Yankees take the series against the O’s with a 4-3 win behind dingers

DotF: Pirela, Refsnyder, Bird, Sanchez all have big days in Scranton's win
Scouting The Trade Market: Detroit Tigers

The Yankees now have won three in a row and seven of their last nine. Also they took the series against the division rival Orioles so that’s always a plus. Ivan Nova pitched solidly and Mark Teixeira and A-Rod‘s homers powered the offense to deliver the 4-3 W for New York.

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Dingers!

Just like last night, the Yankee bats drew first blood in the game. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with a double on an 0-2 count. Brett Gardner followed that up with an RBI single to center. Kevin Gausman got A-Rod to pop out but Teixeira hit a homer to right to give a 3-0 Yankees lead. Good start.

The offense didn’t get much going for next few innings. Gausman threw a pair of 1-2-3 innings. Carlos Beltran hit a lead-off double in the fourth but the following hitters failed to bring him in home. In the fifth inning, with one out, A-Rod hit a mistake pitch deep to left field – the ball hit the top of the Steiner Sports sign. It was his 20th homer of the year – a feat that he last accomplished way back in 2010, which is pretty wild to think about.

Gardner’s RBI and HRs by the big guys amounted to four total runs for the Yankees and that was good enough to win the game. New York did, however, struggled a bit with RISP situations, going 1-for-8 (after going 1-for-10 yesterday). Ah well. If this was last year’s lineup, the Yankees would have had much harder time winning. Having healthy Teixeira and A-Rod back in the lineup is huge.

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Nover

The Orioles got their first runs in the top of third on a two-run homer by Ryan Flaherty. Ryan Flaherty! Buck Showalter started him instead of Chris Parmelee at first base. Prior to this game, Flaherty had been 3-for-7 against Nova and that moved worked well.

Besides that one blunder, Nova pretty much cruised. He went six innings, allowed three hits, two runs, walked three and struck out three. After tonight’s start, his ERA is at 3.34 in 29.2 IP, which is very acceptable, especially for a team that needs rotation upgrades. If he gradually shakes off the rust start-by-start, he could be on track to throw better outings down the stretch.

Late innings

As far as the pitching was concerned, it was a smooth sailing for the Yankees… well, for the most of it.

Three Yankee relievers pitched an inning each and faced one batter above minimum. Chasen Shreve came in to pitch the seventh and retired the side 1-2-3. Girardi summoned the unofficial 8th inning guy Dellin Betances and he did what Dellin normally does – a three-up, three down inning with two strikeouts.

In the ninth, Andrew Miler came in and… he retired the first two hitters with a ground out and strikeout. The third hitter of the inning, Chris Davis, made contact with a low slider. It seemed like a routine fly ball off the bat but the ball somehow sailed over the short porch for a solo HR. Davis doesn’t make contact that often anymore but he still has that freak power. Thankfully, Miller struck out Jonathan Schoop to seal the win for New York.

Box score, standings, highlights, WPA

Here’s tonight’s box score, updated standings, and vid highlights.


Source: FanGraphs


Tomorrow, the Yankees go for the series sweep. Masahiro Tanaka takes the rubber against Ubaldo Jimenez in an afternoon matchup. Again, a sweep would be really nice, especially for yours truly who lives in the state of Maryland.

DotF: Pirela, Refsnyder, Bird, Sanchez all have big days in Scranton's win
Scouting The Trade Market: Detroit Tigers
  • Stan

    5 straight series wins. Getting some separation from the rest of the AL East. Can’t ask for much more. Oh wait. Yes I can. Sweep the Orioles

  • Deep Thoughts
    • Game 3

      Poopers

      • Robinson Tilapia

        One-eyed monsters.

    • Emilio

      bombs

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Dong
      Long Ball
      Moonshot
      An A-Bomb from A-Rod

    • I am Brett Godner’s Shoes

      Dinger is my favorite.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    Red Sox lose 4-2. 42-53. Losers of 7 in a row, 9 losses out of 10 since our series against them. Still worst record in the American League. 11 games back of the division. I’m assuming they lost another game on the Wild Card. 9 games back over there probably. Haha.

    • Tom

      But the Red Sox were supposed to be a juggernaut offensively with a rotation of aces.

    • pat

      It’s kinda nice we killed their season before the ASB.

      • blake

        When that series started at Fenway Boston was only 5.5 back and was making a mini run…..I remember saying if the Yanks swept them they’d quit the season…..turns out 2 of 3 was enough.

        They are just mailing it in at this point…..will be interesting to see what Cherington does…..the Dodgers aren’t bailing him out this time and he can’t blame Theo for creating the mess

        • Literally Figurative

          Well with the media providing cover, it won’t be his fault.

    • Literally Figurative

      BUT TEH JOE KELLY!!! TEH HOF FARM SYSTEM!!! IT HAS TO WORK!!!!

  • Airbrn17

    A sweep of the Os would be spectacular. Coming from another guy currently residing in Maryland(Elkridge).

  • Dellin Beteddardnces

    I thought it was the best win of the season, MIke. And I think they’re 1 win away tomorrow from clinching this division. The other teams would be 7 games back in the loss column. Rays are 8 back. Sox are dead. Jays are 6 but still playing tonight. If these clubs are 7-10 games back at 7.31 then they’re either going to not do anything or sell. I can see the Jays buying because they’re so desperate for a playoff berth. Win tomorrow and for all intents and purposes the division race is over.

    • Sam Palazzo

      lol wut

    • villapalomares

      In the immortal words of you-know-who, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

    • MG2015

      1. It’s July, nothing is over in baseball until sometime in September-the ’51 Dodgers, ’78 Red Sox, and ’69 Cubbies say ‘Hi’
      2. See #1 above

    • Sir Didi Nakamura
    • dayanks

      I’m new to RAB, but when you begin your paragraphs with “I thought it was the best win of the season, MIke.”, I lol then confirm you as a troll.

    • Literally Figurative

      Sung-min Kim wrote the recap, genius.

  • Emilio

    Al has rewritten his entire career this season. Not that it really needed to be, but I do like the new ending.

    • Dellin Beteddardnces

      He’s become a True Yankee and I think they should make him the new Captain. A-Rod and Teixera are 1-2 in the MVP race right now. It’s either those two or Trout/Pujols. If they wrap up the division tomorrow they need to set their sights on getting best record. Would rather play the WC in the 1st round than the Angels.

      • Emilio

        “He’s become a True Yankee”

        Exactly what I didn’t mean.

      • Tom

        The Angels lineup isn’t as deep as it was in 2002.

    • Austinmac

      This tells me what could have been without artificial help. I’m glad he is showing who he is and what he can do at 40.

      • costanzanumba0

        Just because you stop doing steroids doesn’t mean they aren’t still helping you, the base he was able to build up through PEDs is still there, it just doesn’t maintain itself as well. It would be foolish to think that this is what a lifetime of clean arod would be.

  • Tony Wilson

    Another series win, how fun is this season? Now if Oakland can just win tonight it would be the cherry on top, a long way to go but in regards to Tampa and Boston the fat lady has been summoned to look over her sheet music and begin warming up her vocal cords!!

    • Pete22

      Pretty good run of series wins, but looking at the competition, Oakland, Boston, Seattle, slumping Rays and slumping Orioles makes me think its as much about the other teams as the Yankees, Before this run we were on a 2 month stretch of playing 500 ball

      • Tony Wilson

        Win the games on the schedule and they are doing an excellent job at that.

      • Literally Figurative

        But a lot of the good Yankee years involved slow starts, then really turning it on from June to the end of the season.

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    With the short bullpen we should look into forfeiting tomorrow’s game. It would give all the starters an extra day’s rest. Strategic forfeitures are an overlooked tactic.

    • dkidd

      bold move, cotton

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        I sure do like pumpkins, cotton.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      Screw that. Bury the birds.

    • MG2015

      the French has used it successfully in two World Wars, the only ones really hurt by this are the ticket holders, right?

      • Elton Cod M.T.

        There are worse things you can do to ticket holders – like start Pirela and Petit.

      • Jimmy

        To be fair, the French never forfeited the first world war. They fought that horrible war until their country was bled white, especially at Verdun, and never surrendered.

      • Havok9120

        *suppresses historical accuracy reflex*

  • Sam Palazzo

    Let’s get greedy and go for the sweep http://chiefmartec.com/post_images/poker_chips_all_in.jpg

  • Austinmac

    That was another tough one run win. It sure is nice to have a good pen.

    Alex with his 20th homer for the first time in five years. That is amazing. I never thought anything like this was possible. Some of you folks did. I give you all credit. He hits them so far with so little appearing effort. He seems to have shortened his swing with no loss of power.

    • blake

      Nobody thought he’d be this good….they are lying if they say they did….maybe some thought he’d be production…..nobody really thought he’d have 20 homers in July and an OPS over .900 most of the season…..it’s amazing

      • RetroRob

        .250/.325/.410 with 15-18 HRs over a full season was my optimistic hope, and I was on the more positive side compared to most. He’s easily exceeded all expectations.

    • nycsportzfan

      Sterling is pretty good at reading Alex’s homers. He’s frustrated me so many times with apparent homer call only to say “caught “. With Alex he’s usually on point

      • Adam

        That’s because they are a-bombs, by A-Rod.

  • blake

    Go As

  • ropeadope1

    Can a (relief) pitcher get a hold and a loss in the same game?

    • YankeesJunkie

      No, a hold is essentially a save for outside the save situation so if they got a BS they blew the Hold, so to get a Hold you would have to finish with the lead.

      • ropeadope1

        What do you make of this line for Zach Duke tonight?
        —-
        http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=350722104

        • YankeesJunkie

          Looks like I am wrong would have to read in the rules for the answer.

          • ropeadope1

            I believe I’m seeing that for the first time.

        • I am Brett Godner’s Shoes

          Might be that he left the game with the lead in tact but was responsible for the runners on so he got the H but when Robertson gave up the hit and those runners scored he was also on the hook for the loss? Seems dumb but that’s about the only reason I can think of.

          • ropeadope1

            That is how it happened, but just seems strange. I’ll have to read the rules when I’m more awake.

            • I am Brett Godner’s Shoes

              Kind of highlights how useless Hs are doesn’t it.

              • ropeadope1

                I guess the non-closer relief pitchers needed some form of recognition for their work.

  • dkidd

    only blemish was what’s his name catching another home run ball

    • vwnut13

      Yep. lol

    • Sam Palazzo

      Fucking Hample sucks

      • RetroRob

        Never use his name. Just refer to him as the douche ballhawk, or if you want to be less offensive, simply the ballhawk.

        I would like a camera trained on him to see how he tramples over people constantly, including children, to catch many of these balls. What a loser.

  • blake

    @Buster_ESPN: Oakland perceived in the industry to be officially open for business, and the A’s have pieces that interest other clubs–Kazmir and Zobrist.

    • vwnut13

      Thanks for that amazing insight Buster! I’d let him know that on Twitter, but he blocked me.

    • MG2015

      Is their any coincidence that both Zobrist and Kazmir are former Rays? Is this the ‘Curse of the Trop’ at work against the A’s this year?

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Future Yankee Ben Zobrist doin’ work for his soon-to-be new team against the Blue Jays.

    • Tom

      Who are the Yanks giving up to get him?

      • Tony Wilson

        Hopefully no one.

      • ropeadope1

        Drew & Ryan.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’d rather Clippard.

      • Tony Wilson

        Absolutely agree, the Yankees should not give up top notch prospects for Zobrist. Overrated!

  • MG2015

    Another day, another win. Nice job by Nova getting through 6 without his best stuff. Teix has just been off the charts great this year both at the plate and in the field, and another solid job by the bullpen, it was almost funny watching Davis flip the bat in disgust and then realize his pop up was going out.

    • nycsportzfan

      Tex has to be a shoe in for comeback player of the year. He’s Been sensational

      • MG2015

        Teix has gone from ‘most reviled’ on LoHud to ‘beloved’ on RAB in less than one year, it’s a really nice story and you have to give him enormous credit for making the changes in his diet and workouts to get back to this level-the ball is literally jumping off his bat this year, that double to right center was on a pitch away that he didn’t really get and did the same thing yesterday on that double as well.

        • nycsportzfan

          His wrist is also finally healthy

        • Elton Cod M.T.

          Congratulations to Tex on making the move from LoHud to RAB.

      • ropeadope1

        Gluten-free player of the year for sure.

  • GPU

    My favorite part of this game was Suzyn’s story about a Boston radio caller’s trade proposal of Craig Breslow and Tommy Layne for Sonny Gray.

    • MG2015

      that sounds like a good deal for the A’s, I wonder why they wouldn’t take it. Too much salary to take on or something?

  • nycsportzfan

    Offense, starting pitching, mid relief..etc this teams very well rounded and a blast to watch

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Winning is so boring sometimes, I swear.

    • I am Brett Godner’s Shoes

      Dude. No. Just no.

    • Mustang

      Bite your tongue

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Truth

  • Looser Trader FotD™

    Seven of Nine.

    • Adam

      Never liked that character. She was hot though!

      • Looser Trader FotD™

        SO HAWT

  • drewskie

    I wonder wat giradi does tomorrow does he let McCann catch Tanaka or jr

    • Austinmac

      I would bet Murphy.

      • drewskie

        But uwaldo is a righty tho

        • Sir Didi Nakamura

          Day game after night game

          • n0exit

            This trumps everything for former C JG.

        • Tony Wilson

          So is Ubaldo! :)

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      It will be Murphy.

  • Bertin Lefkovic

    What does Refs have to do for the Yankees to give him the chance to play everyday in 2016? Hit as well as Daniel Murphy? Field as well as Daniel Murphy? Both? Less? More?

    Part of me wonders if Refs will ever get a real shot in pinstripes and, like Jesus Montero prior to being traded for Michael Pineda, that his trade value is probably higher at this moment than his actual value.

    If so, does it make more sense to try to get as much for him as possible now than play him as little or as much as they are going to play him in September? If it makes more sense to trade him, what is the most that the Yankees could get for him?

    Would the As trade Clippard, Kazmir, and Zobrist for Nova, Pinder, and Refsnyder? Is that fair or would the Yankees be giving up too much? Too little?

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      My opinion is that would be too little for the A’s.

      I know no one wants to tap into the 7 untouchables, but it’s going to take multiple to get a package back like that.

    • Sam Palazzo

      Everyone drink

    • argenys

      He needs time to get better defensively. He’s moved in the right direction but he’s not there yet. Apart from the reasonable reasons why he even got call up in the first place. It was good to show teams that he’s not a nobody and could potentially do the job if needed. That way teams don’t think we’re as desperate for a 2b and don’t ask for the moon in return. Good it was a short stint so he doesn’t get overexposed.

    • Pete22

      I think Yankees would have to add Mitchell and Sanchez, along with Ref, Nova and Pinder, and maybe a couple of pieces from the lower level (eg Campos). Definitely they have a shot at landing them if they desire

      • Tony Wilson

        Can you help me understand why there is so much love for Zobrist?

      • Bertin Lefkovic

        We are talking about three rentals. There is no way in hell that I would give up six quality players/prospects for three rentals.

    • n0exit

      No tears shed for Refs. Just get a 2b or a SS that can hit. The former is more likely than the latter.

  • Mustang

    I’m happy.

    • Austinmac

      Our happiness seems to coincide. It must be some astral thing.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        This is so weird, me too guys!

        • Some Asshole

          I could take it or leave it.

        • Mustang

          Very strange

  • Austinmac

    We are going to have to score in other ways than homers in the dome.

    • Pete22

      what dome?

      • Adam

        The Astrodome, duh!

        • Austinmac

          Exactly. Jimmy Winn could do it.

          Meanwhile, back in the time warp . . .

  • Sir Didi Nakamura
    • Sam Palazzo

      He’s an amazing follow, doesn’t tweet much though

    • mike carter

      Didi whats up man our yankees won

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Yes Mike we did, feels great

    • Deep Thoughts

      low Twitter IQ

  • Pete22

    Anyone interested in a Sanchez, Nova, Mitchell and Refsnyder to Tigers for 2 months of David Price?. Sanchez is blocked by McCann, Nova is a FA after next year, Mitchell is good but pitching prospects are a roll of the dice, and Ref-we all know he will never get a shot with the Yankees for real.

    • Sam Palazzo

      Tigers aren’t interested.

      • Pete22

        Can’t get much more for a 2 month rental

        • pfoj

          Their owner is like 130 years old and has no interest in that kind of move. They’ll probably add at the deadline and go for the Wild Card.

          The Tigers are going to be really really bad soon. Phillies bad. Question is whether or not they can squeeze out another playoff appearance first.

    • Frittoman626

      I would do that. That means the Tigers would say no.

  • pat

    Unrelated, but we can all appreciate this https://twitter.com/iamjoonlee/status/623703088638111744

    • Frittoman626

      Seeing Hanley play OF makes me appreciate Grandpa. Grandpa is bad, but Hanley makes him look like a Gold Glover.

      • n0exit

        Beltran is just old. HanRam is just bad.

    • Asher Dratel

      Yankees plz replace that blooper reel with this.

    • Frittoman626

      Also, LMFAO @ his -2.1 dWAR. What’s the record for lowest dWAR in a season?

      • Pete22

        Manny was -2.2 d(b)WAR over a full season. That was his worst

      • n0exit

        Grantland put it best: Hanley is going for the record of highest wRC+ for a replacement level player in history. It’s somewhere around 120 I think.

  • Bo S8

    What’s with “trade Nova plus for anything that resembles a pitcher? Does not compute. He’s just coming into his milk, three hit a pretty potent team over six innings and it’s greener grass time.

    Totally amazing.

    • Bertin Lefkovic

      Nova is very unpredictable. There are rentals (Cueto, Kazmir, and Shark to name three) on the market who would represent significant upgrades over Nova.

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      For the same reasons you’re stating, he has little trade value at the moment.

      Any team is looking for healthy, performing pieces in their trades. They don’t want “recovering plus potential.”

      If he keeps it up, he’ll be most valuable in the offseason.

    • Pete22

      Orioles have lost 13 of 18 and scored 3.4 RPG over that period. They have been rather impotent

  • GPU

    By the way, striking out Schoop not once, but TWICE now in this series for the final out of the ballgame is rather satisfying.

  • GPU

    By the way, striking out Schoop not once, but TWICE now in this series for the final out of the ballgame is rather satisfying.

    • Pete22

      wrong comment

  • Some Asshole
  • pfoj

    3-2 A’s in the bottom of the 8th. If the Jays don’t rally in the 9th, the Yankees will have a full five and a half game lead.

    Feelsgoodman.

    • pfoj

      Yankee Legend Tyler Clippard in to close it.

      • pfoj

        Shit, second and third no one out for Toronto. Get Matt DeSalvo warming.

        Edit: Yes, for anyone paying attention that’s two Matt Desalvo-Tyler Clippard jokes in two days. I am what I am.

        • Pete22

          I don’t care what Oaklands RD is, they suck

          • pfoj

            Walk-double-walk-strikeout-walk-stikeout so far. Brutal baseball to watch.

  • Beauee

    Someone needs to proofread these game recaps. Hi my name is Turt.

    • n0exit

      IMO, its not that bad. I counted like two maybe three minor errors. I’ve seen worse on FG. But Ivan Nova did pretty much the opposite of cruise in the fifth.

      • Beauee

        It was an inside RAB joke. I wasn’t being serious.

        • n0exit

          Oh, I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the joke, but at the same time I’m glad I don’t spend enough time here to get the joke. #knowyourRABregulars

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They’ve got character in buckets as well.

  • miguel1955

    clipard in the way to blow the save…..bases loaded with 0 outs…

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    What a horrible swing by Donaldson.

  • miguel1955

    1 out….bases loaded….bautista and encarnacion the nexts..

  • Deep Thoughts

    Price on T-Clip dropping by the minute…

  • miguel1955

    BS….3-3…..

  • pfoj

    What is Clippard complaining about? That the guy they’re not covering at all is leading too far?

  • Frittoman626

    It could have been a lot worse… Tyler Clippard is still poopy.

  • miguel1955

    zobrist!!!….win this for your next team!!!!!

    • Pete22

      Drew could have done better

  • Frittoman626

    WE LIKE IKE!!!

  • miguel1955

    safe?????

  • Tony Wilson

    4-3 As over Toronto, FINAL!!!

  • Nick_CT

    Miller just wanted to help my fantasy team.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    Yankees: 52-41
    Blue Jays: 48-48 (5.5 GB)
    Rays: 48-49 (6 GB)
    Orioles: 46-47 (6 GB)
    Red Sox: 42-53 (11 GB)

    Let’s win tomorrow and keep that 5.5 game lead right where it is (6.5 because Toronto will lose) and knock the Rays to 6.5 (Off Day) and put Baltimore out 7. Let’s get it done, Ma-kun – Yankees.

    Boston would need to win a total of 22 games in a row to get to the same spot record wise (11 games above .500) as us. Funny.

    • Frittoman626

      Harold Reynolds be like: But if you reverse the standings, THEN dah Red Sawks are in 1st!!’

      • MB923

        Once Jeter retired, he became a Sawx fan.

        • calripyankee

          Agreed!! I used to like Harold.

      • Pete22

        He will do just what we do when CC starts, eliminate his worst inning , or in the Red Sox case “just one bad week”, and da da da….its all good

    • Pete22

      Not if they lose 11 in a row at the same time. LOL. Seriously, Boston is cooked . I did think they had a chance to get back in this thing before the Papi fake flu but I guess the team wanted to make sure there was no hope of losing tee time in October.

      Orioles and Rays might give us a run, but they would have to make some real big acquisitions at the deadline. Talking Price, kazmir, Cespedes, Upton, Chapman, Papelbon type acquistions,

      Still don’t think the Yankees will win much more than 88-90 games, and that’s if they avoid injuries, but everyone else will have to do pretty well to match that

  • Sir Didi Nakamura
    • Pete22

      So now we know who is supplying the PED’s. Not surprised, Remy’s son was one of the 2 Fenway security staffers busted for steroids by state cops in July of 2008. Manny was gone soon thereafter. Wally must be working for, better not say it, but………….

      • The Great Gonzo

        You didn’t know Wally’s last name is ‘Conte’?

  • grandedan

    Tex Arod. Arod Tex. Same old. Same old. And Drew still can’t hit and Headley still can’t throw.

    Seriously, Headley should give Tex half his salary. Probably saved the Yanks and Headley two runs and the game tonight. Tex has been huge all year on both sides of the ball.

    • calripyankee

      That was a nice snag by Headley though..

  • Deep Thoughts

    ..

    • Dalek Jeter

      Few things in baseball make me happier than seeing Buck Showalter miffed.

      • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

        i would watch a 24-hour buck showalter channel. i know some of you kids don’t get it; but, honestly, the worst part about beating the only other relevant team in the AL Most is buck’s enduring disappointment.

        • Monterocouldstillbedinero

          Great 1 hour interview with Costas on ?mlb network last week.

      • The Great Gonzo
  • Gregory Eckes

    Greetings from London! Great to see the Yankees continuing to roll. Now tonight’s game is a complete bonus and maybe a chance to knock the Os back into submission

    • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

      listen to me, greg. don’t let these hippies scare you away.

      you appear, you angst, you dread.

      you predict inevitable failure.

      nay, you declare it.

      and in my heart i feel like your pessimism contributes, at least a little, to the yanks’ success.

      gloom on, chicken greggle. doom on.

      • Monterocouldstillbedinero

        It’s lunch time in London. Fish and Chips.

        Dinner time in London will be A Yankees sweep.

        • drewskie

          Enjoy because its
          Almost 7am here and I’m up and ready to watch my Yankees play already

        • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

          tanaka pees malt vinegar.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Ouch.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        #teamfallacy

      • Basil

        and in my heart i feel like your pessimism has contributed, at least a little, to the yanks’ success.

        True, true, a thousand times true. (Except for the missing initial cap.)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Makes losing bet right before vacation. Hmmm.

      • LazerTown

        “Vacation”

  • Ewing33

    Almost forgot what it felt like to root for a legitimately good baseball team. Every night is a pleasure!

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    Can someone post a good link to a collection of Sterling’s HR calls? Thanks.

  • drewskie

    I want this sweep really bad today

    • calripyankee

      You wanna see Buck have a heart attack??

      • Jimmy

        Want to see the Yankees bring back Jeter on a one-day contract and have him bring in the winning run on a walk-off phantom HBP. That ought to just about do it for Buck.

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    Great defense. We have the best crappy 2B platoon in baseball.

    • https://twitter.com/missvykki vicki

      welp, i will suck on that garbage platoon all night long.

      i and ivan nova, and nate eovaldi, and big mike, and tanaka, and miller time – we are all grateful for the rocksolid D. because we are pitchers with significantly high groundball rates. and we cannot watch bad infield defense. we just can’t.

      also, yankees’ team performance at second base has been 61 wrc+. yes, fourth-worst in baseball (what’s up, infante!). but stephen drew’s wrc+ is 69 (nice), so yeah our *platoon* has been really bad.

      • Monterocouldstillbedinero

        Stats or not I got deeeze eyes to tell me all I need to know. Love your posts though. Always a bit edgy. Welp…..perfect.

        Tex has saved the left side of our infield’s throws in ways we will never see in a (conventional) boxscore.

        • 86w183

          Teams chart that sort of thing. Would love to see how many “errors saved” he’s been credited for and who were the prime beneficiaries — as if we don’t already know.

          The Headley throw yesterday was just awful because he had all day, but rushed it.

          • Monterocouldstillbedinero

            Chase has the Yips. At least one throw a game has Nunez written all over it.

            • The Great Gonzo

              False. Nunez threw into the stands. Chase throws into the dirt.

      • sevrox

        ‘suck on that … platoon’? please videotape.

  • drewskie

    I was just watchin on YouTube chase headley career year man he was a beast back then sprayin the ball in those spacious park in the west I don’t get y he struggles in the small parks here maybe he tryin to do to much idk

    • The Great Gonzo

      ‘Struggle’ is a strong word. He was damn good last year in a small sample size, very shaky the first half, and looks to be heating up this half (SSS all around, I am fully aware..)

      Also, look at McCann and how mightily he struggled last season… ALL OF last season… and how he’s rebounded. All I am saying is, jury is still out. Lets not sell him down the river like McCann was last season.

  • calripyankee

    Every team in the AL East lost except the Yankees.. I like when that happens.

    • 86w183

      Makes for a great tasting breakfast, doesn’t it? 5.5 game lead is sweet because the other four teams have to play each other a lot guaranteeing losses (and, yes wins).

      Yanks need to go 38-31 to get to 90 wins. Toronto would have to go 42-24.

  • Jman1213

    And the Red Sox have now dropped seven in a row. The tide is turning all right, and it’s heading down the toilet bowl. Hee hee hee.

  • 86w183

    Heading to the Stadium this afternoon to see Tanaka pitch. Amazing that all five games since the ASB have been one-run affairs. Offense really isn’t doing much, but it’s doing enough. Would like to see McCann warm up a bit.

    • Austinmac

      Have fun. Good game to see. Color me jealous.

      • 86w183

        Actually the wife and I have moved to NYC! Got here Saturday… she has a job, I need one… something we’ve wanted to do for years. The plan includes at least monthly games at NYS and hopefully one trip to Trenton for a Saturday or Sunday game.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Where in the city?

          Always assumed your name was a Heights reference.

          • 86w183

            86w183 was my address growing up in the Bronx on University Avenue and 183rd St.

            We have an apartment on the Upper West Side…. great neighborhood, ridiculous rent, but what are you gonna do? Housing is the only area where you just can’t live affordably in NYC. Really looking forward to it cooling off in September rather than November!

            • Austinmac

              Cooling off in September is legal? Who knew?

              • 86w183

                Not people living in Texas and Florida, that’s for damn sure!

            • Yankee Trader

              Best wishes on your move to the City. You were in Tampa, correct?

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Enjoy the Park Slope of Manhattan. :)

        • Austinmac

          Sounds great. Enjoy the City and good luck on the job search. A smart Yankee fan should have no problem.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Judging from this morning’s weather, I don’t think you could pick a better baseball day.

      • 86w183

        Looks that way, sunny and 85…. would prefer sunny and 75, but that’s coming

    • Tony Wilson

      He’s 7th in the AL in rbi and 2nd on the team??

      • 86w183

        He’s having an excellent season, but he’s also 4-19 since the break. All I said was I’d like to see him “warm up a bit”. There’s no criticism there.

        Besides, day game after night game he might not start.

        • Tony Wilson

          Yeah I was wondering about that, good chance Murphy is in there today.

    • Madrugador

      The Yanks are 8-2 in their last 10 so it is hard to complain about the offense but you are correct in that they aren’t scoring a lot of runs. They have faced some tough pitchers since the break.
      Montgomery ERA 3.25 ERA+ 112
      Hernandez ERA 2.77 ERA+ 131
      Chen ERA 2.86 ERA+ 135

      Both Iwakuma and Gausman have pitched less than 40 innings at the MLB level this year and their ERAs are right around 5 with ERA+ =75.

      Best of luck in the new digs in NYC.

      • 86w183

        3.2 runs/g since the break, but they’re 4-1 so who’s complaining?

        Excited about the new phase of my life… not the brightest move ever… 57 with no job, but I’ll find something and enjoy being in the World’s Greatest City for a few years.

        • sevrox

          Good luck to you 86 – enjoy your posts on this daily cyberstop.

        • Madrugador

          I grew up in New Rochelle but never really took a liking to the CIty. My folks were from the Bronx so the Yankees are genetic for me. Been a fan since the 60’s.

    • Rick

      I’ll be at the stadium today, too!

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    I’ll be at work during the game today but the dvr will be rolling at home. Greatest thing going.

  • OldYanksFan

    OldPoll: Please give your Opinion.
    [please temporarily… just for a minute… put away your Drew Hate and answer fairly]
    Judging on DEFENSE ONLY:

    from an A+ to an F, please give Drew a grade for
    THIS YEAR’S DEFENSE.

    • sevrox

      straight A, not A+ and not A-.

    • The Great Gonzo

      SOLID B+. He gets to everything he’s supposed to and a couple things he shouldn’t, makes the pivot look relatively easy (not Cano, easy, but pretty easy), and gets himself into the right spots for plays (the Adam Jones unassisted DP last night as an example).

      He’s still not ‘natural’ out there all the time, but he has adjusted fantastically considering the lack of reps over his career.

    • calripyankee

      I give him a C+..

    • ruralbob

      88.7% – with curve applied, 91.6

  • OldYanksFan

    Tanaka’s ERA (3.65) isn’t great. However, His Ks, BB, BAA and WHIP are very good. The problem is his HR/9 is 1.52! That’s terrible. I wonder how many of those were hit to RF at YS. He’s got to get that number down.

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      He has had slow starts. Maybe he needs to go at it a little harder in the pen before the first inning? He has thrown over 100 pitches the last 2 starts so his durability seems fine.

      Tough to know how your stuff is going to play and what will be working best when you throw 7 different pitches.

    • Yankee Trader

      He has given up 8 of his 12 homers at home. Don’t know how many of those were to the short porch in RF. ERA 4.32 home, 2.78 road.

      • OldYanksFan

        It seems to me based on the small sample above that Tanaka is an Ace on the Road and a #4 at Home…. however, 7 of the 12 HRs are to RHB. So maybe it’s not the porch? Maybe the above numbers are just random because of SSS?

  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    Teixeira might as well start doing this at the plate.

    http://blog.livedoor.jp/nanjstu/lite/article/45663811/image/112193722

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      That’s great. I’d prefer Drew do it though. At least then something of interest would happen when he bats.

  • levendis

    With Betances and Miller likely having the night off, is the 7-8-9 something like Warren-Shreve- Wilson?

    • Yankee Trader

      Good morning. Betances was very economical last night 3 0uts on 8 pitches, two strikeouts. Miller 10 pitches.

      • Austinmac

        I still doubt they would pitch either the third straight day. There is still a long way to go.

        • Yankee Trader

          Hopefully when the offense scores runs in the first inning, and the pitcher looks very hittable, they keep up the pace and don’t stall out with RISP.
          I wonder if they’ll add a bat at all by the TD?

          • Austinmac

            I wonder as well. I hope for Zobrist or Prado. I don’t know what else they could do. Your thoughts?

        • Y’s Guy

          especially day game after night game.

        • Rick

          Don’t worry about it, Tanaka is going 9.

      • levendis

        yeah, which is nice for once, but I don’t think Girardi pitches them 3 straight games under any circumstance.

      • 86w183

        Betances also threw 20 Tuesday night while Miller threw just nine. I’d say Miller IS available and Betances is NOT if it were up to me.

        • Monterocouldstillbedinero

          I have seen other good managers use their closer(s) 3 games in a row

          • 86w183

            True, but most would prefer to avoid it…. especially when three is a day game after a night game. But better to score ten runs and don’t worry about it.

    • Dellin Beteddardnces

      I would give Betances and Miller the day off. If they were in the O’s position in the standings then yes, use them. But with a 6-7 game cushion in July, don’t use them. Shreve, Warren and Wilson are perfectly capable and Miller is just coming off an injury caused by overuse.

  • Dellin Beteddardnces

    With the Jays loss last night I’m going to call the division race with another Yankees W today. It would give them at least a 7 game lead in the loss over the rest of the division, and that’s a big lead with two months to go.

    But Eddard, how can you call the division race so early? There’s still a lot of baseball left to be played, including inter-divisional games! It’s very simple, if the other clubs are 7-10 games back on 7.31 they are not going to buy anything. They might even be 5+ games out of the 2nd WC. They will either stand pat or be sellers. And people act like these other teams are the 98 Yankees. They’re under .500 for a reason.

    The Yankees have had inconsistency but with Miller and Ellsbury back they are firing on all cylinders and that’s why I said 3 weeks ago that they would create distance with the rest of the division. They have exactly what they want. Their ace on the mound with a chance to clinch the division on July 23rd.

    • Pkyankfan69

      “The Yankees have had inconsistency but with Miller and Ellsbury back they are firing on all cylinders and that’s why I said 3 weeks ago that they would create distance with the rest of the division.”

      Even a smidge of Bigdan in this post… Nice

      • Rick

        Even a smidge of BigDan is too much … I may be in the minority, but I do enjoy Eddard’s post. The guy – assuming he’s a guy – is one of a kind.

        • Deep Thoughts

          As we learned from Jete and Mo, the key to true greatness is consistency, and Eddard is out there, making adjustments, doing the little things, every day.

  • Y’s Guy

    Fun times last night. A Tex Message and a real A Bomb! It was a great night, people were even nice to Baltimore fans in the bleachers. Life is fun with a little lead!

  • blake

    Don’t know who to give credit for it……pentland, gluten, Tex, a time machine or what……but Tex’s swing plane looks like it did years ago when he was younger and that’s the main reason for his success this year . He’s keeping the bat in the zone a lot longer…..

    It’s impressive because he went so long not being able to fix that problem…..I didn’t think he could

    • calripyankee

      Healthy wrists.. It took Bautista about a year after wrist surgery to get back to where he was.. I was hoping the same for Teix.. But, I never dreamed he’d play like he is..

      • blake

        Bautista was good before the injury though….Tex hasn’t hit like this since 2009…..it’s more than just the wrist being healthy

    • MTU

      He’s healthy. Think that accounts for a lot of it.

      • blake

        A lot of it….not all…he was healthy a long time before the wrist and not that good. He’s not been this good in 6 years

    • Deep Thoughts

      I mean, players play the game, but let’s talk about hitting coaches who advocate elevated pull swings for lefties.

    • Bo S8

      I actually stop and watch both Alex and Teix at bats. Alex always had great swing mechanics. Teix, I don’t know what happened. I agree that I didn’t think he could. No more half moon swings, totally amazing

    • Stan

      I give credit mostly to his wrist being fully healed… the diet has probably helped also.

      Other than his average being 20 points higher… he is pretty much now where he was before the injuries

  • blake

    MLB radio thinks the Yankees should trade everybody for a pitcher

    • calripyankee

      They’ve moved on from the Redsox??

      • blake

        At the moment ….they’ll get back to there

        • calripyankee

          ESPN usually starts ignoring baseball once the redsox are out of it… Have to find out what these NBA players and teams are gonna do in the offseason, don’t cha know???

  • calripyankee

    I’ve about come full circle with Drew., I’m hoping he hits just enough (or more) that it keeps the Yankees from giving up too much for Zobrist or Prado.. I like what I saw from Refsnyder and, Sept call ups will be here before you know it..

    • Y’s Guy

      Theres no way what Drew hits or doesnt between now and next Friday is going to change their minds one way or another on him.

      • calripyankee

        No.. But, it’d make me fell better, and quite frankly, that’s what I m worried about..

    • blake

      I mean you saw last night why he plays….he’s good on defense

  • blake

    Buck is on the radio right now…..they said ok let’s talk about last night and buck says ….Why? I both hate and love Buck at the same time

  • Y’s Guy

    Nova pitched a good solid tough game. He never cruised and walking those bottom of the order guys in front of Machado could have cost him the game, but he got the guys he needed to. Good effort and a good sign moving forward.

    • blake

      Nova battles….thats something he’s always been pretty good at….he grinds out starts

    • MTU

      For the most part his location and stuff were good.

  • NH Yankee fan

    I’m not worried about Nova. This is basically extended spring training for him and eventually he will get in a groove. He just has to be consistent which is something he’s not been in his career but I have faith he will solidify the #3 spot.

    • Monterocouldstillbedinero

      I liked his coming in with his fb and 2 seamer against righties. Opens up the outside corner.

  • MTU

    Yankees. Home 29-17 Away 23-24

    • Rick

      Which is almost exactly what you want to do. Win games at home, play .500 on the road.

      • MTU

        Not really. You want to be a little more balanced.

    • Dellin Beteddardnces

      The O’s suck on the road. Yanks are right where they need to be at home and on the road.

    • Stan

      1 game under 500 is not sucking.. its not good though.. averageish.. they are tied for 7th in the AL in road win%

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    Is it my imagination or, now that Jeter is gone, has our gdp frequency gone down?

    We have also been lucky with no hamstring pulls running down the first base line.

    • Stan

      Yankees had 111 gidp last year they have 66 after 93 games putting them on a 115 pace.

      • Monterocouldstillbedinero

        And who has hit into the most in the post-Jeter era? Alex?

        • Stan

          Headley with 11 followed by Teixeira and A-Rod with 7

          • Monterocouldstillbedinero

            Thanks. Chase has really been pretty poor this year. Amazing how well we are doing with the average offense out of 2 infielders and below average offense out of 1.

  • RetroRob

    This would make little sense. No trades would occur if they move the deadline to August 31st.

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25247977/commissioner-manfred-raises-possibility-of-moving-back-trade-deadline

    • AllPraiseBeToMo

      I think more would happen. Less of a sellers market, more teams know where they would stand and theoretically rentals wouldn’t cost as much.

      • RetroRob

        Maybe, but the deadline serves as the forcing function. How much would any team, for example, give up for just one month of David Price? The Tigers at that point might as well just hold him and get the draft pick. Rentals might bring very little back, and there will be negligible cost savings too since most of the season’s contract will have been paid. Lesser players will have an even smaller impact over the final month, so I question how much teams will actually part with to get a one-month rental. It’s possible a few teams right on the bubble might gamble, but it’s probably a small market that late into the season.

  • OldYanksFan
    • ruralbob

      Clickbait idea: ESPN posts something

    • AllPraiseBeToMo

      All that shows is how clueless Shoenfield is.