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Game 43. Yanks win 5th straight, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Small bites. After a 9-17 start to the season, the Yanks inched closer to .500 (now 21-22) with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the way his season has gone, it would be understandable to think, oh no, here we go again.

Brian McCann’s HR (6) tied the game in the second, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR (2) put the Yanks up 2-1 in the third.

Pineda gave up two in the fifth to put Oakland up 3-2 but the Yanks came back with two in the sixth.

With one out, Gardner and the red-hot Beltran singled. After McCann made out, Teixeira singled to tie the game. It was only the fourth RBI for Teix since April 13th, and he has no HR since then. The Yanks need to get him going. Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3 Yanks.

Pineda didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the sixth, and then you knew what was coming.

Betances, Miller and Chapman weren’t used in the past two games, and Monday is an off day.

The Yanks got an insurance run, which they would need, in the seventh, when Hicks singled, was bunted to second and scored on a Beltran double.

Two errors led to an unearned run for the A’s off Miller in the eighth, but that was it.

Yanks 5-4.

Pineda (w, 2-5, 6.34) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.21
Miller (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.96
Chapman (Save, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.29

Game 40. Nova, Beltran lead Yanks, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When Luis Severino had to go on the DL, Ivan Nova came out of the bullpen to take his place in the rotation. The way Nova pitched last night, he intends to stay there.

Nova has had his inconsistencies throughout his career, but his ERA dropped to 3.26 after last night’s gem. By contrast, Severino and Pineda’s combined ERA is over twice that.

What happens when Severino is healthy as far as he and Pineda are concerned? We’ll have to see. But it is apparent that Nova needs to stay in that rotation.

The Yanks scored first in their 4-1 win last night when in the third inning, with two out, Brett Gardner walked and Carlos Beltran doubled him home.

Nova gave up a HR in the fourth to tie the game, but the Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Aaron Hicks.

Beltran’s ninth HR of the year, a 2-run shot, gave the Yanks a cushion in the ninth. It was HR #401 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks once again turned to their Big 3 to close it out. No-Runs D(ellin Betances) M(iller) C(hapman).

The Yanks have hit the quarter pole at 18-22.

Earlier, owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and the coaches, but called out a couple of underperforming players, although not in the blunt way his father used to do it.

Nova (w, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.33
Miller (H, 4)  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.02
Chapman (Save, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K, 1.50


Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.


Game 34. Chisox 7, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino was bad, beaten, booed,  injured, and placed on the DL last night.

The 22-year old is experiencing the worst of sophomore slumps.

He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs in the second, and four in the third in dropping to 0-6, 7.46. When he was removed from the game, Severino, who was 5-3, 2.89 in eleven starts last year, was booed.

After the game, it was revealed that he had a mild triceps strain and will be going on the DL. The Yanks are expected to call up Chad Green, who was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB. CC Sabathia is expected to come off the DL soon, as well.

With the 7-1 loss, the Yanks fell to 14-20. Severino and Pineda are a combined 1-10, 6.84 in fourteen starts. There are many problems right now with the team, but you can start there. Take away those two, and the Yanks are 13-10.

The only run the Yanks got came on a second inning HR by Chase Headley (2). Chris Sale, the White Sox’ ace, improved to 8-0, 1.67.

Mark Teixeira’s last HR came on April 13th, over a month ago. He has just 3 RBI in that span. He did have two of the Yanks’ six hits last night.

There are a lot of problems to go around which have contributed to the Yanks’ record. Pineda, Severino and Teix are but three.

Severino (L, 0-6. 7.46) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 4 walks, 2 K, gave up HR.
Goody 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.13
Shreve 2 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.20
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K,. 2.03.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Goody sent down, since he took one for the team and went 3 1/3. He’ll be unavailable for a few days.




Game 32. KC 7, Yanks 3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

ESPN showed an interesting stat on Michael Pineda tonight. Entering tonight’s game, his ERA in the first two innings this year was 12.00. After that, 2.14.

So…. Pineda gave up 4 runs in the first tonight, dooming the Yankees.

I am starting to have reservations about him. So much talent, but it seems like he doesn’t have it between the ears to utilize that talent.

I am watching the first inning. He throws two killer sliders that the batter can’t touch. Then he serves up a meatball fastball. I don’t know if that is Pineda or if it is McCann’s pitch calling. But I am still scratching my head.

There was an interesting poll, asking if you had to keep one and trade the other, what you think about Eovaldi and Pineda. To me, it is a no-brainer right now. I would keep Eovaldi, thinking he may develop, and trade Pineda.

After Pineda gave up four in the first, the Yanks got two back in the second, one on Carlos Beltran’s 7th HR of the year. #399 of his career tied Al Kaline on the all-time list. Headley singled in a run later in the inning. May 11 and the Yanks main 3B still does not have an XBH.

Meanwhile, the Yanks lineup tonight had no Ellsbury, A-Rod or Teix.  Aaron Hicks had 3 hits tonight.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 at one point but eventually lost 7-3.

Pineda (L, 1-4, 6.28) 5 2/3 IP,  6 R, 6 H, 4 walks and 7 K.
Goody 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93
Coke 3 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 2.25.

The Yanks are 13-19. Pineda and Severino are a combined 1-9. You can do the math. Take them away, you get 12-10.  Severino is 22, in his first full season & still learning. Pineda is 27. He should have learned already.



Game 27. Yanks win controversial ending, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In a strange game, the Yanks prevailed, 3-2.

Yankee nemesis David Ortiz hit a 2-run HR, #452 as  a Red Sox (tying Yaz for Boston HR) and #510 of his career (passing Sheffield, one behind Ott) to put the Red Sox up 2-0 in the top of the first (I still say, drill his ass with a fastball. No pitcher has the balls to do so. Show some guts. Back him off the plate). Ortiz, who apparently thinks he is “privileged”, because no one has the balls to back him off the plate, got ejected later. We will get to that.

The Yanks got one back in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury walked, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored on a double by McCann. Ellsbury then left the game with a hip problem.

Hicks moved from RF to CF but got some bad reads on balls throughout the game. More on him in a bit.

Dustin Ackley, who was not even on the interstate, singled in the tying run in the second.  He was only in the game b/c of Ellsbury having to be removed.

So it stayed 2-2 until Hicks, who was misplaying balls all night long, and who also wasn’t on the interstate (meaning hitting at least .100) homered in the seventh to put the Yanks up.

Boston had chances in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth to score but could not.

In the ninth, Boston had the bases loaded with one out, Ortiz up and the count 3-1. A strike was called on a pitch that apparently crossed up McCann. Boston manager Farrell was ejected for arguing the call. Ortiz was then rung up by Miller on the next pitch, another controversial call. Ortiz was then ejected. Miller struck out Ramirez for the last out.

My take is cry, Big Papi, cry. No pitcher ever comes inside on you, back you off the plate or shows some balls. Go back in a time machine and have Gibson or Drysdale knock you on your ass, you spoiled, privileged brat.

We will have to see how long Ellsbury is out.

Ben  Gamel made his MLB debut for the Yanks.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walks, 4 K. 5.73
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.66
Yates (w, 1-0, 2.79) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.57
Miller (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0R, 3 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 0.00

The Yanks are 10-17.

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.