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Game 75. Struggling Shreve costs Yanks game in 12th, 7-6. Sanchez to DL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chasen Shreve has been struggling badly lately, and it cost the Yanks dearly on Sunday when his only pitch of the game was hit for a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 12th, making the Yanks lose 7-6 to the Rays.

Meanwhile, Gary Sanchez appears to be out a while with a hip/groin injury. It looks like Austin Romine will step into the starting catcher role and that the Yanks will bring up Kyle Higashioka from AAA to backup Romine.

The only thing is, Higashioka can’t hit. In his only MLB games last year, 9 of them, he was 0 for 18.

This year, at AAA SWB, he has hit .191 with 5 HR and 22 RBI. Ugh. In 109 games at the AAA level, he has only hit .222-17-64.

Domingo German had nothing today and was hit hard. He gave up 2 runs in the first, and seems to always have trouble with the first batter. I don’t know what’s up with his bullpen preparation, but wasn’t it in the last game where his first pitch was hit for a HR? Today? Leadoff triple followed by a double. Two runs given up in the first inning right away.

The Yanks took a 3-2 lead in the second on a 3-runG HR (11) by Miguel Andujar.

But German gave up a HR in the second that tied the game, and three more runs in the third to put Tampa Bay up 6-3.

Doubles by Didi and Stanton cut it to 6-5 in the fifth.

In the eighth, Stanton, who went 5 for 5, homered (19) to tie the game.

In the top of the ninth, Clint Frazier clubbed a ball that ricocheted off a speaker and was caught for an out. If the speaker wasn’t there, could it have gone for a possible game-winning HR? Maybe.

This park, and the Rays’ poor attendance, have been a disgrace to MLB for years, now.

Come the twelfth, and after the Yanks’ bullpen had pitched eight no-run, no-hit innings, Shreve blew everything with just one pitch.

Some improvements the Yanks need to make:

  1. Catching depth. We see it now with Sanchez hurt. Higashioka is now the backup to Romine. A .191 hitter at AAA this year. 0 for 18 MLB career. .222 AAA in his minor league career.
  2. Lefty relief specialist (outside of the closer Chapman). Shreve isn’t cutting it. They can pursue Brad Hand from SD. I don’t see one at AAA I like, but there is someone, Caleb Frare at AA, who is currently 3-1 with an ERA of 0.54. In his minor league career, the soon-to-be 25 year old is 17-12, 2.41.
  3. First base. Greg Bird is struggling. .193-3-5 in 83 at bats (OPS+ 86). Neil Walker went 0 for 3 today and is at .192-2-14, and his OPS+ is around 50. The best of the lot so far has been Tyler Austin at .223-8-23, OPS+ 99 but Austin has only 8 walks to go with 53 strikeouts. I’d love to pursue a trade for Joey Votto of the Reds, if the Reds would pick up half of Votto’s salary because of the prospects the Yanks would give up for him. Votto, 35 in September, fields well, draws a ton of walks, is a lefty hitter, great OPS+. He’d fit in perfect. I’d offer Wade, Frazier, Bird, and a pitcher like Albert Abreu (and maybe one other low-end pitcher) for Votto, as long as the Reds (who aren’t going anywhere and have stunk for years) pick up half his salary in exchange for players who can help them rebuild. The Reds could honor Votto by trading him to a team that could possibly give him a ring. If Votto is unavailable, then the Yanks should cut ties with Walker now and bring up Brandon Drury to platoon with Greg Bird at 1B. Drury has been getting some games at 1B at AAA, and is experienced at 2B and 3B if you want to give Torres or Andujar a day off. He’s hitting .320 at SWB, and cutting Walker for Drury now seems like the thing to do. The Yanks haven’t been getting much from 1B, and unless Bird and/or Walker start heating up, why not try a Drury/Bird platoon? Especially since Drury’s .320 is being wasted at AAA?

    Gardner 2 hits.
    Stanton 5 for 5, HR, 2 RBI (half of team’s 10 hits)
    Andujar 3-run HR

German 3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40
Warren 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.65
Holder 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.84
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.34
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.91
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.   2.17
Shreve (L, 2-2, 5.19) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Threw 1 pitch = HR.

With the loss, the Yanks (50-25) fall into a virtual tie with Boston (the Yanks are percentage points ahead). The Yanks rearranged their rotation, setting themselves up for next weekend’s Boston series. So against the Phillies Monday-Wednesday, it’ll be Loaisiga, Severino and Cessa. After an off-day, CC goes with some extra rest Friday, then it’ll be Gray and Severino.

With today’s loss, the Yanks became the last MLB team this year to experience a 3-game losing streak.





Judge runnerup in MVP voting. Yanks interview Meulens. AFL News.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge finished 2nd in the MVP voting to Jose Altuve. I thought the vote would be closer, but it was no contest. Altuve received 27 of the 30 first place votes to win quite easily. Judge got 2 first place votes and 27 votes for second place.

In the NL, it was a razor-thin victory for Giancarlo Stanton, who won by just 2 points over Joey Votto. Both received 10 first place votes out of 30 but Stanton, barely, got more support up top than Votto.

Other Yankees to receive consideration were Didi Gregorius, who finished in a tie for 20th, and Gary Sanchez, who finished in a tie for 22nd.

We have a spelling correction. It’s Ohtani, not Otani, for the Japanese sensation.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 7-4.

Yankees’ prospects:

DH Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, RBI. .342
RF Estevan Florial 2 for 4, scored 2 runs, triple, struck out 2x. .286

The Yanks interviewed Hensley (Bam-Bam) Meulens yesterday for the managerial opening. Meulens was a top and failed prospect for the Yanks in the late 1980s, early 1990s. He has been a hitting coach and bench coach for the Giants and as such, won 3 rings (2010, 2012, 2014) and has managed in the WBC (Netherlands, featuring Didi Gregorius) and in winter ball. Meulens speaks five languages.

Of course, if the Yanks select someone like Meulens, they would break their managerial color barrier. No Yankees manager has been anything but white.

Maybe if Elston Howard would have lived, instead of succumbing to a heart condition at the age of 51, he would have become manager of the Yankees. We’ll never know.

Number of top free agents still available is dwindling.

There isn’t many top free agents out there anymore. Buster Olney reports the Yanks are the frontrunners for Andruw Jones. There doesn’t seem to be many DH spots available, so Vlad, JD and Manny are going to be scrapping. The Rays seem like a fit for one of them.

Here are the top 50 free agents that MLBTR had listed in November and where they went (if at all). I might have someone wrong or messed up so if I did, feel free to correct:

1) Lee/Phils  2) Crawford/Boston 3) Beltre/Texas 4) Werth/Washington 5) Dunn/White Sox
6) V-Mart/Tigers 7) R. Soriano/Yankees 8 — Mo/Yankees 9) Konerko/White Sox 10) Jeter/Yankees

11) Kuroda/Dodgers 12) De La Rosa/Rockies 13) Pavano/NOT SIGNED YET, BELIEVED TO BE GOING BACK TO TWINS 14) Westbrook/St. Louis 15) Huff/SF 16) Uribe/Dodgers 17) Carlos Pena/Cubs 18) Thome/Twins 19) VLAD–STILL LOOKING 20) MANNY–STILL LOOKING

21) Magglio/Tigers 22) Orlando Hudson/SD 23) Derrek Lee-Baltimore 24) Berkman-St. L 25) Pettitte–STILL TRYING TO MAKE UP HIS MIND, YANKEES OR RETIRE? 26) Garland/Dodgers 27) Pierzynski/White Sox 28) Olivo/Seattle 29) Buck/FLA 30) Vazquez/FLA

31) Downs/Angels 32) Putz/Ariz. 33) Fuentes/A’s 34) LaRoche/Wash. 35) Takahashi/Angels 36) Burrell/SF 37) Benoit/Tigers 38) MILLWOOD-STILL LOOKING 39) Correia/Pitt. 40) Rhodes/Texas

41) Feliciano/Yankees 42) Balfour/A’s 43) Wood/ Cubs 44) Podsednik–Still Looking, Reds?  45) Torrealba/Texas 46) Matsui/A’s 47) Damon/STILL LOOKING 48) Gregg/Balt. 49) Uehara/Balt. 50) Webb/Texas     

Their honorable mentions: Tejada SF, Padilla Dodgers. Saito Brewers; Guerrier, Dodgers; Penny Tigers; Hall Astros; Contreras Phillies.

Still available: Rauch, Nick(ed Up) Johnson, Frank Francisco,  Dennis Reyes.

Others: Jenks/Boston; Wigginton/Rockies; Sherrill/Braves; Bartlett traded to SD; Cust/Sea.; Russell Martin/Yankees; Overbay/Pitt.; Choate/FLA; Nady/Az; Crain/Cubs; Romero/Phils; Renteria/Reds; Ohman/White Sox.

Joey Votto signed a 3 year extension with Cincy. $38mm.  

NL MVP goes to Votto, almost unanimously.

No surprise in the NFL. Childress gets axed. Now if Favre only realizes that he should pack it in.

I don’t follow NASCAR, but five titles in a row (Jimmy Johnson) is impressive.

AL MVP announced tomorrow. 

As for today, the NL MVP award was announced. The winner?

Joey Votto. Almost unanimously. 31 of 32 first place votes. The other went to runnerup Albert Pujols.

Votto becomes the first Red to win the award since Barry Larkin in 1995.



Unanimous and Near Unanimous ROYs. A “Holliday” for the A’s?

The AL ROY (Rookie of the Year) was unanimous. The “Desperate Housewife,” Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay. Longoria helped lead his team into the WS by hitting .272-27-85 in 122 games. He had an OPS+ (adjusted OPS, 100=average) of 130, was 7 for 7 in SB, and was excellent defensively.

The NL ROY was almost unanimous. Geovany Soto got all but one vote. The Cubs catcher had 1, 25 and 54 AB from 2005-2007, but played in 141 games in 2008 and had 494 at bats. He hit .285-23-86 for a 120 OPS+ in helping the Cubs make the playoffs.

The only vote that didn’t go to Soto went to Joey Votto of the Reds. .297-24-84 for the Reds 1B. OPS+ 124.

Pete Abraham has some good stuff on his blog.

Here is a list of the free agents, ranked in order.

Also, Baseball America ranks its top 10 Yankee prospects:

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

This is their list:

1. Austin Jackson OF AA, .285-9-69-19
2. Jesus Montero C/DH Low A .326-17-87
3. Andrew Brackman Starting pitcher, Righty 6’10” In AFL now. Missed year due to TJ surgery.
4. Austin Romine C Low A. .300-10-49
5. Dellin Betances Starting pitcher, Righty 6’8″ Low A. 9-4, 3.67. 135 K in 115 1/3.
6. Zach McAllister Starting pitcher, Righty. Combined Low and High A, 14-9, 2.09. 151 IP.
7. Alfredo Aceves 8-6, 2.62 in minors. 1-0, 2.40 with Yanks in 30 innings. Righty pitcher. Started, but may be long man in 2009.
8. Phil Coke Lefty pitcher. 11-6, 2.79 in minors. 1-0, 0.61 with Yanks in 14 2/3 IP. Lefty relief?
9. Mark Melancon Righty relief pitcher. 8-1, 2.27 combined minor league record.
10. Bradley Suttle 3B .271-11-44 in Low A.

Pete doesn’t see Melancon behind Aceves and Coke, but he could not much quibble with their list otherwise.

I think Top Prospect Alert will be coming out with their list soon, and when they do, I’ll post it for comparison. I put the position after the name for your convenience, also what they did this year and where. Note some people that dropped out include Alan Horne (2-4, 8.77 in a tough, injury-plagued year), Jeff Marquez (combined 8-8, 4.47, mostly AAA), Humberto Sanchez (in AFL now, missed most of 2008 due to injury), Chase Wright (I’m surprised he dropped off the list. He was a combined 10-3, 2.80 at AA/AAA), and 1B Brandon Laird (who didn’t do badly at Low A, .273-23-86, and I’m a bit surprised he dropped off). Having Wright and Laird actually fall out of the top 10 may be a good thing. It shows depth.

Some people got enough PT in the majors to drop off the list. Hughes, Kennedy, Brett Gardner…

Well, it isn’t the Cardinals. In a bit of a shocker, Matt Holliday appears headed to the A’s.
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