Patchwork Rotation Holding Together Pretty Well

We probably would have talked about this already had the All Star-break not happened right in the middle of it, but have people noticed how well the Yankee rotation has been pitching?  I came across a tweet earlier this morning pointing it out to me and I actually did a double take at my desk.  If you were as blind to it as I was, here’s how the last 8 Yankee starts have gone:

  • 7/9, McCarthy- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • 7/10, Phelps- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • 7/11, Kuroda- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • 7/12, Greene- 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • 7/13, Whitley- 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • 7/18, Phelps- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • 7/19, McCarthy- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • 7/20, Kuroda- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

That breaks down to a 1.99 ERA, 3.06 FIP, less than 1 hit per inning, 8.34 K/9, and 1.99 BB/9 in 49.2 innings pitched.  …

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Yankeemetrics: July 18-20 (Reds)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury helped the Yankees sweep the Reds. (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury each had big hits this weekend. (Photo: Getty Images)

$500 million offseason delivers
The Yankees opened their 10-game homestand with a 4-3 win against the Reds. The Yankees entered this game 5-7 all-time in the regular season against the Reds, the only team they have a losing record against.

Jacoby Ellsbury sparked the team with two RBI, two hits – including the game-winning homer in the fifth inning – and a stolen base. He is the second Yankee in franchise history to hit a home run and steal a base against the Reds, joining Alfonso Soriano in 2003.

The stolen base was his 25th of the season, giving him 25 steals and 102 hits in his first 92 games with the Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the fastest player to reach 25 steals and 100 hits in his Yankee career since Steve Sax did so in 1989 in his first 83 games in pinstripes.…

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Announcement: Some administrative changes

Good morning, IIATMS readers! We have a couple of things happening on the site that we wanted to tell you about.

Fchanges-road-signirst up, Michael Eder is stepping down from the co-Editor-in-Chief position. Michael will be heading off to law school this Fall like a good baseball blogger (we have a few lawyer/bloggers here already and there seems to be a large number of them on the internet) and we’d like to thank him for the fantastic content he provided – especially those extremely detailed pitch F/X posts with gifs, etc. as well as the Happy Tanaka Day banner that we post for TANAK’s starts – and I’d like to thank him for the help he gave me throughout our partnership. We’d also like to wish him well at school even though we know he will kick ass.

And while I am bummed we’re losing Michael, I am thrilled to be gaining Brad Vietrogoski as a partner. Brad will be stepping into the role of my new co-Editor-in-Chief!…

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Ellsbury Starting To Cook In The 3-Spot

Ellsbury vs CIN

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Just when it looked like the Yankees were going to fall back into their regular pattern of offensive futility yesterday, the big money guys stepped up and delivered a win.  Jacoby Ellsbury singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th, promptly stole second base off Cincy closer Aroldis Chapman then moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored the walk-off run on Brian McCann‘s clutch RBI single.  It only took almost 100 games, but the Yanks finally got a big win thanks to their 2 biggest free agent hitter acquisitions and ended the series on the right side of a sweep.

That’s the high level story today, the one that’s more fun for the media to write and more fun for the fans to read.  The truth is that McCann’s game-winning hit was really more the byproduct of good BIP luck and poor Reds defense than anything he did to hit the ball.  Had somebody caught the ball, who knows if Ellsbury would have been driven in with 2 outs.  …

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Game 97 Quick Recap: NYY 3 CIN 2

McCann Walk-Off vs CIN

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Well that was about as awesome a second half-opening series as the Yankees could have hoped for.  3 games, 3 wins, and today’s coming in walk-off fashion.  I’ll take it.

Hiroki Kuroda was very good this afternoon.  The only run he gave up in 6.2 innings of work was an unearned one and he used his slider and splitter to generate 6 outs via the strikeout and another 7 via the groundball.  Vintage Kuroda.

The 2 runs he got in support came in the bottom of the 5th on RBI singles by Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury.  Say what you want about Jeter, I know I’ve been overly critical this season, but he’s been swinging a decent bat for the better part of the last month.  Ellsbury has also been better in the 3-hole in the last few weeks than he was earlier.

Dellin Betances was nearly the goat when Todd Frazier touched him up for a game-tying solo home run in the top of the 8th.  …

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Game 97: Same Lineup Going For The Sweep

It’s been a season-long adventure for Joe when it comes to juggling lineups, but he stuck with the same one for the first 2 games of this series and it’s been enough to get him 2 wins.  He’s sticking with the same one today in the finale against Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and the sweep is in play, something the Yankees haven’t done since June 19th against the Blue Jays.  That lineup, in case you’ve forgotten, is as follows:

1) Gardner- LF
2) Jeter- SS
3) Ellsbury- CF
4) Teix- 1B
5) McCann- C
6) Beltran- DH
7) Ichiro- RF
8) Roberts- 2B
9) Johnson- 3B

And it will be supporting Hiroki Kuroda, who gets the ball today for his first post-ASB start and his first start against the Reds since June of 2011.  The Reds have not been so kind as to post their starting lineup in time to make this post, so you’ll have to find it out when the game starts.  …

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Saturday Afternoon/Evening Open Thread

So the McCarthy era is starting off nicely. Today the Yankees beat the Reds 7-1 at the Stadium and McCarthy had a very strong game – 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 9 K in 99 pitches.

Also having a very strong game? The offense! They made it possible for Yankee fans to get half off Papa John’s pizza by scoring more than six runs.

Brett Gardner had three RBI, Kelly Johnson had two, Brian Roberts scored three times (and if I recall correctly Gardner did the honors all three times.) Carlos Beltran opened the scoring by hitting a solo shot off Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon and Derek Jeter also joined the RBI party with a single in the bottom of the fifth.

The big story was McCarthy. Other than a solo home run by Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth, he held the Reds in check which is good because when he was a member of the Diamondbacks earlier in the season, he had a tough outing against them on May 31.…

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Game 96: Simon v. McCarthy

Yesterday was the sort of game that the Yankees had to have been expecting when they invested over $280 MM in Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, and Carlos Beltran. The three combined to go 5-for-12 with a run scored, two doubles, a home run, 4 RBI, and 2 stolen bases as the Yankees took the series opener against the Reds. And, for good measure, David Phelps chipped in another solid quality start, and Dellin Betances and David Robertson held the Reds to one base-runner over the last 2.2 innings. It was, in short, a great start to the second half.

And, in even better news, the Yankees are not interested in the newly free Dan Uggla. He seemed to fit the Vernon Wells/Alfonso Soriano mold of cheap right-handed power that the team has craved in recent years (despite being significantly worse than both), and many thought he was destined for pinstripes. This is a non-move that everyone should be happy with.…

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Game 95: Back To The Grind

Everybody enjoy their little break from baseball this week?  Good.  The wheels start turning again on the 162-game meat grinder tonight and the Yankees kick off a season-long 10-game homestand with a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds, who come in missing 2 key parts of their lineup in Phillips and Votto.

In theory this should be an ideal scenario for the Yankees, both this weekend and the next 10 games.  But as Katie’s post earlier today showed, YS3 has been a source of more frustration and losing for the Bombers this year than big offense and the typical home field advantage.  The Reds are also going to throw 3 very good starting pitchers at the Yanks this weekend, starting with Mike Leake in tonight’s opener.  He’ll be opposed by David Phelps, the new 2nd starter in the New York rotation behind Hirok as the alternate ace, and the Yankees will have Carlos Beltran back in the starting lineup.

The full Yankee lineup can be found below, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 in the PM, and you ladies and germs can consider this your game thread.  …

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