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Game 100. Yanks beat Houston, 6-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got to four games over .500 with a 6-3 win over Houston Tuesday night. After 100 games, they are 52-48.

The Yanks’ pitchers gave up three HRs, but thank goodness, they were all solo ones.

Houston got on the board first, in the first inning, on a HR by Marwin Gonzalez to go up 1-0.

The Yanks got two in the second when Brian McCann singled, and was doubled to third by Mark Teixeira. Didi Gregorius hit a SF for one run, and Chase Headley singled in the other.

In the third, the Yanks made it 3-1. Carlos Beltran singled, Mark Teixeira walked, and Starlin Castro singled in a run.

The Yanks broke it open in the fifth. McCann was HBP, and Teixeira singled. After a groundout moved the runners up, Castro was intentionally walked to load the bases for a hopeful DP. Instead, Headley got a SF to make it 4-1, and Aaron Hicks came through with a 2-run triple to make it 6-1.

Evan Gattis hit a HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6-2, and Gonzalez hit his second HR of the game, this one off of Anthony Swarzak, to make it the final score of 6-3.

To make room for Adam Warren, the Yanks sent down Chasen Shreve. When Severino came up, he replaced Chapman, and Green replaced Goody. So a lot of bullpen moves lately.

Sabathia (w, 6-8, 3.95) 6 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Swarzak 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 4.58  Gave up 1 HR
Betances (H, 27) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2.50
Miller (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.39.

There are rumors of another deal, this one possibly involving Ivan Nova.

Game 97. Yanks lose in 12, Chapman deal “close.”

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I was up on a bus trip to the game yesterday, and in watching the game in the sweltering heat, saw the Yanks lose to the Giants in twelve innings, 2-1.

It was the Giants’ first win after the All-Star break, snapping a six-game skid.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP and wasted a good pitching effort by Ivan Nova and the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

That threesome appears to be over for now. Rumors are that the Yanks are close to trading Aroldis Chapman to get something back for him. Chapman is a free agent at the end of the year and has liked his time in NY. By trading him, the Yanks can get some key prospects, and also NOT lose a draft pick if they are able to re-sign him in the offseason.

In the fourth inning, Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Mark Teixeira. When the RF, Mac Williamson, bobbled the ball, Didi kept running and scored what turned out to be the only run of the game.

As the game went on, it became apparent to me that—–how can I put this nicely but make a tongue-in-cheek point —-the Yanks couldn’t score if they were the only rooster in a henhouse.

Seeing Aaron Hicks name in the lineup just makes me groan. Just saying.

And A-Rod is useless if he isn’t starting. Who is he going to pinch-hit for? He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Hicks, because then DH Beltran would have to take the field, and you lose the DH. Here is where roster inflexibility hurts the Yankees. A-Rod isn’t going to pinch-run for anyone. He isn’t going to pinch-hit for Headley or Teix and all of a sudden take the field. The Yanks have their hands tied.

That inflexibility limits Girardi’s ability to make moves, and helps cause losses like yesterday’s.

Williamson got redemption for his error, tying the game with a HR in the fifth, and getting the GW single in the 12th.

Great defensive plays by Brett Gardner and Didi saved Nova a couple of runs early.

One play of the game made me a little mad. In the bottom of the 10th, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out. They could have won the game there. There are many different ways, not just with a hit. Brian McCann swung at the first pitch and flied softly to left—not deep enough to score the run. Starlin Castro then fouled out to right. A walk wins the game there. Why swing at the first pitch, McCann? Why not take at least one strike? Sigh.

The Yanks fall to 49-48.

Nova 7 IP, 1 R, 6 Hits, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.65.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 1.45
Chapman 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.01
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.57
Swarzak (L, 1-1, 4.34) 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.75

As one friend stated yesterday, and no disrespect meant to Swarzak, seeing Swarzak was probably a relief to the Giants after they burned through the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Game 92. Yanks edge O’s 2-1. #696 for Alex.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Alex Rodriguez hit his first HR in a month, and the Yanks made it back to .500 with a 2-1 win over Baltimore Monday night.

It seems like the Yanks are like one of those sinker lines on a fishing pole. They bob up to .500, sink down, then bob up again.

A-Rod got his 9th HR of the year (696* career) in the second inning to put the Yanks up 1-0. Jonathan Schoop tied it up in the third with a HR for Baltimore.

The Yanks got the tiebreaking and winning run in the bottom of the third. Gardner singled, went to third on a single by Beltran and scored on a SF by McCann.

Nova went six, then it was no-Runs DMC time.

Nova (w, 7-5, 4.92) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 2 K. 2.54
Miller (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.31
Chapman (S, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K., 2.22



Game 85. Yanks escape with 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If you go by the numbers (and you’ll see them below), Andrew Miller should be closing for the Yanks, and not Aroldis Chapman. By acting “politically correct”, the Yanks almost blew a game last night. A review that was overturned turned out to be the last out of the game, and may have saved the game in a 5-4 Yankees win at Cleveland.

The win puts the Yanks at 42-43.

Ivan Nova gave up two homers in the third, and the Yanks were down 2-0. They tied the game in the fifth on a HR by the hot Didi Gregorius (10) and on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

With the help of another review, the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth. Chase Headley singled in a run. Starlin Castro was originally called out at the plate, but the review gave the Yanks the run.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF to put the Yanks up 4-2. Speaking of not being “politically correct”, when will the Yanks start to play Refsnyder over Hicks? Yes, Hicks can play CF which Refsnyder can’t, but if Ellsbury needs a day, you can slide Gardner over to CF. Refsnyder can fill the corners. Refsnyder 74 AB, .297-0-10, OPS+ 106. Hicks 180 at bats, over twice as many. .200-3-17, OPS+ 52. The Yanks need Refsnyder’s bat in the lineup. You can put Hicks in for defense in the late innings if necessary. Even Sterling and Waldman are starting to mention on the radio that Refsnyder should be playing more often over Hicks.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single after Refsnyder’s SF made it 5-2.

Cleveland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Girardi went politically correct and went “formula.” Betances, Miller, then Chapman.

But Chapman gave us all a scare in that bottom of the ninth. He walked the lead off hitter, never a good omen. After a strikeout, he gave up a single. Then came a line out for out #2. The next hitter hit a grounder that ricocheted off Teixeira to Castro, who threw to Chapman, and the original call was safe, which would have loaded the bases. The Yanks challenged the call, won the challenge and got the out, which ended the game. Whew.

Nova (w, 6-5, 5.18) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Betances (H, 21) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.53
Miller (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.43
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.74.

As you can see, Chapman has the highest ERA of the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Between deciding who closes among the three, and also Hicks vs. Refsnyder, maybe Girardi should consider throwing away his book, looking at the numbers, and making some changes.

Just my opinion.

But then, if the Yanks are sellers, and trade Chapman for prospects, maybe the relief thing will work itself out on its own.

Game 80. Miller gives up walkoff HR, Yanks lose 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ivan Nova, who had been struggling, pitched well, but the Yankees’ offense came up empty and Andrew Miller gave up a walkoff HR in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks lost 2-1 in San Diego Saturday night.

The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, Brett Gardner beat out a bunt moving Ellsbury to third, and Ellsbury scored on an RBI groundout by Starlin Castro.

Nova gave up a run in the bottom of the sixth when Dellin Betances allowed one inherited runner to score and almost allowed another to score. Rob Refsnyder threw out a runner at the plate—-one of three reviewed calls that went the Yankees’ way during the game.

The Yanks blew a chance to go ahead in the eighth due to the lack of getting a bunt down. Pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes walked, but Ellsbury couldn’t get the bunt down to move him over and instead grounded into a DP. The next batter, Gardner, doubled. Had Ellsbury gotten the bunt down and moved Torreyes up, the Yanks have a lead.

Miller’s first pitch in the bottom of the ninth was hit for a HR by Melvin Upton. Game over.

Today is game 81. After today the season will be 1/2 over. The Yanks are 39-41.

Nova 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 7 K. 5.06
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.70
Miller (L, 5-1, 1.51) 1 + IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up GW walkoff HR.

Yankees pitchers stuck out 11.


Game 75. Yanks lose after long delay, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth, the Yanks did what you’d expect them to do. They brought in Aroldis Chapman, who walked the first batter and fell behind on the second.

Then came a 3 1/2 hour rain delay, and when the game resumed, no Chapman. No win either, as the Yanks then lost 9-6—-with the game ending at 2:44 a.m.

Ivan Nova struggled, giving up a HR in the first inning. The Yanks got two in the second on an RBI single by Headley and an RBI groundout by Hicks.

Nova gave up a run in the third but the Yanks came right back to go up 3-2 on an RBI single by Castro.

Nova gave the lead right back by giving up two runs in the top of the fourth.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth on RBI singles by McCann and Gregorius.

Mark Teixeira homered in the seventh, his fifth of the year and second in two games after not homering from 4/13 to 6/26. Career HR #399 tied Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga on the all-time HR list and put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Andrew Miller gave up a HR in the eighth to cut the lead to 6-5, then the rain delay, and the four run disaster once Kirby Yates replaced Chapman in the wee small hours of the morning.

The Yanks had 16 hits in the loss which dropped them under .500 again at 37-38.

Nova 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.32.
Bleier (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Betances (H, 19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.89.
Miller (H, 12) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.34
Chapman 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.15.
Yates (BS, 2; L, 2-1, 5.72) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 HBP, 2 K.

A-Rod didn’t play again. Is he now a platoon DH against lefties only? He doesn’t play the field, does not pinch-run, and will be on the bench when the Yanks go to a NL city later this week (San Diego). If he isn’t DHing, and is on the bench, then he really doesn’t have much value. He’s then a $20+ million pinch-hitter. And that’s a problem.


Game 70. Rox have Yanks number again, 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

We have seen a couple of things lately. One is that the Yanks scramble to get to .500, then fall back, then scramble to .500, then fall back again. So far, they can’t get over the hump.

The other has been losing to Colorado. They lost twice to Colorado out there last week, and lost to them, this time at home, 8-4 on Tuesday night.

Ivan Nova didn’t have it. As of now, only Tanaka and CC are starters with ERAs under 5.00. That won’t do (Tanaka and CC are both under 3.00).

Nova gave up a HR to the first batter of the game and the Yanks were in an immediate hole. He gave up two more runs in the first inning. The Yanks were down 3-0 before they came to bat.

They got one run back, but Nova gave up another run in the second. The Yanks came back with one of their own. 4-2 after two.

Charlie Blackmon hit his second HR of the game off Nova in the fourth. The Rockies got another in the top of the fifth to make it 6-2.

A-Rod got a SF in the fifth, but Beltran was thrown out at second moments after Gardner scored. A chance for more runs wasted.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run HR for the Rockies in the sixth to make it 8-3. Didi Gregorius’ RBI triple in the sixth closed the scoring.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP, and struck out eleven times.

Nova (L, 5-5, 5.18) 4+ IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 walks, 1 K, gave up 2 HR.
Goody 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 4 K, gave up 1 HR. 4.91
Bleier 1 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.05
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 4.78
Swarzak 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.45.

The Yanks fall to 34-36.