Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/28/15

I’m supposed to be going to an all-weekend party on Saturday.  I also might have to be kinda, sorta on call for work this weekend.  The whole situation is up in the air, but however it falls I probably won’t be watching much Yankee baseball this weekend.  That stinks.  But oh well, onto the links.

– On Monday, Enos Sarris of FanGraphs examined the development of Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter and how he’s used that to make his fastball a more effective pitch.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked for signs of an offensive turnaround within the current slump.  We haven’t seen any of that turnaround yet, but maybe tonight’s the night.

– Harlan Spence of Pinstripe Alley mused on the possibility of the Yankees retiring A-Rod’s number when his career is over.  I didn’t have much interest in seeing Jorge or Andy this year, but I’d make damn sure I was at the A-Rod ceremony.

– On Wednesday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted pointed out how the offensive slump is putting added pressure on the depleted rotation.

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 38: There’s a lot to talk about

We recorded another podcast last night!

Dom, E.J. and yours truly discussed a number of subjects: We talked about the Yankees being 1.5 games back in the division, Posada and Pettitte Day, had a conversation about the upcoming September call-ups, and also about CC Sabathia’s injury and what it could mean for 2015 and beyond.

And here is the podcast’s RSS feed.

Enjoy!

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On September Call-Ups And Realistic Expectations

Aaron Judge

Don’t expect to see this guy next month. Courtesy of Cheryl Pursell/Pinstriped Prospects

The Yankees will be back in action tonight after an off-day that was much needed for many players.  The Bombers have been slumping badly with the bats for the last 3 weeks, and there are a few guys who are banged up and/or slumping enough to probably get more time off tonight.  The decision to play with a really short bench the last few games has been a puzzling one, but there is some respite on the horizon in the form of September roster expansions.  They kick in next Tuesday and the Yankees are sure to take advantage of that added roster space and call up a healthy dose of players.

While that added depth could do wonders for the pitching staff, there isn’t really much help on the way for the struggling, dinged up offense.  I’ve noticed an uptick in comments calling for the Yankees to “shake things up” and looking forward to the team “injecting some youth” when rosters expand, and while I agree with the basic idea that adding more bodies can be a benefit, I think it’s important to be realistic in expectations as it relates to the players getting called up.  …

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Off Day Open Thread: 8/27/15

Good afternoon, everyone.

We are about to enter the home stretch and the Yankees are dragging themselves into September by their arms as if their legs are paralyzed or broken – think James Caan in Misery. That’s how the Yankees are finishing up this month and it is not pretty.

Since they’re playing like crap, and I have nothing more to add to that analysis, I have decided to put up an open thread for the night.

Feel free to vent (no caps lock) about how they’ve been playing, discuss other games on the docket today that have may playoff implications, oh, and most importantly, if you have a question for Dom, EJ or yours truly, leave them below because we’re recording a podcast tonight! It will be up tomorrow morning for your listening pleasure. And in case you missed the last podcast two weeks ago, you can listen here.

Have a good evening!

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Thursday Morning News And Notes (And Bad Offensive Numbers): 8/27/15

This was supposed to be a post about how bad the Yankee offense has been over the last few weeks and me finally giving in and accepting that they’ve regressed and are really this bad now.  But I knew the minute I stepped into the shower this morning that I wasn’t emotionally ready to do that, so instead we’re going to recap some of the smaller stories from the last 2 days and I’ll mix in some bad offensive stats to at least acknowledge that reality.  Fair?

– The official diagnosis is in on CC Sabathia‘s right knee and it’s about as positive as it could have been.  There is no new damage in the knee, no tears or anything like that.  It’s simply the continuation of the degenerative condition that’s existed there for a while and there’s nothing that will require surgery.  That leaves the possibility open for Sabathia to return this season, and he did say he would be open to working out of the bullpen if/when he came back.  …

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Game 126 Quick Recap: HOU 6 NYY 2

Going with the quick recap format for this one.  I didn’t really follow this game past the 1st inning due to work stuff and I don’t think anybody who did needs to be put through the additional pain of the details.

Today was Michel Pineda’s return from the DL and it was far from glorious.  He gave up a fluke home run to Evan Gattis in the top of the 1st on a pitch that only weirdos like Evan Gattis swing at and hit for power, but got into trouble in the 5th when he hit the wall physically.  3 straight singles, a walk, and a sac fly made it 3-0 Astros, and Chasen Shreve allowing his 2 inherited runners to score brought Pineda’s run total to 5 in just 4.1 innings of work.  The Yankees had him lined up to throw 80-85 pitches and he was done after 71.  I don’t know if I like that.

Offensively the Yankees continued to be stagnant at best, not that that comes as a surprise when their already limp lineup was without Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira.  …

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Game 126: Big Mike is back

Welcome to the game thread.

Lineups:

ASTROS
Altuve 2B
Gonzalez SS
Lowrie 3B
Rasmus RF
Gattis DH
Gomez CF
Valbuena 1B
Marisnick LF
Castro C

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Beltran RF
Rodriguez DH
McCann C
Headley 3B
Bird 1B
Gregorius SS
Young LF
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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The Yankees’ One-Dimensional Offense

The game last night between the now-second place New York Yankees and the Houston Astros was a glaring look at the flaws of this 2015 team. I am not really talking about the pitching because every team’s pitching staff will get blown out like that occasionally (although the Yankees’ love affair with Chris Capuano is stunning). The real weakness of the 2015 Yankees is the one-dimentional offense. If they do not homer, they do not score.

The Yankees have now played 34 games in which the team did not hit a home run. The team is 10-24 in those games. In those games, the Yankees have averaged 2.184 runs scored a game. In one of those games, they managed to score ten runs. If you throw that game out, the average goes down to 1.94 runs per game. Just imagine the standings if the Yankees could have managed to be five or six wins better in those games.

To be fair, the Blue Jays, who never seem to lose these days, are even worse with a record of 6-25 when that team does not hit a homer.…

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Game 125 Recap: Astros 15 Yankees 1

Gomez HR vs NYY

Is hitting home runs playing the game the right way? Courtesy of Getty Images

Well that one wasn’t good for the old run differential.  The Yankees got absolutely mollwhopped by the Astros last night, dropping their fourth of 6 games to once again drop out of first place in the AL East.

This one was over early.  Ivan Nova issued a 2-out walk to Carlos Correa in the top of the 1st, and Colby Rasmus lined a ball to center field that Jacoby Ellsbury misplaced in the next at-bat.  The ball got by him for what was scored a triple and the first Houston run, and the floodgates opened wide from there.  The next 5 batters after Rasmus all reached base – walk, double, double, single, walk – and Houston had a 5-spot on the scoreboard when Nova finally managed to get the third out of the inning.  The Ellsbury play didn’t help at all.  That’s a catch that has to be made and if you can’t make it, you have to keep the ball in front of you.  …

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