Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 11. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 9-0 win.

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Since Masahiro Tanaka has rehabbed the elbow instead of having Tommy John surgery, there are concerns about the elbow. How would it limit him? Will it blow out? The first two starts of the year did little to alleviate those concerns, but Tanaka looked ace-like Saturday night in the Yanks’ 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

This was the Tanaka we saw last year before he injured his elbow with the partially torn UCL. Dominant.

Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) went 7, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Despite the final score, for much of the game, he had to be dominant.

Brian McCann (3 for 4) broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run triple in the sixth, and the Yanks broke open the game with a 7-run seventh, capped by Chris Young’s grand slam, his third HR of the season.

David Carpenter pitched the eighth, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brandon Pinder closed it out. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Matt Tracy, DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.

 

 

Minor league news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.

 

Game 9. Bullpen lets Yanks down in 7-5 loss.

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Nathan Eovaldi is still progressing from a thrower into a pitcher. Sure, he can throw hard, and he did strike out 9 in 5 IP tonight. But in those 5 IP, he threw 101 pitches, gave up 2 R on 8 pitches, and forced the bullpen into the game early.

That bullpen imploded. They entered with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, gave up 5 runs, and the Yanks wound up losing 7-5 to drop them to 3-6 on the season.

Eovaldi gave up a run in the first. The Yanks got 2 back in the third on a Beltran double. They went up 3-1 in the fourth on A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the year, #656* of his career. He is now 4 HR behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. His 2 hits tonight put him at 2947 on the all-time list and the RBI is # 1976. Just three men have ever made it to 2000.

Sorry, asterisks necessary due to the steroids.

Up 3-1, Eovaldi gave up a HR in the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, up 3-2 the Yanks had to take Eovaldi out because of the pitch count. The bullpen here lost the game, giving up five runs.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 9 K. 11 baserunners in 5 IP. The K are good, but in and out of trouble and not efficient on the pitch count. Not only that, an average just over two runners an inning.

Carpenter (Blown save 1, Lost game) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Wilson faced two batters. Both got hits. Both scored.

Carpenter and Wilson cost the Yanks the game.

Martin 2/3 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Brandon Pinder (MLB DEBUT; see below) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

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

De La Rosa, who was up and didn’t get into a game, was sent back down, Pinder brought up. Davies cleared waivers, sent back to AAA.

You may have read the name Wilking Rodriguez on this blog during spring training. Suspended 80 games for use of furosemide (generic for Lasix).

 

 

Game 6. More like it! 7 run first helps Yanks to 14-4 win.

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Going into this game, the Yanks had a batting average of .193. If you believe in the law of averages, even with a bad hitting team you knew that had to improve sometime.

The Yanks scored 7 in the first inning, and except for one inning with 2 WP and an error, there was much improvement over the first five games. There may still be concern over Tanaka, but except for one bad inning, he was ok. The jury is still out on him.

In the first, Ellsbury walked and Gardner singled him to third. Beltran forced the runner but a run scored. Teixeira walked and the Yanks got a break when an error loaded the bases. A-Rod cleared them with a double to make it 4-0. That hit (#2945) drove Alex’s RBI total to 1974. He would add another later in the game to make it 1975. Baseball Reference lists only three players (Aaron, Ruth and Anson) with 2000.

After A-Rod’s bases-clearing 3-run double, Headley hit a 2-Run HR and Stephen Drew made it back-to-back with a HR of his own.

Boston came back with three in the fourth. Tanaka threw two WP and there was an error. Sloppy. That needs to improve but with the seven-run first, it didn’t hurt too much.

A 2-run single by Gardner and SF by Teix in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-4.

Hanley Ramirez homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. You have to wonder…. in the first two games this year, Tanaka was ok for two innings, then faded. Is that the elbow? Ok the first time around but not the second? Time will tell.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on an A-Rod bases-loaded walk, a Headley single and a Drew SF to go up 13-5.

Brian McCann ended the scoring with a solo HR in the 8th.

Gardner, 2 h, 2 RBI. 4 RBI for A-Rod. Headley 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 RBI for Drew. Hopefully this wakes the offense up.

Tanaka (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 4 K. ERA still 7. Two outings, 4 and 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER in 9 IP. The jury is still out.

Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K>

Davies 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ‘

Moves: After the 19 inning game, Chasen Shreve was sent down. He can’t be brought back for 10 days. When he was sent down, Matt Tracy came up and made his MLB debut. Baseball can be cruel sometimes. The Yanks DFA’d Tracy today and gave Kyle Davies (who pitched tonight, see above) a MLB contract. If Davies’ name sounds familiar, it should. He is the guy who gave up A-Rod’s 500th HR.

Game 2. 3 in 8th lift Yanks, 4-3.

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Ok, the late inning 3-run rally wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It’s not like someone hit a 3-run HR in the 8th or there was a lot of hits, but a win is a win.

This looked a lot like last year in so many ways. Last year, Michael Pineda only started 13 games because of suspension and injury, but he had a 1.89 ERA in that time he pitched. He was also only 5-5 despite the ERA due to lack of run support.

Tonight, Pineda got a no-decision despite pitching well.

6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

He left the game losing 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 on A-B-C baseball. Ellsbury singled, stole second, Gardner grounded out moving up the runner, and Beltran got a SF.

In the top of the 8th, Betances gave up an unearned run due to a Brian McCann throwing error.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the 8th down 3-1. In 16 innings their offense had produced just two runs.

They got 3 in the 8th, which I’ll take, but it is not like anyone raked.

Chris Young (a star of the game) PH for Didi Gregorious and doubled.

Jacoby Ellsbury (another star, 2 for 2, 2 runs scored, 2 walks, a SB) singled Young to third.

Gardner was HBP. Bases loaded and no one out. A run scored on a WP to make it 3-2. Beltran struck out. Teix was intentionally walked to load the bases for an inning-ending DP.

Instead, McCann was HBP to tie the game and Headley singled off the pitcher to make it 4-3, the final score.

After Pineda,

Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances (W) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In case you missed it, Austin Romine cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA SWB.

 

 

Game 156. Yanks one-hit O’s, 5-0.

Michael Pineda was dominant as he teamed up with three relievers for a one-hit shutout of Baltimore Monday night, 5-0.

Derek Jeter drove in three runs, and Jose Pirela tripled and singled in his first two MLB at bats to lead the Yanks.

Pineda retired the first 13 batters he faced before J.J. Hardy got the Orioles only hit of the game. Pineda (W, 4-5, 1.93) went 7 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 8 k.

Shawn Kelley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.60.

David Phelps 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.38.

The Yanks got 2 in the third when Ichiro reached on an error, Pirela tripled in his first MLB bat to knock in Ichiro and Jeter drove in Pirela on an RBI groundout.

They got two more in the fifth on a 2-run double by Jeter (hit #3460).

Chase Headley’s HR in the 8th (his 12th overall) finished off the scoring.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks picked up OF Eury Perez and DFA’d Josh Outman. The team has used a franchise-record 57 players this year.

The win ensures that the Yanks will not have their first losing season since 1992. They are now 81-75 with six games left. One more win and they have a winning season, if not a play0ff-bound one. They remain two games ahead of Toronto for second place in the AL East. They are four out of the last wild card spot with just six games to go.

Game 155. Gardner gets 15000th team HR in 5-2 win.

Brett Gardner hit the 15,000th HR in Yankees history, Brian McCann added two more, and Masahiro Tanaka got a win in his return from the DL (Chaz Roe was DFA’d) as the Yanks beat Toronto 5-2 on Sunday.

Mickey Mantle got HR #5000, Claudell Washington #10000 and now Brett Gardner #15000 in Yankees history.

For the fourth straight game, Derek Jeter got two hits. He came into the home stand on a bad slump, but in the last home stand of his career, has put together some nice games. He had two hits today, including an RBI double, raised his average to .255, and now has 3459 hits for his career. It was his fourth straight two-hit game, all on his final home stand.

Tanaka, limited in his # of pitches due to just coming off the DL, went 5 1/3 and looked, well, like TANAKA. 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He improved to 13-4, 2.47. If only for those 10 weeks he missed.

He gave up his only run in the top of the first,  but McCann’s first HR of the game tied it in the bottom half of the inning.

Gardner’s 17th HR of the season (and who thought he’d hit THAT many this year?) made it 2-1 in the fifth, and the HR was the 15,000th in Yankees history. They are the first team to hit 15,000 HR in their history.

The Yankees got 3 in the 7th on doubles by Gardner and Jeter and McCann’s 2nd HR of the game. McCann’s 22nd HR gave him the team lead. With Ellsbury out, McCann’s 3 RBI gave him 71 for the season, and the team lead there as well.

Dellin Betances gave up a run in the 8th.

After Tanaka left,

Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.07

Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.42.

David Robertson picked up his 38th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.79.

The win put the Yanks 2 up on the Jays for 2nd place in the AL East at 80-75. Two more victories means a winning season. They haven’t had a non-winning season since 1992. They may still win less games than last year, when they won 85.

They are 4 1/2 out of the last wild card spot with just 7 games to go and must jump three teams. An almost impossible task to accomplish.