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Is trade of Torreyes a vote of confidence in Tyler Wade?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As I am at home sick without much of a voice (useless when you work on the phones in a call center), a blog post:

EliteSportsNY.com has an interesting article on Tyler Wade, suggesting that the trade of Torreyes may be a vote of confidence in Wade as the utility infielder.

It does give Wade the opportunity to run with it. Wade, however, hasn’t done anything in the majors in his limited time there. He is only 24, but is a lefty bat on a righty-heavy team. He also offers speed that the Yankees haven’t been using too much of, especially with Gardner slowing down. The Yanks were 12th in the AL in SB in 2018 with 63, with the team leader being Gardner with 16. Hicks had 11, and Didi, who’ll miss most of the 2019 season, had 10.

Wade needs to hit better. In the majors, he has been overmatched so far. In 124 MLB at bats, he is hitting .161-1-7, OPS+ 25. Terrible.

In 176 AAA games, Wade has hit .282-11-58 with 37 steals.

So maybe this trade of Torreyes is a vote of confidence for Wade, who can play all three OF positions as well as 2B, 3B and SS. It’s an opportunity.

Now Wade has to take advantage of it.

….. and I now have to return to trying to get my health and voice back ….


Yanks/Red Sox overshadowing other series? One team may have a beef about that.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because of the rivalry and the markets, the focus is on the Yankees/Red Sox series. You wonder how the other teams feel about that. The NL, and especially, one AL club.

With that focus on Boston/NY, Houston may be saying, “What about us? We won 103 this year, and we’re the defending WS Champs!”

And they would have every right to feel that way.

The Yanks made a couple of moves. That roster for the wild card game was only for that game so off goes Higashioka and Wade, and on goes CC and Tarpley.

Tarpley could be a shocker (or sleeper?). I saw his MLB debut on 9/2. He got in 10 games this year, no decisions, ERA 3.00.

9 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 6 W, 13 K. Walks too high, but here he will be facing the Red Sox in a postseason series, as most likely, a LOOGY.

Happ will start Game 1.

Boston has announced Sale, Price, Porcello and Eovaldi for Games 1-4.

Interesting a lot of lefties going up in Fenway. Happ, Sale, Price.

I haven’t seen the Yanks order, but after Happ, I expect Tanaka (Update: it is), then Severino, CC and then Happ. (Update: No starter named after Tanaka. Looking like 3/4 could be switched, CC then Severino?).

Happ has a 2.98 ERA or so in 21 games (20 starts) against Boston. A good record, but unconventional in that a lefty goes in Games 1 and maybe 5 up in Fenway.

Milw. won game 1 of their NLDS against Colorado. As I write this, the Dodgers have a nice lead in Game 1 over the Braves. (Update: Dodgers won 6-0).

A passing: Marty Pattin at the age of  75 yesterday. Angels 1968, Seattle Pilots 1969. Milwaukee Brewers 1970-1971, Boston 1972-1973, KC Royals 1974-1980.

Pattin faced the Yanks in the ALCS in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.

He was an All-Star in 1971 for the Brewers.

He won 17 in 1972 for Boston.

114-109, 3.62, ERA+ 102. Average 162 g. season? 22 Starts, 24 more in relief. 11-11, 3.62.


Game 136. T-Time. Yanks get Two hits, but Tame Tigers behind Tanaka and Torres.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees expanded rosters with McCutchen, Wade, Cessa, Hechavarria, and they also DFA’d Shane Robinson. Gary Sanchez came off the DL. They also are optimistic about Judge, should get Didi in a week but are wondering if Chapman is done for the season.

I’ll be at the stadium on a bus trip tomorrow.

As for today, Saturday, the Yanks (86-50) got only two hits but won 2-1 behind the efforts of Tanaka and Torres.

A couple bleeders loaded the bases for the Tigers with no one out in the first. Detroit got one run, but Tanaka limited the damage.

The Yanks didn’t get a baserunner until the fifth, when Andujar walked and an out later, Torres homered (22) to put the Yanks up 2-1, and that was all the scoring for the day.

In the seventh, Tanaka escaped a 2nd and 3rd, no out jam.

Tanaka (W 10-5, 3.83) 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Holder (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.12
Betances (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W 1 K.  2.54

Lot of defensive maneuvering in the game. Torres started at SS, wound up at 2B. Walker started at 2B, wound up at 1B. Wade pinch ran for Voit, went to 2B, then over to 3B. Hechevarria came in at SS.

Game 135. Yanks comeback to win, 7-5. Boone tossed, faces suspension.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (85-50) scored 3 in the bottom of the eighth and survived a 9th inning care to beat Detroit 7-5 Friday night.

Manager Aaron Boone was ejected in the fifth inning, apparently touched the home plate umpire in pointing his finger to make a point about the strike zone and faces a suspension. His arguing was great, however, and humorous. In making his point, he squatted behind home plate, and held out his arm like a catcher in two positions, as if to say “this is a strike, and this is too low.” The look on the ump’s face as Boone left was priceless, as if he wanted to cry because he was shown up in front of 40,000+ people.

If you think what I wrote was cruel or biased, consider this. Detroit’s manager, Ron Gardenhire, was also tossed from the game for arguing a checked swing call on Luke Voit, who drew a crucial walk late in the game.

Anyway, Boone’s tirade might have fired up the Yanks and may have won the game.

Detroit got a run in the fourth when Luis Severino gave up a HR, and the Tigers got two more off of Seve in the fifth.

Meanwhile, after five innings, the Yanks had no hits. In the bottom of the fifth, Boone put on his show.

In the bottom of the sixth, down 3-0, Romine reached on an error, and after an out, Brett Gardner finally got the Yanks’ first hit of the game, a 2-run HR (12) to make it 3-2. It appeared that a couple of pitches previously called strikes were now called balls, so maybe Boone’s outburst made a difference. After another out, Aaron Hicks (23) and Miguel Andujar (23) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yanks up 4-3.

I still don’t know why the Yanks keep trusting Jonathan Holder in the middle innings of close games. I think they are placing too much trust in him. But then, with Adam Warren gone, there isn’t that cushion. In the seventh, Holder gave up a couple of hits, albeit bloopers. With two out and two on, in came Zach Britton who continued to struggle, giving up a hit to tie the game.

Britton then gave up another run in the eighth to put Detroit up 5-4.

In the bottom of the eighth, Gardner doubled, and after an out, Hicks walked. Another out. Voit walked to load the bases, after which Detroit manager Gardenhire was tossed from the game. Gleyber Torres singled in two runs, moved up on the throw. 2nd and 3rd, two out and Neil Walker was intentionally walked. Austin Romine singled to make it 7-5.

David Robertson made things hairy in the 9th, with a single, PB and a walk, but escaped.

Boston had a rain delay and was still playing and losing as I wrote this. It looks like the Yanks’ deficit will be cut to 7 1/2, but with just 27 games to go. Oakland and Seattle are playing each other late, too.

Gardner 2 hits, HR (12) 2 RBI
Hicks solo HR (23)
Andujar solo HR (23)
Torres 2 hits, 2 RBI

Severino 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR.   3.32
Holder (H, 6) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.18
Britton (BS, 3; W, 2-0, 4.06 Balt/NYY) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Robertson (S, 5 ) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.90

From Twitter: Moves.

Jack CurryVerified account @JackCurryYES 9m9 minutes ago

Stephen Tarpley, a lefty reliever, will join the Yankees when rosters expand on Saturday, says @ByDJEberle. Also, Cessa and Wade will be recalled. Boone said Sheffield wouldn’t be called up on Saturday, but that’s inevitable.

My note: Tarpley before tonight, AA/AAA 7-2, 1.94, 2 saves, 25.


The have acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the have designated LHP Ryan Bollinger for assignment.

Bollinger ,27, was 8-6, 3.87 AA/AAA

Hecavarria 29, hit .254-4-29 for Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh this year, OPS+ 75. For his MLB career, the righty hitter has a 162 g. average of .255-5-48, OPS+ 76.

Minor League Report. Pitchers dominant.


AAA: SWB (69-64) won 2-1, scoring in the bottom of the 9th. Zack Zehner 2 RBI. Tyler Wade 2 hits. C Gary Sanchez 0 for 4. 2B Abiatal Avelino 2 hits.

King 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 6 K.   1.09  (Overall, 3 levels, 10-5, 1.80; started at Tampa)
Cessa (BS, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.73
Adams (W, 4-5, 4.91) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.

SWB is one game out of a wild card spot, and the regular season ends on Labor Day (Monday). We’ll see what the next few days hold.

AA: It’s unknown yet if they”ll be a division champ or a wild card, but Trenton has clinched a playoff spot. On Wednesday, they won 5-0. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 hits, RBI. 2B Bruce Caldwell 2 doubles, RBI. DH Rashad Crawford 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Nick Green (W, 1-2, 3.63) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K.   (2 levels, A+/AA 8-7, 3.32)
Harris 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K.  4.05.

No playoffs for Tampa or Charleston.

High A: Tampa (67-66) had both games of their DH rained out.

Low A: Charleston (61-70) won 6-1. SS Oswaldo Cabrera 3 hits, RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. CF Leonardo Molina 2 hits.

Junk (W, 7-5, 3.77) 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR
Higgins (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  2.75

Game 125. Banged up Yanks win 2-1 in 12, worry about Chapman.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

No Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez or Didi Gregorius.

Before the game, Didi was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised heel. I was surprised that Luke Voit was brought back up instead of Tyler Wade. With Neil Walker going back to 2B, the infield looks OK with Torreyes as a backup, but if Walker goes back to 2B, what then, about the OF, where Walker was filling in?

Wade still hasn’t proven that he can hit MLB pitching, but at least he can play OF as well as IF. Voit can’t (1 MLB inning in RF), so I was a bit surprised at the move for Voit. Besides, Shane Robinson hasn’t given anything. I still hope the Yanks can make a deal for an OF before 8/31 (the deadline for that player to be postseason eligible), especially if problems remain with Aaron Judge and that fractured wrist. And we won’t even get into Clint Frazier (still on concussion DL) or Jacoby Ellsbury (who hasn’t played anywhere all season and is done for the year).

Now the Yanks have to hold their breaths on Aroldis Chapman. More on that later.

With a depleted lineup, others (like Greg Bird (.206) and Brett Gardner (.243), especially) need to step up. Bird, however, was 0 for 6 with 3 strikeouts last night in the Yanks’ 2-1 squeaker of a 12-inning win.

With the win, the Yanks (79-46) move to 8 back of Boston. They are 3 1/2 up on Houston and Oakland (each are tied for 1st in the AL West) for the top wild card slot.

It wasn’t easy, since the Yanks had to escape a couple of late inning jams.

The Yanks threatened in the second but didn’t score.

In the fourth, Andujar singled, and with one out, Torres singled. Walker singled in a run to make it 1-0. Romine was HBP to load the bases, Tabut Tanaka (damned NL no-DH rules) popped up and Gardner flied out.

Tanaka got out of a jam in the fourth.

Tanaka pitched well, but made a mistake in the fifth. As we all know, when Tanaka (gopher-ball prone) makes a mistake, it leaves the yard. At least it was just a solo HR. Game tied at 1.

Chad Green escaped a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the ninth.

A.J. Cole escaped a bases-loaded, NO out situation in the bottom of the eleventh, helped by a nice 6-2 forceout at home by Gleyber Torres.

In the top of the twelfth, Kyle HIgashioka singled. Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was HBP to load the bases. Miguel Andujar hit a SF for the eventual game-winning run. A WP moved up the runners to 2nd and 3rd, but Bird struck out.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Chapman came in, walked the first batter, and removed himself from the game after only six pitches because of increased pain in his knee. He’s been dealing with it most of the season, but the pain was worse and he’ll have an MRI today. So there is THAT for the Yanks to be concerned with. Meanwhile, Justus Sheffield was moved to the bullpen for SWB so that Sheffield could help in that capacity down the stretch.

Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman, pitched well, and the game ended when Higashioka nailed the baserunner trying to steal second.

David Robertson wasn’t available due to a tender shoulder.

2-1 Yanks in 12 innings.

Stanton 2 hits.
Andujar GW SF.
Torres 2 hits.
Walker 2 hits, 2 walks, RBI
Higashioka 1 for 1, scored winning run, threw runner out for last out.

Tanaka 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H,  1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.90
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15 (Balt/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.24
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.70
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.12
Cole (W, 4-1, 5.53 Wash/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Chapman 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.11  Threw just 6 pitchers, left game, injured.
Kahnle (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  6.39




Minor League Report. Charleston throws no-hitter.


AAA: SWB (63-58) lost 7-4 in 10 innings. LF Tyler Wade 2 hits, RBI. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 hits. 3B/SS Gio Urshela 3 hits, 2 doubles and a triple, RBI. RF Zack Zehner 2 hits. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, RBI.

Adams 5 1/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 4 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  4.98
Tarpley 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.  2.28
Coshow (L, 1-4, 5.04) 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton (65-56) lost 3-2. RF Jhalen Jackson solo HR.

Nick Green (L, 0-1, 3.60) 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  2.42
Hodson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.  9.00
Sosebee 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.38

First AA game for Green, who was 7-5, 3.28 at High A Tampa.

High A: Tampa (59-64) scored 2 in the 8th and 6 in the 9th to win 10-6. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 2 hits, 3 RBI. LF Dom Thompson-Williams 3 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 2 RBI.

Lehnen 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.84
Kamplain 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.79
Zurak (BS, 2; W, 1-2, 6.55) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Harris (S, 1) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.31

Low A: Charleston (56-63) won 7-1, throwing a combined no-hitter.   2 hits SS Oswaldo Cabrera. 2 hits 2B Wilkerman Garcia. C Eduardo Navas solo HR. RF Frederick Cuevas Grand Slam.

Junk (W, 6-4, 3.72) 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K
DeCarr (H, 3 ) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.38
Alvarez 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.46