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Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.



ICYMI: Hale, Ramsey

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In case you missed it:

David Hale refused the DFA assignment by the Yanks and became a free agent…again.

Ex-Celtics’ star Frank Ramsey died just short of his 87th birthday. Ramsey, whose #23 is retired by the Celtics, played for Kentucky and helped them to the 1951 NCAA title.

6’3″ Ramsey played for the Celtics from 1954/1955 to 1963/1964, nine years, missing one year to military service, and was part of seven NBA title teams (1957, 1959-1964). A small forward/shooting guard, he was the first of the “sixth men.” He averaged 13.4 ppg.



Game 86. Seve not sharp, but wins 14th.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino only lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 2 HR, but it was enough to win his 14th game of the season as the Yanks beat Toronto 8-5 on Saturday.

The win keeps the 57-29 Yanks two games behind Boston.

Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back HRs to lead off the game. For Gardner, #6 and for Judge, #25. Later in that first inning, Brandon Drury hit a 2-run double.

Seve gave up a 2-run HR in the second, but Brett Gardner hit a 2-run triple in the third and then scored on a PB. 7-2 Yanks.

Severino gave up a HR in the fourth. 7-3.

Toronto got a run in the sixth, 7-4.

In the ninth, Miguel Andujar singled and Didi Gregorius singled him home. 8-4. Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the ninth for the final of 8-5, Yanks.

Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman both had to leave the game with minor injuries. Both are probably out for Sunday but hopefully, it appears that neither is long-term.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d David Hale and brought up Clint Frazier. Frazier had to be used when Hicks had to be pulled.

Also, Jonathan Loiasiga appears to be DL-bound. Shoulder inflammation. He is seeing a doctor on Monday.

The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.

Gardner 2 hits, HR, triple, 3 RBI.
Judge solo HR.
Drury 2 RBI
Severino (W, 14-2, 2.12) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.04
Robertson (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.43
Betances (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.56
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.99   Gave up 1 HR.

Game 85. Gray dooms Yanks, 6-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Publicly, Aaron Boone and the Yankees say that Sonny Gray will make his next start, the stuff is there, they believe in him, blah, blah, blah, …

Privately, you have to wonder, because after a while, you have to be getting tired of it.

Gray spit the bit again, and again got knocked out early after putting the Yanks in a huge early hole… just like last Saturday against Boston.

Once again, for a batter or two, he looked good, then the roof fell in again.

In the first inning, he got the first two batters, then loaded the bases before getting out of it.

In the second, not so fortunate, as he gave up five runs, three via a HR, and was taken out after just two innings.

With the 6-2 loss, the 56-29 Yankees fell two games back of Boston. They are even in the loss column, the Yanks have played four less games, meaning that the Yanks would have to win all four to force a tie.

David Hale did an excellent job in relief trying to keep the Yanks in the game, but the Yanks couldn’t claw back.

The Yanks got a run in the third on an Aaron Hicks HR (16), and Hicks walked with the bases loaded in the fifth to cut it to 5-2 but that was it.

Toronto got a run in the eighth for the final of 6-2.

Most of the questions in the postgame show were all about Gray’s disheartening (again) performance, and some of the questions seemed more of the psychological, and not physical type.

Like I wrote in the last start, it seems like Gray is a deer in the headlights right now.

A few months ago, a scout said that he didn’t think Gray could be straightened out. I hope he’s wrong, but if he’s right, the Yanks have to move Gray. Of course, they’d be selling low right now.

But this can’t continue. Not if they want to catch Boston.

The Yanks only got five hits. Both Judge and Stanton struck out three times each.

Bird and Walker, both under the Mendoza line, continued their struggles.

Gardner 2 hits.
Hicks HR, 2 RBI

Gray (L, 5-7, 5.85) 2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. Threw 2 WP.
Hale 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.61 (Nyy/min)
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 H, 0 K.   4.80

Baseball passing: Mike Kilkenny, a lefty starter/reliever, mostly for the Tigers from 1969-1971, died at the age of 73.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (37-38) beat Lehigh Valley 3-2. CF Billy McKinney 2 hits. 2B Rey Navarro 2 hits, RBI. RF L.J. Mazzilli 2 hits.

Hale 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K.  4.20
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.88
Kahnle (W, 2-1, 2.79)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Harvey (S, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.46

AA: Trenton (43-33) won 10-3. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. LF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. RF Jhalen Jackson 2 RBI. C Jorge Saez 2 hits.

Acevedo (W, 2-1, 2.73) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.09
Reeves 2 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.51

High A: Tampa (39-36) won 10-3. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, 5 RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits. C Donny Sands 2 hits. DH Ben Ruta 2 hits, RBI.

Carter 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.06
Trieglaff (W, 1-0, 1.62) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Frawley 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.55
Diehl 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.   3.70

Low A: Charleston had both games of a DH rained out.

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (35-36) beat Lehigh Valley 3-1. 1B Brandon Drury 2 RBI.

Hale 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.26
Feyereisen (W, 3-1, 1.57) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Joe Harvey (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.59
Carroll (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.84

AA:   Trenton (41- 30) lost 7-1. SS Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, HR. DH Jeff Hendrix had the other 2 Trenton hits.

Keller (L, 5-5, 4.04) 4 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Sosebee 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.72
Foley 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.12

High A: Tampa (36-35) won 9-3. SS Hoy Jun Park 3 hits, solo HR. 1B Brandon Wagner 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI. DH Dom Thompson-Williams HR, 2 RBI.

Abreu (W, 3-2, 4.04) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Diehl 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.  3.89
Frawley 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K   4.56

Low A: Charleston (34-35) won 9-8 in a game completed early, in the eighth. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2B Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits. DH Steven Sensley 2 hits, RBI. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. C Jason Lopez 2 hits, RBI. RF Leonard Molina 2 RBI. Everyone in the lineup got at least one hit.

Sears (W, 1-5, 2.67) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Weissert 2 IP, 5 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.70

Minor League Report.


AAA: SWB (33-34) won  9-7 in 11 innings. CF Clint Frazier 3 hits, .322. SS Tyler Wade 3 hits, triple, RBI, .269. 3B Brandon Drury 3 hits, 3 RBI, .353. No offense to these guys but they need to be on a MLB roster, the Yanks don’t have room, the Yanks could use another top-notch starter. That means these three guys are trade bait. 1B Ryan McBroom 3 RBI.

Hale 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.50
Joe Harvey (H, 2) 2/3 IP,  1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 1.74
Carroll (BS, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.97
Espinal (W, 3-1, 2.70) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (39-28) lost 10-2. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, RBI. Cessa on rehab.

Cessa 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.  0.00 At AA. (0-1, 3.18 in 2 rehab stints)
Sosebee (L, 0-1, 6.00) 2 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Young 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   40.50
Ort 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 w, 2 K.  1.85

High A:  Tampa off. The Florida State All-star game was played tonight. 1B Brandon Wagner 0 for 3 for FSL North. 2B Diego Castillo 2 doubles, RBI. The North won 5-0.

Nick Green (Started) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 1 K.
Rosa (pitched 5th inning) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K
Lane (got last out) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Low A:   Charleston (33-34) won 10-4. 1B Chris Hess 4 for 4, 2 doubles, 5 RBI. DH Wilkerman Garcia 2 hits, RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. RF Steven Sensley 2 hits. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits. C Eduardo Navas 2 hits.

Lehnen 5 1/3 IP, 4 R,  7 H, 5 W, 5 K. 2.92
Higgins (BS, 1; W, 2-1, 1.50) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Bristo 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.33

The Yanks received an infielder from the Brewers for Erik Kratz. From what I see, nothing special. Last name, Rijo.