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Giants oust Mets, some Yankee moves.

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Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.

Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.

Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.

Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.

Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.

Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.

ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.

A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.

Yates was 2-1, 5.23.

Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.

CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.

Game 160. Yanks lose, 8-1.

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There isn’t much to write about regarding this one. On a lousy weather night for a game, the Yanks only got one run on three hits and lost to Baltimore 8-1.

Michael Pineda was victimized by the HR ball again as Baltimore got 2 in the fourth and 6 in the fifth. The Orioles belted 3 HR in that fifth inning, two off Pineda.

While we root for the Yanks to have success, every year there are players that make you shake your head.

For me, that is Pineda right now. So much talent and potential, so little results.

Sterling and Waldman were mentioning his lack of results on the radio last night.

One thing is for sure, the Yanks need to upgrade their starting pitching for 2017. How, is a good question. The free agent market for starters is weak. It’d have to be via trade, and that will make this off-season very interesting.

The Yanks could go after Chapman on the free agent market. He won’t come cheap. Then they can move Betances to the 8th, and Warren and Clippard can move up, to the sixth and seventh.

But they really need some young pitchers to develop, especially starters.

Green? Cessa? Mitchell? A rookie like Enns, Adams, both high up in the system? How far away are Justus Sheffield and James Kaprielian?

They also need power in the outfield, which is why Gardner or Ellsbury may be dealt. You can’t have three outfielders out there where none can hit 15 HR. The Yanks are finding out that they can have either Gardy or Ells, but not both.

It’ll be an interesting off-season for Brian Cashman.

Pineda (L, 6-12, 4.82) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Pazos 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 13.50
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K.5.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.18
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.43

Game 150. Sanchez does it again! Yanks win 5-3.

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Forgive me for a moment as I play devil’s advocate.

If you are the manager of another team, and the score is tied, and the other team has runners on 2nd and 3rd with two out…

and the HOTTEST hitter in baseball is up at the plate…

do you pitch to him? Or walk him to load the bases for the next hitter, hoping for a force at any base?

And if you are the owner of a manager who decides to pitch to him anyway, only to see that batter hit a 3-run homer that wins the game, do you fire that manager?

For that is exactly what happened in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Of the 16 outs Michael Pineda recorded for the Yanks tonight, 11 were by strikeout. He gave up a two-run triple in the third to put the Yanks in a 2-0 hole.

Mark Teixeira hit a HR in the fourth to cut it to 2-1. Teix’s 13th HR of the year was #407 of his career, tying him with Duke Snider on the all-time HR list.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams each singled. 1st and 3rd, one out. As I mentioned before, I think the Yanks should look at dealing Gardner for a decent starting pitcher and look into giving the LF job to Williams in 2017. He might platoon with Frazier (Williams vs. RHP,  Frazier or Hicks vs. Lefties).

Gardner singled to tie the game, Williams going to third. Gardner stole 2nd while Hicks (just off the DL) stuck out.

So 2 out. Men on 2nd and 3rd, tie game. Sanchez up and 1st base open. Would you pitch to the hottest hitter in baseball or walk him?

Fortunately for us Yankees fans, Tampa Bay manager pitched to Sanchez. He should be fired for his decision. Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (17) to the delight of us Yankees fans.

Was he kidding? Pitching to Sanchez right now?

Thank you very much, Kevin Cash.

In the 8th, a triple and WP let the Rays score a run.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 11 K. 4.89
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.24 (Bos/NYY).
Once again, Girardi uses Layne for just 1 batter. AAAARGH! At least THIS time, it didn’t burn him.

Severino (w, 3-8, 5.88) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Clippard (H, 23)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.22 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 12) 1 P, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.79.

Anthony Swarzak was called back to the Yanks, the other day.

The win puts the Yanks at 78-72 with 12 games left.

 

The Minors. SWB wins International League championship. Trenton loses.

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AAA: SWB won the Governor’s Cup, the International League Championship, with a 3-0 win on Friday night to take the series three games to one. Mark Payton had 3 hits, a triple, 2 RBI. Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

AA: Trenton lost the Eastern League title, as they were swept three games to none. They lost Game 3 by the score of 2-1. Justus Sheffield was a bit wild, 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 walks, 5 K. Anthony Swarzak (yup, all the way down here) gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning. Sebastian Valle a solo HR. Trenton managed just four hits, two by Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).

Game 125. Torreyes, Ellsbury back CC in Yanks’ 5-1 win.

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I will be out of town this weekend. There will be no reports, major or minor leagues, for the games played Friday and Saturday.

For his first 11 starts, CC was great, even though his record may not have showed it due to a lack of run support. His next 11 starts, not so good.

CC was very good last night as the Yanks beat Seattle 5-1.

Before the game, Anthony Swarzak was put on the DL with rotator cuff inflammation and Ben Heller was brought up.

CC got help from Ronald (the Mighty Mite) Torreyes and Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple of Mariner errors helped also.

In the second, Aaron Judge reached on an error. After a walk to Aaron Hicks, Torreyes doubled in Judge. Torreyes, who must be 5’7″, 160 lbs dripping wet and wearing lifts, has shown some pop for his size. If you didn’t know better, you’d mistake him for the batboy.

After Seattle got a run in the third to tie the game—with help of a triple misplayed by Judge—the Yanks went ahead to stay in the fifth.

Torreyes doubled and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (6).

In the sixth, Mark Teixeira doubled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a SF by Judge.

The Yanks got their last run in the ninth when Ellsbury reached on a two-base error and scored on a double by Didi Gregorius.

CC’s win was #222 of his career. It passed Joe Niekro on the all-time list and ties him with Tim Hudson and Jerry Koosman.

Sabathia (w, 8-10, 4.33) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 7 K.
Layne (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.57 (Bos/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks 2 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are now 64-61.

Game 124. Yanks waste multi-homer games by Sanchez & Castro in 7-5 loss.

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So far, Gary Sanchez looks like the second coming of Johnny Bench.

Anthony Swarzak, however, is not the second coming of say, Jeff Nelson.

Sanchez and Starlin Castro each hit two home runs in Monday night’s game vs. Seattle, but Seattle countered with some homers of their own, and three-run shots trump solo shots as the Yanks couldn’t hold onto leads Sanchez and Castro gave them. The 7-5 loss drops the Yanks to 63-61.

Sanchez hit his first HR of the game in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Castro hit his first HR of the game to make it 2-0 in the second.

But in the fourth, Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR to Kyle Seager on a 3-0 pitch. Seattle gave Seager the green light and he took advantage of it. 3-2 Seattle.

Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the game (8), a 2-run shot, and Castro’s 2nd HR of the game (17), a solo shot, gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.

It didn’t last long. Pineda got into trouble, was pulled for Layne, who got his man, but Swarzak gave up a 3-run HR to Mike Zunino to blow the lead. 6-5 Seattle.

You have to wonder how long the Yanks stick with Swarzak and his 5.90 ERA before turning to someone else. This loss really hurt what slim chances the Yanks have to make the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second wild card slot, but have to jump five teams to get it. Swarzak has given up 10 HR in just 29 innings.

Nelson Cruz homered off of Kirby Yates in the eighth to give Seattle a cushion.

The Yanks had 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the ninth, but couldn’t get that big hit. Final score 7-5.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 5.02. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.67
Swarzak (BS, 1; L, 1-2, 5.90) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Game 123. Yanks blanked, 2-0.

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Chad Green pitched well, but got no run support as the Yanks lost to the Angels Sunday afternoon, 2-0.

Green gave up a run in the first, and Adam Warren gave up a run in the eighth.

Fine defensive plays by Jacoby Ellsbury, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks saved a few more runs.

Offensively, the Yanks couldn’t get it going. They were 1 for 7 with RISP, and on that one, Mark Teixeira couldn’t score from second on a single.

The Yanks fall to 63-60.

Green (L, 2-3, 3.66) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.79.
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K,. 5.29 (Cubs/NYY)