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Yankees (41-35) @ Angels (39-37) , Monday June 29, 2015 , 10:05 PM
(25 Comments - 6/30/2015 7:19:03 am)

NJ.com: Yankees’ CC Sabathia last won a game against the team (LA Angels) he’s facing Monday
(19 Comments - 6/29/2015 3:27:31 pm)

Yankees (41-34) @ Astros (43-34) , Sunday June 28, 2015 , 2:10 PM
(21 Comments - 6/28/2015 11:39:02 pm)

NY Post: Yankees outslug Astros to bail out awful Masahiro Tanaka
(19 Comments - 6/28/2015 6:20:00 pm)

Yankees (40-34) @ Astros (43-33) , Saturday June 27, 2015 , 4:10 PM
(25 Comments - 6/27/2015 8:20:59 pm)

NJ.com: Chris Young powers Yankees by Houston Astros, 3-2
(19 Comments - 6/27/2015 6:23:44 pm)

Yankees (39-34) @ Astros (43-32) , Friday June 26, 2015 , 8:10 PM
(34 Comments - 6/26/2015 11:32:01 pm)

TGS NY: A-Rod on Dallas Keuchel: ‘Tonight was a complete domination’
(5 Comments - 6/26/2015 3:19:16 pm)

Yankees (39-33) @ Astros (42-32) , Thursday June 25, 2015 , 8:10 PM
(16 Comments - 6/25/2015 11:25:05 pm)

Yankees.com: Nova tops Phils in sharp return from surgery
(26 Comments - 6/25/2015 6:52:50 pm)


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, June 30, 2015

NYDN: In Yankees rotation, Adam Warren is the odd man out, heading to bullpen

ANAHEIM — It appears the Yankees have made their decision about the starting rotation, and Adam Warren is headed to the bullpen.

Warren told the Daily News after Monday’s game that he had been informed by the team that he would not start Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Nathan Eovaldi will make that start, pitching on regular rest.

Warren has been more effective than I expected in the rotation, but I’m not sure he’s a great bet to keep pitching to the best ERA+ of any of the Yankees’ top five starters this year.  FIP says he’s been a bit worse than all but CC Sabathia, although over Warren’s last 11 starts his FIP of 3.80 is better than Masahiro Tanaka and Sabathia, and about the same as Nathan Eovaldi.

There may be some consideration about Warren’s workload as well, although given his age (27) and the fact that he threw around 150 innings in 2011 and 2012 in the minors I’m not sure it’s a valid one.

Given that, Warren’s previous success in the bullpen and the albatross that is Sabathia’s remaining contract this is not a surprising move.

But I still think it’s annoying.

--Posted at 3:13 am by SG / 2 Comments | - (0)




Monday, June 29, 2015

Yankees (41-35) @ Angels (39-37) , Monday June 29, 2015 , 10:05 PM

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L) (87.2 IP, 5.65 ERA, 4.49 FIP) vs. Angels: C.J. Wilson (L) (96.1 IP, 3.92 ERA, 3.79 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.300/.373/.493)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.267/.311/.500)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.388/.522)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.246/.354/.529)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.309/.432)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.251/.304/.376)
7. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.224/.250/.328)
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.258/.301/.348)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.233/.283/.323)

Angels:
1. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B: (.266/.320/.357)
2. Kole Calhoun (L) RF: (.262/.320/.380)
3. Mike Trout (R) CF: (.300/.389/.575)
4. Albert Pujols (R) DH: (.265/.334/.553)
5. David Freese (R) 3B: (.236/.301/.411)
6. Erick Aybar (S) SS: (.264/.305/.310)
7. C.J. Cron (R) 1B: (.204/.237/.269)
8. Carlos Perez (R) C: (.245/.257/.343)
9. Daniel Robertson (R) LF: (—-/—-/—-)

Angels RHB come into tonight’s game hitting .248/.316/.393 against LHP in a league whose RHB are hitting .260/.327/.415 vs. LHP facing CC Sabathia whose allowing a RHB a line of .339/.375/.580 this season.

Statistically, that means CC should actually hold the Angels RHB to a line of .325/.363/.558, which is better than he usually does.

Optimism!

--Posted at 5:55 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Yankees’ CC Sabathia last won a game against the team (LA Angels) he’s facing Monday

LOS ANGELES — Though His ERA has ballooned to 5.65 in 15 starts this season, CC Sabathia (3-7) usually remains in good spirits before and after games in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He believes he’s going to turn things around.

The coaches believe he’s going to turn things around. (If by only saying he has virtually no chance of heading to the bullpen.)

Andy Pettitte believes he’s going to turn things around.

It’s just a matter of time, they say, a matter of finding a groove that suits him as he figures out how to pitch without a blazing fastball he relied on for so many years of his borderline Hall of Fame career.

I agree.  Any year now , I expect it all to click for Sabathia.

--Posted at 8:06 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Yankees (41-34) @ Astros (43-34) , Sunday June 28, 2015 , 2:10 PM

Yankees: Michael Pineda (R) (84.2 IP, 4.25 ERA, 2.89 FIP) vs. Astros: Collin McHugh (R) (93.2 IP, 4.80 ERA, 4.21 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Astros:
TBA

I’m going to ignore ERA and FIP and bet on the guy who’s pitched more innings.  Better pitchers pitch more often, right?

--Posted at 9:44 am by SG / 21 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, June 27, 2015

NY Post: Yankees outslug Astros to bail out awful Masahiro Tanaka

HOUSTON — As Masahiro Tanaka was in the process of flushing a six-run lead Saturday against the Astros questions from every pew in the Yankees’ universe flowed concerning his health.

George Springer’s RBI single in the second reduced the lead to four and “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right elbow?” flowed throughout Minute Maid Park.

Chris Carter’s solo homer in the fourth halved the advantage and brought groans of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right wrist?’’

Three runs in the fifth that came on back-to-back homers by Carlos Correa and Luis Altuve tied the score and started a chorus of “What’s wrong with Tanaka’s right forearm?’’

“My body is fine,’’ Tanaka said after Mark Teixeira delivered a two-out, two-run double in the eighth and Chase Headley homered in the ninth for a 9-6 victory in front of a sold-out gathering of 41,133. “It’s just mechanics.’’

The good news is that the Yankees won and they have The Incomparable Brett Gardner.  The bad news is Tanaka had another poor start. 

Hopefully it was just one of those days.

--Posted at 10:11 pm by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (40-34) @ Astros (43-33) , Saturday June 27, 2015 , 4:10 PM

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R) (48.1 IP, 3.17 ERA, 3.44 FIP) vs. Astros: Brett Oberholtzer (L) (32 IP, 2.81 ERA, 3.39 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.485)
2. Chris Young (R) LF: (.271/.313/.494)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.289/.390/.533)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.362/.540)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.270/.336/.474)
6. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.262/.304/.438)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.309/.374)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.232/.284/.326)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.236/.263/.345)

Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF: (.265/.361/.458)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.282/.309/.513)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.291/.331/.396)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.197/.279/.450)
5. Evan Gattis (R) LF: (.236/.266/.439)
6. Jon Singleton (L) DH: (—-/—-/—-)
7. Domingo Santana (R) RF: (.227/.292/.545)
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.195/.316/.382)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.217/.283/.383)

--Posted at 11:35 am by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



NJ.com: Chris Young powers Yankees by Houston Astros, 3-2

HOUSTON — It took 16 innings, but the Yankees finally found some offense against the Houston Astros. And of course it was outfielder Chris Young’s doing, who just seems to hit bigger in Texas.

Young, a Houston native, blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Yankees their first runs of the series and powered them to a 3-2 win over the Astros Friday night at Minute Maid Park. It has been quite the homecoming for Young.

More below on him, and how the rest of the evening unfolded in Houston:

What it means: It’s a crowded American League East. With the win, the Yankees (40-34) are now just a half game back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Boston Red Sox Friday. But the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Texas Rangers, 12-2, and sit just a half game back of New York. With the Baltimore Orioles at 38-34, four teams are separated by just two games in the division.

I hadn’t realized just how closely bunched the AL East is.

--Posted at 9:48 am by SG / 19 Comments | - (0)




Friday, June 26, 2015

Yankees (39-34) @ Astros (43-32) , Friday June 26, 2015 , 8:10 PM

Yankees: Nathan Eovaldi (R) (76.1 IP, 4.95 ERA, 3.92 FIP) vs. Astros: Vincent Velasquez (R) (13 IP, 4.15 ERA, 3.80 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.292/.365/.482)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.255/.304/.375)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.255/.367/.550)
4. Brian McCann (L) C: (.275/.342/.483)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.262/.305/.441)
6. Garrett Jones (L) RF: (.232/.277/.400)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.259/.302/.469)
8. Didi Gregorius (S) SS: (.236/.289/.332)
9. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.187/.255/.384)

Astros:
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.270/.366/.465)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.284/.312/.527)
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B: (.292/.332/.399)
4. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B: (.199/.279/.455)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.232/.262/.438)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.251/.322/.492)
7. Chris Carter (R) 1B: (.198/.321/.388)
8. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.252/.319/.439)
9. Hank Conger (S) C: (.232/.330/.427)

--Posted at 3:11 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



TGS NY: A-Rod on Dallas Keuchel: ‘Tonight was a complete domination’

HOUSTON—The new and improved Alex Rodriguez avoids excuses. When the Yankees are beat thoroughly and they don’t score a run, A-Rod refuses to point out that Joe West’s strike zone was sometimes as big as the state Thursday night’s game was played in.

Nope, A-Rod is going to rightfully say how excellent one of the best pitchers in the game, Dallas Keuchel, threw the ball in the Astros’ 3-0 win over the Yankees.

“Tonight was just a complete domination,” Rodriguez said.

Keuchel became the first pitcher to have two complete games in his first two starts against the Yankees since Teddy Higuera did it in 1985. Not bad. (In August 2014, Keuchel threw a complete game in a 3-0 loss at Yankee Stadium.)

Teddy Higuera used to KILL the Yankees.  Ugh.

--Posted at 8:57 am by SG / 5 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Yankees (39-33) @ Astros (42-32) , Thursday June 25, 2015 , 8:10 PM

Yankees: Adam Warren (R) (77 IP, 3.62 ERA, 4.25 FIP) vs. Astros: Dallas Keuchel (L) (107.1 IP, 2.35 ERA, 3.24 FIP)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Chris Young (R) CF: (.253/.298/.468)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.258/.308/.380)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.290/.392/.538)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.259/.369/.557)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.258/.302/.440)
6. Jose Pirela (R) LF: (.255/.283/.373)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.300/.349)
8. Stephen Drew (L) SS: (.190/.258/.389)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.200/.256/.286)

Astros
1. George Springer (R) RF: (.273/.367/.470)
2. Carlos Correa (R) SS: (.300/.329/.557)
3. Jose Altuve (S) 2B: (.285/.326/.386)
4. Luis Valbuena (S) 3B: (.201/.276/.459)
5. Evan Gattis (R) DH: (.228/.259/.433)
6. Colby Rasmus (L) CF: (.249/.319/.492)
7. Preston Tucker (L) LF: (.250/.313/.433)
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS: (.242/.269/.391)
9. Jason Castro (L) C: (.220/.287/.390)

--Posted at 4:26 pm by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Yankees.com: Nova tops Phils in sharp return from surgery

NEW YORK—In his first big league start of 2015, Ivan Nova led the Yankees to a win in the series finale with a standout performance Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

He helped the Yankees beat the Phillies, 10-2, to avoid being swept by the team with the worst record in baseball. Nova made his season debut following more than a year of rehab after Tommy John surgery in April 2014. It looked like he never left. He allowed three hits, two walks and struck out one in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

I’m happy to see Nova back on the mound and pitching effectively, although that’s tempered somewhat by the fact that he struck out only one batter and threw only 51 of his 92 pitches for strikes as well as the fact that the Phillies offense stinks. 

More importantly his velocity looks like it is back to where it was pre-injury and that makes me optimistic that he will be useful going forward.

So welcome back Ivan.

--Posted at 11:37 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)



Phillies (26-47) @ Yankees (38-33) , Wednesday June 24, 2015 , 1:05 PM

Phillies: Cole Hamels (L) (94.1 IP, 2.96 ERA, 3.55 FIP) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R) (NR)

Lineups
Phillies
1. Ben Revere (L) CF: (.292/.330/.373)
2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B: (.248/.347/.341)
3. Maikel Franco (R) 1B: (.319/.368/.604)
4. Ryan Howard (L) DH: (.227/.266/.453)
5. Domonic Brown (L) RF: (.161/.316/.226)
6. Andres Blanco (S) 3B: (.281/.349/.544)
7. Cody Asche (L) LF: (.235/.269/.339)
8. Carlos Ruiz (R) C: (.227/.296/.264)
9. Freddy Galvis (S) SS: (.259/.300/.313)

Yankees:
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF: (.294/.365/.488)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.256/.304/.376)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.285/.384/.536)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.251/.364/.556)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.264/.308/.450)
6. Chris Young (R) LF: (.667/.667/.667)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.254/.292/.356)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.231/.282/.324)
9. Jose Pirela (R) 2B: (.234/.250/.340)

Phillies go for the sweep. 

--Posted at 12:36 pm by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)



NYDN: CC Sabathia is staying right where he is in Yankees’ rotation, for better or worse

Asked if he’d keep starting Sabathia, Joe Girardi said, “Yes. He’ll keep working at it. We’ll keep working at it.”

Pressed on what might have to happen to make a change, Girardi added, “You’re asking me a question — I just walked in here, two minutes ago we played a game. He’s a starter for us. That’s what he is and that’s what we’re paying him to do and that’s what he’s going to do.”

And that’s only right. It’s true that Sabathia is not close to the dominant ace that he once was — even he seems to know it, deep down in his pitcher’s heart — but there is a living to be made on competitiveness, location and cutters barreling in on righthanded hitters. Just ask Andy Pettitte. If Sabathia can figure it out, maybe the Yankees have something.

I’ve pretty much stopped watching any games started by CC, and I’m glad I didn’t watch tonight.

Going back to 2013, Sabathia’s allowed 391 hits and 210 runs in 344.2 innings (an RA of 5.48).  I realize it’s not realistic that the Yankees will dump him from the rotation given the financial obligation they have remaining to him, but they are actively sabotaging their postseason chances every time they run him out there, and there’s really very little to justify it at this point unless you still think he’s been BABIP-unlucky for three straight seasons now and will rebound to pitch closer to his 4.29 FIP over that stretch going forward.

--Posted at 2:07 am by SG / 20 Comments | - (0)



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