Game 149: Capuano v. Colome

While you are waiting for the first pitch, check out John Sickels’ review of his pre-season Yankees prospect rankings. Optimism (kind of) abounds.

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ben Zobrist, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Brandon Guyer, LF
Martin Prado, 2B Evan Longoria, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Wil Myers, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH Yunel Escobar, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Logan Forsythe, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF James Loney, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Sean Rodriguez, 3B
Brendan Ryan, SS Curt Casali, C
Chris Capuano, SP Alex Colome, SP
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Tanaka Update: 5 Scoreless In Latest Sim Game

Masahiro Tanaka made his latest rehab start today, throwing 5 scoreless innings against a variety of MiL guys at the team complex.  But don’t let the headline fool you.  He wasn’t the dominant, overwhelming version of himself we all remember from earlier in the season.  Chad Jennings has all the details, but the short story is that Tanaka gave up 6 hits in his 5 innings and a couple of them (along with a few outs) were “hard hit.”  He struck out 4, walked none, and threw 65 pitches.

After the outing, Tanaka said he felt good but wasn’t sure if his stuff was ready to pitch in an MLB game.  That’s to be expected when we’re talking about someone who hasn’t pitched in as long as it’s been for him.  You don’t want a guy out there on the mound who isn’t comfortable and confident in his stuff.  If it takes another sim start to get that feeling to click, so be it.…

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Monday Afternoon Food For Thought: What’s Your Working Definition of “Well”?

The Yankees managed to squeak out 1 win this weekend, but let’s be real.  They got ragdolled by the Orioles, just like they’ve been getting ragdolled by the Orioles all season.  With 14 games remaining and 5 separating them from the 2nd Wild Card spot, The Captain offered up this insight on the team’s standing:

“We need to continue to come out and play well, and more importantly to win games. We’re at the point now where playing well isn’t good enough.”

At the most basic level, I agree with what Jeter’s saying.  The Yankees do need to win games if they want to keep up the facade that they’re in playoff contention and they can’t be content to just play well.  There are no moral victories to be had here.  Factoring in all the context that comes with the Yankees’ present situation, however, this statement is borderline idiotic.

What are we talking about when we talk about the Yankees CONTINUING to play well, Derek?  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 12-14 (Orioles)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part I
The baseball gods can be cruel sometimes. One day after arguably the Yankees most improbable win of the season, they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Orioles in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

After both teams were scoreless through nine innings, the Yankees struck first in extra innings when Chris Young hit a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning.

He is the first Yankee with a tie-breaking, extra-inning home run in 0-0 game on road since Cecil Fielder on Aug 2, 1996 at Kansas City, and the first to do that in the 11th inning or later since Bernie Allen on July 8, 1972 at Minnesota.

Combined with his walk-off homer on Thursday, Young became the first Yankee to hit go-ahead homers in ninth inning or later on consecutive days since Graig Nettles on April 20-21, 1974 against the Orioles.…

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Game 148 Recap: Orioles 3 Yankees 2

D-Rob vs BAL II

Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankee starting pitcher gave the team a good start and a great chance to win, but the offense didn’t generate nearly enough runs to support him and the other team capitalized by scoring some late runs for a heartbreaking loss.

Last night’s victim starter was Hiroki Kuroda and he turned in one of his best outings of the season.  He held Baltimore scoreless through 5, gave up his only run on a double down the left field line int he 6th that was nearly caught for an out off the bat, and finished 7 strong innings with only that 1 run against him, no walks, and 5 strikeouts.  His splitter had a lot of late movement and he had a really good feel for it last night.  Once again Hirok has played himself into no-doubt qualifying offer territory.

The offensive output came on 2 swings.  Martin Prado, who almost made the great catch at third on the double against Kuroda, hit a 1-2 fastball off Chris Tillman for a solo home run to open the 2nd inning and open the scoring.  …

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Game 148 – ESPNing

The Yankees try to delay the inevitable with the Baltimore Orioles on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Brett Gardner – LF
  4. Martin Prado – 3B
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  7. Chris Young – DH
  8. Stephen Drew – 2B
  9. Antoan Richardson – RF

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

Baltimore Orioles:

  1. Nick Markakis – RF
  2. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Nelson Cruz – DH
  5. Steve Pearce – 1B
  6. J.J. Hardy – SS
  7. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  8. Nick Hundley – C
  9. Jonathan Schoop – 2B

SP – Chris Tillman

Enjoy the game!


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Sunday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/14/14

Belated ‘Palooza this week due to the doubleheader on Friday.  Series finale isn’t on until later as the ESPN Sunday night game, so if you’re not an NFL fan, here’s the best links of the week to get through your afternoon:

- On Monday, Mike Axisa of RAB showed how Betances and D-Rob have become a new (and better) version of ’96 Mo and Wetteland, and argued that the tandem should be kept together.

- On Tuesday, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the biggest highlights of the 2014 MiL season.

- Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily listed the top organizational second base prospects.  It’s a slightly deeper list than the one for first base.

- On Thursday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes called for Kevin Long to be fired.  Have to thank that’s a call that’s going to get real loud once this season is over.

- Chad Jennings of LoHud mused on the depth problem in right field that Carlos Beltran’s injury has caused and how it could continue into next season.…

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Sunday Morning News And Notes: 9/14/14

There’s been a lot happening off the field in the last few days that’s gone unmentioned here.  This morning seems like the perfect time to play a little catch-up.

- VP of baseball ops Mark Newman told the team he plans to retire after this season, according to George King.  Trey Hillman is the early favorite to replace him and there could be other organizational changes as well.  The Yankees desperately need some new eyes, new thoughts, new blood, and a new direction, so this is a very welcome and needed change in my opinion.

- All physical and neurological tests came back clean on Chase Headley after he took a pitch off the chin on Thursday night.  He has rejoined the team in Baltimore, but did not play Friday night or yesterday and isn’t expected to play tonight.

- Brett Gardner‘s abdominal issue apparently isn’t as bad as it was first reported to be earlier this week.  He returned to the lineup on Friday night and is 1-6 with 2 BB and a stolen base in the last 2 games.…

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Game 147 Quick Recap: NYY 3 BAL 2

Young vs BAL

Who needs the old #24 when you’ve got Chris Young? Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees got fewer innings out of their starting pitcher, got outhit by more than 2-1, and somehow ended up winning this afternoon’s game.  Whatever.  You’ll take what you can get with this crew at this point.

The lineup didn’t generate much against Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.  They did all their damage in the top of the 2nd, starting with Brian McCann‘s 19th home run of the season.  A walk to Mark Teixeira, a double by the hotter than the surface of the sun hot Chris Young, and a base hit by Antoan Richardson made it 2-0, and Young used his legs to generate the third run when he stole home off of RIchardson’s steal of second.  Catcher Caleb Joseph probably should have held onto the ball.

Shane Greene kinda made those 3 runs stand up in his 5.1 innings of work.  He had multiple baserunners on in each of the first 3 innings and only gave up a single run on a Nelson Cruz ribbie single in the 3rd.  …

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