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Game 85. Roberts leads Yanks to 6- 5 win.

The Yanks got three runs in the first and three in the second and hung on to beat the Twins on the 4th of July, 6-5.

Brian Roberts had four hits, three doubles and a triple.

Unfortunately, the wheels are coming off the wagon right now for Chase Whitley. He lasted just three innings, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K. In his last three starts, Whitley’s ERA has gone from 2.56 to 5.14.

The Yanks pounced right away. Gardner led off the game with a triple, Roberts doubled him home and after an out, Teixeira doubled in Roberts. Teix scored on a SF by Beltran.

After the Twins got one in the bottom of the first, the Yanks got three more in the second. Cervelli doubled, and after an out, scored on a SF by Ryan. Gardner walked, Roberts doubled and Ellsbury singled in two.

David Huff got the win with three perfect innings of relief. 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. (3-0, 4.33).

Adam Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.58.

Dellin Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.61.

David Robertson picked up his 20th save, pitching the 9th. Except for two bad outings, he has been good this year. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.73.

An MRI showed significant cartilage damage in CC Sabathia’s knee. He will see Dr. Andrews for consultation and there is a strong probability that CC is done for the year. Should he require microfracture surgery, not only is that a certainty, but CC’s career could be in jeopardy.

Game 84. Yanks carry Tanaka to 7-4 win.

This year, Masahiro Tanaka has carried the Yankees. In his last start, he lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to Boston.

It was time for the Yankees’ offense to return the favor.

Last night was the first night Tanaka didn’t get a “quality start”, after 16 consecutive quality starts to begin his MLB career.

Tanaka had his worst start as a Yankee, going 7 innings, giving up 4 R on 9 H, 0 walks and just 3 K. He improved his record to 12-3, and his ERA went up to 2.27.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, Carlos Beltran hit a 3-run HR (9) to give the Yanks the lead. It was the 367th HR of Beltran’s career. After an out, Zelous Wheeler, just called up from SWB, hit a HR in his second MLB at bat to put the Yanks up 4-2.

Tanaka gave up a run in the sixth before the Yanks gave him a cushion by scoring three times in the seventh. Ichiro walked, Wheeler singled, and Brendan Ryan doubled home a run. Brett Gardner singled in a run and Derek Jeter hit into an RBI force out to make it 7-3. Tanaka gave up a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-4.

Dellin Betances pitched the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.47.

David Robertson picked up his 19th save by pitching the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2.83.

The win put the Yanks back at .500, 42-42, 3 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East.

Earlier in the day, disconcerting news on CC Sabathia. After his rehab outing on Wednesday, CC woke up with swelling and fluid in his knee Thursday. A setback.

In order to bring Wheeler up, Yangervis Solarte was sent down. Dean Anna was DFA’d. Meanwhile, Alfredo Aceves was suspended 50 games for marijuana usage.

The Minors 7-2-14. CC not good on rehab.

AAA: SWB had a DH.

Game 1: 1-0 loss in 8 IP (Dhs are 7 innings each in the minors). Shane Greene six scoreless IP, Matt Daley with the loss. 2B Jose Pirela (.321), 3 hits. RF Taylor Dugas 2 for 2.

Game 2. SWB got swept. 3-1 loss. Dugas, in CF this game, triple, rbi. 3B Scott Sizemore 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 8-6. CC started and wasn’t good in his rehab stint. 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. C Gary Sanchez 2 h, 3 rbi.

High A: Tampa ppd. rain.

Low A: Charleston lost 7-4. Top draft pick Jacob Lindgren struck out the side, but did give up 1 R on 1 hit, in his 1 inning of work. He hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. CF Dustin Fowler, a 2=run HR. DH Jackson Valera 2 rbi.

The minors, 7-1-14.

AAA: Swb lost 3-2. Aceves 3 R in 5 1/3. Pat Venditte 5 K in 2 2/3 IP of relief, ERA 3.86. A bit inconsistent. He is the switch-pitcher that the Yanks have had for a couple of years now in the minors. 2 H, HR, 2 RBI LF Zoilo Almonte, who appears to be a better option right now than Soriano or Ichiro. Hey, bring him up, play him every day and see what you really have in him. You aren’t going to know by bringing him up and playing him once a week like he was before. Eventually you have to commit to him or let him go (sounds like dating, right?). RF Jose Pirela (.315, and also a possible replacement for Soriano/Ichiro) 2 hits. 2 hits for 1B Kyle Roller.

Earlier in the day, Jim Miller was called up for Jose Ramirez because the Yanks needed a fresh arm.

AA: Trenton lost 5-4, and it was a terrible outing for Manny Banuelos. He gave up two hits, two walks, got only one man out and all four runners scored. (L, 0-2, 5.09). Jairo Heredia relieved him and did well, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K in 5 2/3. LF Ben Gamel 4 hits and an RBI. C Gary Sanchez 2 hits. 3B Rob Segedin 2 hits and 2 RBI.

CC’s next rehab will be Wed. instead of Thursday.

High A: Tampa won 14-2. The offensive explosion we’d like from the big club. Dan Camarena 1 unearned run in 6 iP. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits, double, grand slam, 5 RBI. CF Jake Cave 4 hits. 3B Dante Bichette, JR. 4 rbi. LF Jose Rosario 2 h, 2 rbi. 1B Greg Bird 3 hits, 2 rbi. Tampa banged out 17 hits and drew 9 walks.

Low A: Charleston scored 3 in the top of the 9th, but gave 3 right back in the bottom of the 9th to lose 9-8. 2b Gosuke Katoh, HR, 3 RBI. Paul’s nephew, Mike O’Neill with 4 hits.

The Minors, 6-30-14.

AAA: SWB lost 9-7 to LV. 3B Zelous Wheeler (.305) 2 H, HR, 2 RBI. 1B Scott Sizemore 2 triples, 2 RBI. CF Taylor Dugas 2 hits, 2 rbi.

AA: Eric Wooten 6 1/3 scoreless IP in Trenton’s 2-0 win. 1B Pete O’Brien, 2 h, rbi, same for 2B Casey Stevenson. CC’s next rehab outing will be for Trenton on Thursday.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-2. Three players (DH Rey Nunez, 3B Miguel Andujar, and 2B Gosuke Katoh) with 2 hits each.

The Minors 6-28-14.

AAA: SWB beat LV 4-3. Chris LeRoux 1 R in 5 IP. Jose Pirela played RF tonight (forthcoming move? Usu. plays 2B/LF) 2 hits, .316. Scott Sizemore, 3b, 2 rbi. 2B Rob Refsnyder an inside-the-park HR. 2 RBI. See my other post. Refsnyder is hitting .356 at AAA after hitting .342 at AA. His defense is still a question mark but this Yankees offense needs a spark. Roberts, 36, is hitting .237. Roberts is not the future. Refsnyder is. Let the future begin now. 1b Kyle Roller 2 hits.

AA: 3-1 loss for Trenton, who got just four hits. Matt Tracy 1 R in 5 IP. Solo Hr RF Tyler Austin. ‘

High A: CC’s first rehab start. 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 2 K as Tampa won 5-2. As long as he feels Ok. This is like CC starting Spring Training all over again. He needs to work on his pitches, etc. Rafael De Paula 5 2/3 scoreless IP. 1B Matt Snyder 2 h, 2 rbi. RF Aaron Judge 2 hits. 3B Jose Rosario 3 hits.

Low A: 4-3 loss for Charleston. Caleb Smith 3 2/3 scoreless IP, 5 K.

CC out until July

CC Sabathia may be a Yankee Doodle Dandy, but he is out until the 4th of July… at least… or until maybe after the All-Star Game. Brian Cashman confirmed that CC won’t be back until July at least, after that stem cell treatment on his right knee.

The trade deadline is still a ways away. I don’t know what kind of starting pitcher would be on the block now.

…. and we also wait to see if Carlos Beltran will need surgery on his elbow. If he does, don’t expect him until late July.

Game 36. Teix’s heroics go for naught. Yanks lose 6-5.

Down to their last strike, Mark Teixeira hit a dramatic game-tying HR in the top of the 9th, but Adam Warren gave up a two-out game winning single (on an 0-2 pitch! OUCH!) in the bottom of the 9th and the Yanks lost 6-5.

The Yanks drop to 19-17. They remain 1 1/2 back of Baltimore and now have a four game home and home series against the Mets. The first two games are at Yankee Stadium and the last two at Citi Field.

Before the game, the Yanks placed CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL with fluid and inflammation in his right knee. They called up Matt Daley.

The Yanks got 3 in the first on a 2-run double by Kelly Johnson and a SF by their surprise RBI leader—Solarte.

David Phelps gave up 2 in the third, and entered the sixth with a 3-2 lead. He put a couple on & the b/p couldn’t bail him out.

Phelps 5+, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 4.09.
Thornton 1 batter, hit, that batter came around to score. 3.00.
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.80.

Solarte (2 for 2, 2 rbi, 20 rbi now) singled in a run in the seventh. Teix’ 7th HR (348 career) tied it in the top of the 9th before Warren lost it.

Warren 1 2/3 IP (L, 1-2, 1.59), 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Jeter got hit #3345. Backup C John Ryan (I still want to say J.R.) Murphy had 3 hits and is now at .407.

Game 35. CC’s struggles continue as Yanks lose, 5-4.

Ok, because of an error by Brendan Ryan, 3 of the 4 runs CC Sabathia gave up last night were unearned.

But there’s no way to whitewash things. CC Sabathia right now is a major problem for the Yankees. The Yanks aren’t paying CC $23MM to pitch like a guy trying to keep his job in the rotation. Let’s face it, the way CC has pitched since the end of the 2012 season, if his name was NOT CC Sabathia, and his paycheck weren’t so high, he might be pulled from the rotation.

CC threw 107 pitches last night in only lasting 5 1/3 innings. He gave up 4 R, 1 ER, and took a ND as the Yanks lost 5-4. But look beyond the name and look at the numbers. 107 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. 3 HR given up. Once Ryan made a two-out error behind him, an inability to escape or limit damage. He is 3-4, 5.28. Baseball Reference has a stat called WPA, which basically stands for Win Probability added by pitcher. In only two of CC’s eight starts this year is that number a positive number, meaning he pitched in a way that normally contributes to a win. CC leads the A.L. in games started. He leads the majors in HR given up. 46/8 equates to about 5 2/3 innings a start. That’s not ace-like, but more of a 4 or 5 starter. Since the end of the 2012 season, he is 17-17, 4.87, ERA+ 83 (17% below league average). Now if, say, Phil Hughes were still a Yankee, and those were HIS numbers, what would happen? Those numbers remind us more of A.J. Burnett’s last two years as a Yankee, when A.J. went 21-26, 5.20, ERA+ 83.

Sad to say, but if CC doesn’t turn it around soon, you may hear the kind of boos that were directed at Hughes and Burnett at the end of their Yankees’ tenures. Probably the only reason he hasn’t heard it yet is because he is CC.

More troublesome is this: CC turns 34 in July. But watching him this year, he appears much older. He has the look of someone who is 39 and is hanging on. The Yanks are paying him $23MM this year. But here is the rub: CC is on the books for $23MM next year, $25MM in 2016 and $25MM in 2017.

There is a $5MM buyout for 2017, but the 2017 salary is guaranteed if he 1) does not end 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, 2) does not spend more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury or 3) does not make more than six relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury. There is nothing voiding 2017’s contract for poor performance. Only if there is an injury. If he is healthy but performing poorly, the Yanks are still on the hook.

So you have $96MM invested in CC for this year through 2017. If he continues to perform like this, it’s a major problem.

The Yanks have to get CC back on track. He may have to become a completely different pitcher, but CC MUST figure it out and get back on track. There is simply too much relying on that.

I’m hoping for him to rebound and rooting for it. I’m not expecting it, however.

CC’s third pitch of the game was hit for a HR. The Yanks took the lead in the third on a triple by Gardner and single by Beltran. In the bottom of the inning came Ryan’s error and the b2b bombs given up by CC for a 4-2 Brewers lead.

The Yanks came back to tie it. Mark Teixiera got HR #6 (347 career) in the sixth, and Soriano singled in the eighth to tie it up.

Good points:

Teixiera’s average is just .253, and I expect him never to hit .280+ again, but he does have 6 HR and 15 RBI in 21 games. He basically missed 10 games b/c of his injury. 21 x 7 is 147. Basically a full season with some days given off for rest. At that pace, Teix would have 42 HR and 105 RBI. The power numbers we were hoping he would come back to after his injury that cost him most of 2013. I’m not saying he will reach 40/100, but he looks like he could be the 30/90 guy we were hoping he would come back as. Now to get McCann going.

Betances (2.00) came into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth and got out of it with two strikeouts. What a job. He is getting better, gaining confidence, and look at the situation Girardi put him in as Girardi gains more confidence in using him in tight spots.

Aceves (0-1, 1.23) took the tough loss. He gave up a run in two innings of relief.

The loss drops the Yanks to 19-16, 1 1/2 behind Baltimore in the A.L. East. Phelps goes today.

Game 30. Yankees, Aceves, can’t climb out of hole CC put them in, lose 5-1.

Alfredo Aceves was great in relief of CC Sabathia, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, but CC Sabathia was knocked out in the fourth inning and the Yankees couldn’t recover. They lost to the Rays, 5-1.

For Aceves, it marked a return to the Yanks. He pitched for them from 2008-2010, and was 14-1 (10-1 for the 2009 WS Champs).

CC went 3 2/3 and gave up 5 runs (3 on an inside-the-park HR by Wil Myers). His record dropped to 3-4, 5.75. With some rotation question marks right now, CC needs to pick it up. Same with Kuroda.

Aceves kept the Yanks in the game, but the Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP.

The loss drops the Yanks to 16-14. Even with the loss, the Yanks may stay in first. As of this writing, Baltimore was losing 5-2 to Minnesota in the 7th.

Prepare for some late nights. The Yanks now go out West to take on the Angels. David Phelps is expected to pitch tomorrow night.