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Game 6. More like it! 7 run first helps Yanks to 14-4 win.

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Going into this game, the Yanks had a batting average of .193. If you believe in the law of averages, even with a bad hitting team you knew that had to improve sometime.

The Yanks scored 7 in the first inning, and except for one inning with 2 WP and an error, there was much improvement over the first five games. There may still be concern over Tanaka, but except for one bad inning, he was ok. The jury is still out on him.

In the first, Ellsbury walked and Gardner singled him to third. Beltran forced the runner but a run scored. Teixeira walked and the Yanks got a break when an error loaded the bases. A-Rod cleared them with a double to make it 4-0. That hit (#2945) drove Alex’s RBI total to 1974. He would add another later in the game to make it 1975. Baseball Reference lists only three players (Aaron, Ruth and Anson) with 2000.

After A-Rod’s bases-clearing 3-run double, Headley hit a 2-Run HR and Stephen Drew made it back-to-back with a HR of his own.

Boston came back with three in the fourth. Tanaka threw two WP and there was an error. Sloppy. That needs to improve but with the seven-run first, it didn’t hurt too much.

A 2-run single by Gardner and SF by Teix in the bottom of the fourth made it 10-4.

Hanley Ramirez homered off Tanaka in the top of the fifth to make it 10-5. You have to wonder…. in the first two games this year, Tanaka was ok for two innings, then faded. Is that the elbow? Ok the first time around but not the second? Time will tell.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on an A-Rod bases-loaded walk, a Headley single and a Drew SF to go up 13-5.

Brian McCann ended the scoring with a solo HR in the 8th.

Gardner, 2 h, 2 RBI. 4 RBI for A-Rod. Headley 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2 RBI for Drew. Hopefully this wakes the offense up.

Tanaka (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 4 K. ERA still 7. Two outings, 4 and 5 IP, 8 R, 7 ER in 9 IP. The jury is still out.

Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K>

Davies 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ‘

Moves: After the 19 inning game, Chasen Shreve was sent down. He can’t be brought back for 10 days. When he was sent down, Matt Tracy came up and made his MLB debut. Baseball can be cruel sometimes. The Yanks DFA’d Tracy today and gave Kyle Davies (who pitched tonight, see above) a MLB contract. If Davies’ name sounds familiar, it should. He is the guy who gave up A-Rod’s 500th HR.

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 1. Yanks lose opener, 6-1.

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It is just one game, but some worries the prognosticators have about the 2015 Yanks reared their ugly heads as the Yanks lost their opener, 6-1.

One worry is the lineup. The 3-4-5 hitters of Beltran, Teixeira and McCann hit .233-.216 and .232 last year. That needs to improve in 2015. The Yanks managed just three hits all day, and the only run was courtesy of 2014’s best Yankee, Brett Gardner, who homered.

Alex Rodriguez got one of the Yanks’ three hits (McCann had the other of the three). For A-Rod, it was hit #2940 of his career.

The ESPN announcers were rough on Tanaka, bemoaning his diminished velocity and what they thought was his fear in throwing a fastball. Tanaka had two really decent innings before coming apart in the third. An error by Chase Headley didn’t help, but he gave up five runs in the third. With the lineup not producing today, those five runs were more than enough for Toronto. Russell Martin had a two-run single and Edwin Encarnacion a two-run HR in that third inning.

Devon Travis homered for the Blue Jays.

Tanaka, of course, didn’t have surgery on that slight tear of an elbow ligament, but instead rehabbed it. It remains to be seen how that will affect him. Some, like the ESPN announcers, and also Pedro Martinez on MLB network, don’t like what they are seeing.

The pitching line:

Tanaka 4 ip, 5 r, 4 er, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
(Even with the bad 3rd inning, he k’d 6)

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chasen Shreve 1 1/3 IP,1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yankees pitchers struck out 12, but that third inning, and lack of offense, doomed the Yanks today.

Didi Gregorious made one bad baserunning move today. You don’t try to steal third when you are down 6-1, two on, two out. He was thrown out. He got a talking to by manager Girardi. Unacceptable.

Hopefully the problems of today (hey, it was just one game) are only for today and not part of what some fear will be a trend in 2015.

The Yanks are off tomorrow (Tuesday). Pineda takes the hill Wednesday evening.

S.T. Game 34. Yanks win final exhibition game, 4-3.

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In a game played in Washington, D.C., the Yanks won their final exhibition game of 2015, 4-3 over the Nationals. The Yanks are off on Easter Sunday and open the regular season at home against Toronto on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit two-run homers, and Nathan Eovaldi settled down after a shaky start. Eovaldi gave up hits to three of the first five batters he faced (a fourth reached on a walk) and three runners scored.

After that the Yanks pitching shut down the Nationals.

Brett Gardner had two hits.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks went 17-16-1 in spring training action.

The Yanks have chosen John Ryan Murphy as the backup C, and have DFA’d Austin Romine.

iiS.T. Game 33. Yanks lose to Nats, 8-2.

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CC Sabathia says he is thisclose to being ready. I want to believe him.

He gave up 3 runs in the first inning today, then settled down. Granted, veterans know what they want to work on to prepare themselves for the season. CC is a veteran, and will be 35 in July. He knows what he wants to do.

But …. CC had a mediocre 2013. He missed most of 2014 with a knee operation (he says he feels fine). But he has not been CC since 2012.

His 2015 spring training record?  0-3, 8.10. He, along with guys like Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira, are my biggest concerns for 2015.

Why? Because I believe these guys are finished. Cooked. I hope I am wrong. 

Really. I hope I am wrong. But here is my challenge to them. PROVE I AM WRONG.

The Yanks lost to Washington today, 8-2.

CC gave up 3 in the first. After a good spring, Andrew Bailey, who I believe will help the Yanks down the road, had a hiccup today. Bailey has been good coming off his injury, but hasn’t gone back-to-back games yet. He is staying in Tampa to build up a bit more.

The pitching line:

CC 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.  0-3, 8.10 this spring, hence my concern.

Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Andrew Bailey, 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Nick Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Danny Burawa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Cesar Vargas 1 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brett Gardner, besides CC, worries me. Gardner hit just .161 this spring and struck out something like 15x in 40 at bats.

McCann only hit .227 this spring after .232 last season.

Headley was 2 for 2 with an RBI. .321 this spring, and has been the best regular by far.

Rob  Refsnyder was 1 for 1 with an RBI today. .372 average, but six errors this spring. The former OF (converted to 2B) can hit, but the defense needs improving. Still….

Girardi was very impressed with some youngsters who may not  contribute now but in the future (I, personally, am looking at 2020 as a big year for the Yankees)… Greg Bird at 1B, Gary Sanchez C, Rob Refsnyder at 2B, Slade Heathcott in the OF (replacing Brett Gardner? They are similar type players), Luis Severino in the rotation, and Nick Rumbelow and Jacob Lindgren in the bullpen. Not to mention Jose Pirela as a utility man. They are all very close. Then again, Chase Whitley had a good spring, as well as prospect Jaron Long.

But they are the future. The present means the Yanks may be looking at a .500 season. The NY Post predicted 78-84, the first losing season since 1992. Las Vegas has an over-under line at .500.

My thoughts.

Worries: Tanaka’s elbow. CC. The offense, esp. if Beltran/Teix are 3-4.

I believe Pineda will have a great year and that Gregorious, if he just hits .260, will be an exciting player.

I believe the next Yankees good run will NOT happen until A-Rod, Beltran, Teix, CC are gone. It won’t happen until (we hope) Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Refsnyder, Heathcott, Williams (Mason), Severino, Lindgren, Rumbelow, Jaron Long, etc. establish themselves, which won’t be for a while. I am looking at 2020.

What I am saying is this… the next Yankees era of brilliance (and we hope it is soon) will happen with a NEW CORE OF PLAYERS.

The Yanks are 16-16-1 for the spring. They are now out of FL, and will play the Nationals Saturday in Washington in an exhibition game. They are then off on Easter Sunday.

The season starts Monday afternoon at the Stadium. Tanaka vs. the Blue Jays.

S.T. Game 24. Tanaka set for the opener, but so-so today as Mets win 7-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka is set for the Opening Day start at the Stadium on April 6, but he was just so-so today as the Yanks lost 7-2 to the Mets (Wednesday).

As I am watching spring training progress, I see some things that make me wonder. It’s far too early to predict things, but no team has everyone on sync at the same time. You have slumps and people that get hot. Here are some thoughts so far.

Players it seems would be good this year: Pineda, Headley.

Players I wonder about: CC, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner (he’s had a poor spring), Drew, Betances (has been struggling).

A player I think will do better than expected: A-Rod.

Players to watch: Judge, Pirela and Refsnyder if Beltran, Drew, show that they are done.

A golden nugget that could surprise and be a steal: Andrew Bailey.

Chase Headley was 2 for 3 with an RBI today.

The pitching line

Tanaka 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K.

Betances 1/3, 1 R 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Miller 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0k.

Bailey, 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K.

Whitley 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

 

S.T. Game 22. Yanks lose 7-6 despite Young’s 2 HR

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Chris Young hit 2 HR and Brian McCann added another one, but the Yankees lost to Washington 7-6 in Monday’s spring training game.

Hopefully Brett Gardner heats up when the season starts. He was 0 for 4 yesterday and struck out twice. He’s hitting just .132 this spring.

Starting next Sunday I really get interested. When there is a week left and most cuts have been made, I want to see what we’ve got with the players who are left and going north to the Bronx.

Young went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, and McCann’s was a 2-run shot. Backup C John Ryan Murphy had two hits as the DH yesterday. The Yanks played with the DH, the Nationals without. Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, going 2 for 2. It’s Refsnyder’s defense that needs some improvement and is why he’ll be ticketed for AAA. However if Stephen Drew fails to hit….

I have read reports where scouts are down on Drew and Carlos Beltran. Just saying.

Bryan Mitchell was so-so in trying to win the #5 starter job.

Mitchell 3 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 2 K.

Chasen Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 hits, 0 walks and 3 K.

Kyle Davies 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jacob Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,0 walks and 0 K.

The pitchers weren’t helped by three Yankees’ errors. (Noonan, McCann, Arcia).