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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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 7/25/14

The week’s over, which means it’s time for me to spend my entire weekend cleaning my apartment and getting it back into some semblance of a livable condition.  I’ve been needing to do that since a week or 2 before I went to Germany.  I’ve been back from Germany for 2 weeks.   You get the picture.  Here’s another batch of links from around the blogosphere:

- On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… offered a different take on the Chase Headley trade, wondering if the Yankees gave up their next Dellin Betances in the deal.

- Chad Jennings of LoHud had all the highlights from Cash’s appearance on The Michael Kay Show, in case you missed it like I did.

- Dan Barbarisi of The WSJ had the full timeline and all the details on Headley’s wild Tuesday.

- On Thursday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits continued his very cool projection series in which he attempts to predict future MLB success for prospects based on their MiL production.

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Friday Mid-Morning Food For Thought: Cervelli Becoming A Trade Chip Again?

Cervelli Rain vs TEX

Courtesy of the AP

The trade deadline is less than a week away.  The Yankees have already been active in the weeks leading up to it and based on Cash’s comments earlier this week it sounds like they’re going to continue to be active.  They could use another starter, multiple bats, and I wouldn’t mind at all if they found a way to add another reliable arm to the back end of the bullpen.

The biggest obstacle Cash has to overcome in executing his plan over the next 6+ days is the lack of valuable trade chips he has.  The biggest source of trade assets is the team’s catching depth.  John Ryan Murphy might be the best asset right now, with Gary Sanchez still a close second.  Francisco Cervelli hasn’t been looked at as nearly the type of trade chip that the other 2 are, but could his recent stretch of strong play be working to change that?

Cervelli’s been getting regular reps this week with Mark Teixeira out and he’s performed very well.  …

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Trade Talk: Capuano And Kennedy

It appears Cash hasn’t wasted any time getting back to the more work he said he had to do on Tuesday.  If you missed it yesterday afternoon, the Yankees announced that they had acquired lefty pitcher Chris Capuano from the Rockies for cash considerations.  He was working as a starter for their Triple-A affiliate after spending the first 3 months of the season in the Red Sox bullpen.

Capuano’s time there was a tale of 2 extremes.  He didn’t allow a run in 14.1 April innings while putting up a 15/2 K/BB ratio.  In 4.0 June innings he got pounded for 10 ER on 14 hits and 4 walks and was let go.  His total line for the season as a Major Leaguer is 4.55/4.06/4.15 in 31.2 IP.  His K rate is decent (20.3%), his BB rate is not (10.5%), and he’s actually been hit harder by lefties (.384 wOBA against) than righties (.303).  I’m not sure how the Yankees intend to use him, but his arrival might not be good news for the Davids Huff and Jeffs Francis of the world.…

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Yankeemetrics: July 21-24 (Rangers)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Chase Headley celebrates his game-winning hit on Tuesday. (AP Photo)

Comedy of Errors
The Yankees lost in embarrassing fashion on Monday, committing five errors en route to a 4-2 loss against the worst team in baseball, the Texas Rangers.

It was the first time they had at least five errors in a nine-inning game since August 20, 1998 at Minnesota, and the first time at home since October 1, 1989 vs the Tigers.

Shane Greene was responsible for three of the miscues, the first Yankee pitcher with at least three errors in a game since Tommy John on July 27, 1988.

Somehow Yankee pitchers were not charged with any unearned runs despite the five errors. This is the only time in the last 100 years that the Yankees made at least five errors without allowing an unearned run in a nine-inning game.  It has happened twice in extra-inning games in that span: on August 9, 2002 vs the A’s and August 18, 1927 vs the White Sox.…

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