After yesterdays Yankee game It is becoming more and more apparent that Luis Severino is the best pitcher on the Yankees starting staff. It is also apparent that the Yankees need another starter and the starter they want the most is Clayton Kershaw. Since that’s not actually a thing, Sonny Gray is the most likely and ideal candidate. The Yankees have pieces the A’s supposedly want, as well as enough farm depth to pull it off and still remain one of the best systems in the majors. How much Cashman is willing to part with is one question. Another team could also swoop in with a better offer. Hey Cash, make a deal!
Did that guy in the parole board hearing for O.J. Simpson really think that a Kansas City Chiefs tie was a solid fashion statement?
Outside of baseball, sports TV in July sucks. It’s a time where you might find some different and unique sporting events on ESPN and other sports channels. FS1 recently televised a darts tournament from Las Vegas. ESPN has taken to airing drone racing. But there’s another sport out there that you may never thought you’d see on national television that also made it to ESPN airwaves. It’s call Cornhole. It’s that game with the bags. In A18-49, year olds Saturday's Cornhole championships on ESPN2 earned a larger audience than weekend's MLB on FS1 and TBS, WNBA ASG, final stage of Tour de France. Yikes!
The Mets failed to win their third straight game in San Diego, falling 6-3 to the Padres. Steven Matz had another horrible outing, and while the bullpen provided six innings of scoreless relief, the Mets’ offense couldn’t mount a comeback. If your going to make a run at a palyoff spot, you have to sweep the Padres!
Aaron Judge’s recent slump seemed to end last Friday night at Safeco Field, when he hit a bomb that could have landed a few miles short of Japan.
The next time any owner in baseball gets it in his head to sign a superstar to one of those 10-year contracts, even after the superstar is past the age of 30, attention ought to be paid to two guys: Albert Pujols is one. Miguel Cabrera is the other.And someday we may be adding Robinson Cano to that list. With Cano, though, things get a little more complicated if you’re a Yankee fan. Because if they’d known their team was going to throw more than $150 million at Jacoby Ellsbury for seven years, they might have wanted their team to go all in on Cano for ten.
Jordan Montgomery did everything the Yankees could have asked of him before manager Joe Girardi gave him a quick hook in the seventh inning, which nearly came back to bite the manager. With only 85 pitches into the 7th, Joe looked at his book and out went Montgomery who gave way to the bullpen.
Tommy Kahnle closed out the inning with a fly ball, and rather than stick with him in the eighth, Girardi went to eighth inning guy Dellin Betances, because that’s what his book says. Betances made things interesting with 2 walks and a booming double to right by Billy Hamilton, and had to be bailed out by Adam Warren, who struck out Eugenio Suarez to end the inning with the tying run at third and go-ahead run at second. Good thing Zack Cozart who was at 1st is dealing with a quad injury, otherwise he would have scored on Hamilton’s double.
So, rather than use Kahnle in the eighth, the Yankees wound up using three relievers to get four outs spanning the seventh and eighth inning. Inefficient! Aroldis Chapman came in for the ninth with a 4-2 lead — Gregorius gave the Yankees a much appreciated insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth — and needed only eight pitches to retire the side. Fly ball, ground out, fly ball. Outs are outs, but Chapman has now struck out only four of the last 29 batters he’s faced.
A win is a win and yes Joe has a deep bullpen where 3 or 4 guys can close out a game, but why be so inflexible? Why can’t he on occasion let a young pitcher build his confidence? After the game, Girardi said he was confident he made the right move in taking out Montgomery with the tying run at the plate in the seventh. To me there was no indication Montgomery was running out of gas or was in trouble. Let him pitch!
I know, I know, the Yankees won, and I have bitched about this subject before, but had Betances given up the lead and they lost you like me might be scratching your head wondering why didn’t he just let Montgomery pitch?
If it weren’t for the recent acquisitions of David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, I’d still be worried about the back of the Yankee bullpen. Despite the new toys in the bullpen, it was old hands to finish the game for the Yankees. Last night saw more shaky relief work by Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman. Apparently Joe Giardi is sticking to his formula, Betances in the 8th and Chapman in the 9th.
Betances hit a batter and gave up a single in the eighth that ended scoreless when Jarrod Dyson whiffed. Even in the calm of a non-save situation, Aroldis Chapman still had trouble delivering strikes at Safeco Field. Working in a non-save situation, Chapman walked Mike Zunino, the No. 9 hitter, starting the ninth and gave up a two-out, RBI double to Robinson Cano in the ninth. Again Yankee fans who stayed up late were on the edge of their seats in both the 8th and 9th innings. Why Joe, why do you insist to use these two late in games?
My bigger concern is Chapman. Since May 7, two appearances before the flame-throwing lefty landed on the disabled list due to rotator cuff inflammation, Chapman has pitched to a 6.08 ERA in 16 games. In that 13.1 inning span, Chapman has yielded 18 hits, eight walks, and he’s hit two batters. He also has 19 strikeouts and one of his ninth-inning pitches on Thursday registered at 102 mph. But that 102 mph pitch was also out of the strike zone, owing to his off-kilter fastball command. When his fastball is in the zone, batters are hitting it.
With Robertson and Kahnle in the pen, joining Chad Green and Adam Warren, the manager has more of a safety net. But he ultimately needs Chapman to pitch like an $86 million investment, and for Betances to regain his four-time All-Star status, for the Yankees to realize their October goal. It’s that or time for Joe to make some changes.
Last night the Yankees answered a question that has been asked a lot in recent days. Are they buyers or sellers? That question was answered definitively last night when they pulled off a big trade with the Chicago White Sox. The acquisition of a corner infielder in Todd Frazier and two right-handed power relievers in David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in exchange for minor leaguers Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard will make the Yankees better.
While Todd Frazier at 31 (.207) may or may not help them significantly, getting two quality relief pitchers will. Probably the biggest piece in the trade is the least famous one. Kahnle, 27, has been a strikeout machine for the White Sox and is three years away from free agency. He was in the Yankees' system before the team lost him in the Rule 5 draft in 2013. He is striking out 15 per nine innings. His ERA is 2.50.
The Yankees allowed Robertson to walk after he had an exceptional year as their closer in 2014, though neither side really wanted to let go. The Yankees chose to sign Andrew Miller and pick up the first-round compensation as Robertson went to Chicago. Now he's back. He will not pitch the ninth or the eighth innings regularly, but more likely the seventh or maybe even earlier. Robertson is striking out batters at a high rate -- 12.7 per nine innings -- his best since his last year in pinstripes.
Frazier will most likely play both 1st and 3rd bases, with more time at 1st. As flawed a hitter as he is, he will be a big upgrade. Hopefully he comes in, is energized by being back home again and being in a postseason race for the first time in several years. He’s a better option than Cooper and Choi.
There is still one major purchase to be made and that’s a starting pitcher. Watching Luis Cessa last night just reminded everyone how much the Bombers need a dependable arm in the rotation.
In making this deal, they have sent a message that was felt in the clubhouse: The front office believes this Yankees team, which is 3 games back in the American League East and holding the second wild card, can make the playoffs and maybe, with this bullpen, and a starter, make some noise.
Major league teams are squeamish when their sluggers participate in the Home Run Derby. I always thought that “Home Run Derby” curse was nonsense. Since Aaron Judge won the 2017 version, he has gone 1 for 21.
Phil Jackson fleeced James Dolan out of a lot of money. Im sure Carmelo Anthony is happy that Phil’s gone. But now it is time for Anthony to go. Now new general manager, Scott Perry, has to figure out a creative way to get Anthony out of the Garden and out of town, even if it looks like Dolan is getting fleeced by some other team this time, instead of by a team president.
Sit Zeke The First Week. That’s the rallying cry of Giants Nation for opening night Sept. 10 at Jerry World in Arlington. Ezekiel Elliott is trying to fight off a potential one or two-game suspension resulting from the NFL’s endless investigation after he was accused in July of last year of assault by his ex-girlfriend. The Giants beat the Cowboys with Elliott twice last season. They can beat them again with or without him this year.
Hosting the ESPY Awards last week, Peyton Manning was actually funny.
After getting a day off Sunday to ‘rest his legs”, Yoenis Cespedes the Cuban Met slugger returned to the lineup and went 0-for-5 with a strikeout and game-ending double-play. So much for the rest.
This Conor McGregor- Floyd Mayweather spectacle of a press tour has quickly devolved into a verbal slugfest for who could punch lower with their crude and insensitive remarks. Plenty of racial and homophobic remarks to go around.The only silver lining to come from this throwdown was that, finally and mercifully, this four-city press tour is over.
Chris Christie is a part-time governor who enjoys full-time pay and all the benefits including a beach home. Hopefully, Jersey voters will elect a qualified full-timer to take his place. WFAN would do well to keep this bull-shitting egocentric bully off the airways.
Tonight the Yankees start a 4 game series in 3 days at Fenway Park. They’re jumping right back into the fire in what can be the start of a grueling and stressful second half.
The trade deadline is 3 weeks away and the Yankees need to figure out their plan of attack. Last year, they waited until the very last minute to make their decision to sell. We all know that this year’s team wasn’t expected to contend, but the Yankees surprised everyone in April and May. June was a rough month, and July isn’t off to the best start. It’s impossible to predict what the rest of the season has in store for the team, but right now they are riddled with injuries with 79 games to go.
So the question is, are they buyers or sellers. Most will say buyers as they are just 3.5 games out of first and currently a wild card team. The Mets could be a fix for the Bombers. Yes, the Mets! Their biggest needs are a 1st basemen, a reliever and a starter and the Mets may have two of the three needs..
Lets start with Lucas Duda who is in the middle of a solid offensive season that would probably receive more attention if everything around him wasn’t on fire. He’s hitting .238 with 14 home runs, which makes him more or less what the Yankees thought they could get out of Chris Carter this year. His glove is not great but far more passable at first base than Carter’s was on his best day and it would immediately improve the position.
The Met closer Addison Reed is a pending free agent and could probably be had for a relatively reasonable deal. His 2.53 ERA and 3.01 FIP in 42.2 innings would immediately make him one of the team’s best relievers. His 14 saves would even make him the leader on the team. Lefty Jerry Bevins could also be an option but I’d rather have Reed.
The Yankees and the Mets aren’t the perfect trade partners. Considering their “rivalry” they are very unlikely to even entertain any significant deal. Still, it could certainly work considering each team’s situation. What do you think?
In a season that has been completely been derailed by injury, the Mets find themselves at 39-47 at the unofficial mid-point of the season. Prior to the season, they were thought to be contenders for a spot in the wild card game. They now find themselves 10.5 games out of a spot in that game, and 12 games out of the division race. Sad to say but it’s the same old story in Metville.
d’Arnaud C- d’Arnaud has been relatively healthy this season compared to his previous seasons. It is hard to maintain health at the catcher position, though. d’Arnaud has had another lackluster season at the plate, although his nine home runs show some improvement on power. His defense has slowly gotten better over the course of the season, and if that continues that would be a pleasant sight to see.
Rivera B- Rivera has proven to be a solid backup and sometimes starter. He is a favorite amongst the starting pitchers. He has added some offense to his game, hitting .259 with six home runs. This is nice to see out of a backup catcher.
Reyes D After starting the season off horrendously slow, Reyes picked up his game slowly and steadily as the first half drew to a close. Reyes is the onlysource of speed for the Mets, and he leads the team in steals with 10.
Duda C Duda is a streaky hitter, and there is no way around it. When he is hot, he can carry the offense on his back. When cold though, he often times puts the lineup in a deadlock. He has improved his defense this season though, and has actually been almost solid at first base.
Flores B Used mostly as an offensive player without a defensive home this season, Flores flourishes against lefties. He has been scattered all over the infield, and the batting order. He is very useful to plug in the lineup when the manager needs to give one of his veterans rest, but risky on defense. No tears so far.
Cabrera C Expected to be the fill the void until Amed Rosario’s major league arrival, Cabrera has been underwhelming this season. He also appears to come up ginger at least once a game, forcing Mets fans to constantly question when he will be sidelined again. Need a stronger OBP from your second batter in the line up.
Walker B Before he got hurt (again), Walker was a consistent hitter for the Mets this season. His .270 average with 33 RBIs was solid for the Mets, as was his fielding at second base.
Rivera B+ Always an underdog, the undrafted infielder from the Bronx has showed that he belongs. He is always hustling on the field, and has shown that he can hit for average at the plate. Whenever he is in the lineup, he is usually good for a hit, and his .299 average supports that.
Bruce A- Known as a low average hitter that is a one-man run producing factory, Bruce has lived up to his hype. His 23 home runs and 59 RBI are exemplary of that. Shaky on defense.
Cespedes C- Prior to the season, Cespedes was making claims of becoming MVP. Instead, he has only played 41 games and has not been the same slugger since returning from that extended stint on the DL. He is always a play away from injury. However, when healthy, he is the best hitter on the team.
Conforto A As the lone representative for the Mets at the All-Star game, it could be said that he had the best first half of Mets position players. After a scintillating first couple of months, he has come back down to earth.. Going from last man on the roster to All-Star isn’t half bad though.
Lagares C Right as Lagares started to pick it up on the offensive end of the spectrum, he broke his thumb diving for a ball. If you aren’t used to this narrative by now for Lagares, I don’t know what to tell you. Spectacular fielder when healthy, but is off the field more often than not.
Syndergaard D+ He entered this season as the elite pitcher of the team, and acted accordingly. So much so that his off the field actions often distracted us from his actual pitching (think Harvey). Disrespecting Jay Horowitz and refusing an MRI hurt his image, as did tearing his bicep soon after. It is not known if we will see Thor drop his hammer again this season. Of course, when pitching he is a dominant force, and his 32 strike outs in 27.1 innings pitched this season show that.
Blevins A Blevins has been the most effective pitcher out if the pen for the Mets this season. His devastating hook drops hitters like flies, and his eighth inning specialist role fits him perfectly. He was brought in to wreck lefties, and has done that.
deGrom A- Without a doubt, he is the ace of the Mets staff. His 9-3 record is dazzling, and his 130 strikeouts is easy on the eyes. While his ERA may be higher than what we are accustomed to, he has made up for it by being a leader amongst the rotation.
Reed B Thought to only be needed as a closer in the beginning of the season, Reed instead was thrusted into the role after Jeruys Familia suffered a blood clot. Although not elite, he has been effective when called on.
Gsellman D After a solid debut last season, Gsellman earned the fifth spot in the rotation. This season he has not been what he was last season, his inconsistencies have shown to be his weakness. To add insult to injury, he injured himself in a pinch running appearance. Ouch.
Harvey D Looking to bounce back from surgery to recover from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey looked to become adjusted to throwing differently. He had flashes were he looked good, but suffered from a stress fracture in his scapula. It is not known whether Harvey will return to his once dominant form, but he has taken a step back so far this season. The Dark Knight has become forgettable.
Matz B Although he has only been with the Mets for a little while this season, Matz has helped to improve the rotation. His streak of 17 scoreless innings may have been the most impressive run of any Mets player this season. In his last start, he was roughed up. Consistency will be key for Matz in the second half for Matz.
Montero F Just when you think he is taking the next step, he takes five backwards. This season, Montero has shown that he simply can’t be a successful major league player. His 5.77 ERA and 1-5 record evidence that perfectly.
Ramirez F Picked up on May 16, Ramirez usually eats innings when the Mets are down in a game. Nothing about him stands out, which often leads to him being ineffective out of the pen. If there was more depth in the bullpen, he would most likely be the odd man out.
Wheeler C- In his return from Tommy John surgery, Wheeler has shown little glimpses of what he used to be. He has also shown that the road back isn’t always smooth. He has been inconsistent this season, going 3-6, but 70 strikeouts over 76 innings isn’t the worst thing in the world though.
Robles F, Salas D+
Alderson C+ Most gripes about Alderson this season have been focused around the fact that Amed Rosario is not starting at shortstop yet. It will be interesting to see what he does in the second half of the season, where the Mets should look to sell.
Collins C- Terry has been focused on playing some of the veterans on the team. While this may have made sense when they were still in the postseason race, now it seems a little redundant. At times he has made misuse of his bullpen, over using certain relievers until they are ineffective. On the other hand, he has made the best of a lineup that suffers a new injury seemingly every week. That deserves some recognition. Can’t blame him for the inept Medical and training staffs.
The season is just a little over the half way mark, and the All Star break is upon us. Here are my midseason report cards for the Yankees and Mets. Yanks today, Mets tomorrow.
OK, so everyone expected a rebuilding year, maybe 80-82 wins. A 21-9 start surprised everyone, but 24-32 since. Injuries have hurt. The last month has been terrible. They went from 4 up to 3.5 behind. But their record right now, 45-41 and in a wild card spot, is better than what was expected (Thank God for Aaron Judge). Many people were predicting this team to be the first Yankees team since 1992 to finish below .500. Maybe they still do that. But as of now, the youth movement is progressing faster than expected, and they are still in a playoff position.
Sanchez B-. He missed a few weeks with an injury, but still is at .281. On pace for 25 HR and 80 RBI, maybe more if you factor in those weeks he was on the DL. .290-25-80 is very good. I’d give him a B, but for the defense. Too many passed balls, maybe attributable to the injuries. Seems lazy back there. Throws looked much better last season.
Romine B-. He doesn’t hit much, but filled in nicely when Sanchez was hurt. Quality backup catcher. Has filled in nicely at 1st when needed.
Bird F. Hit .455 in spring training, fouled a ball off his ankle, went 6 for 60. .100. Still having problems with his ankle and may need exploratory surgery to see what’s going on. Torn shoulder labrum cost him 2016, this is costing him 2017. A newer version of Nick Johnson? So much talent, but so many injuries?
Carter F. How else to grade someone DFA’d, brought back due to necessity, and DFA’d again a couple of weeks later? Two strikeouts for every hit. You know you are bad when you have people, non-homer hitters, like Romine and Wade, pinch-hitting for you at the end of games despite you leading the NL in HR last year. This position is killing the Yanks this year. Not only was his bat bad, but his defense was just as bad.
Choi C. With only 11 at bats hard to say what he can do ,but IMO, he’s just a Band-Aid till something better.
Castro A. .313 and on pace for 25 HR and 90 RBI before going on the DL. A legitimate all-star. We need him back for the Red Sox series.
Torreyes B. Along with Castro and Gregorius, could walk more, but has filled in nicely. I like him, hustles and plays smart a great utility guy. Exposed when playing everyday, but that is the case with all backups.
Gregorius. A. Hitting .300 with power. Has successfully replaced a legend in Jeter. On pace for .300, 20 HR, 80 RBI. Somehow that looping swing gets it done. Above average defense.
Headley C-. Yanks could use an upgrade here. Andujar, a 3B, came up for one game, DH’d, had 3 hits, 4 RBI and Yankees sent him back down. Maybe Andujar should get more of a look? Gleyber Torres was being groomed for here but suffered a season-ending injury. Mediocre at .251, lost his power (only 4 HR). On D he has as good a glove as any…till he has to make a throw. A power position, and Yanks are not getting any.
Refsnyder F. 5 for 37 is .135. You wonder if he has run out of chances and if he is trade bait and if the Yanks should cut the cord with him, especially with other prospects passing him.
Holliday A. Was on a 30 HR 100 RBI pace before getting the Epstein-Barr virus (which took forever to diagnose) and going on the DL. A leader. Even played 1B though wasn’t expected to, and did so without complaining. He still could make a difference in 2nd half.
Gardner B. Surprising power, but leadoff hitter has to hit better than .259. Should steal more bases. Great defense.
Ellsbury C. Way too much $ for the so-so production. Hicks had basically taken his job. $23MM for a fourth OF. Yanks would love to dump his salary, but a no-trade and who’d take him? Yanks would have to eat lots of $ here.
Judge A+. Yes, there are a lot of strikeouts. But he leads in AL and/or MLB in 9 categories: HR, RBI, walks, Runs, Total Bases, OBP, SA, OPS. A must-see at bat. The talk of baseball. Tied Joe D’s Yankee HR rookie record in 1/2 a season. On pace for 55 HR. Fine baserunner, good defense. MVP. ROY. Carrying the team.
Hicks A. Surprising after the disaster he was last year. Basically took Ellsbury’s job before getting hurt. Hitting near .300, was on a 20 HR, 80 RBI pace. Injuries have hurt this team, esp. with Holliday, Castro, Hicks all on the DL at the same time. They need him back ASAP!
Frazier, Fowler X: Not enough playing time to evaluate.
Severino B+. Has developed into the staff ace, esp. with Tanaka’s struggles. Expected it to happen last year, he needed more time. Still developing. 3.52 ERA and 130 ERA+ suggests his record should be better than 5-4.
Pineda C. Started out great, but has become the inconsistent Pineda we know lately. 8-4, but 4.39 ERA is only a tick above league average. He hurts more than he helps.
Sabathia B. Doing better than we expected, but has to be perfect now. Can’t get away with pitches.Yanks missed him when he went on the DL.
Cessa D. Replaced Sabathia in the rotation when CC went on the DL, and 0-3, 4.57 (one good long relief outing). He and Bryan Mitchell better look over their shoulders. Although James Kaprielian is out for the season, others, like Chance Adams (who probably should have been brought up instead of Cessa but for 40 man roster problems) , others in the wings.
Montgomery B. If not for Judge, Montgomery might be getting ROY consideration. A surprise. He and Severino, the kids, have the two best ERA’s in the rotation as of this writing.
Tanaka D. I was tempted to give him an F. The supposed ace has been the worst starter in the rotation. The Yanks need him to be the old, reliable Tanaka in the second half. Looked bad again yesterday.
Chapman. B-. Injured, and even at that, hasn’t been dominant. 3.86 ERA. You wonder if Chapman was right about Maddon’s usage of him in last year’s postseason. He too, walks himself into trouble.
Betances B-. Started out fabulous, but recently can’t throw strikes. The problem of holding runners on still persists. Hope we don’t see another late season meltdown again.
Clippard D-. Started out great and like Betances, ran into troubles. So many of the Yanks’ losses during the past few weeks have been by one run and can be laid at the feet of Clippard, Betances, even Chapman. He, Betances and Shreve need to cut down on the walks, though. I know, I keep repeating “walks”.
Green A. 2.03 ERA. If a starter goes down, and the Yanks don’t want to “baptize” Adams, Littell, or Caleb Smith yet, maybe the Yanks should turn to Green instead of Cessa or Mitchell. He’s been good out the the long man role so far.
Warren A. 2.10 ERA and Yanks have really missed him while he was on the DL. It seemed to affect the rest of the bullpen, esp. with the struggles of Clippard and Betances lately.
Shreve A-. 2.63 ERA isn’t bad, and has been a far better lefty out of the bullpen than…
Mitchell D. On the SWB shuffle, and a 5.06 ERA. I see him falling on the depth chart as pitchers like Adams, Littell, Smith, Sheffield and Kaprielian (if he ever gets healthy) pass him.
Gallegos,German, Webb, Herrera, Heller: X. Incomplete. Not enough to grade on.
Girardi C. I really wish he’d burn the binder and go by his gut. Doesn’t play little ball and bunt, esp. the suicide squeeze, and esp. when you can squeeze with guys like Torreyes and Gardner up there. Goes by the book with the bullpen too much. If a guy is doing well, leave him in! Some moves for moves sake drive me nuts. Don’t just pull a guy to go to your designated 8th inning guy, etc. The Yanks are 44-39, which is seven games worse than their expected record based on runs scored vs. runs allowed so far. 7 games. There have been a lot of one-run losses. Some of that falls on Girardi as well as the players. Just a few of those one-run losses, turned the other way, and the Yanks could be in first place. Oh and Joe, stop managing every inning like it’s the 7th inning of World Series game 7!
Cashman. A. Convinced ownership last year to sell and go with a youth movement. Take a look at some of the prospects developing right now. Take a look at the records of SWB and Trenton right now. We’ll see, with the trade deadline approaching, if Cashman makes any moves and keeps his grade. If there is anything I fault him for, it’s sticking with Carter too long.
The Yankees have suffered so many soul-crushing losses lately that I’m getting to be immune to them. You almost expect in a close game that the Yankee bullpen will give it away and yesterday Dellin Betances once again gave it away, but he wasn’t the only reason they lost.
Right from the beginning of the game, the Yankees made mistakes. The Blue Jays’ first run came in part because of Jacoby Ellsbury making a pair of mistakes in the field. Their next couple runs came via Michael Pineda serving up a couple home runs.
Despite that, the Yankees had a lead late. Aaron Judge and a debuting Ji-Man Choi led the way as the Yankees went up 6-5. Then some more mistakes happened.
First was a wasted chance at runs in the 7th inning, highlighted by what will be a divisive bunt. In the 8th inning, Betances couldn’t throw a strike and walked in a run. Because of those mistakes, that lead turned in a 7-6 loss.
Another series loss and another 1-run loss sending the second-place Yankees (44-39) to a 16th loss in their last 22 games. In that span, the Yanks have gone 0-6-1 in 7 series and have lost 8 games in the standings. They’re still up in the wild card race, but if this young team has indeed found its level, even the second spot may end up being a reach.
But at least there’s Judge.
He may well wind up as the sole New York area attraction around, and a particular favorite of every grown-up who broke his toys as a kid. His homers — 29 of them now — have already caused considerable damage to Yankee Stadium, but with all the Yankee troubles, he may not be enough.
Today’s blog is presented by New York Airlines -- with daily non-stops between SWB and wherever the Yanks are playing. (Just kidding)
After waiting out a two hour and 50 minute rain delay, the Yankees dropped Thursday night’s series finale to the White Sox by the score of 4-3. The game itself feels insignificant though. Dustin Fowler, in his first Major League inning, suffered a ruptured right patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season following emergency surgery. The injury happened when his knee hit an electrical box along the wall in foul territory. Need more heartache? It happened on Fowler's first defensive opportunity, and before he was set to lead off the next inning for his first big-league at-bat.
The Yankees are without four regular position players, Castro, Holliday, Hicks, and Austin. Then there’s, CC Sabathia, Warren, Bird, and Fowler. Eight players in all. The season total to date is 14 from the 40 man roster.
Fowler’s injury forced Rob Refsnyder into right field. Refsnyder grounded out to short to start the top of the second, then, in the bottom half, he made a backbreaking error that got the White Sox on the board. The ChiSox scored their first run because this ball was not caught for what would have been the final out of the inning. Joe Girardi‘s face after Refsnyder dropped that ball said it all. It was part exasperation and part death stare. Refsnyder dropped the ball, a run scored on the play, then the next batter dunked a bloop in front of Gardner to score the runner who reached on Refsnyder’s drop. Instead of the final out, two runs were on the board.
There was some good news…It was a good night for the bullpen! Shreve got 1 out to escape starter Luis Cessa’s mess in the fifth, then Ronald Herrera, Tyler Clippard, and Tyler Webb followed with a scoreless inning each. Their combined line: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. The one hit was an infield single literally off Herrera’s calf. Why can’t the bullpen have games like this when the Yankees lead? Every game is a nail-biter when they’re trying to protect a lead, it seems.
So the tired and hobbled Yankees open up a set in Houston tonight. It would be crushing if they were soundly swept by the Astros. Lets hope last night’s injury and loss can bring this team closer together. Lets get a win or two and no more plane tickets!
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