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Game 162. Thanks to Arizona, Yanks get WC game at home.


The Yankees ended the season by losing six of their last seven games, ending at 87-75, but will host the wild-card play-in game because Arizona beat Houston 5-3 in the last game of the season.

Ugh. No one likes to “back into” anything.

Michael Pineda was knocked out in the fourth inning today. More discouraging to Yankees’ fans was who replaced him. First Chris Capuano, who was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks this year, then Bryan Mitchell, who hasn’t been the same since he was hit in the face by a liner. As someone wrote, the two guys (out of 20 on the expanded roster) with the highest ERAs of anyone with over 8 IP.

The offense disappointed again today, going 1 for 12 with RISP in the 9-4 loss. This isn’t the way you want to enter the playoffs.

Pineda gave up two in the first, but the Yanks did get a run back in the second on an RBI groundout by Ackley, one guy who is hot lately.

But the O’s got 3 in the fourth and the way the Yanks have been playing lately, that was enough. At that point, Yankees’ fans were hoping for Arizona to beat Houston.

Two in the fifth by the Orioles made it 7-1 and ensured that the Yanks would get swept in Baltimore.

The Yanks got one back in the sixth on a Gregorius triple and two in the seventh on a Bird single and Ackley RBI groundout. It made it 7-4 but a two-run HR by Chris Davis (MLB HR leader with 47) made the score 9-4, the final.

The Yanks need to send a BIG gift to Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, whose two-run HR won the game for Arizona and gave the home field advantage for the wild card game to the Yankees.

The Yanks finished 87-75, three games better than last year and two games better than in 2013. Mark Teixeira was (according to WAR) their best player this year by an eyelash over Dellin Betances. The problem, of course, is that Teix missed the last 40 games of the year, and will miss all of the postseason, with a broken leg.

Attendance this year was the lowest since 1998.

So the Yanks will face Houston Tuesday night at home, and although I will be rooting hard for the Yanks (winner goes to KC), it isn’t promising. Still, anything could happen in one game.


it’ll be Tanaka (12-7,  3.51) vs. Keuchel (20-8, 2.48). Keuchel beat the Yanks twice this year, pitching a CG six-hit shutout with 12 K on June 25, and pitching seven innings of 3-hit shutout ball on August 25 with 9 K. 16 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 21 K. Ugh. The Yanks can only hope he is off (3 days rest) on Tuesday night.

Tanaka faced Houston once this year, and it wasn’t good. 6 R in 5 IP on June 27.

The Yanks are a lefty-leaning lineup that has been hurting without the switch-hitting Teixeira’s bat from the right side.

Against the lefty Keuchel, you wonder what Girardi will do with the lineup, especially since lefty hitters Ellsbury (ended the year at .257, terrible for a table-setting leadoff hitter making $22MM and who is just .224-6-27 with just 7 SB since coming off the DL July 8). That is certainly NOT setting the table as the leadoff hitter.

McCann is 8 for 58 since Sept. 12. (.138).

Gardner, like Ellsbury, finished under .260. That is NOT setting the table. You wanted both to hit .280-.290 with about 35-40 SB apiece. Instead both finished under .260 with 41 SB—–COMBINED.

Since September 12, Gardner is 12 for 72….  .167.  I don’t mean to discourage, but those are three lefty bats all struggling, and you are facing a lefty pitcher in Keuchel on Tuesday night.

Since Sept 12, Headley is 12 for 71… slightly better than the .167 of Gardner, and Headley is a switch-hitter.  Another struggling.

Does Girardi have the guts to go with Refsnyder at 2B,  Murphy at C and Young in CF or LF, especially since McCann, Ellsbury and Ellsbury have been struggling so badly? Does he play Ackley in LF for the struggling Gardner?

Does he take it one step further and play Ryan at 3B?

With Ellsbury, McCann, Gardner all struggling, could he go with an innovative lineup vs. Keuchel such as…

Young CF
Refsnyder 2B
A-Rod DH
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Ackley LF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 3B

Tanaka P

and bring off the bench if needed against a righty pitcher Ellsbury, McCann, Headley and Gardner?

I doubt it. But those four have been killing the Yanks recently. If in the lineup, they have to wake up.

As for today…

Pineda (L, 12-10, 4.37) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R,  6 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.97
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 6.37
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walks and 2 K. 0.00 (don’t see how they don’t take him for the postseason roster).
Bailey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 0 K. 8.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.93 (Should merit consideration).
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.10
Miller 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.04
Cotham 1/3 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K 6.52 

You hope Tanaka can give you 7 strong (preferably scoreless) and then go to Wilson, Betances and Miller. The bullpen has been shaky lately, showing signs of wear. But Tanaka has to have a good game and go deep.

The Yanks have to play littleball, which they haven’t played (or been good at) this year. They can’t expect to bomb Keuchel out. They have to scratch for runs, steal, hit and run, bunt runners over and not go, say 0 for 10 with RISP. They must take advantage of all their opportunities.

And Joe Girardi must go for broke. I’m interested in what lineup he puts out there Tuesday night; if he benches some guys.

I remember Billy Martin benching Reggie Jackson for Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS for Paul Blair because Reggie could not hit Splittorff.

Maybe Girardi channels Martin and benches some guys.

We will see.

One game. Let’s go Yankees.

Game 139. Yanks lose to Jays 11-5, fall 2 1/2 back. Teix’s leg is broken, out for year.


Before the game, the Yanks’ fears were confirmed. It isn’t a bone bruise that Mark Teixeira has, it’s a fractured shin. He’s done for the year.

As for the game, Luis Severino made his seventh MLB start and it turned out to be his first bad one. He gave up five runs in the first inning, two home runs, and was knocked out in the third as the Blue Jays won 11-5.

Toronto hit five HR in the game. The only bright spot for the Yanks was a 3-run HR (9) for Didi Gregorius, who drove in four of the Yanks five runs. Alex Rodriguez had the “Golden Sombrero”—0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.

Chris Martin was brought up before the game and wound up pitching in it.

Michael Pineda will start the opener of today’s DH, Ivan Nova the nightcap.

The loss dropped the Yanks 2 1/2 behind Toronto for the AL East lead. They are 77-62. The Yanks still have a 3 1/2 game lead for the first WC spot (meaning the one-game wild card playoff would be played at home) and a 4 1/2 game lead for the second wild card spot (game played on the road). The magic # to get into the wild card game is 19 over the Twins.

By the way, the Yanks “tragic number” to not win the AL East is 21. Hope they can win the division and it doesn’t come to that, but just saying. At least there is the wild card to fall back on.

Severino (L, 3-3, 3.35) 2 1/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 4 K.
Martin 1 2/3, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.11
Bailey 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H 0 walks and 0 K. 2.29
Cotham 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 9.00
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.59

Game 137. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, fall 1 1/2 back.


Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 1 run in 8 innings, but the Yanks scored just one run and Chasen Shreve gave up a tie-breaking HR in the ninth as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Toronto’s tenth-inning win up in Fenway, pushed the Yanks 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East at 77-60.

The Yanks are a bit banged up. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Adam Warren would be stretched out and rejoin the rotation what with Nathan Eovaldi being out for two weeks. You wonder, this late into the season, if Eovaldi and Warren may have to switch roles, Eovaldi going to the bullpen when he returns because of rust and coming back so late into the season.

The Yanks are also resigned to the possibility of Mark Teixeira being done for the season. Not only that, but Brett Gardner has a sore shoulder and was given another day off today, and Chase Headley had the night off (except to make the last out as a PH). Light-hitting Brendan Ryan started at third. Even though Refsnyder is up and on the team, Girardi has gone with Ryan over Refsnyder lately. Heck, the other day he went with Pirela over Refsnyder.

Tonight’s game was scoreless until the sixth, when Tanaka gave up a HR (Ugh, to the #9 hitter). A-Rod tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 30th HR of the season, #684* of his career. The HR tied Hank Aaron for 15 seasons of 30 or more (they are the only two to hit 30 or more in 15 seasons) and it’s the first time since 2010 that Alex has hit 30 in a season. His two hits tonight passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list. Alex now has 3056. Next up, Craig Biggio at 3060.

In the ninth, Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Chris Davis and that was it. 2-1 Orioles. The Yanks have used Wilson, Betances and Miller a lot lately, and had to go to Shreve because of the other guys workload. Davis rode a pitch (lefty on lefty) out to left for his 41st HR of the year.

Tanaka 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.57
Shreve (L, 6-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 1 R,  3H, 0 walks and 1 K.

This was a tough one to lose.

Game 133. Yanks pick up a game on Jays with 5-2 win.


“He belongs,” veteran catcher Brian McCann said. “He knows he belongs. He continues to show people he belongs.”

From the Lohud Yankees blog, that is Brian McCann speaking about Luis Severino.

I would have no qualms about Severino starting a playoff game or even the one game wild card playoff game.

The kid (21 year old rookie) has been great.

The Yanks picked up a game on Toronto tonight with a 5-2 win and are now 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East after Toronto lost to Baltimore.

The Yanks only got four hits tonight, but they made them count since three were home runs.

The Yanks went up 2-0 in the second on a 2-run HR by Alex (27). It was the 681st HR * of A-Rod’s career.  Hit 3051 places him just two behind Rod Carew on the all-time list. Rickey Henderson at 3055 and Craig Biggio at 3060 will also be passed soon. After that it will be a while before A-Rod passes someone else, but he will end 2015 in 21st place on the all-time hit list.

Brian McCann’s 24th HR of the season made it 3-0 in the fourth.

Severino gave up a HR to Evan Longoria in the sixth to cut the lead to 3-1 but Greg Bird hit a 2-Run HR (4) for the Yanks in the seventh to make it 5-1.

The Rays got a run in the ninth, but the final was 5-2 Yanks.

Severino (W, 3-2, 2.04) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K,. 3.12
Warren 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.30
Miller (30th saver ) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.

Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from the game but it had nothing to due with his hip. He has also been fighting the flu.

After a shot and an new knee brace, CC Sabathia threw a simulated game today, felt good and is pencilled in to start nezxt Wednesday. This gives everyone in the rotation an extra day of rest.

Before the game, the Yanks DL’d Teixeira retroactive to Aug. 27 and recalled Nick Rumbelow. Hopefully Teix will be back in two weeks.

Game 130. Yanks lose to Boston 4-3, fail to gain ground on Toronto.


The Yankees were edged by Boston last night 4-3 and failed to gain ground on Toronto, who lost to Cleveland. The 72-58 Yanks remain 1 1/2 behind the Blue Jays as we head into September. The Yanks still have a comfortable lead for the wild card.

After scoring 15 Friday against the Braves and 20 Sunday against the Braves, the Yanks stranded 14. They just couldn’t get the big hit.

Didi Gregorius’ bases-loaded drive with two out in the top of the ninth fell just short, and was caught on the warning track. Prior to making the last out, Didi had gone 4 for 4. He has raised his batting average to .269.

The Yanks stranded 14 in the game. They had their chances. In the first, they loaded the bases with one out but got only one run out of it on a Carlos Beltran SF.

Mookie Betts hit a 2-run HR for Boston in the third to put them up 2-1.

In the fourth, the Yanks once again loaded the bases with no one out and got just one run out of it on a Didi Gregorius’ single. The inning ended when Greg Bird was thrown out at the plate trying to score on an Ellsbury line out to left. Bad send by the third base coach? Bird was out by plenty.

Ivan Nova gave up a HR to Yankee killer David Ortiz (#495 of his career) in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2 Boston. I have said this time and time again. How come no one dusts Ortiz off? They let him dig in. Think Gibson or Drysdale back in the day would let him dig in? No. They would have dusted him off the plate. I NEVER see any pitcher dust him off. Why not? Grow a pair and dust him off. It’s called pitching. It’s part of the game. Not headhunting, I don’t go for that, but aim one at his front hip. Make him move. No one ever does that. Yes, it bothers me. Pitchers need to grow a pair. Establish that inside corner and back him off. Heck Ortiz just missed a second HR off of Nova later in the game.

The Yanks had bases loaded, two out in the fifth. Bird struck out. A-Rod stranded two in the sixth.

Boston tacked on a run in the seventh to make it 4-2.

1st and 3rd, one out in the 8th, Ellsbury GIDP.

In the ninth, Drew singled and A-Rod walked. Murphy PR for Alex. Beltran struck out. McCann walked to load the bases with one out. Headley walked to force in a run and make it 4-3, bases loaded, one out. Bird struck out, then Didi hit the long flyout to end the game. In Yankee Stadium, it’s a grand slam. In Fenway, wrong part of the ballpark.

Nova (L, 5-7, 4.50) 6 IP, 3R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Warren 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.26
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 1.89.

Teixeira won’t be with the team in Boston. He went back to NY for more tests on that bone bruise in his leg.

Today is September 1. We see who comes up now that rosters expand.

Game 126. Yanks 2 back after 6-2 loss.


The Yanks lost to Houston Wednesday afternoon, and coupled with Toronto’s blowout of Texas later that night, fell two games behind Toronto in the AL East, at 69-57. The Yanks still are one of the AL Wild Card teams as of now.

While Toronto’s offense has been clicking, the Yanks’ offense has been sputtering (see some stats below). With the 6-2 loss to Houston, the Yanks scored just four runs in the three games vs. Houston.

Michael Pineda, in his return from an injury, was ok for the first four innings, giving up just one run, but imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs.

The only runs the Yanks got were on a 2-run HR by Didi Gregorius (6) in the seventh. The Yanks got just five hits.

Pineda (L, 9-8, 4.19) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 1.97
Pinder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.53
Warren 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.21
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.70

Before the game, Goody was brought up and Pineda activated. Rumbelow was sent down and Capuano was DFAd for the fourth time in a month. Goody was sent back down after the game, but I see no corresponding move.

Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore hip from trying to make a diving catch the other night. He missed this game. Teix is still sore with that bone bruise in his leg.

Some slumping Yankees need to revive themselves for the stretch run.

After striking out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day this year, Pineda was 5-0, 2.72. Since then he is 4-8, 5.09. That won’t get it done. Pineda is an enigma. So much talent, but….

The Yanks are off today. They are in Atlanta this weekend, meaning no DH and no A-Rod. Since turning 40 on July 27, A-Rod has been slumping, hitting just .181. Since June 23, Brian McCann has been hitting .205.

A-Rod and the 35-year-old Teixeira had carried the team most of the year. With Alex slumping (age? Dog Days of August?) and Teixeira nursing that bone bruise, the rest of the offense needs to pick it up, especially since Alex won’t be available this weekend except for PH duties.

Some people are calling for Aaron Judge to be brought up, but the 23-year-old prospect is hitting under .240 at AAA after starting the year hitting .284 at AA. Let him hit in AAA first before bringing him up. Besides, where would he play? RF? Beltran is one of the guys hitting right now. LF for the slumping Gardner (.197 in his last 34 games)? I don’t see it.

Some guys just have to pick it up, and these guys have multi-year deals, meaning they are here next year and in some cases, beyond.

Hopefully they get hot in September.

Game 119. Yanks 4, Twins 3. Bird is the Word.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgBack in the mid-1960s, I believe 1964, the Trashmen had a hit called “Surfin’ Bird” in which the lyrics went “Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word.”

Greg Bird was the word today in the Bronx, as the rookie first baseman, filling in while Mark Teixeira is injured, belted two two-run HRs today as the Yanks beat the Twins 4-3. They were the first two HRs of Bird’s career.

The Yanks may need this. Word is that Teixeira’s injury is much worse than originally expected.

Nathan Eovaldi started, and retired the first sixteen batters he faced.

Up 2-0 on Bird’s first two-run HR of the game, hit in the fourth inning, Eovaldi faltered in the sixth, giving up three runs, but Bird’s second two-run HR of the game, hit in the bottom of the sixth, put the Yanks up 4-3.

Eovaldi (W, 13-2, 4.24) 7 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 8 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk and 2 K. 2.05
Betances (8th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Now to see if the Phillies can help out the Yanks by beating Toronto tonight.