About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

Wednesday morning news and notes 12/24/2014

It’s Christmas Eve and all through the Net, not a rumor is stirring whom the Yankees might get…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your gang here at It’s About the Money. While we celebrate the season, we will keep a half an eye on what is going on in the world of baseball. Don’t expect much to happen in the next couple of days at least.

The only news to mention this morning is that the Miami Marlins have claimed Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees according to Joe Frisaro.. We wish Claiborne well as he moves along to Miami.

Claiborne was somewhat useful out of the bullpen the last couple of seasons with a dead-on career FIP of 4.00. He picked up three vulture wins for the Yankees in 2014 and had four holds in 2013. Claiborne pitched a total of 71.1 innings for the Yankees in 62 appearances between 2013 and 2014 and was the designated go-to guy when the Yankees had to dip into the minors to get an arm.

For a former 17th round draft pick, that’s not too bad. But to be honest, it will not be difficult to replace him in the grand scheme of things.

There continue to be some drivel about Asdrubal Cabrera here and there on Twitter, but it seems unlikely the Yankees will play there. For those of us who would love to see what Refsnyder can do, this is good news. The rest of you can continue to drool for Asdrubal.

For those of you still wondering about Max Scherzer, David Lennon quoted everyone’s favorite, Randy Levine, as saying the chances of signing a guy at this point over $25 mil per year is none.

Like I said, we will monitor. you enjoy this holiday time of year. All the best to you from all of us. Continue reading Wednesday morning news and notes 12/24/2014

Happy Birthday Dave Righetti – remembering the no-hitter

Twitter is a dead zone for Yankee news right now. The Yankees are looking at a Cuban right-hander. Chase Headley will not get more than three years from the Yankees. CC Sabathia needs to bounce back. Why have the Yankees been so quiet. The Yankees need to respond to the Red Sox. Blah, blah, blah. But it is Dave Righetti‘s 56th birthday and that reminded me of his no-hitter against Boston on Independence Day of 1983. I watched it on television and it is a great memory.

The 24-year-old Righetti was off to a hot start in 1983. He was 9-3 at the end of June and finished that month with a complete-game shutout of the Baltimore Orioles. Typical of Billy Martin managed teams, the crusty manager wasn’t babying the young pitcher who was primed for a full season after tossing 187+ innings in 1982.

The Red Sox were not a great team in 1983. Boston ended up winning 78 games and looked tired under an equally tired Ralph Houk. But they did have some great hitters. Wade Boggs was on top of the world and tallied 210 hits and 92 walks. Jim Rice was at the peak of his career. But the team just didn’t gel that season. Dwight Evans had a down year. Tony Armas drove in a lot of runs but hit .218 with a .254 on-base percentage. Yaz was 43. But you still couldn’t imagine anyone to pitch a no-hitter against them. But that’s what happened.

Righetti was matched up against John Tudor. Tudor was a very underrated pitcher of his time and he was tough. And the two pitchers did not allow a run the first four innings. Righetti came out smoking. He struck out the side around a Jim Rice walk in the first. He then struck out two in the second in a 1-2-3 inning and did the same in the third. He had seven strikeouts in the first three innings.

In the fourth, Righetti retired the side in order on two fly balls and a ground out. And in the top of the fifth, Righetti recorded his eighth strikeout to start the inning but walked Reid Nichols. Nichols was quickly erased on a caught stealing and Righetti retired Dave Stapleton to end the inning.

The Yankees broke through for a run on Tudor in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Steve Kemp singled and another single by Roy Smalley sent Kemp to second. Andre Robertson, playing second that day, drove Kemp home with another single. After a walk to Bert Campaneris, Tudor worked out of the inning by striking out Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield.

Dave Righetti retired he Red Sox in order in the top of the sixth on a fly ball and two infield popups. The Yankees added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a Don Baylor homer and it was 2-0. It was about here that the no-hitter started to enter our minds.

In the top of the seventh, Boggs was retired on a fly ball, but Righetti walked Jim Rice again. Tony Armas helped the cause though by rapping into a double play to end the inning. After the Yankees went down in order in the seventh, the Red Sox did as well in the eighth on two fly balls and a popup to first. Righetti was three outs away.

The Yankees chased Tudor in the eighth with a based loaded single by Kemp to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead and make things much more comfortable for Righetti in the ninth. We were going crazy!

Everyone was on pins and needles as Righetti began the ninth. Could he do it? It did not look good when he walked Jeff Newman to start the inning. Newman was batting .183 at the time with a .245 on-base percentage. Not a good start. Fortunately, Houk did not pinch run for Newman and he was erased at second on a ground ball by Glenn Hoffman. Jerry Remy then grounded out for the second out as Hoffman took second. That brought up Wade Boggs. Ugh!

Wade Boggs was batting .356 at the time and had only struck out 19 times heading into the game. He had a .447 on-base percentage. I was convinced that Wade Boggs was going to wreck it. He didn’t. Dave Righetti struck him out…swinging! Wade Boggs did not strike out swinging in those days. But the no-hitter was meant to be. It was awesome!

Let’s talk about Billy Martin here for a second. Martin has a reputation of pitching guys to death. And maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The no-hitter was Righetti’s second straight complete game. So what would happen in his next game? Five days later, Martin pitched Righetti 10.1 innings against the Royals in a game the Yankees eventually lost. Righetti pitched great, but seriously, that is a lot of work in just fifteen days.

Righetti stumbled a bit after that for the rest of July then recovered some in August and was 14-4 heading into September. He would not win another game as a Yankee starter and lost four straight that September to finish at 14-8. He would be the Yankees’ closer after that season.

I will always question the Yankees’ handling of Righetti. Why take a promising young starter and make him a closer? It was hard to figure, especially after witnessing that no-hitter on July 4, 1983.

Happy birthday, Dave Righetti. Enjoy those rings you earned as the pitching coach of the Giants. And thanks for the Yankee memories. Continue reading Happy Birthday Dave Righetti – remembering the no-hitter

Long term Max Scherzer is a big risk

(Syndicated from The Flagrant Fan)

Signing any player to a long term contract is a risk. Things rarely work out for the life of the deal. Sometimes the player is so good in the first few years of the deal that the back end evens out the worth of the investment. The risk seems even larger for Max Scherzer because, first, he is a pitcher and secondly, all you have to do is look at his teammate from Detroit as a cautionary tale.

Scherzer famously turned down a large offer from the Tigers to test the free agent waters. And it seems he has set himself up nicely with another ace-like season. The financial rewards of his roll of the dice will pay off handsomely. Someone will give him the money. But will they be happy with the investment?

Scherzer’s own teammate, Justin Verlander and American League rival, CC Sabathia seem to show the risks involved with signing up a talented power arm up beyond their peak seasons. Let’s take a look at what could happen. Continue reading Long term Max Scherzer is a big risk

Seven best Yankee off season trades since 1975

Blockbuster trades do not happen that often for the New York Yankees. Most of the off season news concerns free agents and waiver pickups. What few trades made over the Steinbrenner years seem inconsequential and the players involved quickly sink into oblivion. The last big off season trade involved sending Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. The debates about that trade have been fun. The official tally so far is Pineda with 2.7 rWAR to Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi both at -0.4 since the trade occurred. We will have to give that one a little more time before the Yankees can be declared the winner. But what were the best trades?

I am just talking off season here or that period between the end of the season and the start of the next one. Obviously, the list will not include the most recent seasons because, again, time needs to occur before you can look at a long history of what happened after a trade.

I went back to 1975 as an arbitrary date. Frankly, there is just too much work to go back further. But if you did, I’m sure Babe Ruth and Roger Maris would show up on the list. 1975 gives us forty years and almost all of the time that the Steinbrenners have been in charge.

My methodology was to compare the traded player’s post-Yankee years WAR as calculated by baseball-reference.com to the same value the Yankees received back in the trades. There might be better methods but this is the one I chose.Oh, and the years indicated mean that the trade was made prior to the season listed in parenthesis.

So without further ado, here are the seven best Yankee off season trades since 1975:

1. Doc Medich to the Pirates for Ken Brett, Dock Ellis and Willie Randolph (1976). Medich had some good years for the Pirates and other teams and compiled 8.1 rWAR after he left the Yankees. But the trio the Yankees received compiled 55.2 rWAR with most of that going to Willie Randolph. Ellis had his moments (on and off the field). Ken Brett should have been a hitter instead of a pitcher. But Willie Randolph…he was a franchise player.  +47.1 rWAR.

2. Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias to Texas for Alex Rodriguez (2004). Go ahead and grit your teeth if you want to. Soriano was a prolific hitter and got better with age in left field, but between Arias and him, they compiled 18.2 rWAR after their Yankee years (I did not count Soriano’s last stint with the Yankees). A-Rod has compiled 52.5 rWAR since joining the Yankees. Say what you want about how he compiled them.  +34.2

3. Bobby Murcer to the Giants for Bobby Bonds (1975). You have no idea how much this one hurts even after all these years. I was devastated when Murcer was traded! Anyway, Murcer compiled only 4.3 rWAR in his non-Yankee years which I found surprising. Bobby Bonds only played with the Yankees for one season and compiled 5.0 rWAR that season. But the year after obtaining him, Bonds was flipped for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa. While that kind of thing can be done for every trade, since this one was flipped just a year later, I included Rivers and Figueroa in there too.  +20 rWAR

4. Roberto Kelly to the Reds for Joe De Berry and Paul O’Neill (1993). Kelly was a decent player and compiled 7.2 rWAR after leaving the Yankees. De Berry was never heard from again, but everyone else knows about Paul O’Neill–everyone’s favorite warrior (if not broadcaster).  +19.4

5. Russ Davis and Sterling Hitchcock to the Mariners for Jim Mecir, Tino Martinez and Jeff Nelson (1996). Both Davis and Hitchcock had their moments after leaving the Yankees. Their total wins valuation came to 6.8 after they left the Yankees. Mecir wasn’t much of a factor, but Tino has a plaque in center field and Jeff Nelson was part of the great bullpens of the championship years.  +16.2

6. Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich and Domingo Ramos for Greg Jemison, Juan Beniquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Dave Righetti (1979). That was a lot of players. And, of course, it was Dave Righetti who made the difference. 12.7 rWAR versus 21.1 for the Yankees. +8.4

7. Steve Sax to the White Sox for Domingo Jean, Melido Perez and Bob Wickman (1992). Steve Sax had a very good offensive season for the Yankees in 1991, but he faced the dreaded second base curse of turning 32 the following year and his career tanked after leaving the Yankees. The Yankees did not get super value back for him but Bob Wickman was a very useful swing man for the Yankees and later became a good closer for others once he moved on.  +7.8

There you have it, the seven best off season trades since 1975. I probably could do a seven worst trades post too, but then I might have to talk about Javier Vazquez twice! Did I miss any? Let me know and who knows, maybe the Pineda trade will move up to the top seven some day.. Continue reading Seven best Yankee off season trades since 1975

Fan versus the machine – 2014 hopes against the odds

odds againBeing a fan of a team and writing about that same team is a very difficult trick to pull off. The most difficult part is being objective and writing in a factual way without getting carried away by emotions. If you don’t fight the emotions, you end up writing screeds against the general manager or manager and players who don’t perform the way you expect or turn the other way and be exceeding in the praise. One way to really illustrate the problem is to look at the fan’s hopes during the season and cold, hard odds of making the wild card or winning the division as it is calculated every day by places like Fangraphs.com. It wasn’t until the end of the 2014 season when the hopes fell in line with reality.

What I did to illustrate the point was to list the day by day Fangraphs odds for the Yankees to either win a wild card spot or win the division from Game 1 of the season to Game 162. I then in a third column listed where my hope meter was during the same time frame. As you can see from the chart below, I wasn’t dealing well with reality until about the 91st game of the season when the crushing weight of mediocrity and injury started to overwhelm hope.

When the season started, my hopes were high. After a productive off season, a promising Spring Training and the landing of Masahiro Tanaka, I was sure the 2014 Yankees were a playoff team. The odds did not agree. The World Series Champion Boston Red Sox were almost a 40% chance to repeat the division followed closely by the Rays. Hey, I never said the computers were always right. The Yankees were given about half the chance as those other two teams. But I was confident.

That confidence wavered some but did not falter until after the All Star Break. The Blue Jays were the early pace-setters and pulled out to a nice lead. My confidence got a little shaky. But the Jays came back to the pack and the Yankees were in the thick of it. During that little space, I was very confident again. Tanaka was 11-1, Dellin Betances was the biggest surprise in baseball and despite injuries, the Yankees seemed plucky and hard to put away.

Sure, the win five, lose four see-saw started getting to me. The high of seven games over .500 was followed by five losses in a row. On July 8, Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his elbow and my hopes took a serious hit. But the addition of Brandon McCarthy seemed to fill up part of the slack. But everything started to seem like an uphill climb when the offense could not get going and every uptick was followed by several losses and then the Orioles took over the division never to look back. Once that happened, the only hope seemed to be a wild card.

Here is the chart from my spreadsheet and a few notes along the way to show my state of mind as the season went along:

Odds

 

  • Game 2: Two losses to the Astros to start the season. Ugh.
  • Game 21: Pine tar game and Michael Pineda suspended then hurt.
  • Game 47: Walk off against David Robertson.
  • Game 54: Tanaka is 8-1.
  • Game 55: Robertson is crushed in the ninth.
  • Game 59: Tanaka is 9-1.
  • Game 61: David Phelps bombed.
  • Game 63: The legend of Dellin Betances grows.
  • Game 64: Tanaka is 10-1
  • Game 65: Where did Chase Whitley come from?
  • Game 66: David Phelps shutout..
  • Game 68: Vidal Nuno is killing me.
  • Game 69: Tanaka is 11-1
  • Game 71: Finish sweep of Blue Jays.
  • Game 72: Walk off against Orioles. My hopes the highest since the beginning of the season
  • Game 74: Tanaka bombed.
  • Game 75: Whitley comes down to earth with a thud.
  • Game 76: Adam Warren blows it.
  • Game 86: Yanks score one run in eleven innings in a game started by Yohan Pino.
  • Game 88: Shane Greene is the man!
  • Game 89: Tanaka is hurt. Elbow. Oh woe is us.
  • Game 93: Another Shane Greene sparkler.
  • Game 95: Brandon McCarthy superb.
  • Game 97: Sweep of Reds complete. My hopes start to stir.
  • Game 98: Yanks cannot score against some guy named Mikolas with an ERA near my shoe size.
  • Game 102: Four wins in a row.
  • Game 105: Never mind. Three straight losses.
  • Game 106: Bats break out.
  • Game 108: Bats are back to sleep.
  • Game 115: Yanks win four of five.
  • Game 120: Five losses in a row. Bats dead. Division dead to Orioles.
  • Game 122: Two wins in a row at Tropicana!?
  • Game 129: Five wins in a row. Pineda is back!
  • Game 135: Three straight losses.
  • Game 138: Walk off against Koji Uehara. Boy that felt good.
  • Game 139: Shut out by James Shields
  • Game 149: Two straight walk-off losses. All hopes dashed.
  • Game 152: Three straight wins, but it’s too late.
  • Game 157: Officially dead. Long live the Captain.

And so it went. Brad did a great job of outlining the good and bad of 2014. But this was a team that, even early on was not given much of a chance by the computer models. Perhaps my initial hopes were unfounded. Perhaps the injuries were just too hard to overcome. Perhaps it was never meant to be. Every good streak was followed up by a losing streak which meant the team could never really get any traction. I think that was the hardest thing about being a fan this season.

Our crack team of writers are hard at work speculating on next year and Brian Cashman, armed with a new three-year contract, will not sit still this winter. As a fan, my hopes will again be high at the start of the season. All links to the past will be gone and it will be time to start fresh. The 2015 New York Yankees will be different. The hopes will be the same.

Day to day odds Continue reading Fan versus the machine – 2014 hopes against the odds

Whiffing wonders – flipping a Marlon Byrd

(Syndicated from The Flagrant Fan)

Anyone who has read my stuff for a while understands that I am not fond of strikeouts. I have often jousted against the notion that an out is an out is an out. I respectfully disagree. Strikeouts give the batter no opportunity to have anything other than an out where a batted ball will give the batter a 30% chance to get on base. One of the few scenarios where a strikeout is better than a batted ball is a double play. Knowing my predilection to this part of baseball is my discovery that Marlon Byrd has done something in 2014 no player in the history of baseball has ever done before. Marlon Byrd struck out 150 times more than he walked in 2014.

Byrd had a pretty good offensive season by most standards. He had a 110 OPS+, hit 25 homers and drove in 85. In the world of the Phillies, that’s really productive. But when I saw that he had struck out 185 times and only walked 35 times, I was amazed and wondered if anyone had ever done that before.

Using Baseball-reference.com’s handy play index feature, I first looked for players with over 150 strikeouts in a season with less than 50 walks. That did give me a list of 57 all-time players. But I wasn’t sure if that was all inclusive. For example, Mark Reynolds once struck out 223 times and walked way more than fifty times. So then I searched players with more than 150 strikeouts in a season no matter how many walks there were. After all, you need a whole bunch of strikeouts to have 150 more of them than walks. I then subtracted the walks from the strikeouts in each case. Continue reading Whiffing wonders – flipping a Marlon Byrd

VMart and Donnie Baseball

(Syndicated from The Flagrant Fan)

Victor Martinez is having a remarkable offensive season. And it isn’t just the 31 homers and 31 doubles and the .333 batting average. What is remarkable is that in the inglorious age of the strikeout, Martinez has only struck out 40 times all season. He is on pace to finish with 43 strikeouts. When considering that remarkable number, it made me curious as to how many times since 1961 someone has hit over 30 homers with less than 45 strikeouts. So I went to my trusty baseball-reference.com and checked it out.

First of all, why did I only go back to 1961? Good question. The answer is that 1961 was right around the first time when the strikeout rate averaged five strikeouts per team per game (1959 to be exact). And even going that far back is problematic. The average strikeout rate in 1961 was 13.2% compared to it being 20.3% this season. If you go back further than 1961, then a low strikeout rate with a lot of homers just wasn’t that remarkable.

For example, Lou Gehrig had a remarkably low strikeout rate in 1934 (by today’s standards). But the strikeout rate for the league in 1934 was just 9.8%. It just isn’t the same kind of apple to an apple. The bottom line is that I chose to only go back some 53 years to 1961. That’s still a lot of baseball years.
Unless Victor Martinez goes on a strikeout binge in the last week of the season, he will be the eighth player since 1961 to put together that combination of 30 or more homers with 45 or less strikeouts. Moises Alou had 45 strikeouts with 30 homers in 2000. Gary Sheffield had 40 strikeouts with 33 homers in 1992. Barry Bonds did it twice, once in 1994 which most would say was legit and again in 2004 when most would say it wasn’t. Continue reading VMart and Donnie Baseball

Will Kevin Long be the sacrificial lamb?

For those of us who watch almost every game, the entire 2014 season has been a series of games with one common theme: A total lack of offense. A full fifty of the team’s games have featured a lineup that scored two runs or less. That is a full 31% of a season’s games, never mind that the season isn’t over yet. In contrast, the Orioles (congratulations) have had five such games. Fifty…five. With a disappointing season following an active off season big with the check book, who will pay the price for such a performance? Will it be the hitting coach, Kevin Long? Should it be?

Let’s look at some more putrid numbers. In the Yankees’ last seven days, they have registered the following triple slash line: .174/.244/.284 with a .201 average on balls in play. Take that same slash line over the last fourteen days: .194/.256/.321 with a .220 BABIP. Take it even further to the last 28 days: .228/.290/.373 with a .254 BABIP. Those are exceptionally bleak numbers. To show a little perspective on how bad those numbers are, Brendan Ryan‘s lifetime batting average and on-base percentage (.236, .297) are higher than what the entire team has done in the last 28 days.

The Yankees have a .693 OPS with runners in scoring position this season. They have a season OPS of .587 with runners in scoring position with two outs. The team has a .618 OPS in games that are “Late and close.”  The team has a .660 OPS in high leverage situations. They have a .629 OPS against “Power pitchers.”  The 2014 Yankees have a .670 OPS against teams with less than a winning record.

The list goes on and on. Every time our own Katie Sharp tweets a statistic, it shows something the Yankees are doing that is the worst since 1990 or 1991. The offense is as brutal as anything we have imagined.

Add to this picture the constant talk about the Yankees not adjusting to shifts and other pitching or defensive strategies put in place against them. Yankee batters have hit the ball in play to the opposite field only 15.5% of the time. Compare that to the Orioles who have done so at an 18% pace. You can somewhat understand lefty batters trying to hit the ball to the Yankees’ short porch, but the 15.5% is exactly the same for lefty batters and those from the right side.

This leads me (and a lot of other people) to thinking that the Yankees simply refuse to fight or adjust to the strategies employed against them. This failure ultimately falls on the manager and general manager for not forcing the issue to adjust or sit. Hey, the bosses are in charge and ultimately responsible for performance of any team. But the focus will be squarely on Kevin Long as he is the hitting coach.

Before we get into Long’s case, a minute here will be taken to discuss what probably won’t happen. I doubt that Brian Cashman will be forced out. He may walk out, but he won’t be forced. I could be wrong, but his moves in the off season were good ones that just didn’t pan out. And most of his trade deadline (or after) pickups worked quite well with the exception of Stephen Drew and Esmil Rogers.

Whether the Steinbrenners stick with Cashman or not will be much in speculation until a decision is made by both parties.

Joe Girardi will be off the hook. It is perceived that for the last two season, he has done as well as can be expected in making lemonade from lemons. According to run differential, the Yankees have won five more games than what would normally be expected. The team was six over in that category last year. While there is an occasional complaint in how Girardi manages a game, I would think he would be safe.

That brings us to Kevin Long. What would be the case against Kevin Long other than the numbers I’ve already provided? Let’s list them whether the criticisms are fair or not:

  • How many players brought in by the Yankees from other teams actually become better hitters with the Yankees? There was a half season of Curtis Granderson before he sank again in a mire of strikeouts. Who else? Part of this can be explained by the Yankees’ penchant for bringing in older players who are past their primes (their baseball cards, so to speak). But a case can be made here.
  • The failed experiment with Derek Jeter at the start of the 2011 season that was reversed when Jeter spent a couple of weeks in Tampa with someone else. That scenario seemed to repeat itself with the failed Brian McCann crouch-more-and-stop-the-toe-tap jingle from earlier this season. McCann improved when he simply went back to his old ways.
  • The lack of offensive development by young players called up to the Yankees who failed to make any impact. Zoilo Almonte, Zelous Wheeler and others seem to fit this category.
  • The lack of an offensive strategy when facing particular starting pitchers. Obviously data is available for pitchers the team faces on a regular basis, but far too often those same pitchers get the batters out the same way from start to start. Too many of the batters seem to be guessing and guess wrong on fastballs down the heart of the plate that go by harmlessly. Batters should have a plan of attack, not be up there guessing.

All of those are points of debate and, like I said, may be fair or unfair. After all, the batters are the ones who have to make it happen and go up and hit. Perhaps it is not Kevin Long’s fault the Yankees bring in pull hitters that dominate their signings.

Is it a positive that the players put Kevin Long in a guru-type position and believe in him so strongly (Jeter being an exception)? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? You would think that a player believing in a coach would be a good thing.

And how much influence does a coach have when all things are said and done? Like a manager, how do you measure such things? It comes down to how the players play.

The season has been a disappointment. You can point to injuries. You can point to flaws in how the team was structured. You can point to a perceived lack of development from the minor leagues. Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi may or may not share some responsibility. But when I polled my colleagues in our inter-email system, the one response that resonated was: “Negative infinity chance Long survives this.  He’s the easiest scapegoat of the bunch and somebody has to take the fall for the terrible offense.  He’s the best fit.”

I guess I could have just used that line to summarize the entire post and saved all that typing. Fair or not, deserved or not, Kevin Long cannot possibly survive the season the Yankees have put together in 2014. Continue reading Will Kevin Long be the sacrificial lamb?

Game 148 – ESPNing

The Yankees try to delay the inevitable with the Baltimore Orioles on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Brett Gardner – LF
  4. Martin Prado – 3B
  5. Brian McCann – C
  6. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  7. Chris Young – DH
  8. Stephen Drew – 2B
  9. Antoan Richardson – RF

SP – Hiroki Kuroda

Baltimore Orioles:

  1. Nick Markakis – RF
  2. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Nelson Cruz – DH
  5. Steve Pearce – 1B
  6. J.J. Hardy – SS
  7. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  8. Nick Hundley – C
  9. Jonathan Schoop – 2B

SP – Chris Tillman

Enjoy the game! Continue reading Game 148 – ESPNing