Here’s your open thread for the rest of the night. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Indians at the Royals (T.J. House vs. Danny Duffy), which, uh, I guess is a good matchup to hide on a holiday weekend. I know Kansas City is contending, but geez. Anyway, talk about that game, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.
The Yankees have acquired right-handed reliever Chaz Roe from the Marlins for cash considerations, the team announced. Chris Cotillo says Roe will likely join the big league team when rosters expand tomorrow. The Yankees will have to clear a 40-man roster spot to accommodate him but that shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Roe, 27, has a 3.66 ERA (3.73 FIP) with very good strikeout (10.13 K/9 and 27.5 K%) and walk (2.95 BB/9 and 8.0 BB%) rates in 64 Triple-A relief innings this year, all with the Marlins. He has 22.1 big league innings to his credit, all with the Diamondbacks last season (4.03 ERA and 4.39 FIP). The Yankees are facing a pretty big 40-man roster crunch after the season, and between this and the Josh Outman pickup, it appears their September call-ups will be a bunch of guys they can cut in the offseason rather than prospects who are not yet Rule 5 Draft eligible and would only further clog the 40-man. Eh, whatever.
Remember when the Yankees won five straight games a week ago? They’ve followed that up by losing two of three to a wildcard competitor in the Tigers and two of three to a struggling Blue Jays team that played themselves out of the race this month. The Yankees have had a knack for following up winning streaks with a bunch of losses this year, and they did it again this week. Let’s recap Sunday’s 4-3 loss:
- Three Runs: Four pitches into the game, the Yankees had more hits (two) and runs (one) than they did Saturday. Brett Gardner lined J.A. Happ’s second pitch over the right field wall for a leadoff homer — his fifth leadoff homer this year, sixth of his career — and Derek Jeter grounded his fourth pitch back up the middle for a single. A leadoff single (Martin Prado) and two two-out singles (Chase Headley and Frankie Cervelli) created the team’s second run in the fourth inning, then Gardner created the third run with a triple. The errant throw from the outfield sailed into the dugout, allowing him to score. The Yankees had was appeared to be a comfortable-ish 3-0 lead.
- Four Batters: Brandon McCarthy was cruising along for the first five innings of the game, then it all fell apart in the span of four batters from the sixth through seventh innings. McCarthy held the Blue Jays to two singles and walk before Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion all launched no-doubt solo homers to tie the game at three. An Adam Lind fly out was sandwiched between the Bautista and Encarnacion homers. It’s very easy to second guess the decision to let McCarthy start the seventh, but he made basically two bad pitches — the Melky homer wasn’t even a bad pitch, he figuratively hit the glove — all afternoon and his pitch count was at like 80. Going to Dellin Betances for multiple innings was obvious only in hindsight.
- Game Over: McCarthy walked the next batter after the Encarnacion homer, ending his afternoon. Pinch-runner Steve Tolleson then stole second and scored on Munenori Kawasaki’s (really?!) single to right off Betances, giving Toronto the 4-3 lead. The Yankees actually had runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but went a combined 0-for-5 with a strikeout and did not hit a ball out of the infield in those situations. The game ended on Jeter’s soft line drive to second with pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki — Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-doubled with one out — standing at third.
- Leftovers: Gardner was a single shy of the cycle when he grounded out to first in the ninth. A single likely would have tied the game with Ichiro at second … McCarthy allowed three homers in the span of four batters after allowing three homers in his first 64 innings as a Yankee … Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran went a combined 0-for-8 with five strikeouts as the four-five hitters … Gardner (three), Prado, Headley, and Cervelli (two each) all had multiple hits … Betances struck out four in his two innings, giving him 120 on the year. Only 1996 Mariano Rivera (130) and 1978 Goose Gossage (122) have more among full-time relievers in franchise history, and both of those guys threw more than 100 innings. Dellin’s at 80.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles are beating the snot out of the Twins, so the Yankees will be nine games back in the division in short order. Depending on the outcome of the day’s other games, the Yankees will be either 3.5 (Tigers and Royals lose) or 4.5 (Tigers and/or Royals win) games back of the second wildcard spot. FanGraphs has New York’s postseason odds at a generous 9.6%. The Yankees are off on Monday and will open a three-game series against the Red Sox on Tuesday. Shane Greene and Joe Kelly is the scheduled pitching matchup for the opener. Head over to RAB Tickets if you want to catch the game. There are only 17 regular season home games left in the season.
The Yankees were one-hit for the first time in five years yesterday, but they still have a chance to take this series from the Blue Jays this afternoon. There’s an off-day tomorrow and then rosters expand, so grab this win, get some rest, then add some new players. Nice and easy. Here is the Blue Jays lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- CF Brett Gardner
- DH Derek Jeter
- 2B Martin Prado
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- RF Carlos Beltran
- 3B Chase Headley
- C Frankie Cervelli
- SS Stephen Drew
- LF Zelous Wheeler
RHP Brandon McCarthy
It’s cool and sunny in Toronto, so the Rogers Centre roof will probably be open. This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start at 1:07pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.
Via Ken Rosenthal: The Yankees are unlikely to call up left-handed reliever and 2014 second round pick Jacob Lindgren in September due to workload and 40-man roster concerns. The team acquired Josh Outman on Thursday to upgrade over Rich Hill and add more lefty depth. Outman joins David Huff as Joe Girardi‘s two southpaw options in the bullpen.
Lindgren, 21, has already thrown 80 innings this year between college and pro ball. He’s reached Double-A and struck out 48 batters in 25 innings since signing, and a scout recently told John DeMarza that Lindgren could get big leaguers out right now. You don’t draft a reliever with your top pick unless you think he can get to the big leagues in a hurry, but Lindgren has already pitched a ton this year and the Yankees are facing a big 40-man crunch after the season. It would be disappointing if he isn’t called up when rosters expand but also understandable. I’d still expect Lindgren to come to big league camp next spring with a chance to win a bullpen job.
Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley in eleven innings, walk-off style) their season ends Monday and they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention
- LF Chris Young: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K — if Jacoby Ellsbury‘s ankle injury turns out to anything more than a minor nuisance, Young might play more than originally expected come September
- 2B Rob Refsnyder: 1-5, 2 K
- 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K
- RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS
- DH Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R, 2 K — quietest 21-game hitting streak ever thanks to a stint on the disabled list
- 3B Scott Sizemore: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- C Austin Romine: 0-4, 2 K, 1 E (throwing)
- RHP Zach Nuding: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 8/3 GB/FB — 63 of 93 pitches were strikes (68%)
- RHP Bryan Mitchell: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — 23 of 38 pitches were strikes (61%) … finishes the minor league season with 94/45 K/BB in 103 innings … I assume he came out of the bullpen as a prep for that role come September
- RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 15 of 26 pitches were strikes (58%)
- LHP Taylor Dugas: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB — seven pitches, six strikes … always rough when a position player takes a loss
Here is your open thread for the rest of the night. MLB Network will air a regional game a little later on and there is a ton of college football on as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, or anything else right here.