About Last Night: That Last At-Bat

Miller vs Tulo

That’s the sequenced pitch plot from the Andrew MillerTroy Tulowitzki showdown that ended last night’s game.  I’m still buzzing from the stress and excitement of that at-bat, and writing the recap made me want to go back and look at it again. It was such a great battle, both in terms of execution and strategy.  Regardless of what side you’re rooting for in this division race, you have to tip your cap to both guys in this case.

When you look at the pitch location and pitch result breakdown, this clearly was a case of the batter knowing what was coming, the pitcher knowing that the batter knew what was coming, and the pitcher finally throwing a pitch good enough to get the swing and miss he needed.  Miller starter Tulo off with a called strike slider down and in and he kept pounding away at that area trying to get Tulo to swing over one.  The 3 balls way outside were the only fastballs Miller threw in the at-bat, and none of them were even close.  …

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Game 114 Recap: Yankees 4 Blue Jays 3

Beltran HR vs TOR

Peace the eff out. Courtesy of MLB.com

I don’t even know how to write an effective introduction to this recap.  This game went from incredibly frustrating to incredibly awesome to incredibly stressful in a span of about 20 minutes at the end, and when it was all over the Yankees had stolen the first game on the road to regain the AL East lead.

In one sense, the Yankees had a pretty good night against David Price.  They racked up 11 hits again him in his 7+ innings of work and gave themselves plenty of run-scoring opportunities.  In the only sense that matters, they did nothing.  They couldn’t put any of those hits together in a sequence that brought a run across the plate, and Price exited with a 3-run lead in the 8th.

That 3-run lead came courtesy of a 3-run 3rd inning against New York starter Ivan Nova.  He hit leadoff batter Kevin Pillar and then gave up a single to Ben Revere on an 0-2 pitch to put runners on the corners with nobody out.  …

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Game 114: Nova vs. Price

Welcome to tonight’s game thread.

Here are the lineups:

Tulowitzki SS
Donaldson 3B
Bautista RF
Encarnacion DH
Smoak 1B
Martin C
Goins 2B
Pillar CF
Revere LF

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Young RF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 2B

Enjoy the game.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/14/15

Free beer day at work is a rare day, but a great day.  Today that meant 3 12-pack bomber cases of assorted New Belgium stuff.  Now this is beer that’s been sitting in our shop for a while, so the heat probably hasn’t done it any favors.  But anytime you can get almost 800 oz of beer for free, you’ve got to take that chance, right?  Now onto the links.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog compared the recent division lead loss to previous ones in team history and commented on the front office’s role in the loss.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB broke down Luis Severino’s second start and compared to his first to see where he made improvements.

– Greg Corcoran of Bronx Baseball Daily unveiled his hypothetical version of the 2018 “All-Homegrown” team.

– On Thursday, SG of RLYW updated his CAIRO projections for Greg Bird to get an idea of what he could contribute to the lineup.…

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Carlos Beltran Not Dead Yet

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswilly/ NY Post

Courtesy: Paul J. Bereswilly/ NY Post

Carlos Beltran was written off by pretty much everybody early in the season (myself included) after his struggles at the plate were so bad that he just looked cooked. It felt like another Alfonso Soriano situation where the Yankees were going to have no choice but to cut bait if it continued into the summer. A little quietly (as he does just about everything), Beltran has completely turned his season around and has been a consistent offensive performer for the Yankees since May.

For the season, Beltran is hitting .265/.327.450 with a .336 wOBA and a 114 wRC+. Since April, Beltran has had an OPS over .800 in each month, with a .816 OPS in May, .865 in June, .830 in July and a blistering 1.053 in August. His second half slash line is .283/.394/.533/.928 with a .400 wOBA and a 159 wRC+. Basically, Beltran has been a well over league average hitter since April and has not gotten much credit for his turnaround.…

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Quick hit: Celebration time!

The Yankees announced this morning that they are holding a special pregame celebration for Alex Rodriguez before the Yankees play Toronto on September 13.

Here’s the press release:

“The New York Yankees today announced that a special pregame ceremony celebrating Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th career hit will be held prior to the club’s game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, scheduled to begin at 1:05 p.m. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch at 11:00 a.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early and be in their seats by 12:30 p.m.

On June 19, 2015, Rodriguez became the 29th player all time to reach the 3,000-hit plateau with a first-inning solo home run off Detroit’s Justin Verlander. He is the third player hit a home run as his 3,000th career hit, along with Derek Jeter and Wade Boggs. He also joins Jeter as the only players in franchise history to reach 3,000 hits while playing for the Yankees and the only players ever to reach the plateau at Yankee Stadium – original or current.…

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 37: Are the Yankees Good?

No, you are not seeing things… we actually recorded a podcast last night!

Domenic, E.J. and yours truly were able to set aside some time and talk Yankees baseball! I know, can you believe it? We hadn’t done one of these since Opening Day so we went a tad long – understandably – and things got a tad punchy toward the end. Okay, fine, I got punchy at the end. You’ll find out about what (or more to the point about whom) when you listen.

We touched upon how the Yankees have done in the 112 games since we recorded the last podcast, we talked David Cone, Alex Rodriguez, Luis Severino, #GREGBIRD, and much, much more.

So sit back, relax, grab something to eat and drink and enjoy. Also, excuse my language.

As usual, if you have questions for the next podcast which we are planning on recording next week, leave them below, tweet us @domeniclanza, @ejfagan and @StaceGots, or tweet the main account @IIATMS.…

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Game 113 Recap: Yankees 8 Indians 6

Gardner vs CLE

There’s the Brett Gardner we all know and love. Courtesy of Getty Images

Hey, how ’bout that?  A win!  I sarcastically didn’t think the Yankees were going to get any more of those this season, and I seriously thought there were some people out there who wouldn’t have been able to handle another loss on #GREGBIRD Day.  But the bats woke up and the crooked numbers returned to the scoreboard as the Yanks ended this disappointing series on the right note.

To borrow some of David Cone‘s early game analysis, Trevor Bauer has pretty much been an all-or-nothing pitcher this season.  You know what you’re going to get pretty early with him, and when Brett Gardner drew a 4-pitch walk as the second batter of the game to put 2 on and nobody out, I felt pretty good.  Brian McCann brought everybody home with a towering 2-out home run to right field and the Yanks were off and running.

They picked up another run in the top of the 2nd on a Stephen Drew solo shot, 2 more on ribbie doubles by Drew and Gardner in the 4th, and they really could have busted the game open if they would have been able to capitalize on another 2 on/no outs situation in the 3rd.  …

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Game 113: #GREGBIRD

The titular #GREGBIRD is making his Major League debut tonight, playing first base and batting 7th.

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Cleveland Indians
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Jose Ramirez, 2B
Brett Gardner, LF Francisco Lindor, SS
Alex Rodriguez, DH Michael Brantley, LF
Carlos Beltran, RF Carlos Santana, DH
Brian McCann, C Yan Gomes, C
Chase Headley, 3B Abraham Almonte, CF
Greg Bird, 1B Chris Johnson, 1B
Didi Gregorius, SS Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
Stephen Drew, 2B Giovanny Urshela, 3B
Nathan Eovaldi, SP Trevor Bauer, SP

Enjoy the game!

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