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Game 119. Rain and bullpen flush Yanks lead in 12-6 loss. Bad news on Eovaldi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After 4 1/2 innings, things looked good for the Yanks. They had a  6-0 lead, built mostly by two home runs by Gary Sanchez. (The REAL Sanchise, not Mark?)

Then came a rain delay, and everything changed. Michael Pineda, who pitched five shutout innings, had to be removed after the delay, and the Yanks’ bullpen was awful in turning a 6-0 lead into a 12-6 loss.

Didi Gregorius homered in the first (16) to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Sanchez’ solo HR in the second made it 2-0.

Sanchez’ second HR of the game (4), a 3-run shot,  made it 5-0 in the fourth. After the rain delay was over, Didi got an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

But Anthony Swarzak, replacing Pineda, gave up four runs in the sixth, and in the eighth, Toronto got 8 runs off of Adam Warren (4) and Chasen Shreve (4). Ugh.

Earlier in the day, the Yankees received bad news on Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi will need two surgeries on his elbow. He tore the flexor tendon off of the bone, and also tore his UCL. Eovaldi, who had Tommy John surgery before, will need it again as one of the two surgeries. He’ll miss the rest of this year and all of 2017. He is a free agent after 2017, and after this, would be a risky sign. It’s possible that not only his Yankee career, but his career, period, could be over.

Pineda 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.89
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.23
Layne (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.94 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.74 (Az/NYY)
Warren (BS, 2; L, 4-3, 5.24) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. (Cubs/NYY)
Shreve 0 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP. 5.33 Faced 5 batters, all reached, 4 scored.
Parker 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K.   1.69 (Sea/NYY)

You wish Girardi would have just kept Layne & Clippard in there.

The loss puts the Yanks at 61-58.

Choo-Choo Coleman, a catcher on the 1962 Mets, died Monday. He was a few days short of 79.

Game 113. Sanchez’ first MLB HR keys Yanks’ 9-4 comeback win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit his first MLB HR, and the Yanks erupted for five in the seventh and three in the eighth to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday night. In so doing, they may have lost Nathan Eovaldi for the rest of the season. Eovaldi was pulled after one inning because of elbow discomfort.

The Yanks could bring back Severino, who they just sent down for Blake Parker, but I would do something else—bring up Dietrich Enns from SWB. Enns pitched and won for SWB last night, and the 25 yr. old lefty is 13-4 between AA/AAA this year (see my minors report for more). Why not?

Boston got a run off in the third, and another in the fourth as manager Joe Girardi had to exhaust the bullpen after Eovaldi’s early exit. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on Didi Gregorius’ 14th HR of the season. If I would have told you in spring training that Didi might hit 20 this year, you wouldn’t have believed it. I don’t believe it myself.

Tyler Clippard gave up a couple of runs in the sixth to make it 4-1 Red Sox, but then the Yanks exploded.

In the seventh, Didi, Sanchez and Romine all singled, with Romine’s single making it 4-2. A-Rod, pinch-hitting, flied out to RF to move Sanchez to third. Gardner struck out, but Ellsbury’s single made it 4-3.  Headley singled to tie the game, and  Teixeira walked to load the bases. Castro’s double made it 6-4, Yankees. Didi popped up to end the inning as the Yanks batted around.

In the eighth, Sanchez led off the inning with his first MLB HR, a bomb to center field. Sanchez was 4 for 5 in the game. Romine walked. After Refsnyder singled, a WP moved up the runners. Gardner flied out, but Ellsbury walked to load the bases. Two more wild pitches scored two more runs to make it 9-4.

Eovaldi 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.76
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.15
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.86 (Sea/NYY)
Goody 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.23
Layne 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.11 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (w, 3-3, 4.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. (Az/NYY)
Warren (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.70 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.32
You can see above all the bullpen changes lately.

 

 

Game 103. Yanks fall, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their third straight, 6-3, to the Rays Saturday night. It’s their second straight loss to Tampa Bay, who is one of the worst teams in baseball.

So I have to ask those in the front office who are in “buy” mode (Randy Levine?), what are you looking at?

I am not a fan of Levine for many reasons, one of which was his arrogant answers to some questions the media asked him earlier this season. Some people may harp on Girardi (who, I think has done ok, given some limitations on this team. They should be under .500 this year, as well as should have finished under .500 in 2013 and 2014, but he has kept them afloat) or Cashman, but when I read and hear about what Levine wants to do, that’s where I get upset.

Rumors are that most of the front office was in “sell” mode, but Levine and possibly Hal Steinbrenner, were a bit stubborn in thinking this team still was contenders and should buy. After the two losses to the Rays this weekend, I wonder if they have changed their minds. I also wonder as the clock ticks down on the trade deadline, if it is too late to get something back that you can build around.

They could have sold on Cano and Robertson, instead of losing them to free agency and getting nothing. They shouldn’t repeat those mistakes.

The Yanks need new, good, young players. A new foundation for future success. That comes with selling some assets now that are not part of your future.

Nathan Eovaldi, just like Ivan Nova the night before, gave up a first inning homer to put the Yanks in a hole, 1-0 after one.

The Yanks’ offense once again didn’t do much. Except for a 2-run HR by Brett Gardner (7) in the third (and Eovaldi gave it right back in the bottom of the third by giving up a 2-run HR) and a solo HR (10) by Chase Headley in the eighth, the Yanks’ offense was non-existent—and this was against someone who came into the game 2-11.

Alex Rodriguez got the golden sombrero. 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

After Eovaldi coughed up the lead in the bottom of the third by giving up another HR, Anthony Swarzak let the game get away in the seventh, giving up 3 runs, two on a  HR.

The Yanks are now 52-51. Were they some four games better, maybe hit the “buy” button. Instead, look to the future. Sell.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see a deal or two get done today, if they could swing it.

Eovaldi really didn’t pitch too badly, but his inconsistency and tendency to give up the gopher ball hurt him again. 3 hits given up, but 2 HR.

Eovaldi (L, 9-7, 4.78) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.66. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3. 75. Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.59 (combined ERA Cubs/Yanks).

It is what it is. The two losses to the last-place Rays sealed the deal. Sell.

Game 97. Yanks lose in 12, Chapman deal “close.”

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I was up on a bus trip to the game yesterday, and in watching the game in the sweltering heat, saw the Yanks lose to the Giants in twelve innings, 2-1.

It was the Giants’ first win after the All-Star break, snapping a six-game skid.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP and wasted a good pitching effort by Ivan Nova and the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

That threesome appears to be over for now. Rumors are that the Yanks are close to trading Aroldis Chapman to get something back for him. Chapman is a free agent at the end of the year and has liked his time in NY. By trading him, the Yanks can get some key prospects, and also NOT lose a draft pick if they are able to re-sign him in the offseason.

In the fourth inning, Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Mark Teixeira. When the RF, Mac Williamson, bobbled the ball, Didi kept running and scored what turned out to be the only run of the game.

As the game went on, it became apparent to me that—–how can I put this nicely but make a tongue-in-cheek point —-the Yanks couldn’t score if they were the only rooster in a henhouse.

Seeing Aaron Hicks name in the lineup just makes me groan. Just saying.

And A-Rod is useless if he isn’t starting. Who is he going to pinch-hit for? He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Hicks, because then DH Beltran would have to take the field, and you lose the DH. Here is where roster inflexibility hurts the Yankees. A-Rod isn’t going to pinch-run for anyone. He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Headley or Teix and all of a sudden take the field. The Yanks have their hands tied.

That inflexibility limits Girardi’s ability to make moves, and helps cause losses like yesterday’s.

Williamson got redemption for his error, tying the game with a HR in the fifth, and getting the GW single in the 12th.

Great defensive plays by Brett Gardner and Didi saved Nova a couple of runs early.

One play of the game made me a little mad. In the bottom of the 10th, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. They could have won the game there. There are many different ways, not just with a hit. Brian McCann swung at the first pitch and flied softly to left—not deep enough to score the run. Starlin Castro then fouled out to right. A walk wins the game there. Why swing at the first pitch, McCann? Why not take at least one strike? Sigh.

The Yanks fall to 49-48.

Nova 7 IP, 1 R, 6 Hits, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.65.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.45
Chapman 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.57
Swarzak (L, 1-1, 4.34) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.75

As one friend stated yesterday, and no disrespect meant to Swarzak, seeing Swarzak was probably a relief to the Giants after they burned through the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Game 87. McCann-Do! Yanks win in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Brian McCann got the game-winning double in the 11th, and Aroldis Chapman had to go 2 1/3 for the win, but the Yanks got a 7-6, 11-inning win over Cleveland on Saturday.

The win puts the Yanks at 43-44, with one game before the All-Star break.

Cleveland got a run in the first off of CC, who struggled.

The Yanks went up 3-1 in the third on an RBI single by Beltran and a 2-Run HR by Didi (11), who later in the game, saved a run and the game on a great defensive play. Has Didi been great lately, or what? He actually batted fifth today! Who would have seen that coming?

Cleveland came back with 3 in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3, and scored another in the fifth to go up 5-3.

Brett Gardner hit a base-loaded triple in the sixth to put the Yanks up 6-5 but Betances gave up a run in the seventh to even the score.

An interference call in the eighth caused an Indian baserunner to be out, and saved the game for the Yanks when that baserunner ran into Headley, who was trying to make a play.

In the 11th, with two out, Beltran, singled, was PR for  by Torreyes, and Torreyes scored on McCann’s double.

Memo to Girardi and the front office: Please find a replacement for Hicks.

 

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 3.77
Betances  (BS, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.66
Miller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 1.37
Chapman (W, 3-0, 2.49) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 4 K.

 

Game 85. Yanks escape with 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If you go by the numbers (and you’ll see them below), Andrew Miller should be closing for the Yanks, and not Aroldis Chapman. By acting “politically correct”, the Yanks almost blew a game last night. A review that was overturned turned out to be the last out of the game, and may have saved the game in a 5-4 Yankees win at Cleveland.

The win puts the Yanks at 42-43.

Ivan Nova gave up two homers in the third, and the Yanks were down 2-0. They tied the game in the fifth on a HR by the hot Didi Gregorius (10) and on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

With the help of another review, the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth. Chase Headley singled in a run. Starlin Castro was originally called out at the plate, but the review gave the Yanks the run.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF to put the Yanks up 4-2. Speaking of not being “politically correct”, when will the Yanks start to play Refsnyder over Hicks? Yes, Hicks can play CF which Refsnyder can’t, but if Ellsbury needs a day, you can slide Gardner over to CF. Refsnyder can fill the corners. Refsnyder 74 AB, .297-0-10, OPS+ 106. Hicks 180 at bats, over twice as many. .200-3-17, OPS+ 52. The Yanks need Refsnyder’s bat in the lineup. You can put Hicks in for defense in the late innings if necessary. Even Sterling and Waldman are starting to mention on the radio that Refsnyder should be playing more often over Hicks.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single after Refsnyder’s SF made it 5-2.

Cleveland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Girardi went politically correct and went “formula.” Betances, Miller, then Chapman.

But Chapman gave us all a scare in that bottom of the ninth. He walked the lead off hitter, never a good omen. After a strikeout, he gave up a single. Then came a line out for out #2. The next hitter hit a grounder that ricocheted off Teixeira to Castro, who threw to Chapman, and the original call was safe, which would have loaded the bases. The Yanks challenged the call, won the challenge and got the out, which ended the game. Whew.

Nova (w, 6-5, 5.18) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Betances (H, 21) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.53
Miller (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.43
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.74.

As you can see, Chapman has the highest ERA of the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Between deciding who closes among the three, and also Hicks vs. Refsnyder, maybe Girardi should consider throwing away his book, looking at the numbers, and making some changes.

Just my opinion.

But then, if the Yanks are sellers, and trade Chapman for prospects, maybe the relief thing will work itself out on its own.

Game 50. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Brian McCann’s 2-Run HR (7) in the 9th proved too little, too late, as the Yanks fell to Toronto 4-2 on Monday night to fall to 24-26 on the season.

Unfortunately for the Yanks, a pitcher can’t be so-so as Ivan Nova was tonight. The lineup and the offensive struggles won’t allow that. The Yanks had a .234 team batting average entering the game, and were last or next to last in the league in many offensive categories. They haven’t been living up to their nickname of Bronx Bombers.

I saw an interesting piece from a few days ago about the Yanks struggles in the corners. It was on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and I found it on Facebook. A interesting piece. Check it out.

But the offensive woes place greater pressure on the pitchers to be perfect. The Yanks got just five hits tonight, two in the final inning. This after they got just one hit yesterday (even though they won—the first time they got only one hit in a game and won it since 1914).

Either the Yanks have to hit better, get different players who hit better than what they have now (and considering some player’s contracts, that isn’t happening), change their offensive philosophy (you can’t wait for HR from people who aren’t hitting, you have to steal, bunt, hit and run, take advantage of your more limited opportunities) or, if you can’t change players, then the coaches are the fall guys.

Just making a point. A team batting average in the .230s won’t get it done.

Nova (L, 3-3, 3.98) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Goody 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.21
Bleier 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00    MLB DEBUT