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Game 132. Ouch. Yanks edged out by Tigers, 3-2.

This one really hurts, because after today, there are only 30 games left. Not only that, the Yanks lost a game to Detroit, 3-2 and they have to leap-frog Detroit and Seattle to get that final wild card spot.  Losing to one of the teams you need to leap-frog isn’t good.

And they scored just two runs against someone making his first MLB start.

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well, but as is typical in his career, didn’t get the support he deserved.

Kuroda went 7, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. ERA to 3.88. You’d think that’d be enough, but not with this year’s offense.

Detroit got a run in the 2nd, but the Yanks tied it in the 3rd when Wheeler singled, advanced to 2nd on an error and scored on an Ellsbury single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Prado, double by Beltran and McCann groundout.

Detroit tied it in the fifth.

With two on and two out in the top of the 9th, McCann just missed a 3-run HR. He went on to strike out.

Betances had pitched the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.50.

In the bottom of the 9th, Shawn Kelley (L, 2-5, 4.60) came on. Leadoff double. A walk. Two strikeouts gave hope, but then he gave up a GW single.

Earlier in the day, Masahiro Tanaka threw a 3-inning simulated game and reported normal soreness. The rust was there, as would be expected, but once the rust comes off, he could be back in a few weeks. But too late?

The Yanks picked up Josh Outman from Cleveland for a PTBNL. Outman is 16-11, 4.49 in his career. The lefty is 29, 30 in a few weeks. ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average is 56 games, 12 of them starts, 6-4, 4.49. This year, in 31 relief outings, he was 4-0, 3.28.

The loss drops the Yanks to 69-63, 7 behind Baltimore for the AL East title with 30 games to go. They are 3 back of Seattle for the last playoff spot.

Realistically, the Yanks need to go 20-10 in their final 30 (the last 30 of Jeter’s career) to have a shot.

 

Games 126-128. Yanks sweep Chisox.

Maybe I should go away for the weekend more often.

For while I was away, the Yanks swept the White Sox to run their winning streak to four.

I won’t have time to go into detail about each game, so here is a very brief recap.

Friday the Yanks won 4-3. Martin Prado had a 2-run HR and a walkoff hit in the bottom of the 9th. David Robertson got the win.

Saturday the Yanks won 5-3. Prado had a 2-run double and Carlos Beltran homered, his 15th of the season and #373 of his career. Win for Kuroda.

Saturday was the day ex-mgr. Joe Torre got a plaque in Monument Park and his #6 retired.

Yesterday (Sunday) the Yanks won 7-4 in 10 innings on a 3-run, walk-off, PH HR (15) by Brian McCann. David Huff with the win.

The Yanks are 67-61, 2nd place in the AL East, six behind Baltimore. They are 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot.

They have a makeup game in KC tonight before heading to Detroit. Tonight is the second of a tough five-game stretch in which they faced Sale yesterday, Shields today and then Porcello, Verlander and Scherzer (I think that is the order, that they miss Price while in Detroit, but I am not sure. Anyway a tough stretch.)

Derek Jeter’s hit count stands at 3439.

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 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 117. Yanks’ offense asleep again in 4-1 loss.

The Yankees ended their series against the Indians with a 4-1 loss Sunday. This after a 3-0 loss on Saturday.

Only a Jacoby Ellsbury HR (10) in the bottom of the 9th kept them from being shut out again. Ellsbury’s 52nd RBI tied Teixeira for the team lead.

Hiroki Kuroda (L, 7-8, 4.03) went 4 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 4 walks and 3 K.
David Huff 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 0 K. Overall ERA SF/NYY 3.99.
Shawn Kelley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.10.
Bryan Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

For Mitchell, it was his MLB debut.

The loss drops the Yanks to 61-56 on the season.

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 107. Yanks lose 3-2.

The Yanks are off today, but we’ll see if there is any action as the trade deadline nears. Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline.

IMHO, they really could use a bat. A righty-hitting OF with some pop, who would mostly play RF, to me, is a must.

Last night (Wed.), the Yanks lost to Texas, 3-2. They only got four hits in the whole game.

Brett Gardner continued his amazing power surge by leading off the game with a HR (14) for the second night in a row. He has four HR in the last three games.

Hiroki Kuroda had a bad first inning. Although he didn’t give up any runs the rest of the way, the three he gave up in the first inning doomed him.

Kuroda went 7, 3 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He falls to 7-7, 3.98.

David Huff pitched the eighth. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.95.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the third (9) to cut it to 3-2, but other than the two solo HRs, the only other hits the Yanks got all night were two hits by Beltran.

The Yanks fall to 55-52, and are now 5 1/2 back of Baltimore in the AL East. Third place. They are now 3 games behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot.

I don’t know if the Yanks will make a deal. Some OF names discussed have been Marlon Byrd (36, .270-20-60 for PHI, his HR and RBI would lead the Yanks, OPS+ 120) and Josh Willingham (35, .223-11-31, OPS+ 124 for MIN in 59 games). Compare those Righty-hitting outfielders with Ichiro (40, .269-1-14, OPS+ 80, and only 8 of Ichiro’s 63 hits are for extra bases. In his last 36 games, Ichiro is hitting .214). If they do get a Righty-power bat to play RF, he could take Almonte’s spot.

I still don’t know why Jose Pirela and/or Robert Refsnyder haven’t been promoted. Maybe some youth can inject some energy (and some much needed more production) into the lineup. Some comparisons.

Roberts 36 .237-5-21 OPS .659 OPS+ 85
Kelly Johnson (on 15-day DL) 32 .219-6-22 OPS .677 OPS+ 89

Refsnyder 23, 2B/RF, total AA/AAA .323-13-50 OPS .919
Pirela 24, has played 1B/2B/SS/LF and RF this year. All AAA. .309-8-43 OPS .784

Of course, replacing Roberts/Johnson with Refsnyder/Pirela at 2B/UT may mean eating $$$. But Roberts/Johnson a) aren’t producing much and b) aren’t your future.

Note that Zellous Wheeler isn’t affected by the moves.

Maybe the Yanks can catch lightning in a bottle if they do pick up a Byrd or Willingham and combine that with Roberts/Johnson being replaced by Refsnyder/Pirela. Maybe not.

But the Yanks came thisclose to being swept in Texas. They are losing so many close games because of the offense. It couldn’t hurt to try what I am suggesting, could it?

Just my opinion.