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Game 156. Yanks win “bullpen” game, 4-1. Use 8 pitchers who 2-hit Rays.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In order to give some starters more rest, and to set up a playoff rotation, manager Aaron Boone went to a “bullpen” game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, using 8 pitchers who two-hit the Rays in a 4-1 Yankees’ victory. They walked six but struck out 13.

The win improved the Yanks’ record to 96-60 and kept them 1 1/2 games ahead of the A’s for the top wild card spot. The Yanks’ magic # for getting that wild card game against Oakland at home is 4.

One reason Boone did this is that it appears more and more likely that the games in Boston this upcoming weekend will mean a lot to the Yankees as far as holding off Oakland to secure home field advantage for the wild card game. It could come down to the final game.

Boone will have a lot of decisions to make, and one that has been made is controversial. He has said that Gary Sanchez will be the catcher in the wild card game, despite Sanchez committing two more passed balls yesterday and hitting .180. He might be hoping for lightning in a bottle, since a normal Sanchez could give you a 2-HR, 5 RBI game. But the Sanchez of this season has many thinking that Boone should start Austin Romine instead.

Didi Gregorius felt better but it remains to be seen whether that torn cartillage in his wrist will allow Didi to play anymore this season. Meanwhile a tight hamstring forced Aaron Hicks out of last night’s game. His replacement, Brett Gardner, got an RBI and made a game-saving catch.

The Yanks scored first when Andrew McCutchen homered in the third inning. It was his 20th of the season, and fifth as a Yankee.

Tampa Bay, who was eliminated from the playoffs with the loss, scored in the fourth to tie the game. They were helped by one of the two passed balls Sanchez had on the night.

In the fifth, Aaron Judge walked, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Gardner’s single. 2-1 Yanks. Giancarlo Stanton doubled Gardner home, 3-1, but was thrown out at third on the play.

The Yanks got the final run of the game in the seventh when McCutchen and Judge hit back-to-back doubles.

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McCutchen 2 hits, HR.

Now for the pitching, this is going to look like a spring training game.

Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.92
Tarpley 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.50
Gray (W, 11-9, 4.98) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Green (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   2.57
Robertson (H, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  2.88
Chapman (H, 1 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.   2.54
Betances (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.60
Britton (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.18 (Balt/NYY)

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Game 153. Yanks hold off O’s, stay 1 1/2 up on A’s for top wild card spot.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (94-59) got off to a 6-0 lead, and hung on to beat the Bad News Bears (um, the 44-109 Baltimore Orioles) Friday night, 10-8.

With the win, the Yanks remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for that top wild card spot and to have the one-game sudden-death wild card game played in the Bronx.

Magic Numbers: 7 over the A’s for the top wild card spot (because the Yanks own the tiebreaker). 2 over Tampa Bay for the bottom wild card spot.

Didi Gregorius hit his 27th HR to put the Yanks up 2-0 in the first inning.

They got four more in the fourth. Neil Walker doubled with one out, and Gleyber Torres singled him in. Torres stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on an Austin Romine groundout. 4-0. Brett Gardner walked and Aaron Hicks homered (25) to make it 6-0. The Yanks now have 249 HR on the season, and are on pace to tie the all-time record of 264, set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

Hicks became the fifth Yankee this year to hit the 25 HR mark. Gleyber Torres needs two more to become the sixth.

Then, it seems, manager Aaron Boone got a little too cute in utilizing his bullpen and that could have cost the Yankees the game.

With two out, CC Sabathia gave up two runs in the fifth. 6-2.

In the seventh, Boone brought in Jonathan Loaisiga to replace CC. He immediately gave up a HR, 6-3. Single. Strikeout but a stolen base and an E2 on Romine put the runner on third. Zach Britton came in and gave up a single, 6-4, before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the inning. Hicks singled, Judge walked and McCutchen singled in a run. Judge was out on a fielder’s choice, caught in a rundown which put runners on second and third with one out. Luke Voit then singled in two runs. 9-4.

Here is where Boone got a bit too cute and almost blew the game. Instead of leaving Britton in, Boone brought in Stephen Tarpley, who got a strikeout. Fine.

But instead of leaving Tarpley in after he faced one batter and struck him out, Boone now brings in A.J. Cole, who gives up a walk and a HR. 9-6.

Cole gets a pop up for the second out, then a bunt single. In comes David Robertson, who promptly gives up a 2-run HR before getting the last out of the inning. 9-8.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the eighth when with two out, Hicks singled and Aaron Judge doubled him home.

Dellin Betances closed it out in the ninth.

But that eighth inning was too close for comfort. Why remove Britton after just 2/3 and why remove Tarpley after just one batter?

The Yanks have to sweep Baltimore. With the A’s breathing down the Yanks’ throats and the Yanks having seven games at Tampa Bay and Boston to close the season, in order to ensure that the wild card game is played in the Bronx, sweeping the Orioles is almost an imperative.

Hicks 2 hits, scored 4 runs, 2 RBI, walked 2x. HR
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gregorius 2 RBI, HR
Voit 2 RBI

Sabathia (W, 8-7, 3.77) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.  Career win #245.
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.82
Britton (H, 9) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.35 (Balt/NYY)
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.40
Cole 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.74 (Wash/NYY)
Robertson (H, 20) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.   2.93
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.69

Game 152. Boston clinches AL East, beating Yanks 11-6. Yanks lead over A’s 1.5 games.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It wasn’t a good night for the Yanks, who lost 11-6 to Boston as Boston clinched the AL East with the win.

Also, the A’s routed the Angels yesterday, so the Yanks’ (93-59) lead over the A’s for the top wild card spot is down to 1 1/2 games. The Yanks’ magic # over the A’s (since the Yanks hold the tiebreaker) is 8, and the Yanks magic # to make the playoffs is 3 over Tampa Bay, 2 over Seattle.

Masahiro Tanaka started and struggled, giving up a run in the first and two in the second.

Luke Voit cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second that set a couple of records. Voit became the 12th Yankee to hit 10 or more HR this season (it was his 11th HR, his 10th as a Yankee), and that set a MLB record for most players on a team with 10 or more. It also was the Yanks’ 246th HR of the season, setting a new team single season record.

But Boston came back with a run in the third. 4-2. Mookie Betts killed the Yanks in this game, getting 4 hits and driving in 5 runs.

In the fourth, Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam (his 35th HR) to put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and the Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Up 6-5 in the seventh, the Yanks gave up 3 runs in the seventh and another 3 in the eighth to lose 11-6.

Ex-MLB pitching star and current broadcaster for the MLB network, Jim Kaat (who once pitched for the Yanks briefly) was critical, and rightly so, of some pitching decisions made by either the Yankees’ pitchers or by catcher Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green, who smoked batters in the sixth, gave up a game-tying HR to Jackie Bradley in the seventh on a changeup. Kaat pointed out that his fastball was electric, and that Green has thrown maybe 15 changeups all year long, and you should not get beat on what is, for Green, his third best pitch, and one that is a work in progress. Two more runs scored after this. 8-6 Boston.

The Yanks had to get Aroldis Chapman some work, since he just came off the DL, in order to get him ready for the playoffs, and some rust showed. He gave up a 3-run HR to Betts, 11-6. Once again, Kaat was critical because the HR came off a slider, and not Chapman’s vaunted fastball.

McCutchen 2 hits, 2 walks
Stanton grand slam
Gregorius 2 hits
Voit 2-run HR.

Tanaka 4+ IP, 5 R, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.67
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Green (BS, 4; L, 8-3, 2.64) 1+ IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.73
Chapman 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.64 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.02
Cole 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.21 (Wash/NYY)
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.79

 

Game 148. Yanks’ comeback falls short, lose to Toronto, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia had nothing, neither did Tommy Kahnle and a furious Yankees comeback came up short in an 8-7 loss to Toronto Saturday.

With the loss, the Yanks fell to 91-57. Tampa Bay beat Oakland, so the Yanks stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the A’s for the top wild card spot. They are 10 1/2 back of Boston with just 14 games left. Boston’s magic # for clinching the AL East is 4.

The Yanks’ magic # for that top wild card spot is 13, and possibly 12 since they currently hold a tiebreaker. Their magic # just to make the wild card game is 6.

CC gave up 5 runs and 3 HR in getting knocked out in the third inning.

Down 5-0, Didi Gregorius homered (25) for the Yanks in the sixth to make it 5-1. The Yanks loaded the bases with two out, but Andrew McCutchen struck out. McCutchen struck out four times in the game.

There are some decisions Aaron Boone is making that I don’t understand. Once again he batted .191 hitting Gary Sanchez fifth. In a normal year, yes. In a .191-hitting year, I don’t know why he is hitting ahead of say, Gleyber Torres (.280) or Miguel Andujar (.299). The rookies are doing better and should be hitting above Sanchez in the lineup.

Analytics be damned.

Another thing I can’t see is his bringing in certain relievers at certain times of the game. For the third time this month, Tommy Kahnle let a manageable deficit become an unmanageable one, and any comeback the Yanks had in them was wasted because the deficit to overcome got too large. On Sept. 2,  Kahnle came into a game and immediately gave up a HR to the first batter he faced.  Early last week, he came into a game in Minnesota, and the first batter he faced, Joe Mauer, hit a grand slam.

On Saturday he didn’t last an inning, giving up 3 runs in ballooning the Toronto lead from 5-1 to 8-1. This proved costly.

Why Boone is relying on guys in September who haven’t proven anything all year long is beyond me. Kahnle’s ERA is 7.11. Neither he nor Sanchez have performed to their capabilities all year long. Neither have others—Greg Bird for instance.

Those three runs Kahnle gave up helped to cost the Yanks the game, because the Yanks scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Stanton homered (34) to start things up. Didi hit his second HR of the game (26) to make it 8-3.

That second HR by Didi broke his own record for HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, which he set just last year.

Then Miguel Andujar, who didn’t start the game, hit a grand slam later in the inning to make it 8-7. It was Andujar’s 24th HR of the season.

But the Yanks couldn’t close the gap completely and lost 8-7.

The HR are great, but it’s coming with a price. The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game.

In the second inning, the Yanks had loaded the bases with no one out, but three straight strikeouts by Walker, Voit and Gardner meant no runs scored. That helped cost them the game, too.

Sabathia (L, 7-7, 3.80) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.08
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  7.11
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.75
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.    2.52
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60 (Balt/NYY)

Billy O’Dell, a lefty pitcher who pitched against the Yanks in the 1962 WS for the SF Giants, died Sept. 12, age 85. O’Dell started and lost Game 1 of that WS, but got a save in Game 4. He also pitched in Game 7. O’Dell had won 19 games that year for the Giants. O’Dell pitched for the Orioles (1954, 1956-1959), Giants (1960-1964) Braves (1965-1966) and Pirates (1966-1967). He was a 2x All-Star (Orioles 1958 and 1959) who was 105-100 in his MLB career with an ERA of 3.29, ERA+ 109. His 162 g. average was 48 games, 20 of which would be starts, 11-10, 3.29.

 

Game 145. Yanks lose, 10-5. WC lead down to 2 over Oakland.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

With an off day Thursday, and also next Monday, manager Aaron Boone wanted to give some starting pitchers more rest and also look to set up the rotation for the playoffs. Ok, I can see that. I get that.

The problem was that the guy who made the spot start, enabling him to do that was Sonny Gray. Once again, instead of attacking hitters, Gray was tentative and was once again the disappointment he has been all season.

And Jonathan Loaisiga picked a bad time to have his first MLB clunker.

The Yanks’ (90-55) 10-5 loss to the Twins Tuesday night means that the footsteps are getting louder. Oakland beat the Bad News Bears (um, the 41-103 Baltimore Orioles) and are now just 2 games back of the Yanks for the top wild card spot.  The Yanks have to start winning games and go on a winning streak. They can’t continue to play .500 ball as they are doing this September and hope teams like the Orioles help them out by beating Oakland.

The Yanks scored first, when in the second inning, Didi Gregorius tripled and scored on a SF by Gary Sanchez.

Gray, as he has done often this season, started strong but soon fell apart. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, got the first two batters in the second, but had to then work out of a bases-loaded jam in the second to get out of that inning unscathed.

He wasn’t so fortunate in the third, giving up three runs, two on a single by ex-Yankee prospect Jake Cave.

The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, attempting to get back in the game, but Sanchez GIDP.

Jonathan Loaisiga replaced Gray, and in his sixth MLB game, delivered his first clunker, giving up a run in the fourth to make it 4-1, Twins. He came in with a 2.70 ERA, left with a 5.06.

Minnesota got six in the fifth to put the game away. A couple of walks hurt Loaisiga as a couple of runs scored. The Yanks then brought in Tommy Kahnle, who promptly gave up a grand slam to Joe Mauer.

I was at a game on Sept. 2 when Kahnle came in and gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. Now he did it again.

Didi hit a grand slam in the sixth, 10-5, but that was it. It was Didi’s 23rd HR of the season.

The Yanks only got 5 hits in the game, and GIDP 3x.

Andujar 2 hits
Didi triple, grand slam, 4 RBI.
McCutchen and Stanton each walked twice.

Gray (L, 10-9, 4.99) 3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 1/3 IP, 6 R, 4 H, 3 W, 3 K.  5.06
Kahnle 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.89. Gave up a grand slam.
Tarpley 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  7.36

 

 

Game 140. Severino, Sanchez, sloppy as A’s blast Yanks, 8-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino threw two wild pitches and Gary Sanchez was charged with two passed balls as Oakland scored four runs in the first inning and went on to beat the Yankees, 8-2, Wednesday night.

The loss drops the 87-53 Yankees 9 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East with 22 games to go. The tragic # for Boston to win the East is 13. But the Yanks only lead the A’s by 3 1/2 for that top wild card spot. The Yanks’ magic # to get the top wild card spot is 19, and to make the playoffs, it’s 14.

The Yanks’ offense continued to be in their funk, getting only 5 hits all night. After the A’s scored their four in the first, they got two in the third, and one in the fourth, one in the sixth and were up 8-0.

The Yanks’ only 2 runs came when Sanchez hit a 2-run HR (15) in the seventh.

Meanwhile, more worries about Severino.

Severino (L, 17-7, 3.52) 2 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.20
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.13
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  16.20
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  5.94

Clint Frazier won’t be back this year. Hopefully he recovers from those concussion issues over the offseason and is 100% and ready to go in 2019.

As for Luke Voit, is he this year’s Kevin Maas or Shane Spencer?

Game 137. Pitching disappoints in 11-7 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I was up at the Stadium to see the pitching disappoint in a 11-7 loss to the Tigers on Sunday.

Giancarlo Stanton was given the day off. He didn’t PH in situations that may have called for it. After the game the Yanks brought up Jonathan Loaisiga, who’ll join them in Oakland, as the Yanks now start a west coast swing.

Lance Lynn was awful, and in the second inning I was wondering already why no one was warming up. It was obvious from the start he had nothing. He gave up a run in the first, and another in the second, and was finally pulled by manager-for-the-day Josh Bard in the fourth. Aaron Boone was serving a suspension for his antics and ejection on Friday night.

The Yanks did get two runs in the bottom of the first to go up 2-1. Aaron Hicks homered (24), Miguel Andujar doubled and Gary Sanchez singled. But as mentioned, Detroit tied it in the second and scored five in the fourth. I would have had Sonny Gray warming up in the second already. Not that Gray has had a great year (he hasn’t) but if Lynn needs to be pulled that early, you need someone to provide length. Instead, Lynn gave up three runs in the fourth, and was pulled with two outs and a man on. Instead of going to Gray right away (I guess Bard wanted Gray to start an inning, not come into the middle of one), Bard went to Tommy Kahnle for one out. Wrong. Kahnle’s first pitch was hit for a two-run HR and the Tigers now had five runs in the inning and a 7-2 lead. Kahnle struck out the next guy to close the inning but the damage was done.

Luke Voit homered (6) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-3. He has 5 HR with the Yanks.

Gray kept the Yanks in the game, going four innings, giving up one run on a HR.

In the bottom of the eighth, down 8-3, the Yanks almost came back to take the lead. McCutchen led off the inning with a HBP and Hicks walked. Andujar singled to make it 8-4 and Sanchez hit into a force out. Torres walked to load the bases but Voit struck out. Neil Walker PH and got an infield single to make it 8-5. Greg Bird PH and just missed a grand slam that would have put the Yanks up 9-8. The ball was caught at the fence.

Stephen Tarpley made his MLB debut and gave up 3 runs in the top of the ninth to the Tigers.

In the ninth, with two out, Hicks walked, Andujar singled. Sanchez walked to load the bases. Torres singled in 2 runs to cut it to 11-7 but Voit struck out to end it.

Not a good day when your best pitcher was Sonny Gray out of the bullpen.

The loss puts the Yanks at 86-51, keeps them 7 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East with 25 games to go. The tragic # for Boston winning the East is 18.

The Yanks are 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot and the magic # for that is 21.

The Yanks are 10 up on Seattle for the last wild card spot. The magic # to just get into the playoffs is 16.

Hicks solo HR (24)
Andujar 3 hits, RBI
Torres 2 RBI
Voit 2 hits, HR, RBI
Walker 1 for 1, PH, RBI

Lynn (L, 8-10, 5.10 (Min/NYY)) 3 2/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 1 W, 6 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.06
Gray 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.96  Gave up 1 HR .
Tarpley 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.  27.00   MLB DEBUT