Game 123: Andy Pettitte Day

Andy Pettitte

The New York Yankees won on Jorge Posada Day so let’s see if the team can square up the series on Andy Pettitte Day at the Stadium. It will be a warm afternoon with CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees facing Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians. Alex Rodriguez will sit this one out as once again, Brian McCann will be the DH with John Ryan Murphy behind the plate.

The Lineups

Cleveland Indians:

  1. Francisco Lindor – SS
  2. Mike Aviles – 2B
  3. Michael Brantley – LF
  4. Carlos Santana – 1B
  5. Ryan Raburn – DH
  6. Yan Gomes – C
  7. Abraham Almonte – CF
  8. Jerry Sands – RF
  9. Giovanny Urshela – 3B

Trevor Bauer – SP

New York Yankees:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Brett Gardner – LF
  3. Carlos Beltran – RF
  4. Brian McCann – DH
  5. Gregory Bird – 1B
  6. Chase Headley – 3B
  7. Didi Gregorius – SS
  8. Stephen Drew – 2B
  9. John Ryan Murphy – C

CC Sabathia – SP

In other news: Brian Cashman announced that Michael Pineda will not pitch for the Yankees until September.…

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Game 122 Quick Recap: NYY 6 CLE 2

McCann-A-Rod vs CLE

This picture made me laugh. Courtesy of the AP

It was Jorge Posada Day at The Stadium today.  Nice job by the Yankees to not ruin it and snap that horrid 2-game losing streak.  Some of you guys in the comments were getting a little panicky again, so I’m hopeful this righting of the ship did a little to calm you down.

It was a damn home run fest in the 1st inning.  Francisco Lindor hit a solo shot off of Luis Severino to put the Indians on the board in the top half, and Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each took Danny Salazar yard in the bottom.  Gardner’s homer came with Jacoby Ellsbury on base, and the Yankees were staked to a 3-1 lead.

They added to that lead with a pair of manufactured runs in the bottom of the second.  2 singles from the bottom of the order set the table, a throwing error by Salazar on an Ellsbury grounder brought in the first run, and a Carlos Beltran sac fly brought in the second.…

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Game 122: Jorge Posada Day!

Hi guys, it’s Stacey. Could you stop losing to the Indians? Thanks.

Also, can you stop your run of playing badly on ceremony days? Please? Thanks again.

The pitching matchup is Severino vs. Salazar

Lineups:
INDIANS
Kipnis 2B
Lindor SS
Brantley DH
Santana 1B
Chisenhall RF
Almonte CF
Perez C
Ramirez 3B
Aviles LF

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

Enjoy the game!

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Pineda Update: Throws 4.2 Innings For Triple-A SWB

Michael Pineda made his second MiL rehab start last night, pitching for Triple-A SWB and pitching much more like the guy we’re used to seeing.  On a pitch count of 65, Pineda threw 62 in 4.2 innings of 1-run ball.  He gave up 3 hits, struck out 3, and didn’t walk a batter, working low 90s with his fastball again and throwing much sharper offspeed stuff than he did in his previous start.

Via Chad Jennings, Pineda threw 10 more pitches in the bullpen after coming out of the game, so he did reach 72 total pitches on his count.  Joe wouldn’t commit to a next step when speaking with the media after the Yankees’ loss, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that next start came with the big league club.  If Pineda’s good for 90-ish pitches, that could get him through 6 innings and that would be good enough working in a 6-man rotation turn with roster expansions around the corner.…

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Game 121 Quick Recap: CLE 7 NYY 3

There are 3 fundamental parts to playing baseball: hitting, pitching, and fielding.  You don’t necessarily have to do all 3 of them well to win a game, but it helps if you do at least one of them well.  Last night the Yankees didn’t do any of them well and lost their second straight game to the last place Indians.  Let’s recap it in terms of how bad they were in all 3 parts, eh?

Bad Hitting– Just as they did the last time they faced him, the Yankee lineup got dominated by Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco.  He struck out 11 over 6.2 innings and only gave up 1 run, which came in the 4th on a Carlos Beltran double and Greg Bird single.  The Yanks did scratch 2 across in the bottom of the 8th, but one of those runs was unearned on an error.  They didn’t make much hard contact against Cleveland pitching and Beltran’s double was the only XBH.…

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Game 121: Tanaka vs. Carrasco

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

Cleveland Indians New York Yankees
Jason Kipnis, DH Brett Gardner, CF
Francisco Lindor, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Michael Brantley, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Carlos Santana, 1B Brian McCann, C
Lonnie Chisenhall, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Yan Gomes, C Greg Bird, 1B
Abraham Almonte, CF Chris Young, LF
Giovanny Urshela, 3B Stephen Drew, 2B
Jose Ramirez, 2B Brendan Ryan, SS
Carlos Carrasco, SP Masahiro Tanaka, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 8/21/15

By the time this posts, I’ll most likely be napping.  Sleep cycles have been abysmal this week.  Let’s get right to the links, shall we?

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB looked at A-Rod’s recent slump to see if there was a root cause.  Hopefully the last few games are a sign that he’s coming out of it.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley used Luis Severino’s SSS results to show how he’s been better than any other trade option the Yankees could have pursued to help the rotation.

– On Wednesday, David Laurila of FanGraphs interviewed David Cone and got his thoughts on a variety of pitching topics.  Cone is the best of the YES broadcast lineup and a friend of the blog, so naturally this is a must-read for any intelligent Yankee fan.

– On Thursday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog used his disastrous June 16th outing as a dividing point for Nathan Eovaldi’s season and broke down the changes and improvements he’s made since then.

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Quick Hit: What’s Up With Brett Gardner?

Brett Gardner went 0-4 at the plate last night, his second straight 0-4 game and the continuation of what has become a prolonged second half slump.  Gardner is hitting just .200/.288/.215 in August after a .247/.369/.341 July that was his worst offensive month to date.  Gardner has a history of wearing down physically and seeing his production level drop in the second half, and Matt called out that drop in production last Monday.  So what’s up with Gardner?  Is he hurt?  Is he tired?  Is he just slumping?

Gardner Spray Chart 4-6 15

Gardner Spray Chart 7-8 15

Those are Gardner’s spray charts from April through June and July through today of this season.  In terms of BIP distribution, there hasn’t been a noticeable difference.  Part of what has made Gardner a better offensive player is his ability to hit to all fields.  His power is almost exclusively to the pull side, but he can go the other way for hits with the best of them.

What really jumps out in comparing the 2 samples is the dramatic drop in pull power from the first 3 months to the last 2.  …

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A Quick About Last Night: This kind of performance isn’t going to win games

Batting .156/.229/.281/.510 with five hits usually doesn’t win ballgames. And it didn’t last night.

The Yankees’ offense was stymied by Josh Tomlin and Bryan Shaw, and mounted a late comeback against Cody Allen in the bottom of the ninth that came up short.

Here’s the spray chart:
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Here’s the heat map:
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Oh, and if you missed it, Joe Girardi was tossed for arguing with umpire Dan Iassogna about his crappy strike zone. It looks like Joe may have had a point:

iassogna zone

These games are the ones they should be winning so hopefully the Yanks can get something going against Carlos Carrasco tonight.

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