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Free agency starts, and the Yankees didn’t offer qualifying offers ($17.4MM) to any of its free agents, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. Since Todd Frazier and Jaime Garcia were traded mid-season, they didn’t qualify for the offers.

Personally, outside of maybe re-signing CC for only a 1-yr. deal (and if they get the Japanese “Babe Ruth”, Shohei Otani, a 23 yr. old who not only pitches but hits well, CC wouldn’t be necessary), I would go after Alex Avila and see if he would back up Gary Sanchez. Avila is a lefty bat with a little pop. If he could catch 80 games, and hit .240 with 10 HR, I’d be happy. Austin Romine is a nice defensive catcher, but Romine can’t hit a lick (.218-2-21 in 80 games this year, OPS+ only 49).

As for Todd Frazier, it’s hard to see the Yanks bringing him back on a multi-year deal when they have not only Headley signed for next year, but also have prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar so close to being major league ready.

The Yanks did add Jake Cave and Nick Rumbelow to the 40-man roster. Cave, a soon to be 25 year old OF, is a lefty bat who hit .305-20-56 in 103 games between AA/AAA this year. Rumbelow, 26. a righty reliever, was briefly with the Yanks in 2015, going 1-1, 4.02. He missed all of 2016 recovering from TJ surgery, and was 5-1, 1.12 with six saves between AA and AAA this year.

Finalists for the top baseball awards were announced. Finalist means that person finished in the top three. Winners will be announced next week.

AL ROY: Benintendi, Judge, Mancini
NL ROY: Bell, Bellinger, DeJong
AL Mgr. of the Year: Molitor, Hinch, Francona
NL Mgr. of the Year: Roberts, Bud Black, Torey Luvullo.
NL CYA: Kershaw, Scherzer, Strasburg. Two teammates may cancel each other out.
AL CYA: Kluber, Sale and Severino. I expect Seve to finish 3rd.
AL MVP: Altuve, Judge, Jose Ramirez
NL MVP: Stanton, Goldschmidt, Votto

Ten candidates have been selected for Modern Era Hall of Fame consideration. 75% of the vote of a panel is necessary to enshrine these people not selected by the writers. Formerly known as the Veterans’ Committee, this year they concentrate on overlooked candidates who mostly had their impact from 1970-1987.  They are Marvin Miller (advocate for the players and the players union), Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Luis Tiant. You can make a case for all of them. (Bold are players who, even briefly, played for the Yankees).

Brian Cashman came out today and said the reason Joe Girardi wasn’t brought back as manager was because of a disconnect and lack of communication with the players. Girardi stated that he would like to manage again somewhere.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 5-2. Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 3 for 4, .377
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 4, .278

SP Albert Abreu (Loss, 0-2, 3.18) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
RP Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.91

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ALDS Game 1. Yanks shut down, lose 4-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All this morning, I heard about how Terry Francona was a dummy for pitching Trevor Bauer, arguably his third best pitcher, in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees, instead of Corey Kluber, who may win his second CYA this year.

Excuse me? Francona has 2 WS titles and almost (last year, extra innings in Game 7) a third, to his name. Give the guy credit, he knows what he is doing.

So Bauer takes a no-no into the sixth inning. The Yanks managed only three hits all night.

Now, not to make excuses, but the HP umpire’s strike zone tonight left something to be desired. Didi, Headley and Judge, to name three, argued against some calls tonight, and in watching the game, I had to agree. Judge had the “Golden Sombrero.” 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

The Yanks have a problem. In the wild card game, Severino only lasted one out. Tonight, Sonny Gray was knocked out in the fourth inning. You can’t burn your bullpen.

Gray got out of a bases-loaded, no out situation in the second by only giving up one run.

He gave up a two-run HR to Jay Bruce in the fourth. Bruce doubled and scored the previous run.

The Yanks only got three hits tonight, but struck out 14x.

In the fifth, Bruce got a SF. Yup, him again. There were rumors about the Yanks going after Bruce, who started the year with the Mets, at the trade deadline. Instead of the Mets trading him to the Yankees, he got dealt to Cleveland.

That hurt tonight. Bruce got 2 hits, one a HR, and drove in 3 runs in the Indians’ 4-0 win. So Cleveland takes Game 1 of the best-of-five series, 4-0.  Cleveland only got 5 hits all night, but made them count. By contrast, the Yanks only got 3 hits. Castro had 2 of the three hits.

Gray (Loss) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3H,  4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Garcia 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Good to see Betances on track.

Game 2 could be rained out Friday, with a lot of rain in the forecast.

CC vs. CYA candidate Kluber in Game 2.  A tough road for the Yanks. But then, they are facing a team that set an AL record of 22 wins in a row, and who has won 34 of their last 38 games.

In the other ALDS game, Jose Altuve hit 3 hr for Houston as the Astros took Game 1, beating Boston, 8-2

 

 

 

 

 

Game 155. Judge hits 2 HR, but Yanks fall, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t think Jaime Garcia or Bryan Mitchell would have made the postseason roster anyway, but neither helped themselves in a 9-5 Yankees’ loss on Sunday.

The loss put the Yanks 5 back of Boston in the AL East with 7 to go, and basically assured the Red Sox the division. The Yanks’ magic # to host the wild card game remains at 2.

Toronto got one in the first, one in the second, and knocked out Garcia with three in the third. Garcia gave up a HR to the first batter he faced.

Didi singled in a run to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

Toronto came back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-1.

Aaron Judge hit his first HR of the game (47) in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-2.

Greg Bird doubled in a run later in the inning to make it 9-3.

Judge hit his second HR (48) of the game, a 2-run shot, to make it 9-5.

Judge is now one HR behind Mark McGwire’s 1987 rookie record of 49 in a season.

Hated the tribute Toronto gave Jose Bautista. Hated his bat flipping, and question how someone so mediocre until he became 29 all of a sudden went from a mediocre 15 HR a year guy to hitting 50+ at the age of 29. Loved when Odor popped him one. Just saying….

Judge 2 HR, 3 RBI
Castro 2 hits
Didi RBI
Bird RBI

Garcia (L, 5-10, 4.41) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.43
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. 5.79
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.17
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.12
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97

Game 150. Chapman saves Betances’ bacon in 2-1 Yanks’ win.

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Sometimes you have to be honest in your headline. Dellin Betances was awful and Aroldis Chapman saved his a** tonight.

In what may be a preview of the wild card game, the Yanks beat the Twins 2-1 tonight to improve their record to 83-67.

The Yanks struck first when Aaron Judge launched HR #44 in the first inning.

Jamie Garcia had his best game yet as a Yankee, but gave up a run in the fifth on two singles, an error by Judge enabling the lead runner to go to third, and an RBI force out.

In the sixth, with one out, Headley and Castro singled. After a WP, Ellsbury was intentionally walked to load the bases, the Twins hoping for the DP. Todd Frazier hit a SF for what proved to be the winning run.

In the eighth, Betances hit a batter, threw a WP, and walked two. Chapman came in with the bases loaded, one out, in a 2-1 game and got a K and flyout. Betances owes Chapman one.

Gardner 3 hits.
Judge HR (44)

Garcia 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 9 K. 4.19
Robertson (W, 9-2, 2.02) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Betances (H, 19) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3.02.
Only 6 of 17 pitches were strikes
Chapman (S, 19) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.57

The win dropped the Yanks magic # for clinching the top wild card seed to 8. The magic number for making the playoffs at all is 7.

As far as the division, they remain 3 back with 12 to go.

….and the Orioles, like the Rays, can’t hold a big lead against Boston. Both deserve to be where they are…. looking up in the AL East and going home soon.

 

Game 149. Yanks lose, 6-4. Didi Ties Yanks SS HR record.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Didi Gregorius hit his 24th HR of the season, tying the Yankees’ record for HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, set in 1999 by Derek Jeter, but the Yanks lost to Baltimore Sunday, 6-4.

The loss keeps the Yanks (82-67) 3 games back of Boston for the AL East with 13 games to go. The tragic # for losing out on the division is 11.

The Yanks are still up on the top wild card spot by four games over the Twins. The Yanks’ magic # for clinching the top wild card spot and that sudden-death wild card game at home is 10. With games against the Twins tomorrow (Monday), Tuesday and Wednesday, the Yanks can decrease that number significantly. The magic # for making the playoffs at all, (wild card game on the road) is 8.

By the way, Gary Sanchez has the most HR in a season by someone who was primarily a catcher for the Yankees with 31 but he does NOT have the most HR by a Yankees’ catcher in a season. Yogi Berra (both 1952 and 1956) hit 30, and ALL were as a catcher, none at PH or at another position. Jorge Posada’s 30 in 2003? All were hit as a catcher, none as DH, 1B or PH or another position Not all of Sanchez’ 31 this year were as a catcher. 25 are at C, 1 at 1B, 5 at DH.

Sonny Gray didn’t have it. He gave up a run in the top of the second, and Didi tied it with his HR in the bottom of the frame.

Baltimore got one in the third, but the killer came in the fourth when Gray gave up a 3-run HR to Tim Beckham.

Baltimore got a run in the fifth off of Bryan Mitchell to make it 6-1.

Matt Holliday doubled in two in the sixth to cut it to 6-3.

A Castro SF in the eighth made it 6-4.

Buck Showalter made an odd move in the ninth. With a man on third and two out, he intentionally walked Aaron Judge to set up a force. But in doing so, he put the tying run on first and the winning run at the plate in Gary Sanchez. Sanchez struck out to end the game.

Castro had 2 hits.
Didi HR.
Holliday 2 RBI.

The Yanks struck out 14X.

Gray hasn’t been getting run support, but he has himself to blame for this one.

Gray (L, 9-11, 3.38) 4 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mitchell 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.73.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.04
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.54

With Garcia going on Monday, and Chad Green rested, don’t be surprised to see a quick hook from Girardi.

 

 

Game 145. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi has turned into Captain Hook, whether his starters like it or not. He has “flipped the page”. Whereas earlier this year, he may have stuck with a starter, now with a playoff spot on the line, he’ll go to his bullpen much quicker, the starter’s feelings be damned for the sake of the team and getting that W.

We saw it earlier this week when he pulled CC in the middle of the fifth up 5-1 when he brought in David Robertson.

Today we saw it with two outs in the fifth when he yanked Jaime Garcia for Chad Green.

They are moves worthy of Casey and Billy. Aggressive, bold and gutsy, the starter’s feelings be damned. It doesn’t matter what pitcher gets the W, as long as it’s a W and not an L. Garcia didn’t like being pulled one out away from qualifying for a win, but it is what it is. Don’t like it? Garcia is a free agent at the end of the year. Don’t like buying into TEAM right now? Leave.  It’s not like he’s been Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw since he was traded for. Besides, right now, Chad Green is such an unhittable weapon.

Girardi couldn’t do this earlier in the year, or he would burn out the bullpen. Now? No holds barred.

Besides Garcia, Betances got a quick hook when he ran into trouble and got pulled for Chapman.

Simple concept. Does well, leave him in. Struggles? Pull him.

The Yanks beat the Rays, 3-2 today, scoring all three runs in the top of the second.

Castro and Ellsbury singled. Todd Frazier singled in a run. After an out and a walk that loaded the bases, Gardner singled in two.

The Rays got a HR in the third off Garcia and scored another in the eighth. With Boston losing tonight, the 79-66 Yanks are three back of the division lead (and to avoid the sudden death wild card game) with 17 games left.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits.
Castro 2 hits.
Ellsbury 2 hits.

Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Green (W, 5-0, 1.96) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62
Betances (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.09
Chapman (S, 18) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.71

Otani, the Japanese hitter/pitcher will be posted at the end of the year. The Yanks have interest.

Magic numbers for the Yanks making a wild card spot and for top wild card are less than 20.

 

Minor League Report. AA Trenton throws a no-no.

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AAA: SWB evened up their series with Lehigh Valley at a game apiece with a 4-2 win. Chance Adams wasn’t sharp but got the win. CF Mason Williams 2 hits, scored 3 r. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 H, RBI.

Adams (winner) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Mantiply (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Rumbelow (S) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. Great job

 

AA: Trenton won 2-0 on a combined no-hitter. They are up 2-1 in the best of 5 series.

2 hits, CF Jeff Hendrix.
Rehabbing RF Clint Frazier 1 for 4, RBI. 2 for 12 on rehab so far.
3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits.

Sheffield 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Widener (Winner) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 7 K.

Low A:  Charleston evened up the series at a game apiece, winning 2-1.

SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI.

Garcia 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 R, 5 K.
Cedeno (W) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 w, 2 k.