NYY 6, Seattle 4

July 24, 2017 – 7:55 am

Finally, a series win! And a winning record over the last 10 games! Could the Yankees finally be turning a corner here? The offense is starting to consistently score 5+ runs per game, and that’s what it’s going to take with the starting rotation they now have. And the bullpen is showing signs of stabilizing, with Chad Green continuing to pitch lights out and Robertson and Kahnle beefing up the middle relief. Consistency is going to be the key going forward — that has really been the Achilles heel of this ugly streak. If the offense can put up runs consistently and the bullpen can protect whatever lead the offense can come up with, then just maybe there will be meaningful games in September.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0   6 10 0 9 7
Mariners 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0   4 7 0 8 1
WP: C. Green (1-0)   LP: J. Pazos (2-3)   S: A. Chapman (11)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, D. Gregorius (2), SEA – None

LOB: NYY 10, SEA 3   RISP: NYY 3-for-10, SEA 2-for-9

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Seattle 6, NYY 5

July 23, 2017 – 7:55 am

So much for a 3-game winning streak. But then if you are a .500 team mired in a .360 slump, I guess the odds are pretty stacked against you winning three in a row. Oh well. They can still win the series, so all is not lost yet.

This was a strange loss, though. Tanaka actually pitched well for five of his six innings, giving up no runs on just two hits. But it doesn’t get much uglier than the third inning. First he gave up two solo HRs, which have been a big problem for him all year. And then with two outs and the bases empty, he proceeds to give up two more runs the old fashioned way, with three singles and a HBP.

But still, giving up “just” four runs in six innings is plenty good enough for this team, given the offense they have. And sure enough, that offense battled back to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the eighth. At which point, more weird stuff happened. Apparently whatever ails the bullpen these days, no one is immune from — as David Robertson proceeded to give up the lead in the eighth, and then after the Yankees had tied the game again in the ninth, Adam Warren gave up the game loser in the tenth. Sheez, that leaves only Chad Green as the one reliever who hasn’t had any problems over the last month. What you want to bet that Sunday he runs into trouble?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0   5 9 0 9 3
Mariners 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1   6 10 0 10 1
WP: T. Zych (4-2)   LP: A. Warren (2-2)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge, SEA – B. Gamel, R. Cano, M. Zunino

LOB: NYY 5, SEA 7   RISP: NYY 2-for-8, SEA 3-for-5

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NYY 5, Seattle 1

July 22, 2017 – 8:05 am

A two-game win streak, another solid start from Sabathia, and Judge finally breaks out of his ten-game no-HR streak with a monster blast that apparently broke Statcast. Overall, the Yankee offense actually scored more than league average runs for just the second time in the last ten games, and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit except for Todd Frazier (sheez, is he having a hard time getting it in gear in pin stripes). So, lots of positives here. If “good” Tanaka shows up on Saturday, the Yankees could actually win their first series in over a month. Keep your fingers crossed!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0   5 11 0 3 2
Mariners 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0 11 3
WP: C. Sabathia (9-3)   LP: A. Moore (1-2)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge, SEA – None

LOB: NYY 6, SEA 9   RISP: NYY 2-for-5, SEA 3-for-12

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NYY 4, Seattle 1

July 21, 2017 – 7:50 am

Gutsy performance by Luis Severino. Seems like he was pitching out of trouble every inning, giving up hits in every inning except the sixth. But somehow he gets through seven without giving up a single run! Quite impressive. And with the current state of the Yankee offense, that’s pretty much what it takes these days to notch a win. They did put up four runs, but three of those were due to Seattle errors. But hey, these days we’ll take runs any way we can get them, amirite?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2   4 7 1 9 3
Mariners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 10 2 9 2
WP: L. Severino (6-4)   LP: F. Hernandez (5-4)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: SEA – F. Hernandez (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, SEA – None

LOB: NYY 6, SEA 12   RISP: NYY 1-for-6, SEA 2-for-14

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Minnesota 6, NYY 1

July 20, 2017 – 7:51 am

Sigh — another no-show for the offense, another lost series, another game closer to .500. That makes ten series in a row without a series win. But hey, at this point, who’s counting? It’s hard to fathom how this team was ever 38-23 to start the season. Since then, they have gone 10-22 — over that period, they have THE WORST record in the league. It’s time to face reality here and start working on the future, and give up on this season. Please, let’s not be trading away the future for some stop-gap measures for this year. Hopefully yesterday’s trade for Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle wasn’t about this year. Robertson and Kahnle will give a much needed boost to the bullpen through 2018. And I’m not sure what all the fuss about Frazier is — he’s on the downside of his career, and his numbers have reflected that for the past three years. So I trust this trade was indeed about the future, and really has not all that much to do with this year. Because that’s a lost cause at this point.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 7 0 8 2
Twins 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   6 7 1 7 2
WP: J. Berrios (9-3)   LP: J. Montgomery (6-5)   
HQS: MIN – J. Berrios (6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, MIN – M. Sano

LOB: NYY 9, MIN 3   RISP: NYY 1-for-7, MIN 3-for-7

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NYY 6, Minnesota 3

July 19, 2017 – 7:52 am

At last, the offense wakes up — although it did seem like forever against an 8+ ERA 44-yr old Bartolo Colon. And sure enough, Aaron Judge seems to be snapping out of his slump, going 2-for-4. With Montgomery on the mound Wednesday, maybe, just maybe, the Yankees can actually win a series.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0   6 13 0 6 1
Twins 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 0 8 6
WP: C. Shreve (3-1)   LP: B. Colon (2-9)   S: A. Chapman (10)
HR: NYY – D. Gregorius, MIN – M. Sano

LOB: NYY 7, MIN 12   RISP: NYY 3-for-7, MIN 2-for-18

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Minnesota 4, NYY 2

July 18, 2017 – 11:23 am

The offense continues to be MIA since the All-Star Break. They’ve scored all of 13 runs in those five games, an average of 2.6 RPG. Even with good pitching you are going to have a hard time winning when you score less than three runs. And so the march to .500 continues, slowly but surely.

I wonder when the negative rumblings are going to start over Aaron Judge? You hear stories about how he has .179 written on his cell phone to remind him of what he hit in 2016. Well, he’s now 7-for-40 over the last ten games, which is eerily a .175 BA. Yep, recently he’s been just as bad as he was in 2016.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   2 8 1 8 2
Twins 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 X   4 10 0 7 3
WP: T. Rogers (5-1)   LP: C. Smith (0-1)   S: B. Kintzler (26)
HR: NYY – None, MIN – None

LOB: NYY 7, MIN 9   RISP: NYY 2-for-11, MIN 2-for-12

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Boston 3, NYY 0

July 17, 2017 – 11:58 am

All things considered, I guess you have to be happy with a series split here. And so the non-winning streak continues — nine straight series without a series win. On the one hand, it’s a plus that they continue to stay in contention in spite of playing so poorly. But on the other hand, it would be kind of refreshing to see them out of the race and concentrating on next year. The biggest worry I have at this point is that they stay in contention, and then make some stupid trade(s) trying to bolster their chances while sacrificing future prospects. That would be a long-term disaster. Forget about this season and concentrate on the next couple of years.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 8 1 10 1
Red Sox 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 X   3 8 0 10 0
WP: D. Price (5-2)   LP: M. Tanaka (7-9)   S: C. Kimbrel (24)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: BOS – D. Price (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, BOS – M. Betts

LOB: NYY 9, BOS 4   RISP: NYY 0-for-8, BOS 1-for-7

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NYY 3, Boston 0

July 17, 2017 – 11:36 am

Wow, the Yankees actually have a winning streak! Amazingly, the last time that happened was well over a month ago, on June 11-12. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the last month for this team. And incredibly, it’s the pitching that gets all the credit. Sabathia continues to pitch solid, giving up just two hits (but five walks) in six innings, Clippard once again got his job done, and Green and Chapman topped off what is now 22 straight innings of shutout ball against the Red Sox. And note that the Boston offense is no slouch — they rank fourth in the league with 4.80 runs per game.

The offense is still struggling a bit, although they did get 12 hits. If “good” Tanaka shows up for the night cap, and the offense can just convert more of those hits into runs, the Yankees could actually end up winning a series. Something they also haven’t done for over a month.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0   3 12 0 9 0
Red Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 1 6 7
WP: C. Sabathia (8-3)   LP: R. Porcello (4-12)   S: A. Chapman (9)
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: BOS – R. Porcello (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – D. Gregorius, BOS – None

LOB: NYY 10, BOS 10   RISP: NYY 2-for-7, BOS 0-for-11

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NYY 4, Boston 1

July 16, 2017 – 8:43 am

What a nice outing for the much-maligned pitching staff! Excellent start by Severino, and the bullpen throws the equivalent of a complete game shutout, going nine innings and giving up zero runs on just four hits. Ben Heller and Jonathan Holder looked particularly good, both gong multiple innings. Hell, even Tyler Clippard got through an inning without imploding! Fortunately after being MIA for 15 innings the offense finally woke up and came through with the winning runs. Although to be fair the first 7+ innings were against Chris Sale, so being shut out by him is excusable. But after that…..

Bottom line though is that this game shows yet again what a “gutsy” team this is. After the devastating loss the previous night, they came back and hung in there against Sale, and then got to Kimbrel in the ninth to send it into extra innings. I still don’t think they are going to be in the race come September, but the whole attitude of the team bodes well for the coming years.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3   4 9 0 19 9
Red Sox 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 8 2 12 4
WP: B. Heller (1-0)   LP: D. Fister (0-3)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: BOS – C. Sale (7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, BOS – None

LOB: NYY 14, BOS 9   RISP: NYY 3-for-14, BOS 1-for-10

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