Game 26 Recap: Blue Jays 3 Yankees 1

Betances vs TOR

It’s not your fault, Dellin. Courtesy of the AP

You can’t win ‘em all.  We all know that saying.  Knowing that and knowing that the Yanks are still in first place after last night’s loss should be enough to make this game not a big deal.  But when you’re losing because the 23-25th guys on your roster on playing in situations where they probably shouldn’t be playing, that’s frustrating.  That’s what happened last night and it was a waste of a gem start by Chase Whitley.

Whitley absolutely locked down the Toronto lineup over 7 innings.  They picked up base hits here and there, but never sustained anything through the first 5.  He had his command going, attacked the strike zone, and kept the Jays hitters guessing.  He struck out Jose Bautista twice in a row the first 2 times he faced him, which is never something you expect to happen with Whitley.

The only real trouble came in the 6th when Devon Travis singled and Josh Donaldson doubled to start off the inning and set up the heart of the order.  …

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Game 26: Whitley vs. Dickey

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

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Devon Travis, 2B
Brett Gardner, LF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Bautista, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Stephen Drew, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Josh Thole, C
Garrett Jones, 1B Danny Valencia, 3B
John Ryan Murphy, C Ryan Goins, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Ezequiel Carrera, RF
Chase Whitley, SP R.A. Dickey, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Some Slow And Steady Progress From Didi

The start to Didi Gregorius‘ Yankee career was not a good one.  Seemingly pressing at the plate and in the field, Gregorius came out of the gate 7-37 in his first 11 games with 0 extra-base hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts, and 2 GIDPs.  He made multiple errors in the field and a few other plays that were close to being errors, and most troubling was the negative mental effect the early struggles seemed to have on him.  Didi made multiple baserunning mistakes in the first few games, the types of mistakes typically associated with a player “not having his head in the game.”  As expected, the criticism and comparisons back to Jeter came calling from fans and writers alike.

Fast forward over the next 11 games and things have looked quite different for Didi.  He’s 9-35 over that span with 2 XBH, 5 BB, and 5 K.  While he hasn’t been smacking the crap out of the ball by any means, he’s looked much more comfortable and patient at the plate.  …

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Why This Yankees Start Feels Different

The New York Yankees have outperformed even our most optimistic expectations so far this season with a 16-9 record and a solid three-game lead in the AL East after winning 12 of their past 15 games.

However, some people may point out that at this point last year the Yankees were 16-14 and in 2013 they were 18-11. Those records are not quite as good, but still are very nice starts, especially in 2013.

How long this play is sustainable is anybody’s guess since nobody expected the Yankees to be playing .640 baseball. However, there is a big difference to how this start feels and looks compared to 2013. It may not be sustainable, but so far what the Yankees have done has been very legitimate. This team just has a different feel to it.

The Yankees’ Pythagorean record is 16-9 this season, so the same as their actual record. They have outscored their opponents by 31 runs this season, which is third in the AL behind the Royals and Astros.…

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About Last Night: Joe Kelly

If you watched last night’s game, you would know that the ESPN booth (mostly Curt Schilling and John Kruk) were waxing poetically about Boston starter Joe Kelly‘s fastball. Kelly came into last night’s game with a 1-0 record and a 4.94 ERA which isn’t exactly ace-like material – I know, it’s early – but to hear the booth talk about him and his fastball, you would have believed he was the second coming of Nolan Ryan. And who knows? Maybe he could be sometime down the road, but that wasn’t the case last night as the Yankees scored five runs on nine hits off Kelly and chased him out of the game in the fifth inning.

I thought it could be fun to see how the Yankees’ hitters treated Kelly’s fastball last night and here’s a hint, they were a bit rude. Kelly gave up five hits on his fastball  – three on the four seam and two on the two seam.…

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The Farm Report: May 4

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders had a tougher week this past week, going 3-4. They avoided the three-game sweep by Gwinett, before splitting a four game series with Charlotte. They now own a 12-13 record and remain 3.5 games behind Buffalo.

The big news out of Scranton has been Jose Pirela, who continues to rehab in Scranton. In his four games with the RailRiders this week, Pirela went 11-19 (.579) with four doubles, a homer, four RBIs and a walk. He is hitting .364/.400/.606 over eight minor league starts spread between Tampa, Trenton and Scranton. Ben Gamel continues to swing a hot bat (.368/.427/.574), but Slade Heathcott had a slow week hitting just .250.

Rob Refsnyder is riding an eight game hit streak, going 32-79 (.405) with seven RBIs and a stolen base. He even stole a hit from Eury Perez, which you can watch here. Jose Ramirez picked up his last two save opportunities this week, throwing three hitless innings, walking one and striking out one.…

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Game 25 Recap: Yankees 8 Red Sox 5

Teix HR vs BOS

Chicks dig the mustaches. And the long ball. (Courtesy of the AP)

It’s been quite the last 2 weeks and change for the New York Yankees.  They’ve ascended to the top of the AL East, they had won 12 of their last 15 games heading into last night’s series finale in Boston, and they had a chance to finish off their first sweep in Boston since the famous 5-game beatdown in 2006.  They got out to a hot start last night and looked like they were going to cruise to a lopsided victory.  Boston did enough to make them sweat it out, however, and sweat it out they did en route to a much-harder-than-it-needed-to-be win.

As they seem to do regularly these days, the Yankees got the scoring started early.  Jacoby Ellsbury singled to start things off in the top of the 1st, and just as the SNB crew was finishing up describing Joe Kelly‘s fastball as if it were Bob Gibson‘s, Mark Teixeira launched a 2-out, 2-run home run the other way (!!) to put the Yanks up 2-0.  …

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Game 25: Warren vs. Kelly

Welcome to this evening’s game thread, as the Yankees look for the sweep. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH David Ortiz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Hanley Ramirez, LF
Brian McCann, C Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Mike Napoli, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Daniel Nava, RF
Stephen Drew, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Blake Swihart, C
Adam Warren, SP Joe Kelly, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

The wait between a Saturday afternoon game and a Sunday night game feels long and arduous. So to remedy that, we’re putting up an open thread for you.

To get the discussion going, I’m going to link some articles but as always, feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind.

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