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Game 43. Yanks win 5th straight, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Small bites. After a 9-17 start to the season, the Yanks inched closer to .500 (now 21-22) with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the way his season has gone, it would be understandable to think, oh no, here we go again.

Brian McCann’s HR (6) tied the game in the second, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR (2) put the Yanks up 2-1 in the third.

Pineda gave up two in the fifth to put Oakland up 3-2 but the Yanks came back with two in the sixth.

With one out, Gardner and the red-hot Beltran singled. After McCann made out, Teixeira singled to tie the game. It was only the fourth RBI for Teix since April 13th, and he has no HR since then. The Yanks need to get him going. Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3 Yanks.

Pineda didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the sixth, and then you knew what was coming.

Betances, Miller and Chapman weren’t used in the past two games, and Monday is an off day.

The Yanks got an insurance run, which they would need, in the seventh, when Hicks singled, was bunted to second and scored on a Beltran double.

Two errors led to an unearned run for the A’s off Miller in the eighth, but that was it.

Yanks 5-4.

Pineda (w, 2-5, 6.34) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.21
Miller (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.96
Chapman (Save, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.29

Game 39. Yanks 2-hit D-backs, win 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi and the Big 3 of Betances, Miller and Chapman combined on a 2-hitter with 11 K as the Yanks beat Arizona 4-2 Wednesday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a walk and Brett Gardner followed with a 2-run HR (5) to put the Yanks up 1-0.

Arizona scored in the bottom of the first thanks to Chase Headley pulling a rock. He had the runner trapped between third and home but inexplicably threw to first for the out.

Ellsbury singled in a run in the sixth after Eovaldi did his job in getting a bunt down and moving the runner, Headley, up.

Things got a little hairy in the eighth when Miller gave up a HR to cut the Yanks’ lead to 3-2, but the Yanks got an insurance run in the top of the 9th on two singles, a walk and a WP.

The Yanks did drop Teixeira in the lineup—to fifth—as I suggested yesterday. (I’d have dropped him lower, below Castro). Teix still went 0 for 5 with 3 strikeouts. He’s got to get going. Otherwise….

Eovaldi (w, 4-2, 4.44) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 5 K.
Betances (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 2.45
Miller (H, 3)  1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.08 Gave up HR
Chapman (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 1.80

The Yanks are 17-22.

Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.


Game 37. Unkind welcome to the majors for Green, Yanks lose 12-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chad Green and Conor Mullee made their MLB debuts last night, but it was a rough go for both of them as the Yanks lost 12-2 in Arizona.

Mark Teixeira, who has been in his usual early season slump, got 3 hits. Hopefully it means he is snapping out of it.

Green was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB, but those seven starts were his only starts above AA.

Green (L, 0-1, 9.00) 4 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 walk, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.00
Mullee 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 1 HBP 9.00
Coke 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.00.

Sammy Ellis 75, and Dick McAuliffe, 76, both major leaguers in the 1960s, died recently.

Ellis was a 22 game winner in 1965 for the Reds, and served as a Yankees pitching coach in the 1980s.He was 63-58, 4.15, ERA+ 88 for the Reds, Angels and White Sox 1962, 1964-1969. He was an All-Star in 1965. He finished 16th in the 1964 MVP voting.

McAuliffe was the 2B on the 1968 WS Champion Tigers when he finished 7th in the MVP voting. He was a 3x All-Star.  He was 76.  He played for the Tigers 1960-1973 and for the 1974 and 1975 Red Sox. A .247 hitter (OPS+ 109), his average 162 g. season was .247-18-64.

Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 34. Chisox 7, Yanks 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Luis Severino was bad, beaten, booed,  injured, and placed on the DL last night.

The 22-year old is experiencing the worst of sophomore slumps.

He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs in the second, and four in the third in dropping to 0-6, 7.46. When he was removed from the game, Severino, who was 5-3, 2.89 in eleven starts last year, was booed.

After the game, it was revealed that he had a mild triceps strain and will be going on the DL. The Yanks are expected to call up Chad Green, who was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB. CC Sabathia is expected to come off the DL soon, as well.

With the 7-1 loss, the Yanks fell to 14-20. Severino and Pineda are a combined 1-10, 6.84 in fourteen starts. There are many problems right now with the team, but you can start there. Take away those two, and the Yanks are 13-10.

The only run the Yanks got came on a second inning HR by Chase Headley (2). Chris Sale, the White Sox’ ace, improved to 8-0, 1.67.

Mark Teixeira’s last HR came on April 13th, over a month ago. He has just 3 RBI in that span. He did have two of the Yanks’ six hits last night.

There are a lot of problems to go around which have contributed to the Yanks’ record. Pineda, Severino and Teix are but three.

Severino (L, 0-6. 7.46) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 4 walks, 2 K, gave up HR.
Goody 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 1.13
Shreve 2 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 4.20
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K,. 2.03.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Goody sent down, since he took one for the team and went 3 1/3. He’ll be unavailable for a few days.




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