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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) Yankees’ surprising trade last winter looking pretty good right now
(74 Comments - 8/20/2016 5:23:29 pm)

CBS New York: McCann On His Way Out? Sanchez Now Yankees’ Top Catcher
(70 Comments - 8/19/2016 2:41:25 pm)

Blue Jays (68-52) @ Yankees (61-58), Wednesday, 8/17/2016, 1:05pm
(63 Comments - 8/17/2016 5:15:20 pm) Rough night for ‘pen leads to tough loss for Yanks
(20 Comments - 8/17/2016 5:13:12 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.

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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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 / 16 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)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CBS New York: McCann On His Way Out? Sanchez Now Yankees’ Top Catcher

HOUSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees’ top catcher.

The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners’ meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.

“It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay,” Steinbrenner said. “So we’ll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCann’s a great player, too, so we’ll just have to figure that out.”

Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees’ recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.

McCann probably deserves to be starting somewhere, and my guess is he’ll be traded this offseason, even though the Yankees will likely have to eat some of his salary to do it.

I’m also assuming Brett Gardner will be traded this offseason as well, which I would not be happy about on an emotional level, but which I would completely understand from the organizations’ perspective.  I actually wouldn’t be surprised to see him traded now if he were to clear waivers.

--Posted at 7:57 am by SG / 70 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Blue Jays (68-52) @ Yankees (61-58), Wednesday, 8/17/2016, 1:05pm

Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (L):  (143 IP, 2.96 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 3.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L):  (124.1 IP, 4.20 ERA, 4.42 FIP, 1.4 bWAR)

Blue Jays
1. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.299/.333/.483, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) DH (.291/.402/.561, 6.3 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B (.270/.357/.560, 3.2 bWAR)
4. Russell Martin (R) C (.235/.337/.386, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS (.257/.325/.476, 2.5 bWAR)
6. Melvin Upton (R) CF (.246/.292/.403, 1.4 bWAR)
7. Ezequiel Carrera (L) RF (.256/.342/.364, 0.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) 3B (.256/.307/.350, 1.5 bWAR)
9. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF (.130/.167/.217, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.264/.340/.462, 18.8 bWAR)

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.263/.352/.379, 2.3 bWAR)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.253/.332/.384, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.294/.404, 0.4 bWAR)
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH (.340/.367/.660, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF (.357/.438/.857, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.315/.468, 2.1 bWAR)
7. Tyler Austin (R) 1B (.375/.375/.750, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Austin Romine (R) C (.248/.275/.414, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.202/.260/.323, -0.5 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.259/.314/.409, 7.7 bWAR)

Yay, Gardner’s back!

--Posted at 10:38 am by SG / 63 Comments | - (0) Rough night for ‘pen leads to tough loss for Yanks

After a rain delay, the Blue Jays scored 12 unanswered runs against the Yankees to erase a six-run deficit and reclaim sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 12-6 victory at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

With his team trailing by two runs, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game with a clutch home run in the eighth inning off relief pitcher Adam Warren, driving in Josh Donaldson, who drew a 12-pitch walk just two pitches earlier. Three batters later, Russell Martin broke the tie, unleashing his second home run of the game, scoring Troy Tulowitzki and giving the Blue Jays a two-run lead. Tulowitzki and Martin combined for six hits, five RBIs and three home runs.

Thanks to Boston’s defeat of Baltimore, interestingly enough also decided by an eighth-inning two-run home run, the Blue Jays now hold a one-game advantage over the Red Sox and Orioles, who are tied in second place. With the loss, the Yankees fell to 5 1/2 games back of a Wild Card berth.

Six games back for the second wild card is more or less eliminated, but it wasn’t like we expected them to make the playoffs. I’m fine with them just playing well overall, even if they don’t make the playoffs. 85 wins is likely not enough to make the playoffs, but it would be enough to make me hopeful for the next season (and I suspect it would force their hands with regards to spending on someone like Aroldis Chapman this offseason).

Anyhow, this is the second game this season that the Yankees got screwed by a rain delay. Michael Pineda was rolling along before the rain led to him being pulled. That said, when Adam Warren, who has been excellent as the eighth inning guy since he returned to the Yankees, got his ass kicked and then Chasen Shreve and Brian Parker followed, I guess it didn’t make a difference if Pineda stayed in the game or not, since nearly every non-Tyler Clippard (who continues his fine play since being re-acquired) reliever stunk. Still, this was an awful loss.

Gary Sanchez is great, though. It sure would be nice to see Tyler Austin playing first base tomorrow night instead of Mark Teixeira.

Luis Cessa is getting Nathan Eovaldi’s rotation spot. That’ll be interesting to see.

--Posted at 12:47 am by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)

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