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Game 95. Yanks fall, 5-2. Hit break 4 1/2 back.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Cleveland today (Sunday), 5-2, and because Boston won, the 62-33 Yanks hit the All-Star break 4 1/2 games behind Boston.

They next play on Friday at home against the Mets. The rotation after the break will be German, Gray, Tanaka vs the Mets, then Severino (Rays), then CC as Boone gives Severino and CC a little extra recovery time.

Clint Frazier was sent back down to SWB after the game.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the first inning but didn’t score.

In the third, Gardner singled and went to second on a WP. One out later, Didi singled but Gardner had to be held at third. After yet another out, Hicks singled in Gardner.

Neil Walker homered (3) in the fourth to put the Yanks up 2-0, but the offense couldn’t score after that.

Tanaka gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game. In fifteen starts this year, there have been only two in which Tanaka didn’t give up a HR.

In the eighth, Chad Green gave up 3 runs, including one on a HR, and the Yanks were sunk.

Stanton 2 hits
Walker solo HR.

Tanaka 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.54
Green (L, 5-2, 2.74) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.

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Game 94. Yanks edge Indians, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cardinals have fired their manager and have named an interim manager for now. Do not be surprised if Joe Girardi soon becomes their permanent manager.

The Yanks edged Cleveland Saturday night 5-4 to go to 62-32 on the season and remain 3 1/2 back of Boston. The Red Sox, down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, tied it up in the ninth and got a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth. Ugh.

Is this what 1954 felt like, when the Yanks won 103 and finished 8 back of Cleveland (who were swept in the WS by the NY Giants)?

Hopefully we catch up soon.

Didi Gregorius hit a 3-run HR in the first (17) to put the Yanks up 3-0.

CC gave up a HR (29) to Jose Ramirez in the bottom of the first. 3-1 Yanks.

Cleveland got a run in the bottom of the third to cut it to 3-2, but Greg Bird homered (8) in the top of the sixth to make it 4-2.

Shortly before Bird’s HR, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was ejected when he tried to say that Stanton fouled a ball off rather than having it hit him while he was swinging and striking out.

Lately, say in the last two weeks or so, the Yanks have been bad in leaving the starting pitcher in a batter or inning too long. It happened the last time CC pitched, it happened when Tanaka came off the DL, it happened the other night with German and it happened again tonight, once again with CC.

In the bottom of the sixth, a strikeout,  single and walk. CC then got a ground out that moved the runners up. Here I would have pulled him. Two out, men on second and third, a righty hitter up. I would have pulled him for Robertson, Holder or Green here. Instead, an infield single and BOTH runners score to tie the game. Nice stop by Andujar on the play, but bad throw home (too high) by Bird to try to nail the runner.

Just me, but I don’t think CC should have been left in to face the righty batter there.

In the top of the seventh, Romine doubled, and the OF made an error, moving Romine to third….but it didn’t stop there. In trying to nail Romine at third, the cutoff man, the second baseman, threw the ball into the Indians’ dugout, enabling Romine to score what turned out to be the winning run. Double and 2 errors on the play.

The Yanks got lucky in the ninth, when the lead off hitter hit a popup that wasn’t caught. Andujar and Romine collided on the foul popup and it dropped. It was Romine’s ball, Andujar (who got the error) should have been called off by the pitcher, Chapman. He got the hitter, so no harm, no foul, but a messy, sloppy play that should not have happened.

Didi 2 hits, 3-run HR.
Bird solo HR.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.51
Robertson (W, 7-3, 3.09) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.61
Chapman (S, 26) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.35

Chapman will show at the All Star Game but won’t pitch in order to save that knee.

Game 93. Yanks fall, 6-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far this year, I think Aaron Boone has done a fine job, but this past week leads to some second guessings.

You don’t want to burn out your bullpen too early in the year, but in the past week, we’ve seen CC, Tanaka, and tonight German, be left in perhaps one inning too long.

That isn’t all on Boone, but it does accentuate the need for the Yanks to get another starter. It is becoming more and more apparent how much losing Jordan Montgomery (35 MLB starts, 11-7, 3.84, ERA+ 117—-17% ABOVE league average) hurt. 

The Yanks won’t be able to catch Boston with 2/5 of the rotation being Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46, ERA+ 78) and Domingo German (2-5, 5.49, ERA+ around 77). 100 ERA+ means league average. Gray and German are over 20 percent worse than league average. The two combined are 8-12, ERA about 5.47. That won’t get it done.

They need to find another starter.

German, for whatever reason, struggles in the first inning. He gave up 1 run in the first and 3 more runs in the second.

The Yanks got 3 in the fifth on a double by Bird, walk to Andujar and double by Walker that plated one run. A second run scored on a WP. Later in the inning, Gardner’s SF plated a third run.

But right after the Yanks got back into the game by cutting it from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the fifth, German gave two runs right back.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth, but Boone made a bad decision this inning that could have cost the Yanks the game and opened himself up to a lot of second-guessing. Wade doubled, went to third on a PB and scored on a groundout. 6-4 Indians. Judge was HBP. But with Judge on first and one out, Hicks struck out and Judge was caught stealing. A strike him out, throw him out DP—with Stanton on deck.

Even if Judge makes it, Cleveland probably walks Stanton intentionally to set up a force at any base and pitches to Bird instead.

Now I am aggressive as anyone, but there, I keep Judge at first, don’t send him, and that way I keep Stanton as the tying run, in case he hits a HR… which he later did.

Of course, he did it with a different pitcher on the mound, and in a different situation. But Stanton homered (23) to lead off the ninth to make it 6-5. But that’s where it ended.

Boston FINALLY lost, so the Yanks (61-32) stay 3 1/2 back.

Gardner 2 rbi.
Stanton HR #23
Bird 2 hits
Wade 2 hits.

Wade has had a 2-hit and 3-hit game in the past week. Maybe the Yanks (until Torres returns) should play him more than Walker?

Walker seems to be this year’s version of Chris Carter. A guy the Yanks are holding on to far too long, far after it is apparent he isn’t doing anything for you, but a guy the Yanks don’t want to admit they made a mistake on.

So at 61-32, the Yanks are 45-18 with Torres, 16-14 without. Now Torres, although probably the favorite for Rookie of the Year so far (Ohtani and Andujar would be in the mix), won’t win the MVP, he should draw some MVP consideration based on those numbers.

German (L, 2-5, 5.49) 4 + IP, 6 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  1.85
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.54.

German looks like he has good stuff. He can’t channel it or be consistent with it. He’s had chances. He hasn’t taken advantage of them. You wonder how many more chances he will have. He could have taken the bull by the horns. He hasn’t.

David Hale signed with a Korea team.

Aroldis Chapman will rest his aching knee and not pitch in the All Star Game.

 

Game 91. Orioles get slammed by the Bird. Wade hits first MLB HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (60-31) shut out Baltimore 9-0 on Wednesday night to stay 3 1/2 back of Boston (65-29) in the AL East (Boston has won what, 9 in a row? Yanks getting no help).

This is the Sonny Gray we hope to see but can he do this against teams better than 26-67 Baltimore?

The Yanks got five runs in the third. With one out, Gardner walked, Judge singled him to third, and after a fielder’s choice out at home, Stanton singled in a run. A walk to Hicks loaded the bases and Bird hit a grand slam (7th HR) off the foul pole to make it 5-0.

Tyler Wade hit his first MLB HR in the sixth to make it 6-0.

Austin Romine’s HR in the seventh, (6), added to his career high total for most in a year. 7-0 Yanks.

To the eighth, and Didi doubled and went to third on a single by Stanton. An error made it 8-0.

To the ninth, and the Yanks made it 9-0. A single by Clint Frazier, walk to Hicks and single by Stanton made it 9-0.

Stanton 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Bird Grand Slam 4 RBI.
Romine 2 hits, solo HR.
Wade 3 hits, first MLB HR. Probably best game ever in the majors.

Gray (6-7, 5.46) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. The Gray we want to see.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.97 (But 0.48 as a Yankee!)
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.    4.83

As I expected, Giancarlo Stanton did NOT win the final vote to get on the All-Star team.  Tough to do so when in the few games to do so, your team is on the road.

I won’t comment on any trade rumors. I will comment if and when a deal is done.

Game 89. Yanks salvage split, 10-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With the Red Sox winning their seventh in a row, it was imperative for the Yanks to win the second game of today’s DH to remain, at 59-30, 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East race. They did so with a 10-2 win.

If I would have asked you this morning who you had greater confidence in, CC or Cessa, what would your answer have been? For it was Cessa, not CC, who came up big.

In this game, a single by Gardner and one-out double by Didi brought home a run in the first.

In the fourth, Walker got a bunt hit with two out and Gardner HR (7) to make it 3-0.

To the fifth. Double by Stanton, WP, and Single by Bird. 4-0.

8th inning. With two out, double by Clint Frazier, who was having a rough day, and 2-run HR by Romine (5) make it 6-0. Walker and Gardner double to make it 7-0. A WP and 2 walks load the bases. An error makes it 8-0.

Baltimore got a 2-run HR in the eighth, 8-2.

In the ninth, Andujar doubles. Frazier walks. Romine doubles in Andujar, Frazier nailed at home. With two out, Gardner singles in Romine. 10-2.

Gardner 4 hits, scored 3, HR, drove in 3
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Didi 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Romine 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Neil Walker 2 hits.

Cessa (W, 1-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Not high on Cessa, but great today!
Gallegos (S,1) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.50

Update: With Stanton on the road all week, and Benintendi and Boston at home, I have a feeling about that “last man” vote, and that feeling isn’t good for Stanton.

 

Game 88. 1st game of DH. Yanks lose, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Game 1 of today’s DH. A disappointing 5-4 loss to Baltimore (now 25-65) which drops the 58-30 Yanks 2 1/2 back of Boston. I was born after 1954, but anyone remember 1954? After winning 5 WS in a row,  the 1954 Yankees went 103-51 but finished 8 games back of Cleveland, who were swept in the WS. Those 1954 Yankees were the only team Casey Stengel had that won more than 100 in a season. Chasing Boston this year makes me think of 1954. Hope it doesn’t wind up like that.

This was a very disappointing loss to a team that even after this win, was just 25-65.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the second on a HR by Stanton (22). They got 2 in the third on a double by Higashioka, single by Wade which moved Higa to 3rd. Hicks grounded into a DP, Wade moving to second, but Judge then singled in one run,  and moving to second on the play at the plate. Didi then singled in Judge. Up 3-0, CC on the mound.

But they blew it. CC gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the fourth, 3-2.

In the sixth, Stanton singled, moved up on a groundout, and scored on a single by Neil Walker, 4-2.

But they tried to push CC past the fifth inning, and in the sixth, a walk, double, and 3-run HR cost the Yanks the game, 5-4.

In the ninth, the Yanks got a runner on third with one out, but Higashioka struck out and Gardner grounded out.

Higashioka is like, 5 for 38 in his MLB career, 3 HR, 1 double, but I wonder if a squeeze was in play there. I don’t know if Higgy can bunt, but…. 5 for 38 is 5 for 38. A squeeze play may have been in order there.  He struck out and Gardner (PH for Wade) grounded out.

The Yanks struck out 12x in the game, Clint Frazier 3x.

Stanton 2 hits, HR, RBI.

Sabathia (L, 6-4, 3.34)  5+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  1.98
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 5.33 (W/NYY combined).

 

4, maybe 5 Yankees All-Stars; 1, maybe 2 starters.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All-Star rosters were named today, and the Yankees have 4, maybe 5 All-Stars.

Named were:

Aaron Judge, starting OF.
Luis Severino, who could be the starting P.
Gleyber Torres, who probably will be replaced due to injury.
Aroldis Chapman.

For Torres, 21, who didn’t even begin the year with the team, what an honor.

The Yanks could have a fifth All-Star. Giancarlo Stanton is one of the five players on the Final-Man vote. One problem…. the Yanks are on the road all week, so he won’t get the votes as if he were at home. One of his competitors for the award is Boston’s Benintendi.