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Game 22. Yanks are shut out, 8-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ hitters once again didn’t hit, and the bullpen was bad in a 8-0 Yankees’ loss to Boston Saturday night.

David Ortiz burned the Yanks with a HR again.

The Yanks end April at 8-14 after a 4-2 start.

Pineda (L 1-3, 6.33) 5 Ip, 2 R, 5 H, 3 walks, 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K.  5.40
Yates 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.52
Barbato 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 5.73
Goody 1 2/3, 0 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.45.

Game 19. Yanks lose, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There’s not much to say on this one. The Yanks got spanked, 10-1 by Texas Tuesday night.

Luis Severino is now 0-3, 6.86. That won’t do. Neither will Michael Pineda’s 6.95 ERA. It’s the end of April. Both must improve, and soon. Both seemed to have good spring trainings. What happened? But both need to improve soon.

The Yanks got just one run. That won’t do either.

The Yanks are now 8-11. It’s still early, but you can’t fall too far below .500.

Things have to get better….or else.

Severino (L, 0-3, 6.86) 3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 1 K.
Nova 4 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.11. He has to do better, too.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.68.

Nova and Shreve gave up HRs.


Game 17. Yanks K 16, but lose 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Winston Churchill once said that the Soviet Union was a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

He could have been talking about Michael Pineda. Pineda struck out 9 in 5 IP, but gave up 4 HR, 2 in the first inning when he gave up 5 of his 7 runs and put the Yanks behind the 8-ball, 5-0, before they ever got to bat.

The Yanks struck out 16 Rays, but lost 8-1.

Pineda reminds me of A.J. Burnett. So much talent, but it seems wasted and unfulfilled. You just never know with Pineda who shows up that day. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. That inconsistency is holding him, and the Yanks, back. A.J. was the same way.

A-Rod had an RBI double for the only Yanks run of the game, and apparently strained an oblique swinging in the cage between at bats. So he could be out. Hicks’ sore shoulder will keep him out about a week.

So far this season, the Yanks have struggled against lefty pitchers. Part of that is because Alex is at .145 and Chase Headley, a switch-hitter, is at .149. Even Teixeira, another switch-hitter is just at .220. Teix is a notoriously slow starter.

They need the bats to come alive. At 7-10, the Yanks now go to Texas, Boston and Baltimore.

The Yanks do catch a bit of a break. They were supposed to face Cole Hamels on Monday night in Texas, but Hamels is forced to miss a start due to a groin pull.

Pineda (L, 1-2, 6.95) 5 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Yates 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.68.
Goody 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 4.50. Gave up a HR.


Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.




Game 7. Yanks fall, 7-2.


Michael Pineda pitched better than last time out, but this time he didn’t get 16 runs of support. The Yanks lost to Toronto, 7-2.

It was one of those nights that each time the Yanks battled back to tie the game or get back in it, the pitchers just gave it back.

Toronto got a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it in the fifth on an Aaron Hicks groundout. But Toronto scored two right away in the bottom of the fifth to go up 3-1. Ronald Torreyes had two hits tonight, and the backup is hitting .667, but he also made an error that let in an unearned run.

The Yanks got a HR from Teixeira (3, #397 career) to cut it to 3-2 in the 8th, but here is where the game was lost. Pineda gave up 3R, 2 ER, in six, and Kirby Yates had a great seventh, striking out two. But manager Girardi went to Nova in the eighth and Nova had nothing. The game got away then.

A-Rod is off to a slow start. He’s at .136. Too early to panic, but if it continues, whispers will start because he is 40. Here is hoping he snaps out of it soon.

Pineda (L, 1-1, 6.55 ) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 walks, 6 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 2 K. 3.38
Nova 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.20.

Game 2 . Yanks kick As(tros), 16-6


Starlin Castro had a great spring training, had 2 RBI in the opening day loss and kept it up in game 2,  hitting a 3-run HR, getting 4 hits, and driving in 5 runs in the Yanks’ 16-6 rout of the Astros.

Ivan Nova pitched four scoreless innings in relief of a subpar Michael Pineda.

Pineda gave up a HR to Carlos Correa in the first, but the Yanks rebounded with six in the bottom half to go up 6-1. Brian McCann doubled in two.

Pineda gave up a grand slam to George Springer in the second to cut it to 6-5, but Castro’s 3-run HR in the second and Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR in the third made it 12-5.

Correa hit another HR in the fifth to cut it to 12-6. This kid is a young superstar.

Carlos Beltran hit a HR in the sixth to make it 13-6. The HRs were career #395 for Teix & #393 for Beltran.  Beltran tied Jim Edmonds on the all-time list.

A 2-run triple by Ronald Torreyes and a Castro single closed out the scoring in the seventh.

Pineda (w, 1-0) 5 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 5 K. He gave up 3 HR, inc. a grand slam. 10.80
Nova (s, 1) 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 5 K.  0.00


S.T. Games 29/30. Yanks lose 2. Mitchell out 3 months.


On a day when the Yanks found out Bryan Mitchell has a broken toe with Grade 3 turf toe, may need surgery and be out three months, they lost both exhibition games as the squad was split.

In one game, Michael Pineda gave up 4 HR (albeit, a strong wind was blowing out) as the Yanks lost 9-1 to St. Louis.

Pineda (L) 5  IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR
Pinder 1 1/3 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Tracy 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

They lost the other game 10-6 to Detroit. They are 13-15-2 for the spring.

Castro 2 hits. Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. Mateo 2 RBI. Parmalee 2 hits, rbi.

Green (L) 4 1/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Webb 2 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mullee 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Rough day for the pitchers.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa made the bullpen. They were to make it before Miller and Mitchell got hurt. Miller wants to pitch through the injury to his non-throwing hand. We’ll see. But a sub must be found for Mitchell….and maybe Miller, too.

Romine is the backup catcher, Torreyes the backup IF.

The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet between CC and Nova.

Barbato won the J.P. Dawson award as best rookie in camp.