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Game 122. Austin powers Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin’s 3-run HR was the key blow as the Yanks beat Boston and Chris Sale on Saturday night, 4-3.

Sale usually owns the Yanks.

CC Sabathia came off the DL and was, to my surprise, effective. The last time we saw CC on the mound, he was in pain with that right knee and we were not sure what to think. Season over? Career over? But there was no structural damage and he missed just one start. The knee didn’t seem to bother him last night.

Austin’s second-inning HR (2) put the Yanks up 3-0. Boston got two in the fifth off of CC.

Todd Frazier hit a solo HR (21) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yanks, but Adam Warren gave up a HR in the seventh.

Before the game, it was announced that Aroldis Chapman has lost his closer’s job for now. There is still four years left on Chapman’s contract at $17MM per. The Yanks will need to straighten him out.

Sabathia (W, 10-5, 3.99) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Warren (H, 11) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.88
Robertson (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.19
Betances (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.11

Aaron Judge set a record for most consecutive games striking out.

Brett Gardner had 2 hits. Didi Gregorius had 3. Austin had 2 and was robbed of a third.

The win puts the Yanks at 66-56, four back of Boston. They hold the top wild card spot by 3 1/2 games.

Game 119. Didi wins game, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

He may be the most underrated SS in the majors right now. He is hitting .308-18-58, has played great defense and missed what, the first 3 weeks of the season? Give him those weeks, he’d have 20+ HR right now, a .300 average, and over 40 games to go.

Didi Gregorius took over for a legend and should be considered as the All-Star he has become. His two-run double in the seventh won tonight’s game over the Mets, 5-3.

The win puts the Yanks at 64-55, and keeps them 4 1/2 back of Red-hot Boston right now. They still control the top wild card spot.

The Mets struck for a run in the first. The Yanks tied it in the second when the Mets gifted the Yanks a run. Headley walked, went to 2nd on a WP, 3rd on a PB and scored on a groundout. Thanks, Mets.

The Yanks took the lead in the fourth. Aaron Judge hit a 457 ft. bomb into the third deck at Citi Field, HR #37, to put the Yanks up. He had his first multi-hit game since July 18, but did strike out once in the game, setting a MLB record for most consecutive games striking out.

The Mets tied it in the fifth on a HR.

The Yanks got a single by Judge and a couple of walks to load the bases in the top of the sixth. A SF by Headley put the Yanks up 3-2 but the Mets tied it in the bottom of the inning.

The decisive runs came in the top of the seventh. The igniter, the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes, doubled. After Girardi correctly played littleball and Gardner (PH for pitcher) bunted him to third, Ellsbury and Hicks walked to load the bases. Judge popped up, AAARGH! but Didi picked him up with a two-run double that was the game-winning hit.

A friend asked me about my managerial strategy. I am glad Girardi listened. I said Warren forG two innings, and D-Rob to close. No Betances (needs a day off) and no Chapman (confidence? Needs to clear his head).

So I called it. LOL

Garcia 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.52
Kahnle (BS, 5; W, 2-3, 2.27)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Warren (H, 10) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.73
Robertson (S, 14) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.25

Some recent baseball passings & a retirement:

Paul Casanova: C, mostly known as the Washington Senators C in the late 1960s. In 1967, finished 21st in MVP voting and an All-Star with a .248-9-53 season. 162 g. average for his career? .225-9-48, OPS+ 65. As you can see, didn’t hit much. Washington 1965-1971, Atlanta 1972-1974.

Danny Walton, OF. Houston 1968. Seattle Pilots 1969 (only Pilots season before moving and becoming the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970). Milwaukee 1970-1971, Yankees (for only 5 games) 1971. Minnesota 1973, 1975. Dodgers 1976, Astros 1977. Rangers 1980. Only season 100 or more games: 1970 Brewers, .257-17-66, OPS+ 117. Good year. 162 G. average, .223-15-58, OPS+ 90.

Don Gross. LHP. Reds, 1955-1957. Pittsburgh 1958-1960.   20-22, 3.73 in his career, ERA+ 108. Average 162 G. season: 7-8, 3.73, 4 saves as a spot starter/long reliever.

Jered Weaver announced his retirement today. Weaver was 150-98 in his career, Angels 2006-2016 & 2017 Padres. A 3x All-Star, he was 5th for ROY in 2006, 5th for the CYA in 2010, runnerup for it in 2011, and 3rd for it in 2012. He finished 22nd for MVP in 2012.

2011: 18-8, 2.41, ERA+ 156.
2012: 20-5. 2.81 ERA+ 135.

He was 2-1, 2.60 in the postseason, 4 starts, 3 relief. He pitched in 3 games against the Yankees in the 2009 ALCS, 0-0, 4.26.

His 162 G. average was 15-10, 3.63, ERA+ 111. Solid starter. He led the AL in wins with 20 in 2012 and 18 in 2014.

 

 

 

Game 117. The Aaron’s (Hicks & Judge) and the Kraken power Yanks, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Home runs by the Aaron’s (no, not Henry or Tommy) Hicks and Judge and another by Gary (the Kraken) Sanchez powered the Yanks to a 4-2 subway series win over the Mets Monday night.

I was worried about Luis Cessa starting. He pitched half decently tonight but didn’t provide length (see below…injury). There are times I and others wondered “why Cessa again? Why not bring up Chance Adams?” Cessa does appear better suited for middle relief than a starting role. His numbers seem to back that up.

Now to bring up Adams, the Yanks would have to put him on the 40-man and take someone off. Girardi thinks Adams, despite his fine record in the minors (13-3, 1.96 AA/AAA this year), isn’t ready yet. He may or may not have to be ready now, because Cessa got hurt tonight. I know I, and a lot of the fan base, would like to see the kid. And see him over Cessa, no offense to Cessa. With Cessa’s injury, do we now see Adams?

Cessa left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent back injury. Meanwhile, CC Sabathia apparently tried pitching today and may or may not be ready on Saturday. So he’d fit right back in line if he was ready.

Cessa gave up HRs in the third to both ex-Yankee Curtis Granderson and to Yoenis Cespedes to put the Mets up 2-0.

In the fourth, Sanchez hit a SF to cut the lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge tied the game with HR #36 in the sixth. The strikeouts did continue, but maybe this HR gets him going again.

With the score tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got HRs from Aaron Hicks (12) and Gary Sanchez (20) to put the game away, 4-2.

For all three, it was their 40th career HR. All three got it in the same game.

Cessa 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.75
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.95. Been great all year.
Robertson (W, 6-2, 2.30) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.25

Some further notes. The Yanks may want to bring up someone like Donovan Solano and send Tyler Wade down? Castro will be starting rehab soon and should be back soon, and they need him. Wade, 22, has done well at SWB but is down to .120 and really looks overmatched so far in the majors.

The slump of Judge and the slump of Holliday, combined with the DL stints for Holliday and Castro have really hurt the lineup. 3 homers today helped win the game, but the Yanks will have to be good at playing littleball until some players come back, be it Bird, Holliday and/or Castro.

The win, puts the Yanks at 62-55. With Boston losing, they are now 4 1/2 out in the AL East. They retain the top wild card spot.

 

Game 116. “By the book” Girardi blows game, 3-2 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I know what I write here won’t be absorbed easily by many people, and may be controversial, but I truly believe Joe Girardi blew another Yankees game by his overmanaging and by the book style.

I also think it’s time for Joe to go.

The Yanks needed Jordan Montgomery to match Chris Sale. Sale is expected to win this year’s CYA so it was a tough task, made even more difficult after Montgomery got nailed in the head yesterday by a BP liner to the head.

He was up to the task. But Joe Girardi went by the book again (Please, Joe, Think outside the box once in a while?) and after Robertson went 1 2/3 (yes, time to pull him) and Betances went one inning (leave him in!) Girardi went to Chapman, who on Friday night didn’t justify anyone’s faith in him, and who got bailed out by Hicks. Sunday night Chapman gave up a HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2.

Girardi and Cashman’s contracts are up at the end of the year. Personally, keep Cash, dump Girardi.

Joe. You have 3 closers. Stop solely using Chapman in the ninth, and GO WITH THE HOT HAND. Guy doing well, LEAVE HIM IN. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s quite simple. Start taking my advice. Chapman sucked the other night so you bring him in again in the ninth because “he’s the closer”? Really?

There was NO REASON to pull Betances after 12 pitches and a 1-2-3 inning. NONE. And especially for someone who was so awful two nights ago. None except by going by the book and going formula.

Joe, THINK FOR YOURSELF. Stop going formula and use your damned brain and shove that binder up your you know what.

Boston got a run in the fifth and the Yanks got it right back on an RBI triple by Austin Romine of all people. Good backup defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick. .220. The Yanks caught a break. Mookie Betts should have caught that ball.

Aaron Hicks made two great defensive plays in the game. Great plays.

Todd Frazier’s SF in the eighth made it 2-1 Yanks before Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to blow the save.

In the tenth, Chapman blows the game. How? Wild like Friday night. HBP and a walk. Kahnle comes in, walk, base hit for a run.

This is all on Girardi. The Yanks’ real record is eight games below what it SHOULD be based on runs scored/runs allowed. The reason for that? Girardi’s overmanaging. 13-21 in one-run games. Pulling guys when they did well the previous inning. Going “by the book” instead of using his damned brain.

Simple concept. Guy pitches well, low pitch count? Leave him in.

Go with the hot hand.

I am not alone. Many other Yankees’ fans I know are tired of this bullshit.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.94. Great job.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Only 12 pitches. Why pull him?
Chapman (BS, 4; L, 4-2, 3.48) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.48.
Guess who has the highest ERA of the three? Robertson, Betances and Chapman?

I rest my case.

Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.35.

 

Game 112. Yanks beat Toronto 11-5 behind Cooper, Todd Frazier.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Unfortunately, the Red Sox aren’t losing (they have won 8 in a row) so the Yanks could not make up ground, but the Yanks did win, so they continue to maintain or increase the advantage they have for the top wild card spot. There is a big series at home against Boston this weekend.

With tonight’s 11-5 win over Toronto, the Yanks record improves to 60-52. Fifty games left. Four back of Boston.

Before the game, Clint Frazier was a late scratch with an oblique problem. He has been slumping badly lately. Aaron Hicks was expected back Friday. That may be bumped up with this problem.

The Yanks struck first, scoring twice in the second on back to back HR by Gary Sanchez (18) and Todd Frazier (19).

Tanaka gave a run right back. 2-1 Yanks after two.

Didi Gregorius homered (18) in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks. Toronto scored in the bottom half of the frame off a stuggling Tanaka to make it 3-2.

In the fifth, with one out, Judge walked. Gregorius doubled Judge to third. After Sanchez struck out for the second out, Todd Frazier doubled in two runs. Ellsbury doubled in Frazier. 6-2 Yanks.

Jose Bautista homered off Tanaka in the bottom of the fifth, and chased him. 6-3.

Toronto got two in the fifth before the Yanks’ bullpen was able to slam the door. 6-5.

The Yanks put the game away in the last two innings. In the eighth, Garrett Cooper’s third hit of the night put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ronald Torreyes singled in two runs.

In the ninth, with the bases loaded and no one out, a ground out by Ellsbury drove in a run. Cooper singled (his fourth hit) in two more.  11-5.

Gregorius (.311) 3 hits, HR, RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, RBI.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 2 RBI.
Cooper 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Tanaka 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.92. Uncharacteristically wild.
Green (W, 2-0, 2.06) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 10) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.38
Robertson (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.36
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.89

With Tanaka not going the requisite five innings, it falls to the official scorer. Personally, I would not have given the W to Green (2 runs in 1 1/3?) but probably to Robertson instead. Too many official scorers are lazy, however, and go “by the book.”

 

Game 111. Yanks fall to Toronto 4-2. CC hurt, Montgomery may be brought back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Josh Donaldson hit two 2-run HRs off of CC Sabathia, and Toronto beat the Yanks, 4-2, on Tuesday night.

CC only lasted three innings and looks headed to the DL with pain in his knee. He could be done for the season.

It looks like Jordan Montgomery will be headed back to the Yanks. Earlier in the day, the Yanks had indicated that Montgomery would only be pitching once a week for SWB and have his innings limited because of innings limits. This development may have blown those plans out of the water, unless it isn’t Montgomery but someone else who takes CC’s spot in the rotation.

The loss puts the Yanks at 59-52, four back of Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

Donaldson hit a 2-run HR in the first. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the second on an RBI single by Garrett Cooper.

Donaldson hit another 2-run HR in the third. Cooper got a SF in the eighth for the final score of 4-2.

Here is a reason why I hate teams carrying 13 pitchers.

In the eighth, after Cooper’s SF made it 4-2, the Yanks had two on, two out. Ronald Torreyes lined out.

The Yanks really needed a HR there (or a double in the gap to tie the game). The tiny Torreyes was left to hit. Why? Because the only alternatives on the bench were the struggling (overmatched so far in the majors?) Tyler Wade, Austin Romine (who is not known for his bat) and Jacoby Ellsbury. Now injuries to Castro, Holliday, Hicks, etc. have limited who is playing, but carrying 13 pitchers also limits your bench. Oh for the days of four man rotations and 11-man pitching staffs.

Still, I wonder why Ellsbury wasn’t sent up to bat, with Wade then taking the field. Oh, well. Ellsbury may have had a better chance to pop one out and give the Yanks the lead.

We’ll see what happens with CC and who replaces him. Was it CC’s last game as a Yankee? He is 1) 37. 2) a free agent at the end of the year. 3) In pain that could force retirement?

Sabathia (L, 9-5, 4.05) 3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Mitchell 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.60
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.49

Great job by Mitchell keeping the Yanks in the game.

Game 109. Yanks “Chase” losing streak away with 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, enabling the Yanks to snap their 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cleveland Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 58-51. Unfortunately, they don’t pick up ground on Boston, who won as well.

In the first, the Yanks scored on a walk to Gardner, and after an out, a single by Judge and double by Didi. But with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no out, they could not tack on.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the second which tied the game for some time to come.

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year put the Yankees up 2-1 in the eighth and was the deciding blow.

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each made great defensive plays in the ninth to save the game. One other ball was hit just foul, or it would have tied the game. A scary ninth for Chapman.

After Joe Girardi ripped Gary Sanchez for his defense, Sanchez DH’d tonight. Romine caught. Not only that, Matt Holliday has back issues that may force him to the DL.

The Yanks won despite striking out 15x tonight.

They must be trying to limit Montgomery’s innings and pitch count. He only went 5 innings and 65 pitches, and retired his last nine batters, but he appears to be hitting his innings limit, thus the quick hook. But… overusing the bullpen? Will they be taxed later down the stretch run?  You wonder.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Great job, 4.05
Robertson (W, 5-2, 2.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.55
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.41
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87