The Yanks had their first spring training game today, which they lost to the Pirates, 4-3, but first a couple of transactions. P Domingo German was placed on the 60 day IL because of shoulder soreness. Luke Voit was traded to San Diego for a 20 year old pitching prospect, Justin Lange. Lange is a former first round pick who has just 9 minor league games under his belt, but who apparenlty hit 102 MPH while in his senior year of high school. A project. One bit of trivia: Lange was born on 9/11/01. In the game, newcomer SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits and minor league C Rodolfo Duran hit a HR. Pitching: Wesneski 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR. A top pitching prospect. Bristo (L, BS) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR. Milam 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Marinaccio 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. Nittoli 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Spence 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. Of note: Greg Allen, who was with the Yanks for 15 games last year, hit a 2-run HR in the game for Pittsburgh. The Yanks placed 4 minor leaguers on the top 100 prospect list. #8 SS Anthony Volpe, #60 SS Oswald Peraza, #61 OF Jasson Dominguez, and #96 C Austin Wells.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Offseason Moves, Players, Spring Training
Tagged Allen, Bristo, Dominguez, Duran, German, Kiner-Falefa, Lange, Marinaccio, Milam, Nittoli, Peraza, Spence, Voit, Volpe, Wells, Wesneski
One Yankees’ target is no more. 1B Matt Olson was traded from Oakland to Atlanta. Good news and bad news for a couple Yankees’ pitchers. Domingo German has shoulder trouble and will miss the start of the season. Meanwhile Jameson Taillon is recovering nicely from off-season ankle surgery and appears on target to start the season.
The Yanks lost to Tampa Bay Friday night, 4-3, but did get help as the Angels beat the Mariners 2-1. The Yanks control their own destiny as far as getting into the playoffs. They do NOT control their own destiny as to where the wild card game would be. There are just two games left in the season, with a Game 163 a real possibility. WILD CARD STANDINGS: YANKEES 91-69 — top wild card as of now. Boston 90-70 -1 Seattle and Toronto 89-71 -2, and 1 game behind Boston. If the Yankees win both Saturday and Sunday, they host the wild card game. That is the easiest way. They can also host it if they win one game and Boston loses one game. They just may not know who they host. If the Yanks and Boston tie with 92 wins, Boston hosts the Yankees. The most Seattle and Toronto can get is 91 wins. Of course if Boston finishes with 92, the Yanks 91 and the other two at 90, Boston hosts the Yankees. But what if there is a three or four way tie at 91 wins? We won’t go there. Of course (and doubtful, since Boston and Toronto are playing cellar-dwellers) is that the Yanks end with 91 and the others all tie at 90. One thing we know. The Yanks have at least guaranteed themselves a game 163 tiebreaker if necessary. Got all that? Easy solution. Just win. Nestor Cortes is not flashy or dominant, nor does he go deep into games, but he does keep you in them. Nestor did so last night, but the Yankees bats didn’t help him out. Cortes gave up a HR to Nelson Cruz in the first inning and Tampa Bay was up 1-0. It was HR #449 of Cruz’ career. Gleyber Torres led off the bottom of the first with a double, and scored on a Giancarlo Stanton single as the Yankees tied the game. They wouldn’t score again until the ninth. A nubber and a blooper helped Tampa Bay score a run in the second and the Rays were up 2-1. It stayed that way until the ninth. A couple of walks by Domingo German (pitching for the first time in quite a while—just off the IL) led to two Rays’ runs and a 4-1 lead in the ninth. The Yanks almost came back. With one out, Stanton doubled and went to third on defensive indifference. Joey Gallo did what he had to do. With the Rays putting on the shift and conceding the whole left side, Gallo bunted there to bring in Stanton and bring the tying run to the plate. Gio Urshela singled and was PR for by Tyler Wade. Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-3. But then PH Gary Sanchez and Rougned Odor both struck out to end the game. Stanton 2 hits, RBI Urshela 2 hits Gardner 2 hits, RBI Cortes (L, 2-3) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.90 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65 (Pit/NYY) Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1 HBP 3.44 (SF/NYY) Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.21 German 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.58 Abreu 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.15
Posted in Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Cortes, Gallo, Gardner, German, Holmes, Loaisiga, Peralta, Stanton, Urshela
Catchers Kyle Higashioka (who started the game) and Gary Sanchez (who finished it) led a Yankees’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit as the Yankees completed a three game sweep of Texas with a 7-3 win Wednesday night. The win, combined with Toronto’s loss to Tampa Bay, put the Yanks back as the second wild card by 1/2 game. There are 9 games left for the Yankees, and it won’t be easy. 3 at Boston, 3 at Toronto and 3 at home against Tampa Bay (who will win the division). Wild Card Standings. Boston 88-65 top wild card for now YANKEES 86-67 -2 from Boston; second wild card for now Toronto 85-67 – 2 1/2 from Boston; 1/2 game behind the Yankees Seattle 83-69 -4 1/2 from Boston, -2 1/2 from Yankees Oakland 82-70 -5 1/2 from Boston, – 3 1/2 from Yankees Before the game, the Yanks activated Domingo German off the IL and send down Estevan Florial. Texas pecked away at Yankees’ starter Corey Kluber, scoring single runs in the second, fourth, and fifth. Their run in the fourth scored on a bloop two-out popup that fell into no-man’s land. One concern the Yanks have is the defense. By switching Gleyber Torres back to second, D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela aren’t at their natural, best positions, while Torres is. D.J. is best at second but is at third, Urshela best at third, but now at SS (and he’s made a few nice plays there). Also, Luke Voit started last night’s game at first base because Texas started a lefty pitcher. Anthony Rizzo, who came in for defense late in the game, is the better defender. The Yanks started their comeback in the bottom of the fifth. Torres led off with a walk, and Urshela singled him to second. Higashioka doubled in both runners. Earlier in the game, Higashioka was robbed of a two-run double. Texas CF D.J. Peters couldn’t get to this one, however. After an out, LeMahieu flied to right, but Higashioka was gunned down at the plate trying to score. After five innings, 3-2 Texas. The Yanks got a gift run to tie the game in the sixth. With one out, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo all walked. After another out, a wild pitch allowed the Yanks to tie the game. The Yanks broke through with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game away. With two out, Gallo hit a pop-fly double that found no-man’s land. Torres doubled in Gallo with what proved to be the game-winning run. Urshela singled, and on the play, a throwing error enabled Torres to score. 5-3, Yanks. Sanchez capped everything off with a 2-run HR (23) and the Yanks were up 7-3, which ended up the final score. Torres GW hit, RBI Urshela 2 hits Higashioka 2 hits, 2 RBI Sanchez 2-run HR (23) Kluber 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.82 Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.69 (SF/NYY) Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.92 (Pit/NYY) Green (W, 9-7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.35 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.44 Great job by bullpen. 4 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Florial, German, Green, Higashioka, Holmes, Kluber, Peralta, Sanchez, Torres, Urshela
Gerrit Cole has been the Yankees’ best player this year in terms of WAR (wins against replacement), with Aaron Judge #2. Cole, the Yankees’ ace pitcher, didn’t have it yesterday as the Yankees got hammered by Cleveland, 11-1. In leaving the mound, Cole undeservedly got booed by Yankees fans frustrated by the loss and by the fact the Yankees’ postseason hopes may be slipping away. There are some guys that may deserve the boos, but Cole isn’t one of them. For without him, where would they be? But the frustration, after two losses of 11-3 and 11-1 this weekend, was understandable, if misdirected. If the Yanks don’t right themselves, they may find themselves being behind yet another team in the wild card standings. Wild card Standings Boston 86-65 — top Wild Card seed as of now Toronto 84-65 -1 from Boston, 2nd wild card seed as of now YANKEES 83-67 – 2 1/2 from Boston, -1 1/2 from Toronto Oakland 82-67 -3 from Boston, -2 from Toronto and only 1/2 game behind the Yankees. Seattle 80-69 -5 from Boston, -4 from Toronto and 2 1/2 behind the Yankees. Cole didn’t have it from the get-go, giving up 2 runs in the first. I don’t know if that hamstring issue was bothering him. He gave up 3 more in the third, and it was 5-0 Cleveland. The Yanks got their only run in the bottom of the third on a HR by Gio Urshela (13). Cole gave up a HR in the fifth, 6-1. Another HR in the sixth, 7-1. Cleveland got an unearned run in the seventh courtesy of an error by D.J. LeMahieu. 8-1. The bleeding continued as the Indians, with help from a passed ball by Kyle Higashioka, got two runs in the eighth off of Clarke Schmidt. Yet another passed ball by Higashioka led to the final Cleveland run in the ninth. 11-1. 2 errors, 2 passed balls, 2 unearned runs. The Yanks need to tighten the defense. After his outing on Friday, Luis Gil was sent down and Estevan Florial was brought up. After his outing Sunday, Clarke Schmidt was sent down. Expect Domingo German up. LeMahieu 2 hits Rizzo 2 hits Urshela 2 hits, Solo HR (13) Cole (L, 15-8) 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR, 1 HBP. 3.03 Luetge 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.74 Schmidt 2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 5.68 Cole’s chances for the CYA took a hit with this outing. Remaining games: 3 at home vs. Texas, 3 @ Boston, 3 @ Toronto, close with 3 at home vs. Tampa Bay. Personally, I think the Yanks have to go at least 9-3 to make the playoffs. We’ll see.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Florial, German, Gil, Higashioka, LeMahieu, Luetge, Rizzo, Schmidt, Urshela
Both AAA SWB and Tampa had completions of suspended games as well as their regular games yesterday. AAA: SWB (67-49) Completion of suspended game from 9-15: Won 6-2. 1B Chris Gittens grand slam. DH Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. 2B Kyle Holder 3 hits. Regular game: Won 4-1. C Donny Sands (#28 prospect) 3 for 3. PH Amburgey 3 RBI. Domingo German on rehab: Win in relief. 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K. Could be headed back to Yanks soon. AA: Somerset (72-46) lost 5-3. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. Starter and losing P Ken Waldichuk (#9 prospect) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 WP. High A: Hudson Valley (71-48) won 5-4. CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 2 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR, error. DH Elijah Dunham (#24 prospect) 2 hits, RBI. 3B James Nelson 2 hits, but made 2 errors. Low A Tampa (73-42) Completion of suspended game from 9-16: Won 6-5. 2B Cooper Bowman (#30 prospect) 3 hits, RBI. 3B Roberto Chirinos 2 hits. Regularly scheduled game: Lost 3-0, and got no-hit. (7 inning game). Standings: SWB 2nd in division, 3 games back Somerset 1st by 2 1/2 games See below for Hudson Valley. First place in division still does not mean playoffs. Hudson Valley 1st by 12 1/2. See below. Hudson Valley still is OUT of the playoffs. The format for the 2021 Postseason will consist of two teams per league in a single best-of-5 series. The two playoff participants will be decided for each league (regardless of division) based on the best regular season winning percentage. (So if a 2nd place team in the other division has a higher winning pct., you are out). Somerset, as of now, would make the playoffs by just 1/2 a game. Tampa 1st by 3 1/2 games. Have clinched a playoff spot.
Posted in Minor Leagues, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Amburgey, Bowman, Chirinos, Dunham, German, Gilliam, Gittens, Holder, Lockridge, Nelson, Pereira, Sands, Waldichuk
In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want your starting pitcher, in the middle of a pennant race and with 14 games to go, to be a rookie making just his sixth major league start. Nor would you want his reliever to be another rookie, nor the reliever after him to be someone who may be the one pitcher on your staff struggling the most (see the stat below). But as we know, it isn’t an ideal world, and injuries to the Yankees’ pitching staff forced that scenario yesterday as the Yankees got clobbered by Cleveland, 11-3. The loss was painful because both Boston and Toronto won. Wild Card Standings. Boston 85-65 top seed as of now. Toronto 83-65 2nd seed as of now. -1 from Boston NYY 83-66 -1 1/2 from Boston, – 1/2 from Toronto Oakland 81-67 -3 from Boston, -2 from Toronto (- 1 1/2 from Yankees) Seattle 79-69 -5 from Boston, – 4 from Toronto. So as you can see, the loss not only has (temporarily we hope) knocked the Yanks out of a wild card spot but don’t look back, Oakland is gaining on you. Just win, baby. Starter Luis Gil pitched ok for four innings, giving up a HR in the second. Entering the fifth, the Yanks were losing 1-0. Ok, still in the ballgame. In the meantime, Yankees’ LF Joey Gallo had to leave the game with a neck problem. An elephant in the room has to be addressed. In each of the Yankees’ last three losses, crucial defensive mistakes by catcher Gary Sanchez have helped the Yankees lose those games. With Gerrit Cole starting for the Yankees today, expect Kyle Higashioka to catch. But the Yankees should consider catching Higashioka full-time from here out, because of Sanchez’ defense over the past week. With one out in the fifth, losing 1-0, Sanchez dropped a foul popup that should have been out #2, with no one on base. Instead, it opened the floodgates for Cleveland to put up a seven-run inning and the game was basically over. This after the phantom tag in the Mets game and the WP that Sanchez couldn’t catch in the Orioles’ loss. If the Yanks want to make the playoffs, those plays can’t happen. Still in all, when Gil left the game, there was two on and one out. Hopefully Albert Abreu could get a DP ball and get out of the jam. Nope. Instead, the dam broke. Double, HBP, double, single. Four runs in. A second out (should have been the third if Sanchez catches the pop up). Then the killer, a 3-run HR that made it 8-0. The struggling Andrew Heaney came in for the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu made an uncharacteristic error, and Heaney, prone to giving up homers (see below), gave up a 2-run shot that made it 10-0. Giancarlo Stanton homered (30) in the bottom of the seventh to put the Yanks on the board, but Heaney gave up a HR in the top of the eighth to make it 11-1. Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (11) in the bottom of the eighth and the final was 11-3 Cleveland. LeMahieu 2 hits. Voit 2-run HR (11) Stanton solo HR (30) Sanchez 2 hits but the crucial error. Gil has great stuff, but needs control. 6 K in 4 1/3 good, but 4 walks and a HBP aren’t. In just 35 2/3 IP as a Yankee, Heaney has given up 13 HR. Ouch. Gil (L, 1-1) 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. gave up 1 HR. 3.07 First MLB loss. Abreu 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.75 Heaney 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.76 (LAA/NYY) Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.64 (Tex/NYY) Gil was sent down after the game. We will see what move comes next (German? Severino?)
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, German, Gil, Heaney, LeMahieu, Rodriguez, Sanchez, Severino, Stanton, Voit
Boston 84-65 1st WC Slot.
NYY 83-65 – 1/2, 2nd WC Slot Tor 82-65 – 1 from Bos, – 1/2 from NYY Oak 80-67 -3 from Bos, – 2 1/2 from NYY Sea 79-68 – 4 from Bos, – 3 1/2 from NYY From mlb.com
Scenario: Three-team tie for two Wild Card spots. If the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox were all tied, with no other non-division winners in the AL ahead of them, the three teams would choose/receive A, B and C designations. Club A would host Club B. The winner of that game would be one Wild Card club, while the loser would then play Club C on the road to determine the other. The winners of the two games would face each other in the Wild Card Game. The three designations are decided by head-to-head records. The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Blue Jays and, as of this writing, are 10-6 against the Yankees, so they would have the first pick of designation. The Blue Jays are also 10-6 against the Yanks, as of this writing, so they would pick second. The Yankees would get whichever designation is left over. The first selection comes down to a choice of playing up to two games (Club A) or taking your chances as the home team in a single elimination game (Club C). Ok, figured I’d give an update on the standings and the 3-way scenario first. The Yanks beat the Cleveland (Indians now, next year the [ugh] Guardians) 8-0 last night, hitting 5 HR. Corey Kluber, Michael King and Lucas Luetge combined for the shutout. Lots of scoreboard watching this time of year. One way to avoid it, of course, is to take care of business earlier, so as to have a nice lead right now where it isn’t necessary, as Tampa Bay has done. But it is what it is. As for now, the Yanks just have to keep winning. Joey Gallo got the scoring started with a HR (36) in the bottom of the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. He was not finished. Aaron Judge hit one out in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0. HR #35 for Judge. It stayed that way for a while. The Yanks broke open a tight ballgame by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo led off the inning with a single because 1B Bobby Bradley slipped. Gleyber Torres walked, and Gio Urshela singled in a run. After a pitching change, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (9) to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton and the red-hot Gallo hit back-to-back HR to make it 8-0. For Stanton, #29, and for Gallo #37 (combined Tex/NYY). Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (35) Stanton solo HR (29) Gallo 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (37, Tex/NYY) Urshela 2 hits, RBI Gardner 3-run HR (9) Kluber (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 3.68 King (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.36 Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.79 Before the game, Clarke Schmidt was brought back up and Sal Romano was placed on the IL. Luis Severino and Domingo German are close to returning. Both would be bullpen options to close out the season.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Gallo, Gardner, German, Judge, King, Kluber, Luetge, Severino, Stanton, Urshela
AAA: SWB (65-47) beat Lehigh Valley 4-2. Starter J.P. Sears 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Domingo German started rehab and threw two scoreless innings of relief, 2 hits, no walks, 4 K. CF Estevan Florial (#21 prospect) 2 hits, solo HR. AA: Somerset (69-45) lost 8-6, after taking a 6-1 lead into the eighth. Starting P Luis Medina (#8 prospect) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 3-run HR. 3B Chad Bell 2 hits, RBI, solo HR. High A: Hudson Valley (68-47) lost 10-1. LF Elijah Dunham (#24 prospect) HR. DH Carlos Narvaez 2 hits. Low A: Tampa ppd. Standings SWB 2nd in division 4 GB Somerset 1st in division + 2 1/2 Hudson Valley 1st + 10 1/2 Tampa 72-40 1st +3; clinched a playoff spot.
The Yankees hit 5 HR in a 7-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night and in so doing are in the middle of a 3-way virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
Here is how it looks right now. Yanks and Toronto both 81-64 .559 — Boston 82-65 .558 —- virtual tie, .001 back Seattle 78-67 -3 Oakland 77-67 – 3 1/2 (Forget the division, Tampa Bay is up by 9 and their magic # to clinch is 9). Gerrit Cole returned to the mound after leaving early last time because of tightness in his left hamstring. He got his 15th win, but had to leave after five innings due to a high pitch count (108). The Yanks got on the board right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a single and Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR (34). With one out in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo was HBP and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a 2-run HR (28). Luke Voit made it back-to-back HRs with #10 and the Yanks were up 5-0. Cole had settled down after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. Baltimore touched him for a run in the fifth, but with two on and two out, Cole ended his night with a strikeout. Michael King replaced Cole and threw three scoreless innings. King’s career numbers are better in relief than as a starter. Joey Gallo made it 6-1 in the eighth with a HR (34) and LeMahieu homered (10) in the ninth to make it 7-1. Sal Romano, who turned down a DFA assignment to SWB and elected to become a free agent, re-signed with the Yankees (lot of head scratching there) and the Yanks then turned around and DFA’d Brooks Kriske. Romano started the ninth for the Yankees. He got a K, but a single walk and single made it 7-2, and Romano got injured on that RBI single, so Aroldis Chapman came in. Chapman got a K, then threw a WP, putting runners on second and third, so things got a bit hairy, but another K by Chapman ended the game. Besides the Romano/Kriske DFA switch, Clarke Schmidt went back to SWB after his Sunday start, so that freed that spot for Romano. Domingo German was sent to SWB to start a rehab assignment. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (10) Judge 2-run HR (34) RIzzo 2 hits. Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (28) Voit solo HR (10) Gallo solo HR (34; Tex/NYY) Urshela 2 hits. Cole (W, 15-7) 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K. 2.75 King (H, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.48 Romano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 6.12 (Reds/NYY/Brewers) Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 WP. 3.65
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Cole, Gallo, German, Judge, King, Kriske, LeMahieu, Rizzo, Romano, Schmidt, Stanton, Urshela, Voit