Friday, September 2, 2016

Green Injured As Yanks Get Pounded in O's Series Opener, 8-0

On a beautiful night in Camden Yards, the New York Yankees were obliterated by the Baltimore Orioles in game one of the three-game weekend set. Chad Green got the start for New York and didn't make it out of the second inning, going down with an injury before the flood gates opened. Getting the call and the win for the Orioles was Dylan Bundy. improving to 8-5 in an outting that his offense did all the work for him.

While Green worked a scoreless first despite loading the bases, Baltimore kept the offensive pressure on the young righty in the bottom of the second as they broke the game wide open. J.J. Hardy started the rally by smoking a ball into left-center for a one out double. With two outs, Adam Jones lobbed a single into center, scoring Hardy and giving the O's a one run lead. The next batter Pedro Alvarez then launched a two run blast that one-hopped the Warehouse on Eutaw Street in right to open their lead up to three. After issuing a walk to Manny Machado, Gregorius signaled to the dugout, calling for Girardi and the teams trainer to come and get an apparently injured Chad Green, departing with what was later reported as a right elbow injury. Nick Goody was given as much time as he needed to take over for the injury, and probably should've taken a little longer as he promptly served up an absolute bomb to Chris Davis to put the Orioles on top 5-0. The very next batter Mark Trumbo smashed his Major League leading 41st homerun of the season, going back to back with Davis to give the Birds a sizable six run second inning advantage.

Baltimore added to their already wide margin in the bottom of the fourth. Kirby Yates came on to replace Goody and immediately walked Pedro Alvarez, who scored when Manny Machado spanked the fourth O's longball of the night to make it an 8-0 ballgame.

Neither team would make any more offensive noise as the game ended at 8-0. This was definitely not the way that the Yanks or their fans wanted to start this series that has such large playoff implications.

Let's hope the boys in pinstripes can turn it around tomorrow in game two, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM/EST.

Chad Green Leaves Start w/ Injury

Chad Green left tonight's start with the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd inning with an apparent injury. Green had given up a two run home run to Pedro Alvarez before walking Manny Machado which forced shortstop Didi Gregorius to the mound. Green could be seen telling the manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donahue that something was wrong and he pointed to what looked like his forearm.

Forearm is better than the elbow I guess. Stay tuned.

Game Thread: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 9/2

Here we go again ladies and gentleman as the Baltimore Orioles play host to the New York Yankees inside one of the most beautiful parks in all of Major League Baseball. These two teams are in a dog fight now only in their division but in the Wild Card chase in the American League as well so every pitch, every inning and every game is more important than the last. No pressure guys as the Yankees send Chad Green to the mound to square off against the Orioles starter Dylan Bundy. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards and can be seen on the YES Network locally and MLB TV wherever you are.

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Green vs. Bundy in the most important game of the season for both teams. Until tomorrow. Go Yankees!

Quick Recap of the Yankees vs. Orioles in 2016

We are just a few hours away from the beginning of a big series between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. The series is important for both clubs as both teams are locked into a struggle in both the American League East Division race and the 2nd Wild Card race in the American League. This got me thinking, how have the Yankees fared against the Orioles this season? I know in years past New York has had a tendency to lay down against teams they “should’ beat while always playing the better teams in the league tough but without looking I feel like the Yankees have taken it that extra step forward against Baltimore specifically so I looked it up and here are my findings.

Rk Gm# Date Tm Opp W/L R RA W-L Win Loss Save
24 24 Tuesday, May 3 NYY @ BAL L 1 4 8-16 Tillman Severino O'Day
25 25 Wednesday, May 4 NYY @ BAL W 7 0 9-16 Sabathia Wilson
26 26 Thursday, May 5 NYY @ BAL L-wo 0 1 9-17 Britton Barbato
54 54 Friday, Jun 3 NYY @ BAL L 5 6 25-29 Givens Betances Britton
55 55 Saturday, Jun 4 NYY @ BAL W 8 6 26-29 Nova Wilson Chapman
56 56 Sunday, Jun 5 NYY @ BAL L 1 3 26-30 McFarland Betances Britton
92 92 Monday, Jul 18 NYY BAL W 2 1 46-46 Nova Gausman Chapman
93 93 Tuesday, Jul 19 NYY BAL W 7 1 47-46 Eovaldi Worley
94 94 Wednesday, Jul 20 NYY BAL W 5 0 48-46 Pineda Gallardo
95 95 Thursday, Jul 21 NYY BAL L 1 4 48-47 Tillman Sabathia Britton
127 127 Friday, Aug 26 NYY BAL W 14 4 66-61 Cessa Gallardo
128 128 Saturday, Aug 27 NYY BAL W 13 5 67-61 Layne Bundy
129 129 Sunday, Aug 28 NYY BAL L 0 5 67-62 Gausman Sabathia
This is Major League Baseball. All these stats plus about 15 bucks will get you a hot dog at the stadium tonight but it’s still fun and interesting to look at anyway. Check these head-to-head stats out and enjoy while we wait on tonight’s game to start. Go Yankees!

*All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference. 

Yoan Moncada & the First Day I Questioned My Yankees Fandom

Okay, so maybe I am exaggerating a little bit as I have never and will never question my Yankees fandom but really today is a day that is going to sting a little bit for a long, long time. Today is the day that the Boston Red Sox call up and insert Yoan Moncada into their team and into their youth movement. The same Yoan Moncada that I clamored so hard for the Yankees to sign only to see another top prospect and top Cuban product go elsewhere. It hurts more especially when it’s the Yankees most hated rivals. Today is the day, the Yoan Moncada era begins today.

Back in February of 2015 the Boston Red Sox signed Moncada to a deal worth $31.5 million, which truth be told ended up costing the team $63 million after a tax penalty on international free agents, and after a slow start to his MLB career Moncada has flourished. At the time of his call up Moncada was in Double-A Portland and was batting .285 with 11 home runs and nine stolen bases in 44 games. Moncada also hit .307 with four home runs and 36 stolen bases in 61 games at Class-A Salem before his call up to Double-A. Now he is going to bring that consistency to Fenway Park.

Moncada is here and just in time to see the Yankees here in a few weeks. I may not even watch those games. I wanted Moncada so bad and the Yankees barely made an effort for him. Sigh. Oh well, good luck to him I guess and congratulations.

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 9/2

The New York Yankees are about to kick off the biggest and most important series of the season, until the next series of course, with the Baltimore Orioles tonight inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards. This series is important for a lot of reasons but the main reason is that this is one of the many teams the Yankees are chasing in both the AL East Division race but one of the teams they are chasing in the 2nd Wild Card race in the American League as well. I spoke on this earlier in the week but we’re getting to the point where simply winning series may not be mathematically feasible and the Yankees may need to start sweeping these head-to-head series if they want to make the postseason. That starts tonight as the Yankees send Chad Green to the mound to lead the charge against Dylan Bundy for the Orioles.

Green will face off with the Orioles again after notching a no-decision against this team in his last start in the Bronx. Green gave up three home runs in the start including two to Chris Davis while holding the Orioles to four runs and seven hits in an eventual Yankees victory. Thank goodness for offense.

Bundy also faced the Yankees in his last start and took a loss in the start after allowing five runs on seven hits including one home run. Walks hurt Bundy in the start as he allowed three free base runners to reach for the Yankees which resulted in the right-hander lasting just four innings in the loss.

The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET inside Oriole Park and Camden yards and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. The biggest game of the Yankees 2016 season happens tonight and it happens against one of the team’s biggest and most bitter rivals. The biggest game of the season, until tomorrow of course. Go Yankees!

Don’t Look Now but Jonathan Holder is Coming

Don’t look now but the Yankees youth movement is in full effect, the future is now and many prospects including Jonathan Holder are coming. We’ve done one of these posts before as I showcased Jordan Montgomery and his stellar season as he inches towards the Major Leagues and I felt like I couldn’t praise Montgomery for his season without also giving a little love to Holder as well. Holder was drafted in the same draft as Jacob Lindgren, he was Lindgren’s teammate at Mississippi State in fact, but has since been stretched out and moved in and out of the starting rotation where he has absolutely flourished in both roles. Now he gets to showcase his talents as the RailRiders closer in the International League’s playoffs.

Holder was on the mound when the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders clinched their playoff spot earlier in the week and he made a statement in doing so. In the contest Holder faced 13 hitters and struck out 12 of them including 11 batters in a row in four innings of relief. That capped off a season in which he had 42 appearances, a 2.50 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, 225 strikeouts in 219.2 innings and all with just 45 walks. That’s dominance not only in one level but across many levels in the Yankees farm system.

If Holder can pitch like that, given the Yankees current state of affairs in the bullpen department, he may be up for the team when the playoffs end down in Triple-A. The Yankees don’t need to give him a 40 man roster spot and don’t need to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft just yet either but some players simply push the issue and force the hand of the organization and you have to think Holder has done that this season.

Imagine this in 2017 and beyond. Dellin Betances in the 9th, Jonathan Holder in the 8th, Tyler Clippard in the 7th, Adam Warren in the 6th and whoever else can make the bullpen. That’s getting close to being dominant again and that has to be the ultimate game plan in the Bronx.

Weekly Prospects Check In: Jorge Mateo

You know I would really like to be a fly on the wall in some of the rooms the Yankees and their top executives make decisions in. Jorge Mateo screwed up and he was suspended for two weeks for it while missing out on the XM Futures Game this season. Mateo paid his dues yet it seems like the Yankees want to really send the message home that standing up, speaking out or whatever it was that mateo did to warrant the suspension will not be tolerated.

Mateo has done enough, in my opinion anyway, to warrant a promotion to Double-A Trenton Thunder yet the Yankees haven’t given him that. Fine. Now the team is sending Gleyber Torres to the Arizona Fall League to represent the Yankees and the Scottsdale Scorpions while Mateo’s season will be over here in a few weeks altogether. You have to wonder if this has anything to do with the Yankees still trying to send that message from the suspension, whether there is something we don’t know about (i.e an injury that he is nursing) or what is really going on that led to Mateo not being there.

Tyler Wade is going as an outfielder, although I’m sure he’ll play some middle infield as well, yet Mateo is going home for the winter. I don’t get it ladies and gentleman, I just don’t. 


This Day In New York Yankees History 9/2: Mussina's Perfect Game Ends w/ 2 Outs In 9th

Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, Mike Mussina on the mound, all the makings for a great pitcher's duel and a great game. Mussina takes a perfect game into the ninth inning with two outs and two strikes before Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett singled in the bottom on the inning. Mussina would beat the Red Sox 1-0 for his fourth career one hitter.

Interestingly enough this 1-0 Yankees victory was one of four games on the day that ended 1-0, a major league record. New York beat Boston, San Diego beat Arizona, Houston beat Milwaukee, and Toronto beat Detroit all by the score of 1-0.

Finally on this day in 1996 David Cone made his return to the mound from his May operation to remove an aneurysm in his right throwing arm and pitches seven no hit innings. The Yankees would beat the Oakland Athletics 5-0 with Mariano Rivera giving up the first and only hit of the ball game to Jose Herrera in the bottom of the eight inning on an infield single.