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Game 18. Yanks’ Offense punchless in 6-1 loss to KC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, a lot of guys in the Yanks’ lineup are AAA players.

That showed Friday night as the Yanks only got four hits—two by Clint Frazier—in losing to KC 6-1.

No one is going to feel sorry for you, though, and other players have to step up.

A win would have put the Yanks at .500. Instead they fall to 8-10 on the season.

Domingo German showed why he is sometimes such a tease. 9 K in 6 IP, but he gave up 2 HR in taking the loss. He wasn’t too bad, 3 R in 6 IP, but with the offense being feeble last night, he basically would have had to pitch a shutout.

The Yanks’ only run came via a SF by Gleyber Torres in the first inning.

German (L, 3-1, 2.37) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.00
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.68
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.59
Harvey 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.80

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Games 13 & 14. Yanks lose Friday, win Saturday on 1-hitter. CC back, but bad Betances news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This will be brief, because I was out of town Friday night and all day Saturday.

The Yanks lost Friday night 9-6. J.A. Happ (0-2, 8.76, took the loss Friday) and Chad Green (0-2, 11.81) have been disappointing so far and both didn’t pitch well at all Friday night. They have to improve.

Greg Bird has to also. 6 for 35, 16 whiffs. Only one hit for extra bases.  James Paxton is 1-2, 6.00.

As for Bird, when guys get healthy, then someone has to be sent down, and if your numbers aren’t there, then….

It’s just the nature of the business. If he wants to stay in the majors, he’ll have to pick it up. Voit is only hitting .200, but Voit does lead the Yanks with 13 RBI.

The Yanks are in 2nd in the AL East, but 4 1/2 back of the Rays. It’s early but don’t discount Tampa Bay. Boston, like the Yanks, has been struggling so far. (5-10).  For the Yanks to get better, some players (see above for an example) must play better, as well as others have to get healthy.

The Yanks (6-8) snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. CC Sabathia returned from the DL (Stephen Tarpley sent down) and combined with three relievers on a one-hit shutout as the Yanks won 4-0.

Aaron Judge hit his 4th HR of the year in this game.

Tyler Wade squeezed home a run. I love to see that. With all the injuries, the Yanks have to find different ways to win. With Wade’s speed and bunting ability, this is one of them.

I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home.

If short on power because of the injuries, then pitching and defense and speed.

Dellin Betances’ shoulder isn’t better. Bone spur. Cortisone shot. Shut down 6-7 weeks, probably out 3 months.

Saturday’s pitching line:

CC 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K
German (W, 3-0, 1.38) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

CC is now 11 strikeouts short of 3000 for his career.

 

Game 12. In Houston, Yanks have a problem. Get swept by Astros, 8-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jose Altuve killed the Yanks (5-7) in their three game series, hitting four HR, two last night, in Houston’s 8-6 win.

Brett Gardner led the game off for the Yanks with a HR (2) but Altuve tied it in the bottom of the first with a HR and Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up another run in the bottom of the first.

The Yanks had first and third, one out in the second, but both Austin Romine and Tyler Wade struck out.

Houston got one in the third to go up 3-1.

A double by Gleyber Torres, single by Greg Bird and SF by D.J. LeMahieu made it 3-2 in the fourth.

Houston got four in the fifth to go up 7-2. Altuve hit his second HR of the game in that inning, and Carlos Correa added a two-run shot.

The Yanks tried to come back in the eighth. Aaron Judge walked, and Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (4) to make it 7-4. Torres singled, Bird walked, and LeMahieu doubled in a run. Clint Frazier hit a SF to cut it to 7-6.

Houston got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.

The Yanks struck out 13x. It seemed they weren’t recognizing and couldn’t hit the slider.

Voit HR, 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
LeMahieu 3 for 3, 2 RBI

Joe Harvey was brought up to replace Jonathan Loaisiga for a few days until the Yanks activate CC.

Paxton (L, 1-2, 6.00) 4+ IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Harvey 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  MLB DEBUT  0.00
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.00
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.76

 

Game 10. Bullpen can’t hold lead, Yanks lose 4-3. Severino has setback.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For six innings, Masahiro Tanaka outpitched Houston’s Justin Verlander. He left with a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t hold it and Houston, aided by some luck on a little dribbler, beat the 5-5 Yankees, 4-3.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, inc. a HR (3) and walked twice.

Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

Not a good night for Greg Bird, who took the “golden sombrero” 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  1.47
Britton 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.86
Ottavino (L, 1-1, 1.29) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Luis Severino will be sent to NY for more tests on his shoulder. According to manager Aaron Boone, Severino “feels OK but he is not where he needs to be.” He’ll have another MRI. Concerning news.

Game 7. Yanks hit 4 HR (2 by Gleyber) to win 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After the first inning, it didn’t look good. James Paxton gave up 3 runs in the first, and one run scored on a balk, another via a WP.

Gleyber Torres homered in the third, but after five innings, it was 4-1 Orioles and you feared the worst.

But in the fifth, Sanchez homered (3) to make it 4-2 and later that inning, Torres homered (2) to give the Yanks a 5-4 lead.

Luke Voit, who was slumping, hit a 3-run HR (2) in the top of the ninth for the cushion and the final score of 8-4.

The win puts the Yanks at 3-4 on the season. Tampa Bay is off to a good start, but take a look at Boston, 2-6.

Paxton did settle in after the first inning to get the win.

Torres 4 for 4. Single, double, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Voit HR, 3 RBI
Sanchez HR
Gardner 2 hits

Tough day for Aaron Judge, who may be trying to do too much to carry the team with all the injuries. 0 for 5, 4 strikeouts.

Paxton (W, 1-1, 4.09)  5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.50.

Greg Booker, a setup man who pitched for the Padres in the 1984 WS, passed away, age 58.  1983-1989 SD, Twins 1989, Giants 1990. 5-7, 3.89 in MLB career, ERA+ 95.

HOF manager Bobby Cox, mostly known for his managerial work for the Braves, but a Yankees’ 3B 1968-1969, is in the hospital after what appears to be a stroke. Prayers go out to him.

The Yanks are off Friday.

The Yanks did make a move, acquiring Jake Barrett from the Pirates and he will go to AAA SWB.

From Pinstripe Alley

In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved pitcher Ben Heller to the 60-day injured list.

Barrett has just 93.1 major-league innings to his name, all out of the bullpen with the Diamondbacks, along with a 4.05 ERA. The 27-year-old posted his best season in 2016, when he ran a 3.49 ERA, good for a 129 ERA+, across 59.1 innings. He’s spent little time in the majors since, making just seven appearances in 2018, allowing four runs in seven innings in the process.

He did play well in the minors last season, maintaining a 2.87 ERA in 53.1 innings for Triple-A Reno. Barrett struck out 11.3 batters per nine, but also ran a 4.9 BB/9 rate. According to Statcast, during Barrett’s brief time in the bigs last year, he relied heavily on his fastball, throwing his four-seamer 60% of the time. His slider made up 35% of his repertoire, while a splitter served as more of a show-me pitch with 5% usage. He averaged just over 94 mph on his fastball.

Now that the minor league season has started, I’ll be posting reports on the Yanks’ farm teams.

Spoiler alert: Gio Gonzalez sucked for SWB in their opener Thursday. Minor league Report coming tomorrow morning.

 

Game 6. Yanks’ offense sets embarrassing all-time team record in 2-1 loss. Now Tulo goes to DL

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You have to like the Yanks’ pitching so far, even if the bullpen lost games yesterday and today.

You have to hate the offense. Yes, there are injuries, but that’s no excuse for the all-time team record the Yanks set today by striking out 18x.

The Tigers got just 3 hits, but beat the Yanks 2-1. 3-1 yesterday, 2-1 today. You don’t win many games by scoring just one run.

Forget about the homers. Just concentrate on MAKING CONTACT.

To top it all off, Troy Tulowitzki strained a calf muscle and now HE goes on the DL. So now it looks like Torres will have to be at SS, Wade at 2B, and it looks like Thairo Estrada will be called up.

Estrada, 23, is the guy who missed almost all of last year because of a failed robbery attempt where he was shot in the leg. He has just 8 games of minor league experience above AA.

In 2017, he hit .301 for AA Trenton. In 2016, .290 between low A and high A. He is a righty bat.

The Yanks could also bring up Gio Urshela, but he doesn’t have the middle infield experience that Estrada has. Urshela is mostly a 3B.

I really like Jonathan Loaisiga, and he pitched decently today.

One HUGE problem. Gary Sanchez made his FOURTH throwing error of the season. The season is only six games old (with the Yanks 2-4).

Wade has a shot to prove himself.

I like LeMahieu leading off today. He did so because Gardner got the day off (until pinch-running late in the game and getting caught trying to steal). I think he should continue with Gardner dropped to ninth. LeMahieu is hitting .438 to Gardner’s .143 so far.

The Yanks’ only run came on a double by LeMahieu and an RBI single by Judge.

Newly acquired Mike Tauchman, who played CF today was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.

Loaisiga 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2.25
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green (L, 0-1, 4.50) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR in 8th that cost Yanks the game.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

As Joe McCarthy once said, “never fall below .500 if you can help it.” The first order of business is to get back to .500. They need to quit striking out, quit leaving runners on base and concentrate on making contact.

Sanchez has to stop the throwing errors.

They need to get healthy. This injury list is getting ridiculous.

Paxton on the mound tomorrow afternoon in Baltimore.

 

Game 4. Yanks win 3-1 on combined 2-hitter, but Stanton & Andujar go on I.L. Andujar could be lost for the season.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks evened their record at 2-2 with a 3-1 win over the Tigers, but the injured list grew even bigger when before the game, the Yanks had to put Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar on the injured list for 10 days each.

Stanton has a strained bicep, suffered on a funky swing he took. Andujar’s injury could, and appears to be more serious, since he (per MLB.com) has a small labrum tear in his right shoulder and the team will handle him conservatively for two weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. But Andujar could soon undergo season-ending surgery. In any case, he’ll be out much longer than 10 days.

To replace them, the Yanks called up Clint Frazier (for Stanton) and Tyler Wade (for Andujar).

Unfortunately, neither was an “April Fool’s Joke.”

The duo joins an injured list that includes Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Aaron Hicks (still no where close to returning), Didi Gregorius and Jacoby Ellsbury.

As for the game, the Yanks struck first when Gary Sanchez hit his second HR of the year to make it 1-0 in the second.

With two outs in the third, Luke Voit walked and Greg Bird singled. When OF Christian Stewart made an error on Bird’s single, Voit came all the way around to score while Bird took second. 2-0 Yanks.

With two on in the fourth, a WP by Yankees’ starter Domingo German moved the runners up, and a throwing error by Sanchez enabled the lead runner to score. 2-1, Yanks. It’s Sanchez’ third error of the season already, all throwing, but in seeing the play, it appears that Gleyber Torres needs to make a better play in keeping the ball in front of him. The throw wasn’t too bad. It was a bang-bang play and Torres may have “heard footsteps” or may have been spiked on the play.

Brett Gardner led off the fifth with his first HR of the season, making it 3-1 Yanks, which was the final score. Gardner had two of the Yanks’ five hits.

It almost wasn’t the final score, however. With two on and no one out in the eighth, Aaron Judge made a diving catch to save the day.  It was a play that put your heart in your throat, because it was a play where Judge could have hurt his wrist really bad if he fell on it wrong. Fortunately, nothing happened. The Yanks can’t afford to lose anyone else right now, ESPECIALLY Aaron Judge.

Domingo German was a bit wild, but pitched great and four relievers backed him up.

German (W, 1-0, 0.00) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.
Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.50
Britton (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Ottavino (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

OF Jim Holt, a member of the 1974 WS Champion Oakland A’s, passed away recently.