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Game 3. 2-out woes for Pineda again. Yanks fall, 4-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

All last year, we couldn’t help but wonder why Michael Pineda can’t get the third out. So often, he would give up all his runs, or most of them, when there were two out. He just couldn’t close out an inning.

That worrisome trend continued tonight in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Rays that dropped their record to 1-2.

Pineda gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and in the second inning, gave up three runs—all with two out.

He really is an enigma. He got 11 outs as he was knocked out in the fourth, and six of his outs were by strikeout.

So much potential. So little results.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. If how he has been the past few years continues throughout this year, then I hope the Yankees let him go.

He has this year to prove himself. To the Yankees and to others. In order to do so, he has to get that third out and get out of innings.

The Yanks only got one run. That came on a HR by Jacoby Ellsbury. A couple times they had chances, hit the ball hard, but the ball didn’t find a hole. Instead it was a DP.

The three Baby Bombers, Sanchez, Bird and Judge, are struggling right now, but we are only three games in. Patience is needed with them.

Ellsbury had 3 of the Yanks’ 8 hits. The hot Headley had 2.

The Yanks were 0 for 9 with RISP.

Pineda (L, 0-1) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 9.82
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 0.00
Warren 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, and 4 K. Nice job. Maybe he should have won a starter job after all….. over Pineda.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Nice job by the Yankees’ bullpen, who didn’t give up a run or hit tonight and kept the Yanks in the game. Too bad the offense couldn’t capitalize.

The Yanks’ bullpen hasn’t given up a run in the three games. It’s just Tanaka (knocked out in the third) and Pineda (knocked out in the fourth) who have.

CC pitched five scoreless innings.

It is early, but the starters are going to have to give more length.

Rumors are already flying that A-Rod and J-Lo are thinking of tying the knot. If so, it would be A-Rod’s 2nd marriage, J-Lo’s 4th.

One rumor not true: Suzyn Waldman went on a radio show and said that Yankees’ prospect Clint Frazier asked if the Yankees unretired numbers and if so, he wanted  #7 (Mickey Mantle’s). The answer is no, they don’t unretire them and no, he couldn’t get #7. The Yankees and Frazier stated he never said that.

The Yankees’ plan was for Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green to pitch tomorrow, Montgomery at AAA and Green in AA. Both at the same time so both would be lined up for the April 16 start in which the Yanks finally need a #5 starter. Best man in the mano a mano duel wins. Because of bad weather in the northeast, both will be pitching for High A Tampa tomorrow. One starts, other comes in relief. James Kaprielian was supposed to start that game, but now, no.


Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You can’t win if you don’t score. For the third consecutive game, the Yanks were shut out as they lost to Toronto 3-0.

Lately, Joe Girardi’s bullpen moves have been questioned, leading Girardi to become very testy lately in his dealings with the media. Even when he appears to make the right move, as yesterday, it doesn’t work out.

CC Sabathia pitched his heart out, pitching seven shutout innings,  but was pulled for Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Clippard gave up a two-out, three-run HR to Jose Bautista to lose the game.

The Yanks managed only three hits all game. With injuries to Headley, Teixeira, Castro …. and the youngsters now on the team, the lineup lately has looked like a spring training lineup.

I worked all day yesterday, but did hear one thing on the radio on the way home. At one point in the game, Gardner was on first base. Gardner has 16 SB this season. This from a guy who led the league a few years ago. A guy who stole 49 and 47 not long ago. In other words, Gardner isn’t running enough. He should have at least twice as many steals as he has now (that goes for Ellsbury too, who has just 18). Sterling and Waldman mentioned that he doesn’t run enough, then wondered how, when he finally decides to try and steal, he tried to do so on an 0-2 pitch with two out—-the easiest pitch for the other team to pitch out on. Sure enough, Toronto pitched out and Gardner was out. Sigh.

The loss drops the Yanks to 79-75. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just 8 games to go. Their tragic # is 4.

They need to go 3-5 in the last 8 games to avoid a non-winning season, which would be their first since 1992. Even at that, they have to go 5-3 even to match their worst season since 1992 (which was 2014 at 84-78). Those 8 games are against the three teams ahead of them, Toronto, Boston and Baltimore. Not only that, Tanaka, who will miss his next start, may miss the other one as well.

Sabathia 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 4.02
Clippard (L, 3-5, 3.60 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.


Game 85. Yanks escape with 5-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

If you go by the numbers (and you’ll see them below), Andrew Miller should be closing for the Yanks, and not Aroldis Chapman. By acting “politically correct”, the Yanks almost blew a game last night. A review that was overturned turned out to be the last out of the game, and may have saved the game in a 5-4 Yankees win at Cleveland.

The win puts the Yanks at 42-43.

Ivan Nova gave up two homers in the third, and the Yanks were down 2-0. They tied the game in the fifth on a HR by the hot Didi Gregorius (10) and on an RBI single by Brett Gardner.

With the help of another review, the Yanks scored three runs in the sixth. Chase Headley singled in a run. Starlin Castro was originally called out at the plate, but the review gave the Yanks the run.

Rob Refsnyder got a SF to put the Yanks up 4-2. Speaking of not being “politically correct”, when will the Yanks start to play Refsnyder over Hicks? Yes, Hicks can play CF which Refsnyder can’t, but if Ellsbury needs a day, you can slide Gardner over to CF. Refsnyder can fill the corners. Refsnyder 74 AB, .297-0-10, OPS+ 106. Hicks 180 at bats, over twice as many. .200-3-17, OPS+ 52. The Yanks need Refsnyder’s bat in the lineup. You can put Hicks in for defense in the late innings if necessary. Even Sterling and Waldman are starting to mention on the radio that Refsnyder should be playing more often over Hicks.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single after Refsnyder’s SF made it 5-2.

Cleveland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and Girardi went politically correct and went “formula.” Betances, Miller, then Chapman.

But Chapman gave us all a scare in that bottom of the ninth. He walked the lead off hitter, never a good omen. After a strikeout, he gave up a single. Then came a line out for out #2. The next hitter hit a grounder that ricocheted off Teixeira to Castro, who threw to Chapman, and the original call was safe, which would have loaded the bases. The Yanks challenged the call, won the challenge and got the out, which ended the game. Whew.

Nova (w, 6-5, 5.18) 5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Betances (H, 21) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.53
Miller (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.43
Chapman (S, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.74.

As you can see, Chapman has the highest ERA of the Holy Trinity of Smoke.

Between deciding who closes among the three, and also Hicks vs. Refsnyder, maybe Girardi should consider throwing away his book, looking at the numbers, and making some changes.

Just my opinion.

But then, if the Yanks are sellers, and trade Chapman for prospects, maybe the relief thing will work itself out on its own.

The minors. Banuelos to DL again.

AAA: Nunez and Banuelos go on the DL. The first time Man-Ban went on, it was because of the back. Now it is the elbow. When things stink, they really stink.

9-6 win for SWB (Empire St.) Mitchell got the W, but a bad 5th after 4 good innings. 5 IP, 6 R (5 in 5th), 0 walks and 0 K. 4-1, 3.73. Justin Thomas (2), Chase Whitley (1) and Kevin Whelan (1) with 4 scoreless innings.

Once again, Suzyn Waldman proves she knows NOTHING about what is going on at the minor league level. NADA. She says (in discussing the Yanks’ current offensive woes) that there is no one at AAA they could bring up.

If the Yanks want to make changes to the 40-man, or release some people (Andruw Jones) they COULD. Granted Ronnier Mustelier went 0 for 5 tonight. He STILL is hitting .313 at AAA after starting the season .353 for AA. Steve Pearce isn’t on the 40-man. The 1B (DL Teix until he’s over the cold? Yeah, won’t happen) had 3 hits, a HR and 3 RBI tonight. .325-9-25. I’ll bet Suzyn never heard of Mustelier. As for Pearce, those numbers aren’t lying. He never hit much for the Pirates (.232 in 465 ab) but …. NO one you can bring up? How about those two? The thing is, you have to MAKE ROOM FOR THEM by DUMPING SOMEONE, and Suzyn is too tied in to some veterans to want them dumped.

Cole Garner 3 hits, 2 solo HR tonight.

AA: 5-1 loss for Trenton. Brett Marshall 5 R, 3 Er in 6 IP. 4-2. 2.98.

High A: 5-2 win for Tampa. 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 2 K for Zach Nuding. Ramon Flores 3 hits, 3 run HR for Rob Segedin (.293-6-26). Kyle Higashioka 2 run HR.

Low A: 5-3 win in 11 for Charleston. 2 h, 2 sb for Tyler Austin.

Getting it right

So I hear back from the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand today after I questioned him on Twitter.

The point I was making on Twitter and here is this. Give us the correct facts.

Now I am not advocating that the Yankees put Steve Pearce (.232 career hitter in the majors, 9 HR, 52 RBI in 465 major league at bats, a bit player for the last five Pirate teams, 2007-2011) on the 40-man roster, nor do I advocate bringing him up. If they do, they do. If they wanted to rest Teixeira so that Teix can finally kick this respiratory ailment that he has, they would use Chavez and/or Swisher at 1B in his absence before turning to Pearce.

In saying that the Yanks had no one at AAA to bring up, well, maybe no one on the 40-man roster. But in saying that no one was hitting down there that could play 1B, that was and is a completely different story.

Yes, Pearce would, at best, be a two-week stopgap. You’d bring him up, hope he can hit .250-.270 for two weeks, hold his own, get Teix healthy, then that is that.

Pearce is at .331-7-19 at AAA. To ignore those stats and say that there is no one at AAA that you can bring up, especially when this guy does have major league experience, was just wrong. THAT is the point I wanted to make. The incorrect information that was provided to the listening public.

Now outside of Pearce…. Feinsand would be correct. For SWB (Empire State) is hitting .249 as a team. Jack Cust isn’t a 1B, and Ronnier Mustelier (just brought up from AA and doing well so far at AAA) isn’t either. The only other guy reasonably hitting well is Kevin Russo, and he’s no first baseman.

A few years back, Suzyn Waldman actually advocated that the Yanks get 45 (at that time) year old David Wells instead of bringing up a promising youngster for the rotation. It is this type of mindset that I am against. I don’t remember who the AAA player was, but to panic and go “old” instead of bringing up a kid and giving the kid a chance is what I didn’t and don’t like. The problem is, Waldman had never heard of the kid, nor did she know that the kid was doing well. I understand that they spend their entire day around the big league squad, but sometimes the lack of knowledge about what is going on down below amazes me.

For example, do they know about Ronnier Mustelier? That the guy was brought up to AAA from AA? That he has been raking? Probably not.

That’s why I mentioned Pearce. Is he an upcoming star? No. Will he come up? Probably not. But to say that no one is hitting at AAA who can play 1B is to ignore the accomplishments of what Pearce HAS done so far this year. The guy IS hitting .331. Give him his due for that, at least.

Give us the correct information.

ST. Game 24: 10 innings, and it’s a 1-1 tie with Detroit

I can understand people saying or writing Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Heck, even I will probably goof up this year and say or write that instead of Empire State Yankees for the traveling nomads this year.

Suzyn Waldman did that today. Ok, I forgive her for that… but a) she never corrected herself, and b) before saying Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, she said Columbus. Seriously. You’d think she’d be over Columbus by now… I mean, it’s been years… Sheesh.

Michael Pineda’s velocity is still a concern, as he’s still around 91 and not 97. He does have options, and the Yanks could send him down, which would be an embarrassment after trading Jesus Montero for him. But here’s the catch…even with the decreased velocity, 91 isn’t bad, and Pineda’s results are still there. Today he pitched 5 innings, 1 R, 5 h, 2 walks and 4 K. He did get help from Brett Gardner, who threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning. It’s a travesty that Gardner didn’t win the Gold Glove in either 2010 or 2011.

The Yanks got the early lead with a leadoff Jeter HR, but then went 0 for 10 with RISP in a game that ended in a 10-inning, 1-1 tie. That concerns me a bit. Their pitching this spring—even by the AAA prospects—has been solid. It’s the bats that concern me, and not just Ibanez’ bat. It just doesn’t seem like the Yanks have put together a solid offensive game this spring. Now I know that the lineup has a lot of minor leaguers in it, it’s usually 1/2 starters and 1/2 subs/minor leaguers, but you’d like to see a 9 run, 16 hit game here or there. I haven’t seen too much of that.

The Yanks had just five hits in the game.

Mo followed Pineda, and he still hasn’t allowed an earned run in S.T. since March of 2008. 1 iP, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 0 K.

Then Soriano. 1-2-3 with a K. It looks like he is back to the Soriano we expected…the one who led the league in saves in 2010 while with the Rays.

Robertson then came in for his first game since bruising his foot and just his second game overall. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and a K.

Twice in the late innings the Yanks doubled up Tiger baserunners on popups/flyballs.

Manny DelCarmen made his first appearance of the spring in the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks or K.

Clay Rapada, who is fighting with Cesar Cabral to be the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen, pitched another scoreless inning in the 10th. He gave up a hit and struck out one.

There was a report that the Phils were looking into Ramiro Pena. They are looking into infield help with the uncertain status of Utley. They figure that with Wigginton and  Mayberry  they could cover for Howard for a while, but might even look for help there. They sent Domonic Brown back to AAA. In any event, they won’t have lefty power for a while… right now it’s just from switch-hitters Rollins and Victorino. No Utley or Howard? That pitching better stay good…they may have to. Without Utley & Howard, that lineup doesn’t look as solid. Of course, getting Pena won’t help them much offensively.

The Yanks’ spring record is now 13-9-2.

S.T. Game 2: Yanks 7, Phils 4

A-Rod went 3 for 3 today as the Yanks beat the Phils again, 7-4. One of the hits was a HR off Roy Halladay in the first inning.

Freddy Garcia went 2, and Garcia, a notoriously poor spring training pitcher, gave up a first-inning HR to Hunter Pence (who torched the Yanks and Nova yesterday) for 2 runs. Garcia’s line: 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

D.J. Mitchell came in and had a 1-2-3 third, then got out of trouble in the 4th. Mitchell, 25 in May, was 13-9, 3.18 for AAA in 2011. Meanwhile, a bases-loaded walk to Cervelli in the third tied the game. Mitchell’s line: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Sloppy fielding led to a couple of Yankee runs in the fourth. With one out, an E5, then with two out, an E4 led to a run, and then A-Rod doubled in another to put the Yanks up 4-2.

Boone Logan pitched a scoreless fifth, giving up 1 hit, and striking out two.

In the sixth, Cory Wade got two outs, then ran into tough luck. It was a windy day again, and Colin Curtis dropped a fly ball. It was ruled a double, but radio reports indicated that the scoring could have been an E-7 instead. The next hitter hit one past Jose Gil for a double to make it 4-3. Gil is normally a catcher. You have to wonder if in a regular season game, Gardner and Teixeira make those kinds of plays. Wade: 1 IP, 1 R, 2 questionable hits, 0 walks and a K.

Clay Rapada, trying to make the team as a LOOGY (and 2nd lefty in the bullpen) had a good 7th, 1-2-3 with 2 K. The spot he is competing for may not be there long—until Joba comes back. At that time, there may be just the one lefty (Logan) again. But you never know. Injuries…

The Yanks got three in the 7th. Another Philly error helped (they made four in the game). After that two-base error, Gil doubled in a run, and J.R. Murphy singled in another. The hot Zoilo Almonte got another hit, and Jayson Nix got an RBI single.

At this point, John and Suzyn on the radio got sloppy. They mentioned seeing Kevin Whelan last spring. Whelan did pitch 1 2/3 innings for the Yanks last year, walking five. Whelan, 28, isn’t a prospect anymore. He did save 23 for SWB last year, but had those control problems in his brief time up with the Yanks. Whelan is likely to go back to AAA, and could be a midseason callup. Time is running out on him, though. He gave up a double, then a couple groundouts got the run in. 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Then, in speaking about SWB and the fact that they have no home this year, John wondered where they’d be based. Uh, nowhere, John. PNC park is being worked on, and AAA SWB will be playing its home games spread out throughout the International League. Cue Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Ain’t Got No Home… They will have no base in 2012. The SWB Yankees will be nomadic.

Chase Whitley pitched the 9th. Whitley, 22, was 3-5, 2.47, with 7 saves combined between A+ Tampa and AA Trenton last year. He’ll probably be starting the year at AA Trenton. Single, forceout (7-4 after the windblown popup), single, groundout, and a K. 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and a K.