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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.

Games 145/146. Yanks get swept.

The Yanks’ very remote playoff chances were basically killed off on Friday when they scored only one run in 20 innings of a DH and lost both games to the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1 in 11 innings, and 5-0.

With the losses, the Yanks fell to 75-71, and are in 3rd place, 12 1/2 behind division leader Baltimore, and are five games out of the final wild card spot with just 16 to play.

In the first game, the game was scoreless until Thursday night’s hero, Chris Young homered in the top of the 11th. Unfortunately, the Yanks weren’t playing at home like they were on Thursday night, so the HR wasn’t a GW walk-off. Instead, Adam Warren came in, hit one batter, walked two, then gave up a two-out, two-run single to blow the game, 2-1.

Antoan Richardson went 3 for 4 in the DH. (I correct myself from a previous version of this post. I thought it was his first MLB hit, but he went 2-4 for Atlanta in 2011. )

The Game 1 pitching line:

McCarthy 7 Ip, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 6 K. Overall ERA  3.98 (as NYY, 2.54)
Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.37
Robertson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 2.68.
Warren (L, 3-6, 3.30) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.

The Yanks’ offense continued to struggle in Game 2 of the DH, since they lost that one 5-0, getting just four hits.

Rookie Bryan Mitchell made his first MLB start (second MLB game), and did well the first time through the order before the Orioles caught up to him.

David Phelps struggled in his return from the DL (rusty).

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 2.57).
Outman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.00
Phelps 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.38.
Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93.
Roe 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00.

Derek Jeter didn’t play in the first game of the DH and went 0 for 4 in the nightcap. He stays at 3450 career hits as his career is winding down (just over two weeks to go). He is down to .253, and is hitting .181 since August 2nd, when his average was .278. Jeter, of course, missed most of last year (hitting just .190 in 17 games) recovering from the breaks in his ankle, and at the age of 40, you wonder if it is age, fatigue (after all, he missed most of last year) or a combination of age, deterioration of skills, fatigue, all the ceremonies and the realization this is the end, etc.

Whatever, the last five weeks or so have been tough to watch. Seeing him lose 25 points off his batting average, and getting to the point where we really have to wonder if he’ll stay above .250 for this season has been difficult. It’s sad to watch lately.

Game 142. Yanks fall, 4-3.

Hiroki Kuroda struck out the side in the first inning, but then the roof fell in as the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 4-3 Tuesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East, 11 behind Baltimore and one behind Toronto. They are 73-69 and 5 1/2 out of the last wild card spot with just 20 games to play.

Kuroda gave up a HR to James Loney in the second, then two runs in the third and another in the fourth. Seven relievers combined to keep the Rays’ tally at four, but the Yanks couldn’t come all the way back for a victory.

Kuroda (L, 10-9, 3.91) went 3 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 5 K.

After him, there was a parade of relievers.

Huff 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks,  K. Overall ERA 3.60. (NYY 2.o6)
Whitley 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.   5.32.
Hill 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.45
Rogers 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Overall ERA 4.73 (NYY 2.33)
Outman 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.16 (NYY 0.00)
Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.21
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.77.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the fourth on a HR by Ellsbury (15). Chris Young drove in two in the fifth to make it 4-3, then the Yanks got a bad break. Stephen Drew was thrown out at home on Ellsbury’s single, and Derek Jeter’s line drive was caught and turned into a DP.

Jeter isn’t going out the way we hoped. He is down to .258 and is hitting just .197 since August 2nd. (25 for 127, 22 singles, just 3 doubles).

Game 140. Yanks KO KC 6-2.

Brandon McCarthy went 6 2/3 strong innings and Martin Prado had 3 hits as the Yanks beat KC 6-2 on Saturday.

McCarthy improved to 6-4 as a Yankee, and 9-14, 4.13 overall on the season. He gave up 2 r, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

A double by Prado and single by Teixeira gave the Yanks a run in the first. After KC tied it with a run in the third, the Yanks got two in the bottom of the third to go up 3-1. John Ryan Murphy doubled, Elsbury tripled and Jeter had a SF.

Singles by Headley and Murphy and a throwing error gave the Yanks another run in the fourth.

In the fifth, Prado doubled again, and scored on a Beltran double. After a walk to Headley, Ichiro singled to put the Yanks up 6-1.

KC got a run in the seventh but the Yanks held on to win 6-2.

Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 r,  0 h, 0 walks, 0 k. 4.34.

Betances the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.41.

Robertson the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.82.

I’ll be up Sunday for Derek Jeter Day.

The win put the Yanks at  73-67, 8 1/2 back of the Orioles and second place in the AL East. They are 4 out of the last playoff spot with 22 games to go.

Game 139. Unearned run leads to 1-0 Yanks’ loss.

Michael Pineda has started nine games for the Yanks this season. He’s missed about nineteen starts due to the pine-tar incident and to injury.

In those nine starts, he’s been excellent. His ERA is 1.80.

He is also 3-4, because in three of those nine starts, the Yankees have been shut out.

Last night (Friday), Pineda gave up only one run, and that was unearned. But the Yanks didn’t score for him and lost 1-0 to KC.

There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.

With one out in the third, Chase Headley—Thursday night’s hero—made a two-base error. Nori Aoki of KC then singled in the only run of the game.

Pineda went 7, 1 R, (unearned), 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K. The Yanks have scored just 20 runs in his 8 starts, and 8 of those came in one game. 12 in the other 8 starts. 12/8 is 1.5. Less support than Pineda’s excellent ERA of 1.80.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.43. He now has 124 K on the season, and is just six behind Mariano Rivera’s Yankee relief record of 130 set in 1996 (when Mo set up John Wetteland).

David Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.87.

One of the Yanks’ three hits was by Derek Jeter. #3449 of his career.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 72-67 and stay in 2nd place in the AL East, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore (let’s face it, the division is over). In the more important playoff push, they are 4 1/2 out of the final playoff spot with just 23 games to go. Realistically speaking, the Yanks may need to do 17-6 in their last 23 games to make it.

It is possible, but not probable.

Game 137. McCann, Kuroda, lead Yanks, 5-1.

Brian McCann went 4 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBI, and Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven strong innings as the Yanks defeated Boston Wednesday night, 5-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 71-66 and keeps them 9 1/2 behind Baltimore and in second place in the AL East. They are four games out of the second wild card spot with 25 games to go.

After the Yanks botched up a double steal, getting both runners eventually thrown out (Jeter and Gardner) in the first inning, McCann hit a 2-run HR (17) in the second to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s SF in the 5th made it 3-0. Boston scored their only run off Kuroda in the sixth to cut it to 3-1.

Kuroda (W, 10-8, 3.78) went 7, 1 R, 4 H, 0 hits and 8 K. He hit one batter.

Dellin Betances the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.

David Robertson the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.92.

The Yanks got two in the seventh on a triple by Ellsbury, walk to Jeter and single by Gardner for one run. After a forceout and a walk to Teixeira, McCann singled to make it 5-1.

Derek Jeter got one hit, #3447, as he heads into the final games of his career.