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Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

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Game 48. Yanks power past O’s 7-5. Sanchez and Torres at it again. Looks like CC to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It is unbelievable how much Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR) and Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15 HR) have owned Baltimore pitching this season.

Last night, Torres hit 2 HR, Sanchez one, and were joined by Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu as the Yanks (31-17) hit 5 HR in beating Baltimore 7-5.

With one out in the second, Brett Gardner hit the first of his 3 doubles on the night, and with two out, Estrada hit a 2-run HR (3). Cameron Maybin then walked and LeMahieu then hit his fourth HR of the season. 4-0 Yanks.

Torres made it 5-0 in the third with his eleventh HR of the season.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the third off of CC Sabathia.

Sanchez homered (15) in the top of the fourth to make it 6-1.

Baltimore got an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth (Torres’ error) to make it 6-2.

Torres hit his second HR of the game (12) in the top of the fifth to make it 7-2.

Then things got hairy. CC got lit up in the fifth inning, and I was surprised manager Aaron Boone even let him finish the inning. But it happened so fast Boone most likely didn’t have time to get anyone warmed up.

Even the outs were hit hard. CC gave up a HR to Richie Martin (his first MLB HR) to lead off the inning. The next batter flied out deep to right. Then a double. Then a lineout that LeMahieu at third made a great play on. Then a HR. 7-5. Double. Single, but instead of it being 7-6, Gardner threw the runner out at the plate.

CC barely made it through 5 for the win, #249 of his career (tying Vic Willis on the all-time list), but his knee has been barking recently. It looks as if he will be getting a lubricating injection in the knee and will be going on the DL for a while. We’ll see if it’s just one start he misses, or more.

We’ll have to see who his replacement would be. Remember Loaisiga is out until August, and Paxton isn’t off the DL yet.

There was no further scoring in the game.

Baltimore is on pace to give up about 338 HR this season(!)

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2-run HR (4), .329
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (15)
Torres 2 solo HR (12)  .302
Gardner 3 doubles, threw runner out at plate
Estrada 2 hits, 2-run HR (3),  .316

CC (W, 3-1, 3.48) 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.42
Ottavino (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.54
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  12.41
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.83.

I have to admit, there were a few things I was surprised at. One was Green in the eighth with the game close. Britton was unavailable. But Green, the way he’s pitched so far this year? But he did well and hopefully is turning the corner.

The other was the infield. I’d have moved LeMahieu to 1B (replacing Morales there) and put Urshela at 3B late in the game for defensive purposes (and Kenny Singleton suggested such on the WPIX TV broadcast) but that wasn’t done.

In other news: When the Yanks and Red Sox play 2 games (Boston “home” team) in London in late June, both will be wearing their home uniforms. The field will be astroturf. It’ll be 330′ down the lines, but only 385′ to CF with a 16′ high wall. Wembley Stadium may be a hitters’ ballpark.

 

 

Game 44. Yanks fall back to 2nd after 2-1, 11 inning loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second week in a row, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Blake Snell of the Rays went at it mano-a-mano in a pitcher’s duel. Although Tanaka pitched six scoreless innings, the Yanks (27-17) lost in 11 innings, 2-1.

The Yanks scored their only run of the game in the third inning. With one out, Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu singled and Luke Voit walked. After Aaron Hicks struck out, Snell threw a WP, allowing a run to score. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the inning.

It was an awful day for Sanchez, who struck out each of the first four times he came to bat, and GIDP to end the game in his last at bat.

In the top the sixth, with a man on second and two out, a liner up the middle struck Tanaka’s shin and ricocheted to Luke Voit at first. Voit stepped on the bag for the third out. The richochet saved what at that time was the tying run. Although X-rays were negative, Tanaka is still questionable for his next start with a contusion.

In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Aaron Hicks reached second on an error. With two out, Gleyber Torres singled, but Hicks (who ran through a stop sign) was gunned down at the plate.

In the top of the seventh, Tommy Kahnle gave up HR to the first batter he faced, and that tied the game at 1.

In the bottom of the ninth, Gio Urshela almost won another game by himself. After fouling off a ton of pitches and working a LONG at bat, he drilled one to RCF that was caught just in front of the wall.

In the top of the eleventh, Luis Cessa gave up a HR, and that was the ballgame. 2-1 Rays.

Because of the DH the other day, Chad Green will be the Yanks’ “opener” tomorrow. It will be a bullpen game, and it will be interesting how Aaron Boone manages it.

Hicks 2 hits.
Sanchez 0 for 5. Struck out first 4 times up, Game ending DP last time.
Urshela 2 hits.
Clint Frazier slumping. 8 for his last 48.

It looks like we may be getting Didi Gregorius and Giancarlo Stanton back in about 2-3 weeks.

There will then be interesting decisions to be made then. Who goes? Probably Estrada for Didi, but who for Stanton? Morales? Maybin?

Tanaka 6 IP,  0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.  3.09
Kahnle (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.50 Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.66
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.04
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09
Cessa (L, 0-1, 3.60) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

 

Game 26. Yanks beat SF, 7-3. Voit continues to roll.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When I first saw the lineup, I didn’t have too much confidence in the Yanks last night.

It looked like the worst lineup I had seen since the Horace Clarke years of the late 1960s/early 1970s.

For one thing, no DH in a NL park.

Gio Urshela hitting cleanup? Thairo Estrada in LF? Sanchez and Gardner on the bench?

This against Madison Bumgarner? Even though Bumgarner isn’t what he was?

As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

The first four hitters in the Yanks’ (15-11, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) lineup went 10 for 18, scored 6 runs and had 5 RBI in the Yanks’ 7-3 win over the Giants last night.

The Yanks jumped on Bumgarner right away with two runs in the first. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, went to third on a flyout by Luke Voit and scored on a double by Gleyber Torres. Urshela singled Torres to third, and Cameron Maybin in his first AB as a Yankee, singled in Torres to make it 2-0.

James Paxton gave a run back in a shaky first inning, but then settled down the rest of the night.

In the third, Luke Voit, who is having a great road trip, singled and was bunted over to second by Torres (when is the last time you saw the #3 batter in the lineup lay down a sac bunt?). Urshela, a .232 career hitter with 9 career HR in 517 at bats, singled Voit in to make it 3-1. Urshela, known for his glove and not his bat, has been swinging the bat well in subbing for the injured Andujar at 3B.

In the fifth, the Yanks made it 4-1 when LeMahieu singled and Voit doubled him home.

Consecutive singles by Austin Romine, Mike Tauchman and Thairo Estrada made it 5-1 in the sixth. For Estrada, his first MLB RBI.

Paxton tired in the sixth, giving up two runs before Tommy Kahnle came in to get the final out of the inning. 5-3 Yanks.

With two out in the seventh, Zack Britton gave Yankees fans a scare by walking three batters in a row to load the bases. Manager Aaron Boone then pulled a double switch, bringing in Adam Ottavino to replace Britton, and getting Brett Gardner in the OF (Tauchman going from CF to RF, replacing Maybin). In the key moment of the game, Ottavino struck out Buster Posey to get out of the inning.

Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (8) in the ninth to give the Yanks some insurance runs. 7-3.

Voit has been a real steal for the Yanks. Since Brian Cashman went out and got him, Voit has played in 65 games for the Yanks, hitting .309-22-55, OPS+ 170. Keep that up over 162 games and you are talking MVP-type numbers.

LeMahieu 3 hits, scored 3x
Voit 3 hits, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI. 2-run HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Paxton (W, 3-2, 3.38) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K
Kahnle (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP.  1.86  Looking like he did in 2017, not 2018.
Britton (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K.  2.45
Ottavino (H, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.51
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.45

The bullpen: 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 W, 6 K.  A bit wild, but no hits or runs. Combined, the Yanks’ pitchers struck out 14, walked 7.

 

 

 

Game 24. Yanks comeback to win 6th straight, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, the scrubs are somehow finding a way.

Down 5-0 going into the sixth, the Yanks (14-10, 2nd in AL East, 1 1/2 back) came back to win 6-5 for their sixth straight victory. They are playing with some guts and grit.

Before the game, it was announced that Gio Gonzalez, who opted out of his contract with the Yanks, went back to Milwaukee on a one-year deal.’

Chad Green did have an option left. The struggling Green was sent down and Stephen Tarpley was brought back up. Also, the Yanks reactivated Gary Sanchez and sent down Kyle Higashioka.

More disconcerting was that Clint Frazier was out of the lineup again, and was getting an MRI on the ankle he twisted Monday night.

UPDATE: Frazier going on the IL.

Not only that, but Giancarlo Stanton had a setback in his recovery from his biceps injury and needed a cortisone shot in his SHOULDER.

Aargh. We are still looking at a couple of weeks until some of the starters start coming back.

You hope the team can tread water until then, and with this winning streak, they are doing more than that. Give them credit for that. Give Boone credit for holding things together. Things really could have fallen apart.

CC started and got 3 strikeouts to take him to 2997 for his career, but he was off. He gave up a HR to Andrelton Simmons in the first inning. 1-0 Angels.

He then gave up 4 runs in the fourth. Simmons touched him for another HR to make it 2-0.  Kole Calhoun later that inning hit a 3-run HR to make it 5-0.

The Yanks got two back in the sixth. Tyler Wade beat out an infield hit and D.J. LeMahieu doubled him home. 5-1.  Luke Voit singled LeMahieu to third. After two outs, it appeared the Yanks wouldn’t score anymore, but a PB by Angels’ C Jonathan Lucroy (who has made a couple of costly mistakes this series) enabled LeMahieu to score. 5-2 Angels.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh, but could have had more. The Yanks loaded the bases on a walk to Mike Ford, a single by Gio Urshela and a walk to Mike Tauchman. Wade walked to force in a run, 5-3. LeMahieu hit a SF, 5-4. Voit reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Tauchman to tie the game at five.

But then Brett Gardner hit a screaming liner that Mike Trout made a fabulous play on. But in throwing the ball back to the infield, the Angels picked off Tyler Wade with a hidden ball play. Wade can’t do that. You just can’t adjust your feet or come off the bag even for the slightest moment without knowing EXACTLY where that ball is. He was tagged out, inning over.

Wade made up for his gaffe in the ninth. With two outs, he singled and stole second. LeMahieu singled him in for what proved to be the game-winning run.

Kudos to Jonathan Loaisiga for relieving CC and shutting down the Angels to enable the Yanks to come back and win the game.

Not a good first game back for Gary Sanchez, who took the “Golden Sombrero”, 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI, GW RBI.
Wade 2 hits, RBI

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  2.40
Loaisiga (W, 1-0, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.70

Game 20. Judge HRs but gets hurt in Yanks’ 9-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The injury list keeps growing.

This time it’s Aaron Judge going onto it. After homering earlier in the game, Judge strained an oblique muscle in his rib cage while singling later in the game. As he goes onto the crowded IL, Gary Sanchez is due to come off of it.

Sanchez is expected to play in a rehab game Monday and rejoin the team on Wednesday.

Judge’s HR (5) in the first gave the Yanks (10-10) a 1-0 lead.

Clint Frazier’s HR (5) in the second made it 2-0.

In the third, Gleyber Torres hit what was originally called a 3-run HR, but he was rulled out because of fan interference. When will fans learn? If you want a ball that badly, go to Disk’s Sporting Goods and buy one. Anyway, the moron of a fan was kicked out, Gleyber was called out, and manager Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing the call.

In the fourth, back-to-back HRs by Mike Tauchman (3, a 3-run blast) and D.J. LeMahieu (1) made it 6-0 Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka was superb, his only blip being a solo HR he gave up in the sixth which cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tauchman walked and Judge got injured on his single. Tyler Wade pinch-ran for Judge. With two out, Torres singled in Tauchman and Frazier singled in Torres.

In the seventh, Gio Urshela doubled and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 9-1 Yanks.

Jonathan Holder gave up a home run in the ninth. Yanks win 9-2.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR. Injured and to the IL.
LeMahieu solo HR, first as a Yankee.
Frazier 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR.
Urshela 3 hits.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Tauchman HR, 3 RBI.

The bottom of the Yanks’ lineup did some damage.

Tanaka (W, 2-1, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR. 6.55

 

S.T. Game 29. Yanks lose, Gio rusty. Roster set? Trade made.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You may be working out on the side, but until you get that game experience ….

Newly signed Gio Gonzalez showed his rust as the Yanks lost to Toronto Saturday afternoon, 7-3.

The loss puts the Yanks S.T. record at 16-9-4.

Gleyber Torres had a 3-run HR for the Yanks in the first inning.

Masahiro Tanaka only worked two innings in preparing for his Opening Day start this coming Thursday and looked sharp. We can only hope he’s like this on Thursday. Two scoreless innings.

Besides Gonzalez’ rust, Aroldis Chapman had a rough outing. His velo is down and I am a bit concerned about him.

Tanaka 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Green (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Holder (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gonzalez (BS, L) 2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K
Bristo 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

I had to look up who Kriske was. Never heard of him. Brooks Kriske, 25, RHP, 2-2, 1.09 at short season Staten Island last year. 33 K in 24 2/3 IP. 2 games for Low A Charleston. 0-0, 4.50 in four innings. Far down on the “totem pole”. But had to see who was this guy? Was with Staten Island a bit in 2016, missed all of 2017. My guess is Charleston (low A) bound.

The Yanks basically set the 25 man opening roster today, but there could be a minor move yet.

C Sanchez and Romine
IF Bird (could still make a move here to put him on DL if elbow (HBP recently) problem lingers. If he is on DL, Wade AND Tauchman could make team? See below), Voit, Torres, LeMahieu, Andujar, Tulowitzki
UT Wade? See below.
OF Gardner, Judge, Stanton (Tauchman? See below).

The ? is Wade. I mentioned in my this blog earlier today that the Yanks could pick up an OF via someone getting cut by another team or by trade. I nailed that one. Just a few hours after I wrote that, the Yankees made a deal today for an OF.

The Yanks sent LHP Phillip Diehl to Colorado for OF Mike Tauchman. I was concerned about Wade’s lack of OF experience and the Yanks apparently are too.

So that final spot could come down to Wade or Tauchman.

UPDATE: Bird makes team, is OK. Wade sent down. Tauchman is backup OF.

First off, Diehl. 24. LHP. Goes to Colorado. Last year 2-3, 2.51 between High A Tampa and AA Trenton. Probably going back to AA. Boone was impressed with him in S.T.

Wade, mostly an IF (2B/SS/3B) has been used in the OF to increase his versatility, but is not a true OF. In 124 MLB at bats for the Yanks in 2017 and 2018, has hit only .161-1-7, 42 strikeouts, OPS+ 25. In 176 AAA games, .282-11-58 with 37 SB. He hasn’t taken that to the majors yet, and the 24 year old lefty hitter, although possessing great speed, hasn’t had a lot of OF experience.

Hence the trade for Tauchman. That last spot on the team for now (position player) is between Wade and Tauchman (unless Bird has to go on the DL, then both may make the team). Tauchman, a lefty bat, is 28, and is only 9 for 59 in his MLB career (.153-0-2, OPS+ 20). Like Wade, he needs his skills to translate from AAA to a major league level. While Wade has the speed, Tauchman could show the power, and is a true OF, which Wade isn’t. In 112 games at AA in 2018, Tauchman hit .323-20-81 with 12 SB. In 2017 at AAA, Tauchman hit .331-16-80 in 110 games with 16 SB.

Unlike Wade, Tauchman has a lot of experience in all three OF positions.

Whether it is Wade or Tauchman, expect neither to be there long. He’ll be gone once Hicks is ready.

As for what happens if or when Ellsbury is ready? We won’t go there.

The 13 ptichers are:

Tanaka
Paxton
Happ
Cessa (starter? Middle relief?)
CC (to start year w/suspension, then go on DL)
Chapman
Tarpley (I told you not to overlook him…. made team)
Britton
Green
Ottavino
Holder
German (starter? relief?)
Kahnle

When CC goes on the DL, Loaisiga, who was sent down, will replace him temporarily.

As for room for Gio (rusty today, see above) or Severino when ready, who knows. Same with Betances, and same with Montgomery this summer.

But you can never have enough pitching.

As I said in my prior post, sometimes you have to make tough decisions, and sometimes due to poor performance and/or injury, they are made for you.

Some decisions you just have to wait on. Cross that bridge when we get to it.

But also, don’t be surprised if, until Seve and CC are ready, Boone goes with an “opener” in a couple of games.