Monday, May 29, 2017
The Orioles used seven stellar innings from Dylan Bundy and a clutch two-out, two-run double from Jonathan Schoop to snap their season-high seven-game skid with Monday’s 3-2, series-opening win over the first-place Yankees at Camden Yards.
“It’s a challenge every day not living in that world, staying strong mentally through the challenges that every season presents, good and bad,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his club finally getting a W. “It’s one of those things—I talk to them all the time—that separate you from some people that don’t have the skills to do this. Everybody is skilled at this level.”
The Memorial Day win, which began a key homestand for Baltimore against New York and Boston, improves the O’s to an American League-best 16-7 at home. The Yankees, who started the day with a three-game lead in the AL East, couldn’t overcome a critical third-inning error by second baseman Starlin Castro.
“I always make that play. I just tried to attack it,” said Castro, whose one-out error permitted Mark Trumbo to reach base. “It’s a bad feeling right there. Tomorrow’s another day. We’ll come tomorrow and try to win.”
While it’s tough to lose due to a silly error like that and it’s also tough to see the offense be so anemic once again, it was also good to see Jordan Montgomery pitch pretty well and then Holder and Shreve were electric. It’s interesting, without Chapman here (and he’s apparently due back soon), it’s been been the top end of the bullpen that has been the iffiest (basically Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren). The bottom end of the bullpen has continued its strong play. Holder gave up a home run the other day and so did Chad Green, but in general, they’ve both been great, as has Chasen Shreve. I’m omitting Tommy Layne from the equation because he should not be on the team.
The Yankees take on the Orioles tomorrow, and hopefully Luis Severino can get the good times going again!
Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (46 IP, 4.30 ERA) vs. Orioles: Dylan Bundy (R): (64.2 IP, 2.92 ERA)
No snark today as we remember those who gave their lives for our country. To them and everyone who served, thank you.
Aaron Judge ripped his first career grand slam in the third inning to put the Yankees ahead for good, and Michael Pineda gutted out six innings in the team’s 9-5 win over the Athletics on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees’ offense had scored a combined four runs in the first two games of the series before Judge drove in that many on one swing in the finale. Five of the six runs A’s starter Andrew Triggs allowed were unearned, as his defense continually hurt him. The A’s made two errors to bring their season total to 49 in as many games played.
“Maybe not his best performance that we’ve seen this year, but if we make some plays it’s probably a different story, and that’s been the Achilles’ heel for us all year,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I’ve said often, there’s a psychology to it. You feel like you have a chance to battle and come back and score some runs, and when your defense is poor, mentally, it’s sometimes tough to overcome that.”
Pineda worked around a rocky second inning, highlighted by Ryon Healy’s two-run single to left field, to complete six innings of three-run ball (two earned) to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the season. Pineda’s solid outing continued a recent surge from New York’s rotation: Yankees starters posted a 1.77 ERA over their six-game homestand.
A day after pulling the Yankees’ fat out of the fire by making an amazing catch off of a ball that bounced out of Starlin Castro’s glove, Aaron Judge saved the Yankees again with a grand slam that gave them a 3-run lead. They would eventually add some (GASP!) insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to insure that Dellin Betances was not needed today, which was nice. Michael Pineda wasn’t great, but nor was he awful. The Yankees were aided greatly by a review challenge of a great play by Brett Gardner to get Ryon Healy at second base for the first out of the second. If he’s on second base with no outs and two runs already in, who knows how the inning goes?
The Yankees go to Baltimore to take on the slumping Baltimore Orioles (who have fallen to third place as the Red Sox begin their inevitable rise to the top of the AL East), so the Orioles are primed to rebound against the Yankees and Jordan Montgomery, so that does not bode well for the Yankees.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Athletics: Andrew Triggs (R): (52 IP, 2.77 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (53.2 IP, 3.35 ERA)
1. Matt Joyce (L) RF .191/.285/.351
2. Mark Canha (R) CF .250/.308/.517
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B .303/.369/.489
4. Khris Davis (R) LF .225/.318/.503
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B .260/.291/.453
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B .243/.305/.395
7. Stephen Vogt (L) DH .220/.277/.376
8. Josh Phegley (R) C .250/.263/.429
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS .229/.270/.344
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .269/.365/.500
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .256/.358/.415
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .269/.365/.503
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .326/.362/.492
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .316/.421/.665
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .314/.339/.451
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .287/.426/.556
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .198/.297/.365
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B .277/.284/.362
CC Sabathia continued the Yankees’ run of strong starting pitching with a season-high nine strikeouts and Matt Holliday’s homer broke up a no-hit bid in the sixth inning, leading the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Athletics on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees starters have compiled a 1.56 ERA in five starts during this homestand, a trend that Sabathia continued by picking up his third straight victory. The veteran left-hander recovered from a 25-pitch first inning to blank Oakland into the sixth, with Ryon Healy’s RBI double shattering the shutout.
“Throwing offspeed pitches for strikes was a little rough in that first inning, but I was able to settle in,” Sabathia said. “I think [the key was] just getting ahead. We got ahead pretty early and I was able to put guys away. Early in the count, we threw some strikes, and that helped us out a lot.”
Well, THAT could have gone worse. The Yankee offense has hit a bit of a roadblock these last two games. Friday night wasn’t as big of a deal, but getting no-hit by a guy just recalled from the minors (after being sent down because of his ineffectiveness) was disappointing.
Luckily, CC Sabathia pitched very well and Adam Warren came in and got a big strikeout in the seventh inning (also, CC was saved from giving away the lead by an amazing play in the sixth inning where a popup with a runner on third was hit into a tough place for anyone to get to and the ball bounced out of Starlin Castro’s glove…and right into the glove of an incoming Aaron Judge! Wow, what a run-saving play!). Later, after Tyler Clippard struggled in the eighth inning, Dellin Betances came in and was dominant, striking out two batters with the trying run on third and then easily blowing through the Oakland batters in the ninth.
The series closes out Sunday afternoon, with Michael Pineda taking on Andrew Triggs, who is a decent pitcher, which does not bode well for the Yankees.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Athletics: Jharel Cotton (R): NR vs. Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (50.2 IP, 4.62 ERA)
Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.
While obviously that was a frustrating loss, it really wasn’t THAT big of a deal. I think you have to be happier about Tanaka having a great game than pissed about the hitting, especially since Manaea clearly DOES have really good stuff. He just typically doesn’t locate it. When he is locating it, like he was tonight, he is very sharp. No shame losing to that guy. And even with that, the Yankees had the tying run at the plate twice in the ninth inning, but Didi flew out and pinch-hitter Gaey Sanchez popped up. Just a tough loss. Not a big deal.
Now, speaking of big deals, CC Sabathia pitches Saturday afternoon, and that does not bode well for the Yankees.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Athletics: Sean Manaea (L): (34.1 IP, 5.24 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (48 IP, 6.56 ERA)
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF .219/.268/.336
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF .198/.290/.365
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B .300/.368/.488
4. Khris Davis (R) LF .220/.305/.506
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B .260/.293/.451
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B .243/.308/.403
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C .219/.278/.352
8. Mark Canha (R) DH .250/.316/.538
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS .228/.271/.341
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .280/.370/.520
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .291/.426/.573
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .275/.370/.500
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .328/.366/.500
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .315/.420/.678
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .330/.359/.474
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.304/.374
8. Chris Carter (R) 1B .209/.305/.385
9. Austin Romine (R) C .237/.268/.342
Tanaka = Guaranteed Loss.
New York Yankees: More than $50 million come off the Yankees’ payroll this offseason, and by the time 2019 rolls around, they’ve got only $74.2 million guaranteed – less than the Royals or Marlins. Were Masahiro Tanaka to opt out of his current deal this offseason, the Yankees would rank 19th in committed money for ’19.
All of which is to say: Baseball should be scared. The upper reaches of Yankees management want Bryce Harper, and they can get him. If they really wanted to shoot the moon, they could target Harper and Machado. It’s a lot easier to spend on pricey free agents when they’re young – Harper and Machado will hit the market at 26 – and when there’s a core of stars like the one New York is building.
The Yankees’ patience in building the Aaron Judge-Gary Sanchez-Luis Severino core should be applauded. A few years ago, after they’d committed to going young, the Yankees received a whopper of a proposition from the Braves, who were about to start their rebuild: Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Melvin Upton Jr., Chris Johnson and David Carpenter for Judge, Sanchez, Severino and pitching prospects Ian Clarkin and Manny Banuelos. The Yankees said no. And because of it, nobody in baseball is in a better place to pounce in the 2019 offseason.
Holy crap am I glad they did not take that offer from Atlanta…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Royals: Miguel Almonte (R): NR vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (48 IP, 6.56 ERA)
Tanaka = Guaranteed Loss.
Luis Severino harnessed his electric arsenal to produce the deepest outing of any Yankees starting pitcher over the last two weeks, firing eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at the Stadium.
Severino gave the Yanks’ fatigued bullpen a breather by limiting Kansas City to just four hits in a 114-pitch performance, increasing New York’s lead to a season-high 2 1/2 games over Baltimore in the American League East. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
“It feels good to help the team, to give an outing like this,” Severino said. “I have to keep working, keep trying to be in the game more. I feel more confidence in my changeup and my fastball. I feel good.”
The first Yankees pitcher since May 8 to complete at least seven innings, Severino called it the best outing of his brief career. Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain would probably agree, saying that Severino was “lights out” and “pretty much unhittable.”
What an awesome performance by Severino. Paired with Jordan Montgomery, this is the type of thing that you want to see.
Tanaka Time tomorrow, though, which does not bode well for the Yankees (he is 0-3 with a 17.51 ERA.in 4 day game starts this year).
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Royals: Jason Hammel (R): (40.2 IP, 6.20 ERA) vs. Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (47 IP, 3.64 ERA)
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS .179/.210/.232
2. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B .250/.286/.494
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF .266/.361/.367
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B .301/.361/.422
5. Salvador Perez (R) C .285/.324/.538
6. Jorge Bonifacio (R) RF .267/.326/.488
7. Brandon Moss (L) DH .192/.261/.442
8. Whit Merrifield (R) 2B .257/.307/.429
9. Alex Gordon (L) LF .175/.294/.212
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .281/.373/.527
2. Gary Sanchez (R) C .267/.360/.440
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .274/.373/.504
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .335/.374/.511
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .315/.419/.685
6. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .281/.349/.422
7. Chase Headley (S) 3B .237/.310/.382
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .319/.350/.426
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .213/.304/.393
Rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery got the bounce-back outing he was looking for in a no-decision against the Royals.
Despite the Yankees’ 6-2 loss on Tuesday night, Montgomery had arguably the best start of his young Major League career—tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball, and allowing just two hits. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive Royals.
“I think he pitched extremely well,” catcher Austin Romine said. “Tonight, he moved in and out. His slider was very good early. His curveball was very good late, so were the pitches he saved for later in the game. Like I said before, I think he pitched extremely well.”
Montgomery commanded the zone for much of the game, throwing first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 22 batters he faced. He didn’t issue a walk, and only three times did the count reach three balls.
One of the great stats is that the single season home run leader for the Kansas City Royals is none other than former Yankee Steve Balboni, at a paltry 36. They are the only current active franchise in Major League history to not have a single player ever hit 40 home runs. This year, however, they are hitting the long ball really well. They’re on pace to shatter their team record for home runs, which was set the same year Balboni set the team record. I mention this mostly to note that the Royals ARE a team that hits a lot of home runs, so them hitting a bunch of home runs Tuesday night isn’t a huge deal. It’s not GOOD, of course, but this isn’t some fluke, either.
This was a tough loss, but an acceptable one, especially since Jordan Montgomery was dynamite tonight, against a team that hit him pretty hard just last week. I’m more pleased about that than I am pissed that Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder and Chasen Shreve all gave up home runs, although I admittedly AM a bit worried about Warren, who has turned into a frog from a prince rather abruptly. Let’s hope that he cuts that out.
Luis Severino pitches tomorrow night, facing the Royals for the first time in his career. He is in the midst of a slump himself, so that does not bode well for the Yankees.