Game # 139: Rain 1, Yankees 0

Season Series: Yankees 8, Orioles 6. Rain 1

After a humiliating loss last night (or early this morning) the Yanks try to hide their tears in the rain. And this is before Irma hits Florida! Those games against Tampa Bay will probably get moved.

Game will be played tomorrow at 1:35pm.

Game on Weather Channel.

Game # 138: Yanks (74-63) vs Os (70-68)

Season series: Yanks 8, Os 5

Bird is back. Romine catches the night game after a day game. Headley sits. he's too hot to play. Ells has apparently lost his pinch runner position as Yanks call up Wade.

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. RF: Aaron Judge
  3. 2B: Starlin Castro
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. DH: Matt Holliday
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. 3B: Todd Frazier
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. C: Austin Romine
  10. SP: CC Sabathia

Os

  1. SS: Tim Beckham
  2. 3B: Manny Machado
  3. 2B: Jonathan Schoop
  4. CF: Adam Jones
  5. LF: Trey Mancini
  6. DH: Mark Trumbo
  7. 1B: Chris Davis
  8. C: Welington Castillo
  9. RF: Joey Rickard
  10. SP: Jeremy Hellickson

Game on YES.

Game # 137: Yanks (73-63) vs Os (70-67)

 

Season Series: Yanks 7, Os 5 (But 2-4 at Camden Yards)

Yanks start 9 game road trip and they need to win at least 5 of them. Against the Os they need to win 2 of these games to create some more space between them and the red-hot Os. 

Monty gets the start over Garcia -- even though Garcia pitched better in the last start. Headley gets half day in. Romine get to catch his personal pitcher. Sanchez gets full day off.  Bundy is the best pitcher the Yanks will face this series, so a win today would be extra welcomed.

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. DH: Chase Headley
  3. 2B: Starlin Castro
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. RF: Aaron Judge
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. 3B: Todd Frazier
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. C: Austin Romine
  10. SP: Jordan Montgomery

Os

  1. SS: Tim Beckham
  2. 3B: Manny Machado
  3. 2B: Jonathan Schoop
  4. CF: Adam Jones
  5. LF: Trey Mancini
  6. DH: Mark Trumbo
  7. 1B: Chris Davis
  8. C: Welington Castillo
  9. RF: Joey Rickard
  10. SP: Dylan Bundy

Game on YES

 

Passed balls are a problem, but there's so much more to Gary Sanchez

In last night's blowout of the Red Sox, Gary Sanchez recorded his 14th passed ball. It tied him with Yasmani Grandal for the league lead despite Sanchez missing about a month of the season. It's not fun to focus on perhaps the only big negative of a player's game, but in this case, the frustration with Sanchez' ability to handle certain pitches is palpable.

There's no question that Sanchez needs to get better at holding on to catchable pitches. All players have certain facets of their games that they need to improve upon, and Sanchez is no different. Fortunately, receiving seems like something a catcher can learn. Unlike something like running speed, blocking or holding on to pitches is a technical skill.

It doesn't hurt that the Yankees have Joe Girardi and Tony Pena on the staff, two former catchers known for their defensive chops in their playing careers and good reputations for working with catchers. Their tutelage can certainly help Sanchez, and for what it's worth, Girardi has liked what he's seen from Sanchez in recent weeks.

Though it's vexing to see Sanchez miss a pitch that doesn't even hit the dirt, he's doing so much else to make up for it. His throwing arm is ridiculous:

He's now caught 37.5% of potential basestealers this year, 4th-best in baseball. Sanchez is also a very good pitch framer, 9th in framing runs above average. It seems a little odd that Sanchez could be a good receiver when it comes to framing when he's a poor receiver when it comes to allowing catchable pitches by him, but Gary has a history of being a very good framer:

Over at Baseball Prospectus, they have pitch-framing information for both the major and the minor leagues. The information for the minors is worse, simply because the supporting data is more limited, but there is real signal there. Let me now show you how Sanchez has ranked as a receiver:
  • 2015, Double-A: 82nd percentile
  • 2015, Triple-A: 83rd
  • 2016, Triple-A: 88th
  • 2016, Majors: 85th

All this goes without mentioning Sanchez' hitting. Since last season, no catcher is close to his production with the bat. Sanchez owns a 143 wRC+ since last year, well ahead of Willson Contreras (123) and Buster Posey (122). Again, it's not even close.

While it's easy to get caught up with each pitch that Sanchez let's by, not all hope is lost. His receiving seems like something that he can improve upon, and even if he's always going to be below average with that part of his game, Sanchez has so much else going for him that it won't really matter. As long as he's showing off his cannon behind the plate, his pitchers like throwing to him, and he hits plenty of home runs, the passed balls won't be a deal breaker. Sure, we'll probably throw our hands up in the air when the next passed ball comes, but the bigger picture quite rosy for the Yankees' catcher.

Game # 136: Xxxxxx (77-59) vs Yankees (72-63)

Season Series, Yankees 10, Xxxxxx 8. Yankees have clinched season series.

Hicks on DL. Recalled Caleb Smith.  I guess the DL move was so they could recall Smith before his 10 days were up.

Bird gets the night off. Ells now the regular CFer. T-Fraz back at 3rd. Headley at 1B.

Xxxxxx

Nunez, SS
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Moreland, 1B
Pedroia, 2B
Devers, 3B
Ramorez, DH
Leon, C
Bradley, CF
Sale, P

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. 1B: Chase Headley
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. 2B: Starlin Castro
  5. RF: Aaron Judge
  6. SS: Didi Gregorius
  7. DH: Matt Holliday
  8. 3B: Todd Frazier
  9. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  10. SP: Luis Severino

Game on ESPN..........Arrrrrrggggggh!

Game # 135: Xxxxxx (77-58) vs Yankees (71-63)

Season Series: Yankees 9, Xxxxxx 8

After last night's debacle the Yankees will try to salvage something out of this homestand and stay slightly ahead in the WC race.

In a more to bolster what little offense there is, Sanchez gets to squat in a day-after-night game. Holliday gets to flail. Castro sits for Toe. T-Frazier sits. Headley plays 3B. Judge bats clean--up.....ugh!

Xxxxxx

Nunez, SS
Benintendi, LF
Betts, RF
Moreland, 1B
Ramierz, DH
Devers, 3B
Vazquez, C
Bradley, CF
Lin, 2B
Pomeranz, P

Yankees

Gardner, LF
Hicks, LF
Sanchez, C
Judge, RF
Gregorius, SS
Headley, 3B
Holliday, DH
Bird, 1B
Torreyes, 2B
Tanaka, P

Game on YES and MLBN.
 

 

Game # 134: Xxx Xxx (76-58) vs Yanks (71-62)

Season Series: Yanks 9, Xxx Xxx 7

Yanks last 10: 5-5, Last 20: 11-9. Last 30: 15-15

It's Sept so add to the Roster: Holliday (just in time for Labor Day), Montgomery, Heller, B-Mitch, Kratz. To make room for Kratz, Luis Cessa was put on the 60 Day DL

Hicks sits -- apparently he's too hot. Ells is pinch CFer. Headley half day in. Judge promoted from 6th to 2nd in lineup!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????? All the new guys sit.

Xxx Xxx

  1. SS: Eduardo Nunez
  2. CF: Andrew Benintendi
  3. RF: Mookie Betts
  4. 1B: Mitch Moreland
  5. 2B: Dustin Pedroia
  6. 3B: Rafael Devers
  7. DH: Hanley Ramirez
  8. C: Sandy Leon
  9. LF: Brock Holt
  10. SP: Doug Fister

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. RF: Aaron Judge
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. DH: Chase Headley
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 3B: Todd Frazier
  10. SP: Sonny Gray

Game on YES and MLBN.

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EJ, Scott and Paul discuss Shohei Otani, the looming suspensions to both Yankee catchers, the wild card race and the Arizona Fall League.

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Game 133: Xxx Xxx (76-57) vs Yanks (70-62)

Season Series: Yanks 8, Xxx Xxx 7

Ells sits. Judge dropped to 6th in batting order!! All three of the cross field players are in -- Headley, T-Frazier, and Bird.

Yanks need a GREAT series because it ain't zebras they hear, its Orioles, Angels, and Twins!

Xxx Xxx

  1. LF: Rajai Davis
  2. 2B: Eduardo Nunez
  3. CF: Andrew Benintendi
  4. RF: Mookie Betts
  5. SS: Xander Bogaerts
  6. 3B: Rafael Devers
  7. 1B: Hanley Ramirez
  8. DH: Chris Young
  9. C: Christian Vazquez
  10. SP: Eduardo Rodriguez

Yanks

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. CF: Aaron Hicks
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. RF: Aaron Judge
  7. DH: Chase Headley
  8. 1B: Greg Bird
  9. 3B: Todd Frazier
  10. SP: CC Sabathia

Game on WPIX and MLBN.