Game 66: Latos vs. Sabathia

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Miami Marlins New York Yankees
Dee Gordon, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Christian Yelich, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Giancarlo Stanton, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, CF Brian McCann, C
Jeff Baker, DH Carlos Beltran, RF
Justin Bour, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Donovan Solano, 3B Stephen Drew, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C Mason Williams, CF
Mat Latos, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Derek Jeter’s First and Only Grand Slam!

I was at this game and it was awesome.

I was sitting in the left field bleachers, surrounded by Cubs fans and they were wondering why we were flipping out over a grand slam in a game the Yankees were already winning. When I told one of the girls behind me that it was the first grand slam of Jeter’s career, she couldn’t believe it. I explained to her that Jeter had good numbers with the bases loaded but just never hit the ball out until that moment.

I have to say, the Cubs fans we were sitting near were pretty cool.

That was a fun, and hot, day. Being in the old left field bleachers was like sitting one top of a giant tuna can in Connecticut. It felt far away and it was sweltering.

Anyway, happy anniversary, Derek! I can’t believe it has been 10 years.

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ARod on the road to 3,000 hits


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I’m going to the Yankees game tonight. If Arod is still not at 3,000 hits, I may go tomorrow too.

It’s no secret that I don’t hate him – or many others here at IIATMS. So, I am looking forward to ARod getting his 3,000th hit. Not for me. Not for baseball. But because I think it would be good for ARod.

He needs three more hits to get that elusive mark. Just 28 players have reached that plateau in MLB history.

There has been no fanfare. No crazy marketing push. No ARod to 3K.

And that’s OK.

I think ARod has turned the corner this year. He has said the right things, which is likely calculated, but what ARod has really done this year is shown the non-robot side of him. He teared up when he tied/surpassed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. He has been one of the biggest cheerleaders in the Yankees dugout even while not playing.…

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Lunchtime news and notes: 6/18/15

Here’s some news and notes for you to peruse during your lunch break.

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Checking in on the IIATMS Top-10

This short season has been defined, in many ways, by injuries and disappointments (excepting Messrs Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Dellin Betances, of course). An interesting side of effect of that is the constant need and demand for reinforcements and replacements, from within and outside of the system. The fact that six Yankees have made their Major League debut in 2015 thus far (Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Branden Pinder, Jacob Lindgren, and Matt Tracy) is a direct result of stints on the disabled list and under-performance – and further cries for change come with each CC Sabathia start, and every Stephen Drew at-bat.

With so many players making their way to the show, and others seemingly forcing their way out, now seems like as good a time as any to check-in on the cream of the crop that the Yankees system has to offer. So let’s see how the team’s ten best prospects are doing, and wonder whether we may be seeing them in the Bronx this year.…

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Game 65 Recap: Yankees 2 Marlins 1

Betances K vs Stanton

Byyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeee… Courtesy of

The last time he took the mound, Michael Pineda was coming off a week plus of rest and it showed.  His command was bad, his slider had little movement, and he got hit around by the same Baltimore Orioles he owned the last time he faced them.  Last night, starting on regular rest, Pineda looked much more like the dominant starter we saw for most of April and May.  The Yankees needed that too, as they scratched together just enough runs to support Big Mike and get a win.

As they always seem to do at home, the lineup gave Pineda a very early lead.  Chase Headley was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the bottom of the 1st and moved to second on a Brian McCann groundout to bring up Al from Miami.  A-Rod singled back up the middle to bring home Headley and bring himself within 4 hits of 3,000.  More to come from him.…

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Game 65: Urena vs. Pineda

Some moves to talk about before we get into the game thread:

Jose Ramirez was sent down and Jose De Paula was brought up. The Yankees need a long man after Chris Capuano had to relieve Nathan Eovaldi in the first inning of last night’s game.

Also, don’t be alarmed about Tex’s absence from the lineup, he’s resting.

Tonight’s lineups are:

Miami Marlins New York Yankees
Dee Gordon, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Derek Dietrich, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Christian Yelich, LF Brian McCann, C
Giancarlo Stanton, DH Alex Rodriguez, DH
Marcell Ozuna, CF Garrett Jones, 1B
Justin Bour, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
J.T. Realmuto, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Mason Williams, CF
Jose Urena, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Are The Yanks Going To Use A Sixth Starter Or Not?

With another “20 games in 20 days” stretch underway and a pitching staff that’s a coin flip at best right now, the Yankees have reportedly been kicking around the idea of going with a 6-man rotation for a turn or 2 as a way to manage workloads and give everybody enough rest.  It’s really not a bad idea and something Matt discussed on this very site last week.  All things considered, I could live with a 6-man rotation plan for the short term.

What I can’t live with, and what doesn’t make me feel good about the possibility, is how the Yankees are going about it.  Or rather, how they’re not going about it since there’s no real plan in place.  Chad Jennings had a quote from Joe in his pregame notes yesterday, and what Joe had to say really didn’t give me a warm, fuzzy feeling:

“We’re playing with some ideas, so I don’t have anything for you yet.

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About Last Night: Nathan Eovaldi and the first inning of doom

[I know, another post on Eovaldi’s start? Yes, sorry. There’s a lot to talk about. -SG]

So just how bad was last night’s game for Nathan Eovaldi and the Yankees? The Marlins had more hits in the first inning (9) than the Yankees did for the entire game (7) and Eovaldi didn’t even make it out of the inning. His BABIP for his 2/3 of an inning of work was .818 and he gave up eight earned runs.

Let’s jump into the pictures of doom!

Here are those hits in spray chart form (there are two that landed in nearly the same spot so it only looks like eight but there are nine):
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Eovaldi gave up two ground ball hits, two line drives and two fly ball hits. In his last outing against the Nationals (a no decision), he gave up fewer hits overall (8) in seven innings – four line drives, one fly ball and three ground ball hits. And before that, he gave up four hits in 5 1/3 innings on June 5, against the Angels – two line drives, one fly ball and one ground ball.…

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