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Game 13. Yanks still struggling, fall 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe Joe Girardi needs to call a team meeting. For the Yanks are struggling right now, down to 5-8 after a 5-2 loss tonight.

In the first, the problems getting runners in resurfaced. (They were 0 for 4 w/RISP tonight and those numbers have been awful so far this season). The struggling Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him home. I have often said that I’d kill for a SF, but the Yanks don’t seem capable of that lately (and Girardi NEVER calls for a squeeze bunt, one of my gripes against Girardi. Be aggressive. Bunt. Steal. Squeeze. Hit and Run. Don’t just wait for a HR).

Didi Gregorius did get the Yanks on the board in the second with his 2nd HR of the year.

Eovaldi gave up 3 in the fourth, and it could have been another if not for Aaron Hicks gunning a runner out at home. If only Hicks were hitting. He is 1 for 20 for the season. You wonder if sending Hicks down and bringing Aaron Judge up may be a benefit.

Any chance of the Yanks getting back in it evaporated when Brandon Pinder gave up two in the eighth. Pinder replaced Olson, who replaced Cessa on the Scranton shuttle.

Carlos Beltran hit his 4th HR of the year, #396 of  his career (tying Joe Carter) in the bottom of the eighth.

Some numbers: Ellsbury is at .220. He has to improve and set the table. Since coming off the DL last year, Ellsbury has done nothing. Teix is at .182. He is notoriously a slow starter. A-Rod is at .163. Headley .182. Hicks .050.

It’s early, but those numbers have to improve.

Generally, I want a club to finish April at .500 or above. The Yanks are 5-8, so they have to get it going.

Eovaldi (L, 0-2, 6.11) 6 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.15
Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 18.00
Nova 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 11. Yanks snap skid, win 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi made a lineup change that paid off, Masahiro Tanaka became the first starter to go 7, the bullpen was tremendous and the Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, but in the bottom of the second, A-Rod, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of an 0 for 19 slump, hit his second HR of the season (#689 career) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yanks showed aggressive baserunning today, a good sign. Gardner stole a base in the first, but didn’t come around to score.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a Gardner double. Gardner is heating up (3 hits today), now to get Ellsbury to do the same.

After Seattle got an unearned run in the fourth and another earned run in the fifth to tie the game, the Yanks got the game winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Gardner and Beltran (moved up to #3 in the lineup) singled, and Gardner scored on a WP. Nice, aggressive baserunning.

In the eighth and ninth, Betances and Miller went six up, six down and all by K. Imagine when Chapman returns.

Tanaka (w, 1-0,  3.06) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K., 0.00 (3rd hold)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00. (3rd save).

Game 7. Yanks fall, 7-2.


Michael Pineda pitched better than last time out, but this time he didn’t get 16 runs of support. The Yanks lost to Toronto, 7-2.

It was one of those nights that each time the Yanks battled back to tie the game or get back in it, the pitchers just gave it back.

Toronto got a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it in the fifth on an Aaron Hicks groundout. But Toronto scored two right away in the bottom of the fifth to go up 3-1. Ronald Torreyes had two hits tonight, and the backup is hitting .667, but he also made an error that let in an unearned run.

The Yanks got a HR from Teixeira (3, #397 career) to cut it to 3-2 in the 8th, but here is where the game was lost. Pineda gave up 3R, 2 ER, in six, and Kirby Yates had a great seventh, striking out two. But manager Girardi went to Nova in the eighth and Nova had nothing. The game got away then.

A-Rod is off to a slow start. He’s at .136. Too early to panic, but if it continues, whispers will start because he is 40. Here is hoping he snaps out of it soon.

Pineda (L, 1-1, 6.55 ) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 walks, 6 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 2 K. 3.38
Nova 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.20.

Game 4. Yanks are shut out, 4-0


After a late afternoon game on Thursday, manager Joe Girardi treated it as if it were a night game, thus Friday’s lineup had that “day game after night game” feel. Out of the lineup were 40 year old DH Alex Rodriguez, 39 year old OF Carlos Beltran and catcher Brian McCann.

The lineup had Hicks in RF, Ackley at 1B, Teix at DH and Romine catching. The idea was to give a rest to some (especially the aging, and btw, Teix is 36) and get some at bats and playing time to the bench. Next man up, so to speak. Your turn to step up.

But no one in the lineup did, not even the regulars who stayed in the lineup. The Yanks only managed three hits in losing 4-0. They are 2-2 after four games.

Luis Severino didn’t pitch badly, but with no margin for error, he needed to be perfect and he wasn’t.

Maybe it is the cold weather, but the Yanks do need to start getting some more length out of their starters. None has gone six innings so far. It’s early, just four games in, but starters have gone 5 2/3, 5, 5, and 5 IP so far. It the long run, that won’t do. Your bullpen will eventually tire.

Like I said, it’s early and maybe the weather, colder than usual this time of year, has something to do with it. But hopefully CC today, and the rest of the starters their second time around, last longer into games.

Future HOF Miguel Cabrera had 2 RBI for Detroit, inc. a solo HR, his 409th.

Severino (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 5.40.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Cessa (MLB DEBUT) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.50. Gave up HR.

Game 1. Betances’ error costs Yanks, 5-3.


In a rematch of last year’s wild card game, which the Yanks lost 3-0, Masahiro Tanaka battled CYA winner Dallas Keuchel to a standstill, but an error in the eighth by Dellin Betances led to three unearned runs and the Yanks lost their season opener to Houston, 5-3.

The Yanks struck first on a two-run double by Starlin Castro in the second, but they managed just four hits all day. Just like last year, they had trouble vs. Keuchel.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth and a HR to Houston’s hot new star, Correa, in the sixth, but he hung in there and pitched pretty decently.

But in the top of the eighth, Houston scored those three unearned runs. Manager Joe Girardi argued that Correa, who tapped the ball, was in the baseline, but the umpires didn’t rule that way. Betances air-mailed the ball over everyone’s head at first, a run scored on the play, two soon thereafter, and the Yanks were sunk.

They did get one run back in the bottom of the eighth on a HR by Didi Gregorius.

It was a cold day at the Stadium. The temps were in the low 40s.

Michael Pineda tries tomorrow night. If today was cold, what will tomorrow night be like?

Tanaka 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.18
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 2 K. o.00
Betances (L, 0-1) 2/3 IP, 3 R, all unearned, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 0.00. 1 big error.
Barbato (MLB DEBUT) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00.

S.T. Game 23. Did Nova lose out on rotation bid?


I can’t read Joe Girardi’s mind, but it just may be that Ivan Nova lost his bid for the starting rotation with his performance today. He gave up three HR in his 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up six runs (five earned). By contrast, CC Sabathia gave up 2 R in 5 IP on Thursday.

It was probably a tough row to hoe for Nova to beat out CC (who makes $25MM) for the rotation, but those numbers today didn’t help.

The Yanks blew Friday’s spring training game v. Baltimore because of bad bullpen and bad defense and lost 11-10.

The Yanks gave up 5 HR today.

Chris Dinorfia had a 3-run HR for the Yanks. Brett Gardner and Cesar Puello had two hits each, as did Jake Skole.

Up 8-7 going into the bottom of the 9th, Nick Rumbelow gave up a HR to the first batter he faced to tie the game. This has not been a good camp for Rumbelow.

The Yanks did get two runs in the top of the tenth, then blew it, thanks to two errors at 3B by Rob Refsnyder. A throwing error and a fielding error put two on with no one out. A walk and two singles won the game for Baltimore.

Pitching line:

Nova 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H , 3 walks and 5 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Gave up HR.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Rumbelow Gave up HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walk and 0 K.
Tracy (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Thoughts and reflections so far.


A little more than halfway through spring training, I am happy with the pitching so far, the defense needs to pick up, worried about the hitting, happy with Castro….  here are some thoughts and reflections, with many coming from the NY Post today.

First, the defense. Here is Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

If A-Rod were able to play even 15-20 games at third and at first, the Yankees’ roster situation would be so much better. But age and multiple hip surgeries has left Rodriguez so defensively limited that the Yankees have said he will not play the field.

So the Yankees’ current back-up infield set up is Dustin Ackley at first, where he is below average defensively; Ackley and Rob Refsnyder at second, where both are viewed as sub-par defensively; Starlin Castro at short, a position he played himself out of in Chicago; and Refsnyder at third, a position he just began learning.

A-Rod’s DH-only status means Carlos Beltran — really a DH at this point — will have to play below-average right field on ravaged knees to keep his bat in the order. Older players whose bodies the Yankees would like to rest but whose bats they would like to use (think Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira) cannot get regular DH at-bats. The Yanks cannot comfortably go to a 13th pitcher.

The Yanks this week offered a minor league deal to Ruben Tejada, who was released by the Mets. Tejada rejected it and signed with the Cardinals, who will be without Jhonny Peralta for a while. Tejeda is best known for having his leg broken by Chase Utley in a playoff game last year when Utley went in hard in trying to break up a DP.

Gary Sanchez may not make the Yanks as the backup catcher after all. he is 1 for 16 this spring and Joe Girardi states that the youngster may be pressing a bit. Austin Romine, who is out of options, is having a good spring. It may be no surprise then, to see Romine kept (since he is out of options), and Sanchez sent to AAA to start the season to play every day and get more seasoning.

Lastly, manager Joe Girardi states that Bryan Mitchell is still in the hunt for a rotation spot. That would be shocking. If you go by the assumption that four spots are locked in by Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, aand Eovaldi, that leaves just one spot. If Mitchell gains that last ROTATION spot, it means BOTH Nova and CC are headed to the bullpen. It’s safe that say that three bullpen spots are locked up—Miller, Betances and Shreve. Chapman’s spot, of course, is locked up on May 9th when he is eligible to come off of his suspension.

It is going to be VERY INTERESTING who the long men/spot-emergency starters will be out of the Yankees bullpen come opening day. I think Mitchell will be in that role, personally. Who joins him, Nova or CC is up for debate.

Nova starts today. Mitchell may follow. Let’s see how they do.