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One In A Row

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There is no  crying in baseball, only whining,

and there should be no “hopefully this is the first  step” in baseball  either, the only  cliche that  hasn’t become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating in baseball is “momentum is your next day’s starting pitcher”

So  when it comes to phraseology, you can  hang your hat on the next day’s starter, he’s in control of all  the emotions you’re gonna feel…  When  you win, it’s like hitting the lottery, when you lose you wake up with a hangover..

The Bombers and their fans had plenty of hangovers in the last  two weeks, from May  12th  to May  24th  the Yanks lost 10 of 11 games, the longest  streak came after DFA Sabathia had pitched the Bombers to  a 5-1 win vs the Royals on May 16th.. Grateful Ned’s Royals are the only team  the Yanks have beaten in this 12 game free fall

Both  victories had plenty to  do with the next day’s starting pitcher. Sabathia surprisingly  went 7 strong innings, 6 hits, 1 run, even the Yankee offense can manage to scratch out enough scores to win a game like that…

Yesterday  all  the buzz circled around 5 Bomber HR’s, a two run bomb by Headley, and two  3 run Taters by McCan’t and Gardner, accounting for the 8 runs that  came in the first inning!

The 4th HR, another 3 run Bomb by Drew in the 2nd inning came after only 3 batters had faced the star of this Yankee barrage, Royals starter J Woody Guthrie

After Drew swatted his Ballantine blast, Grateful Ned Yost had to Yank Guthrie and end the madness. So the Royals next day starter lasted 1 inning, 9 hits, 11 runs, 4 HR’s,  3 BB’s, 1 K

New York Yankees' Chase Headley (12) is greeted by Brett Gardner after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The Yanks can Bash Brother forearms all the want, Gardner can prance his tough guy gate from the dugout to the batters box like some Saturday morning cartoon  super hero, after the team finally came out of their 10 game stupor, it was  a hell of a show,  but I’m gonna thank Guthrie for keeping my alcohol intake on Monday  to  a minimum

Guthrie’s first frame went like this: Double, home run, single, wild pitch, walk, home run, flyout, groundout, hit batter, single, home run, single, walk, strikeout.

Asked if it was just an issue of poor command, Guthrie said, “I’m sure it was more than just command, but that was a part of it.

Don’t get too  excited boys, the last time NY hit 5 HR’s vs Tampa, the next game jump started the insidious 1 and 10  debacle, so to coin a very wise man’s saying, let’s hope we don’t have  deja vu  all over today  when Warren  meets Jason Vargas, fresh off a 15 day DL stint

The Royals might have the Yanks right where they  want them, Vargas owns a 3-1 record in 2015 despite a 5.26 ERA and 1.48 WHIP, and his peripherals don’t suggest a turnaround any time soon, as both his FIP (5.25) and xFIP (5.26) are eerily close to his earned run average. This is the perfect time for Vargas’ Law of Averages to kick in

The Yanks have also  scored two runs in the first inning on 3 occasions during the losing streak, only to not plate another run the rest of the game. In  fact the exceedingly annoying Paul O’ Neill finally made a decent point yesterday in between all  the War stories and bad jokes,,

That NY needed to  tack on runs, you can’t let the other team  wake up  and think they have a shot, so while the 8  run onslaught was fun, the 3 run Tater  by Drew that  chased Gutherie and made it 11-0 was fun-er

You still  weren’t completely as comfortable as say Glaucoma John  and Ma Pinstripe who  pretty much  closed the book on this game in the 2nd inning.. The rest of us were still  a bit leery, after all we had Phil Evo on the bump, and he’s about as comforting as sleeping on an bed of nails

Surprisingly Eovaldi  pitched very well, he managed to  get through 7 innings, 8 hits, 1 run, 4 K’s, 1 BB, 0 HR’s, 4.27 ERA

He didn’t implode, despite once again  giving up more hits then innings pitched, in fact  he’s tossed 52.2 innings and given up  65 hits, he has a 1.50 WHIP and team’s hit .303 against him so his 4-1 record is very 2010 Phil Hughes-ish

You did see what could elevate him from a back of the rotation  starter to  a possible #3, he was getting outs with his splitter and slider and he stayed  away from the predictable Farnsworth-ish  fastball that MLB hitters just  sit on and destroy at an  alarming rate

“I thought he used his curveball effectively, I thought he got some strikeouts with his split, I just thought he mixed his pitches really well today,” Girardi said. “You know, we’ve talked about Evo a lot, in a sense, when he has his offspeed, he can throw it for strikes, he’s really effective.”

Anyway  good for Evo, he’s a young  pitcher and the Yanks could really use a young cost controlled  starter in the rotation  that  can  actually eat 7 innings,  but again he’s the ultimate blind date, you just never know what  your walking into…

The offense broke out, Eovaldi  didn’t crumble like a stale cracker, but I was equally as buzzed for Slade Heathcott and Jake Lindgren

The Heathcott story is a lesson in perseverance, he’s a former alcoholic / injury prone 1st round draft choice turned sour. He was recently DFA’d, made it through  waivers, won the Rook  award out of Spring Training, and finally got his shot when  the Doughboy went down

Again with Beltran  blocking right field, unfortunately it took an injury to  the Yanks best  all  around player to get this kid to  the varsity, but he hit the ground running @ 5 for 12 with a double, a HR and 3 RBI’s.. Way too early to get on the bandwagon, and you want to  see some other veteran players start to pick it up so when the kid hits the skids it’s not as daunting

The Yanks are in dire need of a youth transfusion and Heathcott can help in that  department

Equally as important was Jake Lindgren  tossing 2 shutout innings, the Bombers had a 13 run lead so you try to  sort  out the grain of salt from the sugar and how sweet it was to  see him induce a DP on the 2nd pitch of his MLB career then get two punch outs in the 7 batters he faced

You also  saw the disclaimer on this kid, he walked two  batters, one the lead of hitter in the 9th inning, so  his command was an issue in the minors and it could be a problem  pitching for the varsity

The stuff is nasty though, he has a put away slider that  can’t be hit, you just  have to hope he learns how to command it better. The longer he pitches, the more intel will be gathered, and seasoned pros will  lay  off his pitches that don’t catch  too much plate. That  said he does have the upper hand when he gets two  strikes on a batter

Checking out his Pitch FX

Lindgren  tossed 25 pitches, 14 strikes,  18  fast balls, 7 sliders.. His velocity differential is around 91 FB to  84 Slider

8 of  9  balls  spotted were well off the plate so  that’s good and bad, he’s not gonna entice a swing and miss, but he’s not laying a cookie in and around the strike zone either, at least not yesterday

Two of his sliders for swinging strikes were well off the plate and unhittable, 2 were in the strike zone but with enough movement to  make them hard to  barrel up and deceptive enough to miss bats

His command, like most youngsters is the biggest issue, but he has the put away pitch, lets hope he can be that illusive 7th inning guy  that  bridges Betances and Miller

Tonight Warren  vs Vargas

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Written by Sal

May 26, 2015 at 8:08 am

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  1. totally agree and we probably all agree Heathcott needs to play ahead of Young

    should be interesting to see what Joey does tonight with the Lefty Vargas going I hope he gives the kid a shot, then again with Beltran sick who else is gonna play, unless Beltran got better

    http://riveraveblues.com/2015/05/chris-youngs-great-april-shouldnt-stand-way-regular-playing-time-slade-heathcott-120278/

    Yanks need to play young guys a lot give the old bones rest

    Heathcott has only had 2 AB’s vs LHP and not much of a track record

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/batvspitch/_/id/31667/slade-heathcott

    sal

    May 26, 2015 at 10:20 am

  2. Heathcott 11 for 42 vs LHP at AAA

    sal

    May 26, 2015 at 10:25 am

  3. Ninth homer for Jagielo. Now hitting .305/.389/.583 at AA. Yanks 1st round pick from ND

    bad sign for Pirela or Ref but per Axisa

    Uribe hasn’t played 2B in a few years now but he’s still a better RH IF option than anyone NYY has. Seems like LAD is giving him away too.

    sal

    May 26, 2015 at 11:19 am

  4. just checked Uribe’s line .. No thanks Blind Boy let’s stick with the growing pains.. no wonder Friedman wants to give him away

    .247 .287 .309 .596

    sal

    May 26, 2015 at 11:20 am


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