Report: Prado Out For The Rest Of The Year

The hits (figurative injury hits, not literal baseball hits) keep on coming, huh?  Apparently Prado had to have emergency appendectomy surgery sometime between the end of last night’s game and when you and I woke up today. Meredith Marakovits had the story early this morning and the team confirmed it by announcing that he had been put on the 60-day DL and replaced on the active roster by Jose Pirela.

This is a huge blow to an already laughably ineffective lineup.  Prado has hit .316/.336/.541 with 7 HR and 16 RBI in 37 games as a Yankee.  He’s been on an absolute tear since mid-to-late August and he’s continued his hot hitting even as he battled a recent hamstring injury.

No way to spin this as a positive.  The lineup just lost its best hitter, and curious as I am to see what he can do, I don’t expect Pirela to fill that gap.…

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The 2014 Yankees and the lack of a superstar

Photo credit: Getty Images

Photo credit: Getty Images

Even in the leanest of lean times, there is one thing that you could always count on with the New York Yankees: an everyday star player who was considered among the elite in the league.

Last year’s team may have been one of the worst in recent memory, but it still had Robinson Cano, who finished fifth in the MVP voting and ranked third in the AL in Wins Above Replacement (7.6).

But that guarantee of stardom is a pipe dream this season.

For the first time in nearly 25 years, the Yankees will not have a player with more than 5.0 WAR, a mark that is considered the threshold for a “Superstar” player. Entering this week Brett Gardner leads the team with 4.4 WAR and its unlikely he’ll be able to add half a win in the final 13 games.

The last non-strike season in which the Yankees did not have a 5-WAR player was 1991, when Steve Sax led the team with 4.1 WAR.…

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Thank You, Brett Gardner

Thank you:

“I feel like things have been slipping away for a few weeks.  To be honest, I haven’t looked at the standings the last couple of days because at this point they don’t really matter. We’ve got to win every day. Until we’re five, six, seven games out with five, six, seven games to go and eliminated, I’m still going to hold out hope, and I still believe in the group of guys we have here. I still come to work every day and play hard, but like I said, we’re not in a good spot right now, and it’s a shame because our pitchers have really stepped up the last couple of months and done a good job. As an offense, we haven’t…

“As well as we’ve pitched, we didn’t need to be great.  We just needed to be good. And we haven’t been…

“You feel like you’re due at some point.  I don’t feel like it’s been a couple of games.

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Game 149 Recap: Rays 1 Yanks 0

Headley vs TB

Chase Headley‘s got playoff fever. Courtesy of Getty Images

Another shutout.  Seriously, how is that possible?  I think I could actually help the Yankee lineup right now.  If nothing else, I’d be a great clubhouse guy to lighten the mood.  I fit right in with the team culture.  I’m boring, not that great to look at, and have a hard time scoring.  BOOM, roasted!!  We’re off and running this morning, people.  Of course they lost!

Starters Chris Capuano and Alex Colome traded zeros through the first 6 innings.  Hard to say if it was because they were pitching well or because the offenses sucked.  Capuano walked 4 in his 6 and only got 4 swings and misses on 101 pitches, and Colome had multiple runners on base in multiple innings.  The Yankees’ best chance was probably the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran singled and moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with 1 out.  …

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Game 149: Capuano v. Colome

While you are waiting for the first pitch, check out John Sickels’ review of his pre-season Yankees prospect rankings. Optimism (kind of) abounds.

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ben Zobrist, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Brandon Guyer, LF
Martin Prado, 2B Evan Longoria, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Wil Myers, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH Yunel Escobar, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Logan Forsythe, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF James Loney, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Sean Rodriguez, 3B
Brendan Ryan, SS Curt Casali, C
Chris Capuano, SP Alex Colome, SP
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Tanaka Update: 5 Scoreless In Latest Sim Game

Masahiro Tanaka made his latest rehab start today, throwing 5 scoreless innings against a variety of MiL guys at the team complex.  But don’t let the headline fool you.  He wasn’t the dominant, overwhelming version of himself we all remember from earlier in the season.  Chad Jennings has all the details, but the short story is that Tanaka gave up 6 hits in his 5 innings and a couple of them (along with a few outs) were “hard hit.”  He struck out 4, walked none, and threw 65 pitches.

After the outing, Tanaka said he felt good but wasn’t sure if his stuff was ready to pitch in an MLB game.  That’s to be expected when we’re talking about someone who hasn’t pitched in as long as it’s been for him.  You don’t want a guy out there on the mound who isn’t comfortable and confident in his stuff.  If it takes another sim start to get that feeling to click, so be it.…

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Monday Afternoon Food For Thought: What’s Your Working Definition of “Well”?

The Yankees managed to squeak out 1 win this weekend, but let’s be real.  They got ragdolled by the Orioles, just like they’ve been getting ragdolled by the Orioles all season.  With 14 games remaining and 5 separating them from the 2nd Wild Card spot, The Captain offered up this insight on the team’s standing:

“We need to continue to come out and play well, and more importantly to win games. We’re at the point now where playing well isn’t good enough.”

At the most basic level, I agree with what Jeter’s saying.  The Yankees do need to win games if they want to keep up the facade that they’re in playoff contention and they can’t be content to just play well.  There are no moral victories to be had here.  Factoring in all the context that comes with the Yankees’ present situation, however, this statement is borderline idiotic.

What are we talking about when we talk about the Yankees CONTINUING to play well, Derek?  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 12-14 (Orioles)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shane Greene was the only Yankee pitcher that won this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nightmare on Eutaw Street, Part I
The baseball gods can be cruel sometimes. One day after arguably the Yankees most improbable win of the season, they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Orioles in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.

After both teams were scoreless through nine innings, the Yankees struck first in extra innings when Chris Young hit a solo homer in the top of the 11th inning.

He is the first Yankee with a tie-breaking, extra-inning home run in 0-0 game on road since Cecil Fielder on Aug 2, 1996 at Kansas City, and the first to do that in the 11th inning or later since Bernie Allen on July 8, 1972 at Minnesota.

Combined with his walk-off homer on Thursday, Young became the first Yankee to hit go-ahead homers in ninth inning or later on consecutive days since Graig Nettles on April 20-21, 1974 against the Orioles.…

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Game 148 Recap: Orioles 3 Yankees 2

D-Rob vs BAL II

Courtesy of the AP

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Yankee starting pitcher gave the team a good start and a great chance to win, but the offense didn’t generate nearly enough runs to support him and the other team capitalized by scoring some late runs for a heartbreaking loss.

Last night’s victim starter was Hiroki Kuroda and he turned in one of his best outings of the season.  He held Baltimore scoreless through 5, gave up his only run on a double down the left field line int he 6th that was nearly caught for an out off the bat, and finished 7 strong innings with only that 1 run against him, no walks, and 5 strikeouts.  His splitter had a lot of late movement and he had a really good feel for it last night.  Once again Hirok has played himself into no-doubt qualifying offer territory.

The offensive output came on 2 swings.  Martin Prado, who almost made the great catch at third on the double against Kuroda, hit a 1-2 fastball off Chris Tillman for a solo home run to open the 2nd inning and open the scoring.  …

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