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Game 54. Yanks lose, 11-5, hurting odds for postseason home games.

The Yanks don’t seem to like Buffalo too much. Buffalo is the COVID-19 induced “home” of the Toronto Blue Jays this year, and in the games played there this year, the Yanks haven’t fared too well.

Last night the Yankees (31-23) lost 11-5, dropping them 1 1/2 games behind the Twins for that #4 playoff seed. There are only six games left. The Twins at 33-22 have five games left. If things stay like this, the Yanks will not have a home playoff game. All three games in the first round would be in Minnesota and if the Yanks advance, they then head to the “bubble” in California for the ALDS and ALCS. The WS will be at another neutral bubble in Texas. The Yanks are 21-7 at Yankee Stadium this year, 10-16 on the road.

The lack of a minor league season has really hurt Michael King. Hopefully he can learn from his MLB experience this year but it is becoming apparent he needed more minor league time to develop–minor league time not available during this COVID dominated year. Sending someone to the alternate site isn’t the same as sending them down for AAA games.

King, 25, had 15 games at AA (6-3, 3.14) and 10 games at AAA (7-1, 2.30) so 25 games equals basically a full season of AA or higher experience. Nice records but the majors are different. He’s 1-2, 7.76 in the majors this season. More minor league experience would have helped, but it just isn’t there this year.

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the top of the second. With one out, Gleyber Torres walked. Aaron Hicks walked, and Gio Urshela singled in Torres.

King gave up five runs in the bottom of the third, the last two coming in when Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a double allowing two inherited runners to score.

Loaisiga, good this year until last night, then gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth. 9-1.

Nick Nelson, a pitcher in the same boat as King, gave up a HR in the bottom of the sixth. 10-1 Toronto.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the seventh. Torres led off with a walk, moved to third on a double by Hicks and scored on a groundout by Urshela. 10-2.

Chad Green gave up a HR in the bottom of the seventh. 11-2.

The Yanks got three in the top of the ninth. With one out, Urshela singled. With two out, both Brett Gardner and Tyler Wade walked. With the bases loaded, Mike Tauchman doubled all three runners home.

I haven’t cared too much for C Gary Sanchez’ pitch selection at times this year (in addition to Sanchez’ low batting average), and in reading a recent article, it seems manager Aaron Boone was questioning Sanchez the other day about it too. It will be interesting to see if Kyle Higashioka catches Gerrit Cole again tonight. Has Higgy become Cole’s personal catcher? Will we see that in the postseason? Tonight will be Cole’s last start before the postseason, Game 1 of the first round vs. (it appears to be) the Twins.

LeMahieu 2 hits (.365)
Tauchman 3 RBI
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI

King (L, 1-2, 7.76) 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 0 K. 3.86
Nelson 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.09 Gave up 1 HR.
Green 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.80 Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.06

Game 44. Cole dominates in first game of DH. Yanks win 6-0.

Gerrit Cole pitched a complete game, 7-inning (2020 DH / CCP virus rules) 2-hit shutout in Game 1 of a doubleheader today over the Orioles. The Yankees (23-21) won 6-0.

The Yanks got things started right away. D.J. LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with his sixth HR of the season. After a single by Luke Voit and a WP, Brett Gardner hit his fourth HR of the season. Three batters into the bottom of the first, and the Yanks were up 3-0.

Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run homer, his first of the season, in the second inning to give the Yanks a 5-0 lead, and the way Cole was going, that was more than enough.

The final Yankees run came in the bottom of the sixth. Gleyber Torres led off the inning with a double, and Gary Sanchez walked. After a passed ball, Mike Tauchman singled in Torres.

LeMahieu solo HR (6)
Leads AL in batting average. Already won a batting tile in NL.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (4)
Tauchman 3 for 3, RBI
Higashioka 2-run HR (1)

Cole (W, 5-3, 3.20) 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 9 K.

The Cole the Yanks paid all that $$$ for.

Game 2 will have Tanaka on the mound.

Thoughts after a rainout.

Recently I saw some thoughts on the Yankees, and some I agree with, others need more thought. But I thought I would share those and my thoughts with you.

One. Rest? Balls to the wall right now. The person who wrote what I saw questioned why Boone is giving so much rest and off days to players IN A SIXTY GAME SEASON. I have to agree. Not only that, rest because of doubleheaders? The doubleheaders are just seven inning games! I get the injury problems, but how much rest is needed in a sixty game season in which a lot of games so far are seven inning affairs?

Second. The writer wrote to dump Montgomery and go with Clarke Schmidt in the rotation from now on. Ok. Teams haven’t seen Schmidt (0-0, 7.71 in two relief outings) while Monty is 2-2, 5.72. Who knows. Schmidt is more used to starting. Monty hasn’t been good the last few times out. Udecided on this one.

It does look as if Deivi Garcia will have to stay in the rotation. James Paxton has suffered a setback in his forearm problem. This means a few things. One, Garcia in his three MLB starts is 1-1, 3.06. Paxton was 1-1, 6.64 in five starts. But Paxton is a free agent after the year (along with Tanaka), and given this problem and Paxton’s injury history, would you bring him back? I wouldn’t. As for Tanaka, yes. But the biggest free agent that the Yankees HAVE to re-sign is LeMahieu, who as he did last year, is leading the team in WAR (Wins Above Replacement).

Third. The outfield problem. There isn’t a lot that can be done here as long as Judge and Stanton are on the IL. The author of the piece I saw suggested benching Gardner (.165-3-9, OPS+ 65) for Tauchman (.238-0-10, OPS+ 83). Ok, but not a lot of improvement. Hicks (.209-4-13) isn’t helping much either, but at least Hicks (114 OPS+) is drawing walks, leading the team in them.

What this leads to is Clint Frazier. At .288-5-17, OPS+ 159, he has to play everyday. And this means when/if Judge returns, Boone should go with Frazier in LF, Hicks CF and Judge in RF. You can use Tauchman or Gardy for a defensive replacement late for Frazier. As for Gardy, he just turned 37. I don’t expect him back in 2021.

As for Andujar, you can’t afford his lack of OF experience out there right now. He has to play 3b (which he doesn’t do well) or, with Stanton out, DH.

There are only 17 games left. The 22-21 Yankees are clinging to the last playoff spot, only there because of the special circumstances with the CCP virus in 2020.

Balls to the wall.

As for the DH today, fingers crossed. The Yanks are only 2-7 in those 7–inning affairs this year. That has to improve.

And as for Sanchez. Whew. I don’t know what to do there. J.T. Realmuto is a free agent after the season. He’ll be 30 next year. Catchers usually break down at 32, 33. 5 years, $100 Million? Do the Yanks have the $ for him, and if so, would they give up on Sanchez? And what to do with Sanchez.

Excuse me, I have to take an aspirin. Sanchez has been giving me, and I am sure you, headaches this season.

Games 31 and 32. Yanks go extras in both games, sweep Mets in DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (19-13) used a miraculous comeback to win the first game of a DH, then struggling Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam to enable the Yankees to gain the sweep in Game 2.

Both games were won in 8 innings, extra innings what with the 2020 Covid rules for a DH. (7-inning games, extras start w/man on second).

Game 1

Down 7-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Yanks scored five in the bottom of the seventh and once in the eighth to win 8-7.

In the bottom of the first, D.J. LeMahieu walked, was doubled to third by Luke Voit, and scored on a groundout by Mike Tauchman.

The Mets got two in the top of the fourth to go up 2-1, but the Yanks tied it in the bottom of the inning when Mike Tauchman walked and Mike Ford doubled him home.

Ex-Yankee Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR in the top of the fifth to put the Mets up 4-2. The Mets got three more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 7-2.

Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the comeback. Ford reached on an error, and got back to the bag safely to avoid being doubled up when Brett Gardner lined out. Gio Urshela flied out for the second out. Down 7-2, things looked dire. Ford advanced to second on defensive indifference and Tyler Wade walked. Thairo Estrada was HBP to load the bases. Luke Voit singled to make it 7-4. Estrada should have been out at third to end the game but the 3B dropped the ball. WHEW. A WP made it 7-5. Aaron Hicks then tied the game with his third HR of the season.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the new rules, Tauchman started the inning at second base. Gary Sanchez flied out and Ford walked. After Brett Gardner flied out, Gio Urshela singled in Tauchman to win the game.

Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Hicks 2-run game-tying HR (3)
Urshela GW hit

KIng 3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 3 K.   6.23
Kriske 1 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K.  2 WP.    20.25  Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.93
Green (W, 3-2, 3.45) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

Game 2

Deivi Garcia was brilliant in his MLB debut. At 21, he was the youngest Yankee starter since Phil Hughes in 2007.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the top of the third (Mets home team in this one) when Tyler Wade hit his first HR of the season.

Garcia took a shutout into the bottom of the sixth. The Mets tied it up on a single after Luke Voit made a two-base error.

In the top of the eighth, Brett Gardner started the inning at second, and Clint Frazier walked. After a flyout moved both runners up, Tauchman was intentionally walked. Sanchez, now hitting just .134, PH for Erik Kratz and hit a grand slam for his sixth HR of the season. Of Sanchez’ 11 hits this year, six are HR.

The Mets got a run in the bottom of the eighth and had the bases loaded but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Sanchez Grand Slam (6)
Wade solo HR (1)

Garcia 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K.   MLB DEBUT
Holder (W, 1-0, 2.25) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Cessa (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.09




Game 25. Lost game 10-5, players to IL, weekend?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yankees put Zack Britton on the IL (hamstring), sent Miguel Andujar (2 for 21 this year, 9 for 68 last 68 MLB at bats) down and brought up Ben Heller and Miguel Yajure. Yajure, RHP, 22, went 9-6, 2.14 between High A and AA last year. He hasn’t appeared in AAA.

Then, during today’s game, Gleyber Torres left with a leg injury. He may be joining Judge, LeMahieu, Stanton and Britton on the IL.

ALSO, today’s starter, James Paxton, saw his fastball velocity diminish even more, felt something in his forearm/elbow area that didn’t feel right, and is headed for an MRI.

Ugh. TJ surgery? And he is a free agent at the end of the year.

As if that is not bad enough, the Yanks (16-9) lost yet again today to Tampa Bay, 10-5. They are 1-6 vs. the Rays this season, 15-3 against other teams. With the loss, the Yanks got swept three in a row by the Rays—all at home—and fell out of first place in the AL East. Tampa Bay, at 17-9, is now 1/2 game ahead of the Yanks.

I’ll get to the game in a moment. But TOMORROW’S Game, supposed to be at Citi FIeld vs. the Mets, has now been postponed, and the whole Subway Series weekend could now be scrapped because a Mets player and another member of the Mets’ personnel came down positive with the coronavirus (CCP Virus).

Got all that? Now for the game.

Paxton took a no-hitter into the fifth, and had a 2-0 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when Luke Voit homered (10) for the fourth straight game. That HR gave him the team lead by one over Aaron Judge.

In the third, with one out, Mike Tauchman singled and Gio Urshela doubled. Torres drove in a run with a groundout, but appeared to tweak something in his hammy running to first. He is scheduled for an MRI.

Paxton lost his no-hitter and the lead in the top of the fifth. He only gave up one hit that inning, but that hit and three walks led to three Rays runs. 3-2 Rays.

The Yanks got the lead back in the bottom of the fourth when Urshela hit a 2-run HR (5).

But Adam Ottavino and Luis Avilan gave up five runs in the top of the sixth and it was 8-4 Rays.

With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Tyler Wade doubled, Aaron Hicks walked, and Voit singled to make it 8-5.

Luis Cessa gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to make it 10-5 and that was the final score.

Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (10)
Tauchman 2 hits
Urshela 2 hits, 2 RBI, a 2-run HR (5)
Kratz 2 hits

Paxton 5 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 8 K.  6.64
Ottavino (L, 2-2, BS,1; 4.00) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Avilan 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.32   Gave up 1 HR
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.89
Cessa 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.19  Gave up 1 HR.



Game 21. Oh Happ-y day, Yanks Ford Tough in 4-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

After a couple of really bad starts to the season, J.A. Happ finally came through, and along with a big night by Mike Ford, the Yanks (15-6) beat Boston 4-2 Sunday night.

With one out in the bottom of the first inning, Gio Urshela singled, then a single by Mike Tauchman, and a two-out single by Ford made it 1-0, Yankees.

In the second, Brett Gardner walked, and with two out, Aaron Hicks doubled to make it 2-0, Yankees.

In the top of the third, a solo HR by Boston cut it to 2-1, Yankees.

The Yanks got it to 4-1 in the bottom of the third on a 2-run HR (2) by Ford.

The Yanks gave up a run in the ninth, held on to win, 4-2. They are 9-0 at home this year and 5-0 vs. Boston.

Tauchman, 2 hits.
Torres 2 hits
Ford 2 hits, 3 RBI, a 2-run HR (2)

Happ (W, 1-1, 6.39) 5 2/3  IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (H, 2) 2/3  IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   1.08
Green (H, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.71
Britton (S, 8) 1 IP, 1R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.    1.08

Chapman should be back tomorrow.

D.J. to IL. Andujar back up.

Game 19. Gleyber snaps slump, leads Yanks to 10-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, Aaron Judge was put on the 10-day IL with a strained calf. Thairo Estrada was brought up.

With Stanton and Judge on the IL, two Yankees in terrible slumps now had and have to snap out of those slumps.

Gleyber Torres did, by going 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Gary Sanchez was only 1 for 5, but that one hit was a 2-run HR.

Oh yeah, it also helps that you have your ace on the mound, and including his time with Houston last year, Gerrit Cole has now won his last 20 decisions (the record is 24, set by Carl Hubbell of the NY Giants, 1936-1937).

The Yanks (13-6) bombed Boston, 10-3.

In the bottom of the first, Mike Tauchman struck out with the bases loaded and the Yanks wasted a scoring opportunity. Tauchman would make up for it later in the game in big ways.

The Yanks struck first, getting two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Luke Voit led off with a single, and Aaron Hicks walked. After a ground out moved the runners up, Torres doubled in two runs to make it 2-0, Yanks.

Cole made few mistakes in the game, but did make one in the top of the fourth, giving up a solo HR that cut the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.

The Yanks scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break the game open. With two out, Torres singled and went to second on a balk. Tauchman doubled him home, then Sanchez hit a 457 foot HR (3) to make it 5-1.

The Yanks tacked on three more runs in the seventh. With one out, Gio Urshela singled, then Torres singled him to third. A single by Tauchman scored Gio and moved up Torres to second. A WP moved both runners up but Sanchez struck out. Clint Frazier then doubled in two runs to make it 8-1.

Jonathan Holder then relieved Cole but was ineffective, giving up two runs to cut the Yanks’ lead to 8-3 before Adam Ottavino finished off the half-inning.

The Yanks got those two runs back in the bottom of the eighth when D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a single and Luke Voit walked. After two outs, Tyler Wade singled to load the bases. Tauchman singled in two runs to make it 10-3, which wound up as the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits, .429
Torres 4 for 4, 2 RBI
Wade 1 for 1
Tauchman 3 hits, 4 RBI
Sanchez 2-run HR
Frazier 2 RBI

Cole (W, 4-0, 2.76) 7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W 8 K.   Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K   3.68
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.17
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.38

It was the Yanks’ third straight win.


Game 13. Mistakes cost Yanks in 1-0 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Mistakes cost the Yankees (9-4) in a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday night. Both teams combined had only four hits in the game, two by each team.

Aaron Hicks (.188), Gleyber Torres (.119) and Gary Sanchez (.091) continued to struggle. Even Luke Voit, despite 4 HR, is only at .216.

The Yanks could have broken open a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh when they loaded the bases with two out, but Sanchez struck out on three pitches. He really looks lost right now. 3 for 33 with 19 strikeouts.

In the top of the eighth, Mike Tauchman led off the inning with a leadoff double, but then inexpicably tried to advance to third on a ball hit to the shortstop By D.J. LeMahieu and was thrown out at third. Bad baserunning play. Especially with Aaron Judge up after LeMahieu.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Rays scored the only run of the game on two walks, a WP, and a SF.

The Yanks and Rays have a doubleheader today.  Hopefully some bats wake up. Gerrit Cole will start one of those two games. Remember, for this year (maybe for the future?) DHs are seven-inning affairs.

Tanaka 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K.  1.17
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (L, 2-1, 1.80) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K.  1 WP.

Recent moves: Andujar, Estrada and Nelson sent down to get down to new roster limit. The team is so deep right now, they have no room for Andujar or Frazier. With Happ and Paxton struggling, you wonder about a trade for a starter.



Game 12. Yanks fall just short, lose 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Even though they are now 9-3 after a 5-4 loss to the Phillies, the Yanks have to get better starting pitching outside of Gerrit Cole. Both Paxton and Happ have been terrible so far.

Tonight, after a good first outing, Jordan Montgomery wasn’t good.

He gave up a 3-run hr in the first inning .

The Yanks came back with two in the top of the second on a 2-run single by Mike Tauchman.

D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge didn’t start but got into the game later.

Montgomery had one runner on with two out in the third but could not get out of the inning, giving up a two-run double. 5-2 Phillies.

In the top of the seventh, Gary Sanchez hit his first HR of the season. This after starting out a horrendous 2 for 29 with 18 strikeouts.

With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, Luke Voit hit one that he just missed. Instead of a 3-run HR, the ball was caught deep in RCF for the last out.

Concern: Torres now hitting .132.

Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. Need to find him playing time.
Gardner 2 his.
Sanchez 2-run HR. Still just 3 for 31 this season.

Montgomery (L, 1-1, 5.59) 4 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hale 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.   1.59
Holder 1 2/3 IP,  0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  0.00

David Hale isn’t used very much in high leverage situations, and has bounced up and down and been DFA’d  often, but has been very effective. Coming into this game, in 26 Yankees’ games, he was 3-0, 2.96 and that got better tonight.


Games 10 & 11. Yanks split DH with Phils. lose opener 11-7, win nightcap 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In this crazy year, both games of the doubleheader just seven innings.

The Yanks lost the opener, 11-7, as their seven game winning streak was snapped. They scored first when in the first inning, D.J. LeMahieu singled, Aaron Judge reached on an error and Aaron Hicks walked to load the bases. D.J. scored when Gleyber Torres GIDP.

They got two more in the second when with two out, Kyle Higashioka singled and Brett Gardner hit a 2-run HR (3). 3-0 Yanks.

But J.A. Happ gave it back, giving up four runs in the top of the third (because of Tuesday’s rainout, the Yanks were the home team in Philadelphia for game one). Happ is a big problem for the Yanks with what his performance was last year (12-8, 4.91; most of the year ERA was over 5) and so far this year. Based on that, I don’t expect him back in 2021. He turns 38 in October. He gave up a HR to Bryce Harper but it was walks that really hurt him here.

Nick Nelson came in for his second MLB game and didn’t have it. He gave up a HR to J.T. Realmuto in the fifth, but then six runs in the top of the sixth. In a 7-inning game, that was a killer.

Since the Yanks had a DH, and also have a DH in Tampa Bay on Saturday, Aaron Boone left Nelson in. You didn’t want to burn the bullpen, and see the game 2 recap for how well the bullpen did in Game 2. (Hint: Fabulous)

The Yanks did get four runs in the bottom of the seventh to turn 11-3 into 11-7. Mike Tauchman singled, and after an out, Brett Gardner singled. Thairo Estrada singled in a run and Aaron Judge homered (7).

LeMahieu 3 for 3
Estrada 1 for 1, RBI
Judge 3-run HR
Wade 1 for 1
Higashioka 2 hits, but a huge error
Gardner 2 hits, 2-run HR.

Happ (L, 0-1, 10.29) 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 6 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00
Nelson 1 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.   11.57  (2nd MLB game)
Cessa 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  0.00 (Kriske sent down)

In the nightcap, it was tied in the top of the seventh when the Yanks (9-2) broke through for two runs to go up 3-1.  Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit singled, then Mike Tauchman doubled in a run. After Gary Sanchez was HBP to load the bases, Gio Urshela singled in a run.

In the second, Voit had hit a HR (4) to put the Yanks up 1-0. The Phils tied it in the bottom of the frame.

Concerns? Torres and Sanchez still struggling.


Voit 2 hits, solo HR.
Tauchman GW RBI
Urshela 2 hits, RBI

Loaisiga 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.  4.32
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  3.86
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  0.00
Ottavino (W, 2-0, 0.00) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The bullpen threw 4 2/3 no -hit, no-run innings.