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Game 56. A stinker. Yanks lose, 14-1.

This was a stinker in many ways. The Yanks only got four hits and only scored one run, that on a passed ball. They made four errors, two by Gary Sanchez. They gave up 14 runs in losing to Toronto, 14-1, Wednesday night.

They have to clean up their act before the playoffs start next week. Even Luke Voit compared them to the Bad News Bears last night.

In one of the innings, they loaded the bases with no one out and didn’t score.

It got so bad that backup C Erik Kratz had to pitch…. again. His second pitching appearance in less than a week.

And the defense could be the Yanks’ Achilles heel come playoff time. Despite excellent defensive players like D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela, the Yanks’ fielding percentage ranks as one of the worst, if not THE worst in the AL this year, and is the Yanks’ worst since 1988 (from a NJ.com article). Besides Sanchez, Gleyber Torres also is at fault, as Torres is a better 2B than SS, but LeMahieu is at 2B. Besides Sanchez’ two errors, another error last night was made by Torres.

You really have to wonder at this point if the Yanks are better off just going with Higashioka the rest of the way. His defense is unquestionably better than Sanchez’, and his bat, normally far worse, is much better at the present time, especially after Sanchez went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night to drop his batting average to a ghastly .143.

With a Rays win and the Yanks’ loss, the Rays clinched the AL East title. Minnesota has jumped over the Chicago White Sox for the AL Central lead, so at present the Yanks are the #5 seed, two games behind the White Sox with four games to go. Should it stay like this, the Yanks play the White Sox, all three games in Chicago, in the best-of-3 first round.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs right away in the first inning. One was unearned because of a Sanchez error.

The Yanks’ only run came in the top of the second. Luke Voit walked, then with one out, Aaron Hicks walked. Gio Urshela singled to load the bases. Voit scored on a PB. With a chance to tack on, Sanchez struck out and Clint Frazier flied out.

The Blue Jays got an unearned run, courtesy of Torres’ error, in the third, then scored two more in the fourth, helped along by an error by Luke Voit.

Toronto got eight in the sixth to break the game wide open, four runs coming off of Tyler Lyons, who was making his first appearance of the season. Sanchez made his second error (catcher interference) in this inning.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .360. 2 of the Yankees’ four hits.
Both Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton were 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts.

Tanaka (L, 3-3, 3.56) 4 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.74
Lyons 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP, 21.60 Season debut
Kratz 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00. Gave up 1 HR. Backup C.

Game 53. Yanks’ winning streak ends with 10-2 loss.

Maybe pitching in the place (Fenway Park) where his idol, Pedro Martinez, made his mark was too much for young, 21 year old Deivi Garcia. Maybe he just didn’t have it. But Michael Chavis hit two homers off him, and after twelve straight wins over Boston, eight of them this year, the Yanks (31-22) finally lost to Boston, 10-2.

Chavis hit a two-run HR in the second, and added a three-run HR in the third and Boston was up 6-0.

The Yankees’ bats didn’t provide much help. They didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning, and got only three for the game.

In the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled for the Yanks’ first hit, and went to third on a PB. After a walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Wade scored when Luke Voit GIDP.

Jonathan Holder gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh, one on a solo HR by Bobby Dalbec, and Boston went up 9-1.

Yankees’ backup C Erik Kratz gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the 8th and the Yanks were down 10-1.

Luke Voit hit his MLB leading 21st HR in the top of the ninth for the final of 10-2.

Even with the loss, the Yanks clinched a posteason berth when Seattle lost.

But the loss did knock the Yanks into the #5 seed for now. They are 31-22, while the Twins are 33-22. The way it looks now, the Twins, a familiar Yankees’ postseason opponent, and so-far, Yankees’ punching bag in the postseason, will be their opponent again.

The Yanks are moving back Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation to set them up for starting Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs.

Voit solo HR (21)

Garcia (L, 2-2, 4.88) 3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.21
Holder 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.03 Gave up 1 HR.
Kratz 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR. (BACKUP C)

Got to say, I’m not sure how much I trust Holder or Ottavino right now.

Game 51. Yanks win 9th straight, 6-5 in 12.

The Yanks (30-21) were down 4-0 at one point. They were one out away from losing the game in nine innings, came close to losing it in extras, but pulled out a 6-5, 12-inning win over Boston Friday night.

It was the Yankees’ ninth straight win.

Starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR to Christian Arroyo in the fourth inning and Boston was up 3-0. The Red Sox got another run in the fifth and were up 4-0.

Meanwhile, the Yanks’ bats, so hot in those last three games at home against Toronto, had cooled off in Fenway.

The Yanks finally scored in the seventh when they cut Boston’s lead to 4-2. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and after a strikeout and force out, Aaron Hicks singled Gleyber Torres to second. Gio Urshela walked to load the bases and Gary Sanchez hit a ground rule double to drive in two runs.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and scored on a double by Stanton.

Down to their last out, with two outs in the top of the ninth, Sanchez tied the game with his tenth HR of the season.

So the game went into extra innings, with those rules in which the half-inning starts with a guy on second.

Both teams got the runner over to third in the tenth, but neither could score.

In the top of the eleventh, Mike Tauchman started the inning at second and was singled in by Luke Voit.

But Boston tied it in the bottom of the eleventh. After tying the game, the Red Sox had the bases loaded with one out, but Jonathan Loaisiga got out of it.

In the top of the twelfth, Hicks started the inning at second base. Gio Urshela singled him to third, and after two strikeouts, D.J. LeMahieu doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 6-5.

Boston got the tying run to third in the bottom of the twelfth, but could not score him.

Final 6-5, Yanks.

With nine games left in the regular season, it doesn’t appear the Yanks, 3 1/2 back of Tampa Bay, will catch the Rays. It’s the Yanks own fault for going 2-8 against Tampa Bay this year. But they did move 3 percentage points ahead of the Twins for the 4th seed in the virus-caused expanded playoff race, important because the #5 seed would have to play all three games in the best-of-3 first round at the #4 seed. The Yanks are 30-21, .588 and the Twins are 31-22, .585.

LeMahieu GW RBI
Hicks 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (10), 3 RBI

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.12
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.45
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.46
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.12
Green1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.63
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.72
Loiasiga (W, 3-0; BS, 2; 2.70) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Just a thought. You have defensive replacements for the infielders and outfielders, like subbing Gardner or Tauchman for Frazier, or putting Wade at 2B while moving LeMahieu to 1B to sub for Voit.

Something to think about. If the Yanks are using 3 catchers, why then not sub Higashioka, better defensively than Sanchez, in those extra-inning games where a WP or PB can kill you? Especially in an extra-inning POSTSEASON GAME?

I don’t see Montgomery starting a postseason game. Not when he is sitting with a 5.12 ERA while Cole is at 3.00, Tanaka 3.27, Garcia 3.28 and Happ 3.96.

Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays on the all-time HR list last night with HRS 661 & 662. The top five are now Barry Bonds, 762*; Henry Aaron 755; Babe Ruth 714; Alex Rodriguez 696*; Pujols 662. Mays is next at 660 . Also with 600 or more are Ken Griffey, Jr. at 630, Jim Thome at 612 and Sammy Sosa at 609*. (Asterisks mine).

Game 45. Voit, Tanaka lead Yanks to DH Sweep, 10-1.

Luke Voit hit two homers to tie for the MLB HR lead with 16, and Masahiro Tanaka settled in after giving up a first-inning HR as the Yanks (24-21) crushed Baltimore 10-1 to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader at the Stadium. (See Game 44 for first game results).

With Judge and Stanton on the DL, what Voit is doing is impressive and with a lot of the lineup struggling (Sanchez, Gardner, Hicks, Ford, Wade, Estrada, Andujar all at .220 or below), Voit should get MVP consideration along with LeMahieu.

As of this morning, Voit’s 16 HR are tied for the MLB lead, and LeMahieu’s .359 batting average leads the A.L.

After Tanaka gave up a solo HR in the first, the Yankees came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some luck and shoddy play by the Orioles.

LeMahieu walked, and Voit singled him to second. On a fly to left, LeMahieu surprisingly tug up and would have been out at third, but the ball was dropped. Voit moved up to second behind LeMahieu. Clint Frazier hit a grounder to short, LeMahieu tried to score, and would have been out if the throw was good. So the Yanks got lucky and got a run. Gleyber Torres then singled to make it 2-1, and Miguel Andujar’s double made it 4-1.

After a shaky start to the top of the second, Tanaka settled in, retiring each of the last 12 batters he faced.

Voit hit a three-run HR in the fourth to make it 7-1. He then hit another three-run HR in the fifth to make it 10-1, which wound up as the final score.

With the win, the Yanks moved to within 1/2 a game of second place Toronto in the AL East.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.359 leads A.L; won batting title in NL in 2016)
Voit 3 hits, TWO 3-run HRs (16), 6 RBI Tied for MLB lead in HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI. Looks like Torres finally getting back to being Gleyber.
Andujar 2 RBI



Tanaka (W, 2-2, 3.16) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.65
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 14.73

In that first round of the playoffs, a best of 3, it appears like Cole and Tanaka are locks to be starters, but surprise! the best candidate for that third starter spot could be 21 year old Deivi Garcia. —–over Happ and Montgomery. As for Paxton, we don’t even know if he’ll be back this season. Right now, I’d say it is between Happ (horrible start to season, better lately) and Garcia.

Game 41. 10-run inning dooms Yanks, 12-7.

Lately, it seems like every move Aaron Boone is making is backfiring on him.

Especially when it comes to the bullpen.

Right now, Brian Cashman is with the team, and after last night’s 12-7 loss, I wouldn’t be surprised if heads roll after this season.

Watching part of the YES postgame show, it seemed like ex-Yankee and current YES broadcaster John Flaherty had a couple of criticisms, and was more critical than normal.

In the line of fire would be pitching coach Matt Blake, bullpen coach Mike Harkey and even manager Boone himself.

Blake had no coaching experience before getting the pitching coach job this year and was a bit of a surprise choice to replace the fired Larry Rothschild (now with SD).

You may argue that maybe going with David Cone, who interviewed for the job, may have been a better choice.

I wonder if the Yankees need to take a good, hard look at how their pitching philosophy has or hasn’t worked lately. One reason they have been coming up short has been their rotation. Just getting Cole may be like putting a band-aid on what seems to be a bigger problem.

When you lose 14 of 19, and have free-falled your way into clinging to the 8th and last playoff spot (and that spot is only there because of the virus of 2020), you can expect fans not to be happy on Twitter. And, it appears, there isn’t much happiness on the YES postgame show or in the front office. I would guess Hal isn’t too happy either.

Injuries are one thing, but bad play is another.

If ever there is a time for a good ripping into a team to wake them up, now is the time.

The Yanks (21-20) took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth, only to see Chad Green and Adam Ottavino give up 10 runs in what turned out to be a 12-7 loss.

Flaherty, on the postgame show, wondered why Boone stayed with Ottavino (who didn’t record an out, all six batters scoring) so long. He also criticized Boone’s body language during the inning. Just an observation, but Flaherty’s words sounded like someone angling for Boone’s job. They were quite critical, and you may add, harsh.

But this was really bad. It’s one thing to lose 14 of 19 in a 162 game season, but in a 60 game season? We’re talking 1/3 of the season here.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR from Luke Voit (14) and Aaron Hicks (4) in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead.

But as has been their wont lately, the Yankees’ pitchers, Jordan Montgomery in this instance, gave runs right back, and Montgomery joined the cast of Yankees’ starters not giving any length, thus putting more pressure on a failing bullpen.

Montgomery gave up a run in the first, another in the second, and the game was tied.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth when Miguel Andujar hit his first HR of the season. 3-2 Yanks.

In the fifth, with one out, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit both singled, and with two out, Clint Frazier’s double scored two runs. 5-2, Yanks.

A bases-loaded walk to Hicks in the top of the sixth made it 6-2.

Then the roof fell in, as Green and Ottavino gave up ten runs in the bottom of the sixth. The final indignity came when Ottavino gave up a grand slam. The bottom of the sixth lasted 43 minutes and took up 67 pitches.

I have wondered about pitch selection a lot lately. In checking out the game on MLB’s gameday, I had to shake my head when, during a 9 or 10 pitch at bat (which resulted in Luke Voit making an error), Green threw nothing but fastballs. Really? Eventually the batter will time the fastball, especially after seeing nine or ten in a row.

There is a difference between pitching and throwing. Yes, there was criticism of that in Twitterworld, and I think, on the YES postgame show as well (I’m not too sure about YES, but YES was a bit critical last evening, and rightfully so).

The Yankees’ defense, suspect lately, made two more errors. Nothing is going right.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the ninth on an RBI groundout by Andujar.

But this game signified “just when you think things can’t get worse…”

Something’s gonna happen. It has to. This can’t continue.

Because the Yanks are close to missing out on the playoffs entirely.

Voit 2 hits, solo HR (14)
Hicks solo HR (4), 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI
Andujar solo HR (1), 2 RBI

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 1 K. 5.72
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.25
Green 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 4.26
Ottavino (L, 2-3; BS, 3; 7.82) 0 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up grand slam.

Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.81
Schmidt 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 7.71

Game 40. Yanks fall to 3rd place after 5-1 loss.

More of the same as the Yankees (21-19) lost to Baltimore Sunday, 5-1.

The same recently, as the Yanks have lost 13 of their last 18, has been a lack of hitting, errors that lead to the other team scoring unearned runs, and relievers letting inherited runners score.

With the loss, the Yanks fall to third place in the AL East, and are only two games ahead of 4th place Baltimore. Right now, with only 20 games left in the season, the Yanks are the 8th and last seed for the playoffs. If not for the expanded CCP virus playoffs this year, they’d be on the verge of going home.

And as the 8 seed, guess who their opponent would be if the postseason started today? Yup. The Rays, against whom the Yanks are 2-8 this season.

At 21-19, they risk becoming the first Yankees team since 1992 to finish the season under .500.

I don’t know if they have had a team meeting, but something needs to be done to shake them up.

One thing that did happen before the game is that Gary Sanchez (.130, 13 for 100, 48 strikeouts) was benched.

Masahiro Tanaka had a slow start, giving up a 2-run HR in the first inning to the second batter of the game. The Yankees only got four hits in the game, three by Miguel Andujar (who also made a huge error, leading to Baltimore runs), so that 2-run HR doomed the Yankees from the start.

After that single, HR, single, walk start, Tanaka settled in, but to no avail.

In the second, the Yanks scored their only run of the game. Clint Frazier walked. with one out, Andujar singled. Mike Tauchman walked to load th bases. Erik Kratz grounded into a force out, Frazier scoring.

Andujar, as mentioned, had 3 of the Yanks’ four hits in the game. The last one was a triple. Coming into the game, Andujar, who missed almost all of 2019 due to injury, was 12 for his last 84. He was 6 for 47 in 2019, and 6 for 37 in 2020 before this game. What was even more shocking is that Andujar, the runnerup for Rookie of the Year in 2018, didn’t have an extra base hit since 2018. All 12 of those hits were singles. This from a guy who had 47 doubles and 27 HR in 2018. That triple broke a 14 for 87 streak of nothing but singles.

In the sixth, Andujar make an error that let the Orioles’ leadoff hitter reach base. Tanaka was pulled with men on first and second, one out. As has been the Yankees’ custom during this bad streak, the reliever (Luis Cessa in this case) couldn’t get out of the inning, but let the inherited runners score. Two runs came in, 4-1 Otioles.

An error by Mike Ford at first base gave the Orioles another unearned run in the seventh. 5-1 Orioles, the final score.

The Yanks have been tough to watch lately. Something has to be done to shake them up. Team meeting?

One more thing. I understand Boone wanting to go lefty/righty, lefty/righty with the lineup. He should stop that.

Yesterday’s lineup had Brett Gardner (now at .180) batting third (and I won’t get into why Gardner, a leadoff guy most of his career, is batting third) and Mike Ford, hitting .141, batting fifth. As mentioned, I see the lefty / righty thing but if these guys are not even at the Mendoza line (same goes for the .130 hitting Sanchez batting fifth), why are they hitting in prime spots in the lineup?

But then you have Tyler Wade (.158) at the bottom.

It’s as if Boone is filling out the lineup with his fingers crossed, hoping some guys finally start to hit.

Like I wrote, it’s been tough to watch. …. and write about.Andujar 3 hits.

Tanaka (L, 1-2, 3.38) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.14
Nelson 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.27

Three of the five runs the Yanks gave up were unearned.

Game 35. Yanks lose, 5-2.

After what happened with Aroldis Chapman (suspended 3 games, managers Aaron Boone and Kevin Cash suspended one game each), the Rays came out mad and took it to the Yankees and Jordan Montgomery, defeating the Yankees (20-15), 5-2.

The Yankees finished the regular season 2-8 against the Rays.

The first five batters went double, HR, single, HR, double. The Rays were up 4-0 after just five batters. Montgomery didn’t make it out of the first inning.

One of the homers was by Mike Brosseau, whom Chapman buzzed the night before. Brosseau homered again in the fourth to make it 5-0.

The Yanks got one run back on a HR by Clint Frazier (4) in the sixth.

They got another in the bottom of the ninth when with one out, Gary Sanchez singled, was forced at second by Brett Gardner, Mike Ford walked, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in Gardner.

With the loss the Yankees fall 4 1/2 back of the Rays. If the Yanks don’t win the AL East, they can just look to their 2-8 record against the Rays this year.

Frazier solo HR (4)
Urshela 2 hits.

Montgomery (L, 2-2, 5.76) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR
Nelson 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 6.17
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70 Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP
Heller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.80. 1 HBP
Cessa 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 3.29
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.86
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.24


HOF pitcher Tom Seaver, who broadcast Yankees games on TV for several games after retiring from baseball, died last night age 75. I have another post on the passing of the Mets’ legend.

Games 31 and 32. Yanks go extras in both games, sweep Mets in DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (19-13) used a miraculous comeback to win the first game of a DH, then struggling Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam to enable the Yankees to gain the sweep in Game 2.

Both games were won in 8 innings, extra innings what with the 2020 Covid rules for a DH. (7-inning games, extras start w/man on second).

Game 1

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to win 8-7.

In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu walked, was doubled to third by Luke Voit, and scored on a groundout by Mike Tauchman.

The Mets got two in the top of the fourth to go up 2-1, but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the inning when Mike Tauchman walked and Mike Ford doubled him home.

Ex-Yankee Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR in the top of the fifth to put the Mets up 4-2. The Mets got three more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the comeback. Ford reached on an error, and got back to the bag safely to avoid being doubled up when Brett Gardner lined out. Gio Urshela flied out for the second out. Down 7-2, things looked dire. Ford advanced to second on defensive indifference and Tyler Wade walked. Thairo Estrada was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled to make it 7-4. Estrada should have been out at third to end the game but the 3B dropped the ball. WHEW. A WP made it 7-5. Aaron Hicks then tied the game with his third HR of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the new rules, Tauchman started the inning at second base. Gary Sanchez flied out and Ford walked. After Brett Gardner flied out, Gio Urshela singled in Tauchman to win the game.

Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run game-tying HR (3)
Urshela GW hit

KIng 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.   6.23
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K.  2 WP.    20.25  Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.93
Green (W, 3-2, 3.45) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 2

Deivi Garcia was brilliant in his MLB debut. At 21, he was the youngest Yankee starter since Phil Hughes in 2007.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the top of the third (Mets home team in this one) when Tyler Wade hit his first HR of the season.

Garcia took a shutout into the bottom of the sixth. The Mets tied it up on a single after Luke Voit made a two-base error.

In the top of the eighth, Brett Gardner started the inning at second, and Clint Frazier walked. After a flyout moved both runners up, Tauchman was intentionally walked. Sanchez, now hitting just .134, PH for Erik Kratz and hit a grand slam for his sixth HR of the season. Of Sanchez’ 11 hits this year, six are HR.

The Mets got a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Sanchez Grand Slam (6)
Wade solo HR (1)

Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K.   MLB DEBUT
Holder (W, 1-0, 2.25) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09

 

 

 

Games 28 and 29. Yanks’ bullpen implodes as both DH games lost. Losing streak hits 7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees’ bullpen is supposed to be a strength. Yesterday it turned out to be their downfall—twice.

I do have to ask. Earlier this week, Lucas Giolito of the White Sox tossed a no-hitter, and it was not in a 7-inning DH shortened game. A true 9-inning no-no.

So why is it that Yankees’ starters have to get pulled after 65-70 pitches (except for Gerrit Cole) EVEN WHEN THEY ARE DOING WELL?

I like Aaron Boone as a manager, but feel as if he’s cost them a couple of games lately. By losing BOTH games of a DH yesterday, the Yanks fall to 16-13 on the season, and have a 7-game losing streak. They fall 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, and worse yet, are only 1/2 a game ahead of third place Toronto.

Mets’ announcer Bob Murphy used to describe the “happy” recap after Mets wins. For Yankees’ fans, this will be one sad recap.

First off, another Yankee could be DH bound. Gio Urshela, with bone spurs in his elbow. The Yanks lineup is starting to look like a spring training lineup. Heck, Estevan Florial made his MLB debut. To show how shocking that is, Florial has not even played in AA yet. The lefty hitter is 22 years old.  Another heck. Gary Sanchez, hitting .130, had to be the cleanup hitter.

The Yanks brought up Jordy Mercer. Just tured 34, righty hitter. Mostly a SS, some 2b. Has played for the Pirates (2012-2018), Tigers (2019-2020). 162 game average .257-12-54, OPS+ 91 (average is 100). Pirates’ full-time SS, 2013-2018. 7 postseason games, 2 for 14.

Game 1:

In this game, the Yanks took a 4-0 lead by scoring twice in both the bottom of the first and second innings.

In the first, Luke Voit, hitting leadoff (!) singled, and scored on a double by Clint Frazier. Brett Gardner bunt singled, Frazier going to third. Gary Sanchez walked, and there was a wild pitch enabling Frazier to score.

In the second, with two out, Voit doubled and Frazier homered (3). 4-0.

Jordan Montgomery took a shutout into the fifth. With two out, the loss of Urshela bit the Yanks. A HBP, then an error at 3b by Miguel Andujar. A WP by Montgomery. A gift run for the Mets.

Montgomery started the sixth. He gave up back-to-back singles, then Boone had a quick hook. Out after 68 pitches. It seems like Boone is trying to shorten an already shortened game, by bringing into the game, in the sixth inning, guys used to coming in in the eighth inning. It’s backfiring on him.

That or he doesn’t trust starters to go through the order a third time. Being old school, I’m shaking my head seeing pitchers leave after 5 innings of no runs or one-run given up, and only 65-70 pitches thrown. I’d love to talk to, say, Bob Gibson about that.

Anyway, Boone brings in Chad Green (and I understand he didn’t want lefty Montgomery facing Alonso), who gave up the HR to Freddie Freeman that cost the Yankees a 2-1 loss to the Braves on Wednesday. So what does Green do here? Give up not only a 3-run HR to tie up the game, but two more HR after that. 6-4 Mets, which wound up the final score.

The Yankees struck out 13x. In a 7-inning game.

Voit 3 hits
Frazier 2 for 2 with a walk, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR (3)
Florial First MLB hit.

Montgomery 5+ IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K.  4.44
Green (L, 2-2; BS, 2; 3.68) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.61

Game 2

Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a run in the bottom of the first (Mets home team in this game) but the Yanks came back with three in the third.

Mercer walked. Thairo Estrada singled him to third. 40 yr. old backup C Erik Kratz singled in a run (is it a stretch to say that Kratz, hitting .357 in his limited time, is outperforming the .130 hitting Sanchez?). After an out, Frazier walked to load the bases. Aaron Hicks singled in one run and Sanchez walked to make it 3-1 Yankees.

I like Loaisiga. With Paxton out, he may help in the starting role, but once again, the Yanks need more from their starters. Loaisiga did a good job but needs to be stretched out more. Pulled after 39 pitches.

Rookie Nick Nelson gave up a run in the fifth.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. In came Aroldis Chapman. Walk, then a walk-off 2-run HR. Ballgame. Yanks lose, 4-3.

Frazier 0 for 3, struck out 3x. Did have a walk.
Hicks 2 hits, RBI

Loaisiga 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.81.    Stretch him out more.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.60
Nelson (H, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  7.27
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   4.22
Chapman (L, 0-1; BS, 1; 27.00) 0 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Gave up GW walkoff HR.

Between the IL and the 7-game losing streak, the Yanks are hurting.

Some guys have to start hitting.

Sanchez 10 for 77. .130. Half of his hits HR, but with Judge and Stanton out, his troubles are now magnified. OPS+ 62.

Andujar 4 for 31. .129. All singles. With Urshela day to day with a bone spur, Andujar has to step it up, defensively as well as offensively.  OPS+ -20 (MINUS 20).

Brett Gardner is only hitting .183, Aaron Hicks .205, Mike Ford .170.

With guys on the shelf, some other guys, especially Sanchez and Andujar, have to pick it up.

Not only that, but no Yankees’ starter other than Cole is averaging 5 innings/start. That needs to change, too.

 

Game 26. Cole’s streak over as Yanks lose opener of DH, 5-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After almost a week, the Yanks resumed play and showed rust as they lost the first game of a doubleheader to the Braves, 5-1. (7-inning game).

With the loss, Gerrit Cole’s streak of winning his last 20 decisions came to an end.

He gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. 1-0 Braves.

He gave up two homers and three runs in the third, 4-0 Braves.

Meanwhile, the team wasn’t hitting. In the top of the sixth, Luke Voit homered (11) to break up the no-no and shutout bid. And this by a pitcher making his MLB debut. The Yanks only got two hits in the game.

Cole gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Voit solo HR (11)

Cole (L, 4-1, 3.51) 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 W, 9 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.66


Albert Abreu was called up to be the 29th man for the DH.

The Yanks made a deal, getting some catcher depth by sending cash considerations to SF for Rob Brantly. Brantly, 31, is a lefty-hitting catcher who has played 127 games in the majors, with 391 at bats. He has hit .228-7-37, OPS+70. He was sent to the alternate site.

The Mets will be the home game in the nightcaps of the DH games played Friday and Sunday at the Stadium.