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Game 118. Yanks lose to Mets 8-5. Seve struggles again. CC to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks have a problem. Should they play in the wild card game, what pitcher starts?

Before last night’s game, CC Sabathia was placed on the DL, and once and now again Yankee George Kontos was brought up from the minors for the time being (until a starter, Chance Adams? is needed to fill CC’s spot). Also, Luke Voit was sent down and Ronald Torreyes brought back up.

So there is the issue with CC.

And now the issue with Luis Severino. Severino gave up a HR to the first batter of the game, and gave up another run before getting out of the first inning. 2-0 Mets before the Yanks came to bat.

Severino is still leading the majors in wins (15) but since July 1 is 2-4 with a 7.31 ERA. He is not trending as you would like heading down the stretch.

Whether it is tipping pitches or a mechanical issue, he has to be straightened out.

The Yanks tied the game in the third when Romine singled and Gardner walked. Stanton hit into a force play but and error on the play enabled Romine to score and Stanton to reach second. Hicks singled to tie the game.

But Severino gave up a two-run HR to an old Yankees’ nemesis, Jose Bautista, in the top of the fourth that put the Mets up 4-2.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when Gardner doubled and Didi singled him home.

A.J. Cole was awful. He gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Todd Frazier in the sixth, and back-to-back HRs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh. 7-3 Mets.

Miguel Andujar hit a two-run HR (18) in the bottom of the eighth for the Yanks to cut it to 7-5, but Zach Britton’s struggles continued (aided by a Gleyber Torres’ error) as the Mets got an insurance run in the top of the ninth, 8-5 Mets, the final score.

The Yanks have to get CC healthy, and get Severino and Britton on track. They also need Judge and Sanchez to get healthy, and Gleyber Torres (down to .261) to get out of his slump.

Otherwise, if they make the postseason, it could not be for long.

Meanwhile, they fall to 74-44, and 10 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card seed.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Andujar 2-run HR

Severino (L, 15-6, 3.27) 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA as 1.98 on July 2.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.93
Cole 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  5.58 (Wash/NYY)
Kontos 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   4.39 (SF/NYY)
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1 HBP.  4.70 (Balt./NYY)

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Game 117. CC and Didi spark Yanks to 7-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia and Didi Gregorius sparked the Yankees  (74-43) to a 7-2 win Sunday afternoon. It keeps the Yanks 9 1/2 games back in the AL East  .

The Yanks got a run in the first when Stanton homered. #30 put the Yanks up, 1-0.

With the fifth, with one out, Romine singled & Gardner doubled. Hicks singled in two runs. Stanton singled Hicks to third. Andujar drove in a run on a force out, and Didi hit HR #21 to make it 6-0.

In the sixth, Voit and Walker singled and Romine’s groundout moved the runners up. Gardner singled to make it 7-0.

CC pitched six innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Win #244 of his career passed Juan Marichal on the all-time wins list.

Sonny Gray gave up 2 runs in the seventh.

The Yanks play the Mets on Monday night in a makeup game. The game will be on ESPN. Severino vs. DeGrom.

Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR.
Gregorius, 2 hits, 2-run HR, Some fine defensive plays.
Romine 2 hits,
Gardner 2 hits, RBI.

Sabathia (W, 7-4, 3.32) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Gray 1+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   5.52
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.35

 

Game 115. Texas trounces Tanaka, Yanks, 12-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Guzman hit 3 HR for Texas, and Adrian Beltre added another as Texas beat the Yankees, 12-7, Friday night.

Masahiro Tanaka’s troubles in giving up the gopher ball continued, as he gave up 3 HR.

In the fourth, Beltre hit a 2-run HR (#469 of his career, passing Chipper Jones on the all-time list). Beltre, an all-time great, also is up to 3134 hits in his career. Later that inning, Guzman hit the first of his three HR for the night, and Texas was up 3-0.

Texas got two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.

Brett Gardner got the Yanks on the board in the bottom of the fifth with his 10th HR of the season.

Guzman led off the sixth with his second HR of the game to make it 6-1 Texas. A.J. Cole relieved Tanaka then, and three more runs scored that inning to make it 9-1.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Stanton walked. With two out, Gregorius singled. Andujar hit a ground-rule double to knock in one run, and Luke Voit singled in two.

Guzman hit his third HR of the game in the top of the seventh to make it 10-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Austin Romine hit his 7th HR of the season to cut it to 10-5.

Texas got two in the eighth, 12-5.

In the bottom of the eighth, Didi and Andujar singled, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Romine drove in both with a single. 12-7, the final score.

An area of concern. Gleyber Torres went 0 for 5, and is hitting just .227 since June 9. His average has dropped from .308 to .269 since then.

Another…. Chad Green has been slumping lately, too.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Gardner solo HR
Romine 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI

Tanaka (L, 9-3, 4.08) 5+ IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3 of the 6 hits given up were HR.
Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.08 (Wash/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  3.80 (Balt/NYY)\

Boston beat the Bad News Bears (sorry, Baltimore Orioles) 19-12. The Orioles once had an 8- 3 lead in that game. So the Yanks are 9 back.

 

Game 111. Lynn masterful as Yanks snap losing streak, 7-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Lance Lynn, taking the ineffective Sonny Gray’s place in the rotation, was masterful as the Yanks (69-42) shut out the Chicago White Sox 7-0 Monday night to stop their five-game losing streak.

It’s as if Lynn basically showed Gray, “that’s how it’s done” in pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Yanks scored two in the fourth when with one out, Stanton walked and Didi doubled. Hicks singled in one run, Torres singled in another. Bird was robbed of a 3-run HR.

In the fifth, the Yanks upped the lead to 4-0 when with one out, Higashioka singled. Gardner singled Higashioka to third, and a WP moved both runners up, Higashioka scoring. With two out, Didi Gregorius singled in Gardner.

A couple of homers in the eighth finished the scoring. Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (18) and a few batters later, Neil Walker hit a 2-run HR (4) for the final score of 7-0.

Gregorius 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Walker 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI

Lynn (W, 8-8, 4.58) 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Stats Min/NYY (1-0, 0.00 NYY)
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.86  (2-0, 1.69 as NYY)

Game 109. Division title hopes dim after 4-1 loss pushes Yanks 8 1/2 back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks have 53 games left,  but it would now take a 1978-type miracle to win the division after a 4-1 loss Saturday pushed the 68-35 Yanks 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.

Meanwhile, even the top wild-card spot is in peril because the hot Oakland A’s won again.

Chance Adams, making his MLB debut, didn’t do too badly considering the circumstances. He gave up 2 HR but in pitching 5 innings, gave up just 3 runs, keeping the Yanks in the game.

But until the ninth inning, the offense, just like on Friday night, was non-existent, and for the second straight day, the Yanks fell to Boston by a 4-1 score.

Adams gave up a 2-run HR in the first and a solo shot in the fourth. Boston got a run in the seventh off of A.J. Cole when a video review overturned a foul ball into a double.

In the ninth, the Yanks scored their only run when with two out, Stanton and Didi both doubled. They actually got the go-ahead run to the plate, when Hicks and Torres both walked. Bases loaded. Bird flied to center, though, to end the game.

Stanton had 2 of the Yanks’ 5 hits. Going into the ninth, they had just 3 hits, and no runs.

Adams (L, 0-1, 5.40) 5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. MLB DEBUT.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.77
Cole 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K.  5.09  (Wash/NYY combined)

Tommy Kahnle, up for a day, was sent back so that Adams could come up and make the start.

After the game against Boston Sunday night, the Yanks’ schedule is relatively weak until Labor Day. They need to right the ship, and shave four or five games off of that lead between now and Labor Day.

The four game losing streak is the longest the Yanks have had all season.

As for the offseason, I don’t know if, after getting under the cap, Hal Steinbrenner will now go over it again, but there are a couple of moves I would do. These moves may not be popular among Yankees fans, because they would mean some options of aging Yankees players would not be picked up, in order to target two players via free agency.

 

Game 107. Yanks’ pitching is atrocious in 15-7 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks put J.A. Happ on the DL with foot, hand and mouth disease and brought up Luis Cessa (who was supposed to start for Happ Saturday. After this game, who knows who starts Saturday?). Luke Voit came up and Tyler Wade went down.

It also was announced (finally!) that Sonny Gray is out of the rotation and that Lance Lynn will take his place.

The game started well for the Yanks as Didi Gregorius hit the first of his two HR, a 3-run shot, in the first inning.

In the top of the second, Aaron Hicks homered (18) to make it 4-0 Yanks.

Then the roof fell in as the Yankees’ pitching was just atrocious, especially Jonathan Holder. Steve Pearce hit 3 HR for Boston as they won 15-7.

Years ago, I wrote that the Yanks should bring up Pearce from the minors, where he was doing pretty well for SWB. At that time, Pierce had been a bit player for the Pirates for a few years. One sportswriter (which I should but won’t name) argued against it, and in doing so, was e-mailing me in the middle of a game he was covering. A close game. He was more concerned about me and my comments that the Yanks should bring up Pearce and in arguing against it, than in covering the game and doing his job. Talk about thin-skinned. He basically had a low opinion of Pearce’s abilities and pooh-poohed me. This was in 2012.

Pearce went on to different teams and has bounced around a little since then, but he did hit 21 HR as a platoon player for the 2014 Orioles. His adjusted OPS from 2014 to today is 125. Pretty damned good for a platoon player.

Yes, from 2007-2012, when I had this confrontation with this guy, Pearce’s OPS+ was 82. But from 2013 to today, it’s 124. I guess I have had the last laugh for a while over that arrogant dude.

Anyway, back to the game. CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second, another in the third, and struggled all three innings he pitched, throwing 77 pitches in those three innings.

So in comes Holder and the roof fell in on the Yanks. Holder got no one out, giving up 7 runs in Boston’s 8-run inning, and watched his ERA go from 2.01 to 3.50.

Cessa, who was supposed to start in place of Happ on Saturday, had to come in in relief later, and gave up 5 runs himself. Now who starts Saturday, who knows.

Didi hit his second HR of the game (20) to make it 10-5 in the fifth, but Boston got one in the fifth and three in the sixth. 14-5.

Stanton homered (25) in the seventh, 14-6, but Boston scored in the eighth.

Stanton got a SF in the ninth.

Final 15-7.

Ugh.

Hicks solo HR.
Stanton 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 HR, 4 RBI

Sabathia 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.59
Holder (L, 1-2, 3.50) 0 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.82
Cessa 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.50
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.44 (Balt/NYY)

 

The loss drops the 68-39 Yanks 6 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East.

After tonight’s game, the season will be 2/3 over.

Because we are switching systems at work today, it’ll be hectic and I have to go in a bit earlier to make the adjustment to a new system. Therefore no minor league report today on last night’s games.

Game 106. Gray exasperates again, Yanks suffer bad 7-5 loss to O’s.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The way Sonny Gray pitched today, and the way Lance Lynn pitched in relief of Gray, the Yankees really have to consider pulling Gray from the rotation, placing him in the bullpen, using him as a mop up man, and replacing him with Lynn.

For today was completely unacceptable. You get knocked out of the box in the third inning by the worst team in baseball. A team 33-75, who has traded away some of their better players, and a team that resembles a AAA squad.

The Yanks (68-38) fell 5 1/2 games behind Boston with a 7-5 loss Wednesday afternoon. The Yanks are 6-6 against Baltimore. Boston has done to Baltimore what teams should do to Baltimore, going 10-2 against them. There is a 4 game swing out of the 5 1/2 right there. It is unacceptable that the Yanks are just 6-6 vs. the Orioles. Right there is costing the Yanks the division.

Gray took the wind right out of the Yanks sails right away, giving up five runs in the second inning. Gleyber Torres got his first of two homers for the day in the bottom of the second to make it 5-1, but made two lackadaisical plays in the field. 3B Coach Phil Nevin had some words for various Yankees in the dugout during a rain delay in the third inning. I guess some were directed at Gleyber.

Gray gave up two more runs in the top of the third to put the Yanks behind 7-1 to the worst team in baseball, a team with a .306 winning percentage. (That means 50-112 over 162). Gray was booed, and it looks like he’ll be booed out of NY if it isn’t happening already. Unacceptable. Yankees’ fans have a right to be pissed off at going just 6-6 against Baltimore and for Gray to be knocked out in the third inning against this team.

Lynn pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, and the bullpen pitched 6 1/3 scoreless total, but the crater-sized hole Gray put the team into was too much to overcome.

In the second, after Torres had hit that HR, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out but Stanton struck out.

In the fourth, the Yanks put two men on, both via error, but Shane Robinson GIDP.

In the eighth, Hicks singled and Torres walked. Bird walked to load the bases and Andujar singled in a run to make it 7-2. The bases were loaded with no one out but Romine struck out and Walker GIDP.

With two out in the ninth, Didi Gregorius singled and Hicks walked. Gleyber Torres hit his 2nd HR of the game, #17 on the season, to make it 7-5 but then Greg Bird popped up to end the game.

Didi 3 hits
Torres 2 HR, 4 RBI (but a couple of lapses in the field)
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Gray (L, 8-8, 5.56) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 2 W, 3 k. Gave up 1 HR.
Lynn 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.89 (Minn/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.68
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.06

The Yanks signed 16 yr. old SS Alexander Vargas to a deal, using $2.5MM international bonus money.