The Yanks (83-43) lost today to Cleveland, 8-4, and now head west to face the A’s, Dodgers and Mariners. They are off tomorrow (Monday).
CC came off the IL today, and as I expected, was rusty. He’s been stuck with Bob Gibson (who is ailing, 84, and unfortunately, has pancreatic cancer) at 251 career wins for a while now. Two months.
CC Up, Ryan Dull down.
Thairo Estrada to the IL (hamstring), Tyler Wade up.
Frankly, and sorry if I offend anyone, I didn’t really want CC back this year. He is now 5-7, ERA over 5, and I expected he would not be that effective. He is now 39, and while it’s nice to have him end his career as a Yankee, what has he actually given us this year? 5-7, ERA over 5. Not much. He’s a below average #5 starter who has been on the IL twice, has a bad knee that will probably need a replacement soon, and who (I hate to say this) is best left OFF the postseason roster.
Sentiment does not win you titles.
This isn’t a knock on CC, but it’s time. His tank is empty, or almost empty, and it’s showing. He’s run out of, or is extremely low on bullets.
Even when good, he won’t give you more than five innings. I want starters to get me into the seventh, and almost NO ONE gets me that far.
You wonder, with 36 games left, if CC gets ANOTHER MLB victory. It probably will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get another. He’s getting out at the right time.
My biggest fear come October is who in this rotation do you trust to win a must-win game who will give you seven or more innings.
That worries me.
CC gave up 4 runs, inc. a 3-run HR, in the second.
Nestor Cortes, Jr. gave up another HR in the fourth, 5-0.
Cleveland gets a run in the sixth, 6-0.
At this point I was wondering if the Yanks would score at all. They did, extending this current streak of not being shut out to 208, 100 short of the all-time MLB record of 308, set by the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees of 1931-1933.
D.J. LeMahieu kept that streak alive in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (21).
Top of the eighth, Cleveland gets a 2-run HR. 8-2.
The Yanks got two in the bottom of the ninth. Gleyber Torres HBP. One out later, Tauchman and LeMahieu (RBI) single, 8-3. Aaron Judge doubles in a run, 8-4, but that is the final.
Tampa Bay won, cutting the Yanks’ lead in the AL East to 9 1/2. The magic # for clinching the division stays at 28.
LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI (2-run HR (21)) .339
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits.
Sabathia (L, 5-7, 5.01) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes, Jr. 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.56 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.36 Gave up 1 HR.