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Minor League Report. Lack of O. Charleston has to deal with Keuchel.

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AAA: SWB off.

AA: Trenton rained out.

High A: Tampa (27-36) got 10 hits, but were shut out, 1-0. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, RF Isaih Gilliam 3 hits.

Rony Garcia (L, 0-2, 2.16) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Harris 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.41
Wivinis 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.50

Low A: Charleston lost 1-0 in 10 innings, getting just one hit. There was a big reason for that. For 7 innings, Charleston was facing Dallas Keuchel. 3B Max Burt got Charleston’s only hit. To the credit of Luis Gil, he matched Keuchel pitch for pitch.

Gil 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 10  K.  1.81
C. Espinal 2 1/3 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  1.78

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Game 61. Yanks beat Toronto 6-2 behind Happ, Hicks, D.J.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (39-22) snapped their three-game losing streak Thursday night with a 6-2 win over Toronto. They went into the game knowing that Tampa Bay and Boston had both already won in the afternoon.

J.A. Happ pitched probably his best game of the season so far.

In the second inning, with two out, Thairo Estrada reached on an error. Cameron Maybin singled, and D.J. LeMahieu just missed a 3-run HR as he doubled off of the CF fence for a run. Aaron Hicks then cleared the fence with a 3-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 4-0.

Gio Urshela led off the top of the fourth with his fourth HR of the season to put the Yanks up 5-0 and they weren’t finished that inning. After an out, Maybin doubled and LeMahieu continued his amazing production w/RISP this season with an RBI single, 6-0.

Happ gave up a solo HR in the bottom of sixth. Toronto also scored in the ninth when they loaded the bases with no one out and Aroldis Chapman had to come in to close the game out.

As the game progressed, it was found out that Dallas Keuchel isn’t going to become a Yankee. It was thought that the Yanks were the favorite to sign the free agent, but he went to Atlanta instead.

After the game, Thairo Estrada was sent down to make room for Didi Gregorius’ return off of the Injured List. I was kind of hoping they would have kept him a bit longer and DFA Morales, but they want Estrada to play and not rot on the bench.

LeMahieu 3 hits, 2 RBI (.323)
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR (3)
Urshela (.323) solo HR
Maybin 2 hits.

Happ (W, 6-3, 4.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 IP+, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.  9.16
Chapman (S, 18)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   1.46

Game 59. Blue Jays best Yanks, 4-3.

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One bad inning by Masahiro Tanaka and the lack of clutch hitting (1 for 12 w/RISP, 11 LOB) by the Yanks (38-21) led to a 4-3 defeat to the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. It was the first time in over a month that the Yanks lost back-to-back games.

Clint Frazier’s 2-run HR (11) in the fourth gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead.

But in the fifth, Tanaka, who had a one-hit shutout through four innings, gave up a HR to lead off the inning, then after a walk and an out, another HR which made it 3-2 Toronto. After another out, a double, and single made it 4-2 Blue Jays before Tanaka got out of the inning.

Tanaka can’t pitch up in the zone. He doesn’t have that velocity. He has to keep the ball down. Pitches got up all inning long.

In the eighth, Aaron Hicks hit his second HR of the year to cut it to 4-3. The Yanks kept threatening, but as you saw with the 1 for 12 w/RISP, couldn’t break through.

Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, solo HR (2)
Frazier 2-run HR (11)
Tanaka (L, 3-5, 3.42) 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.25
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  9.17

The Yanks released infielder Cliff Pennington from his minor league deal. The former major league infielder, signed in early April, was hitting .196 for SWB.

Barry Latman, a spot starter/long reliever for the White Sox, Indians, Angels and Astros from 1957-1967, died recently at the age of 83. Latman was a pitcher on the 1959 AL Champ White Sox (8-5, 3.75, ERA+ 101) and an All-Star for the 1961 Indians (13-5, 4.02, ERA+ 97). He was 59-68 in his career. His 162 game average was 8-10, 3.91, ERA+ 94.

The Yanks are considered the favorites for signing free agent Dallas Keuchel, but won’t budge from a 1-year, pro-rated contract at the qualifying offer. Meaning at $17.9MM, if Keuchel signs for the second half of the year, he’d get around $9MM. Keuchel apparently would like more years and $$. He, and his agent Bora$$, may have bitten off more than they could chew. One other reason he is still a free agent is that now teams don’t lose the compensatory draft pick anymore since the draft is over.

Game 52. Yanks rally to force extras but lose in 10th, 8-7.

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Nothing lasts forever.

Domingo German came into the game with a 9-1 record (it stays 9-1) and the Yanks were on a seven-game winning streak.

German had an off-day, giving up 4 HR, and the Yanks, down 7-1 at one point, rallied with three runs with two out in the ninth to force extra innings only to lose 8-7 in the tenth.

Before the game, Jake Barrett to the IL (elbow inflammation), Joe Harvey brought up.

The Yanks scored first when with one out in the second, Gleyber Torres singled, Kendrys Morales walked and Clint Frazier singled in Torres.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the second, then a solo shot in the fourth.

In the fifth, back-to-back HR given up by German scored three more runs and the Yanks were in a 7-1 hole.

Gleyber Torres got the Yanks back in the game with a 3-run HR (13) in the sixth. 7-4.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Frazier and Gio Urshela singled. Frazier had to watch himself as he could have been picked off second. Brett Gardner struck out and the Yanks were down to their final out. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Frazier to make it 7-5. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Aaron Hicks singled to tie the game.

Here is where I had a lot of questions. I don’t know what relievers were available, but I found some decisions a bit strange.

Manager Aaron Boone left Nestor Cortes, Jr. in to pitch a fourth inning after the Yanks had tied it up. I had figured that once the Yanks did tie it up, that someone like Ottavino, Kahnle, or Britton might now come in. Instead Cortes stayed out there. He got the first two outs, then got into a jam, giving up two singles and an intentional walk to load the bases before getting out of it with a pop-up. Even after Cortes gave up the hits, he stayed out there. Odd, I thought, stretching Cortes out to four innings, especially with the game on the line.

Then in the tenth, Boone brought in Jonathan Holder rather than someone else. As I mentioned, I don’t know who was or wasn’t available, but I am not too comfortable with Holder in a tight game. Of all the regular relievers (those who have pitched in ten or more games this year, not those on the SWB shuttle), only Chad Green has a higher ERA than Holder. So my “trust factor” in Holder isn’t as high as with the others. But again, it may have been a case of lose the battle to win the war. Who was and wasn’t available.

Holder’s biggest mistake was, with one out, walking the #9 hitter, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton has little power, but a great deal of speed. You just can’t walk him there (and on five pitches). You have to make him earn his way on. Sure enough, Hamilton stole second. After Gio Urshela made a fabulous play for the second out, Whit Merrifield hit one past Urshela that ate him up and that ended the ballgame.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa did make an interesting and true observation the other day. As much as we love the bats of Sanchez, Voit, Frazier and Andujar, the Yanks will have to make some decisions on them. Now Sanchez and Voit aren’t going anywhere, but Frazier and Andujar’s futures could turn on their defense, or lack of it. As much as we love their bats, their defense can’t be so bad that it negates their sticks. We know the problems with Sanchez on wild pitches and passed balls. Voit is Ok, but more Giambi than Mattingly-like at 1B.  You can’t just field a team that cannot play the D. Judging by what I heard, I think Francesa thinks that if Frazier’s and Andujar’s D don’t pick up in the upcoming years, that both could be on the trade block. One reason for the Yanks winning right now is the defense of guys like LeMahieu and Urshela. Maybe Frazier (and this was mentioned on YES’ postgame show) is a little gun-shy after his concussion last year, but his defense in this KC series left a lot to be desired, especially when he got close to the wall. And it hasn’t just been in this past KC series, either.

The “easy” part of the Yanks’ schedule is now over. They don’t have as many Orioles/KC/White Sox teams anymore. The schedule now gets tougher. They have a 3-game series at home now against SD, followed by 4 games at home against Boston. They’ll be facing tougher teams now.

To their credit, the Yanks did what they should do with the soft schedule they’ve had so far. Win. 34-18. Up by 2 games in the AL East, even with a team decimated by injuries. Good job so far.

But decisions will have to be made soon. Didi Gregorius will move up to AAA SWB on Tuesday and should be back in maybe one or two weeks. What I would do when he comes back is not to send down Thairo Estrada, but to DFA Kendrys Morales. Didi could DH (until Stanton returns) instead of Morales. By having Didi DH, you protect that recently operated on right elbow of his. You play him at SS every so often to give Torres or LeMahieu a rest, and LeMahieu or Estrada can go to 3B to give Urshela a breather. LeMahieu can spell Voit at 1B. To me, Morales (5 for 30) as a Yankee is expendable. I would like to keep Estrada (.318) a bit longer. We’ll see what the Yanks do.

Also, when Stanton or Judge return, more decisions. Frazier has options, Maybin doesn’t. It may be better to keep Maybin’s defense and speed on the bench for now (out of options) and send down Frazier (who has options) to work on his defense once Judge or Stanton, whoever is first, comes back.

But when guys return, tough decisions will have to be made, and someone who is performing well now will have to go for guys like Didi, Judge and Stanton to regain their spots.

That goes for pitchers too, when Paxton, Severino, Betances and Montgomery come back and also if, after the baseball draft, the Yanks outbid the Rays for someone like Dallas Keuchel.

The moves in the next few months will be very interesting.

The game:

Hicks 2 RBI (tied game in 9th)
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 3-run HR (13)
Frazier 3 hits, RBI. Did make an error.
Urshela 2 hits

German 5 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 6 K. 3.43. Gave up 4 HR.
Cortes 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K.  5.40
Holder (L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

A non-baseball note: RIP Bart Starr, #15, QB for those great Lombardi Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Starr was a 5x Champion. After losing in the 1960 NFL title game to the Eagles, Starr led the Packers to NFL titles in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 and 1967. The 1966 and 1967 titles were followed with wins over the AFL (pre-merger) in Super Bowls I and II, both of which Starr was the MVP in. Starr was 85.

Update: With Paxton still on the shelf, as well as CC and Loaisiga (and Adams went 4 innings the other day, Cortes 4 yesterday), Chad Green will once again be the “opener” today, hence the decisions of yesterday to save the bullpen. Pitching, especially starting, reinforcements can’t arrive fast enough, whether it be Paxton and CC getting off the DL (along with Severino and Montgomery) or getting another starter.

Game 47. Sanchez and Frazier power Yankees to 11-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Clint Frazier continued to pummel Baltimore pitching  as the Yankees (30-17) hammered Baltimore 11-4 Tuesday night.

Domingo German won his MLB-leading ninth game of the season.

While 8 of Gleyber Torres’ 10 HR are against the Orioles, 8 of Sanchez’ 14 are, and for Frazier 5 of his 8. That is 21 HR right there from three guys against Baltimore pitching this year.

Before the game, Nestor Cortes, who pitched a few innings a couple of days ago, was sent down and David Hale was brought up. Hale got in a few games for the Yankees in 2018.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit both singled and Sanchez hit a 3-run HR, #14 for the season.

With one out in the third, Aaron Hicks walked and after another out, Gio Urshela (.336) doubled Hicks home. Frazier followed with a 2-run HR, his first of two for the game. 6-0.

With one out in the fifth, Hicks and Torres walked and Frazier hit his second HR of the game, a 3-run shot, #8 on the season, for a 9-0 Yankees’ lead.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the fifth. 9-3.

The Yanks got two in the sixth. With one out, LeMahieu (.325) and Voit singled. Sanchez got an RBI forceout. Hicks singled Sanchez to third, and Torres singled Sanchez in. 11-3.

Hale gave up a run to the Orioles in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-4, which wound up being the final score.

Tampa Bay and Boston both lost, so the first-place Yankees have a two-game lead over the Rays and are up 5 1/2 on 3rd place Boston in the AL East.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Voit 2 hits
Sanchez 3-run HR, 4 RBI
Frazier 2 HRs, 5 RBI

German (W, 9-1, 2.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hale (S, 1) 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  Saved the bullpen. All fresh for tonight.

You hear talks of various trades, like how Frazier is increasing his trade value or how 3B Anthony Rendon of Washington, who leads the NL with 17 doubles (.333-9-27 right now, 162 g. average .287-22-90, OPS+ 123 for his career, two top-10 MVP finishes) could be on the market.

I’d be wary of any moves right now, except maybe for another starter for more depth there, (Keuchel after the baseeball draft?) and even at that, you have Severino hopefully back in July and Jordan Montgomery in August. You don’t want to mess with good karma.

 

Yankees moves. Not all are good.

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While we are waiting through a rain delay (when will it stop being cold, drizzly, rainy, windy, raw and downright miserable in the Northeast?) an update on Yankees’ moves today.

Aaron Hicks is back, scheduled to lead off and play CF tonight if the game gets in. Mike Tauchman was sent down for Hicks.

Tonight’s scheduled starting pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, has been placed on the IL with a sore shoulder. Rotator cuff inflammation. He’s had shoulder trouble in the past. He’ll be shut down for 4 weeks. Luis Cessa will start in his place and Chance Adams has been brought up from SWB where he was 2-1, 4.80 in six starts. Last year, Adams was 0-1, 7.04 in three games for the Yanks, one start.

Hopefully James Paxton comes off the IL soon. With Luis Severino not back until after the All-Star break, and Jordan Montgomery not back until August, maybe the Yanks need to look at Dallas Keuchel. Rumors are they may be the front runners for Keuchel, but that a signing wouldn’t occur until after the baseball draft so that the Yanks wouldn’t have to pay compensation. That would be in the first week of June.

Also, Miguel Andujar goes back on the IL. He’ll have that shoulder reevaluated. Since coming off the IL, he has only been 3 for 34. I suggested the other day that maybe there is more to that shoulder injury. He hasn’t looked himself, and maybe that injury not only hampers his throwing but his hitting too. Surgery, which could cost him the rest of the season, isn’t out of the question. His exit velocity is down, and of the six hits he has this year (and he’s only hitting .128), none have been for extra bases. No infield call-up yet, instead the Yanks just brought back Nestor Cortes.

Minor League Report. Gio rebounds nicely.

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AAA: SWB (3-3) wins 5-1 over Lehigh Valley. Gio Gonzalez, who after the Yanks had signed him to a minor league deal, gave up 13 R, 12 ER in six innings in his first two appearances (one spring training and one AAA game) , put it together last night, pitching six shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 10. He walked one.

DH Mike Ford and SS Thairo Estrada each had 2 hits and an RBI. CF Billy Burns 2 hits.

With Luis Severino shut down, and, it appears, out until late June/early July, Gonzalez could now become an option for the Yankees’ rotation, or even the bullpen.

Another option could be signing free agent Dallas Keuchel.

But both options as far as the rotation goes, would most likely affect Domingo German, who so far, has pitched very well. As far as the bullpen, it most likely would affect Stephen Tarpley.

AA: Trenton (3-2) won 7-2. 2B Wendell Rijo 2-run HR. SS Hoy Jun Park solo HR. DH Rashad Crawford 2 hits. 3B Angel Aguilar 2 hits, 2 RBI. Three bullpen pitchers 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H.

High A: Tampa (2-4) lost 9-8. DH Matt Pita 3 hits, 4 RBI. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. Starter Rony Garcia 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. End of game bullpen meltdown.

Low A: Charleston (3-3) lost both games of a DH, 17-3, then 8-3.

Game 1: CF Josh Stowers 2 hits. 2B Kyle Gray a 3-run HR.
Luis Medina 2 IP, 10 R, 10 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR
Rodney Hutchinson 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Also gave up 3 HR.

Game 2: Got just four hits.
Alex Vizcaino 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 7 K
Aaron McGarity (L) 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.