Thursday, April 28, 2016
Player A vs. Player B
Starter Martin Perez earned his first win of the season, and the Rangers took their second straight over the Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.
Perez, now 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA, allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came in the first inning. The back end of the Rangers’ bullpen closed it out, with Jake Diekman pitching two scoreless innings and Shawn Tolleson working the ninth for his seventh save.
“Martin getting a win, hopefully it will settle him some,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “He came out strong in the first. You could see some urgency. We made some plays behind him. He battled. Not his cleanest outing, but good enough.”
The Yankees are now 28th out of 30 teams in the Major Leagues in runs scored (the 30th-ranked team is the Braves, who are the worst team I’ve seen since I guess one of those Houston Astros teams when they were losing 100 plus games every year).
The Yankees are now 23rd out of 30 teams in ERA (oddly enough, they’re also last in the American League, which is really weird - what’s up with National League pitching this year?).
It’s hard to even say that they’re just having hard luck with RISP, when their OBP is 21st in the league (okay, I guess 21st in OBP and 28th in runs does suggest some bad luck).
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. And sometimes a shitty team is just a shitty team.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.253/.272/.373, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.271/.403/.407, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.264/.289/.472, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.254/.375/.403, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.145/.242/.273, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.259/.365/.444, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.278/.325/.458, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.157/.290/.157, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS (.471/.471/.647, 0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.325/.391, 1.8 bWAR
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.229/.316/.314, -0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.365/.426/.519, 0.8 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.300/.345/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.211/.309/.366, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) DH (.258/.258/.290, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.234/.272/.403, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.343/.370/.463, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Hanser Alberto (R) 1B (.143/.143/.143, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Bryan Holaday (R) C (.200/.273/.233, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.322/.396, 3.1 bWAR
I’m expecting a correction for CC. No, not one where he pitches closer to his FIP.
A five-run third inning helped bring the Rangers out of their offensive malaise, and they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
The Rangers finished with 13 hits after scoring four runs on 23 hits in their previous four games. Elvis Andrus had three hits, and Nomar Mazara had a two-hit night on his 21st birthday.
Nine of the Rangers runs scored with two outs, including those on homers by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.
I like “early deficit too much for Yankees to overcome.” While technically true, it makes it sound like the Yankees made this a real game at any point instead of it being a total blowout all the way through.
Severino has been such a major disappointment this year. He has pitched so poorly that I really would not mind him trying to work out some of his issues in the bullpen as a long man while Ivan Nova takes his rotation spot for a little bit. It is not that I have a lot of faith in Ivan Nova, as I do not but I think he would be at least mediocre, while Severino just looks lost out there.
This should not distract from the recurring suckitude of the Yankee offense, of course. They were bad once again. This might just be a bad team.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.268/.286/.394, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.268/.397/.411, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.265/.292/.485, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) DH (.238/.368/.397, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.280/.390/.480, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.290/.338/.478, 0.5 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.083/.214/.083, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.258/.383, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.429/.429/.643, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.331/.430, 2.4 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.233/.263/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.354/.411/.521, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.303/.349/.500, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.187/.247/.293, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.191/.286/.309, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.222/.290/.413, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.317/.348/.429, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.238/.304/.476, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.242/.333/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.312/.394, 2.2 bWAR
Is it too soon to label Severino a bust?
Starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Nomar Mazara, and the Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.
Eovaldi was trying to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999. That bid ended when Mazara grounded a single through the left side. There have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in Yankees history in addition to Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
“They’ve got a lot of early swingers, and I was just trying to locate the ball in and away and locate the offspeed pitches and be careful with it,” said Eovaldi, who improved to 1-2 and lowered his ERA from 6.11 to 4.38. “I feel like I’ve gotten better each outing. For it all to come together tonight, it was nice.”
Eovaldi, getting home run support from Jacoby Smellsbury and Starlin Castro, ended up going seven-plus innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six. He left after a leadoff walk to Mitch Moreland in the eighth.
It’s always good to know that so long as you throw seven almost no-hit innings, the Yankees will probably score enough to support your start.
Seriously, though, Eovaldi was excellent tonight. This was the sort of performance you know Brian Cashman was thinking of when he made a point of trading for Eovaldi - the guy has such great stuff and a striking array of quality pitches that it really is a wonder that he isn’t a better pitcher than he has been so far in his career. Everything was working tonight, though, and Eovaldi just dominated the Rangers.
There was a sliiiiight scare when Dellin Betances gave up his first earned run of the season with a home run in the eighth inning, but Andrew Miller shut things down in the ninth and the Yankees won the game.
The offense was another shamockery when it came to actually scoring the guys it got on base, as they somehow only scored 3 runs despite having 13 men on base. That might not even sound quite so bad, except when you realize that two of the runs scored on home runs, so it was really one runner scored out of 11 men on base. But hey, it was enough to win the game, so I’ll take it!
Hopefully their ability to drive in runners heats up tomorrow for game 2 of this series!
Monday, April 25, 2016
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.258/.278/.348, 0.2 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.294/.429/.451, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.277/.294/.508, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.220/.361/.373, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.277/.329/.431, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.149/.293/.149, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Dustin Ackley (L) RF (.111/.200/.111, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.250/.259/.393, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.250/.308/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.318/.379, 1.2 bWAR
1. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.246/.278/.391, 0.1 bWAR)
2. Nomar Mazara (L) RF (.356/.404/.533, 0.6 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.319/.367/.528, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B (.181/.244/.278, -0.6 bWAR)
5. Ian Desmond (R) LF (.200/.297/.323, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Mitch Moreland (L) DH (.230/.288/.426, 0.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.333/.364/.450, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Brett Nicholas (L) C (.222/.300/.333, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Delino DeShields (R) CF (.254/.347/.349, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.319/.402, 2.3 bWAR
How many homers will the Yankees’ starter give up tonight?
News of Alex Rodriguez’s oblique injury was not the only thing on the mind of the New York Yankees organization on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, Sandy Acevedo, an infielder in their minor league system who was set to begin his professional career this season, has been killed in a car crash. He was 18. No other details of the crash have been given as of time of publication.
The team says Acevedo died Saturday night in the Dominican Republic. He signed with the team last year as an international free agent and had not made the jump yet to the organization.
In a 2015 Scout.com interview, Donny Rowland, the Yankees’ director of international scouting, described how the Yankees discovered Acevedo while working out another player, pitcher Yoan Lopez, who ended up signing with the D-backs.
“Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face him, and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff,” Rowland said in the interview. “That’s where our staff became sold on this guy. ‘We like the pitcher, but who is the hitter?’”
A moment of silence was held for him at Yankee Stadium before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and a picture of Acevedo batting was shown on the giant video screen in center field.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Steven Souza Jr. hit two homers and the Rays had five total off Yankees starter Michael Pineda and reliever Nick Goody as Tampa Bay took the final game of a three-game series with an 8-1 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The first four homers were hit off Pineda, who lasted five innings, allowed 10 hits and struck out nine. Two of the homers were hit in the top of the first inning, two-run shots by Corey Dickerson and Souza, who turned 27 on Sunday. Steve Pearce led off the third with a blast and Souza hit his second with two outs in fifth inning. Logan Forsythe finished the power display with an eighth-inning homer off Goody.
“Offense really came out and set the tone,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “There were some long home runs hit today. Souza, Dickerson, Pearce, the ball Souza hit to right was extremely impressive. You don’t see too many right-handers do that. Just a great offensive day, especially in that first inning.”
What’s funny is that yes, Pineda was godawful, just horrid, horrid, horrid. But had he given up just the first home run, the Yankees would have still lost, because their offense is, well, you know, lost.
Still, taking 2 out of 3 against Tampa Bay was good. Hopefully their bats heat up in Texas.
A-Rod’s MRI on his oblique was negative, but Joe Girardi rightly noted that an oblique issue can be a problem even without a positive MRI. We’ve seen batters hit with injuries before (Donnie Baseball, anyone?) and it can often not be pretty.
TBR: Drew Smyly (#33, 27, LHP, 0-2, 2.91) vs. NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 1-1, 5.29
1. Logan Forsythe (R) DH
2. Logan Morrison (L) 1B
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Corey Dickerson (L) LF
5. Steve Pearce (R) 2B
6. Brad Miller (L) SS
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
9. Curt Casali (R) C
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B
8. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
Where would the Yankees be without TPASBG?
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Brett Gardner homered in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees celebrated their first walk-off victory of the season, posting a 3-2 win over the Rays on Saturday and spoiling the Major League debut of touted prospect Blake Snell.
Gardner slugged his second career walk-off homer with two outs off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, having also tied the game in the seventh inning with a run-scoring single that struck left-hander Xavier Cedeno.
“I felt good about getting a good pitch to hit,” Gardner said. “I think [Ramirez] was probably trying to go away and he went middle in, and I put a good swing on it. I felt good at the plate, felt like I was seeing the ball well, and was fortunate to get a good pitch to hit.”
The end result is obviously great, but boy, the Yankees once again struggled big time to score runs before the game-winning home run in the 9th. Their first run scored on a wild pitch and the second run was on an infield single by Gardner following the previous batter loading the bases on a catcher’s interference call!!
Luckily, Tanaka pitched well and they DID come through with those runs. An improbable win tomorrow sure would be good for what ails the Yankees.
Rays: Blake Snell (L): (NR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (17.2 IP, 3.06 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 0.5 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.298/.375/.526, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.049/.114/.049, -0.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.269/.300/.478, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) RF (.220/.245/.540, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.322/.340, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Brad Miller (L) SS (.114/.188/.227, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Steve Pearce (R) 3B (.250/.323/.286, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.220/.333/.366, 0.6 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.200/.238/.200, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.214/.279/.364, 1.0 bWAR
1. Jacoby Smellsbury (L) CF (.276/.302/.379, 0.3 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.279/.426/.395, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.293/.300/.552, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.216/.375/.392, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.143/.250/.265, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.302/.412/.535, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.259/.317/.431, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.171/.300/.171, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.294/.449, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.249/.330/.402, 2.0 bWAR
Remember when Castro had an OPS of 1.875? Those were the days.
Jacoby Ells bury executed the first straight steal of home by a Yankees player in nearly 15 years, Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs and the Yankees held on for a 6-3 victory over the Rays on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Ells’ fifth-inning dash carried him headfirst past catcher Curt Casali, tying the game at 3 after he took advantage of left-hander Matt Moore, who was attempting to work from the windup.
This game was essentially the precise opposite of all the frustrating games that the Yankees played last week. Their hitters came through in clutch opportunities and they also had one of the most exciting runs that they’ve scored in years, as their regular starting center fielder (who didn’t even start tonight! He replaced Aaron Hicks after Hicks injured his shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield) tied the game with a straight steal of home, possibly the most exciting game in baseball. Yankees.com has a wonderfully in-depth look at the pivotal steal here. I don’t recall thinking many times last season, “What the hell is the Yankee third base coach thinking?” so Joe Espada might actually be a good third base coach, and he sounds like one here, as he is the one who came up with the idea of the steal. The crazy thing is that it VERY easily could have been an out at home (the catcher had the ball in his glove before Ells gets to the plate, but Ells makes a beautiful slide where he caught the top of the plate with his hand ahead of the swipe of the catcher) and then I wonder what we would have thought of the call. I think I’d still have been pro the move, as Espada explains well how it was set up perfectly. Matt Moore was completely ignoring the runner at third AND was doing a full wind-up. I like one of the Yankees noting, though, “What if Gardner had to swing at the pitch (it was 3-2)? What if he hits you in the face with his bat?!”
Even after the steal, the game was only tied, but the Yankees somehow came through with a go-ahead single by Brian McCann (who earlier hit a two-run home run to tie the game after the Yankees went into a 2-0 hole) and then (GASP!) they got two insurance runs, also courtesy of Ells, who hit a two-out double (he got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple, but come on, who could blame him at that point?). Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller were their usual unhittable selves. Can you imagine how good the back end of this bullpen is going to look when Chapman returns? That will be so awesome to see on the two games a week that the Yankees have a lead in the 7th. Ivan Nova had another excellent game out of the pen, earning the win with two and a third strong innings. Two things stood out to me about Nova:
1. That he has had only one bad inning so far this year (although it was one hell of a bad inning - bad enough that his ERA is still over 4)
2. That he was able to pitch two and a third just two days after pitching a scoreless inning. That’s really good to see.
Hopefully the Yankees can keep this going tomorrow. The interesting thing is that the AL East is filled with teams beating each other up, so if the Yankees win a couple more games here, they’ll be right back into the thick of things. Big if, I know.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Rays: Matt Moore (L): (18.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 0.5 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (10.2 IP, 5.06 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 0 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.288/.373/.500, 0.8 bWAR)
2. Brandon Guyer (R) CF (.381/.536/.524, 0.2 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.258/.292/.468, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Corey Dickerson (L) DH (.244/.271/.600, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF (.245/.327/.347, 0.7 bWAR)
6. Steve Pearce (R) 1B (.240/.296/.280, -0.2 bWAR)
7. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF
8. Tim Beckham (R) SS (.133/.188/.133, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Curt Casali (R) C (.179/.207/.321, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.431, 1.8 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.300/.440/.425, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.273/.322/.455, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.296/.304/.574, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.170/.350/.362, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.156/.269/.289, -0.2 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.275/.383/.450, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.189/.326/.189, -0.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.095/.174/.095, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.271/.435, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.234/.324/.390, 1.5 bWAR
Has any team ever been eliminated from the postseason by May 1?
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Khris Davis and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back home runs off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning on Thursday, highlighting a four-homer barrage by the Athletics in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium that completed a three-game sweep.
Davis launched his first home run of the season to snap a 2-2 tie, and Crisp followed suit on the very next pitch, reaching the second deck in left field. The long ball support made a winner of left-hander Rich Hill, who held New York to two runs (one earned) and three hits over six innings while matching his season high with 10 strikeouts.
Losing five out of six at home to Seattle and Oakland is pretty darn terrible.
There’s still enough talent here that they probably aren’t quite this bad, but they’re also possibly not a whole lot better.