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Trade deadline. No major move done by the Yanks. Thoughts.

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The Yanks did not make a major move at the trade deadline.

They only made a minor one, trading rookie RHP Joe Harvey (1-0, 4.50 in nine games this year for the Yanks) to Colorado for LHP Alfredo Garcia. Per the NY Post: Garcia, 20, has pitched for Single-A Asheville and Boise this season. With the two teams, he’s combined for a 3-10 record and 6.00 ERA in 22 starts.

They apparently were looking at LHP Robbie Ray of Arizona but Arizona wanted OF Clint Frazier, RHP Clarke Schmidt (the Yanks’ #1 draft pick in 2017, who is now pitching at High A Tampa) and two other prospects. The Yanks thought that price was too steep.

Arizona did trade Zack Greinke to Houston (they made other moves as well). Now Houston is really scary with Justin Verlander, Greinke, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley.

Greinke never would have come to the Yankees. He has a no-trade to the Yanks, and with his problems with depression and anxiety early in his career (2005/2006) NY wouldn’t be right for him at all.

That is the situation at the trade deadline. Some teams are asking too much of you, like the teams that wanted Gleyber Torres for a pitcher that other teams say is an ace but you know they are middle to back end of the rotation caliber. And Torres shouldn’t be going anywhere. He is not even 23 yet, a 2x All-Star, and someone with 20+ HR in both of his seasons in the majors. Torres for Matthew Boyd of Detroit (6-8, 3.94 now, career 28-43, 4.82)? Please. Spare me.

Some players, like Greinke and Madison Bumgarner, have no-trade clauses. Whether Bumgarner would have waived his to go to the Yankees, who knows. But we also don’t know what SF would have wanted for him.

Some teams, like the Mets, won’t deal with the Yankees. I can see that with the Red Sox not dealing with the Yankees, but the Mets are in a different league. But the Mets have the fear of looking bad in a deal with the Yanks, and don’t want the Yanks to “take over the city” or is it “Citi”? LOL. But the Yankeephobia the Mets’ front office has hurts them if they are making trades with other teams and getting less return from them than in what the Yankees would give them for say, Wheeler or Syndegaard—and neither Wheeler or Syndegaard went anywhere.

So the Yankees don’t get a starter that could have helped them. No Minor, Bumgarner, Wheeler, Ray, Stroman, Boyd, Bauer, Roark, Leake, etc. Most, as I stated, don’t fall into the “ace” category.

They didn’t get relief help either. Shane Greene and Mark Melancon (both former Yankees, by the way) both went from their respective teams (Tigers and Giants) to the Braves.

By the way, ex-Yankee (twice) David Robertson, who went to the Phillies last offseason as a free agent, and who has barely pitched this year, is headed for elbow surgery that could include TJ surgery. If TJ (Tommy John) surgery, then he misses ALL of 2020.

So the Yankees have to hope some, or all of the following, get healthy enough to contribute soon: Luis Severino, Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga and Dellin Betances. Loaisiga had a rehab stint (2 innings for AA Trenton last night). The others haven’t pitched yet in a game for any rehab assignment yet.

Either that or some pitchers need to pick up the slack and pitch better than they have so far this season (Happ/Paxton, even Tanaka).

I don’t know if I would call the Yanks’ efforts at the trade deadline here a failure. If you DO want to point any blame for not improving the rotation, I don’t think it is now, but things that happened BEFORE getting to this point.

For example, the free agent market. I didn’t mind bringing back Happ at the time (and that may be a mistake, given what he’s done this year and that he has a couple years left on the contract). But Happ wasn’t my first option. He was a fallback option. I think that the Yanks felt as I did. Getting Patrick Corbin being the top priority, with Happ as a fallback. But Corbin wanted more than the four years that the Yanks were offering, and got six from Washington where he is 9-5, 3.23. The Yanks sure could use that now.

Then there was Gio Gonzalez. The Yanks signed him at the end of spring training to a minor league deal, one that Gonzalez opted out of a few weeks later when it was obvious, at that time, that there was no place in the rotation for him. He is 2-1, 3.48 for Milwaukee right now.

Lastly, Dallas Keuchel. The Yanks wouldn’t go an extra mile to land him, lost him to the Braves, and Keuchel is 3-4, 3.86 right now.

Any of those three would not have cost players, just money. Now the question is why the Yankees were not more proactive towards those three? And that may not be the fault of Cashman, but of Hal Steinbrenner, who, let’s face it, is more frugal than his dad. Hal may have set a certain price that he wouldn’t allow Cashman to exceed, and if a deal then wasn’t made, the blame falls on Hal then, not Cashman.

If there is something to gripe about, I feel as if it isn’t because of what wasn’t done today at the trade deadline, but what wasn’t done BEFORE—namely, Corbin, Gonzalez and/or Keuchel. For those three have/had better potential and results than almost all of what was out there today.

One more thing. I wasn’t too keen this offseason about bringing back CC. He hasn’t been bad this year, but you are getting what you expected you’d get from a guy who just turned 39. Two trips to the injured list. Not much length in his starts. He has not recorded a “W” in more than a month. Yes, having him retire as a Yankee is nice. It’s his final season. But sentiment doesn’t win titles. You think with your head, not your heart.

Being a clubhouse presence and a great teammate is great. But you also have to do it between the lines, and of course, CC isn’t what he used to be.

So we hope now for help from within. Severino, Montgomery, Loaisiga, Betances. Maybe Deivi Garcia, but I doubt it. I’d be surprised. At 20, he probably needs a full season of AAA, so maybe 2021 for him (or late 2020?)

And after this season is over, don’t mess up on the free agent market. For example, Gerrit Cole of Houston, who the Yanks once drafted (he didn’t sign) and later coveted (traded by Pittsburgh to Houston because the Yanks wouldn’t give the Pirates Miguel Andujar) is a free agent after this season. He is 12-5. 2.94 for Houston now. He was 15-5, 2.88 for them last season. He struck out 276 last year and leads the majors with 212 strikeouts right now. Houston is one of your top competitors right now for AL supremacy. You can improve yourself and hurt Houston after this season in one move. Are you listening, Hal? Cash?

 

 

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Game 106. Yanks’ lose, 4-2. Trade deadline is today.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (67-39) returned to the Bronx, but the offense wasn’t much to be found as they lost 4-2 to Arizona Tuesday night. They have lost four of their last five games, and things don’t get easier with Zack Greinke on the mound for Arizona today.

With the loss, the Yanks’ lead over Tampa Bay is now 7 1/2. They remain 9 up on Boston.

Arizona scored right away off of J.A. Happ in the first inning on a pair of singles, a walk that loaded the bases, and a SF.

They made it 3-0 in the fourth on a HR, double and single.

The Yanks cut it to 3-1 in the sixth. Aaron Judge reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

But Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the seventh to the first batter he faced that made it 4-1 Arizona.

Tyler Wade, just up from SWB, and in the game when Luke Voit had to leave with an injury, hit his first HR of the season (only 2nd of his MLB career) to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth.

Hopefully Voit is Ok. It looked like an oblique and the Yanks can’t afford to lose Voit right now while LeMahieu is still day-to-day. He will be undergoing an MRI for what is said to be a core muscle injury. Earlier in the game, Voit was HBP.  MLBTR reminds us that Voit already went to the injured list with an abdominal strain earlier this month, though he returned after missing the minimum amount of time. You wonder if this is related to that.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Wade solo HR (1)
Urshela 2 hits (.312)

Happ (L, 8-6, 5.19) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.91 Gave up 1 HR.

Things also don’t look promising as far as the trade deadline (4 PM today, Wednesday) goes. Target Trevor Bauer was dealt to Cincy by Cleveland. Bauer is a bit of a head case, but a good pitcher. It remains to be seen whether Cincy will now flip him, but we’ll see.

But as long as other teams have unreasonable demands (like asking for Gleyber Torres) for pitchers who really aren’t aces but middle to back of the rotation pieces who don’t have a long, good track record , the Yanks won’t be making a deal.

CC Sabathia stated that if elected and inducted into Hall of Fame, it’ll be with him wearing a Yankees’ cap. CC, expected to be a first-ballot choice, would be inducted in 2025.

C Ryan Lavarnway, who was with SWB most of the season, was released by the Yanks July 18. He joined the Reds, got into a couple of games, going 5 for 18, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI, then was DFA’d this weekend. He cleared waivers and is now with the Reds’ AAA team.

Mike Roarke, a backup C for the Tigers from 1961-1964, passed away at the age of 88. He got most of his playing time for the 1961 Tigers as a 30 year old rookie. That team won 101 games but finished second, 8 behind the Yankees. Roarke was a .230 career hitter in 194 games.

 

 

Game 105. Yanks get badly need win, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (67-38) got a badly needed win, and badly needed decent start from Domingo German in beating Boston Sunday night, 9-6.

Before the game, a few happenings. CC Sabathia went on the IL. No corresponding pitching move yet, instead INF Tyler Wade was brought up for now.

As far as pitching, cross off Marcus Stroman. Toronto wanted Yanks’ prospect Deivi Garcia, and Garcia is off limits unless the Yanks got someone like Noah Syndergaard from the Mets in return, and the Mets, with their Yankeephobia, won’t deal with the Yanks even if the Yanks do have the better prospects to give. So who DOES Stroman go to? The Mets, for two prospects.

So with the trade deadline getting closer, the Yanks are still looking, and they, justifiably so, are saying “No” to offers that would have them giving up Garcia or Gleyber Torres.

We will see if the Yanks get ANYBODY.

After seven games in a row in which a Yankee starter couldn’t give five innings, Domingo German gave 5 1/3 in winning his 13th game of the season.

The Yanks got on the board first in the third inning when Cameron Maybin walked and Austin Romine hit a 2-run HR (3), a 446-ft. bomb.

In the fourth, Luke Voit walked and Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (7) to put the Yanks up 4-0.

German gave up a 2-run HR to Andrew Benintendi in the bottom of the fourth that cut the lead to 4-2.

The Yanks scored two in the sixth to go up 6-2. Gregorius walked and was forced at second by Gleyber Torres. Gio Urshela doubled in Torres. Maybin singled in Urshela.

Boston got a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3 and in the process, knocked out German.

In the top of the seventh, Aaron Hicks walked, and after Aaron Judge struck out, Edwin Encarnacion doubled Hicks to third. Luke Voit walked to load the bases. Didi Gregorius flied out, not deep enough for a SF but two runs scored on a two-base throwing error by Jackie Bradley. 8-3.

Things got hairy after that as the Yanks bullpen finished the game, but didn’t exactly nail it down. It was nail-biting time.

Boston got one in the seventh to make it 8-4, and stranded men on second and third.

The Yanks got one in the top of the eighth to make it 9-4 when Maybin doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a WP.

Boston had the bases loaded and one out in the eighth off of Zack Britton, but couldn’t score. They did get two in the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman before the game finally ended, 9-6 Yankees.

Whew. It sure would be nice to see a 1-2-3 from Britton or Chapman sometime. They seem to always make you sweat it out.

With the win, the Yanks are 8 1/2 up on Tampa Bay and 9 up on Boston. They have Monday off.

Rough night for Aaron Judge, 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

Encarnacion 2 hits.
Gregorius 2-run HR (7)
Urshela 2 hits, RBI (.309)
Maybin 2 hits, RBI (.315)
Romine 2-run HR (3)

German (W, 13-2, 4.08) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 20) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.74
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.57
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.51
Chapman 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.66.

Three Yankees made the top 100 of MLB’s top prospects list last week. Garcia at #66, Estevan Florial at #67 and recently signed 16 yr. old Jasson Dominguez at #72.

Game 104. Pitching dooms Yanks again, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, pitching doomed the Yanks as their horrific week of poor pitching continues. Starters aren’t even getting through five innings. In the past seven starts, no starter has given five innings, and in those seven games, starters have given up 51 runs.

The taxed bullpen is hurting, too. The Yanks have given up 73 total runs in their last seven games. Ugh.

Yesterday, it was CC Sabathia who got lit up as the Yanks lost their third in a row to Boston, 9-5.

The Yanks’ (66-38) lead is down to 8 over Boston and 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. And they have Chris Sale, a Yankee-killer, to face tonight.

And hopefully they won’t lose D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) to the IL. He’s gone for an MRI.

Gio Urshela started the scoring with a solo HR, #11, in the top of the second. Gio was 4 for 4 for the day.

But Andrew Benintendi got a cheapie HR, hitting the Pesky Pole for what was listed by Statcast as a 310′ HR to tie the game. For years, it’s been said that it is 302 down the RF line at Fenway, but there never has been a marker. There also have been rumors that the distance is actually shorter. Anyway, tie game.

In the fourth, Luke Voit doubled and Urshela singled him in to make it 2-1 Yanks.

But Boston scored three in the bottom of the fourth, getting two of them on a J.D. Martinez HR, to go up 4-2.

The Yanks tried to fight back, scoring in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Aaron Hicks walked and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

CC got knocked out in the fifth after he gave up back-to-back doubles to make it 5-3.

Chad Green let the game get away, giving up three in the sixth and one in the seventh and it was 9-3 Boston.

The Yanks got two in the eighth to make it 9-5, the final score. Gleyber Torres singled, Urshela doubled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in the two runs.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 4 for 4, HR (11), 2 RBI  .306
Higashioka 2 RBI

Sabathia, who just turned 39 on July 21, and who is retiring after this season, has been stuck on 251 wins for a while. #252 would pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list, but win #251 came on June 24, over a month ago.

Sabathia (L 5-6, 4.78) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.18
Cortes, Jr.  1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.17
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.59

On Saturday, July 20, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the sixth and then leaving the game.

Since then:

Paxton         3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER
CC                 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER
German       3 2/3 IP,  8 R
Happ            3 1/3 IP, 6 R
Tanaka        3 1/3 IP, 12 R,
Paxton        4 IP, 7 R
CC                4 1/3 IP, 5 R.

 

Ugh. The bleeding has to stop sometime, doesn’t it?

 

Game 103. Pitching woes continue in Yanks’ 10-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the third straight time, James Paxton gave up a HR to the leadoff hitter.

And this time, that leadoff hitter then proceeded to go deep two MORE times against Paxton.

Mookie Betts hit three HR, all in the FIRST FOUR INNINGS, off of Paxton, to lead Boston to a 10-5 win over the (66-37) Yankees Friday night.

The loss cuts the Yanks’ lead to 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay and 9 over Boston.

Paxton has struggled, while targets like Patrick Corbin, Gio Gonzalez, and Dallas Keuchel are doing Ok elsewhere. Three guys the Yanks could have had (they had Gio, but he opted out when there was no room in the rotation for him).

Also disheartening is when guys like Paxton or Sonny Gray have success elsewhere (and what do you think Gray would tell his former Vanderbilt teammate, Mike Minor of Texas, a trade target, about NY?) come to NY and don’t do well. In Gray’s case, now that he is out of NY, he’s doing well again. You could put J.A. Happ in that category for this year, but to be fair, Happ did pitch well last year for the Yanks before the playoff outing.

Another disheartening thing is not having some players, like Michael Pineda or Nathan Eovaldi, realize their potential while in pinstripes.

You may say, that some guys can’t pitch in NY. True. But when it happens over and over and over again, that pitchers good elsewhere come to NY and have difficulties, when do you start looking at the pitching coach, and not just blame it on NY?

Remember that Larry Rothschild was inherited by Aaron Boone. Boone picked some, not all, of his coaching staff. He inherited the pitching part, Rothschild and bullpen coach Mike Harkey.

If the Yanks don’t turn this abysmal week by the starting pitchers around, they not only could blow their lead (Boston worries me more than Tampa Bay, because the Rays have now lost Snell for a month) and if so, could Rothschild be on the hot seat? The next few months will be very interesting to see how the starting pitching does. Because if it continues to flounder as it has, it won’t be good. Changes would have to be made, and maybe not just the pitchers but also the coach. Maybe this is only a blip. We hope so.

For the first 14 games of July, the Yanks’ starter’s ERA was 2.88. In the last six games, an atrocious 15.61. The Yanks have given up 64 runs in their last six games. 10.66 per game. Amazingly, they won two of those games. No Yankee starter in the last six games has pitched in the fifth inning. None in seven games has pitched in the sixth.

Forget about any of these starters, even when they are going GOOD, pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth. They just don’t do that.

One worry I have is this. Even if they rebound, and wind up with 100 to 105 wins, who, amongst all the starters in the rotation, do you absolutely trust to start a must-win postseason game? A fair question, I think. None are “old reliable” Andy Pettitte’s, El Duque’s, or David Cone’s.

With this bad stretch, the Yanks’ ERA+, which was about 110 most of the year, has dropped to 104, just 4% above league average. No starter has an ERA less than 4.00.

Tanaka 7-6, 4.79. ERA+ 93 (7 % below league average)
Happ 8-5, 5.23  ERA+ 86
German 12-2, 4.03  ERA+ 111 ( his youth and inexperience are a concern)
Sabathia 5-5, 4.50  ERA+ 99
Paxton 5-6, 4.72  ERA+ 95.

As I mentioned, which of these would you trust to start a must-win playoff game? It’s a huge concern.

One last thing before the game recap. Could it be that Boston sees some guys tipping pitches or has some Yankee pitching been too consistent in their approach? Rumors are that Severino was tipping pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS last year. Boston has pounded Tanaka this year, and Tanaka thought he made good pitches at some points the other night. Did Boston know what was coming? Paul O’Neill on WPIX last night mentioned Boston waiting for hard stuff inside from Paxton, got it, and creamed it.

Paxton’s line is strange. 9 K in 4 IP. But 4 HR given up, 3 to Betts, 7 runs allowed.

If guys ARE tipping, why isn’t the pitching staff seeing it? Remember that Chad Green was straightened out at AAA, not by the major league staff. Once sent down, he worked it out. Also, Jonathan Holder has had to go down. He also, couldn’t work it out at the big league level.

Could there be a problem with the pitching coach? Sorry, Rothschild, but that has to be addressed right now. To stop that, the starting pitching, once again, has to improve, and IMMEDIATELY.

Let’s remember that Gray took some parting shots at Rothschild on the way out to Cincinnati, where Gray is doing well. Could there be something to what Gray said?

And it’s not just Rothschild. Let’s remember that the Yanks lost out on possibly getting Verlander, Cole, Corbin, Keuchel, and Gonzalez, all of whom could certainly be helping right now.  If the Yanks would have just one of those right now…

So something is amiss with their pitching philosophy. Whether it is the coach, or the whole organizational approach of what is coached, who is targeted, what you’ll give up for a stud pitcher…

Anyway you look at it, corrections and improvements are necessary. The Yanks have two more games against Boston this weekend, and after two games against Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday, have four more against Boston next Friday to Sunday, including a DH on Saturday. If they don’t turn it around, and FAST, Boston could be right back in it. Let’s just say Boston takes 6 of 8 in the games this weekend and next. The lead goes from 11 to 7. If they take 7 of the 8, it’s 5. Sweep and 3. Yankees’ fans don’t want 1978 in reverse. Yes, there is the wild card to fall back on, and that wasn’t there in 1978. We don’t want that. Win the division, avoid the wild card game.

This is the time to bury Boston, not have them rise from the dead. So far, the shovels have been put away. Boston has woken up.

As for making a trade, I am getting really discouraged that that may happen. Teams are asking for Gleyber Torres in any deal. That is a non-starter. The two-time All-Star, who has hit 20 or more HR in both of his MLB seasons, isn’t even 23 yet.

As for the game, Paxton gave up, as noted above, a leadoff HR to Betts, marking the third straight time he gave up a HR to the first batter of the game. He has had (like German) first inning woes all season. Then a single, strikeout and HR (by J.D. Martinez) and it was 3-0 already. After the week the Yanks have had, it was like here we go again.

A HR by Betts and an RBI triple by Martinez made it 5-0 after three innings.

Then Betts hits his THIRD HR of the game to make it 7-0 in the fourth.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth when with two out, they got consecutive singles by Encarnacion, Gregorius and Voit.

Boston got two in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-1. Betts doubled in one run and scored the other on another double. He was 4 for 5 with 5 RBI—3 HR and a double.

Before the game, Stephen Tarpley was sent down and Cameron Maybin came off the IL. Maybin walked to lead off the seventh, and went to third on a double by Mike Tauchman. Austin Romine singled in one run, and another scored when D.J. LeMahieu GIDP.

Boston got a run in the bottom of the seventh, 10-3.

The Yanks got two in the ninth before succumbing. Tauchman led off the inning with a single, and scored on a double by Romine. A walk to LeMahieu and an error on a ball hit by Judge loaded the bases. But then three consecutive outs ended the game. One out was a SF by Gregorius.

It is hard to win when you are giving up 10 or more runs a game.

Tauchman 3 hits
Romine 3 hits, 2 RBI

Paxton (L, 5-6, 4.72) 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 0 W, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 to Betts. Weird line.
Hale 2 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.89
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.59
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.57

The Yanks really could use a well-pitched, crisp victory right now. They are taking it on the chin right now.

July 27. The trade deadline is just four days away.

Is any pitching help coming from the outside? Or do the Yanks have to keep their fingers crossed that internal options who have been on the IL (Severino, Betances, Montgomery, Loaisiga) will be coming to the rescue?

 

 

 

 

 

Game 99. Yanks hit into triple play, give up 5 HR in 8-6 loss to Twins.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You know it isn’t your night when, in the first inning, you hit into a triple play and your starting pitcher gives up back-to-back HR.

That’s what happened in the Yankees’ (64-35) 8-6 loss to the Twins Monday night. They stay 9 ahead of Tampa Bay and 10 up on Boston (who beat the Rays).

A few notes before the game recap.

Cameron Maybin begins a rehab assignment today (Tuesday). With Mike Tauchman hot right now, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Maybin is ready. He is out of options. Tauchman, meanwhile, is hot.

Jonathan Holder was brought back up before the game, Stephen Tarpley sent down.

Aaron Boone has done a great job this year, but there are a few moves recently that I question. For one, Gary Sanchez is in a bad slump, having lost 40 points off of his batting average since June 21 (a little over a month ago). Yet Boone continues to hit Sanchez third, or as was the case last night, fourth. Gleyber Torres is hitting .294 but batted seventh last night. Why not ride the hot hand, Aaron, and switch those two in the lineup? Sanchez’ slump and position in the lineup hurt the Yanks last night a couple of times.

One thing I worry about is this. Despite the big divisional lead, what starter do you absolutely trust to win a must-win game in the postseason? That is why there are all the trade rumors involving the Yankees and a pitcher. I won’t report on rumors, just facts once something happens.

But when something happens, which of the current starters in the bullpen gets bumped out once a deal is made (one starter goes) or Severino returns.  If BOTH happen, then which TWO starters get bumped?

It is July 23. Things are going to get VERY interesting regarding Yankees’ starting pitching very soon. The trade deadline is just over a week away.

Now to the game recap.

In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge walked, but Edwin Encarnacion hit a ground ball to third. Step on third, go around the horn, and the Twins get a 5-4-3 triple play to get out of it.

After an out, CC Sabathia then gave up back-to-back HR in the bottom of the first. Yanks down 2-0.

In the top of the third, the Yanks tied it up. With one out, Gio Urshela homered (10). Tauchman singled, LeMahieu doubled. Judge walked. Bases loaded. Encarnacion singled to tie the game, but with a chance to do more damage, Sanchez GIDP.

CC gave up three runs in the bottom of the third. He wasn’t helped when Sanchez was called for catcher interference, forcing in one of the runs.

The Yanks made it 5-3 in the top of the fourth when Luke Voit homered (19).

But CC came back out for the fourth, a move I question. He had already given up two HR, and five runs, in three innings. He gave up two more HR in the fourth inning, making it four for the game, and the Yanks were down 7-3.

The Yanks got two back in the top of the fifth on a 2-run HR by LeMahieu (15).

They made it 7-6 in the sixth when Torres doubled, and with one out, Tauchman singled him home. LeMahieu then singled, but Judge ended the inning by GIDP.

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-6 Twins, the final score.

With two on, and one out in the ninth, the slumping Sanchez struck out. He is down to .233 after being at .274 after the June 21 games.

Aaron Hicks was 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts.

LeMahieu 3 hits (.338) 2 RBI, 15th HR.
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI. Hit into a triple play.
Voit 19th HR. 1 for 4, the HR but 3 strikeouts.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI, 10th HR.
Tauchman 3 hits, RBI. (Brett Gardner has a sore knee).

Four of the six hits CC gave up were HR.

Sabathia (L, 5-5, 4.50) 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.  4.13  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.63

 

Game 93. Yanks get six in 8th to defeat Rays, 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Rays were about to cut the Yanks’ lead in the AL East down to four games. They were four outs away from doing so.

But a 2-run HR by Aaron Judge and a grand slam by Didi Gregorius turned a possible 3-2 Yankees’ loss into an 8-3 Yankees’ win and enabled the Yankees (60-33) to stretch their lead over Tampa Bay to six games. The Yankees are 10 up on Boston.

The Rays took an early lead when CC Sabathia gave up a HR to Austin Meadows in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks came right back in the bottom of the second when Edwin Encarnacion hit a 435 ft. HR (28) to tie the game. Encarnacion’s 28th HR of the season (Seattle and NY) was #408 of his career, passing Duke Snider on the all-time list, and putting him one behind Mark Teixeira.

In the fourth, CC gave up a HR to Yandy Diaz to make it 3-1 Rays. He almost gave up back-to-back HR, but Brett Gardner robbed Avisail Garcia of a HR.

In the bottom of the fifth, Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres both made bad base-running decisions on the same play, and Tampa Bay got a DP to end that half-inning.

Diaz got an RBI double in the top of the sixth to put the Rays up 3-1.

D.J. LeMahieu homered in the bottom of the sixth (13) to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Nestor Cortes, Jr. came in for CC but loaded the bases with one out, David Hale relieved Cortes, and got a DP to get out of the inning and keep the game within reach for the Yankees.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gleyber Torres walked. Two outs later, Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR (10) to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, but then they got insurance runs when Luke Voit singled, Gary Sanchez doubled, Encarnacion was intentionally walked, and Didi Gregorius hit his fifth HR of the season, this one a grand slam, to put the Yankees up 8-3.

Hale got into a jam in the top of the ninth, but Zack Britton finished off the Rays.

Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling missed the game. He’s missed a couple lately as he (81 years old) is battling a health issue.

LeMahieu solo HR (13)  .331
Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, GW 2-run HR (10)  .304
Encarnacion 2 hits, solo HR (28)
Gregorius 4 RBI; Grand Slam HR (5)

Sabathia 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.06
Cortes, Jr. 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.50
Hale (W, 3-0, 2.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.31