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Game 36. Yanks edge Rays 1-0 behind Cole and Chapman.

Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hit shutout as the Yanks (20-16) defeated Tampa Bay 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Cole was dominant in going to 5-1 on the season with an ERA of just 1.37. He struck out 12. Chapman still has not given up an earned run this season while having nine saves.

Cole has struck out 78 batters this season while walking only three.

Since starting out 6-11, the Yanks have now won 14 of their last 19 games. This win was their fourth in a row and they are 8-2 this month.

It has been the pitching doing it, as the bats are still cold.

The Yanks got the only run of the game in the seventh inning. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a single, then Gio Urshela doubled. After a non-productive out, Aaron Hicks hit a sac fly.

Of the Yanks’ six hits, five were by Judge and Urshela.

Judge 3 hits
Urshela 2 hits

Cole (W, 5-1) 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 12 K. 1.37
Chapman (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Clint Frazier was ejected for arguing a called third strike.

During the game, Cole became the second fastest pitcher to 1500 K.

With the win, the Yanks are in second place, one game behind Boston (22-16). They are even in the loss column. Boston has played (and won) two more games.

Game 31. Yanks’ bullpen falters in 7-4 loss.

Gerrit Cole left after 7 innings with a 3-2 lead, but the Yanks’ (16-15) bullpen, a strength so far this season, faltered in a 7-4 loss to Houston Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks struck first when the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo HR (9). He has a 12 game hitting streak.

Cole gave up a HR in the top of the fourth to Yordan Alvarez, who would torment the Yanks all game.

A 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier in the bottom of the fourth put the Yanks’ up 3-1.

Cole gave up another HR to Alvarez in the seventh. 3-2.

In the top of the eighth, the wheels fell off. Chad Green gave up a 3-run HR to Jose Altuve and Houston went up 5-3.

On a strange play in the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first on an infield single by Aaron HIcks to cut Houston’s lead to 5-4.

But Justin Wilson gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, final Houston 7-4. The Yanks’ bullpen disappointed today.

Gio Urshela had to leave the game. MRI today.

Can’t wait to get Luke Voit back. Jay Bruce retired after hitting just .118. Mike Ford is 3 for 31 (.091).


Stanton solo HR (9)
Urshela 2 hits.
Hicks 3 for 3, walk, RBI.
Frazier 2 run HR (3)

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.61 Gave up 2 HR.
Green (L, 0-3; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.50 Gave up HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.63
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.04 Gave up 1 HR.

Missing Zack Britton too. Wilson hasn’t filled his shoes.

Two sidenotes about three of the greatest players in MLB history.

One, Happy 90th birthday to Willie Mays.
Two. Albert Pujols released by Angels. 3253 hits, 667 HR.
Three. Miguel Cabrera last I saw hitting about .105. Needs something like 128 hits for 3000, 11 HR for 500, but ugh. Something like 6 for 57 so far.

Minor league report tomorrow morning.

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 20. Cole outduels Bieber. Yanks win 2-1.

When two of the best pitchers in baseball face off against each other, you expect a low-scoring game with a lot of strikeouts, and that is what you got Saturday night when the Yankees (9-11) beat Cleveland, 2-1.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole struck out 11, outduelling Indians’ starter Shane Bieber, who struck out nine. For the Yankees, it was their third straight win.

The Indians got a run in the fourth on a triple and single off Cole, but those were two of only three hits they would get in the game. The Yanks got both of their runs in the top of the fifth. Aaron Hicks homered (3) to tie the game, and two outs later, Rougned Odor’s homer (3) proved to be the difference in the game.

Hicks HR (3)
Odor HR (3)


Cole (W, 3-1) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 11 K. 1.71
Wilson (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.80 1 WP
Loaisiga (S, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.35

Game 19. Yanks hit 4 HR in 5-3 win.

The Yankees (8-11) hit four homers in beating Cleveland 5-3 Friday night.

Just as in Thursday night’s game, the game didn’t start out too well, and once again the Yanks found themselves down 3-0 after one inning, and they had to come back to win the game.

That comeback started right away in the top of the second inning. With one out, Aaron Hicks homered (2). Gary Sanchez then singled, and after another out, Rougned Odor homered (2) to tie the game.

Then Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, once in the third inning, then again in the fifth, to give the Yanks the lead and an insurance run. They were his fourth and fifth homers of the season.

Jordan Montgomery settled down after the rocky first and pitched into the fifth. The Yankees’ bullpen pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-run, one-hit ball.

Hicks solo HR (2)
Odor 2-run HR (2)
Stanton two solo HRs (4 and 5)

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K. 4.57
Luetge (W, 1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.97
O’Day (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K 1.29
Green (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K 0.73
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Today will be one heck of a pitching matchup. Gerrit Cole vs. Shane Bieber.

Game 15. Losing streak hits 5. Yanks get just 3 hits, Tampa concludes weekend sweep, 4-2.



OK, first things first.

There is NO WAY to sugarcoat this. You can’t put a cherry on a piece of crap.

5-10 is what it is. FIVE AND TEN. Five losses in a row,

Swept by Tampa Bay, who has beaten you something like 17 of the last 20 games or so?

Your pitchers are operating scared. You give up so much as two runs and they feel as if game over. That is too much pressure on your pitchers.

You have a player (Clint Frazier) who has NO RBI in his last 66 or so plate appearances.

You have another, in Gleyber Torres, hitting in the middle of the lineup, who is hitting under .200, with NO HR and just ONE RBI in 15 games.

The Yanks got only THREE hits today in losing 4-2 to Tampa Bay today. THREE.

They came into the game with a .217 team batting average. That is going down. FACT. (Update: Now .210).

The hitting coaches should worry about their jobs, Maybe even Boone.

Giancarlo Srtanton hit a HR in the second inning (3) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Tampa Bay got two in the top of the third off of Gerrit Cole to take a 2-1 lead. Aaron HIcks (booed throughout the game) and Clint Frazier performed poorly defensively in enabling those two runs.

D.J. LeMahieu (the only TRUE hitter, not slugger on the team) got a two-out hit in the fifth to tie the game.


Cole gave up a run in the 7th, and Tampa Bay got another in the ninth, to ensure the win.

Judge 0 for 4 struck out 3x.

Stanton solo HR (3)

Cole (L, 2-1) 6 1/3 IP. 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 10 K. 1.82. Don’t blame him, but pathetic offense.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
O’Day 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR. 1.50.

Game 10. Yanks win 3-1 behind Cole, BP and Higashioka.

Gerrit Cole pitched six strong innings, was followed by a strong bullpen, and Kyle Higashioka drove in all three Yankees’ (5-5) runs with two home runs as the Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 on Monday night.

Cole gave up a run in the first inning on a couple singles, a WP and a groundout.

The Yanks didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning. They only had four hits in the game. In the fifth, Rougned Odor singled, and Higashioka hit his first HR of the game, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Higashioka added a solo HR in the eighth to make it 3-1.

Higashioka 2 HR, 3 RBI

Cole (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. 1.47 1 WP
Wilson (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
O’Day (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Chapman (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Game 5. Judge & Cole lead Yanks to 7-2 win; Yanks deal for Odor.

Gerrit Cole was dominant, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out 13, and Aaron Judge homered and drove in four runs as the Yankees (3-2) beat Baltimore 7-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks also made a deal earlier in the day, getting Rougned Odor from Texas. More on that in a bit. First to the game.

The game started off disappointing. Cole got out of a jam in the first, but got out of it. Then in the bottom of the first, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out. But Stanton, Torres and Frazier all struck out. You just wanted to scream,

Jay Bruce homered (1) in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out again, as Bruce, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka all walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, with a run scoring to make it 2-0, and Judge singled to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, a walk to Brett Gardner, followed by a double by Giancarlo Stanton, made it 4-0.

Judge hit a 3-run HR in the bottom of the eighth to put the Yanks up 7-0.

They should have had a shutout, but with two outs in the ninth, Lucas Luetge gave up a two-run HR after SS Gleyber Torres nonchalanted a ball into a single when it should have been the final out of the game.

Judge 3 hits, 3-run HR (2), 4 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Bruce solo HR (1)

Cole (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 13 K. 1.46 Just what you want from your ace.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50 Gave up a 2-run HR.

The Yanks made moves. Mike King went to the alternate site after his brilliant six inning relief job on Sunday. Thairo Estrada was DFA’d to make room on the 40 man roster for Odor.

The Yanks traded two minor leaguers (Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers) to Texas for Rougned Odor. I don’t like this. I don’t know where Odor fits. He has only played 2B in the majors, although Texas did work him out at 3B this spring. The Yanks are set at 2B with LeMahieu, have a 2B playing SS in Torres, are set at 3B with Urshela. They have Andujar (on the DL) who can’t crack the team. Wade doesn’t hit, but plays more positions than Odor, and is their only backup SS. After Wade, your other backup SS right now is Urshela, and you just DFA’d Estrada, who was as versatile as Wade.

Odor, 27, a lefty bat, has topped 30 HR in three different seasons. But in two of those seasons, he hit .205 and .204. His walk to whiff ratio isn’t good, and he led the league in striking out in 2019. All or nothing hitter. He is a .237 hitter with an OPS+ of just 88. A lefty hitter, and the power translates well to Yankee Stadium, but low average, high strikeout, low walks.

Odor has a hefty contract, but most of it will be paid for by Texas.

Odor’s 162 game average is .237-28-86, 12 SB, OPS+ 88. 36 walks, 151 strikeouts. In eight postseason games, Odor is 7 for 28, 2 HR, 4 RBI.

And oh yeah, he throws a mean right hand. Just ask Jose Bautista.

Game 1. Yanks fall to Toronto in 10, 3-2.

The Yankees went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, struck out 13 times (Yankees’ pitchers also struck out 13 Blue Jays) and it hurt them as they lost their season opener, 3-2, to Toronto in 10 innings.

I haven’t liked the way the bats have been at the end of spring training. Seems my worries were justified today in the season opener.

The only runs the Yanks got came via a 2-run HR by Gary Sanchez in the second inning. This came after Toronto got a run off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the second.

Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the sixth, shortly before he was pulled. The pitch count got up, it was Opening Day and the day was quite cool.

Blown chances. In the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks loaded the bases but Aaron Judge GIDP.

They had a man on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but after a walk to Clint Frazier, D.J. LeMahieu hit a ground ball and PR Mike Tauchman was thrown out at the plate. Even with that, the Yanks still had men on first and second, but Aaron Judge struck out.

The extra inning rules are the same as last year, man starts on second base. Nick Nelson gave up a leadoff double, then struck out the next three batters, but with that runner beginning the inning on second, the damage was done and a run scored. The Yanks had the same thing in the bottom of the tenth, Judge starting the inning on second, but Hicks, Stanton and Torres all struck out.

The good:

Sanchez 2 hits, 2-run HR (1)
Frazier 2 hits and a walk.

The bad:
The 2 through 6 hitters in the Yankees’ lineup went 2 for 22 with 12 strikeouts.

Judge 1 for 5, 2 strikeouts
Hicks 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts
Stanton 0 for 5, 3 strikeouts
Torres 1 for 4, 2 strikeouts
Urshela 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts.

The pitching line:

Cole 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Nelson (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Aroldis Chapman was suspended for this game and the next one for throwing at a Tampa Bay batter last year. He was not available.

S.T. Game 28. Yanks end spring training with a 5-2 loss.

The Yankees ended spring training with a 14-12-2 record by losing their last spring training game, 5-2, to the Tigers.

Domingo German gave up a 2-run HR, and Chad Green gave up a 3-run shot.

For the Yankees, who only got four hits (I’m a bit concerned the offense hasn’t been clicking so far), Giancarlo Stanton had an RBI double, and Thairo Estrada a solo HR.

German (L) 4 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. Gave up a 2-run HR.
Green 2/3 P, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up a 3-run HR.
O’Day 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
King 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Gil 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
McClain 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 WP.

Opening Day is Thursday. Gerrit Cole on the bump.