UPDATE: Pineda to the 15-day DL

Once again, Bryan Mitchell will be used as a long-relief man if needed.

Pineda will probably be out 4-6 weeks.

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Quick hit: Pineda scratched with tightness in his forearm

Well, this isn’t good…

Couple this injury news with the news of the Blue Jays landing David Price in a trade and you’ve got a lot of worried Yankee fans right now.

UPDATE: Per Mark Feinsand on TwitterCC was originally named to be starter for tonight in Pineda’s place but now it looks to be Bryan Mitchell. There has been a change to this update – CC is starting on regular rest, Mitchell will be long relief if needed.

ANOTHER UPDATE (2:27 P.M.)

That’s better than something completely catastrophic…

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How About That Triple-A Bullpen Carousel?

In a game that had precious few Yankee highlights, one of them last night was Caleb Cotham‘s MLB debut.  As described in the recap, he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out 4 batters without issuing a walk.  In doing so, he became the 12th different rookie pitcher the Yankees have used out of their bullpen this season and the 8th to make his Major League debut.

That might seem like a sign of major performance/injury problems, but it really hasn’t been the case.  While there have been a few instances of that happening (see “Carpenter, David” and “Miller, Andrew”), the Yankees’ strategy lately in shuttling guys up and down to fill out the back end of the bullpen has been mostly a proactive one.  They know they need to have fresh arms available to cover for their rotation, they know they need to be able to give their bullpen regulars enough rest, and they know they have a stockpile of useful arms in Triple-A to help serve those purposes.…

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Flashback: July 30 and 31, 2005

10 years ago this week (July 29 – July 31, 2005) the Yankees were playing a three-game series against the Angels. It was a weekend series and the Yankees dropped the first game 4-1. At that time, the Angels were a thorn in the Yankees’ side. It seemed like the Yankees could never beat them, and after the result of the first game of the series, it looked like it would be more of the same.

Saturday afternoon’s game featured a matchup between Paul Byrd and Shawn Chacon. Now, I don’t remember the broadcast word for word, but I’m pretty sure Michael Kay probably mentioned that Byrd resembles Kelsey Grammer at least 15 times. He always did in those days.

The Yankees struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run single by Derek Jeter. But the Angels being the Angels of the mid-aughts came back and not only did they tie the Yankees, but they went ahead 7-3 in the top of the eighth inning.…

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Game 100 Recap: Rangers 5 Yankees 2

Tanaka-McCann vs TEX

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The Yankees were bound to lose a game in this series at some point.  Figured it would be last night as the follow-up to the mauling they put on the Rangers on Tuesday.  Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t especially sharp in his start, and the offense never got going against Colby Lewis despite some early runs.  Oh well.  Series victory still intact heading into tonight’s series finale.

It looked like it was shaping up to be a productive night against Lewis in the top of the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run to start the inning, and a pair of singles by the middle infield combo put runners on the corners with 2 outs.  Jacoby Ellsbury came up and lined a ribbie single up the middle to make it 2-0, and the Yankees were off and running.

Or not.  Lewis retired the side in order in the 3rd, got a strike ‘em out/throw ‘em out double play to end the 4th, and Brett Gardner hit into another double play to end the 5th.  …

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Game 100: Tanaka vs. Lewis

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Rougned Odor, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, DH
Brian McCann, C Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Mitch Moreland, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Josh Hamilton, LF
Garrett Jones, 1B Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Stephen Drew, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Colby Lewis, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/29/15

It’s been mostly quiet on the Yankee trade deadline front for the last few days.  They’re connected to almost everybody in some capacity, but don’t seem to be seriously involved with anybody.  Hopefully there’s another behind-the-scenes deal being worked on.  It would be puzzling and disappointing to see the deadline pass without them making at least 1 move.  Here’s the latest:

As first reported by Jack Curry, the Yanks designated Chris Capuano earlier today.  That decision was almost surely driven by his abysmal performance last night and the fact that the Yanks have a ton of Triple-A depth arms.  The newest one getting called up tonight is righty Caleb Cotham, and Diego Moreno will get to keep his roster spot after his splendid relief outing.

– The big story from yesterday was the Royals trading for Ben Zobrist.  Zobrist was a known target and would have been a perfect fit for the Yankees’ needs, but it doesn’t sound like they were ever seriously in contention for him.…

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Against David Ortiz, Hall of Famer

Ortiz 2015

Courtesy of the AP

Before Pedro Martinez‘s ceremony at Fenway Park last night, the Red Sox introduced David Ortiz as, “David Ortiz, future Hall of Famer.” By any reasonable standard, David Ortiz is not a Hall of Famer.

Here’s Ortiz’s case:

  • 48.3 career bWAR. Hit .283/.377/.543
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 6.4, 5.7, 5.3, 4.4, 4.2
  • 3 World Series rings, .295/.409/.553 in the postseason, lots of big clutch hits
  • 273 career games at 1b. 1,837 at DH.

Very good player. By today’s standard, not even close to a Hall of Fame player. Let’s compare Ortiz to some contemporaries:

Edgar Martinez

  • 68.3 career bWAR. Hit .312/.418/.515
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 7.0, 6.5, 6.5, 6.2, 6.1
  • 0 World Series rings. Hit .266/.365/.508 in limited postseason time, mostly late in his career
  • 564 career games at 3b. 1403 at DH. Handful at 1b
  • Comparison to Ortiz: More bWAR in fewer games. Twice as much time in the field. No postseason accomplishments.
  • HOF Case: Probably should be in, but probably won’t break 50% in the voting

Jim Thome

  • 72.9 career bWAR.
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The Slippery Slope of MLB’s Deal with DraftKings

There are so many fun things going on this season that I should glory in a seven game division lead and sing the Yankees’ praises. And maybe I will do that next week. However, there has been something sticking in my craw for weeks now and I need to talk about it. The “It” is Major League Baseball’s marriage to DraftKings. The deal is, of course, worth millions to the league and its owners and you could even say that it draws more interest to the game from casual fans. But that doesn’t make this a good thing for the game.

First, some background, both personal and about how we got here. Let’s start with the latter. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in response to a growing plague of online gambling sites. As a part of that law, it is spelled out that fantasy sports are not gambling because it is a game of skill and not of chance.…

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