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Minor League Action. SWB’s tragic # is 1.

AAA SWB lost the completion of a suspended game, and that coupled with a win by Durham, dropped SWB’s tragic # for being eliminated to 1. SWB did win the regularly scheduled game.

But SWB (82-66) is now 2 games out with 2 games left in the season.

COMPLETION OF SUSPENDED GAME--Lost 5-4 in ten innings. Was suspended at 1-1 in the sixth inning on August 7.

Since then, Peraza and Cabrera now with Yankees, Andujar now with Pirates.

PR/SS Tyler Wade solo HR (2)
C Josh Breaux 2-run HR (5) #22 prospect Overall .219-19-50

Spence 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.79
Rich Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.31
Mujica 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gaveup 2 HR. 4.37
Shreve (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00
Bard (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.68

REGULAR GAME–Won 8-7 in 11 innings.
SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, solo HR (3) #1 prospect Overall .248-21-65, 49 SB
DH Ryan LaMarre 2 for 2, 3 walks.
1B Ron Guzman 2 RBI. 2-run HR (16)
3B Armando Alvarez 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (18)

Spence 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 3.86 (remember game listed above he started Aug 7)
Albert Abreu 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 REHAB
M. Gomez (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.92
Deivi Garcia (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.96 #26 prospect. Overall: 4-5, 6.89
Barnes (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70
Cordero (BS, 1) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.15
Bristo (W, 3-3) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.56

Minor League Action. AA Somerset sweeps semifinal series, goes to Eastern League finals.

AAA: SWB (79-64) edged out Lehigh Valley, 8-7.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. #15 prospect .291-15-43, 36 SB. Needs to hit in majors. (3 for 31)
C Ben Rortvedt 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (6)
PR/1B Armando Alvarez 2 for 2
2B Chris Owings 2 hits, RBI
3B Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits, 2 RBI
PH/RF Blake Perkins 1 for 1, R, RBI, walk

Zach Greene 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 3.24
Deivi Garcia 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR 8.17 #26 prospect. Overall: 4-5, 7.00
Mujica (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.21
M. Gomez (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 5.12
Rich Rodriguez (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.22
Bard (S, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.41

AA: Somerset won their Eastern League semifinal series, two games to none, and will go into the finals to play Erie for the Eastern League crown. Down 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, they came back to tie it up. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, they tied it up again before winning in the bottom of the tenth, 6-5.

Game 1 will be at Erie Sunday, Sept. 25. The next two games (Game 3 if necessary) are at Somerset, September 27 and 28.

CF Jasson Dominguez (“The Martian”) 2 hits, RBI #2 prospect.
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI #28 prospect.

Clayton Beeter 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K. #9 prospect (Got him in the Gallo trade from Dodgers)
Jennings 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ramirez 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 Balk
Ernst 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP
Minnick 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR.
Myatt 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coleman (WIN) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.









Minor League Action from 9-18-22. 1st AA HR for “The Martian”. AA playoffs start Tuesday. Effross AAA rehab. Abreu AA rehab.

AAA: SWB (77-63) lost 3-2.
CF Blake Perkins 2 hits, RBI
2B Chad Bell 2 for 2
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits

Chi Chi Gonzalez 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.36
Effross (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 10.80 REHAB
Bard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.54
Deivi Garcia 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 7.75 #26 prospect. Overall: 4-5, 6.71
Zach Greene 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.34

AA: Somerset (83-53) won 6-3. This concludes their regular season.
As the first-half division champ, Somerset will start a best-of-3 semifinal playoff vs. Portland at Portland on Tuesday.

DH Jasson Dominguez solo HR (1). First AA HR for “The Martian”
#2 prospect. Overall stats (3 levels): .273-16-59, 37 SB. Just 19 years old.

3B Andres Chaparro 2-run HR (19)
2B Jesus Bastidas 2 Hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (18)
C Rodolfo Duran Solo HR (9)

Yoendrys Gomez 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. 3.86 #12 prospect. Overall: 1-0, 2.49
Myatt 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 WP 4.30
Albert Abreu (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 REHAB
McGarrity (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30
Semple (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.63
Ramirez 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.93

Everyone is off today in the Yankees Universe. Majors and Minors.
Me too, as I have been out a while on disability and have a medical procedure today.









Minor League recap. Big Rehab games for Bader, Severino. Meanwhile, Yanks magic # drops.

The Yankees were off yesterday, but since Tampa Bay beat Toronto, the Yankees magic # for clinching the AL East dropped to 13. Their magic # for a playoff spot is 8 (it says 9, but the Yankees own the tiebreaker over Baltimore).

Aroldis Chapman is expected back today from the IL, Harrison Bader on Tuesday. No moves announced yet.

AAA: SWB (75-62) lost 5-3.

Severino 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.15 REHAB Should be with Yanks next time out.
Bard 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K 1 HBP 1 WP 4.68
Deivi Garcia (L, 2-4) 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 7.99 #26 prospect. Overall 4-5, 6.83
Zach Greene 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.39
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 4.76

AA: Somerset (81-52, 1st half division winner) lost 5-2.
CF Harrison Bader 3 hits, 2 RBI. REHAB. Expected to be w/Yanks Tuesday.

Loseke (L, 7-3) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.50
Semple 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.06
Minnick 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.83
McGarrity 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.45

Games 136 & 137. Despite depleted lineups, Yanks sweep Twins. Judge hits #55, IKF, Peraza, Cole star.

Sorry, my original draft got erased and I had to re-write a lot. UGH.

A load of baseball yesterday, and at first it didn’t look good. Due to injuries, the Yankees’ lineups looked worse than a spring training lineup. In the first game of the DH yesterday, the Yanks (83-54) started three rookies, plus another guy who, although he had MLB experience and wasn’t a rookie, hadn’t played in the majors all season.

The Yanks put Josh Donaldson on the paternity list. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) played 3B. IKF had won a GG at 3B for Texas in 2020. Bard DFA’d, Deivi Garcia up. Miguel Andujar up as 29th man for the doubleheader. Rizzo to IL, Ron Guzman up.

But at the end of the day, the Yankees had won both games off of their perennial whipping boys, the Twins, by scores of 5-4 (in 12 innings) and 7-1.

With the wins, the Yanks are 5 up on the Rays in the AL East. The magic # for winning the division is 22, and the magic # for a playoff berth is 15. The wins ensured the Yankees a winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

Game 1: Domingo German had a rough start but settled in. A double, strikeout, and HR, and Minnesota was up 2-0 just three batters into the game. With two out in the fourth, three straight singles made it 3-0 Twins and with the weakened Yankees’ lineup, it didn’t appear good.

The Yanks got a run in the bottom of the fourth of Aaron Judge’s 55th HR of the season. The home run meant that Judge now has hit more HR in a season than any other righty hitter in Yankees’ history. Only Ruth (60 in 1927) and Maris (61 in ’61) have hit more. Judge was walked 5x yesterday, 3x intentionally. Another reason to hate the ghost runner. If Judge is the first guy up, even with the ghost runner on second, first base is open, and Judge is walked to set up a DP. You take the bat out of the hands of the most dangerous hitter in baseball.

Gleyber Torres tied the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth. (19).

Both teams wasted chances. Oswaldo Cabrera, an infielder brought up to the Yanks a few weeks ago, got his fifth OF assist of the season in the top of the tenth. Ron Guzman, up for Rizzo, struck out 4x and then with the bases loaded and no out in extra innings, hit into a 3-2-3 DP.

The Twins got a run in the top of the 12th off of Ron Marinaccio, but with the bases loaded and one out, Greg Weissert avoided further damage.

In the bottom of the 12th, Marwin Gonzalez was the ghost runner and IKF singled to tie the game. With one out, IKF stole second. Jose Trevino singled, IKF was held up and Trevino took second on the throw. With two out, Cabrera singled to win the game.

Judge solo HR (55)
Torres 2-run HR (19)
Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI
Peraza 3 hits FIRST 3 HITS OF MLB CAREER.

German 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.27
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.58
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29
Marinaccio 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1.73
Weissert (W, 3-0) 2/3 I, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.36

Game 2: With the long game in game 1, and several bullpen members used, the Yanks needed length from Gerrit Cole. He went 6 2/3 IP, striking out 14.

Cole leads MLB with 218 strikeouts and is 30 away from Ron Guidry’s Yankee team single season record of 248, set in 1978. Cole has four, maybe five starts left in the season.

Cole gave up a HR to his ex-teammate, Carolos Correa, in the top of the third.

IKF hit a grand slam, just his third HR of the season, in the bottom of the fourth. He didn’t get his first HR until mid-August.

In the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit a bases-loaded double for three runs to make it 7-1.

Hicks 3 RBI
Kiner-Falefa 4 RBI. Grand Slam. (3)
Florial 2 hits.

Cole (W, 11-7) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 14 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.20
Luetge (S, 2) 2 1/3 Ip, 0 R, 3 H, 0W, 3 K. 2.55

Nestor Cortes returns to the rotation tonight to face ex-Yankee Sonny Gray.










Minor League Report. Games of 9-4-22.

AAA: SWB (69-59) won 5-1.
DH Miguel Andujar 2 hits.
1B Ron Guzman 2 hits, 2 RBI.
2B Chris Owings 2-run HR (4)

Zach Greene 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.60
Mujica 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.80
M. Gomez (W, 3-5) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.50
Bard (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.78

AA: Somerset (76-48) lost 5-4 in 10 innings.
DH Austin Wells 3 hits, RBI. #4 prospect. Overall .285-18-58, 12 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, RBI

Will Warren 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.34 #8 prospect. Overall 9-7, 3.41.
Semple 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 (AA stats only)
Cowart 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 WP 4.50
McGarrity 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.70
Minnick (L, 4-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.94

High A: Hudson Valley (69-56) lost 6-1.
DH Tyler Hardman 2 hits.

Carela (L, 1-3) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 7.50
Dees 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91
Holloway 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP 2.70
Neely 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00 (HIgh A ERA only).

Low A: Tampa Bay (60-63) lost both games of a DH.
Game 1: Lost 7-3.
1B Anthony Garcia 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (14).
2B Brett Barrera 2 hits, 2 RBI

Messinger (L, 1-8) 4 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.46
Paciorek 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 29.45
Reyzelman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 13.50
Bow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 Balk. 0.00

Game 2: Lost 5-4 in 8 innings.
SS Alexander Vargas 2 hits, RBI. #27 prospect. .207-8-33, 27 SB
C Antonio Gomez 2 RBI. #18 prospect. ..244-7-46
RF Raimfer Salinas 3 for 3

Calderon 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 2.84
O. Rodriguez (H, 1) 1 IP, 0R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Stevens (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40
McNeely (L, 0-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00


Minor League Report. Yanks call up #3 prospect, SS Oswald Peraza.

Now that it is September, rosters can expand slightly, to 28 players. With that, the Yankees have called up #3 prospect SS Oswald Peraza (see stats below). They also reactivated Marwin Gonzalez from the paternity list. Tim Locastro, who was up for Gonzalez, stays.

AAA: SWB (66-59) split a doubleheader.
Game 1: Lost 4-1.
Peraza Solo HR (19). #3 prospect. .259-19-50, 33 SB. Just called up.
Shortly after hitting this HR, Peraza was removed from the game because the Yankees have called him up.

C Josh Breaux 2 hits. #22 prospect. .223-18-44

Spence (L, 1-2) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 (AAA stats only)
M. Gomez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.75

Game 2: Won 3-2 in 10 innings.
RF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI
1B Chad Bell Solo HR (1) (AAA stats onlyh)

Chi Chi Gonzalez 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.09
Mujica 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.01
Zach Greene 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.79
Luke Bard 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.70
Rich Rodriguez (W, 2-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 5.40

Gonzalez, Bard and Rodriguez are all ex-major leaguers. Journeymen if you will. Recently signed.

AA: Somerset (74-47, 1st half division champ) won 4-3.
DH Everson Pereira 3 hits, RBI. #5 prospect. .273-13-54, 20 SB
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits.
RF Brandon Lockridge 3 hits, 2 RBI. #28 prospect. .229-11-45, 14 SB
1B Mickey Gasper 2 hits.

Yoendrys Gomez 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 2.70 (AA ERA)
#12 prospect, 0-0, 1.85 (3 levels, see below).
Semple (W, 1-0) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 (AA Stats only)
Jennings (H, 6) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.48
Myatt (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.98
McGarrity (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38
Coleman (S, 13) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.26

Gomez has fought injuries. In 12 starts this year, he has pitched only 34 innings, so the Yanks are bringing him along slowly. Hence the record.

High A: Hudson Valley (67-55) won 8-0.
3B Tyler Hardman 2 RBI
1B Spencer Henson 2 hits
RF Aaron Palensky 2 hits, RBI.

Fitts (W, 3-0) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 0.68 (High A stats only)
Dees (H, 1) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 0.00 (High A stats only)
Santana 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. (High A stats only)

Low A: Tampa was leading 2-1 in the top of the second when the game was suspended. DH Spencer Jones (#7 prospect, Yankees’ 1st round draft pick this year) had homered.

Game 129. Judge hits #50, but Yanks lose, 4-3.

Aaron Judge became the third Yankee (after Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle; A-Rod* also did it, but two of the three times A-Rod* did it were with Texas, and the asterisk is there on purpose) and tenth player in MLB history with multi-50-HR seasons, but the Yanks (78-51) lost to the Angels Monday night, 4-3.

The Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is 7. The magic number for clinching the AL East is 28.

Yankees’ starter Frankie Montas gave up 3 HR, one to Shohei Ohtani, who has 4 career HR off of Montas. Ex-Yankee Mike Ford also tagged Montas.

Luis Rengifo started the scoring by hitting a HR off Montas in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks tied it in the third, but the way they did it raises questions. Also, Aaron Boone’s lineup raises questions.

With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked and Oswaldo Cabrera singled IKF to third. D.J. LeMahieu squeezed IKF home to tie the game. Now in certain circumstances I love the squeeze. Not here. The play took the bat out of Aaron Judge’s hands. He was then intentionally walked. Andrew Benintendi then grounded out to end the inning.

I can see D.J. not wanting to hit into a DP. Understood. But a sac fly gets the run in and then first base is NOT open, and the Angels probably DON’T walk Judge then. But with first base open, the Angels walk a 49 (now 50) HR guy to get to a guy with 4 HR this season. A no-brainer. Your best hitter had the bat taken out of his hands.

Which leads us to the lineup. Boone needs to stop changing the lineup every day and stick with something. And he needs to protect Judge. Put Giancarlo Stanton behind him. Now I understand when Stanton was on the IL that other than Rizzo, the only choices were Josh Donaldson or Gleyber Torres, both struggling, and that for a while, Rizzo was out with back issues. But you need someone behind Judge that the pitchers fear. Roger Maris in 1961 had Mantle behind him. It’s why Maris DID NOT GET ONE INTENTIONAL WALK ALL YEAR LONG IN 1961. Granted Stanton is still getting his bearings after coming off the IL, but he inspires more fear than Benintendi does. I’d have had a lineup of DJ, Benintendi, Judge, Stanton, Rizzo, Torres (Donaldson didn’t start last night). Donaldson 6 if Torres isn’t starting. Cabrera 7th. The kid is handling himself well. See below. He almost saved the game for the Yankees. Then Trevino or Higgy eighth, with IKF ninth. And LEAVE IT THAT WAY.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the top of the fourth when Anthony Rizzo homered (29).

But in the bottom of the fourth, Ex-Yankee Mike Ford homered to tie the game.

In the top of the fifth, IKF doubled. Two outs later, Judge was intentionally walked again (see previous paragraph) to face Benintendi, who flied out. Now I don’t know what Stanton would have done, and this isn’t a knock on Benintendi, but you need a 24 HR Stanton or a 29 HR Rizzo protecting Judge, not a 4 HR Benintendi. The bat gets taken out of your best hitter’s hands again. Twice in a game that you lost 4-3 your best hitter didn’t get a chance to swing the bat.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ohtani, who seems to own Montas, hit a 2-run HR to put the Angels up 4-3. It was, as mentioned above, the fourth career HR Ohtani has hit off of Montas. The mistake here, as pointed out on MLB network’s broadcast, was that it was the fourth straight splitter thrown in the same location. To Ohtani’s credit, he adjusted. Montas needed to mix things up a little better there to keep Ohtani off balance.

In the eighth, Judge finally got to swing the bat again, and that is when he hit HR #50 to cut the Angels’ lead to 4-3.

The Yanks had a runner on in the ninth with two out. Rookie Oswaldo Cabrera got a good swing on one, but the ball was caught on the warning track by Mike Trout for the final out. The pinch-runner was Tim Locastro, called up when Marwin Gonzalez was put on paternity leave.

The purpose of this blog is not only to report, but also to provide objective analysis. I would do certain things to the lineup and leave it alone rather than to change it daily to suit the analytics people. But having the bat taken out of Judge’s hands twice helped contribute to a loss. You want your best hitter at least having a chance.

I do get a bit upset with people pushing the Ohtani MVP narrative. Yes, he’s great. But the second word is VALUABLE. Not special, which Ohtani, by being a great pitcher and hitter, is. Not Player of the Year or decade. VALUABLE. With Ohtani, the Angels are still only a fourth-place team at 56-73. Without him they are what, fourth? Last? But take away Judge from the Yankees. Are the Yankees (78-51, 7 game lead) still in first place? I don’t think so. Judge leads all of MLB in R, HR, RBI, Slugging average, OPS, OPS+ (199), and total bases. That is seven categories. And he leads the AL in walks. Without him the Yanks are not in first place. With Ohtani, the Angels are still in fourth. Enough said.

Clay Holmes came off the IL. Luke Bard sent down.



Judge solo HR (50)
Rizzo Solo HR (29)

Montas (L, 4-11) 6 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1 WP. 1 HBP. Gave up 3 HR. 3.94 (Combined A’s/NYY Stats)
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.34
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.53










Game 128. Offensive slumber continues in 4-1 loss.

After a 13-run, 20-hit barrage on Thursday, the rest of the weekend was very disappointing for the Yankees’ offense, and that is even with Friday’s win.

If not for a 3-run HR by Aaron Judge on Friday, the Yanks would have been shutout out that night. Instead, Judge’s HR gave the Yanks a 3-2 win.

On Saturday, the Yanks only got one hit in a 3-2, 11-inning loss.

Yesterday, the Yanks only got four hits in a 4-1 loss. This all against the worst team in the league. Very disappointing.

The loss drops the Yanks (78-50) lead to 7 1/2 games on Tampa Bay. The magic # for clinching the division is 28. They are 3 1/2 games behind Houston for the best record in the AL.

The bullpen amazingly did well yesterday. I say amazingly because that bullpen was Anthony Banda (just signed to take the injured Chapman’s spot), Greg Weissert (in his second MLB game) and Luke Bard (in his first game as a Yankee). You are forgiven for saying “Who?”

Banda was signed after Chapman went on the IL. He is 29, a LHP. 7-6, 5.40 in his MLB career for Arizona (2017), Tampa Bay (2018-2020), the Mets (2021), Pirates (2021-2022), Blue Jays (2022) and now the Yankees. Including yesterday, Banda is 1-1, 5.74 this year.

The Yanks also signed one-time Yankee Chasen Shreve to a minor league deal. Shreve, 32, also a LHP was previously with the Yanks 2015-2018. He’s 21-12, 3.87 in his MLB career and was 1-1, 6.49 this year for the Mets.

With the trade deadline over, these are the kind of reinforcements you will get (unless you call up a minor leaguer) when half your bullpen is on the IL (Castro, King, Green, Holmes, Chapman, Effross … did I miss anyone?).

Holmes should come off the IL today.

Clarke Schmidt had to be moved from the bullpen to the rotation to start yesterday because of Nestor Cortes going to the IL. With two out in the first, he gave up three straight hits and two runs. The third out was after the second run-scoring hit when the hitter tried to take an extra base.

Schmidt gave up two more runs in the third.

The only Yankees’ run came in the top of the fifth. With two out, Aaron Hicks singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Kyle Higashioka.

The Yanks are first in the AL in R, HR, Walks, OBP, and OPS (OPS+ 114) but are 9th in batting average at .241. Three major guys in the lineup (Rizzo, Stanton and Donaldson) have to pick it up. All are hitting under .230. Throw in the struggles of Hicks, Gonzalez and Higashioka and well … they have to pick it up. Judge can’t do it himself (and he struggled yesterday, going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts).

Let’s hope the bats wake up in Anaheim tonight.

Schmidt (L, 5-3) 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 7 K. 2.89
Banda 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.74 (Combined 3-team ERA. 1st NYY game)
Weissert 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 11.57 (2nd MLB game. Nice comeback from disastrous debut)
Bard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 W, 1.80 (Combined 2-team ERA. 1st NYY game)


Game 123. German outduels Scherzer, Yanks beat Mets 4-2.

Catching up on moves before the game recap.

Albert Abreu to the IL. The Yanks brought up Luke Bard, who was at AAA after the Yanks recently plucked him off of the waiver wire. Bard, a RHP, is 4-4, 4.50 in his career, mostly for the Angels.

Also going on the IL is Scott Effross, who the Yanks just recently got off of the Cubs at the trade deadline. Clarke Schmidt was brought back up.

Giancarlo Stanton is expected to come off the IL on Thursday. He will strictly DH at first.

You never know. That is why you play the games. For example, in the mid-1960s, when the Mets were really, really terrible, a young pre-closer Tug McGraw outdueled future HOF Sandy Koufax. Who’d have thought?

Last night, if you bet on the game, you’d probably take future HOF Max Scherzer over Domingo German, especially with the way the Yanks have played in August (6-14). But German outpitched Scherzer, and the Yanks (75-48) beat the Mets 4-2. The Yankees’ magic # for winning the AL East is now 33.

Had Scherzer won, he would have gotten career win #200 before his 100th loss. Not too many pitchers have done that (Whitey Ford is one who did). Instead, he is 199-100 for his career.

The Yanks struck early, getting a run in the bottom of the first inning. Andrew Benintendi, who is heating up, was HBP. One out later, Anthony Rizzo singled Benintendi to third. Benintendi just got in ahead of the tag when D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF. 1-0.

After going over a week without a HR, Aaron Judge finally got HR #47, touching Scherzer in the bottom of the third inning. 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled, went to third on a sac bunt by Marwin Gonzalez, and scored on a double by Benintendi. 3-0, Yankees.

German was cruising until the Yanks messed up in the top of the seventh. With one out, a popup to short RF was dropped when there was miscommunication between 2B Oswaldo Cabrera and RF Gonzalez as to who would catch the ball. Because of the collision, Cabrera dropped it for an error. Two pitches later, German made his only mistake, giving up a 2-run HR to Daniel Vogelbach. 3-2.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the seventh, getting an insurance run. With one out, Kiner-Falefa singled with one out and went to second on a throwing error by Mets’ SS Francisco Lindor. One out later, Benintendi singled to make it 4-2, which wound up as the final score.

Benintendi 2 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (47)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits.

German (W, 2-2) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89
Marinaccio (H, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.72
Loaisiga (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76