Game 146 – Big day for Bryan Mitchell

After a brutal eleven innings of Yankee baseball this afternoon, at least the nightcap of the double-header will feature the first Major League start for Bryan Mitchell. If you love prospects getting their first real opportunity, then this game is for you. Bud Norris will go for the Orioles.

The bad news is that the Yankees will not have David Robertson or Dellin Betances available out of the bullpen. They both threw a lot of pitches in the first game as Girardi tried for the Hail Mary that fell harmlessly in the end zone. There is much more bad news, but let’s just let it be and root for the kid to pitch well.

The Lineups:

New York Yankees:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Derek Jeter – SS
  3. Brett Gardner – CF
  4. Brian McCann – 1B
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Stephen Drew – 2B
  7. Ichiro Suzuki – RF
  8. Zelous Wheeler – 3B
  9. Austin Romine – C

SP Bryan Mitchell

Baltimore Orioles:

  1. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  2. Steve Pearce – 1B
  3. Jimmy Paredes – 3B
  4. Nelson Cruz – RF
  5. Delmon Young – DH
  6. David Lough – CF
  7. Caleb Joseph – C
  8. Ryan Flaherty – SS
  9. Jonathan Schoop – 2B

SP – Bud Norris

Not exactly a crack lineup there on either side.…

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Game 145 Recap: BAL 2 NYY 1

It was a Friday day game after an emotional Thursday night win and the Yankees were missing 4 of their regular starting bats.  That’s a perfect recipe for a letdown game if you ask me, and in the end that’s what the Yankees did.  They let us and themselves down again.

Brandon McCarthy certainly wasn’t in letdown mode on the bump.  In what was easily his best start since his complete game shutout of the Astros last month, McCarthy held the Baltimore lineup to 3 measly singles in 6 scoreless innings pitched.  He didn’t walk a batter, he struck out 5 (including the side in the 4th), and he retired 13 in a row from the 2nd into the 6th.  His sinker/cutter command was back and he was using his curveball well with 2 strikes.  It was everything we’ve come to expect from McCarthy when he’s been on his game.

The Yankee lineup wasn’t quite as bad as you’d expect with a 6-9 of Drew-Murphy-Ryan-Richardson.  …

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Game 145: Doubleheader Friday

It’s a jam-packed weekend for the Yankees in Baltimore as they try to build on last night’s walk-off dramatics.  They’re squeezing 4 games into 3 days to make up the rainout on April 12th, and they start that squeeze this afternoon in the first half of a doubleheader.  Brandon McCarthy gets the ball and he’ll be opposed by hard-throwing righty Kevin Gausman.  He faced the Yanks back in mid-July and threw 5 innings of 1-run ball.  B-Mac has yet to face the O’s this season.

David Phelps has been activated today as an extra bullpen arm to support the double dip.  As far as the lineup goes, the Yanks are still without Gardner and Beltran, and are also without Derek Jeter and Chase Headley today after both were hit by pitches last night, but they do get Martin Prado back.  The full lineup is as follows:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Martin Prado- 2B
3) Brian McCann- DH
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Chris Young- LF
6) Stephen Drew- 2B
7) John Ryan Murphy- C
8) Brendan Ryan- SS
9) Antoan Richardson- RF

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM and it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day in B’more.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 9-11 (Rays)

Chris Young gets a Gatorade bath after his walk-off homer on Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chris Young gets a Gatorade bath after his walk-off homer on Thursday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bad Hirok
The Yankees started this series with another heart-breaking defeat on Tuesday, falling 4-3 to the Rays in the series opener. With the loss, the Yankees playoff odds dropped to less than one percent, according to Fangraphs.com

Hiroki Kuroda entered the game with a 2.36 ERA in his previous four starts but was hit hard, giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings. He now has a 5.94 career ERA vs the Rays, which is the third-worst by any active pitcher against them (min. 50 IP).

His counterpart on the Rays, Chris Archer, continued his mastery of the Yankees, improving to 5-0 in six career starts against the Bronx Bombers. He is the first pitcher to go undefeated in his first six career starts vs Yankees since Greg Hibbard did so for the White Sox and Mariners from 1990-94.

There were a few offensive highlights for the Yankees in the loss:

Jacoby Ellsbury homered in the fourth inning, giving him 15 homers on the year.…

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Game 144 Quick Recap: Yanks 5 Rays 4

Young HR vs TB

Courtesy of the AP

A more classic “if you turned this one off early, you missed out” game this could not have been.  This game was brutal for the first 8 innings.  But the Yankees kept plugging and turned a near no-hitter loss into a dramatic, improbable walk-off win in the span of 3 outs.

Let’s just skip right to the good part.  Bottom 8th, 1 out, Chris Young at the plate.  Tampa starter Alex Cobb had no-hit the Yanks up to that point, allowing only 2 walks the inning prior.  Young doubled into left-center off him to break up the no-no and end his night, and Joe went to the ailing Martin Prado to try to put a run on the board against reliever Brad Boxberger.  Prado put 2 on with a big 2-run home run on a hanging changeup to make it a 4-2 deficit.

Jake McGee came on for the save in the 9th and immediately hit Chase Headley (in the grill) to put the leadoff man on.  …

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Game 144: “We Just Have to Win Our Games. Period.”

Those words from the mouth of GM Brian Cashman as the Yankee sit 4.5 games out of the Wild Card, with three teams in front of them and under 20 games remaining.

Prado, Gardner, and Beltran are all still out of the lineup – Joe Girardi did say pregame he hopes Gardner can play this weekend, and that he felt better today.

Lineups…

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
David DeJesus, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Wil Myers, RF Chase Headley, DH
Matt Joyce, LF Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Yunel Escobar, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, CF Chris Young, LF
Curt Casali, C Brendan Ryan, 3B
Alex Cobb, SP Michael Pineda, SP
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Sounds Like Beltran’s Elbow Has Finally Had Enough

The bone spur in Carlos Beltran‘s elbow has been a “see how long he can go” situation since it was first diagnosed.  It sounds like that finish line may have been reached yesterday.  Beltran felt pain in his elbow during batting practice prior to last night’s game and was scratched from the lineup.  Speaking to the media, he didn’t sound like a man who was confident he was going to be able to keep playing through the pain:

“I felt pain during BP.  Talked to a doctor after, and I have already received three cortisones, so they don’t recommend another one. We talk about, what is the next step? I will probably give myself two or three more days, and if I can’t go out and take a swing like I normally take in a game, I might need to have the surgery.”

A little time off has been helpful here and there to keep him playing, but after 3 cortisone shots he’s not going to get another one.  …

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Game 143 Recap: Yanks 8 Rays 5

Teix-McCann vs TB

Courtesy of Getty Images

A sputtering lineup can ill afford to lose 2 of its hottest hitters, yet that’s where the Yankees found themselves again last night heading into the middle game of their 3-game set against Tampa.  Then things got worse when Carlos Beltran was scratched before the start of the game.  Or did they?  With a lineup featuring Ichiro Suzuki in the 6-spot, the Yankees erased an early deficit and got the win they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.

The deficit came swiftly and without warning from the Ray lineup against starter Chris Capuano.  Ben Zobrist led of the game with a single after the crack Yankee infield failed to catch a foul pop up, and it quickly became apparent that Capuano had nothing.  He got 1 out, went walk-double-walk-single-single to the next 5 batters and his night was over.  Joe, not wanting the game to slip away that early, pulled the plug on Cap and went to his ‘pen and it was the right decision.  …

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 30: Past, Present, and Future

Domenic, Stacey, and the resurrected E.J. deliberate the fate of Brian Cashman, prognosticate the rest of the season and the upcoming off-season, begin to scratch the surface of the farm system, and reminisce (at least a little bit) about Derek Jeter.

And, as promised, here is the glorious sequence of errors from the Dodgers-Padres game earlier this week. I suggest that you open this musical number in a background tab and let the entire experience enfold you.

Keep the question coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza, @StaceGots, and @ejfagan.

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