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NY Post: Yankees face major road block on path to wild-card spot
(10 Comments - 8/26/2016 4:58:31 pm) Yanks overpower Mariners with youth, years
(48 Comments - 8/26/2016 11:57:38 am) CC, Ells help Yanks draw even in Seattle
(41 Comments - 8/25/2016 4:16:48 am)

Yankees (63-61) @ Mariners (67-57), Tuesday, 8/23/2016, 10:10pm
(17 Comments - 8/25/2016 2:43:33 am)

NY Post: Yankees’ pen blows it to waste Gary Sanchez’s awesome night
(30 Comments - 8/23/2016 11:14:42 pm)

Yankees (63-60) @ Mariners (66-57), Monday, 8/22/2016, 10:10pm
(47 Comments - 8/23/2016 4:30:58 pm) Green gets tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked
(33 Comments - 8/22/2016 10:23:13 pm)

Yankees (63-59) @ Angels (51-72), Sunday, 8/21/2016, 3:35 PM ET
(19 Comments - 8/21/2016 6:22:08 pm)

NYDN: Luis Cessa sparkles in 1st big-league start as Yankees top Angels
(3 Comments - 8/21/2016 1:18:32 pm)

Yankees (62-59) @ Angels (51-71), 9:35pm
(38 Comments - 8/21/2016 2:11:54 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.

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

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.

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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)

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

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.


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 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 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)

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

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)

NY Post: Yankees’ pen blows it to waste Gary Sanchez’s awesome night

SEATTLE — There’s no stopping Gary Sanchez.

The Yankees, though, are a different story.

The rookie catcher smacked two more home runs Monday night in a 7-5 loss to the Mariners, as the Yankees continue to fall behind in the postseason race.

“It’s hard to explain,” Sanchez said through a translator of his hot start. “I’m just trying to put a good swing on the ball, and I’m getting good results.”

The same can’t be said of the bullpen, which had done well immediately following the departure of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller but has sprung some leaks of late.

After Michael Pineda left with two on and one out in the sixth, Tommy Layne got Adam Lind to pop out, but Anthony Swarzak hung a 3-2 slider to Mike Zunino, who made him pay with a three-run homer to put the Mariners ahead.

“I tried to execute my slider, and I didn’t make the pitch,” Swarzak said. “We need every game now, especially with an offensive showing like that.”

I’ve tried to figure out the Yankees’ fascination with Swarzak, and i think it basically comes down to getting a better draft pick next year.

--Posted at 8:26 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yankees (63-60) @ Mariners (66-57), Monday, 8/22/2016, 10:10pm

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R):  (136.1 IP, 4.89 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 0.8 bWAR) vs. Mariners: Cody Martin (R):  (14.1 IP, 3.14 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 0.3 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.346/.370, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.316/.364, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.361/.409/.738, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.312/.468, 2.0 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.261/.296/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.232/.332/.407, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.308/.379/.577, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.330/.390, 1.9 bWAR)
9. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.150/.150/.300, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.262/.323/.411, 11.2 bWAR

1. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
2. Seth Smith (L) RF (.261/.351/.408, 0.1 bWAR)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B (.290/.345/.520, 5.4 bWAR)
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH (.287/.372/.543, 3.4 bWAR)
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B (.286/.363/.511, 5.4 bWAR)
6. Adam Lind (L) 1B (.232/.269/.439, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Mike Zunino (R) C (.282/.402/.690, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Leonys Martin (L) CF (.246/.313/.398, 1.2 bWAR)
9. Ketel Marte (S) SS (.263/.292/.342, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.336/.469, 17.5 bWAR

The question of the day is this:

Would you rather have paid $59.9M for 7.2 bWAR or $68M for 15.2 bWAR?

--Posted at 9:07 pm by SG / 47 Comments | - (0) Green gets tough-luck loss as Yanks blanked

Jhoulys Chacin won his first start in over two months as the Angels scrapped their way to a 2-0 shutout of the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, avoiding a season series sweep.

Chacin had his best start since returning to the Angels’ rotation earlier this month, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Chacin, who had worked six innings over his last two starts combined, scattered six hits and struck out four against one walk to earn his first win since June 14.

“I wasn’t trying to do too much, just trying to throw strikes,” said Chacin, who didn’t allow an earned run in a start for the first time since April 12. “I executed good pitches today.”

With their chances of missing the playoffs at near-certainty levels, I think it is more important to look at individual performances of players who might have roles on the 2017 Yankees team, so I took a lot of good out of this game, as Chad Green pitched well once again. If he could become an actual decent starter, then that would be huge for this team next season.

What a great catch by Ellsbury to rob Albert Pujols of a home run.

Even in their losses, this team has become a lot of fun to watch.

--Posted at 1:40 am by Brian Cronin / 33 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Yankees (63-59) @ Angels (51-72), Sunday, 8/21/2016, 3:35 PM ET

Yankees: Chad Green (R):  (33.1 IP, 4.05 ERA, 4.77 FIP, 0.3 bWAR) vs. Angels: Jhoulys Chacin (R):  (103.1 IP, 5.92 ERA, 4.50 FIP, -0.8 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.347/.373, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.265/.319/.368, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.379/.419/.776, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.313/.470, 2.1 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.295/.410, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.332/.410, 1.2 bWAR)
7. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.196/.285/.329, -0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.256/.333/.394, 2.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.204/.260/.321, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.315/.397, 10.4 bWAR

1. Kole Calhoun (L) RF (.271/.353/.416, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Mike Trout (R) CF (.308/.426/.546, 7.7 bWAR)
3. Albert Pujols (R) DH (.249/.315/.429, 0.7 bWAR)
4. C.J. Cron (R) 1B (.274/.326/.468, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS (.269/.303/.334, 2.3 bWAR)
6. Nick Buss (L) LF (.259/.259/.444, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Kaleb Cowart (S) 3B (.167/.167/.167, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C (.225/.253/.349, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B (.238/.294/.396, 0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.267/.338/.430, 15.6 bWAR

--Posted at 1:14 pm by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Luis Cessa sparkles in 1st big-league start as Yankees top Angels

ANAHEIM – Just when you think you’ve seen what the Yankees’ future has to offer, another rookie opens your eyes.

Luis Cessa became the latest neophyte to show off his stuff, throwing six-plus scoreless innings Saturday night to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Making his first career major-league start, the 24-year-old righthander allowed three hits and walked one, striking out five as he improved to 3-0 this season.

Cessa was backed by a couple of his young teammates as Gary Sanchez homered and Aaron Judge drove in a pair of runs.

“He used his fastball extremely well on both sides of the plate, he pitched inside effectively,” Girardi. “His slider was good, he threw some early curveballs in the count to show them two different breaking balls. You can’t let these guys get comfortable because they’re going to do damage if they do.”

Said Cessa: “I was excited. The adrenaline was flowing during the game. It’s a process. We talked before the game about the scouting report for the hitters, so I just tried to throw good pitches. “I felt nervous before the game, but after I threw the first pitch, it felt like a normal game.

A couple of the old guys chipped in as well as Brian McCann drove in two runs and Brett Gardner saved two more, stealing a home run from C.J. Cron in the seventh inning with a spectacular catch over the wall.

This team has gotten a lot more interesting over the past few weeks, hasn’t it?  It has been a while since I felt like I wanted to stay up for West Coast games but now I do.

--Posted at 9:26 am by SG / 3 Comments | - (0)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Yankees (62-59) @ Angels (51-71), 9:35pm

NYY: Luis Cessa (#85, 24, RHP, 2-0, 5.30) vs. LAA: Ricky Nolasco (#47, 33, RHP, 4-10, 5.13)

--Posted at 7:47 pm by SG / 38 Comments | - (0)

Friday, August 19, 2016 Yankees’ surprising trade last winter looking pretty good right now

NEW YORK — For now, the rest of this Yankees season will go as such in regards to the starting rotation:

1) Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 3.40)
2) Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89)
3) CC Sabathia (7-10, 4.49)
4) Chad Green (2-2, 4.05)
5) Luis Cessa (2-0, 5.30)

The first three you know and have mostly been dependable this season for regular starts, even if Pineda and Sabathia’s ERAs are high. But Green and Cessa are recent additions with the loss of Nathan Eovaldi to elbow surgery, Luis Severino to poor performance, and Ivan Nova to a trade.

Green (25) and Cessa (24) were both brought over in a surprise trade with the Detroit Tigers last season in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, and boy, does that look like a good move right about now.

Wilson, 29, was a fine reliever for the Yankees in 2016 (3.10 ERA in 61 innings) but in 49 games with Detroit this season his ERA has jumped to 4.67 and he’s already allowed two more home runs in 16.2 fewer innings.

But even with all of Wilson’s troubles aside the Yankees, with that one move last December 9, have found two pitchers they’re relying on to finish this season that, even after a mid-season fire sale of their best players, isn’t over. They’re 61-59 heading into this weekend series in Los Angeles against the Angels and with some luck they could find themselves fighting for the American League Wild Card down the stretch.

I don’t think I had much of an opinion on the Wilson trade at the time, since I chose to instead use the thread about it to whine about the stupidity of the Ellsbury contract, again.

But fret not, only four years and one month and 12 days of whining left!

Anyway, Wilson was pretty good last year, not so good this year and the Yankees got a couple of guys who may or may not be useful this year and beyond.  Green’s AAA performance can’t be ignored, nor the flashes he’s shown in a few starts this year.  Cessa hasn’t been as impressive in either AAA or the majors, but his stuff seems capable of at least being a bullpen guy if he can’ t hack it in the rotation.

So kudos to Cashman, who’s been doing a damn fine job of trading with a roster that’s not that easy to trade from.. 

--Posted at 11:00 am by SG / 74 Comments | - (0)

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