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Game 46. Pitching embarrasses in 12-10 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Be mad. Be very mad. Because I am, and we have a right to be mad.

There is no way the Yanks should lose 2 of 3 to a poor Texas team (20-31).

There is no way they should give up 23 runs in 3 games to a team that going into tonight’s game had a .224 team batting average, worst in the AL. A team that struck out more times than any other AL team, had the 2nd worst OBP, the worst slugging average, the worst OPS, and whose OPS+ was 80 (20% below league average).

There is no way they should blow a 4-0 lead, and later, a 10-5 lead, against this team.

But they did, and now the Yanks find themselves at 31-15, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.


The biggest fear we have as Yankees’ fans is this: that the Yanks go something like 104-58 this season, but Boston goes 105-57. That forces the Yanks into that sudden-death, single-game wild card game in which anything could happen. You don’t want that.

To avoid that, you can’t lose two of three or blow games like they did tonight to teams like Texas.

In the first, Didi hit a 2-run HR (11), and Austin Romine drew a base-loaded walk to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Neil Walker homered (2) in the third to make it 4-0.

But in the bottom of the fourth, CC spit the bit, giving up 2 HR and 5 runs.

The Yanks got six in the top of the fifth to go back up, 10-5. Romine single, Gleyber 3-run HR (8) and Judge 2-run HR (13).

But CC gave back 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yanks gave him 4-0 and 10-5 leads, and he couldn’t even go 5 to qualify for a win. 10-7 Yanks.

I haven’t criticized Aaron Boone all year but here I have to. Jonathan Holder finished the fifth for CC. 2/3 IP, Hit and two outs. 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

He gets pulled. In comes the bullpen, Shreve and Robertson (later Betances) all sucked.

Why not leave Holder in for another inning? When you go to different members of your bullpen, eventually you find the guy who has NOTHING.

I’ve said it before and will say it again.

Guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

It’s hard right now determining who has been the most disappointing guy out of the bullpen this year. Kahnle (on DL for a while now), Robertson, or Betances.

Shreve and Robertson combined to give up 4 in the sixth to give the Rangers an 11-10 lead.

Betances gave up a run in the eighth when a batter reached on a WP after a K (how many times have we seen THAT this year), then Betances compounds matters with an E on a pickoff attempt, then a SB because Betances can’t hold runners on, then a single to make it 12-10, then another SB. At least Betances then got out of it with another run not being scored.

Every member in the starting lineup for the Yanks got a hit. Five members got 2 hits. 10 runs, 14 hits. 4 HR.

All against one of, if not the WORST hitting teams in the league.

No excuse for losing tonight. None.

Poor pitching. Unacceptable.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.55
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60. Why pull him?
Shreve (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Robertson (BS, 4; L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.71. WP

4 blown saves already for Robertson.

ERAs over 4 (not good for bullpen guys) for Shreve, Robertson and Betances (not to mention Kahnle, coming off the DL soon).

The Yanks are off Thursday. Some of the pitchers should do some contemplating and readjustments.



Game 45. “Cole” in the stocking. Hamels beats Yanks, 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With Jordan Montgomery out for a while, Domingo German is his replacement. It’s too soon to tell (he’s made three starts, one good, one bad, and one that started good but wound up bad), but with performances like last night’s, the Yanks may need an upgrade over German.

That upgrade could be the guy who beat them, Cole Hamels.

It appears that come the trade deadline, the Yanks will be looking to add a top notch starter. They have the prospects and surplus (guys like Drury and Lind are at AAA) to swing a deal for an established starter. Hamels fits the bill. Lefty, experienced veteran, 4x All-star, postseason experience (2008 NLCS and WS MVP). With his 6-4 win over the Yanks last night, Hamels is 3-4, but with a 3.38 ERA for a team that is 19-31. Texas’ isn’t going anywhere and doesn’t have much of a farm system. Hamels could and maybe should be dangled for prospects, and the Yanks certainly would be one of the bidders.

German gave up a 3-run HR in the first. The second inning cost the Yanks the game. German didn’t give up a hit, but a HBP, two walks and three WP gave Texas two runs. On one of the WP, the batter, who struck out, reached first. Embarrassing inning for German.

The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres got one run back in the top of the third with his seventh HR of the year.

German gave up a HR in the fourth, 6-1 Texas.

Six of the 11 outs he got were K’s, but 1 HBP, 3 walks, 3 WP.

Miguel Andujar cut it to 6-2 in the seventh with a HR, his fifth of the season.

Gary Sanchez had to leave the game with cramps. His replacement, Austin Romine, hit a 2-run HR (2) off Hamels’ replacement in the eighth to make it 6-4.

The loss drops the 31-14 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston in the AL East.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone received his first ejection as a manager.

German (L, 0-2, 5.59) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 2 HR, Three WP.
Cole 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 3 K. 7.94
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 3.18
Gallegos 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Yanks’ pitchers K’d 12, but gave up 8 walks.

The Yanks hit 3 hr in the game, missing by one of becoming the first team ever to hit four or more in four consecutive games.

Dave Garcia, who managed the Angels (1977-1978) and Indians (1979-1982) passed away recently at the age of 97. He was 307-311 in his managerial career.

Game 43. The Austins (Tyler and Romine) power Yanks to a 10-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yeah, Baby!

Tyler Austin powered the Yanks to a 10-1 win over KC on Sunday, as he hit two two-run homers, and not to be outdone, Austin Romine hit one himself.

Miguel Andujar also homered.

Sonny Gray had his best outing of the year, 1 R in 8 IP.

The Yanks broke open a scoreless duel in the fourth when Hicks walked and Austin hit a 2-run HR. Andujar then tripled and scored on a broken-bat single by Romine. 3-0 Yanks.

In the fifth, Stanton doubled and Hicks tripled him home. 4-0. Austin’s 2nd HR of the game, and eighth of the season, made it 6-0.

Meanwhile, Sonny Gray retired the first 14 batters he faced.

In the eighth, Romine doubled, Torreyes singled him to third. After an out, Gardner singled to make it 7-0. Judge walked to load the bases and a WP made it 8-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Andujar (4) and Romine (1) hit back-to-back homers in the ninth to make it 10-1.

The win puts the Yanks at 30-13 for the season, and keeps them percentage points above Boston (but two up in the loss column). They head to Texas, and Monday it will be Tanaka vs. the “Big Sexy”, Bartolo Colon. Colon turns 45 on Thursday.

Stanton 2 hits. Double.
Hicks 2 hits, triple, RBI.
Austin 2 HR, 4 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, triple, HR
Romine 3 hits, double, HR. 2 RBI

Gray (W, 3-3, 5.48) 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 8.80 (Wash/NYY)


Game 33. The Beat Goes On. Yanks win 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With apologies to Sonny & Cher, The Beat Goes On.

The Yanks won for the 14th time in their last 15 games, 5-2 over Cleveland, to go to 23-10 on the season. They remain one game behind Boston in the AL East.

I don’t like, and manager Aaron Boone doesn’t like, personalized catchers. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. For whatever reason, Sonny Gray works better with Austin Romine than Gary Sanchez. Fine. Whatever works. The Yanks especially need Gray now with Montgomery down.

It was a funky lineup today with both Sanchez and Didi getting the day off. Hicks batting third. Romine and Torreyes in the lineup.

Gray got out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the third without giving up a run.

He gave up a HR in the top of the fifth to Francisco Lindor.

The Yanks’ first 13 batters went down in order. In fact, the Yanks got 4 hits all game long.

But with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Neil Walker and Miguel Andujar both walked. Gleyber Torres got the Yanks’ first hit to load the bases. Austin Romine walked to force in the tying run. Ronald Torreyes hit what should have been an inning-ending DP ball but Lindor made both a fielding and throwing error on the play and two runs scored. Brett Gardner hit a SF to make it 4-0.

Cleveland got a run in the top of the sixth, but the Yanks got a double by Romine and  a two-out RBI single by Gardner in the seventh to make it 5-2.

Gardner 2 RBI.

Gray (W, 2-2, 6.00) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R,  0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.08
Robertson (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.12


Game 28. Yanks’ streak ends with 2-1 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks have to find a way to win in Houston and to hit Houston’s pitching. Let’s look at the last 5 games the Yanks have played in Houston.

Game 1 of last year’s ALCS: 1 r, 5 h, Struck out 14x. Lost 2-1.
Game 2: Lost 2-1 again. 1 R, 5 H, Struck out 13x.
Game 6: Lost 7-1. 1 R, 7 H, Struck out 10 X.
Game 7: Lost 4-0. 0 R, 3 H, Struck out 11 X.

Tonight: Lost 2-1. 1 R, 3 H, Struck out 14 X.

The loss snaps a 9-game winning streak and puts the Yanks at 18-10 for the season. They fall 3 back of 21-7 Boston.

Last five games in Houston: 4 runs scored. Just 23 hits. Struck out 62x. That is an average of .8 RPG, just 4.6 hits per game, and striking out 12.4 x / game. That won’t cut it.

See a pattern? For the most part, the Yanks’ pitchers have pitched well, and the hitters can’t get hits, can’t score and strike out too often against Houston pitching.

For all the power the Yanks have, they have to make better contact and play littleball, especially against Houston’s pitching.

The one good thing about tonight is that Sonny Gray finally pitched a good game. In the first inning, he gave up a lead off single, balked the runner to second and then two ground outs advanced and scored the runner.

In the fourth, a single, walk and double scored another run for Houston, but Gray didn’t give up any more.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until Romine singled in the sixth.

With two out in the eighth, Torres doubled, Judge (PH) walked, Torres stealing third, and Gardner singled in the Yanks’ only run of the game.

Judge didn’t start because: 1) Romine works with Gray better than Sanchez and 2) Boone wanted to keep Sanchez’ hot bat in the lineup while Judge was 3 for 17 against the Angels this weekend with a lot of strikeouts. Time for a rest for Judge.

Gray (1-2, 6.67) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.91
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.04



Game 20. Youth is served in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the first time in ages, the Yankees fielded a lineup where the oldest player wasn’t 30 years old. The average age of the lineup today was just over 26.

Two of the stars of the Yanks’ 5-1 win over Toronto (which raised their record to 11-9) were under the age of 25.

Luis Severino (24) continues to show that he is becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball. A true ace. He finished 3rd in the CYA voting last year, and if he continues like this, could win it one year. 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H.

In early February, the speculation was whether the Yanks would actually go with a 23 year old rookie in Miguel Andujar at 3B and a 21 yr. old rookie in Gleyber Torres at 2B.

In the interim, the Yanks signed Neil Walker and traded for 25 yr. old Brandon Drury.

So what has happened? Walker has done nothing, and is a DFA candidate once Greg Bird can come back. Drury is on the DL with migraine issues. So who started at 2B and 3B today? Torres (MLB debut, 0 for 4, left 7 on base) and Andujar.

And Andujar, hitting .107 just a few days ago, is red-hot. 4 hits today raised his average to over .300.

Didi Gregorius got things going with a solo HR (6) in the bottom of the first off of ex-Yankee Jaime Garcia.

In the second, Sanchez walked, and after Austin struck out, Andujar doubled. Torres struck out in his first MLB at bat, but Romine doubled in two runs. Torres, playing on three hours sleep after his callup (travel to NY and adrenaline after the callup) had a rough day at the plate, but he needs some rest and relaxation.

Giancarlo Stanton made a couple of nice defensive plays in the fifth.

Severino made just one mistake, giving up a HR in the sixth to cut the Yanks lead to 3-1.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Sanchez doubled, Austin singled, and Andujar doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Hicks singled, stole second and moved to third on an error and scored on a SF by Didi.

Didi. 6 HR, 20 RBI and April isn’t over yet.

Didi HR, 2 RBI.
Andujar 4 for 4, RBI. From .107 to .308 in a flash.
Romine 2 RBI.

Severino (W, 4-1, 2.32) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.00

Before the game, the moves: Torres up, Wade down. David Hale (P) up, Jace Peterson DFA again.

Game 10. Yanks blow early lead; Stanton’s struggles continue.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Already this year, the Yanks have had three ugly losses. This was one of them.

Jordan Montgomery could not protect a five-run first inning lead, and the Yanks wound up losing 8-7 in 12 innings to even their record at 5-5. Today is an off-day, and they go to Boston (8-1) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are already 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox and …. well, you can figure out that even though it’s early, how important these games are already.

It would behoove some guys to start hitting. Gary Sanchez is 2 for 32 for the season. Giancarlo Stanton is 7 for 42 with 20(!) strikeouts. That is a combined 9 for 74, .122 batting average. Tyler Wade is 3 for 20, as is Miguel Andujar. The Yanks are only hitting .237 as a team after 10 games. 

The Yanks got five in the first inning yesterday. Gardner and Judge singled. Stanton, who was 0 for 7 for the day with 5 strikeouts, struck out. Walker reached on an error, scoring Gardner. Austin walked to load the bases. (Sanchez and Didi didn’t start the game, Didi got in later, Sanchez didn’t play). Andujar singled in two, and after an out, Romine singled in a run to make it 4-0 and Torreyes’ double made it 5-0.

But Baltimore got one in the second, one in the third, and two in the fifth to cut it to 5-4. Romine singled in a run in the fifth to make it 6-4 Yanks.

But the Yanks couldn’t hold them. The Orioles got one in the sixth and two in the seventh to go up 7-6. Romine, who had a big day, tied it up in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single.

After Baltimore scored in the top of the twelfth, the Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the twelfth, but Judge hit into a 1-2-5 DP and Stanton struck out.

Montgomery 4 1/3, 4 R, 10 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.82. Disappointing. Could not hold an early  5-run lead.
German 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up HR. K’s nice, but gave away the lead. 10.13
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.50
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.40.
Warren (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.91.

Yanks’ pitchers struck out 15, but….

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge 2 hits, 2 walks, but that 12th inning DP….
Austin 2 hits,
Andujar 2 hits, 2 RBI
Peterson 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI

The third disappointing loss already this season in ten games.

One thing we know: Sanchez and Stanton have to get going….