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Yankees.com: Yanks’ late surge isn’t enough against Royals
(30 Comments - 8/30/2016 6:00:37 pm)

Yankees (67-62) @ Royals (68-62), Monday, 8/29/2016, 8:15pm
(21 Comments - 8/29/2016 11:38:07 pm)

Orioles (70-59) @ Yankees (67-61), Sunday, 8/28/2016, TBD
(25 Comments - 8/29/2016 5:51:07 pm)

Yankees.com: Rookie monster: Sanchez powers Yanks by O’s
(12 Comments - 8/28/2016 12:17:20 pm)

Orioles (70-58) @ Yankees (66-61), Saturday, 8/27/2016, 1:05pm
(41 Comments - 8/27/2016 9:16:10 pm)

Yankees.com: Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O’s
(8 Comments - 8/27/2016 1:14:59 pm)

Orioles (70-57) @ Yankees (65-61), Friday, 8/26/2016, 7:05pm
(22 Comments - 8/26/2016 9:58:18 pm)

NY Post: Yankees face major road block on path to wild-card spot
(10 Comments - 8/26/2016 4:58:31 pm)

Yankees.com: Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years
(48 Comments - 8/26/2016 11:57:38 am)

Yankees.com: CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle
(41 Comments - 8/25/2016 4:16:48 am)


Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

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

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

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

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




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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yankees (67-63) @ Royals (69-62), Tuesday, 8/30/2016, 8:15pm

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R):  (168 IP, 3.11 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 4.4 bWAR) vs. Royals: Edinson Volquez (R):  (156.2 IP, 4.88 ERA, 4.37 FIP, -0.3 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.256/.345/.364, 2.2 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.261/.317/.367, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.398/.465/.864, 2.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.317/.468, 2.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.267/.300/.428, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.334/.403, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.329/.395, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.196/.283/.370, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.188/.188/.281, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.325/.418, 12.3 bWAR

Royals
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.239/.315/.338, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF (.287/.335/.408, 2.6 bWAR)
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.274/.336/.433, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.250/.318/.430, -0.2 bWAR)
5. Salvador Perez (R) C (.260/.295/.468, 2.7 bWAR)
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.227/.325/.394, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.296/.341, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Christian Colon (R) 3B (.236/.304/.276, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.191/.232/.298, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.314/.397, 9.7 bWAR

--Posted at 4:05 pm by SG / No Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks’ late surge isn’t enough against Royals

It has been years—decades?—since the Royals and Yankees squared off this late in the season with serious postseason hopes on the line for both teams.

And the surging Royals came out swinging first in the three-game set at Kauffman Stadium, punching across three runs in the first and then riding the strong pitching of right-hander Dillon Gee in an 8-5 win on Monday night.

The defending World Series champion Royals have won 18 of 22, and crept to just two games back of the Orioles in the American League Wild Card standings. The Yankees stayed 3 1/2 behind Baltimore.

Man, the middle of the Yankees’ bullpen suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. You can almost see how Swarzak looked like an option.

At least they somehow got the tying run to the plate in both the 8th and the 9th inning, which is impressive considering they were down 8-1 going into the 8th.

--Posted at 2:27 am by Brian Cronin / 30 Comments | - (0)




Monday, August 29, 2016

Yankees (67-62) @ Royals (68-62), Monday, 8/29/2016, 8:15pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (141.2 IP, 5.02 ERA, 3.86 FIP, 0.7 bWAR) vs. Royals: Dillon Gee (R):  (99 IP, 4.55 ERA, 5.06 FIP, 0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.263/.318/.370, 2.1 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.218/.274/.338, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.405/.468/.893, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.314/.462, 2.2 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.267/.301/.427, 0.9 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.335/.405, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.396, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.209/.300/.395, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.138/.138/.241, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.316/.419, 10.4 bWAR

Royals
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF (.239/.316/.340, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Cheslor Cuthbert (R) 3B (.291/.327/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF (.287/.333/.408, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B (.274/.337/.435, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Kendrys Morales (S) DH (.248/.316/.429, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Salvador Perez (R) C (.257/.292/.467, 2.6 bWAR)
7. Alex Gordon (L) LF (.226/.323/.394, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Alcides Escobar (R) SS (.265/.297/.336, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Raul Mondesi (S) 2B (.189/.232/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.261/.315/.406, 9.5 bWAR

Is today the day Aaron Hicks breaks out of his negative bWAR?

--Posted at 5:11 pm by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, August 28, 2016

Orioles (70-59) @ Yankees (67-61), Sunday, 8/28/2016, TBD

Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R):  (133 IP, 3.92 ERA, 4.35 FIP, 2.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (137.1 IP, 4.33 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 1.4 bWAR)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Steve Pearce (R) RF (.294/.375/.494, 2.0 bWAR)
2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.405, 1.6 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.306/.358/.564, 6.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Trumbo (R) DH (.257/.317/.537, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.227/.340/.482, 2.9 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.279/.312/.472, 1.8 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.295/.391, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Nolan Reimold (R) CF (.225/.298/.371, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.396/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.332/.477, 16.1 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.346/.367, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.218/.275/.339, -0.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.400/.467/.900, 2.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.204/.288/.346, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.314/.464, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.431, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) C (.234/.336/.406, 1.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.225/.319/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.287/.336/.436, 0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.319/.417, 9.5 bWAR

Yes, Gary Sanchez and his 90 PA leads the 2016 New York Yankee position players in bWAR.

--Posted at 11:23 am by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Rookie monster: Sanchez powers Yanks by O’s

- Gary Sanchez made history as he slugged the 11th home run of a blistering rookie month to remember, while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also launched deep drives in powering the Yankees past the Orioles, 13-5, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees posted a double-digit run total for the second consecutive game, thumping right-hander Dylan Bundy for five runs and seven hits over four innings.

Castro and Hicks each collected three RBIs to pace the squad, slugging a pair of two-run homers in the fifth inning off T.J. McFarland. The victory moved New York (67-61) a season-high six games over .500, and within 2 1/2 games of the O’s (70-58) for the second American League Wild Card slot.

Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.

Sanchez is doing things you just don’t see ballplayers do. This reminds me of A-Rod in 2007, except it’s a 23 year old catcher! Amazing.

The rest of the offense wasn’t too shabby themselves…

--Posted at 5:11 am by Brian Cronin / 12 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, August 27, 2016

Orioles (70-58) @ Yankees (66-61), Saturday, 8/27/2016, 1:05pm

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (R):  (81 IP, 3.33 ERA, 4.40 FIP, 1.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Chad Green (R):  (39.1 IP, 3.66 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 0.6 bWAR)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.305/.358/.564, 5.8 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.319/.396/.437, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.256/.314/.531, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.224/.337/.468, 2.6 bWAR)
5. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.477, 2.1 bWAR)
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.317/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Matt Wieters (S) C (.242/.296/.393, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.265/.304/.404, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Julio Borbon (L) CF (.222/.222/.222, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.268/.329/.483, 14.7 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.348/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.264/.318/.369, 2.2 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.403/.459/.883, 2.1 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.201/.287/.342, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.464, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.299/.421, 0.8 bWAR)
7. Brian McCann (L) DH (.228/.330/.399, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.269/.326, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.286/.324/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.255/.316/.405, 10.6 bWAR

Does Sanchez have a chance at Rookie of the Year?

--Posted at 10:54 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Sanchez show continues as Yanks thump O’s

Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez’s two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.

“Yeah, [I’m surprising myself] a little bit, but at the same time there’s a lot of hard work before every game,” Sanchez said. “That’s giving me good results right now.”

Gallardo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) in just 1 1/3 innings. Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley also hit two-run homers for New York, while Baltimore’s Manny Machado homered twice off Yankees starter Luis Cessa, who worked six innings of three-run ball to earn his second victory in as many Major League starts.

“Just up and wild in the strike zone and up,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Gallardo. “Never really got any sequences going. He had a chance to make a pitch in some counts and couldn’t make it, and he paid the price. He wasn’t the only one. We didn’t pitch well tonight on a lot of fronts.”

Gary freakin’ Sanchez. Wow.

While Sanchez is obviously THE story, there were a couple of other notable performances in the game, specifically Luis Cessa having another good start and Ben Heller making a great debut in the 8th inning (despite making an error).

It’s always fun watching young players doing well. Five games over .500 for the first time all season. That’s just hilarious.

--Posted at 12:34 am by Brian Cronin / 8 Comments | - (0)




Friday, August 26, 2016

Orioles (70-57) @ Yankees (65-61), Friday, 8/26/2016, 7:05pm

Orioles: Yovani Gallardo (R):  (90.1 IP, 5.08 ERA, 5.02 FIP, 0.8 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Luis Cessa (R):  (24.2 IP, 4.01 ERA, 5.58 FIP, 0.2 bWAR)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Adam Jones (R) CF (.276/.317/.457, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF (.321/.398/.440, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Manny Machado (R) 3B (.303/.357/.552, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Chris Davis (L) 1B (.223/.337/.468, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Mark Trumbo (R) RF (.257/.315/.535, 1.4 bWAR)
6. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B (.282/.315/.479, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH (.257/.318/.518, 0.5 bWAR)
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS (.267/.306/.407, 1.6 bWAR)
9. Francisco Pena (R) C (.222/.263/.306, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.330/.486, 15.4 bWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.347/.369, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.315/.368, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.389/.450/.847, 1.9 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.197/.285/.330, -0.7 bWAR)
5. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.283/.310/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.419, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) DH (.253/.329/.388, 1.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.222/.310/.417, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.277/.317/.426, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.318/.408, 10.7 bWAR

Cessa better fix that FIP or he’s got no chance at a career in MLB.

--Posted at 4:12 pm by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Yankees face major road block on path to wild-card spot

But with opportunity come challenges.

Chief among them is the fact that because the Yankees are facing several of the teams they need to pass in order to make an unlikely postseason bid, they’re going to have to beat some pretty good teams.

As play began Thursday, all but six of the games they have left are against teams with a winning record.

That fact, coupled with the games within their division, doesn’t bode well for the Yankees.

Why?

Because they are 38-39 against teams over .500 and are just 19-27 versus the rest of the AL East, which is why Baseball Prospectus has the Yankees’ odds of making the playoffs at just 4.3 percent.

Playoffs?! Don’t talk about playoffs! Are you kidding me? Playoffs?

--Posted at 12:13 pm by SG / 10 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yankees.com: Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings and Gary Sanchez homered yet again in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the Mariners Wednesday afternoon to close the series in Seattle. With its second consecutive win, New York took the three-game set.

“They pitched us well all series,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We haven’t been shut down like that in quite some time, and if you don’t score, it’s going to be tough to win.”

The Yankees’ right-hander earned his second win pitching opposite his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammate Hisashi Iwakuma. Tanaka scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five in his fourth straight win. The only other time the two starters faced each other was April 17, when the Yankees beat the Mariners, 4-3.

What in the world does the headline mean by “years”? Teix’s single? Weird headline, right?

Anyhow, another excellent start by Tanaka. After a bit of a rough patch, he’s righted his ship and is back to being the closest thing this team has had to an ace since CC Sabathia’s prime years.

And Gary Sanchez…wow. How amazing is it to watch this guy bat nowadays? They intentionally walked him twice tonight!!

This team continues to be a lot of fun to watch, even if they have no real shot at the playoffs. Although, they continue to hover around my personal benchmark for whether to realistically still watch September games and think that they have a chance, which is five games back on September 1st. If they’re within five games of a playoff spot on September 1st, I can at least convince myself that the September games matter. However, with this team, they’re a blast to watch even if the playoffs are a slim chance.

--Posted at 5:03 am by Brian Cronin / 48 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yankees.com: CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle

CC Sabathia got back on track and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run to open up a close game en route to a 5-1 Yankees win over the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. The Yankees evened the three-game series at a game apiece and knocked the Mariners back to two games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

“It comes down to location for CC, and avoiding some of the bad breaks that he gets,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “And tonight we got him some runs, too. That always helps, too. I know what his ERA is, but I’m going to tell you, he’s pitched a lot better than that ERA, I really believe.”

Sabathia had his best outing in months. For the first time since facing the Twins on June 16, the lefty allowed only a single run. Sabathia faced the minimum in four of the seven innings he pitched, only scattering three hits and walking one.

Great victory. CC was extremely sharp and the offense did well.

It’s crazy how fun this team is to watch again.

--Posted at 1:23 am by Brian Cronin / 41 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Yankees (63-61) @ Mariners (67-57), Tuesday, 8/23/2016, 10:10pm

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (130.1 IP, 4.49 ERA, 4.31 FIP, 1.1 bWAR) vs. Mariners: Aaron Brooks (R): (NR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.363, 2.0 bWAR)
2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.284/.312/.466, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.385/.429/.831, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.263/.298/.425, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.284/.330, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.333/.404, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.267/.333/.500, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.209/.264/.325, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.256/.301/.395, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.307/.406, 7.1 bWAR

Mariners
1. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF (.269/.367/.385, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Franklin Gutierrez (R) RF (.236/.322/.437, 0.4 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.294/.348/.522, 5.6 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.371/.547, 3.5 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.288/.366/.518, 5.6 bWAR)
6. Mike Zunino (R) C (.280/.396/.707, 1.5 bWAR)
7. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.437, 0.0 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.244/.310/.395, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.264/.292/.342, 0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.269/.334/.474, 18.3 bWAR

--Posted at 9:17 pm by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)



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