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S. T. Game 13. Yanks lose 15-11. Ugly pitching line. Give up 9 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ugh. Thank goodness this was a S.T. Game and not a regular season game because the pitching line is ugly.

The Yanks gave up 9 HR today. 4 by ace Gerrit Cole. Another 4 by Jordan Montgomery, the #4 starter.

The Yanks (8-4-1) lost 15-11.

Miguel Andujar was at 1B. Got 2 RBI, got made an error and was not comfortable there defensively.

Kyle Higashioka had 2 HR, 3 RBI.

Ezequial Duran had 2 RBI.

Roselle Herrera, who may beat out Tyler Wade for the last spot on the team, had two hits and scored three runs.

Thairo Estrada 2 RBI

But the pitching line is brutal. I don’t know if a wind was blowing out or what. If so, it better have been a tornado.

Cole 2 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 4 HR   9.53
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.60
Montgomery (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR.  6.43.
Cessa 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K.    4.76.

 

15 R, 17 H, 9 HR.  YUK.

 

S.T. Game 10. Minor League Pitchers can’t hold lead, Yanks fall 10-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (6-3-1) built a 4-2 lead but some pitchers ticketed for the minors could not hold it and the Yanks fell 10-4 on Sunday.

Brett Gardner had an RBI double.

Rosell Herrera went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and the way he is playing, he could beat out Tyler Wade for the last (utility) spot on the team. Herrera can play all three OF positions as well as 2B, SS and 3B.

Something concerning is that guys like Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez don’t have a hit yet and that Tyler Wade is 1 for 16, that hit being a HR. Kyle Higashioka is 1 for 11.

You would like some bats to wake up soon.

Pitching line:

Hale 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  19.29.  Not a good outing for Hale.
Reeves 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   Faced one batter and struck him out.  0.00
Otero 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00.   Don’t sleep on him.
Kriske (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.45  Don’t sleep on him, either.
Yajure (L, 0-1; H, 1)  1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.   11.57
Ort (BS, 1) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up a grand slam.    27.00
Rosa 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  9.00

 

 

 

S.T. Game 4. Yanks win game 4-1, but find out Seve done for year, needs TJ surgery.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (1-2-1) won their first spring training game on Tuesday, but suffered a much greater loss.

Luis Severino, who missed almost all of 2019 with shoulder issues (save for three games at the end of the season and two postseason starts), will need Tommy John surgery. This will force him to miss all of 2020 and a good portion of 2021.

For 2017 and 2018, Seve averaged 16-7, 3.18. Now just about nothing last year and now nothing at all this year.

We’ll get to how that affects the rotation in a bit.

As for the game today, the Yanks won 4-1 over Toronto.

The bats still haven’t come alive, as the Yanks struck out 17x. The pitchers did strike out 13. The hitters are behind the pitchers right now.

DH Chris Iannetta had two hits, one a double, and scored a run. OF Rosell Herrera had 2 RBI.

Aaron Judge is expected to be ready to go in the middle of next week (Shoulder).

Pitching line:

Tropeano 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Cessa (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Avilan (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Lyons (H, 1 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Kriske (W, 1-0; BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50    Gave up solo HR.
Acevedo (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K  0.00
Keller (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K  0.00
Alvarez (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00

Tropeano (12-14, 4.51 MLB career) has an outside shot at the #5 spot in the rotation, along with others I will list.

As of now, the rotation is

Cole
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery
Take your pick: Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia.

The early part of the Yanks’ schedule isn’t too bad. Good.

Hopefully when Paxton and German come back in May and June things straighten out a bit. Hopefully Paxton is OK physically and German both physically but also mentally and emotionally from that domestic abuse incident.

When they come back, barring more injuries (please, no) then

Cole
Paxton
Tanaka
Happ
Montgomery OR German

Now that isn’t too bad, even WITH the loss of Severino. Not as good, obviously, but until then,

someone from that group of Tropeano, Cessa, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia has to just hold the fort for two months.

We will see who does.

 

 

 

 

Yanks sign utility player, and more MLB investigations

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Bleeding Yankee Blue blog states that Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have signed Rosell Herrera to a deal. Herrera is a 27 year old switch-hitter who has played in 149 MLB games, hitting .225-3-31 with an OPS+ of 64. He was with Cincinnati and KC in 2018, and Miami last year.

He’ll most likely start at AAA and be ready in case of injury. One thing about him, he is versatile. He’s played 44 MLB games in RF, 37 in CF, 19 at 2B, 15 in LF, 6 at 3B and 1 game at SS.


Hmmm…. while MLB is investigating the WS Champion 2017 Houston Astros for cheating, using video technology to steal signs, now they are ALSO investigating the WS Champion Boston Red Sox for the same type of infraction. What do both teams have in common? Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros and who became the Red Sox’ manager.


Ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes “The Toe” has signed with the Phillies, teaming up once again with manager Joe Girardi.


A Passing: Andy Hassler, age 68. Hassler, a lefty pitcher, pitched for the Angels (1971, 1973-1976), KC Royals (1976-1978), Red Sox (1978-1979), the Mets (1979), Pirates (1980), back with the Angels again (1980-1983) and Cardinals (1984-1985). Hassler was 44-71, 3.83, with 29 saves in his MLB career, ERA+ 97. He pitched in five postseason games, and three were against the Yankees. His postseason record was 0-2, 4.60. He started Game 3 of the 1976 ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 5-3 Yankees win. In 1977, he started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 6-2 Yankees’ win. He also pitched for the Angels in the 1982 ALCS against the Brewers.

 

Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.

 

Minor League Report. SWB and Trenton both lose Game 1 of their Finals series.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of its International League Championship Series, 6-0. They only got 3 hits all night long, two by CF Mason Williams.

Herrera (L) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 IP, 0 W, 2 K
Mantiply 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Frare 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Pena 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 1 of the Eastern League Finals, 2-1. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits RF Jeff Hendrix and CF Rashad Crawford.

Tate (L) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Mesa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Schwaab 1/3 IP, 0 R,   0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Minor League Report.

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High A Tampa ended their season yesterday (Sunday) and will start their playoffs Tuesday.

AAA, AA and Low A conclude their seasons today (Monday, Labor Day) and will start their postseasons on Wednesday.

AAA: Lehigh Valley, needing to win, and needing help (a Rochester loss) to avoid being eliminated, got what they needed, sweeping SWB (86-54) and getting the help.  They and Rochester are tied for the wild card spot heading into today’s final regular season games. The Yankees’ affiliate, SWB, had already clinched the division.

Game 1 (reg. sched. game): SWB lost 3-2 when LV scored in the bottom of the ninth. LF Tyler Wade 2 hits.

Herrera 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.69
Coshow (L, 0-1, 3.18) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Game 2 (makeup of 9/2 rainout) SWB lost 2-0, getting just two hits.

Cortes (L, 2-4, 1.49) 6 Ip, 2 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K.

AA: Trenton (91-48) got swept. Reg. sched. game: lost 3-1. SS Thairo Estrada 2 for 2, RBI.

Sheffield (L, 7-6, 3.18) 3 Ip, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tarpley 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.48
Brewer 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.31

Makeup of 9/2 rainout: Lost 2-0 in extra innings (8). They got just four hits, two by 2B Nick Solak.

Camarena (L, 2-4, 3.81) 7 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

High A: Tampa ended their regular season at 85-50 and will begin playoffs Tuesday. They won, 5-0. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. 2B Billy Fleming 2 RBI.

Hebert 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.27
Palladino (W, 1-0, 0.00) 3 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 k.
Frare 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.72
Lane 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.15

Low A: Charleston (76-62) won 6-2. SS Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. DH Angel Aguilar HR, 2 RBI. 3B Vicente Conde 2 hits, double, solo HR.

Vargas (W, 2-3, 3.17) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Hodson (H, 2) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Wivinis (S, 5) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 0.90

 

 

 

Minor league report.

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Ok, after a long vacation, time to check in on the minor leaguers. Of course, recently we’ve seen a lot of callups to the majors. Austin, Fowler, Williams, Wade, Herrera, Webb, Frazier, Andujar…. some are still with the big club, some aren’t and some are on the DL. To replace them, others were promoted a level in the minors. I can’t keep up with them all, after over a week w/out following it while being on vacation.

AAA: SWB (51-32) scored five in the top of the ninth for a 6-5 come from behind win. LF Billy McKinney, promoted from Trenton, had three hits,  inc. a HR, and 2 RBI. 2B Donovan Solano, 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits, 2 RBI DH Ji-Man Choi.

Ronald Herrera 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00. Surprised to see him down, but….
Rumbelow (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (54-28) won 11-6. CF Jorge Mateo, surprisingly promoted from Tampa, where he wasn’t lighting it up, has been on fire since going up to Trenton. He had 2 hits and 2 RBI in this game.  SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, inc. a HR, 2 RBI. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, RBI, same with C Jorge Saez. 3 hits, rbi for 3B Dante Bichette, Jr.

Littell (w, 3-0, 2.37) 6 Ip, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carter 2 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.04
Brewer 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.27

Littell’s combined record, A+/AA this year, is 12-1, 1.89. He is a 21 year old RHP.

High A: Tampa (46-34) won 3-2. CF Trey Amburgey HR, 2 RBI. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, solo HR. SS Gosuke Katoh and LF Alexander Palma 2 hits each.

Mesa 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. 1.78
Reeves (W, 1-0, 3.57) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Pena (H, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.16
Schwaab (S, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.51

Low A: Charleston (42-39) won 5-1. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits. 2 RBI for DH Isiah Gilliam.

Perez (W, 4-3, 3.03) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Lane 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.92
Cedeno 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Minor League Report.

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I think I read where Jacoby Ellsbury was cleared to resume BP on Wednesday. If so, and all went ok, he should be starting rehab games soon. It does look like he would be one expensive fourth OF, though. It appears Aaron Hicks has taken his job.

AAA: SWB (43-28) lost 5-2. 1B Tyler Austin 2-run HR. You wonder if he’ll be called up to replace the struggling Chris Carter soon. Girardi didn’t exactly give Carter much of a ringing endorsement the other night. CF Dustin Fowler and 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits each.

Acevedo (L, 1-1, 4.38) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Feyereisen 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.38
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (47-24) won 2-1.

Herrera (W, 8-0, 1.13) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Frare (H, 7) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 4.66
Brewer (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.47

High A: Tampa (39-31) won 13-4. 2B Nick Solak 4 hits, 3 RBI. DH Jhalen Jackson 2 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Gosuke Katoh and C Sharif Othman each had 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Tito Polo 2 hits, rbi.

Koerner (W, 3-1, 2.79) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Harvey 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Low A: No games. Their ASG was June 20. All Star Break.

Game 63. Herrera’s MLB debut results in 7-5 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

That first game in the majors has to be exciting. Unfortunately for Ronald Herrera, it resulted in a loss.

Herrera was called up from AA Trenton earlier in the day when Ben Heller was sent back to the minors.  The Yanks needed a fresh arm. He gave up a late 2-run HR that doomed the Yanks as they lost 7-5 to the Angels Wednesday night. The loss cuts the Yanks’ (38-25) AL East lead to two games since Boston beat the lowly Phillies.

It started out good. In the first, Gardner singled, and with one out, Judge singled. Judge stole second and Matt Holliday just missed a 3-run HR as he hit a SF. After Castro was HBP, Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (11) to make it 4-0.

But Michael Pineda didn’t have much tonight, giving up a run in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. He did gut out six innings.

That run in the first that Pineda gave up could have been more. Aaron Hicks took a grand slam away from Luis Valbuena. It went as a SF instead.

In the second, the Yanks wasted a one-out triple by Rob Refsnyder. I would have loved to have had Gardner squeeze in a run, but as readers of this blog know, the one criticism I have of Girardi is that he never squeezes home a run. This, and other things, contributed to the loss. Instead, Refsnyder was left stranded.

Didi Gregorius (.337) extended his hitting streak to 16 games, but was hit by a batted ball on a single by Chase Headley in the fourth when the Yanks got three hits but no runs.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge reached on an error and Holliday and Castro both singled. Judge was thrown out at the plate however, on a bad send by 3B coach Joe Espada. Judge hadn’t even reached third when the LF fielded the ball and Judge was out easily.

The Yanks did tie the game in the sixth when Sanchez singled and went to second on an error. After Didi struck out, Headley singled to tie the game at five.

In the seventh, Hicks laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit. I wish Gardner had done that with Refsnyder on third in the second.

After Pineda went six innings, Girardi brought in Herrera. I was a little surprised at that because of the flight to CA (figure you’d give a guy a chance to rest a day after the flight before bringing him in… flight could take something out of you, esp. cross-country, and esp. after a 3:30 AM wakeup call to tell you you’ve been promoted) and also that Herrera was doing great as a STARTER at AA Trenton. You don’t know how he would do as a reliever. That’s a different area. Herrera gave up a 2-run HR to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh which decided the game.

It seems as if Girardi was looking long term (at least, according to a NY Post article) and willing to sacrifice one game for the long term benefit of his bullpen, which he described as “fried.”

The Yanks got a break in the ninth, when with two out, Hicks’ long drive seemed to be caught against the wall by the RF. The call was overturned and Hicks was given a double, meaning Judge was up as the tying run. Although he hit the ball hard, Judge grounded out to third to end the game.

Gardner 2 for 5. Hicks 2 for 5 (.314). Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR. Headley 2 hits, RBI.

Pineda 6 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.71. Gave up 1 HR.
Herrera (L, 0-1, 9.00) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

CC was diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Still no word on how long he’ll be on the DL. CC says he feels good and hopes to miss just one start, but this could put him out until mid-August.

Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to the Yanks on Sunday after a couple of rehab stints.