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Game 77. Yanks lose to Angels, 4-1. Warren moving to bullpen.


The Yanks lost to the Angels, last night, 4-1. In their last three losses, the Yanks have scored, 0, 1 and 1 run (Thursday, Sunday and yesterday, Monday). Hopefully the bats break out soon.

The Yanks have lost six of their last nine games. They are now 41-36, still 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay and Baltimore, in third place in the AL East. Toronto is in fourth, one game back, in a very close division. What the teams do between now and the trade deadline as far as making a big deal could mean the division. It’s a tossup right now. Right now, the Yanks are the second wild card.

CC Sabathia went 7 1/3, giving up 4 runs, including HR to superstar Mike Trout and to C.J. Cron, and an RBI double to Albert Pujols.  Trout also played some excellent defense, robbing some Yanks of key hits.

The only Yanks’ run came on an RBI single by A-Rod. The hit enabled Alex to pass Wade Boggs on the all-time hit list with 3011. Next up is Rafael Palmeiro at 3020.

Sabathia (L, 3-8, 5.59) 7 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 6. 75.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog:

Although Girardi said pregame that the Yankees would stay on rotation, leaving Warren in line to start Wednesday’s series finale, Warren told The Daily News that he’s being moved into the bullpen. The move gives the Yankees what should be the right-handed reliever they’ve been looking for. It also takes care of some workload concerns for Warren, who’s already thrown more innings than in either of the past two seasons.

But it also takes away one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters, and leaves room for the guy with eight losses and a 5.59 ERA.

My note: It also takes out of the rotation the Yankees starter that happens to have the lowest ERA.


Game 71. Phils get 5 in 9th, beat Yanks 11-6.


This is embarrassing. What makes it worse is that I live in the Lehigh Valley amidst a bunch of Phillies’ fans.

Maybe today the Yanks pitch around Maikal Franco. For the second straight game, the Phillies rookie (and he looks like a keeper) drove in five runs. Meanwhile Dellin Betances had karma catch up to him as the Phillies beat the Yanks 11-6.

Before the game the Yanks made more moves. They recalled Bryan Mitchell and Jose Pirela, put Stephen Drew on paternity leave and sent Ramon Flores back down.

When Nick Rumbelow made his MLB debut last night, he became the 26th different Yankees’ pitcher this season. Ivan Nova, coming back off rehab to start today, will be the 27th. The season isn’t even half over, and there is still the trade deadline to consider.

To the game. The Yanks have now given up 34 runs in their last three games. They have lost two in a row to a team that is 26-47 and who, prior to coming to Yankee Stadium, had lost twelve consecutive road games. They have given up 11 runs in back-to-back nights to a team who hadn’t hit double digits all year; a team who, before coming to the Bronx, had a team OPS+ of 79, 21% below league average.

If the old man were still alive (the Boss) there would be hell to pay right now.

The Yanks are 38-33 with the loss, and are now two games behind the Rays in the AL East. Still in second, tied for a wild card spot.

The game started after a rain delay of around 75 minutes.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a SF by A-Rod. A Garrett Jones HR (4) in the second made it 2-0, but CC gave up a run in the third. Brett Gardner’s HR (9) in the bottom of the third made it 3-1 Yanks.

Then CC fell apart. He gave up two HR and 5 runs in the top of the fourth and couldn’t make it through the fifth. My feelings on CC have been documented.

The Yanks bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and A-Rod (15, #669 career), followed by doubles by Beltran and Young. 6-6.

So it stayed until the ninth. In the meantime, the Yanks blew opportunities for themselves. They went just 1 for 12 with RISP.

In the ninth, Dellin Betances, whose ERA had dropped to 0.25, finally had that bad outing you knew would come someday. (You didn’t expect his ERA to stay at 0.25, did you?) The Phillies scored five runs and put the game away.

Hopefully the Yanks win today. The last thing this Lehigh Valley resident, living in Phillies’ country, wants to hear, is the fans of the worst team in baseball crowing all summer about sweeping the Yankees. It’d be like they won the WS instead of losing 100 games (which they are on course to do). It may be tough. The Phils are going with their ace, Cole Hamels, today.

Nova (making his MLB debut) vs. Hamels today. For Hamels, an audition, for the Yanks and other teams. If the Phils are to rebuild, they have to dump players, and Hamels is the #1 target for teams looking to add an ace. The Phils will probably be looking for a king’s ransom. If the Yanks are to get him, they may have to give up Severino and Judge for starters.

Last night’s pitching line:

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 2 walks and 4 K   5.65
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.53 (I wish Joe would trust him more and give him more opportunities. So far, so good. Let’s see what he’s got).
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.82
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.16 1 HBP
Betances (L, 4-1, 1.25) 1 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2 HBP.
Rumbelow (MLB Debut) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 2 K. 13.50


Game 66. Yanks win 9-4; Alex at 2999 hits.


Alex Rodriguez is one hit away. His two hits tonight put him at 2999 for his career as the Yanks won 9-4 over the Marlins to stay one game out of first place in the AL East.

A-Rod’s first hit put the Yanks up 1-0 in the first inning. CC Sabathia retired the first nine batters but gave up a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth. One of those runs was Giancarlo Stanton’s 25th HR of the season.

It looked like the Yanks wasted a golden opportunity in the fifth when A-Rod singled with one out, was doubled to third by Teixeira but then both were stranded when McCann struck out and Beltran popped up.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Brett Gardner tied the game with a two-run HR (6). Good to see. Gardner has been in a slump recently. In the bottom of the seventh, Beltran made up for his popup by putting the Yanks up 5-3 with a two-run HR (5). It was #378 of Beltran’s career.

The Yanks broke it open in the eighth. Headley and A-Rod walked. After an out, McCann singled in a run. A wild pitch scored another. Young doubled in a third. After a Gregorius single, Drew hit a SF.

After a slow start to the season, McCann’s three hits have his batting average up to .270. Also good to see rookie Mason Williams settling in with two hits tonight.

I still wonder how Capps for the Marlins gets away with his delivery. I have to ask an umpire friend of mine about its illegality.

The Yanks are now 36-30, with the Tigers in this weekend and then the Phillies Mon-Wed.

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K. 5.31
Shreve (W, 4-1, 1.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 1 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.33
Martin 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 5.63


Game 61. 2000 RBI for A-Rod, but Yanks lose 9-4.


Alex Rodriguez hit the 2000 RBI mark last night, but it was not a good welcome back for Chris Martin or welcome for Sergio Santos as the Yanks lost to Baltimore last night 9-4.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Orioles while the loss was the Yanks’ third straight. Coupled with Tampa Bay’s win and Toronto’s tenth consecutive win, the AL East is about as tight as can be. The Yanks and Rays are in a virtual tie for the lead, Toronto is just one game back and Baltimore is two back.

The Yanks scored two in the first on a double by Headley, single by Teixeira and double by McCann.

But the Yanks need to tighten up their defense. For the third time in some two weeks, a catchable pop up or fly ball fell between two defenders. This time it was a foul pop near the Baltimore dugout that McCann and Teixeira did a I-got-it/you-take-it on. After the ball fell, CC Sabathia gave up a game-tying HR on the very next pitch.

CC gave up that HR in the third. In the fifth, he gave up another two-run HR to put the Orioles up 4-2.

In the sixth, A-Rod tied it up with his 12th HR of the year, #666 of his career. The two RBI gave him 2001 for his career, making him only the second player that MLB recognizes with 2000 RBI, the other being Hank Aaron. They don’t recognize some 222 RBI Babe Ruth had, or the 2075 Cap Anson supposedly had because those RBI came before the RBI became an official stat in 1920. Even in counting Ruth and Anson, A-Rod would still be just the fourth man with 2000 RBI. The hit was #2995 of his career.

The Yanks took CC out after five, and brought in Chris Martin. Martin was just brought back from rehab when Andrew Miller went on the DL. Martin proceeded to give up three runs in one inning, throwing three wild pitches in that inning in the process. As I mentioned earlier, the Yanks need to toughen up their d, including wild pitches.

Sergio Santos, just signed a few days ago, made his Yanks’ debut and gave up two runs in two innings of work.

In just his second MLB game, Mason Williams made a great running catch in RCF to rob a player of a double.

The Yanks are now 33-28.

Sabathia 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.38.
Martin (L, 0-2) 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks 0 K. The 3 WP. 5.27
Santos 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Overall ERA (LAD/NYY) 5.28.

Game 57. Yanks sweep Angels, win 6th straight, 6-2.


The Yanks maintained their 1 1/2 game lead in the AL East with a 6-2 win over the Angels on Sunday, their 6th win in a row. The win puts the Yanks at 32-25 on the season.

Although the big blow was a 3-run HR (5) by Brett Gardner, for me the keys of the game came from three guys who were struggling.

1) CC. He came into the game with a 2-7 record. It didn’t look good early on. After getting an out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. For Pujols, career HR #535 passed Jimmy Foxx on the all-time HR list and put him just 1 HR behind Mickey Mantle. When David Freese doubled after Pujols’ HR, you thought that here we go again.

But CC settled in and gave 6 IP, with just those 2 runs before he and manager Girardi were ejected in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.

2) Chris Young. Young’s HR (7) to tie the game came after a 2 for 31 slump. Later that inning, Gardner’s HR gave the Yanks the lead.

3) Jose Pirela. The kid has struggled, especially defensively, lately, but today hit his first MLB HR. How long he’ll be with the Yanks is in question because Brendan Ryan may be ready to come off the DL and replace Pirela as the infield utility man. But still nice to see the kid get his first MLB HR.

The Angels got two in the first on those b-2-b HR, but nothing afterward. CC was helped in the game on a timing play. Beltran threw out Trout at second trying to tag up. The out was recorded before Aybar scored on what should have been a SF. It took a run off the board for the Angels.

Down 2-0, the Yanks got a run in the third on a Pirela double, flyout to move the runner up and a groundout by Gregorius.

In the fifth, Young’s HR tied it up and Gardner’s put them ahead 5-2. Pirela’s HR in the seventh accounted for the final margin.

The Yanks are off Monday. Tuesday’s game appears to be a classic pitching matchup. Washington comes into the Stadium, and it’s Scherzer vs. Tanaka. I don’t know if it is on TV (I don’t get YES) but I hope it is.

CC (W, 3-7, 5.25) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.05
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.29
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 1.04




Game 53. Yanks win in 11, 5-3.


Baseball is a funny game. You never know what you may get in a given day. On one day, the Yanks can knock out of the box one of the best pitchers in the majors. On the next, they can struggle against a pitcher making his MLB debut.

In that same game, players who have been struggling all year can also turn out to be heroes. It’s a new day. Such was the case in the Yanks’ 5-3, 11-inning win on Tuesday evening over Seattle. The win puts the Yanks at 28-25 and maintains a one-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on a Mark Teixeira double. This occurred shortly after Seattle’s catcher and manager were both ejected after an A-Rod walk. A-Rod stayed at 2987 career hits since he was hitless in the game.

CC Sabathia, who has been struggling most of this year, turned in a decent performance, going 5 2/3 and giving up just two runs. One run happened when David Carpenter, also struggling, gave up a go-ahead double with two out and two on in the sixth.

But heading into the top of the ninth, the Yanks were down 2-1. Down to their last out, and with Chase Headley on first via a walk, Brian McCann singled and the struggling Stephen Drew doubled to tie up the game.

Redemption is a sweet thing, especially when it’s been a tough year. Maybe a game like this will get them going.

In the top of the 11th, Garrett Jones hit a 3-run HR, just his second HR of the season, to put the Yanks up 5-2. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but struck out Nelson Cruz (who was the winning win) with two on to end the game.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 5.45
Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.42
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.38
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.15
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 2-0, 4.58) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller (16th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  1.16

The Yanks have an afternoon game on getaway day. They play the Mariners at 3:40 PM Eastern Time. Masahiro Tanaka comes off the DL to start.

Game 48. A’s nip Yanks, 5-4.


So far, CC Sabathia and David Carpenter have disappointed this season, and that continued on Thursday night when the Yanks lost 5-4 in Oakland.

The Yanks had a 3-0 lead after 4 1/2, but CC gave up one in the fith, two in the sixth and another two in the seventh (helped by Carpenter, who couldn’t keep the inherited runners from scoring) to lose the game.

Brian McCann homered (7) in the second to put the Yanks up 1-0, and he singled in a run in the fourth to make it 2-0 Yanks. The HR was a rare road HR for McCann, who has hit most of his Yankees HRs at home.

In the fifth, an A-Rod SF made it 3-0. RBI #1996 tied Barry Bonds on the all-time list. MLB has A-Rod tied for 2nd on the all-time list. Baseball-Reference lists Aaron 2297, Ruth 2214 (MLB doesn’t count some 222 Ruth RBI from 1914-1919 because the RBI became an official stat in 1920), and Cap Anson 2075 (and MLB doesn’t count his because Anson played in the 19th century).

But then, up 3-0, CC lost it. He gave up a HR for a run in the fifth, two runs in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh.

The Yanks did get one in the ninth on a Brett Gardner double, but came up short, 5-4.

The loss drops the Yanks to 25-23, and narrows their lead to one game.

Truthfully, with the record he has, if CC weren’t making $23MM a year, he’d be dropped from the rotation when Tanaka or Nova is ready, and Carpenter may be best replaced by one of the kids in the minors like Pinder, Burawa, Ramirez or Diego Moreno.

Both CC and Carpenter need to step it up.

But personally, and I hate to say it, I think CC is done. Since 2012, he is 19-24, 5.02 and his seven losses this season lead the majors. The Yanks can sweet talk it all they want, but Sabathia, his contract and the years left on it are a real problem right now.

CC (L, 2-7, 5.67) 6+ innings, 5 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Carpenter 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 5.00
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.79

It is looking like Tanaka may return to the rotation in Seattle. Capuano would probably be the one dropped. But when Nova returns, I’d rather have Warren stay in the rotation and drop CC. Won’t happen, though.