Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.


Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.


The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB beat LV in 15, 4-3. Jaron Long 3 R in 5 1/3 IP. Diego Moreno, Nick Rumbelow, Jose Ramirez, Tyler Webb and Danny Burawa combined for 9 2/3 IP of scoreless relief. 1B Kyle Roller a HR, 2 RBI. Rob Refsnyder with 3 Hits.  GW hit Nick Noonan.

AA: Trenton got shutout 10-0. 5 1/3 scoreless IP for Brady Lail before the bullpen was flat-out awful. Just 2 hits for Trenton tonight, and top C prospect Gary Sanchez is down to .107.

High A: Andrew Bailey a scoreless IP of relief in a 12-1 Tampa win. Rookie Davis 5 2/3 scoreless, 7 K. DH Matt Snyder 4 h, 4 RBI.

A: 3 in the top of the 9th led Charleston to a 5-4 win.

Game 13. Yanks waste good CC effort, 2-1.


Since Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS, the Yanks’ last postseason game, CC Sabathia has gone 17-20 with an ERA of 5.00. Ugh. A below average 2013 followed by the same in 2014 before his knee surgery. Then 0-2 this year heading into tonight’s start. Numbers that suggested more a #5 starter than anything higher.

Tonight, for the first time in a LONG time, CC looked like CC again. Unfortunately, he got NO run support as the Yanks lost 2-1 to Detroit to drop the Yanks’ record to 6-7, and it was an ex-Yankee who played a bit part in that loss.

The only game in 2014 that matches tonight’s game for CC came on 4/17 when he pitched 7, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 walks and 6 K against the Rays. Before that, you have to go back to 9-20-13 vs. SF, 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.

Tonight, 8 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. But CC falls to 0-3, 4.35.

But the only Yankees’ run came on a 2nd inning HR by Teix. #4 on the year, 367 of his career. The only switch-hitters with more HR? Mantle 536, Murray 504, Chipper 468, Beltran 373.

Teix’s HR came in the 2nd and held up until the 7th, when CC gave up 2 runs. I thought Didi should have come up with a couple of plays at SS that inning, but he didn’t and that was the game.

In the top of the 8th, the Yanks had 1st & 3rd, one out and Ellsbury up.  In came our old buddy Joba, and he induced Ellsbury into a GIDP.


The minors today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok, rumors earlier this week that the Yanks were scouting a guy in the Braves’ minor league system to be a 2B, now more rumors that they may be interested in a Cuban 2B named Andy Ibanez as a free agent. Ibanez is 22, said to have speed but not much power.  (NY Post) I don’t know if Pirela or Refsnyder are reading these reports, but it sure seems as if Refsnyder is, and is affected by them.

Refsnyder is off to a rough start with AAA SWB so far, hitting just .229. While there is belief that the bat will come around (he hit .372 in spring training), the concern is on his defense. The former OF converted to a 2B made six errors in spring training and now has five errors in 11 games for AAA so far. Part of me wonders if turning the pivot may be too much for an OF converted to 2B. Maybe 3B may be better. That’s just me.

AAA: SWB won 4-1. Bryan Mitchell 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 walks and 4 K. Jacob Lindgren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. CF Ben Gamel 2 hits, RBI.

AA: Another great outing for top Yanks pitching prospect Luis Severino in Trenton’s 5-1 win. A bit wild, but 5 Ip, 1 R, 3 h, 4 walks and 6 K. 3B Eric Jagielo 2 hits, triple, 3 RBI.

A+: Tampa lost 7-2. 4 players with 2 hits each.

A: Charleston’s game was suspended with Charleston up 8-3 in the top of the sixth. The game will be completed 4/23.

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….    *

The minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB shutout Syracuse 6-0. RF Ramon Flores solo HR. CF Ben Gamel 3 hits and an RBI. 2 Hits and an RBI for 2B Nick Noonan and SS Cole Figueroa. LF Tyler Austin with 2 hits. Kyle Davies with 5 scoreless IP.

AA: Trenton lost 10-1, getting just four hits, two by RF Aaron Judge. Caleb Smith was knocked out in the second inning.

High A: Tampa lost 9-1, getting just four hits themselves. Andrew Bailey a scoreless IP. 5 K in 3 scoreless innings of relief for Luis Niebla.

A: 6-4 win for Charleston. C Eduardo de Oleo 2 H, 2 RBI. DH Jorge Mateo 2 Hits, RBI, same for CF Dustin Fowler. 3B Allen Valerio 2 RBI.

Game 11. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 9-0 win.


Since Masahiro Tanaka has rehabbed the elbow instead of having Tommy John surgery, there are concerns about the elbow. How would it limit him? Will it blow out? The first two starts of the year did little to alleviate those concerns, but Tanaka looked ace-like Saturday night in the Yanks’ 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

This was the Tanaka we saw last year before he injured his elbow with the partially torn UCL. Dominant.

Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) went 7, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Despite the final score, for much of the game, he had to be dominant.

Brian McCann (3 for 4) broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run triple in the sixth, and the Yanks broke open the game with a 7-run seventh, capped by Chris Young’s grand slam, his third HR of the season.

David Carpenter pitched the eighth, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brandon Pinder closed it out. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Matt Tracy, DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.