Pineda Update: Throws Three Innings In First Rehab Start

While the rotation continues to get by just fine without him, Michael Pineda took another step towards rejoining that rotation last ngith by making a rehab start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.  He worked 3 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while walking none and striking out none.  He threw 42 pitches, 30 of which were strikes.

Pineda was scheduled for either 3 innings or 45 pitches, whichever came first, so he reached his desired work level last night.  According to the reports I saw on Twitter, he was mostly low 90s with his fastball and he touched the mid-90s on a few pitches.  Talking to Nicolas Stellini after the game, Pineda expressed confidence in the fastball but added “I need to work on my slider and my changeup.”  That’s not uncommon for a pitcher who’s had his normal throwing routine interrupted and nothing that can’t be worked out with another rehab start or 2.

As for that next rehab start, I imagine it will come sometimes later this week.  …

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Game 116 Quick Recap: TOR 3 NYY 1

The smart thing to say about this series is that the Yankees still came away from it with 2 wins in 3 games and the division lead back, but after taking the first 2 and getting a really good start from Luis Severino, you wanted to be greedy and get the sweep.  Severino definitely pitched well enough to get a win this afternoon, but an unfortunate outfield incident, a few bad pitches, and the offense falling victim to Drew Hutchison‘s bizarre homefield advantage combined to give Toronto something to show for themselves.

Severino was filthy today.  Absolutely filthy.  And he did it all almost exclusively on his 4-seam fastball.  He threw it to both sides of the plate and up and down in the zone, moving batters’ feet and getting them to swing through a lot of pitches they couldn’t keep up with.  He mostly overpowered a lineup of dangerous power hitters and struck out 9 in his 6 innings of work.…

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Game 116: Severino vs Hutchison

Welcome to the game thread!

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

BLUE JAYS
Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Smoak 1B
Martin C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

Enjoy the game!

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Game 115 Quick Recap: NYY 4 TOR 1

You know what the best part about stealing a game on the road to re-take the division lead is?  It’s coming back the next day and getting another win behind a lights out performance from your staff ace.  That’s exactly what the Yankees did this afternoon to gain another game on the Jays and set themselves up for a payback sweep tomorrow.

Masahiro Tanaka was great today.  He had all of his pitches working, he worked efficiently through the first half of the game, and he seemed to get better as the day went on.  Toronto got to him for a run in the 5th after he walked Ryan Goins on 4 pitches to start the inning and loaded the bases before recording an out, but that was the best and really only chance they would get.  They would manage just a single baserunner over the final 4 innings and Tanaka picked up 5 of his 8 strikeouts in that timespan.  …

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Game 115: TANAK vs. Estrada

Welcome to the game thread.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira DH
Headley 3B
Bird 1B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C
Drew 2B

BLUE JAYS
Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Colabello 1B
Navarro C
Pillar CF
Goins 2B
Revere LF

Enjoy the game!

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About Last Night: That Last At-Bat

Miller vs Tulo

That’s the sequenced pitch plot from the Andrew MillerTroy Tulowitzki showdown that ended last night’s game.  I’m still buzzing from the stress and excitement of that at-bat, and writing the recap made me want to go back and look at it again. It was such a great battle, both in terms of execution and strategy.  Regardless of what side you’re rooting for in this division race, you have to tip your cap to both guys in this case.

When you look at the pitch location and pitch result breakdown, this clearly was a case of the batter knowing what was coming, the pitcher knowing that the batter knew what was coming, and the pitcher finally throwing a pitch good enough to get the swing and miss he needed.  Miller starter Tulo off with a called strike slider down and in and he kept pounding away at that area trying to get Tulo to swing over one.  The 3 balls way outside were the only fastballs Miller threw in the at-bat, and none of them were even close.  …

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Game 114 Recap: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 3

Beltran HR vs TOR

Peace the eff out. Courtesy of MLB.com

I don’t even know how to write an effective introduction to this recap.  This game went from incredibly frustrating to incredibly awesome to incredibly stressful in a span of about 20 minutes at the end, and when it was all over the Yankees had stolen the first game on the road to regain the AL East lead.

In one sense, the Yankees had a pretty good night against David Price.  They racked up 11 hits again him in his 7+ innings of work and gave themselves plenty of run-scoring opportunities.  In the only sense that matters, they did nothing.  They couldn’t put any of those hits together in a sequence that brought a run across the plate, and Price exited with a 3-run lead in the 8th.

That 3-run lead came courtesy of a 3-run 3rd inning against New York starter Ivan Nova.  He hit leadoff batter Kevin Pillar and then gave up a single to Ben Revere on an 0-2 pitch to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  …

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Game 114: Nova vs. Price

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are the lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Smoak 1B
Martin C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Young RF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 2B

Enjoy the game.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/14/15

Free beer day at work is a rare day, but a great day.  Today that meant 3 12-pack bomber cases of assorted New Belgium stuff.  Now this is beer that’s been sitting in our shop for a while, so the heat probably hasn’t done it any favors.  But anytime you can get almost 800 oz of beer for free, you’ve got to take that chance, right?  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog compared the recent division lead loss to previous ones in team history and commented on the front office’s role in the loss.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down Luis Severino’s second start and compared to his first to see where he made improvements.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily unveiled his hypothetical version of the 2018 “All-Homegrown” team.

– On Thursday, SG of RLYW updated his CAIRO projections for Greg Bird to get an idea of what he could contribute to the lineup.…

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