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Game 97. Didi goes deep twice in Yanks’ 6-4 win. Clint Frazier with the big hit.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Brett Gardner matched his career high in HR and Didi Gregorius homered twice in the Yanks’ 6-4 win over Seattle on Sunday. It was the first time the Yanks took a series in about six weeks.

Despite their heroics, the big blow came off the bat of Clint Frazier, whose 2-run double provided the winning runs.

There are two things I hate about modern baseball. One, you have read about recently on this blog. That is managers who pull pitchers for no good reason (and Girardi did it again today) because the next inning is “not their inning”, never mind that they threw few pitches the inning before and blew people away.

The second thing I hate pertains to Frazier. When Aaron Hicks comes off the DL, the Yanks will have too many outfielders. You would have Judge (who obviously isn’t going anywhere since he’s a legit MVP candidate), Gardner, Hicks, Ellsbury and Frazier. Only a few have options. And $$$$$$$$ speaks. So even though Ellsbury is the worst of the five, and has been benched for Frazier lately, he makes $21MM a year and has that $$$$$ through 2020 with a buyout of $5MM for 2021. Ellsbury also has a no-trade clause in his contract. So guess who would have to be sent down? Frazier. Even though he has been a spark plug for this team and has been great.

How great? Only one other Yankees rookie has had as many extra base hits in his first 15 games than Frazier. It’s some guy that was once married to Marilyn Monroe. Some guy that had his #5 retired. Some Hall of Famer.

So the money talks, at the expense of the team. 

With outfielders like Frazier, and Dustin Fowler (hopefully he recovers from that gruesome injury), Billy McKinney, Jake Cave, and even Estevan Florial at Low A, and even after trading Blake Rutherford, there are a lot of OF options between now and 2020. But between now and 2020, the Yanks owe Ellsbury over $65MM.

This is a big problem. How do make room for the improving Hicks & for Clint Frazier? The Red Sox just ate $90MM of Pablo Sandoval’s salary just to get rid of him (he signed a minor league deal to go back to the Giants). What do the Yanks do with a bad contract in Ellsbury’s, when they have better kids like Frazier about to take over? How much $$ can they eat? Can they even trade Ellsbury or do they have to release him and eat $$ as they are doing with A-Rod?

A big problem. Now to the game. The win puts the Yanks at 51-46, 2 1/2 back of Boston and all alone in 2nd place in the AL East with the #1 wild card spot.

Brett Gardner led off the game with a HR. #17 ties his career high for most HR in a season. They made it 2-0 in the second on HR #13 by Didi Gregorius.

It became 3-0 in the fourth when Didi hit his second HR of the game. #14.

Luis Cessa was scratched for Caleb Smith. Smith was pitching in his second MLB game and it was his first MLB start. He pitched three scoreless innings but the wheels came off in the fourth when he gave up four runs and was knocked out.

Sonny Gray? Yu Darvish? We’ll see if the Yanks can make a deal. It won’t come cheap but the Yanks do need to add another starting pitcher. We’ll see if they do so and at what cost.

The Yanks got 3 in the sixth to win the game 6-4. With one out, Headley and Todd Frazier walked. Ronald Torreyes singled to load the bases and Gardner singled to tie the game at four.

Clint Frazier then doubled in two runs to put the Yanks up 6-4, the final score.

Once again, Joe Girardi drove me nuts by doing his by the book game. He pulled Betances after one good inning and did the same for Robertson. Meanwhile, Aroldis Chapman ran into trouble in the ninth.

Here is a novel concept, Girardi, (and I hope you can read this). If someone is doing well,


Take that book/binder and stick it where the sun doesn’t shine.

Sanchez is struggling, down to .265. Same w/Holliday, down to .238.

Gardner 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Frazier 2 RBI.
Didi 2 HR, 2 RBI.

Smith 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 8.10
Green (W, 1-0, 1.56) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Betances (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.62
Robertson (H,1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.72
Chapman (S, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.51.

As I mentioned, I didn’t like pulling Betances or Robertson for no good reason other than they pitched “their inning”. Leave them in if they are doing well. Meanwhile, Chapman struggled in the ninth.

BTW, isn’t it time to give a big shout out to Chad Green for a tremendous job he’s done this year? If the Yanks CANNOT get Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish, how about stretching Green out and starting him?


S.T. Game 31. Miller cleared, CC #5 starter, and Yanks win 3-2.


I don’t know how he is going to do it, but Andrew Miller has been cleared to pitch despite a chip fracture in his right (non-pitching) wrist. You wonder how it may affect his fielding. To me, not so much balls hit up the middle or bunts, but how about the 3-6-1 DP??

As expected, CC Sabathia was named the #5 starter over Ivan Nova. I think the salary issue had a lot to do with it. How many teams have a middle reliever/spot starter earning $25MM? (But then, look at Boston. They gave a big contract to 3B Pedro Sandoval, and in year 2 of that huge deal, Kung Fu Panda is on the bench).

The Yankees only got three hits in their exhibition game in Miami against Don Mattingly’s Marlins tonight, but two of them were HRs, and it was enough for a 3-2 win.

Brett Gardner homered in the fourth to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Marlins got one in the sixth and another in the eighth, but Lane Adams 2-run HR in the top of the ninth made the Yanks winners.

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 4 walks and 3 K. Battled. Got 16 outs, but 11 baserunners.
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Cessa (w) 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Goody. (S) 1 IP,  0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

So now that Miller is cleared, let’s look at the 25 man roster for Opening Day.

C McCann and Romine
Infield Teixeira, Castro, Gregorius, Headley, Ackley, Torreyes
DH A-Rod
OF Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Hicks


Rotation: Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Severino, CC

Bullpen: Nova, Cessa, Barbato, Shreve, Betances, Miller.


One more BP spot needs to be filled. Who gets the final spot? Yates? Chapman gets that spot once the suspension is over.



Boston binge.

It isn’t official, but it appears as if the Red Sox are landing both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” off the free agent market.

Dynasty? SF wins 3rd title in 5 years.

When you think of baseball dynasties, you think of the Ruth-Gehrig-DiMaggio-Mantle Yankees of 1921-1964. The Big Red Machine. The Bronx Zoo. The Torre Yankees of 1996-2003. When you look at the makeup of the San Francisco Giants, you don’t see dynasty. But after winning their third title in the last five years, maybe that qualifies them as one now. At the very least, with the decade half-over, they can already call themselves the team of the decade (unless someone else runs off three or four titles over the next five years). The Giants became the first road team since the 1979 Pirates to win Game 7 when they beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night.

Madison Bumgarner joined a very select group of pitchers to win three WS games in the same Series. Bumgarner got the save. For his efforts, Bumgarner was named WS MVP. 2012 WS MVP Pedro “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval went 3 for 3, Mike Morse drove in two runs, and all the damage was done by the 4-7 hitters. Neither starting pitcher went four innings. Both managers had quick hooks. SF starter Tim Hudson went just 1 2/3, and KC starter Jeremy Guthrie 3 1/3. With neither starter going five innings, the decision on who got the win came down to an official scorer’s decision. Usually, they just hand the win to the pitcher who was on the mound when the eventual game-winning run was scored. That was Jeremy Affeldt, who was credited with the win. But the official scorer did not get it right. He handed the win to Affeldt. He did not have to. This was “official scorer’s discretion” and the guy who should have been given the win was Bumgarner, who came out of the bullpen on two days rest to pitch five innings of scoreless relief and preserve a 3-2 lead. Bumgarner thus wound up winning Games 1, 5 and saving Game 7 of this WS. No guts by the official scorer there. He went “formula.”

The difference in the series turned out to be one run, and one man. And perhaps, one slip. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the fourth, Sandoval reached on an infield single. KC 2B Omar Infante made a nice play getting to the ball, but his right leg slipped out from under him as he tried to throw out Sandoval at first. Had he not slipped, who knows? That’s baseball. Sandoval eventually scored the eventual WS-winning run later that inning on a single by Morse. SF manager Bruce Bochy showed guts in going to Bumgarner. 3 titles in 5 years should put him into the HOF one day. Funny how he did go to Bumgarner after some “experts” I heard on ESPN radio said that there was no way Bumgarner should pitch, and no more than one inning. What pansies. To me, it was refreshing seeing Game 7 the way it should be. You manage that game differently than other games. The players have all offseason to rest, and although he didn’t start, Bumgarner winning pitching in a third WS game reminded me of Randy Johnson coming out of the bullpen in Game 7 of the 2001 WS (a painful memory for us Yankees fans), or Lew Burdette starting on two days rest in 1957 (another painful memory for Yankees fans),  Sandy Koufax in 1965 pitching a CG shutout on two days rest, Bob Gibson going 1-4-7 in 1967 or Mickey Lolich going 1-5-7 in 1968 (and facing and beating 1-4-7 Gibson in that 1968 Game 7). You go with your best in Game 7. You manage differently.

Bochy managed it brilliantly. If Bumgarner would have been too tired after only two days of rest, Bochy would have heard it from here to eternity. But Bochy played his trump card. He went with, and stayed with, his best. That’s one thing I’ll take out of this WS. One run, and one man (Bumgarner) made the difference. KC has nothing to be ashamed of.

So the offseason begins… with free agency, trades, etc. and oh yeah,….. A-Rod is now officially back. (Crying.).

In other news, it looks like a few moves are coming soon. Joe Maddon, who just left the Rays, is expected to take the manager job with the Cubs, and there are rumors that the Yanks are after Raul Ibanez to be their next hitting coach.

WS Game 4. SF evens it up.

Hunter Pence had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and the Giants’ bullpen tossed 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Ryan Vogelsong was knocked out in the third. Down 4-1 after 2 1/2, San Francisco came back to win 11-4 and even the World Series at two games apiece with Game 5 Sunday night.

Pablo Sandoval, seeking to become only the fourth player to win two WS MVPs in his career (Koufax, Gibson, Reggie Jackson; Sandoval won it in 2012), chipped in with two hits and two rbi.

I find it funny that there was talk over the Internet yesterday about the Giants possibly watering down the basepaths in order to slow down Kansas City’s running game. Heck, they did it in 1962 to try to slow down Maury Wills. It isn’t new… especially in San Francisco.

WS Game 1: SF wins, Sandoval ties record.

The Giants took Game 1 of the World Series, 8-3, as Pablo Sandoval hit 3 HR, tying the single game record set by Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.

Justin Verlander gave up 5 R in just 4 IP. Meanwhile, the Giants’ Barry Zito, who basically has been lousy and much overpaid since the Giants got him from the A’s, pitched 5 2/3, giving up just one run, and this on top of a good outing in the NLCS vs. St. Louis.

When Tim Lincecum (the freak) relieved Zito, it marked the first time in WS history that one CYA winner relieved another.

Sandoval, with his 3 HR, became the third Giant to hit 2 HR or more in a WS game, and you will be surprised who the others are. No Ott, Mays, McCovey or Bonds. The other two are Benny Kauff and Jeff Kent. Sandoval (Kung Fu Panda) got a single his last time up to go 4 for 4.