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“Hot” Stove League?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Hot Stove League has been anything but, and we are only a month away from pitchers and catchers. Many top players are still available. The biggest move recently has been Jay Bruce back to the Mets. Nice for Yankees fans, since Bruce was a thorn in the Yanks’ side during that ALDS series with the Indians.

Because of the inaction, I haven’t written much. Hey, nothing to write about.

The Cold Stove is probably so because a lot of previous big-spenders like the Yankees are trying to get under the cap and are out of the market. They want to get under the cap to reset themselves for next year’s killer free agent class.

The Gerrit Cole rumors have apparently died down regarding the Yankees, but have heated up with the Astros to the point a false rumor came out yesterday stating the Astros traded for him. If the Yanks get Cole, they want to do so without giving up Gleyber Torres or Estevan Florial, and apparently the Pirates want one or both. If the Yanks get Cole, they would want the deal focused on Clint Frazier, who is blocked in NY, and other prospects, like Chance Adams and/or Miguel Andujar. But if I’m the Yanks, and I am including Andujar in the deal, then I need an infielder back, and that would be Josh Harrison.

One infielder that would have fit the Yanks well was ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte, a switch-hitter with pop who could play 2B and 3B. He could have been nice insurance for Torres and/or Andujar, but Solarte was dealt from SD to Toronto.

One baseball passing, Bob “Beetle” Bailey at the age of 75. Bailey played for the Pirates (1962-1966), Dodgers (1967-1968) Expos (an original Expo, too, 1969-1975), Reds (1976-1977), and Red Sox (1977-1978). His last MLB appearance was as a PH in the “Bucky Dent” game. He PH for 3B Jack Brohamer in the seventh inning against Rich “Goose” Gossage and struck out. He never played in a postseason game, not even with those 1976 Reds.

Bailey hit .257 with 189 HR and an OPS+ of 111 in his career. His 162 g. average was .257-16-65. Primarily a 3B, he also played some LF and 1B. He had his best seasons from 1970-1974 with Montreal, and of course had that great nickname.

Lastly, from the NY Post. The Yanks will finally extend the netting in order to protect fans.

The Yankees announced details about the additional protective netting that will be installed at Yankee Stadium in time for Opening Day and will extend far down both the first- and third-base lines.

The netting will be 9 feet high on both dugouts and 8 feet as the net extends toward the foul poles, from Section 011 on the first-base side to Section 029 on the third-base side — essentially to where the stands jut out to parallel the foul lines.

Above the dugout, the netting will be partially retractable to allow for interaction between fans and players during batting practice.

The old netting ended near the on-deck circles, short of the dugouts.

The netting will be in place by the Yankees’ home opener against the Rays on April 2. There also will be protective netting installed at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa by the start of spring training next month.

 

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Gardner played with wrist injury the entire season

From the Lohud blog, new hitting coach Alan Cockrell states that Brett Gardner played the entire 2015 season with a wrist injury.

Gardner’s offense began to significantly decline after the All-Star break. He was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip through the end of July, but Gardner hit just .203/.288/.290 from August 1 through the end of the year. Why would a hit by pitch in April cause a massive second-half decline? Cockrell said Gardner got injections to deal with the issue, but eventually he wasn’t allowed to get any more.

“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”

That wrist injury, along with lingering trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury’s knee, might have been a factor in the Yankees’ struggles at the top of the order.

“It’s tough to hit if you don’t have legs,” Cockrell said. “And it’s tough to hit if you don’t have your hands. … I think it probably was a bigger thing than either of those guys let on.”

Also, the Yanks have let minor leaguer Kyle Roller go. Andrew Bailey is gone as a free agent. Chris Martin was released to go to a Japanese team.

Game 162. Thanks to Arizona, Yanks get WC game at home.

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The Yankees ended the season by losing six of their last seven games, ending at 87-75, but will host the wild-card play-in game because Arizona beat Houston 5-3 in the last game of the season.

Ugh. No one likes to “back into” anything.

Michael Pineda was knocked out in the fourth inning today. More discouraging to Yankees’ fans was who replaced him. First Chris Capuano, who was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks this year, then Bryan Mitchell, who hasn’t been the same since he was hit in the face by a liner. As someone wrote, the two guys (out of 20 on the expanded roster) with the highest ERAs of anyone with over 8 IP.

The offense disappointed again today, going 1 for 12 with RISP in the 9-4 loss. This isn’t the way you want to enter the playoffs.

Pineda gave up two in the first, but the Yanks did get a run back in the second on an RBI groundout by Ackley, one guy who is hot lately.

But the O’s got 3 in the fourth and the way the Yanks have been playing lately, that was enough. At that point, Yankees’ fans were hoping for Arizona to beat Houston.

Two in the fifth by the Orioles made it 7-1 and ensured that the Yanks would get swept in Baltimore.

The Yanks got one back in the sixth on a Gregorius triple and two in the seventh on a Bird single and Ackley RBI groundout. It made it 7-4 but a two-run HR by Chris Davis (MLB HR leader with 47) made the score 9-4, the final.

The Yanks need to send a BIG gift to Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, whose two-run HR won the game for Arizona and gave the home field advantage for the wild card game to the Yankees.

The Yanks finished 87-75, three games better than last year and two games better than in 2013. Mark Teixeira was (according to WAR) their best player this year by an eyelash over Dellin Betances. The problem, of course, is that Teix missed the last 40 games of the year, and will miss all of the postseason, with a broken leg.

Attendance this year was the lowest since 1998.

So the Yanks will face Houston Tuesday night at home, and although I will be rooting hard for the Yanks (winner goes to KC), it isn’t promising. Still, anything could happen in one game.

But…

it’ll be Tanaka (12-7,  3.51) vs. Keuchel (20-8, 2.48). Keuchel beat the Yanks twice this year, pitching a CG six-hit shutout with 12 K on June 25, and pitching seven innings of 3-hit shutout ball on August 25 with 9 K. 16 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 21 K. Ugh. The Yanks can only hope he is off (3 days rest) on Tuesday night.

Tanaka faced Houston once this year, and it wasn’t good. 6 R in 5 IP on June 27.

The Yanks are a lefty-leaning lineup that has been hurting without the switch-hitting Teixeira’s bat from the right side.

Against the lefty Keuchel, you wonder what Girardi will do with the lineup, especially since lefty hitters Ellsbury (ended the year at .257, terrible for a table-setting leadoff hitter making $22MM and who is just .224-6-27 with just 7 SB since coming off the DL July 8). That is certainly NOT setting the table as the leadoff hitter.

McCann is 8 for 58 since Sept. 12. (.138).

Gardner, like Ellsbury, finished under .260. That is NOT setting the table. You wanted both to hit .280-.290 with about 35-40 SB apiece. Instead both finished under .260 with 41 SB—–COMBINED.

Since September 12, Gardner is 12 for 72….  .167.  I don’t mean to discourage, but those are three lefty bats all struggling, and you are facing a lefty pitcher in Keuchel on Tuesday night.

Since Sept 12, Headley is 12 for 71… slightly better than the .167 of Gardner, and Headley is a switch-hitter.  Another struggling.

Does Girardi have the guts to go with Refsnyder at 2B,  Murphy at C and Young in CF or LF, especially since McCann, Ellsbury and Ellsbury have been struggling so badly? Does he play Ackley in LF for the struggling Gardner?

Does he take it one step further and play Ryan at 3B?

With Ellsbury, McCann, Gardner all struggling, could he go with an innovative lineup vs. Keuchel such as…

Young CF
Refsnyder 2B
A-Rod DH
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Ackley LF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 3B

Tanaka P

and bring off the bench if needed against a righty pitcher Ellsbury, McCann, Headley and Gardner?

I doubt it. But those four have been killing the Yanks recently. If in the lineup, they have to wake up.

As for today…

Pineda (L, 12-10, 4.37) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R,  6 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.97
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 6.37
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walks and 2 K. 0.00 (don’t see how they don’t take him for the postseason roster).
Bailey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 0 K. 8.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.93 (Should merit consideration).
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.10
Miller 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.04
Cotham 1/3 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K 6.52 

You hope Tanaka can give you 7 strong (preferably scoreless) and then go to Wilson, Betances and Miller. The bullpen has been shaky lately, showing signs of wear. But Tanaka has to have a good game and go deep.

The Yanks have to play littleball, which they haven’t played (or been good at) this year. They can’t expect to bomb Keuchel out. They have to scratch for runs, steal, hit and run, bunt runners over and not go, say 0 for 10 with RISP. They must take advantage of all their opportunities.

And Joe Girardi must go for broke. I’m interested in what lineup he puts out there Tuesday night; if he benches some guys.

I remember Billy Martin benching Reggie Jackson for Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS for Paul Blair because Reggie could not hit Splittorff.

Maybe Girardi channels Martin and benches some guys.

We will see.

One game. Let’s go Yankees.

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

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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

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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 153. White Sox 5, Yanks 2

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The Yanks grounded into four DPs Friday night in losing to the White Sox, 5-2.

The Yanks fell four behind Toronto in the AL East with nine to play. It’s safe to say the Yanks should concentrate on being the home team in the wild card game and forget about the division. Even though there is still a chance for the division, that chance is very slim. You won’t hear the Yanks conceding, but…

The Yanks are 84-69, and still have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1. They have a 5 game lead over the Angels for WC 2. The magic # to just get into the wild card game remains at 5.

From LOHUD:

One more quick note on Masahiro Tanaka. He said that he still felt the hamstring strain slightly during his bullpen today, but he doesn’t think it will prevent him from pitching. Girardi indicated pregame that they’d like to start him next week, but nothing is set in stone. “We didn’t expect him to be 100 percent today,” Girardi said. “We wanted to have him throw a bullpen to keep things going. I really think you have to see how he feels the next couple of days and the decision is, do you have him do another bullpen before he starts? Or do you think that he’s ready to start a game.”

If Tanaka can start Tuesday or Wednesday, he can start that wild card game on about a week’s rest. You wonder about the rust after missing a start. If Tanaka can’t start the WC game, then who? Would you trust the rookie, Severino? Would you go with Pineda?

Both Yankee runs Friday night were driven in by Gregorius in the fourth. It tied the game 2-2 at that point, but when CC gave up two solo HRs in the seventh, that decided it.

Sabathia (L 5-10, 4.82) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K.
Bailey 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 6.14
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.11
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.65
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.79

Game 151. Yanks blanked, 4-0.

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Ivan Nova did a decent job filling in for Masahiro Tanaka, who was supposed to start this game but who has a strained hamstring, but the Yankees’ bullpen and offense didn’t do much as the Yanks were blanked by Toronto, 4-0, on Wednesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks 3 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East with 11 games to go. The Yanks, at 83-68, maintain a four game lead over Houston for WC #1, and a five game lead over the Twins for WC #2. The magic # to make it into the play-in Wild Card game remains at 7.

One problem with the Yanks this year has been that their starters don’t go deep into games. The Yanks for years have waited out other teams’ pitchers and feasted on the middle relievers. That is just what Toronto did to the Yanks last night.

Nova tossed five shutout innings but had to be pulled in the sixth when his pitch count reached 110. Toronto got a run in the sixth, but then a 3-run HR by ex-Yankee Russell Martin in the seventh was the crushing blow. Meanwhile the offense put up nothing.

As for the relievers who gave up the run, it says a lot. In what may be the biggest game of the year, it was James Pazos, Caleb Cotham and Andrew Bailey who came in after Nova. No offense to the three of them, but none of them went north with the club in April.   It was Pazos’ ninth MLB game. It was Cotham’s ninth MLB game as well. For Bailey, it was his only his sixth game since 2013.

Bailey was one strike away from getting out of the inning when he gave up Martin’s HR. The pitch before? Just missed. Ouch.

So three things have hurt them. 1) Starters not going deep enough into games. 2) The fact that with Eovaldi’s injury, Warren has had to go back into the rotation. That would have been a perfect spot for him. 3) No one has stepped up to fill those innings between when a pitcher leaves and the foursome of Shreve, Wilson, Betances and Miller can arrive. Capuano can’t be trusted there, and Girardi couldn’t use Shreve, Wilson, Betances or Miller that early in the game. Also, Shreve, Wilson, Betances and Miller are showing some signs of wearing down, and that goes back to the starters not giving enough length.

And all indications are that Hal will NOT be going after (and breaking the bank for) David Price this offseason.

Those extra three outs a starter can give you are huge. The Yanks need to get those.

Nova (L, 6-9, 4.87) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.40
Bailey 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.   7.50
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.81.