Quick Hit: Bullpen B-Team Gets It Done

The 9th inning home run dramatics will get the headlines this morning, but the key to the Yankee comeback last night was the stellar relief work by their bullpen.  Dellin Betances and David Robertson each gave Joe a couple of big innings to keep the team in the game after Capuano exited and set up the walk-off homer.

Oh wait, no they didn’t.  They were apparently unavailable due to each of them pitching once since last Sunday and so Joe elected to guy with his lower-tier guys.  With team team’s postseason heartbeat potentially on the line, Joe put it in the hands of Josh Outman, Rich Hill, Esmil Rogers, Shawn Kelley, and Adam Warren.  And they got it done.

4.2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, and 4 strikeouts.  If you saw that line coming from that group, you’re a smarter person than I.  Hill finally did what he was brought here to do and struck out David Ortiz in the 5th after Ortiz had taken Capuano yard twice.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 2-4 (Red Sox)

Chase Headley celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer to beat the Red Sox on Thursday. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Chase Headley celebrates after hitting a walk-off homer to beat the Red Sox on Thursday. (Photo: NY Daily News)

Rookies of the Year
The Yankees started their crucial nine-game homestand with a 9-4 blowout loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Two rookies, Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, led Boston’s offensive barrage. Betts was 3-for-5 with a homer while Bogaerts went 4-for-5 with a homer.

Bogaerts is the first Red Sox rookie with at least four hits at Yankee Stadium since Jim Rice in 1975. He is also the youngest Red Sox with at least four hits against the Yankees since a 21-year-old Carl Yastrzemski on July 9, 1961.

Here’s a look at what the duo accomplished together:
• First pair of Red Sox rookies to both homer in the same game vs the Yankees since Phil Plantier and Bob Zupcic did so on September 21, 1991.
• First pair of Red Sox rookies to both homer in the same game at Yankee Stadium since the rookie rules were established in 1958.…

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Koji Uehorror – Yankees walk it off in the ninth

The Yankees appeared to be heading to another frustrating loss and Koji Uehara trotted in from the bullpen to protect a 4-3 lead. Three batters later, Mark Teixeira had tied it with homer and after a Brian McCann (hard hit) line drive out, Chase Headley hit a bomb to the third deck to win the game in walk-off fashion. Headley was met at home to a frenzied celebration and a Gardner Gatorade bath.

Uehara is really struggling right now and his big out pitch, the split-fingered fastball, is just not sinking and when that pitch doesn’t work, it becomes a batting practice fastball. Living in Maine with the blackout rules, I had to watch the game on NESN and the post game show featured Dennis Eckersley savaging Uehara. Hey, the guy won them a World Series last year, lighten up!

The game to the ninth inning was pretty tough to watch. Stacey Gotsulias was hurling epithets all over Twitter and who could blame her.…

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Game 138: Capuano Vs. Workman

I’m going to be real honest with you here.  I don’t give a crap about this game.  I don’t.  It’s a game featuring Chris Capuano and Brandon Workman pitching for Yankee and Red Sox teams that are a combined 12 games under .500 and the 2 lowest scoring teams in the American League.  Hard to get even remotely titillated at any of that when the other option is NFL opening night, which happens to feature the Green Bay Packers.  It’s all Packers all the time for me tonight, but if you’re going to be a better soldier than I and watch this game, here’s your open thread.

Yankee starting lineup is the same as last night:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Derek Jeter- SS
3) Brett Gardner- LF
4) Carlos Beltran- DH
5) Mark Teixeira- 1B
6) Brian McCann- C
7) Chase Headley- 3B
8) Stephen Drew- 2B
9) Ichiro Suzuki- RF

Go Yankees.  Or don’t.  That’s cool too.

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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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Courtesy of Yankees.com

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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