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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 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

 

Game 103. Yanks’ six game winning streak ends. Playing chicken w/A’s?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is why the Yankees acquired Jamie Garcia this morning.

Even though Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino have done well, neither has pitched, say, 200 innings in a season before. The Yankees therefore, are worried about both “Hitting the Wall” in the months of August and September.

Yesterday, Caleb Smith was knocked out in the fourth inning. Today, Jordan Montgomery was knocked out in the third. You can’t have that, no matter how good your bullpen is. You’ll burn out that bullpen.

As of now, no deal for Sonny Gray. The trade deadline (non/waivers) is 4 PM tomorrow, Monday. It appears as if the Yanks and A’s are playing a game of “chicken.”

As for today, the Yanks had chances to extend their six game winning streak but fell short. Aaron Judge, since the All-Star Game, is slumping. He’s dropped 30 points off the batting average. He is so strong that he can hit HRs the other way. Stop pulling off the ball, concentrate on hitting the ball the other way or up the middle and the HRs will return.

Matt Holliday is down to .234 with his slump.

The only offensive threat the Yanks had today as from the “Mighty Mite”, Ronald Torreyes. He had two of their four hits and all three RBI.

Montgomery gave up a run in the top of the first.

Torreyes hit a 2-run HR (3) to put the Yanks up 2-1 after two.

Montgomery got knocked out in the third when the Rays scored three to go up 4-2.

In the fourth, Todd Frazier walked and Torreyes doubled him home. 4-3.

Tampa Bay got an insurance run in the 8th, 5-3.

Clint Frazier made a nice defensive play at the start of the game.

The Yanks caught a break with Austin Romine. He had a rough day, taking a foul tip off of the throat protector, catching the backswing off an at bat,  and getting a bruised hand off an HBP. He’s banged up.

The Yanks were 1 for 11 w/RISP today.

Boston lost, so the Yanks (56-47) remain in first by 1/2 a game.

Detroit, Justin Verlander (if he isn’t dealt) and his fiancee, Kate Upton, are next.

Don’t expect Verlander to go to the Yanks, unless the Tigers want to assume some of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $alary in return.

Montgomery (L, 7-6, 4.15) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Cessa 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 w, 4 K. 4.83
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.70
Green 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1.83.

The Yanks lost despite striking out 16 Rays.

Here is a question. Is it me, or does it seem that Luis Cessa works better out of the bullpen as a long man than as a starter? I believe that’s the case. If so, maximize his potential. Forget about him a starter. Concentrate on him as a long man, as you do with Green and Warren.

Moves. Before the game, Shreve up from SWB, Smith sent down.

After the game, Cessa sent down. I believe this is to make room for the recently acquired Jamie Garcia.

 

Game 98. Montgomery’s gem beats Reds, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth, and pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball as the Yankees beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 52-46, and with Boston’s loss in Seattle, the Yanks are in second place in the AL East, just one game behind Boston. They hold the top wild card slot right now.

The Yanks scored their first run despite hitting into a triple play. Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley all singled. Todd Frazier, in his first AB at Yankee Stadium, hit a ball that Didi had to back up from, either to avoid getting hit by the ball or interfering with the SS, who stepped on second, forcing Headley, and firing to first, getting Frazier. Meanwhile, Holliday scored. 1B Joey Votto fired to third, Didi was caught, the ball fired back to the SS, the tag made. Triple play.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the fourth on an Aaron Judge single, move up on a fielders’ choice, balk and SF by Didi.

In the fifth, Todd Frazier singled, was forced out by Tyler Wade, and Wade scored on a double by Austin Romine. 3-0. The Yanks had a chance for more that inning but couldn’t capitalize.

Montgomery lost his no-hit and shut-out bid in the sixth. Then Girardi made some moves I didn’t agree with.

He had a quick hook with the kid, pulling him after 85 pitches and with two out in the seventh. Ok, fine. Wish the kid would have gone a bit longer, but…

In came Tommy Kahnle, who threw four pitches and got his man out. So why pull Kahnle after one man and four pitches?

But that is what “by the book” Girardi did. In came Dellin Betances, who was wild, had trouble throwing strikes, gave up a run to make it 3-2, and couldn’t make it through the inning.

Once again Girardi pulls a pitcher for no good reason to go by the book and it almost cost the Yanks the game. There was no reason to pull Kahnle after one batter and four pitches.

Adam Warren got the last out in the eighth. One batter, seven pitches. Then he gets pulled for Chapman in the ninth.

Stick the book/binder where the sun don’t shine, Joe. It has cost us games, and almost cost us this one.

Simple concept: Guy is pitching well, hasn’t faced many batters, hasn’t thrown many pitches, LEAVE HIM IN.

Thankfully the Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when the hot Didi Gregorius hit his 15th HR of the year for the final of 4-2.

Montgomery (w, 7-5, 3.92) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.29. See above. LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Betances (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.83
Warren (H, 9) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98. See above. Why pull him?
Chapman (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.38.

Of course, I’m glad the Yankees won. But Girardi’s stubbornness in going by the book is driving me and other Yankees fans nuts.

Today’s game is an afternoon game.

 

Game 91. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks continued their slump, and hopefully they start a winning streak soon or else not only will a playoff spot slip out of their hands, but they may fall under .500.

The last time the Yanks finished below .500 was in 1992.

On a day when it was confirmed that both Michael Pineda and Greg Bird will be undergoing surgery, the Yanks lost to the Twins 4-2. That dropped their record to 47-44. They are 9-21 in their last 30 games.

Aaron Judge has been in a slump since winning the HR Derby during the All Star break. He’s something like 1 for 21 since the break. He isn’t the only Yankee who has lost a lot of points off his batting average lately. The team’s OPS+ has dropped from around 110 to 104 now.

Hopefully they turn it around soon.

Bryan Mitchell started in place of the injured Pineda and was decent enough, giving up two runs, one earned, in five innings.

Down 2-0 in the fifth, the Yanks got one run back on doubles by Garrett Cooper and Austin Romine.

In the seventh, they tied the game on doubles by Chase Headley and Cooper.

For Cooper, it was the best day of his MLB career so far. Just brought up last week, Cooper went into the game 1 for 10, but went 3 for 4 with two doubles & an RBI. Fellow rookie Clint Frazier had two doubles.

Caleb Smith made his MLB debut and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh. Joe Girardi pushed his luck with the rookie and paid for it when Smith gave up two runs in the eighth. Maybe a more experienced veteran wasn’t available for the eighth (esp. after that 16 inning affair Saturday and the DH Sunday) and Girardi stated that his hands were tied and options limited, but you were wondering about a kid making his MLB debut pitching the eighth inning of a 2-2 game, and going into his third inning of work. After pitching two scoreless innings, Smith got burned in the eighth, giving up two runs and taking the loss in his MLB debut.

Mitchell 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. 4.29
Smith (L, 0-1, 6.00) 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.

Trade rumors are heating up regarding the A’s and 1B Yonder Alonso. You wonder if RHP Sonny Gray may also be involved, since with the Pineda injury and the DH Sunday, the Yanks are forced to start Mitchell & Cessa in back to back games.

 

Game 88. Yanks win in 16, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The game featured two All-Stars as the starters, and both lived up to their pedigree. Aaron Sale, the recent AL starter in the All Star Game, owns the Yanks and did so again by giving up no runs and striking out 13 in 7 2/3 innings. Meanwhile, Yankee starter Luis Severino only gave up one run in 7 innings of work.

But in the ninth, All star closer Craig Kimbrell, who was 30 for 30 in save opportunities at Fenway Park, finally blew one up there. Matt Holliday tied the game up with his 16th HR of the season.

So to extra innings. And more extra innings. And even more extra innings.

Finally in the top of the 16th, the Yanks busted it open and won the game 4-1. Ellsbury led off the inning with a double, and Headley singled him to third. Didi Gregorius singled in one run, Austin Romine singled in another and later on, Gary Sanchez hit a SF.

For the two teams, not much rest. They have a day/night DH today (Sunday).

Great job by the Yankees’ pitchers.

Severino 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.40
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.09
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.97
Shreve 0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.96
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.91
Holder 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.47
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.74
Heller (W, 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 69. Yanks snap losing streak, beat Angels 8-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks snapped their seven-game losing streak, beating the Angels 8-4 Wednesday night.

More woes for Tyler Clippard, though. The struggling Clippard faced two batters and gave up a double and HR. It’s looking like his role will be reduced.

The win puts the 39-30 Yanks back in first place by 1/2 a game over the Red Sox.

In the second, the Yanks jumped out in front 2-0 on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (8).

Martin Maldonado hit the first of his two two-run HRs in the fourth to tie it up for the Angels.

Matt Holliday made it 3-2 Yanks in the fifth with his fifteenth HR of the season.

In the sixth, Sanchez singled, and Headley walked. Romine doubled in two runs, and Romine scored on a single by Hicks. 6-2 Yanks.

In the seventh, Holliday doubled and scored on a Castro single. Castro later scored on a single by Headley.

Put into a low leverage situation, up 8-2 in the ninth, Clippard faced two batters, gave up a double and HR, and was pulled. It has been a tough time for him lately. Aroldis Chapman then closed out the 8-4 Yankees’ win.

Holliday double, HR (15), RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Gregorius HR (8), 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 5-4, 3.74) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.31
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R,.0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.40
Clippard 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.77. Gave up 1 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.07.

Ex-Yankees’ PR announcer James Hall passed away recently.