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Game 9. Bullpen lets Yanks down in 7-5 loss.

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Nathan Eovaldi is still progressing from a thrower into a pitcher. Sure, he can throw hard, and he did strike out 9 in 5 IP tonight. But in those 5 IP, he threw 101 pitches, gave up 2 R on 8 pitches, and forced the bullpen into the game early.

That bullpen imploded. They entered with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, gave up 5 runs, and the Yanks wound up losing 7-5 to drop them to 3-6 on the season.

Eovaldi gave up a run in the first. The Yanks got 2 back in the third on a Beltran double. They went up 3-1 in the fourth on A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the year, #656* of his career. He is now 4 HR behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. His 2 hits tonight put him at 2947 on the all-time list and the RBI is # 1976. Just three men have ever made it to 2000.

Sorry, asterisks necessary due to the steroids.

Up 3-1, Eovaldi gave up a HR in the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, up 3-2 the Yanks had to take Eovaldi out because of the pitch count. The bullpen here lost the game, giving up five runs.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 9 K. 11 baserunners in 5 IP. The K are good, but in and out of trouble and not efficient on the pitch count. Not only that, an average just over two runners an inning.

Carpenter (Blown save 1, Lost game) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Wilson faced two batters. Both got hits. Both scored.

Carpenter and Wilson cost the Yanks the game.

Martin 2/3 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Brandon Pinder (MLB DEBUT; see below) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2K.

De La Rosa, who was up and didn’t get into a game, was sent back down, Pinder brought up. Davies cleared waivers, sent back to AAA.

You may have read the name Wilking Rodriguez on this blog during spring training. Suspended 80 games for use of furosemide (generic for Lasix).

 

 

Game 8. O’s edge Yanks, 4-3

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Until he shows me that he can dominate, I’ll have worries about CC Sabathia. Tonight he was… meh. So-So. He dropped to 0-2, 5.68 by giving up 4 runs in 7 innings in a 4-3 Yankees’ loss.

Sabathia 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 7 K
Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Of course, CC wasn’t helped. The Yanks tallied a run in the sixth on a double by Teixeira to cut the deficit to 3-1.

In the eighth, a run scored on an RBI groundout by Beltran and another on a 2-base error.

The loss drops the Yanks to 3-5.

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

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

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 4. Three comebacks not enough as Yanks lose in 19th, 6-5.

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Ok. I just woke up after being up past, what, 2:30 AM? God only knows how the players are going to turn it around.

If you didn’t stay up late, and don’t know what happened because the ending was too late for your morning paper (and you haven’t checked out the highlights online so far, here goes:

A brief recap on a game that was anything but brief. I won’t touch on all the highlights. Had the game continued further, the Yanks would have sacrificed the DH. Garrett Jones would have gone to the mound.

Down to their last out in the 9th, Chase Headley homered to tie the game. Down a run in the 16th, Mark Teixiera, who, since it was past midnight, was now a 35th birthday boy, homered for the second consecutive game (365th career HR) to tie it up again (Yankees nemesis David Ortiz had homered in the top of the 16th. I am STILL waiting for some Yankees pitcher—I have been waiting for YEARS—to show some balls and put one in his butt. Back him off the plate. Get some courage, as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz would say. When have you ever seen them do that to Ortiz? They have done it to us, haven’t they?) Down in the 18th, a Carlos Belran double tied up the game again.

Nice resiliency.

However a passed ball by backup C John Ryan Murphy in the top of the 19th set Boston up for a GW SF and the Yanks lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a lighting incident.

There have been no moves made as of this writing, but after having used eight pitchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was sent down to get a fresh arm (or two) up—even if we are just four games into the season.

The loss drops the Yanks to 1-3. It was the first Yankees game on WPIX, Channel 11 in NY in 17 years. It was nice watching the game on Channel 11, where I more or less grew up. WPIX was the Yanks’ “home” for many, many, years.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Funny only 1 K since he did hit 101.

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

Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Shreve 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K.

Rogers (L) 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Rogers gave 4 2/3, the day after going 2 1/3 vs. Toronto. Like I wrote above, had the game gone into the 20th, 1B/OF/DH Garrett Jones would have taken the mound.

A nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen went for naught. Between Eovaldi and Rogers, there were some scary moments, but those six pitchers had a line of:

9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 walks, 10 K.

Too bad the offense couldn’t take advantage.

Before the game, Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling got replicas of Emmy Awards he lost when all his possessions went up in a huge condo fire this fall. Nice gesture and I hope he is somehow recovering from that tragic event.

 

 

 

 

Game 2. 3 in 8th lift Yanks, 4-3.

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Ok, the late inning 3-run rally wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It’s not like someone hit a 3-run HR in the 8th or there was a lot of hits, but a win is a win.

This looked a lot like last year in so many ways. Last year, Michael Pineda only started 13 games because of suspension and injury, but he had a 1.89 ERA in that time he pitched. He was also only 5-5 despite the ERA due to lack of run support.

Tonight, Pineda got a no-decision despite pitching well.

6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

He left the game losing 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 on A-B-C baseball. Ellsbury singled, stole second, Gardner grounded out moving up the runner, and Beltran got a SF.

In the top of the 8th, Betances gave up an unearned run due to a Brian McCann throwing error.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the 8th down 3-1. In 16 innings their offense had produced just two runs.

They got 3 in the 8th, which I’ll take, but it is not like anyone raked.

Chris Young (a star of the game) PH for Didi Gregorious and doubled.

Jacoby Ellsbury (another star, 2 for 2, 2 runs scored, 2 walks, a SB) singled Young to third.

Gardner was HBP. Bases loaded and no one out. A run scored on a WP to make it 3-2. Beltran struck out. Teix was intentionally walked to load the bases for an inning-ending DP.

Instead, McCann was HBP to tie the game and Headley singled off the pitcher to make it 4-3, the final score.

After Pineda,

Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances (W) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In case you missed it, Austin Romine cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA SWB.

 

 

Game 1. Yanks lose opener, 6-1.

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It is just one game, but some worries the prognosticators have about the 2015 Yanks reared their ugly heads as the Yanks lost their opener, 6-1.

One worry is the lineup. The 3-4-5 hitters of Beltran, Teixeira and McCann hit .233-.216 and .232 last year. That needs to improve in 2015. The Yanks managed just three hits all day, and the only run was courtesy of 2014’s best Yankee, Brett Gardner, who homered.

Alex Rodriguez got one of the Yanks’ three hits (McCann had the other of the three). For A-Rod, it was hit #2940 of his career.

The ESPN announcers were rough on Tanaka, bemoaning his diminished velocity and what they thought was his fear in throwing a fastball. Tanaka had two really decent innings before coming apart in the third. An error by Chase Headley didn’t help, but he gave up five runs in the third. With the lineup not producing today, those five runs were more than enough for Toronto. Russell Martin had a two-run single and Edwin Encarnacion a two-run HR in that third inning.

Devon Travis homered for the Blue Jays.

Tanaka, of course, didn’t have surgery on that slight tear of an elbow ligament, but instead rehabbed it. It remains to be seen how that will affect him. Some, like the ESPN announcers, and also Pedro Martinez on MLB network, don’t like what they are seeing.

The pitching line:

Tanaka 4 ip, 5 r, 4 er, 5 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
(Even with the bad 3rd inning, he k’d 6)

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Chasen Shreve 1 1/3 IP,1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 1 K.

Esmiel Rogers 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Yankees pitchers struck out 12, but that third inning, and lack of offense, doomed the Yanks today.

Didi Gregorious made one bad baserunning move today. You don’t try to steal third when you are down 6-1, two on, two out. He was thrown out. He got a talking to by manager Girardi. Unacceptable.

Hopefully the problems of today (hey, it was just one game) are only for today and not part of what some fear will be a trend in 2015.

The Yanks are off tomorrow (Tuesday). Pineda takes the hill Wednesday evening.

S.T. Game 34. Yanks win final exhibition game, 4-3.

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In a game played in Washington, D.C., the Yanks won their final exhibition game of 2015, 4-3 over the Nationals. The Yanks are off on Easter Sunday and open the regular season at home against Toronto on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit two-run homers, and Nathan Eovaldi settled down after a shaky start. Eovaldi gave up hits to three of the first five batters he faced (a fourth reached on a walk) and three runners scored.

After that the Yanks pitching shut down the Nationals.

Brett Gardner had two hits.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks went 17-16-1 in spring training action.

The Yanks have chosen John Ryan Murphy as the backup C, and have DFA’d Austin Romine.