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Game 36. Yanks edge Rays 1-0 behind Cole and Chapman.

Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hit shutout as the Yanks (20-16) defeated Tampa Bay 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Cole was dominant in going to 5-1 on the season with an ERA of just 1.37. He struck out 12. Chapman still has not given up an earned run this season while having nine saves.

Cole has struck out 78 batters this season while walking only three.

Since starting out 6-11, the Yanks have now won 14 of their last 19 games. This win was their fourth in a row and they are 8-2 this month.

It has been the pitching doing it, as the bats are still cold.

The Yanks got the only run of the game in the seventh inning. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a single, then Gio Urshela doubled. After a non-productive out, Aaron Hicks hit a sac fly.

Of the Yanks’ six hits, five were by Judge and Urshela.

Judge 3 hits
Urshela 2 hits

Cole (W, 5-1) 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 12 K. 1.37
Chapman (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Clint Frazier was ejected for arguing a called third strike.

During the game, Cole became the second fastest pitcher to 1500 K.

With the win, the Yanks are in second place, one game behind Boston (22-16). They are even in the loss column. Boston has played (and won) two more games.

Game 31. Yanks’ bullpen falters in 7-4 loss.

Gerrit Cole left after 7 innings with a 3-2 lead, but the Yanks’ (16-15) bullpen, a strength so far this season, faltered in a 7-4 loss to Houston Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks struck first when the red-hot Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo HR (9). He has a 12 game hitting streak.

Cole gave up a HR in the top of the fourth to Yordan Alvarez, who would torment the Yanks all game.

A 2-run HR (3) by Clint Frazier in the bottom of the fourth put the Yanks’ up 3-1.

Cole gave up another HR to Alvarez in the seventh. 3-2.

In the top of the eighth, the wheels fell off. Chad Green gave up a 3-run HR to Jose Altuve and Houston went up 5-3.

On a strange play in the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres scored all the way from first on an infield single by Aaron HIcks to cut Houston’s lead to 5-4.

But Justin Wilson gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, final Houston 7-4. The Yanks’ bullpen disappointed today.

Gio Urshela had to leave the game. MRI today.

Can’t wait to get Luke Voit back. Jay Bruce retired after hitting just .118. Mike Ford is 3 for 31 (.091).


Stanton solo HR (9)
Urshela 2 hits.
Hicks 3 for 3, walk, RBI.
Frazier 2 run HR (3)

Cole 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.61 Gave up 2 HR.
Green (L, 0-3; BS, 1) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.50 Gave up HR.
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.63
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.04 Gave up 1 HR.

Missing Zack Britton too. Wilson hasn’t filled his shoes.

Two sidenotes about three of the greatest players in MLB history.

One, Happy 90th birthday to Willie Mays.
Two. Albert Pujols released by Angels. 3253 hits, 667 HR.
Three. Miguel Cabrera last I saw hitting about .105. Needs something like 128 hits for 3000, 11 HR for 500, but ugh. Something like 6 for 57 so far.

Minor league report tomorrow morning.

Game 26. Yanks tame Tigers 10-0 behind Cole and 5 HR.

The bats are starting to come around.

This is more like we expected. The Yanks (12-14) clobbered five home runs, and Gerrit Cole was at the top of his game as the Yankees clobbered Detroit, 10-0, on Friday night.

I don’t know what ailment (lower back) bothered Aaron Judge that it kept him out of the starting lineup for two straight games, but you’d never have know it last night. Judge hit two homers, one a grand slam, and drove in five of the Yankees’ ten runs.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings, and cruised the rest of the way. In the first inning, with one out, Giancarlo Stanton doubled. He went to third on a WP and scored when Gio Urshela delivered a two-out single.

Clint Frazier made it 2-0 in the second inning with a solo HR (2).

The Yanks got two runs in the third inning. Judge led off the inning with a monstrous HR to CF. Two outs later, Aaron HIcks homered (4) to make it 4-0.

The Yanks broke open the game with five runs in the fourth inning. Kyle HIgashioka led off the inning with a walk, and after a forceout, D.J. LeMahieu singled. Stanton singled to load the bases, then Judge unloaded his grand slam, his seventh HR of the season, to make it 8-0. After an out, Gleyber Torres walked, then Hicks doubled Torres home to make it 9-0.

Rougned Odor closed out the scoring by hitting a solo HR (4) in the fifth to make it 10-0.

The Yanks close April at 12-14, tied for 4th in the AL East, 4 1/2 back.

I remember when Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels in 1978. The Yanks struck out 18 Tigers in this game, but used four pitchers to do so. With such a big lead, no need to extend Cole further.

Stanton 3 hits
Judge 2 hits, both HR (7), one a grand slam. 5 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI Solo HR (4)
Frazier solo HR (2)
Odor solo HR (4)

Cole (W, 4-1) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 12 K. 1.43
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.42
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.82 (combined ERA SF/Yankees; YANKEES DEBUT)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.02

Game 24. Yanks blank O’s, 7-0.

Now this is more like it. Domingo German was great over seven innings, the Yanks rapped out 12 hits, including 3 HR, and the Yanks (11-13) blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.

Mike Ford homered (2) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0.

With one out in the top of the third inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Giancarlo Stanton singled, then Gleyber Torres singled in LeMahieu. For Torres, it was just his third RBI of the season. Gio Urshela then hit a 3-run HR (4) to make it 5-0.

Stanton singled to lead off the fifth, and an out later, Urshela singled. Ford walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks hit a SF to make it 6-0.

Clint Frazier hit his first HR of the season in the eighth to make it 7-0, the final score.


LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 3 hits.
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 3-run HR (4)
Ford solo HR (2)
Frazier 2 hits solo HR (1)

German (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 4.05
King 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Game 23. Yanks make a trade, then pull off a 5-1 win.

This was more like it. The Yanks got hits from most of the lineup, a couple of players get a multi-hit game, a couple of homers, a crisp performance from a starter going deeper into the game, and in the end, the Yanks (10-13) beat Balltimore, 5-1, on Tuesday night.

First some moves. Deivi Garcia was sent back to the alternate site after his start Monday night, and Mike King was recalled.

Tyler Wade was brought back from the alternate site. Mike Tauchman was traded to SF for LHP Wandy Peralta. Peralta, 29, was 2-1, 5.40 with 2 saves for the Giants this year before the trade. The lefty reliever is 9-9, 4.72 in his career, with those two saves. ERA+ 94.

Tauchman was 3 for 14 (.214) OPS+ 62 for the Yanks this year, not playing much except for pinch-running (led Yanks with 2 SB) and defensive replacement work. From 2019 through yesterday, Tauchman played 141 games as a Yankee, hitting .266-13-61, OPS+ 114. He had a great 2019 as a backup OF, but his last two years were not as good.

The trade did come as a surprise.

Now to the game. Another move before the game. Aaron Boone told Gary Sanchez that Kyle Higashioka would get more playing time at catcher, and during the game Higashioka justified Boone’s decision.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on an Aaron Judge single and scored on a SF by Gio Urshela. Believe it or not, it was the Yankees first SF of the season….in game #23!

Judge made it 2-0 Yankees in the third inning with his fifth HR of the season.

Baltimore got their only run in the fourth inning off Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, who worked into the seventh, his deepest outing of the season so far.

Higashioka homered (4) with one out in the fourth to make it 3-1, then with two outs in the same inning, LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton singled, and Judge walked to load the bases. Urshela singled in LeMahieu but Stanton was thrown out by plenty at the plate. Bad send.

Stanton homered (6) in the seventh for the final score of 5-1.

Lemahieu 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (6)
Judge 2 hits, solo HR (5)
Urshela 2 RBI
Torres 2 hits
Higashioka 2 hits, solo HR (4)

Kluber (W, 1-2) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. 4.15 1 HBP
Loaisiga (H, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.23
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.30

Hopefully this is the start of long dormant bats waking up. Hopefully soon Luke Voit returns to give a jolt to the lineup.

I do wonder something. Miguel Andujar is at the alt. site, rehabbing not only at 3B but at 1B and LF as well, If he’s hitting, and can handle LF, could he soon be replacing the badly slumping (.132) Clint Frazier in LF?

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 15. Losing streak hits 5. Yanks get just 3 hits, Tampa concludes weekend sweep, 4-2.



OK, first things first.

There is NO WAY to sugarcoat this. You can’t put a cherry on a piece of crap.

5-10 is what it is. FIVE AND TEN. Five losses in a row,

Swept by Tampa Bay, who has beaten you something like 17 of the last 20 games or so?

Your pitchers are operating scared. You give up so much as two runs and they feel as if game over. That is too much pressure on your pitchers.

You have a player (Clint Frazier) who has NO RBI in his last 66 or so plate appearances.

You have another, in Gleyber Torres, hitting in the middle of the lineup, who is hitting under .200, with NO HR and just ONE RBI in 15 games.

The Yanks got only THREE hits today in losing 4-2 to Tampa Bay today. THREE.

They came into the game with a .217 team batting average. That is going down. FACT. (Update: Now .210).

The hitting coaches should worry about their jobs, Maybe even Boone.

Giancarlo Srtanton hit a HR in the second inning (3) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Tampa Bay got two in the top of the third off of Gerrit Cole to take a 2-1 lead. Aaron HIcks (booed throughout the game) and Clint Frazier performed poorly defensively in enabling those two runs.

D.J. LeMahieu (the only TRUE hitter, not slugger on the team) got a two-out hit in the fifth to tie the game.


Cole gave up a run in the 7th, and Tampa Bay got another in the ninth, to ensure the win.

Judge 0 for 4 struck out 3x.

Stanton solo HR (3)

Cole (L, 2-1) 6 1/3 IP. 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 10 K. 1.82. Don’t blame him, but pathetic offense.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
O’Day 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR. 1.50.

Game 12. Yanks lose on walk-off HR in bottom of 9th, 5-4.

Chad Green came in, faced one batter, and that one batter hit a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th as the Yanks (5-7) lost this afternoon to Toronto, 5-4.

I can only imagine if the Boss were alive (he did fire Bob Lemon in 1982 after a 6-8 start, and Yogi Berra in 1985 after a 6-10 start).

The Yanks aren’t clicking right now. They don’t seem to get runs other than by homers. They only had five hits today, (and going into the game the team batting average was just .234) and two of those five hits were Aaron Judge homers. Even just the other day, all 3 runs were on Kyle Higashioka homers.

They have to start to string hits together and get more than just five hits a game.

Also, they need more length out of starters not named Gerrit Cole. Taillon got knocked out in the fourth last night, and Corey Kluber lasted just four innings today.

Judge hit a HR in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Kluber gave up a 2-run HR in the second and a solo HR in the third and the Blue Jays were up 3-1 after 3.

The Yanks got three runs in the top of the fourth. Judge hit his second HR of the game (4) to cut the lead to 3-2. Brett Gardner then walked. After an out, Gleyber Torres doubled. After another out, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. But they wouldn’t score again, and got only one more hit the rest of the way.

Jonathan Loaisiga got into trouble in the sixth. Two singles and a HBP loaded the bases with no one out, and a wild pitch enabled Toronto to tie the game. He was fortunate to get out of the inning giving up only one run.

Then in the bottom of the ninth, Green gave up the walk-off HR to Bo Bichette. It was Bichette’s second HR of the game.

Judge 2 Solo HR (4), 2 RBI
Urshela 2 RBI

Kluber 4 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.10 1 HBP
Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP 1.13
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Green (L, 0-2) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.17 Gave up GW walk-off HR.

Problems.

Hicks .179.
Torres .220 with just 1 RBI
Bruce .118 (hurry back, Luke Voit!)
Frazier .200, no RBI
Stanton .175
Odor .133 (2 for 15)
Tauchman .143 (1 for 7)

Game 6. Yanks lose in 11, 4-3.

For the second time in just six games, the Yankees (3-3) have lost a game by one run in extra innings. This time it was 4-3 to Baltimore in 11 innings.

Hopefully, when this pandemic is over, the rule that extra innings begin with a runner on second gets scrapped. I hate that rule. I’m a purist and hate seeing baseball bastardized. The only exception I make is with the DH. I can’t stand watching pitchers try to hit. (Ohtani and Bumgarner are exceptions).

The Yankees did not have Aaron Judge available for the game, because of a sore oblique. He is day to day.

A few things I haven’t liked this season. One is Aaron Hicks hitting third, even though he did get an RBI in last night’s game, and the other is Gleyber Torres’ defense.

Torres is basically a 2B playing SS. He did play SS in the minors, but his defense needs a lot of work, and it is costing the Yankees right now.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and it was his first start in nearly two years. Taillon has undergone two TJ operations, a hernia operation, cancer and being hit in the head by a line drive. He retired the first nine batters he faced and pitched well.

The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the third on singles by Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu, then after Torres struck out, Hicks’ single.

Taillon gave up two homers in the fourth and the Orioles took a 2-1 lead.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth. With two out, Gary Sanchez singled on a ball the Orioles’ LF should have caught. Sanchez thought it would be caught, and instead of a double, only got a single. Mike Tauchman pinch-ran for Sanchez and scored, just getting in ahead of the tag, on a double by Gio Urshela. Tie game.

A fine play by Jay Bruce in the top of the tenth on a bad throw by Chad Green appeared to be able to save the Yankees from giving up a run, but on the next play, which should have been the third out of the inning, Bruce couldn’t prevent a bad throw by Torres from becoming an error that let Baltimore go up 3-2. It was a routine play. Torres just botched it.

The Yanks tied in the the bottom of the tenth when down to their last out, Kyle Higashioka singled to right, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Wade, who just got in under the tag. Wade started the inning at second base. (I did mention I HATE that new rule.)

In the eleventh, the Orioles bunted the runner over, and dunked in a single to bring the runner in and take a 4-3 lead. Luis Cessa got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out two batters to keep it at 4-3.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Gio Urshela started at second base for the Yankees (once again, I HATE this rule). Gardner bunted him to third, then LeMahieu hit a liner to right. Urshela tried to tag up and score but was a dead duck at the plate, getting tagged out to end the game.

The Yankees out-hit Baltimore 13 to 4, They struck out 17 Orioles. They gave up 2 earned runs over 11 innings. In the last 6 1/3 innings, Yankees’ pitchers only gave up ONE hit (I hate that rule!).

Yet they lost. They left 12 men on base. They struck out 10 times.

Clint Frazier and Jay Bruce, the 5 and 6 hitters, combined to go 0 for 10. I can see Bruce being benched, LeMahieu going to 1B, and Odor playing 2B. … but there is still the problem of Torres’ defense at SS.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 2 Hits
Sanchez 2 hits
Higashioka 1 for 1, RBI. Big hit at the time
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, Big hit at the time
Gardner 2 hits.

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.86.
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Green (L, 0-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

With those runners starting the inning on second, (I … you get the idea) those runs are unearned.



Game 5. Judge & Cole lead Yanks to 7-2 win; Yanks deal for Odor.

Gerrit Cole was dominant, pitching seven shutout innings and striking out 13, and Aaron Judge homered and drove in four runs as the Yankees (3-2) beat Baltimore 7-2 Tuesday night.

The Yanks also made a deal earlier in the day, getting Rougned Odor from Texas. More on that in a bit. First to the game.

The game started off disappointing. Cole got out of a jam in the first, but got out of it. Then in the bottom of the first, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out. But Stanton, Torres and Frazier all struck out. You just wanted to scream,

Jay Bruce homered (1) in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.

In the fourth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out again, as Bruce, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka all walked. D.J. LeMahieu GIDP, with a run scoring to make it 2-0, and Judge singled to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, a walk to Brett Gardner, followed by a double by Giancarlo Stanton, made it 4-0.

Judge hit a 3-run HR in the bottom of the eighth to put the Yanks up 7-0.

They should have had a shutout, but with two outs in the ninth, Lucas Luetge gave up a two-run HR after SS Gleyber Torres nonchalanted a ball into a single when it should have been the final out of the game.

Judge 3 hits, 3-run HR (2), 4 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Bruce solo HR (1)

Cole (W, 1-0) 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 13 K. 1.46 Just what you want from your ace.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Luetge 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 13.50 Gave up a 2-run HR.

The Yanks made moves. Mike King went to the alternate site after his brilliant six inning relief job on Sunday. Thairo Estrada was DFA’d to make room on the 40 man roster for Odor.

The Yanks traded two minor leaguers (Antonio Cabello and Josh Stowers) to Texas for Rougned Odor. I don’t like this. I don’t know where Odor fits. He has only played 2B in the majors, although Texas did work him out at 3B this spring. The Yanks are set at 2B with LeMahieu, have a 2B playing SS in Torres, are set at 3B with Urshela. They have Andujar (on the DL) who can’t crack the team. Wade doesn’t hit, but plays more positions than Odor, and is their only backup SS. After Wade, your other backup SS right now is Urshela, and you just DFA’d Estrada, who was as versatile as Wade.

Odor, 27, a lefty bat, has topped 30 HR in three different seasons. But in two of those seasons, he hit .205 and .204. His walk to whiff ratio isn’t good, and he led the league in striking out in 2019. All or nothing hitter. He is a .237 hitter with an OPS+ of just 88. A lefty hitter, and the power translates well to Yankee Stadium, but low average, high strikeout, low walks.

Odor has a hefty contract, but most of it will be paid for by Texas.

Odor’s 162 game average is .237-28-86, 12 SB, OPS+ 88. 36 walks, 151 strikeouts. In eight postseason games, Odor is 7 for 28, 2 HR, 4 RBI.

And oh yeah, he throws a mean right hand. Just ask Jose Bautista.