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If there is a Plan B, that may need to be changed.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Things have been quiet, and I don’t want to get into rumors, but if the Yankees’ off-season strategy is go after Gerrit Cole, but have a Plan B in case Cole rejects the Yankees offer, Plan B probably needs some alteration.

The top two targets for the Yankees, pitching-wise, are Cole and Stephen Strasburg. The Yanks have met with both, but it is expected that Strasburg will go back to Washington. Cole is a different story.

The Yanks have wanted Cole for a long time. They drafted him out of high school but Cole decided to go to UCLA instead. Then, when the Pirates were shopping him, the Yanks wouldn’t meet the Pirates’ demands (Miguel Andujar for one) and Pittsburgh traded Cole to Houston instead.

Apparently the Yanks told Cole that the money is there. It’s up to Cole, a Southern Californian, to decide if he wants New York.

But if the Yanks can’t get Cole (and it appears, for now, that all their eggs are being placed in that basket), or Strasburg, who is or was the Yankees Plan B?

If it was Zack Wheeler, forget it now. Wheeler signed a 5-yr., $118MM deal with the Phillies yesterday.

Cole Hamels reached a 1-yr., $18MM deal with Atlanta.

There are other Plan B’s out there, like Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Gio Gonzalez, but they aren’t the WOW factor Cole or Strasburg are.

And if these Plan B’s are off the market when Cole decides, and he decides against the Yankees, what then?

Besides the pursuit of Cole, the Yanks also have to see about re-signing or letting go some of their own—Brett Gardner (most likely will be back what with Hicks going to miss most of 2020), Didi Gregorius (most likely gone), Austin Romine and Dellin Betances.

Of course, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner may look to the trade market. If that is the case, Clint Frazier and/or Andujar could be names (among others) dangled.

Game 45. “Cole” in the stocking. Hamels beats Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.

That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.

It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.

German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.

Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.

Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.

The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.

German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.

The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.

Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.

Tribe, Toronto, go 1-up. Another Yankee moves on.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Unlike Buck Showalter the other night leaving his best in the bullpen, Terry Francona of Cleveland went to Andrew Miller early…in the fifth inning, and Miller provided two key innings of scoreless middle relief in Cleveland’s 5-4 win over Boston in Game 1 of their division series. Cleveland hit 3 hr in one inning. There were six HRs hit in the game, three by each side.

Toronto hammered Texas 10-1 in the first game of their division series, knocking out Cole Hamels in the fourth inning. Marco Estrada went 8 1/3, giving up just four hits and one run. Josh Donaldson was 4 for 4, scored 2, drove in 2. Troy Tulowitzki had a base-loaded triple among his 3 hits, and Jose Bautista homered and drove in 4 runs.

Eric Young, Jr. decided not to accept the Yanks optioning him to SWB and became a free agent. Young got in six games with the Yanks in September, went 0 for 1, scored 2 runs and stole 1 base.

 

Game 100. Yanks fall, 5-2.

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Masahiro Tanaka struggled through six innings, and the Yanks’ four-game winning streak was snapped in Texas last night, 5-2.

After 100 games, the Yanks are 57-43, and six games in the lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored their two runs in the top of the second. Carlos Beltran homered, #8 of the season and #381 of his career (tying him with Albert Belle). Two out singles by Gregorius, Drew and Ellsbury plated another run to make it 2-0 but that was all the Yanks would get.

Tanaka gave three runs back in the bottom of the second, and Texas tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Capuano, and brought up Caleb Cotham, who made his MLB debut in this game.

Tanaka (L, 7-4, 3.80) 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.77
Cotham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 0.00

Cole Hamels is going to Texas. David Price may still be out there to be had by the Yanks, but the Yanks don’t want to give up any of these four in any trade: Severino, Bird, Judge and Mateo.

Game 98. Yanks open up 7-game lead with a 6-2 win.

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Didi Gregorius drove in four runs with a 2-run HR and a two-run single as the Yanks beat Texas 6-2 on Monday night.

With the win, the Yanks have opened up a seven-game lead in the AL East with a 56-42 record. Meanwhile, a couple of their division opponents made moves. Boston, 13 out now, traded Shane Victorino to the Angels, and Toronto, 7 out, traded Jose Reyes to Colorado for Troy Tulowitzki.

There was news yesterday that the Yankees were interested in Cole Hamels of the Phillies, but the Yanks have four “untouchables” they refuse to trade: RHP Luis Severino, 1B/DH Greg Bird, OF Aaron Judge (all at AAA) and SS Jorge Mateo (at Low A).

In the game, Ivan Nova struggled, giving up two runs in the second, and being in trouble a lot, going just the minimum five for the win, but he did get the win.

Down 2-0 in the third, Gregorius tied the game with a two-run HR (5). Brendan Ryan then tripled and scored on a Chris Young SF to put the Yanks up 3-2.

In the sixth, Alex Rodriguez, celebrating his 40th birthday, homered (24, #678 career) to put the Yanks up 4-2. A-Rod became the fourth player to HR as a teenager and also at 40 or over (Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub, Gary Sheffield).

Gregorius’ two-run single in the seventh accounted for the final margin of 6-2.He had three hits in the game, as did Chase Headley.

Nova (W, 3-3, 3.38) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 3 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0H, 1 walk, 4 k. 1.79.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.50
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.35

Chris Capuano will make Tuesday’s start to give everyone in the rotation an extra day off.

Game 96. Alex (3 HR) and Murphy spark Yanks to comeback win.

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Down 5-0 after three innings, the Yanks stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night, getting four in the top of the ninth to cap things off.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 54-42.

Alex Rodriguez became the fifth oldest player to hit three home runs in a game. A-Rod turns 40 on Monday. The oldest was Stan Musial (41 yrs., 229 days) who did it against the 1962 Mets at the old Polo Grounds.

CC Sabathia fell behind 2-0 only five pitches into the game by giving up a single and a HR to the first two batters. He gave up a 3-run HR to Torii Hunter in the third.

Then A-Rod went to work, hitting a bomb for a solo HR in the fourth. The other day at Yankee Stadium, he hit a 453′ HR. Well, this one went into the third deck in LCF at Target Stadium. (Update: the 3 HRs were measured at 452, 422 and 424 feet).

In the seventh, A-Rod cut the Twins’ lead to 5-3 with a two-run HR. The Yanks tacked on another run when Teixeira doubled, moved to third on a line out and scored on a SF by Headley.

Still, the Yanks were down 5-4 entering the top of the ninth when A-Rod did it AGAIN. His third HR of the game, #23 of the season and #677 of his career, was another long HR, this one just to the left of straightaway CF, to tie the game.

Teixeira then singled and Beltran grounded into a force. Headley singled and John Ryan Murphy hit a 3-run HR to make the comeback complete and give the Yanks an 8-5 win. It was the first HR of the year for Murphy.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 5.38
Warren (W, 6-5, 3.51) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller (23rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.57.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Pinder down, brought up Nick Goody, and DFA’d Gregorio Petit.

Elsewhere in baseball, Cole Hamels threw a no-no for the Phillies, and with them needing help as the trade deadline looms, you wonder if Hamels no-no happened in what could be his last Phillies’ game. Ironically, one of the teams looking to trade for him is the team he threw the no-hitter against—-the Cubs.

Game 71. Phils get 5 in 9th, beat Yanks 11-6.

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This is embarrassing. What makes it worse is that I live in the Lehigh Valley amidst a bunch of Phillies’ fans.

Maybe today the Yanks pitch around Maikal Franco. For the second straight game, the Phillies rookie (and he looks like a keeper) drove in five runs. Meanwhile Dellin Betances had karma catch up to him as the Phillies beat the Yanks 11-6.

Before the game the Yanks made more moves. They recalled Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on paternity leave and sent Ramon Flores back down.

When Nick Rumbelow made his MLB debut last night, he became the 26th different Yankees’ pitcher this season. Ivan Nova, coming back off rehab to start today, will be the 27th. The season isn’t even half over, and there is still the trade deadline to consider.

To the game. The Yanks have now given up 34 runs in their last three games. They have lost two in a row to a team that is 26-47 and who, prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, had lost twelve consecutive road games. They have given up 11 runs in back-to-back nights to a team who hadn’t hit double digits all year; a team who, before coming to the Bronx, had a team OPS+ of 79, 21% below league average.

If the old man were still alive (the Boss) there would be hell to pay right now.

The Yanks are 38-33 with the loss, and are now two games behind the Rays in the AL East. Still in second, tied for a wild card spot.

The game started after a rain delay of around 75 minutes.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a SF by A-Rod. A Garrett Jones HR (4) in the second made it 2-0, but CC gave up a run in the third. Brett Gardner’s HR (9) in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 Yanks.

Then CC fell apart. He gave up two HR and 5 runs in the top of the fourth and couldn’t make it through the fifth. My feelings on CC have been documented.

The Yanks bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and A-Rod (15, #669 career), followed by doubles by Beltran and Young. 6-6.

So it stayed until the ninth. In the meantime, the Yanks blew opportunities for themselves. They went just 1 for 12 with RISP.

In the ninth, Dellin Betances, whose ERA had dropped to 0.25, finally had that bad outing you knew would come someday. (You didn’t expect his ERA to stay at 0.25, did you?) The Phillies scored five runs and put the game away.

Hopefully the Yanks win today. The last thing this Lehigh Valley resident, living in Phillies’ country, wants to hear, is the fans of the worst team in baseball crowing all summer about sweeping the Yankees. It’d be like they won the WS instead of losing 100 games (which they are on course to do). It may be tough. The Phils are going with their ace, Cole Hamels, today.

Nova (making his MLB debut) vs. Hamels today. For Hamels, an audition, for the Yanks and other teams. If the Phils are to rebuild, they have to dump players, and Hamels is the #1 target for teams looking to add an ace. The Phils will probably be looking for a king’s ransom. If the Yanks are to get him, they may have to give up Severino and Judge for starters.

Last night’s pitching line:

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K   5.65
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.53 (I wish Joe would trust him more and give him more opportunities. So far, so good. Let’s see what he’s got).
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.82
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.16 1 HBP
Betances (L, 4-1, 1.25) 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2 HBP.
Rumbelow (MLB Debut) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 13.50

 

S.T. Game 7. Yanks edge Nationals, 3-2.

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 4-2-1 with a 3-2 win over Washington today. (MLB.com, I think, is broadcasting the game at 8 tonight (Sunday)).

A-Rod got his first action in the field, fielding one sharply hit grounder. As he himself stated, don’t expect an Ozzie Smith-type year. Meaning not great fielding or range, just make the routine play. Of course, we don’t expect to see A-Rod at 3B too much this year, mostly at DH. Chase Headley should be the regular 3B, barring injury.  A-Rod did get a Texas-league bloop double in the game, and also struck out.

After Washington scored in the top of the first on a first-pitch-of-the-game HR off of Adam Warren, the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a Brett Gardner single.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a single by Jose Pirela. It is starting to look like Brendan Ryan (abdominal injury) may not be ready for Opening Day, so Pirela and Refsnyder could be battling for a spot on the Opening Day Roster. Neither is the backup SS you would want, but Drew could slide over. The problem is that Drew, like Gregorious, is a lefty hitter. While considered more of a utilty man, and especially at 2B/3B/OF, Pirela, a righty bat, has played most of his minor league games at SS (364 games, as opposed to 300 at 2B), although he really isn’t considered a SS prospect. Still, his versatility (Refsnyder isn’t a SS) and SS experience could help him make the team if Ryan isn’t ready. Pirela was 2 for 3 today.

The Nationals tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Yanks pushed ahead the winning run in the eighth on a single by infielder Cole Figueroa. Figueroa has played 2B/SS/3B in his minor league career. He is a lefty bat, however. He is 10 for 43 in his MLB career, 0 HR, 6 RBI, all with Tampa Bay last year. Nick Noonan is also a possibility as a backup infielder, but he also is a lefty hitter (.219-0-5 in 105 AB with SF last year). He has mostly 2B/SS experience.

I don’t know who the prospects would be, but a report on MLB Trade Rumors says that the Yankees have put together the best package as far as trying to lure Cole Hamels away from the Phillies. No word on what prospects would be given up for Hamels. The Red Sox were seeking a top catching prospect that Boston didn’t want to give up, so you wonder if the Phils would want a Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy as part of the package. The Phils would love to dump Ryan Howard and his salary (could they be interested in Greg Bird?). Chase Utley isn’t getting younger and if the Phils want to dump him to anyone (of course, we have to consider no-trade clauses here) they could be interested in a Refsnyder. MLBTR reports that in addition to the prospects, the Phils would want the other team to pick up ALL of Hamels’ salary. That, to me, is unrealistic for the 31 year old Hamels, who is due $23.5 MM through 2018 with a big 2019 option. Could or would Hamels fit in with the Yanks? Of course. A very good lefty, and could you imagine a rotation of Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi (with Nova in reserve)? Pushing Capuano out and replacing him with Hamels? With Luis Severino in reserve? Actually, I don’t think Severino would be in reserve. I think the Phils would insist on Severino as part of the package. But that rotation, if healthy, could be one good rotation. Tanaka-Hamels-Pineda-CC and Eovaldi. With Nova in reserve. R-L-R-L-R.

Hamels, 108-83, 3.27, has been the victim of poor run support in Philadelphia. His ERA+ is 125, but his 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.27. With a 3.27 career ERA, you’d expect better. He was both the NLCS and WS MVP in 2008. To show how little run support he got, last year he was just 9-9 despite an ERA of 2.46. Despite that, he finished 6th in the NL CYA voting.

As for getting Hamels, I have mixed emotions. I need to see how much the Yanks would have to give up and how much salary they would have to take on.

But maybe Texas now goes full bore for Hamels because it appears as if Yu Darvish will be out for the year due to probably needing Tommy John surgery.

Not only that, but apparently Cliff Lee’s elbow is barking again. Not good news for the Phils, who want to dump aging players that are making too much money (sound familiar, Yankees fans?) but are finding it tough to find takers and who are probably asking for too much of a return.

Good news regarding the question marks of Tanaka, Pineda and CC. All are progressing nicely (fingers crossed) and all should see spring training action soon. None of the three is reporting any concerns on recent injuries (Tanaka elbow, Pineda shoulder and CC knee).

The pitching line today.

Adam Warren 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. His first pitch was hit for a HR.
Adam Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Luis Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED) 2 H, 1 walk and 3 K. The Yanks’ top pitching prospect was hitting 96/97 today.
Jeff Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 k.
Wilkin Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Jared Burton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

One reason I don’t put too much credence in games this early—Adam Miller will not be pitching in the 4th inning in the regular season this year, nor will Dellin Betances be pitching in the 5th.

 

 

 

 

Game 98. Nix’s big hit keys Yanks 5-2 win.

The Yanks ended their West Coast 2-5 after a 5-2 win over Seattle today. They had called up Ramiro Pena to replace A-Rod.

The Yanks got a HR by Jeter, batting 2nd behind Ichiro, in the first. #8 of the season and #248 of Derek’s career.

Derek had three hits today to take him to 3215.

With Alex out, Girardi dropped Granderson to the 5 slot. The lineup was Ichiro 9, Jeter 6, Cano 4, Teix 3, Granderson 8, Ibanez DH, Chavez 5, Jones 7 and Martin 2.

In the bottom of the first, Nova gave up two runs on two hits and and two walks. He didn’t give up a hit after that, but he was wild.

Nova 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 6 walks and 5 K. ERA to 4.08.

Rapada 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70.

Phelps 4 up, 4 down (2-3, 2.70). 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

It was 2-1 Seattle heading into the eighth. The Yanks had left two on in the fourth and fifth.

In the eighth, Jeter led off and was HBP (what is it with the HBP by the M’s the last two games?). Singles by Cano and Teix loaded the bases. Granderson popped up, but then Nix PH for Ibanez. Nix came through with a bases-clearing double to put the Yanks up 4-2. After Chavez was walked and Jones struck out, Martin singled to make it 5-2.

Robertson for the 8th, 1-2-3 with 2 K.

1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.05.

Soriano then picked up his 26th save. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA to 1.57.

Seattle only got 3 hits today.

Other baseball news: Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate go from Miami to the Dodgers. Houston yesterday sent Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh (Pirates buyers!) after recently shipping Brett Myers to the White Sox. Ryan Dempster turning down the Braves, prefers the Dodgers.

No free agency for Cole Hamels. He re-ups with the Phils for six years and $144 million (and Phillies fans in my area complain about the Yanks?. But are Pence and Lee on the block? Consider the contracts of Halladay, Lee, Howard and Hamels. Those four are somewhere around $92-$100 million alone.

Let’s see: Rollins $11MM, Pence $10.4MM, Utley $15MM, Howard $20MM ($25MM in 2014), Papelbon $11MM ($13MM next year), Hamels is going from $15MM to $24MM (I’m averaging), Lee $21.5MM ($25MM next year), Halladay $20MM.

Something for them is going to have to give.

Colts can Caldwell

Just a few years ago, Jim Caldwell started his NFL coaching career by going 14-0, then ran into controversy when he rested players instead of striving for the perfect season. The Colts then went on to lose the Super Bowl (2009 season).

He went 10-6 last year, and after the Peyton-less Colts went 2-14 this year, he got the boot.

Tough blow for the Tigers today. Victor Martinez is out for 2012 after tearing an ACL. The DH line starts here….

Speaking of that line, now that the Yanks traded Montero, there is word that they have talked to Damon and Matsui, while agents for Vlad, Ibanez and Jack Cust want to talk to the Yankees.

The Yanks settled with Joba and D-Rob. No arbitration. Joba $1.675 Million, D-Rob $1.6. Meanwhile, Gardner submitted $3.2 mil, Yanks $2.4, Russ Martin wants $8.2, Yanks offering 7, and Boone Logan wants 2.1, Yanks offering $1.7 million (Jon Heyman, CBS).

Craig Counsell, who scored the winning run in the 1997 WS for the Marlins, retired. He also was on the 2001 WS winning Diamondbacks.

Big Bucks: Phils and Cole Hamels agree on a $15 million/1 yr. deal. Hamels is a FA after 2012, and there was interesting talk on Twitter about how the Dodgers and Hamels could be a fit then.

Tim Lincecum submitted an arbitration figure of $21.5 million (previous arb winner? Jeter at $18.9 mil). The Giants countered with $17 million (Heyman).

The deadline is approaching for Texas to sign Yu Darvish (tomorrow).

Carl Crawford had wrist surgery. He may or may not be ready for Boston on Opening Day.

Ryan Ludwick signs with the Reds.

Lastly, today was Muhammad Ali’s 70th b/day.