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Houston ends Yankees’ season, 3-0.


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


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 146. Divisional title hopes dim after 5-1 loss to Mets.


With a 5-1 loss to the Mets, the Yanks’ focus should now probably be on securing the #1 wild card spot to ensure that the one-game wild card playoff is played at Yankee Stadium.

Because with the loss tonight and a Toronto win, the Yanks are now 4 1/2 behind Toronto with just 16 games left. Not impossible to overcome, but highly unlikely.  The magic # to make it into the wild card game remains at 12.

One problem is that Houston has been overtaken by Texas. Meaning that even though the one-game WC playoff may be at home, that the Yanks may be facing Dallas Kuechel of Houston, who is an AL CYA candidate, is 17-5, 2.56, and who is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 vs. the Yanks this year.

One tough lefty. Then again, you never know in a one-game sudden-death playoff.

I mentioned to a friend (a Mets fan) before the game started tonight that Tanaka may have to throw a shutout in order for the Yanks to win, such was the Yankees’ lineup.

No A-Rod (NL park, no DH). No McCann (day game tomorrow after night game and best to play him tomorrow vs. a righty than tonight against a lefty). No Ellsbury, benched for Young. No Drew, benched for Ryan.

So the lineup starting the game tonight was Gardner CF, Headley 3B, Beltran RF, Young LF ( yes, Young cleanup), Bird 1B, Murphy C, Gregorius SS, Ryan 2B and Tanaka P.

Seems like a spring training B-squad lineup. No offense.

The Yanks got a SF from Young in the first but nothing thereafter.

Tanaka didn’t pitch badly, six innings, two mistakes for two solo HR, but as I mentioned, with that lineup he needed to pitch a shutout.

In the seventh, Chasen Shreve, who has been struggling recently, gave up a two-run HR and the game was basically over at that point.

Shreve’s and Betances’ recent struggles have me worried.

Tanaka (L, 12-7, 3.38) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.67.
Pinder 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 2.70
Pazos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 0.00
Bailey 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H 0 walks and 0 K. 6. 00

Game 136. Bird is the word in Yanks win, but Eovaldi out for 2 weeks.


Greg Bird’s three-run HR in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie as the Yanks beat Baltimore Monday afternoon to get to 1/2 game behind Toronto (who lost to Boston), but the good news about the win was tempered by the fact that the Yanks are shutting down Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation) for two weeks.

The Yanks got a gift run in the first when a two-out Chris Young popup was misplayed into an RBI single.

Michael Pineda then gave up four runs, three on a HR, in the second. To his credit, he settled down after that.

Young doubled in a run in the third to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth. A-Rod’s 29th HR (683 career) made it 4-3. Hit #3054 passed Rod Carew on the all-time hit list and put him one behind Rickey Henderson. Later in the inning, John Ryan Murphy put the Yanks up 5-4 with a 2-run HR (3).

With one more HR, A-Rod, who last had a 30 HR season in 2010, would have his fifteenth 30 HR season, a feat accomplished only by Henry Aaron.

The Yanks are 10 victories away from 10000 in their history.

Justin Wilson gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the seventh, but Bird’s fifth HR of the season put the Yanks up 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the ninth for the final tally of 8-6.

Dellin Betances made the Yankees fans squirm in the eighth when he walked two, struck out two, gave up another walk to load the bases but then got another strikeout.

Pineda 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.15
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 1.38
Miller (32nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.94.

Earlier in the day, the Yanks brought back Chris Capuano from SWB. The guy has nine lives…

Hopefully Eovaldi is OK, but he’ll be shut down for two weeks. Guess CC is coming back at the right time. He comes back, Eovaldi shut down. So much for that six-man rotation….

The Yanks magic # to reach at least the wild card game is 20.

Game 132. Yanks outslug Boston 13-8.


The Yanks jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 win over Boston up in Fenway yesterday. They remain 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East (don’t the Blue Jays ever lose?) with a 74-58 record.

The Yanks hit five HR in the game.

After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, the Yanks bounced back with eight in the second. Greg Bird (3) hit a 2-run HR and it was immediately followed by John Ryan Murphy’s solo blast (2).  Chris Young’s single made it 4-1, A-Rod’s single 6-1 and then Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR (14, 387th career) made it 8-1.

Stephen Drew’s 3-run HR in the third (17) made it 11-1 Yanks.

In the fifth, Didi Gregorius’ solo shot (8) made it 12-1.

Then the Yanks had to hold on. The one thing I didn’t like was that after taking a 12-1 lead, the Yanks still had to use Wilson, Betances and Miller because some middle relievers struggled. Oh well, today is a day off anyway, but how nice it would have been to give Wilson, Betances and Miller all two days off.

Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth, a HR in the sixth…. 12-3.

Boston got two in the seventh off of Tanaka and Andrew Bailey, who was making his first MLB appearance in over two years. 12-5.

Jose Pirela singled in a run for the Yanks in the eighth. 13-5, then Boston tacked on three late runs for the final score of 13-8.

Gregorius, after a slow start, is on fire, getting his average up to .272. Even Drew, way under .200 for most of the year, is now at .211.

It was Joe Girardi’s 800th career win as manager.

Tanaka (W, 11-6,  3.73) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 27.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.17.
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.56
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.30
Cotham 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 12.27
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 1.86.

Game 127. An A for Didi. Yanks rout Braves 15-4.


The Yanks (70-57) broke out of their offensive funk on Friday night and stayed 1 1/2 games behind Toronto in the AL East with a 15-4 spanking of the Atlanta Braves.

Didi Gregorius led the charge with four hits and six RBI.

The Yanks scored five runs in the first inning on a 2-run double by Chase Headley and Gregorius’ seventh HR of the season, a 3-run blow.

Masahiro Tanaka was shaky early on, but settled in to give seven innings of work. Tanaka gave up two runs in the first but the Yanks bounced right back with four in the second to go up 9-2. Bird and Headley each drew bases loaded walks and Didi smacked a two-run single.

Tanaka gave up a gopher ball in the third. 9-3 Yanks.

The Yanks got four runs in the eighth to go up 13-3. Brian McCann, back in his old stomping grounds, hit a 3-run HR (23) and Didi followed later that inning with an RBI single.

In the ninth, Chris Young hit a solo HR (14) and McCann added a SF. 15-3.

Brian Mitchell, just brought back off the DL after that liner to his schnozz, gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth. 15-4.

3 hits for Beltran, 4 RBI for McCann, 3 RBI for Headley, 4 hits and 6 RBI for Didi.

Tanaka (W, 10-6, 3.62) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 7 K.
Wilson 2/3 iP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.09
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H , 1 walk and 0 k. 4.03.

Game 105. 9-run seventh keys Yanks 13-3 win.


Brian McCann and Chris Young each had 3-run homers in a 9-run Yankees seventh inning as the Yanks beat Boston 13-3 on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 60-45. Toronto (coming into the Stadium this weekend) is in second place. Baltimore is in third, 6 1/2 back. Tampa Bay is 7 1/2 out and Boston is in last, 14 out.

Chris Young singled, A-Rod walked, and Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the fifth.

The Yanks regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.  Young singled, A-Rod doubled, and Teix singled in a run to tie the game. McCann (4 RBI in the game) then doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 3-2 and Beltran’s RBI groundout made it 4-2.

After Tanaka gave up a HR to Sandoval in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, the Yanks put the game away with nine in the bottom of the seventh.

Ellsbury reached on an error, Young walked, and A-Rod singled to make it 5-3. After Teixeira struck out, McCann hit a 3-run HR (18) to make it 8-3.

Beltran and Headley then had back-to-back doubles to make it 9-3. Gregorius flied out for the second out. Ryan walked. Ellsbury’s single made it 10-3.

Young then hit a 3-run HR (13) to cap the scoring at 13-3.

Tanaka (W, 8-4, 3.84) 6 IP,3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.69.

Before the game, Dustin Ackley was DL’d with a herniated disk. He apparently did not have it or complain of it before the trade with Seattle last week, so there was no shenanigans there when the Yanks traded Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez for him. He will be out 20-30 days and could be done for the year. He had an epidural. For now, the Yanks replaced the utility man with pitcher Caleb Cotham.

GM Brian Cashman also stated that we should not see Michael Pineda until September.

In the game, Young was 3 for 4, had the 3-run HR, and scored four runs. He is at .268-13-36, OPS+ over 120.

On another blog, one poster was complaining for months about the Yanks not keeping Ichiro and holding on to Young. He kept complaining even after it was pointed out to him that the Yanks needed a righty bat (Young), that Ichiro, being a lefty bat didn’t fit because of Gardner and Ellsbury, and that Ichiro’s lack of power and age (41) were hindrances. It got annoying hearing him b***h about Ichiro all the time.

Now, I like Ichiro. But it was time for him to go. How is Ichiro doing? .244-1-15, OPS+ 63. 9 for 14 in SB. He has a TOTAL of 6 extra base hits. Young’s OPS+ is twice that of Ichiro’s, and Young’s 13 HR means he has twice as many HR as Ichiro has extra base hits.

I hope that guy has finally shut up.

Tonight Luis Severino starts for the Yanks. The top prospect, 21 years old, will be making his MLB debut.