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Game 49. Bombers hit 7 HR (3 by Higashioka) in 13-2 win.

One night after hitting 6 HR in a 20-6 win over Toronto, the Yankees (28-21) kept pouring it on, hitting 7 HR in a 13-2 win over Toronto last (Wednesday) evening.

It was the very first time in franchise history that the Yanks hit six or more HR in consecutive games.

The Yanks have now won seven games in a row.

Backup C Kyle Higashioka hit 3 of those 7 HR. D.J. LeMahieu hit 2.

LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a HR (8) to give the Yanks a quick 1-0 lead.

They got two more in the third when Tyler Wade singled and Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (2). 3-0, Yankees.

Clint Frazier led off the bottom of the fourth with a HR (7) to make it 4-0, Gary Sanchez singled, and two outs later, LeMahieu hit his second HR (9) of the game to make it 6-0. Before D.J.’s HR, Higashioka’s out was a long drive. He almost had a four homer game (done just once in Yankees history—by Lou Gehrig).

With Gerrit Cole on the mound, that was more than enough.

Aaron Hicks led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, moved to second on a groundout, and after another out, scored on a single by Frazier. 7-0.

Toronto scored a run in the top of the sixth, when they got their first hit, combined with a WP by Cole, but the Yanks came right back with four runs. With one out, Higashioka hit his second HR (3) of the game to make it 8-1. LeMahieu doubled, and after another out, Hicks walked. Luke Voit then hit a 3-run HR to make it 11-1. Voit’s 19th HR of the season leads the majors.

In the bottom of the seventh, after a walk and a GIDP, Wade walked and Higashioka hit his THIRD HR of the game to make it 13-1.

Nick Nelson gave up a run on a two-out solo HR to Toronto in the top of the ninth. Final 13-2.

Aaron Judge came off the IL, and going down was Thairo Estrada.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.373) 2 HR (9), 3 RBI
Voit 3-run HR (19, leads MLB)
Frazier 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (7)
Higashioka 3 hits, all 3 hits HR (4); 5 RBI

Cole (W, 6-3, 3.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 8 K. 100TH MLB win.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.00
Nelson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.52

It’s the third time Cole was paired with Higashioka and third straight good outing. Personal catcher?

UPDATE: James Paxton has been placed on the 45 day I.L., effectively ending his season. Since he is a free agent at the end of the season (and has a flexor tendon issue right now in his pitching forearm), his Yankees tenure could be over.

Thoughts after a rainout.

Recently I saw some thoughts on the Yankees, and some I agree with, others need more thought. But I thought I would share those and my thoughts with you.

One. Rest? Balls to the wall right now. The person who wrote what I saw questioned why Boone is giving so much rest and off days to players IN A SIXTY GAME SEASON. I have to agree. Not only that, rest because of doubleheaders? The doubleheaders are just seven inning games! I get the injury problems, but how much rest is needed in a sixty game season in which a lot of games so far are seven inning affairs?

Second. The writer wrote to dump Montgomery and go with Clarke Schmidt in the rotation from now on. Ok. Teams haven’t seen Schmidt (0-0, 7.71 in two relief outings) while Monty is 2-2, 5.72. Who knows. Schmidt is more used to starting. Monty hasn’t been good the last few times out. Udecided on this one.

It does look as if Deivi Garcia will have to stay in the rotation. James Paxton has suffered a setback in his forearm problem. This means a few things. One, Garcia in his three MLB starts is 1-1, 3.06. Paxton was 1-1, 6.64 in five starts. But Paxton is a free agent after the year (along with Tanaka), and given this problem and Paxton’s injury history, would you bring him back? I wouldn’t. As for Tanaka, yes. But the biggest free agent that the Yankees HAVE to re-sign is LeMahieu, who as he did last year, is leading the team in WAR (Wins Above Replacement).

Third. The outfield problem. There isn’t a lot that can be done here as long as Judge and Stanton are on the IL. The author of the piece I saw suggested benching Gardner (.165-3-9, OPS+ 65) for Tauchman (.238-0-10, OPS+ 83). Ok, but not a lot of improvement. Hicks (.209-4-13) isn’t helping much either, but at least Hicks (114 OPS+) is drawing walks, leading the team in them.

What this leads to is Clint Frazier. At .288-5-17, OPS+ 159, he has to play everyday. And this means when/if Judge returns, Boone should go with Frazier in LF, Hicks CF and Judge in RF. You can use Tauchman or Gardy for a defensive replacement late for Frazier. As for Gardy, he just turned 37. I don’t expect him back in 2021.

As for Andujar, you can’t afford his lack of OF experience out there right now. He has to play 3b (which he doesn’t do well) or, with Stanton out, DH.

There are only 17 games left. The 22-21 Yankees are clinging to the last playoff spot, only there because of the special circumstances with the CCP virus in 2020.

Balls to the wall.

As for the DH today, fingers crossed. The Yanks are only 2-7 in those 7–inning affairs this year. That has to improve.

And as for Sanchez. Whew. I don’t know what to do there. J.T. Realmuto is a free agent after the season. He’ll be 30 next year. Catchers usually break down at 32, 33. 5 years, $100 Million? Do the Yanks have the $ for him, and if so, would they give up on Sanchez? And what to do with Sanchez.

Excuse me, I have to take an aspirin. Sanchez has been giving me, and I am sure you, headaches this season.

Injury updates, and a trade.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees traded David Hale to the Phillies today for a minor league reliever, Addison Russ.

Hale will be 33 next month, and the RHP was 0-0, 3.00 in five games, all in relief, this season. He spent parts of 2018, 2019 and 2020 with the Yankees and as a Yankee, went 3-0, 2.98 in 28 games, all in relief. His overall record is 13-10, 4.23.

Russ, 25, was at the Phillies’ AA Reading team last year, going 5-6, 2.54 with 22 saves and 81 K in 56 2/3 IP. He supposedly hits 96 on his fastball, with a split finger to go along with it. The righty could conceivably come up to fill in the void left by Tommy Kahnle after Kahnle’s TJ surgery.

Russ is 15-10 overall in his minor league career, ERA 2.48. He has not pitched above AA. 50 saves, 200 K in 152 2/3 IP.

It looks like both James Paxton and Gleyber Torres are both headed to the IL but the MRIs weren’t as bad as feared. Still, at least 10 days for each of them.

UPDATE: And now I see Avilan to IL too. Left shoulder inflammation.


Game 25. Lost game 10-5, players to IL, weekend?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yankees put Zack Britton on the IL (hamstring), sent Miguel Andujar (2 for 21 this year, 9 for 68 last 68 MLB at bats) down and brought up Ben Heller and Miguel Yajure. Yajure, RHP, 22, went 9-6, 2.14 between High A and AA last year. He hasn’t appeared in AAA.

Then, during today’s game, Gleyber Torres left with a leg injury. He may be joining Judge, LeMahieu, Stanton and Britton on the IL.

ALSO, today’s starter, James Paxton, saw his fastball velocity diminish even more, felt something in his forearm/elbow area that didn’t feel right, and is headed for an MRI.

Ugh. TJ surgery? And he is a free agent at the end of the year.

As if that is not bad enough, the Yanks (16-9) lost yet again today to Tampa Bay, 10-5. They are 1-6 vs. the Rays this season, 15-3 against other teams. With the loss, the Yanks got swept three in a row by the Rays—all at home—and fell out of first place in the AL East. Tampa Bay, at 17-9, is now 1/2 game ahead of the Yanks.

I’ll get to the game in a moment. But TOMORROW’S Game, supposed to be at Citi FIeld vs. the Mets, has now been postponed, and the whole Subway Series weekend could now be scrapped because a Mets player and another member of the Mets’ personnel came down positive with the coronavirus (CCP Virus).

Got all that? Now for the game.

Paxton took a no-hitter into the fifth, and had a 2-0 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when Luke Voit homered (10) for the fourth straight game. That HR gave him the team lead by one over Aaron Judge.

In the third, with one out, Mike Tauchman singled and Gio Urshela doubled. Torres drove in a run with a groundout, but appeared to tweak something in his hammy running to first. He is scheduled for an MRI.

Paxton lost his no-hitter and the lead in the top of the fifth. He only gave up one hit that inning, but that hit and three walks led to three Rays runs. 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks got the lead back in the bottom of the fourth when Urshela hit a 2-run HR (5).

But Adam Ottavino and Luis Avilan gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and it was 8-4 Rays.

With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled, Aaron Hicks walked, and Voit singled to make it 8-5.

Luis Cessa gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 10-5 and that was the final score.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (10)
Tauchman 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR (5)
Kratz 2 hits

Paxton 5 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 8 K.  6.64
Ottavino (L, 2-2, BS,1; 4.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.32   Gave up 1 HR
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.89
Cessa 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.19  Gave up 1 HR.



Game 20. Bombers bludgeon Boston, 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit the 1/3rd mark of this virus-shortened, strange season at 14-6 after an 11-5 bludgeoning of Boston Saturday night.

The Yanks so far this season are A) undefeated at home and B) undefeated vs. Boston, who have severe pitching issues.

Clint Frazier may be up because Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are on the IL, but it would be hard even for Judge and Stanton to do what Frazier has done since his recall. Three games, 7 for 11, 2 HR and 8 RBI.

Last night, Frazier went 3 for 3 with 5 RBI, including a 3-run HR.

However the Yanks could now lose another player to the IL—D.J. LeMahieu (.411), who injured his left thumb.

The Yanks scored right away in the first inning when Gio Urshela hit a 2-run HR, his fourth of the season.

Yankees’ starter James Paxton gave up three runs in the top of the third and Boston was ahead 3-2.

The Yanks got the lead back on a 2-HR run by Gary Sanchez (4) in the bottom of the fourth. It’s the third straight game in which Sanchez homered.

They broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with an single, and Mike Tauchman doubled him to third. After Sanchez struck out, Frazier hit a three-run HR (2) to make it 7-3. Brett Gardner and Tyler Wade then hit back-to-back doubles to make it 8-3. Wade in for the injured D.J.

They tacked three more on in the bottom of the seventh. Gio Urshela struck out, but reached first on a WP. After an out, Tauchman walked and Sanchez was HBP to load the bases. Frazier singled in two runs, and an error put him on second, Sanchez on third. Gardner then hit a SF to make it 11-3.

Boston got two runs in the top of the ninth but the final was 11-5 Yankees.

Urshela 2-run HR (4)
Torres 2 hits
Sanchez 2-run HR (4)
Frazier 3 for 3, a 3-run HR (2), 5 RBI

Paxton (W, 1-1, 7.04) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.18
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.70
Cessa 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.76   Gave up 1 HR.




Game 16. Rays edge Yanks, 4-3

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It was one of those losses that drive you crazy. The Yanks (10-6) had a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, and after two bad starts to begin the season, James Paxton was pitching great.

Then it all unraveled.

The Yanks didn’t exactly mash to get those three runs. They got one in the first when Mike Ford was HBP with the bases loaded, and two in the fifth courtesy of a two-out, three-base error.

But in the bottom of the seventh, a double, popup, and then back-to-back homers by the Rays tied the game. Up until that point, Paxton had a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts going.

The Yanks caught two breaks before finally losing the game. In the bottom of the eighth, it appeared that the Rays scored the go ahead run but on review, the batter was called out, giving the Yanks an inning-ending DP instead of a force that would have brought a run home.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Rays got a leadoff double, then Mike Brosseau did what Mike Tauchman did the other day. Get thrown out at third on a bad baserunning play. If on second you don’t go if the ball is hit to the SS. It got to get through. So the Yanks got the runner at third, but a WP, walk, and groundout led to a two-out, game-winning single by Michael Perez.

It was the Yanks’ fifth loss in their last seven games.

Estrada was brought back up with Stanton going on the IL.

LeMahieu 2 hits.

Paxton 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 11 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.84
Holder 1 2/3 IP,  0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  0.00
Britton (L, 0-1, 1.59) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Game 8. Judge (2 HR) sparks Yanks’ 9-7 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge homered for the fifth straight game, and his two homers led the way in the Yankees’ (7-1) 9-7 win over Boston Sunday night. It was the Yanks’ sixth win in a row.

James Paxton started and once again did not have it, giving up a 2-run HR to Xander Bogaerts in the first inning.

Judge hit the first of his two homers, a 3-run shot, in the second inning to put the Yanks up 3-2.

Boston scored three times in the third to go up 5-3. Two runs were unearned because of a two-base error in LF by Miguel Andujar.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third when Giancarlo Stanton walked, scored on a double by Gary Sanchez, then Gio Urshela doubled home Sanchez.

Michael King gave up a HR to Bogaerts in the top of the fifth, but the Yanks tied in the bottom of the inning on a HR by Luke Voit (3). 6-6.

Rafael Devers homered for Boston in the top of the seventh to put them up 7-6.

But in the bottom of the eighth, with two out, Mike Tauchman walked and stole second. D.J. LeMahieu singled to tie the game, then Judge hit his sixth HR of the season, and second of the game, to put the Yanks up 9-7, the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 HR, 5 RBI. 412 and 468 ft. blasts
Voit solo HR
Urshela 3 hits, RBI

Paxton 3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 0 W, 4 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   13.50
King 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  7.71
Ottavino (W, 1-0, 0.00) 1 1/3 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Britton (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.00


Game 2. Yanks fall, 9-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Not a good night for the Yankees’ pitchers as the Yanks (1-1) fell to the defending champion Nationals, 9-2 Saturday night.

James Paxton only got three outs, as he gave up three runs in the second and was pulled without recording any outs in the second inning.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the fort after that.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his second HR of the season, a solo shot. He had 2 hits.

Thairo Estrada and Mike Ford, neither of whom started, were each 1 for 1.

Slow starts so far for Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner. All are still looking for their first hit of the season.

Paxton (L, 0-1, 27.00) 1 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.
King 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  10.80 (2nd MLB game)
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   0.00
Hale 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  9.00  Gave up 1 HR.
Avilan 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 9.00  Gave up 1 HR.

The Yanks signed Fernando Abad. There will be a lot of in season moves early on, especially when they have to reduce to 28 then 26. As of now, the roster is 30, and it doesn’t include Tanaka, Montgomery or Chapman.



Paxton in Game 2 after Cole. LeMahieu recovering.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

While Gerrit Cole will open the season for the Yankees, it was announced that James Paxton will start Game 2.

Such wouldn’t have been the case this spring when Paxton was still recovering from back surgery.

Also, NY Post columnist Joel Sherman confirmed a report that the Yankees are expecting second baseman DJ LeMahieu to join the team this week after not participating in spring training 2.0 due to testing positive for coronavirus.

Whether D.J. will be good to go on Opening Day? I doubt it.

Good to see Judge and Stanton homer in the intrasquad game last night. … at Paxton’s expense.

Looks like Jonathan Loaisiga will be a jack of all trades out of the bullpen. I would not be surprised if that includes “opener” when needed, just like Chad Green was last year.

Only a few days from some exhibition games and a week from the start of the shortened season.

One potential problem? Umpires who may want to sit out because of the virus just like some players are doing.

MLB suspension also pushes back German return.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If you are wondering what the suspension of spring training and the postponement and delay of Opening Day means for Domingo German and his return to the Yankees, think no further.

It pushes it back.

German wasn’t suspended for a certain time, but for a certain amount of GAMES. So his suspension resumes whenever the games resume.

Originally considered a candidate for a June return, now, depending on when MLB does kick in, he may not be back until August.

And with the changes to MLB as far as the rosters (no increase from 25 to 40 in September, but only from 26 to 28), if this delay pushes him into September, then there could be a chance he doesn’t come back at all this year.

He’s not eligible until the Yankees’ 64th game of 2020, but who knows now when that 64th game will take place?

That 64th game was originally supposed to be June 5th. Now?

This pandemic / national emergency does give some players like Judge, Stanton and Paxton time to heal without missing games. So there is that. A silver lining.

But we wish the black cloud never would have appeared.

As expected the minors followed MLB’s lead. Minor league baseball postponed for the time being as well.