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Game 39. Yanks beat O’s, 8-2.

A few notes before the game recap. Today will be my last reports for a while. I have to go in for surgery tomorrow.

After the game, it was announced that Aaron Hicks will go on the I.L. I thought they were going to bring up Greg Allen, but it’s not Allen coming up, but Ryan LaMarre.

LaMarre, 32, bats right, throws left, and has played in 119 MLB games for the Reds, Red Sox, A’s, Twins, and White Sox. He’s hit .236-4-21 in 225 at bats, OPS+ 70. He’s even pitched in mop up roles, giving up 1 R in 1 2/3 IP. He was 9 for 33 (.273) for SWB this season.

Now to the game.

This is what we thought the Yankees’ (22-17) offense would be this year, not the one that has struggled. Eight runs, 13 hits, Four guys with two hits or more, including three from an unexpected source (Tyler Wade). An Aaron Judge HR.

An 8-2 win over Baltimore.

In the first inning, the Yanks got three runs. D.J. LeMahieu walked, Luke Voit singled, and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. After Gio Urshela struck out, a passed ball moved up all runners and allowed LeMahieu to score. Gary Sanchez then followed with a 2-run single.

Judge hit a 2-run HR (11) in the second inning to make it 5-0.

In the top of the sixth, Brett Gardner singled, and after an out, Miguel Andujar and Tyler Wade both singled to load the bases. A balk moved up the runners and enabled Gardner to score, then after LeMahieu struck out, Luke Voit singled to make the score 8-0.

Baltimore got a run in the sixth, another in the ninth, and the final was 8-2.

Voit, 2 hits, 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits, a 2-run HR (11)
Urshela 2 hits
Sanchez 2 RBI
Wade 3 hits.

German (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.62
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 3.10
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.91
Cessa 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Game 32. Bullpen fails Yanks again in 11-4 loss.

Up until the last couple of games, the bullpen was a great strength. But in the last two games, it seems as if the law of averages is catching up to them, as for the second straight game, the bullpen blew it in the end.

A tie game going into the eighth inning became a 11-4 loss as the Yankees (16-16) slipped back to .500.

The Yanks scored first when D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (2).

Washington came right back with three in the top of the second. Jameson Taillon gave up 2 HR that inning, but other than that, pitched well.

Gary Sanchez cut the Nats’ lead to 3-2 with a HR (3) in the bottom of the second.

LeMahieu tied the game with another HR (3) in the bottom of the sixth.

Then the roof fell in. Washington scored six in the top of the eighth off of Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa, who weren’t helped by three errors. The Nationals got two more in the ninth.

The Yanks got a gift run (defensive indifference) in the bottom of the ninth. 11-4 Nats.

The Yanks only got five hits.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 solo HR (3)
Sanchez solo HR (3)

Taillon 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. 5.02 gave up 2 HR.
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Loaisiga (L, 3-2) 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.89 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 WS, 1 K. 2.40 Gave up 1 HR.

Before the game the Yanks brought up Miguel Andujar and sent back Albert Abreu.

Game 30. Yanks win 5th in a row, beat Astros 6-3.

Giancarlo Stanton is hot right now. He hit in his 11th straight game, got 3 hits, including a HR, and drove in 4 runs in the Yankees’ 6-3 win Wednesday night over the Astros. It was the Yanks’ (16-14) fifth win in a row.

In the bottom of the third inning, with two out, D.J. LeMahieu was HBP, then Stanton hit his 2-run HR (8).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up three runs in the top of the fourth, and another runner was cut down at the plate, Brett Gardner to Gio Urshela to Gary Sanchez (7-5-2).

The Yankees tied it up in the fifth. With two out, Gardner singled and LeMahieu walked. Stanton doubled to tie the game.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the eighth to win it. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a single, then PH Clint Frazier walked. Tyler Wade PR for Frazier. Aaron HIcks blooped a single to make it 4-3, Yankees. Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, then Gardner hit a SF to make it 5-3. After a force-out, Stanton singled for the final tally of 6-3.


Stanton 3 hits, 4 RBI, inc. a 2-run HR (8)
Hicks 2 hits, RBI

Awful night for Aaron Judge. 0 for 5, struck out all 5x.

Montgomery 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.41
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.35
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. (combined SF/NYY 4.22) 1 WP
Loaisiga (W, 3-1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.98
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Before the game, Rougned Odor went on the 10-day IL (sprained knee) and P Albert Abreu was brought up.

Game 26. Yanks tame Tigers 10-0 behind Cole and 5 HR.

The bats are starting to come around.

This is more like we expected. The Yanks (12-14) clobbered five home runs, and Gerrit Cole was at the top of his game as the Yankees clobbered Detroit, 10-0, on Friday night.

I don’t know what ailment (lower back) bothered Aaron Judge that it kept him out of the starting lineup for two straight games, but you’d never have know it last night. Judge hit two homers, one a grand slam, and drove in five of the Yankees’ ten runs.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings, and cruised the rest of the way. In the first inning, with one out, Giancarlo Stanton doubled. He went to third on a WP and scored when Gio Urshela delivered a two-out single.

Clint Frazier made it 2-0 in the second inning with a solo HR (2).

The Yanks got two runs in the third inning. Judge led off the inning with a monstrous HR to CF. Two outs later, Aaron HIcks homered (4) to make it 4-0.

The Yanks broke open the game with five runs in the fourth inning. Kyle HIgashioka led off the inning with a walk, and after a forceout, D.J. LeMahieu singled. Stanton singled to load the bases, then Judge unloaded his grand slam, his seventh HR of the season, to make it 8-0. After an out, Gleyber Torres walked, then Hicks doubled Torres home to make it 9-0.

Rougned Odor closed out the scoring by hitting a solo HR (4) in the fifth to make it 10-0.

The Yanks close April at 12-14, tied for 4th in the AL East, 4 1/2 back.

I remember when Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels in 1978. The Yanks struck out 18 Tigers in this game, but used four pitchers to do so. With such a big lead, no need to extend Cole further.

Stanton 3 hits
Judge 2 hits, both HR (7), one a grand slam. 5 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (4)
Frazier solo HR (2)
Odor solo HR (4)

Cole (W, 4-1) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 12 K. 1.43
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.42
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.82 (combined ERA SF/Yankees; YANKEES DEBUT)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.02

Game 21. Yanks lose to Cleveland, 7-3.

This time, it was the Yankees (9-12) who got a lead in Cleveland, only to see the Indians come back and win the game.

In the three previous games, the Yankees won after Cleveland scored first. The script was flipped on Sunday. Gio Urshela and Mike Ford hit back-to-back homers, with Gio’s being a 2-run blast. Top of the fourth, but that was all the Yanks’ offense.

Some observations. Jameson Taillon, coming off his second TJ surgery, appears to do fine for three innings, then seems to lose it in the fourth. Something about the second time around in the lineup. Fatigue? But it happened again yesterday. Three smooth innings, then in the bottom of the fourth, three straight singles for a run, then a 3-run HR.

Secondly, Nick Nelson needs more seasoning The youngster does have 15 K in just 8 1/3 IP this season, but is also 0-2 with an atrocious 9.72 ERA. He was sent down after the game. Deivi Garcia was called up to start Monday night.

Also, Miguel Andujar was activated off the I.L., but will continue at the alternate site.

Urshela 2-run HR (3)
Ford solo HR (1)


Taillon (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 6.23 Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.72 1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.77

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 13. Boone addresses team after Yanks’ 8-2 loss.

I was about to write that the Yankees need to look in the mirror. That Aaron Boone has to snap at them. That Brian Cashman needs to snap at them.

That Hal Steinbrenner needs to channel his father’s anger and snap at the team right now.

For last night was embarrassing. An 8-2 loss to (once again, Tampa Bay) that dropped the Yankees to 5-8, the worst record in the league. People (I won’t call them fans) were so disgusted they were throwing stuff onto the field.

The team looked like a mess in just about every way. The offense got only three hits. Their only two runs coming on a 2-run Giancarlo Stanton HR in the seventh inning. They don’t string together hits or have rallies.

Starters, (other than Gerrit Cole) need to go deeper into games. More than 3 or 4 innings. Granted, last night the Yanks used Nick Nelson as an opener and that failed, but …

The defense has been lousy, too. Three errors last night, one really costly on what should have been an inning=ending DP that instead allowed two runs to score.

Besides snapping at the team, Boone needs to look at some of his decisions, too. I don’t like the “opener”, and I also didn’t like Hicks (.167 so far) batting third.

This isn’t to rip the team, although they may deserve it. It is an honest assessment. You can’t be a fan of the Yankees right now and like what you are seeing. So far the Yankees are woefully underperforming. It is early. They are 4 games out. 4 games out is nothing only 13 games into a 162 game season.

But worst record in the league. They face Tyler Glasnow (an ace) today. Atlanta (a good team) comes in next. What you don’t want is 5-8 to become 7-15 or so in a few weeks. You fall 10 games or so under .500? That’s hard to make up.

They need to get some passion. They need to snap out of it and now. They need a wakeup call and maybe Boone, in angrily confronting the team last night, woke some of them up. Let’s hope so.

Did any of you think the Yanks’ would be hitting .222 as a team after 13 games? That they would be next to last in the league in runs scored? Last in slugging average? There is a lot of blame to go around. Did you think that after Cole, the next two best performing players right now would be Michael King and Darren O’Day, with Kyle Higashioka fourth?

Here is something amazing to me. In 13 games, do you know how many sacrifice flies the Yankees have hit? NONE.

I’ll take runs any way I can get them.

Things have to change, and change now.

The Yanks struck out 14 times last night. You can’t win by not putting the ball in play.

Stanton 2-run HR.

Nelson (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 10.80
King 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 0.00 1 HBP. Sent to alt. site after game.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.17
Luetge 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.10

Luetge “took one for the team”. The runs he gave up were on bleeders and bloopers. Seems like everything going wrong.

Things have to turn around. And now.

Game 11. Yanks fall, 7-3.

Jameson Taillon got roughed up, getting knocked out in the fourth inning, as the Yankees (5-6) lost to Toronto 7-3 Tuesday night.

Taillon gave up two runs in the second, one in the third, and two in the fourth. Toronto also scored against relievers in the fifth and eighth.

The Yanks didn’t score until they got a run in the seventh. With one out, Gary Sanchez reached on an error. Aaron Hicks doubled Sanchez to third, and Sanchez scored on a groundout by Rougned Odor.

In the eighth, the Yanks got two runs when Clint Frazier led off the inning with a single. One out later, D.J. LeMahieu doubled Frazier to third. Giancarlo Stanton singled in two runs. But with two out and two on, and the tying run at the plate, the Yanks made bad, indecisive baserunning mistakes and Sanchez got picked off. You can’t have that happen there. Not late in the game with the tying run at bat.

The Yanks entered the game with the best ERA in the league at 2.74, but the so-far disappointing record is because of a .232 batting average. The bats need to wake up.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 2 RBI
Hicks 3 hits

Taillon (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.56 1 WP 1 HBP
Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.11
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Abreu 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 4.50 1 WP

One last thing. Yankees’ starters other than Cole need to go deeper in games, or else this bullpen will be burned out.

Game 8. Yanks blanked, 4-0. Make moves.

The Yankees (3-5) were blanked yesterday (Saturday) 4-0 by Tampa Bay, and moves were made before and after the game.

Before the game, Tyler Wade was sent down to make room for newly acquired Rougned Odor.

After the game, Domingo German was sent down after his poor performance. There has been no corresponding move yet.

German, who had a good spring training but who hasn’t carried it into the regular season, lasted only four innings, giving up four runs, two on home runs. The bullpen shut out Tampa Bay the rest of the way, but the Yankees’ bats only managed five hits.

Tampa Bay has the Yankees’ number, having beaten the Yanks 8 for 10 times last year, beating then in 5 games in the ALDS last year, and now the first two times they have met this season.

The loss was the Yanks’ third in a row.

German (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 9.00
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Aaron Judge (sore side) and Gio Urshela (covid shot reaction) returned to the lineup. Mike Ford was there for a day, with Urshela out.

Game 7. Rays hammer Yanks, 10-5.

The Yankees (3-4) entered Friday’s game with a team ERA of 1.74. It won’t stay that way after the Yankees got hammered by Tampa Bay, 10-5. (It went to 2.63, still very good after 7 games and an indication of why they are 3-4—the bats haven’t come alive yet. The top six players in WAR (Wins above replacement) after seven games are all pitchers).

(Another aside: those extra innings where a guy starts on second base [and the Yanks have lost two extra inning games this year] that runner is an unearned run, as if that runner got there via an error.)

Corey Kluber and Nick Nelson had rough outings, and except for one inning, the Yanks’ bats were silent.

An error by D.J. LeMahieu, playing 3B (more on that later) led to the Rays getting two unearned runs in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks came back with their only big offensive inning of the game in the top of the third. With two out, Tyler Wade singled, LeMahieu doubled, Giancarlo Stanton singled in two runs, and Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR (1).

After that, the Yanks bats went silent. They only scored again on a solo HR (1) by LeMahieu in the eighth.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay was getting runs by matching the inning. After two in the second, they got three in the third and four in the fourth. They also tacked on another run in the seventh.

Before the game, Justin Wilson came off the IL. No corresponding move was necessary, because Michael King went to the alternate site a few days ago.

Gio Urshela went on the Covid-IL because of a bad reaction to the Covid vaccine. Mike Ford was brought up.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR, but an error that allowed 2 runs to score.
Stanton 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run HR.

Kluber (L, 0-1) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. 5.68
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 9.00
Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 7.20 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

I don’t know what will happen, but I can see King coming back soon, Luetge going down (or, if you want to keep Luetge because of an extra lefty, Nelson then goes down). I also can see Bruce (.125) possibly being released, the Yanks keeping Ford (more of a 1B than Bruce), with (once Gio gets back) D.J. going to 1B and Odor (once activated) taking over at 2B—at least until Voit returns. Just trying to look into a crystal ball here as far as future moves. The defense has been shaky, maybe that would help.

But ugh. Tampa Bay owned the Yanks last year (won 8 of 10, then the ALDS 3 games to 2), and not a good way to start this year.

I kill for sacrifice flies. Yes, it’s an out, but at least you are getting the run in. After seven games, the Yanks haven’t hit a SF yet. It’s better than striking out with a man on third and less than two outs. Get that runner in.

The one sac bunt Gardner (who is the #7 guy in WAR so far, after those pitchers) laid down the other day matched their total for ALL of last season.