Giving Drew His Due

Since his acquisition last summer, Stephen Drew has served as the punching bag of the Yankees lineup for fans and media alike – and for good reason. He batted .150/.219/.271 (33 wRC+) in 155 PA with the team last season, and this season started much the same, with Drew hitting .157/.225/.301 (41 wRC+) through his first 170 PA (a conveniently selective endpoint of June 1). Drew’s line has improved markedly as the season has progressed, but his slow start has left him with a still awful line of .199/.269/.383 (77 wRC+) … and solid defense and a knack for big home runs only help so much. Were the season to end today, keeping Drew in the lineup all season would quite likely be perceived as a complete and utter failure.

Lost in the ephemera of this, however, is the simple fact that Drew – like Didi Gregorius – has actually been a reasonably good hitter over the last three months or so.…

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Flashback: 8/25/11

Remember when the Yankees’ offense could hit three grand slams in a day? I do!

The fun part about this crazy game was that the Yankees were down 7-2 before the first grand slam was hit in the bottom of the fifth inning and they went on to win the game 22-9.

The grand slams were hit by Robinson Cano. Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson who are all on different teams now. Cano and Granderson finished with five RBI that day while Martin had six because he hit two home runs – the slam in the sixth inning and a solo shot in the fourth.

Other fun facts from that game:

  • Boone Logan picked up the win.
  • Phil Hughes started for the Yanks and gave up six ER in 2 2/3 innings.
  • The Yankees were 10-21 with runners in scoring position.
  • Mark Teixeira was the only starter without a hit.
  • Andruw Jones pinch hit for Teixeira and hit a solo shot in the 8th to score the 22nd run.
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Game 124 Recap: Yankees 1 Astros 0

Eovaldi vs HOU

Nasty Nate’s finally here. Courtesy of Getty Images

I’ve watched Nathan Eovaldi‘s last 2 starts and I have to say, I think something’s happening here.  I think he’s starting to put it together and when he puts it all together I think he’s going to be really good.  I mean it.  If you’ve watched his last 2 starts and you don’t realize this and believe it, you’re not watching closely enough.  Eovaldi has suddenly become the ace and the stopper of this pitching staff and last night he was the reason the Yankees managed to scratch out a 1-0 win.

A free-swinging team that isn’t afraid to strike out should have been a perfect matchup for Eovaldi if he was on, and they proved to be that perfect immediately.  Eovaldi struck out the side in the top of the 1st, fanned 2 more in the 2nd, and rattled off 8 straight outs to get through the 4th scoreless.  He did have to work around 2 singles in the 2nd and 2 walks in the 5th, but his stuff was top notch again and he made a lot of big pitches to get outs when he needed them.  …

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Game 124: Eovaldi vs. Feldman

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

Houston Astros New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, 2B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Marwin Gonzalez, LF Brett Gardner, LF
Carlos Correa, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Colby Rasmus, RF Brian McCann, C
Carlos Gomez, CF Carlos Beltran, RF
Evan Gattis, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Luis Valbuena, 3B Chase Headley, 3B
Chris Carter, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Hank Conger, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Scott Feldman, SP Nate Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: How Hurt Is Brian McCann?

One of the most talked about topics in the broadcast booth this weekend, besides the memories of Jorge and Andy’s careers, was the change in Brian McCann‘s batting stance.  YES cameras showed McCann standing with almost all of his weight on his front leg, a change from his usual balanced stance with more weight on his back leg.  John Flaherty said he asked McCann about it and McCann told him it was just something he was experimenting with, trying different things to tweak his swing.

While I’m not saying I don’t buy that answer, I can’t help but think back to that game earlier in the month when McCann hurt his left knee late in a blowout win over the Red Sox.  There were a lot people questioning whether it was smart to leave him in that game, and the issue was at least serious enough for McCann to get the next 2 games off with what was called “inflammation”.  …

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Was This The End For CC Sabathia?

CC Sabathia future in doubt as Yankees fall out of 1st

Courtesy: Bill Kostroun, NY Post

I was in attendance for Andy Pettitte day yesterday at Yankee Stadium, and it was a huge day of mixed emotions. It certainly started off with a bang with the Pettitte ceremony. It was awesome, even if the crowd again gave a bigger applause to Derek Jeter just like they did on Saturday to Jorge Posada, which was annoying. To see your whole childhood out there on that field really makes you remember why you fell in love with this game and franchise. I even learned some things I didn’t know, like how Pettitte used to throw a knuckle ball. It was very cool stuff.

Then the game happened and it was a train wreck. Sure, a 4-3 game doesn’t seem so bad, yet it was the most excruciating Yankees game I’ve ever been to. There were 16 combined walks and the Yankees struck out 11 times. The umpiring seemed crazy inconsistent from what I could tell in my seats in right field.…

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Quick About Last Night: Dellin Betances and the pitch of doom

This is the pitch Francisco Lindor hit off Dellin Betances to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game.

lindorHR

How deflating. The Stadium was in shock and I actually said, “Did that just happen?”

It just stinks that the home run came off a pitch from Betances of all people because he’s been so reliable this season, but the Yankees offense also needs to do a better job against someone like Trevor Bauer who came into the game with an ERA above 4.

On to the next one…

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Looking At The Short And Long-Term Implications Of CC’s Latest Knee Injury

While we’ve all been calling for CC Sabathia‘s removal from the starting rotation for some time now, I don’t think any of us were rooting for an injury to be the reason he got removed.  Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened yesterday and now the Yankees are left to scramble again to keep their pitching staff whole while Sabathia is likely to hit the DL and ponder where he goes from here.

The condition of Sabathia’s right knee has been a red flag all year, with 2 drainings having already taken place and a cortisone shot administered recently.  In Andrew Marchand’s article on the injury yesterday afternoon, Sabathia himself basically admitted that he’s been protecting the knee all season and that his decision to say “screw it” and pitch as hard as he could without focusing on protecting it was the reason for his recent uptick in velocity.  There’s a lot of moving parts to this latest setback, so let’s break it down in terms of short and long-term effects to make it more manageable.…

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Game 123 Quick Recap: CLE 4 NYY 3

CC Injury vs CLE

Not the type of meeting on the mound you want to see. Courtesy of Getty Images

A win this afternoon and a series split would have been OK after losing the first 2 games.  It also would have been a cool way to end the weekend with back-to-back W’s on Jorge Day and Andy Pettitte Day.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards, as another mostly non-existent offensive performance and more shoddy late-game relief work combined to give the Indians just enough to take the game and the series.

The big story of the day was CC Sabathia and his early exit.  CC didn’t look good from the start, giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st on a monster Carlos Santana home run and putting 8 men on base (4 hits, 4 walks) in 2.2 innings.  On the pitch that recorded the eighth out, Sabathia appeared to hurt himself and immediately left the game.  We came to find out that it’s another problem with his right knee and the bullpen was left with a crapton of work to do.…

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