Tuesday, May 31, 2016
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.280/.333/.420, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Rob Refsnyder (R) RF (.250/.250/.500, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.195/.291/.286, -0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.231/.325/.413, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.264/.295/.534, 0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.291/.420, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.229/.313/.307, 0.4 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.291/.376, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.198/.270/.297, -0.4 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.241/.302/.390, 1.8 bWAR)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.237/.371/.489, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.256/.357/.523, 2.4 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.239/.313/.444, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.273/.376/.414, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Russell Martin (R) C (.194/.258/.271, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.273/.273/.318, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.271/.363, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.321/.352/.452, 1.1 bWAR)
9. Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF (.382/.433/.491, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.331/.427, 5.8 bWAR)
TORONTO — Aroldis Chapman arrived late, but finally the Yankees began to win more regularly, and there is cause and effect.
There is also smoke and mirrors.
The Yankees are 13-8 since Chapman returned from his suspension, one of the best marks in the majors. Yet they have barely outscored the opposition in that time, 91-87. They win when Nate Eovaldi, CC Sabathia or Masahiro Tanaka starts well and the firm of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman protects whatever meager lead the offense supplies.
The Yankees won Sunday in Tampa 2-1 despite managing just one hit (smoke and mirrors). They lost Monday in Toronto 4-2 when they managed five hits — just three hits and zero runs in eight innings against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada.
This marked the 21st time the Yankees scored two runs or fewer — the most in the AL. You can have Betances, Miller, Chapman and throw in the spirit of Mariano Rivera for good measure and the Yanks are not going to be a playoff team with that kind of offense, not when they also are below par running the bases and on defense.
The Yankees stacked eight lefties against Estrada and had one limp result after another. They were 2-for-13 with men on base, hitless in four shots with runners in scoring position to fall to a major league-worst .212 in such spots.
“When you have two-thirds of your lineup not swinging well, it is hard to score runs,” Joe Girardi said.
Maybe they should have gotten better players?
I haven’t watched a pitch of a Yankee game since the Arizona series, and I haven’t really missed it.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Right-hander Marco Estrada rose to the occasion when the Blue Jays needed him the most, tossing eight scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Rogers Centre.
Estrada scattered three hits and three walks while striking out six in his seventh quality start of the year. He has gone at least seven innings during each of his last three starts and has now picked up a victory against New York in back-to-back outings.
The veteran starter could not have picked a better time to go deep into a game. The Blue Jays had four relievers unavailable, and manager John Gibbons lamented the health of his bullpen prior to the game. Almost everybody needed a day of rest, and Estrada provided it.
“He was great again,” Gibbons said of Estrada, who became the second pitcher in Toronto history to defeat the Yankees in back-to-back outings. “It was really the exact outing we had to have.
“To be honest, I’ve seen him do that many times, so I can’t say he had one of his best outings, because he does that a lot. But he stepped up, and he just faced these guys the other day. That makes it even tougher on a pitcher, when everybody is familiar with you. He has been a great pitcher for us.”
Right-hander Ivan Nova picked up the loss for the Yankees after allowing four runs on eight hits, a walk and four strikeouts. The big blows came on RBI doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, plus a solo home run by shortstop Ryan Goins.
Ivan Nova was not good, but this was once again pretty much all on the offense. Another pathetic performance. This clearly will not be even a decent team if no one on the team can hit.
NYY: Ivan Nova (#47, 29, RHP, 3-2, 3.65) vs TOR: Marco Estrada (#25, 32, RHP, 2-2, 2.76)
Thanks to all who served our country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Jake Odorizzi carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but one swing of the bat from Starlin Castro changed everything.
With Brett Gardner on base after working a one-out walk, the Yankees’ second baseman launched an offering on a line-drive home run that easily cleared the center-field wall, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Odorizzi’s strong outing ended after the seventh, with the one hit, the walk and Dustin Ackley reaching on an error earlier in the game being his only blemishes. He struck out six but saw his record fall to 2-3.
The fearsome bullpen trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman worked an easy three innings to give a win to New York starter Nathan Eovaldi, who limited the Rays to one run and six hits over a 105-pitch effort.
If you had to pick a team that would win a game with just one hit, you would have to put the WOEful Yankees high on that list.
Kudos to Eovaldi on another good game. And what can we say about the Big 3 relievers that hasn’t already been said at this point? They are amazing.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Jacoby Ellsbury stared down at the perfectly framed mitt of Hank Conger. The man who had thrown the pitch, Matt Moore, had already started his walk off the mound, and Ellsbury dropped his bat to the ground as his strikeout ended the frame.
Moore had just finished his fifth inning of work—a threshold he hadn’t passed in his past four outings. But this time, he wasn’t done. Moore pitched 6 2/3 innings of Tampa Bay’s 9-5 win over the Yankees on Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs. His fastball had good command, and he used his curveball as his secondary pitch.
“I liked my mindset heading into it,” Moore said. “I found out what pitches were coming out good, and I kind of stayed with that as opposed to just forcing them out.”
Yanks starter Michael Pineda allowed six runs over just 3 2/3 innings, the second start against Tampa Bay this year that ended early for the righty.
The Rays’ offense broke out in a big way to even the series. Evan Longoria was 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. The light-hitting Conger also homered and hit two doubles while driving in three runs, and Brad Miller had a double and a triple.
Wow, Pineda is terrible. I really don’t know who I’d rather see pitch at this point, Pineda or Severino. Yikes.
You have to at least sort of admire how much effort they put into trying to come back. Austin freakin’ Romine is looking like a Major League hitter, huh?
Hopefully Eovaldi pitches better in the finale of the series.
NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 27, RHP, 2-5, 6.34) vs. TBR: Matt Moore (#55, 27, LHP, 1-3, 5.47)
Friday, May 27, 2016
Alex Rodriguez’s two-run homer backed a solid start by Masahiro Tanaka to lead the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Rodriguez’s sixth home run of the season came against Rays starter Chris Archer and capped a three-run Yankees sixth that saw the Rays make two errors in the inning. For Rodriguez, the blast was his 30th career home run at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran added a solo home run against Archer in the eighth to put the Yankees up, 4-0, before Steve Pearce launched his own solo shot in the ninth as the Rays avoided a shutout.
Archer, who allowed just one earned run in eight innings, fell to 3-6 on the season. Tanaka allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings to move to 3-0.
Tanaka has been outstanding this season. It’s a shame that he’s going to be screwed out of an All-Star Game spot due to wins, which he doesn’t have full control over. Oh well. He’s making a gazillion dollars a year, so he can’t be too upset about not also making the All-Star team.
Anyhow, great win. Nice to see A-Rod get a home run. Bryan Hoch wrote this sort of douchey article today about how Beltran will still see DH at-bats (obviously he’ll see DH at-bats, but whatever), which included the following passage:
The Yanks have struggled against left-handed starters this year, and Rodriguez’s bat was expected to help them against southpaws.
That has not materialized, in part because Rodriguez has not produced much against any kind of pitching—he entered play on Friday batting .184 with five homers and 12 RBIs.
It annoys me when a guy chooses pithiness over, you know, accuracy. A-Rod has a .930 OPS against lefties this season. He’s just been terrible against righties (.492 OPS). So it was great to see him hit a home run off of a good righthanded pitcher in Chris Archer.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.277/.331/.433, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.228/.350/.362, 0.9 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.262/.291/.512, 0.3 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.244/.344/.420, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.184/.262/.421, -0.1 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.264/.301/.431, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.276/.298/.400, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.223/.309/.308, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.154/.262/.154, -0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.245/.311/.402, 3.5 bWAR
1. Brandon Guyer (R) RF (.315/.412/.559, 1.5 bWAR)
2. Brad Miller (L) SS (.233/.306/.429, 0.0 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.253/.305/.456, 0.8 bWAR)
4. Steve Pearce (R) DH (.290/.384/.523, 1.2 bWAR)
5. Logan Morrison (L) 1B (.226/.321/.322, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Desmond Jennings (R) CF (.182/.254/.291, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.197/.246/.455, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Taylor Motter (R) 2B (.222/.391/.611, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Hank Conger (S) C (.161/.203/.161, -0.7 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.312/.422, 4.0 bWAR
Joined in progress.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs with a third-inning single, which proved to be sufficient for J.A. Happ, whose sterling effort helped lift the Blue Jays to a 3-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.
The Blue Jays took two out of three games in the series despite being limited to just two hits by resurgent left-hander CC Sabathia, who did not permit an earned run over seven innings and struck out seven with a walk.
Make no mistake, that was a terrible loss for the Yankees. Their offense is horrendous and it made J.A. Happ look like the second coming of Steve Carlton. However, CC Sabathia pitched so brilliantly that I can’t feel all that bad about the loss, even though it was a really bad one.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.488, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.345/.503, 2.1 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.242/.314/.441, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.312/.379/.567, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.278/.391/.417, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.181/.248/.236, -0.6 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.243/.274/.359, 1.4 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Darwin Barney (R) SS (.319/.356/.435, 0.9 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.334/.436, 6.7 bWAR
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.234/.358/.372, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF (.205/.270/.307, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.265/.302/.418, 0.2 bWAR)
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.268/.297/.524, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.194/.275/.444, 0.0 bWAR)
6. Brian McCann (L) C (.250/.347/.430, 0.7 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.219/.301/.305, 0.3 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.275/.297/.401, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) 1B (.289/.319/.467, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.310/.409, 2.7 bWAR
I shouted from the basement for all to hear that the Yankees’ winning streak was a mirage and they hadn’t suddenly stopped being a bad team. With last night’s loss, I have been proven right.
I am also going to shout from the basement that I don’t buy the “re-invention” of CC Sabathia. Sure, he’s had three quality starts in a row, but that’s solely due to not allowing a home run. In fact, on the season Sabathia only 2.9% of the fly balls hit off Sabathia have been home runs. His career rate is 9.7%, and he has been in the 13-17% range over the last three seasons.
What’s more likely? He’s figured out how to suppress home runs better than any pitcher ever, or he’s been lucky and it’s not likely to last. I will leave this as an exercise for the readers.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Russell Martin slugged his first two homers of the season, supporting Marco Estrada’s solid effort as the Blue Jays ended the Yankees’ six-game win streak with an 8-4 victory on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Martin snapped out of a 124 at-bat homerless drought to start the year, connecting for a sixth-inning drive off Ivan Nova, then followed up in the seventh inning by belting a two-run shot off Chasen Shreve. Michael Saunders also hit a two-run homer as part of Toronto’s four-run seventh.
At least Eovaldi is playing decently this season.
Seriously, though, while this was an annoying loss due to the bases loaded, no outs situation with the top of the order up and then the bullpen taking what was still a close game (the Yankees would end up scoring three more times, after all) and then making it out of hand, overall it is hard to get too worked up about this. They just won six games in a row. Ivan Nova was pretty okay tonight, really. Not great, but not awful, either.
One thing is for sure, though, Dustin Ackley as the back-up first baseman for an injury-prone first baseman is a bad idea.
The Blue Jays reconfigured their rotation to send a lefty against the Yankees for the finale of the series on Thursday. I don’t mind gamesmanship in general, but damn, the Yankees are a game under .500! You don’t change your rotation up to maximize your chances against them! That is some overkill. A-Rod might be with the Yankees tomorrow, so that might help against the lefty.
Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (R): (51.2 IP, 2.61 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.4 bWAR) vs. Yankees: Ivan Nova (R): (30.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 0.8 bWAR)
1. Jose Bautista (R) RF (.232/.376/.494, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B (.246/.343/.509, 2.0 bWAR)
3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH (.235/.302/.437, 0.1 bWAR)
4. Michael Saunders (L) LF (.314/.379/.556, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Justin Smoak (S) 1B (.282/.398/.417, 0.4 bWAR)
6. Russell Martin (R) C (.172/.243/.180, -0.9 bWAR)
7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF (.244/.276/.364, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Devon Travis (R) 2B
9. Ryan Goins (L) SS (.148/.197/.235, -0.8 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.237/.319/.412, 4.5 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.281/.338/.444, 1.1 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.241/.367/.383, 1.1 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.275/.304/.538, 0.5 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.258/.357/.444, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.269/.303/.425, 0.3 bWAR)
6. Dustin Ackley (L) 1B (.163/.276/.163, -0.1 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.208/.289/.272, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.261/.285/.370, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.209/.260/.314, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.250/.314/.396, 3.8 bWAR)
A whopping six game winning streak has some Yankee fans fooled. I am not one of them. This team still does stink.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Carlos Beltran and Nathan Eovaldi continued their recent hot streaks, while the Yankees’ bullpen was stingy as usual on Tuesday night, as the Yanks beat the Blue Jays, 6-0, and pulled back to .500 for the first time since April 14.
Eovaldi shut down the Blue Jays’ lineup for six-plus shutout frames, striking out five and at one point setting down 11 consecutive Toronto batters. The Jays only mustered two hits off him, the last of which led off the third inning. The Yankees’ offense didn’t do too much to back Eovaldi up, notching just three hits while he was in the game, but Beltran had two RBIs, one of which came on a fourth-inning home run, and New York broke it open with a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth.
“The good thing is, we’re playing better,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re getting contributions from everyone up and down the lineup. It seems to come from different spots. That’s been important too. You’re getting contributions from everyone in the pitching staff. That’s important. And that’s how you win series. That has to be the focus.”
At least Eovaldi is playing decently.