Game 14 Recap: Yankees 5 Tigers 2

I guess the third time through the order is the charm for most of the Yankee rotation.  Tanaka was money his last start, CC was really sharp last night, and Nathan Eovaldi turned in a beauty tonight in his third trip to the bump as a pinstriper, pitching the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers and knotting this series up at a game apiece.

He got his first support run before he even took the mound.  Brett Gardner walked with 1 out in the top of the 1st and came around to score on a Mark Teixeira double.  And not just any double, this was an opposite-field double to from the right side of the plate.

That was all Eovaldi would get for most of the night, but he made it stand up with a stellar fastball/slider combination.  Once again, some timely double plays helped his efforts, but he settled in as he got to the middle innings and started to really assert himself in the 4th and 5th when he started striking guys out with the slider.  …

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Game 14: Eovaldi vs. Lobstein

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are the lineups:
YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Young RF
Headley 3B
Drew SS
Petit 2B

Eovaldi P

TIGERS
Gose CF
Kinsler 2B
Cabrera 1B
V-Mart DH
J. Martinez RF
Cespedes LF
Castellanos 3B
Avila C
Iglesias SS

Lobstein P

Enjoy!

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What to look for: Nathan Eovaldi

Tonight Nathan Eovaldi will be making his third start this season. Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in eight career starts in April but he is 0-5 with a 6.23 ERA over his last six road starts which is the longest road losing streak of his career.

In his last outing this past Wednesday night, on the road in Baltimore, Eovaldi only lasted five innings. And while his nine strikeouts were a good sign, he surrendered eight hits, three walks and two runs. He also threw a season-high (and so far, team high) 101 pitches in those five innings which caused the bullpen to be called in early and they ultimately, and almost immediately, gave up the lead and the Yankees lost.

Let’s see how Eovaldi is doing so far.

16 hits – 14 singles, one double and one home run:

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

  • Against lefties, Eovaldi’s given up eight hits, has struck out eight and walked one.
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About Last Night: CC Sabathia

Last night’s end result was not ideal for the Yankees. You never want to lose a game by coughing up a lead in the seventh inning no matter how slim. But while CC Sabathia did take the loss, which dropped his record to 0-3 on the season, there a few reasons to be happy with the way he pitched.

He Gave The Bullpen The Night Off
Sabathia pitched a complete game (eight innings on the road). He gave up two runs on seven hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches and saved the bullpen for a night which is nice because it seems like they’ve been pitching way too much so far this season.

Here’s how his pitches broke down courtesy of Brooks Baseball:

  • He threw 29 four seam fastballs. His average velocity was 91.2, his max was 92.5.
  • He threw 23 changeups. His average velocity was 84.8, his max was 86.0.
  • He threw 22 sinkers. His average velocity was 90.2, his max was 91.6.
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Game 13 Recap: Tigers 2 Yankees 1

Sabathia vs DET

Deserved better. Courtesy of the AP

Things were looking up for the Yankees as they headed to Detroit for a 4-game series.  They had swept division rival Tampa Bay, gotten back to .500 in the process, and they looked like they were starting to come together offensively after a sluggish start.  But as Matt pointed out in his post yesterday, that was happening against a pretty mediocre and pitching-weak AL East.  A solid showing against a really good Tigers team would be a much better sign that things really were coming together for New York.

And of course, right on cue the Yankee lineup shows up and drops a stinkbomb on everything.  THey were pathetic against Alfedo Simon last night, wasting a spectacular start by CC Sabathia and ending the team’s first winning streak of the year at 3.

Sabathia was good from the start, facing the minimum through 3 and pitching his first 6 innings scoreless.  He gave up 3 hits and 1 walks in those 6 innings, but never got into any real trouble thanks to timely ground balls and (for once) stellar defense behind him.  …

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Game 13: Sabathia vs. Simon

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Rajai Davis, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Victor Martinez, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF J.D. Martinez, RF
Brian McCann, C Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Nick Castellanos, 3B
Stephen Drew, 2B James McCann, C
Didi Gregorius, SS Jose Iglesias, SS
CC Sabathia, SP Alfredo Simon, SP

Enjoy the game!

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The Potential Barry Bonds Effect On A-Rod’s Hot Start

A-Rod HR vs TB

Gone. Courtesy of Getty Images

When it came out in late January that Alex Rodriguez had been working out with Barry Bonds in California in preparation for his return, the report was met with a reaction of mostly bad steroid jokes and indifference from writers and fans alike.  When Bonds piped up recently in support of A-Rod, saying that MLB and its fans should celebrate him reaching and passing Willie Mays‘ mark of 660 home runs, that story was met with a similar reaction.  Today, coming off a red hot week that has earned him a boatload of mostly begrudging praise and may earn him AL Player of the Week honors, it may be time to stop ignoring the A-Rod-Bonds offseason connection.

After yesterday afternoon’s series finale in Tampa, A-Rod is hitting a robust .316/.447/.711 in 47 plate appearances.  He ranks inside the top 10 in MLB in R (10), HR (4), RBI (11), and SLG, and inside the top 5 in BB rate (19.1%) and ISO (.395).  …

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AL East Looks As Expected Thus Far

ALEastStandings420

The 2015 AL East was expected to be totally up for grabs and that’s the way it has looked for the first two weeks of the season.  Obviously with only two weeks gone by there will not be a ton of separation anywhere, but parity has ruled so far in the AL East with everybody divided by only 1.5 games between 7-5 and 6-7. With the Yankees playing a series against everyone in the division to start off the year it has given us a nice look at their division foes.

The best thing the Yankees have going for them is that they clearly have the best pitching in this division and it’s not even very close. The Orioles rank 20th in MLB in team ERA (4.73) and 21st in FIP (4.07), the Red Sox rank 26th in ERA (4.73) and 19th in FIP (3.99), the Rays rank 23rd in ERA (4.56) and 22nd in FIP (4.10) and the Blue Jays rank last in ERA (4.50) and last in FIP (5.06).…

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The Farm Report: 4/20/15

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre:
The RailRiders started the week off in rough form, losing four straight games, including a three-game sweep by Rochester. After dropping a game to Syracuse, however, Scranton came back and won the last three games of the week, putting them at 5-6 so far this season. Pawtucket is off to a strong start and leads the IL North division, while Scranton sits three games back.

Bryan Mitchell had a good week, throwing 3.2 innings on Monday and allowing just one run on five hits and two walks. Even though he only threw 3.2 innings, Mitchell tossed 87 pitches, thanks in part to his 7 strikeouts. On Sunday, not only did Mitchell turn 24, but he put together another stellar outing. He threw seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jacob Lindgren picked up his second save of the season, throwing two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three.

Slade Heathcott hit his first Triple-A homer on Friday and followed it with a tenth inning sac fly that proved to be the game winner for the RailRiders.…

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