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Game 97. Yanks rally late to edge Boston, 4-3.

The Yankees (51-46, 3rd, 8 GB) rallied for four eighth-inning runs to edge Boston 4-3 Saturday.

Jameson Taillon won his fifth straight decision. In turning his season around, he has lowered his ERA by almost a run and a half. Taillon gave up runs in each of the first three innings, but two of those runs were unearned because of two errors by Rougned Odor, who would redeem himself later.

In his last seven starts, Taillon is 5-0, 2.59.

Down 3-0 in the top of the eighth, Estevan Florial led off the inning with a double. Two outs later, Brett Gardner singled in Florial. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ground-rule double, Tyler Wade pinch-ran for him. Odor then tied the game with a double. Gleyber Torres singled in Odor to give the Yanks the lead.

Some shaky moments in the ninth, but eventually Aroldis Chapman closed it out.

The Yanks are 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and would have to jump over Seattle and Oakland.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI
Odor 2 RBI
Florial 2 hits.

Taillon (W, 6-4) 7 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. 4.36
Loaisiga (H, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.06 Just back from Covid IL.
Chapman (S, 18) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.15


Game 92. Yanks Blast Boston, 9-1.

The Yankees (48-44, 4th, 7 back) beat Boston 9-1 last night, and it was a satisfying win on many levels.

For one, Jameson Taillon is 4-0, 2.86 in his last six starts, lowering his ERA from 5.74 to 4.60.

For another, the players the Yanks have filling in while others are on the IL or Covid IL, made huge contributions. They don’t have to be Aaron Judge. Who can be. What they need to do, and what they did do, was stay within their game, do what they do well, and contribute using the best of their own individual talent. Good to see that from them last night.

For another, those fill-ins, if you will, were aggressive and you saw a hit-and-run, stolen bases, and even a drag bunt for a hit by regular Rougned Odor (who also homered).

The Yanks struck first in the second inning when Gleyber Torres hit a solo HR (5).

In the third, one of the players filling in, Greg Allen, singled. He went to third on a hit-and-run single by D.J. LeMahieu, and scored on an RBI groundout by Giancarlo Stanton. 2-0.

More aggressiveness in the fifth. Odor beat out a bunt for a single. Other player filling in, Ryan LaMarre, singled Odor to third and moved up to second himself on an error. Earlier in the game, it appeared as if LaMarre was injured, but he shook it off. He would contribute even more later. Good thing LaMarre was ok, because earlier in the game, another of the fill-ins, Trey Amburgey, had to leave the game with a hamstring issue. Not only that, on another play in the game, the Yanks almost had three players run into each other. You can’t keep losing players.

Anyway, now the Yanks had runners on second and third, and Allen made it 3-0 by hitting a SF. Just doing the little things.

The Yanks broke open the game with four runs in the seventh. Brett Gardner singled and Odor homered (10) to make it 5-0. LaMarre walked and stole second. Allen walked. A couple of flyouts later, and LaMarre was on third. Allen stole second. Gary Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres walked to force in a run. 6-0. Chris Gittens walked to force in another run. 7-0.

Boston scored a run in the top of the eighth, but the Yanks scored two more in the bottom of the eighth when Odor walked and LaMarre hit a 2-run HR (1).

Final score, 9-1.

Torres 2 RBI. Solo HR (5)
Odor 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
LaMarre 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (1)

Taillon (W, 5-4) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.60
Green (H, 12) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.79
Britton 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.40
Luetge 1/3 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.32
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.26

Game 89. Brutal. Yanks blow it in 9th, give up 6 runs, lose 8-7.

This was brutal. Up 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees (46-43, Tied for 3rd, 8 back) gave up 6 runs to Houston in the bottom of the 9th, the last three on a walkoff HR by Jose Altuve, and lost 8-7.

With the all-star break now, the Yanks will have that depressing memory to chew on for a while.

The Yanks didn’t have Jonathan Loaisiga (Covid) available. Zack Britton and Darren O’Day are both on the IL. But it speaks volumes that they didn’t even let Aroldis Chapman start the ninth inning with a five-run lead. No trust in him.

And this is the FOURTH really bad loss in a month and a day. THIRD in two weeks. Some bad memories as we revisit.

June 10. Up 5-3 in Minnesota. The game that started Chapman’s skid. He gave up two 2-run HRs, didn’t get an out, in the bottom of the ninth. Yanks give up 4 runs. Yanks lose 7-5.

June 30. Up 8-4, Yanks give up 7 in top of the ninth to Angels and lose 11-8.

July 4. 1st game of DH, 7-inning game. Up 5-4 going into the top of the seventh, give up 6, lose to Mets 10-5.

Now July 11. Up 7-2 in Houston, give up six in the bottom of the ninth. Lose 8-7.

I heard a little bit of WFAN after the game. In those few minutes, they were ripping into Hal Steinbrenner to show some emotion. To show he cares. To get ticked off about these losses. To show that he, like us, is a LITTLE bit like a fan, and that isn’t only a business that he only cares about on the business end but is impassive on the wins and losses end. Or if he doesn’t care, then sell the team to someone who does. They were really on him.

The Yanks scored in the top of the third when Gary Sanchez walked with one out. On a strikeout, Sanchez moved up on a WP. Luke Voit walked, and Sanchez scored on a error on a ball hit by Gleyber Torres.

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a HR in the bottom of the third that allowed Houston to tie the game.

Tim Locastro hit his first Yankees’ HR (second of the year for him) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

The Yankees went up 3-1 in the fifth. Giancarlo Stanton singled, Voit walked, and Torres singled in Stanton.

Jameson, who pitched well, gave up another HR in the sixth, and it was 3-2.

In the seventh, the Yanks made it 4-2 when with two out, Torres walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela.

Sanchez hit a 3-run HR (15) in the eighth to make it 7-2.

Then the roof fell in in the bottom of the ninth. As mentioned, Chapman not trusted with a five-run lead (Yikes!). Domingo German comes out for his third inning of relief. Single. Double.

In comes Chad Green. Double to make it 7-4. Another double makes it 7-5. Bloop single. Runners on first and third. Line out. Then the 3-run HR by Altuve to win it for Houston. Yikes.

The Yankees could have crushed the Astros in this game. They walked 14 times to go with their 8 hits. But they were 3 for 16 w/RISP.

Sanchez 3-run HR (15)
Stanton 2 hits.
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Locastro solo HR (2)


Taillon 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 2 of 3 hits given up HR. 4.90 (nice job, has lowered ERA by a run, was almost 6)
German (H, 2) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K
Green (L, 3-5) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up walkoff HR. 2.89



Game 84. Yanks rout Seattle, 12-1.

The Yankees (43-41, 4th in AL East, 9 1/2 back) needed this one. A game in which they got a big lead early en route to a blowout win. A couple of big homers, but more importantly, several Yankees had multi-hit games, their starter went deep and had the best outing of his Yankees’ tenure, and with a big lead, you can even let your struggling closer try and work things out.

The Yanks beat Seattle, 12-1 last night. In the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a long fly out by Aaron Judge, then Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 434 ft. rocket for a 3-run HR (15), and the Yankees were up 3-0 on ex-Yankee Justus Sheffield.

They scored three more in the second. With one out, Tim Locastro walked, and LeMahieu singled. Judge grounded into a force out, and then stole second. Sanchez walked, and ball four was a WP, enabling Locastro to score and Judge to go to third. Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled in two runs to make it 6-0.

In the third inning, Rougned Odor walked to lead off the inning , and Miguel Andujar singled him to second. After an out, LeMahieu singled in a run, Andujar moving to third. Judge doubled in a run to make it 8-0.

The Yanks made it 9-0 in the fifth. Locastro singled, and with one out, Judge singled him to second. After another out, Stanton walked to load the bases. An infield single by Luke Voit brought in the run.

Meanwhile, Jameson Taillon was able to go seven innings, only giving up 1 run.

The Yanks closed the scoring in the eighth when Voit doubled, and Gio Urshela singled. Odor then hit a 3-run HR (9).

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth in order to work out his problems. From June 9 to July 5, Chapman’s ERA was 22.24. He pitched a scoreless inning, but not a clean one. The wildness was still there. A single, strikeout, WP, and walk. Another strikeout, another walk. Bases loaded, two out, thank goodness a blowout game. He got another strikeout to end the game. 3 K’s, but two walks.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits, a 3-run HR (15)
Voit 5 hits, 3 RBI
Odor 2 hits, 3 RBI. A 3-run HR (9)
Andujar 2 hits,

The Yanks banged out 18 hits, and were 7 for 15 w/RISP.


Taillon (W, 4-4) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. 5.05
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.11 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 1 WP 4.55

Game 79. Yanks outslug Angels, Ohtani, 11-5.

The Yankees (41-38, 4th in AL East, 7 1/2 out) set a season high in runs scored, 11, in banging out 11 hits, including 3 HR, and drawing 9 walks in defeating the L.A. Angels, 11-5 on Tuesday night.

The 11 runs were a nice surprise for a team that has scored 3 or less runs in over half its games this season. The Yanks needed to score to keep up with Angels’ star Shohei Ohtani, who hit 2 more HR to lead the majors with 28. Ohtani, doing things not seen since Babe Ruth over 100 years ago, is the Angels’ starting pitcher tonight.

With the win, the Yanks snapped a four-game losing streak.

Gary Sanchez started things off with a solo HR in the first inning (14).

Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon gave up a 2-run HR to Jose Iglesias in the top of the second, as the Angels took a 2-1 lead. Taillon got the win, but didn’t really pitch well, giving up 5 runs (3 HR, two to Ohtani) in 5 1/3 IP. He needed the run support.

The Yanks came back with four runs in the bottom of the second and weren’t headed off the rest of the game. With one out, Gio Urshela walked and Miguel Andujar singled Urshela to third. Brett Gardner hit a SF tying up the game, and Andujar moved up on the SF as well. D.J. LeMahieu singled in Andujar to make it 3-2, then Aaron Judge homered (18) to make it 5-2.

Ohtani hit the first of his two homers in the top of the third to make it 5-3.

The Yanks broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Andujar led off the inning with a HR (6). Gardner walked. Two outs later, Sanchez doubled in Gardner to make it 7-3. Giancarlo Stanton walked, then Luke Voit doubled in a run to make it 8-3. Gleyber Torres, in the midst of a terrible slump, singled in Stanton and Voit to make it 10-3.

Ohtani hit his second HR of the game, a 2-run shot, in the top of the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 10-5.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Torres singled, and Urshela singled. Torres stole third on what was supposed to be a double steal, but Urshela slipped and had to stay at first. Andujar doubled in Torres.

Before the game, Darren O’Day was activated off of rehab. Brooks Kriske was sent down. The Yankees did not activate Justin Wilson yet off of rehab, and why should they? Both Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Albert Abreu are doing well (see below).

Judge 2-run HR (18)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (14)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI
Andujar 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (6)

Taillon (W, 3-4) 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 1 WP. 5.43
Cortes 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.02
Abreu 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP. 2.13

UPDATE: The Yanks have sent Abreu back and will be activating Wilson today. I don’t know about that move. Hopefully Wilson (no options as opposed to Abreu) does better than the 6.08 ERA he had earlier. Abreu at 2.13 has been far better.

Game 74. Yanks crush KC, 8-1.

A lot of times this year, Yankees’ starter Jameson Taillon has left us, well, wanting to take a good strong drink of Jameson. (Sorry, couldn’t resist). He wasn’t very good.

Things were different yesterday. Taillon turned in perhaps his best performance as a Yankee in an 8-1 win over KC.

With the win, the Yanks are 40-34, 3rd in the AL East, and 4 games behind Tampa Bay, 3 1/2 behind Boston. The Yanks are in Boston for a 3-game set this weekend and can make up some ground. Not only that, they could get some revenge. Boston swept the Yanks in a 3-game series at the Stadium three weeks ago.

The Yankees hit three homers yesterday, the first coming by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the first. Judge’s 16th HR of the season gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead.

After Judge homered, both Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton singled. A flyout by Luke Voit moved Sanchez to third, and Rougned Odor got an infield hit to make it 2-0, Yankees.

After Taillon escaped a man-on-third, one out situation in the top of the second without giving up a run, the Yanks scored in the bottom half when with one out, Tyler Wade walked, then stole second. D.J. LeMahieu walked, and Judge, who had been in a slump, singled in Wade to make it 3-0.

Luke Voit continued to be hot right off the injured list, hitting his second HR in three games since coming off that list (in addition to two other balls that were almost homers). Voit’s 3rd HR of the season made it 4-0 after three innings.

Taillon gave up KC’s only run in the fifth. He pitched into the seventh.

In the bottom of the sixth, the red-hot Gary Sanchez struck again. Sanchez followed a single by LeMahieu and double by Judge with a 3-run HR, his 13th of the season, to make it 7-1.

The final run of the game came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Judge walked, and two wild pitches moved him to third. He scored on a single by Stanton.

Judge 3 for 3, 2 walks. 2 RBI. Solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (13)
Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Odor 3 hits, RBI
Voit solo HR (3)


Tailon (W, 2-4) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. 1 HBP. 5.18
Cortes 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1.20


Minor league notes:

AAA: SWB (30-12) beat Lehigh Valley, 10-2. Darren O’Day, one scoreless IP on rehab. Adam Warren one scoreless IP (3.43 as he tries to comeback from injuries). Nick Nelson 5 IP, 2 R (2.28 here, after struggling with Yanks). CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 4 hits, RBI. DH Trey Amburgey 2 RBI. RF Socrates Brito 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Derek Dietrich 2 RBI.

AA: Somerset (29-15) won 5-4 in 10 innings. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR. LF Matt Pita 2 hits, RBI.

High A: Husdon Valley (28-16) won 6-1. C Josh Breaux 2 homers, 3 RBI. 2B Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits. Starter Josh Maciejewski 5 IP, 1 R, 7 K. Reliever Barret Loseke 3 scoreless IP, 6 K.

Low A: Tampa (30-14) won 10-2. They were supposed to play a DH. They got one game in, the other was ppd. Edgar Barclay 5 IP, 1 unearned run, 7 K. SS Anthony Volpe 2 RBI. 3B Andres Chaparro 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Carlos Narvaez 2 hits. 1B Eric Wagaman 2 for 2, 4 RBI, 2-run HR.

Game 69. Ex-Yanks’ prospect beats Yanks, 5-3.

A few years back, James Kaprielian was a top Yankees’ prospect. Then injuries slowed his development, and he was traded to the A’s with others for Sonny Gray. We know how poorly Gray turned out.

Last night, Yankees fans got a taste of what might have been. Kaprielian and the A’s shut down the Yankees (36-33, 3rd in AL East, 6 back) 5-3.

James Taillon started for the Yanks, and gave up a HR on a two-out, 0-2 pitch to put the A’s up 1-0 in the first inning. I feel as if the Yanks need to make a deal for a starter (two, preferably) ASAP. Taillon, in 13 starts this season, has only thrown 58 innings, an average of only 4 1/2 innings per start. Only twice in those 13 starts has he gone more than 5 IP. He has ONE win. The ERA is 5.59. He is coming off two TJ surgeries in his career, as well as overcoming cancer. But he isn’t cutting it. Also, Michael King is better as a reliever and not a starter. He also isn’t providing length (since replacing the injured Corey Kluber in the rotation, King is averaging less than 4 innings/start in his 4 starts). King’s ERA in 13 relief appearances in his career is 3.93 but it is 7.28 in eight career starts.

But the Yanks don’t have replacements handy. Luis Severino’s return has been delayed because of the groin injury. Deivi Garcia has been horrible at AAA. Clarke Schmidt has not thrown a pitch yet. Promising youngsters are at AA, or below, not at AAA.

I don’t believe the Yanks can make up ground with Taillon and/or King in the rotation. GM Brian Cashman needs to make a trade ASAP.

Taillon gave up a run in the top of the third to make it 2-0, Oakland.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the third when with two out, Brett Gardner walked and D.J. LeMahieu followed with a 2-run HR (5). The Yanks only got 4 hits in the game.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Rougned Odor homered (7).

But Wandy Peralta gave up a 3-run HR in the top of the sixth that put Oakland up 5-3, and that stayed as the final score.

Looking at Peralta’s ERA (5.28 as a Yankee), I think manager Aaron Boone trusts him too much. The Yanks will get help here. Both Darren O’ Day (who was doing well before getting hurt) and Justin Wilson (who wasn’t) should be back soon.

LeMahieu 2-run HR (5)
Odor solo HR (7)


Taillon 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 5.59
Peralta (L, 3-2; combined SF/NYY record) 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR 5.32 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1 HBP; 1 WP 2.91
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.10

Minor League Notes (VOIT ON REHAB):

AAA: SWB (27-11) won 7-5. Nick Nelson 4 1/3 IP, 1 R; Albert Abreu 2 IP, scoreless, 5 K (in his brief time with Yanks, 4 games, Abreu has done well this year). CF Greg Allen 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 -run HR. Two hits, RBI. LF Trey Amburgey 2 hits, RBI. Amburgey is hitting .372 at SWB. Former Yankees C Erik Kratz likes him. Neither Clint Frazier or Miguel Andujar is lighting it up. Why not give Amburgey a chance? 1B Rob Brantly 2 hits, 3 RBI, solo HR. 3B Derek Dietrich solo HR.

AA: Somerset (26-13) won 8-1. Janson Junk (2-1, 1.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1B Luke Voit on rehab: 3 for 4, scored 3, drove in 3, double, solo HR. DH Oswald Peraza 2 hits, RBI. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, 3 RBI. CF Tom Milone 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (23-16) split a DH.

Game 1: lost 6-2. SS Josh Smith solo HR.
Game 2: won 2-0. Smith DH, 2 hits, scored both runs. 2B Ezequiel Duran 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Low A: Tampa (27-13) lost both games of a DH.

Game 1: lost 3-1. All 3 runs unearned. RF Juan De Leon solo HR.
Game 2: lost 8-2. Infielder (2B/SS) Jesus Bastidas 2 hits, RBI.

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Game 64. Bad day in many ways as Yanks lose to Phils in 10, 8-7.

Saturday was a bad day for the Yankees in many ways. I will get to that in a moment.

Before the game, some moves. Zack Britton was activated off of rehab and Brooks Kriske was sent back to the minors. Also, Mike Ford, who only hit .133-3-5 (8 for 60) for the Yanks this year, and who was only 2 for 24 (.083) at SWB, was designated for assignment.

Jameson Taillon has been the worst Yankees’ starter this season. He is coming off of two TJ surgeries, and has fought off cancer. But coming into the game, Taillon was 1-4 with an ERA of 5.09.

Taillon could not get out of the first inning, and saw his ERA climb to 5.74. His ERA+ is 71, 29% below league average. Taillon only got one out, and put the Yanks (33-31, Tied for 3rd, 7 1/2 out) into a quick 4-0 hole in a game they would lose in 10 innings, 8-7.

So you think, ok, ride Taillon out until former Yankees’ ace Luis Severino gets back from rehab.

Not so fast.

Severino, in his second rehab game, gave up one run in 1 2/3 IP, but then had to be helped from the field after injuring his groin. Based on the reports I read, he will be out quite some time.

Not only that, with Corey Kluber on the injured list, Michael King has had to join the rotation. One problem with that. In his career, King is 0-4, 7.46 as a starter (7 games) and 1-1, 3.93 as a reliever.

That is not all. Deivi Garcia has started two games for the Yankees this year, and is 0-2, 6.48 ERA. At SWB, Garcia has an ERA of 6.26.

It looks like GM Brian Cashman is going to have to hit the phones and make a deal. You may say, several deals.

The Yanks are barely above .500 at 33-31. They are now 7 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East, and even though they have 98 games left, this does not look like a playoff team at all right now.

Taillon gave up singles to the first four batters of the game, leading to two runs for the Phillies. Then a walk to reload the bases before the only out he recorded—-a sac fly that brought in another run. After a single that made it 4-0, Taillon was relieved by Nestor Cortes, Jr. Cortes gave up a hit that loaded the bases up yet again, but then got two strikeouts to prevent further damage.

Cortes did a good job in trying to keep the Yankees in the game.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, Gary Sanchez homered (8). One out later, Miguel Andujar singled, and Brett Gardner tripled him home. 4-2. But Gardner was left stranded at third because the Yanks were playing in a National League park, no DH, and the pitcher had to hit (I hate seeing pitchers hit, prefer the DH, but that yields to Mcproblems which I will get to in a bit). Cortes grounded out to end the inning, and in case you are wondering, the last Yankees’ pitcher to hit a HR was Lindy McDaniel at the end of the 1972 season (he hit it off of Mickey Lolich at the old Tigers’ Stadium).

Cortes gave up a run in the fourth, and it was 5-2, Phillies.

The Phils got two runs in the fifth off of Luis Cessa, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes drove in one of those runs. It looked like a blowout with the Phillies now up 7-2.

But the Yanks came back. In the sixth, with two out, Rougned Odor homered to make it 7-3.

In the eighth, the Yanks cut it to 7-4. Aaron Judge singled, and one out later, went to second on a groundout. Sanchez then got a two-out hit to score Judge.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. with one out, Gardner and Tyler Wade each walked. D.J. LeMahieu then hit a 3-run HR (4) to tie it up.

Gleyber Torres made a great defensive play to save the game in the bottom of the ninth.

I hate the ghost runner extra inning rule where they start extra innings with a man on second base. I also hate seeing pitchers hit and prefer the dh. But both rules do show a flaw with the Yankees, and that is in executing the fundamentals.

The DH has turned some AL teams like the Yankees into glorified beer-league softball teams instead of BASEBALL teams. What I mean by that is that they sit around waiting for the 3-run HR and don’t make things happen. They don’t bunt (4 sac bunts this season, 2 by Gardner). They don’t hit and run. They don’t steal (14 SB, last in AL. Heck, Rickey Henderson would have 14 by himself in a month’s time). They don’t hit behind the runner to advance the runner. They play station to station and don’t run the bases well.

That leads me to extra innings. You are starting the inning with a man on second. The Yanks left him there. And we have seen that too much this year. They don’t bunt him over so he then may be able to score on a sac fly. They don’t even hit the ball to the right side to advance the runner. Part of that fault is the predominance of righty hitters and in not having a lefty hitter to pull the ball. Yesterday, with that man on second, Gio Urshela grounded out, not advancing the runner, then two strikeouts (Sanchez and PH Kyle HIgashioka).

The Phils, an NL team, DID execute the bunt. Not only that, Aroldis Chapman made an error on the play, so the Phils had first and third with no one out. After a pop-up, an infield hit won the game for the Phils, 8-7.

In extra innings, it comes down to the fundamentals. Just because you have the DH, does not mean you forget to steal bases, run the bases poorly, don’t bunt, don’t move the runners over…..but the Yanks don’t do any of that. They need to become a BASEBALL team again, not a station-to-station beer league softball team that does nothing but wait for the HR.

Billy Martin would hate this team. It goes against many of the scappy things he did as manager.

The Yanks need to make some changes.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (4)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI. Solo HR (8)
Odor 2 hits, solo HR (6).
Gardner 2 hits, RBI


Taillon 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 0 K. 5.74
Cortes 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. 1 WP. 1.93 Nice job trying to keep it close.
Cessa 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. 3.42
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.57 (Combined ERA SF/NYY).
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00 (Season debut)
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.73
Chapman (L, 4-2) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.93


Game 59. Yankees fall to 4th after 7-3 loss.

I don’t think Aaron Boone is a bad manager. Then again, I wouldn’t say he’s Joe McCarthy either.

One thing he is, is a player’s manager. I feel it’s time to channel some Billy Martin. Time for Boone to start getting mad at his team, start kicking some ass and stop coddling some players. Of course, maybe he is doing some of that behind the scenes. Publicly, in his statements, it seems like coddling.

The Yankees (31-28, 4th in AL East, 5 1/2 out) lost their third straight game, this time 7-3 to Boston, and fell into 4th place in the AL East. They aren’t beating their main rivals, Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto—the teams ahead of them. (Baltimore is a bad team, we won’t go there). They aren’t proving they are better than those teams. They are 8-16 against the three main rivals they have in their division (23-12 against everyone else). That won’t get anything done. That 23-12 against others won’t help you when you can’t beat your division rivals.

The offense wasn’t there again last night—save for Gleyber Torres. The Yanks did make a move, bringing up Chris Gittens. In his MLB debut, Gittens went 0 for 3. He did draw a walk.

Gittens was brought up because of the poor production from Yankees’ 1B this year. Jay Bruce didn’t perform before he retired after only playing a few weeks. Mike Ford was sent back down. Luke Voit was hurt, is hurt again, and did not do well when he did play. Heck, even D.J. LeMahieu is having an off year. Yankees’ 1B are struggling to put up numbers even HALF of what Lou Gehrig put up. (An aside: Great MLB set aside June 2 as Lou Gehrig Day to honor him and to champion the fight against ALS).

Jameson Taillon was good for five innings, probably the best we’ve seen him all year. He was staked to to 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a 2-run HR by Torres (3).

Taillon got an out in the top of the sixth, then three straight hits led to two runs and chased Taillon. Jonathan Loaisiga came in but gave up two hits and another run that tied the game before getting out of the inning. Boston up 3-2.

The Yanks tied it up in the bottom of the sixth when with one out, Aaron Judge walked, Gio Urshela doubled and Torres hit a SF.

In the top of the eighth, Boston got four runs off of Chad Green and it was game over. Single, then two outs. But then double, double, Homer.

This is a Yankees team that should be better than 31-28, better than fourth place. The pitching has been fine. But the offense?

This team may need a total makeover. Which means some players may need to go, including some fan favorites.

But this can’t continue. There needs to be some major changes made.

You can’t do things with certain players. Their contracts won’t allow it. But if things continue as they are, the Yanks will wind up not far above .500, say 85-87 wins, and that won’t be good enough for the postseason.

The time to kick butt and stop coddling is now. Actually, it probably should have been done already.

Remember, no minor league reports while I recover from recent surgeries.. I can only do so much. Actually, this is longer than I intended, but there is a lot that needed to be discussed.

Urshela 2 hits, great defensive play
Torres 3 RBI, inc. 2-run HR (3)


Taillon 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K. 5.09
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.08
Green (L, 0-4) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14 Gave up 1 HR.
Peralta 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.50 (Combined SF/NYY ERA)
Kriske 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.00



Game 54. Same old, Same old. Offense lacking again in 3-1 loss.

I have to see how things are going to be, since I’ve had a setback in my recovery from surgery. Things may be day to day for a while as far as reports.

There were no minor league games yesterday, Memorial Day.

You get tired about writing about the same thing every day, but what can you do? The Yankees have to flip the script. They need to start hitting.

Sometime in 1965, as the Yankees’ dynasty was collapsing under manager Johnny Keane, GM Ralph Houk was asked about it. Houk responded with a chuckle, that you expect Mantle, Howard, Maris not to hit? Ford not to pitch? Just wait…..or something like that.

Well, as we know, and as Ralph found out, they didn’t. At least not close to their former success. Age and injuries caught up to them.

The question, 1/3 of the way into this season, is this. To quote an old Peggy Lee song, “Is that all there is?”. Is this what the Yankees offense actually is and will be for the rest of the season? If so, it isn’t nearly good enough.

Yesterday was another feeble performance by the offense, as the Yankees (29-25, 3rd, 5 1/2 out) scored just one run in a 3-1 loss to their nemesis, Tampa Bay. The Rays have beaten the Yanks 20 of their last 27 games, including last year’s ALDS. The Rays are hot, having won 16 of their last 17 games.

James Taillon wasn’t good, but he wasn’t terrible, either. He gave up 3 runs in 5 innings–one in the third, fourth and fifth— and the bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings. Giving up just 3 runs a game is very good, unless you have a team (like the Yankees now) who can’t score 3 runs a game.

Frustrating.

The only Yankees’ run came on Miguel Andujar’s first HR of the season, in the seventh inning.

Andujar had two of the Yanks’ five hits in the game. Stanton hasn’t had a hit since coming off the IL. Gio Urshela is now in a slump.

Andujar 2 hits, solo HR.

Taillon (L, 1-4) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 5.10 gave up 1 HR.
Luetge 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.45
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.67 (combined SF/NYY ERA)
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.15

There is so much extra pressure on the pitchers now, knowing they don’t have much to work with as far as run support. The Yanks need to start hitting, or as mentioned above, “Is that all there is?”