Contemplating Adam Warren In The Rotation

Warren vs SEA II

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A popular topic of conversation right now in Yankeeland is Vidal Nuno‘s spot in the rotation and whether or not he deserves to keep it.  He did little to help his cause last Saturday when he gave up 3 home runs in a loss to Baltimore, his 11th, 12th, and 13th in 12 starts, and I think Joe would like to remove him if he could.  Unfortunately for him, the organizational starting depth being stretched thin by injuries has left the Yankees without a suitable replacement sitting front and center.

One name that’s been talked about a lot as a possibility is Adam Warren.  The former starting pitching prospect has settled nicely into a middle relief and occasional setup role this season after being given a token spot in the Spring Training 5th starter competition.  Warren made the transition from starter to reliever almost full-time last year when he earned himself a bullpen spot out of spring camp, and while he hasn’t worked as a starter since 2012 it’s reasonable to think he could be at least a slight improvement over Nuno.  …

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Ask and you shall receive: Blue Jays 8, Yankees 3

Well, I asked the Yankees to score three runs in the game thread and they did. Of course, it would have been better if they hadn’t allowed the Blue Jays to score eight of their own. Oops.

Oh well!

Chase Whitley had an awful outing. His final line was 3.1 IP, 11 H, 8R, 8ER, 3BB, 2K and he gave up a home run to Adam Lind that quickly made it 6-0 in the second inning. Toronto went up 7-0 in that same inning thanks to a Dioner Navarro double that scored Edwin Encarnacion.

Mark Teixeira was responsible for the only Yankee run in the first eight innings – he hit a solo shot in the top of the fourth.

Navarro stuck again in the bottom of the fourth, hitting an RBI single to put Toronto up 8-1. Whitley was taken out with one out in the fourth.

The Yankees scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Yangervis Solarte broke out of an 0-28 slump with an RBI single and Kelly Johnson hit career double #200 which scored Carlos Beltran to make the score 8-3.…

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Game 75: Can I get a run? Two? Maybe three if we’re ambitious?

Welcome to tonight’s game thread!

The Yankees are north of the border facing the Blue Jays again. The next few series combined with the last two are an AL East-apalooza. After facing the Jays, the Yankees are playing against the Red Sox and the Rays.

Here are your lineups:

Gardner LF
Beltran DH
Ellsbury CF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro RF
Ryan SS

Reyes SS
Cabrera LF
Lind DH
Encarnacion 1B
Rasmus CF
Navarro C
Francisco 3B
Kawasaki 2B
Gose RF

The pitching matchup is Whitley vs. Stroman.


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Monday Afternoon Open Thread: The Old Timers’ Day Hangover Edition


My view from 420C

Yesterday I attended my 16th Old Timers’ Day in a row.

It’s my favorite day of the baseball season and I enjoy it even more than Opening Day because I love the history of the New York Yankees. I like seeing guys I haven’t seen in years and I like seeing the mainstay old timers’ who are there every year.

My Old Timers’ streak is the one streak I will not allow to come to an end. I’ve already screwed up my long opening day streak and my long opening weekend series streak but the Old Timers’ Day streak will stay intact no matter what. I want to be 74 years-old attending my 50th Old Timers’ Day in a row and watching as Derek Jeter slowly jogs out of the Yankees’ dugout with his belt way up high, over his expanding old man belly.

A girl can dream, right?

Anyway, the Old Timers’ game was fun and those players probably would have scored more than the current Yankees did against the Orioles yesterday.…

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Yankeemetrics: June 20-22 (Orioles)

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Beltran earns his pinstripes
Entering Friday night’s game against the Orioles, the Yankees were one of two teams (along with the Royals) that had yet to have its fans celebrate a walk-off win this season.

Carlos Beltran removed the Yankees from that list with one swing of the bat, hitting a three-run walk-off home run to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and first since 2008 with the Mets. The last Yankee before Beltran to hit a walk-off homer against the Orioles was Nick Swisher in 2010.

Beltran is just the second player to hit a walk-off homer with the Mets and the Yankees, according to friend of IIATMS and ESPN New York writer Mark Simon. The only other player to do it was Darryl Strawberry, who hit three with the Mets and one with the Yankees.

Beltran also joined an exclusive list with his dramatic blast, becoming just the second Yankee designated hitter to hit a two-out, walk-off home run with his team trailing.…

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Game 74: Celebrating Old Timers’ Day with Tanaka

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon, on the second day of Summer. Yankees greats of the proverbial yesterday like Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Rickey Henderson, Orlando Hernandez, Reggie Jackson, Tino Martinez, Hideki Matsui, Paul O’Neill, Willie Randolph, Roy White, and several more will be in attendance (feel free to pick on the players that I listed, and those that I didn’t – the complete list is here). And, of course, Masahiro Tanaka (praise be to him) is toeing the rubber.

And while you’re waiting for the first pitch, you should check out Stacey’s latest post on the SweetSpot blog.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Steve Pearce, DH Derek Jeter, SS
Adam Jones, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nelson Cruz, LF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
J.J. Hardy, SS Carlos Beltran, DH
Manny Machado, 3B Kelly Johnson, 3B
Jonathan Schoop, 2B Yangervis Solarte, 2B
Caleb Jospeh, C Ichiro Suzuki, RH
Chris Tillman, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP
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Quick Hit: Water is Wet, Pineda has a Setback

Michael Pineda was scheduled to throw the ball yesterday (think playing catch more so than pitching), formally beginning the rehabilitation process that would have him back in the rotation by early August. Yesterday, however, Joe Girardi told reporters that doctors had found inflammation in Pineda’s right (throwing) shoulder, and recommended putting him back...

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Game 73: Norris v. Please Get Him Out of the Rotation

Or, if you prefer to refer to players by their given name, Vidal Nuno.

The Yankees have won four in a row and eight of their last ten, and have climbed three games in the standings since the beginning of the week. That is quite impressive. In the last three games, Brian McCann all but matched his production for the first half of the month – he had eight hits, one XBH, four RBI, and four BB between June 1 and June 17, as compared to four hits, two XBH, six RBI, and three BB since Wednesday. That is … impressive, as well, but in a somewhat sad way.

See? I’m not a complete pessimist.

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Nick Markakis, RF Brett Gardner, LF
Steve Pearce, LF Derek Jeter, SS
Adam Jones, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Nelson Cruz, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Carlos Beltran, DH

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