Game 28: Short-Handed

Cut that hair, Gamel. (Presswire)
Cut that hair, Gamel. (Presswire)

The Yankees never seem to win an easy game these days, and last night’s win was easily the biggest nail-biter of the season. Between injuries and workloads, the team is pretty short-handed today. Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) is banged up, Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) and CC Sabathia (groin) are on the DL, and neither Dellin Betances nor Andrew Miller is available because they’re pitched so much lately.

It’s a long season and inevitably you’re going to run into games like this along the way. No one is going to feel bad for the Yankees. All they can do is grind it out and figure out a way to win. They’ve won two of their last three, you know. That’s good. It’s something positive to build on. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Dustin Ackley
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

It’s another cloudy and cool day in New York. At least it’s not raining though. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Injury Update: Ellsbury is still on the active roster but is expected to miss a few days. He doesn’t need a DL stint though … Sabathia played catch today and said he feels pretty good. He hopes he’ll be able to be activated after the 15 days and doesn’t think he’ll need a rehab start.

Game 27: Win it for CC

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Earlier today the Yankees lost CC Sabathia to a left groin strain, two days after he tossed seven shutout innings against the Orioles. It was his best start in about three years. At this point the best thing for the Yankees is probably to keep losing, but how about winning this one for CC? He’s been pretty awesome for a long time around here. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. 1B Mark Teixeira
  4. C Brian McCann
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. RF Aaron Hicks
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 3B Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Michael Pineda

There is no rain in the forecast tonight even though it has been raining on and off pretty much all day in New York. It is cold and cloudy though, so it’s not exactly a great night to sit up in the stands. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Alex Rodriguez (hamstring) has something that is slightly more severe than a Grade I strain. The hope is he will only miss the minimum 15 days, but it will probably be longer.

Chapman Update: Aroldis Chapman struck out all three batters he faced in an Extended Spring Training today, says Erik Boland. It was his final tune-up appearance before joining the Yankees Monday. A scout told Boland Chapman looks big league ready.

Game 26: Take the Series

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees won last night! And they have a chance to win today! That is pretty cool, ain’t it? A win tonight will clinch a series victory over the Orioles too. The Yankees have played seven full series this season and they’ve won exactly two of them. They beat the Astros in the first series of the year and they beat the Rays a week and a half ago. That’s it.

Both Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez are currently sidelined with injuries, so the Yankees are short two of their better offensive players. It’s not what you want. The Yankees have been struggling to score runs as it is, even with last night’s seven-run outburst. Hopefully some of the others can pick up the slack. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. 2B Starlin Castro
  3. C Brian McCann
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Carlos Beltran
  6. RF Dustin Ackley
  7. LF Aaron Hicks
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 3B Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is cloudy in Baltimore and there is rain in the forecast tonight, though not until later. It’s nothing that should interrupt the game. Tonight’s game will start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Roster Move: In case you missed it earlier, outfielder Ben Gamel has been called up from Triple-A Scranton. The Yankees have since announced the move. Lefty James Pazos was sent down in a corresponding move. Brett Gardner (elbow) has not been placed on the DL and is day-to-day.

Game 25: Stage Three

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

I don’t know about you, but I think I’ve reached the third stage of grief over the Yankees being so unwatchably bad. I’ve already gone through denial (“It’s just a slump, they’ll be fine”) and anger (“Blow this crapfest up”), and now I’m in the bargaining phase. Just win a game, please? Score some runs, get good pitching, that’s all I ask. I’m a simple man. I guess depression and acceptance can’t be too far away now. Sigh.

Anyway, the Yankees could really use a win! They have 138 games remaining including tonight, and eventually they need to win one (or, preferably, 80) of them. Even by accident. You’d think they would luck into some hits with men on base or get a random great pitching performance one of these days. Hasn’t happened yet though. Each game is better than the next. Here is the Orioles’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 2B Starlin Castro
  7. RF Aaron Hicks
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 3B Chase Headley
    LHP CC Sabathia

It’s cool and cloudy in Baltimore tonight, though there is no rain in the forecast. That’s good. I think. Today’s game is going to start a little after 7pm ET and you can watch on YES. Try to enjoy.

Injury Update: In case you missed it earlier, Alex Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain. Lefty James Pazos was called up to fill the roster spot.

Game 24: Losing Sucks, How About A Win?

(Rob Carr/Getty)
(Rob Carr/Getty)

The Yankees are back in action tonight with the first of three games against the Orioles. This is also the start of a 20 games in 20 days stretch, and given the way the Yanks have played of late, this is already a make or break stretch. Thirteen wins in those 20 games seems like the bare minimum to me. Anything less than that likely means they won’t gain any ground in the standings.

On the mound tonight is young righty Luis Severino, who so far this season has been part of the problem, not the solution. He allowed 32 hits and 15 runs in 19.2 innings, which is about as bad as it gets. Jared Diamond says the Yankees are trying to slow Severino down in more ways than one. They’ve noticed he’s rushing his delivery, and they also want him to take a little more time between pitches to collect himself. We’ll see if he does that tonight. Here is the O’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Carlos Beltran
  7. 2B Starlin Castro
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 3B Chase Headley
    RHP Luis Severino

The weather isn’t too great in Baltimore and won’t be the rest of the series either. It’s cloudy and there are on and off showers in the forecast. It doesn’t look like anything that will significant delay or postpone the game, however. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Chapman Update: Aroldis Chapman, who is eligible to rejoin the Yankees next Monday, will make tune-up appearances in Extended Spring Training tomorrow and Friday. “The outing (tomorrow) will be one-inning-plus and maybe two,” said pitching coach Larry Rothschild to George King.

Game 23: May Day

This is fine. (Jim Rogash/Getty)
This is fine. (Jim Rogash/Getty)

Today is the start of a new month and that means a fresh start for the Yankees. Heck, at this point I’ll consider just about anything a fresh start. A new series, a new week, whatever. The Yankees have stunk of late and there’s nothing they can do about it now. The losses are in the books. All they can do is turn the page and start winning some games.

We all know the story by now, right? The offense has been terrible and the rotation has been hit or miss at best. They need to see more consistency from both. The good kind of consistency, I mean. The offense has been consistent of late. Consistently crappy. Anyway, here is the BoSox’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. RF Aaron Hicks
  8. SS Ronald Torreyes
  9. C Austin Romine
    RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Now, the bad news: the weather forecast is pretty ugly tonight. It’s been raining in Boston most of the evening and right now the internet tells me it’s supposed to continue raining on and off right through tomorrow morning. For a while this afternoon it appeared there would be a window to play, but I guess that changed. We’ll see. The game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET and you can watch on ESPN. Enjoy.

Game 22: No Use For A Title

Save us, Rod. (Adam Glanzman/Getty)
Save us, Rod. (Adam Glanzman/Getty)

I’m running out of ways to say the Yankees really need to start scoring runs, so: the Yankees really need to start scoring runs. They’re hitting .220/.292/.328 as a team in the last 16 games and only twice in those 16 games did they score more than three runs. They scored six runs once and four runs once. Ten times they’ve score two runs or fewer. Ten!

The offense has been gross. Michael Pineda hasn’t been a whole better. In fact, I’m revoking the Big Mike moniker until further notice. Twenty-seven strikeouts and five walks is great! Thirty hits and seven homers in 22 innings is not. Pineda has a 5.35 ERA (4.19 FIP) in 24 starts and 136.1 innings since his 16-strikeout game last year. That’s bad. Legit bad. The pitcher former known as Big Mike is one of many Yankees who have to get their act together. Here is the BoSox’s lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. DH Alex Rodriguez
  6. C Brian McCann
  7. 2B Starlin Castro
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 3B Chase Headley
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s a bit cloudy and cool in Boston, but otherwise the weather is pretty nice. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:10pm ET and you can watch on WPIX locally and MLB Network nationally. First WPIX game of the year, no? Try not to throw your remote at the TV.