Game 128 Recap: Yankees 3, Braves 1

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Before I start the game recap, I’d just like to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field last night. I cannot imagine what they’re going through. I’d also like to extend my thoughts to the people who witnessed it because that kind of incident can mess a person up for a while. How scary.

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This game seemed like one of those contests that the Yankees would lose in annoying fashion for two reasons: 1) The first inning and how they only managed to score one run on a wild pitch after starting off with a bloop double and 2) Luis Severino was pitching and the Yankees like to not score when he’s on the mound.

I’m glad that my initial feeling was wrong and that the Yankees woke up late, scored some runs and closed this one down.

First up, the aforementioned Severino.…

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Game 128 – Wisler While They Work

Severino vs BOS

The New York Yankees continue their interleague match-up against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Yankees have young stud, Luis Severino, on the mound squaring up with the Braves’ Matt Wisler. Severino is coming off his first win of the season and sports a very promising 2.74 ERA along with 9.39 strikeouts per nine innings.

Matt Wisler will be making his thirteenth start for the Braves and though he has a winning record of 5-4, his statistical line does not look pretty. His ERA and FIP are over five and his home run per nine rate is very high. Wisler does not strike out a lot of batters so his stuff is not the kind that misses bats.

But as always, the game is played on the field and you never know what is going to happen until it does. The Blue Jays have already won (what a surprise…) by tomahawking the Tigers, 15-1. Thanks for showing up, Tigers!…

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Game 127 Quick Recap: NYY 15 ATL 4

Well there you go.  Who knew that all the Yankees needed to wake up the offense was remove the DH from the lineup and replace him with a pitcher?  The Yankee beat up Atlanta starter Williams Perez early for 9 runs in the first 2 innings and stretched the game into a laugher late with 6 runs in the final 2 innings to take the first game of this interleague weekend set.

Didi Gregorius led the offense with a 4-hit night and 6 RBI.  His 3-run home run in the top of the 1st stretched a 2-0 lead to 5-0, and his 2-run single in the 2nd capped off a 4-run inning to make it 9-2.

Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in the bottom of the 1st, giving back 2 of the runs that the Yankees had scored.  But he came back with a 1-2-3 2nd inning on all strikeouts and ended up throwing 7 innings of 3-run ball.  It probably wasn’t good enough for Andrew Marchand, but it was plenty good enough for me.…

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Game 127: Tanaka vs. Perez

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

New York Yankees Atlanta Braves
 Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Nick Markakis, RF
 Brett Gardner, LF Cameron Maybin, CF
 Carlos Beltran, RF Freddie Freeman, 1B
 Brian McCann, C Nick Swisher, LF
 Greg Bird, 1B Adonis Garcia, 3B
 Chase Headley, 3B Jace Peterson, 2B
 Didi Gregorius, SS Christian Bethancourt, C
 Stephen Drew, 2B Andrelton Simmons, SS
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Williams Perez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/28/15

I’m supposed to be going to an all-weekend party on Saturday.  I also might have to be kinda, sorta on call for work this weekend.  The whole situation is up in the air, but however it falls I probably won’t be watching much Yankee baseball this weekend.  That stinks.  But oh well, onto the links.

– On Monday, Enos Sarris of FanGraphs examined the development of Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter and how he’s used that to make his fastball a more effective pitch.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked for signs of an offensive turnaround within the current slump.  We haven’t seen any of that turnaround yet, but maybe tonight’s the night.

– Harlan Spence of Pinstripe Alley mused on the possibility of the Yankees retiring A-Rod’s number when his career is over.  I didn’t have much interest in seeing Jorge or Andy this year, but I’d make damn sure I was at the A-Rod ceremony.

– On Wednesday, Christopher Carelli of Yankees Unscripted pointed out how the offensive slump is putting added pressure on the depleted rotation.

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 38: There’s a lot to talk about

We recorded another podcast last night!

Dom, E.J. and yours truly discussed a number of subjects: We talked about the Yankees being 1.5 games back in the division, Posada and Pettitte Day, had a conversation about the upcoming September call-ups, and also about CC Sabathia’s injury and what it could mean for 2015 and beyond.

And here is the podcast’s RSS feed.

Enjoy!

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On September Call-Ups And Realistic Expectations

Aaron Judge

Don’t expect to see this guy next month. Courtesy of Cheryl Pursell/Pinstriped Prospects

The Yankees will be back in action tonight after an off-day that was much needed for many players.  The Bombers have been slumping badly with the bats for the last 3 weeks, and there are a few guys who are banged up and/or slumping enough to probably get more time off tonight.  The decision to play with a really short bench the last few games has been a puzzling one, but there is some respite on the horizon in the form of September roster expansions.  They kick in next Tuesday and the Yankees are sure to take advantage of that added roster space and call up a healthy dose of players.

While that added depth could do wonders for the pitching staff, there isn’t really much help on the way for the struggling, dinged up offense.  I’ve noticed an uptick in comments calling for the Yankees to “shake things up” and looking forward to the team “injecting some youth” when rosters expand, and while I agree with the basic idea that adding more bodies can be a benefit, I think it’s important to be realistic in expectations as it relates to the players getting called up.  …

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Off Day Open Thread: 8/27/15

Good afternoon, everyone.

We are about to enter the home stretch and the Yankees are dragging themselves into September by their arms as if their legs are paralyzed or broken – think James Caan in Misery. That’s how the Yankees are finishing up this month and it is not pretty.

Since they’re playing like crap, and I have nothing more to add to that analysis, I have decided to put up an open thread for the night.

Feel free to vent (no caps lock) about how they’ve been playing, discuss other games on the docket today that have may playoff implications, oh, and most importantly, if you have a question for Dom, EJ or yours truly, leave them below because we’re recording a podcast tonight! It will be up tomorrow morning for your listening pleasure. And in case you missed the last podcast two weeks ago, you can listen here.

Have a good evening!

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Thursday Morning News And Notes (And Bad Offensive Numbers): 8/27/15

This was supposed to be a post about how bad the Yankee offense has been over the last few weeks and me finally giving in and accepting that they’ve regressed and are really this bad now.  But I knew the minute I stepped into the shower this morning that I wasn’t emotionally ready to do that, so instead we’re going to recap some of the smaller stories from the last 2 days and I’ll mix in some bad offensive stats to at least acknowledge that reality.  Fair?

– The official diagnosis is in on CC Sabathia‘s right knee and it’s about as positive as it could have been.  There is no new damage in the knee, no tears or anything like that.  It’s simply the continuation of the degenerative condition that’s existed there for a while and there’s nothing that will require surgery.  That leaves the possibility open for Sabathia to return this season, and he did say he would be open to working out of the bullpen if/when he came back.  …

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