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Game 96. Yanks blow chances in 7-5 loss. German sent down after poor outing, Cessa up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A poor outing by Domingo German resulted in him being sent down after the Yanks lost to the Mets, 7-5, on Friday night.

The Yanks had their chances, stranding 14, and going 2 for 13 with RISP.

Luis Cessa, who pitched a good game for AAA last night, will come up to take his place.

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gary Sanchez off the DL and sent down Kyle Higashioka. They also brought up Brandon Drury.

German’s first inning woes continued as he gave up three runs. His first inning ERA is 9.00. You can’t just keep putting your team in a hole like that.

It’s becoming more and more apparent how much the Yanks miss Jordan Montgomery. Either Cessa has to step up and step in where German failed, or the Yanks have to make a deal. The loss dropped the Yanks to 62-34, and with Boston’s 1-0 win, put the Yanks now 5 1/2 behind Boston in the AL East. You can’t catch them if the now demoted German, and today’s starter, Sonny Gray, keep pitching as poorly as they have been.

Hopefully Gray has a good outing today. I’ll be at the game.

In the bottom of the first, the Yanks had first and third, two out, but Hicks grounded out. There was one chance of many to get something back. There would be many more failures.

In the third, Yoenis Cespedes, just off the DL, homered off the left field foul pole to make it 4-0, Mets.

The Yanks got a run on the third when Gardner and Judge singled and Stanton got a SF.

Three walks by Adam Warren in the fifth helped lead to two Mets runs. 6-1, Mets.

In the sixth, Sanchez and Bird singled, and Walker doubled in two runs. 6-3.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the seventh but Andujar flied out.

In the eighth, with one out, Gardner reached on an error and Judge singled. Didi doubled in one run to make it 6-4, and a Stanton RBI groundout made it 6-5. But with first and third, two out, Sanchez struck out.

It seems like on those sliders down and away, Sanchez is either not recognizing the slider or trying to pull everything. Or both. He needs to shoot for RCF more often. He’s strong enough to take advantage of the porch. He’s way better than the .191 he’s at now. Embarrassing.

A WP helped lead to a Mets’ run in the top of the ninth. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Walker walked, but Gardner, as the tying run, grounded out to end the game.

Judge 3 hits.
Didi 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 2 RBI

German (L, 2-6, 5.68) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. To AAA after game.
Warren 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K.  2.49    Couldn’t hold them
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.37
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.68
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.80
Cole 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.92 as NYY   1 WP

Brad Hand, a lefty reliever the Yanks were interested in acquiring, was dealt to Cleveland instead. SD had asked for Andujar.

 

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Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.

 

Game 87. Yanks edge Toronto in 10, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks used little ball to beat the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Sunday.

In the first inning, with one out, Judge singled, Stanton doubled, and Andujar drove in the run on a groundout.

Domingo German was good, giving up just a game-tying HR in the sixth.

In the top of the tenth, Greg Bird was HBP, and Tyler Wade PR for him. Romine moved him over with a bunt, and Brett Gardner drove him in with an RBI single.

With the win, the Yanks (58-29) stay 2 back of Boston, because Boston beat pathetic (25-64) KC.

Today’s game was the one that ESPN wanted to move to a night game but the Yanks protested and had put back to an afternoon affair because they have a DH in Baltimore tomorrow. It’s an old straight twi-night DH.

Gardner GW RBI single.
Judge 2 hits.
Stanton 2 hits (but GIDP twice later in the game, when we hoped to break it open. Oh, well.)

German 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.06
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.93
Green (W, 5-1, 1.91) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K
Robertson (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.35

The All-star selections will be announced today. More on that later.

Game 83. 3 HRs lift Yanks over Braves 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (55-28) got off to a 6-0 lead and hung on to beat Atlanta 8-5 Tuesday night. By doing so, they remain one game behind Boston.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR in the first (15) to give the Yanks a quick lead.

Funny thing about Kyle Higashioka. He’s something like 2 for 30 in his MLB career, but both hits are homers. HR #2 was hit in the second, 3-0 Yankees.

Five walks led to two Yankees’ runs in the third, with Brandon Drury and Higashioka drawing theirs with the bases loaded.

A double by Gardner, single by Judge and a WP made it 6-0 in the fourth.

Laugh-er?  Nope.

Domingo German unraveled in the fifth, giving up 3 runs on back-to-back HR, and A.J. Cole had to come in and get out of a jam. He left the bases loaded.  6-3.

Adam Warren gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh. 6-5.

Chasen Shreve (of all people) came in for Warren and got out of a two-on, one out jam in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton sliced a 2-run HR (20) right around the RF foul pole to make it 8-5 Yanks. Most of his HR go well over 400 feet, and this one may have only been 320, if that, but we’ll take it.

Judge 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Hicks HR, 2 RBI
Higashioka HR, 2 RBI

German 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.   5.37
Cole (W, 3-1, 5.76) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.    But 2-0, 0.61 as a Yankee.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 R, 1 W.  2.11  Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.85
Chapman (S, 24) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.43

Game 78. Yanks shut out by Phils, 3-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You don’t “give away” games in the course of a season, but this game sure felt like it.

It seemed like one of those “lose the battle to win the war” kind of situations. The Yanks are off tomorrow, and have Boston at home this weekend.

So instead of CC Sabathia making his normal turn tonight, it was Luis Cessa, with CC pushed back to Friday so that Boston faces CC, Gray & Severino.

I am not a big fan of Cessa. I see him as the #6, 7, or even 8 starter for a 5-man rotation. Use him as a starter only if necessary because of injury. Even as a long man, the Yanks have better options like Warren and Green.

Not only Cessa starting tonight, but three starters sat. Judge, Bird and Romine. In their places was an OF of Gardner, Hicks and Stanton, which is still good, but Walker for Bird (neither are hitting) but the 0 for the majors Higashioka at catcher .In his brief MLB career so far, Higashioka is 0 for 20.

The Yanks lost 3-0, with the only runs of the game coming off of Cessa when he gave up a 3-run HR in the second to Rhys Hoskins.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game, two by Aaron Hicks.

Cessa (L, 0-1, 5.00) 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 74 pitches in just 3 IP.
Gallegos 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K. 0.00    Great job trying to keep Yanks in the game.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.78
German 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   5.32

Game 75. Struggling Shreve costs Yanks game in 12th, 7-6. Sanchez to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chasen Shreve has been struggling badly lately, and it cost the Yanks dearly on Sunday when his only pitch of the game was hit for a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 12th, making the Yanks lose 7-6 to the Rays.

Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez appears to be out a while with a hip/groin injury. It looks like Austin Romine will step into the starting catcher role and that the Yanks will bring up Kyle Higashioka from AAA to backup Romine.

The only thing is, Higashioka can’t hit. In his only MLB games last year, 9 of them, he was 0 for 18.

This year, at AAA SWB, he has hit .191 with 5 HR and 22 RBI. Ugh. In 109 games at the AAA level, he has only hit .222-17-64.

Domingo German had nothing today and was hit hard. He gave up 2 runs in the first, and seems to always have trouble with the first batter. I don’t know what’s up with his bullpen preparation, but wasn’t it in the last game where his first pitch was hit for a HR? Today? Leadoff triple followed by a double. Two runs given up in the first inning right away.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the second on a 3-runG HR (11) by Miguel Andujar.

But German gave up a HR in the second that tied the game, and three more runs in the third to put Tampa Bay up 6-3.

Doubles by Didi and Stanton cut it to 6-5 in the fifth.

In the eighth, Stanton, who went 5 for 5, homered (19) to tie the game.

In the top of the ninth, Clint Frazier clubbed a ball that ricocheted off a speaker and was caught for an out. If the speaker wasn’t there, could it have gone for a possible game-winning HR? Maybe.

This park, and the Rays’ poor attendance, have been a disgrace to MLB for years, now.

Come the twelfth, and after the Yanks’ bullpen had pitched eight no-run, no-hit innings, Shreve blew everything with just one pitch.

Some improvements the Yanks need to make:

  1. Catching depth. We see it now with Sanchez hurt. Higashioka is now the backup to Romine. A .191 hitter at AAA this year. 0 for 18 MLB career. .222 AAA in his minor league career.
  2. Lefty relief specialist (outside of the closer Chapman). Shreve isn’t cutting it. They can pursue Brad Hand from SD. I don’t see one at AAA I like, but there is someone, Caleb Frare at AA, who is currently 3-1 with an ERA of 0.54. In his minor league career, the soon-to-be 25 year old is 17-12, 2.41.
  3. First base. Greg Bird is struggling. .193-3-5 in 83 at bats (OPS+ 86). Neil Walker went 0 for 3 today and is at .192-2-14, and his OPS+ is around 50. The best of the lot so far has been Tyler Austin at .223-8-23, OPS+ 99 but Austin has only 8 walks to go with 53 strikeouts. I’d love to pursue a trade for Joey Votto of the Reds, if the Reds would pick up half of Votto’s salary because of the prospects the Yanks would give up for him. Votto, 35 in September, fields well, draws a ton of walks, is a lefty hitter, great OPS+. He’d fit in perfect. I’d offer Wade, Frazier, Bird, and a pitcher like Albert Abreu (and maybe one other low-end pitcher) for Votto, as long as the Reds (who aren’t going anywhere and have stunk for years) pick up half his salary in exchange for players who can help them rebuild. The Reds could honor Votto by trading him to a team that could possibly give him a ring. If Votto is unavailable, then the Yanks should cut ties with Walker now and bring up Brandon Drury to platoon with Greg Bird at 1B. Drury has been getting some games at 1B at AAA, and is experienced at 2B and 3B if you want to give Torres or Andujar a day off. He’s hitting .320 at SWB, and cutting Walker for Drury now seems like the thing to do. The Yanks haven’t been getting much from 1B, and unless Bird and/or Walker start heating up, why not try a Drury/Bird platoon? Especially since Drury’s .320 is being wasted at AAA?

    Gardner 2 hits.
    Stanton 5 for 5, HR, 2 RBI (half of team’s 10 hits)
    Andujar 3-run HR

German 3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.65
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.84
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.34
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.91
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.   2.17
Shreve (L, 2-2, 5.19) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Threw 1 pitch = HR.

With the loss, the Yanks (50-25) fall into a virtual tie with Boston (the Yanks are percentage points ahead). The Yanks rearranged their rotation, setting themselves up for next weekend’s Boston series. So against the Phillies Monday-Wednesday, it’ll be Loaisiga, Severino and Cessa. After an off-day, CC goes with some extra rest Friday, then it’ll be Gray and Severino.

With today’s loss, the Yanks became the last MLB team this year to experience a 3-game losing streak.

 

 

 

 

Game 70. Yanks hit 4 HRs, and German throws a gem in 7-2 win over M’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (48-22) hit 4 hrs, and Domingo German threw a gem as the Yankees beat the Mariners 7-2 Tuesday night.

German gave up a leadoff double, and then Didi made an error. The run (unearned) scored, but after that error, German retired 19 in a row before giving up a HR to Nelson Cruz in the seventh. By that time, the Yanks had the game in hand.

In the bottom of the first, Stanton tied it up with HR #17.

The Yanks broke it open in the fifth. Bird walked and Andujar hit HR #9. 3-1 Yanks. Clint Frazier singled and Hicks hit a 2-run HR (10).

After Cruz’ HR cut it to 5-2, the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the seventh when Andujar singled, Hicks singled, and Judge singled in a run.

Gleyber Torres’ 14th HR, a solo shot in the eighth, made it 7-2, the final score.

Those 4 HR give the Yanks 118 in 70 games, a pace for 273, which would break the record of the 1997 Mariners (264).

Hicks 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Stanton solo HR. It appears like he may finally be heating up.
Torres 2 hits, solo HR.
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR.

German (W, 2-4, 4.77) 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. A gem.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.17 (W/NYY).  But as a Yankee, his ERA is 0.69.