DotF: Gittens homers again in Charleston’s win

Thanks to his contributions to Short Season Staten Island’s ten-inning no-hitter last night, RHP Drew Finley landed in today’s Prospect Report. It’s not behind the Baseball America paywall, so check it out.

Triple-A Scranton (1-0 win over Gwinnett) faced RHP Joel De La Cruz, who actually spent a day or two on the Yankees’ roster last season, but did not appear in a game

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4 — hitting .370/.452/.520 with 13 walks and 14 strikeouts in his last 24 games
  • RF Aaron Judge: 0-1, 1 BB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-2, 1 K
  • LF Jake Cave & 1B Nick Swisher: both 1-3
  • DH Cesar Puello: 0-3
  • LHP Phil Coke: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/4 GB/FB — 38 of 57 pitches were strikes (67%)
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 3 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 28 of 42 pitches were strikes (67%) … 53/8 K/BB in 35.2 innings
  • RHP Matt Wotherspoon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 12 of 18 pitches were strikes (67%)

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Father’s Day Open Thread

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, especially you baseball loving dads. I know I wouldn’t be obsessed with the game without my father and grandfather. Make sure you tell your old man you love him today, because there’s a lot of us out there who can’t and wish we could.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Pirates and Cubs are the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game (Taillon vs. Hendricks), and Game Seven of the NBA Finals is on as well (8pm ET on ABC). If the Cavaliers win, it’s because the Warriors choked and aren’t as good as the 1995-96 Bulls. If the Warriors win, it’s because LeBron choked again. There, I saved you a bunch of clicks tomorrow morning. Anyway, talk about whatever here.

Game 69: Trying for a Father’s Day sweep

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The Yankees have played four four-game series this season and they’ve won all four. They’ve swept two of them (Athletics, Angels) and have a chance to sweep a third this afternoon against the Twins. Not coincidentally, the A’s, Angels, and Twins have the three worst records in the AL. The Yankees sure do know how to beat up on bad teams.

On the mound this afternoon is Nathan Eovaldi, who is currently in a Mr. Hyde phase of his Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act. He’s allowed at least five runs in each of this last three starts after allowing seven runs total in his previous five starts. It sure would be nice if the Twins propelled Eovaldi into another stretch of dominance. Here is the Twins’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

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

The internet tells me the weather is very nice in Minneapolis today. Sunny with temperatures in the low-90s. This afternoon’s series finale will begin a little after 2pm ET. You can watch on YES. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Mark Teixeira (knee) continues to run and take batting practice. The plan is to have him play three rehab games with Triple-A Scranton from Tuesday through Thursday this week, then rejoin the Yankees next Saturday.

Roster Move: Chase Shreve (shoulder) has been activated off the 15-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Scranton, the Yankees announced. I thought Shreve would rejoin the bullpen as soon as he was ready. He needs to go to Triple-A though. He’s been wretched the last few weeks.

The Journey to and from .500

(Stephen Lam/Getty)
(Stephen Lam/Getty)

Following yesterday’s “grab victory from the jaws of defeat, then almost throw the damn thing right back” win against the Twins, the Yankees are back at .500, their record sitting at 34-34. In their last ten games, they are 6-4; currently ,they’re in fourth place in the American League East, 5.5 back of the division leading Orioles. In Wild Card terms, they’re 3.5 back of the second spot, presently occupied by the Blue Jays. Circling things back to a more “Yankee-centric” level, yesterday marked the fifth time the team had won a game to get to .500 this year.  Let’s take a look back and see how the team’s done following reaching .500 with a win.

Date Record Win Streak
4/6 1-1 1
4/8 2-2 2
4/24 22-22 0
6/9 30-30 1
6/18 34-34 ?

That is the story of the 2016 Yankees in table form: Just good enough to be respectable, but not nearly good enough to sustain anything. In between April 8th and April 24th–on April 12th to be exact–the Yankees were two games over .500, their highest mark above .500 all season. Should they win today–which is likely given that it’s a game against the Twins–they’lll be halfway to that mark going into a nine game homestand against the Rockies (2), Twins (3), and Rangers (4). Should they lose, well, would it really be all that surprising? This is a team that has been unable to gain any real traction beyond one six game win streak from 5/18-5/24. That and a recent five gamer against the Angels and Tigers have been the Yankees’ only streaks of more than two games all season.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

While they embarrassed themselves in Colorado, the Yankees do have a chance to trot out an actual lineup against the Rockies this week and the Twins always seem to cure their ills. That could make things look good heading into the series against the Rangers…who have the second best record in all of baseball; their 44 wins fall short only of the Cubs’ 46. July tells a similar story.

The Yankees start July on the road in San Diego before crossing back to the south side of Chicago to take on the White Sox. Both of those are teams they can beat. After that, however, they hit another rough patch: series against first place Cleveland, then home games against the Red Sox, Orioles, and Giants, before ending the month on the road in Houston and Tampa.

(Presswire)
(Presswire)

The end of June and the beginning of July offer the Yankees a chance to win a bunch of series, even if they may struggle against the Rangers coming up. The Rockies, Twins, Padres, and White Sox are teams they can succeed against, and they just might. But if the relatively short history of this season repeats itself, the Yankees won’t get too far out ahead of .500 or gain much traction. On the little picture side of the coin, this will be frustrating. Watching a team win, lose, win, lose is not exciting; it’s downright maddening. But on the big picture side of the coin, struggling to gain ground will be a good thing; this team doesn’t need any delusions of grandeur heading into trade deadline season.

Yankees rally from behind for 7-6 win over Twins


Source: FanGraphs

The first six innings of Saturday afternoon’s game did not go too well for the Yankees. Thankfully, the Twins are still the Twins, and the Yankees always manage to get the best of them. New York won Saturday’s game 7-6 despite trailing 4-0 at one point. It’s Saturday night, so let’s recap with bullet points:

  • Two-Out Damage: The Twins tagged Michael Pineda for four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings, and you’re never going to believe this, but all four runs scored with two outs. Pineda is usually excellent at closing out innings and limiting mistakes with two outs. (That was an attempt at humor.) Eduardo Escobar burned Pineda with an RBI single in the second, then Byung-Ho Park clobbered an opposite field two-run homer in the fourth. Anthony Swarzak allowed an inherited runner to score on Park’s sac fly, so technically Pineda was only on the mound for three of those four runs, but still. He continues to have problems finishing innings. Sigh.
  • The Board of Trustees: A 4-0 deficit is usually daunting, but the Twins have the worst record in baseball for a reason. Alex Rodriguez started the comeback with a two-run opposite field homer in the seventh inning — it was A-Rod‘s first homer since June 3rd — and Carlos Beltran evened the game at 4-4 with a two-run opposite field homer in the eighth. The Yankees loaded the bases on two walks and a bunt single in the ninth, then took the lead on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s two-run single. Brett Gardner plated an insurance run the team would ultimately need with a sac fly. The Yankees scored five runs in two innings against Minnesota’s bullpen.
  • Nail-Biting Time: A three-run lead in the ninth is usually no big deal. Aroldis Chapman decided to make things interesting though. He allowed back-to-back homers by Escobar and Kurt Suzuki, and they couldn’t have been more different. Escobar’s was a wall-scraper that I thought would get reviewed to make sure it actually cleared the fence. Suzuki’s was a bomb into the second deck. Suzuki fouled off five pitches as part of a nine-pitch at-bat. He really battled. Chapman eventually got the final out for his 13th save. He picked a good day to get the dingers out of his system.
  • Leftovers: The 1-2-3 hitters (Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran) went a combined 6-for-14 (.429) and drove in five of the team’s seven runs … Didi Gregorius had three more hits — including the bunt single in the ninth — to raise his season batting line to .287/.319/.413 (96 wRC+) … Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-3 with a walk while Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Refsnyder for regular first baseman, please … Swarzak allowed an inherited runner to score but he also retired all five men he faced, giving the offense a chance to get back into the game … the Yankees are now 21-5 all-time at Target Field, postseason included.

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 will try for the four-game sweep — they’ve already had two of those this year, you know — Sunday afternoon. Nathan Eovaldi and Ervin Santana will be on the mound.

DotF: Staten Island walks off with ten-inning no-hitter

Triple-A Scranton (7-1 win over Gwinnett)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • DH Aaron Judge: 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — tenth homer of the season … on pace for 22 homers this year after hitting 20 last year and 17 the year before
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — would he still be in Triple-A if Austin Romine wasn’t playing so well?
  • LF Jake Cave: 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Luis Severino: 8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 10/5 GB/FB — 68 of 104 pitches were strikes (65%), plus he picked a runner off first … took a no-hitter into the sixth … that’s the longest outing of his career, majors or minors
  • RHP Conor Mullee: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)

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Saturday Open Thread

Here is the open thread for the rest of the day. FOX and MLB Network are showing a bunch of regional games all night, and that’s pretty much it as far as sports go. Talk about whatever here. Go nuts.