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Game 63. Nats win battle of the youngsters, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

21 year old Gleyber Torres hit a HR for the Yanks tonight, but 19 year old Juan Soto hit 2 for Washington in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Yanks Wednesday night.

Soto was the youngest to HR against the Yanks since Andruw Jones in the 1996 WS. Jones hit 2 in that game, and Soto also was the youngest to have a multi-HR game against the Yanks in the regular season game Gsince Junior Griffey in 1989.

Because of a viewing and funeral (one of my uncles died) I will not be posting a minor league recap of the Wednesday games, just this one.

Sonny Gray was, well, mediocre again. If not for him picking off two runners from first base and getting an OF assist from Brett Gardner, things could have been worse.

Top of the first. Double, single, strikeout but SB, and SF gives Washington a run.

In the bottom of the first, Gardner singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a SF by Judge.

In the second, Bird hit his third HR of the year, 2-1 Yanks.

A double by Judge and single by Stanton made it 3-1 Yanks in the third.

With two out in the fourth, Gray gave up a walk, single and a three-run HR to Soto that barely made the seats.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gleyber Torres’ 12th HR of the year tied the game.

But in the seventh, Soto hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Chasen Shreve, and that was the game. 5-4 Nats. With Boston’s win over pathetic Baltimore, the 43-20 Yanks drop one game behind Boston, even though the Yanks have a better winning percentage.

In the bottom of the ninth, down 5-4, I was surprised that Romine hit for himself and that Boone didn’t PH Sanchez for Romine, hoping for some lightning.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, solo HR.
Torres solo HR.

Gray 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.98
Shreve (L, 2-1, 4.37) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.82
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.38

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Game 61. Yanks blanked by Mets, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks went into Sunday night’s game with a 4-game winning streak, and the Mets with an 8-game losing streak. All things must pass, and the Mets blanked the Yanks 2-0 on a 3-hitter. Miguel Andujar had 2 of the Yanks’ 3 hits. The Mets only had five hits themselves.5

The Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of Boston, who also lost on Sunday.

The Mets got Luis Severino’s pitch count up, and he was gone after 93 pitches and 5 innings. Seve threw over 30 pitches in the first inning.

In the fifth inning, Seve struck out the first two hitters, but then gave up a single to .139 hitting Jose Reyes. He got two strikes on ex-Yankee Todd Frazier, but Frazier hit a 2-run HR for the only runs of the ballgame.

It was the first time the Yanks were shut out all year.

Since I was at the game, and it’s now past 2 AM, no minor league report today.

Severino (L, 9-2, 2.27) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.35
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.53
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.49

One thing I wonder. When will Aaron Boone start hitting Andujar (.310) fifth and drop the .190 hitting Sanchez down in the order?

Game 57. Andujar & Hicks blast Jays, Yanks beat ESPN but lose Monty.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get to the game, good news and bad news.

Good news: the Yanks’ 7/8 game against Toronto has been moved back to 1:07 PM. ESPN had moved it to 8:07 for their Sunday night game and the Yanks complained, because it meant a Sunday night game in Toronto, a plane ride (which includes going through customs) and a doubleheader the next day in Baltimore. 3 games in 24 hours. So they won their appeal and Boston manager Alex Cora is whining. If it was Boston, don’t you think Cora would have appealed as Boone did? Boone, who of course worked for ESPN the last few years on their Sunday night team, threatened a boycott of ESPN availability to the team if the Sunday night game stuck. Good for him. Justice served. Instead, ESPN has the Dodgers/Angels subway series that night, and Cora can shut his yap.

Bad news: Jordan Montgomery needs TJ surgery. Out the rest of this year and probably all of 2019, making it all the more necessary for the Yanks to make a deal for a starter at the trade deadline.

To the game. Both the Yanks and Toronto hit two homers. The difference is that both of Toronto’s HR were solo blasts, and the Yanks’ HR were a grand slam and a three-run HR. 7-2 Yanks. 39-18, still 1/2 game back of Boston.

It was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when CC gave up a HR on just Toronto’s second hit of the game.

In the seventh, Sanchez (who maybe should be moved down in the lineup with his batting average near .200?) singled, Didi was HBP and Hicks walked. Andujar then hit a grand slam to put the Yanks up 4-1.

CC gave up another solo HR in the bottom of the seventh, 4-2.

In the top of the eighth, Stanton singled, and after two out, Didi walked. Hicks hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

Stanton 2 hits.
Hicks 3-run HR (6)
Andujar grand slam. HR #7

Sabathia (W, 3-1, 3.59) 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2 of the 3 hits were solo HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.23
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.58
 

 

Game 53. Yanks beat O’s, 4-1. Ex-Yank Barker passes away.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Going into Friday night’s games, the Red Sox were 6-1 against Baltimore, 9-4 against Tampa Bay (13 games against the Rays already!!! The Yanks have only played them twice!), and  7-2 vs. Toronto ….. so Boston is 22-7 (29 games vs. the AL East outside of the Yanks) while the Yanks are 1-3 against Baltimore, 2-0 vs. the Rays, and 5-3 vs. Toronto (just 14 games in the AL East outside of Boston), so 8-6 against the AL East outside of Boston.

Boston 22-7 vs, the AL East outside of the Yankees.
Yankees 8-6 outside the AL East outside of Boston.

The Yanks are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

In just the AL East, outside of each other, the Red Sox are 6 1/2 games better than the Yankees.

So now you know WHY the Red Sox are ahead of the Yankees by 1/2 a game right now.   

In order to match or catch Boston, the Yanks must match or better what Boston has done vs. the dregs of the AL East, as well as beat Boston in their head to head matchups.

So the Yankees faced Baltimore, one of the worst teams in the league, tonight. The Yanks won 4-1 while Boston had a good matchup vs. Houston (the defending WS champs) and lost.

So that puts the 36-17 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston now.

In the bottom of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Manny Machado. Two thoughts on that. The first was, that here we go again with Sonny Gray. The other? It’s Manny Machado, let’s give Sonny a pass on that.

Well, the pass worked, for other than that, Sonny was good tonight.

In the third, the Yanks tied the game but could have had so much more. Walker singled, Romine walked. Torres singled to tie the game. Gardner singled to load the bases. Big inning coming? Nope. Judge struck out, Bird hit into a force at the plate and Stanton grounded out. Aaargh.

That Torres RBI? #27. Can you believe he is just 2 RBI behind Stanton with three less weeks of playing time with the Yanks?  

In the fifth, Torres doubled, but in trying for a triple, lost a shoe and was barely thrown out at third. Gardner then singled, which could have meant a run. Gardy stole second (six for six for the season) and after Judge made out, Bird tripled to make it 2-1.

In the sixth, Didi singled and stole second (by the way, check out Didi’s Twitter account after a Yankees win for his creative use of emojis to describe various Yankees’ players). Romine, riding a 10-game hitting streak, doubled him home to make it 3-1.

At the start of spring training, Boone and his coaching staff challenged Romine, the backup catcher, to hit better. They believed he was better than the .220 hitter he has been from 2011-2017 with the Yanks, with just an OPS+ of 54.

And yes, I was down on Romine this past off-season.

Romine has so far responded to the challenge. He is at .375-3-16 so far this season, far exceeding expectations. I wanted improvement (as did Boone and the coaching staff) and he is doing much better than the improvement we were seeking.

In the seventh, Judge homered (16) to make it 4-1.

Dellin Betances gave us a scare in the eighth, but the Yanks wrapped up a win.

Gray (W, 4-4, 5.50) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP
Green (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.33
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  4.13
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.48

Ray Barker, who played for the Yanks 1965-1967, died this week at the age of 82. He was 0 for 6 for the 1960 Orioles, and made it back to the majors in 1965. With the Indians in 1965 he was 0 for 6 when he was traded to the Yankees for Pedro Gonzalez.

Barker, mostly a 1B, hit .254-7-31 in 205 AB for the Yanks in 1965. OPS+109. Decent.

In 1966, 75 AB, .187-3-13. OPS+ 73.

He went 2 for 26 in 17 games in 1967 for the Yanks, and was traded to the Orioles for Steve Barber. He never played in the majors again.

Barker played in 192 MLB games. He hit .214-10-44 in 318 MLB at bats, OPS + 84.

All-Star Voting began today.

 

Game 48. Bird back, Toe sent down, Gray bombed in Yanks’ 11-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray was bombed, and there were surprising and questionable decisions made yesterday before and during the Yanks’ 11-4 loss to the Angels Saturday night.

Greg Bird came off the DL and made his season debut, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. But the expected move, sending Tyler Austin down to AAA, didn’t happen. Instead, it was Ronald Torreyes, the supersub who was hitting .339, who went down to AAA. It was a tough, difficult decision to make, and one that shook up the team. Manager Aaron Boone even said it was undeserved, but the Yanks have a numbers crunch. You can only have so many players on a team, and as a result, some deserving players who could be starting for other teams are playing for SWB right now.

Which means, as an article in the NY Post states, that the Yanks really need to establish their identity. What is the roster of this team? And as for the guys at AAA who could be starting elsewhere, maybe the Yanks should look into dealing these guys. Especially for starting pitching help. And maybe include Sonny Gray in the deal for other starting pitchers.

In order to catch Boston in the AL East (the Yanks are now 32-16 and two games back. Still a great record but we are thinking ahead here) and/or to deal with Boston and Houston and maybe others in the postseason, the Yanks will need for Tanaka (5-2, but with a 4.95 ERA, ERA+ 88) and Gray (3-4, 5.98, ERA+ 73) to step it up or they need to trade for someone to bolster the rotation. CC turns 38 in July. Montgomery is on the DL. Maybe Justus Sheffield in the future comes up, but he isn’t ready yet and just came off the DL himself. The Yanks need another starter (Severino can’t do it himself) and they have the prospects to get one. Especially with guys like Torreyes, Drury and Clint Frazier. Also with guys like Estrada, Avelino and Tyler Wade, all infielders who are stuck behind Didi and Gleyber Torres.

They also, surprisingly, could use bullpen help. The bullpen, hyped as maybe the best ever, right now has guys with ERAs of 4.76 (Robertson), 4.71 (Betances), 4.82 (Shreve) and 7.88 (Kahnle).

How soon will Cashman pull the trigger?

As for Sonny Gray, he was bad again, getting knocked out in the fourth, and failing to hold a 4-1 lead. After Gray gave up a run in the top of the first, courtesy of a Mike Trout RBI double (Trout went 5 for 5, HR, 3 doubles, scored 3 runs and had 4 RBI), the Yanks took the lead back on back-to-back homers by Gardner (2) and Judge (14). For Gardner, it was his first HR since Opening Day.

Austin Romine sliced a 2-run HR (3) off the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 4-1. Then the roof fell in.

Gray gave up two runs in the third as the Angels cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3.

In the fourth, Boone made a decision that I disagreed with. With two out and a man on third, he elected to pitch to Trout, who already had two doubles. You don’t let the big guy beat you. I was mentioning to a friend that I’d walk him. Now Boone did say that Trout would probably have stolen second anyway, taking the force away, and that you weren’t throwing through with the runner on third, and he didn’t want to put the go-ahead run on second. Fair enough. But Trout already had two doubles, and was the go-ahead run in the batter’s box. You guessed it. 2-run HR to give the Angels a 5-4 lead.

The Angels got four runs, two of them unearned, in the sixth off of Tommy Kahnle, and here I wonder about Kahnle being back with the team off of the DL. I don’t know if he had more time to be on the DL, but it seemed as if he was rushed back. (You wonder that about Bird, too). Kahnle had a couple of rehab stints before being reactivated on Friday, but he didn’t exactly put up impressive numbers in those rehab minor league games and he didn’t look good last night.

Chasen Shreve gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Judge 2 for 2 with 2 walks, solo HR.
Didi’s slump continues. Down to .234. We need him to snap out of it.
Andujar 2 hits.
Romine 2 hits, a 2-run HR

Gray (L, 3-4, 5.98) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.31
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 7.88
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.82 Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.11 (but 0.00 as a Yankee)

Game 46. Pitching embarrasses in 12-10 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Be mad. Be very mad. Because I am, and we have a right to be mad.

There is no way the Yanks should lose 2 of 3 to a poor Texas team (20-31).

There is no way they should give up 23 runs in 3 games to a team that going into tonight’s game had a .224 team batting average, worst in the AL. A team that struck out more times than any other AL team, had the 2nd worst OBP, the worst slugging average, the worst OPS, and whose OPS+ was 80 (20% below league average).

There is no way they should blow a 4-0 lead, and later, a 10-5 lead, against this team.

But they did, and now the Yanks find themselves at 31-15, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.

Unacceptable.

The biggest fear we have as Yankees’ fans is this: that the Yanks go something like 104-58 this season, but Boston goes 105-57. That forces the Yanks into that sudden-death, single-game wild card game in which anything could happen. You don’t want that.

To avoid that, you can’t lose two of three or blow games like they did tonight to teams like Texas.

In the first, Didi hit a 2-run HR (11), and Austin Romine drew a base-loaded walk to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Neil Walker homered (2) in the third to make it 4-0.

But in the bottom of the fourth, CC spit the bit, giving up 2 HR and 5 runs.

The Yanks got six in the top of the fifth to go back up, 10-5. Romine single, Gleyber 3-run HR (8) and Judge 2-run HR (13).

But CC gave back 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yanks gave him 4-0 and 10-5 leads, and he couldn’t even go 5 to qualify for a win. 10-7 Yanks.

I haven’t criticized Aaron Boone all year but here I have to. Jonathan Holder finished the fifth for CC. 2/3 IP, Hit and two outs. 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

He gets pulled. In comes the bullpen, Shreve and Robertson (later Betances) all sucked.

Why not leave Holder in for another inning? When you go to different members of your bullpen, eventually you find the guy who has NOTHING.

I’ve said it before and will say it again.

Guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

It’s hard right now determining who has been the most disappointing guy out of the bullpen this year. Kahnle (on DL for a while now), Robertson, or Betances.

Shreve and Robertson combined to give up 4 in the sixth to give the Rangers an 11-10 lead.

Betances gave up a run in the eighth when a batter reached on a WP after a K (how many times have we seen THAT this year), then Betances compounds matters with an E on a pickoff attempt, then a SB because Betances can’t hold runners on, then a single to make it 12-10, then another SB. At least Betances then got out of it with another run not being scored.

Every member in the starting lineup for the Yanks got a hit. Five members got 2 hits. 10 runs, 14 hits. 4 HR.

All against one of, if not the WORST hitting teams in the league.

No excuse for losing tonight. None.

Poor pitching. Unacceptable.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.55
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60. Why pull him?
Shreve (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Robertson (BS, 4; L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.71. WP

4 blown saves already for Robertson.

ERAs over 4 (not good for bullpen guys) for Shreve, Robertson and Betances (not to mention Kahnle, coming off the DL soon).

The Yanks are off Thursday. Some of the pitchers should do some contemplating and readjustments.

 

Game 45. “Cole” in the stocking. Hamels beats Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.

That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.

It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.

German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.

Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.

Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.

The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.

German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.

The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.

Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.