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Games 26 & 27. Yanks split a DH with Texas.

Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up.

The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas.

Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game.

Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4)

Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63
Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64

Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2.

The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score.

Stanton 2-run HR (6)

Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90
King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42
Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80

Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.



Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

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.


Minor league report. Balkovec (female manager) wins her first game.

AAA: SWB (4-0) won both games of a double header.

Game 1: 7-6 in 8 innings (minor league games are 7 innings if a DH).
1B Greg Bird hit a 2-run HR (1) in his first at bat back with the Yankees’ organization. He had 2 hits.
3B Phillip Evans had 2 hits and an RBI, RF Tim Locastro had 2 hits.

D. Garcia (#29 prospect) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 2 HBP. Was Wild. 3.00
Nittoli 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 20.25
McClain 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP. 0.00 Seeing a lot of wildness here, Walks, WP, HBP…
McKay (W 1-0, BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.00
Weissert (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

Game 2: Won a blowout, 10-1.
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI, (#14 prospect)
CF Ender Inciarte 2 hits, 4 RBI, Both hits were 2-run HR. (2)
C David Freitas 3 hits, RBI, HR (1)
LF Matt Pita 2 hits, RBI, HR (1)

Weber 4 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.25
Semple (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

AA: Somerset won their opener, 6-2.
Interesting game. A combined one-hitter, but with 10 Walks and 2 HBP.
#1 prospect SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI
LF Elijah Dunham 2 hits, RBI (#27 ranked prospect in Yankees’ system)
C Josh Breaux 2-run HR (1) (#26 prospect)
RF Michael Beltre 2 hits

Medina 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 W, 2 K. 5.40 Wild. (#12 prospect)
Loseke (W, 1-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00 1 HBP
Maciejewski (H, 1) 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.00
M. Gomez (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 0.00 1 HBP
Jennings 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

High A: Hudson Valley lost their opener, 7-6.

SS Trey Sweeney solo HR (1) (#5 prospect)
CF Everson Pereira 2 hits (#11 prospect)
RF Pat DeMarco 4 for 4, RBI

Sauer 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1 WP. 3.00
Barclay 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 5.40
Alvarez (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Hutchison (L, 0-1; BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 21.60
W. Diaz 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Low A: Rachel Balkovec, first female manager of a minor league affiliate, won her debut, as Tampa won their opener, 9-6.

C Antonio Gomez 3 RBI (#19 prospect)
1B Anthony Garcia grand slam (1)
3B Marco Cabrera solo HR (1)

Yulie 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 WP, 1 HBP 8.10
Milam 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.75
Watson (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 0.00
Montas (H, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W 4 K. 4.50
Messinger (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H,0 W, 1 K. 1 WP 0.00

All in all, very nice, but the one concern was in pitchers being wild.





S.T. Game 11. Yanks beat Tigers 11-7.

It was a good day Monday for a lot of players in Yankees camp who had something to prove, as the Yanks (4-6-1 in Spring Training) beat Detroit 11-7.

We will start with Gleyber Torres, who homered. After two great seasons in 2018 and 2019 where Gleyber hit 24 and 38 HR, Gleyber has had only 12 HR since. I don’t think he’ll hit 38 again, but if he can get back to 20-25 HR that would be great. The OPS+ of 122 and 128 dropped to 103 and 93 the past two seasons (100 is average). Gleyber is still only 25 years old, but here is hoping that OPS+ can get to 115 or above.

Deivi Garcia (#29 Yankees prospect), 23 in May, had an atrocious 2021. Today he pitched 3 innings, only giving up 1 run as he tries to get back to 2020 form.

Luis Gil (#10 Yankees prospect), who turns 24 in June and who started six games for the Yankees last season, pitched three scoreless innings.

22 year old Cooper Bowman (#25 Yankees prospect) who was in low A Tampa last year, went 2 for 2 with a 3-run HR.

Tim Locastro, trying to make the team as a backup outfielder, had two hits.

Ex-Texas Ranger 1B Ronald Guzman, probably ticketed for AAA, had three hits and drove in five runs. But if anything happens to Anthony Rizzo, Guzman could get a call.

With Ben Rortvedt maybe unlikely to be ready to start the season due to an oblique strain, a few catchers are looking at that backup catcher job. One is Max McDowell, who had two hits.

The Pitching Line:

Garcia 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K, Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Gil (H) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Semple 1 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Craft 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Yanks pull off major deal, reconfigure infield.

As I was about to write about the Yankees’ inactivity in the free agent and trade market, I woke up to a major trade the Yankees have made that has reconfigured their infield. I am now waiting for more dominoes to fall.

The Yankees have traded C Gary Sanchez and INF Gio Urshela to the Twins for 3B Josh Donaldson, INF Isiah Kiner-Falefa (who the Twins just picked up from Texas the day before) and C Ben Rortvedt.

Going: Sanchez hit .204-23-54 (OPS+ 99) for the Yanks last year. His defense behind the plate has been a problem. After a great start to his career (20 HR in 53 games in 2016, 33 HR in 2017 and a 2x All-Star), Sanchez hasn’t fulfilled his potential. Since 2017, he has only hit .201, including seasons of .186 (2018) and .147 (2020).

Urshela was with the Yanks 2019-2021, and established himself with the club. Only a .225 hitter before coming to the Yanks, Urshela broke out in 2019, hitting .314-21-74, OPS+ 133 that season. Last year he hit .267-14-49, OPS+ 96. As a Yankee, he hit .292 in 243 games, with 41 HR and an OPS+ of 119 while providing great defense at 3B.

Coming: Donaldson, 36, is a 3x All-Star and 2x Silver Slugger who won the MVP award for Toronto in 2015, when he hit .297-41-123 and led the AL in RBI (OPS+ 151), the majors in runs scored and the league in total bases and SF. He has received MVP consideration 6x, and finished in the top 10 three other times besides his winning the award in 2015. Last year he hit .247-26-72, OPS+ 127. He has played for Oakland (2010, 2012-2014), Toronto (2015-2018), Cleveland (2018), Atlanta (2019) and Minnesota (2020-2021). It’ll be interesting how Donaldson and Gerrit Cole get along after Donaldson’s comments about the Spidertack and Cole last season. His 162 g. average is .269-34-98, OPS+ 135. In 39 postseason games, he has hit .260-5-16.

Kiner-Falefa, 27 soon, can play 3B, SS and even catch. He won a Gold Glove at 3B in 2020. Last year he hit .271-8-53 with 20 SB for Texas, OPS+ 85. His 162 games average is .265-7-49, 16 SB, OPS+ 81. He’ll be a stopgap until prospects like Oswald Peraza and/or Anthony Volpe are ready. If the Yanks are only going to hae a stopgap SS for a year or two, he’s the one I wanted. Kiner-Falefa has played for Texas (2018-2021).

Rortvedt, 24, is a lefty hitting catcher who only has 39 games of MLB experience, all last season. He hit .169-3-7 (15 for 89), OPS+ 41. As of now, Kyle Higashioka takes over as the Yankees’ #1 catcher, so I am waiting for another shoe to fall. Is another trade coming?

The Yankees also signed two guys for minor league depth.

They brought back Tim Locastro, OF, 29, who played in 9 games for the Yankees last year. Locastro was selected off the Yankees in November via waivers by Boston but then Boston released him later. Locastro is known for his speed (31 SB in 34 attempts) and is a .231 career hitter with 5 HR and an OPS+ of 78 in 432 at bats. Loacastro has played with the Dodgers (2017-2018), Diamondbacks (2019-2021) and Yankees (2021).

They also signed 1B Ronald Guzman (Texas 2018-2021), a lefty hitter. Guzman hit 16 HR in 2018 for Texas and has a .227 career batting average with 31 MLB HR in 737 at bats, OPS+ 86.

Waiting for more signings/trades.



Free agents and players lost on waivers.


Here is a list of free agents. We will see who, if anyone, the Yankees bring back.

Corey Kluber (doubtful. 36 in April, missed 1/2 of 2021)
Andrew Heaney (definitely not)
Anthony Rizzo (maybe)
Joely Rodriguez
Brett Gardner (at 38, could retire)
Darren O’Day (39, could retire)
Ryan LaMarre
Brody Koerner
Adam Warren

The best shot of anyone returning seems to be Rizzo, and that is a question mark.

These players were placed on waivers and claimed by another team.

Greg Allen by Pittsburgh.
Tim Locastro by Boston.
Andrew Velazquez by the Angels.

I don’t understand the love and weeping over Velazquez. He was a nice story. Hometown lad, nice glove. But in 68 plate appearances struck out 23x and drew only 1 walk. Hit .224. A .184 career hitter in the majors with an OPS+ of 43 (100 is average). Besides, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are their top two prospects, both a year or two away, and both are SS. Not only that, the Yanks will probably make a big splash on the free agent market (Corey Seager?) for a SS.

Lastly, Rob Brantly was outrighted off the roster right to the SWB roster.
UPDATE: He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Game 91. Yanks finally beat Boston, 3-1, in game shortened to 6 innings.

It took eight games, but thanks to a game shortened because of rain (and played in slop), the Yanks finally beat Boston this year. The game started late, was delayed, and was finally called after six innings with the Yanks (47-44, 4th in AL East, 8 back) winning 3-1.

In the process, the Yanks lost another player to the IL. OF Tim Locastro, just acquired, tore his ACL in the first inning making a play. He is done for the season.

Gerrit Cole worked out of a man on third, one out situation in the first inning by getting a couple of strikeouts. He gave up a run in the second on a couple of singles that sandwiched a groundout that moved the runner up.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning. Greg Allen doubled with two outs for their first hit, and D.J. LeMahieu followed with an RBI single to tie the game.

Cole got a fortuitous call on a check swing to get a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the top of the sixth. Two Red Sox were ejected arguing the call.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox left the field temporarily when some idiot threw a ball at LF Alex Verdugo and hit him in the neck. Verdugo was understandably incensed. They also left so that the ground crew could work on the field, which was becoming a swamp.

When play resumed, after one out, Gary Sanchez (16) and Gleyber Torres (4) hit back-to-back homers to give the Yanks a 3-1 lead. The Yanks put a couple more runners on, but couldn’t score further. The game was then delayed again, and eventually called.

Sanchez solo HR (16)
Torres solo HR (4)

Cole (W, 10-4) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 11 K. 2.63

Game 89. Brutal. Yanks blow it in 9th, give up 6 runs, lose 8-7.

This was brutal. Up 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees (46-43, Tied for 3rd, 8 back) gave up 6 runs to Houston in the bottom of the 9th, the last three on a walkoff HR by Jose Altuve, and lost 8-7.

With the all-star break now, the Yanks will have that depressing memory to chew on for a while.

The Yanks didn’t have Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) available. Zack Britton and Darren O’Day are both on the IL. But it speaks volumes that they didn’t even let Aroldis Chapman start the ninth inning with a five-run lead. No trust in him.

And this is the FOURTH really bad loss in a month and a day. THIRD in two weeks. Some bad memories as we revisit.

June 10. Up 5-3 in Minnesota. The game that started Chapman’s skid. He gave up two 2-run HRs, didn’t get an out, in the bottom of the ninth. Yanks give up 4 runs. Yanks lose 7-5.

June 30. Up 8-4, Yanks give up 7 in top of the ninth to Angels and lose 11-8.

July 4. 1st game of DH, 7-inning game. Up 5-4 going into the top of the seventh, give up 6, lose to Mets 10-5.

Now July 11. Up 7-2 in Houston, give up six in the bottom of the ninth. Lose 8-7.

I heard a little bit of WFAN after the game. In those few minutes, they were ripping into Hal Steinbrenner to show some emotion. To show he cares. To get ticked off about these losses. To show that he, like us, is a LITTLE bit like a fan, and that isn’t only a business that he only cares about on the business end but is impassive on the wins and losses end. Or if he doesn’t care, then sell the team to someone who does. They were really on him.

The Yanks scored in the top of the third when Gary Sanchez walked with one out. On a strikeout, Sanchez moved up on a WP. Luke Voit walked, and Sanchez scored on a error on a ball hit by Gleyber Torres.

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that allowed Houston to tie the game.

Tim Locastro hit his first Yankees’ HR (second of the year for him) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yankees went up 3-1 in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton singled, Voit walked, and Torres singled in Stanton.

Jameson, who pitched well, gave up another HR in the sixth, and it was 3-2.

In the seventh, the Yanks made it 4-2 when with two out, Torres walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela.

Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (15) in the eighth to make it 7-2.

Then the roof fell in in the bottom of the ninth. As mentioned, Chapman not trusted with a five-run lead (Yikes!). Domingo German comes out for his third inning of relief. Single. Double.

In comes Chad Green. Double to make it 7-4. Another double makes it 7-5. Bloop single. Runners on first and third. Line out. Then the 3-run HR by Altuve to win it for Houston. Yikes.

The Yankees could have crushed the Astros in this game. They walked 14 times to go with their 8 hits. But they were 3 for 16 w/RISP.

Sanchez 3-run HR (15)
Stanton 2 hits.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Locastro solo HR (2)


Taillon 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 of 3 hits given up HR. 4.90 (nice job, has lowered ERA by a run, was almost 6)
German (H, 2) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K
Green (L, 3-5) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up walkoff HR. 2.89



Game 85. Yanks edge Seattle, 5-4, behind bullpen.

Domingo German was supposed to start, but an emergency root canal changed that. Nick Nelson started instead, but German, once he felt ok again, was available in the bullpen. He would be needed in a 5-4 Yankees’ (44-41, 4th in AL East, 8 1/2 back) win.

The Yankees jumped on the board early, getting three runs in the first inning. With one out, Aaron Judge walked. Gary Sanchez also walked, and with two out, Luke Voit singled in a run, both runners moving up on the throw to the plate. Gleyber Torres singled in Sanchez and Voit and it was 3-0. Gio Urshela’s drive bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, costing the Yanks a run (had it not, Torres would have scored) and the Yanks had to settle for three runs that inning.

To be kind, Yankees’ emergency starter Nick Nelson spit the bit in an awful outing. He struck out the first batter, but then was all over the place. A HBP, a walk, a lineout that moved a runner up. Another walk which included a WP that allowed a run to score. Yet another walk that loaded the bases. Nelson was then pulled for Luis Cessa, who got a forceout to end the inning. Cessa went on to right the ship.

The Yanks got two in the second inning. Tim Locastro hustled what should have been just a single into a double. D.J. LeMahieu just missed a HR, flying out deep to move Locastro to third. Judge then hit a 429-ft. HR (20) to make it 5-1. Later in the inning, Gleyber Torres just missed a three-run HR, as he, like LeMahieu, flied out to just before the fence. Gio Urshela also just missed in the third inning.

It stayed 5-1 until the sixth, when German gave up a 3-run HR. That made it 5-4 but the Yanks hung on to win.

Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-Run HR (20)
Stanton 2 hits.
Voit 2 hits, RBI
Torres 2 RBI
Locastro 2 hits, both doubles


Nelson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 1 WP. 9.95 Just an awful outing.
Cessa (W, 2-1) 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00 Saved Yanks.
German (H, 1) 3 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.33
Loaisiga (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.15
Green (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.23 Can’t trust Chapman right now to save it.

Games 82 & 83. Yanks salvage nightcap to split DH after first game disaster.

The Yankees (42-41, 4th in AL East, 10 back) split a DH with the Mets yesterday, winning the nightcap 4-2 after having a disastrous loss in the first game, 10-5. Both games were 7-inning affairs.

Wandy Peralta was the 27th man for the DH.

UPDATE: After the DH, Tyler Wade was sent down, with no corresponding move. Peralta may have been activated to the normal squad.

Game 1: Both pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were named to the All-Star team, joining starter Aaron Judge. Neither pitcher pitched like an All-Star yesterday, and both raised red flags about their recent performances.

Cole gave up a solo HR in the first inning to Dominic Smith and the Yanks were down 1-0. The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton singled leading off the inning and everyone was safe when Gio Urshela reached on an error. After a forceout, Brett Gardner was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kyle Higashioka doubled in two runs and newcomer Tim Locastro hit a SF.

The Yanks made it 4-1 in the third. Judge singled, Luke Voit singled Judge to third, and Judge scored when Stanton GIDP.

With your ace on the mound, a shortened game, and a three-run lead, you felt good. Except that Cole gave up three runs in the fourth, enabling the Mets to tie the game. Heading into June, Cole’s ERA was 1.78. It has risen to 2.91. Since June 1, Cole’s ERA is 5.24. Very concerning. And when we get to Chapman (and Lucas Luetge), things get far worse.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks went ahead 5-4. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge singled D.J. to third, and then a wild pitch enabled D.J. to score.

The Yanks took this 5-4 lead into the top of the seventh, then Chapman and Luetge both imploded, just like they did the other night against the Angels. They gave up six runs to blow the game. Chapman, after blowing a couple of fastballs past Pete Alonso, hung a slider and Alonso’s HR tied the game. There was a lot of second-guessing on the YES postgame show over that pitch selection. A HBP and walk followed and Chapman was replaced by Luetge.

A single loaded the bases, then Luetge got a strikeout. A double (with fan interference from a Mets fan) put the Mets up 7-5. A single brought in two more and an error by Judge on the play enabled the hitter (Brandon Nimmo) to go to second. Another single brought in Nimmo. Disaster. 10-5.

The implosion sent Chapman’s ERA to 4.71. On June 9, it was 0.39. Since June 9, Chapman has an ERA of 22.24.

Luetge’s ERA went to 3.46. In his last 3 2/3 IP, Luetge has given up six earned runs, raising his ERA from 2.37.

Judge 2 hits
Higashioka 2 RBI

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.91. See above, 5.24 since June 1.
Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.20 Should have been named to All-Star Team.
Green (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.45 Would return for Game 2. See below.
Chapman (L, 5-3; BS, 4) 0 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. See above. ERA 22.24 Since June 9.
Luetge 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.46 See above. 7 R, 6 ER in last 3 2/3 IP.


Game 2: Yanks win 4-2.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. started and did well, and Green was dominant in closing it out.

In the second inning, Luke Voit led off with a double and Rougned Odor beat out a bunt for a hit. Urshela then hit a 3-run HR. (11).

With one out in the top of the fourth, Cortes gave up a double and was replaced by Darren O’Day, who gave up a two-run HR to Alonso. 3-2.

The Yankees got an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Brett Gardner walked, as did LeMahieu. A groundout by Judge moved the runners up, and Gardner scored on a WP.

Green pitched three perfect innings for the win, and closed the game with an immaculate inning (9 pitches, 9 strikes, strike out the side, 1-2-3).

Urshela 3-run HR (11)

Cortes 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.29
O’Day 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Green (W, 3-4) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.28. Like Loaisiga, could have been considered for All-Star Team.

The Yanks are off today. Travel day. Out in Seattle.