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Game 139. Yanks lose 5th straight, 6-3. Slide out of top wild-card spot with 2nd WC slot in jeopardy.
Yes, we Yankees fans should worry. The Yanks lost their fifth straight game Wednesday night, and ninth in their last eleven games, 6-3 to Toronto. Toronto has won seven in a row. They are surging. With the loss, the Yanks dropped out of the top wild card slot and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.
The division is over. Tampa Bay has a 9 game lead over Boston (9 1/2 over the 78-61 Yanks) with only 23 games to go.
But here is where it gets scary.
Bos 80-62 === 1st wc slot (would host WC game)
NYY 78-61 1/2 game behind Boston. Has 2nd and last WC spot for now.
Tor 76-62 2 games behind Boston and just 1 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Sea 76-64 3 behind Boston, just 2 1/2 behind the Yankees.
Oak 75-64 3 1/2 behind Boston and just 3 behind the Yankees.
The Yanks seem out of gas and running on fumes. Hopefully they have something left in the tank but they haven’t looked good recently and yes, we should worry.
Starter Luis Gil’s scoreless streak to start his career ended in the fourth inning at 19 innings. Gil only gave up 1 hit, but walked 7. With one out in the top of the fourth, three straight walks loaded the bases. Lucas Luetge came in to relieve Gil and a run scored on a WP. An out later, a single made it 3-0 (batter made last out at second trying to stretch the hit into a double).
The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Joey Gallo led off with a single, and one out later, Rougned Odor walked. With two out, Brett Gardner homered (7) to tie the game at 3.
These appear to be the last games of Gardner’s career. Nothing has been said, but at age 38, it appears this may be it.
A mistake by SS Andrew Velazquez led to Toronto getting a run in the seventh. A slow dribbler for a single that Velazquez tried to make a play on. He barehanded the ball and should have eaten it when the ball started to crawl up his wrist. Instead he threw to first—-not with a good grip—and the throwing error enabled the hitter to reach second. Two outs later, a single drove in the runner. 4-3 Toronto, and that turned out to be the winning run.
A triple and SF made it 5-3 Toronto in the eighth inning, and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. hit a HR (41) in the ninth to make it 6-3, which was the final score.
Could Guerrero, Jr., just 22 now, turn out even better than his Hall-of-Fame father?
Gardner 3-run HR (7)
Stanton 2 hits.
Gil 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 7 W, 6 K. 1 WP 1.42. Just 1 H, 6 K. But wild with the 7 walks.
Luetge 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP 2.74
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.65 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes (L, 6-3) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.21 (Pit/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W 2 K. 3.13
Chapman 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.86. More concerns here.
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.98 (SF/NYY)
Yesterday was the induction day at the Hall of Fame for Derek Jeter.
This was one frustrating loss.
The Miami Marlins, a team managed by one Yankees legend (Don Mattingly) and run by another (CEO Derek Jeter) beat the Yanks 4-3 in 10 innings last night. The win ensured the Marlins (the Marlins! One of MLBs worst in recent years) a playoff spot. Their first in 17 years, when they beat the Yanks in the 2003 WS.
For the Yanks, however, it was their fifth loss in their last six games. I don’t know what to think of this team. So inconsistent. From 16-6 to 5-15 to 10-0 to 1-5. That has been their season so far. Which team shows up in the postseason? Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?
Once again, they were sloppy, committing four errors. Once again, an error by Gary Sanchez, another by Gleyber Torres.
With the loss, it is certain that the Yankees will not host a postseason game at Yankee Stadium. They will be the #5 or the #8 seed. At present, they are the #5 seed and would go to #4 Cleveland (who are tied with the White Sox but who own the tiebreaker) for the first round. They still could wind up in Chicago or Minnesota. Even worse, if they continue losing today and tomorrow (and they have two rookies starting in Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt) they could fall to the #8 spot, 3rd in the AL East, behind Toronto. Right now they are only one game ahead of Toronto. At #8 they as of now would head to Tampa Bay, against whom they were 2-8 this season.
We probably won’t know until the last minute.
One thing we do know. The Yankees better snap out of their funk or their postseason will be a short one.
The Marlins got off to a quick 3-0 lead when, after two outs and then two walks, one-time (briefly) Yankee Garrett Cooper hit a 3-run HR off of J.A. Happ in the first inning.
Manager Aaron Boone was tossed in the bottom of the first for arguing a called strike three on Aaron Judge. It was a pathetic call by the home plate umpire. As I wrote many times last year, the umpire has to adjust his strike zone. As Suzyn Waldman said last night, “he can’t help it he’s tall.” Judge’s knees aren’t where a normal person’s knees are. He is 6’7″ . Knee high to a normal person isn’t knee high to Judge. Even worse, on a side view of the pitch crossing the plate, the pitch was just above his ANKLE, far from knee high. Terrible call, and Boone was tossed after the first pitch to Aaron Hicks, called a strike that appeared low as well.
MLB needs to do something about umpires like that. They need to adjust to the hitter’s strike zone, especially if that hitter is tall.
The Yanks got two runs in the third. With two out, D.J. LeMahieu walked and Aaron Judge doubled. A double by Hicks brought home D.J. and Judge.
In the eighth, the Yanks tied the game. Sanchez singled and was PR for by Mike Tauchman. He moved up on an error on a pickoff attempt and with two out, Judge singled him home to tie the game.
To extras, and that “man on second to start the inning” rule (which I hate). A bunt moved the runner to third. Then, a huge error by Kyle Higashioka. With the infield in, a grounder to Gleyber Torres, who ran at the runner on third before throwing home to Higashioka. Rundown. Higashioka ran the runner back towards third but his throw hit the runner, Monte Harrison, with the batter, Starling Marte, advancing all the way to second. No outs on the play. 2nd and 3rd. A SF gave Miami a 4-3 lead.
The anguish didn’t stop there.
The Yanks started the bottom of the tenth with their man on second, Tyler Wade, pinch-running for Gio Urshela. Torres walked. Once again, Higashioka didn’t come through, popping up a bunt. The Yanks have NO sac bunts this year. NONE. Then a double steal, and a walk to Clint Frazier that loaded the bases. So Higashioka’s failure to bunt didn’t seem to hurt, especially with D.J. LeMahieu up.
SF ties the game. A hit most likely wins it.
Instead a GIDP. Game over. Yanks lose, 4-3. Agonizing.
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Hicks 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits
Sanchez 2 hits
Happ 5 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.47
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.52
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.89
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.09
Green (L, 3-3; 3.51) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
A 10-inning 3-hitter, but gave up 4 runs, and a loss.
Today was the day that the public ballots for the Hall of Fame vote became public.
315 of the 397 votes cast were public. The other 82 were private.
To no surprise, all of the 315 public votes had Derek Jeter’s name checked off.
So the one voter who didn’t vote for Jeter decided to remain anonymous.
Now that voter may or may not have had a good reason.
Someone may (and they have) been mad that I called that voter a coward.
But hey, when you decide something take a stand, but then hide behind the cloak of anonymity, what else do you call it but cowardice?
You believe in something, stand up for yourself and your beliefs. This person had to know that they may be the only dissenter.
They had to know that people would want to know why that person was the only one of 397 who didn’t vote Jeter for the Hall of Fame.
Maybe that person had a good reason. Fine. Maybe not. Maybe that person is just moronic.
By not standing up for themselves and by hiding behind the cloak of anonymity, we do know what that person is.
There. I said it. And I am not taking it back.
And the same goes for the three who remain anonymous who didn’t vote for Ken Griffey, Jr. a few years back.
Greg Bird finally found a home (or is it nest?) He signed a minor league deal with Texas.
The Yanks made a minor signing on Wednesday, signing lefty reliever Luis Avilan to a minor league deal.
Avilan, 30, pitched for the Mets in 2019, going 4-0 but with a 5.06 ERA (ERA+ 81). Not so good.
Avilan has pitched for the Braves (2012-2015), Dodgers (2015-2017), White Sox (2018), Phillies (2018) and Mets (2019).
His MLB record is 23-10, 3.28, ERA+ 121 so 2019 was a really off, bad year for him.
His 162 game average is 4-2, 3.28, ERA+ 121. He is a lefty specialist (averaging 68 appearances a year but only 52 IP per year) so how these new rules would affect him would be interesting.
He has pitched in 11 postseason games, going 0-0, 0.00 in 7 2/3 IP. Nice.
Not a bad signing on a minor league deal. Good track record, hoping for a bounce back season.
Some people comparing Derek Jeter to other greats miss the point. You cannot compare across positions. If you are going to compare Jeter to anyone, it has to be against a Honus Wagner, Cal Ripken, A-Rod (when A-Rod was a SS), Nomar, Ernie Banks (as a SS), Nomar, etc.
You can’t compare Jeter to Griffey, Mays, Aaron, Musial, Mantle, DiMaggio, etc.
Really. You have to compare him to other SS. You can’t compare a SS to a CF.
Do you really want to compare HOF credentials Rizzuto vs. DiMaggio?
Ozzie Smith vs. Pujols?
Luis Aparicio vs. Mickey Mantle?
I wish people would stop saying “Jeter isn’t Mays or Aaron.”
Of course not. Jeter was a SS.
Stop comparing SS against OF.
Make similar comparisons. Like Jeter vs. Cal Ripken, Miguel Tejada, etc.
It’s finally official. SS Derek Jeter is headed to Cooperstown.
ONE voter kept Jeter from being unanimous. ONE. Sorry, Joel Sherman and Ken Rosenthal, but I welcome a witch-hunt to find out who the jerk was.
Really. I want to know who and what stupid rationale he or she has. See below for more comments and my opinion.
Jeter is sixth all-time with 3465 hits. Two of the five players above him (Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker) were born in the 1880s and last played in 1928. A 5x World Series Champ, Jeter hit .310 in his career. His 162 game average was .310-15-77 with 21 SB. OPS+ 115.
He also played in 158 postseason games, hitting .308 with 20 HR.
He was SI’s Sportsman of the Year for 2009.
The 1996 ROY was also a 14x All-Star, won 5 Gold Gloves, 5 Silver Sluggers, and was both the 2000 All-Star Game and 2000 WS MVP.
He finished in the Top 10 of MVP voting eight times.
He spent his whole career with the Yankees, 1995-2014.
Larry Walker joins Jeter (as well as Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, both voted in by committee last month). Walker played for Montreal (1989-1994), Colorado (1995-2004) and St. Louis (2004-2005). He was a 5x All-Star, 7X Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger, won 3 batting titles and was the 1997 MVP.
Besides winning the 1997 MVP, Walker had three other top 10 finishes.
He hit .313 in his career with 383 HR. His 162 game average was .313-31-107 with 19 SB and a fabulous 141 OPS+.
The right fielder played in 28 postseason games, hitting .230 with 7 HR and 15 RBI.
From MLB.com: (298 needed for induction)
COMPLETE VOTING TOTALS
Derek Jeter: 396 votes (99.7 percent) 1 vote short of unanimous.
Larry Walker: 304 (76.6) Made it barely.
Curt Schilling: 278 (70.0) Missed by 20.
Roger Clemens: 242 (61.0)
Barry Bonds: 241 (60.7)
Omar Vizquel: 209 (52.6)
Scott Rolen: 140 (35.3). Big drop off from the publicized ballots, here down.
Billy Wagner: 126 (31.7)
Gary Sheffield: 121 (30.5)
Todd Helton: 116 (29.2)
Manny Ramírez: 112 (28.2)
Jeff Kent 109: (27.5)
Andruw Jones: 77 (19.4)
Sammy Sosa: 55 (13.9)
Andy Pettitte: 45 (11.3)
Bobby Abreu: 22 (5.5)
20 votes were needed to stay on the ballot. Abreu barely made the cut.
The following drop off of the ballot:
Paul Konerko: 10 (2.5)
Jason Giambi: 6 (1.5)
Alfonso Soriano: 6 (1.5)
Eric Chávez: 2 (0.5)
Cliff Lee: 2 (0.5)
Adam Dunn: 1 (0.3)
Brad Penny: 1 (0.3)
Raúl Ibañez: 1 (0.3)
J.J. Putz: 1 (0.3)
If the same guy who voted for Putz didn’t vote for Jeter, then who IS the Putz?
Josh Beckett: 0
apparently he did get ONE vote, see below. IS BELOW REAL OR FAKE?
Heath Bell: 0
Chone Figgins: 0
Rafael Furcal: 0
Carlos Peña: 0
Brian Roberts: 0
José Valverde: 0
As with Beckett, apparently he did get one vote, see below.
Ok, here are some thoughts. It’s a shame that Jeter did not join Mariano Rivera as unanimous selections because to me, it was important, after all that went on this week with the cheating allegations from Houston and Boston, three managers and a GM fired as a result of it, and after all that has gone on with steroid allegations over the last two decades or more, to send a message.
That message is to not only play the game well, but to play the game RIGHT.
To carry yourself a certain way. To gain and EARN the respect of your teammates and opponents.
Mariano Rivera did so and was awarded with a unanimous selection.
Derek Jeter did so as well, and should have been rewarded the same way.
It’s too bad one voter disagreed. I have a lot of thoughts and words for that voter which I (for the sake of children who may be reading) won’t repeat here.
Apparently Dave Williams was the jerk (and I won’t take it back) who did NOT vote for Jeter.
UPDATE 2: TRYING TO FIND OUT IF REAL BALLOT LISTED OR FAKE
UPDATE 3: FAKE. Apparently Dave Williams isn’t a BBWAA voter, but put up a fake ballot on Barstool blog which people thought was a real ballot (sure looked like one). Now that Jeter fell one short of being unanimous, Williams is (rightfully?) being hammered.
Hey, even if it wasn’t him, serves him right for being a jerk. So…. yeah, rightfully.
What is worse is who this guy did vote for: Josh Beckett? Really? Barry Bonds Adam Dunn? Really? And leave Jeter off? Jason Giambi Paul Konerko Jose Valverde? Please. Billy Wagner
Whoever it was, he/she WILL be found out. — unless the person, in cowardice, requested anonymity.
Baseball makes its HOF announcement tonight, as we see who the writers put in the Hall to join Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, who both were selected by committee earlier.
You need 75% to get in.
As of this writing, 211 votes, 51.2%, are known.
Derek Jeter is still running unanimously at 100%, we will see tonight if that still holds up and if Jeter will join Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections.
Larry Walker, in his last year on the ballot, is at 83.7%. Curt Schilling is at 78.7%.
But only a little over half of the votes are known. Usually when the other, non-publicized part comes in, players drop, and someone like Schilling then is really on the bubble.
Barry Bonds and one-time Yankee Roger Clemens are at 71.6 and 70.6% respectively, thus a little short and expected to drop once more votes become known.
So it appears as if Jeter and Walker get in and the question is whether Jeter is unanimous and if Schilling joins them
Other notables: staying on the ballot would be Omar Vizquel, Gary Sheffield (the one -time Yankee at 36%), Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner, Jeff Kent, Todd Helton, Manny Ramirez, one-time Yankee Andruw Jones (23.7%), Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte (the Yankees’ great is at 10.4%) and another former Yankee, Bobby Abreu (6.2%).
You need 5% to stay on the ballot. Abreu is on the bubble. Pettitte stays on, but isn’t getting much support.
It appears like these notables will drop off the ballot, among others:
Ex-Yankees Jason Giambi (1 vote), Alfonso Soriano (0). Eric Chavez (one vote). Brian Roberts (0) and Raul Ibanez (0).
Also dropping off would be Cliff Lee (1), Adam Dunn (0), and Paul Konerko (1).
The bold is players with Yankees’ connections, even if ever so briefly.