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Minor League Report. Peraza continues to rake.

I undergo surgery tomorrow, so these will be the last posts for a while.


AAA: SWB (8-3) lost 5-4 to Lehigh Valley. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits, RBI. He was called up after the game to replace Aaron Hicks since Hicks went on the I.L. 1B Chris Gittens 2-run HR (Time to bring him up and send Ford, hitting under .100, down?) Nick Nelson, who struggled earlier with the Yanks this season, 2 2/3 IP, no runs, 5 K.

AA: Somerset (7-4) won 5-3. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2-run HR. Starter Luis Gil (one of their top prospects) 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 8 K. 2.53

High A: Hudson Valley (5-6) lost 8-1. SS Oswald Peraza 3 hits, HR. (.349 with 5 HR)

Low A: Tampa (8-3) won 8-2. SS Anthony Volpe 2 hits, RBI. C Austin Wells 2 RBI. DH Jake Sanford 2 hits. RF Juan De Leon 2 hits, 3 RBI. SP Randy Vazquez 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. Reliever Michael Giacone 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. Voit HRs, while Tampa keeps up offensive show.

AAA: SWB (4-1) won 4-2. Luke Voit solo HR, Derek Dietrich solo HR. I would expect Voit to join the Yankees Tuesday, with Mike Ford (.108) being sent back. LF Ryan LaMarre 2 hits. Nick Nelson 3 scoreless relief innings, 4 K.

AA: Somerset (4-1) won 2-0. DH Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits. 3B Diego Castillo 2 hits. Starter and winning pitcher Glenn Otto 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.

High A: Hudson Valley (2-3) won 9-3.

SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, 3 RBI ; 3-run HR
RF Pablo Olivares 2 hits
CF Isaiah Pasteur 2 hits, RBI
2B Oliver Dunn 2 hits
3B James Nelson 2 hits, 3 RBI

Low A: Tampa (5-0) won 12-11. This is crazy, like beer league softball. In their five games, Tampa has scored 77 runs while giving up 43. Its’ like every game is 15-8, 16-9 or so.

2B Trevor Hauer 3-run HR. He is hitting .643 with 5 HR already.
3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits
1B Chad Bell grand slam
CF Pat DeMarco 2 Hits, 2 RBI
DH Juan De Leon 2 hits, RBI

Minor league recap.

After last season, with no minor league games, the minor league season opened tonight.

I will do the major league recap tomorrow morning (spoiler alert: Yankees beat Houston 7-3 tonight).

I can’t get into much detail, so quick recaps.

AAA: SWB lost 5-2. Luke Voit, on rehab, had two hits. Socrates Brito hit a 2-run HR for SWB. Chris Gittens had two hits. Mike Montgomery gave up 3 R, 2 ER, in 4 1/3 and took the loss. Nick Nelson, who struggled with the big club, didn’t do well here either. 2 runs in 1 2/3 IP.

AA: Somerset won 6-0. Estevan Florial had a HR leading off the bottom of the first, and Tom Milone hit a 3-run HR later that same inning. Milone had 2 hits. Luis Gil, a top pitching prospect, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six. Ron Marinaccio pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, no hits, 7 strikeouts.

High A: Hudson Valley lost 6-2. Omar Olivares solo HR. A top pitching prospect, Luis Medina, pitched 4 scoreless innings, striking out 8.

Low A: Tampa won 11-7. Former first round pick Anthony Volpe (SS), 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 RBI, 2 SB. Austin Wells, a catcher the Yanks are very high on, 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI, 2 walks, SB. Trevor Hauer, 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 walks, 3 RBI, Jake Sanford 4 hits, 2 RBI. Matt Sauer 3 1/3 scoreless IP, 6 K.

Game 21. Yanks lose to Cleveland, 7-3.

This time, it was the Yankees (9-12) who got a lead in Cleveland, only to see the Indians come back and win the game.

In the three previous games, the Yankees won after Cleveland scored first. The script was flipped on Sunday. Gio Urshela and Mike Ford hit back-to-back homers, with Gio’s being a 2-run blast. Top of the fourth, but that was all the Yanks’ offense.

Some observations. Jameson Taillon, coming off his second TJ surgery, appears to do fine for three innings, then seems to lose it in the fourth. Something about the second time around in the lineup. Fatigue? But it happened again yesterday. Three smooth innings, then in the bottom of the fourth, three straight singles for a run, then a 3-run HR.

Secondly, Nick Nelson needs more seasoning The youngster does have 15 K in just 8 1/3 IP this season, but is also 0-2 with an atrocious 9.72 ERA. He was sent down after the game. Deivi Garcia was called up to start Monday night.

Also, Miguel Andujar was activated off the I.L., but will continue at the alternate site.

Urshela 2-run HR (3)
Ford solo HR (1)


Taillon (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. 6.23 Gave up 1 HR.
Nelson 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.72 1 WP
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.77

Game 17. Yanks’ bats still quiet in 4-1 loss.

Since I was only six at the time, I don’t remember too much of the 1968 Yankees, other than honoring my dad’s request to call him if he was out of the room every time #7 (Mickey Mantle) came up to bat. It was Mickey’s last season and my dad didn’t want to miss Mickey’s at bats.

Mickey only hit .237 that season, but it still was one of the better averages on a team that only hit .214 (no DH). HIs 18 HR led the team (thanks to a gift from Denny McLain, he beat out Roy White by one HR).

But that team is noted for its offensive deficiencies in the year of the pitcher.

It’s early, but this 2021 Yankees team so far resembles that 1968 team offensively.

There is a lot of time to turn things around, but we the fan base are getting impatient. Especially after the Yanks (6-11) were futile offensively again in losing to Atlanta, 4-1, on Wednesday night.

Corey Kluber started and wasn’t bad until running out of gas in the fifth, when the Braves scored twice. The Braves got another run in the seventh, They got a solo HR in the ninth.

The Yanks’ only run was actually a gift. They should have been shut out. In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Hicks walked with one out. After another out, Hicks moved up to second on defensive indifference. Clint Frazier blooped a single to drive in HIcks. It was Frazier’s first RBI of the year. It’s hard to believe that after 17 games, both Frazier and Gleyber Torres each have just one RBI.

The Yanks only got give hits in the game, and the team batting average dropped to .205. No need to highlight individual failings, there are so many.

The Yanks express confidence in the team, manager Aaron Boone, and also the coaching staff, but I am pretty sure the hitting coaches (Marcus Thames and P.J. Pilittere) are feeling the heat.

We the fans, are sure impatient. This team has to start hitting soon, but when?

The Yanks are actually second in the league in ERA (3.41) but in 17 games, have given up 11 unearned runs. The defense has to tighten up, too.

Kluber (L, 0-2) 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 4 H, 2 W. 5.40
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 8.53
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.93
Kriske 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 9.00 Gave up HR.

Kriske was brought up when King went back to the alternate site a few days ago. He was sent back down after the game so that the Yanks could recall Thursday’s starter, Domingo German.



Game 13. Boone addresses team after Yanks’ 8-2 loss.

I was about to write that the Yankees need to look in the mirror. That Aaron Boone has to snap at them. That Brian Cashman needs to snap at them.

That Hal Steinbrenner needs to channel his father’s anger and snap at the team right now.

For last night was embarrassing. An 8-2 loss to (once again, Tampa Bay) that dropped the Yankees to 5-8, the worst record in the league. People (I won’t call them fans) were so disgusted they were throwing stuff onto the field.

The team looked like a mess in just about every way. The offense got only three hits. Their only two runs coming on a 2-run Giancarlo Stanton HR in the seventh inning. They don’t string together hits or have rallies.

Starters, (other than Gerrit Cole) need to go deeper into games. More than 3 or 4 innings. Granted, last night the Yanks used Nick Nelson as an opener and that failed, but …

The defense has been lousy, too. Three errors last night, one really costly on what should have been an inning=ending DP that instead allowed two runs to score.

Besides snapping at the team, Boone needs to look at some of his decisions, too. I don’t like the “opener”, and I also didn’t like Hicks (.167 so far) batting third.

This isn’t to rip the team, although they may deserve it. It is an honest assessment. You can’t be a fan of the Yankees right now and like what you are seeing. So far the Yankees are woefully underperforming. It is early. They are 4 games out. 4 games out is nothing only 13 games into a 162 game season.

But worst record in the league. They face Tyler Glasnow (an ace) today. Atlanta (a good team) comes in next. What you don’t want is 5-8 to become 7-15 or so in a few weeks. You fall 10 games or so under .500? That’s hard to make up.

They need to get some passion. They need to snap out of it and now. They need a wakeup call and maybe Boone, in angrily confronting the team last night, woke some of them up. Let’s hope so.

Did any of you think the Yanks’ would be hitting .222 as a team after 13 games? That they would be next to last in the league in runs scored? Last in slugging average? There is a lot of blame to go around. Did you think that after Cole, the next two best performing players right now would be Michael King and Darren O’Day, with Kyle Higashioka fourth?

Here is something amazing to me. In 13 games, do you know how many sacrifice flies the Yankees have hit? NONE.

I’ll take runs any way I can get them.

Things have to change, and change now.

The Yanks struck out 14 times last night. You can’t win by not putting the ball in play.

Stanton 2-run HR.

Nelson (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 10.80
King 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 0.00 1 HBP. Sent to alt. site after game.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1.17
Luetge 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 3 K. 6.10

Luetge “took one for the team”. The runs he gave up were on bleeders and bloopers. Seems like everything going wrong.

Things have to turn around. And now.

Game 7. Rays hammer Yanks, 10-5.

The Yankees (3-4) entered Friday’s game with a team ERA of 1.74. It won’t stay that way after the Yankees got hammered by Tampa Bay, 10-5. (It went to 2.63, still very good after 7 games and an indication of why they are 3-4—the bats haven’t come alive yet. The top six players in WAR (Wins above replacement) after seven games are all pitchers).

(Another aside: those extra innings where a guy starts on second base [and the Yanks have lost two extra inning games this year] that runner is an unearned run, as if that runner got there via an error.)

Corey Kluber and Nick Nelson had rough outings, and except for one inning, the Yanks’ bats were silent.

An error by D.J. LeMahieu, playing 3B (more on that later) led to the Rays getting two unearned runs in the bottom of the second.

The Yanks came back with their only big offensive inning of the game in the top of the third. With two out, Tyler Wade singled, LeMahieu doubled, Giancarlo Stanton singled in two runs, and Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR (1).

After that, the Yanks bats went silent. They only scored again on a solo HR (1) by LeMahieu in the eighth.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay was getting runs by matching the inning. After two in the second, they got three in the third and four in the fourth. They also tacked on another run in the seventh.

Before the game, Justin Wilson came off the IL. No corresponding move was necessary, because Michael King went to the alternate site a few days ago.

Gio Urshela went on the Covid-IL because of a bad reaction to the Covid vaccine. Mike Ford was brought up.

LeMahieu 2 hits, solo HR, but an error that allowed 2 runs to score.
Stanton 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run HR.

Kluber (L, 0-1) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K. 5.68
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. 9.00
Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K. 7.20 Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

I don’t know what will happen, but I can see King coming back soon, Luetge going down (or, if you want to keep Luetge because of an extra lefty, Nelson then goes down). I also can see Bruce (.125) possibly being released, the Yanks keeping Ford (more of a 1B than Bruce), with (once Gio gets back) D.J. going to 1B and Odor (once activated) taking over at 2B—at least until Voit returns. Just trying to look into a crystal ball here as far as future moves. The defense has been shaky, maybe that would help.

But ugh. Tampa Bay owned the Yanks last year (won 8 of 10, then the ALDS 3 games to 2), and not a good way to start this year.

I kill for sacrifice flies. Yes, it’s an out, but at least you are getting the run in. After seven games, the Yanks haven’t hit a SF yet. It’s better than striking out with a man on third and less than two outs. Get that runner in.

The one sac bunt Gardner (who is the #7 guy in WAR so far, after those pitchers) laid down the other day matched their total for ALL of last season.

Game 6. Yanks lose in 11, 4-3.

For the second time in just six games, the Yankees (3-3) have lost a game by one run in extra innings. This time it was 4-3 to Baltimore in 11 innings.

Hopefully, when this pandemic is over, the rule that extra innings begin with a runner on second gets scrapped. I hate that rule. I’m a purist and hate seeing baseball bastardized. The only exception I make is with the DH. I can’t stand watching pitchers try to hit. (Ohtani and Bumgarner are exceptions).

The Yankees did not have Aaron Judge available for the game, because of a sore oblique. He is day to day.

A few things I haven’t liked this season. One is Aaron Hicks hitting third, even though he did get an RBI in last night’s game, and the other is Gleyber Torres’ defense.

Torres is basically a 2B playing SS. He did play SS in the minors, but his defense needs a lot of work, and it is costing the Yankees right now.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and it was his first start in nearly two years. Taillon has undergone two TJ operations, a hernia operation, cancer and being hit in the head by a line drive. He retired the first nine batters he faced and pitched well.

The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the third on singles by Brett Gardner and D.J. LeMahieu, then after Torres struck out, Hicks’ single.

Taillon gave up two homers in the fourth and the Orioles took a 2-1 lead.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth. With two out, Gary Sanchez singled on a ball the Orioles’ LF should have caught. Sanchez thought it would be caught, and instead of a double, only got a single. Mike Tauchman pinch-ran for Sanchez and scored, just getting in ahead of the tag, on a double by Gio Urshela. Tie game.

A fine play by Jay Bruce in the top of the tenth on a bad throw by Chad Green appeared to be able to save the Yankees from giving up a run, but on the next play, which should have been the third out of the inning, Bruce couldn’t prevent a bad throw by Torres from becoming an error that let Baltimore go up 3-2. It was a routine play. Torres just botched it.

The Yanks tied in the the bottom of the tenth when down to their last out, Kyle Higashioka singled to right, scoring pinch-runner Tyler Wade, who just got in under the tag. Wade started the inning at second base. (I did mention I HATE that new rule.)

In the eleventh, the Orioles bunted the runner over, and dunked in a single to bring the runner in and take a 4-3 lead. Luis Cessa got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out two batters to keep it at 4-3.

In the bottom of the eleventh, Gio Urshela started at second base for the Yankees (once again, I HATE this rule). Gardner bunted him to third, then LeMahieu hit a liner to right. Urshela tried to tag up and score but was a dead duck at the plate, getting tagged out to end the game.

The Yankees out-hit Baltimore 13 to 4, They struck out 17 Orioles. They gave up 2 earned runs over 11 innings. In the last 6 1/3 innings, Yankees’ pitchers only gave up ONE hit (I hate that rule!).

Yet they lost. They left 12 men on base. They struck out 10 times.

Clint Frazier and Jay Bruce, the 5 and 6 hitters, combined to go 0 for 10. I can see Bruce being benched, LeMahieu going to 1B, and Odor playing 2B. … but there is still the problem of Torres’ defense at SS.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Stanton 2 Hits
Sanchez 2 hits
Higashioka 1 for 1, RBI. Big hit at the time
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, Big hit at the time
Gardner 2 hits.

Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.86.
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Green (L, 0-1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00
Cessa 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

With those runners starting the inning on second, (I … you get the idea) those runs are unearned.



Game 1. Yanks fall to Toronto in 10, 3-2.

The Yankees went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, struck out 13 times (Yankees’ pitchers also struck out 13 Blue Jays) and it hurt them as they lost their season opener, 3-2, to Toronto in 10 innings.

I haven’t liked the way the bats have been at the end of spring training. Seems my worries were justified today in the season opener.

The only runs the Yanks got came via a 2-run HR by Gary Sanchez in the second inning. This came after Toronto got a run off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the second.

Cole gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the sixth, shortly before he was pulled. The pitch count got up, it was Opening Day and the day was quite cool.

Blown chances. In the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks loaded the bases but Aaron Judge GIDP.

They had a man on third with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but after a walk to Clint Frazier, D.J. LeMahieu hit a ground ball and PR Mike Tauchman was thrown out at the plate. Even with that, the Yanks still had men on first and second, but Aaron Judge struck out.

The extra inning rules are the same as last year, man starts on second base. Nick Nelson gave up a leadoff double, then struck out the next three batters, but with that runner beginning the inning on second, the damage was done and a run scored. The Yanks had the same thing in the bottom of the tenth, Judge starting the inning on second, but Hicks, Stanton and Torres all struck out.

The good:

Sanchez 2 hits, 2-run HR (1)
Frazier 2 hits and a walk.

The bad:
The 2 through 6 hitters in the Yankees’ lineup went 2 for 22 with 12 strikeouts.

Judge 1 for 5, 2 strikeouts
Hicks 0 for 4, 3 strikeouts
Stanton 0 for 5, 3 strikeouts
Torres 1 for 4, 2 strikeouts
Urshela 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts.

The pitching line:

Cole 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
O’Day 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Nelson (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Aroldis Chapman was suspended for this game and the next one for throwing at a Tampa Bay batter last year. He was not available.

S.T. Game 27. Yanks fall, 6-2.





The Yanks (14-11-2 in Spring training) lost Sunday to the Phillies, 6-2.

Thairo Estrada had a solo Hr.

Tyler Wade had two hits.


I haven’t been a big Luis Cessa fan, and he did struggle today.

The Yanks announced the rotation for the first six games of the regular season. Cole, then Kluber, then German, Montgomery, Cole, then Taillon.


Kluber (L) 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K. 1 HBP. Control off.
Kriske 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K
Nelson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Cessa 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Medina 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Tomorrow is the last Spring Training game. Regular season starts Thursday, April 1. It will be cold, temps at Yankee Stadium expected at 43 as a high.


UPDATE: This isn’t good. And bothersome. Sanchez hit .186 in 2018 and .147 last year. That hot start by Gary Sanchez this spring training is looking more distant by the day. After Sanchez struck out in all three plate appearances, he’s now in a 4-for-30 slump and has whiffed 15 times during that stretch.

That has to concern you.