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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 3-2. Donovan Solano 3 H, 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2 in 12. Dustin Fowler solo HR, Mike O’Neill 2 hits.

High A: Tampa lost the continuation of Wednesday’s suspended game, 3-2. Miguel Andujar 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.

In the regularly scheduled game, Tampa won 8-2. Ian Clarkin 2 R, 3 H, in 7 IP. Austin Aune 4 for 4 w/RBI. Abiatal Avelino 3 h, rbi. Thairo Estrada HR, 2 RBI. Wes Wilson 2 hits, HR, 3 rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 4-2. Christian Morris (6) and Nestor Cortes (3) combined on a two-hitter with 11 K. Leonardo Molina double, triple, 2 RBI. Gosuke Katoh 2 doubles, rbi.

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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 4-3. Jonathan Diaz 3 RBI. Kyle Higashioka 2 hits.

AA: Regularly scheduled game: Trenton won 4-2. Ron Herrera 2 R in 6 IP, 9 K. Juan Silva 2 RBI. Dustin Fowler and Tyler Austin 2 hits each.

Moved from May 31: Trenton won 2-1. Eric Ruth 1 R (unearned) in 6 IP, just 2 hits. Billy Fleming, Dante Bichette, Jr., and Mark Payton 2 hits each.

High A :    Tampa won 4-0. Wes Wilson 2 rbi. Zach Zehner 2 hits, rbi. 2 hits for Matt Snyder.

Low A: Charleston won 7-5. Jeff Hendrix 5 for 5 with 3 RBI. Austin Afenir 3 hits. Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, rbi.

Yanks deal Wilson for 2 minor league pitchers

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The Yankees made another deal today, dealing Justin Wilson to the Tigers for two minor league right-handed pitchers. The Yanks must have faith that James Pazos, Tyler Webb or Jacob Lindgren can fill Wilson’s shoes, or maybe another deal is brewing, because with Warren and Wilson gone, the bullpen can now need some reinforcements.

Wilson was 5-0, 3.10 for the Yanks in 2015. In return for him, the Yanks get two prospects from the Tigers. Both are righty pitchers.

Luis Cessa is 23, and went 8-10, 4.52 between AA and AAA last year. He excelled at AA, and ran into trouble at AAA.

Chad Green, 24, went 5-14, 3.93 at the Tigers’ AA team last year.

They provide minor league depth. Losing Wilson hurts. The Yanks must think the trio I listed above are ready, or another deal is brewing.

Having traded Warren and Wilson in consecutive days, something tells me another deal is brewing.

Houston ends Yankees’ season, 3-0.

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You can’t win if you don’t score, and in 22 innings vs. Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel this season (regular and postseason), the Yankees didn’t score once.

As a result, the Yankees are going home, eliminated from the rest of the postseason, after losing 3-0 to Houston in the wild card game. The Yanks managed just three hits all night.

Chris Young started in left, and I guess the decision was who would play CF and who would sit between Brett Gardner & Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury sat, Gardner was awful, striking out three times, but it wouldn’t have made a difference. Ellsbury PH and popped up late in the game.

Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t bad, but on this night he had to be perfect. He wasn’t, giving up solo HRs in the second and fourth innings. Houston touched Dellin Betances for a run in the seventh.

Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The way the Yanks weren’t hitting, when the Yanks got down 2-0, it felt like 20-0, and you kind of knew Houston would be the ones heading to KC.

Tip your cap to Keuchel and the Astros. Hopefully in 2016, the Yanks can score off of Keuchel.

Soon, a review of the 2015 season, including final report cards and a look at what the Yanks must do to improve in 2016.

Game 162. Thanks to Arizona, Yanks get WC game at home.

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The Yankees ended the season by losing six of their last seven games, ending at 87-75, but will host the wild-card play-in game because Arizona beat Houston 5-3 in the last game of the season.

Ugh. No one likes to “back into” anything.

Michael Pineda was knocked out in the fourth inning today. More discouraging to Yankees’ fans was who replaced him. First Chris Capuano, who was DFA’d FOUR times by the Yanks this year, then Bryan Mitchell, who hasn’t been the same since he was hit in the face by a liner. As someone wrote, the two guys (out of 20 on the expanded roster) with the highest ERAs of anyone with over 8 IP.

The offense disappointed again today, going 1 for 12 with RISP in the 9-4 loss. This isn’t the way you want to enter the playoffs.

Pineda gave up two in the first, but the Yanks did get a run back in the second on an RBI groundout by Ackley, one guy who is hot lately.

But the O’s got 3 in the fourth and the way the Yanks have been playing lately, that was enough. At that point, Yankees’ fans were hoping for Arizona to beat Houston.

Two in the fifth by the Orioles made it 7-1 and ensured that the Yanks would get swept in Baltimore.

The Yanks got one back in the sixth on a Gregorius triple and two in the seventh on a Bird single and Ackley RBI groundout. It made it 7-4 but a two-run HR by Chris Davis (MLB HR leader with 47) made the score 9-4, the final.

The Yanks need to send a BIG gift to Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, whose two-run HR won the game for Arizona and gave the home field advantage for the wild card game to the Yankees.

The Yanks finished 87-75, three games better than last year and two games better than in 2013. Mark Teixeira was (according to WAR) their best player this year by an eyelash over Dellin Betances. The problem, of course, is that Teix missed the last 40 games of the year, and will miss all of the postseason, with a broken leg.

Attendance this year was the lowest since 1998.

So the Yanks will face Houston Tuesday night at home, and although I will be rooting hard for the Yanks (winner goes to KC), it isn’t promising. Still, anything could happen in one game.

But…

it’ll be Tanaka (12-7,  3.51) vs. Keuchel (20-8, 2.48). Keuchel beat the Yanks twice this year, pitching a CG six-hit shutout with 12 K on June 25, and pitching seven innings of 3-hit shutout ball on August 25 with 9 K. 16 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 1 walk and 21 K. Ugh. The Yanks can only hope he is off (3 days rest) on Tuesday night.

Tanaka faced Houston once this year, and it wasn’t good. 6 R in 5 IP on June 27.

The Yanks are a lefty-leaning lineup that has been hurting without the switch-hitting Teixeira’s bat from the right side.

Against the lefty Keuchel, you wonder what Girardi will do with the lineup, especially since lefty hitters Ellsbury (ended the year at .257, terrible for a table-setting leadoff hitter making $22MM and who is just .224-6-27 with just 7 SB since coming off the DL July 8). That is certainly NOT setting the table as the leadoff hitter.

McCann is 8 for 58 since Sept. 12. (.138).

Gardner, like Ellsbury, finished under .260. That is NOT setting the table. You wanted both to hit .280-.290 with about 35-40 SB apiece. Instead both finished under .260 with 41 SB—–COMBINED.

Since September 12, Gardner is 12 for 72….  .167.  I don’t mean to discourage, but those are three lefty bats all struggling, and you are facing a lefty pitcher in Keuchel on Tuesday night.

Since Sept 12, Headley is 12 for 71… slightly better than the .167 of Gardner, and Headley is a switch-hitter.  Another struggling.

Does Girardi have the guts to go with Refsnyder at 2B,  Murphy at C and Young in CF or LF, especially since McCann, Ellsbury and Ellsbury have been struggling so badly? Does he play Ackley in LF for the struggling Gardner?

Does he take it one step further and play Ryan at 3B?

With Ellsbury, McCann, Gardner all struggling, could he go with an innovative lineup vs. Keuchel such as…

Young CF
Refsnyder 2B
A-Rod DH
Beltran RF
Bird 1B
Murphy C
Ackley LF
Gregorius SS
Ryan 3B

Tanaka P

and bring off the bench if needed against a righty pitcher Ellsbury, McCann, Headley and Gardner?

I doubt it. But those four have been killing the Yanks recently. If in the lineup, they have to wake up.

As for today…

Pineda (L, 12-10, 4.37) 3 2/3 IP, 4 R,  6 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Capuano 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 7.97
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 6.37
Pazos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walks and 2 K. 0.00 (don’t see how they don’t take him for the postseason roster).
Bailey 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 0 K. 8.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.93 (Should merit consideration).
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.10
Miller 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.04
Cotham 1/3 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K 6.52 

You hope Tanaka can give you 7 strong (preferably scoreless) and then go to Wilson, Betances and Miller. The bullpen has been shaky lately, showing signs of wear. But Tanaka has to have a good game and go deep.

The Yanks have to play littleball, which they haven’t played (or been good at) this year. They can’t expect to bomb Keuchel out. They have to scratch for runs, steal, hit and run, bunt runners over and not go, say 0 for 10 with RISP. They must take advantage of all their opportunities.

And Joe Girardi must go for broke. I’m interested in what lineup he puts out there Tuesday night; if he benches some guys.

I remember Billy Martin benching Reggie Jackson for Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS for Paul Blair because Reggie could not hit Splittorff.

Maybe Girardi channels Martin and benches some guys.

We will see.

One game. Let’s go Yankees.

Game 158. Yanks lose to Boston again, 9-5 in 11

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I have to admit, I am concerned about how the Yanks are limping to the finish line.

They lost their third straight game to Boston, 9-5 in 11 innings, on Wednesday night.

Masahiro Tanaka, starting for the first time in twelve days because of that strained hammy, gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning.  He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. Hopefully the rust after missing a start is off because he has to do better next time out in the wild card play-in game (should the Yanks make it into that game) or the Yanks will be going home and not advancing on to the divisional series round.

Earlier in the evening, Toronto clinched the AL East title.

The Yanks got a run back in the second on a Rob Refsnyder double. Boston went up 4-1 in the third.

The Yanks came all the way back but the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Outside of Wilson, Shreve, Betances and Miller, the Yanks have to find someone they could trust in the bullpen. And it appears that big four listed above is getting tired.

The Yanks got three in the fifth to tie it on an RBI double by Beltran, RBI groundout by McCann and an RBI single by Young.

A-Rod’s 33rd HR of the year (#687 career) put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth.

But Dellin Betances served up the first of Mookie Betts’ two homers of the game in the seventh to let Boston tie it up at five.

In the eleventh, Boston got four runs, capped off by Betts’ second HR of the game, and the Yanks lost 9-5.

The loss drops them to 86-72 and reduced their lead for WC #1 to 2 1/2. The magic number remains at 2.

There is a lot of rain in the forecast. Whether that means a later start, a doubleheader, rainouts, … we’ll see. Maybe the Yanks can clinch and not need to makeup the game. If so, maybe some extra rest will rejuvenate them.

It’s time to pick it up and find a second (or third, or fourth, or…) wind.

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.    3.51
Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.  3.12
Betances 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.43
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.91.
Bailey (L, 0-1, 9.00) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.79
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.

Game 155. Yanks reduce magic number to get into postseason to 3 with 6-1 win.

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With a 6-1 win Sunday over the White Sox, the Yanks reduced their magic number to get into the postseason to 3.

They remain 4 behind Toronto with 7 to go for the division. But they maintain a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1 and five over the Angels for WC #2.

Luis Severino pitched six shutout innings in the victory.

The Yanks scored in the first on a Brian McCann SF. A HR (9) by Dustin Ackley and a passed ball made it 3-0 in the third.

After a White Sox HR cut it to 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury’s single made it 4-1 in the bottom of the same frame.

The Yanks tacked two more on in the eighth on a single by Greg Bird and SF by Slade Heathcott.

But it was Severino’s day as once again the 21-year-old rookie was superb.

With their 86th win of the season, the Yanks topped their totals of 2014 and 2013.

Severino (W, 5-3, 2.77) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.34
Mitchell 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.60.