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Game 149. Losing streak continues. Yanks swept in Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today. If ever a team needed a day off, it is them right now.

Deja vu all over again.

Once again, the Yanks had a lead in Fenway. Once again, they blew it. Once again, a reliever doing well gets pulled because the manager goes by the book, and the new reliever loses the game. Once again Hanley Ramirez killed the Yanks.

The Yanks’ 5-4 loss to Boston Sunday night was their fourth in a row to Boston, as Boston swept the weekend series. It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in a row overall and dropped them to 77-72.

What really hurts is that these losses were winnable games where the Yanks had leads and blew them, made bad pitching decisions, or as in the loss to the Dodgers that started the losing streak, made errors that gave the game away.

With 13 games to go, the fourth place Yanks are 8 games out of the division lead, and 4 games out of a wild card. They need to jump 4 teams to make the wild card, and although they aren’t mathematically eliminated, you can stick a fork in them.

The Yanks brought up Donovan Solano to replace Starlin Castro, who may be done for the season with a hamstring injury. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss a few games with a bruised knee. Solano got his first MLB hit in the game.

SWB plays El Paso in a one-game playoff Tuesday night. International League champ vs. Pacific Coast League champ. I don’t know who SWB has anymore. Most of their guys are now up with the Yanks. SWB still has Parmalee, Cave, Frazier, Higashioka, Payton…. some guys are up from AA just to fill out the roster.

As for the game, the Yanks got a run in the first on an RBI single by Didi.This came after a double by Gardner, two strikeouts and a walk to Butler.

Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0 in the third. What a beast.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the fourth. Solano singled, Mason Williams doubled. Refsnyder walked to load the bases. Gardner drove in one run with a force out. Torreyes drove in another run with a forceout.

Then the roof caved in. Again. Once again the Yanks built a lead, and didn’t score the rest of the game. Once again they blew the lead and the game.

CC gave up a 3-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth. 4-3.

Three straight singles in the sixth tied the game for Boston and CC was gone. Once again, a Yankees starter couldn’t go deep in the game.

Blake Parker came in, finished the sixth, gave up no more runs, and struck out two.

And once again, Girardi pulls a reliever who just pitched well, goes to his binder, brings in another reliever (Clippard in this case) and that reliever blows the game. Clippard gave up a HR to Ramirez (his 2nd of the game). 5-4 Boston, and it would stay that way.

As I said, I like Girardi as a manager, think he is a good one, but I have two quibbles with him. 1) He never bunts or is aggressive. You don’t see Billyball. The Yanks don’t bunt, squeeze, steal often enough, or hit and run. 2) He goes by the book (or binder) too much. Go with your eyes and gut, Joe. You see a pitcher doing well, leave him in there for more than one batter or one inning.

You hate writing about these kinds of losses or harping on something, but if this is how it is every game, what can you do? Things need to change.

These last few games have been like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Same s***, different day.


Boy do they (and we fans) need this day off.

If the old man, the Boss,  were still alive, hoo boy.  Would the s*** hit the fan after a four-game sweep in Fenway in late September to kill off your postseason hopes. Especially with some questionable moves.

Sabathia 5+ IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 5 K. 4.19  Gave up 1 HR
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.93 (Sea/NYY)
Clippard (L, 3-4, 3.12; Az/NYY) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1 IP,0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.27 (Bos/NYY)

What do you know. Layne can actually pitch to more than one batter.

I’d like to see what Mason Williams can do from here on out. He had two hits last night.

Gut feeling: Gardner and/or McCann get shopped this offseason for a starting pitcher.

Game 121. Yanks shutout Angels 7-0 behind Tanaka & 4 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Torreyes went 4 for 4 including his first MLB HR,  Gary Sanchez had 3 hits, and the Yankees rode 4 HR and Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave Tanaka the only run he needed by leading off the game with a HR (5).

An RBI single by Ellsbury drove in Torreyes in the third to make it 2-0, Yanks.

The Yanks then hit 3 HR in the fifth to break the game open. Torreyes started it with his first MLB HR. Two batters later, Didi Gregorius HR’d (17, and you are lying if you thought back in March that Didi might hit 20), and two batters later, Brian McCann hit his 16th HR of the season.

In the sixth, Torreyes singled in a run, and Didi doubled in Torreyes for the final tally of 7-0.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Eovaldi had successful surgeries on his elbow.

Gary Sanchez singled the first time up, doubled the second time up and doubled the third time up. On that third at bat, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Just a hunch. With Eovaldi out for 2017 (and maybe forever?), my gut says that McCann and/or Gardner could be trade bait this offseason to try and get some pitching. The free agent market is very barren this year, and trading one of them, especially if a youngster is ready, as Sanchez is now, may be what it takes to fortify the rotation, especially with Eovaldi out.

Tanaka (w, 10-4, 3.24) 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 9 K.
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY). Faced one batter, walked him.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.21 (Cubs/NYY)0
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34.

BTW, in terms of WAR (wins above replacement), the best player on the Yanks this year has been Tanaka.

S.T. Game 32. Severino solid, but Yanks end S.T. with a loss. 2-1.


My personal feeling is that the ace of this team is Luis Severino, even though the kid has just eleven MLB starts under his belt.

Severino reinforced my feeling with a solid perfomance today, but he took the loss as the Yanks lost to the Marlins 2-1. It was the last spring training game of the year. The Yanks open the season on Monday at Yankee Stadium vs. the Astros. It’ll be a rematch of the wild card game which the Yanks lost 3-0 last year. Keuchel vs. Tanaka.

One run that Severino gave up was unearned. The bullpen was solid, and that included Miller, who pitched for the first time since getting that chip fracture in his right (non-throwing) wrist a few days ago.

Kirby Yates got the final spot on the roster, replacing the injured Bryan Mitchell.

The Yanks’ offense has to pick it up, however. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a HR, but the Yanks did nothing after that. Ellsbury had two of the Yanks’ four hits.

Yankee pitchers held the Marlins to three hits, but an error by Didi Gregorius cost the Yanks the game.

Severino (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 walk and 6 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.   1 HBP
Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks, 1 K.
Barbato 2/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

The Yanks ended spring training at 14-16-2. Now we start the season, and everyone is 0-0.

Of course, we won’t see Chapman until May.

Go Yankees!

The 25 men going north:
C: McCann, Romine;
DH: A-Rod
INF: Teixeira, Castro, Ackley, Gregorius, Headley, Torreyes
OF: Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran, Hicks

SP: Severino, Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, CC
RP: Nova, Cessa, Yates, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller

The bullpen will be interesting with Cessa, Yates and Barbato. How will they do?

S.T. Game 25. Yanks lose 5-2, demote Refsnyder, release Denorfia.


Pitchers need to be stretched out, and such was the case yesterday when Nathan Eovaldi pitched five solid innings but faded in the sixth, giving up four runs, and the Yanks lost to the Twins 5-2 in their spring training game.

Brett Gardner homered.

The Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down to AAA to work more on his defense at 2B and 3B, and also released OF Chris Denorfia, who refused a minor league deal.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (L) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Miller 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 2/3 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

S.T. Game 24. Mitchell strong in Yanks’ 4-3 win.


After Ivan Nova’s performance yesterday, it was pretty much a given that he pitched himself out of the starting rotation. It was also pretty much a given that CC Sabathia would have the #5 slot.

As ESPN’s Lee Corso is known to say, “Not so fast, my friend.”

Although it still strongly appears that CC will have that #5 slot, if only because of his salary, Bryan Mitchell gave the Yanks some food for thought as he continued his fine spring training with four scoreless innings in the Yanks’ 4-3 win over Toronto in spring training action today.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR for the Yanks.

Poor Rob Refsnyder took a bad hop off of his face for the second day in a row. He’s made three errors at 3B in the last two days. Meanwhile, don’t count out Ronald Torreyes maybe beating out Refsnyder for a spot on the team as the backup infielder. Torreyes, 23, has had a fine spring. The rookie had two hits today and is at .313 for the spring.

A-Rod had an RBI. The winning run scored in the ninth on an E-2.

Nick Rumbelow and James Pazos were sent down to AAA. I still think the final bullpen spot(s) are down to Barbato, Yates and Pinder.

Today’s pitching line:

Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Swarzak 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Moreno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pinder(W) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Mullee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.


S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 6-2. CC better, Sanchez sent down.


Sorry for the late posting. Busy with Easter stuff and getting my car back after having a rental for two weeks (thanks to a deer).

The Yanks lost Thursday, 6-2 to the Rays, dropping their spring training record to 9-11-2. CC Sabathia improved over his last outing, however, giving up 2 runs in 5 IP.

The Yanks sent Gary Sanchez down to AAA, so it looks like Austin Romine will be the Yanks’ backup catcher to start the season. Maybe Sanchez, given his first shot to make the team, pressed a bit. He hit just .048 (1 for 21) in the spring. This gives the youngster more time to develop, and lets him play everyday instead of twice a week. He’ll be up soon.

Brian McCann had two hits in the game.

The Pitching Line:

Sabathia (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Evan Longoria).
Olson 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yates, Pinder and Barbato are having a nice competition for that final bullpen spot.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks sloppy in 3-0 loss.


A few days ago,  I mentioned that the Yanks have some things to accomplish in the next few weeks of spring training before the season starts. One of them was to tighten up what so far has been a loose defense.

That was evident today when the Yanks made five errors in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 3-8-2.

17 cuts were made today, and most were what you would expect—minor leaguers like Mateo, Kaprielian, Judge, Webb, Lail, Wade, etc. getting sent down. Also getting sent down were Lane Adams and Jacob Lindgren.

Besides the defense improving, hopefully the bats come around soon. The Yanks have lost games 1-0 (twice), 3-0, and 2-1 so far in spring training.

But it is spring training. Frankly, I disregrard most results until the final 10 games, after cuts have been made and we are down to the last 30 players (and last cuts).

Starlin Castro had two of the Yanks’ five hits.

CC Sabathia had a rough outing. Michael Pineda continued his strong spring.

Sabathia (L)  1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Pineda 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Bleier 1 iP, 0 R, 1 H, no walks and 1 K.