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Game 43. Yanks trounced, 15-4.

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Ouch.

There isn’t a lot a good things to say about this game, or about the way the Yankees are playing right now.

They gave up 10 runs in the third inning on their way to getting trounced, 15-4. It was their ninth loss in their last ten games. From 21-12 to the current 22-21 record. From 4 games up to 1 1/2 back (still in 2nd place in the AL East).

They hope to stop the free fall tonight. I’ll be at the game, and before the game the Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams and retiring his #51.

The Yanks hurt themselves with some poor fielding (Didi and Beltran) in that third inning, and things just snowballed. I had, and still have, a lot of reservations about CC. I think the Yanks may be paying big time for a few years for nothing. I really think he is done.  They never should have extended his original deal.

Sabathia (L, 2-6, 5.47) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Rogers 3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 4.97
Pinder 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.16

Things got so bad that 1B/OF Garrett Jones was used to get the last two outs.

Jones 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Belrran (3, 376 lifetime, tying Fisk and Teixeira) and Didi Gregorius (2, 2nd in two days) homered.

Game 42. Yanks’ slide continues.

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Just a week and a half ago, the Yanks owned a four game lead in the AL East. They now are 22-20, in 2nd place, 1 1/2 GB. Last night’s 10-9 loss was their eighth loss in their last nine games. Michael Pineda was tagged for seven runs by Texas in the third inning, and the Yanks couldn’t catch up.

Pineda and Didi Gregorius made errors in the third, and Pineda gave up two HRs that inning as Texas jumped off to a 7-0 lead. Prince Fielder would hit two homers and drive in four runs for the Rangers last night.

The Yanks got four back in the fourth, three on Gregorius’ first HR of the season, but Fielder’s second HR of the game made it 8-4 Texas.

An A-Rod single in the seventh made it 8-5. A-Rod tied Babe Ruth’s official RBI total with that, but there is a catch. The RBI became an official stat in 1920, meaning that all of Babe’s RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted in that total. While the Elias Sports Bureau is the official MLB statistician, I prefer Baseball Reference.com, which seems to be a bit more thorough. They have Babe at 2214 RBI, 222 ahead of the “official” tally for the Babe. 222 RBI from 1914-1919 aren’t counted by MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Anyway, by any means, A-Rod is only 8 RBI from 2000.

While the Yanks tried to catch up, the bullpen couldn’t hold down Texas. Texas got two in the top of the eighth to make it 10-5.

Garrett Jones’ PH HR, his first HR of the season, cut it to 10-8 in the bottom of the eighth. Mark Teixeira’s 13th HR of the season (#376 career) cut it to 10-9 in the bottom of the ninth, throwing a scare into Texas, but the Yanks fell just short in their comeback attempt. They had the winning run at the plate when they made the final out.

Teixeira’s HR passed teammate Carlos Beltran on the all-time list and tied him with Carlton Fisk. The way Teix is going, barring injury, maybe he can get #400 at the end of the season.

In his first MLB start, Slade Heathcott went 2 for 3.

Pineda (L, 5-2, 3.59) 6 IP, 7 R, 4 ER (all runs in the third) 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Shreve 1 Ip, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.51
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K 4.61.

Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

 

 

 

 

Game 39. Yanks get shutout by KC 6-0.

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Chris Capuano showed some rust, and the Yankees offense showed nothing in a 6-0 loss to KC on Sunday. The loss is the Yankees’ fifth in their last six games, and the offense has gone to sleep in those games.

The Yanks are off Monday and Thursday. In between, they have two games in Washington, which means no DH. Mark Teixeira left today’s game early with a contusion of his toe (X-Rays negative) after a HBP. What the Yanks could do is to play Garrett Jones at 1B one day, A-Rod the other, and give Teix 4 days off.

Capuano (L, 0-1, 12.00) 3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K.
Rogers 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 K. 3.24.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.56.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.35.

The Yanks have a dilemma. Jacoby Ellsbury, the leadoff man, is hitting .327. We are almost 1/4 of the way through the season. Ellsbury has 6 RBI. The reason why? It’s the guys at the bottom of the order who are not getting on before Ellsbury comes to bat. Stephen Drew is hitting .177. Didi Gregorious is at .204. There are no rbi opportunities for Ellsbury. No one is on base.

Today, at AAA, Rob Refsnyder had 3 hits, 3 rbi and 2 HR. He is heating up. He is up to .304 (I don’t know about his defense, though). But Refsnyder (or Pirela, currently on the team) isn’t a SS. Pirela has played SS in the minors, but the Yanks don’t consider him a SS. So if the Yanks were to bring up Refsnyder (which, considering their lack of offense, sounds good), who goes? The only legitimate SS backup to Gregorious is Drew. Both hit lefty so it is not like you can platoon the two. What I would love is that whenever Brendan Ryan (a righty hitter) is ready to come back as a backup IF, you get rid of Gregorious or Drew (release Drew, eat the $5MM or trade or demote Didi), bring up Refsnyder, and send Pirela back to AAA or trade him. (I like Pirela, but if you are activating two people, then two people have to g0. If Refsnyder and Ryan are on the team, two people have to be dropped among Pirela, Drew and Didi).

Refsnyder is up to .304. He doesn’t fill needs at SS or 3B. The Yanks have McCann at .237, Beltran at .234, Drew at .177, Didi at .204.  Headley is at .236. Could they use Refsnyder’s bat? Yes. But how to squeeze it in?

The Yanks are 22-17. They still are the leaders in the AL East, by one game over Tampa Bay.

But they cannot continue with a DP combo hitting .177 and .204. But the solution, bringing up Refsnyder, isn’t as easy as it appears, given the situation I described above.

So what to do?

 

Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500

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The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 4. Three comebacks not enough as Yanks lose in 19th, 6-5.

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Ok. I just woke up after being up past, what, 2:30 AM? God only knows how the players are going to turn it around.

If you didn’t stay up late, and don’t know what happened because the ending was too late for your morning paper (and you haven’t checked out the highlights online so far, here goes:

A brief recap on a game that was anything but brief. I won’t touch on all the highlights. Had the game continued further, the Yanks would have sacrificed the DH. Garrett Jones would have gone to the mound.

Down to their last out in the 9th, Chase Headley homered to tie the game. Down a run in the 16th, Mark Teixiera, who, since it was past midnight, was now a 35th birthday boy, homered for the second consecutive game (365th career HR) to tie it up again (Yankees nemesis David Ortiz had homered in the top of the 16th. I am STILL waiting for some Yankees pitcher—I have been waiting for YEARS—to show some balls and put one in his butt. Back him off the plate. Get some courage, as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz would say. When have you ever seen them do that to Ortiz? They have done it to us, haven’t they?) Down in the 18th, a Carlos Belran double tied up the game again.

Nice resiliency.

However a passed ball by backup C John Ryan Murphy in the top of the 19th set Boston up for a GW SF and the Yanks lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a lighting incident.

There have been no moves made as of this writing, but after having used eight pitchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was sent down to get a fresh arm (or two) up—even if we are just four games into the season.

The loss drops the Yanks to 1-3. It was the first Yankees game on WPIX, Channel 11 in NY in 17 years. It was nice watching the game on Channel 11, where I more or less grew up. WPIX was the Yanks’ “home” for many, many, years.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Funny only 1 K since he did hit 101.

Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Shreve 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K.

Rogers (L) 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Rogers gave 4 2/3, the day after going 2 1/3 vs. Toronto. Like I wrote above, had the game gone into the 20th, 1B/OF/DH Garrett Jones would have taken the mound.

A nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen went for naught. Between Eovaldi and Rogers, there were some scary moments, but those six pitchers had a line of:

9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 walks, 10 K.

Too bad the offense couldn’t take advantage.

Before the game, Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling got replicas of Emmy Awards he lost when all his possessions went up in a huge condo fire this fall. Nice gesture and I hope he is somehow recovering from that tragic event.

 

 

 

 

S.T. Game 31. Pineda sharp again in Yanks’ 6-2 win.

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The Yanks had a split squad on Thursday, so for the sake of clarity, the home game will be S.T. Game 31 and the road game S.T. Game 32.

In the home game, Michael Pineda continued his great spring with another strong effort in a 6-2 Yankees’ win.

The pitching line:

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 6 K.

Andrew Miller 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K.

David Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R (unearned), 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Jose Ramirez 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Austin Romine had 2 hits as he tries to make the team as the backup catcher or improve himself for trade bait. He is out of options.

OF prospect Aaron Judge, ticketed for AA Trenton, had 2 RBI.

Garrett Jones had two hits, as did Stephen Drew.

Chris Young had 2 hits and 2 RBI, and Rob Refsnyder continued to hit, getting 2 hits and an RBI.

Refsnyder is heading down to AAA to work on his defense. He’s hit well this spring but has made six errors.

Chase Whitley had a good spring, but, probably in an effort to keep his innings up and Whitley sharp in the event of needing an extra starter, will begin the year at AAA. Should the Yanks need sixth starter for a day to give the rotation an extra day of rest, it appears that Whitley would be the guy.

Making the team for now are relievers Chason Shreve (giving the Yanks a third lefty out of the bullpen along with Miller and Justin Wilson) and Chris Martin.

The only spot not settled is backup catcher.

The 25-man Opening Day Roster looks like this, barring a last minute injury.

C: McCann
Backup C: Murphy or Romine.

Infield: Teixeira, Drew, Gregorious, Headley, Gregorio Petit.

1B/Corner OF backup/DH: Jones.

DH/3b /1B: A-Rod

OF: Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Young

Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Eovaldi, Warren.

Bullpen: Rogers, Shreve, Martin, Carpenter, Wilson, Betances, Miller.