Kenny covers the Yankees (and Knicks) for WFUV Sports & is a freelance radio reporter with the AP, MetroSource, WFAN & CBS Sports. Ridgefield, CT native. Long-time Jason Giambi and Alex Rodriguez defender. Quotes via WFUV Radio unless otherwise noted.

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Game 40: Giovaldi

Nate Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) vs Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA) in D.C. tonight. Bryce Harper is 8 for his last 11 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 6 Runs Scored over his last 3 games. That might be trouble.

Lineups
YANKEES NATIONALS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF Denard Span CF
Brett Gardner LF Ian Desmond SS
Chris Young RF Yunel Escobar 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B Bryce Harper RF
Brian McCann C Ryan Zimmerman 1B
Chase Headley 3B Wilson Ramos C
Jose Pirela 2B Danny Espinosa 2B
Stephen Drew SS Michael Taylor LF
Nate Eovaldi P Gio Gonzalez P
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Checking in on the Yankees’ Defense

Remember when the Yankees were projected as the 3rd best defense in baseball before the season began? Those were the days.

Entering play on May 19th, the Yankees rank 7th-worst in the bigs in UZR. Fangraphs would categorize that as somewhere between “Below Average” and “Poor”.

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UZR through 5/19/15 via Fangraphs

 

While it’s difficult to measure defense with stats, and UZR is far from the perfect defensive metric, you can look just about anywhere and find the Yankees at the bottom of the rankings. They’re 22nd in Fielding Percentage (.981), 6th in Errors (28), and 14th in Defensive Runs Saved (-14).

The additions of Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley were supposed to remedy some of the Yankees’ defensive woes, but it hasn’t quite worked out. Headley (8) and Gregorius (4) have combined to commit 12 errors, with Stephen Drew adding 4. While Gregorius is enjoying the highest UZR of his career (1.3), Headley (-2.9) is far from where he was last year (20.9 with SD & NYY). …

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Game 144: “We Just Have to Win Our Games. Period.”

Those words from the mouth of GM Brian Cashman as the Yankee sit 4.5 games out of the Wild Card, with three teams in front of them and under 20 games remaining.

Prado, Gardner, and Beltran are all still out of the lineup – Joe Girardi did say pregame he hopes Gardner can play this weekend, and that he felt better today.

Lineups…

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
David DeJesus, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Wil Myers, RF Chase Headley, DH
Matt Joyce, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Yunel Escobar, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, LF
Curt Casali, C Brendan Ryan, 3B
Alex Cobb, SP Michael Pineda, SP
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Game 126: The John Danks Experience

The Yankees look to keep things rolling after Brandon McCarthy’s CGSO yesterday, and draw a favorable matchup against the struggling John Danks (9-8, 4.94 ERA) and his 59-68 White Sox. Shane Greene gets the call for New York, who’s been stellar in seven starts as a rookie, going 3-1 wth a 2.91 ERA.

Carlos Beltran will miss his third straight game with a sore right elbow, and Joe Girardi wasn’t ready to call playing him tomorrow a possibility. That said, Beltran did take some swings before this evening’s game. Brian McCann gets a half-day off at DH

Interesting figure, which speaks mainly to the bullpen’s performance – Yankees pitchers own the third-highest K/BB ratio (3.34) in modern MLB history (since 1990), per Elias. Only the 2014 Nationals (3.44 entering today) and 2012 Phillies (3.39) have been better.

Now, to the lineups…

Chicago White Sox New York Yankees
Alejandro De Aza, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Carlos Sanchez, 2B Derek Jeter, SS
Jose Abreu, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Adam Dunn, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Avisail Garcia, RF Martin Prado, 2B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B Brian McCann, DH
Alexei Ramirez, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Jordan Danks, CF Francisco Cervelli, C
Tyler Flowers, C Zelous Wheeler, RF
John Danks, SP (9-8, 4.94 ERA) Shane Greene, SP (3-1, 2.91 ERA)
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Game 124: Home Game Pined

Michael Pineda returns to the Yankee Stadium mound tonight for the first time since April 16th, when he tossed six shutout innings in a win over the Cubs. We’re not sure if he had the aid of pine tar in that game, or if he’ll have it tonight, but he will face a Houston Astros lineup that struck out 15 times last night and stranded 10 runners. Pineda also heads into this one with a bit of steam, carrying a no-hitter into the 5th last time out in Baltimore. It’ll be his second start since being activated from the DL, so he presumably won’t be touching 100 pitches tonight.

Some conerning news for the Yankees – Carlos Beltran was scratched tonight with soreness in his right elbow, which he has felt from time to time battling a bone spur. Joe Girardi said before the game that Beltran has had occasional soreness, though last night his elbow “grabbed” a bit on a swing, and he still felt discomfort this morning.…

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Game 115: Mr. Rogers’ House

Esmil Rogers is today’s starter for the Yankees after David Phelps was placed on the DL earlier this week. Joe Girardi said the reason it took so long for the team to announce the decision was because Rogers was on the train when Joe made the decision and he had no reception. Girardi wanted Rogers to hear from him first that he was starting.

Rogers becomes the eleventh pitcher to start this year for the Yankees, according to the game notes, which is the most the team has used since 2008 (13). During the time in between, they never used more than nine starters in a season. Only the Rockies (14), Rangers (13), and Marlins (12) have used more starters this season.

Anyhoo, Mark Teixeira is out again today with a sore pinky that he cut in Wednesday night’s win. He said gripping the bat was painful for him, but he hit today off a tee and took some soft toss.…

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Pregame Notes 8/5: “It’ll Never Be the Same”

When Dr. Neal ElAttrache went in to clean up CC Sabathia’s right knee last week, he made a discovery that led to more optimism for the Yankees’ lefthander: a bone spur.

How is that a good thing?

“[The doctor] got in there and saw it, and was able to shave that out of there,” Sabathia said. “I think that was good – having him go in there and at least get a scope in there and see what is going on, try and put a plan together going forward.”

The removed bone spur wasn’t initially found in Sabathia’s MRI, but represents a sense of optimism in the future, that his knee is completely clean. More so, he was able to avoid microfracture surgery, saying the procedure “isn’t an option” considering it would likely mark the end of his career.

That doesn’t mean all Sabathia’s problems will dissipate, though.

“I’m always going to need something,” Sabathia said. “Whether it’s getting it drained, or PRP shots, or something, going forward there’s always something I’m going to need to do.…

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Game 109: The Start of Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut this afternoon, and he’s a career .313 hitter with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs in 17 games against the Yankees. Sticking with the trend of new faces, Martin Prado will make his first start with New York. Joe Girardi said pregame “we acquired him to play a lot.”

Cervelli catches, because he’s been behind the dish for over 24 innings with Shane Greene, while McCann has caught him for all of 5 batters.

Pitching matchup is Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) against Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA). If that’s not Clemens-Pedro, I’m not sure what is.

Lineups…

Yankees

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

Red Sox

Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C

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Cut to the Chase: What to Know About Headley

Through two games, we’ve learned a decent amount about new Yankees 3B Chase Headley. Here are some highlights, mixed in with some things he carried with him to New York.

Epidurals are good. Headley battled back issues earlier this year in San Diego, to the point he says he was “pretty banged up.” That said, he’s said twice that the epidural he had on his back has worked like a charm, and his back “continue[s] to feel much better than prior.” He’s called back surgery a “last-case scenario,” and noted it’s an unpleasant thing to think about. He said that he’s added a few core workouts, and that he warms up his back quite a bit before games. It seems like he has a firm hold on his back for now.

Newspapers are no good. Chase Headley won’t read the NY papers, not even after a walk-off hit. “I’ve been warned to stay out of those,” he said. “My parents, first of all when I started playing baseball, they told me that.…

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