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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Apologies to the late Tom Petty for the headline. And yes, I know I haven’t written anything in ten days or so.

But nothing has been going on, what with the holidays and all.

And I don’t want to deal or write about rumors. Where someone is going, how much $, how many years —- I want to deal with the facts and then give my opinion.

Just writing about rumors and something that may not happen is fruitless.

Some free agents did sign recently—-no, not Machado (we are still waiting on that) or Harper.

From Twitter, a great example of how Yankees’ fans are feeling right now:

But Japan’s LHP Yusei Kikuchi signed with Seattle on a 4-yr. deal. DH/OF Nelson Cruz to the Twins on a 1-yr. $14.3 MM deal.

There is a HOF tracker that has 1/3 of the votes counted. You need 75% of the writer’s vote to get in. Not 74.8 (they don’t round up) but 75% or more. So far …

Rivera 100%, Halladay 94.9, Edgar Martinez 91.2, Mussina 83.2 and Clemens a nail-biter at 75.2.

Barry Bonds 74.5, Schilling 73, Larry Walker 65.7.

Andy Pettitte is only at 8%.

And oh yeah, Sonny Gray is still a Yankee. Not dealt yet.

Nothing on Ottavino, Robertson or Britton either.

More when things DO develop.

Yanks lose players due to Rule 5 draft.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From MLB.com:

The Yankees made one selection in the Rule 5 Draft, taking right-hander Adonis De la Cruz from the Mariners’ Double-A roster in the first round of the Triple-A phase. De la Cruz, 23, was 3-4 with a 4.71 ERA  and 75 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings (34 appearances) for Class-A Clinton this past year.

Right-hander Nick Green was selected by the D-backs from the Yankees in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. In the Minor League phases, catcher Chris Rabago (Royals), right-hander Gilmael Troya (Phillies), right-hander Anyelo Gomez (Red Sox), outfielder Mark Payton (Athletics) and right-hander Alexander Vargas (Cubs) were selected from the Yanks.

Green would have to stay on Arizona’s 25 man roster all year or he gets offered back to the Yankees. Green, 23, was 8-7, 3.32 between High A Tampa and AA Trenton last year.

The rest are gone.

Rabago, 25, only spent 7 games with Trenton after the Yanks got him from the Rockies.

Troya, 21 was in the Appalaichan Rookie League.

Gomez, 25, had only 7 games in AAA in 2018 due to injury. He was 5-3, 1.92 with 9 saves at 4 levels in 2017. This one could hurt.

Payton just turned 27. .259-6-25 in 62 games at AAA last year. Maybe one day he’ll make the majors, but he’ll be old for a rookie.

Vargas, 21, was 5-1, 4.01 for 3 levels (Low A, High A and AA) in 2018.





Game 97. Kuroda, lineup switch lead Yanks, 5-2.

It goes w/out saying that the real ace of the Yankees’ staff this year hasn’t been Pettitte or CC but Kuroda. It’s a shame he wasn’t named to the All-Star Team.

Kuroda went 7 innings today, giving up 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 4 K in improving to 9-6, 2.65 as the Yanks won 5-2.

David Robertson pitched the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA to 2.06.

Then Mo. Save #31 and #639 of his remarkable career. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. His ERA drops to 1.78.

After missing most of last year b/c of a torn ACL, the Great Rivera, at age 43 1/2, has 31 saves and an ERA of 1.78. You wonder, if he weren’t retiring, how long he would still be able to do this… until he would be 47?

One lineup change paid dividends today. After weeks of struggling with Hafner (now at .215) or Wells (.239 with no HR since 5/15) in the cleanup slot, Overbay batted cleanup today. He went 3 for 4, 2 doubles and an RBI.

Eduardo Nunez finally woke up with a 3-hit game, and Brett Gardner had 3 hits and an RBI.

Robbie Cano drove in two. Luis Cruz scored 3, drove in one.

Chris Stewart made a couple of fine defensive plays.


Game 87. Nunez returns, leads Yanks.

Eduardo Nunez came off the DL, and promptly had two hits and two rbi in the Yanks 5-4 win over the Orioles.

With the win, the Yanks leap-frogged over the Orioles into second place in the A.L. East, 48-39 to 48-40.

Andy Pettitte was once again a bit shaky, but the 41-year old veteran went 6 2/3, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 H, 0 walks and 4 K to improve to 6-6, 4.37. It was Pettitte’s 251st career victory, enabling him to tie Bob Gibson on the all-time list. Shawn Kelley faced one batter in the seventh, striking him out (3.90).

Pettitte gave up a 2-run HR (33) to Chris Davis in the first and another run in the second before settling in a bit. The Yanks came back with two in the second on a single by Luis Cruz and a SF by Nunez.

Pettitte gave up another run in the fourth before the Yanks got two to tie it in the fifth on singles by Ichiro and Cano.

The Yanks got the game-winner and closed out the scoring in the sixth. Overbay, who went 3 for 4 (to overcome a bad baserunning play earlier) singled. After Cruz bunted him over, Nunez singled him in, Overbay going in hard at home.

Robertson pitched the 8th, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1K. 2.29.

Then Mo. Rivera got his 29th save in 30 save opportunities. The great one just keeps going out in style. Save #637 of his magnificent career. his ERA is 1.39. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Once again, an Andy win with a Mo save. It just extends their 1-2 punch record.

Later in the day, it was announced that Cano will start the All-Star game at 2B and that Mo will be one of the pitchers.   

David Robertson can still be voted in by fans on that “last man” vote.

Game 86. Yanks get 2 in 9th to win 3-2.

Ivan Nova pitched the game of his life. 9 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 11 K but still stood to get the loss as the game entered the bottom of the 9th with the Yanks losing 2-1.

Nova had made just one mistake. Matt Wieters hit an opposite-field HR off him for 2 runs in the second. The drive, which maybe should have been caught by LF Vernon Wells, hit the top of the wall and ricocheted over for two runs.

The Yanks had scored one run in the fourth on an RBI single by Luis Cruz but had squandered a few other chances, most notably in the first when Gardner’s leadoff double led to nothing and then in the fifth when the Yanks got nothing when they loaded the bases with one out.

In the 9th, David Adams, still hitting just .190, led off with a single. Gardner laid down a bunt that closer Jim Johnson made an error on. Ichiro then bunted both runners over. Cano was intentionally walked to load the bases. Hafner walked on four pitches to tie the game and Wells’ single won it.

Nova goes to 3-2, 4.09 with an excellent outing.

Game 85. Yanks sweep Twins 9-5.

The Yanks got the sweep, four straight, against the Twins with a 9-5 win today.

Ichiro had a single, double and triple. 3 hits and 2 RBI. Besides Ichiro, the Yanks did get some help from some unexpected sources like Luis Cruz (2 hits, rbi) and Alberto Gonzalez (rbi). Hafner had 3 hits. Almonte 2 hits and an RBI. Vernon Wells drove in 3 runs on two hits.

David Phelps went 6 1/3, 4 R, 8 H, 0 w and 5 k. 6-5, 5.01. Yes, the ERA went up. He was good for six before tiring in the seventh.

Justin Morneau hit 2 HR for the Twins.

Joba 1 batter, a hit. ERA stays at 5.75. 

Logan 2/3. 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.42.

Kelley 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.94.

Robertson finished 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.36. 

A setback for Cervelli. Stress reaction in his right (throwing) elbow. Not a fracture but could lead to one. Shut down for 2 weeks so don’t expect him before August.

Game 84. CC gets 200th win, Mo save #636 in Yanks 3-2 win.

CC Sabathia picked up the 200th win of his career, and Mariano Rivera his 636th career save as the Yanks defeated the Twins 3-2 Wednesday night.

CC went 7, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 9 K. He goes to 9-6, 4.06.

The Yanks won despite getting only four hits in the game.

CC gave up an RBI double to Mauer in the third and a HR to Plouffe in the fifth.

In the sixth, the Yanks struck for all their runs. Gardner walked, and Ichiro doubled. Then, I can’t figure out why the Twins pitched to Cano. I’d have walked him to load the bases & hope for a DP or strikeout from Hafner. You don’t let the big guy beat you. The Twins did exactly that, for Cano ripped a 2-run double to tie the game. Hafner did come through, and singled Robbie to third. After Almonte struck out, Overbay’s SF ended the scoring. As you can see, three of the Yanks’ four hits for the game came in one inning. 

D-Rob pitched the 8th. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and K. 2.43.

Mo the 9th for save #28 for the year and #636 of his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA down to 1.44 as Mo is closing out his career in style.

Afternoon game on July 4th as it’s getaway day.  

The Yanks did make a move before the game. Jayson Nix went on the DL and the Yanks signed Luis Cruz, who was DFA’d just the day before by the Dodgers. No Jeter all year yet, Nunez DL, Nix now DL (hamstring), they didn’t play Gonzalez last night, Brignac stunk and was released, now Cruz. What’s next, the return of Alvaro Espinoza (j/k)?

Don’t expect much. Cruz was hitting a pathetic .127 -1-6 in 118 at bats for the Dodgers when he got released. OPS+ a MINUS two. Ugh. Romine-like. Last night he went 0 for 3.

Texas 1st AL repeat champ since 1998-2001 Yanks.

15-5. Texas put a hammering on Detroit tonight to win the A.L. pennant. In so doing, they became the first team to repeat as A.L. champs since the Yanks won four in a row from 1998-2001.

Nelson Cruz set a record for a postseason series by hitting his SIXTH HR of the ALCS. 6 HR, 13 RBI in this ALCS. Wow.

Michael Young had 3 hits, 5 RBI tonight. Texas scored 9 in the 3rd when down 2-0 to salt this game away.

Cruz HRs again, but Tigers stay alive.

As I wrote yesterday, just give Nelson Cruz the ALCS MVP trophy, even if the Rangers blow it.

Cruz got his 5th HR of the ALCS in 5 games, and has (I believe) 11 RBI. It wasn’t enough to give Texas the A.L. pennant, however, because they are going back to Texas for Game 6 Saturday after today’s 7-5 Tigers win.

Detroit hit 4 HR today, two by Delmon Young.

If Texas repeats as A.L. Champs, they will be the first A.L. Repeat champ since the 1998-2001 Yankees.

More on Boston: I was sent this video.

Comback players of the year announced: Lance Berkman of St. Louis & Jacoby Ellsbury of Boston.

One time Yankee pitching coach Dave Eiland is being considered by KC.

Texas takes command; Cards go up 2-1

Think Nelson Cruz wants that ALCS MVP trophy? He has 4 HR in 4 games so far, hit a walk-off grand slam (the first in postseason history) to win Game 2, and his 11th inning 3-run HR in Game 4 iced the game after Mike Napoli’s go-ahead single. Texas takes a three games to one edge in the ALCS and could win the A.L. pennant today.

In the NLCS, St. Louis scored four in the bottom of the first and held on for a 4-3 win. They lead the NLCS two games to one.

You wondered about Francona maybe joining Theo in Chicago. After the revelations yesterday, you think maybe not. Some damning things about Boston in that article.

What I’d like to see is how Boston fans react to some players after that article (see link, yesterday’s post) has come out. Like, Beckett, Lackey and Lester the first time they get knocked out of the box next year in Fenway.