change your rotation up to maximize your chances against them! That is some overkill. A-Rod might be with the Yankees tomorrow, so that might help against the lefty.

--Posted at 11:24 pm by Brian Cronin / 27 Comments | - (0)



Blue Jays (22-25) @ Yankees (22-22), Wednesday, 5/25/2016, 7:05pm

Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R):  (51.2 IP, 2.61 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (30.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.494, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.343/.509, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.235/.302/.437, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.314/.379/.556, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.282/.398/.417, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.172/.243/.180, -0.9 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.276/.364, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B
9. Ryan Goins (L) SS (.148/.197/.235, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.319/.412, 4.5 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.338/.444, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.367/.383, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.275/.304/.538, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.258/.357/.444, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.163/.276/.163, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.208/.289/.272, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.285/.370, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.209/.260/.314, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.314/.396, 3.8 bWAR)

A whopping six game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled.  I am not one of them.  This team still does stink.

--Posted at 2:54 pm by SG / 44 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Yankees.com: Eovaldi, Yankees 2-hit Blue Jays, return to .500

Carlos Beltran and Nathan Eovaldi continued their recent hot streaks, while the Yankees’ bullpen was stingy as usual on Tuesday night, as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays, 6-0, and pulled back to .500 for the first time since April 14.

Eovaldi shut down the Blue Jays’ lineup for six-plus shutout frames, striking out five and at one point setting down 11 consecutive Toronto batters. The Jays only mustered two hits off him, the last of which led off the third inning. The Yankees’ offense didn’t do too much to back Eovaldi up, notching just three hits while he was in the game, but Beltran had two RBIs, one of which came on a fourth-inning home run, and New York broke it open with a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth.

“The good thing is, we’re playing better,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re getting contributions from everyone up and down the lineup. It seems to come from different spots. That’s been important too. You’re getting contributions from everyone in the pitching staff. That’s important. And that’s how you win series. That has to be the focus.”

At least Eovaldi is playing decently.

--Posted at 11:07 pm by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)



Blue Jays (22-24) @ Yankees (21-22), Tuesday, 5/24/2016, 7:05pm

Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey (R):  (54 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.45 FIP, -0.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (48.2 IP, 4.44 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.230/.373/.497, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.250/.348/.517, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.240/.308/.447, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.322/.388/.570, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.205/.286/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) DH (.400/.455/.800, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.250/.282/.372, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B (.328/.366/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Josh Thole (L) C (.158/.238/.237, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.331/.458, 7.1 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.333/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.246/.370/.391, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.193/.295/.283, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.274/.299/.522, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.152/.273/.152, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.276/.310/.436, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.213/.297/.279, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.259/.279/.370, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.286/.350, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.380, 2.2 bWAR)

A whopping five game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled.  I am not one of them.  This team still does stink.

--Posted at 4:10 pm by SG / 71 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: After hot start, Yankees’ Mark Teixeira struggling to find power

One week into the season, Mark Teixeira thought 2016 was going to be a huge year for him.

With three home runs in the first seven games, the notoriously slow starter had picked up where he left off last August, when a foul ball fractured his right leg, ending his season after he hit 31 home runs in 391 at-bats.

“The first week, I thought, ‘I’m going to hit 50 this year,’” Teixeira said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be a great season.’ Then I just lost it. I lost the timing and ever since I’ve been trying to get it back.”

It’s been 34 games since Teixeira last hit a home run, an unprecedented streak for the three-time All-Star. With 397 career home runs, Teixeira was jockeying with Carlos Beltran to see who would get to 400 first, but unlike his red-hot teammate, getting to 398 has proven to be a much tougher task then he ever imagined.

About that qualifying offer…

--Posted at 9:59 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Yankees.com: Bay breeze: Yanks sweep A’s for 5th straight

A two-run sixth inning and home runs from Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury propelled the Yankees to a 5-4 win and a sweep of the A’s Sunday at the Coliseum.

New York won its fifth game in a row and has won eight of its last 10. It took all four games from Oakland, marking the first time the A’s were swept at home in a four-game series since April 26-29, 1999 against the Indians.

The Yankees tagged A’s starter Jesse Hahn for four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up solo homers to McCann in the second and Ellsbury in the third before putting two runners on in the sixth inning. Hahn was lifted with a 3-2 lead in favor of John Axford, who gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Mark Teixeira and Starlin Castro, giving New York a 4-3 lead.

At least Pineda played decently.

--Posted at 7:01 pm by Brian Cronin / 26 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 21, 2016

Yankees.com: Tanaka, Castro trigger Yanks’ 4th straight win

Masahiro Tanaka returned to form with seven strong innings and Starlin Castro notched three hits as the Yankees won their fourth straight contest on Saturday, posting a 5-1 victory over the Athletics at the Coliseum.

Tanaka scattered five hits with two walks, limiting the A’s to Danny Valencia’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly as he struck out four and picked up his second victory of the season. The Yankees’ starting pitching has not been a strength this year, but they have logged four straight quality starts on this trip.

“I actually think that the starting rotation is starting to pitch better,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “For me, for today’s game, I was trying to sort of match what the other guys did. If we keep on pitching like this, we’ll be able to sort of overturn those words.”

At least Tanaka is playing decently.

--Posted at 7:31 pm by Brian Cronin / 39 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (19-22) @ Athletics (19-24), Saturday, 5/21/2016, 4:05pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (51.1 IP, 3.51 ERA, 3.46 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Sean Manaea (L):  (19.1 IP, 7.91 ERA, 5.52 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Athletics
TBA

A whopping three game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled.  I am not one of them.  This team still does stink.

--Posted at 12:52 pm by SG / 14 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks’ big 4th, sharp CC fuel 3rd straight win

Carlos Beltran collected three doubles and as many RBIs, helping the Yankees hand Sonny Gray and the A’s another loss at the Coliseum on Friday night by an 8-3 decision.

Backing CC Sabathia’s six innings of one-run ball, the Yankees chased a struggling Gray out of the game after just 3 1/3 innings, scoring five times in an eventful fourth inning that included a two-run triple from Ronald Torreyes. It marked the Yankees’ first three-game winning streak of the season.

“It’s the first time we did this? It’s a good start, then,” Beltran said. “CC did a great job today, pitched good, gave us the opportunity to win a ballgame. Let’s try to go for the fourth game in a row tomorrow.”

Carlos Beltran has a big game at the plate as he records three doubles and three RBIs vs. the Athletics

Sabathia did his part with eight strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, and Jacoby Ellsbury chipped in with a two-run triple in the ninth to cap off the scoring.

“We’ve been battling all year,’ Sabathia said. “We’re starting to turn things around, so you want to keep it going, keep the momentum going.”

At least Sabathia is playing decently.

--Posted at 3:49 am by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 20, 2016

Yankees (18-22) @ Athletics (19-23), Friday, 5/20/2016, 9:35pm

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (28.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Sonny Gray (R):  (44.2 IP, 5.84 ERA, 5.14 FIP, -0.4 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.333/.403, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.250/.377/.406, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.250/.279/.493, -0.1 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.358/.431, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.275/.312/.443, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.217/.300/.287, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.152/.273/.152, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.357, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.211/.244/.329, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.310/.390, 3.0 bWAR

Athletics
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF (.235/.302/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.226/.311/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
3. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.352/.387/.591, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Khris Davis (R) LF (.233/.270/.507, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Billy Butler (R) 1B (.219/.242/.297, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.254/.283/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Jake Smolinski (R) RF
8. Matt McBride (R) DH (.333/.333/.444, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Tyler Ladendorf (R) 2B (.000/.071/.000, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.246/.295/.437, 1.5 bWAR

Something tells me facing the Yankees’ lineup is just what Sonny Gray needs to get back on track.  And with CC going against him, it’s also safe to say that the Yankees can rest their top three relievers tonight.

Trivia question.  Is Dustin Ackley the worst player to play 1B in Yankee history?

--Posted at 5:49 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Beltran backs strong effort by Nova, relievers

Ivan Nova strung together six efficient innings of one-run ball, and the Yankees’ formidable bullpen finished off the A’s in a 4-1 series-opening victory Thursday night at the Coliseum, snapping Oakland’s four-game win streak.

Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodriguez and drove in three runs overall, while Aaron Hicks chipped in with an RBI double for the Yankees, who knocked A’s starter Kendall Graveman out of the game after 5 2/3 innings. The right-handed Graveman allowed two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out five in the loss, falling to 1-6.

Josh Reddick homered in the fourth off Nova, his fifth of the season, but the A’s managed just three other hits off the righty and five overall. Yankees relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for three scoreless frames.

At least Nova is playing decently.

--Posted at 2:25 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 19, 2016

Yankees (17-22) @ Athletics (19-22), Thursday, 5/19/2016, 10:05pm

Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (24.1 IP, 3.70 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Athletics: Kendall Graveman (R):  (37 IP, 5.84 ERA, 6.30 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.409, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.362/.400, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.245/.275/.468, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.268/.364/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.283/.320/.455, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.207/.294/.270, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.140/.255/.140, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.238/.260/.361, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.208/.244/.319, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.308/.387, 2.2 bWAR

Athletics
1. Coco Crisp (S) LF (.234/.304/.405, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Billy Burns (S) CF (.262/.301/.317, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF (.315/.389/.441, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Danny Valencia (R) 3B (.357/.393/.607, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Khris Davis (R) DH (.238/.276/.517, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Stephen Vogt (L) C (.244/.274/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B (.235/.289/.328, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Marcus Semien (R) SS (.231/.318/.469, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Chris Coghlan (L) 2B (.168/.242/.327, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.308/.416, 3.3 bWAR

I’ve got good news and bad news.  The good news is we don’t have to watch pitchers hit tonight.  The bad news is we have to watch the Yankees hit.  Well, technically one doesn’t have to watch them if one doesn’t desire to do so.  And if one is a lucky Comcast subscribers, one can’t watch them even if one wanted to.  Which one shouldn’t, unless one happens to be a masochist.

Here’s the thing.  Oakland’s offense stinks.  I look at that lineup and I laugh at it.  Then I realize how much better it is than the Yankees’ lineup and I stop laughing.  Oakland’s averaging 4.0 runs per game, which dwarfs the Yankees’ 3.7.

If you’re on the East Coast I can’t think of a possible reason to stay up and watch this nonsense.  And if you’re on the West Coast, surely you have better things to do as well.

--Posted at 8:05 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees should consider selling, despite Hal Steinbrenner’s reluctance

NEW YORK — Hal Steinbrenner was — understandably — reluctant to face a possible and scary reality.

The Yankees owner wasn’t willing to talk about whether his club would be willing to do something in stark contrast to its mission statement — and it’s history:

Become salesmen if buying no longer made sense.

“It’s mid-May,” Steinbrenner said. “I’m going to see you guys. I’m going to be around. I’ll be around the stadium. We’ll talk again in July. Right now, that’s the least of my concerns.”

Nothing screams passion like an owner who shows up at his team’s stadium every couple of months.

Steinbrenner was talking outside Major League Baseball’s headquarters during Day 1 of the Owners Meetings on Wednesday in Manhattan.

With their record at 17-22 — their worst start in a long time — the Yankees have been in last place in the American League East since April 23.

“Look, every trade deadline, you know me,” Steinbrenner said. “Any possibility that comes along, we’re going to look at. But I’m not even going to think of that right now. But that’s what I do every trade deadline. We looked at a lot of possibilities last year, but we just ended up not doing anything.”

Again, Steinbrenner’s preference to kick the can down the road was understandable. He doesn’t want to make it sound like the Yankees are considering waving the white flag this early, and of the first time in a long time. It’s way, way too early for that.

But we’ll say it for him: Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman need to explore selling off assets if contention is no longer a reality come the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

Hear, hear!

I don’t have to wait until August 1.  I’ll say it before Memorial Day.  This team can’t contend this year or next year with what they have in the organization and without a willingness to spend money that they haven’t shown.  And I would argue that given the unimpressive free agent crop looming after this season, they can’t spend themselves into a contender in 2017 and it would be foolish to try.

The Yankees need to sell everything they can. 

--Posted at 9:12 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Eovaldi, Yanks’ power ‘pen subdue D-backs

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of one-run, one-hit ball and then turned the game over to the relief trio now dubbed “Run BMC,” as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 4-2, over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Eovaldi was followed by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who recorded his fourth save since returning from a 30-game suspension. This is the third time the three hurlers have combined to close a game. Eovaldi won his fourth consecutive decision after opening the season with two losses.

At least Eovaldi is playing decently.

--Posted at 1:34 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Yankees (16-22) @ D-backs (19-23), Wednesday, 5/18/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (42.2 IP, 4.85 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 0.6 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller (R):  (35 IP, 6.94 ERA, 6.88 FIP, -0.8 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.304/.384, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.233/.361/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.244/.276/.474, -0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.266/.355/.440, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.211/.318/.313, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.284/.322/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.260/.364, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.287/.262, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Nathan Eovaldi (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.311/.388, 2.2 bWAR

Diamondbacks
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.337/.363/.512, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Philip Gosselin (R) LF (.275/.291/.373, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.232/.398/.451, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.274/.361/.533, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.298/.336/.521, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.318/.345/.545, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.283/.333/.400, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.193/.252/.304, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Shelby Miller (R) P (.154/.154/.308, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.276/.340/.461, 6.6 bWAR

There’s no shame in getting swept by a good team.  The Diamondbacks are a good team, right?

--Posted at 7:41 pm by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees stink

Zack Greinke got the better of Michael Pineda on Tuesday night at Chase Field and the result was a 5-3 victory for the D-backs over the Yankees, their second in as many nights.

The D-backs have outscored the Bombers, 17-5, in the first two games of a three-game series that ends here on Wednesday night.

Looking like the Greinke of old, the right-hander allowed three runs on just five hits, including a second-inning homer by Starlin Castro that gave the Yankees a short-lived, 1-0 lead. He struck out seven and walked none, exiting in the eighth inning with a 5-1 lead after allowing lead-off singles to Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. Both runners came around to score. Greinke’s now 4-3 with a 5.08 ERA.

“He threw the ball well,” D-backs manager Chip Hale said about Greinke. “He used his changeup and kept it down. It was a knockout pitch for him. He was able to get ahead with the fastball. When he knew guys were swinging he used his changeup early in the count. Slider, curveball. Probably the only thing he didn’t do well tonight was hit.”

After crawling back to four games under .500, the Yankees have now lost two more games and don’t have a great matchup tomorrow. This is why I’d be thrilled with .500 by the All-Star Break. It is very hard to make up the sort of hole that the Yankees have made for themselves.

--Posted at 2:04 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yankees (16-21) @ D-backs (18-23), Tuesday, 5/17/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (38.2 IP, 6.28 ERA, 5.24 FIP, -0.3 bWAR) vs. Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke (R):  (49.2 IP, 5.26 ERA, 3.62 FIP, -0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.259/.306/.389, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.371/.388, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.218/.326/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.367/.457, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.317/.438, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.202/.288/.269, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.237/.261/.368, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.243/.324, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Michael Pineda (R) P (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.373, 2.8 bWAR

Diamondbacks
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.333/.360/.512, 1.4 bWAR)
2. Chris Herrmann (L) RF (.279/.328/.590, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.223/.390/.446, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.275/.364/.519, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Welington Castillo (R) C (.299/.339/.530, 1.0 bWAR)
6. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.305/.357/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Chris Owings (R) CF (.284/.336/.388, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.183/.245/.298, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Zack Greinke (R) P (.333/.368/.389, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.275/.344/.465, 7.4 bWAR

I am tingling with the anticipation that we may see a double switch tonight.  Interleague play is fantastic.  Unlike Michael Pineda or the Yankees.

--Posted at 7:54 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks can’t contain D-backs, drop opener

The D-backs’ offense snapped out of its funk and Robbie Ray tossed seven quality innings as Arizona ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Yankees, 12-2, on Monday night at Chase Field.

It was the first time Ray (2-2) managed to get through seven innings this year. The left-hander allowed a pair of runs and scattered six hits. The D-backs gave Ray some runs to work with early thanks to a first-inning homer by Paul Goldschmidt and Arizona padded its lead with a five-run fifth, which included a three-run homer from Jake Lamb.

Chad Green misunderstood his assignment. He was here to replace Luis Severino, not reenact Luis Severino’s last awful start.

In all seriousness, this was going to be Green’s only start either way, as CC Sabathia looks to return on Friday. However, with the hole that the Yankees have placed themselves into so far this season, they really cannot afford to lose games to bad teams like the Diamondbacks, especially with the awesome Michael Pineda/ Zack Greinke match up tomorrow.

--Posted at 4:41 am by Brian Cronin / 35 Comments | - (0)




Monday, May 16, 2016

Yankees (16-20) @ D-backs (17-23), Monday, 5/16/2016, 9:40pm

Yankees: Chad Green (R): (NR) vs. Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (L):  (35.1 IP, 4.84 ERA, 4.38 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.308/.375, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.286/.326/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.200/.314/.300, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.246/.279/.485, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.200/.289/.270, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.203/.243/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.236/.261/.373, -0.3 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.303/.324/.424, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Chad Green (R) P
Lineup Total: (.239/.294/.379, 0.9 bWAR

Diamondbacks
1. Jean Segura (R) 2B (.331/.355/.497, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Michael Bourn (L) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B (.222/.390/.430, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Jake Lamb (L) 3B (.260/.349/.480, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Yasmany Tomas (R) LF (.301/.356/.496, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Brandon Drury (R) RF (.320/.343/.547, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Chris Herrmann (L) C (.259/.306/.586, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Nick Ahmed (R) SS (.175/.239/.278, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Robbie Ray (L) P (.083/.083/.083, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.336/.460, 4.0 bWAR

The only thing worse than the Yankees is interleague play.

--Posted at 5:53 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Yankees.com: Pinch-hit from Headley gets Yanks series win

Pinch-hitter Chase Headley hit the first two-out pitch he saw from Matt Albers for a run-scoring double in the seventh, bringing in Didi Gregorius from first and giving the Yankees a one-run lead that ended as a 7-5 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. That gap shot to right-center also gave New York the series victory and sent the White Sox back to Chicago with a 2-4 road trip.

The White Sox held a 4-3 lead in the sixth, but Brett Lawrie committed a throwing error on a Jacoby Ellsbury grounder with one out against Dan Jennings. White Sox manager Robin Ventura elected to go with Zach Duke over Jennings against switch-hitter Carlos Beltran with two outs in the inning, with Beltran having five hits in 27 career at-bats against Duke. But Beltran connected for a two-run, go-ahead home run, the 400th homer of his career.

Melky Cabrera’s double to left off Dellin Betances tied the game in the seventh before the Yankees pulled back ahead and gave the lead to Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who notched his third save. Miguel Gonzalez started for the White Sox, allowing three runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking five and fanning one. Masahiro Tanaka worked five for the Yankees, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

What I liked the most about this win was that it wasn’t an awesomely played game by the Yankees and they still got a win. Tanaka had his second straight poor start and after a big go-ahead home run by Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances blew the lead in a rough seventh inning. However, a pinch-hit double by Chase Headley (I think we all presumed that would happen,  right? ) gave the Yankees the lead and Brian McCann added an insurance run with a home run. Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman protected the lead and the Yankees got a huge win. 16-20 is still a shitty record, but it’s a lot better than it was!

Trivia question - Carlos Beltran became the eighth player to hit his 400th home run in a Yankee uniform. Obviously, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle are three of the players. Who are the other four? There’s some surprising guys in there.

--Posted at 6:19 pm by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)



White Sox (24-13) @ Yankees (15-20), Sunday, 5/15/2016, 1:05pm

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez (R):  (11 IP, 4.91 ERA, 4.99 FIP, 0.1 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (46.1 IP, 3.11 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 1.4 bWAR)

Lineups
White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.305/.400/.404, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.231/.301/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.331/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.220/.311/.504, 1.6 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.394, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.274/.364/.474, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.250/.325/.433, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.243/.364/.297, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Saladino (R) SS (.237/.231/.316, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.342/.413, 7.0 bWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.260/.313/.380, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.223/.356/.375, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.244/.274/.465, 0.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.311/.293, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.357/.426, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.289/.331/.461, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.128/.222/.128, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.243/.261/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.306/.371, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.243/.310/.386, 1.8 bWAR

The over/under on homers allowed by Tanaka today is five.

--Posted at 10:41 am by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, May 14, 2016

Yankees.com: Done BMC: Yanks ‘pen trio finishes White Sox

Behind a brief surge of offensive productivity in the second inning, a strong start from Ivan Nova and the dominance of their bullpen, the Yankees outdueled Jose Quintana and the White Sox on Saturday to win, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium.

Nova looked strong while making just his second start of the season, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. When he left the ball over the plate, the White Sox took advantage, as three of the four hits they mustered against him went for extra bases. But those occasions were few and far between.

“We couldn’t get anything going. Nova was good,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “His sinker was great today. We kept beating it into the ground. And if you don’t get anything early, you’re going to end up with that back end of the bullpen.”

After Nova, the Yankees’ vaunted bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over, striking out eight batters and allowing just one hit in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless work. Chapman secured his second save of the season and also threw four of the 10 fastest pitches that Statcast™ has recorded in 2016, including the top two (102.49 and 102.38 mph).

What a great win! Ivan Nova was very good and obviously the Big Three in the bullpen (I’m not calling them BMC) were amazing.

Already getting a win of the series against a good team is good for me, but imagine if they actually win tomorrow! Not likely, but maybe!!!

--Posted at 9:26 pm by Brian Cronin / 3 Comments | - (0)



White Sox (24-12) @ Yankees (14-20), Saturday, 5/14/2016, 1:05pm

White Sox: Jose Quintana (L):  (45.2 IP, 1.38 ERA, 2.12 FIP, 2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R):  (18.2 IP, 4.34 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.307/.404/.409, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.245/.310/.382, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.250/.333/.407, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.217/.306/.486, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.299/.373/.396, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.275/.367/.473, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.257/.333/.446, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Dioner Navarro (S) C (.222/.244/.383, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.237/.308/.331, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.337/.415, 6.4 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.231/.366/.389, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.298/.341/.476, 0.7 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.205/.321/.304, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.248/.273/.472, 0.0 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.276/.366/.439, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.196/.282/.258, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.203/.246/.322, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.221/.241/.356, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) DH (.300/.323/.400, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.240/.310/.385, 1.8 bWAR

Remember when the Yankees let Jose Quintana go for nothing?  That was smart.

--Posted at 10:43 am by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Headley’s homer Yanks’ lone damage vs. Sale

Chris Sale became the first White Sox pitcher since 2005 to win each of his first eight starts of the season, spinning a dominant complete-game outing in a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Sale limited the Bombers to just Chase Headley’s second-inning homer, scattering six hits while walking none and striking out six as he went the distance for the second time this year. Chicago provided plenty of support as Sale became baseball’s first eight-game winner, thumping Luis Severino for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.

“You can’t win without scoring runs,” Sale said. “At the end of the day, starting pitching and defense wins games, but you’ve still got to score some runs. I’m putting my guys in the position I needed ‘em, and they came [through].”

A couple of things.

1. This was likely going to be a loss no matter what. It’s almost better to have it be a 7-1 loss instead of it being a 2-1 loss with Tanaka pitching.

2. Luis Severino heads to the 15-Day Disabled List with a “mild right triceps strain.” Don’t expect to see him again this season. It reminds me a bit of 2005, when one of the keys to their turnaround was just removing the pitchers (Jaret Wright) who were getting rocked every damn start. They called up Chad Green, so I guess he’ll start in place of Severino until CC returns from the DL. Green has been excellent in AAA so far this season. When CC returns, Green also has the tools to be a good swing man. We shall see.

Jose Quintana looms tomorrow. It won’t be fun. We sort of have to hope for a win on Sunday, honestly, as a win tomorrow seems unlikely.

--Posted at 2:10 am by Brian Cronin / 2 Comments | - (0)




Friday, May 13, 2016

White Sox (23-12) @ Yankees (14-19), Friday, 5/13/2016, 7:05pm

White Sox: Chris Sale (L):  (50.1 IP, 1.79 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R):  (32.1 IP, 6.12 ERA, 4.92 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)

Lineups
White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (L) RF (.293/.391/.391, 2.6 bWAR)
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS (.247/.315/.361, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B (.252/.338/.415, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B (.222/.303/.496, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Melky Cabrera (S) LF (.308/.379/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B (.278/.372/.476, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Avisail Garcia (R) DH (.258/.330/.454, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Alex Avila (L) C (.219/.359/.250, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Austin Jackson (R) CF (.239/.294/.333, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.343/.413, 6.4 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.200/.246/.327, -0.2 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.300/.344/.483, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.256/.281/.488, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.194/.315/.287, 0.1 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.194/.283/.226, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.229/.367/.390, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.333/.357/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.313/.333/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.242/.315/.383, 1.8 bWAR)

One of the best teams in the AL against one of the worst?  One of the best starting pitchers in the league against one of the worst? 

Any bets on how this game will go?  Any bets on how this series will go?

--Posted at 3:27 pm by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Bronx Bombers go deep 3 times to beat Royals

Starlin Castro, Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius each homered, spoiling Ian Kennedy’s return to the Bronx as the Yankees defeated the Royals, 7-3, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Once a touted prospect in the Yankees’ system before going on to find greater success in the National League West, Kennedy was hammered for seven runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings by his original club as the Yankees took three of four games in the series.

“That was a series that we needed to play well against a very good team,” said Headley, whose second-inning homer was his first extra-base hit of the season. “To get three out of four, obviously, was big for us. And, personally, to have a good day was a step in the right direction.”

Nathan Eovaldi started for New York and limited the Royals to three runs, allowing eight hits over five innings to pick up his third victory of the year. Alex Gordon hit his fourth homer and added a run-scoring single in the loss.

Things do not get easier for the Yankees, as the Chicago White Sox come into town for a weekend series riding the best record in the American League. The White Sox will be throwing two excellent left handed starters against the Yankees this series, including Chris Sale vs. sacrificial lamb, Luis Severino, tomorrow night. Hopefully the Yankees won’t be down before even coming to bat on Friday night.

However, by winning tonight, the Yankees at least set themselves up to be just six games under if they can get a single game from the White Sox over the weekend and I think they have a chance at avoiding the sweep.

Tonight, though, the Yankees were great. They hit Ian Kennedy well, Nathan Eovaldi kept trying to fall apart, but never did so, and then Kirby Yates (who’s been quite a find), Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chasen Shreve (brought in when the Yankees took the game out of save territory) made mincemeat out of the Royals’ bats. Chase Headley got his first extra base hit of the season as the Yankees took three out of four from the defending champions. This homestand could have absolutely sunk the season, and so far, unless they get swept by the White Sox, they look like they’ll tread water for a little while longer. 

In a very interesting piece of news announced after the game, the Yankees are calling up Gary Sanchez for the White Sox series. Interestingly enough, I had just commented before tonight’s game that this lineup (with Austin Romine catching and Brian McCann DHing) is actually their best offensive lineup right now, as Dustin Ackley is a waste on offense right now. So that appears to be what the Yankees are thinking of for this upcoming series, bringing Gary Sanchez on for offense, as he is a righthanded hitter and the Yankees have been awful against lefties so far this year (and for, well, ever). So I think we’ll see Sanchez catch one game and DH one game, with McCann catching the game Sanchez DHes and DHing the game that Sanchez catches. Should be exciting to see a promising prospect given a chance! Can’t hit worse than Dustin Ackley, right? I was thinking that Tyler Olson could be sent down for Sanchez, but then I remembered that Nick Goody was still on the team, so it makes a lot more sense to send Goody down while Phil Coke rests a game or two. When Coke is ready to pitch again, send Olson down (as Olson is just here to be a long man).

--Posted at 2:55 am by Brian Cronin / 40 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, May 12, 2016

Royals (16-17) @ Yankees (13-19), Thursday, 5/12/2016, 7:05pm

Royals: Ian Kennedy (R):  (38 IP, 2.13 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.2 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R):  (37.2 IP, 4.78 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 0.5 bWAR)

Lineups
Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.257/.295/.307, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.274/.338/.403, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.328/.378/.536, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.195/.246/.333, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.229/.346/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.234/.271/.459, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.286/.286/.429, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 2B (.257/.316/.314, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.226/.284/.274, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.385, 3.6 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.235/.371/.402, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.293/.339/.457, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.202/.325/.298, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.274/.361/.442, 0.7 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.261/.274/.496, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.216/.263/.353, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.220/.240/.330, -0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.178/.265/.178, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.348/.375/.478, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.311/.380, 1.8 bWAR

I didn’t understand the Kennedy contract when it was signed, but so far the Royals certainly seem to have known what they were doing.  I’d expect further evidence of their brilliance by what he does against the hapless Yankees tonight.

--Posted at 3:03 pm by SG / 58 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Rocky first sets tone Yankees can’t erase

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Lorenzo Cain continued to swing a hot bat, contributing a two-run single that helped the Royals defeat the Yankees, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Perez’s fifth homer of the season came as part of a four-run first inning against Michael Pineda, who settled down to work into the sixth but was charged with six runs in all. Nick Goody surrendered Cain’s sharp single to center field in the sixth, and Kendrys Morales hit a seventh-inning homer off Phil Coke as Kansas City celebrated just its fourth victory in 15 games.

This game was basically a metaphor for the Yankee season. When you open up by placing yourself into a big hole, you can try to climb out of it, but it gets very easy to fall back down. The Yankees had been on a bit of a medium temperature streak and had gotten within 5 games of .500, but then that all vanished in a half inning as Michael Pineda’s insane first inning woes continued, as he put them into a 4-0 hole that, for a team who has trouble scoring like the Yankees do, was pretty much “game over” as soon as the game began. They clawed back and had the tying run on third base with one out in the fifth, but they couldn’t get the run in and then Nick Goody had a terrible stint from the bullpen, coming in with runners on first and second and two out and then plunked the first batter he faced and then started Lorenzo Cain 2-0 before surrendering a two-run single before getting pulled for Phil Coke. That was it for the game. Coke thankfully pitched the rest of the game, saving the rest of the bullpen, giving up just a single run on a home run.

I question the logic a bit of only pitching their three best relief pitchers in close games late. Why have that many great relief pitchers if you have to go to Nick Goody in the sixth inning of a one-run game?

The one piece of good news is that Aaron Hicks’ bat has come to life a bit. I agreed with Girardi that Hicks should play everyday while Ellsbury was out and so far, Girardi’s faith is being rewarded. In fact, I think Hicks should remain the everyday right fielder until A-Rod returns. Let him get at-bats.

Tomorrow is a pretty big game with the White Sox coming to town over the weekend. Ian Kennedy is pitching really well so far this season, though, so it does not look good for this anemic offense.

--Posted at 12:03 am by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Royals (15-17) @ Yankees (13-18), Wednesday, 5/11/2016, 7:05pm

Royals: Yordano Ventura (R):  (31 IP, 4.65 ERA, 5.26 FIP, 0 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (33 IP, 5.73 ERA, 5.10 FIP, -0.1 bWAR)

Lineups
Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.257/.292/.309, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.270/.321/.402, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.325/.377/.542, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.193/.240/.311, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.234/.344/.355, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.234/.265/.439, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.313/.313/.500, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 2B (.250/.294/.313, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.224/.286/.276, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.305/.382, 3.2 bWAR)

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.361/.410, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.297/.345/.459, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.286/.375/.462, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.252/.267/.461, -0.1 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.143/.244/.143, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.170/.226/.319, -0.3 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.229/.250/.344, -0.5 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.174/.265/.174, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Ben Gamel (L) RF (.200/.200/.200, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.238/.302/.373, 0.7 bWAR)

That Yankee lineup is just putrid, isn’t it?  It would take them a month to score the number of runs Pineda typically allows over nine innings.

--Posted at 4:08 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees withstand 3-HR barrage from Cain

Brett Gardner doubled home the go-ahead run off Kelvin Herrera as the Yankees overcame Lorenzo Cain’s three-homer performance to post a wild 10-7 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Gardner’s deciding hit came after Ben Gamel reached on an eighth-inning error by shortstop Alcides Escobar. Brian McCann added a two-run double to give Aroldis Chapman some breathing room, as the fireballing closer worked the ninth inning for his first save as a Yankee, getting Cain to pop out to end the game. The Royals have lost 11 of their last 14.

“That’s a good team they’ve got over there,” Gardner said. “They have a really, really good bullpen, and so do we. There’s a lot of firepower in both bullpens, which makes for an interesting game, especially late in the game, last couple innings. It was a lot of fun to be a part of that.”

If you thought that they were going to pull this game out against an excellent Kansas City bullpen after Masahiro Tanaka gave up his sixth run on Lorenzo Cain’s second home run of the game, then you are fooling yourselves. When Andrew Miller blew the 7-6 lead to make it 7-7 on Cain’s third home run of the game, you could be expected to at least think that the Yankees had a chance in the game still (tie game at home), but scoring three runs in the eighth inning against the almost always awesome Kelvin Herrera? That was very unexpected. Brett Gardner doubled in the speedy Ben Gamel from first base and then Brian McCann followed a walk to Carlos Beltran with a two-run double of his own.

Aroldis Chapman entered to save it and he opened the inning with three pitches over 100 miles per hour, with the last pitch, a 102 MPH pitch, inducing a broken-bat groundball. A walk led to Cain getting a crack at matching the legendary Mark Whiten with four home runs in a single game, but Chapman got him on a popup to end the game and the Yankees got perhaps their most thrilling victory of the season. Chapman is obviously rusty, so it’s amazing how good he is even rusty. Andrew Miller giving up the home run (his first run allowed of the season) was a shame. Especially since it ruined Tanaka’s chance at a win. I liked the idea of him getting a win after giving up a career-tying six earned runs (after having only one win to show for his previous excellent starts), but obviously he didn’t “deserve” a win after giving up six runs. I liked Girardi trusting him enough to still let him pitch seven innings.

This team keeps losing brand name batters (Mark Teixeira joins Jacoby Ellsbury on the day-to-day list and A-Rod on the “not being in the lineup” list) and they are somehow hitting a little bit better now. That’s doubtful to keep up. But I’ll enjoy it while it happens.

--Posted at 1:10 am by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Royals (15-16) @ Yankees (12-18), Tuesday, 5/10/2016, 7:05pm

Royals: Kris Medlen (R):  (22.1 IP, 6.85 ERA, 4.90 FIP, -0.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (39.1 IP, 2.29 ERA, 2.56 FIP, 1.7 bWAR)

Lineups
Royals
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.256/.286/.308, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF (.256/.310/.316, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.336/.389/.560, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.198/.240/.319, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.233/.347/.350, 0.8 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.233/.266/.447, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Omar Infante (R) 2B (.258/.293/.333, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) RF (.218/.283/.273, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.303/.367, 3.1 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.240/.360/.406, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.296/.333/.463, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Brian McCann (L) C (.267/.364/.442, 0.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.245/.261/.455, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.125/.222/.125, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.136/.184/.273, -0.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.217/.240/.315, -0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.171/.266/.171, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ben Gamel (L) RF (1.000/1.000/1.000, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.230/.294/.364, 0.2 bWAR

I’m just happy to the see the Yankees’ lineup in positive bWAR territory tonight.

--Posted at 3:18 pm by SG / 83 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury slowly becoming DL candidate

Ellsbury is thought of in some circles as a brittle player who takes his time returning from injuries, but Girardi defended him.

“He tries to get back as soon as he can,’’ Girardi said. “Sometimes as a manager a guy might say ‘I am 90 percent and ready to go’ and you might say, ‘Take one more day.’ His injuries, some of them, have been substantial injuries. The knee, the ribs, they haven’t necessarily been a nick here and a nick there.’’

Ellsbury is not a fragile player.  He just gets hurt a lot.

--Posted at 12:18 pm by SG / 15 Comments | - (0)



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