Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cody Eppley Outrighted To AAA Scranton

Just a few days after being designated for assignment Cody Eppley has cleared waivers and been sent down to AAA Scranton. Eppley will remain with the team but is no longer listed on the Yankees 40 man roster.

Eduardo Nunez Day To Day W/ Rib Irritation

Eduardo Nunez left today's loss against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth innings for what was originally an unknown reason. Nunez was sent for an MRI and the MRI revealed that Nunez has a slight irritation in his left rib cage muscle and is listed as day to day. This could be a huge problem, especially if he is not put on the disabled list, because we are entering a National League park for the first time this season and every positional player will count.

Game Thread: NYY vs OAK 5/5

The winner of this afternoons game is the winner of the series so the Yankees are looking to get the victory and win another series heading into an off day tomorrow. The Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the mound to face off with Dan Straily. Feel free to use this thread to talk during the game or give us a follow on twitter, @GreedyStripes, to chat with us there.

Here is the Yankees lineup.

1. Gardner CF
2. Cano 2B
3. Wells LF
4. Hafner DH
5. Suzuki RF
6. Nix 3B
7. Overbay 1B
8. Nunez SS
9. Stewart C

LHP Pettitte 

New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics 5/5

The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics will play the rubber match of their three game weekend series at Yankees Stadium this afternoon. The Yankees will send veteran Andy Pettitte to the mound looking to stop his personal two game losing streak. The A's will send Dan Straily to the mound to stop Andy Pettitte for a third consecutive start. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on YES and MLB TV.

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Lyle Overbay Is Doing A Pretty Good Mark Teixeira Impression

Being syndicated from An A-Blog For A-Rod as a part of Syndicated Sunday

(Courtesy of the AP)

(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)

As was the case with most of the non-Hafner players the Yankees added late in spring camp, the feelings about Lyle Overbay were filled more with trepidation and worry than confidence and hope.  Overbay had been cut by Boston following a light-hitting Spring Training of his own, and he hadn't really hit with any kind of authority since 2009.  He was brought in almost solely because of his defensive skills, skills which he has showed off in his first month in pinstripes.  All defensive metrics rate him positively so far this season, and his .995 fielding percentage at first base has been right on par with what Mark Teixeira would have provided had he been healthy.

What Overbay was not expected to do was replicate Teix's offensive production, and it's what he's managed to do with the bat thus far that's made him another surprisingly smart and positive pick up by the Yanks.  That has a lot to do with the fact that Teix sucks in April, but if we're being honest here I think we can agree that, for at least the month of April, the Yankees really haven't lost much going from Teix to Overbay.

To date, Overbay's batting line stands at .247/.289/.459, good for a .322 wOBA and 98 wRC+.  He's hit 4 HR, 4 2B, and driven in 12 runs.  Not earth-shattering numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but when they're paired up with Teix's production last April, they don't look half bad:

Overbay April 2013- .247/.289/.459, .322 wOBA, 98 wRC+, 4 HR, 12 RBI
Teixeira April 2012 - .255/.290/.395, .298 wOBA, 84 wRC+, 3 HR, 12 RBI

And if you don't want to fall into the SSS trap, consider that Teix's career averages for April are .238/.342/.423 (.335 wOBA, 101 wRC+), not that far off from the production Overbay has given the team.  Long-term Teix is still the guy you want at first for the majority of the Yankees' games this season, wrist problem and all, but in the short term it probably wasn't the worst thing in the world to not have him around in April.  As long as they could bring in somebody who could come close to producing what they usually get from Teix, the Yankees could get by and that's exactly what they found in Overbay.  He isn't walking as much as he historically does (5.6% BB rate), but his power has been way up and he's gotten a lot of his biggest hits in big situations.

The longer the season goes, the more likely it is that we'll see Overbay's numbers start to drop off in their head-to-head comparison to Teixeira.  He can't be expected to maintain his current career best .212 ISO over the long haul, and that haul might be a little longer than first anticipated if Teix's rehab drags into late May-early June.  But if he can continue to play a good defensive first base and come up with big hits here or there, Overbay could prove to be one of the smartest moves made by Cash this offseason.

Game 32 Lineup: Athletics vs. Yankees

Here we go, it's the last game of the homestand! We have Andy Pettitte on the mound who plans to bounce back from his last start! Here's the lineup!

Brett Gardner CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Travis Hafner DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix SS
Lyle Overbay 1B
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

Andy Pettitte LHP

This Day In Yankees History 5/5

On this day in 1955 the musical "Damn Yankees" debuted on Broadway. The comedy tells the story of a Washington Senators fan that is willing to make a deal with the devil for his team to stop the Yankees dominance in the 1950's. For a musical it is a great watch.