Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9. The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo. In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0. The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander. In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1. Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers. Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5) Rizzo solo HR (10) Torres 2 hits Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1) Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63 Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52 Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14 Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13 C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Donaldson, Green, Loaisiga, Rizzo, Rortvedt, Severino, Stanton, Torres, Trevino
You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.
Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third. The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out. With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out. The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third. No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2. Stanton 3 hits, RBI Kiner-Falefa 2 hits Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06 Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52 Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54 Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Holmes, Keuchel, Kiner-Falefa, Montgomery, Schmidt, Stanton, West
Gleyber Torres drove in all of the Yankees (22-8) runs in a 5-3 win over Toronto Wednesday afternoon. It was the Yankees’ 15th win in their last 17 games. Toronto got a run in the first inning off of Jameson Taillon, but in the fourth inning, with one out, Anthony Rizzo and D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Torres hit a 3-run HR (5). Toronto cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2. With one out, Rizzo walked and LeMahieu doubled. Torres singled in two runs. It seems as if when Aroldis Chapman saves a game, he makes us sweat it out first. Such was the case again today, because Chapman gave up a run in the ninth to make it 5-3 before closing out the game.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 5 RBI. 3-run HR (5) Taillon (W, 3-1) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.93 King (H,4) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.35 Holmes (H, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.55 Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.79
It’s only too bad he didn’t get credit for the W. Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. no-hit Texas for 7 1/3 innings, and the Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth as the Yanks beat Texas 1-0 in an afternoon makeup game from all the rain the Northeast got on Friday and Saturday. The only run of the game came when with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo then doubled him home. It wound up as a combined 2-hit shutout. The Yanks only got five hits themselves. Rizzo RBI double (only run of game) Cortes 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 W, 11 K. 1.41 Holmes (W, 4-0) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.61 Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Who’d have thought Nasty Nestor would have an ERA of 1.41 after six starts, or have 42 K in 32 IP so far? Or that of the 20-8 Yankees, the team leader in wins would be the 4 by Holmes? Or that after 28 games, the Yanks’ ERA would be 2.50?
Aaron Judge hit 2 HR as the Yankees (16-6) won their 9th straight game, beating KC 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in a come from behind victory. Judge hit a solo HR in the first inning, a bomb that was 453 feet, to put the Yanks up 1-0. KC came back with 3 runs in the third and score another run in the fourth to go up 4-1. But the Yanks came back with 2 runs in the fifth to cut KC’s lead to 4-3. With one out, Miguel Andujar, starting in LF because of Joey Gallo’s groin strain, singled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled home Andujar to cut KC’s lead to 4-2. After another out, Kiner-Falefa scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu. The Yanks went ahead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kiner-Falefa walked, and PH Anthony Rizzo was HBP. LeMahieu walked to load the bases. Judge grounded out, scoring Kiner-Falefa and moving up all runners. Josh Donaldson reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Rizzo. Judge’s second HR of the game (9), a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Yanks an insurance run. Judge 2 hits (both HR, (9)) 3 RBI Andujar 2 hits. Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.75 Schmidt (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.08 Luetge (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70 King (H, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0W, 2 K. 0.61 He has been fabulous so far this season. Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00 Miguel Andujar and Clarke Schmidt sent down to Scranton following today’s game, as rosters go from 28 players to 26.
The team with the best ERA in the league improved on that as the Yankees won their 8th straight game, 3-0, over Kansas City last night. With the win, the Yankees (15-7) have the best record in the majors. Gerrit Cole pitched six of the scoreless innings, and after a rough start to the season, seems to have righted himself. The shutout dropped the Yankees’ ERA to 2.70. The Yankees got single tallies in the second, third, and fourth innings. In the second, Gleyber Torres singled to lead off the inning, then Aaron Hicks walked. Joey Gallo, who later had to leave the game with a groin injury, singled to load the bases. Torres scored when Isiah Kiner-Falefa GIDP. In the third, with one out, Josh Donaldson walked. Anthony Rizzo followed with a walk and Giancarlo Stanton singled to load the bases. Torres hit a SF. In the fourth, Hicks led off with a walk and Gallo singled, Hicks advancing to third on an error. Kiner-Falefa then hit a SF to bring in Hicks. Torres 2 hits, RBI Hicks 2 for 2 with 2 walks Gallo 2 for 2, left game with groin injury Cole (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.00 Castro (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.16 Holmes (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 0.84 Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article. Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close. Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth. After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4. In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4. Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score. LeMahieu 2 hits Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4) Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI Torres 3 RBI Gallo solo HR (1) Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32 Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04 Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00 A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great. Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games. One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs. Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cabrera, Chapman, Cortes, Gallo, Hicks, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Luetge, Rizzo, Sears, Severino, Stanton, Torres
After being shut out by Toronto on Monday night, the Yankees (3-2) returned the favor Tuesday night, blanking Toronto 4-0.
One turn through the rotation, and guess who pitched the best? The #5 starter, “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, Jr. In the first inning, some tough breaks. Josh Donaldson led off with a walk, then Aaron Judge was robbed of a double. Anthony Rizzo then doubled, but Donaldson was thrown out at home. He had stopped and once you do that, you can’t start up again. The Yanks got a two-run HR from Aaron Hicks (1) in the bottom of the second inning. With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and went to second on a single by Gleyber Torres. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt let LeMahieu score to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the eighth, Donaldson walked, and Judge doubled him to third. After Rizzo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 4-0. LeMahieu 2 hits Torres 2 hits Hicks 2-run HR (1) Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.00 Holmes (W, 1-0) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70 Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00 Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton became the first pair of Yankee teammates ever to each homer in the first two games of a season. Each hit 2-run homers in the Yankees’ (2-0) 4-2 win over Boston Saturday. Luis Severino gave up a 2-run HR to Alex Verdugo in the second inning which put Boston up 2-0, Rizzo tied it in the fourth, and Stanton’s 437 ft. blast in the sixth was the game-winner. Ron Marinaccio made his MLB debut, pitching a scoreless inning of relief. Severino 3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. gave up 1 HR. 6.00 Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00. MLB DEBUT Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00 Luetge (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 Green (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00 Holmes (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40 Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. The Yankees’ bullpen tossed six no-hit innings.
In a game that started out very poorly for the Yankees, the Yankees got a game-winning hit by new Yankee Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the eleventh to beat Boston 6-5 on Opening Day. After Opening day was pushed back a day because of rain (I got 4 inches in my basement, had to take off of work, and spent most of the day with a plumber going over what will be major work on my house) the game started off very poorly, as I just mentioned. After starter Gerrit Cole gave up a walk on four pitches to the first hitter, a HR, a single and a double followed, and the Yankees were down 3-0 just four batters into the game. Cole settled in after that, giving up just one more hit in his four innings of work. Anthony Rizzo got the Yankees back in the game with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the first inning. Maybe it was Opening Day jitters, may it was the shortened spring training, but both starters had trouble in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton hit a laser shot, a screaming liner that cleared the short porch in right to tie the game up at 3 apiece in the bottom of the fourth inning. Boston got a run to go up 4-3 in the sixth, but D.J. LeMahieu tied it up again in the bottom of the eighth with a HR of his own. To extra innings, and that ghost runner rule that is going away next year. Boston scored in the top of the tenth but the Yankees tied it up in the bottom half on a SF by PH Gleyber Torres. Winner Michael King kept Boston from scoring in the top of the eleventh, and Donaldson, leading off the bottom of the eleventh, drove in ghost runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his game winning single. Donaldson 2 hits, GW RBI Judge 2 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (1) Stanton HR (1) LeMahieu HR (1) Cole 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75 Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Holmes 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 13.50 Castro 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K 0.00 King 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00 Earlier in the day, Aaron Judge, who is being offered $17MM this season from the Yankees while he asked for $21 MM in arbitration, turned down a 7 Yr./$213.5 MM extension offer from the Yankees. He’s a free agent after the season. That’s a lot of moolah to turn down (I could use that to pay my plumbing expenses).
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged Castro, Chapman, Cole, Donaldson, Green, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Stanton