Aug
07

Capuano outpitches Verlander, Yankees grab 5-1 win over Tigers

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For the first time this year, a game gave me that little postseason-esque nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach. The Yankees and Tigers played an excitingly close game on Wednesday, close until the Bombers broke it open in the bottom of the eighth. New York won 5-1.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Changeup, Strike Three
Chris Capuano has had a knack for pulling gems out of nowhere throughout his career, and on the night when the Yankees needed a start like that, he gave them one. The wily veteran southpaw used changeup after changeup to hold the high-powered Tigers to one unearned run in 6.2 innings, striking out eight and walking one. He allowed just five hits and retired 20 of 25 batters at one point from the first through seventh innings. His night ended after 101 pitches and back-to-back two-out singles in that seventh inning.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus loaded his lineup with right-handed batters against the lefty Capuano — number nine hitter Ezequiel Carrera was the only lefty in the starting lineup — and that played right into his strength, the down and away changeup. He had the pitch working marvelously. PitchFX says Capuano threw 44 changeups out of those 101 pitches, including 33 for strikes and 11 for swings and misses. He doubled up on the pitch all night and at one point he even tripled up on the changeup to fan Nick Castellanos. Excellent outing by Capuano. What a nice surprise he’s been through three starts.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Two Taters
Justin Verlander retired the first eleven batters he faced before Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center with two outs in the fourth. The Yankees scored their first run an inning later, when Chase Headley ran into a meatball of a 2-2 changeup for a solo homer into the second deck in right. Everyone knew it was gone off the bat, including Verlander based on his reaction. The pitch was on a tee and it tied the game at one after some sloppy defense and a sacrifice fly gave the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead in the first.

The score remained 1-1 until the seventh inning, at which point the Yankees had only had four base-runners against Verlander. The big right-hander left a 1-2 fastball up in the zone to Brian McCann with one out in the inning, and that pitch landed just beyond the right-center wall for a solo homer into the Yankees bullpen. You can tell this isn’t the same Verlander of the last few years. That guy absolutely buried hitters with two strikes. This version gave up two two-strike homers in the span of three innings. McCann’s dinger gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead with six outs to go.

Save Situation
As good as Capuano was in this game, Adam Warren recorded by far the two biggest outs of the night. Really the three biggest when you consider he inherited a first-and-third situation from Capuano with two outs in the seventh, escaping with a ground ball. Warren got a quick first pitch ground out from Ian Kinsler to start the eighth, then he appeared to pitch around the ultra-dangerous Miguel Cabrera with one out. I don’t like that strategy — assuming he did pitch around him, of course — because all Miggy could do was tie the game there. Put him on and suddenly the go-ahead run is at the plate. Whatever.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Because I wrote about how good the infield defense has been since the trade deadline earlier on Wednesday, Stephen Drew managed to make two errors on one play to give the Tigers runners on the corners with one out. Victor Martinez hit a soft grounder into the shift, but Drew fumbled the scoop (first error) and rushed the throw (second error), which was wide of first base and wound up close to home plate. Cabrera alertly advanced from second to third once he realized the ball was by Mark Teixeira at first.

This was a problem. The Yankees had just taken the lead, and while Detroit’s two best hitters were on the bases and not coming to the plate, runners on the corners with one out is scary. Especially since Warren has been less than stellar the last few weeks for whatever reason. Fatigue, return to Earth, whatever. Warren fell behind in the count 3-0 to J.D. Martinez and suddenly things looked really bad. Then he reached back and threw three straight fastballs by Martinez for the strikeout. The PitchFX readings on those fastballs: 95.95 mph (foul), 97.35 mph (whiff), and 96.9 mph (whiff). Gas.

That was an obviously huge strikeout but the inning was not over. There was still one out to get and Warren was still wild. He again fell behind in the count 3-0, this time to Castellanos. Warren went 97.00 mph fastball (whiff), 89.22 mph slider (foul), 96.81 mph fastball (foul), 98.26 mph fastball (foul), and 89.40 mph slider (lazy fly to right) to get the final out of the inning. That 98.26 mph fastball was the fastest pitch Warren has ever thrown in the big leagues, again according to PitchFX. It was not at all easy, but hats off to Warren for his work in that eighth inning. One of the biggest innings of the season, hands down.

Blown Open
Some time around the fifth inning I said this was a classic “next team to homer wins” game, and technically I was right. The Yankees were nice enough to plate some insurance runs in the eighth though, with the big blow being McCann’s … weak grounder to first. The Bombers had the bases loaded with one out and a run already in when Andrew Romine’s throw to first on the 3-6-3 double play attempt sailed by first base and to the dugout fence. Teixeira chugged around from second on the play and slid in for the team’s fifth run of the night. He was initially ruled out but the call was overturned following Joe Girardi‘s challenge. Teixeira’s pinkie got stepped on at the plate and he needed stitches. Props to Brett Gardner (single), Ellsbury (walk), Teixeira (run-scoring single), and Carlos Beltran (single) for their work earlier in the inning. Scoring those three insurance runs was huge.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Leftovers
David Robertson was all warmed up and ready to pitch the ninth until the three-run bottom of the eighth. David Huff recorded the last three outs without incident instead. He threw all of nine pitches and Derek Jeter made a great jumping catch to rob Bryan Holaday of a line drive single. With all due respect to Huff, Capuano and Warren were clearly the pitching stars of the night. The rest of the overtaxed bullpen got a much-needed day to rest.

Headley (homer and single) was the only Yankee with multiple hits, though Ellsbury (single and walk) and Teixeira (single and walk) both reached base twice as well. McCann hit his homer while Gardner, Jeter, and Beltran singled. Drew and Martin Prado went a combined 0-for-6 from the 8-9 spots in the order. The Yankees may not be scoring a whole lot, but this lineup definitely feels more dangerous than what they were trotting out there not too long ago.

The Yankees ended their streak of consecutive games decided by two or fewer runs at 16, the third longest such streak in history. They were two shy of tying the all-time record set by the Twins in 1968. Or maybe it was 1948. I forget. They showed the graphic on YES and I didn’t take note of the year.

Last, but certainly not least, the Yankees just won two of three games against the last three AL Cy Young award winners. The one loss was a very winnable game as well. If nothing else, that’s something to brag about.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
The box score and video highlights are at MLB.com. Some other stats are at FanGraphs and the updated standings are at ESPN. The Blue Jays beat the Orioles, so the Yankees are now five games back in the AL East and one game back of the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 22.9%. I don’t know if they’ll get a chance to play in October, but I’ll sign up for another 50 games just like this one. These last few games have been very entertaining.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees and Tigers wrap up this four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Yes, an afternoon game. Shane Greene will get the ball against New Jersey’s own Rick Porcello. RAB Tickets can get in the door if you want to spend the afternoon at the ballpark.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Dela G

    Great win. I was very proud of Capuano’s effort

    • Havok9120

      The whole pitching staff has been (seemingly) doing a stellar job, especially since Tanaka went down.

      • Evan3457

        Tananka’s last game was the team’s 89th game of the year. In the 24 games since then (including this one), the team has gone 14-10, the starting pitchers have 8 wins, 5 losses and a hefty 11 no-decisions. They have thrown 15 quality starts (I am awarding a quality start to David Phelps for the 5-inning rain shortened win vs. Texas, even though he technically doesn’t qualify for one, on the basis that a complete game win in which the starter has an ERA of 4.50 or less is quality enough).

        The combined stat line: 140 2/3 innings, 147 hits, 59 runs, 52 earned runs, 31 walks, 115 strikeouts, and only 11 HR allowed. I say “only” there, because the starters allowed 71 HR in 89 starts before Tanaka went down, (Tanaka being a culprit himself, with 15 HR allowed in 18 starts) 0.8 HR per game, and 1.2 HR per 9 innings.

        The rate stats: ERA 3.33, WHIP 1.265, 9.4 H/9, 0.7 HR per 9, 2.0 BB per 9, 7.4 K per 9, and 3.7 K per BB.

        ====================
        Not too shabby for a bunch of #3, 4 and 5 starters.

    • vicki

      i saw a bunch of his starts for the dodgers the last couple years. his issue was always consistency; seemed he’d either throw a shut-out or get shelled.

      here’s hoping mccann can coax the good stuff. them changeups: wow.

  • TWTR

    When McCann contributes offensively, wins come a lot easier.

    They have to keep Headley beyond this season.

    • Kevin G.

      Ah, but what about the 225 pound gorilla in the room?

      Although I am not opposed to A-Rod at short just for comedic purposes.

      • TWTR

        They (in large part Hal, because the budget he sets will be the tell) are not going to know going into the offseason if A-Rod still has the mobility to play 3B, let along stay healthy for anything resembling a full season.

      • vicki

        upvote for avatar.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Uh oh, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna see that avatar and not upvote it…

    • Deep Thoughts

      Or, hey, they could let the season play out and see how he’s done in more than 60 PAs.

  • vin

    This is shaping up to be a bizarre season. I do find it more interesting than last year though.

  • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

    “Last, but certainly not least, the Yankees just won two of three games against the last three AL Cy Young award winners.”
    Sometimes Cy’s matters; sometimes it don’t.
    /credit2vicki

    • vicki

      it’s gotta be DALEK.

      • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

        Well, to the best of my memory I was never propositioned by a tranny, so no. There’s an OBVIOUS clue in tonight’s game thread, but I don’t blame you for not wanting to dig through 700+ comments. The clue was not in a comment addressed to you.

        • forensic

          Well, guess I have something to do tonight if I get bored.

          • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

            You don’t sleep?

            • forensic

              I’m out west and stay up late too.

              • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

                Oh okay. I stay up late but I’m in the Eastern Time Zone. I’ll check back in the morning to see if any guesses were made.

                • forensic

                  Ah ha, Got it! It was a pretty obvious clue if you’re looking for it, but easy to go right past if you’re not. Also goes along with our conversation a day or two ago.

                  Of course, I found it right as my internet went down so it gave me a chance to try this on my phone, which was a big no go. Now trying the iPad since the internet is back. Not horrible yet, I guess.

                  • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

                    Good man!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    If it happened to the Twins in 1948, that would be really freaking impressive, since the Twins were still in Washington in 1948.

    Minnesota in ’68 went 9-9 during their stretch. The Phillies went 17 games and went 5-12; don’t remember which season it was for Philadelphia.

    • forensic

      Kramerica!!! It’s alive!!!

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

        I forgot that my disqus handle is Kramerica Industries.

        In case you thought I was hiding, I wasn’t (although I was posting less). I was just using one of my pseudonyms – Dr. Martin van Nostrand.

        And now I’ve changed it for effect.

        • forensic

          Ah, so you’ve been hiding in plain sight this whole time. Well, it’s good to know now, at least.

        • http://www.google.com Tanuki Tanaka

          Was kinda wondering who the doc was, but figured it’s a regular who changed his name and mentioned it elsewhere while I spent the night watching random episodes of Friends.

        • vicki

          now that i’ve googled martin van nostrand i realize we should’ve guessed earlier.

    • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

      OMG, first Betty and now Kramerica. I must be dreaming.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        What kind of Candy Bars do you have?

        • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

          I have Charleston Chew in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry (I freeze them and crack into bite size pieces when ready to eat), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (with and without almonds), Mr. Goodbar, Krackel, Special Dark Chocolate (formerly called semi-sweet), Nestle Crunch, Milky Way, Mars Bar, O Henry, Baby Ruth, Mounds, Almond Joy, Snickers, 100 Grand, Kit Kat, Twix, Butterfinger, 3 Musketeers, and many others.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Dammit…I was asking out of politeness and now I’m lying in bed craving chocolate…

            • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

              lol, I really didn’t expect anyone to ask, but I do appreciate your kind inquiry.
              —–
              Are you on the West Coast? Not to late to get out to the store. btw, I offer free overnight delivery.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Just guess the win total.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Another connection I’d never made. This explains the 4:00 AM magnum opuses

  • Andy Phillips Reborn

    Great start from Capuano; Warren caused an unneeded heart attack but I appreciate the performance; also happy that Huff took over to give Robertson the day off.

    As much as the one run games were “exciting”, I’m happy the streak is over.

  • Cuso

    Today shall be known as the “Disqus Win.” Big game, but time to get greedy. Let’s find a way to win tomorrow.

    • forensic

      There was a game tonight? I missed it with all my bitching about the new system and never looking up from my computer…

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        Rabble rabble rabble!

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Gonna be at the game tomorrow, so obviously they’ll win the series.

    • JimmyToucan

      are you going to be ragging all game? i’ll pray for the poor bastards sitting near you.

  • Keyser Soze

    Great picture of Cap. Sicking his tongue out at Miggy.

    • vicki

      mike’s photo editing skills, among RAB’s unsung virtues.

      • JimmyToucan

        did he edit it, or snag it from someone else?

        maybe he’s a super cropper. photoshop ninja….lol. ya.

        • vicki

          i refer to the photo selection duties of photo editors at bigger publications. just one of those things i’ve noted over the years.

  • http://www.google.com Tanuki Tanaka

    Everyone not named Warren will probably be available tomorrow, in a good position to win if Greene can pitch a tad better than Porcello.
    On a side note, Austin Romine’s brother once stole 62 bases in a year in the minors. Surprised that he’s only got 6 of 8 this year.

    • forensic

      Through his time in the minors his SB% was right around 75%, give or take a few points. He’s right on the same mark right now.

      • http://www.google.com Tanuki Tanaka

        I mean I’m more surprised about his lack of running, kinda like one would with Gardner, although Andrew have already slowed down since that season. 62 of 80 is around 77 ish so I’m not too worried about the success rate. This year AL steals at a 73% pace so his stats look unimpressive from success rate too.
        BR lists him as 6ft1, 200, so he’s pretty fit, per se, in the Ellsbury neighborhood. Just strange how he doesn’t steal as much even though he didn’t Jesus Montero the Tigers reporting to camp.

  • nycsportzfan

    I love this team. Such a long lineup now, and the pitching has been outstanding. I can’t wait till Pineda returns. Starting to see a big run coming up. Just to deep a lineup to shut down completely on any night and the bullpen is sensational, and Pineda is on horizon. Go Yanks!!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    Man…these last three games have been a ton of fun. Would sure have been great to get a win last night as well (I really thought we were gonna pull it out), but this was a heck of a way to bounce back.

    Get well soon, Tex. We’ll need your power.

  • Andy Phillips Reborn

    I’ll take another win by one or two runs tomorrow, and then really get the offense going against the Indians – going to the game on Saturday.

  • bringbackthebullpencar

    This team has guts

    • http://www.google.com Tanuki Tanaka

      Sabathia lost a lot of guts this year (in both senses) so thankfully other folks picked him up (hopefully not literally or somebody would need to be DL’d).

      • Mr. Roth

        I hate to say it, but I’m glad he’s done for the year. It would suck if he was going to be back in September and the Yankees felt the need to run him out there to get shelled every 5 days.

  • Tj

    Nice game overall

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Man I know there’s no point in looking back but it would’ve been really, really nice to have won the second game in this series. Oh well, just gotta win tomorrow to secure the series win.

  • Guest

    The synergy is there. Small improvements bringing hugh results.

  • Hankflorida

    To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s slogan, “It the pitching, stupid!” after losing Nova, Pineda and Tanaka, who would have thought that this team that averages four runs a game could stay competitive with a band aid starting pitching staff.
    Right now, I would take a one game playoff in October with a healthy Tanaka pitching. Anyone with me?

    • Keyser Soze

      Just get to the show. Anything can happen. I’m with ya, Hank.

    • TWTR

      Part of the reason is that Selig’s plan for parity (or mediocrity) has taken root, but they have been called the Bronx Bombers for a reason. The balance that a good offense provides can make an average pitcher, good, and a very good pitcher, great, because they don’t have to continually worry that any mistake could be fatal. We even saw that a great pitcher like Tanaka could be undone by one pitch that missed its intended location.

      So if this team makes the playoffs, a major reason will be an offense that is no longer offensive.

    • Pete22

      To put things in perspective Hank if not for the 2nd WC the fat lady would be singing already. This team could win less than last years and still make the playoffs. Give thanks also to a severely depleted AL East division

      As I said upthread, what they have done is a testimony to the organizational depth and Cashmans acquistions of McCarthy and Capuano for essentially a bag of balls

      Come October they will need Tanaka, assuming the bandaid holds

      • Mr. Roth

        To put things even more in perspective, if there were only 113 games in the season, the season would be over.

  • nycsportzfan

    The Dodgers and Nats are both in 1st in there divisions and both teams have had like 2starts outside there main rotations to start the yr. 2starts!!! Kinda cool what the Yanks have accomplished to this point with what they’ve had to endure for injuries. Again, 2starts outside the projected starting players for Nats and Dodgers. Wonder if they’d be able to hold up in there divisions if they had as many key injuries as Yanks? Girardi is having a great yr.

    • nycsportzfan

      To put into respective, the Yanks have had 12 starts from Chase Whitley alone.lol

      • nycsportzfan

        prespective

        • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

          You can just use the EDIT button.

          • http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ Need Pitching & Hitting

            What kind of candy bars do you have?

            • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

              Apologies for the c+p from below, but this is fairly comprehensive.

              —–

              I have Charleston Chew in vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry (I freeze them and crack into bite size pieces when ready to eat), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (with and without almonds), Mr. Goodbar, Krackel, Special Dark Chocolate (formerly called semi-sweet), Nestle Crunch, Milky Way, Mars Bar, O Henry, Baby Ruth, Mounds, Almond Joy, Snickers, 100 Grand, Kit Kat, Twix, Butterfinger, 3 Musketeers, and many others.

        • die hard

          perspective.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Alfonso.

    • Pete22

      I think this is a testament to Cashman and the organization and not Girardi. Obviously great starting pitching depth, most of which was homegrown early, and then the acquisitions of McCarthy and Capuano.

      Also, you might want to check your numbers for the Dodgers. I dont follow them too closely but I remember Kershaw and Beckett have been injured and missed about 10 starts between them. Still not many, but its not 2, and we don’t really know what their depth would have done since it has not been needed as much. Pretty sure they would have made a deal if needed. .

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Do we really need to remove credit from anyone here? What’s the point?

        • Mr. Roth

          There’s only one credit to go around.

    • forensic

      Huh? Outside of their top five starters the Dodgers have another guy with eight starts and two others with one start each. The Nationals have two guys with five starts each.

      It’s not to the Yankees level, but it’s not like they, or any teams, haven’t had any injuries too.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Meanwhile, in Washington DC, Matt Thornton enters a game against the Mets. He retires Curtis Granderson on a fly ball to right, then…of course…gives up an RBI single to lefty Daniel Murphy.

    Also, before tonight, Chase Headley had 0.7 bWAR in 14 games as a Yankee.

    • forensic

      But he’s still got a nice shiny ERA.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I’m back baby.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Bonus points to those who remember this name, used originally way back in 09′. Double bonus points to those who know what the name is referring to.

      • http://www.google.com Tanuki Tanaka

        I swear I’ve seen you use the name in 2012, or at least in 2011, because I don’t think I go that far back as an RAB reader but I somewhat remember you changing it to your now former name.

        Unless I’m misremembering who Dirty Island is.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          You are correct. I changed it when Nick Swisher left.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Hooray for simpler screen names! :)

  • Farewell Mo

    98.26? Where the heck did this pretty huge increase in velocity come from

  • Dick M

    i got a feelin, a feelin deep inside. oh yeah. oh yeah.

  • Dick M

    That was some change up from Capuano. We get Big Mike and Tanaka pitching like they did earlier in the yr to go with Capuano, McCarthty and Kuroda — we might run away with this thing in September.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Yeah, we’re never going to win a game against a staff with 18 Cy Young winners, 6 MVPs, six Oscars, and an MTV Movie Award for “best use of a Venezuelan.”

    • blake

      I would have been happy with a split in this series and they already have that now…..win today and it’s a giant success…..so lets go ahead and do that

      • MTU

        It’s a giant success just getting the split.
        You just can’t predict baseball is all.

      • MG

        They need a win today and then at least 2 out of 3 over the weekend-O’s series next week and splitting the next 4 games isn’t going to help regardless of how good it’s been that they won 2 out of the last 3 against tough pitching.

        • MTU

          What they need and what they are likely to get are 2 entirely different things.
          I think they are fortunate to have done this well against one of the best Teams in baseball.
          Few would have predicted it going in.

        • blake

          Yea …..they need to win every game at this point , but looking at these pitching matchups before the series I would have taken a split and ran….now though you want that 3 of 4. As I said a couple of days ago…..I feel like they have added to a point where the offense, pen, and defense might be good enough to make a run. It’s all about the starters now…..and while they have done a great job as a unit….I can’t help but feel like there are some smoke and mirrors at play…..hopefully that holds out until reinforcements arrive

          • MTU

            Hey. Maybe they’ll never lose again.
            After 3 games I can see we are better than the Tigers.
            It’s as plain as the nose on your face

            • MG

              Maybe you are right, they win the next 50 games, sweep the ALDS and ALCS, and beat Kershaw 2x to win the WS with Chris Capuano winning every one of his starts-hey, we can dream right? :)

              • MTU

                Never hurts to dream.

          • MG

            It’s one game at a time, of course, but a win today starts some momentum. The new players have really helped, of course, having a guy like Prado hitting 9th mostly tells you everything you need to know about the potential for the lineup to score runs consistently…

          • Bolek

            I’d have run too. It’s a long 3 weeks, though, until reinforcements–unless they make that “move” that Axisa thought might in the works.

      • Pkyankfan69

        Before the series I would have taken split in a heartbeat. Now, I’m gonna be greedy and be disappointed if we can’t win today and take 3/4 (esp after Tuesday nights really tough loss.)

        • blake

          Team Greedy lives. I agree though I want this game today…..3 of 4 against the Tiggers would be a statement series

          • MTU

            Just a thought Blake.
            You might be setting yourself up for disappointment.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              I’m sure he’s been through worse. :)

              • MTU

                Nah. He lives a charmed life.

  • Pkyankfan69

    From Lohud:

    “Here’s Teixeira’s explanation of the play in which he got cut: (He referred to the cut as “really, really bad” and said that he thought he might have seen his bone.)”

    When I read that all I could think of was Will Ferrel’s tiny little cut in the bunk bed scene from Step Brothers (a GREAT movie btw.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulwUkaKjgY0

    • blake

      Sorry but this is funny……

  • TopChuckie

    Capuano was great last night. At some point Rothschild has to start getting some credit for these wholly unexpected performances from heretofore mediocre and unproven pitchers. McCann also.

    • blake

      I think LR is good…..

      • MTU

        I do not.
        Guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on that one.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I think he’s very good. I also will allow him and the pitchers to share the credit here, so I agree with both of you, in a way.

        • blake

          Why though? I think in general their pitchers do better than maybe they should….

          • MTU

            I’ve given several reasons already.
            I’ll repeat.
            He is not adept at fixing mechanical issues
            And he frequently doesn’t recognize when his pitchers are hurt giving them exactly the wrong advice.
            And preaching more K’s I not IMO a pitching philosophy.
            Moving on. I’m severely outnumbered here.
            I must be wrong.

            • blake

              Not necessarily….I just wanted to know your reasoning ;). Everyone is entitled to their view

              • MTU

                Maybe not.

                • MG

                  How about ‘Robby Thomson sucks, I could do a better job if I was blind’ thread, I can get behind that one :)

              • MTU

                Hey. At least we had a little controversy for a change.

    • MTU

      LR has very little to do w the performance of a Veteran like Capuano.
      Capuano had some very good games early on w the Sux too.
      He’s nothing more than a place holder.
      I wouldn’t want to have to keep trotting him out there.
      Fortunately we’ll be getting Pineda back soon and maybe MT.

      • TopChuckie

        He’s always been credited with adding K’s, even to vets, and I have no confidence Capuano can sustain this, but I do think a coach can coax a little something more out of a guy, even if it’s just mental/confidence.

        • MTU

          LR had no clue how to fix either Nova or CC.
          In addition, he totally mishandled Hughes when he had an obvious case of shoulder tendonitis.
          A lot of the credit for the new success should go to guys like Aldred and Patterson.
          Nardi Contreras sucked.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            A whole lot of jumping to conclusions there.

            Don’t underestimate the effect of Nova and CC’s own heads in this.

          • MG

            You can’t fix a guy who has a degenerative knee problem in his landing leg and can’t put his full weight on the leg, that is most likely what happened with CC and he may never pitch another inning in the majors, we won’t find out until next year.

            • MTU

              This was before CC’s knee issues.
              Sorry but you aren’t going to convince me that LR is good at fixing mechanical issues or in handling guys all that well.
              Seen too much to the contrary.
              How bout when he told Pineda to just try and throw harder in ST when it was pretty obvious somethng was wrong.
              At least it was to everyone but him watching.
              Guess I’m in the minority here.

              • MG

                I’m never going to change your mind but CC has probably been dealing with the knee issues for a long time and it probably had something to do with his decline last year. He’s a competitor who always wants the ball so wanted to pitch in spite of it.

                • MTU

                  Never is a long time MG.
                  Keep trying.

                  • MG

                    Never means I’m done, my friend lol

                    • MTU

                      I’ll be joining you.

                • MTU

                  Never is a long time MG.
                  Keep trying.

    • MG

      I agree with both of those points, it can’t be a coincidence that both McCarthy and Capuano, with entirely different pitching styles, have done really well so far. I’m really impressed with McCann’s sense for calling the right pitch-last night Warren got a foul tip on JD Martinez on the 3-0 pitch because he was late and McCann came right back with two more heaters to get the biggest out of the game.

      • MTU

        Capuano pitched well early on when he was w the Sux before he flamed out.
        And all that has changed w McCarthy is that he is using his cutter again.
        He abandoned it in AZ.

        • MG

          I know you aren’t a Rothschild fan but Capuano was a short reliever with the Sox, not a starter and I don’t know that the use of the cutter is the only thing that has helped McCarthy-he’s also mentioned the use of the 4 seamer up in the zone as well. In any regard, the Yankees pitching has been really good considering all of the injuries, I just want it to continue.

          • MTU

            Same here but I doubt LR has much to do w it is all.
            He doesn’t have a great track record as a PC.
            His ability to correct mechanical flaws seems limited IMO.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              Every coach, if they stick around long enough, will have some clunkers to their credit. Like with Cashman, i often feel like we bash LR just for having a long resume.

              Everyone looks like a star three months into the job (says a guy not even three months into his own job.)

              #downhillfromhere

              • MTU

                He has more than just a few clunkers.
                Just for the record, I was happy when we got him.
                Having watched him now for a while I a no longer of hat opinion.

          • Andrew Jarosh

            agree

        • TopChuckie

          I bet you’re a lot of fun at parties.

          This entire staff has been pitching over it’s head all season. Every single pitcher, except CC, has performed better than expected when not injured, including Tanaka. I’m sure it’s all just random luck.

          • MTU

            Yes. And most of the work was done at the MiLB level.
            And as a matter of fact I am.
            Sorry if you can’t handle someone disgreeing w ya’.

            • TopChuckie

              I’m handling it fine, that’s a ridiculous interpretation..

              You can’t know if it was mostly at the MiLB level, even for Whitley or Greene. Who knows what Rothschild imparted to them when they got called up, or what McCann has to do with their success? And it certainly wasn’t at the MiLB level for Tanaka, Phelps, McCarthy, Capuano, Pineda, Warren, Betances, even Robertson is having his best season in theoretically a more difficult role. Even if you don’t agree closer is more difficult, filling Mo’s shoes is an added challenge. Every single relevant pitcher on the staff all season, other than CC and arguably Thornton, has outperformed expectations when healthy.

              • MTU

                Guess we are agreeing to disagree on this one.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Capuano pitched well early on when he was w the Sux before he flamed out.

          I guess you have a very liberal definition of pitching well.

          He gave up 34 hits and 15 walks in 31.2 innings, all in relief.

    • mustang

      Totally agree

  • blake

    Side note….I sorta like this discus thing. Seems to make it easier to tell what’s going on

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s amazing how quickly I’m used to it. There’s also this silver lining, Blake: now we ALL have a new system to get used to.

      You can also nest on top of nest, which I do find funny in a bit of an evil way.

      • blake

        Yea I like how I tells you if there is a reply or a new post too…..and I like that it gives you options as to how you want to sign in

  • mustang

    I’m still test driving this thing and trying to use to it. I like the last one better. Please no more changes..LOL

    • mustang

      Ok, the edit feature is cool and much need for me :)

      • BigDavey88

        Thank god Ted Nelson isn’t around for an edit feature.

  • 86w183

    I’m with mustang. My 56-year-old brain is slow to learn new technology!

    • blake

      I don’t like change either but this is still a lot better than Facebook only and it seems to have a lot of nice features once you get used to it

      • Jimmy

        Change is fine as long as its an improvement.

    • mustang

      Its still a bet strange I feel a bit lost without the boxed off separations. Edit feature is very cool if they could add a grammar check button I would be in heaven

      • Pkyankfan69

        Google Chrome has an automatic spell check that highlights misspellings as you make them…Best internet browser.

  • ACX

    Love the Indentations for replies!

  • Brian Cashman

    Goddammit, I need some followers on this disque thing. I have texted Newman and Eppler to follow but apparently they still asleep.

  • ACX

    At this point, Tex is basically glass. Every little thing takes him out of the lineup, and he is hitting .225 (or close to it).

    • Pkyankfan69

      The Yankees once had the Iron Horse.
      Now we have the ‘Paper Mache Horse’

    • MG

      Getting spiked, cut deeply, and taking 3 stitches on a finger is a little thing? I don’t get the Teix hatred, he leads the team in HR and RBIs even after missing a bunch of games and got hurt last night because he busted it around 3rd and scored an important extra run. I can get on a guy for jaking it,but that isn’t the case here.

      • mustang

        Someone had to replace A-Rod

      • ACX

        I think him leading the team in HR’s says more about the others and not him.

    • Shame Spencer

      I saw Tex emphatically call himself safe while nursing his hand and was reminded of how he acts on Foul Territory.

  • Shame Spencer

    Wow…. the power of a Lohud invasion. Mike probably wants to kill us, but I really like this new format a lot more.

    • mustang

      I think in the end its for the best. The site is great but a clean was needed. Place in wrong spot delete button needed..lol

    • MTU

      Only you Shame.
      The rest of us are fine.

  • Shame Spencer

    I was really impressed with Capuano last night… I mean, he and McCarthy have got to come as big surprises with how well they’ve pitched thus far.

    • blake

      Gotta hand it to Cash this time

      • MTU

        Need Pineda and/or MT.

    • mustang

      I think in the end its for the best. The site is great but a clean was needed.

    • 86w183

      Hey Shame —

      Most of us seem to have moved into the same neighborhood. Property values are sure to go down.

      Great win last night, but for those who think CC’s contract is hurting the Yaks, how would you like to have to handle Verlander’s?? $ 28 M a year for five years starting in 2015. Wow

      • MG

        Teams are going to have to learn not to hand out these contracts to pitchers in their early 30s but the Verlander I saw last night will win lots of games for the Tigers, it’s possible the surgery he had in January had a lot to do with his bad pitching this year. Still, he won’t earn the $28M when he is in his late ’30s for sure

      • Shame Spencer

        Yeah, this place took a hit when our crew came rolling in. :D

        I have to give Cash credit. Like ACX said, he improved this team for absolutely nothing. That being said, it’s hard to see them competing unless Pineda comes back and dominates. I’m still crossing my fingers on Tanaka too, but he’s way too important going forward to push him this year.

      • blake

        It’s a bad bad contract and I’m thinking if somebody claimed him off waivers them the tigers would just let him to at this point……but I do think he had the potential to be good again…..maybe not what he was but good….Verlander likes to tinker…..even when he had his stuff he woukd kinda screw around in the early innings and get hurt sometimes being too cute.

        To be good again I think he has to accept what he is and have a better game plan and not make careless mistakes like that Cu to Headley

        • MTU

          His velo dropped suddenly once before.
          He was terrific again the following year.
          History might repeat itself.

          • blake

            True…..maybe too many late nights with Kate this year

            • MTU

              I’d be glad to stand in for him.
              Get to die happy that way. ;)

    • ACX

      Agreed. Cashman got those two, Headley and Drew for NOTHING!

      • blake

        Literally …..nothing ….amazing

        • Shame Spencer

          I wonder how many of these guys he tries to retain… I’d play with the idea of seeing what kind of value you can get for McCarthy in the off season even though I like what I’ve seen so far.

          • blake

            He seems to like the stage and now that he has the cutter back maybe he’s more like the guy who pitched for Oakland…..

          • 86w183

            It’ll be an interesting series of decisions as to the 2015 roster. Decision one is budget. Once that’s set, job one is a SS.

          • MTU

            Depends on how MP and MT do IMO.

    • ACX

      Agreed. Cashman got those two, Headley and Drew for NOTHING!

  • BigDavey88

    Great game. If this series is an indication of anything, it’s that once the playoffs start everyone has basically the same shot, anything can happen. So it’s definitely worth trying to get there, to me at least.

    People are entitled to think they shouldn’t go for it, but that’s not any fun!

  • Shame Spencer

    Just looking over the O’s schedule… it doesn’t look all that tough, but we do get to play them quite a bit down the stretch.

    • MG

      Yankees have 10 games left against the O’s, if they can’t make up ground head to head they don’t deserve to win the AL East.

      • Thunderfingers (prev. I’m One)

        They really need to get some consistent offense going in order to beat them head-to-head. The O’s seem to have a strong offense, so the solid pitching will need to continue and the offense will need to pick up.
        Nice job by Capuano last night. Can’t expect more from this guy. He more than did his job.

  • Brian Cashman

    follow me… as we march triumphantly to WS 28!

  • mustang

    Can someone explain the follower thing? I see some are on private I’m not sure if my is or not.

  • Jack

    ” …Capuano threw 44 changeups out of those 101 pitches, including 33 for strikes and 11 for swings and misses…” He threw 44 changeups and EVERY SINGLE ONE, 44 out of 44 was a strike? That’s gotta be some sort of record????

    • Jimmy

      I think you’re misreading the sentence. Those 11 swings and misses were probably part of the 33 strikes.

    • Jay D

      I think that 33 of the 44 pitches were strikes. 11 of those 33 were swing and miss (subset of strike)

  • pecos

    I am going to go out on a limb here and state that Stephen Drew is not that good, not worth all the hype he’s been getting, and will not be here next year. He’s not worth the money he and Boras will want.

    • OldYanksFan

      I agree… and disagree.
      Drew IS an above average SS. However, he IS overhyped because he is not as good as he was pre-injuries.
      He has a career 97 OPS+… above average for a middle INF.
      Just last year with Boston, he had a 111 OPS+ in 500PA.
      For his career, even with all of his many injury plagued years, he has still posted about 2 bWar/yr. These days, that’s worth around $12m.
      So the real issue is can he stay on the field.
      When healthy, he is not great…. but still above average,
      My guess is that as a FA, he will get somewhere around 3/$33m.