LA Angels 10, NYY 5

June 23, 2017 – 7:48 am

So Severino and Betances join the long list of Yankee pitchers who are in fail mode. Team ERA over the last ten games is now 5.45. And just to add some variety, the defense also contributed to this loss with three errors. The good news is that the Aaron Judge show continues on, unabated by the poor team play.

Here’s a bit of info that might help keep things in perspective. The Yankees started the season red hot, going 21-9 (.700) over their first 30 games. Since then they’ve gone 18-22 (.450). So for a majority of the season, they’ve played sub-.500 ball. Sounds about right. And the reality is, back on April 1 that’s pretty much all we really expected.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Angels 1 0 2 0 0 1 4 2 0   10 11 0 10 4
Yankees 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   5 8 3 10 2
WP: Y. Petit (2-0)   LP: L. Severino (5-3)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge, LAA – C. Maybin

LOB: NYY 4, LAA 5   RISP: NYY 3-for-7, LAA 5-for-9

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NYY 8, LA Angels 4

June 22, 2017 – 7:49 am

Leave it to the number five starter to put an end to a very ugly losing streak. Nice to see Montgomery bounce back from his last start and deliver a near-quality start. He continues to impress. Also nice to see the Baby Bombers get back to scoring more than three runs per game. We’re going to need more and more of that.

I guess the only bad news in this one was Tyler Clippard once again getting rocked. In his last five starts, his ERA has gone from 1.73 to 3.77. What the sam hill is going on with him? Probably even more bizarre than the Tanaka case.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Angels 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2   4 7 0 10 3
Yankees 0 2 0 0 1 3 2 0 X   8 12 1 7 5
WP: J. Montgomery (5-4)   LP: R. Nolasco (2-9)   
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, D. Gregorius, LAA – M. Maldonado (2)

LOB: NYY 7, LAA 5   RISP: NYY 4-for-9, LAA 2-for-8

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LA Angels 8, NYY 3

June 21, 2017 – 7:50 am

Ain’t regression to the mean fun? Terrible pitching, weak hitting, and the losing streak is now at seven. And first place is now history. With Boston, Tampa Bay, and even Toronto starting to play much better ball, who knows where the Yankees will be once things settle down.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Angels 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 1   8 14 0 10 1
Yankees 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0   3 4 1 9 5
WP: B. Parker (3-2)   LP: T. Clippard (1-4)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge, G. Sanchez, LAA – C. Maybin, L. Valbuena

LOB: NYY 6, LAA 7   RISP: NYY 0-for-5, LAA 6-for-13

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Oakland 4, NYY 3

June 19, 2017 – 7:47 am

Expect a lot more games like this one as the Yankees slowly regress to a .500 team. The pitching was about as good as you can hope for with the current starters and bullpen, allowing four runs. But when the offense is a no-show, for whatever reasons, it’s going to end up in the loss column. The hitting can’t carry the team every night, and the pitching right now is just not up to the task of doing anything to help.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0   3 6 0 8 1
Athletics 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 X   4 7 1 7 2
WP: J. Cotton (4-7)   LP: L. Cessa (0-1)   S: S. Doolittle (3)
QS: OAK – J. Cotton (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, D. Gregorius, OAK – K. Davis

LOB: NYY 5, OAK 4   RISP: NYY 1-for-8, OAK 2-for-6

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Oakland 5, NYY 2

June 18, 2017 – 7:48 am

Yep, I do believe that sound we are hearing is the Yankee bubble bursting. This five-game losing streak is the longest of the season for them, but more importantly the last three losses have come to the worst team in the league. There’s no excusing that. Tanaka is a disaster, and no one seems to have a clue as to what is going on there. With CC on the DL for who knows how long, the starting rotation is going to be mediocre at best. Middle relief has been exposed for what we all knew it was all along. So it’s now going to be strictly up to the Baby Bombers to score 6-7+ runs per game to give the Yankees a chance in any given game. This could get ugly before/if it gets better.

Oh well, it sure was fun while it lasted! And 2018 is still looking pretty damn good.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 5 0 12 3
Athletics 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 X   5 12 1 16 4
WP: J. Hahn (3-4)   LP: M. Tanaka (5-7)   S: S. Doolittle (2)
HR: NYY – None, OAK – M. Joyce, R. Healy (2)

LOB: NYY 7, OAK 11   RISP: NYY 1-for-6, OAK 2-for-13

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Oakland 7, NYY 6

June 17, 2017 – 7:49 am

Deja vu all over again. Even without Hicks, Sanchez, Gregorius, and Gardner the offense managed to score seven runs. All you need is just league average pitching and you’ve got a win. But alas, right now the Yankee pitching is in a free fall, and so the losing streak goes to four. Over those four games, they’ve given up 25 runs, better than six runs per game. But we really shouldn’t be surprised by this turn of events — pitching was going to be the weak spot on this team, we knew that from the gitgo. And so here we are. Can Tanaka turn it around? Let’s hope so, but don’t bet the farm on it.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 0   6 10 0 12 4
Athletics 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 X   7 7 0 7 7
WP: D. Coulombe (1-1)   LP: J. Holder (1-1)   S: S. Casilla (11)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, C. Carter, OAK – None

LOB: NYY 7, OAK 5   RISP: NYY 3-for-8, OAK 4-for-9

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Oakland 8, NYY 7

June 16, 2017 – 7:41 am

Is that the sound of a bubble bursting that I hear? Three straight losses to mediocre or worse teams. Sabathia out. Bird now out indefinitely. Warren, Sanchez, and Hicks all with hopefully minor injuries, but now questionable. At least the offense continues to look good. Really gutsy performance in this one, coming back in four consecutive innings to tie the game, and then even managing to take the lead in the tenth. So hopefully the injuries to Sanchez and Hicks are indeed minor, Headley and Carter continue to shine from time to time as they did in this one, and so the offense is able to carry the team for awhile.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 1   7 16 0 14 5
Athletics 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2   8 14 0 11 5
WP: L. Hendriks (3-1)   LP: G. Gallegos (0-1)   
HR: NYY – C. Carter, OAK – J. Lowrie, Y. Alonso

LOB: NYY 13, OAK 12   RISP: NYY 6-for-16, OAK 3-for-11

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LA Angels 7, NYY 5

June 15, 2017 – 7:51 am

So after winning two series against Eastern division rivals Boston and Baltimore, the Yankees lose a series to the .500 Trout-less Angels. So maybe the East isn’t quite the tough division it’s being made out to be? All of a sudden this next series against Oakland, which has the worst record in the league right now, takes on a bit more significance. Particularly with Tanaka pitching game three and TBA game four.

As I’ve mentioned, the Yankees have a soft spot in the schedule for the next couple of weeks which they really need to take advantage of, and this Angel series certainly wasn’t a good start. Sabathia, who has been pitching very good of late, is now out for who knows how long, and Pineda has now had two bad starts in his last three. Hopefully that’s just a random blip for Pineda, and whoever fills in for CC will be at least league average. With the Yankee bats, they really don’t need much more than that in the way of starting pitching.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   5 14 1 5 1
Angels 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 X   7 12 2 4 2
WP: B. Parker (2-2)   LP: R. Herrera (0-1)   S: D. Hernandez (1)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, LAA – A. Simmons, D. Espinosa

LOB: NYY 7, LAA 8   RISP: NYY 4-for-12, LAA 2-for-10

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LA Angels 3, NYY 2

June 14, 2017 – 7:52 am

Greg Bird can’t get back in the lineup fast enough. Chris Carter’s error on a routine play not only was responsible for the run that ended up making the difference, but in the bottom of the 11th with the bases loaded and one out and thus a chance to atone for his error, he strikes out. He’s become an automatic out (batting .207) and a huge liability in the field.

The other bad news, of course, is losing Sabathia to a hamstring pull. The reality is that the Yankees were due for an injury to a starter — going into this game, only the Yankees and Cardinals had used just five starters this season. Hopefully whoever ends up filling the slot isn’t a total disaster and CC will be back soon enough.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 7 1 12 5
Angels 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   3 10 1 11 4
WP: K. Middleton (2-0)   LP: C. Shreve (1-1)   
HQS: LAA – J. Ramirez (6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – C. Headley, LAA – E. Young Jr.

LOB: NYY 11, LAA 10   RISP: NYY 1-for-8, LAA 2-for-10

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NYY 5, LA Angels 3

June 13, 2017 – 7:44 am

How about that, Tanaka actually got a “quality start”, his second one since May 1. And to be fair, two of the three runs he gave up were unearned, so he really did deliver a good performance. But also to be fair, this was against the second worst hitting team in the league. AND the Angels were without Mike Trout, so for all practical purposes this was like pitching at the AAA level. But still, it was certainly a step in the right direction for Tanaka. Hopefully this is a sign he’s getting things turned around. His next start will be against Oakland, who is only a tick better than the Angels in offense, so maybe this is just what the doctor ordered for Tanaka. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile Aaron Judge just continues to blow minds. You have to wonder if Mike Scioscia has read any baseball-related news stories in the last couple of months. Tie game, eighth inning, first base open, and you actually pitch to Aaron Judge???? Particularly after the count went to 2-0? Wow.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0   5 11 2 9 8
Angels 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   3 5 0 12 3
WP: T. Clippard (1-3)   LP: J. Alvarez (0-3)   S: D. Betances (6)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, LAA – K. Calhoun

LOB: NYY 14, LAA 6   RISP: NYY 4-for-12, LAA 2-for-6

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