Sheesh, C : Rays 5, Yankees 1

sabathiaNone of the hits, none of the CC, all of the Aceves. That pretty much sums up Sunday afternoon in the Bronx.

Sabathia started out in the 1st by surrendering an RBI double to Evan Longoria, then the Yankees picked him up in the next frame after Mark Teixeira led off with a single, and Yangervis Solarte brought him in with a fairly shallow Sac Fly. From there the Yankees would only pick up 5 more hits, and strand 6 runners. The top of the order (Ellsbury, Jeter, Beltran) went a combined 0/12.

Two particular innings were disappointing on offense – the fifth saw the Yankees pick up back-to-back singles from Gardner and Murphy, before the top of the order was retired 1-2-3, and the 7th started with back-to-back base hits from Solarte and Gardner, and ended with three straight outs after that. Outside those frames, the going was tough with the bats.

Back to Sabathia – he didn’t have trouble in the 2nd, but from there it was all downhill.…

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Game 30: The Rubber Game

Welcome to today’s game thread.

HEre are your lineups:

RAYS
Forsythe 3B
Jennings CF
Longoria DH
Myers RF
Rodriguez 2B
Loney 1B
Escobar SS
Guyer LF
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano DH
Johnson 5
Solarte 2B
Gardner LF
Murphy C

Pitching matchup: Bedard vs. Sabathia

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Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Yankees 9, Rays 3

Mark-teixeira

The Yankees did not start the game well. Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, then one more in the second – he’s now allowed 6 of his 13 runs this year in that frame. He had 43 pitches after two.

#TANAK would not be denied. He was going to go 4-0. Even bad Tanaka was a CC Sabathia you would be proud of. 7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 0 BB was enough to fend off the Rays.

The Yankees didn’t have a hit through three innings, and it kind of felt like one of those days the bats would be a bit slower, the runs would be hard to come by. It was a quick turnaround from the night before.

But Mark Teixeira said “Nah, I got this.” He went deep to right in the 4th to cut it to 3-2, then he brought in another run in the 7th with a scorcher to right, through the shift.…

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Game 29: Another one? So Soon?

It’s a nice, sunny afternoon in the Bronx.

Let’s hope the Yankees will make it even nicer for the fans who stayed up to watch last night’s debacle by maybe, possibly, hopefully winning?

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist SS
Jennings DH
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
DeJesus CF
Rodriguez 2B
Hanigan C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Teixeira 1B
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Suzuki RF
Solarte SS

The pitching matchup is #TANAK vs Odorizzi.

You will notice that Beltran and Jeter are sitting today. And in, “hello again” news, Alfredo Aceves got the call at 1 a.m. that he’d be joining the big club again. Our own Kenny Ducey tweeted “Jeter just saw Aceves in the locker room and welcomed him back with a smile, hug, and a few punches to the side.” Hopefully they weren’t hard punches but since they came from Jeter, I’m willing to bet they weren’t. Anyway, Aceves will be the longman — if needed — because both Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley are unavailable.…

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Yankees waste about a million scoring chances and lose to the Rays in extras

mr-yuk

This game was awful and we don’t need to rehash all of that awfulness.

There were awful at bats, awful baserunning, and ultimately an awful top of the 14th in which the game went from being tied at 5 to the Rays taking a 10-5 lead.

More awfulness:

  • The Yankees left seven men on base in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. (Per Joe Lemire on Twitter)
  • Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career and his batting average fell from .271 to .250. (Per about 5,000 people on Twitter)

AWFUL.

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Game 28: Hits? A win? Maybe?

Happy Friday evening, everyone and welcome to tonight’s game thread.

The Rays are in town for a three-game series. Thrilling, right? You know what is thrilling? Tonight is Joe Girardi’s 1000th game as Yankees manager. Let’s get him a win boys!

Here are your lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings, CF
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Rodriguez LF
Loney 1B
Forsythe DH
Escobar SS
Molina C

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
Soriano LF
McCann DH
Roberts 2B
Solarte 3B
Murphy C

Your pitching matchup: Vidal Nuno vs. David Price

Enjoy the game!

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A Brian McCann Update With Colors, Charts and Pictures!

We are a month into the 2014 season and new Yankees catcher Brian McCann isn’t getting off to a great start so far in Pinstripes. Right now, McCann’s batting .225/.266/.348/.614 with a wOBA of .266 which doesn’t look very good but how are his splits?

Against lefty pitchers he’s batting .313/.371/.469/.840 with a wOBA of .369. His K% is only 2.9 and his BB% is 5.7. And here is where his hits against lefties are going:

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Notice the opposite field hits?

And here’s how his average looks against lefties on a hot/cold grid:

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He is having trouble in the middle of the plate but is doing fine if it’s slightly outside or low.

Against righty pitchers he’s batting .175/.203/.281/.484 with a wOBA of .204 with a K% of 3.5 and BB% of 3.4. Clearly, righty pitchers have his number.

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You’ll notice that even though he’s having trouble against righties, he has hit two of his three home runs against them. (Them being John Lackey – McCann hit two home runs off him in a start on April 12)

And here’s how his average looks against righties on a hot/cold grid:

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He really likes the outside pitch in this one as well but you’ll also notice his numbers are not bad in the middle of the plate.…

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Where Has All The Offense Gone?

Ellsbury K vs BOS

I feel ya, Jacoby. I feel ya. Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees should have been catching a big break last night.  Seattle choosing to push back Wednesday’s scheduled starter Roenis Elias rather than skip him meant the Yanks got to avoid getting carved up by Felix Hernandez for the 457th time.  Of course, there’s always that pesky theory about the Yankees never being able to hit rookie pitchers and it played out in full effect last night as Elias held the lineup to 2 runs (1 earned) through 7 innings while striking out 10.  2 runs isn’t enough to get it done with the rotation in the kind of shape it’s in these days and it didn’t get it done last night.

The 2-run output marked the 5th straight game in which the Yankees scored 4 runs or fewer and the 13th game this season in which they’ve been held to 3 or fewer.  Since beating Boston 14-5 last Thursday, the Yankees have scored 13 runs in their last 5 games.  …

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