The Yanks haven’t lost 4 in a row all year, the only MLB club to avoid that.
Today was too close for comfort.
Nick Swisher hit a one-out, two-run HR in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 3-2 win.
The Yanks struck first, as Brett Gardner doubled home a run in the 3rd. He was thrown out trying for a triple.
Ivan (Super)Nova was great, going six innings, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 6 K. ERA now 2.92.
Which leads me to ask this. CC, Andy and Hughes. Who do YOU trust more for the 4th spot in the postseason, Nova (with just 4 MLB starts under his belt but that 2.92 ERA), Burnett (ERA about 5.15) or Vazquez (5.01)? I know AJ and Vaz have the experience, but would you be shocked if Girardi goes with Nova? If so, does AJ and/or Vaz go to the bullpen, or down to Tampa, only to be used in case of injury? If you take twelve pitchers into the postseason, and your four starters are CC, Andy, Hughes and Nova, then your relievers are Mitre, Gaudin, Logan, Joba, Wood, Robertson, Rivera. That is seven. Who is #8? Burnett or Vazquez, both not used to relieving, or Albaladejo, who is used to it and who has had a great year at SWB?
12 pitchers would leave 13 position players. Posada, Cervelli, Berkman, Teix, Cano, Jeter, Pena, Alex, Nunez, Swisher, Granderson, Gardner and Thames is exactly 25. Meaning if the twelve pitchers I listed are used, both AJ AND Vazquez could be OFF the postseason roster if you go with Nova and Albaladejo.
Back to the game. Nova’s only mistake was a two-run HR to Wieters in the 5th.
But that’s the way it was. The Yanks got 1st and 3rd, two out in the 7th but nothing from Cervelli who has 3 RBI in his last 180 AB. (See the end of this post about that).
In the 9th, Alex hit the first pitch for a single, then after Cano made out, Swish performed his heroics.
The Yankee bullpen has to be praised today. After the excellent job by Nova, Robertson (3.75) went 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. Logan went 2/3. Both K. (2.34). Joba the 9th. (3-4, 4.65). No runs, no hits, 0 walks and 2 K. D-Rob, Logan and Joba combined for 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 6 K. Just superb.
On a bad note, Jeter was 0-4. BA down to .262. You hate to keep harping on him, but…
The Yanks got lucky today. Posada didn’t play because he wasn’t feeling well. A foul tip got him last night, he didn’t feel well after the game and didn’t sleep well. The Yanks sent him to a neurologist because of post-concussive symptoms. Anyone following Morneau and Bay this year, and how long they have been out, needs to be concerned. The Yanks can’t afford to lose Jorge’s bat. Granted he is 39, the D is not what it was, but how many catchers are close to 20 HR and 60 RBI, nevermind Jorge’s age? The results, thankfully, were negative and Posada is day-to-day.
Boston beat Tampa. The White Sox lost.
The magic #’s? For the playoffs? 14. For the division title? 21.
In the minors, playoff time.
AAA SWB lost the first game of the best of five, 6-4 in 10. Interesting. MONTERO DID NOT PLAY. Why? Callup? Why wouldn’t he play if AAA SWB is in game one of the playoffs?
AA Trenton has Pettitte on rehab going tomorrow in game two. Tonight, a 2-0 win. Betances, 5 1/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W and 8 K. The loser, top Blue Jay prospect Kyle Drabek, who gave up 1 R in 6 IP. He is the son of former CYA winner Doug Drabek.
High A Tampa is now up two games to none.
Update: BBD states that Montero had a lower leg infection and is day-to-day. I’d think they would only call up Montero in case of emergency. I wasn’t sure how much of an emergency Posada would be.