Off night open thread: 9/17/15

Welcome to this evening’s open thread.

The Yankees are off before heading to Citi Field for a big series against the Mets. Yes, it’s a big series. Both teams are trying to lock down playoff spots. The Mets are currently in first place in the NL East and the Yankees are still three games in back of Toronto who is their next opponent after the Mets. Of course. September can’t be easy, can it?

Feel free to discuss the upcoming Mets series, the last series against Tampa, other teams, other sports, non-sports related news but nothing too serious or have nice, respectful conversations with each other in the comments!

Have a good night!

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Daily News layoffs could affect how sports fans get their information

Before yesterday’s Yankees game, much of the news was focused on the layoffs at the New York Daily News. A number of people got let go from the New York City newspaper, including several people from the sports department.

This isn’t a post about celebrating someone getting laid off or talking about the future of these employees. Personally, I wish those people affected the best and hope to land on their feet quickly. Instead, this is a post about the future of sports coverage from news outlets.

The New York Daily News was one of my go-to news sources for several years when it came to reading about the Yankees. I would check the game recap, read quotes, consider columnists’ concerns and opinions. It would provide fodder for my conversations whether we were praising and downplaying the article in question.

Now with the likes of Mike Lupica, Teri Thompson and others from Daily News gone, I wonder how that is going to affect coverage of the Yankees.…

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About Last Night: Dellin Betances’ 7th inning in pictures

Dellin Betances came into the seventh inning of last night’s game with the Yankees hanging on to a 2-1 lead against the Rays and within moments, made us all think that maybe he should have gotten another day off.

All Betances had to do was get one out and three walks later, we were wondering if the Yankees were going to end up losing the game in annoying fashion.

As you can see, he was having a little trouble finding the plate (from the catcher’s perspective).


Dellin  Betances

Here’s the pitch frequency map (from the pitcher’s perspective):

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Those three walks were issued to Grady Sizemore, Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe which not only loaded the bases but loaded them with James Loney coming to the plate. And what did Betances do next? He struck out Loney on three pitches because that’s what we all expected, obviously.

Betances went low-high-low with his velocity in the Loney at bat and when that happens, there isn’t much a batter can do.…

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Game 145 Recap: Yankees 3 Rays 1

Bird HR vs TB

Is it me or is every home run he hits important? Courtesy of the AP

Chris Archer ain’t nothing.  Yankees have faced him twice in the last 10 days and beaten him both times.  If only they could have won a few more games against other pitchers in that timespan.  Archer got outdueled by Luis Severino last night as the Yankees rode their blue chipper’s right arm, Greg Bird’s bat, and the bullpen A-Team to a much needed series victory.

Severino struggled to his spots and keep his fastball out of the middle part of the strike zone his last time out against the Blue Jays.  He didn’t have those same struggles last night and the aggressive Tampa lineup just plain couldn’t keep up with his stuff.  He was working 96-97 with his fastball and low 90s with his slider, and he seemed to make his best pitches when he was on the verge of getting into trouble.  He stranded 2 after a leadoff double and a walk in the bottom of the 2nd, struck out 2 to strand a runner in the 4th, and worked out of a 1-out, runners on second and third jam in the 5th by inducing a weak groundout and a pop out to the catcher.…

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Game 145: Severino vs. Archer

Welcome to tonight’s game thread


Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
McCann C
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Ackley 2B

Jaso DH
Mahtook LF
Longoria 3B
Forsythe 2B
Loney 1B
Souza Jr. RF
Franklin SS
Kiermaier CF
Rivera C

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Nova is out of the rotation and Citi Field match ups are announced

Ivan Nova has been removed from the Yankees’ starting rotation.

He gave up six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his start on Saturday against the Blue Jays. That raised his season ERA to 5.11.

And the Yankees also announced this weekend’s rotation against the Mets at Citi Field and the match ups are as follows: Tanaka vs. Matz on Friday, Pineda vs. Syndergaard on Saturday and Sabathia vs. Harvey on Sunday. Nova will be available out of the bullpen.

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Quick Hit: Now It’s Tanaka Time

The Yankees face the Rays in a very important rubber match tonight.  The Yankees will be sending 21-year-old Luis Severino to the mound to start the game, fresh off his first real bad MLB outing against the Blue Jays over the weekend and with a potential quasi-calf issue.  The Rays will be sending their ace and noted Yankee dominator Chris Archer to the mound.  Advantage Rays.

While the Yanks won’t have that ace advantage tonight, they will have it when Masahiro Tanaka toes the rubber next, most likely on Friday against the Mets.  This would line him up to make a start against the Blue Jays in next week’s crucial final series, and it would require him to make both starts on regular rest.  That’s something the Yankees have gone out of their way to avoid as much as possible this season, but as Mike Axisa clearly and correctly explained this morning at RAB, the time for that arm protection is over.  …

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The Yankee Offense Drives Me Insane

I know. You are tired of me writing about the Yankees’ offense. I have railed all year about it and I don’t blame you for being sick of it. It’s just that misery loves company. If I have to watch this team hit every night and drive myself to distraction, then I might as well take someone with me. Frankly, I hate this offense.

As thrilling a win as Monday night was with Slade Heathcott‘s three-run dinger to win it, the Yankees had just four hits. Last night they had five. Just a random couple of games? Hardly. The Yankees have had five or less hits in a game 29 times. That is tied for sixth most in the Majors. That is also 20% of their games or a fifth of them. Is that a lot? Well…the 2009 Yankees did that only fourteen times all season. Which is also how many times the Blue Jays have done it this season.…

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Game 144 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 3

Franklin HR vs NYY

Giving up homers to guys hitting under .140, guh. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees went from almost getting no-hit by Erasmo Ramirez on Monday night to just not getting enough hits last night.  That’s progress, depending on how you want to look at the situation, but when that low hits count only lead to 3 runs and you’re working with the C-level pitching squad, you probably aren’t going to win the game.  The Yankees didn’t.

The sad thing was that 2 of the 3 hits the Yanks got off Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi were home runs and both of them gave the team a lead.  Alex Rodriguez embarrassed Odorizzi by crushing a 1-0 fastball the other way for a solo homer in the top of the 1st to make it 1-0 Yanks, and Greg Bird bested Odorizzi in a tough battle to drive in A-Rod with a 2-run bomb to dead center in the 4th to make it 3-2 Yanks.  …

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