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Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

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Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.

Game 117. The Aaron’s (Hicks & Judge) and the Kraken power Yanks, 4-2.

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Home runs by the Aaron’s (no, not Henry or Tommy) Hicks and Judge and another by Gary (the Kraken) Sanchez powered the Yanks to a 4-2 subway series win over the Mets Monday night.

I was worried about Luis Cessa starting. He pitched half decently tonight but didn’t provide length (see below…injury). There are times I and others wondered “why Cessa again? Why not bring up Chance Adams?” Cessa does appear better suited for middle relief than a starting role. His numbers seem to back that up.

Now to bring up Adams, the Yanks would have to put him on the 40-man and take someone off. Girardi thinks Adams, despite his fine record in the minors (13-3, 1.96 AA/AAA this year), isn’t ready yet. He may or may not have to be ready now, because Cessa got hurt tonight. I know I, and a lot of the fan base, would like to see the kid. And see him over Cessa, no offense to Cessa. With Cessa’s injury, do we now see Adams?

Cessa left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia apparently tried pitching today and may or may not be ready on Saturday. So he’d fit right back in line if he was ready.

Cessa gave up HRs in the third to both ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson and to Yoenis Cespedes to put the Mets up 2-0.

In the fourth, Sanchez hit a SF to cut the lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge tied the game with HR #36 in the sixth. The strikeouts did continue, but maybe this HR gets him going again.

With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got HRs from Aaron Hicks (12) and Gary Sanchez (20) to put the game away, 4-2.

For all three, it was their 40th career HR. All three got it in the same game.

Cessa 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.75
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.95. Been great all year.
Robertson (W, 6-2, 2.30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Some further notes. The Yanks may want to bring up someone like Donovan Solano and send Tyler Wade down? Castro will be starting rehab soon and should be back soon, and they need him. Wade, 22, has done well at SWB but is down to .120 and really looks overmatched so far in the majors.

The slump of Judge and the slump of Holliday, combined with the DL stints for Holliday and Castro have really hurt the lineup. 3 homers today helped win the game, but the Yanks will have to be good at playing littleball until some players come back, be it Bird, Holliday and/or Castro.

The win, puts the Yanks at 62-55. With Boston losing, they are now 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They retain the top wild card spot.

 

Game 115. Boston blasts Severino, Tanaka to Dl. Montgomery escapes DL. Mets trade another Yanks’ target elsewhere.

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What a bad day for the Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka joins CC on the 10-day DL. For CC, knee. For Tanaka, shoulder inflammation.

…. Seand the Yanks almost had to put Sunday night’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, on the DL himself. He was hit in the head with a BP line drive while signing autographs before today’s game.

The Yanks fell to 61-54, 4 1/2 back of Boston due to a 10-5 loss Saturday afternoon. Luis Severino got rocked, giving up two 3-run HRs to Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

The Yanks started well, getting a 2-run HR in the first by Gary Sanchez (19).

But Boston got five in the third, keyed by Benintendi’s first HR.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth but only got one run. As you readers of mine know, I criticize Girardi for never MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. He doesn’t steal much, doesn’t hit and run, almost never bunts, and never squeezes runs home. He doesn’t play littleball. He doesn’t CREATE RUNS, and this team is having trouble scoring runs lately. It drives me crazy. Bases loaded, no one out and only one run.

Boston got five more in the fifth, keyed by another 3-run HR by Benintendi to go up 10-3.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and Ellsbury (5) in the ninth. 10-5 final.

Aaron Judges’ post All-Star game troubles are a problem. He has dropped 40 points of the batting average. .329 to .289,  W.161-5-12 since winning that HR derby. A curse. Some 43 strikeouts or so in 93 at bats. Strikeouts in his last 29 straight games. We have to get him back on track. As I mentioned, so many strikeouts are LOOKING. Pitch recognition? Aaargh. Swing that bat!

He is so strong. Stay WITH the ball and work on going the other way. He is so strong it will go out to RF.

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were talking to the Mets about Neil Walker. They didn’t like his medicals, so a trade didn’t happen. He was dealt to the Brewers. So a third Yankees trade target from the Mets goes elsewhere. It really looks like the Mets have a thing about trading anyone to the Yankees, even if the Yanks give them a better deal (inferiority complex?). Whatever, I hope the Yanks kick the Mets’ ass this coming week as a result.

Severino (L, 9-5, 3.32) 4 1/3 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gallegos 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.79
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33

I guess we can rule OUT Mitchell for Monday against the Mets (taking Tanaka’s turn).

 

 

Game 113. Yanks blanked, 4-0.

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If the Yanks want to win the division, they better start thinking about sweeping the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium this weekend, because otherwise, the division is slipping away. To do that, the bats have to wake up.

Toronto blanked the Yanks 4-0 Thursday night to drop the Yanks to 60-53, 4 1/2 games behind Boston. The Yanks still have the top wild card spot right now.

Sonny Gray is now 0-2, 3.00 as a Yankee, and in both he games received little to no run support as well as suffered defensive miscues. In this game, the defensive miscue was done by Gray himself.

In the second, a wild throw on a pickoff attempt by Gray, and a fielder’s choice by Gray in which the runner scored and the batter still reached, enabled Toronto to score the only run they’d need. Toronto also nicked Gray for runs in the third and fourth.

Jose Bautista homered in the seventh off of Chasen Shreve to make it 4-0.

Aaron Judge has struck out in 27 consecutive games. I wouldn’t mind so much the swinging strikeouts, but the called ones…. swing the bat, Aaron!

The Yanks were 0 for 9 w/RISP.

Clint Frazier was put on the DL. Aaron Hicks was brought back off the DL.

The Yanks have tried to get help. They inquired about Lucas Duda and Jay Bruce from the Mets but the Mets sent Duda to the Rays, Bruce to the Indians, and both for what it seems are inferior packages to what the Yanks offered. Perhaps the Mets are gun-shy about having one of their players do well for the cross-town team.

It looks like Derek Jeter’s bid to buy the Marlins is picking up some steam.

Gray (L, 6-7, 3.39) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Shreve 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.84

Game 110. Ellsbury & Judge support Severino’s gem. Yanks win 8-1.

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Boston’s Chris Sale is probably the front-runner for the AL CYA right now, but consideration must be given to Luis Severino.

Severino gave up a HR in the first inning, but only one more hit after that in dominating the Cleveland Indians today in the Yanks’ 8-1 win.

The win puts the Yanks at 59-51, and keeps them 3 back of Boston. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Down 1-0, the Yanks broke through in the sixth. Gardner singled and Clint Frazier doubled. After an out, Judge was intentionally walked. Chase Headley hit a SF to tie the game. Todd Frazier walked and Jacoby Ellsbury cleared the bases with a 3-run triple. Ronald Torreyes singled in Ellsbury to make it 5-1.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR (35) in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits.
Judge struck out 3x, but did have that 3-run HR.
Ellsbury 2 hits, 3 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi.

Matt Holliday was put on the DL. Garrett Cooper brought up. Jordan “the general” Montgomery was sent down to SWB. Not because he did anything wrong, but with six starters for five spots, and an innings limit approaching…

Severino (W, 9-4, 2.91) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle    1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.42
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W. 0 K. 1.93
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.73

Game 108. Yanks lose 4th in a row, 7-2.

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Jaime Garcia’s Yankees’ debut didn’t go well as the Yanks lost their fourth straight game, 7-2.

The loss puts the Yanks at 57-51 at the 2/3rd mark of the season, meaning they are on an 85/86 win pace.

They fell to 3 games behind Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

The Yanks picked up a lot of pitching help at the trade deadline, but the bats have gone dead lately. Before the All Star Break, they averaged 5.4 runs per game. Since? 4.0.

Gary Sanchez needs to work a bit on his defense. One of the two runs Cleveland scored in the second inning came courtesy of Sanchez’ 12th passed ball of the season.

Sanchez’ passed ball was part of some sloppiness the Yanks have shown defensively over the past few games. Aaron Judge made an error in the third inning, an inning where Cleveland scored two more runs to make it 4-0. Both Garcia and Chad Green threw wild pitches in the game.

UPDATE: Joe Girardi called out Sanchez’ sloppy defense after the game.

Todd Frazier homered (18) in the fifth to put the Yanks on the board, but they left the bases loaded. Cleveland came back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.

Cleveland got a run in the eighth and Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the ninth for the Yanks accounted for the final score of 7-2.

Five different Yanks had two hits, but the Yanks were not bunching them at the right times. Rookie Clint Frazier is another who has cooled off lately. He isn’t alone.

Garcia (L, 5-8, 4.49) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.74. Green has been superb this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44

 

 

Game 105. Tigers edge Yanks, 4-3.

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CC Sabathia gave up a 3-run HR in the second inning, a solo HR in the third, and Detroit held on to beat the Yankees 4-3 on Tuesday night.

All the Yankees’ runs came via Didi Gregorius. He hit a 2-run HR (17) in the fourth, and had an RBI single in the eighth inning.

The loss drops the 57-48 Yankees out of first place in the AL East. They are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

Wednesday’s game is an afternoon game.

Aaron Judge’s slump continues. Since the 4th of July, Judge is .192-6-12, with 34 strikeouts in 78 at bats. It has dropped his batting average from .329 to .299. Hopefully he adjusts and gets his second wind soon.

Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday each had two hits.

Sabathia (L, 9-4, 3.81) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.97
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.68

Brett Gardner threw a runner out at the plate in the ninth.

Cessa was sent down for Holder recently, and Holder and Cooper were then sent down to make room for Gray and Garcia.