Ellsbury Update: Awaiting MRI Results

Guess we might not be seeing Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup tonight after all. After injuring his ankle sliding into home on Friday night, sitting out Saturday, and pinch hitting on Sunday, Ellsbury was scheduled for an MRI that night when the team returned to New York.  The results of that MRI were not revealed yesterday, possibly due to the holiday, but that could be taken as a bad sign.

If the MRI looked fine and Ellsbury was ready to go, the team probably would have said something about that.  If there was something on it that gave the team doctors cause for concern, perhaps yesterday was spent as an extra “wait and see” day so the team could come up with a backup plan or develop a new timetable for his return.  The fact that he was immediately removed for a pinch runner on Sunday means that his ankle is probably in worse shape than most people thought.  You don’t remove your fastest baserunner when you need late-game runs if he’s healthy enough to run the bases.…

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Yankees chasing history down the stretch

This Yankees team is on pace to set a dubious record.

This Yankees team is on pace to set a dubious record.

With the Yankees’ playoff hopes on life support entering the final month of the season, it appears that the biggest storyline for the team in September will be the (not) farewell tour of Derek Jeter.

However, Jeter’s final at-bats in a Yankee uniform likely won’t be the only history that fans will witness down the stretch….

If the Yankees maintain their current season pace, they would become the first team in major-league history to post back-to-back winning seasons while being outscored by at least 20 runs in each year.

Last season the Yankees went 85-77 despite a run differential of -21, their worst mark since 1991 (-103). Based on the amount of runs scored and allowed, the team was expected to win just 79 games.

This year they could easily end up with an even lower run differential and still produce a winning record – they currently have been outscored by 27 runs and are five games over .500.…

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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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