Maybe pitching in the place (Fenway Park) where his idol, Pedro Martinez, made his mark was too much for young, 21 year old Deivi Garcia. Maybe he just didn’t have it. But Michael Chavis hit two homers off him, and after twelve straight wins over Boston, eight of them this year, the Yanks (31-22) finally lost to Boston, 10-2.
Chavis hit a two-run HR in the second, and added a three-run HR in the third and Boston was up 6-0.
The Yankees’ bats didn’t provide much help. They didn’t get their first hit until the sixth inning, and got only three for the game.
In the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled for the Yanks’ first hit, and went to third on a PB. After a walk to D.J. LeMahieu, Wade scored when Luke Voit GIDP.
Jonathan Holder gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh, one on a solo HR by Bobby Dalbec, and Boston went up 9-1.
Yankees’ backup C Erik Kratz gave up a HR to J.D. Martinez in the 8th and the Yanks were down 10-1.
Luke Voit hit his MLB leading 21st HR in the top of the ninth for the final of 10-2.
Even with the loss, the Yanks clinched a posteason berth when Seattle lost.
But the loss did knock the Yanks into the #5 seed for now. They are 31-22, while the Twins are 33-22. The way it looks now, the Twins, a familiar Yankees’ postseason opponent, and so-far, Yankees’ punching bag in the postseason, will be their opponent again.
The Yanks are moving back Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka in the rotation to set them up for starting Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs.
Voit solo HR (21)
Garcia (L, 2-2, 4.88) 3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.21 Holder 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.03 Gave up 1 HR. Kratz 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR. (BACKUP C)
Got to say, I’m not sure how much I trust Holder or Ottavino right now.
The Yankees (27-21) moved back into second place in the AL East with a 6-HR, 20-run drubbing of Toronto Tuesday night. The final score was 20-6.
As it now stands, with 12 games left in the season, the Yanks would be the #5 seed in the AL and would head to Minnesota to play a familiar postseason foe, the Twins.
Before the game, the Yanks sent down to the alternate site Clarke Schmidt, Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford. Coming off the IL were Giancarlo Stanton, Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga.
After the game, Thairo Estrada was sent back, so it appears as if Aaron Judge comes off the IL tonight.
Deivi Garcia pitched a strong seven innings to pick up his seventh MLB win in his fourth MLB start. Other than Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., Garcia didn’t have much trouble with the rest of the Blue Jays lineup.
Luke Voit hit two of the Yankees’ six HR in the game to take over the MLB HR lead at 18. He is a strong MVP candidate.
Guerrero hit a HR off of Garcia in the top of the second to make it 1-0 Toronto.
The Yanks came back with seven in the bottom of the second. With one out, Urshela, who had a great game just coming off the IL, doubled. Clint Frazier reached on an error (Toronto RF Derek Fisher had an awful night), moving Urshela to third. Brett Gardner singled in Urshela to tie the game. After an out, Tyler Wade singled in Frazier to make it 2-1. D.J. LeMahieu singled Gardner to make it 3-1. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR (17) to make it 6-1 and Aaron Hicks made it back to back HR with his fifth. 7-1 Yanks.
The Yanks added five more in the bottom of the third to go up 12-1 and the game was basically over. Urshela walked, went to second on a balk, and Frazier walked. Gardner walked to load the bases. Sanchez was HBP, forcing in a run. Wade walked, forcing in another run. LeMahieu cleared the bases with a 3-run double. 12-1.
Garcia gave up a 2-run HR to Gurriel in top of the fourth that cut the lead to 12-3.
The Yanks came right back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 16-3. Urshela doubled, Frazier walked, and after an out, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (8). After another out, LeMahieu doubled, and Voit singled in LeMahieu.
Voit hit a solo HR in the bottom of the sixth (18). 17-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Urshela singled and Frazier hit a 2-run HR (6). 19-3.
In the bottom of the eighth, LeMahieu hit a solo HR (7). 20-3.
Michael King gave up 3 runs in the top of the ninth. It does appear he needed minor league time this year, but alas, no minors this COVID year, so he is getting a bit of a rude awakening on the MLB level.
Luke Voit hit two homers to tie for the MLB HR lead with 16, and Masahiro Tanaka settled in after giving up a first-inning HR as the Yanks (24-21) crushed Baltimore 10-1 to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader at the Stadium. (See Game 44 for first game results).
With Judge and Stanton on the DL, what Voit is doing is impressive and with a lot of the lineup struggling (Sanchez, Gardner, Hicks, Ford, Wade, Estrada, Andujar all at .220 or below), Voit should get MVP consideration along with LeMahieu.
As of this morning, Voit’s 16 HR are tied for the MLB lead, and LeMahieu’s .359 batting average leads the A.L.
After Tanaka gave up a solo HR in the first, the Yankees came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some luck and shoddy play by the Orioles.
LeMahieu walked, and Voit singled him to second. On a fly to left, LeMahieu surprisingly tug up and would have been out at third, but the ball was dropped. Voit moved up to second behind LeMahieu. Clint Frazier hit a grounder to short, LeMahieu tried to score, and would have been out if the throw was good. So the Yanks got lucky and got a run. Gleyber Torres then singled to make it 2-1, and Miguel Andujar’s double made it 4-1.
After a shaky start to the top of the second, Tanaka settled in, retiring each of the last 12 batters he faced.
Voit hit a three-run HR in the fourth to make it 7-1. He then hit another three-run HR in the fifth to make it 10-1, which wound up as the final score.
With the win, the Yanks moved to within 1/2 a game of second place Toronto in the AL East.
LeMahieu 2 hits (.359 leads A.L; won batting title in NL in 2016) Voit 3 hits, TWO 3-run HRs (16), 6 RBI Tied for MLB lead in HR. Torres 2 hits, RBI. Looks like Torres finally getting back to being Gleyber. Andujar 2 RBI
Tanaka (W, 2-2, 3.16) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.65 Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 14.73
In that first round of the playoffs, a best of 3, it appears like Cole and Tanaka are locks to be starters, but surprise! the best candidate for that third starter spot could be 21 year old Deivi Garcia. —–over Happ and Montgomery. As for Paxton, we don’t even know if he’ll be back this season. Right now, I’d say it is between Happ (horrible start to season, better lately) and Garcia.
Recently I saw some thoughts on the Yankees, and some I agree with, others need more thought. But I thought I would share those and my thoughts with you.
One. Rest? Balls to the wall right now. The person who wrote what I saw questioned why Boone is giving so much rest and off days to players IN A SIXTY GAME SEASON. I have to agree. Not only that, rest because of doubleheaders? The doubleheaders are just seven inning games! I get the injury problems, but how much rest is needed in a sixty game season in which a lot of games so far are seven inning affairs?
Second. The writer wrote to dump Montgomery and go with Clarke Schmidt in the rotation from now on. Ok. Teams haven’t seen Schmidt (0-0, 7.71 in two relief outings) while Monty is 2-2, 5.72. Who knows. Schmidt is more used to starting. Monty hasn’t been good the last few times out. Udecided on this one.
It does look as if Deivi Garcia will have to stay in the rotation. James Paxton has suffered a setback in his forearm problem. This means a few things. One, Garcia in his three MLB starts is 1-1, 3.06. Paxton was 1-1, 6.64 in five starts. But Paxton is a free agent after the year (along with Tanaka), and given this problem and Paxton’s injury history, would you bring him back? I wouldn’t. As for Tanaka, yes. But the biggest free agent that the Yankees HAVE to re-sign is LeMahieu, who as he did last year, is leading the team in WAR (Wins Above Replacement).
Third. The outfield problem. There isn’t a lot that can be done here as long as Judge and Stanton are on the IL. The author of the piece I saw suggested benching Gardner (.165-3-9, OPS+ 65) for Tauchman (.238-0-10, OPS+ 83). Ok, but not a lot of improvement. Hicks (.209-4-13) isn’t helping much either, but at least Hicks (114 OPS+) is drawing walks, leading the team in them.
What this leads to is Clint Frazier. At .288-5-17, OPS+ 159, he has to play everyday. And this means when/if Judge returns, Boone should go with Frazier in LF, Hicks CF and Judge in RF. You can use Tauchman or Gardy for a defensive replacement late for Frazier. As for Gardy, he just turned 37. I don’t expect him back in 2021.
As for Andujar, you can’t afford his lack of OF experience out there right now. He has to play 3b (which he doesn’t do well) or, with Stanton out, DH.
There are only 17 games left. The 22-21 Yankees are clinging to the last playoff spot, only there because of the special circumstances with the CCP virus in 2020.
Balls to the wall.
As for the DH today, fingers crossed. The Yanks are only 2-7 in those 7–inning affairs this year. That has to improve.
And as for Sanchez. Whew. I don’t know what to do there. J.T. Realmuto is a free agent after the season. He’ll be 30 next year. Catchers usually break down at 32, 33. 5 years, $100 Million? Do the Yanks have the $ for him, and if so, would they give up on Sanchez? And what to do with Sanchez.
Excuse me, I have to take an aspirin. Sanchez has been giving me, and I am sure you, headaches this season.
Well, maybe not children, but the Yanks were led last night by 23 year old Gleyber Torres and 21 year old Deivi Garcia.
Having lost 15 of their last 20, and the last five in a row, the Yanks (22-21) were desperate for a victory after seeing their record drop from 16-6 to 21-21 and also seeing their playoff hopes clinging by a thread.
What they got was seven superb innings from Garcia, making just his third MLB start, and a HR and 4 RBI from Torres.
For Garcia, it was his first MLB win. For Torres, who hit 38 HR last year, he finally got his second HR of this season… .and the first one was on Opening Day….way too long of a stretch between homers.
Torres started things off with the HR. A solo shot in the top of the second to put the Yanks up 1-0.
Garcia gave up a 2-run blast in the bottom of the second and the Yanks were down 2-1.
D.J. LeMahieu homered (5) in the top of the third to tie it up for the Yanks.
The Yanks went ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth. Tyler Wade singled, went to second on a groundout by LeMahieu, and scored on a single by Luke Voit to make it 3-2. Aaron Hicks walked, and after Clint Frazier struck out, Torres doubled in Voit and Hicks to make it 5-2.
The Yanks got two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. LeMahieu reached on an error, moved to second on a groundout, and stole third. HIcks walkded, and Frazier singled in LeMahieu, with Hicks moving to third. Frazier stole second, and Hicks scored on an RBI groundout by Torres.
LeMahieu solo HR (5) Frazier 2 hits, RBI Torres 2 hits, solo HR (2), 4 RBI
Garcia (W, 1-1, 3.06) 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. FIRST MLB WIN. Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.57 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.00
When the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to make what they thought would be a rotation to possibly take them to the World Series, the last thing they probably expected was that they would have two rookies starting a DH in September in the midst of the stretch drive and pennant race.
That they did yesterday, with Michael King starting the first game and Deivi Garcia the second. On top of THAT, Clarke Schmidt made his MLB debut in the nightcap.
Based on very early impressions, it appears that King isn’t quite ready and needs more work in the minors. Unfortunately, there is no minor league season in this crazy year. Garcia looks ready and as advertised. MLB ready now needs more MLB experience. Since it was Schmidt’s MLB debut, the jury is out on him
Another impression, and it isn’t a good one. The Yankees (21-17) may or may not make the postseason this year. Shocking since they were, to a lot of people, the favorites to win the AL pennant. Now, 5 1/2 back with 22 games to go, it looks like they won’t even win the division. At present they are either the #6 or the #8 (and last) seed in the expanded, CCP virus playoffs of 2020. They are tied for 2nd in the AL East with Toronto. One would be #6, the other grabs that last spot.
And, even though you have the injuries to Severino, Paxton, Torres, Judge, Stanton, etc., one other truth is troubling. The pitchers aren’t holding leads.
It doesn’t matter who manager Aaron Boone is bringing in lately. Relievers are giving up leads, and not just one-run leads. It makes Boone and BP coach Mike Harkey look bad, as well as the relievers themselves.
That can’t happen. You get a three-run lead, you should be able to close out the game. Who’d have thought a supposed strength, the Yankees’ bullpen, would be such a problem right now?
Before the game, Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga go on the IL. Coming back up are Miguel Andujar and Miguel Yajure.
The Yanks won this one in extras, 6-5 in nine innings (2020 DHs are 7 inning games).
King gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. O’s up 1-0.
The struggling Gary Sanchez (.135, 44 strikeouts in 96 AB) hit his seventh HR of the season (7 of his 13 hits are HR. All or nothing) to tie the game up 1-1 in the top of the second.
The Yanks got three in the top of the third to go up 4-1. Tyler Wade reached on an error, D.J. LeMaiheu singled, and Luke Voit walked to load the bases. Brett Gardner, also struggling, singled in two runs, then Clint Frazier walked to reload the bases. One out later, MIke Tauchman walked to force in a run.
King coughed up a 2-run HR in the fourth. 4-3.
The O’s tied it up in the fifth, when Ben Heller gave up a HR. After this game, Heller was sent down, replaced on the roster by Schmidt.
Zack Britton almost gave the game away in the bottom of the sixth. He had to escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam.
With extra innings, and that new rule where the inning begins with a runner on second, you are always in a jam right away. Neither team scored in the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, because of PH/PR, and losing the DH, Jonathan Holder, yes, the pitcher, was the runner starting the inning on second base. LeMahieu grounded out, moving Holder up to third. Andujar singled in a run to make it 5-4. Gardner walked and Clint Frazier singled to make it 6-4.
The Orioles got one run in the bottom of the ninth but the Yanks held on to win their 19th straight game at Camden Yards, 6-5.
King 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1 HBP. 6.33. 7TH MLB game. Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.00 Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 7.20 Holder (W, 2-0, 2.51) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. Green (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.89
The streak of beating the Orioles came to an end as the Orioles won 6-3.
Garcia did pretty decently, but it was Schmidt, making his MLB debut, who couldn’t close out an inning and that cost the Yankees.
Garcia gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second, and the Orioles were up 2-0.
The Yanks got one run back in the top of the third on a gift run. Tyler Wade singled, advanced to second on a WP, to third on a throwing error by the catcher, and scored on a groundout by Thairo Estrada.
The Yanks took the lead in the fourth. Gardner walked, and two outs later, moved to third on a two-base error. Andujar to second. Erik Kratz singled both runners in.
Hate to say it, but truth is truth. Kratz, a career long backup journeyman, at the age of 40, is far outperforming starting C Gary Sanchez.
In the bottom of the fifth, Garcia got a fly out, walked the next hitter, got a strikeout, then gave up a single.
Then was pulled.
In came Schmidt. If Schmidt gets the batter out, Garcia’s line doesn’t look too bad and the Yanks maintain a 3-2 lead.
Instead, Schmidt gave up three straight hits, allowing four runs to score, and the Yanks were down 6-3. The final score.
The Yankees (19-13) used a miraculous comeback to win the first game of a DH, then struggling Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam to enable the Yankees to gain the sweep in Game 2.
Both games were won in 8 innings, extra innings what with the 2020 Covid rules for a DH. (7-inning games, extras start w/man on second).
Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to win 8-7.
In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu walked, was doubled to third by Luke Voit, and scored on a groundout by Mike Tauchman.
The Mets got two in the top of the fourth to go up 2-1, but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the inning when Mike Tauchman walked and Mike Ford doubled him home.
Ex-Yankee Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR in the top of the fifth to put the Mets up 4-2. The Mets got three more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2.
Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the comeback. Ford reached on an error, and got back to the bag safely to avoid being doubled up when Brett Gardner lined out. Gio Urshela flied out for the second out. Down 7-2, things looked dire. Ford advanced to second on defensive indifference and Tyler Wade walked. Thairo Estrada was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled to make it 7-4. Estrada should have been out at third to end the game but the 3B dropped the ball. WHEW. A WP made it 7-5. Aaron Hicks then tied the game with his third HR of the season.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the new rules, Tauchman started the inning at second base. Gary Sanchez flied out and Ford walked. After Brett Gardner flied out, Gio Urshela singled in Tauchman to win the game.
KIng 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. 6.23
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. 20.25 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.93
Green (W, 3-2, 3.45) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Deivi Garcia was brilliant in his MLB debut. At 21, he was the youngest Yankee starter since Phil Hughes in 2007.
The Yanks went up 1-0 in the top of the third (Mets home team in this one) when Tyler Wade hit his first HR of the season.
Garcia took a shutout into the bottom of the sixth. The Mets tied it up on a single after Luke Voit made a two-base error.
In the top of the eighth, Brett Gardner started the inning at second, and Clint Frazier walked. After a flyout moved both runners up, Tauchman was intentionally walked. Sanchez, now hitting just .134, PH for Erik Kratz and hit a grand slam for his sixth HR of the season. Of Sanchez’ 11 hits this year, six are HR.
The Mets got a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.
Sanchez Grand Slam (6)
Wade solo HR (1)
Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. MLB DEBUT
Holder (W, 1-0, 2.25) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.09
Expect to see a lot of pitching moves for the Yankees soon, including probably Clarke Schmidt AND Deivi Garcia probably coming up to the big squad.
The Yankees/Braves game scheduled for tonight was rained out. Meaning a doubleheader on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Then, after an off day, the Yankees have doubleheaders both on Friday and Sunday against the Mets, with a single game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, J.A. Happ is unhappy with the way he is being used, especially since he is being skipped over in the rotation. Well, a couple of thoughts about that. If you have off days, and more off days or days postponed because of rain or virus issues, and they enable you to squeeze an extra start or two in for Gerrit Cole, you take advantage of it.
Secondly, don’t like it? Pitch better. I don’t think anyone who had an ERA over 5.00 almost all of last year (finished at 4.91) and who is at 6.39 right now has any kind of legitimate beef. Pitch better.
Strange things have happened this year, and a strange thing enabled the Yanks to “tie” the Phils last night, 2-2, in an exhibition game. It’s the last one, as the regular season finally gets under way Thursday. Yanks at Washington. Between spring training and this Covid-19 enforced summer camp, the Yanks were 13-8 with at least one tie.
Young (21 year old) prospect Deivi Garcia started for the Yanks and was not sharp, giving up two runs in less than two innings of work.
In the fifth, the Yanks were retired, but Phillies’ manager (and ex-Yankees’ manager) Joe Girardi wanted his starter, Vince Velasquez, to face one more batter. That batter, Aaron Judge, homered. The inning then ended. So Judge’s HR came after the third out. They counted the run (it’s only an exhibition game). Hence the quotes around “tie.”
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Ford hit a PH HR to tie the game. Both teams decided not to continue.
Garcia 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 1 K. HBP, made an error.
Hale 2 2/3 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Nelson 1 2/3 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Zych 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H< 0 W, 1 K.
On a personal note, I’m writing this on about four hours sleep. I lost my beloved mother last evening, so if I am out of commission for a while, you know why.