Game 45: Whatever

I have the rare chance to watch the Yankees on ESPN today, but I’m not going to bother because it’s just not worth it.  There a million better things to be doing today, and even if they win I won’t feel bad for a single second for not watching.  I sincerely hope everybody else out there has something better lined up for their Memorial Days than watching this team, but if you don’t then here’s your game thread.

Yankees Starting Lineup:

1) Ellsbury Gardner- CF
2) Headley- 3B
3) A-Rod- DH
4) Teix- 1B
5) McCann- C
6) Jones- RF
7) Drew- 2B
8) Didi- SS
9) Heathcott- CF

SP) Eovaldi

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Pessimistic Praise for the Jacob Lindgren Promotion

I don’t disagree with Brad’s view that it’s time for Jacob Lindgren to enjoy the culture clash of life in NYC. (Side note: I wish on-the-ground reporters would report more about what it’s like for a Mississippi native, who then attended Mississippi boarding school and Mississippi State, to move to NYC at age 22. My NY-CA move was jarring at 18, and my NY-WI move was jarring at 30, but I can only imagine what it’ll be like for Lindgren….) But while I’m in favor of the callup, I’m pessimistic that he’ll succeed from the get-go.

Here’s the big red-flag question: How will his unimproved control will play (a) in the bigs and (a) in repeat viewings? In just 46.2 minor-league innings, 4.4 BB/9, with no real improvement in AAA this year (4.1 BB/9). Big-league hitters will be all the more able to lay off the out-of-zone stuff, not only because they’re better, but also because they’ll see him repeatedly — unlike his minor-league opponents.…

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About Last Night Week: Freefalling

Since their last win, way back on May 16, the Yankees are batting .214/.272/.343/.615 with a .129 ISO and their pitching staff is 0-6 with a 6.92 ERA.

Here’s what that slash line looks like in spray chart form:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

This is what that 6.92 ERA looks like in spray chart form:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Chase Headley was the Yankees’ “best” hitter over the past week batting .333/.391/.381/.772 while Stephen Drew and Brett Gardner stunk up the joint. Drew batted .136/.136/.136/.273. (My God) and Gardner batted .136/.208/.136/.345. (Almost as ugly as Drew’s numbers)

CC Sabathia was the worst pitcher by far and that even includes poor Esmil Rogers. Six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings is atrocious, but four strike outs to one walk in 2 1/3 innings isn’t bad. In four of the past six games the starting pitcher hasn’t made it through five innings.

Another bad thing? The defense that was supposed to be one of the best in the league committed five errors in the last six games.…

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Celebrating Bernie Williams

Today is Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of his biggest moments in Pinstripes (or: the only ones I could find on YouTube).

July 14, 1991: His first career home run against Chuck Finley and the California Angels.

October 6, 1995: Williams becomes the first MLB player to homer from both sides of the plate in a playoff game.

October 4, 1996: He robs a home run from Rusty Greer.

October 5, 1996: He homers from both sides of the plate in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

October 9, 1996: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS against the Orioles.

October 13, 1999: The walk off in Game 1 of the 1999 ALCS against the Red Sox.

April 23, 2000: Bernie and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.

October 26, 2000: He gets the Yankees on the board and ends an 0-15 slide in Game 5 of the 2000 World Series against the Mets.…

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Quick Hit: Happy Jacob Lindgren Day, Everybody!

Jacob Lindgren

Courtesy of the AP

There isn’t a lot to be excited or happy about as a Yankee fan this morning.  The team is drowning in its own incompetence and poor play, with underperformances aplenty and a front office brain trust that seems perfectly comfortable with the mediocrity in front of it.

But in this 1-9 darkness, there may be a small beam of light and hope that breaks through today.  The team announced after yesterday’s shellacking that they would be calling up top relief prospect Jacob Lindgren to fortify the bullpen.  The move comes a few weeks later than it should have in the minds of many, and the team basically admitted that they were only doing it because Branden Pinder threw 50 pitches yesterday, so it’s not like this is a complete victory in the world of smart, logical, winning-based decision making.  But I’ll take any small victory I can get right now, and Lindgren getting brought up to the show is definitely a small victory at the very least.…

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Game 43: Martinez vs Sabathia

Hey CC, can you be the big stoppa again? That would be really great.

RANGERS
DeShields CF
Choo RF
Fielder DH
Beltre 3B
Moreland 1B
Andrus SS
Rosales 2B
Corporan C
Smolinski LF

Martinez P

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C
Heathcott CF

Sabathia P

Enjoy the game (hopefully)!

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Game 42 Quick Recap: TEX 10 NYY 9

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.…

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