Yankeemetrics: August 29-31 (Blue Jays)

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury swung hot bats against the Blue Jays (Photo: AP/Nathan Denette)

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury swung hot bats against the Blue Jays
(Photo: AP/Nathan Denette)

More Buehrle, please
The Yankees beat up on their good friend Mark Buehrle on Friday night in a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Buehrle is now 1-13 in 20 career starts vs the Yankees, is winless in his last 16 starts against them and has lost his last 11 decisions vs the franchise. Here’s what that means:

• Buehrle’s 1-13 record vs Yankees is the worst among any pitcher that has at least 20 starts vs Yankees in last 100 years
• His 11 straight decisions lost matches the longest losing streak by a left-handed pitcher vs the Yankees in the last 100 years
• Buehrle’s 16-start winless streak is the second-longest streak against the Yankees in last 100 years, behind only Slim Hariss (19 straight from 1920-25)

Jacoby Ellsbury had another strong offensive game, becoming the first Yankee leadoff batter ever with a triple and a homer in a game at Toronto (Brett Gardner would later match his feat in the series finale).…

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Game 135: McCarthy v. Happ

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Sunday Mid-Morning Newsings: Tanaka And Ellsbury

There are a couple of stories we haven’t touched on this weekend, ones that merit some kind of mention.  Before they become old news, here’s the latest and my personal take on these 2 happenings.

Tanaka’s Arm

Masahiro Tanaka threw his second sim game as scheduled on Thursday morning.  He threw 49 pitches to Brendan Ryan, used all of his pitches, and said he felt good except for some “normal soreness.”  On Friday, however, the situation changed and Tanaka was sent back to New York with what was described as “general soreness” throughout his right arm.  Both Tanaka and the team were quick to specify that it was not his elbow, and Tanaka said he believed it was just soreness related to not pitching in a while.  Still, with no plans to see a doctor as a precautionary follow-up and no more plans for him to continue his throwing, the chances of Tanaka returning to the mound next month are significantly lower.…

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The expandables: Who will the Yankees call up for September?

We are two days away from that wacky time of year when team active rosters can expand from 25 to any amount from 26 to forty. If your team is out of the chase, you can call up a bunch of prospects you want to look at, but as Joe Girardi has said in the past, September is not the time for auditions when in a race to make the playoffs. While the Yankees are currently racing like Jeff Gordon trying to make the last four laps on bald tires, they are still giving it their best shot. That said, don’t expect any fun prospect porn from the Yankees.

First of all, you can only bring up players from your 40-man roster (I’ve read the actual MLB rules here and they are a bit ambiguous). So those of you hoping for a fun glimpse of Rob Refsnyder or even Pat Venditte will be disappointed unless the Yankees clear room on the 40-man roster.…

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Game 134 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 0

That about sums it up today.  Nothing more needs to be said.  Personally, I’m glad I spent my day getting my oil changed and making moving runs to the new place.  Watching this play out on Gamecast would have been a million times more aggravating than trying to take apart sturdy kitchen table legs without the allen wrench that I needed.

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Game 134: Pineda v. Hutchison

Last night, Martin Prado, Stephen Drew, and Chase Headley combined to go 4-for-9 with a double and a home run, raising their combined line with the Yankees to .240/.306/.398 with 9 HR and 25 BB in 307 PA. That equates to a 98ish OPS+, or roughly average offensive production – which is, suffice it to say, a reasonable improvement from the Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte, and Alfonso Soriano group that the new trifecta replaced. More importantly, however, by all measures (eye test included) they have also provided for significantly better defense at 2B and 3B.

It is also worth noting that Drew is skewing their offensive performance significantly, as both Headley (102 OPS+) and Prado (120 OPS+) have been, at the very least, steady with the bat.

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Brett Gardner, CF Jose Reyes, SS
Derek Jeter, SS Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH Melky Cabrera, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jose Bautista, RF
Brian McCann, C Adam Lind, 1B
Martin Prado, LF Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Stephen Drew, 2B Dioner Navarro, C
Chase Headley, 3B Danny Valencia, 3B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Kevin Pillar, CF
Michael Pineda, SP Drew Hutchison, SP
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Game 133 Quick Recap: Yanks 6 Jays 3

Ellsbury HR vs TOR

Courtesy of the AP

Sorry this didn’t get posted last night.  I was out and about.  If you spent your Friday night the same way, here’s what you missed.

Chris Capuano has quietly turned into the left-handed Hiroki Kuroda since the Yankees traded for him, and he turned in another “good not great” start last night.  6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K.  He gave up his first run in the bottom of the 4th on a Jose Bautista home run (not the first pitcher to do that), and got burned by some bad defense when he was tiring in the 7th.  With 1 out, 1 run in, and a runner on second, Derek Jeter threw a routine ground ball into the ground for an error.  A Brett Gardner throwing error in the next at-bat, after Capuano had left the game, allowed that third run to score.  Still, 3 runs in 6+ from your 5th starter is plenty good.…

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Game 133: Capuano v. Buehrle

Josh Outman has been added to the active roster, and will be available for action tonight. And, as expected, Rich Hill was designated for assignment.

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
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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/29/14

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.

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