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Minor League Report. Didi starts rehab games, AAA SWB wins slugfest, and Deivi Garcia dominates at AA.

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AAA: SWB (25-19) won a 17-12 slugfest, hitting five HR. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, RBI. DH Mike Ford 3 hits, 2 rbi, 2-Run HR. 2B Breyvic Valera 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Mike Tauchman 2 RBI. C Kyle Higashioka solo HR. 1B Logan Morrison 2 hits, RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Brad Miller 2 HR, 5 RBI. Shawn Semple, who started the year at Low A Charleston, had to make the start for SWB and gave up 8 runs in 3 1/3 IP. J.P. Feyeriesen the “W” with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, 7 K.

AA:   Trenton (28-18) got a run in the top of the eighth and two in the top of the ninth to win 5-2. DH Mandy Alvarez 2 hits. 2B Wendell Rijo 2-run HR in the top of the 9th.

Deivi Garcia, who just turned 20, continues to impress. 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.  3.46. Gave up 1 HR. Keep an eye on him for the future.

High A: Tampa (21-27) gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth and lost 2-1. In his first game for Tampa while on rehab, Didi Gregorius went 0 for 3.  1B Dermis Garcia HR. 2B David Metzgar 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 1 R in 5 IP. Reliever Andrew Bellatti 4 K in 2 scoreless IP.

Low A: Charleston (26-23) won 8-3. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 2 RBI. DH Josh Stowers 2 hits, RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, 2 RBI. Roansy Contreras (W) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.

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Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?

 

Game 32. Pineda K’s 16 in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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Sorry for the late post. I had some computer maintenance to do which delayed this by one day. No minor league report then for Sunday’s games, but I can tell you that in AA, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez homered and had good days (to support Luis Severino, who did NOT have a good outing).

Now for Sunday’s Yankee game:

In June of 1978, Ron Guidry struck out 18 Angels to set the Yankees’ record for most strikeouts in a game.

On Sunday, Michael Pineda gave that record a run for its money. Pineda had to be pulled after seven innings with his pitch count at 111, but he struck out 16 in those seven innings. Who knows what might have happened.

Pineda has had shoulder issues in the past, and it was prudent that manager Girardi pull him. But what a dominating performance. Pineda ties David Wells and David Cone for second place in Yankees’ history with his 16 K. He ties Cone for the most in a game by a righty pitcher. Dellin Betances’ 2 K gave the Yanks a total of 18 for the game, tying the team record which was previously accomplished twice—a combined effort, and Guidry’s solo outing.

Remarkably, Pineda walked no one in his dominant effort. For the season so far, he has 54 K and just 3 walks—an 18:1 ratio.

Pineda (W, 5-0, 2.72) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 16 K.
Rogers 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.32.
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

In the game, Carlos Beltran hit his first HR of the season, and first in some 160 AB. It was a long time between #373 and #374 (which tied Rocky Colavito all-time). Brian McCann also homered (4).

Didi Gregorious had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

 

Game 26. Not this time. Bullpen can’t deliver as Yanks lose 3-1.

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The Yankees’ bullpen has been their strength so far this season, but no one is perfect. Chase Whitley pitched a great seven innings but the bats didn’t do much and the bullpen couldn’t hold a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks lost to Toronto 3-1. The Yanks are now 16-10 on the season, still in first, two games up on Tampa Bay.

The Yanks managed just three hits in the game. Teix and McCann were given the night off, and the lineup had Stephen Drew, now at .149, hitting fifth (because of his previous success against knuckleballer Dickey).

Whitley 7 IP, 0 R,  6H, 0 walks and 6 K. 0.75.
Martin (L, 0-1, 3.86) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R (unearned), 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Even though the Yanks are 16-10, their batting average is just .242. With Stephen Drew at .149 and Didi Gregorious at .213, (backup Gregorio Petit is at .194), I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Jose Pirela to be called up soon.

The minors. Pirela looks ready for a callup.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: 2B Jose Pirela had 4 hits, 3 of them doubles as he continues his rehab from that spring training concussion. He may be ready for a callup. In his last three games, he has had ten hits. Compare that to Stephen Drew (.155-4-10, OPS+ 68 (7 of Drew’s hits have been XBH)), Didi Gregorious (.222-0-4, OPS+ 53) and Gregorio Petit (.200-0-5, OPS+ 58; an average OPS+ is 100) and you can see that the Yanks could use him. Not only that, but good-field, no-hit Brendan Ryan had a setback, tweaking a hammy.

SWB won 6-5. Besides Pirela’s big day, 1B Kyle Roller had a double, HR and 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 9-3. 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI for RF Aaron Judge. (.319). CF Jake Cave 2 hits (.301).

High A: Tampa got just 3 hits, two by RF Danny Oh, in losing 3-1. On Saturday, Chris Capuano started his rehab with 4 Ip, 1 R (unearned), 2 h, 0 walks and 4 K.

Low A: Charleston won 3-0. Jordan Montgomery six scoreless innings.

Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500

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After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Minor league news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.

 

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 1. Yanks lose opener, 6-1.

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It is just one game, but some worries the prognosticators have about the 2015 Yanks reared their ugly heads as the Yanks lost their opener, 6-1.

One worry is the lineup. The 3-4-5 hitters of Beltran, Teixeira and McCann hit .233-.216 and .232 last year. That needs to improve in 2015. The Yanks managed just three hits all day, and the only run was courtesy of 2014’s best Yankee, Brett Gardner, who homered.

Alex Rodriguez got one of the Yanks’ three hits (McCann had the other of the three). For A-Rod, it was hit #2940 of his career.

The ESPN announcers were rough on Tanaka, bemoaning his diminished velocity and what they thought was his fear in throwing a fastball. Tanaka had two really decent innings before coming apart in the third. An error by Chase Headley didn’t help, but he gave up five runs in the third. With the lineup not producing today, those five runs were more than enough for Toronto. Russell Martin had a two-run single and Edwin Encarnacion a two-run HR in that third inning.

Devon Travis homered for the Blue Jays.

Tanaka, of course, didn’t have surgery on that slight tear of an elbow ligament, but instead rehabbed it. It remains to be seen how that will affect him. Some, like the ESPN announcers, and also Pedro Martinez on MLB network, don’t like what they are seeing.

The pitching line:

Tanaka 4 ip, 5 r, 4 er, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
(Even with the bad 3rd inning, he k’d 6)

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chasen Shreve 1 1/3 IP,1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yankees pitchers struck out 12, but that third inning, and lack of offense, doomed the Yanks today.

Didi Gregorious made one bad baserunning move today. You don’t try to steal third when you are down 6-1, two on, two out. He was thrown out. He got a talking to by manager Girardi. Unacceptable.

Hopefully the problems of today (hey, it was just one game) are only for today and not part of what some fear will be a trend in 2015.

The Yanks are off tomorrow (Tuesday). Pineda takes the hill Wednesday evening.