Category Archives: Regular Season

The minors. Tanaka begins rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: Masahiro Tanaka began his rehab with three scoreless innings (3 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K) as SWB won 4-3. Outfielders Ramon Flores and Tyler Austin each had 2 hits and an RBI.

AA: Trenton won 1-0 in 13 innings. Luis Severino, coming off a blister problem, pitched five no-hit innings. Aaron Judge GW SF.

High A: Tampa lost 2-1. C Kyle Higashioka 2 hits.

A: Charleston lost 6-0. 1B Connor Spencer with 2 hits.

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 5-2. CF Ben Gamel 2 h, solo HR, .339. SS Cole Figueroa 3 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 3-1. Eric Ruth 7 scoreless IP, 1 hit. Trenton was 1 for 11 w/RISP. LF Taylor Dugas and RF Jake Cave each had 3 hits.

High A: Tampa gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth and lost 6-5. HRs for SS Abital Avelino & C Kyle Higashioka. Tyler Wade moved to 2B for this game, 2 more hits, .322.

A: 2-1 win for Charleston in 10 innings. GW hit: Dustin Fowler.

Game 41. Slump continues as Yanks lose, 3-2.

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Sometimes over a course of a season, you question a manager’s moves. I have to do that here with the Yanks’ 3-2 loss to the Nats last night.

In the top of the seventh, in a 2-2 game,  Joe Girardi let Adam Warren hit for himself. Warren then coughed up the lead and the game in the bottom of the inning. Granted, Warren was pitching well (from LOHUD: Warren had retired 13 of the past 15 batters before that seventh inning when an error and two walks loaded the bases) except for the two solo HR he gave up. But I might have PH there. Joe decided to save his pinch-hitters for later. I can see that, but it didn’t work out. Besides, there were two out anyway and no one on when he let Warren bat for himself.

I’m just saying that I might have PH there, knowing that Warren was not used to going that deep into games. But horses for courses…

The only other time in his career Warren started a game and pitched into the seventh inning was in his previous start. He isn’t used to it. Granted, it’s nice to get him to do so, but I’d rather see him do it for the first or second time in a game where he has a cushion, not in a 2-2 game. I was wondering why Girardi didn’t PH for him at the time and was really wondering why after Warren coughed up the lead and game in the bottom of the inning.

As a result, the Yanks lost their seventh game in their last eight. Amazingly, they are still tied for first with a 22-19 record as they hit the quarter pole of the season. It looks like 90 wins may be enough to win this division, maybe less.

For the third time (I think) in this slump, the Yanks scored two runs in the first inning and nothing thereafter. Gardner singled, Beltran doubled him home, was moved to third on a groundout and McCann hit a SF. After that, nothing.

The home plate umpire made a few questionable calls. Washington’s Bryce Harper and manager Matt Williams were ejected. The last pitch of the game, a called strike three to A-Rod, looked awful as well.

After the Yanks scored two in the top of the first, Warren gave up solo dingers in the bottom of the first and in the fourth. The winning run was unearned due to an error by Headley, whose defense this year has been disappointing so far. Nine errors in 1/4 of the season.

Warren 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 h, 4 walks and 4 K. (L , 2-3, 4.26)
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Rogers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.

The Yanks are off today. They come back home after a brutal road trip (2-7) to face the Rangers this weekend. I’ll be up at the Sunday night game. Before that game, the Yanks will honor Bernie Williams and retire his #51.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 5-4. RF Tyler Austin grand slam. 2 hits Rob Refsnyder (.312). Charlotte’s starter was ex-MLB pitcher Brad Penny, who the Yanks faced in the 2003 WS.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2 in 10. 3 scoreless innings of relief for Chris Smith. C Gary Sanchez 2 h, HR, 2 RBI. 2b Ali Castillo 3 hits. RF Mason Williams and 1B Dan Fiorito 2 hits each. 1B Greg Bird is on the DL by the way.

High A: 9-2 win for Tampa. Jonathan Holder 6 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 7 K. SS Tyler Wade 2 hits, 2 RBI (.317) 2 rbi each for 3B Miguel Andujar and DH Ericson Leonora.

A: Charleston was shut out 2-0, getting just three hits. Tough loss for Justin Kamplain, 6 IP, 1 R.

Game 40. Yanks lose game and Ellsbury.

 

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This was a bad loss. The Yanks’ sixth in their last seven games to drop them to 22-18 and into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Rays. On top of that, Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his knee and is on the 15-day DL. Slade Heathcott has been called up from AAA. Heathcott, 24, is a lefty hitting CF who was hitting .285-1-17 at SWB.

Earlier this week, Chase Whitley underwent TJ surgery. He’ll not return until mid-2016.

Pin this loss on Nathan Eovaldi. As for Andrew Miller, the law of averages caught up with him.

Eovaldi gave up 2 HR in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.

The Yanks got four in the fourth on an RBI single by Chris Young (batting 3rd what with no DH and A-Rod on the bench), an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Stephen Drew. With the pitcher in the lineup, production from the #8 hitter, Drew, was a bonus. Drew’s two hits raised him to .188.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 5th made it 6-2. #12 on the season and #375 of his career.

Up 6-2, and needing one more inning to qualify for a possible win, Eovaldi has to hold them there. Qualify for the win, go at least five and maybe more, save the bullpen. He failed.

Eovaldi got only one out and gave up 3 runs in the fifth. David Carpenter gave up a game-tying HR in the sixth.

Lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve got big outs (both against Bryce Harper, who homered against Eovaldi in the first).

But in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman sliced a 2-run HR off of Andrew Miller the other way. It hit the foul pole.

8-6 Nationals.

Miller had an ERA of 0.00 before that. Sooner or later he was going to give up a run, and the law of averages caught up with him.

But handed a 6-2 lead, Eovaldi has to do better.

Eovaldi 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.73
Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.25
Carpenter 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.28. Carpenter, recommended to the Yanks by his former and current catcher, Bryan McCann, has been a disappointment so far. Come to think of it, McCann, who hit .232 last year and is at .228 right now, has been a disappointment himself.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.30
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 0.98)

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium FriezeAAA: SWB won 3-0. 5 scoreless IP for Bryan Mitchell (3.68). Jacob Lindgren (1.31) the save. 2 h, 2 rbi LF Ben Gamel (.339).

AA: Trenton off.

High A: Tampa lost 7-3. HR, 2 RBI SS Tyler Wade (.314-1-17). RF Danny Oh 2 h (.337).

A: Charleston won 6-2. DH Chris Breen 2 h, HR, 3 RBI. 3 h, rbi CF Dustin Fowler. 2 RBI LF Devyn Bolasky.

No game today or Thursday…in between, no DH.

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The Yanks are off today (Monday) and are also off on Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals, which means no DH.

Which means that Joe Girardi will have to decide if Alex Rodriguez plays the field.

Making the decision more complicated is whether Mark Teixeira will be ready to go in those games (see the update below). Teix was removed from Sunday’s loss against KC with a bone contusion on his toe after being HBP.

Which means that if he can’t go Tuesday or Wednesday, the Yanks lose the DH and their top HR hitter.

Which means if A-Rod doesn’t play the field, the Yanks lose their top TWO HR hitters.

Going into Sunday’s game (in which they were shutout), the Yanks were hitting .247 as a team. The offense has struggled lately as the Yanks have lost five of their last six. You want to stop that bad momentum. Losing the DH won’t help stop it.

If Alex doesn’t play 1B or 3B (with Headley sliding over to 1B), and Teix can’t play 1B, then it’s up to Garrett Jones to play 1B. Jones has disappointed so far in 37 AB (.162-0-1). Teix and Alex have 21 of the Yanks’ 46 HR.

The Yanks, going into Sunday, were 9th in the league in batting average, but 2nd in HR. Losing both Teix and Alex for the two-game series against the Nationals would be a huge blow. The Yanks were third in the AL in walks. The top two guys on the team in drawing walks? You got it—-Teix and Alex.

If Alex doesn’t take the field against the Nats,  and Teix can’t go, you could be looking at:

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran 1B
McCann C
Headley 3B
Jones 1B
Drew 2B
Gregorious SS
The Pitcher

Hmmm. Going into Sunday, Beltran was at .233, McCann .237, Headley .228, Jones .162, Drew .183 and Gregorious .210.

Now throw in the pitcher.

If Teix can’t play, Girardi’s decision may have to be to play A-Rod in the field.

There may be no other choice against a Nationals team that boasts Scherzer, Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez among its starters. Granted that Strasburg has struggled (2-4, 6.06) and Doug Fister is on the DL, but…

If Alex DOES sit, it would be a good time for the bottom of the lineup—Drew and Didi Gregorious, to snap out of it.

Heck, it would be a good thing in any case. The two combined are at about .200. Now they are hitting before a pitcher, and you can’t expect much there. Which means if they continue as they are, you are basically giving away three innings in each of these games.

Hopefully the offense picks it up.

Update: Girardi states that Teix is day-to-day and will probably play against the Nationals. That is good news. For if he wasn’t ok, you can see above what the ramifications would have been. Still, losing Alex as DH will hurt.