Yankeemetrics: August 25-28 (Royals, Tigers)

The Yankees had a lot to celebrate in Wednesday's win. (Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

The Yankees had a lot to celebrate in Wednesday’s win. (Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

Big Game Mike
The Yankees started off their seven-game road trip with an impressive 8-1 win in Kansas City, a game that was a makeup from a rainout in June. Michael Pineda had yet another brilliant outing, allowing just one run on five hits in his third start since coming off the DL.

He is the third American League pitcher in the last 100 years to allow two runs or fewer and five hits or fewer in each of his first seven starts of the season. The others are White Sox pitcher Cisco Carlos in 1967 and Angels pitcher Jered Weaver in 2006.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, including the 1,000th hit of his career, earning our obscure Yankeemetric of the Week:

He is the 11th major-league player from Oregon with at least 1,000 career hits, but just the second one of those to reach the milestone in a Yankee uniform.…

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Game 132 Recap: Tigers 3 Yankees 2

Kelley vs DET

“Stupid glove!!” Courtesy of Getty Images

I’m sure people will say that my quick post about the Yankees beating up on some of the AL’s best aces was a guaranteed jinx for their chances in this afternoon’s series finale against Detroit, and maybe it was.  But then this is why this team has been so maddening to follow and write about this season.  They look like world beaters against one of the best pitchers on the planet one day, they can’t scratch more than 2 across against a rookie and a collection of B-team relievers. That was a big body blow series loss.

I feel like I write the same basic thing about Hiroki Kuroda for every start he makes.  He was pretty good, not great, gave up a few runs on a few hits in a few bad innings and he was out after 6+.  That was the script again today.  2 Detroit singles and a sac fly got them their first run in the 2nd, and Rajai Davis put a good swing on a sinker on the outer half with 2 outs in the 5th to drive home the second run.  …

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Game 132: Kuroda v. Lobstein

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Yankee Lineup Destroying Aces Right Now

Combined Numbers for Chris Sale, James Shields, and David Price this season: 3.02 ERA, 34 W, 12.0 fWAR, 535 K in 530.1 IP

Combined Numbers for Sale, Shields, and Price against the Yankees over the last 4 days: 14.2 IP, 26 H, 18 R (14 ER), 7 BB, 13 K

That’s impressive.  That’s damn impressive.  Say what you want about the overall performance of the offense this year, and there’s not much nice to say about it, but that’s an awesome line to look at.  I don’t care how it comes.  Power display like against Shields, dink and dunk hits like against Sale, or a seemingly endless cycle of hits like against Price, doesn’t matter.  If the Yankees can keep hitting like they have been against the AL’s best against the rest of the AL, they’re going to be in the playoff race all the way to the end.

P.S. h/t to Axisa for calling this out.  I never would have thought to look up the numbers on my own.

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Game 131 Quick Recap: NYY 8 DET 4

Greene vs DET

David who? Courtesy of the AP

There wasn’t much to this one really.  All you need to know is that the Yankees pounded David Price into Bolivian and cruised to an easy victory after putting up 8 runs in the top of the 3rd.

So yeah, that 8-run 3rd.  Price gave up a single and a walk in the 1st and the Yankees got 2 more base hits in the 2nd without scoring.  Jacoby Ellsbury led off the top of the 3rd with his second hit of the game and the flood gates immediately opened.  The next 8 batters all got a hit, meaning the Yankees literally batted around in the inning to accumulate those 8 runs.  The big hits were run-scoring doubles by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.  Price didn’t record an out in the inning before being pulled and got tuned up for an even dozen hits and all 8 runs.  An endless parade of base hits.  If only one of them could have been a home run.…

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Game 131: Greene v. Price

Tonight will be Shane Greene‘s second start against the Detroit Tigers – the first time in his brief Major League career that he has faced a return engagement with an opponent (unless you include his ugly mop-up appearance against the Red Sox in late April). This represents a significant challenge to many young pitchers, and while little can be discerned from a single start, it will be intriguing to see how the stout Tigers offense deals with Greene this time around and, even more importantly, how the rookie responds.

While you’re waiting for the game to begin, check out this terrific Q&A with Greene from this past weekend, wherein he shows an impressive amount of self-awareness.

New York Yankees Detroit Tigers
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ian Kinsler, 2B
Derek Jeter, SS Torii Hunter, RF
Martin Prado, 2B Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Victor Martinez, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF J.D. Martinez, LF
Brian McCann, DH Nick Castellanos, 3B
Chase Headley, 3B Alex Avila, C
Brett Gardner, LF Eugenio Suarez, SS
Francisco Cervelli, C Rajai Davis, RF
Shane Greene, SP David Price, SP
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Quick Hit: Yankees Sign Chris Young, and Tonight’s Lineup

As per Jon Heyman, the Yankees have signed outfielder Chris Young to a minor-league deal.

Long regarded as a fantastic platoon player due to his strong defense all over the outfield, legitimate power/speed combination, and strong production against southpaws (116 wRC+ against LHP, including a 131 wRC+ from 2010 through 2012), Young has struggled mightily over the last two years against pitchers of all shapes and sizes. He does provide a more proven right-handed bench option for the Yankees, however, and it would not be shocking if the team caught lightning in a bottle – and, worst-case scenario, the cost is nothing more than the league-minimum salary.

Here’s tonight’s lineup, courtesy of Rotowire:

CF – Jacoby Ellsbury
SS – Derek Jeter
2B – Martin Prado
1B – Mark Teixeira
RF – Carlos Beltran
DH – Brian McCann
3B – Chase Headley
LF – Brett Gardner
C – Francisco Cervelli

It’s interesting to see the slumping Brett Gardner slip in the lineup after being the team’s best hitter for the better part of the season … particularly as a certain someone continues to hold down the fort at the top of the lineup.…

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Quick Hit: The 2015 Rotation Doesn’t Have To Be Either/Or

Slow news/idea day leading up to tonight’s re-ignition of the win streak engine, but a post earlier today by Andrew Marchand caught my attention.  He published this article on the Yankees’ options for revamping their rotation next year, and while I agree with his basic idea that there are a lot of different options for them to consider, the implication that it’s an “either/or” scenario in terms of spending big money or rebuilding from within isn’t necessarily true and should not be the way the Yankees go about things.

Despite the odds being stacked against the Yankees to limit their financial advantage, they’re still the biggest, baddest dog in that yard when it comes to FA dollars.  There’s no reason for them not to play to that strength.  If they like the Scherzers or Lesters or Prices of the future free agent markets, then go get them.  Hopefully the lessons learned from the CC Sabathia deal(s) will help turn the next big one into a smarter one for them.  …

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Thoughts On The AZFL Selections

I missed this when it first came out yesterday, but the Yankees announced their MiL representatives for the 2014 Arizona Fall League season and it’s quite the group.  Via Josh Norris, the players selected were Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Eric Jagielo, Tyler Austin, Caleb Cotham, Branden Pinder, and Alex Smith.  The pitching reps aren’t all that sexy, but that’s a top crop of hitting prospects.  Some random thoughts on the picks and what it means for each player.

– As far as Bird, Austin, and Cotham are concerned, this is a way to get back some of the at-bats and innings they lost due to injury this season.  Austin battled some wrist problems again and has hit .275/.336/.419 in 437 PA for Trenton.  Bird missed a lot of time early in the season as he worked back from his latest back issue.  He’s swung the bat well (.272/.374/.479) in 414 PA split 75/25 between High-A and Double-A.  …

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