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Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

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Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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 38. It’s Headley! HR keys 5-1 win, snaps losing streak.

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In the movie Blazing Saddles, Harvey Korman’s character keeps having to say that his character’s name is Headley Lamarr, not Hedy Lamarr (the famous actress).

Last night it was Headley (Chase Headley that is) that had the key blow in a 5-1 Yankees win that snapped their four-game losing streak. The Yanks are now 22-16 on the season and have a two-game lead in the A.L. East.

CC Sabathia finally gave us a vintage CC performance.

CC 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H 0 walks and 5 K. (W, 2-5, 4.67).

After that it was the tag team of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, both of whom still have ERAs of 0.00.

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

The Yanks scored first, on three walks and a SF, in the top of the third, but CC gave the run right back in the bottom half of that frame.

In the fifth, the Yanks had two on, and Headley was up, two out, full count on him. By this time, KC starter Danny Duffy had already thrown over 100 pitches. While watching the game at a local pub, I thought “he’s over 100 pitches, he has to be getting tired and will make a mistake soon. This is a key at bat, c’mon, Headley…” So sooner did I think that than Headley hit his fifth HR of the season to make it 4-1.

A-Rod added a HR (10, 664* lifetime) in the 9th to make it 5-1. The RBI was #1991 of his career, and the hit #2970. So…. 50 HR behind the Babe, 9 RBI from 2000, 30 hits from 3000. And you wonder why, oh why….

Frankly, I am shocked at how well (.250-10-22) A-Rod is playing after having missed all of 2014 with the PED suspension and having played just 44 games in 2013 due to his second hip surgery. The guy will be 40 at the end of July. Consider this: he has 10 HR so far. The last time he topped 30 in a season? 2008. SEVEN years ago.  He hasn’t hit 20 in a season since 2010, five years ago.

Of course, since 2010 (when he played in 137 games) he has played in the following number of games:

2011: 99; 2012: 122: 2013: 44: 2014: NONE.

Game 33. Bronx Bombers! 5 HRs help CC to his first win of the year, 11-5.

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CC Sabathia finally got his first win of the year as the Yanks bombed out five home runs in a 11-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The win raises the Yanks’ record to 21-12. That means after a 1-4 start, they have gone 20-8. Red hot. They are in first with a 4-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks got one in the first on an A-Rod HR. HR #662* (8th on the season) made it 1-0. His two hits tonight put him at 2965 for his career and it was RBI #1989. (Unfortunate that asterisks are needed for all accomplishments. Pity).

After the Rays tied it in the bottom of the first, the Yanks went bombs away. In that bottom of the first, for the second time in a week, Brett Gardner threw out a runner. I still don’t know why he hasn’t won the Gold Glove yet.

Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR in the 4th to make it 4-1. (4)

Carlos Beltran, who went some 160 at bats between career HR #373 and #374 (hit yesterday), wasted no time in getting #2 on the season and #375 of his career, making it 5-1 in the fifth.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR in the sixth to make it 8-1 (3). Headley’s SF in the 7th made it 9-1.

CC was doing fine until the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 2 HR (back-to-back) and kind of stained his outing tonight. That made it 9-4.

David Carpenter gave up a run in the 8th to make it 9-5, but Mark Teixeira hit HR #11 on the season (#374 of HIS career, tying Colavito) for the final tally of 11-5. Teix was 4 for 5 tonight. Headley had 4 rbi.

CC 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER,  6 H, 2 walks and 9 K. (W, 1-5, 5.20)
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Apparently Jorge Posada has a book coming out and apparently he still holds a grudge about losing his catching job in 2011 and becoming just a DH. Sad to hear. All things must pass, and with Jorge’s defense drawing criticism in his last few years, it may be his ego talking. Sad that after some time away, he is still bitter about it.

Game 31. Orioles whack Whitley, 6-2.

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Chase Whitley entered Saturday afternoon’s game with an ERA of 0.75 after two starts. You knew the law of averages would catch up sometime and today it did.

Whitley gave up 3 HR in a 6-2 Yankees loss. Alex Rodriguez sat out the game with tightness in his almost 40-year-old legs.

Whitley gave up a solo HR in the third, then in the fourth a solo HR, HBP and two-run homer doomed him.

The Yanks got their runs on a fifth inning SF by John Ryan Murphy and an 8th inning single by Carlos Beltran. The Yanks went down 10x today by strikeout.

Rookie Jose Pirela had two hits, making him 4 for 11 since his callup.

Whitley 5 2/3, 5 R, 6 h, 2 walks and 5 K. (L, 1-1, 3.06)
Carpenter 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.40
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  2.19.

The Yanks DL’d Chris Martin (shoulder tendonitis) and brought up Brandon Pinder.

 

Game 30. Yanks edge O’s 5-4

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Carlos Beltran has had a tough time as a Yankee. Last year he hit just .233-15-49 while missing about 1/3 of the season with an elbow injury. Even after last night’s game, he is .191-0-11 for this season. His OPS+ (100 is average) was 97 last year and is just 50 now. He hasn’t homered in what seems like forever. Stuck on 373 for his career.

That is why a bases-loaded, 2-run double by Beltran last night hopefully can kick start Beltran back to some semblance to being the old Beltran. At the time, it gave the Yanks a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The Yanks needed it. They hung on to win 5-4 to go to 19-11 on the season. The are in first place in the AL East by three games.

In the first, the red-hot Ellsbury and Gardner (.362 and .326 respectively) set the table again. Ellsbury singling and Ellsbury doubling him to third. A-Rod’s SF (career RBI 1988) drove in one run and McCann’s 2-run HR (3) made it 3-0.

Beltran’s double in the third increased to lead to 5-0 but starter Adam Warren had a disappointing outing when he had to be pulled one out short of qualifying for the win. Manager Joe Girardi had to use the bullpen, and they hung on. Betances and Miller, who have been carrying the Yankees, did it again.

Warren 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 2 K. 4.65
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 4.22
Martin 1 IP, 0 R,  2H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.55
Betances (W, 4-0) 1 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Miller (13th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.