Quick Hit: Nova To Face Live Hitters Today

I wanted to touch on this briefly before I forgot and the news cycle moved on.  Via Marly Rivera yesterday, Ivan Nova is scheduled to throw live batting practice down at the Tampa complex today.  It will be his first time facing live hitters since his Tommy John Surgery last year.

I haven’t seen specifics on a planned pitch count, who he’ll be facing, and what he’ll be throwing, but I would assume he has no pitch type restrictions if he’s progressed to this point.  Nova has been throwing his offspeed stuff in bullpens for about a month now.  This will be another significant milestone reached for Nova on his way back from TJS.  If he comes through today OK, the Yankees can start thinking about a timetable for getting him into some Extended ST games and then a MiL rehab assignment.

June has been the projected target for his return to Major League game action, but with the spike in early elbow and shoulder injuries for pitchers, it wouldn’t shock me if the Yankees took a more careful approach with Nova.  …

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Game 7 Recap: Yankees 6 Orioles 5

Drew GS vs BAL

The gang’s all here. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees’ season-opening tour of the AL East made its way outside New York for the first time last night, as the Yanks traveled to Baltimore to start a 3-game series with the rival Orioles.  They had Big Mike on the hill, a lineup feeling better about itself after the big offensive breakout on Sunday night, and a bullpen that should have been back to normal after a long few days last week.

Michael Pineda got off to a bit of a rough start,surrendering 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd on an Adam Jones leadoff single, Manny Machado double past a diving A-Rod down the third base line, and a Jonathan Schoop ribbie double to left that stood up on challenge replay.  He was missing with his fastball in spots and you could tell there was something a bit off with his stuff.  Then he struck out the 8-9 hitters to end the threat and you could start to see him pull it together.…

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Game 7: Pineda vs. Chen

Here are tonight’s lineups:

New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Alejandro De Aza, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Steve Pearce, RF
Carlos Beltran, DH Chris Davis, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Adam Jones, CF
Alex Rodriguez, 3B Travis Snider, DH
Chris Young, RF Manny Machado, 3B
John Ryan Murphy, C Jonathan Schoop, 2B
Didi Gregorius, SS Everth Cabrera, SS
Gregorio Petit, 2B Caleb Joseph, C
Michael Pineda, SP Wei-Yin Chen, SP

Enjoy the game!

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One Positive Thing About The Early Yankee Offense

The 2015 New York Yankees offense looked a lot like the 2014 and 2013 versions before yesterday’s 14-run outburst.

However, there was one thing they did well on Sunday that they were actually doing well during their previous games last week — drawing walks.

According to Sweeny Murti, the Yankees have only swung at 40.8 percent of pitches this season (before last night’s game), which is the fewest in the AL. The Yankees are fifth in MLB with a 9.7% walk rate so far this season. This is a far cry from the last two years when they were 17th last year (7.4%) and 16th in 2013 (7.7%).

Looking at the Yankees individual on-base percentages and walk rates were not pretty last year. Carlos Beltran (.301 and 8.2%), Mark Teixeira, (.313 and 11.4%), Brian McCann (.286 and 5.9%), Jacoby Ellsbury (.328 and 7.7%) and Brett Gardner (.327 and 8.8%) all simply did not get on base enough and were below their career averages.…

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The Farm Report: Opening Week!

For the 2015 season, I will be doing the Farm Report as a weekly post reviewing how the Yankees’ affiliates fared in the previous week. It may take some time to get a good feel for the best way to do this, so please bear with me. Feel free to let me know what is working and what isn’t and I’ll try to adjust it as best I can.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
The RailRiders are off to a 2-2 start to 2015, however, their opening day game gave them a lot to live up to this year. Scranton beat Syracuse 8-3, but the story was Ramon Flores. The young outfielder started the day’s scoring with a homer in the first inning, and finished the day as the third Scranton player to ever hit for the cycle. He ended up going 4-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a walk. As a team, Scranton had 16 hits, assisted by Kyle Roller, who went 3-5, and Robert Refsnyder, who went 2-4 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored.…

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About Last Night: The offense comes alive!

Well, we wanted (needed) the Yankees to snap out of their offensive slumber last night and by the time the first inning ended, they had seven runs on the board.

The offensive outburst, which lasted most of the game and resulted in 14 runs (they only scored 17 in the previous 5 games combined), helped raise the team’s slash line to .233/.318/.404/.721.

All of the starters had at least one hit, Brian McCann hit the 200th home run of his career – the fifth against the Red Sox since becoming a Yankee – and Chase Headley and Stephen Drew went yard back-to-back in that crazy first inning.

If we isolate some of last night’s numbers, this is what they look like:

  • The team slash line for the game was .444/.500/.722/1.222.
  • With men on: .500/.522/.722/1.244.
  • With no outs: .688/.667/.875 /1.542.
  • With one out: .273/.333/.909/1.242.
  • With two outs: .222/.364/.222/.586.
  • Okay, so that’s not good but their K rate with two outs was 0% and their walk rate was 18%.
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Game 6 Recap: Yankees 14 Red Sox 4

Drew vs BOS

“DREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!” Courtesy of the AP

Well that was fun, huh?  You never truly “need” to win a game in the first few weeks of April, but in the interest of not having the panic meter turned up on them, it would have behooved the Yankees to get a win and salvage something from this series and the first week of the season.  They wasted little time in making sure that happened, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never looking back.

That early lead came against 1 of the 4 Red Sock aces, Clay Buchholz.  He’s had a spotty history against the Yankees and last night was not his finest start.  He began the 1st by walking Jacoby Ellsbury on 5 pitches.  A well-executed hit-and-run later and it was runners on the corners with nobody out.

Carlos Beltran brought home Ellsbury with an infield single (for real), Mark Teixeira walked, and Brian McCann reached on an error to load the bases, and wouldn’t you know it, Alex Rodriguez came to the plate.  …

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Game 6: #TANAK vs Buchholz

I really hate feeling this way so early in the season but tonight is a must win game. Finishing a home stand 1-5 is pretty putrid so let’s not and say we did, okay? Oh, and after this home stand ends, the Yankees will be playing 25 of their next 35 games on the road. Oy.

Here are the lineups:

RED SOX
Betts CF
Pedroia 2B
Ortiz DH
Ramirez LF
Sandoval 3B
Napoli 1B
Victorino RF
Bogaerts SS
Hanigan C

Buchholz P

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Rodriguez DH
Headley 3B
Drew 2B
Gregorius SS

Tanaka P

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