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Game 124. Yanks waste multi-homer games by Sanchez & Castro in 7-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far, Gary Sanchez looks like the second coming of Johnny Bench.

Anthony Swarzak, however, is not the second coming of say, Jeff Nelson.

Sanchez and Starlin Castro each hit two home runs in Monday night’s game vs. Seattle, but Seattle countered with some homers of their own, and three-run shots trump solo shots as the Yanks couldn’t hold onto leads Sanchez and Castro gave them. The 7-5 loss drops the Yanks to 63-61.

Sanchez hit his first HR of the game in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Castro hit his first HR of the game to make it 2-0 in the second.

But in the fourth, Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR to Kyle Seager on a 3-0 pitch. Seattle gave Seager the green light and he took advantage of it. 3-2 Seattle.

Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the game (8), a 2-run shot, and Castro’s 2nd HR of the game (17), a solo shot, gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.

It didn’t last long. Pineda got into trouble, was pulled for Layne, who got his man, but Swarzak gave up a 3-run HR to Mike Zunino to blow the lead. 6-5 Seattle.

You have to wonder how long the Yanks stick with Swarzak and his 5.90 ERA before turning to someone else. This loss really hurt what slim chances the Yanks have to make the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second wild card slot, but have to jump five teams to get it. Swarzak has given up 10 HR in just 29 innings.

Nelson Cruz homered off of Kirby Yates in the eighth to give Seattle a cushion.

The Yanks had 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the ninth, but couldn’t get that big hit. Final score 7-5.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 5.02. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.67
Swarzak (BS, 1; L, 1-2, 5.90) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Game 119. Rain and bullpen flush Yanks lead in 12-6 loss. Bad news on Eovaldi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After 4 1/2 innings, things looked good for the Yanks. They had a  6-0 lead, built mostly by two home runs by Gary Sanchez. (The REAL Sanchise, not Mark?)

Then came a rain delay, and everything changed. Michael Pineda, who pitched five shutout innings, had to be removed after the delay, and the Yanks’ bullpen was awful in turning a 6-0 lead into a 12-6 loss.

Didi Gregorius homered in the first (16) to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Sanchez’ solo HR in the second made it 2-0.

Sanchez’ second HR of the game (4), a 3-run shot,  made it 5-0 in the fourth. After the rain delay was over, Didi got an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.

But Anthony Swarzak, replacing Pineda, gave up four runs in the sixth, and in the eighth, Toronto got 8 runs off of Adam Warren (4) and Chasen Shreve (4). Ugh.

Earlier in the day, the Yankees received bad news on Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi will need two surgeries on his elbow. He tore the flexor tendon off of the bone, and also tore his UCL. Eovaldi, who had Tommy John surgery before, will need it again as one of the two surgeries. He’ll miss the rest of this year and all of 2017. He is a free agent after 2017, and after this, would be a risky sign. It’s possible that not only his Yankee career, but his career, period, could be over.

Pineda 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.89
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.23
Layne (H, 3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.94 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.74 (Az/NYY)
Warren (BS, 2; L, 4-3, 5.24) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR. (Cubs/NYY)
Shreve 0 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 1 HBP. 5.33 Faced 5 batters, all reached, 4 scored.
Parker 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K.   1.69 (Sea/NYY)

You wish Girardi would have just kept Layne & Clippard in there.

The loss puts the Yanks at 61-58.

Choo-Choo Coleman, a catcher on the 1962 Mets, died Monday. He was a few days short of 79.

Game 109. Castro slams Indians, 13-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro’s grand slam was the key blow in a 13-7 Yankees’ win over Cleveland that put the Yanks at 55-54 on the season.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits.

In the first inning, the Yanks got a run on an RBI groundout by McCann. Earlier that inning, Mark Teixeira got a nice ovation and doubled. Earlier in the day, Teixeira announced that this would be his last year. Thoughts on that at the end of this report.

In the third, McCann doubled in a run, and then, after the Indians issued an intentional walk to Headley to load the bases, Castro hit his grand slam, his 12th HR of the year, to make it 6-0.

Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR in the fifth, but Gary Sanchez’ first MLB RBI, on a double, made it 7-3 Yanks after five.

An RBI single by Headley and a bases loaded walk to Sanchez upped the lead to 9-3 in the sixth.

After the Indians got a run in the seventh, Aaron Hicks homered (4) and Ellsbury got an RBI single to make it 11-4 after seven.

Cleveland scored three in the eighth, but Brett Gardner insured the win in the bottom of the eighth with a 2-run single.

Pineda (w, 6-10, 5.17) 6+ IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Bleier 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38
Clippard 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.28 (AZ/NYY ERA)
Barbato 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 7.62. Faced 4 batters, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 runs.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY ERA)
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 4.10

Now on Teixeira’s retirement announcement:

Teixeira’s 8 years with the Yanks was good and bad.I have mixed feelings about it.

The good: WS Champ in 2009, a season where he led the AL in HR, RBI and Total bases and finished 2nd in MVP voting. 201 of his 404 HR (so far) were with the Yanks, putting him in select company as to who hit 200 or more as a Yankee. 4 years of 30+ HR with the Yanks, 3 years of 100+ RBI. 3 Gold Glove Awards. Led AL in runs scored in 2010. 2x All-Star as a Yankee.

The bad: After hitting .292 in 2009, he hit .240 2010-2016 (so far). He hasn’t hit over .260 since that first season with the team. He has not played in 130 games in a season since 2011. Only played in 15 games in 2013.  So his record with the Yanks is one great year of 2009, then spotty thereafter.

Hard to say where he ranks as a Yankees 1B. Gehrig, obviously, is and always will be #1. After that, you have, in no particular order, Mattingly, Tino, Chambliss, Skowron, Giambi, Teix, Pipp, Pepitone… Teix was better defensively than all but Mattingly. Even Hal Chase, who many would say was fixing games, is in there.

.269, 404 HR as of now.8 years in a row of 30/100. 5 Gold Gloves. 2x Top 10 for MVP. MVP consideration in 7 different seasons. Only Mantle, Murray, Chipper Jones and Beltran have more HR as a switch-hitter. 127 OPS+ .   HOF? I think he falls short. His 162 g. average is .269-36-114, damned good. Baseball Reference has him #28 among first basemen all-time (Gehrig is #1).

Not a HOF career in my eyes, but a damned fine one. All the best, Teix.

Now to see Greg Bird and Tyler Austin battle for the job next year.

Game 104. Yanks fall back to .500 with 5-3 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am going to address the deals made today in a separate post.

The Yanks fell back to .500, at 52-52, with a 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay today. A lost weekend, getting swept 3 straight by one of the worst teams in the league. It is the Yanks’ fourth straight loss. To me, it made today’s deals more relevant, and more of a good thing. Getting swept by the Rays made clear the “pretender” and not “contender” label for this year . If there is nothing this year or the next two, build for the future. Build for 2019 and beyond.

All the more reason to follow the minor leagues a lot more closely in the next few years.

And Brian Cashman made clear that he isn’t buiiding a team for a year or two of getting relevant again. He is building to get back an “uberteam”, a team that dominates from say, 2020-2034 like the Yanks dominated from 1993-2012.

In 2034, I’ll be 73 years old. That is what I want before I depart this earth. One more 15-20 year run where the Yanks are top notch. (Of course, if there is another run when I am 80-95 years old, great, but I won’t get greedy).

As for today, Michael Pineda proved why he exasperates us, and why I think he could be trade bait. If he, Nova, and Eovaldi don’t improve on what they are right now, why not trade them? After all, Pineda is now 5-10 with an ERA over 5. As Peggy Lee sang, Is that all there is?

Pineda gave up two in the fourth, one in the fifth on a HR, and after Beltran got the Yanks back in the game with a 2-run HR in the sixth, two more in the sixth.

Beltran’s HR, #22 on the season, was #414 of his career, tying him with Darrell Evans on the all-time list.

Brian McCann got an RBI single in the eighth.

The Yanks struck out 13x. For A-Rod, who PH, it was his fifth consecutive at bat with a strikeout.

I remember when Mike Schmidt retired in the middle of the season, saying he didn’t have it anymore. I remember Willie Mays and Steve Carlton hanging on too long.

Right now, I kind of wish A-Rod would call a press conference and hang it up.

I don’t mean that to be mean.I just don’t want A-Rod embarrassing himself. When it is time, it is time. Four homers short of 700 or not.

Pineda (L, 5-10, 5.13) 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 4 walks, 8 K. 1 HR given up.
Severino 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 2 K. 6.69.

Game 99.Yanks edge Astros after trading Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees are three games over .500 for the first time this year after beating Houston 2-1 on Monday night. They are 51-48.

Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings after giving up a first-pitch HR, and Andrew Miller got the save after getting his closer job back because of the trade of Aroldis Chapman earlier in the day.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, the Yanks tied the game when with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled and was singled home by Chase Headley.

In the eighth, Headley singled and was doubled home by Austin Romine.

Miller escaped a jam in the ninth, a jam partly created by Starlin Castro pulling a rock and failing to touch second in trying to turn the DP. He did on the next batter, the DP was made and the game was won.

Because of bad numbers off of Dallas Keuchel, A-Rod sat again, even against a lefty. It came down to who do you want in RF, Beltran or Hicks, and Hicks defense won out, even though he isn’t hitting. Then you still want Beltran’s bat in the lineup because he has been far and away their best hitter this year, so he DHs. So Alex sits.

Pineda (w, 5-9, 5.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 3 K. 2.52
Miller (S, 8 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.42.

Earlier in the day, Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs. In return, the Yanks get:

Gleyber Torres, SS, 19, who will go to High A Tampa, the Cubs #1 prospect.
Adam Warren, RHP, who returns to the Yanks after spending three full seasons (2013-2015) there. He’ll join the Yanks as a setup man/middle reliever.
OF Billy McKinney, who’ll go to AA Trenton.
OF Rashard Crawford, who’ll go to High A Tampa.

Chapman, 28, was 3-0, 2.01, 20 saves for the Yanks this year. He is a free agent at the end of the year, enjoyed NY and could come back. Since the Yanks traded him mid-season, the Yanks would NOT lose a draft pick if the re-sign him.

Torres is considered the key to the deal. Just 19, he is hitting .275-9-47 with 19 SB at High A. The Yanks already have Jorge Mateo there. They also have Tyler Wade at AA Trenton and Kyle Holder at Low A Charleston. Of course, Didi is at SS for the Yanks and having a good year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of these young shortstops flipped in a major deal for a starting pitcher (for example, Chris Sale? Don’t worry Chris, the Yanks are much more traditional in their uniform styles). Either that, or some may be learning other positions.

Warren has been having a terrible year for the Cubs, 3-2, 5.91. He’ll be 29 soon, and in three full seasons with the Yanks, 2013-2015, was 13-15, 3.23. The Yanks hope returning to NY returns him to what he was.

McKinney, who’ll be 22 soon, is a lefty-hitting OF (why can’t the Yanks get a righty hitting one to go with Judge (who is on the DL)? They have enough lefty hitting ones (Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Dustin Fowler, Ben Gamel!) You can tell I am not a fan of Hicks. Just my humble opinion, but Hicks has been hitting below .200 all year. Forgive me if I am tired of his offensive ineptitude). A former first-round draft pick by Oakland, McKinney was hitting .252-1-31 at AA.

Crawford is 22, and also a lefty hitting OF. At High A, he was hitting .255-3-30, with 22 SB.

Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.

 

 

Game 89. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, the Yanks get to .500 only to fall back. Michael Pineda gave up three home runs in a 5-3 loss to Boston Friday night in the first game after the All-Star break. The loss dropped the Yanks to 44-45.

Boston’s Ryan Hanigan hit a solo HR in the third, Travis Shaw a 2-run HR in the fifth, and  Xander Bogaerts a 2-run HR in the sixth to put Boston up 5-0.

The Yanks got three in the sixth on a 2-run bases-loaded single by Carlos Beltran and an RBI groundout by Brian McCann. The first 14 Yankees went down in order, and the Yanks manaaged just four hits.

The game was the first of a tough 10-game homestand in which the Yanks face Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco.It very well may determine the Yanks’ season. There are rumors that there is division in the front office about whether the Yanks should be buyers or sellers. The rumors have Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine as buyers but everyone else as wanting to be sellers. Personally, I think they should be sellers.

Pineda (L, 3-9, 5.56) 5+ IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 6 K. 3 of the 5 hits given up were HR.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.50
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.70.
Eovaldi 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.11
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.39