The Yankees routed the Texas Rangers 21-5 at Globe Life Park on Tuesday for their fourth win in a row and eighth win in their last nine games. Yankees starter Chris Capuano allowed five run in the first inning and then the Yankees went onto score 21 unanswered runs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees are the first team to score 21 unanswered runs after allowing five or more runs.
The Yankees scored 11 runs in the second inning and then four runs in the third to essentially put the game away. Even more rare is that Capuano allowed three hits, five walks and five runs while getting two outs (it took 29 minutes) in the first and then the Yankees didn’t allow a hit the rest of the game.
“I don’t know if I have been a part of that where you give up five runs in the first and then don’t give up another hit the rest of the game,” Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees were led by Chris Young who was 3-6 and drove in a career-high five runs, which included a grand slam in the third inning to left field that drove in Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Brett Gardner. Young also hit a double to left in the sixth to score Gardner to make the score 17-5.
“It was fun,” Young said. “To be able to come back in the second inning after being behind. You feel like whoever is at the plate will get the job done. If you have runners on base all the time and get hits you are going to get rewarded for it.”
The Yankees had 19 hits, 10 walks and six different Yankees had multiple RBIs. In the second inning, Chase Headley hit two RBI singles, Brendan Ryan hit one double that could have been a double play that turned into two RBIs and another RBI double, Didi Gregorius hit a triple that scored Rodriguez, Young and Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury, Gardner and Rodriguez all hit RBI singles.
Young’s 12th homer of the season made it 15-5 in the third and then in the fourth inning Young grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Gardner. Young is one of six Yankees with double digit homers. After Young’s RBI double in the sixth, John Ryan Murphy hit a single to score Young and Garrett Jones to become the eighth Yankee to drive in a run.
For the Yankees final runs of the game, Gardner hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off of infielder Adam Rosales, who was pitching for the second time this season.
“They are feeling confident and they feel good at the plate,” Girardi said. “We had a lot of good at-bats.”
Equally as important as the offense was the Diego Moreno, who was called-up earlier in the day from Triple-A Scranton, came on in relief of Capuano to pitch 5.1 innings while striking out five, not allowing a hit and only throwing 70 pitches. He was able to save Girardi from having to use many relievers and proved to be more valuable than Capuano for the major league roster.
“His changeup was outstanding and his slider was outstanding,” Girardi said. “He went 5.1 innings and only threw 70 pitches. That is impressive.”
Adam Warren did not allow a hit in his three innings after Moreno came out of the game. According to Elias, it was the first time that the Yankees bullpen had ever thrown seven or more hitless innings in a game.
“I was super happy about the opportunity given to me today,” Moreno said through a translator. “I was happy to contribute to the win. I was relaxing and just trying to concentrate and throw strikes. As soon as the phone rang I knew I was getting called in. I am extremely happy (about the win) and my family is also.”
Gregorius has really gotten better at the plate during the last week. On July 22 he had a .234 average and he now has a .257 average. After his 4-5 game on Tuesday he is hitting .600 in his last five games with 10 RBIs and he has a and a solid .297 average (52-175) in 51 games since May 29.
He has really improved offensively and defensively since the beginning of the season and appears to be a very capable starting shortstop. He has also added a hitter at the bottom of the lineup who has been getting on base and driving in runs, which makes the batting order that much deeper.
The 16-5 record in July that the Yankees have is the best record this month in the majors. As the trade deadline approaches, the Yankees have a 7 game lead over the Orioles and a 7.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the Yankees in Game 3 of the series Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. EST.
The Yankees lost the the Marlins on Tuesday, 12-2, and Nathan Eovaldi had by far the worst start of his season on Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins. He might have put too much pressure on himself ahead of pitching against his former team as he was not even able to pitch one inning. He allowed the Marlins to score eight runs on nine hits in 0.2 innings, which raised his ERA from 4.13 to 5.12.
The first inning might have been different if the Marlins No. 3 hitter, Christian Yelich, didn’t get to first as a result of Didi Gregorius bobbling the grounder that he hit, but Eovaldi didn’t locate his pitches after Yelich’s single, which should have been an error on Gregorius. Eovaldi threw far too many of his secondary pitches in the middle of the plate, which led to nine of the 11 batters that he faced getting a hit.
The eight runs that the Marlins scored in the first inning were a franchise-high.
“I was just keeping a whole lot of balls up in the zone,” Eovaldi said. “I was looking forward to this start, and I felt good getting ready today. It’s very frustrating.”
Brian McCann single to right in the sixth that scored Gregorius was his 40th RBI of the season. McCann has the second most RBIs in the American League among catchers. In the seventh inning, pinch-hitter Mason Williams doubled to left to score Stephen Drew. That was his second hit in his 12 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A.
The Yankees will look to bounce back tonight at Yankee Stadium against the Marlins after losing to them on Monday and Tuesday in Miami. The Marlins are now 29-37 and seven games behind the Mets in the NL East. The Yankees are 34-30 and a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for first in the AL East.
Michael Pineda, who allowed five earned runs in 4.1 innings in his previous outing, will get the start for the Yankees. He has struggled this season and last season when pitching on extra rest, and is on normal rest tonight, so that could mean that he will be able to command his changeup and slider like he has for most of the season.
Pineda, who is 7-3 with a 3.74 ERA, has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his 12 starts this season. He will have the benefit of pitching against the weaker Marlins lineup tonight.
Before tonight’s game, the Yankees called up Jose DePaula from Triple-A Scranton to give them a fresh long man since Chris Capuano threw four innings last night.
Mark Teixeira, who has three multi-hit games in his last six games, will get the night off after playing in the previous 10 games (this included two off days). Garrett Jones will get the start at first base against his former team. Here is the lineup for tonight’s game against Miami:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Alex Rodriguez DH
Garrett Jones 1B
Carlos Beltran RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Mason Williams CF
The seven-game winning streak that the Yankees were on is over as they had a 4-2 lead entering the top of the eighth inning but ended up losing to the Washington Nationals 5-4 in 11 innings. Denard Span hit an RBI infield single in the 11th off of Chris Capuano to score Tyler Moore in what was the winning run.
“Dellin Betances was down today and Andrew Miller is going to end up on the DL with a strain in his flexor muscle (forearm),” Joe Girardi said. “He will not throw the ball for 10 days to two weeks and then we will go from there.” Girardi didn’t use Betances because he had been used a lot recently.
The bullpen ruined a solid start by Nathan Eovaldi as he threw seven innings while allowing three runs on eight hits. He had four strikeouts and was able to give the team much more length than he did in his previous two starts. Span drove in the first run of the game in the third inning as his double down the left field line scored Danny Espinosa.
If Betances did not need a day off he likely would have been pitching in the eighth inning when the Nationals tied the game. With rookie Jacob Lindgren pitching, pinch-hitter Michael Taylor hit a two-run homer to right to drive in Ian Desmond to make the score 4-4. However, if Stephen Drew didn’t have trouble getting the ball out of his glove and converted the double play in the eighth then Taylor would not have come to the plate in the eighth.
The Yankees scored four runs in the seventh inning, but they ended up needing one more run to get the win. Brandan Ryan, who was appearing in his first game of the season, hit better than expected as his triple to center scored Chris Young (and was his second hit of the day). Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez both hit run scoring doubles and then Brian McCann had an RBI single after his grounder up the middle hit second base and prevented Desmond from catching it.
Rodriguez now needs only eight more hits to be the 29th baseball player with 3,000 hits. The seventh inning was the only positive from the offensive standpoint as the Yankees left eight runners on base and were 0-6 with runners in scoring position outside of the seventh inning.
Miller told Girardi after the game on Tuesday that he had pain in his flexor muscle. During his nine pitches thrown during Tuesday’s game his body language was different than normal, which was an indication of his injury. Girardi said that everyone will be pushed back an inning and that Betances will be the closer while Miller is on the DL.
“It was hard to get loose sometimes and it became too much of a distraction,” Miller said. His control has not been as efficient as it was earlier in the season since he has thrown much more pitches recently. This hurts the Yankees since they will not have a shutdown reliable eighth inning pitcher like they have had with Betances.
The loss of Miller for what will probably be more than three weeks will hurt since he was having an All-Star season to this point. He has pitched 26.1 innings (26 games) and has a 1.03 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 17 saves in 17 chances, 43 strikeouts and only 10 walks.
Girardi will now likely use a mixture of Chasen Shreve and Justin Wilson in the eighth inning with Miller out. It will be important for Betances to continue pitching in the ninth the same way he did in the eighth, but he is more of a sure thing than the eighth inning options are.
Pinch-hitter Garrett Jones struck out swinging to end the game. Before today’s game, Jones had raised his average from .186 to .262 from May 23 to June 5.
The Yankees, who are 33-26 and have a two-game lead in the AL East, have another off day on Thursday and will start a series against the fourth place Baltimore Orioles on Friday.
The Yankees will play the Mariners in Seattle tonight at 10:10 EST. Felix Hernandez, who is 8-1 and has an outstanding 1.91 ERA this season, will get the start for the Mariners. He has remarkably allowed two runs or less in eight of the 10 starts that he has made this season. In six starts against the Yankees from 2012 until 2014, Hernandez had a 2.09 ERA in 43 innings.
Michael Pineda will get the start for the Yankees and will make this matchup a marquee one. He will be facing the Mariners for the first time since they traded him for Jesus Montero after the 2011 season. Pineda has a very good 3.36 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, a 6-2 record and 67 strikeouts (6th in AL). His ERA would be much better if not for his starts on May 15 and May 22 where he allowed five and four runs respectively.
Part of what makes him the ace of the staff is that he has 67 strikeouts and only five walks. Pineda struggled in those two starts because he was not locating his slider, but when Pineda’s slider is on target he is one of the best starters in the American League.
He only allowed one run in 6.2 innings in his last start, and the Yankees need him to have a similar performance tonight because it is always a challenge to score runs off of King Felix. Pineda will have to contain Nelson Cruz, who leads the American League with his 18 homers. Cruz has been one of the best offseason signings in all of baseball.
It was announced earlier today that when Masahiro Tanaka comes off of the disabled list on Wednesday that Adam Warren will deservedly stay in the rotation and Chris Capuano will be moved to the bullpen.
Stephen Drew will return to the lineup tonight as Jose Pirela got the start at second the previous two games. Joe Girardi is making a point not to give up on Drew.
“It’s tough, but we signed him to be our second baseman,” Girardi said. “He’s worked really hard the last couple days to see if he could work on a couple little things here or there. I want to get him back out there.”
This is the rest of the lineup for tonight’s game:
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Stephen Drew 2B
Ramon Flores LF
Slade Heathcott, who has a .353 average with a homer and three RBIs in his 17 at-bats since coming up from Triple-A after Jacoby Ellsbury was put on the disabled list, was put on the 15-day DL on Friday with a Grade II quad strain. The Yankees have called up Ramon Flores to replace him on the roster. Heathcott made four starts and proved to be much better in the outfield than Carlos Beltran.
Heatcott told reporters on Thursday that his quad had been hurting him off an on since the offseason. The former top prospect has had many injuries throughout his minor-league career and this is another one that he will have to overcome. Joe Girardi said that since Ellsbury is on the DL in addition to Heathcott, he will use Brett Gardner more often now going forward. Heathcott had been playing in center field since being called up on May 20.
That Yankees will miss Heathcott’s defense and productive play on offense, but Flores has been playing very well at Triple-A Scranton. Flores, who is 23, has hit .294/.389/.425 with four homers, four doubles and 15 RBIs. He has a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season with five outfield assists. The Venezuala native has one or more hits in eight of his last 10 games including four multi-hit games. He was close to being called up even if Heathcott did not get injured.
The Yankees, who lost Thursday night’s series opener to the Athletics in Oakland 5-4, will look to bounce back with Chris Capuano pitching. The pitching matchup is not on the Yankees side as Capuano has a 7.36 ERA in his two starts and Sonny Gray has an American League leading 1.77 ERA in his 10 starts this season. However, the Athletics do have the worst record in the AL.
This is the lineup for tonight’s game against the Athletics at O.co Coliseum:
Brett Gardner LF
Chase Headley 3B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young CF
Didi Gregorius SS
The Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday to extend their winning streak to two games. They have two consecutive wins against the Royals, who are in first place in the AL Central with a 28-17 record, after previously being swept at home by the Texas Rangers, who had an 18-23 record before their three-game series (they are now 23-23).
Adam Warren only allowed one run on two hits in his 6.1 innings pitched. Joe Girardi took him out after only throwing 88 pitches. He threw an impressive 62 of his 88 pitches for strikes and this time Girardi’s decision to go to the bullpen when the starter was still pitching well worked. Warren had five strikeouts, including the dangerous Eric Hosmer twice, and retired the side in order in the first, second, third and fifth innings.
“Warren is pitching as well as anyone in our rotation right now,” Girard said after the game. His ERA is now down to a respectable 3.91 and he has been one of the best pitchers in the American League over his last three starts. In his last three starts, Warren has pitched 19.2 innings while only allowing six runs and striking out 16 batters. He deserves to stay in the rotation instead of Chris Capuano when Masahiro Tanaka comes off of the disabled list.
Girardi didn’t say that Warren will definitely remain in the rotation when Tanaka is ready to come off of the disabled list, but he did say that there is a possibility of him doing so.
“I think you see where you’re at as a ballclub and what your needs are,” Girardi said. Girardi doesn’t like to commit to anything ahead of time, but he will probably go with Warren because he will give the team a better chance to win than Capuano (7.36 ERA in two starts).
Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his single to left in the fourth inning. He is proving that he does have something left offensively after not doing anything the first month of the season. Beltran can’t field like he used to because he can’t run, which makes it necessary to put a back-up outfielder in the game for him in about the seventh inning.
Mark Teixeira was the offensive star of the game for the Yankees as he was 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning that scored Alex Rodriguez and then hit a double to right center that scored Rodriguez and Chris Young in the fifth inning. This was Teixeira’s second four RBI game of the season. He is fully healthy this season as he has 14 homers and 35 RBIs already after hitting 22 homers and driving in 62 runs all of last season.
Dellin Betances pitched the eighth inning and struck out all three batters that he faced. Betances got Salvador Perez, Omar Infante and Paulo Orlando all to strike out swinging. Betances is pitching like the All-Star he was last season and has remarkably retired the last 28 batters that he has faced. After perfect inning on Tuesday, he had 38 strikeouts and 25 innings pitched and had not allowed a singled earned run.
Their win over the Royals gave the Yankees a 24-22 record and a half a game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the mediocre American League East.
On Wednesday, Adam Warren was officially named the No. 5 starter by manager Joe Girardi. It was known that there would be a strong possibility that Warren would be the No. 5 starter since last week when Brian Cashman said that he was the favorite in the competition.
“Right now if we had to make the decision today, we all know what the decision would be,” Cashman said before the Yankees had their game on March 25. “There is a Secretariat in this race. Right now Warren has a big lead in this.”
Chris Capuano, who had a hamstring injury a few weeks ago, will likely push Warren back to the bullpen once he is healthy. (Ivan Nova will takeover for Capuano when he is healthy.) Warren, who is entering his third full season, has a 2.70 ERA in five spring training starts (16.2 innings). He has allowed 17 hits, has 11 strikeouts and only one walk.
Girardi said that Warren won the job thanks to his impressive work on the mound including his “four-pitch mix, that he throws strikes…has the ability to get left-handers and right-handers out.” Girardi said Warren holds runners well, and “does the little things, fields his position.” Warren throws a four-seam fastball (95mph), slider (87mph), circle change (86mph) and knuckle curve (82mph).
Warren pitched better than any of the other No. 5 starter candidates this spring and also has minor league stats that prove that he can be a quality fill in starter. In 2010, in his first full season while pitching at Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, he had an outstanding 2.59 ERA in 25 starts with 126 strikeouts and 33 walks. In 2012, while pitching at the more challenging Triple-A Scranton, he had a solid 3.71 ERA in 26 starts 107 strikeouts, 46 walks and one shutout. He had a high 1.295 WHIP, but in spring training his WHIP is only 1.08, which proves that he can improve in that category.
Warren made his debut in 2013 and was drafted in the fourth round by the Yankees in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has made three starts and 101 appearances out of the bullpen. He should be able to make a smooth transition to starting again based on his stats so far and his history in the minors.
The Yankees have signed right-hander Scott Baker to a minor-league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. The deal will be worth $1.5 million if he makes the roster. The Texas Rangers signed him to a minor-league deal last year and he finished the 2014 season with a 5.47 ERA in 25 games (eight starts). He had a 3.60 ERA after only making three starts for the Chicago Cubs in 2013.
Baker, who is 33 and went to Oklahoma State University, is entering his 10th season after having some success as a mid to end of rotation starter during his first seven seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins from 2005-2011. In 2009, he had a career-highs of 15 wins, 33 starts and 162 strikeouts, while having a high 4.37 ERA. His previous season was much better as he allowed 66 earned runs (31 less than 2009), had a 3.45 ERA and allowed eight fewer homers than he did the previous season. From 2007-2011, he went 55-37 with a 3.98 ERA in 821 innings.
In his nine seasons, he has 66 wins, a 4.25 ERA, 170 starts, 21 appearances out of the bullpen, a 1.253 WHIP, 831 strikeouts and 242 walks. Baker hasn’t had much success (or game appearances) the last two seasons after missing all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, but this signing makes sense because if the Yankees don’t sign another established starter, he could be used instead of Chris Capuano at the end of the rotation.
Baker has been a good control pitcher throughout his career, finishing in the top 10 in the American League in strikeout-to-walk ratio three times. He has the fourth-best strikeout-to-walk ratio in the history of the Twins, including their time as the Washington Senators, at 3.438 (behind only Kevin Slowey‘s 4.702, Jim Merritt‘s 3.904 and Johan Santana‘s 3.794).
Through the 2011 season, Baker threw six pitches: a four-seam fastball (89-96mph), a two-seam fastball (88-93mph), a cut fastball (mid 80s), a slider (low 80s), a curveball (79-81mph) and a changeup (low 80s). Since pitching in 2013 with the Cubs, his average fastball velocity has dropped into the high 80s and he has used his curveball much less frequently. In 2014, he relied primarily on his four-seam fastball (91mph), slider (82mph), sinker (90mph), and sinker (90mph).
Pineda’s one-year, $2.1 million contract for the 2015 season exactly matched MLBTR’s projection. Pineda is coming off of a season where he dominated in his 13 starts with a 1.89 ERA (and 59 strikeouts and only seven walks) in 76.1 innings, but he didn’t pitch for the Yankees between April 23 and August 23 as a result of inflammation in his teres major muscle (shoulder). He proved that he is over his shoulder issues as he allowed two runs or less in eight of his nine starts after being activated from the disabled list.
Pineda proved to be almost un-hittable last season since he was able to seemingly always throw his four-seam fastball (93 mph), slider (85 mph) and change-up (88 mph) where he wanted them to go. The movement on his pitches keeps hitters off balance and he knows when to throw his pitches to get a strikeout or a ball hit weakly.
Nova’s one-year, $3.3 million contract for the 2015 season also matched the MLBTR projection. Nova had to leave his start on April 19 due to an elbow injury, and he would miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery. He was 2-2 with an 8.27 ERA in his four starts. He had his best season statistically in 2013 as he appeared in 23 games and made 20 starts, had an impressive 3.10 ERA, two shutouts, 116 strikeouts, only 44 walks and a career-low 1.28 WHIP.
The Yankees think that he will be able to return to the rotation by June. Nova throws a four-seam fastball (93 mph), sinker (93 mph) and 12-6 curve (80 mph) and a circle change-up (85-88 mph). He relies heavily on his four-seamers against righties and lefties. He will be an asset to the rotation if he can regain control of his pitches shortly after his return to the team. The rotation will currently be Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Nate Eovaldi, Chris Capuano, and Nova would move Capuano into a relief role when he is healthy.
The Yankees will need Nova to pitch like he did in the 2013 season when he recovers from his Tommy John surgery and for Pineda to stay healthy for the whole season for the first time since 2011 for the team to advance to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
On Tuesday, the Yankees re-signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million contract. He is a 36-year-old journeyman who has previously pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
Capuano was an All-Star in 2006 with the Brewers when he finished the season with 11 wins, a 4.03 ERA, 174 strikeouts and only 47 walks, but he has mostly been a mediocre pitcher throughout his career. He has been a somewhat reliable back-end of the rotation starter, and has served as a reliever in the 2013, 2013 and 2014 seasons. Capuano has a 76-87 record, a 4.28 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, 1.134 strikeouts, 426 walks and has allowed 183 homers in 10 seasons.
While pitching for the Mets in 2011, Capuano had a very high 4.55 ERA while making 33 appearances and 31 starts. In 2013, which was the last season that he made most of his appearances as a starter, he had a 4.26 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 24 walks for the Dodgers. Further adding to his mediocrity, this past season, he had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances for the Red Sox, and after he was designated for assignment, he had a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts (65.2 innings) with the Yankees.
In a surprising decision, General Manager Brian Cashman all but declared that Capuano would have a spot in the rotation to begin the season. “He’s coming in as one of our starters,” Cashman said. This means that as of now their rotation will be Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Capuano. Ivan Nova should be back from Tommy John surgery by June and until then the internal options for the final spot include Adam Warren, David Phelps, Bryan Mitchell, Chase Whitley and Jose De Paula. If in the rotation, Capuano makes the most sense as the number 5 starter.
Cashman is still saying that they don’t have plans to enter the bidding for Max Scherzer because of the money and years attached to him. However, this could still change come the end of January as that was when they signed Tanaka last year.
Many of the number 3 starters or better have already been traded for or signed by teams, so it is looking like Cashman will either come out of left field with an offer for Scherzer that he can’t refuse, or be content to go into spring training with the starters currently on the roster. It will not be a successful offseason if Cashman doesn’t add another starter.
Capuano is a pitcher who can be relied upon to be a workhorse that offers depth and versatility. His main attribute is that he eats up innings as he has thrown more than 186 innings four times in his career. He pitched six innings or more in eight of his 12 starts with the Yankees. However, proving his inconsistency is that he allowed four earned runs during two out of his three starts where he had more than five strikeouts.
They are not making much of an investment in him as it is only a one-year contract, but it did come as a surprise that Cashman already said that he is one of the starters in the rotation. However, this could change in spring training if a pitcher like Manny Banuelos or Mitchell really emerges.
Capuano, who was drafted in the 8th round of the 1999 draft, is a finesse pitcher who relies on his unorthodox delivery. He throws his fastball in the mid to upper 80s. The crafty lefty features a changeup and a slider, and his excellent pickoff move helped him lead the major leagues in that category with 12 in 2005.