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Game 39. Rays edge Yanks, 5-4.

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Joe Girardi was attending his daughter’s graduation. Bench coach Rob Thomson filled in as manager, and Thomson made a couple of moves that have Yankees’ fans scratching their heads after a 5-4 Yankees loss to Tampa Bay that dropped their record to 24-15.

Luis Severino gutted out five innings, giving up just one run and leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when with one out, Ellsbury singled, Holliday doubled and Castro got an RBI groundout. Judge singled Holliday to third and stole second, but the Yanks couldn’t add on; Didi struck out. It would cost them later.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, Gardner got a bunt single and went to second on an error by Evan Longoria. It’s about the only thing Longoria did wrong all night. He had four hits against the Yankees, including the GW RBI. Ellsbury doubled Gardner home.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth and after that, the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been so great this year so far, let the game get away.

Thomson brought in Warren to pitch the seventh. I hate when managers go “by the book” or “by the formula.” If a pitcher is doing well, leave him in. Change for changes sake, I hate. Seventh inning guy, eighth inning guy, etc. Phooey. Too many cooks (or pitchers) spoil the soup (or game). Holder gave up a double in the sixth, but no runs and had two strikeouts. Why not leave him in? If a guy is doing well, and is smoking, use your own eyes and gut and go with the hot hand. Leave him in.

That over managing, seventh-inning guy, eighth-inning guy, etc., is a change to the game I grew up with that I do not like. A change for the worse. I’m old school, remembering the days when a Gossage or Lyle would come in in the seventh and really close a game out, going 2 1/3 scoreless or so. People older than me may remember Joe Page…

I miss those days.

The move to Warren, who has been great and probably was due for a clunker, backfired. Warren gave up 3 runs in the seventh. Rays 4-2. The key blow was a double that 3B Ronald Torreyes couldn’t come up with, shortly after it appeared Warren Shreve was squeezed on a pitch by the home plate umpire.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run HR (8) to tie it, 4-4.

But Tyler Clippard gave up a run and the game in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Thomson let Austin Romine hit for himself instead of pinch-hitting Gary Sanchez for him. This is a move, or non-move if you will, that has Yankees’ fans scratching their heads. Even the Yankees’ broadcasters on WPIX, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, were a bit surprised by the non-move. Sanchez has a far greater chance of tying the game up with a HR than Romine did or does, and you are just PH-ing catcher for catcher. Why Sanchez wasn’t up there, who knows. Romine tapped back to the pitcher, game over. Not only that, Romine (0 for 4) has been slumping lately (0 hits in at least his last 16 at bats) and is down to .247.

So that’s that.

Ellsbury 2 for 4, RBI; Holliday 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Castro 2 hits, RBI (.352).

Chris Carter was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Tyler Austin’s start of his rehab was rained out.

Severino 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.64
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Warren (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (L, 0-2, 1.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.

 

Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

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All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.

 

Yankees in the WBC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I’ll admit, I don’t follow the WBC. This information comes from NJ.com.

Betances: Dominican Rep. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games. 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K.

Gregorius: Netherlands. 8 for 23. .348. 4 doubles, 1 HR. 8 RBI. 5 games. Went 0 for 4 this morning vs. Cuba in Netherlands’ 14-1 win.

Clippard: USA. 1-0, 0.00. 2 games, 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 5 K.

Layne: Italy. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 4 K.

Solano: Colombia. 3 for 14, .267. 2 RBI in 3 games.

Gallegos: Mexico. 0-0, 4.50. 1 game. 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walk, 1 K,. Gave up HR.

In addition to them, 1B coach Tony Pena is managing the Dominican Republic, and third base coach Joe Espada is a coach for Puerto Rico.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks hit 4 HR in beating Canada’s WBC team, 10-4.

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The Yankees beat the Canadian WBC team today 10-4, hitting four HRs in the process.

Matt Holliday, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka connected.

Luis Severino had a shaky outing.

Jorge Mateo went 2 for 2 and had a SB. Hicks also had one of the three SBs for the day for the Yankees as he went 2 for 3.

Severino 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 k. Gave up HR.
Graham (w) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Barbato 2 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Enns 2 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gvae up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

A-Rod was hired by Fox to work for Fox and FS1 and may yet be hired by the YES network. Rumors are he’s currently dating Jennifer Lopez.

Marty Appel’s new book out: Casey Stengel, Baseball’s Greatest Character.

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I am so honored. Marty Appel, one-time PR director of the Yankees and who used to work in the commissioner’s office, just sent me a free copy of his new book, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. I will gladly publicize and promote it in return.

A-Rod to YES booth? and players soon leaving for the WBC.

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After a couple years of being praised for his contributions to the FOX postseason broadcasts, could it be that Alex Rodriguez could be doing some work for the YES network? Maybe not full-time but part-time? Rumors are that this could happen.

Some Yankees, like Didi Gregorius, who homered yesterday in the Yanks’ spring training opener and Dellin Betances will be leaving camp soon to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees’ second spring training game is this afternoon at Clearwater, home of the Phillies. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees.

3 make Hall of Fame. Posada one and done.

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A few days ago, I wrote about how it was appearing that Jorge Posada would be one and done in the Hall of Fame balloting. Unfortunately, that came to pass as Posada only got 3.8% of the vote, short of the 5% needed to stay on the ballot for another year.

It amazes me how people like Posada, Bernie, Cone, Tino, Wells and O’Neill could fall off the ballot after only a year or two. I’m not saying they are Hall of Famers. I’m saying that I’m surprised they didn’t last longer on the ballot.

Here are the vote totals. 75% was needed for induction.

Some notes on some.

Jeff Bagwell, 381 votes, 86.2%
Tim Raines, 380 votes, 86.0%
Ivan Rodriguez, 336 votes, 76.0%
Trevor Hoffman, 327 votes, 74.0% Missed by 5 votes.
Vladimir Guerrero, 317 votes, 71.7% Just missed by 15 votes.
Edgar Martinez, 259 votes, 58.6%
Roger Clemens, 239 votes, 54.1% Picking up steam despite the PED allegations.
Barry Bonds, 238 votes, 53.8% See Clemens.
Mike Mussina, 229 votes, 51.8% Nice pickup in voting.
Curt Schilling, 199 votes, 45.0% Recent comments hurt him.
Lee Smith, 151 votes, 34.2%
Manny Ramirez, 105 votes, 23.8%
Larry Walker, 97 votes, 21.9%
Fred McGriff, 96 votes, 21.7% 493 HR, no steroids, no respect.
Jeff Kent, 74 votes, 16.7% One of best hitting 2B ever. 377 HR
Gary Sheffield, 59 votes, 13.3% 509 HR and ….
Billy Wagner, 45 votes, 10.2% Probably better stats than Hoffman
Sammy Sosa, 38 votes, 8.6%

Jorge Posada, 17 votes, 3.8% Too bad off ballot so soon.
Magglio Ordonez, 3 votes, 0.7%
Edgar Renteria, 2 votes, 0.5%
Jason Varitek, 2 votes, 0.5%
Tim Wakefield, 1 vote,0.2%
Casey Blake, 0 votes, 0.0%
Pat Burrell, 0 votes, 0.0%
Orlando Cabrera, 0 votes, 0.0%
Mike Cameron, 0 votes, 0.0%
J.D. Drew, 0 votes, 0.0%
Carlos Guillen, 0 votes, 0.0%
Derrek Lee, 0 votes, 0.0%
Melvin Mora, 0 votes, 0.0%
Arthur Rhodes, 0 votes, 0.0%
Freddy Sanchez, 0 votes, 0.0%
Matt Stairs, 0 votes, 0.0%

So Raines gets in. Long overdue in my opinion. 2605 hits. 808 SB. .294. OPS+ 123. One of the best leadoff hitters ever. 1979-2002. Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Expos again, Orioles and Marlins. Member of 1996 and 1998 Yankees, albeit as a part-timer then. 7x all star. 3x top 10 in MVP voting. Runnerup for 1981 ROY. Led league in runs scored 2x, batting average once, SB 4x. Doubles once. 162 g. average .294-11-63 with 52 SB.

Bagwell 1991-2005, all with Houston. 449 HR. .297. OPS+ 149 which is outstanding. ROY 1991. MVP 1994. Top 10 in MVP 5x, runnerup in 1999. 4x All Star. Led league in runs scored 3x, doubles once, RBI once. 100 or more RBI 8x, led league once, averaged 106 walks/yr. For a 1B, 202 steals, did 30/30 twice. Led league in walks once. Avg. `162 g. .297-34-115, 15 SB.

Rodriguez 1991-2011. Rangers, Tigers, Yankees (where he was lousy, just 3 RBI in 33 games) Astros, Rangers again, Nationals. 1999 MVP. 2844 hits. 14x All star. 13 Gold Gloves. 4x Top 10 MVP voting. For a catcher, 17 x had 100 or more games in a season. OPS+ 106. 162 g. ave: .296-20-85.

Ok. There are rumors about Bagwell and Rodriguez’ PED usage. Sosa didn’t pick up ground, but Bonds and Clemens did. Manny Ramirez came in low despite his 555 HR because of his two suspensions for PED usage. Where these voters stand on PED usage is anyone’s guess.

As for next year’s newcomers to the ballot, I expect Chipper Jones and Jim Thome to get in, and Andruw Jones to miss out.