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Game 137. D.J.’s walkoff HR in 11th wins it for Yanks, 4-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One you didn’t expect to get a win from.

The pitchers gave up 8 hits, but 10 walks, in 11 innings. In and out of trouble. Messy.

The hitters only got six hits, but four were solo HRs.

Finally! The Yanks (89-48) beat the A’s (who have basically had their number for a while), 4-3 in 11 innings.

Before the game, CC placed back on the IL, and Jonathan Loaisiga brought back up.

I’ll be at Sunday’s game.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the bottom of the second on the first of two Gary Sanchez HR’s for the today. #31.

Domingo German gave up a 2-run HR in the fourth that put the A’s up 2-1.

Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the day, #32, tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.

The A’s got a run in the top of the seventh that put them up 3-2. It probably shouldn’t have been. It appeared that the RBI double was actually a foul ball.

Aaron Judge tied it in the bottom of the eighth with HR #19.

LeMahieu’s walkoff HR (24) in the bottom of the 11th won it.

In between, the A’s kept putting runners on, but couldn’t put the Yanks away, going 1 for 10 with RISP and stranding 15, and the Yanks struck out 15x in the game.

Zach Britton had to leave the game with a cramp in a calf muscle.

LeMahieu solo walkoff HR (24)
Judge solo HR (19)
Sanchez two solo HR (32)
Luke Voit the golden sombrero. 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

German was pulled due to pitch count and innings limit.

German 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.01.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1 HBP.  4.87
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1 HBP.  1.72
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.17
Britton 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.15
Green 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  5.01
Chapman 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.22
Gearrin (W, 1-2, 4.08) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The win keeps the Yanks 10 up on Tampa Bay in the AL East and reduces the magic # for clinching the division to 16.

They are a game up on Houston for best record in the AL and one up on the Dodgers (as we await the final of their game Saturday) for best record in the majors.


Game 136. Yanks’ bullpen comes up short in 8-2 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Luke Voit reactivated off the IL, but Gio Urshela goes on it.

CC Sabathia’s knee acted up yet again, and he had to leave after three innings tonight. CC is “limping” to the finish line of his career. Literally and figuratively. As much as I am rooting for and respecting CC, there is a big part of me that wishes he would have retired after last year. If you are a starter who will be going on the IL 3 or 4 times over the course of a season, and who can’t give more than five innings, then let’s face it, you aren’t giving much. I really wonder if CC is worth having on the postseason roster. Remember that you don’t think with your heart, you think with your brain. Sentiment doesn’t win titles. If the knee is OK, then maybe CC works as a guy who comes out of the bullpen to get a tough lefty out. I also worry about teams bunting against him in the postseason. He doesn’t get off the mound well or cover first base well anymore. He’s 39. It’s time. I really wonder if he has another win in him. It’s been a couple of months since the last one.

I’m rooting for him. But you have to face facts. He’s at the end of the line, and it’s a good thing he did announce that this is his last year.

You don’t want someone like him to hang on and embarrass himself.

A knee replacement will be in his future. You hope it goes well and that he can live the rest of his life normally.

The A’s have the Yanks’ number, beating them yet again, 8-2. They have won each of the games against them this year and are 33-17 against the Yanks going back to the middle of 2012. At least the Yanks beat them in the wild card game last year.

The A’s got a run in the second on a HR off of CC. The Yanks tied it in the third when Didi Gregorius bounced into a force out with the bases loaded.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth when with the bases loaded, Mike Tauchman GIDP.

Luis Cessa did provide two innings of scoreless relief of CC after CC was forced to leave, and the Yanks led 2-1 after five innings, but the A’s teed off on Tommy Kahnle, Cory Gearrin and Nestor Cortes, Jr. for the 8-2 win.

Tampa Bay won so the Yanks lead was cut to 10 and the magic # remains 17.

Judge 2 hits
Voit 2 hits

Sabathia 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.   4.93
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.99
Kahnle (L, 3-1, 3.19; BS, 4) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.
Gearrin 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  4.26
Cortes, Jr. 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.58  Gave up 1 HR.


Game 131. Yanks fall 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a good game, 2-1, that had a controversial ending.

It came down to a battle of HRs. Justin Turner hit a 2-run HR for the Dodgers in the bottom of the third, and Aaron Judge a solo HR (15) for the Yanks in the top of the fourth and that was all the scoring.

CC went four. He hasn’t won in two months, is stuck with Bob Gibson at 251 wins and you wonder when or if he will get another win, especially since he sometimes doesn’t even go the five innings to qualify for one anymore.

Except for that one mistake to Turner, he pitched well today.

The story of the game is the top of the ninth. Didi led off, tried to get on base by beating the shift with a bunt. But he fouled off both the 3-1 and 3-2 pitches to strike out. On the 3-2 pitch, instead of just laying it down, he jabbed at it. Fatal mistake.

Gleyber Torres then singled, and then Brett Gardner beat out an infield hit. Gio Urshela hit a slow roller and the Dodgers went for the force at second. Gardner was ruled out but he and the ball got there almost simultaneously. The slide was hard, but good and clean and Max Muncy, the Dodgers’ 2B, was shaken up and hurt. Gleyber Torres saw that and tried to come home.

But time was called by Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen while Torres was starting to come home.

A review showed Gardner was safe, but instead of granting Torres home to tie the game, he was sent back to third.

The Yanks had bases loaded, one out, but both Mike Tauchman and Gary Sanchez struck out.

Should Torres have been granted home and the game be tied? Tough call. But that call decided the game.

But hey, there was still bases loaded, one out, and Tauchman and Sanchez couldn’t come through.

That ending had a postseason feel to it, and if this WAS a WS game, it would be talked about for ages.

Tampa lost, so the Yanks’ (84-47) lead remains at 8 and the magic # is now 24.

Judge solo HR (15).
Torres 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 5-8, 4.99) 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Gearrin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.86
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.  5.23
Ottavino 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1.63
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.22

On a sad note, I lost an uncle this morning. He was 90. My confirmation godfather. Kind, gentle man who will be missed. Godspeed, Uncle John.



Game 126. Yanks fall, 8-4. Now head West.

Yankee Stadium Frieze


The Yanks (83-43) lost today to Cleveland, 8-4, and now head west to face the A’s, Dodgers and Mariners. They are off tomorrow (Monday).

CC came off the IL today, and as I expected, was rusty. He’s been stuck with Bob Gibson (who is ailing, 84, and unfortunately, has pancreatic cancer) at 251 career wins for a while now. Two months.

CC Up, Ryan Dull down.

Thairo Estrada to the IL (hamstring), Tyler Wade up.

Frankly, and sorry if I offend anyone, I didn’t really want CC back this year. He is now 5-7, ERA over 5, and I expected he would not be that effective. He is now 39, and while it’s nice to have him end his career as a Yankee, what has he actually given us this year? 5-7, ERA over 5. Not much. He’s a below average #5 starter who has been on the IL twice, has a bad knee that will probably need a replacement soon, and who (I hate to say this) is best left OFF the postseason roster. 

Sentiment does not win you titles.

This isn’t a knock on CC, but it’s time. His tank is empty, or almost empty, and it’s showing. He’s run out of, or is extremely low on bullets.

Even when good, he won’t give you more than five innings. I want starters to get me into the seventh, and almost NO ONE gets me that far.

You wonder, with 36 games left, if CC gets ANOTHER MLB victory. It probably will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get another. He’s getting out at the right time.

My biggest fear come October is who in this rotation do you trust to win a must-win game who will give you seven or more innings.

That worries me.

CC gave up 4 runs, inc. a 3-run HR, in the second.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. gave up another HR in the fourth, 5-0.

Cleveland  gets a run in the sixth, 6-0.

At this point I was wondering if the Yanks would score at all. They did, extending this current streak of not being shut out to 208, 100 short of the all-time MLB record of 308, set by the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees of 1931-1933.

D.J. LeMahieu kept that streak alive in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (21).

Top of the eighth, Cleveland gets a 2-run HR. 8-2.

The Yanks got two in the bottom of the ninth. Gleyber Torres HBP. One out later, Tauchman and LeMahieu (RBI) single, 8-3. Aaron Judge doubles in a run, 8-4, but that is the final.

Tampa Bay won, cutting the Yanks’ lead in the AL East to 9 1/2. The magic # for clinching the division stays at 28.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI (2-run HR (21))  .339
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 5-7, 5.01)  3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes, Jr.  2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   4.56    Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa  3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.36   Gave up 1 HR.


Game 125. Yanks hit 4 HR (2 by Gleyber), beat Indians 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (83-42) edged out Cleveland, 6-5 on Saturday afternoon, hitting four HR in the process.

Manager Aaron Boone, as well as Brett Gardner and CC Sabathia were ejected for arguing balls and strikes. For Gardner, it was for banging his bat against the dugout roof in protest. He’s finding out umps don’t like that, even if he doesn’t actually SAY anything.

James Paxton once again had the first inning blues, giving up two runs. He came into the game with a first inning ERA of 10.71 and that will go up. Maybe the Yanks should use an opener when he pitches so he starts in inning number two?

The Yanks got a run back in the second when with two out, Cameron Maybin walked and scored on a single by Mike Tauchman in which the OF made an error. Maybin scored on the error, but Tauchman was thrown out trying for second.

The Yanks tied it in the third when Austin Romine singled and was forced out by Thairo Estrada. With two out, Estrada stole second and then scored on a single by D.J. LeMahieu.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Didi Gregorius (11) and Gleyber Torres (28) in the fourth to go up 4-2.

Paxton gave up two runs in the top of the fifth. Tie game.

Bottom of the fifth: LeMahieu homers (20). Yanks up 5-4.

Torres hit his second HR of the game (29) in the sixth, and the Yanks went up 6-4.

Cleveland got a run off of Zack Britton in the eighth, 6-5.

Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

We’ll have to see what Tampa Bay does, but going into that game, the Yanks’ lead over them is 11 games and the magic # drops to 28.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI, .338, solo HR (20)
Gregorius solo HR (11)
Torres 2 solo HR (29)

Paxton (W, 9-6, 4.53) 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K
Ottavino (H, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.67
Kahnle (H, 23) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.82
Britton (H, 27) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.26
Chapman (S, 34) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.36

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


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?



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.