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Game 46. Yanks get just 3 hits in 3-2 loss.

Ok, I could cry over spilt milk, but I won’t. I did think that the strike three call on Soriano, on a full-count pitch and one on to end the game, was ball four. So, evidently, did Soriano.

But going into the top of the 9th, the Yanks were down 3-0 and had just one hit. Chris Sale was superb for the White Sox, in what was his first start after coming off the DL. He retired the first 17 Yankees in a row, 9 by K before giving up a single to Almonte, who stole second. No problem for Sale, who got a K then left the game.

The hard-luck loser was Phelps, who pitched great, but what can you do? Phelps went 7, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 8 K. He falls to 1-1, 3.18.

Aceves 1 IP, and 1 R, 2 h, a walk and 0 K. His first outing back since his return to the Yanks was great, but since then, he has been disappointing. ERA up to 6.08.

In the 9th, Suzuki singled with one out and Jeter walked with two out. A passed ball helped move up the runners and Teix singled in two before the slumping Soriano (.235) struck out.

The Yanks’ bats have been very silent lately. Forget the fact that the rotation is hurting with Pineda, CC and Nova out right now. The bats have been quiet. Hopefully they wake up soon.

With the loss, the Yanks fall to 24-22, one game behind Toronto.

Game 45. Yanks come back to win 4-2 in 13.

Hmm… where to start.

The Yankees batters didn’t agree with the term “friendly confines” in regards to Wrigley Field. For the offense did not do too much Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon.

Chase Whitley has to wonder when he will receive some support. In his first MLB game, he gave up no runs while working into the fifth. Today, one run while working into the fifth. So far, 9 IP, 1 R given up. …. and NO runs of support. But then, Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs has a 1.46 ERA after 10 starts this season and has no wins to show for it.

Whitley went 4 1/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2nd major league game. ND. ERA 1.00.

Betances 1 2/3 scoreless, 3 K. 1.73.

Warren 1 IP, 1 R given up, 1.73.

So the Yanks were losing, 2-0, going into the top of the 9th. They loaded the bases with no one out. Ichiro hit into a force, one run scored, and in trying to turn the DP, the Cubs 2B, Barney, committed a throwing error, enabling the tying run to score.

Aceves 1 scoreless IP, 5.84.

Daley 1 2/3 scoreless, 4.00.

Thornton 2/3 scoreless, 5.19.

Claiborne got the win, (2-0, 3.14). 1 2/3 scoreless. He also laid down a beauty of a sac bunt.

A WP and an RBI single by John Ryan Murphy in the 13th gave the Yanks two runs to make it 4-2.

D-Rob pitched a scoreless 13th to notch his 9th save. (1.42).

Jeter was one for seven. Hit #3356.

Games 42 and 43. Yanks split.

Game 42. 1st game of DH.

The Yanks hung on to win 4-3. Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks came back in the bottom of the first with three runs. Teixiera had a two-run single, and McCann drove in the other. They made it 4-1 in the second on an RBI double by Gardner.

Kuroda went 6, giving up 3 runs (two in the fifth), 5 h, 2 walks and 7 K. He gave up 2 HR.

Daley 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00

Thornton 1/3. He struck out the only batter he faced. 5.14

Warren 2/3, 0 R, 1 h. 0 walks and K. 1.44

Robertson the four-out save. 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K for his 8th save.

Jeter got hit #3352. He got #3353 in Game 2 as a PH.

Game 43 2nd game of DH.

I like how Girardi builds a bullpen. I don’t like the fact that he never squeezes. In the first inning, Gardner got a leadoff triple. Roberts didn’t squeeze, but grounded out, Gardner having to hold at third. Ex-Yankee C Chris Stewart picked Gardner off third, then drove in a run with a single in the top of the second (a run aided by two Yankees’ errors. Stewart hurt the Yanks in this game. He had a SF later.). With Gerritt Cole pitching for the Pirates, and the Yanks resting people and using a diminished lineup (Gardner, Roberts, Teix DH, Kelly Johnson?! 1B (Johnson cleanup?), Solarte, Almonte, Suzuki, Murphy and Ryan) which had McCann, Jeter, Ellsbury and Soriano all out of the lineup (all ph later, Jeter getting that hit), you aren’t trying to squeeze in a run? Yes, he is playing for the big inning, especially early in the game, but with Cole out there, that big inning may not come. I give Cole his due and try to squeeze a run home there. Nuno vs. Cole? I try to get a run and help out Nuno a bit.

But what happens in the bottom of the second? Finally, a squeeze! … and the Yanks get a run. Solarte singled to open the inning, and then after two out, Murphy came through again with a single (which, at the time, put him at .429!). A two-base error on the play enabled Solarte to score and Murphy to go to third. Ryan then bunted for a hit (which, at the time, made the weak-hitting, good defensive SS 3 for 3 for the season) and RBI and went to second on the error. I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home. Hooray!

The Pirates had a man on, two out in the fifth. Double, but the runner stopped at third while the batter kept going. Oops. A great break for the Yankees.

Nuno went into the sixth, the longest he’s gone all year. For 5 2/3, all he gave up was one unearned run. But then with two out in the sixth, he gave up a 2-run HR. Nuno 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 walk and 5 K. 5.82. He did pitch well in this one.

Solarte tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 5th HR.

But Aceves gave it right back. Aceves pitched great in his first outing since returning to the Yanks, but not so well in three outings since. He gave up a HR and took the loss. 1 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Loss, 0-2, 6.35.

Thornton 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87. I don’t know what to think of Thornton yet. Part of me wishes Boone Logan were still here instead of Thornton.

Claiborne 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.19.

The Yanks now head to Chicago for a whole week. They are off Monday but then play the Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday and the White Sox Thursday through Sunday.

The Yanks are now 23-20, and in first place by half a game over Baltimore.

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Game 38. Yanks fall to .500.

The Mets’ Curtis Granderson enjoyed his return to the Bronx, since he hit HRs in both games back. The Mets beat the Yanks 12-7 and dropped the Yanks to .500.

It was the Yanks’ fourth straight loss, and they have now lost the last six games they have played against the Mets. Tonight, the Yanks send out ace Masahiro Tanaka to face the Mets to try to stop the bleeding. The venue switches to Citi Field.

Vidal Nuno started and took the loss. He gave up four in the first, three on a HR by Granderson. Nuno (1-1, 6.43) went 3 1/3 and gave up 7 R, 5 ER, on 4 H, 4 walks and a K.

Alredo Aceves (6.52) was ineffective in relief, 1 2/3, 4 R, 4 h, 1 walk and 2 K. He gave up a 3-run HR to Daniel Murphy.

Matt Daley (8.31) pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Preston Claiborne (2.31) gave up one run in his one inning of work

Brian McCann hopefully is coming out of his season long funk. He had 3 hits, inc. a HR (5), and drove in 3 runs for the Yanks. Yangervis Solarte homered, had two hits, and is now hitting .336-3-22. At present, he leads the A.L. in batting average.

The loss drops the Yanks to .500, at 19-19. They are in a 3-way tie for second, 1 1/2 back.

Game 37. Bullpen lets it get away in 9-7 Yanks loss to Mets.

The Yanks had leads of 4-1 and 7-4, but the Mets hit 4 HR in beating the Yanks 9-7.

The loss drops the Yanks to 19-18, tied for 2nd, 1 1/2 back.

The Mets got a run in the first off of Kuroda, but Brett Gardner hit a grand slam (HR #2) in the second.

Travis D’Arnaud hit a HR off Kuroda to make it 4-2 in the fifth, and Curtis Granderson got a 2-run jack off of Kuroda to tie the game in the sixth.

Kuroda was shaky, 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 3 K. The 2 HR. 4.62.

The Yanks got three back in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Soriano, RBI single by Solarte, RBI triple by Johnson and a throwing error to make it 7-4 but the bullpen couldn’t make it hold up.

Eric Young hit a 2-run HR off Aceves to cut it to 7-6 in the seventh.

Aceves 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.38.

Matt Thornton gave up a double and single to tie the game in the eighth, but later that same inning, Preston Claiborne gave up a 2-run HR to Chris Young which proved to be the game-winner.

Thornton (L, 0-1, 5.40) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Claiborne 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.69.

Jeter had 3 hits to raise his career total to 3348. Solarte had 3 hits to raise his average to .330. He leads the team with 21 RBI.

Since Aceves was used in relief, it appears Chase Whitley will be making his MLB debut on Thursday at Citi Field.

Ouch. CC to DL. Pineda, Cervelli on it (and Murphy may be “Wally Pipp-ing” Cervelli). Nova done for year. Beltran hyperextended elbow. Kelley bad back. Teix tired legs. Ichiro knee/back sore. It’s an aging team, and as my friend, who works security in S.T. stated, a fragile one.

Vidal Nuno against the Mets tonight. The Yanks are trying to get some revenge. Besides the loss last night, the Mets swept the Yanks four in a row last year.

Game 35. CC’s struggles continue as Yanks lose, 5-4.

Ok, because of an error by Brendan Ryan, 3 of the 4 runs CC Sabathia gave up last night were unearned.

But there’s no way to whitewash things. CC Sabathia right now is a major problem for the Yankees. The Yanks aren’t paying CC $23MM to pitch like a guy trying to keep his job in the rotation. Let’s face it, the way CC has pitched since the end of the 2012 season, if his name was NOT CC Sabathia, and his paycheck weren’t so high, he might be pulled from the rotation.

CC threw 107 pitches last night in only lasting 5 1/3 innings. He gave up 4 R, 1 ER, and took a ND as the Yanks lost 5-4. But look beyond the name and look at the numbers. 107 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. 3 HR given up. Once Ryan made a two-out error behind him, an inability to escape or limit damage. He is 3-4, 5.28. Baseball Reference has a stat called WPA, which basically stands for Win Probability added by pitcher. In only two of CC’s eight starts this year is that number a positive number, meaning he pitched in a way that normally contributes to a win. CC leads the A.L. in games started. He leads the majors in HR given up. 46/8 equates to about 5 2/3 innings a start. That’s not ace-like, but more of a 4 or 5 starter. Since the end of the 2012 season, he is 17-17, 4.87, ERA+ 83 (17% below league average). Now if, say, Phil Hughes were still a Yankee, and those were HIS numbers, what would happen? Those numbers remind us more of A.J. Burnett’s last two years as a Yankee, when A.J. went 21-26, 5.20, ERA+ 83.

Sad to say, but if CC doesn’t turn it around soon, you may hear the kind of boos that were directed at Hughes and Burnett at the end of their Yankees’ tenures. Probably the only reason he hasn’t heard it yet is because he is CC.

More troublesome is this: CC turns 34 in July. But watching him this year, he appears much older. He has the look of someone who is 39 and is hanging on. The Yanks are paying him $23MM this year. But here is the rub: CC is on the books for $23MM next year, $25MM in 2016 and $25MM in 2017.

There is a $5MM buyout for 2017, but the 2017 salary is guaranteed if he 1) does not end 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury, 2) does not spend more than 45 days in 2016 on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury or 3) does not make more than six relief appearances in 2016 because of a left shoulder injury. There is nothing voiding 2017’s contract for poor performance. Only if there is an injury. If he is healthy but performing poorly, the Yanks are still on the hook.

So you have $96MM invested in CC for this year through 2017. If he continues to perform like this, it’s a major problem.

The Yanks have to get CC back on track. He may have to become a completely different pitcher, but CC MUST figure it out and get back on track. There is simply too much relying on that.

I’m hoping for him to rebound and rooting for it. I’m not expecting it, however.

CC’s third pitch of the game was hit for a HR. The Yanks took the lead in the third on a triple by Gardner and single by Beltran. In the bottom of the inning came Ryan’s error and the b2b bombs given up by CC for a 4-2 Brewers lead.

The Yanks came back to tie it. Mark Teixiera got HR #6 (347 career) in the sixth, and Soriano singled in the eighth to tie it up.

Good points:

Teixiera’s average is just .253, and I expect him never to hit .280+ again, but he does have 6 HR and 15 RBI in 21 games. He basically missed 10 games b/c of his injury. 21 x 7 is 147. Basically a full season with some days given off for rest. At that pace, Teix would have 42 HR and 105 RBI. The power numbers we were hoping he would come back to after his injury that cost him most of 2013. I’m not saying he will reach 40/100, but he looks like he could be the 30/90 guy we were hoping he would come back as. Now to get McCann going.

Betances (2.00) came into a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the sixth and got out of it with two strikeouts. What a job. He is getting better, gaining confidence, and look at the situation Girardi put him in as Girardi gains more confidence in using him in tight spots.

Aceves (0-1, 1.23) took the tough loss. He gave up a run in two innings of relief.

The loss drops the Yanks to 19-16, 1 1/2 behind Baltimore in the A.L. East. Phelps goes today.

Game 30. Yankees, Aceves, can’t climb out of hole CC put them in, lose 5-1.

Alfredo Aceves was great in relief of CC Sabathia, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings, but CC Sabathia was knocked out in the fourth inning and the Yankees couldn’t recover. They lost to the Rays, 5-1.

For Aceves, it marked a return to the Yanks. He pitched for them from 2008-2010, and was 14-1 (10-1 for the 2009 WS Champs).

CC went 3 2/3 and gave up 5 runs (3 on an inside-the-park HR by Wil Myers). His record dropped to 3-4, 5.75. With some rotation question marks right now, CC needs to pick it up. Same with Kuroda.

Aceves kept the Yanks in the game, but the Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP.

The loss drops the Yanks to 16-14. Even with the loss, the Yanks may stay in first. As of this writing, Baltimore was losing 5-2 to Minnesota in the 7th.

Prepare for some late nights. The Yanks now go out West to take on the Angels. David Phelps is expected to pitch tomorrow night.

Game 29. Lineup.

Tanaka tries to stop the Yanks’ 3-game losing streak this afternoon. Beltran gets the day off after a long night, Jeter, too.

MOVE: ACEVES UP, LeRoux (Le-WHO?) DFA’d.

Yanks 15-13, 2nd in AL East, 1/2 game back.  They have scored 117, given up 135, so they are actually 3 games better than their Pythagorean (expected) record of 12-16. OPS+ 103, ERA+ 99 (100 is average).

With Ellsbury and Gardner 1-2, USE THEIR SPEED, JOE! Hope they get on and cause havoc.

Stats, but it’s still early. See below for what I think about Solarte and where he is in today’s lineup.

BA/HR/RBI    SB/total att.    OPS

Ellsbury 8 .330-1-13  9/11   142    Been great so far.
Gardner 7  .267-1-9   7/7     89       89 OPS+ a downer, but 7 for 7 in SB.
Teixiera 3  .250-4-7   0/0   152        345 career HR.
McCann 2 .229-4-12  0/0   77        Been disappointing so far.
Soriano DH .259-5-11  0/0  105
Picking up after slow start, 411 career HR, needs to run, as well. Hasn’t attempted a SB yet. Had 18 SB last year. Run! 
Johnson 5 .215-3-8  1/1   96
Roberts 4 .235-0-4  4/4   74
I wish Solarte would be starting 2B, bring back Sizemore to platoon w/Johnson, release Roberts. Roberts 4 for 4 in steals, but otherwise…. 36 and hasn’t played much since 2009.
Suzuki 9 .364-0-1   1/1   124     Ok as backup, but only the 1 rbi.
Solarte 6 .294-1-13  0/0   129
Why isn’t he batting ABOVE Johnson, Roberts and Ichiro? Tied for team doubles lead and team rbi lead.  

Tanaka 3-0, 2.27      46K/6walks. ERA+ 185.         The ace. Period.

Jeter concerns: 0 for 7 last night puts him at .250, but what really concerns me: only 3 of 23 hits are for extra bases, and he hasn’t attempted a SB.

Beltran out, slumping, down to .255.

The Minors.

The Yanks were off today, so we look at minor league action.

The Yanks did give a MLB contract to Chris LeRoux.

AAA:  SWB won 10-8 in 13.  Aceves 5 R, 3 ER in 4 2/3. Robert Coello and Jim Miller 3 2/3 of scoreless relief.  LF Zoilo Almonte 3 for 7, double, HR, 4 rbi.

AA: Trenton scored in the top of the 9th to win 2-1 despite committing 5 errors. 2b Rob Refsnyder with 3 errors. Zach Nuding 5 2/3 scoreless & Taylor Garrison 3IP, 1 unearned run.  C Gary Sanchez 2 hits.

High A: Tampa lost 5-3. Brendan Ryan on rehab 1 for 3, rbi. LF Zach Wilson 2 h, 2 rbi.

Low A:  Charleston off.

The Minors today.

AAA: Chase Whitley (5) and Alfredo Aceves (4) combined on a six-hit shutout as SWB won 5-0. RF Ramon Flores and LF Ronnier Mustelier 2 hits each.

AA: Zach Nuding 2 R in 5 1/3 as Trenton won 9-5. 3b Rob Segedin (3 rbi) and 1b Kyle Roller (2 Rbi) with HR. DH Ben Gamel 3 h, 2 doubles, 2 rbi.

High A: Dan Camarena 1 R in 5 2/3. Tampa pitchers combined for 12 K in a 5-1 win. SS Cito Culver 2 h, 2 rbi. 3 h, rbi 2b Angelo Gumbs.

Low A: Charleston won 9-3. Brady Lail 2 R in 5 IP. 1B Mike Ford and LF Mike O’Neill each with HR, 3 RBI.  18 hits for Charleston.