Quick Hit: Dellin Dealin’ For A Team Record

It’s going to get swallowed up in the underwhelming offensive production, second straight missed postseason, and JeterMania this month, but Dellin Betances deserves some ink for the Yankee record he’s chasing.  I wasn’t even aware he was that close until this morning.  Via Chad Jennings:

“Dellin Betances struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning. He now has 122 strikeouts in 81 innings this season and has a good chance to be the Yankees season leader in strikeouts while pitching the entire season out of the bullpen. He’s tied Goose Gossage for the second-most reliever strikeouts in a season (Gossage did it in 134.1 innings in 1978). The record is 130 set by Mariano Rivera in 107.2 innings 1996.”

That’s a hell of an accomplishment for Betances in his rookie season.  To be among the 2 best relievers in Yankee history, the best reliever in baseball history, and to be primed to beat both of their records in the reliever strikeout department.  …

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Game 137 Recap: Yankees 5 Red Sox 1

Hirok vs BOS

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Anthony Ranaudo has not been a good starting pitcher very early in his MLB career.  Dom pointed that out before last night’s game.  Hiroki Kuroda has been quietly good yet again this season, and has remained the constant in performance and health while the rest of his rotation brethren fell around him.  Both played up to their 2014 roles last night and the Yankees got a much needed win to even up the series against the Sawx.

Hirok had everything working right from the start.  He struck out the side in the 2nd and 5 in his first 3 innings.  The Sox only got 2 hits against him through 5, and one of those was immediately eliminated when Kuroda picked Daniel Nava off first for the first out of the 5th.  He had great command of his sinker in the strike zone and peppered it for strikes, and a filthy splitter that the Boston hitters couldn’t have touched with a canoe paddle.…

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Game 137: Ranaudo v. Kuroda

Anthony Ranaudo has a 6.57 FIP in three career starts. He has allowed four home runs in 18 IP, and he has walked more batters (9) than he has struck out (8). Only 31.1% of batted balls against Ranaudo are on the ground. Hitters are swinging and missing on 3.9% of his pitches, well below the league-average of 9.4%.

Put that all together, and you have the pitcher that will be shutting out the Yankees tonight.

(/reverse jinx)

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Brock Holt, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Mookie Betts, CF Derek Jeter, SS
David Ortiz, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Carlos Beltran, DH
Daniel Nava, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Allen Craig, 1B Brian McCann, C
Xander Bogaerts, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Jemile Weeks, 2B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Anthony Ranaudo, SP Hiroki Kuroda, SP
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Wednesday Afternoon Food For Thought: This Is Lame

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Via ESPN:

“The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that the team will wear a patch of Derek Jeter’s final-season logo on all player hats and uniforms from Sunday, the day that the shortstop will be honored at Yankee Stadium, through the end of the season.”

I’m sorry to all you readers who are still diehard Jeter slurpers and think this is cool.  It’s not.  It’s lame.  Super lame.  Derek Jeter isn’t dead.  He’s retiring.  He’s not even retired yet.  Why does anybody need to wear a patch honoring him before he’s even retired?

And it’s not just patches.  Click that link and read the whole article if you haven’t already.  It’s hats, shirts, autographed jerseys, special edition magazines.  The Yankees aren’t going to make the playoffs and reap the rewards of that extra revenue for a second straight year, so they’re going to milk every last monetary drop out of the Derek Jeter teat while they still can.  …

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Injury Updates: Ellsbury, Tanaka, Prado, Phelps

Here’s the latest on the handful of Yankee injuries, new and old.

Jacoby Ellsbury was back in the lineup last night, and Joe told reporters after the game that Ellsbury was feeling better yesterday and said he could play.  No word on how his ankle felt before or after the game or if he’ll need a day off here or there, but him being back last night was definitely a plus.

– All tests on Masahiro Tanaka‘s sore arm came back clean and the team doctors cleared him to continue throwing and working towards returning this season.  According to Joe, Tanaka has been working out at The Stadium for the last few days and played catch yesterday.  He’ls tentatively scheduled for a bullpen sesh later this week.

Martin Prado became the newest injured guy when he left last night’s game in the 9th inning.  He felt something in his left hamstring the last time he ran the bases and the initial diagnosis was “tightness”.  …

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Joe Going Back To The Motivational Well

The latest small sample winning streak is long in the rearview.  Horse mask fever has come and gone.  The Yankees have lost 5 of their last 7 games and Joe knows it’s getting close to zero hour for his club’s playoff chances, so he’s going back to the old motivational quote tactic to try to inspire his players.

First there was this one before last night’s game:

“I consider us kind of to be in playoff mode right now, for us, because we obviously need to win games.”

Powerful stuff right there.  How could anybody not be fired up and ready to go out and win a ballgame with that kind of rallying cry?  There was also this doozy after the game:

“Did I think at this point in the season we would have score more runs? Absolutely.  In this ballpark? Absolutely. But it hasn’t happened for various reasons. We need that to change.”

Brings a tear to your eye and a swell of pride to your heart, doesn’t it?  …

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Tough Night For Greene Comes At The Worst Time

Greene Pitch Plot 9-2-14

Courtesy of Texas Leaguers

That’s Shane Greene‘s pitch plot from last night.  It’s not a pretty one and it perfectly reflects the ugliness of his start.  6 hits, 2 home runs, 3 walks, and 6 earned runs allowed in less than 3 innings.  Fastball command has been what’s made Greene so tough since coming up in early July, but it was his undoing last night.  Lots of sinkers either dropping into the middle of the strike zone or completely out of it.  No movement on his 4-seamer.  That’s a hard way to get by against a Major League lineup and Greene found that out the hard way.

Here’s how bad he was last night in a nutshell.  He threw 67 pitches in his 2.2 innings, 30 of them were sinkers.  He didn’t get a swing and miss on any of them.  Didn’t get a swing and miss on any of his 6 4-seamers either.  Of the 8 outs he did manage to record, not a single one of them came on a groundball.  …

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Game 136 Quick Recap: BOS 9 NYY 4

Greene vs BOS

The face of frustration. And also one that kinda looks like Mcconaughey. Courtesy of Getty Images

Shane Greene has been arguably the shiniest of all the starting pitching diamonds the Yankees have pulled out of the rough as this season has progressed.  Not tonight though.  He was overdue for a stinker and that stinker happened to happen tonight.  Greene was absolutely atrocious and his poor outing all but ended tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox before it really got going.

It was all about fastball command for Greene.  One of the reasons he’s been so good since joining the rotation is his ability to mix his sinker and 4-seamer well and throw both for good pitcher’s strikes on a regular basis.  He couldn’t do that tonight and the Boston hitters teed off on him.  Yoenis Cespedes doubled in a run as the 4th batter of the game in the top of the 1st and Mike Napoli drove home a second with a sacrifice fly.  …

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