You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.
Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third. The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out. With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out. The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third. No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2. Stanton 3 hits, RBI Kiner-Falefa 2 hits Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06 Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52 Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54 Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.
Posted in Ex-Players, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Holmes, Keuchel, Kiner-Falefa, Montgomery, Schmidt, Stanton, West
Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up. The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas. Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF. With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game. Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4) Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67 Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63 Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64 Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2. The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6). Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1. In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score. Stanton 2-run HR (6) Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90 King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42 Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80 Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Mike's Musings, Minor Leagues, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Cole, Florial, Holmes, King, Loaisiga, Locastro, Marinaccio, Montgomery, Peralta, Stanton, Torres, Waldichuk
Gleyber Torres drove in all three Yankees runs as the Yankees (17-6) won their tenth straight game, beating the Blue Jays up in Toronto, 3-2. Torres hit a 2-run HR (3) in the top of the fourth to put the Yanks up 2-0 but Toronto came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. In the top of the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton led off with a single and Tim Locastro pinch ran for him. Locastro stole second, and with two out, Torres singled in what turned out to be the game-winning run. The Yankees have the best record in baseball, and lead Toronto by 2 1/2 games in the AL East. Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) Montgomery 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.88 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 5.40 Castro 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.00 Holmes (W, 2-0) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.75 Green (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.48
The Yankees once again got great pitching, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo homered to lead the Yanks (12-6) to their fifth win in a row, 5-2 over Baltimore. Stanton started the scoring with a 2-run HR (3) in the first inning. It was the 350th of his career. Jordan Montgomery threw five shutout innings but gave up a game-tying 2-run HR in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a walk. One out later, Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to third, and Stanton brought home D.J. with a SF. In the bottom of the seventh, Gallo homered (2) and later in the inning, Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a WP. Michael King was once again fabulous in relief, as was Clay Holmes. Aaron Judge 2 hits Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) #350 of career. Gallo solo HR (2) Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 HBP. 2.70 King (W, 2-0) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.69 Holmes (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.93
It seemed like the whole game was decided in the first inning. With one out, Boston got a bloop single into no man’s land, then a shot up the middle. If Yankees’ starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery fields that hard hit ball, it’s a 1-6-3 DP. Instead, the liner hit the back of his leg, and became a single. Montgomery lay on the ground for a while, and lucky for him it hit the back of his knee. Had it hit flush on the kneecap, it’d have broken it. I wondered if he’d be able to continue, and be able to push off that leg. He did, but a double for a run, a HBP and SF made it 2-0 Boston. The Yankees had their chances, but couldn’t come through with the big hit. They loaded the bases with two out in the first, but Gleyber Torres flied out. Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run in the bottom of the third, but with the bases loaded and one out, Aaron Hicks GIDP to end the inning. Boston scored a run in the top of the fourth, courtesy of a WP on a K that enabled the leadoff runner to reach base. Anthony Rizzo singled in two runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three. The Yanks had runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom of the fifth, but didn’t score as Hicks popped up and Isiah Kiner-Falefa struck out. The Yanks left 11 on in the game. In the top of the sixth, Yankees’ reliever Clarke Schmidt gave up a HR to Bobby Dalbec, and that was the deciding run in the Yankees (2-1) 4-3 loss to Boston Sunday night. Rizzo 2 RBI Judge 2 hits Stanton 3 hits, RBI. Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. 8.10 1 WP 1 HBP Schmidt (L, 0-1) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 H, 1 W. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38 Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.00 Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W 2 K. 0.00
The Yanks (5-6-1 in Spring training) crushed the Phils, 14-2, in Spring training on Tuesday.
After Clarke Schmidt started, the rest of the pitching was of guys who all should be bullpen to start the season. Marwin Gonzalez continued to crush the ball, hitting a 3-run HR, driving in 4 runs, and going 3 for 3. The swtich-hitter who can play six different positions appears to have mde the team in my eyes. Kyle Higashioka also continued to be hot this spring, crushing his fourth HR of spring training. Minor Leaguer Max Burt hit a grand slam, and minor leaguer Ben Cowles also homered. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had 2 hits. Pitching line: Schmidt 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. Luetge (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Peralta (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. Holmes (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Hopefully nothing serious. Luis Severino with some arm soreness. The rotation to start the season is Cole, Severino, Montgomery, Taillon, and Cortes.
Posted in Players, Spring Training
Tagged Abreu, Burt, Cole, Cortes, Cowles, Gonzalez, Green, Higashioka, Holmes, Kiner-Falefa, Loaisiga, Luetge, Montgomery, Peralta, Schmidt, Severino, Taillon
The Yankees (3-6-1 in spring training) hit 4 HR, two by Aaron Judge, in beating Pittsburgh 7-4 Sunday afternoon. Judge was 3 for 3 and drove in 3 runs. Besides Judge, Josh Donaldson had a solo HR leading off the bottom of the first for the Yanks, and Kyle Higashioka and Marwin Gonzalez (2-run HR) also homered. Gerrit Cole struggled in his first spring training outing, but others, especially Jordan Montgomery, did well. The Pitching Line: Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. Loseke 1 IP, 09 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K Montgomery 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Mauricio (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Loaisiga (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. Abreu (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Greene (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Posted in Players, Spring Training
Tagged Abreu, Cole, Donaldson, Gonzalez, Greene, Higashioka, Judge, Loaisiga, Loseke, Mauricio, Montgomery
Gleyber Torres had two hits and an RBI, but Jordan Montgomery struggled as the Yanks (1-3-1 in Spring Training) lost to Toronto 9-2 on Tuesday. Sometime last night or early this morning, Torres became a daddy. The son is the first child for Gleyber and his wife. A nice outing for minor leaguer Matt Krook, a LHP. Montgomery (L) 1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 1 K Bristo 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K Nittoli 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Marinaccio 1 IP, 5 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up a grand slam. Krook 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. Vasquez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
How to be nice. I turned the game off in the middle of it, it was embarrassing. Later I read that Gleyber Torres had to have a talking-to by Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner for lack of hustle—which is unacceptable, but even more so in the last weekend of a pennant race scramble. Jordan Montgomery had nothing, while Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 runs. Tampa Bay got 19 hits to the Yankees’ 4, and crushed the Yankees, 12-2. The Yanks struck out 13x. Boston’s win put Boston in the driver’s seat to host the wild card game. A 4-way tie for the two wild card spots is still possible. A 3-way tie is also possible. A Game 163, and even a Game 164 is still possible. Wild Card Standings. Boston 91-70 —- Top wild card seed for now. YANKEES 91-70 2nd wild card seed for now. Seattle and Toronto. 90-71 -1 If all teams win, or all teams lose Sunday, the Yanks head to Fenway for the wild card game. If the Yanks win, they are in. Simple as that. If they win and Boston loses to Washington, the Yankees host whomever in the wild card game. If Boston wins, they host whomever in the wild card game. If the Yanks lose on Sunday, then they are still in as long as Seattle (vs. Angels) and Toronto (vs. Baltimore) both lose. The Yanks must win and Boston lose for the Yanks to host the wild card game. And not to go any further, there are still the possibilities of a three or four-way tie, as mentioned above. There will be a lot of scoreboard watching since all games start at approximately the same time. Jameson Taillon will start for the Yanks today. With that ankle, I’m not sure that is a good idea. You don’t know how it will respond or how long he can go. I think I would rather start Luis Severino (who has been great since returning off the IL), see how long he can go (he isn’t stretched out) then go to the bullpen. Obviously the Yanks are saving Gerrit Cole (who hasn’t been that good lately) for Game 163 or the wild card game. The Yanks, before yesterday’s game, brought up Andrew Velazquez and sent down Albert Abreu. D.J. LeMahieu has a sports hernia which requires surgery after the season. He will try to play through it. He couldn’t go Friday or Saturday. Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning to Lowe. Anthony Rizzo homered (22) in the bottom of the first to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-1. Tampa Bay got four runs in the third, knocking Montgomery out, and the game was basically over at that point. Lowe hit another 3-run HR. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot. 7-1. With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Joey Gallo singled and Gio Urshela tripled and it was 7-2. A single, a couple of SB (with a 7-2 lead, kind of rubbing it in) and another single made it 8-2 Rays in the sixth. Anyone notice runners are stealing more bases off the Yanks in the past week? In the seventh, Lowe led off the inning with his third HR of the game. 9-2. Then a single, another single, and a 3-run HR by Austin Meadows. 12-2. Ugh. As for the Yanks, forget the scoreboard watching. Just go out and win today and then see if you stay home or pack for Boston. Lose and things have to get sorted out. Just win, baby. Depending on how things work out, this could be 38 year old Brett Gardner’s last home game. We hope not. Yankees’ broadcaster Ken Singleton made it official. Today will be his last game. He is retiring. Rizzo solo HR (22; Cubs/NYY) Montgomery (L, 6-7) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K. gave up 3 HR. 3.83. Bad time for a bad game. Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 4 , 0 W, 4 K. 2.74 King 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.55 Rodriguez 3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66 (Tex/NYY).
Posted in In-Season Moves, Media, Mike's Musings, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Cole, Gardner, Judge, King, LeMahieu, Luetge, Montgomery, Rizzo, Rodriguez, Severino, Singleton, Taillon, Torres, Velazquez
Giancarlo Stanton hit another HR as he just destroyed Boston this weekend, and the Yankees were able to complete a sweep of Boston with a 6-3 win Sunday night. The win (the Yanks’ sixth straight) moved the Yankees into the top spot in the wild card race. Wild Card Standings: YANKEES 89-67 — top wild card spot for now Boston 88-68 -1 behind Yanks; 2nd wild card for now. Toronto 87-65 -2 behind Yanks, 1 behind Boston Seattle 86-70 -3 behind Yanks, 2 behind Boston Oakland 85-71 -4 behind Yanks, 3 behind Boston It was a crazy game. Boston broke through on Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery in the bottom of the fourth with a single, SB, single and SF to go up 1-0. The Yanks got two in the top of the fifth. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a walk, then Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each singled to load the bases with no one out. Gio Urshela hit into a DP, Torres scoring to tie the game. D.J. LeMahieu then singled in Sanchez. 2-1 Yankees. Then, in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, things got crazy. First to the bottom of the seventh, where Boston scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead. Jose Iglesias led off with a single for Boston, and Alex Verdugo reached on a bunt single. A WP by Yankees’ reliever Joely Rodriguez moved the runners up. A SF tied the game. Chad Green came in for Rodriguez and got a strikeout. Kyle Schwarber PH. He was given new life when LeMahieu dropped a popup. Schwarber then flied to Joey Gallo, who dropped the ball. Gallo got Schwarber out at second, but not before Verdugo scored to give Boston the lead. Devastating. But the Yanks came back with four in the top of the eighth, and they got some breaks in doing so. Gio Urshela led off the inning with a walk. Tyler Wade PR for Urshela and was caught stealing (the first of two times Wade would be caught last night). LeMahieu walked. Anthony Rizzo ripped a double. In came ex-Yankee Adam Ottavino to pitch for Boston. Aaron Judge popped one up that Boston 1B Bobby Dalbec couldn’t quite reach. New life. Then it appeared a foul tip had Judge struck out. But Boston catcher Christian Vazquez dropped the ball. Replays showed it appeared he dropped the ball on the transition to throwing it back to the pitcher, meaning Judge should have been out, but that wasn’t the ruling. Another break for Judge and the Yankees, and this time Judge made the most of it, doubling in both LeMahieu and Rizzo to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. In his slide into second, Judge dislocated a finger, and he popped it back into place. Giancarlo Stanton then killed Boston with another HR to give the Yanks insurance and a 6-3 lead. The HR was Stanton’s 34th of the season and capped a 3 HR, 10 RBI weekend for Stanton in Fenway. LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI Judge 2 RBI Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (34) Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.49 Holmes (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.82 (Pit/NYY) Was absolutely filthy. Rodriguez (BS, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP. 4.78 (Tex/NYY) Green (W, 10-7) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.24 Chapman (S, 30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.48 The Yanks are off Monday. The rotation in Toronto for the big three-game series there Tues-Thursday will be Taillon (activate of IL, no move yet), Cole and Kluber.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Chapman, Cole, Gallo, Green, Holmes, Judge, Kluber, LeMahieu, Montgomery, Rodriguez, Stanton, Taillon