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Game 160. Yanks lose opener, 9-2. Magic number for home game Tuesday still at 1.


The Yanks lost the opener of a day-night DH to Baltimore 9-2 today (Saturday). The magic number to have that wild card play-in game played at home remains at one. A Yankees win in the nightcap tonight (provided they play, what with the weather) or a Houston loss will ensure the Yanks are at home on Tuesday night for the play-in game.

It wasn’t a good game for the Yanks in many ways. Ivan Nova and Chasen Shreve, both not pitching well lately and both on the bubble as far as making the postseason roster, didn’t pitch well today again. The Yanks also missed out on opportunities, going 1 for 12 with RISP.

I wouldn’t be surprised if neither Nova or Shreve is on the postseason roster. Nova is 6-11 with an ERA over 5.00. He is 2-8 in his last 10 starts with a 6.58 ERA. Meanwhile, Shreve in his last nine games has given up nine runs in five innings.

Down 7-0, the Yanks only two runs came in the seventh  on an RBI groundout by Gardner followed by an RBI single by Refsnyder.

Rico Noel did get his first MLB at bat and he made the most of it, getting a single in the ninth.

Also getting his first MLB at bat, making his MLB debut was Gary Sanchez, who popped up after Noel’s hit.

Nova (L, 6-11, 5.07) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.09.
Goody 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.76
Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 1 h, 0 W, 1 K. 5.66.

Game 156. 10000th win in Yankees history will have to wait another day. Yanks lose, 5-1


The Yankees are stuck at 9999 wins in their history after losing to Boston 5-1 on Monday night.

Yes, the next win will make them the first AL team to 10000.

A-Rod got the Yanks on the board in the first with a SF, but the Yanks didn’t score after that.

Ivan Nova was strong for five innings, but gave up a two-run HR in the sixth, and another in the seventh.

Caleb Cotham gave up a solo HR in the ninth.

The loss all but eliminates the Yanks from winning the division. At 86-70, the Yanks are five behind Toronto with six games to play.

They remain 3 1/2 up on Houston for the top wild card spot, and four up on the Angels to just get into that wild card game.

The magic # to make the playoffs remains at 3.

Masahiro Tanaka will start on Wednesday. This lines him up to start the wild card game on five days rest.

But the Yanks don’t know who they will face. Houston? Angels? Minnesota?

Nova (L 6-10, 4.89) 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 7 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.87
Capuano 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 7.81
Cotham 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.02

Update: I’m not sure how they do the math, but the Yanks could clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Twins AND Angels tonight. Must be how they would do the tiebreakers and a 163rd game…. Also, Dave Miley will not be returning as SWB’s mgr. next year.

Game 151. Yanks blanked, 4-0.


Ivan Nova did a decent job filling in for Masahiro Tanaka, who was supposed to start this game but who has a strained hamstring, but the Yankees’ bullpen and offense didn’t do much as the Yanks were blanked by Toronto, 4-0, on Wednesday night.

The loss drops the Yanks 3 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East with 11 games to go. The Yanks, at 83-68, maintain a four game lead over Houston for WC #1, and a five game lead over the Twins for WC #2. The magic # to make it into the play-in Wild Card game remains at 7.

One problem with the Yanks this year has been that their starters don’t go deep into games. The Yanks for years have waited out other teams’ pitchers and feasted on the middle relievers. That is just what Toronto did to the Yanks last night.

Nova tossed five shutout innings but had to be pulled in the sixth when his pitch count reached 110. Toronto got a run in the sixth, but then a 3-run HR by ex-Yankee Russell Martin in the seventh was the crushing blow. Meanwhile the offense put up nothing.

As for the relievers who gave up the run, it says a lot. In what may be the biggest game of the year, it was James Pazos, Caleb Cotham and Andrew Bailey who came in after Nova. No offense to the three of them, but none of them went north with the club in April.   It was Pazos’ ninth MLB game. It was Cotham’s ninth MLB game as well. For Bailey, it was his only his sixth game since 2013.

Bailey was one strike away from getting out of the inning when he gave up Martin’s HR. The pitch before? Just missed. Ouch.

So three things have hurt them. 1) Starters not going deep enough into games. 2) The fact that with Eovaldi’s injury, Warren has had to go back into the rotation. That would have been a perfect spot for him. 3) No one has stepped up to fill those innings between when a pitcher leaves and the foursome of Shreve, Wilson, Betances and Miller can arrive. Capuano can’t be trusted there, and Girardi couldn’t use Shreve, Wilson, Betances or Miller that early in the game. Also, Shreve, Wilson, Betances and Miller are showing some signs of wearing down, and that goes back to the starters not giving enough length.

And all indications are that Hal will NOT be going after (and breaking the bank for) David Price this offseason.

Those extra three outs a starter can give you are huge. The Yanks need to get those.

Nova (L, 6-9, 4.87) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 6 K.
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.40
Bailey 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.   7.50
Mitchell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.81.

Game 148. Yanks magic #8 for playoff spot after routing Mets 11-2.


The Yankees used a couple of three-run HRs, a Matt Harvey pitch-count limit, and some sloppy Mets’ fielding to whip the Mets, 11-2, on Sunday night.

With the win and a Blue Jays loss, the Yanks are 2 1/2 games behind Toronto as the two teams start a three game series tonight in Toronto.

Masahiro Tanaka will NOT be pitching the Wednesday game, however. He’ll miss a start because of a strained hamstring. I would guess that the Yanks will line him up for a wild-card game start. Ivan Nova will start Wednesday against Toronto instead.

The Yanks magic # to get into that wild-card game is now 8. They have a four-game lead over Houston for WC spot #1 and a 6 1/2 game lead over both the Angels and Twins for WC spot #2. The Yanks are 82-66 with 14 games to go.

CC Sabathia continued his recent resurgence with a strong effort. After wearing a sleeve on his knee and holding back for much of the year, CC has gone to a brace and is going all out and the difference is noticeable. He’s gone from a pitcher who looked done to looking like the old CC again. Let’s hope it continues.

CC gave up back-to-back doubles and a run to start the game but then settled down. Meanwhile the Yanks were doing nothing against Matt Harvey.

But Harvey, coming off Tommy John surgery, is on an innings limit, especially with the Mets playoff-bound. The Mets pulled him after five innings and the Yanks beat up on the Mets’ relievers, scoring five in the sixth, one in the seventh and five in the eighth.

Dustin Ackley hit a three-run HR (8) in the sixth to key that inning, and Greg Bird a three-run HR (8) in the eighth to key that inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury broke out of his recent funk with three hits. Carlos Beltran got the Yanks’ scoring started with a two-run double.

The Mets made four errors.

Sabathia (W, 5-9, 4.80) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 7 K.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.68
Capuano 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 7.94
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93

Games 140 and 141. Yanks division title hopes dim after getting swept in DH by Jays.


The Yanks may have to settle for the wild card after getting swept by the Blue Jays today, 9-5 in 11 innings in Game 1 and 10-7 in Game 2.

The one bright spot was three HR by Brett Gardner today.

One bad spot: Jacoby Ellsbury was 0 for 9 in the doubleheader. He is down to .259. When he went on the DL he was at .324. That shows you how bad he has been since coming back. He hasn’t been setting the table. Maybe Joe Girardi should bench him tomorrow and play Slade Heathcott in CF to give Ellsbury a day off?

The Yanks are now 4 1/2 behind Toronto with just 21 games left. They are 77-64 and as of this writing are still three up for WC #1. But they have lost five in a row and need to start winning again soon. The Yanks are 77-64.

With a Twins loss, the magic number just to get into the wild card game is down to 18.

There were a couple of questionable decisions made today.

Game 1. 

The Yanks got off to a 4-1 lead but Michael Pineda could not hold it.

Gardner homered in the first (14) to put the Yanks up 1-0. Headley homered in the second (11) to make it 2-0.

But Pineda gave up a HR to Bautista in the fourth. 2-1.

A-Rod hit a 2-run HR (31, 685 career) to make it 4-1 in the fourth. But Pineda could not hold that lead, giving up two homers and three runs to make it 4-4.

Toronto got a HR off of Dellin Betances in the eighth. 5-4. I am worried about Betances’ workload and recent outings. He seems to have tired and his outings lately have not been sharp.

The Yanks tied it in the eighth, but here is where they may have lost the game. Ellsbury and Gardner walked, and after an out, there was a WP. Ellsbury moved up but Gardner didn’t. Why not? Because when McCann singled, it tied the game instead of putting the Yanks up. The Yanks loaded the bases with one out when A-Rod walked, but they could not get the run in as Headley popped up and Bird’s sharp grounder was stabbed and Bird was thrown out on a nice play by Toronto’s second baseman. The failure to score that second run was fatal.

It was brutal how the Yanks lost this game in the eleventh. Toronto scored four runs on only one hit. Five walks and a HBP. Sheesh.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5K. 4.25
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.12
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.48
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 1.87
Mitchell (L, 0-2, 5.47) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 walks and 1 K. 2.44
Goody 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45

Game 2.

Ivan Nova had nothing and was knocked out in the second inning when he gave up six runs. I don’t know if it is the adjustment or fatigue from coming back off the Tommy John surgery but in his last seven starts, Nova’s ERA has jumped from 3.10 to 5.11.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (15) in the fifth to cut it to 6-3. A Didi Gregorius double in the sixth cut it to 6-4 but with runners on second and third and one out the Yanks couldn’t get the hit to tie the game. Young PH and popped up and the slumping Ellsbury lined out.

The Blue Jays immediately responded with four in the top of the seventh. Here is something else I find questionable. Girardi let Chris Capuano start the seventh inning. Granted he had pitched three scoreless innings prior to the seventh, but…. it’s Capuano. He was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks in the last month, cleared waivers all FOUR times, was optioned down to AAA, well, you get the point. A fourth inning for Capuano in the biggest series of the year? Sorry, I don’t get it. Sure enough, the game got away. Four Toronto runs to make it 10-4.

Brett Gardner’s SECOND three-run HR of the game (16) and third of the doubleheader cut the lead to 10-7 in the bottom of the eighth but that was all she wrote. Gardner drove in six of the Yanks’ seven runs in the game.

Nova (L, 6-8, 5.11) 1 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.84
Capuano 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 7.91
Pinder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.45
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00

Boston’s David Ortiz joined the 500 HR club today.

Game 139. Yanks lose to Jays 11-5, fall 2 1/2 back. Teix’s leg is broken, out for year.


Before the game, the Yanks’ fears were confirmed. It isn’t a bone bruise that Mark Teixeira has, it’s a fractured shin. He’s done for the year.

As for the game, Luis Severino made his seventh MLB start and it turned out to be his first bad one. He gave up five runs in the first inning, two home runs, and was knocked out in the third as the Blue Jays won 11-5.

Toronto hit five HR in the game. The only bright spot for the Yanks was a 3-run HR (9) for Didi Gregorius, who drove in four of the Yanks five runs. Alex Rodriguez had the “Golden Sombrero”—0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Chris Martin was brought up before the game and wound up pitching in it.

Michael Pineda will start the opener of today’s DH, Ivan Nova the nightcap.

The loss dropped the Yanks 2 1/2 behind Toronto for the AL East lead. They are 77-62. The Yanks still have a 3 1/2 game lead for the first WC spot (meaning the one-game wild card playoff would be played at home) and a 4 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot (game played on the road). The magic # to get into the wild card game is 19 over the Twins.

By the way, the Yanks “tragic number” to not win the AL East is 21. Hope they can win the division and it doesn’t come to that, but just saying. At least there is the wild card to fall back on.

Severino (L, 3-3, 3.35) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.11
Bailey 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H 0 walks and 0 K. 2.29
Cotham 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.59

Game 135. McCann, A-Rod blasts power Yanks, 6-4.


It didn’t look good. The Yanks were down 3-0 in the sixth to one of the top pitchers in the game in Chris Archer, and the scoreboard showed that Toronto was winning again.

Then in two consecutive swings of the bat, the Yanks went up 4-3 and held on for a 6-4 win. The win keeps the Yanks 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East.

Ivan Nova went six innings, giving up two runs in the second and another in the third. The Yanks put nothing on the scoreboard until the sixth.

With one out, Ellsbury singled. With two out, Beltran walked. McCann tied the game with a 3-run HR (25) and on the very next pitch, A-Rod homered (28, 682 career) to put the Yanks up 4-3.

The Yanks scored a run in the seventh to make it 5-3. A Tampa Bay HR in the eighth cut it to 5-4 but the Yanks got an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on a Didi Gregorius single.

A-Rod tied Rod Carew on the all-time hit list with 3053. He is now two behind Rickey Henderson and seven behind Craig Biggio on the all-time hit list.

Nova (W, 6-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R,  6 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.08
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 1.40
Miller (31st save) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.80

The Yanks are 76-59, and currently have the #1 wild card spot by five games over Texas. The magic # for gettting into the wild card game is 21 over Minnesota.