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Game 162. Yanks win season/Jeter’s finale, 9-5.

The Yankees got off to a 9-0 lead and held on to win the season finale—also the last game of Derek Jeter’s career—9-5 on Sunday.

With the win, the Yankees ended the season at 84-78 and all alone in second place in the AL East (Toronto lost to Baltimore in their season finale and finished 83-79). The Yankees finished 12 back of Baltimore in the division, and 4 out of the final wild card spot.

In 2013, the Yanks finished tied for 3rd, but with 85 wins. So this year they finished better in the division, but with one less win. It was their worst record since 1992.

With the offseason moves (and lots of spending) on Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, as well as the returns of Jeter and Teixeira, it was a disappointing season after a hopeful offseason.

Derek Jeter got an RBI infield single on a Baltimore chop in his last at bat to retire with 3465 hits (sixth all-time) and a .310 lifetime batting average. It was his 50th RBI of the season. He had lined to SS in the first. He was pinch-run for after his hit and finished his final game 1 for 2. His final season: .256-4-50 with 10 SB in 12 attempts. OPS+ 75.

The Yanks got four in the third on a two-run triple by Ichiro, Jeter’s single, and a SF by Teixeira.

They got five in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Pirela, single by John Ryan Murphy, double by Austin Romine and single by Chase Headley.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was cruising. After he was pulled, the bullpen made things a bit sloppy by giving up five to Boston in the bottom of the seventh.

Pineda had an ERA of 1.89 this year. Too bad he only started 13 games and the Yanks didn’t give him much run support.

Pineda (W, 5-5, 1.89) 6 1/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 10 K.

Rogers 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.72.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.97.

Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

The postseason now begins for 10 teams. In the AL Oakland (who barely held on to make the postseason) will be at KC for the wild-card playoff game, winner gets the Angels. The other ALDS has Detroit vs. Baltimore.

In the NL, SF will be at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game with the winner getting Washington. The other NLDS will be the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers.

 

Game 155. Gardner gets 15000th team HR in 5-2 win.

Brett Gardner hit the 15,000th HR in Yankees history, Brian McCann added two more, and Masahiro Tanaka got a win in his return from the DL (Chaz Roe was DFA’d) as the Yanks beat Toronto 5-2 on Sunday.

Mickey Mantle got HR #5000, Claudell Washington #10000 and now Brett Gardner #15000 in Yankees history.

For the fourth straight game, Derek Jeter got two hits. He came into the home stand on a bad slump, but in the last home stand of his career, has put together some nice games. He had two hits today, including an RBI double, raised his average to .255, and now has 3459 hits for his career. It was his fourth straight two-hit game, all on his final home stand.

Tanaka, limited in his # of pitches due to just coming off the DL, went 5 1/3 and looked, well, like TANAKA. 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He improved to 13-4, 2.47. If only for those 10 weeks he missed.

He gave up his only run in the top of the first,  but McCann’s first HR of the game tied it in the bottom half of the inning.

Gardner’s 17th HR of the season (and who thought he’d hit THAT many this year?) made it 2-1 in the fifth, and the HR was the 15,000th in Yankees history. They are the first team to hit 15,000 HR in their history.

The Yankees got 3 in the 7th on doubles by Gardner and Jeter and McCann’s 2nd HR of the game. McCann’s 22nd HR gave him the team lead. With Ellsbury out, McCann’s 3 RBI gave him 71 for the season, and the team lead there as well.

Dellin Betances gave up a run in the 8th.

After Tanaka left,

Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.07

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.42.

David Robertson picked up his 38th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.79.

The win put the Yanks 2 up on the Jays for 2nd place in the AL East at 80-75. Two more victories means a winning season. They haven’t had a non-winning season since 1992. They may still win less games than last year, when they won 85.

They are 4 1/2 out of the last wild card spot with just 7 games to go and must jump three teams. An almost impossible task to accomplish.

Game 154. Banged-up Bronx Bombers beaten, 6-3.

At this stage, you wonder who’ll be left for Game 162 besides Derek Jeter.

Mark Teixeira was removed in the middle of the game due to a sore wrist, Carlos Beltran wasn’t available due to his elbow issues (which will require surgery after the season) and Jacoby Ellsbury wasn’t available due to a strained hammy which may finish him for the season. Of course, Martin Prado is out for the year after his emergency appendectomy.

Chris Capuano pitched well for five innings on Saturday, but the wheels fell off in the sixth and the Yanks lost 6-3.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 79-75 with eight games to go. They have a one-game lead over Toronto for second place in the AL East. As for that last playoff spot, they are 4 1/2 out with 8 to go.

Toronto scored first on a first-inning double by Eduardo Encarnacion. The Yanks tied it in the third on a Jeter single (hit #3456), WP and RBI single by McCann.

The Yanks went up 2-1 an inning later on an RBI single by Cervelli.

Toronto, however, got three in the sixth, one in the seventh and another in the ninth.

A Derek Jeter RBI double in the ninth (hit #3457) made it 6-3. Jeter’s RBI put him #100 on the all-time list. The run scored by Jeter in the third put him temporarily into the top 10 all-time in runs scored (he passed A-Rod, who will most likely return the favor next year).

Today,  Sunday, Masahiro Tanaka returns and tests out that elbow. He has been out the last ten weeks.

Besides Jeter most likely playing his last home game on Thursday, two other players may be in their final week. The next start for Hiroki Kuroda could be his last. It could be Wednesday, or…. if the Yanks stay in rotation after Tanaka today, and go Pineda, McCarthy, Greene, Kuroda’s last game of his career could be Thursday—in Jeter’s final home game.

Not only that, Ichiro most likely won’t be back with the Yanks next year. It would remain to be seen who might pick up the soon-to-be 41-year-old.

The pitching line:
Capuano (L, 2-4, overall ERA 4.67) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 2 K.
Whitley 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.11.
Huff 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.47
Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 4.39.

 

 

Game 151. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

The Yanks won 3-2 Wednesday night as Derek Jeter finally got hit #3451. Before the hit, Jeter was in an 0 for 28 skid.

Brandon McCarthy (W, 10-14, overall ERA 3.93; 7-4 as a Yankee, ERA 2.54 (great pickup) ) went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Dellin Betances set a new mark for strikeouts by a Yankees’ reliever, surpassing the 130 Mariano Rivera set in 1996 when Mo set up John Wetteland.

Betances, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.33.

David Robertson got his 37th save, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.88.

Chase Headley and Brendan Ryan both made excellent defensive plays and had RBI doubles in the game in the fifth inning. I can see the Yanks bringing back Headley (who is a free agent) to play 3B next year, with Prado at 2B. Refsnyder may begin the year at AAA. As for Pirela, he could become a free agent and the Yanks could lose him. If Headley is at 3B (and backing up at 1B) A-Rod (remember him?) mostly DHs. Remember A-Rod would be coming back after missing all of 2014, playing only 44 games in 2013 and off of two hip surgeries. The only thing is, if A-Rod DH’s, (he turns 40 in July 2015), then the 38 year old Beltran MUST be healthy enough to play RF and not have to DH.

Brett Gardner just missed a grand slam in the sixth, but did get as SF that proved to be the winning run.

The Rays got a run in the fourth on an Evan Longoria HR before the Yanks two runs in the fifth. They also got another run in the sixth after the Yanks had gone up 3-1.

McCarthy had an “immaculate inning” in the 7th. 3 up, 3 down, all by K and on 9 pitches. Other Yanks to do it were Al Downing in 1967, Ron Guidry in 1984, A.J. Burnett in 2009 and Ivan Nova last year.

The Yanks only had four hits in the game, but improved to 77-74. With the win they moved into a tie for 2nd in the AL East with Toronto. But as far as that final wild card spot goes, they are six back with 11 games to play and need to jump four teams.

Carlos Beltran left the team. Sympathies to him and his family for losing an unborn son.

Game 141. Jeter Day marred by 2-0 loss.

I was up for Derek Jeter Day yesterday at the Stadium (I was hoping they’d retire #2 right away, but that didn’t happen. Why waste another sold-out crowd?) and while the ceremony was great, the day wasn’t, because the Yanks lost 2-0 on two unearned runs. This shutout loss—on unearned runs, no less—not even 48 hours after the Yanks lost on Friday night 1-0 on an unearned run.

Getting in was a pain in the butt. Security could have done a better job letting people in, and they should have opened the gates earlier.

The Yanks have flags with Jeter’s #2 flying all around Yankee Stadium for the end of the year. Joel Sherman of the NY Post remarked that considering the Yanks’ playoff chances (and their offense, I might add), they should be flying at half-staff.

The Yanks are also wearing a commerative patch on their uniform and cap honoring Derek for the rest of the year.

Before the game, Derek made a nice speech and got some nice gifts. Among the dignitaries to honor him were Torre, Rivera, Bernie, Cone, O’Neill, Tino, Matsui (who always gets a huge hand—he is beloved), Posada, Michael Jordan, Harold Reynolds, Cal Ripken, Jr., Dave Winfield, Reggie, … Pettitte was missing due to a family commitment. Jeter even got hit #3450 during the game—one of only four hits the Yanks got. There were video tributes by various people as well, including former teammates and coaches on other teams such as Cano, Swisher, Granderson and Hughes, as well as by his own teammates and coaches.

But the Yanks couldn’t score and errors by starter Shane Greene and RF Carlos Beltran gave KC all they would need.

KC got a run in the second, unearned because of an error by Greene. They got another unearned run in the third due to Beltran’s error, and that was all she wrote.

Greene went 5 (L, 4-3, 3.57). 2 R, both unearned, 5 H, 3 walks and 4 K. He did struggle and his pitch count after five innings was 90.

Adam Warren went 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.15.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 4.24.

Josh Outman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA 3.20.

Esmiel Rogers finished. 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.81.

The loss puts the Yanks at 73-68. They have 21 games left and are off today. They are 9 1/2 back of Baltimore, in 2nd place in the AL East but just 1/2 game ahead of third-place Toronto. As for the final wild-card spot, they are 4 1/2 out but must jump over three teams (Seattle, Detroit and Cleveland) to grab it.

 

Game 139. Unearned run leads to 1-0 Yanks’ loss.

Michael Pineda has started nine games for the Yanks this season. He’s missed about nineteen starts due to the pine-tar incident and to injury.

In those nine starts, he’s been excellent. His ERA is 1.80.

He is also 3-4, because in three of those nine starts, the Yankees have been shut out.

Last night (Friday), Pineda gave up only one run, and that was unearned. But the Yanks didn’t score for him and lost 1-0 to KC.

There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.

With one out in the third, Chase Headley—Thursday night’s hero—made a two-base error. Nori Aoki of KC then singled in the only run of the game.

Pineda went 7, 1 R, (unearned), 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K. The Yanks have scored just 20 runs in his 8 starts, and 8 of those came in one game. 12 in the other 8 starts. 12/8 is 1.5. Less support than Pineda’s excellent ERA of 1.80.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.43. He now has 124 K on the season, and is just six behind Mariano Rivera’s Yankee relief record of 130 set in 1996 (when Mo set up John Wetteland).

David Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.87.

One of the Yanks’ three hits was by Derek Jeter. #3449 of his career.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 72-67 and stay in 2nd place in the AL East, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore (let’s face it, the division is over). In the more important playoff push, they are 4 1/2 out of the final playoff spot with just 23 games to go. Realistically speaking, the Yanks may need to do 17-6 in their last 23 games to make it.

It is possible, but not probable.

Game 136. Yanks lose 3rd straight, 9-4.

Things aren’t looking good. The Yanks lost their third straight game, 9-4. Shane Greene didn’t have it, getting knocked out in the third inning.

The loss puts the Yanks at 70-66, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore in the division. The Yanks are still in second place, but are five out of the final wild card spot with just 26 games left.

The Yanks announced that starting on Sunday, they will be wearing a logo on their caps and uniforms honoring Derek Jeter. Unfortunately, it’s looking more and more like Jeter’s last season will be like Pettitte’s and Rivera’s—one with no postseason.

Greene went 2 2/3, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K in falling to 4-2, 3.88. The Yanks were down 6-0 after just 2 1/2 innings and couldn’t battle back.

You probably thought you’d never see Brett Gardner hitting third, but that is where he was in the lineup last night. He struck out three times and was ejected after the third strikeout when he vehemently argued the call.

Esmiel Rogers 1 2/3, 1 R, 3 h, 1 walk, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.11.

Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. Overall ERA 3.00.

Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.29.

Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.71.

Chaz Roe made his Yankees’ debut. 1 IP, 2 R (1 unearned), 2 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

Martin Prado (10th overall) and Brian McCann (16) homered for the Yanks.

Derek Jeter got hit #3446 of his career.

Chris Young made his Yankees’ debut.

Update: Added to roster: C-JR Murphy. OF-C.Young, A.Richardson. P-R.Hill, C.Roe, B.Mitchell, P.Claiborne, C.Whitley,; Daley released, Almonte DFA’d. Prado injured a hammy in last night’s game.