Friday, April 24, 2015
NEW YORK—Mark Teixeira homered twice off Jacob deGrom and Jacoby Ellsbury also cleared the fence in Friday night’s Subway Series opener, helping the Yankees snap the Mets’ 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games behind a strong performance from Michael Pineda, who limited the Mets to Lucas Duda’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly to notch his third consecutive victory. Pineda scattered five hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
deGrom was charged with six runs on eight hits over five innings. Teixeira’s first-inning homer snapped his 18 1/3 innings scoreless streak.
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF: (.200/.375/.220)
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF: (.270/.288/.286)
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B: (.351/.439/.526)
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) DH: (.273/.355/.418)
5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B: (.170/.250/.283)
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B: (.250/.394/.292)
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS: (.271/.314/.479)
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C: (.286/.375/.286)
9. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF: (.000/.143/.000)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.384/.317)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.388/.381)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.265/.419/.571)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.196/.323/.569)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.224/.273/.367)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.184/.241/.306)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.242/.309/.387)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.178/.283/.467)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.200/.260/.222)
Pitcher A vs. Pitcher B
Given these two lines, which one would you assume would be more effective going forward?
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Who says the Subway Series has run out of gas?
The New York Mets are “sizzling hot,” in the words of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, having won 11 straight games and on the verge of setting a franchise record. Meanwhile, the crosstown Bombers have shrugged off a slow start to win six of seven, including three straight in Detroit.
Now both teams will meet in a battle for Big Apple bragging rights. The three-game set kicks off Friday night at Yankee Stadium with reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom (2-1, 0.93 ERA) on the hill against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (2-0, 5.00).
“It’s going to be awesome,” Rodriguez said Thursday. “The Stadium should be rocking. Our fans are ready and their fans are ready, too. It’s fun for the players and even more fun for the fans.”
Thursday, April 23, 2015
DETROIT – One week ago, the Yankees were a lost team, having opened the season with a 3-6 record and three straight series losses to division foes.
Now, after six wins in their last seven games, the Yankees return home as one of the hottest teams in the American League, ready to take on the crosstown rival Mets – also known as the hottest team in baseball.
The Yankees pulled out a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, taking three of four from the Tigers despite dropping Monday’s season-opener.
“We did not play well those first five games,” Girardi said of the Yankees’ 1-4 start. “But we’ve seemed to turn it around and kind of have everything in order now.”
Masahiro Tanaka posted his second strong start in a row, holding the Tigers to one run on three hits and two walks, striking out six over 6.1 innings.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.279/.362/.295)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.308/.413/.410)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.196/.240/.326)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.244/.294/.400)
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.254/.313/.407)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.368/.442/.816)
7. Garrett Jones (L) 1B: (.263/.300/.421)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.190/.286/.500)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.205/.250/.227)
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.361/.378/.556)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.279/.318/.361)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.386/.453/.579)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.250/.400/.278)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.267/.302/.550)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.322/.328/.593)
7. Alex Avila (L) C: (.241/.405/.379)
8. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.275/.356/.431)
9. Hernan Perez (R) SS: (.167/.167/.167)
Detroit - Jacoby Ellsbury turned as if to start his swing and then crumpled to the ground after David Price’s pitch caught him square in the chest.
With temperatures in the 30s in downtown Detroit, this was no way to begin the game.
‘‘It felt like a frozen snowball or something, going at 93,’’ Ellsbury said.
Ellsbury shook off the pain and went to first base, and Price’s problems were only beginning. The New York Yankees scored six runs off him in the first inning amid swirling snow flurries, and they went on to a 13-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Price (1-1) allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings, his second straight terrible start against the Yankees. Detroit has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.263/.344/.281)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.344/.432/.844)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.267/.411/.600)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.200/.328/.556)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.225/.283/.400)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.171/.222/.268)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.241/.305/.370)
8. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.111/.150/.111)
9. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.286/.500)
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.406/.406/.625)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.298/.339/.386)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.389/.450/.593)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.265/.405/.294)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.281/.305/.579)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.304/.310/.589)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.298/.382/.468)
8. Alex Avila (L) C: (.240/.424/.400)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.400/.449/.489)
Cashman’s lust for power arms paid big dividends when Eovaldi muted the Tigers’ bats en route to a 5-2 win that was witnessed by 27,031 customers who sat through intense wind, a hard rain at times and temperatures that dropped from 50 degrees at first pitch to 42 for the final out.
“I changed my arm angle a bit,’’ said Eovaldi, who was very pedestrian in his first two Yankees starts. “My slider had depth and I made pitches when it needed to.’’
Eovaldi said the adjustment dealt with keeping his right hand closer to the body when he moved it backward at the beginning of the windup.
“His slider was good and the curveball was good,’’ manager Joe Girardi said of his starter, who had enough juice on the fastball that he reached 98 mph in the seventh inning after sitting for 30 minutes in the top of the frame when the Yankees scored three runs and sent nine batters to the plate.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.283/.356/.302)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.286/.390/.400)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.412/.643)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.190/.302/.548)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.257/.317/.457)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.276/.344/.690)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.260/.315/.400)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.158/.267/.421)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.143/.188/.143)
1. Anthony Gose (L) CF: (.393/.393/.643)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.321/.362/.415)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.400/.464/.620)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.290/.421/.323)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.245/.273/.547)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.302/.315/.585)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.295/.373/.477)
8. Alex Avila (L) C: (.182/.400/.318)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.439/.489/.537)
DETROIT—CC Sabathia on Monday night put together his best start of the season in terms of stuff, he said, and his final pitching line. But Sabathia’s first complete game since July 9, 2013, wasn’t enough as the Yankees lost to the Tigers, 2-1.
“I’ve been getting better every time out,” Sabathia said. “Obviously that’s not equating to wins or helping us, but hopefully I can put it together, start putting some starts like this together and help us win some games.”
Sabathia did his part. The left-hander allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five, needing only 98 pitches to get through eight innings.
Monday, April 20, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.364/.306)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.290/.405/.419)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.316/.447/.711)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.184/.306/.500)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.184/.238/.289)
6. Brian McCann (L) C: (.250/.316/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.234/.294/.383)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.167/.279/.444)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.189/.225/.189)
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF: (.250/.364/.393)
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B: (.306/.352/.408)
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B: (.426/.491/.660)
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH: (.310/.429/.345)
5. J.D. Martinez (R) RF: (.240/.269/.560)
6. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF: (.300/.314/.600)
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B: (.286/.354/.476)
8. James McCann (R) C: (.158/.200/.263)
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS: (.436/.476/.538)
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Headley followed Teixeira’s third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
“The best part about that is that it’s coming from different guys,” Headley said. “It’s not just one guy who’s carrying us every night, it’s coming from different guys. And that bodes well for us going forward.”
Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run home run in the first inning and connected for a fifth-inning RBI double as part of a three-hit performance against Pineda, who recovered to fire 5 2/3 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball and earn his second win of the season. Dellin Betances recorded five outs and Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Two things stood out for me about today’s game [EDITED TO ADD: And dakranker pointed out an excellent third thing that I felt was so notable that I added it to the list].
1. Once again, the offense showed up and
2. Betances is really looking like he’s rounding into form. It is beginning to look like he and Miller might very well be the impressive tandem we were expecting when the season started. Not only that, but by making Miller the closer (which seems to have happened almost by accident), it has allowed Betances to be used more efficiently, throwing more than an inning in prettty much every game he’s pitched this season. Can you imagine if Andrew Bailey heals to the point where he can be a reliable late-inning reliever? They could have Bailey close and have Betances and Miller available to pitch multiple innings and, well, that would be very effective.
3. After being unremarkable to poor for the first eleven games, the defense was excellent today. Stephen Drew, in particular, was outstanding. Good to see it.
Michael Pineda was far from great today, but he was decent enough. Souza just kind of owned him today. The lineup looks a lot better with current A-Rod batting third instead of current Beltran. Hopefully A-Rod maintains his third spot even when Beltran returns, but Girardi has already pretty much said otherwise (he’s correct that it it not a lot of sample size still). A-Rod just looks locked in and not only that, but the Tampa Bay pitchers seem to legitimately fear him now. Some of his walks seemed to be of the “I’m not giving you a good pitch to hit” variety. Garrett Jones and Brian McCann are now tied for the team lead in triples, with one apiece. I’m sure we all knew that that would happen.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner continue to play well. Did you know Ellsbury is 3-4 in RISP but has not had a ribbie yet this season? Nuts, no?
CC pitches tomorrow in Detroit, so, well, the good times are likely going to take a bit of a detour. At least the Yankees won’t face Cy Greene in the Detroit series.