Game 31: My Kingdom for a win!

Here is tonight’s game thread. Exciting, I know.

Lineups:
YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro RF
Phelps P

ANGELS
Aybar SS
Trout CF
Pujols 1B
Cron DH
Kendrick 2B
Stewart 3B
Iannetta C
Green LF
Cowgill RF

Pitching matchup: David Phelps vs Jered Weaver

Enjoy!

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What To Make Of Sabathia’s Poor Outing

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Over the last few years, we’ve watched CC Sabathia‘s velocity decline along with his efficiency on the mound. Many narratives continue to point to the correlation between the slower speed of his fastball and his rising ERA, and even Sabathia has discussed his attempt to become a pitcher that relies less on his power fastball.

Sabathia’s weight loss has also correlated with his declining velocity, and Sabathia again dropped weight this offseason. As opposed to the 2012-2013 offseason, the southpaw made an effort to also gain muscle along with his fat loss, in order to prevent the muscle loss that he believed contributed to his fastball decline in 2013.

Yesterday, Sabathia finally showed a slight increase in his velocity. In the month of April, Sabathia averaged 88.5 mph on his sinker and 89.4 mph on his four-seam fastball according to PITCHf/x. In his first start of May, the left-hander averaged 88.9 mph on his sinker and 90.3 mph on his four-seam fastball.…

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Prospects Who’s Not: April

Well, I’ve given you the the hot prospects for April, along with some well-deserved honorable mentions, so now it’s time for the not so hot. While the Hot list was tough to make because there were those deserving a mention who got left off, the Not list was much easier. This was in part to some rough performances by some recognizable names, but also because not as many of the more important prospects struggled. There were plenty whose April was more of a mixed bag, but here are five who really are going to need to turn things around in May.

Austin Romine (C, Scranton):
I have never given out a Not Prospect of the Month, but Romine is tempting me this April. After a brief call up to New York early in April, the Yankees passed him over for John Ryan Murphy when Cervelli got injured. If Romine was trying to convince them they made a mistake, he certainly has done little to prove them wrong.…

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Prospects Who’s Hot: April

I always like it when this list is hard to put together because I feel like there are a decent number of players I could talk about here. That was the case this month, so here are my picks for April, in no particular order.

Peter O’Brien (C, Tampa):
O’Brien had a solid first full season in professional baseball last year, splitting time between Charleston and Tampa. He has picked up right where he left off this month, crushing the ball with a .330/.361/.703 line. He had eight homers, eight doubles and a triple, alone with sixteen RBIs. Despite crushing the ball, O’Brien has only taken four walks over 24 games, striking out 22 times. If he keeps swinging like this he may be taking at bats in Trenton by the break.

Luis Severino (RHP, Charleston):
The Dominican righty got his first taste of baseball stateside last season and has started his first full season very strong. Despite a rough first outing, where he gave up three runs in just two innings, Severino turned around and threw seventeen innings with only one earned run over the rest of the month of April (four starts).…

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Minors Review: April

I find it hard to believe that it is already May, possibly because up here in northern New England it felt like winter was never going to end this year, but it is and so we have our first month of Minor League baseball in the books. The strange weather has played some role in the early part of the season for some of the Yankees’ affiliates, but overall there have been some very positive things going on down on the farm.

zoiloScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Like many of the teams located in the northeast, the RailRiders’ April was interrupted by the slow departure of winter (if in fact it has left…). They had nine games postponed due to rain, snow or inclement weather, in addition to battling through some chilly games. At the end of April, Scranton had an 11-13 record, while not the strong start the RailRiders had hoped for, it hasn’t put them too far behind Buffalo and Pawtucket, who both started the year a little stronger and lead the IL North Division.…

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Big Al Reintroduces Himself To Yankeeland

Aceves vs TB

Courtesy of the AP

The easy headlines from yesterday afternoon’s stinker were CC’s horrific performance and the offense’s continued non-existence.  About the only positive one, which Kenny wisely covered in the IIATMS/TYA recap of the game, was the successful re-debut of Alfredo Aceves in the Yankee bullpen.  Called up after the bulk of the ‘pen got worked hard in Friday night’s 14-inning loss, Aceves got the call when CC failed to get out of the 4th.  Although initially brought in to be more of a sacrificial lamb to save the rest of the bullpen for the road trip, Aceves made Joe look doubly smart by tossing 5.1 shutout innings and keeping the Yankees in the game.

It was a pretty unexpected outcome if you’ve followed Aceves’ career since he left the Yankees after 2010.  He joined the Red Sox in 2011 after being non-tendered and put up a season reminiscent of his career best 2009 season in pinstripes, pitching 114.0 innings of mostly relief work with a few spot starts and posting a 2.61 ERA.  …

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Sheesh, C : Rays 5, Yankees 1

sabathiaNone of the hits, none of the CC, all of the Aceves. That pretty much sums up Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.

Sabathia started out in the 1st by surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria, then the Yankees picked him up in the next frame after Mark Teixeira led off with a single, and Yangervis Solarte brought him in with a fairly shallow Sac Fly. From there the Yankees would only pick up 5 more hits, and strand 6 runners. The top of the order (Ellsbury, Jeter, Beltran) went a combined 0/12.

Two particular innings were disappointing on offense – the fifth saw the Yankees pick up back-to-back singles from Gardner and Murphy, before the top of the order was retired 1-2-3, and the 7th started with back-to-back base hits from Solarte and Gardner, and ended with three straight outs after that. Outside those frames, the going was tough with the bats.

Back to Sabathia – he didn’t have trouble in the 2nd, but from there it was all downhill.…

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Game 30: The Rubber Game

Welcome to today’s game thread.

HEre are your lineups:

RAYS
Forsythe 3B
Jennings CF
Longoria DH
Myers RF
Rodriguez 2B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Guyer LF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Johnson 5
Solarte 2B
Gardner LF
Murphy C

Pitching matchup: Bedard vs. Sabathia

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