Prospects Who’s Not: April

sanchezInstead of today’s farm report, I’m bringing you the prospects who are not performing at their expected or hoped for levels. In case you missed it, I did a similar list of those prospects who started 2015 hot last week.

Austin Romine (Scranton): Romine went from competing for the backup position in the Bronx during Spring Training back to Triple-A, where he has struggled to show the Yankees they made a mistake in giving the spot to John Ryan Murphy. In fourteen games in April, Romine hit .192/.288/.365. He isn’t hitting much at all, but when he connects he is making a difference. Of his ten hits in April, seven were extra base hits (six doubles and a homer). He picked up six RBIs and drew six walks as well.

Tyler Austin (Scranton): Austin really struggled at the plate in April, hitting .213/.238/.275. He had just one homer and two doubles. Perhaps most telling is his 22 strikeouts, with only three walks.…

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Thoughts on a day that should be an off day but isn’t

You guys know the drill by now. Buckle up.

  • Seriously, what the hell kind of a schedule is this?
  • The Yankees’ last off day was April 30.
  • Their next one is May 18.
  • They play the next four in Tampa because back-to-back four-game series against division rivals are really great and not annoying at all.
  • Then they head out to Kansas City for a three-gamer this weekend for one of those rare non-Divisional series.
  • They have the off day on May 18, plays the Nats for two games in D.C. and then have another off day on May 21 before starting a series at home against the Rangers.
  • What crack addict made this schedule? Seriously.
  • It’s ridiculous.
  • I’d be even more annoyed if the Yankees weren’t currently 20-12 and sitting atop the American League East standings.
  • Enough bitching about the schedule. How about Big Mike?
  • 46.1 innings – three walks and 54 strikeouts. Holy moly.
  • Yesterday’s performance was amazing.
  • I think it would be perfectly acceptable to call him the ace of the staff.
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Game 32 Quick Recap: NYY 6 BAL 2

Two words: Big Mike.  That’s all you need to know to know what this afternoon’s game was all about.  Michael Pineda was a man on fire today, striking out 16 in 7 1-run innings to lead his team to another game and series victory over the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t walk a batter and his only blemish was a solo home run by JJ Hardy in the 2nd.  He was spectacular.

The offensive charge in support of him was led by Carlos Beltran.  No really, it was.  Beltran went 2-2 with 2 BB and his first home run of the year.  That got the Yankees on the board in the bottom of the 4th and sparked a 4-run inning against Bud Norris, capped off by a 2-run double off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Yanks tacked on runs in the 5th (Brian McCann solo homer) and the 7th (Didi Gregorius RBI double), and that was more than enough for Pineda and Dellin Betances.  …

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Game 32: Norris vs. Pineda

First and foremost – happy mother’s day!

For those of you that will be spending the day with the Yankees, welcome to today’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
J.J. Hardy, SS Carlos Beltran, RF
Alejandro De Aza, LF Chase Headley, 3B
Caleb Joseph, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Bud Norris, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick recap: Orioles 6, Yankees 2


I’ll be the first to admit that I missed this game and boy, am I glad I did!

Chase Whitley gave up five runs on six hits (three of them home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The Yankees offense was stymied by Wei-Yin Chen for seven innings, he scattered five hits, gave up one run, walked one and struck out seven.

Jose Pirela got the start at second and went 2-4. He was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Carlos Beltran and John Ryan Murphy had an RBI apiece.

Tomorrow the Yankees look to take three out of four with Michael Pineda trying to get his fifth win of the season.

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Game 31 – Where we Wei in on Whitley

A lovely Saturday afternoon game is a perfect setting for baseball at Yankee Stadium III. Although, there is a light mist falling in the Bronx and the temperature is at 54 F. Today’s match-up features Chase Whitley versus Wei-Yin Chen. The Game is on the YES Network and starts at 1:05. The Yankees have already taken the first two games of the series.

The Lineups:

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Manny Machado – 3B
  2. Jimmy Paredes – DH
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Delmon Young – RF
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Steve Pearce – 2B
  7. J.J. Hardy – SS
  8. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  9. Ryan Lavarnway – C

New York Yankees

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Brett Gardner – LF
  3. Chris Young – RF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Carlos Beltran – DH
  6. Jose Pirela – 2B
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Stephen Drew – SS
  9. John Ryan Murphy – C

Why you wouldn’t start Alex Rodriguez against a left-hander is beyond me. Anyway, enjoy the game!…

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Game 30: Gonzalez vs. Warren

Welcome to this evening’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
Caleb Joseph, C Carlos Beltran, RF
Travis Snider, LF Chase Headley, 3B
J.J. Hardy, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/8/15

Big weekend for your boy this weekend.  Heading to Chicago on Saturday to go to this year’s American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  A whole mess of craft breweries from all over the country setting up shop on Soldier Field and serving up as many beer samples as you can drink.  If the weather cooperates and doesn’t dump rain on me, it should turn into a nice little drunk Saturday.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Katie Sharp of RAB analyzed the ever-improving Michael Pineda changeup that is helping to push him to the next level this season.

– El duque of It Is High.. continued his hot streak of ideas by proposing some things the Yankees could do to celebrate A-Rod’s 666th home run.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the wildly productive and statistically mystifying start to Mark Teixeira’s season. I talked about this a little bit on Twitter earlier today (hint hint).…

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Top of the Lineup Carrying Yankees

Courtesy: NY Daily News

Courtesy: NY Daily News

The New York Yankees have considerably improved their offensive production from the last two seasons so far this year, which has lead to a 18-11 record and a +29 run differential. This has mostly been due to the four players at the top of the lineup carrying everybody — Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom are playing at an All-Star level.

Ellsbury has just been unconscious for a long stretch now where it seems every at-bat ends in a hit. His .363 batting average and his .438 OBP are both good for second in the AL. Gardner has been almost as good. His OBP is also over .400 (.408) and his wRC+ (145) and wOBA (.385) are exactly identical to Ellsbury’s.

This is exactly what the Yankees envisioned when they signed Ellsbury to pair with Gardner. Having two guys atop of your lineup with an OBP over .400 is absolutely lethal.…

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