Eovaldi and Green lead Yankees to 5-2 win over Giants

(Mike Stobe/Getty)
(Mike Stobe/Getty)

So, who had the Yankees going 9-5 against the Indians, Red Sox, Orioles, and Giants? Definitely not me. I wouldn’t say it was the prettiest stretch of games, but hey, nine wins in 14 games against four of the best clubs in baseball is pretty darn cool. The Yankees won Sunday’s game 5-2 to wrap-up the Giants series and the homestand.

I didn’t see the entire game, just bits and pieces here and there, so here are some thoughts and observations about what I did see.

1. Big Game Nate. The bullpen was very short Sunday and boy, Nathan Eovaldi came through with a big time start. He was charged with two runs in 6.2 innings but pitched better than that — the bullpen allowed two inherited runners to score, uglifying his line — and he gave the Yankees some much needed length. Eovaldi threw 118 pitches, second most of his career, and that includes a 33-pitch fourth inning.

In his two starts back in the rotation, Eovaldi has allowed three runs total in 13 total innings against two pretty good offenses (Orioles, Giants). That’s exactly what the Yankees were hoping to see, regardless of whether they decide to trade him at the deadline or hold on going forward. No one benefits when he pitches poorly. Eovaldi came through Sunday when the Yankees really needed a good performance from their starter.

2. Castro gets the big hit. The Yankees scored two runs early before breaking the game open in the sixth inning, when Starlin Castro came through in what I thought was the biggest at-bat of the game. They scored a run to make it 3-0 earlier in the inning, then Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann strung together back-to-back two-out hits. Castro made them count with a first-pitch single to left to score a run and make it 4-0.

For whatever reason a four-run lead feels much more comfortable than the three-run lead, at least to me. Blame the save rule, I guess. That fourth run gave the Yankees some breathing room — they scored their fifth run when Didi Gregorius smacked a ground rule double after Castro — and Starlin came through with two outs. Giving up two-out runs is so demoralizing. It really is.

3. 4-1-5 against the 415. Holy smokes, how about that double play in the eighth inning? It was the first 4-1-5 double play in franchise history, and it required great plays by Castro (sliding grab and flip to first), Chad Green (hustle to cover first, throw to third), and Chase Headley (catch the short-hop throw and apply the tag). Look. Just look:

Incredible. That’s back-to-back days with stellar defensive players. Brett Gardner, Gregorius, and McCann teamed up for that relay throw and play at the plate Saturday, remember. Now Castro, Green, and Headley do that. What a play. Where was this back in April and May? And June? And earlier in July?

4. Chad Green: Proven closer. Is Chad Green in the Circle of Trustâ„¢? He might be after that game. Green struck out one and got six ground ball outs during a seven-out save, the second save of his pro career. (He had one back in High-A ball.) Yes, Green allowed the two-run single to Buster Posey in the seventh, but that had more to do with Buster Posey being insanely good at baseball and poking a pitch well off the plate …

Chad Green Buster Posey

… the other way and inside the first base bag than Green making a mistake. That pitch isn’t even a strike. Whatever. Tip your cap to Posey. He’s really good.

Green bounced back from that to get the final out of the seventh inning — Brandon Crawford, the batter, represented the tying run at the time — then cruised through the eighth and ninth. He really did a great job with the big three relievers all unavailable due to their recent workload. They might not even be available tomorrow given how much they’ve thrown of late. Bravo, Chad.

Source: FanGraphs

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The Yankees are now off to Houston to start a three-game series and an eight-game road trip. Michael Pineda and Dallas Keuchel are the scheduled starters for Monday night’s opener. Keuchel again, huh? They’re not even in the same division and they can’t escape that guy.

DotF: Wade, Fowler, and Andujar help Trenton to a win

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Durham)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — six walks and four strikeouts in his last seven games
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-1, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3 BB — 19-for-48 (.396) with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in his last 14 games
  • DH Jake Cave: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 0-0 — he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second inning for an unknown reason after running into the wall in the first inning
  • PH-RF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 K
  • RHP Kyle Haynes: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 8/3 GB/FB — 65 of 104 pitches were strikes (62%)
  • RHP Kirby Yates: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — seven of ten pitches were strikes

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Update: Yanks moving closer to trading Aroldis Chapman


Sunday, 7:52pm: The Yankees and Cubs are working on a deal that would send Chapman to Chicago for top prospect Gleyber Torres plus a second piece (!), report Jon Heyman and Buster Olney. Apparently the Cubbies want Chapman to agree to an extension before consummating a trade. Sounds like the deal could be completed as soon as tomorrow.

Sunday, 1:58pm: Jack Curry, who will inevitably break the Chapman trade news, says nothing is imminent and the Yankees are still mulling offers. For what it’s worth, John Harper says Hal Steinbrenner gave the okay to deal Chapman before the Giants series. Here’s the latest:

  • The Cubs are “strong” in the mix for Chapman, says Ken Rosenthal. The Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, and Indians are all involved too. That sounds like a last minute leak from the Yankees to get someone to raise their offer. He’s currently on the DL with a minor shoulder injury and is due back soon.
  • The Yankees have interest in Nats righty Joe Ross, reports Jon Heyman. One source told him there is “no chance” they’ll trade Ross for a rental though. Here’s my offseason Scouting the Market post on Ross.
  • Keith Law hears the Yankees would get righty Erick Fedde, righty Koda Glover, and a third piece if the deal with the Nationals goes through. That is a lot. Here is MLB.com’s Nationals top 30 prospects list so you can familiarize yourself with those guys.
  • The Yankees “love” Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, according to Buster Olney. I wrote about Torres in our Scouting the Market: Cubs post a few days ago.

Sunday, 12:41am ET: Rosenthal says a trade is not necessarily imminent. The Yankees are preparing to wrap-up the process though. I guess that means they’re sorting through final offers and things like that.

Saturday, 10:38pm ET: The Yankees are telling teams they are close to trading Aroldis Chapman and will hold on to Andrew Miller, reports Ken Rosenthal. There’s no word on where Chapman may be heading or when a deal may be completed. For what it’s worth, the Nationals have been connected to him most frequently.

Following Saturday’s loss, the Yankees are now 49-48 on the season and 7.5 games back in the AL East. They’re 4.5 games back of a wildcard spot with four teams ahead of them. FanGraphs puts their postseason odds at 8.3% as of this writing, which should have the team firmly in sell mode. I’m not sure what else ownership needs to see.

Now, that said, trading Chapman would make sense even if the Yankees were in the race. They were able to get him at a very discounted rate due to his pending domestic violence suspension, and now that the suspension has been served, they can market him as a full price rental elite reliever. That’s pretty darn valuable and should fetch a lot.

In addition to the Nationals, the Rangers, Cubs, and Giants have all been connected to Chapman to some degree. Washington tried to acquire Aroldis in the offseason following his domestic dispute incident, but the Yankees beat them to the punch. Nationals manager Dusty Baker had Chapman with the Reds and has reportedly been pushing to acquire him.

As for keeping Miller, it’s certainly a sound strategy considering his general awesomeness and the two years left on his affordable contract. It’s been reported that the Yankees will have to be blown away to move him. That could still happen before the deadline, it’s not like there’s a shortage of teams in on Miller. We’ll see. The trade deadline is one week from Monday.

Game 98: End of the Homestand


This second half opening ten-game homestand is coming to an end today. The Yankees have won five of the first nine games, and boy, a 6-4 homestand looks so much better than a 5-5 homestand. Of course, the Yankees were going to have to go something like 7-3 or even 8-2 to really get back into the postseason race. They’re still treading water, which is bad for #TeamBuy and good for #TeamSell.

I’m not going to have time to add the lineup to the post, so I’ll instead direct you to the Yankees PR folks on Twitter. They should have the lineup posted there. It’s another really hot day in the New York, though at least there are some more clouds in the sky to provide shade. Today’s series finale is set to begin at 1:05pm ET. You can watch on YES locally and TBS nationally. Enjoy the game.

Yankees blow big opportunity in the 10th, fall 2-1 Giants in 12 innings

Source: FanGraphs

What’s worse than a loss? A loss that completely decimates your bullpen. The Yankees did exactly that in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Giants. The game went 12 innings. Let’s recap with bullet points, because it’s a Saturday night:

  • Just One Run: Like Madison Bumgarner on Friday, the Yankees had some chances to get to Johnny Cueto early on the Sunday, but they couldn’t capitalize. They scored their one run in the fourth inning, when Mark Teixeira pulled a single to right field that Mac Williamson bobbled. The bobble was just enough to allow Didi Gregorius to race around all the way from first. He slid in just ahead of the tag. And thus concludes the run scoring for the day.
  • Alright Ivan: Props to Ivan Nova for a strong start. The first few innings were pretty shaky, but he settled down in the middle innings and gave the Yankees seven innings of one-run ball. He struck out seven and allowed the run on six hits and two walks. Nova has now allowed no more than one run in three of his last four starts. Nice little showcase before the trade deadline, I’d say.
  • The Blown Chance: The Yankees were gift-wrapped a golden opportunity in the tenth. Lefty Josh Osich started the frame by walking Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, then, for whatever reason, Jacoby Ellsbury bunted the runners up. Why? Hicks is scoring on pretty much any single, and the bunt meant Carlos Beltran wouldn’t get to hit. Sure enough, Beltran was intentionally walked. Brian McCann popped up on the first pitch with the bases loaded, then Starlin Castro flew out to end the inning. What a waste.
  • The Bullpen: Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman have now combined to throw 132 pitches the last two days. Chapman threw two innings Saturday, and Betances tossed an inning as well. He was pitching for the fifth time in the last seven days, plus he warmed up on one of the days he didn’t pitch. Yikes. Those guys are running on fumes. Anthony Swarzak allowed the losing run on a double and a single. Womp womp.
  • Leftovers: The Yankees had nine hits and still managed to go 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. I’m not even mad. I’m amazed … every starter had a hit except Castro. Gardner, Beltran, Hicks, and Chase Headley drew the walks … Gardner, Gregorius, and McCann teammate up for a brilliant play at the plate. Here’s the video. Watch it.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Also make sure you check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Giants wrap up this three-game series on Sunday afternoon. That’s a 1pm ET start. Jeff Samardzija and Nathan Eovaldi are the scheduled starters in a matchup of hard-throwing righty enigmas.

DotF: Hendrix stays scorching hot in Tampa’s loss

Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Sweeny Murti that OF Aaron Judge should return to the lineup in 4-5 days. Shane Hennigan says Judge hit against soft toss and did some long toss throwing today, so he’s working his way back. Good news.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Durham)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 3 K
  • RF Mason Williams: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — that’s his sixth steal of the season, and no, it’s not a career high … he stole 15 bases (!) back in 2012
  • DH Ike Davis: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 BB
  • LF Cesar Puello: 2-3, 1 R, 1 HBP, 3 SB — that’s hit-by-pitch No. 14 … no one else in the system has more than seven
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/4 GB/FB — 55 of 97 pitches were strikes (57%)
  • LHP Tyler Webb: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 20 of 37 pitches were strikes (54%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 19 pitches were strikes (53%) … he’s been really good of late, but this wasn’t his best outing
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 20 of 29 pitches were strikes … two-inning save in a one-run game in his second Triple-A outing

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