Game 155: Sunday Bloody Sunday

This is it. This is the last time that you can take in a Sunday afternoon game at Yankee Stadium, and watch Derek Jeter batting second and … well … slotting in at designated hitter.

But as we look back and reminisce, today is also a day to look forward, as Masahiro Tanaka returns to the Majors to test out his rehabilitated elbow. While we cannot say with any certainty what today will mean for the Yankees ace, barring some sort of swift kick in the nethers, it will nevertheless be an important step in discerning where the team’s rotation stands for next year. And so we watch the game today not only to feel proud of the last two decades of Yankees baseball, but also to find some optimism in the looming post-Jeter landscape.

Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Brett Gardner, CF
Jose Bautista, RF Derek Jeter, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brian McCann, C
Dioner Navarro, C Chris Young, LF
Dan Johnson, 1B Chase Headley, 3B
Munenori Kawasaki, 3B Francisco Cervelli, 1B
Dalton Pompey, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Ryan Goins, 2B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Anthony Gose, CF Brendan Ryan, SS
Drew Hutchison, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP
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Game 154 Quick Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

Jeter-Teix vs TOR

Courtesy of Getty Images

I was in attendance at yesterday’s game.  I guess the Yankees didn’t get the message that they were supposed to keep the winning streak going with me there.  They couldn’t hold an early 1-run lead and got doubled up 6-3 by the Blue Jays.

Toronto actually got on the board first against starter Chris Capuano.  Jose Bautista singled and Edwin Encarnacion doubled him home for a 1-0 lead.  It was the first of many tough times the Yankee pitchers would have against those 2.  Capuano settled down after that and pitched the next 4 innings scoreless, giving his offense the chance to take the lead with 1 run in the 3rd (Jeter single, wild pitch, McCann single) and 1 in the 4th (3 singles in a 4-batter span, the ribbie hit by Francisco Cervelli).

The 2-1 lead only lasted until the 6th, when Capuano walked Bautista to lead off the inning, appeared to tire, and got into big trouble.  …

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Game 154: Stroman v. Capuano

Today is the last Saturday that Derek Jeter will take the field in Yankee Stadium. I have been critical of Jeter and the team’s handling of his going away tour – even referring to his final season as a ‘going away tour’ may be a bit harsh. And, despite all of that criticism of his play, and the barbs directed at the Yankees for not having some miraculously ready-made replacement for the greatest shortstop of the last eighty or ninety years, I am going to miss the hell out of the Captain. So while the team may be playing for little more than a meaningless second-place finish in the AL East, I will be rooting heartily for a few more memorable moments in an inarguably brilliant career.

Lineups:

Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Jose Bautista – RF
  3. Edwin Encarnacion – DH
  4. Dioner Navarro – C
  5. Danny Valencia – 3B
  6. John Mayberry Jr. – 1B
  7. Dalton Pompey – CF
  8. Steven Tolleson – 2B
  9. Kevin Pillar – LF

SP – Marcus Stroman

New York Yankees:

  1. Brett Gardner – CF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Brian McCann – DH
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Chase Headley – 3B
  7. Stephen Drew – 2B
  8. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  9. Francisco Cervelli – C

Chris Capuano

Game time is 4:05.…

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Shane Greene Should Be In 2015 Plans

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

AP Photo/Tony Dejak

When you look at the 2015 Yankees starting rotation you see a lot of uncertainty and questions.

Will Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka be healthy? When will Ivan Nova pitch? Will Hiroki Kuroda or Brandon McCarthy be brought back? Shane Greene is starting to prove that he is not among those question marks.

When Greene was first brought up expectations were pretty low. He only had a 4.61 ERA in Triple-A and was not a highly touted prospect. He has blown those expectations away at the MLB level, which in most cases would be some kind of fluke like Chase Whitley’s first few starts were. However, by watching Greene’s stuff and looking at his peripheral numbers you can see that he looks legitimate.

Greene has a 5-3 record in 13 starts for the Yankees with a 3.24 ERA and a 3.37 xFIP. The thing that you love about Greene is that he often gets the two best results a pitcher can hope for– a strikeout or a ground ball.…

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Game 153 Quick Recap: NYY 5 TOR 3

Another game, another vintage 2-hit night for Jeter, and another Yankee win.  They took their second in a row against the Jays and their third overall.

It wasn’t a pleasant start for Hiroki Kuroda.  He gave up a double and a 2-run home run in the first 3 batters of the game to put the Yanks in a quick hole. He rebounded from there to turn in a pretty good start, however, tossing 6.2 innings of 3-run ball.  The other run was unearned, he struck out 7, and walked none.  Another textbook Hirok start.

The Yankee offense began chipping away at the deficit immediately, scoring a run in the bottom of the 1st on a Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff double and a Brian McCann RBI single.  They took the lead in the 3rd on a 2-run homer by Ellsbury, and got their insurance cushion in the 4th when Ellsbury grounded out with the bases loaded to score a run and Jose Reyes threw the ball away to score another.…

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Game 153: Buehrle v. Kuroda

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/19/14

I’ve smashed my left elbow like 2 or 3 times this week.  On a doorknob, a door frame, and a high island desk in the span of maybe 2.5 days.  I have no explanation for why this has happened, but it has left my elbow in some discomfort.  To deal with it, I’ve started pretending I’m a left-handed MLB starting pitcher and the soreness is from a long season’s workload.  It’s stiff, hurts to move, and I’m probably pitching with something torn in it, but my team’s in the Wild Card race and I have to keep gutting it out and going out there every 5 days for them.  Also I’m an adult.  Now onto the links!

- On Tuesday, SJK of NoMaas released their nominees for 2014 Yankee quote of the year.  I gotta say, that’s a tough pair of quotes to pick from.

- On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… used a small, surely unnoticed moment in Tuesday night’s bench clearing session as a reminder that we might not be seeing anymore of Hiroki Kuroda after this season and we should be showing him some love as well.…

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Quick Hit: Guess Which Dot Is Jeter’s Home Run From Last Night

Jeter Spray Chart 2014

Courtesy of TL

I’m trying to keep everything positive about The Captain in his final weekend at The Stadium, but I was interested in checking the legitimacy of my statement in the game recap earlier about Derek Jeter’s 6th inning home run last night being the hardest ball he’s hit all year.  I don’t think this spray chart necessarily proves that, but it does show just how little power Jeter has left and how out-of-character that homer was last night.

According to ESPN’s home run tracker, last night’s homer was the only of Jeter’s 4 this season that would have gone out in all 30 ballparks.  That’s something, right?  And it was 1 of 2 that registered as out by “plenty”.  The other 2 were “just enough”.

It helped that Jeter was swinging against R.A. Dickey’s low-80s fastball and not a real Major League fastball in that at-bat.  Hell, who am I kidding?  That was what made the home run possible.  …

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Game 152 Recap: Yanks 3 Jays 2

Jeter HR vs TOR

#TBT. Courtesy of Getty Images

If there’s one thing that will put a small positive period on the end of this season, it would be a Derek Jeter final career homestand surge.  And I say that as someone who has completely and publicly turned on Jeter since I started blogging.  Fun fact, I’m going to Saturday’s game.  Going with my family and my girlfriend and my uncle, and I can already tell you there’s a 100% chance that I cry at some point during that game.  No matter what I may think of him now, nothing can change all the love I’ve had for him as a player and enjoyment I’ve had watching him as a fan.  If I get to see a vintage Jeter game like the one he had last night, I’ll have at least 1 fond memory of the 2014 Yankee season.

It was a pitchers’ duel early last night, as it tends to be with the abhorrent Yankee offense, and Shane Greene looked much better than he had in his last few outings.  …

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