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Yankees moves. Not all are good.

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While we are waiting through a rain delay (when will it stop being cold, drizzly, rainy, windy, raw and downright miserable in the Northeast?) an update on Yankees’ moves today.

Aaron Hicks is back, scheduled to lead off and play CF tonight if the game gets in. Mike Tauchman was sent down for Hicks.

Tonight’s scheduled starting pitcher, Jonathan Loaisiga, has been placed on the IL with a sore shoulder. Rotator cuff inflammation. He’s had shoulder trouble in the past. He’ll be shut down for 4 weeks. Luis Cessa will start in his place and Chance Adams has been brought up from SWB where he was 2-1, 4.80 in six starts. Last year, Adams was 0-1, 7.04 in three games for the Yanks, one start.

Hopefully James Paxton comes off the IL soon. With Luis Severino not back until after the All-Star break, and Jordan Montgomery not back until August, maybe the Yanks need to look at Dallas Keuchel. Rumors are they may be the front runners for Keuchel, but that a signing wouldn’t occur until after the baseball draft so that the Yanks wouldn’t have to pay compensation. That would be in the first week of June.

Also, Miguel Andujar goes back on the IL. He’ll have that shoulder reevaluated. Since coming off the IL, he has only been 3 for 34. I suggested the other day that maybe there is more to that shoulder injury. He hasn’t looked himself, and maybe that injury not only hampers his throwing but his hitting too. Surgery, which could cost him the rest of the season, isn’t out of the question. His exit velocity is down, and of the six hits he has this year (and he’s only hitting .128), none have been for extra bases. No infield call-up yet, instead the Yanks just brought back Nestor Cortes.

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Midseason “acquistions.”

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A lot is made, has been made and will be made of the Yankees’ moves this offseason and what may be coming later in spring training and later yet, at the trade deadline this summer.

But let’s not forget two Yankee “acquisitions” that will be coming this summer.

The returns of Jordan Montgomery and Didi Gregorius.

Hopefully both would be healthy and ready to contribute. If so, both would be a big lift and could give a jolt to the team mid-season.

If so, no trade is necessary.

Let’s not think about Jacoby Ellsbury also being in that mix for now. That’s more a case of I’ll believe it when I see it.

Game 96. Yanks blow chances in 7-5 loss. German sent down after poor outing, Cessa up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A poor outing by Domingo German resulted in him being sent down after the Yanks lost to the Mets, 7-5, on Friday night.

The Yanks had their chances, stranding 14, and going 2 for 13 with RISP.

Luis Cessa, who pitched a good game for AAA last night, will come up to take his place.

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gary Sanchez off the DL and sent down Kyle Higashioka. They also brought up Brandon Drury.

German’s first inning woes continued as he gave up three runs. His first inning ERA is 9.00. You can’t just keep putting your team in a hole like that.

It’s becoming more and more apparent how much the Yanks miss Jordan Montgomery. Either Cessa has to step up and step in where German failed, or the Yanks have to make a deal. The loss dropped the Yanks to 62-34, and with Boston’s 1-0 win, put the Yanks now 5 1/2 behind Boston in the AL East. You can’t catch them if the now demoted German, and today’s starter, Sonny Gray, keep pitching as poorly as they have been.

Hopefully Gray has a good outing today. I’ll be at the game.

In the bottom of the first, the Yanks had first and third, two out, but Hicks grounded out. There was one chance of many to get something back. There would be many more failures.

In the third, Yoenis Cespedes, just off the DL, homered off the left field foul pole to make it 4-0, Mets.

The Yanks got a run on the third when Gardner and Judge singled and Stanton got a SF.

Three walks by Adam Warren in the fifth helped lead to two Mets runs. 6-1, Mets.

In the sixth, Sanchez and Bird singled, and Walker doubled in two runs. 6-3.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the seventh but Andujar flied out.

In the eighth, with one out, Gardner reached on an error and Judge singled. Didi doubled in one run to make it 6-4, and a Stanton RBI groundout made it 6-5. But with first and third, two out, Sanchez struck out.

It seems like on those sliders down and away, Sanchez is either not recognizing the slider or trying to pull everything. Or both. He needs to shoot for RCF more often. He’s strong enough to take advantage of the porch. He’s way better than the .191 he’s at now. Embarrassing.

A WP helped lead to a Mets’ run in the top of the ninth. With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Walker walked, but Gardner, as the tying run, grounded out to end the game.

Judge 3 hits.
Didi 3 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits.
Walker 2 RBI

German (L, 2-6, 5.68) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. To AAA after game.
Warren 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 2 K.  2.49    Couldn’t hold them
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.37
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.68
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   1.80
Cole 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.92 as NYY   1 WP

Brad Hand, a lefty reliever the Yanks were interested in acquiring, was dealt to Cleveland instead. SD had asked for Andujar.

 

Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

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So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.

 

Game 57. Andujar & Hicks blast Jays, Yanks beat ESPN but lose Monty.

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Before we get to the game, good news and bad news.

Good news: the Yanks’ 7/8 game against Toronto has been moved back to 1:07 PM. ESPN had moved it to 8:07 for their Sunday night game and the Yanks complained, because it meant a Sunday night game in Toronto, a plane ride (which includes going through customs) and a doubleheader the next day in Baltimore. 3 games in 24 hours. So they won their appeal and Boston manager Alex Cora is whining. If it was Boston, don’t you think Cora would have appealed as Boone did? Boone, who of course worked for ESPN the last few years on their Sunday night team, threatened a boycott of ESPN availability to the team if the Sunday night game stuck. Good for him. Justice served. Instead, ESPN has the Dodgers/Angels subway series that night, and Cora can shut his yap.

Bad news: Jordan Montgomery needs TJ surgery. Out the rest of this year and probably all of 2019, making it all the more necessary for the Yanks to make a deal for a starter at the trade deadline.

To the game. Both the Yanks and Toronto hit two homers. The difference is that both of Toronto’s HR were solo blasts, and the Yanks’ HR were a grand slam and a three-run HR. 7-2 Yanks. 39-18, still 1/2 game back of Boston.

It was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when CC gave up a HR on just Toronto’s second hit of the game.

In the seventh, Sanchez (who maybe should be moved down in the lineup with his batting average near .200?) singled, Didi was HBP and Hicks walked. Andujar then hit a grand slam to put the Yanks up 4-1.

CC gave up another solo HR in the bottom of the seventh, 4-2.

In the top of the eighth, Stanton singled, and after two out, Didi walked. Hicks hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

Stanton 2 hits.
Hicks 3-run HR (6)
Andujar grand slam. HR #7

Sabathia (W, 3-1, 3.59) 7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2 of the 3 hits were solo HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.23
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.58
 

 

Thoughts and observations.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery on the 10-day DL, and if only a few weeks is all he needs to recover from an elbow strain, it is conceivable that he could return on May 22, three weeks after he went down. Domingo German would start May 6 and 12, but the Yanks do have off days on May 7,  14 and 17 and Montgomery, if he is able to come back on May 22, may only miss two starts.

UPDATE: Montgomery out 6-8 weeks.

Clint Frazier off the concussion DL and optioned to AAA. There really isn’t any room for him (or, for that matter, Ellsbury if Ellsbury was healthy) unless the Yanks dropped from carrying 13 pitchers to carrying 12. Ellsbury by the way was put on the 60 day DL to free up a 40 man roster spot for David Hale, who pitched one game for the Yanks, was DFA’d went to the Twins and pitched a game there, was DFA’d and picked back up by the Yanks, and is now back up because of Montgomery’s injury.

No word on when Greg Bird comes back or starts his rehab, but you have to think that with Neil Walker surprisingly struggling so badly, that the Yanks would cut the cord on Walker once Bird can come back. It was a 1-yr, $4.5 MM deal with Walker. When one person says that Walker makes you long for the days of Chris Carter…. ouch. But the Yanks, even though they have won 10 of 11, do miss a healthy and productive Bird. How so? Take a look at last night’s lineup vs. Verlander, one of the top righty pitchers in the league. Taking nothing away from Verlander’s outstanding performance, he faced a lineup with six right-handed bats in it. The only lefties (and the Yanks have historically been built on lefty pitching and lefty hitting) in the lineup were Gardner, who has been struggling and who has just the one HR (hit on Opening Day), Gregorius, and the switch-hitting Hicks, and Hicks is something like 0 for 12 lifetime vs. Verlander. Righty hitting Tyler Austin played 1B (coming back from the four game suspension) instead of the switch-hitting Walker. Now Bird may gotten the golden sombrero had he played against Verlander, but his presence in the lineup is needed for more balance. We saw that last night. If he comes back healthy and productive and Gardner and Stanton snap out of their funks, how dangerous could this lineup become? After all, even with some guys slumping, the Yanks are still 19-10, albeit 2 1/2 back of Boston as I write this, and are first in runs scored, second in doubles, first in HR, first in walks, first in OBP, first in slugging, first in OPS (OPS+ 112), second in total bases and second in sac flies in the AL. Whew.

Sanchez may only be hitting .214, but he does have 8 HR (I believe with his 3 HR today, Mookie Betts leads the majors with 11) and 27 RBI, and those 27 RBI are just three behind Didi, who went into today leading the majors with 30. Sanchez started the season 2 for 36 (.056).

A look at this past offseason’s top free agent pitchers shows that other than Jake Arrietta, not many are doing very well, and a lot have been flat out awful.

Arrietta 3-1, 3.49 for Phils
Darvish 0-2, 5.26 for the Cubs
Lynn 0-3, 8.37 for the Twins
Cobb 0-3, 9.68 for the Orioles
Cashner 1-4, 4.76 for the Orioles
Chatwood 2-3, 2.83 for the Cubs
Jaime Garcia 2-2, 5.40 for the Blue Jays.
Chris Tillman 1-4, 7.03 for the Orioles.
Vargas 0-1, 22.09 in one game for the Mets.

Missed this…. last week Melky Cabrera finally signed as a free agent with Cleveland.

Game 29. Sanchez’ late HR wins it, but Montgomery hurt.

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This game had you wondering about a lot of things.

You wonder how badly Jordan Montgomery’s elbow is. He had to be pulled after a 1-2-3 first inning and only seven pitches because of tightness in his pitching elbow.

You wonder if he needs TJ surgery and will be lost for the season.

You wonder who would replace him.

You wonder if Domingo German, based on how he pitched last night, would be the replacement.

You wondered when the Yanks would ever score on Houston pitching.

You wondered how long the bullpen could keep the game at zero.

You wondered why the Astros pulled Justin Verlander.

You wonder why the heck the Astros pitched to Gary Sanchez with first base open.

In a game that featured 28 strikeouts, Sanchez’ 3-run HR broke it open in the top of the ninth and the Yanks won 4-0. They are now 19-10 and 2 games behind Boston.

Montgomery, as noted above, lasted just one inning and the Yanks had to piece the rest of the game together from their bullpen. They were brilliant. They had to be. The Yanks, who entered the game having scored just five runs in their last six games in Houston, couldn’t touch Justin Verlander. Verlander pitched eight scoreless innings, gave up just 3 hits, and struck out 14.

But going into the top of the ninth, it was still scoreless. Aaron Judge led off with a single off of Astros’ closer Ken Giles. Didi doubled, but Stanton struck out. You figured that Sanchez would be walked in order for the Astros to set up a possible inning-ending DP. Nope. They pitched to the Kraken, and Sanchez hit the first pitch 423 feet for a 3-run HR, his eighth of the season.

Hicks then singled, and after a pitching change, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a WP.

Montgomery goes back to NY for tests today and we await the results.

The Yanks had seven hits, two by Didi, two by Sanchez, and struck out 15x.

Yankees’ pitchers struck out 13 themselves.

Big win. Bigger loss (Montgomery)?

Montgomery 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.62
German 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.77
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.93
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.50
Robertson (W, 2-1, 2.93) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.38

Update: A.J. Cole, just acquired from the Nats, and who got into one game in relief for the Yanks, could also be a candidate to start in place of Montgomery, but I prefer German.