Game 98 – Lats, bats and those Rangers cats

When you looked at a schedule for the coming season way back in March, you might have circled this series against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium III. You (nor I) never would have guessed the Rangers would have the worst record in the American League when they arrived in the Bronx. The Rangers have given up more earned runs as a pitching staff than any other American League team. This is like the Rick Helling Rangers much more than any of their teams in recent seasons.

Take tonight for example. The Rangers are starting Miles Mikolas who sounds more like a Tolkien elf than a big league pitcher. Mikolas has made three starts and has given up 24 hits in 14+ innings. He has great control, but has been getting cuffed around so far. But as the Yankees have shown this year, beware of mediocre pitchers!

The Yankees have their own question mark on the mound in Shane Greene.…

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Quick Hit: Teix Out 3-4 Days With A Lat Strain (UPDATED)

It’s been a while since Teix missed a game due to health issues, so I guess he was due.  He’s out of tonight’s lineup and figures to be out for at least this next series against the Rangers with what’s being called a “mild” lat strain.

Injuries have been a constant theme to Teix’s 2014 season, but so far he’s managed to come back from each one and not miss a beat.  Hopefully that continues 3-4 days from now, as he’s still the team’s biggest (and at times only) power threat.

** UPDATE 5:41 PM- Some more details on the injury.  It’s been officially diagnosed as a Grade I strain of Teix’s left lat.  He actually received a platelet-rich plasma injection today, which the team is hoping will eliminate the need for a DL stint.  

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Patchwork Rotation Holding Together Pretty Well

We probably would have talked about this already had the All Star-break not happened right in the middle of it, but have people noticed how well the Yankee rotation has been pitching?  I came across a tweet earlier this morning pointing it out to me and I actually did a double take at my desk.  If you were as blind to it as I was, here’s how the last 8 Yankee starts have gone:

  • 7/9, McCarthy- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 7/10, Phelps- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • 7/11, Kuroda- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • 7/12, Greene- 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • 7/13, Whitley- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • 7/18, Phelps- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • 7/19, McCarthy- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • 7/20, Kuroda- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

That breaks down to a 1.99 ERA, 3.06 FIP, less than 1 hit per inning, 8.34 K/9, and 1.99 BB/9 in 49.2 innings pitched.  …

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Yankeemetrics: July 18-20 (Reds)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury helped the Yankees sweep the Reds. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury each had big hits this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

$500 million offseason delivers
The Yankees opened their 10-game homestand with a 4-3 win against the Reds. The Yankees entered this game 5-7 all-time in the regular season against the Reds, the only team they have a losing record against.

Jacoby Ellsbury sparked the team with two RBI, two hits – including the game-winning homer in the fifth inning – and a stolen base. He is the second Yankee in franchise history to hit a home run and steal a base against the Reds, joining Alfonso Soriano in 2003.

The stolen base was his 25th of the season, giving him 25 steals and 102 hits in his first 92 games with the Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fastest player to reach 25 steals and 100 hits in his Yankee career since Steve Sax did so in 1989 in his first 83 games in pinstripes.…

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Announcement: Some administrative changes

Good morning, IIATMS readers! We have a couple of things happening on the site that we wanted to tell you about.

Fchanges-road-signirst up, Michael Eder is stepping down from the co-Editor-in-Chief position. Michael will be heading off to law school this Fall like a good baseball blogger (we have a few lawyer/bloggers here already and there seems to be a large number of them on the internet) and we’d like to thank him for the fantastic content he provided – especially those extremely detailed pitch F/X posts with gifs, etc. as well as the Happy Tanaka Day banner that we post for TANAK’s starts – and I’d like to thank him for the help he gave me throughout our partnership. We’d also like to wish him well at school even though we know he will kick ass.

And while I am bummed we’re losing Michael, I am thrilled to be gaining Brad Vietrogoski as a partner. Brad will be stepping into the role of my new co-Editor-in-Chief!…

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Ellsbury Starting To Cook In The 3-Spot

Ellsbury vs CIN

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Just when it looked like the Yankees were going to fall back into their regular pattern of offensive futility yesterday, the big money guys stepped up and delivered a win.  Jacoby Ellsbury singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, promptly stole second base off Cincy closer Aroldis Chapman then moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored the walk-off run on Brian McCann‘s clutch RBI single.  It only took almost 100 games, but the Yanks finally got a big win thanks to their 2 biggest free agent hitter acquisitions and ended the series on the right side of a sweep.

That’s the high level story today, the one that’s more fun for the media to write and more fun for the fans to read.  The truth is that McCann’s game-winning hit was really more the byproduct of good BIP luck and poor Reds defense than anything he did to hit the ball.  Had somebody caught the ball, who knows if Ellsbury would have been driven in with 2 outs.  …

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Game 97 Quick Recap: NYY 3 CIN 2

McCann Walk-Off vs CIN

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Well that was about as awesome a second half-opening series as the Yankees could have hoped for.  3 games, 3 wins, and today’s coming in walk-off fashion.  I’ll take it.

Hiroki Kuroda was very good this afternoon.  The only run he gave up in 6.2 innings of work was an unearned one and he used his slider and splitter to generate 6 outs via the strikeout and another 7 via the groundball.  Vintage Kuroda.

The 2 runs he got in support came in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury.  Say what you want about Jeter, I know I’ve been overly critical this season, but he’s been swinging a decent bat for the better part of the last month.  Ellsbury has also been better in the 3-hole in the last few weeks than he was earlier.

Dellin Betances was nearly the goat when Todd Frazier touched him up for a game-tying solo home run in the top of the 8th.  …

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Game 97: Same Lineup Going For The Sweep

It’s been a season-long adventure for Joe when it comes to juggling lineups, but he stuck with the same one for the first 2 games of this series and it’s been enough to get him 2 wins.  He’s sticking with the same one today in the finale against Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and the sweep is in play, something the Yankees haven’t done since June 19th against the Blue Jays.  That lineup, in case you’ve forgotten, is as follows:

1) Gardner- LF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Ellsbury- CF
4) Teix- 1B
5) McCann- C
6) Beltran- DH
7) Ichiro- RF
8) Roberts- 2B
9) Johnson- 3B

And it will be supporting Hiroki Kuroda, who gets the ball today for his first post-ASB start and his first start against the Reds since June of 2011.  The Reds have not been so kind as to post their starting lineup in time to make this post, so you’ll have to find it out when the game starts.  …

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Saturday Afternoon/Evening Open Thread

So the McCarthy era is starting off nicely. Today the Yankees beat the Reds 7-1 at the Stadium and McCarthy had a very strong game – 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 9 K in 99 pitches.

Also having a very strong game? The offense! They made it possible for Yankee fans to get half off Papa John’s pizza by scoring more than six runs.

Brett Gardner had three RBI, Kelly Johnson had two, Brian Roberts scored three times (and if I recall correctly Gardner did the honors all three times.) Carlos Beltran opened the scoring by hitting a solo shot off Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon and Derek Jeter also joined the RBI party with a single in the bottom of the fifth.

The big story was McCarthy. Other than a solo home run by Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth, he held the Reds in check which is good because when he was a member of the Diamondbacks earlier in the season, he had a tough outing against them on May 31.…

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