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Game 43. Yanks trounced, 15-4.



There isn’t a lot a good things to say about this game, or about the way the Yankees are playing right now.

They gave up 10 runs in the third inning on their way to getting trounced, 15-4. It was their ninth loss in their last ten games. From 21-12 to the current 22-21 record. From 4 games up to 1 1/2 back (still in 2nd place in the AL East).

They hope to stop the free fall tonight. I’ll be at the game, and before the game the Yanks will be honoring Bernie Williams and retiring his #51.

The Yanks hurt themselves with some poor fielding (Didi and Beltran) in that third inning, and things just snowballed. I had, and still have, a lot of reservations about CC. I think the Yanks may be paying big time for a few years for nothing. I really think he is done.  They never should have extended his original deal.

Sabathia (L, 2-6, 5.47) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Rogers 3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 4.97
Pinder 3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 2.16

Things got so bad that 1B/OF Garrett Jones was used to get the last two outs.

Jones 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00.

Belrran (3, 376 lifetime, tying Fisk and Teixeira) and Didi Gregorius (2, 2nd in two days) homered.

Game 38. It’s Headley! HR keys 5-1 win, snaps losing streak.


In the movie Blazing Saddles, Harvey Korman’s character keeps having to say that his character’s name is Headley Lamarr, not Hedy Lamarr (the famous actress).

Last night it was Headley (Chase Headley that is) that had the key blow in a 5-1 Yankees win that snapped their four-game losing streak. The Yanks are now 22-16 on the season and have a two-game lead in the A.L. East.

CC Sabathia finally gave us a vintage CC performance.

CC 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H 0 walks and 5 K. (W, 2-5, 4.67).

After that it was the tag team of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, both of whom still have ERAs of 0.00.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00.

The Yanks scored first, on three walks and a SF, in the top of the third, but CC gave the run right back in the bottom half of that frame.

In the fifth, the Yanks had two on, and Headley was up, two out, full count on him. By this time, KC starter Danny Duffy had already thrown over 100 pitches. While watching the game at a local pub, I thought “he’s over 100 pitches, he has to be getting tired and will make a mistake soon. This is a key at bat, c’mon, Headley…” So sooner did I think that than Headley hit his fifth HR of the season to make it 4-1.

A-Rod added a HR (10, 664* lifetime) in the 9th to make it 5-1. The RBI was #1991 of his career, and the hit #2970. So…. 50 HR behind the Babe, 9 RBI from 2000, 30 hits from 3000. And you wonder why, oh why….

Frankly, I am shocked at how well (.250-10-22) A-Rod is playing after having missed all of 2014 with the PED suspension and having played just 44 games in 2013 due to his second hip surgery. The guy will be 40 at the end of July. Consider this: he has 10 HR so far. The last time he topped 30 in a season? 2008. SEVEN years ago.  He hasn’t hit 20 in a season since 2010, five years ago.

Of course, since 2010 (when he played in 137 games) he has played in the following number of games:

2011: 99; 2012: 122: 2013: 44: 2014: NONE.

Game 33. Bronx Bombers! 5 HRs help CC to his first win of the year, 11-5.


CC Sabathia finally got his first win of the year as the Yanks bombed out five home runs in a 11-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The win raises the Yanks’ record to 21-12. That means after a 1-4 start, they have gone 20-8. Red hot. They are in first with a 4-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks got one in the first on an A-Rod HR. HR #662* (8th on the season) made it 1-0. His two hits tonight put him at 2965 for his career and it was RBI #1989. (Unfortunate that asterisks are needed for all accomplishments. Pity).

After the Rays tied it in the bottom of the first, the Yanks went bombs away. In that bottom of the first, for the second time in a week, Brett Gardner threw out a runner. I still don’t know why he hasn’t won the Gold Glove yet.

Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR in the 4th to make it 4-1. (4)

Carlos Beltran, who went some 160 at bats between career HR #373 and #374 (hit yesterday), wasted no time in getting #2 on the season and #375 of his career, making it 5-1 in the fifth.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR in the sixth to make it 8-1 (3). Headley’s SF in the 7th made it 9-1.

CC was doing fine until the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 2 HR (back-to-back) and kind of stained his outing tonight. That made it 9-4.

David Carpenter gave up a run in the 8th to make it 9-5, but Mark Teixeira hit HR #11 on the season (#374 of HIS career, tying Colavito) for the final tally of 11-5. Teix was 4 for 5 tonight. Headley had 4 rbi.

CC 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER,  6 H, 2 walks and 9 K. (W, 1-5, 5.20)
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Apparently Jorge Posada has a book coming out and apparently he still holds a grudge about losing his catching job in 2011 and becoming just a DH. Sad to hear. All things must pass, and with Jorge’s defense drawing criticism in his last few years, it may be his ego talking. Sad that after some time away, he is still bitter about it.

Game 28. Yanks lose 5-1. What to do with CC?


The Yanks lost Wednesday evening 5-1, and an interesting question is looming. What will or can the Yankees do with CC Sabathia? 

In a few weeks, Chris Capuano will be coming back. Same with Ivan Nova. Both are starting rehabs. The same with Tanaka when he is ready.

Normally, the answer would be obvious. They replace the worst pitcher in the rotation with someone who will be better.

Well, here are some numbers.

4-0, 2.97; 2-1, 3.22 (on DL); 2-0, 3.81; 2-1, 4.78; 1-0, 0.75 (two starts)…

and 0-5, 5.45. The 0-5 (leads MLB in losses) is CC.

The Yanks are 17-11, 17-6 if you take away CC.

Normally the answer is obvious, you would take that pitcher out of the rotation, but the problem here is that this pitcher is making $23MM this year, $25MM next year and there is a $25MM vesting option for 2017 (with conditions). That is a lot of money to eat.

CC’s problems have not been short-term. This isn’t a blip. He is 17-22, 4.94 since 2012. If he wasn’t CC, and wasn’t earning all that money, he would be a #5 starter trying to hold on to his job. Right now, I cringe when his turn in the rotation comes up.

So normally, the Yanks would just replace CC in the rotation when someone, like Nova, is ready. But in this case, it isn’t that easy. It’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do.

CC went 6 1/3, 4 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 4 K. Not terrible, but he needs run support now, is not an ace, and the Yanks didn’t give him any run support last night. 0-5, 5.45. You wonder when he will get that first win of the season.

You wonder what happens in a few weeks if CC continues to be winless, has an ERA over 5.00, and the others are ready.

Rogers 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.89.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61.

To be fair, the Yanks only scored one run on seven hits. Two hits were by just recalled Jose Pirela, who replaced Gregorio Petit, who was placed on the DL.

A-Rod got hit #2960, 40 away from 3000.

The win against the Yanks was a long time coming for Mark Buehrle. The Yanks had owned him. It was Buehrle’s first win over the Yanks since 2004.

Game 23. A-Rod’s HR wins game, ties Mays.


In the top of the 8th, Alex Rodriguez HR not only tied Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time HR list with 660*, but it broke a 2-2 tie and was the deciding run in a 3-2 Yankees win over Boston. (Asterisk because of the PED situation).Beltran,

The PH HR was hit #2956 and RBI # 1983 of Alex’s career. Now we see about that $6MM bonus and how much the Yanks will fight paying it due to what they argue is not a marketable milestone due to the steroids suspension.

The HR was the game’s deciding blow in a 3-2 Yanks win that puts them at 14-9 for the year.

The Yanks struck in the first on a Beltran double.

With Tanaka down, the Yanks need CC to step up and be a semblance of the old CC. He came into the game 0-4.  He gave up a run in the fourth, one in the fifth, but was effective tonight.

CC 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 3 K. He stays at 0-4, drops the ERA to 5.40.

The Yanks tied the game in the seventh on a McCann single.

A-Rod’s Willie Mays-tying HR in the 8th was the game-winner.

Rogers (W, 1-1, 2.20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

After A-Rod gave the Yanks the lead, it was …. cue the song…. Closing Time.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00.

Miller 1 IP, (9th save), 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00.

I apologize, but there will be no minor league report today. I have to open up at work tomorrow, so this will be it tonight.

Game 21. Yanks win, but Tanaka goes on the DL


You win some, you lose some. Chase Whitley came up from the minors today to provide the rotation an extra day off. The way things have worked out, maybe he came up to be PART of the rotation for the next couple of weeks.

For the Yanks put Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day DL today with a strained forearm and tendonitis in his wrist. You have to wonder if this is an aftereffect of trying to take strain off of that partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Expect him to miss a month, so we are talking Memorial Day, here.

Whitley was effective tonight, if not efficient. He gave up just one run in 5 IP, but had to be pulled because of the pitch count. 93 pitches in 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The win, ERA 1.80. But with what I wrote earlier, he may need to stick around.  Update: He will be sticking in the rotation with Tanaka out. Because of the DL of Tanaka, Petit can be brought back earlier than usual. (He was sent down for Whitley).

Which means with Tanaka out, CC Sabathia, with an 0-4 record and an ERA near 6.00, better pick it up. 

The Yanks used their speed tonight, esp. from Ellsbury and Gardner, to get the win, along with clutch hitting by Brian McCann. They scored two in the first.

Ellsbury singled, stole second (6, he would get another SB later; he was 3 for 4 with 2 SB), advanced to third on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Gardner. Later in the inning, Teix and McCann had back-to-back doubles to make it 2-0 Yanks. McCann wound up with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

Whitley stumbled in the third, giving up a run to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Ellsbury singled and Gardner singled him to third.  Gardner stole second (6) to avoid the DP. After Teix struck out, McCann doubled in two to make it 4-1.

In the top of the sixth, with Whitley out, Shreve came in and he didn’t have it. Walk, Triple to make it 4-2. He then got a big out with a K. Rogers, who was a star tonight, got a K and a ground out to keep it 4-2.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.25.

Rogers  2 2/3 IP. 0R, 1 H, 1 walk and 5K. GREAT job, and it let Betances and Miller each get a day of rest. 2.35. Huge outing.

Martin (S, 1). 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.70.

The win puts the Yanks at 13-8 and with a 2-game lead in the AL East.

A sad situation in Baltimore. Riots forced fans to stay in their seats the other night because of riots in Baltimore. Games were ppd. last night and tonight. The game Wed. afternoon will be played in front of NOBODY because of the riots. Baltimore’s weekend games against the Rays will be move to Tampa Bay — with the Orioles as the HOME team —- because of what is going on. Sad.


Game 18. CC drops to 0-4 as Yanks lose 8-2.


I thought this a few weeks ago, and still think it. The biggest problems the Yankees will have this year are CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran. If I am wrong, I invite both players to prove me wrong. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, because I believe both players are done.

Beltran, 38, didn’t play today against the Mets, but early reports aren’t good on him. Scouts are not impressed, and the Yanks are on the hook for him not only this year but next year as well for about $15MM next season. As of now, Beltran is .173-0-7, OPS+ 49. He just turned 38 and in 123 games as a Yankee, last year and this year, has posted a line of .226-15-56, OPS+ 92.

CC dropped to 0-4, 5,96 with the loss today, that snapped a four-game Yankees’ winning streak. The Yanks are 10-8 on the season, 10-4 if you take away CC. He gave up 7 R in 5 IP, today, 9 hits, 0 walks, 2 K and 3 HR. One telling play was this: CC has always been a big guy. As a lefty, he falls off the mound toward first base, making covering first base when he needs to, a struggle. After last year’s knee surgery, it is more difficult, and just about impossible from what I have seen so far. If I were another team, I’d push bunts up the first base line on him.

Not only that, but CC’s last really strong performance was in winning Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS over Baltimore 3-1. He got blown out of ALCS Game 4 against Detroit (the Yanks’ last postseason game. They were swept, and in Game 1 of that series, Jeter broke his ankle. You can make the case that Jeter, and the Yankees, have never and were never the same since). Well, since that ALCS Game 4 that CC was blown out in, he is 17-21 with an ERA of 4.97. That isn’t a blip. That is a trend. That is an ERA+ about 80 or so. 20% below league average. He is getting $23MM this year, $25MM next year, and there is a vesting option for $25MM for 2017. This is a huge problem for the Yanks, because CC looks nothing like an ace right now. Personally, I think he looks more like a #5 pitcher looking to keep his job. I hope I am wrong, but results are results.

Esmiel Rogers 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.84.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.68.

Mark Teixeira got a HR in the game, (8, 371 of his career).

I hope I am wrong and that my eyes are deceiving me. But CC and Beltran look done. What the Yanks do about that, and their contracts, will be interesting.