Evening Open Thread: 6/2/15


Good evening!

As we wait for yet another west coast night game to begin, I figured an open thread was in order.

I went to Baseball Reference’s website to look at this date in Yankee history and, if you know me well, you know I was only looking at years that ended in a “0” or a “5.” Well, guess what? I looked at four different years and the Yankees lost three out of the four games. The lone victory came on June 2, 2000.

The Yankees were playing the Braves in Turner Field, El Duque made the start (and got the win) and the hitting star of the night, was none other than Ricky Ledee.

He was 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and a walk. He scored once and had four RBI.

Good for him.

Anyway, you know the drill. Discuss whatever you’d like, be respectful and enjoy your evening. The game thread will be up at 9:30.…

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Forecasting the Rest of the Week

The Yankees have had a miserable go of things over the past couple of weeks. This week, however, it looks like the sun is shining down on them. As it turns out, the toughest pitcher they were to face all week was a Mr. Felix Hernandez. They handled him with ease. Now comes the fun part.

A week like this one, filled with hittable scheduled starters, could help the team gain some much-needed steam as they head down the east coast to play the Nationals and Orioles.

Tuesday, June 2nd @ Seattle: CC Sabathia (2-7) vs. Mike Montgomery (0-0)

Look, Mike Montgomery was a first-round pick of the Royals back in 2008, and at 25 is finally making his big league debut. He’s not as highly-touted a prospect as he once was, but that’s not to say he’s not a good pitcher. He’s 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in 53 innings over nine starts for Triple-A Tacoma this season. I don’t expect him to dazzle the Yankees, and considering what took place last night, I’d give them a good shot at winning.

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Poll: Who Should Get the Boot?

On the one hand, the Yankees are playing at or above expectations: 1st place, though in a weak division, but more importantly, .519 ball — an 84-win pace. On the other hand, they sure do have a bunch of dead wood on the roster. Some may improve, some may not, but here’s the ugly snapshot: over a quarter of those on the active roster (7 players) have negative WAR. That includes Chase Headley, whom I think nobody wants to give up on yet – but with a third of the season over, for some of these folks it’s getting late to mumble “slow start” as an excuse. So I figured it’s time for a quick “hate poll”! The poll is below a 1-2 sentence writeup of each option; feel free to pick more than one….

Carlos Beltran: Not as godawful as some others, but at age 38, with a negative WAR for over a year, with terrible fielding for five years, and with no room at DH (given A-Rod’s hitting and the need to rest others there at times), maybe he’s one of the most hopeless, in that it’s hard to see a way he can contribute any value?…

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About Last Night: The Yankees did what against Felix Hernandez?

When Felix Hernandez had a six-pitch first inning and had only thrown 21 pitches after recording nine outs, most people watching last night’s game were thinking his outing would be quick, painless (for him) and a disaster for the Yankees. When Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon walked out of the home dugout to take the ball from his ace, who by that point, in the fifth inning, had surrendered seven runs to the Yankees, most people watching the game couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

The 2015 Yankees are confounding. They’ll sweep the best team in the American League, lose three out of four to the worst and just when you think they can’t get any more confusing, they’ll score seven runs on King Felix.

This is how it happened (Just in case you went to bed early).

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley hit back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning. Gardner advanced to third on Headley’s single. When Alex Rodriguez was up to bat, Hernandez threw a wild pitch and Gardner scored.…

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Five Reasons Why Mason Williams Might Be the Best Outfielder in the Yankee Farm System

The Yankees have a lot of outfielders in the high minors who will probably have some kind of MLB career. In book, that list includes, in no particular order: Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge, Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Jake Cave, and Mason Williams. Aaron Judge is still the best prospect of the group. But I think there is a decent chance that Mason Williams is the best player of the group. Here’s why:

He’s got a pedigree

It wasn’t that long ago that Mason Williams was considered a top-top prospect. In 2013, Baseball America ranked him #1 in the Yankee system and #32 in all of baseball. He was coming off an injury-shortened season where he hit .298/.346/.474 between Low-A and High-A as a 20 year-old, showing off a kick-ass 13% strikeout rate and just a .319 BABIP. He was a dynamo on the bases and in the field, and looked like a star.

Of course, Williams has played two full seasons since then, and the results have been horrible.…

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Game 52: Pineda vs. Hernandez

Earlier tonight, Bryan Hoch tweeted that Chris Capuano would be headed to the bullpen when Masahiro Tanaka returns to action on Wednesday. This means that Adam Warren, on the strength of four straight quality starts, will remain in the rotation for the time being.

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Seattle Mariners
Brett Gardner, CF Logan Morrison, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Nelson Cruz, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Kyle Seager, 3B
Brian McCann, C Seth Smith, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Austin Jackson, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, SS
Stephen Drew, 2B Mike Zunino, C
Ramon Flores, LF Dustin Ackley, LF
Michael Pineda, SP Felix Hernandez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: The Yankees on stage at Radio City

Earlier today, the Yankees Twitter account posted a video of Liza Minelli singing “New York, New York” with some members of the New York Yankees.

It’s from a show was called, “Night of 100 Stars” which aired on ABC on March 8, 1982. It was taped a few weeks prior and featured people from Minelli and Lionel Richie to Princess Grace (Kelly) and Howard Cosell.

I am pretty sure I watched this program as a kid because my mom was really into this sort of thing but I barely remember it.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty hilarious to watch guys like Bob Watson, Ron GuidryWillie Randolph and Jerry Mumphrey perform on stage with Liza Minelli.

You can treat this as an open thread until the Game Thread goes up at 9:30. Enjoy!

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Yankees Middle Relief’s Brutal May

Continuing with today’s theme of looking back at the month of May for the Yankees, the middle relief was particularly disturbing. The Yankees are still eighth in MLB in bullpen ERA (3.10), but they have been greatly buoyed by the awesomeness of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Look beyond those two and it gets pretty ugly.

Despite still being eighth overall in bullpen ERA, the Yankees were 24th in May (4.43). Here’s a look at some of the numbers and they’re mostly cringe worthy.

Chasen Shreve- 10.2 innings, 14 strikeouts, one walk, seven hits, 2.53 ERA, 1.97 FIP

Justin Wilson- 8.2 innings, six strikeouts, three walks, 10 hits, 6.23 ERA, 3.09 FIP

David Carpenter- 9.1 innings, six strikeouts, four walks, 14 hits, 6.75 ERA, 6.20 FIP

Esmil Rogers- 15.2 innings, 13 strikeouts, 10 walks, 21 hits, 7.47 ERA, 6.03 FIP

Jacob Lindgren- 3.1 innings, three strikeouts, three walks, three hits, 5.40 ERA, 7.89 FIP

Garrett Jones- 2/3 inning, 0.00 ERA

You may laugh at including Jones, but his 0.0 WAR for May was higher than Rogers, Carpenter and Lindgren, who were all in the negative.…

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