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Game 46. No support for CC, Yanks lose 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia pitched great today but got no support, offensively and in one case, defensively, from his teammates as the Yanks lost 3-1 to Toronto Thursday afternoon.

Starlin Castro homered (6) in the first to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but the Yanks only got four hits all game.

In the third, CC gave up the only two hits he would allow, but they followed an error by Didi. He also walked a batter that inning, and Toronto scored two unearned runs—the only runs they would need.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a run in the ninth.

The Yanks’ pitching entered the game with an ERA+ about league average. It has improved over the last couple of weeks.

But the OPS+ by the offense was a 90 entering the game and got worse. That means the offense is some 10% below league average. The lineup has to pick it up. Having Betances, Miller and Chapman means nothing if you can’t get them a lead.

Gardner is at .228. Teix, A-Rod, and Hicks are all under .200. So is Ackley. Headley is .223. They really don’t have anyone over .280, unless you count a backup like Torreyes.

That must improve. Otherwise, good outings like this will be wasted. The Yanks were at .240 going into this game and got just four hits. The bats must awaken.

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 2.83) 7 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 2 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Betances 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.25

Mark Teixeira and Chasen Shreve will be out a while with injuries. Shreve is on the DL. Richard Bleier has been called up from SWB where he was 2-2, 2.57.

The Yanks are now 22-24.


Game 44. Yanks at .500 after blanking Jays.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi was great as the Yanks blanked Toronto 6-0 Tuesday night.

With the win, the Yanks are back at .500 at 22-22. They are 13-5 after a 9-17 start. The win was their sixth straight.

The Yanks scored in the first on a Jacoby Ellsbury triple and a Carlos Beltran RBI groundout.

Beltran’s solo HR (10, #402 career) made it 2-0 in the fourth.

Eovaldi worked out of a couple jams early, but Toronto only got two hits in the game.

In the seventh, with two out, Austin Romine doubled in a run, and Ellsbury followed with an RBI single.

In the eighth, Chase Headley had a SF and Didi Gregorius an RBI single for the final tally of 6-0.

Eovaldi (w, 5-2, 3.95) 6+ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.11
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.1.96
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.00.

Game 43. Yanks win 5th straight, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Small bites. After a 9-17 start to the season, the Yanks inched closer to .500 (now 21-22) with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the way his season has gone, it would be understandable to think, oh no, here we go again.

Brian McCann’s HR (6) tied the game in the second, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR (2) put the Yanks up 2-1 in the third.

Pineda gave up two in the fifth to put Oakland up 3-2 but the Yanks came back with two in the sixth.

With one out, Gardner and the red-hot Beltran singled. After McCann made out, Teixeira singled to tie the game. It was only the fourth RBI for Teix since April 13th, and he has no HR since then. The Yanks need to get him going. Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3 Yanks.

Pineda didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the sixth, and then you knew what was coming.

Betances, Miller and Chapman weren’t used in the past two games, and Monday is an off day.

The Yanks got an insurance run, which they would need, in the seventh, when Hicks singled, was bunted to second and scored on a Beltran double.

Two errors led to an unearned run for the A’s off Miller in the eighth, but that was it.

Yanks 5-4.

Pineda (w, 2-5, 6.34) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.21
Miller (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.96
Chapman (Save, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.29

Game 40. Nova, Beltran lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.

Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.

What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.

The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.

Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.

Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).

The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.

Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.

Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50


Game 39. Yanks 2-hit D-backs, win 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi and the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman combined on a 2-hitter with 11 K as the Yanks beat Arizona 4-2 Wednesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a walk and Brett Gardner followed with a 2-run HR (5) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Arizona scored in the bottom of the first thanks to Chase Headley pulling a rock. He had the runner trapped between third and home but inexplicably threw to first for the out.

Ellsbury singled in a run in the sixth after Eovaldi did his job in getting a bunt down and moving the runner, Headley, up.

Things got a little hairy in the eighth when Miller gave up a HR to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the top of the 9th on two singles, a walk and a WP.

The Yanks did drop Teixeira in the lineup—to fifth—as I suggested yesterday. (I’d have dropped him lower, below Castro). Teix still went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. He’s got to get going. Otherwise….

Eovaldi (w, 4-2, 4.44) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 2.45
Miller (H, 3)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.08 Gave up HR
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.80

The Yanks are 17-22.

Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 35. By the book. Yanks 2, Chisox 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When the Yanks got Aroldis Chapman, games like this were what they were thinking of.

For the first time this season, the Yanks won a game by the book, the way they drew it up when the trade for Chapman was made.

Meaning, the starter gets into the sixth, then the mighty trio of Betances, Miller and Chapman close it out.

Ivan Nova, who we know is so inconsistent, had a good outing, giving up just one run in 5 2/3 innings, a solo HR in the fourth.

The Yanks had already scored two in the second on a two-out walk to Headley, an RBI double by Hicks and an RBI single by Didi, who was 3 for 3 and who had 60% of the Yanks’ hits for the game. All five of the Yanks’ hits came from the bottom of the order at 7-8-9.  They caught a bad break when Romine then doubled, but it was a ground rule double, holding Didi at third before Gardner made the last out.

But those two runs would be all they would get and need. The win makes the Yanks 15-20.

Small bites, as Joe Torre would say. The first goal is to get back to .500.

Nova (w, 2-1, 3.70) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Betances (H, 8) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Struck out all 4 batters he faced. 2.20
Miller (H,  1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.61
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.00