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Game 45. Yanks win Memorial Day Massacre, 14-1.

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The Yanks needed this.

Having lost 10 of their last 11 games, the Yankees hit 4 HR and scored 11 runs before an out was recorded in the bottom of the second inning as they cruised to a 14-1 win over KC today.

Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a double, and Chase Headley homered (6). After a single, and a walk, Brian McCann made it 5-0 before an out was recorded when he homered (5). Before the inning was over, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (4) and it was 8-0 after the first inning.

Stephen Drew made it 11-0 with a three-run HR (5) in the second.

KC got a run in the fifth off of Nathan Eovaldi, the beneficiary of all those homers.

The Yanks got a run back in the fifth on a Headley double, and then in the seventh, Slade “Cum On Feel the Noize” Heathcott hit a 2-run HR to make it 14-1. It was Heathcott’s first MLB HR.

Jacob Lindgren made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings.

Eovaldi (W, 4-1, 4.27) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Lindgren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Game 40. Yanks lose game and Ellsbury.

 

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This was a bad loss. The Yanks’ sixth in their last seven games to drop them to 22-18 and into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Rays. On top of that, Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his knee and is on the 15-day DL. Slade Heathcott has been called up from AAA. Heathcott, 24, is a lefty hitting CF who was hitting .285-1-17 at SWB.

Earlier this week, Chase Whitley underwent TJ surgery. He’ll not return until mid-2016.

Pin this loss on Nathan Eovaldi. As for Andrew Miller, the law of averages caught up with him.

Eovaldi gave up 2 HR in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.

The Yanks got four in the fourth on an RBI single by Chris Young (batting 3rd what with no DH and A-Rod on the bench), an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Stephen Drew. With the pitcher in the lineup, production from the #8 hitter, Drew, was a bonus. Drew’s two hits raised him to .188.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 5th made it 6-2. #12 on the season and #375 of his career.

Up 6-2, and needing one more inning to qualify for a possible win, Eovaldi has to hold them there. Qualify for the win, go at least five and maybe more, save the bullpen. He failed.

Eovaldi got only one out and gave up 3 runs in the fifth. David Carpenter gave up a game-tying HR in the sixth.

Lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve got big outs (both against Bryce Harper, who homered against Eovaldi in the first).

But in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman sliced a 2-run HR off of Andrew Miller the other way. It hit the foul pole.

8-6 Nationals.

Miller had an ERA of 0.00 before that. Sooner or later he was going to give up a run, and the law of averages caught up with him.

But handed a 6-2 lead, Eovaldi has to do better.

Eovaldi 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.73
Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.25
Carpenter 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.28. Carpenter, recommended to the Yanks by his former and current catcher, Bryan McCann, has been a disappointment so far. Come to think of it, McCann, who hit .232 last year and is at .228 right now, has been a disappointment himself.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.30
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 0.98)

Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.

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Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?

 

Game 26. Not this time. Bullpen can’t deliver as Yanks lose 3-1.

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The Yankees’ bullpen has been their strength so far this season, but no one is perfect. Chase Whitley pitched a great seven innings but the bats didn’t do much and the bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks lost to Toronto 3-1. The Yanks are now 16-10 on the season, still in first, two games up on Tampa Bay.

The Yanks managed just three hits in the game. Teix and McCann were given the night off, and the lineup had Stephen Drew, now at .149, hitting fifth (because of his previous success against knuckleballer Dickey).

Whitley 7 IP, 0 R,  6H, 0 walks and 6 K. 0.75.
Martin (L, 0-1, 3.86) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Even though the Yanks are 16-10, their batting average is just .242. With Stephen Drew at .149 and Didi Gregorious at .213, (backup Gregorio Petit is at .194), I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Jose Pirela to be called up soon.

The minors. Pirela looks ready for a callup.

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AAA: 2B Jose Pirela had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles as he continues his rehab from that spring training concussion. He may be ready for a callup. In his last three games, he has had ten hits. Compare that to Stephen Drew (.155-4-10, OPS+ 68 (7 of Drew’s hits have been XBH)), Didi Gregorious (.222-0-4, OPS+ 53) and Gregorio Petit (.200-0-5, OPS+ 58; an average OPS+ is 100) and you can see that the Yanks could use him. Not only that, but good-field, no-hit Brendan Ryan had a setback, tweaking a hammy.

SWB won 6-5. Besides Pirela’s big day, 1B Kyle Roller had a double, HR and 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 9-3. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI for RF Aaron Judge. (.319). CF Jake Cave 2 hits (.301).

High A: Tampa got just 3 hits, two by RF Danny Oh, in losing 3-1. On Saturday, Chris Capuano started his rehab with 4 Ip, 1 R (unearned), 2 h, 0 walks and 4 K.

Low A: Charleston won 3-0. Jordan Montgomery six scoreless innings.

Game 20. Yanks alone in first after 4-1 win.

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It is early, 20 games in, but no matter what time of the season, the words “alone in first” sound great, don’t they?

The Yanks beat the Rays 4-1 Monday night to go to 12-8, and earn that title, “alone in first”. It’s their 9th win in their last 11 games.

The Yanks scored first when Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth. The Rays tied it in the sixth.

Adam Warren got a ND, going 5 2/3, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 4.35.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brian McCann, who was overdue for a HR, hit his second of the season to put the Yanks up 2-1. Beltran and Drew then doubled to make it 3-1. Ellsbury was HBP with the bases loaded in the eighth to make it 4-1, the final margin.

After Warren left, Justin Wilson (1-0, 4.05) pitched 1 inning, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.38.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

Andrew Miller (8th save) 1 IP,  0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

It looks like the Yanks not re-signing Brandon McCarthy is a good thing for the Yanks. He’ll miss the rest of the season with a torn UCL and will need TJ surgery. Tough break for the ex-Yank and now Dodger pitcher.

Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.

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Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.