Game 30: Gonzalez vs. Warren

Welcome to this evening’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
Caleb Joseph, C Carlos Beltran, RF
Travis Snider, LF Chase Headley, 3B
J.J. Hardy, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/8/15

Big weekend for your boy this weekend.  Heading to Chicago on Saturday to go to this year’s American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  A whole mess of craft breweries from all over the country setting up shop on Soldier Field and serving up as many beer samples as you can drink.  If the weather cooperates and doesn’t dump rain on me, it should turn into a nice little drunk Saturday.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Katie Sharp of RAB analyzed the ever-improving Michael Pineda changeup that is helping to push him to the next level this season.

– El duque of It Is High.. continued his hot streak of ideas by proposing some things the Yankees could do to celebrate A-Rod’s 666th home run.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the wildly productive and statistically mystifying start to Mark Teixeira’s season. I talked about this a little bit on Twitter earlier today (hint hint).…

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Top of the Lineup Carrying Yankees

Courtesy: NY Daily News

Courtesy: NY Daily News

The New York Yankees have considerably improved their offensive production from the last two seasons so far this year, which has lead to a 18-11 record and a +29 run differential. This has mostly been due to the four players at the top of the lineup carrying everybody — Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom are playing at an All-Star level.

Ellsbury has just been unconscious for a long stretch now where it seems every at-bat ends in a hit. His .363 batting average and his .438 OBP are both good for second in the AL. Gardner has been almost as good. His OBP is also over .400 (.408) and his wRC+ (145) and wOBA (.385) are exactly identical to Ellsbury’s.

This is exactly what the Yankees envisioned when they signed Ellsbury to pair with Gardner. Having two guys atop of your lineup with an OBP over .400 is absolutely lethal.…

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Prospect Who’s Hot: April

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I see ya there, Ramon! Courtesy of MiLB.com

After a brutally cold winter this year, it appears as though spring has finally made its way to the northeast, which must mean we have made it through the first month of baseball! I think many of us entered this season wondering what kind of year it would be for the Yankees and their affiliates, but so far 2015 seems to be off to a good start. This seemed like a good chance to look back on April and see which prospects are starting hot!

Chase Whitley (Scranton): Whitley started the season in Scranton and put up some strong performances. Now, he is holding his own in the Bronx with two strong showings under his belt during the absence of Tanaka. Before his call up, Whitley was 2-0 in three starts with a 2.12 ERA, thirteen strikeouts and only six walks.

Slade Heathcott (Scranton): After being sidelined by injuries quite a bit during his professional career, Heathcott made quite the impression during Spring Training and he hasn’t let up any.…

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Game 29 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

Courtesy of the AP

What better way to get over your first series loss in a while than by starting the next series off with a win back at home?  That’s just what the Yankees did last night as they welcomed Baltimore to town for the first time this year.  The game was too close for comfort all night, but they finally held onto the last lead they took to get this weekend 4-piece kicked off right.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start last night and he was about as Nathan Eovaldi as you’d expect.  He could get ahead but he couldn’t put anybody away.  He could blow a fastball by you early in the count and then miss with one badly with 2 strikes and give up a hit on it later in the count.  It’s becoming very clear that Eovaldi still has a lot of work to do, and his development into a more refined, effective, consistent pitcher could be slow.  …

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Game 29: Tillman vs. Eovaldi

Welcome to this evening’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
Steve Pearce, 2B Carlos Beltran, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Travis Snider, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Caleb Joseph, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Chris Tillman, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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About CC’s struggles in the batting order

sabathiaSo Brad was right on the money with regards to CC Sabathia‘s failings at the bottom of the lineup, as he mentioned earlier today. CC is absolutely getting OWNED by the bottom of the opposing lineups this year (SSS warnings and all that jazz). But what Brad didn’t really mention is that, for the most part, you can chalk a lot of it up to some really bad luck. Batters 7-9 are posting an unsustainably high BAPiP of 0.429 this year. Compare that to the 0.313 and 0.314 posted by batters 1-2, and 3-6, respectively.

Hell, just look at the SEVENTH hitters have done to CC: 0.800 BAPiP. That’s ridiculous and completely a SSS gremlin. It means that CC has turned the seven hitter into a 1.526 OPS behemoth. Any idea what player that would profile if that OPS held over the course of the year? How about no one EVER. The best OPS over a season was Barry Bonds‘ 2004 wrecking ball when he racked up 1.4217.…

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Thursday Morning Food For Thought: CC’s Struggles With The Batting Order Are Mind Bottling

Sabathia vs TOR 2015

Courtesy of the AP

Besides the loss and the continued command struggles, the 2 stories to come out of CC Sabathia‘s latest start were the glaring lack of run support he’s received and the incredibly difficult time he had dealing with the bottom of the Toronto order.  The run support isn’t something CC has control over, so I’m not going to waste time and keystrokes discussing that.  How opposing hitters do against him is something he can control, to a degree, and last night was bizarro world in terms of effectiveness.

Against the top 4 spots in the lineup last night, 4 spots inhabited by 2 guys hitting at or around .300 and 2 of the most dangerous right-handed power hitters in the American League, Sabathia fared very well.  Those spots went a combined 1-12 against him with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Against the bottom 5, however, it was a different story.  That group went a combined 8-15 with 2 XBH and 2 K, including a 3-3 showing by someone named Chris Colabello and the Russell Martin home run.…

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Game 28 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 1

The Yankees got themselves back on the path of victory on Tuesday night thanks in large part to a lights out pitching performance by Michael Pineda.  I’m no longer greedy enough to ask for something identical from CC Sabathia, but something like a “too dimly lit to read” pitching performance from him would have been nice.  It definitely would have gone a long way in helping to secure the Yankees’ 6th straight series victory.  Instead we got more of what’s become the new normal for CC and a disappointing L to send the team to Baltimore for the weekend.

Sabathia’s troubles started early.  A bunt single and a double by the first 2 Toronto batters put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and a misplaced slider to Ezequiel Carrera turned into a 2-run single and a lead that Toronto would never relinquish.  They tacked on another run in the 4th on a leadoff single by Russell Martin, a balk, and a Chris Colabello ribbie single on another poorly-located slider, and another in the 6th on a solo home run by Martin.  …

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