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Game 160. Yanks lose opener, 9-2. Magic number for home game Tuesday still at 1.


The Yanks lost the opener of a day-night DH to Baltimore 9-2 today (Saturday). The magic number to have that wild card play-in game played at home remains at one. A Yankees win in the nightcap tonight (provided they play, what with the weather) or a Houston loss will ensure the Yanks are at home on Tuesday night for the play-in game.

It wasn’t a good game for the Yanks in many ways. Ivan Nova and Chasen Shreve, both not pitching well lately and both on the bubble as far as making the postseason roster, didn’t pitch well today again. The Yanks also missed out on opportunities, going 1 for 12 with RISP.

I wouldn’t be surprised if neither Nova or Shreve is on the postseason roster. Nova is 6-11 with an ERA over 5.00. He is 2-8 in his last 10 starts with a 6.58 ERA. Meanwhile, Shreve in his last nine games has given up nine runs in five innings.

Down 7-0, the Yanks only two runs came in the seventh  on an RBI groundout by Gardner followed by an RBI single by Refsnyder.

Rico Noel did get his first MLB at bat and he made the most of it, getting a single in the ninth.

Also getting his first MLB at bat, making his MLB debut was Gary Sanchez, who popped up after Noel’s hit.

Nova (L, 6-11, 5.07) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.09.
Goody 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.76
Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 0 W, 1 K. 5.66.

Games 140 and 141. Yanks division title hopes dim after getting swept in DH by Jays.


The Yanks may have to settle for the wild card after getting swept by the Blue Jays today, 9-5 in 11 innings in Game 1 and 10-7 in Game 2.

The one bright spot was three HR by Brett Gardner today.

One bad spot: Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 9 in the doubleheader. He is down to .259. When he went on the DL he was at .324. That shows you how bad he has been since coming back. He hasn’t been setting the table. Maybe Joe Girardi should bench him tomorrow and play Slade Heathcott in CF to give Ellsbury a day off?

The Yanks are now 4 1/2 behind Toronto with just 21 games left. They are 77-64 and as of this writing are still three up for WC #1. But they have lost five in a row and need to start winning again soon. The Yanks are 77-64.

With a Twins loss, the magic number just to get into the wild card game is down to 18.

There were a couple of questionable decisions made today.

Game 1. 

The Yanks got off to a 4-1 lead but Michael Pineda could not hold it.

Gardner homered in the first (14) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Headley homered in the second (11) to make it 2-0.

But Pineda gave up a HR to Bautista in the fourth. 2-1.

A-Rod hit a 2-run HR (31, 685 career) to make it 4-1 in the fourth. But Pineda could not hold that lead, giving up two homers and three runs to make it 4-4.

Toronto got a HR off of Dellin Betances in the eighth. 5-4. I am worried about Betances’ workload and recent outings. He seems to have tired and his outings lately have not been sharp.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth, but here is where they may have lost the game. Ellsbury and Gardner walked, and after an out, there was a WP. Ellsbury moved up but Gardner didn’t. Why not? Because when McCann singled, it tied the game instead of putting the Yanks up. The Yanks loaded the bases with one out when A-Rod walked, but they could not get the run in as Headley popped up and Bird’s sharp grounder was stabbed and Bird was thrown out on a nice play by Toronto’s second baseman. The failure to score that second run was fatal.

It was brutal how the Yanks lost this game in the eleventh. Toronto scored four runs on only one hit. Five walks and a HBP. Sheesh.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5K. 4.25
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.12
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.87
Mitchell (L, 0-2, 5.47) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.44
Goody 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45

Game 2.

Ivan Nova had nothing and was knocked out in the second inning when he gave up six runs. I don’t know if it is the adjustment or fatigue from coming back off the Tommy John surgery but in his last seven starts, Nova’s ERA has jumped from 3.10 to 5.11.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (15) in the fifth to cut it to 6-3. A Didi Gregorius double in the sixth cut it to 6-4 but with runners on second and third and one out the Yanks couldn’t get the hit to tie the game. Young PH and popped up and the slumping Ellsbury lined out.

The Blue Jays immediately responded with four in the top of the seventh. Here is something else I find questionable. Girardi let Chris Capuano start the seventh inning. Granted he had pitched three scoreless innings prior to the seventh, but…. it’s Capuano. He was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks in the last month, cleared waivers all FOUR times, was optioned down to AAA, well, you get the point. A fourth inning for Capuano in the biggest series of the year? Sorry, I don’t get it. Sure enough, the game got away. Four Toronto runs to make it 10-4.

Brett Gardner’s SECOND three-run HR of the game (16) and third of the doubleheader cut the lead to 10-7 in the bottom of the eighth but that was all she wrote. Gardner drove in six of the Yanks’ seven runs in the game.

Nova (L, 6-8, 5.11) 1 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.84
Capuano 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 7.91
Pinder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00

Boston’s David Ortiz joined the 500 HR club today.

Game 138. Yanks miss chance to gain ground, lose 5-3.


When you see the team you are trying to gain ground on getting spanked, you have to capitalize on the opportunity. Tonight the Yanks didn’t, as they lost 5-3 to the Orioles.

They did it in many ways. Defensively, Stephen Drew botched one play that led to a run in the first. His two-0ut, two-run error later in the fifth also hurt. The offense got only four hits all game. The player who drove in all three Yankees’ runs and had two of the four hits seemed to take a bad route to a ball in the 9th. The bullpen couldn’t hold Baltimore.

Brett Gardner pinch-hit but didn’t start because of the shoulder issue. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. The Yanks need the table setters.

Baltimore got a run in the first. Maybe if Drew can start the 4-6-3 DP instead of having to settle for a 4-3 out (with the runner moving up), the O’s don’t score.

Beltran tied the game with an opposite-field homer in the bottom of the first. HR #15 was #388 of Beltran’s career.

Beltran put the Yanks up 3-1 in the third with a two-run single. After that, it was all downhill.

With two out and two on in the fifth, CC hit a batter to load the bases and Warren came in. He got a ground ball to Headley, who lollypopped a throw to second. Yes, the throw should have had a little more zip, but Drew has to catch the ball. He didn’t and two runs scored on what should have been an inning-ending groundout. Tie game.

In the eighth, Warren gave up a HR to Steve Pearce to put the O’s up 4-3. The O’s added an insurance run in the 9th on a double by Chris Davis. I don’t know if Beltran could have got it, but in looking at the video, it did appear as if he got a bad read and took a bad route to the ball.

As mentioned, the Yanks got just four hits in the game, two by Beltran. Jacoby Ellsbury, as mentioned above, is down to .267 and Brett Gardner has missed a few games with a bum shoulder. It would be beneficial if both could play, get hot and set the table.

So now the Yanks start a big four-game series vs. Toronto tomorrow night 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Since Toronto was spanked by Boston tonight, it would have been nice to win this one to cut that lead to 1/2 game. It wasn’t to be.

The Yanks are 77-61, 1 1/2 back. As for the WC, they still have a  3 1/2 game lead for WC#1 as of this writing, and a 6 game lead for WC#2. The magic # to make the playoffs, even as the second wild card, is 19.

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.16
Warren (L, 6-6, 3.29) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.18
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 0 K. 0.00
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.44.

Game 137. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, fall 1 1/2 back.


Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 1 run in 8 innings, but the Yanks scored just one run and Chasen Shreve gave up a tie-breaking HR in the ninth as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Toronto’s tenth-inning win up in Fenway, pushed the Yanks 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East at 77-60.

The Yanks are a bit banged up. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Adam Warren would be stretched out and rejoin the rotation what with Nathan Eovaldi being out for two weeks. You wonder, this late into the season, if Eovaldi and Warren may have to switch roles, Eovaldi going to the bullpen when he returns because of rust and coming back so late into the season.

The Yanks are also resigned to the possibility of Mark Teixeira being done for the season. Not only that, but Brett Gardner has a sore shoulder and was given another day off today, and Chase Headley had the night off (except to make the last out as a PH). Light-hitting Brendan Ryan started at third. Even though Refsnyder is up and on the team, Girardi has gone with Ryan over Refsnyder lately. Heck, the other day he went with Pirela over Refsnyder.

Tonight’s game was scoreless until the sixth, when Tanaka gave up a HR (Ugh, to the #9 hitter). A-Rod tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 30th HR of the season, #684* of his career. The HR tied Hank Aaron for 15 seasons of 30 or more (they are the only two to hit 30 or more in 15 seasons) and it’s the first time since 2010 that Alex has hit 30 in a season. His two hits tonight passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list. Alex now has 3056. Next up, Craig Biggio at 3060.

In the ninth, Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Chris Davis and that was it. 2-1 Orioles. The Yanks have used Wilson, Betances and Miller a lot lately, and had to go to Shreve because of the other guys workload. Davis rode a pitch (lefty on lefty) out to left for his 41st HR of the year.

Tanaka 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.57
Shreve (L, 6-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 1 R,  3H, 0 walks and 1 K.

This was a tough one to lose.

Game 131. Yanks edge Boston, 3-1.


The Yanks took advantage of a Boston error for two unearned runs in defeating the Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night. They stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East because the Blue Jays beat Cleveland on a walk-0ff HR in the 10th.

The Yanks still have a good lead for a wild card spot. They are currently wild card #1, meaning that they, as of now, would host the one-game sudden death wild card game against Texas. The Yanks lead Texas by four games. The Yanks magic # to just make the playoffs, even as the second wild card team, is 27 over the Twins, who are five games behind the Yankees.

Michael Pineda pitched six strong innings for the win.

Before the game, the Yanks brought up C Austin Romine, utility men Dustin Ackley and Jose Pirela, 2B Rob Refsnyder, PR Rico Noel, and relievers Andrew Bailey, Caleb Cotham and James Pazos. Rosters expanded yesterday, and some more players could be coming up soon. They DFA’d OF Tyler Austin and IF Cole Figueroa.

Boston struck first for a run in the third. The Yanks came back with two in the fifth. A-Rod singled and after two strikeouts, Gregorius reached on a two-base error, A-Rod moving to third. A Stephen Drew double put the Yanks ahead.

Brett Gardner homered (13) in the eighth for the insurance run.

Pineda (w, 10-8, 4.07) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K 3.19
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.31
Miller (29th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.90

Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.


The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.


Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.