Rays 5, Yankees 1: That was awful


That game was actually a lot worse than I imagined it would be.

Honestly, I knew the lineup would probably do nothing against Matt Moore. They can’t hit lefties as it is but a guy with 1.00 ERA coming into the game? Yeah…

And I was right but I was hoping CC Sabathia would be able keep the Yankees in this one. Unfortunately, after the first inning, the Yankees found themselves down 4-0.

For his part, Sabathia recovered and ended up pitching seven innings but the damage was done and the Yankees couldn’t do much against Moore who pitched eight strong innings.

Sabathia finished with eight strikeouts but gave up three home runs and two of them were to Ryan Roberts.

It was that kind of night.

Oh well. On to the next one as they say, and the next one is Phil Hughes facing off against David Price. Hmm, maybe we can skip that one too? (Kidding).… Click here to read the rest

Game 18: Oh no, it’s another lefty

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s game thread.

The Yankees are down in Tampa to face the Rays for the first time in 2013. It’s a three game series and both teams are coming off series wins. The Rays swept the A’s this weekend and the Yanks took two of three from the Blue Jays.

Here’s the Yankee lineup that will be facing Matt Moore:
Brett Gardner CF
Ben Francisco DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Francisco Cervelli C
Brennan Boesch RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix 3B

And here’s the Tampa lineup that will be facing CC Sabathia:
Desmond Jennings CF
Ryan Roberts 2B
Ben Zobrist RF
Evan Longoria 3B
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Shelley Duncan DH
Jose Lobaton C
Sam Fuld LF

Go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Update On Sabathia’s Velocity

After CC Sabathia‘s first start of the regular season, the lefty’s four-seam and sinker velocity were major narratives following a worrisome start. He’s followed that up with three Sabathia-esque starts, where he was either dominant, or he was able to give the team length and a chance to win. Altogether, he’s pitched 23.0 innings in his last three outings, giving up 4 earned runs, 4 walks, 19 strike outs, and 1 home run. Batters are hitting just .217/.250/.301 off of him, but that doesn’t mean he fixed his velocity.

As I pointed out earlier in the month, Sabathia’s initial struggles on opening day were due to control, and not his lack of velocity. Despite offseason elbow surgery, the southpaw showed tremendous movement on all of his pitches on opening day, a much more important factor following such a procedure. Since then, Sabathia’s movement has continued to impress, but his low velocity has remained.

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He’s thrown 426 pitches this year, each of them plotted in the graph above.… Click here to read the rest

Measuring the impact of Derek Jeter’s absence

The consistent story line surrounding the Yankees so far this season has been that the team needs to tread water until the injured superstars, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter, can return. Last week we found out that Jeter has suffered a set back and won’t be able to play until July. Without question, this harms the team. Much has been made of Jeter’s recent decline, specifically his sub-par 2010 and 2011 seasons, but even that weakened Jeter gave the Yankees above average offense at shortstop. Furthermore, Derek bounced back in 2012. The .347 wOBA Jeter posted in 2012 was far from his .365 career average, or the production he’s put up in his signature seasons, such as 2009, but it was a welcomed return to form, and evidence that maybe Derek had one more .340 plus wOBA season in him.

As frustrating as it is to watch the Yankees play Mariano Rivera‘s final season without Jeter in the lineup every day, Derek will come back.… Click here to read the rest

Lunchtime links: Vernon Wells, the upcoming week and a spinning guy?

Good afternoon, Yankee fans.

Overall, it was a successful weekend for the Yankees who took two out of three from the Blue Jays up in Toronto. Yes, yesterday’s game was disappointing but it’s always nice to win a series in a division rival’s home ballpark.

Speaking of that home ballpark, a blog post began circulating yesterday ahead of yesterday’s game, that accused the Yankees of hiring security to kick home fans out of their own stadium if they heckle the players in the Yankees’ bullpen. It spread like wildfire and now has even been mentioned on Hardball Talk.

The author Justin Jackson filed a complaint with the Rogers Centre. I can’t wait to see the outcome.

Can I mention how much I like Vernon Wells? It’s not just because he had a great series against the Blue Jays, it’s because he’s hilarious. Following Saturday’s victory, beat reporters asked him about the reception he was receiving from Jays fans. Naturally, it wasn’t a warm greeting but Wells took in stride by saying, “They’re just calling me by my nickname, ‘Boo,’.”

Oh and then there was his fantastic play in yesterday’s loss followed by a tip of his cap to Blue Jays fans who had been riding him all weekend.… Click here to read the rest

Adjusting To Life Without Jeter


The Yankees, their fans, and even Derek Jeter himself have known that his days as the team’s starting shortstop were numbered.  That discussion was surely had with Jeter behind closed doors during his last contract negotiation and is more than likely the reason the final year of his deal became an optional one.  That timeline got sped up some when Jeter suffered his season-ending ankle injury last October and now appears to be speeding up again after last week’s announcement that Jeter had re-injured his ankle, suffering a crack in the area of the original break that will put him on the shelf until at least the All-Star break.  That revelation fell into the “disappointing but not surprising” category for many of us who questioned Jeter’s progress after the initial setback and cortisone shot, and now we, like the Yankees, have to figure out the best way to move forward without The Captain’s familiar #2 anywhere on the lineup card.

The early approach of just riding it out until Jeter came back now gets modified to something a little more permanent.  … Click here to read the rest

This week in Yankees baseball – Heading into Week 4


The New York Yankees have won four straight series and that is what Joe Girardi likes. C.C. Sabathia picked up another win. Andy Pettitte won another start. Heck, even Ivan Nova won one of his two starts. Hiroki Kuroda pitched well enough to win his start but that game became a bullpen win after the bullpen blew Kuroda’s. And perhaps we are a greedy and spoiled bunch, but it certainly seemed like the last two series should have been sweeps. The team went ahead, 4-2 on Sunday just to see the bullpen cough up four runs to give the Blue Jays the last game of the series. Back on Thursday, the Yankees were down a run heading into the ninth and Francisco Cervelli smacked a homer to tie the game. But David Phelps–who figured prominently in both losses this week–got roughed up in the twelfth inning. The week could have been better…should have been better. But it could have been worse too.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 4/21/13 De Paula fans ten

It was a good day for Scranton and trenton who both came away with solid victories Sunday afternoon. Things were not so good for Tampa and Charleston, however. Tampa came up short against Brevard County while Charleston lost both games of a doubleheader, despite a fantastic outing by Rafael De Paula.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 5-1:
After four innings there was still no score, but Addison Maruszak connected with a single to start the bottom of the fifth and Corban Joseph doubled him in. A sac fly from Zoilo Almonte plated Joseph and the RailRiders had a 2-0 edge. Jerad Head drew a walk to start the sixth and an error by David Adams put two on with one out. Jeff Kobernus singled to left, plating Syracuse’s lone run of the day. Leading 2-1 in the eighth, Scranton added some insurance runs. Austin Romine grounded a single to left and David Adams doubled him in. A single by Thomas Neal plated Romine.… Click here to read the rest

Blue Jays hand Yankees a victory that Yankee bullpen hands right back

Josh Johnson and the Blue Jays handed this game to the Yankees in the fifth inning. With the Blue Jays leading 2-1, the Yankees loaded the bases on three hits by Chris Stewart, Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells. Johnson managed to get Travis Haffner out, but after that he completely lost the strike zone. Johnson issued bases loaded walks to Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez, handing the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees expanded that lead the next inning when Brett Gardner scored Jayson Nix on a sacrifice fly. Suddenly the Yankees were up by two heading into the final innings with a possible sweep on their hands.

It wasn’t meant to be. Ivan Nova walked Adam Lind to start the bottom of the sixth inning. That brought up J.P. Arencibia who doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. That was the end of Nova’s day. The Yankees handed things over to Boone Logan who gave up a single to Colby Rasmus, the only batter he faced.… Click here to read the rest