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Game 18. Yanks’ Offense punchless in 6-1 loss to KC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With all the injuries, a lot of guys in the Yanks’ lineup are AAA players.

That showed Friday night as the Yanks only got four hits—two by Clint Frazier—in losing to KC 6-1.

No one is going to feel sorry for you, though, and other players have to step up.

A win would have put the Yanks at .500. Instead they fall to 8-10 on the season.

Domingo German showed why he is sometimes such a tease. 9 K in 6 IP, but he gave up 2 HR in taking the loss. He wasn’t too bad, 3 R in 6 IP, but with the offense being feeble last night, he basically would have had to pitch a shutout.

The Yanks’ only run came via a SF by Gleyber Torres in the first inning.

German (L, 3-1, 2.37) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 7.00
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.68
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.59
Harvey 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.80

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Game 15. Yanks “slammed”. Lose 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The heavily depleted Yanks lost to Chicago 5-2 today to fall to 6-9 on the season.

Unfortunately, the lineup now looks like a spring training lineup with a lot of guys in it who really, if not for the injuries, would not be in the majors right now.

It’s good the Boss, George, isn’t alive right now, for it was at this time in the season (1982) when Bob Lemon got the axe (6-10), and in 1985 when Yogi (6-8) got canned.

This isn’t to say that Boone should get fired, but just giving some historical perspective. There’s not much Boone can do right now but hope to keep the ship afloat.

The Yanks did have an early 2-0 lead, but in the fifth, Tanaka gave up a grand slam and that was it.

The Yanks only got four hits.

Tanaka (L, 1-1, 3.22) 4 + IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up grand slam.
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.86
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  1.13
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.95

One disturbing thing. It’s coming out that Paxton was probably tipping pitches against Houston? Severino apparently tipping pitches at the end of last year?

The pitching coaches need to see and realize this before it becomes an issue. This is on Harkey and Rothschild.

 

Games 13 & 14. Yanks lose Friday, win Saturday on 1-hitter. CC back, but bad Betances news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This will be brief, because I was out of town Friday night and all day Saturday.

The Yanks lost Friday night 9-6. J.A. Happ (0-2, 8.76, took the loss Friday) and Chad Green (0-2, 11.81) have been disappointing so far and both didn’t pitch well at all Friday night. They have to improve.

Greg Bird has to also. 6 for 35, 16 whiffs. Only one hit for extra bases.  James Paxton is 1-2, 6.00.

As for Bird, when guys get healthy, then someone has to be sent down, and if your numbers aren’t there, then….

It’s just the nature of the business. If he wants to stay in the majors, he’ll have to pick it up. Voit is only hitting .200, but Voit does lead the Yanks with 13 RBI.

The Yanks are in 2nd in the AL East, but 4 1/2 back of the Rays. It’s early but don’t discount Tampa Bay. Boston, like the Yanks, has been struggling so far. (5-10).  For the Yanks to get better, some players (see above for an example) must play better, as well as others have to get healthy.

The Yanks (6-8) snapped their four-game losing streak on Saturday. CC Sabathia returned from the DL (Stephen Tarpley sent down) and combined with three relievers on a one-hit shutout as the Yanks won 4-0.

Aaron Judge hit his 4th HR of the year in this game.

Tyler Wade squeezed home a run. I love to see that. With all the injuries, the Yanks have to find different ways to win. With Wade’s speed and bunting ability, this is one of them.

I can’t remember the last time the Yanks squeezed a run home.

If short on power because of the injuries, then pitching and defense and speed.

Dellin Betances’ shoulder isn’t better. Bone spur. Cortisone shot. Shut down 6-7 weeks, probably out 3 months.

Saturday’s pitching line:

CC 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K
German (W, 3-0, 1.38) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Britton (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.05
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

CC is now 11 strikeouts short of 3000 for his career.

 

Minor league report.

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AAA: SWB (3-4) lost to LV 3-2. CF Trey Amburgey and 1B Mike Ford each had 2 hits and an RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 2 hits & 2 walks. DH Billy Fleming 2 hits. Nestor Cortes a no-decision, 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (3-3) lost 5-2. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits.  Nick Green 7 K in 4 1/3 IP of rellief.

High A: Tampa (2-5) lost 4-3. RF Tyler Hill 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston (4-3) won 5-3.
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits
C Josh Breaux 2 hits, 2 RBI
DH Mickey Gaspar 3 hits
1B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI
SS Eduardo Torrealba 3 hits
Shawn Semple 11 K in 4 relief innings.

Game 11. Bullpen blues. Yanks lose late again, 6-3. Severino shut down for 6 weeks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The bullpen, supposed to be a strength of this Yankees’ (5-6) team, so far hasn’t been. Leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks’ bullpen gave up four runs after that as the Yanks lost 6-3 to Houston.

Clint Frazier had, let’s say, an interesting night in LF playing defense, and Brett Gardner made a mistake on a bunt attempt in thinking a ball was foul when it was fair. That resulted in bunting into a DP.

Jonathan Loaisiga (who was sent down after the game, what with CC coming back off of the DL) struck out the side in the first, but Houston worked up his pitch count and he was gone after just three innings. He did strike out five in those three innings.

Luke Voit homered (3) for the Yanks in the first, and Gary Sanchez had a two-run double in the sixth.

Loaisiga 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 5 K. 3.86
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.75
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.29
Holder (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Green (L, 0-2. 9.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. 0.00

So far this season, we’ve seen Chapman take a loss, Green take two losses, Ottavino one. Not the bullpen that was expected so far.

Luis Severino has a grade 2 lat strain and has been shut down for six weeks. Since he’ll need to build himself back up (basically have to go through a “spring training”), we won’t see him on the mound for the Yanks until late June/early July at the earliest.

Gio Gonzalez (see minor league report) is a possibility. Gio rebounded well last night from two prior poor performances. Gio can opt out if not with the Yanks April 20.

Another possibility could be looking into free agent Dallas Keuchel.

 

Game 8. Judge HRs 2x, but it’s Frazier’s late HR that wins it for Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge hit his first two homers of the season, but it was Clint Frazier’s late HR that enabled the Yanks to beat Baltimore 6-4 Saturday night.

The win evens the Yanks’ record at 4-4.

Judge hit his first HR of the year in the top of the first, but J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the bottom of the inning that evened things up.

Judge homered in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks.

The O’s got one in the fifth and two in the seventh to go up 4-3, but Clint Frazier’s 3-run HR (1) in the eighth won it for the Yanks, 6-4.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits. I’d have had him leading off instead of Gardner.

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.48
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.76
Ottavino (W, 1-0, 0.00; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H, 2)  1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.15
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.60

Acquisitions and Minors. Semple overpowers at Low A.

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The Yanks made a couple minor acquisitions for depth in the past couple of days.

They picked up RHP Jake Barrett, 27. Barrett, a reliever, pitched in seven games for Arizona last year, going 0-1, 5.14. For his MLB career (2016-2018, all with AZ) he is 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113 in  103 games. He was 1-2, 3.49 as a rookie in 2016.

With the injuries to the infield, they also picked up infielder Cliff Pennington, 34 (35 in June), a switch-hitter. Pennington played in 16 games for the Reds in 2018. For his career, he has played for the A’s (2008-2012), Arizona (2013-2015), Blue Jays (2015), Angels (2016-2017) and Reds (2018). Mostly a SS/2B, he can play a little 3B, too. His 162 g. average for his career is .242-6-40, 14 SB , OPS+ 79. He was the A’s full-time SS 2010-2012. He has played in nine postseason games, going 4 for 15.

Both players will go to SWB.

Friday’s minor league action:

AAA: SWB (1-1) won over Buffalo 6-1. 3B Gio Urshela 3 hits, RBI. Starter and winner Nestor Cortes 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K.

AA: Trenton got smoked in their opener, 11-1, getting just 3 hits. Nick Green gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP of relief.

High A: Tampa (0-2) lost 5-3. RHP Deivi Garcia, 19, struck out 9 in his 10 outs (3 1/3 IP) but gave up 4 runs. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. OF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (2-0) won 6-1. RF Josh Stowers 3 hits, RBI.  C Josh Breaux 2 RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Matt Sauer 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K
Shawn Semple (W) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 10 K.