Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday. I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up. Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead. The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9). With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3. A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4. Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh. Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out. The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7. In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7. LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th) Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9) Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3) Higashioka 2 hits. Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00 Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46 Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66 Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93 Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Castro, Donaldson, Gil, Green, Higashioka, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Marinaccio, Rizzo, Stanton
Gleyber Torres drove in all of the Yankees (22-8) runs in a 5-3 win over Toronto Wednesday afternoon. It was the Yankees’ 15th win in their last 17 games. Toronto got a run in the first inning off of Jameson Taillon, but in the fourth inning, with one out, Anthony Rizzo and D.J. LeMahieu singled, then Torres hit a 3-run HR (5). Toronto cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to go up 5-2. With one out, Rizzo walked and LeMahieu doubled. Torres singled in two runs. It seems as if when Aroldis Chapman saves a game, he makes us sweat it out first. Such was the case again today, because Chapman gave up a run in the ninth to make it 5-3 before closing out the game.
LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres 2 hits, 5 RBI. 3-run HR (5) Taillon (W, 3-1) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.93 King (H,4) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.35 Holmes (H, 7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.55 Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.79
Aaron Judge hit 2 HR as the Yankees (16-6) won their 9th straight game, beating KC 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in a come from behind victory. Judge hit a solo HR in the first inning, a bomb that was 453 feet, to put the Yanks up 1-0. KC came back with 3 runs in the third and score another run in the fourth to go up 4-1. But the Yanks came back with 2 runs in the fifth to cut KC’s lead to 4-3. With one out, Miguel Andujar, starting in LF because of Joey Gallo’s groin strain, singled. Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled home Andujar to cut KC’s lead to 4-2. After another out, Kiner-Falefa scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu. The Yanks went ahead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kiner-Falefa walked, and PH Anthony Rizzo was HBP. LeMahieu walked to load the bases. Judge grounded out, scoring Kiner-Falefa and moving up all runners. Josh Donaldson reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Rizzo. Judge’s second HR of the game (9), a solo shot in the ninth, gave the Yanks an insurance run. Judge 2 hits (both HR, (9)) 3 RBI Andujar 2 hits. Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP. 3.75 Schmidt (W, 2-2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.08 Luetge (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.70 King (H, 3) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0W, 2 K. 0.61 He has been fabulous so far this season. Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 0.00 Miguel Andujar and Clarke Schmidt sent down to Scranton following today’s game, as rosters go from 28 players to 26.
The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain. The Yanks hit four homers in the game. D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0. KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2. It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2. The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino. After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Judge 3-run HR (6) Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4) Torres 2-run HR (2) Kiner-Falefa 2 hits Higashioka 3 RBI Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31 Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00 Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86 Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91 Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP. The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average). Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cortes, Green, Hicks, Higashioka, Judge, Kiner-Falefa, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Luetge, Rizzo, Stanton, Torres
Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article. Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close. Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth. After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4. In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4. Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score. LeMahieu 2 hits Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4) Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR Stanton 2 hits, RBI Torres 3 RBI Gallo solo HR (1) Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32 Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04 Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00 A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great. Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games. One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs. Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Andujar, Cabrera, Chapman, Cortes, Gallo, Hicks, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Locastro, Luetge, Rizzo, Sears, Severino, Stanton, Torres
These will be the last posts for me for a while, since I am traveling across the country to spend a vacation with my family. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit 3 HR and a double and drove in 4 runs to almost singlehandedly beat the Yankees (3-3) Wednesday night. His first HR, in the top of the first inning, was controversial. CF Aaron Hicks got a glove on it, and it appeared to hit the top of the wall before coming back onto the field. Umpires ruled, however, that it went over then came back. 1-0, Blue Jays. Guerrero hit a 2-run HR in the top of the third inning, again off Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole. 3-0. The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Anthony Rizzo (3) and Aaron Judge (1) hit back-to-back homers. Josh Donaldson doubled, and after another out, D.J. LeMahieu doubled home Donaldson. Toronto got a run in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, then Guerrero hit his third HR of the game in the top of the eighth to make it 5-3. The Blue Jays tacked on another run after Guerrero’s HR to up their lead to 6-3. Gleyber Torres homered (1) for the Yankees in the bottom of the eight to cut it to 6-4, but that wound up as the final score. With one on, Giancarlo Stanton pinch-hit and just missed tying the game up with a HR. J.P. Sears made his MLB debut. Rizzo 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (3) Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (1) LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Torres solo HR (1) Hicks 2 hits. Cole 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.59 Green (l, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K 0.00 Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.45 Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K 3.38 Sears 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Posted in Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Green, Guerrero, Hicks, Judge, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Sears, Stanton, Torres
After being shut out by Toronto on Monday night, the Yankees (3-2) returned the favor Tuesday night, blanking Toronto 4-0.
One turn through the rotation, and guess who pitched the best? The #5 starter, “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, Jr. In the first inning, some tough breaks. Josh Donaldson led off with a walk, then Aaron Judge was robbed of a double. Anthony Rizzo then doubled, but Donaldson was thrown out at home. He had stopped and once you do that, you can’t start up again. The Yanks got a two-run HR from Aaron Hicks (1) in the bottom of the second inning. With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled and went to second on a single by Gleyber Torres. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt let LeMahieu score to make it 3-0. In the bottom of the eighth, Donaldson walked, and Judge doubled him to third. After Rizzo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 4-0. LeMahieu 2 hits Torres 2 hits Hicks 2-run HR (1) Cortes 4 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 0.00 Holmes (W, 1-0) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.70 Castro (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K, 0.00 Loaisiga (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
In a game that started out very poorly for the Yankees, the Yankees got a game-winning hit by new Yankee Josh Donaldson in the bottom of the eleventh to beat Boston 6-5 on Opening Day. After Opening day was pushed back a day because of rain (I got 4 inches in my basement, had to take off of work, and spent most of the day with a plumber going over what will be major work on my house) the game started off very poorly, as I just mentioned. After starter Gerrit Cole gave up a walk on four pitches to the first hitter, a HR, a single and a double followed, and the Yankees were down 3-0 just four batters into the game. Cole settled in after that, giving up just one more hit in his four innings of work. Anthony Rizzo got the Yankees back in the game with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the first inning. Maybe it was Opening Day jitters, may it was the shortened spring training, but both starters had trouble in the first inning. Giancarlo Stanton hit a laser shot, a screaming liner that cleared the short porch in right to tie the game up at 3 apiece in the bottom of the fourth inning. Boston got a run to go up 4-3 in the sixth, but D.J. LeMahieu tied it up again in the bottom of the eighth with a HR of his own. To extra innings, and that ghost runner rule that is going away next year. Boston scored in the top of the tenth but the Yankees tied it up in the bottom half on a SF by PH Gleyber Torres. Winner Michael King kept Boston from scoring in the top of the eleventh, and Donaldson, leading off the bottom of the eleventh, drove in ghost runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his game winning single. Donaldson 2 hits, GW RBI Judge 2 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (1) Stanton HR (1) LeMahieu HR (1) Cole 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 6.75 Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00 Holmes 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 13.50 Castro 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00 Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K 0.00 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K 0.00 King 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00 Earlier in the day, Aaron Judge, who is being offered $17MM this season from the Yankees while he asked for $21 MM in arbitration, turned down a 7 Yr./$213.5 MM extension offer from the Yankees. He’s a free agent after the season. That’s a lot of moolah to turn down (I could use that to pay my plumbing expenses).
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season, The Front Office
Tagged Castro, Chapman, Cole, Donaldson, Green, Holmes, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rizzo, Stanton
When you think of a leadoff hitter, images of Rickey Henderson, Mickey Rivers, Willie Randolph, or a Lou Brock or Maury Wills come to mind. Speedy guys who get on and steal bases. Even guys like Horace Clarke and Bobby Richardson (and Richardson was NOT a good choice for a leadoff hitter. He hit .266 in his career, never walked, had an OBP of just .299, and even in 1961, with Maris and Mantle hitting 115 HR behind him, only scored 80 runs that year). But the Yankees’ leadoff hitter this year could be … Josh Donaldson. We’ll see how it works out. It seems unconventional, but then, for most of the 1950s, the Yankees’ leadoff hitter was Hank Bauer, and Bauer didn’t hit “the mold” either. And LeMahieu isn’t the speed demon, but with averages over .300 in 2019 and 2020, did fine there as far as getting on base for the big guys. Newly acquired Jose Trevino will be the backup catcher, as the Yankees sent down the trio of Max McDowell, Rob Brantly and David Freitas. Ben Rortvedt is still out with an oblique injury.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Offseason Moves, Players
Tagged Bauer, Brantly, Brock, Clarke, Donaldson, Freitas, Henderson, LeMahieu, McDowell, Randolph, Richardson, Rivers, Rortvedt, Trevino, Wills
Kyle Higahioka probably wishes this WAS the regular season. The red-hot Yankees catcher hit two more HR today (Saturday) as the Yankees (7-8-1 in spring training) crushed the defending WS Champion Atlanta Braves, 10-0 in a rain-shortened, 5 1/2 inning affair. Higashioka, who now has seven HR in spring training, drove in 3 runs. The Yankees scored in each of their five innings. Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a solo HR. Anthony Rizzo also had two hits, including a solo HR. D.J. LeMahieu was 3 for 3 with an RBI. Aaron Hicks was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI. After a scare earlier this week with a bit of a sore arm, Luis Severino was everything the Yankees could have hoped for today. If he can get back to being the Severino of 2017 and 2018 and be a solid #2 starter behind Gerrit Cole, that will be key to the Yankees’ success this season. Both he and Nestor Cortes, Jr. pitched well today. Severino 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.