Game 94: Jimenez vs. #TANAK

Welcome to this afternoon’s game thread!

Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES
Machado 3B
Paredes DH
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Reimold RF
Wieters C
Schoop 2B
Hardy SS
Lough LF

Jimenez P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
A-Rod DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Murphy C
Drew 2B

Tanaka P

Enjoy the game!

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A few cool fun facts about the Yankees, Tex and A-Rod

So last night I was looking at the Yankees’ schedule because I didn’t even know where they were playing this weekend – it’s Minnesota and I know, I should know this stuff – and I noticed something pretty interesting. The Yankees have played in eight one-run games so far in July and they have won six of them. And their last last five games have all been one-run games with one loss in those five coming against Seattle on Saturday.

They’ve also played in four two-run games with one loss coming against the Red Sox on 7/11.

The one-run games:

  • A 3-2 victory against Tampa on 7/4
  • A 4-3 loss to the A’s on 7/7
  • A 5-4 win against the A’s on 7/8
  • A 4-3 win against the Mariners on 7/17
  • A 4-3 loss to the Mariners on 7/18
  • A 2-1 win against the Mariners on 7/19
  • A 3-2 win against the Orioles on Tuesday
  • Last night’s 4-3 win against the Orioles

What does this all mean?…

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Game 93 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

A-Rod HR vs BAL II

Wheelhouse. Courtesy of MLB.com

Just keep winning series.  That’s the focus right now and the Yankees locked up their 5th straight with another 1-run win last night.  Ivan Nova looked pretty good in his latest start, the offense jumped out early thanks to some pop from the old guys in the 3-4 spots, and the bullpen held on late.  That’s 3 wins in a row, 5 in the last 6, and 8 in the last 10.

I’d say Nova’s early comeback results from TJS have been more than acceptable, and last night was another example of that.  He walked the first batter of the game, gave up a 2-run home run to Ryan Flaherty in the top of the 3rd as part of a 3-hit inning, and he walked the first 2 batters of the 5th.  Nova also got out of the 1st without allowing any runs, worked 1-2-3 innings in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th, and retired 3 in a row to hold Baltimore scoreless after the 2 5th-inning walks.  …

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Game 93: Gausman vs. Nova

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES
Machado 3B
Snider LF
Jones CF
Wieters DH
Davis RF
Schoop 2B
Hardy SS
Flaherty 1B
Joseph C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Drew 2B

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Dellin Back Dealin’ Again

Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch.  He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th.  Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the “Joe is running his guys into the ground” argument was going to start up again.

Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal.  Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts.  He’s back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.

He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some.  …

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Some random baseball (and life) thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon

I really love this Yankees team right now.

They’re not exactly world beaters and outscoring everyone by five runs a game and there are times, like last night, when they’re hitting failures are tough to watch, but they did win the game and that’s what matters.

They also look like they’re having fun, they’re relaxed and they’re enjoying each other. They’re not tight asses or businesslike anymore.

You know what else is great? It’s quiet. You’re not seeing as many stories about the Yankees as you would in the past. There isn’t a sideshow happening off the field. The only things happening off the field are group outings and birthday parties. Everything the media is concerned with right now is happening on the field.

Like friend of the blog Craig Calcaterra said yesterday after A-Rod sent his tweet with the picture of the guys at CC Sabathia’s birthday party, “I cannot recall a Yankee season in the past 20 years that has had less controversy or drama about it than this one.…

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Nathan Eovolving

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

There was a time earlier in this season when a Nathan Eovaldi start would bring a certain level of dread. We all saw his numbers with the Miami Marlins and his early results with the Yankees were not all that different. Here we are in July and at least the palms don’t get a bit sweaty until the fifth inning. That is progress. And if you look closely at the numbers, Eovaldi is evolving and there is the hope that the Yankees have themselves a pitcher here.

The big thing going for Eovaldi is that despite the lack of success his “stuff” produced, the “stuff” was there and he is only 25-years-old. Like the old line in the Alladin movie, “He can be taught!” The result of that teaching is starting to pay off.

In Eovaldi’s last six starts, he has pitched 33.1 innings and has allowed 30 hits. That is fairly significant an evolution as the one hallmark of Eovaldi’s entire career is giving up a bunch of hits.…

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Game 92 Recap: Yankees 3 Orioles 2

Miller-Mac vs BAL

Courtesy of Getty Images

They made it!  It’s been a long battle to get there, but the Yankees finally reached the 10 games over .500 plateau last night with a close win over the division rival Orioles.  Once again it was the combination of just enough starting pitching, just enough offense, and a lockdown bullpen getting the job done.

The offense staked Nathan Eovaldi to a lead with a couple of early manufactured runs.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to lead off the bottom of the 1st, moved to third on a Brett Gardner sac bunt, and scored on an Alex Rodriguez sac fly.  A pair of singles by Brian McCann and Chris Young put them in business in the bottom of the 2nd, and Chase Headley doubled in a run to make it 2-0.

The Yankees failed to tack on more in that inning though, and Eovaldi walked a fine line in working 5 scoreless innings.  He stranded a leadoff walk in the 1st and worked around 2 to keep Baltimore off the board in the 5th.  …

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