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Game 92. Bullpen comes through. Yanks 7, Indians 4.

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What was supposed to be a pitching duel between Cy Young candidates Luis Severino and Corey Kluber turned into a bit of a slugfest, as neither pitcher had his best stuff. The Yanks (61-31) rallied late to win 7-4 and stay 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their 10th straight.

Severino struggled right off the bat, giving up a double, groundout and single for a run, and after a caught stealing, gave up a HR. The Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Brett Gardner hit the first of his two HR for the game, a 2-run shot that tied it up.

Severino gave the lead right back to Cleveland, giving up a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2.

Didi Gregorius, who homered off Kluber twice in Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, tied the game with a HR (16) in the fourth, and later in that inning Stanton singled, advanced to third on an error on Hicks’ sacrifice bunt. Bird, heating up, doubled to make it 4-3. The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out but could not tack on more runs.

Severino gave up a HR in the fifth that tied the game.

In the eighth, Gregorius walked, and with one out, Hicks doubled him in. Hicks stole third and scored on a SF by Bird that make it 6-4.

Gardner hit his second HR (9) of the game in the ninth for the final score of 7-4.

Not a good game for Austin Romine, who got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4 strikeouts).

Gardner 2 HR, 3 RBI
Didi solo HR
Bird 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits

Great job by the bullpen. 4 IP, no runs, no hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.31
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.85
Robertson (W, 6-3, 3.19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.68
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.38

Other notes. Hopefully MLB is wrong. They give Boston a 62 percent chance of winning the division, the Yanks, 38 percent.

The Yanks are 16-13 without Gleyber Torres, 45-18 with him.

Ex-White Sox backup INF Sammy Esposito (member of 1959 AL Champs) has passed away at age 86.

As for Manny Machado wanting to play SS? He’s a great hitter, but if he comes to the Yankees, the Yankees already have Didi. The defensive runs saved above average stat has Manny at -20, Didi -1. Big difference defensively.

Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time HR list with #630 last night. The only players with more are Barry Bonds 762*, Aaron 755, Ruth 714, A-Rod 696* and Mays 660.

Football player LeSean McCoy is in trouble, apparently beating the heck out of his girlfriend. We’ll see what kind of punishment the law and the NFL enforce.

 

 

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Hall to induct 4 more, Mussina gains but falls short.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The BBWAA elected four more members to the Hall of Fame, but Mike Mussina fell little short. 75% is required for induction.

Joining Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were elected via a Veterans’ Committee earlier, are

Chipper Jones 97.2%: Atlanta 3B/LF 1993-2012. .303. Over 2700 hits. 468 HR. OPS+ 141 (100 is average). 1995 WS Champ. 8X All Star. 1999 MVP. 6x Top 10 MVP.

Jim Thome 89.8%. 612 HR. 1991-2012. Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Dodgers, Twins, Indians again, Phillies again, Orioles. OPS+ 147. 4x top 10 MVP. 5x All-Star. 3B/1B.

Both Jones and Thome were elected in their first year on the ballot.

Vladimir Guerrero 92.9%. 1996-2011. Expos, Angels, Rangers, Orioles. OPS+ 140. 449 HR. .318.  Almost 2600 career hits. MVP 2004. 9x All-Star. 6x top 10 in MVP.

Trevor Hoffman 79.9%. Marlins, Padres, & Brewers. 601 career saves, 2nd only to Mariano Rivera. 7X all-Star. 2x Top 10 MVP for a reliever. 4x CYA consideration, finishing as the runnerup 2x.

Those over 50% were:

Edgar Martinez: 70.4%, 20 votes short. Next year will be his last year on the ballot. That may push him over the top.

Mike Mussina 63.5%. Gaining. Should get in soon, if not 2019 with Rivera, maybe 2020 with Jeter.

Roger Clemens 57.3%

Barry Bonds 56.4% Both Clemens and Bonds hurt by the steroid allegations.

Curt Schilling 51.2% Hurt by his political stances.

Not getting 5% and falling off the ballot are Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui.

Some coming on the ballot next year include (I won’t list their stats now, with one exception)

Mariano Rivera (a sure lock, I’d like to know NOW the idiots who WON’T vote for him),

Andy Pettitte (borderline, the HGH revelations will hurt him),

Todd Helton (as with Larry Walker, people will look at him as though his stats were inflated by Colorado, but a .316 hitter, OPS+ 133. Over 2500 hits, 3x top 10 MVP, 369 HR. 5x All Star, 3 GG, but faded too early. 1998-2005 average .338-33-113; but after age 31 .289-12-61. Personally, I feel he needed 4 more years of that 1998-2005 excellence, and why did he suddenly lose his power at age 31?)

Roy Halladay. Sympathy vote? Unfortunate plane crash, but why was traces of Ambien, morphine and amphetamines in his system? Retired at 36, back pain, can see the painkillers, but for goodness sakes, don’t fly a plane when you are on the meds.

 

Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

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Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.

Once again, time to strip the HOF ballot from some BBWAA members.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As the Baseball HOF ballots are being counted (and new, if any, members are to be announced January 24) once again we see that the BBWAA should seriously consider stripping voting privileges away from some of its members.

This year’s case in point (so far): Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer who only voted for two ex-players: former Indians Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.

If he wants to skip over known and suspected steroid users like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez, that is one thing.

But what about others who may need every vote they can in order to receive the 75% it takes to get in? Ex-players like Mike Mussina, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero or Edgar Martinez?

If someone like Mussina winds up with 74.7%, they don’t round up. Hoffman missed by only a handful of votes last year.

And, if someone like Mussina just misses, he has a legitimate gripe against voters like Livingston.

Voters like Livingston (and others who vote for candidates clearly not HOF worthy just to give them a vote—maybe they were drinking buddies with that player?) should have their voting privileges revoked.

Nothing new.

I’ve been busy working a lot of OT and getting over a month of bronchitis. Meanwhile, nothing new on the Yankees’ front. Shelby Miller has been dangled by the Braves, but the asking price is Luis Severino.

The Yanks are remaining adamant in retaining Severino, Bird and Judge (the Phils asked for Judge last year in a possible Hamels transaction).

Meanwhile, Boston signed David Price to a $217MM/7 yr deal. $31MM per. What if he blows out his elbow in season 2 and needs TJ surgery?

Jordan Zimmerman went to the Tigers.

The winter meetings are next week. We’ll see what free agent signings and trades are made.

Mark McGwire is now a bench coach in SD and Barry Bonds may join Don Mattingly in Miami as a hitting coach.

Game 55. Yanks escape with 8-7 win.

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Yankees drove their fans crazy in the ninth inning last night before escaping with an 8-7 win over the Angels. They maintained their 1/2 game lead in the AL East in the process. They are 30-25 on the season.

They entered the top of the ninth with what seemed to be a comfortable 8-1 lead. When the inning ended, it was 8-7, and the Angels had the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first. Dellin Betances, who Joe Girardi would have wanted to have the night off, had to be rushed in to finish the game. In the process, he struggled and finally gave up his first earned run of the year (you knew it would happen sometime).

Stephen Drew got the Yanks on the board in the second inning with the first of his two homers on the night, a 2-run shot. 2-0.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot, #17 (#380 career) in the third. We just passed the 1/3 point of the season, and Teix has 17 HR. Forget his batting average and look at how valuable he has been to the Yanks so far this season. The V in MVP stands for valuable. MVP doesn’t necessary mean Player of the Year or Best Player in the League. It’s Most VALUABLE Player, and if the season ended today, Teix would have to be in the consideration. If he did win with a .240 batting average, it would be the lowest by a non-pitcher ever. Marty Marion of the Cardinals hit just .267 in 1944 (a WWII year, and today as I write this is D-Day) to have the lowest batting average by a non-pitcher MVP. The AL record? Roger Maris hit .269 in 1961 when he hit 61 HR. Forget the .240 Teix has. Look at what his 17 HR means to the team.

In the fifth, Gardner tripled and A-Rod singled him in to make it 5-0. A-Rod had four hits on the night to move him to 2991 for his career, just nine short of 3000. The RBI was #1997, passing Barry Bonds on the all-time list. 3 short of 2000. Unofficially, only three men have hit 2000 RBI. Aaron, Ruth and Anson, and MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau only recognize Aaron (the RBI became an official stat in 1920, eliminating some 222 Ruth RBI (they credit him with 1992) and Anson played 1871-1897).

Up 5-0, Eovaldi had to be replaced in the sixth. You wish he could have given more length than 5 1/3, but he did get the win. The Angels did get one run in the sixth but the Yanks got two back in the bottom of the inning on a McCann double, move up on a groundout, Gregorius SF and Drew’s second HR of the game (7). 7-1 Yanks.

Chris Young singled in a run in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Then came the top of the ninth. Hmm. I saw the game the night Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and in that game, Jose Pirela made some defensive mistakes. In the top of the ninth, with Headley having moved 3B to 1B, Drew moved to 3B from 2B and Pirela inserted at 2B (most likely to give Teix a rest with the big lead), a popup fell between Headley and Pirela. Maybe in retrospect, Pirela should have just steered clear of Headley who had it all lined up to catch. Brendan Ryan has played a couple of rehab games now. I wonder if this could be a trigger to send Pirela down and call Ryan back up. After that botched popup, if the Boss were alive and in his prime, Pirela may be on his way down.

Anyway, Esmiel Rogers started the ninth and couldn’t pitch around that mishap. (It was ruled a hit because no one touched the ball. Really, someone should have been given an error on the easy pop up). Rogers faced five batters, gave up four hits and a walk and all five batters scored.

Betances came in and gave up a run. Next thing you know it’s 8-7, fans like me are pulling their hair out (no wonder I have a big bald spot), and Betances has to escape with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first. I am sure, as Bob Costas stated on MLB, that manager Girardi and pitching coach Rothschild weren’t happy that Betances had to be used. After yesterday’s off-day, they wanted two consecutive days off for both Betances and Miller. Now Betances is most likely unavailable tonight after having thrown 33 pitches last night.

Eovaldi (W, 5-1, 4.16) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.22
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.38
Rogers 0 IP (5 batters) 5 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.39
Betances (2nd save) 1 Ip, 1 R (first ER of season), 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.30.

Meanwhile, in order to save Michael Pineda’s arm, the Yanks are skipping his next start and giving him some extra rest. Instead of starting Sunday, he’ll make his next start on Friday.

 

Game 14. Pre-game notes.

ESPN Sunday night game tonight. With the Knicks/Celtics starting an hour before, the remote control gets a workout.

First off, kudos to Gus Molina for the great game he called yesterday. We knew he couldn’t hit (5 for 44 in MLB career to date) but he did a good job getting the most from Garcia.

Millwood will pitch in one of Trenton’s two games today. AA. We’ll see how he does. Recent reports on him haven’t been good.

CC goes tonight. With a righty on the mound, it looks like Gardner will be back in the lineup after two lefties. He’s 6 for 41. Time to wake up and get going.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Chavez is at 3B and Alex sits. He came out of yesterday’s game with an oblique strain. With an off-day tomorrow, it’ll buy him more time to rest, and hey, Chavez is 5 for 11.

I respectfully disagree with Joel Sherman, who says he’d vote for Bonds because of what Bonds did pre-steroids. I agree with Sherman on what Bonds did, but disagree about the vote for him. Sherman should have clarified himself. If someone like Bonds (or others like him) get in, then the last line of the plaque must read: Statistics aided by the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.