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Game 124. Yanks fall to Houston again, 5-2.

Hmm. Same story. The Yanks’ bats only put up two runs, and a tiring bullpen couldn’t hold on as the Yanks lost to Houston 5-2 Wednesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks into third place in the AL East, 9 1/2 back of Baltimore. They are 63-61 and five games out of the final playoff position with just 38 games to go. They have lost seven of their last nine games.

Michael Pineda started and pitched well. He gave up a run in the fourth but the Yanks got it back in the bottom of the inning on Stephen Drew’s fifth HR of the year and first as a Yankee.

In the fifth, something I have been screaming about for a long time finally happened. FINALLY. The Yanks executed a squeeze play to get a run home. Ellsbury singled on the bunt that brought home Ichiro. They should be doing that way more often. I can’t remember the last time they did that. It has to be years. Finally. Hooray.

The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the seventh, but Pineda and the bullpen couldn’t hold it as Houston got four runs.

Pineda 6+, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 2.05. It’s a shame he is just 2-2 with that ERA of 2.05. Six starts. You think he’d be 4-1 or something.

David Huff (L, 3-1, overall ERA 4.15) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 h, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA 5.45.

Chase Whitley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.43.

The bullpen was taxed, so Girardi was forced to go to the B-squad if you will. Kelley, Betances, Robertson all have pitched a lot lately and were unavailable.

Derek Jeter got two hits and now has 3437 for his career. It appears that he’ll end up somewhere in the 3470-3480 range.

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 120. Yanks blanked 5-0, lose 5th straight.

Unfortunately, the Yanks’ hitting woes continued last night in a 5-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The loss drops the Yanks to 61-59, and was the Yanks’ fifth loss in a row. They remain in third place in the AL East, 8 behind Baltimore with 42 to go, but are now just one game ahead of fourth-place Tampa Bay. They are 4 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

The loss means the Yanks are 6-16 this year so far against Baltimore and Tampa Bay, two of their division rivals. If they were even, 11-11, well, you could do the math. The playoff possibilities would be much brighter.

Brandon McCarthy gave up two runs in the first, but kept the Yanks in the game until Tampa Bay got two unearned runs in the 7th. McCarthy went 6 1/3, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. He falls to 7-12, 4.24 but as a Yankee has pitched quite well, 4-2, 2.30 in seven starts.

But the Yankees’ continuing pop-gun offense (sorry, but that’s what it has been all year, they have scored 40 runs less than they have given up) continues to put pressure on the pitchers to be perfect. You can’t win if you don’t score, and the Yanks didn’t score last night. Too often you see them score three runs or less. That is way too much pressure to be putting on a pitching staff.

I may have missed a game so this may or may not be accurate. But in going through the schedule, the Yanks have scored 3 or less runs in 58 of their 120 games this year. That is just two games less than half of their games.

Even Detroit, with Price, Verlander and Scherzer, would have trouble with that kind of non-support.

Masahiro Tanaka is coming along. Michael Pineda is back. But even those comebacks won’t help if the Yanks’ offense keeps on not scoring runs. This is not to dwell on the negative, but just stating facts. This is what we’ve seen all year.

Brian McCann should come off the 7-day DL (concussion) today.

Esmiel Rogers relieved McCarthy and gave up one run in 1 2/3 IP. A James Loney HR. 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Combined ERA 5.17.

Derek Jeter got two hits to put him at 3434 for his career.

Game 118. Yanks lose to O’s, 11-3.

The Yanks’ offense stumbled again, as they only got five hits, and the bullpen let the game get away in an 11-3 loss to Baltimore Monday night. It was the Yanks’ third straight loss and dropped them 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East. It also dropped the Yanks 3 behind the 2nd WC, Detroit. Yes, Detroit. KC took over the AL Central last night.

Earlier, the Yanks sent Bryan Mitchell down and brought up Chris LeRoux. LeRoux probably won’t stay long, since Michael Pineda is coming back to start on Wednesday.

The Yanks managed just five hits in the game. They scored in the first on a Gardner triple and Jeter groundout. The other two runs they scored came on a botched hit-and-run play that turned into a double steal (with Beltran stealing home) and the other run scoring on two errors after Headley stole second on the back end of the double steal that started with a rundown. Unfortunately, we keep waiting for the offense to produce and at this stage of the season, it appears it is what it is, and that isn’t good enough.

Chris Capuano (overall 1-3, 4.13) kept the Yanks in the game. 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 7 K.

Adam Warren 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.53. What is concerning about Warren is that he has been slumping badly lately. In his last 9 outings, 7 1/3 IP, he has given up 8 runs.

The same for Chase Whitley. 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.51. In his last 11 outings, 28 1/3 IP, his ERA is 9.53.

Needless to say, that’s a problem as well.

Rich Hill got the last out. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.75.

Jeter did get hit #3432 in the game.

Oriole 3B Manny Machado suffered a knee injury in the game and it looked gruesome. We’ll see how bad it is, but it could Baltimore down the stretch and in the postseason.

Hopefully the Yanks get on a hot streak. They are three out of a playoff spot with 44 games to go, and 9 are against Baltimore. There is no time to waste.

Game 116. Jeter passes Wagner but Yanks lose, 3-0.

Derek Jeter got hit #3431 to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Cleveland Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Jeter will end his career in sixth place, since he is over 80 hits short of fifth-place Tris Speaker with just 46 games to go.

Brandon McCarthy pitched another good game for the Yankees, but got no run support. McCarthy gave up just Jose Ramirez’ first MLB HR in the 2nd, a two-run shot. McCarthy falls to 7-11 (4-1 NYY) after going 6 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.31.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. ERA 9.00.

Chase Whitley gave up a HR to Jackie Brantley in the 8th. 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.02.

15 Yankees struck out in the game, and they got just five hits.

Before the game, the Yanks put Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion DL and brought up Austin Romine.

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 114. It’s easy being “Greene”. Yanks win squeaker, 1-0.

To Kermit the Frog: It IS easy being green(e).

Shane Greene, that is, who outpitched Rick Porcello Thursday afternoon, 1-0.

Greene went 8+, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K in improving to 3-1, 2.89.

The only run of the game came in the fourth. With two out, Beltran and Headley singled and Stephen Drew blooped an opposite-field ground-rule double down the LF line.

Things got a bit hairy in the ninth. Surprisingly, Girardi let Greene start the inning instead of going right to Betances or Robertson. Greene gave up a leadoff hit to Ian Kinsler, then exited in favor of Robertson, who walked the first batter he faced, Victor Martinez.

That brought up PH Miguel Cabrera, the defending 2-time AL MVP. Robertson got Cabrera to bounce into a DP, Kinsler taking third.

Robertson then picked up his 31st save (ERA 2.62) by getting Don Kelly on a weak pop-up to short.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

We’ll see what happens later today. The win puts the Yanks at 60-54.

Derek Jeter had the day off. He remains at 3429 hits, one behind Honus Wagner for 6th all-time.

Game 113. Yanks win “blowout”, 5-1.

For the first time in 17 games, the Yanks weren’t involved in a game decided by only one or two runs. The Yanks won a “blowout”, 5-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 59-54, five behind Baltimore in the AL East, in 3rd place in the division. Toronto holds the final wild card spot. KC is 1/2 a game behind Toronto, the Yanks and Seattle one back.

Detroit got an unearned run off Chris Capuano in the first, but nothing thereafter.

The Yanks tied the game in the fifth on a HR by Chase Headley, his 9th overall (SD/NYY) of the season.

Brian McCann hit his 13th of the year to give the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the seventh.

The Yanks then broke it open with three in the eighth. Hence the quotation marks around the term “blowout” (plus the fact that each of the previous 16 games were tighter). Mark Teixeira singled in one run. A force out and an error brought in two more runs, but on the second run, Teix cut his hand and it required stitches. He’s most likely out for Thursday afternoon’s game.

Derek Jeter got one hit and is now just one behind Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time list at 3429.

Capuano went 6 2/3, 1 unearned run, 5 h, 1 walk and 8 K. Overall ERA (Bos/NYY) 3.91.
Adam Warren 1 1/3 (W, 2-5, 3.20). 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
David Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.80 overall ERA. (SF/NYY)