In a recent interview, Hal Steinbrenner mentioned that Aaron Boone would be back as Yankees’ manager in 2021, but he refused to commit on Domingo German’s return.
I apologize for not getting my Yankees’ grades and recommendations for the offseason out yet. I am dealing with my mom’s (passed away in July) estate and we thought we had a buyer for her house but that fell through last night. So I am dealing with a lot right now. I’ll get my thoughts up when I get time, but between mandatory OT at work and the estate, my time is very limited right now. Bear with me.
I have not been able to watch too much baseball since the Yanks were eliminated. Mostly due to the reasons I listed. The Rays are up 3 games to none on Houston (and Jose Altuve seems to have caught Steve Sax disease) while Atlanta has won both of the first two games from the Dodgers.
The Yankees season is over after a 2-1 loss in Game 5. The Rays advance to the ALCS to face the Astros.
I’ll have a review of the season, players, and an analysis of things that I think need to be done in another upcoming article. Some things about this game may give a bit of a preview.
There were only six hits total in this game. Three by each side. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they hit one HR while Tampa Bay hit two.
I have to really question future commitments to Aroldis Chapman. You have to now wonder about him in big moments. He almost blew the 2016 WS for the Cubs, giving up a shocking game-tying HR in Game 7 of that WS before the Cubs came back to win.
Now he has blown the 2019 ALCS and the 2020 ALDS by giving up game-winning HRs that ended the Yankees’ season both times.
Not only that, but his attitude seems to be a problem as well. That macho posturing is getting tiresome, and karma may have just bit him in the ass last night.
Chapman is no Rivera, in a lot of ways.
Chapman is appealing a suspension (won’t take place until 2021) from throwing up and in and seemingly at Mike Brosseau of the Rays in an early September game this year. So who hits the game-winning HR off of Chapman? Brosseau. It had to be sweet revenge for Brosseau.
Chapman’s contract is huge. It would be hard getting rid of it, and I wonder if the Yankees even want to or should. But two straight years of Chapman giving up season-ending dingers, plus his seeming immaturity, make you wonder.
Gerrit Cole escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, then settled down.
The Yankees’ only run of the game came when Aaron Judge sliced a HR to RF in the top of the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Austin Meadows hit a game-tying HR that Judge, the Yankees, and their fans will be shaking their heads about for years to come. For whatever reason, RF at the neutral site, Petco Park in San Diego, has a ledge extending over the RF wall. If not for that ledge (which Judge hit his head on while attempting to catch the ball), the 6’7″ Judge had a good shot to catch the ball and rob Meadows of a HR. We will never know. Judge thought he had a bead on it.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brett Gardner, in LF, DID rob Randy Arozareana of a HR. No ledge in LF
Cole was a bulldog, giving up only that one hit, but it was a HR.
Neither team mustered much offense.
Then the bottom of the eighth, when karma bit Chapman in the ass and for the second year in a row, he gave up a HR (albeit, not a walk-off as in 2019) that ended the Yankees’ season.
If you would have told me that Yankees’ pitchers would give up just 3 hits, and get 13 strikeouts, I’d have taken it.
What we didn’t know was that Yankees’ hitters would get only 3 hits and strike out 11x themselves.
The last out was cruel. A 109 MPH liner off the bat of Gio Urshela that was grabbed by 3B Joey Wendle. A liner that tore Wendle’s glove. Urshela (like Willie McCovey ending the 1962 WS) hit it on the screws. No luck.
Judge solo HR
Cole 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 9 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. Britton 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Chapman (LOSS) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Now that the Yanks lost this ALDS, that awful decision of Game 2, Garcia/Happ looks even worse. I still hate it and always will.
Speaking of immaturity (Chapman above), you also can wonder what if German were available. Last year AND this year.
MLB.com goes back to spring training when the Yanks were 11-8 in posting their boxscore. Hence the “Exhibition Game 20” headline above, and spring training (summer camp?) in my categories. In any case, the Yanks improved to 12-8 with a 9-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field.
Clint Frazier hit a 2-run HR. Mike Tauchman had 3 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres had two hits and an RBI. Miguel Andujar had two hits and an RBI. Erik Kratz, who just turned 40 last month, drove in two runs.
The pitching line:
Michael King (Winner) 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
The Mets featured ex-Yankees Robbie Cano, Melky Cabrera, Eduardo Nunez and Dellin Betances. Betances made one of the Mets’ four errors.
They’ll play another exhibition game tonight, this time at Yankee Stadium.
In other news, Domingo German took back some words he said the other day that made it seem like he was walking away from baseball. Still, don’t expect him until 2021, what with his suspension.
Ex MLB umpire Rick Reed passed away at the age of 70.
We actually get to see a game, rather than an intrasquad game, when the Yanks head over to Queens to take on the Mets tonight. YES Network, 7:10 PM EDT.
Thairo Estrada is making a bid to join the team as a utility man, and it could come at the cost of Tyler Wade. Estrada has hit 3 HR in intrasquad action since the Yanks have resumed business.
The Yankees have released righty Adam Warren, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (Twitter link). He had been with the team on a minor-league pact.
Warren, who has been working back from Tommy John surgery, was not a participant in Summer Camp. His contract is a two-year arrangement, befitting his rehab status.
It seems that coronavirus-related roster management matters forced the decision. GM Brian Cashman explained that Warren is progressing well, as Jack Curry of YES reports on Twitter. Indeed, the expectation is that the Yanks will work out a new deal with him in the coming offseason.
Has Domingo German, ineligible for this year because of a domestic abuse incident, retired?
German posted a photo of himself in a Yankees uniform exclaiming in what appears to be a photo of him pitching in a game. The post included Spanish words that translated to: “Everyone makes history on both sides, I think I did mine at Yankee Stadium, if decide not to come back I will proud of my effort during an 11-year career. God bless everyone who has supported me”
He also put online an Instagram story with words that translated to: “I’ve left baseball. Thanks everyone.”
I’ll believe it when I see or hear more, but hope he has or gets his life together.
Domingo German’s 81 game suspension for domestic violence included eighteen games last year and last year’s postseason, leaving 63 games this year.
Now that the season is reduced to 60 games (and let’s hope they can get through THAT—no guarantee there), how is German affected?
He’ll be out the regular season but WOULD be available for the postseason since he missed last year’s postseason after going 18-4, 4.03.
Who knows what would have happened in the ALCS had German been available to start. Instead in that last game, Game 6 of the ALCS, Chad Green was used as the “opener” and gave up a HR in the first inning. Happ and CC were used out of the bullpen. The retiring CC had hurt his shoulder before that Game 6 and that ended his career. Severino, who only had a couple of starts in the regular season, was starting in the postseason, and was lined up for Game 7. Later it came out he was having some problems—problems that didn’t go away and continued into spring training of this year where it was discovered that he needed TJ surgery.
So what would have happened if German was available? Who knows.
But I would be shocked if German did pitch in any postseason this year. I mean, who pitches someone in the postseason when they didn’t throw one pitch in competition all year long?
If you are wondering what the suspension of spring training and the postponement and delay of Opening Day means for Domingo German and his return to the Yankees, think no further.
It pushes it back.
German wasn’t suspended for a certain time, but for a certain amount of GAMES. So his suspension resumes whenever the games resume.
Originally considered a candidate for a June return, now, depending on when MLB does kick in, he may not be back until August.
And with the changes to MLB as far as the rosters (no increase from 25 to 40 in September, but only from 26 to 28), if this delay pushes him into September, then there could be a chance he doesn’t come back at all this year.
He’s not eligible until the Yankees’ 64th game of 2020, but who knows now when that 64th game will take place?
That 64th game was originally supposed to be June 5th. Now?
This pandemic / national emergency does give some players like Judge, Stanton and Paxton time to heal without missing games. So there is that. A silver lining.
But we wish the black cloud never would have appeared.
As expected the minors followed MLB’s lead. Minor league baseball postponed for the time being as well.
The Yanks made a few more cuts today. From MLB.com:
Right-hander Brooks Kriske was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Albert Abreu and outfielder Estevan Florial were optioned to Double-A Trenton. Right-handers Luis Gil and Luis Medina have been optioned to Class A Advanced Tampa. In addition, right-handers Domingo Acevedo and Alexander Vizcaíno were reassigned to Minor League camp.
I think you may see Kriske sometime this year in the Bronx.
Gary Sanchez is expected to catch Friday after being shut down for a few days with a sore back.
As for the game Monday, the Yanks (10-6-2) lost to the Phils, 3-1. J.A. Happ was solid, giving up one run in four innings on a HR. But Mike King gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth that lost the game.
So far, it’s an encouraging spring from Happ. If he gets back to 2018 or 2016 form, he helps make up for this year’s loss of Severino.
Happ 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.38 Gave up a solo HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
King (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.86 Gave up 2-run HR.
Holder 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Just a hunch. I think Loaisiga gets the #5 starter spot (barring injury) and Garcia, Schmidt and King go to AAA. I have no clue as to what the Yankees do with Tropeano. Once Paxton is back, Loaisiga goes to the bullpen. The Yanks probably won’t push Loaisiga, but hope he gives four or five. Now what happens when German is ready is up in the air. For when Paxton does return, you have Cole, Tanaka, Happ, Montgomery and Paxton. Three lefties in the rotation, especially at Yankee Stadium, is a good thing so there is no guarantee that German gets his starting role back.
Of course, much could change with injuries and/or ineffectiveness.
The Yanks (4-2-1) beat Atlanta 5-3 Friday, as their pitchers gave up just three hits.
The Yanks got their first look this spring at seeing top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia pitch in a game. He got three of his first four outs via the strikeout, but then gave up a walk and a HR.
Garcia, just 20, is a long shot for that #5 rotation slot, a slot open until James Paxton comes off the DL and/or Domingo German comes back from suspension.
At 20, he may need more time in the minors at AAA.
Speaking of German, he was involved in a car accident yesterday in the Dominican Republic but wasn’t hurt. He wasn’t driving but was a passenger in the vehicle.
Estevan Florial hit a 2-run HR for the Yankees.
The pitching line:
Garcia 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 9.00 Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Avilan (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.38
Kriske (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00
Vizcaino (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 9.00
Abreu (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.
Don’t sleep on Kriske. He could be with the team sometime this year.
Avilan is a lefty, 30, who has pitched for Atlanta (2012-2015), Dodgers (2015-2017), White Sox (2018), Phillies (2018) and Mets (2019). He is 23-10, 3.28 with 2 saves in his career (ERA+ 121). Last year for the Mets he was 4-0, but with a 5.06 ERA. He is looking for a bounce-back year. He has pitched in eleven postseason games and hasn’t given up a run (7 2/3 IP) in the postseason.
The signing of Gerrit Cole doesn’t look like icing on the cake now. Now it appears to have been a necessity.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino is dealing with forearm soreness and has a loose body in his right pitching elbow, manager Aaron Boone told reporters Thursday.
Per Boone, Severino has felt soreness throughout the offseason — particularly when throwing his changeup — dating back to his final start against the Astros in Game 3 of last year’s American League Championship Series. The 26-year-old is likely to visit with Dr. Chris Ahmad, the Yankees’ team physician, on Friday to determine the next steps.
Boone was unable to declare whether Severino will be ready for the start of the season.
Injuries involving Severino’s rotator cuff and lat muscle sidelined him for much of the 2019 season. He returned for three starts in September before making two more starts in the postseason. Fellow Yankees starter James Paxton is already sidelined until May at the earliest after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst in his back, meaning New York may need to look to younger pitchers like Jordan Montgomery or Jonathan Loaisiga to fill in its back-of-the-rotation slots.
Boone also told reporters that slugger Aaron Judge is expected to begin his hitting program on Friday. Judge is working his way back from shoulder soreness that kept him out of the cage for the first few days of camp.
One thing that MLB.com forgot to mention is the suspension incurred by Domingo German which will keep HIM out of the rotation until early June.
All of a sudden, Mike King, Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia become more important, as do Luis Cessa and also the Chad Green opener option.
Also, another report has Severino not meeting with Dr. Ahmad tomorrow, but as having been prescribed anti-inflammatories. We’ll find out more later.
My concern is that forearm soreness usually signifies another problem that leads to TJ surgery. Hopefully it isn’t that. That would cost Severino all of 2020 and half of 2021.
The Yanks need Severino as the #2 behind Cole. They need the 2017 and 2018 Severino.
Well, now we know one reason why J.A. Happ wasn’t traded.
Paxton’s season debut will be delayed after the Yankees announced on Wednesday that the left-hander underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, and the club said that Paxton’s approximate timeline to return to Major League action is three to four months.
Earlier today, LHP James Paxton underwent a microscopic lumbar discectomy with removal of a peridiscal cyst. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. His approximate timeline to return to Major League action is 3-4 months.
General manager Brian Cashman said that Paxton first reported the injury issue in September, receiving treatment after his final regular-season start on Sept. 27 against the Rangers in Arlington.
Paxton received an injection, and Cashman said the hurler’s recovery was part of the reason he was pushed back to start Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros, with the Game 1 nod going to Masahiro Tanaka.
Following the season, Cashman said multiple doctors recommended a conservative treatment program that did not require surgery. Paxton contacted the Yanks about four to six weeks ago to report a recurrence of the discomfort, at which time the conservative protocol was again recommended.
So with this, Tanaka moves to #3 (with Cole 1 and Severino 2) and Happ moves up to 4. It opens #5 up for Jordan Montgomery, or perhaps, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Mike King or even maybe Clarke Schmidt or Deivi Garcia.
Not only that, it means that both Paxton and Domingo German would be scheduled to come back at about the same time.
Meanwhile big news as Boston trades Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers. The Dodgers make two moves, sending Kenta Maeda to the Twins and Joc Pederson to the Angels.