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Game 1. What a debut for Stanton in Yanks’ 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since 2011, the Yanks won on Opening Day, and what a Yankees’ debut for Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton became the first Yankee to homer twice on Opening Day since Joe Pepitone in 1963.

He became the first Yankee to homer twice in his first game as a Yankee since Roger Maris on Opening Day of 1960.

What the Yanks did in their final exhibition game against the Braves on Monday night carried over to today. Get an early HR to take an early lead. Get another HR to add onto it. Get great starting pitching and a lights out performance from the bullpen.

I’ll take that recipe all year long.

In the first, Gardner reached on an error, and after Judge struck out, Stanton, in his first official AB as a Yankee, hit a 2-run HR.

In the fifth, with two out, Judge walked, and back-to-back doubles by Stanton and Sanchez gave each an RBI and made it 4-0.

Brett Gardner, who was robbed of a couple of hits earlier on well-hit balls, hit a HR in the seventh to make it 5-0 Yankees.

Luis Severino went 5 2/3 and Chad Green 1 1/3 of one-hit ball. So the Yanks had a shutout and a one-hitter going into the bottom of the eighth but Dellin Betances gave up a HR.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit his second HR of the game to make it 6-1.

I have to admit, John Sterling’s HR calls for Stanton were horrible. Just say “give that man a Stanton ovation” …..works better than what he used.

The Blue Jays have to be worried about 3B Josh Donaldson’s shoulder. The 2015 MVP made poor throws to first on each play he had today. Very poor throws.

Gardner solo HR, robbed of two hits
Judge 2 hits, single and double, walked, struck out twice
Stanton double, 2 HR, scored 3 runs, drove in 4
Sanchez RBI double
Hicks 2 hits.

The Yanks’ pitchers threw a 2-hitter with 12K.

Severino (win) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 7 K
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Just a reminder that there will be posts on the minor leagues once the minor leaguers start next week, so you can keep up on Torres, Sheffield, McKinney, Adams, Florial and others…

So Aaron Boone wins his MLB debut as a manager…. of course the team made it easy for him….



Game 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.

Game 11. Despite it all, Yanks win sixth in a row, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok. The Yanks aren’t getting Didi back until May. They won’t get Sanchez back until mid-May as well. Bird is 1 for 26 with 13 strikeouts. Carter (who did have an RBI today) is 4 for 22, 8 strikeouts. So that is 5 for 48 between those two with 21 strikeouts.

Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of a stiff back.

Jacoby Ellsbury has been hitting cleanup (!)

The Yankees struck out 17x today.

They were 1 for 13 with RISP and left 12 men on base.

Tanaka has struggled.

And despite all that, they still managed to win their sixth straight game to improve to 7-4. Go figure.

Hey, we’ll take it.

CC Sabathia was great for 7 1/3 innings, leaving after he gave up a gopher ball that cut the Yankees’ lead to 3-1. The win was #225 of CC’s career, moving him past Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning on the all-time list.

In the first, the Yanks got a run thanks to two walks (they drew 8 for the game), a passed ball and a wild pitch.

In the sixth, no one could find Ronald Torreyes’ popup in the sun and it fell in for a gift double. After a groundout moved him to third, a comebacker and error helped Torreyes score and put Aaron Hicks on second, and he scored on Chris Carter’s single to make it 3-0.

Thanks for the gifts, Cardinals.

CC gave up a HR in the eighth, and Tyler Clippard a HR in the ninth. Clippard had more trouble in the ninth but got the final out with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

Ellsbury had 2 of the Yanks’ 5 hits.

Sabathia (W, 2-0, 1.47) 7 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren (H, 2)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Clippard (S, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 3.00 Gave up 1 HR.

Last night I got into a discussion with someone who called Roger Maris a one-year wonder. My rejoinder? How can a guy who won TWO MVP awards be a one-year wonder?

Even it up…. and a controversial and painful play.

The Cubs and Dodgers evened their series up vs. the Cardinals and Mets respectively at one game apiece in their respective NL Division Series.

But the Dodgers/Mets game didn’t come without controversy, because Dodger Chase Utley, in making a hard take-out slide, broke Met SS Ruben Tejada’s leg.

Hard take-out slides have been part of the game forever, from Ty Cobb to now. Heck, in the early 1960’s, Al Kaline, in talking about Maris and Mantle, wasn’t talking about their home runs in one interview. He said that the two were the hardest in the league at going in to take out the fielder to break up a DP.

Little guys like Phil Rizzuto and Fred Patek were targets for guys trying to take them out.

Was Utley’s slide dirty? It was hard, it was clean, but until baseball changes the rules to where a runner must touch the bag or go DIRECTLY over it  (Utley didn’t, and the rule states be within reach of the bag) and slide a certain feet in front of it so that they don’t go so far past the bag, it was legal. Legal but very unfortunate.

Baseball has already changed the rules to protect catchers on a play at the plate. We’ll see if they do the same here.

Want to see one takeout slide of the past? Here is Hal McRae taking out Willie Randolph in Game 2 of the 1977 ALCS. Click on the link. Oh, by the way, it was legal and nothing was done to McRae…. just saying.

Game 27. Yanks hold on to win, 6-3.


Good to see some bats come alive. For even with the Yanks at 17-10, it has been the pitching carrying them. For going into tonight’s game, if you took out Ellsbury, Gardner and Young, the rest of the team was hitting .211. Over the long haul, that won’t do.

The key so far is that when the guys hitting with low batting averages got their hits, they have made them count. For even though they have had few hits, the hits they HAVE had have been doubles or homers. Batting average is overrated. The key is OPS…. on base percentage + slugging average.

Here is an example. After tonight’s game, Mark Teixeira has just 18 hits right now but 15 are for extra bases. A-Rod has 20 hits, 11 for extra bases. Stephen Drew 13 hits, 7 for extra bases. Carlos Beltran hasn’t homered in some 14o at bats, but of his 16 hits, 9 are for extra bases. That’s making your hits count. Over half of your hits are for extra bases.

Don’t get me wrong. I want the batting average to go up. But at least the hits they are getting are DAMAGING hits.

The Yanks got two in the first tonight on a double by A-Rod. After tonight’s game, he is still at only .227. But 1/6th of the way into the season, he does have 6 HR and 16 RBI…. a pace for 36 HR and 96 RBI. Would you take 36/96 even if the batting average is .227? Or would you rather, instead of .227-36-96, have .265-18-65? Runs win ballgames.

Ellsbury drove in a run in the third to make it 3-0.

How about Mark Teixeira, who hit a 2-run HR in the fifth inning tonight? After tonight’s game, he is hitting just .205, but has 10 HR and 22 RBI. That is a pace for 60 HR, 132 RBI. Forget about the .205 for now. Would you take 60 and 132?

The AL MVP (non-pitcher) with the lowest batting average is Roger Maris. .269 in 1961 when he had 61 HR and 141 RBI. If Teix continues on this pace, .205-60-132, would he get MVP despite the low batting average? If so, he’d shatter Maris’ mark.

The setup guys have been great. Ellsbury has only 4 RBI in 27 games because the guys in front of him (Drew .167 and Gregorious .215) have not been getting on base. But Ellsbury got 3 hits tonight to raise him to .358. Talk about setting the table! He has 11 SB. The #2 hitter, Gardner, is currently at .309. So they are setting the table.

No offense to Derek Jeter, but Ellsbury and Gardner should have been 1-2 last year and Jeter, who ended his final season at .256, should have been dropped to 8th in the lineup. The Yanks were not going to disrespect the legend, however.

Up 6-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yanks didn’t make it easy. Michael Pineda cruised through 8, but instead of letting Pineda pitch the 9th, Girardi went to the bullpen and they almost blew it. Toronto scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th to cut it to 6-3. The last out was made with the tying run at the plate.

Pineda (W, 4-0, 2.97) 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

Carpenter 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.23.

Miller (11th save) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Minors report tomorrow morning. (Actually later this morning).


Tonight’s lineup for the Yanks with the final reg. season stats.

Yanks were 97-65, OPS+ 106, ERA+119 for the year. 4 games worse than the Pythagorean record.

Jeter SS .297-6-61 16sb/22att OPS+ 97  ended yr. with 3088 hits
Granderson CF .262-41-119  25/35  138   led MLB in R, AL in RBI
Cano 2B .302-28-118  8/10  1 RBI behind the Grandy Man.
A-Rod 3B .276-16-62  4/5  116   629 Career HR, missed 2 months
Teixeira 1B  .248-39-111  4/5  117
Swisher RF  .260-23-85  2/4  117   needs to improve on poor postseasons
Posada DH  .235-14-44  0/2  87
Martin C .237-18-65  8/10  92
Gardner LF .259-7-36  49/62  89

Sabathia P  19-8, 3.00 ERA+147

One thing about Granderson. Should he win the MVP, it would be the lowest B.A. by a MVP by a non-pitcher, ever.  The current lows? AL: .269, Maris 1961; NL: Marion .263, 1944 (WWII year).


Terry Francona no longer Boston mgr. after the September swoon. He may just go down as the best mgr. Boston ever had. Only Bill Carrigan (1915-1916) can match Francona for bringing Boston 2 WS titles.

Tampa is winning Game 1 of their ALDS series vs. Texas. They are up 9-0 in the 9th. Damon 2-run HR, Shoppach 2 HR, 5 RBI. Matt Moore, who pitched in just 3 MLB games, 1 MLB start, 22 years old, started this game. What a performance by a novice. 7 shutout innings, 2 hits.

Update: 9-0. 2-hit combined shutout. Rays go up 1-0.


After two Ks, CC gives up a HR to Delmon Young in the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st, Jeter strikes out, but reaches first on a WP. Good hustle by the captain leads to the tying run. Granderson walks, Cano’s GO moves up the runners and A-Rod’s GO ties the game. Teix walks, but Swish Grounds out. 1-1 after 1.

And…rain. The story of the Yankees season. Rain. After 1 1/2, CC with 4 K, Game tied 1-1, Rain Delay.

They may have to play in the rain for two days. There is at least a 40% chance of rain right through to 1 am Sunday morning.


The game has been suspended. The game is scheduled to resume tomorrow night (Sat.) at the time that Game 2 was scheduled to start. (8:30 pm). They will pick up in the bottom of the 2nd. The problem is, that Game 2 starters Nova and Fister now become Game 1 relievers.

Sunday is scheduled to be Game  2 at 3:07 P.M. Scheduled. Because there is a good 40% or more chance of rain in NY straight to 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

If they get it in tomorrow, with Nova and Fister picking up for CC and Verlander, and get in Game 2 on Sunday (orig. Game 3 starters Garcia & Scherzer), then Game 3 sees Verlander (at least we would not see him in Game 5) vs. TBA.

Yup. To Be Announced. We don’t know when CC comes back. TBA. All we know for now is that Nova goes tomorrow as the Game 1 “long reliever” & that Garcia now starts Game 2.

Are A.J. and /or Hughes now starting options? We will see.

One thing we now know? It’s a mess.

Game 1. Opening Day. Granderson’s HR leads Yanks to 6-3 win.

Lousy weather today. About 40 degrees. There was a light rain earlier, but at 11:25, not now. Still a good day for lots of hot soup. Where I am, 100 miles from NYC, the weatherpeople are calling for 1-3 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow. The Poconos? 6 to 12 inches. I’m not kidding.

Here’s the lineup. No guarantees that they play today. Stay tuned.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C

CC Sabathia P

Later in the season, time permitting, I’ll post BA/HR/RBI/OPS+ (ERA+ for the pitchers) and comments next to the players (see some of last year’s posts for an example). If someone is hot or slumping, I’ll post how they are trending. Obviously on opening day it’s too early, and probably will be too early until maybe May 1st.

Personally, I doubt they will play today, and think that they will not until Saturday. This could be a blessing in disguise. A.J., scheduled for Saturday, has a bad cold. Granderson’s ribcage could get 51 more hours to heal.     

12:35 p.m. They will try to get it in. Gametime a half hour away. Weather downright miserable.

I don’t you about you, but I’d love to see Gardner beat out a drag bunt to start the season off right.

Interesting tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman:

Yankees, noticing montero hit 3 dingers right after reporting to minor-league camp, believe nerves cost him backup job.

CC opens the season with a K. Granderson makes a nice diving catch, and CC has a 1-2-3 first inning.

From Lohud:

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada will become the first trio of teammates in MLB, NHL, NFL or NBA history to play together in 17 straight seasons, according to Elias Sport Bureau.

The Yanks get two on, Teixiera & A-Rod walk, but with two on and two out, Cano whiffs. The Yanks did make Verlander throw 31 pitches in the first inning, however.

Two hits to lead off the second for the Tigers. On the second, a liner by Victor Martinez, it wasn’t too far from Jeter’s left. Alas, off him. Instead of a DP, a single. “Past a diving Jeter…” again. Little losses of range mean a lot. Instead of a DP, it’s a hit. CC walks the next batter. Bases loaded, no out. CC limits the damage. SF, Lineout and a K. The Tigers only get one.

Rick Sutcliffe means mute button.

In the third the first Yankee hit of the year is by Russell Martin. Gardner bunts him over and Jeter walks. Martin steals third (would you have guessed HIM for the Yanks first SB of the year)? Then Teixeira sends a teix message. 3-run bomb. Good tweet by Sweeney Murti. Entering today, Teix was 1 for 17 off Verlander, 7 K. You never know. 3-1 Yanks after 3.

I should note that Teix’s HR came on the very next pitch after Martin’s SB. It was #276 of Teixeira’s career, passing Roger Maris on the all-time list.

CC gives one back in the 4th. Gets a K with 2nd and 3rd to get out of it. Both he and Verlander have high pitch counts so far. The bullpens will get used today. 

End of 4, 3-2 Yanks. Just two hits for the Yanks so far. 

Detroit ties it in the 5th. Cano (just 3 errors last year) makes an error, the run is unearned. CC could be done after 5. He’s thrown 91 pitches. Not vintage CC, but this isn’t vintage baseball weather.

CC goes the sixth but that’ll do it. 106 pitches. 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 walks and 7 K. A good outing. Now for the Yanks to hit. They have the 3 runs, but on just 2 hits.    

A-Rod doubles with one out in the sixth. Only the brutally cold wind keeps the ball in the ballpark. Cano walks, but the Yanks waste the opportunity as both Swisher and Posada strike out. 3-3 after 6. Joba coming in.  

Just saying…cold day like this, don’t you think the umpires will call just about every close pitch or half-swing a strike? The last thing they probably want is an extra-inning game. Joba has a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

Granderson welcomes Coke with a HR in the 7th. Maybe it’s a good omen. Granderson HR’s off a lefty. He’s always had trouble versus lefties, but has seemed to do better against them once Long worked with his stroke last August. The Yanks get a big insurance run on an error, a sac by Gardner, a WP and a SF by Jeter. Soriano in for the 8th. It’s set up just the way the Yanks drew it up this offseason when they got Soriano. Get six from the starter, then Joba 7 (Robertson can be used here also), Soriano 8th and Mo for the 9th. Soriano has a 1-2-3 inning. You-know-who will pitch the 9th.  

Alex walks to lead off the 8th. It’d be interesting to see if he goes here. Let’s see how frisky he feels with that hip.

Not necessary. He moves up on a WP. Moves to third on a groundout. Swish gets an RBI on a bloop single. 6-3 Yanks, end of 8. 


Mo with a 1-2-3, aided by Granderson’s second superb catch of the game. Mo ends it fittingly with a K. Save #560.

Joba the win. 6-3 Yankees win.