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Giants oust Mets, some Yankee moves.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete-game 4-hit shutout as the Giants eliminated the Mets in the NL wild card game, 3-0. They now face the Cubs.

Conor Gillaspie’s 3-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Jeurys Familia was the whole game.

Curtis Granderson did save a run for the Mets with a great catch, but in the end, it all went for naught.

Noah Syndergaard pitched great for the Mets, 7 shutout innings, 2 hits, 10 K, but unlike Bumgarner, was pulled and didn’t pitch the complete game. It proved fatal for the Mets.

Bumgarner is now 8-3, 1.94 in postseason play. A postseason beast.

Meanwhile, Buck Showalter is getting blasted for not using his closer in the extra inning loss that the Orioles had up in Toronto the other night. He did the same mistake that Joe Torre did in Game 4 of the 2003 WS, which is saving your closer for a save on the road. Meanwhile your team never gives you a lead to save and some lesser pitcher loses the game for you while your best is in the bullpen. In extra innings, sometimes you need your best to preserve the tie and prevent a walkoff win.

ALDS series start today. Toronto at Texas, Boston at Cleveland.

A couple of Yankees moves. The Angels claimed Blake Parker and Kirby Yates off of waivers. Parker was 1-0, 4.96 after coming over from Seattle this year.

Yates was 2-1, 5.23.

Anthony Swarzak, who was 1-2, 5.52, refused assignment to SWB and became a free agent.

CC Sabathia will have routine knee surgery to clean it out.

Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.

Game 156. Yanks rally with 5 in 9th to win “brawl” game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees scored 5 times in the top of the ninth and won 7-5 over Toronto in a game that saw a brushback battle, and Luis Severino, Joe Girardi, Rob Thompson and Larry Rothschild all ejected.

The Yanks go to 80-76 and close the season with six games at home. They are all but officially eliminated, being 5 out of a playoff spot with six games to go. The most wins the Yanks can have is 86. Toronto already has that and Baltimore has 85. Not only that, there are three teams between the Yanks and Baltimore.

In the first, Gardner got on on a bunt single (where was that all year) and went to third on a 2-base throwing error on the play. He scored on an RBI groundout by Sanchez.

In the bottom of the first, with one out, Severino hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch. A single and two walks later, the game was tied at 1. Severino got out of the inning giving up just that one run.

In the top of the second, Headley was HBP and the benches cleared. Girardi was tossed. In the bottom of the second, Toronto’s Josh Smoak was drilled, benches emptied and more ejections were made.

Toronto got two in the third to go up 3-1.

The Yanks got one back in the eighth. Gardner, who doubled,  scored on an RBI single by Ellsbury.

In the ninth, Teixeira homered with one out (14) to tie the game. #408 of his career passed Duke Snider on the all-time list. Gregorius singled, and Hicks homered (8) to put the Yanks up 5-3. Solano doubled, Gardner walked, and Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 6-3. Sanchez got a SF to make it 7-3.

Betances came in and needed help. He once again looked completely out of gas and couldn’t field his position. Layne came in to save it.

Gardner had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Ellsbury had 2 hits and 2 RBI. 2 RBI for Sanchez. Big 2-run HR for Hicks.

Severino 1+ IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 2 HBP. Ejected. 5.75
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 walks, 0 K. 7.11
Pazos 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K, 7.71
Yates 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.36
Bleier 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.33
Warren (w, 7-4, 4.64 Cubs/NYY) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Betances 0 IP,  2 R, 1 earned, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K.  Made an error. 3.13. Faced 3 batters, all reached. 2 walks and an error.
Layne (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.14.

James Kaprielian, who was dominant in spring training and in three games for High-A Tampa this year before being shut down with a flexor strain, is now OK and will be making up time in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Good news.

Game 147. Yanks lose 3rd in a row, 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their 3rd game in a row, 7-4, to Boston on Friday night. The loss drops them to 77-70.

With 15 games to go, they are 6 out of the division lead and 4 out of a wild card spot. They have to top 4 teams to get that last playoff spot. Things look very bleak. They most likely have to go on a 12-3 or 13-2 run to pull it off.

Boston got two runs right away in the first inning off of Yankees starter Luis Cessa on RBIs by David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. They added another in the fourth when Ramirez, who hit a 3-run walkoff HR on Thursday night, hit a solo HR to just about the same spot.

They Yanks got 2 runs back in the fifth on a 2-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Middle relief failed the Yanks.Instead of keeping the game close, they gave up 2 runs to Boston in the sixth and two more in the seventh. 7-2 Red Sox. Michael Kay, on TV, was questioning the use of some pitchers in a big game that had been in the minors all year and who had little MLB experience.

Maybe other, more experienced, guys were just burned out. Who knows.

Billy Butler hit his first Yankees HR in the ninth (fifth total for the year) to make it 7-4.It was a PH, 2-run shot.

 

Cessa (L, 4-2, 4.44) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Pazos 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 18.00  Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34 Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.59
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40

 

 

Game 139. Yanks win 5-4 on Austin’s walkoff HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Austin homered in the bottom of the 9th to give the Yanks a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The win puts the Yanks nine over .500 at 74-65 with 23 games to go. They are still in 4th place in the AL East, but are now just 4 out of first place. As far as a playoff spot goes, they are two games out of a playoff spot and need to jump two teams to get in. This is getting interesting.

CC Sabathia struggled, giving up a solo HR in each of the first three innings of the game. Manager Joe Girardi had a quick hook, pulling CC after just four innings after he struggled with the first two batters in the fifth.

After CC gave up a HR to Kevin Kiermayer in the top of the first, the Yanks came back with two in the bottom half of the inning. Didi Gregorius singled in one run after Gardner and Ellsbury singled, and another scored on an error on a pickoff attempt.

CC gave up a HR to Stephen Souza in the second, but the Yanks regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a HR by Brian McCann (18).

CC gave up another HR to Kiermayer in the third that tied the game. But in the fourth, McCann matched Kiermayer by hitting his second HR of the game, and 19th of the season to put the Yanks back up, 4-3.

Not to be outdone, Souza hit HIS second HR of the game in the top of the sixth to tie it and set up Austin’s dramatics.

Austin’s 3rd HR of the season then won it for the Yanks in the bottom of the 9th.

Sabathia 4+ IP, 3 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. Gave up 3 HR. 4.27.
Holder 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.40.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.75.
Parker 1 2/3, IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 2.70 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.50
Layne (w, 2-1, 3.52) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. (Bos/NYY ERA)

I should add, it’s great seeing a player succeed in the majors after I’ve been writing about them all year when they were down in the minors.

 

Game 133. Yanks lose game, Green.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Baltimore 8-0, getting just two hits, but most importantly, their rotation took a hit when Chad Green had to leave in the second inning due to elbow problems.

Green gave up a single and a 2-Run HR in the second, and after a walk, Nick Goody came in and gave up back to back HRs before getting the final out. Six runs, and that basically was the ball game.

With Eovaldi out, and now Green, the Yanks’ rotation is hurting. It appears Severino will have to go back into the rotation. No, I don’t believe Bryan Mitchell is stretched out enough or has made enough appearances since coming off his rehab to start.

So the rotation would now consist of Tanaka, Pineda, CC, Cessa, and Severino.

Dietrich Enns and Chance Adams, both of whom have done well in the minors, have been basically shut down due to innings limits.

Kirby Yates gave up a 2-Run HR later in the game for the final score.

The loss drops the Yanks to 69-64, 4th place in the division, 6 1/2 out. They are 3 1/2 out of the second wild card with 29 games to go. They have to jump three teams.

Jonathan Holder made his MLB debut.

Green (L, 2-4, 4.73) 1 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Goody 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.66
Yates 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.59
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00 MLB DEBUT
Severino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 7.05
Parker 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.27 (Sea/NYY)

Game 130. Yanks fall, 8-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Michael Pineda gave up 3 runs in the first inning, and the Yanks never recovered in losing to the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, on Monday night.

Pineda’s struggles, and Eovaldi’s injury that will cost him the rest of this year and all of 2017, have me believing that the Yanks will be making a trade for a starter this offseason. I do say trade, because the free agent market is weak.

The Yanks got a run in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Gregorius and Castro, but the bullpen let the game get away in the seventh, when KC scored five to make it 8-1.

Pineda started the inning by giving up a pair of singles, but then the bullpen let those runners—and more—score.

The Yanks tried to come back, scoring four in the eighth. Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference (for the 11th time this year, extending his MLB record) and Hicks walked. Sanchez was HBP to load the bases. Gregorius doubled in two, and Castro hit a SF. After a groundout, Headley singled to make it 8-5, but that was it.

Pineda (L, 6-11, 5.12) 6+ IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 8 K.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.44 (Bos/NYY)
Parker 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50 (Sea/NYY)
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 4 K. 5.40.

I wish Girardi would throw away the book and stop using LOOGY’s. Layne got his guy. Then Joe went matchups and got burned by Parker. Guy does well, leave him in.

The Yanks fall to 67-63. 32 games left to go. They are in 4th place in the division, 7 1/2 out. They are 3 1/2 out of the second WC spot, but must jump 5 teams.

I think to get there, they better be looking at going 23-9 the rest of the way. I don’t think anything less will do it. That will mean 90 wins. I don’t think 87 (20-12 from here on out) will be sufficient.

Game 124. Yanks waste multi-homer games by Sanchez & Castro in 7-5 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So far, Gary Sanchez looks like the second coming of Johnny Bench.

Anthony Swarzak, however, is not the second coming of say, Jeff Nelson.

Sanchez and Starlin Castro each hit two home runs in Monday night’s game vs. Seattle, but Seattle countered with some homers of their own, and three-run shots trump solo shots as the Yanks couldn’t hold onto leads Sanchez and Castro gave them. The 7-5 loss drops the Yanks to 63-61.

Sanchez hit his first HR of the game in the first inning to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. Castro hit his first HR of the game to make it 2-0 in the second.

But in the fourth, Michael Pineda gave up a 3-run HR to Kyle Seager on a 3-0 pitch. Seattle gave Seager the green light and he took advantage of it. 3-2 Seattle.

Sanchez’ 2nd HR of the game (8), a 2-run shot, and Castro’s 2nd HR of the game (17), a solo shot, gave the Yanks a 5-3 lead in the sixth.

It didn’t last long. Pineda got into trouble, was pulled for Layne, who got his man, but Swarzak gave up a 3-run HR to Mike Zunino to blow the lead. 6-5 Seattle.

You have to wonder how long the Yanks stick with Swarzak and his 5.90 ERA before turning to someone else. This loss really hurt what slim chances the Yanks have to make the playoffs. They are 5 out of the second wild card slot, but have to jump five teams to get it. Swarzak has given up 10 HR in just 29 innings.

Nelson Cruz homered off of Kirby Yates in the eighth to give Seattle a cushion.

The Yanks had 2nd and 3rd, one out, in the ninth, but couldn’t get that big hit. Final score 7-5.

Pineda 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K. 5.02. Gave up 1 HR.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 k. 3.67
Swarzak (BS, 1; L, 1-2, 5.90) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.40. Gave up 1 HR.

 

 

Game 121. Yanks shutout Angels 7-0 behind Tanaka & 4 HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ronald Torreyes went 4 for 4 including his first MLB HR,  Gary Sanchez had 3 hits, and the Yankees rode 4 HR and Masahiro Tanaka to a 7-0 win over the Angels on Friday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave Tanaka the only run he needed by leading off the game with a HR (5).

An RBI single by Ellsbury drove in Torreyes in the third to make it 2-0, Yanks.

The Yanks then hit 3 HR in the fifth to break the game open. Torreyes started it with his first MLB HR. Two batters later, Didi Gregorius HR’d (17, and you are lying if you thought back in March that Didi might hit 20), and two batters later, Brian McCann hit his 16th HR of the season.

In the sixth, Torreyes singled in a run, and Didi doubled in Torreyes for the final tally of 7-0.

Earlier in the day, Nathan Eovaldi had successful surgeries on his elbow.

Gary Sanchez singled the first time up, doubled the second time up and doubled the third time up. On that third at bat, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Just a hunch. With Eovaldi out for 2017 (and maybe forever?), my gut says that McCann and/or Gardner could be trade bait this offseason to try and get some pitching. The free agent market is very barren this year, and trading one of them, especially if a youngster is ready, as Sanchez is now, may be what it takes to fortify the rotation, especially with Eovaldi out.

Tanaka (w, 10-4, 3.24) 7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 walks, 9 K.
Layne 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY). Faced one batter, walked him.
Warren 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.21 (Cubs/NYY)0
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34.

BTW, in terms of WAR (wins above replacement), the best player on the Yanks this year has been Tanaka.

Game 120. Sanchez HRs again, but Yanks lose 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered again (5) but the Yanks lost Wednesday afternoon to Toronto, 7-4. They are off Thursday and now head out to the West Coast.

The Yanks fall to 61-59.

CC Sabathia struck out 12, but gave up all 7 runs.

CC gave up 3 runs in the second. Sanchez cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and a HR by Starlin Castro in the fourth (15) cut it to 3-2.

But CC gave up 4 runs in the fifth, and that doomed the Yanks. Melvin Upton hit a 3-run HR for the Blue Jays.

Chase Headley’s 11th HR of the year made it 7-3 in the sixth, and Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the eighth made it the final margin of 7-4.

Sanchez and Judge were moved up in the lineup after their impressive beginnings. Sanchez hit cleanup with Judge fifth.

It looks like Sanchez has already supplanted Brian McCann as the catcher. McCann does have 2 years and $34MM left on his deal. When asked about it, McCann was quiet for a while, but then stated that Sanchez was a stud who will be an All-Star for years to come, and who was the best young catcher he has seen since coming to the majors. Nice praise. I also heard John Flaherty of YES, a former catcher himself, praise Sanchez.

What this means for McCann going forward, who knows? Talks between the Braves and Yanks regarding a possible trade fell though. Will Sanchez be the regular catcher in 2017? Will McCann be the DH in 2017? Do the Yanks think Sanchez and Romine is a good enough catching tandem to trade McCann, probably for pitching (especially with Eovaldi out all next year)? Time will tell, but this will be an interesting watch.

As for free agency in the off season, don’t expect much. There is not a good list of free agents out there to sign.

Chasen Shreve was sent down for Kirby Yates.

Sabathia (L, 7-10, 4.49) 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.52
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk 1 K. 6.00.

Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Blue Jays in the loss.