|New York Yankees||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Jose Reyes, SS|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Melky Cabrera, LF|
|Martin Prado, 3B||Jose Bautista, RF|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Edwin Encarnacion, 1B|
|Brian McCann, C||Dioner Navarro, C|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||Danny Valencia, 3B|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Steven Tolleson, 2B|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||Colby Rasmus, DH|
|Stephen Drew, 2B||Kevin Pillar, CF|
|Chris Capuano, C||Mark Buehrle, SP|
No time for pleasantries this week. Gotta keep the move going if I’m going to spend all day on the couch tomorrow.
- On Monday, el duque of It Is High… lamented the decision to trade for Martin Prado rather than sign Rusney Castillo. That’s actually a pretty good point. I’d much rather have Castillo.
- On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog investigated whether spending big was still the smart organizational strategy in today’s parity-based MLB landscape.
- On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB explained how and why the Yankees are at their best with Derek Jeter at DH instead of shortstop.
- Chris Mitchell of PInstripe Pundits wondered if Francisco Cervelli had a future with the Yankees beyond the rest of this season.
- On Thursday, Chad Jennings had some video of Masahiro Tanaka’s latest sim game.
- Today, Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley astutely pointed out that Francisco Cervelli is often at fault for the injuries he’s suffered.…
Didn’t want to let this one slip by since it came out last night. The Yankees made a small trade with the Cleveland Indians to acquire lefty reliever Josh Outman for either cash or a PTBNL. Outman is expected to report to the big league club, possibly for tonight’s game, and the smart money is on Rich Hill being DFA’d to clear spots on the 25 and 40-man rosters.
Outman is a few weeks from his 30th birthday and this is his 6th MLB season. He spent time in Oakland and Colorado in the past, and this was his first season in Cleveland. He was pretty terrible in his time as an Indian (3.28/5.24/4.35, 16 BB, 4 HR, 24 K in 24.2 IP), although left-handed hitters have hit .180/.293/.380 against him. For his career, the lefty batting line against him is .185/.257/.287.
There are very few things that a manager and his coaching staff has total control of during a game.
He can set the lineups, but can’t make a player hit a home run on a curveball off the plate.
He can position the fielders in an optimal arrangement to maximize coverage of the diamond, but can’t make the fielder dive to his left or right to get a groundball in the hole.
He can bring in his best middle reliever in the seventh inning to escape a bases-loaded jam, but can’t make that pitcher execute the perfect sequence of pitches to get the batter out.
However, there is one area where a manager and his coaching staff can make a decision that directly affects the game: the new instant replay/challenge rule.
Notes on the Yankees instant replay challenges
The Yankees don’t have the league’s most productive offense or pitching staff or defense, but they seem to have mastered this new ability to challenge umpire calls via replay.…
I’ll try to make this quick. Regardless of how any of us feel about relief pitchers and relief roles and how managers go about using their bullpen, I think we can all agree on these facts:
- Yesterday’s game was critically important
- David Robertson is the best or 2nd best reliever in the Yankee ‘pen
- David Robertson was well rested yesterday (hadn’t pitched since Sunday)
- David Robertson is better than Shawn Kelley
- The Yankees needed to prevent the Tigers from scoring in the 9th to keep the game going
So then why was it that Kelley got the call to pitch the bottom of the 9th over D-Rob? It made no sense. Having your closer available to close the game only matters when you have the lead. If you don’t, the most important thing is to keep the other team from scoring so that your offense can have another opportunity (or opportunities) to score to take the lead.
This wasn’t the first time that Joe has taken that approach with D-Rob this season and watched as his choice gave up the game-losing run while his best reliever sat on the bench. …
Big Game Mike
The Yankees started off their seven-game road trip with an impressive 8-1 win in Kansas City, a game that was a makeup from a rainout in June. Michael Pineda had yet another brilliant outing, allowing just one run on five hits in his third start since coming off the DL.
He is the third American League pitcher in the last 100 years to allow two runs or fewer and five hits or fewer in each of his first seven starts of the season. The others are White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos in 1967 and Angels pitcher Jered Weaver in 2006.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, including the 1,000th hit of his career, earning our obscure Yankeemetric of the Week:
He is the 11th major-league player from Oregon with at least 1,000 career hits, but just the second one of those to reach the milestone in a Yankee uniform.…
I’m sure people will say that my quick post about the Yankees beating up on some of the AL’s best aces was a guaranteed jinx for their chances in this afternoon’s series finale against Detroit, and maybe it was. But then this is why this team has been so maddening to follow and write about this season. They look like world beaters against one of the best pitchers on the planet one day, they can’t scratch more than 2 across against a rookie and a collection of B-team relievers. That was a big body blow series loss.
I feel like I write the same basic thing about Hiroki Kuroda for every start he makes. He was pretty good, not great, gave up a few runs on a few hits in a few bad innings and he was out after 6+. That was the script again today. 2 Detroit singles and a sac fly got them their first run in the 2nd, and Rajai Davis put a good swing on a sinker on the outer half with 2 outs in the 5th to drive home the second run. …
|New York Yankees||Detroit Tigers|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Rajai Davis, CF|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Ian Kinsler, 2B|
|Martin Prado, 2B||Miguel Cabrera, 1B|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Victor Martinez, DH|
|Carlos Beltran, DH||J.D. Martinez, RF|
|Brian McCann, C||Nick Castellanos, 3B|
|Chase Headley, 3B||Don Kelly, LF|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Alex Avila, C|
|Zelous Wheeler, RF||Andrew Romine, SS|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Kyle Lobstein, SP|
Combined Numbers for Sale, Shields, and Price against the Yankees over the last 4 days: 14.2 IP, 26 H, 18 R (14 ER), 7 BB, 13 K
That’s impressive. That’s damn impressive. Say what you want about the overall performance of the offense this year, and there’s not much nice to say about it, but that’s an awesome line to look at. I don’t care how it comes. Power display like against Shields, dink and dunk hits like against Sale, or a seemingly endless cycle of hits like against Price, doesn’t matter. If the Yankees can keep hitting like they have been against the AL’s best against the rest of the AL, they’re going to be in the playoff race all the way to the end.
P.S. h/t to Axisa for calling this out. I never would have thought to look up the numbers on my own.…