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Game 68. Pitching woes continue as Yanks lose 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Win #250 is proving quite elusive for CC Sabathia.

The Yankees (41-27) lost 10-2 to the White Sox Friday night, and fell out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Tampa Bay. Boston sits in third, 6 back of the Rays and 5 1/2 back of the Yankees.

The problem is that in this month of June, they are 4-8 as the pitching is collapsing.

Never mind that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton may be coming back soon. Right now, I’d feel better if it were Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery.

In the 12 games of June, the Yankees have given up 77 runs. That is one short of 6 1/2 runs per game. You can’t win like that.

More at the bottom of the column. As for the game…

Luke Voit homered (17) in the first inning. 1-0 Yanks, but CC couldn’t get out of a first and third, two out jam, giving up a 3-run HR, then two walks and a single made it 4-1 Chicago after one inning.

Chicago got an unearned run in the second, 5-1. They knocked out CC with a run in the fifth.

Luis Cessa was awful, giving up four runs in the sixth, three via a HR.

An error gave the Yanks a run in the ninth, but they lost 10-2.

A bad game. The Yanks only scored two runs, got just six hits, made two errors, and the pitching gave up 10 runs. Not a good night.

Voit 2 for 2, solo HR (17), 2 walks.
Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 3-4, 4.42) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  6.10
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.20

I know CC is retiring at the end of the season, but lately I wonder how much is left in the tank now. One thing with CC—even if he pitches well, he doesn’t give you length anymore. He gives you five, then you are using up the bullpen.

And other starters aren’t giving you length either. You worry about bullpen burnout.

Which I why I can see Cashman working the phones. Also why getting outbid on Keuchel may come back to hurt the Yankees.

Ok, some numbers. The first is the pitcher’s ERA as of June 1, the second is the ERA now. The ones most striking are:

CC 3.48 to 4.42
Cessa 3.16 to 6.10
Paxton 2.81 to 4.04
German (from May 21, not June 1) 2.60 to 3.86

For German, we now know he is on the IL with the hip problem. You wonder about the knees of Paxton and CC.

As for Cessa, who had a good spring training and who was Ok through May, you just wonder…anything wrong there physically?

Adam Ottavino didn’t give up any runs between April 21 and June 9 but did in each of his last two appearances.

Tommy Kahnle had that blip on June 9, giving up 4 runs.

Zack Britton had a blip June 5, giving up 3 runs then.

For Ottavino, Kahnle and Britton, you wonder if the law of averages just caught up with them (they were due for a blip) or if overuse (the starters don’t give length) is catching up to them.

I know it’s a different time, and that starters don’t go deep anymore, but here is the average innings per start.

Tanaka 83/14 is almost 6.
Happ 75.3/14 is 5 1/3
CC 57/11 is 5
German 68/12 is 5 2/3
Paxton 49/10 is 5.

5 x 32 starts a year is 160 IP. That doesn’t even qualify you for the ERA title (you need 162 IP).

I won’t get into Loaisiga and the openers.

But a worrisome trend. The starters don’t get into the sixth. The bullpen gets overtaxed. Some injury issues (CC/Paxton knee, German hip). The pitching in June falling apart.

The pitching has to turn around, and you wonder how it’ll do so.

Internally? Guys have to pitch better, and by the time Severino and Montgomery are ready, it could be too late.

or Externally? And if externally, who, when and for what?

But something has to change, and fast.

 

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Games 65 & 66. Yanks regain share of first with a DH Split vs. Mets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka got through one bad inning, pitching into the seventh, as the Yanks pounded the Mets, 12-5.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a double by Didi Gregorius and an RBI single by Kendrys Morales.

Tanaka gave up 4 runs in the third, inc. a 3-run HR to put the Mets up 4-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Yanks got one back when Brett Gardner singled, he and D.J. LeMahieu were safe all around on an error, and with two out, Gary Sanchez singled to make it 4-2.

The Yanks got five in the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gio Urshela (5) and a 3-run bomb by Luke Voit (16).

With two out in the fifth, the Yanks tacked on two more runs on a double by Morales, RBI single by Urshela, and RBI triple by Gardner. 9-4.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-5, the Yanks got a run in the seventh when Clint Frazier and Urshela each doubled.

Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (20) in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 12-5.

Voit 3-run HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (20)
Gregorius 2 hits
Morales 3 hits, RBI
Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (5)
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Tanaka (W, 4-5, 3.58) 6 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57.

Game 2: You worry about the Yanks’ pitching and their health and if they need or will get another pitcher. German on the IL for now, Tanaka’s elbow, CC’s knee, Severino and Montgomery haven’t pitched at all this year, Loaisiga on IL, and with Game 2’s starter, James Paxton, you wonder if his knee is affecting him. In his last two starts, Paxton’s ERA has gone from 2.81 to 4.04.

He was knocked out in the third. After just 11 pitches, the Mets, who won this game 10-4, were up 3-0 after a double, single, and 3-run HR.

The Mets tacked on three more in the third, knocking Paxton out of the box.

The Yanks got three in the bottom of the third to cut it to 6-3. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Gleyber Torres singled in one run, and forceouts by Frazier and Urshela brought in two more.

But a 2-run HR off of Chance Adams in the fourth made it 8-3 Mets.

Adams, the “26th man” for the DH (and therefore going back down after the game), gave up another HR in the fifth, 9-3.

Stephen Tarpley gave up a run in the top of the ninth, 10-3 Mets.

Brett Gardner homered (10) in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 10-4 Mets.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .316
Sanchez 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (10)

Paxton (L, 3-3, 4.04) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.97
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.10
Tarpley 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  8.53

Dellin Betances has been shut down for a few weeks. Lat issue.

The Yanks could be getting Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge back in about a week to two weeks.

First round draft pick Anthony Volpe (SS) has signed with the Yankees.

With the split, the Yanks (41-25) are tied for first with Tampa Bay. They are off Wednesday.

Game 62. Yanks’ lead cut to 1/2 game after 5-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Domingo German still leads the majors in wins (9), but he has hit a lull recently. Last night, German couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead and the Yanks (39-23) lost to Cleveland, 5-2. German’s ERA in his last three starts has risen from 2.60 to 3.86, and seven of the 12 HR he has given up this year have been in the last three starts.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay decreased to just 1/2 a game.

Didi Gregorius returned of the IL to the Yanks and had two hits. In the second inning, Gary Sanchez singled, and Didi singled Sanchez to third, Didi getting thrown out trying for two. After a walk to Kendrys Morales, Clint Frazier doubled home Sanchez. One problem with Morales—he can’t run a lick, and couldn’t score himself.

Aaron Hicks 4th HR of the season made it 2-0 Yanks in the third.

German was great for three innings, then hit a wall, as it seems he is starting to do at this point in the season, at least in the past three starts. He gave up a run in the fourth that made it 2-1, a HR in the fifth that tied the game, and a 2-run HR in the sixth that put Cleveland up 4-2. The Indians scored a run off David Hale in the eighth for the final tally of 5-2.

Zach Plesac, nephew of former MLB pitcher and current MLB network anayst Dan Plesac, got his first major league win.

The Yanks got just six hits in the game.

Hicks solo HR (4)
Didi 2 hits.
Frazier 2 hits, RBI

German (L, 9-2, 3.86) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR
Hale 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.00

At least there should be a full bullpen contingent (barring Hale) ready for today’s game.

Game 58. Yanks fall 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Nestor Cortes sent down to make room for CC coming off the DL.

I was worried about CC being a bit rusty coming off the DL (I still call it the DL) and he may have been a bit, but he didn’t pitch too badly.

Clint Frazier’s defense though, was, shall we say, problematic. Not only that, but his blowing off the press after the game was, too.

CC gave up a solo HR in the first, a run in the second and a solo HR in the fourth and the Yanks were down 3-0.

They got two back in the fourth. With one, out, Luke Voit homered (15), then three straight singles by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres loaded the bases. Gio Urshela made it 3-2 with a SF. The inning ended strangely when it appeared a double steal went awry.

In the top of the seventh, Frazier let a single get under his glove for a two-base error allowing the runner who was on first to score. Later on, after Boston scored another run, he (NY Post words) he tried and failed for a diving catch and made an off-line throw that allowed runners to move up and another run scored. 6-2 Boston.

In the eighth, after Boston made it 7-2, Frazier allowed a hit to get past him for a triple. 8-2.

The Yanks tried to come back in the bottom of the eighth, but they were in too much of a hole. D.J. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. A balk brought in one run, a groundout another. Torres’ SF made it 8-5.

After the game, Frazier didn’t want to talk to the press about his fielding deficiencies. If there is an “attitude problem”, the Yanks need to nip it in the bud immediately.

Voit solo HR (15)
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Frazier 2 hits, but an error and other misadventures in the outfield.

Sabathia (L, 3-2, 3.61) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 1 IP+, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K.   4.73. Rough outing. Frazier didn’t help.
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.70

The Yanks (38-20) are off Monday. They are 2 1/2 up on the Rays, 8 1/2 up on Boston.

 

 

Game 57. The Kraken gets Crackin’. Sanchez HR gives Yanks 5-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez’ league-leading 18th HR broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees (38-19) a 5-3 win over Boston. With the win, the Yanks are now 2 1/2 up on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and 9 1/2 up on the Boston Red Sox.

Starter Domingo German got 8 of the 11 outs he recorded via strikeout, but the problem was Boston made him work and 11 outs (3 2/3 innings) is all he lasted.

Boston scored first with a run in the top of the second.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Gleyber Torres singled (and got a scolding for lack of hustle, getting only a single), and Kendrys Morales singled. After Clint Frazier struck out, Gio Urshela singled in a run, and Brett Gardner singled to load the bases. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 3-1.

German gave up a HR to the first batter in the top of the fourth, and later in the inning, for the second time against German in the game, Sandy Leon delivered a two-out RBI single. This one tied the game at 3.

Chad Green, who finished the fourth, got out of a 2nd and 3rd, one-out jam in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Luke Voit singled, an out later, Sanchez hit his 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 5-3. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but couldn’t tack on, and there was no more scoring after that.

Six Yankees’ relievers shut out Boston over the last 5 1/3 IP. Both Zack Britton in the 8th and Aroldis Chapman in the 9th induced big DP balls.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 3 hits
Sanchez 2-run HR (18)
Morales 3 hits

German 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.66
Green (W, 1-2, 9.72) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle (H, 11) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.52
Ottavino (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.30. Struck out only batter he faced.
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.30
Britton (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.05
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.52

Check out the ERAs on Kahnle, Ottavino, Britton and Chapman.

With the heavy bullpen usage, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Cessa or Hale tonight, because CC, who is starting, is just coming off the IL.

 

 

Game 53. Yanks piece it together, win 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (35-18) had to employ the “opener” again, but pieced it together for a 5-2 win over the Padres Memorial Day afternoon.

Chad Green opened and struck out the side in the first.

David Hale replaced him and went the next four innings, giving up 2 runs in the second inning, to pick up his first major league win since 2015.

Then it was Ottavino, Kahnle, Britton and Chapman to close it out.

After Hale gave up the two runs in the top of the second, the Yanks came right back with three runs of their own.

With one out, Clint Frazier hit his 10th HR of the season, Gio Urshela walked, and one out later, Brett Gardner’s 8th HR of the year, a 2-run HR, made it 3-2 Yankees.

It stayed that way until the eighth, when with one out, Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 4-2. Gleyber Torres then doubled, and Cameron Maybin singled. An error by the RF on Maybin’s single allowed both runners to take an extra base. 5-2 Yankees, the final score.

Although Green did great (3 up, 3 down, all K) , I do wonder how much more of the “opener” I can take. Paxton will come back Wednesday, CC possibly next Sunday.

The opener and bullpen usage today explains the moves of the day before.

Sanchez solo HR (16)
Frazier 2 hits, solo HR (10)
Gardner 2-run HR  (8)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   11.30
Hale (W, 1-0, 3.38) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Ottavino (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Kahnle (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.64
Britton (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.66

Bill Buckner, unfortunately mostly known for that one play that ended Game 6 of the 1986 WS, passed away at the age of 69. He played for the Dodgers 1969-1976, Cubs 1977-1984, Red Sox 1984-1987, Angels 1987-1988, Royals 1988-1989 and back with the Red Sox 1990.

He played for the Dodgers in the 1974 WS as well as for the Red Sox in the 1986 WS.

A 1x All-Star (1981), he got MVP consideration 5x, and finished 10th in the MVP voting in 1981 and 1982. He led the league in doubles 2x and won the NL batting title in 1980. He drove in 100 or more runs in a season 3x.

He played LF, RF and 1B, and had 2715 hits in his career, and a .289 batting average. His 162 g. average was .289-11-78, OPS+ 100. He played in 4 decades (1969-1990).

Game 47. Sanchez and Frazier power Yankees to 11-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier continued to pummel Baltimore pitching  as the Yankees (30-17) hammered Baltimore 11-4 Tuesday night.

Domingo German won his MLB-leading ninth game of the season.

While 8 of Gleyber Torres’ 10 HR are against the Orioles, 8 of Sanchez’ 14 are, and for Frazier 5 of his 8. That is 21 HR right there from three guys against Baltimore pitching this year.

Before the game, Nestor Cortes, who pitched a few innings a couple of days ago, was sent down and David Hale was brought up. Hale got in a few games for the Yankees in 2018.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit both singled and Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, #14 for the season.

With one out in the third, Aaron Hicks walked and after another out, Gio Urshela (.336) doubled Hicks home. Frazier followed with a 2-run HR, his first of two for the game. 6-0.

With one out in the fifth, Hicks and Torres walked and Frazier hit his second HR of the game, a 3-run shot, #8 on the season, for a 9-0 Yankees’ lead.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the fifth. 9-3.

The Yanks got two in the sixth. With one out, LeMahieu (.325) and Voit singled. Sanchez got an RBI forceout. Hicks singled Sanchez to third, and Torres singled Sanchez in. 11-3.

Hale gave up a run to the Orioles in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-4, which wound up being the final score.

Tampa Bay and Boston both lost, so the first-place Yankees have a two-game lead over the Rays and are up 5 1/2 on 3rd place Boston in the AL East.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Voit 2 hits
Sanchez 3-run HR, 4 RBI
Frazier 2 HRs, 5 RBI

German (W, 9-1, 2.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hale (S, 1) 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Saved the bullpen. All fresh for tonight.

You hear talks of various trades, like how Frazier is increasing his trade value or how 3B Anthony Rendon of Washington, who leads the NL with 17 doubles (.333-9-27 right now, 162 g. average .287-22-90, OPS+ 123 for his career, two top-10 MVP finishes) could be on the market.

I’d be wary of any moves right now, except maybe for another starter for more depth there, (Keuchel after the baseeball draft?) and even at that, you have Severino hopefully back in July and Jordan Montgomery in August. You don’t want to mess with good karma.