Triples for everyone: Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 2

The New York Yankees might have expected a tough pitching duel on Thursday night. One person held up that end of the deal, surprisingly CC Sabathia.

Tampa Bay’s David Price was batted around by the Yankees and was chased after five innings after giving up six runs on 10 hits. Yankees beat up the Rays 10-2.

New York gave Sabathia a 4-0 lead by the second inning, thankfully, because Sabathia has struggled in his previous three outings. It may have seemed Sabathia about to hit those bumps again as he allowed a double to Evan Longoria and a walk to Wil Myers in the second inning.

Yet, Sabathia was bailed out when Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to third baseman Yangervis Solarte.

Solarte fielded the ball, touched third, threw to second and the ball went around the horn to complete a triple play. The play marked the second straight year Sabathia has been the beneficiary of a triple play.…

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Game 16: Yanks at Rays 4/17/14

Good evening!

The Yankees are down in Tampa to take on the Rays in a four-game set and tonight’s pitching matchup is between CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63) and David Price (2-0, 2.91). If you look at just those numbers you’ll see that the matchup favors Tampa. But it goes much deeper than that.

Here’s what Tampa has done to CC since 2009:

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Tampa’s line against Sabathia in 2013 was .283/.343/.535/.878 which isn’t exactly “world beater” status but his K% was only 19.9% which is the lowest percentage he’s had against Tampa since he became a Yankee. His BB% was 7.1% which was higher than 2011 and 2012 but lower than 2009 and 2010 when his numbers were 12.8% and 9.7% respectively. Yikes.

Okay, enough of the negativity. Maybe Sabathia will shock the hell out of everyone and pitch a good game and not fall apart the third time through the order.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Sizemore 1B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro LF

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings DH
Forsythe LF
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Rodriguez 1B
Guyer CF
Escobar SS
Molina C

The cool fact of the night: Yesterday, the Yankees swept the Cubs in a doubleheader 3-0 and 2-0 which marked the first time that an MLB team had recorded shutout wins in both games of a doubleheader since the Twins had beaten the A’s, 11-0 and 5-0, on Derek Jeter‘s 14th birthday (6/26/88) in Oakland and it was the first time the Yanks had done it since beating Kansas City 5-0 and 1-0 in a doubleheader on 4/19/87.…

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What To Make Of Yangervis Solarte

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Where do you start judging Yangervis Solarte? We have 2,804 minor league plate appearances that say one thing about the infielder, but Spring Training and 53 MLB plate appearances say another. For anyone that hasn’t watched Solarte hit, his blistering start to the 2014 season doesn’t look like much more than small sample size. For many Yankee fans, Solarte’s bat is a much needed injection of talented youth into the team’s lineup. For those realistic about the switch-hitter, we still have no idea what he is.

When Solarte came up with the Twins, he showed promise as a contact hitter. In 2010, as a 22 year old in rookie ball, high-A, and double-A, the infielder hit .292/.328/.401. In his next full season at double-A in 2011, Solarte hit .329/.367/.466. His lack of strikeouts unfortunately came with a lack of both walks and home runs. Yet New Britain Stadium is a notoriously tough ballpark to hit in, and Stat Corner gave the park just a 74 rating for home runs to lefties and a 72 rating for home runs to righties that season.…

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Beltran Had a Good Week and McCann Is Getting Better

It’s another post with colors, pictures and even more pictures so let’s take a look at two of the Yankees’ biggest offseason acquisitions, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann, shall we?

First up is Beltran who has been doing really well this past week.

His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .409/.435/.955/1.389
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .565

Overall he’s batting .327/.368/.673/1.041.

Here is a chart of his hits this past week:
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Beltran has been pretty balanced hitting three home runs, three doubles and three singles. He also has five strikeouts and five runs batted in.

Here is his heat map (by batting average):

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Hey, look at that, he’s hitting pitches over the middle of the plate.

And here is how that same map looks with actual numbers (also by batting average):

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McCann seems to have picked things up a bit since we checked in with him last. (A week ago today)

His slash line from 4/10-4/16: .333/.375/.800/1.175
His wOBA from 4/10-4/16: .479

Overall he’s batting .208/.240/.354/.594 so he still has a ways to go before we can declare that he’s good.…

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Random Thoughts Before The Tampa Series

Good morning,

Full disclosure: I was going to do another post with charts, graphs, and pictures because I wanted to see the difference in certain players’ stats from week to week but my mind was all over the place when I first woke up this morning so I figured why not do a random thoughts post first and do the post with charts, graphs and pictures later in the day. So here we are. Now, hold onto your butts or whatever because it’s go time:

  • Why is MLB trying to make me angry this early into the season?
  • The Yankees played a four-game set against Boston last weekend and now they’re playing four against Tampa?
  • Come on.
  • Seriously?
  • And in Tampa? That is like the worst thing you could do to me. To all of us.
  • I loathe games at the Slop and I want that place to be swallowed by a sinkhole.
  • Obviously, I’d like that to happen when no one is inside.
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The Farm Report: 4/16/14

I’m having a stressful week, so this is going to have to be the quick version today. Sorry!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 8-2:

  • Buffalo scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, taking a 5-0 lead in the third.
  • The RailRiders were already trailing 8-0 after seven innings when they finally managed...
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Sweep: Yankees 2, Cubs 0

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The Yankees completed the day-night sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory.

Michael Pineda had another strong start and picked up his second victory of the season. He pitched six innings, gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one. He got into a little trouble in the fifth and sixth innings but was able to get out of both jams. He now has a paltry 1.00 ERA on the season.

Scott Sizemore and Brett Gardner had the Yankees’ RBI and David Phelps, Matt Thornton and Adam Warren combined for three scoreless innings.

There was a funny moment during the game. Chicago’s pitching coach Chris Bosio was thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes and the My9 cameras caught Derek Jeter‘s reaction to the ejection.


(Courtesy of Deadspin)

The Yankees will now travel to Tampa to play the Rays in a four-game set at Tropicana Field.

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Game Thread: Night Game 4/16/14

Here is your game thread for this evening’s game.

Lineups:

CUBS

Bonifacio, CF
Sweeney, R, LF
Rizzo, 1B
Schierholtz, DH
Castro, S, SS
Valbuena, 3B
Castillo, W, C
Kalish, RF
Barney, 2B

YANKEES

Gardner, B, CF
Jeter, SS
Beltran, DH
Soriano, A, LF
Solarte, 2B
Suzuki, I, RF
Sizemore, 3B
Johnson, K, 1B
Murphy, C

Pitching matchup is Michael Pineda vs. Travis Wood.

Enjoy!

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