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Game 143. Frazier’s 3-run HR keys Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Strange night. Strange venue. Strange record set. Strange pitching performance.

The Yanks were the road team in a game played at Citi Field. But the game wasn’t against the Mets. Because of Hurricane Irma, the game, supposed to be in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays, was moved to a “neutral” site. Of course, Queens isn’t THAT far from the Bronx. You can argue about the neutrality.

Anyway, Jacoby Ellsbury set a MLB record for most times reaching on catcher’s interference in his career (breaking Pete Rose’s record) and it was a key play in a 5-1 Yankees win.

The key blow in the game was a 3-run HR (24) by Todd Frazier.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second when Adeiny Hechevarria tripled in a run. Hechevarria barely missed a cycle tonight.

The Yanks only got four hits on the night, but three came in the fourth inning, when they scored all five of their runs.

Judge walked, and Sanchez singled him to third. Didi tied the game with a SF. After Castro struck out, Holliday reached on a two-base error, Sanchez scoring. Ellsbury set that catcher’s interference record. Frazier then hit his 3-run HR.

With one out in the fourth and a 5-1 lead, Girardi pulled CC. I don’t know if the knee was acting up or what, but two outs away from getting credit for a win, and having a 4-run lead, it seemed odd.

UPDATE: Two on, one out, and Longoria owns CC. Hence the quick hook. Girardi didn’t want the 5-1 lead to get away. Went to Robertson, surprising, gutty move and the correct one.

Odder yet, was who came in to pitch in the fifth inning. David Robertson, who is more used to pitching later in ballgames. Robertson, so used to pitching one inning and closing games, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings in gaining the win.

Greg Bird was supposed to start but was a late scratch at 1B for Tyler Austin. Austin did get a double. The Yanks got just four hits and struck out 11x, but did draw four walks and there were the two Rays’ errors (one being the catcher’s interference).

UPDATE: Bird was scratched with back spasms. Who knows when he’ll return. The guy can’t catch a break.

The win puts the 78-65 Yanks 3 back of Boston with 19 to go, and strengthened their hold on the top wild card spot.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.85. A quick hook.
Robertson (W, 8-2, 2.10) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Longer than usual outing.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.83

In case you missed it, Aaron Judge the other day set a rookie record for most walks in a season. Also, he is one of only 5 Yankees to have a 40 HR season age 25 or younger. The others? Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

Cleveland won their 19th straight game tonight. Meanwhile, the once sizzling hot Dodgers have lost 10 in a row.

UPDATE: With these three games being moved to Citi Field, it means 17 of the last 20 games this regular season for the Yankees will be played in NY. The other 3 are in Toronto.

Game 32. Nemesis Keuchel beats Yanks as Ellsbury gunned down at plate to end game, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sometimes you have someone who owns you. Years ago, Frank Lary of the Tigers was known as the Yankee Killer.

Dallas Keuchel of Houston can wear that motto now. The Yanks have had trouble touching him the past few years, and he is 4-2, 1.41 against them lifetime. That doesn’t include him shutting out the Yankees in the wild card playoff game two years ago.

Michael Pineda pitched well for the Yanks, making one big mistake, but had the misfortune to go up against Keuchel.

Still, the Yanks almost pulled it out. Down 3-1 with two out and two on in the ninth, Gary Sanchez singled for one run, but Jacoby Ellsbury, attempting to tie the game, was gunned down at the plate to end the game.

Pineda gave up a 2-run HR to Carlos Correa in the first inning, and the way Keuchel owns the Yanks, you knew that may just be enough.

Houston went up 3-0 in the fifth.

The Yanks got one in the fifth on a bases-loaded catcher’s interference call. Ellsbury was at the plate and it was the 28th time in his career he reached on catcher’s interference—one short of the all-time record held by Pete Rose.

The Yanks got 1st and 3rd with no one out in the sixth but couldn’t score.

That set up the ending.

The Yanks struck out 14x in the game.

I’m not the only one down on Chris Carter. Reading some Facebook and Twitter posts, I’m disappointed and down on him, but some of those posts are quite vicious.

I just hope Tyler Austin is healing well and can come back soon. Also that when Greg Bird is healthy, we see the real Greg Bird.

Lots of rumors about maybe the Yanks dipping into their prospect base to go after Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole at the deadline?

Pineda (L, 3-2, 3.27) 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 0.47
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.98
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00

The move when Chad Green was returned to the minors was that the Yanks brought up reliever Giovanny Gallegos.

We’ll see how the rest of the weekend pans out. Houston (now with McCann and Beltran) has been playing well and is 24-11 with the win. The Yanks are now 21-11.

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.

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Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Where will #3000 be?

Derek Jeter is 16 hits away from #3000. Where will he get it?

My prediction? Wrigley Field in Chicago, where only Stan Musial (May 1958 as a PH) got his 3000th.

Derek is 16 away. Here is the upcoming schedule:

6/3 to 6/5. Three games at Anaheim vs. the Angels.

6/7-6/9 at home vs. Boston.

6/10-6/13 at home vs. Cleveland.

6/14-6/16 at home vs. Texas (the best bet if he does it at Yankee Stadium).

6/17-6/19 at Chicago (vs. Cubs, not White Sox) at Wrigley Field. See above.

6/20-6/22 at Cincinnati.

Ok. My prediction is at Wrigley.

If he gets hot? Yankee Stadium vs. Texas. No one has gotten #3000 at Yankee Stadium. Yaz got #3000 vs. the Yanks, in 1979, at Fenway.

If Jeter slumps a bit? At Cincy. Henry Aaron got #3000 at Cincy in May 1970, just five weeks before Crosley Field had its last game. Pete Rose got his 3000th at Riverfront Stadium in Cincy in 1978.

Nice timeline for Cincy. Aaron’s 3000th in mid-May 1970. Crosley Field’s last game in late June (6/24?). Riverfront Stadium’s first game around 6/28 and the All-Star Game (the one featuring the Rose/Fosse collision) around 7/11 (I didn’t look it up, but I’m very close with those dates).

I also checked out who the last “Mr. 3000” was before Derek. It was Craig Biggio, who got #3000 at Houston in 2007. It’s a funny one, though; for Biggio singled for #3000 and was thrown out at second trying to stretch it.

The Value of Versatility.

Don’t get me wrong. I do like Ramiro Pena and Kevin Russo.

I value versatility. Pena can play 2B, 3B and SS. He also played some RF this year.

I like his glove. But he isn’t hitting.   .176-0-8 this year. OPS+ 17. SEVENTEEN.

For his career so far, .246-1-18. OPS+ 60. I do realize he turns 25 in a few months. But….

As for Kevin Russo, 2B/3B and LF. 9 for 47. .191-0-4. OPS+ 35. 26 soon.

I want to promote the kids. I value versatility. But….

Pete Rose, Tony Kubek or Gil McDougald they are not yet.

Fred Stanley lasted 1973-1980 with the Yanks, mostly as 2B/SS/3B. A .216 hitter with an OPS+ of 62.

Do you want to know (and I probably wrote it before) who I think is one of the most underrated players in Yankee history? Gil McDougald. The guy played from 1951-1960. 10 years. 8 pennants.

He started at 3B. When Rizzuto got old, Gil switched to SS when the Yanks got Andy Carey for 3B. When they got Kubek for ss, and didn’t have a 2B (Martin traded after the Copa incident and Richardson not ready yet) McDougald went to 2B. An all-star in three positions. Average 162 g. season (had Gil played all 162? and in all of his years the season was 154)…  .276-14-70  OPS+111  far greater than Pena, Russo, Stanley. Far greater.

To me, the greatest value Pete Rose gave was not his talent. He was great as a rookie in 1963, as an MVP in 1973. The all-time hits leader. What made him special in my eyes was his versatility. ROY at 2B in 1963. 

In 1966, Tommy Helms wins ROY at 3B. Rose still at 2B. Perez 1B.

In 1967, Perez goes to 3B. Helms to 2B. Rose to the OF. Lee May plays 3b, lf and Rf.

You now develop May at 1B, Perez at 3B, Helms at 2B. You win the 1970 pennant.

In 1975, Rose moves to 3b so Foster can play LF.

He goes to the Phils. Switches to 1B b/c Schmidt is at 3B.

Years not great for a 1B. He played 1b but the OPS+ numbers were that of a 2b, not a 1b.

Still he was able to switch—for a Helms, Perez, May, Schmidt.

Versatility. Valuable, whether it be Rose or McDougald.

One reason I want Wigginton.

32. 572 games at 3B. You can DH the soon to be 35 year old Alex. You have Wigginton (104 OPS+) at 3B instead of 60 Pena.

Wigginton has 164 at 2B, 154 at 1B in his career. OPS+ 104. He could be the Rose/McDougald of our time, playing somewhere competently until someone better comes. Giving people a blow without losing too much.  

Jeter and Alex need more DH time (36 and 35 years old. I’d prefer Pena at SS, Wiggy at 3b when Jeter/Alex DH).  Wiggy could play LF when the Road Runner needs a day. I’d rather have Wiggy in LF than Thames (whose D scares me). Need to DH Cano a day? Wiggy at 2b. Same with Teix at 1B.

Make it happen, Cash.

Because if you don’t, then the Phils may need/get him b/c Polanco and Utley are on the DL.

Don’t count on Nick Johnson returning, Cashman. Get versatility. Get a better bat than Pena and Russo. Get someone who could DH, play 1b, 2b, 3b and even LF. Get a McDougald of our time.

See what the O’s want. Check into Wigginton.

And pitching? The starters are fine. Get bullpen help. Cover the Yanks’ asses in case Aceves and Mitre can’t. Without Aceves and Mitre, the ‘pen is naked. Joba, Gaudin, Marte, Logan, D-Rob,  Moseley, Park? Nope.

Thank God for Mo.

Bench and bullpen, please, Cash?                            

Game 33. Yanks top Jays 8-2. The Road Runner shows pop.

Hmm…Brett Gardner hitting 7th?

The Road Runner hit like a #7 hitter tonight though, hitting his first career HR and adding a triple to boot. His three RBI almost matched his season high going into the game.

Teixeira, with 2 hits and 2 RBI, got his average over the Mendoza line. All the way to .202.

Pettitte went 6, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned. Career win #218 ties him with Bob Caruthers (no, not the guy that was on “Love that Bob” for you old-time TV fans) and Earl Whitehill. You are forgiven if you never heard of them. Whitehill was the ace of the 1933 Washington Nationals (not officially the Senators until 1956). That was the last Washington team to win a pennant.

Aceves went two scoreless. Nice job. Albaladejo pitched a sloppy 9th. Walking two batters while you have a six-run lead is unforgiveable. 

In another game, Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals had his 30 game hitting streak snapped today. A great achievement. But it just makes you appreciate Joe D.’s streak all the more, for he was a whopping 26 games short. Think of it. No one has come closer than 12 games to Joe D. That was Pete Rose in 1978 with a 44 game streak. Not within 12 games.

There are some records that I believe won’t be touched. 511 wins. 56 game hitting streak. 16 CG shutouts in a season. Those are three of them.

I also believe that the controversial and troubled Denny McLain will wind up being the last 30 game winner.