Thursday, June 18, 2015

Yankees ramblings: Pineda, Drew, bullpen, Teixeira & Rodriguez

I had some observations throughout the New York Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday night. Forgive me for rambling...

Rambling #1

Michael Pineda did exactly what was needed of him. The Yankees’ offense remained stagnant and he put up six straight zeroes. Hey, he held the Marlins hitless through the first six innings as well. Can the Yankees ask anything more? It is imperative that Pineda turn in efforts like Wednesday’s when the Yankees are coming off consecutive losses. There cannot be any long losing streaks for the Yankees to stay in the playoff race and between Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka, the club should be fine in that regard going forward.

Rambling #1A

Concerning Pineda’s attempt at the no-hitter; there was no chance he was going to be given more than 110 pitches last night. He was at 94 through six innings which projected to 141 at the pace he had set. The home run he allowed to Christian Yelich removed manager Joe Girardi from the responsibility of  making the decision about the no-no, and allowed The Binder to focus on getting the win.

Rambling #2

Stephen Drew is a great fielder. He’s a terrible hitter. Yes, he has power, but he’s virtually an automatic out except for every fifth or sixth start. I tweeted this earlier this morning.

Drew is a .252 hitter for his career, and has languished below The Mendoza Line since last season, so hitting .260 for a stretch of 100 at-bats seems outlandish. I'll continue to bang the drum for Rob Refsnyder and hope he can figure out how to make the pivot at second base before the trade deadline or else, we might see someone else (Ben Zobrist?) at the keystone, thus costing the club players from the system.

Rambling #3

The trio of Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances did a great job after Pineda left. If Adam Warren is indeed moved to the bullpen and Andrew Miller comes back the same as he was before the injury, this is shaping up to be the strong bullpen everyone expected; albeit with a different cast of characters.

Rambling #4

The Mark Teixeira injury watch has begun. After playing in 61-of-65 games this season, the Yankees’ first baseman sat out Wednesday with a stiff neck. Apparently he has been dealing with it since the Baltimore series. They hate him there. It makes me wonder if the hotel the club stayed in supplied Teixeira with crappy pillows? In all seriousness, the Yankees' offense is listless without Teixeira’s power and run-producing ability. Ask yourself this; entering the season, was there a better chance of Teixeira playing in 150+ games or reaching 30 home runs and 100 RBI? He’s on his way to passing all three measures (pace = 152 G, 45 HR & 120 RBI).

Rambling #5

Finally, did you catch the fancy graphics the YES Network is using for each of Alex Rodriguez’s hits toward 3,000? How about this tweet?

Apparently, now that there is no money attached to this milestone, the team has no problem using A-Rod's statistics to their advantage. The Yankees suggested they couldn’t market A-Rod’s pursuit of Willie Mays or now Babe Ruth in the home run chase, but it seems more like they chose to save a few bucks as they willfully display Rodriguez's hit count on the broadcast and in social media. At least the club has been reported to have offered to donate a smaller portion of the contracted $6 million to a charity of A-Rod’s choice. The resolution deadline, which recently passed, was put on hold so the sides could work out a deal.

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Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.