Carlos Coming Around Post-ASB

Beltran HR vs CIN

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Before the All-Star break, Carlos Beltran looked every bit a 37-year-old outfielder on the downside of his career.  He hit .195/.256/.378 in June, went 4-22 in his first 6 July games, then fouled a ball off his own face in BP and missed a week of games leading up to the break.

In hindsight, that freak accident might have actually been the best thing for Beltran.  Between the 7-day concussion DL trip and the 4 days off for the ASB, Beltran got 11 days off.  That was 11 days to let his facial cuts heal, 11 days to rest his troublesome right elbow, and 11 days without the general wear and tear that comes with playing professional baseball every day, even as a full-time DH.  That’s a pretty solid chunk of time off for a late-30s veteran with the mileage on his body that Beltran has, and the early small sample size results at the plate since the break indicate that it might have been just what the doctor ordered.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 25-27 (Blue Jays)

Chase Headley is hitting .348 in six games with the Yankees. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Chase Headley is hitting .348 in six games with the Yankees. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Buehrle Curse Lives
Mark Buehrle is the gift that keeps on giving for the Yankees.

Following Friday’s 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, Buehrle dropped to 1-12 in 19 career starts against the Bronx Bombers. The only pitcher with a worse record against the Yankees (min. 15 starts) is Red Ruffing, who was 1-16 vs them from 1924-47.

Buehrle’s only win vs the Yankees came on April 10, 2004, and since then he is 0-10 with a 7.34 ERA in 15 starts.

The 15-start winless streak is the longest by a left-hander vs the Yankees over the last 100 years, and the longest by any pitcher since Sidney Ponson went winless in 15 starts vs New York from 1999-2003.

He is 0-6 in eight starts at the new Yankee Stadium, by far the most starts without a win there by any pitcher and the most losses without a win.…

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Game 104 Recap: Blue Jays 5 Yankees 4

Cervelli Tag vs TOR

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The Yankees had their 4-game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon.  They were looking to prevent their post-ASB series winning streak from ending today, but ended up giving up runs at inopportune times one time too many for their offense to come back and fell 5-4 to Toronto, who now has a winning streak at The Stadium going.

It was all about escaping early on for New York starter Shane Greene.  He worked around runners on second and third with no outs in the top of the 1st with only 1 run against him, erased a 1-out infield single in the 2nd with a well-timed double play ball, and needed Zelous Wheeler to nail Dan Johnson at the plate to make it out of the 4th scoreless.

J.A. Happ came into this game with a 6.27 ERA on the road this season, but you wouldn’t know it with the way he tamed the Yankee lineup.  They were taking a lot of bad swings against him, letting good pitches to hit go by, and straight up botching pitches down the pipe and popping them up through 4.  …

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Game 104: Hoping Happ Will Be Hapless

Heading into this game, Ichiro Suzuki had started eight of the Yankees nine games following the All-Star Break, and played the last four innings of the one game he did not start (the fourteen inning affair against the Rangers). And despite the heroics of Friday night, this does appear to be a much needed respite for Ichiro, who is batting .107/.167/.214 over that stretch. It also doubles as a strong match-up move for Joe Girardi, as Zelous Wheeler has mashed left-handed pitching throughout his professional career.

Brett Gardner (.686 OPS since the break) could probably use a breather, as well. Girardi has been quite good about getting his players rest throughout his tenure, and with nagging injuries throughout the lineup, that will become increasingly important down the stretch.

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Jose Reyes, SS Brett Gardner, LF
Melky Cabrera, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Jose Bautista, 1B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dioner Navarro, C Carlos Beltran, DH
Dan Johnson, DH Brian McCann, 1B
Colby Rasmus, CF Chase Headley, 3B
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Francisco Cervelli, C
Juan Francisco, 3B Zelous Wheeler, RF
Anthony Gose, LF Brendan Ryan, 2B
J.A.

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Today’s Lineup: Wheeler In Right

Yanks going with a little bit of a different look at the bottom today as they continue to deal with life without Teix and KJ.  Here’s how Joe filled out his card for this afternoon’s series finale:

1) Gardner- LF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Ellsbury- CF
4) Beltran- DH
5) McCann- 1B
6) Headley- 3B
7) Cervelli- C
8) Wheeler- RF
9) Ryan- 2B

SP) Greene

Here’s hoping Brendan Ryan can handle second base better than B-Rob has been with sinker baller Greene on the hill.  Game thread coming up later.

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Game 103 Recap: TOR 6 NYY 4

McCann vs TOR

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Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays for breaking their 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.  It was starting to get embarrassing.  They repaid the Yankees for last night’s series-opening loss by reversing the score and taking this afternoon’s matchup 6-4 behind a strong starting effort by Drew Hutchison, a patient offensive approach, and some bad Yankee defense.

Hutchison held the Yankee offense down for the majority of his 6.2 innings.  His only real mistake came when he walked Carlos Beltran on 4 pitches to begin the bottom of the 4th and then left a 1-1 changeup up and over the plate for Brian McCann to hit into the Yankee bullpen.  That 2-0 lead was the only one New York would have and Hutchison did a nice job of using the Yankees’ aggressiveness at the plate against them to keep them from threatening further.…

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Game 103 – Winning is addictive

The New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays and the Blue Jays are desperate to break this seventeen game losing streak they have put together at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees, meanwhile, would very much like to keep that streak going and also keep what has been a terrific home stand chugging along. Winning is addictive after all. It sure beats the alternative.

Drew Hutchison starts for the Blue Jays and this will be his fourth start this season against the Yankees. He has lost all three…another streak the Yankees would like to continue. Hutchison has great stuff but has thus far not been able to string together impressive performances. That said, he is capable of shutting down a team if he harnesses his power pitching. It’s funny how baseball works. He has the exact same WHIP as Mark Buehrle and nearly the same FIP but with completely different stuff.

The Yankees start Chris Capuano. Brad told you some information about Capuano earlier today that is worth the read.…

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Capuano To The Rotation, More Moves To Come

As many of you already know, Chris Capuano was added to the big league roster yesterday at the expense of Chris Leroux.  In a somewhat surprising decision, Joe announced that he would work out of the rotation rather than the bullpen.  Capuano is getting the start this afternoon while Shane Greene gets bumped back a day and Chase Whitley moves to the bullpen.

I call the decision surprising because Capuano had his greatest success this year out of the bullpen in Boston.  That said, he does have a solid track record as a Major League starter and he had pitched to a 2.79 ERA with 21 K in 19.2 IP over 4 starts in the Colorado system before being traded.  More than anything, I think this move was driven by the desire to get Whitley back to the bullpen as a way to manage his innings.  He’s closing in on 90 IP for the year, a mark he hasn’t reached since 2011 when he was still a full-time reliever.…

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Game 102 Quick Recap: NYY 6 TOR 4

Ichiro HR vs TOR

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While the end results were good for the Yankees, the 4-game series with the Rangers was hardly an exercise in productive offense.  The Yankees scored 10 runs in 37 innings over the 4 games, the Rangers just 8.  Offense wasn’t the problem at all in tonight’s opener against the Blue Jays.  The runs were coming early and often from both sides and it was a big blow from a most unexpected source that was the deciding factor for the Bombers.

Hiroki Kuroda was not at his best tonight.  He put multiple runners on base in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings and had trouble getting his sinker to sink.  Where he struggled the most was against Jose Bautista.  Kuroda threw him a non-sinking 3-0 sinker in the top of the 1st with 2 men on and Bautista used his green light to smack it into the left field seats for a home run.  In the 3rd it was the slider that betrayed Kuroda, as he left one up and over the plate enough for Bautista to extend his arms and hit a solo shot to left.…

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