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Game 68. Pitching woes continue as Yanks lose 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Win #250 is proving quite elusive for CC Sabathia.

The Yankees (41-27) lost 10-2 to the White Sox Friday night, and fell out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Tampa Bay. Boston sits in third, 6 back of the Rays and 5 1/2 back of the Yankees.

The problem is that in this month of June, they are 4-8 as the pitching is collapsing.

Never mind that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton may be coming back soon. Right now, I’d feel better if it were Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery.

In the 12 games of June, the Yankees have given up 77 runs. That is one short of 6 1/2 runs per game. You can’t win like that.

More at the bottom of the column. As for the game…

Luke Voit homered (17) in the first inning. 1-0 Yanks, but CC couldn’t get out of a first and third, two out jam, giving up a 3-run HR, then two walks and a single made it 4-1 Chicago after one inning.

Chicago got an unearned run in the second, 5-1. They knocked out CC with a run in the fifth.

Luis Cessa was awful, giving up four runs in the sixth, three via a HR.

An error gave the Yanks a run in the ninth, but they lost 10-2.

A bad game. The Yanks only scored two runs, got just six hits, made two errors, and the pitching gave up 10 runs. Not a good night.

Voit 2 for 2, solo HR (17), 2 walks.
Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 3-4, 4.42) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  6.10
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.20

I know CC is retiring at the end of the season, but lately I wonder how much is left in the tank now. One thing with CC—even if he pitches well, he doesn’t give you length anymore. He gives you five, then you are using up the bullpen.

And other starters aren’t giving you length either. You worry about bullpen burnout.

Which I why I can see Cashman working the phones. Also why getting outbid on Keuchel may come back to hurt the Yankees.

Ok, some numbers. The first is the pitcher’s ERA as of June 1, the second is the ERA now. The ones most striking are:

CC 3.48 to 4.42
Cessa 3.16 to 6.10
Paxton 2.81 to 4.04
German (from May 21, not June 1) 2.60 to 3.86

For German, we now know he is on the IL with the hip problem. You wonder about the knees of Paxton and CC.

As for Cessa, who had a good spring training and who was Ok through May, you just wonder…anything wrong there physically?

Adam Ottavino didn’t give up any runs between April 21 and June 9 but did in each of his last two appearances.

Tommy Kahnle had that blip on June 9, giving up 4 runs.

Zack Britton had a blip June 5, giving up 3 runs then.

For Ottavino, Kahnle and Britton, you wonder if the law of averages just caught up with them (they were due for a blip) or if overuse (the starters don’t give length) is catching up to them.

I know it’s a different time, and that starters don’t go deep anymore, but here is the average innings per start.

Tanaka 83/14 is almost 6.
Happ 75.3/14 is 5 1/3
CC 57/11 is 5
German 68/12 is 5 2/3
Paxton 49/10 is 5.

5 x 32 starts a year is 160 IP. That doesn’t even qualify you for the ERA title (you need 162 IP).

I won’t get into Loaisiga and the openers.

But a worrisome trend. The starters don’t get into the sixth. The bullpen gets overtaxed. Some injury issues (CC/Paxton knee, German hip). The pitching in June falling apart.

The pitching has to turn around, and you wonder how it’ll do so.

Internally? Guys have to pitch better, and by the time Severino and Montgomery are ready, it could be too late.

or Externally? And if externally, who, when and for what?

But something has to change, and fast.

 

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Game 67. Un”Happ”y night. Yanks blow 4-0 lead, lose 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks placed Kendrys Morales on the IL and sent down Stephen Tarpley. They brought back up Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike Tauchman.

With Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton due off the IL soon, you wonder if, when Morales recovers, they’ll just DFA him then.

As for the game, disappointing. The Yanks (41-26) blew a 4-0 lead in losing 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox.

J.A. Happ’s season has been disappointing so far, and last night was no exception. Staked to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Happ had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, then in the fifth gave up a walk, single, double that cut the lead to 4-1, then a 3-run HR that tied it.

The Yanks had scored two runs in the second when Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres singled and after a forceout by Brett Gardner, a WP moved both runners up, scoring Didi. Clint Frazier singled in Gardner to make it 2-0.

Gardner made it 4-0 in the fourth with a 2-run HR (11). The Yanks didn’t score again.

Adam Ottavino gave up a HR in the seventh to make it 5-4.

Tampa Bay lost, so the Yanks maintained their 1/2 a game lead in the AL East, but still….

A disappointing night.

Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 2 hits.
Gardner 2-run HR (11)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI

Happ 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.70
Ottavino (L, 2-2, 1.80) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.68

I’ll be interested to see what pitching moves will be made soon (trade?). So far this month the pitching has been disappointing. The starters aren’t giving length, either, and the bullpen gets overworked.

The Yanks need a couple of games soon where a starter gives them 7 or 8 strong innings, not just five.

For a time last night, we thought last night could or should have been it.

Game 64. A sloppy win, 7-6 in 10. Also, news on Lucchesi, Big Papi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (40-24) tried their best to blow this game. Their best relievers failed, and it was up to a rookie, who arrived at 4 AM after a seven-hour or so drive via cab or Uber (don’t know which; UPDATE: Yanks arranged a SUV for the 6 1/2 hour, 375 mile drive), to save the day.

But in the end, they won 7-6 in 10 innings over Cleveland and maintained their first place tie with Tampa Bay.

Before the game, the Yanks had to place Domingo German on the IL (hip) and recall Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley is the one who had to make the trip in the wee small hours of the morning.

Now we know that German didn’t “hit a wall” per se, but that something was physically wrong the past few starts.

Forced to use an opener again (Tanaka’s start pushed back a day due to his wife giving birth), the Yanks got 5 runs in the second inning. With two out, Clint Frazier singled and Brett Gardner homered (9). Gio Urshela walked and Cameron Maybin singled. D.J. LeMahieu singled in a run, 3-0. Then a WP and a walk to Aaron Hicks loaded the bases. Luke Voit doubled in two runs, 5-0. Gary Sanchez walked to reload the bases but Gleyber Torres flied out.

Chad Green, the opener, and Nestor Cortes, Jr.Greg combined to shut out the Indians for five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth, Tommy Kahnle gave up 4 runs on 2 HR and it was 5-4.

In the seventh, Adam Ottavino gave up a HR that tied the game at 5.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Luke Voit singled and Gary Sanchez doubled. Gleyber Torres was inentionally walked to possibly set up a DP but Clint Frazier hit a SF to put the Yanks up 6-5.

But in the bottom of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up a single, made and error on a pickoff attempt, and then walked the next batter. He rebounded to get two outs and then had two strikes on the next batter. One strike away, and then a ground ball to SS. Didi Gregorius, who didn’t start the game but who was in for defensive purposes, booted it for a two-base error and the tying run scored. Chapman then got out of the inning.

With one out in the tenth, Maybin doubled, and one out later, Hicks doubled to put the Yanks up 7-6.

Tarpley, who made that long trip hours earlier, struck out the side in the bottom of the tenth to earn his first MLB save.

Tarpley, you’ll recall, had a great spring training before getting roughed up earlier in the season, causing him to be sent down to SWB.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI (.321)
Hicks GW RBI double
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Frazier 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2-run HR (9)
Maybin 2 hits

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  8.27
Cortes, Jr.  3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Kahnle 1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.84   Gave up 2 HR.
Ottavino (BS, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.53  Gave up 1 HR
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.86
Chapman (W, 1-1, 1.40; BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Tarpley (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  First MLB save.

The Yanks now play the Mets for two games in Yankee Stadium.

In other baseball news…

Frank Lucchesi died at the age of 92. Lucchesi managed the Phillies (1970-1972), Rangers (1975-1977, taking over for Billy Martin) and Cubs (1987). He was the last manager for the Phillies while they played at old Connie Mack Stadium. He also was the manager that Lenny Randle assaulted in 1977 when Randle took umbrage at how Luchessi was managing him. Luchessi’s managerial record was 316-399, a .442 winning pct., which averages to a 72-90 season.

Ex-Red Sox star David Ortiz (Big Papi) is in stable condition after being shot in the Dominican Republic. From MLB.com:

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday but was in stable condition and expected to be OK, his agent Fernando Cuza told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Ortiz’s father, Leo Ortiz, also addressed reporters and said doctors anticipate a full recovery.

confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region…..

(FROM ESPN) The team had to remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder. Ortiz suffered liver damage. He was shot at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Authorities say Ortiz was ambushed by a man who got off a motorcycle and shot him in the back at nearly point-blank range.

 

 

Game 62. Yanks’ lead cut to 1/2 game after 5-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German still leads the majors in wins (9), but he has hit a lull recently. Last night, German couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and the Yanks (39-23) lost to Cleveland, 5-2. German’s ERA in his last three starts has risen from 2.60 to 3.86, and seven of the 12 HR he has given up this year have been in the last three starts.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay decreased to just 1/2 a game.

Didi Gregorius returned of the IL to the Yanks and had two hits. In the second inning, Gary Sanchez singled, and Didi singled Sanchez to third, Didi getting thrown out trying for two. After a walk to Kendrys Morales, Clint Frazier doubled home Sanchez. One problem with Morales—he can’t run a lick, and couldn’t score himself.

Aaron Hicks 4th HR of the season made it 2-0 Yanks in the third.

German was great for three innings, then hit a wall, as it seems he is starting to do at this point in the season, at least in the past three starts. He gave up a run in the fourth that made it 2-1, a HR in the fifth that tied the game, and a 2-run HR in the sixth that put Cleveland up 4-2. The Indians scored a run off David Hale in the eighth for the final tally of 5-2.

Zach Plesac, nephew of former MLB pitcher and current MLB network anayst Dan Plesac, got his first major league win.

The Yanks got just six hits in the game.

Hicks solo HR (4)
Didi 2 hits.
Frazier 2 hits, RBI

German (L, 9-2, 3.86) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR
Hale 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.00

At least there should be a full bullpen contingent (barring Hale) ready for today’s game.

Game 59. Blue Jays best Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One bad inning by Masahiro Tanaka and the lack of clutch hitting (1 for 12 w/RISP, 11 LOB) by the Yanks (38-21) led to a 4-3 defeat to the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. It was the first time in over a month that the Yanks lost back-to-back games.

Clint Frazier’s 2-run HR (11) in the fourth gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead.

But in the fifth, Tanaka, who had a one-hit shutout through four innings, gave up a HR to lead off the inning, then after a walk and an out, another HR which made it 3-2 Toronto. After another out, a double, and single made it 4-2 Blue Jays before Tanaka got out of the inning.

Tanaka can’t pitch up in the zone. He doesn’t have that velocity. He has to keep the ball down. Pitches got up all inning long.

In the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit his second HR of the year to cut it to 4-3. The Yanks kept threatening, but as you saw with the 1 for 12 w/RISP, couldn’t break through.

Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (2)
Frazier 2-run HR (11)
Tanaka (L, 3-5, 3.42) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.25
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.17

The Yanks released infielder Cliff Pennington from his minor league deal. The former major league infielder, signed in early April, was hitting .196 for SWB.

Barry Latman, a spot starter/long reliever for the White Sox, Indians, Angels and Astros from 1957-1967, died recently at the age of 83. Latman was a pitcher on the 1959 AL Champ White Sox (8-5, 3.75, ERA+ 101) and an All-Star for the 1961 Indians (13-5, 4.02, ERA+ 97). He was 59-68 in his career. His 162 game average was 8-10, 3.91, ERA+ 94.

The Yanks are considered the favorites for signing free agent Dallas Keuchel, but won’t budge from a 1-year, pro-rated contract at the qualifying offer. Meaning at $17.9MM, if Keuchel signs for the second half of the year, he’d get around $9MM. Keuchel apparently would like more years and $$. He, and his agent Bora$$, may have bitten off more than they could chew. One other reason he is still a free agent is that now teams don’t lose the compensatory draft pick anymore since the draft is over.

Game 58. Yanks fall 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Nestor Cortes sent down to make room for CC coming off the DL.

I was worried about CC being a bit rusty coming off the DL (I still call it the DL) and he may have been a bit, but he didn’t pitch too badly.

Clint Frazier’s defense though, was, shall we say, problematic. Not only that, but his blowing off the press after the game was, too.

CC gave up a solo HR in the first, a run in the second and a solo HR in the fourth and the Yanks were down 3-0.

They got two back in the fourth. With one, out, Luke Voit homered (15), then three straight singles by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres loaded the bases. Gio Urshela made it 3-2 with a SF. The inning ended strangely when it appeared a double steal went awry.

In the top of the seventh, Frazier let a single get under his glove for a two-base error allowing the runner who was on first to score. Later on, after Boston scored another run, he (NY Post words) he tried and failed for a diving catch and made an off-line throw that allowed runners to move up and another run scored. 6-2 Boston.

In the eighth, after Boston made it 7-2, Frazier allowed a hit to get past him for a triple. 8-2.

The Yanks tried to come back in the bottom of the eighth, but they were in too much of a hole. D.J. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. A balk brought in one run, a groundout another. Torres’ SF made it 8-5.

After the game, Frazier didn’t want to talk to the press about his fielding deficiencies. If there is an “attitude problem”, the Yanks need to nip it in the bud immediately.

Voit solo HR (15)
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Frazier 2 hits, but an error and other misadventures in the outfield.

Sabathia (L, 3-2, 3.61) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 1 IP+, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K.   4.73. Rough outing. Frazier didn’t help.
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.70

The Yanks (38-20) are off Monday. They are 2 1/2 up on the Rays, 8 1/2 up on Boston.

 

 

Game 53. Yanks piece it together, win 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (35-18) had to employ the “opener” again, but pieced it together for a 5-2 win over the Padres Memorial Day afternoon.

Chad Green opened and struck out the side in the first.

David Hale replaced him and went the next four innings, giving up 2 runs in the second inning, to pick up his first major league win since 2015.

Then it was Ottavino, Kahnle, Britton and Chapman to close it out.

After Hale gave up the two runs in the top of the second, the Yanks came right back with three runs of their own.

With one out, Clint Frazier hit his 10th HR of the season, Gio Urshela walked, and one out later, Brett Gardner’s 8th HR of the year, a 2-run HR, made it 3-2 Yankees.

It stayed that way until the eighth, when with one out, Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 4-2. Gleyber Torres then doubled, and Cameron Maybin singled. An error by the RF on Maybin’s single allowed both runners to take an extra base. 5-2 Yankees, the final score.

Although Green did great (3 up, 3 down, all K) , I do wonder how much more of the “opener” I can take. Paxton will come back Wednesday, CC possibly next Sunday.

The opener and bullpen usage today explains the moves of the day before.

Sanchez solo HR (16)
Frazier 2 hits, solo HR (10)
Gardner 2-run HR  (8)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   11.30
Hale (W, 1-0, 3.38) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Ottavino (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Kahnle (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.64
Britton (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.66

Bill Buckner, unfortunately mostly known for that one play that ended Game 6 of the 1986 WS, passed away at the age of 69. He played for the Dodgers 1969-1976, Cubs 1977-1984, Red Sox 1984-1987, Angels 1987-1988, Royals 1988-1989 and back with the Red Sox 1990.

He played for the Dodgers in the 1974 WS as well as for the Red Sox in the 1986 WS.

A 1x All-Star (1981), he got MVP consideration 5x, and finished 10th in the MVP voting in 1981 and 1982. He led the league in doubles 2x and won the NL batting title in 1980. He drove in 100 or more runs in a season 3x.

He played LF, RF and 1B, and had 2715 hits in his career, and a .289 batting average. His 162 g. average was .289-11-78, OPS+ 100. He played in 4 decades (1969-1990).