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Game 31. Yanks’ bullpen falters in 7-4 loss.

Gerrit Cole left after 7 innings with a 3-2 lead, but the Yanks’ (16-15) bullpen, a strength so far this season, faltered in a 7-4 loss to Houston Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks struck first when the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo HR (9). He has a 12 game hitting streak.

Cole gave up a HR in the top of the fourth to Yordan Alvarez, who would torment the Yanks all game.

A 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier in the bottom of the fourth put the Yanks’ up 3-1.

Cole gave up another HR to Alvarez in the seventh. 3-2.

In the top of the eighth, the wheels fell off. Chad Green gave up a 3-run HR to Jose Altuve and Houston went up 5-3.

On a strange play in the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first on an infield single by Aaron HIcks to cut Houston’s lead to 5-4.

But Justin Wilson gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, final Houston 7-4. The Yanks’ bullpen disappointed today.

Gio Urshela had to leave the game. MRI today.

Can’t wait to get Luke Voit back. Jay Bruce retired after hitting just .118. Mike Ford is 3 for 31 (.091).


Stanton solo HR (9)
Urshela 2 hits.
Hicks 3 for 3, walk, RBI.
Frazier 2 run HR (3)

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.61 Gave up 2 HR.
Green (L, 0-3; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.50 Gave up HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.63
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.04 Gave up 1 HR.

Missing Zack Britton too. Wilson hasn’t filled his shoes.

Two sidenotes about three of the greatest players in MLB history.

One, Happy 90th birthday to Willie Mays.
Two. Albert Pujols released by Angels. 3253 hits, 667 HR.
Three. Miguel Cabrera last I saw hitting about .105. Needs something like 128 hits for 3000, 11 HR for 500, but ugh. Something like 6 for 57 so far.

Minor league report tomorrow morning.

S.T. Game 21. Phils blank Yanks, 4-0.

The Yankees (13-7-1 in spring training) only got two hits—both by Giancarlo Stanton—-in losing 4-0 to the Phillies Monday night.

The bats seem to be in a bit of a slump lately. I like the pitching, with one exception. With Zack Britton out, Justin Wilson needs to step up, and he’s had a bad spring so far. Last night he gave up a 2-run HR to our old buddy, ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius.

Taillon (L) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Needs to go deeper and soon. Opening Day not far away.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP.
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Wilson 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up the HR to Didi, didn’t get anyone out.
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

On another note (NBA), Lakers legend from the 1960s Elgin Baylor (retired #22) passed away, age 86. RIP.

UPDATE: Wilson complained of shoulder tightness and will be getting an MRI today. So the Yanks could have two lefty relievers on the DL come Opening Day (Britton and Wilson) and if so, we may see both Luetge AND Lyons on the team Opening Day.

S.T. Game 11. Yanks beat Phils 6-1. Cole, Loaisiga sharp. Hicks HR. Chirinos out with fractured wrist.

The Yankees (6-4-1 in spring training) beat the Phils yesterday, 6-1, but did receive bad news about Robinson Chirinos, who was trying to win the backup C job.

Chirinos was HBP during Wednesday’s game, and X-rays revealed a fractured right wrist. So it appears Kyle Higashioka will remain the backup catcher. Rob Brantly is in camp as a non-roster invitee, just in case.

Aaron Hicks led off the game with a HR. He had 2 hits and 2 RBI yesterday. Minor league 1B Chris Gittens was 2 for 2 with an RBI and minor league infielder Andrew Velazquez had 3 hits and a RBI. The lineup for the most part was a B-lineup.

Gerrit Cole and Jonathan Loaisiga were strong on the mound. Cole did have trouble with ex-Yankee Andrew McCutchen, who got two hits and an RBI off of him. Jhoulys Chacin had his first good outing of the spring.
Finally, it really appears like Lucas Luetge, having a great spring, will fill make the team as a lefty reliever until the injured Zack Britton returns.

Cole (W) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Loaisiga (H) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chacin (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 10. Yanks win 6-5. German good again, Stanton and Gleyber go back-to-back.





The Yankees’ top relievers (except for the injured Zack Britton, back in June?) pitched yesterday and all—except for Justin Wilson—did well in the Yanks’ (5-4-1) 6-5 win over Pittsburgh last night.

Domingo German had another great outing as he and Deivi Garcia are having a good competition in order to land the #5 starter spot. Garcia is only 21, so the Yanks may want to get him a bit more minor league experience first.

The front four of the rotation appear to be Cole, Taillon, Kluber and Montgomery. Besides the battle for #5 between German and Garcia, more good news for the Yanks. Luis Severino is due to throw off a mound soon. His timetable for return in sometime mid-season.

The Yanks got a run in the first on singles by D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge and a SF by Brett Gardner. Judge had two hits in the game, and Gardner was 2 for 2 with that SF.

In the third inning, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back HRs, Stanton’s being a 3-run shot (420 ft., exit velocity 115 MPH) to put the Yanks up 5-0.

But Wilson gave it back in the sixth. He gave up a solo HR, loaded up the bases, then gave up a grand slam.

The Yanks scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-loaded walk.

In case you didn’t know, to protect pitchers’ arms, sometimes innings end before three outs are made, especially if that pitcher reached a certain pitch count that inning. It is only spring training after all, and this is to protect the pitchers.

German 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up a solo HR and a grand slam.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
King (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 9. Britton needs surgery. Yanks fall 6-5. Sanchez, Bruce HR.

Some good and some bad yesterday as the Yankees (4-4-1) lost 6-5 to Detroit due to a late Tigers’ rally off a minor league pitcher.

Some bad news, as Zack Britton has a bone chip in his pitching elbow that requires surgery. It looks like he will be out until May June. This may open the door for Lucas Luetge, another lefty who has looked sharp this spring.

As for the youngsters, Deivi Garcia looked great yesterday, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out five as he tries to get that #5 rotation slot. I think it is between him and Domingo German. Garcia’s age (21) works against him since the Yankees may decide to send him down for more seasoning. You never know though. Nick Nelson also pitched well with two scoreless innings.

Luis Garcia didn’t however, and the Tigers got three runs off of him in the bottom of the eighth which is why the Yankees lost. Also, veteran Luis Cessa struggled again, giving up a 3-run HR.

Two Yankees having hot spring trainings both homered… Jay Bruce and Gary Sanchez. Bruce, signed to a minor league deal, is trying to make the team. Sanchez is trying to redeem himself after a horrendous 2020 that saw him hit just .147.

A scary moment in the game came when Clint Frazier tried to catch that HR that Cessa gave up and hit the fence. It brought back bad memories of a few years ago when Frazier hit the fence in spring training and suffered a concussion that affected him for a long time. Luckily he was ok this time.

D. Garcia 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Cessa (BS) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up a 3-run HR.
Nelson (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. A WP.
Cortes (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
L. Garcia (L, BS) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lyons 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. A WP.

Yanks pick up Britton option, decline Gardy & Happ

The Yankees picked up Zack Britton’s option, keeping him in pinstripes through 2022. Had it been declined, Britton would have become a free agent immediately.

They declined options on Brett Gardner and J.A. Happ. Gardner is due a $2.5MM buyout, and could come back at a reduced price but with Clint Frazier appearing ready, that is uncertain. Gardner’s age (37) works against him.

Happ did not pitch very well in 2019, started 2020 poorly, rebounded, but then had a poor postseason. Not only does Happ’s age (38) work against him, but also performance. Not only that, but his relationship with management has deteriorated badly.

ALDS Game 5. Yankees eliminated in 2-1 loss.

The Yankees season is over after a 2-1 loss in Game 5. The Rays advance to the ALCS to face the Astros.

I’ll have a review of the season, players, and an analysis of things that I think need to be done in another upcoming article. Some things about this game may give a bit of a preview.

There were only six hits total in this game. Three by each side. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they hit one HR while Tampa Bay hit two.

I have to really question future commitments to Aroldis Chapman. You have to now wonder about him in big moments. He almost blew the 2016 WS for the Cubs, giving up a shocking game-tying HR in Game 7 of that WS before the Cubs came back to win.

Now he has blown the 2019 ALCS and the 2020 ALDS by giving up game-winning HRs that ended the Yankees’ season both times.

Not only that, but his attitude seems to be a problem as well. That macho posturing is getting tiresome, and karma may have just bit him in the ass last night.

Chapman is no Rivera, in a lot of ways.

Chapman is appealing a suspension (won’t take place until 2021) from throwing up and in and seemingly at Mike Brosseau of the Rays in an early September game this year. So who hits the game-winning HR off of Chapman? Brosseau. It had to be sweet revenge for Brosseau.

Chapman’s contract is huge. It would be hard getting rid of it, and I wonder if the Yankees even want to or should. But two straight years of Chapman giving up season-ending dingers, plus his seeming immaturity, make you wonder.

Gerrit Cole escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, then settled down.

The Yankees’ only run of the game came when Aaron Judge sliced a HR to RF in the top of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Meadows hit a game-tying HR that Judge, the Yankees, and their fans will be shaking their heads about for years to come. For whatever reason, RF at the neutral site, Petco Park in San Diego, has a ledge extending over the RF wall. If not for that ledge (which Judge hit his head on while attempting to catch the ball), the 6’7″ Judge had a good shot to catch the ball and rob Meadows of a HR. We will never know. Judge thought he had a bead on it.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brett Gardner, in LF, DID rob Randy Arozareana of a HR. No ledge in LF

Cole was a bulldog, giving up only that one hit, but it was a HR.

Neither team mustered much offense.

Then the bottom of the eighth, when karma bit Chapman in the ass and for the second year in a row, he gave up a HR (albeit, not a walk-off as in 2019) that ended the Yankees’ season.

If you would have told me that Yankees’ pitchers would give up just 3 hits, and get 13 strikeouts, I’d have taken it.

What we didn’t know was that Yankees’ hitters would get only 3 hits and strike out 11x themselves.

The last out was cruel. A 109 MPH liner off the bat of Gio Urshela that was grabbed by 3B Joey Wendle. A liner that tore Wendle’s glove. Urshela (like Willie McCovey ending the 1962 WS) hit it on the screws. No luck.

Judge solo HR

Cole 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 9 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman (LOSS) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Now that the Yanks lost this ALDS, that awful decision of Game 2, Garcia/Happ looks even worse. I still hate it and always will.

Speaking of immaturity (Chapman above), you also can wonder what if German were available. Last year AND this year.

A disappointing ending.

ALDS GAME 4. Yanks stay alive, force Game 5.

The Yankees stayed alive and evened up the best-of-five series at two games apiece by beating Tampa Bay 5-1 Thursday night.

Gerrit Cole will start the deciding game 5 tonight. He has never pitched on three days rest before.

The rest of the division series are over. The winner of the Yankees/Rays game tonight faces Houston in the ALCS. The NLCS features the Braves against the Dodgers.

Houston, of course, beat the Yanks in the ALCS in 2017 and 2019.

The Yanks scored twice in the second inning. Luke Voit led off the inning with a 450 ft. home run, then walks to Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela loaded the bases. After Kyle Higashioka struck out, D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF.

Tampa Bay got their only run in the top of the third.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Gardner singled and Torres followed with a two-run HR.

The Yanks added their final run in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Torres singled. After another out, he stole second and scored on a single by Higashioka.

The Yankees’ bullpen came through with five no -hit innings after a decent, if short, start by Jordan Montgomery.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Great defensive play.
Voit solo HR
Gardner 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 2-run HR
Higashioka 2 hits, RBI

Montgomery 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Green (WINNER) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Chapman (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

ALDS Game 1. Yanks hit 4 HR, take Game 1, 9-3.

Giancarlo Stanton’s ninth inning grand slam broke open a close game and the Yanks took Game 1 of the best-of-five ALDS from the Tampa Bay Rays, 9-3.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a WP, to third on a groundout, and scored on a SF by Aaron Hicks.

Tampa Bay came right back in the bottom of the first on a HR by Randy Arozarena off of Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on a HR by Clint Frazier.

For whatever reason, one-time Yankee Ji-Man Choi seems to own Cole. He hit a 2-run HR in the borrom of the fourth to put the Rays ahead 3-2.

The Yanks came right back in the top of the fifth. Kyle Higashioka led off the inning with a HR to tie the game, and one out later, Aaron Judge homered to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Cole escaped a bases-loaded jam in the botttom of the fifth.

It stayed 4-3 until the top of the ninth. Higashioka singled to lead off the inning, then LeMahieu walked. After an out, Hicks singled in Higashioka. Tyler Wade, who had replaced Luke Voit for defensive purposes, walked. Stanton then hit his grand slam to break the game open. The Yanks reloaded the bases but didn’t score again.

As I had hoped, Deivi Garcia will start Game 2 tonight. Less pressure on the rookie, especially after the Yanks won Game 1.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge solo HR
Hicks 3 hits, 2 RBI
Stanton grand slam, 4 RBI
Urshela 2 hits
Frazier solo HR
Higashioka solo HR, 2 hits

Cole (Winner) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Britton (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.


WC Game 2. Yanks advance with wild 10-9 win. Rays at Neutral SD site next.

Rain delayed the start of Game 2 of the Yankees-Indians game, and that seemed to affect Masahiro Tanaka, who gave up four runs in the bottom of the first, an inning started later than scheduled, and then delayed in the middle of it.

Tanaka settled down a little, and eventually the Yankees prevailed in a back and forth, 10-9 win over Cleveland. With the win, the Yankees swept the Indians in the best-of-three series and now head to neutral site San Diego for a best-of-five ALDS showdown against the Tampa Bay Rays, against whom they were just 2-8 this season. The Rays have surpassed Boston this year as the Yanks’ arch nemesis. There is a lot of bad blood between the teams.

After the Yanks fell into that early 4-0 hole, Giancarlo Stanton got the Yanks on the board in the second with a solo HR.

The Yanks took the lead on a Gio Urshela grand slam in the fourth. Aaron Hicks tripled on a misplayed liner to lead off the inning, then Luke Voit and Stanton both walked before Urshela’s 432 ft. grand slam.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the fifth on a walk to Hicks, Luke Voit’s double which sent Hicks to third, then a SF by Stanton. 6-4, Yankees.

But the Indians came back to tie it in the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Brett Gardner led off with a walk, then Gary Sanchez hit a wind-blown, 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 8-6.

For Sanchez, a bit of a redemptive night after a season (albeit a shortened one) where he only hit .147.

But Cleveland came back to tie it in the bottom of the seventh.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Indians went ahead 9-8, and could have had more except for a fabulous DP started by Gio Urshela.

The Yanks then scored twice in the top of the ninth to win the game and send the Indians packing. Stanton walked, and Mike Tauchman PR for him. Urshela, and then Gleyber Torres both singled to load the bases with no one out. After Brett Gardner struck out, Sanchez tied up the game with a SF. D.J. LeMahieu hit a seeing-eye single up the middle to put the Yanks up 10-9, and they hung on for the win.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Stanton, HR, 2 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 4 RBI, Grand Slam, great defensive play
Sanchez 3 RBI, 2-run HR.

The Yanks drew 12 walks in the game, in addition to getting 8 hits (3 of which were HR).

Tanaka 4 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Britton (H) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga (BS) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 HBP
Chapman (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

The Yankees and Rays can now set up their rotations, since Game 1 of the ALDS won’t start until Monday, October 5. Time to be determined. On TBS. There will be no off days. It will be in the “bubble” of a neutral site in San Diego. With the Rays being the 1 seed (AL EAST champ) and the Yanks being the #5 seed, the Rays will be the home team for Games 1, 2 and 5 (5 if necessary) and the Yanks the home team for Games 3 and 4 (4 if necessary).

I would expect Cole in Game 1 and to also go on three days rest if there is a Game 5. As for the rotation for Games 2-3-4, we will see. If I were Boone, I might go with Garcia in Game 2 to place less pressure on the kid and save the veterans Tanaka and Happ for the more pressure-packed Games 3 and 4.