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

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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.

Game 116. “By the book” Girardi blows game, 3-2 in 10.

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I know what I write here won’t be absorbed easily by many people, and may be controversial, but I truly believe Joe Girardi blew another Yankees game by his overmanaging and by the book style.

I also think it’s time for Joe to go.

The Yanks needed Jordan Montgomery to match Chris Sale. Sale is expected to win this year’s CYA so it was a tough task, made even more difficult after Montgomery got nailed in the head yesterday by a BP liner to the head.

He was up to the task. But Joe Girardi went by the book again (Please, Joe, Think outside the box once in a while?) and after Robertson went 1 2/3 (yes, time to pull him) and Betances went one inning (leave him in!) Girardi went to Chapman, who on Friday night didn’t justify anyone’s faith in him, and who got bailed out by Hicks. Sunday night Chapman gave up a HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2.

Girardi and Cashman’s contracts are up at the end of the year. Personally, keep Cash, dump Girardi.

Joe. You have 3 closers. Stop solely using Chapman in the ninth, and GO WITH THE HOT HAND. Guy doing well, LEAVE HIM IN. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s quite simple. Start taking my advice. Chapman sucked the other night so you bring him in again in the ninth because “he’s the closer”? Really?

There was NO REASON to pull Betances after 12 pitches and a 1-2-3 inning. NONE. And especially for someone who was so awful two nights ago. None except by going by the book and going formula.

Joe, THINK FOR YOURSELF. Stop going formula and use your damned brain and shove that binder up your you know what.

Boston got a run in the fifth and the Yanks got it right back on an RBI triple by Austin Romine of all people. Good backup defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick. .220. The Yanks caught a break. Mookie Betts should have caught that ball.

Aaron Hicks made two great defensive plays in the game. Great plays.

Todd Frazier’s SF in the eighth made it 2-1 Yanks before Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to blow the save.

In the tenth, Chapman blows the game. How? Wild like Friday night. HBP and a walk. Kahnle comes in, walk, base hit for a run.

This is all on Girardi. The Yanks’ real record is eight games below what it SHOULD be based on runs scored/runs allowed. The reason for that? Girardi’s overmanaging. 13-21 in one-run games. Pulling guys when they did well the previous inning. Going “by the book” instead of using his damned brain.

Simple concept. Guy pitches well, low pitch count? Leave him in.

Go with the hot hand.

I am not alone. Many other Yankees’ fans I know are tired of this bullshit.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.94. Great job.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Only 12 pitches. Why pull him?
Chapman (BS, 4; L, 4-2, 3.48) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.48.
Guess who has the highest ERA of the three? Robertson, Betances and Chapman?

I rest my case.

Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.35.

 

Game 114. Hicks ignites rally, saves game. Yanks 5-4.

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Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR to ignite a 5-run 8th inning rally for the Yanks, and made a key defensive play that helped save the game as the Yanks rallied late to beat Boston 5-4 Friday night. The win puts the 61-53 Yanks 3 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. A loss would have meant 5 1/2 back.

Jaime Garcia gave up a 2-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the first inning and a solo HR to Andrew Benitendi in the fifth. Meanwhile, the Yanks continued to be futile offensively.

But in the eighth, PH Gardner led off with a HBP, and Hicks snuck a HR (11) just fair down the RF line, about 3 rows deep, to cut the Boston lead to 3-0. Sanchez singled, advanced on a WP and Judge walked. Didi singled to tie the game. Todd Frazier singled to put the Yanks ahead 4-3. After Headley struck out, Ellsbury singled to load the bases. Torreyes got a SF (oh, how I kill for a simple SF) to put the Yanks up 5-3. They would need that insurance run, and how.

Aroldis Chapman came in for the save and couldn’t find the plate if you gave him a map and a GPS system. He walked the bases loaded with no one out. On a SF that made the score 5-4, Aaron Hicks threw out ex-Yankee Eduardo Nunez at third while the run was scoring. So now two out, man on second and Chapman got a flyout to end the game.

Whew.

Garcia 5 2/3 IP 3 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.50
Warren (W, 3-2, 1.80) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 3.06

Derek Jeter’s bid won in order to buy the Marlins. He and others will have to pony up $1.2 Billion.

Game 109. Yanks “Chase” losing streak away with 2-1 win.

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Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, enabling the Yanks to snap their 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cleveland Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 58-51. Unfortunately, they don’t pick up ground on Boston, who won as well.

In the first, the Yanks scored on a walk to Gardner, and after an out, a single by Judge and double by Didi. But with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no out, they could not tack on.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the second which tied the game for some time to come.

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year put the Yankees up 2-1 in the eighth and was the deciding blow.

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each made great defensive plays in the ninth to save the game. One other ball was hit just foul, or it would have tied the game. A scary ninth for Chapman.

After Joe Girardi ripped Gary Sanchez for his defense, Sanchez DH’d tonight. Romine caught. Not only that, Matt Holliday has back issues that may force him to the DL.

The Yanks won despite striking out 15x tonight.

They must be trying to limit Montgomery’s innings and pitch count. He only went 5 innings and 65 pitches, and retired his last nine batters, but he appears to be hitting his innings limit, thus the quick hook. But… overusing the bullpen? Will they be taxed later down the stretch run?  You wonder.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Great job, 4.05
Robertson (W, 5-2, 2.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.55
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.41
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87

 

Game 104. Yanks 7, Tigers 3. Judge goes deep.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley continued his hot hitting as of late (3 hits, 2 RBI), and Aaron Judge homered (34) as the Yanks beat the Tigers 7-3 to improve their record to 57-47. With the win, they remain in first place in the AL East by 1/2 game over Boston.

Luis Severino struggled to get through five innings, tossing 116 pitches, but got the win. He gave up a run in the fourth, but the Yanks got four in the bottom of the inning.

Judge walked, Sanchez reached on an error and Holliday walked. Headley doubled in two, then Todd Frazier singled in two. (Todd Frazier was robbed of a 2-run HR later in the game).

In the fifth, Judge’s 34th HR of the year made it 5-1.

The Tigers cut it to 5-2 in the sixth.

In the seventh, Ellsbury was HBP, Clint Frazier tripled in a run, and Frazier scored on a SF by Sanchez.

The Tigers scored in the ninth, but the final was 7-3 Yankees.

Severino (W, 8-4, 2.98) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.34
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.61
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.58
Chapman (S, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97

 

Game 102. Another Walkoff win for Yanks, 5-4.

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Friends from Pinstripe Mania were there today to see the Yanks beat the Rays in walk off fashion 5-4.

Rumors still surround Sonny Gray. One thing is for sure. Down the stretch, Caleb Smith or Luis Cessa are not the answer. No disrespect intended.

Caleb Smith gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. 1-0. Rays.

The Yanks tied it in the second on a double by Sanchez, groundout and SF by Didi.

Run in the third for the Rays, 2-1.

Gary Sanchez tied it in the bottom of the fourth, 2-2. HR #16 for Gary.

The Yanks need to get another starter w/Pineda out. Smith (3rd MLB game, 2nd MLB start) was pulled in the fourth. You can’t have that. You can’t burn your bullpen every five days. The Yanks won this game, but…. The non-waiver trade deadline is Monday at 4 PM. See below for some news on some potential moves.

Adam Warren gave up a HR in the fifth. 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks took the lead 4-3 in the sixth on a PH, 2-run HR by Chase Headley. It was Headley’s fifth HR of the season and first in six weeks.

David Robertson gave up a HR in the eighth to Lucas Duda, his second in two games since joining the Rays from the Mets, and the game was tied.

In the bottom of the ninth, Headley walked, and Ellsbury PR for him and stole second. Todd Frazier was HBP and Ronald Torreyes beat out his bunt for a single to load the bases. Gardner then singled to win the game.

Smith 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 7.20
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.06
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.68
Kahnle (H, 9)  1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.18
Robertson (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.75
Chapman (W, 4-1, 3.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

The Yanks improve to  56-46 and remain 1/2 game ahead of Boston, in first place in the AL East.

Zack Littell has been scratched from his Sunday start at AA. MLB Trade rumors reports that the Yanks may be close to getting Jaime Garcia from the Twins. The Twins just got him from the Braves, but instead of staying in the race, the Twins are falling out so they may now trade Garcia.

What is most interesting is that MLBTR states that getting Garcia would NOT keep the Yanks from pursuing Sonny Gray.

Gray & Garcia? Stay tuned.

Game 100. Gardner’s late heroics win game for Yankees, 6-5 in 11.

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So as soon as I get into work yesterday, I develop a migraine (I get one a year, one every two years, maybe) and there is nothing you can do about them. Went home and just tried to rest until it wore off. It completely disables you.

At the end of last night, it was the Tampa Bay Rays who had the migraine, losing a game they should have won, 6-5 to the New York Yankees. The win puts the Yanks at 54-46, just 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card slot.

The Yanks struck first with two runs in the second. With one out, Chase Headley singled and scored on a double by Jacoby Ellsbury, who owns Chris Archer. Todd Frazier then singled Ellsbury home.

Gary Sanchez made it 3-0 in the third with his 15th HR of the season.

Evan Longoria, who owns CC Sabathia, cut the Yanks lead to 3-1 in the fourth with a HR.

They Rays then chased CC in the fifth, scoring three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Chad Green gave up a HR in the sixth to Corey Dickerson and the Rays were up 5-3.

The Yanks blew a couple of scoring opportunities throughout the game, including a bases loaded/one out chance in the sixth where they got no runs, and you really wonder if Tyler Wade, who has been doing well at AAA, is ready for the majors yet. He is now 4 for 37 in the bigs. Last night he was 0 for 5, struck out 3x and left 7 men on base.

In the eighth, Didi Gregorius and Headley singled, with Headley’s single moving Didi to third, from where he scored on an RBI forceout by PH Matt Holliday.  5-4 Rays.

In the ninth, Brett Gardner led off the inning with a triple, but Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge couldn’t get him in. Down to their last out, Gary Sanchez hit a ground ball that appeared to be the final out of the game. But with the Rays’ infield in a shift, and playing a bit out of their usual positions, they were confused as to who would field the grounder and no one got it. Sanchez’ single tied the game and as a result, eventually blew the game for the Rays.

In the bottom of the 11th, Brett Gardner led off the inning with his 18th home run of the season to end the game, giving the Yanks a 6-5 win. The HR set a career season high for him. In the celebration at home plate, Aaron Judge was hit by a helmet and a tooth was either chipped or lost.

Sabathia wasn’t too happy about being pulled, but…

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR, 3.66
Green 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.71
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.23
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.75
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.93
Chapman (W, 3-1, 3.14) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Gardner 2 hits, triple, game winning HR.
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR.
Gregorius 2 hits,
Headley 3 hits. Still not showing any power, but has raised average to .271.
Todd Frazier 2 hits, RBI.