Game recap: Seattle 3, Yankees 2, Injuries 2

Days Since Last Injury -- 0

Can the person with the Yankee player voodoo doll please stop already?

It wasn’t enough that Andy Pettitte had to leave the game due to a tight left trapezius muscle but then Chris Stewart also left the game due to injury. Once again, the Yankees have lost battery mates during the same start.

It’s insane! This season is ridiculous. They might as well remodel the home clubhouse in Yankee Stadium and turn into a triage unit.

And on top of it, they’ve now lost two out of last three and dropped the series to Seattle.

The Yankees were shut down by a combination of six pitchers who held them to two runs on eight hits and who struck out 10. And who got the win for Seattle? Oliver Perez who pitched a whopping one and one-third inning of work. He struck out three.

Hector Noesi, who started for Seattle, only lasted four and one-third innings but held the Yankees to one run on three hits and he struck out four.

This just wasn’t the Yankees’ night. Of course, losing your starting pitcher in the fifth inning and losing your catcher in the seventh doesn’t help matters.

One good thing from the game: David Adams picking up his first MLB RBI in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1.

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Chris Stewart Pulled From Game With Groin Injury

Nope, I’m not joking. Chris Stewart was just pulled from the game after pulling up short on the base paths. He originally remained in the game to run, but Girardi decided to pull him in between innings.

There are no other catchers on the Yankees’ roster outside of Romine, and Bobby Wilson is the guy in Scranton that would probably get the call. In recent days, the Yankees have really talked up JR Murphy, though the extent of his experience is 299 plate appearances in Double-A.

Like always, I’ll update this post when more news is announced.

UPDATE (10:39 PM): Girardi said that Stewart didn’t hear a pop, but he’s still getting an MRI of his groin. Continue reading Chris Stewart Pulled From Game With Groin Injury

Pettitte Pulled From Game With Tight Trap

Not sure what exactly happened yet, but Joe Girardi and the trainers came out to talk to Andy Pettitte after a pitch and ultimately gave him the hook. He seemed to be stretching out his back after the pitch, and considering his early season back injury, I am speculating that his back was bothering him. Hopefully it’s just muscle issues, but I’ll update this post when we get more news.

UPDATE (9:51 PM): It’s a tight trap, indeed it’s the upper back. Thank god. Continue reading Pettitte Pulled From Game With Tight Trap

Game 41: Hopefully this one won’t be over by 7:20

I was at last night’s game and it was not a fun time. So hopefully tonight will be better for everyone.

It would be nice if Andy Pettitte could keep Raul Ibanez in the ballpark and it would also be nice if the Yankees didn’t find themselves in too deep a hole to dig out of before they even come to bat.

Here are your lineups:

MARINERS
Saunders CF
Bay LF
Seager 3B
Morales 1B
Morse RF
Ibanez DH
Montero C
Ackley 2B
Ryan SS

Noesi P

Aaron Harang was supposed to start this one for the Mariners but he has a stiff back, or an ERA north of 7.

YANKEES
Gardner CF
Nix SS
Cano 2B
Wells LF
Overbay 1B
Granderson DH
Adams 3B
Ichiro RF
Stewart C

Pettitte P

Yes, Jayson Nix is the number two hitter. You’re not seeing things.

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Who’s Getting Lucky?

Lucky
Travis HafnerLD: 16.2% (.828), GB: 30.9% (.190), FB: 52.9% (.333)
Hafner was never a line drive hitter, and his 52.9% fly ball rate has grown to be the dominant batted ball type. The lefty is obviously aiming for the right field short porch, but in 2013 his FB% has thus far increased by around 14%. These hits are falling into play slightly more than his career .307 average, and add to that the line drives falling in at an insane .828 average. While the power is for real, we can expect his .260 batting average to drop in the near future.

Unlucky
Brett GardnerLD: 20.9% (.682), GB: 42.7% (.213), FB: 42.7% (.250)
Gardner’s .319 BABIP would lead you to believe that he belongs in the “just right” section, but he can actually improve upon this mark considerably. His 42.7% ground ball rate is 8 percent lower than his career rates, and his .213 batting average on these hits is well below his career .277 rate. Perhaps Gardner’s speed has diminished slightly, but it shouldn’t have this big of an effect. Expect his hits from fly balls to decrease while he sees many more hits on ground balls.

Ichiro SuzukiLD: 15.0% (.647), GB: 56.6% (.234), FB: 28.3% (.161)
The right fielder is coming off a career high line drive year, where he posted a 24.7% line drive rate. In 2013, that batted ball type has fallen to just 15.0%, which is still 5.5% lower than his career norm. Not only should he be hitting more line drives, but he should also be beating out more ground balls. His current .259 BABIP is .040 points below last year’s, and nearly .090 points below his career average. Even if his age is catching up to him, this type of drop off is too extreme, so expect his batting average to level off around .270 to .280 in the coming months.

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Quick hit: Betances gets the call

The Yankees have recalled Dellin Betances from Triple-A.

The corresponding move will most likely be to send Brett Marshall, who was tagged for five runs in 5.2 innings of relief in last night’s 12-2 debacle against Seattle, back down to the minors.

Betances was relegated to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen last week. The thought process from Yankees was that they believed he would be better off in shorter outings. This more than likely isn’t a long-term move because Joba Chamberlain is on his way back to the team from his latest stint on the disabled list.

Betances has a 5.40 ERA through 28 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A. Continue reading Quick hit: Betances gets the call

Throwback Thursday: 5/16/06

May, 16, 2006

It was a Tuesday night and I was at the old Stadium with my brother.

We were sitting in Main Level 20 and by the time the top of the second inning ended and the Texas Rangers were already up 9-0, I looked at my brother and said, “I’m never coming to this place on a Tuesday again.” Exactly a week before, I was sitting behind home plate at the Stadium and watched as the Red Sox beat up on Randy Johnson, Aaron Small and Tanyon Sturtze and pummeled the Yankees 14-3. So I was having flashbacks to that shellacking and didn’t think I could sit through another one.

My brother calmly and confidently said, “Don’t worry, Texas has no pitching, the Yankees can come back.” I scoffed at the notion and said, “Yeah, right.” Of course, he ended up being right.

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The Yankees began to chip away at the Rangers’ lead, scoring a run in the bottom of the second and two more in the bottom of the third. At that point the score was 10-3.

A big key to the historic comeback was being able to hold Texas scoreless in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. As the Yankee pitchers did that, the offense scored two more in the fifth to halve the score at 10-5.

Even then, my brother was confident. I wasn’t so sure. I thought they’d cut the lead to 10-9 and end up losing in spectacularly heartbreaking fashion in the bottom of the ninth but I’ve always been a pessimist. It’s an awful trait.

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Thursday Morning Musings- Round 3

It’s Thursday, things are as interesting as ever in Yankeeland, and I’ve got nothing planned to write about.  Let’s muse.

– So Phil Hughes has now made 8 starts this season.  He’s had 4 really good ones (6 ER, 30 K/5 BB in 28 IP) and 4 really bad ones (21 ER, 7 K/6 BB in 13.1 IP).  Two small sample sizes, but plenty within each and within the overall 8 games to start making reasonable assessments, especially based on Phil’s career body of work.  Despite how good he can look when he’s on, Phil is nothing more than a #4 starter right now and looking more and more like that’s his ceiling.  To have three seasons as a starter under your belt and still not be able to locate a fastball consistently is just not a good thing.  Last night Phil showed again how helpless he is when he can’t locate his.  His offspeed stuff just isn’t good enough for him to fully rely on it, and when he misses fastball it gets ugly.

– Even with last night’s hideous numbers included, Phil’s xFIP on the season is still 4.30, not too far off from the 4.35 he posted last season.  So what’s that type of pitcher worth?  How much more will Phil really stand to make because of his age?  Every one of these bad starts for the rest of the year is going to spark all the Phil contract questions and the debate over whether the Yankees should or shouldn’t re-sign him.  I think it’s going to come down to what they see from Pineda by season’s end, because Phil is a known commodity at this point. My concern is that the decision makers will put too much emphasis on his good starts because he’s homegrown.  Personally, I’d have no issues letting him walk.

– So how about David Adams, huh?  Kid has pretty much the best day you can have as a Minor League ball player yesterday and is set up now in one of the best situations a prospect like him could ask for.  He’s going to get at least a few weeks to start every day and audition for a role that this team and next year’s team are desperately going to need.  If there’s enough power in Adams’ bat at the Major League level, he could be looking at a lot of playing time at the hot corner.  Youkilis has barely started doing anything in Tampa, A-Rod is going to continue to need time off for rest/injuries, and the Yankees are still going to be short right-handed bats.  I don’t want to read too much into things, but having this kind of red carpet rolled out for your career path has to say something about what the organization thinks of Adams, no?

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