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Game 128. Severino ace-like again in Yanks’ 3-1 win.


Those damn Blue Jays seem to be putting up 10 runs a game every game.

The Yanks kept pace today, 1 1/2 out, with a 3-1 win over Atlanta.

Luis Severino has just five MLB starts, but would any of you deny him a postseason start? The kid has been fabulous, and may be the ace of the Yankees’ staff, (yes, above Tanaka or Pineda) even sooner than anyone expected. Which is good. The ace? Under team control? An ace under team control salary-wise? Someone you are NOT paying $20 MM a year for? Who is under 25 years old? What a bargain!

In five MLB starts, Severino is 2-2, 2.17. He should probably be 4-0 but hasn’t received much run support. Five starts. 2.17 ERA. 21 years old. WOW! (Even though he made a couple of outs, the kid was ok with the bat tonight, too!) 

In the first, Ellsbury doubled but after a couple of two -out walks, it took a WP to score him.

It stayed 1-0 until the top of the seventh when back to back doubles by Headley and Gregorius made it 2-0.

The Braves got a run in the bottom of the seventh, but a McCann double made it 3-1, the final score.

Severino (W, 2-2, 2.17) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.23
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2H,  1 walks, 2 K. 1.34
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (28th save)   1.94.

Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.


On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.


Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 119. Yanks 4, Twins 3. Bird is the Word.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgBack in the mid-1960s, I believe 1964, the Trashmen had a hit called “Surfin’ Bird” in which the lyrics went “Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word.”

Greg Bird was the word today in the Bronx, as the rookie first baseman, filling in while Mark Teixeira is injured, belted two two-run HRs today as the Yanks beat the Twins 4-3. They were the first two HRs of Bird’s career.

The Yanks may need this. Word is that Teixeira’s injury is much worse than originally expected.

Nathan Eovaldi started, and retired the first sixteen batters he faced.

Up 2-0 on Bird’s first two-run HR of the game, hit in the fourth inning, Eovaldi faltered in the sixth, giving up three runs, but Bird’s second two-run HR of the game, hit in the bottom of the sixth, put the Yanks up 4-3.

Eovaldi (W, 13-2, 4.24) 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 8 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 2 K. 2.05
Betances (8th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Now to see if the Phillies can help out the Yanks by beating Toronto tonight.

Game 117. Mitchell escapes serious injury in Yanks’ 8-7, 10-inning win.


In the second inning, Bryan Mitchell took a liner off his face and sustained  a small nasal fracture. Thank goodness it wasn’t worse.

Having to go to the bullpen early and often, the Yankees persevered for an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Twins that put them one game up on the idle Blue Jays. The Yanks are 65-52, Toronto is 65-54.

Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs, and threw out three base runners. He got the ball rolling with a 3-run HR (21) in the first.

The Twins got one back in the second on ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez’ liner that knocked Mitchell out of the game with the injury.

Caleb Cotham came in and replaced Mitchell. He gave up three in the third, two on a Miguel Sano HR, to put the Twins up 4-3.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the third with two on a single by McCann.

Cotham gave it right back on an Aaron Hicks HR in the fourth, then Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Trevor Plouffe in the fifth. 6-5 Twins.

Plouffe singled in a run in the sixth off of Justin Wilson. 7-5 Twins.

The red-hot Carlos Beltran homered for the third time in his last four games to tie the game in the sixth. It was Beltran’s 13th HR of the season and #386 of his career. Pinch-runner Greg Bird scored before Beltran. Bird replaced Mark Teixeira, who walked. In the course of Teixeira’s at bat, he fouled a ball off of his shin. X-rays were negative, just a bruise, and he is listed as day-to-day. We’ll hear from Bird later.

The Yanks missed out on a scoring chance in the seventh, but Bird led off the bottom of the tenth with a double.

McCann doubled, but the ball appeared as if it might be caught, and Bird had to tag up. He only made it to third. Beltran was intentionally walked to load the bases. Brendan Ryan PR for Bird. Chase Headley’s sharp grounder off Nunez, with the Twins deploying five infielders, scored Ryan for the game-winning run.

Thank goodness Mitchell wasn’t hurt worse, and hopefully some ice can get Teix in the lineup.

There may have to be some moves today. Because of Mitchell’s injury and short outing, the Yanks had to burn their bullpen.

Mitchell 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 3.86
Cotham 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 7.36
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 2.09
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.70
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.25
Betances 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.14
Miller (W, 1-2, 2.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Game 113. Yanks snap 5-game losing streak with a 8-6 win.


The Yanks snapped a five-game losing streak by defeating Cleveland in Cleveland last night 8-6. The win kept the Yanks 1/2 game back of Toronto, who won their 11th straight.

Before the game, Greg Bird was called up from AAA. He made his MLB debut, spelling Teix at 1B. Bird went 0 for 5 with three lineouts and two strikeouts. Nick Goody was sent down.

Brian McCann hit a 3-run HR in the first to get the Yanks rolling. McCann’s 20th HR put him in select company. Only he, Yogi Berra and Mike Piazza among catchers have hit 20 or more in 8 straight seasons.

Stephen Drew homered in the second (15) to make it 4-0. He is still under the Mendoza line, but we’ll take those 15 HR.

Nathan Eovaldi was, well, Eovaldi. He improved to 12-2 but he once again didn’t give length of outing. He gave up two in the third but the Yanks bounced back with two in the fourth on RBI doubles by Drew and Gardner.

Gardner singled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-2.  Cleveland knocked Eovaldi out in the bottom of the sixth when they cut it to 7-4 and cut it even closer with a run in the seventh off a Dellin Betances WP.

Gardner singled in another run in the eighth to make it 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth before closing it out.

The Yanks now head to Toronto for a big three game series. Hopefully they return the favor and sweep the Blue Jays (after 11 in a row, Toronto is due to lose some). A sweep puts the Yanks up by 2 1/2. Getting swept drops the Yanks 3 1/2 back. Big series.

Ellsbury got two hits, hopefully that means he is snapping out of it. Gardner was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Drew was 2 for 3, drove in 2 and scored 4.

Eovaldi (W, 12-2, 4.26) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K, 3.32.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.55
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.21.
Miller (25th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.25.

Game 111. Lead down to 1/2 a game as Yanks lose in 16, 5-4.


Due to the length of last night’s Yankees game, there will be no minor league report today.

The Yanks’ lead is basically gone. They lost their fourth straight game, and fifth in their last six games, 5-4 in 16 innings, in Cleveland last night.

Most of those losses have been excruciating. Three of the five losses were by one run, and another was 2-0.

They are now 61-50 and have just a 1/2 game lead in the AL East over the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

Even Baltimore (4 1/2 back) and Tampa Bay (5 out) are lurking.

Ironically, all fifteen home games won yesterday.

Luis Severino, the 21-year-old rookie, started slowly, giving up runs in the first and second innings to put the Yanks behind 2-0, but he went six innings and those were the only runs he gave up. Once again he pitched well and got no run support.

Stephen Drew hit a HR in the sixth (14) to cut the lead to 2-1, then Carlos Beltran homered (10) in the eighth to tie things up. It was Beltran’s 383rd career HR,  tying Larry Walker on the all-time list.

The Yanks scored two in the top of the tenth on a PH bases-loaded, two-out single by Chase Headley to go up 4-2. Game over, especially with Miller coming in, right?

Nope. Miller blew it. Cleveland scored two in the bottom of tenth to tie it up, then scored in the bottom of the sixteenth off of Brandon Pinder (the Yanks’ eighth pitcher of the night) to win it 5-4.

The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game and got just eight hits in those 16 innings—three by Didi Gregorius, who is now at .265.

The top four in the Yanks’ lineup, Ellsbury, Gardner, A-Rod and Teixeira, went 1 for 25 with nine strikeouts.

Ellsbury is in a bad slump, down to .260. McCann is down to .243.


This was excruciating, especially when you thought you had it going into the bottom of the tenth.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.45
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.23
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.38
Miller 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.08
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.34
Mitchell 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 3.72
Pinder (L, 0-2, 3.12) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

In discussions with people about the Yanks making a move. After seeing Severino for two games, would you have traded him for a two-month rental? Too many are focused on the now and would deal someone for a two-month rental. Sorry, but it would have taken Severino to get someone really good. Do you want to trade someone who looks like they could be an ace for the next twelve years for a two-month rental? Put it this way. The Yanks came close in 1993. In 1993 would you have traded Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Pettitte or Posada for someone who you would hope put you over the top in 1993? To beat out the World Champ Blue Jays that year? We know what happened over the next 20 years because the Yanks held on to those players. Imagine if they did not. Imagine if Jeter went for a two-month rental and became DEREK JETER for another team. That is what I am against. Be patient. You need it with the young players. I would not give up a Severino, Judge, etc. for a quick fix. Some would. Not me.

Some say George would have done this or that. George also gave away some fine young players, and the team wasn’t good from 1989-1992 as a result. The Boss had his faults, you know, and patience was not one of his virtues. George is dead, and Hal isn’t his dad. I don’t know why people have a hard time coming to grips with that. It is a new regime, Hal does things a little differently. If it means being patient with young players (who are under team control and won’t cost as much) and not giving out bad contracts to fading players, I am all for that. I am all for building another core 4 (or more) and not trading them away, even if it means sacrificing this year to ensure success for the next fifteen.