Saturday, June 25, 2016
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.315/.346/.470, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.283/.413/.504, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.274/.371/.395, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.334/.415, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.247/.313/.416, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.280/.308/.384, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) 1B (.197/.283/.423, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.272/.312/.418, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.198/.238/.339, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.329/.419, 5.6 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.406, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.253/.368/.358, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.287/.326/.574, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.264/.401, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.323/.414, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.180/.271/.263, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.416, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.319/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.331/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.317/.407, 5.4 bWAR
Did you know the Yankees are 8-1 against the Angels and Twins and 28-35 against the rest of the teams they’ve played?
Despite an uncharacteristically laborious outing from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees capitalized on three Twins errors, plating three unearned runs on the way to a 5-3 series-opening victory over Minnesota on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
With the Yankees trailing, 2-0, in the third inning, the veterans stepped up, as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez notched an RBI single to knot the score. After the Twins put another run on the board in the fourth, the Yankees struck back with two of their own in the home half following a Joe Mauer fielding error to take the lead for good. Aaron Hicks added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer against his former club.
Alex Rodriguez knocks a single into left and Carlos Beltran beats the throw to the plate, then A-Rod advances to second on a throwing error
“It seems like this year in particular that we’ve had trouble in getting off the field after we’ve scored,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “It really does change the course of how games go when you get another offensive chance with a zero on the board.”
Tanaka was shaky after a 1-2-3 first, needing 95 pitches to get through six innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs before handing the game over to the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen behemoth of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. The trio promptly went nine-up, nine-down, notching five strikeouts—including three from Chapman, who at one point threw 10 straight pitches at 100 mph or faster.
When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to make weird errors to beat them with your best pitcher on the mound, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.
Mark Teixeira returns to the lineup on Saturday, which will be maddening, as it is likely that “almost surely still injured” Teixeira will not outhit Rob Refsnyder, and yet Teixeira will get his lineup spot back guaranteed.
Friday, June 24, 2016
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.316/.347/.474, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.294/.425/.523, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) 1B (.277/.373/.400, 1.8 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.244/.332/.409, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.259/.326/.435, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.281/.310/.388, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) DH (.200/.283/.429, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.266/.307/.409, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.195/.236/.331, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.337/.420, 6.0 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.375/.366, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.288/.339/.404, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.323/.573, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.215/.259/.399, -0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.419, 0.1 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.251/.328/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.320/.419, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.214/.266/.307, -0.5 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.272/.286/.432, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.313/.415, 3.1 bWAR
Isn’t it hilarious that you can make a case that Carlos Beltran is the Yankees’ most valuable position player this year but he’s not been as valuable as Nun-E™? It’s hilarious, really.
Ike Davis is still waiting for his first at-bat in Yankee Stadium since signing with the team last week.
In two games against right-handed starters, Davis stayed on the bench in favor of Rob Refsnyder.
And with Mark Teixeira potentially on the verge of rejoining the Yankees on Saturday after rehabbing a knee injury, it’s anyone’s guess how many chances Davis will get in The Bronx.
It’s hardly the first time things haven’t gone according to plan for the former Met.
“I think I’ve had a great experience,” said Davis, who signed with the Yankees after being released by the Rangers this month. “I don’t think I performed the way I wanted to or that my career has gone the way I hoped it would go. But I also had a lot of weird things happen and I don’t think that’s given enough credit. I ran into some bad luck.”
Does anyone else think the Yankees just signed Davis to a major league deal so people would stop noting that they haven’t signed a major league free agent since whatever date it was that they hadn’t?
Anyway, I sure hope the $1.5M contract for Davis was pro-rated.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Starlin Castro hit a walk-off home run on the second pitch he saw from Jason Motte in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 9-8 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to earn a split of the two-game Interleague series at Yankee Stadium.
“It feels great,” Castro said. “Especially to win the game like that in the ninth, it feels awesome. This is the first time I hit a homer to win the game.”
Trailing by four runs heading to the seventh, Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius lined a run-scoring single as the Yankees sent 10 men to the plate, tying the game against Colorado relievers Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Miguel Castro. Aroldis Chapman picked up the victory after working a scoreless top half of the ninth.
“That shows that we never give up,” Gregorius said. “The bullpen kept us there. We put up some runs and then tied the game. Castro hit a big walk-off homer. It’s good that we kept fighting.”
Nick Hundley’s three-run homer highlighted the early barrage against starter CC Sabathia, who was unable to hold a lead provided by Chase Headley’s second-inning grand slam. Charlie Blackmon also lined a two-run single off Sabathia, who permitted six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings. Ryan Raburn added a two-run shot in the fifth off Anthony Swarzak.
This team is terrible, but come on, you have to admit that it is still fun when they win games like this.
But yeah…wow, this team is bad. Yay, Beltran, though!
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.295/.357/.500, 1.1 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.324/.388/.492, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.295/.368/.590, 3.6 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.317/.362/.556, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.324/.549, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Ryan Raburn (R) DH (.246/.331/.465, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.288/.358/.447, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Nick Hundley (R) C (.253/.379/.468, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Brandon Barnes (R) LF (.162/.225/.270, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.288/.355/.514, 10.9 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.279/.333/.406, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.370/.367, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.286/.318/.563, 0.7 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.216/.261/.405, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.321/.412, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.404, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.317/.420, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.325/.341, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.300/.345/.420, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.319/.418, 5.9 bWAR)
I am positive the Yankees will win today as they continue to delude themselves into thinking they are contenders.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Charlie Blackmon homered twice and Nolan Arenado claimed the Major League lead with his 21st long ball of the season, helping to lead the Rockies to an 8-4 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Blackmon led off the game with a home run that struck the right-field foul pole, then went deep again in the fourth inning off Yankees starter Ivan Nova, who was hammered for six runs (five earned) and eight hits in four-plus innings. Arenado slugged a two-run shot in the sixth off Nick Goody.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis limited New York to four runs (two earned) over six innings, tying a career high with eight strikeouts as he defeated the Bronx Bombers for the second time in a week. DJ LeMahieu contributed three hits for Colorado.
Oh man, they are so bad. I think I’m okay with giving Severino Nova’s rotation spot again. At least Severino is young.
One good thing - Refsnyder got the start against the righty and he did well. Nice job by Girardi. I was afraid that he would do a strict platoon with Davis and Refsnyder. Glad that my fears were misplaced.
1. Charlie Blackmon (L) CF (.292/.357/.475, 1.0 bWAR)
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B (.318/.384/.489, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B (.288/.364/.576, 3.5 bWAR)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF (.311/.355/.549, 1.8 bWAR)
5. Trevor Story (R) SS (.264/.323/.550, 1.7 bWAR)
6. Daniel Descalso (L) DH (.394/.487/.576, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Mark Reynolds (R) 1B (.290/.362/.448, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Ryan Raburn (R) LF (.245/.333/.473, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Tony Wolters (L) C (.204/.297/.276, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.287/.354/.503, 11.5 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.252/.362/.362, 1.3 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.283/.316/.567, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.220/.267/.413, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.219/.322/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.285/.406, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.405, 0.6 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.255/.330/.348, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.221/.273/.316, -0.6 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.283/.333/.391, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.313/.410, 3.6 bWAR
Hal Steinbrenner doesn’t seem to favor the idea of selling.
The Yankees owner, enthused by his team’s improved play over the last month, said he expects his club to be a factor in acquiring talent by the trade deadline.
“I believe we’re going to be right smack in the middle of it by the end of July,” he said Monday at Cipriani in Midtown Manhattan at the annual Harlem RBI “Bids for Kids” fundraising dinner. “We’ll have to see at the end of July, like we always do. We’ll take a look at everything.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Trevor Plouffe evaded Brian McCann’s tag to score the go-ahead run as part of a four-run sixth inning, helping lift the Twins to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees on Sunday as the clubs completed a four-game series at Target Field.
Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple highlighted a rally against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who had limited the Twins to a Max Kepler home run through the first five innings. Kepler added a run-scoring single and Kurt Suzuki stroked an RBI double as part of the big inning, which included a video review that overturned an initial out call on Plouffe.
“Offensively, we had to scratch—Eovaldi was good,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “[Plouffe] made a pretty athletic slide. ... We got the call reversal, which was huge, and we added on a little bit. And then we had to hold on.”
Ervin Santana held the Yankees to two runs over seven innings to pick up the victory, snapping the Twins’ five-game losing streak. McCann hit two solo home runs on 3-for-4 day, smashing out of an 0-for-15 skid, and Alex Rodriguez punched an RBI single in the fourth inning.
It’s crazy how the Yankees won 3 out of 4 games in this series despite being pretty terrible in most of the games. This offense is so, so bad.
Speaking of “so bad,” Dellin Betances was awful in the sixth inning today. Nathan Eovaldi was pitching well, so I get why the Yankees stuck with him in the sixth, but he sure picked a bad time to collapse and Betances wasn’t much better.
A very bad loss.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
This was “a good character win” for the Yankees, in Alex Rodriguez’s eyes, as his team hit a pair of late homers that allowed them to withstand a shaky outing by closer Aroldis Chapman. It remains to be seen if this is the series that will finally vault them over .500 for good.
The Yankees returned to the break-even mark on Saturday with their third straight victory over the Twins, posting a 7-6 victory that put them back in the middle of the road after 68 games. They’ve seen their past win streaks followed by dips, but Rodriguez wants to believe this time will be different.
“I think it’s important for us to stay consistent,” Rodriguez said. “The one thing that for us is very important as an offense is to get runs early. The numbers when we get ahead early, when we score four runs; we’re 27-5 when we score four or more runs. As an offense, that should be a goal for us every night.”
Rodriguez clearly has done his research; he was thumping a similar objective of five-runs-or-better earlier in the season. That didn’t materialize, but maybe that’s because they hadn’t seen the Twins yet. Rodriguez hit his 695th career homer off Ricky Nolasco in the seventh inning, halving New York’s deficit to 4-2 at the time.
First off. how amazing is it that A-Rod can tell a reporter those numbers off the top of his head?
Anyhow, once again, a pathetic performance for most of the game turned into something special in the late innings. Ricky Nolasco, who isn’t that good, dominated the Yankees. Luckily, the Twins’ bullpen is pretty, pretty bad. A-Rod hit a two-run home run, Carlos Beltran hit a game-tying home run (now putting Beltran two homers off of the Major League lead in dingers!!!) and then the Yankees scored three runs in the ninth on a big two-run single by Jacoby Ellsbury and then a sacrifice fly by Gardner.
So the Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth up by three runs. Aroldis Chapman got the first two outs by strikeouts and then gave up his first home run since last August to Eduardo Escobar!! Just the fourth home run Chapman had given up since 2014!! Then Kurt Suzuki came up and had a hell of a battle with Chapman, a battle that ended up with ANOTHER home run! I am sure John Sterling noted that you can’t predict baseball. Then Chapman closed the victory out.
The Yankees are back to .500. Let’s see if they can get over .500 with a sweep of the Twins tomorrow. Eovaldi has been awful in June, though, so it’s not likely.