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Game 23. Boston beats Yanks, Betances, again, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was a lost weekend in Boston as for the second time in three days, Dellin Betances served up a HR that decided the game in Boston’s favor. The Yanks lost Sunday night 8-7.

Things aren’t good, to say the least. The Yanks were swept this weekend in Boston, have lost five in a row, and 13 of their last 17. They are now 8-15.

Alex Rodriguez had a 2-run HR (5, 692) and a two-run double.

Both starters, Eovaldi for the Yanks and Price for Boston, struggled.

Backup OF Aaron Hicks is now 2 for 26 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury made a bad baserunning play in the first that may have cost the Yanks a run.

The Yanks are off today. They need it.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 3 walks, 3 K. 5.46. Gave up 1 HR.
Nova (L, 1-1, 5.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up HR. 3.09.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00

Game 18. Nasty Nate dominates Texas. Yanks win 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi no-hit Texas for six innings and the Yanks beat Texas 3-1 Monday night.

These are the outings that the Yanks need, and need consistently, from Eovaldi and Pineda. Innings, not many runs given up (0 on this night), keep the ball in the park.

The Yanks scored two in the third on a HR by Ellsbury (1), a walk to Beltran and a double by Teixeira.

Starlin Castro’s third HR of the year made it j3-0 Yanks in the sixth.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the eighth.

The Yanks are now 8-10.

 

Eovaldi (w, 1-2, 4.38) 7+ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Betances (h, 5), 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K,. 0.90.
Miller (s, 5) 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 0.00.

Game 16. Gardner’s walkoff HR wins it.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Usually my goal for the Yanks in each and every April is to just finish April at .500. If over, great. But just finish at .500.

Joe McCarthy, the great ex-Yankee manager from 1931-1946, stated to never fall below .500 if you can help it , and if you do, get back ASAP.

Brett Gardner’s walk-off HR in the 9th won the game today for the Yanks, and made them 7-9. Now to continue that and get back to .500 ASAP.

Masahiro Tanaka did a great job, going 7 innings but getting a ND.

The Yanks scored first, on a WP in the first. A-Rod just missed a 3-run HR when his drive was caught at the top of the wall.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fourth to tie the game, and a HR which hit the foul pole in the fifth that put the Rays up.

Before the game winning HR in the bottom of the ninth, Gardner tied the game with an infield single in the seventh.

Gardner’s HR was his second of the year. He had three hits in the game.

A-Rod continues to struggle, he is at .132. It’s a little early, but come mid- to late May, there may be comparisons to Willie Mays ca. 1973 as far as greats past their peaks. Maybe it is a slump, but when you are almost 41, slumps get magnified.

Headley is at .159. He, like A-Rod, is having a rough go so far.

Some Yankees news: Brandon Pinder was called up recently, as the Yanks have gone from Cessa to Olson to Pinder in the bullpen. Now he has a partially torn UCL and is deciding between rehab or surgery. Nick Goody was brought up to take his place.

Jacob Lindgren at High A had elbow surgery last year, has struggled so far this year, and is having elbow issues again.

Aaron Hicks left Friday’s game with a sore shoulder after attempting a diving catch and will be having an MRI.

Today’s pitching line:

Tanaka 7 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K, gave up 1 HR. 2.92.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 0.00.
Miller (w, 1-0, 0.00) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks , 0 K.

Game 15. Ellsbury steals home in Yankees’ win

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury stole home as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay Friday night 6-3.

The Rays got two in the top of the second off of CC, but Brian McCann’s 2-run HR (3) in the bottom of the inning tied it up.

After Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth, the Yanks tied it up in the fifth. Ellsbury and Gregorius singled, and both moved up on a balk. On a 3-2 pitch, Ellsbury took off. The pitch was high, thus ball four on Gardner, and Ellsbury slid under the tag for a steal of home and the tying run.

McCann singled in a run in the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Ellsbury doubled in two in the eighth to give the Yanks insurance runs.

CC only went 4 2/3, but the bullpen pitched 4 1/3 no-hit innings.

Maybe that exciting gamble by Ellsbury will get the Yanks (6-9) going.

Sabathia 4 2/3, 3 R, 9 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 5.28
Nova (w; 1-0, 4.32) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (Hold, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00
Miller (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

 

Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.

 

 

 

Game 11. Yanks snap skid, win 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi made a lineup change that paid off, Masahiro Tanaka became the first starter to go 7, the bullpen was tremendous and the Yanks snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win on Sunday.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, but in the bottom of the second, A-Rod, dropped to sixth in the lineup because of an 0 for 19 slump, hit his second HR of the season (#689 career) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yanks showed aggressive baserunning today, a good sign. Gardner stole a base in the first, but didn’t come around to score.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a Gardner double. Gardner is heating up (3 hits today), now to get Ellsbury to do the same.

After Seattle got an unearned run in the fourth and another earned run in the fifth to tie the game, the Yanks got the game winning run in the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, Gardner and Beltran (moved up to #3 in the lineup) singled, and Gardner scored on a WP. Nice, aggressive baserunning.

In the eighth and ninth, Betances and Miller went six up, six down and all by K. Imagine when Chapman returns.

Tanaka (w, 1-0,  3.06) 7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K., 0.00 (3rd hold)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00. (3rd save).

Game 10. Yanks lose 4th straight, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.

While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.

Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.

Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.

Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.

In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.

Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00

The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.

The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.

It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.

UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.