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Game 162. Thanks to Arizona, Yanks get WC game at home.

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The Yankees ended the season by losing six of their last seven games, ending at 87-75, but will host the wild-card play-in game because Arizona beat Houston 5-3 in the last game of the season.

Ugh. No one likes to “back into” anything.

Michael Pineda was knocked out in the fourth inning today. More discouraging to Yankees’ fans was who replaced him. First Chris Capuano, who was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks this year, then Bryan Mitchell, who hasn’t been the same since he was hit in the face by a liner. As someone wrote, the two guys (out of 20 on the expanded roster) with the highest ERAs of anyone with over 8 IP.

The offense disappointed again today, going 1 for 12 with RISP in the 9-4 loss. This isn’t the way you want to enter the playoffs.

Pineda gave up two in the first, but the Yanks did get a run back in the second on an RBI groundout by Ackley, one guy who is hot lately.

But the O’s got 3 in the fourth and the way the Yanks have been playing lately, that was enough. At that point, Yankees’ fans were hoping for Arizona to beat Houston.

Two in the fifth by the Orioles made it 7-1 and ensured that the Yanks would get swept in Baltimore.

The Yanks got one back in the sixth on a Gregorius triple and two in the seventh on a Bird single and Ackley RBI groundout. It made it 7-4 but a two-run HR by Chris Davis (MLB HR leader with 47) made the score 9-4, the final.

The Yanks need to send a BIG gift to Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, whose two-run HR won the game for Arizona and gave the home field advantage for the wild card game to the Yankees.

The Yanks finished 87-75, three games better than last year and two games better than in 2013. Mark Teixeira was (according to WAR) their best player this year by an eyelash over Dellin Betances. The problem, of course, is that Teix missed the last 40 games of the year, and will miss all of the postseason, with a broken leg.

Attendance this year was the lowest since 1998.

So the Yanks will face Houston Tuesday night at home, and although I will be rooting hard for the Yanks (winner goes to KC), it isn’t promising. Still, anything could happen in one game.

But…

it’ll be Tanaka (12-7,  3.51) vs. Keuchel (20-8, 2.48). Keuchel beat the Yanks twice this year, pitching a CG six-hit shutout with 12 K on June 25, and pitching seven innings of 3-hit shutout ball on August 25 with 9 K. 16 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 21 K. Ugh. The Yanks can only hope he is off (3 days rest) on Tuesday night.

Tanaka faced Houston once this year, and it wasn’t good. 6 R in 5 IP on June 27.

The Yanks are a lefty-leaning lineup that has been hurting without the switch-hitting Teixeira’s bat from the right side.

Against the lefty Keuchel, you wonder what Girardi will do with the lineup, especially since lefty hitters Ellsbury (ended the year at .257, terrible for a table-setting leadoff hitter making $22MM and who is just .224-6-27 with just 7 SB since coming off the DL July 8). That is certainly NOT setting the table as the leadoff hitter.

McCann is 8 for 58 since Sept. 12. (.138).

Gardner, like Ellsbury, finished under .260. That is NOT setting the table. You wanted both to hit .280-.290 with about 35-40 SB apiece. Instead both finished under .260 with 41 SB—–COMBINED.

Since September 12, Gardner is 12 for 72….  .167.  I don’t mean to discourage, but those are three lefty bats all struggling, and you are facing a lefty pitcher in Keuchel on Tuesday night.

Since Sept 12, Headley is 12 for 71… slightly better than the .167 of Gardner, and Headley is a switch-hitter.  Another struggling.

Does Girardi have the guts to go with Refsnyder at 2B,  Murphy at C and Young in CF or LF, especially since McCann, Ellsbury and Ellsbury have been struggling so badly? Does he play Ackley in LF for the struggling Gardner?

Does he take it one step further and play Ryan at 3B?

With Ellsbury, McCann, Gardner all struggling, could he go with an innovative lineup vs. Keuchel such as…

Young CF
Refsnyder 2B
A-Rod DH
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Ackley LF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 3B

Tanaka P

and bring off the bench if needed against a righty pitcher Ellsbury, McCann, Headley and Gardner?

I doubt it. But those four have been killing the Yanks recently. If in the lineup, they have to wake up.

As for today…

Pineda (L, 12-10, 4.37) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R,  6 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.97
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 6.37
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walks and 2 K. 0.00 (don’t see how they don’t take him for the postseason roster).
Bailey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 0 K. 8.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.93 (Should merit consideration).
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.10
Miller 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.04
Cotham 1/3 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K 6.52 

You hope Tanaka can give you 7 strong (preferably scoreless) and then go to Wilson, Betances and Miller. The bullpen has been shaky lately, showing signs of wear. But Tanaka has to have a good game and go deep.

The Yanks have to play littleball, which they haven’t played (or been good at) this year. They can’t expect to bomb Keuchel out. They have to scratch for runs, steal, hit and run, bunt runners over and not go, say 0 for 10 with RISP. They must take advantage of all their opportunities.

And Joe Girardi must go for broke. I’m interested in what lineup he puts out there Tuesday night; if he benches some guys.

I remember Billy Martin benching Reggie Jackson for Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS for Paul Blair because Reggie could not hit Splittorff.

Maybe Girardi channels Martin and benches some guys.

We will see.

One game. Let’s go Yankees.

Game 156. 10000th win in Yankees history will have to wait another day. Yanks lose, 5-1

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The Yankees are stuck at 9999 wins in their history after losing to Boston 5-1 on Monday night.

Yes, the next win will make them the first AL team to 10000.

A-Rod got the Yanks on the board in the first with a SF, but the Yanks didn’t score after that.

Ivan Nova was strong for five innings, but gave up a two-run HR in the sixth, and another in the seventh.

Caleb Cotham gave up a solo HR in the ninth.

The loss all but eliminates the Yanks from winning the division. At 86-70, the Yanks are five behind Toronto with six games to play.

They remain 3 1/2 up on Houston for the top wild card spot, and four up on the Angels to just get into that wild card game.

The magic # to make the playoffs remains at 3.

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Wednesday. This lines him up to start the wild card game on five days rest.

But the Yanks don’t know who they will face. Houston? Angels? Minnesota?

Nova (L 6-10, 4.89) 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87
Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 7.81
Cotham 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.02

Update: I’m not sure how they do the math, but the Yanks could clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Twins AND Angels tonight. Must be how they would do the tiebreakers and a 163rd game…. Also, Dave Miley will not be returning as SWB’s mgr. next year.

Game 148. Yanks magic #8 for playoff spot after routing Mets 11-2.

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The Yankees used a couple of three-run HRs, a Matt Harvey pitch-count limit, and some sloppy Mets’ fielding to whip the Mets, 11-2, on Sunday night.

With the win and a Blue Jays loss, the Yanks are 2 1/2 games behind Toronto as the two teams start a three game series tonight in Toronto.

Masahiro Tanaka will NOT be pitching the Wednesday game, however. He’ll miss a start because of a strained hamstring. I would guess that the Yanks will line him up for a wild-card game start. Ivan Nova will start Wednesday against Toronto instead.

The Yanks magic # to get into that wild-card game is now 8. They have a four-game lead over Houston for WC spot #1 and a 6 1/2 game lead over both the Angels and Twins for WC spot #2. The Yanks are 82-66 with 14 games to go.

CC Sabathia continued his recent resurgence with a strong effort. After wearing a sleeve on his knee and holding back for much of the year, CC has gone to a brace and is going all out and the difference is noticeable. He’s gone from a pitcher who looked done to looking like the old CC again. Let’s hope it continues.

CC gave up back-to-back doubles and a run to start the game but then settled down. Meanwhile the Yanks were doing nothing against Matt Harvey.

But Harvey, coming off Tommy John surgery, is on an innings limit, especially with the Mets playoff-bound. The Mets pulled him after five innings and the Yanks beat up on the Mets’ relievers, scoring five in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Dustin Ackley hit a three-run HR (8) in the sixth to key that inning, and Greg Bird a three-run HR (8) in the eighth to key that inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury broke out of his recent funk with three hits. Carlos Beltran got the Yanks’ scoring started with a two-run double.

The Mets made four errors.

Sabathia (W, 5-9, 4.80) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 7 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.68
Capuano 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.94
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93

Games 140 and 141. Yanks division title hopes dim after getting swept in DH by Jays.

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The Yanks may have to settle for the wild card after getting swept by the Blue Jays today, 9-5 in 11 innings in Game 1 and 10-7 in Game 2.

The one bright spot was three HR by Brett Gardner today.

One bad spot: Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 9 in the doubleheader. He is down to .259. When he went on the DL he was at .324. That shows you how bad he has been since coming back. He hasn’t been setting the table. Maybe Joe Girardi should bench him tomorrow and play Slade Heathcott in CF to give Ellsbury a day off?

The Yanks are now 4 1/2 behind Toronto with just 21 games left. They are 77-64 and as of this writing are still three up for WC #1. But they have lost five in a row and need to start winning again soon. The Yanks are 77-64.

With a Twins loss, the magic number just to get into the wild card game is down to 18.

There were a couple of questionable decisions made today.

Game 1. 

The Yanks got off to a 4-1 lead but Michael Pineda could not hold it.

Gardner homered in the first (14) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Headley homered in the second (11) to make it 2-0.

But Pineda gave up a HR to Bautista in the fourth. 2-1.

A-Rod hit a 2-run HR (31, 685 career) to make it 4-1 in the fourth. But Pineda could not hold that lead, giving up two homers and three runs to make it 4-4.

Toronto got a HR off of Dellin Betances in the eighth. 5-4. I am worried about Betances’ workload and recent outings. He seems to have tired and his outings lately have not been sharp.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth, but here is where they may have lost the game. Ellsbury and Gardner walked, and after an out, there was a WP. Ellsbury moved up but Gardner didn’t. Why not? Because when McCann singled, it tied the game instead of putting the Yanks up. The Yanks loaded the bases with one out when A-Rod walked, but they could not get the run in as Headley popped up and Bird’s sharp grounder was stabbed and Bird was thrown out on a nice play by Toronto’s second baseman. The failure to score that second run was fatal.

It was brutal how the Yanks lost this game in the eleventh. Toronto scored four runs on only one hit. Five walks and a HBP. Sheesh.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5K. 4.25
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.12
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.87
Mitchell (L, 0-2, 5.47) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.44
Goody 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45

Game 2.

Ivan Nova had nothing and was knocked out in the second inning when he gave up six runs. I don’t know if it is the adjustment or fatigue from coming back off the Tommy John surgery but in his last seven starts, Nova’s ERA has jumped from 3.10 to 5.11.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (15) in the fifth to cut it to 6-3. A Didi Gregorius double in the sixth cut it to 6-4 but with runners on second and third and one out the Yanks couldn’t get the hit to tie the game. Young PH and popped up and the slumping Ellsbury lined out.

The Blue Jays immediately responded with four in the top of the seventh. Here is something else I find questionable. Girardi let Chris Capuano start the seventh inning. Granted he had pitched three scoreless innings prior to the seventh, but…. it’s Capuano. He was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks in the last month, cleared waivers all FOUR times, was optioned down to AAA, well, you get the point. A fourth inning for Capuano in the biggest series of the year? Sorry, I don’t get it. Sure enough, the game got away. Four Toronto runs to make it 10-4.

Brett Gardner’s SECOND three-run HR of the game (16) and third of the doubleheader cut the lead to 10-7 in the bottom of the eighth but that was all she wrote. Gardner drove in six of the Yanks’ seven runs in the game.

Nova (L, 6-8, 5.11) 1 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.84
Capuano 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 7.91
Pinder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00

Boston’s David Ortiz joined the 500 HR club today.

Game 136. Bird is the word in Yanks win, but Eovaldi out for 2 weeks.

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Greg Bird’s three-run HR in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie as the Yanks beat Baltimore Monday afternoon to get to 1/2 game behind Toronto (who lost to Boston), but the good news about the win was tempered by the fact that the Yanks are shutting down Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation) for two weeks.

The Yanks got a gift run in the first when a two-out Chris Young popup was misplayed into an RBI single.

Michael Pineda then gave up four runs, three on a HR, in the second. To his credit, he settled down after that.

Young doubled in a run in the third to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth. A-Rod’s 29th HR (683 career) made it 4-3. Hit #3054 passed Rod Carew on the all-time hit list and put him one behind Rickey Henderson. Later in the inning, John Ryan Murphy put the Yanks up 5-4 with a 2-run HR (3).

With one more HR, A-Rod, who last had a 30 HR season in 2010, would have his fifteenth 30 HR season, a feat accomplished only by Henry Aaron.

The Yanks are 10 victories away from 10000 in their history.

Justin Wilson gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the seventh, but Bird’s fifth HR of the season put the Yanks up 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the ninth for the final tally of 8-6.

Dellin Betances made the Yankees fans squirm in the eighth when he walked two, struck out two, gave up another walk to load the bases but then got another strikeout.

Pineda 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.15
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 1.38
Miller (32nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.94.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks brought back Chris Capuano from SWB. The guy has nine lives…

Hopefully Eovaldi is OK, but he’ll be shut down for two weeks. Guess CC is coming back at the right time. He comes back, Eovaldi shut down. So much for that six-man rotation….

The Yanks magic # to reach at least the wild card game is 20.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 2-0. Chris Capuano 6 IP, just one hit. There were only five hits combined by BOTH teams in the game.

AA: Trenton won 3-1. Rookie Davis 7 IP, 1 unearned run. Trenton had 16 hits, but only scored 3 runs. Three players for Trenton had three hits each: SS Tyler Wade, LF Danny Oh and 1B Francisco Arcia.  Three other players had two hits each. Two runners were thrown out on the basepaths, another was CS.

High A: Tampa lost 8-2. 3B Miguel Andujar 2h, rbi.

A: 3-0 win for Charleston. Joey Maher 7 shutout innings. SS Vicente Conde 2 doubles, rbi. DH Donny Sands, 2 h, rbi. 2 h for 1B Bo Thompson.

The Minors

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry, was busy, no minor league report yesterday.

AAA: SWB  won 2-0. Chris Capuano, Johnny Barbato & Nick Goody combined on the shutout.  DH Rob Refsnyder 2 h, rbi.

AA: Trenton lost 2-0. 3B Rob Segedin two of Trenton’s five hits.

High A: Tampa was up 3-0 in the fourth when the game was suspended due to rain.

A: Charleston rained out.