Quick Hit: Kelley Coming Back Around

The Yankees were working with a short bullpen last night, as they always seem to be these days when they routinely get 4-6 innings from their starters.  Dellin Betances was unavailable after pitching in the last 2 games and Joe had to find a new way to build his bridge to David Robertson.  That task was given to Shawn Kelley, who retired the side in order in the 8th, successfully making the handoff to D-Rob in a tight 1-run game.

It may not have seemed like much at the time, but Kelley’s outing last night was the latest in a long line of strong performances.  He’s pitched to a 9.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K line over his last 10 appearances, and has allowed only 2 runs with 22 strikeouts over 13.1 IP since the start of July.  This comes on the heels of a very rough June that found him more often than not fighting to command his fastball.  …

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Memo To Teix: Keep Those Glucose Levels Up

Come on, Mark.  Lightheaded before the game?  You’re a professional athlete.  Your body is your temple, your moneymaker.  You can’t be letting those blood sugar levels get low that close to game time. Not when you’re the honey guy.

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Let’s not let this happen again.  Have your wife pack you a PB&J or something before you head to the park today.  Sore wrists and tight hamstrings I can deal with.  Lightheadedness not so much.  Be better, Mark.  Be better.

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McCarthy Mixes Fastballs Brilliantly To Tame The Tigers

Last Tuesday was Brandon McCarthy‘s worst start as a Yankee.  Against a weak Texas lineup he didn’t have good command of his stuff and got hit around for 9 hits and 4 ER in 6 innings.  The Yankees eventually won that game, as they’ve won all 5 games he’s started since being acquired.  The 5th win came last night, when McCarthy was back on the hill and back in full command of his entire fastball arsenal.  He featured all 3 in different situations against different hitters and completely held the Detroit Tiger lineup at bay with the way used them.

Before we get to that, just a quick counting stats recap for those who either missed the game or didn’t fully appreciate how good McCarthy was last night.  He threw 116 pitches, his highest pitch count of the year and the 3rd straight start in which he threw 108 or more, and pumped in 81 strikes (69.8%).  He threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 25 batters he faced and had 11 swinging strikes (13.6%).  …

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Game 111 Recap: Yankees 2 Tigers 1

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Brandon McCarthy, staff ace. Courtesy of Getty Images

The pitching news has been coming fast and furious over the last 2 days.  Pineda close to returning, Tanaka resuming throwing, Phelps disabled listing, and the Tigers coming to town with the last 3 AL Cy Young Award winners lined up.  Mark Teixeira being a late scratch made things easier for Max Scherzer, who had been on a really strong run coming into tonight.  He was without his A-game tonight though, and the Yankees squeaked out enough runs to make an excellent team pitching effort stand up.

It was an uneven early going for both sides of the pitching matchup.  Brandon McCarthy needed 34 pitches to tip-toe around loaded bases in the top of the 2nd, which he did by striking out the side.  Scherzer put 2 men on with 2 outs in a scoreless 1st, walked the leadoff hitter in the 2nd, and had 3 straight singles to start the bottom of the 3rd turn into 2 runs against him on a Jacoby Ellsbury sac fly and a Brian McCann RBI single.  …

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Game 111: T-i-single Gah-Errrs

Forgive the Winnie the Pooh reference in the heading. The Tigers visit the Bronx starting tonight for a four-game set. The Yankees will face Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. No problem, right? Hubboy…

Game 111 has a nice solid ring to it...

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Quick Hit: Phelps To The 15-Day DL

There you go.  Sounds like it’s the best possible case for an already crummy case.  David Phelps will take a 15-day trip to rest his elbow and will need to be replaced in the rotation.  For the time being, that replacement will not be Michael Pineda but he remains an ideal option for the near future as long as his health allows for it.

I’m sure we’ll get more info on who the immediate replacement will be.  For tonight’s game, Matt Daley has been called up to take Phelps’ spot on the active roster.

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Tanaka Scheduled To Throw Today (UPDATED)

Three weeks was supposed to be the big milestone in starting to determine the success of the rest/rehab/PRP injection treatment plan for Masahiro Tanaka‘s partially torn right UCL.  That milestone was reached last week and all indications are that the treatment has worked so far.  Tanaka was examined by the Yankees’ team doctor on Friday and cleared to start throwing again.  Had he not been cleared, the plan probably would have been scrapped and TJS would have been scheduled.

Now that’s still a possibility, as there’s no way of knowing how healed Tanaka’s UCL is and how long it will be able to hold up to the rigors of throwing and pitching again.  But the plan was for him to throw today if he was cleared and, via Wally Matthews, that’s exactly what he’s going to do:

“He’ll definitely throw,” the source said. “He’s already told the doctors that he feels better.”

That source was not Brian Cashman or Joe Girardi, so take the quote however you want.  …

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Yankeemetrics: August 1-3 (Red Sox)

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Jeter conquers the Green Monster
New faces, new places, same result for the Yankees in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.

The Yankees traded for Martin Prado and Stephen Drew just before the deadline on Thursday, but neither could replicate Chase Headley‘s heroics from last week as they went a combined 0-for-6.

Derek Jeter hit a solo homer to left field in the eighth inning, becoming the first Yankee age 40 or older to homer at Fenway Park since Enos Slaughter in 1959. That was Jeter’s first home run over the Green Monster since he hit one off Curt Schilling on Sept., 16, 2007.

Red Sox rookie Anthony Ranaudo – pitching in his first major-league game – allowed two runs over six innings. He is the first Red Sox pitcher to make his MLB debut vs the Yankees and get the win since Vaughn Eshelman in 1995, and first to do it at Fenway Park since Mike Garman in 1969.…

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Another Starter Bites The Dust, Now What?

Phelps vs BOS II

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While him exiting the game after 2 wildly ineffective innings was the best thing for the Yankees last night, learning that David Phelps has been having elbow problems for the last few weeks was a big blow.  For a team that’s battled injuries in its rotation since early April and only recently re-established a sense of stability in that group, this was the last thing they needed to happen.  Phelps has pitched well for the better part of the last 2 months and now he’ll be out for a yet to be determined amount of time.  Once again, the Yanks will be sent into scramble mode to fill a vacated rotation spot.

The good news, if you want to call it that, is that there’s no damage to any of the ligaments in his elbow.  We found out late last night that Phelps has been feeling and pitching through discomfort in his right elbow for the last few weeks.  …

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