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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.

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Game 155. Judge hits 2 HR, but Yanks fall, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I don’t think Jaime Garcia or Bryan Mitchell would have made the postseason roster anyway, but neither helped themselves in a 9-5 Yankees’ loss on Sunday.

The loss put the Yanks 5 back of Boston in the AL East with 7 to go, and basically assured the Red Sox the division. The Yanks’ magic # to host the wild card game remains at 2.

Toronto got one in the first, one in the second, and knocked out Garcia with three in the third. Garcia gave up a HR to the first batter he faced.

Didi singled in a run to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

Toronto came back with four in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-1.

Aaron Judge hit his first HR of the game (47) in the top of the sixth to cut it to 9-2.

Greg Bird doubled in a run later in the inning to make it 9-3.

Judge hit his second HR (48) of the game, a 2-run shot, to make it 9-5.

Judge is now one HR behind Mark McGwire’s 1987 rookie record of 49 in a season.

Hated the tribute Toronto gave Jose Bautista. Hated his bat flipping, and question how someone so mediocre until he became 29 all of a sudden went from a mediocre 15 HR a year guy to hitting 50+ at the age of 29. Loved when Odor popped him one. Just saying….

Judge 2 HR, 3 RBI
Castro 2 hits
Didi RBI
Bird RBI

Garcia (L, 5-10, 4.41) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.43
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. 5.79
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.17
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.12
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97

Game 139. Yanks’ 4 HR bomb Orioles, 9-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (75-64) beat Baltimore Thursday afternoon, 9-1, to close the gap to 3 1/2 back of Boston with 23 games to go.

They struck early, getting 3 runs in the top of the first.  Gardner walked, stole second, and with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled him home. Aaron Judge followed with a 2-run HR, #39.

That HR put Judge second all-time for HR in a season by a rookie. The record is Mark McGwire, A’s, 1987, with 49.

In the third, Didi singled with one out, and Judge walked. Holliday singled in a run, moving Judge to third. Ellsbury grounded out, driving in a run and making it 5-0.

A two-run HR by Chase Headley (12) in the fourth made it 7-0.

Starlin Castro hit a HR (14) in the sixth, 8-0. Baltimore scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth, 8-1.

Todd Frazier finished the scoring, hitting a solo HR (23) in the seventh.

Sonny Gray was solid, and the Yanks’ bullpen picked him up.

Gardner 2 hits.
Headley HR, 2 RBI
Castro HR
Gregorius 3 hits, RBI.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Romine 2 hits. Sanchez returns Friday, when Romine will serve his 1-game suspension.

Adam Warren is on the 10-day DL, maybe done for the year, with back spasms. Now we know why he wasn’t used Tuesday, but still, Joe, only 11 pitches for D-Rob and Chapman the other night?

Rumors are CC is having knee trouble again. He has had a good year, but is a free agent after the year, is 37, and would you want someone back who will be 38 next July and has been having knee trouble?

Gray (W, 9-9, 3.22 combined A’s/Yankees) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.93.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.77
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

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.