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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Game 110 Recap: NYY 8 BOS 7

Gardner HR vs BOS

Brett Gardner, 24/7 power threat. Courtesy of Getty Images

It was a hideous start to tonight’s game for the Bombers, the kind of start that immediately made you throw up your hands and say “here we go again.”  Only we didn’t go there again.  The offense fought back a couple times and took the lead late, and the bullpen stepped up to cover for a very short and very ineffective starting performance on the way to a satisfying win.

If you’ve watched enough David Phelps starts, you know it doesn’t take long to know when he doesn’t have it.  I knew tonight was one of those games about 8 pitches in.  He couldn’t hit the outside corner against righties, he left too many pitches over the plate to lefties, and got touched up for 3 runs in a 32-pitch 1st inning.  It was more of the same in the 2nd when Dustin Pedroia took him yard for a 2-run homer and that was all Joe needed to see.  

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Report: Phelps Left Early With “Elbow Inflammation”

I thought it was just because he was pitching like crap, and if that were the reason it would have been justified, but turns out David Phelps’ early exit tonight was due to him feeling pain in his right elbow.

He wasn’t very good tonight, but he had been pitching well of late and had settled in nicely as one of Joe’s more reliable rotation options.  The Yankee rotation has been ravaged by injuries this year and they can ill afford to lose anybody else.  More on this story as it comes out.

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Game 110: Phelps-Buchholz

Michael Pineda looked good in his first MiL rehab start today, Masahiro Tanaka looks like he’s ready to start throwing again tomorrow, and the Yankees are facing noted blowup expert Clay Buchholz in tonight’s series finale against the Red Sox.  Everything’s coming up positive for them in the pitching world.  They send David Phelps to the mound tonight to oppose Buchholz and roll out the best 1-9 lineup we’ve seen in months to hopefully punish him to an early exit.

1) Brett Gardner- LF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
4) Mark Teixeira- 1B
5) Carlos Beltran- DH
6) Brian McCann- C
7) Chase Headley-3B
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Martin Prado- RF

First pitch is coming up soon.  Here’s your game thread.  Let’s go Yankees!

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Sunday Evening News And Notes: 8/3/14

A few odds and ends before tonight’s super huge, ginormous, monumental rubber match against the Sawx.

- Via Sweeny Murti, Luis Severino was scratched from his scheduled start today with what’s being called “very slight” right oblique soreness.  Better safe than sorry, and as long as it’s not an arm issue it sounds like there isn’t much to worry about here.

- Michael Pineda made his first official MiL rehab start earlier today for SWB.  He threw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, struck out 4, and threw 58 pitches.  Assuming he wakes up tomorrow and feels fine, I figure he’ll make at least 1 more rehab start and maybe another before rejoining the rotation.

- The Dellin Betances-Mike Napoli matchup in the 8th inning last night was a clash of the titans.  Betances finally struck him out after a 10-pitch battle and the Fenway Park radar gun had his final fastball at 101 MPH.  He averaged 99.2 MPH on his fastball for the night, so he must have been feeling good.…

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Prospect Stock Watch: July 2014

Aaron Judge Tampa

Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com

The dog days of summer are here in the Minors.  All-Star Games have been played, plenty of promotions have happened for the top performing prospects and demotions have taken place for some of those who are underperforming.  The short season leagues are in full swing and the focus on setting up for next year has started for a lot of guys.  Prospect evaluation is an ever-changing process.  Here are the guys who did the most to move the needle in one direction or the other and change how their evaluation looks in the month of July.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Stock Up- Jose Pirela

He was passed over by others when opportunities arose on the Major League bench, but Pirela has hit incredibly well since the end of April and even moving around to new positions didn’t stop that that last month.  He .310/.350/.422 in July with 8 XBH, 18 R scored, and did it while spending time at first base, second base, both outfield corners, and even a few games at shortstop.  …

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Game 109 Recap: Yanks 6 Sox 4

Teix HR vs BOS

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Last night was an ugly start to what should have been an advantageous series for the Yankees.  Against a Red Sox lineup that has struggled to produce all year and a rookie starter making his MLB debut, they went down relatively quietly in a 4-3 loss.  They had a rookie of their own in Shane Greene on the hill this afternoon in game 2 of the series, and while he was far from great he got enough run support early and bullpen support late for a much needed win.

Greene worked a 1-2-3 1st thanks to a favorable strike zone, but quickly got into trouble in the 2nd when Yoenis Cespedes singled in his first at-bat as a Red Sock and Yankee killer extraordinaire Mike Napoli clubbed a 2-run home run over the Green Monster to make it 2-0.  Greene would surrender a third run in that inning and then settled down somewhat.  He didn’t give up any more runs and did strike out the side in the 4th, but the Sox hitters worked him hard and he was yanked after only 4.2 innings and 96 pitches.…

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Game 109: The Start of Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes makes his Red Sox debut this afternoon, and he’s a career .313 hitter with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs in 17 games against the Yankees. Sticking with the trend of new faces, Martin Prado will make his first start with New York. Joe Girardi said pregame “we acquired him to play a lot.”

Cervelli catches, because he’s been behind the dish for over 24 innings with Shane Greene, while McCann has caught him for all of 5 batters.

Pitching matchup is Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28 ERA) against Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38 ERA). If that’s not Clemens-Pedro, I’m not sure what is.

Lineups…

Yankees

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Martin Prado RF
Francisco Cervelli C

Red Sox

Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C

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