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Yanks get Castro from Cubs for Warren, Ryan

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The Yanks have solved their 2B question for 2016, but the question now is, what do the Yanks now do with Rob Refsnyder?

The Yanks traded Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan to the Cubs for Starlin Castro. With the minor league signing of Pete Kozma last week, Ryan was expendable. Kozma is a younger version of Ryan…. good field, no hit.

Castro, who will be 26 next spring, is a 3x All Star SS who was moved to 2B by the Cubs late last year. After a terrible start to the 2015 season, Castro rebounded to hit .265-11-69, OPS+ 83 last year (average OPS+ is 100). So still a down year. He needs to show a little more plate patience. He walked just 21 times last season and averages just 34 a year.

But a 3x All Star before he has turned 26 is too hard to pass up. He is just one year older than Refsnyder and a 3x All-Star while Refsnyder has what, three weeks of MLB experience? The Yanks can keep Ackley who is more versatile than Refsnyder.

Castro provides a righty bat which the Yanks needed. They were very vulnerable to lefties last year.

Now since the Yanks got Castro, will they package Refsnyder in a deal for pitching? We’ll have to see.

Losing Warren hurts. He was 7-7, 3.29 in 17 starts and 26 relief appearances last year. Versatile. But you have to give to get. Maybe this opens a door for Bryan Mitchell in the spot starter/long relief role.

Heck, maybe the Yanks use Ivan Nova in this role if they don’t trade him. As of now, the Yanks have Tanaka, Pineda, Severino, CC, Eovaldi and Nova as starters. That is six guys for five spots. Warren would have been seven, if the Yanks were considering him as a starter. Then you have Mitchell.

We’ll see if the Yanks make another deal for a starter. Hopefully they don’t have to give up Miller to get that. Keep the Wilson/Betances/Miller trio for the endgame, and hope Shreve bounces back to what he was April-August before he collapsed at the end of the year.

But with this deal, the Yanks have a DP combo of Didi and Castro who are both young and have a few years until they hit 30.

Castro’s 162 G average is .281-11-66, 14 SB and an OPS+ of 97.

Now as for Ackley and Refsnyder….

Game 159. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 4-1 win. Win is #10000 in franchise history.

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The Yanks won the 10000th game in franchise history, and the win put the Yanks into the 2015 postseason. They had missed the postseason the previous two seasons.

The 4-1 win over Boston put them into the postseason. One Yankees win or one Houston loss will ensure that Tuesday night’s wild card play-in game will be played in the Bronx.

CC Sabathia, Adam Warren and Dellin Betances combined for the win, and the Yanks used three homers for the offense. Two of the homers were by rookies.

The Yanks got two in the second on a HR by Carlos Beltran (19, #392 career) and after a couple of walks, a single by Brendan Ryan.

Boston got a run in the fifth, but the Yanks got some late insurance when Greg Bird hit a HR (11) in the seventh and Rob Refsnyder hit one (2) in the eighth.

Sabathia (W, 6-10, 4.73) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 3.29
Betances (9th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.41.

Now for a little rest, see what the weather does this weekend, and get ready for Tuesday.

Game 154. Yanks edge Chisox 2-1

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Moving someone from the rotation to the bullpen (because of Nova coming back) and then back into the rotation (Eovaldi injury) is not easy but Adam Warren was great today.

In the first four batters of the game, Warren gave up a run and three hits. The White Sox picked up NO hits thereafter.

Still, the Yanks offense struggled, until in the sixth, Ellsbury singled and back to back doubles by Headley and A-Rod put the Yanks up 2-1. The three-headed monster of Wilson-Betances and Miller took it from there.

The win put the Yanks at 85-69 with eight games left. The magic # for both clinching a playoff spot and that WC #1 is four.

The Division? Damned near impossible. 4 back with 8 to go.

After that, the wild card #1 seems like where they will be.

Warren (W, 7-7, 3.37_ 6 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 3 walks and 4 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.10
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.36
Miller (36th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks, 2 K, 1.97.

Game 149. Yanks lose to Toronto, 4-2

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The Yanks gave up three runs to David Price and the Blue Jays in the first inning last night and couldn’t make up the deficit in losing 4-2.

The loss puts the Yanks (82-67) 3 1/2 behind Toronto with 13 to play. Their lead over Houston for WC #1 dropped to 3 and the magic number to play in the game even as WC #2 remains at 8.

Adam Warren, just brought back to the rotation recently after the injury to Nathan Eovaldi, was on a pitch limit and he reached that early. The three runs he gave up in the first didn’t help and Warren couldn’t last four innings.

The game was over after five batters. Single, HBP, Single for one run, WP, RBI groundout and RBI double and five batters in, it was 3-0 Toronto. Price took it from there.

Toronto added a run in the seventh to go up 4-0.

The Yanks picked up a run in the eighth on an Ellsbury single and one in the ninth on Greg Bird’s 9th HR of the year.

Warren (L, 6-7,  3.46) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk, 5 K. HBP, WP
Pazos 2/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Cotham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 5.63
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 2.65
Pinder 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.  3.04
Bailey 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.60

Game 144. Yanks lose, 6-3.

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If this offends people, I’m sorry but I need to vent.

The Yanks missed out on a golden opportunity tonight, and I have to question a couple of Joe Girardi moves.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Girardi. I think he is a good manager. But hear me out.

Number 1. I have been advocating for DAYS to bench Ellsbury and play Heathcott in CF instead. Now Heathcott won the game last night with a HR. Ellsbury was 1 for his last 29.

Ever hear of playing the hot hand?

Nope. Joe stuck with Ellsbury, who went 0 for 4, dropping him to .251 (he was .324 when he went on the DL) and 1 for his last 33. Heathcott sat. Joe, don’t you think a minor leaguer can at least go better than 1 for his last 33? 

This…. from the SAME Girardi that credited A-Rod’s resurgence (and A-Rod now has a bone bruise in his knee) on the fact that A-Rod couldn’t play in Atlanta due to the fact that the NL has no DH and that those days off gave A-Rod the rest he needed to rejuvenate himself.

Hey, Joe (sounds like a Jimi Hendrix song here)…. don’t you think the same can help Ellsbury? Really. If a few days off rejuvenated Alex, don’t you think the same can get Ellsbury going?

How about sitting Ellsbury Wednesday night. Thursday is an off day. That is TWO days off. Play the hot hand, Heathcott, instead. If you have some balls, sit Ellsbury Friday as well. Give him three days off. See how he responds.

For God’s sake, it couldn’t hurt.

For goodness sakes, I know Heathcott is a rookie, but even he could probably do better than 1 for 33.

One other thing, Joe. Am I the only one who has noticed that Bryan Mitchell isn’t the same since he took that liner off of his nose? His ERA is over 6.00 now. You trusted him in a game where it was 4-3 Rays and you let the game get away by putting him in there. You have an off day on Thursday. Bringing in Mitchell there was a bad move.

Since getting hit by that liner, Mitchell has given up 8 R in 4 1/3 IP.

This loss really hurt because the Twins lost and the lowly Braves beat Toronto. The Yanks stay 3 back of the Blue Jays where they could be 2 back. The magic # to get into the wild card game was reduced to 15.

The Yanks went up 1-0 in the first on an A-Rod HR. #32 meant that A-Rod would be the Yanks HR leader this year since it passed Teix and Teix is done for the year. Career HR #686 was hit #3061, passing Craig Biggio on the all-time list.

Warren, making his first start in a while, gave up single runs in the first and second, but considering the rust, did Ok. 2 runs in 4 IP.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the fourth (6) to put the Yanks up 3-2. A-Rod was on board so his two runs scored left him two shy of 2000 runs scored for his career.

Nick Rumbelow gave up a two-run HR in the sixth and Mitchell the two in the eighth to lose it for the Yanks.

Warren 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 3.33
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 0.00
Rumbelow (L 1-1, 3.95) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.40
Pinder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.39
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 6.04
Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.00

Game 138. Yanks miss chance to gain ground, lose 5-3.

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When you see the team you are trying to gain ground on getting spanked, you have to capitalize on the opportunity. Tonight the Yanks didn’t, as they lost 5-3 to the Orioles.

They did it in many ways. Defensively, Stephen Drew botched one play that led to a run in the first. His two-0ut, two-run error later in the fifth also hurt. The offense got only four hits all game. The player who drove in all three Yankees’ runs and had two of the four hits seemed to take a bad route to a ball in the 9th. The bullpen couldn’t hold Baltimore.

Brett Gardner pinch-hit but didn’t start because of the shoulder issue. Meanwhile, Jacoby Ellsbury is down to .267. The Yanks need the table setters.

Baltimore got a run in the first. Maybe if Drew can start the 4-6-3 DP instead of having to settle for a 4-3 out (with the runner moving up), the O’s don’t score.

Beltran tied the game with an opposite-field homer in the bottom of the first. HR #15 was #388 of Beltran’s career.

Beltran put the Yanks up 3-1 in the third with a two-run single. After that, it was all downhill.

With two out and two on in the fifth, CC hit a batter to load the bases and Warren came in. He got a ground ball to Headley, who lollypopped a throw to second. Yes, the throw should have had a little more zip, but Drew has to catch the ball. He didn’t and two runs scored on what should have been an inning-ending groundout. Tie game.

In the eighth, Warren gave up a HR to Steve Pearce to put the O’s up 4-3. The O’s added an insurance run in the 9th on a double by Chris Davis. I don’t know if Beltran could have got it, but in looking at the video, it did appear as if he got a bad read and took a bad route to the ball.

As mentioned, the Yanks got just four hits in the game, two by Beltran. Jacoby Ellsbury, as mentioned above, is down to .267 and Brett Gardner has missed a few games with a bum shoulder. It would be beneficial if both could play, get hot and set the table.

So now the Yanks start a big four-game series vs. Toronto tomorrow night 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Since Toronto was spanked by Boston tonight, it would have been nice to win this one to cut that lead to 1/2 game. It wasn’t to be.

The Yanks are 77-61, 1 1/2 back. As for the WC, they still have a  3 1/2 game lead for WC#1 as of this writing, and a 6 game lead for WC#2. The magic # to make the playoffs, even as the second wild card, is 19.

Sabathia 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 5.16
Warren (L, 6-6, 3.29) 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.18
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks and 0 K. 0.00
Mitchell 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 4.44.

Game 137. Yanks waste Tanaka gem, fall 1 1/2 back.

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Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 1 run in 8 innings, but the Yanks scored just one run and Chasen Shreve gave up a tie-breaking HR in the ninth as the Yanks lost to Baltimore, 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Toronto’s tenth-inning win up in Fenway, pushed the Yanks 1 1/2 behind Toronto in the AL East at 77-60.

The Yanks are a bit banged up. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Adam Warren would be stretched out and rejoin the rotation what with Nathan Eovaldi being out for two weeks. You wonder, this late into the season, if Eovaldi and Warren may have to switch roles, Eovaldi going to the bullpen when he returns because of rust and coming back so late into the season.

The Yanks are also resigned to the possibility of Mark Teixeira being done for the season. Not only that, but Brett Gardner has a sore shoulder and was given another day off today, and Chase Headley had the night off (except to make the last out as a PH). Light-hitting Brendan Ryan started at third. Even though Refsnyder is up and on the team, Girardi has gone with Ryan over Refsnyder lately. Heck, the other day he went with Pirela over Refsnyder.

Tonight’s game was scoreless until the sixth, when Tanaka gave up a HR (Ugh, to the #9 hitter). A-Rod tied it in the bottom of the sixth with his 30th HR of the season, #684* of his career. The HR tied Hank Aaron for 15 seasons of 30 or more (they are the only two to hit 30 or more in 15 seasons) and it’s the first time since 2010 that Alex has hit 30 in a season. His two hits tonight passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list. Alex now has 3056. Next up, Craig Biggio at 3060.

In the ninth, Chasen Shreve gave up a HR to Chris Davis and that was it. 2-1 Orioles. The Yanks have used Wilson, Betances and Miller a lot lately, and had to go to Shreve because of the other guys workload. Davis rode a pitch (lefty on lefty) out to left for his 41st HR of the year.

Tanaka 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K. 3.57
Shreve (L, 6-2, 1.99) 1 IP, 1 R,  3H, 0 walks and 1 K.

This was a tough one to lose.