Category Archives: In-Season Moves

Game 48. Rays batter Pineda, beat Yanks 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda continued to exasperate Yankee fans, coaches, the front office and the owner yesterday. Recently the NY Post reported that Hal Steinbrenner called out several underperforming players and that Pineda was one of them. They also reported on Girardi and the coaches’ frustration with him.

Pineda has been more like a pinata this year, getting hit hard, especially early in games. Those first inning struggles continued when he gave up three in the first and then he gave up two more in the second. The Yanks were down 5-0 after two and could not come back, losing 9-5 Saturday afternoon.

The Yanks have been getting decent performances from Tanaka, Eovaldi, Nova and CC but Severino and Pineda have been killing them. The Yanks are 23-25. Severino and Pineda are a combined 2-12, the rest of the team 21-13. You can see the difference. You can do the math.

What the Yanks do with Severino, who starts a rehab game on Sunday, when he gets healthy will be interesting. Put him (0-6, 7.46) back in the rotation, or let him get straightened out in the minors?

Pineda does have options and can be sent down. He is 2-6, 6.92. The Yanks can’t just keep sending pitchers out there with ERAs of 7, especially since we’ve reached Memorial Day.

But what and who is the alternative? Either someone like a Cessa, Green, etc. would have to be given a shot (Green had one start recently, 6 R, 4 ER in 4 IP), Severino or Pineda must step up, or the Yanks have to make a deal. 2-12 vs. the rest at 21-13. The two have been dragging the team down. Something needs to be done, and if/when it is, I’ll report it.

Carlos Beltran hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 5-1. Beltran’s 12th HR of the year was #404 lifetime, placing him three behind Duke Snider on the all-time list. It was his 2500th hit.

Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth and three in the fifth on a HR by Hank Conger off of Luis Cessa. Conger came into the game with no extrabase hits. He had two doubles and a HR yesterday. He drove in 3 runs for the Rays. Evan Longoria had a HR and 4 RBI.

Down 9-1, the Yanks tried to fight back but the deficit was too large. They got two in the seventh on a Romine single and a bases-loaded walk to Torreyes, and two in the eighth on singles by Gregorius and Romine.

A-Rod (.176) was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

Chase Headley was 3 for 3, and  Austin Romine 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.

Pineda (L, 2-6, 6.92) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Goody 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.55
Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 3 K, 2.57. Gave up a HR.

Cessa can’t be used for a while, b/c he went four, but you wonder if he may be placed in the rotation for a while with Pineda/Severino removed?

Something has to be done, and something tells me it’ll be done soon.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA:SWB lost 5-0. Nothing really to report on this one.

AA: Trenton scored two in the bottom of the 9th to win 2-1. Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler each had 3 hits and and RBI. Juan Silva 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 3-2 in 13. Austin Aune 2 RBI. Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 2 hits Mike O’Neill.

Low A: Charleston won 3-1. Yefrey Ramirez 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H. 8 K.  Austin Afenir 2 hits, rbi.

The Yanks released Slade Heathcott.

Game 46. No support for CC, Yanks lose 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched great today but got no support, offensively and in one case, defensively, from his teammates as the Yanks lost 3-1 to Toronto Thursday afternoon.

Starlin Castro homered (6) in the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but the Yanks only got four hits all game.

In the third, CC gave up the only two hits he would allow, but they followed an error by Didi. He also walked a batter that inning, and Toronto scored two unearned runs—the only runs they would need.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth.

The Yanks’ pitching entered the game with an ERA+ about league average. It has improved over the last couple of weeks.

But the OPS+ by the offense was a 90 entering the game and got worse. That means the offense is some 10% below league average. The lineup has to pick it up. Having Betances, Miller and Chapman means nothing if you can’t get them a lead.

Gardner is at .228. Teix, A-Rod, and Hicks are all under .200. So is Ackley. Headley is .223. They really don’t have anyone over .280, unless you count a backup like Torreyes.

That must improve. Otherwise, good outings like this will be wasted. The Yanks were at .240 going into this game and got just four hits. The bats must awaken.

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 2.83) 7 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 2 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Betances 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.25

Mark Teixeira and Chasen Shreve will be out a while with injuries. Shreve is on the DL. Richard Bleier has been called up from SWB where he was 2-2, 2.57.

The Yanks are now 22-24.


Game 42. Tanaka tames A’s, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka gave up just one run in seven innings as the Yanks won their fourth in a row, beating Oakland 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

In a few days, Alex Rodriguez may reinstated off of the DL. It is looking like it will be Tuesday. Rob Refsnyder may or may not be the one going down to make room for A-Rod, but it is what you do with your opportunities when they come along. Refsnyder had a big 2-run double in the game.

The Yanks broke through with four in the fourth. Ellsbury walked, Castro singled and Teixeira walked to load the bases. Carlos Beltran singled in a run, and after an out, Aaron Hicks drove in another with a SF. Refsnyder then doubled in two.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth on a couple walks, a hit and a SF. In the third, he had escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam by getting a strikeout and groundout.

The Yanks didn’t even need no-Runs DMC today.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes singled and Starlin Castro doubled him home to make it 5-1.

With the win, the Yanks inched closer to .500 at 20-22 and escaped the cellar. Toronto is now there.

Tanaka (w, 2-0, 3.24) 7 Ip, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 4 K.
Goody 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.64.

Game 40. Nova, Beltran lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.

Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.

What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.

The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.

Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.

Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).

The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.

Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.

Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50


Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.


Game 34. Chisox 7, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino was bad, beaten, booed,  injured, and placed on the DL last night.

The 22-year old is experiencing the worst of sophomore slumps.

He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs in the second, and four in the third in dropping to 0-6, 7.46. When he was removed from the game, Severino, who was 5-3, 2.89 in eleven starts last year, was booed.

After the game, it was revealed that he had a mild triceps strain and will be going on the DL. The Yanks are expected to call up Chad Green, who was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB. CC Sabathia is expected to come off the DL soon, as well.

With the 7-1 loss, the Yanks fell to 14-20. Severino and Pineda are a combined 1-10, 6.84 in fourteen starts. There are many problems right now with the team, but you can start there. Take away those two, and the Yanks are 13-10.

The only run the Yanks got came on a second inning HR by Chase Headley (2). Chris Sale, the White Sox’ ace, improved to 8-0, 1.67.

Mark Teixeira’s last HR came on April 13th, over a month ago. He has just 3 RBI in that span. He did have two of the Yanks’ six hits last night.

There are a lot of problems to go around which have contributed to the Yanks’ record. Pineda, Severino and Teix are but three.

Severino (L, 0-6. 7.46) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 4 walks, 2 K, gave up HR.
Goody 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.13
Shreve 2 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.20
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K,. 2.03.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Goody sent down, since he took one for the team and went 3 1/3. He’ll be unavailable for a few days.