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Game 92. Bullpen comes through. Yanks 7, Indians 4.

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What was supposed to be a pitching duel between Cy Young candidates Luis Severino and Corey Kluber turned into a bit of a slugfest, as neither pitcher had his best stuff. The Yanks (61-31) rallied late to win 7-4 and stay 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their 10th straight.

Severino struggled right off the bat, giving up a double, groundout and single for a run, and after a caught stealing, gave up a HR. The Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Brett Gardner hit the first of his two HR for the game, a 2-run shot that tied it up.

Severino gave the lead right back to Cleveland, giving up a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2.

Didi Gregorius, who homered off Kluber twice in Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, tied the game with a HR (16) in the fourth, and later in that inning Stanton singled, advanced to third on an error on Hicks’ sacrifice bunt. Bird, heating up, doubled to make it 4-3. The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out but could not tack on more runs.

Severino gave up a HR in the fifth that tied the game.

In the eighth, Gregorius walked, and with one out, Hicks doubled him in. Hicks stole third and scored on a SF by Bird that make it 6-4.

Gardner hit his second HR (9) of the game in the ninth for the final score of 7-4.

Not a good game for Austin Romine, who got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4 strikeouts).

Gardner 2 HR, 3 RBI
Didi solo HR
Bird 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits

Great job by the bullpen. 4 IP, no runs, no hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.31
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.85
Robertson (W, 6-3, 3.19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.68
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.38

Other notes. Hopefully MLB is wrong. They give Boston a 62 percent chance of winning the division, the Yanks, 38 percent.

The Yanks are 16-13 without Gleyber Torres, 45-18 with him.

Ex-White Sox backup INF Sammy Esposito (member of 1959 AL Champs) has passed away at age 86.

As for Manny Machado wanting to play SS? He’s a great hitter, but if he comes to the Yankees, the Yankees already have Didi. The defensive runs saved above average stat has Manny at -20, Didi -1. Big difference defensively.

Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time HR list with #630 last night. The only players with more are Barry Bonds 762*, Aaron 755, Ruth 714, A-Rod 696* and Mays 660.

Football player LeSean McCoy is in trouble, apparently beating the heck out of his girlfriend. We’ll see what kind of punishment the law and the NFL enforce.

 

 

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Game 90. Yanks fall 3 1/2 back of Boston after 6-5 loss to lowly Baltimore.

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You can’t catch Boston by losing games to teams FORTY games under .500. Disgraceful.

With the Yanks’ 6-5 loss to pathetic (26-66) Baltimore on Tuesday night, the Yanks fall 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their seventh straight.

Besides the obvious, Sonny Gray and Neil Walker killing the Yanks, let’s look at other things.

Boston’s record against the AL East (their own division): 29-12

Boston’s record against the 3 worst teams in the AL (CHI, KC, BALT): 15-4.

Yankees’ record against the AL East (their own division) : 23-17, 5 1/2 g. worse than Boston.

Yankees’ record against the 3 worst teams in the AL: 6-6 (they haven’t played the White Sox yet), which is 5 1/2 games again, worse than Boston.

Boston vs. Baltimore this year: 9-1.
Yankees vs. Baltimore this year: 4-5.    4 1/2 games worse.

See a pattern?

The Yanks need to beat teams in their own division, and beat teams they SHOULD BE BEATING UP ON, including BALTIMORE.

Those differences you see above (as well as poor play by Gray & Walker) are why the Yanks (59-31) are 3 1/2 back of Boston right now.

Baltimore got two off of Tanaka in the fourth. 2-0.

The Yanks didn’t get a baserunner until the fifth, when with one out, Didi singled, Aguilar walked and Bird hit a 3-run HR (6).

Manny Machado tied it in the bottom of the fifth with a HR off Tanaka.

In the top of the seventh, with one out, Didi doubled, Andujar singled and Bird put the Yanks up 4-3 with a SF. A walk to Romine and single by Walker made it 5-3.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Machado hit his second HR of the game, a 2-run shot, to make it 5-5.

In the bottom of the ninth, Betances hit a batter, got an out, then gave up a double, fair by inches. Machado was intentionally walked, and Betances then got a strikeout, but Jonathan Schoop singled to win the game for the Orioles.

You shouldn’t lose 2 of 3 to the Orioles or be 4-5 against them this year. It’s like being 4-5 to the 1962 Mets.

And Sonny Gray goes tomorrow. Hoo-boy.

Gregorius 3 hits.
Bird 3-run HR, 4 RBI.

Tanaka 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.68
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.95
Green 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  2.23
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.27
Betances (L, 1-3, 2.75) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.

After last night’s DH, Cessa (26th man) sent down, along with Drury (make room for Tanaka).

First full squad workout today.

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Position players had their physicals yesterday, and the first full squad workout will be held today. The first spring training game is scheduled for this Friday.

Aaron Judge, coming off shoulder surgery, will be taking it slow in the beginning.

A couple of prospects may miss a lot of spring training time as well, and maybe some of the beginning of the season, too.

I mentioned Thairo Estrada, shot in the hip during a botched robbery attempt in Venezuela in late January.

Just a few weeks ago, pitcher Albert Abreu had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. So he is recovering from that.

Gary Sanchez literally knocked the cover off of one ball in batting practice yesterday.

There is still talk and rumors of another deal, which I can’t see happening, especially in regards to 3B Mike Moustakas.

For one thing, Moustakas would put the Yanks over the cap, and the Yanks are adamant about not exceeding it.

For another, signing him would cost the Yanks a 2nd and 5th round pick in the draft, and $1MM in international bonus money.

For another, why sign him when all indications appear that the Yanks are going full bore for Machado next year, and that Machado wants to come to NY (but he also wants to play SS, and the Yanks already have Didi there)?

For another, what of young Miguel Andujar, currently considered untouchable?  Not only for this year, but for the future?

It does appear as if the Yanks will let it ride for now, and adjust later at the trade deadline.

For all the talk about Judge, Stanton, Didi, and Sanchez, don’t forget about Greg Bird. I’m just hoping he can stay healthy. Don’t forget about him and his potential.

As for Ellsbury, at least the Yanks still have him in case anything happens to Hicks. That contract of Ellsbury’s remains an albatross, however.

Waiting for some games to start!

 

Yu in or out? And Yanks settle with several.

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From MLB Trade Rumors:

After musing recently on a mystery team, Darvish again took to the airwaves today to address the interest of the Yankees. After first suggesting the team had not made him an offer, the veteran righty then tweeted he had received one — but that “the numbers are not correct.” That said, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports (via Twitter) that New York has not, in fact, put together a contract proposal for Darvish. The Yanks have long seemed a lurking but less-than-perfect potential suitor, given the team’s interest in staying below the luxury tax line this year.

 

Also,

The Yankees have knocked out some of their biggest arb cases, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitterlinks). Shortstop Didi Gregorius receives $8.25MM and righty Sonny Gray checks in at $6.5MM. The former had projected to earn $9.0MM while the algorithm was just $100K high on the latter.Backstop Austin Romine will earn $1.1MM, Heyman also tweets, which is also $100K below the projection. Righty Adam Warren and the Yankees have a $3.315MM deal, per Murray (Twitter link). This is Warren’s final season of eligibility before hitting the open market next winter. He’d been projected at $3.1MM. Meanwhile, fellow right-hander Dellin Betances has agreed to a $5.1MM deal, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). That’s just $100K more than Betances had sought last year, when he took his case to a hearing that he ultimately lost. But it’s quite a bit more than the $4.4MM he projected to receive after a subpar season in which he played at a $3MM salary.

Meanwhile a couple of guys on other teams settled. Both are free agents after 2018 and if you want an idea of what they may be asking (think higher) in next year’s free agency, here you go. Manny Machado $16MM, and Josh Donaldson $23MM.

Update: The Yanks settled with Chasen Shreve for $805,000. Good to settle and not have to go through acrimonious arbitration.

And…. if you’re still thinking Gerrit Cole trade, Cole settled with Pittsburgh for $6.25 MM.

$alary Cap limiting Yanks moves, now.

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Brrrr. There was a game at Yankees Stadium today but it was a college football game and not a baseball game.

You think of college football games being played in the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl—warm weather sites.

But the Pinstripe Bowl is in Yankee Stadium, and Boston College and Iowa played in bitterly cold temps today. Iowa winning, 27-20.

The field was frozen, and instead of cleats, players had to resort to sneakers on a field that was like a hockey rink. Icy.

As for the Yankees themselves, the free agent and trade market is as icy as Yankee Stadium was today. But then, the whole free agent market has been like that so far.

With the Yanks, the problem is that Hal wants to get under the $alary cap, which is $197MM. Right now, depending on what source you are looking at, the Yanks are somewhere around $178-182MM, leaving little for arbitration raises or moves made mid-season 2018 at the trade deadline.

Of course, freeing themselves of some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract would help, but how much can they free for a fifth OF making $21MM?

As far as possible deals to give more depth to the starting rotation, the Yanks apparently have offered Clint Frazier, Chance Adams and/or Tyler Wade/ Thairo Estrada for Chris Archer or Mike Fulmer and a little lesser package for Gerrit Cole.

Gleyber Torres, Estevan Florial and Justus Sheffield are off the table.

So the Yanks, for now, have their hands tied.

That includes trying to re-sign Todd Frazier, who probably wants a multi-year deal. He made $12MM last year, and even re-signing him for 1 yr at the same price puts the Yanks perilously close to the limit they want to stay under.

Why stay under? It would reset the Yanks luxury tax penalty which is currently 50 cents to the dollar.

Then they could actively go after free agents after 2018 with no penalty and next years class is a monster class which includes Kershaw, Machado, Harper and Donaldson for starters.

$alary dump. Yanks trade Headley and Mitchell to SD.

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The Yankees created more salary cap space by trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to SD for OF Jabari Blash.

Blash, 28, a righty bat, has played in 99 MLB games, going .200-8-21, OPS+ 79. Don’t expect him in the bigs as he is behind Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Gardner and Ellsbury, not to mention Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney.

This was a move to free up $$. Headley hit .273-12-61 with the Yanks in 2017, OPS + 100 (league average). In three full and another part of a fourth year with the Yanks, his OPS+ was 96, a tick below league average. In the last four years, he’s averaged .257-12-56, OPS+ 95, a tick below league average.

Now that the Yanks have dealt Castro and Headley, there are holes at 2B and 3B. Do the Yankees now bring back Todd Frazier?

Or do they take the $$ saved in dealing Castro and Headley and use it all on pitching?

They can go strictly “Minimum Wage” and use Gleyber Torres at 2B and Miguel Andujar at 3B. Two rookies, if they don’t want to go after Todd Frazier.

Rumors are they are kicking the tires on Manny Machado. I don’t see it happening. Machado is a free agent after 2018 and could cost a boatload of prospects. It’s also rumored he wants to leave 3B and go back to SS. That isn’t happening with the Yankees, not with Didi at SS.

But something is brewing. Whether it be 3B, 2B or a starting pitcher. More moves are coming.

The Yanks are said to be interested in the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer (2016 ROY), Partick Corbin of Arizona and Danny Duffy of KC, in addition to the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole.

CC, of course could be coming back, too.

As for Bryan Mitchell, I had a gut feeling he would be dealt this offseason and I feel the same way about Luis Cessa. There are just younger players with greater upside who are passing these guys by. In 48 games as a Yankee, Mitchell was 2-6, 4.94.

 

Game 25. Judge (2 HR), Jury (Gardner, 2 HR) and Executioner (Hicks) as Yanks win 11-5.

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Aaron Judge hit 2 HR and so did Brett Gardner as the Yanks beat Toronto tonight, 11-5, to go to 16-9 on the season.

One bit of concern. Austin Romine left the game with a groin injury. Will the Yanks be forced to rush Gary Sanchez back from rehab? (See my minor league report on what Sanchez did in his first rehab game tonight. I should be posting that tomorrow morning.)

Before the game, a couple of moves. Cessa down, Shreve up. Bird to the 10-day DL. Refsnyder up.

Doubles by the resurgent Brett Gardner and by Matt Holliday gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead in the first.

In the second, the Yanks got a 2-run HR by Hicks (5) and Gardner’s first HR of the game (3), also a 2-run shot, to make it 5-0.

Aaron Judge sliced a HR around the opposite field (RF) foul pole (11) to make it 6-0 in the third.

Gardner, who had no RBI in the first 20 games, had his second 2-hr game of the week by hitting a HR in the fourth to make it 7-0. You need this. Guys hot will cool off, and then guys cold need to heat up. Not everyone is hot at the same time. You need the guys who are cold to heat up when the hot guys cool off.

Chase Headley got an RBI single in the sixth, but Steve Pearce hit 2 HR for Toronto, one in the fifth and another in the seventh, and Dellin Betances balked home a run in the seventh, and the next thing you know, it was 8-4 Yanks.

Aaron Judge then hit his second HR of the game, a three-run shot (12) in the seventh to put the game away, 11-4.

Toronto got a run in the eighth, but that was the end of the scoring. Yanks win 11-5.

Gardner 3 hits, scored 3, drove in 3, 2 HR.
Headley 2 hits, rbi.
Holliday 3 hits, rbi.
Castro 2 hits (.360).
Judge 2 for 3, scored 3 runs, drove in 4, walked twice. 2 HR.
Hicks 2 hits, 2 RBI. HR.

Hopefully Kyle Higashioka gets his first MLB hit soon. The poor guy is 0 for 15.

Tanaka (w, 4-1, 4.46) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.80
Betances (H, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.08
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

Some Red Sox’ fans hurled racist epithets at Baltimore’s Adam Jones last night. Disgusting. Boston was the last of the original 16 teams to integrate. They even had a disgusting, racist thing happen to Celtics’ legend Bill Russell in the 1960s. Not all Red Sox fans are assholes like this. All fan bases have jerks. But what happened is uncalled for.

Manny Machado, Jones’ teammate, blasted the Red Sox. Nice job, asshole fans who did that. Machado is a free agent soon. He is a superstar. If he signs with, say, the Yankees over Boston, you have no one to blame but yourselves.