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Game 123. Yanks lose 4-3, fall out of 1st, CC injured.

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On the day the Yanks retired #46 for Andy Pettitte, the Yanks fell out of first place, and CC Sabathia left the game in the third inning with a knee injury.

CC went for an MRI, but appears headed to the DL. The Yanks’ plans for a six-man rotation down the stretch are in jeopardy. In any case, Michael Pineda’s return on Wednesday comes at the right time.

I was there with a brother and two nephews, as well as other members of the Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club, as CC gave up a double to the second batter of the game and a 2-run HR to the fourth. Right away the Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Ellsbury singled, stole second and Gardner walked. After a flyout that moved Ellsbury up, Gardner stole second. A throwing error by the catcher enabled Ellsbury to score and cut the lead to 2-1.

But the Yanks’ bats were cold on Sunday, striking out eleven times, and Yankees’ pitchers were walking too many batters (ten for the game). A bases-loaded walk in the fifth made it 3-1 Cleveland.

Meanwhile the Yanks got just five hits in the game—1/2 the total of walks Cleveland received.

Carlos Beltran’s 2-run bloop double to left tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but in the top of the eighth Dellin Betances gave up a HR and Cleveland won 4-3.

With the loss, the 68-55 Yanks dropped out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Toronto.

Sabathia 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 walks, 1 K. 5.27
Rumbelow 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 Walk, 0 K. 2.08.
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 2.79
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.99
Betances (L, 6-3, 1.36) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.13

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.

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Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 121. Indians 7, Yanks 3.

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I don’t know why it is, but the Yanks are having trouble with Cleveland this year. They have lost four of five to them.

The Indians beat the Yanks Friday night 7-3, and in so doing, reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to just 1/2 a game.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the third but a double by Beltran and single by Bird knotted it up in the fourth.

But that would be the Yanks’ only run until the eighth.

An error by Ryan let in an unearned run in the fifth. Tanaka gave up a HR in the sixth. The Indians got another in the seventh. 4-1.

In the eighth, Gardner and Headley singled, then A-Rod singled in a run to make it 4-2. After a couple of outs, Bird hit one that was an error, 4-3. Ellsbury, who had replaced Young earlier, walked to load the bases, but Drew flied out to left.

Any chance at a comeback went by the boards in the top of the ninth when Justin Wilson gave up three runs.

So the Yanks turn to rookie Luis Severino today to be the stopper. In his three MLB starts, Severino has pitched well, but has received little run support. Hopefully that changes today and the Angels help the Yanks by beating Toronto.

Jorge Posada’s #20 gets retired today. Andy Pettitte’s #46 gets retired tomorrow. I’ll be at the Sunday game.

Tanaka (L, 9-6, 3.61) 6+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.01.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Wilson 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.20.

Yanks to honor 4, retire 3 numbers.

I was going to write a column looking at 2020, and look to what we can expect in the future, but that will have to wait.

For this column is to honor the past.

Today, the Yankees announced that #51 for Bernie Williams will be retired on May 24 (I’ll be there that day. I was there for #23, Don Mattingly and for #42, Mariano Rivera). On August 22nd they will retire the number of #20, Jorge Posada (I think I have to work that day) and on August 23rd they will retire #46 for Andy Pettitte (I will be there for that one).

In addition, on Old-Timer’s Day this year, Willie Randolph will join recent legends Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Goose Gossage by getting a plaque in Monument Park (no retired number).

No word on when Jeter’s #2 gets retired.

So the Yanks are going to have a serious problem. Once Jeter’s number is retired, that will be 20 retired numbers. Now, there are a few I believe should NOT be retired. I know I’m opening a can of worms here, but here goes. Should these numbers be retired? For the way things are going, the Yanks are 1) going to look like a football team with #82 playing CF, or 2) need to go to 1A, 2A, 3A, etc.

#1 Billy Martin (I believe it shouldn’t be retired. Billy was a major factor in three WS titles as a player, and hit .333 in the WS. He was WS MVP in 1953 when he had 12 hits in six games. He made a WS saving catch in Game 7 of the 1952 Series. He managed the Yanks to a WS title—-but in comparison, Ralph Houk managed the yanks to TWO WS titles, and Houk’s #35 won’t be retired —. Billy was a .257 career hitter. He wasn’t even the best player to wear #1 (Earle Combs, a HOF, was). No).

#2 Derek Jeter (Not officially retired yet). 3465 hits and 1st ballot HOF screams yes.

#3 Babe Ruth. Ummmm…. greatest Player ever. Yes.

#4 Lou Gehrig. Yes.

#5 Joe DiMaggio. Yes.

#6 Joe Torre. Interesting question. The Yanks have so many numbers retired, that you have to ask, players only? Or include managers. If you include managers, then Torre is a Yes. If players only, no. (BTW, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy never wore a number).

#7 Mickey Mantle. Yes.

#8 Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra. Both Yes.

#9 Roger Maris. No. Honor Roger’s 1961 with a plaque, but not the number. .260 career hitter. GREAT for 1960 and 1961, very good in 1962, above average 1963-1964, not even average in 1965-1966. Sweeney Murti argues that Graig Nettles, who also wore #9, should get a plaque in Monument Park. Speaking of, Willie Randolph is getting a plaque. How about Tony Lazzeri and Joe Gordon getting plaques? Both are in the HOF. Willie won’t be. Love Willie, but….

#10. Phil Rizzuto. No. Plaque yes, honoring his 56 or so years of service, but not retire the number.

#13… just kidding. Based on his suspension and turbulent relations with the Yankees, I’ll be shocked if the Yanks honor A-Rod.

#15 Thurman Munson. Yes. Esp. considering the circumstances of his passing.

#16 Whitey Ford. Yes.

#20 Jorge Posada. No. No Offense to Jorge, but unless you are HOF, it’s hard to justify retiring the number.

#23. Don Mattingly. No. I was there when they retired his number. I loved Donnie, but is he more worthy or better than two people who each got a plaque but whose numbers aren’t retired? O’Neill or Tino? I think not. Also, no HOF. Should have the same treatment as Paul and Tino. Plaque, no retired #. Hey, with so many retired numbers, we have to be tough here.

#32. Elston Howard. Plaque yes, retired number, no. 1st black on the Yanks, 1st AL Black MVP, but not a HOF. Tough call, but no.

#37 Casey Stengel. See Torre above. If you want players only, no. If you include managers, yes.

#44 Reggie. No. Only was with the Yanks 1977-1981, not long enough. Plaque yes, retired number, no.

#46 Andy Pettitte. Close call. No. Chuck Knoblauch, who is in the Mitchell report along with Andy (HGH) blasts the selection of Pettitte. I’d argue yes, but it’s a close call. By the way, Red Ruffing #15 and Allie Reynolds #22 both have plaques, no retired number. Of course, #15 is retired for Munson.

#49 Ron Guidry. No. Tough Call. I loved the Gator, but no HOF and not even 200 wins.

#51 Bernie. Tough call, but no HOF. The only difference between him getting his # retired and Paul and Tino getting just plaques is that Bernie spent 16 years as a Yankee while Paul and Tino spent considerable time with other teams (Cincy and Seattle).

So I eliminated 10 numbers, 12 if you think players only should have the numbers retired. This isn’t to disrespect the players whose numbers I want to “unretire” but to state which I think should be retired vs. those I think the Yanks went overboard on.

The Yanks could have a problem in years to come. Hopefully I am alive to see it. It means I would have lived through one more dynasty.

 

 

Yanks to retire #46.

On August 23rd, Andy Pettitte will join the list of retired numbers when #46 will be retired. Andy won 256 games, 219 with the Yanks (37 with Houston) and won most of his 19 postseason victories with the Yanks as well.

Bernie Williams will have a day this year, too. No word yet on whether #51 will be retired. I expect it will be.

O’Neill (21), Gossage (54) and Tino (24) had plaques put in Monument Park in their honors. Probably because they didn’t spend 15-16 years as a Yankee like Pettitte did (although that didn’t stop the Yanks from retiring Reggie’s #44 (1977-1981) or Maris’ #9 (1960-1966)). No one may be wearing those numbers now, but they are not officially retired and they are probably just “out of circulation” for a while.

You know Posada and Jeter are coming. Hey, the more days, the bigger crowd. Milk it for what it’s worth…

We may need to get into 1A, 2A, 3 A soon….

Anyway, here’s the list….

1 Billy Martin
2 Derek Jeter?
3 Babe Ruth
4 Lou Gehrig
5 Joe DiMaggio
6 Joe Torre
7 Mickey Mantle
8 Bill Dickey AND Yogi Berra
9 Roger Maris
10 Phil Rizzuto
15 Thurman Munson
16 Whitey Ford (the only one not retired while the Yanks were at Yankee Stadium; the Yanks were in Shea in 1974 and 1975 while Yankee Stadium was being remodeled).
20 Jorge Posada?
23 Don Mattingly
32 Elston Howard
37 Casey Stengel
42 Mariano Rivera  (and Jackie Robinson )
44 Reggie Jackson
46 Andy Pettitte
49 Ron Guidry
51 Bernie Williams?

Mo and Andy: The career stats.

This could take a while.

Rivera: Ends 2013 at 6-2, 2.11 and 44 saves. ERA+ 192 (that could change slightly).

82-60, 2.21 in career. 11x ERA under 2.00. Record 652 saves. The 2.21 ERA is the lowest of any pitcher in the live-ball era (1920 on) who pitched at least 1000 innings. His career ERA+ of 205 is the best, by about 50 points. He led the majors in saves in three seasons.

1115 games pitched, 4th on the all-time list (4 behind John Franco. #1 is Jesse Orosco and #2 is…. wait for it…. ex-teammate Mike Stanton). All-time leader in games finished with 952, exactly 300 more than his number of career saves.

He was ONE OUT away from a WHIP of exactly 1.00. Walks + hits in career: 1284; IP 1283 2/3. Wow.

He made just six regular seasons errors in his career, the last one in 2004.

1999 WS MVP. 2003 ALCS MVP. 2013 ASG MVP. The only man to be MVP of a WS, LCS and an ASG. 

13x All-Star. CYA consideration (not counting this year. Will he get any?) 6x, inc. three 3rd places finishes and a runnerup finish in 2005.

MVP consideration in 9 years, top-10 twice (2004 and 2005). (Any MVP consideration this year?)

8-1, 0.70 ERA in the postseason. An appropriate number of 42 postseason saves, the most ever.  

141 postseason IP, of which his WHIP was .759. Less than one.

11 earned runs given up in the postseason. By contrast, 12 men have walked on the moon.

His HOF monitor on baseballreference.com is a 262. A likely HOF has about a 100. That number is 8th all-time. Not for pitchers, but for EVERYBODY.

Appeared in seven WS, winning five.

Pettitte: 11-11, 3.74, ERA+ 108 (could change slightly) in final season. Only man in MLB history to pitch 15 or more seasons and never have a losing season.

256 wins, 219 as a Yankee. 3rd on Yankees list behind Ford’s 236 and Ruffing’s 231.

438 GS as a Yankee, tied with Ford. Led league in GS 3x.

256-153, 3.85. ERA+ 117. More than 100 games over .500.

Two-time 20-game winner. Led AL in 1996 with 21.

3x All-Star. 3rd in ROY 1995. CYA consideration 5x, runnerup in 1996. MVP consideration twice.

2001 ALCS MVP.

19-11, 3.81 in the postseason.  Most postseason wins.

8 WS, winning 5.

Andy’s HOF monitor is 128, but he is a borderline Hall-of-Famer. The HGH admission hurts his chances severely.

At least he only made a mistake once or twice, confessed and didn’t do it again. I have more forgiveness for a person like that than for someone who took it continuously for years and who denied until he was caught… then went back on the stuff.

But an all-time Yankees great.

#42 is retired (Jackie Robinson and Mo). It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of #46.

#2 will be retired (Jeter).

Numbers 6 (Torre), 21 (O’Neill), 20 (Posada) and 51 (Bernie) aren’t officially retired, but no one is wearing them. O’Neill’s 21 was briefly worn by LaTroy Hawkins, who was booed unmercifully for wearing it.

You wonder if those numbers will be retired or how long it’ll be before anyone else wears those numbers.

Monument Park may need a new wall.

In any case, Mo and Andy’s careers are over. We’ll never see them in another MLB game.

God bless both of them.

Game 161. Pettitte’s last game is a CG, 2-1 win.

Mo wasn’t available. Never would be again.

Before the game, Mariano Rivera announced that the popup he induced at Yankee Stadium would be the last pitch he threw, and that Jeter and Pettitte coming out to get him after that pitch would be it.  He announced the tank is empty and he would not be playing (even CF) in Houston. It was also revealed that he had an injured forearm and has been pitching through it for some time, not telling anybody. How great is he? With an injured forearm, and at age 43, he ends 2013, his final season, at 6-2, 2.11 and with 44 saves.

So Andy Pettitte didn’t have the guy behind him as his cushion. The greatest 1-2 win/save punch in MLB history didn’t have #2. So Pettitte just did it himself, throwing a CG, 2-1 victory in his final MLB game. It was at Houston, near his hometown of Deer Park. It came in front of family against the only other team he pitched for.

It was his first complete game since he pitched for Houston, over seven years ago.

With the victory (career #256, Yankees 219), Pettitte finished 11-11, 3.74 on the season and avoided a losing season. Pettitte NEVER had a losing season in his career (14-14 in 2008, 11-11 this year), and thus became the only man in MLB history to pitch 15 or more seasons and never have a losing season.

Andy went 9, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He gave up a run in the fourth on a single, groundout (runner to second) and another groundout in which the runner scored all the way from second.

The Yanks got two in the sixth. Stewart singled and after Granderson struck out, Nunez singled. Cano singled to tie it up. Soriano walked to load the bases. After a lineout, catcher Matt Pagnozzi tried to pick Cano off second with Almonte batting. He lost his grip or something, spiked the ball into home plate, and Nunez barely scored from third when the ball bounded away. What a way to win.

From there it was all Andy. Andy got two outs in the 9th and was a strike away then gave up a hit. With the tying run on first, Girardi came out to check on Andy. You’d have hated to see a walk-off HR there that would have made Andy a loser. But after asking Pettitte if he was ok and getting confirmation that he was, Girardi left him in there. It was Andy’s game, and he got a groundout on his last MLB pitch for the CG victory.

What a way to go out.