Game 33. McCann hurts former team, Yanks lose, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery wasn’t too bad, but ex-Yankee Brian McCann hit one mistake he made for a three-run HR and Houston beat the Yanks Friday night 5-1.

The Yanks’  third straight loss dropped them to 21-12.

Montgomery pitched three scoreless innings before McCann wrapped his HR around the RF foul pole.

Houston got a run in the fifth off Montgomery and another in the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were shut out until Didi Gregorius got an RBI single in the ninth.

The Yankees struck out 13x.

Montgomery (L, 2-2, 4.19) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up the 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W 0 K. 1.84
Clippard 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.17
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.55
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT. FACED ONE BATTER WHO FLIED TO CF.

Things don’t look good for Saturday’s game. A LOT of rain is in the forecast.

I recently advocated why not bring up Ji-Man Choi and see what you have, esp. since he is hitting over .330 at SWB and the Yanks aren’t getting anything at 1B from Bird (on DL) or Carter so far. (Holliday played 1B last night). On another blog, some people criticized me for that.

Now, I don’t mean this in a mean way, although it may come off as that. That is not the intention. But I hope these people never get a promotion if they are doing well in their job and someone above them isn’t doing well. I mean, if they want to deny a chance to someone else, why should they get one themselves?

All I am saying is that maybe the Yanks should call up Choi and give him a chance for a couple of weeks until Bird gets healthy. Platoon him with Carter, maybe. Choi vs. righties, Carter vs. lefties. See who gets hot. I was a little surprised Refsnyder was brought up recently instead of Choi. Refsnyder is more versatile, but Choi was doing better and is the natural 1B whereas Refsnyder isn’t.

Some people criticized Choi because he went .170-5-12, OPS+ 68 in 112 AB for the Angels last year. True, but is that a big enough sample size to judge him on? After all, Aaron Judge went .179-4-10, OPS+ 60 in 84 AB last year, striking out way more than Choi did. I’m not saying that Choi is going to be another Judge, but did these same people dismiss Judge a few months ago as they are dismissing Choi now? Choi is a year older than Judge. He turns 26 next week. He is a lefty hitter which may play well at the Stadium. Going into Friday night’s action, he has hit .310 in the minors, and in 178 AAA games, is .309-14-98 with 95 walks. Those numbers, and his 6’1″, 230 pound build, remind me of a John Kruk type, even though Kruk was smaller. Kruk’s 162 g. MLB average was .300-14-80, OPS+ 134 and Kruk averaged 88 walks in that 162 g. average.

I’m not saying Choi would develop into a Judge or Kruk. Maybe he can give half of that which would be fine for a two week fill-in. What I am saying is that with Bird on the DL and Carter at .200-1-7, OPS+ 58, that maybe for a couple of weeks that the Yanks bring Choi up and see what you have in him.

What’s wrong with giving a person the chance to succeed? Or you won’t know until you try?

Every star needed a chance to shine sometime. Who knows what Choi can do. Maybe he won’t be a star. But if in two weeks he goes .250-1-5 or so, isn’t that better than what you are getting out of 1B so far?

Sometimes all someone needs is a chance (see Gallegos above). What’s wrong with giving someone that chance? That’s all I’m saying.

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