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Game 119. Yanks blast 4 HR vs. O’s in game 1 of DH, win 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (78-41) made it 13 in a row over the Orioles by winning the day game of a day/night DH vs. Baltimore, 8-5. They are 14-2 against Baltimore this season.

I so doing, they hit 4 HR, making it 56 in 16 games vs. Baltimore this season.

The O’s got a run in the top of the first against James Paxton but the Yanks struck right back on a 3-run HR by Didi Gregorius (9) and a solo HR by Gleyber Torres (24). It’s the eleventh HR Torres has hit against the Orioles this season.

Back-to-back doubles by Brett Gardner and Gio Urshela made it 5-1 in the second inning.

Paxton gave up a HR in the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, Urshela hit a 461 Ft. Bomb (18) to make it 6-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up another HR in the top of the sixth, 6-3, Yanks.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the sixth on a HR by Cameron Maybin (8) to make it 7-3.

They scored in the seventh on a walk to Gardner, single by Urshela and SF by Didi. 8-3.

Luis Cessa came in for the eighth, didn’t have it, and gave up two runs. Zack Britton had to bail him out. 8-5.

Aroldis Chapman got the save, with Urshela making a great play to end the game.

Urshela 3 hits, 2 RBI. HR (18) .328
Gregorius 4 RBI, a 3-run HR (9)
Torres solo HR (24)
Maybin solo HR (8)  .319

Paxton (W, 8-6, 4.40) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.  Gave up 2 HR.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K   2.92
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  3.99
Britton (H, 24) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 32) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.51

The 2020 Yankees’ schedule has been released. They open in Baltimore (way too early in my opinion) on March 26. Hope it doesn’t snow. They have interleague vs. the NL Central, as well as the home and home vs. the Mets. The Cubs, Pirates and Reds come to the Bronx, and the Yanks go to Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and St. Louis. They also have that Field of Dreams game Aug. 13, 2020 in Iowa vs. the White Sox. The home opener is April 2 vs. Toronto. They close the season with seven against the Astros, and then the Rays.

The Yanks also received good news on the injury front from Luke Voit, Dellin Betances and Luis Severino in their rehab work today.

 

 

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Game 114. Yanks pummel O’s again, 14-2. Open up 10 game lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pregame News: Stephen Tarpley sent down, Chance Adams called up for a fresh arm.

Good news on Gleyber Torres. MRI negative, listed as day-to-day. Thairo Estrada was “on call” just in case.

As for the game, the Yanks (75-39) won their 8th straight as they continue to pummel Orioles pitching. This time the score was 14-2, and the Yanks hit 5 HR in the game.

The Yanks have hit 52 HR vs. the Orioles this year, breaking the record of 48 that the 1956 Yanks hit against the Kansas City Athletics. They still have four games against the Orioles—at home, August 12 (Day/night DH), 13 and 14. The Yankees have 11 players with multi-homer games against Baltimore this season, breaking the record of 10 set by San Francisco against the Dodgers in 1958 (I’m sure the LA Coliseum with its 251′ LF line had a lot to do with that). The Yanks also have the record for most homers at a ballpark by a visiting team in one season (43). (Some info from ESPN). They were 10-0 at Camden Yards this year and have won 15 straight there.

How bad has it been for the Orioles? Consider this. Greg Bird has been hurt most of the season. He was 6 for 35 in 10 games. His only HR of the year was against the Orioles.

Troy Tulowitzki got hurt and retired after going 2 for 11 in five games. HIS only HR of the season and the last of his career came against…. the Orioles.

With the win, the Yanks now have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. They are 41-14 against teams in their own division. Granted Baltimore and Toronto are awful, but they are still 23-9 vs. Tampa Bay and Boston.

With one out in the fourth, Gio Urshela doubled, and Didi Gregorius singled him to third. Cameron Maybin’s popup should have been caught, but fell in for a single and a 1-0 Yankees’ lead. Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run HR (2), his first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 4-0.

Yanks’ starter James Paxton gave up a HR in the fourth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-1, but otherwise was sharp.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR (13), HIS first of two for the game, and the Yanks were up 6-1.

They got five more runs in the sixth. Mike Tauchman walked and advanced to second on a ground out. He went to third on a WP and D.J. LeMahieu singled to make it 7-1. LeMahieu went to second on another wild pitch, and Aaron Judge singled to make it 8-1. Urshela then hit his second HR of the game (14) to make it 10-1. Didi Gregorius singled and went to third on a single by Cameron Maybin combined with a throwing error. Didi scored on a groundout by Brett Gardner. 11-1.

In the top of the ninth, Maybin led off with his 7th HR of the year, then Gardner doubled and Higashioka hit his second HR of the game (3) to make it 14-1.

Baltimore got a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 14-2.

Urshela 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2 HR (14) .319 …. LeMahieu is at .335
Gregorius 2 hits
Maybin 4 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (7)  .327
Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Higashioka  2 HR (3),  5 RBI

Paxton (W, 7-6, 4.40) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Adams 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  6.61

Ernie Bowman, an infielder who appeared in two WS games against the Yanks in 1962, passed away at the age of 84. He played with the Giants 1961-1963 and in 165 MLB games hit .190 with 1 HR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game 108. Gleyber slams the Bosox, Yanks win 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I forget who wrote it, but it was suggested that when James Paxton pitch, that the Yanks use an opener that day because of Paxton’s first inning problems.

He had that again tonight, getting two outs but then giving up a walk and a 2-run HR to Boston’s J.D. Martinez. Paxton’s ERA in the first inning is a ghastly 11.37.

But Paxton settled down after that, and who knew that all the runs in the game would be had in the first inning?

In the bottom of the first, Gleyber Torres hit a grand slam. Torres’ 21st HR of the season made it 4-2 and that was all the scoring in the ballgame.

Both teams combined for just eight hits in the game, a far cry from recent games that the Yanks and Red Sox have played.

The Yanks are now 2/3 of the way through the season and with a record of 69-39, a 103.5 win pace. With the win the Yanks are 7 1/2 up on Tampa Bay and 11 1/2 up on Boston.

LeMahieu 2 hits.
Torres grand slam, HR #21

Paxton (W, 6-6, 4.61) 6 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kahnle (H, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.62
Britton (H, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.40
Chapman (S, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.74

Didi Gregorius did not play, and hopefully he isn’t bound for the IL with a problem with his hand.

Before the game Brett Gardner was activated, J.A. Happ put on paternity leave. Tyler Wade was sent down and Stephen Tarpley brought up.

Happ on paternity leave creates a problem. With a DH tomorrow, Domingo German will start one game and the other will probably be an opener game with heavy bullpen use. Happ was scheduled to start Sunday night. With him on paternity leave, now what? Remember CC is on the I.L.

MLB.com listed the favorites for AL MVP and Mike Trout was the unanimous pick so far. What upsets me is NO mention of D.J. LeMahieu.

One last mention. Minor League pitching coordinator Danny Borrell will be leaving the Yanks to go to Georgia Tech. Borrell handled the lower levels, and Scott Aldred the higher levels. The Yanks almost lost Aldred last year. I hope they don’t lose Aldred, who has done a great job and is highly regarded. Besides, current pitching coach Larry Rothschild is 65 and I would hope Aldred may be his replacement come due time.

Game 103. Pitching woes continue in Yanks’ 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the third straight time, James Paxton gave up a HR to the leadoff hitter.

And this time, that leadoff hitter then proceeded to go deep two MORE times against Paxton.

Mookie Betts hit three HR, all in the FIRST FOUR INNINGS, off of Paxton, to lead Boston to a 10-5 win over the (66-37) Yankees Friday night.

The loss cuts the Yanks’ lead to 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay and 9 over Boston.

Paxton has struggled, while targets like Patrick Corbin, Gio Gonzalez, and Dallas Keuchel are doing Ok elsewhere. Three guys the Yanks could have had (they had Gio, but he opted out when there was no room in the rotation for him).

Also disheartening is when guys like Paxton or Sonny Gray have success elsewhere (and what do you think Gray would tell his former Vanderbilt teammate, Mike Minor of Texas, a trade target, about NY?) come to NY and don’t do well. In Gray’s case, now that he is out of NY, he’s doing well again. You could put J.A. Happ in that category for this year, but to be fair, Happ did pitch well last year for the Yanks before the playoff outing.

Another disheartening thing is not having some players, like Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi, realize their potential while in pinstripes.

You may say, that some guys can’t pitch in NY. True. But when it happens over and over and over again, that pitchers good elsewhere come to NY and have difficulties, when do you start looking at the pitching coach, and not just blame it on NY?

Remember that Larry Rothschild was inherited by Aaron Boone. Boone picked some, not all, of his coaching staff. He inherited the pitching part, Rothschild and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.

If the Yanks don’t turn this abysmal week by the starting pitchers around, they not only could blow their lead (Boston worries me more than Tampa Bay, because the Rays have now lost Snell for a month) and if so, could Rothschild be on the hot seat? The next few months will be very interesting to see how the starting pitching does. Because if it continues to flounder as it has, it won’t be good. Changes would have to be made, and maybe not just the pitchers but also the coach. Maybe this is only a blip. We hope so.

For the first 14 games of July, the Yanks’ starter’s ERA was 2.88. In the last six games, an atrocious 15.61. The Yanks have given up 64 runs in their last six games. 10.66 per game. Amazingly, they won two of those games. No Yankee starter in the last six games has pitched in the fifth inning. None in seven games has pitched in the sixth.

Forget about any of these starters, even when they are going GOOD, pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth. They just don’t do that.

One worry I have is this. Even if they rebound, and wind up with 100 to 105 wins, who, amongst all the starters in the rotation, do you absolutely trust to start a must-win postseason game? A fair question, I think. None are “old reliable” Andy Pettitte’s, El Duque’s, or David Cone’s.

With this bad stretch, the Yanks’ ERA+, which was about 110 most of the year, has dropped to 104, just 4% above league average. No starter has an ERA less than 4.00.

Tanaka 7-6, 4.79. ERA+ 93 (7 % below league average)
Happ 8-5, 5.23  ERA+ 86
German 12-2, 4.03  ERA+ 111 ( his youth and inexperience are a concern)
Sabathia 5-5, 4.50  ERA+ 99
Paxton 5-6, 4.72  ERA+ 95.

As I mentioned, which of these would you trust to start a must-win playoff game? It’s a huge concern.

One last thing before the game recap. Could it be that Boston sees some guys tipping pitches or has some Yankee pitching been too consistent in their approach? Rumors are that Severino was tipping pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS last year. Boston has pounded Tanaka this year, and Tanaka thought he made good pitches at some points the other night. Did Boston know what was coming? Paul O’Neill on WPIX last night mentioned Boston waiting for hard stuff inside from Paxton, got it, and creamed it.

Paxton’s line is strange. 9 K in 4 IP. But 4 HR given up, 3 to Betts, 7 runs allowed.

If guys ARE tipping, why isn’t the pitching staff seeing it? Remember that Chad Green was straightened out at AAA, not by the major league staff. Once sent down, he worked it out. Also, Jonathan Holder has had to go down. He also, couldn’t work it out at the big league level.

Could there be a problem with the pitching coach? Sorry, Rothschild, but that has to be addressed right now. To stop that, the starting pitching, once again, has to improve, and IMMEDIATELY.

Let’s remember that Gray took some parting shots at Rothschild on the way out to Cincinnati, where Gray is doing well. Could there be something to what Gray said?

And it’s not just Rothschild. Let’s remember that the Yanks lost out on possibly getting Verlander, Cole, Corbin, Keuchel, and Gonzalez, all of whom could certainly be helping right now.  If the Yanks would have just one of those right now…

So something is amiss with their pitching philosophy. Whether it is the coach, or the whole organizational approach of what is coached, who is targeted, what you’ll give up for a stud pitcher…

Anyway you look at it, corrections and improvements are necessary. The Yanks have two more games against Boston this weekend, and after two games against Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, have four more against Boston next Friday to Sunday, including a DH on Saturday. If they don’t turn it around, and FAST, Boston could be right back in it. Let’s just say Boston takes 6 of 8 in the games this weekend and next. The lead goes from 11 to 7. If they take 7 of the 8, it’s 5. Sweep and 3. Yankees’ fans don’t want 1978 in reverse. Yes, there is the wild card to fall back on, and that wasn’t there in 1978. We don’t want that. Win the division, avoid the wild card game.

This is the time to bury Boston, not have them rise from the dead. So far, the shovels have been put away. Boston has woken up.

As for making a trade, I am getting really discouraged that that may happen. Teams are asking for Gleyber Torres in any deal. That is a non-starter. The two-time All-Star, who has hit 20 or more HR in both of his MLB seasons, isn’t even 23 yet.

As for the game, Paxton gave up, as noted above, a leadoff HR to Betts, marking the third straight time he gave up a HR to the first batter of the game. He has had (like German) first inning woes all season. Then a single, strikeout and HR (by J.D. Martinez) and it was 3-0 already. After the week the Yanks have had, it was like here we go again.

A HR by Betts and an RBI triple by Martinez made it 5-0 after three innings.

Then Betts hits his THIRD HR of the game to make it 7-0 in the fourth.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth when with two out, they got consecutive singles by Encarnacion, Gregorius and Voit.

Boston got two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1. Betts doubled in one run and scored the other on another double. He was 4 for 5 with 5 RBI—3 HR and a double.

Before the game, Stephen Tarpley was sent down and Cameron Maybin came off the IL. Maybin walked to lead off the seventh, and went to third on a double by Mike Tauchman. Austin Romine singled in one run, and another scored when D.J. LeMahieu GIDP.

Boston got a run in the bottom of the seventh, 10-3.

The Yanks got two in the ninth before succumbing. Tauchman led off the inning with a single, and scored on a double by Romine. A walk to LeMahieu and an error on a ball hit by Judge loaded the bases. But then three consecutive outs ended the game. One out was a SF by Gregorius.

It is hard to win when you are giving up 10 or more runs a game.

Tauchman 3 hits
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI

Paxton (L, 5-6, 4.72) 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 to Betts. Weird line.
Hale 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.89
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.59
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57

The Yanks really could use a well-pitched, crisp victory right now. They are taking it on the chin right now.

July 27. The trade deadline is just four days away.

Is any pitching help coming from the outside? Or do the Yanks have to keep their fingers crossed that internal options who have been on the IL (Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Loaisiga) will be coming to the rescue?

 

 

 

 

 

Game 98. Yanks fall to Rockies, 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sorry for a late posting. I was up in Cooperstown yesterday for the HOF induction ceremony. Up at 3:45 AM, bus leaves at 5 AM. Sit for hours in brutal sun, home in pouring rain. But for Mo? Worth it. Home around 9:30 PM.

But I don’t take the heat well. Sorry, Derek, I don’t think I’ll be going up next year, but will watch on TV.

Anyway, the Yanks’ (64-34) five-game win streak was snapped by the Rockies on a hot Sunday afternoon, 8-4. James Paxton didn’t have a good day.

Charlie Blackmon hit Paxton’s second pitch of the game for a HR. Blackmon had 4 hits on the day.

In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu hit the first pitch for a HR (14). Tie game.

But Colorado scored three times in the third to go up 4-1 (3 unearned runs due to a Luke Voit error), then got two more in the fourth, 7-1.

Mike Tauchman homered (6) in the fifth to cut it to 7-2.

A passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the eighth enabled Colorado to go up 8-2, then Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR (10) in the bottom of the eighth to make it 8-4, the final score.

The Yanks still lead Tampa Bay by 9, and Boston by 11.

LeMahieu solo HR (14) .333
Hicks 2-HR (10).
Tauchman solo HR (6).

The Yanks only had 4 hits in the game. You may say they were tamed savages yesterday.

Paxton (L, 5-5, 4.20) 3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER,  5 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  4.62 (ERA was 16.43 when sent down in April).
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.62
Tarpley 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.  6.59
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.39

 

 

 

Game 92. d’Arnaud singlehandedly beats Yanks, 5-4, with 3 HR, 5 RBI.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Travis d’Arnaud hit 3 HR and drove in all 5 Tampa Bay runs as the Rays, down to their last strike, stunned the Yankees 5-4 Monday night.

With the loss, the Yanks’ (59-33) lead over the Rays was trimmed to five games.

d’Arnaud led off the game with a HR (7) off of James Paxton, then homered off Paxton again (8) in the third to put the Rays up 2-0.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a HR (26) in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Rays’ lead to 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gio Urshela homered (8) to tie the game up.

Encarnacion hit another HR, a 2-run shot, #27 (including his Seattle output) in the bottom of the eighth, to put the Yanks up 4-2.

In the top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman gave up singles to both of the first two batters in the inning. He then rebounded with two strikeouts, and had a 3-2 count on d’Arnaud, who had walked twice after his two homers in his first two times up. d’Arnaud sliced a hanging slider into the porch for a three-run HR and a 5-4 Rays lead.

All three of d’Arnaud’s HR were hit to the opposite field, right field.

Chapman, famous for hitting 105 MPH one time with his fastball, and who still can hit 100, seems to be relying more on his slider this year. While still able to bring it, it doesn’t seem as if he can command his fastball, and is all over the place with it. He’s relying more on his slider, and last night hung one and he got burned for it.

In the bottom of the ninth, Aaron Judge walked with two out, but for the second time in the last three games, Luke Voit was caught looking at a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Voit was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

Another slumping Yankee is Gary Sanchez, who is down to .240. He is 7 for his last 55.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.331).
Hicks 2 hits
Encarnacion 2 hits, both HR (27), 3 RBI
Urshela solo HR (8)

Paxton 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.  3.94
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  5.05
Chapman (L, 2-2; BS, 4; 2.45) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up GW 3-run HR.

 

 

Game 88. Yanks lose pitcher’s battle, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks enter the All-Star break at 51-37, 6 1/2 up on Tampa Bay and 9 up on Boston after losing 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.

There were 27 strikeouts in the game. The Yanks struck out 14x, the Rays 13.

James Paxton pitched well, but the first three batters of the game decided the whole ballgame. Double, double (which I’ll get to in a moment) for a run. Single to put runners on the corners. A forceout brought in Run #2.

On the second double, bad defense by the Yankees allowed Tommy Pham to take second on what should have been a single. There is a good chance that, the way the inning played out, that the second run would not have scored. That miscue may have cost them the game.

The Yanks’ only run came on a HR by Brett Gardner in the second inning. If I had told you in spring training that Gardner would have 15 HR at the All-Star Break, you’d have thought I was nuts. But here you go….

One call on Aaron Judge was atrocious. Judge, a soft spoken guy, needs to get on the umps a bit (not enough to get thrown out of the game, however). Umpires call low strikes on him as if he were a normal major league hitter. THE GUY IS SIX FEET SEVEN! HIS KNEES ARE HIGHER UP THAN A NORMAL MAJOR LEAGUER! WHAT IS A STRIKE TO A NORMAL MAJOR LEAGUER IS LOW TO JUDGE! What about this don’t some umpires understand? Horrible call.

Hopefully after the All-Star break, Edwin Encarnacion heats up. So far as a Yankee, he has been bad. 8 for 65, 2 doubles, 4 HR, but 8 for 65 is not good. Not at all.

Before the game, Breyvic Valera was brought up (he got one hit and almost had another) and Dan Camarena sent back down. With Voit due back after the all-star break is over, Valera, like Camarena, could be up for just one day. At least he got into a game. Camarena didn’t.

Gardner 2 of Yanks’ 5 hits. Solo HR (15).

Paxton (L, 5-4, 4.01) 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 W, 11 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.12
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.80
Green 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.68