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Time to vent/rant. Tired of mediocrity being accepted.

Since when have we lowered our expectations so much? This is basically me venting or ranting.

The reason for it is in seeing people crying, bitching and moaning over the Yankees losing Velazquez, Odor and Wade.

Let’s get some things straight here.

Odor is a .234 career hitter. His OPS+ is 88 for his career. 100 is average. Since 2016, he is a .213 hitter with an OPS+ of 78. This past year he hit .202 for the Yankees. OPS+ 82.

Wade is a .212 career hitter. OPS+ 66 for his career.

Velazquez is a .184 career hitter. OPS+ 43.

You may like them. Now this isn’t personal, but they are BELOW AVERAGE hitters. Way below in the cases of Wade and Velazquez. As least Odor has some HR pop. The others don’t. Wade has speed, but you have to get on base to utilize it. .212 isn’t cutting it.

As we have seen in other areas of life (rea

d into that what you will), just supporting someone because you like them or because he’s “nice” doesn’t mean diddly squat if they CANNOT DO THE JOB.

Please stop rewarding incompetence and mediocrity.

And my alma mater just gave James Franklin a 10 year extension. I want to puke. 10 more years of 7-5, 8-4, blowing a big game, blowing 4th quarter leads, poor records against top teams (2-13 vs. Top 10 teams), esp. on the road, not knowing or utilizing a FULLBACK…. and he gets a 10 year extension. Outside of the Saquon Barkley/Trace McSorley years …

Whatever happened to having high standards?

I’ll get off my soapbox now. I’m pissed.

Update: Sorry, more. How long must this dangerous and ridiculous practice of storming the court or field continue before serious injuries/death occurs? Haven’t recent concert deaths taught people anything?

Free agents and players lost on waivers.

Here is a list of free agents. We will see who, if anyone, the Yankees bring back.

Corey Kluber (doubtful. 36 in April, missed 1/2 of 2021)
Andrew Heaney (definitely not)
Anthony Rizzo (maybe)
Joely Rodriguez
Brett Gardner (at 38, could retire)
Darren O’Day (39, could retire)
Ryan LaMarre
Brody Koerner
Adam Warren

The best shot of anyone returning seems to be Rizzo, and that is a question mark.

These players were placed on waivers and claimed by another team.

Greg Allen by Pittsburgh.
Tim Locastro by Boston.
Andrew Velazquez by the Angels.

I don’t understand the love and weeping over Velazquez. He was a nice story. Hometown lad, nice glove. But in 68 plate appearances struck out 23x and drew only 1 walk. Hit .224. A .184 career hitter in the majors with an OPS+ of 43 (100 is average). Besides, Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza are their top two prospects, both a year or two away, and both are SS. Not only that, the Yanks will probably make a big splash on the free agent market (Corey Seager?) for a SS.

Lastly, Rob Brantly was outrighted off the roster right to the SWB roster.
UPDATE: He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

Game 161. The “Lowe”-down. It’s a mess. Yanks 12-2 loss causes Sunday scramble.

How to be nice. I turned the game off in the middle of it, it was embarrassing. Later I read that Gleyber Torres had to have a talking-to by Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner for lack of hustle—which is unacceptable, but even more so in the last weekend of a pennant race scramble.

Jordan Montgomery had nothing, while Tampa Bay’s Brandon Lowe hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 runs. Tampa Bay got 19 hits to the Yankees’ 4, and crushed the Yankees, 12-2. The Yanks struck out 13x.

Boston’s win put Boston in the driver’s seat to host the wild card game. A 4-way tie for the two wild card spots is still possible. A 3-way tie is also possible. A Game 163, and even a Game 164 is still possible.

Wild Card Standings.

Boston 91-70 —- Top wild card seed for now.
YANKEES 91-70 2nd wild card seed for now.
Seattle and Toronto. 90-71 -1

If all teams win, or all teams lose Sunday, the Yanks head to Fenway for the wild card game.

If the Yanks win, they are in. Simple as that. If they win and Boston loses to Washington, the Yankees host whomever in the wild card game. If Boston wins, they host whomever in the wild card game.

If the Yanks lose on Sunday, then they are still in as long as Seattle (vs. Angels) and Toronto (vs. Baltimore) both lose. The Yanks must win and Boston lose for the Yanks to host the wild card game.

And not to go any further, there are still the possibilities of a three or four-way tie, as mentioned above. There will be a lot of scoreboard watching since all games start at approximately the same time.

Jameson Taillon will start for the Yanks today. With that ankle, I’m not sure that is a good idea. You don’t know how it will respond or how long he can go. I think I would rather start Luis Severino (who has been great since returning off the IL), see how long he can go (he isn’t stretched out) then go to the bullpen.

Obviously the Yanks are saving Gerrit Cole (who hasn’t been that good lately) for Game 163 or the wild card game.

The Yanks, before yesterday’s game, brought up Andrew Velazquez and sent down Albert Abreu. D.J. LeMahieu has a sports hernia which requires surgery after the season. He will try to play through it. He couldn’t go Friday or Saturday.

Montgomery gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning to Lowe. Anthony Rizzo homered (22) in the bottom of the first to cut the Rays’ lead to 3-1.

Tampa Bay got four runs in the third, knocking Montgomery out, and the game was basically over at that point. Lowe hit another 3-run HR. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot. 7-1.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, Joey Gallo singled and Gio Urshela tripled and it was 7-2.

A single, a couple of SB (with a 7-2 lead, kind of rubbing it in) and another single made it 8-2 Rays in the sixth. Anyone notice runners are stealing more bases off the Yanks in the past week?

In the seventh, Lowe led off the inning with his third HR of the game. 9-2. Then a single, another single, and a 3-run HR by Austin Meadows. 12-2. Ugh.

As for the Yanks, forget the scoreboard watching. Just go out and win today and then see if you stay home or pack for Boston. Lose and things have to get sorted out. Just win, baby.

Depending on how things work out, this could be 38 year old Brett Gardner’s last home game. We hope not.

Yankees’ broadcaster Ken Singleton made it official. Today will be his last game. He is retiring.

Rizzo solo HR (22; Cubs/NYY)

Montgomery (L, 6-7) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K. gave up 3 HR. 3.83. Bad time for a bad game.
Luetge 3 IP, 1 R, 4 , 0 W, 4 K. 2.74
King 1/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.55
Rodriguez 3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.66 (Tex/NYY).

Minor league Action. SWB splits a DH.

Only AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB) is playing now. They split a doubleheader on Saturday. Both 7-inning games.

Game 1: Won 4-0. Starting pitcher J.P. Sears 6 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
LF Miguel Andujar on rehab 0 for 3.
DH Oswald Peraza 1 for 1 (#3 prospect)
2B Oswaldo Cabrera solo HR (#16 prospect).
CF Greg Allen 2 hits, RBI.
SS Andrew Velazquez 2 RBI

Game 2: Lost 6-3. CF Estevan Florial (#21 prospect) 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR.
SS Cabrera 2 hits.
C Rob Brantly 2 hits.

Minor League Action from 9/16/21. Big night for Bastidas at AA.

AAA: SWB (65-48) lost 9-5 to Lehigh Valley. #11 prospect Deivi Garcia struggled again in what has been an awful year for him. 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 3 W, 1 K. 6.83. He gave up 1 HR.
1B Chris Gittens 4 RBI, 3-run HR. SS Andrew Velazquez 2 hits.

AA: Somerset (71-45) won 10-4. CF Brandon Lockridge (#19 prospect) 2 hits. 3B Oswaldo Cabrera (#16 prospect) solo HR. 1B Dermis Garcia 2 hits, solo HR. C Mickey Gasper 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2B Jesus Bastidas 3 hits, 6 RBI. 2 HR, both 3-run HR.

High A: Hudson Valley (69-48) lost 5-2. CF Everson Pereira (#13 prospect) 2-run HR.
Starting P Clay Aguilar 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.

Low A: Tampa was supposed to have a doubleheader.

Game 1: Suspended in top of first, no score.

Game 2: Cancelled.

Game 143. Yanks drop to 4th in division, out of wildcard spots, after 7-6 loss.

Francisco Lindor hit 3 HR against the Yankees as the Mets won Sunday night 7-6 in a game that featured a bench-clearing incident regarding whistling/tipping of pitches.

The loss was the Yanks 12th in their last 15 games. It dropped them to 4th in their division, and as of now, they are out of the wild card picture.

Wild Card Standings (Tampa Bay, The Chicago White Sox and Houston lead their divisions)

Boston (81-64)/Toronto (80-63) in a virtual tie for the two wild card spots.
NYY 79-64, one game back
Oakland and Seattle each 77-66, three games back of Bos/Tor, 2 back of the Yankees.

The Yanks have an afternoon makeup game against the Twins today (Monday afternoon). They have to pick things up. Just 19 games to go.

The Yanks got two runs in the top of the first inning. D.J. LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo both walked. Aaron Judge, who had to leave the game later because of dizziness, struck out. Giancarlo Stanton doubled in one run, and Joey Gallo hit a SF to bring in another. Amazing stat in that it was only the second SF of Gallo’s career.

The Yanks were forced to start rookie Clarke Schmidt because of their pitching woes. It was just Schmidt’s second MLB start and his fourth MLB game. He gave up a run in the bottom of the first, and stranded two.

In the bottom of the second, an error by Gleyber Torres led to three unearned runs when Lindor hit a 3-run HR, his first of three homers for the game. 4-2, Mets.

A SF scored a run for the Mets in the fifth, and it was 5-2.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Gallo walked and Torres hit a 2-run HR (7) and it was 5-4.

Lindor hit his second HR in the bottom of the sixth and it was 6-4. Apparently he whistled going around the bases as if to signal and mock the Yankees for whistling and accusing them of tipping off pitches to hitters.

In the top of the seventh, LeMahieu singled, and two outs later, Stanton hit a 2-run HR (27) to tie the game. He jawed at Lindor while circling the bases and the benches emptied. Brett Gardner mocked the thumbs down gesture that the Mets used against their fans recently.

Lindor hit his third HR of the game in the bottom of the eighth to give the Mets a 7-6 lead and they hung on for the win.

Stanton had a chance to get in the last word, but with two on and two out in the top of the ninth, he popped up to Lindor to end the game.

LeMahieu 3 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI, 2-run HR (27)
Torres 2-run HR (7) but a huge error that allowed 3 unearned runs to score which helped cost the game.

Torres and Urshela once again made errors. Sanchez had a PB. The Yanks’ defense has to tighten up.

Schmidt 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 W, 2 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 4.15
Heaney 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.83 (LAA/NYY)
Peralta 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.89 (SF/NYY)
Green (L, 7-7) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.28

Andrew Velazquez was sent down to make room for Schmidt.

Game 138. Cole leaves early with hamstring issue as Yankees lose 4th straight, 5-1.

Gerrit Cole left Tuesday’s game early with hamstring tightness and may miss his next start. It’s the last thing the reeling Yankees needed as they lost their fourth game in a row, 5-1, to the surging Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yanks are now 2-8 since the 13-game winning streak.

Even if Cole was healthy and pitched like he usually does, like an ace, the offense was still comatose, scoring just the one run.

The Yanks fell 9 1/2 back of Tampa Bay for the divisional lead. With just 24 games to go, it’s a given the Rays win the division.

But the Yanks are struggling to hold on to a wild card spot. They still have the top seed, but things are close.

NYY 78-60 — (top wild card spot)
Bos 79-62 – 1/2 (second wild card spot)
Tor 75-62 – 2 1/2 from Yanks, 2 behind Bos
Sea 75-64 -3 1/2 from Yanks, 3 behind Bos
Oak 74-64 -4 from Yanks, 3 1/2 behind Bos

Cole gave up a HR to Alejandro Kirk in the second inning, and the Blue Jays were up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the bottom of the third inning when Andrew Velazquez singled, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

Cole gave up two runs in the top of the fourth. Toronto was helped by a balk and a passed ball. Cole then had to leave the game.

Albert Abreu gave up a HR to Marcus Semien (38) in the top of the fifth. 4-1.

Kirk got his second HR of the game off of Clay Holmes in the eighth.

Rizzo 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits
Velazquez 2 hits

Cole (L, 14-7) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.78
Abreu 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Rodriguez 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76 (Tex/NYY)
Holmes 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.13 (Pit/NYY)
Heaney 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.76

Luis Gil will try to right the ship. He starts tonight. Brooks Kriske was sent down to make room for Gil.

Game 124. Yanks win 9th straight; Sunday’s game postponed.

The Yankees won their 9th game in a row, beating the Twins 7-1 on Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s game has been postponed until Monday afternoon, Sept. 13, because of a hurricane coming up the East coast.

With the win, the Yanks are 31-11 in their last 42 games after being 41-41 just after the midway point.

With Brett Gardner banged up, before the game the Yankees brought up Estevan Florial and sent down Brody Koerner.

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a second and third, two-out jam in the top of the second inning.

The Yanks struck first, getting a run in the bottom of the second inning. Rougned Odor led off the inning by getting HBP. Luke Voit singled. After a lineout and a forceout, Tyler Wade singled to make it 1-0.

In the top of the fifth, Cole got back-to-back strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam.

The Yanks then put the game away, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Wade doubled, and D.J. LeMahieu singled him to third. Anthony Rizzo was HBP, loading the bases. A WP moved the runners up, scored Wade, and made it 2-0. Aaron Judge walked to re-load the bases. After a pitching change, Giancarlo Stanton doubled in two runs to make it 4-0. Judge was out at home on a fielder’s choice, but Luke Voit doubled in two runs to make it 6-0.

The Yanks missed out on three runs in the bottom of the seventh when with two on, Odor called time milliseconds before a pitch was thrown. Neither player, pitcher or hitter, could stop their action, even though time was called. Odor hit the ball over the fence, but since time was just called, the “homer” didn’t count. Odor struck out instead. Rougny lost one there.

In the top of the eighth, Lucas Luetge gave up a HR to Jorge Polanco. 6-1.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Andrew Velazquez did get a HR—his first MLB homerun. The Bronx-born lad did it in front of a very happy group of family members. 7-1, the final score.

Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Velazquez solo HR. FIRST MLB HR.
Wade 2 hits, RBI

Cole (W, 12-6) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 W, 6 K. 2.92
Luetge 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.14
Abreu 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.91

If you can take away the one bad outing Abreu had in Tampa Bay (where Abreu gave up six runs without recording an out), his ERA would be 1.78.

At 72-52, the Yanks are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, in second place. The last three games of the season are at home vs. Tampa Bay. Could those games decide the division?

But they did expand their wild card lead yesterday.

NYY 72-52 (1st WC), 38 games to go
A’s 70-54 -2 (2nd wc)
BOS 70-55 – 2 1/2 from Yankees, 1/2 GB from A’s
Sea 66-58 -6 from Yankees, -4 from A’s
Tor 64-57 -6 1/2 from Yankees , -4 1/2 From A’s

Game 123. Yankees win 8th in a row behind 3 HR and Nasty Nestor.

How long Nestor Cortes continues to channel the ghost of Whitey Ford, who knows, but we’ll take it. Some may even take to buying the Nasty Nestor t-shirts now out honoring the Yankees’ lefty.

Cortes, along with Luis Gil, have kept the Yankees’ rotation afloat while Cole and Montgomery were on the Covid-IL (both have just returned) and Domingo German is on the regular IL.

Cortes pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs, as the Yankees pounded the Twins, 10-2, on Friday night. Cortes got HR help from Luke Voit (4 hits, 4 HR), Aaron Judge and D.J. LeMahieu.

With the win, the Yanks (71-52) are now just four games behind Tampa Bay for the AL East division lead. They remain in 2nd in the AL East, one game ahead of Oakland and 1 1/2 ahead of Bostons for the top wild card spot.

The Yanks got four runs right away in the first inning. LeMahieu and Judge walked, and after Joey Gallo struck out, Giancarlo Stanton was HBP to load the bases. Voit singled in two runs, and after Rougned Odor popped out, Gary Sanchez re-loaded the bases with an infield single. Andrew Velazquez walked to force in a run, and Brett Gardner singled to make it 4-0, Sanchez getting thrown out at the plate for the final out.

In the bottom of the second, LeMahieu led off with a single, and Judge hit a 2-run HR (27) to make it 6-0.

After Cortes worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth, the Yanks made it 7-0 in the bottom half. With one out, Gallo and Stanton each walked, and Voit hit a ground-rule double to score Gallo.

Cortes gave up a 2-run HR to Josh Donaldson in the top of the sixth that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-2.

Voit homered (7) leading off the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-2.

In the bottom of the eighth, Tyler Wade, in for Gardner, walked to lead off the inning, and LeMahieu then hit a 2-run HR (8) for 10-2, which wound up being the final score.

The Yanks, once 41-41, are now 71-52, winning 30 of their last 41 games. They have won 8 in a row.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 2 RBI, 2-run HR (8)
Judge 2-run HR (27)
Voit 4 hits, 4 RBI, solo HR (7). Keep playing with a chip on your shoulder & an “I’ll show you” attitude, Luke.
Gardner 2 hits, RBI

Cortes (W, 2-1) 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP. 2.56
Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.14 (Tex/NYY)
Koerner 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.00 SECOND MLB GAME

Game 122. Yanks hold off Twins and win 7th in a row, 7-5.

Andrew Velazquez once again provided a spark as the Yankees (70-52, 2nd in AL East, 5 GB, but 1 game up for top wild card spot) beat the Twins last night 7-5. It was the Yanks’ seventh straight win. They have won 29 of their last 40 games.

The Yanks got four runs in the bottom of the third, and it was Velazquez starting things off with a triple. He scored on a double by Kyle HIgashioka. After a walk to Tyler Wade, Luke Voit doubled in two runs, and went to third on the throw home. Anthony Rizzo followed with a SF.

In the bottom of the fourth, Velazquez singled with two out. He stole second, and Higashioka hit a 2-run HR (8) to make it 6-0.

Jameson Taillon only gave up one hit over the first 5 1/3 innings, but when he lost it, it happened quickly in the top of the sixth. HR, single, double, double, and all of a sudden, it was 6-3. Wandy Peralta came in, got out of the inning and pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Twins got another run in the eighth, this one off of Zack Britton, and cut the Yanks’ lead to 6-4.

Giancarlo Stanton homered for the Yanks (20) in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-4. Good thing, because Miguel Sano, a Yankees-killer, hit a HR for the Twins in the top of the ninth, to make it 7-5, the final score. Sano has 10 HR in 20 games against the Yankees in his career.

Voit 2 RBI
Stanton solo HR (20)
Velazquez 2 hits.
Higashioka 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (8)

Taillon (W, 8-4) 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.94
Peralta (H, 5) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.75 (SF/NYY)
Britton (H, 11) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.89
Green (S, 6) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.13

Wild Card Standings (granted, 40 games to go)

Yanks 70-52 top wild card. 5 GB of Tampa Bay for division
A’s 69-53 -1 own 2nd wild card slot for now
Boston 69-54 – 1 1/2
Seattle 66-56 -4 from Yankees
Toronto 63-56 – 5 1/2 from Yankees.