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ALDS Game 2. Yanks in 0-2 hole after blowing 8-3 lead. Lose 9-8 in 13.

Yankee Stadium Friezed

Sorry for the late report. I slept in and am not feeling well. Bronchitis again? Same time, just about, every year. Sigh.

1997. Mariano gives up the first of only two postseason HRs he would ever give up. It ties Game 4 for Cleveland and instead of the Yanks winning the series 3 games to 1, the Indians come back to win Game 4 and then Game 5.

2007: The midges. Torre doesn’t pull the team off the field, regrets it later, and his Yankee tenure is over. Joba vs. the bugs.

2017: The Faux HBP that Girardi didn’t challenge. Now Girardi’s contract is up, and I don’t expect him to be fired, but he made a mistake that seems to be as big as Torre’s in 2007.

(ok as for the bad omens…. the Yanks did win it all in 1938, 1958, 1978 and 1998, so we should look forward to 2018, right?)

Anyway, the game started off great when the Yanks knocked around Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the first inning.

An error by Todd Frazier led to the Indians scoring two unearned runs in the first to tie it up (came back to bite them), then the Indians scored one in the second to go up 3-2. At this point, you are wondering about the Yankees’ starting pitching this postseason. The Indians did lose Edwin Encarnacion due to an ankle injury.

The Yanks went up 6-3 with four in the third. Starlin Castro tied the game and Aaron Hicks hit a 3-run HR.

In the fifth, a two-run HR by Greg Bird made it 8-3. Then the Yanks blew it. For one thing, the game went 13 and they couldn’t score anymore.

CC was pulled in the sixth after 77 pitches. Ok, maybe he should or could have stayed in with an 8-3 lead. But this is how they’ve treated CC for a while now. One out, man on first and in comes Chad Green. Normally a good move and the right one.

But was Green still taxed from the two innings he pitched on Tuesday? Here is where the early knockout of Severino in Tuesday’s wild card game may have come back to bite the Yanks, for Green wasn’t his usual self. He got a flyout for out #2 but couldn’t put Yan Gomes away. After fouling off a few pitches, Gomes doubled.

Then PH Chisenhall was HBP. Or was he?

Chisenall had two strikes on him. Replays showed the ball hit the knob of the bat and ricocheted into Sanchez’ glove. Foul tip, strike three and out of the inning. Instead, the umpire ruled HBP. Bases loaded.

Sanchez pointed to the dugout to challenge. And Girardi did nothing. For the brilliance of Tuesday night, when Girardi pieced together 26 outs out of the bullpen, he bleeped up here.

He stated that the slo-mo replay didn’t come up in the 30 seconds he had to challenge. He also stated that he didn’t want to disturb his pitcher’s rhythm.

What BS. That sounds like the excuses your seven year old kid makes to mommy and daddy when the did gets into trouble.

First off, why aren’t you trusting your catcher when your catcher is urging you to challenge? He’s right there. He caught the ball. To quote Billy Joel, It’s a Matter of Trust. And that matter of trust came up later in the game as well. Players in the dugout were urging the same thing.

Secondly, what do you have to lose by challenging? You win, strike three, out of inning. No, Joe decided to leave it go.

Third, the batter never reacted as if he were hit! He had to be told to go the first.

And you don’t challenge?

As far as his pitcher’s rhythm? Green gave up a grand slam off the foul pole on his second pitch after the incident. 8–7.

We’ll never know what would have happened had he challenged as he should have, got the call and it remains 8-3. There is a huge difference between going home 1-1 in a best-of-five and in going home 0-2. Especially to a team that has won 35 of its last 39 games.

So in came David Robertson, and you had to wonder how much he had left in the tank after his 3 1/3 innings of Tuesday night. Four up, four down, three by strikeouts. Looks good.

But then Girardi tried to extend him. Why? A matter of trust. He trusted Robertson in the eighth over Betances. Betances did pitch in Game 1 (when the Yanks were down 4-0). He also pitched and lost this game. But Betances didn’t come in until other relievers had gone before him.

He tried to extend Robertson, who was already extended on Tuesday night. It didn’t work. Jay Bruce (thanks, Mets) did it again. HR to tie the game.

And so the game went into extras. Kahnle and Chapman came in, then Betances.

Meanwhile in the 11th, Ronald Torreyes pulled a rock. Pinch-running for Todd Frazier, who reached second on an error leading off the inning, Torreyes was picked off second when Brett Gardner had to take a pitch on a sac bunt attempt. Ouch.

Betances came in for the 11th. After Green, Robertson, Kahnle and Chapman. A matter of trust. In because he had to, not so much because Girardi trusted him. After all, if he was trusted, wouldn’t he have come in in the eighth, like usual? It appears that at this point, Girardi doesn’t trust Betances.

Betances had two good innings, but needed to be overextended himself. Working his third inning, he walked the leadoff guy, who stole second. It’s well known that Betances isn’t a good fielder and with his size and delivery, doesn’t hold runners on well. Cleveland took advantage with the SB. Gomes, who extended the AB in the sixth, and who picked off Torreyes in the 11th, got the GW hit.

This is one loss that (unless the Yanks pull off a miracle and win 3 in a row to stun the baseball world and make it to the ALCS) will hurt all winter long.

Sabathia 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Green 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. Gave up grand slam.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Betances (Loss) 2+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Sanchez 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Castro 2 hits, RBI.
Bird 2 hits, 2-run HR.
Hicks 2 hits, 3-run HR.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, but 2 errors.
Torreyes bone-headed PR play.

In the other series, Houston dominated Boston again and the Astros go into Fenway up 2 games to nothing.

In the NL, the Cubs and Dodgers both took Game 1 over the Nationals and Diamondbacks, respectively.

 

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Gossage, like Levine, needs to zip it.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Besides Randy Levine needing to zip it more often, another person who needs to zip it is Rich “Goose” Gossage, who showed up in camp with his annual rant against relief pitchers, and particularly the great and classy Mariano Rivera.

Goose was great. His plaque is in Monument Park, deservedly so. In his prime, 1978-1983 as a Yankee, he averaged 7-5, 2.10, and 25 saves/yr. Remember that he missed 1/2 of 1979 due to the Cliff Johnson fight and 1/3 of 1981 due to the players’ strike. He is in the HOF, rightfully so, with a record of 124-107, 310 saves, 3.01 ERA and ERA+ of 126. (Goose also spent part of 1989 with the Yanks, at the end of his career). In that 1978-1983 time frame, he averaged 1 2/3 innings per appearance.

Goose spent one year starting for the White Sox in 1976.

Now Goose did pitch 2 2/3 innings in that famous Bucky Dent playoff game vs. Boston in 1978.

In what seems to be his annual rant against baseball today, he says (with expletives) not to compare him, Sutter, Fingers, etc. to pitchers like Rivera, Chapman, etc. because the latter day pitchers are one-inning guys. Fair enough.

But the way Goose disparages Rivera is uncalled for. Mariano’s #42 is retired by the Yankees, rightfully so, and Mo should be joining Goose in the HOF in 2019. He should get in almost unanimously, if not unanimously (there is always one jerk out there) on the very first ballot. What’s Goose going to do, boycott the ceremony?

Taking away Mo’s rookie season of 1995, when he started 10 games, from 1996 to the end of his career, Mariano pitched in 950 games, 1216 2/3 IP, averaging almost 1 1/3 innings per appearance—not too far off of Goose’s 1978-1983 average of 1 2/3. Rivera, of course, finished his career 82-60, a record 652 saves, 2.21 ERA and ERA+ a record 205.

And Mo did pitch three innings in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

The game changed. Goose should not hold Mo responsible for that or disparage Mo. Mo did his job, as the job requirements demanded at that time, as good or better than anyone else, just as Goose did his job, as the requirements demanded at the time, as good or better than anyone else.

The game has changed. Pitchers don’t throw complete games anymore. You don’t see starters throwing 300 innings in a season anymore. But you don’t hear Sandy Koufax or Bob Gibson bitching about today’s great starters, do you?

In the same way, relief pitching has changed. I’m old school, and can agree with and sympathize with Gossage’s opinion.

But at the same time, Goose comes across as a bitter, classless, crotchety old man.

It’s to the classy Rivera’s credit that he doesn’t respond in kind. Mo’s not like that.

Enough already. Goose should just praise Mo for the great reliever he was, add that there were two different kinds of eras, and say I was great in mine, Mo was great in his, and be done with it.

Because Goose’s bitching is getting rather tiresome.

Between Goose’s rant and Randy Levine’s gloating over the Dellin Betances’ arbitration case, I was a little ashamed this week—a week I usually can’t wait for, what with spring training starting.

Hey guys, zip it, and let’s concentrate on baseball. Don’t disparage the game and the players but respect and honor good players.

Because your comments this week were very sad to hear, and I’m sure I am not the only Yankees fan saddened, disheartened, and quite frankly, a bit pissed at what I saw and heard.

Game 117. Yanks lose, 12-3.

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When Nathan Eovaldi went down, and the Yanks brought back Luis Severino just a few  days after sending him down after a poor start in Boston, I was shaking my head. Why Severino? Why not Dietrich Enns (13-4, 1.61 between AA and AAA this year)? Enns’ turn in the rotation at AAA probably did not match up with yesterday, but next time the Yanks reach down, I hope Enns gets a shot.

This is nothing against Severino, 22, who I feel is too young to give up on, but Severino’s awful 2016 continued as he was lit up by Tampa Bay yesterday in the Yanks’ 12-3 loss.

The only bright spots for the Yanks were homers by Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. For both, it was their second MLB home runs. For Judge, he became the second Yankee (after Joe Lefebvre, 1980) to homer in each of his first two MLB games.

Funnily enough, Severino got 7 of his 11 outs by K.

Severino (L, 1-8, 7.19) 3 2/3 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 1 walk, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.30
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.45 (Sea/NYY)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.00.

The loss dropped the Yanks to 60-57.

Before the game, the Yanks dedicated a plaque to Mariano Rivera, whose #42 was already retired at the end of 2013. On Saturday, they honored the 1996 World Champs on their 20th anniversary, a team Mo was part of.

Game 91. Arrow? No. Teix message? Yes. Yanks beat Seattle, 2-1.

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I can’t stand Fernando Rodney and that bow and arrow routine he does. I hate hotdogging. You never saw Mariano Rivera show up an opponent.

Which is why today’s 2-1 Yankees win was so sweet. Mark Teixeira sent a “Teix message”, HR #23 of the season (#386 of his career) off of Rodney in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie and win the game. With the win, the Yanks go to 50-41 on the season and their AL East lead is increased to 4 games.

It was a pitcher’s duel between CC Sabathia and “King” Felix Hernandez of the Mariners. Seattle scored a run in the top of the fifth courtesy of two ex-Yankees farmhands, as Austin Jackson singled in Jesus Montero.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Carlos Beltran. Earlier in the day, Beltran was activated off the DL and Rob Refsnyder returned to AAA.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Teix sent one further than any of Rodney’s imaginary arrows could go. Teix had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.

Sabathia 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.25. Maybe the best game he’s pitched this year.

Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.65.

Betances (W 6-2, 1.47) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (20th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Update. A-Rod had a hit, and #3023 tied Lou Brock on the all-time list.

Game 58. Drew, Tanaka lead Yanks to 7th straight win, 6-1.

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For six-plus innings, this was everything it was hyped to be. A great pitching duel, Tanaka vs. Scherzer.

In the end, Tanaka got the best of it, the Yanks won their seventh straight game, and opened up a 2 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 33-25 record.

Stephen Drew had 2 HR. The first came in the bottom of the third, and gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

Tanaka then coughed up a HR to Bryce Harper in the top of the fourth to tie the game. I thought it would be a long fly ball, but it just kept carrying.

Then I saw a couple of mistakes. In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks had first and third and one out. Beltran hit a liner to CF. The Nats CF tried for a shoestring catch but trapped the ball. He still got a force on McCann on second. However, Teix was caught in no man’s land and instead of just staying on the bag, then coming home no matter what happened, he was stuck on third. They did not score. Ugh.

But then Bryce Harper of Washington pulled what I thought was a bad play. In the top of the seventh, Harper, leading off, had two strikes on him. He had homered off Tanaka earlier, his 20th HR of the season. With two strikes on him, he tried to bunt, fouled it off, and that was strike three. In a close ballgame you want him swinging the bat. Break for the Yankees.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a break. With men on first and second, and two out, A-Rod sent one toward the hole. Washington’s SS tried to get a force at third, but the throw hit the runner, Ramon Flores, and ricocheted into the dugout to advance the runners and give the Yanks a 2-1 lead. But (and the most important thing) is that they tacked on. Brian McCann singled in two, and Beltran singled in another one to make it 5-1.

In the 8th, Drew hit his second HR of the game (and the second 2-HR game from him in less than a week) to make it 6-1. Drew now has just 31 hits on the year and a .175 batting average, but he does have 9 HR. He is on course for about 25 HR. Yes, .175 stinks, but 25 HR for a second baseman? I’ll take that. Sometimes batting average is overrated. I am not saying .175 is good, but hey, as long as the hits he does get are extra base hits (9 HR), I’ll take it. .175 or not, he is tied with McCann as far as HR, and only Teix and A-Rod have more. .175 but 25 HR? Ok, I’ll accept that. Not ideal, but…

McCann had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Flores, a rookie in the majors for what, 3 weeks now? had three hits and two were off Scherzer, one of the best pitchers in the game. Go figure.

McCann is hot, raising his average to .266.

Tanaka (W, 4-1, 2.48) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.28.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 h, 1 walk, and 0 K. 2.16
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walk and 0 K. 1.03.

Washington drafted Mariano Rivera’s son, Mariano Rivera III, in the fourth round of the draft today.

The Giants got a no-no from one of their pitchers for the fourth straight year today. After Cain (PG), and Lincecum twice, Chris Heston no-hit the Mets today.

 

Game 139. Unearned run leads to 1-0 Yanks’ loss.

Michael Pineda has started nine games for the Yanks this season. He’s missed about nineteen starts due to the pine-tar incident and to injury.

In those nine starts, he’s been excellent. His ERA is 1.80.

He is also 3-4, because in three of those nine starts, the Yankees have been shut out.

Last night (Friday), Pineda gave up only one run, and that was unearned. But the Yanks didn’t score for him and lost 1-0 to KC.

There were only six hits in the game, three by each side.

With one out in the third, Chase Headley—Thursday night’s hero—made a two-base error. Nori Aoki of KC then singled in the only run of the game.

Pineda went 7, 1 R, (unearned), 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K. The Yanks have scored just 20 runs in his 8 starts, and 8 of those came in one game. 12 in the other 8 starts. 12/8 is 1.5. Less support than Pineda’s excellent ERA of 1.80.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.43. He now has 124 K on the season, and is just six behind Mariano Rivera’s Yankee relief record of 130 set in 1996 (when Mo set up John Wetteland).

David Robertson 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.87.

One of the Yanks’ three hits was by Derek Jeter. #3449 of his career.

With the loss, the Yanks drop to 72-67 and stay in 2nd place in the AL East, 9 1/2 behind Baltimore (let’s face it, the division is over). In the more important playoff push, they are 4 1/2 out of the final playoff spot with just 23 games to go. Realistically speaking, the Yanks may need to do 17-6 in their last 23 games to make it.

It is possible, but not probable.

A-Rod decision soon?

Now that the HOF inductees have been announced, we wait for the decision on A-Rod, which could come as early as today. There are reports that Alex may accept a suspension if it’s less than 100 games, to which I say, wouldn’t that be an admission of guilt? Why fight as he has, if he IS guilty? Besides, after his 2009 mea culpa of using while with Texas, how stupid is he to go back on the stuff? Really, I wish he’d just go away.

The Tampa Bay Rays signed ex-Yankee utility IF Jayson Nix. Reports are that ex-Yankee A.J. Burnett may retire.

The BBWAA suspended that writer who sold his ballot to Deadspin.com for one year and that writer won’t ever be allowed to vote for the HOF anymore. It’s too bad that they also didn’t do that for other writers, like the one who voted for Jack Morris and only Jack Morris, or the one who voted for Armando Benitez. Armando Benitez? Really?

Or, for that matter, kick off all 16 writers who did not vote for the winningest living pitcher, Greg Maddux. Maddux won 355 games, and never a whiff of PEDs. To find an MLB pitcher who won more games than Maddux over the course of their career, you need to visit a cemetery.

But then, 23 idiots did NOT vote for Willie Mays in 1979. TWENTY-THREE.

There will be someone who won’t vote for Mariano Rivera in 2019. I only wish we could identify that jackass now so that said jackass could have his ballot stripped from him NOW.