Friday, July 1, 2016
The Yankees are in an unusual spot, and a tough one at that. They are caught in no man’s land, smack between buyer and seller. That is someplace they’ve scarcely been before.
This is a difficult spot for anyone, but especially so for them, a team that’s seemingly always on top, or at least within striking distance of it. Right now they are smack in the middle, as average as can be, at 38-39. So it’s no shocker that their current middle-of-the-road predicament could inspire stirring debate within their offices at 161st and Rivera that may last right up until the Aug. 1 trade deadline. And it may have started already.
Word going around the game is that while team honchos Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine, the managing partner and president, don’t even want to think about selling, not yet, and not when they’re so close (3.5 games) to the wild card, perhaps not everyone feels exactly that way. Despite the Yankees’ uninspiring standing and their overt flaws, the two at the top are advocating a wait-and-see approach. But word going around is that not everyone in Yankeeland is quite so sure that’s the way to go. Word among rivals is that general manager Brian Cashman may be less convinced that staying the course is the way to go and more receptive to the idea of a rare sale of stars (though Cashman himself doesn’t exactly admit that that’s the case).
While folks around the league and team seem convinced Cashman sees the harsh reality of the situation, Cashman doesn’t stoke that potential fire. He says he’s merely “doing his job” by engaging teams for potential sales and buys. (And indeed, one rival mentioned the Yankees as one of a dozen teams at least looking at starting pitchers to buy).
“We are not sellers. We are not buyers. We have not had discussions with anyone,” one Yankees official insisted.
The idea going around that Cashman may be more amenable to selling may have some validity. Or it may be wishful thinking on the part of some of his rivals, who’d like to see superb relievers Aroldis Chapman and especially Andrew Miller, plus excellent, age-defying hitter Carlos Beltran, out on the market.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
For the second time in as many days, the Yankees came up clutch in the ninth inning to beat the American League West-leading Rangers, defeating Texas, 2-1, on a passed ball Thursday afternoon to get back to .500 at 39-39. The Rangers have lost consecutive games for the first time since losing three straight to the Athletics from May 16-18.
Chase Headley scored on a mad dash from third base on a Robinson Chirinos passed ball with two outs in the ninth. Headley led off the inning with a walk before Didi Gregorius, the hero in Wednesday’s walk-off win, bunted Headley into scoring position and a Starlin Castro groundout put him on third base.
“When you get an opportunity like that with two outs in the ninth, you got to find a way to score,” Headley said. “We’ll take it any way we can get it—that was a great win. These can be momentum wins. That’s a really good team over there, and to come back and get a couple wins from them, that’s big for us.”
Michael Pineda was stellar, striking out a season-high 12 batters in six innings, over which he allowed just two hits and one run. It was the second consecutive outing that Pineda allowed only two hits, and he earned no-decisions in both of the games. The Yankees’ three-pronged bullpen attack of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took over from there, allowing two hits and striking out four, effectively silencing the Rangers in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
“Their guy on the hill was exceptional,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “That slider was devastating and he had a 96-mph fastball. That’s that guy. He can throw like an ace or give up some runs. Then you get to their big guys, they are as challenging as anybody.”
Okay, you have to give it up to Michael Pineda. He was amazing today. How has this guy been so terrible for so long? Look at that stuff! How is he not an ace?!
The great Yankee offensive strategy of walks and passed balls for the clutch victory. Hilarious. I would have been shocked if they took a game from the Rangers in this series. To split the series? That’s downright amazing. This was a surprisingly decent 5-4 homestand, with a lot of comebacks and three walkoff victories (if passed balls count as walkoffs, that is). That is kind of nuts.
They’re still not a good team, of course, but hey, it is better than nuthin’.
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.273/.404/.429, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.377/.528, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.339/.437, 1.4 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.284/.333/.464, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.221/.293/.351, -0.9 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.292/.486, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Jurickson Profar (S) SS (.347/.380/.505, 0.8 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.227/.295/.416, 0.3 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.184/.298/.469, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.272/.329/.452, 9.7 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.273/.332/.395, 1.8 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.259/.366/.356, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.213/.251/.379, -0.8 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.229/.333/.439, 0.8 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.192/.279/.302, -0.4 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.250/.324/.358, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.290/.320/.425, 1.1 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.203/.259/.310, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.246/.306/.333, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.244/.314/.374, 4.8 bWAR)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Down four runs entering the ninth inning, the Yanks rallied on Brian McCann’s game-tying homer and Didi Gregorius’ walk-off blast for a 9-7 win against the Rangers on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Rangers jumped out to an early lead behind a huge third inning led by Nomar Mazara and Prince Fielder. With the score tied at 1 and no one out in the third, the Rangers loaded the bases against Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka off of singles by Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo, as well as an Ian Desmond walk. Next up was Mazara, who cleared the bases with a Statcast-estimated 367-foot double, giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, Fielder singled Mazara home, extending the lead to four and scoring more runs in one inning than Tanaka has allowed in all but three of his starts this season.
But things turned around in the eighth, when McCann cut the deficit to four runs with a solo home run. The Yankees continued to build off that swing in the ninth, as Rob Refsnyder and Jacoby Ellsbury reached off reliever Matt Bush. The Rangers brought in closer Sam Dyson, and Brett Gardner greeted him with a single, with Refsnyder scoring on an error by Desmond in center. After an Alex Rodriguez lineout, McCann evened the game with a three-run homer, scoring Ellsbury and Gardner. Two batters later, Gregorius smacked a ball over the short porch in the right field, scoring Starlin Castro with the walk-off blast and ending a three-game losing streak for the Yanks.
They’re still a bad team, but come on, who can’t be excited about a win like this? In terms of awesomeness, this was so awesome that it completely offset the awfulness of Monday’s loss.
It was nice to see them pick up Tanaka, who has been so good this year (although he has struggled as of late). And, of course, it was nice to see them score six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
With the way Didi and Refsnyder are hitting, why not bat them in the middle of the lineup? What does this team have to lose?
That’s not a godawful lineup. Replace A-Rod with Beltran when he’s healthy (and bat Beltran 3rd, and swap Refsnyder with A-Rod) and you really have something.
Refsnyder really needs to play every day now. All the dude does is hit and this team hits terribly overall.
And, of course, perhaps the best part was watching the Texas closer suck, to hopefully make them want to part with someone really good for Aroldis Chapman.
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.264/.404/.431, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.326/.377/.533, 3.4 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.289/.341/.437, 1.3 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.285/.334/.456, 3.0 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.217/.290/.346, -1.0 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.293/.479, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.284/.337/.395, 1.3 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.231/.300/.423, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.178/.302/.489, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.271/.328/.442, 10.2 bWAR)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.327/.396, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.260/.368/.360, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.219/.258/.391, -0.6 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.223/.323/.406, 0.5 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.284/.404, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.287/.318/.413, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.249/.326/.345, 0.9 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.206/.259/.316, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B (.293/.348/.397, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.314/.382, 5.3 bWAR)
- Adrian Beltre homered and drove in three runs to support Cole Hamels’ strong effort as the Rangers defeated the Yankees, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
“It has been fun to be on this type of team,” Hamels said. “Everybody comes in excited and having fun and pushing each other to another level. That’s exciting to see. We have an unbelievable balance in the clubhouse and on the field. Nothing is going to push us over the top or bring us down.”
Beltre enjoyed a three-hit performance, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, reaching on a sixth-inning single and adding an RBI single in the eighth as Texas, which has a Major League-high 51 wins, won its fourth straight contest, including two over the Yankees. Prince Fielder’s RBI double in the eighth chased Yankees starter CC Sabathia, who permitted six runs and eight hits as he was handed his fifth loss of the year.
Love those Yankees.com headlines. Yeah, the game “got away” from them.
Seriously, though, this was a good performance by CC, the offense is just awful and even more awful when facing Cole Hamels.
I’m still mad at the umpires from the first game of the series. The Yankees have very poor odds of winning a game in this series, so the umpires messing them over in Game 1 was not fun. And now Kaprelian is hurt - of course.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.279/.417/.456, 0.6 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.321/.373/.532, 3.3 bWAR)
3. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.279/.330/.442, 2.6 bWAR)
4. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.213/.287/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
5. Ryan Rua (R) LF (.284/.366/.475, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.271/.294/.482, 1.1 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.288/.342/.401, 1.5 bWAR)
8. Jurickson Profar (S) 1B (.348/.375/.511, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.255/.287/.358, 0.1 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.279/.333/.444, 9.9 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.272/.329/.394, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.294/.333/.569, 1.0 bWAR)
3. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.223/.264/.398, -0.5 bWAR)
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.191/.280/.303, -0.3 bWAR)
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.285/.406, 0.2 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.288/.319/.416, 0.9 bWAR)
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.323/.342, 1.0 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) LF (.212/.265/.325, -0.2 bWAR)
9. Austin Romine (R) C (.262/.273/.417, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.303/.404, 3.8 bWAR
For the Rangers, Monday night was worth the wait.
With the Yankees leading by one run and a runner on first base following a leadoff walk issued by closer Aroldis Chapman to Robinson Chirinos in the top of the ninth inning, Monday night’s game entered into a three-hour, 35-minute rain delay, beginning at 10:40 p.m. ET and resuming at 2:15 a.m. After the delay, Kirby Yates entered the game to pitch for the Yankees and couldn’t secure his second career save, allowing a two-run single to Adrian Beltre and an RBI single to Elvis Andrus as the Rangers won, 9-6.
The choice to delay the game belonged solely to crew chief, first-base umpire Paul Nauert, not managers Joe Girardi and Jeff Banister. Being that the game had lasted longer than five innings, Nauert was within his rights to call the game, but he elected not to, leading to the delay.
Prior to the delay, the Yankees broke out offensively with 15 hits, 13 of which were singles and five of which came with runners in scoring position. Mark Teixeira provided the big blast, smacking the Yanks’ first non-single of the day, a home run to lead off the seventh inning that extended the Yankees’ lead to 6-4. It was Teixeira’s second home run in two days after he went all of May and most of June without hitting one.
The Yankees’ bullpen wasn’t at its best but still had a chance to close it out. Dellin Betances tossed a 1-2-3 seventh and struck out one batter, but Andrew Miller allowed a solo home run to Rougned Odor in the eighth and Chapman walked the first batter he faced and was behind in the count to the next batter, Shin-Soo Choo, before the game was delayed.
While definitely one of their worst losses of the season, this was also a tough game to really give the Yankees too much guff over. I mean, obviously you can rip Kirby Yates for getting ahead of Ian Desmond 1-2 and then hitting him and then getting ahead of Nomar Mazzarra 1-2 before hitting HIM, too, to load the bases before getting ahead of Adrian Beltre 1-2 before giving up a two-run single. Then, after getting ahead of Prince Fielder 0-2, he hit HIM, too, to re-load the bases. After a flyout didn’t score a run, he gave up another two-run single to Elvis Andrus before finally ending the inning. So yes, Kirby Yates was awful. However, it is not like the Yankees had anyone else in the bullpen who you would want to be pitching in the situation Yates entered into - a runner on first, no outs and a 3-1 count for the Rangers’ leadoff hitter. Not a good situation. And the reason that they were in the situation was because the crew chief felt bad for the Rangers.
That’s really it.
He made everyone wait three hours and thirty-five minutes because he thought it would be unfair for the Rangers to lose a game when they had a real chance in the ninth. I’m not even saying that I think that that call was wrong, per se, but I WILL say that it is rarely called like that, and I bet dollars to donuts that the next time you see this situation, it won’t happen like this. But really, had they NOT called the rain delay, the Yankees were screwed, too, as Aroldis Chapman clearly couldn’t locate his pitches in the rain. His trouble with location actually likely led to him getting pitches that were technically strikes called balls because he was clearly off from where he was throwing the ball as he just couldn’t locate with the rain. So Girardi asked if Chapman could get a rosin bag and maybe if they could work on the mound and the crew chief instead decided to call for the rain delay. But if the umps were so worried about being unfair to the Rangers, who played through the same conditions, then why not just make the Yankees play through it? If they lost, they lost. Instead of waiting almost four hours and taking away the Yankees’ closer from the situation. It was just a clownish performance by the umpires.
But anyhow, this was more flukey than anything, so while terrible, it’s hard to feel TOO bad about it. This team still sucks, of course (and how can it be “stunned” when we all figured it would happen?)
Next time they face a righty, by the way, could Refsnyder please play right field? Please?
Monday, June 27, 2016
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF (.270/.418/.444, 0.5 bWAR)
2. Ian Desmond (R) CF (.322/.373/.525, 3.2 bWAR)
3. Nomar Mazara (L) LF (.287/.338/.434, 1.2 bWAR)
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B (.280/.332/.447, 2.7 bWAR)
5. Prince Fielder (L) DH (.211/.282/.340, -1.1 bWAR)
6. Rougned Odor (L) 2B (.273/.295/.476, 1.0 bWAR)
7. Elvis Andrus (R) SS (.289/.341/.403, 1.6 bWAR)
8. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B (.229/.299/.424, 0.5 bWAR)
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C (.186/.286/.512, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.270/.326/.440, 9.8 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.274/.328/.398, 1.6 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.368/.359, 1.7 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.287/.325/.566, 0.9 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.222/.322/.409, 0.4 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.179/.272/.277, -0.7 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.250/.283/.406, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.282/.314/.408, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.244/.321/.344, 0.9 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.219/.273/.336, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.251/.315/.397, 5.3 bWAR
Tyler Duffey carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, supported by consecutive home runs off the bats of Brian Dozier, Trevor Plouffe and Max Kepler, leading the Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
“First time through, I was just trying to get the ball over the plate,” said Duffey, who allowed only two hits through eight innings. “Just getting into the fourth, sixth, seventh innings, and then as I came along, I started throwing more breaking balls, started feeling better than I had. It’s a lot of positives for me today, and obviously we won the game, which is the ultimate positive.”
Duffey retired the first 17 batters he faced before Aaron Hicks’ two-out double in the sixth, then limited the Yankees to one run over eight innings, striking out eight without a walk to help the Twins snap a three-game skid and avert a potential series sweep.
“That ball Hicks hit, it was just a changeup that I left over the middle,” Duffey said. “It was a pitch that I had located earlier in the game, swung through. It was one of those things where I knew what was going on the whole time. I knew I had to get the next guy out, so I just rolled with it and had to keep pitching.”
You have to love how much the Yankees.com headline writers stretch to come up with sort of positive headlines for terrible losses. “Hey, Teix hit a home run! Yeah, we allowed 48 home runs on our end, but at least Teix hit one!”
What a pathetic loss. Tyler Duffey was pitching for his rotation spot today, a rotation spot on the worst team in baseball, and yet he was PERFECT through nearly six innings! What a pathetic, pathetic offense.
They took 2 out of 3 from the Twins only because the Twins made some moronic errors in the first two games of the series.
This upcoming series against the Rangers is going to be high-lariously bad. I’d be surprised if they get a game.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.310/.341/.463, 0.9 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.274/.401/.487, 0.5 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.273/.370/.393, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.333/.424, 1.0 bWAR)
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 1B (.250/.273/.380, -0.3 bWAR)
6. Max Kepler (L) RF (.242/.314/.407, 0.4 bWAR)
7. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.275/.303/.377, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Juan Centeno (L) C (.222/.246/.317, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Danny Santana (S) CF (.250/.281/.333, -0.6 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.266/.327/.406, 3.4 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.333/.405, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.262/.373/.365, 1.8 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH (.290/.328/.573, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) C (.226/.326/.415, 0.6 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.176/.271/.259, -0.6 bWAR)
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.253/.286/.410, 0.2 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.285/.318/.413, 0.7 bWAR)
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.248/.325/.349, 1.0 bWAR)
9. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.217/.272/.329, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.318/.400, 6.1 bWAR
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Though the Yankees struggled to cobble together offense against the Twins on Saturday afternoon, they came away with a 2-1 win at Yankee Stadium after Eduardo Escobar booted a grounder off the bat of Starlin Castro in the eighth inning, allowing Aaron Hicks to score the go-ahead run.
“It was hit hard,” Escobar said through an interpreter. “At that point, there’s not much you can do other than throw your glove at it. That’s not an excuse, but it was hit pretty hard.”
For as inconsistent as the Yankees’ offense was, their pitching was terrific. Right-hander Michael Pineda allowed just two hits through six innings of one-run ball before handing the ball to the bullpen. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman took care of the rest, mowing down nine of the final 10 Twins batters. Chapman allowed a two-out single to Joe Mauer, which ended the trio’s perfect streak over the last three games.
“I want to pitch longer in the game and try to pitch longer to give [the bullpen] a little rest because those guys are working hard,” Pineda said. “It feels good when you have three guys down in the bullpen so good.”
When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to allow a run to score on an error on what would have been an inning ending double play, while your pitchers only gave up a single run, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.
Pineda was excellent today, though. How is that guy so terrible? He has such great stuff.
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B (.315/.346/.470, 1.0 bWAR)
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF (.283/.413/.504, 0.3 bWAR)
3. Joe Mauer (L) DH (.274/.371/.395, 1.7 bWAR)
4. Brian Dozier (R) 2B (.248/.334/.415, 1.1 bWAR)
5. Max Kepler (L) RF (.247/.313/.416, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) SS (.280/.308/.384, 0.1 bWAR)
7. Byung-Ho Park (R) 1B (.197/.283/.423, 0.2 bWAR)
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C (.272/.312/.418, 0.4 bWAR)
9. Byron Buxton (R) CF (.198/.238/.339, 0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.260/.329/.419, 5.6 bWAR
1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.278/.331/.406, 1.7 bWAR)
2. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.253/.368/.358, 1.5 bWAR)
3. Carlos Beltran (S) RF (.287/.326/.574, 1.0 bWAR)
4. Alex Rodriguez (R) DH (.222/.264/.401, -0.4 bWAR)
5. Brian McCann (L) C (.220/.323/.414, 0.5 bWAR)
6. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.180/.271/.263, -0.7 bWAR)
7. Starlin Castro (R) 2B (.257/.290/.416, 0.1 bWAR)
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.286/.319/.416, 0.7 bWAR)
9. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.252/.331/.355, 1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.317/.407, 5.4 bWAR
Did you know the Yankees are 8-1 against the Angels and Twins and 28-35 against the rest of the teams they’ve played?
Despite an uncharacteristically laborious outing from ace Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees capitalized on three Twins errors, plating three unearned runs on the way to a 5-3 series-opening victory over Minnesota on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
With the Yankees trailing, 2-0, in the third inning, the veterans stepped up, as Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double and Alex Rodriguez notched an RBI single to knot the score. After the Twins put another run on the board in the fourth, the Yankees struck back with two of their own in the home half following a Joe Mauer fielding error to take the lead for good. Aaron Hicks added an insurance run with an eighth-inning homer against his former club.
Alex Rodriguez knocks a single into left and Carlos Beltran beats the throw to the plate, then A-Rod advances to second on a throwing error
“It seems like this year in particular that we’ve had trouble in getting off the field after we’ve scored,” said Twins manager Paul Molitor. “It really does change the course of how games go when you get another offensive chance with a zero on the board.”
Tanaka was shaky after a 1-2-3 first, needing 95 pitches to get through six innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs before handing the game over to the Yankees’ three-headed bullpen behemoth of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. The trio promptly went nine-up, nine-down, notching five strikeouts—including three from Chapman, who at one point threw 10 straight pitches at 100 mph or faster.
When you need the second-worst team in the Majors to make weird errors to beat them with your best pitcher on the mound, you’re probably a terrible team yourself.
Mark Teixeira returns to the lineup on Saturday, which will be maddening, as it is likely that “almost surely still injured” Teixeira will not outhit Rob Refsnyder, and yet Teixeira will get his lineup spot back guaranteed.