Hey CC, can you be the big stoppa again? That would be really great.
Enjoy the game (hopefully)!
This home weekend series against the sub-.500 Texas Rangers should have been exactly what the doctor ordered for the scuffling Yankees. Instead it turned into another multi-faceted display of their current baseball ineptitude and a waste of some surprising offensive breakouts.
Michael Pineda got the start and once again he looked far from his best. He wasn’t locating his fastball and his slider had very little bite to it. The 3rd inning was a complete disaster for Pineda, as he started it off allowing a single and a walk, escalated it with a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt and a follow-up fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and let things get out of hand by giving up a 3-run home run to Prince Fielder and a solo shot to Mitch Moreland. When all was said and done, the Rangers put a touchdown and an extra point on the scoreboard to take a commanding 7-0 lead. On the bright side, Pineda didn’t allow any more runs and made it through 6 innings, but the damage was plenty done.…
Here’s your game thread.
Tonight’s big story is that Slade Heathcott is in the Bronx, will be starting in centerfield and batting ninth!
No intro this week. The big batch of links speaks for itself and I’ve already started mentally shutting down for the long weekend. Now onto the links!
– On Tuesday, Josh Heller of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the offseason Yanks-Marlins trade 2 months into the season to see which side has made out better so far.
– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the new contact statistics to see how big a contributing factor they’ve been to Chase Headley’s poor start.
– Chad Jennings of LoHud addressed the biggest questions facing the Yankees after losing Jacoby Ellsbury to the DL.
– William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog crunched the numbers and used some statistical comparisons to point out the biggest problems with Nathan Eovaldi and what the Yankees have in mind for him.
– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… expressed his feelings of discomfort with Hal’s latest comments on the state of the team and his plans for the trade deadline.…
I’ve long been concerned about the state of run scoring in Major League Baseball. Run scoring has been on a decade-long downward trend, without any real indication that we’ve hit bottom. Well, that may have changed:
Early returns on 2015 have run scoring ticking upwards slightly. Scoring is still well below the historical average, but we’re now a tick above the disastrous 1960s levels. Good news.
What is going on? In part, strikeout rates have stabilized:
And power is ticking back up:
MLB run scoring doesn’t vary all that much month-to-month, so there is no reason to believe this is seasonal. We also have a decent sample size at this point. I think this is real. Which is very good news for baseball.
As you likely know by now, Slade Heathcott made his major league debut Wednesday night when he pinch ran for Mark Teixeira in the eighth and then played center. This is not just notable because arguably the Yankees’ most important offensive piece, Jacoby Ellsbury, hit the DL, causing the Yankees to call up their first round pick from the 2009 Draft. Hopefully, Heathcott gets an opportunity to pick up his first hit sometime soon, but as we wait for that I thought I’d look back on Heathcott’s long road to the Bronx.
If you have followed the Yankees’ farm system at all the last five or six years, you know the name Slade Heathcott and why I am so excited to see him finally break into the majors. Granted, his stay may be a short one for any number of reasons, but considering how miniscule the percentage of minor league players to ever make an appearance in the majors is, this is no small feat.…
The next milestone in Masahiro Tanaka‘s comeback schedule was reached last night, as Tanaka took the mound for Triple-A Scranton/Wilke-Barre in his first MiL rehab start. He pitched 3 shutout innings for the RailRiders, giving up 2 hits, striking out 2, and walking none. With a pitch count of 45, Tanaka only threw 41 to get through his 3 innings and did so without any physical issues or discomfort in his right arm.
After the game, Tanaka summed up his night with this statement:
“I was able to use all my pitches. I felt pretty good. Not necessarily different than how I usually go into a game. I was looking to obviously pitch all my pitches with force, and I was able to do that tonight.”
Along with no arm problems, that’s about the best you can hope for in a first start back. He threw all his pitches without issue and threw them with force and command. …
YES is showing Masahiro Tanaka’s start in Scranton tonight. How exciting! So here is your game thread for the occasion.