A Boxscore for the Ages

Travis d’Arnaud started at third for the Mets last night against the Yankees. Problem is, d’Arnaud is a catcher and never played anywhere else on the diamond in the majors or minors, apart from two games at first in 2012.

What followed was one of the most delightful games of hide the bad fielder you have ever seen. When a righty came up, d’Arnaud typically traded places with the second baseman. When a runner was on first, he typically went back to third to avoid having to try to turn a DP. The official line is a wonderful one- “3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B-2B-3B” Unfortunately, most boxscores are just reporting that he was a “3b-2b” last night which obscures the beauty of it.

The Yankees have been taking advantage of these games against the Mets which is good, because they are going to head into Boston with a rickety starting rotation. Jordan Montgomery is going to have to pitch Friday. If CC Sabathia is healthy, he will start Saturday. If he isn’t, I guess Caleb Smith will. TBD is currently Sunday’s starter, but I would expect the Yankees to put Sonny Gray out there. Not exactly the way you would want to head into a big series, but there is little they can do about it now.

A Real Mess

Last night’s win was a great one, but the Yankees are in a lot of trouble. Yesterday, they put CC Sabathia on the DL. Today, they are putting Tanaka on the DL. Including Pineda, that means the original top 3 starters from the beginning of the year are now all on the DL.

This also means the Yankees have Sonny Gray, Luis Severino, and Jaime Garcia at the front of their rotation. Jordan Montgomery, who was sent to the minors to conserve his innings, will have to come back and give the Yankees what he can. Luis Cessa or Caleb Smith will probably be the fifth starter, unless the Yankees feel like Chance Adams is ready to contribute. Trades can still happen, as long as the pitcher has passed through waivers. The Yankees will definitely be on the lookout for an innings-eating veteran.

My “Toe” Hurts

Ronald Torreyes is a nice story. He is a scrappy player who plays like every minute might be his last. Unfortunately, that has led to the conclusion in the media that he is a good player, and that simply isn’t the case.

I don’t like writing this post. Torreyes is a guy who we should all root for- someone who has overcome the odds and succeeded. But, turning a blind eye to his limitations does no one any favors. Let’s look at some facts.

Entering tonight, Torreyes was hitting .287/.305/.374 in 242 AB’s. Last year he hit .258/.305/.370 in 168 AB’s, so about the same. That’s perfectly acceptable from a backup infielder, but it isn’t acceptable from a regular player. That’s the thing that the pundits ignore. He is a great role player, but he isn’t a starter.

The problem currently is that the Yankees are ignoring that too. But, I suspect they might not if they had options. The 40-man roster has only four guys who can play the middle infield on it-Castro, Didi, Torreyes, and Wade. Castro is hurt and Wade is 6-for-47 in his career so far. Barring a trade, Torreyes is the best option.
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Based on reports tonight, the Yankees missed a great chance at a trade. Jay Bruce went to Cleveland for a small prospect because Cleveland agreed to pay his entire remaining salary ($4-million or so). The Yankees apparenly offered more than that prospect-wise, but wanted the Mets to take on some of the salary.

I really hope the reports are wrong. Bruce would have been a huge boost to the lineup and $4-million seems a small price to pay for a guy with 29 homers this year. Matt Holliday has collapsed since his virus, and is now on the DL, so Bruce could have been a great fit.

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One final note. When Clint Frazier had to be removed from the lineup right before game time, it exposed the Yankee roster. They currently only have 12 hitters active. With Frazier unavailable, the bench tonight was Romine and Wade. Wade can play a lot of positions, but that isn’t enough depth. I hope they bring up another hitter soon.