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Game 15. 13-4 rout of Tigers puts Yanks over. 500

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After a 3-6 start, the Yanks have won five out of six to put themselves over .500 at 8-7 with a 13-4 rout of the Tigers tonight in a game played in snow showers. Yup, April 22 and snow showers in Detroit.

The Yanks scored six in the first but Adam Warren was shaky early, giving up 4 in the bottom of the inning. In that top of the first, the big blow was a bases-clearing 3-run double by Gregorio Petit.

Warren hurt himself by walking four in that first inning.

The Yanks got two in the second on back-to-back triples by Beltran and Headley.

In the fourth, Didi Gregorious got his first extra-base it of the season, doubling in two.

Mark Teixeira’s 3-run HR (5, 368 career) later on,Young capped the scoring.

Warren (W, 1-1, 5.40) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 walks (all in the 1st), 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 5.40
Carpenter 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  3.52
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.   1.59

The Yanks banged out 15 hits. Chris Young had 3. Teix and Petit each had 3 RBI.

Matt Tracy, who was DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut then claimed by the Marlins, was DFA’d by the Marlins and claimed by the Yanks who sent him back to SWB. That MLB debut is the only game he has pitched in all season.

Game 14. Yanks back at .500 thanks to Eovaldi.

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Last night, the Yanks wasted a great pitching outing by CC. Tonight they got another great outing, this time by Nathan Eovaldi. They didn’t waste this one as they raised their record to 7-7 with a 5-2 win.

With the win, they raised another question. With the way Chris Young is playing, does he take playing time away from Carlos Beltran?

In the first, Brett Gardner walked with one out and scored on a two-0ut double by Teixeira.

Much like last night, it stayed a close contest for most of the game.

Before the game, Chasen Shreve was brought back up. Brandon Pinder sent down.

After six innings, it was still 1-0 Yanks. They got 3 in the seventh. Here is where the Young/Beltran thing kicks in.

Chris Young homered to make it 2-0. This was Young’s 4th HR of the year, while Beltran has been struggling and not only that, Beltran was dropped out of the 3 spot in favor of A-Rod the other day. Performance matters. Right now, it may be best to bench the aging (38) Beltran, a switch-hitter (better to PH off the bench) and play the younger, faster and right now, better hitting Young over Beltran. But the Yanks are committed to $15MM for Beltran for this year and next. If Young continues to outperform Beltran, it will be interesting. Later in the seventh, Stephen Drew hit his fourth HR of the year to make it 3-0. Drew has only nine hits for the season, his batting average is just .190, but 4 of the hits are HR. Kind of like Teixeira, who has a .200 batting average but 4 HR.

Young was 3 for 3 tonight.

A WP made it 4-0. Detroit got a run in the 7th, and the Yanks got a run on an error in the top of the 9th. Detroit threatened in the 9th, getting a run to make it 5-2 and having the bases loaded where a walk-off grand slam was in play, but the Yanks held on to win 5-2.

Eovaldi (W, 1-0, 3.12) 7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 4 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00

Martin 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.26.

Miller 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 5 th Save, 0.00.

 

Game 11. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 9-0 win.

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Since Masahiro Tanaka has rehabbed the elbow instead of having Tommy John surgery, there are concerns about the elbow. How would it limit him? Will it blow out? The first two starts of the year did little to alleviate those concerns, but Tanaka looked ace-like Saturday night in the Yanks’ 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

This was the Tanaka we saw last year before he injured his elbow with the partially torn UCL. Dominant.

Tanaka (2-1, 3.94) went 7, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Despite the final score, for much of the game, he had to be dominant.

Brian McCann (3 for 4) broke open a scoreless duel with a 2-run triple in the sixth, and the Yanks broke open the game with a 7-run seventh, capped by Chris Young’s grand slam, his third HR of the season.

David Carpenter pitched the eighth, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Brandon Pinder closed it out. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Matt Tracy, DFA’d by the Yanks after his MLB debut, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.

 

 

Game 7. Drew’s PH slam leads Yanks past Orioles, 6-5.

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Stephen Drew hit a PH grand slam, and the Yanks held on to beat the Orioles 6-5 at Baltimore on Monday night.

The win raises the Yanks’ record to 3-4.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the second on a Chris Young HR but Michael Pineda gave up 2 in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixeira tied the game in the top of the fourth with a HR, his third of the season and #366 of his career.

In the sixth, I got upset at Pineda. With two out, a man on third and a 1-2 count, apparently he tried to get a fastball past Adam Jones. At least it looked like a fastball while I was watching the game on TV. Before the pitch, I was muttering “give him a slider, down and away, and make him fish.” Nope, fastball up and a 2-run HR.

But in the top of the next inning, Drew’s PH grand slam put the Yanks up 6-4. But in the bottom of the inning Pineda got in trouble (I would not have even had him start the inning). Dellin Betances came in and was shaky, one run scored, but he got out of the inning. He was still shaky in the eighth, but Andrew Miller came in and got a five-out save.

Pineda 6 1/3 IP (W) 5 R, 9 H, 0 walks and 9 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Miller (S) 1  2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

 

 

Game 5. Yanks fall to 1-4 with an 8-4 loss.

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If Billy Martin were running the team right now, there might be a team meeting with the food tray being toppled over. If George Steinbrenner were the owner, someone may already be getting fired (hey, he fired Yogi when Yogi was 6-10 early in the 1985 season).

Yes, we are only five games into the season, but not only are the Yankees 1-4, it’s how they are 1-4 that is disturbing. For it’s one thing to play well and lose and know that you are playing well and things will straighten themselves out soon. It’s another to lose and look really bad in doing so.

That is what a team batting average of .193 (OPS+ 81, 19% below league average) and eight errors in five games (not counting two passed balls by backup C John Ryan Murphy) will do for you. Make you look really bad.

Throw in the fact that three Yankees have been picked off so far and that they are 1 for 4 in SB this year. Throw in also that two balls were hit yesterday that should have been caught (Gardner, Jones) and were ruled doubles. Throw in again some plays were there were no errors made but mental errors (Didi Gregorious) and you have a team that is really out of sync and playing badly right now.

Thank goodness there are 157 games left and plenty of time to turn it around. But it may NOT be too early for a team meeting. This can’t continue.

The Yanks not only lost to Boston 8-4 on Saturday, but looked bad in doing so. The two balls that should have been caught by Gardner and Jones, for one thing. A-Rod played 1B for the first time in his career, made one error and looked, let’s say, uncomfortable over there. Definitely not smooth (which was to be expected) but awkward. Gregorious held the ball on a relay while a Boston runner was rounding third and scoring (mental error). Earlier in the week, Gregorious made a couple boneheaded plays as a baserunner. He has to be a more savvy player than he has shown so far.

Seven innings into the game, the Yanks had just one hit. They had just five for the game. Only a late Chris Young 3-run HR made the score semi-respectable.

Teams that don’t hit (.193) look really bad and boring. Hopefully the Yanks snap out of it soon.

Beltran is 2 for 20. Drew 2 for 17, Gregorious 2 for 15, Teix has 2 HR but is 3 for 16. Headley had the clutch HR but is 3 for 22, and so on and so forth (I won’t list them all). You can make the case that A-Rod (5 for 18, 2944 career hits now) has been their best regular hitter.

With a lineup like that, as was mentioned on the FoxSports1 telecast, there isn’t much room for error. They can’t afford to make errors, and they have made eight (along with two passed balls and two wild pitches) so far. The team is slow in the middle of the lineup, where you have Beltran, Teix, McCann and A-Rod. As mentioned on the telecast, they are a station to station team, don’t bunt, don’t hit-and-run, don’t steal bases (outside of Ellsbury and Gardner, but are as a team 1 of 4 so far this year). The commentators (and I am NOT a Joe Buck fan) were right in implying that this is a team that waits for the HR, and that HR is to come from aging players who the team hopes can find the fountain of youth for one final, good season.

Hopefully things change soon. The team needs an injection of youth badly but the Yanks’ hands are tied. What do you do when you have these players—CC, Teixeira, A-Rod, Beltran—all of whom will be 35 or older before season’s end—making around $90MM between the four of them and you can’t trade them (either no one will pick up the $$, you’d have to eat a lot of it and/or there are no trade clauses) and you don’t want to eat the money by releasing them? Then throw in Tanaka’s ($25MM) possible problem with his elbow (diminishing his effectiveness) and that fact that so far, 31 yr. old Brian McCann, earning what $15MM/yr.? has underperformed?

As mentioned, as a diehard Yankees’ fan, I hope things turn around soon. This is not to be negative, just a reflection of how things have gone this week. When you hold a mirror up to something that looks terrible, it looks…..terrible. All Yankees fans have to be disappointed at how this season has started.

The pitching has an ERA of 3.44 and an ERA+ of 115 (eight of the 29 runs given up so far have been unearned). That is really pretty good. The bullpen has looked like a strength. Warren (pitching line to come in a moment) wasn’t that bad yesterday, although he had a bit of trouble putting people away, but it is hard to pitch with no margin of error because a) you are getting no run support and/or b) your defense is letting you down.

Warren 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 K. Not a bad outing. Only his 4th MLB start.

Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Martin 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Here is where the game got away.

Matt Tracy (MLB Debut) 2 IP, 3 runs (all unearned), 2 H, 2 walks and 1 K.

Four of the eight runs the Yanks gave up were unearned. Combine that with a .193 team batting average and, well, you get the picture.

Tonight’s ESPN game will be interesting to watch. Will the bats finally wake up? How will Tanaka do? Hall of Famer and MLB network commentator Pedro Martinez estimates Tanaka at 65% due to his elbow issue. If the Yanks are really struggling in June and have fallen way out of the race (let’s hope that isn’t the case) does Tanaka bite the bullet and get the Tommy John surgery that would cost him the rest of 2015 and all of 2016? Will Tanaka be pitching at 2/3 effectiveness all year? Will the elbow give at some point?

Will the Yanks start hitting and tightening up their defense? Will they turn to the kids sooner than expected? Will the kids be rushed?

Right now, there are a lot of questions. There is only one solution.

They have to start playing better, starting now. Granted it’s just five games, but so far, it hasn’t been acceptable. It’s one thing to play well and have some tough losses.

It’s another to have a week like this one has been.

Get back to .500 and go from there.

So wake up and Let’s Go, Yankees!

Game 2. 3 in 8th lift Yanks, 4-3.

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Ok, the late inning 3-run rally wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.

It’s not like someone hit a 3-run HR in the 8th or there was a lot of hits, but a win is a win.

This looked a lot like last year in so many ways. Last year, Michael Pineda only started 13 games because of suspension and injury, but he had a 1.89 ERA in that time he pitched. He was also only 5-5 despite the ERA due to lack of run support.

Tonight, Pineda got a no-decision despite pitching well.

6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 6 K.

He left the game losing 2-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks cut the lead to 2-1 on A-B-C baseball. Ellsbury singled, stole second, Gardner grounded out moving up the runner, and Beltran got a SF.

In the top of the 8th, Betances gave up an unearned run due to a Brian McCann throwing error.

So the Yanks went into the bottom of the 8th down 3-1. In 16 innings their offense had produced just two runs.

They got 3 in the 8th, which I’ll take, but it is not like anyone raked.

Chris Young (a star of the game) PH for Didi Gregorious and doubled.

Jacoby Ellsbury (another star, 2 for 2, 2 runs scored, 2 walks, a SB) singled Young to third.

Gardner was HBP. Bases loaded and no one out. A run scored on a WP to make it 3-2. Beltran struck out. Teix was intentionally walked to load the bases for an inning-ending DP.

Instead, McCann was HBP to tie the game and Headley singled off the pitcher to make it 4-3, the final score.

After Pineda,

Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances (W) 1 IP, 1 R, unearned. 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K.

Miller (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

In case you missed it, Austin Romine cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA SWB.

 

 

S.T. Game 34. Yanks win final exhibition game, 4-3.

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In a game played in Washington, D.C., the Yanks won their final exhibition game of 2015, 4-3 over the Nationals. The Yanks are off on Easter Sunday and open the regular season at home against Toronto on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Drew and Chris Young each hit two-run homers, and Nathan Eovaldi settled down after a shaky start. Eovaldi gave up hits to three of the first five batters he faced (a fourth reached on a walk) and three runners scored.

After that the Yanks pitching shut down the Nationals.

Brett Gardner had two hits.

The pitching line:

Eovaldi 5 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 6 K.

Chris Martin 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Justin Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

David Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Andrew Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

Dellin Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

The Yanks went 17-16-1 in spring training action.

The Yanks have chosen John Ryan Murphy as the backup C, and have DFA’d Austin Romine.