Category Archives: Regular Season

Game 153. Ellsbury leads Yanks to win, but may be done for the year.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled, and drove in three runs in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Toronto Friday night but also strained his right hamstring and, with only nine games remaining in the regular season, may be done for the year.

Toronto took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an Edwin Encarnacion HR off of Yankees’ starter and winner Hiroki Kuroda.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the first on a double by Ellsbury, single by Jeter and RBI single by McCann.

Ellsbury put the Yanks up 3-2 in the third with his 16th (and final? We’ll hear about the MRI results today) HR of the season.

The Yanks made it 5-2 in the fourth when Ellsbury hit an RBI force out with the bases loaded and reached first on a bad throw by Blue Jays’ SS Jose Reyes which enabled a second run to score on the play. In running down the line, however, Ellsbury strained his hamstring.

Derek Jeter got two hits to run his career total to 3455 and lift his batting average to .252.

Kuroda (W, 11-9, 3.77) went 6 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 walks and 7 K.
Outman (overall ERA 2.86) one batter, and he gave up a double.
Rogers 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Overall ERA 5.23
Warren (Save #3) 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.13.

The win puts the Yanks at 79-74, and two games up on Toronto for second place in the AL East. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just nine games to go. Cleveland is also 79-74, and the Yanks would have not only better the Indians in the last nine games, but also jump over KC (83-69) and Seattle (83-70) to claim that final playoff spot.

HOF 1B Willie McCovey has been hospitalized. Get Well Soon, Stretch!

 

Game 152. Jeter HRs in Yanks 3-2 win.

Derek Jeter hit his first (and only?) Yankee Stadium HR of the year tonight in the Yankees 3-2 win over Toronto.

You wonder, with only 10 games left in Jeter’s final season, if career HR #260 will be his last. He had two hits to move his career total up to 3453.

The Yanks won in the bottom of the 9th on an error.

The Yanks broke a scoreless tie in the fifth on a Drew double, and Jeter’s fourth HR of the year made it 2-0 in the sixth.

But Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run HR to Jose Bautista in the 8th to spoil Shane Greene’s bid for a win.

In the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young singled, Antoan Richardson PR and stole second and Brett Gardner bunted Richardson to third. Chase Headley hit a grounder through the legs of 1B Adam Lind and Richardson scored to win the game for the Yanks.

With the win, the Yanks improved to 78-74 and surpassed the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. With ten games to go, they are five out of the final wild card spot.

Greene went 6 2/3, 0 r, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. ERA a superb 3.24. An excellent rookie campaign.

Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 1.33.

Kelley 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.47. I’m not sold on him. An ERA of 4.47 is way too high for a late innings reliever.

David Robertson  (W, 3-5, 2.83) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

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 150. Yanks lose, 6-1.

Michael Pineda has an ERA of 2.15.

He also has a W-L record of 3-5, since the Yanks don’t hit for him. Tuesday night was no exception as the Yanks lost 6-1 to the Rays.

Pineda went 5 1/3, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He left losing 2-1.

The bullpen didn’t keep the Yanks in the game after Pineda left.

Josh Outman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 2.86.

Esmiel Rogers 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA 5.31.

Rich Hill 2 batters, 2 hits. 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks or K. Overall ERA 3.86.

David Phelps 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.35.

David Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 3.54.

Things got a bit heated when Derek Jeter was HBP and David Phelps threw a pitch inside in retaliation. The Rays have hit a couple batters in recent Rays/Yanks games recently, including Jeter last week as well as the pitch that hit Headley in the chin. Phelps, Girardi and coach Tony Pena were ejected.

Jeter’s 0-for string reached 26. His batting average is down to .249, a 29 point drop since August 2nd.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks lost their hottest hitter, Martin Prado, for the season due to an emergency appendectomy.

Masahiro Tanaka will test out his arm (and that hopefully-recovering torn ligament in his elbow) with a start on Sunday.

The only Yanks run in the game came on an rbi single by Ichiro in the second. They were 1 for 10 with RISP.

One other sad note: The Yanks are dead last in the AL in runs scored.

With the loss, the Yanks remain in 3rd place in the AL East (Baltimore clinched the division last evening) at 76-74, and there is a chance they may finish without a winning record for the first time since 1992. They are six out of the final playoff spot with just 12 games remaining and would have to jump four teams.

Game 149. Yanks’ offense disappoints again in 1-0 loss.

This has been the story of the Yankees’ season in 2014—a good pitching performance sabotaged by an underperforming, often non-existent offense. The OPS+ is 94, the ERA + 104. That more or less tells you a lot. (100 is average, the higher the better).

Tampa Bay scored with two out in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Yanks 1-0 Monday night.

Last time out, Chris Capuano only got one out. This time, he pitched six shutout, two-hit innings in lowering his overall ERA to 4.55. 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 walks and 4 K.

Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 3.21.

Shawn Kelley (L, 3-6, 4.20) took the loss. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

The Yanks got just six hits in the game. Derek Jeter, 0 for his last 24, was given the day off.

With the loss, and Baltimore’s win, the inevitable finally happened, the Yanks were eliminated from winning the division. As far as that final playoff spot goes, they are now six back with 13 to go and must jump over four teams to do so.  Although not mathematically eliminated yet, you can stick a fork in them. Just being realistic, here.

At 76-73, it is looking more and more likely that the Yanks won’t match last year’s record of 85-77, and will wind up with their worst season since 1992, which was their last season under .500. They have to win six of the remaining 13 games to finish above .500.

If they can get hot, they could pass Toronto (and yes, the Yanks do have games left against the Blue Jays) for second place in the division. Small consolation, since the second place won’t come with a wild card berth.

In related news, Mark Newman is stepping down as Farm Director, and Masahiro Tanaka threw five innings in instructional league. Tanaka may be back this weekend.

Game 148. Robertson can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 3-2.

David Robertson threw 35 pitches on Friday in one of the doubleheader games. He threw 11 Saturday in saving that game. He was brought in yesterday to save a 2-1 Yankees lead in the 9th.

You just knew what was going to happen. Robertson had nothing, gave up two runs and the Yanks lost 3-2.

On the ESPN telecast, the announcers basically said that to them, it appeared that the Yanks were basically saying “you are a free agent, we aren’t going to re-sign you, so we’ll just run you into the ground.”

Seriously, there was no one else Girardi could have brought in to get three outs? Robertson for a third straight day?

Martin Prado homered in the second, his 12th overall HR of the year, to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Baltimore tied it in the sixth.

Brian McCann put the Yanks up 2-1 in the top of the 9th with his 20th HR of the year.

But then Robertson gave up doubles to Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce to tie it (and see my recent post “You were saying” about Pearce, a one-time Yankee), and after a fly out, a double to Kelly Johnson (remember him? Yup, that Kelly Johnson from the Yanks earlier this year) to win it.

Kuroda went 7, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.81. Too bad the Yanks, like usual for this year, didn’t give any run support to a starter who pitched well.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.35. His 2 K tied Mariano Rivera’s record of 130 K in a season by a Yankees’ reliever. It looks more and more like he will be the closer next year and the Yanks will let Robertson leave via free agency and take the money saved to shore up other needs. This year’s first-round draft pick, Jacob Lindgren, may wind up being the set-up man. We’ll see what happens this winter.

Robertson 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 k. He falls to 2-5, 2.93.

The Yanks fall to 76-72. They remain in third place, 12 1/2 behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East with 14 to go. They are one game behind second-place Toronto. The Orioles’ magic # for eliminating the Yanks from the division title is down to two. As far as that final playoff spot is concerned, the Yanks are five out with 14 to go and would have to jump over four teams to get there.

The Yanks finished 85-77 last year. They would need to go 9-5 in their last 14 games just to meet that mark this year. That’s what has been disappointing. They had a lot of injuries last year (Jeter and Teix both missed most of the year), and with the free agent signings of Beltran, McCann, Ellsbury and Tanaka, you thought the record would be better, or at least the same—not worse. Yes, there have been injuries this year, but still, it’s been disappointing.

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4. He is now 0 for his last 24 and down to .250 (actually, .249534, which is rounded up to .250). He did hit a couple of balls well last night, but no luck. His OPS+ is down to 70 and he’s hitting .172 since August 2nd. It makes you wish the season, and his career, were over already.

It’s not like you want Jeter’s career to be over, and yes, you’d like for a miracle to happen and for the Yanks to make the playoffs (isn’t happening) but you just don’t want Jeter to go on to the end like this. Another point fell off the lifetime batting average. He started this year at .312, and it’s down to .309.

There are 14 games to go, and how many Jeter plays in we don’t know. You’d hate to see him below .250 or even .240. You’d hate to see another point drop off that lifetime batting average.

You hope he has one or two multi-hit games left in him.

But does he?

Game 147. Double steal highlights Yanks’ 3-2 win.

The Yanks executed a double steal, with Chris Young stealing home on the play, and that run was the deciding run in a 3-2 Yankees win on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Brian McCann homered with one out in the top of the second. Mark Teixeira then walked, and Young doubled him to third. Antoan Richardson singled in a run and after Zelous Wheeler struck out, Young and Richardson executed their double steal.

The Orioles scored single runs in the third and sixth, but the Yanks held on to win 3-2.

Shane Greene (W, 5-3, 3.56) went 5 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 9 K.
Esmiel Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Overall ERA 4.71.
Josh Outman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 2.93.
Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.07
David Robertson (36th saves) 1 Ip, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.64.

The Yanks stay in 3rd place in the AL East, 76-71, one game behind second-place Toronto. (They are 11 1/2 behind first-place Baltimore with 15 to play). As for that final playoff spot, they are five out with 15 to go.

Derek Jeter is 0 for his last 20. His 0 for 3 Saturday dropped his batting average to .251. He is stuck on 3450 hits. Since August 2nd, he has dropped 27 points off the batting average and is hitting .177 since then. It’s tough to see. Hopefully the Captain has a couple of multi-hit games left in him. There are just two weeks left in his career. The batting average is low enough (almost 60 points below his career batting average of .310), and you’d hate to see it get below .250.

Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira is down to .217.