Friday, July 22, 2016
1. Denard Span (L) CF (.254/.334/.343, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Angel Pagan (S) LF (.291/.332/.426, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Brandon Belt (L) 1B (.285/.389/.491, 2.7 bWAR)
4. Buster Posey (R) C (.286/.360/.473, 2.9 bWAR)
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS (.276/.346/.438, 3.7 bWAR)
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B (.250/.299/.400, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Jarrett Parker (L) DH (.255/.367/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Ramiro Pena (S) 2B (.348/.377/.500, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Gregor Blanco (L) RF (.245/.330/.347, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.350/.425, 11.3 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.261/.352/.366, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.300/.339/.548, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.210/.260/.371, -0.8 bWAR)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.326/.389, 1.9 bWAR)
6. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.260/.327/.344, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Austin Romine (R) C (.264/.277/.434, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.194/.257/.296, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.232/.289/.333, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.310/.402, 5.2 bWAR
This would be a fun pitching matchup if the Yankees’ offense wasn’t so terrible.
The expectation with the Yankees, who are now five back in the Wild Card (and six back in the division), is that they’ll still trade Aroldis Chapman and perhaps a few others by the deadline. But those might not be the most drastic moves made in New York over the coming weeks.
According to Jon Heyman, if the Yankees do sell at the deadline, that could set off a domino effect that ends with multiple well-paid veterans getting the boot:
Some New York Yankees people have discussed whether, if they decide to sell, they might consider releasing great veterans Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez to get on with the rebuild.
Both Teixeira and Rodriguez are in the midst of horrendous seasons. Teixeira entered Thursday hitting .189/.271/.320 (a 59 OPS+), while Rodriguez’s .213/.264/.376 (70 OPS+) effort isn’t much better. Neither has youth on their side (Teixeira is in his age-36 season; Rodriguez his age-40 campaign), meaning the only impediment is money. Consider that no impediment at all on Teixeira’s side, since he’ll be a free agent at season’s end. Rodriguez, conversely, is due more than $20 million for next season, which might make an outright release tougher to swallow.
I could see releasing Teixeira if Greg Bird was around. But it’s not like Teixeira’s blocking someone right now, and his glove is still useful enough in those rare games he plays in.
As for Rodriguez, you could conceivably release him and free up DH for Carlos Beltran and bring up Aaron Judge to play RF. But if they are going to rebuild, they should be trading Beltran anyway. And even if Rodriguez’s days as a productive MLB player are done, he seems to have some usefulness as a mentor to younger players, and it might be good for Judge to pick Rodriguez’s brain a bit before he’s gone. So releasing Rodriguez also doesn’t make much sense to me.
Both moves only make sense if you consider it as a definitive statement that they are punting on 2016. And even then, I don’t see the benefit to it.
I wouldn’t be particularly upset if they did do it, it would just feel like an empty gesture to me.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Chris Tillman worked seven strong innings, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a pair of runs and the Orioles snapped their four-game losing streak—and New York’s four-game winning streak—with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Tillman (14-2) scattered four hits, walking two and striking out seven as he won his fourth consecutive start, again holding the opponent to exactly one run. Baltimore improved to 10-0 in games that the right-hander has started against the American League East this season.
CC Sabathia was charged with the loss on his 36th birthday. The left-hander retired 15 of 17 through one stretch but allowed four runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, permitting a two-run single to Hardy in the first inning and a two-run double to Schoop in the seventh.
CC really wasn’t that bad. This loss is almost entirely on the offense. Not that CC was great, but he wasn’t terrible. And if he had any run support, he wouldn’t have been pitching in the seventh inning.
Honestly, CC has been a very pleasant surprise this season. Him being an okay pitcher is pretty nice to see. Very few things have been pleasant about this team.
Hopefully this means they’ll sell now!
1. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.263/.331/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.294/.327/.509, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.308/.366/.550, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.285/.338/.564, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.236/.347/.491, 2.5 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.264/.296/.404, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Ryan Flaherty (L) RF (.227/.313/.341, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.155/.211/.179, -0.7 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (—-/—-/—-, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.332/.483, 12.2 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.351/.367, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.330/.383, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.304/.343/.555, 1.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.237/.340/.439, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.189/.271/.320, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.328/.462, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.264/.376, -0.7 bWAR)
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.294/.406, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.224/.284/.328, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.258/.318/.416, 7.5 bWAR)
I feel we can count on CC to stop this annoying winning streak. Remember when he had an ERA two points lower than his FIP?
NEW YORK—The New York Yankees aren’t making this easy for anyone. Not for their fans, not for their ownership, not for the people entrusted with making their personnel decisions, and not for the people who are paid to report daily on what they could/should/might/will/won’t do at the upcoming trade deadline.
Most of all, they are not making it easy for themselves.
Just when it appeared that we could all agree on a course of action come Aug. 1—Sell! Sell!! SELL!!!—they go and win four in a row, including three straight from the Baltimore Orioles, knocking the O’s into a tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the American League East.
Wednesday night’s 5-0 win at Yankee Stadium vaulted the Yankees to a pinnacle they haven’t seen since April 12. Even if it is a modest achievement to be two games over .500, it at least indicates that there might be some life left in this aging, overpaid, underperforming roster.
And if they can pull off a sweep in Thursday afternoon’s finale, and the Red Sox lose to the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees will find themselves just 4 1/2 games out of first place, nearer than they’ve been to the promised land since April 27 and, believe it or not, closer to first place than their crosstown rival Mets, who only went to the World Series last year.
If they were going to pull this crap, why couldn’t they at least have won the series with Boston first?
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Michael Pineda’s electric slider produced eight strikeouts, Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup and the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, a 5-0 decision over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
Pineda blanked Baltimore in a 113-pitch effort, limiting their depleted batting order to five hits and two walks as he picked up his first victory since June 7. Teixeira provided support against O’s starter Yovani Gallardo, slugging his eighth homer in the fourth inning and working a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.
“Pitching is the name of the game, especially starting pitching,” Teixeira said. “When your starter goes out there and gives you a chance to win every night, you feel good about your chances. Mike was great tonight. He’s got No. 1 stuff; this guy throws 96 [mph] with a great slider. When he puts it all together, he can have nights like he did tonight.”
Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each tripled and scored on sacrifice flies for the Yankees, who improved to 48-46, two games over .500 for the first time since April 12. Carlos Beltran launched his 20th home run in the eighth inning off former Yankee Chaz Roe.
It is hilariously sad that two games over .500 is their highwater mark of the season. And it is equally hilariously sad that they last reached that mark in April.
Did you folks know that this is the first game that Pineda didn’t allow a run in all season? What a weird tease that guy is.
Anyhow, the Yankees are still a bad team, but now they’re apparently a bad team who is going to win just enough games to take themselves out of being sellers and thus hurting their future as a result. Blech.
Although, I’ll be honest, if the Yankees actually think that they can be competitive next season, I can see the appeal of trying to keep the Big Three together. There’s something very special about seeing a 2-0 lead in, say, the fourth inning and instinctively think, “Just two more innings.” The Big Three, though, deserve a better team. They deserve a team where a 2-0 lead after four innings isn’t a shocking surprise.
1. Joey Rickard (R) RF (.269/.320/.379, -0.4 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.298/.331/.514, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.307/.443, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) 1B (.284/.337/.563, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.250/.316/.484, 0.1 bWAR)
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.259/.292/.402, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.269/.333/.438, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B (.233/.320/.349, 0.8 bWAR)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.160/.218/.185, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.317/.453, 6.3 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.352/.361, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.331/.385, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.301/.341/.544, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.239/.338/.442, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.186/.263/.305, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.299/.332/.468, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.410, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.197/.261/.301, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.219/.282/.297, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.318/.408, 7.7 bWAR)
This has to be the most disappointing winning streak ever. Although, when I see the lineup the Orioles have been running out there every night, I’m glad they are getting their correction.
I just wish they would have waited three more days to start.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Starlin Castro homered and drove in four runs to lead the Yankees to their third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the division-leading Orioles on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Castro hit a two-run shot, his 11th, off Baltimore starter Vance Worley in the second inning and contributed a two-run double facing reliever Odrisamer Despaigne in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a run-scoring single and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the eighth inning for the Yankees, who improved to 47-46, 6 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the American League East.
Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi worked 5 1/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball in his return to the rotation, but reliever Anthony Swarzak recorded the biggest outs of the evening, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth. Swarzak retired all eight Orioles he faced.
Some very impressive pitching by the Yankees tonight. It was especially cool to see Swarzak dominate with the Yankees’ Big Three out for tonight’s game after pitching in each of the last two games (Chapman tied his own record for the fastest recorded pitch ever on Monday).
This is still a bad team, but this was a strong performance by the Yankees tonight.
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.308/.445, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Joey Rickard (R) LF (.265/.317/.373, -0.4 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.311/.367/.555, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.287/.340/.569, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.301/.334/.520, 2.6 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.249/.316/.486, 0.1 bWAR)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.263/.297/.409, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C (.167/.226/.192, -0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B (.236/.319/.354, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.274/.325/.473, 10.6 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.353/.362, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.271/.330/.384, 1.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.303/.339/.548, 1.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.242/.339/.448, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.264/.382, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.296/.327/.466, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.258/.294/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.325/.380, 1.8 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.269/.330/.355, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.324/.420, 10.1 bWAR
Only Eovaldi can save us from another annoying victory. For a team that’s 15 games over .500, the Orioles lineup sort of stinks, doesn’t it?
Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th home run, Ivan Nova hurled six solid innings and Aroldis Chapman wowed the crowd with a 105.1-mph fastball, leading the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Orioles on Monday at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez’s second-inning blast off Kevin Gausman soared into the left-field bleachers and marked his first home run since June 18, exactly one month prior. It was Rodriguez’s ninth home run of the season, and the slugger said that he has been working on hitting the ball in the air more often.
“I haven’t hit one in so long,” Rodriguez said. “Every game is so important right now, we definitely want to keep all the guys around and keep this team together. We feel like the best baseball is ahead of us, so we have to continue to play well.”
Isn’t the A-Rod stuff a BIT misleading since he barely played during the last month?
Anyhow, quality win for a non-quality team. They’re not seriously going to avoid selling just by being around .500, are they?
Monday, July 18, 2016
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.262/.309/.447, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.302/.335/.515, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.312/.369/.558, 4.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.287/.339/.571, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Matt Wieters (S) C (.253/.307/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.254/.322/.497, 0.2 bWAR)
7. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.268/.298/.417, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nolan Reimold (R) LF (.273/.329/.445, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B (.234/.314/.355, 0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.278/.329/.487, 12.5 bWAR)
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.354/.364, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.275/.334/.389, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.297/.334/.542, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.244/.340/.451, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.214/.259/.367, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.299/.330/.471, 1.6 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.294/.395, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.254/.328/.384, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.267/.330/.356, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.265/.325/.420, 10.1 bWAR)
Challenged in what manager Joe Girardi described as “probably as important a game as we’ve had in July,” the Yankees responded behind six strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka to post a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, salvaging the finale of a three-game series.
Tanaka limited Boston to just three hits in an 87-pitch performance as he walked one and struck out seven to outduel David Price, who surrendered 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. All of New York’s damage off Price came in a three-run fourth inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits by Starlin Castro, Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury.
“We didn’t necessarily have a meeting and talk about how important tonight’s game was, but I think everybody understood the importance,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “We needed to win today.”
Sure, it was the challenge, Not Tanaka giving up just one run, It was the response to being challenged. Surprisingly, they won’t respond to the challenge tonight when they have a shittier pitcher going.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
NEW YORK—Things are becoming awfully silly around Yankee Stadium these days. First, there was The Wave breaking out when the home team was losing 5-1. Then, a raucous ovation for David Ortiz when he lined a ninth-inning single, a sure sign that there were few, if any, Yankees fans remaining in the building.
Finally, there was this gem from the manager after his team had to start a pitcher whose ERA was 8.59 and was making his first appearance after a three-week banishment to the minors:
“[Tomorrow] is probably as important a game as we’ve had in July in a long time.”
I mean, who is kidding whom here?
Sunday night’s finale of the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox may be an intriguing pitching matchup—the always-steady Masahiro Tanaka versus the very puzzling David Price—but for the Yankees, it’s about as important as the first day of pitchers’ fielding practice in spring training.
If the Yankees win it, good. They will draw, once again, to within one game of .500 and, with luck, within 8 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles.
And if the Yankees lose it, better. That will mean they are one day closer to the trade deadline and, presumably, one loss closer to convincing the holdouts in the club’s front office to do what every rational mind knows must be done to this roster: dismantle it and start over.
Sabathia has not won a game since June and has now lost his past three decisions. He has allowed 25 earned runs, 39 hits and five home runs in his past 28 1/3 innings—and surrendered five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings on Saturday.
I expected Sabathia to regress. I didn’t expect him to completely implode. A few weeks ago he may have been an interesting trade piece for a contender, although the Yankees would have likely had to pay some of his salary along side him. Now, I can’t see anyone taking a chance on him, especially with him being under contract through 2017 as well.
Anyway, yay loss. Eight more to go in my dream of the Yankees coming out of the All Star Break and going 0-10.
I am certain they will win tonight just to spite me.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Ryan Hanigan, Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts each celebrated their return from the All-Star break with homers off Yankees starter Michael Pineda, leading the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The trio of blasts supported a strong effort by right-hander Steven Wright, who retired the first 14 men he faced and held the Yanks scoreless until the sixth. Wright permitted three runs and three hits over six innings, improving to 4-1 lifetime against the Yankees.
“Very good combination,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Steven came out, was throwing a lot of strikes, there was quite a bit of violence to his knuckleball. We’ve been swinging the bat better. When we finished out the homestand right before the break, it started to carry through here right in the middle innings.”
The win was the eighth in the last 10 games for the Red Sox, who remain two games behind the Orioles in the American League East. New York is under .500 after the All-Star break for the first time since 1995.
This team is bad. However, Steven Wright also owns the Yankees, so as bad as the team is, this loss really wasn’t all that bad.
But yes, they’re bad. And they should sell. Just saying that as far as losses go, this really wasn’t that bad. The team, though, definitely IS bad.