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Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.

Game 160. Yanks lose, 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There isn’t much to write about regarding this one. On a lousy weather night for a game, the Yanks only got one run on three hits and lost to Baltimore 8-1.

Michael Pineda was victimized by the HR ball again as Baltimore got 2 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth. The Orioles belted 3 HR in that fifth inning, two off Pineda.

While we root for the Yanks to have success, every year there are players that make you shake your head.

For me, that is Pineda right now. So much talent and potential, so little results.

Sterling and Waldman were mentioning his lack of results on the radio last night.

One thing is for sure, the Yanks need to upgrade their starting pitching for 2017. How, is a good question. The free agent market for starters is weak. It’d have to be via trade, and that will make this off-season very interesting.

The Yanks could go after Chapman on the free agent market. He won’t come cheap. Then they can move Betances to the 8th, and Warren and Clippard can move up, to the sixth and seventh.

But they really need some young pitchers to develop, especially starters.

Green? Cessa? Mitchell? A rookie like Enns, Adams, both high up in the system? How far away are Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian?

They also need power in the outfield, which is why Gardner or Ellsbury may be dealt. You can’t have three outfielders out there where none can hit 15 HR. The Yanks are finding out that they can have either Gardy or Ells, but not both.

It’ll be an interesting off-season for Brian Cashman.

Pineda (L, 6-12, 4.82) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 13.50
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K.5.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.18
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.43

Game 158. Teix slams Boston, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If this was the last HR of Mark Teixiera’s career, what a way to go out…with a walk-off grand  slam.

The 5-3 win over Boston puts the Yanks at 82-76 and assures them a winning season. Their last losing season was in 1992.

The game was scoreless until the eighth, when Boston loaded the bases with one out. Mookie Betts doubled in two runs and another run scored on a passed ball. The inning started on an error by Castro.

The Yanks only had one hit in the game going into the bottom of the ninth.

Gardner (who got the only hit up to that point) singled. He moved up on defensive indifference, but Ellsbury walked anyway. A WP moved the runners up, and Sanchez walked to load the bases. He was pinch-run for.

Brian McCann walked to force in a run. 3-1 Boston. McCann was PR for.

Castro struck out and Didi popped up, setting the stage for Teixeira and his GW HR.

It was #15 of the season for Teix, #409 of his career.

Bryan Mitchell had a great start.

It was the first MLB victory for James Pazos.

The Yanks tragic # is 1. Just one Orioles win or Yankees loss will eliminate the Yanks from the postseason.

Mitchell 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 5 walks, 2 K. 3.24.
Warren 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.76 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.45 (Bos/NYY)
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 6.43
Pazos (w, 1-0, 6.75) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Game 156. Yanks rally with 5 in 9th to win “brawl” game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees scored 5 times in the top of the ninth and won 7-5 over Toronto in a game that saw a brushback battle, and Luis Severino, Joe Girardi, Rob Thompson and Larry Rothschild all ejected.

The Yanks go to 80-76 and close the season with six games at home. They are all but officially eliminated, being 5 out of a playoff spot with six games to go. The most wins the Yanks can have is 86. Toronto already has that and Baltimore has 85. Not only that, there are three teams between the Yanks and Baltimore.

In the first, Gardner got on on a bunt single (where was that all year) and went to third on a 2-base throwing error on the play. He scored on an RBI groundout by Sanchez.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, Severino hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch. A single and two walks later, the game was tied at 1. Severino got out of the inning giving up just that one run.

In the top of the second, Headley was HBP and the benches cleared. Girardi was tossed. In the bottom of the second, Toronto’s Josh Smoak was drilled, benches emptied and more ejections were made.

Toronto got two in the third to go up 3-1.

The Yanks got one back in the eighth. Gardner, who doubled,  scored on an RBI single by Ellsbury.

In the ninth, Teixeira homered with one out (14) to tie the game. #408 of his career passed Duke Snider on the all-time list. Gregorius singled, and Hicks homered (8) to put the Yanks up 5-3. Solano doubled, Gardner walked, and Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 6-3. Sanchez got a SF to make it 7-3.

Betances came in and needed help. He once again looked completely out of gas and couldn’t field his position. Layne came in to save it.

Gardner had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Ellsbury had 2 hits and 2 RBI. 2 RBI for Sanchez. Big 2-run HR for Hicks.

Severino 1+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 2 HBP. Ejected. 5.75
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walks, 0 K. 7.11
Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 7.71
Yates 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.36
Bleier 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.33
Warren (w, 7-4, 4.64 Cubs/NYY) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances 0 IP,  2 R, 1 earned, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K.  Made an error. 3.13. Faced 3 batters, all reached. 2 walks and an error.
Layne (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.14.

James Kaprielian, who was dominant in spring training and in three games for High-A Tampa this year before being shut down with a flexor strain, is now OK and will be making up time in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Good news.

Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You can’t win if you don’t score. For the third consecutive game, the Yanks were shut out as they lost to Toronto 3-0.

Lately, Joe Girardi’s bullpen moves have been questioned, leading Girardi to become very testy lately in his dealings with the media. Even when he appears to make the right move, as yesterday, it doesn’t work out.

CC Sabathia pitched his heart out, pitching seven shutout innings,  but was pulled for Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Clippard gave up a two-out, three-run HR to Jose Bautista to lose the game.

The Yanks managed only three hits all game. With injuries to Headley, Teixeira, Castro …. and the youngsters now on the team, the lineup lately has looked like a spring training lineup.

I worked all day yesterday, but did hear one thing on the radio on the way home. At one point in the game, Gardner was on first base. Gardner has 16 SB this season. This from a guy who led the league a few years ago. A guy who stole 49 and 47 not long ago. In other words, Gardner isn’t running enough. He should have at least twice as many steals as he has now (that goes for Ellsbury too, who has just 18). Sterling and Waldman mentioned that he doesn’t run enough, then wondered how, when he finally decides to try and steal, he tried to do so on an 0-2 pitch with two out—-the easiest pitch for the other team to pitch out on. Sure enough, Toronto pitched out and Gardner was out. Sigh.

The loss drops the Yanks to 79-75. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just 8 games to go. Their tragic # is 4.

They need to go 3-5 in the last 8 games to avoid a non-winning season, which would be their first since 1992. Even at that, they have to go 5-3 even to match their worst season since 1992 (which was 2014 at 84-78). Those 8 games are against the three teams ahead of them, Toronto, Boston and Baltimore. Not only that, Tanaka, who will miss his next start, may miss the other one as well.

Sabathia 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 4.02
Clippard (L, 3-5, 3.60 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.


Game 150. Sanchez does it again! Yanks win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Forgive me for a moment as I play devil’s advocate.

If you are the manager of another team, and the score is tied, and the other team has runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out…

and the HOTTEST hitter in baseball is up at the plate…

do you pitch to him? Or walk him to load the bases for the next hitter, hoping for a force at any base?

And if you are the owner of a manager who decides to pitch to him anyway, only to see that batter hit a 3-run homer that wins the game, do you fire that manager?

For that is exactly what happened in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Of the 16 outs Michael Pineda recorded for the Yanks tonight, 11 were by strikeout. He gave up a two-run triple in the third to put the Yanks in a 2-0 hole.

Mark Teixeira hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 2-1. Teix’s 13th HR of the year was #407 of his career, tying him with Duke Snider on the all-time HR list.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams each singled. 1st and 3rd, one out. As I mentioned before, I think the Yanks should look at dealing Gardner for a decent starting pitcher and look into giving the LF job to Williams in 2017. He might platoon with Frazier (Williams vs. RHP,  Frazier or Hicks vs. Lefties).

Gardner singled to tie the game, Williams going to third. Gardner stole 2nd while Hicks (just off the DL) stuck out.

So 2 out. Men on 2nd and 3rd, tie game. Sanchez up and 1st base open. Would you pitch to the hottest hitter in baseball or walk him?

Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Tampa Bay manager pitched to Sanchez. He should be fired for his decision. Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (17) to the delight of us Yankees fans.

Was he kidding? Pitching to Sanchez right now?

Thank you very much, Kevin Cash.

In the 8th, a triple and WP let the Rays score a run.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. 4.89
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.24 (Bos/NYY).
Once again, Girardi uses Layne for just 1 batter. AAAARGH! At least THIS time, it didn’t burn him.

Severino (w, 3-8, 5.88) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H, 23)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.22 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 12) 1 P, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.79.

Anthony Swarzak was called back to the Yanks, the other day.

The win puts the Yanks at 78-72 with 12 games left.


Game 148. Lost Weekend.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s been a lost weekend for the Yankees, who lost their fourth in a row—the last three to Boston— on Saturday afternoon. The score was 6-5.

With 14 games left, the Yanks are 7 out for the division and 4 out of a playoff spot. They’d need to jump 4 teams to make the playoffs. The numbers and time left are not on their side.

Once again, the Yanks got off to a lead, and couldn’t hold it. Once again a starter couldn’t go deep into the game and the middle relief couldn’t shut down Boston.

Once again, Joe Girardi pulled Tommy Layne after Layne faced one batter and did his job, only to have the pitcher following Layne give up runs.

I like Girardi. But his penchant for the binder is killing him (and us fans) this week.The NY Post has (rightfully so, in my opinion) been questioning his moves, particularly as regards Layne, who has been pitching well, but who Girardi keeps pulling out after just one batter.

Show some confidence in him, Joe. If he is doing well, leave him in there.

Also, add the squeeze bunt to your repertoire.

Lastly, injuries struck again. This time it is Castro and Ellsbury. The Yanks are literally limping to the finish line.

The Yanks got off to a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI triple by Gardner and a 2-run HR by Sanchez (15).

Boston got two back in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Romine doubled in two in the fourth to make it 5-2. The Yanks couldn’t score after that.

Xander Bogaerts homered in the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-4.

The Red Sox won the game in the seventh by scoring two runs. Mookie Betts singled to tie it and the winning run scored on a WP by Adam Warren. Boston almost scored an insurance run on the same play when a disgusted Romine pulled a rock, forgot about the runner on second (the runner that was on third scored) and had to scramble back to the plate to tag him out just in time.


Mitchell 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 5 H, 1 walk, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 6.00
Layne (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35. (Bos/NYY)
  Layne faced one batter, got him out. Threw just two pitches.  LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Warren (BS, 3; L, 6-4, 4.85; Cubs/NYY)   1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.