Happy Anniversary, Derek Jeter!

On this date in 2011, Derek Jeter became the Yankees’ all-time leader in stolen bases:

Thanks to the @Yankees account for the reminder.

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Game 51: Phelps vs. Lynn

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are your lineups:

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
4. Brian McCann (L) C
5. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
6. Alfonso Soriano (R) RF
7. Brian Roberts (S) 2B
8. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B
9. David Phelps (R) P

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Matt Adams (L) 1B
5. Yadier Molina (R) C
6. Allen Craig (R) RF
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Jon Jay (L) CF
9. Lance Lynn (R) P

Enjoy the game.

[Lineups courtesy of baseballpress.com]

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Tonight’s Yankees Lineup: 5/27/14

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The Importance of Shawn Kelley



Shawn Kelley might not be the highest profile player among the Yankees’ walking wounded with Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova also on the disabled list, but that does not mean he isn’t missed. Joe Girardi said yesterday that Kelley played catch at 75 feet, so hopefully that means he is progressing well.

Brad wrote here earlier today about how Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and Chase Whitley need to pitch further into games and he is right: The Yankees are tied with the Rays for 26th in MLB in innings from their starters with 289.1 innings. This is causing Girardi to go completely out of his normal routine and rely heavily on Dellin Betances and Adam Warren. Those two and David Robertson are Girardi’s only reliable relievers right now and if he had Kelley at his disposal, he would be able to lighten their workload.

Kelley has been a steal since he came over in a trade from the Seattle Mariners last season.…

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MLB Run Scoring Decline Part 1: It’s Not About The Bullpens in 3 Charts

Last week, I posted a graph showing the history of MLB run scoring since 1946. The graph showed a steady decline in run scoring since it peaked in 2000, including a fairly precipitous drop over the last 4 years.

The most common thing, other than the exit of PEDs, that I’ve been hearing from commentators trying to explain the drop has been the growth of ‘power bullpens’ or ‘specialized bullpens.’ Generally, they’ll point to relievers throwing 96 coming out in the 7th inning, and talk about how that just didn’t happen a few years ago. Up until I started looking at the evidence, I believed that this was a big explanation for the decline in run scoring.

But not so much. Let’s start with RP usage:

This chart could be a post on its own. It’s pretty cool to watch relief usage grow over time. After four decades of growth, the starter/reliever shares of innings stabilized. 2014′s usage patterns are not significantly different from 2000′s.…

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Game 50: Whitley vs Wacha

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. Along with this great weather in New York, we have baseball! Here are the lineups as the Yankees open this series against the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter 3B
Kolten Wong 2B
Matt Holliday LF
Matt Adams 1B
Yadier Molina C
Allen Craig RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Michael Wacha P

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brian McCann C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Chase Whitley P

The game starts at 4:15 PM EST and you can catch it on YES or ESPN. Enjoy!

Update: (4:01 PM) There is some rain in the forecast and the tarp is going on the field. Not sure how long this is supposed to last, but the game won’t start at 4:15.

Update: (4:46 PM) The estimated start time is now 5:15.

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Quick Hits: Beltran Swings, Teixeira’s Wrist, Kelley Throws, Lineup

We’ll start with the good news. Today, Carlos Beltran took fifteen dry swings without any elbow discomfort. The outfielder is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow, which may require surgery mid-season if he can’t rehab it. So far, so good, but as Sweeny Murti points out on Twitter, there are still a number of hurdles to overcome.

Now for the bad news, Mark Teixeira was scratched from today’s lineup with wrist stiffness in his surgically repaired arm. According to the first baseman, doctors warned him that he would feel regular stiffness and discomfort in the wrist throughout the season. He says it’s too early to judge the extent of the stiffness, and it sounds like he’ll be day-to-day for now. This is just speculation, but if Beltran or Teixeira have a setback, the Yankees could very quickly become suitors for Kendrys Morales. At least these injuries come at a time when the organization still has options on the free agent market.…

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Game 49: Happy TANAK Day!

Welcome to this afternoon’s game thread.

Here are your lineups:
Eaton CF
Beckham 2B
Gillaspie 3B
Viciedo RF
Dunn 1B
Ramirez SS
Konerko DH
De Aza LF
Flowers C

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Solarte 3B
Soriano RF
Ichiro DH
Roberts 2B

Pitching matchup is Rienzo vs TANAK.

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Better Late Than Never: Yankees 4, White Sox 3 F/10

Admit it, you gave up on the Yankees.

When the Yankees came up to bat in the ninth inning down 3-0 you probably figured, just like I did, that they’d go down in order as meekly as they had been doing most of the afternoon. But thankfully we all were wrong.

The Yankees just happened to wake up from their eight-inning long slumber in time to score three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game and a big home run by Jacoby Ellsbury put them up for good in the top of the 10th.

The most remarkable thing about the ninth inning rally was that it was done with two outs. Alfonso Soriano hit a ground rule double down the line to score Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI single to score Soriano and Brian McCann hit an RBI single to score Kelly Johnson who was pinch running for Solarte.

Dellin Betances came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and he did what he does best: Retire people.…

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