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Game 52. Yanks shut out Bosox behind Happ, 8-0, for 10th straight win.

The Yankees have beaten Boston in every game this season, and will play them for the final time on Sunday.

On Saturday night, J.A. Happ was superb in pitching eight innings in an 8-0 shutout of the Red Sox.

As of right now, the Yanks have four starters who are all clicking and who all have ERAs of 3.30 or lower. That’s a good, encouraging sign as the playoffs draw near.

With the win, the Yanks remain three percentage points ahead of the Twins for the #4 seed in the AL.

The Yankees got two runs right away in the top of the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu (.368 leads MLB; leads AL in OPB, OPS and OPS+) singled, and Aaron Judge walked. Both runners moved up on a passed ball. With one out, Luke Voit (20 HR leads MLB) walked to load the bases. Gio Urshela hit a SF for one run, and Clint Frazier singled in another. 2-0, Yankees.

The Yanks scored twice in the fourth to go up 4-0. With one out, Frazier singled. He moved up to second, and Mike Tauchman reached first, on an error. Kyle Higashioka singled in a run, Tauchman going to third. Tyler Wade drove in the second run on a forceout.

In the fifth, Judge led off with a single but was caught trying to steal second. Brett Gardner singled and scored all the way from first on a single by Voit. Voit’s foot problems held him at first. After another out, Frazier hit a 2-run HR (8), to make it 7-0.

The Yanks made it 8-0 in the top of the ninth. With one out, Gardner walked, moved to second on a WP, to third on a single by Voit, and scored when Urshela hit a SF that turned into a DP (Gardner scored before Voit was doubled up).

Nick Nelson finished off the shutout.

LeMahieu 2 hits (see above; MLB leader in BA, AL leader in OBP, OPS, OPS+)
Gardner 2 hits
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Urshela 2 RBI
Frazier 3 hits, 2-run HR (8), 3 RBI

Happ (W, 2-2, 3.25) 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Nelson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.17

UPDATE: The Yanks’ magic # to reach the postseason is 1. Win #31 guarantees the Yanks a winning season. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992.

Game 47. Gleyber’s PH double wins it, 3-1

Gleyber Torres didn’t start the game, but he sure ended it.

The Yanks (26-21) won their fifth straight, and swept the four game weekend series from Baltimore by winning 3-1 on Sunday.

Before the series, Baltimore was creeping up on the Yanks for a playoff spot. Not anymore.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the second to Renato Nunez. 1-0, O’s.

Tyler Wade tied it up for the Yanks in the bottom of the third with his second HR of the season.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth. With two out, Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier both singled. Torres PH for Brett Gardner and doubled in two runs. 3-1 Yanks. Ballgame.

The Yanks are off Monday, 9/14.

Frazier 2 hits
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 2 RBI
Wade solo HR (2)

Happ 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.96
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.43
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.08
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.80
Britton (W, 1-2, 2.25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.50

Maybe my post of yesterday helped. LOL. Albert Pujols tied Willie Mays on the all-time HR list with #660 on Sunday.

Game 45. Voit, Tanaka lead Yanks to DH Sweep, 10-1.

Luke Voit hit two homers to tie for the MLB HR lead with 16, and Masahiro Tanaka settled in after giving up a first-inning HR as the Yanks (24-21) crushed Baltimore 10-1 to sweep yesterday’s doubleheader at the Stadium. (See Game 44 for first game results).

With Judge and Stanton on the DL, what Voit is doing is impressive and with a lot of the lineup struggling (Sanchez, Gardner, Hicks, Ford, Wade, Estrada, Andujar all at .220 or below), Voit should get MVP consideration along with LeMahieu.

As of this morning, Voit’s 16 HR are tied for the MLB lead, and LeMahieu’s .359 batting average leads the A.L.

After Tanaka gave up a solo HR in the first, the Yankees came right back with four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to some luck and shoddy play by the Orioles.

LeMahieu walked, and Voit singled him to second. On a fly to left, LeMahieu surprisingly tug up and would have been out at third, but the ball was dropped. Voit moved up to second behind LeMahieu. Clint Frazier hit a grounder to short, LeMahieu tried to score, and would have been out if the throw was good. So the Yanks got lucky and got a run. Gleyber Torres then singled to make it 2-1, and Miguel Andujar’s double made it 4-1.

After a shaky start to the top of the second, Tanaka settled in, retiring each of the last 12 batters he faced.

Voit hit a three-run HR in the fourth to make it 7-1. He then hit another three-run HR in the fifth to make it 10-1, which wound up as the final score.

With the win, the Yanks moved to within 1/2 a game of second place Toronto in the AL East.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.359 leads A.L; won batting title in NL in 2016)
Voit 3 hits, TWO 3-run HRs (16), 6 RBI Tied for MLB lead in HR.
Torres 2 hits, RBI. Looks like Torres finally getting back to being Gleyber.
Andujar 2 RBI



Tanaka (W, 2-2, 3.16) 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.65
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 14.73

In that first round of the playoffs, a best of 3, it appears like Cole and Tanaka are locks to be starters, but surprise! the best candidate for that third starter spot could be 21 year old Deivi Garcia. —–over Happ and Montgomery. As for Paxton, we don’t even know if he’ll be back this season. Right now, I’d say it is between Happ (horrible start to season, better lately) and Garcia.

Game 42. Yanks fall to .500 with 2-1 loss.

Let’s face it. It’s been hard and depressing to watch, read or write about.

From 16-6 to 21-21. Five losses in a row. Seven in the last eight games. 15 losses in the last 20 games. All in a 60 game season.

The Yanks haven’t had a losing season since 1992. There are only 18 games left. What are the odds of that streak ending?

The Yankees are clinging to the eighth and final playoff seed by 1/2 a game over…. Baltimore. Unfathomable. Even if they hold on, guess who the Yanks would play in the first round? Tampa Bay, against whom they went 2-8 this season.

And if not for the expanded CCP playoffs of this year, fuhgeddaboutit.

GM Brian Cashman had a pregame meeting with the team, but the Yanks still went out and lost to Toronto, 2-1.

J.A. Happ did his job, making just one mistake in giving up a 2-run HR. I question pitch selection again here. Gameday suggests five straight fastballs with the fifth one being the HR. Mix it up a little? The same with the game before where Chad Green threw nine or ten straight fastballs. It makes me scratch my head.

The YES network, on the postgame show, is criticizing players for mental mistakes. Maybe some of it is pressing, like swinging at the first pitch after the pitcher has thrown X many balls in a row.

That two-run HR given up by Happ came in the second inning and was all the Blue Jays needed. The Yanks only got five hits in the game, two by Miguel Andujar.

With two out in the first inning, the Yanks loaded the bases on three straight walks but Mike Tauchman flied out.

They had first and second, one out in the second and didn’t score. Second and third with two out, same inning.

Two on, two out in the fourth, couldn’t score. The chances were there.

The only run came in the fifth. Luke Voit and Aaron Hicks singled, Clint Frazier walked. Bases loaded, no out. No advance on a flyout by Gleyber Torres. Mike Tauchman hit a SF. But only one run out of it.

The Yanks were 0 for 7 w/RISP and left 10 on.

Andujar 2 hits

Happ (L, 1-2; 4.31) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.
King 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.14
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.77

Happ is pitching much better after a terrible start to the season. But is it too late?


Gene Budig, the last AL president before the NL and AL offices were consolidated under the Commissioner in the late 1990’s, has passed away, age 81. 

Game 36. Yanks blow leads, lose game to Mets, 9-7.

The Yanks (20-16) have had a lot of disappointments this season, from injuries to underperforming ballplayers.

The bullpen was supposed to be a strength, not a weakness. But lately, it has been hurting the Yankees.

The Yanks blew 4-0 and 7-4 leads and lost in 10 innings today (Thursday) to the Mets, 9-7.

The Yanks got four runs in the second. With one out, Gio Urshela singled and Brett Gardner walked. Kyle Higashioka singled to load the bases, then Tyler Wade singled in one run to make it 1-0. D.J. LeMahieu hit a SF to make it 2-0. Luke Voit’s 2-run double made it 4-0. They reloaded the bases, but couldn’t score any more.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Todd Frazier in the bottom of the second and it was 4-1. The Toddfather hurt his former team today.

Happ gave up 3 more runs in the fourth and the game was tied. Frazier started off the inning for the Mets with a double. Happ got the next two hitters out, but four straight hits brought in three runs.

The Yanks got two runs in the seventh. With one out, Aaron Hicks walked, and with two out, stole second. Mike Ford walked, then Gio Urshela singled in a run. Brett Gardner doubled in a run and it was 6-4.

The Yanks scored another run in the eighth. With one out, LeMahieu doubled. He went to third on a WP and Luke Voit walked. Aaron Hicks singled in a run. 7-4.

Then the bullpen imploded.

Zack Britton gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth and it was 7-6. Guess who started the rally for the Mets? Yup. The Toddfather.

Aroldis Chapman, pitching while he is appealing his suspension, gave up a game-tying HR to J.D. Davis in the bottom of the ninth. Yankee fans probably wish he was sitting out the game and serving that suspension.

Then in the top of the tenth, Tyler Wade made a baserunning mistake, getting doubled off of second.

In the bottom of hte tenth, Albert Abreu gave up a 2-run HR to Pete Alonso. Ball game over. Mets 9-7.

The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.

UPDATE: They have now fallen into a tie for 2nd place in the AL East with Toronto, five games behind Tampa Bay.

Voit 2 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Happ 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 4 K. 4.68 Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.55
Green (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.06
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.27
Chapman (BS, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.00 Gave up Game -tying HR.
Abreu (L, 0-1, 20.25) 0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up GW HR

Game 30. Yanks snap losing streak with a 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

At least D.J. LeMahieu came off the I.L. Miguel Andujar went back down.

As for today’s game, when you have a seven-game losing streak, you’ll take a win, no matter how you get it, even as a gift.

The Yanks (17-13, now at the halfway mark) beat the Mets 2-1 Saturday when ex-Yankee Dellin Betances threw a WP that enabled the winning run to score.

J.A. Happ, critical of his usage, and who I challenged a few days ago to pitch better, did so. He went 7 1/3 scoreless innings (about time a Yankees’ pitcher other than Cole gave some length!)

In the bottom of the first, Luke Voit homered (12) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Can you imagine the Yanks w/out him?

But in the eighth, the Yankees’ bullpen failed again as Adam Ottavino gave up a HR that tied the game.

In the bottom of the ninth, Clint Frazier walked and moved to third on a single by Jordy Mercer. When Erik Kratz was going to lay down a squeeze bunt, Betances’ pitch was a WP, ending the game.

Tomorrow’s DH will feature rookie Michael King starting one game and Deivi Garcia, making his MLB debut, starting the other.

Voit solo HR (12)

Happ 7 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.05
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up HR.  4.22
Chapman (W, 1-1, 13.50) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Yanks/Braves Rained out. DH Wed (to add to the DHs Friday and Sunday!)

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Expect to see a lot of pitching moves for the Yankees soon, including probably Clarke Schmidt AND Deivi Garcia probably coming up to the big squad.

The Yankees/Braves game scheduled for tonight was rained out. Meaning a doubleheader on Wednesday (tomorrow).

Then, after an off day, the Yankees have doubleheaders both on Friday and Sunday against the Mets, with a single game on Saturday.


Meanwhile, J.A. Happ is unhappy with the way he is being used, especially since he is being skipped over in the rotation. Well, a couple of thoughts about that. If you have off days, and more off days or days postponed because of rain or virus issues, and they enable you to squeeze an extra start or two in for Gerrit Cole, you take advantage of it.

Secondly, don’t like it? Pitch better. I don’t think anyone who had an ERA over 5.00 almost all of last year (finished at 4.91) and who is at 6.39 right now has any kind of legitimate beef. Pitch better.

Game 21. Oh Happ-y day, Yanks Ford Tough in 4-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After a couple of really bad starts to the season, J.A. Happ finally came through, and along with a big night by Mike Ford, the Yanks (15-6) beat Boston 4-2 Sunday night.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Gio Urshela singled, then a single by Mike Tauchman, and a two-out single by Ford made it 1-0, Yankees.

In the second, Brett Gardner walked, and with two out, Aaron Hicks doubled to make it 2-0, Yankees.

In the top of the third, a solo HR by Boston cut it to 2-1, Yankees.

The Yanks got it to 4-1 in the bottom of the third on a 2-run HR (2) by Ford.

The Yanks gave up a run in the ninth, held on to win, 4-2. They are 9-0 at home this year and 5-0 vs. Boston.

Tauchman, 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits
Ford 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR (2)

Happ (W, 1-1, 6.39) 5 2/3  IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (H, 2) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   1.08
Green (H, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.71
Britton (S, 8) 1 IP, 1R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.    1.08

Chapman should be back tomorrow.

D.J. to IL. Andujar back up.

Estrada down, Frazier up, and a rotation switch.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Stanton now on the Injured List, Thairo Estrada has been sent back down and Clint Frazier will be coming up.

The Yanks are also making a rotation switch. Jordan Montgomery will start tonight (Tuesday) at home vs. the Braves with Masahiro Tanaka going tomorrow night. J.A. Happ gets skipped this time around.

Games 10 & 11. Yanks split DH with Phils. lose opener 11-7, win nightcap 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In this crazy year, both games of the doubleheader just seven innings.

The Yanks lost the opener, 11-7, as their seven game winning streak was snapped. They scored first when in the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. D.J. scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

They got two more in the second when with two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (3). 3-0 Yanks.

But J.A. Happ gave it back, giving up four runs in the top of the third (because of Tuesday’s rainout, the Yanks were the home team in Philadelphia for game one). Happ is a big problem for the Yanks with what his performance was last year (12-8, 4.91; most of the year ERA was over 5) and so far this year. Based on that, I don’t expect him back in 2021. He turns 38 in October. He gave up a HR to Bryce Harper but it was walks that really hurt him here.

Nick Nelson came in for his second MLB game and didn’t have it. He gave up a HR to J.T. Realmuto in the fifth, but then six runs in the top of the sixth. In a 7-inning game, that was a killer.

Since the Yanks had a DH, and also have a DH in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aaron Boone left Nelson in. You didn’t want to burn the bullpen, and see the game 2 recap for how well the bullpen did in Game 2. (Hint: Fabulous)

The Yanks did get four runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn 11-3 into 11-7. Mike Tauchman singled, and after an out, Brett Gardner singled. Thairo Estrada singled in a run and Aaron Judge homered (7).

LeMahieu 3 for 3
Estrada 1 for 1, RBI
Judge 3-run HR
Wade 1 for 1
Higashioka 2 hits, but a huge error
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Happ (L, 0-1, 10.29) 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 6 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   11.57  (2nd MLB game)
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00 (Kriske sent down)


In the nightcap, it was tied in the top of the seventh when the Yanks (9-2) broke through for two runs to go up 3-1.  Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit singled, then Mike Tauchman doubled in a run. After Gary Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in a run.

In the second, Voit had hit a HR (4) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Phils tied it in the bottom of the frame.

Concerns? Torres and Sanchez still struggling.

Highlights:

Voit 2 hits, solo HR.
Tauchman GW RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.32
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 2-0, 0.00) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The bullpen threw 4 2/3 no -hit, no-run innings.