Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA:SWB lost 5-0. Nothing really to report on this one.

AA: Trenton scored two in the bottom of the 9th to win 2-1. Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler each had 3 hits and and RBI. Juan Silva 3 hits.

High A: Tampa won 3-2 in 13. Austin Aune 2 RBI. Thairo Estrada 3 hits. 2 hits Mike O’Neill.

Low A: Charleston won 3-1. Yefrey Ramirez 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H. 8 K.  Austin Afenir 2 hits, rbi.

The Yanks released Slade Heathcott.

Game 46. No support for CC, Yanks lose 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched great today but got no support, offensively and in one case, defensively, from his teammates as the Yanks lost 3-1 to Toronto Thursday afternoon.

Starlin Castro homered (6) in the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but the Yanks only got four hits all game.

In the third, CC gave up the only two hits he would allow, but they followed an error by Didi. He also walked a batter that inning, and Toronto scored two unearned runs—the only runs they would need.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth.

The Yanks’ pitching entered the game with an ERA+ about league average. It has improved over the last couple of weeks.

But the OPS+ by the offense was a 90 entering the game and got worse. That means the offense is some 10% below league average. The lineup has to pick it up. Having Betances, Miller and Chapman means nothing if you can’t get them a lead.

Gardner is at .228. Teix, A-Rod, and Hicks are all under .200. So is Ackley. Headley is .223. They really don’t have anyone over .280, unless you count a backup like Torreyes.

That must improve. Otherwise, good outings like this will be wasted. The Yanks were at .240 going into this game and got just four hits. The bats must awaken.

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 2.83) 7 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 2 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Betances 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.25

Mark Teixeira and Chasen Shreve will be out a while with injuries. Shreve is on the DL. Richard Bleier has been called up from SWB where he was 2-2, 2.57.

The Yanks are now 22-24.


The Minors. Rehab HR for A-Rod.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 7-1. Gary Sanchez will be out a few weeks with a fractured thumb. Phil Coke started, 1 R in 5 IP. Chris Parmalee 3-run HR. Ben Gamel 2 hits, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-4. A-Rod 1 for 2, HR, 2 rbi. Dietrich Enns 2 R in 6 IP (4-2, 1.99). Dustin Fowler 3 for 4, rbi.

High A: Tampa lost 8-4. Jorge Mateo 2 h, rbi. Solo HRs Austin Aune and Thairo Estrada. Mike O’Neill 2 h, rbi.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-3. Solo HR Conor Spencer. Jhalen Jackson 3 for 3. Angel Aguilar 2 rbi.

Game 45. Yanks’ win streak snapped at six. Lose 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All things must pass. No streak lasts forever.

After winning six in a row, the Yanks lost to Toronto Wed. night, 8-4.

Coming into the game, one-time Yankee C Russell Martin had one extra base hit, a double, all year in 122 at bats with 45 strikeouts and a .172 batting average. He hit two homers and just missed out on a third one.

The Yanks got a run in the second on an RBI groundout by Gardner.

Nova gave up two in the fourth when Chase Headley could not made the play on two chances, both hits. Both plays were difficult.

Nova gave up a HR to Martin in the sixth.

In the seventh, Nova was pulled with two out after he hit a batter, and Chasen Shreve let the game get away. He gave up a HR to Michael Saunders, a double to Justin Smoak, and Martin’s second HR to make it 7-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Headley (3) and Didi Gregorius (5) hit back  to back HRs to cut it to 7-3, but Toronto scored in the eighth to up the margin to 8-3.

In the bottom of the ninth, Austin Romine PH and hit a bomb for his first home run of the year for the final tally. Romine, Headley (2) and Gregorius (3) had all of the Yanks’ hits.

Nova (L, 3-2,  3.65) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.21. Gave up 2 HR.
Goody 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 2.19

The loss drops the Yanks to 22-23.

The Minors. A-Rod on rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A-Rod was sent to AA Trenton for a few games of rehab.

AAA: SWB lost 5-3. Brady Lail (L, 2-1, 3.32) 3 R in 6 IP. Two hits Nick Swisher. 3 hits Jake Cave, who missed the cycle by a HR. Cesar Puello HR, 3 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 3-2 in 11. A-Rod, on rehab, had 2 hits and an RBI. Dan Camarena (2.77) six shutout innings. Four others with two hits each. Billy Fleming continues to hit. The 2B has 133 minor league games and .334. I’d like to see what he does at this level and AAA. He is 23.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Chance Adams (3.32) 1 R in 6 IP. Tampa got just three hits. Miguel Andujar 2-run HR but made an error.

Low A: Charleston won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Luis Cedeno six innings, one hit. Nestor Cortes 3 innings. C Eduardo Navas 3 rbi. Three with two hits each.


Game 44. Yanks at .500 after blanking Jays.

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Nathan Eovaldi was great as the Yanks blanked Toronto 6-0 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Yanks are back at .500 at 22-22. They are 13-5 after a 9-17 start. The win was their sixth straight.

The Yanks scored in the first on a Jacoby Ellsbury triple and a Carlos Beltran RBI groundout.

Beltran’s solo HR (10, #402 career) made it 2-0 in the fourth.

Eovaldi worked out of a couple jams early, but Toronto only got two hits in the game.

In the seventh, with two out, Austin Romine doubled in a run, and Ellsbury followed with an RBI single.

In the eighth, Chase Headley had a SF and Didi Gregorius an RBI single for the final tally of 6-0.

Eovaldi (w, 5-2, 3.95) 6+ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.11
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.1.96
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.00.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton won 7-6. 2B Billy Fleming promoted from Tampa, had an RBI. Kyle Higashioka 2 h, 2 rbi, Mark Payton 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa won 6-5 in 10. 2 hits, solo HR Jake Skole.. 2 hits, 2 RBI Miguel Andujar. 2 hits Santiago Nessy.

Low A: Charleston won 10-2. 2 hits, HR 3 RBI Conor Spencer. 3 hits, solo HR Gosuke Katoh. 2 doubles, 2 RBI Angel Aguilar. 3 others with 2 hits each.