What Is Up With David Phelps?

Phelps vs TOR 2014

When Joe made his selections for the Opening Day roster, I expected nothing but good things for David Phelps.  Even though he didn’t beat out Michael Pineda for the final rotation spot, he entered the season as one of the more experienced pitchers in the bullpen.  With all the changes in that group and the middle relief hierarchy in front of D-Rob unsettled, I thought this was going to be the year that Phelps established himself as a key part of the bullpen going forward.

We’re only 6 games in, so that may very well be the case when all is said and done, but the start to Phelps’ season has been bad, bad enough to wonder if there’s something wrong with him.  In 2 appearances, Phelps has allowed 4 ER on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Of the 4 hits, 3 of them have been home runs, leaving Phelps with a brutal 10.80 ERA and 13.60 FIP.  As he’s gotten knocked around, fellow young righty reliever Adam Warren has shined in his 2 appearances and Dellin Betances was outstanding in his first.  …

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Yankees finally hit a homer, beat Blue Jays, 6-4

The New York Yankees scored six runs before the fourth inning was over, all off Blue Jays’ starter, Drew Hutchison. The last two runs were the result of a Brett Gardner line drive homer, the Yankees’ first of the season. Hutchison took the loss and is now 1-1. David Robertson put two base runners on in the ninth for a little tension, but got Colby Rasmus to pop out to third and Melky Cabrera on a line drive to right for his second save. CC Sabathia picked up the win to even his record to 1-1.

CC Sabathia’s outing was mostly encouraging. He gave up a home run to Melky Cabrera, the first batter he faced, but then shut down the Blue Jays for the next five innings. At one point, he had thrown first-pitch strikes to nineteen straight batters. He then got the first two outs in the sixth inning and ran into trouble.

Jose Bautista hit a pop up off the end of his bat that had all kinds of English on it.…

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Game 6: Some Runs Would be Nice

Through five games, the Yankees offense ranks:

  • 24th in runs scored, with 14
  • 28th in slugging percentage, at .320
  • 29th in ISO, at .065
  • 30th in home runs, with zero

Small sample size caveats abound, to be sure, and yet the fact remains that the offense has been woeful … at best. Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Alfonso Soriano have...

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Pineda is great-a but the offense duds, Blue Jays win

Michael Pineda made it worth the wait with a six-inning stellar performance that showed he can really help the Yankees’ rotation this year. Unfortunately, despite four really decent chances, the Yankees could not get the big hit they needed and laid an egg. In the eighth inning, David Phelps yielded a homer, a double and then another homer to put the game out of reach. R.A. Dickey got the win to even his record at 1-1 and Sergio Santos got a four out save.for his second of the year. Pineda got the hard luck loss and is 0-1.

Before we get to the bad stuff, let’s talk about Pineda.  He has been away from the Majors as long as Grady Sizemore. Think about that for a second. After working hard all winter and spring, he earned the opportunity to head north with the Yankees as the fifth starter. And what a fifth starter he can be!

Michael Pineda pitched six innings against a tough lineup and gave up six hits and no walks He struck out five.…

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Following Teixeira’s Injury, Drew Makes More Sense Than Ever

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After last night’s game, Mark Teixeira said he was unsure about what his hamstring injury timetable looked like, but that he’d like to avoid a DL stint. That will not happen, as Joe Girardi replaced him on today’s roster with Austin Romine. Francisco Cervelli showed some nice offensive stats in Spring, and he figures to take a handful of reps as the backup first baseman, but the Yankees are obviously less enthused about playing Cervelli or Yangervis Solarte over Teixeira.

I’ve seen some suggestions thrown around that the Yankees should target a first baseman, particularly Ike Davis. But Teixeira’s hamstring injury may be over as quick as his 15 day absence, and when he returns, Davis has no other position to play. Yankee Stadium would undoubtedly help Davis’ bat come around, allowing his left-handed power to better thrive in such a hitter’s ballpark, but his contact numbers also look doomed.

Stephen Drew figures to be a much better fit in terms of both bat and position.…

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Game Five: Yankees at Blue Jays 4/5/14

Michael Pineda will be making his Yankees debut today after battling through shoulder issues for the past two seasons. He impressed many in spring training and now looks to be back to his 2011 form again.

The Yankees offense will have the pleasure of facing off against R.A. Dickey.

Here are your lineups:

YANKEES

Ellsbury CF

Jeter SS

Beltran RF

McCann DH

Soriano LF

Johnson 1B

Cervelli C

Solarte 3B

Anna 2B

BLUE JAYS

Cabrera LF

Rasmus CF

Bautista RF

Encarnacion 1B

Lind DH

Lawrie 3B

Thole C

Goins 2B

Diaz SS

Enjoy the game.

 

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Quit yer stallin’ for relief pitchers

Originally published at The Flagrant Fan

Although I am on the high side of my fifties, I am in large part still a kid inside. Baseball works very well for that. And when I yell at players on my television screen, I often yell in the voices of Bugs Bunny characters. If you don’t believe me, ask my wife. Such an occasion occurred last night in the Blue Jays – Yankees game when Toronto manager, John Gibbons, clearly stalled the game trying to give a relief pitcher in the bullpen a few more reps before he came in to pitch. Out of my mouth, Yosemite Sam’s, “Quit yer stallin’!”

This is how it happened. Starter, Dustin McGowan was having a rough night. Gibbons had been forced to start up the bullpen in the first when the Yankees started cuffing McGowan around and had the bases loaded with two runs already in. But McGowan got out of the jam without further damage and then pitched a successful second inning.…

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