Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 9/19/14

I’ve smashed my left elbow like 2 or 3 times this week.  On a doorknob, a door frame, and a high island desk in the span of maybe 2.5 days.  I have no explanation for why this has happened, but it has left my elbow in some discomfort.  To deal with it, I’ve started pretending I’m a left-handed MLB starting pitcher and the soreness is from a long season’s workload.  It’s stiff, hurts to move, and I’m probably pitching with something torn in it, but my team’s in the Wild Card race and I have to keep gutting it out and going out there every 5 days for them.  Also I’m an adult.  Now onto the links!

- On Tuesday, SJK of NoMaas released their nominees for 2014 Yankee quote of the year.  I gotta say, that’s a tough pair of quotes to pick from.

- On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… used a small, surely unnoticed moment in Tuesday night’s bench clearing session as a reminder that we might not be seeing anymore of Hiroki Kuroda after this season and we should be showing him some love as well.…

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Quick Hit: Guess Which Dot Is Jeter’s Home Run From Last Night

Jeter Spray Chart 2014

Courtesy of TL

I’m trying to keep everything positive about The Captain in his final weekend at The Stadium, but I was interested in checking the legitimacy of my statement in the game recap earlier about Derek Jeter’s 6th inning home run last night being the hardest ball he’s hit all year.  I don’t think this spray chart necessarily proves that, but it does show just how little power Jeter has left and how out-of-character that homer was last night.

According to ESPN’s home run tracker, last night’s homer was the only of Jeter’s 4 this season that would have gone out in all 30 ballparks.  That’s something, right?  And it was 1 of 2 that registered as out by “plenty”.  The other 2 were “just enough”.

It helped that Jeter was swinging against R.A. Dickey’s low-80s fastball and not a real Major League fastball in that at-bat.  Hell, who am I kidding?  That was what made the home run possible.  …

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Game 152 Recap: Yanks 3 Jays 2

Jeter HR vs TOR

#TBT. Courtesy of Getty Images

If there’s one thing that will put a small positive period on the end of this season, it would be a Derek Jeter final career homestand surge.  And I say that as someone who has completely and publicly turned on Jeter since I started blogging.  Fun fact, I’m going to Saturday’s game.  Going with my family and my girlfriend and my uncle, and I can already tell you there’s a 100% chance that I cry at some point during that game.  No matter what I may think of him now, nothing can change all the love I’ve had for him as a player and enjoyment I’ve had watching him as a fan.  If I get to see a vintage Jeter game like the one he had last night, I’ll have at least 1 fond memory of the 2014 Yankee season.

It was a pitchers’ duel early last night, as it tends to be with the abhorrent Yankee offense, and Shane Greene looked much better than he had in his last few outings.  …

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Game 152: Dickey v. Greene

In an effort to stay positive, here are some neat things you can watch for over the last eleven games of the season:

Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jose Bautista, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brian McCann, DH
Adam Lind, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B Chris Young, RF
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Thole, C Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Pillar, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Anthony Gose, CF Francisco Cervelli, C
R.A. Dickey, SP Shane Greene, SP
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Quick Hit: Betances’ Race For Strikeout History

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All Star, Yankee record holder, all-time great? Courtesy of Getty Images

Last night, Dellin Betances became the new Yankee record holder for most strikeouts in a single season by a relief pitcher with 132.  He passed Mo to do it after entering the night tied with him at 130, and considering that Betances needed 87.2 innings to set the new record compared to the 107.2 Mo needed in 1996, I think it’s safe to say that it’s quite the accomplishment.

With the Yankee record now in his possession and 11 games remaining in the season, the focus shifts to where Betances will end up on MLB’s all-time single-season reliever strikeout list.  The 132 currently puts him tied for 15th with Duane Ward of the ’91 Blue Jays, and looking ahead he’s got a pretty good shot to crack the top 10.

The all-time record is held by Dick Radatz, who struck out 181 batters in 157.0 relief innings pitched for the 1964 Red Sox.  …

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Report: Beltran Out After Losing His Son

It’s been an incredibly frustrating year to be a Yankee fan, and the tone I’ve taken in covering it lately reflects that.  But ultimately baseball, and for me blogging about baseball, is just a game and there are far more important things in life.  We were all reminded of that yesterday when the news of why Carlos Beltran left the team earlier this week came out.

Initially reported by the team as a family matter, Beltran himself announced the details of the situation via Facebook yesterday night.  It turns out he and his wife have lost their unborn son, which is incredibly sad and a sobering reminder of how real the real world can be off the baseball diamond.  There is no timetable for Beltran’s return to the team, and given the circumstances it would be completely understandable if he did not return this season.

As a single guy with no kids, I can’t even attempt to put into perspective how Beltran and his wife must be feeling.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 15-17 (Rays)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

No runs, no win
A 1-0 loss to the Rays in the series opener on Monday dug the Yankees into an even deeper hole in the playoff race, as they fell to six games out in the wild card standings with 13 games left.

It was the second time in the last two days that the Yankees lost in walk-off fashion after Sunday’s heartbreaking 3-2 loss in Baltimore, the first time they’ve suffered consecutive walk-off losses since Sept. 14 (Mariners) and 16 (Blue Jays, 2011.

The Rays won it on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the ninth inning off Shawn Kelley, who became the first Yankee pitcher to allow a two-out, walk-off hit in a 0-0 game since Ryne Duren on July 26, 1959 at Detroit.

The game took three hours and 28 minutes despite the fact that only one run was scored and it lasted only nine innings.…

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Game 151 Recap: Yanks 3 Rays 2

Gardner vs TB III

The home run pimp shot that should have been. Courtesy of Getty Images

The pathetic Yankee offense has gone from just plain bad to “so bad it’s funny” to “no seriously, this is just bad!” in the span of about 6 weeks.  They’ve almost jumped the shark at this point.  Not scoring with the bases loaded, almost getting no-hit every other week, and running themselves out of potential scoring chances every few days.  You couldn’t script stuff this bad.  It’s for that reason that I have to start this recap off in a snarky fashion and point out the incredible offensive explosion that was their 3-run night last night.  In typical Yankee fashion, it was just barely enough to win.

In all fairness, it probably should have been at least a 4 or 5-run night.  In the top of the 6th, a Derek Jeter single and a pair of walks to Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases with nobody out.  …

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Game 151: McCarthy v. Cobb

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