Game 4 Quick Recap: BOS 6 NYY 5 (19 Innings)

[caption id="attachment_73631" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Eovaldi vs BOS We feel ya, Nate. We feel ya. Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

Is anybody awake out there?  Is anybody alive out there?  If you, I hope you’re reading this.  If not, I get it.  Losing blows, losing in extra innings blows, losing in extra innings when you hit 2 game-tying home runs really blows, and losing when you played 2 games in 1 over the course of almost 7 hours really, REALLY blows.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, since I dozed off sometime around the top of the 8th, so I’ll just hit some bullet points.

Nathan Eovaldi was about as Nathan Eovaldi as he’s been up to this point in his career in 5.1 innings of work.  Lotta fastball heat, not a lot of good secondary pitches, lotta hits and hard contact, and a lone strikeout.  The Sox hitters were comfortable against him and they knocked him around.  That’s a shame.

– The Yanks didn’t get much going against Wade Miley until the 6th, and of course it was Al from Miami who got them on the board with a ribbie single.  He went 2-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts on the night.

– Chase Headley in the bottom of the 9th, Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the 16th.  The Yanks had 2 instances of the most clutch hitting imaginable and it still wasn’t enough to get them a win.  That’s disheartening.

– The Yankees used all 7 pitchers in their bullpen for a combined 13.1 innings.  The Red Sox used 8 pitchers for 13.1 innings.  Gonna be some roster moves coming today.

Chasen Shreve and Esmil Rogers soaked up 8 of those innings, so that’s good I guess.  Rogers gave up the game-winning run in the 19th on a single, stolen base, walk, sac fly because of he course he did.  He’s Esmil Rogers.

– Yanks “only” had 14 hits in 19 innings.  They had 4 guys with 2 hits apiece but nobody with more than 2.  That’s pretty sucky for 2+ games.

– Speaking of which, total game time was 6:49.  And there was a rain delay and a power delay in extra innings mixed in.  If you went to that game, you got your money’s worth and then some.

– 2-12 with RISP, 13 men left on base.  The RISPFail is alive and well to the start the year.

– The 2 teams get back at it in a matter of hours too.  That’s going to be horrible to watch. Continue reading Game 4 Quick Recap: BOS 6 NYY 5 (19 Innings)

Game 3 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

[caption id="attachment_73595" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Sabathia vs TOR 2015 Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

The Opening week storybook turned the page again tonight, to the CC Sabathia chapter.  Hindered by physical ailments, diminishing velocity, and performance regression over the past few seasons, CC was hoping to come back healthy and better in 2015.  He didn’t pitch all that well in his Spring Training outings, and that was something that both the media and he noticed.  They were quick to spin his problems into doomsday scenarios and he was quick to curse and get upset when he talked to him after starts.  But all that took a backseat to his return to regular season game action tonight.

CC came out dealing in the top of the 1st, striking out Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in a 1-2-3 inning.  He wasn’t so lucky in the 2nd, putting a few runners on, missing with some key pitches, and getting burned by bad ground ball luck and bad defensive shifting strategy.  It all combined to provide Toronto 4 runs for a comfortable early lead, and the good vibes from CC’s first inning back were quickly extinguished. Continue reading Game 3 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 3

Game 2 Recap: NYY 4 TOR 3

[caption id="attachment_73545" align="aligncenter" width="525"]Pineda vs TOR 2015 Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

The 0-1 and all but doomed 2015 Yankees took back to the diamond last night to attempt to get their first win.  They had big right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound and he was looking to get off to the right start after a very strong Spring Training.  I wrote a little about some of those good signs he showed in ST and a few more good signs he could show last night, and while he didn’t show all those signs he was still plenty good enough to win on a cold early April night.

Pineda retired the first 6 he faced in order, then got in trouble in the top of the 3rd on a leadoff infield single and a line drive double by Justin Smoak.  Another GB single/bad throw by Didi Gregorius in the next at-bat gave Toronto their first run and the early lead.  They scored their second and last against Pineda in the 5th on a pair of GB singles and a sac fly by former Yankee Russell Martin.  Big Mike wasn’t bad at all, but he wasn’t as dominating as he was at times in ST.  Chalk it up to the cold weather.

Pineda had the same lineup behind him that Tanaka had on Opening Day, and this time they actually put multiple runs on the board.  It took a while to get the first one, which Jacoby Ellsbury manufactured in the bottom of the 6th with a leadoff single and a stolen base.  He moved to third on a Brett Gardner groundout and a Carlos Beltran sac fly to make it a 2-1 game. Continue reading Game 2 Recap: NYY 4 TOR 3

Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

You may be wondering about the title of the recap so here’s the lowdown: You can blame this loss on our very own E.J. Fagan who triumphantly emailed the group after two innings saying that Tanaka was going to win the Cy Young this year and as soon as he did that, the game turned into a total sh*tshow.

So thanks a lot, E.J.! Is anyone else on the team you’d like to jinx?

In all seriousness, this was not a fun game at all. It was also very boring and the offense seems to have picked up right where it left off in 2014 which is not a good thing.

Let’s get to the good, the bad and the ugly of today’s loss:

THE GOOD

  • Alex Rodriguez‘s return to Yankee Stadium was actually pretty positive. He had a walk in his first at bat, had a single in his second at bat and made some solid contact in his third at bat – it was a fly ball to right. All in all, he was a bright spot today.
  • Brett Gardner hit a home run. Too bad no one was on base for it.

THE BAD

  • Like I mentioned above: The offense. The Yankees had three hits. I already talked about two of them: A-Rod’s single and Gardner’s home run. The other hit was a Brian McCann single. They just couldn’t get anything going against any of the Blue Jays pitchers but especially against starter Drew Hutchison. Three hits will not win ballgames.
  • You know what else won’t win ballgames? Making the third out at third base. Did Gregorius did that. And throwing errors. Chase Headley did that.

THE UGLY

  • Masahiro Tanaka started off nicely until E.J.’s email and then it was all down hill from there. His final line was: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 6 K, 2 BB and 1 HR. The big story will be how his velocity wasn’t high and how some pitches were flat. Hopefully this is just a blip and not a sign of things to come.

It is way too early panic and the Yankees have had other Opening Day stinkers in the past so I’m not worried just yet. I was just so looking forward to watching real baseball again and they gave us a stinker. Hopefully things will improve on Wednesday night.
Continue reading Blame E.J.: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1

Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

Yankee Stadium

The Yankees won their last Spring game at Nationals Park in D.C. 4-3 over the Nats.

Chris Young provided the big hit with a two run shot that put the Yankees ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Well, okay, Stephen Drew also had a big hit – a two-run shot of his own off starter Doug Fister in the fifth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi started for the Yankees and while he wasn’t great, he wasn’t terrible either. Sure he gave up three runs in five innings but he did strike out six batters. He also walked three. I think he’ll be fine. He’s still working on some stuff.

Alex Rodriguez struck out three times and was booed. Can you believe it? He was booed on the road! What’s next? Being booed at home? Oh wait…

Dellin Betances made things interesting in the ninth but got the save.

So next up for the Yankees is the home opener against the Blue Jays on Monday afternoon and it looks like it’s going to be a nice day for everyone who is heading to the Bronx. The forecast is saying mid-60s and partly cloudy.

Anyway, treat this as your open thread. You really don’t have a choice because that’s what I’m calling it. Feel free to discuss baseball, the Final Four, etc.

Enjoy your evening.
Continue reading Open thread: Yanks win in D.C., Next up… The Bronx!

RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

Well, that very wasn’t pleasant.

The big story was CC Sabathia who had a rough first inning. Here’s the rundown:

The good thing is that CC “settled” down after the first and finished his outing with five hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched. Amazingly, those three walks were his first three of the spring.

In other news, Chase Headley had two of the Yankees’ eight hits and one RBI. Rob Refsnyder added the other RBI after coming into the game for Gregorio Petit.

Oh, and Mark Teixeira is continuing to hit the ball to the opposite field which is nice to see. Let’s hope that continues into the season and that he says healthy.

It wasn’t a nice way to say goodbye to the Tampa crowd for the season but a lot of those same people will probably be at the Trop when the Yankees play the Rays so they can make it up to them then. Continue reading RECAP: Nats 8 Yankees 2

RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Home game recap:

The Yankees beat the Pirates 6-2! Hooray!

Michael Pineda continued his strong spring with a 5 1/3 inning, one run, six hit performance. He also added to his strikeout total with 6 and he didn’t surrender a walk.

Alex Rodriguez played first and did a nice job with a couple of scoops because Stephen Drew can’t throw from the shortstop position, a caught pop foul and a toss to Pineda for an out.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 1-3 and the kids helped the Yankees in the later innings by scoring three in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Drew, Austin Romine, Rob Refsnyder, Chris Young and Garrett Jones all had two hits apiece.

Away game recap:

The Yankees lost to the Tigers 3-2. Boo.

J.R. Murphy and Slade Heathcott both had two hits and other than, not much happened for the Yankees.

One of Heathcott’s hits was an RBI single and Kyle Roller hit a sacrifice fly to score the Yankees’ first run.

Bryan Mitchell made the start and got the loss. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Continue reading RECAP(S): Yankees win! Yankees lose!

Spring Training Game 29 Recap: MIN 3 NYY 1

[caption id="attachment_73167" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Masahiro Tanaka That’s a regular season glare. Courtesy of the AP[/caption]

Today was Masahiro Tanaka’s final spring start before he pitches his first Yankee Opening Day next Monday, and to be fair to all those who’ve been creating and buying into the injury/velo hype this spring I’ll say that today was a more important start than his previous ones.  With the games counting starting next week, today was the day you wanted to see good everything.  Good mechanics, good velocity, good movement, good command, and good results.  It’s always better to go into the season on a high note, and so to see Tanaka come out and dominate the Twins this afternoon would have been great.

It didn’t exactly happen that way, as Tanaka got hit a little bit in his 4.1 innings of work, mostly the last 2.1.  He gave up a run in the 3rd on a 2-out double and follow-up single, another in the 4th on 3 more hits, and left in the 5th after giving up a leadoff homer to somebody named Eduardo Escobar and a 1-out base hit.  He wasn’t great, and there was plenty of good contact off of him, but he wasn’t as terrible as some people on Twitter are trying to make it seem.

He didn’t get much help offensively today, not that he should have been expecting much from a lineup that featured 1 starter and only a few more Major League bats (insert Brendan Ryan joke here).  The lone run came on a Ramon Flores 2-out ribbie single in the top of the 4th.  Flores was also responsible for the only XBH hit of the day. Continue reading Spring Training Game 29 Recap: MIN 3 NYY 1

Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0

With the regular season a little more than a week away, it’s fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more.  This afternoon’s game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard.  The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching.  It was a solid all-around team win.

The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi.  He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base.  He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.

Offensively, it was Chase Headley‘s turn to carry the torch again.  His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day.  Rob Refsnyder was also a standout with 2 more doubles, and the Yanks finished with 11 hits and 7 walks as a team.

In what all but wrapped up the 5th starter spot for Adam Warren, Esmil Rogers was the second man out of the ‘pen today and he looked pretty good.  He pitched 1.2 perfect innings and struck out 2.  I think he’s a lock for the Opening Day bullpen at this point.  How long he stays there is a different story.

Game Notes:

– Oh yeah, A-Rod played first base today too.  He was out there for 4 innings, made a few defensive plays without issue, and went 1-1 with a walk and a run scored.  His strong spring keeps right on going.

– Ditto that for Refsnyder, who now has 5 doubles this spring and a .343/.452/.571 tripleslash in 35 at-bats.  Dude can hit.

Stephen Drew doubled and scored a run.  He’s been much better since the first week of ST games and I think he’s going to do enough to make the hatred for him die down quickly when the regular season starts.

– After the game, the Yanks announced another big round of roster cuts that included Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Nick Rumbelow, and Jacob Lindgren.  He was a hot name on the Twitter wire earlier today as a potential spot stealer at the back of the Opening Day ‘pen.  Now I bet that spot ends up going to Chasen Shreve. Continue reading Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0