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Game 126. Sanchez HRs again as Yankees blank Seattle.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered again (9) as the Yanks blanked Seattle 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Sanchez solo HR in the first was the only run Masahiro Tanaka needed as the Yanks improve to 65-61. Thursday is an off day, and on Friday the Yanks face the Orioles and try to get 5 over .500 for the first time all year.

In the second inning, Judge was HBP and singles by Hicks and Austin brought him home. 2-0.

A single by Hicks, Austin reaching on a FC, single by Torreyes and SF by Gardner made it 3-0.

To the seventh. Gardner singled and Didi bunted him over to second. Normally, I would applaud the bunt, but with Sanchez hot, Seattle then walked the red-hot rookie to get to Teixeira. Teixeira responded by singling in run to make it 4-0.

In the ninth, Gardner walked and Didi doubled him to third. Seattle, apparently freaked out by Sanchez, intentionally walked him again. After Teix struck out, Castro hit a SF for the final score of 5-0.

Once again, the battery of Tanaka and Sanchez was brilliant.

Tanaka (w,  11-4, 3.11) 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.61 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.23.

 

Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 121. Yanks shutout Angels 7-0 behind Tanaka & 4 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Torreyes went 4 for 4 including his first MLB HR,  Gary Sanchez had 3 hits, and the Yankees rode 4 HR and Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave Tanaka the only run he needed by leading off the game with a HR (5).

An RBI single by Ellsbury drove in Torreyes in the third to make it 2-0, Yanks.

The Yanks then hit 3 HR in the fifth to break the game open. Torreyes started it with his first MLB HR. Two batters later, Didi Gregorius HR’d (17, and you are lying if you thought back in March that Didi might hit 20), and two batters later, Brian McCann hit his 16th HR of the season.

In the sixth, Torreyes singled in a run, and Didi doubled in Torreyes for the final tally of 7-0.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Eovaldi had successful surgeries on his elbow.

Gary Sanchez singled the first time up, doubled the second time up and doubled the third time up. On that third at bat, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Just a hunch. With Eovaldi out for 2017 (and maybe forever?), my gut says that McCann and/or Gardner could be trade bait this offseason to try and get some pitching. The free agent market is very barren this year, and trading one of them, especially if a youngster is ready, as Sanchez is now, may be what it takes to fortify the rotation, especially with Eovaldi out.

Tanaka (w, 10-4, 3.24) 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 9 K.
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY). Faced one batter, walked him.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.21 (Cubs/NYY)0
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34.

BTW, in terms of WAR (wins above replacement), the best player on the Yanks this year has been Tanaka.

Game 111. Yanks nip Indians, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched six strong innings, Didi Gregorius homered, and Mark Teixeira had an RBI double and key defensive play as the Yanks nipped Cleveland 3-2 Sunday afternoon.

The win put the Yanks over .500 again at 56-55. They are in fourth place in the AL East, where they have been almost all year, and are 7 1/2 back. They are 5 games out of a wild card spot.

Brett Gardner tripled leading off the first and scored on a sac fly by Jacoby Ellsbury.

Didi’s 13th HR of the year make it 2-0 in the fourth. Who’d have thought Didi may hit 20 this year?

The Yanks went up 3-0 in the fifth on a walk to Ellsbury and Teix’s double then held on for the win, with Teixeira making a key defensive play in the seventh.

Tanaka (w, 8-4, 3.32) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Warren (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.93
Clippard (H, 14) 2/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 hits, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.20
Betances (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.36

*** Warren’s and Clippard’s hold totals are ERA are combined totals with their former team and the Yankees.

More A-Rod stuff to add to what I wrote earlier: 25 grand slams, MLB record. Only man with 150+ HR for three different teams (Mariners, Rangers, Yankees). 351 of his 696 HR as a Yankee. The only Yankees with more? Berra, 358; DiMaggio 361, Gehrig 493, Mantle 536 and Ruth, who hit 659 of his 714 as a Yankee.

Update: Forgot to add congrats to ex-Yankee Ichiro on his 3000th MLB hit. Add that to 1278 he got in Japan before coming to the majors.

Game 109. Castro slams Indians, 13-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro’s grand slam was the key blow in a 13-7 Yankees’ win over Cleveland that put the Yanks at 55-54 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits.

In the first inning, the Yanks got a run on an RBI groundout by McCann. Earlier that inning, Mark Teixeira got a nice ovation and doubled. Earlier in the day, Teixeira announced that this would be his last year. Thoughts on that at the end of this report.

In the third, McCann doubled in a run, and then, after the Indians issued an intentional walk to Headley to load the bases, Castro hit his grand slam, his 12th HR of the year, to make it 6-0.

Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth, but Gary Sanchez’ first MLB RBI, on a double, made it 7-3 Yanks after five.

An RBI single by Headley and a bases loaded walk to Sanchez upped the lead to 9-3 in the sixth.

After the Indians got a run in the seventh, Aaron Hicks homered (4) and Ellsbury got an RBI single to make it 11-4 after seven.

Cleveland scored three in the eighth, but Brett Gardner insured the win in the bottom of the eighth with a 2-run single.

Pineda (w, 6-10, 5.17) 6+ IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.28 (AZ/NYY ERA)
Barbato 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 7.62. Faced 4 batters, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 4.10

Now on Teixeira’s retirement announcement:

Teixeira’s 8 years with the Yanks was good and bad.I have mixed feelings about it.

The good: WS Champ in 2009, a season where he led the AL in HR, RBI and Total bases and finished 2nd in MVP voting. 201 of his 404 HR (so far) were with the Yanks, putting him in select company as to who hit 200 or more as a Yankee. 4 years of 30+ HR with the Yanks, 3 years of 100+ RBI. 3 Gold Glove Awards. Led AL in runs scored in 2010. 2x All-Star as a Yankee.

The bad: After hitting .292 in 2009, he hit .240 2010-2016 (so far). He hasn’t hit over .260 since that first season with the team. He has not played in 130 games in a season since 2011. Only played in 15 games in 2013.  So his record with the Yanks is one great year of 2009, then spotty thereafter.

Hard to say where he ranks as a Yankees 1B. Gehrig, obviously, is and always will be #1. After that, you have, in no particular order, Mattingly, Tino, Chambliss, Skowron, Giambi, Teix, Pipp, Pepitone… Teix was better defensively than all but Mattingly. Even Hal Chase, who many would say was fixing games, is in there.

.269, 404 HR as of now.8 years in a row of 30/100. 5 Gold Gloves. 2x Top 10 for MVP. MVP consideration in 7 different seasons. Only Mantle, Murray, Chipper Jones and Beltran have more HR as a switch-hitter. 127 OPS+ .   HOF? I think he falls short. His 162 g. average is .269-36-114, damned good. Baseball Reference has him #28 among first basemen all-time (Gehrig is #1).

Not a HOF career in my eyes, but a damned fine one. All the best, Teix.

Now to see Greg Bird and Tyler Austin battle for the job next year.

Game 105. Yanks nip Mets in extras after trading Beltran, Nova.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks dealt Ivan Nova to the Pirates for two players to be named later.

As a Yankee, Nova (2010-2016) was 53-39, 4.41, ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average was 14-11, 4.41. His inconsistency was baffling. He put up a 16-4, 3.70 season, and also a 9-6, 3.10 but also had seasons of 12-8, 5.02 and 6-11, 5.07.

Earlier in the day, Carlos Beltran and his 414 career HR were traded to Texas. Beltran was the Yanks’ best hitter this season. He, like Nova, is a free agent at the end of the season, and the Yanks wanted to get something back for him, rather than risk losing him for nothing like they did recently with Robbie Cano and David Robertson.

They got back Dillon Tate, RHP. 22. Was Texas’ #1 pick in 2015 draft, #4 pick overall in the entire draft. Tate is struggling this year, and the Yanks hope they can straighten him out. 3-3, 5.12 this year. Low cost, hope high reward. Get him back to where he was before he was drafted. Obviously high potential based on how high he was picked in the draft.
Erik Swanson, 22, RHP, A ball, 6-4, 3.43.
Nick Green, I could not find info on him. RHP.

As for the game, the Yanks nipped the Mets 6-5 in 10 innings to improve to 53-52 on the season.

Gardner hit the second pitch of the game for a triple but was thrown out trying for the inside-the-park HR. CC gave up a HR in the second to Wilmer Flores to put the Mets up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the fourth when Ellsbury scored on a WP. In the fifth, the Yanks went up 3-1 when with one out, Refsnyder walked and was bunted over by CC. Gardner doubled in a run and then Ellsbury singled in Gardner.

CC struggled though, giving up an RBI double in the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2, then in the sixth he coughed up a 3-run HR and the Mets had the lead 5-3.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth on a 2-run single by Didi Gregorius.

In the tenth, Ellsbury walked, Teixeira singled and everyone was safe on a sac bunt by Ben Gamel, just called up from SWB. Starlin Castro hit a SF for the game-winning run.

Dellin Betances, now the closer, worked through a shaky tenth for the save. 6-5 Yanks.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 5 K. 4.15. Gave up 2 HR.
Bleier 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.75. Facerd two batters, gave up a hit and a walk.
Goody 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.26. Just recalled.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Combined ERA (AZ/NYY) 4.19
Warren (w, 4-2, 5.31 combined Cubs/NYY) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 5.31
Betances (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.45.

Some recent basdeball passings: Doug Griffin, 2B for the Red Sox in the early 1970s, and Turk Lown, closer for the 1959 AL Pennant winning White Sox.

Game 103. Yanks fall, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their third straight, 6-3, to the Rays Saturday night. It’s their second straight loss to Tampa Bay, who is one of the worst teams in baseball.

So I have to ask those in the front office who are in “buy” mode (Randy Levine?), what are you looking at?

I am not a fan of Levine for many reasons, one of which was his arrogant answers to some questions the media asked him earlier this season. Some people may harp on Girardi (who, I think has done ok, given some limitations on this team. They should be under .500 this year, as well as should have finished under .500 in 2013 and 2014, but he has kept them afloat) or Cashman, but when I read and hear about what Levine wants to do, that’s where I get upset.

Rumors are that most of the front office was in “sell” mode, but Levine and possibly Hal Steinbrenner, were a bit stubborn in thinking this team still was contenders and should buy. After the two losses to the Rays this weekend, I wonder if they have changed their minds. I also wonder as the clock ticks down on the trade deadline, if it is too late to get something back that you can build around.

They could have sold on Cano and Robertson, instead of losing them to free agency and getting nothing. They shouldn’t repeat those mistakes.

The Yanks need new, good, young players. A new foundation for future success. That comes with selling some assets now that are not part of your future.

Nathan Eovaldi, just like Ivan Nova the night before, gave up a first inning homer to put the Yanks in a hole, 1-0 after one.

The Yanks’ offense once again didn’t do much. Except for a 2-run HR by Brett Gardner (7) in the third (and Eovaldi gave it right back in the bottom of the third by giving up a 2-run HR) and a solo HR (10) by Chase Headley in the eighth, the Yanks’ offense was non-existent—and this was against someone who came into the game 2-11.

Alex Rodriguez got the golden sombrero. 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts.

After Eovaldi coughed up the lead in the bottom of the third by giving up another HR, Anthony Swarzak let the game get away in the seventh, giving up 3 runs, two on a  HR.

The Yanks are now 52-51. Were they some four games better, maybe hit the “buy” button. Instead, look to the future. Sell.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see a deal or two get done today, if they could swing it.

Eovaldi really didn’t pitch too badly, but his inconsistency and tendency to give up the gopher ball hurt him again. 3 hits given up, but 2 HR.

Eovaldi (L, 9-7, 4.78) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.66. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3. 75. Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.59 (combined ERA Cubs/Yanks).

It is what it is. The two losses to the last-place Rays sealed the deal. Sell.