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Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.

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Game 117. The Aaron’s (Hicks & Judge) and the Kraken power Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Home runs by the Aaron’s (no, not Henry or Tommy) Hicks and Judge and another by Gary (the Kraken) Sanchez powered the Yanks to a 4-2 subway series win over the Mets Monday night.

I was worried about Luis Cessa starting. He pitched half decently tonight but didn’t provide length (see below…injury). There are times I and others wondered “why Cessa again? Why not bring up Chance Adams?” Cessa does appear better suited for middle relief than a starting role. His numbers seem to back that up.

Now to bring up Adams, the Yanks would have to put him on the 40-man and take someone off. Girardi thinks Adams, despite his fine record in the minors (13-3, 1.96 AA/AAA this year), isn’t ready yet. He may or may not have to be ready now, because Cessa got hurt tonight. I know I, and a lot of the fan base, would like to see the kid. And see him over Cessa, no offense to Cessa. With Cessa’s injury, do we now see Adams?

Cessa left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia apparently tried pitching today and may or may not be ready on Saturday. So he’d fit right back in line if he was ready.

Cessa gave up HRs in the third to both ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson and to Yoenis Cespedes to put the Mets up 2-0.

In the fourth, Sanchez hit a SF to cut the lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge tied the game with HR #36 in the sixth. The strikeouts did continue, but maybe this HR gets him going again.

With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got HRs from Aaron Hicks (12) and Gary Sanchez (20) to put the game away, 4-2.

For all three, it was their 40th career HR. All three got it in the same game.

Cessa 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.75
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.95. Been great all year.
Robertson (W, 6-2, 2.30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Some further notes. The Yanks may want to bring up someone like Donovan Solano and send Tyler Wade down? Castro will be starting rehab soon and should be back soon, and they need him. Wade, 22, has done well at SWB but is down to .120 and really looks overmatched so far in the majors.

The slump of Judge and the slump of Holliday, combined with the DL stints for Holliday and Castro have really hurt the lineup. 3 homers today helped win the game, but the Yanks will have to be good at playing littleball until some players come back, be it Bird, Holliday and/or Castro.

The win, puts the Yanks at 62-55. With Boston losing, they are now 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They retain the top wild card spot.

 

Minor League Report. Hicks HRs on rehab, Tampa K’s 25.

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AAA: SWB (75-41) won 2-1. CF Mason Williams, RF Jake Cave (.358) & SS Cito Culver had 2 hits each. Rehabbing 1B Tyler Austin 1 for 3 with a walk and run scored. I don’t know if Cessa got hurt, or what.

Cessa 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 5 K. 3.45
Cortes 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.17
Gallegos (W, 4-1, 1.69) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.87

AA: Trenton (76-38) lost 5-4. Rehabbing DH Aaron Hicks 2-run HR. LF Zack Zehner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 doubles. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits.

Carter 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.67
Schwaab 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.66
Coshow (L, 2-4, 3.91) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.

High A: Tampa (69-46) won 2-1 in 14 innings, Tampa pitchers K’d 25. 2B Kyle Holder GW hit. 1B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Keller 6 IP, 1 R, unearned, 6 H, 1 W, 11 K. 2.86
Pena 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.72.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.09
Tarpley (W, 5-0, 0.00) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston (62-53) lost 3-0. C Ryan Lidge 2 of Charleston’s 3 hits.

Nelson (L, 2-9, 4.74) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K.
DeCarr 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.07

Minor League Report. Austin hits walk-off 2-run HR.

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AAA: SWB (70-41) won 3-1 on a walk-off 2-run HR by DH Tyler Austin in his second game of rehab. He was 1 for 4. CF Aaron Hicks, also on rehab, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. 3B Miguel Andujar had 3 hits and an RBI. C Wilkin Castillo had 2 hits.

Cessa 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. 3.55
Holder (BS, 1) 2 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.25
Heller (W, 4-3, 3.00) 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

AA: Trenton (74-36) won 4-2. 1B Mike Ford 3 hits, solo HR. DH Ryan McBroom 3 hits, RBI. 2B Nick Solak, 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. and LF Zack Zehner each had 2 hits.

Carter (W, 2-0, 2.19) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Cortes (H, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.60
Brewer (S, 8) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.41

High A: Tampa (65-45) won 9-4. 1B Tim Lynch 3 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. SS Kyle Holder and DH Chris Gittens each had 3 hits, 2 RBI. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits LF Trey Amburgey.

Keller (W, 3-2, 3.32) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR
Lane 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.50
Harvey 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.65

Low A: Charleston (59-51) Lost 3-2.

Rony Garcia (L, 0-2, 1.80) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harris 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.78
Sosebee 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.10

Game 105. Tigers edge Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia gave up a 3-run HR in the second inning, a solo HR in the third, and Detroit held on to beat the Yankees 4-3 on Tuesday night.

All the Yankees’ runs came via Didi Gregorius. He hit a 2-run HR (17) in the fourth, and had an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The loss drops the 57-48 Yankees out of first place in the AL East. They are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

Wednesday’s game is an afternoon game.

Aaron Judge’s slump continues. Since the 4th of July, Judge is .192-6-12, with 34 strikeouts in 78 at bats. It has dropped his batting average from .329 to .299. Hopefully he adjusts and gets his second wind soon.

Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday each had two hits.

Sabathia (L, 9-4, 3.81) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.97
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.68

Brett Gardner threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth.

Cessa was sent down for Holder recently, and Holder and Cooper were then sent down to make room for Gray and Garcia.

Game 103. Yanks’ six game winning streak ends. Playing chicken w/A’s?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is why the Yankees acquired Jamie Garcia this morning.

Even though Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have done well, neither has pitched, say, 200 innings in a season before. The Yankees therefore, are worried about both “Hitting the Wall” in the months of August and September.

Yesterday, Caleb Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning. Today, Jordan Montgomery was knocked out in the third. You can’t have that, no matter how good your bullpen is. You’ll burn out that bullpen.

As of now, no deal for Sonny Gray. The trade deadline (non/waivers) is 4 PM tomorrow, Monday. It appears as if the Yanks and A’s are playing a game of “chicken.”

As for today, the Yanks had chances to extend their six game winning streak but fell short. Aaron Judge, since the All-Star Game, is slumping. He’s dropped 30 points off the batting average. He is so strong that he can hit HRs the other way. Stop pulling off the ball, concentrate on hitting the ball the other way or up the middle and the HRs will return.

Matt Holliday is down to .234 with his slump.

The only offensive threat the Yanks had today as from the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes. He had two of their four hits and all three RBI.

Montgomery gave up a run in the top of the first.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-1 after two.

Montgomery got knocked out in the third when the Rays scored three to go up 4-2.

In the fourth, Todd Frazier walked and Torreyes doubled him home. 4-3.

Tampa Bay got an insurance run in the 8th, 5-3.

Clint Frazier made a nice defensive play at the start of the game.

The Yanks caught a break with Austin Romine. He had a rough day, taking a foul tip off of the throat protector, catching the backswing off an at bat,  and getting a bruised hand off an HBP. He’s banged up.

The Yanks were 1 for 11 w/RISP today.

Boston lost, so the Yanks (56-47) remain in first by 1/2 a game.

Detroit, Justin Verlander (if he isn’t dealt) and his fiancee, Kate Upton, are next.

Don’t expect Verlander to go to the Yanks, unless the Tigers want to assume some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $alary in return.

Montgomery (L, 7-6, 4.15) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 w, 4 K. 4.83
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.83.

The Yanks lost despite striking out 16 Rays.

Here is a question. Is it me, or does it seem that Luis Cessa works better out of the bullpen as a long man than as a starter? I believe that’s the case. If so, maximize his potential. Forget about him a starter. Concentrate on him as a long man, as you do with Green and Warren.

Moves. Before the game, Shreve up from SWB, Smith sent down.

After the game, Cessa sent down. I believe this is to make room for the recently acquired Jamie Garcia.

 

Yanks deal 2 minor league pitchers to Twins for Jaime Garcia.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the loss of Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery, the Yanks have been plugging the gap with the likes of Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and lately Caleb Smith.

No disrespect intended to those three, but the Yanks upgraded that spot today by dealing two minor league pitchers to the Twins for Jaime Garcia.

Garcia is a lefty (good for Yankee Stadium) and a rental. He is a free agent at the end of the year, and a solid mid-to end of the rotation piece. Not an ace, but definitely an upgrade over the Mitchell/Cessa/Smith trio.

He just turned 31, and was 3rd in ROY voting in 2010. He’s already had a couple of 13 win seasons. He won a WS ring as a member of the 2011 WS Champion Cardinals, so he has postseason experience.

He went 13-7, 3.56 for St. Louis in that WS Championship season.

Between the Braves and Twins this year, he was 5-7, 4.29, ERA+ 101. Average (an average ERA+ is 100). For his career, he is 67-52, 3.65. His 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.65, ERA+ 108. So a little better than an average pitcher.

He missed large portions of 2013 and 2014.

In seven postseason starts, Garcia is 0-3, 3.94 ERA.

He has been averaging 6 1/3 innings per start this season. That is huge with the Yankees’ bullpen of Warren, Green, Kahnle, Betances, Robertson and Chapman. By contrast, the rookie Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning in both of his MLB starts. As I mentioned, an upgrade.

You can’t have people wearing out the bullpen.

Go six, keep the team in the game.

Going to the Twins are:

Zack Littell. AA.  RHP. 21. Between High A Tampa & AA Trenton, 14-1, 1.87 this year. 35-24, 3.24 in his minor league career. Last year, between low and High A, he was 13-6, 2.66.

Dietrich Enns. AAA. LHP. 26. 2-1, 2.18 between AAA SWB and one rehab relief appearance for the Gulf Coast Rookie League this year. Missed a large portion of this season with an injury. Was 14-4, 1.73 between AA and AAA last season. He is 27-14, 1.87 in his minor league career.

Nice records lately for these two. But you have to give to get.

The thing is, where were they in the pecking order. If you have 10 really solid starting pitchers in your system, who is #1 and who is #10? This is where Cashman, the front office and your scouts come in. Not all 10 come up and start for you. You can’t put everyone on the 40 man roster. You’ll lose someone via the Rule 5 draft (which is how they originally lost Tommy Kahnle, who they just recently reacquired).

You have to pick and choose who to keep and who has to go. You have to have a pecking order, and you hope you are right in assessing that pecking order. You hope you make the right decision of who to keep and who to trade.

But as of now, it seems like a good deal, because even if Garcia, a free agent at the end of the year is a rental, he is still an upgrade over Mitchell, Cessa or Smith for this stretch drive.

This doesn’t take the Yanks out of getting Sonny Gray, an ace. They may still do that deal.