Jeter’s clutch hit snaps five-game losing streak, Yankees beat Rays 3-2

DotF: Bird homers again in Trenton's loss
Andrew Bailey will not pitch this year, has suffered a "few setbacks"


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After the Rays rallied to the tie Saturday afternoon’s game in the seventh inning, it sure felt like the Yankees were headed for another ugly come-from-ahead loss. Instead, Derek Jeter came through with a huge hit in the ninth inning and the Bombers snapped their five-game losing streak. They beat the Rays by the score of 3-2 in the second game of the series. Let’s recap the sorely needed win:

  • Two Strikes, Two Outs, Two Runs: The Yankees scored a total of seven runs during the five-game losing streak, so going up 2-0 in the second inning felt like a minor miracle. Drew Smyly got two quick outs in the second before walking Chase Headley, allowing him to steal second base, then catching way too much of the plate with an 0-2 pitch to Martin Prado. Prado yanked it out to left for a two-run homer, his second dinger in pinstripes.
  • Greene Machine: Once again, Shane Greene was outstanding. He didn’t get a decision because of defensive funny business and spotty bullpen work, but he struck out ten and held the Rays to two runs in six innings. At one point he retired nine in a row. Greene threw 102 pitches and got 18 swings and misses, which is awesome. Had Headley taken the out at first on Kevin Kiermaier’s bunt in the seventh (no outs were recorded), maybe Greene escapes with only one run allowed. Either way, he was excellent, much better than the pitching line indicates.
  • Late Innings: I’m not quite sure why Joe Girardi went to Shawn Kelley two on and no outs (and a one-run lead) in the seventh instead of Dellin Betances, who threw the eighth once the score was tied, but it happened and it helped the Rays tie the game. The Yankees retook the lead in the top of the ninth thanks to a big error by Logan Forsythe, who threw a ball into the stands on Brett Gardner‘s infield single. Gardner would have been safe anyway, but the error allowed him to advance to second. Jeter tried to bunt him to third, failed, then laced a two-strike single to right against the hard-throwing and awesome Jake McGee to score the go-ahead run. Huge hit. Game-winning hit.
  • Leftovers: David Robertson, who has not pitched in nine days, retired the side in order in the ninth for his 32nd save in 34 chances … Mark Teixeira had two singles while Gardner (single), Jeter (single), Prado (homer), Frankie Cervelli (double), and Brendan Ryan (single) had one hit apiece … Headley drew the only walk. He’s reached base in 20 of his 22 games as a Yankee … technically, the bullpen was perfect, nine up and nine down. Kelley did allow an inherited runner to score with two ground outs though.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles lost and the Tigers won, so the Yankees are seven games back in the AL East and four games back of the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 8.6%. The Yankees and Rays will wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon, when Hiroki Kuroda and Jeremy Hellickson get the ball.

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DotF: Bird homers again in Trenton's loss
Andrew Bailey will not pitch this year, has suffered a "few setbacks"
  • Go Win

    Greene’s outing was very impressive in my point of view. As per Pitchf/x Greene through a Curve Ball about 16% of the time, which was different from his typical slider that he threw 38% of the time. The difference was that it was 5 mph slower at 83mph and with less right to left movement. Also he threw his 2 seamer sinker 23% of the time which was the lowest in tje year. In other words, there seemed to be a more complete arsenal today, and he was mixing it much more than in prior starts. This could help explain the excellent outing. By the way there were a couple of very good change ups in the game today. Very encouraging!

    • Yanks

      Hadn’t even been aware that Greene threw a curve. I thought he was 4S/2S/Slider/Cutter but I guess he throws the curveball at times.

      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=2

      He doesn’t even have a curve on there. Is this really the first time he threw it? Was it misclassified?

      • Go Win

        I had the same question. Honestly in the game the one thing I was able to perceive was one breaking ball to the outside of the plate for a strike to a lefty hitter which almost did not have any horizontal right to left break which is so typical of his slider. Then I saw the CB in the summary of Greene pitches in Brooksbaseball.net. Guess we will know more in the next few outings. . .

        • Yanks

          I remember Singleton saying “curveball misses in” and I was like since when does Shane Greene throw a curve? Can’t even imagine they would be misclassified pitches since I don’t know what else they would be…

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Greene continues to be one of the more unexpected success stories in a while for me.

    Nice reminder as to what Headley is doing right with the bat, Mike. Easy to assume that he’s not contributing right now.

    I was fine with Kelley in the 7th simply because we can’t keep assuming the same two relievers are going to save the day at this point. Sink or swim time.

    Nice win. We scored one more run than the other team did. All we can do is build from here. Everyone else can fight over who was first to proclaim the end. I’m just fine being last.

    • Yanks

      Here’s a cool article on Shane Greene from FanGraphs:

      http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....-up-right/

      If Shane Greene was Tyson Ross, that’d be a gigantic victory for the Yankees.

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

        Coincidentally he faced Smyly today.

    • forensic

      Three days ago most people, for some reason, had no problem with Girardi pushing Betances for three innings because they wanted no part of Kelley in a high-leverage situation. Now tonight, for some reason, it’s no problem that Kelley was used in the biggest situation of the game while Betances was sitting out in the bullpen after two days off and Robertson out there on eight(!) days off.
      Girardi’s fine now sticking with Kelley but three days ago preferred to use Betances for his longest outing of the season. I just don’t get it or agree with it.

      • Deep Thoughts

        What better message to send than “The past is the past. We need these outs and we need you to get them.” Unless a player is Soriano-level bad for Soriano-level stretches of time, he’s gotta play his way out of a slump.

        And let’s keep in mind, the guy came in and got three straight outs that never left the infield.

        • forensic

          Under many normal circumstances, I don’t have a problem with that and agree that it needs to be the way it is.
          But, in this situation, Betances was coming off two days off and Robertson was coming off eight days off, along with another day off coming on Monday. Girardi also went completely against this message just three days ago when he tried to push Betances for three innings.
          Also, for what it’s worth, they needed to stop the bleeding. Five straight losses, no offense with pressure continuing to mount, Kelley had two implosions in his last three outings. I know many won’t agree that this part of it matters, and that’s fine, but I think there is something to it as these aren’t robots out there.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            The difference, to me, is that I was against bringing in Kelley due to already knowing that Joe was going to unusual lengths to lock that game down.

            As general practice, I know that frequently extending Betances and Robertson is not a viable solution, and that this bullpen is an asset for the stretch run only if others are contributing as well. Kelley and Warren have to pitch, and pitch well.

            • Tar

              I Agree…they are going to need all hands on deck for the stretch run. That definitely includes Kelley and Warren.

              One other aspect of limiting their innings last night is it makes them available for today. Which is huge…..

              Having said all that, I really do get having Beastances in the game at the highest leverage spot.

              • Mick

                Thanks for the Beastances reference.

            • forensic

              Good morning, Jorge………
              In that prior game, he doesn’t have to bring Kelley in for the 8th inning, though it was the bottom of the order and it sends the same message you guys are saying he did in this one. He just as easily could’ve brought him in for the 6th inning, saving Betances for the 7th.
              He also could’ve brought Robertson in for the 8th. He hasn’t frequently been extended as it’s only been six times all season and just once since the end of June.
              It’s also not April/May anymore. Things sometimes need to be done differently at this point in the season, within reason.

    • Drew

      I can your point on Kelly, but if Robertson hasn’t pitched in 9 days wouldn’t it be okay to have him go 2 IP and Betances 1? Kelley is a valuable member of the pen and getting him on track is imperative to making a run but putting him in such a high leverage spot was questionable.

  • Bigdan

    Headley in July: .316/.337/.459/.796

    Headley in August: .209/.333/.302/.636

    He seems to be taking his walks. But he’s not hitting the ball at all. Something is wearing off.

    • Deep Thoughts

      BABIP in July: .403 (101 PAs)
      BABIP in August: .258 (51 PAs)

      Relax. It’s just baseball.

    • Howler

      The Long factor.

  • Go Win

    Did like a lot how the batters fought vs the very tough lefty McGee in the ninth. Not only they made him throw 32 pitches, but also they whiffed only 4 times. The batters performed very weakly in the 8 innings prior to that. Hope this is the first step for the hitters to come out of their cold stretch.

  • Willkamm

    I left the game at about 6:15 don’t even recall the inning. Did anyone happen to listen to Sterling and Suzyn? I have to know; Was Suzyn gushing profusely at Jeter’s clutchness after his base hit gave the Yanks the lead? She had to be swelling with motherly pride at that moment to the point of bursting.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I actually was listening. They were more focused on the crowd reaction in Tampa than anything else. Maybe she gushed a bit more during the post-game interview.

      • Willkamm

        Jeter’s great. No doubt. I just can’t help but chuckle when he gets a big hit and she’s in the booth. It’s like she needs oxygen. It makes Clemens in George’s Bawx, pale in comparison at times.

      • forensic

        Yeah, it was more just their normal over-the-topness for anything Jeter does than anything else. And, yeah, they went on and on about the crowd, of course that’s almost normal now for them in every game of his too.

  • AskMeAboutMyCandyBars

    Celebrated the victory with homemade Suzy Q’s. Let’s take the series tomorrow behind Kuroda.

  • whitey

    Can I be excited about Greene yet?

    • Drew

      In a way which people get excited about back end of the rotation guys exceeding those expectations yes, in a way where you actually think the way he is performing is his actual ceiling then no. Greene has been great but let him do it for a little while longer. We were saying similar things about Whitley a few months back.

      • Preston

        Whitley and Greene are very different. Whitley is a converted reliever with mediocre stuff. His average velocity was 90.5, Greene’s is 93.6, that’s a huge difference, especially since Greene has more movement on his FB. Greene’s success hinges on limiting walks and being able to get LHBs out either by developing a change up or utilizing his curve ball more effectively. Whitley’s arsenal meant he needed to be perfect while learning how to pitch every five days while at the MLB level.

        • Drew

          I wasn’t trying to say they had similar stuff or their ceilings are the same. My point was that people here tend to get overly excited about pitchers who overachieve in small bursts. Before you pencil him in the rotation in 2015, let’s see him consistently perform at that level. I really hope that he can, but I am not going crazy here.

  • whitey

    If he could be a 3-4-5 that would be great. I’m not sure who “we” are as far as Whitley.

  • n0exit

    Man, its quiet in here. What happened to eddard?

    • Preston

      Eduardo Nunez and Phil Hughes caused him to root for the Twinles.

  • Mick

    Most of the wildcards are within 3 games in the loss column.
    Not impossible..

    • 86w183

      Good morning all —-

      Post-season is not impossible, but I still think it’s unlikely. They just have tooooo many funks where they lose four of five, six of eight, that sort of thing.

      Count me as very excited about Greene. His stuff is big time. Saw two excellent change ups which is encouraging about his long term development. You could argue he’s the surest bet for the 2015 rotation with the health questions surrounding CC, Tanaka, Nova, Pineda and Phelps plus Kuroda’s age and McCarthy’s FA status..

      • Mick

        I have a hard time seeing Detroit and LA not in the playoff mix.
        KC will have to collapse. We can catch Tor., Sea could be a problem.

        • 86w183

          First the Yanks have to play well. They can take care of Toronto themselves. Seattle has a bunch of games with the Angels and A’s, which will make it tough for them to maintain a high W/L %. K-C has been remarkable and Detroit’s showing some weakness. Looks like six teams going after three post-season slots.

          • Mick

            Where do you broadcast from?

            • 86w183

              I live in Gainesville, Florida.

              • Mick

                I see you are no longer a sportscaster but a professional critic.

                • 86w183

                  Yeah…. they are one in the same, however. Just messin aorund

                  • Mick

                    Time to get you an avatar.

                    • Mick

                      Maybe this one..

                      ? 3:40? 3:40
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRdxXPV9GNQ
                      Oct 29, 2009 – Uploaded by MachinimaAvatar: The Movie New 2nd Trailer [HD] Director: James Cameron

                    • 86w183

                      Hmmmm an Avatar avatar. Worth a thought. I like yours better. Saw The Mick about 5X a year 1966-68. Was there for his last 5-hit game against the Washington Senators on Memorial Day 1968.

                    • Mick

                      Trout might approach what Mick would have been healthy.

      • Austinmac

        Good morning. I agree. Greene has good stuff. He throws hard, the ball moves and he has a couple pretty good off speed pitches. I think he can be at least penciled in as a starter for next year.

      • blake

        Yea I agree…..he might be for real

    • Austinmac

      Hello, Mick. They can still make the playoffs, but they have to probably win two out of every three games. Possible, but they better find where they left their bats.

      • Mick

        With ~ 40 games left , if they play 600 ball would give them ~ 86 wins.

        • YankeeBill

          Need a 28-13 finish to make the playoffs. They’ve done it before. 1964, 1974, 1995. All insane stretch runs by teams that you never thought could do it. And if there’s a team that you didn’t think could put one of those together, this one is it.

  • Mick

    Last night’s Jeter hit and the return of McCann today (yes I think they will rally around him) will ignite this sleeping giant. Their hitting is not as bad as some make it. Find a way to keep Cervelli involved.

  • Mick

    Time for a Drew-Prado platoon at 2B.
    Beltran in RF with a Cervelli-McCann DH-C platoon at times.

    • 86w183

      I’d prefer a Prado/Prado platoon with Drew spelling Jeter 2X a week… and Brendan Ryan parked at the end of the bench.

      • Mick

        Don’t see much more rest time for Jeter unless they’re out of it.

  • Mick

    Is Warren hurt?

    • GregD

      He might be but maybe they are giving him a long rest to see if that will bring back his effectiveness…….he has been awful

      • Mick

        If he is done it will be tough, maybe Ismail steps in?

  • blake

    It was good to see the old man come through yesterday…..big hit ….big win…..have to back it up with a win today though and then keep it going

    • Mick

      Hou and ChW 3 games ea at home.
      KC makeup

    • GregD

      It’s hard to believe that we still have a chance as bad as we have played………

      • blake

        Yea they have a chance…..I think the problem is beating out 2 teams that they really aren’t any better than in Seattle and either Detroit or KC.

        I think Detroit ultimately wins the Central but to grab a WC the yanks have to outplay both Seattle and KC by like 4 games the rest of the way….

    • 86w183

      Morning Blake —

      That’s two RBI and 1 run from the Captain since Aug 2.

  • YankeeBill

    Really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. About the only way they become relevant again is to win today, sweep the homestand and have a 5-2 trip to close out the month (KC, Detroit, Toronto). A 13-2 stretch by this bunch is a little too much to ask, don’t you think?

    • 86w183

      Yes, 13-2 is too much to hope for…. but 10-5 would be a big plus and a major step in the right direction.

    • Madrugador

      Given that no
      one on this team has more than 100 ABs is hitting over .280, no one has
      20+ HRs, no one has even 60 RBIs and only two players have an OPS over
      the league average I tend to agree.

  • Madrugador

    I’ve been looking forward to September call ups but the 40 man roster seems poorly constructed to evaluate the players that this team could use in 2015. Mitchell and Banuelos should get playing time to see if they can be a part of this team next year but I’m afraid Almonte and Wheeler’s fate has already been determined and it does not lie with the Yanks. Sanchez is still a work in progress.