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While I was away…

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I’ll resume reports tonight, but some thoughts on what has happened to the Yanks since I left to visit family across the country (and in so doing, seeing games at Dodger Stadium and Petco Park).

The Yanks are trying to keep their heads above water. They are currently 43-37, 3  games behind Boston in the AL East, in second place. They have the top wild card spot.

Injuries have hit this team hard. Even callups have been getting hurt, none more cruelly than OF Dustin Fowler, who received a terrible knee injury in his very first MLB game before he even took his first MLB at bat. Fowler, who needed immediate surgery, is done for the year.

As you can see, injuries haven’t only hit the big club. Gleyber Torres, done for the year, and James Kaprielian, who has missed and will miss the whole season, have been hit by it too.

How else to explain the return of Chris Carter, who was DFA’d by the Yankees, turned down by everyone else, who accepted a demotion to SWB, but before reporting to SWB, had to return to the Yankees because of an injury to Tyler Austin?

It’s still unknown whether Greg Bird will make it back this season.

As for the usual regulars, Aaron Hicks is on the DL. CC and Adam Warren are expected to come off maybe tomorrow, July 4th. Matt Holliday is still on it, recovering from God knows what—allergic reaction, viral infection—do they really know? Starlin Castro is on.

Mason Williams had to be let go because of some moves the Yanks had to make to fill holes elsewhere.

Jacoby Ellsbury had to be rushed back from his rehab stint because of Hicks’ injury.

We’ve seen spring training like lineups recently. 1/2 regulars, 1/2 backups or minor leaguers just brought up because of injury.

One silver lining in this dark cloud is that now you are seeing some of these minor leaguers and what they can or cannot do. They are getting MLB experience, maybe earlier than expected due to necessity.

Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, Dustin Fowler (oh, so briefly) and Clint Frazier have made their MLB debuts. In the cases of Andujar (3 for 4, 4 RBI) and Frazier (double, HR) they were excellent MLB debuts.

I am hoping Chance Adams comes up soon. Unfortunately Luis Cessa (0-3, 5.82) hasn’t filled in well for CC Sabathia. Maybe Adams would have done better.

The bullpen has had problems, esp. with Warren out. Clippard had really bad struggles, now Betances had trouble. Chapman just came off the DL recently.

Even here, we’ve seen youngsters like Gallegos and German already. Tyler Webb was just brought up, too. Ronald Herrera was brought up, same with Ben Heller.

Over my vacation, the Yanks have resembled a M*A*S*H* unit. It was hard to recognize some of the lineups, especially when you had the likes of Austin Romine or Ronald Torreyes hitting sixth.

The Yanks need to start winning the close games again. At 43-37, they are six games below what their expected record (based on runs scored vs. runs allowed) should be. There have been a couple of excruciating one-run losses lately.

The OPS+ is 110 and the ERA+ 116, meaning they are 10% and 16% above  the league average offensively and defensively.

Things are rocky right now. The Yanks for now, have to tread water until they get people healthy or make a trade. There are needs to be filled. 1B, 3B, another starter, another reliever.

Maybe one of these kids gets hot and proves worthy. As I mentioned, a silver lining amidst these injuries is that you get to see what these minor league prospects I have been writing about can do. If they succeed, then a trade may not be necessary.

Tread water and hold the fort until reinforcements (via trade or coming off the DL) arrive.

That, for now, is what the Yanks have to do.

One notable baseball passing lately: Anthony Young, ex-Met, Cub and Astro, at age 51. He was not as bad as his won-lost record of 15-48. His ERA was league average at 3.89. But he set a MLB record of 27 losses in a row. 51 …. gone too soon.

Five Yankees were named to the All Star Game: Judge (starter), Castro, Sanchez, Betances, and Severino. Didi Gregorius could be voted in also, in the last-man voting.


Tribe, Toronto, go 1-up. Another Yankee moves on.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Unlike Buck Showalter the other night leaving his best in the bullpen, Terry Francona of Cleveland went to Andrew Miller early…in the fifth inning, and Miller provided two key innings of scoreless middle relief in Cleveland’s 5-4 win over Boston in Game 1 of their division series. Cleveland hit 3 hr in one inning. There were six HRs hit in the game, three by each side.

Toronto hammered Texas 10-1 in the first game of their division series, knocking out Cole Hamels in the fourth inning. Marco Estrada went 8 1/3, giving up just four hits and one run. Josh Donaldson was 4 for 4, scored 2, drove in 2. Troy Tulowitzki had a base-loaded triple among his 3 hits, and Jose Bautista homered and drove in 4 runs.

Eric Young, Jr. decided not to accept the Yanks optioning him to SWB and became a free agent. Young got in six games with the Yanks in September, went 0 for 1, scored 2 runs and stole 1 base.


Game 132. Yanks win in 13, make some deals.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat KC in 13 Wednesday night, and were busy making deals.

There is a lot of news here, including some passings, so bear with me.

Ben Gamel, just named International League MVP, was dealt to Seattle for two minor league pitchers, 18 year old Juan De Paula and 19 year old Jio Orozco, both righties. Gamel was 1 for 8 for the Yanks this year, and the 24 yr. old OF was .308-6-51 with 19 SB at SWB. De Paula has been down in the rookie leagues, and in 25 games in the minors, is 6-6, 2.58 with 121 K in 118 2/3 IP. Orozco, in 20 minor league games, is 5-3, 3.73 with 87 K in 70 IP. Both are young and a long way away, so we’ll see.

The Yanks sent cash to the Brewers for OF Eric Young. Young, 31, has played for Colorado, the Mets and Braves in his career. He led the NL in SB in 2013 with 46. He can play all 3 OF positions and 2B.  His 162 g. average is .247-2-26 with 42 SB and an OPS+ of 74. It appears he will be used as a pinch-runner in September with the expanded rosters. Young could get more playing time than expected, since Aaron Hicks left last night’s game with a hamstring strain.

The Yanks also announced that Greg Bird, Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Brody Koerner to the Arizona Fall League.Three others are to be announced. For Bird, a good sign that he is coming along and to get him a few at bats this year as he rehabs from that shoulder surgery.

Now for the game. The Yanks came back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in 13 innings. They are now 69-63, in fourth place in the AL East, 6 1/2 out, but now only 2 1/2 out of the final wild card spot and have to jump three teams.

Luis Cessa struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning, a run in the second and another in the third. Kendrys Morales hit a 2-run HR off him in the first, and Eric Hosmer a solo shot in the third.

The Yanks got three in the sixth to get back in the game. Ellsbury singled, went to second on a walk to Sanchez and to third on a fly ball by Teixeira. After Gregorius’ SF brought in one run, Castro hit a 2-run HR (19) to cut it to 4-3.

The Yanks tied it in the seventh. With one out, Hicks walked, Gardner singled him to third and Ellsbury tied the game with a SF.

In the 13th, Gregorius singled, was doubled to third by Castro and scored on a SF by McCann.

Ben Heller got his first MLB win.

The Yankees bullpen pitched seven no-hit, shutout innings. Combined with Cessa’s last three innings, the Yanks shut out KC for the last 10 innings of the game.

Cessa 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 4.17. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 4.85.
Layne 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.38 (Bos/NYY)
Warren 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.22 (Cubs/NYY)
Parker 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 wlk, 1 K. 3.60 (Sea/NYY)
Heller (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00
Betances (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.12.

Juan Bell, brother of 1987 AL MVP George Bell, and an infielder in the early 1990s for the Orioles and Phillies, along with the Brewers, Expos and Red Sox, passed away at the age of 48. He was a .212 hitter, OPS+ 60, from 1989-1995.

Joe DeMaestri has passed away at the age of 87. The SS was best known as the SS for the Philadelphia and KC A’s from 1953-1959. Before that he played for the White Sox and Browns. He ended his career by playing for the 1960 and 1961 Yankees. A .236 hitter, OPS+ 62, he made the 1957 All-Star team.

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.