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Game 40. Yanks lose game and Ellsbury.

 

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This was a bad loss. The Yanks’ sixth in their last seven games to drop them to 22-18 and into a first-place tie in the AL East with the Rays. On top of that, Jacoby Ellsbury sprained his knee and is on the 15-day DL. Slade Heathcott has been called up from AAA. Heathcott, 24, is a lefty hitting CF who was hitting .285-1-17 at SWB.

Earlier this week, Chase Whitley underwent TJ surgery. He’ll not return until mid-2016.

Pin this loss on Nathan Eovaldi. As for Andrew Miller, the law of averages caught up with him.

Eovaldi gave up 2 HR in the first inning, then seemed to settle down.

The Yanks got four in the fourth on an RBI single by Chris Young (batting 3rd what with no DH and A-Rod on the bench), an RBI double by Headley and a 2-run single by Stephen Drew. With the pitcher in the lineup, production from the #8 hitter, Drew, was a bonus. Drew’s two hits raised him to .188.

Mark Teixeira’s 2-run HR in the 5th made it 6-2. #12 on the season and #375 of his career.

Up 6-2, and needing one more inning to qualify for a possible win, Eovaldi has to hold them there. Qualify for the win, go at least five and maybe more, save the bullpen. He failed.

Eovaldi got only one out and gave up 3 runs in the fifth. David Carpenter gave up a game-tying HR in the sixth.

Lefties Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve got big outs (both against Bryce Harper, who homered against Eovaldi in the first).

But in the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Zimmerman sliced a 2-run HR off of Andrew Miller the other way. It hit the foul pole.

8-6 Nationals.

Miller had an ERA of 0.00 before that. Sooner or later he was going to give up a run, and the law of averages caught up with him.

But handed a 6-2 lead, Eovaldi has to do better.

Eovaldi 4 1/3, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.73
Wilson 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.25
Carpenter 1 2/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 5.28. Carpenter, recommended to the Yanks by his former and current catcher, Bryan McCann, has been a disappointment so far. Come to think of it, McCann, who hit .232 last year and is at .228 right now, has been a disappointment himself.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.30
Betances 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 0.00
Miller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. (L, 0-1, 0.98)

Game 38. It’s Headley! HR keys 5-1 win, snaps losing streak.

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In the movie Blazing Saddles, Harvey Korman’s character keeps having to say that his character’s name is Headley Lamarr, not Hedy Lamarr (the famous actress).

Last night it was Headley (Chase Headley that is) that had the key blow in a 5-1 Yankees win that snapped their four-game losing streak. The Yanks are now 22-16 on the season and have a two-game lead in the A.L. East.

CC Sabathia finally gave us a vintage CC performance.

CC 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H 0 walks and 5 K. (W, 2-5, 4.67).

After that it was the tag team of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, both of whom still have ERAs of 0.00.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

The Yanks scored first, on three walks and a SF, in the top of the third, but CC gave the run right back in the bottom half of that frame.

In the fifth, the Yanks had two on, and Headley was up, two out, full count on him. By this time, KC starter Danny Duffy had already thrown over 100 pitches. While watching the game at a local pub, I thought “he’s over 100 pitches, he has to be getting tired and will make a mistake soon. This is a key at bat, c’mon, Headley…” So sooner did I think that than Headley hit his fifth HR of the season to make it 4-1.

A-Rod added a HR (10, 664* lifetime) in the 9th to make it 5-1. The RBI was #1991 of his career, and the hit #2970. So…. 50 HR behind the Babe, 9 RBI from 2000, 30 hits from 3000. And you wonder why, oh why….

Frankly, I am shocked at how well (.250-10-22) A-Rod is playing after having missed all of 2014 with the PED suspension and having played just 44 games in 2013 due to his second hip surgery. The guy will be 40 at the end of July. Consider this: he has 10 HR so far. The last time he topped 30 in a season? 2008. SEVEN years ago.  He hasn’t hit 20 in a season since 2010, five years ago.

Of course, since 2010 (when he played in 137 games) he has played in the following number of games:

2011: 99; 2012: 122: 2013: 44: 2014: NONE.

Game 35. Yanks fall to Rays, 3-2.

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For the second consecutive evening, the Yankees scored two runs in the first and didn’t tack on. It’s hard to win ballgames when you score only two runs, and for the second consecutive evening, the Yankees lost. This time it was 3-2. The loss on Tuesday evening was 4-2. The loss drops the Yanks to 21-14. They still have a 2-game lead in the A.L. East.

21-14 is a .600 winning percentage, which is or should be a goal for teams. If the Yanks continue at that pace, they’ll have 97 wins, which often is good enough to win the division.

The Yanks scored two in the first on RBI singles by Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann but Adam Warren gave up one in the bottom of the first and two in the second.

Warren settled down after that but it was too late.

Warren 7 IP, (L, 2-2, 4.50) 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00

You have to wonder if Warren, who hasn’t been bad, but also not great in the starting role (average) will drop back into a long-man role once Chris Capuano, Ivan Nova and/or Masahiro Tanaka come off the DL, or if the Yanks send down Chase Whitley. If Warren drops back into the bullpen, it should make a strength even stronger. It’ll be interesting to see what move is made when the time comes, and that time isn’t too far off.

Game 30. Yanks edge O’s 5-4

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Carlos Beltran has had a tough time as a Yankee. Last year he hit just .233-15-49 while missing about 1/3 of the season with an elbow injury. Even after last night’s game, he is .191-0-11 for this season. His OPS+ (100 is average) was 97 last year and is just 50 now. He hasn’t homered in what seems like forever. Stuck on 373 for his career.

That is why a bases-loaded, 2-run double by Beltran last night hopefully can kick start Beltran back to some semblance to being the old Beltran. At the time, it gave the Yanks a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The Yanks needed it. They hung on to win 5-4 to go to 19-11 on the season. The are in first place in the AL East by three games.

In the first, the red-hot Ellsbury and Gardner (.362 and .326 respectively) set the table again. Ellsbury singling and Ellsbury doubling him to third. A-Rod’s SF (career RBI 1988) drove in one run and McCann’s 2-run HR (3) made it 3-0.

Beltran’s double in the third increased to lead to 5-0 but starter Adam Warren had a disappointing outing when he had to be pulled one out short of qualifying for the win. Manager Joe Girardi had to use the bullpen, and they hung on. Betances and Miller, who have been carrying the Yankees, did it again.

Warren 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 2 K. 4.65
Wilson 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 4.22
Martin 1 IP, 0 R,  2H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.55
Betances (W, 4-0) 1 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Miller (13th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

 

Game 29. Yanks edge O’s 4-3. A-Rod passes Mays on HR list.

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Alex Rodriguez hit HR #661*, passing Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list as the Yanks beat Baltimore 4-3 Thursday night.

The Orioles scored in the top of the first on a HR by Jimmy Paredes but the Yanks came back with two on an A-Rod SF and an RBI single by Teixeira. On A-Rod’s SF, it looked like that may be the HR that would pass Mays on the all-time HR list but he was robbed of the HR.

Baltimore tied the game in the third on a Caleb Joseph HR. The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third on A-Rod’s historic HR.

Joseph tied the game for Baltimore in the top of the fifth but the Yanks got the game-deciding run in the bottom of that inning on an RBI double by Teixeira.

Ellsbury’s two hits raised him to .363. Gardner’s two hits put him at .318. You can’t ask two guys to set the table better than that. A-Rod’s 2 RBI and Teixeira’s two meant the ballgame. Yeah, A-Rod is at .245, Teix at .223, but they have 18 and 25 RBI respectively. That is the key.

A-Rod’s two hits put him at 2962. His two RBI put him at 1987.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi (W, 3-0, 3.97) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.

Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 2.79.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

Miller (12th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Check out the ERAs of Betances and Miller. Your setup man and closer both have ERAs of 0.00 as of May 8th.

Reggie Jackson, a special advisor to the Yanks, raves about Jose Pirela and AA minor league OF Aaron Judge. So for those of you unhappy with Stephen Drew and/or Carlos Beltran right now, take heart.

The win puts the Yanks at 18-11 on the season.

More good news, Masahiro Tanaka started some rehab by soft tossing from 60 feet with no issues.

Game 27. Yanks hold on to win, 6-3.

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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).

Game 25. Yanks sweep Boston in Fenway, 8-5.

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The Yanks completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox up in Fenway by winning Sunday night 8-5.

Mark Teixeira started the scoring with a 2-run HR (9) in the first. It was the 372nd of his career.

Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran had back-to-back doubles in the third, McCann driving in two, and Beltran driving in McCann to make it 5-0.

Brett Gardner’s 3-run HR in the sixth made it 8-0, but Boston came back with five in the bottom of the sixth and it wasn’t easy in closing the game out. David Ortiz could have hit a walk-off grand slam with two out in the bottom of the 9th to win the game but lined to CF instead to end it.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 4 for 4.

Adam Warren (W, 2-1, 4.78) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Rogers 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.60
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.24
Carpenter 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.79
Miller (10th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00 but it wasn’t easy.

With the win, the Yanks are 16-9, 1st in the AL East by three games.