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Game 94. Yanks at .500 at break after rain-shortened loss.

The Yanks lost 3-1 Sunday night in a game called in the bottom of the fifth due to rain.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR, but that was the only run the Yanks would get. Gardner’s 9th HR sets a new season high for him. Derek Jeter got his 3408th career hit in the loss at Baltimore.

Chase Whitley started and gave up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Chris Davis hit a two-run HR to LF. Left field at Camden Yards is their “short porch”, similar to RF at Yankee Stadium. It is just 364 to LCF, the wall is short, and Davis’ HR made it into the front row. A double by Machado and single by Schoop put the Orioles up 3-1.

Chase Whitley went 3 2/3, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 4 K. He falls to 4-3, 5.10.

David Huff 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.42.

The Yanks went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth and after a walk and two strikes on the second batter in the bottom of the inning, there was the rain delay and the game was called.

So the Yanks lose 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings to drop them to 47-47 at the break. They are in third place, five behind Baltimore in the AL East. They are 3 1/2 behind Seattle for the final wild card spot.

40 of the Yanks’ last 68 games are at home. They’ll need one or two pitchers and one or two hitters to pick up the slack, either by having their own pick it up, or via trade.

They resume the season on Friday, and the first three pitchers after the break are scheduled to be Phelps, McCarthy, then Kuroda.

Game 90. Yanks win in 14, Tanaka to DL

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the top of the 14th, and the Yanks beat Cleveland 5-4 Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks got news which they are praying is minor and not major. Ace Masahiro Tanaka was put on the 15-day DL with a sore elbow. The Yanks await results from an MRI. He’ll miss two starts, hopefully no more. If he is lost for a considerable amount of time, ….

As for the game, Brandon McCarthy, just acquired for Vidal Nuno, made his Yankees’ debut. After giving up four hits and three unearned runs in the first inning, McCarthy settled in and gave the Yanks 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.80.

The Yanks got a run back in the fourth on a solo HR by Teixiera, who was making up for his error that helped allow those runs in the first to score. #16.

In the fifth, Ellsbury doubled with one out and Jeter singled him to third. McCann hit a SF to cut the lead to 3-2, then Teix hit his second HR of the game, a two-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-3. Teix’s 17th HR was #358 of his career, tying Yogi Berra on the all-time list.

Jeter had two hits to take him to 3403 for his career. 16 short of tying Carl Yastrzemski for 7th place all-time.

Cleveland tied the game in the bottom of the fifth but Yankees relievers kept the Indians off the board, setting the stage for Ellsbury’s HR in the 14th.

Thornton 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.25.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.52.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.63.

Huff 0 IP, 0 R 0 H, 3 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.46. He walked all three batters he faced.

Kelley 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. He replaced Huff in the 10th with the bases loaded and one out and got a K and a groundout. Great job. 3.86.

Whitley (W, 4-2, 4.94) 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Robertson (22nd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.

DH Carlos Beltran was victim of a freak accident in BP. A ball he hit ricocheted off the top of the cage back at Beltran and hit him in the face, bruising him. He was removed from the starting lineup and as a result, Brian Roberts, of all people, had to bat fifth.

The win puts the Yanks at 46-44, and three back of Baltimore in the AL East. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto for 2nd. They are 2 1/2 out of the final WC spot.

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 80. Yanks fall to Boston, 8-5.

In his first seven starts, Chase Whitley was a revelation. Maybe the league has caught up to him, maybe it’s just a slump, but in his last two starts, Whitley has hit a bump.

How so? Those two losses have pushed Whitley’s ERA from 2.56 to 4.70.

Whitley went 4+ Sunday night vs. Boston, 5 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 1 K in falling to 3-2 for the season in the Yanks’ 8-5 loss.

Shawn Kelley has been ineffective since coming off the DL. 0 IP, 2 R, 1 h, 2 walks, 0 k. 4.87.

Whitley gave up a run in the second, then David Ortiz’ took him deep for a 3-run HR in the third, Ortiz’ 450th career HR.

The Yanks got one in the third on a Jeter single, and HRs by Teixeira (15, 356 career) and Beltran (8, 366 career, tying Lance Berkman on the all-time list) in the fourth to cut it to 4-3, but the three runs Boston got in the fifth and one more off David Huff in the sixth doomed the Yanks, despite the Yanks getting two in the bottom of the fifth on a triple by Ichiro, double by Gardner and RBI groundout by Ellsbury.

Jeter got two hits to move his career total to 3393.

David Huff 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 5.16.

Dellin Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.33.

Jose Ramirez the 9th, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 k. 5.00.

The loss puts the Yanks at 41-39 and keeps them two games behind Toronto in the AL East and in third place (1/2 gm. behind the Orioles). They are two games out of the final WC spot. Tonight’s game vs. the Rays is Game 81. Half the season will be over.

Game 75. Yanks beaten by Jays, 8-3.

Chase Whitley had seven decent starts and a 2.56 ERA entering Monday night’s game in Toronto. He suffered his first MLB clunker Monday night as the Yanks lost 8-3.

It was Whitley’s first MLB loss, and his ERA rose to 4.07 as he gave up six runs in the second and couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning.

Whitley (L, 3-1, 4.07), 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Just as disconcerting was the fact that the Yanks’ offense was asleep again. For 8 innings, all they managed was one run on three hits, the run coming via Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the year (354th career). They tacked on two runs on three hits in the ninth to make the score more respectable. The good news in the ninth was that Solarte had an RBI hit which broke an 0 for 28 slump.

David Huff pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 3 K. 5.02.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 4.05.

The loss drops the Yanks into 3rd place in the AL East at 39-36, 2 1/2 behind Toronto and a game behind Baltimore. They are a game behind Baltimore for the last WC spot, but in a virtual tie with Seattle in that position and a half a game behind KC. Almost halfway through the season, everything is tight and probably will be right until the end. Every win matters.

One thing that needs to happen is for some bats we were counting on to wake up. Beltran (.220), McCann (.218), and Soriano (.231) in particular, were supposed to be the middle of the order and supply the beef. You know what the late Clara Peller would be saying right now.

You just get the feeling now that something is going to have to happen. A trade for a starting pitcher or a bat or both. Hopefully things turn around soon, but it just seems some kind of shakeup needs to happen, and happen soon.

Game 70. Gardner, McCann lead Yanks to 7-3 win.

Brian McCann, struggling all season, had 5 RBI with a 2-run HR (8) and a base-loaded triple, and Brett Gardner had four hits as the Yanks beat Toronto 7-3 to climb to within 2 1/2 games of the Blue Jays. The win made the Yankees 37-33 on the season.

It’s hard to say who has been a bigger surprise this season, Yangervis Solarte (who has been slumping lately) or Chase Whitley.

Whitley (W, 3-0, 2.56) got the win by pitching 5 innings, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

The Yanks got one in the first on an RBI single by Soriano.

After the Blue Jays got two in the fourth off Whitley, McCann’s two-run blast in the bottom of the inning put them back in the lead.

The Yanks broke it open in the seventh. Ichiro walked with the bases loaded to force in a run then McCann cleared the bases with his triple.

After Whitley left the game, Warren went 2, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.08.

Jose Ramirez came in and just faced two batters, giving up doubles to both. 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.75.

Girardi wasn’t about to wait. After those two doubles, in came Betances. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.51.

Robertson in the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.28.

The win puts the Yanks at 37-33, 2 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East, 2nd place. They are tied with Detroit for the 2nd WC spot.

Game 65. Jeter, Whitley, pace Yanks in 6-3 win.

Two months ago, you would have won a lot of money by betting that on June 12th, Chase Whitley would be the Yanks #2 starter behind Masahiro Tanaka.

In fact, most people would have said Chase Who?

But Whitley, a converted reliever turned starter, has been great since he was promoted to the majors to replace the injured CC Sabathia. He’s been everything Yankees fans hoped they’d be getting from CC, but weren’t this year.

Whitley pitched 7 2/3 innings last night against Seattle, giving up 2 R, 5 h, 0 walks and 6 K, with 1 HBP, in the Yanks 6-3 win over Seattle. Whitley improved his record to 2-0, 2.41.

Derek Jeter, in his last game in Seattle (unless the teams face each other in the playoffs), had three hits and drove in two runs. His career hit total now stands at 3377.

The Yanks got two in the first on a two-run HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (4). Ellsbury also made a couple nice catches in the game.

After Seattle got a run (Logan Morrison HR) off Whitley in the second, the Yanks got two in the third on a Soriano double and two more in the fourth on a Jeter single.

Seattle got one in the fifth and one in the ninth for the final tally.

After Whitley left the game, Matt Thornton pitched 1/3 of an inning, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.65.

Shawn Kelley, just off the DL, came in, 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and K. 4.02.

David Robertson picked up his 16th save. 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.57.

It appears that Francisco Cervelli will be activated soon and John Ryan Murphy will be sent down to SWB to get more regular playing time. Although I understand the move (Cervelli is out of options and Murphy has them), I don’t like it. Hopefully Cervelli plays well enough to have some trade value at the deadline so that Murphy is brought back soon. Murphy had two hits last night and is hitting .310. A 23-year-old, doing well as a backup, hitting .310 and he gets sent down? I don’t like that a bit.

Ellsbury was removed from the game with hip tightness but expects to be ok.

The win puts the Yanks at 34-31, tied for 2nd with the Orioles, 3 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East. They are tied with the Orioles for the final WC slot.

Game 60. Yanks 4, Royals 2. Whitley’s 1st MLB win.

Chase Whitley went longer than he has before, lasting 7 innings and picking up his first MLB win as the Yanks beat KC 4-2.

Whitley 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 K. (W, 1-0, 2.42). The former reliever turned starter has pitched very effectively since his emergency call-up to replace the injured CC Sabathia in the rotation. He’s done far better than CC was doing.

Dellin Betances and David Robertson finished up.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 more K. 1.50.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. Save #14. 3.86

The Yanks got a run in the second on a Brian Roberts RBI single. The big blow came the next inning when with two out and the bases loaded, Brian McCann cleared the bases with a double.

The win puts the Yanks at 31-29 and moves them into second place in the AL East, still six back of Toronto.

Game 55. D-Rob fails in 9th, Yanks lose 7-2.

It looked like Chase Whitley would get his first MLB win. The Yanks had a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but one day after throwing 27 pitches in getting a save, David Robertson had nothing and the Yanks lost to the Twins, 7-2. Two recent ex-Yanks, Phil Hughes and Eduardo Nunez, helped beat them, Hughes getting the win and Nunez picking up a big two-run double.

Whitley in four starts this year hasn’t given length, 14 IP in four starts, but his ERA is 2.37. He still has no decisions.

The Yanks got two runs on three hits in the fourth, as Gardner tripled, Jeter singled him home (3367), Ellsbury singled, McCann walked and Jeter later scored on an Ichiro SF.

But those three hits were the only hits the Yanks got all game. With no Beltran for a while (and a while longer), no Teixeira, Soriano slumping (and he was benched for Ichiro today), there isn’t any power in the lineup other than McCann.

Once again, can you say Kendrys Morales? The 5th can’t come soon enough. (If the Yanks sign Morales before the 5th, they lose a draft pick. After the 5th, he is fair game). In the NY Post today, Kevin Kernan wrote what I’ve been writing about. The Yanks need to sign Morales, especially with the uncertainty regarding Beltran and Teixeira.

Betances was awesome. 2 IP, six up, six down and 5 K. 1.38. 56K in 32 2/3 IP now.

Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.71.

…and here is why I hate roles on a team. Robertson comes in… why? Because he is the “closer,” that is why. But Warren pitched a scoreless 8th, and Robertson threw 27 pitches yesterday. Granted Warren threw 20 pitches in the 8th, but why not leave Warren in and save Robertson, who threw a lot of pitches yesterday? Maybe Warren shortens the bridge by getting an out or two, or closes it completely with a two-inning save. I remember the days when Lyle and Gossage would get saves of over one inning.  They may have gone 2 2/3. You don’t see that anymore. Managers complicate matters for themselves by creating roles and making closers one-inning guys. Keep it simple. If the guy is hot, ride him. No need to bring in a closer just because he is the “closer.” I believe that if you start mixing and matching and bringing in too many pitchers, eventually you’ll find the guy who has nothing, just like in the saying “too many cooks spoil the soup.” D-Rob had nothing. First batter, a game-tying HR, and it got worse, because the Twins scored six in the top of the 9th to win it.

Robertson (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. ERA balloons to 4.50. (One friend of mine suggested making Betances the closer. Nice sentiment, and I could see it. But that won’t happen. Not yet, anyway.)

Daley one batter, and he gave up a hit. That batter later scored. 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 H. 3.86.

Thornton got the last out, but gave up a big hit first. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.50.

Use the KISS method, Joe. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Guy’s hot? Leave him in.

That’s my theory, anyway.

The Yanks fall to 29-26, 3 1/2 back of Toronto now.

Start getting that contract for Morales ready, Hal and Cash….

Game 50. Yanks beat Cards, 6-4 in 12.

Chase Whitley pitched his third MLB game, and once again did a decent job. It took the Yanks 12 innings, and a game-saving catch to rob Yadier Molina of a HR, but the Yanks won 6-4 to improve to 27-23. It was the Yanks’ third straight win.

Each team scored in the first. The Yanks got a walk by Gardner, a hit (3363) by Jeter and a hit by Ellsbury. St. Louis got a leadoff triple, followed immediately by a double to tie the game and you thought it wouldn’t be Whitley’s day.

Instead, he settled in and that was all he gave up… until the sixth.

The Yanks had gotten two in the fifth on a Johnson single and Gardner SF. After five, Whitley had gone the 5 and went 81 pitches. Frankly, I wanted Girardi to pull him then, since that was the longest Whitley had gone in the majors. Instead, he stayed in and the Cardinals tied the game. But the Yanks bullpen (with help from Gardner) shut down the Cardinals.

Whitley 5+, 3 R, 8 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.57
Claiborne 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.87.
Thornton 2/3, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.66.
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48.
Aceves (W, 1-2, 5.28) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Beneficiary of Gardner’s game-saving catch. Gardner was repaying Yadier Molina, who became the first catcher to catch Gardner stealing.
Robertson save #11, ERA 2.40. 1 Ip, 1 run, unearned b/c of a Jeter error. 1 H, 0 walks and 2 k.

In the top of the 11th, Roberts got a bases-loaded single, PH Soriano got a SF and Ryan singled in another.