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CC done for year. Checks into rehab.


Even if the Yanks win tonight’s wild card showdown in the Bronx against the Astros, their rotation for the ALDS vs. KC took a huge hit.

CC Sabathia checked himself into an alcohol rehab center on Monday and is done for the season.

We can only hope for the best. As Yankee GM Brian Cashman stated, this is a life issue.

CC had a bad season, 6-10, 4.73, ERA+ 84, but with Nathan Eovaldi having missed a few weeks with elbow inflammation, was needed to be a starter in the postseason. Not only that, but since wearing the knee brace, CC was pitching better lately. Add in the fact that CC did have prior postseason experience to bring to the table…

Should the Yanks somehow find a way to win and beat Dallas Keuchel tonight, Masahiro Tanaka, tonight’s starter, most likely wouldn’t be ready again until at least Game 3 of the ALDS. Luis Severino would probably start Game 1 against KC.  Besides those two, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova would now probably be the other two starters, Adam Warren staying in the bullpen to provide help there in middle relief.

Nova, however, has been awful lately, going 2-8, 6.58 in his last 10 starts. He probably would have been passed over for a postseason start if this didn’t happen.

Of course, any talk about the ALDS becomes a moot point if the Yanks lose tonight.

Go Tanaka and go Yankees.

Baseball Tonight. Beltran on rehab.

The Majors were off due to the All-Star break. We will see what trades may develop over the next two weeks.

AAA: The All-Star game was tonight for the AAA. The International League (the League the Yankees’ AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB) Railriders are in) scored 3 in the top of the ninth to win 4-3. Big night for SWB’s 1B/DH Kyle Roller. He drove in 2 of those three runs in the ninth to tie the game. C Austin Romine 0 for 1 with a walk.

AA: The Eastern League ASG ended in a 4-4, 9-inning tie.  From Trenton, C Gary Sanchez, 0 for 2. OF Jake Cave, 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 RBI. P Brady Lail a scoreless IP.  P Eric Ruth a scoreless IP.

High A: Gabriel Encinas 1 R on 2 H in 7 IP in Tampa’s  6-4 win. On rehab, DH Carlos Beltran 2 for 2, walk, rbi, 2 runs scored. 1B Mike Ford  3hits, 2 rbi.

A:  10-5 Charleston win. 4 SB for SS Jorge Mateo, who now has 60 on the season. 2 h, 2 Rbi for DH Isaias Tejeda.

Regarding the Pete Rose thing, as I mentioned yesterday, it is a a thing where I am sick of the USA just letting people off the hook. Lifetime ban. Make people responsible for their actions. If you want to let Pete, or any gambling or  PED user in the HOF, then LIFETIME ban. Compromise? Lifetime ban. Put them in only AFTER they are dead (and if Pete goes in, so does Shoeless Joe Jacksson). That way they are in (and on the plaque, the bottom line STATES why they were admitted posthumously). That way greats like Rose, Palmeiro, Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, McGwire, etc. are honored, but only AFTER they are dead, and the last line of the HOF plaque states, for eternity, the reason for the delayed induction.

And by the way, ESPN can go bleep themselves. How about awarding the Arthur Ashe Award for courage to an individual who showed REAL courage? Not a transgendered freak (Jenner) or to a person who came out of the closet (Roberts, Sam)… maybe award it  to a vet who ran a marathon or a half-marathon or whatever after losing a leg fighting for our country? Doing so on a prosthetic leg?

The Arthur Ashe Courage award to a freak. I want to vomit.

It is why I am sick of the media forcing their nutcase opinions on us and canceled my newspaper subscription and will fight the nutcase media until I croak.

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.


Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Game 21. Yanks win, but Tanaka goes on the DL


You win some, you lose some. Chase Whitley came up from the minors today to provide the rotation an extra day off. The way things have worked out, maybe he came up to be PART of the rotation for the next couple of weeks.

For the Yanks put Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day DL today with a strained forearm and tendonitis in his wrist. You have to wonder if this is an aftereffect of trying to take strain off of that partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Expect him to miss a month, so we are talking Memorial Day, here.

Whitley was effective tonight, if not efficient. He gave up just one run in 5 IP, but had to be pulled because of the pitch count. 93 pitches in 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The win, ERA 1.80. But with what I wrote earlier, he may need to stick around.  Update: He will be sticking in the rotation with Tanaka out. Because of the DL of Tanaka, Petit can be brought back earlier than usual. (He was sent down for Whitley).

Which means with Tanaka out, CC Sabathia, with an 0-4 record and an ERA near 6.00, better pick it up. 

The Yanks used their speed tonight, esp. from Ellsbury and Gardner, to get the win, along with clutch hitting by Brian McCann. They scored two in the first.

Ellsbury singled, stole second (6, he would get another SB later; he was 3 for 4 with 2 SB), advanced to third on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Gardner. Later in the inning, Teix and McCann had back-to-back doubles to make it 2-0 Yanks. McCann wound up with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

Whitley stumbled in the third, giving up a run to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Ellsbury singled and Gardner singled him to third.  Gardner stole second (6) to avoid the DP. After Teix struck out, McCann doubled in two to make it 4-1.

In the top of the sixth, with Whitley out, Shreve came in and he didn’t have it. Walk, Triple to make it 4-2. He then got a big out with a K. Rogers, who was a star tonight, got a K and a ground out to keep it 4-2.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.25.

Rogers  2 2/3 IP. 0R, 1 H, 1 walk and 5K. GREAT job, and it let Betances and Miller each get a day of rest. 2.35. Huge outing.

Martin (S, 1). 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.70.

The win puts the Yanks at 13-8 and with a 2-game lead in the AL East.

A sad situation in Baltimore. Riots forced fans to stay in their seats the other night because of riots in Baltimore. Games were ppd. last night and tonight. The game Wed. afternoon will be played in front of NOBODY because of the riots. Baltimore’s weekend games against the Rays will be move to Tampa Bay — with the Orioles as the HOME team —- because of what is going on. Sad.


Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500


The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Game 9. Bullpen lets Yanks down in 7-5 loss.


Nathan Eovaldi is still progressing from a thrower into a pitcher. Sure, he can throw hard, and he did strike out 9 in 5 IP tonight. But in those 5 IP, he threw 101 pitches, gave up 2 R on 8 pitches, and forced the bullpen into the game early.

That bullpen imploded. They entered with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, gave up 5 runs, and the Yanks wound up losing 7-5 to drop them to 3-6 on the season.

Eovaldi gave up a run in the first. The Yanks got 2 back in the third on a Beltran double. They went up 3-1 in the fourth on A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the year, #656* of his career. He is now 4 HR behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. His 2 hits tonight put him at 2947 on the all-time list and the RBI is # 1976. Just three men have ever made it to 2000.

Sorry, asterisks necessary due to the steroids.

Up 3-1, Eovaldi gave up a HR in the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, up 3-2 the Yanks had to take Eovaldi out because of the pitch count. The bullpen here lost the game, giving up five runs.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 9 K. 11 baserunners in 5 IP. The K are good, but in and out of trouble and not efficient on the pitch count. Not only that, an average just over two runners an inning.

Carpenter (Blown save 1, Lost game) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Wilson faced two batters. Both got hits. Both scored.

Carpenter and Wilson cost the Yanks the game.

Martin 2/3 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Brandon Pinder (MLB DEBUT; see below) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2K.

De La Rosa, who was up and didn’t get into a game, was sent back down, Pinder brought up. Davies cleared waivers, sent back to AAA.

You may have read the name Wilking Rodriguez on this blog during spring training. Suspended 80 games for use of furosemide (generic for Lasix).



Odds and Ends.

Some odds and ends.

I saw an article that stated that according to insiders, Manager Joe Girardi did broach the subject of dropping Derek Jeter down in the batting order last season. Jeter hit just .256-4-50, OPS+ just 75 in his final season. The idea was shot down by upper management, and apparently Jeter wouldn’t go for moving him out of the #2 slot in the order either. Girardi knew that to do so would open a can of worms, so before it even hit the media, he apparently went through upper management and possibly Jeter himself. Would dropping Jeter have benefitted the Yanks? Possibly. Enough to make the playoffs? Possibly not. Enough to make the playoffs and soothe Jeter’s ego? Possibly not. But it’s interesting to note that the idea of dropping Derek (where to? 8? 9?) was considered.

Jason Giambi retired. He was with the Yanks from 2002-2008, hitting 209 of his 440 HR as a Yankee. Giambi, 44, hit 440 HR in his career, hit .277 with an excellent OPS+ of 139, won an MVP award with the A’s in 2000, was runner-up in 2001, and is one of five Yankees with back-to-back 40 HR seasons (2002 and 2003). He hit two homers off of Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. He won’t make the HOF however, because of his admitted PED usage and BALCO connection. It’s said he is a great teammate, and Terry Francona, manager of the Indians (Giambi’s most recent team) states that Giambi is a “manager in waiting.” His 162 g. average was .277-32-103, OPS+ 139, with 98 walks.

Alex Rodriguez issued a written “apology.” Really, I don’t want to hear it. Who believes anything he says or does anymore? He’s exhausted all credibility. Really, A-Rod, shut up and play. Show us you have something, if anything, left. It’s noted that he was suspended for all of 2014. What’s forgotten is that he played in only 44 games in 2013 and even then looked on the downside.

The Yanks signed Jared Burton to a minor league deal. The righty reliever is 33 and went 3-5, 4.36, ERA+ 91 in 2014 for the Twins with three saves. For his career he is 18-19, 3.44, 10 saves, ERA+ 123.  A depth move. He was 3-2 with a superb 2.18 ERA (ERA+ 189) and five saves for the Twins in 2012.

When I get time (I’ve been doing my taxes, need to do other family members taxes, working (of course) and …. well, shoveling snow and freezing my ass off…) I want to look at the future. I expect the Yanks to tread water for a while, but to me, the 2020 team could be interesting. Players (top prospects) would be in their primes (providing they prove MLB caliber players and aren’t traded away), old guys like CC, Teix, Beltran and A-Rod gone (maybe McCann as well)….it could be interesting to look at what could be the Yankee future. Stay tuned. Hopefully when Yoan Moncada signs (before the end of this month) I can include him on that 2020 future team I want to write about. Will the Yanks fork over the $$$$ to land Moncada?