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The other #9s. Infield options.

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#9, as we know, is retired for Roger Maris.

But with this new year of 2018, it marks the 40th anniversary of the Yanks’ great comeback in 1978.

One key member of that team was Graig Nettles. Who can forget his defensive wizardry in Game 3 of that 1978 WS that turned the series around? Nettles was on 5 division winners, 4 pennant winners and 2 World Championships with the Yankees from 1973-1983. He led the AL in HR with 32 in 1976, led the Yankees in WAR (Wins above Replacement) in both 1976 and 1977, was a 5x All Star in his 11 years with the Yanks, and finished in the top 10 for AL MVP in 1977 and 1978.

Isn’t it about time Nettles, 73, was honored with a plaque in Monument Park?

And while they are at it, another player who wore #9, Hank Bauer, who played for the Yankees from 1948-1959, could be honored with a plaque as well for his WS record 17 game hitting streak. Bauer died in 2007. It’s 60 years since that streak ended in 1958.

1938, 1958, 1978, 1998… lets’ hope the Yanks 20 year streak of WS titles continues…

I am not saying co-retire the number 9, as the Yanks did with #8 (Dickey and Berra), but shouldn’t Nettles and Bauer have plaques? In the case of Nettles, especially, it is long overdue.

The Yanks may or may not be looking into additional infield help. Apparently they are talking with Ji-Man Choi about him returning to AAA SWB as insurance for a possible injury to Greg Bird. Choi was 4 for 15 for the Yanks in 2017, hitting 2 HR.

Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez are still on the free agent market and the Yanks could have interest in one or the other. Of course the market for them has to drop or the Yanks need to unload some $alary (Ellsbury, for example). But Richard Neer (spelling?) of WFAN suggests that the Yanks should just go with the rookies, Miguel Andujar at 3B and Gleyber Torres at 2B and see how they do and then make a move, if needed, at the trade deadline of 2018.

Will the Yanks get a veteran infielder, or will they go with two rookies to start the season? We’ll see.

So far the free agent and trade market has been glacially slow.

 

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Game 152. Beltran’s HR wins it for Yanks, 3-2. Magic #5 for playoff spot.

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Carlos Beltran’s 3-run HR was all the Yanks’ offense in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

Beltran’s 18th HR of the season was #391 of his career, passing Graig Nettles on the all-time list. On base was Alex Rodriguez, and his run scored was #2000 of his career.

The win puts the Yanks at 84-68 with 10 games to go. They are 3 behind Toronto in the AL East, have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1 and a six-game lead over both the Twins and Angels for WC spot #2.

The magic number to get into that WC game is 5.

Pineda (W, 12-8, 3.99) 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.16
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.37
Miller (35th save) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01

Game 150. Bird’s HR wins it for Yanks, 6-4.

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This will be brief, because of the other sad post I wrote regarding the passing of the legendary Yogi Berra.

The Yanks won last night 6-4, on a 3-run HR by Greg Bird (10) in the top of the 10th inning. The win puts the Yanks at 83-67 and 2 1/2 behind Toronto with 12 games to go.

They remain 4 up on Houston for WC #1 and six up on the Twins for WC #2. The magic number to get into the wild card game is now 7.

A single by McCann and a SF fly by Beltran gave the Yanks two in the first. Ellsbury had started the game off with a double.

Luis Severino had another strong outing, giving up two runs in six innings. He gave up a solo HR in the third and another run in the fourth.

Carlos Beltran’s 17th HR of the season put the Yanks up 3-2 in the eighth. It was the 390th HR of Beltran’s career, tying him with Graig Nettles on the all-time list.

The Yanks’ bullpen was shaky however. Betances escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 8th, but Andrew Miller gave up a game-tying HR in the bottom of the 9th.

Bird’s HR in the 10th put the Yanks up 6-3 and it was huge because Miller gave up another HR in the bottom of the tenth for the final score of 6-4.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 3.10
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.04
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.40
Miller (W, 3-2) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 walks and 4 K. 2.04

Game 102. Red hot Teixeira powers Yanks, 13-6.

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For the second straight night, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs in a game, and the way he did it last night established a new major league record as the Yanks beat the Chicago White Sox 13-6.

Before the game, the Yanks made no major splash at the major league trade deadline. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some minor internal moves. To make room for newly acquired Dustin Ackley, the Yanks dfa’d Garrett Jones. Chris Capuano was outrighted to AAA SWB. Esmiel Rogers was released so that he could play in Korea. Slade Heathcott was optioned to AAA (rehab over).

Top prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be for the Yanks. They are bringing the 21-year old up, and his MLB debut may be on Tuesday against Boston in the Bronx. The exact date hasn’t been determined yet. The kid was 9-2, 2.45 this year between AA/AAA.

Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yanks on Saturday night.

Some may be upset that the Yanks didn’t make a major splash, but you have to give to get, and the Yanks were NOT giving up Severino, Bird or Judge. Mateo was mostly off limits as well, but was on the table in rumors involving Craig Kimbrel of the Padres.

Let’s hope the four develop into another “core four.”

Teix hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourteenth time in his career, breaking the record he shared with Nick Swisher.

Carlos Beltran doubled in a run in the first, then the Yanks got five in the second on an RBI single by A-Rod and Teix’s first HR of the game—a grand slam.

After the White Sox got two in the third on a HR by Jose Abreu, the Yanks came back with another five-run inning in the top of the fourth.

Chris Young doubled and scored on two wild pitches. After A-Rod walked, Teixeira hit his second HR of the game to pout the Yanks up 9-2. This second HR, #28 of the season, was #391 of Teixeira’s career, and passed Graig Nettles on the all-time list. Later in the inning, Bredan Ryan singled in a run and Didi Gregorius’ SF made it 11-2.

A Headley single in the fifth made it 12-2.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth for the Pale Hose to make it 12-3.

Ellsbury’s single in the sixth made it 13-3 Yanks. Chicago got two in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it 13-6 as the final.

With the win, the Yanks are 58-44. 60 games to go, and they have a six-game lead.

A-Rod 2 for 2, 3 walks, scored 4 times.
Teixeira 3 for 4, 2 walks, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Beltran & Ryan each had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Yanks banged out 18 hits.

Eovaldi (W, 11-2, 4.30) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Warren 2 1/3 IP,  2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.50
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 6.75

Game 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.

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Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Game 113. Yanks blow it, 6-5 in 12. Season slipping away.

Get out the cutlery. Stick a fork in them. They’re done.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a diehard Yankees fan and root for them and will continue to do so, but eventually reality sets in. A team that played over their heads in the beginning of the season is crashing to earth now.

With last night’s 6-5 loss in 12 innings, in a game where they twice were one strike away from winning, the Yanks fall to 57-56, one game above .500. They are 11 1/2 games out of the division lead and 6 1/2 games out of the second wild card slot. They lost five of six to bad teams in SD and the Chicago White Sox. Earlier this year they lost four in a row to the Mets, another bad team. There is no real expectation that they will kick butt from here on out, go 33-16 (which is probably what it would take) and sneak in as the second wild-card team. They have the Tigers this weekend. They still have, and need, to win games against the teams ahead of them in Tampa Bay, Boston and Baltimore. They are worse than the Royals right now.

Instead, the question should be, will this team finish above or below .500?

The Yanks had a 4-0 lead after four and blew it. Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run HR in the first, his second since his return to the Yanks and his 19th of the season. HR #391 in his career enabled Soriano to pass Graig Nettles on the all-time list.

Vernon Wells singled in a run in the third, and Eduardo Nunez hit his first HR of the season in the fourth.

It was the best outing for CC Sabathia in a while until he ran out of gas. CC gave up a run in the fifth and two in the seventh. He went 7 1/3, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA 4.73.

David Robertson 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.72.

Mo came in and for the third time this season, blew the save. He got the first two men out but gave up a double to Gordon Beckham (who had Hr’d off CC in the fifth), and on an 0-2 count, gave up a game-tying single to Adam Dunn. As my friend Josh “The Yankee Truth” states, sometimes Mo is his own worst enemy. Sometimes he should waste a pitch and doesn’t. Here is an example.

Rivera 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.70.

In the top of the 12th, Robbie Cano hit HR #22 to put the Yanks up 5-4.

Adam Warren (L, 1-2, 3.74) got the first two guys out in the bottom of the inning, then, one strike away from ending the game, he deflected a ball that would have been an easy out for Cano behind him. Single. Next pitch? Single. Next pitch, ball. Next pitch? 2-run triple to blow the game.

From one strike away to a devastating loss in four pitches.

Stick a fork in them. They’re done.

An aside: Even though I want the Yanks to win, if A-Rod is a significant contributor, I’ll have very mixed emotions. For if A-Fraud contributes while he is appealing that lengthy suspension, I’ll feel as if the win was dirty. Not deserved. Won through cheating.

Which is why sometimes I wish the ground would just swallow Alex whole.

Get rid of him, his problems, his cheating and his distractions already. Let him clean up his life and let him do it WITHOUT baseball. He has more important things to do than play baseball. Like get his 10-cent head together.

The Yanks now come home. It’ll be interesting to hear what kind of reaction A-Rod gets from the home folks.

Game 119. 5 solo HR lift Yanks, 6-4.

Derek Jeter hit career HR #250, Nick Swisher HR’d from both sides of the plate in the same game for the 12th time in his career (all-time leader: Teix with 13) and Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson added solo HRs as the Yanks beat Boston 6-4.

The Yanks got a HR by Swish (#17) in the first. In the second Granderson (31) and Martin (13) went back-to-back.

Then Hughes had his only bad inning of the night. Actually just two bad throws—one an error, and the other pitch; a 3-run HR by Pedroia. 4 in the third gave Boston a 4-3 lead. The four runs—all unearned—came on only two hits. A error and a walk were the other baserunners.

Hughes went 7, 4 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. The Win, 12-10, ERA to 4.23. The four runs, 2 of the hits, and the walk all came in that one inning. Other than that? Six shutout innings, no walks, two hits.

Jeter tied the game in the fifth with HR #10. It made him the tenth Yankee to hit 10 HR this year. Career HR #250 tied Jeter with Graig Nettles for 9th on the Yankees HR list (Nettles hit 390 career HR). It was hit #3248, putting Derek seven behind Eddie Murray and 35 behind Willie Mays on the hit list.

A two-out single by Jayson Nix gave the Yanks the lead in the sixth. For a scrub, Nix has done a good job for the Yanks this year.

Swisher, who hit his first-inning HR batting righty, hit #18 batting lefty in the seventh to give the Yanks an insurance run. 6-4 Yanks. As noted above, Swish has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game twelve times, and Teix has the record with 13. I believe Mantle did it 10x.

D-Rob in the 8th. A scare by Pedroia, who drove another one deep, but Granderson caught it on the warning track. Thank goodness the game was at the Stadium instead of at Fenway. D-Rob 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA 2.45.

Soriano in the 9th. 1-2-3, save #30. 1 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. ERA 1.68.

The Yanks go to 71-48, and the magic # goes down to 39 as we await the Baltimore and Tampa Bay results.