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Game 41. Torreyes, Beltran, CC lead Yanks

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As Joe Torre used to say… small bites.

After an 8-17 start, the first order of business is getting back to .500. One step at a time.

The Yanks moved closer to that goal with an 8-3 win tonight over Oakland that put them at 19-22.

CC Sabathia came off the DL with a solid outing, going six innings and giving up only one run. I have not posted CC’s win total in a while, but this is #217 of his career, tying Mickey Lolich and Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons on the all-time list. He has passed Rick Reuschel, Mark Buehrle, Stan Coveleski, Jim Perry, Wilbur Cooper, Charlie Hough and Curt Schilling this year.

CC hasn’t really been good since 2012, and I wrote him off last year. I don’t know how much of those troubles had to do with his problems with the bottle, but then again, how was I to know he had those troubles?  No one knew.

But hopefully CC has everything going for him again and get back to somewhat close to what he used to be.

After CC gave up a run in the second, the Yanks exploded for five runs in the fourth. Ronald Torreyes tried a squeeze bunt, failed, but made up for it with a 2-run triple, putting the Yanks up 2-1. He later scored on a WP. Later in the inning Carlos Beltran had a 2-run double.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth on another RBI double by Beltran. The A’s  scored in the seventh to make it 6-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run triple in the 9th.The A’s scored in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 8-3 Yankees.

Beltran had 3 hits, 3 RBI. All 3 hits were doubles.

Didi Gregorius had 3 hits. Torreyes had 2 hits, 2 rbi.

I don’t know how many times this year Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference, but it happened again tonight.

CC (w, 3-2, 3.41 nice resurgence)  6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 8 K.
Yates 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.08
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 4.00.

A nice win where you didn’t have to use any of No-Runs DMC.




Game 34. Chisox 7, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino was bad, beaten, booed,  injured, and placed on the DL last night.

The 22-year old is experiencing the worst of sophomore slumps.

He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs in the second, and four in the third in dropping to 0-6, 7.46. When he was removed from the game, Severino, who was 5-3, 2.89 in eleven starts last year, was booed.

After the game, it was revealed that he had a mild triceps strain and will be going on the DL. The Yanks are expected to call up Chad Green, who was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB. CC Sabathia is expected to come off the DL soon, as well.

With the 7-1 loss, the Yanks fell to 14-20. Severino and Pineda are a combined 1-10, 6.84 in fourteen starts. There are many problems right now with the team, but you can start there. Take away those two, and the Yanks are 13-10.

The only run the Yanks got came on a second inning HR by Chase Headley (2). Chris Sale, the White Sox’ ace, improved to 8-0, 1.67.

Mark Teixeira’s last HR came on April 13th, over a month ago. He has just 3 RBI in that span. He did have two of the Yanks’ six hits last night.

There are a lot of problems to go around which have contributed to the Yanks’ record. Pineda, Severino and Teix are but three.

Severino (L, 0-6. 7.46) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 4 walks, 2 K, gave up HR.
Goody 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.13
Shreve 2 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.20
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K,. 2.03.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Goody sent down, since he took one for the team and went 3 1/3. He’ll be unavailable for a few days.




Game 25. Vintage CC. Yanks blank O’s, 7-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia turned back the clock and the Yanks blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.

For the first time in three years, CC went seven scoreless innings.

Prior to the game, A-Rod was put on the DL (hamstring) and reliever James Pazos was brought up.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 SB. Mark Teixeira drew three walks and Brian McCann drove in 3 runs.

Sabathia (w, 2-2, 3.81) 7 IP, 0 r, 6 H, 2 walks, and 6 K.
Yates 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 3.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.92.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.82

Game 20. Yanks fall, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the bullpen the Yanks have, and with Chapman on his way, the Yanks have to find ways to win these games.

The Yanks lost 3-2 Wednesday night. They are now 8-12.

Castro singled in a run in the second, but Texas got one in the second and another in the third off of CC.

A-Rod, who went 3 for 3, tied the game in the fourth with his 3rd HR of the year, and #690 career.

But CC gave up a run in the sixth and that was that.

Sabathia (L, 1-2, 5.06) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Barbato 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.  2.53
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.52

Game 15. Ellsbury steals home in Yankees’ win

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury stole home as the Yanks beat Tampa Bay Friday night 6-3.

The Rays got two in the top of the second off of CC, but Brian McCann’s 2-run HR (3) in the bottom of the inning tied it up.

After Tampa Bay got a run in the fourth, the Yanks tied it up in the fifth. Ellsbury and Gregorius singled, and both moved up on a balk. On a 3-2 pitch, Ellsbury took off. The pitch was high, thus ball four on Gardner, and Ellsbury slid under the tag for a steal of home and the tying run.

McCann singled in a run in the sixth to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Ellsbury doubled in two in the eighth to give the Yanks insurance runs.

CC only went 4 2/3, but the bullpen pitched 4 1/3 no-hit innings.

Maybe that exciting gamble by Ellsbury will get the Yanks (6-9) going.

Sabathia 4 2/3, 3 R, 9 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 5.28
Nova (w; 1-0, 4.32) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (Hold, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 0.00
Miller (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00


Game 10. Yanks lose 4th straight, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.

While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.

Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.

Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.

Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.

In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.

Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00

The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.

The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.

It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.

UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.

Game 5. Yanks tame Tigers, 8-4.


Jacoby Ellsbury hit a bases-loaded triple, and CC Sabathia became the first Yankees starter to go six innings as the Yanks beat Detroit 8-4 on Saturday.

A-Rod got the scoring started with his first HR of the year, #688 career, in the first. The Yanks got an RBI single by Didi Gregorius in the second.

In the fourth, Didi’s SF and Ellsbury’s triple made it 6-0 Yanks.

CC retired the first nine in a row, but ran into control problems in the fourth, walking three, and that helped lead to two Detroit runs that inning.

The Yanks bounced back in the fifth on a 2-run HR by Carlos Beltran, his second of the season and #394 of his career.

Detroit got two in the seventh to cut it to 8-4 but the Yanks used Betances and Miller to finish off the Tigers.

Backup infielder Ronald Torreyes had three hits for the Yanks. Castro, McCann and Gardner each had two.

With Greg Bird out for the year, and Dustin Ackley presently the backup at 1B for Mark Teixeira, the Yanks are about to sign Nick Swisher to a minor league deal. It’s a “just in case” move. Swish has far more experience at 1B than Ackley does. Ackley had some problems there on Friday.

Swish’s last two years haven’t gone well for him. He’s had knee surgery and may not be fit to play the OF too much longer, as he did with the Yanks from 2009-2012. He does have the experience at 1B and is a switch-hitter.

Swisher, 35, hit just .208-8-42, OPS+ 70 in 2014 for Cleveland in 97 games. Last year, in 76 games, he hit .196-6-25 for Cleveland and Atlanta, OPS+ 75.

He averaged .268-26-87 in his four years with the Yanks, and was an All-Star in 2010.

There are reports that the deal will have an opt-out clause in case Swisher isn’t with the Yanks on or before June 15.

As I mentioned, a “just in case” move, in case anything happens to Teixeira, who has had trouble the past few years with injuries.

Sabathia (w, 1-0) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 3 K. 4.50
Yates 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.   5.40
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00