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Game 115. Boston blasts Severino, Tanaka to Dl. Montgomery escapes DL. Mets trade another Yanks’ target elsewhere.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What a bad day for the Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka joins CC on the 10-day DL. For CC, knee. For Tanaka, shoulder inflammation.

…. Seand the Yanks almost had to put Sunday night’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, on the DL himself. He was hit in the head with a BP line drive while signing autographs before today’s game.

The Yanks fell to 61-54, 4 1/2 back of Boston due to a 10-5 loss Saturday afternoon. Luis Severino got rocked, giving up two 3-run HRs to Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

The Yanks started well, getting a 2-run HR in the first by Gary Sanchez (19).

But Boston got five in the third, keyed by Benintendi’s first HR.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth but only got one run. As you readers of mine know, I criticize Girardi for never MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. He doesn’t steal much, doesn’t hit and run, almost never bunts, and never squeezes runs home. He doesn’t play littleball. He doesn’t CREATE RUNS, and this team is having trouble scoring runs lately. It drives me crazy. Bases loaded, no one out and only one run.

Boston got five more in the fifth, keyed by another 3-run HR by Benintendi to go up 10-3.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and Ellsbury (5) in the ninth. 10-5 final.

Aaron Judges’ post All-Star game troubles are a problem. He has dropped 40 points of the batting average. .329 to .289,  W.161-5-12 since winning that HR derby. A curse. Some 43 strikeouts or so in 93 at bats. Strikeouts in his last 29 straight games. We have to get him back on track. As I mentioned, so many strikeouts are LOOKING. Pitch recognition? Aaargh. Swing that bat!

He is so strong. Stay WITH the ball and work on going the other way. He is so strong it will go out to RF.

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were talking to the Mets about Neil Walker. They didn’t like his medicals, so a trade didn’t happen. He was dealt to the Brewers. So a third Yankees trade target from the Mets goes elsewhere. It really looks like the Mets have a thing about trading anyone to the Yankees, even if the Yanks give them a better deal (inferiority complex?). Whatever, I hope the Yanks kick the Mets’ ass this coming week as a result.

Severino (L, 9-5, 3.32) 4 1/3 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gallegos 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.79
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33

I guess we can rule OUT Mitchell for Monday against the Mets (taking Tanaka’s turn).

 

 

Game 111. Yanks fall to Toronto 4-2. CC hurt, Montgomery may be brought back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Josh Donaldson hit two 2-run HRs off of CC Sabathia, and Toronto beat the Yanks, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

CC only lasted three innings and looks headed to the DL with pain in his knee. He could be done for the season.

It looks like Jordan Montgomery will be headed back to the Yanks. Earlier in the day, the Yanks had indicated that Montgomery would only be pitching once a week for SWB and have his innings limited because of innings limits. This development may have blown those plans out of the water, unless it isn’t Montgomery but someone else who takes CC’s spot in the rotation.

The loss puts the Yanks at 59-52, four back of Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Donaldson hit a 2-run HR in the first. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the second on an RBI single by Garrett Cooper.

Donaldson hit another 2-run HR in the third. Cooper got a SF in the eighth for the final score of 4-2.

Here is a reason why I hate teams carrying 13 pitchers.

In the eighth, after Cooper’s SF made it 4-2, the Yanks had two on, two out. Ronald Torreyes lined out.

The Yanks really needed a HR there (or a double in the gap to tie the game). The tiny Torreyes was left to hit. Why? Because the only alternatives on the bench were the struggling (overmatched so far in the majors?) Tyler Wade, Austin Romine (who is not known for his bat) and Jacoby Ellsbury. Now injuries to Castro, Holliday, Hicks, etc. have limited who is playing, but carrying 13 pitchers also limits your bench. Oh for the days of four man rotations and 11-man pitching staffs.

Still, I wonder why Ellsbury wasn’t sent up to bat, with Wade then taking the field. Oh, well. Ellsbury may have had a better chance to pop one out and give the Yanks the lead.

We’ll see what happens with CC and who replaces him. Was it CC’s last game as a Yankee? He is 1) 37. 2) a free agent at the end of the year. 3) In pain that could force retirement?

Sabathia (L, 9-5, 4.05) 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.60
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.49

Great job by Mitchell keeping the Yanks in the game.

Minor League Report. Hicks starts rehab.

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AAA: SWB (69-40) lost 3-1. 2 hits 2B Donovan Solano CF Aaron Hicks started rehab, 1 for 3.

Mitchell (L, 2-3, 3.44) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 11 K.
Jones 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.58
Mantiply 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 w, 1 K. 3.04

AA: Trenton Rained out.

High A: Tampa off.

Low A: Charleston (59-49) scored in the bottom of the tenth for a 4-3 win.  DH Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, GW single. LF Carlos Vidal 4 hits, 2 doubles, rbi. RF Steven Sensley 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits for 2B Diego Castillo. 2 Hits SS Oswaldo Cabrera.

Perez 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2.95
Diehl 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K. 3.80.
Cedeno (W, 5-0, 0.82) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.82

Yanks deal 2 minor league pitchers to Twins for Jaime Garcia.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the loss of Michael Pineda to Tommy John surgery, the Yanks have been plugging the gap with the likes of Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa and lately Caleb Smith.

No disrespect intended to those three, but the Yanks upgraded that spot today by dealing two minor league pitchers to the Twins for Jaime Garcia.

Garcia is a lefty (good for Yankee Stadium) and a rental. He is a free agent at the end of the year, and a solid mid-to end of the rotation piece. Not an ace, but definitely an upgrade over the Mitchell/Cessa/Smith trio.

He just turned 31, and was 3rd in ROY voting in 2010. He’s already had a couple of 13 win seasons. He won a WS ring as a member of the 2011 WS Champion Cardinals, so he has postseason experience.

He went 13-7, 3.56 for St. Louis in that WS Championship season.

Between the Braves and Twins this year, he was 5-7, 4.29, ERA+ 101. Average (an average ERA+ is 100). For his career, he is 67-52, 3.65. His 162 g. average is 13-10, 3.65, ERA+ 108. So a little better than an average pitcher.

He missed large portions of 2013 and 2014.

In seven postseason starts, Garcia is 0-3, 3.94 ERA.

He has been averaging 6 1/3 innings per start this season. That is huge with the Yankees’ bullpen of Warren, Green, Kahnle, Betances, Robertson and Chapman. By contrast, the rookie Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning in both of his MLB starts. As I mentioned, an upgrade.

You can’t have people wearing out the bullpen.

Go six, keep the team in the game.

Going to the Twins are:

Zack Littell. AA.  RHP. 21. Between High A Tampa & AA Trenton, 14-1, 1.87 this year. 35-24, 3.24 in his minor league career. Last year, between low and High A, he was 13-6, 2.66.

Dietrich Enns. AAA. LHP. 26. 2-1, 2.18 between AAA SWB and one rehab relief appearance for the Gulf Coast Rookie League this year. Missed a large portion of this season with an injury. Was 14-4, 1.73 between AA and AAA last season. He is 27-14, 1.87 in his minor league career.

Nice records lately for these two. But you have to give to get.

The thing is, where were they in the pecking order. If you have 10 really solid starting pitchers in your system, who is #1 and who is #10? This is where Cashman, the front office and your scouts come in. Not all 10 come up and start for you. You can’t put everyone on the 40 man roster. You’ll lose someone via the Rule 5 draft (which is how they originally lost Tommy Kahnle, who they just recently reacquired).

You have to pick and choose who to keep and who has to go. You have to have a pecking order, and you hope you are right in assessing that pecking order. You hope you make the right decision of who to keep and who to trade.

But as of now, it seems like a good deal, because even if Garcia, a free agent at the end of the year is a rental, he is still an upgrade over Mitchell, Cessa or Smith for this stretch drive.

This doesn’t take the Yanks out of getting Sonny Gray, an ace. They may still do that deal.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (65-39) lost 2-1, and only got one hit.

Mitchell 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.42
Mantiply (L, 4-4, 3.22) 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.

AA: Trenton (70-33) won 5-4. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. RF Devyn Bolasky 2 RBI.

Ramirez 6 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.41
Espinal (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1st AA Game. Started year at Low A Charleston.
Coshow (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.25

High A: Tampa (61-42) won 10-4. DH Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI. SS Gosuke Katoh 3 hits, RBI. CF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI. 1B Tim Lynch 3 hits, solo HR. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits, 2 RBI. 3B Daniel Barrios 2 hits, RBI.

Swanson (W, 4-2, 3.16) 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Frawley 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.76

Low A: Charleston (56-46) won 5-2. C Donny Sands 3 RBI. CF Estevan Florial (hotly sought after in trade rumors) 2 hits.  2 hits for 3B Oswaldo Cabrera.

Perez (W, 7-3, 2.82) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 W, 3 K.
Morris (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.51
Cedeno (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.93
Sosebee (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.22

Saturday’s minors.

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AAA: SWB (63-36) blew a 6-4 lead, giving up six in the top of the ninth to lose 10-6. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI. 3B Donovan Solano 2 hits. CF Jake Cave 3 hits, RBI.

Mitchell 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.70
Gallegos 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.20
Jones (BS, 4; L, 6-3, 3.66) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Heller 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.18

AA: Trenton (66-32) won a rain shortened game 4-0. It was called with two out in the bottom of the sixth. C Jorge Saez solo HR. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, RBI.

Ramirez (W, 10-3, 3.23) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.

High A: Tampa (56-42) won 3-2.  3B Angel Aguilar 2 RBI. SS Gosuke Katoh 2 hits. RF Austin Aune 2 doubles.

Swanson (W, 3-2, 3.08) 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Mesa (H, 5) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.93
Frare (S, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K. 6.00

Low A: Charleston (53-45) lost 5-2. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. CF Estevan Florial (a top prospect) 3 hits.

Garcia (L, 0-1, 1.99) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Diehl 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.04.

Florial, 19, is a lefty hitter. .292-11-40, 16 SB this year at Charleston. Scouts are watching and possibly asking for him if the Yanks want to make a deal right now.

Game 91. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks continued their slump, and hopefully they start a winning streak soon or else not only will a playoff spot slip out of their hands, but they may fall under .500.

The last time the Yanks finished below .500 was in 1992.

On a day when it was confirmed that both Michael Pineda and Greg Bird will be undergoing surgery, the Yanks lost to the Twins 4-2. That dropped their record to 47-44. They are 9-21 in their last 30 games.

Aaron Judge has been in a slump since winning the HR Derby during the All Star break. He’s something like 1 for 21 since the break. He isn’t the only Yankee who has lost a lot of points off his batting average lately. The team’s OPS+ has dropped from around 110 to 104 now.

Hopefully they turn it around soon.

Bryan Mitchell started in place of the injured Pineda and was decent enough, giving up two runs, one earned, in five innings.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, the Yanks got one run back on doubles by Garrett Cooper and Austin Romine.

In the seventh, they tied the game on doubles by Chase Headley and Cooper.

For Cooper, it was the best day of his MLB career so far. Just brought up last week, Cooper went into the game 1 for 10, but went 3 for 4 with two doubles & an RBI. Fellow rookie Clint Frazier had two doubles.

Caleb Smith made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Joe Girardi pushed his luck with the rookie and paid for it when Smith gave up two runs in the eighth. Maybe a more experienced veteran wasn’t available for the eighth (esp. after that 16 inning affair Saturday and the DH Sunday) and Girardi stated that his hands were tied and options limited, but you were wondering about a kid making his MLB debut pitching the eighth inning of a 2-2 game, and going into his third inning of work. After pitching two scoreless innings, Smith got burned in the eighth, giving up two runs and taking the loss in his MLB debut.

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.29
Smith (L, 0-1, 6.00) 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Trade rumors are heating up regarding the A’s and 1B Yonder Alonso. You wonder if RHP Sonny Gray may also be involved, since with the Pineda injury and the DH Sunday, the Yanks are forced to start Mitchell & Cessa in back to back games.