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Game 18. Nova gets revenge, Montgomery shows grit in Yanks’ 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I have a lot to say about this game, which the Yankees lost 2-1 to drop them to 11-7.

First off, in only 3 major league starts, I am impressed with Jordan Montgomery, who has a 3.78 ERA after 3 starts. That is good for the rookie. Keep it up. I see a lot of Andy Pettitte-like qualities in him.

In the first inning, he had the bases loaded and no one out and minimized the damage. Just one run.

He went 6 IP, 2 R without his best stuff. Impressive.

But the Yanks only run came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury (2) in the seventh as ex-Yankee Ivan Nova got the win and a bit of revenge.

My biggest gripe comes with poor baseball by the Yankees in the ninth inning.

With one out, Judge singled and Holliday walked. Torreyes hit what should have been a game-ending DP ball but the Pirates made an error that loaded the bases with one out.

Down 2-1. One out. A walk ties the game. Take a strike.

Instead, Aaron Hicks didn’t even take a strike or make the pitcher throw strikes. He swung at all three pitches and struck out.

Pete Kozma was forced to bat b/c the Yanks used up all their bench players. Kozma, who most likely will be released in a week when Didi Gregorius comes off the DL, is a good field, no hit player. He swung on a 2-0 pitch and grounded out to end the game. What is Kozma doing swinging at 2-0 instead of taking a strike and hoping for two more balls to force in the winning run?

I place some blame on Girardi. He should have given Kozma a take sign on 2-0. No way do you swing. Take a strike, maybe he will walk in the tying run.

Sometimes games are simply lost, and sometimes you lose because you aren’t playing heads-up baseball. Today, I feel the Yanks lost because they were not playing heads up baseball.

Would the pitcher have walked in a run? We’ll never know. But the Yanks didn’t give themselves a chance to find out.

As mentioned, I am impressed with Montgomery despite the loss.

But the Yanks need Bird to start hitting. He is at .104.

Also, Brett Gardner has to get it going. He is at .182. I know he was shopped around in the offseason, and I still feel he is trade bait if Frazier/Fowler or another OF gets it going in the minors.

But not only is Gardner at .182, but after 18 games, he has ZERO RBI. I know he is the leadoff hitter, but still, ZERO RBI.

Lastly, Kyle Higashioka needs to get his first MLB hit soon. He’s called good ballgames but hopefully he does not start pressing trying to get that first hit.

Hopefully he and Bird pick it up. This week in Boston would be a nice time to do so.

Montgomery (L, 1-1, 3.78) 6 IP, 2 R,  7 H, 2 walks, 5 K.
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.04.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks get 3 in 10th to edge Rays, 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 10-3 by getting 3 in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Rays, 7-6.

CC Sabathia started and had a shaky first inning but escaped unharmed. He went two scoreless innings.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Sanchez, followed by singles by Holliday and Carter.

They went up 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Torreyes.

Adam Warren followed CC with two scoreless innings but gave up back-to -back homers in the fifth.

After the Rays went up 3-2 in the sixth, Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run HR in the seventh to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Tampa got one in the 8th to tie, then two in the 10th to go up 6-4. Francisco Diaz made two errors at first to hurt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the 10th, Bird singled, Zach Zehner pinch ran. Diaz flied out but Billy McKinney singled. Both runners moved up on the throw. Ruben Tejada hit a SF.

Pete Kozma walked and Rashad Crawford hit a ground rule double to tie it up.

Tyler Wade then singled to win it.

Ronald Torreyes had 2 hits and an RBI. Higashioka with the 2-run HR.

Dustin Fowler was 2 for 2. Tyler Wade was 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

Sabathia 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Warren (BS) 3 iP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Heller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Lail (w) 1 IP, 2 R (BOTH UNEARNED),  2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Greg Bird wanted to see more lefties and hit them better, so we was working on hitting Andy Pettitte (in for a few days as an instructor) today.

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?