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Game 48. Bird back, Toe sent down, Gray bombed in Yanks’ 11-4 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Sonny Gray was bombed, and there were surprising and questionable decisions made yesterday before and during the Yanks’ 11-4 loss to the Angels Saturday night.

Greg Bird came off the DL and made his season debut, going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. But the expected move, sending Tyler Austin down to AAA, didn’t happen. Instead, it was Ronald Torreyes, the supersub who was hitting .339, who went down to AAA. It was a tough, difficult decision to make, and one that shook up the team. Manager Aaron Boone even said it was undeserved, but the Yanks have a numbers crunch. You can only have so many players on a team, and as a result, some deserving players who could be starting for other teams are playing for SWB right now.

Which means, as an article in the NY Post states, that the Yanks really need to establish their identity. What is the roster of this team? And as for the guys at AAA who could be starting elsewhere, maybe the Yanks should look into dealing these guys. Especially for starting pitching help. And maybe include Sonny Gray in the deal for other starting pitchers.

In order to catch Boston in the AL East (the Yanks are now 32-16 and two games back. Still a great record but we are thinking ahead here) and/or to deal with Boston and Houston and maybe others in the postseason, the Yanks will need for Tanaka (5-2, but with a 4.95 ERA, ERA+ 88) and Gray (3-4, 5.98, ERA+ 73) to step it up or they need to trade for someone to bolster the rotation. CC turns 38 in July. Montgomery is on the DL. Maybe Justus Sheffield in the future comes up, but he isn’t ready yet and just came off the DL himself. The Yanks need another starter (Severino can’t do it himself) and they have the prospects to get one. Especially with guys like Torreyes, Drury and Clint Frazier. Also with guys like Estrada, Avelino and Tyler Wade, all infielders who are stuck behind Didi and Gleyber Torres.

They also, surprisingly, could use bullpen help. The bullpen, hyped as maybe the best ever, right now has guys with ERAs of 4.76 (Robertson), 4.71 (Betances), 4.82 (Shreve) and 7.88 (Kahnle).

How soon will Cashman pull the trigger?

As for Sonny Gray, he was bad again, getting knocked out in the fourth, and failing to hold a 4-1 lead. After Gray gave up a run in the top of the first, courtesy of a Mike Trout RBI double (Trout went 5 for 5, HR, 3 doubles, scored 3 runs and had 4 RBI), the Yanks took the lead back on back-to-back homers by Gardner (2) and Judge (14). For Gardner, it was his first HR since Opening Day.

Austin Romine sliced a 2-run HR (3) off the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the second to put the Yanks up 4-1. Then the roof fell in.

Gray gave up two runs in the third as the Angels cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-3.

In the fourth, Boone made a decision that I disagreed with. With two out and a man on third, he elected to pitch to Trout, who already had two doubles. You don’t let the big guy beat you. I was mentioning to a friend that I’d walk him. Now Boone did say that Trout would probably have stolen second anyway, taking the force away, and that you weren’t throwing through with the runner on third, and he didn’t want to put the go-ahead run on second. Fair enough. But Trout already had two doubles, and was the go-ahead run in the batter’s box. You guessed it. 2-run HR to give the Angels a 5-4 lead.

The Angels got four runs, two of them unearned, in the sixth off of Tommy Kahnle, and here I wonder about Kahnle being back with the team off of the DL. I don’t know if he had more time to be on the DL, but it seemed as if he was rushed back. (You wonder that about Bird, too). Kahnle had a couple of rehab stints before being reactivated on Friday, but he didn’t exactly put up impressive numbers in those rehab minor league games and he didn’t look good last night.

Chasen Shreve gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Judge 2 for 2 with 2 walks, solo HR.
Didi’s slump continues. Down to .234. We need him to snap out of it.
Andujar 2 hits.
Romine 2 hits, a 2-run HR

Gray (L, 3-4, 5.98) 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.31
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. 7.88
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.82 Gave up 1 HR.
Cole 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.11 (but 0.00 as a Yankee)

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Game 47. Gleyber’s O and Judge’s D lead Yanks to a 2-1 Win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks will be bringing up Greg Bird tomorrow. (Tommy Kahnle rejoined the Yanks today, replacing Ryan Bollinger, who was there for only one day). Tyler Austin is expected to be the move to go back to AAA. Tough call for Austin. Even though Austin is hitting just .231, he does have 8 HR, 23 RBI. His strikeout to walk ratio, however,  is only 7/43, and that isn’t good. Consider him trade bait if the Yanks are looking into a decent starting pitcher.

The Yanks (32-15) stayed 1 game back of Boston by beating the Angels 2-1 tonight. Luis Severino didn’t have his best stuff, but even without it, went 6 innings and only gave up 1 run. Time to consider him as one of the best pitchers in baseball.

In the first, with two on and one out, Seve got Albert Pujols to GIDP.

In the bottom of the second, Sanchez singled. Didi hit into what at the time, was thought to be a DP. The Yanks appealed, force out instead. This appeal would decide the game. After a walk to Hicks, and an Austin strikeout, Andujar walked (which he does not do often, as the rookie is a free-swinger). Bases loaded, two out for the wunderkind, Torres. He gets an infield single that drives in a run, but after some sloppy fielding, Hicks tries to score to and is nailed at the plate.

With two on and two out in the top of the third, Justin Upton singled to RF, but Aaron Judge fired a laser to home to nail the runner at the plate, preserving the Yanks’ one-run lead. Run Saved.

In the fifth, the player I consider the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, sliced one down the line into the upper deck in RF off of Severino to tie the game at 1. Severino has given up just three HR all year, and one is to Trout and another to Ohtani.

In the bottom of that inning, the Yanks loaded the bases with two out for Stanton, but he popped up.

In the top of the seventh, Judge threw out a runner trying for a double. What is fortunate about this is that, unlike the laser to the plate before, it seemed as if Judge did not throw this ball particularly hard to 2B for this out. The next batter singled, so this probably saved another run.

Bottom of the seventh. For the fourth consecutive game, Gleyber Torres homers (9) and it gives the Yanks a 2-1 lead. We heard the hype when the Yanks got him at the age of 19 two years ago. The hype is real. Torres also ranged far to his left to make a fine defensive play tonight.

With one on and two out in the top of the eighth, Chapman is called upon for a four-out save.  He comes on with a man on first, two out to face Ohtani, and he gets him (after a WP) on a groundout.

Judge 2 OF assists.
Wow. Didi’s slump has him down to .240
Torres 2 hits. Both RBI. HR.

Severino 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 2.28. Gave up 1 HR. Thanks to Judge.
Green (W, 3-0, 2.42) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.    Thanks to Judge.
Robertson (H, 7) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.76
Chapman (S, 10) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.33

Surprising: Boston DFAd Hanley Ramirez, a Yankee-killer.

Yanks trade McCann; MVPs announced; AFL ends.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

 

The Yankees traded Brian McCann to the Astros for two young righty minor league pitchers. In his three seasons with the Yankees, McCann hit 69 HR but only hit .235. The emergence of Gary Sanchez made McCann expendable. The Yanks will pay the Astros $11MM of the $34MM remaining on his contract.

In return, the Yanks get Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Here is what MLB Trade Rumors has to say about them:

Abreu is the more highly regarded of the two; as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America explains, he throws a live fastball that occasionally nears the triple-digits. With a four-pitch arsenal, he perhaps has a chance to stick as a starter. Still, he only just turned 21 and struggled with his command last year at the Class A and High-A levels.

Guzman, meanwhile, has even more velocity, with his heater ticking up to 102-103 mph at times. Cooper notes, though, that he’s more effective when he’s operating at a slightly lower velocity (in his case, the upper-nineties). While the long-term outlook suggests that Guzman will end up in the pen, he is said to have a promising slider and also a change-up that’s in the works. The 20-year-old has yet to move past Rookie ball, but showed big strikeout ability (12.2 K/9) in his time in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues last year.

Abreu, 21, was 3-8, 3.72 between low and High A in 2016. 16 starts, 8 relief appearances. 115 K in 101 2/3 IP.

Guzman, 20, was 3-4, 4.05 in Rookie League ball. 8 starts, 5 relief appearances. 54 K in 40 IP.

MLB announced its MVPs yesterday, Mike Trout of the Angels and Kris Bryant of the Cubs.  For Trout, it’s his second MVP (he won in 2014) and he has finished 1st or 2nd in MVP in each of his five full seasons in the bigs. He is still just 25 years old.Bryant, 24, was the ROY last year and now wins the MVP in just his second MLB season.

No Yankee received MVP consideration (meaning at least a 10th place vote).

The Arizona Fall League ended yesterday. They have a championship game Saturday but Scottsdale and Yankees’ prospects will not be playing in it. Only Tyler Wade played in the final game, and he went 1 for 3, scored a run and drove in two in a 6-6 tie. Wade ended the AFL at .241. He had a SF yesterday and stole 3 bases, giving him 10 for the AFL.

Former MLB catcher and manager Russ Nixon died recently. He was 81. He played from 1957-1968 for Cleveland, Boston, Minnesota, and Cleveland again. He was the catcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st HR. Nixon later managed the Reds and Braves. He hit .268 with an OPS+ of 84.

Trout, Kershaw MVPS; Dark dies

Mike Trout was named the unanimous MVP in the American League yesterday, and Clayton Kershaw became the first N.L. pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the CYA and the MVP in the same season.

Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to be the CYA winner and the MVP in the same season, following Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963). When Newcombe and Koufax won, the CYA went to only one pitcher in all of baseball. With all due respect to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, this year’s AL CYA winner, had those rules been in effect today, it’s safe to presume Kershaw would have been the CYA winner had there only been one award as it was from 1956-1966 and not have it split across leagues as it is today.

Alvin Dark, a SS and later manager, died yesterday at the age of 92. Dark played for the Boston Braves from 1946-1949, winning the NL pennant with them in 1948, the NY Giants from 1950-1956, winning the NL pennant in 1951 and the WS in 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-1958, the Chicago Cubs 1958-1959, the Philadelphia Phillies 1960 and the Milwaukee Braves 1960.

He managed the SF Giants to the 1962 pennant and the 1974 A’s to the World Championship. He won the AL West with the A’s in 1975.

He managed the Giants 1961-1964, KC A’s 1966-1967, Cleveland Indians 1968-1971, Oakland A’s 1974-1975 and SD Padres 1977.

He was a 3x All-Star and ROY in 1948.

He also was a fine football player (LSU) who was drafted by the Eagles.

His MLB debut was delayed due to WWII. When he won the ROY voting in 1948, he was 26 years old.

He was a .289 hitter with 126 HR in his career.

He finished 3rd in the voting for 1948 MVP (won by Musial), and hit .322 when the Braves won the pennant. In 1951, for the Giants, he hit .303, led the NL with 41 doubles and hit .417 in the WS. In 1954, he hit .293, had 20 HR and finished 5th in the MVP voting (won by Mays). He hit .412 in the WS that year.

 

AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.

ROY to Trout, Harper

Mike Trout won the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in a unanimous vote. The Angels’ OF hit .326-30-83, led the majors with 49 SB, led the majors in runs scored, and led the A.L. in adjusted OPS (OPS+) with a 171.

In the N.L., Washington OF Bryce Harper won a close vote over Arizona pitcher Wade Miley, 112-105. Harper received 16 first place votes to Miley’s 12. Harper hit .270-22-59 with 18 SB. OPS+ 119. Miley was 16-11, 3.33, ERA+ of 125.

The Managers of the Year will be announced today (Tuesday). I’d expect Buck Showalter of Baltimore to be the A.L. mgr. of the year.

Game 87. Three C’s key Yanks 5-3 win (Cano, Curtis, Cody).

The Yanks increased their best record in baseball to 54-33 with a 5-3 win today. I was fortunate enough to be there, Section 433, behind the LF foul pole, upper deck.

You could say that three C’s helped to key today’s victory. Cano (HR, 3 RBI), Curtis (Granderson, HR, 2 RBI) and Cody (Eppley, who bridged the gap with two scoreless innings of relief).

Freddy Garcia started and got the win, barely making it through the minimum five for the win. He struggled, giving up two runs in the first. The Angels’ superb rookie Mike Trout hit a topper down the third base line that Eric Chavez had no chance at. Trout was 3 for 5 for the day (.348) and stole two bases (30). This kid looks special. After Trout singled, and Pujols flied out deep to left, both runners advancing. Morales struck out, and up came Trumbo, who had homered in each of the five previous games that the Angels played against the Yankees. Garcia gave him one of those unintentional intentional walks but Alberto Callaspo made him pay with a two-run single.

Trumbo’s streak did come to an end as he didn’t go yard today.

In the bottom of the first, Jeter got an infield hit, career hit #3202. With two out, Cano tied the game with his 21st HR of the year, an opposite-field shot that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. Tie game.

In the bottom of the third, after Stewart singled and moved up on a WP, Jeter made an out but Granderson put the Yanks ahead to stay with a 2-run HR. 4-2, Yanks.

Garcia gave it back in the top of the fourth. He walked the leadoff man in the third, fourth, and fifth. In the fourth, it came back to bite him. Kendrick walked, stole second, and A-B-C baseball. Groundout moves him over, groundout gets him in. 4-3 Yanks.

A nice play by Swisher ended the fifth and saved Garcia from giving up a game-tying double. At this point, Garcia had thrown 98 pitches in five innings, and I said, get him out of there, which Girardi did.

Garcia (4-2, 5.25) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 5 walks, 4 K, 1 WP.

Here’s why I stated above that Cody Eppley was one of the keys to the game. Garcia didn’t go too far into the game—five innings, that’s all. Eppley entered a 4-3 game, and bridged the gap to Robertson and Soriano. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Superb job. His ERA goes to 2.49.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks got an insurance run when A-Rod doubled and Cano singled. 5-3 Yanks, which would be the final.

It was then up to Robertson and Soriano to close it out, which they did without much drama.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.  2.45.

Soriano’s 22nd save. 1-2-3. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.    1.51.