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Game 152. Boston clinches AL East, beating Yanks 11-6. Yanks lead over A’s 1.5 games.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It wasn’t a good night for the Yanks, who lost 11-6 to Boston as Boston clinched the AL East with the win.

Also, the A’s routed the Angels yesterday, so the Yanks’ (93-59) lead over the A’s for the top wild card spot is down to 1 1/2 games. The Yanks’ magic # over the A’s (since the Yanks hold the tiebreaker) is 8, and the Yanks magic # to make the playoffs is 3 over Tampa Bay, 2 over Seattle.

Masahiro Tanaka started and struggled, giving up a run in the first and two in the second.

Luke Voit cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second that set a couple of records. Voit became the 12th Yankee to hit 10 or more HR this season (it was his 11th HR, his 10th as a Yankee), and that set a MLB record for most players on a team with 10 or more. It also was the Yanks’ 246th HR of the season, setting a new team single season record.

But Boston came back with a run in the third. 4-2. Mookie Betts killed the Yanks in this game, getting 4 hits and driving in 5 runs.

In the fourth, Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam (his 35th HR) to put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and the Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Up 6-5 in the seventh, the Yanks gave up 3 runs in the seventh and another 3 in the eighth to lose 11-6.

Ex-MLB pitching star and current broadcaster for the MLB network, Jim Kaat (who once pitched for the Yanks briefly) was critical, and rightly so, of some pitching decisions made by either the Yankees’ pitchers or by catcher Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green, who smoked batters in the sixth, gave up a game-tying HR to Jackie Bradley in the seventh on a changeup. Kaat pointed out that his fastball was electric, and that Green has thrown maybe 15 changeups all year long, and you should not get beat on what is, for Green, his third best pitch, and one that is a work in progress. Two more runs scored after this. 8-6 Boston.

The Yanks had to get Aroldis Chapman some work, since he just came off the DL, in order to get him ready for the playoffs, and some rust showed. He gave up a 3-run HR to Betts, 11-6. Once again, Kaat was critical because the HR came off a slider, and not Chapman’s vaunted fastball.

McCutchen 2 hits, 2 walks
Stanton grand slam
Gregorius 2 hits
Voit 2-run HR.

Tanaka 4+ IP, 5 R, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.67
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Green (BS, 4; L, 8-3, 2.64) 1+ IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.73
Chapman 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.64 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.02
Cole 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.21 (Wash/NYY)
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.79

 

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Will Judge be in lineup tonight? Yankees observations.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge is not scheduled to be in the lineup today or cleared to hit yet as the Yankees face Boston at the Stadium in what is supposed to be an afternoon game.

It’ll be interesting to see if the game is played today because of rain in the forecast.

The Yanks’ magic numbers to clinch the top wild card and also to get into the playoffs remained the same. Besides the Yanks and Oakland both having off, Tampa Bay won.

With just one win in this three game series, Boston would clinch the AL East.

The Yanks have 13 games left and are just 1 1/2 up on Oakland for that top wild card spot. What’s more, the Yanks have the tougher schedule down the stretch, what with six games vs. Boston and four against Tampa Bay as 10 of the 13 games.

The Yanks hurt themselves by recently (since Aug. 26) going just 5-8 against four teams they should have beaten up on: the White Sox, Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays. All four of them have winning percentages of .460 or lower. If the Yanks had gone 8-5 instead of 5-8 in those games, now we are talking being 4 1/2 up on Oakland with 13 to go, a safer cushion.

Recently Mike Francesa called this team the worst 90 win Yankees team ever. He may have forgotten the 1970 team which won 93 games, despite

only 1 guy (Roy White) driving in 80 runs
only 2 guys (White & Bobby Murcer) hitting 10 HR

a lineup featuring

Horace Clarke at 2B OPS+ 68 (100 is average), .251
Gene Michael at SS  .214 ; OPS+ 56
Jerry Kenney at 3B  .193;  OPS+ 61
a RF Platoon of Curt Blefary .212, OPS+ 86, with Ron Woods .227, OPS+ 99

They did have decent pitching. Fritz Peterson won 20, Mel Stottlemyre, Stan Bahnsen and Steve Kline pitched well, and the bullpen had Lindy McDaniel, Jack Aker and Steve Hamilton.

Just saying… but that 1970 team… hmmm….

Lastly, from Joel Sherman:

No player in Yankees history has hit as often as Gary Sanchez has this year (334 plate appearances to date) with as low a batting average (.188). The worst has been Jerry Kenney’s .193 average in 461 plate appearances in 1970.

Game 135. Yanks comeback to win, 7-5. Boone tossed, faces suspension.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (85-50) scored 3 in the bottom of the eighth and survived a 9th inning care to beat Detroit 7-5 Friday night.

Manager Aaron Boone was ejected in the fifth inning, apparently touched the home plate umpire in pointing his finger to make a point about the strike zone and faces a suspension. His arguing was great, however, and humorous. In making his point, he squatted behind home plate, and held out his arm like a catcher in two positions, as if to say “this is a strike, and this is too low.” The look on the ump’s face as Boone left was priceless, as if he wanted to cry because he was shown up in front of 40,000+ people.

If you think what I wrote was cruel or biased, consider this. Detroit’s manager, Ron Gardenhire, was also tossed from the game for arguing a checked swing call on Luke Voit, who drew a crucial walk late in the game.

Anyway, Boone’s tirade might have fired up the Yanks and may have won the game.

Detroit got a run in the fourth when Luis Severino gave up a HR, and the Tigers got two more off of Seve in the fifth.

Meanwhile, after five innings, the Yanks had no hits. In the bottom of the fifth, Boone put on his show.

In the bottom of the sixth, down 3-0, Romine reached on an error, and after an out, Brett Gardner finally got the Yanks’ first hit of the game, a 2-run HR (12) to make it 3-2. It appeared that a couple of pitches previously called strikes were now called balls, so maybe Boone’s outburst made a difference. After another out, Aaron Hicks (23) and Miguel Andujar (23) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yanks up 4-3.

I still don’t know why the Yanks keep trusting Jonathan Holder in the middle innings of close games. I think they are placing too much trust in him. But then, with Adam Warren gone, there isn’t that cushion. In the seventh, Holder gave up a couple of hits, albeit bloopers. With two out and two on, in came Zach Britton who continued to struggle, giving up a hit to tie the game.

Britton then gave up another run in the eighth to put Detroit up 5-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gardner doubled, and after an out, Hicks walked. Another out. Voit walked to load the bases, after which Detroit manager Gardenhire was tossed from the game. Gleyber Torres singled in two runs, moved up on the throw. 2nd and 3rd, two out and Neil Walker was intentionally walked. Austin Romine singled to make it 7-5.

David Robertson made things hairy in the 9th, with a single, PB and a walk, but escaped.

Boston had a rain delay and was still playing and losing as I wrote this. It looks like the Yanks’ deficit will be cut to 7 1/2, but with just 27 games to go. Oakland and Seattle are playing each other late, too.

Gardner 2 hits, HR (12) 2 RBI
Hicks solo HR (23)
Andujar solo HR (23)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI

Severino 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.   3.32
Holder (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.18
Britton (BS, 3; W, 2-0, 4.06 Balt/NYY) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Robertson (S, 5 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.90

From Twitter: Moves.

Jack CurryVerified account @JackCurryYES 9m9 minutes ago

Stephen Tarpley, a lefty reliever, will join the Yankees when rosters expand on Saturday, says @ByDJEberle. Also, Cessa and Wade will be recalled. Boone said Sheffield wouldn’t be called up on Saturday, but that’s inevitable.

My note: Tarpley before tonight, AA/AAA 7-2, 1.94, 2 saves, 25.

 

The have acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the have designated LHP Ryan Bollinger for assignment.

Bollinger ,27, was 8-6, 3.87 AA/AAA

Hecavarria 29, hit .254-4-29 for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh this year, OPS+ 75. For his MLB career, the righty hitter has a 162 g. average of .255-5-48, OPS+ 76.

Game 133. Do Yanks miss Judge, Sanchez, Didi? Yes, as Yanks lose 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Do the Yanks miss Judge, Didi and Sanchez (as long as Sanchez is what he should be, and not the .188 hitter of this season?) Yes, as evidenced in the 4-1 loss to the White Sox tonight.

The loss puts the 84-49 Yanks 7 1/2 back of Boston, who, down 5-3 in the seventh, had an 11-run inning to come back against the Marlins.

One piece of news. If the Yanks are the top wild card and host Oakland, as what now appears to be the case, the A’s put two pitchers on the DL, including their ace, who may be done for the season. That could be huge.

Before I get into the game recap, an observation.

Besides the players and front office, an overlooked part of a team’s success lies with their doctors and trainers. Remember the prognosis of 3 weeks for Judge? Hah. Broken bones take longer than that. We are probably looking at Judge coming back in mid-September, when minor league seasons are over. No rehab, straight into the fire, and not much time before the postseason. How many times do you hear a diagnosis that was wrong, whether it be on Judge, Bird, Pavano, Ellsbury where they diagnosed it wrong or recovery time took longer?

Yes, a team’s doctors and physicians can play an important part in a pennant race. Especially if they miss something or misdiagnose. Let’s say you are Brian Cashman and you are up against the trade deadline (like with Judge this year). You hear a diagnosis of 3 weeks until he is back. You think you can ride out those 3 weeks with a Shane Robinson. But the diagnosis turns out wrong and (just saying for an example, we all want Judge back soon) that the injury takes him out for the rest of the season. With a proper diagnosis you could have made a deal to fill the gap. Now things aren’t progressing well, it’s five weeks later, and you can’t make a deal. You are now stuck with a Shane Robinson for the long-term, not the short term. Ouch.

Yes, a proper diagnosis can make a huge difference. A team’s doctors and trainers do play a part in who wins a pennant.

Now to the game. Interesting point brought up by David Cone on the YES broadcast and relayed to me by my friend Josh “the Yankee Truth” Imboden. Greg (hearing the boo) Bird(s) is down to .198. He is hitting only about .100 this year on pitches 95 MPH or faster. Not squaring up, late on them, overpowered. Interesting stat.

Since hitting his 299th career HR, Giancarlo Stanton has struggled. Pressing for #300?

CC gave up 2 runs in the second. 3 opposite field hits. One strike away from getting out of the inning, he gave up a 2-run double. Sloppy fielding hurt him. On what appeared to be a inning ending DP, Ronald Torreyes caught the ball for a force, but dropped it in trying to throw it for the DP. It wound up costing two runs. Instead of out of the inning, CC then gave up the 2-run double.

CC gave up a run in the fourth.

The Yanks may have lost the game in the fifth, despite scoring their only run that inning. Walker and Torres singled and after an out, Romine walked. Torreyes singled in the Yanks’ only run of the game. Gardner whiffed. But Stanton was up with the bases loaded. You were hoping for a grand slam. Instead, a pitch got away and all runners tried to advance. Torres was gunned down at the plate. Inning over and you don’t know what Stanton might have done with the bases loaded. Tough break.

Chad Green gave up a HR in the seventh. 4-1, the final score.

When Judge gets healthy, the Yanks really should consider moving Hicks to leadoff (can lead off a game with HR, has speed to steal, draws more walks)…. and drop Gardner (.237) down in the lineup. This was discussed on WFAN today and I concur.

It’ll be an interesting decision this offseason if the Yanks pick up the 35 year old Gardner’s option. 35? .237? Clint Frazier possibly ready if he gets over this concussion issue?

And yes, don’t think Frazier’s problems haven’t hurt as well, …. besides Judge, Didi, Sanchez (and Chapman), Frazier’s situation has hurt too.

Torres 2 hits.
Torreyes RBI

Sabathia (L, 7-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR.  2.73
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.24 (Wash/NYY)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 2 K.   5.63

 

 

 

Game 107. Yanks’ pitching is atrocious in 15-7 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks put J.A. Happ on the DL with foot, hand and mouth disease and brought up Luis Cessa (who was supposed to start for Happ Saturday. After this game, who knows who starts Saturday?). Luke Voit came up and Tyler Wade went down.

It also was announced (finally!) that Sonny Gray is out of the rotation and that Lance Lynn will take his place.

The game started well for the Yanks as Didi Gregorius hit the first of his two HR, a 3-run shot, in the first inning.

In the top of the second, Aaron Hicks homered (18) to make it 4-0 Yanks.

Then the roof fell in as the Yankees’ pitching was just atrocious, especially Jonathan Holder. Steve Pearce hit 3 HR for Boston as they won 15-7.

Years ago, I wrote that the Yanks should bring up Pearce from the minors, where he was doing pretty well for SWB. At that time, Pierce had been a bit player for the Pirates for a few years. One sportswriter (which I should but won’t name) argued against it, and in doing so, was e-mailing me in the middle of a game he was covering. A close game. He was more concerned about me and my comments that the Yanks should bring up Pearce and in arguing against it, than in covering the game and doing his job. Talk about thin-skinned. He basically had a low opinion of Pearce’s abilities and pooh-poohed me. This was in 2012.

Pearce went on to different teams and has bounced around a little since then, but he did hit 21 HR as a platoon player for the 2014 Orioles. His adjusted OPS from 2014 to today is 125. Pretty damned good for a platoon player.

Yes, from 2007-2012, when I had this confrontation with this guy, Pearce’s OPS+ was 82. But from 2013 to today, it’s 124. I guess I have had the last laugh for a while over that arrogant dude.

Anyway, back to the game. CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second, another in the third, and struggled all three innings he pitched, throwing 77 pitches in those three innings.

So in comes Holder and the roof fell in on the Yanks. Holder got no one out, giving up 7 runs in Boston’s 8-run inning, and watched his ERA go from 2.01 to 3.50.

Cessa, who was supposed to start in place of Happ on Saturday, had to come in in relief later, and gave up 5 runs himself. Now who starts Saturday, who knows.

Didi hit his second HR of the game (20) to make it 10-5 in the fifth, but Boston got one in the fifth and three in the sixth. 14-5.

Stanton homered (25) in the seventh, 14-6, but Boston scored in the eighth.

Stanton got a SF in the ninth.

Final 15-7.

Ugh.

Hicks solo HR.
Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 HR, 4 RBI

Sabathia 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.59
Holder (L, 1-2, 3.50) 0 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.82
Cessa 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.50
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.44 (Balt/NYY)

 

The loss drops the 68-39 Yanks 6 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East.

After tonight’s game, the season will be 2/3 over.

Because we are switching systems at work today, it’ll be hectic and I have to go in a bit earlier to make the adjustment to a new system. Therefore no minor league report today on last night’s games.

Game 100. Yanks fall 3-2. Sanchez out 1 month.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks avoided Nathan Eovaldi, who the Rays traded to Boston before the game, but still fell to Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon by the score of 3-2.

In talking about Gary Sanchez before the game, GM Brian Cashman said he expects Sanchez to be out a month. He doesn’t expect a catcher to be available and is comfortable going with Austin Romine and Kyle Higashioka until Sanchez is available in late August/early September.

Maybe he is comfortable, but I’m not comfortable with Higashioka backing up Romine. Higashioka is now 5 for 33 this season, and 5 for 51 in his MLB career. Granted 3 hits are HR, but 5 for 51 is less than .100. Ugh.

As for the game, the Yanks lost 3-2. They scored in the second when Gleyber Torres, just off the DL (and I didn’t see the corresponding moves, but I would guess Drury to DL? and Gallegos down for Cessa?) walked. Greg Bird singled Torres to second, and a couple of fly outs plated Torres, with Neil Walker getting the SF.

UPDATE: Drury sore but fine after the HBP. No DL. Wade sent down instead.

Luis Cessa was good. He shutout the Rays for five innings, but in the sixth, gave up a single and HR. Jonathan Holder came in and later that inning gave up a HR. 3-1 Rays.

The Yanks narrowed it to 3-2 in the eighth. Gardner walked, and with one out, Didi singled Gardner to third. Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.

The Yanks had first and second, one out in the ninth, but Austin Romine, PH for Higashioka, popped up, and Brett Gardner struck out.

The Yanks entered the game five behind Boston, but Boston has the Bad News Bears (oops, Baltimore Orioles) tonight. Ugh.

The Yanks hit the 100 game mark at 64-36, .640, a 104 win pace for the season.

Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 1 for 1, SF, 1 RBI.

Cessa (L, 1-2, 3.10) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.94  Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.78 (Wash/NYY combined ERA)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.49

Yoenis Cespedes of Mets out for rest of year, needs surgery on heels. Toronto’s J.A. Happ appears on the verge of being dealt (per mlb.com), and rumors are that the Yankees are “heavy in the mix.”

 

Game 98. Sanchez’ lack of hustle costs Yanks, 7-6. Yanks fall 6 back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe Gary Sanchez needs a benching to light a fire under his butt. Twice he didn’t hustle and it cost the Yanks in a 7-6 loss to the Rays that dropped the 63-35 Yanks six back of Boston, who beat the Bad News Bears (sorry, I meant the Baltimore Orioles) last night.

Maybe he is taking his batting average (.188) into the field now, or maybe he is just a player that you have to stay on top of and keep lighting that fire under his butt, but there is no excuse for those two plays. None.

Luis Severino was not his ace-like self for the third consecutive outing, and you wonder about that.

In the first inning, with two out and a runner on second, Severino and Sanchez crossed signals and there was a PB. But the ball scooted away from Sanchez and went toward the third base coaching box. Sanchez seemed to jog after the ball. The runner meanwhile, rounded third and headed for home. Maybe Severino was a little late getting to the plate, maybe Miguel Andujar at third needed to go after the ball, but there was no doubt in watching Sanchez’ lackadaisical effort in retrieving the ball that more hustle was needed there.

And this is after Sanchez did NOT hustle on a groundball out in his first game back off the DL on Friday night.

But he wasn’t done. We will get to that later.

In the second, the Yanks tied the game at one apiece on an RBI single by Andujar.

But in the fifth, Severino gave up a 3-run HR. 4-1 Rays.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the sixth. With two out, Stanton, who went 4 for 4, singled and went to third when Hicks reached on an error. A PB made it 4-2, and Sanchez singled to make it 4-3.

But Severino gave runs right back. HR, double, single and Seve was gone. Chad Green in, and he gave up a single that made it 6-3. He got out of the inning but not before another run scored, 7-3.

The Yanks got three back in the seventh. With one out, Walker, Gardner and Judge all walked to load the bases. Didi got an RBI groundout and Stanton singled in two runs.

To the ninth. Gardner reached on an infield single. Judge walked. Didi sacrificed the runners over, and Stanton, unsurprisingly, was intentionally walked to load the bases as Tampa Bay hoped for the game-ending DP. Hicks bounced into a 5-2 force at home. Sanchez then hit a hard grounder up the middle, that the second baseman, playing on the SS side of the bag, what with a shift on, fielded. He flipped to the SS covering, but the hustling Hicks beat the throw. The SS threw to first, and got Sanchez for the final out. Sanchez, thinking his grounder was an easy forceout, did not hustle out of the box. He only turned on the jets when he saw Hicks was safe at second. Too late.

Inexcusable. If Sanchez can beat it out, Judge scores the tying run, the bases are still loaded and maybe the Yanks get a hit to win the game.

Instead, they fall six back and are 13-13 since June 22.

Sanchez needs the riot act read to him.

Not surprisingly, all media outlets are calling out Sanchez after that poor display last night, and deservedly so.

Stanton 4 for 4 , 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Severino (L, 14-3, 2.63) 5+ IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 11 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR. Very unlike Sevy.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.63
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1 HBP.   2.39
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.87 as a NYY.