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Yanks place two prospects in top 100 list.

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With the Yanks having had players like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar making the jump to the majors, and having traded away some other prospects, there are only two prospects in the top 100.

#57. Estevan Florial. 21, OF. Lefty bat. Hit .255-3-27 with 11 SB at High A Tampa in 2018, 75 games. Missed a lot of 2018 with an injury.

#66. Jonathan Loaisiga. RHP. 24. Got in 9 games with the Yanks in 2018, 4 starts. 2-0, 5.11 (ERA+ 86). Was 6-1, 2.89 between High A and AA last season in 14 starts. Hasn’t even pitched in AAA yet.

 

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One more bullpen guy I’d like the Yankees to get…. and it’s a familiar name.

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Ok, the Yanks look to have a great bullpen again. If they go with 12 pitchers, and 7 are in the bullpen (with the five-man starting rotation being Severino, Paxton, Tanaka, Happ and CC), you have

LHP Aroldis Chapman
LHP Zach Britton

RHP Dellin Betances
RHP Adam Ottavino
RHP Chad Green

That leaves two spots.

For one of those spots, I’d like Stephen Tarpley as the third lefty. He will be 26 in a few weeks, was brought up late last year and was 0-0, 3.00 in 10 games, 9 IP. Tarpley was 7-2, 1.94 between AA/AAA last season.

Now among the righty pitchers, I would like for 24 y.o. Jonathan Loaisiga to go to AAA and continue to be a starter but to build up his innings (he only pitched 80 of them last year, combined, between MLB and the minors). 26 y.o. Domingo German has an option left and would go to AAA to be “on call” in case of an injury, as Loaisiga would also be. German was 2-6, 5.57 in 21 games (14 starts) for the Yanks last year. He did show promise with 102 K in 85 2/3 IP. Now here is where it gets interesting. German was 2-5, 6.19 as a starter, but 0-1, 3.12 in relief.

Could the Yanks look at moving him into a Chad Green type role? Long man out of the bullpen/emergency-spot starter? Or are they still committed to having him start? If bullpen, he may make the team as that spot-emergency starter/long reliever. But if he is starting, he has an option left and would be at AAA to start the season.

The Yanks have to decide if German is better suited to middle relief or if they still want to see if he can start.

Luis Cessa has no options left. 27 in April, Cessa was 1-4, 5.24 in 16 games (5 starts) for the Yanks in 2018. His splits were not as drastic as German’s (6.50 ERA starting, 4.39 in relief) nor was his K/9 ratio as good as German’s.

Now here is where, to complete the Yankees’ bullpen, I suggest someone else.

Someone who is a free agent. Who is still out there.

Someone who has experienced NY, not once, but TWICE and has done well both times in NY.

Someone whose record as a Yankee is 20-20, but with an ERA of 3.18.

Someone who has experience as a starter. Who, in one year with the Yankees (2015), started 17 of the 43 games he pitched in that year.

Someone who last year, between the Yankees and Seattle, was 3-2, 3.14.

Someone who is perfect for that spot-emergency starter/long relief role. At the age of 31, it’s what he has done, and done well, and is used to.

Here is hoping Cashman may complete the Yankees’ bullpen by bringing back Adam Warren.

I don’t know how much $$$$ the Yanks have left to spend, but if they have enough left, wouldn’t Warren be the perfect last compliment to the bullpen?

What do you think?

Game 162. Yanks fall, 10-2, finish 100-62. Wild Card game next.

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The Yanks lost the season finale, 10-2, to finish the season at 100-62, 2nd in the AL East, 8 behind Boston. They now prepare for the sudden death wild card game at the Stadium on Wednesday night vs. the 97 win A’s.

Not a good day for a tweener, Cessa, or two rookies in Loaisiga and Sheffield.

Luke Voit got two of the Yanks’ four hits, and his 2-run HR (15, 14 as a Yankee) accounted for both of the Yankees’ runs. So the record is 267 HR in a season by one team, the 2018 Yankees.

The Yanks made 3 errors in this game.

Miguel Andujar got his 47th double of the season tying Fred Lynn’s record for most by an AL rookie.

Gary Sanchez finished at .186, the lowest batting average in Yankees’ history for someone with, say, 300 plate appearances.  1970 Jerry Kenney was the previous low.

Cessa (L, 1-4, 5.24) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Robertson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.23
Loaisiga 2 IP, 3 R, 0 ER,  4 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR.   5.11
Sheffield 1 1P, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  10.13
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.00
Cole 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  6.14 (Wash/NYY)
Adams  1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  7.04

 

Game 159. Yanks rout Rays 12-1. Magic # for wild card game at home is 1.

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$500,000? What $500,000?

I’ll get to that in a moment.

The Yanks (98-51) routed the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon 12-1 and with the win, the Yanks’ magic number over the A’s for hosting the wild card game is down to 1.

Meaning that any Yankees’ win or A’s loss this weekend means that the wild card game will be played in the Bronx.

The Yanks got off to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Gardner doubled, and with one out, Voit walked. Stanton walked. A WP moved everyone up and scored a run. Andujar hit a 3-run HR (27) and it was 4-0 Yanks.

To the fourth. Torres singles. PB. Romine singles. 5-0. Hechevarria singles. Forceout. Judge SF to make it 6-0. SB. Double by Voit. 7-0.

Bottom of the fifth. CC hits a batter with a pitch. Up 7-0, you cannot see it as intentional.

Top of the sixth. Romine is thrown at. No excuse for that. Hechevarria singles and Gardner triples to make it 8-0. Judge SF. 9-0. Voit homers (13, 12 as a Yankee) 10-0. Stanton hits his first of 2 HR on the game. 11-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, CC gets revenge for trying to hit Romine by hitting a batter. Both he and Boone are ejected. CC had a low pitch count at this point. Two more innings would have made an incentive bonus of $500,000 kick in. Instead, CC stuck up for his teammate, drilled someone, finished two innings short of kicking in that bonus, and said to hell with the $500,000, I am sticking up for my teammate.

Great job, CC.

Which is why his teammates love him. 

If the Yanks lose the wild card game, this could be the last game CC ever pitches for the Yankees. A free agent, CC turns 39 next July. He, because of the knee and age, doesn’t go into the sixth or beyond anymore. Whether he comes back at all, or whether the Yanks want him for 2019, is a question mark right now.

He would pitch in the ALDS vs. Boston. But do the Yanks make it that far?

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the seventh. 11-1.

Stanton hit his 2nd HR of the game in the ninth (37), 12-1, the final score.

With the 4 HR, the Yanks have 260 with 3 games left. The single season record is 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yanks have 3 games in Fenway to get 5 HR to break the record.

Gardner 2 hits, 1 RBI, scored 3 runs.
Judge 2 RBI
Voit 3 for 3, 2 RBI. HR. Boy, is he hot.
Stanton 2 HR.
Andujar 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Hechevarria 2 hits.

 

Sabathia (W, 9-7, 3.65) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.   4.67
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.56

 

Game 153. Yanks hold off O’s, stay 1 1/2 up on A’s for top wild card spot.

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The Yanks (94-59) got off to a 6-0 lead, and hung on to beat the Bad News Bears (um, the 44-109 Baltimore Orioles) Friday night, 10-8.

With the win, the Yanks remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for that top wild card spot and to have the one-game sudden-death wild card game played in the Bronx.

Magic Numbers: 7 over the A’s for the top wild card spot (because the Yanks own the tiebreaker). 2 over Tampa Bay for the bottom wild card spot.

Didi Gregorius hit his 27th HR to put the Yanks up 2-0 in the first inning.

They got four more in the fourth. Neil Walker doubled with one out, and Gleyber Torres singled him in. Torres stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on an Austin Romine groundout. 4-0. Brett Gardner walked and Aaron Hicks homered (25) to make it 6-0. The Yanks now have 249 HR on the season, and are on pace to tie the all-time record of 264, set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

Hicks became the fifth Yankee this year to hit the 25 HR mark. Gleyber Torres needs two more to become the sixth.

Then, it seems, manager Aaron Boone got a little too cute in utilizing his bullpen and that could have cost the Yankees the game.

With two out, CC Sabathia gave up two runs in the fifth. 6-2.

In the seventh, Boone brought in Jonathan Loaisiga to replace CC. He immediately gave up a HR, 6-3. Single. Strikeout but a stolen base and an E2 on Romine put the runner on third. Zach Britton came in and gave up a single, 6-4, before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the inning. Hicks singled, Judge walked and McCutchen singled in a run. Judge was out on a fielder’s choice, caught in a rundown which put runners on second and third with one out. Luke Voit then singled in two runs. 9-4.

Here is where Boone got a bit too cute and almost blew the game. Instead of leaving Britton in, Boone brought in Stephen Tarpley, who got a strikeout. Fine.

But instead of leaving Tarpley in after he faced one batter and struck him out, Boone now brings in A.J. Cole, who gives up a walk and a HR. 9-6.

Cole gets a pop up for the second out, then a bunt single. In comes David Robertson, who promptly gives up a 2-run HR before getting the last out of the inning. 9-8.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when with two out, Hicks singled and Aaron Judge doubled him home.

Dellin Betances closed it out in the ninth.

But that eighth inning was too close for comfort. Why remove Britton after just 2/3 and why remove Tarpley after just one batter?

The Yanks have to sweep Baltimore. With the A’s breathing down the Yanks’ throats and the Yanks having seven games at Tampa Bay and Boston to close the season, in order to ensure that the wild card game is played in the Bronx, sweeping the Orioles is almost an imperative.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 4 runs, 2 RBI, walked 2x. HR
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gregorius 2 RBI, HR
Voit 2 RBI

Sabathia (W, 8-7, 3.77) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.  Career win #245.
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.82
Britton (H, 9) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.35 (Balt/NYY)
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Cole 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.74 (Wash/NYY)
Robertson (H, 20) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.   2.93
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.69

Game 145. Yanks lose, 10-5. WC lead down to 2 over Oakland.

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With an off day Thursday, and also next Monday, manager Aaron Boone wanted to give some starting pitchers more rest and also look to set up the rotation for the playoffs. Ok, I can see that. I get that.

The problem was that the guy who made the spot start, enabling him to do that was Sonny Gray. Once again, instead of attacking hitters, Gray was tentative and was once again the disappointment he has been all season.

And Jonathan Loaisiga picked a bad time to have his first MLB clunker.

The Yanks’ (90-55) 10-5 loss to the Twins Tuesday night means that the footsteps are getting louder. Oakland beat the Bad News Bears (um, the 41-103 Baltimore Orioles) and are now just 2 games back of the Yanks for the top wild card spot.  The Yanks have to start winning games and go on a winning streak. They can’t continue to play .500 ball as they are doing this September and hope teams like the Orioles help them out by beating Oakland.

The Yanks scored first, when in the second inning, Didi Gregorius tripled and scored on a SF by Gary Sanchez.

Gray, as he has done often this season, started strong but soon fell apart. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, got the first two batters in the second, but had to then work out of a bases-loaded jam in the second to get out of that inning unscathed.

He wasn’t so fortunate in the third, giving up three runs, two on a single by ex-Yankee prospect Jake Cave.

The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, attempting to get back in the game, but Sanchez GIDP.

Jonathan Loaisiga replaced Gray, and in his sixth MLB game, delivered his first clunker, giving up a run in the fourth to make it 4-1, Twins. He came in with a 2.70 ERA, left with a 5.06.

Minnesota got six in the fifth to put the game away. A couple of walks hurt Loaisiga as a couple of runs scored. The Yanks then brought in Tommy Kahnle, who promptly gave up a grand slam to Joe Mauer.

I was at a game on Sept. 2 when Kahnle came in and gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. Now he did it again.

Didi hit a grand slam in the sixth, 10-5, but that was it. It was Didi’s 23rd HR of the season.

The Yanks only got 5 hits in the game, and GIDP 3x.

Andujar 2 hits
Didi triple, grand slam, 4 RBI.
McCutchen and Stanton each walked twice.

Gray (L, 10-9, 4.99) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K.  5.06
Kahnle 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.89. Gave up a grand slam.
Tarpley 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  7.36

 

 

Game 138. Yanks flat in 6-3 loss to A’s.

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The Yanks need a wake-up call. There are a lot of questions about this team right now, and despite an 86-52 record, 2nd best in baseball, they are playing right now like a team that could be one and done in the playoffs.

They lost Monday afternoon to Oakland, their probable opponent in the sudden death wild card game, 6-3. They got just four hits. Remember they got only two in winning 2-1 on Saturday.

The first run came via a gift in the top of the first inning, when Andrew McCutchen singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Aaron Hicks’ SF plated him.

Luke Voit homered in the second to tie the game after CC Sabathia gave up 3 runs, 2 earned (error by Andujar), in the bottom of the first. But that was it for the offense.

Why the Yanks continue to bat Gary Sanchez fourth or fifth in the lineup (as they did yesterday and today) despite his .184 batting average baffles me. When will they drop him? Of course we’ve seen stubbornness like this before in their patience with Neil Walker, despite his .223, and also in their seeming endless patience with .196 hitting Greg Bird (patience with them that may finally be running out thanks to Luke Voit). Not only patience with them, but also in batting them third or fifth despite those poor batting averages, just like they are still doing with Sanchez.

So the continuance of batting Sanchez in the middle, despite the .184 is one question. Another is what becomes of Brett Gardner after this season. Gardner, 35, is hitting .212 since June 9 and .237 on the season. The Yanks can bring him back for 2019 at $12.5 MM or buy out his option at $2 MM. Guess which one looks like the better play right now? The Yanks finally are starting to bat Gardner 9th vs. lefties.

With $21MM still owed Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yanks could just go with a Ellsbury/Clint Frazier platoon in LF next year (McCutchen is a free agent and probably will sign elsewhere).

Aaron Judge started swinging a bat. Progress. When he comes back, I think we may see a lot of a McCutchen/Gardner platoon in LF.

With CC, he is a free agent after the season. He may retire, but if he does want to come back, the Yanks have to decide whether they want to invest $10MM in someone 38—39 next July—who has that knee issue. Or is it time to go to a Justus Sheffield, Jonathan Loaisiga (see below) or Michael King (see the minor league report) instead?

Also, they never bunt runners over. Now with some guys you don’t bunt (like, for example, Judge and Stanton), but with others like Gardner or Torreyes? Only 9 sac bunts all year long, and none are by pitchers in those interleague games. Still, only 9.

Phil Rizzuto would have had 9 at the All-Star break all by himself.

Shows how the game has changed.

For the second straight game, a Yankees’ starter got knocked out in the fourth inning. CC gave up 3 runs in the first, one in the second, one more in the fourth. A.J. Cole gave up a HR in the fifth.

Voit 2-run HR (7th)

Sabathia (L, 7-6, 3.54) 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  5.24 (Wash/NYY) Gave up 1 HR
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.62
Loaisiga 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.    2.70

With the loss, the Yanks drop 8 1/2 back of Boston and the lead for the top wild card spot is down to 3 1/2 over the A’s. Beating the A’s Tuesday and Wednesday is paramount.

The Yanks are 3-5 in their last 8 games, but the 3 wins haven’t been easy. The comeback against Chicago (Walker HR), and a 2-1 win where they only got 2 hits are two of those 3 wins. They could be 1-7 in their last eight.

That is concerning. They have to start playing better baseball, or they could face playing the end of the regular season at Boston, and flying out to Oakland for that one-game playoff. Even if they win that, they then fly right back to Boston. Ugh.  Too much travel.

Start playing well, and ensure that the one-game playoff is at home.