The Yanks grounded into four DPs Friday night in losing to the White Sox, 5-2.
The Yanks fell four behind Toronto in the AL East with nine to play. It’s safe to say the Yanks should concentrate on being the home team in the wild card game and forget about the division. Even though there is still a chance for the division, that chance is very slim. You won’t hear the Yanks conceding, but…
The Yanks are 84-69, and still have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1. They have a 5 game lead over the Angels for WC 2. The magic # to just get into the wild card game remains at 5.
One more quick note on Masahiro Tanaka. He said that he still felt the hamstring strain slightly during his bullpen today, but he doesn’t think it will prevent him from pitching. Girardi indicated pregame that they’d like to start him next week, but nothing is set in stone. “We didn’t expect him to be 100 percent today,” Girardi said. “We wanted to have him throw a bullpen to keep things going. I really think you have to see how he feels the next couple of days and the decision is, do you have him do another bullpen before he starts? Or do you think that he’s ready to start a game.”
If Tanaka can start Tuesday or Wednesday, he can start that wild card game on about a week’s rest. You wonder about the rust after missing a start. If Tanaka can’t start the WC game, then who? Would you trust the rookie, Severino? Would you go with Pineda?
Both Yankee runs Friday night were driven in by Gregorius in the fourth. It tied the game 2-2 at that point, but when CC gave up two solo HRs in the seventh, that decided it.
Sabathia (L 5-10, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Bailey 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 6.14
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.11
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.65
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.79