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NLCS Game 3. Long time coming? Washington 1 win away from WS.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Washington, D.C. has been part of three World Series—in 1924, 1925 and 1933, when the original Washington Senators (who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961) won the AL pennant in those years, and the World Series in 1924. Walter Johnson, near the end of his career, was on the 1924 and 1925 teams.

The current Washington Nationals team came from Montreal, where from 1969-2004 they were the Montreal Expos. This franchise has never made it to the World Series.

They are one win away after an 8-1 win over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals lead the series three games to none and could make it a sweep tonight.

Houston has their threesome of Verlander, Cole and Grienke, but Washington’s trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin is right up there.

Strasburg went seven, and gave up just one unearned run while striking out 12.

Howie Kendrick, whose grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS doomed the Dodgers, had 3 hits and 3 RBI last night.

Long-time National Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs.

Game 4 of this series is tonight.

Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yanks and Astros is at 4 this afternoon.

Ohtani turns down Yanks.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Shohei Ohtani has told the Yanks not to bother sending out a contingent to meet with him face to face.

Apparently he wants a small market, West Coast team.

You can presume that eliminates the Dodgers and Angels as well. I am thinking Seattle, here.

Hey, it is a loss, but if someone doesn’t want to play in NY, then don’t pursue him. No more Randy Johnson’s here, OK?

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you feel you can’t handle NY, then best the Yankees NOT sign you.

Granted, he is a talent, but….

So the Yankees move on. No Ohtani. So as far as filling out the rotation goes, there are still options.

Re-sign CC to a 1-yr. deal (he is 38 next summer). NO to a 2-yr. deal.

Sign Alex Cobb.

Sign Lance Lynn.

Sign none of the above and trust that Chance Adams is ready.

I hear about Bryan Mitchell as a #5 starter. I just don’t have faith in that, and think Mitchell will be moved. Just a gut feeling. I also don’t have faith in Luis Cessa there.

But a disappointment. But now to move on and fill out the rotation.

I don’t see Darvish or Arrietta. The Yanks want to get under the cap. Darvish and Arrietta won’t help them do that.

 

 

Game 64. Road trip from hell continues as Yankees lose in 10, 8-7, more players hurt.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yankees made moves, sending down Ron Herrera and putting CC Sabathia on the DL. They brought back Ben Heller  Domingo German (my mistake) and called up Luis Cessa.

After the game, an 8-7 Yankees’ loss in 10 innings, the Yanks may have to make more moves, like maybe bringing up Dustin Fowler, Kyle Higashioka and a reliever.

The road trip from hell continued with not only a Yankees’ loss,  their third in a row, but now more players may be headed to the DL.

In the minors, the Yankees have shut down Greg Bird, who now has a knee injury on top of trying to get over the ankle injury. Poor guy appears to be like Nick Johnson. So much potential, but injuries keep eating him up.

We don’t know when Ellsbury is coming back from that concussion. That’s important because last night Aaron Hicks had to be taken out of the game because of an Achilles injury.

Gary Sanchez had to be taken out because of an abductor muscle injury. Adam Warren wasn’t available because of a sore trap muscle in his pitching arm.

We’ll see if these injuries are day to day or if they require DL stints. But geez…

The loss puts the Yanks at 38-26, and they maintain a 2-game lead in the AL East. It was a tough loss, because the Yanks came back in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth and took the lead in the tenth.

In the tenth, Giovanny Gallegos got the first two outs, then gave up two hits and an intentional walk before a blooper just extended past Starlin Castro’s reach, tipped off his glove, found grass, and gave the A’s their 8-7 walkoff win.

The Yanks left the bases loaded in the first, not scoring. They left two on in the fourth.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the first to Jed Lowrie and a 2-run double in the second to put the Yanks in a 3-0 hole.

The Yanks tied it in the sixth when with one out, Castro singled, Sanchez walked and Didi (17 g. hitting streak) singled to load the bases. Headley singled in two runs, Carter tied the game with a single.

The A’s got a run in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-3 on a Yonder Alonso HR. The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With two out, Castro singled, stole second, and scored on a Gary Sanchez double.

The A’s scored in the bottom of the seventh, going up 5-4. The Yanks came back again to tie it in the eighth on a Chris Carter HR (7).

Once again, the Yanks couldn’t hold the A’s, as the A’s got a run in the bottom of the eighth. The Yanks tied the game at six in the top of the ninth when Castro doubled with one out and Sanchez singled him home. Sanchez was having a big game when he got hurt.

In the tenth, with one out, Gardner and Refsnyder (in for the injured Hicks) each singled. Judge walked to load the bases and Castro hit a SF.

Then came the bottom of the tenth when Gallegos got the first two batters but couldn’t salt the game away.

Gardner 2 hits.
Castro 3 for 5, scored 3, 1 RBI. (.328)
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 walks, scored 1, 2 RBI. He raised his average to .297 before the injury.
Headley 2 hits, 2 RBI
Carter 2 hits, 2 RBI, HR
Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.78. Gave up 2 HR
Green 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.70
Clippard 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.30
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 0.42
Gallegos (BS, 1; L, 0-1; 7.15) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.

 

Game 151. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 11-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit 2 more HRs, becoming the fastest to 19 (it took him just 45 MLB games to hit his first 19 HR) and drove in five runs as the Yankees beat Tampa Bay on Wednesday night, 11-5.

He had help. Donovan Solano had 3 hits, drove in 2 runs and hit a HR.

Mason Williams had 2 hits and an RBI.

Brian McCann had 4 hits.

The Yanks won despite giving up five HRs to Tampa Bay, all solo shots. Unbelievably, four of the HRs came in one inning, and three were in a row. All HRs given up by Masahiro Tanaka. Outside of that inning, Tanaka was masterful, but ouch, what an ugly inning that was.

The Yanks got three right away in the first inning. Gardner singled, Ellsbury (back in the lineup after a few days off due to a bruised knee) walked, and Sanchez singled in a run. McCann singled to make it 2-0, and after a couple of outs, Ronald Torreyes singled to make it 3-0.

The Yanks got four in the second to go up 7-0. Solano and Gardner singled and both moved up on a groundout by Ellsbury. Sanchez then hit his first HR of the game (18) to make it 6-0. McCann singled, Teixeira doubled him to third, and McCann scored on a SF by Didi Gregorius.

Laugher, right? Wrong. In the bottom of the third, Tanaka gave up FOUR solo homers. Three of them were in a row with two out. Unbelievable.

I was once at a game where a Yankees pitcher gave up 4 homers in an inning. It was in Chicago vs. the White Sox in 2005. The Yanks’ pitcher? Randy Johnson.

Anyway, all of a sudden, it was 7-4. Take away that one inning, and Tanaka pitched five innings of shutout, 3-hit ball. But that one inning, hoo-boy.

Despite that meltdown inning, Tanaka still leads the AL in ERA at 3.07.

Sanchez’ second HR of the game (19) made it 8-4 in the sixth.

Adam Warren gave up a HR in the 8th to make it 8-5.

The Yanks got 3 insurance runs in the 9th. Gregorius singled, and moved up on a groundout. Williams (I like this kid, and think maybe Gardner could be trade bait for a starting pitcher in the offseason. With Eovaldi to be out until 2018, they will need one, unless a minor leaguer like Enns or Adams is ready) singled in a run, then Solano hit a 2-run HR to make it 11-5.

The win puts the Yanks at 79-72. 11 games to go. They are 2 1/2 out of the last wild card slot but need to jump over 4 teams to get it.

A sad note: former Yankees player Yangeris Solarte, now with the Padres, lost his wife recently to cancer. She was just 31.

Tanaka (w, 14-4, 3.07) 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.90 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne (H, 12) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.21 (Bos/NYY) One batter …. again.
Clippard (H, 24) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.20 (Az/NYY)
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40.

Yanks re-sign Drew, and HOF gets 4 new members.

The Yankees re-signed Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5MM contract, and I must admit, I am perplexed and not too happy about the deal.

Ok, does Drew play SS or 2B? Where does Didi Gregorious play? What about the youngsters, Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder, each of whom hit .300+ at AAA last year while Drew (32 in March) hit .162-7-26 between Boston and the Yanks last year? That’s an OPS+ of 51, 49% below league average. I don’t understand the move—-unless it is to package Gregorious, or Refsnyder or Pirela along with the one to two of the surplus of lefty relievers (and maybe someone like Gary Sanchez or Austin Romine?) to say, the Phils for Cole Hamels, or, if they can sign him to a contract extension right away, Johnny Cueto of the Reds (who is a free agent after 2015)?

As of now, I don’t like the move. Drew’s 162 g. ave. is .256-15-70, OPS+ 95 (100 is average). He is a lefty hitter who may (along with Gregorious) have pop for the porch but was flat out awful in 2014.

After the signing of Gregorious, I just don’t get this move. I’d rather give Refsnyder and Pirela a chance at 2B. I don’t like it.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame will have 4 new members. The BBWAA elected Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio to the Hall today. Mike Piazza got about 70%, and 75% is needed for induction.

Very brief thumbnails about the new Hall-of-Famers.

Johnson: I wonder about the cap, but I think (sorry, Seattle) that it’ll be Arizona. 5X CYA (4 with AZ, and another year a runner-up w/AZ) 10x All-Star. 303-166. 4875 K (2nd all-time and most by a lefty). 3x 20-game winner. 162 g. ave. 17-9, 3.29, ERA+ 135. 7-9, 3.50 in the postseason. 2001 WS Co-MVP, when he won 3 games in that WS. Twice in the top 10 for MVP. Too bad he was past his prime and only mediocre in his two seasons as a Yankee. (One decent enough year, ERA+ 112, 17-8, 3.79, but the other bad, 17-11, 5.00, ERA+ 90). Won CYA in each league.

Pedro:  His ERA+ is the best of any starter, ever. 2x  20-game winner. Like Johnson, won the CYA in each league. 219-100. 2.93 career ERA, ERA+ 154. 8X All-Star. 3x CYA. 2x top 5 for MVP, inc. runnerup in 1999. 6-4, 3.46 postseason. Definitely a Boston hat. Ave. 162 g. season, 17-8, 2.93.  Over 3000K.

Smoltz: Braves. 213-155. 154 saves. Only pitcher ever with over 200 wins and over 150 saves. Started as a starter, arm problems forced him to close, then went back into the rotation.  Led league in wins 2x (one-time 20 g. winner w/24). Led MLB with 55 saves in 2002. 162 g. ave. 12-9, 9 saves, 3.33, ERA+ 125. This is hurt by the four years he spent closing. 8x All-Star. 1996 CYA. Over 3000 K. 8th in MVP voting in 2002.  Great postseason pitcher, 15-4, 2.67, 4 saves in the postseason.

Biggio: Whole career w/Astros. 7x All-Star. Twice top-5 for MVP. 3060 hits.  Versatile. Mostly 2B, but also C, CF, LF. 162 g. average .281-17-67, 24 SB. Over 400 SB. OPS+ 112.  4 x GG. 40 postseason games, .234-2-11.

Game 107. Yanks lose 3-2.

The Yanks are off today, but we’ll see if there is any action as the trade deadline nears. Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline.

IMHO, they really could use a bat. A righty-hitting OF with some pop, who would mostly play RF, to me, is a must.

Last night (Wed.), the Yanks lost to Texas, 3-2. They only got four hits in the whole game.

Brett Gardner continued his amazing power surge by leading off the game with a HR (14) for the second night in a row. He has four HR in the last three games.

Hiroki Kuroda had a bad first inning. Although he didn’t give up any runs the rest of the way, the three he gave up in the first inning doomed him.

Kuroda went 7, 3 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 4 K. He falls to 7-7, 3.98.

David Huff pitched the eighth. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Overall ERA 3.95.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a HR in the third (9) to cut it to 3-2, but other than the two solo HRs, the only other hits the Yanks got all night were two hits by Beltran.

The Yanks fall to 55-52, and are now 5 1/2 back of Baltimore in the AL East. Third place. They are now 3 games behind Toronto for the second wild-card spot.

I don’t know if the Yanks will make a deal. Some OF names discussed have been Marlon Byrd (36, .270-20-60 for PHI, his HR and RBI would lead the Yanks, OPS+ 120) and Josh Willingham (35, .223-11-31, OPS+ 124 for MIN in 59 games). Compare those Righty-hitting outfielders with Ichiro (40, .269-1-14, OPS+ 80, and only 8 of Ichiro’s 63 hits are for extra bases. In his last 36 games, Ichiro is hitting .214). If they do get a Righty-power bat to play RF, he could take Almonte’s spot.

I still don’t know why Jose Pirela and/or Robert Refsnyder haven’t been promoted. Maybe some youth can inject some energy (and some much needed more production) into the lineup. Some comparisons.

Roberts 36 .237-5-21 OPS .659 OPS+ 85
Kelly Johnson (on 15-day DL) 32 .219-6-22 OPS .677 OPS+ 89

Refsnyder 23, 2B/RF, total AA/AAA .323-13-50 OPS .919
Pirela 24, has played 1B/2B/SS/LF and RF this year. All AAA. .309-8-43 OPS .784

Of course, replacing Roberts/Johnson with Refsnyder/Pirela at 2B/UT may mean eating $$$. But Roberts/Johnson a) aren’t producing much and b) aren’t your future.

Note that Zellous Wheeler isn’t affected by the moves.

Maybe the Yanks can catch lightning in a bottle if they do pick up a Byrd or Willingham and combine that with Roberts/Johnson being replaced by Refsnyder/Pirela. Maybe not.

But the Yanks came thisclose to being swept in Texas. They are losing so many close games because of the offense. It couldn’t hurt to try what I am suggesting, could it?

Just my opinion.

Game 100. Yanks win rain-shortened game, 2-1.

On July 13, the Yanks lost a rain-shortened game 3-1 in 4 1/2 innings down in Baltimore.

Mother Nature decided to even up the score as the Yanks won a rain-shortened game Wednesday night, 2-1 in 4 1/2 innings.

David Phelps went five innings for the win. He goes to 5-4 and has quietly lowered his ERA to 3.77.

1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 k.

After Texas got a run in the top of the third on a couple of singles and a DP ball, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom of the third. Cervelli doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a balk. Gardner then homered, his 10th of the season. Can you believe Gardner is tied for second on the team in HR?

In the bottom of the fifth, the rains came so hard and fast that the grounds crew had trouble putting the tarp on. Even after the rain subsided, the field was a mess and the game was called.

The Yanks improve to 52-48, three behind the Orioles in the AL East. They are just 1/2 back of the final wild card spot. Before the game, the Yanks put Kelly Johnson on the DL due to a groin strain, called up P Chris LeRoux and DFA’d P Bruce Billings.