Thursday Afternoon News and Notes: 5/28/15

Sabathia vs DET

Things are kind of slow around here so we’re doing a news and notes post to hold us over until the game thread later on tonight. Stupid west coast games.

  • Nice! I had suggested this on Twitter last week and I also think I did earlier in the season or possibly during Spring Training: Andy Pettitte is in contact with CC Sabathia and helping him with his confidence. Can Andy hang out with the team during the summer and talk CC’s ear off?
  • The AL East is putrid and Bill Madden thinks the Yankees have plenty of time to be the best of the worst which is funny because in July 2009, when the Yankees were only 2 or 3 games out of the division lead, he declared they didn’t have a chance to win the East.
  • Alex Rodriguez is amazing and he’s a leader. How hard was this to write? Poor Andrew Marchand. Kidding!
  • A-Rod and Mark Teixeira are leading the Yankees right now.
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Quick hit: Severino promoted to Triple A

So this happened:

And within two seconds of this tweet going up, I saw it retweeted four times and nearly everyone who retweeted said, “Woo!”

In case you’re not familiar with the 21 year-old right hander, here’s how Severino’s been doing so far this season:

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More info on Severino:

  • He has three pitches. His two strongest are his fastball and his changeup. There’s also a nice gap in velocity between the fastball and change which flummoxes some hitters. His third, and weakest pitch, according to scouts, is his slider. It’s not as consistent as his fastball or his change and it tends to get him into trouble when it’s not working.
  • Another thing scouts seem to worry about with Severino is his size. 6’0″ and 195 is pretty big but Severino appears smaller (skinnier) than that and they often wonder if his body type would hold up after a full season of 200+ innings.
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Musings after a sweep and before a West Coast trip

So that was series against the Royals was something, right?

After the way the Yankees were embarrassed by the Texas Rangers this past weekend, I was almost positive that the Royals would wipe the floor with them. I usually don’t like being wrong but I was so glad to be wrong this time.

What a fun three games to watch. There weren’t really any stressful or upsetting moments. The Yankees took the lead in the first two games and even in yesterday’s game, with Pineda on the mound, you felt that if he held the Royals to the one run, the Yankees could claw their way back into the game. Okay, that’s a bit hyperbolic. Overcoming a one-run lead isn’t that hard to do, usually. And who was the guy to give the Yankees the lead and ultimately the win? Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez who is now only 19 hits away from 3,000.

His performance so far this season must be driving certain New York area writers completely bonkers.…

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Game 47 Quick Recap: NYY 4 KC 2

How about that for a West Coast send off, huh?  The Yankees did what we all expected them to do coming into this series and completed the sweep of the Royals yesterday afternoon behind a pair of home runs and a return normalcy for Michael Pineda.

The first home run came in the bottom of the 2nd off the bat of Brian McCann.  He was looking for a fastball, got it in a meaty part of the plate, and crushed it into the second deck in right for his 6th homer of the year.  The big shot was the one that came the next inning.  With 2 on and nobody out, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate looking to put the Yanks ahead.  He took a called strike fastball and got a hanging 0-1 slider on the next pitch.  He smoked it down the left field line and just got it over the outfield wall for a 3-run shot.  …

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Game 47: Sweep the leg

Your first place in the (not-so) rough-and-tumble AL East New York Yankees (24-22) go for the sweep against Central division-leading Kansas City Royals (28-17). Tall man Michael Pineda faces off against even taller man Chris Young.

Game time: 1:05pm

Per ESPN: New York hasn’t swept the Royals at home since April 11-13, 2006.

Your lineups:

Kansas City Royals New York Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Lorenzo Cain, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH Brian McCann, C
Alex Gordon, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Salvador Perez, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Omar Infante, 2B Slade Heathcott, CF
Paulo Orlando, RF Didi Gregorius, SS
Chris Young, SP Michael Pineda, SP

I also spent some time digging in the archives to unearth this gem from 2013 by our William Tasker: The Kansas City Connection.…

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Dellin Betances and Must See Baseball

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I had a brief conversation on Twitter with Katie Sharp last night. I asked her (since she is so good at such things) if the Royals had been struck out in order in any inning this season. Her reply was, “You mean, how many times have they been Betances’d?” I laughed and said exactly. She later came back and said that it did not appear to have happened to them before Dellin Betances put them away in order last night on fourteen pitches. Betances has become must see TV.

There are several players that I would pay more to watch play baseball. Mike Trout comes to mind, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw. Dellin Betances has become in that company for me. As soon as he comes in the game, adrenalin kicks in, the heart rate rises, anticipation becomes overwhelming and then awe once the inning (or two) is over. His outings are mesmerizing.

I am not sure even those of us who watch baseball every day understand what we are seeing.…

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Game 46 Recap: Yankees 5 Royals 1

Teix vs KC

The organic straw that stirs the gluten-free drink. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees have taken the first 2 games of this series after losing 6 in a row and have outscored the best team in the American League 19-2 in the process.  I can’t explain it but I’ll damn sure take it.  An early Teix message was the difference last night, as Adam Warren continued to put the pieces of being a consistent, good MLB starter together.

Warren has slowly been getting better as the season has progressed and he put his best outing together last night.  He had his command going from the get go and used it to retire the Royals in order the first turn through on 38 pitches.  He didn’t allow his first hit until the 4th and didn’t allow his first run until the 6th when Paulo Orlando got him for his first home run of the year.  Those 2 hits were the only hits KC would get off Warren, who exited with 1 out in the 7th.  …

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Game 46: Warren vs. Vargas

Here is your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Kansas City Royals New York Yankees
Alcides Escobar, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Mike Moustakas, 3B Chris Young, CF
Lorenzo Cain, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Eric Hosmer, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH Chase Headley, 3B
Alex Gordon, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Salvador Perez, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Omar Infante, 2B John Ryan Murphy, C
Paulo Orlando, RF Didi Gregorius, SS
Jason Vargas, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy the game!

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