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Game 68. Pitching woes continue as Yanks lose 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Win #250 is proving quite elusive for CC Sabathia.

The Yankees (41-27) lost 10-2 to the White Sox Friday night, and fell out of first place. They are 1/2 a game behind Tampa Bay. Boston sits in third, 6 back of the Rays and 5 1/2 back of the Yankees.

The problem is that in this month of June, they are 4-8 as the pitching is collapsing.

Never mind that Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton may be coming back soon. Right now, I’d feel better if it were Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery.

In the 12 games of June, the Yankees have given up 77 runs. That is one short of 6 1/2 runs per game. You can’t win like that.

More at the bottom of the column. As for the game…

Luke Voit homered (17) in the first inning. 1-0 Yanks, but CC couldn’t get out of a first and third, two out jam, giving up a 3-run HR, then two walks and a single made it 4-1 Chicago after one inning.

Chicago got an unearned run in the second, 5-1. They knocked out CC with a run in the fifth.

Luis Cessa was awful, giving up four runs in the sixth, three via a HR.

An error gave the Yanks a run in the ninth, but they lost 10-2.

A bad game. The Yanks only scored two runs, got just six hits, made two errors, and the pitching gave up 10 runs. Not a good night.

Voit 2 for 2, solo HR (17), 2 walks.
Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 3-4, 4.42) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H, 3 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  6.10
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.20

I know CC is retiring at the end of the season, but lately I wonder how much is left in the tank now. One thing with CC—even if he pitches well, he doesn’t give you length anymore. He gives you five, then you are using up the bullpen.

And other starters aren’t giving you length either. You worry about bullpen burnout.

Which I why I can see Cashman working the phones. Also why getting outbid on Keuchel may come back to hurt the Yankees.

Ok, some numbers. The first is the pitcher’s ERA as of June 1, the second is the ERA now. The ones most striking are:

CC 3.48 to 4.42
Cessa 3.16 to 6.10
Paxton 2.81 to 4.04
German (from May 21, not June 1) 2.60 to 3.86

For German, we now know he is on the IL with the hip problem. You wonder about the knees of Paxton and CC.

As for Cessa, who had a good spring training and who was Ok through May, you just wonder…anything wrong there physically?

Adam Ottavino didn’t give up any runs between April 21 and June 9 but did in each of his last two appearances.

Tommy Kahnle had that blip on June 9, giving up 4 runs.

Zack Britton had a blip June 5, giving up 3 runs then.

For Ottavino, Kahnle and Britton, you wonder if the law of averages just caught up with them (they were due for a blip) or if overuse (the starters don’t give length) is catching up to them.

I know it’s a different time, and that starters don’t go deep anymore, but here is the average innings per start.

Tanaka 83/14 is almost 6.
Happ 75.3/14 is 5 1/3
CC 57/11 is 5
German 68/12 is 5 2/3
Paxton 49/10 is 5.

5 x 32 starts a year is 160 IP. That doesn’t even qualify you for the ERA title (you need 162 IP).

I won’t get into Loaisiga and the openers.

But a worrisome trend. The starters don’t get into the sixth. The bullpen gets overtaxed. Some injury issues (CC/Paxton knee, German hip). The pitching in June falling apart.

The pitching has to turn around, and you wonder how it’ll do so.

Internally? Guys have to pitch better, and by the time Severino and Montgomery are ready, it could be too late.

or Externally? And if externally, who, when and for what?

But something has to change, and fast.

 

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Game 63. Yanks skid continues with 8-4 loss. Drops them into a tie for first.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The script was set. CC Sabathia could win #250 at Cleveland, where his career began.

It didn’t work out that way, as the skidding Yanks (39-24, lost five of their last six) lost 8-4. With Tampa Bay splitting a DH with Boston, the Yanks and Rays are now tied for first with Boston 6 back.

It started out well when Didi Gregorius hit his first HR of the season, a 2-run shot, in the first inning.

CC threw three shutout innings but then gave up 2 runs in the fourth, and a 2-run HR in the fifth.

Jonathan Holder came in for the sixth and gave up 3 runs on 2 HR.

The Yanks made in 7-4 in the seventh. Didi singled and went to second on an error. Gleyber Torres doubled Didi home. Kendrys Morales grounded out, moving Torres to third, and Clint Frazier walked. Gio Urshela hit a SF to bring in Torres.

Cleveland scored an insurance run in the eighth.

Brett Gardner, in a fit of frustration, threw his helmet and it bounced back at him. Six stitches in his lower lip.

Masahiro Tanaka won’t start Sunday’s game. He has been placed on paternity leave and Nestor Cortes has been recalled.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.320)
Didi 2 hits, 2-run HR (1), 2 RBI

Sabathia (L, 3-3, 3.96) 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.?
Holder 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.88
Cessa 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.   5.28

Hopefully the ship gets righted soon.

Game 58. Yanks fall 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Nestor Cortes sent down to make room for CC coming off the DL.

I was worried about CC being a bit rusty coming off the DL (I still call it the DL) and he may have been a bit, but he didn’t pitch too badly.

Clint Frazier’s defense though, was, shall we say, problematic. Not only that, but his blowing off the press after the game was, too.

CC gave up a solo HR in the first, a run in the second and a solo HR in the fourth and the Yanks were down 3-0.

They got two back in the fourth. With one, out, Luke Voit homered (15), then three straight singles by Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres loaded the bases. Gio Urshela made it 3-2 with a SF. The inning ended strangely when it appeared a double steal went awry.

In the top of the seventh, Frazier let a single get under his glove for a two-base error allowing the runner who was on first to score. Later on, after Boston scored another run, he (NY Post words) he tried and failed for a diving catch and made an off-line throw that allowed runners to move up and another run scored. 6-2 Boston.

In the eighth, after Boston made it 7-2, Frazier allowed a hit to get past him for a triple. 8-2.

The Yanks tried to come back in the bottom of the eighth, but they were in too much of a hole. D.J. LeMahieu singled, Voit walked. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. A balk brought in one run, a groundout another. Torres’ SF made it 8-5.

After the game, Frazier didn’t want to talk to the press about his fielding deficiencies. If there is an “attitude problem”, the Yanks need to nip it in the bud immediately.

Voit solo HR (15)
Torres 2 hits, RBI
Frazier 2 hits, but an error and other misadventures in the outfield.

Sabathia (L, 3-2, 3.61) 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Cessa 1 IP+, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K.   4.73. Rough outing. Frazier didn’t help.
Hale 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.   2.70

The Yanks (38-20) are off Monday. They are 2 1/2 up on the Rays, 8 1/2 up on Boston.

 

 

Game 57. The Kraken gets Crackin’. Sanchez HR gives Yanks 5-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez’ league-leading 18th HR broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Yankees (38-19) a 5-3 win over Boston. With the win, the Yanks are now 2 1/2 up on the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and 9 1/2 up on the Boston Red Sox.

Starter Domingo German got 8 of the 11 outs he recorded via strikeout, but the problem was Boston made him work and 11 outs (3 2/3 innings) is all he lasted.

Boston scored first with a run in the top of the second.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the second. Gleyber Torres singled (and got a scolding for lack of hustle, getting only a single), and Kendrys Morales singled. After Clint Frazier struck out, Gio Urshela singled in a run, and Brett Gardner singled to load the bases. D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to put the Yanks up 3-1.

German gave up a HR to the first batter in the top of the fourth, and later in the inning, for the second time against German in the game, Sandy Leon delivered a two-out RBI single. This one tied the game at 3.

Chad Green, who finished the fourth, got out of a 2nd and 3rd, one-out jam in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Luke Voit singled, an out later, Sanchez hit his 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 5-3. The Yanks loaded the bases after that but couldn’t tack on, and there was no more scoring after that.

Six Yankees’ relievers shut out Boston over the last 5 1/3 IP. Both Zack Britton in the 8th and Aroldis Chapman in the 9th induced big DP balls.

LeMahieu 2 RBI
Voit 3 hits
Sanchez 2-run HR (18)
Morales 3 hits

German 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.66
Green (W, 1-2, 9.72) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Kahnle (H, 11) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.52
Ottavino (H, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.30. Struck out only batter he faced.
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   4.30
Britton (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.05
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.52

Check out the ERAs on Kahnle, Ottavino, Britton and Chapman.

With the heavy bullpen usage, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Cessa or Hale tonight, because CC, who is starting, is just coming off the IL.

 

 

Game 54. First four batters doom Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Four batters and 14 pitches into the game, the Yanks were down 4-0. They fought back but lost 5-4.

So at the 1/3 point in the season, the Yanks are 35-19 (a 105 win pace, despite all the injuries) and the lead in the AL East is one game over Tampa Bay.

Those 14 pitches resulted in an error, a single, a bloop single for a run, and a 3-run HR. Before recording an out, Masahiro Tanaka and the Yanks were down 4-0. Tanaka rebounded to give six innings, but the rough beginning put the Yanks in a hole they couldn’t get out of.

In the fourth, the Yanks got a run when Gary Sanchez hit his 17th HR of the season.

San Diego got a run in the sixth to go up 5-1.

The Yanks got three in the seventh when Kendrys Morales walked, and one out later, Thairo Estrada walked. Brett Gardner singled to load the bases, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in two runs to make it 5-3. Luke Voit re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Aaron Hicks drove in a run on a ground out, 5-4.

The Yanks put the leadoff man on in the ninth, but couldn’t bring him around to tie the game.

LeMahieu 2 RBI (.313)
Voit 2 hits
Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Sanchez solo HR (17)
Urshela 1 for 1, PH single (.333)

Tanaka (L, 3-4, 3.20) 6 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 9 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Joe Harvey 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  4.50
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  3.16

Aaron Judge has started hitting off a tee. Didi Gregorius’ AAA rehab game was rained out. James Paxton comes off the DL today to start and CC looks good to go for Sunday. Slowly, some guys are starting to work at coming off the DL.

UPDATE: After the game, Harvey was sent down to make room for Paxton’s return.

Game 53. Yanks piece it together, win 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (35-18) had to employ the “opener” again, but pieced it together for a 5-2 win over the Padres Memorial Day afternoon.

Chad Green opened and struck out the side in the first.

David Hale replaced him and went the next four innings, giving up 2 runs in the second inning, to pick up his first major league win since 2015.

Then it was Ottavino, Kahnle, Britton and Chapman to close it out.

After Hale gave up the two runs in the top of the second, the Yanks came right back with three runs of their own.

With one out, Clint Frazier hit his 10th HR of the season, Gio Urshela walked, and one out later, Brett Gardner’s 8th HR of the year, a 2-run HR, made it 3-2 Yankees.

It stayed that way until the eighth, when with one out, Gary Sanchez hit his 16th HR of the year to make it 4-2. Gleyber Torres then doubled, and Cameron Maybin singled. An error by the RF on Maybin’s single allowed both runners to take an extra base. 5-2 Yankees, the final score.

Although Green did great (3 up, 3 down, all K) , I do wonder how much more of the “opener” I can take. Paxton will come back Wednesday, CC possibly next Sunday.

The opener and bullpen usage today explains the moves of the day before.

Sanchez solo HR (16)
Frazier 2 hits, solo HR (10)
Gardner 2-run HR  (8)

Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   11.30
Hale (W, 1-0, 3.38) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Ottavino (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.42
Kahnle (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.64
Britton (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.22
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.66

Bill Buckner, unfortunately mostly known for that one play that ended Game 6 of the 1986 WS, passed away at the age of 69. He played for the Dodgers 1969-1976, Cubs 1977-1984, Red Sox 1984-1987, Angels 1987-1988, Royals 1988-1989 and back with the Red Sox 1990.

He played for the Dodgers in the 1974 WS as well as for the Red Sox in the 1986 WS.

A 1x All-Star (1981), he got MVP consideration 5x, and finished 10th in the MVP voting in 1981 and 1982. He led the league in doubles 2x and won the NL batting title in 1980. He drove in 100 or more runs in a season 3x.

He played LF, RF and 1B, and had 2715 hits in his career, and a .289 batting average. His 162 g. average was .289-11-78, OPS+ 100. He played in 4 decades (1969-1990).

Game 49. Yanks complete sweep of O’s with a 6-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, CC to the DL, Cortes up.

Looks like they’ll be going to an opener for some games.

As far as today, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear that the Yanks were toying with the Orioles.

They didn’t start Gleyber Torres (10 of his 12 HR against the Orioles) or Gary Sanchez (9 of his 15). They did keep Clint Frazier (5 of his 8) in the lineup.

So what happens? Frazier homers (make it 6 of 9) and Torres and Sanchez make big contributions as pinch-hitters in the ninth inning that enabled the Yanks (32-17) to win 6-5 to sweep the four games in Baltimore.

Baltimore scored first with a run in the second. Masahiro Tanaka didn’t help himself with a WP and an error. But Tanaka, who was questionable for a while because he took a liner off his leg in his previous start, was fantastic. He took another liner in this one, no damage.

In the top of the fifth, Frazier tied the game with his 9th HR of the season, six against Baltimore.

In the top of the sixth, with one out, D.J. LeMahieu walked and one out later, Luke Voit doubled him to third. After Kendrys Morales walked to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in two runs to make it 3-1 Yanks.

To the top of the seventh. With one out, Thairo Estrada walked. He stole second and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 4-1 Yanks.

In the top of the eighth, Voit homered (12) to make it 5-1.

But the Yanks’ bullpen failed and let Baltimore tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Holder worked a 1-2-3 seventh in relief of Tanaka, but lost it in the eighth. Two walks and a single cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-2. Tommy Kahnle replaced Holder and got a flyout. However the next hitter hit a 3-run HR to tie the game. Kahnle rebounded with two strikeouts to end the inning.

With two out in the top of the ninth, guess who the next two batters are? Yup, those Oriole nemeses, Torres and Sanchez, back-to-back pinch-hitting. Torres walks. Sanchez singles. D.J. LeMahieu walks. Aaron Hicks walks to force in what was the game-winning run.

Zack Britton closed it out in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yanks’ lead remains the same, 2 over the Rays, 5 1/2 over Boston. Both teams won.

Hicks GW RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
Voit 2 hits, solo HR (12)
Urshela 2 RBI
Frazier solo HR (9)

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 5 K.  2.94
Holder (H, 1) 1 IP+, 3 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.  4.88
Kahnle (BS, 2; W, 2-0, 1.80) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Britton (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.42