DotF: Park extends hitting streak on a night of walk-offs

Some news and notes to pass along:

  • Both C Gary Sanchez (8th) and 2B Rob Refsnyder (12th) made this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The write-up says Sanchez has “made strides this year (with) his intangibles. Those around him say the 21-year-old backstop has become more willing to listen and learn than in years past … (he has) has improved incrementally as a receiver.”
  • Check out this puff piece on RHP Luis Severino by Maria Guardado. “You certainly like to see everybody get better, but he would be competitive up (in MLB right now), I believe,” said Triple-A Scranton pitching coach Scott Aldred. “I think he can be a middle of the rotation starter, maybe higher. Just depends on how well his command comes along.”
  • Had two Josh Norris tweets bookmarked that I never passed along. One, a scout said RHP Domingo Acevedo was sitting 95-97 mph and touching 99 in a recent start. Goodness. Also, Norris asked a rival Double-A Eastern League manager to name the best hitter and pitcher in the league this year, and he said OF Aaron Judge and Severino. Neat.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 loss to Buffalo, walk-off style) old pal Melky Mesa hit the walk-off two-run homer for Buffalo

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 2B Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 K
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • C Austin Romine: 1-4, 2 RBI
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-4, 3 K — grounded into a double play in his other at-bat, so his brutal year continues
  • RHP Esmil Rogers: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 5/1 GB/FB — 56 of 93 pitches were strikes (60%)
  • RHP Wilking Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 15 of 28 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Nick Rumbelow: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 18 of 28 pitches were strikes (64%) … served up the walk-off homer to Melky2.0

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Yankees will call up Rob Refsnyder on Saturday

(MiLB.com)
(MiLB.com)

10:30pm: Joe Girardi confirmed Refsnyder will indeed be called up and in the lineup the next two days following tonight’s game. “Refsnyder will be here. We will see two lefties and he will be here tomorrow. He’s making strides on defense and we will see,” said the skipper.

7:23pm: According to Jack Curry, the Yankees will call up second base prospect Rob Refsnyder tomorrow. He is not in tonight’s Triple-A Scranton lineup, not that we have any reason to doubt Curry’s reporting. The Yankees will have to make both a 25-man and 40-man roster move to accommodate Refsnyder.

Refsnyder, 24, is hitting .290/.387/.413 (136 wRC+) with seven home runs, 44 walks, and 44 strikeouts in 81 games with the RailRiders this season. He’s been better of late too, putting up a .299/.413/.445 (155 wRC+) batting line with 23 walks and 14 strikeouts in 37 games since June 1st.

The Yankees are facing lefties the next two games (Eduardo Rodriguez, who Refsnyder faced in Triple-A earlier this year, and Wade Miley), so Refsnyder figures to step right into the starting lineup. Stephen Drew has not hit a lick all season (72 wRC+) but does have value defensively. Refsnyder doesn’t. It’ll be interesting to see if this is a platoon situation or if Refsnyder gets the job outright.

Chase Headley‘s calf issue is clearing up and he could return to the lineup tomorrow, in which case Cole Figueroa would be the obvious roster casualty. Gregorio Petit is the other candidate. Either way, this move was a long-time coming. Second base has been a black hole all year.

Game 86: Big Mike in Boston

BIG MIKE IS HERE

I’m bringing back the Big Mike moniker. After being downgraded to Midsize Mike two starts ago, Michael Pineda has allowed just three runs (two earned) in 16 total innings, striking out 18 and walking one. That’s the good stuff right there. You were missed, Big Mike.

Pineda and the Yankees are in Boston to start a three-game series against the Red Sox tonight. The BoSox are still in last place but they have been playing well of late, and the last thing the Yankees need is another team in the AL East race. New York has a nice three-game lead in the division and a chance to run away with this thing. Let the running away start now. Here is the Sawx’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 Garrett Jones
  7. SS Didi Gregorius
  8. 2B Stephen Drew
  9. 3B Cole Figueroa
    RHP Michael Pineda

It’s a little cloudy at Fenway Park but otherwise the weather is nice. Good night for a game. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET and you’ll be able to watch live on WPIX locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Carlos Beltran (oblique) is scheduled to play in minor league rehab games next week, then return to the Yankees immediately after the All-Star break … Chase Headley (calf) went through a workout this afternoon and everything felt fine. The team is giving him one extra day to rest though.

7/10 to 7/12 Series Preview: Boston Red Sox

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

It’s the final series of the first half, and, of course, it’s up in the Boston. The last series before the break always seems to be a tough one. The Yankees are 4-2 against the Red Sox this season, including 3-0 at Fenway Park. They swept a series up there back in April, when Alex Rodriguez hit his unmarketable 660th career home run to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. You remember that, right? Of course you do.

What Have The Red Sox Done Lately?

The BoSox had an off-day yesterday and are playing much better than they were earlier in the season. They swept two games from the Marlins earlier this week, and have won four straight and eight of their last ten games overall. That has them all the way up to … 41-45 with a -39 run differential. The Red Sox are 5.5 games behind the Yankees and still in last place in the AL East.

Offense & Defense

At 4.23 runs per game with a team 97 wRC+, the Red Sox have had a below-average offense overall this season, just as everyone expected back in Spring Training. The Sawx are averaging 5.50 runs per game during their recent 8-2 stretch, however. 2B Dustin Pedroia (hamstring), OF Daniel Nava (thumb), C Christian Vazquez (elbow), and C Blake Swihart (foot) are all on the DL right now and aren’t expected back this weekend.

All-Star. (Presswire)
All-Star. (Presswire)

Manager John Farrell’s lineup is still headlined by DH David Ortiz (103 wRC+), who has been better of late but clearly is no longer the hitter he was in his prime. Nowadays CF Mookie Betts (112 wRC+) and SS Xander Bogaerts (107 wRC+) are leading the offense with All-Star UTIL Brock Holt (123 wRC+) chipping in as well. OF Hanley Ramirez (119 wRC+) and 3B Pablo Sandoval (92 wRC+) have been up and down all year.

1B Mike Napoli (80 wRC+) has been so bad this year that Ortiz has played first base a handful of times recently. Seriously. OF Alejandro De Aza (108 wRC+) and OF Shane Victorino (103 wRC+) are currently platooning in right field, and C Ryan Hanigan (107 wRC+) is the regular backstop. C Sandy Leon (15 wRC+), IF Deven Marrero (-100 wRC+ in extremely limited time), and IF Travis Shaw (43 wRC+) fill out the bench.

The Red Sox are an okay defensive club with some major weak spots. Hanley is legitimately the worst defensive outfielder in baseball and Sandoval seems to have lost quite a bit of range this year. He handles stuff hit to him, but anything requiring a few steps in either direction has been an issue. Betts is good in center and De Aza is good in right (Victorino not so much these days), and Bogaerts is much improved at short. Holt is a fine fill-in for Pedroia and Hanigan can’t throw anyone out (21% caught stealing rate), but he is one hell of a pitch-framer. Whoever they play at first is no bueno.

Pitching Matchups

Friday (7pm ET): RHP Michael Pineda (vs. BOS) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (vs. NYY)
Buchholz, 30, has really turned around his season the last few weeks and is currently sitting on a 3.27 ERA (2.54 FIP) in 17 starts and 110 innings. His strikeout (23.0%), walk (5.1%), ground ball (49.4%), and home run (0.41 HR/9) rates are all better than the league average. Buchholz has a reverse platoon split this season (.310 wOBA vs. 268 wOBA in favor righties) which doesn’t match up with the rest of his career. Low-90s two and four-seamers and an upper-80s cutter set up his upper-70s curveball and low-80s changeup, both of which are legit swing-and-miss pitches on their best days. The Yankees annihilated Buchholz back in April, scoring ten runs (nine earned) in 3.1 innings. It was a bloodbath.

Saturday (7pm ET): RHP Ivan Nova (vs. BOS) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (No vs. NYY)
The Red Sox called up the 22-year-old Rodriguez a few weeks ago and he has a 3.69 ERA (3.12 FIP) in eight starts and 46.1 innings so far as a big leaguer. His strikeout (22.9%) and walk (7.8%) rates are close to league average and his ground ball (41.9%) and homer (0.58 HR/9) rates don’t really match up. One or the other figures to climb going forward, especially considering his home ballpark. Righties (.278 wOBA) have had a little more success against him than lefties (.266 wOBA). Rodriguez is a three-pitch pitcher and he uses mid-90s four-seamer a ton, more than 70% of the time. Mid-80s changeup and sliders are his other two offerings. The Yankees haven’t faced Rodriguez yet this year. They’re going in blind.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

Sunday (1:30pm ET): RHP Nathan Eovaldi (vs. BOS) vs. LHP Wade Miley (vs. NYY)
Miley, 28, has turned things around a bit, though not to the extent of Buchholz. He has a 4.50 ERA (3.90 FIP) in 17 starts and 96 innings, and does it mostly by getting grounders (48.7%). His homer rate (0.75 HR/9) is fine but both his strikeout (17.0%) and walk (8.9%) rates are below the league average. Miley has had much more success against left-handed batters (.254 wOBA) than right-handed batters (.354 wOBA) this season, which has been the case his entire career. Low-90s two and four-seamers are Miley’s main offerings, which he uses to set up mid-80s sliders and low-80s changeups. He tends to throw the two-seamer more than the four-seamer. The Yankees have already seen Miley twice this year, scoring two runs in 5.1 innings back in early-April and three runs in seven innings in late-April.

Bullpen Status
The bullpen, specifically the middle relief, can be a bit of a headache for Farrell. At least the late innings. Boston’s bullpen has a 3.93 ERA (4.32 FIP) overall, which has them in the bottom five of the league. RHP Koji Uehara (2.53 ERA/2.27 FIP) closes and RHP Junichi Tazawa (2.45/2.67) is his primary setup man. LHP Tommy Layne (3.46/3.77) is the go-to late-inning matchup lefty.

RHP Matt Barnes (5.24/5.54), LHP Craig Breslow (4.15/5.59), RHP Alexi Ogando (3.32/4.92), and LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (4.13/4.84) are the rest of the relievers. Baseball is a different game than it was 10-15 years ago, but the old school approach of “wear down the starter and get to the shaky middle relief” strategy will work against this Red Sox club. Their bullpen is fresh thanks to yesterday’s off-day. Check out our Bullpen Workload page and Over The Monster for the status of the Yankees’ bullpen and the latest on the Red Sox, respectively.

Yankeemetrics: Hey now, you’re an All-Star (July 7-9)

(Getty)
(Getty)

No relief in the Bronx
A rock-solid, lock-down bullpen has been one of the few constants in what has mostly been a very streaky 2015 season for the Yankees. But Tuesday night followed a different script. Chasen Shreve and Dellin Betances each allowed a solo homer — a game-tying shot in the sixth inning and a tie-breaking blast in the 10th inning — as the Yankees suffered another painful loss in the series opener against the A’s.

For Betances, it was the seventh homer he’s allowed in his career and the first time he’s given up a home run in back-to-back appearances. Before surrendering Steven Souza’s longball on Sunday afternoon, Betances hadn’t been taken deep since August 13 last season. Then bam, wham, two in a row.

Lawrie’s go-ahead homer came on an 0-2 breaking ball, a situation that normally would be a near-automatic out for Betances. Before Tuesday, hitters were 1-for-39 with 31 strikeouts after going down 0-2 against the Yankees right-hander.

This loss was another one of the “you can’t predict baseball” variety. The A’s entered this game 0-6 in extra innings and 6-21 in one-run games this season, both of which were the worst marks in baseball. So, of course, they won a one-run game in the 10th inning against the Yankees.

Tex marks the spot
Mark Teixeira was a one-man highlight reel in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the A’s, hitting two homers and making several fantastic defensive plays that likely saved the game for the Yankees.

He’s now got 17 homers against the A’s as a Yankee; since the A’s franchise moved to Oakland in 1968, the only Yankees with more homers against them are Roy White (18) and Tino Martinez (18). As of Thursday morning, Teixiera had been credited with 18 “out of zone” plays, the most among all AL first baseman this season.

CC Sabathia was not dominant but pitched well enough (5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H) to earn his 95th win in pinstripes. That ties Ray Caldwell — who pitched for the Yankees from 1910-18 — for 17th place on the franchise all-time wins list. It was also his 212th career win, passing Billy Pierce for sole possession of 23rd place among left-handers in major-league history.

Andrew Miller allowed two runs in the ninth inning but still got the final three outs to seal the win. He’s now 18-for-18 in save opportunities, matching the second-longest streak to being a season in Yankee history. The only longer streak came in 2008, when Mariano converted his first 28 saves.

Gardy goes yardy
The Yankees won their final home game before the All-Star break, 6-2 over the A’s, thanks to an ace-like performance from Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday afternoon. Tanaka got into trouble in the second inning but then retired 18 of the final 19 batters he faced — the only guy to reach in that span was Billy Butler on a wild pitch/strikeout.

Both of the hits Tanaka allowed came off his fastball; the A’s went 0-for-19 with six strikeouts in at-bats ending in an off-speed pitch, including 0-for-11 against his splitter. Filthy. He now has three career games of at least seven innings pitched and two-or-fewer hits allowed. Since he joined the team last season, the rest of the Yankee pitchers have combined for one such game (Michael Pineda).

Tanaka shared the spotlight with Brett Gardner, who went 3-for-5, including his 10th homer of the season, and found out that he was named to his first All-Star Game (replacing the injured Alex Gordon). Gardner is just the fifth Yankee to hit at least 10 homers, 20 doubles and steal 15 bases before the All-Star break. The others? Johnny Damon (2006), Raul Mondesi (2003), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Rickey Henderson (1986).

Mailbag: Price, Severino, Sabathia, Papelbon, Teixeira

Got a dozen questions in the mailbag this week. Remember to use the “For The Mailbag” form in the sidebar to send us questions, comments, links, whatever.

Price. (Leon Halip/Getty)
Price. (Leon Halip/Getty)

Christian asks: What are the chances that Detroit will trade David Price, and what will a rental cost in terms of prospects?

I think the chances are extremely small. They’re good enough to hang around the wildcard race the next few weeks at the very least, even without Miguel Cabrera. The trade deadline is only three weeks away, remember. They’d have to tank real hard to consider selling by July 31st. (Or even trade Price in an August waiver deal.) I have a hard time thinking that will happen.

But, just for fun, let’s say the Tigers do decide to sell before the trade deadline. Price should cost as much as Johnny Cueto, right? They’re both rentals aces, after all. Maybe Price costs more because he’s never had any injury problems (Cueto missed a bunch of time with a series of lat strains a few years ago) and has shown he can pitch in the AL. I don’t doubt Cueto can pitch in the AL as well, but Price has … clears throat … Proven It.

The Tigers would probably want MLB ready pieces in return for Price. Not prospects. They are going to try to win next year. No doubt about it. They don’t have a choice but to go for it, really. Jon Lester (and Jonny Gomes) was traded for Yoenis Cespedes last year, so I guess that’s the going rate for a rental ace. Nathan Eovaldi and Mason Williams for Price? The Tigers probably say no to that.

CanGuest asks: Regarding Luis Severino, does his success at Triple-A change your mind about his long term viability as a major league starter? Also, I’ve heard a lot about how he doesn’t use his lower half well in his delivery. Should the Yankees (or another team, if he is traded) try and alter his delivery and risk messing with his results, or leave him how he is?

No, his Triple-A success doesn’t change anything for me. Severino has three quality pitches and good (but not great right now) command, which is more than enough to start. I think he could be a very good starter in fact, and that was the case before he got to Triple-A. As for his mechanics, I wouldn’t change anything until absolutely necessary. There have been plenty of guys who had ugly deliveries that scouts didn’t like who held up long-term. Look at Tim Lincecum. He’s the perfect example. Let Severino do what he does until something has to change.

Mark asks: If you say the Yankees won’t take CC Sabathia out of the rotation, what happens if they do make the playoffs? Is there a chance they leave him off the roster, or do we finally get to see him as a LOOGY? Or worse yet, do we see him starting a game after he continues to pitch this badly?

We’re a long way from worrying where Sabathia fits into the postseason roster. That said, should the Yankees make it, there’s no possible way they could give him a start over Eovaldi or Ivan Nova (assuming Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka start the first two games in whatever order.). The postseason is no time for being sentimental and trying to squeeze value out of his contract.

Given who’s in the bullpen, I’d say Sabathia should be left off the postseason roster entirely. Now, what will the Yankees do? Probably start him in Game Three with Nova in Game Four and Eovaldi in the bullpen. What they should do and what they will do don’t always line up. Like I said though, long time to go before anyone has to think about this seriously. Sabathia’s status on the postseason roster is a decision I hope the Yankees have to make come October.

Michael asks: Mark Teixeira keeps hitting like this next year. Do you make a qualifying offer? I say yes, worst case he tanks on a $15 to 16mm 1 year deal. Obviously next year a long way away. And to add to this if we do make him a QO, do you think he would accept or reject?

If he continues to hit like this, yes, absolutely make him the qualifying offer after next season. It’ll be an expensive one-year contract (it’ll probably be in the $17M range), but that’s fine. If he accepts, you have a productive Teixeira on a one-year contract. If he declines, you get a draft pick. My hunch is he would decline and look for a two-year deal, even if it’s at a slightly lower average annual salary (Adam LaRoche got two years and $25M this past offseason, for example.) Of course, this is all predicated on Teixeira keeping up this level of performance. That’s not impossible, just seems unlikely.

Papelbon. (Rich Schultz/Getty)
Papelbon. (Rich Schultz/Getty)

Upstate Yanks: Any chance we could see ol’ Jonathan Papelbon in a salary dump/mid level prospect trade? I know he has a full no-trade (to certain teams) and wouldn’t like the idea of being a “set-up” guy, and the baggage but man, Paps-Dellin-Miller at the end of the game would be ridiculous.

It makes sense from a baseball standpoint because Papelbon is still good (1.46 ERA and 2.75 FIP going into last night’s game) and what team can’t use another quality reliever? His $13M vesting option could be an issue, though the Yankees would have some control over that (he needs to finish 55 games for it to kick in, and he went into last night’s game with 29). The Yankees do love their ex-Red Sox players too, mostly because they’ve shown they can thrive in a hectic market.

That said, Papelbon’s got a bit of a mouth on him, and when’s the last time the Yankees brought in someone like that? Reggie Jackson almost 40 years ago? Adding Papelbon the reliever makes sense from a baseball standpoint — I’d let him close and turn Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller loose in the seventh and eighth innings, but that’s just me — but the Yankees tend to steer clear of dudes with distraction potential. Maybe Papelbon would be someone ownership would go over Brian Cashman‘s head to acquire. Also, I’m pretty sure I’d puke if I saw him wearing pinstripes.

LL asks: Always been curious about veteran player interactions when they’re on rehab assignments in the minors. Do they ever take guys out for dinner or something, like with Jacoby Ellsbury with High A Tampa?

Oh yeah. Absolutely. They don’t necessarily take them out to eat, but it’s standard practice to buy the team a great big spread after the game. Whenever a guy rehabs there are always some minor leaguers on Twitter thanking them for the meal. Here’s a good article from John Wagner on guys buying their temporary teammates dinner while on rehab assignments. Minor league food really sucks. Those few days with a rehabbing big leaguer is the best most minor leaguers will eat during the season.

Remco asks: If we stop the season at approximately the halfway point, who would be the biggest candidates for the comeback player of the year award? As a Yankees fan I’m biased towards A-Rod of course, but what other comebacks are going on this season?

I think Teixeira has to be ahead of Alex Rodriguez in the AL Comeback Player of the Year race right now. A-Rod’s awesome! But so is Teixeira and he actually plays a position. Jason Kipnis, Kendrys Morales, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Jose Iglesias stand out as other candidates. I always feel like I’m forgetting someone obvious when discussing Comeback Player of the Year candidates and I probably am now. (Also, does coming back from a bad season enough to be Comeback Player of the Year? Or should the guy be coming back from an injury, etc.?) I’d say Teixeira is definitely among the favorites right now with Rodriguez lagging a bit.

Luke asks: I know Sabathia technically never opted-out of his original Yankee contract and instead signed an extension, but given the situation it seems like the 2012-2017 period can be thought of as a separate deal. Where would that deal rank among the worst signings of all time? It’s basically $140M for one good season.

Sabathia leveraged the opt-out into the extension, getting one guaranteed and a vesting option tacked onto the four years and $92M left on his original deal. If the option vests, the Yankees will pay him $142M across six years, and he currently has a 4.44 ERA (92 ERA+) and a 3.96 FIP in 557.1 innings in the first three and a half years of that six-year deal. That’s terrible! Here are the consensus two worst pitching deals in history:

  • Mike Hampton, eight years and $121M: 4.81 ERA (96 ERA+) and a 4.74 FIP in 891.1 innings with two full seasons lost to injury.
  • Barry Zito, seven years and $126M: 4.62 ERA (87 ERA+) and a 4.61 FIP in 1,139.1 innings.

Sabathia could finish his current contract with something like a 4.70 ERA in 1,000 or so innings, assuming he stays healthy, which isn’t a safe bet given his degenerative knee condition. That’s at least as bad as Zito, right? I don’t know if it’s as bad as Hampton, but man, it’s bad. I will forever love Sabathia — remember, he was a beast right before signing the contract (3.00 ERA, 143 ERA+, 2.88 FIP in 237.1 innings in 2011) — but man, this deal is ugly. Definitely in the conversation for the worst pitching deal in history, and thus one of the worst contracts in baseball history overall.

Samantha asks: In the 3rd inning of Tuesday’s game, Stephen Drew caught a ball on a fly that was ruled a grounder. He got a double play off of it. Could the A’s have challenged the call and ended up with just one out instead of two?

No, because after the catch the runner was doubled off first base anyway. Here’s the play:

The runner at first kept going to second and never tagged up after the catch, so it would have been a double play either way. Either a traditional 4-6-3 or the unconventional line drive 4-6-3. That’s why A’s manager Bob Melvin never bothered to challenge. Two outs no matter what.

Dan asks: If Carlos Beltran‘s injury lingers, might we see Aaron Judge this season?

I wouldn’t completely rule it out, but I do think it’s unlikely. The Yankees have so many other outfielders on the 40-man roster ahead of Judge as it is, and I think if it ever got to the point where Beltran was going to miss a significant amount of time, they’d go out and make a trade. If Judge were to come up now, we’d probably see a lot of swings and misses on breaking balls away. I don’t think he’s ready. I’m totally fine with letting Judge get a few hundred plate appearances against the best pitching the minors has to offer the rest of the season.

Dan asks: Ultra-specific question for Mike. On RAB he most often cites to wRC+ when evaluating hitters, but on CBS he cites to OPS+. Is that because wRC+ is a FanGraphs stat and CBS doesn’t have a partnership with them? Which stat do you actually prefer?

I prefer wRC+ to OPS+ because it’s a little more fine-tuned, though they’re usually within a point or two of each other anyway, so it’s not a big deal. As for using wRC+ here and OPS+ at CBS, I’m just catering to different audiences. Not too many CBS readers are down with sabermetrics — I’ve gotten email from people complaining when I list AVG/OBP/SLG because OBP and SLG are too nerdy (I’m not joking) — so I stick with OPS+ to make it as simple yet somewhat informative as possible. I have done stat-heavy posts at CBS, though they never do much traffic. It’s not worth my time at this point. RAB’s different. I’m not overly concerned with generating traffic here, so I can use whatever stats I want. CBS is a job, I have a responsibility to get people to click and read and come back for more clicks and more reads, and there still isn’t much interest in sabermetrics among casual fans. I am trying to find a balance that works. It’s not easy.

John asks: I know that you’re a diehard NY Rangers fan. What would it take to interest you in the Knicks?

I’ve tried to get into basketball! I’ve tried and tried and tried again. Basketball just isn’t my thing. I watched the NBA Finals this year and it just didn’t grab me. I can’t imagine getting invested in a bad Knicks team at this point. I tried to follow them when they were good (well, good-ish) and it wasn’t happening. I enjoy the fast pace of hockey and since baseball has become more than just a hobby for me, hockey gives me a sport to follow on a non-obsessive level. I’m old. At this point I don’t think the basketball thing is going to happen.

DotF: Mateo triples, steals two more bases in Charleston’s win

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Syracuse)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • 3B Brendan Ryan: 1-3 — played five innings in the field … it’s not a coincidence he’s playing third base with Chase Headley‘s calf acting up
  • LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — threw a runner out at second
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-3, 1 B, 1 K
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 20-for-49 (.408) with 16 walks and five strikeouts in his last 15 games
  • C Austin Romine: 0-4, 1 K
  • LHP Jose DePaula: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 4/3 GB/FB — 38 of 79 pitches were strikes (48%)
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 26 of 46 pitches were strikes (57%) … four innings is a new career-high for him
  • RHP Chris Martin: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 20 of 29 pitches were strikes (69%)

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