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Game 46. Pitching embarrasses in 12-10 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Be mad. Be very mad. Because I am, and we have a right to be mad.

There is no way the Yanks should lose 2 of 3 to a poor Texas team (20-31).

There is no way they should give up 23 runs in 3 games to a team that going into tonight’s game had a .224 team batting average, worst in the AL. A team that struck out more times than any other AL team, had the 2nd worst OBP, the worst slugging average, the worst OPS, and whose OPS+ was 80 (20% below league average).

There is no way they should blow a 4-0 lead, and later, a 10-5 lead, against this team.

But they did, and now the Yanks find themselves at 31-15, and 1 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.


The biggest fear we have as Yankees’ fans is this: that the Yanks go something like 104-58 this season, but Boston goes 105-57. That forces the Yanks into that sudden-death, single-game wild card game in which anything could happen. You don’t want that.

To avoid that, you can’t lose two of three or blow games like they did tonight to teams like Texas.

In the first, Didi hit a 2-run HR (11), and Austin Romine drew a base-loaded walk to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Neil Walker homered (2) in the third to make it 4-0.

But in the bottom of the fourth, CC spit the bit, giving up 2 HR and 5 runs.

The Yanks got six in the top of the fifth to go back up, 10-5. Romine single, Gleyber 3-run HR (8) and Judge 2-run HR (13).

But CC gave back 2 runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Yanks gave him 4-0 and 10-5 leads, and he couldn’t even go 5 to qualify for a win. 10-7 Yanks.

I haven’t criticized Aaron Boone all year but here I have to. Jonathan Holder finished the fifth for CC. 2/3 IP, Hit and two outs. 10 of 14 pitches for strikes.

He gets pulled. In comes the bullpen, Shreve and Robertson (later Betances) all sucked.

Why not leave Holder in for another inning? When you go to different members of your bullpen, eventually you find the guy who has NOTHING.

I’ve said it before and will say it again.

Guy is doing well, LEAVE HIM IN THERE. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

It’s hard right now determining who has been the most disappointing guy out of the bullpen this year. Kahnle (on DL for a while now), Robertson, or Betances.

Shreve and Robertson combined to give up 4 in the sixth to give the Rangers an 11-10 lead.

Betances gave up a run in the eighth when a batter reached on a WP after a K (how many times have we seen THAT this year), then Betances compounds matters with an E on a pickoff attempt, then a SB because Betances can’t hold runners on, then a single to make it 12-10, then another SB. At least Betances then got out of it with another run not being scored.

Every member in the starting lineup for the Yanks got a hit. Five members got 2 hits. 10 runs, 14 hits. 4 HR.

All against one of, if not the WORST hitting teams in the league.

No excuse for losing tonight. None.

Poor pitching. Unacceptable.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR. 3.55
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60. Why pull him?
Shreve (H, 2) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15
Robertson (BS, 4; L, 3-2, 4.91) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Betances 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.71. WP

4 blown saves already for Robertson.

ERAs over 4 (not good for bullpen guys) for Shreve, Robertson and Betances (not to mention Kahnle, coming off the DL soon).

The Yanks are off Thursday. Some of the pitchers should do some contemplating and readjustments.



Game 44. Gleyber Day. He hits 2 HR, and Yanks add 3 more in 10-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Only one Yankee in their team history has had a multi-HR game at a younger age than Gleyber Torres.

That would be Mickey Mantle. Nice company.

The Yanks improved to 31-13 (22-4 in their last 26 games) by beating Texas, 10-5, on Monday night.

They hit 5 more HR tonight.

In the second, Sanchez got a bloop single, and with one out moved up to second on a groundout. Walker doubled in one run and Gleyber Torres hit his first of two HR on the game to make it 3-0.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a HR in the bottom of the second, 3-1 Yanks.

In the fourth, Walker hit his first HR of the year to make it 4-1 Yanks, but Tanaka gave up a 3-run HR in the bottom of the fourth that tied the game.

Aaron Judge hit HR #12 in the fifth to put the Yanks up for good, 5-4.

To the sixth, and with one out, Torres hits his second HR of the game (6) to make it 6-4 Yanks. In so doing, he becomes the second youngest Yankee ever to hit 2 HR in a game, and the only one younger is Mickey Mantle.

Gardner then walked and Judge doubled him to third. Stanton hit a SF to make it 7-4. Didi doubled in a run to make it 8-4 Yanks.

Chad Green gave up a HR in the bottom of the seventh, 8-5.

Aaron Hicks hit a 2-run HR (5) in the ninth for the final score of 10-5.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR.
Stanton 1 RBI.
Didi 1 RBI
Sanchez 2 hits.
Hicks HR, 2 RBI
Walker 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI
Torres 2 HR, 3 RBI

Tanaka (W, 5-2, 4.95) 5 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Green 2 IP,  1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.52.
Robertson (h, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.22
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.77


Game 41. Yanks fall, 5-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Maybe, with the off-days and the rain, the Yanks were just flat. Heading into Friday night’s game, the Yanks had played just 5 1/2 innings since Sunday.

They also had to spend Wednesday night at Dulles International Airport instead of in a hotel.

Whatever, the Yanks lost to KC 5-2 on Friday night.

Tuesday night’s suspended game will just count as game # whatever whenever it is resolved (hopefully on the rescheduled 6/18 date).

KC got a run off of CC in the first. Gleyber Torres could not handle a popup into short CF and a run scored. Even though it turned into a force out, you wonder if he catches it, does the runner score.

It wasn’t a good night for Gleyber, as his error in the third led to two unearned runs. Bases loaded, two out, and he makes an error. CC walked the next batter to force in a run.

CC gave up a HR in the fifth to make it 4-0 KC.

The Yanks had chances in the fourth and fifth but couldn’t score. In the sixth, Stanton singled and with one out, Hicks singled. Walker singled in one run and another scored on a SF by Andujar.

David Robertson, who has been a little shaky lately, gave up a run in the seventh. 5-2, KC.

Didi Gregorius is in a terrible slump. 1 for his last 44 and his average is down to .248, As hot as he was in April, he’s that cold in May.

Stanton 2 hits.
Hicks 3 hits.

Sabathia (L, 2-1, 2.40) 5 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.31
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.43
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.05

Boston lost so the 28-13 Yanks lose no ground.

Game 39. Yanks comeback. Walker walks it off in 7-6 win in extras.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks haven’t lost 3 in a row all year so far, and Neil Walker made sure it didn’t happen Saturday as the Yanks came from behind to win 7-6 in 11 innings to remain in a first place tie (27-12) with Boston.

For three innings, Domingo German picked right up from his last start, which was his first MLB start, in which he pitched six no-hit innings. After three, no runs, one hit and dominant.

Meanwhile, the Yanks were up 2-0 on back-to-back homers in the second by Sanchez (10) and Hicks (3).

But things fell apart in the fourth for German. He gave up five runs, three on a HR by Khris Davis that hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

German gave up another run in the fifth.

A learning experience for the rookie. Find out what worked so well for three innings, and why things went wrong in the fourth. As a rookie, learn how to be more consistent and how to adjust while on the mound.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the fifth down 6-2.

They came right back to tie it up. Gardner led off with a walk, and Judge homered (11) to make it 6-4. Didi singled and stole second. After an out, Sanchez walked. With two out, Walker singled to make it 6-5 and Andujar tied it up with a single of his own.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the sixth but couldn’t score.

In the top of the ninth, the Yanks caught a break that turned the game around. Chapman was EXTREMELY SHAKY. Apparently he had a problem with a nail. Walk, Walk, WP, Walk. Bases loaded and no one out. He got a strikeout. PH Jonathan Lucroy hit a flyout to Brett Gardner and the runner on third was originally called safe for a go-ahead SF. But Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone thought that C Gary Sanchez, on a sweep tag, barely got the back of the runner before he hit the plate. The Yankees challenged and won the challenge. Sanchez DID barely clip the runners’ back. Inning-ending flyout/throw-him-out DP. The Yanks were still alive.

To the tenth and an unsung hero of the day: A.J. Cole, who hadn’t pitched since April 28, two weeks ago. I wrote about how the Yanks had Hale (not so hot yesterday) and Cole in the bullpen but they weren’t being used and how they seemed to be biding time until Kahnle and Warren came off the DL.

Today, Cole earned his pinstripes. 

After two weeks of inaction, Cole walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the tenth. He got out of it with two strikeouts and a popup. Whew.

He followed it up with a 1-2-3 eleventh, two more K’s.

In the bottom of the eleventh, with one out, Stanton walked but was forced at second. Hicks walked to put runners on first and second with two out. Walker singled in Sanchez to win the game, 7-6.

Walker has been heating up lately. Good to see. When Bird comes back, it’ll be interesting to see, with Bird, Torres, Andujar (not to mention Drury in the minors) how Walker will be utilized.

Walker, 32, going into the game, was at .200-0-8, OPS+ just 47. Only 5 of his 20 hits were for extra bases, no HR. The late arrival to spring training as an unclaimed free agent may have had something to do with that.

His 162 g. average however, is .270-19-79, OPS+ 112. Maybe that is starting to come around now.

And it’s welcome. A big come-from-behind win today, and the ace, Severino, is going tomorrow (Sunday, weather permitting, which it may not. Rain in forecast.).

Gardner 2 hits, 2 walks. Game saving throw-out at the plate.
Judge HR, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, Solo HR, scored 3 runs, walked once.
Hicks solo HR
Walker 2 hits, 2 RBI, walk
Andujar 2 hits, RBI

Great job by the bullpen. Six scoreless innings, albeit with some scares.

German 5 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.26
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.38
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.57
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.29
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 1 K. 1.50
Cole (W, 2-1, 9.42) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  Combined Wash/NYY stats.

YES showed ex-Yankees’ 2B Bobby Richardson at the game. Looks good for someone turning 83 in August.



Game 35. Yanks tied for first after 3-2 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Karma’s a bitch, right, Joe Kelly?

After that fight in Boston a few weeks ago, Kelly became a victim of “JUDGE”Ment day at the Stadium tonight in the Yanks’ 3-2 win over Boston. With the win the Yanks have won 16 of their last 17 and are now in a first place tie with Boston. Both teams are now 25-10.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a HR in the second to put the Yanks up 1-0. He hit another in the fourth (9) to put the Yanks up 2-0.

Luis Severino was his ace-like self. But in the top of the fifth, what should have been a 1-2-3 three K inning turned out differently. Strikeout, but the batter reached on a WP. Two more strikeouts. But then two singles to bring in a run. Damn. Should have been a 1-2-3 inning with three strikeouts. Instead, Boston cuts the lead to 2-1.

Top of the seventh. Severino gives up a leadoff single and is pulled from the game. Great outing for our ace, Seve. Robertson gets two outs, but after a SB, gives up a game-tying triple to Mookie Betts.

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Neil Walker, finally showing some signs of life in his bat, PH for Tyler Austin and doubles. A walk to Gleyber Torres, a balk, and a walk to Brett Gardner load the bases with one out. In comes Joe Kelly, recently suspended for 5 games for his role in hitting Tyler Austin and instigating a fight up in Boston a few weeks ago.

It’s “JUDGMENT” day for Kelly as Aaron Judge laces a single for the go-ahead run. Gleyber Torres is thrown out (bad send by Phil Nevin? His first of two for the night?) at the plate but the Yanks are up 3-2.

With one on and no one out in the top of the eighth, Aaron Hicks made a nice play.

As I mentioned in my last post, this team has won 16 of their last 17 with (now) Gardner at .198. Sanchez .193. Stanton (even with his 2 HR tonight) .237. Hicks .231. Walker .198. This isn’t a knock, but a suggestion of this. If they have won 16 of 17 with those numbers, what could happen when they get rolling?

Wow. That could be scary, indeed.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 W, 11 K. 2.21
Robertson (BS, 3; W, 3-1, 2.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Green (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.96
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  1.69

The Yanks and Red Sox made it official. June 29 & June 30 of 2019 they will play 2 games in London. Both games are Red Sox home games (at least the Yanks don’t lose a home game). Dimensions to CF in London may be very favorable. 333 down the lines, 375 to the alleys, very much like MLB parks but only 385 to CF.


Game 34. What a comeback! Torres makes it Gleyber Day with a walk-off HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Every player remembers their first MLB HR.

Gleyber Torres made sure his second MLB HR was a memorable one, too. He became the youngest Yankee ever to win a game with a walk-off HR, breaking Mickey Mantle’s record.

Torres capped a great Yankees’ comeback win with a 3-run walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yanks a 7-4 win. The win, the Yanks’ 15th in their last 16 games, came after the Yankees entered the bottom of the eighth down 4-0.

The win keeps the 24-10 Yankees one game behind Boston in the AL East and the two teams face off in the Bronx Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow, Monday, is an off day. The Yanks will have their ace, Severino, on the hill on Tuesday night.

Domingo German, in his first MLB start, pitched six no-hit innings and struck out nine. The Elias sports bureau went back to 1893 and couldn’t find anyone else who did that in their first MLB start. German was replacing the injured Jordan Montgomery in the rotation, and was just brilliant. He was pulled after six because he hasn’t been stretched out that far.

So after seven innings, the one and only hit in the game belonged to the Yankees.

In the top of the eighth, Dellin Betances, who had a good seventh inning, faltered. Three straight singles for a run. Holder replaces Betances. After an out, a double plates another. A PB and a SF bring in two more. 4-0 Indians.

But the Yanks bounced back with three in the bottom of the eighth. Walker walked and with one out, Austin walked. With two out, Gardner singled in one run and Judge doubled home two.

But the Yanks still trailed, 4-3, going into the bottom of the ninth.

Hicks led off with a double. Walker doubled him in to tie the game. After a ground out, Stanton PH for Austin and was walked intentionally. Torres then homered to win the game.

Judge 2 RBI
Hicks 2 hits.
Torres HR, 3 RBI.

15 of their last 16. Gardner is hitting .203, and his only HR came on Opening Day. Sanchez is hitting .198. Walker .189. Stanton .227. Imagine how scary this team could be if when they start hitting and Greg Bird comes back.  Also, imagine them getting Betances straightened out, and Kahnle and Warren off the DL and pitching well.


German 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 9 K. 2.66
Betances 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 5.79
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.23
Shreve (W, 2-0, 3.46) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.


Game 32. Yanks survive Bullpen failures, win 7-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks opened up a 5-0 lead, and the bullpen tried their best to blow the game but the Yankees’ offense refused to buckle under.

In the fourth inning, Gleyber Torres hit a 3-run HR, his first MLB HR, to take a 3-0 lead. Later in that inning, Aaron Judge’s HR (8) made it 4-0.

In the fifth, Gary Sanchez hit a bomb, and it went 461 feet. HR #9 made it 5-0.

Easy, right? Wrong.

CC was pulled after six and 92 pitches. OK, maybe he could have gone another inning. But his replacements stunk.

Now Dellin Betances had a great seventh inning and maybe they should have kept him in for another inning. Then again, maybe they should have let CC start the seventh. 

In the bottom of the eighth, with a 5-0 lead, in comes Shreve. Walk, single, 3-run HR. Uh-oh.  5-3. Single. In comes Robertson. Force out. But then a 2-run HR that ties the game. Ugh. 5-5.

Fly out, single and ground out. Ugh. But a tie game, 5-5.

The Yanks, however, go ahead in the bottom of the eighth. After an out, Walker walks. Andujar grounds into a force out but with two out, Torres singles. Gardner walks to load the bases and Judge walks to force in the go-ahead run before Didi makes out.

So in the top of the ninth, the Yanks are up, 6-5. Chapman in. He spits the bit as well. Single. Strikeout. HBP. 1 out, runners on 1st and 2nd. WP, both runners move up. Strikeout. But before that, his second WP of the inning enables the Indians to tie the game.   Strikeout. So 2 WP force the tying run across the plate.

To the bottom of the ninth. Stanton leads off with a double. After a fly out and a ground out, Stanton is at third, moving up on the ground out. Walker walks.

Walker advances to second on defensive indifference.

Andujar singles to win the game, 7-6.

The win is the Yankees’ 13th in their last 14 games. It puts them at 22-10 and keeps them one game behind Boston in the AL East.

Judge 2 for 4, 2 RBI.
Neil Walker 2 hits,  2 walks. Finally.
Andujar 2 hits, GW RBI.
Torres 2 hits, 3 RBI, 1st MLB HR.

Sabathia 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1.39   Superb.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.15
Shreve 0 IP, 4 R,  3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. Awful tonight. 3.75
Robertson (BS, 2) 1 IP,  1 R,  2 H,  0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.31
Chapman (BS, 1; W, 1-0. 1.80) 1 1P, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.