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Minor League Report. Torres needs TJ surgery, done for year.

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Yankees’ top prospect, INF Gleyber Torres, needs TJ surgery and is done for the year. He injured his non-throwing elbow sliding into home the other day and hyperextended the elbow, injuring ligaments as well.

The Yanks were possibly grooming Torres to take over at 3B for Chase Headley later this year. They also now have promoted 3B Miguel Andujar to AAA. Andujar is an option for the future at 3B, also the Yanks may look at the trade deadline for a 3B. They aren’t happy with Headley’s performance so far.

Besides 3B, the Yanks may also look to upgrade at starting pitching and 1B. With CC out until early August and Tanaka struggling, an upgrade in the rotation, via Chance Adams being called up,Fo or a trade, looks imminent.

Also, 1B has been a problem with Greg Bird hurt and shut down, and the disappointing performance of Chris Carter. Here, the Yanks could look at a promotion (Tyler Austin, Mike Ford, Ji-Man Choi) or look to trade.

These are three positions that bear watching over the next month. How do the Yanks upgrade here? Is there a big deal brewing?

AAA: SWB (42-26) won 6-1. CF Dustin Fowler double, HR, 2 RBI. 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI LF Jake Cave. 3 hits, RBI 2B Donovan Solano. RF Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Lail (W, 4-2, 4.78) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Layne (H, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.48.

AA: Trenton off.

High A:   Tampa (37-31) won 4-2. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, solo HR. LF Tito Polo 2 hits, rbi. C Sharif Othman 2 hits.

Widener (w, 4-6, 3.94) 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Foley (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.59
Gomez (S, 2) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.55

Low A: Charleston off.

UPDATE: Yanks’ minor league pitcher Matt Marsh has been suspended 50 games for using a banned substance.

Game 66. Odd Tanaka line in Yanks’ fifth straight loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

10 K in 4 IP. But 3 HR given up and 5 runs. Those are Masahiro Tanaka’s numbers in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to Oakland.

The loss, the Yanks’ fifth in a row, drops them to 38-28. Boston lost, so the Yanks do retain their one-game AL East lead.

If there is a silver lining, maybe the Yanks have found something in Domingo German.

The Yanks struck out 16 A’s, but struck out 12x themselves.

The first pitch Tanaka threw was hit for a HR.

The Yankees got their two runs in the second. With one out, Ronald Torreyes and Mason Williams singled. Austin Romine singled in one run and Brett Gardner hit a SF.

Tanaka gave up another solo HR in the second that tied the game, then three runs, including another solo HR, in the fourth.

The Yanks managed just five hits, two by Torreyes. Didi Gregorius’ 17-game hitting streak ended.

Tanaka (L, 5-7, 6.34) 4 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 3 HR.
German 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K. 0.00. Second MLB game.

Game 61. Judge’s late HR lifts Yanks, 5-3.

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Aaron Judge’s 2-run HR  (22), a 438-ft. shot in the top of the eighth, broke a 3-3 tie and lifted the 38-23 Yankees to a 5-3 win over the Angels Monday night.

With the win, the Yankees maintain a 4-gm. lead in the AL East.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR to the second batter he faced, and you thought, here we go again. But he settled down after that to pitch a decent game.

The Yanks tied the game in the third when with two out, Holliday and Castro walked and Didi Gregorius singled in a run.

Didi singled in another run in the fifth to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Chase Headley singled in a run in the seventh to put the Yanks up 3-1 but the Angels tied it in the bottom of the seventh. Both Angels’ runs were unearned due to a Headley error.

Judge then hit his 2-run HR in the eighth to win it.

Judge 2 for 4, scored 3 runs, HR, 2 RBI  .347
Castro 2 hits. .328
Gregorius 4 for 4, 2 RBI. .344

Tanaka 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 earned, 2 W, 8 K. Gave 1 HR. 6.07
Clippard (BS, 3; W, 1-3, 1.73) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Betances (S, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.45.

The Yanks’ first round pick in the MLB draft was Clarke Schmidt, a RHP from South Carolina. Great numbers this year but it seems high risk, high reward. Schmidt had Tommy John surgery done last month so the Yanks will be showing a lot of patience with the pick.

 

 

Game 59. Bombs away! Yanks hit 5 HR in 16-3 rout of Orioles.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacob Ruppert, the Yanks’ owner in the 1920s and 1930s, said that an enjoyable day to him was seeing the Yankees score seven runs in the first inning and gradually pull away.

He would have loved last night.

The Yanks scored six runs in the first inning, hit five home runs in the game, got an outstanding performance from Luis Severino, and crushed Baltimore 16-3.

The win puts the Yanks at 36-23 on the season. Rookie Domingo German starts Sunday as Masahiro Tanaka is pushed back a day.

Correction: German was brought up, but Chad Green got the start.

The Yanks blew the game open right away in the bottom of the first. With two out, Aaron Judge homered (19) and what a laser shot it was. It set the statcast record for the highest exit velocity off the bat EVER at 121.1 MPH. I pray he never hits one like that directly back at the pitcher. That would be scary.

After a single by Holliday and a double by Castro, Sanchez singled in two runs and Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR (6) to make it 5-0. Chase Headley walked, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Chris Carter.

In the second, Aaron Judge and Matt Holliday walked, and manager Joe Girardi gave Starlin Castro the green light on a 3-0 count. It paid off as Castro crushed a 3-run HR (11) to make it 9-0.

To the fourth. Hicks walked, Judge singled and Holliday tied his “bald brother”, Brett Gardner, in their friendly competition, by crushing his 13th HR of the season, a 3-run shot. 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino retired the first 12 batters he faced.

To the fifth. Gardner singles, Hicks doubles. Judge doubles in two. 14-0.

Things got a little sloppy after that. Severino made his only mistake of the night in a brilliant performance, giving up a solo HR in the seventh.

Giovanny Gallegos gave up a solo HR in the eighth. 14-2.

Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the eighth to make it 16-2 Yanks.

Tommy Layne finished up but not before giving up a run.

Judge 3 for 4, scored 3, 3 RBI. HR
Holliday 3 for 4 scored 3, 3 RBI. HR
Castro 2 for 3, scored 2, 3 RBI HR
Sanchez 3 for 4, scored 2, 4 RBI HR
Gregorius 2 for 5, scored 1, 2 RBI HR
Carter 2 hits, RBI

Severino (W, 5-2, 2.75) 7 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.27. Gave up 1 HR
Layne 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.62

 

Minor League Report. Frazier (2) and Torres HRs power SWB. Good starting pitching at AA, A+

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Before getting to the minor league report: Masahiro Tanaka’s start has been pushed back from Sunday against Baltimore to Monday night in Anaheim against the Angels. No word on who starts Sunday, probably Chad Green.

AAA: LF Clint Frazier hit 2 homers and 2B Gleyber Torres hit another in SWB’s (34-24) 10-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Frazier had 4 rbi, Torres 2. Rehabbing Greg Bird was 0 for 5. SWB scored 7 in the first inning.

Both Frazier and Torres had 2 hits. Tyler Wade (.307) had 3 hits. Also chipping in with 2 hits and an RBI each were RF Tyler Austin and 3B Donovan Solano.

Cessa (W 3-6, 4.15) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Webb 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.43
Wotherspoon 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00  AAA debut, just promoted.
Graham 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.97

AA: Trenton (38-21) walked off a 2-1 win in the bottom of the 10th on a bases-loaded walk to 2B Vicente Conde. RF Zack Zehner two hits.

Acevedo 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.62. Another comer.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Brewer (W, 1-1, 2.03) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.03

High A: Tampa (32-30) squeaked out a 2-1 win. 2 H, 2 RBI C Francisco Diaz.

Littell (W, 8-1, 1.76) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Harvey (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R,  2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00
Hissong (S, 3) 1 Ip, 1 R, UNEARNED, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.35

Low A: Charleston (30-30) lost 3-1. C Donny Sands and LF Dalton Blaser 2 hits each. Charleston got 10 hits, scored just 1 run.

Diehl (L, 6-2, 4.00) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR
Lane 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.93
Harris 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.25

Game 55. Trouble for Tanaka again in Yanks’ 5-4 loss.

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The disturbing and troubling season of Masahiro Tanaka continued last night when he gave up 5 runs, including 3 HR in 5 IP as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-4.

Tanaka had such a great spring training. His fall from ace to Kei-Igawa-like performances has been shocking.

The loss decreases the Yanks’ lead over Boston to one game. The Yankees are 32-23.

That 32-23 has been built strangely. They started 1-4, went 20-5 over the next 25, and are 11-14 in their last 25.

Even though they are still in first place, there are a couple of problem areas that need to be addressed, and let’s start with Tanaka.

With the Yanks 10-11 in their last 21 games (stats via Joel Sherman’s NY Post article), Tanaka is 0-5, 10.72 in that span. If Tanaka was his old ace-like self, he would have gone, say 4-1. Now the Yanks would be 14-7 in this span and we wouldn’t be as concerned.

The season is just over 1/3 over, and Tanaka has already given up 17 HR.

They need to get him straightened out. But how? He is earning so much $$ and $$ talks. Can they just pull him from the rotation? Who would replace him? Chad Green, who was fabulous in relief last night? Chance Adams? They would need to create a roster spot for Adams (who pitched last night also, see my minor league report) who isn’t on the 40-man roster.

Boston got a run right away in the first inning on a couple of singles and an RBI forceout. The Yanks tied it in the second on a walk to Hicks, single by Didi, and Hicks scored on a throwing error by Boston RF Mookie Betts.

But in the fourth, Tanaka gave up three runs on back-to-back homers. He gave up another HR in the fifth and Boston was up 5-1. The Yanks couldn’t come all the way back.

Chris Carter (a problem we’ll get to in a bit) hit his fifth HR of the year in the bottom of the fifth to cut Boston’s lead to 5-2.

Castro and Hicks singled in the sixth, and Castro scored when Didi GIDP.

The Yanks got a break in the eighth that made you think maybe the gods were with them and they’d pull it out. Matt Holliday doubled and went to third on a groundout. After Hicks popped up, Didi Gregorius struck out for what should have been the third out, but the ball was a wild pitch and Didi reached, Holliday scoring to cut the lead to 5-4. You thought with a break like that, maybe…

But no…

Tanaka (L, 5-6, 6.55) 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Layne 0 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.50. More on him in a bit.
Green 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.62. See above. Replacement for Tanaka? Did great.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 0.57.

Judge, Hicks and Gregorius each had two hits. Carter had the HR.

But even with Carter’s HR, 1B is a position that the Yanks need improvement on. Bird was 6 for 60 (.100-1-3) and Carter is 21 for 115 (.183-5-15). So that is a combined 27 for 175, which comes out to .154-6-18. Somehow, the Yanks are in first place despite getting the worst production in MLB from their first basemen.

3B also is a problem. Chase Headley is down to .225, and rumors are that the Yanks are shopping for a 3B. Rumors also are that if Gleyber Torres starts adjusting to AAA pitching, that the Yanks may bring him up to play 3B, with Headley moving to a backup 1B/3B role, which would mean cutting Carter (Carter $3.5 MM left for this year, Headley is owed the rest of $13MM this year and $13MM for 2018).

Headley is at .225-3-23, but since April 18, has hit .168-1-19 in his last 37 games. When you take what he is doing at 3B, and the lack of production at 1B, it’s like the Yanks are playing with a 7-man lineup. That can’t continue if they want to stay in first place. Headley hasn’t homered since April 19.

So the Yanks desperately need to get better production from 1B, 3B and Tanaka. We’ll see how and if that happens.

The final thing may be minor. Tommy Layne hasn’t performed that well, and the Yanks do have a solution there if necessary. Tyler Webb has been doing well at SWB and could be a replacement for Layne. LOOGY for LOOGY.

 

Game 50. Tanaka tagged again as Yanks lose 10-4.

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Baseball’s funny. If I’d have told you in February that on June 1 Brett Gardner would have 11 HR, Masahiro Tanaka would be the worst of the Yanks’ five starters in a group that included a true rookie in Jordan Montgomery and that the Yanks would be in first place at 30-20 despite getting the worst production in the majors out of first base, you may have been stunned.

But so far, that’s how it’s been.

Tanaka was tagged again last night in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to Baltimore that reduced their AL East lead to 2 games.

It’s mystifying how bad he’s been. Some games good, like a CG shutout up in Boston or with his last outing before this one. Other times, awful, like last night.

The Orioles got 4 in the third off of him, and a misplay by Aaron Judge cost three runs. Instead of grabbing a liner for the third out of the inning, it went for a 2-run double to make it 3-0 Orioles, and a single later made it 4-0.

In the fourth, the Yanks cut it to 4-1 on an Orioles’ error.

But Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-1.

The Yanks got two in the fifth on a single by Refsnyder, forceout by Gardner, RBI double by Hicks, and RBI single by Holliday, but Ronald Torreyes bounced into a forceout with the bases loaded to spoil the chance of getting further back into the ballgame. The Yanks had chances, but were 1 for 12 with RISP in the game.

Before the game, Bryan Mitchell was sent down to SWB and Giovanny Gallegos brought up, but Gallegos gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh that made it 9-3 Orioles.

The Yanks got a run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Gardner, but Gallegos gave up another run in the bottom of the inning for the final score of 10-4.

Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder had 2 hits apiece.

But as far as Tanaka, if he isn’t hurt, it’s baffling. He’s got to get it together. His ERA is twice what you’d expect it to be.

Maybe the Yanks (and I’ve mentioned this before) should order an MRI just to be sure nothing is wrong.

You have to wonder.

Tanaka (L, 5-5, 6.34) 5 2/3 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 7.50
Gallegos 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.71 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.27