Quick hit: Welcome back, Chase Whitley!

Whitley vs SEA

Chase Whitley is back and getting his first start of the 2015 season tonight thanks to the Yankees pushing back their rotation a day. Whitley was 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 12 starts last season.

The last time Whitley faced Tampa was last September 10. He was forced to come into the game after that day’s starter, Chris Capuano, coughed up four runs in just a 1/3 of an inning of work. Whitley kept Tampa at bay for 2 2/3 innings and gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one. He threw 41 pitches, 24 for strikes. The day before, in another game when the starter was roughed up a bit – this time it was Hiroki Kuroda – Whitley pitched 1 1/3 innings with one walk, two strike outs and he didn’t give up a hit. He threw 15 pitches, nine for strikes. The only hit he gave up in those appearances was a two-out double by Yunel Escobar.…

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About Last Night: Brian McCann

Brian McCann hit a home run last night! So far, as a Yankee, McCann has hit 25 home runs and 21 of them have been hit at Yankee Stadium.

Last night’s long ball came in the sixth inning off Rays reliever, Brandon Gomes. Gomes started McCann off with a 73 m.p.h. slider that was low in the zone and called a strike. Home plate ump, Greg Gibson, was calling low strikes all night. Gomes came back at McCann with a ball in almost the same spot but this time it was a 91 m.p.h. fastball that McCann hit like he was using a pitching wedge and golfed it into the second deck to put the Yankees up 2-1.

As you can see below, Gibson’s low strike calls left a lot to be desired all night. Gomes was pushing his luck trying to get a second one and McCann did a good job of recognizing the second pitch and being able to hit it out.…

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Tuesday Morning Food For Thought: Is Adam Warren Pitching For His Job Already?

I alluded to this in last night’s game recap, so you should probably read that first if you want to read this post in the proper context.  Adam Warren made his 4th start of the young season last night and it was the first start that you’d call good.  Before last night, Warren had struggled to translate last year’s relief success back to a starting role.  He wasn’t pitching deep into games, he wasn’t getting a lot of whiffs or strikeouts, and his stuff seemed much more hittable than it did last year.  There was talk before the season about whether Warren was better suited to work as a reliever, where he could highlight his best pitches and air out his fastball, and his early SSS results back up those points.  So with April almost over and Warren the clear “worst” pitcher in the rotation, is it already time to ask if he’s pitching for his spot?

Consider what’s happening tonight.  …

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Game 20 Recap: Yankees 4 Rays 1

Gardner BB vs TB

The look of a man who knows he just had a good at-bat. Courtesy of the AP

While CC Sabathia‘s last start stirred up a lot of conversation and worry among the Yankee fanbase, Adam Warren‘s terrible start has barely registered as a blip on the radar.  He entered tonight with a tripleslash entirely in the 5s in 3 starts, he’d failed to complete 6 innings in any of them, and he’d walked more batters than he’d struck out.  The injuries to other starters gave him the benefit of more time, but with Chase Whitley pitching tomorrow it is worth wondering if Warren has already reached the point of pitching for his job.  If he has, then tonight was the start he needed to solidify it for a while longer.

It didn’t start out pretty.  Warren had runners on second and third with 1 out in the top of the 1st, but struck out Evan Longoria and got James Loney to ground out to end the threat.  …

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Game 20: Karns v. Warren

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are your lineups.

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
David DeJesus, DH Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Steven Souza, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Evan Longoria, 3B Mark Teixeira, 1B
James Loney, 1B Brian McCann, C
Brandon Guyer, LF Carlos Beltran, DH
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, RF
Tim Beckham, 2B Stephen Drew, 2B
Rene Rivera, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Nate Karns, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy!

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Tex wins AL Player of the Week

Congratulations to Mark Teixeira who won the American League Player of the Week award. Pretty good for a notorious slow starter.

So what did Tex do to deserve the award? He batted .333/.429/1.000/1.429 with a .667 ISO and 5 home runs. He was insane against righties: .467/.500/1.467/1.967 with a 1.000 ISO.

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

Courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info

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Quick hit: Anonymous fan wants an asterisk next to A-Rod’s 660th home run

The following image has been spreading around the internet like wildfire:

My first thought was, “This has to be Randy Levine.”

My second thought was, “I wonder if this person has any problem with guys like Mays using greenies.”

My third thought was, “Hello? Barry Bonds?”

My fourth thought was, “This guy is hilarious and I’m so glad people like him are around for my amusement.”

Here’s home run #659 again for your enjoyment:

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Taking a look back at April 27

I’ve been blogging about the Yankees for four years now and there are times when I know exactly what I want to write about and there are other times when I’m completely stumped. Today was a day when I was stumped. You’d think with the Yankees winning two out of three against the Mets that I’d have a lot to say but I actually didn’t. Anyway, when I’m struggling for content, I sometimes look to my music collection to help me out. So as I sat down to start writing, I said to myself, “I will write about April 27, pick the years of the first five songs that play in iTunes on shuffle and write about the games that happened on those days.” Easy enough. And luckily for me, my iTunes shuffle did a nice job.

First up, 1993. The song was “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” by Sting.

The Yankees played the California Angels in Anaheim on a Tuesday and won the game 5-0 behind a complete game, one-hitter by Jimmy Key and an offensive breakout by Mike Gallego, who had two home runs.…

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The Yankees’ bullpen is living up to expectations so far

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It was no secret going into the season that the bullpen would be the biggest strength for the New York Yankees.

However, the bullpen has managed to even exceed high expectations so far. The Yankees bullpen is second in MLB in team ERA (1.86) and second in K/9 (9.84).

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances have not allowed a single run this season and the Yankees have not missed David Robertson yet at all, despite him getting off to an outstanding start with the White Sox. Robertson has been so good that his FIP – .82. I did not even know a minus FIP was possible honestly. I was critical of the decision not to bring Robertson back myself, but so far it certainly hasn’t been an issue. Just think about how sick Robertson, Betances and Miller would be though.

Betances is back to his 2014 form after initially struggling with his mechanics at the beginning of the season. His 97-98 mph velocity has returned along with his knee buckling slurve that had Mets hitters looking childish last night.…

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