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Game 155. Yanks lose, A’s lose, but do Yanks lose Didi for the year?

 

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Oakland lost to Minnesota, meaning the Yanks’ magic # to secure the wild card game at home is reduced to 5 (Yanks hold the tiebreaker).

Meaning that today COULD have been the Yanks’ last game at Yankee Stadium for 2018 if they lose the wild card advantage to Oakland, travel to Oakland and lose the WC card game out there.

The Yanks, (95-60), blew at game to Baltimore (of all teams), 6-3, to ensure that the magic # was not reduced further.

The Yanks also found out, that in scoring the winning run of yesterday’s game, a run that ensured a playoff berth, that Didi Gregorius, in scoring the run, tore cartillage in his wrist that may end his season.

I have had no problems with Boone’s managing for most of this season. This month of September is different. Reliance on guys like Cole and Kahnle. If you couldn’t rely on them May-August, why the hell rely on them now?

The Yanks got three in the first, and then basically s**t the bed with the offense from there out, doing nothing after the first inning. Three walks (Baltimore starter Alex Cobb, because of injury, was pulled in the middle of facing the first batter), then a SF by Torres. Andujar singled in a run. With two out, Sanchez singled in a run. 3-0 Yanks and they didn’t do a damned thing after that.

J.A. Happ gave up a run in the second on a HR.

But after 5, his pitch count was up so he was replaced.

Excuse me, Boone. You still need to win this game because Oakland is breathing down your throat. You replace Happ with A.J. Cole? Cole isn’t that good. It is only a two run lead. Then you replace him with Kahnle, who also has stunk this year.

Cole gives up a double and back-to-back homers. Lead and game lost. Now Boone brings in Kahnle, who gives up a double, groundout that moved the runner up, and a SF. 4 runs. Ballgame over as Baltimore takes a 5-3 lead (they would get another run off Cessa and win 6-3).

No offense after the first inning. Going to Cole and Kahnle when you need to win and hold off the A’s.

The Yanks got only 4 hits in the game.

I’ve defended Boone and have thought he has done a decent job, but the last three weeks? Ugh.

Thankfully, the Yanks magic # to secure the home field for the wild card game was reduced to 5 because Minnesota beat Oakland today.

On top of all that, the Yanks received really bad news, as mentioned earlier. In scoring the winning run yesterday that secured a playoff berth for the Yankees, Didi Gregorius tore cartillage in his wrist. He had a cortisone shot but could be lost for the year. Oy Vey.

Also, Boone has apparently committed to Sanchez to start the wild card game. We all hope that Sanchez could do what he is capable of doing—-a 2 HR, 5 RBI game. But Sanchez is hitting .182 now. The fear is that in that game, he goes 0 for 4, strikes out twice, hits into a DP, and even worse, commits a PB that ends the Yankees’ season.

Boone’s faith in some guys is going a bit too far. (Cole, Sanchez, Kahnle, Bird, Gardner). You have to realize that at some point, this is a lost year for some guys and cut the cord for the year on them (and in some cases, cut the cord forever).

Andujar 2 hits, RBI.

Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.57 (Tor/NYY) Set up for WC start 10/3.
Cole (BS, 1; L, 4-2, 6.32 Wash/NYY) 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.86
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.   4.79.

On Friday, Cole came in and in 1/3 of an inning, gave up 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. and a HR.

Now today, he couldn’t get anyone out. 0 R, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.

So this weekend against the Orioles, 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 3 HR.

Really, Boone?

With expanded rosters, I’d rather have seen Loaisiga, Adams or Sheffield there. Even Tarpley.

But not Cole or Kahnle.

 

 

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Game 150. Walker saves Yanks with bat and glove in 3-2 win. Lead over A’s 2 1/2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Neil Walker hit a 3-run HR in the seventh and made two fine defensive plays in the ninth inning as the Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Tuesday night.

The game was supposed to be an afternoon game but rain pushed it into the evening.

Aaron Judge returned to the Yankees’ lineup for the first time since suffering a broken wrist. He went 0 for 4 but did hit the ball hard three times.

With the win, the Yanks kept Boston from clinching the AL East for at least one more day. With the A’s loss to the Angels, the Yanks lead over Oakland for the top wild card spot increased to 2 1/2 games. Win #92 (92-58) means that the Yanks have won more games in this year’s regular season than last year and is the most wins they have won in a season since 2012.

Magic numbers: 9 over Oakland for the top wild card seed (Yanks own the tiebreaker). 5 over Tampa Bay for the bottom wild card seed.

Boston scored an unearned run in the third as Gary Sanchez is starting to earn the boos of the Yankee faithful. A single, a balk by Yankees’ starter J.A. Happ and a walk put men on first and second for Boston with no out. Then, as we’ve seen far too often the past two years, a PB by Sanchez which moved the runners up. Thankfully, Boston only got one run out of it on a SF.

Between the passed balls, and the .187 batting average this year, the fans’ patience with Sanchez is running out.

The Yanks, who got only 3 hits all game, got all their runs in the seventh. Hicks walked, stole second, and with one out, Sanchez walked. Walker hit his 10th HR of the season to put the Yanks’ up 3-1. Walker became the eleventh Yankee to hit double digits for the season, and that tied a MLB record. If Luke Voit can get hot and hit 3 more this year, the Yanks could set a record.

Both of Boston’s runs in the game were unearned as the Yanks literally almost threw the game away in the ninth. Zach Britton got a strikeout for the first out, but it was one where Sanchez had to throw out the runner at first. Walker made a nice stretch to keep his foot on the bag.

Then came a walk. On a grounder to third, Hechevarria, in for defensive purposes, made a throw behind Gleyber Torres that Torres couldn’t catch, and Torres was charged with an error. Instead of a game-ending DP, now it was first and third, one out.

The next hitter hit one back to Britton, who also should have started a game-ending DP, but Britton threw the ball away, and Boston cut the lead to 3-2, with runners at 1st and 2nd, still one out.

Finally, the next hitter hit another one back to Britton, who started a 1-4-3 DP, but even on this one, Walker had to make a nice scoop of Torres’ throw to get that final out and save the game.

J.A. Happ, on pace to start the wild card game, pitched great.

Happ 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.  3.62 (Tor/NYY)
Green (W, 8-2, 2.42) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Robertson (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K   2.85
Britton (S, 6) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.41 (Balt/NYY)

Something I should have mentioned a week or so ago. CC Sabathia is the Yankees’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente award for public service.

Game 144. Sanchez and Happ key Yanks’ 7-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I advocated dropping Gary Sanchez down in the lineup, it was done (to 6) and it worked as Sanchez hit a 460 foot home run and had three hits in the Yanks’ 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins Monday night.

Just like Masahiro Tanaka did a few nights earlier, J.A. Happ put in his bid to start the wild card game with a great performance.

Sanchez broke open a scoreless game with his HR (16) in the sixth. 1-0 Yanks.

The Yanks broke open a tight game with six runs in the seventh. McCutchen and Hicks walked, and Andujar doubled in both runs. 3-0. Stanton doubled in Andujar. 4-0. Gregorius doubled in Stanton, 5-0. Sanchez singled and Bird walked. Bases loaded, no one out. Gardner struck out, but McCutchen hit a SF, 6-0. Hicks walked to re-load the bases but Andujar lined out to end the inning.

The Twins got two in the bottom of the eighth.

Final 7-2 Yanks.

The win is the Yanks’ 90th of the season (90-54). They are 8 GB of Boston with 18 to go. The tragic # for Boston to win the AL East is 11. The magic # for the Yanks to win the top wild card spot is 16, and the magic # to make the playoffs as the second wild card team is 9. The Yanks lead the A’s by 3 games for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.

McCutchen, RBI, 3 walks
Hicks 2 walks
Andujar 2 RBI
Sanchez 3 hits, solo HR.
Gardner 2 hits.

Happ is 6-0 as a Yankee.

Happ (16-6, 3.75 Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W 2 K.  5.35  1 WP
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.15

SWB will host Game 1 of the International League (AAA) finals tonight, Tuesday evening vs. Durham.

Game 141. Yanks beat Mariners behind two HR & Tanaka.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gleyber Torres and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers and Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant as the Yankees beat Seattle 4-0 Friday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 88-53. With 21 games to go, they are 8 1/2 behind Boston in the AL East. The tragic # for Boston to win the East is 13. The Yanks remain 3 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card seed. The magic # for that is 18. The magic # to just make the playoffs is 12.

Torres’ 2-run HR came in the second inning and was his 23rd of the season.

McCutchen’s 2-run HR, his 16th of the season and first as a Yankee, came in the third.

Tanaka (W, 11-5, 3.61) 8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.80

Luke Voit had 2 hits.

Didi Gregorius came off the DL. He didn’t start, but got into the game later.

Giancarlo Stanton is down to .268 and is in an awful slump. Since going back to Miami for a couple of games down there, he is 6 for 54 with 24 strikeouts.

As for that wild card game, here are some pitchers and how they have pitched recently.

Since coming off the DL in early July, Tanaka is just 4-3 in 11 starts, but his ERA is 2.60. In four postseason starts, he is just 2-2, but with a 1.44 ERA.

Severino is 4-5, 6.83 since July 1. In four postseason starts, he is 1-1, 5.63.

Since July 4, CC is 1-3, 4.57. 23 postseason games, 22 starts, 10-6, 4.20.

J.A. Happ as a Yankee is 5-0, 3.10. In 10 postseason games, 3 starts, 1-1, 3.72.

Looking at that, if Tanaka finishes September the way he is going, he may be the one, not Severino, starting that wild card game.

Game 139. Yanks offense wakes up late in 5-1 win. Voit homers again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees’ offense woke up late in a huge 5-1 win over Oakland late Tuesday night. The win means the 87-52 Yanks are 4 1/2 games up on Oakland for the top wild card spot instead of just 2 1/2 up.

They are still 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East with just 23 games to go. Let’s face it, the division race is over. The tragic # for Boston clinching the division is 15.

The Yanks magic # for clinching the top wild card spot is 19. They are 10 up on Seattle for the final wild card spot, and the magic # for the Yanks reaching the playoffs is 14.

J.A. Happ pitched superbly but had nothing to show for it. He gave up a solo HR in the second, but that was it.

For a long time, it appeared as if that would be enough for the A’s to win 1-0. The Yanks didn’t get a baserunner until the fifth (via an error), and didn’t get their first hit until two out in the sixth, and after getting that hit, Gleyber Torres was picked off of first.

In the seventh, Gardner and Stanton singled, then McCutchen and Hicks walked to tie the game. But with the bases loaded and no one out, the Yanks couldn’t tack on any more runs.

Luke Voit homered to lead off the top of the eighth. It proved to be the game-winning hit. It’s Voit’s 8th HR of the season and 7th as a Yankee. It’s safe to say that Greg Bird has lost his job for now. Voit hit it off of Fernando Rodney, who can aim that bow and arrow act at himself for giving up the HR.

After Voit’s HR, Torres walked and was forced at second by Gardner. After the slumping Stanton struck out for out #2, McCutchen walked and Hicks singled in a run. 3-1.

In the ninth, Adeiny Hechevarria, in the game for defense, homered. It’s his fifth of the year and first as a Yankee. Sanchez singled, Walker walked, and after two out and a WP, Gardner singled for the final of 5-1.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 RBI
Hechevarria solo HR
Voit solo GW HR

Happ 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.  3.90  Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson (W, 8-3, 2.85) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Britton (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.94 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.50

 

Game 135. Yanks blow game in 9th, make deal for McCutchen

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There will be no major minor league report because of typing up about the Andrew McCutchen deal.

With concern about Aaron Judge’s return, and also with possible concern over Brett Gardner’s .237 batting average as well, the Yanks traded for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen will be postseason eligible. To get McCutchen from the Giants, the Yanks traded two prospects, Abiatal Avelino and another who hasn’t been named yet.

Another concern could be Giancarlo Stanton’s hamstring and the probable need to try to keep him off the field and just DH him. As for Clint Frazier, he just started rehab.

McCutchen will be a free agent at the end of the season. He’s 31 and hit .255-15-55 with 13 SB, OPS+ 110 for SF this season. He won the NL MVP in 2013 for the Pirates, and finished third, first, third and fifth in NL MVP voting from 2012-2015. McCutchen’s 162 g. average is .288-24-86 with 20 SB, OPS+ 134. He’s a 5x All-Star. 1x Gold Glove winner and 4x Silver Slugger. While not what he was, he helps. The Yanks were playing Neil Walker out of position in RF and also using Shane Robinson, whose bat (.143) is virtually non-existent. McCutchen provides relief until the Yanks get Judge back this season, if at all.

It’s a move the Yanks had to make with the uncertainty over Judge.

To get him, Abiatal Avelino is one player going to SF. Avelino, a 23 yr. old infielder, mostly 2B/SS, was hitting .287-15-66 between AA/AAA this season, with 25 SB. Both McCutchen and Avelino are righty bats.

That’s the good news. The trade. The bad news is that the Yanks (84-50) blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth when Dellin Betances gave up 3 runs on back-to-back homers as the Yanks lost 8-7 to Detroit.

J.A. Happ had his worst game as a Yankee, giving up 3 HR, one to the first batter of the game.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the third on Stanton’s 33rd HR of the year, and #300 of his career.

But Happ gave up a 2-run HR in the top of the fourth. 3-2 Tigers.

The Yanks came back with 2 in the bottom of the fourth on a 2-run HR by Gleyber Torres (21). The ball was flying out of Yankee Stadium last night. Detroit hit 5 HR, the Yanks 3.

Happ gave up another HR in the fifth, and was knocked out of the game. 5-4 Detroit. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Hicks singled, Stanton walked and Andujar got an infield hit. Hicks scored on an error on the play.

Luke Voit put the Yanks up 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (5), but in the top of the ninth, Betances, after getting an out, gave up a walk, then the back-to-back HRs to lose the game. Victor Martinez hit 2 HR for the Tigers, and Niko Goodrum had 4 hits, inc. the GW HR.

Hicks 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 2-run HR (33, #300 career), 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, HR (5, 4th as Yankee), 2 RBI
Torres 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (21)

Happ 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  4.00 (Tor/NYY)
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.66
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.95
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.94 (Balt/NYY)
Betances (BS, 2; L, 4-4, 2.59) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR.

The loss drops the 84-50 Yanks 8 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. They are still 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot, and 9 up on Seattle for a playoff spot. The magic # over Seattle to clinch a playoff spot is 20.

Very brief minor league recap:

SWB (70-64) got 2 in the bottom of the 9th to win 3-2 and keep their playoff hopes alive. C Gary Sanchez 0 for 4 on rehab. Justus Sheffield pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

AA Trenton (75-61) lost 5-1 despite getting 11 hits.

High A Tampa (68-66) won 3-1 in 6 1/2 innings. The other game of the scheduled DH was rained out. DH Clint Frazier 1 for 3 on rehab. Domingo German on rehab 3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER.

Low A: Charleston (61-71) lost 7-3.

 

 

 

Games 128/129. Yanks Sweep Orioles, 10-3 and 5-1. Ensure winning record.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees swept a day/night DH from the Bad News Bears (oops, Baltimore Orioles) on Saturday, moving them to 82-47 on the season and ensuring a winning record for 2018.

The last time time the Yanks did NOT finish at .500 was in 1992. With the DH sweep and a Boston loss, the 82-47 Yanks are 7 back of Boston for the AL East. (Wild card info at the bottom of this report).

Game 1, afternoon: Yanks win 10-3, belting out 4 HR and Stanton was robbed of another (would have been career #300).

You can criticize Cashman for some moves, but the move for J. A. Happ? Give him credit for that. 5 starts, 5-0.

In this game, the Yanks went up 1-0 in the first when Stanton walked, Hicks doubled and Andujar hit a groundout for an RBI.

Happ gave up 2 in the bottom of the second. 2-1 Orioles.

The Yanks got 4 in the third. Robinson singled ,Gardner walked. After an out, Hicks singled in one and Andujar hit a 3-run HR (21) to make it 5-2.

Gardner hit a 2-run HR (11) in the fourth to make it 7-2.

To the fifth. Andujar singles, and one out later, Torres and Voit single to make it 8-2. Bird is really in jeopardy of losing his job to Voit.

Torres homers in the eighth (19) 9-2.

Hicks homers in the ninth, 10-2.

The Orioles score in the bottom of the ninth, but final, 10-3 Yanks.

Gardner HR (11) 2 RBI
Hicks 3 hits, HR (21), 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits, HR (21) 4 RBI
Torres 2 hits, solo HR (19)
Shane Robinson 2 hits.

Happ (W, 15-6, 3.80 Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 9 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.34

2nd game, night: Sonny Gray finally pitched great. 6 1/3 shutout innings. Low pitch count. Of course, the fact it was Baltimore has to be taken into consideration.

Other than Luis Severino, guess who is the only other Yankees pitcher with 10 or more wins (not counting J.A. Happ, 10 with Toronto and 5 with the Yankees)? Would you believe….Sonny Gray?

The Yanks scored in the first when Gardner led off the game with a double, Stanton walked and Hicks got an RBI single. Hicks cost the Yanks a run later in the inning when he was picked off of first.

In the second, the Yanks benefited from bad Orioles fielding (there are plenty of reasons they are 37-93).

Torres singled, and after a flyout by the slumping Bird (once again, job very much in jeopardy to Luke Voit), Romine and Torreyes each singled to load the bases. A WP moved everyone up, Yanks up 2-0. Gardner hit a grounder to first, the first baseman came home and it was a bad throw, 3-0. A good throw maybe has him. It was a poor throw.

In the fourth, with one out, Romine singled. Torreyes reached on an error (this is the Orioles, remember?) and Gardner hit into a force. Stanton singled (normally a double, but the ball was hit so hard down the RF line and off the scoreboard that it was just a single) to make it 4-0.

In the ninth, Austin Romine’s 9th HR made it 5-0.

Baltimore scored a run in the bottom of the ninth, final 5-1 Yankees.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI.
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits.
Romine 3 hits, solo HR (9).

Gray (W, 10-8,  5.05) 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.02
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.43
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.18

The Yanks are 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot.