Do the Yanks miss Judge, Didi and Sanchez (as long as Sanchez is what he should be, and not the .188 hitter of this season?) Yes, as evidenced in the 4-1 loss to the White Sox tonight.
The loss puts the 84-49 Yanks 7 1/2 back of Boston, who, down 5-3 in the seventh, had an 11-run inning to come back against the Marlins.
One piece of news. If the Yanks are the top wild card and host Oakland, as what now appears to be the case, the A’s put two pitchers on the DL, including their ace, who may be done for the season. That could be huge.
Before I get into the game recap, an observation.
Besides the players and front office, an overlooked part of a team’s success lies with their doctors and trainers. Remember the prognosis of 3 weeks for Judge? Hah. Broken bones take longer than that. We are probably looking at Judge coming back in mid-September, when minor league seasons are over. No rehab, straight into the fire, and not much time before the postseason. How many times do you hear a diagnosis that was wrong, whether it be on Judge, Bird, Pavano, Ellsbury where they diagnosed it wrong or recovery time took longer?
Yes, a team’s doctors and physicians can play an important part in a pennant race. Especially if they miss something or misdiagnose. Let’s say you are Brian Cashman and you are up against the trade deadline (like with Judge this year). You hear a diagnosis of 3 weeks until he is back. You think you can ride out those 3 weeks with a Shane Robinson. But the diagnosis turns out wrong and (just saying for an example, we all want Judge back soon) that the injury takes him out for the rest of the season. With a proper diagnosis you could have made a deal to fill the gap. Now things aren’t progressing well, it’s five weeks later, and you can’t make a deal. You are now stuck with a Shane Robinson for the long-term, not the short term. Ouch.
Yes, a proper diagnosis can make a huge difference. A team’s doctors and trainers do play a part in who wins a pennant.
Now to the game. Interesting point brought up by David Cone on the YES broadcast and relayed to me by my friend Josh “the Yankee Truth” Imboden. Greg (hearing the boo) Bird(s) is down to .198. He is hitting only about .100 this year on pitches 95 MPH or faster. Not squaring up, late on them, overpowered. Interesting stat.
Since hitting his 299th career HR, Giancarlo Stanton has struggled. Pressing for #300?
CC gave up 2 runs in the second. 3 opposite field hits. One strike away from getting out of the inning, he gave up a 2-run double. Sloppy fielding hurt him. On what appeared to be a inning ending DP, Ronald Torreyes caught the ball for a force, but dropped it in trying to throw it for the DP. It wound up costing two runs. Instead of out of the inning, CC then gave up the 2-run double.
CC gave up a run in the fourth.
The Yanks may have lost the game in the fifth, despite scoring their only run that inning. Walker and Torres singled and after an out, Romine walked. Torreyes singled in the Yanks’ only run of the game. Gardner whiffed. But Stanton was up with the bases loaded. You were hoping for a grand slam. Instead, a pitch got away and all runners tried to advance. Torres was gunned down at the plate. Inning over and you don’t know what Stanton might have done with the bases loaded. Tough break.
Chad Green gave up a HR in the seventh. 4-1, the final score.
When Judge gets healthy, the Yanks really should consider moving Hicks to leadoff (can lead off a game with HR, has speed to steal, draws more walks)…. and drop Gardner (.237) down in the lineup. This was discussed on WFAN today and I concur.
It’ll be an interesting decision this offseason if the Yanks pick up the 35 year old Gardner’s option. 35? .237? Clint Frazier possibly ready if he gets over this concussion issue?
And yes, don’t think Frazier’s problems haven’t hurt as well, …. besides Judge, Didi, Sanchez (and Chapman), Frazier’s situation has hurt too.
Torres 2 hits.
Sabathia (L, 7-5, 3.36) 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. gave up 1 HR. 2.73
Cole 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.24 (Wash/NYY)
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 W, 2 K. 5.63