Tag Archives: Pineda

Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

Game 32. Pineda K’s 16 in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

Sorry for the late post. I had some computer maintenance to do which delayed this by one day. No minor league report then for Sunday’s games, but I can tell you that in AA, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered and had good days (to support Luis Severino, who did NOT have a good outing).

Now for Sunday’s Yankee game:

In June of 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels to set the Yankees’ record for most strikeouts in a game.

On Sunday, Michael Pineda gave that record a run for its money. Pineda had to be pulled after seven innings with his pitch count at 111, but he struck out 16 in those seven innings. Who knows what might have happened.

Pineda has had shoulder issues in the past, and it was prudent that manager Girardi pull him. But what a dominating performance. Pineda ties David Wells and David Cone for second place in Yankees’ history with his 16 K. He ties Cone for the most in a game by a righty pitcher. Dellin Betances’ 2 K gave the Yanks a total of 18 for the game, tying the team record which was previously accomplished twice—a combined effort, and Guidry’s solo outing.

Remarkably, Pineda walked no one in his dominant effort. For the season so far, he has 54 K and just 3 walks—an 18:1 ratio.

Pineda (W, 5-0, 2.72) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 16 K.
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.32.
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

In the game, Carlos Beltran hit his first HR of the season, and first in some 160 AB. It was a long time between #373 and #374 (which tied Rocky Colavito all-time). Brian McCann also homered (4).

Didi Gregorious had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

 

Game 27. Yanks hold on to win, 6-3.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

Good to see some bats come alive. For even with the Yanks at 17-10, it has been the pitching carrying them. For going into tonight’s game, if you took out Ellsbury, Gardner and Young, the rest of the team was hitting .211. Over the long haul, that won’t do.

The key so far is that when the guys hitting with low batting averages got their hits, they have made them count. For even though they have had few hits, the hits they HAVE had have been doubles or homers. Batting average is overrated. The key is OPS…. on base percentage + slugging average.

Here is an example. After tonight’s game, Mark Teixeira has just 18 hits right now but 15 are for extra bases. A-Rod has 20 hits, 11 for extra bases. Stephen Drew 13 hits, 7 for extra bases. Carlos Beltran hasn’t homered in some 14o at bats, but of his 16 hits, 9 are for extra bases. That’s making your hits count. Over half of your hits are for extra bases.

Don’t get me wrong. I want the batting average to go up. But at least the hits they are getting are DAMAGING hits.

The Yanks got two in the first tonight on a double by A-Rod. After tonight’s game, he is still at only .227. But 1/6th of the way into the season, he does have 6 HR and 16 RBI…. a pace for 36 HR and 96 RBI. Would you take 36/96 even if the batting average is .227? Or would you rather, instead of .227-36-96, have .265-18-65? Runs win ballgames.

Ellsbury drove in a run in the third to make it 3-0.

How about Mark Teixeira, who hit a 2-run HR in the fifth inning tonight? After tonight’s game, he is hitting just .205, but has 10 HR and 22 RBI. That is a pace for 60 HR, 132 RBI. Forget about the .205 for now. Would you take 60 and 132?

The AL MVP (non-pitcher) with the lowest batting average is Roger Maris. .269 in 1961 when he had 61 HR and 141 RBI. If Teix continues on this pace, .205-60-132, would he get MVP despite the low batting average? If so, he’d shatter Maris’ mark.

The setup guys have been great. Ellsbury has only 4 RBI in 27 games because the guys in front of him (Drew .167 and Gregorious .215) have not been getting on base. But Ellsbury got 3 hits tonight to raise him to .358. Talk about setting the table! He has 11 SB. The #2 hitter, Gardner, is currently at .309. So they are setting the table.

No offense to Derek Jeter, but Ellsbury and Gardner should have been 1-2 last year and Jeter, who ended his final season at .256, should have been dropped to 8th in the lineup. The Yanks were not going to disrespect the legend, however.

Up 6-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yanks didn’t make it easy. Michael Pineda cruised through 8, but instead of letting Pineda pitch the 9th, Girardi went to the bullpen and they almost blew it. Toronto scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to cut it to 6-3. The last out was made with the tying run at the plate.

Pineda (W, 4-0, 2.97) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

Carpenter 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.23.

Miller (11th save) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Minors report tomorrow morning. (Actually later this morning).

Game 22. Yanks lose in 13, 3-2.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

People who know me know that often I will say that I would kill for a sac fly. Yesterday afternoon was one of those times, for the lack of a SF may have cost the Yankees the ballgame in the very first inning.

Ellsbury singled, stole second and was bunted to third. On third with one out. But A-Rod struck out and so did Teixeira. Being that the Yanks lost 3-2 in 13, that was huge.

Also huge was Michael Pineda, one strike away from getting out of trouble, giving up a 2-run triple in the fourth. Instead of a scoreless inning, two runs scored. One strike away.

Little things like that hurt the Yanks on Thursday afternoon. The Yanks did get a HR from Chase Headley in the fifth (3) and another by Chris Young in the sixth (5), to tie the game. But other than 3 hits by Ellsbury and another hit by Young in addition to the homers, the rest of the Yankees’ lineup was silent Thursday afternoon. It was a particularly frustrating day for A-Rod, who went 0 for 6, struck out 4x, and GIDP to end the game. 16 Yankees went down on strikes.

Michael Pineda went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.73. Not bad for someone who was not supposed to pitch, was supposed to get extra rest, but had to pitch on regular rest because of Tanaka going on the 15-day DL with forearm and wrist issues.

The Yankees’ bullpen did well until cracking in the 13th.

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.86
Carpenter 1 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.00
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00
Martin 1 IP, 0R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.45
Shreve (L, 1-1) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks (ouch) and 1 K. 2.70. Those walks kill you.

The Yanks are off today before a weekend series in Boston. They end April at 13-9, and no matter what happens today will end April in first place.

Petit was brought back because of Tanaka going on the DL. Whitley will stay in the rotation for now. Tanaka could be out a month. If Tanaka needs to be out longer, Capuano and Nova are close to starting rehabs and returning.

My mom is getting major surgery today. Posts could be sporadic, esp. in the early stages of what will be a long recovery. Thanks for your understanding.

Game 17. Pineda, Teix stop Mets’ streak. Yanks win 6-1.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

All things must pass, and the Yanks put an end to the Mets 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 win at the Stadium Friday night.

The win was the Yanks fourth in a row, and once again they got great pitching.

Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86), 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  1K.

Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR in the first, then added another 2-run HR (7) in the third, shortly after Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot. Teix’s 2-HR give him 370 for his career, ironically tying former Met player and manager Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

The win puts the Yanks at 10-7 on the season and is their 7th in their last 8 games.

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Game 7. Drew’s PH slam leads Yanks past Orioles, 6-5.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg

Stephen Drew hit a PH grand slam, and the Yanks held on to beat the Orioles 6-5 at Baltimore on Monday night.

The win raises the Yanks’ record to 3-4.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the second on a Chris Young HR but Michael Pineda gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixeira tied the game in the top of the fourth with a HR, his third of the season and #366 of his career.

In the sixth, I got upset at Pineda. With two out, a man on third and a 1-2 count, apparently he tried to get a fastball past Adam Jones. At least it looked like a fastball while I was watching the game on TV. Before the pitch, I was muttering “give him a slider, down and away, and make him fish.” Nope, fastball up and a 2-run HR.

But in the top of the next inning, Drew’s PH grand slam put the Yanks up 6-4. But in the bottom of the inning Pineda got in trouble (I would not have even had him start the inning). Dellin Betances came in and was shaky, one run scored, but he got out of the inning. He was still shaky in the eighth, but Andrew Miller came in and got a five-out save.

Pineda 6 1/3 IP (W) 5 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 9 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S) 1  2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.