Poll: Who Should Get the Boot?

On the one hand, the Yankees are playing at or above expectations: 1st place, though in a weak division, but more importantly, .519 ball — an 84-win pace. On the other hand, they sure do have a bunch of dead wood on the roster. Some may improve, some may not, but here’s the ugly snapshot: over a quarter of those on the active roster (7 players) have negative WAR. That includes Chase Headley, whom I think nobody wants to give up on yet – but with a third of the season over, for some of these folks it’s getting late to mumble “slow start” as an excuse. So I figured it’s time for a quick “hate poll”! The poll is below a 1-2 sentence writeup of each option; feel free to pick more than one….

Carlos Beltran: Not as godawful as some others, but at age 38, with a negative WAR for over a year, with terrible fielding for five years, and with no room at DH (given A-Rod’s hitting and the need to rest others there at times), maybe he’s one of the most hopeless, in that it’s hard to see a way he can contribute any value?…

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About Last Night: The Yankees did what against Felix Hernandez?

When Felix Hernandez had a six-pitch first inning and had only thrown 21 pitches after recording nine outs, most people watching last night’s game were thinking his outing would be quick, painless (for him) and a disaster for the Yankees. When Mariners’ manager Lloyd McClendon walked out of the home dugout to take the ball from his ace, who by that point, in the fifth inning, had surrendered seven runs to the Yankees, most people watching the game couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

The 2015 Yankees are confounding. They’ll sweep the best team in the American League, lose three out of four to the worst and just when you think they can’t get any more confusing, they’ll score seven runs on King Felix.

This is how it happened (Just in case you went to bed early).

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley hit back-to-back singles to start the fourth inning. Gardner advanced to third on Headley’s single. When Alex Rodriguez was up to bat, Hernandez threw a wild pitch and Gardner scored.…

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Five Reasons Why Mason Williams Might Be the Best Outfielder in the Yankee Farm System

The Yankees have a lot of outfielders in the high minors who will probably have some kind of MLB career. In book, that list includes, in no particular order: Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge, Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Jake Cave, and Mason Williams. Aaron Judge is still the best prospect of the group. But I think there is a decent chance that Mason Williams is the best player of the group. Here’s why:

He’s got a pedigree

It wasn’t that long ago that Mason Williams was considered a top-top prospect. In 2013, Baseball America ranked him #1 in the Yankee system and #32 in all of baseball. He was coming off an injury-shortened season where he hit .298/.346/.474 between Low-A and High-A as a 20 year-old, showing off a kick-ass 13% strikeout rate and just a .319 BABIP. He was a dynamo on the bases and in the field, and looked like a star.

Of course, Williams has played two full seasons since then, and the results have been horrible.…

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Game 52: Pineda vs. Hernandez

Earlier tonight, Bryan Hoch tweeted that Chris Capuano would be headed to the bullpen when Masahiro Tanaka returns to action on Wednesday. This means that Adam Warren, on the strength of four straight quality starts, will remain in the rotation for the time being.

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

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Brett Gardner, CF Logan Morrison, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Nelson Cruz, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B Kyle Seager, 3B
Brian McCann, C Seth Smith, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Austin Jackson, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Brad Miller, SS
Stephen Drew, 2B Mike Zunino, C
Ramon Flores, LF Dustin Ackley, LF
Michael Pineda, SP Felix Hernandez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: The Yankees on stage at Radio City

Earlier today, the Yankees Twitter account posted a video of Liza Minelli singing “New York, New York” with some members of the New York Yankees.

It’s from a show was called, “Night of 100 Stars” which aired on ABC on March 8, 1982. It was taped a few weeks prior and featured people from Minelli and Lionel Richie to Princess Grace (Kelly) and Howard Cosell.

I am pretty sure I watched this program as a kid because my mom was really into this sort of thing but I barely remember it.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty hilarious to watch guys like Bob Watson, Ron GuidryWillie Randolph and Jerry Mumphrey perform on stage with Liza Minelli.

You can treat this as an open thread until the Game Thread goes up at 9:30. Enjoy!

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Yankees Middle Relief’s Brutal May

Continuing with today’s theme of looking back at the month of May for the Yankees, the middle relief was particularly disturbing. The Yankees are still eighth in MLB in bullpen ERA (3.10), but they have been greatly buoyed by the awesomeness of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Look beyond those two and it gets pretty ugly.

Despite still being eighth overall in bullpen ERA, the Yankees were 24th in May (4.43). Here’s a look at some of the numbers and they’re mostly cringe worthy.

Chasen Shreve- 10.2 innings, 14 strikeouts, one walk, seven hits, 2.53 ERA, 1.97 FIP

Justin Wilson- 8.2 innings, six strikeouts, three walks, 10 hits, 6.23 ERA, 3.09 FIP

David Carpenter- 9.1 innings, six strikeouts, four walks, 14 hits, 6.75 ERA, 6.20 FIP

Esmil Rogers- 15.2 innings, 13 strikeouts, 10 walks, 21 hits, 7.47 ERA, 6.03 FIP

Jacob Lindgren- 3.1 innings, three strikeouts, three walks, three hits, 5.40 ERA, 7.89 FIP

Garrett Jones- 2/3 inning, 0.00 ERA

You may laugh at including Jones, but his 0.0 WAR for May was higher than Rogers, Carpenter and Lindgren, who were all in the negative.…

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The Yankees and their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad May

This is the story about the Yankees and their terrible, horrible, no good, very bad May – in pictures and in numbers.

Record: 13-16 (6-4 at home, 7-12 on the road and putrid 5-13 in their last 18)

119 runs scored
134 runs allowed

They ended May losing three out of four to the worst team in the American League and were shutout in the final game of the month.

Overall, the team batted .249/.309/.401/.710 with a 17.5% K rate and a 7.2% BB rate in 989 total at bats in May.

They batted .255/.319/.404/.723 from the left side.
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They batted .234/.284/.395/.679 from the right side.
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They batted .269/.341/.487/.828 at home.
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They batted .239/.292/.358/.649 on the road.
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May’s best hitter (with over 75 at bats): Alex Rodriguez .316/.369/.571/.941
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May’s worst hitter (with over 75 at bats): Stephen Drew .143/.188/.220/.407
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Carlos Beltran had himself a nice month batting .298/.316/.500/.816, both Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann matched A-Rod’s monthly home run number with six.…

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Game 51 Quick Recap: OAK 3 NYY 0

Warren vs OAK

Life’s tough when you get no support from your teammates. Courtesy of the AP

When I saw the lineup for yesterday’s series finale in Oakland, I casually said to my dad that I bet the Yankees wouldn’t score a single run.  I feel pretty good about that prediction this morning, as it solidifies my status as a baseball genius, but I also feel bad because the lack of run scoring guaranteed them a series loss against the A’s.

Jesse Chavez was the starter for Oakland, and the Yanks actually put together a few good chances against him early.  They had 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 1st on a pair of singles and stranded them on a Teix strikeout and Beltran groundout, and they had the same situation in the 2nd before Jose Pirela lined into an inning-ending double play.  They scattered a few more hits here and there over the next 6 innings, but nothing that qualified as a real threat.  …

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