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Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

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Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.

Game 116. “By the book” Girardi blows game, 3-2 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I know what I write here won’t be absorbed easily by many people, and may be controversial, but I truly believe Joe Girardi blew another Yankees game by his overmanaging and by the book style.

I also think it’s time for Joe to go.

The Yanks needed Jordan Montgomery to match Chris Sale. Sale is expected to win this year’s CYA so it was a tough task, made even more difficult after Montgomery got nailed in the head yesterday by a BP liner to the head.

He was up to the task. But Joe Girardi went by the book again (Please, Joe, Think outside the box once in a while?) and after Robertson went 1 2/3 (yes, time to pull him) and Betances went one inning (leave him in!) Girardi went to Chapman, who on Friday night didn’t justify anyone’s faith in him, and who got bailed out by Hicks. Sunday night Chapman gave up a HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2.

Girardi and Cashman’s contracts are up at the end of the year. Personally, keep Cash, dump Girardi.

Joe. You have 3 closers. Stop solely using Chapman in the ninth, and GO WITH THE HOT HAND. Guy doing well, LEAVE HIM IN. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s quite simple. Start taking my advice. Chapman sucked the other night so you bring him in again in the ninth because “he’s the closer”? Really?

There was NO REASON to pull Betances after 12 pitches and a 1-2-3 inning. NONE. And especially for someone who was so awful two nights ago. None except by going by the book and going formula.

Joe, THINK FOR YOURSELF. Stop going formula and use your damned brain and shove that binder up your you know what.

Boston got a run in the fifth and the Yanks got it right back on an RBI triple by Austin Romine of all people. Good backup defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick. .220. The Yanks caught a break. Mookie Betts should have caught that ball.

Aaron Hicks made two great defensive plays in the game. Great plays.

Todd Frazier’s SF in the eighth made it 2-1 Yanks before Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to blow the save.

In the tenth, Chapman blows the game. How? Wild like Friday night. HBP and a walk. Kahnle comes in, walk, base hit for a run.

This is all on Girardi. The Yanks’ real record is eight games below what it SHOULD be based on runs scored/runs allowed. The reason for that? Girardi’s overmanaging. 13-21 in one-run games. Pulling guys when they did well the previous inning. Going “by the book” instead of using his damned brain.

Simple concept. Guy pitches well, low pitch count? Leave him in.

Go with the hot hand.

I am not alone. Many other Yankees’ fans I know are tired of this bullshit.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.94. Great job.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Only 12 pitches. Why pull him?
Chapman (BS, 4; L, 4-2, 3.48) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.48.
Guess who has the highest ERA of the three? Robertson, Betances and Chapman?

I rest my case.

Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.35.

 

Game 115. Boston blasts Severino, Tanaka to Dl. Montgomery escapes DL. Mets trade another Yanks’ target elsewhere.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What a bad day for the Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka joins CC on the 10-day DL. For CC, knee. For Tanaka, shoulder inflammation.

…. Seand the Yanks almost had to put Sunday night’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, on the DL himself. He was hit in the head with a BP line drive while signing autographs before today’s game.

The Yanks fell to 61-54, 4 1/2 back of Boston due to a 10-5 loss Saturday afternoon. Luis Severino got rocked, giving up two 3-run HRs to Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

The Yanks started well, getting a 2-run HR in the first by Gary Sanchez (19).

But Boston got five in the third, keyed by Benintendi’s first HR.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth but only got one run. As you readers of mine know, I criticize Girardi for never MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. He doesn’t steal much, doesn’t hit and run, almost never bunts, and never squeezes runs home. He doesn’t play littleball. He doesn’t CREATE RUNS, and this team is having trouble scoring runs lately. It drives me crazy. Bases loaded, no one out and only one run.

Boston got five more in the fifth, keyed by another 3-run HR by Benintendi to go up 10-3.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and Ellsbury (5) in the ninth. 10-5 final.

Aaron Judges’ post All-Star game troubles are a problem. He has dropped 40 points of the batting average. .329 to .289,  W.161-5-12 since winning that HR derby. A curse. Some 43 strikeouts or so in 93 at bats. Strikeouts in his last 29 straight games. We have to get him back on track. As I mentioned, so many strikeouts are LOOKING. Pitch recognition? Aaargh. Swing that bat!

He is so strong. Stay WITH the ball and work on going the other way. He is so strong it will go out to RF.

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were talking to the Mets about Neil Walker. They didn’t like his medicals, so a trade didn’t happen. He was dealt to the Brewers. So a third Yankees trade target from the Mets goes elsewhere. It really looks like the Mets have a thing about trading anyone to the Yankees, even if the Yanks give them a better deal (inferiority complex?). Whatever, I hope the Yanks kick the Mets’ ass this coming week as a result.

Severino (L, 9-5, 3.32) 4 1/3 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gallegos 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.79
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33

I guess we can rule OUT Mitchell for Monday against the Mets (taking Tanaka’s turn).

 

 

Game 109. Yanks “Chase” losing streak away with 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, enabling the Yanks to snap their 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cleveland Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 58-51. Unfortunately, they don’t pick up ground on Boston, who won as well.

In the first, the Yanks scored on a walk to Gardner, and after an out, a single by Judge and double by Didi. But with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no out, they could not tack on.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the second which tied the game for some time to come.

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year put the Yankees up 2-1 in the eighth and was the deciding blow.

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each made great defensive plays in the ninth to save the game. One other ball was hit just foul, or it would have tied the game. A scary ninth for Chapman.

After Joe Girardi ripped Gary Sanchez for his defense, Sanchez DH’d tonight. Romine caught. Not only that, Matt Holliday has back issues that may force him to the DL.

The Yanks won despite striking out 15x tonight.

They must be trying to limit Montgomery’s innings and pitch count. He only went 5 innings and 65 pitches, and retired his last nine batters, but he appears to be hitting his innings limit, thus the quick hook. But… overusing the bullpen? Will they be taxed later down the stretch run?  You wonder.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Great job, 4.05
Robertson (W, 5-2, 2.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.55
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.41
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87

 

Game 108. Yanks lose 4th in a row, 7-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jaime Garcia’s Yankees’ debut didn’t go well as the Yanks lost their fourth straight game, 7-2.

The loss puts the Yanks at 57-51 at the 2/3rd mark of the season, meaning they are on an 85/86 win pace.

They fell to 3 games behind Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

The Yanks picked up a lot of pitching help at the trade deadline, but the bats have gone dead lately. Before the All Star Break, they averaged 5.4 runs per game. Since? 4.0.

Gary Sanchez needs to work a bit on his defense. One of the two runs Cleveland scored in the second inning came courtesy of Sanchez’ 12th passed ball of the season.

Sanchez’ passed ball was part of some sloppiness the Yanks have shown defensively over the past few games. Aaron Judge made an error in the third inning, an inning where Cleveland scored two more runs to make it 4-0. Both Garcia and Chad Green threw wild pitches in the game.

UPDATE: Joe Girardi called out Sanchez’ sloppy defense after the game.

Todd Frazier homered (18) in the fifth to put the Yanks on the board, but they left the bases loaded. Cleveland came back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.

Cleveland got a run in the eighth and Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the ninth for the Yanks accounted for the final score of 7-2.

Five different Yanks had two hits, but the Yanks were not bunching them at the right times. Rookie Clint Frazier is another who has cooled off lately. He isn’t alone.

Garcia (L, 5-8, 4.49) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.74. Green has been superb this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44

 

 

Game 106. Long miserable day of delays ends in a 2-0 Yankees’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The game started late because of a rain delay. It ended late because of a mid-game rain delay. At the end of a long day, the Yankees lost to Detroit 2-0 to fall 1 game behind Boston (whose game was rained out) in the AL East. The loss dropped the Yanks to 57-49.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, but got no run support as the Yanks blew a couple of scoring chances.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first and another in the fourth. The run in the fourth was unearned due to an error by Jacoby Ellsbury.

God forbid Joe Girardi ever call for a squeeze bunt. For example, in the sixth, down 2-0 and men on 2nd and 3rd, no out, Girardi can’t call on Didi to lay a squeeze down. Judge was on third and what catcher wants to see THAT big guy barrelling down the line on him? I know Didi has been hot with some HR lately. But Girardi never even SHOWS squeeze to even put the thought of it in other teams’ heads. It is one of the biggest criticisms I have of Girardi. He doesn’t play little ball when you need to play little ball.

Think outside the box (or binder) once in a while, Joe.

The Yankees’ hitters have been in a slump recently. Now you have to adjust and play little ball.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP today. They had their chances. They blew them.

Ellsbury had 2 hits, but made that big error.

In the eighth, Dellin Betances had the “immaculate inning.” 3 up, 3 down, all strikeouts on 9 pitches.

Tanaka (L, 8-10, 4.93) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 w, 7 K.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.28
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.48

Nice to see Tanaka get that ERA under 5.00 finally, but other than that ….

The Yanks head to Cleveland. Home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bats have been slumping. Time to have those bats Rock and Roll.

Game 98. Montgomery’s gem beats Reds, 4-2.

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Jordan Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth, and pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball as the Yankees beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 52-46, and with Boston’s loss in Seattle, the Yanks are in second place in the AL East, just one game behind Boston. They hold the top wild card slot right now.

The Yanks scored their first run despite hitting into a triple play. Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley all singled. Todd Frazier, in his first AB at Yankee Stadium, hit a ball that Didi had to back up from, either to avoid getting hit by the ball or interfering with the SS, who stepped on second, forcing Headley, and firing to first, getting Frazier. Meanwhile, Holliday scored. 1B Joey Votto fired to third, Didi was caught, the ball fired back to the SS, the tag made. Triple play.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the fourth on an Aaron Judge single, move up on a fielders’ choice, balk and SF by Didi.

In the fifth, Todd Frazier singled, was forced out by Tyler Wade, and Wade scored on a double by Austin Romine. 3-0. The Yanks had a chance for more that inning but couldn’t capitalize.

Montgomery lost his no-hit and shut-out bid in the sixth. Then Girardi made some moves I didn’t agree with.

He had a quick hook with the kid, pulling him after 85 pitches and with two out in the seventh. Ok, fine. Wish the kid would have gone a bit longer, but…

In came Tommy Kahnle, who threw four pitches and got his man out. So why pull Kahnle after one man and four pitches?

But that is what “by the book” Girardi did. In came Dellin Betances, who was wild, had trouble throwing strikes, gave up a run to make it 3-2, and couldn’t make it through the inning.

Once again Girardi pulls a pitcher for no good reason to go by the book and it almost cost the Yanks the game. There was no reason to pull Kahnle after one batter and four pitches.

Adam Warren got the last out in the eighth. One batter, seven pitches. Then he gets pulled for Chapman in the ninth.

Stick the book/binder where the sun don’t shine, Joe. It has cost us games, and almost cost us this one.

Simple concept: Guy is pitching well, hasn’t faced many batters, hasn’t thrown many pitches, LEAVE HIM IN.

Thankfully the Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when the hot Didi Gregorius hit his 15th HR of the year for the final of 4-2.

Montgomery (w, 7-5, 3.92) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29. See above. LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Betances (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.83
Warren (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98. See above. Why pull him?
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38.

Of course, I’m glad the Yankees won. But Girardi’s stubbornness in going by the book is driving me and other Yankees fans nuts.

Today’s game is an afternoon game.