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Game 116. “By the book” Girardi blows game, 3-2 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I know what I write here won’t be absorbed easily by many people, and may be controversial, but I truly believe Joe Girardi blew another Yankees game by his overmanaging and by the book style.

I also think it’s time for Joe to go.

The Yanks needed Jordan Montgomery to match Chris Sale. Sale is expected to win this year’s CYA so it was a tough task, made even more difficult after Montgomery got nailed in the head yesterday by a BP liner to the head.

He was up to the task. But Joe Girardi went by the book again (Please, Joe, Think outside the box once in a while?) and after Robertson went 1 2/3 (yes, time to pull him) and Betances went one inning (leave him in!) Girardi went to Chapman, who on Friday night didn’t justify anyone’s faith in him, and who got bailed out by Hicks. Sunday night Chapman gave up a HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2.

Girardi and Cashman’s contracts are up at the end of the year. Personally, keep Cash, dump Girardi.

Joe. You have 3 closers. Stop solely using Chapman in the ninth, and GO WITH THE HOT HAND. Guy doing well, LEAVE HIM IN. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s quite simple. Start taking my advice. Chapman sucked the other night so you bring him in again in the ninth because “he’s the closer”? Really?

There was NO REASON to pull Betances after 12 pitches and a 1-2-3 inning. NONE. And especially for someone who was so awful two nights ago. None except by going by the book and going formula.

Joe, THINK FOR YOURSELF. Stop going formula and use your damned brain and shove that binder up your you know what.

Boston got a run in the fifth and the Yanks got it right back on an RBI triple by Austin Romine of all people. Good backup defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick. .220. The Yanks caught a break. Mookie Betts should have caught that ball.

Aaron Hicks made two great defensive plays in the game. Great plays.

Todd Frazier’s SF in the eighth made it 2-1 Yanks before Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to blow the save.

In the tenth, Chapman blows the game. How? Wild like Friday night. HBP and a walk. Kahnle comes in, walk, base hit for a run.

This is all on Girardi. The Yanks’ real record is eight games below what it SHOULD be based on runs scored/runs allowed. The reason for that? Girardi’s overmanaging. 13-21 in one-run games. Pulling guys when they did well the previous inning. Going “by the book” instead of using his damned brain.

Simple concept. Guy pitches well, low pitch count? Leave him in.

Go with the hot hand.

I am not alone. Many other Yankees’ fans I know are tired of this bullshit.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.94. Great job.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Only 12 pitches. Why pull him?
Chapman (BS, 4; L, 4-2, 3.48) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.48.
Guess who has the highest ERA of the three? Robertson, Betances and Chapman?

I rest my case.

Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.35.

 

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.

Game 110. Ellsbury & Judge support Severino’s gem. Yanks win 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Boston’s Chris Sale is probably the front-runner for the AL CYA right now, but consideration must be given to Luis Severino.

Severino gave up a HR in the first inning, but only one more hit after that in dominating the Cleveland Indians today in the Yanks’ 8-1 win.

The win puts the Yanks at 59-51, and keeps them 3 back of Boston. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Down 1-0, the Yanks broke through in the sixth. Gardner singled and Clint Frazier doubled. After an out, Judge was intentionally walked. Chase Headley hit a SF to tie the game. Todd Frazier walked and Jacoby Ellsbury cleared the bases with a 3-run triple. Ronald Torreyes singled in Ellsbury to make it 5-1.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR (35) in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Didi Gregorius 3 hits.
Judge struck out 3x, but did have that 3-run HR.
Ellsbury 2 hits, 3 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi.

Matt Holliday was put on the DL. Garrett Cooper brought up. Jordan “the general” Montgomery was sent down to SWB. Not because he did anything wrong, but with six starters for five spots, and an innings limit approaching…

Severino (W, 9-4, 2.91) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle    1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.42
Warren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W. 0 K. 1.93
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.73

Game 109. Yanks “Chase” losing streak away with 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, enabling the Yanks to snap their 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cleveland Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 58-51. Unfortunately, they don’t pick up ground on Boston, who won as well.

In the first, the Yanks scored on a walk to Gardner, and after an out, a single by Judge and double by Didi. But with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no out, they could not tack on.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the second which tied the game for some time to come.

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year put the Yankees up 2-1 in the eighth and was the deciding blow.

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each made great defensive plays in the ninth to save the game. One other ball was hit just foul, or it would have tied the game. A scary ninth for Chapman.

After Joe Girardi ripped Gary Sanchez for his defense, Sanchez DH’d tonight. Romine caught. Not only that, Matt Holliday has back issues that may force him to the DL.

The Yanks won despite striking out 15x tonight.

They must be trying to limit Montgomery’s innings and pitch count. He only went 5 innings and 65 pitches, and retired his last nine batters, but he appears to be hitting his innings limit, thus the quick hook. But… overusing the bullpen? Will they be taxed later down the stretch run?  You wonder.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Great job, 4.05
Robertson (W, 5-2, 2.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.55
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.41
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87

 

Game 103. Yanks’ six game winning streak ends. Playing chicken w/A’s?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is why the Yankees acquired Jamie Garcia this morning.

Even though Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have done well, neither has pitched, say, 200 innings in a season before. The Yankees therefore, are worried about both “Hitting the Wall” in the months of August and September.

Yesterday, Caleb Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning. Today, Jordan Montgomery was knocked out in the third. You can’t have that, no matter how good your bullpen is. You’ll burn out that bullpen.

As of now, no deal for Sonny Gray. The trade deadline (non/waivers) is 4 PM tomorrow, Monday. It appears as if the Yanks and A’s are playing a game of “chicken.”

As for today, the Yanks had chances to extend their six game winning streak but fell short. Aaron Judge, since the All-Star Game, is slumping. He’s dropped 30 points off the batting average. He is so strong that he can hit HRs the other way. Stop pulling off the ball, concentrate on hitting the ball the other way or up the middle and the HRs will return.

Matt Holliday is down to .234 with his slump.

The only offensive threat the Yanks had today as from the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes. He had two of their four hits and all three RBI.

Montgomery gave up a run in the top of the first.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-1 after two.

Montgomery got knocked out in the third when the Rays scored three to go up 4-2.

In the fourth, Todd Frazier walked and Torreyes doubled him home. 4-3.

Tampa Bay got an insurance run in the 8th, 5-3.

Clint Frazier made a nice defensive play at the start of the game.

The Yanks caught a break with Austin Romine. He had a rough day, taking a foul tip off of the throat protector, catching the backswing off an at bat,  and getting a bruised hand off an HBP. He’s banged up.

The Yanks were 1 for 11 w/RISP today.

Boston lost, so the Yanks (56-47) remain in first by 1/2 a game.

Detroit, Justin Verlander (if he isn’t dealt) and his fiancee, Kate Upton, are next.

Don’t expect Verlander to go to the Yanks, unless the Tigers want to assume some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $alary in return.

Montgomery (L, 7-6, 4.15) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 w, 4 K. 4.83
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.83.

The Yanks lost despite striking out 16 Rays.

Here is a question. Is it me, or does it seem that Luis Cessa works better out of the bullpen as a long man than as a starter? I believe that’s the case. If so, maximize his potential. Forget about him a starter. Concentrate on him as a long man, as you do with Green and Warren.

Moves. Before the game, Shreve up from SWB, Smith sent down.

After the game, Cessa sent down. I believe this is to make room for the recently acquired Jamie Garcia.

 

Game 98. Montgomery’s gem beats Reds, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth, and pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball as the Yankees beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 52-46, and with Boston’s loss in Seattle, the Yanks are in second place in the AL East, just one game behind Boston. They hold the top wild card slot right now.

The Yanks scored their first run despite hitting into a triple play. Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley all singled. Todd Frazier, in his first AB at Yankee Stadium, hit a ball that Didi had to back up from, either to avoid getting hit by the ball or interfering with the SS, who stepped on second, forcing Headley, and firing to first, getting Frazier. Meanwhile, Holliday scored. 1B Joey Votto fired to third, Didi was caught, the ball fired back to the SS, the tag made. Triple play.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the fourth on an Aaron Judge single, move up on a fielders’ choice, balk and SF by Didi.

In the fifth, Todd Frazier singled, was forced out by Tyler Wade, and Wade scored on a double by Austin Romine. 3-0. The Yanks had a chance for more that inning but couldn’t capitalize.

Montgomery lost his no-hit and shut-out bid in the sixth. Then Girardi made some moves I didn’t agree with.

He had a quick hook with the kid, pulling him after 85 pitches and with two out in the seventh. Ok, fine. Wish the kid would have gone a bit longer, but…

In came Tommy Kahnle, who threw four pitches and got his man out. So why pull Kahnle after one man and four pitches?

But that is what “by the book” Girardi did. In came Dellin Betances, who was wild, had trouble throwing strikes, gave up a run to make it 3-2, and couldn’t make it through the inning.

Once again Girardi pulls a pitcher for no good reason to go by the book and it almost cost the Yanks the game. There was no reason to pull Kahnle after one batter and four pitches.

Adam Warren got the last out in the eighth. One batter, seven pitches. Then he gets pulled for Chapman in the ninth.

Stick the book/binder where the sun don’t shine, Joe. It has cost us games, and almost cost us this one.

Simple concept: Guy is pitching well, hasn’t faced many batters, hasn’t thrown many pitches, LEAVE HIM IN.

Thankfully the Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when the hot Didi Gregorius hit his 15th HR of the year for the final of 4-2.

Montgomery (w, 7-5, 3.92) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29. See above. LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Betances (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.83
Warren (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98. See above. Why pull him?
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38.

Of course, I’m glad the Yankees won. But Girardi’s stubbornness in going by the book is driving me and other Yankees fans nuts.

Today’s game is an afternoon game.