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Game 120. Sweep the Mets, Sweep the Mets, step right up and Sweep the Mets!

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I hope I don’t have to pay copyright infringement on the Mets’ theme song. LOL.

The Yanks swept the Subway Series from the Mets, 7-5 tonight, to improve to 65-55. 4 back of Boston in the AL East, still in control of the top wild card spot.

They face Boston in Fenway this weekend.

Gary Sanchez drove in 5 runs.

In the first, he hit a 3-run HR. (22)

In the fourth, Tyler Austin (just called up b/c Garrett Cooper was put on the DL w/a hamstring problem) singled. Austin was 2 for 4 tonight. Torreyes singled and Severino was called upon to bunt. Even though he popped up the bunt, it was missed, and Severino got his first MLB hit to load the bases with no one out. Gardner doubled in two. Hicks grounded out softly, no advance. Judge was HBP to reload the bases and Sanchez singled in two to put the Yanks up 7-0.

The Mets got an unearned run in the seventh on a two-base error by Judge, WP by Severino (brilliant tonight) and RBI single.

So the Yanks took a 7-1 lead into the ninth. Garbage time for Bryan Mitchell, who was garbage, getting no one out. Double, Single, Walk loads the bases and Ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson hits a grand slam to make it 7-5 and send Mitchell out, Betances in, and Betances finishes off the sweep of the Metropolitans.

Severino 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 4 H, 3 W, 9 K. (W, 10-5, 3.18)
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.70
Mitchell 0 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.67 Gave up a grand slam.
Betances (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K 2.15.

Imagine how scary Aaron Judge (3 K tonight) could be if he cut his strikeouts by 25-30%????

Gardner 2 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits, HR (22), 5 RBI
Gregorius 2 hits, .311
Austin 2 hits.

 

 

Game 112. Yanks beat Toronto 11-5 behind Cooper, Todd Frazier.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Unfortunately, the Red Sox aren’t losing (they have won 8 in a row) so the Yanks could not make up ground, but the Yanks did win, so they continue to maintain or increase the advantage they have for the top wild card spot. There is a big series at home against Boston this weekend.

With tonight’s 11-5 win over Toronto, the Yanks record improves to 60-52. Fifty games left. Four back of Boston.

Before the game, Clint Frazier was a late scratch with an oblique problem. He has been slumping badly lately. Aaron Hicks was expected back Friday. That may be bumped up with this problem.

The Yanks struck first, scoring twice in the second on back to back HR by Gary Sanchez (18) and Todd Frazier (19).

Tanaka gave a run right back. 2-1 Yanks after two.

Didi Gregorius homered (18) in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks. Toronto scored in the bottom half of the frame off a stuggling Tanaka to make it 3-2.

In the fifth, with one out, Judge walked. Gregorius doubled Judge to third. After Sanchez struck out for the second out, Todd Frazier doubled in two runs. Ellsbury doubled in Frazier. 6-2 Yanks.

Jose Bautista homered off Tanaka in the bottom of the fifth, and chased him. 6-3.

Toronto got two in the fifth before the Yanks’ bullpen was able to slam the door. 6-5.

The Yanks put the game away in the last two innings. In the eighth, Garrett Cooper’s third hit of the night put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ronald Torreyes singled in two runs.

In the ninth, with the bases loaded and no one out, a ground out by Ellsbury drove in a run. Cooper singled (his fourth hit) in two more.  11-5.

Gregorius (.311) 3 hits, HR, RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, RBI.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 2 RBI.
Cooper 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Tanaka 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.92. Uncharacteristically wild.
Green (W, 2-0, 2.06) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 10) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.38
Robertson (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.36
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.89

With Tanaka not going the requisite five innings, it falls to the official scorer. Personally, I would not have given the W to Green (2 runs in 1 1/3?) but probably to Robertson instead. Too many official scorers are lazy, however, and go “by the book.”

 

Game 111. Yanks fall to Toronto 4-2. CC hurt, Montgomery may be brought back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Josh Donaldson hit two 2-run HRs off of CC Sabathia, and Toronto beat the Yanks, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

CC only lasted three innings and looks headed to the DL with pain in his knee. He could be done for the season.

It looks like Jordan Montgomery will be headed back to the Yanks. Earlier in the day, the Yanks had indicated that Montgomery would only be pitching once a week for SWB and have his innings limited because of innings limits. This development may have blown those plans out of the water, unless it isn’t Montgomery but someone else who takes CC’s spot in the rotation.

The loss puts the Yanks at 59-52, four back of Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Donaldson hit a 2-run HR in the first. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the second on an RBI single by Garrett Cooper.

Donaldson hit another 2-run HR in the third. Cooper got a SF in the eighth for the final score of 4-2.

Here is a reason why I hate teams carrying 13 pitchers.

In the eighth, after Cooper’s SF made it 4-2, the Yanks had two on, two out. Ronald Torreyes lined out.

The Yanks really needed a HR there (or a double in the gap to tie the game). The tiny Torreyes was left to hit. Why? Because the only alternatives on the bench were the struggling (overmatched so far in the majors?) Tyler Wade, Austin Romine (who is not known for his bat) and Jacoby Ellsbury. Now injuries to Castro, Holliday, Hicks, etc. have limited who is playing, but carrying 13 pitchers also limits your bench. Oh for the days of four man rotations and 11-man pitching staffs.

Still, I wonder why Ellsbury wasn’t sent up to bat, with Wade then taking the field. Oh, well. Ellsbury may have had a better chance to pop one out and give the Yanks the lead.

We’ll see what happens with CC and who replaces him. Was it CC’s last game as a Yankee? He is 1) 37. 2) a free agent at the end of the year. 3) In pain that could force retirement?

Sabathia (L, 9-5, 4.05) 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.60
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.49

Great job by Mitchell keeping the Yanks in the game.

Game 110. Ellsbury & Judge support Severino’s gem. Yanks win 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Boston’s Chris Sale is probably the front-runner for the AL CYA right now, but consideration must be given to Luis Severino.

Severino gave up a HR in the first inning, but only one more hit after that in dominating the Cleveland Indians today in the Yanks’ 8-1 win.

The win puts the Yanks at 59-51, and keeps them 3 back of Boston. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Down 1-0, the Yanks broke through in the sixth. Gardner singled and Clint Frazier doubled. After an out, Judge was intentionally walked. Chase Headley hit a SF to tie the game. Todd Frazier walked and Jacoby Ellsbury cleared the bases with a 3-run triple. Ronald Torreyes singled in Ellsbury to make it 5-1.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR (35) in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits.
Judge struck out 3x, but did have that 3-run HR.
Ellsbury 2 hits, 3 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi.

Matt Holliday was put on the DL. Garrett Cooper brought up. Jordan “the general” Montgomery was sent down to SWB. Not because he did anything wrong, but with six starters for five spots, and an innings limit approaching…

Severino (W, 9-4, 2.91) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle    1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.42
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W. 0 K. 1.93
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.73

Game 105. Tigers edge Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia gave up a 3-run HR in the second inning, a solo HR in the third, and Detroit held on to beat the Yankees 4-3 on Tuesday night.

All the Yankees’ runs came via Didi Gregorius. He hit a 2-run HR (17) in the fourth, and had an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The loss drops the 57-48 Yankees out of first place in the AL East. They are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

Wednesday’s game is an afternoon game.

Aaron Judge’s slump continues. Since the 4th of July, Judge is .192-6-12, with 34 strikeouts in 78 at bats. It has dropped his batting average from .329 to .299. Hopefully he adjusts and gets his second wind soon.

Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday each had two hits.

Sabathia (L, 9-4, 3.81) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.97
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.68

Brett Gardner threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth.

Cessa was sent down for Holder recently, and Holder and Cooper were then sent down to make room for Gray and Garcia.

Game 96. Another 1-run loss. 6-5 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Game 91. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks continued their slump, and hopefully they start a winning streak soon or else not only will a playoff spot slip out of their hands, but they may fall under .500.

The last time the Yanks finished below .500 was in 1992.

On a day when it was confirmed that both Michael Pineda and Greg Bird will be undergoing surgery, the Yanks lost to the Twins 4-2. That dropped their record to 47-44. They are 9-21 in their last 30 games.

Aaron Judge has been in a slump since winning the HR Derby during the All Star break. He’s something like 1 for 21 since the break. He isn’t the only Yankee who has lost a lot of points off his batting average lately. The team’s OPS+ has dropped from around 110 to 104 now.

Hopefully they turn it around soon.

Bryan Mitchell started in place of the injured Pineda and was decent enough, giving up two runs, one earned, in five innings.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, the Yanks got one run back on doubles by Garrett Cooper and Austin Romine.

In the seventh, they tied the game on doubles by Chase Headley and Cooper.

For Cooper, it was the best day of his MLB career so far. Just brought up last week, Cooper went into the game 1 for 10, but went 3 for 4 with two doubles & an RBI. Fellow rookie Clint Frazier had two doubles.

Caleb Smith made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Joe Girardi pushed his luck with the rookie and paid for it when Smith gave up two runs in the eighth. Maybe a more experienced veteran wasn’t available for the eighth (esp. after that 16 inning affair Saturday and the DH Sunday) and Girardi stated that his hands were tied and options limited, but you were wondering about a kid making his MLB debut pitching the eighth inning of a 2-2 game, and going into his third inning of work. After pitching two scoreless innings, Smith got burned in the eighth, giving up two runs and taking the loss in his MLB debut.

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.29
Smith (L, 0-1, 6.00) 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Trade rumors are heating up regarding the A’s and 1B Yonder Alonso. You wonder if RHP Sonny Gray may also be involved, since with the Pineda injury and the DH Sunday, the Yanks are forced to start Mitchell & Cessa in back to back games.