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Game 119. “Happ”y Days are here again. Yanks win 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Early returns on Zach Britton have been disappointing, but not so with Lance Lynn or J.A. Happ.

Happ tossed seven one-hit, shutout innings as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-1 Tuesday night to up their record to 75-44.

Boston won again, so the deficit remains at 10.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Stanton, error on a pickoff attempt, and bloop single by Hicks.

Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (8) in the fifth that he sliced just inside the RF foul pole.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the top of the eighth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-1, but in the bottom of the eighth, with two out, Andujar and Bird hit back-to-back doubles to make it 4-1, PR Shane Robinson scoring.

Andujar was removed for defense, as manager Aaron Boone moved RF Neil Walker to 3B to replace Andujar, and Shane Robinson went to RF, replacing Walker.

Much is being made of Andujar’s defense, and yes there is room for improvement, but by way of comparison, Andujar has made 12 errors. In 1964, rookie 3B Dick Allen of the Phillies made 41. Wow.

Andujar 2 hits, both doubles.
Romine 2-run HR.

Happ (W, 13-6, 3.86) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. (Tor/NYY; as NYY 3-0, 1.89)
Betances (H, 18) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.32
Chapman (S, 31) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.11

Don’t look now, but Oakland is just 1 game behind Houston in the AL West. Can you imagine if the A’s pass them and the one-game wild card game is Houston at the Yankees. (Shuddering).

Infielder John Kennedy, who was with the Yankees in 1967, passed away August 9 at the age of 77. Kennedy happened to be born on the same day, May 29, as President John F. Kennedy, but 24 years later, in a strange coincidence. Kennedy even started his career under JFK’s presidency, and in Washington, D.C. too.

Kennedy played for Washington (1962-1964), the Dodgers (1965-1966), Yankees (1967), Seattle Pilots (1969) , Milwaukee Brewers (1970) and Boston Red Sox (1970-1974). He was on the Dodgers’ 1965 WS Champion and 1966 NL Champion teams.

Mostly used as a defensive specialist, Kennedy played in 104 games for the 1965 Dodgers but only had 104 AB, hitting .171-1-5. He got more AB in 1966, hitting .201-3-24.

With the 1967 Yankees, he hit .196-1-17 in 78 games, 179 AB. He played 3B, SS and 2B in his MLB career, and even one game at 1B.

His 162 game average was .225-6-35, OPS+ 70. Good field/no hit. In the postseason (1965 and 1966 WS) he got into 6 games, going 1 for 6.

 

 

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Game 108. Yanks get just 1 hit in 4-1 loss. Fall 7 1/2 back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Miguel Andujar homered (14), but that was the only hit in the Yanks’ 4-1 loss to Boston on Friday night.

The loss drops the Yanks to 68-40, and at the 2/3rd mark, they are on course to go 102-60, a heck of a record.

The problem is, Boston is 7 1/2 games ahead of the Yanks right now, and on pace to go 112-50, a historic year.

The loss, the Yanks’ third in a row, means that for the second time this year, the Yanks have suffered a three-game losing streak. Boston has suffered it once. (Maybe Boston can suffer another one in say, October…).

Rick Porcello was masterful for Boston, a complete game one-hitter and he threw just 86 pitches, 68 for strikes. You got to tip your cap to that. About as good as it gets. He retired the last 21 Yanks in a row.

Luis Severino, who has struggled lately, gave up three runs in the first before settling down. The last few innings he looked once again like the dominant Severino of earlier this season. But that three-run first doomed the Yanks.

And who hit a 2-run HR in that three-run first for Boston? Steve Pearce, who had 3 HR against the Yanks the night before (see my report on Game 107 for a story regarding Pearce when the Yanks briefly had him).

So the Yanks find the division slipping away. They have to right the ship or else home-field advantage in that sudden-death wild card game could be gone too.

Today doesn’t look encouraging. With Happ on the DL due to foot-hand-and mouth disease, and with Cessa having to be used in relief Thursday night, the Yanks turn to Chance Adams to start today. The youngster will be making his MLB debut. Talk about being thrown into the fire.

The Yanks started the year 9-9, then went a scorching 41-13. But since that hot streak, they are just 18-18. They need to be more consistent, and not a .500 team.

They need a hot streak.

Of course, it’d help if Boston ever starts losing.

One thing more…. the Yanks’ pitchers have to do a better job holding runners on base. Boston has been running wild on them, and there is nothing Romine can do when runners are getting three or four step jumps. He could have a cannon and not be able to gun them down.

A test for Boone and the Yanks. How do they respond?

Severino (L, 14-5, 3.08) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. CYA slipping away.
Robertson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   3.51
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.30.  Just recalled from SWB.

P.S. In case you didn’t notice, Oakland is hot and has passed Seattle for that other wild-card spot.

Game 97. Yanks escape with 7-6 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I just about had a heart attack, along with 47,000 or so other fans, at Yankee Stadium yesterday.

Aroldis Chapman came into the game with a four-run lead, threw 19 pitches, only 3 of which were strikes, and Chasen Shreve, of all people, had to come in with the bases loaded and no one out to save a 7-6 Yankees’ win over the Mets.

The win for the 63-34 Yanks, combined with Boston’s loss to the Tigers, moved the Yanks 4 1/2 back of Boston.

The Mets scored first when Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Michael Conforto on his first pitch in the second inning.

The Yanks got four in the fourth. Stanton reached on an infield dribbler. Gregorius tripled him in. Andujar doubled on a ball that would have been a double anyway, but some jackass leaned over the fence and caught it. Security was there soon thereafter to escort him from the Stadium. 2-1 Yanks. Bird doubled, 3-1. After a flyout, Romine singled in Bird to make it 4-1 Yanks. The Mets CF had a tough time that inning, diving for a couple of balls and coming up just short on the balls hit by Didi, Bird and Romine.

In the sixth, Gray walked a couple of batters and in came Robertson. He got out of the inning but not before giving up an RBI single and then by giving up another run on a boneheaded play. With two out and runners on first and third, he tried to pick off the runner at first. The ball hit the runner and ricocheted back toward the pitcher’s mound. As the ball was ricocheting back, the runner on third (Jose Bautista) scored to make it 4-3. Robertson then struck out the batter for the last out. Concentrate on, and do that first, especially with two out, just concentrate on getting that batter out, and that other run doesn’t score.

The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Andujar and single by Bird. 5-3.

Aaron Judge homered in the seventh (26) to make it 6-3 Yanks.

To the eighth, Andujar singled and went to third when Drury singled, Drury advancing on the throw, which hit Andujar. Romine’s RBI groundout made it 7-3.

In came Chapman with a 4-run lead. Because of the All-Star break, he hadn’t pitched in a week, and my friend Larry was worried that Chapman may not have his command. He was right. Shreve was warming with Chapman in the eighth but sat down when Chapman came into the game. So no one was warming up when Chapman did come in.

Note to Boone: never assume.

Chapman was all over the place. At one point he threw 11 straight balls. Walk. Infield single. Walk. Walk to make it 7-4. HBP to make it 7-5. Now Shreve is rushed in with the bases loaded and no one out, and very little if any warmup time after the original warmup. Chapman was booed (he has had a great year, but for this outing, ugh) and the confidence level that the Yanks could get out of this wasn’t too high.

But Shreve got a DP, runner on third scoring, to make it 7-6. Two out, tying run on third, and Shreve got a little nubber back to the mound to end the game.

Whew.

Sanchez still doesn’t look right at the plate, and goodness, how many teams with .600 or better winning percentages have a .188 hitting cleanup hitter?

Judge 3 hits, solo HR. Triple shy of cycle.
Andujar 3 hits, 2 of them doubles
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Romine 2 RBI

Gray (W, 7-7, 5.34) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W,  6 K. Gave up 1 HR, 1 HBP
Robertson (H, 15) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Made one huge error.  3.05
Holder (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.76
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.55
Chapman 0 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1 HBP.  2.03  All 5 runners reached. 19 pitches, 3 strikes.
Shreve (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.25

It was Shreve’s 2nd MLB save (he had one in 2016). I think he’ll remember this one better than the first one.

Once again, whew.

Update: Chapman said he feels fine and that it wasn’t the knee.

Game 94. Yanks edge Indians, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cardinals have fired their manager and have named an interim manager for now. Do not be surprised if Joe Girardi soon becomes their permanent manager.

The Yanks edged Cleveland Saturday night 5-4 to go to 62-32 on the season and remain 3 1/2 back of Boston. The Red Sox, down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, tied it up in the ninth and got a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth. Ugh.

Is this what 1954 felt like, when the Yanks won 103 and finished 8 back of Cleveland (who were swept in the WS by the NY Giants)?

Hopefully we catch up soon.

Didi Gregorius hit a 3-run HR in the first (17) to put the Yanks up 3-0.

CC gave up a HR (29) to Jose Ramirez in the bottom of the first. 3-1 Yanks.

Cleveland got a run in the bottom of the third to cut it to 3-2, but Greg Bird homered (8) in the top of the sixth to make it 4-2.

Shortly before Bird’s HR, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was ejected when he tried to say that Stanton fouled a ball off rather than having it hit him while he was swinging and striking out.

Lately, say in the last two weeks or so, the Yanks have been bad in leaving the starting pitcher in a batter or inning too long. It happened the last time CC pitched, it happened when Tanaka came off the DL, it happened the other night with German and it happened again tonight, once again with CC.

In the bottom of the sixth, a strikeout,  single and walk. CC then got a ground out that moved the runners up. Here I would have pulled him. Two out, men on second and third, a righty hitter up. I would have pulled him for Robertson, Holder or Green here. Instead, an infield single and BOTH runners score to tie the game. Nice stop by Andujar on the play, but bad throw home (too high) by Bird to try to nail the runner.

Just me, but I don’t think CC should have been left in to face the righty batter there.

In the top of the seventh, Romine doubled, and the OF made an error, moving Romine to third….but it didn’t stop there. In trying to nail Romine at third, the cutoff man, the second baseman, threw the ball into the Indians’ dugout, enabling Romine to score what turned out to be the winning run. Double and 2 errors on the play.

The Yanks got lucky in the ninth, when the lead off hitter hit a popup that wasn’t caught. Andujar and Romine collided on the foul popup and it dropped. It was Romine’s ball, Andujar (who got the error) should have been called off by the pitcher, Chapman. He got the hitter, so no harm, no foul, but a messy, sloppy play that should not have happened.

Didi 2 hits, 3-run HR.
Bird solo HR.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.51
Robertson (W, 7-3, 3.09) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.61
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.35

Chapman will show at the All Star Game but won’t pitch in order to save that knee.

Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.

 

Game 85. Gray dooms Yanks, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Publicly, Aaron Boone and the Yankees say that Sonny Gray will make his next start, the stuff is there, they believe in him, blah, blah, blah, …

Privately, you have to wonder, because after a while, you have to be getting tired of it.

Gray spit the bit again, and again got knocked out early after putting the Yanks in a huge early hole… just like last Saturday against Boston.

Once again, for a batter or two, he looked good, then the roof fell in again.

In the first inning, he got the first two batters, then loaded the bases before getting out of it.

In the second, not so fortunate, as he gave up five runs, three via a HR, and was taken out after just two innings.

With the 6-2 loss, the 56-29 Yankees fell two games back of Boston. They are even in the loss column, the Yanks have played four less games, meaning that the Yanks would have to win all four to force a tie.

David Hale did an excellent job in relief trying to keep the Yanks in the game, but the Yanks couldn’t claw back.

The Yanks got a run in the third on an Aaron Hicks HR (16), and Hicks walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to cut it to 5-2 but that was it.

Toronto got a run in the eighth for the final of 6-2.

Most of the questions in the postgame show were all about Gray’s disheartening (again) performance, and some of the questions seemed more of the psychological, and not physical type.

Like I wrote in the last start, it seems like Gray is a deer in the headlights right now.

A few months ago, a scout said that he didn’t think Gray could be straightened out. I hope he’s wrong, but if he’s right, the Yanks have to move Gray. Of course, they’d be selling low right now.

But this can’t continue. Not if they want to catch Boston.

The Yanks only got five hits. Both Judge and Stanton struck out three times each.

Bird and Walker, both under the Mendoza line, continued their struggles.

Gardner 2 hits.
Hicks HR, 2 RBI

Gray (L, 5-7, 5.85) 2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. Threw 2 WP.
Hale 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.61 (Nyy/min)
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 0 K.   4.80

Baseball passing: Mike Kilkenny, a lefty starter/reliever, mostly for the Tigers from 1969-1971, died at the age of 73.

Game 82. Lack of execution drops Yanks into second with 5-3 loss in 11.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, but I have to rip the Yanks tonight for losing 5-3 to Atlanta tonight in 11 innings.

Here is one reason why. 0 for 12 with RISP.

Here is another. Why, in the bottom of the ninth, with Gleyber Torres on first, no one out, ISN’T BRETT GARDNER BUNTING????? Speedy runner who can bunt, and he ISN”T BUNTING? Instead, GIDP, then Judge strikes out. Gardner’s AB– called strike, ball, GIDP. DIdn’t even attempt to bunt. What the hell?

I haven’t ripped Boone too much this year, and I think he’s done a fine job. But on that? WTF?

Sorry, Boonie, you blew it.

In the bottom of the tenth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. Bird and Romine both struck out.

No bunting. 0 for 12 with RISP. They deserved to lose and did. And the loss drops the 54-28 Yanks one game behind Boston.

Sometimes you can’t rely on the HR. You have to execute the fundamentals, something the Yanks did not do tonight.

In the first, Judge hit HR #23, 1-0 Yanks.

But Loaisiga gave up a HR in the third to tie the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third when Torres doubled and advanced and scored on two WP.

Loaisiga went down to AAA after the game and Cole was brought back up.

Loaisiga gave up 3 straight doubles, and 2 runs, in the fourth, 3-2 Braves.

With one out in the fifth, Torres singled, Gardner and Judge walked, and Didi tied the game with a SF, but the Yanks could not add on.

Two on, no out in the bottom of the seventh, nada.

Two on, two out in the bottom of the eighth, Neil Walker PH for Higashioka. Strikeout.

See the bottom of the ninth and tenth above. Once again, why wasn’t Gardner bunting????

Top of the eleventh, Robertson gives up a two-run HR that ticked off of Judge’s glove. Ballgame.

5-3 Braves and the Yanks fall one game behind Boston.

Bunt sometimes, Boone. Bunt.

Yes, they would have walked Judge after the bunt. But the question then comes up… Do you bleeping trust Didi or not? And after Didi, Stanton?

Come on, Boonie.

Judge HR #23.
Hicks 2 hits.
Torres 3 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.00
Holder 2 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.89
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.01
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   1.47
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.70
Robertson (L, 5-3, 3.52) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.