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Game 158. Yanks lose to Boston again, 9-5 in 11


I have to admit, I am concerned about how the Yanks are limping to the finish line.

They lost their third straight game to Boston, 9-5 in 11 innings, on Wednesday night.

Masahiro Tanaka, starting for the first time in twelve days because of that strained hammy, gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning.  He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. Hopefully the rust after missing a start is off because he has to do better next time out in the wild card play-in game (should the Yanks make it into that game) or the Yanks will be going home and not advancing on to the divisional series round.

Earlier in the evening, Toronto clinched the AL East title.

The Yanks got a run back in the second on a Rob Refsnyder double. Boston went up 4-1 in the third.

The Yanks came all the way back but the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Outside of Wilson, Shreve, Betances and Miller, the Yanks have to find someone they could trust in the bullpen. And it appears that big four listed above is getting tired.

The Yanks got three in the fifth to tie it on an RBI double by Beltran, RBI groundout by McCann and an RBI single by Young.

A-Rod’s 33rd HR of the year (#687 career) put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth.

But Dellin Betances served up the first of Mookie Betts’ two homers of the game in the seventh to let Boston tie it up at five.

In the eleventh, Boston got four runs, capped off by Betts’ second HR of the game, and the Yanks lost 9-5.

The loss drops them to 86-72 and reduced their lead for WC #1 to 2 1/2. The magic number remains at 2.

There is a lot of rain in the forecast. Whether that means a later start, a doubleheader, rainouts, … we’ll see. Maybe the Yanks can clinch and not need to makeup the game. If so, maybe some extra rest will rejuvenate them.

It’s time to pick it up and find a second (or third, or fourth, or…) wind.

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.    3.51
Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.  3.12
Betances 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.43
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.91.
Bailey (L, 0-1, 9.00) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.79
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.

Game 156. 10000th win in Yankees history will have to wait another day. Yanks lose, 5-1


The Yankees are stuck at 9999 wins in their history after losing to Boston 5-1 on Monday night.

Yes, the next win will make them the first AL team to 10000.

A-Rod got the Yanks on the board in the first with a SF, but the Yanks didn’t score after that.

Ivan Nova was strong for five innings, but gave up a two-run HR in the sixth, and another in the seventh.

Caleb Cotham gave up a solo HR in the ninth.

The loss all but eliminates the Yanks from winning the division. At 86-70, the Yanks are five behind Toronto with six games to play.

They remain 3 1/2 up on Houston for the top wild card spot, and four up on the Angels to just get into that wild card game.

The magic # to make the playoffs remains at 3.

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Wednesday. This lines him up to start the wild card game on five days rest.

But the Yanks don’t know who they will face. Houston? Angels? Minnesota?

Nova (L 6-10, 4.89) 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87
Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 7.81
Cotham 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.02

Update: I’m not sure how they do the math, but the Yanks could clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Twins AND Angels tonight. Must be how they would do the tiebreakers and a 163rd game…. Also, Dave Miley will not be returning as SWB’s mgr. next year.

Game 154. Yanks edge Chisox 2-1


Moving someone from the rotation to the bullpen (because of Nova coming back) and then back into the rotation (Eovaldi injury) is not easy but Adam Warren was great today.

In the first four batters of the game, Warren gave up a run and three hits. The White Sox picked up NO hits thereafter.

Still, the Yanks offense struggled, until in the sixth, Ellsbury singled and back to back doubles by Headley and A-Rod put the Yanks up 2-1. The three-headed monster of Wilson-Betances and Miller took it from there.

The win put the Yanks at 85-69 with eight games left. The magic # for both clinching a playoff spot and that WC #1 is four.

The Division? Damned near impossible. 4 back with 8 to go.

After that, the wild card #1 seems like where they will be.

Warren (W, 7-7, 3.37_ 6 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 3 walks and 4 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.10
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.36
Miller (36th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks, 2 K, 1.97.

Game 152. Beltran’s HR wins it for Yanks, 3-2. Magic #5 for playoff spot.


Carlos Beltran’s 3-run HR was all the Yanks’ offense in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

Beltran’s 18th HR of the season was #391 of his career, passing Graig Nettles on the all-time list. On base was Alex Rodriguez, and his run scored was #2000 of his career.

The win puts the Yanks at 84-68 with 10 games to go. They are 3 behind Toronto in the AL East, have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1 and a six-game lead over both the Twins and Angels for WC spot #2.

The magic number to get into that WC game is 5.

Pineda (W, 12-8, 3.99) 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.16
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.37
Miller (35th save) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01

Game 144. Yanks lose, 6-3.


If this offends people, I’m sorry but I need to vent.

The Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity tonight, and I have to question a couple of Joe Girardi moves.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Girardi. I think he is a good manager. But hear me out.

Number 1. I have been advocating for DAYS to bench Ellsbury and play Heathcott in CF instead. Now Heathcott won the game last night with a HR. Ellsbury was 1 for his last 29.

Ever hear of playing the hot hand?

Nope. Joe stuck with Ellsbury, who went 0 for 4, dropping him to .251 (he was .324 when he went on the DL) and 1 for his last 33. Heathcott sat. Joe, don’t you think a minor leaguer can at least go better than 1 for his last 33? 

This…. from the SAME Girardi that credited A-Rod’s resurgence (and A-Rod now has a bone bruise in his knee) on the fact that A-Rod couldn’t play in Atlanta due to the fact that the NL has no DH and that those days off gave A-Rod the rest he needed to rejuvenate himself.

Hey, Joe (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix song here)…. don’t you think the same can help Ellsbury? Really. If a few days off rejuvenated Alex, don’t you think the same can get Ellsbury going?

How about sitting Ellsbury Wednesday night. Thursday is an off day. That is TWO days off. Play the hot hand, Heathcott, instead. If you have some balls, sit Ellsbury Friday as well. Give him three days off. See how he responds.

For God’s sake, it couldn’t hurt.

For goodness sakes, I know Heathcott is a rookie, but even he could probably do better than 1 for 33.

One other thing, Joe. Am I the only one who has noticed that Bryan Mitchell isn’t the same since he took that liner off of his nose? His ERA is over 6.00 now. You trusted him in a game where it was 4-3 Rays and you let the game get away by putting him in there. You have an off day on Thursday. Bringing in Mitchell there was a bad move.

Since getting hit by that liner, Mitchell has given up 8 R in 4 1/3 IP.

This loss really hurt because the Twins lost and the lowly Braves beat Toronto. The Yanks stay 3 back of the Blue Jays where they could be 2 back. The magic # to get into the wild card game was reduced to 15.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on an A-Rod HR. #32 meant that A-Rod would be the Yanks HR leader this year since it passed Teix and Teix is done for the year. Career HR #686 was hit #3061, passing Craig Biggio on the all-time list.

Warren, making his first start in a while, gave up single runs in the first and second, but considering the rust, did Ok. 2 runs in 4 IP.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the fourth (6) to put the Yanks up 3-2. A-Rod was on board so his two runs scored left him two shy of 2000 runs scored for his career.

Nick Rumbelow gave up a two-run HR in the sixth and Mitchell the two in the eighth to lose it for the Yanks.

Warren 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.33
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow (L 1-1, 3.95) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.40
Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.04
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 143. Cum On Feel the Noize! Slade wins it for Yanks in 9th, 4-1


CC Sabathia had pitched perhaps his best game since 2012 (maybe he should have worn the brace all year instead of being stubborn and wearing a sleeve instead?), but the Yanks were one out away from losing 1-0 on a two-hit shutout.  Ouch. Heck the Yanks did not get their first hit until the eighth inning. 

In the ninth, PH Dustin Ackley singled to start the inning (just the Yanks’ second hit of the game) but was erased when the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury GIDP. One out away from a heartbreaking loss, Gardner walked on four pitches,

and A-Rod doubled to tie the game. Hit #3060 tied Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list at #21.

Now if you remember, for the last couple of days I have advocated giving the slumping Ellsbury (1 for his last what, 29 now? Down to .254) a day off and to play Slade Heathcott. Well, Ellsbury started the game…




Heathcott got into the game. After Beltran got the first Yankee hit of the game in the eighth, he was PR for by Rico Noel. The Yanks didn’t score, but Heathcott went out to RF, replacing Noel.

So after A-Rod’s double tied the game in the ninth, and Brian McCann was intentionally walked, guess who came up to bat?

Slade Heathcott, who promptly hit a 3-run HR (2) to win the game.

Ummm…. sometimes I DO know what I am talking about. Vindication is sweet.

Caleb Cotham got his first MLB win. Usually sure-handed defensive whiz Brendan Ryan made two errors (Chase Headley made another one).

But the Yanks won to go to 79-64, and they cut the Jays’ margin to 3 games. They also reduced their magic # to just get into that wild card game.

Every win now is huge.

Maybe tomorrow night Girardi takes my FULL advice and gives Ellsbury a day off and starts Heathcott. We’ll see. It couldn’t hurt, could it? After all, the other guy IS 1 for his last 29 or so. Why not?

Nice to see some of the old CC tonight, too.

Sabathia 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 4.93 (nice to see it get under 5.00)
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K 3.23
Cotham (W, 1-0) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.50
Miller (33rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.83.

Game 142. Tanaka’s gem helps Yanks avoid sweep, 5-0.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Yankees, now 3 1/2 out with 20 games to go, still have a slim chance of winning the division, but it looks more likely that they will be playing in the one-game playoff for the wild card.

It’s apparent who should start that game.

After losing the first three games of the four-game series to Toronto, and seeing their pitchers give up 30 runs in those three games, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings Sunday as the Yanks blanked Toronto 5-0. The Yanks are now nine wins away from 10000 in their history.

The Yanks scored two runs in the second on a couple of walks, a single, and SFs by Ackley and Gregorius.

Ackley’s 2-run HR in the fourth (7) made it 4-0.

A double by A-Rod in the eighth accounted for the final tally. It was RBI 2050 of his career. He is just four runs scored of 2000, and is just one hit (3059) behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.

The Yanks are now 78-64 and begin a nine-game road trip to Tampa Bay (3), then after a day off, back to NY to face the Mets for three, then up to Toronto. They are three up on Texas for the first wild card spot and four up on Minnesota for the second. The magic number to get into the play-in game is 17.

I do hope Girardi sits Ellsbury and plays Heathcott in CF soon. (Tonight?) Ellsbury could use a day. He’s something like 1 for his last 25 and is down to .257. He’s hitting just .214 since coming off the DL. Maybe a day off can get him going again. The Yanks need him to set the table.

Tanaka (W, 12-6, 3.40) 7 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 walks and 7 k.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.46.
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.94.