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Game 63. Yanks fall from first after 2-1 loss.

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If the Yanks do make the WS, they need to look at last night’s game. For perhaps no other AL team may be hurt as much as the Yankees when playing in an NL park where you lose the DH.

With A-Rod limited to a PH appearance (he made the last out of the game), and Jacoby Ellsbury still on the DL, the Yanks’ offense managed just three hits and wasted another typically good Tanaka effort in losing 2-1 to the Marlins.

Without the DH, the Yanks lineup from 6-9 went like this: #6, Drew, now hitting .175. #7  Didi, at .236 (Didi did have two of the Yanks’ three hits. The other was Teixeira’s solo HR (18) in the second inning for the Yanks’ only run.) #8 Mason Williams, playing in just his fourth MLB game and who is now just 1 (HR) for 11, and #9 the pitcher. Getting Ellsbury back would help a little, but that bottom of the lineup is something that would need to be addressed should the Yanks make the WS this year. It is something that may need to be addressed between now and the trade deadline as far as the other games the Yanks will have in NL parks this year. (I am definitely thinking Citi Field vs. the Mets in September—games that look now as if they will be important to EACH team as far as making the playoffs).

With the 2-1 loss, the Yanks dropped out of first. They are now in second, one game behind the Rays. Toronto is in third, two back and Baltimore in fourth, three back. The Yanks are 34-29. With everyone (except Boston) bunched up like that, it truly looks as if every game counts.

Teixeira’s HR was #381 of his career, tying Albert Belle on the all-time list.

Tanaka gave up a run in the second, and a solo HR in the seventh that doomed him.

After Jose Ramirez loaded the bases with no out in the eighth, Sergio Santos got out of the inning giving up no runs. That was a great job to keep the game at 2-1 and give the Yanks a chance.

Tanaka (L, 4-2, 2.49) 7 IP, 2 R,  9 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Ramirez 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K, 1 HBP. 36.00. 3 batters, 3 baserunners.
Santos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.96.

Nathan Eovaldi vs. David Phelps tonight. Two guys traded for each other last offseason.

We’ll see how the lack of the DH affects the Yanks tonight. You can’t win with half a lineup. People, especially in the lower half, will need to step up with Alex out.  Let’s hope they do it.

The minors, and moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks were off today, but did pick up a half a game over Tampa Bay because of the Rays loss to the Angels. In that game, Albert Pujols passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time HR list, hitting #537. The Yanks now have a 2-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks brought up Mason “Classical Gas” Williams up from AAA. How I hope they play that song for his walk up. It’d be perfect, right? Williams, 23, between AA/AAA this year, was at .318-0-22 with 13 sb. Good speed, CF, lefty hitter, no power, good defense. He’ll enable Gardner to go back to LF and be there until Ellsbury is ready. Last year, Williams hit just .223 at AA with 21 SB. While he is up, the Yanks hope he plays good D, and gets the occasional hit and SB.

So in the past few days, (and LoHud had a nice chart)…

Ryan replaces Pirela as backup IF. Ryan better D, and the vet. Pirela maybe the better hitter, but Ryan earns the bigger $$$.

Williams replaces Flores in the OF.

By necessity, because of Miller’s DL stint, Chris Martin (fresh off rehab) replaces him.

I think Miller returns after the ASG.

In a few weeks, Ellsbury and Nova should be ready. Ellsbury replaces Williams. As for Nova, that’s a more difficult call. Do you send Lindgren down? Does Nova go into the rotation with Warren to the bullpen (appears that way)? Does Nova go into the bullpen? Does Lindgren stay and say, the Yanks DFA Rogers or Capuano?

In addition the Yanks traded David Carpenter to Washington for a minor league second baseman, Tony Renda, who will probably go to AA.  Renda, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .267-1-23 with 13 SB at AA Harrisburg.

Now for the minors.

AAA: 9-2 win for SWB.  Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.03) 2 R in 6 1/3. 1B Kyle Roller 2 h, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 6-0 on a combined one-hitter. Sergio Santos, just acquired, pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K. C Gary Sanchez (injured bruised hand) left the game in the 2nd and his replacement, Francisco Arcia, homered. Judge, Bird, Jagielo and Arcia all w/2h and an RBI.

High A: Regular game: Tampa lost 3-1. Gregorio Petit, on rehab, 1 for 2 w/a walk.

Makeup of 6/10 rainout: 4-3 loss. SS Tyler Wade, C Kyle Higashioka and LF Ericson Leonora all with 2 hits each.

A: 4-3 win for Charleston.  CF Dustin Fowler 2 h, HR , 2 RBI.

Minors, Rehab and the Draft.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: The SWB game at Buffalo was suspended because of fog with SWB up 2-1 in the fifth.

AA: Trenton had off.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2. Ivan Nova and Gregorio Petit started their rehabs in this game.

Nova 4 2/3 IP, 2 R 1 ER, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Petit 1 for 2 with a walk.

3B Dante Bichette, Jr. was sent down here from AA Trenton where he was only hiting .213. CF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) 2 hits tonight, but only at .215.

As for Nova, if I am the Yankees, I put him in the bullpen when he is ready to rejoin the big club. I do not put him in the rotation and take Warren out to put Warren back in the bullpen. My reasons? Warren is doing well. Nova is coming off TJ surgery. Why make Nova pitch a lot of innings now when Warren is doing well in the rotation? Bring Nova back slowly from the surgery. Put him in the bullpen for the sixth and seventh ahead of Betances and Miller. Nova can rejoin the rotation NEXT year, when he is more removed from the TJ surgery.

A: Charleston off.

The Yanks had two picks in the first round of the MLB draft. With their first opic,, they took RHP James Kaprielian, UCLA. With the second pick, they took SS SS Kyle Holder, University of San Diego.

Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.

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Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?

 

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500

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After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Minor league news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.