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Giants oust Mets, some Yankee moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.

Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.

Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.

Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.

Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.

Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.

ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.

A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.

Yates was 2-1, 5.23.

Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.

CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.

Game 162. Yanks’ season, Teix’s career, end with 5-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their season finale, 5-2, to Baltimore and finished the season 84-78.

It matches the 2014 season as their worst since 1992.

With the loss, Mark Teixeira’s career comes to an end. He went 0 for 3 in his final game and retires with 409 HR.

The Yanks finished 9 games out of first place, in fourth place in the AL East, and missed getting a wild card spot by 5 games.

They gave up more runs than they scored. Their Pythagorean record was 79-83, so they won 5 more games than they probably should have.

The adjusted OPS was 91, which means the offense was 9% below league average.

The adjusted ERA was 105, which means 5% above league average.

Masahiro Tanaka was their best player.

As for the game, Luis Cessa gave up a run in the third on a SF. Matt Wieters hit a 2-run HR off Cessa in the fourth.

Brian McCann hit his 20th HR in the bottom of the fourth to cut it to 3-1.

Wieters hit his second 2-run HR of the game in the sixth, this one off of Tommy Layne, to put the Orioles up 5-1.

Singles by Sanchez, McCann and Gregorius in the eighth scored Sanchez with the Yanks’ final run of the year.

Cessa (L, 4-4, 4.35) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.63 (Bos/NYY) Gave up 1 HR.
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.67 (Sea/NYY)
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.68 (Cubs/NYY)
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.96

Now for an interesting offseason. What moves do the Yankees make?

The postseason is set.
AL: Texas #1 seed, Cleveland #2, Boston #3. Toronto hosts Baltimore in the WC game.

NL: Cubs #1 seed, Washington #2, Dodgers #3. Mets host SF in the wild card game.

In this decade, The Giants have won the WS in 2010, 2012 and 2014. They snuck into this year’s playoffs with 87 wins, the same as the Mets and 1 game better than St. Louis. Giants’ fans hope the even-year thing continues.

Two broadcasting legends called their final games Sunday. Vin Scully and Dick Enberg.

Game 157. Sanchez, Austin HR in Yanks’ 6-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin homered in the Yanks’ 6-4 win over Boston on Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 81-76 and guarantees a non-losing season. The last time the Yanks had a losing season was 1992.

Sanchez’ 20th HR tied a record for lowest # of career games to hit your 20th.

The homer came in the first inning and put the Yanks up 2-0. It came after a Jacoby Ellsbury single.

Ellsbury singled in a run in the fifth to put the Yanks up 3-0. This came after singles by Romine and Austin and a sac bunt by Gardner (Now he bunts).

Boston came back with two in the sixth to cut it to 3-2.

Didi Gregorius hit his 20th HR of the year in the bottom of the sixth. 4-2 Yanks.

In the seventh, Boston got a HR by Aaron Hill to make it 4-3, and then Dustin Pedroia’s second RBI single of the game tied the game up.

In the bottom of the seventh, Austin’s 2-run HR (4) won it.

Cessa 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.18
Layne (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.50 (Bos/NYY) Gave up 1 HR.
Parker (w, 1-0, 4.96) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Bleier (H, 2) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.25
Clippard (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.67.

The tragic # is 2. A Yanks loss and a Baltimore win eliminates the Yanks from the postseason.

 

Game 153. Yanks blanked again, 9-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As I wrote yesterday, Gary Sanchez can’t do it by himself. He had two hits Friday night, but other than him, the Yanks only got one other hit (Ellsbury) and lost 9-0 to Toronto.

The loss is the Yanks’ 9th in their last 12 games. It officially eliminated them from winning the division.

They are 79-74, and as far as a playoff spot is concerned, they are 4 out with 9 games to go, and have to jump four teams.

Besides not hitting, nothing much went right last night. An error let in two unearned runs, and although Bryan Mitchell was decent, the bullpen let the game get out of hand.

Mitchell (L, 1-2, 4.50) 6 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 6 H,  4 walks, 2 K.
Parker 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 5.17 (Sea/NYY)
Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 10.80
Heller 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 7.50. Gave up 1 HR.

Game 149. Losing streak continues. Yanks swept in Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks are off today. If ever a team needed a day off, it is them right now.

Deja vu all over again.

Once again, the Yanks had a lead in Fenway. Once again, they blew it. Once again, a reliever doing well gets pulled because the manager goes by the book, and the new reliever loses the game. Once again Hanley Ramirez killed the Yanks.

The Yanks’ 5-4 loss to Boston Sunday night was their fourth in a row to Boston, as Boston swept the weekend series. It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in a row overall and dropped them to 77-72.

What really hurts is that these losses were winnable games where the Yanks had leads and blew them, made bad pitching decisions, or as in the loss to the Dodgers that started the losing streak, made errors that gave the game away.

With 13 games to go, the fourth place Yanks are 8 games out of the division lead, and 4 games out of a wild card. They need to jump 4 teams to make the wild card, and although they aren’t mathematically eliminated, you can stick a fork in them.

The Yanks brought up Donovan Solano to replace Starlin Castro, who may be done for the season with a hamstring injury. Jacoby Ellsbury will miss a few games with a bruised knee. Solano got his first MLB hit in the game.

SWB plays El Paso in a one-game playoff Tuesday night. International League champ vs. Pacific Coast League champ. I don’t know who SWB has anymore. Most of their guys are now up with the Yanks. SWB still has Parmalee, Cave, Frazier, Higashioka, Payton…. some guys are up from AA just to fill out the roster.

As for the game, the Yanks got a run in the first on an RBI single by Didi.This came after a double by Gardner, two strikeouts and a walk to Butler.

Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 2-0 in the third. What a beast.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the fourth. Solano singled, Mason Williams doubled. Refsnyder walked to load the bases. Gardner drove in one run with a force out. Torreyes drove in another run with a forceout.

Then the roof caved in. Again. Once again the Yanks built a lead, and didn’t score the rest of the game. Once again they blew the lead and the game.

CC gave up a 3-run HR to Hanley Ramirez in the fifth. 4-3.

Three straight singles in the sixth tied the game for Boston and CC was gone. Once again, a Yankees starter couldn’t go deep in the game.

Blake Parker came in, finished the sixth, gave up no more runs, and struck out two.

And once again, Girardi pulls a reliever who just pitched well, goes to his binder, brings in another reliever (Clippard in this case) and that reliever blows the game. Clippard gave up a HR to Ramirez (his 2nd of the game). 5-4 Boston, and it would stay that way.

As I said, I like Girardi as a manager, think he is a good one, but I have two quibbles with him. 1) He never bunts or is aggressive. You don’t see Billyball. The Yanks don’t bunt, squeeze, steal often enough, or hit and run. 2) He goes by the book (or binder) too much. Go with your eyes and gut, Joe. You see a pitcher doing well, leave him in there for more than one batter or one inning.

You hate writing about these kinds of losses or harping on something, but if this is how it is every game, what can you do? Things need to change.

These last few games have been like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Same s***, different day.

Frustrating.

Boy do they (and we fans) need this day off.

If the old man, the Boss,  were still alive, hoo boy.  Would the s*** hit the fan after a four-game sweep in Fenway in late September to kill off your postseason hopes. Especially with some questionable moves.

Sabathia 5+ IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 5 K. 4.19  Gave up 1 HR
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.93 (Sea/NYY)
Clippard (L, 3-4, 3.12; Az/NYY) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1 IP,0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.27 (Bos/NYY)

What do you know. Layne can actually pitch to more than one batter.

I’d like to see what Mason Williams can do from here on out. He had two hits last night.

Gut feeling: Gardner and/or McCann get shopped this offseason for a starting pitcher.

Game 146. Killer. Yanks blow game and probably postseason chances by giving up 5 in 9th. Lose 7-5 to Boston.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It seems like Dellin Betances is running out of gas.

On Wednesday, Betances gave up 2 runs in the 9th to the Dodgers, albeit both runs were unearned (one error was his own) as the Yanks lost 2-0.

Thursday night he gave up a walk-off three-run HR to Hanley Ramirez as Boston scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yanks 7-5.

This loss is a killer. It drops the Yanks to 77-69, five back of Boston for the division with just 16 games to play. The difference between 3 back of Boston and 5 back.

As for the wild card, they are 3 back and need to jump 3 teams. Had they hung on (they were one out away from a win), they would have been 78-68, tied with both Detroit and Seattle, 2 games out of that final wild card spot.

How can I say it. This loss was devastating.

First, let’s look at Betances, who leads the AL in games pitched with 69.

In his last five appearances, he has given up runs in four of them. His ERA has gone from 2.05 to 2.83, and remember, the two runs he gave up in the loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday were unearned.

In those five games since September 5, he has given up 9 runs, 7 earned, in four innings. 10 hits, 4 walks, 6 K.

It’s not just the one game. Since it is five games going back over 10 days, it seems like his tank is empty.

Masahiro Tanaka was once again brilliant. The Yanks’ best player of 2016 should get CYA and possibly MVP consideration. He gave up just 1 run in 7 innings.

In the first, with one out, Ellsbury singled, Sanchez doubled, and Castro singled in a run. New Yankee Billy Butler hit a SF to make it 2-0.

The Yanks went up 4-0 in the third. With one out, Castro doubled and Butler singled him home. Gregorius doubled Butler to third, and Headley singled Butler in.

Boston got a run in the third off Tanaka to cut it to 4-1.

A walk to Gardner, SB, PB and RBI single by Castro made it 5-1 Yanks in the fourth. So it stayed until the eighth.

The Yanks missed a chance in the fifth when Gregorius doubled and stole third. Here is one fault I have with Girardi. He NEVER, EVER attempts to squeeze a run home. With a man on third and no one out, Headley, Refsnyder and Austin all struck out.

Like I say often, you’d kill for that SF.

I’d kill for a successful squeeze play.

Later in the game, Mason Williams hit one on the screws with the bases loaded, but right back at the pitcher, who snared it.

Tanaka was pulled after 7 innings and 93 pitches. Personally, I would have run him out there for the 8th and even the 9th as long as he didn’t get into trouble. I like Girardi, but he left himself open for a lot of second-guessing in this game.

In the eighth, David Ortiz homered off of Adam Warren to make it 5-2. The homer was Ortiz’ 537th career HR, and passed Mickey Mantle on the all-time list.

A bad night for the Mick turned into a bad night for the Yanks.

In the ninth, Tommy Layne came in and struck out his only batter.

Why Girardi uses Layne as a LOOGY (Lefty One Out Guy), I don’t know and I don’t like it. If a guy is doing well, leave him the hell in there.

So not only would I have left Tanaka in, I also would have left Layne in.

Instead, Girardi played mix and match, and too many cooks spoil the soup. It burned him as Boston then got five runs to win the game.

In came Blake Parker, who faced one batter, Chris Young, and hit him with a pitch.

In came Betances, who, as I wrote above, seems like he may be running out of gas.

Young went to second on defensive indifference. Pedroia walked.

Both runners moved up on defensive indifference. I hate defensive indifference. Play the game.

Bogaerts reached on a fielder’s choice. The runner at third getting caught in a rundown.

First and second, two out. One out away.

Ortiz (who else?) singled to make it 5-3.

Betts singled to make it 5-4.

A passed ball moved up the runners, putting the winning run on second. Not needed, because Hanley Ramirez hit a 3-run HR to win the game.

Devastating.

Castro was 4 for 5 with 2 RBI.

Tanaka 7 IP, 1 R,  4 H, 3 walks, 0 K. 2.97
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.84 (Cubs/NYY) Gave up 1 HR.
Layne (H, 10) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.38 (Bos/NYY)
Parker 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.14 (Sea/NYY). Faced one batter, HBP.
Betances (BS, 5; L, 3-6, 2.83) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up walk-off 3-run HR.

Game 142. Yanks streak ends, lose ground in 4-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All things must pass, and the Yankees’ 7-game winning streak came to an end Sunday with a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

With the loss, the Yanks lost ground. With 20 games left, they are 4 games out of the division lead, and tied with Detroit, 2 games out of a wild card spot. They are 76-66. The Dodgers now made a rare visit to Yankee Stadium for three games.

Luis Cessa gave up 5 hits, but 3 were HRs as he took his first loss of the season. He gave up a 2-run HR to Corey Dickerson in the first inning.

The Yanks’ Chase Headley cut the deficit to 2-1 with a HR in the fifth, his 14th of the season.

Cessa gave up a HR to Logan Forsythe in the sixth. Manager Girardi had the bullpen up, but they must not have been ready, because a few batters later, Brad Miller hit one out to make it 4-1 Rays.

Brett Gardner, who had 3 hits on the day, had an RBI single in the seventh. Once again, the final was 4-2 Rays.

Cessa (L, 4-1, 4.34) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 5 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Severino 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 6.18
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.49 (Bos/NYY). Faced 2 batters, gave up 2 hits.
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.51 (Sea/NYY)

Game 139. Yanks win 5-4 on Austin’s walkoff HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin homered in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The win puts the Yanks nine over .500 at 74-65 with 23 games to go. They are still in 4th place in the AL East, but are now just 4 out of first place. As far as a playoff spot goes, they are two games out of a playoff spot and need to jump two teams to get in. This is getting interesting.

CC Sabathia struggled, giving up a solo HR in each of the first three innings of the game. Manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook, pulling CC after just four innings after he struggled with the first two batters in the fifth.

After CC gave up a HR to Kevin Kiermayer in the top of the first, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom half of the inning. Didi Gregorius singled in one run after Gardner and Ellsbury singled, and another scored on an error on a pickoff attempt.

CC gave up a HR to Stephen Souza in the second, but the Yanks regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a HR by Brian McCann (18).

CC gave up another HR to Kiermayer in the third that tied the game. But in the fourth, McCann matched Kiermayer by hitting his second HR of the game, and 19th of the season to put the Yanks back up, 4-3.

Not to be outdone, Souza hit HIS second HR of the game in the top of the sixth to tie it and set up Austin’s dramatics.

Austin’s 3rd HR of the season then won it for the Yanks in the bottom of the 9th.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.27.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.75.
Parker 1 2/3, IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.70 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.50
Layne (w, 2-1, 3.52) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (Bos/NYY ERA)

I should add, it’s great seeing a player succeed in the majors after I’ve been writing about them all year when they were down in the minors.

 

Game 137. Yanks win heartstopper, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees needed every inch of the ballpark to win a back and forth, thrilling heartstopper of a game on Tuesday night, 7-6 over Toronto.

Luis Cessa started and did quite well for a rookie in a pennant race, pitching into the sixth and giving up just two runs.

He gave up a HR to Edwin Encarnacion in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the fourth on a HR (17) by Brian McCann.

Toronto went up 2-1 in the fifth but then in the bottom of the seventh, things started to get wild.

Tyler Austin hit a 2-run HR (2) in the bottom of the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-2.

But the Yanks bullpen was shaky as heck. They gave up the lead in the top of the 8th, and it was now 4-3 Toronto. I couldn’t understand why that inning, in a big spot, Girardi went to Ben Heller. It was the kid’s sixth MLB game, and a tough sp;ot to bring in a rookie like that.

The Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the eighth. Ellsbury walked, and after Sanchez struck out, Gregorius tripled to tie the game. Castro hit a SF to give the Yanks the lead, then McCann walked and Headley followed with a 2-run HR (13). 7-4 Yanks.

Betances coming in. Game over, right?

Wrong.

Betances almost blew the game. Two walks, a WP, and an infield single made it 7-5. 1st and 3rd, no out. Betances got a strikeout, but then a walk loaded the bases. An infield single make it 7-6, bases loaded, one out.

In came Blake Parker to relieve Betances. He got a strikeout.

Then Justin Smoak “smoaked” on to the wall in left. Gardner went back and made the catch right at the wall. For a moment, it appeared the ball would pop out of his glove.

Whew.

The win puts the Yanks at 72-65, 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They are still 3 1/2 out of a playoff spot and still have three teams to jump over.

Tonight it appears as if Bryan Mitchell will get the start. He and James Pazos were called up yesterday. I just wonder if Mitchell is ready and stretched out enough in coming off the DL.Also, Girardi went through eight pitchers. He didn’t use Severino, so maybe he hopes for four from Mitchell, then four from Severino today.

Cessa 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.07
Pazos 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. Faced one batter gave up a hit. 1st MLB appearance this season. ERA infinity.
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 5.00 (Cubs/NYY)
Layne 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.55 (Bos/NYY). Faced 1 batter, walked him.
Heller (BS,1 ) 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.00. Faced 2 batters, gave up a hit and a walk.
Shreve (w, 2-1, 4.80) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances (H, 28) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 2.31.
Parker (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.09 (Sea/NYY)

Game 133. Yanks lose game, Green.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Baltimore 8-0, getting just two hits, but most importantly, their rotation took a hit when Chad Green had to leave in the second inning due to elbow problems.

Green gave up a single and a 2-Run HR in the second, and after a walk, Nick Goody came in and gave up back to back HRs before getting the final out. Six runs, and that basically was the ball game.

With Eovaldi out, and now Green, the Yanks’ rotation is hurting. It appears Severino will have to go back into the rotation. No, I don’t believe Bryan Mitchell is stretched out enough or has made enough appearances since coming off his rehab to start.

So the rotation would now consist of Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Cessa, and Severino.

Dietrich Enns and Chance Adams, both of whom have done well in the minors, have been basically shut down due to innings limits.

Kirby Yates gave up a 2-Run HR later in the game for the final score.

The loss drops the Yanks to 69-64, 4th place in the division, 6 1/2 out. They are 3 1/2 out of the second wild card with 29 games to go. They have to jump three teams.

Jonathan Holder made his MLB debut.

Green (L, 2-4, 4.73) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Goody 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.66
Yates 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.59
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 7.05
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.27 (Sea/NYY)