Yankees have no answer for Kluber in 5-2 loss to Indians


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The Yankees have been alternating wins and losses since the trade deadline, and that pattern continued Saturday. They dropped the middle game to the Indians by the score of 5-2. It’s Saturday, so let’s recap with bullet points:

  • Long Leash: I, for one, am surprised letting CC Sabathia face the middle of the lineup a third time did not work out. Mike Napoli smacked a homer in the sixth to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. It’s the fourth time in the last five starts Sabathia was left in long enough to allow extra runs without completing the inning. Like I said earlier, he’s not the same pitcher after 75 pitches or so, and at some point Joe Girardi needs to change the way he manages Sabathia’s starts. CC allowed three runs on six hits (two homers) and four walks in innings. He fanned five.
  • Two Token Runs: The Yankees jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Gary Sanchez muscled a two-strike pitch into the left-center field gap, scoring Starlin Castro all the way from first. Hooray for youthful bat speed. The Yankees scored their second run on a wild pitch. It looked like a slider slipped out of Kluber’s hand and sailed way inside on Ronald Torreyes, far enough that catcher Roberto Perez couldn’t reel it in. And that was the extent of the offense.
  • The Late Innings: Only three of the final 21 Yankees to bat reached base. Two of them were Brett Gardner, who drew a leadoff walk in the sixth. He then got doubled off first base because he misread Jacoby Ellsbury‘s fly ball and went first-to-third. Yuck. The Indians tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and ninth. Dellin Betances, who hadn’t pitched since Monday and needed the work, got the last two outs of the ninth.
  • Leftovers: Gardner and Aaron Hicks each had two hits. Sanchez and Castro had the team’s other two hits. Gardner drew the only walk … the 2-3-4 hitters went a combined 0-for-12 with four strikeouts … the Yankees have allowed at least one homer in 12 straight games now, tied for their second longest streak this century. The longest? A 14-gamer back in May. New York’s pitchers have a 1.36 HR/9 in 2016, fifth worst in MLB. Their starters have a 1.49 HR/9, fourth worst.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The Yankees and Indians will play the rubber game of this three-game series Sunday afternoon. That’s another 1pm ET start. Hooray for that. Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Carrasco are the scheduled starters. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch that one live.

Castro’s grand slam leads Yanks to 13-7 win over Indians

The Indians have been one of the best teams in all of baseball this season, so, naturally, the Yankees have beaten them four times in five tries. Go figure. The Yankees took Friday night’s series opener 13-7 at Yankee Stadium. That was an enjoyable game. Would watch again.

Eyes on the ball, Starlin. (Presswire)
Keep your eye on the ball, Starlin. (Presswire)

Score Early, Score Often
It had been a long time since the Yankees had a game like this, where they come out and score a bunch of runs early to take all the stress out of the game. They scored a first inning run for only the second time in their last ten games, and they scored the first two runs of the game for the first time since July 24th, the final game of the Giants series. It’s been that long since the Yankees took a 2-0 lead in a game. Gosh.

The Yankees scored their first inning run thanks largely to the suddenly retiring Mark Teixeira, who whacked a double to put runners on second and third with one out. Jacoby Ellsbury had singled earlier in the inning. Brian McCann got the run in with a ground ball for a quick 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 until the third inning, when the Yankees really broke things open against Josh Tomlin.

Ellsbury and Teixeira started the rally this time as well, as they strung together a double and an infield single. Ellsbury with a double and Teixeira with an infield single rather than the other way around? Mass hysteria. Dogs and cats, living together. The infield single was a ground ball into the shift that the second base/short right field guy had to range too far to his right to corral. Teixeira beat it out without a throw.

McCann cashed the run in again, this time with a line drive double into the right-center field gap. Most players would have scored from first on that play, but not Teixeira. Not with his balky knee. The Indians followed that by intentionally walking Chase Headley, and Starlin Castro made them pay with his first career grand slam. It was an opposite field job a row or two back in right-center. Just like that, the Yankees were up 6-0 in the third.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Pineda’s One Big Mistake
The Yankees finally gave Michael Pineda some run support and they picked a good night to do it. He started the game pretty well and kept the Indians off the board until the fifth inning, when a single and a double give Cleveland runners at second and third with two outs. Rather than limit the damage, Pineda threw one of his trademark two-out, two-strike, hanging sliders. Sigh.

Light-hitting catcher Chris Gimenez — he came into the game hitting .198/.234/.267 (32 wRC+) — sent that hanging slider into the left field seats for a three-run home run. SIGH. That cut the lead to 6-3. Pineda allowed a fourth run later in the game and he wasn’t even on the mound for that one; the bullpen let an inherited runner score. He finished the night with four runs allowed on six hits and one walk in six innings. Pineda struck out six. The quintessential Pineda outing, this was.

Tack On Runs
Gimenez’s three-run home run really stunk and it made it seem like the late innings would be tight. Instead, the offense went back to work. First, Gary Sanchez hammered a run-scoring double over the center fielder’s head in the fifth, then, in the sixth, Headley drove in a run with a single and Sanchez drew a bases loaded walk to give the Yankees a 9-3 lead. Indians southpaw Shawn Morimando walked four batters in that sixth inning, and it took a tremendous play by third baseman Jose Ramirez on a weakly hit Rob Refsnyder grounder to get out of the jam.

The Yankees scored two more runs in the seventh inning to stretch the lead to 11-3. Aaron Hicks socked a solo homer and Brett Gardner scored when the Indians outfield let Ellsbury’s routine fly ball drop in. They scored that a hit, but come on. It was a routine fly ball that should have been caught, but wasn’t due to miscommunication. That’s Anyway, Gardner tripled earlier in the inning to set that up. He singled in another two runs in the eighth. Tack on runs are great. The Yankees took an early big lead and they kept adding to it. We haven’t seen nearly enough of that this season.

Gary The Great
This was Sanchez’s fourth career start overall and his first start behind the plate, which is kind of a big deal. I thought his receiving was solid and he made one really nice block on a Pineda slider on the dirt. It was textbook. He dropped to his knees and kept the ball in front of him with a man on base. Perfect. Sanchez also threw not one, but two runners out. Here’s the first:

Gary Sanchez throw

Look at that throw. Just perfect. Right on the money. We’ve been hearing about Sanchez’s rocket arm for years now — MLB.com gives him a 70 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale — and he showed it off Friday night. Twice.

Is Sanchez going to be Yadier Molina back there? Nope. But based on these nine innings, he looks like an adequate big league catcher. I didn’t notice any glaring deficiencies — he wasn’t stabbing at the ball or anything like that — and that’s good. It’s good when you don’t notice a catcher. Nice night for Gary behind dish. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

Leftovers
Johnny Barbato made a nice mess of things in the eighth inning by allowing all four batters he faced to reach base. Not good, Johnny. Adam Warren had to bail him out. Three runs scored in the inning to trim the lead from 11-4 to 11-7. Not the end of the world. Just annoying. Richard Bleier, Tyler Clippard, and Nick Goody all pitched as well. Five relievers in a game the Yankees scored 13 runs. Blah.

Every single starter had a hit. In fact, every starter reached base multiple times. Ellsbury led the way with four hits while Castro had two hits and two walks. The Yankees had 16 hits and drew eight walks against only four strikeouts. Those eight walks are a season high. Pretty great night for the offense. They scored in six of eight offensive innings and never once went 1-2-3.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
Go to ESPN for the box score and updated standings, and MLB.com for the video highlights. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages either. Here’s the win probability graph:


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees and Indians will play game two of this three-game series Saturday afternoon … hopefully. The forecast isn’t looking too great at the moment. We’ll see. CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber, a pair of former Cy Young award winners with the Indians, will be on the mound. RAB Tickets can get you in the door for either of the two games left on the homestand.

Subway Split: Yankees drop series finale 4-1 to Mets

Alas, the Subway Series win was not meant to be. The Yankees and Mets split their four games this season, so no one has bragging rights. Fitting for a city currently full of mediocre pro sports teams, I suppose. The Yankees dropped Thursday night’s Subway Series finale 4-1.

(Rich Schultz/Getty)
(Rich Schultz/Getty)

The One Bad Inning
Nathan Eovaldi was really good in six innings Thursday night. Too bad he threw seven innings. That four-run fifth inning really ruins what was an otherwise strong outing from Eovaldi, who held the Mets to two hits and two walks in the not fifth inning. The fifth inning featured a double, two homers, and a crucial brain fart by Eovaldi.

The game was still scoreless when that fifth inning started, and ex-Yankee Kelly Johnson broke the 0-0 tie with a line drove homer into the first row of the short porch. Meh. A solo homer won’t kill you. What will kill you is allowing a double and then making an ill-advised throw on a comebacker. That’s what Eovaldi did after the double. He looked Curtis Granderson back to second then threw to second for some reason. They got zero outs on the play. Jay Bruce followed with a three-run homer. Womp womp.

Overall, Eovaldi allowed the four runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five and threw a first pitch strikeout to 26 of 29 batters, which is ridiculous. That fifth inning sucked and it cost the Yankees the game. Eovaldi’s other six innings were pretty good though. If the Yankees could somehow figure out how to get Eovaldi and their other starters to avoid that one big inning, they might actually be pretty good.

One Token Run
The Yankees had no answers for Bartolo Colon. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that they broke through, and Colon wasn’t even on the mound for that. He served up a booming double to Gary Sanchez, then lefty Jerry Blevins came on and allowed Aaron Hicks to slap a ground ball single back up the middle to score the run. That was the entire offense. The Sanchez double was mighty impressive though. Colon threw a running two-seamer and busted him inside …

Bartolo Colon

… yet Sanchez was able to get his bat around quick enough and muscle it into left field for extra bases. It was about six feet short of a home run, I’d say. Most hitters get jammed and hit a roller to the left side of the infield on a pitch like that. Maybe even break their bat. Sanchez hammered that to left field for a double. We haven’t seen much of Gary yet, but turning on that pitch shows why he’s so highly regarded.

The Yankees had nine hits total, including two each by Sanchez and Jacoby Ellsbury. (Sanchez beat out an infield single in the ninth.) Unsurprisingly, Sanchez’s double was the only extra-base hit. What else would you expect from the team with the AL’s lowest slugging percentage? This was New York’s 29th game with no more than one extra base hit. Only the Braves (38), Angels (31), Mets (30), and Brewers (30) have more. Yuck.

Leftovers
The Yankees did bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Rob Refsnyder grounded into a game-ending double play. I was hoping Alex Rodriguez would pinch-hit there, but nope. You need someone who can run into a fastball in that spot and lol that’s not Refsnyder. He hasn’t homered since May 15th, when he was in Triple-A. Whatevs.

Adam Warren and Anthony Swarzak each threw a scoreless inning. Swarzak had one of those innings where he looked completely untouchable. He does that once in a while. Warren looked pretty good as well, which is nothing new. He’s looked like the guy the Yankees had the last three years. Hard to believe he struggled so much in Chicago.

And finally, Bartolo Colon became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game as both a Yankee and a Met. That surprised me. Then again, how many pitchers have played for both teams the last 20 years? Not many had long stints with both teams.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
ESPN is the place to go for the box score and updated standings. MLB.com has the video highlights, and RAB has Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. Here’s the win probability graph:


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The 2016 edition of the Subway Series is over. Andrew Miller and the Indians are coming to the Bronx next for a three-game weekend series. Michael Pineda and Josh Tomlin are the scheduled starters for Friday night’s series opener. If you want to catch that game or either of the other two games live at Yankee Stadium, RAB Tickets can get you in the door.

Offense, Severino pick up Green in a 9-5 win over the Mets

It doesn’t matter where the two teams are in the standings. Watching the Yankees beat the Mets never gets old. The Yankees won Wednesday night’s game 9-5 and we all had a good laugh along the way. Good game. Would watch again.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

It’s Not Easy Being Green
Boy, that could have been much, much worse for Chad Green. Don’t get me wrong, three runs and 12 baserunners (!) in 3.2 innings is no good, but the Mets had him on the ropes a few times and failed to take advantage. Three ground ball double plays will do that. The Yankees had the bullpen working in every inning Green pitched. Heck, there was a reliever warming before he even got an out. He was that shaky.

The game started with a leadoff home run by Curtis Granderson, who knows a thing or two about going deep in this ballpark. That is the third leadoff homer the Yankees have allowed in the last nine games. Annoying! A string of singles followed to create another run — to be fair, none of them were hard-hit — before Green got the inning-ending double play. A defensive misplay by Mark Teixeira and another single create the Mets’ third run of the game in the second inning.

Green faced 20 batters and 13 saw at least four pitches. Seven saw a three-ball count. There were an awful lot of long counts and foul balls — Green got six swings and misses and allowed 18 fouls out of 86 total pitches — because Green simply had nothing to put hitters away. They were on his fastball and his offspeed stuff was finishing too far out of the zone. Not a good start by any stretch.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Pick Up The Pitcher
The top of the first inning was mighty ugly — the Mets scored two runs and put five men on base total — and yet the Yankees were able to take the lead in the bottom half. Chase Headley drove in Rob Refsnyder (single) and Mark Teixeira (walk) with a booming double into the left-center field gap, then Didi Gregorius cashed in the third run with a two-run double. So, after all of that, the Yankees led 3-2 after the first.

The Mets knotted the game back up in the next half inning, but the Yankees responded by taking the lead for good in the bottom of the second. It all happened with two outs too. Jacoby Ellsbury and Refsnyder slapped two-out singles, then Teixeira drove a not terribly located 1-0 fastball …

Mark Teixeira Steven Matz

… into the right-center field seats for a three-run home run. Was a cheap Yankee Stadium homer? Yes. Yes it was. It still counts. It’s not like Granderson’s leadoff dinger landed in the second deck. That was a wall-scraper too. Anyway, the opposite field homer gave the Yankees a 6-3 lead. Amazing they had a three-run lead considering a) the general terrible-ness of the offense this season, and b) Green’s ineffectiveness.

Shutdown Sevy
Since resurfacing a week or two ago, Luis Severino has look pretty good while pitching in mostly low-leverage relief innings. The Yankees have been taking it easy on him. Severino came out of the bullpen to replace Green and retired the first seven men he faced to take the ball into the seventh inning. That’s when things started to unravel.

That seventh inning started with a leadoff walk, then Neil Walker laid down a bunt single and Headley booted a potential double play ball. Just like that, the bases were loaded with no outs and the Yankees still nursing that 6-3 lead. The Mets had their 4-5-6 hitters coming up too. It was a certifiable mess, and yet Joe Girardi stuck with Severino. No one was warming in the bullpen.

Rather than implode, which happened far too often when Severino was in a jam earlier this season, he was able to bear down and escape while allowing just one run. He struck out Jay Bruce on three pitches, got Yankee Killer James Loney to ground out to first (run scored to make it 6-4), then struck out Michael Conforto to escape the inning. Severino went full Joba with his fist pump:

Luis Severino

That was some serious F.U. pitching by Severino. He was throwing with conviction and went right after hitters with the bases loaded; Bruce, Loney, and Conforto saw nine total pitches, only one of which was a ball. That was easily his best inning of the season. Severino was letting those innings spiral out of control earlier this year when he was still in the rotation. On Wednesday, he kicked it into another gear and got out of the jam. That was impressive.

Broken Open Late
Immediately after Severino escaped that jam, the offense put three more runs on the board. Refsnyder had a sac fly, Starlin Castro beat out an infield single to score a run, and Gregorius drew a bases loaded walk. Hansel Robles chirped at Teixeira that inning because he thought he was stealing signs from second base. It was pretty funny. Robles was clearly distracted and Teixeira was just laughing at him the whole time. The three runs gave the Yankees a 9-4 lead.

Severino chucked a scoreless eighth inning to finish the night with one run allowed in 4.1 innings. He allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five. Severino threw 60 pitches and got nine swings and misses, which is pretty excellent. This was by far the best he’s looked all season. Tyler Clippard followed Severino and allowed a garbage time solo homer in an otherwise uneventful ninth inning.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Leftovers
The benches cleared in the fifth inning. Steven Matz drilled Teixeira with a pitch in the leg and Mark didn’t like that. He thought it was intentional after the home run in the third inning. There were no punches thrown or anything like that, but Teixeira had to be restrained and the dugouts did empty out on to the field. He got his payback when he slid in hard at second on Headley’s double play ball.

The Yankees had nine hits total. Refsnyder had two, Austin Romine had none, and the other seven starters had one each. The Yankees also drew four walks total. Teixeira had two of them. He reached base four times (homer, hit-by-pitch, two walks). The Yankees went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Mets? They went 2-for-12 in those spots. Difference in the game right there.

And finally, congrats to Gary Sanchez. He picked up his first big league hit in the seventh inning on a solid ground ball single back up the middle. Sanchez went first-to-third on Aaron Hicks‘ double, then scored his first big league run on Refsnyder’s sac fly. Here’s to many more of those, Gary.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
For the box score and updated standings, I suggest going to ESPN. MLB.com is the place to go for the video highlights. We have Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings you may or may not find interesting. Here’s the graph of win probability, which is based on thousands and thousands of games worth of historical data:


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The four-game home-and-home Subway Series is finally coming to an end. The Yankees and Mets wrap things up Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. Nathan Eovaldi and Bartolo Colon are the scheduled starters. RAB Tickets can get you in the door for that game or any of the other three games remaining on the homestand.

Yankees listless all around in a 7-1 loss to the Mets

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I think we’re gonna have many more games like this the last few months. Pretty unspectacular, etc. The Yankee offense had almost nothing going on against Jacob deGrom and, well, the Mets bats scored seven, which was more than enough. The Yankees are bad and boring (for now) and this is this kind of game you get once in awhile.

The Mets Scoring Sequences

This game can be summarized by describing how the Mets scored. First, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom third. After retiring the first eight hitters, Masahiro Tanaka gave up a single to … Jacob deGrom. Against the next hitter, Alejandro De Aza, Tanaka threw a 91-mph sinker that found the meat of the barrel and landed in the right field seats. It was one of those “well, that happened” moments. De Aza is not a guy known for his power but then again, he did (somehow) hit for a 1.031 OPS in the month of July.

The Mets added another in the fifth. Travis d’Arnaud, leading off the inning, hit a Tanaka slider into the left field seats for a 3-0 lead. It was a hanger of a pitch and d’Arnaud reached out to make a solid contact. They tacked on four more runs in the seventh to make this game pretty much out of reach.

Wilmer Flores singled and reached second on Brett Gardner‘s throwing error to left to start the inning. Michael Conforto followed it up with an RBI double to left to make it 4-0. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds hit a soft fly ball RBI single to drive Conforto in. Tanaka surrendered another base hit to deGrom before being lifted for Richard Bleier.

Bleier, he of the 3.86 K/9 in the Triple-A, was tasked to face pinch-hitting Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes hit a pretty hard grounder towards the left of Starlin Castro. Castro couldn’t handle it and throw to first base in time to get Yoenis as another run scored for a 6-0 Mets lead. Neil Walker followed it up with an RBI double to score another for Metropolitans. Yawn. By the end of the inning, all seven runs that Mets scored were charged to Tanaka.

At least for the first eight batters, it seemed like Tanaka was going to be on a roll along with deGrom. However, bad pitches here and there snowballed into a mediocre 7 ER-outing.

Didi Bomb!

The Yankees were kept scoreless up to the very last inning. As it turned top of ninth, many on Twitter were quick to point out that Yankees have never ben shut out in Citi Field, as if that streak was going to break tonight. Didi Gregorius said “not so fast!” On the second pitch of the inning, Gregorius took a slow curve from Jon Niese into the right field seats to erase the shutout. 7-1 Mets. Well, that’s something, right?

As you know, Didi has been one of the very few bright spots of the team this year. After tonight, he’s hitting for a .290/.318/.453 line for season, good for a 104 wRC+. He’s slugging higher than Bryce Harper, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez and Eric Hosmer this season. That short porch probably helped but still, how about that?

At least you didn’t get the golden sombrero. (Getty)

Leftovers

The first two guys of the lineup — Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury — were held to 1-for-8 tonight (Gardner struck out three times). They went 4-for-10 last night with 2 RBI’s, playing a big part of the Yanks’ exciting win. I feel like they both have been underperforming this year and that kind of translates to how the offense has done in general this year.

Box score, highlights, WPA and standings

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


Source: FanGraphs


The Yankees are back in Bronx tomorrow for the second half of the Subway Series. Chad Green will face Steven Matz in the battle of young starters.

Yankees win a wild one in Queens, down the Mets 6-5

You thought the trades were the most exciting thing about the Yankees the past few days? Boy, how about tonight’s game? The Yankees were trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of 8th, and they managed to tie it up. They scored a go-ahead run in the 10th and Dellin Betances barely held on to get the save.

Welp (Getty)

Taking the lead

The Yankees almost had an electric start to the game. Almost. On the second pitch of the game, Brett Gardner hit a big fly that hit the center field fence and trickled away from CF Justin Ruggiano. Gardner got to third pretty easily as they were just relaying the ball into the infield when he started to race towards home. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud got the ball and tagged Gardner out just before his hand got on the plate. It wasn’t like Gardner was slacking on base either – he rounded the base in 14.89 seconds, which is fastest home-to-home speed recorded by StatCast this season. I just think that Mets were in a better position to field it than the Yanks had thought. Oh well.

The Mets got the first run of the game in the bottom of second. Wilmer Flores got a hold of a fastball and drove it out to give them a 1-0 lead. At least on the mound, that was the only mistake CC Sabathia made prior to the sixth inning. The Yankees responded in the fourth with a run of their own. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with double and reached third on Brian McCann fly out. On a 0-1 count versus Didi Gregorius, Verrett threw a sinker way inside and d’Arnaud missed it for a wild pitch, scoring Ellsbury.

The Yankees plated two more in the fifth. With two outs and Rob Refsnyder on second, Gardner hit a double to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead and Ellsbury followed it up with an RBI single (Gardner reached second on Alejandro De Aza’s bobbling error). 3-1 Yankees. Sure, this isn’t the same team but the Yankees were making things happen tonight. However, they are still a flawed bunch.

Falling apart

CC was throwing a pretty solid game until the bottom sixth. Around then, while his slider was still snapping well, his fastball command was, well, not good. After Flores reached on an infield single, he allowed another single to d’Arnaud, but he hit it much better this time. The 91 mph fastball was up in the zone and he hit it squarely to right field.

Sabathia got himself some breathing room by easily striking out James Loney, courtesy of that nasty knockout slider that made him look silly. However, he threw yet another fastball up to Matt Reynolds that left the yard immediately. The Yankees trailed 5-3 after that three-run homer. CC got one more out and was lifted after walking … the pinch-hitting pitcher Steve Matz. That was a weird sight.

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Tie Game!

The score stayed 5-3 going into the bottom of eighth. At this point, the odds against the Yanks were, well, not great. The Mets don’t necessarily have the best relief corp but the Addison Reed-Jeurys Familia combo in the eighth-ninth innings has been pretty solid. Reed came into the eighth with Gardner on and one out. Reed easily struck out Mark Teixeira to make it two outs and needed to get one more to hand it to Jeurys in the ninth. McCann, the next guy up, got a 0-1 fastball and hit it through the shift to make it runners on first and third. Next up? Probably the best hitter in the team, Didi Gregorius.

During Didi’s AB, Reed threw a wild pitch that advanced pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes to second, setting up two runners in scoring position. After a lengthy battle of fouling pitches off, Didi hit a blooper that landed between the left fielder and shortstop to bring both runners in. Wow. That reminded me so much of that Jorge Posada bloop double in the 2003 ALCS Game 7 that tied the game. The 2016 Yankees, now without some of their best players, made a thing happen!

Free Baseball! 

The game headed into extra innings with no changes in scoring. The Mets sent out RHP Seth Lugo to take care of the tenth. With an Ellsbury walk and Teixeira single, Yankees were immediately in business. With A-Rod on deck, Girardi pulled him back and put in Ben Gamel to sac bunt.

Gamel, who was called up just earlier today to take Carlos Beltran‘s spot, bunted it quite evenly between the baseline and the pitcher. Lugo thought he had a chance to get the lead runner out but wait … it’s Ellsbury we’re talking about. Jacoby beat the throw to third and it loaded the bases with no outs. Your usual sacrifice bunt with fielder’s choice.

Didi struck out to give Mets a sigh of relief, but Starlin Castro hit a long (I mean, really long) sac fly just a few feet away from being a grand slam to put the Yankees up 6-5. Chase Headley snared a liner that looked good off the bat but it was right towards Curtis Granderson. On to the bottom of the 10th. It’s neither Aroldis Chapman time nor Andrew Miller time. It’s … Dellin time.

Betances didn’t start great. On the third pitch of the inning, he allowed a double to Loney. The Mets, up against one of the deadliest pitchers of the league, decided to give away an out by having Reynolds sac bunt to advance Loney to third. A HBP to De Aza made it runners on corners with one out.

Next up was Rene Rivera, who took over Familia’s hitting spot after the ninth. He hit a grounder that bounced in front of the mound and went right into Dellin’s glove. Holy moly. If that went past Dellin, the game was surely going to be tied. Instead, it only advanced the runner from first to second.

With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Dellin did what he’s known for – being nasty and striking hitters out. He got Granderson out on three pitches – a fastball and two low curveballs. Game, 6-5 Yankees. This will probably be one of the top 10 games of the season. It wasn’t great for your heart but I would watch again.

Leftovers

Tyler Clippard, back in the pinstripes after being traded after the 2007 season, pitched in the bottom of 7th tonight. Fun fact: he made his Yankee debut in 2007 against the Mets in the old Shea Stadium. Tonight, he made his re-debut (if that’s a thing) with the Yanks against the Mets in Citi Field. He came into the game with an underwhelming 4.30 ERA but I personally think he can be serviceable – the dude had a 2.80 ERA up to mid-July before running into a series of nutty outings. He threw a scoreless inning with two K’s tonight. I’ll take that any night.

Adam Warren, another Yankee recently re-acquired through trade, threw two scoreless frames. I honestly feel like he could be back being a decent bullpen arm back in Bronx.

Box score, highlights, WPA and standings

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


Source: FanGraphs

Up next

The Yankees and Mets will play the second game of this four-game series Tuesday night. Aces Masahiro Tanaka and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound.

Swept! Yankees drop series finale 5-3 to Rays


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The big stories of the day were the Andrew Miller and Tyler Clippard trades, but the Yankees did play a game Sunday, and they lost. Fourth loss in a row too. The last place Rays completed the sweep Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win. #TeamSell has some new members: the Yankees. Let’s recap with bullet points because I’ve had a long day.

  • Small Mike: I gotta say, Michael Pineda has been a key member of #TeamSell this season. He’s really committed to the cause. He allowed five runs in six innings around some nasty sliders, so hooray for eight strikeouts? Pineda allowed six hits (four extra base hits) and four walks, and as soon as the Yankees made it a game in top of the sixth, he allowed two runs in the bottom half. Thoughts of a comeback were short-lived.
  • So Long, Carlos: In what could very well be his final game with the Yankees, Carlos Beltran belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. Pineda gave those two runs right back, but still. Brian McCann singled in a garbage time run in the eighth. The Yankees did put 13 runners on base, but 12 of the 13 were singles or walks. Feel free to mix in an extra-base hit once in a while, dudes. I miss calling you the Bronx Bombers.
  • Sevy The Reliever: Luis Severino looked pretty good in his two innings of work. He struck out a pair and got three other outs on the ground. I know we’re all still scarred from the Joba Rules and whatnot, but I’m cool with Severino working in relief now. I think it’s good for him to experience success in any role in MLB after what happened earlier this year. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to build some confidence, you know?
  • Leftovers: Beltran and Brett Gardner each had two hits. Gardner drew a walk too … Jacoby Ellsbury, McCann, and Chase Headley each had a single and walk … Alex Rodriguez: not good enough to play everyday but good enough to pinch-hit against the hard-throwing closer in the ninth … and finally, the Yankees are back at .500. They’re 52-52.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. New York’s postseason odds are down to 2.6%, according to FanGraphs. The Yankees are going home to New York to begin a road series with the Mets. The four-game home-and-home Subway Series starts Monday night with the first of two at Citi Field. CC Sabathia and Logan Verrett are the scheduled starters.

Minor League Update: No DotF tonight, everyone. I’ve been busy all weekend and I just don’t have it in me right now. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: Dustin Fowler and Billy McKinney hit homers, Chance Adams struck out nine in 5.2 scoreless innings, Gleyber Torres drew two walks, Drew Bridges had four hits, Kolton Mahoney threw a Maddux (complete game shutout with fewer than 100 pitches), and Blake Rutherford had two doubles and a walk. He is: good.