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Joba to Tigers, Yanks on Infante

Joba goes to the Tigers, 1 Yr., $2.5MM. Funny because as part of his rookie hazing, he, Hughes, Shelley Duncan and Ian Kennedy had to dress up as characters from the Wizard of Oz. Joba was the Cowardly Lion. Now he is a Tiger.

Yanks offered Infante 3 years at $24MM. He wants $40MM, 4 years. KC is in. We’ll see.

Buster Olney has a possible Yankees lineup if Infante comes aboard.

Ellsbury 8, Gardner 7, Beltran 9, Soriano DH, McCann 2, Teix 3, Jeter (yes, Jeter, 40 in June, gets dropped to 7) 6, Johnson 5 (the thought is that A-Rod WILL be suspended for some, if not ALL of 2014) and Infante 4.

Now what if A-Rod is NOT suspended? I love Derek, but…

A-Rod hitting 7th, Jeter 8th then Infante? That may be the best way to go.

I hate to insult the Captain, but ….

Waiting for reality.

As always with the Winter Meetings, there are rumors and then there is reality. I love the hot stove league and the chess-like maneuverings. Who goes where, rumors of trades, etc.

But for the purpose of the blog, I don’t have the time to report on every rumor, and there are many of them out there. What I will do is try to focus on the reality and report and comment on what actually happened or went down. But here is a brief rundown, some of which are rumors and hasn’t happened yet (if it will at all).

That said, the Yanks did turn down a Gardner for Brandon Phillips swap. Yes, the Yanks need a 2B after Cano’s departure, and Phillips (.261-18-103 for the Reds in 2013) would have fit the bill. However Phillips is owed $50MM over 4 years, and has a no-trade clause. He also wanted to renegotiate his deal as part of a possible trade. Checking out various info on Twitter, Gardner (who obviously doesn’t have Phillips’ power) had a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 4.2 to Phillips’ 1.7. Also, Gardner had an OPS+ of 108, Phillips a 92.

With some recent acquisitions (Cano, Hart, Morrison), one-time Yankee prospect Jesus Montero is available. His stock has dropped (PED suspension, poor defense).

The Astros could be interested in Joba. So are the Tigers. Ex-Yank Raul Ibanez is talking with the Angels.

The Yanks could have interest in Joaquin Benoit. Also Johan Santana, but Santana would have to be on a minor-league, “Let’s see what you have left” deal.

Omar Infante wants 4 years at $8MM+. This could be a deal-breaker when it comes to the Yanks getting him. As with Beltran, KC could be the Yanks’ main competition here.

The Yanks picked up an A-ball pitcher from the Pirates in return for Chris Stewart.

Game 160. Yanks beat Astros 3-2.

No, Mo didn’t save it, or play CF, but the Yanks beat Houston last night, 3-2.

The Yanks got all three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Mark Reynolds and a 2-run double by David Adams.

Adam Warren started and went 5. (W, 3-2, 3.39) 0 R, 2 H, 1 H and 4 K.

David Phelps 1 2/3, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5.04.

Phelps wasn’t THAT bad. He left with two on and two out in the seventh and for some inexplicable reason, Girardi brought in Joba who immediately, on two pitches, gave up a double and single to let both inherited runners score. Then, after a SB and 2nd and 3rd, and a walk to load the bases, he got an out to get out of it. Terrible.

Joba 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.93. Truthfully, Joba should have the ERA over 5, not Phelps, but what can you do?

Claiborne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.17.

David Robertson got the save, and a lot of boos. The Houston crowd wanted to see Mo. No offense to them, but I hope Mo doesn’t pitch again. The way he went out Thursday night at the Stadium should be the way to go and should be the last pitch he ever throws. Now for CF, who knows?

Robertson (Save #3), 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.07.

I’ll post Rivera’s and Pettitte’s career stats after the season is over, but tonight, Pettitte makes the last start of his career. Hopefully he wins. He is 10-11 and NEVER has had a losing season in his whole career. (He went 14-14 in 2008).

Only one man ever has pitched in 10 or more seasons and had a winning record in EACH one. Do you know it was Babe Ruth?

Game 153. Yanks lose, 6-2.

The offense didn’t show again, and Joba Chamberlain was awful in a 6-2 Yankees loss to Toronto. The loss drops the Yanks to 80-73, guarantees they can’t reach 90 wins and could be the death blow to their chances of making the playoffs this year.

Hiroki Kuroda started and went six. 3 R, 8 H, 4 walks and 7 K. Despite a 3.17 ERA, his record is now 11-12.

He gave up two in the third, and after Curtis Granderson cut the lead to 2-1 with a HR (7) in the top of the sixth, gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth to put the Jays up 3-1.

Then came Joba to start the seventh and any hope the Yanks had to pull out a late innings rally like last night disappeared quickly. Joba gave up a walk, single and 3-run HR. 6-1. Game over.

Joba 0 IP, just those 3 batters. 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.97.

Cesar Cabral 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.86.

Matt Daley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

David Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.93.

Vernon Wells groundout in the 9th made for the final score of 6-2.

The Yanks got only five hits in the game.

Game 150. Boston sweeps Yanks 9-2.

The Yanks chances of making the playoffs took a big blow this weekend. They came into Boston 1 game out of the last wild card spot with 15 to go.

They are now 3 out with 12 to go after getting swept by Boston up in Fenway this weekend. Last night was a 9-2 loss.

The Yanks managed just five hits in the game. They scored in the first on an RBI groundout by A-Rod but didn’t score again until the 9th on a single by Ichiro.

Meanwhile, Ivan Nova struggled, dropping to 8-5, 3.36 on the season. He went 4, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 walks and 2 K.

After that it was a bunch of relievers.

Warren 1 1/3, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.71.
Cabral 1 batter, base hit. 5.40. He’s only had a handful of MLB games.
Joba 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.32.
Mike Zagurski. The one-time Phillie made his Yankees debut. 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP. 17.05.
Phelps 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.99.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 18.00. He, like Cabral, hasn’t pitched in many MLB games.

The Yanks are off today.

 

Game 149. Yanks get just 3 hits in 5-1 loss.

When you are two games out of a playoff spot with 14 to go, it probably doesn’t help that your starting SS was just acquired days ago (and is hitting under .200 at that) and your starting C is making his first major league start.

It also doesn’t help that a starting OF who has helped to lift you into a possible playoff position is scratched from the lineup at the last moment.

But such was the state of the Yankees yesterday as Alfonso Soriano was scratched at the last minute (bruised thumb), J.R. Murphy got his first major league start and Brendan Ryan started at SS.

Such is also the state that Vernon Wells still actually plays. Wells is now .211-1-24 in 83 games since May 15th. It is not reassuring knowing that he is signed for next year. It’s amazing he hasn’t been cut. It’s all about the $$$$ and how much he is owed. Anyone else would (should?) be gone by now.

The Yanks got just three hits (two by Granderson) in losing to Boston 5-1. With the loss, the Yanks fall 3 back of the Rays with 13 to go in trying to get that last wild card spot. In between are the Indians, who are 1 1/2 back of the Rays.

CC was his 2013 inconsistent, hittable, grossly overpaid CC. He went 6, giving up 5 runs, 9 h, 4 walks and 5 K. He falls to 13-13 (leads Yanks in W and L) and the ERA goes to 4.90. In only the first and sixth innings did he not give up a run. Think of this, CC isn’t showing a much better line than David Phelps’ 6-5, 5.01.

Joba went 1. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.43.

Matt Daley finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00.

The Yanks’s only run came in the fourth when Granderson tripled and scored on an RBI groundout by Cano.

Time is running out, and an upcoming sweep of the Rays is imperative.

Game 141. Bullpen implodes in 12-8 loss.

Stick a fork in them, they’re done.

If you thought the loss Thursday night was bad, where Mo blew a save when he was one strike away, last night’s loss was worse.

Andy Pettitte handed an 8-3 lead to the bullpen in the 7th. Andy had gone 6, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 8 K. ERA 4.03.

The Yanks got a 2-run HR from Soriano (30, combined Cubs/NYY), an RBI triple by Nunez, and a 2-run triple by Gardner (10) in staking their 8-3 lead.

So much for Phil Hughes giving you an inning or two out of the bullpen. 1/3 IP,  4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 k. ERA to 5.11.

Logan came in and struck out Big Papi with the bases loaded. But then Girardi left him in to face Napoli, a righty hitter. WHY? He got his guy. Where was a righty to face Napoli? Napoli hit a 3-2 pitch (one strike away again) for a grand slam to tie the game.

Logan 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.26.

In came Claiborne, who was so bad the night before, when he gave up 3 runs without getting anyone out.

He was just as bad. 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. (L, 0-2, 3.86). The rookie had a good year, but in the last two games, in the heat of a pennant race, he gave up 6 R in 2/3 of an inning. In those two very important games, in the midst of a pennant race, Claiborne’s ERA went from 2.74 to 3.86.

And why a rookie in the heat of a pennant race? Because Hughes was bad and Joba can’t be trusted. Because Claiborne passed Joba on the depth chart. Because Joba came in after Claiborne and was bad again. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.54.

Matt Daley, who had spent all year in the minors (5-3, 2.02, mostly at AA & AAA) finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

An ugly loss. Right after a heartbreaking loss.

Now David Huff starts against Boston today.

The Yanks are still just 2 1/2 back of that second wild-card slot, but now fell behind Baltimore and Cleveland by 1/2 a game in trying to get it.

But the way they’ve played the last two nights, …

Stick a fork in them.

Game 140. Great comeback ruined. Yanks lose 9-8 in 10.

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored six runs to take an 8-7 lead. They watched Mariano Rivera get the first two outs in the top of the 9th. They watched him get to one strike away from ending the game.

Then they watched the game get away. Mo blew the save and the next inning Joba blew the win (with help from Cowboy Joe West, umpiring at first) and the Yanks lost 9-8 in 10 innings.

Ivan Nova started and Boston worked him over. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks tied it in the bottom half on a Cano 2-run double.

But Nova gave up a HR to Middlebrooks in the fourth. 3-2 Boston.

Nova only lasted 4 innings,  3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 3 K. But he threw 96 pitches. ERA to 3.02.

Here, and later, is where I question Girardi. Hughes was demoted to the bullpen, so why didn’t Joe use him for an inning or two? Instead, he brought in the rookie Claiborne, who has had a good year, but who hasn’t ever experienced this type of pennant-race pressure before. 0 Ip, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. ERA to 3.33.

Joe said he “didn’t want to put Hughes in that situation” after he didn’t pitch out of the B/p all year. BS. You are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card spot. You have to go with your best, and… we’ll get to that in a bit. But here is one spot where he could have used Hughes for 2-3 innings and didn’t and the game got away.

He brought in Cesar Cabral. Boston/Yankees, pennant-race, September, and the kid’s 2nd major league game. Cabral did strike out the only batter he faced. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Adam Warren for 2 2/3. 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 4 K. 3.65.

7-2 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ichiro walked, Wells PH for Stewart & singled. Gardner singled in a run and then Wells stole 3rd (getting a favorable call, replays suggested he may have been out). Why Gardner didn’t go as well, I don’t know. Jeter walked to load the bases. Cano grounded into a force. 7-4. Soriano singled in a run, 7-5. Granderson doubled to make it 7-6. After A-Rod struck out, Overbay singled in two to give the Yanks an 8-7 lead.

Robertson had a 1-2-3 8th, 2 K. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.85.

Mo the 9th. He got a lineout and groundout and had 2 strikes on Napoli. One strike away from save #650. Napoli singled, left for PR Berry, who stole second and went to third on Romine’s throwing error. Drew tied it with a single.

1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.19.

In the bottom of the 9th, Soriano walked and was picked off first but the throw wasn’t good and he made it to second. SB. But then he was picked off second.

So for the 10th, in comes Joba, and you just KNEW the Yanks would then lose. Why not Hughes? (Kelley has a triceps issue and couldn’t pitch).

Joba 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. It appeared as if Shane Victorino went around for strike three but Cowboy Joe West, umping at first (bet he loved the nice long game) said Victorino held up. He singled in the game-winning run on the next pitch. Joba (L) 2-1, 4.38.

Logan finished. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.05.

Joba said something to West upon being removed and was ejected.

A tough loss. Had they hung on, and they were one strike away, they’d be only 1 1/2 back of the Rays for the last wild card spot b/c the Rays lost last night. Instead it remains 2 1/2 with 22 to go, and they are only 1/2 game ahead of the Orioles and Indians.

Once again, Derek Jeter didn’t look good to me, but looked tentative on those legs.

The Yanks stole six bases, even one by Overbay on the back end of a double steal.

Game 136. Bullpen implodes as Yanks lose 7-3.

So I am up with the LV Yankee Fan Club today, sitting in Section 405, row 4 and after six innings things are looking good. It didn’t rain. It poured on the way up and on the way home but no rain during the game. Humid as hell, though. I’m sweating all game long just sitting there.

But the Yanks are up 3-0 after six. They did waste an opportunity in the first. Gardner had a leadoff double, Jeter grounded out, moving Gardner to third. Cano struck out. Sori and A-rod walked and Wells struck out. Ouch.

Gardner hit another double in the third, and Soriano’s single brought  him in.

A bases loaded walk to Gardner and a SF by Jeter in the 4th made it 3-0. Meanwhile Andy looked great.

3-0 after six. A well-rested bullpen after the CG shutout by Nova yesterday (or so it seemed).

Andy did get help on a great play by Reynolds which saved two runs. But three outs away from Robertson & Mo.

He gave up b-2-b singles to start the 7th.

In comes Kelley. Single for a run. 3-Run HR. There goes the lead.

Logan. Bunt single. Walk. In comes Joba.

Manny Machado gave the Yanks a break. Why he was bunting, up 4-3, no one out, I don’t know. But he was, despite 46 doubles on the year. He popped out.

But Joba then gave up a 3-run HR to Adam Jones. The O’s get 7 in the 7th and go on to win 7-3.

Three outs from D-Rob & Mo. The Yanks couldn’t get there and fall 1/2 game back of the O’s into 4th again.

Jeter did have a SF, but was 0 for 4 and looked awful. He’s down to .167.

Cano was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. The Yanks went down on strikes 12x today.

Pettitte 6+ IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 4.01.

Kelley 2 batters. 0 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks or K. (L, 4-2, 3.96)

Logan 2 batters. 0 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.16.

Joba 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.23.

Huff 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.05.

Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 36.00.

The Yanks brought up Adams, Betances, C J.R. Murphy and Brett Marshall today.

72-64. 26 games left. 14 against Boston, Balt. & TB. They probably need to go 11-3 in those games, 9-3 in the other 12, to have a shot.

Ain’t happening. Stick a fork in them. They are done.

Game 133. Toronto roughs up Kuroda, 7-2.

Hiroki Kuroda had a bad start, and Chris Stewart made a PB and a throwing error on the same play, allowing two runs to score as the Yanks lost to Toronto 7-2.

Kuroda went 5, 7 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He drops to 11-10, 2.89.

The Yanks got just five hits in the game, while striking out 13x. Jeter got hit #3011. Mark Reynolds, who had to play 2B what with Cano’s bruised hand, had three of the hits.

Joba went 2, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.21.

Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.65.

Logan 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70.

Stewart’s error was only his second of the season.