Game 36 Quick Recap: TB 6 NYY 1

The less said about this game the better.  Chase Whitley didn’t look good and didn’t last long, leaving in the 2nd inning with what now sounds like a serious elbow injury.  Esmil Rogers replaced him and promptly gave up a 3-run homer to make it 4-0 Tampa and all but turn out the lights.

The lineup did next to nothing against a guy named Erasmo Ramirez.  When I say I’ve never heard of this dude, I’m not kidding.  He pitched 5 shutout innings and then handed it over to another dude I’ve never heard of for another 4.  They combined for 5 hits allowed and 8 strikeouts, the lone bad mark a super garbage time solo shot by A-Rod in the top of the 9th.  You can’t put enough lipstick on that pig.

It was a bad game and a really bad end to the series.  No doubt about that.  The offense went away, the decision making could have been better, and the relief pitching could have too.  …

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Game 36: Whitley vs. Ramirez

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Steven Souza, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B James Loney, 1B
Brian McCann, C Logan Forsythe, 2B
Chris Young, RF David DeJesus, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Joey Butler, DH
Jose Pirela, 2B Rene Rivera, C
Chase Whitley, SP Erasmo Ramirez, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Flashback: May 14, 1996

Dwight Gooden threw a no-hitter 19 years ago today.

I attended that game with my dad and my brother and it was amazing to see something like that in person. It felt like watching a movie and almost didn’t seem real.

Leave your memories of the game in the comments, if you’re actually old enough to remember that night (ha ha).

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Jorge Posada Belatedly Declares Jorge Posada the 2003 MVP!

CBS Sports

CBS Sports

Did a steroid-addled pre-redemption Alex Rodriguez steal Jorge Posada‘s 2003 MVP award? Jorge said so, or at least implied it in a rambling tirade:

“The only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex won the MVP and, you know, I think second, either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there,” Posada said. “You know what could have happened if, you know it’s tough.”

All respect to Jorge, whom I still like a lot – but there’s no way he was the best in the league in 2003, with or without A-Rod’s pharmaceutical adventures.

Posada had a great 2003, his best year by WAR – 5.9, a level that’s usually not best-in-league, and was fifth among position players, but is as good as that of many MVPs. Posada’s offensive WAR was actually 0.4 better in 2007 than 2003, but the defensive WAR stats comport with what we all remember: by age 35, his defense had declined badly.…

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Game 35 Recap: Rays 3 Yankees 2

Teix Out vs TB

Out. Courtesy of the AP

When you get 7 innings and 3 ER from your 5th starter, you should win the game.  When you get that starting pitching performance and have your offense going up against the guy who came into last night leading the AL in Hard Contact %, you should definitely win the game.  The Yankees didn’t win the game last night, falling for the second straight time for the first time in a long time.

The start of the game was eerily similar to the other night.  Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner get on to set the table, heart of the order singles them in.  Just like that, 2-0 Yanks.  And just like the other night, they never scored again.  They had plenty of opportunities.  They left a runner at third with 1 out in the 2nd, ended up stranding 2 in the 5th on a bad decision to send Mark Teixeira home on a single, and had at least 1 man on base in 7 of the 9 innings.  …

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Game 35: Warren vs. Karns

Stephen Drew, the new back-up third baseman, will see his first in-game action at the hot corner tonight. It will be interesting to see how his trial by fire unfolds – particularly with the high-contact (4.65 K/9), groundball-heavy (48.5%) Adam Warren on the mound.

Welcome to tonight’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kevin Kiermaier, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Steven Souza, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Evan Longoria, 3B
Mark Teixeira, 1B James Loney, 1B
Brian McCann, C Logan Forsythe, 2B
Carlos Beltran, RF David DeJesus, DH
Stephen Drew, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jose Pirela, 2B Joey Butler, LF
Didi Gregorius, SS Bobby Wilson, C
Adam Warren, SP Nate Karns, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Wednesday Afternoon News And Notes: 5/13/15

Lots going on in Yankeeland these days outside of the on-field stuff.  Here’s the latest:

Masahiro Tanaka threw a 30-pitch bullpen session yesterday at The Trop and all went well.  He said he felt no pain in his wrist or forearm and he reportedly threw all his pitches.  Chad Jennings had video.  He’s about halfway through his estimated 1-month recovery period.

– Via Mark Feinsand, the Yankees are planning on using Stephen Drew as the backup to Chase Headley at third base and limiting Alex Rodriguez to DH duty going forward.  Joe explained that it was about keeping A-Rod healthy, and I imagine the little hamstring issue from Monday night had something to do with that decision, whether Joe admits it or not.

Say what you want about Drew, but it’s hard to argue with a plan designed to keep A-Rod healthy and keep his bat in the lineup as much as possible.  That’s where all his value comes from anyway.…

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The Only Ever Split-Level Outfield: Texas’s Clark Field

I am now a PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. An older colleague, upon learning of my love of baseball, told me about the craziest thing I have ever learned about the sport. Until 1974, the University of Texas played in this ballpark:

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Take a look at center field. First, you’ll see a 12 foot cliff that looks a lot like a (rather close) outfield fence. But, a closer look reveals that there is a green space above that 9 foot cliff. That space? In Play! The left fielder would have to run up the small path, called the “Billy Goat Trail” in order to catch the ball:

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Unfortunately, I can’t find a lot of information on old Clark Field: I’ve found a few grainy black and white photos, one amazing article from Texas Monthly, and zero video. When I’m a little less busy, I may go on an archival search for more information. For now, we have these great anecdotes from that article:

“The cliff has contributed to some unusual baseball moments.

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Early Returns on Some Former Yankees

With a tick over twenty-percent of the season in the bag, many important statistics are beginning to stabilize. So while it is still very early in the season, the snap judgments that we all love to make are every so gradually shifting from inane to informed. That does not, of course, mean that the ending of this season has been written – each team still has in the neighborhood of 130 games remaining, and it would be foolish to assume that even stabilized analytics are not flukish (consider, for example, Dee Gordon being the second-best position player in baseball).

As we toe the line between ludicrously small sample size and semi-meaningful-but-still-small sample size, we can try to get a picture of what the Yankees will do going forward. And we have done that in spades. Instead, I will focus on those ex-Yankees that played a not-insignificant role on the team last season, and ended up donning another uniform in 2015.…

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