The Yanks lost to Seattle, 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday night to drop their record to 50-46. At present, they are tied with Tampa Bay for one of the two wild card spots.
If the Yanks fail to make the playoffs, they can just look at their record in one-run games this year. It is presently 9-19. As a result, they are presently eight games below what their Pythagorean (expected) record should be.
The Yanks got one in the second when Sanchez doubled, Gregorius singled him to third and Todd Frazier GIDP.
Then Masahiro Tanaka had the HR bug bite him again, as he gave up 4 runs, inc. 2 HR, in the third inning.
In the fifth, Garrett Cooper tripled and Ronald Torreyes hit a SF to cut Seattle’s lead to 4-2.
Aaron Judge cut it to 4-3 in the sixth. ALL RISE to his 32nd HR.
The Yanks tied the game at 4 in the top of the eighth on a single by Gardner, double by Clint Frazier that sent Gardner to third. Judge was intentionally walked. Matt Holliday hit a SF.
But in the bottom of the eighth, Robbie Cano hit a HR off of David Robertson to put Seattle back on top, 5-4. Cano hit what seemed like a good pitch, but as for pulling Kahnle, who struck out the side in the seventh,….. see below.
The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Didi Gregorius walked, Jacoby Ellsbury PR and stole second, and Ronald Torreyes singled Ellsbury home.
Even though Tommy Kahnle struck out the side (he did hit one batter) in the ninth, manager Joe Girardi brought in Adam Warren for the tenth, and maybe Warren was due for a bad outing, for he didn’t get anyone out, giving up the winning run.
I hated seeing Kahnle leave there. Someone is doing well, leave him in. Oh well, but ANOTHER one-run loss. Imagine the Yanks’ record and where they would be in the standings if they were 14-14 in one-run games instead of 9-19. 55-41 looks a lot better than 50-46. They would be in first place, too.
The same with Robertson in the eighth. Chad Green has a 1-2-3 seventh, and Girardi pulls him for Robertson, going by the book (or binder).
Burn the book and binder. Go by what you see. Guy is pitching well, has a 1-2-3, has no troubles, leave him the hell in. Stop being a lazy manager going by the book, putting a new guy in for no reason other than “it’s his inning” and blowing games by doing so.
We saw both Green and Kahnle pulled after good innings only to see their replacements give up runs. Aaargh.
When Hicks returns, Clint Frazier goes down (until September callups or another OF injury). It’ll be tough to see, because he had two hits last night. But you can’t exactly send down $21MM/yr bust Ellsbury. Frazier has options, Ellsbury, the veteran, doesn’t, and Ellsbury has 3 years left on that bad contract (and a $5MM buyout for 2021). Sending down the redhead will hurt, b/c Clint Frazier has done well and has been a sparkplug.
Before the game, the Yanks DL’d Starlin Castro (aggravated the hammy) and brought up Tyler Wade.
C. Frazier 2 hits. Judge HR. Torreyes 2 RBI.
Tanaka 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR. 5.37
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.66 (why pull him?)
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.80
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. 2.31 1 WP. (see Green)
Warren (L, 2-2, 1.99) 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.
The Yanks have to start winning these one-run games. One way to start is to keep pitchers in that are doing well and to stop this one inning at a time, go by the book managing. Guy pitches an inning, strikes out the side, LEAVE HIM IN FOR ANOTHER INNING! He’s on!
Too many cooks spoil the soup. Keep putting in relief pitchers, and eventually you find the one who has nothing that day and who will blow the game for you.
Managers (and not just Joe) need to change their philosophy, or otherwise they may be going home in October earlier than they would like.