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Game 18. CC drops to 0-4 as Yanks lose 8-2.


I thought this a few weeks ago, and still think it. The biggest problems the Yankees will have this year are CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran. If I am wrong, I invite both players to prove me wrong. I’ll be happy to be proven wrong, because I believe both players are done.

Beltran, 38, didn’t play today against the Mets, but early reports aren’t good on him. Scouts are not impressed, and the Yanks are on the hook for him not only this year but next year as well for about $15MM next season. As of now, Beltran is .173-0-7, OPS+ 49. He just turned 38 and in 123 games as a Yankee, last year and this year, has posted a line of .226-15-56, OPS+ 92.

CC dropped to 0-4, 5,96 with the loss today, that snapped a four-game Yankees’ winning streak. The Yanks are 10-8 on the season, 10-4 if you take away CC. He gave up 7 R in 5 IP, today, 9 hits, 0 walks, 2 K and 3 HR. One telling play was this: CC has always been a big guy. As a lefty, he falls off the mound toward first base, making covering first base when he needs to, a struggle. After last year’s knee surgery, it is more difficult, and just about impossible from what I have seen so far. If I were another team, I’d push bunts up the first base line on him.

Not only that, but CC’s last really strong performance was in winning Game 5 of the 2012 ALDS over Baltimore 3-1. He got blown out of ALCS Game 4 against Detroit (the Yanks’ last postseason game. They were swept, and in Game 1 of that series, Jeter broke his ankle. You can make the case that Jeter, and the Yankees, have never and were never the same since). Well, since that ALCS Game 4 that CC was blown out in, he is 17-21 with an ERA of 4.97. That isn’t a blip. That is a trend. That is an ERA+ about 80 or so. 20% below league average. He is getting $23MM this year, $25MM next year, and there is a vesting option for $25MM for 2017. This is a huge problem for the Yanks, because CC looks nothing like an ace right now. Personally, I think he looks more like a #5 pitcher looking to keep his job. I hope I am wrong, but results are results.

Esmiel Rogers 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.84.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.68.

Mark Teixeira got a HR in the game, (8, 371 of his career).

I hope I am wrong and that my eyes are deceiving me. But CC and Beltran look done. What the Yanks do about that, and their contracts, will be interesting.

Game 17. Pineda, Teix stop Mets’ streak. Yanks win 6-1.


All things must pass, and the Yanks put an end to the Mets 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 win at the Stadium Friday night.

The win was the Yanks fourth in a row, and once again they got great pitching.

Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.86), 7 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Chasen Shreve 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and  1K.

Mark Teixeira hit a 2-run HR in the first, then added another 2-run HR (7) in the third, shortly after Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first HR of the year, a solo shot. Teix’s 2-HR give him 370 for his career, ironically tying former Met player and manager Gil Hodges on the all-time list.

The win puts the Yanks at 10-7 on the season and is their 7th in their last 8 games.

Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500


After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.


Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.


Game 13. Yanks waste good CC effort, 2-1.


Since Game 4 of the 2012 ALCS, the Yanks’ last postseason game, CC Sabathia has gone 17-20 with an ERA of 5.00. Ugh. A below average 2013 followed by the same in 2014 before his knee surgery. Then 0-2 this year heading into tonight’s start. Numbers that suggested more a #5 starter than anything higher.

Tonight, for the first time in a LONG time, CC looked like CC again. Unfortunately, he got NO run support as the Yanks lost 2-1 to Detroit to drop the Yanks’ record to 6-7, and it was an ex-Yankee who played a bit part in that loss.

The only game in 2014 that matches tonight’s game for CC came on 4/17 when he pitched 7, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 walks and 6 K against the Rays. Before that, you have to go back to 9-20-13 vs. SF, 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 4 K.

Tonight, 8 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K. But CC falls to 0-3, 4.35.

But the only Yankees’ run came on a 2nd inning HR by Teix. #4 on the year, 367 of his career. The only switch-hitters with more HR? Mantle 536, Murray 504, Chipper 468, Beltran 373.

Teix’s HR came in the 2nd and held up until the 7th, when CC gave up 2 runs. I thought Didi should have come up with a couple of plays at SS that inning, but he didn’t and that was the game.

In the top of the 8th, the Yanks had 1st & 3rd, one out and Ellsbury up.  In came our old buddy Joba, and he induced Ellsbury into a GIDP.


Game 8. O’s edge Yanks, 4-3


Until he shows me that he can dominate, I’ll have worries about CC Sabathia. Tonight he was… meh. So-So. He dropped to 0-2, 5.68 by giving up 4 runs in 7 innings in a 4-3 Yankees’ loss.

Sabathia 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 7 K
Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Of course, CC wasn’t helped. The Yanks tallied a run in the sixth on a double by Teixeira to cut the deficit to 3-1.

In the eighth, a run scored on an RBI groundout by Beltran and another on a 2-base error.

The loss drops the Yanks to 3-5.

Game 4. Three comebacks not enough as Yanks lose in 19th, 6-5.


Ok. I just woke up after being up past, what, 2:30 AM? God only knows how the players are going to turn it around.

If you didn’t stay up late, and don’t know what happened because the ending was too late for your morning paper (and you haven’t checked out the highlights online so far, here goes:

A brief recap on a game that was anything but brief. I won’t touch on all the highlights. Had the game continued further, the Yanks would have sacrificed the DH. Garrett Jones would have gone to the mound.

Down to their last out in the 9th, Chase Headley homered to tie the game. Down a run in the 16th, Mark Teixiera, who, since it was past midnight, was now a 35th birthday boy, homered for the second consecutive game (365th career HR) to tie it up again (Yankees nemesis David Ortiz had homered in the top of the 16th. I am STILL waiting for some Yankees pitcher—I have been waiting for YEARS—to show some balls and put one in his butt. Back him off the plate. Get some courage, as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz would say. When have you ever seen them do that to Ortiz? They have done it to us, haven’t they?) Down in the 18th, a Carlos Belran double tied up the game again.

Nice resiliency.

However a passed ball by backup C John Ryan Murphy in the top of the 19th set Boston up for a GW SF and the Yanks lost to the Red Sox, 6-5, in 19 innings.

The game was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a lighting incident.

There have been no moves made as of this writing, but after having used eight pitchers, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was sent down to get a fresh arm (or two) up—even if we are just four games into the season.

The loss drops the Yanks to 1-3. It was the first Yankees game on WPIX, Channel 11 in NY in 17 years. It was nice watching the game on Channel 11, where I more or less grew up. WPIX was the Yanks’ “home” for many, many, years.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Funny only 1 K since he did hit 101.

Martin 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Shreve 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 4 K.

Rogers (L) 4 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Rogers gave 4 2/3, the day after going 2 1/3 vs. Toronto. Like I wrote above, had the game gone into the 20th, 1B/OF/DH Garrett Jones would have taken the mound.

A nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen went for naught. Between Eovaldi and Rogers, there were some scary moments, but those six pitchers had a line of:

9 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 6 walks, 10 K.

Too bad the offense couldn’t take advantage.

Before the game, Yankees’ radio announcer John Sterling got replicas of Emmy Awards he lost when all his possessions went up in a huge condo fire this fall. Nice gesture and I hope he is somehow recovering from that tragic event.