Sounds Like Beltran’s Elbow Has Finally Had Enough

The bone spur in Carlos Beltran‘s elbow has been a “see how long he can go” situation since it was first diagnosed.  It sounds like that finish line may have been reached yesterday.  Beltran felt pain in his elbow during batting practice prior to last night’s game and was scratched from the lineup.  Speaking to the media, he didn’t sound like a man who was confident he was going to be able to keep playing through the pain:

“I felt pain during BP.  Talked to a doctor after, and I have already received three cortisones, so they don’t recommend another one. We talk about, what is the next step? I will probably give myself two or three more days, and if I can’t go out and take a swing like I normally take in a game, I might need to have the surgery.”

A little time off has been helpful here and there to keep him playing, but after 3 cortisone shots he’s not going to get another one.  …

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Game 143 Recap: Yanks 8 Rays 5

Teix-McCann vs TB

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A sputtering lineup can ill afford to lose 2 of its hottest hitters, yet that’s where the Yankees found themselves again last night heading into the middle game of their 3-game set against Tampa.  Then things got worse when Carlos Beltran was scratched before the start of the game.  Or did they?  With a lineup featuring Ichiro Suzuki in the 6-spot, the Yankees erased an early deficit and got the win they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.

The deficit came swiftly and without warning from the Ray lineup against starter Chris Capuano.  Ben Zobrist led of the game with a single after the crack Yankee infield failed to catch a foul pop up, and it quickly became apparent that Capuano had nothing.  He got 1 out, went walk-double-walk-single-single to the next 5 batters and his night was over.  Joe, not wanting the game to slip away that early, pulled the plug on Cap and went to his ‘pen and it was the right decision.  …

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 30: Past, Present, and Future

Domenic, Stacey, and the resurrected E.J. deliberate the fate of Brian Cashman, prognosticate the rest of the season and the upcoming off-season, begin to scratch the surface of the farm system, and reminisce (at least a little bit) about Derek Jeter.

And, as promised, here is the glorious sequence of errors from the Dodgers-Padres game earlier this week. I suggest that you open this musical number in a background tab and let the entire experience enfold you.

Keep the question coming! Tweet us @DomenicLanza, @StaceGots, and @ejfagan.

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Game 143: Odorizzi v. Capuano

As per Mark Feinsand, Brett Gardner will be out for a “significant amount of time,” as Joe Girardi stated “I’m not sure when we’ll get him back. It’s a concern of mine.” There are twenty games left in the season, including tonight, so it stands to reason that Gardner will not return in 2014.

So that’s awesome.

Tampa Bay Rays New York Yankees
Ben Zobrist, LF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Brandon Guyer, CF Derek Jeter, SS
Evan Longoria, 3B Brian McCann, C
Wil Myers, RF Carlos Beltran, DH
James Loney, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Yunel Escobar, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Logan Forsythe, 2B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Ryan Hanigan, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Sean Rodriguez, DH Chris Young, LF
Jake Odorizzi, SP Chris Capuano, SP
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Should Yankees Sign Victor Martinez This Offseason?

New York Daily News writer John Harper wrote a column yesterday saying that the Yankees should sign Victor Martinez.

Martinez has had a career year at age 36 for the Detroit Tigers, as he has hit .335/.406/.571 with a 165 wRC+ and a .411 wOBA. The 30 home runs Martinez has hit already are a career high. He is the only player in MLB with an OBP that is over .400 and has an amazingly low 6.8 percent K rate. Martinez’ .315 BABIP is right in line with his career rate, so that suggests that he has not been overly lucky to have this career year.

Obviously, the Yankees need a hitter producing like Martinez and more than one of them. Their offense this year is among the worst in franchise history and has made this season brutal to watch. However, Martinez just does not seem to fit into the Yankees right now.

The Yankees desperately need to get younger, and Martinez would add another old position player to go along with Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran.…

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Quick Hit: Can I Start Calling Them The B-Team Now?

If you’ve been hung up on the horrific offense, you might not have noticed this positive trend that Sweeny touched on last night.  The bullpen has been lights out for the last week.  20.2 scoreless innings is damn good and 7.2 of those innings have been pitched by the bargain bin collection of Huff, Whitley, Rogers, Hill, and Outman.  Add in another 3 from Shawn Kelley in 4 appearances and that’s more than half of that 20.2-inning scoreless streak being attributed to the 2nd, 3rd, and maybe 4th levels of the relief corps.

They don’t fill you with the level of confidence that comes with Betances and D-Rob, but give a tip of the cap to this crew.  They’re doing the job and doing it well when their name gets called.

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Quick hit: Thanks a lot, Yanks!

I was in my dad’s hospital room watching the Yankees/Rays game last night.

My poor dad, who had been asleep for most of my visit, actually had his eyes open so he was also watching the Yankees’ feeble attempts to get runners on base and score. At one point, he rolled his eyes and I’m pretty sure that if his arms weren’t strapped down – to prevent him from pulling out his lines – he would have waved his hands in disgust like he does when he’s healthy and at home.

Anyway, my dad watched the Yankees’ eighth and ninth innings and he just looked completely irritated and frustrated. So thanks a lot, Yankees, I actually saw a glimpse of my real dad for the first time in a while and it seems like your awful play brought it out.

Some of my thoughts from last night’s debacle:

  • The team is just boring to watch.
  • Even if it it’s not hit in a traditional 6-4-3 or 4-6-3 fashion, Derek Jeter will always seem to hit into a double play at the absolute worst time.
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Tanaka Update: Return To Sim Game City

As the Yankees drift further and further away from truly needing him to come back this season, Masahiro Tanaka presses forward on his rehab trail.  He returned to simulated game action yesterday, throwing a 3-inning, 45-pitch session prior to last night’s game.  Chad Jennings has the full story, but the long and short of it is that Tanaka said he felt better than he did in his last sim start and Joe and the coaching staff thought he looked a lot better.

The next step now is to see how his arm feels and responds to another between-start bullpen and then it sounds like he’ll get another sim start on Sunday.  After that, there’s a chance he could return to real game action by the end of next week.  That’s enough time for 2, maybe 3 starts depending on how Joe manages his rotation down the stretch.  Even not fully stretched out, 2-3 games of Tanaka is better than no Tanaka.  …

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Game 142 Recap: Rays 4 Yanks 3

Jeter K vs TB

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If the Yankees were going to make even the most token of attempts to hang around in the Wild Card race, they were going to have to stop losing close games.  They opened a 3-game series against the Rays last night, and naturally they did exactly that, falling 4-3 thanks to some more self-inflicted offensive wounds.

Before we get to those, let’s talk about Hiroki Kuroda‘s night.  It started with a strikeout of the side in the top of the 1st and the appearance that he had his A-game going.  Then the top of the 2nd started and all that went out the window.  James Loney homered to lead off the inning to put the Rays out front.  In the 3rd they strung 4 singles together in a 5-batter span to put 2 more on the board and hit 3 straight with 1 out in the 4th to make it 4-0 and end Kuroda’s night.  Whatever command he had in the 1st disappeared after that inning.  …

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