Why is Garrett Jones on this Roster? The Yankees Need a Left-Handed Bench Bat

You probably watched the game on Friday night: tied in the 9th inning with one out, Carlos Beltran hits a single off LHP Brett Cecil. Chase Headley is about to come up to bat. Chris Young, probably the best lefty-masher on any MLB bench, is available to pinch hit. I’m at the game, waiting for Joe Girardi to make the no-brainer move. And then… Chris Young pinch runs for Carlos Beltran.

What the hell happened? Why did Girardi, who plays the percentages as well as any manager, not make the switch to his best hitter? I react:

Pinch-running Young, who hardly steals bases these days, felt like a tremendous waste that took me a little bit to process. Even if you want to let Chase Headley bat, Young can hit for Didi or Stephen Drew if Headley hits a single or takes a walk.…

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Game 109 Quick Recap: TOR 6 NYY 0

I spent the bulk of my late morning and early afternoon sitting in a car dealership following the game on Gamecast and Twitter, so that tells you how many Saturday went.  I really don’t have the energy to write a coherent recap.  Let’s just hit the typical Yankee loss talking points, shall we?

The Lack of Offense- The Yankee have pounded David Price in the recent past, so this game should have been one to right the offensive ship.  Instead they didn’t score anything.  They barely threatened.  3 hits, none for extra bases, and they didn’t capitalize on the 2 times they had 2 runners on base.  The slump is real.  4 runs scored in 4 games.

The One Bad Inning- Ivan Nova was a beast through 5.  He struck out 6, only gave up 2 hits, and his stuff was really popping.  Then he tired in the 6th, loaded the bases on a walk and 2 singles, and served up a hanging curveball to Justin Smoak for the game-ending grand slam.…

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Game 109: Nova vs. Price

Last night’s loss was annoying, frustrating and deflating.

Let’s reverse that feeling today, shall we?


Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Smoak 1B
Martin C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

Ellsbury CF
Young LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Beltran RF
Headley 3B
Gregorius SS
Ryan 2B

Enjoy the game! (Hopefully…)

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Game 108 Quick Recap: TOR 2 NYY 1 (10 Inn.)

Well so much for figuring out how to hit a knuckleball.  The Yankees were stymied again by R.A. Dickey, scoring 1 meager run against him in 7 innings and then never scoring another one in a frustrating extra-innings loss.

They had plenty of chances to get a big hit too and didn’t do it.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 2nd and got nothing.  Had 2 on with 2 outs in the 3rd and got nothing.  Carlos Beltran walked to lead off the 4th and was immediately erased by a GIDP.  A 1-out single in the 7th led to nothing, the runner didn’t even advance.  And then just for good measure, they grounded into 2 more inning-ending double plays after leadoff baserunners in the 8th and 9th.  The only run of the night came on a Mark Teixeira home run to left, his 30th of the season.

Nathan Eovaldi more than did his job in holding the powerful Jays offense down.  …

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Game 108: Eovaldi vs. Dickey

If you’re looking for some disconcerting pre-game reading, check out Stacey’s post on the Yankees struggles against the knuckleball. It’s informative and depressing – the perfect combination.

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Troy Tulowitzki, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Josh Donaldson, 3B Brett Gardner, LF
Jose Bautista, RF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Justin Smoak, 1B Brian McCann, C
Russell Martin, C Carlos Beltran, RF
Ryan Goins, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Pillar, CF Didi Gregorius, SS
Ben Revere, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
R.A. Dickey, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/7/15


With no trade deadline to muck up the plans, we’re back to the regularly scheduled weekly linkaround this week.  Also I’m really excited for this weekend’s series.  It’s going to be so sweet when the Yanks take 2 of 3.  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down the changes made by Nathan Eovaldi and Brendan Ryan to help their respective games.

– On Wednesday, Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY talked to Garrett Jones about his quick return to the Yankees after the Dustin Ackley injury.

– Nicolas Stellini of BP Bronx updated his top 15 Yankee prospects list.

– On Thursday, el duque of It Is High… touched on the importance for the Yankees to learn something from Wednesday night that can help them against R.A. Dickey this weekend.  They looked ugly against the knuckler the other night.

– Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley analyzed the changes Carlos Beltran made to his approach that helped turn his season around offensively.…

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How The Yankees Fare Against the Knuckleball: It Ain’t Pretty

On Wednesday night, the Yankees were stymied by Boston’s knuckleballer Steven Wright and tonight, they will be facing another knuckleballer in R.A. Dickey. Because of this, I decided to take a look at how the Yankees have fared historically against the knuckleball. (Please note: My data only goes back to 2009, but I figured that was a big enough sample size for this exercise.)

Anyway, here’s their spray chart. Again, this is 2009 – 2015:


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Their best year came in 2009 when they played in four games against knuckleball pitchers and faced 188 pitches: .283/.327/.478/.805

Their two worst years are 2010 and this season and the numbers are quite similar. In six games in 2010, the Yankees batted .174/.204/.283/.487 and this year, in four games so far, they’re batting .171/.242/.305/.547. Note the on base and slugging numbers which combine for the OPS are higher in 2015, but are still pretty awful.

Some more stats:

  • 2014 marks the only year in which the Yankees did not hit at least one home run off the knuckleball.
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Quick hit: Is Gordon Edes kidding me right now?

Now, let me preface this mini rant with some information. I do not follow Gordon Edes on Twitter but someone I follow from the @IIATMS* account retweeted this into the timeline, I saw it in Tweetdeck and I had an interesting reaction to it.

Here’s the tweet in question:

My reaction was as follows:


No, really, is he serious? One pumped up reaction from CC Sabathia after a pretty hairy in-game scenario cancels out over a decade of David Ortiz posing like a statue every time he hits a home run? One reaction from Sabathia getting a big strikeout cancels out Ortiz taking three minutes to round the bases after those home runs? One measly fist pump/scream/roaring-like-a-lion incident cancels out everything Ortiz has done? Nope.…

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About Last Night: CC Sabathia

Well, last night’s result was unexpected, wasn’t it?

While I realize the 2015 version of the Boston Red Sox doesn’t have the scary lineup that the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays currently pencil in every night, when CC Sabathia is pitching, he can make just about any lineup seem like those formidable Jays for at least an inning. Thankfully for us, and for the Yankees, that didn’t happen last night. He had his scary inning – the fifth – but it didn’t result in five unanswered runs. Progress!

I think it’s safe to say that he pitched his best game in a long time last night.

So how did Sabathia actually pull off that feat? By pitching like the CC of old. Mr. Sabathia was dialing it up to 94 in some spots. Specifically during his bases loaded strikeout of David Ortiz to end the fifth inning. He needed to get the out and he did by pitching Ortiz inside and hard.…

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