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Game 160. Yanks lose, 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There isn’t much to write about regarding this one. On a lousy weather night for a game, the Yanks only got one run on three hits and lost to Baltimore 8-1.

Michael Pineda was victimized by the HR ball again as Baltimore got 2 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth. The Orioles belted 3 HR in that fifth inning, two off Pineda.

While we root for the Yanks to have success, every year there are players that make you shake your head.

For me, that is Pineda right now. So much talent and potential, so little results.

Sterling and Waldman were mentioning his lack of results on the radio last night.

One thing is for sure, the Yanks need to upgrade their starting pitching for 2017. How, is a good question. The free agent market for starters is weak. It’d have to be via trade, and that will make this off-season very interesting.

The Yanks could go after Chapman on the free agent market. He won’t come cheap. Then they can move Betances to the 8th, and Warren and Clippard can move up, to the sixth and seventh.

But they really need some young pitchers to develop, especially starters.

Green? Cessa? Mitchell? A rookie like Enns, Adams, both high up in the system? How far away are Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian?

They also need power in the outfield, which is why Gardner or Ellsbury may be dealt. You can’t have three outfielders out there where none can hit 15 HR. The Yanks are finding out that they can have either Gardy or Ells, but not both.

It’ll be an interesting off-season for Brian Cashman.

Pineda (L, 6-12, 4.82) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 13.50
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K.5.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.18
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.43

Game 155. Yanks lose again, a MLB tragedy, and a golfing legend passes.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before I get to the Yankees’ game, I need to mention a few other things.

First, a tragedy. Marlins’ ace Jose Fernandez was one of a few people killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. He was just 24. There were rumors that 4 teams, including the Yankees, were looking to trade for him in the off season. Fernandez was 16-8, 2.86 this season with 253 K. He was 38-17 in his short career with an ERA of 2.58. He already was one of the best starting pitchers in the game. He was the 2013 NL ROY, and already a 2x All Star. Who knows what more he could have done over the next 13 years or so.

Secondly, golfing legend Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87. My mom knew his wife. I think she went to school with Palmer’s future wife when both were about 14, 15 or so. It’s sad when a true humble gentleman like Palmer goes. Too many athletes today are narcissistic, self-centered brats. RIP to both Fernandez and Arnie.

As for the Yanks, they battled back to tie and take the lead in the top of the ninth, only to blow it in the bottom of the ninth, 4-3. The loss drops them to 79-76 with 7 games left.

No need to post an elimination number from the playoffs. It’s just a matter of time. They are 3-11 in their last 14 games.

Jose Bautista homered in the 4th to put Toronto up 1-0. Didi Gregorius tied it in the 7th with a HR (19).

In the bottom of the eighth, Toronto scored off Betances to go up 2-1.

That inning showed once again, one of two faults that Betances, as good as he is, has. One, he doesn’t hold runners on well. A big (6’8″) man with a deliberate motion and long stride to the plate, it’s easy to steal off of him. He also does not field his position well, especially with throws to the bases. This includes pickoffs.

The Yanks battled back and took the lead in the top of the ninth. Teix singled and was PR for. PH Butler singled and was PR for.  Headley grounded out, moving both runners up. Mason Williams singled in a run. Ronald Torreyes hit a SF.

Betances (who I wrote recently as being out of gas) walked the lead off hitter to lead off the bottom of the 9th. Clippard came in, and it’s been a bad week for him.   He gave up a single. 1st and 3rd, none out. A bunt single, and an error, tied the game and put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Clippard got a strikeout, then loaded the bases with an intentional walk to set up a DP. No DP. Edwin Encaracion singled to win the game.

Pineda 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 walks, 7 K. 4.78 Gave UP 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.79 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 3.00
Clippard (BS, 3; L, 3-6, 3.73) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1K.


As for my football team today (not to mention my alma mater yesterday), ouch. Between the Yanks, those two football teams, and some personal things, what a lousy week.


Game 150. Sanchez does it again! Yanks win 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Forgive me for a moment as I play devil’s advocate.

If you are the manager of another team, and the score is tied, and the other team has runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out…

and the HOTTEST hitter in baseball is up at the plate…

do you pitch to him? Or walk him to load the bases for the next hitter, hoping for a force at any base?

And if you are the owner of a manager who decides to pitch to him anyway, only to see that batter hit a 3-run homer that wins the game, do you fire that manager?

For that is exactly what happened in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Of the 16 outs Michael Pineda recorded for the Yanks tonight, 11 were by strikeout. He gave up a two-run triple in the third to put the Yanks in a 2-0 hole.

Mark Teixeira hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 2-1. Teix’s 13th HR of the year was #407 of his career, tying him with Duke Snider on the all-time HR list.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams each singled. 1st and 3rd, one out. As I mentioned before, I think the Yanks should look at dealing Gardner for a decent starting pitcher and look into giving the LF job to Williams in 2017. He might platoon with Frazier (Williams vs. RHP,  Frazier or Hicks vs. Lefties).

Gardner singled to tie the game, Williams going to third. Gardner stole 2nd while Hicks (just off the DL) stuck out.

So 2 out. Men on 2nd and 3rd, tie game. Sanchez up and 1st base open. Would you pitch to the hottest hitter in baseball or walk him?

Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Tampa Bay manager pitched to Sanchez. He should be fired for his decision. Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (17) to the delight of us Yankees fans.

Was he kidding? Pitching to Sanchez right now?

Thank you very much, Kevin Cash.

In the 8th, a triple and WP let the Rays score a run.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. 4.89
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.24 (Bos/NYY).
Once again, Girardi uses Layne for just 1 batter. AAAARGH! At least THIS time, it didn’t burn him.

Severino (w, 3-8, 5.88) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H, 23)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.22 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 12) 1 P, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.79.

Anthony Swarzak was called back to the Yanks, the other day.

The win puts the Yanks at 78-72 with 12 games left.


Game 145. Yanks blanked, 2-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am going to compare two pitchers for you. Each pitcher is over a six year period of his career.

A. Average year over the six year period: 22-8, 2.19. 272 IP, 286 K.

B. Average year over a six year period: 17-7, 2.24, 222 IP, 244 K.

Both are lefties. Both were and are Dodgers.

Pretty damn close, right? The big difference is that A pitched in a 4-main rotation, B in a five-man.

Pitcher A is Koufax, 1961-1966. Pitcher B is Kershaw, 2010-2015.

The Yanks of course, faced Kershaw on Wednesday. No easy feat.

Rain and a recent back injury kept Kershaw to only 5 innings vs. the Yanks, but in those 5 innings, he gave up 0 runs and only 1 hit. The bullpen for the Dodgers was just as good as the Dodgers beat the Yanks, 2-0.

The Yanks got just 3 hits and struck out 14x.

Both Dodger runs came in the top of the ninth, and both runs were unearned due to errors by Castro and Betances.

Before the game, the Yanks called up Mason Williams to replace the injured Aaron Judge. After the game, the Yanks signed recently released Billy Butler (1B/DH) to a contract. Butler was previously with KC and Oakland in his career.

The Yanks fall to 77-68. 17 games left in the season. They have an 11 game road trip that starts with 4 in Boston.

Pineda 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 5 k. 4.94.
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.40 (Bos/NYY)
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 1 K. 5.98.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.02 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (L, 3-5, 2.33) 1 IP, 2 R, BOTH UNEARNED, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Game 140. Teix slams Rays, 7-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Remember Arte Johnson on Laugh-In? (Yes, I’m dating myself). He had a character that would say “VERRRRRRRRRRRRY INTERESTING!”. For that is what the AL East and the wild card spots are right now, and the Yankees, surprisingly after the trade deadline selloffs, are in the thick of it.

Gary Sanchez homered, and Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam, as the Yanks beat the Rays 7-5 on Friday night in a game that featured three rain delays. With the win, the Yanks’ sixth in a row, the Yanks are now 75-65.

So here is a look at how the AL East stands right now. Tampa Bay of course, is WAY back.

Toronto -2
Baltimore -3

As for the wild card, here you go:

Toronto (as of now, has Wild Card #1)  +1
Detroit and Baltimore are tied for Wild Card #2, one game back of Toronto —-
Yankees -1 (need to jump two teams, Detroit and Baltimore)
Houston -2 1/2
Seattle – 3 1/2
KC -4.

Very interesting, indeed. The Yanks have won 12 of their last 16 games. Ever since A-Rod and Teix announced their retirements, they have taken off.

The Yanks scored immediately in the bottom of the first when Ellsbury singled and Refsnyder doubled him home. After Sanchez struck out, Castro singled but Refsnyder was thrown out at the plate.

The Yanks got two in the third to go up 3-0. Sanchez homered (12), and after Castro struck out, Teixeira doubled. Didi moved Teix up with a groundout, and that was huge because Teix was then able to score on a WP.

Michael Pineda gave up back-to-back HR to Logan Morrison and Stephen Souza (Souza is killing us this series) in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.

But in the bottom of the fourth, with two out, Refsnyder and Sanchez singled, Castro walked, and Teix hit a grand slam to make it 7-2. Teix’s HR was #12 of the season and #406 of his career, putting him one behind Duke Snider on the all-time list.

The Yanks then held on, giving up two in the sixth and one in the ninth, to win 7-5.

One thing that worries me a bit: Betances has been struggling lately.

One thing about Sanchez. It’s not just the HR. It’s the defense as well. He picked a runner off of second in the game with that cannon of an arm he has.

Nice patience: The Yanks drew 11 walks in the game.

Once again, Girardi was Captain Hook, pulling a starter before the starter could go the necessary five for the win. At this point in the season, with extra pitchers available because of the extended rosters, and needing to play catch up in the standings, he is playing matchup more than usual. It’s all about getting the win, no matter who gets it.

Pineda 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 walks, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR. 5.07.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.23
Warren (w, 5-3, 4.88, Cubs/NYY) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Layne (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.49 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.13 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 10) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.41.

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Game 135. Girardi’s quick hook saves 5-2 Yanks’ victory.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

At this time of year, there is a huge difference between being 3 1/2 out of  a wild card spot, and being 5 1/2 out. Sure, it’s two games, but those two games can feel like ten games when you have less than 30 to go.

The Yanks needed a victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon to keep it at 3 1/2. Also, the less teams they need to jump over, the better. That is why Manager Joe Girardi pulled out all the stops, and had a quick hook that saved the game for the Yankees in their 5-2 win.

The Yanks got three in the first. Gardner and Refsnyder walked, and after Sanchez and Castro struck out, Headley singled in a run, a wild pitch moved the runners up, and Romine singled in two.

The Yanks made it 4-0 in the third. Refsnyder singled, Sanchez walked, and after Refsnyder moved to third on a DP ball by Castro, Headley once again came through with two out with another RBI single.

But starter Michael Pineda gave a run back in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, a single and double made it 4-2, and Girardi brought out the hook and pulled Pineda. Some managers would try to squeeze another inning from him so that the starter can get the win. Not in this case. In came Severino, who got a strikeout, but then two walks loaded the bases.

Severino, in trouble, then got a strikeout and groundout to get out of the inning.

This raises some questions on Severino. He has had a terrible year this year, going 2-8, 6.79. But his numbers are drastically different.

As a starter: 9 starts, 0-8, 8.58.
As a reliever: 5 games, 2-0, 0.00.

He’s only 22, so I’d say it’s too early to give up on him as a starter right now, but those numbers do have you scratching your head.

Anyway, Severino bridged the gap to the bullpen, and the Yanks got another run in the ninth when Austin reached second on an error, went to third on a sac bunt by Torreyes and scored on a SF by Gardner. Some littleball that the Yanks have to do more often.

Pineda 4 + IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 4 K. 5.10
Severino (W, 2-8, 6.79) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Layne (H, 7) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35 (Bos/NYY)
Warren (H, 11) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY)
Clippard (H, 19) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. .3.31 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 8) 1 1/3 IP , 0 R,0 H, 0 walks, 2 K., 2.08.

The Yanks are 70-65. 4th in AL East, 6 1/2 behind Toronto. They have a big three game series at home vs. the Blue Jays starting today. They are 3 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot and have to jump three teams to get it.

Game 130. Yanks fall, 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda gave up 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks never recovered in losing to the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, on Monday night.

Pineda’s struggles, and Eovaldi’s injury that will cost him the rest of this year and all of 2017, have me believing that the Yanks will be making a trade for a starter this offseason. I do say trade, because the free agent market is weak.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Gregorius and Castro, but the bullpen let the game get away in the seventh, when KC scored five to make it 8-1.

Pineda started the inning by giving up a pair of singles, but then the bullpen let those runners—and more—score.

The Yanks tried to come back, scoring four in the eighth. Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference (for the 11th time this year, extending his MLB record) and Hicks walked. Sanchez was HBP to load the bases. Gregorius doubled in two, and Castro hit a SF. After a groundout, Headley singled to make it 8-5, but that was it.

Pineda (L, 6-11, 5.12) 6+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.44 (Bos/NYY)
Parker 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 5.40.

I wish Girardi would throw away the book and stop using LOOGY’s. Layne got his guy. Then Joe went matchups and got burned by Parker. Guy does well, leave him in.

The Yanks fall to 67-63. 32 games left to go. They are in 4th place in the division, 7 1/2 out. They are 3 1/2 out of the second WC spot, but must jump 5 teams.

I think to get there, they better be looking at going 23-9 the rest of the way. I don’t think anything less will do it. That will mean 90 wins. I don’t think 87 (20-12 from here on out) will be sufficient.