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Game 41. 10-run inning dooms Yanks, 12-7.

Lately, it seems like every move Aaron Boone is making is backfiring on him.

Especially when it comes to the bullpen.

Right now, Brian Cashman is with the team, and after last night’s 12-7 loss, I wouldn’t be surprised if heads roll after this season.

Watching part of the YES postgame show, it seemed like ex-Yankee and current YES broadcaster John Flaherty had a couple of criticisms, and was more critical than normal.

In the line of fire would be pitching coach Matt Blake, bullpen coach Mike Harkey and even manager Boone himself.

Blake had no coaching experience before getting the pitching coach job this year and was a bit of a surprise choice to replace the fired Larry Rothschild (now with SD).

You may argue that maybe going with David Cone, who interviewed for the job, may have been a better choice.

I wonder if the Yankees need to take a good, hard look at how their pitching philosophy has or hasn’t worked lately. One reason they have been coming up short has been their rotation. Just getting Cole may be like putting a band-aid on what seems to be a bigger problem.

When you lose 14 of 19, and have free-falled your way into clinging to the 8th and last playoff spot (and that spot is only there because of the virus of 2020), you can expect fans not to be happy on Twitter. And, it appears, there isn’t much happiness on the YES postgame show or in the front office. I would guess Hal isn’t too happy either.

Injuries are one thing, but bad play is another.

If ever there is a time for a good ripping into a team to wake them up, now is the time.

The Yanks (21-20) took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth, only to see Chad Green and Adam Ottavino give up 10 runs in what turned out to be a 12-7 loss.

Flaherty, on the postgame show, wondered why Boone stayed with Ottavino (who didn’t record an out, all six batters scoring) so long. He also criticized Boone’s body language during the inning. Just an observation, but Flaherty’s words sounded like someone angling for Boone’s job. They were quite critical, and you may add, harsh.

But this was really bad. It’s one thing to lose 14 of 19 in a 162 game season, but in a 60 game season? We’re talking 1/3 of the season here.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR from Luke Voit (14) and Aaron Hicks (4) in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.

But as has been their wont lately, the Yankees’ pitchers, Jordan Montgomery in this instance, gave runs right back, and Montgomery joined the cast of Yankees’ starters not giving any length, thus putting more pressure on a failing bullpen.

Montgomery gave up a run in the first, another in the second, and the game was tied.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Miguel Andujar hit his first HR of the season. 3-2 Yanks.

In the fifth, with one out, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit both singled, and with two out, Clint Frazier’s double scored two runs. 5-2, Yanks.

A bases-loaded walk to Hicks in the top of the sixth made it 6-2.

Then the roof fell in, as Green and Ottavino gave up ten runs in the bottom of the sixth. The final indignity came when Ottavino gave up a grand slam. The bottom of the sixth lasted 43 minutes and took up 67 pitches.

I have wondered about pitch selection a lot lately. In checking out the game on MLB’s gameday, I had to shake my head when, during a 9 or 10 pitch at bat (which resulted in Luke Voit making an error), Green threw nothing but fastballs. Really? Eventually the batter will time the fastball, especially after seeing nine or ten in a row.

There is a difference between pitching and throwing. Yes, there was criticism of that in Twitterworld, and I think, on the YES postgame show as well (I’m not too sure about YES, but YES was a bit critical last evening, and rightfully so).

The Yankees’ defense, suspect lately, made two more errors. Nothing is going right.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the ninth on an RBI groundout by Andujar.

But this game signified “just when you think things can’t get worse…”

Something’s gonna happen. It has to. This can’t continue.

Because the Yanks are close to missing out on the playoffs entirely.

Voit 2 hits, solo HR (14)
Hicks solo HR (4), 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI
Andujar solo HR (1), 2 RBI

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.72
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.26
Ottavino (L, 2-3; BS, 3; 7.82) 0 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up grand slam.

Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.81
Schmidt 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 7.71

Gardy & Yanks talking. DJ a SS. Yanks name pitching coach. Ex-Yank coach Espada to be SF Mgr.?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks and Brett Gardner are talking about keeping Gardy in the Bronx. The free agent is 36, and with Aaron Hicks to miss at least 1/2 of 2020 due to TJ surgery, the Yanks will need a CF.

On top of that, the Yanks need veteran leadership that Gardy provides.

The problem is, Gardner is 36, 37 next August, so he’ll need a competent backup (Tauchman?) because Gardy can’t be expected to play every day any more.’


The Yanks have chosen a pitching coach for 2020, and it is not David Cone, or the two college guys they interviewed earlier this week.

Instead, it is Matt Blake, who has been with Cleveland the past few years.  From the NY Post:

His last job was as the Indians’ pitching coordinator and he worked for the Yankees as an area scout under Matt Hyde, who heads up the Yankees’ amateur scouting program from New Jersey to Maine and is considered among the best in the business.

Blake also has been involved with the Cressey Institute, a program that works on the strength aspect of developing athletes and has facilities in Florida and Massachusetts.

The Yankees talked to former Yankee pitcher and current YES broadcaster David Cone about the job, as well as Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter and Arkansas’ Matt Hobbs.

Tabbing an outsider wasn’t a surprise because the Yankees didn’t renew the contract of pitching coordinator Scott Aldred and fellow pitching coordinator Danny Borrell left the organization to take the pitching coach job at Georgia Tech after the minor league season was over.

D.J. LeMahieu has won the Silver Slugger Award for best hitter at his position for 2019.

Even though he won a batting title in the N.L. with Colorado in 2016, this is still his first SS Award.


Former Yankees coach Joe Espada is considered the front runner for the SF Giants managerial job.

“Closing” the Deal, and another Yankee makes the HOF, but in a different fashion

Anyone who listened to YFCR over the past four years knows how “Uncle” Joe hated the Angels. He must be smiling today, as K-Rod leaves the Angels for the Mets for a 3-year deal after setting a record of 62 saves this year for the team with the unending name. The Mets bullpen has been a problem the last couple of years, and things got worse when Billy Wagner went down late last year. K-Rod (Francisco Rodriguez) is 26 and already has 208 saves, a 189 ERA+ and an ERA of 2.35.

Meanwhile, reports are that the Indians are close to getting Kerry Wood as their closer. Wood, 31, had to be converted to the bullpen after he developed arm woes. He was 5-4, 34 saves for the Cubs in 2008, 3.26 ERA (ERA+ 137). 77-61 for his career, 3.65, ERA+ 118.

Reports are a deal between SD and the Cubs for Jake Peavy is nowhere close.

Tony Kubek, SS and OF for the Yanks from 1957-1965, and the ROY in 1957, has been selected to the HOF in the broadcasting wing. Kubek was with the Blue Jays and Yanks, and made his mark on the Game of the Week with Curt Gowdy and later Bob Costas. Kubek suffered an injury while on military duty in 1962 (he missed most of that season due to the service, opening up a spot for Tom Tresh), and the injury forced Kubek into an early retirement from playing. When Kubek played his final game, he wasn’t yet 30.

Pete Abraham (link at right) reports that Andy Pettitte told Torre he wanted to stay with the Yankees. “They’re his first choice,” Torre said. Pete also states that Suzyn Waldman will host a Hot Stove show on WCBS 880-AM at 7:30 tonight. As long as she doesn’t shriek for Clemens or advocate the Yanks go get David Wells…

Corey Blake re-signed with the Dodgers, and the Dodgers picked up Mark Loretta, who was with Houston last season. Loretta, 37, hit .280-4-38, OPS+ 95. He’ll be a utility infielder.

The NY Daily News is reporting that the Yanks may offer a two-year pact in the $30 million ballpark for Ben Sheets. Given Sheets potential but injury history, it seems reasonable.