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Game 43. Yanks trounced, 15-4.

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Ouch.

There isn’t a lot a good things to say about this game, or about the way the Yankees are playing right now.

They gave up 10 runs in the third inning on their way to getting trounced, 15-4. It was their ninth loss in their last ten games. From 21-12 to the current 22-21 record. From 4 games up to 1 1/2 back (still in 2nd place in the AL East).

They hope to stop the free fall tonight. I’ll be at the game, and before the game the Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams and retiring his #51.

The Yanks hurt themselves with some poor fielding (Didi and Beltran) in that third inning, and things just snowballed. I had, and still have, a lot of reservations about CC. I think the Yanks may be paying big time for a few years for nothing. I really think he is done.  They never should have extended his original deal.

Sabathia (L, 2-6, 5.47) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Rogers 3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 4.97
Pinder 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.16

Things got so bad that 1B/OF Garrett Jones was used to get the last two outs.

Jones 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Belrran (3, 376 lifetime, tying Fisk and Teixeira) and Didi Gregorius (2, 2nd in two days) homered.

Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

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Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

Game 41. Slump continues as Yanks lose, 3-2.

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Sometimes over a course of a season, you question a manager’s moves. I have to do that here with the Yanks’ 3-2 loss to the Nats last night.

In the top of the seventh, in a 2-2 game,  Joe Girardi let Adam Warren hit for himself. Warren then coughed up the lead and the game in the bottom of the inning. Granted, Warren was pitching well (from LOHUD: Warren had retired 13 of the past 15 batters before that seventh inning when an error and two walks loaded the bases) except for the two solo HR he gave up. But I might have PH there. Joe decided to save his pinch-hitters for later. I can see that, but it didn’t work out. Besides, there were two out anyway and no one on when he let Warren bat for himself.

I’m just saying that I might have PH there, knowing that Warren was not used to going that deep into games. But horses for courses…

The only other time in his career Warren started a game and pitched into the seventh inning was in his previous start. He isn’t used to it. Granted, it’s nice to get him to do so, but I’d rather see him do it for the first or second time in a game where he has a cushion, not in a 2-2 game. I was wondering why Girardi didn’t PH for him at the time and was really wondering why after Warren coughed up the lead and game in the bottom of the inning.

As a result, the Yanks lost their seventh game in their last eight. Amazingly, they are still tied for first with a 22-19 record as they hit the quarter pole of the season. It looks like 90 wins may be enough to win this division, maybe less.

For the third time (I think) in this slump, the Yanks scored two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter. Gardner singled, Beltran doubled him home, was moved to third on a groundout and McCann hit a SF. After that, nothing.

The home plate umpire made a few questionable calls. Washington’s Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams were ejected. The last pitch of the game, a called strike three to A-Rod, looked awful as well.

After the Yanks scored two in the top of the first, Warren gave up solo dingers in the bottom of the first and in the fourth. The winning run was unearned due to an error by Headley, whose defense this year has been disappointing so far. Nine errors in 1/4 of the season.

Warren 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 h, 4 walks and 4 K. (L , 2-3, 4.26)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.

The Yanks are off today. They come back home after a brutal road trip (2-7) to face the Rangers this weekend. I’ll be up at the Sunday night game. Before that game, the Yanks will honor Bernie Williams and retire his #51.

Game 33. Bronx Bombers! 5 HRs help CC to his first win of the year, 11-5.

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CC Sabathia finally got his first win of the year as the Yanks bombed out five home runs in a 11-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The win raises the Yanks’ record to 21-12. That means after a 1-4 start, they have gone 20-8. Red hot. They are in first with a 4-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks got one in the first on an A-Rod HR. HR #662* (8th on the season) made it 1-0. His two hits tonight put him at 2965 for his career and it was RBI #1989. (Unfortunate that asterisks are needed for all accomplishments. Pity).

After the Rays tied it in the bottom of the first, the Yanks went bombs away. In that bottom of the first, for the second time in a week, Brett Gardner threw out a runner. I still don’t know why he hasn’t won the Gold Glove yet.

Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR in the 4th to make it 4-1. (4)

Carlos Beltran, who went some 160 at bats between career HR #373 and #374 (hit yesterday), wasted no time in getting #2 on the season and #375 of his career, making it 5-1 in the fifth.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR in the sixth to make it 8-1 (3). Headley’s SF in the 7th made it 9-1.

CC was doing fine until the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 2 HR (back-to-back) and kind of stained his outing tonight. That made it 9-4.

David Carpenter gave up a run in the 8th to make it 9-5, but Mark Teixeira hit HR #11 on the season (#374 of HIS career, tying Colavito) for the final tally of 11-5. Teix was 4 for 5 tonight. Headley had 4 rbi.

CC 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER,  6 H, 2 walks and 9 K. (W, 1-5, 5.20)
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Apparently Jorge Posada has a book coming out and apparently he still holds a grudge about losing his catching job in 2011 and becoming just a DH. Sad to hear. All things must pass, and with Jorge’s defense drawing criticism in his last few years, it may be his ego talking. Sad that after some time away, he is still bitter about it.

Game 32. Pineda K’s 16 in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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Sorry for the late post. I had some computer maintenance to do which delayed this by one day. No minor league report then for Sunday’s games, but I can tell you that in AA, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered and had good days (to support Luis Severino, who did NOT have a good outing).

Now for Sunday’s Yankee game:

In June of 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels to set the Yankees’ record for most strikeouts in a game.

On Sunday, Michael Pineda gave that record a run for its money. Pineda had to be pulled after seven innings with his pitch count at 111, but he struck out 16 in those seven innings. Who knows what might have happened.

Pineda has had shoulder issues in the past, and it was prudent that manager Girardi pull him. But what a dominating performance. Pineda ties David Wells and David Cone for second place in Yankees’ history with his 16 K. He ties Cone for the most in a game by a righty pitcher. Dellin Betances’ 2 K gave the Yanks a total of 18 for the game, tying the team record which was previously accomplished twice—a combined effort, and Guidry’s solo outing.

Remarkably, Pineda walked no one in his dominant effort. For the season so far, he has 54 K and just 3 walks—an 18:1 ratio.

Pineda (W, 5-0, 2.72) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 16 K.
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.32.
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

In the game, Carlos Beltran hit his first HR of the season, and first in some 160 AB. It was a long time between #373 and #374 (which tied Rocky Colavito all-time). Brian McCann also homered (4).

Didi Gregorious had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

 

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 27. Yanks hold on to win, 6-3.

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Good to see some bats come alive. For even with the Yanks at 17-10, it has been the pitching carrying them. For going into tonight’s game, if you took out Ellsbury, Gardner and Young, the rest of the team was hitting .211. Over the long haul, that won’t do.

The key so far is that when the guys hitting with low batting averages got their hits, they have made them count. For even though they have had few hits, the hits they HAVE had have been doubles or homers. Batting average is overrated. The key is OPS…. on base percentage + slugging average.

Here is an example. After tonight’s game, Mark Teixeira has just 18 hits right now but 15 are for extra bases. A-Rod has 20 hits, 11 for extra bases. Stephen Drew 13 hits, 7 for extra bases. Carlos Beltran hasn’t homered in some 14o at bats, but of his 16 hits, 9 are for extra bases. That’s making your hits count. Over half of your hits are for extra bases.

Don’t get me wrong. I want the batting average to go up. But at least the hits they are getting are DAMAGING hits.

The Yanks got two in the first tonight on a double by A-Rod. After tonight’s game, he is still at only .227. But 1/6th of the way into the season, he does have 6 HR and 16 RBI…. a pace for 36 HR and 96 RBI. Would you take 36/96 even if the batting average is .227? Or would you rather, instead of .227-36-96, have .265-18-65? Runs win ballgames.

Ellsbury drove in a run in the third to make it 3-0.

How about Mark Teixeira, who hit a 2-run HR in the fifth inning tonight? After tonight’s game, he is hitting just .205, but has 10 HR and 22 RBI. That is a pace for 60 HR, 132 RBI. Forget about the .205 for now. Would you take 60 and 132?

The AL MVP (non-pitcher) with the lowest batting average is Roger Maris. .269 in 1961 when he had 61 HR and 141 RBI. If Teix continues on this pace, .205-60-132, would he get MVP despite the low batting average? If so, he’d shatter Maris’ mark.

The setup guys have been great. Ellsbury has only 4 RBI in 27 games because the guys in front of him (Drew .167 and Gregorious .215) have not been getting on base. But Ellsbury got 3 hits tonight to raise him to .358. Talk about setting the table! He has 11 SB. The #2 hitter, Gardner, is currently at .309. So they are setting the table.

No offense to Derek Jeter, but Ellsbury and Gardner should have been 1-2 last year and Jeter, who ended his final season at .256, should have been dropped to 8th in the lineup. The Yanks were not going to disrespect the legend, however.

Up 6-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yanks didn’t make it easy. Michael Pineda cruised through 8, but instead of letting Pineda pitch the 9th, Girardi went to the bullpen and they almost blew it. Toronto scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to cut it to 6-3. The last out was made with the tying run at the plate.

Pineda (W, 4-0, 2.97) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

Carpenter 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.23.

Miller (11th save) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Minors report tomorrow morning. (Actually later this morning).