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Game 15. Yanks maul Marlins, 12-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You kind of wish this didn’t happen against two Yankees’ legends, CEO (Yankees #2) Derek Jeter and manager (Yankees #23) Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The best way, it seems, for teams to get healthy right now is to play one of the Florida teams, the Rays or Marlins, because both stink.

Still, you have to win the game. The Yanks, playing after two days of rain outs, pounded the Marlins 12-1 to go to 8-7 on the season.

Going into the game, the Yanks were the perfect .500 team at 7-7. What do I mean by perfect? They scored 77 runs, and gave up 77 runs. The offense was 10% above league average, the pitching 10% below league average. If that isn’t a perfect .500 team, what is?

Before the game, some news. Jacoby Ellsbury is morphing into Carl Pavano. First a rib cage injury, then a hip injury, now it is his plantar fascitis. He hasn’t played a game for the Yanks yet, hasn’t played since how many weeks ago in spring training, is the #5 OF, is owed $68 million over this year and the next two…. Sheesh.

As for Brandon Drury, he is taking meds to calm down the migraines, but still has blurry vision. Blurry vision he says he has had over the last several years, and he admits to stepping in the batter’s box with the blurry vision! Which makes what he has done in the majors so far that much more impressive and scary. Blurry vision while facing a 100 MPH fastball? No thanks. Get that vision and migraines taken care of and hopefully, the situation isn’t major.

If he was a good player with blurry vision, what could he become with clear vision?

Now to the game. A mauling which you wish didn’t happen against Donnie and Derek, but what can you do?

Ex-Yankee Caleb Smith (there with the Yanks briefly last year) started for the Marlins and got mauled.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings.

In the first, Gardner singled,  Judge walked. Stanton walked to load the bases. After Didi popped up (He would make up for it later), Sanchez’ IF single brought home a run. After Hicks popped up, Austin walked to make it 2-0.

In the second, Judge homered (4) to make it 3-0. Judge became the fastest player ever to 60 career HR.

In the third, two more runs. Didi walked, Sanchez singled. Hicks doubled both home. 5-0.

In the fourth, with two out, Stanton was HBP. Didi hit a HR, his first of two on the night, to make it 7-0.

To the fifth, and the Yanks put up four more to make it 11-0. Austin led off with a double and Andujar doubled to make it 8-0. Torreyes singled Andujar to third. Gardner walked. Judge singled in a run. After two outs, Sanchez singled in two to make it 11-0.

In the seventh, Didi hit his second HR of the game (5) to make it 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino was dealing. 6 IP, no runs, one hit. Miami got its only run of the game in the eighth, after Seve was out of the game.

15 hits, 8 walks, 1 HBP.

Didn’t realize. Jace Peterson back with the team…

Gardner 2 hits, walk, 2 runs scored.
Judge 2 hits, HR, 2 runs scored, 1 walk.
Didi 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI, scored 3 runs. Walked. How he has developed.
Sanchez 3 hits, scored one run, drove in 3. Starting to heat up. Walk.
Hicks 2 RBI, walk
Austin 2 hits, rbi, walk.
Andujar 2 hits, scored one, drove one in. Walk. He’s starting to get hot.

Some guys, notably Andujar and Sanchez, seem to be picking it up. A good sign. Getting Hicks back helps, too.

Severino (W 3-1, 2.63) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.04

Sad NBA note. #15 for the Philadelphia 76ers, G Hal Greer, passed away on April 14 at the age of 81. A great guard for the 76ers in the 1960s, and on their 1967 NBA title team.

From Wikipedia:

He played for the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1958 through 1973. A guard, Greer was a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team seven times. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and he had his uniform number retired by the 76ers.

Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and fellow West Virginia native Jerry West.





Game 11. Yanks embarrassed, 14-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, a couple of moves. The Yanks brought up OF Shane Robinson and DFA’d Jace Peterson.

They also made a minor league move, trading with the Mets and getting L.J. Mazzilli, Lee’s kid, for OF Kendall Coleman. A righty bat, Mazzilli, 27, has mostly played 2B, and spent most of last year in AA. In 110 games between AA/AAA last year, he hit .254-5-40. He was suspended a few years back for 50 games for a drug violation. Coleman, 22, a lefty hitting OF, has barely made it up to low A Charleston, and has struggled to a .207 average in his minor league career.

The pitching duel was between the CYA runnerup last year, Chris Sale, and Luis Severino, who finished third.

Seve didn’t have it (a friend told me that Rick Sutcliffe on ESPN suggested that Severino was tipping his pitches) and the bullpen was horrible, giving up nine in the sixth, in a 14-1 Yankees’ loss that dropped them under .500 to 5-6 on the season.

Meanwhile, after an Opening Day loss, Boston has won nine in a row and are 4 1/2 up on the Yanks.

An Aaron Judge HR (3) was the only highlight of the night. He had 3 hits. Didi had 2.

After two strikeouts, Giancarlo Stanton had a single and double, hopefully signs he is snapping out of it. One article I read yesterday suggested that Stanton is like Teixeira in that both would always get off to slow starts, then heat up.

But you have to wonder when Gary Sanchez will be dropped in the lineup or when he’ll wake up. Batting fourth or fifth all year, Sanchez is now 2 for 36.

Tyler Wade is only at .136. If Gleyber Torres heats up, you have to wonder if there could be a switch there. Miguel Andujar is struggling at .125. An Andujar error led to six unearned runs. The kid’s aren’t alright.

Too many grand slams given up. I can remember Robertson gave one up in Toronto, Holder in the extra inning loss at home to Baltimore, and now Shreve last night.

Severino (L, 2-1, 3.50) 5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 3 W, 0 K. 7.11
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 0.00. Gave up grand slam.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Not much more to say about this game. It was a stinker.





Game 10. Yanks blow early lead; Stanton’s struggles continue.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Already this year, the Yanks have had three ugly losses. This was one of them.

Jordan Montgomery could not protect a five-run first inning lead, and the Yanks wound up losing 8-7 in 12 innings to even their record at 5-5. Today is an off-day, and they go to Boston (8-1) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are already 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and …. well, you can figure out that even though it’s early, how important these games are already.

It would behoove some guys to start hitting. Gary Sanchez is 2 for 32 for the season. Giancarlo Stanton is 7 for 42 with 20(!) strikeouts. That is a combined 9 for 74, .122 batting average. Tyler Wade is 3 for 20, as is Miguel Andujar. The Yanks are only hitting .237 as a team after 10 games. 

The Yanks got five in the first inning yesterday. Gardner and Judge singled. Stanton, who was 0 for 7 for the day with 5 strikeouts, struck out. Walker reached on an error, scoring Gardner. Austin walked to load the bases. (Sanchez and Didi didn’t start the game, Didi got in later, Sanchez didn’t play). Andujar singled in two, and after an out, Romine singled in a run to make it 4-0 and Torreyes’ double made it 5-0.

But Baltimore got one in the second, one in the third, and two in the fifth to cut it to 5-4. Romine singled in a run in the fifth to make it 6-4 Yanks.

But the Yanks couldn’t hold them. The Orioles got one in the sixth and two in the seventh to go up 7-6. Romine, who had a big day, tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single.

After Baltimore scored in the top of the twelfth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the twelfth, but Judge hit into a 1-2-5 DP and Stanton struck out.

Montgomery 4 1/3, 4 R, 10 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.82. Disappointing. Could not hold an early  5-run lead.
German 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up HR. K’s nice, but gave away the lead. 10.13
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.40.
Warren (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.91.

Yanks’ pitchers struck out 15, but….

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2 hits, 2 walks, but that 12th inning DP….
Austin 2 hits,
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI
Peterson 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI

The third disappointing loss already this season in ten games.

One thing we know: Sanchez and Stanton have to get going….

Game 9. Yanks make DL moves, win 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After last night’s game, not everyone escaped unharmed. The Yanks had to make some moves before today’s game.

CC: 10 day DL, sore hip.
Drury: 10 day DL, migraines. So Miguel Andujar will have the chance over the next few days to show what he can do.
Holder: back to minors because of workload Friday and ineffectiveness.

Cessa: brought up b/c bullpen burned out in 14 inning game Fri. night. Pitched sat.
German: brought up
Jace Peterson: Brought up to replace Drury. Made great catch (see below) on Sat. Started Saturday’s game in LF.

Aaron Hicks is expected off the DL on Tuesday.

Jacoby Ellsbury saw a specialist about the hip.

Now for Saturday’s game, which the Yanks won 8-3 to put their record at 5-4 (now for Boston to start losing, and what better time than this coming week when the Yanks visit Fenway?)

The Yanks got two in the second. Andujar singled and with two out, Torreyes doubled. Gardner singled in two.

Baltimore tied it in the third on a two-run double by Manny Machado. They went up 3-2 in the fourth.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Torreyes (3 hits) singled, Gardner walked, both moved up on a WP and Judge got an rbi groundout.

Jace Peterson made a great play in the top of the sixth to save a couple of runs.

The Yanks got two in the sixth on a walk to Didi, single by Austin and SF by Andujar that put the Yanks up 4-3. A single by Peterson and WP put runners on second and third, then Romine’s bloop single off of Chris Davis’ glove made it 5-3, Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, David Robertson came in with men on second and third with one out and Houdini got two strikeouts to get out of it.

The Yanks put the game away in the bottom of the seventh. Gardner walked and Judge doubled in a run. Stanton flied out, moving Judge to third. Didi was walked but stole second, and Tyler Austin singled in two runs.

After a long, 14-inning loss Friday night, the Yanks needed some depth from the starter and they got it.

Gray (W, 1-0, 3.60) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 w, 4 K.
Warren (H, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38
Robertson (H, 2), 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 6.35
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 walks.
Judge 2 RBI
Austin 2 hits, 2 RBI
Torreyes 3 hits.




Yanks make minor deal.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a minor deal on Friday, signing Jace Peterson to a minor-league deal.

Peterson, 27, is a lefty hitter who is mostly a 2B, but has also played every other position except for pitcher and catcher.

In 2017, he hit .215-2-17, OPS+ 69 in 89 g. (186 at bats) for the Braves. He was with the Padres in 2014, the Braves 2015-2017. In 383 MLB games, he has a 162 g. average of  .234-6-41 with an OPS+ of 79.

Obviously, not a big move. The way I look at it is this—it provides some infield depth in case a bigger move is made later on that would require giving up a Tyler Wade, Nick Solak or Thairo Estrada in a package deal.

Ex-MLB infielder Rob Picciolo has passed away at the age of 64. Picciolo played for the A’s 1977-1982, Brewers 1982-1983, Angels 1984 and A’s again in 1985. Primarily a SS, he also played the other infield positions and also got into games in LF and RF. A weak hitter who almost NEVER walked (more on that in a minute) Picciolo played in 731 games. His 162 g. average was .234-4–24, OPS+ 56. In 1720 plate appearances, he walked just 25 times. In 1979 for example, he walked just 3 times in 363 plate appearances.

Picciolo played in the 1981 postseason for the A’s. They beat KC in the Division Series and lost to the Yankees in the ALCS. In three postseason games, he was 2 for 8.


Another look at the past. Fritz Peterson.

On BBD, I profile another Yankee of the past. Someone who wasn’t a bad pitcher, but who is remembered for what happened OFF the field… Fritz Peterson. Check it out.

After a brief hiatus from the Classic Yankees series (Rob over at BBD got married), it’ll be picking up full speed in catching up with some posts that have been backlogged. Then it’ll get back to a normal pace. 

What is the real motive behind an unnecessary film?

The big Yankees news in the NY Post today, for me, isn’t found in the sports pages.

It’s found on Page Six, which deals more with celebrities than sports (although there is a mix sometimes).

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, two long-time Red Sox fans, are making a movie called “The Trade,” about the wife-swapping that Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson did in 1972. 38 spring trainings ago, the you-know-what hit the fan as it became public.

But why a movie now? Why dredge that up? What possible good can become of it (other than to line the pockets of Affleck and Damon)?

Page Six reports that Kekich is desperate to block the film. Why shouldn’t he be? The union of he and the former Mrs. Peterson didn’t last long (The former Mrs. Kekich and Fritz Peterson are still together). According to Page Six,

Kekich has moved away and has a new identity. He is freaked out that those working on the movie found out where he is. He isn’t too keen on having the scandal dredged up again after all this time. Other Yankees from that time have also been really unhelpful with facts and details of what happened. They are stonewalling.

It’s obvious that the guy has created a new life for himself (new wife and daughter) and wants to forget that period of his life. He wants to move on. It’s extremely painful for him. You can imagine that he doesn’t want to bring his current wife and daughter into it more than necessary.

But what is the motive? What purpose would this movie serve? Is it just a vendetta by two Red Sox fans?

Consider the words of Affleck. Page Six quotes him telling MTV

“I’ve come to have a little more respect for the Yankees. There are some of those guys… that look like good guys…But as an institution? Disdain. Contempt.” About the movie’s subject matter, he said: “Guys f***ing each other’s wives—that’s the Yankees.”

Really classy statement by a classless act. The guy must still be mad that Gigli bombed. Let’s hope this film is as big a turkey (gobble, gobble) as that was. 

If the guy wants to go to Fenway Pawk (intentional misspelling there) and root for his beloved Red Sawx (likewise), fine. Boo the Yanks, fine.

But to dredge something up and possibly ruin someone’s life over something he’d rather forget about and move on from? Unacceptable. And for what? His own personal vendetta against the Yankees?

Let it Be, Affleck and Damon.

Haven’t seen their films. Don’t care to.

Especially now.