Carlos Beltran was unavailable for today’s game due to continued discomfort in his elbow, Joe Girardi told reporters. I figured he was unavailable as soon as Brendan Ryan was allowed to bat for himself as the tying run in the ninth inning. Girardi said it is “possible” they will shut Beltran down for the remainder of the season. Makes sense. Get the surgery over now. · (15) ·
Here is your open thread for this gorgeous Saturday night. Pretty great weather in New York these last few days. The Mets are playing tonight, MLB Network will air a regional game later on, and there’s a ton of college football on as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.
6:16pm: Teixeira left the game with soreness in his right wrist, the Yankees announced. He is being evaluated by team doctor Dr. Ahmad.
5:41pm: Mark Teixeira left this afternoon’s game for an unknown reason in the fifth inning. I assume he’s hurt. Teixeira missed a game with soreness in his surgically repaired right wrist last week and someone told me he was flexing his wrist during one of his earlier at-bats this afternoon. I didn’t see it myself though. Stay tuned for any updates. · (41) ·
The Yankees have won three straight games and hey, they’re still mathematically alive in the wildcard race. It’s probably a little late to make a run but wins are fun at any point of the season. Keep the winning streak going and see what happens. Hopefully something wild. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- CF Brett Gardner
- SS Derek Jeter
- DH Brian McCann
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- LF Chris Young
- 3B Chase Headley
- 2B Stephen Drew
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- C Frankie Cervelli
LHP Chris Capuano
It’s a little cloudy in New York but otherwise it’s a nice cool afternoon for baseball. Great day to spend at the ballpark. This afternoon’s game will begin a little after 4pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally, depending on where you live. Enjoy the game.
Via Neil Best: Both John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are likely to return to the WFAN radio booth in 2015, which will be their 11th season together. Both are under contract next year but they’re getting up there in age — Sterling is 66 and Waldman is 68 — so they are very much on a year-to-year basis right now. “I’m never going to retire. I don’t understand why people would,” said Sterling, who has not missed a game in 26 years.
The Yankees do not have hiring and firing power over WFAN’s announcers but they do have input and Best says they do not seem inclined to push for a change. Sterling’s errors can be annoying but for the most part I don’t mind the duo in the radio booth. I guess that puts me in the minority. Sterling has become something of an icon at this point and I think Waldman works well with him. At least better than Michael Kay did. Either way, it sounds like they’ll be back in the booth next season. · (100) ·
For the first time in almost exactly a month, the Yankees have won three straight games. They beat the Blue Jays by the score of 5-3 on Friday night thanks to some timely hits and a bad error by Toronto. Let’s recap the win:
- #HIROK Solid: In what was likely the second to last start of his Yankees career, Hiroki Kuroda gave the team 6.2 innings of three-run (two earned) ball. He did serve up a two-run homer off the foul pole to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, but after that only five Blue Jays reached base in his final 6.1 innings. Kuroda struck out seven, didn’t walk anyone, and recorded 15 of his 20 outs on the infield. Rock solid, as usual. I’m really gonna miss this guy.
- Homer, Error: The Yankees bounced right back and scored a run in the bottom of the first after Encarnacion’s homer in the top half. Brian McCann‘s single against the shift did the honors. In the third inning, they took the lead for good on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s two-run homer. He nearly homered in his first at-bat but had to settle for a double off the wall. Then, an inning later, Ellsbury grounded into what looked like a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, but Jose Reyes’ throw sailed wide of first and allowed two runs to score. Ellsbury scored their first run and had the plate appearances that resulted in the other four.
- Patchwork Bullpen: Dellin Betances and David Robertson were both unavailable due to their recent workloads, forcing Joe Girardi to turn to his B-team relievers. Esmil Rogers walked Jose Bautista to load the bases with two outs in the seventh before getting Encarnacion to bounce out to short to end the inning. That was scary. Rogers got the first out of the eighth inning before giving way to Adam Warren, who struck out two with a man on third before throwing a perfect ninth as well. He was outstanding. As good as he’s looked all season. Nice job by Rogers to escape that seventh inning jam and nice job by Warren in general.
- Leftovers: Ellsbury left the game with a hamstring strain after running out the Reyes error ball. Girardi said there is a “distinct possibility” his season is over. Bummer … Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 and flew out to the warning track in left. I thought it was gone off the bat … Brett Gardner, meanwhile, went 0-for-4 and is in an 0-for-27 slump. He hasn’t hit since coming back from the abdominal strain … Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with a double and homer. McCann, Mark Teixeira, Stephen Drew, and Ichiro Suzuki had the other hits.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other game stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. The Yankees now have a two-game lead over the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East and they will be four games back of the second wildcard spot once the Tigers are finished demolishing the Royals. Their elimination number remains six with nine games to play. FanGraphs has their postseason odds at 0.5%. Chris Capuano and Marcus Stroman will be the pitching matchup on Saturday afternoon. There are only six home games left in the season/Jeter’s career. Check out RAB Tickets if you want to catch any of them live.
10:04pm: Ellsbury has a hamstring strain and is heading for an MRI. Joe Girardi said it is a “distinct possibility” his season is over. Rats.
8:29pm: Jacoby Ellsbury left tonight’s game with an apparent right leg injury. He came up lame and grabbed at his hamstring after running out a potential double play ball in the fourth inning. Ellsbury was looked at by the trainer and he actually stayed in the game to run the bases, but the Yankees pulled him after the inning. Hopefully it’s just a precautionary move. Check back for any updates. · (14) ·
Thanks to last night’s walk-off win, the Yankees have a chance to win their third straight game tonight. That doesn’t sound like anything special, but the Yankees haven’t won three straight games in nearly a month now. The last time they won three straight was actually the five-game winning streak from August 21st through August 25th. Yeah, it’s been a while. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- CF Jacoby Ellsbury
- SS Derek Jeter
- C Brian McCann
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- DH Carlos Beltran
- LF Brett Gardner
- 2B Stephen Drew
- 3B Chase Headley
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
RHP Hiroki Kuroda
The weather is gorgeous in New York, though it is a little chilly. Summer’s over, sadly. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:05pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.
A guest post from our friends at TiqIQ:
The end is near, for both the 2014 Yankees and the career of The Captain. With playoff hopes dwindling, the Yankees will host their final homestand of the season over the next week, playing four games each with the Blue Jays and the recently crowned AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. Like with Mariano Rivera’s retirement last season, there will be a known finality with the Yankees unlikely to claim a postseason spot. Derek Jeter has had a forgettable season statistically, but his final game at Yankee Stadium has already generated astronomical secondary market prices for New York Yankees tickets in the Bronx for Thursday’s game against Baltimore.
As Jeter says goodbye to the Yankee faithful one week from yesterday, the game will serve as the most expensive regular season game in Major League Baseball this season. According to TiqIQ, the average price for Jeter’s final home game on September 25 is currently $668.94 on the secondary market. The team’s second most expensive remaining home game on Monday pales in price comparison to next Thursday’s game. At $104.12, Monday’s game against the Orioles is nearly 85% less expensive than the final game at Yankee Stadium this season. Thursday’s average price is 542% above the series opener against the Orioles on Monday.
On top of its extreme secondary market average, the final regular season game at Yankee Stadium currently has a get-in price of $212, making even the minimum ticket price to the game 103% higher than the second most expensive game’s average on Monday. Such high prices for the final game makes the other remaining seven home games seem like a relative steal on the secondary market. Of those games, the most expensive get-in price was $15 for last night’s series opener against Toronto.
A quick thought on the whole Derek Jeter retirement media blitz and the criticism associated with it by pundits who simply want their voice heard. Maybe all of this just isn’t meant for you. Maybe the fans are the target audience (as well as people who consume products)? Maybe there’s a time and a place for your negative voice, but for the love of baseball let some of us just enjoy it. Take your rants about selfishness and put them aside for a few days and just let people who want to celebrate the man’s career do so.
A patch, a t-shirt, a commercial … is it really all that damning? Consider that at some point blind love for the game might have been part of your life, but you’ve changed your focus on drawing attention to yourself. I understand many people want to push their agendas to increase page views, TV or radio ratings but the general negative sentiment seems so opposite to what we’ve seen of people in the past regarding Jeter.
Bloggers, loudmouth TV chat show hosts, you name it have spent the last few weeks jumping and stomping all over the thing some of us are simply trying to enjoy, saying goodbye. Derek represents a lot to some of us and stomping on other’s enjoyment seems just as selfish as anything these pundits complain about. What’s the point? To have a voice louder than the fans? You already have that, people probably pay you to have it. But there’s really no need to keep making others feel like they are lesser people because you don’t gather the same joy from saying goodbye as we do.
Some of these thoughts are disorganized because by trade I am not a writer/blogger. I am also not stating that one shouldn’t speak negatively of Derek Jeter. But to be honest I think I share many people’s opinion when I say, “Shut up and let us enjoy.” This isn’t for you, because you’re not a fan anymore.