Game 124: HOU vs. NYY — All about #NastyNate

A pitchers’ duel in the Bronx is an interesting way to spend a Monday evening. When your pitcher is on the mound, it’s pins-and-needles, anxiety to watch every pitch carve itself through the strike zone, cheering every out, nearly every strike. And when your team is up at bat, it’s mostly disappointing when the other pitcher seems to nearly mirror the actions of your pitcher and get your guys out, especially disheartening with runners on base in scoring position. In the latter part of the game, you’re really just waiting for any team to break through and score a run. Hopefully, it’s your team. You don’t really feel like asking for “any team” until it’s in the extra innings.

Fortunately, tonight wasn’t an “any team” kind of night. And fortunately for the Yankees, it was a “Nasty Nate” kind of night. Yes, it was Nathan Eovaldi on the mound to start tonight’s opener against the visiting Astros, and Nasty Nate quickly showed up and just dominated. It is unfortunate that the Yankees weren’t able to provide him directly with run support because he certainly threw a game that was worth a win. But alas, the no-decision outing was still one worth talking about and should make Eovaldi rather proud — 109 pitches in 8 full innings, just 4 hits, 3 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Just outstanding.

Honestly, the Astros’ starter was really just keeping up with Eovaldi, nearly pitch-for-pitch, stat-for-stat — 110 pitches over 8 full innings, 6 hits, no walks, and 6 strikeouts. While the Astros weren’t really hitting much off of Nasty Nate, the Yankees weren’t hitting much off the Astros’ starter either. (This should really be no surprise, as the Astros are their division leaders mainly because of their great starting pitching.)

So it would be the 9th inning that would ultimately decide tonight’s game. Andrew Miller, though not in a save situation, needed a good inning to make up for some lack-luster (though decent for the most part) outings recently. He threw 17 pitches, gave up a lead-off hit before shutting down the Astros, including 2 great strikeouts. Miller would be the pitcher on record for when the Yankees would come to bat in the bottom of the 9th, looking for something “walk-off” related.

Birthday boy Brett Gardner led-off the 9th with a walk and then stole 2nd on a terribly wild pitch. The Astros then opted to intentionally walk Rodriguez before loading the bases with a walk to McCann. Oh, and there’s absolutely no outs. Frustrated with their reliever’s lack of outs and loaded bases, the Astros changed pitchers. The new pitcher threw one pitch to Carlos Beltran who promptly hit the ball to the center fielder as Gardner jogged in home to score the walk-off run on a sacrifice fly.

Gardner celebrated his 32nd birthday by scoring the winning run of the game. (Happy Birthday!)

Final score: 1-0 Yankees.

The Revolving Door: it’s been awhile since I’ve been able to use space for this, so here’s the most recent update since late last week.

  • Garrett Jones has been unconditionally released from the Yankees; his time in pinstripes is over, and he will be looking for a team somewhere else in the league, where he will undoubtedly become a valued member of their organization. Best of luck.
  • Bryan Mitchell is still on the 7-day concussion list, but he’s been working out and is expected to return to the bullpen soon as a long reliever and spot starter.
  • Michael Pineda has been on rehab starts with AAA Scranton this week and is expected to be back in the rotation for the game on Wednesday, the finale against the Astros and this home stand.
  • Branden Pinder was recalled on Saturday to allow for some fresh arms as the Yankees complete this home stand.
  • To make room for Pinder, Chris Capuano was once again designated for assignment. However, with a recent injury, Capuano elected free agency and agreed to a new contract with the Yankees to bring him back to the bullpen. (Basically, this is Capuano’s 2015 story, perhaps the title of his autobiography “Designated for Assignment to be Recalled”. And I want credit and residuals for that!)
  • So, CC Sabathia has been playing through a sore knee all season. He’s had surgery and dealt with this knee issue for a while now, and on Sunday, it got the better of him. He hit that point where fighting through the pain became too much. An MRI revealed no new damage, but a natural inflammation from continued pain. He was sent to the 15-day DL (Capuano was his replacement on the roster), and there is already talk of Sabathia being out for the rest of the season. Critics are already talking the end of his career, but I don’t see him as one who would just take an end like this. I would lay money on Sabathia taking the time to fix the issue and do whatever he could to go out on top, on his terms. He’s not the kind of competitor to let this injury get the better of him in the long run. Best of luck to him on his road to recovery! Can’t wait to see him back on the mound in true CC-fashion!

Also, the Yankees are currently sharing the lead of the AL East with the Blue Jays as the Blue Jays are certainly on a tear right now, fighting and clawing their way through their games to try to topple the Yankees from their spot on the top. They’ve attempted it a few times this season already, but the Yankees don’t like to lose (or follow) even for a game or two. So we’re sharing the top spot. This is setting up a very interesting race to the postseason already. It’s going to be a nail-biter, and those birds from the north are going down.

Go Yankees!

(On a rather strange note: the final mustache is gone! Brendan Ryan’s upper lip is as bare as teammates Beltran and Gardner’s heads. I rather miss the curly monstrosity now…)

Game 112: NYY vs. CLE — The near-quiet fall from grace

It might have been a better option to have the slip from first to second in the division after yesterday’s exhausting game. But alas, the Yankees have slid from the pedestal back into the crowded pool of everyone else. Well, there’s still time to right the world again.

For the second game in this series in Cleveland, CC Sabathia got the start tonight against his former team. Though he was probably more concerned with flipping his pitching statistics from this season’s less than desirable numbers so far for Sabathia. Tonight, he threw 110 pitches in 6 innings, gave up 9 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs, striking out just 2. Sabathia certainly had his Sabathia-like moments and innings, but once again, it was his struggles that cost him.

In the 5th, consecutive singles put runners on the base and a sacrifice bunt put them in scoring position. Another single scored the lead runner before a double play ended the Indians’ first offensive attempt. In the 6th, it seemed like history was repeating itself with consecutive singles to lead off the inning. A force out put runners on the corners before a single scored the runner from 3rd to give the Indians their two runs scored this game.

Chasen Shreve’s 7th inning was a very good once again, and recently recalled Nick Goody threw a great 8th inning. But with sluggish offense, it wouldn’t matter how the great the pitching in the latter part of the game. Overall, Yankee pitching gave up 10 hits, 3 walks, and struck out just 4 batters.

The Yankee offense was left with a single contribution — Brian McCann’s solo home run in the 2nd, his 19th homer of the season. Honestly, the Indians’ pitching was pretty decent tonight, with the starter going into the 8th inning, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 8. His lone flaw was the 5 walks that the Yankees couldn’t seem to do much with.

Though I will say that Didi Gregorius’ biggest contribution to tonight’s game was his wicked defensive skills with a diving stop in the 2nd (that was reviewed and eventually ruled an out) and a ridiculous, strong throw to end the 6th inning. And there was a great double play the Yankees pulled off to their perfection in the 3rd.

Final score: 2-1 Cleveland.

It’s back… unfortunately. Roster moves: after last night’s exhaustion of the bullpen, the Yankees were destined for some roster moves to bring up some fresh arms. So they called on Chris Capuano and Nick Goody to return. To make room, Branden Pinder was sent back to AAA, and Garret Jones has been designated for assignment once again. The latter being the hardest to take. Jones said that he wasn’t sure if he would accept a minor league assignment or opt for free agency, but he would prefer somewhere he could get some playing time and that alone might make staying with the Yankees rather difficult.

I came across a weird trivia fact today. Apparently, every home team at all 15 games yesterday won their game and made MLB history. The last time all home teams won their games was May 23, 1914, and then it was only 12 teams. Apparently, the  odds of all home teams winning like this is 1 in 32,768. (To be fair, the odds of winning Powerball are 1 in 175,000,000, and people win that all the time.)

Go Yankees!

Game 106: BOS vs. NYY — Debut marred by quiet bats

Luis Severino made his MLB debut tonight as the Yankees starter in the second game of this mid-week series against the Red Sox. Not a bad way to make an entrance in pinstripes. Except he earned the loss in tonight’s close call. He certainly showed some great pitching for a young rookies — 94 pitches in 5 innings, giving up 2 hits, no walks, and 2 runs (1 earned), and striking out 7 Boston batters. In the 2nd, with 2 outs, a throwing error allowed a runner to reach base and then score on an RBI double. And a lead-off solo home run in the 4th inning gave the Red Sox their lead. (As much as I hate to admit it, it was a really nice, really big home run deep into the right field bleachers.) Literally, the only runs they scored were a result of the only hits Severino allowed tonight. Again, not a terrible way to make your entrance into the big league.

Adam Warren came on to throw the next 3 innings and do so with the efficiency we’ve come to expect from Warren — just 41 pitches (about 13 pitches per inning) for the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 2 batters. Warren kept the Red Sox away from the plate before handing the ball off to Chasen Shreve in the 9th. Shreve struggled a bit, loading the bases with two walks and a single before striking out the final batter to get out of his own jam.

The Yankees lone run was a lead-off 7th inning home run by Carlos Beltran. It got the Yankees on the board, and despite getting 2 runners on in the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees just couldn’t get the tying or winning run as McCann popped out to end the game.

The Red Sox pitching was pretty good tonight too. Honestly, it was kind of equal in a lot of respects — 5 Yankee hits to the Red Sox’s 4; technically only 1 earned run for each team; 3 walks to the Yankees vs. 2 walks to the Red Sox; and 10 strikeouts by Red Sox hitters to the 9 by Yankee batters.

There was a moment I was almost positive the Yankees had the game and then it just deflated, much like the energy of the stadium on that final out in the 9th.

Final score: 2-1 Red Sox.



It’s Good News/Bad News time…. roster moves…
Garret Jones is back! After being designated for assignment on July 31 and spent the last week at his father-in-law’s house in Chicago growing a beard, the Yankees finally called. Today, he was on his way back to New York, clean-shaven, and ready to return to the roster to help once again. Pitcher Danny Burawa was designated for assignment to make room for Jones. All this became crucial when recently acquired Dustin Ackley was sidelined with a serious back issue. Jones was originally DFA’d to make room for Ackley.

Yesterday, Brian McCann twinged his knee a bit doing his job and blocking a pitch. He was not scheduled to start tonight’s game and will probably not be behind the plate for a couple of games to allow him to rest that knee. He was available off the bench in a pinch (bad pun for a tweaked knee, I know), which he did in the bottom of the 9th to unsuccessful results. John Ryan Murphy, however, did a pretty good job behind the plate as always, with a great foul catch at the net and even a nice hit to contribute to the rather quiet offense tonight.

Go Yankees!

Game 102: NYY vs. CHW — Second City’s slow suffering

Three hours and 56 minutes. That’s how long it took the Yankees to beat the White Sox tonight. And it was quite the event tonight in the Second City.

Nathan Eovaldi got the start for the Yankees, throwing 117 in just 5.2 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, and 3 walks, and striking out 5 Chicago batters. Eovaldi wasn’t as sharp tonight (as obvious by his higher pitch count and the lack of his recent nickname), but he was given enough leeway by the Yankees offense to earn his 11th win of the season. In the 3rd, with 2 outs and a runner on base with a double, a 2-run home run put the White Sox on the board. In the 5th, an RBI double gave Chicago an extra run.


Adam Warren came on in relief in the 6th inning to close out Eovaldi’s 6th. Warren then pitched through the 7th and 8th innings, giving up 4 more hits and 2 more runs. A single scored on an RBI triple in the 7th, and then that runner scored on a wild pitch. Nick Goody got in another inning for the Yankees, the 9th tonight. A lead-off double scored on a 2-out single to push the White Sox up to a total of 6 runs.

Now, this would be rather depressing and rather threatening if the Yankees hadn’t leaped ahead early and often in tonight’s game.

In the 1st, Alex Rodriguez hit a 2-out double and then later scored on Carlos Beltran’s double to get the runs started. In the 2nd, Murphy led-off with a single, moved to 2nd on Brendan Ryan’s single, and then moved to 3rd on Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice bunt. With 1 out, Young walked and the bases were loaded. Rodriguez’s single scored Murphy, keeping the bases loaded and setting up a monster play. Mark Teixeira hit a beautiful grand slam to push the Yankees’ lead wide open.

In the 4th, Young led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on a wild pitch, and then scored on another wild pitch. When Rodriguez walked, the White Sox opened their bullpen, calling on their first of 4 relievers tonight. Teixeira’s second home run of the evening, a 2-run home run (to center field again, his latest home run area of choice). The Yankees quickly loaded the bases again with Beltran’s single, Headley’s single, and Murphy’s walk. Ryan’s single scored Beltran, and Gregorius’ sacrifice fly scored Headley.

And then it was the 5th inning, with a new pitcher, Rodriguez led-off with a walk, moved to 3rd on Teixeira’s double, and then scored on Chase Headley’s 1-out single. In the 6th, Ryan led-off with a double, moved to 3rd on Gregorius’ ground out, and then scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Every single starter contributed in some way to tonight’s offense, multiple hits and RBIs and runs scored — 18 total hits, 12 total RBIs, and 9 total walks.

Two interesting things from tonight’s game: first, the only inning neither team scored in was the 8th inning; second, the best pitcher for the White Sox was their 9th inning reliever, a position player who threw just 12 pitches and topped out at 85 mph fastballs and bottomed out with his 50-63 mph curveballs.



Final score: 13-6 Yankees.

Doink-doink. (That’s supposed to be the Law & Order theme, as suggested by a reader.) It’s Roster Moves time! The Yankees outrighted Chris Capuano to AAA. All you “Cap fans” can relax as he’s still very much a part of the Yankees organization, but now he can work on some of the nagging issues before being called on again. For those of you wonder what happened with Esmil Rogers, he is on his way to play for the Korean Pro League after clearing waivers, in exchange for cash considerations. And to make room for Dustin Ackley, the Yankees chose to designated Garrett Jones for assignment; Ackley will play 1st, 2nd, and all three outfield positions (he played some left field late in tonight’s game). Jones’ fans, cross your fingers and hope for a similar fate to Capuano.

Outside of the Ackley-Flores-Ramirez deal this weak, the Yankees didn’t do anything else for the trade deadline today. The biggest deterrent to the Yankees making some kind of big deal as was assumed/rumored/talked about was that most teams were only willing to negotiate if prospects Judge or Severino were on the table. They weren’t so most teams moved on to other options, and Judge and Severino were safe in the Yankees system. For now, at least.

Go Yankees!

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Game 97: NYY vs. MIN — Big Baseball Day, NastyNate and Cooperstown

In almost competing for baseball attention, the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for the “Class of 2015” happened at the same time as the Yankees-Twins game. (And A League of Their Own, featuring another group of amazing athletes enshrined at Cooperstown, also ran at the same time as the ceremony and game.) It was basically a big baseball-drenched weekend, especially this Sunday afternoon.

In the Twin Cities, the Yankees were looking at finishing this weekend strong before heading down south. After splitting the first two games, it was time for Nathan Eovaldi to turn into “NastyNate” and go for his 10th win of the season (the first starter to do so this season on the Yankees). And that he did. He threw 100 pitches into the 9th inning, the first time in his career that he pitched in the 9th inning as a starter. Eovaldi gave up 8 hits and just 1 walk and 2 runs, striking out 5 Twins batters.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, with 1 out, the Twins hit consecutive singles that landed them in scoring position at 2nd and 3rd on a throw. The lead runner scored on a ground out. And the Twins sat at that 1-run lead briefly and then clung to that 1-run for most of the game as NastyNate just shut them down at every turn. It wasn’t until the 9th inning that the Twins finally hit Eovaldi’s exhaustion. A lead-off double put Eovaldi at the 100th pitch of the game, and it was time to give him a break.

Justin Wilson was called in to relieve Eovaldi, but unlike most times Wilson is called on, Wilson wasn’t so “Wilson-like” today. His first batter hit a single that scored the Twins’ second (and final) run of the game. After the next batter singled, Wilson was in trouble with 2 runners and no outs. Not taking any chances, Girardi turned to “Old Reliable” — Dellin Betances. 5 pitches. Betances threw a grand total of 5 pitches to get 3 outs. A fly out to a former teammate for the 1st, and then the final batter hit a line out directly to Headley at 3rd who threw the ball across the diamond to Jones at 1st to get the runner there who doubled off on the line drive. 5 pitches and a double play to end the game. Just wow.

In the meantime, what gave Eovaldi (and Wilson) some leeway is the Yankees offense that started in the 5th inning when Chase Headley hit his 9th home run of the season to lead-off that inning and tie up the game. In the 6th inning, the Yankees quickly loaded the bases with Gardner’s single and Teixeira and McCann’s walked and 1 out. Garrett Jones’ shallow single scored Gardner to put the Yankees in the lead, but kept the bases loaded. Then Headley singled deep enough to score Teixeira and McCann, moved Jones to 3rd, and forced the Twins’ starter out the game and opened the Twins’ bullpen. It was to the Yankees advantage as Jones then scored on Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice bunt. And to cap off this inning and the Yankees’ scoring, Stephen Drew hit a big 2-run home run, his 13th home run of the season.

And I have to include my favorite tweet of the game which comes from the terrific defense by Jacoby Ellsbury today (and everyday really) — a running catch in the 2nd and a sliding catch in the 3rd.

Final score: 7-2 Yankees, Yankees win the series 2-1.

This is the 6th straight series the Yankees have won. No wonder the Yankees are strongly leading the AL East (and the 2nd best team in the entire AL).

And nearly 1200 miles to the east, in a tiny town in central New York, four former baseball stars joined the multitude of legends before them in a big ceremony today. The Class of 2015 is Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez. Today’s ceremony featured wigs and hair jokes, dancing, memories, gratitude, cheering, dozens of Hall of Famers, and over 50,000 guests. You can read all about the day and watch video clips here. (Full transcripts of the day include the award ceremony and the individual acceptance speeches.)

Go Yankees!

{By the way, A League of Their Own is one of my favorite baseball movies. (This is the scene why.) If you haven’t seen it (because you’ve been living under a rock or something), it’s worth the watch for anyone who loves baseball. There have been a lot of baseball-themed movies, but there’s only a handful I would deem as my favorite. Maybe a future post will feature my favorites and why. What are your top 5 baseball-themed movies? (I’ll give you points if you include something other than Field of Dreams.)}

Game 90: SEA vs. NYY — 2-run home runs rule the day

Despite some cloudy skies to start today, the sun won the day by the end of the 3 hour game. And in a reversal of fortunes, the Yankees did not, though they certainly gave it their best shot. Perhaps, it had to do with the fact the weather went from tolerable to just hot and humid.

Michael Pineda took the start against the visiting Mariners, throwing 105 pitches through his 6 innings. Honestly, Pineda did a pretty good job save a couple of pitches that found their way over the fences — 6 hits, 4 runs (off 2 home runs), 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. It would be the former Yankee Cano that remembered what it was like to hit in the Bronx (though this year’s stats for him certainly haven’t come close to his years in pinstripes) — a 2-run home run to center field in the 1st and a 2-run home run into the 2nd deck of the right field seats in the 6th inning. Yankee fans returned the favor, discarding that ball back onto the field of play and consistently showing their “appreciation” for what they still see as Cano’s defection across the country.

Chasen Shreve and Adam Warren held off the Mariners, splitting the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. But the Mariners’ starter and his 5 relievers were a bit more effective in their pitching. Well, except for their new(ish) closer.

Down 2-0 early in the game, the Yankees finally found a moment in the 4th inning. With 2 outs, Teixeira singled and then scored on Brian McCann’s big 2-run home run to tie up the game. And then the Yankees’ offense was rather stymied for a bit until the bottom of the 9th.

So Teixeira led-off with a double, and then McCann struck out. Chase Headley technically worked the pitch count up and then struck out on a wild pitch, but safely reached 1st as the ball rolled back to the backstop. Teixeira moved to 3rd, and Young came on to pinch-run for Headley. Garret Jones’ ground out scored Teixeira to put the Yankees within one run. A soft groundout ended the game and the Yankees’ rally, but it was easily the worst inning pitched by the Mariners’ pitching staff all game.

Final score: 4-3 Mariners.



Roster moves: it’s pitchers’ day — Branden Pinder was recalled, and Bryan Mitchell was optioned back to AAA. Both moves were to keep the arms fresh and active. Mitchell going back to AAA will give him more opportunity to pitch and keep working, but I suspect we’ll see him again very soon.

After three rehab starts in Tampa, Carlos Beltran is on his way back to New York, and if the doctors okay him, he will be activated and rejoin the team for tomorrow’s final game against Seattle. The corresponding roster move is to be determined as they are waiting to hear the okay from the doctors first.

I was watching the game today, as Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored in today’s game. He’s currently sitting at 22 home runs this season, tying him for 4th in the AL, plus he’s tied for 1st in the AL with 62 RBIs. And of course, he’s just dominant at 1st in defense.

And I’m taken back to a Spring Training game where I sat in front of a couple of guys who were razzing on Teixeira for being washed-up and done-for. They spent a good portion of the game just tearing into him for what they considered his overall poor performance. They told jokes, and laughed about all his injuries, as if they found glee in recent foray onto the DL in the past few years. It wasn’t a proud moment for me to be somehow loosely connected to people who considered themselves “Yankee fans” but clearly weren’t supporting their chosen team.

Well, who’s laughing now, fellas?

Go Yankees!

Game 83: OAK vs. NYY — A home run too many in the 10th, and #VoteGardy

After their last day off before the All-Star break, the Yankees dive into their last home stand (again, before the All-Star break) against the Oakland Athletics, a mid-week series in the Bronx. Even after the rain departed and the tarp came off the field, the Yankees took on their A’s and fought to the end.

The Yankees offense began in the 1st inning with Brett Gardner’s lead-off single. Gardner moved to 2nd on Headley’s walk. Two outs later, Gardner scored on Brian McCann’s single, and then Headley scored on Garrett Jones’ single. Then with the game tied in the 4th, McCann led-off with a walk, moved to 2nd on Jones’ single, then 3rd on Young’s ground out, and then scored on Didi Gregorius’ single to give the Yankees their 3-run offense.


Nathan Eovaldi was on the mound and actually had the lead when he exited the game in the 6th inning. He threw just 86 pitches, gave up 6 hits, 2 runs, and 1 walk, and struck out 4 batters. In the 1st, a 1-out single moved to 2nd on a ground out and then scored on an RBI single to give the A’s a quick lead. In the 3rd, three consecutive singles scored one more Oakland run. After one out in the 6th, the Yankees opted for Chasen Shreve for a strike out and then a solo home run to tie up the game, thus earning a blown save.

Warren and Wilson each took an inning, the 7th and 8th, respectively, keeping the Athletics from adding to their offense. Then it was Dellin Betances, the newly elected All-Star, for the 9th inning, which he did pretty flawlessly, very Betances-like — 15 pitches, 2 strikeouts, no offensive gain. But when the Yankees didn’t get a walk-off in the 9th, they pushed the game into extra innings. And onto the 10th, we went. Betances back on the mound for the 10th inning, where he promptly gave up a solo home run and then 2 outs, before Capuano got the final out of the inning.

Despite two walks, the Yankees couldn’t cobble together another run. And despite the Yankees actually pitching better (just 1 issued walk to Oakland’s 5, and 11 strikeouts to A’s batters vs. 7 to Yankee batters), it would be the two solo home runs that would win the game for the visitors.

Final score: 4-3 in the 10th, Oakland.



Like we discovered yesterday, Mark Teixeira and Dellin Betances were named to the AL All-Star Team this year, and now for the final fan vote, one of the candidates is the more-than-deserving Brett Gardner. You can vote a number of ways, and unlike the previous fan vote, there is no limit to how many times you can vote. Vote online, via text, or with your Twitter until 4:00 pm EST this Friday, July 10.


Gardner has decided he won’t campaign for the vote like many other candidates do to get themselves elected to the All-Star Game, as he prefers to focus his energy on doing his job on the field. And that, to me, is campaign enough. Gardner continues to lead this team on and off the field in character, ability, and teamwork. He is a true Yankee, and he definitely an All-Star. Now, it’s up to us to get him there.

Also, if you’re interested, writer Marty Noble wrote a very touching piece on Mickey Mantle in honor of today being 7/7. And for those of us interested in history and the Yankees’ legacy, it is worth the read and the memories and the moments. Enjoy.

Go Yankees! #VoteGardy