Game 32: Norris vs. Pineda

First and foremost – happy mother’s day!

For those of you that will be spending the day with the Yankees, welcome to today’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
J.J. Hardy, SS Carlos Beltran, RF
Alejandro De Aza, LF Chase Headley, 3B
Caleb Joseph, C Stephen Drew, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Bud Norris, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick recap: Orioles 6, Yankees 2

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I’ll be the first to admit that I missed this game and boy, am I glad I did!

Chase Whitley gave up five runs on six hits (three of them home runs) in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five.

The Yankees offense was stymied by Wei-Yin Chen for seven innings, he scattered five hits, gave up one run, walked one and struck out seven.

Jose Pirela got the start at second and went 2-4. He was the only Yankee with a multi-hit game. Carlos Beltran and John Ryan Murphy had an RBI apiece.

Tomorrow the Yankees look to take three out of four with Michael Pineda trying to get his fifth win of the season.

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Game 31 – Where we Wei in on Whitley

A lovely Saturday afternoon game is a perfect setting for baseball at Yankee Stadium III. Although, there is a light mist falling in the Bronx and the temperature is at 54 F. Today’s match-up features Chase Whitley versus Wei-Yin Chen. The Game is on the YES Network and starts at 1:05. The Yankees have already taken the first two games of the series.

The Lineups:

Baltimore Orioles

  1. Manny Machado – 3B
  2. Jimmy Paredes – DH
  3. Adam Jones – CF
  4. Delmon Young – RF
  5. Chris Davis – 1B
  6. Steve Pearce – 2B
  7. J.J. Hardy – SS
  8. Alejandro De Aza – LF
  9. Ryan Lavarnway – C

New York Yankees

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  2. Brett Gardner – LF
  3. Chris Young – RF
  4. Mark Teixeira – 1B
  5. Carlos Beltran – DH
  6. Jose Pirela – 2B
  7. Chase Headley – 3B
  8. Stephen Drew – SS
  9. John Ryan Murphy – C

Why you wouldn’t start Alex Rodriguez against a left-hander is beyond me. Anyway, enjoy the game!…

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Game 30: Gonzalez vs. Warren

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

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
Caleb Joseph, C Carlos Beltran, RF
Travis Snider, LF Chase Headley, 3B
J.J. Hardy, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Ryan Flaherty, 2B Didi Gregorius, SS
Miguel Gonzalez, SP Adam Warren, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/8/15

Big weekend for your boy this weekend.  Heading to Chicago on Saturday to go to this year’s American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  A whole mess of craft breweries from all over the country setting up shop on Soldier Field and serving up as many beer samples as you can drink.  If the weather cooperates and doesn’t dump rain on me, it should turn into a nice little drunk Saturday.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Katie Sharp of RAB analyzed the ever-improving Michael Pineda changeup that is helping to push him to the next level this season.

– El duque of It Is High.. continued his hot streak of ideas by proposing some things the Yankees could do to celebrate A-Rod’s 666th home run.

– On Wednesday, Derek Albin of Pinstripe Pundits dug deeper into the wildly productive and statistically mystifying start to Mark Teixeira’s season. I talked about this a little bit on Twitter earlier today (hint hint).…

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Top of the Lineup Carrying Yankees

Courtesy: NY Daily News

Courtesy: NY Daily News

The New York Yankees have considerably improved their offensive production from the last two seasons so far this year, which has lead to a 18-11 record and a +29 run differential. This has mostly been due to the four players at the top of the lineup carrying everybody — Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, all of whom are playing at an All-Star level.

Ellsbury has just been unconscious for a long stretch now where it seems every at-bat ends in a hit. His .363 batting average and his .438 OBP are both good for second in the AL. Gardner has been almost as good. His OBP is also over .400 (.408) and his wRC+ (145) and wOBA (.385) are exactly identical to Ellsbury’s.

This is exactly what the Yankees envisioned when they signed Ellsbury to pair with Gardner. Having two guys atop of your lineup with an OBP over .400 is absolutely lethal.…

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Prospect Who’s Hot: April

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I see ya there, Ramon! Courtesy of MiLB.com

After a brutally cold winter this year, it appears as though spring has finally made its way to the northeast, which must mean we have made it through the first month of baseball! I think many of us entered this season wondering what kind of year it would be for the Yankees and their affiliates, but so far 2015 seems to be off to a good start. This seemed like a good chance to look back on April and see which prospects are starting hot!

Chase Whitley (Scranton): Whitley started the season in Scranton and put up some strong performances. Now, he is holding his own in the Bronx with two strong showings under his belt during the absence of Tanaka. Before his call up, Whitley was 2-0 in three starts with a 2.12 ERA, thirteen strikeouts and only six walks.

Slade Heathcott (Scranton): After being sidelined by injuries quite a bit during his professional career, Heathcott made quite the impression during Spring Training and he hasn’t let up any.…

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Game 29 Recap: Yankees 4 Orioles 3

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Courtesy of the AP

What better way to get over your first series loss in a while than by starting the next series off with a win back at home?  That’s just what the Yankees did last night as they welcomed Baltimore to town for the first time this year.  The game was too close for comfort all night, but they finally held onto the last lead they took to get this weekend 4-piece kicked off right.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start last night and he was about as Nathan Eovaldi as you’d expect.  He could get ahead but he couldn’t put anybody away.  He could blow a fastball by you early in the count and then miss with one badly with 2 strikes and give up a hit on it later in the count.  It’s becoming very clear that Eovaldi still has a lot of work to do, and his development into a more refined, effective, consistent pitcher could be slow.  …

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Game 29: Tillman vs. Eovaldi

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

Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Manny Machado, 3B Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Jimmy Paredes, DH Brett Gardner, LF
Adam Jones, CF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Delmon Young, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Chris Davis, 1B Brian McCann, C
Steve Pearce, 2B Carlos Beltran, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Travis Snider, LF Stephen Drew, 2B
Caleb Joseph, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Chris Tillman, SP Nathan Eovaldi, SP

Enjoy the game!

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