Sunday, April 19, 2015
Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs to support another solid effort from Michael Pineda, helping the Yankees complete a series sweep of the Rays with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Headley followed Teixeira’s third-inning RBI groundout with a go-ahead run-scoring single, highlighting the attack against Tampa Bay starter Matt Andriese, who took his first big league loss after permitting four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
“The best part about that is that it’s coming from different guys,” Headley said. “It’s not just one guy who’s carrying us every night, it’s coming from different guys. And that bodes well for us going forward.”
Steven Souza Jr. hit a two-run home run in the first inning and connected for a fifth-inning RBI double as part of a three-hit performance against Pineda, who recovered to fire 5 2/3 innings of three-run, seven-hit ball and earn his second win of the season. Dellin Betances recorded five outs and Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his fourth save.
Two things stood out for me about today’s game.
1. Once again, the offense showed up and
2. Betances is really looking like he’s rounding into form. It is beginning to look like he and Miller might very well be the impressive tandem we were expecting when the season started. Not only that, but by making Miller the closer (which seems to have happened almost by accident), it has allowed Betances to be used more efficiently, throwing more than an inning in prettty much every game he’s pitched this season. Can you imagine if Andrew Bailey heals to the point where he can be a reliable late-inning reliever? They could have Bailey close and have Betances and Miller available to pitch multiple innings and, well, that would be very effective.
Michael Pineda was far from great today, but he was decent enough. Souza just kind of owned him today. The lineup looks a lot better with current A-Rod batting third instead of current Beltran. Hopefully A-Rod maintains his third spot even when Beltran returns, but Girardi has already pretty much said otherwise (he’s correct that it it not a lot of sample size still). A-Rod just looks locked in and not only that, but the Tampa Bay pitchers seem to legitimately fear him now. Some of his walks seemed to be of the “I’m not giving you a good pitch to hit” variety. Garrett Jones and Brian McCann are now tied for the team lead in triples, with two apiece. I’m sure we all knew that that would happen.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner continue to play well. Did you know Ellsbury is 3-4 in RISP but has not had a ribbie yet this season? Nuts, no?
CC pitches tomorrow in Detroit, so, well, the good times are likely going to take a bit of a detour. At least the Yankees won’t face Cy Greene in the Detroit series.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.286/.375/.314)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.229/.289/.400)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.171/.211/.286)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.241/.361/.655)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.200/.241/.360)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.286/.394/.571)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.148/.200/.370)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.318/.375/.727)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.172/.219/.172)
1. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF: (.344/.382/.750)
2. Steven Souza Jr. (R) RF: (.250/.368/.469)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS: (.190/.227/.262)
4. Evan Longoria (R) DH: (.226/.400/.452)
5. Desmond Jennings (R) LF: (.235/.341/.235)
6. Allan Dykstra (L) 1B: (.071/.350/.071)
7. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B: (.242/.342/.424)
8. Tim Beckham (R) 2B: (.304/.320/.652)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C: (.333/.400/.333)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Late Wednesday night in a near-empty Yankees clubhouse at Camden Yards, Carlos Beltran was talking about the team’s current situation.
“We need to get going, no doubt about that. It’s only nine games and we have to find a way to turn the page and concentrate on Tampa,’’ Beltran said after the Yankees’ record dipped to 3-6 following dropping two of three to the Orioles. “Every team in baseball is going to go through this. We have to pick it up and start playing better baseball.’’
As the words spilled out of Beltran’s mouth, they sounded like they could have been about himself because he takes a .171 (6-for-35) batting average, a .211 on-base percentage and a .497 OPS into Friday night’s series opener against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Asked if he was including himself in those words, Beltran confirmed it.
I was certain that a 37-39 year old Beltran would hit to the back of his baseball card. That’s what 37-39 year old players do, right?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The replacement for Derek Jeter is playing horribly and the main guy traded for Didi Gregorius is performing like a Cy Young candidate, thus the Yankees’ most important move of the offseason — and arguably one of their most vital in years — is a Di-minus one week into the schedule.
The key words in the previous sentence were “one week,” and Shane Greene is unlikely to remain the best pitcher in his own rotation, much less the league.
But there is a little more than an early read to this. Historically, when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Detroit counterpart Dave Dombrowski have traded with each other, the results have greatly favored Dombrowski.
Eh. It’s one week. I don’t think Gregorius is any good or will be any good at any point in the future, but I’m not sure that Greene is all that good either.
Look at this way. If the Yankees would have won three of the six games they’ve lost, they’d be 6-3 and tied for first place.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.290/.371/.290)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.226/.273/.419)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.156/.176/.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.240/.375/.680)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.227/.280/.409)
6. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH: (.240/.345/.440)
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.174/.231/.435)
8. Chris Young (R) LF: (.333/.400/.778)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.154/.207/.154)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF: (.300/.323/.533)
2. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.261/.280/.261)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.429/.469/.929)
4. Travis Snider (L) DH: (.333/.481/.524)
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.192/.250/.346)
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.148/.226/.185)
7. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.300/.391/.500)
8. David Lough (L) LF: (—-/—-/—-)
9. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.238/.273/.571)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The O’s got a pair of RBIs—including another homer—from a red-hot Adam Jones and used a stellar seven-inning start from Miguel Gonzalez to top the Yankees, 4-3, in Tuesday’s series-evening win.
Gonzalez (1-1) set a new career high with 10 strikeouts and held New York to just one run. The righty has pitched to a 1.42 ERA in his first two starts this season.
“He was incredible,” catcher Caleb Joseph said. “We’ve been talking about the split-finger for a while now, trying to get it down. It showed up tonight, didn’t it? He’s great. He mixed all of his pitches there, really stayed in the count. The thing about Miggy is he’s got a lot of weapons, and when he gets ahead, he’s dangerous.”
Yankees starter CC Sabathia went seven innings in the loss, with Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran driving in runs. New York closed the gap to one run on left fielder Alejandro De Aza’s eighth-inning fielding error, but Zach Britton came on to record his second save of the year.
CC is one of the weirdest starters out there - it’s like he’s guaranteed to give up 4 runs, but he will also give you 7 innings. And that does have value, but it’s pretty odd.
So far this year, the Yankees have at least been pretty resilient. Have to give them some credit for that.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.296/.387/.296)
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B: (.222/.276/.444)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF: (.143/.167/.214)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.238/.393/.714)
5. Brian McCann (L) C: (.278/.333/.500)
6. Garrett Jones (L) DH: (.200/.273/.300)
7. Chris Young (R) LF: (.357/.438/.857)
8. Stephen Drew (L) 2B: (.190/.217/.476)
9. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.130/.192/.130)
1. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.238/.238/.238)
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.130/.222/.174)
3. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.440/.500/.880)
4. Steve Pearce (R) 1B: (.185/.313/.407)
5. Delmon Young (R) RF: (.111/.200/.111)
6. Chris Davis (L) DH: (.217/.280/.391)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.278/.316/.667)
8. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.235/.350/.353)
9. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.333/.357/.593)
BALTIMORE — It was just how the Yankees Drew it up, right?
When the Yankees sent Stephen Drew to the plate to pinch-hit for Brett Gardner in the seventh inning Monday night, it raised some immediate concern over the left fielder’s health.
Gardner had been hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the first inning, struck in that spot for the second time in less than a week. He had remained in the game for five more innings, but with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing by two runs, Gardner told Joe Girardi he might want to find another hitter.
I guess Drew’s already paid for his contract.
Monday, April 13, 2015
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF: (.261/.370/.261)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF: (.273/.385/.455)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH: (.167/.192/.250)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B: (.222/.375/.611)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) 3B: (.300/.417/.550)
6. Chris Young (R) RF: (.300/.417/.700)
7. John Ryan Murphy (R) C: (.286/.375/.571)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS: (.158/.227/.158)
9. Gregorio Petit (R) 2B: (.286/.375/.286)
1. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF: (.304/.333/.565)
2. Steve Pearce (R) RF: (.217/.333/.478)
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B: (.263/.333/.474)
4. Adam Jones (R) CF: (.381/.458/.762)
5. Travis Snider (L) DH: (.389/.522/.611)
6. Manny Machado (R) 3B: (.053/.174/.053)
7. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B: (.286/.333/.714)
8. Everth Cabrera (S) SS: (.235/.235/.235)
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C: (.154/.313/.308)
NEW YORK—Alex Rodriguez ripped a bases-clearing double, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew slugged back-to-back homers, and the Yankees celebrated their biggest thumping of a Red Sox starter in nearly 70 years in a 14-4 victory on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees grabbed their first lead of the weekend with a seven-run first inning off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz, who hung around to absorb a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) over 3 1/3 innings. New York hadn’t hung a 10-spot on a Boston starter since June 21, 1945, when it knocked around Dave “Boo” Ferriss.
“It just takes the burden off,” Headley said. “We had been grinding for runs, so to get up there and really pour some on in the first inning kind of lets you go. You’re not on cruise control, but you can enjoy the at-bats, you can enjoy the game, and really let the game come to you at that point.”
What’s next? Cats and dogs living together?