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Yanks re-sign Drew, and HOF gets 4 new members.

The Yankees re-signed Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5MM contract, and I must admit, I am perplexed and not too happy about the deal.

Ok, does Drew play SS or 2B? Where does Didi Gregorious play? What about the youngsters, Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder, each of whom hit .300+ at AAA last year while Drew (32 in March) hit .162-7-26 between Boston and the Yanks last year? That’s an OPS+ of 51, 49% below league average. I don’t understand the move—-unless it is to package Gregorious, or Refsnyder or Pirela along with the one to two of the surplus of lefty relievers (and maybe someone like Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine?) to say, the Phils for Cole Hamels, or, if they can sign him to a contract extension right away, Johnny Cueto of the Reds (who is a free agent after 2015)?

As of now, I don’t like the move. Drew’s 162 g. ave. is .256-15-70, OPS+ 95 (100 is average). He is a lefty hitter who may (along with Gregorious) have pop for the porch but was flat out awful in 2014.

After the signing of Gregorious, I just don’t get this move. I’d rather give Refsnyder and Pirela a chance at 2B. I don’t like it.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame will have 4 new members. The BBWAA elected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio to the Hall today. Mike Piazza got about 70%, and 75% is needed for induction.

Very brief thumbnails about the new Hall-of-Famers.

Johnson: I wonder about the cap, but I think (sorry, Seattle) that it’ll be Arizona. 5X CYA (4 with AZ, and another year a runner-up w/AZ) 10x All-Star. 303-166. 4875 K (2nd all-time and most by a lefty). 3x 20-game winner. 162 g. ave. 17-9, 3.29, ERA+ 135. 7-9, 3.50 in the postseason. 2001 WS Co-MVP, when he won 3 games in that WS. Twice in the top 10 for MVP. Too bad he was past his prime and only mediocre in his two seasons as a Yankee. (One decent enough year, ERA+ 112, 17-8, 3.79, but the other bad, 17-11, 5.00, ERA+ 90). Won CYA in each league.

Pedro:  His ERA+ is the best of any starter, ever. 2x  20-game winner. Like Johnson, won the CYA in each league. 219-100. 2.93 career ERA, ERA+ 154. 8X All-Star. 3x CYA. 2x top 5 for MVP, inc. runnerup in 1999. 6-4, 3.46 postseason. Definitely a Boston hat. Ave. 162 g. season, 17-8, 2.93.  Over 3000K.

Smoltz: Braves. 213-155. 154 saves. Only pitcher ever with over 200 wins and over 150 saves. Started as a starter, arm problems forced him to close, then went back into the rotation.  Led league in wins 2x (one-time 20 g. winner w/24). Led MLB with 55 saves in 2002. 162 g. ave. 12-9, 9 saves, 3.33, ERA+ 125. This is hurt by the four years he spent closing. 8x All-Star. 1996 CYA. Over 3000 K. 8th in MVP voting in 2002.  Great postseason pitcher, 15-4, 2.67, 4 saves in the postseason.

Biggio: Whole career w/Astros. 7x All-Star. Twice top-5 for MVP. 3060 hits.  Versatile. Mostly 2B, but also C, CF, LF. 162 g. average .281-17-67, 24 SB. Over 400 SB. OPS+ 112.  4 x GG. 40 postseason games, .234-2-11.

Game 158. Farewells forthcoming as Yanks are eliminated, 9-5

Cue Sinatra. “… and now, the end is near…”

The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention with a 9-5 loss on Wednesday afternoon. Tonight’s (Thursday) game vs. Baltimore will be the final home game of Derek Jeter’s career. It also will probably be the final game of Hiroki Kuroda’s career, and probably the final game for Ichiro Suzuki as a Yankee in Yankee Stadium. As for David Robertson, who knows?

(Trivia: the Yanks, despite 27 World Series Championships, have never won a WS in a year ending in a 4 or 5).

Jeter, of course, is retiring at the end of the year and tonight will be the Yankees’ last home game of 2014. Ichiro most likely will not be a Yankee in 2015 and with him turning 41, you wonder who’d pick him up. Kuroda, 39, may be retiring.

One big question is when tonight’s game would start, and if it will start or be rained out. You know the Yanks will do everything in their power to play the game, for it is Jeter’s home farewell. Rain is in the forecast all day, and the question is, when will it be over. There is a chance tonight’s game starts after a delay.

As for yesterday, Shane Greene took a 3-0 lead into the third inning, but the O’s knocked him out of the box in the fourth with six runs on their way to defeating the Yanks 9-5.

The Yanks had scored a run in the first on a Teixeira double, another in the second on a Drew HR (overall 7), and one in the third on a Headley HR (overall 13).

Greene (L, 5-4, 3.78) went 3 2/3, 6 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.

Huff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 1 K. Overall ERA 3.36 (1.85 as NYY).

Whitley 1 1/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.38.

Phelps 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.42.

Claiborne 1 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.05.

The O’s got 3 in the eighth to make it 9-3, and Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR (22, 363 career) in the bottom of the 8th to bring the Yanks to 9-5, the final score.

Tonight should be dramatic. The ovation(s) for Jeter should be huge. You wonder if and how Jeter will show his emotions.

It will be less so for Kuroda and Ichiro, but it could be their home Yankee farewells as well.

And what about David Robertson, who is a free agent after the year? Is this is last home game as a Yankee as well?

Derek Jeter went 0 for 4 in the loss, keeping his total hit total at 3461. His average dropped to .253. (.309 career)

The loss dropped the Yanks to 81-77 and into a second-place tie with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

Game 157. Yanks fall, 5- 4. On brink of elimination.

Brandon McCarthy gave up three HR and the Yanks couldn’t climb out of an early 4-0 hole as they lost to the Orioles 5-4 Tuesday night.

The loss puts the Yanks “tragic number” of missing the playoffs at one. They are 81-76, one game ahead of Toronto for second in the AL East. With five games left, the best the Yanks can do is 86-76, and both KC and Oakland have 86 wins now. Any Yanks loss will eliminate them from the playoffs, and they would have to hope either KC or Oakland loses all their games from here on out. An impossible task. (Not to mention Seattle has 83 wins right now and that the Indians have 82). The Yanks are five out of the last wild card with five games to go.

McCarthy (L, 10-15, 4.05 overall, 7-5, 2.89 as NYY) went 5 1/3, giving up 5 R, 11 H, 0 walks and 8 K. He gave up two in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 3.38.

Esmiel Rogers 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Overall ERA 4.96

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.40.

David Robertson  1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.74.

The Yanks got one in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chris Young to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-1.

Stephen Drew got a bases-loaded SF in the sixth to cut the Orioles’ lead to 5-2.

Brian McCann hit a 2-run HR (23) in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4 but the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Derek Jeter went 1 for 5, career hit #3461 but struck out to end the game. He is at .255.

 

 

 

 

Game 152. Jeter HRs in Yanks 3-2 win.

Derek Jeter hit his first (and only?) Yankee Stadium HR of the year tonight in the Yankees 3-2 win over Toronto.

You wonder, with only 10 games left in Jeter’s final season, if career HR #260 will be his last. He had two hits to move his career total up to 3453.

The Yanks won in the bottom of the 9th on an error.

The Yanks broke a scoreless tie in the fifth on a Drew double, and Jeter’s fourth HR of the year made it 2-0 in the sixth.

But Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run HR to Jose Bautista in the 8th to spoil Shane Greene’s bid for a win.

In the bottom of the 9th, Chris Young singled, Antoan Richardson PR and stole second and Brett Gardner bunted Richardson to third. Chase Headley hit a grounder through the legs of 1B Adam Lind and Richardson scored to win the game for the Yanks.

With the win, the Yanks improved to 78-74 and surpassed the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. With ten games to go, they are five out of the final wild card spot.

Greene went 6 2/3, 0 r, 3 H, 2 walks and 6 K. ERA a superb 3.24. An excellent rookie campaign.

Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 1.33.

Kelley 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.47. I’m not sold on him. An ERA of 4.47 is way too high for a late innings reliever.

David Robertson  (W, 3-5, 2.83) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Game 129. Yanks KO KC, 8-1.

When you get past the injuries, and get past the stupid pine tar incident of this year, you have to admit this:

When he has taken the mound this year, Michael Pineda has been brilliant.

Tonight (Monday night) he pitched 6 1/3 innings, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He improved to 3-2 on the season, with an ERA of 1.95. This was his 7th start of the season. He missed about 19 starts.

By contrast, Masahiro Tanaka, working his way back, has had 18 starts this season, and is 12-4, 2.51. He has missed six or seven starts. Put them together, the two are 15-6 with an ERA around 2.30 or so.

You only can wonder what the Yanks might have had if both were healthy all year round.

The Yanks won 8-1, their fifth win in a row. They remain six behind Baltimore and in second place in the AL East. They are 2 1/2 back of that final wild card spot.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeter which was helped along by an error. In the bottom of the third, Pineda made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.

The Yanks got it right back in the fourth when Stephen Drew hit his 7th (overall) HR of the year.

The Yanks broke it open with 4 in the 7th.  Martin Prado (hot lately) led off with his 9th overall HR of the season. Singles by Ellsbury and Jeter (hit 3440) drove in two more and another came in on a McCann SF.

Ellsbury finished the scoring with a 2-run HR in the 9th (11).

David Huff wrapped up the game for Pineda, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings, 2 hits, no walks, 1 k. Overall ERA 3.86.

 

Game 124. Yanks fall to Houston again, 5-2.

Hmm. Same story. The Yanks’ bats only put up two runs, and a tiring bullpen couldn’t hold on as the Yanks lost to Houston 5-2 Wednesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks into third place in the AL East, 9 1/2 back of Baltimore. They are 63-61 and five games out of the final playoff position with just 38 games to go. They have lost seven of their last nine games.

Michael Pineda started and pitched well. He gave up a run in the fourth but the Yanks got it back in the bottom of the inning on Stephen Drew’s fifth HR of the year and first as a Yankee.

In the fifth, something I have been screaming about for a long time finally happened. FINALLY. The Yanks executed a squeeze play to get a run home. Ellsbury singled on the bunt that brought home Ichiro. They should be doing that way more often. I can’t remember the last time they did that. It has to be years. Finally. Hooray.

The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the seventh, but Pineda and the bullpen couldn’t hold it as Houston got four runs.

Pineda 6+, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K. 2.05. It’s a shame he is just 2-2 with that ERA of 2.05. Six starts. You think he’d be 4-1 or something.

David Huff (L, 3-1, overall ERA 4.15) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 h, 1 walk and 3 K. Overall ERA 5.45.

Chase Whitley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.43.

The bullpen was taxed, so Girardi was forced to go to the B-squad if you will. Kelley, Betances, Robertson all have pitched a lot lately and were unavailable.

Derek Jeter got two hits and now has 3437 for his career. It appears that he’ll end up somewhere in the 3470-3480 range.

Game 115. Beltran slams Indians, 10-6.

Carlos Beltran drove in five runs, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 10-6 win over Cleveland Friday night.

Beltran has been heating up lately. For most of the season, he was hitting in the .220s. He is now up to .251. The team OPS+ is still sub-par, but it has improved to 97. Tiny increments of improvement.

The Yankees used two five-run innings to obtain their victory. After Cleveland got a run in the top of the first, the Yanks bounced back with five in the bottom of the first. One of the hits was by Derek Jeter, and that hit enabled Jeter to tie Honus Wagner on the all-time list with 3430.

After Jeter’s hit, Ellsbury walked and Beltran singled in a run. McCann walked to load the bases and Headley walked to force in a run. Drew and Prado singled in runs and a fifth run scored when an error was made after Prado’s hit.

Esmiel Rogers went five innings for the Yanks (W, 2-0, 5.16 overall), 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Cleveland got a run off of David Huff in the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the sixth.

Beltran’s grand slam (HR #14 for the season, #372 career) made it 9-2. Cervelli doubled, Headley was HBP and a force out and error (Cleveland’s defense is terrible) brought up another run.

The Yankees’ bullpen got a bit sloppy, and a 10-2 game became a 10-6 final.

Huff 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Overall ERA 3.94 (2-0, 2.10 as NYY)
Kelley 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.17.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.12.
Hill 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 13.50.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.44.

Jeter wasn’t able to pass “The Flying Dutchman” with hit #3431 last night. Maybe he does it today (Saturday). Today’s game will feature a tribute to ex-Yankee OF and current broadcaster Paul O’Neill as the Yanks honor him with a plaque in Monument Park. Earlier this year, the Yanks honored Goose Gossage and Tino Martinez with plaques. On August 23rd, Joe Torre’s #6 will be retired. The Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams next year.

No word yet on Pettitte or Posada. I’ll be at the Stadium September 7th for Derek Jeter Day and who knows what the Yanks will do then? You know #2 will be retired, but when?

Cervelli replaced McCann (concussion) and went 2 for 2. McCann is day-to-day.

Michael Pineda could be back with the Yanks soon. More in the minor league report.

The win puts the Yanks at 61-54 (the first time all year they are seven over .500) and puts them in 2nd place in the AL East, five behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of the Yanks’ last 45 games, ten are against the O’s. As of right now, the final WC slot belongs to KC (yes, KC, who haven’t made the postseason since winning the 1985 WS). The Yanks and Seattle are both 1/2 behind KC with Toronto 1 1/2 back. It promises to be a wild ride.