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Game 148. Lost Weekend.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s been a lost weekend for the Yankees, who lost their fourth in a row—the last three to Boston— on Saturday afternoon. The score was 6-5.

With 14 games left, the Yanks are 7 out for the division and 4 out of a playoff spot. They’d need to jump 4 teams to make the playoffs. The numbers and time left are not on their side.

Once again, the Yanks got off to a lead, and couldn’t hold it. Once again a starter couldn’t go deep into the game and the middle relief couldn’t shut down Boston.

Once again, Joe Girardi pulled Tommy Layne after Layne faced one batter and did his job, only to have the pitcher following Layne give up runs.

I like Girardi. But his penchant for the binder is killing him (and us fans) this week.The NY Post has (rightfully so, in my opinion) been questioning his moves, particularly as regards Layne, who has been pitching well, but who Girardi keeps pulling out after just one batter.

Show some confidence in him, Joe. If he is doing well, leave him in there.

Also, add the squeeze bunt to your repertoire.

Lastly, injuries struck again. This time it is Castro and Ellsbury. The Yanks are literally limping to the finish line.

The Yanks got off to a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI triple by Gardner and a 2-run HR by Sanchez (15).

Boston got two back in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Romine doubled in two in the fourth to make it 5-2. The Yanks couldn’t score after that.

Xander Bogaerts homered in the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-4.

The Red Sox won the game in the seventh by scoring two runs. Mookie Betts singled to tie it and the winning run scored on a WP by Adam Warren. Boston almost scored an insurance run on the same play when a disgusted Romine pulled a rock, forgot about the runner on second (the runner that was on third scored) and had to scramble back to the plate to tag him out just in time.

Sheesh.

Mitchell 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 5 H, 1 walk, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 6.00
Layne (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35. (Bos/NYY)
  Layne faced one batter, got him out. Threw just two pitches.  LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Warren (BS, 3; L, 6-4, 4.85; Cubs/NYY)   1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

 

Game 135. Girardi’s quick hook saves 5-2 Yanks’ victory.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

At this time of year, there is a huge difference between being 3 1/2 out of  a wild card spot, and being 5 1/2 out. Sure, it’s two games, but those two games can feel like ten games when you have less than 30 to go.

The Yanks needed a victory over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon to keep it at 3 1/2. Also, the less teams they need to jump over, the better. That is why Manager Joe Girardi pulled out all the stops, and had a quick hook that saved the game for the Yankees in their 5-2 win.

The Yanks got three in the first. Gardner and Refsnyder walked, and after Sanchez and Castro struck out, Headley singled in a run, a wild pitch moved the runners up, and Romine singled in two.

The Yanks made it 4-0 in the third. Refsnyder singled, Sanchez walked, and after Refsnyder moved to third on a DP ball by Castro, Headley once again came through with two out with another RBI single.

But starter Michael Pineda gave a run back in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, a single and double made it 4-2, and Girardi brought out the hook and pulled Pineda. Some managers would try to squeeze another inning from him so that the starter can get the win. Not in this case. In came Severino, who got a strikeout, but then two walks loaded the bases.

Severino, in trouble, then got a strikeout and groundout to get out of the inning.

This raises some questions on Severino. He has had a terrible year this year, going 2-8, 6.79. But his numbers are drastically different.

As a starter: 9 starts, 0-8, 8.58.
As a reliever: 5 games, 2-0, 0.00.

He’s only 22, so I’d say it’s too early to give up on him as a starter right now, but those numbers do have you scratching your head.

Anyway, Severino bridged the gap to the bullpen, and the Yanks got another run in the ninth when Austin reached second on an error, went to third on a sac bunt by Torreyes and scored on a SF by Gardner. Some littleball that the Yanks have to do more often.

Pineda 4 + IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 4 K. 5.10
Severino (W, 2-8, 6.79) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K.
Layne (H, 7) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35 (Bos/NYY)
Warren (H, 11) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.05 (Cubs/NYY)
Clippard (H, 19) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. .3.31 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 8) 1 1/3 IP , 0 R,0 H, 0 walks, 2 K., 2.08.

The Yanks are 70-65. 4th in AL East, 6 1/2 behind Toronto. They have a big three game series at home vs. the Blue Jays starting today. They are 3 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot and have to jump three teams to get it.

Game 114. Yanks rally late for 4-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because of Eovaldi’s early exit on Wednesday, and Girardi’s subsequent bullpen usage, the Yanks were forced to make some moves before Thursday’s game vs. Boston. Down went Goody and Refsnyder. Up comes bullpen help in Cessa and Heller.

In what appears to be A-Rod’s last game at Fenway, he went 0 for 4 with an RBI. He didn’t get the ball out of the infield, and his season batting average dropped to .199. He’s 0 for his last 11 heading into his final game tonight (unless something happens, like he signs with another team). He’s 5 for 43 since June 30. It’s time.

Boston scored in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the third on Austin Romine’s fourth HR of the year. Boston went up 2-1 in the fifth.

Gary Sanchez started the winning 3-run rally in the eighth with a single. After Teixeira, now playing for Romine, struck out, Hicks and Gardner singled, loading the bases. Ellsbury doubled in two, and that put the Yanks up 3-2. After an intentional walk to load the bases for A-Rod, A-Rod hit a little tapper that brought in a run to make it 4-2.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.07.
Cessa (w, 2-0, 3.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are 58-56.

Game 113. Sanchez’ first MLB HR keys Yanks’ 9-4 comeback win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit his first MLB HR, and the Yanks erupted for five in the seventh and three in the eighth to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday night. In so doing, they may have lost Nathan Eovaldi for the rest of the season. Eovaldi was pulled after one inning because of elbow discomfort.

The Yanks could bring back Severino, who they just sent down for Blake Parker, but I would do something else—bring up Dietrich Enns from SWB. Enns pitched and won for SWB last night, and the 25 yr. old lefty is 13-4 between AA/AAA this year (see my minors report for more). Why not?

Boston got a run off in the third, and another in the fourth as manager Joe Girardi had to exhaust the bullpen after Eovaldi’s early exit. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on Didi Gregorius’ 14th HR of the season. If I would have told you in spring training that Didi might hit 20 this year, you wouldn’t have believed it. I don’t believe it myself.

Tyler Clippard gave up a couple of runs in the sixth to make it 4-1 Red Sox, but then the Yanks exploded.

In the seventh, Didi, Sanchez and Romine all singled, with Romine’s single making it 4-2. A-Rod, pinch-hitting, flied out to RF to move Sanchez to third. Gardner struck out, but Ellsbury’s single made it 4-3.  Headley singled to tie the game, and  Teixeira walked to load the bases. Castro’s double made it 6-4, Yankees. Didi popped up to end the inning as the Yanks batted around.

In the eighth, Sanchez led off the inning with his first MLB HR, a bomb to center field. Sanchez was 4 for 5 in the game. Romine walked. After Refsnyder singled, a WP moved up the runners. Gardner flied out, but Ellsbury walked to load the bases. Two more wild pitches scored two more runs to make it 9-4.

Eovaldi 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.76
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.15
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.86 (Sea/NYY)
Goody 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.23
Layne 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.11 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (w, 3-3, 4.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. (Az/NYY)
Warren (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.70 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.32
You can see above all the bullpen changes lately.

 

 

Game 99.Yanks edge Astros after trading Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees are three games over .500 for the first time this year after beating Houston 2-1 on Monday night. They are 51-48.

Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings after giving up a first-pitch HR, and Andrew Miller got the save after getting his closer job back because of the trade of Aroldis Chapman earlier in the day.

Down 1-0 in the fifth, the Yanks tied the game when with two out, Didi Gregorius doubled and was singled home by Chase Headley.

In the eighth, Headley singled and was doubled home by Austin Romine.

Miller escaped a jam in the ninth, a jam partly created by Starlin Castro pulling a rock and failing to touch second in trying to turn the DP. He did on the next batter, the DP was made and the game was won.

Because of bad numbers off of Dallas Keuchel, A-Rod sat again, even against a lefty. It came down to who do you want in RF, Beltran or Hicks, and Hicks defense won out, even though he isn’t hitting. Then you still want Beltran’s bat in the lineup because he has been far and away their best hitter this year, so he DHs. So Alex sits.

Pineda (w, 5-9, 5.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K. Gave up HR.
Betances (H, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,  0 walks, 3 K. 2.52
Miller (S, 8 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.42.

Earlier in the day, Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs. In return, the Yanks get:

Gleyber Torres, SS, 19, who will go to High A Tampa, the Cubs #1 prospect.
Adam Warren, RHP, who returns to the Yanks after spending three full seasons (2013-2015) there. He’ll join the Yanks as a setup man/middle reliever.
OF Billy McKinney, who’ll go to AA Trenton.
OF Rashard Crawford, who’ll go to High A Tampa.

Chapman, 28, was 3-0, 2.01, 20 saves for the Yanks this year. He is a free agent at the end of the year, enjoyed NY and could come back. Since the Yanks traded him mid-season, the Yanks would NOT lose a draft pick if the re-sign him.

Torres is considered the key to the deal. Just 19, he is hitting .275-9-47 with 19 SB at High A. The Yanks already have Jorge Mateo there. They also have Tyler Wade at AA Trenton and Kyle Holder at Low A Charleston. Of course, Didi is at SS for the Yanks and having a good year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one of these young shortstops flipped in a major deal for a starting pitcher (for example, Chris Sale? Don’t worry Chris, the Yanks are much more traditional in their uniform styles). Either that, or some may be learning other positions.

Warren has been having a terrible year for the Cubs, 3-2, 5.91. He’ll be 29 soon, and in three full seasons with the Yanks, 2013-2015, was 13-15, 3.23. The Yanks hope returning to NY returns him to what he was.

McKinney, who’ll be 22 soon, is a lefty-hitting OF (why can’t the Yanks get a righty hitting one to go with Judge (who is on the DL)? They have enough lefty hitting ones (Mason Williams, Jake Cave, Dustin Fowler, Ben Gamel!) You can tell I am not a fan of Hicks. Just my humble opinion, but Hicks has been hitting below .200 all year. Forgive me if I am tired of his offensive ineptitude). A former first-round draft pick by Oakland, McKinney was hitting .252-1-31 at AA.

Crawford is 22, and also a lefty hitting OF. At High A, he was hitting .255-3-30, with 22 SB.

Game 96. Yanks squeak past Giants, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Over the course of a season, you win games you probably should have lost, and lose games you probably should have won.

Friday night, the Yanks won one they probably shouldn’t have, 3-2 over the Giants.

In the first, the Yanks scored off of Giants’ ace, Madison Bumgarner, on a Gardner single and RBI double by Starlin Castro, and later loaded the bases, but one run was all they got.

In the second, the Yanks got an RBI single by Carlos Beltran.

Beltran threw out a Giants’ runner at the plate in the third, and Masahiro Tanaka got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched six shutout innings, then no-runs DMC became runs-DMC. The Yanks aren’t going to win many games when Betances and Miller blow a lead, but they did last night.

Betances gave up a run on a WP in the seventh, and Miller gave up the tying run in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Chase Headley got an infield single, and Mark Teixeira walked. Austin Romine couldn’t get down a sac bunt, and I am thinking to myself, “You got to be able to do the little things. Now watch him hit into a DP.” …. and Romine hit a ball that should have been a DP, except that Giants’ SS Brandon Crawford, in trying to convert it, did a 360 degree spin move after touching second and wound up throwing the ball away for his third error of the game. Headley scored what proved to be the winning run.

Tanaka 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 walks, 4 K. 3.00
Betances (H, 25) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.63. 1 WP.
Miller (BS, 2) (W, 6-1, 1.49) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.15.

I’ll be up at the game today.

The Yanks are 49-47.

 

Game 91. Tanaka Tames Boston, 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, Dustin Pedroia, but settled down after that, giving up no more runs and just two more hits as the Yanks beat Boston 3-1 Sunday night.

The win makes the Yanks 45-46 on the season.

The Yanks got all their runs in the fourth. With one out, Didi Gregorius singled and Starlin Castro doubled him home. After Rob Refsnyder struck out, Austin Romine singled in Castro to give the Yanks the lead. Singles by Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury moved up and scored Romine to make it 3-1.

No-Runs DMC closed it out.

Tanaka (w, 7-2, 3.15) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.60
Miller (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.34
Chapman (S, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 0 K. 2.30

With the All-Star Break, Tanaka had plenty of rest. The difference between him pitching on four days rest, and him pitching on more than four days rest is like night and day.