Game 100 Recap: Rangers 5 Yankees 2

Tanaka-McCann vs TEX

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The Yankees were bound to lose a game in this series at some point.  Figured it would be last night as the follow-up to the mauling they put on the Rangers on Tuesday.  Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t especially sharp in his start, and the offense never got going against Colby Lewis despite some early runs.  Oh well.  Series victory still intact heading into tonight’s series finale.

It looked like it was shaping up to be a productive night against Lewis in the top of the 2nd.  Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run to start the inning, and a pair of singles by the middle infield combo put runners on the corners with 2 outs.  Jacoby Ellsbury came up and lined a ribbie single up the middle to make it 2-0, and the Yankees were off and running.

Or not.  Lewis retired the side in order in the 3rd, got a strike ‘em out/throw ‘em out double play to end the 4th, and Brett Gardner hit into another double play to end the 5th.  …

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Game 100: Tanaka vs. Lewis

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

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Rougned Odor, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, DH
Brian McCann, C Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Mitch Moreland, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Josh Hamilton, LF
Garrett Jones, 1B Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Stephen Drew, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Colby Lewis, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/29/15

It’s been mostly quiet on the Yankee trade deadline front for the last few days.  They’re connected to almost everybody in some capacity, but don’t seem to be seriously involved with anybody.  Hopefully there’s another behind-the-scenes deal being worked on.  It would be puzzling and disappointing to see the deadline pass without them making at least 1 move.  Here’s the latest:

As first reported by Jack Curry, the Yanks designated Chris Capuano earlier today.  That decision was almost surely driven by his abysmal performance last night and the fact that the Yanks have a ton of Triple-A depth arms.  The newest one getting called up tonight is righty Caleb Cotham, and Diego Moreno will get to keep his roster spot after his splendid relief outing.

– The big story from yesterday was the Royals trading for Ben Zobrist.  Zobrist was a known target and would have been a perfect fit for the Yankees’ needs, but it doesn’t sound like they were ever seriously in contention for him.…

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Against David Ortiz, Hall of Famer

Ortiz 2015

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Before Pedro Martinez‘s ceremony at Fenway Park last night, the Red Sox introduced David Ortiz as, “David Ortiz, future Hall of Famer.” By any reasonable standard, David Ortiz is not a Hall of Famer.

Here’s Ortiz’s case:

  • 48.3 career bWAR. Hit .283/.377/.543
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 6.4, 5.7, 5.3, 4.4, 4.2
  • 3 World Series rings, .295/.409/.553 in the postseason, lots of big clutch hits
  • 273 career games at 1b. 1,837 at DH.

Very good player. By today’s standard, not even close to a Hall of Fame player. Let’s compare Ortiz to some contemporaries:

Edgar Martinez

  • 68.3 career bWAR. Hit .312/.418/.515
  • Best 5 seasons by bWAR: 7.0, 6.5, 6.5, 6.2, 6.1
  • 0 World Series rings. Hit .266/.365/.508 in limited postseason time, mostly late in his career
  • 564 career games at 3b. 1403 at DH. Handful at 1b
  • Comparison to Ortiz: More bWAR in fewer games. Twice as much time in the field. No postseason accomplishments.
  • HOF Case: Probably should be in, but probably won’t break 50% in the voting

Jim Thome

  • 72.9 career bWAR.
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The Slippery Slope of MLB’s Deal with DraftKings

There are so many fun things going on this season that I should glory in a seven game division lead and sing the Yankees’ praises. And maybe I will do that next week. However, there has been something sticking in my craw for weeks now and I need to talk about it. The “It” is Major League Baseball’s marriage to DraftKings. The deal is, of course, worth millions to the league and its owners and you could even say that it draws more interest to the game from casual fans. But that doesn’t make this a good thing for the game.

First, some background, both personal and about how we got here. Let’s start with the latter. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in response to a growing plague of online gambling sites. As a part of that law, it is spelled out that fantasy sports are not gambling because it is a game of skill and not of chance.…

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Game 99 Recap: Yankees 21 Rangers 5

21 unanswered runs.  Is that good?

Last night’s game was about as ridiculous as a Major League game could be.  Spot starter Chris Capuano didn’t make it out of the bottom of the 1st for the Yankees, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks while recording only 2 outs.  It looked like the Yankees were going to be in for a long night.  And then the top of the 2nd happened.

Yanks Top 2nd vs TEX

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11 runs, 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP.  The first 8 batters of the inning reached base.  Brendan freaking Ryan had 2 extra-base hits in the inning!! And somehow, strangely enough, the Rangers struck out the side.  Ya know, Suzyn, sometimes you just can’t predict baseball.

The onslaught continued from there, finally ending at 3 touchdowns and 3 extra points while Texas didn’t record another hit against Yankee pitching after the 1st.  It’s almost like a blowout loss in the sense that there really isn’t any need to recap all the details of the game.  …

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Game 99: Capuano vs. Perez

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

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Delino DeShields, CF
Chris Young, LF Rougned Odor, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Adrian Beltre, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Prince Fielder, DH
Chris Young, RF Elvis Andrus, SS
Chase Headley, 3B Mitch Moreland, 1B
John Ryan Murphy, C Ryan Rua, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Chris Capuano, SP Martin Perez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Why the Perenially Sad-Sack Rockies Won the Tulo Trade

As the trade deadline approaches, if you’re not happy with Cashman’s performance, here’s your daily optimism: it could be worse – a lot worse. Trust me: I’m not just a Yankees fan; I’m also a Rockies fan. As Matt noted, the Rockies are deservedly seen as a “clown shoes organization”; the long list of low points span this year’s decision to bring a homer-prone 80 ERA+ starter to Coors Field (predictably yielding 2 HR/9 and a 6.33 ERA), to former General Manager Dan O’Dowd declaring during a 76-86 season, “You look at some of the games we’re winning. Those aren’t just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this.” I’ll pass on O’Dowd’s theology in favor of Einstein’s view, “God does not play dice,” because I don’t think God plays baseball either – but if I did believe in a baseball-game-influencing God, and I had responsibility for the Rockies’ record of failure like O’Dowd, I’d be displeased, not self-satisfied, at the thought, “God has definitely had a hand in this.”

But with O’Dowd getting all-too-belatedly booted this past year, we in Rockiesland are hopeful that new thirtysomething GM Jeff Bridich is a different breed.…

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Should the Yankees Reacquire Martin Prado?

The Yankees need a second baseman.

Starters at the position have hit a team-low .193 this season, with a .619 OPS. Stephen Drew continues to draw starts despite his disappointing play, Jose Pirela’s bat hasn’t quite packed the punch the Yankees had hoped, and the team doesn’t appear ready to give Rob Refsnyder a shot yet.

Several teams have noted interest in 2B Ben Zobrist of the Athletics, so his price may be a bit too high for New York’s liking. A cheaper option may be looking to acquire an old friend.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Martin Prado might be an option for the Yankees.

The Yankees traded for the 31 year-old at last year’s trade deadline, before shipping him off to the Marlins last December along with David Phelps for Nate Eovaldi.…

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