Monday, August 25, 2014

Offense Stays Hot in 8-1 Win Over Royals

Michael Pineda tossed 6 1/3 innings of fun-to-watch one-run ball and the Jacoby Ellsbury/Derek Jeter duo combined for five RBIs tonight as the Yankees won a huge make-up contest, 8-1, over the AL Central-leading Royals. 

After Jeter knocked in this one's first run with a weak groundout in the top of the third, unfortunetaly, Pineda made his one mistake, surrendering a game-tying solo shot to Kansas City Third Baseman Mike Moustakas that easily cleared the right field wall.

Nonetheless, from that point on the Yanks' recently activated right-hander bounced back to make his overall performance likable, finishing up with just five total hits while striking out five, walking zero, and escaping a man-on-second jam in the home team's half of the sixth. 

No, those impressive numbers, Pineda's third consecutive ones since coming off the DL, weren't necessarily perfect, but since the usually-nonexistent-offensively Stephen Drew and the red-hot Martin Prado surprisingly took James Shields (6 2/3 IP, 6 ER) deep in the fourth and seventh and the Jeter/Ellsbury/McCann trio added three more late they did eventually prove good enough to get the W, with Ellsbury also collecting a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

The Daily Dozen - August 25, 2014

The Daily Dozen - August 25th, 2014 - The Pine Tar Squared Edition
(Twelve Takeaways from Tonight's Makeup Game vs. the Royals)

1. First off...We Don't Want to be Royals...Thanks Lorde.

Tigers on a Gold Leash?? Sounds kind of cool...

The last time the Royals made the playoffs was in 1985...oh...and they won it.

2. Before the game, the Kansas City organization was all class.  They handed Derek Jeter a check for $10,000 to his Turn 2 Foundation.  I bet this was one of his favorite retirement gifts!
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3. Derek Jeter then got the Yankees on the board first.  So it was a ground out, which Big Game James is used to inducing.  But it was an RBI ground out!

4. Moustakas responds with a solo HR off of Pineda in the bottom of the 3rd.  Why doesn't he just change his name to Moustache would just be easier on everyone.  The Yankees have been hounded by .200 hitters this year, especially in the solo HR department.  Mike Moustakas' line for the year sits at .208 average, 15 home runs, and 49 RBI...remind you of any Yankees hitters?

5. ESPN is obligated to show the George Brett Pine Tar incident anytime the Yankees play the Royals.  And now that Michael Pineda got caught with pine tar on his neck against the Red Sox it must be shown EVERY game he pitches.  Thanks ESPN for the nostalgia!
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6. James Shields aka Big Game James.  He was 3-0 this August and 28-12 in his career in my birth month.  But not tonight, however, as he gave up 6 runs and 4 of those in the 7th after he stopped getting groundball outs.

7. Stephen Drew mashes a 3-2 pitch from Shields in the 4th.  The count started out at 0-2 and he fought back resisting swinging at 3 inside pitches.  This was the turning point in the game.

8. Ichiro and Sisler.  The announcers (which include Aaron Boone) mentioned how when Ichiro was in St. Louis for the 2009 All-Star Game, he visited George Sisler's gravesite to pay the former hits leader in a single season respect.  In 2004, Ichiro Suzuki broke the all-time single season hits record of 257 hits while a member of the Seattle Mariners.  Pretty cool stuff.  Ichiro will likely join Sisler in the Hall of Fame one day.

9. The Yankees finally start to score runs in the 7th.  Prado hit yet another big home run, Jeter got his 2nd RBI of the game, and Ellsbury was SAFE at home on a close play at the plate.

10. New York is 19 for 24 in challenges this season.  Gotta love least as a Yankees fan, right?  It really doesn't take that long and most of the time the managers are getting it right.  Technology...
(Photo Credit: Ed Zurga, Getty Images)

11. Salvador Perez.  He's pretty damn good...not gonna lie.  He's the reigning Gold Glove winner at the catcher position in the AL and he's sports a decent bat with a .262 average, 15 home runs, and 55 RBI.  Basically McCann in his prime.

12. With the 8-1 win, the Yankees are now 3 games out of the 2nd Wild Card spot currently held by the Seattle Canos.  They have the ability to leapfrog the Tigers in the next series as they are 2 games ahead of the Yanks.  It obviously can be done as the Yankees continue to win (and I continue to predict them losing...thank me later).  Five wins in a row and counting!

8/25 Yankees Open Game Thread vs. Kansas City Royals

The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will finally makeup their rained out game from 6/9 and will play one game tonight in Kansas City before New York heads over to Detroit for a three game series. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound to face off with the Royals ace James Shields. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on MY9, ESPN, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

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It's an open thread and we should see a great pitchers duel so be sure to drop us a line in the comments section of the site. Enjoy the game Yankees family and enjoy the rest of your evening. Go Yankees!

Teixeira & Gardner Out w/ Injuries

The New York Yankees are facing a tough pitcher in James Shields tonight in Kauffman Stadium as the Yankees and Royals make up a previously rained out game from June. New York will not have Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner in the lineup tonight as both are battling "nagging" injuries.

Teixeira has terrible numbers against James Shields in his career, who doesn't, and has been battling a nagging hamstring injury over the past couple of days. No word on whether he would be available in Detroit this coming week but if history is any indicator I would say Teix would at least miss the Tuesday night game just to be sure.

Gardner has been battling a sore ankle and will get at least one more day to rest it. This one I agree with as Gardner's biggest asset is his legs. He can't hit without his legs, he can't run without his legs, and he can't field without his legs. Not that I think Teixeira should play through a hamstring injury, I'm just saying.

Last Time the Kansas City Royals Made the Playoffs

But Kansas City looks to break this streak in 2014. Let's make that a little more difficult tonight. Go Yanks!

Robertson Frustrated But Alright After Blowing Save

When the usually-reliable David Robertson blew the Yankees' lead in yesterday's top of the ninth, it was clear to everyone who saw it happen that the event wasn't one he enjoyed. 

For the first time since June 1 against the Twins, as you probably already know, Robertson had failed to convert a save opportunity, a fact that fortunetaly didn't end up mattering thanks to Brian McCann's walk-off homer in the following frame.

Nonetheless, whenever a man on a contending team fails to do his job like that you have to imagine he'll be a little dissapointed, something #30 freely admitted to The New York Daily News after the victory.

“It’s frustrating because I really wanted to help us out at the end of the game,” he said. “Other guys had to go in. But it all worked out. It’s easier to shake that one off when you win a ball game.”

In the aforementioned June 1 disaster, interestingly, Robertson also surrendered a solo shot on the first pitch he threw, a mistake that eventually led to five more Minnesota runs.

Thankfully, though, those kind of struggles didn't transpire again Sunday, an overall unimpressive feat that's still definitely worth our acknowledgement.

8/25 Yankees Game Preview vs. Kansas City Royals

The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals will makeup their rained out game from 6/9 in a quick one game set at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound looking to get back another game from a team they are potentially chasing and the Royals will counter with James Shields. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the MY9, ESPN, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Pineda is coming off a start in which he pitched six more solid innings and gave up two runs and four hits while getting a no decision against the Houston Astros. Pineda will be making his third start for the Yankees since coming off the disabled list tonight in Kansas City.

Shields is coming off a tough start in Colorado in which he allowed nine hits in seven innings only allowing two runs. Shields received some help from his defense against the Rockies and had more than a few well timed double plays that kept the Royals and Shields in the game.

The Yankees are on the road for the rest of the month before returning home to Yankee Stadium to host the rival Boston Red Sox in September. Get your tickets now as Derek Jeter's season and career are winding down to the wire. For this season only we offer no fees and no shipping on our tickets. Get yours now.

Go Yankees!!

Will a Six Man Rotation Effect The Yankees Free Agency?

I myself wrote just last week about the possibility of a six man rotation for the rest of the season in the Bronx and Joel Sherman reiterated my thoughts later in the day. What Sherman did that I didn't was he looked at the Yankees wanting to attempt the six man rotation in 2015 as well, something that pitching coach Larry Rothschild is behind and agrees with. Then this weekend my friend Bryan Van Dusen took the same approach as Sherman but looked deeper into the numbers and came to the conclusion that it made even more sense for the Yankees, and not necessarily other teams, to go ahead with the idea next season. My initial response was "great" but my initial question is how will this affect our approach heading into free agency?

It is no question that the Yankees will at least be interested in the likes on Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and James Shields to replace Hiroki Kuroda and to improve the team but will a six man rotation keep them out of the discussion for these key free agents? The problem is your guess is as good as mine, this is truly uncharted territory for us all. Will getting five days rest and messing with a pitchers schedule keep free agent starting pitchers from wanting to come to New York?

While some pitchers have actually benefited from the extra rest others will tell you that they feel a little bit of rust while pitching with five days of rest. Another question is if it would even matter this season? Would the Yankees be willing to take on a third contract worth $20 million a season or more joining Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia?

New York will presumably have CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Shane Greene, Masahiro Tanaka, and Michael Pineda already in the fold for next season before you consider the possibilities of David Phelps being in the rotation or Brandon McCarthy returning to the club. I honestly don't think a six man rotation effects the Yankees free agency plan because I don't believe the team has room for one or two of the big three. Not that the Yankees couldn't or shouldn't make room for a Jon Lester or equivalent in the rotation but I don't believe they will have to unfortunately.

Who Needs Rusney Castillo When You Can Have Yasmani Tomas?

The New York Yankees may have missed out on Rusney Castillo but that may be okay as Yasmani Tomas will presumably be a free agent after the 2014 season. Tomas is closer, projection wise, to the Yoenis Cespedes', Yasiel Puig's, and Jose Dariel Abreu's of the world than Castillo could ever dream about being. Could Tomas, and not Castillo, be the replacement for Ichiro Suzuki next season?

Tomas has already defected from his native Cuba and is trying to establish residency so he can become a free agent this winter. Tomas is 23 years old, to Castillo's 27 years old, and has played in parts of five seasons in the Cuban Serie Nacional making him exempt from the spending cap on International players, not that this will matter to the Yankees much after already breaking the bank in that department.

Tomas has spent time at both corner outfield spots, center field, first base, and third base in his career and put on a show in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Tomas was 6-16 with a .412 batting average with two home runs, a double, a walk, and four strikeouts in the tournament.

Tomas rates as a 70 in the power department on a scale of 20-80 and can hit some towering home runs with his 6'1" and 230 lb frame. Tomas is right handed and has a very short and compact swing that helps him in the power department. Tomas is probably a corner outfielder in the Major Leagues thanks to his below average speed in the outfield and on the base paths. Tomas' arm rates as a 55 on that same 20-80 scale and the slugger projects to 30 home run power in the major leagues with below average defense.

Cespedes received four years and $36 million, Alex Guerrero received four years and $28 million, Erisbel Arruebarruena received five years and $25 million, Rusney Castillo received seven years and $72 million, Jose Abreu received a six year deal worth $68 million, and Yasiel Puig received a seven year deal worth $42 million, and Jorge Soler received a nine year deal worth $90 million. What will Yasmani Tomas receive? Looking at those numbers you're guess is as good as mine.

ICYMI: Joe Torre Day on Saturday

In case the site continues to dislike iframes for whatever reason HERE is the direct link to the video. Here's Mr. Torre's induction speech in case you missed it. Enjoy the day Yankees family.

ICYMI: McCarthy Open To Returning To Bronx In 2015

In case you missed it Brandon McCarthy pitched a complete game shutout gem against the Houston Astros on Thursday and was asked about his 2015 plans after the game. McCarthy is in his age 31 season and has posted a 1.90 ERA while wearing pinstripes after struggling mightily in Arizona with the Diamondbacks. McCarthy is also in the second season of a two year deal he signed with Arizona worth $18 million.

Here is the exact quote from McCarthy:

“Yeah. There wouldn’t be a question in my mind about that,” he said when asked about returning to New York. “I feel like it’s a great fit for me here. The guys here have been fantastic, everybody associated with the club. And it’s living in New York — there’s so many great aspects.”

I don't think anyone can expect McCarthy to be the absolute ace he has been in his 52 innings with the Yankees but his veteran presence and sinking fastball and cutter he may be a great signing for the Yankees in 2015. If McCarthy could be had on another two year deal worth $25 million-ish I wouldn't be terribly upset with that to essentially take Hiroki Kuroda's spot in the rotation next season.

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/25: Three Grand Slams In One Game

Never in the history of Major League Baseball had one team hit three grand slams in one game before the New York Yankees accomplished the feat in 2011. The Yankees would beat the Oakland Athletics 22-9 with Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson all going deep with the bases loaded in Yankee Stadium.

Also on this day in 1996 Mickey Mantle joined Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig as Yankees greats that have a monument in Monument Park. Mantle died of liver cancer last year and is the first new monument to be dedicated by the team in 47 years.

Also on this day in 1968 Yankees outfielder Rocky Colavito pitched 2.1 innings of relief giving up just one hit in a victory for the Yankees 6-5 over the Tigers. The Yankees outfielder, who also hit a home run in the game, will be the last position player to get a win by pitching until Colorado Rockies Brent Mayne would win a game in the year 2000.

Finally on this day in 1956 the Yankees general manager George Weiss and manager Casey Stengel hold a closed door meeting with shortstop Phil Rizzuto. The meeting discussed who should be let go since the team had acquired Enos Slaughter off waivers from the Atheltics. Rizzuto made several suggestions on who he thought who should be released from the Yankees before Weiss informed Scooter that he would be the player to be let go. Shady.