Happy Anniversary, Paul O’Neill! On this day, way back in 1995, you hit three home runs in a game against the California Angels!
The Yankees finished off an impressive weekend road sweep with a 20-6 shellacking of the Atlanta Braves yesterday, and they head to Boston to open another road series tonight in a much better spot than they were a few days ago. They’ll also head into Boston not knowing whether injured first baseman Mark Teixeira will be able to play and considering playing A-Rod there against one of Boston’s lefties should Teix continue to be unavailable.
Yesterday’s offensive breakout being what it was, there are still a few guys in the lineup who have looked tired and could probably use another day or 2 off similar to what A-Rod got over the weekend. The Yankees’ unwillingness to put Teix on the DL has left them with a short bench, which has made it more difficult for Joe to give those tired guys a spell and still put a decent lineup out on the field. That’s where Dustin Ackley comes in. He’s been playing in MiL rehab games and should be activated on Tuesday. …
The Yankees were struh-guh-ling coming into this weekend interleague set, and looked to be in trouble with an undermanned, underperforming offense. Naturally that meant they were going to sweep the Braves by outscoring them 38-8 in the 3 games. They hung a 20-spot on Atlanta this afternoon to wrap things up in style.
Julio Teheran is arguably the ace of the Atlanta staff, but he didn’t have it at all today. The Yankees jumped on him early with 3 runs in the second on a Jacoby Ellsbury home run and 4 in the 3rd on a pair of 2-run shots by Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.
Teheran’s day ended with 2 outs in the 5th, and the Yankees proceeded to pummel the Braves’ bullpen again from there. Brigham got it the worst, taking it on the chin to the tune of 8 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks over just 1.1 innings. The Yanks hung 12 on the Braves in the 7th and 8th innings after Atlanta rallied to pull within 8-5 after 6. …
Welcome to today’s game thread!
Enjoy the game!
Before I start the game recap, I’d just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they’re going through. I’d also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.
This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he’s on the mound.
I’m glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.
First up, the aforementioned Severino.…
The New York Yankees continue their interleague match-up against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Yankees have young stud, Luis Severino, on the mound squaring up with the Braves’ Matt Wisler. Severino is coming off his first win of the season and sports a very promising 2.74 ERA along with 9.39 strikeouts per nine innings.
Matt Wisler will be making his thirteenth start for the Braves and though he has a winning record of 5-4, his statistical line does not look pretty. His ERA and FIP are over five and his home run per nine rate is very high. Wisler does not strike out a lot of batters so his stuff is not the kind that misses bats.
But as always, the game is played on the field and you never know what is going to happen until it does. The Blue Jays have already won (what a surprise…) by tomahawking the Tigers, 15-1. Thanks for showing up, Tigers!…
Well there you go. Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher? The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.
Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI. His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.
Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored. But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball. It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…
Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:
|New York Yankees||Atlanta Braves|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Nick Markakis, RF|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Cameron Maybin, CF|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||Freddie Freeman, 1B|
|Brian McCann, C||Nick Swisher, LF|
|Greg Bird, 1B||Adonis Garcia, 3B|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Jace Peterson, 2B|
|Didi Gregorius, SS||Christian Bethancourt, C|
|Stephen Drew, 2B||Andrelton Simmons, SS|
|Masahiro Tanaka, SP||Williams Perez, SP|
Enjoy the game!
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.…