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Game 90. Depleted Yanks get shut-out, 4-0.

Major problems. And these could sink the Yankees’ season.

The Yanks were already without Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid list). Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar were on the IL, not to mention others like Corey Kluber, Aaron Hicks and Darren O’Day.

Now add to the Covid List Wandy Peralta, Nestor Cortes, Jr. Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela. Add Luke Voit (knee) to the IL.

As a result, a bunch of guys had to be brought up from SWB. Hoy Jun Park and Trey Amburgey each made their MLB debuts last night. Rob Brantly had to be brought up. Chris Gittens, just off the IL himself, had to come up. Zack Britton was activated off of the IL. Am I missing anyone?

The depleted Yanks lost to Boston 4-0, getting just three hits. They are 0-7 vs. Boston this year, and are now 9 back and in fourth place with a 46-44 record. They play Boston six more times between now and June 25. They have Tampa Bay June 27-29. (In between there are two games with the Phillies).

Those guys out will be out for a while, leaving it up to the scrubs. This could get ugly.

So what did we see last night? The Yanks had a #3 hitter hitting .219, a cleanup hitter hitting .215, A #5 hitter at .237, a #6 hitter at .190. The #7 hitter is 2 for 22 in his MLB career. The #8 hitter was making his MLB debut. The #9 hitter is at .180 and was pinch-hit for by another guy making his MLB debut. Hoo boy. Is it any wonder why the Yanks got shut out?

Poor Jordan Montgomery. No run support. Montgomery had just one bad inning, the second, when he gave up a walk, double, RBI groundout, and a 2-run HR for 3 runs. That was more than enough for Boston. The second straight game he lost 4-0. In his last five starts, Montgomery has lost four of them. In those five games, the Yankees have scored a total of seven runs.

Later, Justin Wilson, who has been absolutely brutal this season, gave up a solo HR for the last run of the game. 4-0, Boston.

Montgomery (L, 3-5) 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. One bad inning. 4.18
German 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.72
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 8.62 Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.40


Covid concerns postpone Yankees’ Game/Minor League Report

The Yankees/Red Sox game on Thursday night was postponed due to Covid concerns, and the whole four-game weekend series could be in jeopardy. Things could get even worse for MLB. This could affect each team.

Besides Jonathan Loaisiga, who tested positive before the All-Star Game, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Wandy Peralta have also tested positive. The Yanks made roster substitutions, reinstating Zack Britton off of the IL, bringing up Trey Amburgey, and putting Hoy Jun Park on the taxi squad.

Then it was reported that Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka are in protocol. First reports are that they are positive too, but further testing is needed to confirm.

Since Judge was just a starter and played at the All-Star Game, if he was/is positive, then every team has a problem, especially with its All-Stars, and MLB is then in a tizzy.

Hoo Boy.

Minor League Report.

AAA: SWB (40-21) won 11-3. RF Ryan LaMarre, 2 RBI, solo HR. LF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI. 3B Aramando Alvarez 2 hits, 3 RBI, SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits, 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (40-22) won 6-5 in 10 innings. SS Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 RBI. DH Donny Sands 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits.

High A: Hudson Valley (40-23) lost both games of a doubleheader.

Game 1: Lost 3-2. CF Pablo Olivares 3 for 3, RBI.

Game 2: Lost 2-1, getting just two hits. 3B Chad Bell HR.

Low A: Tampa (43-19) won 8-1. Top uber-prospect 18 yr. old Jasson Dominguez 2 hits. Edgar Barclay 4 scoreless, hitless relief innings, 7 K. Nick Paciorek 2 scoreless IP, 5 K. DH Austin Wells 2 RBI, solo HR. 2B Trevor Hauver 2 hits, RBI. RF Jose DeLeon 2 hits. 3B Eduardo Torrealba 2-run HR.

Game 86. Yanks bats silent in 4-0 loss.

You can’t win if you don’t score, and usually you don’t score if you don’t hit. The Yankees (44-42) didn’t do either in losing to Seattle Thursday afternoon, 4-0.

UPDATE: After all games were played on Thursday, the Yanks were in 4th, 9 GB.

The Yankees only got one hit in the game, a second-inning double by Giancarlo Stanton.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a solo HR in the first inning, and a two-run HR in the second. He settled down after that, but with the Yanks doing nothing offensively, that was enough damage against him for Seattle to win.

Wandy Peralta gave up a HR in the 8th for the final score of 4-0.

Montgomery (L, 3-4) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 9 K. 1 WP. Gave up 2 HR. 4.16
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.59
Peralta 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.26 (combined ERA SF/NYY)

I know Wilson has been bad this year, but why pull him after one batter, when he got that batter out?

Game 84. Yanks rout Seattle, 12-1.

The Yankees (43-41, 4th in AL East, 9 1/2 back) needed this one. A game in which they got a big lead early en route to a blowout win. A couple of big homers, but more importantly, several Yankees had multi-hit games, their starter went deep and had the best outing of his Yankees’ tenure, and with a big lead, you can even let your struggling closer try and work things out.

The Yanks beat Seattle, 12-1 last night. In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a long fly out by Aaron Judge, then Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 434 ft. rocket for a 3-run HR (15), and the Yankees were up 3-0 on ex-Yankee Justus Sheffield.

They scored three more in the second. With one out, Tim Locastro walked, and LeMahieu singled. Judge grounded into a force out, and then stole second. Sanchez walked, and ball four was a WP, enabling Locastro to score and Judge to go to third. Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled in two runs to make it 6-0.

In the third inning, Rougned Odor walked to lead off the inning , and Miguel Andujar singled him to second. After an out, LeMahieu singled in a run, Andujar moving to third. Judge doubled in a run to make it 8-0.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fifth. Locastro singled, and with one out, Judge singled him to second. After another out, Stanton walked to load the bases. An infield single by Luke Voit brought in the run.

Meanwhile, Jameson Taillon was able to go seven innings, only giving up 1 run.

The Yanks closed the scoring in the eighth when Voit doubled, and Gio Urshela singled. Odor then hit a 3-run HR (9).

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth in order to work out his problems. From June 9 to July 5, Chapman’s ERA was 22.24. He pitched a scoreless inning, but not a clean one. The wildness was still there. A single, strikeout, WP, and walk. Another strikeout, another walk. Bases loaded, two out, thank goodness a blowout game. He got another strikeout to end the game. 3 K’s, but two walks.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, a 3-run HR (15)
Voit 5 hits, 3 RBI
Odor 2 hits, 3 RBI. A 3-run HR (9)
Andujar 2 hits,

The Yanks banged out 18 hits, and were 7 for 15 w/RISP.


Taillon (W, 4-4) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 5.05
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.11 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.55

Games 82 & 83. Yanks salvage nightcap to split DH after first game disaster.

The Yankees (42-41, 4th in AL East, 10 back) split a DH with the Mets yesterday, winning the nightcap 4-2 after having a disastrous loss in the first game, 10-5. Both games were 7-inning affairs.

Wandy Peralta was the 27th man for the DH.

UPDATE: After the DH, Tyler Wade was sent down, with no corresponding move. Peralta may have been activated to the normal squad.

Game 1: Both pitchers Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman were named to the All-Star team, joining starter Aaron Judge. Neither pitcher pitched like an All-Star yesterday, and both raised red flags about their recent performances.

Cole gave up a solo HR in the first inning to Dominic Smith and the Yanks were down 1-0. The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Giancarlo Stanton singled leading off the inning and everyone was safe when Gio Urshela reached on an error. After a forceout, Brett Gardner was hit by pitch to load the bases. Kyle Higashioka doubled in two runs and newcomer Tim Locastro hit a SF.

The Yanks made it 4-1 in the third. Judge singled, Luke Voit singled Judge to third, and Judge scored when Stanton GIDP.

With your ace on the mound, a shortened game, and a three-run lead, you felt good. Except that Cole gave up three runs in the fourth, enabling the Mets to tie the game. Heading into June, Cole’s ERA was 1.78. It has risen to 2.91. Since June 1, Cole’s ERA is 5.24. Very concerning. And when we get to Chapman (and Lucas Luetge), things get far worse.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks went ahead 5-4. With one out, D.J. LeMahieu singled, and Judge singled D.J. to third, and then a wild pitch enabled D.J. to score.

The Yanks took this 5-4 lead into the top of the seventh, then Chapman and Luetge both imploded, just like they did the other night against the Angels. They gave up six runs to blow the game. Chapman, after blowing a couple of fastballs past Pete Alonso, hung a slider and Alonso’s HR tied the game. There was a lot of second-guessing on the YES postgame show over that pitch selection. A HBP and walk followed and Chapman was replaced by Luetge.

A single loaded the bases, then Luetge got a strikeout. A double (with fan interference from a Mets fan) put the Mets up 7-5. A single brought in two more and an error by Judge on the play enabled the hitter (Brandon Nimmo) to go to second. Another single brought in Nimmo. Disaster. 10-5.

The implosion sent Chapman’s ERA to 4.71. On June 9, it was 0.39. Since June 9, Chapman has an ERA of 22.24.

Luetge’s ERA went to 3.46. In his last 3 2/3 IP, Luetge has given up six earned runs, raising his ERA from 2.37.

Judge 2 hits
Higashioka 2 RBI

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.91. See above, 5.24 since June 1.
Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1 HBP 2.20 Should have been named to All-Star Team.
Green (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.45 Would return for Game 2. See below.
Chapman (L, 5-3; BS, 4) 0 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up HR. See above. ERA 22.24 Since June 9.
Luetge 1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.46 See above. 7 R, 6 ER in last 3 2/3 IP.


Game 2: Yanks win 4-2.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. started and did well, and Green was dominant in closing it out.

In the second inning, Luke Voit led off with a double and Rougned Odor beat out a bunt for a hit. Urshela then hit a 3-run HR. (11).

With one out in the top of the fourth, Cortes gave up a double and was replaced by Darren O’Day, who gave up a two-run HR to Alonso. 3-2.

The Yankees got an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Brett Gardner walked, as did LeMahieu. A groundout by Judge moved the runners up, and Gardner scored on a WP.

Green pitched three perfect innings for the win, and closed the game with an immaculate inning (9 pitches, 9 strikes, strike out the side, 1-2-3).

Urshela 3-run HR (11)

Cortes 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.29
O’Day 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.38
Green (W, 3-4) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K. 2.28. Like Loaisiga, could have been considered for All-Star Team.

The Yanks are off today. Travel day. Out in Seattle.

Game 76. Yanks fall to Boston again, 4-2.

You know the saying. Make contact, don’t strike out, and you might get lucky. You don’t know what may happen.

That sure worked for Boston as the Red Sox got five infield hits in beating the Yankees 4-2 Saturday night.

Usually when you are a lefty pitching at Fenway, and give up 3 runs in 6 innings, you did pretty well. But for Jordan Montgomery, it only made him a hard-luck loser last night as the Yankees had trouble getting to ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi. More on that in a bit.

The loss dropped the Yankees to 40-36, 6 back. They are 4 1/2 out of what would be the final playoff spot if the season ended today. They are in third place in the AL East, but only 1/2 game ahead of 4th place Toronto. They really need a win today, and at least have ace Gerrit Cole starting the game today.

A lot of the Yankees’ problems deal with how the roster is constructed. Yankees’ teams have traditionally been built on lefty bats (including switch-hitters) and lefty pitching. Here is a look at just a few Yankees’ title teams of the past. Lefty hitters listed, switch-hitters have an asterisk.

1927: Ruth, Gehrig, Combs, Koenig*
1939: Dickey, Rolfe, Keller, Selkirk, Henrich
1961: Mantle*, Maris, Berra, Kubek, Blanchard
1977: Nettles, Chambliss, Rivers, Jackson, White*
1998: Williams*, O’Neill, Martinez, Raines*, Strawberry, Posada*, Ledee, Davis*
2009: (the last title) Swisher*, Cabrera*, Teixeira*, Posada*, Cano, Damon, Matsui, Gardner … even Pena* and Hinske.

Wow. Look at all the switch-hitters in 2009.

Now look at this year. I’ll also have to point out the production, or lack of. Remember 100 is average OPS+. For example, an 80 means 20% below league average.

Odor .209-8-18, OPS+ 93; Gardner .198-2-8, 71; Hicks* .194-4-14, 76 (only 32 games, out for season); Ford .133-3-5, 58 (traded to Tampa Bay); Bruce .118-1-3, 32 (retired after 10 games), Wade .217-0-2, 54. Tauchman was 3 for 14, traded to SF, and young Estevan Florial was 1 for 3 in one game.

There’s very little lefty bats in the lineup, and they have been unproductive. Against a tough righty pitcher like Eovaldi, the Yanks only had one lefty hitting starter in the lineup last night. That was Gardner, hitting ninth.

You can see the problem. Look at the lefties and switch-hitters (and you know how productive they were) of some of the title teams and compare that to this year’s team.

People can talk about the short porch at Yankee Stadium all they want. The Yanks aren’t taking advantage of it.

One last thing before a quick game recap: The Yankees are hitting into a ton of DPs this year, and are at the top in that category. Remember that a righty hitter has to take two or three more steps to get to first base than a lefty one. Those steps are the difference between a force out and a DP.

As for the game, Boston got two runs off of Montgomery in the second inning. Two infield hits, and a SF that went 152 ft. 1B Luke Voit had to go up the line in foul territory for the catch, and was in no position to make a good throw home. So Montgomery and the Yanks had no luck there.

Boston got another run in the third to make it 3-0, helped by two more infield hits. Once again, no luck. Boston added another run in the seventh to make it 4-0.

D.J. LeMahieu got the Yanks on the board in the top of the eighth with a solo HR (7) with two out. The Yanks then loaded the bases on three straight walks, but Voit grounded out to end the inning.

In the top of the ninth, LeMahieu singled in a run to make it 4-2, but with two men on, Aaron Judge struck out to end the game.

LeMahieu 4 hits, Solo HR, 2 RBI
Judge 2 hits


Montgomery (L, 3-2) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 4.06.
Abreu 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.53

Half of Boston’s 10 hits were infield hits.

Before the game, Zack Britton (hamstring) and Wandy Peralta (back) were placed on the injured list. Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske were brought up.



Game 69. Ex-Yanks’ prospect beats Yanks, 5-3.

A few years back, James Kaprielian was a top Yankees’ prospect. Then injuries slowed his development, and he was traded to the A’s with others for Sonny Gray. We know how poorly Gray turned out.

Last night, Yankees fans got a taste of what might have been. Kaprielian and the A’s shut down the Yankees (36-33, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) 5-3.

James Taillon started for the Yanks, and gave up a HR on a two-out, 0-2 pitch to put the A’s up 1-0 in the first inning. I feel as if the Yanks need to make a deal for a starter (two, preferably) ASAP. Taillon, in 13 starts this season, has only thrown 58 innings, an average of only 4 1/2 innings per start. Only twice in those 13 starts has he gone more than 5 IP. He has ONE win. The ERA is 5.59. He is coming off two TJ surgeries in his career, as well as overcoming cancer. But he isn’t cutting it. Also, Michael King is better as a reliever and not a starter. He also isn’t providing length (since replacing the injured Corey Kluber in the rotation, King is averaging less than 4 innings/start in his 4 starts). King’s ERA in 13 relief appearances in his career is 3.93 but it is 7.28 in eight career starts.

But the Yanks don’t have replacements handy. Luis Severino’s return has been delayed because of the groin injury. Deivi Garcia has been horrible at AAA. Clarke Schmidt has not thrown a pitch yet. Promising youngsters are at AA, or below, not at AAA.

I don’t believe the Yanks can make up ground with Taillon and/or King in the rotation. GM Brian Cashman needs to make a trade ASAP.

Taillon gave up a run in the top of the third to make it 2-0, Oakland.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the third when with two out, Brett Gardner walked and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a 2-run HR (5). The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Rougned Odor homered (7).

But Wandy Peralta gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the sixth that put Oakland up 5-3, and that stayed as the final score.

Looking at Peralta’s ERA (5.28 as a Yankee), I think manager Aaron Boone trusts him too much. The Yanks will get help here. Both Darren O’ Day (who was doing well before getting hurt) and Justin Wilson (who wasn’t) should be back soon.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (5)
Odor solo HR (7)


Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 5.59
Peralta (L, 3-2; combined SF/NYY record) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.32 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP; 1 WP 2.91
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.10

Minor League Notes (VOIT ON REHAB):

AAA: SWB (27-11) won 7-5. Nick Nelson 4 1/3 IP, 1 R; Albert Abreu 2 IP, scoreless, 5 K (in his brief time with Yanks, 4 games, Abreu has done well this year). CF Greg Allen 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. Two hits, RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. Amburgey is hitting .372 at SWB. Former Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him. Neither Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar is lighting it up. Why not give Amburgey a chance? 1B Rob Brantly 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. 3B Derek Dietrich solo HR.

AA: Somerset (26-13) won 8-1. Janson Junk (2-1, 1.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1B Luke Voit on rehab: 3 for 4, scored 3, drove in 3, double, solo HR. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. CF Tom Milone 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (23-16) split a DH.

Game 1: lost 6-2. SS Josh Smith solo HR.
Game 2: won 2-0. Smith DH, 2 hits, scored both runs. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (27-13) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: lost 3-1. All 3 runs unearned. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Game 2: lost 8-2. Infielder (2B/SS) Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, RBI.

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Game 65. Yanks need to reassess things after a 7-0 loss.

The Yankees are off today, before starting a three-game set in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays.

That doesn’t mean they should take the day off, especially ownership and the front office.

This team needs a reassessment. A total shakeup and breakdown starting at the top. A 7-0 loss yesterday to the Phillies puts the Yankees at 33-32, barely above .500, in 4th place in their division out of five teams, and 8 1/2 back of the first place Tampa Bay Rays.

It’s serious look in the mirror time.

It’s not just this year. Yes, the Yanks made the extended postseason last year, but the record wasn’t great. 33-27 plus this year’s 33-32 means that they are 66-59 in their last 125 games. That isn’t a small sample size, but a significant one. 66-59 isn’t excellent, or even good. It’s above average. And this team is supposed to be better than above average.

There are certain moves the Yankees cannot do because of contract limitations. Understood. But moves need to be made. This cannot continue.

Once again, the Yanks got into an early 4-0 hole. This time after two innings. They only got four hits in the game, two by D.J. LeMahieu.

With the two-game sweep of the Yanks this weekend, ex-manager Joe Girardi had the last laugh, you may say.

The Yanks looked flat. They played awful. There was another atrocious baserunning mistake (Odor). Even sure-handed LeMahieu made a sloppy error. Manager Aaron Boone snapped at one reporter’s question in the postgame press conference.

There is a lot of frustration, and it’s among everyone, players, front office, and fans.

Something needs to be done, or this team may be double-digits behind soon (they are 8 1/2 back now) and this season could be over very soon. I don’t see a 1978-like comeback in this team.

There isn’t much more to write. This team needs a major shakeup.

LeMahieu 2 hits (of the 4 the Yanks got).

German (L, 4-4) 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.88
Peralta 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.43 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. 2.78
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.83

Aaron Judge didn’t play because of back spasms. And in an NL park, no DH, they could not even risk putting Giancarlo Stanton in the OF for at least one game? Sheesh.

Stanton being unable to play the field hurts this team. A thought. The guy is 6’6″. A big target. Can he at least learn 1B in order to SOMETIMES play the field? Heck, a crippled Mickey Mantle learned 1B for his last two seasons. Just a thought. The same applies to the 6’7″ Aaron Judge.

Speaking of 1B, Chris Gittens is now 0 for 13 since being called up. Luke Voit began another rehab stint with SWB and was 1 for 3 yesterday, scored a run, had a double and an RBI. They need Voit back, and for Voit to be Voit again.

The Yanks did make some promotions in the minors. One of them is that of Ken Waldichuk, he of the 0.00 ERA at high A Hudson Valley (30 2/3 IP). He is being moved up to AA Somerset. Hayden Wesneski in also going from High A to AA and the same with Luis Medina. Three starting pitchers moving up from High A to AA. Recently SS Oswald Peraza went from High A to AA. It looks like P Janson Junk will be promoted from AA to AAA.

All four of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates won yesterday, three of them by shutout.






Game 64. Bad day in many ways as Yanks lose to Phils in 10, 8-7.

Saturday was a bad day for the Yankees in many ways. I will get to that in a moment.

Before the game, some moves. Zack Britton was activated off of rehab and Brooks Kriske was sent back to the minors. Also, Mike Ford, who only hit .133-3-5 (8 for 60) for the Yanks this year, and who was only 2 for 24 (.083) at SWB, was designated for assignment.

Jameson Taillon has been the worst Yankees’ starter this season. He is coming off of two TJ surgeries, and has fought off cancer. But coming into the game, Taillon was 1-4 with an ERA of 5.09.

Taillon could not get out of the first inning, and saw his ERA climb to 5.74. His ERA+ is 71, 29% below league average. Taillon only got one out, and put the Yanks (33-31, Tied for 3rd, 7 1/2 out) into a quick 4-0 hole in a game they would lose in 10 innings, 8-7.

So you think, ok, ride Taillon out until former Yankees’ ace Luis Severino gets back from rehab.

Not so fast.

Severino, in his second rehab game, gave up one run in 1 2/3 IP, but then had to be helped from the field after injuring his groin. Based on the reports I read, he will be out quite some time.

Not only that, with Corey Kluber on the injured list, Michael King has had to join the rotation. One problem with that. In his career, King is 0-4, 7.46 as a starter (7 games) and 1-1, 3.93 as a reliever.

That is not all. Deivi Garcia has started two games for the Yankees this year, and is 0-2, 6.48 ERA. At SWB, Garcia has an ERA of 6.26.

It looks like GM Brian Cashman is going to have to hit the phones and make a deal. You may say, several deals.

The Yanks are barely above .500 at 33-31. They are now 7 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East, and even though they have 98 games left, this does not look like a playoff team at all right now.

Taillon gave up singles to the first four batters of the game, leading to two runs for the Phillies. Then a walk to reload the bases before the only out he recorded—-a sac fly that brought in another run. After a single that made it 4-0, Taillon was relieved by Nestor Cortes, Jr. Cortes gave up a hit that loaded the bases up yet again, but then got two strikeouts to prevent further damage.

Cortes did a good job in trying to keep the Yankees in the game.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, Gary Sanchez homered (8). One out later, Miguel Andujar singled, and Brett Gardner tripled him home. 4-2. But Gardner was left stranded at third because the Yanks were playing in a National League park, no DH, and the pitcher had to hit (I hate seeing pitchers hit, prefer the DH, but that yields to Mcproblems which I will get to in a bit). Cortes grounded out to end the inning, and in case you are wondering, the last Yankees’ pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel at the end of the 1972 season (he hit it off of Mickey Lolich at the old Tigers’ Stadium).

Cortes gave up a run in the fourth, and it was 5-2, Phillies.

The Phils got two runs in the fifth off of Luis Cessa, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes drove in one of those runs. It looked like a blowout with the Phillies now up 7-2.

But the Yanks came back. In the sixth, with two out, Rougned Odor homered to make it 7-3.

In the eighth, the Yanks cut it to 7-4. Aaron Judge singled, and one out later, went to second on a groundout. Sanchez then got a two-out hit to score Judge.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. with one out, Gardner and Tyler Wade each walked. D.J. LeMahieu then hit a 3-run HR (4) to tie it up.

Gleyber Torres made a great defensive play to save the game in the bottom of the ninth.

I hate the ghost runner extra inning rule where they start extra innings with a man on second base. I also hate seeing pitchers hit and prefer the dh. But both rules do show a flaw with the Yankees, and that is in executing the fundamentals.

The DH has turned some AL teams like the Yankees into glorified beer-league softball teams instead of BASEBALL teams. What I mean by that is that they sit around waiting for the 3-run HR and don’t make things happen. They don’t bunt (4 sac bunts this season, 2 by Gardner). They don’t hit and run. They don’t steal (14 SB, last in AL. Heck, Rickey Henderson would have 14 by himself in a month’s time). They don’t hit behind the runner to advance the runner. They play station to station and don’t run the bases well.

That leads me to extra innings. You are starting the inning with a man on second. The Yanks left him there. And we have seen that too much this year. They don’t bunt him over so he then may be able to score on a sac fly. They don’t even hit the ball to the right side to advance the runner. Part of that fault is the predominance of righty hitters and in not having a lefty hitter to pull the ball. Yesterday, with that man on second, Gio Urshela grounded out, not advancing the runner, then two strikeouts (Sanchez and PH Kyle HIgashioka).

The Phils, an NL team, DID execute the bunt. Not only that, Aroldis Chapman made an error on the play, so the Phils had first and third with no one out. After a pop-up, an infield hit won the game for the Phils, 8-7.

In extra innings, it comes down to the fundamentals. Just because you have the DH, does not mean you forget to steal bases, run the bases poorly, don’t bunt, don’t move the runners over…..but the Yanks don’t do any of that. They need to become a BASEBALL team again, not a station-to-station beer league softball team that does nothing but wait for the HR.

Billy Martin would hate this team. It goes against many of the scappy things he did as manager.

The Yanks need to make some changes.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (4)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (8)
Odor 2 hits, solo HR (6).
Gardner 2 hits, RBI


Taillon 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.74
Cortes 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1 WP. 1.93 Nice job trying to keep it close.
Cessa 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.42
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.57 (Combined ERA SF/NYY).
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 (Season debut)
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.73
Chapman (L, 4-2) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.93


Game 63. Nobody’s perfect. Yanks stunningly lose 7-5.

Nobody’s perfect.

Aroldis Chapman entered the bottom of the ninth with a 0.39 ERA and was trying to preserve a 5-3 Yankees’ lead.

Four batters later, he took the loss and the ERA went to 1.96. Single, game-tying HR, single and game-winning HR.

The Yankees (33-30, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) lost 7-5 to the Twins.

The game started out great, and it seemed like the Yankees would sweep the Twins, all until the bottom of the ninth.

The Yankees jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With one out, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres singled and Giancarlo Stanton hit a 3-run HR (12). Gio Urshela then tripled, was left stranded when Gary Sanchez struck out, but Urshela was then nabbed at the plate trying to score on an errant pitch.

The Twins got one run back in the bottom of the first off of Yankees’ starter Michael King.

Urshela homered (7) leading off the top of the fourth to put the Yankees up 4-1. The Twins got a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 4-2 and knock King from the game.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2. Sanchez and Miguel Andujar each singled, then Sanchez was forced out at third. After Clint Frazier lined out, D.J. LeMahieu singled in Andujar.

The Twins made it 5-3 by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Then came that bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks have a rare Friday off-day today.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits
Stanton 3-run HR (12)
Urshela 2 hits, solo HR (7)
Andujar 2 hits


King 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K. 3.77
Luetge 2/3 IP, 0 R< 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 2.97
Loaisiga (H, 8) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.89
Peralta (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP 5.23 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Green (H, 10) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.90
Chapman (BS, 2: L, 4-1) 0 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. 1.96

I don’t know how long until Luis Severino rejoins the rotation (a month?), but to me, it appears KIng is best as long reliever and not as a starter.

Britton rehab: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K yesterday for AAA SWB.

Not a good outing for Deivi Garcia for SWB yesterday. He took the loss, 2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 W, 2 K. He gave up 2 HR. He is 1-2, 6.26 at SWB. Not good.