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Game 123. Houston beats Yanks, 7-4.

At this stage of the season, and given their situation, the Yanks can’t afford to give games away.

Unfortunately, I feel that is exactly what they did last night in losing to Houston, 7-4. I really have to question some plays and decisions made in this game.

Brian McCann gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 14th HR of the season in the fourth inning.

Chris Capuano pitched well for four innings, but gave up a run in the fifth. It was apparent to me that he was losing it. But with the Yanks up 2-1, Capuano started the sixth. He didn’t finish it, giving up three runs. I don’t feel he should have started the inning at all.

Secondly, Girardi brought in Adam Warren to relieve Capuano. Warren hadn’t pitched in a while and in his last nine outings, Warren had a 9.82 ERA. He gave up a huge hit which let a run score (and a second run scored when Ichiro made an error on the play). I wouldn’t have used the slumping Warren in such a spot.

Capuano 5 1/3, 4 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.35.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.49.

Martin Prado tied the game at 4 with a 2-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

And as far as decision-making, here is where I really was shaking my head. I hate roles. If a pitcher is doing fine, and his pitch count is OK, leave him the hell in. Ride the hot hand.

Shawn Kelley pitched the 7th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.46.

So instead of him going an extra inning (stretch out your relievers?) Girardi brought in Betances for the 8th.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.46.

So does Girardi leave Betances in for a second inning? No. He brings Robertson into a tie game to start the ninth.

I don’t like bringing in closers into tie games. I also don’t like burning Kelley and Betances for only one inning each when each did well.

Mixing and matching and using too many pitchers means that sooner or later, you will find the pitcher who doesn’t have it that night. Too many cooks ruin the broth. Too many pitchers blows you a ball game.

Which is what Robertson did, giving up a 3-run HR in the top of the ninth to blow the game, 7-4. Not only that, he grooved a 3-0 pitch. Chris Carter got the green light and launched it. Just b/c you want the strike on 3-0, you still can’t groove the pitch.

Robertson (L, 1-4, 3.06) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K.

Rich Hill finished up. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.50.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled, stole second on a Teix strikeout and went to third on an error. Houston brought the infield in. Carlos Beltran couldn’t hit a fly ball for a go-ahead SF. He grounded it to short. Ellsbury should have held, but ran on contact. He was thrown out at the plate easily.

To me, some bad decisions were made in this game, and it cost the Yanks.

Earlier in the day, a hit given to Jeter was changed (correctly) to an error. It knocks Derek down to 3435 hits for his career.

Forget the division, even though they are in second place, the Yanks are 8 behind the Orioles. At 63-60, they are four back of Seattle and Detroit for the final wild card spot. That is the concern.

Four out of a playoff spot with 39 games left. You can’t afford to give any games away. You have to play, and manage, smart.

Like I wrote, too many pitchers, too many mix and matches, is like too many cooks. It spoils the broth.

Game 122. Yanks beat Rays, 4-2.

The Yanks beat Tampa Bay, Sunday, 4-2, and moved into second place in the AL East with the win.

They are 63-59, 7 behind Baltimore and a half game in front of Toronto. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. The Yanks are off today (Monday). There are 40 games left in the regular season.

Hiroki Kuroda went 6 2/3, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 1 K as he evened his record at 8-8. 3.97.

The Yanks, down 1-0 at the time due to a first-inning Rays’ run, scored three times in the fifth. With two out and no one on, Drew walked and Prado doubled. Gardner singled home two, Jeter singled (hit #3436) and Ellsbury singled in Gardner.

The Rays made it 3-2 in the seventh, but Mark Teixeira’s 20th HR of the season put the Yanks up 4-2 in the eighth and that was the final score.

Teixeira’s HR was his 361st career HR, tying Joe DiMaggio on the all-time HR list.

Shawn Kelley came into a jam in the seventh, faced one batter and struck him out. 4.58.

Dellin Betances the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.

David Robertson picked up his 33rd save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.51.

Game 121. Jeter’s single snaps losing streak. Yanks win 3-2.

For the 59th time in 121 games, the Yanks’ offense put up 3 runs or less. Fortunately, it was enough as the Yanks snapped their five-game losing streak, beating Tampa Bay 3-2.

Derek Jeter’s 3435th career hit, a single to right, plated Brett Gardner in the top of the 9th for the winning run. Gardner had reached on a two-base error.

Martin Prado had given the Yanks a 2-0 lead with a 2-run HR in the second. It was Prado’s 7th HR of the year, 2nd as a Yankee.

Shane Greene pitched well, but got a ND. 6+ IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 10 K. He gave up runs in the sixth and seventh. His ERA is 2.91.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.62.

Dellin Betances (W, 5-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.50.

David Robertson picked up his 32nd save. He did get away with one for the last out. Even Robertson’s facial expressions showed disgust at the pitch and relief that it was a fly to left instead of a game-tying HR.

1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.56.

Had the Yanks lost, they would have fallen into a third-place tie with Tampa Bay. Instead, they stay in third alone, 7 back of the Orioles, 1 back of second-place Toronto. They are four out of the 2nd wild card spot and are 62-59.

The replacements plus Pineda have done well. The combined total of Pineda, McCarthy, Greene, and Capuano is 23 starts and a 2.65 ERA. But they are just 9-7. The onus falls on the offense, which is 14th in the AL (out of 15) in runs scored. The offense has 41 games to wake up.

Game 119. Yanks lose 4th straight, 5-3.

This was a killer. The Yanks’ offense didn’t do much, but they still had a 2-1 lead entering the bottom of the 8th down in Baltimore. Dellin Betances was on the mound, and he’s been great all year.

But it was Betances’ third inning of work, a move that may have deeper complications, such as lost confidence in Warren or Whitley, both of whom have been struggling mightily lately, overwork of some members of the bullpen (especially because, with the lack of offense, there have been so many close games) or desperation.

Betances gave up a game-tying HR, then Shawn Kelley blew the game by giving up a 3-run HR in the same inning as the Yanks lost 5-3.

Forget the division. The loss puts the Yanks 8 behind Baltimore with 43 games to go. Only a drastic change and torrid hot streak by the Yanks and collapse by Baltimore will enable the Yanks to catch the Orioles. It looks like Baltimore will be the AL East champs. Getting tougher for the Yankees is trying to gain that second wild-card spot. At 61-58, the Yanks are 3 1/2 behind co-leaders Detroit and Seattle for that final playoff spot. Toronto is just ahead of the Yanks, 3 back. So the Yanks need to get hot and do some leap-frogging.

Francisco Cervelli gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 2nd HR of the season in the third inning.

Michael Pineda, making his first appearance in almost four months after the pine-tar incident and injury, pitched very well, giving up just one run in the fifth inning. 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. In his five starts this year, his ERA is 1.82, but his record remains at 2-2, a sign of the Yanks’ lack of support. It also shows Pineda’s talent if he is ever healthy and his head is screwed on straight (no pine-tar stupidity).L

In the bottom of the 8th, Jonathan Schoop proved to be a Yankee-killer again. His 11th HR of the season tied the game. It’s his 4th against the Yankees this year, one against Betances, and two against Tanaka. Go figure.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the 9th on an RBI groundout and got the tying run to the plate, but to no avail.

Betances 2 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.52.

Later in that same inning Shawn Kelley gave up a three-run HR to Adam Jones. That was the game.

Kelley (L, 2-4, 4.74) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

To make room for Pineda, the Yanks let Chris LeRoux go. You could see that coming when LeRoux was brought up a couple of days ago and Bryan Mitchell was sent down.

Brian McCann should be back on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch Sunday.

The Yanks are off today (Thursday).

Earlier in the day, Hal Steinbrenner commented on the disappointing offense (after all, he shelled out big bucks to bring in Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran) and refused to comment on GM Brian Cashman, who is a free agent after the season. Personally, I don’t blame Cashman. He brought in players with track records. Although Ellsbury has done OK (and truthfully, he shouldn’t be batting third, but…) McCann and Beltran have been disappointing and others who are gone didn’t play to former potential (Soriano, Roberts). Hal also said he expects A-Rod to rejoin the Yanks in 2015. That is something I’m not looking forward to. Alex’ talents have gone down in the last few years, he will be 40 in July 2015 and after a year off, who knows what he’ll have left. Not to mention the circus and baggage there will be…

Game 115. Beltran slams Indians, 10-6.

Carlos Beltran drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 10-6 win over Cleveland Friday night.

Beltran has been heating up lately. For most of the season, he was hitting in the .220s. He is now up to .251. The team OPS+ is still sub-par, but it has improved to 97. Tiny increments of improvement.

The Yankees used two five-run innings to obtain their victory. After Cleveland got a run in the top of the first, the Yanks bounced back with five in the bottom of the first. One of the hits was by Derek Jeter, and that hit enabled Jeter to tie Honus Wagner on the all-time list with 3430.

After Jeter’s hit, Ellsbury walked and Beltran singled in a run. McCann walked to load the bases and Headley walked to force in a run. Drew and Prado singled in runs and a fifth run scored when an error was made after Prado’s hit.

Esmiel Rogers went five innings for the Yanks (W, 2-0, 5.16 overall), 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Cleveland got a run off of David Huff in the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the sixth.

Beltran’s grand slam (HR #14 for the season, #372 career) made it 9-2. Cervelli doubled, Headley was HBP and a force out and error (Cleveland’s defense is terrible) brought up another run.

The Yankees’ bullpen got a bit sloppy, and a 10-2 game became a 10-6 final.

Huff 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 3.94 (2-0, 2.10 as NYY)
Kelley 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.17.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.
Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 13.50.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.

Jeter wasn’t able to pass “The Flying Dutchman” with hit #3431 last night. Maybe he does it today (Saturday). Today’s game will feature a tribute to ex-Yankee OF and current broadcaster Paul O’Neill as the Yanks honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Earlier this year, the Yanks honored Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez with plaques. On August 23rd, Joe Torre’s #6 will be retired. The Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams next year.

No word yet on Pettitte or Posada. I’ll be at the Stadium September 7th for Derek Jeter Day and who knows what the Yanks will do then? You know #2 will be retired, but when?

Cervelli replaced McCann (concussion) and went 2 for 2. McCann is day-to-day.

Michael Pineda could be back with the Yanks soon. More in the minor league report.

The win puts the Yanks at 61-54 (the first time all year they are seven over .500) and puts them in 2nd place in the AL East, five behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of the Yanks’ last 45 games, ten are against the O’s. As of right now, the final WC slot belongs to KC (yes, KC, who haven’t made the postseason since winning the 1985 WS). The Yanks and Seattle are both 1/2 behind KC with Toronto 1 1/2 back. It promises to be a wild ride.

Game 112. Yanks edged in 12, 4-3.

For the 16th game in a row, the margin of victory in a Yankees’ game was only one or two runs.

The Yanks lost to Detroit, 4-3, in 12 innings.

Today the Yanks face their third CYA winner in a row when they face Justin Verlander. Fox Sports states on Twitter that the Yanks did the same thing in June of 2001 when the Braves came to the Stadium and tossed Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux at the Yanks.

The Yanks got off to a 3-1 lead in this one, but couldn’t hold it. They couldn’t score after the fifth.

Detroit got a run in the first off Hiroki Kuroda but the Yanks tied it in the second on a Brian McCann HR (12) off of David Price.

The Yanks got a run in the third on doubles by Ryan and Ellsbury, and another in the fifth on a HR by Martin Prado, his first as a Yankee and seventh overall.

Kuroda gave up a HR in the sixth to make it 3-2, then a trio of Tiger singles in the seventh tied the game.

Kuroda 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 3.97.
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.46. One HBP of Torii Hunter took Hunter out of the game.
Betances now has 100 K in 67 2/3.

Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.22
Huff 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.89.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 5.84.
Hill 1 batter, HBP. 0 IP, 0 R, 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 K. First MLB batter this year. ERA infinity.

Matt Daley (0-1, 5.02) 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.02. He gave up a HR to Alex Avila in the top of the 12th that won the game for the Tigers.

Derek Jeter got one hit to put him at 3428, two behind Honus Wagner for sixth all-time.

Just wondering…. in the bottom of the 9th, Carlos Beltran led the inning off with a single. McCann came up. The shift was on. A bunt down the third base line was an easy hit. McCann McCan’t bunt. Didn’t try to. He did try to go the other way and flied to left. Two strikeouts followed. I’m just wondering if Cervelli should have gone up there at that time (after all, Price was still pitching, a lefty) and if Cervelli should have tried the bunt to move Beltran over. In the end, it didn’t matter because the next two hitters struck out anyway.

Did you see the beard on Joba now that he is a Tiger? Looks more like a lions’ mane.

Tanaka threw again yesterday. More pitches from flat ground. 50 at 60 feet. Said he felt fine. Hopefully the rehab continues to go well.

Earlier in the day, the Nationals claimed Matt Thornton off waivers from the Yanks. The Yanks called up Rich Hill. Daley was the callup when Phelps was DL’d for 15 days with elbow inflammation. The guys to really watch are Tyler Webb, who was just promoted recently to AAA and Jacob Lindgren, who was just promoted to AA.

Webb, 24, is 1-6, 3.45 in three levels (A+, AA and AAA) and who has 11 saves and 81 K in 57 1/3 IP.

Lindgren, 21, was the Yanks’ first pick (2nd round) in this year’s draft. He’s pitched in just 13 1/3 minor league innings since then but has already been fast-tracked to AA. Of his 40 outs, 30 are by strikeout. He’s given up 2 runs, just one earned, for an ERA of 0.68.

The loss puts the Yanks at 58-54, six behind Baltimore in the AL East. 3rd place. They remain one behind Toronto for the final wild card spot. Toronto has the final wild card spot, KC is 1/2 game back, the Yanks and Seattle each one back.

Game 110. Drew, Gardner lead Yanks past Boston, 8-7.

Brett Gardner’s HR broke a 7-7 tie, and Stephen Drew drove in four runs as the Yanks bounced back from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits to beat Boston 8-7 on Sunday night.

Gardner had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the game.

The Yanks improve to 57-53 with the win, and are in third place in the AL East, five behind Baltimore. They are 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

David Phelps started and struggled badly. He lasted just two innings, giving up 5 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 0 K. His ERA went to 4.24.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi stated that Phelps has been dealing with elbow inflammation for 3-4 weeks, had an MRI a few weeks ago. May miss his next turn in rotation. He’ll be reevaluated this week in NY.

The Yanks, down 3-0, tied the game in the top of the second. Stephen Drew had an RBI forceout, and Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Boston got two in the bottom of the second on a Pedroia HR to go up 5-3. The Yanks bounced back with a run in the fourth on a double by Drew. Ortiz’ 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth put Boston up 7-4, but then the Yanks’ bullpen shut the door.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Drew.

Gardner’s HR (15) in the sixth broke the tie and was the final run of the ballgame.

Derek Jeter got one hit, #3426, to creep within four hits of tying Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is in a tough slump, while a hot Carlos Beltran has raised his average to .250.

After Phelps was pulled,

Whitley 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. ERA to 5.06.

Newcomer Esmil Rogers got the win and was a star of the game. (1-0, 6.08). 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.49.

Robertson picked up his 29th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 H, 2.74.

Game 109. Yanks beat Boston, 6-4.

Derek Jeter inched closer to sixth place on the all-time hits list with two more hits, driving in two runs, as the Yanks beat Boston 6-4 on Saturday.

The Yanks (56-53) picked up a game on division-leader Baltimore and are now five back of the Orioles. They also picked up a game on the Toronto Blue Jays and are 2 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene started and went 4 2/3, giving up 3 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.68. He gave up 3 in the second but then settled down. He threw 96 pitches though, so Girardi pulled him one out short of a possible win.

After Boston got 3 in the bottom of the second, the Yanks bounced back with four in the top of the third. Prado, Cervelli and Gardner all walked. Jeter doubled in two. Ellsbury got an RBI groundout and Beltran singled in Jeter.

Mark Teixeira’s 19th HR of the season made it 5-3 in the fifth. The HR was #360 for Teix, putting him one behind Joe DiMaggio all-time.

Doubles by Beltran and Stephen Drew in the seventh made it 6-3, and Boston got one run in the bottom of the inning.

After Greene left the game, Shawn Kelley (2-3, 3.38) came in and got the win. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Adam Warren has struggled lately and continued to do so. 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.33.

Dellin Betances 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.52.

David Robertson picked up his 28th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.81.

Jeter’s two hits put him at 3425 for his career, five behind Honus Wagner for sixth place on the all-time hits list.

Game 106. Yanks escape with 12-11 win.

This would have been an awful one to lose. Up 10-4 after 6 1/2 innings, the Yanks escaped with a 12-11 win over Texas when, on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded, David Robertson got Adrian Beltre to fly out deep to left. The out looked like a game-winning hit off the bat.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR (13). The red-hot Gardner was 4 for 5 in the game.

Starter and winner (Overall 6-10, 4.56; as NYY 3-0, 2.55) gave up four in the third and another in the fifth but got the win. 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks got seven runs in the sixth to go up 8-4. Beltran singled in two, McCann plated another on a SF. Almonte singled in one, Ryan doubled in two and then Ryan scored on a three-base error.

In the seventh, Headley singled in one run and another scored on Almonte’s forceout. 10-4. Safe, right? Nope.

A grand slam by Arencibia (who had 4 hits and 7 rbi in the game) off of Betances cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the seventh. Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (18, 359 career, passing Yogi Berra on the all-time list and tying Johnny Mize) in the eighth to put the Yanks back up 12-8.

Chase Whitley gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth and David Robertson two in the ninth to set up the ugly, wild, exasperating, but successful (for Yankees’ fans) ending.

The numbers after McCarthy left the game aren’t nice, but here they are. Too many walks, for one.

Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 3.25. He’s been slumping lately.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.55.
Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.94.
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.88.

Robertson got his 27th save. Undeserved, I’d say. Yes, the Yanks win, but wasn’t really a deserved “save.” Oh, well.

The win puts the Yanks at 55-51 and keeps them 4 1/2 behind Baltimore, 3rd in the AL East. They are still two behind Toronto for the final wild-card spot.

Derek Jeter had two hits to go to 3422 for his career, eight behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list.

Michael Pineda will pitch on Sunday, starting his rehab.

Meanwhile, I’m waiting for those big trades to develop.

Game 104. Yanks lose in 9th, 5-4.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson have been a formidable 1-2 punch this year but both made errors (physical and mental) to cost the Yanks on Sunday. Toronto beat the Yanks 5-4 to drop the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East, four back of Baltimore. The Yanks (54-50) are a game behind Toronto for the final wild card spot.

Shane Greene went 5 1/3, giving up 3 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 3.28. He gave up a run in the first and then a solo HR in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth on back-to-back HRs by Headley and Cervelli. Both teams scored in the sixth, the Yanks getting their run on a McCann Rbi single.

Then, mistakes. In the eighth, Betances walked the leadoff batter, then tried to pick him off. His throw was wild and the runner raced all the way to third and scored on a SF.

Carlos Beltran tied the game in the bottom of the 8th with an RBI single but in the top of the 9th, David Robertson lost the game. With one out, Melky Cabrera singled. Chase Headley made a great play to get a force on Cabrera, but then it seemed like Robertson fell asleep. Jose Bautista stole second, uncontested. He got such a great jump on Robertson it was like D-Rob, after Headley’s great play, just forgot to hold him on. Letting the potential winning run steal second so easily was a mistake that cost the Yanks the ballgame when Dioner Navarro singled in Bautista.

After Greene exited, David Huff went 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.04.

Betances 1 2/3, 1 R (unearned because of his error), 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 1.43.

Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.75.

Robertson (L, 1-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 2.50.

Derek Jeter got one hit to go to 3417 for his career, two behind Carl Yastrzemski for 7th on the all-time list.