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Game 113. Yanks slug six HR in 9-4 win, but Gleyber hurt again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (74-39) slugged six HR in a 9-4 win over the Orioles Tuesday night. The lead in the AL East stays at 9 over Tampa Bay (since it is 15 1/2 over Boston, I won’t even mention Boston henceforth). The magic # to clinch the division, if you are interested, is 40. More once it gets under 20.

The win is the Yankees’ seventh in a row, and they have won 14 in a row at Camden Yards, a “home away from home.”

But the concern is over Gleyber Torres. For the second time in three days, he was pulled from the game, and more tests are coming. He says same thing as Sunday night. Core issue pain. He is headed back to NY for more tests.

The Yanks hit three HR in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. Mike Tauchman (10) and D.J. LeMahieu (18) went back-to-back, then after Aaron Judge struck out, Didi Gregorius hit #8.

After that inning, Torres was pulled.

I don’t understand why Aaron Boone let Jonathan Holder, the “opener”, pitch a third inning. As the “opener”, he is supposed to pitch one, maybe two innings. Why push him to a third? It backfired when Holder gave up two runs in the third. Lead down to 3-2, Yanks.

The Yanks came right back with two in the top of the fourth to go up 5-2. Cameron Maybin led off the inning with a walk and Mike Ford doubled him to third. Austin Romine then doubled both runners home.

Tauchman robbed Pedro Severino of a HR in the top of the fourth.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a 2-run HR in the fifth that cut the lead to 5-4.

Romine homered (6) in the sixth to put the Yanks up 6-4.

Romine and Tauchman hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the top of the eighth to make it 7-4.

The Yanks got more insurance runs in the top of the ninth when Brett Gardner (17) and Cameron Maybin (6) hit back-to-back HR for the final score of 9-4.

The six HR the Yanks hit in the game make their total 38 this year at Camden Yards, with today’s game to go.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (18)
Gregorius solo HR (8)
Gardner solo HR (17)
Maybin solo HR (6)
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI. HR (6)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. HR (10). Robbed an Oriole of a HR.

Holder 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.   6.31
Tarpley 2 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 0 K.   8.31
Cortes (W, 5-0, 4.37) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Ottavino (S, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Game 100. Hicks saves Yanks, pitching woes continue, Sanchez hurt in 14-12, 10-inning come-from-behind win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Where to begin.

Down to their last out, Aaron Hicks homered in the 9th to put the Yanks ahead, then in the 10th, made an unbelievable catch to save and end the game as the Yanks (65-35), won a wild, come-from-behind game, 14-12, Tuesday night.

Gary Sanchez, 0 for 5, 0 for his last 18, and 10 for his last 85 (.229), experienced tightness in his left groin, is headed for an MRI and could be headed to the IL.

Brett Gardner missed another game due to a sore knee.

The Yanks struck first, scoring two in the top of the first. Hicks walked, and with one out, Edwin Encarnacion doubled. With two out, Didi Gregorius, who went 5 for 5 with 7 RBI on the night, doubled in two runs.

But Domingo German gave up a run in the second. 2-1 Yankees.

The struggling Sanchez popped up with the bases loaded in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, German gave up back-to-back HR to begin the inning. After three innings, it was 3-2 Twins.

German struggled again in the fourth, giving up five runs. A double, a WP, and a single made it 4-2, Twins. Then a flyout. A single. Then his second HBP of the game loaded the bases. A groundout brought in a run. 5-2. Then a 3-run HR. 8-2, and German was finished, probably a batter or a couple of batters too late. David Hale came in, gave up a couple of hits, but then got the third out before any more damage was done.

But German was probably left in a batter or a couple of batters too late. But Boone probably didn’t want to go to the bullpen, because Paxton got knocked out early Sunday and CC knocked out early Monday. This is now three games in a row where the starter had a bad outing. Paxton 3 1/3 Sunday, CC 4 Monday, German 3 2/3 last night. Not good, and it accentuates the need for the Yanks to get pitching help.

You need length from the starters or the bullpen will burn out.

Didi hit a 3-run HR in the fifth (6) to cut the lead to 8-5.

The Twins came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-5.

After seven, it was still 9-5 Twins. Then things got crazy.

In the top of the eighth, the Yanks scored five times to take a 10-9 lead. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk. Gio Urshela doubled him to third. Mike Tauchman doubled, but Urshela couldn’t score, as he tug up in case of the ball being caught. 9-6. After Hicks stuck out, Aaron Judge doubled in two runs to make it 9-8. He missed a HR by maybe a foot or two. After Encarnacion struck out, Luke Voit walked, on a pitch that he probably got a break on. Didi Gregorius then doubled in two runs to give the Yanks a 10-9 lead. Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli was then ejected for arguing balls and strikes, especially on the walk to Voit. Sanchez then grounded out to end the inning and apparently injured his groin in running to first.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Zack Britton gave up a massive, 457 ft. HR to Miguel Sano, a 2-run shot that put the Twins up, 11-10. It was the second HR of the game for Sano.

In the top of the ninth, with two out, Mike Tauchman walked. Hicks hit the first pitch for his 11th HR of the season to put the Yanks up 12-11.

The Twins’ hitting coach got ejected then, also for arguing balls and strikes.

To the bottom of the ninth, where Aroldis Chapman, like Britton the inning before, could not hold the lead. He walked the first three batters of the inning to load the bases. A SF tied the game at 12. A lineout to Hicks couldn’t bring in the winning run. Chapman then got out of the inning with a liner to Didi.

With one out in the top of the tenth, Didi singled, his fifth hit of the night. Austin Romine, in for the injured Sanchez, singled. Gleyber Torres singled to drive in Didi and put the Yanks up 13-12. After Gio Urshela flied out for the second out that couldn’t score the run, Torres stole second. A WP scored Romine to make it 14-12, Yankees.

But that nearly wasn’t enough.

Adam Ottavino got a strikeout to begin the bottom of the tenth, then walked two batters. Then came a forceout for out #2. Another walk loaded the bases, and in came Chad Green.

Max Kepler ripped a shot into the LCF gap that looked like a bases-clearing 3-run double that would give the Twins a 15-14 win, except that Aaron Hicks made a diving catch to end the game.

Unbelievable finish.

With the win, the Yanks (65-35) have a 10 game lead over both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox, as the Red Sox have caught the Rays and both are in a virtual tie for second. Boston at 56-46 has a .549 winning percentage, and Tampa Bay at 57-47 is at .548.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI, Game saving catch. Game saving HR (11)
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI
Encarnacion 2 hits
Voit 2 hits
Gregorius 5 for 5, 7 RBI, 3-run HR (6)
Torres 2 hits, GW RBI
Tauchman 2 hits, RBI

The Yanks banged out 20 hits.

German 3 2/3 IP, 8 R, 9 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.03
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.34
Kahnle 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.75
Britton (BS, 4) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  2.63
Chapman (W, 3-2, 2.56; BS, 5) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K.
Ottavino (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K.  1.60
Green (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   4.58

 

 

Game 99. Yanks hit into triple play, give up 5 HR in 8-6 loss to Twins.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You know it isn’t your night when, in the first inning, you hit into a triple play and your starting pitcher gives up back-to-back HR.

That’s what happened in the Yankees’ (64-35) 8-6 loss to the Twins Monday night. They stay 9 ahead of Tampa Bay and 10 up on Boston (who beat the Rays).

A few notes before the game recap.

Cameron Maybin begins a rehab assignment today (Tuesday). With Mike Tauchman hot right now, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Maybin is ready. He is out of options. Tauchman, meanwhile, is hot.

Jonathan Holder was brought back up before the game, Stephen Tarpley sent down.

Aaron Boone has done a great job this year, but there are a few moves recently that I question. For one, Gary Sanchez is in a bad slump, having lost 40 points off of his batting average since June 21 (a little over a month ago). Yet Boone continues to hit Sanchez third, or as was the case last night, fourth. Gleyber Torres is hitting .294 but batted seventh last night. Why not ride the hot hand, Aaron, and switch those two in the lineup? Sanchez’ slump and position in the lineup hurt the Yanks last night a couple of times.

One thing I worry about is this. Despite the big divisional lead, what starter do you absolutely trust to win a must-win game in the postseason? That is why there are all the trade rumors involving the Yankees and a pitcher. I won’t report on rumors, just facts once something happens.

But when something happens, which of the current starters in the bullpen gets bumped out once a deal is made (one starter goes) or Severino returns.  If BOTH happen, then which TWO starters get bumped?

It is July 23. Things are going to get VERY interesting regarding Yankees’ starting pitching very soon. The trade deadline is just over a week away.

Now to the game recap.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge walked, but Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to third. Step on third, go around the horn, and the Twins get a 5-4-3 triple play to get out of it.

After an out, CC Sabathia then gave up back-to-back HR in the bottom of the first. Yanks down 2-0.

In the top of the third, the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Gio Urshela homered (10). Tauchman singled, LeMahieu doubled. Judge walked. Bases loaded. Encarnacion singled to tie the game, but with a chance to do more damage, Sanchez GIDP.

CC gave up three runs in the bottom of the third. He wasn’t helped when Sanchez was called for catcher interference, forcing in one of the runs.

The Yanks made it 5-3 in the top of the fourth when Luke Voit homered (19).

But CC came back out for the fourth, a move I question. He had already given up two HR, and five runs, in three innings. He gave up two more HR in the fourth inning, making it four for the game, and the Yanks were down 7-3.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the fifth on a 2-run HR by LeMahieu (15).

They made it 7-6 in the sixth when Torres doubled, and with one out, Tauchman singled him home. LeMahieu then singled, but Judge ended the inning by GIDP.

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-6 Twins, the final score.

With two on, and one out in the ninth, the slumping Sanchez struck out. He is down to .233 after being at .274 after the June 21 games.

Aaron Hicks was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.338) 2 RBI, 15th HR.
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI. Hit into a triple play.
Voit 19th HR. 1 for 4, the HR but 3 strikeouts.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, 10th HR.
Tauchman 3 hits, RBI. (Brett Gardner has a sore knee).

Four of the six hits CC gave up were HR.

Sabathia (L, 5-5, 4.50) 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.  4.13  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.63

 

Game 96. Yanks slam Rockies, 8-2, behind some ex-Rockies. Lead now 9.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, ex-Rockies D.J. LeMahieu, Mike Tauchman, and Adam Ottavino tormented their former team, and Aaron Judge added a 2-run HR as the Yanks (63-33) beat Colorado 8-2 Friday night.

With the win, the Yanks’ AL East lead grew to 9 over Tampa Bay and 11 over Boston.

The Rockies struck first, scoring two in the second off of J.A. Happ. Ryan McMahon led off the inning with a HR, then an out later, Chris Ianetta singled and then scored on a double by Garrett Hampson. Hampson advanced to third on the play on an error by Gleyber Torres. Happ got out of further trouble, when, on a fly ball to LF Mike Tauchman,  Tauchman lined up perfectly to catch the ball and then threw a perfect one-hopper to Gary Sanchez to nail Hampson, who was trying to tag up and score on the flyout, at the plate.

The Yanks took over in the third inning. With one out, LeMahieu, the former Rockie (as is Tauchman and Ottavino) singled. Both Judge and Sanchez walked, and Encarnacion hit a grand slam, his 29th HR of the season, to put the Yanks’ up 4-2.

Tauchman was huge in this game. Besides throwing a guy out at the plate, his hustle came up big. He made a nice sliding catch at one point in the game, and in the fourth, with two out, blooped a hit into shallow left. He hustled it into a double, and that hustle paid off when LeMahieu singled him in to make it 5-2.

Tauchman singled with one out in the sixth, and then showed off his hustle again by stealing second. He advanced to third on a throwing error on the play and scored on a fielders’ choice grounder, beating the play at the plate. More hustle. LeMahieu reached on that play, and then Judge added a 2-run HR (11) to make it 8-2.

The Yanks got excellent relief pitching as Happ, Ottavino and Stephen Tarpley combined for 17 K. 

With Nestor Cortes, Jr. having gone a few innings on Thursday, he was sent down and Tarpley brought up in order for the Yanks to have a “fresh arm.”

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI .330
Judge 2-run HR (11), threw out a guy at second.
Encarnacion grand slam HR (29), 4 RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Torres 2 hits
Tauchman 3 hits, scored two runs due to hustle, made great defensive plays.

Happ (W, 8-5, 4.86) 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. In and out of trouble all night, helped by Tauchman and Judge.
Ottavino (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.66
Tarpley (S, 2) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.30.

Manager Aaron Boone was suspended for this game due to his ejection in Game 1 of Thursday’s DH.

I can’t help but think. With the excellent defense (and hitting) LeMahieu and Urshela provide, could good bat/weak glove youngsters Clint Frazier and (the injured) Miguel Andujar be on the trade block in order to land a starting pitcher? There are only so many spots to go around to fill up a team, and someone would have to go.

My reports this weekend may be spotty, if at all. I’ll be up in Cooperstown Sunday for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

 

Game 94. Yanks take first game of DH, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t know what it is about Domingo German and the first inning or first batter, but he had trouble again, giving up home runs to the first two batters as he hung curve balls on both pitches. Two batters into the game, down 2-0.

He walked the third batter, got a DP, gave up a single, then got a strikeout.

First inning, 2 HR, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 walk. After that, German gave up no runs and only one hit and one walk over his next five innings.

The Yanks (61-33) came back to win the game, 6-2. With the win, German goes to 12-2 on the season.

On mlb.com, I see things about who the leaders are for certain awards. For the AL CYA, I see Verlander’s name, among others. I don’t see German’s. Why? 12-2, 3.38 isn’t exactly shabby.

Gio Urshela tied the game in the bottom of the second with a 2-run HR (9), and soon after that, manager Aaron Boone was ejected for disagreeing with the home plate umpire’s strike zone.

In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases, but D.J. LeMahieu struck out to end the inning.

The Yanks broke the game open in the fifth. Aaron Judge singled to lead off the inning and Aaron Hicks doubled Judge to third. After Edwin Encarnacion struck out, Gary Sanchez singled in a run to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Didi Gregorius popped up, but Luke Voit singled in Hicks to make it 4-2 and send Sanchez to second. Urshela then doubled in Sanchez, Voit going to third, to make it 5-2. Brett Gardner struck out to end the inning.

Hicks homered (9) in the sixth to make it 6-2, which turned out to be the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (9)
Sanchez 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 3 RBI, HR (9)

German (W, 12-2, 3.38) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR (to the first two hitters)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.89
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.25
Hale 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.37

Game 71. Tanaka dominates Rays with CG, 2-hit shutout.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The best Yankees’ pitching performance of the year, so far.

You can argue the best pitching performance in over 16 years.

In an age where you almost never see complete games anymore, Masahiro Tanaka threw a complete game, 2-hit, 10-strikeout gem in beating Tampa Bay 3-0 last night.

According to YES (and I looked it up on baseballreference.com, too), it’s the first time a Yankee pitcher threw a complete game where that pitcher gave up two hits or less with 10 or more strikeouts since Mike Mussina threw a two-hit shutout, striking out 12, against Tampa Bay on September 24, 2002.

And yes, in the seventh and eighth innings, I was hollering at the TV for Aaron Boone to keep Tanaka in there. Tanaka was that dominating, and hey, if he was still mowing them down, and his pitch count wasn’t too high, why not give the bullpen a rest?

In the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu hit a 2-run HR (8) to put the Yanks up 2-0.

In the fifth, Cameron Maybin homered (4) for the third straight game to put the Yanks up 3-0, and that was all the scoring in the game.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (8) (.311)
Maybin 3 for 3, solo HR (4)

Tanaka (W, 5-5, 3.23) 9 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 10 K.

Stanton comes off the IL today. Mike Tauchman is expected to be sent down.

With the win, the Yanks (44-27) won their third in a row, and opened up a 1 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Boston, who has won six in a row, is 5 1/2 back.

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.