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?
Having DFA’d Tyler Wade a few days ago, the Yankees traded the utilityman to the Angels today for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Since Clint Frazier and Rougned Odor were also DFA’d we will see what happens with them. Doug Jones, a 5x All-closer closer who saved 303 games in his career, died at the age of 64 due to COVID symptoms. Jones pitched for the Brewers (1982), Indians (1986-1991), Astros (1992-1993), Phillies (1994), Orioles (1995), Cubs (1996), Brewers again (1996-1998), Indians again (1998), and A’s (1999-2000). He got MVP consideration 4x. He went 69-79 in his career with an ERA of 3.30 (ERA+ 129). His 162 game average was 6-6, 24 saves, 3.30. The 2022 HOF ballot (writers, not Veterans’ committee) is out. New to the ballot are: A-Rod (should get in on accomplishments, but steroids and the suspension will most surely keep him out). David Ortiz (will get in, but had steroid accusations himself and I wonder about that). Also Mark Teixeira, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Justin Morneau, Prince Fielder, Joe Nathan, Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Papelbon, and A.J. Pierzynski. Some MVPs in that list, also some Cy Young Award winners, Teixeira over 400 HR but I don’t think any of them make it. Returning are: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, all for the last time. Steroids has kept Bonds and Clemens out while Schilling’s political views and outspokenness hasn’t helped his cause. Also back are Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner, Omar Vizquel (recent accusations against him won’t help him), Todd Helton, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Jeff Kent, Manny Ramirez (steroids won’t help him), Sammy Sosa (steroids), Andy Pettitte (HGH hurts him, too), Mark Buehrle, Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Tim Hudson. One crowded ballot. The early baseball ballot has: Bill Dahlen, Lefty O’Doul, Allie Reynolds, George Scales, Vic Harris, Dick Redding, John Donaldson, Buck O’Neil, Bud Fowler and Grant Johnson. This Yankees fan would love the see “Superchief”, Allie Reynolds, get in. As for Dahlen, he is the best SS that is NOT in. The Golden Days Ballot has: Ken Boyer, Dick Allen, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Roger Maris, Maury Wills, Danny Murtaugh and Gil Hodges.
The Yanks had to set a 40 man roster by 6 PM and in so doing try to protect some prospects from the Rule 5 draft on December 8. To clear room on the 40 man roster, the Yanks traded RHP Nick Nelson and C Donny Sands to the Phillies for LHP Joel Valdez and 1B T.J. Rumfield. They also DFA’d Clint Frazier, 27, who hit .186-5-15 in 66 games with them in 2021. Frazier has faced a lot of problems dealing with a concussion and vertigo. In 228 games as a Yankee, Frazier hit .239-29-97, OPS+ 104. Too bad he didn’t get much of a shot, and when he did, the injuries hurt him. With Gallo in LF, Frazier didn’t have much playing time, apparently. Miguel Andujar does remain on the roster. They also DFA’d Tyler Wade, soon to be 27, who hit .268-0-5 this year while leading the Yanks with 17 SB. In 264 games as a Yankee, Wade hit .212-6-33 with 30 SB. Apparently the Yanks feel Oswaldo Cabrera see below) may translate better as a utility infielder, especially with the pop. Also DFA’d was Rougned Odor, who hit .202-15-39 for the Yanks this year, OPS+ 82. Nelson, soon to be 26, was 0-2, 8.79 for the Yankees this year in 11 games. For his MLB career, he is 1-2, 6.43 (ERA+ 68) in 22 games, two of them starts. Remember average OPS+ for hitters and ERA+ for pitchers is 100. Sands, a righty hitting catcher, 25, hit .261-18-56 between AA and AAA this year. This removed them from the 40 man roster. Replacing them on that roster are two prospects who would have been subject to the Rule 5 draft (recall the Yanks lost Garrett Whitlock to the Rule 5 draft last year and Whitlock went 8-4, 1.96 for Boston this year). The two prospects are: Oswaldo Cabrera. 22. Switch-hitter. Plays 2B, SS and 3B. .272-29-89 with 21 SB between AA/AAA. Everson Pereira. CF/2B. Righty bat. 20. In only 49 games Rookie/Low A/High A, hit .303-20-57 with 9 SB. You hope that power from Pereira is legit. 20 HR in 49 games? 57 RBI? Cabrera is the #13 ranked prospect in the Yanks’ system, and Pereira #13. Also added to the 40 man roster were three other players to replace the DFA’d Frazier, Wade and Odor. 26 year old Ron Marinaccio, RHP, 2-1, 2.04 between AA/AAA this year. 105 strikeouts in 66 1/3 IP. The Yanks added Stephen Ridings. RHP, 26. 5 games with Yanks this year. 0-0, 1.80. At AAA/AA was 5-0, 1.24. Also added was JP Sears, 25, LHP. 10-2, 3.46 between AA/AAA this year. As far as Valdez and Rumfield go, both are far away. Not 40 man roster additions. Valdez, 21, went 1-1, 1.63 in 15 games in the Dominican Summer League this year. Rumfield, a lefty bat, so far has played in just 27 minor league games. Left unprotected (unless there is another deal brewing) are: Josh Breaux. C. Righty bat. 24. hit .249-23-63 in 90 games, High A/AA. #18 prospect. Brandon Lockridge. CF/2B. 24. 75 games, A+/AA. .298-13-46, 18 SB. #19 prospect. Matt Sauer 22, RHP. A/A+ 5-6, 4.69. 23 games, 21 starts. There may be a few others. I don’t have a whole list. To sum up 40 man roster, 5 off, 5 on. OFF: Frazier, Wade, Odor, Nelson, Sands ON: Cabrera, Pereira, Marinaccio, Ridings, Sears. You can’t protect everyone.
Posted in Offseason Moves, Players, The Front Office
Tagged Andujar, Breaux, Cabrera, Frazier, Lockridge, Marinaccio, Nelson, Odor, Pereira, Ridings, Rumfield, Sands, Sauer, Sears, Valdez, Wade, Whitlock
The Yanks came back from a 5-0 deficit to edge the Minnesota Twins 6-5 in 10 innings in a Monday afternoon makeup game. With the win, the Yanks moved back into a virtual tie for the 2nd wild card spot. Here is how things stand. Toronto 81-63 — 1st wild card Yankees 80-64 -1 .556 virtual tie for 2nd wild card Boston 81-65 -1 .555 virtual tie for 2nd wild card Seattle 78-66 -3 from Toronto, -2 from NYY/BOS Oakland 77-66 -3 1/2 from Toronto, -2 1/2 from NYY/BOS The Yanks made some changes before the game. With recent errors defensively from Gio Urshela and Gleyber Torres at 3B and SS respectively, Torres moved back to 2B, D.J. LeMahieu took over at 3B, and Tyler Wade was at SS. Also, Kyle Higashioka caught more because it was a day game after a night game, but even there, Higashioka is better defensively than Gary Sanchez. We will see who catches Gerrit Cole tonight, a job usually handled by Higashioka. But just because he did not start yesterday’s game, doesn’t mean Sanchez couldn’t finish it. And finish it he did. Yankees’ starter Luis Gil put the Yankees in an early hole, giving up two 2-run HRs in the first inning. The Yanks were down 4-0 before they even came to bat. Gil settled down after that, lasting six innings. After that first inning, he only gave up one more run—on a HR in the third inning. Meanwhile, after five innings, the only hit the Yanks had was on a fifth inning bunt single by Joey Gallo. The Yanks got a run in the sixth when Wade walked, stole second, went to third on a flyout, and scored on a SF by LeMahieu, who was robbed of a double on the play by a great catch. Gallo made it 5-2 in the seventh with a HR (33). In the bottom of the eighth, PH Anthony Rizzo led off with a walk. Sanchez PH for Higashioka and flied out. After LeMahieu flied out, Brett Gardner walked on a full-count pitch. It was a controversial call that got Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli ejected. After a pitching change, Aaron Judge homered (33) to tie the game. No one scored in the ninth, although Aroldis Chapman made things hairy once again. The game went into extra innings, with that ghost runner I hate. Clay Holmes kept the Twins off the board in the top of the tenth. Gleyber Torres was the ghost runner for the Yankees in the bottom of the tenth. Gio Urshela, who took over at SS, struck out trying to bunt Torres over, but Sanchez laced one to the wall for the game-winning hit.
Judge 3-run HR (33)
Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (33) Sanchez game-winning single in bottom of the tenth. Gil 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 3 HR. 2.88 Heaney 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.76 (LAA/NYY) Abreu 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.19 Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.70 Holmes (W, 8-3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.07 (Combined Pit/NYY) . Clarke Schmidt was sent back to SWB. Sal Romano decided to become a free agent rather than go to SWB.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Chapman, Gallo, Gil, Heaney, Higashioka, Holmes, Judge, LeMahieu, Romano, Sanchez, Schmidt, Torres, Urshela, Wade
When it rains, it pours. On a day when the Yanks got more bad news pitching-wise, the Yanks (78-62) lost their sixth game in a row, and tenth in their last twelve, to Toronto, 6-4. Toronto has won eight in a row and has turned the wild card race into a crapshoot. Before the game, besides the uncertainty on ace Gerrit Cole and his tight hamstring, the Yanks had to put Jameson Taillon on the 10 day IL due to a partially torn tendon in his ankle. They are holding out hope he still might make a start this season, but it doesn’t look good. Sal Romano was called up. OF Jonathan Davis was DFA’d , and expect Michael King up soon. Also, Zack Britton, already done for this year, will in most likelihood miss ALL of 2022. Besides a bone chip being removed from his elbow, he also went TJ surgery. Now for the game. Bo Bichette, the first batter of the game, hit a HR (22) off of Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes, Jr. to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 immediate lead. Cortes pitched well, giving up another solo HR, this one to Randal Grichuk (22) in the fifth, and the Blue Jays were up 2-0. That is all “Nasty Nestor” gave up. But he got little run support. But the state of the Yankees bullpen is such that in a big game in September, Sal Romano and Andrew Heaney had to pitch. The Yanks did tie the game in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Judge singled and Anthony Rizzo followed with a 2-run HR (19). But Toronto scored in the top of the seventh and never looked back. An error by Tyler Wade led to Toronto getting another run in the eighth and Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit HR #42 in the ninth off of Heaney to put the Blue Jays up 5-2. Toronto got another run off Heaney later in the ninth and it became 6-2. In the bottom of the ninth, Gary Sanchez (21) and Luke Voit (9) hit back-to-back HRs, Voit as a PH, to make it 6-4, which would be the final score. Judge 3 hits Rizzo 2-run HR (19; Cubs/NYY) Sanchez solo HR (21) Voit solo HR (9) Cortes, Jr. 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR. 2.70 Romano (L, 0-2) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1 HBP 5.84 (Combined Reds/Brewers and NYY) Peralta 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY) Heaney 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. gave up 1 HR. 5.86 (Combined LAA/NYY) The Yanks are 10 behind Tampa Bay, 3rd in AL East, with 22 games to go. Now for the wild-card picture. Bos 80-62, top wild card seed NYY 78-62 -1 from Boston. At present, the second wild card. Tor 77-62 -1 1/2 from Boston and only 1/2 game behind the Yanks. Oakland AND Seattle each 76-64, 3 behind Boston and both just 2 1/2 behind the Yanks.
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Postseason, Regular Season
Tagged Britton, Cole, Cortes, Davis, Heaney, Judge, King, Peralta, Rizzo, Romano, Sanchez, Taillon, Voit, Wade
After winning 13 in a row, the Yanks have now lost 2 in a row, as they’ve scored a total of 3 runs in those two losses. Saturday it was 3-2. Sunday (last night) it was by a 3-1 score to Oakland.
With the loss, the Yanks are now 6 games back of Tampa Bay for the division lead with 32 games to go. Tampa Bay just finished up its season series vs. the Orioles, against whom they went 18-1. The Yanks are 8-5 against Baltimore so far this season. The Rays’ schedule doesn’t appear too difficult from here on out. It appears more and more likely that the Yanks will have to settle for the wild card and that one game shootout. As of now, the Yanks are two games up on Boston to have that wild card game at Yankee Stadium. The A’s are 2 1/2 behind Boston, with Seattle 4 1/2 behind Boston and Toronto 5 1/2 behind Boston. The A’s got the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a couple of Yankees’ misplays. With one out, a couple singles, then a ball that should have been an inning-ending DP became an error on 3B Gio Urshela. The next play also should have been an inning-ending DP, but SS Tyler Wade was slow getting to the ball, the feed to pivotman 2B D.J. LeMahieu was slow, and instead of a DP, the Yanks just got the force (original DP call overturned on review) and the run scored. The Yanks scored their only run in the seventh, and that was by a gift. Gary Sanchez walked to lead off the inning, and two outs later, moved to second on a WP. PH Anthony Rizzo popped up, but the ball was dropped by the catcher, giving Rizzo new life. Rizzo hit one through 3B Matt Chapman’s legs for an error on Chapman and the game was tied. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Mark Canha doubled off of Yankees’ reliever Chad Green, on a ball that handcuffed LF Joey Gallo. Tony Kemp then hit the next pitch for a 2-run HR, which turned out to be the game winning blow. The Yanks only got five hits in the game, and made two errors. The misplays by Wade and Gallo weren’t errors. Both errors were made by normally sure-handed Gio Urshela. On the other hand, CF Brett Gardner made two excellent plays in the outfield to take away what seemed to be sure doubles. Jonathan Loaisiga got out a a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh. Stanton 2 hits. Montgomery 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.52 Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.19 Green (L, 7-6) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.18
Posted in Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Gallo, Gardner, Green, Loaisiga, Montgomery, Rizzo, Stanton, Urshela, Wade
What looked like a laugher turned into a squeaker, but the Yankees won their 12th game in a row, 7-6, over Oakland last night. The Yankees are 20-4 in August and have won 34 of their last 45 games. With the win, the Yanks are 4 games back of Tampa Bay in the AL East, in second place. As far as the wild card picture goes, the Yankees are opening some breathing space. They are 3 up on Boston for the top wild card spot. Oakland is then 2 1/2 back of Boston, Seattle 3 back of Boston and Toronto 5 1/2 back of Boston. The 12-game winning streak is the first 12-game winning streak for the Yankees since the M&M days of 1961—a few months before I was born. The Yanks started off the game by having each of its first four batters strike out. After the fourth one, a called strike three to Joey Gallo leading off the top of the second inning, manager Aaron Boone let his displeasure with the call and the strike zone be known and he was ejected. The next hitter, Giancarlo Stanton, hit a HR (23) to put the Yanks up 1-0. After another strikeout, Brett Gardner homered (6) and the Yanks were up 2-0. The Yanks tacked on four more in the top of the third. Andrew Velazquez doubled, moved to third on a groundout, and Anthony Rizzo doubled him home. After a walk to Aaron Judge, Gallo hit a 3-run HR (30, combined Tex/NYY) and the Yanks were up 6-0. A laugher, we thought. Wrong. Yankees’ starter James Taillon gave up back-to-back HR to the first two Oakland batters in the bottom of the third and it was 6-2. Taillon gave up three runs and was knocked out in the bottom of the fourth when Oakland scored three runs to cut the score to 6-5. Albert Abreu gave up a HR in the bottom of the fifth and the game was tied. The Yanks had the bases loaded, one out, in the top of the eighth but couldn’t score. In the top of the ninth, with two out, Rizzo walked. Tyler Wade PR for him, stole second, and moved to third on a throwing error on the play. Judge singled him in for what turned out to be the game winning run. Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the bottom of the ninth for his 300th career save. Judge 2 hits, RBI (game winning RBI) Gallo 3-run HR (30; combined Tex/NYY) Stanton solo HR (23) Gardner solo HR (6) Taillon 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.18 Abreu 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K Gave up 1 HR. 4.33 Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 4.30 (Combined Pit/NYY) Loaisiga (W, 9-4) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.23 Chapman (S, 24) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.77 300TH CAREER SAVE Before the game, Brody Koerner sent to SWB, Gio Urshela back from rehab.
Posted in Awards, In-Season Moves, Managers and Coaches, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Boone, Chapman, Gallo, Gardner, Holmes, Judge, Koerner, Loaisiga, Rizzo, Stanton, Taillon, Urshela, Wade
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
Posted in In-Season Moves, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Abreu, Cole, Florial, Koerner, Luetge, Odor, Stanton, Velazquez, Voit, Wade
The Yankees took the first game of a day/night DH from Boston, 5-3, moving them to 67-52 on the season, and just one game back of Boston for 2nd in the AL East and a potential future wild card spot. The Yanks struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Luke Voit was HBP and Rougned Odor singled. After Gary Sanchez lined out, Tyler Wade singled to load the bases. Andrew Velazquez then singled in two runs. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery gave the two runs right back in the top of the third, and Boston took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Christian Vazquez homered. The Yanks got three runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo all walked to load the bases. Luke Voit singled in two runs to give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. Giancarlo Stanton PH for Odor and singled to make it 5-3. Boston loaded the bases with no out int the top of the seventh (DH, therefore 7-inning game) but Jonathan Loaisiga got a line-out to left, no advance, then two strikeouts to end the game. Voit 2 RBI Odor 2 for 2 Wade 2 for 2 Velazquez 2 RBI Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.77 Abreu (W, 2-0) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.07 Loaisiga (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.37 Game 2 on separate post later.
The Yankees-White Sox game at the Field of Dreams site in Iowa was nearly perfect. I’d like to see what the TV ratings were on this one. Unlike the movie, however, the game didn’t have a feel-good ending for Yankees’ fans. After a stirring comeback in the top of the ninth, Zack Britton gave up a 2-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth to Tim Anderson, and the Yanks (63-52, 3rd in AL East, 7 GB; 2 games out of a playoff spot) lost to the White Sox, 9-8. It appears as if the Yanks should concentrate on the wild card. They can still win the division, but those chances seem very remote. There are a couple things about the game and its retro-ness that could have been better. Nitpicking, maybe, but … One, no Nike Swoosh on the uniforms. Take it off for one game. Two, the home plate ump could have worn the old-fashioned balloon chest protector. There is another one, but I won’t get into that one. The Yanks need guys to get healthy. Especially pitchers. Going with bullpen games like the other day are necessary right now, but not what you want. It hurts you for the next game. We all can’t wait for Cole and Montgomery to come back from the Covid list, or Kluber, Severino, and German from the IL. How much better that rotation would be. Some decisions would have to be made then on the rotation. Also the bullpen if Clarke Schmidt and/or Michael King are ready. One decision may have to be to just shut down certain guys (German? King?) for the remainder of the season. One decision that apparently needs to be made is that when certain guys come back, Andrew Heaney has to get taken out of the rotation. Heaney has started three games for the Yankees after being acquired from the Angels. In those 3 starts, he has given up 15 runs in 15 IP. Eight HR. He gave up 7 runs in 5 IP last night, 3 HRs. That’s just facts. (Heaney is a free agent after this year. Let’s just say his Yankees’ “audition” isn’t going well.). UPDATE AND SPOILER ALERT: See minor league report. Kluber didn’t do well in first rehab stint. Hopefully nothing physical, just rust. Heaney gave up a run in the first, as Jose Abreu hit the first MLB HR at the Iowa site. 1-0 Chicago. In the top of the third, with two out, D.J. LeMahieu (who got the first hit at the site) walked, and Brett Gardner singled. Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR (his first of two for the night) to put the Yanks up 3-1. The lead was short-lived. The White Sox came back with a one-out double and a two-out 3-run HR to take a 5-3 lead. Ugh. Nothing like the first pitch after a mound visit being hit for a 3-run HR. It doesn’t make the pitching coach look good. Chicago got a two-out, two-run HR in the bottom of the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. We will see how this park plays out in the future, but it was a hitters’ park last night. 8 HR, 4 by each team. Brett Gardner hit a HR (5) to cut the White Sox’ lead to 7-4 in the sixth. To the ninth. Tyler Wade singled to lead off the inning, and two outs later, Judge hit his second HR of the game (25) to make it 7-6. Joey Gallo walked and Giancarlo Stanton homered (18) to put the Yanks up 8-7. Some comeback. But for naught. After a groundout, Britton gave up a walk, then the 2-run HR to Anderson. Chicago, 9-8. Final. I was hoping for Loaisiga in the ninth. He has been lights out, and the Yankees’ best reliever this year. Maybe he was unavailable, but if he WAS available, then Boone has to ditch the “roles” and past experience, and go by what he sees. And what WE see this year is that Loaisiga has been far better than Britton, or for that matter, Chapman (who is on the IL, which is why Britton was in the game, not Chapman–not recently. Chapman was great until mid-June. Since then … shaky). As we know, there have been too many of these kind of losses this year. And they may be costing the Yanks a playoff spot. We hope not. Gardner 2 hits, solo HR (5) Judge 2 hits, both HR, 5 RBI (25) Stanton 2-run HR (18) Wade 2 hits. Heaney 5 IP, 7 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. Gave up 3 HR. 5.78 (Angels/Yankees) Peralta 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.31 (SF/NYY) Rodriguez 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.35 (Tex/NYY) Britton (L, 0-1; BS, 3) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.32 The Yanks are off today. Rare for a Friday, but now the series resumes in Chicago.
Posted in Managers and Coaches, Media, Mike's Musings, Players, Regular Season
Tagged Boone, Britton, Gardner, Heaney, Judge, Kluber, Loaisiga, Peralta, Rodriguez, Stanton, Wade