Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Reds: Luis Castillo (R): (35 IP, 3.86 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (101.1 IP, 4.09 ERA)
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF .258/.305/.339
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B .259/.358/.461
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B .298/.419/.582
4. Adam Duvall (R) DH .268/.318/.521
5. Patrick Kivlehan (R) LF .212/.293/.404
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C .230/.331/.434
7. Scott Schebler (L) RF .236/.316/.485
8. Jose Peraza (R) SS .250/.274/.325
9. Arismendy Alcantara (S) 2B .196/.204/.283
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .256/.346/.452
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .295/.302/.607
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .310/.434/.649
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .238/.334/.462
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .304/.335/.495
6. Chase Headley (S) 1B .266/.348/.383
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .125/.222/.125
8. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .138/.265/.241
9. Austin Romine (R) C .236/.297/.312
Where would the Yankees be without Todd Frazier?
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Clint Frazier hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth and four relievers combined for shutout relief to lift the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Sunday.
New York recorded its first series win since a three-game sweep of the Orioles from June 9-11. With Sunday’s win, New York remains 2 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the tightly contested American League East and a game up on the Royals and the Rays for the first AL Wild Card spot.
The Yankees GAINED a game on the Red Sox. I dunno why MLB.com has them as REMAINING 2.5 back of the Sox.
Anyhow, our long national nightmare is over, the Yankees have actually won a series!
Caleb Smith didn’t pitch terribly, but nor did he pitch so well that it would rule out Luis Cessa making this start the next time through the rotation. Someone asked Girardi about Chance Adams and he told them that it was out of his control. He says that they tell him that Adams is not ready yet. Okie doke.
The Yankees took a three-run lead, lost the lead and then got it back via a huge two-run double by Clint Frazier (the pointing after the double was kind of douchey, though).
I think when Aaron Hicks comes back, they really need to just start rotating the four good outfielders between the outfield and the DH spot and rest Holliday (or if he wants to play, grab a first base mitt). Don’t look now, but Chase Headley actually looks kind of sort of competent and Didi is in the middle of one of his hot streaks. Sanchez is in a bit of a slump, but I still like him batting ahead of Holliday. Gardner/Frazier/Judge/Sanchez is a really nice 1-4. If Hicks returns, imagine a 1-5 of Gardner/Hicks/Judge/Sanchez/Frazier. Holy crap! I can’t get over how good Frazier is.
Aroldis Chapman tried to blow this game, too, but he got out of it and nabbed the save. Something is not right with that guy.
The Yankees have and off game before they likely go back to not winning series, as they play the Reds in a two-game set at Yankee Stadium that will mostly result in a 1-1 split, as these things so often do.
The Royals are starting to win some games, so the Yankees need to start winning to at least lock a WIld Card spot down.
Another Aaron Judge home run wasn’t enough for the Yankees on Saturday as Nelson Cruz singled home Ben Gamel in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Mariners pulled off a 6-5 walk-off win in a back-and-forth affair at Safeco Field.
Gamel, acquired from the Yankees in August, scorched a leadoff double off Adam Warren, who then intentionally walked Robinson Cano before Cruz delivered with his American League-leading 75th RBI for Seattle’s fifth walk-off victory of the year
I truly do believe in the theory that most close losses are just statistical noise, and that the Yankees are just running into some astronomically bad luck the last month and a half (they’re 9-19 in one-run games. That’s crazy), but man, it sure is difficult to convince yourself when it feels like every reliever who pitches well when the game ISN’T on the line suddenly pitches poorly when it IS. Like David Robertson was great the other day with a 2-run lead. Then in a tie game he gives up a home run. Or Adam Warren has been lights out…except when he pitched in the 10th in a tie game and got rocked. It’s just very, very frustrating to watch.
Especially when the Yankees won the first two games of the series to give us hope that they might actually pull out a series win, only to dash said hopes.
That said, while the Yankees probably still split this series, they at least came to their senses and have pulled Luis Cessa from the rotation and are instead pitching Caleb Smith on Sunday. Win or lose, that decision makes me feel a whole lot better about the finale of this series. Caleb Smith could easily lose the game (he literally lost the only game he’s ever pitched), but he gives you hope that he might actually win it, something that Luis Cessa doesn’t give you. So hey, at least Sunday’s game will be interesting to watch! And boy, it sure is great to see young talent be rewarded.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (109.2 IP, 5.33 ERA) vs. Mariners: Ariel Miranda (L): (109.2 IP, 4.35 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .254/.345/.447
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .294/.302/.627
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .313/.435/.651
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .242/.339/.468
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C .270/.351/.480
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .302/.332/.477
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .111/.200/.111
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .190/.190/.333
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .283/.307/.359
1. Jean Segura (R) SS .338/.375/.462
2. Ben Gamel (L) LF .319/.372/.448
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .272/.335/.474
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .284/.367/.518
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .255/.325/.431
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .270/.329/.429
7. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .270/.370/.455
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF .238/.318/.358
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .228/.296/.460
CC Sabathia celebrated his 37th birthday with a victory over the Mariners on Friday, with Aaron Judge delivering the biggest present—a towering three-run home run that nearly exited Safeco Field—as the Yankees won their second straight, 5-1.
Sabathia threw five-plus innings of one-run ball as he improved to 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA. It’s the first time in six tries that Sabathia has won on his birthday, but it’s no surprise that success finally came at Safeco, where he’s 10-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 14 starts.
“He had to battle tonight, because he didn’t have his great stuff,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It actually was probably best the last couple of innings. … But he battled out of the first inning, and he’s always had a lot of heart, and that’s what we’re getting.”
Judge supplied the fireworks with his fifth-inning blast into the last rows of the upper deck in left field off Mariners rookie Andrew Moore, his Major League-leading 31st home run of the year. Judge also had a sacrifice fly in the third as he hiked his season RBI total to 72, two behind American League leader Nelson Cruz of the Mariners.
Holy shit, was that ball crushed. It almost left the stadium! That was Judge’s first home run of the second half and yet he is still leading the Majors in home runs. Hopefully this kickstarts a run of great performances for Judge. I’d really love to see Clint Frazier bat 2nd in the lineup with Judge 3rd and Sanchez 4th. Not only would it help the Yankees, but it would also be a nice little boost for the offense, but it sure would be nice to see the future of the franchise batting back-to-back-to-back!
Wow, winning the first two games of the series. Crazy. Good thing they have Luis freakin’ Cessa pitching on Sunday.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (84 IP, 3.54 ERA) vs. Mariners: Andrew Moore (R): (24 IP, 5.25 ERA)
1. Jean Segura (R) SS .344/.382/.470
2. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .273/.332/.435
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .271/.333/.472
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .283/.365/.520
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .254/.321/.430
6. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .265/.367/.454
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) CF .269/.331/.357
8. Ben Gamel (L) LF .317/.371/.444
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .232/.300/.468
Brett Gardner’s solo home run in the sixth inning helped lift the Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Thursday, as flame-throwing Luis Severino out-dueled Felix Hernandez in the opening game of a four-game series at Safeco Field.
Hernandez threw a seven-inning gem, allowing just three hits and one run with nine strikeouts, but was the tough-luck loser as he fell to 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA. Robinson Cano had a pair of hits against his former Yankees team, but Seattle lost its opening game of a key 10-game homestand after a 5-1 road trip got it back in Wild Card contention.
What a hell of a performance by Luis Severino! Dude hit 101.2 MPH at one point in the game! That’s the fastest pitch thrown by a starter all season! Wow!
Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman…well…they only gave up one run in two innings, so that’s something. Chapman DID, at least, throw his killer slider for strike three against Jean Segura and Ben Gamel, so that was nice. More of that, please!
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (113.2 IP, 3.40 ERA) vs. Mariners: Felix Hernandez (R): (55.2 IP, 4.20 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.349/.445
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .274/.352/.489
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .312/.433/.645
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .245/.344/.479
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .312/.350/.481
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.321/.468
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B—/.500/—
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .254/.330/.368
9. Chase Headley (S) 1B .257/.339/.368
1. Jean Segura (R) SS .346/.385/.475
2. Ben Gamel (L) LF .319/.373/.444
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B .266/.330/.467
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH .284/.368/.525
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B .253/.319/.428
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B .270/.330/.434
7. Mitch Haniger (R) RF .265/.370/.459
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF .243/.324/.366
9. Mike Zunino (R) C .234/.297/.472
If the Yankees wanted a corner IF who could OPS .500 they should have just kept Chris Carter. Anyway, interesting to see Starlin Castro out-producing Robinson Cano in AVG/OBP/SLG. Maybe the Yankees were right to sign Ellsbury after all.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jose Berrios threw 6 2/3 strong innings and Miguel Sano crushed a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning to lift the Twins to a 6-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday, marking their first series victory over New York in Minnesota since 2008. It was also the first series win for the Twins over the Yankees since ‘14.
Unable to find his curveball or changeup early, Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery was hit hard, allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. All six runs came with two outs in the second, keyed by a two-run single from Zack Granite, an RBI single from Eduardo Escobar and Sano’s team-leading 23rd blast of the year.
Oh man, Jordan Montgomery sure picked a good time to have his shittiest performance of the season. 6 runs in a single inning. Damn, that’s Tyler Clippard territory (Fare thee well, Clip. As Chase Headley so eloquently said, you’re a person and a professional).
Oh well, this team stinks. At least we can look forward to Luis Cessa on Sunday.
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (95.1 IP, 3.78 ERA) vs. Twins: Jose Berrios (R): (73 IP, 3.70 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .253/.348/.446
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.332/.374
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .279/.357/.498
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.348/.480
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.318/.469
6. Clint Frazier (R) RF .279/.289/.651
7. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .222/.222/.389
8. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.291/.314
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .286/.311/.363
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .250/.336/.440
2. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B .273/.322/.435
3. Miguel Sano (R) 1B .273/.370/.533
4. Robbie Grossman (S) LF .258/.383/.389
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .262/.332/.438
6. Chris Gimenez (R) C .198/.331/.377
7. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .292/.342/.400
8. Jorge Polanco (S) DH .221/.272/.316
9. Zack Granite (L) CF .091/.200/.136
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The White Sox completed a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday to send third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and hard-throwing reliever Tommy Kahnle for outfield prospects Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo, pitching prospect Ian Clarkin and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard.
“We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction,” said Rick Hahn, the White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals.”
Frazier, a New Jersey native and resident, is set to become a free agent after the season, and he has been the focus of trade rumors since this past weekend. Robertson, who is owed the remainder of $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in ‘18, is returning to New York, where he pitched from 2008-14 before signing with the White Sox after the ‘14 season.
Kahnle is having a breakout 2017 campaign, posting a 2.50 ERA over 37 games, along with 60 strikeouts and seven walks over 36 innings. Kahnle was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft.
It’s not a terrible trade, but it is a shame to use one of their top trading chips in Rutherford and not even get back a starting pitcher. That’s what they really could use. Sonny Gray? Him I would trade Rutherford for. D-Rob, Frazier and Tommy Kahnle? Eh.
That said, it does a few interesting things. One, it got rid of Tyler Clippard, thank god. Two, it kept the BoSox from getting D-Rob, which would have hurt my soul. Three, it gives the Yankees a really, really good back of the bullpen. Warren, Kahnle, Betances, D-Rob and Chapman? Holy shit! And Frazier isn’t awful as a new first baseman. The Yankees are going to have to make two more 40-man moves, though, to make room for the three new additions to the 40-man (Clippard leaving makes room for one of the new guys).
Tito Polo came over in the Ivan Nova trade. He was playing well, but he is not apparently much of a prospect. Ian Clarkin could be good, but I personally wrote him off a while ago.
Expect to see a lot of this picture - Todd Frazier, as a 12-year old Little Leaguer being honored at Yankee Stadium in 1998…
Didi Gregorius homered as part of a five-run fifth inning, pushing the Yankees past the Twins, 6-3, on Tuesday at Target Field. New York evened the series with the victory and is now 11-3 in its last 14 meetings with Minnesota.
Aaron Judge, who finished the night 2-for-4 with an intentional walk, knocked home the go-ahead run with a fifth-inning single off Ryan Pressly. The two hits for Judge were double the amount of knocks he had recorded since the All-Star break. He is now 3-for-25 in the second half of the season.
Big win for the Yankees, although it was embarrassing it was ever even in doubt with how poorly Bartolo Colon has pitched so far this season.
The bigger news is the trade that just happened. I’ll make another thread for the trade.
Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (23.2 IP, 4.18 ERA) vs. Twins: Bartolo Colon (R): (63 IP, 8.14 ERA)
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .249/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .111/.200/.167
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.360/.398
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.366/.521
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .260/.331/.435
6. Robbie Grossman (S) DH .258/.383/.387
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .289/.326/.463
8. Jorge Polanco (S) SS .222/.271/.319
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.313/.362
Remember the discussion about how .500 teams don’t have 20-5 runs in them?
Eduardo Escobar delivered a go-ahead, pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning and Eddie Rosario drove in a pair of runs to help the Twins to a 4-2 win over the Yankees in the series opener on Monday night at Target Field.
Minnesota took the lead with two eighth-inning runs, spoiling Caleb Smith’s Major League debut. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a leadoff single just out of Aaron Judge’s reach, a play with an 18-percent catch probability, and Miguel Sano followed with a single to left field. Escobar delivered what proved to be a game-winning single into left field, while Rosario provided insurance with an RBI double.
This team has so many bad losses that this one barely registered. That said, it was still an awful loss, especially when Didi tried to bunt with two outs and a runner on third base. Holy shit, Didi! The third baseman was playing in! What in the ever-loving fuck were you thinking?
They wasted a great game by Garrett Cooper.
There were some things to like about it, though. First off, Caleb Smith should be in the rotation right away. He looked great and, more importantly, he looks better than Bryan Mitchell or Luis Cessa. Mitchell, though, continues to be a non-embarrassing pitcher. He wouldn’t be a bad long man. But Cessa would probably be an even better long man. So lose Mitchell, make Cessa the long man and put Smith into the rotation!
By the way, Clint Frazier looked great in the #2 spot. Great call by the Yankees. I hope we see more of that. Frazier really should be the everyday left fielder right now, with Gardner the main centerfielder and Ellsbury getting a few games here and there.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Yankees: Bryan Mitchell (R): (16 IP, 5.06 ERA) vs. Twins: Adalberto Mejia (L): (65 IP, 4.43 ERA)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .262/.333/.380
2. Clint Frazier (R) LF .286/.297/.686
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .313/.434/.655
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .250/.351/.492
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .312/.349/.485
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.317/.461
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .258/.342/.369
8. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B .100/.100/.200
9. Austin Romine (R) C .235/.290/.307
1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B .247/.332/.436
2. Zack Granite (L) CF .071/.188/.143
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B .285/.358/.399
4. Miguel Sano (R) 3B .270/.368/.524
5. Max Kepler (L) RF .263/.335/.441
6. Kennys Vargas (S) DH .247/.290/.437
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF .286/.323/.456
8. Ehire Adrianza (S) SS .290/.333/.403
9. Jason Castro (L) C .217/.315/.359
Aaron Judge’s deep fly ball landed shy of putting two runs on Fenway Park’s ancient hand-operated scoreboard, making the Yankees the last team in the Majors to be shut out this season, but they were still able to appreciate a pair of strong pitching performances from CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.
With Jackie Bradley Jr. bringing Judge’s deep eighth-inning drive back, New York took a 3-0 loss and settled for a split of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader and the four-game set with the Red Sox. They posted a 3-0 victory behind Sabathia’s six sharp innings in the afternoon contest before falling in the nightcap, with David Price outdueling Tanaka.
There’s no room for moral victories with this team, but at the same time, I don’t think splitting with the Red Sox really IS a moral victory. I think it’s a decent result to open the second half of the season with. Now they just have to start winning series again after this, starting with this three-game set in Minnesota.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Yankees (46-42) @ Red Sox (51-40), Sunday, 7/16/2017, DoubleHeader
The Yankees needed this one, and they would have played all night to get it.
Didi Gregorius’ RBI single was the go-ahead hit for the Bombers in a thrilling 4-1, 16-inning victory over the Red Sox on Saturday at Fenway Park. Seven innings earlier, Matt Holliday forced extras with a game-tying homer off Craig Kimbrel—the first Fenway blown save in 31 career opportunities for the Boston closer.
“The winning is the best part,” Gregorius said. “You play a long game and you win, that means you never give up. Everybody is there, battling and playing the right way until the last out. That’s what we did today.”
Seems hard to believe that they actually won this thing, doesn’t it?
Do note that the Red Sox played the game under protest from the 11th inning on. It would be hard to believe that their protest would be upheld, but that would be the most epic way to lose a game, wouldn’t it? Actually WIN it and then go back and lose it? If any team could pull that off…
They used up so many pitchers that CC Sabathia will now pitch Game 1 of the doubleheader on Sunday, because good or bad, CC usually will give you length at least.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
A zany bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night at Fenway Park left the Red Sox celebrating a 5-4 walk-off win over the Yankees without a hit leaving the infield at any point during the unlikely rally.
Perhaps, then, it was only fitting that the winning run came courtesy of a walk by Andrew Benintendi against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, who blew the save.
It was quite a dramatic way for the rivals to open the second half. It was the first time the Red Sox defeated the Yankees on a walk-off walk since Aug. 7, 1956, when Ted Williams worked an 11th inning free pass against New York’s Tommy Byrne. It was the first walk-off walk for the Red Sox against any opponent since Trot Nixon on Sept. 23, 2000, against the Orioles.
“That 3-1 pitch, I was 90 percent take,” said Benintendi. “It was going to take a perfect pitch to swing at with how he was throwing.”
Of Chapman’s 23 pitches, just 11 were for strikes—only one a swinging strike. He didn’t record any outs as the Yankees were handed their Major League-leading 18th blown save of the season.
“Lead slips”? Yankees.com has the shittiest headlines.
Anyhow, the only thing positive I can say about the way that the Yankees manage to pull defeat from the jaws of victory constantly this past month is that at least all of these brutal losses have been piled together so that none of them really hurt that much anymore. It’s pretty much EXPECTED at this point.
Plus, come on, 9-18 in one-run losses. Even with a shitty bullpen, that’s a ridiculous number. That can’t continue like that. So there ya go, that’s the silver lining - things can’t possibly remain quite THIS shitty. It will still probably remain pretty shitty, though. Tomorrow’s an automatic loss and then Mitchell/Tanaka could be a shit show of epic proportions on Sunday, so…we could be looking at a .500 team by the end of play on Sunday. At least it will be broadcast on ESPN!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (91.1 IP, 3.65 ERA) vs. Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz (L): (90 IP, 3.60 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .256/.346/.454
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .276/.360/.491
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .329/.448/.691
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .262/.366/.511
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .291/.321/.458
6. Garrett Cooper (R) 1B
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .266/.337/.384
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .251/.341/.366
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .278/.306/.364
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .272/.351/.490
2. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B .303/.382/.397
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .303/.359/.447
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .261/.350/.445
5. Chris Young (R) LF .255/.339/.386
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .280/.363/.490
7. Sam Travis (R) 1B .275/.341/.375
8. Christian Vazquez (R) C .267/.303/.358
9. Deven Marrero (R) 3B .225/.266/.349
I have a bad feeling about this
From Jack Curry:
Cashman said Pineda has been diagnosed w/ partial tear of UCL in right elbow and will go on the DL. Will get 2d opinion. Reco is TJ surgery.
Well, that sucks. Hopefully they call up Chance Adams.
This is very likely it for Michael Pineda as a Yankee. They still won that Montero/Pineda trade, but damned if he didn’t have one of the most disappointing Yankee careers of recent (non Javy) history. So much talent and yet could never quite put it all together and/or stay healthy.
I assume he’ll be rocking a sub 2 ERA for Pittsburgh or San Diego in 2019.
Not much went right for the Yankees as they stumbled to the All-Star break, but Clint Frazier managed to impress in his first week in the majors.
Through seven games, the outfielder the Yankees received from Cleveland last July in exchange for Andrew Miller is 7-for-24 with six extra-base hits.
“I just want to make sure I’m still locked in the four days I’m off,” Frazier said following Sunday’s loss to the Brewers in The Bronx.
The Yankees figure to need him to keep hitting.
Though Matt Holliday (viral infection) and Starlin Castro (hamstring) figure to return in Boston this weekend, Aaron Hicks (oblique) remains weeks from getting back into the lineup.
Hicks’ continued absence will likely keep Frazier around as manager Joe Girardi looks to keep Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge fresh by using a fourth outfielder like Frazier on a regular basis.
I’m hoping it’s more than a hot streak too.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
He’s no Smellsbury.
Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge already were years into their Yankees minor league apprenticeships when Robinson Cano departed, took the money from Seattle that was not being offered in New York.
But there were three homegrown Yankees position players in the same AL All-Star uniforms the past few days — Sanchez knocking out defending Home Run Derby champ Giancarlo Stanton on Monday, Judge winning the event in overpowering style and then Cano taking MVP honors in Tuesday’s game.
Cano’s 10th-inning homer off Wade Davis provided a 2-1 triumph and further credentials to Cano’s Hall of Fame candidacy and his argument for moving up the all-time second base list. At this point, I think the only second basemen clearly ahead of Cano are Rogers Hornsby, Nap Lajoie and Joe Morgan.
Cano falls somewhere between fourth and roughly 10th best, depending on your preferences.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
AL: Chris Sale (L): (127.2 IP, 2.75 ERA) vs. NL: Max Scherzer (R): (128.1 IP, 2.10 ERA)
1. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .347/.417/.551
2. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B .332/.388/.601
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .329/.448/.691
4. George Springer (R) LF .310/.380/.613
5. Carlos Correa (R) SS .325/.402/.577
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .294/.360/.575
7. Corey Dickerson (L) DH .312/.355/.548
8. Salvador Perez (R) C .290/.318/.532
9. Mookie Betts (R) CF .272/.351/.490
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF .319/.372/.583
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH .277/.360/.572
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF .325/.431/.590
4. Buster Posey (R) C .324/.406/.498
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B .342/.393/.572
6. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B .301/.351/.554
7. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B .330/.373/.596
8. Marcell Ozuna (R) LF .316/.374/.566
9. Zack Cozart (R) SS .316/.394/.547
I don’t care who wins. I’d just like to see Judge go yard.
MIAMI — In some ways, Aaron Judge was just like any other awe-struck fan on Monday afternoon, when he finally met the best player from his favorite team when he was a child. Judge spotted the San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey in a tunnel under the stands before batting practice and sprang into action.
“He was walking into the clubhouse, and I had to stop him,” Judge said with a smile. “I said: ‘Buster, I’m a huge fan. It’s been fun watching what you’re doing.’”
That moment aside, though, Judge is really not at all like a paying customer — or even much like any of his peers in the All-Star locker room. He is a singular force in his sport, the only position player in baseball history to be at least 6 feet 7 inches and at least 280 pounds. He has also been its best performer this season.
“It’s pretty incredible,” said Posey, the starting catcher for the National League. “I don’t think I can remember, even watching baseball growing up, seeing somebody as big as him move as well as he does.”
Judge towers over the game now, after turning Marlins Park into his personal launching pad. Judge blasted 47 home runs to all corners of the ballpark, beating Justin Bour, Cody Bellinger and, finally, Miguel Sano to win the Home Run Derby.
I caught a bit of the home run derby and Judge had some really impressive shots. He is almost certainly going to regress in the second half of the season because there are very few players who can maintain a .329/.448/.691 line over a full season. That will probably get blamed on the home run derby instead of the law of averages.
As disappointing as the last month plus has been for the team overall, Judge has been the story that keeps on giving. The Yankees’ rebuild is off to a fantastic start with him as the cornerstone of it.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Travis Shaw homered and drove in four runs, and All-Star closer Corey Knebel worked overtime to atone for Saturday’s blown save as the Brewers held off rally after late-inning rally to beat the Yankees on Sunday, 5-3, in the finale of the first half.
Shaw’s booming shot off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka gave Milwaukee a three-run home run in the first inning for the second straight game, and unlike Saturday, the Brewers’ bullpen held the lead. Knebel threw 33 pitches for a four-out save to seal Milwaukee’s ninth win in 10 games, pushing the Brewers into the All-Star break a season-high 5 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the National League Central.
This marked the 8th straight series that the Yankees went without without winning a series - a remarkable 0-7-1 in their last eight series, a feat that they haven’t accomplished since 1991, also known as one of the worst seasons in Yankee history.
The Red Sox lost, though, so the Yankees enter the All Star break in second place in the American League, two games back of the Red Sox in the loss column and two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the loss column (but two games back in the win column, as well, so the Yankees are nominally tied for the first Wild Card with the Rays). 45-41 is certainly not where we all thought that they would be a month ago, when they were just destroying opponents left and right, but obviously a few notable things happened since then, namely:
A. CC Sabathia got hurt, leading to Luis Cessa pitching a few games, all of which were horrible
B. Tyler Clippard becoming one of the worst relievers in baseball
C. Dellin Betance and Aroldis Chapman going on a week and a half stretch where they could not pitch with a lead, including some horrific losses where the Yankees were up multiple runs late only to see their All-Star set-up man and their former All-Star closer pitch terribly.
D. Adam Warren missed most of the time due to injury, robbing them of one of their best relievers
E. Aaron Hicks, who was having a breakout season in center field, got hurt, rushed back, sucked and then got hurt even worse
F. Matt Holliday, who was having a great rebound season, came down with a mysterious disease that took the Yankees weeks to diagnose. He is set to return after the All-Star break.
G. Starlin Castro, who was having an All-Star season at second base, pulled a hamstring muscle and missed a few weeks. He appears ready to return after the All-Star break.
H. Greg Bird’s mysterious ankle injury, suffered at the end of March, has caused him to be unable to return since he went on the DL on May 1st. His replacement, Chris Carter, was so bad that he was cut. Then Tyler Austin came up, but then he was hurt, so then Chris Carter was brought back. Then Chris Carter was so bad that he was cut again.
I. The Yankees’ top prospect, Gleyber Torres, injured himself on a slide at home plate, requiring Tommy John surgery which will keep him out until next season.
J. One of the Yankees’ top prospects, Dustin Fowler, was called up to play center field and then horrifically ruptured a tendon in his knee that will keep him out until at least next season and has a decent chance of never playing again.
K. Michael Pineda went from a good pitcher to a shitty one
Okay, balance that against:
A. Aaron Judge continued to hit really well.
B. Jordan Montgomery continued to pitch very well
C. Luis Severino has pitched pretty well.
D. Gary Sanchez has hit very well for a second-year catcher, pretty well for a player overall (although he’s slumping big time)
E. Didi Gregorius hit well enough to almost make the All-Star team (although he’s slumping big time)
F. Ji-Man Choi was called up to play first base and has hit well.
G. Clint Frazier was called up when Fowler got hurt and eventually (after his swing was fixed) started hitting really, really well.
H. Chad Green has pitched very well in relief (although, of course, he also blew a one-run lead against Toronto because all Yankee relievers blow leads now).
So, as you can see, there are some positives to look forward to in the second half, and a lot of the negatives will hopefully go away, so there is something to be somewhat happy about with this team. They just need to play well after they get swept in their opening series after the break (where they go to Boston for four games against the Red Sox, including a doubleheader on one of the weekend days).
Sunday, July 9, 2017
Clint Frazier capped a three-hit, four-RBI afternoon by hitting a walk-off, three-run home run, giving the Yankees a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Frazier’s first career walk-off hit came against Brewers All-Star closer Corey Knebel, who put himself in trouble by walking Didi Gregorius leading off the inning and Jacoby Ellsbury with one out. Knebel fell behind Frazier with a curveball in the dirt before throwing the fastball that ended the game.
“I was trying to move the runners over with a hard-hit ball,” Frazier said. “I’m glad he left a fastball up in the zone that I could handle, and ultimately, it went the way that I wanted it to.”
Wow, an actually awesome win. That’s been quite the rarity for this team. Let’s hope that they can somehow win on Sunday and maybe take the All Star break to collect their bearings and get back to playing better baseball after the break (they open the second half with a huge four game series in Boston against the Red Sox. They need to win the three non-Sale games to have a realistic chance at getting back in the division race).
Michael Kay hilariously blew the call on Clint Frazier’s RBI triple in the seventh, calling it a home run and then when he realized it hit off of the bottom of the fence, he later was like, “This is how close it came to being a home run.” Dude, it hit off of the BOTTOM of the fence! You just messed up, whatever.
Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman were dominant, which makes sense, since the Yankees were trailing. If they were up one instead of being down one, they’d be screwed. Or hey, maybe they’re getting back on track? Let’s hipe that’s the case. Can you imagine one-run leads in Fenway with Betances and/or Chapman pitching? Gulp.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Jesus Aguilar and the Brewers could stomach committing five errors after their long night ended with a fifth consecutive win.
Aguilar homered twice, including a grand slam, and tied Milwaukee’s franchise record with seven RBIs to overshadow Aaron Judge’s Major League-leading 30th home run in the Brewers’ 9-4 win over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.
“I’m a very, very happy man,” Aguilar said through translator Carlos Brizuela. “I’m happy I tied [Ryan Braun’s] record, but I’m most happy that we got the win. As long as we keep winning. ... The most important thing is we came back from [the errors]. We kept our heads up.”
With their eighth win in nine games, the Brewers pushed nine games over .500 for the first time this season and remain 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Cubs in the National League Central. The Yankees lost for the 17th time in 23 games.
We might seriously be in a position to see these guys finally lose their streak of winning seasons, and in a season where they ended up with five dudes on the All-Star team! This is hilariously depressing.
As for Clippard, I don’t think using him was really so much the issue so much as the fact that he’s here to be used at all. In other words, GIrardi tried to go with Webb over Clippard but Webb was terrible. Clippard didn’t come in in a position where you typically use a good reliever. Instead, he came in in a position where you typically would use one of your weaker relievers. The problem is that Clippard just shouldn’t be on this team at all. If he was DFAed today, would anyone even claim him on waivers? There would be teams that would give him a shot as a free agent, of course, but no one is picking up his contract. He’s a free agent at the end of the year. Just get rid of the guy. He’s lost it. This is not even to say that Ben Heller won’t suck, too, if he’s called up (they’re ALL sucking right now - even Chad Green had a bad game the last time out. Only Adam Warren hasn’t had a bad game recently and that was because he was on the disabled list for all but two games), but Heller might have a future. Clippard does not. Just move on from the guy. If he’s there, with the way that this team keeps needing to go to the bullpen, he will be used. It’s unavoidable. The only way to avoid it is to get rid of him.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Brewers: Junior Guerra (R): (45.2 IP, 4.93 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (87 IP, 3.62 ERA)
1. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B .208/.277/.347
2. Domingo Santana (R) RF .288/.380/.488
3. Ryan Braun (R) DH .267/.349/.563
4. Travis Shaw (L) 3B .296/.362/.564
5. Jesus Aguilar (R) 1B .288/.350/.525
6. Hernan Perez (R) LF .264/.298/.443
7. Manny Pina (R) C .286/.328/.462
8. Keon Broxton (R) CF .237/.311/.470
9. Orlando Arcia (R) SS .291/.332/.432
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .259/.340/.462
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .251/.342/.367
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .331/.449/.697
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .289/.376/.517
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .301/.329/.477
6. Clint Frazier (R) LF .154/.214/.462
7. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B .250/.250/1.000
8. Austin Romine (R) C .241/.295/.319
9. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .100/.250/.150
This is not the time to make a big deal for a starting pitcher. Let the Dodgers, Royals, Red Sox and Astros capture the trade-deadline headlines, just as other teams largely dominated last winter’s Hot Stove League. While Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana count as good pitchers who can be controlled beyond 2017, they need not cause you to tear up your map and start fresh.
In their last 22 games, the Yankees have gone 6-16. That they started the year 38-23 before experiencing this massive market correction evokes the quality plummet in “The Flash” from Season 1 to Season 2. They’re good enough that they probably won’t crash all the way below .500; many of their losses during this slump can be attributed to a leaky bullpen that should fix itself, and Starlin Castro, Matt Holliday and Aaron Hicks should return from the disabled list, in that order, and improve the lineup. Yet they don’t appear good enough to turn right back around and play the sort of high-level ball that put them atop the American League East for the better part of a month and a half.
Remember, a year ago at this time, the Yankees (in far worse shape at the time) held fierce internal debates about what to do. Hal Steinbrenner was admittedly hesitant to draw the white flag by trading Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Ivan Nova. Brian Cashman won over the Yankees’ managing general partner, however, and Steinbrenner, a student of social media, quickly appreciated how positively the Yankees’ fan base reacted to his organization’s long-term thinking.
I agree. I might even explore trading some veterans if you can get something back that will help in the future. I don’t think they’ll go with that approach, but I’ll be happy if they just don’t trade any of their top tier prospects.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Russell Martin hit a game-tying home run, then forced in the go-ahead run by working one of four eighth-inning walks issued by All-Star reliever Dellin Betances as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees, 7-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Martin tied the game with a seventh-inning blast into the right-field bullpen off reliever Chad Green, then looked at a 3-2 pitch out of the strike zone in the eighth after Betances once again could not command his pitches, issuing free passes to Miguel Montero, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins to open the inning.
It’s seriously darkly hilarious that I doubt any of us really were that affected by this loss, despite it being a ridiculously painful loss. It’s now almost a month where the Yankees have lost almost every close game, and most of them due to an absurdly awful performance by their bullpen. Lately, it has been Dellin Betances, who seems to have just forgotten how to pitch. I really want to be respectful to the emotional stress that he is certainly dealing with at this point, but I can’t help but just be really mad at him. How do you lose the ability to throw strikes?! You’re literally an All-Star!!
Chad Green giving up the tying home run was also annoying, but to be frank, had they had a one-run lead, they would have blown it any ways, so hard to get too mad at him for that.Once the game was blown, of course, Adam Warren came in and was dynamite. I should be happy about that, as having another solid short man would be great, but come on, do any of us think that Warren won’t blow the next game he comes in to with a one-run lead?
Oh, and Michael Pineda - holy shit. Nice to see a home run from new Yankee, Ji-Man Choi, though!
The Yankees also bunted after getting a leadoff runner on in the bottom of the 7th. It’s possible that Brett Gardner did it on his own, which is dumb in and of itself, but it’s worse if Girardi bunted a runner to second with no outs. It took the bat out of Aaron Judge’s hands but it also gave away an out for little reward. Gardner doing it on his own would be awful, but I suppose that’s better than the manager thinking it was a good idea to get Judge intentionally walked (that said, Sanchez and Didi have to do a better job with a runner in scoring position and one out).
J.A. Happ worked through the Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup with ease, and the Blue Jays took advantage of a two-out walk from CC Sabathia in the third, as Toronto ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Happ (3-5, 3.47 ERA) tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks, while striking out six in his fifth straight quality start.
His lone blemish came when Aaron Judge scorched a home run in the fourth inning, which left a dent in a left-center field gate. It traveled 456 feet and had an exit velocity of 118.4 mph, according to Statcast™, which made it the fourth-hardest-hit homer in the Majors this year—all by Judge.
Naturally, the only time Luis Cessa pitched really well all season came after CC Sabathia had already blown the game. Oh well. The Yankees are amazingly now FOUR games out of first place. Damn, that got out of hand VERY quickly. The Red Sox just can’t lose at the moment while the Yankees are playing like crap. Forget the AL East, just making the playoffs seems increasingly unlikely.
A lot of that, of course, is due to the injuries surrounding this team, which is currently missing their starting second baseman, DH, first baseman and kind of sort of their center fielder. Their lineup is kind of shitty right now.
In a total “throw shit at the wall and hope it sticks” move, which I totally approve of, Chris Carter was once again given his walking papers and Ji-Man Choi was called up. Choi was awful in the Majors last year, but has been good this year in the minors, so hopefully he doesn’t suck too bad.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Masahiro Tanaka continued his resurgence for a third straight sharp outing, striking out eight over seven strong innings as the Yankees handed the Blue Jays their fifth straight loss, 6-3, on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Stringing together back-to-back victories following an eight-start winless stretch, Tanaka permitted five hits and a walk in a 111-pitch effort. The recent run is accompanied by a spike in velocity; his average fastball has jumped from 91.8 mph over his first 14 starts to 93.5 mph in his past three.
“I think it’s something that’s coming naturally,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I just really try to focus on one pitch at a time. I’m just really trying to execute each and every pitch. Sometimes I look up at the board and I’m surprised by myself at the velocity.”
It still seems to me that he had a physical problem that he was just working his way through, hence the rise in velocity.
Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman continued their recent off-kilter pitching performances, although at least Betances got out of his inning without allowing a run while Chapman gave up two runs. Ugh.
CC Sabathia returns to the rotation Tuesday. Let’s hope that he returns in strong form.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (R): (100.1 IP, 3.41 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (90.2 IP, 5.56 ERA)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF .232/.342/.411
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .248/.355/.476
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .303/.370/.594
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .257/.309/.462
5. Steve Pearce (R) LF .270/.323/.470
6. Ezequiel Carrera (L) CF .286/.352/.394
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .233/.273/.301
8. Ryan Goins (L) SS .211/.274/.339
9. Luke Maile (R) C .115/.149/.188
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF .260/.337/.466
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .327/.448/.687
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .289/.378/.526
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .310/.333/.489
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B .250/.342/.367
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) DH .269/.335/.400
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .289/.319/.382
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .207/.284/.380
9. Clint Frazier (R) LF .286/.375/.857
Sunday, July 2, 2017
Marwin Gonzalez tagged Yankees starter Luis Severino with a two-run homer in the second to ignite the Astros as Houston cruised, 8-1, on Sunday at Minute Maid Park to clinch its 19th series win in 2017.
“We’re going to play every game,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch. “We’re going to play hard, we’re going to win a lot of games and a lot of series. What order they come in doesn’t matter to me. I just want to win.”
Here’s the most hilariously bizarre aspect of this season. The Yankees are spiraling down to mediocrity, but at the same time, all of the people who voted for the All-Star Game voted BEFORE the Yankees fell three games back of the Red Sox in the AL East, so the Yankees got a hilarious FIVE players on the All-Star Team (to the Red Sox’s three!), including Luis Severino (announced on a day when he got rocked) and Dellin Betances (announced after two incredibly terrible performances where he lost the ability to throw his breaking ball for a strike).
Gary Sanchez made the All Star Game, though, which was very deserving. Starlin Castro joined Aaron Judge, Sanchez, Betances and Severino on the American League roster. Hopefully Castro is healthy enough to play (heck, I guess I might as well say “Hopefully they’re ALL healthy enough to play”). By the way, Judge slipped a bit in the voting, so Bryce Harper barely passed him for the most votes of any player, so Judge did not become the first Yankee since A-Rod did it twice to lead the Majors in votes. He still led the AL, at least!
Click here to vote for Didi Gregorius for the last roster spot. He has no chance to make the team, but hey, go for it!
With an #ASGWorthy relay throw by Carlos Correa, the Astros held on for a 7-6 comeback victory over the Yankees at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, overcoming Didi Gregorius’ first career grand slam and a strong debut by touted rookie Clint Frazier.
Brett Gardner appeared to keep the Yankees’ hopes alive in the ninth, as he lined a two-out single to left field off Ken Giles, but he rounded first base aggressively. Josh Reddick alertly fired the ball back to the infield, where Correa’s relay throw arrived in time to nail Gardner for the final out of the game.
“This game will show you something crazy every day,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
They seriously worked a HASHTAG into the story? Seriously?
Anyhow, Dellin Betances has lost the ability to locate his breaking ball and without it, he sucks. Presumably he’ll figure his shit out, but until then, the Yankees are pretty much fucked in any close game, since you can’t trust most of the set-up guys, you can’t bring Chapman into the middle of an inning and you can’t rely on Betances. These last few weeks have been some of the most frustrating weeks in decades for the team.
On the bright side, Jordan Montgomery was decent once again and, of course, Clint Frazier was awesome. I’d love to see Frazier bat higher in the lineup tomorrow.
Hopefully Luis Severino pitches well and hopefully the Yankees score enough runs where they can win even with the bullpen giving up 4-5 runs.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (81.2 IP, 3.53 ERA) vs. Astros: Francis Martes (R): (16.1 IP, 5.51 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.338/.474
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .275/.339/.412
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .284/.373/.530
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .311/.332/.482
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B .253/.345/.369
6. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .291/.321/.385
7. Austin Romine (R) C .244/.291/.326
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .209/.289/.390
9. Clint Frazier (R) RF
1. George Springer (R) RF .289/.367/.581
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .330/.401/.528
3. Carlos Correa (R) SS .308/.387/.533
4. Evan Gattis (R) C .272/.328/.434
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH .231/.285/.409
6. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .318/.400/.573
7. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .278/.303/.441
8. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .249/.329/.402
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF .256/.336/.529
Let’s hope Clint Frazier can make it through the game in one piece.
So much for the Yankees being weary following an early-morning arrival in Houston on Friday.
Instead, the Yankees feasted on the Astros’ fatigued bullpen, tagging relievers Michael Feliz and Reymin Guduan for three runs apiece before Brett Gardner (3-for-5, career-high-tying six RBIs) delivered the kill shot with a seventh-inning grand slam off James Hoyt that sent the Bombers to a 13-4 win in the series opener at Minute Maid Park.
“It’s our only option, really,” Gardner said. “We come here into Houston against arguably the best team in baseball, best team in the American League for sure, and they’ve been playing really good. Under tough circumstances with everything [Thursday] night and getting in early [Friday] morning, it was a big win for us.”
That clearly was exactly what we all expected would happen, naturally. Especially after the Yankees were down 3-1, every single one of us looked at the game and said, “The Yankees will outscore them 12-1 over the next four innings.” Well done, all of us, for predicting what would happen precisely!
In other news, the Yankees are calling up Clint Frazier to become their new regular outfielder (splitting time with Gardner, Ellsbury and Judge, with the one who is not playing the outfield DHing). They are being very aggressive with their young players. I dig it! Now that June is over, hopefully the Yankees won’t suffer an injury to a player every game anymore!
Let’s hope that Jordan Montgomery can somehow pitch well enough that this win becomes more than just a blip that every one of us saw coming from a mile away.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (87.1 IP, 4.12 ERA) vs. Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (R): (81.2 IP, 2.53 ERA)
1. George Springer (R) CF .286/.365/.579
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF .309/.360/.504
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .327/.400/.527
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS .309/.388/.537
5. Brian McCann (L) C .266/.344/.464
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH .235/.289/.415
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .314/.398/.574
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .282/.308/.448
9. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .253/.333/.409
So much for that big free agent payday Pineda was apparently going to be getting…
James Shields earned his first victory since returning from his first career stint on the disabled list as the White Sox picked up a series split with a 4-3 win over the Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday night.
After both sides sat through a two-hour, 50-minute rain delay that pushed the game start time to 10 p.m. CT, Shields went to work on his first victory since his season debut on April 6. The Yankees broke through first, as White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu’s attempt to turn a double play hit off Aaron Judge’s shoulder and allowed Brett Gardner to score in the top of the first inning.
That Eliot hack got it all wrong, the cruelest month is June 2017. Aaron Judge better be wrapped up in bubble wrap until 12:01 tonight.
To put the game (and the month) in the best perspective, Dustin Fowler, who was added to the 40-man yesterday after Tyler Austin suffered an injury that looks to knock him out for at least a month, was added to the team to replace the injured Aaron Hicks. He then suffered a horrific knee injury that might leave him unable to play pro ball ever again (it is also possible that he’s recovered by next spring…we’ll all be pulling for him!). So Robert Refsnyder came in to play right field and quickly made a terrible two-out error that led directly to one unearned run and then a second, ultimately decisive, unearned run. Pure cruelty.
Let’s hope they get tonight’s loss out of the way and then have a good and healthy July (before everyone tears their ACL in August).
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (12.1 IP, 6.57 ERA) vs. White Sox: James Shields (R): (25.1 IP, 4.26 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .253/.334/.458
2. Aaron Judge (R) DH .333/.449/.704
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .313/.332/.486
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .285/.376/.536
5. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .278/.342/.410
6. Dustin Fowler (L) RF
7. Austin Romine (R) 1B .236/.281/.323
8. Tyler Wade (L) 2B .167/.286/.333
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .277/.299/.369
1. Alen Hanson (S) 2B .370/.452/.519
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .283/.331/.397
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B .294/.345/.493
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .210/.320/.420
5. Yolmer Sanchez (S) SS .278/.335/.403
6. Kevan Smith (R) DH .266/.281/.358
7. Adam Engel (R) CF .319/.360/.511
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C .248/.343/.274
9. Willy Garcia (R) RF .227/.284/.364
Masahiro Tanaka won for the first time in nearly two months, Miguel Andujar had a memorable big league debut and Aaron Judge shattered yet another Statcast™ mark as the Yankees broke out for a 12-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Tanaka built off one of his best outings of the season with another solid performance, holding the White Sox to two runs over six innings on 101 pitches. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second unscathed before allowing a pair of runs in the fifth on Melky Cabrera’s bases-loaded single, but Tanaka rebounded by striking out the side in his final frame.
“I don’t think it’s just these two outings, I think my stuff was getting better a little bit before that,” said Tanaka, who picked up his first victory since May 8 at Cincinnati. “I think I’m getting the results now, and that’s always a good thing.”
Can Miguel Andujar play first base? If so, the Yankees might have finally found their solution to their first base woes (or heck, let him play third and have Headley play first. We know Headley can play first).
On a day that they got even more bad injury news (with it looking like Greg Bird is likely to just be done this season, as he is still hurting even after getting a cortisone shot), the Yankees had a rare laugher, crushing the White Sox 12-3, in a game that Masahiro Tanaka pitched well in.
CC Sabathia might be back for his next turn in the rotation, so it sure would be swell if Luis Cessa could pitch well today in what might be his last start of the season.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The White Sox had one hit among their eight baserunners over the final two innings of a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. But that one hit was enough to produce their second walk-off victory of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.
Jose Abreu’s single with two outs in the ninth set the excitement in motion by scoring pinch-runner Willy Garcia and Alen Hanson. Abreu beat Dellin Betances, who walked two and hit one to load the bases with one out. Melky Cabrera flew out to left for the inning’s second out, with all three runners holding, before Abreu delivered. Abreu had a chance with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth against Tyler Clippard but struck out swinging.
I didn’t feel like talking about that nonsense last night, but okay, we SHOULD have a thread on it.
Looks like Holliday is also headed to the DL. Blech. Not a good time for this team, who are in second place now and likely will remain there (if they don’t fall to third).
At least we get to see Andujar, who I guess will DH and play third and first while they rotate other guys into the DH spot.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (87.1 IP, 3.30 ERA) vs. White Sox: Jose Quintana (L): (88.1 IP, 4.69 ERA)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .279/.344/.414
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .262/.347/.384
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .330/.443/.693
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .292/.383/.550
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .312/.332/.478
6. Tyler Austin (R) DH .182/.167/.455
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B .286/.304/.376
8. Austin Romine (R) 1B .231/.262/.314
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF .156/.206/.250
1. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B .273/.323/.397
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .284/.331/.401
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B .297/.350/.500
4. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .325/.365/.523
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .212/.322/.429
6. Matt Davidson (R) DH .255/.296/.542
7. Tim Anderson (R) SS .256/.282/.381
8. Kevan Smith (R) C .255/.264/.349
9. Adam Engel (R) CF .302/.333/.419
Jordan Montgomery filled the role of stopper Monday night, halting the Yankees’ six-game road losing streak while tying a season high with seven innings in a 6-5 win over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The loss dropped the White Sox to a season-low 11 games under .500 at 32-43, and gave them their seventh loss in their past eight games—including four on their 10-game homestand.
“Things kind of haven’t been going our way. Tonight was a good team win,” Montgomery said. “That’s what I really try to do every time, just try to go out there and give six or seven innings every outing. I definitely wanted to go out there and give my team that tonight.”
Montgomery posted one the finest outings of his rookie campaign, allowing runners to reach scoring position just three times and limiting the damage to a second-inning leadoff home run from Todd Frazier. The left-hander kept the walks to just one, matching his June 9 outing by going seven innings and striking out eight, this time allowing just the one run.
It’s kind of amazing how the Yankees’ most consistent starter this year has been a guy who wasn’t even on the radar as being part of the rotation at the end of last season. Good for Montgomery. I’ve been a big believer in him as a fiftth starter, but he’s been consistently better than that all season long.
The Yankees, of course, almost blew this one, as well, as the bullpen is just like a dumpster fire with leads as of late. Aroldis Chapman is a really great pitcher, but it’s getting kind of annoying to see how much he needs things to be VERY particular or else he pitches weirdly. He needs to start an inning and he can only pitch a single inning and he greatly prefers to pitch with a lead. It’s so odd. Still, he was able to secure the win after Chasen Shreve sucked.
Oh, and because it isn’t a Yankee game unless one of their key players gets hurt, Starlin Castro left with a hamstring strain. He seems to think that it isn’t that bad, but the Yankees have Tyler Wade coming up, so they seem to think otherwise (it could be that Wade coming on to the team is contingent on Castro’s MRI being bad, as I suspect that they would prefer to avoid adding Wade to the 40-man if they could avoid it). Wade and Ronald Torreyes would probably split time at second if Castro is out for any significant stretch of time.
Hopefully Luis Severino can follow Montgomery’s example and have a good outing on Tuesday night.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (74.2 IP, 3.74 ERA) vs. White Sox: David Holmberg (L): (31.2 IP, 2.84 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.337/.470
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.350/.490
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .332/.440/.699
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .298/.382/.560
5. Tyler Austin (R) 1B .143/.143/.143
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .281/.349/.422
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .253/.341/.373
8. Austin Romine (R) C .233/.254/.317
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .285/.306/.377
1. Tim Anderson (R) SS .254/.280/.369
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .278/.327/.398
3. Jose Abreu (R) DH .291/.343/.493
4. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .331/.372/.532
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .211/.317/.417
6. Matt Davidson (R) 1B .260/.302/.553
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 2B .278/.329/.405
8. Kevan Smith (R) C .255/.264/.353
9. Adam Engel (R) CF .308/.341/.436
The freefall continues…
Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson cracked home runs to send Michael Pineda to an early exit, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Yankees, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Taking the mound following the 71st annual Old-Timers’ Day festivities, Pineda served up a season-high three homers as Texas grabbed two of three games in the weekend series, sending the reeling Yankees to their 10th loss in 12 games.
As painful as it was to watch Michael Pineda give up three home runs and see the game almost lost before the Yankees even came to bat and as painful as it was to watch the Yankees make a valiant comeback that came just tantalizingly short, I think that the most painful part of the game with the fact that Mason Williams had to hit with a runner on second in the 8th and Austin Romine had to hit in the ninth inning in a one-run game because Aaron Hicks is hurt, Starlin Castro was hurt and Matt Holliday is hurt.
So not only are they sucking, but they’re dropping players like flies. It is very ungood. Thankfully, the Angels helped the Yankees out, so they’re still in first place despite being 2 for their last TWELVE!
Hey, Jordan Montgomery, it sure would be swell if you pitched well in Chicago.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Pineda has already lost the game before I could even get this post up. Yay! So, I guess, come on, Angels!
Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Aaron Judge’s 26th home run provided the only run for the Yankees, as starter Luis Cessa took the loss. Cessa allowed three runs in five innings while continuing to fill in for injured left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees, despite winning the series opener on Friday, have lost nine of their last 11 games.
Bibens-Dirkx has been filling in for multiple injured starters on the Rangers’ staff, but has been making a case for a more permanent role. He is now 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts and 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA since being called up to the big leagues on May 7 for the first time in his 12-year professional career.
So wait, a solo home run was not enough?! How can that be?!
Yankees.com headlines are so weird.
Anyhow, another day of WOE, which is annoying. It was like Chris Carter never left with Tyler Austin’s debut at first.
The Yankees tried to get Tyler Clippard going in a low-pressure inning (9th inning, down 4-1) and he was beyond terrible. I know that they want to try to fix him, but I might seriously consider cutting him at this point. Or at least making up an injury to get him off of the active roster so he can fix his shit in games that don’t count.
Let’s hope that Michael Pineda can get the good times going again with a rare series win tomorrow. BoSox almost stole a game from the Angels, but they lost, so the Yankees remain in first place…for now.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (R): (29.2 IP, 4.25 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Cessa (R): (7.1 IP, 7.36 ERA)
1. Delino DeShields (R) LF .292/.354/.354
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF .262/.387/.432
3. Elvis Andrus (R) DH .290/.338/.437
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B .274/.353/.438
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .212/.252/.387
6. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .260/.339/.503
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .200/.281/.434
8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .239/.327/.565
9. Pete Kozma (R) SS .136/.240/.273
1. Mason Williams (L) CF .222/.222/.222
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF .294/.404/.526
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .329/.437/.694
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .266/.371/.520
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .316/.352/.493
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .313/.333/.485
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .293/.315/.366
9. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.258/.325
After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night’s biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander’s third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game’s first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.
“I’m so happy because we got the win,” Torreyes said through an interpreter. “I was just looking to hit something hard and made good contact. I was looking for something that I could drive up the middle. I’ve got to say, without Tanaka, we don’t have a chance. He was excellent tonight.”
In a way, you could argue that the Yankees’ recent malaise all began when Chris Carter made a terrible defensive play at first base that extended an inning and led to CC Sabathia injuring himself later that inning and then everything fell apart since. In the bottom of the tenth inning, after the Yankees miraculously tied the game in the ninth inning on a home run by Brett Gardner, the Yankees had runners on the corners with one out. A sac fly wins the game. Chris Carter was up…and he struck out easily, just like what everyone expected him to do. But then something special happened - Ronald Torreyes followed Carter with a game-winning single (amusingly, Torreyes celebrated on contact - you don’t often see that from hitters). And if to seemingly officially commemorate the exorcism of Carfer’s bad mojo, the Yankees then DFAed Carter and called up Tyler Austin, who is now the Yankees official starting first baseman (until he also sucks so much that they make a trade).
Masahiro Tanaka was electric. He did not just have good results, he also looked amazing in getting the results. He had total command of his pitches and he used them beautifully. His last start, he had moments when he actually looked good (dude struck out 10 in 4 innings, ya know?) but there were other times when he dicked around and got killed for it. Here, he just went right at guys. Now, don’t get me wrong, sometimes Tanaka gets in trouble for going right at guys and giving up home runs, but I think that you can go right at guys and not just serve up creamballs, and that’s what Tanaka did tonight. Aroldis Chapman was almost the hard luck loser, as the go-ahead run scored on a passed ball while he was striking out Adrian Beltre for the second out of the inning, but the Yankees tied it up and got one of their most improbable wins of the season.
Luis Cessa goes Saturday afternoon and…well, the bats better wake up on Saturday, as Cessa will need all the run support he can get for the three innings that he will likely pitch.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Rangers: Yu Darvish (R): (94 IP, 3.35 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (76.2 IP, 6.34 ERA)
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF .265/.383/.429
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .289/.334/.443
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF .279/.346/.467
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B .295/.389/.475
5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .219/.260/.401
6. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .255/.337/.472
7. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C .268/.311/.389
8. Mike Napoli (R) DH .198/.269/.426
9. Joey Gallo (L) 1B .191/.291/.495
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.340/.476
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .302/.414/.549
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .333/.443/.704
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .271/.377/.518
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .322/.359/.507
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .288/.374/.556
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .323/.344/.489
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .201/.287/.384
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .296/.319/.374
Oh great, it’s Tanaka-time. My advice, find a better way to spend your Friday than watching this.
Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single as the Angels took advantage of a sloppy exhibition by the Yankees’ defense, overcoming Aaron Judge’s Major League-leading 25th homer with nine unanswered runs in a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro flubbed Cameron Maybin’s potential double-play ball to set up a four-run Angels seventh. Kole Calhoun lifted a sac fly before Maybin stole second, advancing on an errant throw by catcher Gary Sanchez. Pujols then rifled a Dellin Betances fastball into right field for the go-ahead knock.
“We just continue to come in with that fighter’s mentality,” Maybin said. “Sometimes you get knocked down, but we don’t get knocked out very much.”
They’ve certainly had more painful losses recently, but I don’t think they have had a more PATHETIC one. Holy shit, those errors were awful, plus Luis Severino was not good, Betances sucked, ugh ugh ugh. Not a good game.
But don’t worry, I’m sure Tanaka will pitch well Friday. Oh boy.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Angels: Jesse Chavez (R): (81.2 IP, 4.85 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (81.1 IP, 2.99 ERA)
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .276/.382/.429
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .244/.327/.385
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .236/.284/.382
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .272/.322/.404
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .194/.299/.339
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .280/.338/.409
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .290/.380/.464
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C .267/.338/.426
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B .226/.305/.262
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .259/.341/.471
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .301/.414/.543
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .331/.438/.694
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .275/.379/.536
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .321/.358/.504
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .293/.376/.554
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .321/.342/.500
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .201/.287/.384
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .296/.319/.374
Didi Gregorius and Matt Holliday homered, Austin Romine collected three hits and closer Aroldis Chapman put an exclamation point on the end of the Yankees’ season-high seven-game skid on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, closing out an 8-4 victory over the Angels with a 102.9-mph pitch. The fastball that struck out Eric Young Jr. was the fastest pitch in the Majors this season, according to Statcast™, and moved New York back into first place in the American League East.
Gregorius put New York on the board with a two-run homer in the second inning and Holliday drilled a solo homer in the fifth off Ricky Nolasco, who was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The losing streak was the Yanks’ longest since April 2007, but Gregorius said there was no panic in the clubhouse.
What a poorly designed headline. Who puts a parenthetical like that in a headline?
Anyhow, boy, did they need that. Back into first place! Two game lead on the Red Sox in the loss column! That’s better than, well, not being in first place!
When Jordan Montgomery gave up the game-tying home run, I don’t think any of us were particularly confident. But they pulled it out. Phew.
By the way, the ninth inning with the score 8-2 was precisely the spot to try to get Tyler Clippard back on track. A non-pressure situation to see if he could right the ship. He sunk the ship instead, leading to Aroldis Chapman getting just his second inning of work since he returned from the disabled list, but it made perfect sense to let Clippard start that inning.
Since he suuuuuuuuuuuuucks right now, though, the Yankee bullpen is really weird. I think Chasen Shreve is probably the 7th inning guy on Wednesday (and I think Jonathan Holder isn’t even available). Chad Green looks like he’s going to become the seventh inning guy while Adam Warren is hurt, but he’s never been a short reliever before, so it will be interesting.
Let’s hope that Luis Severino can keep the good times going Thursday night in the climax of this series!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Angels: Ricky Nolasco (R): (79 IP, 5.01 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (69 IP, 3.78 ERA)
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .279/.380/.433
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .247/.331/.391
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .240/.288/.388
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .277/.328/.411
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .273/.332/.400
6. Martin Maldonado (R) C .257/.330/.382
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B .217/.266/.304
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .174/.247/.308
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .303/.395/.485
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.340/.476
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .302/.414/.549
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .333/.443/.704
4. Matt Holliday (R) 1B .271/.377/.518
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .322/.359/.507
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .288/.374/.556
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .323/.344/.489
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .242/.328/.361
9. Austin Romine (R) C .218/.241/.300
Cameron Maybin’s go-ahead home run off Tyler Clippard triggered yet another implosion by the struggling Yankees bullpen, helping lift the Angels to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium and extending New York’s season-high losing streak to seven games.
Yunel Escobar added a run-scoring triple and Luis Valbuena hit a late homer as the Angels scored five unanswered runs off Yankees relievers, notching their first victory in The Bronx since April 25, 2014, to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Stadium.
While I think it was reasonable to bring in Tyler Clippard to start the 7th in a tie game, I do agree that Clippard has to be buried now. He has to be low man on the totem pole going forward. He can earn his way back by performing well in mop-up duty, but he better not see another high pressure situation any time soon. He’s been beyond awful during this skid.
Anyhow, yet ANOTHER “come from behind to tie only to lose” games, which just saps the energy out of you as a fan. The Yankees are now in second place in the AL East, and they seem like they’ll be lucky if they can even keep THAT up.
Jordan Montgomery doesn’t exactly exude confidence as the “stopper” on Wednesday, but let’s hope for the best!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Angels: Parker Bridwell (R): (9.2 IP, 2.79 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (77.2 IP, 3.71 ERA)
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .270/.376/.408
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .243/.327/.386
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .236/.286/.388
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .274/.326/.402
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .185/.295/.311
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .278/.338/.407
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .323/.417/.516
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C .251/.327/.374
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .172/.245/.302
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .266/.345/.484
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .306/.413/.556
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .335/.445/.699
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .270/.375/.516
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .324/.361/.511
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .287/.371/.540
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .330/.351/.500
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .244/.329/.364
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .205/.292/.391
NEW YORK—New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley basically is the same player as Scott Brosius. Brosius is beloved by Yankees fans because he was the third baseman for three of the club’s championship teams at the end of the last century. Meanwhile, Headley has played on Yankee teams that have appeared in one playoff game.
Yankees fans do not seem to hold the same admiration for Headley as they did for Brosius. But that is nothing some postseason magic couldn’t change for Headley.
It appears Headley is safe to possibly have that chance now that the Yankees’ top infield prospect, Gleyber Torres, is out for the rest of the year because he needs Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. It is just a minor bump in the 20-year-old Torres’ development—as minor as Tommy John surgery can be.
It’s kind of hard to have postseason magic when you stink, but who knows?
Monday, June 19, 2017
Gleyber Torres’ big-league debut will not take place this season.
And there’s now some question whether it will take place next season as well.
The Yankees announced Monday afternoon the 20-year-old Torres, among the top prospects in baseball, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
“I feel bad for Gleyber but it’s an injury that thankfully is correctable,” GM Brian Cashman said Monday by phone. “It’s his non-throwing arm. He’ll have the surgery and be as good as new and return to play in 2018.”
Torres suffered the injury in his non-throwing elbow last Saturday while playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on a play at the plate at Buffalo. Torres dived head first, was tagged out and immediately grabbed at his elbow.
At least it’s not his throwing arm?
OAKLAND, Calif.—The mood in the Yankees’ clubhouse following Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics wasn’t what you might expect.
No one seemed fazed about losing the final six games on a 1-6 West Coast trip to Anaheim and Oakland.
There were no long faces, no signs of anyone being upset as players packed for a long fight back to New York that would lead into a Monday off day and then a homestand that begins Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
“You know at some point you’re going to go through tough spells and we just went through one and we’ve got to bounce back Tuesday,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
This might be the most annoying West Coast trip that I can remember. Neither Los Angeles or Oakland are good teams (especially and Angels team missing Mike Trout) and the Yankees tanked against them while losing a key member from their rotation. It’s especially frustrating since they lost several one run games that may have played differently with better bullpen management/performance. I’d also say seeing Masahiro Tanaka getting lit up like a Christmas tree by a shitty offense in a park that is difficult to homer in wasn’t particularly encouraging.
Whatever, at least this nightmare trip is over. F California.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Luis Cessa vs. Jharel Cotton
LF Brett Gardner
C Gary Sanchez
RF Aaron Judge
DH Matt Holliday
2B Starlin Castro
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Chase Headley
1B Chris Carter
CF Mason Williams
A bunch of guys who will hit a home run today.
Let’s go, Houston!
Seriously, it’s good to have Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday back in the lineup. It won’t matter, but it’s nice.
Matt Joyce homered on the first pitch Masahiro Tanaka threw, and the A’s didn’t let up on the Yankees’ starter, going deep three times and handing the American League East leaders their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Ryon Healy added the other two homers off Tanaka, who lasted only four innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits, though he struck out 10.
Well, at least this loss was over with pretty quickly. I still can’t believe Tanaka managed to strike out ten batters in FOUR innings and yet still gave up five runs. That’s kind of insane.
Gary Sanchez was able to pinch-hit in the ninth, so that’s good news. Hopefully he’ll be able to play tomorrow and hopefully Aaron Hicks will be back. It would be nice for them to put out a real lineup.
The A’s have a bad pitcher going tomorrow (although he actually no-hit the Yankees through five innings last time he faced them), so hopefully the good times can get going again, but the Yankees are countering with Luis Cessa (who Yankees.com bizarrely said will be making his first Major League start tomorrow, despite him starting NINE games last year), so that does not bode well for the Yankees.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
A’s rookie Matt Chapman picked the perfect moment for his first Major League hit, delivering a two-run single in the eighth inning that gave the A’s a 7-6 win over the Yankees at the Coliseum on Friday night.
In the second straight back-and-forth affair between the teams, Chapman turned on Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder’s curveball and pulled it down the left-field line, scoring Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy to give the A’s their second consecutive come-from-behind win.
Chapman and fellow rookies Jaycob Brugman and Chad Pinder knocked in three of the four runs the A’s scored in the second, the only damage allowed by Yankees starter Luis Severino, who went six innings.
The Yankees worked their way back into the game against A’s left-hander Sean Manaea. It started in the third inning with a three-run opposite-field homer from Northern California native Aaron Judge, his Major League-leading 23rd of the season.
Honestly, after a few of these, you sort of get numb to the pain of the loss, so this one didn’t hurt nearly as much as the previous night’s game. Especially when I still don’t know who they would have brought in to pitch the ninth, so even if the A’s hadn’t taken the lead in the 8th, I would not be surprised if they won it in the 9th if the Yankees had to use, like, Domingo German as their closer or whatever.
The bright side of the loss was seeing the offense impressively battle back yet again. Even without Gardner, Didi, Hicks and Sanchez, they still managed to score 6 runs. Good for them. This game is all on the pitchers. Severino was not sharp and the bullpen, well, the less said about the bullpen, the better.
I have no idea if it is Cessa or Tanaka tomorrow, but either one scares the shit out of me, so that does not bode well for the Yankees. Their chances of still being in first place at the close of this weekend rest mightily on the Houston Astros somehow getting at least one game against the Red Sox on Saturday or Sunday (the Red Sox pitchers “limped” into Houston to give up a whopping single run).
Friday, June 16, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (75.1 IP, 2.75 ERA) vs. Athletics: Sean Manaea (L): (61.1 IP, 3.67 ERA)
1. Rob Refsnyder (R) LF .167/.231/.292
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .335/.441/.692
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .274/.377/.514
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .328/.367/.525
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B .214/.301/.393
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B .251/.333/.377
7. Austin Romine (R) C .228/.252/.317
8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .280/.306/.355
9. Mason Williams (L) CF
1. Matt Joyce (L) RF .203/.304/.367
2. Chad Pinder (R) SS .233/.290/.500
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B .296/.365/.502
4. Khris Davis (R) LF .244/.325/.496
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B .306/.398/.645
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH .282/.312/.528
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C .220/.276/.360
8. Matt Chapman (R) 3B—/.400/—
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF .240/.286/.240
A back-and-forth affair at the Coliseum went in favor of the A’s, who staved off the Yankees with a walk-off, two-run single from Khris Davis in the 10th inning to claim an 8-7 series-opening victory on Thursday night.
The rally against Yankees right-hander Giovanny Gallegos began with two outs, when Rajai Davis singled and Chad Pinder followed with a double. New York elected to intentionally walk Jed Lowrie, who stepped to the plate a double shy of hitting for the cycle, and instead faced Khris Davis, who sent a flare over shortstop Didi Gregorius for the game-winning hit.
This, after the Yankees had erased four A’s leads, with Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter each recording a pair of game-tying hits, and Starlin Castro recording a go-ahead sacrifice fly against Liam Hendriks in the 10th.
Not even Yankees.com did its job right tonight, as they still don’t have a game wrap up, so I had to use the A’s one.
Anyhow, there have been few days in recent memory that went worse for the Yankees than today. The day opened with CC Sabathia going on the disabled list. It followed by the news before the game that Greg Bird’s rehab is going to basically be shut down for a while as he has had a setback, making it a wonder when we’ll ever see him this season. Then tonight’s game, where the Yankees were playing without Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder or Chasen Shreve being available, so of course they went to extra innings. They came back to tie the game every inning from the 5th through the 9th inning, but the A’s answered each time until the ninth. Then, in the 10th, the Yankees took the lead but had Gio Gallegos in to close since Dellin Betances threw 25 pitches. Gallegos got the first two batters and then gave up a single to Rajai Davis and then a single to Clay Pinder that Aaron Judge played into a double (Davis could have easily scored had he known how poorly Judge played it). Jed Lowrie was having a monster game, so they intentionally walked him and then Khris Davis hit a pop up that a good second baseman catches, but Starlin Castro is not a good second baseman and so the game was over.
Okay, so we’ve already got CC going on the DL, Bird having a setback and the game being an agonizing loss. Let’s add to that! So Gary Sanchez hurt himself in the 9th inning and Aaron Hicks hurt himself earlier. They both left the game. So…well…fuck.
Luis Severino, dude, we seriously need some good times going again on Friday.
By the way, silver lining time - they battled back like a mofo tonight. Good for them.
EDITED TO ADD: Trap muscle injury for Adam Warren, Abductor muscle injury for Sanchez and Achilles injury for Hicks. Those last two do not sound good.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (63.1 IP, 3.55 ERA) vs. Athletics: Sonny Gray (R): (47.2 IP, 4.34 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.346/.485
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .314/.423/.571
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .338/.443/.703
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .323/.364/.520
5. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .282/.363/.542
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .337/.360/.503
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .245/.324/.373
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .207/.298/.371
9. Austin Romine (R) C .229/.255/.323
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF .215/.267/.326
2. Chad Pinder (R) RF .219/.280/.491
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B .290/.358/.479
4. Khris Davis (R) LF .245/.325/.502
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B .303/.398/.635
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH .282/.310/.532
7. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
8. Josh Phegley (R) C .218/.244/.379
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS .234/.273/.338
Andrelton Simmons smashed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to gift the Angels a 7-5 win and capture a series victory over the Yankees in front of a sellout crowd at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night.
“I’m happy for me and my team that we came back from that early deficit,” Simmons said. “The bullpen kept us in the game, and we put up good at-bats. I’m just glad I got to get the team a go-ahead home run.”
The Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a 3-run home run by Gary Sanchez. Basically, so long as Michael Pineda did not pitch like shit, the Yankees were likely going to win the game. Sadly, Michael Pineda pitched like shit, so the Yankees lost a brutal series to the Angels. Due to the Red Sox sweeping the Phillies, the Yankees’ lead in the division is now down to just two games over Boston. I’ve been saying for quite a while now that this is an evil, evil division and recently I saw an article on Ringer that suggested that this year’s AL East is, in fact, one of the four most difficult divisions in divisional history (the other three were all AL East divisions, as well, namely the 2001 AL East, the 2002 AL East and the 2008 AL East, where the Yankees won 89 games and finished third). With CC Sabathia likely out for a couple of months, this is a tenuous point in the season for the Yankees, so hopefully Jordan Montgomery can right the ship and get the good times going again in Oakland. It will be fascinating to see who gets the start on Sunday - do they go with a stopgap fill-in like Chad Green, or do they go for a regular fill-in like calling Chance Adams up and giving him a 40-man spot? We shall see!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (71.2 IP, 3.39 ERA) vs. Angels: Matt Shoemaker (R): (74.2 IP, 4.22 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .261/.345/.487
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .312/.423/.571
3. Aaron Judge (R) DH .341/.448/.714
4. Matt Holliday (R) 1B .273/.376/.517
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .323/.362/.522
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .268/.353/.514
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .339/.362/.509
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .240/.321/.370
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF .105/.190/.158
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .259/.377/.385
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .237/.325/.388
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .232/.283/.384
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .276/.333/.412
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .171/.287/.270
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .281/.339/.407
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .314/.407/.549
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .164/.244/.288
9. Juan Graterol (R) C .257/.257/.286
Eric Young Jr. was the hero Tuesday night at Angel Stadium. The journeyman outfielder ripped a two-out, walk-off infield single in the 11th inning to lift the Angels to a 3-2 win over Yankees, snapping New York’s six-game win streak.
“He’s a guy getting an opportunity and he’s making the most of it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Young. “We can’t say enough how he’s come up clutch this week.”
The big hit came after Young hammered a solo home run to tie the game, 2-2, in the eighth, his second homer in three games and third since he joined the Angels when Mike Trout went on the disabled list May 29.
Roughly 90% of MLB managers would hold on to to their closer in a tie game on the road under the theory that even if you take the lead in the top of an inning, you’re going to need to have someone pitch the bottom of the inning, and thus if you use your closer earlier, even if you score, you’ll have to pitch a shittier pitcher to close the game out and then you’re in just as bad of a situation as if you had just pitched that shittier pitcher earlier in the game instead of the closer. However, just because they almost all agree on that strategy does not mean that it is a good one, as it means that you end up losing games while your best relief pitcher doesn’t even get into the game. It’s a lot more reasonable in a relatively meaningless June game, but managers do this in the postseason even (Buck Showalter infamously did it just last year) and it is dumb. Dellin Betances should have pitched in this game, but he didn’t, and the Yankee bullpen eventually lost after their offense did a very poor job (bases loaded in the top of the 11th with one out and Chris Carter and Brett Gardner both weakly popped up).
The big story from the game, though, is CC Sabathia injuring himself in the fourth (in an inning that was extended due to Chris Carter screwing up). He strained his hamstring and is almost certainly out of commission for at least a month, perhaps more, depending on how bad the sprain was. That sucks. It will be interesting to see if the Yankees use their open 40-man roster spot to call up Chance Adams to take CC’s rotation spot, or if they just promote Chad Green to the #5 spot.
Anyhow, this was a shitty loss, but let’s hope that Michael Pineda can get the good times going again on Wednesday night.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (71.1 IP, 3.66 ERA) vs. Angels: JC Ramirez (R): (70.2 IP, 4.33 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .263/.349/.496
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .313/.424/.578
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .347/.453/.728
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .280/.384/.530
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .328/.365/.530
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .276/.358/.530
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .344/.367/.513
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .230/.310/.343
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .207/.301/.378
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .260/.381/.391
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .241/.327/.394
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .237/.289/.392
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .278/.336/.412
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .277/.335/.406
6. C.J. Cron (R) 1B .221/.261/.317
7. Martin Maldonado (R) C .253/.326/.379
8. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .166/.246/.291
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .298/.389/.489
Is it weird to see 4-5-6 all with an identical SLG of .530? Incidentally, TPBG™ needs to get his SLG back over .500 or the “Smellsbury’s better” crowd may start bleating again.
ANAHEIM—The Yankees went for pitching in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft, taking Clarke Schmidt, a 21-year-old righty out of the University of South Carolina, with the No. 16 overall selection.
Schmidt underwent Tommy John surgery in early May. He went 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in nine starts in his junior year before tearing his UCL in late April. He struck out 70 in 60.1 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .194 batting average.
“Schmidt was 94-97 with life, a big action changeup, and a hard but short breaking ball, but he had a rough, shotput-like arm action and blew out his elbow in April,” ESPN draft expert Keith Law wrote.
This is an outstanding pick. For the flat ground squad. As for the MLB team, who knows? Maybe he’ll heal okay and we’ll see him in MLB by 2023 or so.
The Yankees also selected 18-year-old righty pitcher Matt Sauer (Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif.) with their second-round pick (No. 54 overall).
“Sauer is a projectable high school right-hander who is athletic, with a ‘now’ fastball and a plus slider,” said Oppenheimer. “He really has a good way about his aggressiveness and makeup on the mound. We see a chance there for a starter with power stuff.”
I’d assume that they will try and sign Schmidt for below slot so they can try and get Sauer signed above slot. Either way, he’s another guy you probably wouldn’t expect to see in the majors for at least five years.
Aaron Judge (No. 32 overall, 2013 Draft, Fresno State) crushed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Yankees over Los Angeles, 5-3, to capture Monday’s series opener at Angel Stadium.
“Baseball is a game of opportunities,” said Judge, who struck out in his first two at-bats. “As I always say, you may fail—one time, two times, four times—but you always have the opportunity on the next pitch to change the game.”
Man, talk about a guy who has made the most of his opportunities so far this season. I seriously cannot believe that they pitched to him with a base open, especially when he got ahead on the count 2-0. Oh well, thanks, Sosh!
Didi Gregorius, by the way, is batting .344 and has an OPS of nearly. 900. And yet, as far as stories go on this team, he is barely in the running for the top few spots in the best story competition.
Tanaka pitched well, thank goodness, but, well, there was a reason that the Yankees pushed him back until Monday night, and that was that the angels are not very good offensively without Mike Trout. Tanaka has managed to look like a real pitcher while facing shitty offenses, which is better than sucking against all offenses, of course, but not much better, in the long term (“We’ll only use you against bad offenses, Tanaka!”).
Let’s hope that CC Sabathia can keep the good times going in game 2 on Tuesday night!
Monday, June 12, 2017
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (66 IP, 6.55 ERA) vs. Angels: Alex Meyer (R): (35.1 IP, 4.08 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .268/.349/.505
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .317/.429/.584
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .344/.450/.718
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .284/.384/.538
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .325/.360/.531
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .327/.348/.500
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .231/.313/.347
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .214/.305/.389
9. Austin Romine (R) C .231/.258/.330
1. Cameron Maybin (R) CF .261/.384/.388
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF .239/.325/.382
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH .240/.289/.397
4. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B .277/.333/.408
5. Luis Valbuena (L) 1B .179/.298/.283
6. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS .278/.336/.408
7. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF .318/.412/.523
8. Martin Maldonado (R) C .259/.333/.388
9. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B .164/.246/.292
Tanaka should be named Buzzkill.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Yankees have seen historic home run surges from both Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge over the last calendar year, and now that both young sluggers are hot at the same time, their offense appears to be unstoppable.
Sanchez homered as part of a five-run first inning and Judge went deep twice—including the longest homer hit in the Majors this season, measured at 495 feet—powering the Yankees to their fifth straight win, a 14-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
“Whenever you have a teammate like that, producing and hitting homers like that, you get excited about it,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “And at the same time, you get motivation from that. You want to help out, too. It’s a positive energy.”
The Yanks completed a sweep of the Birds, who were outscored 38-8 in the weekend set. Sanchez’s 450-foot blast highlighted the early attack against right-hander Kevin Gausman, who surrendered seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Starlin Castro and Matt Holliday also had two-run singles off Gausman, who tied his career high with six walks.
Wow, they probably could have started Tanaka and still won this game! What an amazing stretch this has been. Aaron Judge is just inhuman. It’s crazy. Gary Sanchez’s current season would be a good story in a normal season, and yet Judge has made him not even a story, despite him hitting his 10th home run of the season (after missing a MONTH). 10 home runs for their second year catcher and that’s not even close to being the top story for this team.
Let’s hope that Tanaka can somehow manage to keep the good times going tomorrow night (will Bryan Mitchell or Luis Cessa be called up for tomorrow’s game to backup Tanaka? That would make some sense).
Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (66 IP, 5.86 ERA) vs. Yankees: Chad Green (R): (16.2 IP, 1.62 ERA)
1. Seth Smith (L) RF .255/.327/.431
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .282/.333/.521
3. Adam Jones (R) CF .257/.297/.429
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .261/.323/.403
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B .227/.324/.469
6. Trey Mancini (R) LF .281/.321/.510
7. Welington Castillo (R) C .309/.331/.455
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS .201/.235/.289
9. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B .222/.300/.333
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .269/.348/.509
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .316/.425/.582
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .332/.439/.678
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .284/.379/.541
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .324/.360/.521
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .279/.363/.519
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .325/.346/.497
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .203/.288/.383
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .282/.302/.359
Luis Severino permitted just two hits while striking out eight in an electric seven-inning performance and Aaron Judge hit his Major League-leading 19th homer—one of five hit by the Yankees—in a 16-3 drubbing of the Orioles on Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Severino retired the first 12 men he faced before issuing a walk to open the fifth inning. Trey Mancini stroked a one-out single two batters later to break up Severino’s no-hit bid. Baltimore was unable to mount any semblance of a response after Judge and Didi Gregorius homered in a six-run first inning, helping the Yanks win their fourth straight.
“When you go out there and you’ve got six runs in one inning, you just have to make pitches and throw strikes,” Severino said. “You just want to go there and attack and throw your good pitches.”
Over Severino’s last five starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA, holding opponents to five earned runs in 33 1/3 innings.
That was awesome. This is such an evil, evil division (note that the Yankees haven’t gained a single game over the Red Sox during this series) that if you’re going to succeed, you’re going to need to defeat the other teams in this division, making these four games so important. Not only have they taken two of three from the Red Sox and at least two of three from the Orioles, but they’ve DOMINATED the four games. That’s amazing. The hitters just annihilated the Orioles’ pitching and Luis Severino kept up the streak of excellent starting pitching.
Speaking of streaks, the Yankees looked at the recent streaks where Tanaka would get destroyed and then Chad Green would come in and pitch three shutout innings and said, “Hey, maybe let’s let Chad Green start a game?” So Chad Green gets the spot start on Sunday. Since he can’t throw that many pitches, Domingo German is up to help back him up. Let’s hope that Green/German can keep the good times going!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Orioles: Chris Tillman (R): (29 IP, 5.59 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (68.1 IP, 2.90 ERA)
1. Seth Smith (L) RF .263/.336/.444
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .286/.335/.529
3. Adam Jones (R) CF .259/.300/.433
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .264/.324/.409
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B .226/.324/.457
6. Trey Mancini (R) LF .282/.323/.517
7. Welington Castillo (R) C .317/.339/.467
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS .203/.237/.292
9. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B .286/.286/.429
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .269/.350/.514
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .318/.426/.584
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .323/.431/.657
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .274/.369/.521
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .319/.356/.502
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .264/.348/.480
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .322/.344/.473
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .231/.311/.344
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .195/.284/.382
Did you know the Yankees are three games worse than their Pythagorean record? They should really be 38-20.
Aaron Hicks led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer into the Judge’s Chambers in right field and then launched a two-run roundtripper in the seventh as the Yanks beat the Orioles, 8-2, to pick up their third straight win Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Hicks has put up All-Star numbers as he fills in seamlessly for the injured Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been out since May 24 with a concussion. Hicks now has 10 home runs this season, one short of his career high, to go along with his .318 batting average and 1.010 OPS, both of which rank near the top among American League outfielders.
“He continues to shine, and he’s been really helpful,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He believed in himself last year, but obviously he’s having more success. He’s been huge for us.”
Hicks has been so good that he has earned the chance to play even when Ellsbury returns. While Girardi won’t call Hicks his full-time center fielder, he admitted it won’t be easy to take him out of the lineup. “He’s going to play a lot,” Girardi said. “He’s going to continue to get a ton of at-bats.”
While it’s certainly a good problem to have to have too many capable outfielders, it’s still a problem. I’m all for giving guys (especially guys like Gardner and Ellsbury, who are super fragile) regular rest to keep them in good shape for the end of the season, but obviously someone is going to have to get the short end of the stick, playing time wise. You figure that it has to be Ellsbury (through really no fault of his own), but we shall see.
Anyhow, this was another excellent victory. Jordan Montgomery pitched another one of those decent starts that makes him a very valuable pitcher to have in the starting rotation. He is one of those guys who wows you by how much he excels withOUT wowing you, although on Friday he even broke out a few outright “wow” pitches, like some stunning curve balls. Knowing that they will at least have Severino and Montgomery for next year’s rotation is huge.
Speaking of Severino, let’s hope that he can keep the good times going Saturday night. Of course, the Red Sox and Rays both won, because, well, you know, evil division yadda yadda.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (R): (76.2 IP, 2.93 ERA) vs. Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (56.1 IP, 3.67 ERA)
1. Joey Rickard (R) LF .267/.295/.344
2. Trey Mancini (R) DH .290/.331/.531
3. Adam Jones (R) CF .259/.300/.436
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF .268/.329/.416
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B .228/.321/.461
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .286/.336/.519
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS .202/.237/.293
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C .255/.275/.396
9. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B—/—/—
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .266/.349/.512
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .315/.426/.550
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .330/.436/.670
4. Matt Holliday (R) 1B .269/.367/.516
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .319/.354/.491
6. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .256/.343/.471
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .324/.347/.479
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.307/.345
9. Austin Romine (R) C .227/.255/.330
You just know that Ruben Tejada’s going to end up doing something to hurt the Yankees tonight.
Gary Sanchez cracked two homers off David Price, and Michael Pineda struck out eight over seven dominant innings as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 9-1, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, taking two of three games in a showdown of American League East rivals.
The win was the Yankees’ fourth in five meetings with the Red Sox this year, increasing their lead over second-place Boston to three games. Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added a two-run drive in the fifth off Price, who came into the outing with controversy swirling.
Following Wednesday’s 8-0 Boston loss, Price had an outburst with a reporter that Red Sox manager John Farrell said would be “handled” after the left-hander took the mound. Price’s mood wasn’t likely to improve after he was thumped for six runs and eight hits in five innings.
How weird is it that Price can’t deal with the media when they’re not even really giving him any shit? So odd.
Anyhow, that was another amazing win. Not only did the Yankees win the series, but they dominated in their two wins while the Red Sox barely won their one win. At least now the Yankees can relax for their next seri…oh, it’s the Orioles, who just came back to win back-to-back games after trailing big in the ninth inning! This division is evil, people! EVIL!!!
Great work by Gary Sanchez (who also threw out the speedy Mookie Betts in the first) and Michael Pineda. Brett Gardner, by the way, has 13 home runs. Holy, Brady Anderson, Batman!!
Let’s hope that Jordan Montgomery can keep the good times going tonight against the redhot Baltimore Bucks!
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Red Sox: David Price (L): (12 IP, 3.00 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (64.2 IP, 3.76 ERA)
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .259/.336/.455
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .272/.343/.427
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .324/.381/.452
4. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B .265/.364/.460
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .247/.345/.420
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .229/.323/.429
7. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B .261/.320/.319
8. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B .225/.276/.400
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C .330/.358/.440
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.348/.500
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .319/.433/.563
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .321/.428/.668
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .270/.357/.519
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .317/.353/.493
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .248/.333/.419
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .319/.342/.478
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.308/.347
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .202/.292/.395
I’m fairly certain that David Price is the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball, which must mean he’s the best pitcher in baseball history, which means the Yankees probably don’t have any chance to do anything at all against him.
On the other hand, Michael Pineda is not even signed for next year. That means no team thinks he is good enough to even guarantee him a roster spot in 2018.
This could get ugly.
CC Sabathia continued his resurgence with his best start of the season while Didi Gregorius and Chris Carter homered off reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, leading the Yankees to an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia picked up the victory for his fifth consecutive start, permitting just five hits over eight scoreless innings, a 95-pitch gem that restored New York’s lead in the AL East to two games over Boston.
“There’s a long way to go, but it feels good to be contributing,” Sabathia said. “That’s the biggest thing. These guys have been playing well. It’s a young team, we’ve been playing really good. You just want to be a part of it.”
If you’re going to use a reference in your headline, you have to work that reference into one of your first couple of paragraphs. Come on, dudes! It was late in the article before they finally got to discussing CC’s great barehanded play. Meanwhile, MLB.com continues to call the Chris Carter home run that the umpires blew (it hit off of a fan in the seats and then went into Mookie Betts’ glove) as Betts “robbing” Chris Carter. It was a fine play by Betts, but it should have been a home run!
Anyhow, this was a great win. It was a much better win than Tuesday’s loss was a bad loss. It still galls the hell out of me, though, that the Orioles made an even BIGGER comeback on the Pirates last night. This goddamn evil, evil division.
Let’s hope that Michael Pineda can keep the good times going tonight!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Red Sox: Rick Porcello (R): (74.1 IP, 4.24 ERA) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (63.1 IP, 4.12 ERA)
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .264/.341/.464
2. Chris Young (R) LF .264/.347/.387
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .325/.383/.456
4. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .253/.352/.429
5. Sam Travis (R) 1B .500/.563/.643
6. Sandy Leon (S) C .224/.272/.374
7. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B .242/.306/.258
8. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .234/.329/.438
9. Deven Marrero (R) 3B .165/.205/.316
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.351/.508
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .329/.439/.579
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .328/.433/.683
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .271/.359/.525
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .314/.350/.484
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .248/.336/.425
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .313/.338/.455
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .225/.300/.342
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .183/.278/.357
Two former Cy Young winners face off in what will almost decidedly not be a pitchers’ duel.
Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs while Andrew Benintendi also went deep to continue Masahiro Tanaka’s baffling slide as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees, 5-4, on Tuesday evening at Yankee Stadium.
With the rivals meeting for just the third time this season, Boston’s big bats helped the Red Sox (32-25) close within one game of the division-leading Yankees (32-23), the closest they have been to first place since the beginning of play on April 21.
Obviously it is very frustrating to see Tanaka just keep getting thrown out there to suck each and every spot through the rotation (outside of a single good performance against Oakland, which might have said more about Oakland than it did about Tanaka), but if you accept that Tanaka just sucks now (as I do), then it is hard to get too worked up when he goes out and, well, sucks. In other words, if you are pretty sure that a guy is going to get his ass kicked and then he does, in fact, get his ass kicked, it is not nearly as disappointing as when one of your better pitchers gets his ass kicked. This had loss written all over it from the moment we saw that Tanaka was going to be pitching it.
Does it suck to have an automatic loss for the first game of a series against the Red Sox? Of course, but it is what it is. They still made it a close game, despite Tanaka putting them into a quick hole, which was nice to see.
All they need to do is take one of the next two games and they’ll still be in first place when this series is over. Of course, Baltimore also came back from being down 5-3 in the ninth inning to win their game 6-5 in 10 innings, so they gained ground, as well, so I certainly don’t wish to suggest that the Yankees will remain in first place for much longer if they can’t start stringing wins together better, but in the short term, all they need is one of these two games to stay in first place at the end of this series.
By the way, if anyone was hoping that the Yankees would end this Tanaka BS by pulling him from the rotation or putting him on the DL, it doesn’t seem like that that is happening any time soon. Let’s hope that CC can get the good times going again on Wednesday night.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Red Sox: Drew Pomeranz (L): (51 IP, 4.24 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (61 IP, 6.34 ERA)
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .264/.343/.468
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .269/.342/.413
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .330/.386/.463
4. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B .263/.361/.446
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .253/.354/.416
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .233/.331/.436
7. Christian Vazquez (R) C .344/.373/.458
8. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B .234/.286/.416
9. Deven Marrero (R) 2B .171/.213/.329
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .269/.355/.518
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .259/.350/.444
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .324/.429/.681
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .271/.361/.525
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.352/.489
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .321/.432/.577
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .308/.333/.454
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .228/.300/.348
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .180/.279/.333
If the Yankees needs to free up a 40 man roster spot any time soon, they should just designate Tanaka for assignment.
Last season, Severino finished with a 102 FIP- and 0.6 WAR. This year, he’s posted a 71 FIP- and 1.7 WAR. Last year, of the 273 pitchers who pitched at least 60 innings, Severino’s 0.6 WAR ranked 186th. This year, his 1.7 WAR ranks 12th, and seventh in the American League. That’s pretty good, if you weren’t aware.
So, how did we get here? Well, various ways. A little here, a little there. One thing that’s interesting is that Severino’s success isn’t a product of him having suddenly learned how to stop fly balls from becoming home runs. For the entire 2016 season, Severino’s home run rate on fly balls (HR/FB) was 16.4%; this season it’s 16.3%, which is, you know, the same. It’s 27th highest among qualified starters. And yet, he has improved significantly, which is impressive.
If not for the monster season Aaron Judge is having so far, Luis Severino might be the single most compelling player to watch on the Yankees. Not just for what he’s doing, but for how important his continued success will be as the Yankees try to build their rotation for the future.
Incidentally, this chart is all sorts of fun.
All MLB starting pitchers who have pitched enough innings to qualify for the ERA title and their average fastball velocity.
Luis Severino, 97.2 mph
Gerrit Cole, 96.1 mph
Stephen Strasburg, 95.6 mph
Carlos Martinez, 95.5 mph
JC Ramirez, 95.5 mph
Michael Fulmer, 95.4 mph
Chris Archer, 95.3 mph
Kevin Gausman, 95.0 mph
Justin Verlander, 95.0 mph
Jacob deGrom, 95.0 mph
Can he keep this up? We’ll see.
Monday, June 5, 2017
They lined up outside Rogers Centre by the thousands early on Sunday afternoon, hoping to collect one of the Josh Donaldson bobbleheads being handed out. The man of the hour sent the paying crowd and their tchotchkes home in style, launching a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning that lifted the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.
“I think we needed it,” said Toronto manager John Gibbons, after earning the series split. “I think it would have been a kick in the teeth had we not won that one. You lose three out of four at home, that’s never good—primarily because of where we’re sitting right now.”
Donaldson’s sixth home run of the season came off reliever Tyler Clippard, after starters Luis Severino and Marcus Stroman engaged in a pitchers’ duel that was as advertised—with both hurlers limiting their opponent to two runs. Matt Holliday drove in both runs off Stroman, denting the center-field wall with a fourth-inning double and legging out a sixth-inning fielder’s choice.
This division, man, it is just BRUTAL. The Blue Jays are a decent team and they’re in last place in this division!
Severino clearly didn’t have his best stuff today, so his performance was particularly impressive. It sucks that Tyler Clippard gave up the home run to Josh Donaldson, but sometimes your bullpen gives up runs, it happens. Aroldis Chapman’s return would be mighty nice, though, to get Betances back to the 8th inning (and even 7th inning with two outs, on occasion).
Just a quick thought - my favorite baseball player growing up (and I guess then he’s still my favorite baseball player, as things like that don’t really change) was Dave Winfield. At the end of his career, Winfield was a shell of his former self. He was so decrepit that the Cleveland Indians couldn’t even find a spot for him on their postseason roster (and just a few years earlier he literally WON the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays). Derek Jeter was awful when he retired. That’s how these things tend to go. You get old, you start to suck, you retire. So the fact that David Ortiz left the game while still playing awesomely? What a major boon that was for the other teams in the American League. I think about that as we get an off day before a big three-game series against Boston in the Bronx, which opens with Tanakatime, which does not bode well for the Yankees.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (61.1 IP, 2.93 ERA) vs. Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (R): (68.2 IP, 3.28 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .270/.356/.524
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .267/.353/.457
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .326/.433/.691
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .272/.363/.526
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .321/.358/.498
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .321/.434/.582
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .307/.333/.457
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .227/.300/.348
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B .154/.267/.231
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .269/.324/.434
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .281/.369/.614
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF .243/.353/.436
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .260/.318/.480
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .283/.348/.550
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS .250/.315/.388
7. Devon Travis (R) 2B .257/.285/.437
8. Chris Coghlan (L) LF .217/.313/.290
9. Luke Maile (R) C .123/.171/.215
I have a bad feeling about this game.
Jordan Montgomery turned in the first scoreless outing of his young career before Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius launched late back-to-back-to-back homers, powering the Yankees to a 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Brett Gardner started the long-ball barrage with an eighth-inning shot, as the Yankees tied a franchise record for homers in a single inning. Jason Grilli became the first reliever in Blue Jays history to surrender four homers in an inning.
“When they go back-to-back-to-back like that, it’s pretty impressive,” Gardner said. “It’s a lot of fun to be a part of. Those were important runs. It’s nice to get that cushion and give us a little bit of breathing room. That’s good stuff.”
It was, indeed, “good stuff,” Brett.
Jordan Montgomery has really solidified his rotation spot recently. He tends not to ever get his ass kicked and then he’ll have strong games like this one mixed in. It’s a very helpful thing with this offense to just have pitchers who don’t get their asses kicked, as this offense looks like they can get you five runs if you need five runs, so if you can hold the opposition to 4 runs, the Yankees are in good shape.
Annoyingly, Luis Severino and the Yankees have to win on Sunday to take the series. Four game series are annoying. So that does not bode well for the Yankees.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (50.1 IP, 4.11 ERA) vs. Blue Jays: Joe Biagini (R): (42 IP, 3.64 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .272/.360/.516
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .323/.438/.585
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .326/.431/.691
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .272/.365/.515
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .318/.356/.479
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .301/.328/.423
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.306/.356
8. Austin Romine (R) C .241/.270/.349
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B .200/.333/.300
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .270/.325/.437
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .296/.377/.648
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF .247/.359/.444
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .266/.324/.490
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .288/.350/.559
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS .256/.306/.397
7. Devon Travis (R) 2B .263/.291/.447
8. Darwin Barney (R) LF .239/.265/.303
9. Luke Maile (R) C .097/.149/.194
I have a bad feeling about this game.
Josh Donaldson homered twice to back Francisco Liriano’s successful return to the rotation and the Blue Jays withstood Aaron Judge’s Major League-leading 18th home run in a 7-5 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Rogers Centre.
Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11 games. Donaldson went deep in the first inning off New York starter Michael Pineda for Toronto’s first run, then notched his 11th career multi-homer contest by padding the lead with a sixth-inning solo shot off reliever Jonathan Holder.
“There’s been some guys that have been doing that since before I even came [off the disabled list],” Donaldson said of Toronto’s resurgent offense. “It’s nice to be a part of it right now, and it’s nice to see guys continue to have good at-bats and hitting balls out of the park.”
It’s tough to get too down about this loss. Michael Pineda has been so good this season that a stinker here and there can easily be forgiven. Meanwhile, once again the Yankees fell behind big early and then battled back to make a game of it. This offense is relentless. And all of this while playing their shittiest hitter at FIRST BASE. Just curious, what is everyone’s thoughts on the idea of maybe giving Pedro Alvarez a shot? Would he even be an improvement on Chris Carter? How hilarious (in a sad way) is it that Greg Bird is still out from an injury that the Yankees allowed him to PLAY THROUGH for almost a MONTH?! That’s bonkers. Just bonkers.
The Blue Jays, by the way, have now won 8 of 10 and are only seven games back. This division is EVIL! Evil, I say!!!
The Yankees have Jordan Montgomery going Saturday in Toronto. That does not bode well for the Yankees.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (59.2 IP, 3.32 ERA) vs. Blue Jays: Francisco Liriano (L): (28.1 IP, 6.35 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .278/.364/.528
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .270/.360/.470
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .326/.427/.680
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .271/.363/.512
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .319/.357/.469
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .317/.437/.579
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .303/.331/.429
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .237/.313/.364
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .179/.282/.330
The Blue Jays might be getting healthier but the Yankees showed why they are currently the best team in the American League East with a convincing 12-2 victory on Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
New York scored early and often against the surging Blue Jays, who entered this game having won eight of their last nine. Gary Sanchez led the way with a pair of home runs, Aaron Hicks went 4-for-5 with six RBIs, and every member of the starting lineup reached base at least once.
“Especially against a good offensive team like that, to have a little cushion, you just go out and relax,” said left-hander CC Sabathia, who was staked to an early 5-0 lead and cruised through most of his outing. “You try to pound the strike zone and get some early outs to get them back in the dugout swinging the bat.”
Wielding a sharp cutter, sinker and slider, Sabathia didn’t allow a run until the seventh, when Kendrys Morales hit a solo shot to right-center field for his 11th home run of the season. Sabathia won his fourth consecutive start, scattering five hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter.
That was acceptable. Imagine if Sanchez started hitting for power again? Holy shit. Him and Judge 2/3? Holy shit!
The Yankees got the game they lost to the Red Sox back, but only due to Baltimore beating the Red Sox. This freaking division, man, it is EVIL.
Let’s hope that Michael Pineda can keep the good times going Friday night!
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (57 IP, 4.42 ERA) vs. Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R): (68.2 IP, 3.15 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .276/.365/.529
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .263/.358/.411
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .327/.428/.690
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .261/.356/.509
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .324/.359/.475
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .307/.336/.439
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .298/.425/.545
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.310/.363
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .186/.286/.343
1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF .277/.333/.451
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B .289/.385/.556
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF .251/.362/.455
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH .259/.317/.476
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B .276/.344/.541
6. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS .254/.308/.394
7. Darwin Barney (R) 2B .245/.273/.311
8. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF .289/.340/.380
9. Luke Maile (R) C .073/.133/.182
This figures to be a blood bath. And not an enjoyable one if you’re a Yankee fan. But hey, we’ll always have that 20-5 streak to remember 2017, right?
Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and plated three and the Orioles’ struggling bats broke out in a big way on Wednesday night for a 10-4 victory over the Yankees at Camden Yards.
The win, Baltimore’s fifth in its last 19 games, dropped first-place New York to 13-12 on the road this season as the Orioles’ lineup supported a solid effort by starter Kevin Gausman. The Yankees have lost 11 straight series in Baltimore.
“We feed off the energy of the starting pitcher, and Gausman went out there and worked his tail off,” Jones said. “I know he wanted to go out there and go longer, but we appreciate his efforts, and he kept us in the game, and we were able to go out there and put some runs up against [Yankees starter Masahiro] Tanaka.”
Ugh, being barely over .500 on the road is not going to cut it. Especially with the Red Sox coming on strong.
Anyhow, the key story tonight is, “If he is not hurt, does Tanaka just suck now?” That is a scary thought, if true. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a pitcher to actually be hurt more than this, as if he is healthy and just can’t pitch well? That is a terrible position for this team to be in.
In any event, one slight positive from this game is that despite their early deficit, the Yankees actually challenged a few times early on. You have to give it to this team, no matter the deficit, they seem like they can make a run on ANYone at ANY time. It has been a long time since the Yankees have had an offense like that.
The Yankees’ road trip does not get much easier as they head to Toronto for a match-up with Marco Estrada (who dominated the Yankees earlier this season) and CC Sabathia, who is…well…CC Sabathia. That does not bode well for the Yankees.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (55.1 IP, 5.86 ERA) vs. Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (54 IP, 6.17 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .276/.364/.535
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .302/.432/.552
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .261/.355/.516
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .322/.358/.477
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .323/.423/.689
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B .236/.308/.370
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .289/.303/.371
8. Austin Romine (R) C .241/.271/.354
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B—/.250/—
1. Seth Smith (L) RF .254/.328/.412
2. Adam Jones (R) CF .258/.302/.411
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B .210/.292/.415
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .262/.317/.401
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B .223/.324/.446
6. Trey Mancini (R) LF .300/.348/.525
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .274/.326/.474
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C .253/.271/.422
9. J.J. Hardy (R) SS .213/.253/.308
Tanaka = guaranteed loss. And the Yankees are stuck with him for three more years after this.
Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each homered twice and Aaron Judge drove in a pair of runs to support a strong pitching performance by Luis Severino as the Yankees enjoyed a huge early cushion in Tuesday’s 8-3 series-evening victory over the Orioles.
The American League East-leading Yanks entered the day second in the AL in runs, but had averaged just 3.36 per game since May 18. They raised that number against O’s starter Chris Tillman, with Gardner hitting a leadoff blast and Holliday clearing the fences one out later.
“I think you can ask all our pitchers, they want an early lead they can work with,” Gardner said. “Offensively, we got off to such a great start early in the season, and the last week or two we’ve slowed down a little bit collectively. It’s nice to put some runs back up, put some crooked numbers on the board and give Sevvy a lead he’s comfortable with.”
New York added a run in the second before Holliday belted his second homer of the night off Tillman to help chase the Baltimore righty in the third.
Well, that was about as good as you could draw it up from a general standpoint, in that the offense was great and their starter was great. The bullpen was not only bad, but Girardi chose to use Adam Warren for a single batter in the 7th inning up 7 runs. That was strange. My only guess is that he wanted to let Warren pitch to Machado in a low-pressure situation to let Warren work on him for confidence in the future (as Machado has owned Warren so far in his career). That’s the only slightly rational reason I could come up with for letting Warren pitch to one batter in a seven-run game. And that’s probably not a good enough reason to use him, so that was likely a bad call there. Then Girardi had to go to Tyler Clippard after Bryan Mitchell became a batting practice pitcher in the 8th inning. So that was sub-optimal, but that stuff was not nearly as important as the main headline - Severino pitched well and the offense hit four home runs and scored 8 runs.
Tanaka will try to make Tanaka-time something that you can maybe actually look forward to again, as he tries to keep the good times going on Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (44 IP, 2.86 ERA) vs. Orioles: Chris Tillman (R): (25 IP, 3.24 ERA)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .273/.363/.503
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .264/.356/.418
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .257/.354/.480
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .320/.357/.479
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .319/.419/.687
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .309/.333/.436
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .295/.427/.554
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .231/.305/.369
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B—/.250/—
Nothing like helping a division rival end their seven game losing streak…
Monday, May 29, 2017
The Orioles used seven stellar innings from Dylan Bundy and a clutch two-out, two-run double from Jonathan Schoop to snap their season-high seven-game skid with Monday’s 3-2, series-opening win over the first-place Yankees at Camden Yards.
“It’s a challenge every day not living in that world, staying strong mentally through the challenges that every season presents, good and bad,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his club finally getting a W. “It’s one of those things—I talk to them all the time—that separate you from some people that don’t have the skills to do this. Everybody is skilled at this level.”
The Memorial Day win, which began a key homestand for Baltimore against New York and Boston, improves the O’s to an American League-best 16-7 at home. The Yankees, who started the day with a three-game lead in the AL East, couldn’t overcome a critical third-inning error by second baseman Starlin Castro.
“I always make that play. I just tried to attack it,” said Castro, whose one-out error permitted Mark Trumbo to reach base. “It’s a bad feeling right there. Tomorrow’s another day. We’ll come tomorrow and try to win.”
While it’s tough to lose due to a silly error like that and it’s also tough to see the offense be so anemic once again, it was also good to see Jordan Montgomery pitch pretty well and then Holder and Shreve were electric. It’s interesting, without Chapman here (and he’s apparently due back soon), it’s been been the top end of the bullpen that has been the iffiest (basically Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren). The bottom end of the bullpen has continued its strong play. Holder gave up a home run the other day and so did Chad Green, but in general, they’ve both been great, as has Chasen Shreve. I’m omitting Tommy Layne from the equation because he should not be on the team.
The Yankees take on the Orioles tomorrow, and hopefully Luis Severino can get the good times going again!