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Game 93. Yanks do big (4 HR) and small things in beating Phils, 6-4.

When you look at the Yankees’ win (6-4) over the Phillies last night, it’s easy to look at the four homers that were hit. But to me, most impressive was the little things that Greg Allen and rookie Estevan Florial did in the victory.

Both players are filling in while others are on the IL or Covid-IL.

Florial was brought up earlier in the day when Trey Amburgey (hamstring) had to go on the IL. This was his third MLB game.

The Phillies struck first when Rhys Hoskins hit a HR in the second inning off of Yankees’ starter Domingo German.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third. Allen tripled, and Florial got him in with a groundout to second. Just doing the little things to get the run in.

The Phils got a run in the fourth to go up 2-1. They were helped by a balk by German, and ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes doubled in the run.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the fifth. Allen walked and stole second. He moved up to third when Florial flied out (doing the little things). I would have liked to have seen Tyler Wade squeeze home the run there, but he swung away and lined out to SS (to ex-Yankee Didi Gregorius). Gregorius tried to double Allen off of third but made a throwing error that allowed Allen to score. Brett Gardner followed that with a HR (4).

Gary Sanchez homered (17) in the sixth to make it 4-2 Yankees.

In the top of the seventh, Chad Green got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with a couple of strikeouts, the last one to Didi.

In the bottom of the seventh, Giancarlo Stanton homered (16) to put the Yanks up 5-2.

The Phillies got a run in the top of the eighth to cut it to 5-3, and it was Torreyes who got the inning going for them.

In the bottom of the eighth, Florial hit his first MLB HR to put the Yanks up 6-3.

Aroldis Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to Andrew McCutchen (another ex-Yankee playing for the Phils, managed by, you guessed it, ex-Yankee Joe Girardi) that made the score 6-4 before closing out the game.

With the win, the Yanks, 49-44, are in a virtual tie for third, 7 games back. After tonight’s game with the Phils, they have four games at Fenway against Boston, followed by three in Tampa Bay. These games are right before the trade deadline.

I won’t write about rumors, but if the Yanks do make deals, I’ll write about the deal and my reaction to it.

Gardner solo HR (4)
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR (16)
Sanchez 2 hits, solo HR (17)
Florial 2 RBI, solo HR (1) FIRST MLB HR

German 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 W, 5 K. 1 Balk. Gave up 1 HR. 4.71
Cessa (W, 3-1) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.89
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 WP. 3.25
Green (H, 13) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.76
Britton (H, 2) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.41

The Yanks are bringing up Asher Wojciechowski for a spot start tonight vs. the Phils.

S.T. Game 18. Control issues doom Yanks in 9th, lose 4-1.

In a game that only featured four hits, two by each team, control issues doomed the Yanks (12-5-1 in spring training) as they gave up four runs in the ninth to lose 4-1.

There were fifteen walks in the game, and Yankees’ pitchers gave up nine of those. They also had 2 WP, and a HBP—all in the ninth inning, as well as a missed catch error on a ball thrown back to the pitcher by the catcher that let a run score. Embarrassing.

Aaron Hicks doubled for the Yanks, leading to a SF by Luke Voit for their only run.

Starter Deivi Garcia walked four in his three innings of work, including three in the first to load the bases, but didn’t give up any runs.

Not so with Kyle Barraclough in the ninth.

Ex-Yankee Ivan Nova started for the Phils, giving up 1 run in three innings. The Phils didn’t get a hit until ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes singled leading off the eighth.

D. Garcia 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 W, 2 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
O’Day (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Wilson (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
L. Garcia (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Barraclough (L; BS) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 WP.
McClain 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 WP, 1 HBP.

The Yanks sent four down to the minors yesterday. Mike Ford (which could mean Jay Bruce makes the team?), Thairo Estrada (meaning Tyler Wade makes the team?) , Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske.

Yanks sign utility player, and more MLB investigations

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The Bleeding Yankee Blue blog states that Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees have signed Rosell Herrera to a deal. Herrera is a 27 year old switch-hitter who has played in 149 MLB games, hitting .225-3-31 with an OPS+ of 64. He was with Cincinnati and KC in 2018, and Miami last year.

He’ll most likely start at AAA and be ready in case of injury. One thing about him, he is versatile. He’s played 44 MLB games in RF, 37 in CF, 19 at 2B, 15 in LF, 6 at 3B and 1 game at SS.

Hmmm…. while MLB is investigating the WS Champion 2017 Houston Astros for cheating, using video technology to steal signs, now they are ALSO investigating the WS Champion Boston Red Sox for the same type of infraction. What do both teams have in common? Alex Cora, who was the bench coach for the Astros and who became the Red Sox’ manager.

Ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes “The Toe” has signed with the Phillies, teaming up once again with manager Joe Girardi.

A Passing: Andy Hassler, age 68. Hassler, a lefty pitcher, pitched for the Angels (1971, 1973-1976), KC Royals (1976-1978), Red Sox (1978-1979), the Mets (1979), Pirates (1980), back with the Angels again (1980-1983) and Cardinals (1984-1985). Hassler was 44-71, 3.83, with 29 saves in his MLB career, ERA+ 97. He pitched in five postseason games, and three were against the Yankees. His postseason record was 0-2, 4.60. He started Game 3 of the 1976 ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 5-3 Yankees win. In 1977, he started Game 2 of the ALCS against the Yankees, taking the loss in a 6-2 Yankees’ win. He also pitched for the Angels in the 1982 ALCS against the Brewers.


“Happ”y returns, while Lynn leaves.

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The Yanks have seemingly finalized their 2019 rotation by bringing back free agent J.A. Happ on a two year deal with a vesting option for a third year. Monetary figures haven’t been disclosed yet.

Happ went 7-0, 2.69 for the Yanks after the Yanks got him mid-season from Toronto, but lost Game 1 of the ALDS up in Boston. His combined 2018 record was 17-6, 3.65, ERA+ 117 and he made the All-Star team for the first time in his career.

Happ, 36, is 109-82, 3.90 in his career, ERA+ 105. His average 162 g. season is 14-10, 3.90.

With the addition of Happ, the Yanks’ 2019 rotation as of now is Severino, Paxton, Tanaka, Happ and CC (you can switch Paxton and Happ if you would like). Three lefties, always good at the Stadium.

Now to trade Sonny Gray.

While one midseason acquisition (Happ) is returning, another is leaving. Lance Lynn signed a 3-yr. $30MM deal with Texas. He was 3-2, 4.14 in his short time with the Yanks last year and pitched in two postseason games against Boston.

Charlie Morton went from Houston to Tampa Bay on a 2 yr., $30 MM deal.

If you didn’t hear, Ronald Torreyes, after being dealt to the Cubs by the Yanks, was DFA’d by the Cubs and signed with the Twins.

Al Gallagher, who was the 3B for the 1971 Giants who won the NL West, died Dec. 6, age 73.

Yanks trade Torreyes to Cubs, to meet with Corbin today.

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The Yanks on Wednesday traded infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Yanks will meet with free agent prize LHP Patrick Corbin today. Corbin met with the Phillies Tuesday and Washington on Wednesday.

As far as the Robbie Cano rumors, I have nothing to say on that unless it becomes fact…. and right now, even though Seattle may be shopping the ex-Yankee, there is nothing to go by.



Yanks claim pitcher, DFA Torreyes

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From the NY Post:

The Yankees announced they designated Ronald Torreyes for assignment on Monday to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Parker Bridwell, who they claimed off waivers from the Angels.

Bridwell is a RHP, 27, and low cost, high reward. In 2017, he started 20 games for the Angels, relieved in one more, and was 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA (ERA+ 117). He was hurt for most of 2018, pitched in just five games, and was an awful 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA. The Yanks are hoping a healthy Bridwell can get back to 2017 form. For his career, Bridwell is 11-3, 4.60 (ERA+ 93) in 21 starts, 7 relief appearances.

To make room for Bridwell, the Yankees designated for assignment popular utility infielder Ronald Torreyes. A bit of a surprise move. Torreyes, 26, hit .280-0-7 in 100 at bats for the Yanks in 2018 (OPS+ 78). The diminutive Torreyes, in three years with the Yanks, 2016-2018, hit .281-4-55 in 570 at bats. (OPS+ 80). Not much power because of his small size, but the one knock against him (besides lack of power) would be that he rarely walked. In 607 plate appearances, just 23 walks. But a popular, versatile player, decent batting average, loved by the fans and in the clubhouse. He’ll be missed.



Game 133. Do Yanks miss Judge, Sanchez, Didi? Yes, as Yanks lose 4-1.

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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.
Torreyes RBI

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




Game 131. Yanks fall, 6-2.

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The Yanks (83-48) only got three hits in falling to the Chicago White Sox 6-2 Monday night.

The loss drops them 6 1/2 behind Boston in the AL East. They are 4 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card spot, and 9 up on Seattle for the last playoff spot.

One of the three hits was a 2-run HR by Gleyber Torres. His 20th HR of the season, a 443-ft. bomb to CF, put the Yanks up 2-0 in the fourth. With the HR, Torres and Miguel Andujar (21) became the first pair of Yankees ever to each have 20 HR in their rookie seasons.

The Yanks wasted a chance in the third when Ronald Torreyes tripled to lead off the inning but the Yanks couldn’t score him. Bad clutch hitting and questionable base running by Torreyes.

The White Sox were aided in the game by four infield hits and three Yankees’ errors. They got 3 runs in the sixth to go up 3-2. They had two infield hits that inning.

One of the errors, by Shane Robinson, helped Chicago to a run in the seventh.

Two errors and a WP helped Chicago to two runs in the ninth. 6-2.

Tanaka (L, 9-5, 3.97) 7 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 1 W, 7 K. 1 HBP.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.00
Cole 1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 WP.  5.56 (Wash/NYY)


Game 124. Bird slams Jays, but Didi hurt in Yanks’ 10-2 win.

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For the first time since the Yanks finished 97-65 in 2011, the Yanks are 32 games above .500 since the win today puts them at 78-46. Since Boston lost, the deficit in the AL East is 9 1/2. They are 4 games up for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks head to Miami. They are off on Monday.

The win could be costly, however. Didi Gregorius, in beating out an RBI single in the first inning, bruised a heel while running into the first baseman, and it could put him on the DL.

J.A. Happ gave up a HR in the top of the first, but the Yanks came back with six runs before making an out.

Hicks and Stanton walked, then they executed a double steal. Andujar (red/hot) singled in one run. Didi singled in another but got hurt on the play. Torres got an infield single that loaded the bases.

Bird then hit a grand slam (HR #11) to make it 6-0.

Ronald Torreyes replaced Didi, going to 2B while Torres shifted over to SS. Torreyes, off the bench, got 3 hits in the game.

Happ gave up another HR in the sixth which made it 6-2, but the Yanks got four in the bottom half of the inning for the final of 10-2.

Gardner singled and Hicks walked. Stanton singled in one run. Andujar got an RBI on a forceout. Torreyes doubled, and Torres was intentionally walked to load the bases. After Bird grounded into a force at home, Higashioka singled in two runs.

Andujar 2 RBI
Bird, grand slam, 4 RBI
Higashioka 2 RBI
Torreyes 3 hits
Torres 2 hits

What a pickup Happ has been. 4 starts, 4-0 as a Yankee.

Happ (14-6, 3.84, Tor/NYY) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18
Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  5.34

Game 118. Yanks lose to Mets 8-5. Seve struggles again. CC to DL.

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The Yanks have a problem. Should they play in the wild card game, what pitcher starts?

Before last night’s game, CC Sabathia was placed on the DL, and once and now again Yankee George Kontos was brought up from the minors for the time being (until a starter, Chance Adams? is needed to fill CC’s spot). Also, Luke Voit was sent down and Ronald Torreyes brought back up.

So there is the issue with CC.

And now the issue with Luis Severino. Severino gave up a HR to the first batter of the game, and gave up another run before getting out of the first inning. 2-0 Mets before the Yanks came to bat.

Severino is still leading the majors in wins (15) but since July 1 is 2-4 with a 7.31 ERA. He is not trending as you would like heading down the stretch.

Whether it is tipping pitches or a mechanical issue, he has to be straightened out.

The Yanks tied the game in the third when Romine singled and Gardner walked. Stanton hit into a force play but and error on the play enabled Romine to score and Stanton to reach second. Hicks singled to tie the game.

But Severino gave up a two-run HR to an old Yankees’ nemesis, Jose Bautista, in the top of the fourth that put the Mets up 4-2.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when Gardner doubled and Didi singled him home.

A.J. Cole was awful. He gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Todd Frazier in the sixth, and back-to-back HRs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh. 7-3 Mets.

Miguel Andujar hit a two-run HR (18) in the bottom of the eighth for the Yanks to cut it to 7-5, but Zach Britton’s struggles continued (aided by a Gleyber Torres’ error) as the Mets got an insurance run in the top of the ninth, 8-5 Mets, the final score.

The Yanks have to get CC healthy, and get Severino and Britton on track. They also need Judge and Sanchez to get healthy, and Gleyber Torres (down to .261) to get out of his slump.

Otherwise, if they make the postseason, it could not be for long.

Meanwhile, they fall to 74-44, and 10 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Oakland for the top wild card seed.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Andujar 2-run HR

Severino (L, 15-6, 3.27) 4 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR. ERA as 1.98 on July 2.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  2.93
Cole 1 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 3 HR.  5.58 (Wash/NYY)
Kontos 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   4.39 (SF/NYY)
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1 HBP.  4.70 (Balt./NYY)