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Game 83. Judge ties a Joe D. record, but Yanks lose 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You can talk about the injuries all you want, but with the Yanks going 23-30 after a 21-9 start, you have to look at the bullpen. Once a strength, it is killing them lately. Be it Clippard a few weeks ago, Betances now, or Chapman giving up a big double in Houston the other day, what was a strength is killing the Yanks right now.

Despite Aaron Judge tying the Yanks’ record for HR in a season by a rookie, held since 1936 by none other than Joe DiMaggio, the day was a disappointment as the Yanks came back from 5-0 down to take a 6-5 lead, only to lose 7-6 because all of a sudden, Dellin Betances can’t throw strikes. He walked a bunch in Houston the other day and in facing five batters today, walked four of them to force in the winning run.

The Yanks’ pitchers gave up 4 HR today as well. Despite the injuries to Hicks, Castro & Holliday, you can still overcome that with great pitching. After all, the other team can’t win if they can’t score. But the Yankees’ pitching, especially the bullpen, has failed them lately.

After a 21-9 start, the Yanks are 23-30. Those 53 games are 1/3 of the season. Those 53 games, multiplied by 3, are 69-90. That is awful and must change.

For the season, the Yanks are 44-39, but slowly dropping to the .500 level. That is unacceptable.

Michael Pineda reverted to the bad Pineda today, giving up 3 HR. He is a lot like A.J. Burnett used to be. You don’t know if you will get the good or bad that day.

After 3 1/2 innings, the Yanks were down 5-0. They got two runs back on Aaron Judge’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth. HR #29 tied Joe DiMaggio (1936) for the most HR by a Yankees’ rookie. The MLB record or 49 was set in 1987 by Mark McGwire.

The Yanks made it 5-4 in the fifth, when Ji-Man Choi, just called up to replace Chris Carter at 1B, hit a 2-run HR (1), a 457 foot blast.

Later that inning, Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run double to put the Yanks up 6-5.

Chad Green gave up a HR in the seventh that tied the game. It was the fourth HR Yankees’ pitchers gave up in the game.

In the eighth, Dellin Betances faced five batters. He struck out one but walked the other four, forcing in what proved to be the winning run.

The strength when the Yanks started 21-9 has turned into a weakness. Whether it was Clippard a few weeks ago, Betances now, or Chapman giving up a key double the other day, the Yanks need to get their bullpen right.

In those last 53 games, that the Yanks have gone 23-30 in, the Yanks have lost 14 by one run. 14. Win 1/2 of those 14, and they are 30-23 in those games, and instead of 44-39, are 51-32.

Big difference. The Yanks are 9-17 in one run games this year. Make that even at 13-13 and instead of being four games out, then they are tied for first with Boston.

Say all you want about the injuries, but the bullpen has to be better, and they need to win those one-run games.

Judge 2 hits, HR #29, 2 RBI.
Gregorius 2 RBI.
Choi HR, 2 RBI.

Pineda 3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.39. Just awful.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.63
Green (BS, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.03
Betances (L, 3-4, 3.29) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 4 W, 1 K. Can’t find the strike zone lately.
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.10.


Game 82. Yanks lose 4-1, make moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks activated CC Sabathia from the DL as well as Adam Warren. Sent down were Bryan Mitchell and Domingo German.

CC started, and retired the first eight batters he faced, but then the rust kicked in, and he gave up 3 hits and 3 walks for 4 runs as Toronto beat the Yanks, 4-1.

The Yanks’ only run came on Aaron Judge’s 28th HR of the season. Still a rookie, Judge is one HR shy of Joe Dimaggio’s Yankee rookie record of 29, set in 1936.

The MLB record for HR in a season by a rookie is 49, by Mark McGwire in 1987.

The Yanks only had four hits in the game.

The loss drops the Yanks to 44-38. After a 21-9 start, they are 23-29 in their last 52 games.

After the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Carter again. You may recall they DFA’d him a couple of weeks ago, and no one wanted him. He agreed to go to SWB but never went because when Tyler Austin got hurt, Carter returned to the Yankees.

The Yanks brought up Ji-Man Choi from SWB to replace Carter. Choi, a South Korean, is a lefty hitting 1B/OF who is 26, and who hit .170-5-12 in 54 games with the Angels last year. That is his only MLB experience. At SWB this year, he was hitting .289-8-43.

Sabathia (L, 7-3, 3.81) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 3 W, 1 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.20
Cessa 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.57. Nice job keeping the Yanks in the game.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.86
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.41

Game 122. Baby Bombers lead Yanks to 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Cessa pitched six shutout innings in his first MLB start, Gary Sanchez homered (6) and Aaron Judge drove in two runs as the Yanks beat the Angels 5-1 Saturday night.

Sanchez started the scoring with a two-out homer in the first. After his homer, Didi Gregorius singled, Starlin Castro doubled, and Brian McCann singled in two runs.

In the sixth, with two out, Castro and McCann singled, Castro going to third on McCann’s single. McCann stole second, his first SB since 2012, and Judge singled in both runners.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR to Albert Pujols in the bottom of the ninth. It was Pujols’ 583rd HR of his career, tying him with Mark McGwire for 10th place on the all-time HR list.

Brett Gardner robbed C.J. Cron of a two-run HR in the seventh inning.

Cessa (w 3-0, 4.01) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.66 (AZ/NYY).
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.71 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.31. Gave up 1 HR.

Slow time.

Well, there hasn’t been many posts lately for a number of reasons.

1) the season is over and we see what happens with trades/free agents.

2) Hurricane Sandy knocked my power off for 22 hours. I’m lucky. Many didn’t get power for many more days.

3) I’ve been busy. 48 hours of work this past week and 48 next. 40 Thanksgiving week and I’m not working on the holiday. 50 hour weeks the two weeks after T-Giving.

So we await on the major awards from MLB. So far, Cano and Teix got the GG, Cano and Jeter SS awards.

I don’t know what the Yanks will do yet with their free agents. They did give some qualifying offers (rejected) to Kuroda, Swish and Soriano. I expect Swish and Soriano to be gone. Kuroda is a question mark.

Martin is a free agent. I wouldn’t mind a 2-yr. deal for him, but remember, he only hit .211 last year (with 21 HR). Romine needs a full year at AAA, something his back injury prevented him from last year. So 2013 AAA, maybe 2014 back up Martin. If so, who is the backup? If Stewart, then best to trade Cervelli and see what you can get for him. Sanchez is on the come, so you don’t even know if Romine is the future. Sanchez is a few years away.

SS/3B is a problem. Jeter is 39 next June, and coming off a broken ankle. He had just 9 sb this year, his range is in question and now a broken ankle. I’d love to see Nunez figure more in the lineup for the 35-40 SB potential he brings, but where to put his horrendous defense? And A-Rod looks like a fading star. 38 next July. Do you really want a left side of the infield that has a 39 year old SS and 38 year old 3B? Guess what. You are stuck with it.

Do you bring back Kuroda and Pettitte? One will be 38 next year, the other 41 next June. Then there is Mo. He threw 25 pitches off a mound for a commercial. Good sign, but he will be 43 in a few weeks. Ibanez is on the block. 41 next year. Jones 35. Chavez 35. Who comes back?

This team MUST get younger.

Meanwhile, Toronto mgr. Farrell goes to Boston. Toronto is looking. One-time A’s SS Walt Weiss is now the Rockies’ mgr. Mark McGwire leaves St. Louis to become the Dodgers’ new hitting coach.

The Mets and Jason Bay reach an amicable divorce. That didn’t work out.

College Football: Darrell Royal died at age 88. He won 3 national titles for Texas in the 1960’s (although, as a PSU grad, I’ll dispute that 1969 one).

Lee MacPhail, who was the Yanks’ GM in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, died at the age of 95. His dad (Larry) owned the Yanks for a brief time (1945-1947). Lee later became the A.L. President and it was he who made the Pine tar ruling.

The Yanks are thinking of flip-flopping Granderson and Gardner, moving the Grandy Man to LF. If they bring Ichiro (39) back for RF, they’ll have a speedy and good defensive OF, but having Ichiro AND Gardner cuts into your power.

If Torii Hunter really wants $20 mil over 2 years, count the Yanks out. He is 37 so it wouldn’t fit the “getting younger” plan.

I worry about next year. Too much age.

As for 6-4 PSU, I’m happy with the job Bill O’Brien has done. It’ll get much harder after this year. I see an offense that has come out of the stone age. Under very difficult circumstances, he has done a good job.

A strange year. My faves are Rivera and Polamalu (Steelers fan) and between the two, I don’t get to see them on the field what with injuries. I’m happy the Steelers are 5-3. They should beat KC tomorrow night, they should reach the playoffs.

But anyone doubting the Texans needs to be aware of them. Houston is for real.

Game 11. AJ tosses 7 scoreless in Yanks 7-3 win. Jeter, Alex (584) HR, Gardner 3 infield hits.

Had a church function this morning and have to grab some dinner and do some laundry. I’ll be updating on here as I can. Feel free to comment.

Infield hit and a SB by Michael Young in the top of the first but AJ has a scoreless inning.

One out in the first and Johnson does what Johnson does. Another walk. The guy’s eye is amazing. Time for Teixeira to wake up, but we’ve been saying that all week. Ouch. Called strike three. 3 for 37. Single for Alex but Cano leaves them stranded.

1-2-3 for AJ in the 2nd. 2 Ks.  

Sorry for the delay. I just went online, ordered and printed out my ticket for next Saturday, April 24. I’m going up to SWB to catch the AAA game and to check out Montero. Besides, sometimes you just need a day away!

Posada singled and with two out, Gardner gets a hit that few can. An infield hit that his speed forced the play. Gardner beats it out. Jeter gets hit #2764 but Posada has to be held at third.

Bases loaded, two out and a guy up who draws a lot of walks. Sure enough, Johnson walks again and this one brings in a run. Now it is the 3 for 37 Teixeira.

Cheap hit but we will take it (Teixeira certainly will). Between 1st and 2nd, infield, no play. RBI. 2-0 Yankees. Alex ends the inning by flying out.

As for Gardner, no extra base hits yet, to his detractors dismay. But would those detractors be fair and give Gardner credit for beating out a dribbler that few would beat out? Fair is fair.   

…and Gardner does it again. Bottom 3rd, with one out, Posada singles, and Granderson doubles. Swisher makes an out, but Gardner hits one into the SS hole, and they can never get him. Posada scores, Granderson to third. Gardner steals second (no double steal) but the throw goes into CF. Granderson scores, Gardner to third. Gardner’s speed forcing the action… 4-0. Gardner didn’t get either ball out of the infield. Still, 2 hits, a SB, an RBI.

Yup, Gardner’s at it today.

…and the Captain blows it open to 6-0. Hit #2764, HR #227. 6-0 Yankees.  

Here’s one way to know IT IS EARLY. The 2 for 2 for Gardner raised his average from .217 to .280.

I’m pretty confident right now. It’s a long way from over, but AJ looks good, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 Ks. … and a six-run lead.

…make that a SEVEN run lead. Alex hits #584*, his first of the year. He is now two behind Frank Robinson.

 Sorry, was busy. That ended the Yankees scoring for the day.

Quickly recapping the fifth inning on… AJ got out of a bases-loaded one out jam in the 5th. The Yanks got three infield hits but no runs in the bottom of the 5th, and yes, one of them was by Gardner. Gardner was 3 for 4 for the day, and all three hits were infield hits.

AJ went 7 shutout innings. 6 hits, 2 walks and 7 K. 2-0, 2.37. A great job.

Pena came in for Jeter (3 for 4) in the 8th. Yanks up 7-0. He even got his first at bat of the year later in the game (flied to RF).  Aceves replaced AJ. Aceves had nothing. Single, forceout, walk and a 3-run HR.

Marte came in and retired the only two batters he faced.

1-2-3 for Joba today, two K’s. And even from that, I get a text complaining about Joba’s fastball? C’mon, buddy (Truth). Now you are getting picky.    


Fisk joins Clark at ripping Big Mac

Carlton Fisk today joined Jack Clark in ripping Mark McGwire. Now Fisk is in the HOF, Clark (despite a nice career, 340 HR) not.

Given that the Vets Committee, made mostly of the HOF members, have NOT voted in any ex-players (Santo, Hodges, Reynolds, etc.) since the Vets committee was reconfigured a few years ago, do you really think a Fisk or other member might, after a McGwire or Clemens (for Fisk ripped him too) exhausts their eligibility on the writer’s ballot, vote said player (Sosa, McGwire, Clemens, Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, we could go on) into the HOF on the Vets’ ballot? I think not.

In my post of yesterday, I mentioned that it was my opinion that the Yanks should play Montero and Romine at other positions on their “days off.” Think about it. Instead of playing 80 games at catcher and 33 at DH, why not spend those 33 games in the OF (well, 25 with the other 8 at DH). Why DH a 20 year old or 21 year old in AA or AAA? Teach him a different position. Make him more versatile and valuable. Berra and Howard both played OF in their careers besides catching. Gil McDougald was an all-star at 3B, SS and 2B.

Munson wasn’t a great OF, but he did play 27 games there in his career. Munson only played five games at 1B, but one of those was on August 1, 1979—the day before his death.

In his MVP year of 1970, Johnny Bench actually played 24 games in the OF. You may remember Bench ending his career as a 3B (and not a great one), playing 195 games there, but did you know Bench played 145 at 1B and 111 in the OF?

Goodness. Jim Edmonds is thinking comeback? He’ll be 40 in June. He didn’t play last year. In 2008 he went .235-20-55, OPS+ 111 for the Padres and Cubs.

Interesting piece from MLBTR:

8:10pm: Jerry Hairston Jr. was on Jim Bowden’s radio show on XM 175 earlier today, and said that the Yankees didn’t make him an offer because they’re waiting on Damon’s price to come down (via Bowden’s Twitter). If true, it would seem that it’s only matter of time before they get a deal worked out.

and from Bowden’s Twitter link above:

Jerry Hairston…”Brian Cashmans going to get mad at me, but Yanks didn’t make me offer because he’s waiting on Damon price to come down” on XM

Would be interesting. Will we see the Limbo Rock regarding JD?

Limbo Rock for JD/Cashman?
How low will JD, Cashman go?

Remember, you can add your “Damon CD” ideas to my previous post. Maybe we can now add Limbo Rock to Lonely Days, Money, Take a Chance on Me and others on the JD current song list.

But Cashman responds (from MLBTR)

Brian Cashman says it’s “right” that he never made an offer to J. Hairston Jr., but “not right” that he is waiting for Damon’s price to drop

It looks like the Angels have their Lackey replacement….Joel Piniero.   

As if they don’t have enough troubles…the NY Post reports of rumors surrounding Bay’s health.

Vikings, Jets advance, and shame on some fans.

The Vikings crushed the Cowboys 34-3 and will face the Saints for the NFC title. Somehow, there are certain people I just don’t see winning a Super Bowl. Wade Phillips, Tony Romo and Donovan McNabb are three of them. Maybe Andy Reid. Maybe.

In the AFC, a surprise as the Jets upset the Chargers 17-14. The Chargers had won their last eleven in a row so maybe they were due. Or maybe they weren’t except for their FG kicker, who missed 3 FG. Next week, Colts/Jets (and how many SB III references will you see over the next week?) for the AFC title.

As for me, (sorry Tim the Wizard), I’m pulling for a Colts/Saints SB. Manning vs. Brees.

SHAME: I read where McGwire got a standing ovation at some Cardinal function today. They should have booed the cheat. How does one expect to get steroids out of the game or clean it up if fans like the ones today CHEER the cheater? Boo.

Good story by Rob Neyer of ESPN on Johnny Damon today. Check it out. Meanwhile, the Yanks could still be searching for that righty LF bat. MLB.com states that Jerry Hairston could be SD-bound.