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Yankees news: Yanks add Holliday, no Hall yet for the Boss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There hasn’t been a report for a while because things have been relatively quiet in Yankee land.

With the winter meetings about to start, that may change soon.

The first order of business was that the Yanks signed Matt Holliday to a one-year deal worth #14 MM. Holliday will mostly DH, and will play the occasional 1B to spell Greg Bird and maybe a bit of LF too. He will be 37 next season, and is a .303 career hitter with 295 HR. Last season, in 110 games, he hit .246-20-62 for St. Louis, with an OPS+ of 107. For his career, his OPS+ is 134. A 7x All-Star, Holliday was a close runnerup to Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies for the 2007 NL MVP. Outside of 93 games for the 2009 A’s, he has spent the rest of his career in Colorado and St. Louis. He made it to three World Series, winning it in 2011.

The Yanks had interest in bringing Carlos Beltran back, but he signed with Houston for 1 year and $16MM. There was also talk of them being interested in lefty pitcher Rich Hill, but the 37 year old Hill signed a 3 year $40 MM deal with the Dodgers.

I don’t know how much interest they had in Yoennis Cespedes, who went back to the Mets for 4 years and $110 MM (too much $$ in my opinion).

Edwin Encarnacion is out there, but the Yanks probably didn’t want to go too many years and too much money with someone entering their mid-30s. Hence a one year deal with Holliday.

With the signing of Holliday, it does not appear as if the Yanks will now bring back free agent Billy Butler.

The Yanks made a couple of moves, the most important being that they basically released Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Lindgren. Both won’t pitch in 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. Lindgren was picked up by the Braves. In two seasons with the Yanks,  Eovaldi was 23-11, 4.45, ERA+94. Lindgren, a top draft pick a few years ago, got in seven games, seven innings, for the 2015 Yankees, going 0-0, 5.14.

Executive John Schuerholz and ex-MLB C0mmissioner Bud Selig were selected to the Hall of Fame by a committee yesterday. Among those not getting in were George Steinbrenner and Lou Piniella (for Lou’s managing).

More when things happen. Meanwhile is PSU alum is happy about the Nittany Lions winning the Big 10 Title and going to the Rose Bowl.

 

Game 147. Yanks lose 3rd in a row, 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their 3rd game in a row, 7-4, to Boston on Friday night. The loss drops them to 77-70.

With 15 games to go, they are 6 out of the division lead and 4 out of a wild card spot. They have to top 4 teams to get that last playoff spot. Things look very bleak. They most likely have to go on a 12-3 or 13-2 run to pull it off.

Boston got two runs right away in the first inning off of Yankees starter Luis Cessa on RBIs by David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. They added another in the fourth when Ramirez, who hit a 3-run walkoff HR on Thursday night, hit a solo HR to just about the same spot.

They Yanks got 2 runs back in the fifth on a 2-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Middle relief failed the Yanks.Instead of keeping the game close, they gave up 2 runs to Boston in the sixth and two more in the seventh. 7-2 Red Sox. Michael Kay, on TV, was questioning the use of some pitchers in a big game that had been in the minors all year and who had little MLB experience.

Maybe other, more experienced, guys were just burned out. Who knows.

Billy Butler hit his first Yankees HR in the ninth (fifth total for the year) to make it 7-4.It was a PH, 2-run shot.

 

Cessa (L, 4-2, 4.44) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Pazos 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 18.00  Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34 Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.59
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40

 

 

Game 146. Killer. Yanks blow game and probably postseason chances by giving up 5 in 9th. Lose 7-5 to Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It seems like Dellin Betances is running out of gas.

On Wednesday, Betances gave up 2 runs in the 9th to the Dodgers, albeit both runs were unearned (one error was his own) as the Yanks lost 2-0.

Thursday night he gave up a walk-off three-run HR to Hanley Ramirez as Boston scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yanks 7-5.

This loss is a killer. It drops the Yanks to 77-69, five back of Boston for the division with just 16 games to play. The difference between 3 back of Boston and 5 back.

As for the wild card, they are 3 back and need to jump 3 teams. Had they hung on (they were one out away from a win), they would have been 78-68, tied with both Detroit and Seattle, 2 games out of that final wild card spot.

How can I say it. This loss was devastating.

First, let’s look at Betances, who leads the AL in games pitched with 69.

In his last five appearances, he has given up runs in four of them. His ERA has gone from 2.05 to 2.83, and remember, the two runs he gave up in the loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday were unearned.

In those five games since September 5, he has given up 9 runs, 7 earned, in four innings. 10 hits, 4 walks, 6 K.

It’s not just the one game. Since it is five games going back over 10 days, it seems like his tank is empty.

Masahiro Tanaka was once again brilliant. The Yanks’ best player of 2016 should get CYA and possibly MVP consideration. He gave up just 1 run in 7 innings.

In the first, with one out, Ellsbury singled, Sanchez doubled, and Castro singled in a run. New Yankee Billy Butler hit a SF to make it 2-0.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the third. With one out, Castro doubled and Butler singled him home. Gregorius doubled Butler to third, and Headley singled Butler in.

Boston got a run in the third off Tanaka to cut it to 4-1.

A walk to Gardner, SB, PB and RBI single by Castro made it 5-1 Yanks in the fourth. So it stayed until the eighth.

The Yanks missed a chance in the fifth when Gregorius doubled and stole third. Here is one fault I have with Girardi. He NEVER, EVER attempts to squeeze a run home. With a man on third and no one out, Headley, Refsnyder and Austin all struck out.

Like I say often, you’d kill for that SF.

I’d kill for a successful squeeze play.

Later in the game, Mason Williams hit one on the screws with the bases loaded, but right back at the pitcher, who snared it.

Tanaka was pulled after 7 innings and 93 pitches. Personally, I would have run him out there for the 8th and even the 9th as long as he didn’t get into trouble. I like Girardi, but he left himself open for a lot of second-guessing in this game.

In the eighth, David Ortiz homered off of Adam Warren to make it 5-2. The homer was Ortiz’ 537th career HR, and passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time list.

A bad night for the Mick turned into a bad night for the Yanks.

In the ninth, Tommy Layne came in and struck out his only batter.

Why Girardi uses Layne as a LOOGY (Lefty One Out Guy), I don’t know and I don’t like it. If a guy is doing well, leave him the hell in there.

So not only would I have left Tanaka in, I also would have left Layne in.

Instead, Girardi played mix and match, and too many cooks spoil the soup. It burned him as Boston then got five runs to win the game.

In came Blake Parker, who faced one batter, Chris Young, and hit him with a pitch.

In came Betances, who, as I wrote above, seems like he may be running out of gas.

Young went to second on defensive indifference. Pedroia walked.

Both runners moved up on defensive indifference. I hate defensive indifference. Play the game.

Bogaerts reached on a fielder’s choice. The runner at third getting caught in a rundown.

First and second, two out. One out away.

Ortiz (who else?) singled to make it 5-3.

Betts singled to make it 5-4.

A passed ball moved up the runners, putting the winning run on second. Not needed, because Hanley Ramirez hit a 3-run HR to win the game.

Devastating.

Castro was 4 for 5 with 2 RBI.

Tanaka 7 IP, 1 R,  4 H, 3 walks, 0 K. 2.97
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.84 (Cubs/NYY) Gave up 1 HR.
Layne (H, 10) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.38 (Bos/NYY)
Parker 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.14 (Sea/NYY). Faced one batter, HBP.
Betances (BS, 5; L, 3-6, 2.83) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up walk-off 3-run HR.

Game 145. Yanks blanked, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am going to compare two pitchers for you. Each pitcher is over a six year period of his career.

A. Average year over the six year period: 22-8, 2.19. 272 IP, 286 K.

B. Average year over a six year period: 17-7, 2.24, 222 IP, 244 K.

Both are lefties. Both were and are Dodgers.

Pretty damn close, right? The big difference is that A pitched in a 4-main rotation, B in a five-man.

Pitcher A is Koufax, 1961-1966. Pitcher B is Kershaw, 2010-2015.

The Yanks of course, faced Kershaw on Wednesday. No easy feat.

Rain and a recent back injury kept Kershaw to only 5 innings vs. the Yanks, but in those 5 innings, he gave up 0 runs and only 1 hit. The bullpen for the Dodgers was just as good as the Dodgers beat the Yanks, 2-0.

The Yanks got just 3 hits and struck out 14x.

Both Dodger runs came in the top of the ninth, and both runs were unearned due to errors by Castro and Betances.

Before the game, the Yanks called up Mason Williams to replace the injured Aaron Judge. After the game, the Yanks signed recently released Billy Butler (1B/DH) to a contract. Butler was previously with KC and Oakland in his career.

The Yanks fall to 77-68. 17 games left in the season. They have an 11 game road trip that starts with 4 in Boston.

Pineda 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 5 k. 4.94.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.40 (Bos/NYY)
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 1 K. 5.98.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.02 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (L, 3-5, 2.33) 1 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

WS Game 2: KC evens it up.

The Kansas City Royals evened up the WS at one game apiece with a 7-2 win in Game 2. It was a big game for them, because they didn’t want to go into San Francisco down 0-2.

The Royals broke up a 2-2 tie with five in the sixth, the big blows being a 2-run double by Salvador Perez followed by a 2-run HR by Omar Infante.

Billy Butler also had 2 hits and 2 RBI for KC.

Gregor Blanco opened the game with a HR for SF.

The Series resumes Friday with Game 3 in San Francisco.

After winning b2b CYAs in 2008 and 2009, it’s amazing how far Tim Lincecum has fallen. From b2b CYAs to a mop up man in Game 2 of the WS. And he’s only 30.

The minors today.

AAA: SWB lost 2-1. Brett Marshall 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 9 K (ERA still 5.13). SWB got just 3 hits, 2 by Corey Patterson (HR).

AA: Trenton lost 5-3. Shane Greene 4 r in 5 1/3. (7-4, 3.48). Only 4 hits for Trenton.

Hi A: Tampa got 3 in the top of the 9th to win 8-5. 2B Rob Refsnyder 3 H, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 3B Pete O’Brien 2 RBI. 1B Saxon Butler 2 h, 2 RBI. B

Low A: Charleston won 9-6. SS Jose Rosario 3 H, 2 HR, 4 RBI.  Dante Bichette, JR. HR, 2 RBI.

The minors.

AAA: SWB won 7-1. Caleb Cotham 1 R in 5 IP. RF Corey Patterson 3 h, solo HR. C J.R. Murphy 2 h, hr, 2 rbi. DH Randy Ruiz 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi.

AA: Trenton won 8-2. Jeremy Bleich 1 unearned run in 5 IP, 6 K. DH Saxon Butler 2 h, 4 rbi. LF Ramon Flores 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A: 7-3 win for Tampa. Scottie Allen 3 R, 2 ER in 6 IP. (9-5, 3.54). 1B Matt Snyder, HR, 2 RBI. 2B Rob Refsnyder 2 H, 2 RBI. Four others w/2h each.

Low A: Charleston won 2-1. Brett Gerritse 6 IP, 1 unearned run,  8K. RF Ericson Leonora 2 H, rbi.