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Game 13. Yanks still struggling, fall 5-2.

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Maybe Joe Girardi needs to call a team meeting. For the Yanks are struggling right now, down to 5-8 after a 5-2 loss tonight.

In the first, the problems getting runners in resurfaced. (They were 0 for 4 w/RISP tonight and those numbers have been awful so far this season). The struggling Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him home. I have often said that I’d kill for a SF, but the Yanks don’t seem capable of that lately (and Girardi NEVER calls for a squeeze bunt, one of my gripes against Girardi. Be aggressive. Bunt. Steal. Squeeze. Hit and Run. Don’t just wait for a HR).

Didi Gregorius did get the Yanks on the board in the second with his 2nd HR of the year.

Eovaldi gave up 3 in the fourth, and it could have been another if not for Aaron Hicks gunning a runner out at home. If only Hicks were hitting. He is 1 for 20 for the season. You wonder if sending Hicks down and bringing Aaron Judge up may be a benefit.

Any chance of the Yanks getting back in it evaporated when Brandon Pinder gave up two in the eighth. Pinder replaced Olson, who replaced Cessa on the Scranton shuttle.

Carlos Beltran hit his 4th HR of the year, #396 of  his career (tying Joe Carter) in the bottom of the eighth.

Some numbers: Ellsbury is at .220. He has to improve and set the table. Since coming off the DL last year, Ellsbury has done nothing. Teix is at .182. He is notoriously a slow starter. A-Rod is at .163. Headley .182. Hicks .050.

It’s early, but those numbers have to improve.

Generally, I want a club to finish April at .500 or above. The Yanks are 5-8, so they have to get it going.

Eovaldi (L, 0-2, 6.11) 6 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.15
Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 18.00
Nova 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 11. Yanks snap skid, win 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi made a lineup change that paid off, Masahiro Tanaka became the first starter to go 7, the bullpen was tremendous and the Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, but in the bottom of the second, A-Rod, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of an 0 for 19 slump, hit his second HR of the season (#689 career) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yanks showed aggressive baserunning today, a good sign. Gardner stole a base in the first, but didn’t come around to score.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a Gardner double. Gardner is heating up (3 hits today), now to get Ellsbury to do the same.

After Seattle got an unearned run in the fourth and another earned run in the fifth to tie the game, the Yanks got the game winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Gardner and Beltran (moved up to #3 in the lineup) singled, and Gardner scored on a WP. Nice, aggressive baserunning.

In the eighth and ninth, Betances and Miller went six up, six down and all by K. Imagine when Chapman returns.

Tanaka (w, 1-0,  3.06) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K., 0.00 (3rd hold)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00. (3rd save).

Game 4. Yanks are shut out, 4-0

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After a late afternoon game on Thursday, manager Joe Girardi treated it as if it were a night game, thus Friday’s lineup had that “day game after night game” feel. Out of the lineup were 40 year old DH Alex Rodriguez, 39 year old OF Carlos Beltran and catcher Brian McCann.

The lineup had Hicks in RF, Ackley at 1B, Teix at DH and Romine catching. The idea was to give a rest to some (especially the aging, and btw, Teix is 36) and get some at bats and playing time to the bench. Next man up, so to speak. Your turn to step up.

But no one in the lineup did, not even the regulars who stayed in the lineup. The Yanks only managed three hits in losing 4-0. They are 2-2 after four games.

Luis Severino didn’t pitch badly, but with no margin for error, he needed to be perfect and he wasn’t.

Maybe it is the cold weather, but the Yanks do need to start getting some more length out of their starters. None has gone six innings so far. It’s early, just four games in, but starters have gone 5 2/3, 5, 5, and 5 IP so far. It the long run, that won’t do. Your bullpen will eventually tire.

Like I said, it’s early and maybe the weather, colder than usual this time of year, has something to do with it. But hopefully CC today, and the rest of the starters their second time around, last longer into games.

Future HOF Miguel Cabrera had 2 RBI for Detroit, inc. a solo HR, his 409th.

Severino (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 0 walks and 5 K. 5.40.
Barbato 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Cessa (MLB DEBUT) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.50. Gave up HR.

Game 1. Betances’ error costs Yanks, 5-3.

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In a rematch of last year’s wild card game, which the Yanks lost 3-0, Masahiro Tanaka battled CYA winner Dallas Keuchel to a standstill, but an error in the eighth by Dellin Betances led to three unearned runs and the Yanks lost their season opener to Houston, 5-3.

The Yanks struck first on a two-run double by Starlin Castro in the second, but they managed just four hits all day. Just like last year, they had trouble vs. Keuchel.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth and a HR to Houston’s hot new star, Correa, in the sixth, but he hung in there and pitched pretty decently.

But in the top of the eighth, Houston scored those three unearned runs. Manager Joe Girardi argued that Correa, who tapped the ball, was in the baseline, but the umpires didn’t rule that way. Betances air-mailed the ball over everyone’s head at first, a run scored on the play, two soon thereafter, and the Yanks were sunk.

They did get one run back in the bottom of the eighth on a HR by Didi Gregorius.

It was a cold day at the Stadium. The temps were in the low 40s.

Michael Pineda tries tomorrow night. If today was cold, what will tomorrow night be like?

Tanaka 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.18
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 2 K. o.00
Betances (L, 0-1) 2/3 IP, 3 R, all unearned, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 0.00. 1 big error.
Barbato (MLB DEBUT) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00.

S.T. Game 23. Did Nova lose out on rotation bid?

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I can’t read Joe Girardi’s mind, but it just may be that Ivan Nova lost his bid for the starting rotation with his performance today. He gave up three HR in his 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up six runs (five earned). By contrast, CC Sabathia gave up 2 R in 5 IP on Thursday.

It was probably a tough row to hoe for Nova to beat out CC (who makes $25MM) for the rotation, but those numbers today didn’t help.

The Yanks blew Friday’s spring training game v. Baltimore because of bad bullpen and bad defense and lost 11-10.

The Yanks gave up 5 HR today.

Chris Dinorfia had a 3-run HR for the Yanks. Brett Gardner and Cesar Puello had two hits each, as did Jake Skole.

Up 8-7 going into the bottom of the 9th, Nick Rumbelow gave up a HR to the first batter he faced to tie the game. This has not been a good camp for Rumbelow.

The Yanks did get two runs in the top of the tenth, then blew it, thanks to two errors at 3B by Rob Refsnyder. A throwing error and a fielding error put two on with no one out. A walk and two singles won the game for Baltimore.

Pitching line:

Nova 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H , 3 walks and 5 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Gave up HR.
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Rumbelow Gave up HR. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walk and 0 K.
Tracy (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Maddon, Bannister Mgrs. of Year

Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers were named the Managers of the Year last night.

Joe Girardi of the Yankees finished fifth.

David Ortiz is apparently retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

2015 Yankees. Part 3. The Front Office/Manager.

Part 3 of 3.

Manager. I grade Joe Girardi at a B for this year. He took a team most projected at 3rd or 4th place into the wild card game. A lot of pundits had this team at 77-8o wins, meaning first losing year since 1992 and he won 87, about 7-10 more than expected. Girardi is a good manager, and Larry Rothschild a good pitching coach.

That said, I do have issues with Girardi. He isn’t aggressive enough, in my opinion. Maybe it’s the players he has, but he doesn’t play littleball (or Billy Ball, if you will) enough for me. He never bunts, never squeezes home runs, doesn’t hit and run much, and even with Gardner and Ellsbury, didn’t run them much. Too much sit and wait for the big HR instead of making things happen. That I wish would change.

I would also give Cashman a B as well. Some may not like that, thinking that he should have made a big move at the trade deadline. But who do you give up? You have to give to get. I like the fact that he did not give up Bird or Severino, both of whom were needed down the stretch. Maybe he should have dumped Drew for Refsnyder earlier. Ackley, once healthy, proved to be a decent move. Yes, Cervelli did well for Pittsburgh but would he have done as well sitting on the bench most of the time here? Maybe not. Getting Wilson for him turned out OK, and Murphy developed well. The Shreve pickup was a good one for most of the year until Shreve burned out. But he didn’t want to give up the future for the now. Hopefully Cashman, by keeping Refsnyder, Severino, Judge, Sanchez and Mateo will have kept a core that will be the foundation for future Yankees success. We’ll see. But I like that he kept these guys and didn’t do a “Buhner for Phelps” trade like we saw in the late 1980’s / early 1990s

The Front Office. It is far beyond time to recognize that Hal Steinbrenner is not his father. He isn’t just going to throw $$$ at a problem just to throw $$$ at a problem and hope it gets better. He doesn’t spout off to the press like his dad did or make impulsive decisions (like go for a Raul Mondesi). He is more analytical and less impulsive than his dad. Some may not like that he is more stingy. Hal seems to be more inclined to build for the future while his dad was more make things happen now. Time will tell if Hal’s method will pay off with long-term success rather than sacrifice the long-term for a quick fix. I give the front office a B as well.

Don’t expect wholesale changes in the offseason but minor ones. When you are tied into 19 players who have deals in place for next year, there isn’t a lot of flexibility. That will come in 2017 and 2018. That is when we will see if patience regarding Sanchez, Severino, Refsnyder, Judge and Bird will pay off. That is also the time when we see what free agents could replace A-Rod, Teix, Beltran, CC, etc.

Changes could be made on the coaching staff, however. I wasn’t too pleased with the third base coach and feel that Rob Thomson, instead of bench coach, should go back to 3B and Tony Pena should go back to bench coach from 1B coach. Another suggestion? Bring Willie Randolph back to coach, either as 3B coach if you want Thomson as bench coach, as bench coach (since Willie was a former manager himself) or as infield coach. Also, and I know there is a language barrier problem, but consider Matsui as hitting coach. Hideki was a professional hitter. Get him involved more.