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Yankees (86-68) @ Blue Jays (72-83), Sunday, 9/24/2017, 01:07p ET
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Yankees.com: Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch
(13 Comments - 9/24/2017 2:57:54 pm)

Yankees (85-68) @ Blue Jays (72-82), Saturday, 9/23/2017, 01:07p ET
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Yankees (85-67) @ Blue Jays (71-82), Friday, 9/22/2017, 07:07p ET
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CBS Sports: Here’s why the Yankees are better than you think they are
(13 Comments - 9/22/2017 5:24:21 pm)

NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/21/17)
(62 Comments - 9/22/2017 1:41:14 pm)

Twins (78-73) @ Yankees (84-67), Wednesday, 9/20/2017, 01:05p ET
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TGS: Luis Severino’s start moved up to Wednesday against Minnesota
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Twins (78-72) @ Yankees (83-67), Tuesday, 9/19/2017, 07:05p ET
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NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/19/17)
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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.
OldYanksFan




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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Yankees (86-68) @ Blue Jays (72-83), Sunday, 9/24/2017, 01:07p ET

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.351/.362, 3.4 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) DH .253/.331/.385, 2.2 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .179/.263/.345, 7.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .276/.304/.447, 3.7 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .270/.300/.433, 1.3 fWAR
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .263/.330/.374, 1.6 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .225/.302/.464, 3.0 fWAR
8. Greg Bird (L) 1B , .167/.269/.349, -0.7 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .242/.269/.382, -0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 21.0 fWAR

Blue Jays
1. Teoscar Hernandez (R) LF .230/.304/.420, 0.3 fWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .284/.404/.549, 4.3 fWAR
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .217/.314/.391, 3.5 fWAR
4. Jose Bautista (R) RF .234/.366/.452, -0.4 fWAR
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .263/.327/.468, -0.7 fWAR
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .266/.303/.376, 2.0 fWAR
7. Russell Martin (R) C .231/.335/.398, 1.8 fWAR
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .269/.322/.373, -0.7 fWAR
9. Ryan Goins (L) SS .186/.228/.306, -0.7 fWAR
Team Total: 9.4 fWAR

--Posted at 11:13 am by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch

It was supposed to take a while for the Yankees to rebuild after selling off some key veterans last season—or at least, that was the outside perception. The Yanks never bought into that, and as they sprayed cold bubbly in the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre, there was great optimism about accomplishing much more in October.

The Yankees clinched the 53rd postseason berth in franchise history on Saturday afternoon, with Greg Bird cracking a three-run homer to support Sonny Gray’s solid effort in a 5-1 victory over the Blue Jays. Shaking hands on the field before cutting loose behind closed doors, this exciting crop of “Baby Bombers” now plans to savor high-stakes baseball.

One of the worst things for me, personally, is when I’m on vacation and the Yankees have a losing streak, because it distracts me from the vacation. I was pleased to not have any distractions this week. What a sweep of the Twins! And now they’ve already clinched a postseason spot with more than a week to go? That’s awesome.

Congrats, Yankees! The best thing (besides possibly doing well in the playoffs this season) is that there doesn’t seem to be any real reason why this same basic team couldn’t come back next year and just do it all again, and maybe even be BETTER!

Pretty darn good time to be a Yankee fan…even with the inevitable 3-2 Wild Card Game loss to Ricky Nolasco looming ahead of us.

--Posted at 12:02 am by Brian Cronin / 13 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 23, 2017

Yankees (85-68) @ Blue Jays (72-82), Saturday, 9/23/2017, 01:07p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (54.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 2.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Blue Jays: Joe Biagini (R): (109.2 IP, 5.33 ERA, -0.1 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .267/.352/.427, 3.5 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .280/.416/.600, 7.0 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .279/.345/.533, 4.3 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.322/.491, 3.8 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) DH .277/.355/.416, 2.1 fWAR
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .270/.357/.415, 1.7 fWAR
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .295/.331/.444, 1.3 fWAR
8. Greg Bird (L) 1B .164/.270/.328, 0.0 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .221/.370/.430, 2.9 fWAR
Team Total: 26.6 fWAR

Blue Jays
1. Teoscar Hernandez (R) LF .268/.288/.518, 0.2 fWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .264/.385/.543, 4.3 fWAR
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .273/.356/.540, 3.4 fWAR
4. Jose Bautista (R) RF .203/.310/.367, -0.3 fWAR
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .249/.307/.448, -0.7 fWAR
6. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .257/.303/.409, 2.1 fWAR
7. Ryan Goins (L) SS .228/.280/.343, -0.6 fWAR
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .236/.275/.327, -0.6 fWAR
9. Raffy Lopez (L) C .234/.327/.511, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 8.2 fWAR

--Posted at 12:37 pm by SG / 36 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 22, 2017

Yankees (85-67) @ Blue Jays (71-82), Friday, 9/22/2017, 07:07p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (165.2 IP, 4.73 ERA, 1.7 RA-9 WAR) vs. Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R): (176.2 IP, 4.84 ERA, 2.1 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .273/.361/.420, 1.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.591, 6.7 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .282/.347/.538, 4.3 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.325/.495, 3.9 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .298/.334/.448, 1.4 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .233/.321/.433, 0.0 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .278/.357/.419, 2.2 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .218/.366/.424, 2.8 fWAR
9. Clint Frazier (R) LF .242/.275/.476, -0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 22.9 fWAR

Blue Jays
1. Teoscar Hernandez (R) LF .250/.273/.462, 0.1 fWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .264/.386/.546, 4.3 fWAR
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .275/.358/.544, 3.5 fWAR
4. Jose Bautista (R) RF .203/.309/.369, -0.3 fWAR
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .258/.303/.410, 2.1 fWAR
6. Russell Martin (R) C .222/.349/.382, 1.7 fWAR
7. Miguel Montero (L) DH .136/.245/.247, -0.4 fWAR
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .237/.276/.329, -0.6 fWAR
9. Ryan Goins (L) SS .228/.279/.335, -0.7 fWAR
Team Total: 9.7 fWAR

--Posted at 4:01 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)



CBS Sports: Here’s why the Yankees are better than you think they are

If you’re interested in a getting a gauge on team quality that goes beyond runs scored and runs allowed—and we are—then you can turn to the BaseRuns system at FanGraphs. BaseRuns drills down to the plate appearance level and corrects for some of the sequencing and clustering effects inherent in run differential. Sometimes it gives you a different picture. In the case of the 2017 Yankees, it sees a team that should be 94-58 instead of that actual record of 85-67. The Indians are tops in the current BaseRuns standings, and the Dodgers are second at 95 wins. The Yankees, of course, check in just behind them. The broader takeaway is that both run differential and BaseRuns see the Yankees as being significantly better than their actual record. That has meaning as we head toward the postseason.

More evidence the Yankees are better than Boston.

--Posted at 12:07 pm by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, September 21, 2017

NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/21/17)

NEW YORK—Start the playoff countdown.

With the Yankees’ win over the Twins and the Angels’ loss to the Indians, New York’s magic number to reach the playoffs dipped on Wednesday.

Heading into play on September 21, the Yankees magic number to clinch a postseason berth is now just three.

That’s the combined number of Yankees wins and Angels losses that will guarantee at least a postseason berth for the pinstripes.

I guess the Yankees should start lining up their pitching for the coin flip game.  I am hoping the Twins take the second wild card, because the idea of facing Mike Trout in a winner-take-all game is frightening.

--Posted at 7:28 am by SG / 62 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Twins (78-73) @ Yankees (84-67), Wednesday, 9/20/2017, 01:05p ET

Twins: Bartolo Colon (R): (69.1 IP, 4.80 ERA, -1.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (184.1 IP, 2.93 ERA, 5.4 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .259/.346/.477, 3.7 fWAR
2. Joe Mauer (L) DH .308/.385/.424, 2.3 fWAR
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .253/.308/.404, 1.3 fWAR
4. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .292/.330/.515, 2.3 fWAR
5. Byron Buxton (R) CF .254/.316/.423, 3.4 fWAR
6. Max Kepler (L) RF .243/.315/.425, 1.2 fWAR
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .251/.309/.442, 1.3 fWAR
8. Kennys Vargas (S) 1B .251/.311/.453, 0.4 fWAR
9. Jason Castro (L) C .233/.325/.378, 1.2 fWAR
Team Total: 17.1 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .265/.349/.426, 3.3 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .276/.412/.586, 6.6 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .277/.344/.530, 4.1 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .292/.325/.491, 3.8 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .301/.337/.452, 1.4 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .234/.323/.436, 0 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .267/.355/.407, 1.5 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .222/.368/.431, 2.8 fWAR
9. Greg Bird (L) 1B .144/.255/.297, -0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 22.6 fWAR

--Posted at 10:12 am by SG / 66 Comments | - (0)



TGS: Luis Severino’s start moved up to Wednesday against Minnesota

NEW YORK—Luis Severino was moved up two days by the New York Yankees and is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday the move was made to give Severino three more regular-season starts as New York tries to overtake Boston in the American League East.

Severino had been slated to start Friday at Toronto and will be replaced against the Blue Jays by Masahiro Tanaka.

A 23-year-old right-hander, Severino is 13-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 29 starts this season. He has not allowed more than one earned run in nine of 12 outings since the All-Star break.

“Our goal is still to win the division. We’ve clinched nothing at this point,” Girardi said. “We still have a lot of work to do in front of us, so it gives us the ability to start him three more times.”

Obviously if you can get more starts out of Severino it’s better, but the division is over.  Boston’s schedule is a sick joke and they are not going to lose another three games during the remainder of the regular season.

Congratulations to them on their AL East title.  I’ll take the consolation prize of winning the third order standings division title.

--Posted at 7:27 am by SG / 8 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Twins (78-72) @ Yankees (83-67), Tuesday, 9/19/2017, 07:05p ET

Twins: Jose Berrios (R): (136 IP, 3.84 ERA, 2.4 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (131 IP, 3.85 ERA, 2.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .259/.345/.478, 3.7 fWAR
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .306/.384/.423, 2.2 fWAR
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .251/.306/.404, 1.2 fWAR
4. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .254/.312/.446, 1.4 fWAR
5. Byron Buxton (R) CF .255/.317/.426, 3.4 fWAR
6. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .295/.332/.519, 2.4 fWAR
7. Robbie Grossman (S) DH .248/.369/.390, 0.7 fWAR
8. Chris Gimenez (R) C .211/.341/.357, 0.9 fWAR
9. Max Kepler (L) RF .243/.316/.420, 1.1 fWAR
Team Total: 17.0 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.347/.422, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.412/.587, 6.6 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .278/.346/.533, 4.1 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .292/.324/.491, 3.8 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) DH .281/.358/.422, 2.2 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .296/.332/.449, 1.3 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .267/.355/.406, 1.5 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .226/.371/.439, 2.8 fWAR
9. Greg Bird (L) 1B .147/.248/.302, -0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 24.6 fWAR

--Posted at 2:48 pm by SG / 60 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/19/17)

NEW YORK—The Yankees didn’t just beat the Twins on Monday night.

They took yet another step toward clinching a playoff berth.

With the Angels’ off day and a win over the Twins, the Yankees’ magic number to reach the postseason dropped one game to seven.

That’s how many combined wins or Angels losses the Yankees need to secure a playoff berth.

I don’t really consider the wild card game ‘the playoffs.’  I do consider it the postseason.  With the division looking like a real long shot now, the Yankees are at least putting themselves into a position where they can set up their roster and rotation for that play-in game and then hope for the best.

It’s annoying, because they are probably better than Boston this year but Boston’s been lucky and the Yankees haven’t.  There’s no reason to expect that luck (good or bad) to predict future results, but it has created the situation the Yankees are in now.

It’s amazing the Yankee are in contention given how terrible they’ve played lately. From the linked article:

- The Yankees are 5-1 in their last 6G and 8-2 in their last 10G…are 12-4 in their last 16G, matching their best 16-game stretch this season\
- are 16G above .500, matching their season-high watermark (were also 16G above .500 at the end of play on Saturday)
- are 22-12 since 8/14 and 35-22 since 7/20
- are 38-26 (.594) since the All-Star break.

They stink.  They’re terrible.

--Posted at 8:37 am by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 18, 2017

Twins (78-71) @ Yankees (82-67), Monday, 9/18/2017, 07:05p ET

Twins: Ervin Santana (R): (193.2 IP, 3.35 ERA, 4.9 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (29.1 IP, 4.60 ERA, 1.6 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Twins
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .260/.346/.480, 3.7 fWAR
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .306/.385/.424, 2.2 fWAR
3. Byron Buxton (R) CF .258/.320/.430, 3.5 fWAR
4. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .251/.307/.403, 1.2 fWAR
5. Eddie Rosario (L) RF .295/.333/.521, 2.4 fWAR
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .254/.312/.448, 1.4 fWAR
7. Robbie Grossman (S) DH .249/.369/.393, 0.7 fWAR
8. Jason Castro (L) C .234/.327/.380, 1.3 fWAR
9. Ehire Adrianza (S) LF .270/.335/.383, 0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 17.3 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.345/.420, 3.0 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.413/.584, 6.5 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .281/.349/.538, 4.2 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .294/.327/.495, 3.9 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) DH .281/.359/.423, 2.3 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .297/.333/.451, 1.3 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .266/.352/.405, 1.4 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .224/.373/.441, 2.9 fWAR
9. Greg Bird (L) 1B .150/.254/.310, -0.8 fWAR
Team Total: 24.7 fWAR

--Posted at 4:46 pm by SG / 75 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, September 17, 2017

Orioles (72-77) @ Yankees (82-66), Sunday, 9/17/2017, 01:05p ET

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (R): (134.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, -1.2 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (50.2 IP, 2.66 ERA, 2.9 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Orioles
TBA

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .259/.346/.422, 3.0 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.414/.584, 6.5 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .283/.350/.543, 4.3 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .295/.328/.491, 3.8 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .294/.331/.450, 1.2 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .233/.321/.434, -0.1 fWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B , -0.8 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .228/.376/.449, 2.9 fWAR
9. Clint Frazier (R) LF .240/.273/.463, -0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 20.6 fWAR

--Posted at 10:17 am by SG / 42 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Orioles (72-76) @ Yankees (81-66), Saturday, 9/16/2017, 04:05p ET

Lineups
Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) DH .324/.359/.551, 3.3 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .266/.321/.490, 3.3 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .300/.344/.527, 4.0 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .283/.319/.470, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) 1B .292/.338/.503, 1.6 fWAR
6. Welington Castillo (R) C .291/.327/.508, 2.5 fWAR
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS .211/.248/.308, -0.7 fWAR
8. Austin Hays (R) RF—/—/—, -0.2 fWAR
9. Joey Rickard (R) LF .248/.284/.356, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 15.6 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.347/.423, 3.1 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) DH .281/.359/.425, 2.2 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .276/.413/.587, 6.5 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.324/.482, 3.5 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .296/.332/.453, 1.3 fWAR
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.347/.394, 1.2 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .226/.373/.432, 2.7 fWAR
8. Greg Bird (L) 1B .151/.260/.292, -0.8 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .224/.281/.299, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 19.3 fWAR

--Posted at 12:20 pm by SG / 42 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Didi’s 4 RBIs lift Yanks in Girardi’s 900th NY win

As far as the Yankees are concerned, the American League East race is far from over. New York, which manager Joe Girardi has repeatedly said is not content with the top AL Wild Card spot, used a four-RBI night from Didi Gregorius and another dominant eight-inning start from Luis Severino to win for the sixth time in seven games with Friday’s 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

The win—Girardi’s 900th as Yankees manager—kept the Yanks from losing ground on the first-place Red Sox as they try to pull off a late surge. New York remained three games behind Boston, which beat Tampa Bay in 15 innings Friday night.

“We have to bear down in these last couple weeks and go for the playoffs,” Gregorius said. “That’s what we’re shooting for.”

Did ANYone expect the Red Sox to lose that Tampa Bay game after getting it into extras? Oh well, that’s why it is so hard to make comebacks of even seemingly slim leads in the final month of the season. You basically need notable losing streaks to have a chance. Normal results are going to screw you.

Luckily, the Yankees HAVE the lead in the Wild Card chase, so the same basic idea applies. So long as the Yankees continue to win at a good rate, they will lock that spot up. Let’s just hope that they do, in fact, continue to win at a good rate.

I’m going to without internet for the next few days (I’m going on an Alaskan cruise for my wife’s birthday), so either someone else will throw a recap up or we’ll just go recap-less until I can log in again. I’ll have to find the Yankee scores like we did in the savage days - watching sports television scrolls!!

--Posted at 11:09 am by Brian Cronin / 3 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 15, 2017

Orioles (72-75) @ Yankees (80-66), Friday, 9/15/2017, 07:05p ET

Orioles: Gabriel Ynoa (R): (19.1 IP, 4.19 ERA, 0.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (176.1 IP, 2.96 ERA, 5.0 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Orioles
TBA

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .260/.348/.424, 3.1 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.589, 6.4 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .281/.349/.544, 4.2 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .290/.323/.475, 3.4 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .299/.335/.458, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B .277/.356/.422, 2.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .261/.351/.399, 1.3 fWAR
8. Matt Holliday (R) DH .230/.319/.433, -0.1 fWAR
9. Greg Bird (L) 1B .146/.252/.262, -0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 20.9 fWAR

--Posted at 3:24 pm by SG / 64 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Judge’s 2 HRs fuel power show, rout of O’s

The Yankees settled back in at home Thursday night. With 14 of their final 17 regular-season games set to be played at Yankee Stadium, it was time to get comfortable. It was time, as manager Joe Girardi said, to take advantage of the schedule.

“It starts tonight,” Girardi said before the game.

It certainly did. The Yankees scored six times in the first inning and coasted past the Orioles, 13-5, to remain three games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. The Yankees continue to lead the AL Wild Card standings as well.

Huge win. The Yankees now have a SIX game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the 2nd Wild Card. That’s pretty good. 14 games over .500. Not too shabby.

Let’s hope they keep it up tomorrow.

--Posted at 8:22 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Orioles (72-74) @ Yankees (79-66), Thursday, 9/14/2017, 07:05p ET

Orioles: Wade Miley (L): (148.2 IP, 4.96 ERA, 1.0 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (158.2 IP, 4.82 ERA, 1.4 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .333/.366/.571, 3.3 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .269/.323/.496, 3.4 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .302/.346/.527, 4.0 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .283/.319/.471, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .291/.338/.500, 1.5 fWAR
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B .217/.311/.429, 0.3 fWAR
7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .241/.295/.412, -0.7 fWAR
8. Welington Castillo (R) C .293/.330/.505, 2.5 fWAR
9. Seth Smith (L) RF .259/.340/.439, 0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 16.3 fWAR

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .260/.344/.398, 1.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .273/.410/.576, 6.1 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .279/.348/.535, 4.0 fWAR
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.320/.435, -0.1 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) 1B .277/.356/.424, 2.2 fWAR
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .290/.323/.477, 3.4 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .217/.362/.401, 2.5 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .291/.312/.368, 0.4 fWAR
9. Clint Frazier (R) LF .231/.260/.453, -0.3 fWAR
Team Total: 19.4 fWAR

In his 12 starts prior to his last one, Tanaka had put up a 2.77 ERA and I thought he had a chance to end the year with an ERA under 4.  Unfortunately, he got blitzed last time out and that isn’t going to happen.  When he gets shelled today, even an ERA under 5 will be wishful thinking…

--Posted at 2:50 pm by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Yankees.com: Stellar ‘pen work preserves lead in Yanks’ win

With the effects of Hurricane Irma forcing the series between the Yankees and Rays to Citi Field in Queens, the Yankees had a prime opportunity to capitalize on playing road games in their home city. They did just that, taking two of three from the Rays with a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

A three-run second inning, highlighted by Brett Gardner’s two-run single, and another strong showing from one of baseball’s best bullpens paved the way for the win.
The Yankees now trail Boston by 3 1/2 games in the American League East race and increased their lead over the Twins to 3 1/2 for the top Wild Card spot. Both Boston and Minnesota are scheduled to play later on Wednesday.

Huge win considering the matchup on the day, as Chris Archer had some ridiculous numbers against the Yankees coming into day (including going at least 6 innings in a whole bunch of games in a row) and the Yankees had Jaime Garcia, but they pulled it off.

It was clear in the fifth inning, with Chad Green available, Garcia was going to be going batter-to-batter, even with a rwo-run lead, but Garcia was still pissed off when he was removed after giving up a two-out single in front of Evan Longoria. Even when Girardi came to talk to Garcia later, Garcia wasn’t having it.

Green was amazing, as always, and Tommy Kahnle pitched in and out of trouble, but then Dellin Betances was wild again, so Girardi pulled him with two outs in the 8th inning and brought in Chapman, who quickly walked his first batter and then gave up an RBI single to Adeiny Hechavarria (who won the game last night for the Rays), who was 6-10 in this series. Wow. Chapman then struck out pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. Then, in the ninth, Chapman led off the inning with a walk to the #9 hitter, but then struck out the next three batters to earn the save.

The Yankee offense was awfully anemic tonight, including some very poor hitting with runners in scoring position late (bases loaded and 1 out - no runs, first and third and no outs - no runs) but they got enough runs to pull out the series win. Back to 13 games over .500. Not too shabby.

--Posted at 5:23 pm by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (78-66) @ Rays (72-74), Wednesday, 9/13/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (24.2 IP, 5.11 ERA, 1.4 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rays: Chris Archer (R): (182.1 IP, 4.00 ERA, 2.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.347/.424, 3.1 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .278/.358/.426, 2.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .280/.349/.536, 4.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .293/.327/.482, 3.6 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .298/.334/.459, 1.3 fWAR
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .256/.339/.392, 1.0 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.353/.400, 2.4 fWAR
8. Clint Frazier (R) RF .239/.269/.469, -0.2 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .229/.283/.305, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 17.0 fWAR

Rays
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .277/.338/.450, 2.4 fWAR
2. Lucas Duda (L) DH .198/.313/.532, 1.6 fWAR
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B .264/.318/.430, 2.4 fWAR
4. Logan Morrison (L) 1B .246/.352/.525, 3.2 fWAR
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF .245/.351/.475, 3.4 fWAR
6. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS .247/.278/.395, 0.9 fWAR
7. Peter Bourjos (R) LF .228/.282/.389, 0.1 fWAR
8. Jesus Sucre (R) C .258/.295/.390, 0.7 fWAR
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .313/.389/.313, -1.0 fWAR
Team Total: 13.7 fWAR

Jaime Garcia = do not need to watch.

--Posted at 10:10 am by SG / 96 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks held to one run in loss to Rays at Citi

The Rays enjoyed their temporary home at Citi Field on Tuesday night, even if most of the fans were rooting against them.

And even though most of those fans were hoping the Yankees would take another step toward the postseason, the Rays turned the energy in their favor in a 2-1 win. Five Rays pitchers combined on a three-hitter, and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, ruining Sonny Gray’s best start as a Yankee and giving the Rays what they hope will be an important win.

Steve Cishek seemed to believe this was a much bigger win for the Rays than it really was. They’re, what, at .500, six back of the Wild Card with, like, 21 teams between them and the second Wild Card. They’re d-u-n done.

Anyhow, shitty loss, although I continue to love the Sonny Gray Experience. Talent well spent, Cash! This guy is really good.

Tough game later today, with Jaime Garcia matched up against Chris Archer. That’s a very bad matchup for the Yankees, especially since they struggled (well, to be precise, Judge REALLY struggles) against power-throwing righties.

--Posted at 9:36 am by Brian Cronin / 4 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yankees (78-65) @ Rays (71-74), Tuesday, 9/12/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (42.2 IP, 2.74 ERA, 2.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rays: Blake Snell (L): (109.1 IP, 4.36 ERA, 1.0 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .258/.348/.425, 3.1 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.411/.579, 6.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .283/.352/.541, 4.1 fWAR
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.320/.435, -0.1 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .301/.337/.463, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .278/.358/.427, 2.2 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .216/.354/.405, 2.4 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .293/.314/.370, 0.4 fWAR
9. Clint Frazier (R) LF .243/.274/.477, -0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 19.5 fWAR

Rays
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .277/.339/.443, 2.3 fWAR
2. Lucas Duda (L) DH .197/.315/.533, 1.6 fWAR
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B .265/.320/.432, 2.5 fWAR
4. Logan Morrison (L) 1B .248/.354/.528, 3.3 fWAR
5. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF .246/.351/.477, 3.4 fWAR
6. Corey Dickerson (L) LF .279/.324/.497, 2.3 fWAR
7. Wilson Ramos (R) C .240/.272/.386, -0.2 fWAR
8. Brad Miller (L) 2B .195/.333/.322, -0.2 fWAR
9. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS .245/.277/.382, 0.8 fWAR
Team Total: 15.8 fWAR

--Posted at 3:57 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Big 4th powers Yanks to win over TB at Citi

Evan Longoria had joked that there is no such thing as a “neutral site” when playing against the Yankees, whose followers always seem to travel quite well. Todd Frazier’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run fourth inning as the Bombers made the interborough trip a memorable one, powering a 5-1 victory over the Rays on Monday evening at Citi Field.

In the first of three games relocated to Queens by Hurricane Irma, right-hander Jake Odorizzi held New York hitless through the first three innings before requiring 51 pitches to record two outs in the fourth, a barrage highlighted by Frazier’s 24th homer of the season and his eighth since being traded to the Yankees.

“It just seems like when you come to the ballpark right now, something good is going to happen,” Frazier said. “It could be any guy, and it has been. The pitching has been there, the hitting has been there, and we’re clicking right now at the right time.”

With their eighth victory in 11 games, the Yankees moved within three games of the idle Red Sox in the American League East race. Tampa Bay fell four games behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card; the Yankees hold the first AL Wild Card spot.

This was a big time win. CC didn’t look great and Odorizzi was dominating and the Yankees still ended up getting the big victory. This was one of those rare occasions when the Yankee bullpen came in early and did not give up a run. Joe Girardi boldly went to David Robertson in the fifth inning when the leverage was at its highest and it worked out great. It was nice to see him willing to pull CC in a tough spot and deprive CC from a win. CC seemed to take it in stride. In a funny bit, apparently CC found out that Todd Frazier has a web site where he sells merchandise based on himself (you know, towels, blankets, etc) and CC was so amused that he bought a Todd Frazier blanket for everyone on the team. Good stuff.

This win allowed me to avoid having to say “in the loss column” now, and I can just say that the Yankees are three back of the Red Sox in the AL East race,four ahead of Minnesota in the Wild Card race and five ahead of the Angels, six ahead of the Rangers and seven ahead of the Royals (eight ahead of the Orioles and Mariners). So long as the Yankees keep on winning, they will be in good shape. 13 games over .500 is very impressive.

--Posted at 1:01 am by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 11, 2017

Yankees (77-65) @ Rays (71-73), Monday, 9/11/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (126.2 IP, 3.91 ERA, 2.5 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rays: Jake Odorizzi (R): (123.2 IP, 4.58 ERA, 0.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.348/.426, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.411/.583, 6.1 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .283/.351/.543, 4.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .295/.328/.485, 3.7 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .304/.341/.468, 1.7 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .232/.324/.440, 0.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.340/.396, 1.0 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .215/.356/.389, 2.4 fWAR
9. Greg Bird (L) 1B , -0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 21.3 fWAR

Rays
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF .278/.341/.447, 2.2 fWAR
2. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B .190/.273/.253, -1.2 fWAR
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH .265/.320/.433, 2.5 fWAR
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B .202/.317/.546, 1.7 fWAR
5. Cesar Puello (R) LF .083/.083/.083 , -0.2 fWAR
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C .238/.271/.387, -0.2 fWAR
7. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS .236/.268/.361, 0.5 fWAR
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .417/.500/.417, -0.9 fWAR
9. Peter Bourjos (R) RF .224/.273/.385, 0.0 fWAR
Team Total: 4.4 fWAR

So fWAR says this Yankee lineup is 13 wins better than this Rays lineup.  And yet, the Yankees have only six more wins.  That’s annoying.

--Posted at 4:44 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Yankees.com: Judge (2 HRs), Yanks trim East deficit to 3 1/2

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each crushed two home runs and Didi Gregorius had four hits as the Yankees won for the second time in three games against the Rangers with a 16-7 victory Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The victory allowed the Yankees to move within 3 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the American League East. They also now have a 3 1/2- game lead over the Twins in the AL Wild Card race with 20 games left. With the Twins losing on Sunday, the Rangers remained 2 1/2 games behind them for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Judge hit two home runs for the fourth time this season and first since June 11 against the Red Sox. The 41 home runs are the second most by a rookie in Major League history behind Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987.

It’s funny, for such an awesome win, there were still some some major sore spots. Not so much Greg Bird going 0-5, but the fact that Montgomery couldn’t even get to the fifth inning despite being staked to a 9-1 lead. And Dellin Betances sucked again in a super low pressure situation. Ugh.

Still, that was outweighed by the awesomeness of them scoring 16 runs. 16 runs, people! Two home runs for Aaron Judge, two home runs for Gary Sanchez and four hits for Didi. Amazing.

The Twins lost and the Red Sox lost (the Angels won). The Yankees now stand four games ahead of the Twins in the loss column and three games back of the Red Sox in the loss column. They’re five games up on the Angels in the loss column and six games up on the Rangers, Royals, Mariners and currently the Orioles (it could be seven if the Orioles lose tonight). The Red Sox host the A’s the next series, so that will not be good for the division race, but at least the Wild Card race is looking more reasonable. As I’ve been saying for a month or so, really, all they need to do is keep winning games and they should be fine. They’re now 12 games over for the first time in quite a while. That’s good.

The Yankees head to Citifield to play the Rays in a three-game set that was moved from Tampa Bay due to Hurricane Irma. CC gets the first game. We’ll probably see Jaime Garcia get a start this series. Hopefully he doesn’t suck.

--Posted at 6:47 pm by Brian Cronin / 45 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (76-65) @ Rangers (71-70), Sunday, 9/10/2017, 03:05p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (134.2 IP, 4.14 ERA, 2.1 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: A.J. Griffin (R): (69 IP, 5.09 ERA, 0.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.347/.423, 3.2 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .279/.360/.430, 2.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .278/.346/.524, 3.6 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.323/.478, 3.5 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.346/.476, 1.8 fWAR
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .274/.409/.568, 5.8 fWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B .155/.265/.278, 0.0 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.336/.393, 0.9 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .220/.276/.293, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 20.4 fWAR

Rangers
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF .279/.354/.380, 2.2 fWAR
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) DH .262/.363/.414, 0.7 fWAR
3. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .305/.347/.496, 4.2 fWAR
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .193/.287/.432, -0.6 fWAR
5. Nomar Mazara (L) RF .260/.335/.443, 1.0 fWAR
6. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .266/.376/.545, 2.3 fWAR
7. Joey Gallo (L) 3B .210/.336/.554, 2.9 fWAR
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .214/.257/.413, -0.5 fWAR
9. Ryan Rua (R) LF .208/.282/.340, -0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 11.7 fWAR

--Posted at 10:38 am by SG / 49 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks rally late, outlast Rangers in duel

After a dazzling pitching duel, the Yankees pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth to knock off the Rangers, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The Yankees trailed, 1-0, after seven before rallying and reinforcing their hold on the lead in the American League Wild Card race. The Rangers are five back of the Yankees while both teams awaited results of other games later on Saturday.
“The team’s going to hit,” Yankees pitcher Luis Severino said, of being down, 1-0. “They’ve got to do something. But in my mind, I just was thinking ‘I’ve got to keep this a one-run game.’ And that’s what I did.”

It’s good to know that Severino has more faith in this offense than we do.

Wow, what a great win. They did what they almost never do. They trailed all the game and then came alive in the late innings. Some of the key moments were Matt Holliday’s pinch-hit single in the 8th (Texas tried to force the Yankees’ hand by bringing in a lefty and then Girardi took out Bird and put in Holliday and Texas stuck with their lefty and Holliday got the big hit to move the runner to third. Chase Headley then tied the game with a sac fly), Texas failing to convert a seemingly tailor-made double play ball in the ninth by Judge that kept the inning alive and then, of course, Tyler Austin coming through with the big pinch-hit (is it really pinch-hit? Didn’t he come in to play first in the bottom of the 8th?) go-ahead single. Then Headley worked out a bases loaded walk.

Aroldis Chapman looks like he has put his nonsense behind him and is back to being the typical unhittable Aroldis Chapman. When you can routinely not only throw 101 MPH but can LOCATE your 101 MPH fastball? How can anyone really do anything against you? Girardi argued after the game that Chapman’s problem has been that his contact rate has been the same, but the balls have just been going for home runs more often. That probably does say SOMEthing about it (similar situation happened with Tanaka where they were hitting the ball the same percentage, but they were going for home runs more often than normal) but his swings and misses were non-existent the last few months and that’s back to normal, so I haven’t the foggiest idea. I still think he has a physical issue that had messed with his mechanics and now he was just adjusting.

Luckily, all of the other teams in the Wild Card race lost, so the Yankees opened up a three game lead in the loss over Minnesota and five-game leads over the Angels and Rangers, with a six-game lead now over the Orioles, Royals and Mariners (all of these leads are in the loss column).

Big game on Sunday afternoon, with the Yankees trying to win another road series. That’d be huge. Jordan Montgomery also has to prove that he can be a bit more consistent.

--Posted at 7:04 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Yankees (75-65) @ Rangers (71-69), Saturday, 9/9/2017, 08:05p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (169.1 IP, 3.03 ERA, 4.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: Andrew Cashner (R): (139.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.8 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Rangers
TBA

--Posted at 12:03 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Tanaka can’t hold lead as Yanks fall 4 1/2 out

The Rangers tightened the American League Wild Card race by rallying for an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at Global Life Park on Friday night.

The Yankees now lead the Twins by just 1 1/2 games for the top spot in the Wild Card standings. The Rangers remain 2 1/2 games behind the Twins and are now four games behind the Yankees after their seventh win in the past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Yanks fell 4 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, who beat the Rays.

Yesterday, I noted that one of the best things about Sonny Gray was that you know he probably isn’t going to suck when it is his turn in the rotation. Apparently we cannot say the same for Masahiro Tanaka, who was absolute garbage today. All of his pitches just fell flat. It was really odd, actually. Just a complete disaster. That said, the Yankees really need to score in innings later than the third if they’re going to win games, so the offense certainly shouldn’t be left off the hook, either.

Plus, Tommy Kahnle is broken and that sucks.

Big game for the Yankees on Saturday. Hopefully Luis Severino comes through. Only good things about last night were the Angels and Bucks losing.

--Posted at 7:25 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 8, 2017

Yankees (75-64) @ Rangers (70-69), Friday, 9/8/2017, 08:05p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (154.2 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.8 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: Martin Perez (L): (157 IP, 4.87 ERA, 1.5 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.348/.426, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .276/.412/.574, 5.9 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .276/.344/.527, 3.6 fWAR
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .313/.351/.484, 1.9 fWAR
5. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.323/.440, 0.1 fWAR
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .292/.326/.478, 3.5 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .279/.361/.432, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.339/.397, 1.0 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .216/.349/.396, 2.4 fWAR
Team Total: 23.9 fWAR

Rangers
1. Delino DeShields (R) LF .280/.357/.382, 2.3 fWAR
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) DH .263/.365/.415, 0.8 fWAR
3. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .304/.345/.494, 4.1 fWAR
4. Nomar Mazara (L) RF .259/.334/.439, 0.9 fWAR
5. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .251/.339/.462, 2.1 fWAR
6. Joey Gallo (L) 3B .211/.336/.561, 3.0 fWAR
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .196/.290/.437, -0.5 fWAR
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .213/.255/.410, -0.6 fWAR
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .259/.367/.536, 2.1 fWAR
Team Total: 14.2 fWAR

--Posted at 3:57 pm by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks’ blasts back Gray as NY gains in East

The offensive philosophy that Gene Michael always encouraged the Yankees to follow involved finding players who could make pitchers work, steal an occasional base and slug home runs. When they did all three in the first inning of Thursday’s 9-1 victory over the Orioles, manager Joe Girardi remarked that they’d just witnessed “a Stick special.”

Wearing black armbands on their left jersey sleeves to mourn the passing of the longtime player, scout, manager and general manager, the Yankees hit four homers—including Aaron Judge’s 39th, reclaiming a share of the American League lead—as they supported Sonny Gray’s solid effort and notched their first series victory in Baltimore since September 2013.

“I’m sure he would have liked that,” said Brett Gardner, who battled back from an 0-2 count against Kevin Gausman to spark the Yankees’ three-run first inning. “He obviously meant a lot to this organization, and I’m sure he’d be happy about how the game went today. We don’t usually leave here winning the series, especially not recently, so it’s a good feeling.”

Very sweet of the article-writer and the Yankees to specifically pay tribute to Stick Michael.

In any event, huge win for the Yankees, as they open up a five-game lead in the loss column over Baltimore. If they had only held on to that lead in the previous game, they would have buried Baltimore, but hey, five games in the loss column is better than three!

Aaron Judge hitting a home run in the first inning was a nice treat. It’d be nice if he could hit some more home runs. It’s weird that Khris Davis also has 39 home runs. Khris Davis is such an odd player.

The Sonny Gray experience continues to be fun to watch. You can tell why you had to give up a lot of young talent to get a guy like Gray locked in for two more seasons on top of this one. He’s just a good pitcher who you can expect to at least not get rocked during his starts. That’s very helpful. It’d be nice if he was a dominant pitcher, but that doesn’t seem to be the type of guy that he is.

The Yankees head to Texas to try to win another series.

--Posted at 7:30 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (74-64) @ Orioles (71-68), Wednesday, 9/6/2017, 01:35p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (37 IP, 3.16 ERA, 2.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (157.2 IP, 4.79 ERA, 1.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.344/.423, 3 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .280/.362/.427, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.352/.479, 1.9 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.323/.472, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.570, 5.8 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.324/.443, 0.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .259/.341/.397, 1 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.345/.375, 2.3 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .214/.271/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 19.0 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .353/.382/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .273/.328/.507, 3.7 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.353/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.315/.470, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .292/.339/.504, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B .222/.315/.438, 0.4 fWAR
7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.418, -0.5 fWAR
8. Seth Smith (L) RF .271/.354/.461, 1.1 fWAR
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C .271/.305/.440, 0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.3 fWAR

--Posted at 12:24 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Gene ‘Stick’ Michael dies at age 79

Gene Michael, the former Major League player, manager and executive best known as the architect of the Yankees’ 1990s dynasty, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 79.

Michael had already spent two decades in baseball when he was named general manager of the Yankees in 1990, the start of a five-year tenure that would define his career. From 1990-95, Michael built the farm system that would help yield four World Series championships in the five years to close out the decade.

Under Michael’s watch, the Yankees acquired players such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Paul O’Neill, either via signings, the Draft or trade.

“Stick was a great man with enormous heart and integrity,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “One of the greatest baseball executives of our time. He was central to the success of the Yankees.”

One of the great pieces of luck in Yankee history is that George Steinbrenner was suspended at just the right time to let Stick Michael do what he wanted to do and build up a Yankee team that became a dynasty.

Rest in peace, Stick. Our condolences to his friends and family.

--Posted at 10:00 am by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Yankees (74-64) @ Orioles (71-68), Wednesday, 9/6/2017, 07:05p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (37 IP, 3.16 ERA, 2.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (157.2 IP, 4.79 ERA, 1.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.344/.423, 3 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .280/.362/.427, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.352/.479, 1.9 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.323/.472, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.570, 5.8 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.324/.443, 0.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .259/.341/.397, 1 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.345/.375, 2.3 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .214/.271/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 19.0 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .353/.382/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .273/.328/.507, 3.7 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.353/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.315/.470, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .292/.339/.504, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B .222/.315/.438, 0.4 fWAR
7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.418, -0.5 fWAR
8. Seth Smith (L) RF .271/.354/.461, 1.1 fWAR
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C .271/.305/.440, 0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.3 fWAR

I turned off the TV last night with the Yankees up 6-2 and Boston trailing 2-0.  At least I went to bed happy.

--Posted at 4:33 pm by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks can’t hold 5-run lead, fall on walk-off

The American League Player of the Month in August, Manny Machado shows no signs of slowing down.

Machado’s two-out, walk-off homer—his second blast of the game—erased the O’s deficit and gave them some late-inning heroics and a badly-needed 7-6, series-evening win over the Yankees in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
The win moves the O’s within a half-game of the second American League Wild Card, pending the outcome of the Angels game, with the Yankees falling one out shy of breaking their own hex at Camden Yards. New York has not won a series at the O’s home since the start of the 2014 season.

That’s a crazy stat about the Yankees not winning a series in Baltimore since 2014.

Anyhow, that was an awful loss. Since the Yankees have put together their “super bullpen,” they have had only three games where the bullpen came in in the sixth inning or earlier and then gone the rest of the game without giving up a run in a Yankee win. Just THREE games. That’s really not that hard to do. It’s pitching three-four innings without giving up a run while leading. And they’ve only pulled that off three times, and two of them were against the awful Mets. And to make matters worse, they were up 6-5 with two outs in the ninth inning and no one on base. So then Dellin Betances dicks around the batter ahead of the red hot Manny Machado and the rest was…well…a walk-off home run, of course.

The Angels, meanwhile, came back to beat the Athletics and the Red Sox came back to beat the Blue Jays in 19 innings (after tying the game in the 9th down 2-0 against Osuna, who has only blown one save against the Yankees in his career, and he ended up winning that one game). So that sucks.

So 3.5 back of the Red Sox (three in the loss), 2.5 up on the Angels (three in the loss), 3 up on the Twins (three in the loss) and 3.5 up on the Orioles (four in the loss) Plus, somehow, the Rangers are just 4.5 back (4 in the loss). Hopefully they find a way to take this series against the Baltimore Bucks on Wednesday.

--Posted at 1:26 am by Brian Cronin / 22 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yankees (74-63) @ Orioles (70-68), Tuesday, 9/5/2017, 07:05p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (121.1 IP, 3.71 ERA, 2.7 RA-9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Jeremy Hellickson (R): (34.1 IP, 6.55 ERA, 0.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .256/.345/.425, 3.1 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.573, 5.7 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .313/.349/.479, 1.8 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.322/.474, 3.3 fWAR
5. Matt Holliday (R) DH .231/.322/.447, 0.1 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .144/.267/.278, -0.8 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .220/.354/.386, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .254/.335/.394, 0.9 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .213/.272/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.8 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .363/.388/.603, 3.2 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .272/.327/.497, 3.4 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.352/.539, 3.9 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.316/.472, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .290/.337/.504, 1.3 fWAR
6. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.414, -0.5 fWAR
7. Chris Davis (L) 1B .224/.318/.443, 0.5 fWAR
8. Welington Castillo (R) C .300/.337/.518, 2.7 fWAR
9. Joey Rickard (R) RF .246/.280/.352, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 16.3 fWAR

--Posted at 3:54 pm by SG / 104 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees 2.5 out of 1st after comeback win

Starlin Castro homered and drove in three runs, Didi Gregorius slugged a two-run shot and the Yankees roared from behind to celebrate a 7-4 series-opening victory over the Orioles on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards.

With their third straight win and fourth in the last five games, the Yankees closed within 2 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Red Sox, who lost to the Blue Jays on Monday night, while moving three games ahead of the Twins, who lost to the Rays, for the top AL Wild Card. The Orioles now trail the Yankees by 4 1/2 games, the Twins by 1 1/2 and the Angels by one in the Wild Card chase.

This is really one heck of a playoff race, isn’t it? That series the Yankees have against the Twins is two weeks is looming very, very large right now.

Jordan Montgomery was actually pretty decent today, but with Chad Green so well-rested, it made a ton of sense to go for the much better pitcher in Green and he DOMINATED the Orioles.

Nice comeback win. They should feel proud of that.

Now hopefully they can do well against the Baltimore Bucks in the second game of the series, as well.

--Posted at 1:32 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 4, 2017

Yankees (73-63) @ Orioles (70-67), Monday, 9/4/2017, 01:35p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (130 IP, 4.15 ERA, 2.1 RA-9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Dylan Bundy (R): (155.1 IP, 3.94 ERA, 3.2 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.348/.429, 3.2 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) DH .280/.361/.429, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.346/.469, 1.6 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .290/.323/.471, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.407/.572, 5.6 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .153/.280/.294, 0.0 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .217/.346/.380, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .253/.330/.394, 0.8 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .215/.271/.292, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 18.4 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .364/.385/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .271/.324/.497, 3.4 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .309/.354/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .281/.318/.475, 1.5 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .291/.338/.507, 1.4 fWAR
6. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.301/.415, -0.5 fWAR
7. Chris Davis (L) 1B .224/.319/.437, 0.5 fWAR
8. Welington Castillo (R) C .300/.339/.512, 2.6 fWAR
9. Joey Rickard (R) RF .249/.283/.357, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 16.6 fWAR

--Posted at 11:27 am by SG / 57 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks chase Sale early, cut Sox lead to 3 1/2

The Yankees set the stage for an exciting American League East race heading down the stretch by pulling out a crucial 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night that gave them three wins in the four-game series against their rivals.

Fueled by a dominant pitching performance by Luis Severino and three solo homers against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, the Yankees slimmed Boston’s lead to 3 1/2 games with four weeks left in the regular season.

“This club’s gonna fight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re gonna fight, and we’re resilient.”
It was the last of 19 meetings between the Red Sox and Yankees, and New York won the season series, 11-8. The clubs could meet again in the postseason. The Yankees hold a two-game lead over the Twins for the first AL Wild Card spot.

Well, you certainly couldn’t realistically expect them to do any better than to take three out of four against the Red Sox, bringing them within three games in the loss column of the Red Sox. Meanwhile, due to losses by the Twins and the Angels, the Yankees open up a two-game lead on Minnesota Twins for the first Wild Card spot and three and a half games (four games in the loss column) on the Angels and the Orioles.

This, then, leads to a huge three-game set in Baltimore against the Orioles. The Angels play the shitty Athletics. So that could be some trouble there. Really, though, the whole thing is just win ball games. If the Yankees keep winning games, they’ll be fine. Remember, the Orioles and Angels are both just three games over .500. The Yankees are 10 games over.  Just keep on trying to stay at least 10 games over.

It was nice to see basically an opposite result of the Severino/Kluber game from Monday, with Sale being the one who gave up three solo home runs and Severino being the one who kept it strong before his offense crushed the relief pitching of the other team. Good job, Severino!

Good result to see.

Hopefully they do well against the Baltimore Bucks.

--Posted at 1:38 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 2, 2017

Yankees.com: Homers back Tanaka as Yanks trim Sox’s lead

Masahiro Tanaka doffed his cap as he walked off the mound to a standing ovation in the eighth inning, a well-deserved reward after helping his Yankees keep their division dreams alive with a 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka limited Boston to a run and five hits over seven-plus innings to win his third consecutive start and Matt Holliday cracked a three-run homer in his return from the disabled list, trimming Boston’s lead in the American League East back to 4 1/2 games. Chase Headley also homered in support of Tanaka, who is 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last six starts.

Brian Cashman had an interesting point the other day, where he basically said that if Tanaka wanted to opt out, the Yankees would not offer more than what they currently owe him if he opted in. They will not “chase” him if he opts out. The thing is that he’s looking more and more likely to opt out, with the way that he has been pitching lately. Wouldn’t it just be the shittiest thing ever if Tanaka pitches great for the rest of the season but the Yankees don’t hit at all and still miss the playoffs and then lose Tanaka? If he’s going to do well and opt out, hopefully it will be for a winning team.

Anyhow, today was a good day, but even in that good day, the Twins destroyed the Royals and the Angels had a dramatic comeback win over the Rangers, so the Yankees didn’t gain any ground in the Wild Card chase. The Twins and the Angels are the anti-Yankees. They never give up, no matter their deficit, unlike the Yankees, who flop at the first sign of adversity. Luckily, today they were only tied when Matt Holliday hit a huge three-run home run.

Of course, Aaron Hicks got hurt again, as the Yankees can never run out their “main” lineup ever.

Sale vs. Severino on Sunday. Remember when we thought Severino might hang with Corey Kluber last Monday? Well, I assume we all know now that he won’t hang with Chris Sale. Hopefully the Angels, Orioles and Twins lose.

--Posted at 11:51 pm by Brian Cronin / 65 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 31, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks win opener, gain ground on Red Sox

The Yankees are not downplaying the importance of this weekend as they continue to chase the Red Sox for the top spot in the American League East, and their hopes for a meaningful September race remained alive with a 6-2 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

As the rivals opened a four-game set that marks their final meeting of the season, New York closed within 4 1/2 games of the top spot in the division as CC Sabathia continued his season-long dominance of the Sox with six innings of one-run, four-hit ball, improving to 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in four starts against them this season.

The Yankees obviously aren’t winning the division, but any wins that they get are huge in this suddenly intense Wild Card race (that’s how it goes when you lose three straight and all the teams chasing you win three straight - suddenly the race gets tight). So them beating the Red Sox and the Orioles blowing an early lead against the Toronto Blue Jays is very big for this team at the moment.

CC Sabathia was the man and Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird reminded us that coming into this season, it was those two hitters that we were most excited to see. Any day Aaron Judge wants to get his shit together would be cool by me.

Matt Holiday returns tomorrow as rosters expand. It is unclear if he will go right back into the starting lineup, but he probably will. I don’t think how players perform in rehab starts really mean much, one way or the other. Obviously you’d prefer to see them tear the cover off of the ball, but not doing so I don’t think is a death knell or anything like that.

We’ll find out tomorrow what happens to Romine and Sanchez. I find it hard to believe that Sanchez’s suspension will be cut down, but perhaps Romine might go down from 2 games to 1 game. The Yankees still have to make a 40-man move to find a place for new addition Eric Kratz. Maybe they are waiting to see if maybe somehow the suspensions are both overruled? Would Sanchez have to start serving it tomorrow? That would suck.

--Posted at 11:16 pm by Brian Cronin / 121 Comments | - (0)



Red Sox (76-57) @ Yankees (70-62), Thursday, 8/31/2017, 07:05p ET

Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (L): (105.1 IP, 4.19 ERA, 2.0 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (115.1 IP, 3.82 ERA, 2.4 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Rajai Davis (R) LF .250/.333/.250, 0.1 fWAR
2. Eduardo Nunez (R) 2B .320/.356/.563, 1.9 fWAR
3. Andrew Benintendi (L) CF .275/.354/.436, 2.1 fWAR
4. Mookie Betts (R) RF .263/.341/.437, 3.9 fWAR
5. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .273/.335/.405, 2.4 fWAR
6. Rafael Devers (L) 3B .294/.354/.546, 0.9 fWAR
7. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B .249/.335/.443, 0.2 fWAR
8. Chris Young (R) DH .236/.324/.396, -0.1 fWAR
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C .294/.335/.413, 1.2 fWAR
Team Total: 12.6 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.349/.433, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .266/.370/.471, 2.8 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .271/.342/.525, 3.3 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .297/.327/.484, 3.4 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .307/.345/.467, 1.5 fWAR
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .280/.412/.578, 5.6 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) DH .271/.356/.409, 1.8 fWAR
8. Greg Bird (L) 1B .135/.273/.257, -0.7 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .217/.349/.367, 2.2 fWAR
Team Total: 23.1 fWAR

Whatever.

--Posted at 3:18 pm by SG / 53 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Despite late rally, Yanks drop nightcap to Tribe

Behind a pair of strong pitching performances from Trevor Bauer and Ryan Merritt, the Indians grabbed both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, finishing off a series sweep of the Yankees with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.

Cleveland improved to a season-high 20 games over .500 as Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor homered in the second game, powering the Indians to their seventh consecutive win while dealing another blow to the Yanks’ chances in the American League East race.

That was clearly an awful sweep, but you know what’s even worse? Somehow the Yankees lost three in a row at the same time that the team ahead of them won three in a row and the three teams right behind them in the Wild Card won three in a row (the Angels were down 8-5 earlier in the night but are now up 10-5). A lot of that is just scheduling flukes, as the Angels, Twins and Red Sox happen to be playing literally three of the four worst teams in the American League at the moment (Blue Jays, White Sox and Athletics). The Orioles, though, won their seventh straight by beating the Mariners (also via a big comeback).

Anyhow, not a good day for the Yankees. Jaime Garcia pitched well but it was Jordan Montgomery who sucked, which was a shame. The Yankees, meanwhile, couldn’t hit at all, with Aaron Judge embarrassing himself in the first game by striking out to end the game by swinging and missing at what would have been ball four and then swinging and missing at what would have been ball five and everyone embarrassed themselves in the second game. Greg Bird hit a nice home run while they were down 9-1, but that is not doing much for any optimism going into a four game set against the Red Sox at the Stadium.

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




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Indians (74-56) @ Yankees (70-60), Wednesday, 8/30/2017, Double Header

Game 1:  Indians: Trevor Bauer (R): (139.1 IP, 4.59 ERA, 1.9 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (19.2 IP, 5.95 ERA, 1.3 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Indians
1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS .268/.326/.477, 3.8 fWAR
2. Brandon Guyer (R) LF .241/.337/.340, 0.2 fWAR
3. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B .300/.355/.527, 4.1 fWAR
4. Yandy Diaz (R) DH .241/.322/.316, -0.1 fWAR
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF .297/.384/.563, 2.8 fWAR
6. Carlos Santana (S) 1B .251/.357/.461, 2.1 fWAR
7. Roberto Perez (R) C .204/.296/.318, 0.1 fWAR
8. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF .254/.320/.397, 1.7 fWAR
9. Giovanny Urshela (R) 3B .204/.243/.235, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 14.3 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.347/.434, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF .257/.361/.467, 2.6 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.346/.534, 3.5 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .302/.332/.489, 3.6 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) 1B .272/.355/.411, 1.8 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) DH .121/.275/.212, -0.7 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .214/.345/.368, 2.2 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .245/.324/.385, 0.6 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .302/.321/.382, 0.8 fWAR
Team Total: 17.6 fWAR

--Posted at 10:36 am by SG / 60 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Indians (74-56) @ Yankees (70-60), Tuesday, 8/29/2017, 07:05p ET

Indians: Trevor Bauer (R): (139.1 IP, 4.59 ERA, 1.9 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (19.2 IP, 5.95 ERA, 1.3 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Indians
1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS .268/.326/.477, 3.8 fWAR
2. Austin Jackson (R) LF .313/.377/.498, 1.2 fWAR
3. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B .300/.355/.527, 4.1 fWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH .244/.370/.481, 1.6 fWAR
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF .297/.384/.563, 2.8 fWAR
6. Carlos Santana (S) 1B .251/.357/.461, 2.1 fWAR
7. Brandon Guyer (R) CF .241/.337/.340, 0.2 fWAR
8. Yandy Diaz (R) 3B .241/.322/.316, -0.1 fWAR
9. Roberto Perez (R) C .204/.296/.318, 0.1 fWAR
Team Total: 15.8 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.347/.434, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF .257/.361/.467, 2.6 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.346/.534, 3.5 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .302/.332/.489, 3.6 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) DH .272/.355/.411, 1.8 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .121/.275/.212, -0.7 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .214/.345/.368, 2.2 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .245/.324/.385, 0.6 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .302/.321/.382, 0.8 fWAR
Team Total: 17.6 fWAR

--Posted at 2:57 pm by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: HRs sting Severino as Yanks dealt blow by Tribe

Jose Ramirez homered twice and Carlos Santana belted a go-ahead blast to support Corey Kluber’s sharp effort, leading the Indians to their fifth straight win, a 6-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Ramirez celebrated his fourth multi-homer game of the season, taking Luis Severino deep in the first and sixth innings. Santana gave the Indians the lead with a shot into the second deck in right field in the seventh, with those homers accounting for Cleveland’s first three hits.

Can’t give up three freakin’ home runs in a single game, especially when you’re pitching against Corey Kluber.

That sucked.

Hopefully they score some runs on Tuesday, because Garcia’s starting and they’ll probably need them.

--Posted at 12:15 am by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 28, 2017

Indians (73-56) @ Yankees (70-59), Monday, 8/28/2017, 07:05p ET

Indians: Corey Kluber (R): (152.2 IP, 2.65 ERA, 5.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (156.2 IP, 3.10 ERA, 4.2 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Indians
1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS .270/.328/.481, 4.0 fWAR
2. Austin Jackson (R) LF .315/.379/.487, 0.9 fWAR
3. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B .298/.352/.513, 4.0 fWAR
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH .246/.371/.484, 1.5 fWAR
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF .311/.391/.590, 2.9 fWAR
6. Carlos Santana (S) 1B .251/.356/.455, 2.0 fWAR
7. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF .250/.318/.392, 1.7 fWAR
8. Yan Gomes (R) C .224/.310/.370, 1.1 fWAR
9. Giovanny Urshela (R) 3B .213/.253/.245, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 17.7 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.350/.437, 3.0 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF .260/.363/.472, 2.7 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .277/.350/.540, 3.4 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .305/.335/.494, 3.8 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .314/.351/.479, 1.4 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .127/.286/.222, -0.4 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) DH .272/.355/.404, 1.8 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .244/.324/.382, 0.6 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .211/.345/.368, 1.5 fWAR
Team Total: 17.8 fWAR

Batter vs. Pitcher splits are not predictive, so it doesn’t make any sense to tell you that Todd Frazier has a .087/.160/.087 career line against Corey Kluber in 25 PA.  Nor does it make sense to tell you that Chase Headley has a career line of .000/.083/.000 in 12 career PA.  Nor does it make sense to tell you that Aaron Hicks has a career line of .150/.227/.200 in 22 career PA.  I could keep going, but since it doesn’t make sense to do so, I won’t.

--Posted at 3:14 pm by SG / 49 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 27, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks jump on miscues, rout M’s as Tanaka rolls

Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn’t around to watch the end of Sunday’s 10-1 win over the Mariners after getting ejected in the third inning. But his Seattle counterpart, Scott Servais, might have wished he’d taken an early dismissal as well after watching the Mariners commit five errors in the first inning of the series finale in the Bronx.

Three errors on shortstop Jean Segura and one each by left fielder Ben Gamel and third baseman Kyle Seager added up to a six-run first for the Yankees, with only one of the runs earned against Seattle starter Andrew Albers.

“Certainly you can’t make that many mistakes and give a team that many extra outs,” Servais said. “That was a lot of unforced errors. Defensively, obviously we weren’t ready to get after it there in that first inning. But I credit Albers hanging in there. Andrew kept throwing strikes. We just did nothing to help him out get through that first. You make five errors against a quality club, there’s no way to overcome that. “

Wow, besides the headline, they dropped the nickname stuff in the recap. Good on them.

Anyhow, great win. Masahiro Tanaka pitched pretty darn well. It’s going to be fascinating to see if he opts out or not.

The Yankees got screwed on an interference play where Jean Segura went waaaay out of the base path to get in the way of Didi Gregorius’ throw to first for the attempted double play. Girardi got ejected after the umpires reviewed the play and STILL got the call wrong (MLB.com shared the Seattle feed and even they were, like, “Yeah, that was ridiculous”).

The Mariners’ defense was horrible, giving up FIVE errors in the first inning as the Yankees scored six runs.

The Yankees are now somehow just two and a half games back of the Red Sox in the American League East after the Sox lost their fourth straight game (getting swept by the ORIOLES, of all teams). They have a tough series against the Indians before the Red Sox come to town on Thursday for a huge four-game set (the last Yankees/Red Sox series of the season), including facing Corey Kluber tomorrow. Tough. Luckily, the Wild Card race is doing a bit better. They’re five games up on the second Wild Card (Royals and Angels are both five games back, with them both 6 games back in the loss column). Honestly, like I said the other day, so long as they keep winning, they’ll be in good shape. They’re 11 game over .500 for the first time in quite a while.

Hopefully they do okay against the Indians.

--Posted at 10:04 pm by Brian Cronin / 23 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 26, 2017

Yankees.com: Ellsbury, Castro lead Yanks over M’s

Sonny Gray relished his best start so far for the Yankees, as he fired seven innings of one-run ball in Saturday’s 6-3 victory over the Mariners.

Gray allowed just three hits and struck out nine, and he is now 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the A’s in a July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline deal.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, Brett Gardner racked up three hits and Starlin Castro provided a two-run single in the seventh. The Yankees improved to 69-59 and moved to four games back of Boston in the American League East, with the Red Sox hosting the Orioles later Saturday.

Backup catcher Carlos Ruiz homered in the third and had two of Seattle’s three hits off Gray, but the Mariners missed a chance to leapfrog the Twins into the second AL Wild Card position, as they dropped back to 66-64.

Once again, as part of a public service, I’m removing all nicknames from the recap. I don’t mind the Players Weekend idea, but it just seems like shilling to work them into headlines and the recaps like MLB.com has been doing.

Anyhow, the Sonny Gray experience continues to be delightful. It’s pretty sad that this dude has a losing record as a Yankee. One of the most underrated aspects of the Yankees doing better than expected this season is that it made the Gray trade possible (as they were unlikely to trade for him if they weren’t doing well overall), which in turn improves their chances for next year being good, as Gray is signed for two more seasons after this one. Having Severino and Gray at the top of the rotation really gives the Yankees two very solid pitchers. Not amazing pitchers (although Severino at least has the chance to be an ace), but really good ones. It’s surprising just how valuable something like that is.

Jacoby Ellsbury made the most of his chance to start by having an excellent offensive game. Greg Bird returned strong. Austin Romine played, which is a bit confusing, as what does that mean for how Sanchez and Romine will handle their suspensions? Will Romine serve his tomorrow and Monday? But if so, then what does Sanchez do? They only have four games total before the big four-game set against the Red Sox. Is Sanchez going to miss a Red Sox game?

--Posted at 4:02 pm by Brian Cronin / 64 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 25, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks can’t back CC, fall on HR off ‘The Missile’

Yonder Alonso supplied the late fireworks to help kick off Players Weekend, crushing a go-ahead homer off Aroldis Chapman as the Mariners celebrated a 2-1, 11-inning victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.

Alonso’s two-out blast off the left-hander’s 100.1-mph heater landed on the right side of Monument Park, restoring a Seattle lead that was erased when Didi Gregorius’ eighth-inning single was misplayed by center fielder Guillermo Heredia, allowing Aaron Judge to race home all the way from first base.

As a favor to our readers, I’ve omitted the nicknames that they worked into the recap.

Well, THAT was an awful loss. This team really knows how to have really shitty losses. The Mariners are now 4 back in the Wild Card, so a couple more losses and this Wild Card race could get way too close for comfort.

Good job by CC. Terrible job by the offense.

Hopefully Austin Romine will begin serving his suspension tomorrow and then Sanchez can take off just the Cleveland series.

--Posted at 11:38 pm by Brian Cronin / 47 Comments | - (0)



Mariners (65-63) @ Yankees (68-58), Friday, 8/25/2017, 07:05p ET

Mariners: Ariel Miranda (L): (141.1 IP, 4.78 ERA, 1.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (108.1 IP, 3.99 ERA, 2.0 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Mariners
1. Jean Segura (R) SS .306/.359/.422, 2.2 fWAR
2. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .266/.316/.421, -0.3 fWAR
3. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .291/.372/.561, 2.7 fWAR
4. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .259/.326/.450, 2.6 fWAR
5. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .255/.356/.433, 1.3 fWAR
6. Mike Zunino (R) C .225/.307/.466, 1.8 fWAR
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) CF .279/.347/.387, 1.3 fWAR
8. Ben Gamel (L) LF .292/.346/.412, 1.5 fWAR
9. Taylor Motter (R) 2B .206/.272/.358, -0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 12.9 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.346/.438, 2.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .264/.369/.481, 2.8 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .278/.352/.551, 3.4 fWAR
4. Aaron Judge (R) RF .286/.417/.592, 6 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .309/.336/.501, 3.8 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .307/.344/.472, 1.2 fWAR
7. Tyler Austin (R) DH .250/.281/.500, 0 fWAR
8. Chase Headley (S) 1B .274/.353/.408, 1.8 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .226/.357/.396, 1.6 fWAR
Team Total: 23.4 fWAR

Hey, Castro’s back.  Maybe he’ll last a bit longer this time around.

--Posted at 3:11 pm by SG / 79 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Yankees.com: Yankees fall in heated finale vs. Tigers

Jose Iglesias’ bases-clearing double in the seventh inning put the Tigers ahead for good in a wild getaway matinee, thwarting a Yankees attempt a series sweep with a 10-6 Detroit win Thursday at Comerica Park.

The game was interrupted by three bench-clearing incidents—one that led to blows between Miguel Cabrera and Austin Romine following a Tommy Kahnle pitch behind Cabrera, another the next inning following a Dellin Betances pitch that hit James McCann in the helmet and put the go-ahead run on base. By game’s end, both managers had been ejected, along with a coach and five players.

The Betances pitch led to Betances’ ejection, as well as Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, and put the eventual go-ahead run on base. After David Robertson hit John Hicks with a pitch on the hands and walked JaCoby Jones on four pitches, Iglesias lined a double deep into the gap in left-center field.

The loss was obviously terrible. Jaime Garcia did not pitch well, Adam Warren was terrible and then David Robertson was awful.

The umpires were terrible, not warning the Tigers after Michael Fullmer clearly threw at Sanchez intentionally but then ejecting Tommy Kahnle when he did the same thing. Then they tossed Betances when he accidentally hit a batter (worst of all, they weren’t even GOING to eject Betances until the Tigers complained, making it a bigger joe) so D-Rob wasn’t really ready to come in. Doesn’t excuse him being terrible, but it at least does explain it a little bit.

But no, the REAL problem was that after Cabrera was hit and he went nuts, Gary Sanchez (who was DHing today, so he wasn’t even on the field at the time) came running in throwing cheap shots at Tiger players. It was mind-numbingly stupid. There has been this recent sort of mythologizing of “real” baseball fights, because fights rarely get too physical nowadays, and that stupid machismo likely influenced Sanchez into thinking that he was doing something proper and not being a complete moron. If the Yankees are lucky, Sanchez probably misses the Seattle series this weekend and a few games in the Cleveland series. If they’re unlucky, he could miss both series and one of the Red Sox games. Probably not that bad, as that’d be 8 games, and even Rougned Odor (the guy MLB ridiculously gave 8 games to for nailing Jose Bautista in the face with a haymaker last year after Bautista slid into his legs trying to break up a double play) got his suspension knocked down to 7 games.

But with Sanchez hitting the ball like crazy (he had his fifth home run in four games tonight), this is a huge loss for the Yankees and with them playing some good teams, this could be a huge turning point in the wrong direction for the season. This is where “keeping it real” goes way, way wrong.

--Posted at 6:22 pm by Brian Cronin / 66 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (68-57) @ Tigers (54-71), Thursday, 8/24/2017, 01:10p ET

Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (15.2 IP, 6.32 ERA, 1.4 RA9 WAR) vs. Tigers: Michael Fulmer (R): (152.1 IP, 3.60 ERA, 3.0 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .252/.341/.434, 2.7 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .267/.375/.486, 2.9 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .276/.349/.543, 3.3 fWAR
4. Aaron Judge (R) RF .286/.418/.595, 6 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .312/.340/.506, 3.9 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .274/.354/.410, 1.8 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .231/.352/.404, 1.6 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .299/.316/.381, 0.7 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .224/.282/.306, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 22.5 fWAR

Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .248/.329/.405, 2.5 fWAR
2. Mikie Mahtook (R) RF .288/.338/.464, 1.5 fWAR
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .283/.366/.545, 4.1 fWAR
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH .256/.340/.408, 0.6 fWAR
5. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B .246/.305/.443, 1 fWAR
6. James McCann (R) C .258/.325/.435, 1.2 fWAR
7. John Hicks (R) 1B .302/.342/.519, 0.6 fWAR
8. JaCoby Jones (R) CF .143/.238/.250, 0.1 fWAR
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS .251/.284/.362, 1.3 fWAR
Team Total: 12.9 fWAR

Jaime Garcia and Austin Romine on the same day?  Yeah, that’s a good way to win.

--Posted at 10:19 am by SG / 104 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yankees.com: Yankees drub Detroit for sharp ‘Sevy’

Gary Sanchez hit his third homer in two games and added a two-run single as the Yankees continued to roll over the Tigers with a 10-2 win Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

The Yankees’ seventh win in nine games moved them 11 games over .500 for the first time since June 16. They maintained at least a 2 1/2-game lead on the first American League Wild Card spot.
Once again, Sanchez jumped on an offspeed pitch from a Tigers starter in the first inning and sent it deep to left for his 26th home run of the year, one of two solo homers from Yankees hitters off Jordan Zimmermann (7-11) three weeks after Zimmermann tossed seven shutout innings at Yankee Stadium. Sanchez’s single paced a five-run third inning before Didi Gregorius went deep in the fifth, Ronald Torreyes (4-for-4) hit an RBI single in the sixth and Chase Headley added a solo homer off Chad Bell in the seventh.

Luis Severino (aka “Sevy” during Players Weekend) took the support and cruised, retiring 14 of Detroit’s first 15 batters and allowing two singles and a hit batter over five scoreless innings before Ian Kinsler’s 13th homer put Detroit on the scoreboard. Severino (11-5) earned his sixth victory in his last seven starts with 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out eight.

I was really impressed when Severino got some men on base later in the game and battled back and got out of without giving up another run. However, I was MOST impressed when he was mowing down the Detroit lineup.

Wow, what a difference a spot in the lineup makes, huh? Since moving Judge back one spot, the Yankees are now hitting the ball like crazy, with Judge looking like his old self and Gary Sanchez looking like August 2016 Sanchez all over again. Obviously, it is likely more the bad Detroit pitching, but hey, we can dream for a little bit, can’t we?

Jaime Garcia goes in the afternoon game tomorrow for the series finale. Hopefully either Minnesota or Los Angeles loses tonight, as the Yankees can’t rely on the Indians to do anything against the Red Sox.

--Posted at 10:53 pm by Brian Cronin / 10 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (67-57) @ Tigers (54-70), Wednesday, 8/23/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (150 IP, 3.18 ERA, 3.9 RA-9 WAR) vs. Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (R): (135 IP, 5.87 ERA, -0.1 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .254/.345/.439, 2.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF .267/.375/.490, 2.9 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.348/.536, 3.1 fWAR
4. Aaron Judge (R) DH .284/.417/.594, 6.0 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .310/.338/.499, 3.7 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .274/.355/.403, 1.7 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .240/.358/.420, 1.6 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .238/.315/.367, 0.3 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.307/.369, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 22.5 fWAR

Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .248/.330/.399, 2.4 fWAR
2. Alex Presley (L) RF .297/.353/.375, 0.2 fWAR
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .281/.365/.543, 4.0 fWAR
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B .258/.342/.411, 0.7 fWAR
5. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B .248/.308/.447, 1.1 fWAR
6. Victor Martinez (S) DH .252/.322/.373, -0.9 fWAR
7. John Hicks (R) C .311/.345/.534, 0.6 fWAR
8. Andrew Romine (S) CF .234/.298/.351, -0.3 fWAR
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS .249/.281/.352, 1.2 fWAR
Team Total: 9.0 fWAR

2017, Jordan Zimmermann vs. the Yankees, 0.00 ERA.
2017, Jordan Zimmermann vs. the rest of MLB, 6.19 ERA.

--Posted at 3:15 pm by SG / 60 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Yankees.com: Sanchez (2 HRs) leads Yankees’ rout of Tigers

Gary Sanchez’s tape-measure home run—the first of two homers by the catcher—ignited a Yankees onslaught on Matthew Boyd and the Tigers’ bullpen, supporting seven quality innings from Masahiro Tanaka in his return from the disabled list for a 13-4 New York victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

The win moved the Yankees back to 10 games over .500 and still in firm control of the first American League Wild Card spot.

Sanchez, moved up to the third spot in the order by manager Joe Girardi, fueled a three-run opening inning with his 24th home run of the year. By the time Todd Frazier tripled in two runs in the third, the Yankees had a 6-0 lead and had chased Boyd (5-7). Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the seventh before Sanchez struck again with an opposite-field homer off Jeff Ferrell in the ninth.

Still in firm control? Both of the teams behind them won and their lead is 2.5 games over the Twins. How is that “in firm control of the first American League Wild Card spot”?

That said, if they keep winning, it won’t matter, so let’s just hope that they keep winning. The offense exploded tonight, which was great to see. EVERYbody was hitting tonight, with Sanchez being the main star, but other guys getting into it, as well and Aaron Judge not only broke his streak (very nice of Girardi to take him out in the blowout so that the streak would officially end) but had a great day at the plate - three walks and a ribbie single. I was just complaining the other day about how it doesn’t seem like Judge ever hits ribbie singles any more and voila - he did it!

Tanaka didn’t look great, but he was decent enough.

Great win. Let’s hope that Severino can keep things going on Wednesday night.

--Posted at 11:57 pm by Brian Cronin / 23 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (66-57) @ Tigers (54-69), Tuesday, 8/22/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (133.2 IP, 4.92 ERA, 1.0 RA-9 WAR) vs. Tigers: Matthew Boyd (L): NR

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .256/.347/.438, 2.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .265/.375/.482, 2.8 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .270/.346/.519, 2.9 fWAR
4. Aaron Judge (R) RF .282/.413/.593, 5.9 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .309/.337/.497, 3.7 fWAR
6. Tyler Austin (R) DH .250/.269/.542, 0.1 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .276/.357/.407, 1.8 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .221/.348/.389, 1.5 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .284/.304/.365, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 21.9 fWAR

Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .247/.330/.397, 2.4 fWAR
2. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF .293/.343/.471, 1.7 fWAR
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .282/.366/.546, 4.1 fWAR
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B .259/.344/.413, 0.7 fWAR
5. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B , .246/.306/.434, 0.9 fWAR
6. Victor Martinez (S) DH .253/.323/.375, -0.8 fWAR
7. James McCann (R) C .258/.326/.439, 1.2 fWAR
8. Alex Presley (L) RF .304/.360/.384, 0.3 fWAR
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS .245/.278/.347, 1.1 fWAR
Team Total: 11.6 fWAR

Can anyone tell me the significance of Mikie Mahtook vis a vis the Yankees?

--Posted at 4:22 pm by SG / 49 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 21, 2017

The Ringer: What’s Wrong With Aroldis Chapman?

Throwing from a slightly lower arm slot, with a slightly more exaggerated elbow angle, is not per se an indicator of injury, and normally it could be attributed to a minor mechanical blip, the likes of which fellow Yankee—and new closer—Dellin Betances experienced earlier this summer. But combined with Chapman’s recent injury history, it represents a more serious sign of concern. In the book Complete Conditioning for Baseball, collegiate strength and conditioning coach Steve Tamborra writes, “There is no ideal angle between the arm and the head during the throwing motion, but pitchers tend to lower their angle when protecting a weak or injured shoulder.”

This is still just an observation, and it’s impossible to link it explicitly to Chapman’s struggles—again, his aggregate velocity and location are doing just fine, and both Chapman and Girardi contend that the lefty isn’t hurt. But it’s a new Chapman, and it’s a worse Chapman, so it’s reasonable to suppose that some connection exists.

If it’s an injury, we can count on the Yankees’ crack medical staff to get to the bottom of it.

Whatever it is, the Chapman contract is already looking like a dud.  Not as bad as the Smellsbury contract, but a dud.

I miss Mariano Rivera terribly.

--Posted at 3:06 pm by SG / 45 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yankees.com: Limited support for Gray as Yanks fall to Sox

For the second straight weekend, the Red Sox were successful in their quest of preventing the Yankees from making a dent in the American League East standings. Backed by a pair of two-out RBI hits by Jackie Bradley Jr. and a strong pitching performance from the resurgent Rick Porcello, Boston once again took two out of three from New York, opening up a five-game lead in the division with a 5-1 victory on Sunday at Fenway Park.

In less than two weeks, the rivals will meet again for their final series of the regular season, a four-game set that starts in the Bronx on Aug. 31.

I’ll be happy to not have to see these dumb Red Sox again after September 1st.

I’m enjoying the Sonny Gray experience so far. He’s just a flat out good pitcher. Not GREAT, but good.

The offense, though, is terrible. Hard to talk too much about lineup construction when they only got three hits. They have way too many hitters in terrible slumps right now. One of their only hot hitters, Gary Sanchez, had a fairly blah series against the Sox. Hopefully they all pick up against Detroit. They really DO need to give Aaron Judge at least one game off. I guess it can be the game Romine catches. Let Sanchez DH and Austin can play right field.

After all the nonsense, they’re still 9 games over .500. They hold roughly around 10 games over and they almost certainly get one of the two Wild Card spots.And then who knows? Luis Severino is a pretty darn good pitcher, so him in a one-game playoff wouldn’t be an awful place to be.

--Posted at 5:24 pm by Brian Cronin / 13 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (66-56) @ Red Sox (70-52), Sunday, 8/20/2017, 01:10p ET

Rick Porcello vs. Sonny Gray

Yankees
1. Gardner LF
2. Hicks CF
3. Judge RF
4. Gregorius SS
5. Sanchez C
6. Headley 1B
7. Frazier 3B
8. Austin DH
9. Torreyes 2B

Red Sox
1. Holt 2B
2. Betts RF
3. Benintendi LF
4. Ramirez DH
5. Devers 3B
6. Bogaerts SS
7. Moreland 1B
8. Leon C
9. Bradley CF

It took a bit longer than I expected for them to move Devers up in the lineup.

Through the middle of the fourth, the Yankees trail 2-0 and have already left 100 runners on base. Good results, so far.

--Posted at 2:10 pm by Brian Cronin / 69 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yankees.com: Homers off Sale hold up as Yanks hold off Sox

The Yankees sensed the urgency to avoid losing any more ground in the American League East race, which meant they had to defeat heavy AL Cy Young Award favorite Chris Sale. With a couple of home run swings, they pulled off that daunting task en route to an important 4-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday.

Tyler Austin mashed a three-run shot in the second inning and Todd Frazier provided crucial insurance with a solo shot in the sixth, as New York cut Boston’s division lead back down to four games while setting up a rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The game has been over for hours and I know that they won and I’m STILL not sure if I believe it.

With the score 4-3, the Red Sox reached TWICE on strikeouts during the game and yet somehow NEITHER of those two runners came around to score!

It helped that David Robertson and Dellin Betances have been their only two consistent relievers as of late, but still, wow.

Sonny Gray goes on short rest in the series finale tomorrow. A win would be nice, Heck, not even for the division, per se, but for the Wild Card race. It’s pretty tight right now.

--Posted at 11:21 pm by Brian Cronin / 26 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (65-56) @ Red Sox (70-51), Saturday, 8/19/2017, 07:10p ET

Chris Sale vs. CC Sabathia

Yankees
1. Gardner LF
2. Hicks CF
3. Judge RF
4. Sanchez C
5. Headley 1B
6. Gregorius SS
7. Frazier 3B
8. Austin DH
9. Torreyes 2B

Red Sox
1. Nunez 2B
2. Betts RF
3. Benintendi LF
4. Ramirez 1B
5. Young DH
6. Bogaerts SS
7. Devers 3B
8. Leon C
9. Bradley CF

Yes, Tyler Austin is the DH and Chase Headley is batting 5th. This is the worst timeline.

--Posted at 6:27 pm by Brian Cronin / 113 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks drop seesaw affair to Sox, fall 5 back

The rivalry has been back to its riveting best the last two weekends, and no lead ever feels safe.

The Yankees and Red Sox traded impressive comebacks in Friday night’s series opener, but Boston prevailed with a 9-6 victory that had Fenway Park rocking in the late innings—and with good reason.

With the win, the Red Sox opened up a five-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. This, on the strength of a surge in which manager John Farrell’s team has ripped off 13 wins in the last 15 games.

As I mentioned the last time that the Yankees had a horrible loss where the Red Sox came back on them late and won, the only small silver lining about these terrible losses is that there have been so many of them that it is hard to get too upset about any one of them now. I know “there have been so many horrible losses that each individual one is that much less painful” is not much of a silver lining, but you all know it’s true. There’s no way that this loss hurt as much as it would have had this not been a common occurrence recently against the Red Sox (and other teams).

As it turned out, the whole Bryan Mitchell incident came right back to haunt the Yankees, as rather than have David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman to pitch the last three innings, the Yankees had to try other pitchers. Of course, that’s not really an excuse, as come on, Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle are both good pitchers, so being “forced” to use them instead should not be saying much. Yet both Green and Kahnle (Kahnle especially) were terrible in their inning and then Girardi, certainly showing that something is not right with his view of Chapman (which is good, as he should know that something is not right with him), brought Chapman in in the 8th inning with the Yankees trailing. Chapman then pitched terribly, with Girardi even coming out to essentially yell at him for lollygagging out there (oh, sorry, “for pointing out technical issues,” like not holding runners on and not backing up home plate).

Aaron Judge, meanwhile, had one of the worst nights you can imagine at the plate, stranding the bases loaded TWICE. Gary Sanchez hit a home run, but also had his own embarrassing moments at the plate.

Oh well, I suppose they should just be happy that after this series, they only play the Sox once more (4 games in New York at the end of the month) and then they can concentrate on the rest of the league, who the Yankees seem like they’re able to actually defeat.

--Posted at 9:20 am by Brian Cronin / 30 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 18, 2017

Yankees (65-55) @ Red Sox (69-51), Friday, 8/18/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (121 IP, 3.94 ERA, 2.2 RA-9 WAR) vs. Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz (L): (127.1 IP, 3.39 ERA, 3.3 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .248/.341/.430, 2.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .275/.381/.498, 2.7 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .288/.418/.608, 6.1 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .277/.352/.526, 2.9 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .311/.338/.503, 3.6 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .274/.354/.403, 1.7 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .207/.320/.322, 1.0 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .292/.313/.377, 0.6 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .220/.281/.305, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 20.4 fWAR

Red Sox
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 2B .372/.402/.603, 2.1 fWAR
2. Mookie Betts (R) RF .269/.343/.453, 4.2 fWAR
3. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .279/.361/.449, 2.0 fWAR
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B .250/.338/.434, 0.0 fWAR
5. Chris Young (R) DH .244/.326/.415, -0.3 fWAR
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .279/.335/.404, 2.0 fWAR
7. Rafael Devers (L) 3B .348/.416/.667, 1.1 fWAR
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C .277/.317/.377, 0.5 fWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .255/.335/.418, 1.9 fWAR
Team Total: 13.5 fWAR

I predict that Boston will sweep this series.

--Posted at 3:14 pm by SG / 124 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks sweep, in driver’s seat atop WC hunt

Luis Severino bounced back from the worst start of his career while Gary Sanchez flexed his muscle by driving in five runs, helping the Yankees complete a four-game sweep of this year’s Subway Series with a 7-5 victory over the Mets on Thursday evening at Citi Field.

One outing after being rocked for a career-high 10 runs (eight earned) by the Red Sox, Severino recaptured the form that has elevated him into the Yanks’ ace this season, holding the Mets to an unearned run and four hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fifth victory in six starts.
“I was ahead in the count almost all the time,” said Severino, who is 5-1 with a 2.28 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. “I tried to do that. I think the last time, I tried to pitch around the batters. This time, I just went after them.”
Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Steven Matz and added a two-run single in the fourth off Chasen Bradford as the Yankees closed within four games of the idle Red Sox in the American League East chase. The Bombers are scheduled to open a key three-game series in Boston on Friday.

New York also holds a 3 1/2-game lead over the Angels for the first Wild Card spot in the AL and is four games up on the next contender, Kansas City, which leads a whopping seven teams within three games of a playoff berth.

I don’t know if I’d be bragging too much about the Wild Card if I were Yankees.com’s headline writers. Basically, if the Yankees continue to win, obviously, the Wild Card spot is probably there’s, but there’s a whole lot of baseball to play and a whole lot of teams who are within spitting distance of the Yankees to act like winning the Wild Card is a fait accompli.

Yankees.com had another interesting headline that noted that August of last year is when Sanchez went off for the first time, so maybe he has a thing about August or something? I sure would love to see him continue to hit like an MVP candidate. And his defense has stepped up in a big way, which is awesome to see, as well.

Anyhow, the Yankees head into the storms of Boston this weekend. Who know how many of the games will even get to be played? Hopefully the Yankees find a way to win this series. They’re actually planning on using Sonny Gray on short rest in the finale, which is the first time that I can recall the Yankees re configuring their rotation like that in some time (they did it earlier this year to keep Tanaka from playing Baltimore, but that didn’t involve pitching anyone on short rest).

--Posted at 7:28 am by Brian Cronin / 42 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yankees (64-55) @ Mets (53-65), Thursday, 8/17/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (143.2 IP, 3.32 ERA, 3.5 RA9 WAR) vs. Mets: Steven Matz (L): (63.1 IP, 5.54 ERA, 0.0 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .248/.343/.430, 2.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .279/.385/.507, 2.8 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .291/.420/.614, 6.2 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.351/.517, 2.8 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.334/.501, 3.5 fWAR
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .217/.333/.337, 1.1 fWAR
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B .154/.200/.385, -0.1 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .293/.313/.379, 0.7 fWAR
9. Luis Severino (R) P , 0.0 fWAR
Team Total: 19.2 fWAR

Mets
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF .225/.328/.467, 1.6 fWAR
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B .259/.328/.392, -0.4 fWAR
3. Michael Conforto (L) CF .282/.388/.567, 3.5 fWAR
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF .278/.331/.519, 1.1 fWAR
5. Dominic Smith (L) 1B .190/.190/.333, -0.2 fWAR
6. Amed Rosario (R) SS .240/.269/.460, 0.1 fWAR
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C .225/.272/.398, 0.2 fWAR
8. Matt Reynolds (R) 3B , .204/.264/.306, -0.1 fWAR
9. Steven Matz (R) P .150/.150/.150, 0.0 fWAR
Team Total: 5.8 fWAR

--Posted at 3:33 pm by SG / 67 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Clutch Didi, mighty Judge lift Yanks over Mets

Aaron Judge awed his teammates with one of the most impressive home runs in Citi Field history and Didi Gregorius delivered a tiebreaking hit to lead the Yankees past the Mets, 5-3, in Subway Series action on Wednesday evening.

The rookie phenom immediately put his head down and began running the bases after his American League-leading 37th homer, a titanic fourth-inning blast off Robert Gsellman. Playing his first career game in Queens, Judge joined Yoenis Cespedes as the only players to reach the third deck in left field.

Certainly great to see Judge hitting bombs again.

Good win, with a clutch double by Didi winning it. Annoyingly,  the Red Sox scored three in the bottom of the ninth off of three different Cardinal pitchers to win their game,  so the Yankees have gained just a single game in this three game winning streak. The division probably just isn’t happening. However, so long as they keep winning, they at least put themselves in a good position to take the Wild Card.

Jaime Garcia did what he does best - pitch okay. Enough to keep you in the game. That has real value. With a well-worked bullpen, the Yankees tried to coax six out of Garcia, which proved to be a mistake. Luckily, Didi came through to give them the lead back. Depending on whether you count Kahnle giving up Garcia’s run as giving up a run or not, the bullpen didn’t give up a run for two of their last three games (basically, whenever Chapman doesn’t pitch).

Robertson was a delight as a closer who didn’t dick around the whole time, but Chapman apparently not only still has the closer job, but is not even going on the DL. That sounds like it might come back to haunt them.

--Posted at 7:21 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Yankees (63-55) @ Mets (53-64), Wednesday, 8/16/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (10.1 IP, 6.97 ERA)  vs. Mets: Robert Gsellman (R): (97 IP, 2.41 ERA)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .240/.316/.372, 0.5 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .283/.387/.513, 2.8 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .290/.421/.609, 6.1 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.501, 3.5 fWAR
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .277/.352/.522, 2.9 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B .270/.350/.397, 1.6 fWAR
7. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .359/.366/.538, 0.3 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .290/.311/.373, 0.6 fWAR
9. Jaime Garcia (L) P , 0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 18.5 fWAR

Mets
1. Jose Reyes (S) 2B .223/.286/.375, 0.0 fWAR
2. Michael Conforto (L) RF .282/.389/.568, 3.5 fWAR
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF .280/.332/.523, 1.1 fWAR
4. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B .281/.317/.491, 1.0 fWAR
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C .228/.277/.402, 0.3 fWAR
6. Amed Rosario (R) SS .255/.271/.489, 0.1 fWAR
7. Dominic Smith (L) 1B .235/.235/.412, -0.1 fWAR
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF .267/.312/.396, 0.8 fWAR
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P .130/.222/.130, 0.1 fWAR

Boy that Jaime Garcia trade is sure looking like a good one…

--Posted at 4:50 pm by SG / 102 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Gray handcuffs Mets for 1st win with Yanks

- Sonny Gray hurled six-plus solid innings and outpitched Jacob deGrom to pick up his first win in pinstripes, and Aroldis Chapman survived a bumpy ninth inning as the Yankees defeated the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday evening, concluding the Yankee Stadium portion of the Subway Series.

Backed by homers from Jacoby Ellsbury and Gary Sanchez, Gray made his first home start since being acquired by the Yanks and held the Mets scoreless until Dominic Smith’s first big league homer in the seventh. Working in front of a sellout crowd of 46,474, the right-hander scattered five hits in a 104-pitch effort, walking two and striking out five.
“It was nice. The crowd was great,” Gray said. “I was just trying to go out there and pitch my game, and not let anything from the outside affect my mindset and what I really wanted to do out there. It was a fun game overall. Any time you come away with the win, it makes it that much better.”

This is why the Yankees went out and gave up a lot of prospects to get Sonny Gray. He’s just a downright GOOD pitcher. He’s probably never going to be an ace, but he absolutely keeps you in every game that he pitches and occasionally does even better than that. He makes it so that there’s one rotation spot that you really don’t have to worry about, and that’s huge.

While Aaron Judge has cooled down a lot, Gary Sanchez, meanwhile, is starting to heat up with his bat. Not only that, but notice that since he was benched one game earlier this month, he hasn’t had a single passed ball? It could be that he needed some tough love there. If he starts to put it all together, it’s like having two MVP-caliber players in the lineup between him and Judge. Those two guys could flat out CARRY this lineup if need be. Remember how Cano used to carry the lineup towards the end of his time here? Well, if Cano could do it by himself, presumably Judge and Sanchez can do it together (not to mention Hicks doing his thing, as well).

Brett Gardner is in another one of those huge slumps of his. The Yankees are trying to rest him by DHing him, but their lineup is so shitty right now that they really can’t afford to give him too much time off to rest. I guess the next time Romine catches, they should DH Sanchez and give Gardner the day off.

Anyhow, a lot of the great parts of this win were overshadowed by Aroldis Chapman coming in and giving up a two-run home run and then needing a brilliant play by Didi Gregorius from having the tying run on first with one out. I know he’s still throwing 100-101 MPH, but he’s not getting swings and misses despite throwing 100 MPH, which suggests to me that his mechanics are fucked and I think the most likely scenario is that he is nursing an injury. He clearly strained himself at the end of the game, but I don’t know if that is a new injury or not. Hopefully he gets a quick DL stint to fix his shit.

Jaime Garcia pitches tomorrow against the Mets in CitiField. Hopefully this “road trip” goes okay.

--Posted at 2:42 am by Brian Cronin / 25 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mets (53-63) @ Yankees (62-55), Tuesday, 8/15/2017, 07:05p ET

Mets: Jacob deGrom (R): (144.2 IP, 3.36 ERA, 3.8 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (6 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.4 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Mets
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF .227/.332/.473, 1.7 fWAR
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B .262/.332/.399, -0.3 fWAR
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF .276/.326/.521, 1.0 fWAR
4. Michael Conforto (L) DH .282/.388/.570, 3.4 fWAR
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B .284/.318/.496, 1.0 fWAR
6. Dominic Smith (L) 1B .214/.214/.214, -0.1 fWAR
7. Amed Rosario (R) SS .256/.273/.442, 0.1 fWAR
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C .231/.281/.409, 0.4 fWAR
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF .268/.314/.402, 0.8 fWAR
Team Total: 8.0 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) DH .251/.345/.434, 2.3 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .284/.389/.518, 2.9 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .289/.420/.608, 6.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .306/.332/.501, 3.5 fWAR
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .273/.350/.511, 2.7 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .270/.349/.398, 1.6 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .239/.317/.361, 0.5 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .231/.351/.359, 1.3 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .285/.307/.365, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 21.3 fWAR

Is it too early to congratulate deGrom on his first career no hitter?

--Posted at 2:40 pm by SG / 81 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks down Mets on late HR, gain in AL East

Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez all connected for the 40th home runs of their Major League careers on Monday evening, powering the Yankees to a much-needed 4-2 victory over the Mets in the opening game of this year’s Subway Series.

Judge tied the game in the sixth, launching his American League-leading 36th homer off Rafael Montero, and Hicks tattooed a Hansel Robles heater to give the Yanks the lead in the eighth.
“We’re still taking everything one pitch at a time, one game at a time,” said Judge, who has hit six homers since the All-Star break. “That’s what we did tonight. We battled to the end and were able to come out with the win.”
Sanchez’s solo blast in the eighth added insurance as the Yanks inched within 4 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the American League East. Boston fell, 7-3, to Cleveland.

The Yankees sure as heck needed that one. Although, would it hurt to hit the occasional home run with a runner ON base?

By the way, even when they win, they sort of lose, as Luis Cessa looks like he might be hurt. So when he finally had a decent enough game, he got hurt. That’s how this stuff has worked so far this season, ya know?

Also, Rafael Montero dominating them most of the game wasn’t a good sign, either.

By the way, the bullpen was amazing and this is only the SECOND time that they’ve come in during the sixth inning or earlier and actually not allowed a run the rest of the way in a Yankee victory. I’d like to see more games like that (I’m also okay with games where the bullpen doesn’t have to come in until the 8th inning in a Yankee win, as well).

DeGrom pitches tomorrow, which is a terrible matchup for the Yankees since he’s a good pitcher and any pitcher is a bad matchup for them nowadays. Sonny Gray looks to get the first run of support for him during his Yankee career.

--Posted at 12:38 am by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 14, 2017

Mets (53-62) @ Yankees (61-55), Monday, 8/14/2017, 07:05p ET

Mets: Rafael Montero (R): (62.1 IP, 5.63 ERA, -0.7 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): NR

Lineups
Mets
1. Curtis Granderson (L) DH .227/.332/.466, 1.7 fWAR
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B .261/.331/.399, -0.3 fWAR
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF .275/.324/.512, 0.9 fWAR
4. Michael Conforto (L) RF .285/.392/.576, 3.5 fWAR
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B .287/.319/.502, 1.1 fWAR
6. Dominic Smith (L) 1B .200/.200/.200, -0.1 fWAR
7. Amed Rosario (R) SS .256/.275/.462, 0.1 fWAR
8. Rene Rivera (R) C .234/.283/.383, 0.4 fWAR
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF .266/.314/.404, 0.9 fWAR
Team Total: 8.2 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .251/.346/.436, 2.3 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .280/.387/.505, 2.7 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .289/.419/.603, 5.9 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) DH .309/.332/.505, 3.5 fWAR
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .269/.348/.500, 2.5 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .272/.352/.402, 1.7 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .227/.352/.360, 1.3 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .285/.306/.366, 0.5 fWAR
9. Tyler Wade (L) SS .128/.212/.213, -0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 19.9 fWAR

--Posted at 4:55 pm by SG / 44 Comments | - (0)



How Un-Clutch has the Yankee bullpen been this season?

Fangraphs tracks a statistic to determine a player’s performance in high leverage situations, which they call ‘Clutch’.

How is it defined?

Clutch = (WPA / pLI) – WPA/LI

In the words of David Appelman, this calculation measures, “…how much better or worse a player does in high leverage situations than he would have done in a context neutral environment.” It also compares a player against himself, so a player who hits .300 in high leverage situations when he’s an overall .300 hitter is not considered clutch.

Clutch does a good job of describing the past, but it does very little towards predicting the future. Simply because one player was clutch at one point does not mean they will continue to perform well in high-leverage situations (and vice versa). Very few players have the ability to be consistently clutch over the course of their careers, and choking in one season does not beget the same in the future.

So what’s the point of bringing up this statistic?

Just this little list of all MLB teams relievers rated from most to least clutch.

 # Team  Clutch
 1  Rockies 5.43 
 2  Reds 3.62 
 3  Padres 2.07 
 4  Orioles 2.00 
 5  Cubs 1.64 
 6  Marlins 1.46 
 7  Nationals 1.25 
 8  Blue Jays 1.24 
 9  Giants 0.78 
 10  Royals 0.76 
 11  Mets 0.74 
 12  Dodgers 0.70 
 13  Twins 0.60 
 14  Brewers 0.54 
 15  White Sox 0.19 
 16  Pirates 0.04 
 17  Indians -0.16 
 18  Braves -0.40 
 19  Diamondbacks  -0.46 
 20  Cardinals -0.57 
 21  Rays -0.71 
 22  Red Sox -0.74 
 23  Astros -0.92 
 24  Angels -1.19 
 25  Mariners -1.76 
 26  Athletics -2.09 
 27  Tigers -2.15 
 28  Rangers -2.49 
 29  Phillies -2.98 
 30   Yankees  -4.57 

So what to make of all that?  I’ll redirect you back to the quoted description in the beginning of this blog entry.

Clutch does a good job of describing the past, but it does very little towards predicting the future.

Good news!  Right?

--Posted at 1:57 pm by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks drop series as Sox get to Chapman

he Yankees had their hands full with Chris Sale for seven innings, then were done in by a pair of prized Red Sox rookies in the final two. Rafael Devers cracked a dramatic game-tying home run in the ninth, and Andrew Benintendi delivered the go-ahead knock in the 10th, lifting Boston to a 3-2 victory on Sunday evening at Yankee Stadium.

After Sale turned in his usual dominant performance, Devers tied the game with the fourth homer of his Major League career, an opposite-field shot off Aroldis Chapman that marked New York’s 20th blown save of the season. Todd Frazier had given the Yanks their first lead of the evening in the eighth, lifting a sacrifice fly off Matt Barnes.

Well, that about does it for the division, as the Yankees are now 5 and a half games out of first in the middle of August, but they are in solid shape in the Wild Card despite losing so many games recently, so they really just need to get back to winning more than, say, 4 out of 10 games.

There was a lot to like about the Yankee pitching tonight, holding the Red Sox to just 1 run through 8 innings. And then Chapman gave up just the second home run he’s ever allowed to a left-handed batter. I was less irked about that (and more just impressed by Devers’ power) than I was by Chapman dicking around with Eduardo Nunez with 1 out in the 10th and walking him. Then Tommy Kahnle came in and couldn’t throw strikes, walking Mookie Betts and falling behind on Benintendi before giving up a single to him that scored the winning run. When Kahnle started throwing strikes again, he owned the next two batters, but that’s a major problem with a lot of these bullpen guys. Their stuff is so good and yet they just nibble instead of just using their amazing stuff to just GO AT guys. If a guy hits a home run once in a while, you live with it. Walking the bases loaded you can’t live with. That’s just bad process.

Luis Cessa pitches tomorrow. He’s been really strong recently as a long man, being aggressive like he wasn’t as a starter. Let’s see if he, too, starts dicking around again once he’s given the chance to start.

The Yankees have had so many awful losses this season (20 blown saves will do that to you) that this really doesn’t even rank all that high and that’s crazy, since tonight SUCKED.

--Posted at 12:02 am by Brian Cronin / 37 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 13, 2017

Red Sox (66-50) @ Yankees (61-54), Sunday, 8/13/2017, 08:08p ET

Red Sox: Chris Sale (L): (153.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 6.3 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): NR

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B .400/.429/.800, 2.2 fWAR
2. Mookie Betts (R) RF .269/.343/.462, 4.3 fWAR
3. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .269/.355/.420, 1.9 fWAR
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B .250/.337/.432, 0.1 fWAR
5. Chris Young (R) DH .251/.332/.428, -0.2 fWAR
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .280/.336/.404, 1.8 fWAR
7. Brock Holt (L) 2B .200/.293/.215, -0.4 fWAR
8. Sandy Leon (S) C .245/.301/.391, 0.3 fWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .259/.332/.434, 1.8 fWAR
Team Total: 11.8 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.354/.454, 2.5 fWAR
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .290/.398/.515, 2.7 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .299/.424/.627, 5.9 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .265/.339/.488, 2.5 fWAR
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .200/.333/.309, 1.4 fWAR
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.504, 3.6 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .271/.350/.399, 1.6 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.306/.372, 0.5 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .221/.283/.297, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 20.3 fWAR

Is it me or does Austin Romine play a lot more than a player of his caliber should play?

--Posted at 3:40 pm by SG / 62 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks start fast, but Sevy stumbles vs. Sox

Andrew Benintendi’s sweet stroke produced a pair of three-run homers as the Red Sox pounded Luis Severino and the Yankees, 10-5, on Saturday afternoon to claim their ninth victory in 10 games.

One day after the Red Sox’s bullpen coughed up a three-run advantage just six outs from victory, Benintendi ensured there would be no repeat of that performance as Boston reclaimed a 4 1/2-game advantage over the Yankees in the American League East chase. It matches the Yankees’ largest deficit of the season.

“That’s been a little bit of the characteristic of this team,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “We’ve done a very good job of separating from the night before, coming back in for a day game, putting up good offensive at-bats and scoring runs early in ballgames. I think that’s a testament to our guys being able to turn the page and get right after it the next day.”

Luis Severino gave up 8 runs in under 5 innings. You’re not going to win very many ball games where your best pitcher gives up two three-run home runs in the same game (to the same guy!), so it is hard to say all that much about this game other than “Damn, it sucks when Severino gets bombed.”

In other news, Tanaka felt sore, so he asked to be put on the DL so he could basically rest his arm for a week. Scary. Also, Jordan Montgomery was hit in the head with a baseball during batting practice. Also very scary. He seems to be okay and appears to be ready to lose the finale of this series to Chris Sale on Sunday night.

--Posted at 3:56 am by Brian Cronin / 9 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 12, 2017

Red Sox (65-50) @ Yankees (61-53), Saturday, 8/12/2017, 04:05p ET

Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz (L): (120.2 IP, 3.36 ERA, 3.1 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (139.1 IP, 2.91 ERA, 4.3 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Red Sox
TBA

Yankees
TBA

I have a bad feeling about this game series.

--Posted at 12:04 pm by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks’ rally snaps Sox’s 8-winning streak

Silenced through seven innings in their most important game of the season, Aaron Hicks homered to spark a five-run rally that featured big hits by Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier, stunning the Red Sox with a 5-4 victory on Friday that snapped Boston’s eight-game winning streak.

As the sellout Yankee Stadium crowd roared with playoff-level enthusiasm, Hicks drove a 3-2 Addison Reed pitch over the right-field wall to begin the comeback. Gregorius greeted Joe Kelly with a game-tying RBI single and Frazier blooped a run-scoring single that gave New York its first lead of the evening.
Ronald Torreyes added a sacrifice fly and Aroldis Chapman recorded his 15th save despite walking the bases loaded in the ninth as the Yankees (61-53) trimmed their deficit in the American League East to 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox (64-50).

I know that every single one of us presumed that what happened was what was going to happen in this game. None of us had ANY doubts whatsoever.

What a freakin’ win. They really need to get Chapman some work. Rusty Chapman suuuuuuuuucks.

Huge game tomorrow with Sale looming on Sunday night. Let’s hope that Sevy comes through.

--Posted at 12:18 am by Brian Cronin / 19 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 11, 2017

Red Sox (65-49) @ Yankees (60-53), Friday, 8/11/2017, 07:05p ET

Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (L): (81.2 IP, 4.08 ERA, 1.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): (4.2 IP, 9.64 ERA, 1.3 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Red Sox
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 2B .400/.429/.800, 2.2 fWAR
2. Mookie Betts (R) RF .269/.343/.462, 4.2 fWAR
3. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .269/.355/.420, 1.6 fWAR
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) 1B .250/.337/.432, -0.1 fWAR
5. Chris Young (R) DH .251/.332/.428, -0.1 fWAR
6. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .280/.336/.404, 2.0 fWAR
7. Rafael Devers (L) 3B .349/.429/.605, 0.6 fWAR
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C .280/.316/.385, 0.6 fWAR
9. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .259/.332/.434, 1.8 fWAR
Team Total: 12.8 fWAR

Yankees
1. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .290/.398/.515, 2.6 fWAR
2. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .265/.339/.488, 2.3 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .299/.424/.627, 6.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.504, 3.6 fWAR
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .200/.333/.309, 1.4 fWAR
6. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .240/.269/.440, 0.3 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .245/.325/.359, 0.4 fWAR
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.306/.372, 0.5 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .221/.283/.297, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 16.7 fWAR

I have a bad feeling about this game series.

--Posted at 4:58 pm by SG / 67 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks hope to leave inconsistent bats on road

The Yankees could not wait to play with Sonny Gray following his blockbuster addition prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but their offense has thus far been unable to muster a single run of support behind the right-hander’s 12 innings with the club.

As he did in his debut against the Indians last week, Gray provided a respectable performance but was overshadowed by his new teammates’ silent bats, which were shut down by Marco Estrada and two relievers as the Blue Jays dispatched the Yankees with a 4-0 victory on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
“Sonny pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgame, but it’s up to us to get runs, and we didn’t do that tonight,” Brett Gardner said. “I think it’s a lack of consistency on our part as an offense, and sometimes you’ve got to give credit to the pitching.”

Sonny Gray’s two Yankee starts have been bizarre. He’s given up four runs each time, but both times due to bad plays, errors and the like, he clearly pitched better than his results, but at the same time, he didn’t pitch THAT much better than the results. He looks like a decent pitcher and will probably continue to be one, but he’s probably not an ace.

However, if they can’t hit, then it really doesn’t matter, right? And right now, they’re comically bad with runners in scoring position. Unless they sweep the Red Sox this weekend (which is highly unlikely, especially with Chris Sale pitching the finale), there doesn’t seem to be a realistic path to the division. Luckily, the Wild Card race looks pathetic at the moment, and the Yankees are doing well there despite their recent woes. So hopefully they at least hold on to host a Wild Card game.

Jaime Garcia against the Red Sox - that can’t go horribly wrong, right?

--Posted at 2:22 am by Brian Cronin / 24 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yankees (60-52) @ Blue Jays (53-60), Thursday, 8/10/2017, 07:07p ET

Sonny Gray vs. Marco Estrada

Yankees

1. Gardner DH
2. Hicks LF
3. Judge RF
4. Gregorius SS
5. Sanchez C
6. Frazier 3B
7. Ellsbury CF
8. Cooper 1B
9.Torreyes 2B


Blue Jays

1. Bautista DH
2. Martin C
3. Donaldson 3B
4. Smoak 1B
5. Pearce LF
6. Carrera RF
7. Goins SS
8. Pillar CF
9. Refsnyder 2B

First isn’t even finished and already the Yankees have stranded two men in scoring position.

Oh boy!

Ay-ay-ron Hicks is back,  at least. That’s something!

--Posted at 6:22 pm by Brian Cronin / 45 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: ‘Toddfather’ keys 17-hit attack in Toronto

Todd Frazier has opted to be referred to as “The Toddfather” during the upcoming Players Weekend, but on Wednesday night, he was simply the man who homered and drove in three runs to help power the Yankees to an 11-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Gary Sanchez (“Kraken”) and Didi Gregorius (“Sir Didi”) also homered for the Yankees, who pounded out 17 hits, one shy of their season high.

“I’m very satisfied,” said Frazier, who went 3-for-4, scored four runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle. “Not only me, everybody came through today. Hitting is contagious, man, as that old saying goes. Everybody pretty much came through today in the offensive outburst. Let’s keep on doing that. That would be pretty nice.”

This had all the makings of a terrible loss, as the Yankees had a 6-2 lead, but Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs between them (after Masahiro Tanaka exited the game following a home run by Jose Bautista that made it 6-3 Yankees). The Yankees’ vaunted awesome bullpen, which really SHOULD be really awesome considering how good the pitchers in it are, has now had only a single game since it formed on July 20th where they entered in the 6th inning or earlier and then didn’t give up a run for the rest of the game. That’s not particularly impressive.

Luckily, though, the Yankees had some rare tack on runs, which was huge.

By the way, earlier in the game, the Yankees horribly botched a run down play at the plate, Gary Sanchez half-assedly moved the runner to third but then walked away from the play, allowing the runner to have almost a clear path to home plate, with only Tanaka sliding in to make the tag at the last minute leading to the Yankees avoiding a horrible run scoring. You can watch it here.

In other news, the headline is a reference to the upcoming “Players Weekend” event, where players get to put their nicknames on the back of their jerseys for a weekend (and thus creating a whole new bunch of merchandise to sell, naturally). Some of the nicknames are well known or obvious (“All Rise” for Judge, “Sir Didi” for Gregorius, “D-Rob” for Robertson, “Sevy” and “Greeny” for Severino and Green and “Toe” for Torreyes) but some of them are kind of racist (“Chief” for Ellsbury) or otherwise inexplicable (Adam “Rocket” Warren? Sonny “Pickles” Gray? Huh? ). Brett Gardner decided not to participate, which is such a Brett Gardner thing to do (“It’s not how the game is supposed to be played!” I swear to you, I started writing “I bet McCann isn’t participating for the Astros, either” before I looked it up and, yep, sure enough, McCann is not participating for the Astros. Hilariously predictable). Aaron Hicks’ nickname came from the TV series, Key and Peele (it’s a bit where a substitute teacher who taught for decades in the inner city is now at a suburban middle school and can’t understand any of the “white” names, so he tries to guess how to pronounce names like Jacquelyn (“Jay quellin”) and Aaron (“Ay-ay-Ron)?” Here is the bit. I can only imagine how much Hicks and his friends got a kick out of that when it aired (he was in Double A at the time).

The Red Sox won their eighth straight tonight and honestly, at this point, what can you even do if you’re the Yankees? If they’re going to win like that, you just tip your hat and hope to win enough to host the Wild Card game.

Speaking of the Wild Card race, both the Royals and the Rays lost (sadly, the Rays lost to the Red Sox). The Cardinals beat the Royals, with the decisive blow being a hilarious moment. A cat ran on to the field to interrupt the game and when the cat was removed and play resumed, Yadier Molina hit a go-ahead grand slam (that ended up being the final score of the game). You can watch it here.

--Posted at 12:07 am by Brian Cronin / 58 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Yankees (59-52) @ Blue Jays (53-59), Wednesday, 8/9/2017, 07:07p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (129.2 IP, 4.93 ERA, 0.9 RA9 WAR) vs. Blue Jays: Nick Tepesch (R): NR

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.354/.454, 2.5 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .271/.350/.399, 1.6 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) DH .299/.424/.627, 6.0 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.504, 3.3 fWAR
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .265/.339/.488, 2.2 fWAR
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .200/.333/.309, 1.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .245/.325/.359, 0.5 fWAR
8. Clint Frazier (R) RF .243/.274/.486, 0.0 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.306/.372, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 17.7 fWAR

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF .215/.322/.383, -0.3 fWAR
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .243/.369/.461, 2.2 fWAR
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .299/.376/.590, 3.6 fWAR
4. Steve Pearce (R) DH .265/.335/.464, 0.4 fWAR
5. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .248/.299/.399, 1.3 fWAR
6. Norichika Aoki (L) LF .200/.200/.800, 0.0 fWAR
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .238/.289/.305, -0.7 fWAR
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS .216/.270/.336, -0.7 fWAR
9. Raffy Lopez (L) C , 0.0 fWAR
Team Total: 5.8 fWAR

Josh Donaldson vs. the Yankees in 2017: .231/.310/.846 in in 29 PA.
Josh Donaldson vs. Boston in 2017: .148/.303/.222 in 33 PA.

Maybe stop throwing him strikes dummies.

--Posted at 3:10 pm by SG / 72 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees lose Sabathia, opener in Toronto

Josh Donaldson continued his recent hot streak with a pair of two-run homers, and J.A. Happ pitched well into the sixth inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Yankees, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday evening at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson notched the 12th multi-homer game of his career by launching his 14th and 15th long balls of the year in his first two at-bats against veteran CC Sabathia, who lasted just three innings before leaving due to right knee discomfort. Sabathia will be examined in New York on Wednesday and could miss his next start.
Thanks in large part to Donaldson, the Yankees now sit four games behind the first-place Red Sox in the American League East chase. The former MVP has been swinging the bat well of late, belting six home runs and compiling a .297 average with 11 RBIs over his last 10 games.

The Yankees are playing poorly, but come on, if the Red Sox just win EVERY game, what else can they do? So, yeah, things suck right now.

CC might be hurt, so I guess Jordan Montgomery’s trip to the minors was a short one.

--Posted at 12:58 am by Brian Cronin / 10 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Yankees (59-51) @ Blue Jays (52-59), Tuesday, 8/8/2017, 07:07p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (99.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 2.0 RA-9 WAR) vs. Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L): (85 IP, 3.92 ERA, 1.5 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .261/.354/.454, 2.6 fWAR
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .243/.274/.486, 0.0 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .299/.424/.627, 6.0 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .265/.339/.488, 2.1 fWAR
5. Chase Headley (S) DH .271/.350/.399, 1.6 fWAR
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.504, 3.3 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .200/.333/.309, 1.1 fWAR
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .240/.269/.440, 0.0 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.306/.372, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 17.2 fWAR

Blue Jays
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF .215/.322/.383, -0.3 fWAR
2. Russell Martin (R) C .226/.356/.387, 1.8 fWAR
3. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .243/.369/.461, 2.0 fWAR
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .299/.376/.590, 3.5 fWAR
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .251/.315/.455, -0.3 fWAR
6. Steve Pearce (R) LF .265/.335/.464, 0.2 fWAR
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .248/.299/.399, 1.3 fWAR
8. Rob Refsnyder (R) 2B .111/.385/.222, -0.2 fWAR
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS .238/.289/.305, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 7.4 fWAR

--Posted at 4:18 pm by SG / 40 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 6, 2017

Yankees.com: Ellsbury sparks NY, backs Severino to top Tribe

Jacoby Ellsbury broke the game open, but Aaron Judge put it away. Both of their offensive heroics on Sunday afternoon helped power the Yankees to an 8-1 rout over the Indians at Progressive Field, salvaging a split of the four-game set between postseason hopefuls.

In supporting a stellar start by Yankees righty Luis Severino, Ellsbury delivered a three-run triple off Carlos Carrasco in the sixth, beginning the process of turning a pitchers’ duel into a blowout. Ellsbury’s shot to the right-field wall highlighted a five-run outpouring in the frame off Carrasco, who had stymied New York for the first five frames.

“It’s nice winning these last two games,” Ellsbury said. “Any time you win going into an off-day, it’s a better atmosphere on the plane. Nice two wins for us. They’re a great team that we’re playing, so to take two from them after we lost the first two feels good.”

With the win, the Yankees remain three games behind the Red Sox, who also won Sunday, in the American League East. The AL Central-leading Indians have a 2 1/2-game lead on the Royals, who split a doubleheader with the Mariners on Sunday.

This was one of the best wins of the season, because not only did they get a great performance from Luis Severino but they, you know, SCORED SOME GODDAMN RUNS. This broke a streak of five straight games where the opposing starting pitcher went seven innings and gave up one run or less. That’s insane. But here’s the crazy thing - they easily could have seen that streak meet six games if Terry Francona hadn’t managed the game oddly in the sixth inning. The Yankees opened the inning with two hits, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Based on recent history, you would figure either two strikeouts or a strikeout and a popup and THEN a fly ball, thus avoiding any chance of a run. The first Yankee batter, sure enough, popped up. Then Aaron Judge came up, who has been a strikeout machine recently and had already struck out once in the game…and Francona had him intentionally walked! Chase Headley then hit a flyball that scored a run and then Todd Frazier walked and then Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run triple and Ronald Torreyes singled Ellsbury in. But here’s the thing - if Judge strikes out, then Headley’s fly ball is the third out and no runs would have been scored. So thanks to Terry Francona big time for this win. Oh, and former Yankee Abe Almonte helped by having a terrible read on Ellsbury’s hit and turned it into a triple.

There was a notable roster move after the game, as Jordan Montgomery was optioned to Triple A. This was almost certainly a case of keeping his innings down in the second half of the season (he will likely pitch less frequently in the minors) and not an actual statement about thinking that Jaime Garcia is better than Montgomery, but it is still a shame, as Jaime Garcia is, you know, not better than Jordan Montgomery.

Off day tomorrow and then we shall see if Aaron Hicks will be back on Tuesday to be the new everyday DH. It will also be nice to see if Gary Sanchez is out of the dog house. I really hate seeing Austin Romine play one game, seeing him play two was a special kind of suck.

--Posted at 10:46 pm by Brian Cronin / 55 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (58-51) @ Indians (59-49), Sunday, 8/6/2017, 01:10p ET

Luis Severino vs. Carlos Carrasco

Yankees

1. Gardner DH
2. Frazier LF
3. Gregorius SS
4. Judge RF
5. Headley 1B
6. Frazier 3B
7. Ellsbury CF
8. Torreyes 2B
9. Romine C

Indians

1. Kipnis 2B
2. Lindor SS
3. Brantley LF
4. Ramirez 3B
5. Encarnacion DH
6. Santana 1B
7. Zimmer CF
8. Almonte RF
9. Perez C

The Yankees surprisingly have not scored a run heading into the top of the fifth. Gary Sanchez was benched today for general issues that the team is having with his effort levels. Garrett Cooper was called up to sit on the bench until Aaron Hicks or Tyler Austin are ready to go.

The White Sox are briefly holding a one-run lead on the Red Sox. That will not last. I wish I could say that the Yankees would overcome their one-run deficit, as well. It doesn’t seem quite as likely..

--Posted at 1:17 pm by Brian Cronin / 57 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Yankees.com: Stifled by Salazar, Yanks beat Tribe on late HR

The Yankees needed to get Indians right-hander Danny Salazar off the mound on Saturday night. Once his overpowering outing came to a close, Chase Headley delivered a go-ahead home run for New York, paving the way for a 2-1 win at Progressive Field that halted Cleveland’s nine-game home winning streak.

The decisive blow arrived in the eighth inning, when Zach McAllister took over for Salazar and then yielded the one-out solo shot to Headley to put the Indians behind, 2-1. Salazar was hung with a no-decision after notching a career high in strikeouts (12) and a season high in pitches (112) over his seven dominant frames.
“It was big. We haven’t been swinging the bats great,” Headley said. “Part of that is us and part of that is their starting pitching. It was a big swing. I wasn’t sure when I hit it, but it had enough and fortunately it carried out. It was enough to get us a win.”

With the Royals-Mariners game postponed, the loss trimmed the Tribe’s lead atop the American League Central to three games over Kansas City. The Yankees held firm to the AL’s top Wild Card spot and remained three games back of the Red Sox in the AL East.

Talk about a needed victory! The Yankees’ offense has been completely inept the last week or so, and they continued their poor play tonight, but luckily their pitching and defense was excellent.

Chase Headley, moved into the #2 spot with Clint Frazier replaced by Jacoby Ellsbury (it looks like Frazier’s time in the Majors this season might be coming to an end, although I’d like to keep running him out there and see if he can recover) and responded with a huge home run to put the Yankees up 2-1 in the 8th inning. Delln Betances pitched a stellar eighth inning and then a rusty Aroldis Chapman got bailed out by his fielders in the ninth. With no outs and a runner on first, Brett Gardner made a leaping catch at the wall on a Jose Ramirez drive. It probably wasn’t going to be a home run, but it very likely could have been a game-tying double. Edwin Encarnacion then followed with a flare to center that Starlin Castro never would have caught, but luckily Ronald Torreyes was there to make the play (it likely would have been first and third with one out). Then, with two outs, Chapman took nine pitches, but he finally struck out Carlos Santana on a beautiful pitch that Austin Romine framed beautifully.

With Matt Holliday looking like he’ll be headed back to the disabled list, the Yankees will hopefully call up Miguel Andujar, but I suspect it will instead be Tyler Austin or Aaron Hicks, even though they’re both early in their respective rehabs (maybe Andujar for a game and then Hicks or Austin?).

Huge game tomorrow with Luis Severino pitching - they had a rare one-run win tonight and some GOOD luck for a change. Let’s hope that they can continue it and avoid losing this series and falling four games behind the Red Sox (as you know the ChiSox sure ain’t beating the BoSox tomorrow).

--Posted at 11:07 pm by Brian Cronin / 32 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (57-51) @ Indians (59-48), Saturday, 8/5/2017, 07:10p ET

Jordan Montgomery vs. Danny Salazar

Yankees

1. Gardner LF
2. Headley 1B
3 Judge RF
4 Gregorius SS
5 Sanchez DH
6 Ellsbury CF
7 Frazier 3B
8 Torreyes 2B
9 Romine C

Indians

1. Lindor SS
2. Guyer RF
3. Brantley LF
4. Ramirez 2B
5. Encarnacion DH
6 Santana 1B
7. Jackson CF
8. Gomes C
9. Urshela 3B

Yankees actually scored first somehow and then Jordan Montgomery actually stranded a leadoff double in the bottom of the first!

--Posted at 6:31 pm by Brian Cronin / 38 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Bats, defense off in Garcia’s Yankees debut

Behind Trevor Bauer’s strong performance, the Indians took advantage of several defensive miscues to spoil Jaime Garcia’s Yankees debut on Friday night at Progressive Field. The end result was a 7-2 victory for Cleveland, extending its home winning streak to nine games.

Bauer picked up his 10th win after allowing one run, seven hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven solid innings. He has won his past three starts, posting a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings.

This is one of those things where they’re not as good as they looked while they were winning a bunch of games in a row, but they’re also not as bad as they’ve looked the last five games.

Hopefully they turn this shit around.

--Posted at 6:56 am by Brian Cronin / 16 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 4, 2017

Yankees (57-50) @ Indians (58-48), Friday, 8/4/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Jaime Garcia (L): NR vs. Indians: Trevor Bauer (R): (106.1 IP, 5.25 ERA, 0.6 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .258/.352/.458, 2.5 fWAR
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .255/.282/.510, 0.1 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .299/.423/.628, 5.8 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .271/.345/.500, 2.2 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .299/.326/.497, 3.0 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .232/.322/.435, 0.1 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .269/.351/.390, 1.5 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .182/.321/.250, 0.9 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .285/.305/.374, 0.5 fWAR

Team Total: 16.6 fWAR
Indians
1. Francisco Lindor (S) SS .272/.330/.475, 3.1 fWAR
2. Brandon Guyer (R) RF .230/.325/.350, 0.2 fWAR
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF .295/.357/.438, 1.2 fWAR
4. Jose Ramirez (S) 2B .323/.376/.562, 4.2 fWAR
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH .255/.372/.475, 1.2 fWAR
6. Carlos Santana (S) 1B .247/.349/.439, 1.3 fWAR
7. Austin Jackson (R) CF .328/.405/.496, 0.9 fWAR
8. Roberto Perez (R) C .183/.273/.270, -0.3 fWAR
9. Giovanny Urshela (R) 3B .182/.265/.227, -0.1 fWAR
Team Total: 11.7 fWAR

--Posted at 3:26 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Yankees.com: Costly errors spoil Sonny’s debut for Yanks

The spotlight was fixed on Sonny Gray on Thursday for his Yankees debut, but Indians ace Corey Kluber quickly pulled it back in his direction. Kluber’s complete-game gem led Cleveland to its eighth straight home win, a 5-1 victory at Progressive Field.

Gray—acquired by New York from Oakland prior to Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline—logged six solid innings, but he was outpitched by Kluber and undone by a trio of first-inning errors by the Yankees. In his first outing for New York, Gray was charged with four runs (two earned) with six strikeouts and three walks.
Cleveland’s two-run first inning proved enough for Kluber, whose lone blemish in his complete game was a solo homer by Gary Sanchez in the seventh. The right-hander ended with 11 strikeouts, marking the 11th time this season (10th in the past 12 starts) that Kluber reached double digits.

I know that the Yankees are mired in a shitty slump right now, but seriously, you can’t take anything of importance from them getting dominated by Corey Kluber. He dominates everyone.

Sonny Gray wasn’t that bad tonight. Just a decent performance. He pitches like this the rest of his Yankee career, he’ll be a fine addition.

But now that they’re past the unwinnable game, they really need to start scoring runs off of the hittable Cleveland pitchers. Soon to be back to being 2 games out. And this weekend could easily (easily) see them reach their low water mark of the season (5 games out).

--Posted at 9:09 pm by Brian Cronin / 21 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (57-49) @ Indians (57-48), Thursday, 8/3/2017, 07:10p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): NR vs. Indians: Corey Kluber (R): (114.2 IP, 2.90 ERA, 3.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.355/.463, 2.6 fWAR
2. Clint Frazier (R) RF .255/.283/.511, 0.1 fWAR
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .302/.329/.503, 3.1 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .270/.345/.491, 2.2 fWAR
5. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .248/.328/.357, 0.5 fWAR
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .272/.354/.393, 1.5 fWAR
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .284/.305/.374, 0.5 fWAR
8. Austin Romine (R) C .235/.298/.315, -0.2 fWAR
9. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .136/.224/.227, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 9.9 fWAR

Indians
1. Bradley Zimmer (L) CF .282/.345/.464, 2.1 fWAR
2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS .272/.330/.470, 3.0 fWAR
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF .298/.358/.442, 1.3 fWAR
4. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B .323/.377/.565, 4.2 fWAR
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH .255/.373/.477, 1.2 fWAR
6. Carlos Santana (S) 1B .249/.350/.442, 1.4 fWAR
7. Brandon Guyer (R) RF .227/.318/.351, 0.2 fWAR
8. Yan Gomes (R) C .223/.318/.358, 0.9 fWAR
9. Erik Gonzalez (R) 2B .273/.282/.416, 0.2 fWAR
Team Total: 14.5 fWAR

Of course Boston missed Kluber.

--Posted at 3:54 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks’ bats go quiet for Tanaka in rainy finale

A Tigers starter kept the Yankees’ lineup quiet for the second game in a row as Jordan Zimmermann tossed seven shutdown innings in Detroit’s 2-0 win on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Zimmermann was hitting his spots for much of the afternoon, and the Yankees’ only real scoring chances came in the third and in the sixth innings. He was removed after the seventh inning due to the second rain delay of the day. Play resumed at 8:01 p.m. ET after a three-hour and 11-minute delay, which Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances followed with the sixth immaculate inning in franchise history.

You know things are bad when even the yankees.com headlines can’t find a way to spin it into a good result. Like, no “Valiant Yankees come up just a little bit short” or anything like that.

By the way, it was good to see Betances pitch very well last night, but the idea of an Immaculate inning is way overblown when Ivan Nova and Brendan McCarthy both have one, as well.

Sonny Gray is going to be shocked tonight when he sees how little run support he will have against Corey Kluber.

--Posted at 10:15 am by Brian Cronin / 22 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tigers (48-57) @ Yankees (57-48), Wednesday, 8/2/2017, 01:05p ET

Tigers: Jordan Zimmermann (R): (112.1 IP, 5.69 ERA, 0.0 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (123.2 IP, 5.09 ERA, 0.8 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .244/.325/.387, 1.9 fWAR
2. Jim Adduci (L) RF .263/.333/.404, 0.4 fWAR
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .280/.369/.512, 3.4 fWAR
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B .260/.345/.422, 0.7 fWAR
5. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B .246/.312/.444, 0.8 fWAR
6. Victor Martinez (S) DH .259/.331/.375, -0.6 fWAR
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF .288/.341/.466, 0.8 fWAR
8. James McCann (R) C .251/.324/.461, 1.3 fWAR
9. Andrew Romine (S) SS .230/.294/.349, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 8.3 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.356/.465, 2.7 fWAR
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .243/.325/.354, 0.4 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .299/.425/.632, 5.8 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .270/.343/.489, 2.1 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .303/.330/.506, 3.1 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .235/.326/.441, 0.2 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .272/.355/.392, 1.5 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .200/.347/.275, 1.0 fWAR
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .288/.309/.380, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 17.3 fWAR

--Posted at 11:08 am by SG / 80 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Yankees.com: Yankees’ rally falls short for CC against Tigers

Right-hander Anibal Sanchez pitched a season-high 6 2/3 innings and John Hicks lifted a three-run homer in the Tigers’ 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez, who has struggled for much of this season, kept opposing hitters off-balance and buckled down with runners in scoring position, as he held the Yankees to one hit in six at-bats in those situations.


Didi Gregorius singled home Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning to bring the Yankees within a run, which forced Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to call on Shane Greene for a five-out save. Greene, who was making his first appearance as closer, got Matt Holliday to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the eighth before working around a pair of two-out walks—one intentional—and his own errant throw in the ninth.

Not only was that an extremely frustrating loss (the errant throw by Shane Greene almost sent Ellsbury home from first base to tie the game!), but at the same time, Chris Sale gave up 7 runs, the Red Sox came back to take a 9-7 lead and then the Indians came back to score 1 in the 8th and then 2 off of Kimbrel in the 9th to take a lead, only for Christian fucking Vazquez to hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, so the Yankees head back to second place in the AL East.

This division is right there for the taking, but the Red Sox aren’t going to make it super easy, either.

Let’s hope that we don’t get the normal daytime Tanaka tomorrow in the series finale. Also, it sucks to see the Indians losing tough games against the Red Sox, as you imagine that the regression will not be pleasant for the Yankees when they go to Cleveland for four games this weekend.

--Posted at 9:52 pm by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)



Tigers (47-57) @ Yankees (57-47), Tuesday, 8/1/2017, 07:05p ET

Tigers: Anibal Sanchez (R): (59.2 IP, 6.79 ERA, -0.4 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (93.1 IP, 3.66 ERA, 2.0 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .243/.326/.388, 1.9 fWAR
2. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF .293/.343/.473, 0.8 fWAR
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .280/.370/.507, 3.3 fWAR
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH .260/.346/.424, 0.8 fWAR
5. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B .246/.313/.443, 0.8 fWAR
6. James McCann (R) C .246/.321/.460, 1.2 fWAR
7. John Hicks (R) 1B .299/.319/.522, 0.4 fWAR
8. Dixon Machado (R) SS .310/.348/.381, -0.1 fWAR
9. Andrew Romine (S) RF .229/.295/.351, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 8.7 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .261/.355/.467, 2.6 fWAR
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .270/.298/.539, 0.2 fWAR
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .303/.429/.639, 5.9 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .266/.341/.485, 2.0 fWAR
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .301/.328/.497, 3.0 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .232/.324/.437, 0.1 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .274/.356/.395, 1.6 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .216/.356/.297, 1.1 fWAR
9. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .122/.217/.195, -0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 16.1 fWAR

--Posted at 3:08 pm by SG / 49 Comments | - (0)




Monday, July 31, 2017

Yankees.com: Yankees cap big day with win over Tigers

Just hours after the Yankees acquired pitcher Sonny Gray, their bats were on full display as they thumped the Tigers, 7-3, on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

The Tigers made it interesting when they loaded the bases in the ninth inning and forced the Yankees to bring in closer Aroldis Chapman. Detroit added its third and final run on a fielder’s choice from Mikie Mahtook before the final out was recorded.

First baseman Chase Headley gave the Yankees their first spark when he barreled up a bases-loaded two-run double in the fourth inning to put his team up, 2-1. Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single, giving starter Luis Severino a three-run cushion to start the fifth.

It’s important to note that Michael Fullmer won the AL Rookie of the Year last year. The Tigers’ Twitter account seriously posted that (presumably a swipe at Gary Sanchez almost taking it from his last year) at a point in the game when Fullmer was cruising. The Yankees would then jump on him and they managed to hold on despite some shaky work from Severino and the bullpen (they bent but they did not break). Big win.

Let’s hope that CC Sabathia can keep the good times of these last week or so going tomorrow against the Tigers (we’ll have to wait until next series to see the pinstriped debut of brand-new Yankee, Sonny Gray).

--Posted at 10:59 pm by Brian Cronin / 45 Comments | - (0)



Tigers (47-56) @ Yankees (56-47), Monday, 7/31/2017, 07:05p ET

Tigers: Michael Fulmer (R): (134.1 IP, 3.35 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (127.2 IP, 3.03 ERA)

Lineups
Tigers
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B .244/.327/.391
2. Jim Adduci (L) RF .269/.345/.423
3. Justin Upton (R) LF .281/.372/.511
4. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B .259/.342/.425
5. Nicholas Castellanos (R) 3B .242/.307/.441
6. Victor Martinez (S) DH .263/.332/.380
7. Mikie Mahtook (R) CF .292/.337/.476
8. James McCann (R) C .242/.319/.456
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS .265/.298/.367

Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .246/.323/.360
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .271/.300/.529
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .302/.426/.631
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .269/.345/.491
5. Matt Holliday (R) DH .234/.325/.441
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .269/.352/.388
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .212/.366/.303
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .294/.315/.387
9. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .108/.214/.189

--Posted at 5:22 pm by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks reportedly get Gray for 3 prospects

The Yankees and A’s have agreed to a deal that will send Sonny Gray to New York, according to multiple reports.

Oakland will receive Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprelian, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Great deal by Billy Beane to get two guys the Yankees would have never dealt before their injuries as throw-ins, of sort, to a Jorge Mateo-based trade for Sonny Gray. And a very good job by Brian Cashman to get a pitcher that the Yankees could really use (not just for this season, but for 2018 and 2019) in exchange for one prospect who was likely always going to be a trade chip (Jorge Mateo) and two injured prospects who were not going to be part of the Yankees’ plans any time soon (both Fowler and Kap are dealing with injuries that, even if you ostensibly recover from them, you might never FULLY recover from them to the point where you were before the injury, and for a guy whose whole deal is built around speed like Fowler, that’s a huge risk - of course, both players very well COULD recover perfectly) without having to give up his other top trade chip in outifielder Estevan Florial, who I thought they were definitely going to have to part with to get the deal done.

This is what you get when you have two very good GMs make a trade with each other, a very balanced trade.

On the whole, I am pleased. Sonny Gray is a big get and Jaime Garcia is a huge upgrade over Luis Cessa as the long man. This team is shaping up nicely. Although, they now have cleared up an extra 40-man spot. I wonder what that will be used for?

survey service

--Posted at 2:10 pm by Brian Cronin / 66 Comments | - (0)



CBS Sports: 2017 MLB Trade Tracker and Live Blog: News, rumors, updates, completed deals

A little live blog type thing tracking tweets with any trade activity.  Be warned that the page plays a video ad when you first open up but you can kill that and it won’t come back.

The most recent buzz is Addison Reed on his way to Boston pending medicals.

--Posted at 9:27 am by SG / 52 Comments | - (0)



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