Evaluating The Offensive Production Of The Deadline Acquisitions

Prado-Drew vs HOU

The new Bash Brothers? Not exactly. Courtesy of Getty Images

It’s been a little over a month since the Yankees acquired Chase Headley from the Padres, and just short of a month since they added Stephen Drew and Martin Prado.  All 3 players were brought in to be marginal upgrades over the players who were playing second base, third base, and right field at the time, and as Katie pointed out last week, they’ve more than accomplished that on the defensive front.

Offensively it’s been a different story.  While there have been flashes of brilliance, a timely hit here and there, and a big current hot streak for Prado, collectively this trio has underwhelmed with the bats.  With each guy being brought in to help this year and audition for a more permanent role with the team next season, I think this rough 1-month cutoff point is a good time to take a look at how they’ve performed offensively and how those performances could factor into the team’s offseason plans.…

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Can Yankees Pull Off A 1995 Esque Run?

Every time you say you’re done with the 2014 New York Yankees they manage to pull you back in with a little glimmer of hope. Everybody was writing their obituaries of this year’s Yankees after two embarrassing losses to the Houston Astros on Tuesday and Wednesday, but they have come back to win four straight games and sit only three games in the loss column behind the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot.

Obviously, they have a lot to prove and four wins over the Astros and White Sox is not the greatest accomplishment. However, they did have some magic with two walk-off wins and a meeting among the position players and hitting coach Kevin Long might have sparked something:

We all came together as a team, Kevin Long had some things to say, and we’ve responded really well,” said catcher Brian McCann.

They can prove this week whether or not they will stay in the race for the remainder of the season when they play three other wild card contenders on the road in Kansas City, Detroit and Toronto.…

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Monday Morning Food For Thought: Yanks 4-0 Since “The Meeting”

McCann HR vs CHW

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Things were pretty bleak in Yankeeland last Thursday morning.  They had lost 2 straight to the Astros thanks to more offensive no-showing and a leaky bullpen, and had fallen back to 63-61 and 5 games behind the second Wild Card spot.  It looked like the final nails were primed to be driven in on this season.  Then something happened.  A group of position players called a meeting that morning to talk about what they needed to do differently to turn their poor performance around.  Not that I really spent a ton of time looking, but I haven’t seen much reported on the specifics of this meeting.  Nobody really knows who was there and what was said.  Brett Gardner said the players in attendance “cleared the air” and Brian McCann made reference to it when he talked to the media after his big hit yesterday.  That’s it.

Interestingly enough, the Yankees are undefeated since that meeting.  They went out and won on Thursday afternoon behind a stellar pitching performance from Brandon McCarthy and finished up a sweep of the White Sox yesterday afternoon in dramatic walk-off fashion.  …

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Yankeemetrics: August 22-24 (White Sox)

Brian McCann gets a Gatorade shower after his walk-off homer on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

Brian McCann gets a Gatorade shower after his walk-off homer on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

The Prado of the Yankees
Martin Prado earned his pinstripes on Friday night with a two-out, bases-loaded game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 4-3 win in the series opener against the White Sox.

It was the Yankees first walk-off win against the White Sox that didn’t go to extra innings since September 22, 1999.

Prado is first Yankee with a bases loaded walk-off hit against the White Sox since Ken Griffey in 1984.

Prado’s clutch hit came on a 3-2 pitch, giving the Yankees their first RBI in a 3-2, two-out, bases loaded situation since Bernie Williams walked with the bags full in a 3-2 win against the Mariners on May 2, 1993.

Jacoby Ellsbury had his 25th double of the season, becoming the fourth Yankee center fielder with at least 25 doubles and 30 stolen bases in a season.…

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Game 128 quick recap: McCann can, and did; Yankees 7, White Sox 4

With David Robertson on the mound in the ninth inning, Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox felt close to a lock. The Yankees were on the verge of sweeping Chicago.

However, Robertson gave up a home run to Avisail Garcia in the ninth to knot the game at four runs apiece – and thus sent the Yankees to another extra-inning game.

And then …

Brian McCann hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall for a pinch-hit, three-run walk-off shot to give the Yankees a 7-4 win in the 10th inning. The win and the sweep – only it took an inning longer, and the Yankees did it in dramatic fashion.

The win puts New York six games over .500.

The Yankee fell early to Chris Sale, 3-0, with a run in the first and a two-run home run by Conor Gillaspie in the sixth. But the Yankees rallied back in the bottom of the sixth inning with four runs in the frame.…

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Game 128: Chris Sale v. Chris Capuano

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Tanaka Faces Live Batters Again

The Masahiro Tanaka rehab plan reached another important milestone yesterday when he faced live batters for the first time since hitting the DL with his elbow injury.  Tanaka threw 35 pitches across 2 simulated innings to Brendan Ryan and Zelous Wheeler before yesterday’s game with Larry Rothschild and presumably Joe and other members of the coaching staff watching on.

The initial reports from the sim game were positive.  Tanaka said he his elbow felt good while acknowledging that he felt a little rusty.  As has been the norm in these milestones, the team will wait to see how his elbow feels today and in the next few days before deciding what the next step is.  He’ll need to make a few rehab starts to get his pitch count back up, but that might have to come in sim game fashion as well with the MiL season winding down.

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Game 127 Quick Recap: Yankees 5 White Sox 3

Joe Torre Day 2014

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It’s been a rough go for the Yankees this year on their special Saturday games honoring their former players.  They lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 14-1 on June 21st and 22nd when they added Tino and Goose to Monument Park, and got shut out by Corey Kluber 2 weeks ago when Paul O’Neill got the nod.  There was another ceremony before this afternoon’s game, this one to honor former manager Joe Torre and retire his number 6.  This time the Yankees changed their fortunes and picked up their second straight win against the White Sox to set up the sweep opportunity tomorrow.

Hiroki Kuroda was on the mound today and he turned in a quintessential Hirok performance.  6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts.  The White Sox got 1 in the 2nd on a pair of doubles and another in the 5th when Jose Abreu singled home a run.  In between, they put at least 1 runner on base in every inning and came away with nothing every time.  …

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Game 127 – Here we go a-Carrolling

The Yankees need to win on Joe Torre Day, right? Well, they didn’t win on Paul O’Neill Day. But the team does have a two-game winning streak thanks in part to some of the parts Brian Cashman brought in at the trade deadline. Once the Torre festivities are over, it will be Hiroki Kuroda versus Scott Carroll.

Once upon a time, a day game with Kuroda on the mound at home meant nothing but good things. But Hirok has not been quite the same pitcher. He sports the 16th lowest strikeout percentage of 96 qualified starters this season. Not being able to finish off batters compared to past years has been a problem.

Scott Carroll continues to be a nice story of a guy who pitched for years and years in the minors and finally got his shot. His actual performance has been up and down and he has been lit up pretty well in his last three starts.

Derek Jeter gets the day off and Stephen Drew will handle short.…

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