About Last Night: Dellin Betances’ 7th inning in pictures

Dellin Betances came into the seventh inning of last night’s game with the Yankees hanging on to a 2-1 lead against the Rays and within moments, made us all think that maybe he should have gotten another day off.

All Betances had to do was get one out and three walks later, we were wondering if the Yankees were going to end up losing the game in annoying fashion.

As you can see, he was having a little trouble finding the plate (from the catcher’s perspective).

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Here’s the pitch frequency map (from the pitcher’s perspective):

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Those three walks were issued to Grady Sizemore, Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe which not only loaded the bases but loaded them with James Loney coming to the plate. And what did Betances do next? He struck out Loney on three pitches because that’s what we all expected, obviously.

Betances went low-high-low with his velocity in the Loney at bat and when that happens, there isn’t much a batter can do.… Click here to read the rest

Game 145 Recap: Yankees 3 Rays 1

Bird HR vs TB

Is it me or is every home run he hits important? Courtesy of the AP

Chris Archer ain’t nothing.  Yankees have faced him twice in the last 10 days and beaten him both times.  If only they could have won a few more games against other pitchers in that timespan.  Archer got outdueled by Luis Severino last night as the Yankees rode their blue chipper’s right arm, Greg Bird’s bat, and the bullpen A-Team to a much needed series victory.

Severino struggled to his spots and keep his fastball out of the middle part of the strike zone his last time out against the Blue Jays.  He didn’t have those same struggles last night and the aggressive Tampa lineup just plain couldn’t keep up with his stuff.  He was working 96-97 with his fastball and low 90s with his slider, and he seemed to make his best pitches when he was on the verge of getting into trouble.  He stranded 2 after a leadoff double and a walk in the bottom of the 2nd, struck out 2 to strand a runner in the 4th, and worked out of a 1-out, runners on second and third jam in the 5th by inducing a weak groundout and a pop out to the catcher.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Nova is out of the rotation and Citi Field match ups are announced

Ivan Nova has been removed from the Yankees’ starting rotation.

He gave up six runs over 1 2/3 innings in his start on Saturday against the Blue Jays. That raised his season ERA to 5.11.

And the Yankees also announced this weekend’s rotation against the Mets at Citi Field and the match ups are as follows: Tanaka vs. Matz on Friday, Pineda vs. Syndergaard on Saturday and Sabathia vs. Harvey on Sunday. Nova will be available out of the bullpen. … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Now It’s Tanaka Time

The Yankees face the Rays in a very important rubber match tonight.  The Yankees will be sending 21-year-old Luis Severino to the mound to start the game, fresh off his first real bad MLB outing against the Blue Jays over the weekend and with a potential quasi-calf issue.  The Rays will be sending their ace and noted Yankee dominator Chris Archer to the mound.  Advantage Rays.

While the Yanks won’t have that ace advantage tonight, they will have it when Masahiro Tanaka toes the rubber next, most likely on Friday against the Mets.  This would line him up to make a start against the Blue Jays in next week’s crucial final series, and it would require him to make both starts on regular rest.  That’s something the Yankees have gone out of their way to avoid as much as possible this season, but as Mike Axisa clearly and correctly explained this morning at RAB, the time for that arm protection is over.  … Click here to read the rest

The Yankee Offense Drives Me Insane

I know. You are tired of me writing about the Yankees’ offense. I have railed all year about it and I don’t blame you for being sick of it. It’s just that misery loves company. If I have to watch this team hit every night and drive myself to distraction, then I might as well take someone with me. Frankly, I hate this offense.

As thrilling a win as Monday night was with Slade Heathcott‘s three-run dinger to win it, the Yankees had just four hits. Last night they had five. Just a random couple of games? Hardly. The Yankees have had five or less hits in a game 29 times. That is tied for sixth most in the Majors. That is also 20% of their games or a fifth of them. Is that a lot? Well…the 2009 Yankees did that only fourteen times all season. Which is also how many times the Blue Jays have done it this season.… Click here to read the rest

Game 144 Recap: Rays 6 Yankees 3

Franklin HR vs NYY

Giving up homers to guys hitting under .140, guh. Courtesy of Getty Images

The Yankees went from almost getting no-hit by Erasmo Ramirez on Monday night to just not getting enough hits last night.  That’s progress, depending on how you want to look at the situation, but when that low hits count only lead to 3 runs and you’re working with the C-level pitching squad, you probably aren’t going to win the game.  The Yankees didn’t.

The sad thing was that 2 of the 3 hits the Yanks got off Tampa starter Jake Odorizzi were home runs and both of them gave the team a lead.  Alex Rodriguez embarrassed Odorizzi by crushing a 1-0 fastball the other way for a solo homer in the top of the 1st to make it 1-0 Yanks, and Greg Bird bested Odorizzi in a tough battle to drive in A-Rod with a 2-run bomb to dead center in the 4th to make it 3-2 Yanks.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 144: Warren vs. Odorizzi

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

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF John Jaso, DH
Brett Gardner, LF Grady Sizemore, LF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Brian McCann, C Logan Forsythe, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Greg Bird, 1B James Loney, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Mikie Mahtook, RF
Didi Gregorius, SS Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Stephen Drew, 2B J.P. Arencibia, C
Adam Warren, SP Jake Odorizzi, SP

Enjoy the game!… Click here to read the rest

Is Rico Noel Worth A Playoff Roster Spot?

It’s no secret how the New York Yankees score their runs. They’re second in the league in home runs, and that’s what they’re going to live and die on for the rest of the season. The narrative that they hit too many home runs is folly, but their overall team speed does hurt the Yankees, not their approaches at the plate.

You can argue that five Yankees — Alex Rodriguez, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Greg Bird — should be pinch run for in a big spot. Obviously, you can’t pinch run for all of them, but that’s a huge problem when the Yankees are trying to come back in games in later innings. If they’re down one run and one of those guys are on base it will most likely take two hits to score.

According to Baseball Reference, the Yankees take an extra base (more than one base on a single or more than two bases on a double) on 34 percent of their chances, which is 28th in MLB and one percent more than last place.… Click here to read the rest