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Game 130. Yanks doom Dodgers 10-2 behind 5 HR (2 by Didi) and Paxton.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (84-46) snapped their four-game losing streak by hitting five HR and by getting a much needed great pitching performance by James Paxton in beating the Dodgers 10-2 Friday night.

The win maintains the 8-game lead over the Rays in the AL East, and the magic # for clinching the division is now 25.

The win also keeps the Yanks one game ahead of Houston for best record in the AL, and one game behind the Dodgers for the best record in the majors.

Paxton had a 1-2-3 first inning. A good sign considering how badly he has struggled in the first inning all season.

The Yanks wasted a chance in the second inning when they had runners on second and third with no one out but couldn’t score. I was concerned here because in that situation, two fast guys, Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin, didn’t try to squeeze bunt a run home, and the guy hitting behind THEM was the pitcher (no DH in NL Park). Gardner flied out, not deep enough to bring in Didi, and Maybin and Paxton (Paxton unsurprisingly) struck out.

Against a guy in Ryu who came in with a 1.64 ERA, I was worried.

Not to worry, the Yanks then went bombs away.

They started things off in the third inning with two homers. With one out, Aaron Judge hit #14, and one out later, Gary Sanchez hit #29.

For Sanchez, career HR #100. He became the fastest catcher to hit 100 HR, and the second fastest guy EVER (in regards to how many games it took to get there) to hit 100, behind only the Phillies’ Ryan Howard.

Paxton gave up a run in the bottom of the third. 2-1 Yanks.

But the Yanks got five in the fifth. D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single, and Judge singled. After Gleyber Torres grounded out, moving up both runners, Sanchez was intentionally walked. Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam to make it 6-1 (12). Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner then hit back-to-back doubles to make it 7-1.

Torres homered (32) in the sixth to make it 8-1.

The Dodgers scored in the seventh to cut it to 8-2.

In the eighth, PH Mike Ford singled, went to third on a groundout, and scored on a single by Judge. 9-2.

Didi homered again, his second of the game and 13th of the season, in the top of the ninth for the final score of 10-2.

The Yanks had 16 hits in the game.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .332
Judge 3 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (14)
Torres solo HR (32)
Gregorius 2 HR (14) Grand Slam and solo HR. 5 RBI.
Urshela 2 hits, .337
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Paxton (W, 10-6, 4.43) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 11 K.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.81
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.39

Some notes: after a couple of subpar starting pitching outings, you wonder about the rotation in the playoffs and who the “ace” could be. If Paxton keeps this up (5-0 in August), maybe the Yanks have found one. Hopefully German (16-3) keeps it up. You don’t know what, if anything, Severino can give. Tanaka and CC have been inconsistent, and Happ has been horrible.

Seeing Paxton step up tonight was a good sign.

Also, Didi. His adjusted OPS was a tick below league average coming into the game, but what is really amazing is how he has been after missing the first 61 games of the season. In just 57 games, he has 13 HR and 44 RBI. That is one hell of a pace. Over 162 games, that would give him some 37 HR and 125-130 RBI. Fabulous.

Finally, the Yanks made a move, getting Cory Gearrin off of waivers from the Seattle Mariners. This is an under the radar move that could be big. Gearrin, 33, RHP, has been in the majors 2011-2013 with Atlanta, then he missed all of 2014 and most of 2015. He was with the Giants 2015-2018, Texas 2018, the A’s 2018 and the Mariners this year.

He was 0-2, 3.92 for the Mariners this year, and has a MLB record of 12-11, 3.59, ERA+ 116. Not too bad.

To make room for Gearrin on the 40-man roster, the Yankees released minor league pitcher Domingo Acevedo.

Cashman has stocked up on relief pitchers lately. Gearrin, David Hernandez, Ryan Dull, and Tyler Lyons all have been signed.

My thought on those signings is this: When rosters expand, a few of those guys may be brought up. Why? To keep the innings down on the “Big 4” of Kahnle, Ottavino, Britton and Chapman. Not to mention Chad Green or Luis Cessa.

Others, like Deivi Garcia and Dellin Betances, may be able to do that too. Maybe even David Hale if he comes off the IL, just like Betances.

How many of these guys will be on the expanded roster, who knows. But they may be looking at these guys for an expanded bullpen roster in September to keep those major guys I mentioned fresh for October.

Judge runnerup in MVP voting. Yanks interview Meulens. AFL News.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge finished 2nd in the MVP voting to Jose Altuve. I thought the vote would be closer, but it was no contest. Altuve received 27 of the 30 first place votes to win quite easily. Judge got 2 first place votes and 27 votes for second place.

In the NL, it was a razor-thin victory for Giancarlo Stanton, who won by just 2 points over Joey Votto. Both received 10 first place votes out of 30 but Stanton, barely, got more support up top than Votto.

Other Yankees to receive consideration were Didi Gregorius, who finished in a tie for 20th, and Gary Sanchez, who finished in a tie for 22nd.

We have a spelling correction. It’s Ohtani, not Otani, for the Japanese sensation.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 7-4.

Yankees’ prospects:

DH Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, RBI. .342
RF Estevan Florial 2 for 4, scored 2 runs, triple, struck out 2x. .286

The Yanks interviewed Hensley (Bam-Bam) Meulens yesterday for the managerial opening. Meulens was a top and failed prospect for the Yanks in the late 1980s, early 1990s. He has been a hitting coach and bench coach for the Giants and as such, won 3 rings (2010, 2012, 2014) and has managed in the WBC (Netherlands, featuring Didi Gregorius) and in winter ball. Meulens speaks five languages.

Of course, if the Yanks select someone like Meulens, they would break their managerial color barrier. No Yankees manager has been anything but white.

Maybe if Elston Howard would have lived, instead of succumbing to a heart condition at the age of 51, he would have become manager of the Yankees. We’ll never know.

Game 106. Severino great in debut, but Yanks fall, 2-1.


In his major league debut, Luis Severino became the first AL pitcher EVER to give up two hits or less, with no walks and 7 k in his MLB debut. Ever.

The kid (21) looked good. Went five innings, only made one or two mistakes.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Yanks lost 2-1, and their lead in the AL East has been cut to 4 1/2. It is six in the loss column, which is good. The Yanks have three more games to play than Toronto, which means three games in hand. If the Yanks win those three more games, there is nothing the Blue Jays can do. You control your own destiny, there.

After a week of simply pounding the baseball, and putting up run totals of 21, 13 (twice), and 12, it goes to figure that a knuckleball pitcher would throw them off their rhythm.

The only run the Yanks scored was on a seventh inning Carlos Beltran HR (9, #382 career, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time list).

Boston scored an unearned run in the second. With two out, Headley made a two-base throwing error and De Aza got an RBI double.  Ortiz homered in the fourth.

One thing I NEVER see, from Yankees’ pitchers or any other pitcher, is a brushback pitch. Fire one at Big Papi’s butt or at his feet. Nobody ever makes him move. Heck, if Drysdale or Gibson were pitching, they would knock him down. They knocked down Aaron, Mays, Frank Robinson. Pitchers let him (Ortiz) get too comfortable. Fire one inside at his butt or feet (I don’t advocate head hunting). Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet.

The Yanks did have two on in the ninth, but Brian McCann, pinch-hitting, flied out to end the game.

Severino (L, 0-1, 1.80) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 earned, 2 H, 0 walks, 7 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 2.13.

Before the game, Cotham and Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Severino and Jones. Yes, after DFAing Jones to make room for Ackley, the Yanks re-signed Jones because Ackley got hurt. So Jones is replacing the guy who replaced him.

Game 78. Yanks’ O-woes continue in 2-1 loss.


The Yanks got only two hits last night in losing 2-1 to the Angels. It was their third loss in a row, and in their last four losses, they have scored a total of three runs.  (0, 1, 1, 1).

Ivan Nova was great, pitching shutout ball until he gave up back-to-back HRs to Albert Pujols (#544 of his career) and Manny Aybar leading off the sixth. Adam Warren made his first relief appearance of the season.

The only Yankees’ run came on a second inning HR by Mark Teixeira. Teix’s 19th HR of the season was #382 of his career, tying Frank Howard and Jim Rice on the all-time list.

Nova (L, 1-1, 1.50) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 7 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.  3.48

The Yanks end June at 41-37 and in third place in the AL East, 1/2 game behind the Orioles and Rays. Toronto is in fourth, just one game behind the leaders. The Yanks are now 1/2 out of the last wild card spot.

Hopefully the bats heat up soon.

Carlos Beltran is feeling a tightness and pinch in his rib cage. We’ll see what develops.

The minors tonight.

AAA: SWB lost 6-5 to Lehigh Valley. I had a few of my friends there. Ex-met John Maine 7 IP, 4 R. Ex-Red Sock Manny Delcarmen 1 IP, 2 R (2-4, 3.93).  Rats. I told my friends to give me a report on Ronnier Mustelier, and he didn’t play. (DAMN!) DH Jack Cust HR (19), 2 RBI (54). Solo HR 3B Brandon Laird (.228-5-38). Cervelli 2 h, 2 RBI (.248).

One reason SWB lost? Rehabbing Phillies star Ryan Howard had 2 hits, a HR, and 4 RBI.

AA: Trenton won 11-3. LHP Shaeffer Hall 3 R, 1 ER in 6 2/3. (7-6, 3.79). 3B Addison Maruszak, 3 H, HR 2 rbi (.285-8-34). RF Zoilo Almonte 3 h, HR, 3 RBI (.266-8-38). CF Melky Mesa 3 h, 2 doubles (.280). 1B Luke Murton (trade bait?) 2 h, HR, 2 rbi (.260-17-44).

High A: Tampa lost 10-6. Caleb Cotham 7 R in 5 IP (1-3, 6.44). Williams, Sanchez and Austin all played after their promotions from Low A.

Low A: 3-2 win for Charleston. Cito Culver 2 h, RBI (.208). Same with Francisco Arcia (.304).

Game 80. Teix rests.

The Yanks still have a six-game lead over the Orioles as they take on the Rays tonight. Teix gets a rest. Jack Curry of the YES network reports that Teix is 6 for 48 vs. Shields, while Granderson is 5 for 52. You don’t want to sit both.

Yanks 48-31, +6 in AL East. 1 1/2 games behind Texas for best record in baseball. Two games better than the Pythagorean record. OPS+ 109, ERA+ 115 (100 is average, higher the better).

BA / HR/ RBI     SB/total att.     OPS+    (italics: team leader & notes)

Jeter SS  .298-7-25    6/8    101    3187 hits
Granderson CF  .244-2347    6/9      124
Rodriguez 3B .266-13-35  6/6    112    642 HR
Cano 2B .313-20-47    1/2     153      
Swisher RF  .265-12-46   1/2   114
Ibanez DH .232-11-35  3/3  94
Chavez 1B  .273-6-15   0/0  115
Martin C  .186-8-21   1/1   79     Awful year on the interstate for Russell
Wise LF .244-2-5    6/6  94   11 for 45

Nova RHP   9-2, 4.03   ERA+ 105

Other baseball news from Twitter: 

From last night, SWB announcer Mike Vander Woude : Ryan Howard …  I realize what he is coming back from but he looks very slow running…

Cincy’ Billy Hamilton (High A level) reached SB #100… and it’s not July 4th yet!

The Pirates sent one-time Yankees prospect Jose Tabata back to the minors.

Boston releases Bobby Jenks. Meanwhile bad news for the defending champs as Chris Carpenter needs season-ending surgery. Oakland DFA’s Brian Fuentes.

A Catching Lineage.

As I mentioned in the previous post about Posada, NO team can match the Yankees’ catching lineage. NONE. Let’s briefly look at that lineage.

1) Bill Dickey. HOF. #8 retired by the Yanks. Yanks 1928-1943, 1946.
.313 BA. 202 HR. OPS+ 127. 5th, 5th, 2nd and 6th in MVP voting 1936-1939. 8th in 1943 (a WWII year) at the age of 36. (Yanks mgr. 1946).

2) Yogi Berra. HOF. #8 retired by the Yanks. Yanks 1947-1963, Mets 1965. Yanks mgr. 1964, 1984-1985. MVP 1951, 1954, 1955.
How about this run? 3rd, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st and 2nd in MVP voting from 1950-1956.
.285 BA. 358 HR. OPS+ 125.

3) Elston Howard. #32 retired, Yankees 1955-1967, Red Sox 1967-1968.
1963 MVP. Also 10th in MVP 1961, 3rd in 1964.
.274, 167 HR. OPS+ 108.
Had he not died at age 51, could he have become the first black manager of a NY team?

4) Thurman Munson. #15 retired. Yankees 1969-1979.
Untimely death at age 32.
Could he have become a Yankees mgr.?
.292, 113 HR, OPS+ 116; MVP in 1976. 7th in 1975 and 1977.

5) Jorge Posada. #20 (we’ll see). Yankees 1995-2011.
HOF? (We’ll see). Future Yankees Mgr.? (likewise).
.273, 275 HR, OPS+ 121.  3rd in MVP voting 2003, 6th in 2007.

SB by a catcher.

On the LoHud blog, it’s noted that Russell Martin’s 8th sb is the 3rd most by a Yankees catcher in the past 50 years.

Joe Girardi had 13 in 1996. Thurman Munson had 14 in 1976, but 11 were as as a catcher, 3 at other positions (LF, RF, DH). They only went back 50 years. Elston Howard was SLOW. 9 for 23 in his career. Yogi was 30 for 56 in his career. Bill Dickey was 36 for 68 in his career. I haven’t gone back in time, but 50 years? More like Martin is 3rd most by a Yankees catcher in at least 80 years.

S.T. Game #27. Hughes decent in Yanks 5-3 win.

Hughes is pitching tonight vs. the Blue Jays (at GMS field).
A.J. is working a minor league game this afternoon.

With Granderson’s oblique being a problem, Gardner slides over to CF, Jones in LF.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada DH
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Brett Gardner CF

Phil Hughes P

Another day of some snow in the Northeast. Mother Nature does know that the season starts next week, doesn’t she?  

Here’s an article listing the most valuable MLB franchise (Yankees) to #30 (Pirates) in order. You can see how much each is worth.

Off the bench: C Gustavo Molina, 1B Brandon Laird, 2B Ronnie Belliard, SS Ramiro Pena, 3B Eduardo Nunez, LF Jordan Parraz, CF Melky Mesa, RF Greg Golson

Out of the bullpen: Mariano Rivera, Boone Logan, Luis Ayala, Steve Garrison, Eric Wordekemper, Ryan Pope, Buddy Carlyle and Josh Schmidt.

I should mention, the game is on MLB network @ 7. Burnett gave up 4 runs in 5 2/3 in a minor league game.  

Hughes was decent, not great in the Yanks’ 5-3 win (10-14-3). He went 7, gave up 3 R on 8 H, no walks, 7 K. Mo was… Mo. The one and only 1-2-3 and nothing hit hard. Boone Logan looked good in the 9th. He gave up a hit but struck out the side.  

I am a bit concerned about the Yanks’ offense. They only had six hits tonight, two by the red-hot A-Rod. Andruw Jones hasn’t looked that good this spring. In the second, Alex doubled, but Cano popped to short. Didn’t move the runner. Posada reached on an error, but with 1st and 3rd, one out, Jones GIDP.

The Yanks scored 4 in the 7th. Teixeira walked, A-Rod singled. Pinch-runners in. Scrub time. Cano singled in a run to cut Toronto’s lead to 3-1. Posada walked. Bases loaded, no one out for Andruw. He reached on a force attempt, E-5, everyone safe, 3-2. It should have been another GIDP. Russell Martin’s SF tied the game and the eventual game winner scored on a PB by our old buddy, Jose Molina.

In the 8th, Golson and Laird singled (thus two of the six hits by scrubs/minor leaguers) and Nunez hit a SF.      

I am trying to remember a S.T. game so far in which the Yanks’ bats lit up the scoreboard. I can’t recall one yet, can you?   

Hmmm…. a lot of those pitchers Yankee fans were interested in this offseason are coming up lame again. (Duchscherer, Webb). When are people going to give Cashman credit? For all the pressure to sign one of them, he didn’t. Where would the Yanks be if he had?   \

Cuts:  Jordan Parraz, Jose Gil, Jorge Vazquez, Kevin Russo, Brandon Laird, Melky Mesa and Greg Golson have been sent to minor league camp. They’ll report after tomorrow’s off day (per LoHud).

I’m a bit surprised at Golson, only because of Granderson’s oblique. I thought maybe Golson might stick in case Granderson isn’t ready opening day. As far as Justin Maxwell, I haven’t seen anything from him worth mentioning yet. Tough break for Vazquez, who really opened eyes with his hitting this spring. There was just no room. May be a midseason callup, though. But his D isn’t his strong point.

Ollie Perez signs a minor league deal with the Nats. A scare for the Phils as Manny Ramirez lines one back at Oswalt’s head. He is struck behind the ear but seems ok. The Phils have bad karma right now.

A new profile by me is now up on BBD. It’s Elston Howard.

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SF to take on Rangers for the title.

The Giants are going to their first WS since 2002 as Juan Uribe’s 8th inning HR was the difference in the 3-2 win.

The Phils didn’t go down easy, as Ryan Howard was caught looking by Brian “the Beach Boy” Wilson with two on to end it.

And so the 1942-1944 Cardinals are still the last NL team to win three straight pennants.

So the Series comes down to a franchise making its very first trip to the Fall Classic vs. another whose last WS title came in another city 56 years ago.

Too close to call? The fact that four games are scheduled in the NL park (SF) means that Texas will have to do without the DH. Meaning what do they do with Vlad?   

NLCS MVP: Cody Ross.