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Game 26. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, lose 1-0 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 8 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 2.29, but got nothing for it. The Yanks’ offense was feeble again tonight (just 4 hits, 2 by Castro) and they lost 1-0 in 10 innings.

The Yanks have to starting thinking about their bench. Both Ackley and Hicks started tonight. They went a combined 1 for 7. Ackley is at .095. Hicks .091. They aren’t even on the interstate.

Headley did not start, but is at .151 (he PH tonight) and still is without an XBH.

Teix, a notoriously slow starter, is at .225, Didi is at .215.

At 9-17, things can’t continue like this much longer. They are already 8 under .500. If they reach 10 under….

They were 4-2. They have lost 15 of 20. Just stating facts.

Facts are, this cannot go on much longer before changes must be made.

Tanaka 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 7 K. 2.29. Think about that. 2.29 in 6 starts, & just 1 win to show for it. He is 1-0, 2.29 in six starts. Talk about wasting his efforts.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.70.
Barbato (L, 1-2, 6.00) 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00




Game 25. Vintage CC. Yanks blank O’s, 7-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia turned back the clock and the Yanks blanked Baltimore 7-0 Wednesday night.

For the first time in three years, CC went seven scoreless innings.

Prior to the game, A-Rod was put on the DL (hamstring) and reliever James Pazos was brought up.

Jacoby Ellsbury was 3 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 SB. Mark Teixeira drew three walks and Brian McCann drove in 3 runs.

Sabathia (w, 2-2, 3.81) 7 IP, 0 r, 6 H, 2 walks, and 6 K.
Yates 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 3.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.92.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 R, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.82

Game 18. Nasty Nate dominates Texas. Yanks win 3-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi no-hit Texas for six innings and the Yanks beat Texas 3-1 Monday night.

These are the outings that the Yanks need, and need consistently, from Eovaldi and Pineda. Innings, not many runs given up (0 on this night), keep the ball in the park.

The Yanks scored two in the third on a HR by Ellsbury (1), a walk to Beltran and a double by Teixeira.

Starlin Castro’s third HR of the year made it j3-0 Yanks in the sixth.

Dellin Betances gave up a HR in the eighth.

The Yanks are now 8-10.


Eovaldi (w, 1-2, 4.38) 7+ IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Betances (h, 5), 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K,. 0.90.
Miller (s, 5) 1 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 0.00.

Game 17. Yanks K 16, but lose 8-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Winston Churchill once said that the Soviet Union was a puzzle inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma.

He could have been talking about Michael Pineda. Pineda struck out 9 in 5 IP, but gave up 4 HR, 2 in the first inning when he gave up 5 of his 7 runs and put the Yanks behind the 8-ball, 5-0, before they ever got to bat.

The Yanks struck out 16 Rays, but lost 8-1.

Pineda reminds me of A.J. Burnett. So much talent, but it seems wasted and unfulfilled. You just never know with Pineda who shows up that day. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. That inconsistency is holding him, and the Yanks, back. A.J. was the same way.

A-Rod had an RBI double for the only Yanks run of the game, and apparently strained an oblique swinging in the cage between at bats. So he could be out. Hicks’ sore shoulder will keep him out about a week.

So far this season, the Yanks have struggled against lefty pitchers. Part of that is because Alex is at .145 and Chase Headley, a switch-hitter, is at .149. Even Teixeira, another switch-hitter is just at .220. Teix is a notoriously slow starter.

They need the bats to come alive. At 7-10, the Yanks now go to Texas, Boston and Baltimore.

The Yanks do catch a bit of a break. They were supposed to face Cole Hamels on Monday night in Texas, but Hamels is forced to miss a start due to a groin pull.

Pineda (L, 1-2, 6.95) 5 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 4 HR.
Yates 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.68.
Goody 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 4.50. Gave up a HR.


Game 13. Yanks still struggling, fall 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe Joe Girardi needs to call a team meeting. For the Yanks are struggling right now, down to 5-8 after a 5-2 loss tonight.

In the first, the problems getting runners in resurfaced. (They were 0 for 4 w/RISP tonight and those numbers have been awful so far this season). The struggling Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, but the Yanks couldn’t bring him home. I have often said that I’d kill for a SF, but the Yanks don’t seem capable of that lately (and Girardi NEVER calls for a squeeze bunt, one of my gripes against Girardi. Be aggressive. Bunt. Steal. Squeeze. Hit and Run. Don’t just wait for a HR).

Didi Gregorius did get the Yanks on the board in the second with his 2nd HR of the year.

Eovaldi gave up 3 in the fourth, and it could have been another if not for Aaron Hicks gunning a runner out at home. If only Hicks were hitting. He is 1 for 20 for the season. You wonder if sending Hicks down and bringing Aaron Judge up may be a benefit.

Any chance of the Yanks getting back in it evaporated when Brandon Pinder gave up two in the eighth. Pinder replaced Olson, who replaced Cessa on the Scranton shuttle.

Carlos Beltran hit his 4th HR of the year, #396 of  his career (tying Joe Carter) in the bottom of the eighth.

Some numbers: Ellsbury is at .220. He has to improve and set the table. Since coming off the DL last year, Ellsbury has done nothing. Teix is at .182. He is notoriously a slow starter. A-Rod is at .163. Headley .182. Hicks .050.

It’s early, but those numbers have to improve.

Generally, I want a club to finish April at .500 or above. The Yanks are 5-8, so they have to get it going.

Eovaldi (L, 0-2, 6.11) 6 Ip, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.15
Pinder 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 18.00
Nova 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 10. Yanks lose 4th straight, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

For the second game in a row, the Yankees went 0 for 12 with RISP. As a result, they lost to Seattle 3-2. The loss, the Yanks’ fourth in a row, dropped them to 4-6.

While it is too early to panic, perhaps a couple changes should be made to shake things up a bit. Starlin Castro, who was 3 for 5 today and is hitting .342, and Carlos Beltran, who drove in both Yankees runs with a double and a HR, and who is at .351 after a 4-hit day today, are the Yankees hottest hitters right now. Meanwhile, the usual #3 and #4 hitters, A-Rod and Teixeira, are at .100 and .200 right now. A-Rod is now 3 for 30 and was 0 for 5 today with three strikeouts.

Maybe put Castro and Beltran 3-4, drop Teix to 5, split Teix and Alex with McCann 6 and A-Rod 7 until things change and someone else gets hot or goes cold? But for now, why not get your hottest hitters 3 and 4? That would be Castro and Beltran.

Gardner is showing signs of snapping out of it with two hits today, but Ellsbury is at .209.

Also, Headley is at.154 and made an error today. In limited time, Ronald Torreyes is 6 for 9. Torreyes doesn’t have the power Headley does, but right now, the Yanks need to do the little things and not wait for the HR. Steal, hit and run, move runners up. Anything to keep from those 0 for 12 with RISP games like last night and today.

In the third, Teix walked and Beltran doubled him home to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Seattle scored all their runs in the fifth. CC gave up a HR to Leonys Martin which tied the game. Then, with two out and a man on first, Jacoby Ellsbury was caught napping a bit. Katel Marte was running on the pitch when Robbie Cano singled, and he scored all the way from first….shades of Enos Slaughter’s mad dash in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series. Cano went to second on the throw and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.

Beltran’s third HR of the year, #395 career, made it 3-2 in the seventh, but that was it.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 5.06) 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 5 K.
Barbato 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K,. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.. 0.00

The bullpen of Barbato (so far, a rookie revelation), Shreve, Betances and Miller have been good, and that should improve once Chapman joins the team.

The starters have to do better, though. Through two turns around, the only starter with an ERA less than 5.00 is Tanaka at 3.38.

It’s early. Too soon to panic, but not too soon for a couple tweaks after a 4-6 start.

UPDATE: Girardi has made some moves today, Sunday. Beltran moves up to 3. A-Rod dropped to 6th. Teix stays at 4, McCann 5. Castro is 7th (wish he were higher) and Torreyes is at 3B, batting 9th. So some tweaking I suggested is in play today, Sunday for Game 11.

Game 7. Yanks fall, 7-2.


Michael Pineda pitched better than last time out, but this time he didn’t get 16 runs of support. The Yanks lost to Toronto, 7-2.

It was one of those nights that each time the Yanks battled back to tie the game or get back in it, the pitchers just gave it back.

Toronto got a run in the second, but the Yanks tied it in the fifth on an Aaron Hicks groundout. But Toronto scored two right away in the bottom of the fifth to go up 3-1. Ronald Torreyes had two hits tonight, and the backup is hitting .667, but he also made an error that let in an unearned run.

The Yanks got a HR from Teixeira (3, #397 career) to cut it to 3-2 in the 8th, but here is where the game was lost. Pineda gave up 3R, 2 ER, in six, and Kirby Yates had a great seventh, striking out two. But manager Girardi went to Nova in the eighth and Nova had nothing. The game got away then.

A-Rod is off to a slow start. He’s at .136. Too early to panic, but if it continues, whispers will start because he is 40. Here is hoping he snaps out of it soon.

Pineda (L, 1-1, 6.55 ) 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 walks, 6 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 2 K. 3.38
Nova 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 7.20.