Game 151: McCarthy v. Cobb

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Will Kevin Long be the sacrificial lamb?

For those of us who watch almost every game, the entire 2014 season has been a series of games with one common theme: A total lack of offense. A full fifty of the team’s games have featured a lineup that scored two runs or less. That is a full 31% of a season’s games, never mind that the season isn’t over yet. In contrast, the Orioles (congratulations) have had five such games. Fifty…five. With a disappointing season following an active off season big with the check book, who will pay the price for such a performance? Will it be the hitting coach, Kevin Long? Should it be?

Let’s look at some more putrid numbers. In the Yankees’ last seven days, they have registered the following triple slash line: .174/.244/.284 with a .201 average on balls in play. Take that same slash line over the last fourteen days: .194/.256/.321 with a .220 BABIP. Take it even further to the last 28 days: .228/.290/.373 with a .254 BABIP.…

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A Quick Look At Jose Pirela

Pirela Triple-A HR

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune

The Yankees lost the best hitter in their lineup for the last month or so when emergency appendectomy surgery ended Martin Prado‘s year yesterday.  They replaced him on the active roster with Jose Pirela, a 24-year-old utility man who quietly had a really nice season for Triple-A SWB, hitting .305/.351/.441 with 87 R, 60 RBI, 21 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, and 15 SB in 581 plate appearances.  I believe he was named to the Triple-A end-of-year All Star team, but don’t quote me on that.

Pirela’s name has floated around on the periphery of the Yankee system for a few years when it comes to identifying real prospects.  He’s a guy who’s been good enough to warrant mentioning, but not great enough to warrant real “top prospect” consideration.  Now that he’s on the verge of making his MLB debut, here’s a quick profile on him for those unfamiliar.

Pirela was signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela in 2007.  …

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Injury Update: Teix’s Wrist Acting Up Again

Days-Since-Last-Injury-0Hey!  I remembered the picture this time.  Not that that makes the news any less crappy.

Mark Teixeira was noticeably absent from last night’s lineup, and we found out before the game it was due to his wrist acting up again.  Joe told reporters before the game that Teix told him the wrist was bothering him during last week’s homestand and it must have gotten to the point where he couldn’t play with the pain anymore.

This was to be expected at some point late in the year simply because it was expected prior to the season and it’s been the norm for Teix since game 1.  This was the 1 injury problem we and the Yankees were prepared for.  Guys who have this surgery usually have lingering issues the next year.  Teix has been no different.

Teix has been slumping badly and I’m a firm believer that all the injury problems have piled up to the point where he can’t be effective anymore.

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Game 150 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 1

Joe vs TB

“I want you!! I want the Stallion!!” Courtesy of Getty Images

I set the betting line at 1.5 runs before the game.  Can I set a line or what?  I had no doubts that the Yankee offense would remain absent.  Their starting lineup was terrible.  What I didn’t anticipate was Big Mike being out so early after a very good start to his night, and that ended up being the difference on another limp night for the bats.

Strange game for Michael Pineda.  He pretty much cruised through 4 scoreless on 52 pitches, giving up 2 singles, striking out 3, and getting 7 outs on the ground.  His slider was missing bats and his cutter was moving perfectly to generate weak, groundball contact.  It was all groovy.  Then Brendan Ryan threw a ball away with 1 out in the 5th and things started to go haywire.  Pineda walked the next batter and then failed to catch a toss from Brian McCann that would have ended the inning.  …

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Game 150: Pineda vs. Odorizzi

Today was fun, huh?  I think we all learned a lot.

We learned that Brett Gardner might be the sneaky most hated player on the Yankees.

We learned that Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after having emergency appendectomy.

And before tonight’s game, we learned from Joe that Masahiro Tanaka will make his return to the Major League mound this Sunday.  Guess they want to see if this rest and rehab plan worked.

It was only 5 days ago that Michael Pineda had his worst start of the season against these Rays, getting hit up for 10 hits and 4 ER in 7+ innings.  He’ll look to rebound from that with a better outing tonight and he’ll be hoping and praying with every fiber of his being that this starting lineup scores multiple runs for him.

1) Ellsbury- CF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Gardner- LF
4) McCann- 1B
5) Headley- 3B
6) Young- DH
7) Ichiro- RF
8) Cervelli- C
9) Ryan- 2B

I wouldn’t count on it.  …

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Here Are Some Offensive Numbers To Get You Psyched For Tonight’s Game

Offered up without commentary:

- The Yankees have been shut out 5 times in the last 16 games.

- They have been shut out 10 times this season.

- They have scored 42 runs in their 14 September games.

- They’ve scored 6 runs in their last 5 games.

- They’ve been held to 2 runs or fewer 9 times in the last 3 weeks.

- They’ve been held to 3 runs or fewer in 73 of 149 games this season, a shade under 50%.

- Their record in those game is 18-55.

- They’ve been held to 4 runs or fewer in 96 of 149 games.  That’s almost two-thirds of the season.

- Interesting enough, they’ve also held opponents to 3 or fewer runs 73 times this season.  They’re 56-17 in those games.

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Report: Prado Out For The Rest Of The Year

The hits (figurative injury hits, not literal baseball hits) keep on coming, huh?  Apparently Prado had to have emergency appendectomy surgery sometime between the end of last night’s game and when you and I woke up today. Meredith Marakovits had the story early this morning and the team confirmed it by announcing that he had been put on the 60-day DL and replaced on the active roster by Jose Pirela.

This is a huge blow to an already laughably ineffective lineup.  Prado has hit .316/.336/.541 with 7 HR and 16 RBI in 37 games as a Yankee.  He’s been on an absolute tear since mid-to-late August and he’s continued his hot hitting even as he battled a recent hamstring injury.

No way to spin this as a positive.  The lineup just lost its best hitter, and curious as I am to see what he can do, I don’t expect Pirela to fill that gap.…

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The 2014 Yankees and the lack of a superstar

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Even in the leanest of lean times, there is one thing that you could always count on with the New York Yankees: an everyday star player who was considered among the elite in the league.

Last year’s team may have been one of the worst in recent memory, but it still had Robinson Cano, who finished fifth in the MVP voting and ranked third in the AL in Wins Above Replacement (7.6).

But that guarantee of stardom is a pipe dream this season.

For the first time in nearly 25 years, the Yankees will not have a player with more than 5.0 WAR, a mark that is considered the threshold for a “Superstar” player. Entering this week Brett Gardner leads the team with 4.4 WAR and its unlikely he’ll be able to add half a win in the final 13 games.

The last non-strike season in which the Yankees did not have a 5-WAR player was 1991, when Steve Sax led the team with 4.1 WAR.…

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