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Game 37. Yanks fall, 9-1.

The Yanks (20-17) took two out of three from the Rays this week despite scoring only five runs in the three games. They did it because of pitching. The pitching wasn’t there in the game last night as the Yanks lost, 9-1.

In the games the Yanks won, they won 3-1 and 1-0.

Jameson Taillon struck out 9 in 4 2/3 IP, but took the loss to drop to 1-3, 5.40, ERA+ just 72 on the season. If there is a “weak link” in the Yanks’ rotation so far, Taillon has been it. He is just coming back from his second TJ surgery. The Yanks can look to replace him with Deivi Garcia, or Mike King, or (and what I think will happen) ride him out, hope he improves, but then look to replace him with Luis Severino, once Severino is healthy in two months.

Remember that Severino was the ace before the Yanks got Gerrit Cole. So far all indications are that Severino, himself coming off TJ surgery, looks great.

The Yanks bats were silent, and you keep wondering how long this will go on. Heck, even D.J. LeMahieu is only hitting .264. You still have too many people under .200 (Sanchez, who got two of the Yankees’ five hits last night is at .197; Andujar 0 for 13; Frazier .141; Gardner .182; Mike Ford isn’t even at .100! He’s at .095; Hicks .194; Odor .164; Bruce was at .118 when he retired). They are just hitting .220 as a team. Imagine if they were in the NL with no DH.

Taillon gave up 2 runs in the first, then a 2-run HR in the third. Down 4-0 after three, the way the Yanks haven’t been hitting, you basically knew game over.

When Mike King gave up a 3-run HR in the sixth, those feelings were confrimed. It wasn’t the Yanks’ night. Justin Wilson gave up two runs in the eighth.

The Yanks’ avoided the shutout by scoring in the ninth. Gio Urshela singled to lead off the inning, Sanchez doubled. Ford walked. The slumping Frazier GIDP, the at that time meaningless run scoring, the Rays, already up 9-0, gladly swapping the run for two outs. Andujar then flied out to end the game.

You keep waiting for one of those 12-run explosion games. Maybe this weekend in Baltimore?

Sanchez 2 hits.

Taillon (L, 1-3) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 9 K. 5.40 1 WP, Gave up 1 HR.
King 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1.84 Gave up 1 HR.
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.52

Funny stat. Pitchers gave up 9 runs. Struck out 16. Strange.

Before the game, Andujar had to be brought back up because Gleyber Torres had to go on the COVID IL . 8 Yankees, inc. players, coaches (1B, 3B, and P), and staff have been affected.

Game 35. Judge, Sanchez HRs back Montgomery in 3-1 Yanks’ win.

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit solo homers to back Jordan Montgomery’s strong outing as the Yankees (19-16) beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Tuesday night.

Judge hit his solo HR (8) in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and Giancarlo Stanton walked. Two passed balls by Rays’ catcher Mike Zunino enabled the runners to move up two bases, and LeMahieu to score. 2-0 Yankees.

Zunino homered in the bottom of third to cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

Sanchez hit his solo HR (4) in the top of the seventh.

The game marked the return of Luke Voit from the injured list. Miguel Andujar was sent down.

Coaches Phil Nevin and Reggie Willits have tested positive for Covid, even though they were asymptomatic and had received the vaccine. They were two of a few positive Covid tests among coaches and staff.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (8)
Sanchez solo HR (4)


Montgomery (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. 3.96. Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.61 1 WP
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Ex-All Star Catcher Crandall passes away at age 91.

Del Crandall, an 11x All-Star catcher who won 4 Gold Glove awards, and who was the starting catcher for the 1957 WS Champion Milwaukee Braves, passed away two days ago at the age of 91.

Crandall caught for the Boston Braves in 1949 and 1950, then lost two seasons due to military service. He came back to the Braves, now in Milwaukee, and was with them from 1953 to 1963. He played for the Giants in 1964, Pirates in 1965 and ended his career with the Indians in 1966.

He was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949.

He got MVP consideration 7x, including a 10th place finish in 1958, when the Braves won the NL pennant. He hit .272-18-63 that year. OPS+ 119.

In the WS Title year of 1957, he hit .253-15-46, OPS+ 97.

He hit 20 or more HR 3x.

In 13 WS games, Crandall hit .227 with 2 HR, 4 RBI.

He is ranked the 40th best C of all-time on the baseball-reference site.

His 162 game average was .254-18-68, but of course catchers don’t catch all 162. OPS+ 96. A catcher with some pop.

From 1953-1960 he averaged 130 games a year, .259-19-60, OPS+ 105.

He managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 1972 to 1975, and when he was fired, one of his players was his long-time ex-teammate, Henry Aaron.

He also managed Seattle in 1983 and 1984.

His managerial record was 364-469, winning percentage .437, which equates to a 162 game season of 71-91.

Ex-manager Ray Miller dies at age 76

One-time MLB manager Ray Miller has passed away at the age of 76.

Miller took over in the Twins in mid-1985, and was 50-50 as they finished 4th. The next year, he was 59-80 when he was replaced by Tom Kelly. The Twins finished 6th. Kelly led the Twins to the WS Championship in 1987.

Miller then managed the Orioles in 1998 and 1999, going 79-83, then 78-84, finishing 4th both years.

He was 266-297 as a manager, winning pct. .472 which over a 162 game season, averages out as 76-86.

Game 23. Yanks make a trade, then pull off a 5-1 win.

This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.

First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.

Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.

Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.

The trade did come as a surprise.

Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!

Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.

Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.

Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.

Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.

Lemahieu 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Urshela 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Kluber (W, 1-2) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.23
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.30

Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.

I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?

Game 22. Bats remain silent in 4-2 loss.

You ask yourself how long this will continue. You wonder how long before there is a major shakeup.

The Yankees’ bats remained silent in losing 4-2 to Baltimore on Monday night. They only got four hits.

After 22 games, the team batting average is .203. Imagine if there was no DH. Not that the DH is helping.

Even the Yankees’ announcers are down, David Cone saying the team was boring right now. He’s right. They aren’t hitting, they don’t steal bases, it’s hard to watch.

The team ERA is second in the league. But the Yankees are 9-13 because of the poor batting averages. Five of the starters in last night’s lineup were below the Mendoza line (.200).

The offense is last or next to last in the league in so many categories.

Deivi Garcia made his season debut last night and gave up a HR on the second pitch of the game. There is so much pressure on the pitchers right now because of the poor offense. Garcia wasn’t bad, giving up 2 runs in 4 innings, but the offense is so bad that 2-0 feels like 20-0 right now.

Of the four hits, two were by Gio Urshela, who drove in one run and should have had two RBI. In a controversial play that saw manager Aaron Boone get ejected, Aaron Judge was ruled out at third before D.J. LeMahieu crossed the plate. Replays appear to show differently, and the Yanks lost a run as a result. Murphy’s law. When things go bad, they go bad.

Urshela 2 hits, RBI. His .264 was the highest batting average of all batters in the Yankees’ lineup.

Garcia (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.50 gave up a HR.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.61
O’Day 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25 1 HBP, Balked home a run.
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00 gave up a HR.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.68

You hate to harp on the numbers, but you can’t avoid them. When will this offense start hitting?

Game 18. Yanks’ offense starts to come alive in 6-3 win.

Hopefully the monster has awoken.

The Yankees’ (7-11) offense, dead for 17 games, and coming in with a .205 batting average, got 11 hits and drew 9 walks in a 6-3 win over Cleveland Thursday night.

Granted they did leave 13 runners on base. But the much-needed win, and the fact that they got two to three times more people on base in this game than they have in recent games, was encouraging.

As manager Aaron Boone would say, they “created traffic on the basepaths.”

It didn’t start out well. Domingo German gave up three runs in the first inning, and he wasn’t helped by sloppy fielding and bloop hits (including his own error). But he settled in and pitched five scoreless innings after that messy first inning.

The Yanks tied it up in the third inning. Kyle Higashioka, who, it appears, should get more playing time at the expense of Gary Sanchez the way both are playing so far, led off the inning with a double. He was balked to third, and after an out, D.J. LeMahieu singled him in to cut the Indians’ lead to 3-1. After another out, Mike Ford walked. Gleyber Torres singled for just his second RBI of the year, and a two-base error on the play enabled Ford to score and tie the game and Torres to get to third, where he was stranded. Tie game.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but didn’t score.

With one out in the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and after another out, Torres singled. Aaron Hicks walked, then Rougned Odor singled in two runs. Nice to see Odor going up the middle and beating the shift rather than pulling the ball into the shift or swinging from the heels for a HR like we have seen too much of lately. Good piece of hitting by Odor there. 5-3 Yankees.

Higashioka hit a solo HR (3) in the eighth to make it 6-3, the final score.

Judge 0 for 2, 2 strikeouts, but drew 3 walks.
Torres 3 hits, RBI
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (3)


German (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. 6.23
Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.50
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.79
Chapman (S, 3) 1 IP 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00

Hopefully this wasn’t a one-game blip, and is the beginning of the Yankees’ offense operating the way we expected.

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 13. Boone addresses team after Yanks’ 8-2 loss.

I was about to write that the Yankees need to look in the mirror. That Aaron Boone has to snap at them. That Brian Cashman needs to snap at them.

That Hal Steinbrenner needs to channel his father’s anger and snap at the team right now.

For last night was embarrassing. An 8-2 loss to (once again, Tampa Bay) that dropped the Yankees to 5-8, the worst record in the league. People (I won’t call them fans) were so disgusted they were throwing stuff onto the field.

The team looked like a mess in just about every way. The offense got only three hits. Their only two runs coming on a 2-run Giancarlo Stanton HR in the seventh inning. They don’t string together hits or have rallies.

Starters, (other than Gerrit Cole) need to go deeper into games. More than 3 or 4 innings. Granted, last night the Yanks used Nick Nelson as an opener and that failed, but …

The defense has been lousy, too. Three errors last night, one really costly on what should have been an inning=ending DP that instead allowed two runs to score.

Besides snapping at the team, Boone needs to look at some of his decisions, too. I don’t like the “opener”, and I also didn’t like Hicks (.167 so far) batting third.

This isn’t to rip the team, although they may deserve it. It is an honest assessment. You can’t be a fan of the Yankees right now and like what you are seeing. So far the Yankees are woefully underperforming. It is early. They are 4 games out. 4 games out is nothing only 13 games into a 162 game season.

But worst record in the league. They face Tyler Glasnow (an ace) today. Atlanta (a good team) comes in next. What you don’t want is 5-8 to become 7-15 or so in a few weeks. You fall 10 games or so under .500? That’s hard to make up.

They need to get some passion. They need to snap out of it and now. They need a wakeup call and maybe Boone, in angrily confronting the team last night, woke some of them up. Let’s hope so.

Did any of you think the Yanks’ would be hitting .222 as a team after 13 games? That they would be next to last in the league in runs scored? Last in slugging average? There is a lot of blame to go around. Did you think that after Cole, the next two best performing players right now would be Michael King and Darren O’Day, with Kyle Higashioka fourth?

Here is something amazing to me. In 13 games, do you know how many sacrifice flies the Yankees have hit? NONE.

I’ll take runs any way I can get them.

Things have to change, and change now.

The Yanks struck out 14 times last night. You can’t win by not putting the ball in play.

Stanton 2-run HR.

Nelson (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 10.80
King 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 0.00 1 HBP. Sent to alt. site after game.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.17
Luetge 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.10

Luetge “took one for the team”. The runs he gave up were on bleeders and bloopers. Seems like everything going wrong.

Things have to turn around. And now.

S.T. Game 7. Yanks fall, 3-2.

Manager Aaron Boone returned to the Yankees after his pacemaker surgery, but the Yankees (3-3-1 in spring training) fell to Pittsburgh, 3-2, today.

The Yanks got their runs on solo HR by Jay Bruce and Clint Frazier. It was a 7-inning game, delayed at the start by rain.

Jameson Taillon pitched two scoreless innings, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the second, and struck out four.

Jhoulys Chacin struggled again in trying to get that #5 starter spot.

Taillon 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Chacin (L; BS) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Otto 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up a solo HR.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

For someone coming off injury and who may need to get more time in extended spring training or in the minors to get back up to speed, Adam Warren, in his third go-around with the Yankees, has done well this spring.

Thairo Estrada went 2 for 2.