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Game 154. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 3-2 win. Stay 1 1/2 up on A’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (95-59) clinched a wild card spot in the playoffs with a 3-2, 11-inning, win over the Bad News Bears (oops, 44-110 Baltimore Orioles) yesterday, but whether the Yanks will be playing that one-game, sudden-death wild card game in the Bronx is very much still up in the air.

Oakland scored in the bottom of the ninth, thanks to a Minnesota error and a passed ball (hmm, Twins imitating Sanchez) that let in the winning run, and won 3-2. The A’s remain 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks’ magic # over the A’s to ensure that the wild card game will be played in the Bronx is 6. Any combination of Yanks’ wins and A’s losses adding up to 6 and the game will be in the Bronx. The Yanks own the tiebreaker.

The Yanks got two runs in the second on homers by Aaron Hicks (26) and Luke Voit (12, 11 as a Yankee). They now have 251 HR on the season, on pace to tie the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the all-time single season record by a team (264).

Gary Sanchez continued his defensive woes, committing a PB and a throwing error in the third inning that allowed the Orioles to score a run. Besides a PB and an error, Sanchez also went 0 for 4, striking out twice, and his batting average dropped to .182. He was dropped to eighth in the lineup, and you really wonder if it’s just best right now to have Romine in there instead.

The Yanks could really have been in trouble except that Steve Wilkerson was twice thrown out at home.

Baltimore tied it in the fifth, and would have had more except for one of those times Wilkerson was thrown out at home (by Judge) and the fact they left the bases loaded.

After the Voit HR, the Yanks didn’t do too much offensively, and it became a battle of the bullpens.

Jonathan Holder got out of a huge jam in the top of the 10th. The Orioles left the bases loaded.

Finally, in the bottom of the 11th, Didi Gregorius singled, and Aaron Hicks double drove in Didi with the winning run.

Hicks 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits
Voit HR

Lynn 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.  4.80 (Min/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.60
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.59  Encouraging outing since just off DL
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   2.64
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.26 (Balt/NYY)
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.97
Kahnle (W, 2-0, 6.75) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

MLBTR states that CC wants to return in 2019, even if not to the Yanks. Tough call. Questionable knee, doesn’t go too deep into games. 39 next July. Yanks may want to cut the cord, so to speak.

Also, MLBTR reporting that Yanks have interest in bringing back McCutchen (a free agent) if the price is right, but that probably means buying out Brett Gardner’s option at $2MM instead of bringing him back at $12.5MM. Also, you have Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury (both of whom missed most or all of this year due to injuries) to think about…

Then again, Bryce Harper is a free agent….


Game 140. Severino, Sanchez, sloppy as A’s blast Yanks, 8-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino threw two wild pitches and Gary Sanchez was charged with two passed balls as Oakland scored four runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Yankees, 8-2, Wednesday night.

The loss drops the 87-53 Yankees 9 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East with 22 games to go. The tragic # for Boston to win the East is 13. But the Yanks only lead the A’s by 3 1/2 for that top wild card spot. The Yanks’ magic # to get the top wild card spot is 19, and to make the playoffs, it’s 14.

The Yanks’ offense continued to be in their funk, getting only 5 hits all night. After the A’s scored their four in the first, they got two in the third, and one in the fourth, one in the sixth and were up 8-0.

The Yanks’ only 2 runs came when Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (15) in the seventh.

Meanwhile, more worries about Severino.

Severino (L, 17-7, 3.52) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.20
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.13
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  16.20
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.94

Clint Frazier won’t be back this year. Hopefully he recovers from those concussion issues over the offseason and is 100% and ready to go in 2019.

As for Luke Voit, is he this year’s Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer?

Game 138. Yanks flat in 6-3 loss to A’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks need a wake-up call. There are a lot of questions about this team right now, and despite an 86-52 record, 2nd best in baseball, they are playing right now like a team that could be one and done in the playoffs.

They lost Monday afternoon to Oakland, their probable opponent in the sudden death wild card game, 6-3. They got just four hits. Remember they got only two in winning 2-1 on Saturday.

The first run came via a gift in the top of the first inning, when Andrew McCutchen singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Aaron Hicks’ SF plated him.

Luke Voit homered in the second to tie the game after CC Sabathia gave up 3 runs, 2 earned (error by Andujar), in the bottom of the first. But that was it for the offense.

Why the Yanks continue to bat Gary Sanchez fourth or fifth in the lineup (as they did yesterday and today) despite his .184 batting average baffles me. When will they drop him? Of course we’ve seen stubbornness like this before in their patience with Neil Walker, despite his .223, and also in their seeming endless patience with .196 hitting Greg Bird (patience with them that may finally be running out thanks to Luke Voit). Not only patience with them, but also in batting them third or fifth despite those poor batting averages, just like they are still doing with Sanchez.

So the continuance of batting Sanchez in the middle, despite the .184 is one question. Another is what becomes of Brett Gardner after this season. Gardner, 35, is hitting .212 since June 9 and .237 on the season. The Yanks can bring him back for 2019 at $12.5 MM or buy out his option at $2 MM. Guess which one looks like the better play right now? The Yanks finally are starting to bat Gardner 9th vs. lefties.

With $21MM still owed Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yanks could just go with a Ellsbury/Clint Frazier platoon in LF next year (McCutchen is a free agent and probably will sign elsewhere).

Aaron Judge started swinging a bat. Progress. When he comes back, I think we may see a lot of a McCutchen/Gardner platoon in LF.

With CC, he is a free agent after the season. He may retire, but if he does want to come back, the Yanks have to decide whether they want to invest $10MM in someone 38—39 next July—who has that knee issue. Or is it time to go to a Justus Sheffield, Jonathan Loaisiga (see below) or Michael King (see the minor league report) instead?

Also, they never bunt runners over. Now with some guys you don’t bunt (like, for example, Judge and Stanton), but with others like Gardner or Torreyes? Only 9 sac bunts all year long, and none are by pitchers in those interleague games. Still, only 9.

Phil Rizzuto would have had 9 at the All-Star break all by himself.

Shows how the game has changed.

For the second straight game, a Yankees’ starter got knocked out in the fourth inning. CC gave up 3 runs in the first, one in the second, one more in the fourth. A.J. Cole gave up a HR in the fifth.

Voit 2-run HR (7th)

Sabathia (L, 7-6, 3.54) 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  5.24 (Wash/NYY) Gave up 1 HR
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.62
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.    2.70

With the loss, the Yanks drop 8 1/2 back of Boston and the lead for the top wild card spot is down to 3 1/2 over the A’s. Beating the A’s Tuesday and Wednesday is paramount.

The Yanks are 3-5 in their last 8 games, but the 3 wins haven’t been easy. The comeback against Chicago (Walker HR), and a 2-1 win where they only got 2 hits are two of those 3 wins. They could be 1-7 in their last eight.

That is concerning. They have to start playing better baseball, or they could face playing the end of the regular season at Boston, and flying out to Oakland for that one-game playoff. Even if they win that, they then fly right back to Boston. Ugh.  Too much travel.

Start playing well, and ensure that the one-game playoff is at home.



Minor League Report. SWB continues bid for playoffs.


AAA: SWB (71-64) won 3-1.  C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI. SWB has a 1/2 game lead for the WC spot. Only 3 more games are scheduled before the playoffs start next Wednesday.

Swanson (W, 3-2, 3.86) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Espinal (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 k.  3.12
J. Harvey (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.70

AA: Trenton (76-61) won 3-2. They’ve already clinched a playoff spot. I don’t know if there was an injury with Nelson, or just ineffectiveness.

Nelson 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  5.19   2 WP
Foley (W, 4-4, 2.98) 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K
Diehl (H, 4) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  1.35
Wivinis (S, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.40

Tampa and Charlestown, listed below, will not be in the playoffs.

High A: Tampa (69-66) won 19-2 in a game that was started on August 12th and completed yesterday. The regularly scheduled game was rained out.  DH Estevan Florial 4 hits. LF Clint Frazier 2 RBI. CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 Hits, HR, 3 RBI.  RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits. LF-2B-LF Ben Ruta 4 hits. 1B Steven Sensley 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI. 2b/SS Angel Aguilar 2 HR, 5 RBI. C Chace Numata 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Tampa had 19 runs, 22 hits, and hit 5 HR.

Deivi Garcia 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.77
R. Garcia (W, 1-3, 3.34) 7 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
A. Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00

Low A: Charleston (62-71) scored two in the bottom of the 10th to win 4-3. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. DH Welfrin Mateo 2 hits. CF Leonardo Molina 2 hits, RBI.

Contreras 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K.  3.38
Kriske (BS, 1) 2 Ip, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.50
C. Espinal (W, 1-2, 2.51) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Juan DePaula was the second minor leaguer going to SF in the McCutchen deal. He was a pitcher for short-season Staten Island.



Game 135. Yanks blow game in 9th, make deal for McCutchen

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There will be no major minor league report because of typing up about the Andrew McCutchen deal.

With concern about Aaron Judge’s return, and also with possible concern over Brett Gardner’s .237 batting average as well, the Yanks traded for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen will be postseason eligible. To get McCutchen from the Giants, the Yanks traded two prospects, Abiatal Avelino and another who hasn’t been named yet.

Another concern could be Giancarlo Stanton’s hamstring and the probable need to try to keep him off the field and just DH him. As for Clint Frazier, he just started rehab.

McCutchen will be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s 31 and hit .255-15-55 with 13 SB, OPS+ 110 for SF this season. He won the NL MVP in 2013 for the Pirates, and finished third, first, third and fifth in NL MVP voting from 2012-2015. McCutchen’s 162 g. average is .288-24-86 with 20 SB, OPS+ 134. He’s a 5x All-Star. 1x Gold Glove winner and 4x Silver Slugger. While not what he was, he helps. The Yanks were playing Neil Walker out of position in RF and also using Shane Robinson, whose bat (.143) is virtually non-existent. McCutchen provides relief until the Yanks get Judge back this season, if at all.

It’s a move the Yanks had to make with the uncertainty over Judge.

To get him, Abiatal Avelino is one player going to SF. Avelino, a 23 yr. old infielder, mostly 2B/SS, was hitting .287-15-66 between AA/AAA this season, with 25 SB. Both McCutchen and Avelino are righty bats.

That’s the good news. The trade. The bad news is that the Yanks (84-50) blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth when Dellin Betances gave up 3 runs on back-to-back homers as the Yanks lost 8-7 to Detroit.

J.A. Happ had his worst game as a Yankee, giving up 3 HR, one to the first batter of the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on Stanton’s 33rd HR of the year, and #300 of his career.

But Happ gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the fourth. 3-2 Tigers.

The Yanks came back with 2 in the bottom of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gleyber Torres (21). The ball was flying out of Yankee Stadium last night. Detroit hit 5 HR, the Yanks 3.

Happ gave up another HR in the fifth, and was knocked out of the game. 5-4 Detroit. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Hicks singled, Stanton walked and Andujar got an infield hit. Hicks scored on an error on the play.

Luke Voit put the Yanks up 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (5), but in the top of the ninth, Betances, after getting an out, gave up a walk, then the back-to-back HRs to lose the game. Victor Martinez hit 2 HR for the Tigers, and Niko Goodrum had 4 hits, inc. the GW HR.

Hicks 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 2-run HR (33, #300 career), 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, HR (5, 4th as Yankee), 2 RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (21)

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.00 (Tor/NYY)
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.66
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.95
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.94 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (BS, 2; L, 4-4, 2.59) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR.

The loss drops the 84-50 Yanks 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. They are still 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot, and 9 up on Seattle for a playoff spot. The magic # over Seattle to clinch a playoff spot is 20.

Very brief minor league recap:

SWB (70-64) got 2 in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2 and keep their playoff hopes alive. C Gary Sanchez 0 for 4 on rehab. Justus Sheffield pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

AA Trenton (75-61) lost 5-1 despite getting 11 hits.

High A Tampa (68-66) won 3-1 in 6 1/2 innings. The other game of the scheduled DH was rained out. DH Clint Frazier 1 for 3 on rehab. Domingo German on rehab 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER.

Low A: Charleston (61-71) lost 7-3.




Game 133. Do Yanks miss Judge, Sanchez, Didi? Yes, as Yanks lose 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Do the Yanks miss Judge, Didi and Sanchez (as long as Sanchez is what he should be, and not the .188 hitter of this season?) Yes, as evidenced in the 4-1 loss to the White Sox tonight.

The loss puts the 84-49 Yanks 7 1/2 back of Boston, who, down 5-3 in the seventh, had an 11-run inning to come back against the Marlins.

One piece of news. If the Yanks are the top wild card and host Oakland, as what now appears to be the case, the A’s put two pitchers on the DL, including their ace, who may be done for the season. That could be huge.

Before I get into the game recap, an observation.

Besides the players and front office, an overlooked part of a team’s success lies with their doctors and trainers. Remember the prognosis of 3 weeks for Judge? Hah. Broken bones take longer than that. We are probably looking at Judge coming back in mid-September, when minor league seasons are over. No rehab, straight into the fire, and not much time before the postseason. How many times do you hear a diagnosis that was wrong, whether it be on Judge, Bird, Pavano, Ellsbury where they diagnosed it wrong or recovery time took longer?

Yes, a team’s doctors and physicians can play an important part in a pennant race. Especially if they miss something or misdiagnose. Let’s say you are Brian Cashman and you are up against the trade deadline (like with Judge this year). You hear a diagnosis of 3 weeks until he is back. You think you can ride out those 3 weeks with a Shane Robinson. But the diagnosis turns out wrong and (just saying for an example, we all want Judge back soon) that the injury takes him out for the rest of the season. With a proper diagnosis you could have made a deal to fill the gap. Now things aren’t progressing well, it’s five weeks later, and you can’t make a deal. You are now stuck with a Shane Robinson for the long-term, not the short term. Ouch.

Yes, a proper diagnosis can make a huge difference. A team’s doctors and trainers do play a part in who wins a pennant.

Now to the game. Interesting point brought up by David Cone on the YES broadcast and relayed to me by my friend Josh “the Yankee Truth” Imboden. Greg (hearing the boo) Bird(s) is down to .198. He is hitting only about .100 this year on pitches 95 MPH or faster. Not squaring up, late on them, overpowered. Interesting stat.

Since hitting his 299th career HR, Giancarlo Stanton has struggled. Pressing for #300?

CC gave up 2 runs in the second. 3 opposite field hits. One strike away from getting out of the inning, he gave up a 2-run double. Sloppy fielding hurt him. On what appeared to be a inning ending DP, Ronald Torreyes caught the ball for a force, but dropped it in trying to throw it for the DP. It wound up costing two runs. Instead of out of the inning, CC then gave up the 2-run double.

CC gave up a run in the fourth.

The Yanks may have lost the game in the fifth, despite scoring their only run that inning. Walker and Torres singled and after an out, Romine walked. Torreyes singled in the Yanks’ only run of the game. Gardner whiffed. But Stanton was up with the bases loaded. You were hoping for a grand slam. Instead, a pitch got away and all runners tried to advance. Torres was gunned down at the plate. Inning over and you don’t know what Stanton might have done with the bases loaded. Tough break.

Chad Green gave up a HR in the seventh. 4-1, the final score.

When Judge gets healthy, the Yanks really should consider moving Hicks to leadoff (can lead off a game with HR, has speed to steal, draws more walks)…. and drop Gardner (.237) down in the lineup. This was discussed on WFAN today and I concur.

It’ll be an interesting decision this offseason if the Yanks pick up the 35 year old Gardner’s option. 35? .237? Clint Frazier possibly ready if he gets over this concussion issue?

And yes, don’t think Frazier’s problems haven’t hurt as well, …. besides Judge, Didi, Sanchez (and Chapman), Frazier’s situation has hurt too.

Torres 2 hits.
Torreyes RBI

Sabathia (L, 7-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR.  2.73
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.24 (Wash/NYY)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 2 K.   5.63




Game 127. Voit, Walker lead Yanks to 7-5, 10-inning win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Greg Bird disappointing with a .202 batting average, manager Aaron Boone decided to give Luke Voit a shot. Voit didn’t disappoint, hitting two 2-run HRs in a 7-5, 10-inning Yankees’ win over Baltimore Friday night.

The homers were Voit’s first two as a Yankee. The 27 year old has played in 78 MLB games, just 148 AB, and is .250-7-27. The Yanks wonder if he had 425 at bats in a year if that could translate to 20 HR/80 RBI or more.

He has shown power and potential in AA and AAA, and the Yanks are intrigued, and want to see what he can do with at bats in the majors, especially since Bird has been slumping.

In 136 AA games, Voit: .297-20-75.
In 150 AAA games, he is .314-23-89.

Hence the intrigue.

CC Sabathia, just off the DL (Chance Adams was sent down), was rusty early, giving up two runs in the first inning, but then settled in, giving up no more.

Voit tied the game in the fourth with his first two-run HR of the game. It was his first HR as a Yankee, second of the year. (St. L/NYY)

An error by Gleyber Torres and a 2-run HR given up by David Robertson put Baltimore up 4-2 in the seventh.

But Torres atoned for his error. In the top of the eighth, Stanton led off with a walk, and after an out, both Andujar and Walker singled to load the bases. Torres’ two-run single tied the game at four.

In the top of the 10th, Neil Walker homered (8) to put the Yanks up 5-4. Torres walked and Voit then hit his second two-run HR of the game (3) to make it 7-4.

The insurance runs were necessary because Zach Britton gave up a HR in the bottom of the tenth. Final 7-5 Yanks.

Both homers in the tenth were off of Cody Carroll, who was with SWB most of the season before the Yanks traded him to Baltimore for Britton.

The Yanks will have a interesting calls after the season. Both Brett Gardner and CC are in their option years and can be bought out. CC has pitched great (ERA 3.30), but turns 39 next summer, and there are always concerns about that knee. Gardner is slumping, 35 now, and hitting just .242. It’ll be tough calls. Do they get a free agent for LF or just platoon the now injured Clint Frazier with Jacoby Ellsbury? Do they go after a pitcher because of CC’s age? Will CC come back or retire?

Stanton 3 walks.
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 3 hits, HR in 10th broke 4-4 tie
Torres 2 RBI. 2-run Single in 8th tied game at 4
Voit 3 hits, Two 2-run HR. 4 RBI. Tied game at 2 in 4th, gave Yankees much needed cushion in 10th.

Sabathia 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K.  3.30
Robertson 1 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H. 0 W, 2 K.   2.19
Green (W, 7-2, 2.66) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Britton (S, 5; Balt/NYY; 1st NYY save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.33

The win puts the 80-47 Yanks 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East, and they are 4 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot.