Yankeemetrics: July 11-13 (Orioles)

Shane Greene shut down the Orioles on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Shane Greene shut down the Orioles on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Wild, Wild Hiroki
The Yankees have made a habit of giving fans free baseball the last few weeks, and that was...
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Monday Morning Musings After A Week Off

I got to watch the Germany-Brazil World Cup semifinal match on Tuesday in Germany at an outdoor hotel bar surrounded by German people.  Say what you want about the sport itself, but soccer fans are easily the most passionate, energetic sports fans in the world.  The amount of celebrating that was going on in the streets of Hannover after the game was similar to what we see in the US when major colleges win their football or basketball national championships.  And this game wasn’t even for a championship.  Soccer people just LOVE them some soccer.  I can’t think of a time in the last 5 years when a Yankee Stadium environment was even close to half as crazy as that scene.

Not that the Yankees have given the fans much reason to cheer this season.  Or last.  They’ve been just as bad and almost as boring as last year’s team, and they figure to get more boring in the second half now that Masahiro Tanaka is on the DL.  …

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 26: A Much Needed Break from Yankees Baseball

Stacey and Domenic inevitably discuss the Masahiro Tanaka injury, then shift gears into happier topics, including Shane Greene, Pat Venditte (Domenic’s new Juan Francisco), and the All-Star game festivities.

Keep the questions coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza or @StaceGots.

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Game 94: Whitley v. Gausman

In a scant few hours, the first half of the season will be over, and we will have a respite of four full days. Praise be to [insert deity/deities/nature/science/alien/spirits here].

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Brett Gardner, CF Nick Markakis, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Steve Pearce, LF
Jacoby Ellsbury, DH Adam Jones, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Nelson Cruz, DH
Brian McCann, C Chris Davis, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B J.J. Hardy, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Manny Machado, 3B
Kelly Johnson, LF Caleb Joseph, C
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Chase Whitley, SP Kevin Gausman, SP
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Some Quick Notes: Tonight’s Lineup and Roster Moves

Brett Gardner 8
Derek Jeter 6
Jacoby Ellsbury 0
Mark Teixeira 3
Brian McCann 2
Brian Roberts 4
Ichiro Suzuki 9
Kelly Johnson 7
Yangervis Solarte 5

Chase Whitley RHP

Roster move: RHP Bryan Mitchell was called up and Zoilo Almonte was sent down.

Oh, and you’re not seeing things, there is a 7 next to Johnson’s name. This is second start in LF for the Yankees. He made 50 such starts last year for Tampa. (Per Erik Boland of Newsday)

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Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

Waiting for a Sunday Night game is torture.

Here are some things you can do while waiting:

Enjoy your day!

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Saturday Night Victory Thread

The Yankees won!

Shane Greene pitched really well to earn the victory against the first place Orioles – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER/R, 2 BB and 9 K- Brian McCann seems to have remembered how to pitch and David Robertson shut the door in the ninth to earn his 23rd save in 25 tries.

So use this open thread to talk about how great Greene was, or how Robby Thomson has turned into Dale Sveum at third base – so many guys are getting thrown out at the plate this season. The Yankees actually lead the league in that stat.

Or talk about how well Robertson is doing in the closer role.

Or maybe you’d like to reminisce about Disco Demolition Night which occurred 35 years ago this evening in Chicago. I was alive at the time but don’t remember much about it.

And remember to be respectful to your fellow IIATMS readers. Enjoy!

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Game 93: Greene vs. Tillman

Here is your game thread.

I don’t have anything clever to say. Just try to win, guys.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 3B
Francisco Cervelli C

RHP Shane Greene

Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

RHP Chris Tillman

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Game 92: Let’s End the First Half on a High Note

Adam Jones is in the midst of what may be his best season, despite posting a career-worst 2.8% walk rate – and, no, that isn’t a typo. The 34-year-old Nelson Cruz (the one that went unsigned until late February) is likewise in the midst of a career year, needing only five home runs to match his previous career-high (and he has three in nine July games). And Manny Machado has been tearing the cover off of the ball since his bat-throwing incident in early June.

In short, the Orioles seem to be the Bizarro Yankees – at least insofar as recent luck is concerned. If a bit of that luck can rub off on the Yankees, allowing them to sweep this series, they would sit a game back of first with a much-needed four game breather coming up.

Wouldn’t that be lovely?

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Brett Gardner, LF Nick Markakis, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Steve Pearce, DH
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Adam Jones, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Nelson Cruz, LF
Brian McCann, C Chris Davis, 1B
Brian Roberts, 2B J.J.

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