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Game 19. Yanks take Subway Series, beat Mets, 6-4.

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Nathan Eovaldi struggled, but the Yanks’ bullpen pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as the Yanks beat the Mets 6-4 to take the Subway Series two games to one.

The teams will meet again at Citi Field in September.

Eovaldi gave up a HR to former Yankee Curtis Granderson to start off the game, then before the Yanks got to bat, he gave up another. Down 2-0 before the Yanks came up.

In the bottom of the first, A-Rod homered. His fifth of the season was #659* of his career, putting him just one behind Willie Mays on the all-time list.

In the second, the Yanks broke through for four runs. With one out, backup C John Ryan Murphy doubled. With two out, Gregorio Petit doubled to tie the game, Gardner doubled to make it 3-2, Young singled to make it 5-2 and A-Rod doubled to make it 5-2.

Besides HR #659, A-Rod’s 2 hits put him at 2955, and his 2 RBI put him at 1982. His 3000th hit and 2000th RBI are also coming soon, in addition to tying and passing Mays on the all-time HR list. If only these numbers weren’t tainted.

Eovaldi gave 2 runs right back in the third, and couldn’t even go deep enough to get the win.

Eovaldi 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 4.15.
Shreve (W, 1-0, 1.17) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.00.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  4.76.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller (7th save) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the fifth on an overturned call and an error.

The win puts the Yanks at 11-8 on the season after a 3-6 start. 8 of the last 10.

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

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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 10. A-Rod sparks Yanks with 2 HR, 2 behind Mays. 5-4.

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Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.

But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.

After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?

I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.

Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.

A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.

Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.

A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner)  proved to be the game winner.

He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.

Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

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

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.

 

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

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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).

 

 

Game 6. More like it! 7 run first helps Yanks to 14-4 win.

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Going into this game, the Yanks had a batting average of .193. If you believe in the law of averages, even with a bad hitting team you knew that had to improve sometime.

The Yanks scored 7 in the first inning, and except for one inning with 2 WP and an error, there was much improvement over the first five games. There may still be concern over Tanaka, but except for one bad inning, he was ok. The jury is still out on him.

In the first, Ellsbury walked and Gardner singled him to third. Beltran forced the runner but a run scored. Teixeira walked and the Yanks got a break when an error loaded the bases. A-Rod cleared them with a double to make it 4-0. That hit (#2945) drove Alex’s RBI total to 1974. He would add another later in the game to make it 1975. Baseball Reference lists only three players (Aaron, Ruth and Anson) with 2000.

After A-Rod’s bases-clearing 3-run double, Headley hit a 2-Run HR and Stephen Drew made it back-to-back with a HR of his own.

Boston came back with three in the fourth. Tanaka threw two WP and there was an error. Sloppy. That needs to improve but with the seven-run first, it didn’t hurt too much.

A 2-run single by Gardner and SF by Teix in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-4.

Hanley Ramirez homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. You have to wonder…. in the first two games this year, Tanaka was ok for two innings, then faded. Is that the elbow? Ok the first time around but not the second? Time will tell.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on an A-Rod bases-loaded walk, a Headley single and a Drew SF to go up 13-5.

Brian McCann ended the scoring with a solo HR in the 8th.

Gardner, 2 h, 2 RBI. 4 RBI for A-Rod. Headley 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 RBI for Drew. Hopefully this wakes the offense up.

Tanaka (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 4 K. ERA still 7. Two outings, 4 and 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER in 9 IP. The jury is still out.

Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K>

Davies 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ‘

Moves: After the 19 inning game, Chasen Shreve was sent down. He can’t be brought back for 10 days. When he was sent down, Matt Tracy came up and made his MLB debut. Baseball can be cruel sometimes. The Yanks DFA’d Tracy today and gave Kyle Davies (who pitched tonight, see above) a MLB contract. If Davies’ name sounds familiar, it should. He is the guy who gave up A-Rod’s 500th HR.

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

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

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 3. Yanks fall to Jays, 6-3.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpg CC Sabathia gave up 4 runs in the second inning, and it proved too much for the Yanks to overcome as they lost to Toronto 6-3 on Thursday night. The only highlight for the Yanks was when A-Rod and Teixeira each homered in the sixth inning. For A-Rod, HR #655* put him 5 behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. Teix’s HR was #364 of his career. The Yanks wasted a golden opportunity in the fourth when they had 2nd and 3rd, no one out, and did not score. Backup C John Ryan Murphy had 2 hits. CC went 5 2/3, 5 R, 4 ER,  8 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Rogers 2 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.