DotF: Austin goes deep again in Trenton’s win

Another promotion: RHP Cale Coshow was bumped up to Double-A Trenton, so says Nick Flammia. Coshow has a 2.01 ERA (2.40 FIP) with a 24.8 K% and 4.9 BB% in 80.2 innings split between Low-A Charleston and High-A Tampa this year. The big (listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 lbs.!) hard-thrower started the season in the bullpen before moving to the rotation. Coshow was the team’s 13th round pick in 2013.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Toledo)

  • CF Ben Gamel: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K — another day, another triple
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • 1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 2B — has an extra-base hit in four of his last six games
  • C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K — my guess is he gets a September call-up to be the third catcher but rarely catches, a la Jesus Montero in 2011 … Montero caught three games that September but only a full nine innings once, after the team clinched the division
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 K — 42 extra-base hits in 97 games this year after 45 extra-base hits in 131 games last year, so the power’s coming
  • LF Jose Pirela: 0-2, 1 K — ejected for arguing balls and strikes
  • RHP Joel De La Cruz: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/5 GB/FB — 52 of 81 pitches were strikes (64%)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)

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Saturday Night Open Thread

Happy Saturday everyone. Here is your open thread for the remainder of the evening. The Mets are playing tonight, the Cardinals and Brewers will be on FOX Sports 1, and MLB Network will air some regional games as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else here.

Offense no-shows again, Yankees fall 6-0 to Blue Jays

Source: FanGraphs

So this series is not going according to plan. The Yankees lost for the third time in four games Saturday afternoon, falling 6-0 to the Blue Jays. It was only the fourth time the Yankees have been shut out this season, breaking a tie with the Tigers for the fewest shutout losses in baseball. It was their first shutout loss at home. It’s Saturday, so let’s recap with bullet points:

  • What’s One More Batter?: Apparently the four-pitch walk to Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases wasn’t enough to convince Joe Girardi that Ivan Nova was out of gas in the sixth inning. Nova pitched very well for the first five innings, then in the sixth he needed a great play from Didi Gregorius to retire Troy Tulowitzki, walked Josh Donaldson, allowed a single to Jose Bautista, then walked Encarnacion on four pitches. Adam Warren was ready in the bullpen, but Girardi stuck with his tired starter — eleven of Nova’s previous 14 pitches were balls! — and Nova hung the hell out of a curveball, which Justin Smoak hit out for a grand slam. Maybe Warren would have given up the grand slam too, but man, Nova was so clearly gassed. Girardi’s bullpen decisions have been interesting this series. Let’s leave it at that.
  • NOffense: Meanwhile, former future Yankee David Price predictably had his way with New York’s struggling offense, limiting them to three singles and three walks in seven shutout innings. He struck out seven. I’m not too worried about the offense, slumps happen, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. The Yankees had one runner make it to third base (Chase Headley in the seventh) and one other make it to second (Alex Rodriguez in the fourth). That’s all. In their last four games, the Yankees have four runs and 22 hits.
  • MIA: The marginalization of Adam Warren continues. He was one of the team’s three most effective starters when he was demoted to the bullpen, and when he’s entered his last five games, the Yankees have been down four runs, up 14, up ten, down two, and down four. They took a young, cheap, and effective asset and turned him into a low-leverage reliever. Warren faced two batters after Smoak’s grand slam, struck them both out, and was removed from the game. What a waste.
  • Leftovers: Bryan Mitchell replaced Warren to start the seventh — Girardi was doing that thing where he was saving a reliever for tomorrow again, right? — and allowed two runs in three innings … A-Rod, Gregorius, and Carlos Beltran had the three hits, all singles. Beltran, Headley, and Jacoby Ellsbury drew their only walks … Ellsbury went 0-for-3 with that walk and is hitting .198/.238/.358 since coming off the DL exactly one month ago.

Here are the box score, video highlights, updated standings, and postseason odds. Also check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages. The Yankees and Blue Jays will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon. Masahiro Tanaka and Marco Estrada will be on the mound. The Yankees will try to avoid being swept in a three-game series for only the third time this year.

Game 109: Runs, Plural

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)
(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

So last night’s loss sucked. Thankfully there’s another game this afternoon with a quick turn around so we can all forget about it. The bullpen is a little taxed — but at least Andrew Miller is available! (I think) — so it would be cool if Ivan Nova could pitch deep into the game. Also: offense. This one or two runs a game nonsense ain’t cuttin’ it.

Former future Yankee David Price is starting for the Blue Jays and man, he really should be starting for the Yankees. I hate that they missed out on him. The Yankees have hit Price well the last two times they faced him — eight runs in 2.1 innings in April, eight runs in two innings last August — but that doesn’t mean much. He had a 2.92 ERA in his previous ten starts against New York before that. Facing Price is not fun. Here is the Jays’ lineup and here is the Yanks’ lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. LF Chris Young
  3. DH Alex Rodriguez
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. RF Carlos Beltran
  7. 3B Chase Headley
  8. SS Didi Gregorius
  9. 2B Brendan Ryan
    RHP Ivan Nova

It’s cloudy in New York but there is no rain in the forecast, which is the most important thing. This afternoon’s game will begin a bit after 1pm ET and you can watch on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Saturday Links: Mateo, Strength of Schedule, Four-Year Stretch

Mateo (No. 2). (Presswire)
Mateo (No. 2). (Presswire)

In just a few hours the Yankees and Blue Jays will continue their three-game weekend series at Yankee Stadium. Some runs and a win would be nice. Anyway, here are some links to hold you over until first pitch.

Mateo joins’s top 100 prospects list

Earlier this week, released their midseason top 100 prospects list, which included two Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (No. 16) and OF Aaron Judge (No. 21). Now there’s a third Yankees on the list. Braves RHP Matt Wisler lost his prospect eligibility the other day when he crossed the 50-inning rookie threshold, so Wisler fell off the list and SS Jorge Mateo jumped on as No. 100, according to As always,’s lists and scouting reports are free to read, so check ’em out. Mateo figures to crack the various top 100 lists heading into next season.

Remaining strength of schedule

The season is now exactly two-thirds complete for the Yankees, who currently sit in first place and have exceeded just about all expectations. Been a fun year, no doubt. Over at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan estimated strength of schedule for the rest of the season and found the Yankees have the fourth toughest remaining schedule in the AL. They are based on projections, not the number of games against teams over .500 or something like that.

The Royals have by far the easiest remaining schedule in the league — the AL Central is so, so bad — while the Athletics and Orioles have the toughest schedules. Don’t count out the O’s though! They’re lingering the race. Also, if you’re interested, SG at RLYW ran a bunch of simulations for the rest of the season, including how various outcomes of this weekend’s series with the Blue Jays would impact the race. Check out. Super nerdy but interesting.

2012-15 Red Sox or 2011-14 Tigers?

This was a fun little post, again from Jeff Sullivan. He asks whether you would prefer to see your team have a four-year run like the 2012-15 Red Sox (one World Series and three last place finishes) or the 2011-14 Tigers (four first place finishes, one pennant, no titles). It’s an interesting question!

My initial reaction was 2012-15 Red Sox because hey, flags fly forever. But, the more I thought about it, the more I started to lean towards the 2011-14 Tigers. There’s something to be said for being consistently good and playing meaningful games year after year. That’s what keeps us interested, at the end of the day. The Red Sox have been embarrassingly and unwatchably bad three of the last four years. It’s not fun following a team that is out of the race in July year after year. Contending is cool. What do you think?

Yankees lose battle of the bullpens, fall 2-1 to Blue Jays in series opener

Blah, what a gross game. Hold the high-powered Blue Jays to two runs in ten innings and still lose? Gross. Can’t think of another way to describe it. The offense will be fine, slumps happen, but limiting Toronto to two runs and losing a battle of the bullpens is rough. This the kind of game the Yankees were designed to win. Friday’s final score was 2-1.

The knuckleball is unAmerican. (Presswire)
The knuckleball is unAmerican. (Presswire)

Why Do You Hate Me, Offense?
Remember when the Yankees scored 90 runs in a ten-game span recently? As in last week? That was really cool. Well they’ve now scored four runs in their last three games, which is decidedly less cool. To put it another way, the pitching staff has allowed five runs in the last three games and the Yankees lost two. At home. To division rivals. What’s that word again? Gross? Yeah that works. Anyway, I’m not really sure how I want to recap Friday’s one-run attack, so I’m just going to list some points and we can go from there.

Patience, anyone? The Yankees saw 21 total pitches in their final three offensive innings. They even had two runners reach base, only to have both immediately erased on double play balls. The Yankees sent nine men to the plate in those last three innings and five of the at-bats were over within two pitches. Also, after forcing R.A. Dickey to throw 59 pitches in the first three innings, he did not have to throw more than 16 pitches in any of the next four innings. The Yankees started swinging at everything.

Blown chances. The Yankees could have broken this game open in the early innings. The problem was they kept getting all their base-runners with two outs. Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius singled with two outs in the second — they managed to avoid being tagged out during a hilarious rundown as well — but Stephen Drew flew out. Alex Rodriguez walked and Mark Teixeira singled with two outs in the third, then Brian McCann grounded out. The Yankees only had two at-bats with runners in scoring position and those were them. The opportunities were there but they were limited because no one got on base with less than two outs.

Stolen bases. Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Yankees not stealing bases and explaining why it wasn’t a big deal. They were still scoring a ton of runs at the time. But, in that same post, I noted the best time for the Yankees to employ the running game was in the late innings of a close game, like this one. Gregorius reached on a single in the seventh and never tried to steal. Brett Gardner singled leading off the eighth, didn’t budge, and A-Rod grounded into a double play. Beltran singled with one out in the ninth, Chris Young pinch-ran but didn’t actually run, and Headley grounded into a double play. (It was rather a rather spectacular 5-4-3 double play. The Jays deserve props for that one.) When the game is close like that and you’d got speedy runners on base, try running. Just once. You’re only looking for one run that late in the game. (Also, why was Young pinch-running and not pinch-hitting against the lefty Brett Cecil?)

Slumpin’. How much longer must we endure Stephen Drew? He went 0-for-4 on Friday with two weak ground outs and two weak pop-ups (surprise!), and is now up 322 plate appearances of 75 wRC+ ball on the season. It was cool when Drew hit for those two of three weeks last month, but clearly that was just a mirage. I’m crying uncle here. Enough. Also, Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-5 and looked like he was swinging blindfolded. Thursday night’s go-ahead home run was awesome! But otherwise Ellsbury’s been pretty terrible since coming back from the DL.

I think that about covers it. The Yankees scored their lone run on a Teixeira solo homer in the second inning. It was a total Yankee Stadium cheapie — all three runs in this game were scored on cheap wall-scraping homers — that had to be reviewed because it hit a fan who may have been reaching over the wall. That wasn’t the case and it was correctly called a home run. Other than that … did the Yankees even hit anything beyond bloop distance? It seemed like every ball in play against Dickey was a pop-up. Not much hard contact at all.

Nate the Great. (Presswire)
Nate the Great. (Presswire)

Two Runs, Ten Innings
The pitching staff gets no blame for Friday’s loss. They held the best offense in baseball to two cheap solo home runs in ten innings. I’d sign up for that in all three games this weekend if possible.

Nathan Eovaldi was the star of the show, especially after the shaky first inning in which he allowed (in order) a near-homer, a homer, a walk, and a double. He was able to escape the second and third with one out situation without allowing another run, then cruised into the seventh inning. Eovaldi allowed just the one run on five hits and two walks in 6.1 innings. He was outstanding. Nate’s been spectacular since the clunker in Miami.

Eovaldi’s night ended because of some defensive stupidness. Teixeira couldn’t reel in a throw from Drew — Teixeira had to stretch for it, but it did hit him in the glove, so… — and Headley bobbled a slow grounder that was probably going to be an infield single anyway with the speedy Kevin Pillar running. Eovaldi was yanked with two on and one out in the seventh. Justin Wilson struck out Ben Revere then Dellin Betances got Donaldson to ground out after walking Troy Tulowitzki. Inning over.

Wait, Who’s Pitching?
After Dellin’s escape act in the seventh, he pitched around a leadoff single in the eighth to hand the ball over the Andrew Miller in the ninth. Miller allowed a leadoff single and then retired the next three batters with relative ease. He threw six total pitches, yet when the game went to the tenth, Miller was removed and the rookie Brandon Pinder came in to face Donaldson and Jose Bautista.

Why was Miller taken out of the game after throwing only six pitches? Who knows. He did pitch Thursday, throwing 17 pitches, so maybe that was it. Or perhaps Girardi decided to take advantage of the six-pitch inning and save him for Saturday knowing Betances won’t be available after throwing 40 pitches the last two days. If that’s what happened … yeeesh. Gotta prioritize the game in front of you, right? Who knows what could happen tomorrow. You could be up nine runs, or down 17 runs, or little green aliens could come down in spaceships and enslave us all. Who knows?

Girardi elected to go to Pinder in the tenth, and any time you can use the kid who’s been on the Triple-A shuttle all season against two legitimately great hitters in an important intra-division game, you have to do it. Donaldson lined out to short, then Pinder put a two-strike fastball on a tee for Bautista, and he hit it out of the park for the deciding home run. What a weird decision. Was Adam Warren not available? Probably not since the threw 41 pitches Wednesday. But Bryan Mitchell? He’s still out therein the bullpen. Why Pinder before him? Bah. What a weird decision. I do not understand.


The Yankees had eight hits total — two each by Gardner, Teixeira, and Gregorius, and one each by Carlos Beltran and Headley. Beltran and A-Rod drew the walks. The Yankees struck out only four times as a team, so that’s good, the ball was in play all night, but they also averaged only 3.65 pitches per plate appearances. They were swinging at everything.

Really can’t say enough about Eovaldi. He threw 33 pitches in that stressful first inning and didn’t throw more than 16 pitches in any inning thereafter. Know how Yankee fans were complaining they weren’t hitting Dickey? Blue Jays fans were complaining they weren’t hitting Eovaldi. Nasty Nate has a 2.42 ERA in his last nine starts dating back to the Miami game, and a 3.79 ERA in his last 14 starts, including the Miami game.

And finally, the Yankees have now homered in 13 straight games, their longest such streak since August 2009. They went deep in 14 straight games that year.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
Here are the box score and video highlights for this game. You can also check out the up to the minute standings and postseason odds. We have Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages as well. Now here’s the loss probability graph:

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees and Blue Jays will play the second game of this three game series Saturday afternoon. Ivan Nova and David Price will be the pitching matchup. Head over to RAB Tickets if you want to catch that game or Sunday’s game at the ballpark.

DotF: Refsnyder and Judge homer in Scranton’s win

OF Tyler Austin has been demoted to Double-A Trenton, reports Donnie Collins. OF Taylor Dugas was bumped up to take his place. Austin has not had a good year (.235/.309/.311 and 82 wRC+) and this will allow him to bat higher in the lineup and get more at-bats. The Triple-A Scranton lineup is stacked. Austin’s been batting ninth of late.

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

  • LF Ben Gamel: 2-4
  • 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — third homer in his last 20 games
  • 1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4, 1 K, 1 CS
  • RF Aaron Judge: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — had been in an 0-for-15 slump before the homer
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-4, 1 K
  • 3B Jose Pirela: 1-4
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 1 R
  • LHP Chris Capuano: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 0/3 GB/FB — 45 of 65 pitches were strikes (69%)
  • LHP James Pazos: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 1/0 GB/FB — 24 of 38 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Nick Goody: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%) … 75/16 K/BB in 53.1 innings
  • RHP Andrew Bailey: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — nine of 15 pitches were strikes (60%)

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