Game 152: Dickey v. Greene

In an effort to stay positive, here are some neat things you can watch for over the last eleven games of the season:

Feel free to add to this list in the comments.

Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Jose Reyes, SS Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jose Bautista, RF Derek Jeter, SS
Edwin Encarnacion, DH Brian McCann, DH
Adam Lind, 1B Mark Teixeira, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B Chris Young, RF
Munenori Kawasaki, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Josh Thole, C Chase Headley, 3B
Kevin Pillar, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Anthony Gose, CF Francisco Cervelli, C
R.A. Dickey, SP Shane Greene, SP
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Quick Hit: Betances’ Race For Strikeout History


All Star, Yankee record holder, all-time great? Courtesy of Getty Images

Last night, Dellin Betances became the new Yankee record holder for most strikeouts in a single season by a relief pitcher with 132.  He passed Mo to do it after entering the night tied with him at 130, and considering that Betances needed 87.2 innings to set the new record compared to the 107.2 Mo needed in 1996, I think it’s safe to say that it’s quite the accomplishment.

With the Yankee record now in his possession and 11 games remaining in the season, the focus shifts to where Betances will end up on MLB’s all-time single-season reliever strikeout list.  The 132 currently puts him tied for 15th with Duane Ward of the ’91 Blue Jays, and looking ahead he’s got a pretty good shot to crack the top 10.

The all-time record is held by Dick Radatz, who struck out 181 batters in 157.0 relief innings pitched for the 1964 Red Sox.  …

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Report: Beltran Out After Losing His Son

It’s been an incredibly frustrating year to be a Yankee fan, and the tone I’ve taken in covering it lately reflects that.  But ultimately baseball, and for me blogging about baseball, is just a game and there are far more important things in life.  We were all reminded of that yesterday when the news of why Carlos Beltran left the team earlier this week came out.

Initially reported by the team as a family matter, Beltran himself announced the details of the situation via Facebook yesterday night.  It turns out he and his wife have lost their unborn son, which is incredibly sad and a sobering reminder of how real the real world can be off the baseball diamond.  There is no timetable for Beltran’s return to the team, and given the circumstances it would be completely understandable if he did not return this season.

As a single guy with no kids, I can’t even attempt to put into perspective how Beltran and his wife must be feeling.  …

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Yankeemetrics: Sept. 15-17 (Rays)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon McCarthy etched his name in the Yankee record books on Wednesday. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

No runs, no win
A 1-0 loss to the Rays in the series opener on Monday dug the Yankees into an even deeper hole in the playoff race, as they fell to six games out in the wild card standings with 13 games left.

It was the second time in the last two days that the Yankees lost in walk-off fashion after Sunday’s heartbreaking 3-2 loss in Baltimore, the first time they’ve suffered consecutive walk-off losses since Sept. 14 (Mariners) and 16 (Blue Jays, 2011.

The Rays won it on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the ninth inning off Shawn Kelley, who became the first Yankee pitcher to allow a two-out, walk-off hit in a 0-0 game since Ryne Duren on July 26, 1959 at Detroit.

The game took three hours and 28 minutes despite the fact that only one run was scored and it lasted only nine innings.…

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Game 151 Recap: Yanks 3 Rays 2

Gardner vs TB III

The home run pimp shot that should have been. Courtesy of Getty Images

The pathetic Yankee offense has gone from just plain bad to “so bad it’s funny” to “no seriously, this is just bad!” in the span of about 6 weeks.  They’ve almost jumped the shark at this point.  Not scoring with the bases loaded, almost getting no-hit every other week, and running themselves out of potential scoring chances every few days.  You couldn’t script stuff this bad.  It’s for that reason that I have to start this recap off in a snarky fashion and point out the incredible offensive explosion that was their 3-run night last night.  In typical Yankee fashion, it was just barely enough to win.

In all fairness, it probably should have been at least a 4 or 5-run night.  In the top of the 6th, a Derek Jeter single and a pair of walks to Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira loaded the bases with nobody out.  …

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Will Kevin Long be the sacrificial lamb?

For those of us who watch almost every game, the entire 2014 season has been a series of games with one common theme: A total lack of offense. A full fifty of the team’s games have featured a lineup that scored two runs or less. That is a full 31% of a season’s games, never mind that the season isn’t over yet. In contrast, the Orioles (congratulations) have had five such games. Fifty…five. With a disappointing season following an active off season big with the check book, who will pay the price for such a performance? Will it be the hitting coach, Kevin Long? Should it be?

Let’s look at some more putrid numbers. In the Yankees’ last seven days, they have registered the following triple slash line: .174/.244/.284 with a .201 average on balls in play. Take that same slash line over the last fourteen days: .194/.256/.321 with a .220 BABIP. Take it even further to the last 28 days: .228/.290/.373 with a .254 BABIP.…

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A Quick Look At Jose Pirela

Pirela Triple-A HR

Courtesy of Butch Comegys/The Times-Tribune

The Yankees lost the best hitter in their lineup for the last month or so when emergency appendectomy surgery ended Martin Prado‘s year yesterday.  They replaced him on the active roster with Jose Pirela, a 24-year-old utility man who quietly had a really nice season for Triple-A SWB, hitting .305/.351/.441 with 87 R, 60 RBI, 21 2B, 11 3B, 10 HR, and 15 SB in 581 plate appearances.  I believe he was named to the Triple-A end-of-year All Star team, but don’t quote me on that.

Pirela’s name has floated around on the periphery of the Yankee system for a few years when it comes to identifying real prospects.  He’s a guy who’s been good enough to warrant mentioning, but not great enough to warrant real “top prospect” consideration.  Now that he’s on the verge of making his MLB debut, here’s a quick profile on him for those unfamiliar.

Pirela was signed as a 17-year-old out of Venezuela in 2007.  …

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Injury Update: Teix’s Wrist Acting Up Again

Days-Since-Last-Injury-0Hey!  I remembered the picture this time.  Not that that makes the news any less crappy.

Mark Teixeira was noticeably absent from last night’s lineup, and we found out before the game it was due to his wrist acting up again.  Joe told reporters before the game that Teix told him the wrist was bothering him during last week’s homestand and it must have gotten to the point where he couldn’t play with the pain anymore.

This was to be expected at some point late in the year simply because it was expected prior to the season and it’s been the norm for Teix since game 1.  This was the 1 injury problem we and the Yankees were prepared for.  Guys who have this surgery usually have lingering issues the next year.  Teix has been no different.

Teix has been slumping badly and I’m a firm believer that all the injury problems have piled up to the point where he can’t be effective anymore.

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