DotF: Dermis Garcia goes deep twice in Pulaski’s win

Here’s a must read piece from Grace Raynor on IF Angel Aguilar. Aguilar is trying to make it with the Yankees while his mother deals with the extreme poverty and crime back home in Venezuela. Make sure you check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-5, 1 R
  • 2B Donovan Solano: 4-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI — hitting .302/.333/.403 on the season
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-5, 1 RBI, 2 PB
  • DH Tyler Austin: 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 11/1 GB/FB — 64 of 95 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 27 of 40 pitches were strikes (68%) … Yates has been one of the most dominant relievers in the International League over the years, so he should be a nice boost for the RailRiders as they look to remain in first place and get to the postseason

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Green’s solid outing, dingers lead the Yanks to a 6-3 win over the Padres


Imagine being swept by the Padres. Not a good thought, right? Thankfully, the Yankees didn’t suffer another one-run heartbreaker today. Youngster Chad Green tossed a solid outing and the offense backed him up with a bunch of dingers for his first career ML win. Its the weekend so let’s do it bullet-point style.

  • A Run!: The game started well for the Yankee offense. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner reached on base in the first with a single and walk, respectively. Mark Teixeira followed it up with a strikeout, Brian McCann flew out and Starlin Castro struck out as well to immediately kill the chance. However, they did score in the next inning. Didi Gregorius led off with an error by Alexei Ramirez. Aaron Hicks snared a single to center to put the runners on corners. The next hitter, Ronald Torreyes, grounded into a double play, which scored a run. 1-0 Yanks.
  • Another One!: In the fourth, Didi did it again. The Yankees’ hottest hitter not named Carlos Beltran went deep on a 86-mph slider that had some break, but Didi reached down low enough to drill it to right field seats. That’s his ninth homer of the year. It’s halfway through the year so a 15~20 HR year isn’t a dream for Gregorius if he keeps it up. In this bleh Yankee season, Didi’s offense has been one of the bright spots. Oh, and the Yankees led 2-1 thanks to the dinger.
  • Seeing Green?: Starting pitcher Chad Green has had a solid season down in Triple-A, In 14 starts, he had a 1.54 ERA and the peripherals suggest it to be legit – 9.04 K/9, 2.09 BB/9 and 0.22 HR/9. He had a start with the Yankees earlier this year and, well, he took a loss against the D’Backs. Today was a different story. Green threw six solid innings, allowing only three hits and one run (on former Yankee great Yangervis Solarte’s solo HR) while striking out eight and walking none. I know I shouldn’t buy into young pitchers too easily but I think the Yanks should give him more chances in rotation.
  • Tex Back: Boy, has this season been a struggle for Teixeira or what? Coming into tonight, he had a .187/.273/.290 slash line, which is “good” for a 52 wRC+. Dreadful. Today, however, he hit two homers – both of them coming against two loopy curveballs versus Carlos Villanueva and Kevin Quackenbush. The first one was his 400th dinger and it had a 48 degree launch angle, which, according to Statcast, is the highest of all the homers hit this year. If you’re gonna hit a milestone homer, why not make it special? Congrats Tex. His second homer in the top of ninth made the game pretty much out of reach by giving New York a 6-1 lead.
  • Hicks Hits Good: Aaron Hicks, who has struggled mightily this season, reached base four times today. He had two singles and a ground-rule double (oh, and a walk). I thought it was probably the best day for him in terms of squaring the ball up. He’s also been a much better second-half hitter in ML career so should we expect something special from him? We’ll see.
  • Ninth Inning: With a five-run lead in the ninth, Girardi brought in Anthony Swarzak to face the Padres. Swarzak immediately made it a game by giving up a single to Solarte and a dinger to Alex Dickerson. 6-3 Yanks. A save situation! The Yanks didn’t waste much time bringing in Aroldis Chapman and he retired the side for a Yankee victory.

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

Source: FanGraphs

The Yankees fly out to Chicago next to face the south siders for a three-game series. Happy Fourth of July weekend, you guys.

Game 81: Halfway Home


The season is halfway complete, or at least it will be in a few hours. Today is the 81st game of the season, and because they are 39-41, the Yankees have already clinched a losing record in the first half. The Yankees were 40-41 the last two times they finished the first half with a losing record (1992, 2007), and the last time they lost 42+ of their first 81 games was 1990. They were 30-51 in the first half that year.

Rookie right-hander Chad Green is making a spot start today — the Yankees pushed CC Sabathia back a day to avoid having him hit and run the bases on his balky knee — and this is a pretty big game for him. Ivan Nova pitched well last night but has generally stunk this season, plus Nathan Eovaldi‘s been getting smacked around lately too. A strong effort tonight and could land Green another start before the All-Star break. Here is the Padres’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

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

The weather is great in San Diego, I assume. This afternoon’s game will begin at 4:40pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Heyman: Yankees among teams looking to add a starter

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)
(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees are “one of a dozen teams” looking to add starting pitching at the trade deadline. Heyman cites a source from a rival team, so take this for what it’s worth. That said, pretty much every team wants to add rotation help at the deadline, so this isn’t far-fetched. It certainly passes the sniff test.

Right now the Yankees have one reliable starter (Masahiro Tanaka), one really good starter who might be in for some home run rate regression (CC Sabathia), two frustrating starters (Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda), and one Ivan Nova. Luis Severino is in Triple-A working on things and both Chad Green, who will make a spot start today, and Luis Cessa are available for depth.

Adding a starter doesn’t have to be about buying for this season. All five pitchers in New York’s current rotation can become free agents at some point in the next two years. The Yankees reportedly prioritized young controllable starters in offseason trade talks about Andrew Miller and Brett Gardner, and I doubt anything has changed. They still want someone to build their rotation around going forward.

The upcoming free agent class is very light on pitching, so expect the trade market to be active over the next eight months or so. It’s going to be a seller’s market and that’s bad for the Yankees. Prices will be high. That’s definitely one of the reasons why they traded a setup reliever (Justin Wilson) for two Triple-A starters (Cessa, Green) over the winter. It was a cheap way to add rotation depth now and for the future.

Which teams could look to capitalize on the seller’s market and trade a starter(s)? The Rays, Braves, and Padres immediately jump to mind as last place clubs with some spare arms. Contenders like the Indians, Mets, and Nationals could also look to take advantage of the market by trading one of their extra arms for big time help elsewhere. We’ve seen a lot of big league for big leaguer trades in recent years. Nothing would surprise me.

Some Runs DMC: Bullpen (and offense) blows it in 2-1 walk-off loss to the Padres

Source: FanGraphs

That walk-off loss would be more annoying if it didn’t feel so inevitable. I just didn’t expect Andrew Miller to give it up. The Yankees dropped their second straight game to the Padres on Saturday night, this one by the score of 2-1. West Coast night games get bullet point recaps, so here we go:

  • Ivan’s Good Start: For the first time in a long time, Ivan Nova put together a solid start. Better than solid, really. He held the Padres to one run on four hits and a walk in 5.1 innings while striking out seven. The run scored with Dellin Betances on the mound; Nova walked Wil Myers, was pulled, then Betances allowed a stolen base and a stupid little defensive half-swing double to Matt Kemp. I thought only Didi Gregorius was allowed to do that? Anyway, that was a much-needed good start from Nova.
  • Run, Singular: Drew Pomeranz is a very good pitcher having a great year, but with these Yankees, it’s impossible to tell if the pitcher had a good night or if the offense was just being its usual self. Pomeranz held New York to one run in seven innings, and the run scored on Starlin Castro‘s sixth inning ground out. Jacoby Ellsbury‘s double and Brett Gardner‘s infield single set it up. Unfortunately they couldn’t get Gardner home from second after Castro’s fielder’s choice, so one run was all the Yankees scored, both in that inning and in the game in general.
  • Battle of the Bullpens: Neither Betances nor Miller were especially sharp, but they did throw scoreless seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Joe Girardi opted to send Miller out for the ninth inning as well, which was perfectly cool with me, but he missed his spot with his fastball and the player formerly known as B.J. Upton hit a walk-off solo homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth. It was gone off the bat. Upton crushed it into the second deck of the Western Medal Supply Building. When the top relievers are blowing games, it’s time to put the entire roster on the lawn with a “For Sale” sign.
  • Leftovers: Ellsbury and Gardner both went 2-for-4 with a double. Everyone else went 2-for-24 (.083) … Rob Refsnyder threw a runner out at the plate from right field, which was cool … the game featured three replays that totaled nearly ten minutes in review time. The Yankees were on the winning side of all three … the Yankees scored first for the first time in nine games, not that it helped … now that they’re 39-41 on the season, the Yankees are guaranteed to finish the first half with a losing record for the first time since 2007 and only the second time since 1992. They were 40-41 after 81 games in both 1992 and 2007.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Now here are our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Padres wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon. That’s a 4:40pm ET start. No more West Coast night games until August. Spot starter Chad Green and trade bait Andrew Cashner will be on the mound in the series finale.

DotF: Mason Williams returns; Wade and Fowler have big games in Trenton’s win

Some quick notes:

  • 1B Nick Swisher is going home to spend the rest of the season with his wife and two daughters, he announced. Swisher’s wife gave birth to their second child a few days ago. Swisher says he isn’t retiring and will evaluate his options for next season at a later time.
  • I missed this last weekend: David Laurila had a brief interview with RHP Drew Finley in last week’s Sunday Notes column. Finley’s father, a longtime scout and executive, did not let him pitch at all from ages 12-16. He also taught him how to scout hitters, which helps him read swings and make adjustments on the fly. Pretty neat stuff.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 win over Buffalo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI — he’s been crushing the ball for over a month now
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 PB — 5-for-5 in steals this year … his career high is 15 steals, believe it or not … he did that back in 2012
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 0-4
  • DH Ike Davis: 1-4, 2 K — this is only his third game with the RailRiders, but he’s yet to play first base … I’m glad the Yankees have made Austin the priority at the position
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K, 1 SB — the Yankees signed the former Mets prospect as a minor league free agent over the winter and he’s hitting .295/.427/.403
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/2 GB/FB — 18 of 38 pitches were strikes (47%) … made the spot start in place of RHP Chad Green, who is starting for the Yankees tomorrow
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 8/3 GB/FB — 42 of 69 pitches were strikes (61%) … kinda weird Barbato started and not Moreno … I wonder if Barbato is coming up Monday to replace Green, and they wanted to make sure he got his tune-up work in today
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 16 of 26 pitches were strikes (62%) … 51/12 K/BB in 45 innings … he’ll be Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason and he’s going to wind up someone’s 40-man roster, probably the Yankees’

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Game 80: What’s better than a ninth inning comeback?


Last night the Yankees made a spirited ninth inning comeback attempt, scoring four runs in the final inning to turn a 7-2 deficit into a 7-6 loss. A loss is a loss, but at least they showed some fight, you know? Three days ago the Yankees had that massive ninth inning comeback against the Rangers too. If nothing else, this team is going down swinging. They still have that Fighting Spirit.

But you know what’s better than a ninth inning comeback? Not trailing in the ninth inning! Good teams don’t come from behind to win all the time. Good teams are ahead all the time. The Yankees play from behind an awful lot these days, which makes getting back into the postseason race that much more difficult. Scoring first, which the Yankees have not done in their last eight (!) games, would be cool tonight. Here’s the Padres’ lineup and here’s the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Brett Gardner
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. RF Rob Refsnyder
  8. C Austin Romine
  9. RHP Ivan Nova

The weather is surely lovely in San Diego tonight. The weather is never not nice in San Diego. Tonight’s game will begin a little after 10pm ET and you can watch on FOX Sports 1 only. Not YES, not MLB Network, not even regular old FOX. FOX Sports 1 only. Enjoy the game, nerds.

Injury Update: Conor Mullee has been placed on the 15-day DL with a hand injury, the Yankees announced. He left last night’s game with of a weird feeling in his fingers. Mullee went for tests for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which thankfully came back negative. That’s serious stuff. Chad Green took his spot on the roster. Green is making the spot start tomorrow.