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Game 60. Bullpen implodes in 11-7 Yanks’ loss.

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A couple of notes before the game recap.

How is Angel Hernandez still a MLB umpire? Some calls he missed on Tuesday night were atrocious, and he’s consistently rated or graded as one of, if not the worst ump in MLB. One pitch Tuesday night that he called a ball was so clearly a strike (Tanaka grimaced and Sanchez turned around) and then the next pitch was a gopher ball.

The Yanks took a flyer and used one of their late draft picks to take Jack Leiter, RHP, son of Al Leiter (and nephew of Mark Sr. and cousin of Mark Jr.). Leiter has 1st round stuff, but has committed to Vanderbilt which is why he dropped and the Yanks took a flyer on him late in the draft in case he changes his mind.

The Yanks also drafted Nick Paciorek, whose uncle, Tom Paciorek, was a MLB player in the 1980s, and who was an All-Star with Seattle in 1981.

MLB.com shows a lot of players who were drafted that have “bloodlines.” Roy Halladay’s son, who is going to Penn State, was one of them, drafted by Toronto.

While we wait for Dallas Keuchel, another top free agent signed. Former Boston closer Craig Kimbrel is going to the Cubs. Out of the AL, and not only for the rest of this year, but for 2020 and 2021 as well.  3 yr., $43MM.

As for the game:

James Paxton was off, and later in the game the bullpen imploded as the Yanks (38-22) lost their third straight game, 11-7, to Toronto Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Yanks’ streak of winning nine straight series is over, and their lead over the Rays was shaved to 1 1/2 games, and the lead over Boston to 6 1/2.

Paxton gave up a 2-run HR to Randall Grichuk (his first of two in the game) in the first inning and a run in the second and the Yanks were down 3-0 after two innings.

Gary Sanchez hit his league-leading 19th HR of the season in the top of the fourth to cut it to 3-1.

The Yanks went up 4-3 in the top of the fifth when Clint Frazier walked, and after a forceout, Gio Urshela singled. Cameron Maybin then singled to make it 3-2. D.J. LeMahieu singled to tie it at 3. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Sanchez singled to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Paxton gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth and was knocked out of the game. 4-4.

In the top of the sixth, LeMahieu hit a 3-run HR (7) and the Yanks were up 7-4.

Then the bullpen (and defense) imploded. Two errors helped Toronto get two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.

Still, the Yanks were up going into the bottom of the eighth. But in that inning, Zack Britton gave up a 3-run HR to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and then Luis Cessa came in and gave up back-to-back HRs (one by Grichuk, the other by one-time briefly a Yankee Brandon Drury) to make it 11-7 Toronto.

Cessa had a good spring training and a good start to the season, but his last two outings have taken his ERA from around 3.16 to 5.33.

Toronto has the sons of both Hall-of-Famers Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio on the team.

LeMahieu 3 hits, (.315) 4 RBI, 3-run HR (7)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (19) (DYK: 43 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 19 HR)
Maybin 2 hits, RBI

Paxton 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.11
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.27
Kahnle (H, 12) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.48
Holder (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15
Britton (L, 2-1, 2.96; BS, 2)  1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  5.33

 

 

 

 

 

Game 144. Yanks lose, 6-3.

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If this offends people, I’m sorry but I need to vent.

The Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity tonight, and I have to question a couple of Joe Girardi moves.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Girardi. I think he is a good manager. But hear me out.

Number 1. I have been advocating for DAYS to bench Ellsbury and play Heathcott in CF instead. Now Heathcott won the game last night with a HR. Ellsbury was 1 for his last 29.

Ever hear of playing the hot hand?

Nope. Joe stuck with Ellsbury, who went 0 for 4, dropping him to .251 (he was .324 when he went on the DL) and 1 for his last 33. Heathcott sat. Joe, don’t you think a minor leaguer can at least go better than 1 for his last 33? 

This…. from the SAME Girardi that credited A-Rod’s resurgence (and A-Rod now has a bone bruise in his knee) on the fact that A-Rod couldn’t play in Atlanta due to the fact that the NL has no DH and that those days off gave A-Rod the rest he needed to rejuvenate himself.

Hey, Joe (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix song here)…. don’t you think the same can help Ellsbury? Really. If a few days off rejuvenated Alex, don’t you think the same can get Ellsbury going?

How about sitting Ellsbury Wednesday night. Thursday is an off day. That is TWO days off. Play the hot hand, Heathcott, instead. If you have some balls, sit Ellsbury Friday as well. Give him three days off. See how he responds.

For God’s sake, it couldn’t hurt.

For goodness sakes, I know Heathcott is a rookie, but even he could probably do better than 1 for 33.

One other thing, Joe. Am I the only one who has noticed that Bryan Mitchell isn’t the same since he took that liner off of his nose? His ERA is over 6.00 now. You trusted him in a game where it was 4-3 Rays and you let the game get away by putting him in there. You have an off day on Thursday. Bringing in Mitchell there was a bad move.

Since getting hit by that liner, Mitchell has given up 8 R in 4 1/3 IP.

This loss really hurt because the Twins lost and the lowly Braves beat Toronto. The Yanks stay 3 back of the Blue Jays where they could be 2 back. The magic # to get into the wild card game was reduced to 15.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on an A-Rod HR. #32 meant that A-Rod would be the Yanks HR leader this year since it passed Teix and Teix is done for the year. Career HR #686 was hit #3061, passing Craig Biggio on the all-time list.

Warren, making his first start in a while, gave up single runs in the first and second, but considering the rust, did Ok. 2 runs in 4 IP.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the fourth (6) to put the Yanks up 3-2. A-Rod was on board so his two runs scored left him two shy of 2000 runs scored for his career.

Nick Rumbelow gave up a two-run HR in the sixth and Mitchell the two in the eighth to lose it for the Yanks.

Warren 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.33
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow (L 1-1, 3.95) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.40
Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.04
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 143. Cum On Feel the Noize! Slade wins it for Yanks in 9th, 4-1

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CC Sabathia had pitched perhaps his best game since 2012 (maybe he should have worn the brace all year instead of being stubborn and wearing a sleeve instead?), but the Yanks were one out away from losing 1-0 on a two-hit shutout.  Ouch. Heck the Yanks did not get their first hit until the eighth inning. 

In the ninth, PH Dustin Ackley singled to start the inning (just the Yanks’ second hit of the game) but was erased when the slumping Jacoby Ellsbury GIDP. One out away from a heartbreaking loss, Gardner walked on four pitches,

and A-Rod doubled to tie the game. Hit #3060 tied Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list at #21.

Now if you remember, for the last couple of days I have advocated giving the slumping Ellsbury (1 for his last what, 29 now? Down to .254) a day off and to play Slade Heathcott. Well, Ellsbury started the game…

BUT

BUT

BUT….

Heathcott got into the game. After Beltran got the first Yankee hit of the game in the eighth, he was PR for by Rico Noel. The Yanks didn’t score, but Heathcott went out to RF, replacing Noel.

So after A-Rod’s double tied the game in the ninth, and Brian McCann was intentionally walked, guess who came up to bat?

Slade Heathcott, who promptly hit a 3-run HR (2) to win the game.

Ummm…. sometimes I DO know what I am talking about. Vindication is sweet.

Caleb Cotham got his first MLB win. Usually sure-handed defensive whiz Brendan Ryan made two errors (Chase Headley made another one).

But the Yanks won to go to 79-64, and they cut the Jays’ margin to 3 games. They also reduced their magic # to just get into that wild card game.

Every win now is huge.

Maybe tomorrow night Girardi takes my FULL advice and gives Ellsbury a day off and starts Heathcott. We’ll see. It couldn’t hurt, could it? After all, the other guy IS 1 for his last 29 or so. Why not?

Nice to see some of the old CC tonight, too.

Sabathia 6 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 4.93 (nice to see it get under 5.00)
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K 3.23
Cotham (W, 1-0) 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.50
Miller (33rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.83.

Game 142. Tanaka’s gem helps Yanks avoid sweep, 5-0.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Yankees, now 3 1/2 out with 20 games to go, still have a slim chance of winning the division, but it looks more likely that they will be playing in the one-game playoff for the wild card.

It’s apparent who should start that game.

After losing the first three games of the four-game series to Toronto, and seeing their pitchers give up 30 runs in those three games, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven shutout innings Sunday as the Yanks blanked Toronto 5-0. The Yanks are now nine wins away from 10000 in their history.

The Yanks scored two runs in the second on a couple of walks, a single, and SFs by Ackley and Gregorius.

Ackley’s 2-run HR in the fourth (7) made it 4-0.

A double by A-Rod in the eighth accounted for the final tally. It was RBI 2050 of his career. He is just four runs scored of 2000, and is just one hit (3059) behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.

The Yanks are now 78-64 and begin a nine-game road trip to Tampa Bay (3), then after a day off, back to NY to face the Mets for three, then up to Toronto. They are three up on Texas for the first wild card spot and four up on Minnesota for the second. The magic number to get into the play-in game is 17.

I do hope Girardi sits Ellsbury and plays Heathcott in CF soon. (Tonight?) Ellsbury could use a day. He’s something like 1 for his last 25 and is down to .257. He’s hitting just .214 since coming off the DL. Maybe a day off can get him going again. The Yanks need him to set the table.

Tanaka (W, 12-6, 3.40) 7 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 walks and 7 k.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.46.
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.94.

Game 137. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, fall 1 1/2 back.

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Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 1 run in 8 innings, but the Yanks scored just one run and Chasen Shreve gave up a tie-breaking HR in the ninth as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Toronto’s tenth-inning win up in Fenway, pushed the Yanks 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East at 77-60.

The Yanks are a bit banged up. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Adam Warren would be stretched out and rejoin the rotation what with Nathan Eovaldi being out for two weeks. You wonder, this late into the season, if Eovaldi and Warren may have to switch roles, Eovaldi going to the bullpen when he returns because of rust and coming back so late into the season.

The Yanks are also resigned to the possibility of Mark Teixeira being done for the season. Not only that, but Brett Gardner has a sore shoulder and was given another day off today, and Chase Headley had the night off (except to make the last out as a PH). Light-hitting Brendan Ryan started at third. Even though Refsnyder is up and on the team, Girardi has gone with Ryan over Refsnyder lately. Heck, the other day he went with Pirela over Refsnyder.

Tonight’s game was scoreless until the sixth, when Tanaka gave up a HR (Ugh, to the #9 hitter). A-Rod tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 30th HR of the season, #684* of his career. The HR tied Hank Aaron for 15 seasons of 30 or more (they are the only two to hit 30 or more in 15 seasons) and it’s the first time since 2010 that Alex has hit 30 in a season. His two hits tonight passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list. Alex now has 3056. Next up, Craig Biggio at 3060.

In the ninth, Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Chris Davis and that was it. 2-1 Orioles. The Yanks have used Wilson, Betances and Miller a lot lately, and had to go to Shreve because of the other guys workload. Davis rode a pitch (lefty on lefty) out to left for his 41st HR of the year.

Tanaka 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.57
Shreve (L, 6-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 1 R,  3H, 0 walks and 1 K.

This was a tough one to lose.

Game 135. McCann, A-Rod blasts power Yanks, 6-4.

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It didn’t look good. The Yanks were down 3-0 in the sixth to one of the top pitchers in the game in Chris Archer, and the scoreboard showed that Toronto was winning again.

Then in two consecutive swings of the bat, the Yanks went up 4-3 and held on for a 6-4 win. The win keeps the Yanks 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East.

Ivan Nova went six innings, giving up two runs in the second and another in the third. The Yanks put nothing on the scoreboard until the sixth.

With one out, Ellsbury singled. With two out, Beltran walked. McCann tied the game with a 3-run HR (25) and on the very next pitch, A-Rod homered (28, 682 career) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

The Yanks scored a run in the seventh to make it 5-3. A Tampa Bay HR in the eighth cut it to 5-4 but the Yanks got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Didi Gregorius single.

A-Rod tied Rod Carew on the all-time hit list with 3053. He is now two behind Rickey Henderson and seven behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.

Nova (W, 6-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R,  6 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.08
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.40
Miller (31st save) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.80

The Yanks are 76-59, and currently have the #1 wild card spot by five games over Texas. The magic # for gettting into the wild card game is 21 over Minnesota.

Game 133. Yanks pick up a game on Jays with 5-2 win.

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“He belongs,” veteran catcher Brian McCann said. “He knows he belongs. He continues to show people he belongs.”

From the Lohud Yankees blog, that is Brian McCann speaking about Luis Severino.

I would have no qualms about Severino starting a playoff game or even the one game wild card playoff game.

The kid (21 year old rookie) has been great.

The Yanks picked up a game on Toronto tonight with a 5-2 win and are now 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East after Toronto lost to Baltimore.

The Yanks only got four hits tonight, but they made them count since three were home runs.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the second on a 2-run HR by Alex (27). It was the 681st HR * of A-Rod’s career.  Hit 3051 places him just two behind Rod Carew on the all-time list. Rickey Henderson at 3055 and Craig Biggio at 3060 will also be passed soon. After that it will be a while before A-Rod passes someone else, but he will end 2015 in 21st place on the all-time hit list.

Brian McCann’s 24th HR of the season made it 3-0 in the fourth.

Severino gave up a HR to Evan Longoria in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1 but Greg Bird hit a 2-Run HR (4) for the Yanks in the seventh to make it 5-1.

The Rays got a run in the ninth, but the final was 5-2 Yanks.

Severino (W, 3-2, 2.04) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K,. 3.12
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.30
Miller (30th saver ) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.

Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the game but it had nothing to due with his hip. He has also been fighting the flu.

After a shot and an new knee brace, CC Sabathia threw a simulated game today, felt good and is pencilled in to start nezxt Wednesday. This gives everyone in the rotation an extra day of rest.

Before the game, the Yanks DL’d Teixeira retroactive to Aug. 27 and recalled Nick Rumbelow. Hopefully Teix will be back in two weeks.