Kansas City 6, NYY 2

May 24, 2017 – 7:42 am

Sure hurts to lose when Montgomery gives you a start like that — 6.2 innings with just one run on two hits. And then the bullpen, which has been so great most of the time, blows it. All things considered though, probably more good news here than bad. Montgomery continues to show signs of developing in to a good starter, and hard to worry about the bullpen just because of one bad night. Although Warren is maybe starting to be a cause for concern — he’s not been nearly as consistent this year as he was in his past Yankee years. Shades of last year’s performance with the Cubbies keep cropping up, and that’s not good.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0   6 6 0 8 1
Yankees 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0   2 8 0 8 4
WP: D. Duffy (4-3)   LP: A. Warren (1-1)   
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: KC – D. Duffy (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, C. Carter, KC – M. Moustakas, L. Cain, J. Bonifacio, W. Merrifield

LOB: NYY 8, KC 2   RISP: NYY 1-for-6, KC 0-for-2

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NYY 4, Kansas City 2

May 23, 2017 – 7:38 am

With Tanaka in total meltdown and Sabathia being totally unpredictable, Michael Pineda is rapidly becoming the “ace” of this staff. He had a bad first start this season, but since then he’s given up three or fewer earned runs in eight straight starts. And the last four of those have been so-called “quality starts”. When Pineda first joined the Yankees, all the talking heads had him eventually becoming an ace. Looks like after six years, they might just be right.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Royals 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 7 1 7 1
Yankees 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 X   4 6 0 8 3
WP: M. Pineda (5-2)   LP: J. Vargas (5-3)   S: D. Betances (3)
HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
QS: KC – J. Vargas (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, D. Gregorius, C. Carter, KC – J. Bonifacio

LOB: NYY 4, KC 6   RISP: NYY 1-for-5, KC 0-for-10

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NYY 3, Tampa Bay 2

May 22, 2017 – 7:45 am

Turns out “Good” CC showed up for this one, and it was certainly fortunate for the Yankees, as the Rays’ Chris Archer along with their bullpen made the Yankee offense look like a bunch of little leaguers. The heart of the order — Holliday, Castro, and Judge — struck out in 11 of their 12 ABs. Both Holliday and Judge earned golden sombreros, while Castro could only manage a hat trick. Was that ever ugly. Thank goodness for Old Veteran Bomber Brett Gardner and his 2-run homer or the Yankees would have ended up being swept.

So even after going 4-6 over their last ten games, the Yankees are still in first place — mainly because the rest of the East is also playing pretty poorly right now. But this is just reality catching up with the division. The Yankees and Orioles are coming back to earth, the Rays are starting to play better, and the Red Sox are treading water. It’s still early — well, not all that early as we are past the first quarter mark — but in all likelihood this is going to be one very tight, hard-fought division. Should be fun!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 7 1 17 3
Rays 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   2 4 2 11 2
WP: C. Sabathia (4-2)   LP: C. Archer (3-3)   S: D. Betances (2)
QS: TB – C. Archer (6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, TB – D. Norris

LOB: NYY 8, TB 3   RISP: NYY 2-for-11, TB 0-for-4

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Tampa Bay 9, NYY 5

May 21, 2017 – 7:42 am

You have to believe there’s something physically wrong with Tanaka. That’s two horrible starts in a row, and he’s now given up seven home runs over those 4.2 innings. Last year he averages just 1.0 HRs per nine innings. Hello, disabled list.

So now we’ve got to hope and pray it’s “good” CC that shows up Sunday, or else we end up being swept by the Rays. Ouch.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0   5 7 0 10 1
Rays 1 1 1 3 3 0 0 0 X   9 12 0 9 6
WP: M. Andriese (4-1)   LP: M. Tanaka (5-3)   
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, A. Judge, TB – C. Dickerson (2), E. Longoria

LOB: NYY 5, TB 10   RISP: NYY 1-for-7, TB 4-for-12

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Tampa Bay 5, NYY 4

May 20, 2017 – 7:43 am

Tough loss — this one was easily winnable. Adam Warren gave up three runs, but that all started with three straight hits by Tampa Bay batters on pretty good pitches — all were well out of the strike zone, low and away. Just bad luck or extremely good hitting — take your pick. So hard to fault Warren here. But Tyler Clippard failed miserably. In a tie game like that, no way can you walk the number nine hitter. And then to make matters worse, you walk a .230 hitter (Kevin Kiermaier) on four straight pitches with the likes of Evan Longoria up next. You just can’t do that. What was Rob Thomson thinking letting Clippard continue after that? I’d like to think if Girardi had been there, he would have brought in Betances at that point, if not sooner.

Oh well, now the pressure is on to win the next two. This is going to be interesting to see how Tanaka rebounds after his last disastrous start.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0   4 8 0 7 2
Rays 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 X   5 11 1 13 5
WP: D. Farquhar (2-1)   LP: T. Clippard (0-2)   S: A. Colome (11)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, TB – None

LOB: NYY 4, TB 11   RISP: NYY 3-for-9, TB 3-for-11

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Kansas City 5, NYY 1

May 19, 2017 – 7:40 am

What a performance by the Royals’ Danny Duffy. The Yankees have been shut out by a starting pitcher only three times so far this year, and Duffy was the first one to do it for seven innings. As they say, sometimes you just have to tip your hat and move on. Heck, KC just swept the Orioles, so winning the series two games to one is plenty good.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 7 0 14 2
Royals 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 X   5 5 2 10 3
WP: D. Duffy (3-3)   LP: J. Montgomery (2-3)   
HQS: KC – D. Duffy (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, KC – M. Moustakas

LOB: NYY 8, KC 2   RISP: NYY 2-for-14, KC 3-for-5

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NYY 11, Kansas City 7

May 18, 2017 – 7:44 am

Now that’s an impressive win! Jason Vargas came into the game with a 1.01 ERA, best in the AL. And the Baby Bombers promptly tagged him for six runs in just four innings. And as is becoming the norm for this team, the production came from all up and down the lineup, with everyone getting at least one hit and the first four batters going a combined 9-for-18. Incredible stuff.

And on the mound, Pineda was certainly good enough, delivering a quality start — at least if you only count earned runs. And probably more importantly, all the runs he did give up were after the Yankees had gotten a 6-0 lead. With the current Yankee offense, that’s as good of pitching as they really need!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 0 5 4 0 0 1 0   11 16 2 8 5
Royals 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 3   7 11 0 7 2
WP: M. Pineda (4-2)   LP: J. Vargas (5-2)   S: D. Betances (1)
QS: NYY – M. Pineda (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, KC – S. Perez, W. Merrifield

LOB: NYY 8, KC 6   RISP: NYY 5-for-14, KC 3-for-8

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NYY 7, Kansas City 1

May 17, 2017 – 7:41 am

Nice bounce back from that ugly Astros series. And to be fair, Kansas City just swept the Orioles and had won six of their last seven coming into the Yankee series, so even though they’re below .500 they are playing pretty good ball right now. So how the Yankees do in this series will tell us a lot.

Also, very good bounce back start for Sabathia who had stunk it up in his last four starts. CC is becoming the current version of good old A.J. Burnett, who was totally unpredictable in his last couple of years with the Yankees. You never knew whether it would be “Good AJ” or “Bad AJ” showing up, but there was rarely anything in-between. And that’s pretty much where Sabathia is these days.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0   7 13 0 3 3
Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 8 0 6 3
WP: C. Sabathia (3-2)   LP: J. Hammel (1-5)   
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, C. Carter, KC – None

LOB: NYY 9, KC 9   RISP: NYY 2-for-10, KC 2-for-9

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Houston 10, NYY 7

May 15, 2017 – 12:35 pm

Well, that was certainly ugly. With the Yankees needing to win both games of this double-header to gain a series split, the starting pitchers, Severino and Tanaka, gave them all of 4 innings combined while allowing 11 runs. Had it not been for a big 6-run seventh inning in the first game, the Astros would have swept the series. As it is, the Yankees lose three of four, in addition to losing closer Aroldis Chapman for at least a month.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this team rebounds. They are on the road next at Kansas City and Tampa Bay, two sub-.500 teams, so hopefully they will quickly get their mojo back!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 6 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   10 10 1 9 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3   7 10 1 16 6
WP: C. Morton (5-2)   LP: M. Tanaka (5-2)   
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, HOU – G. Springer (2), J. Reddick, A. Bregman

LOB: NYY 9, HOU 4   RISP: NYY 5-for-11, HOU 1-for-6

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NYY 11, Houston 6

May 15, 2017 – 7:44 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0   6 9 3 7 5
Yankees 1 0 0 3 0 0 6 1 X   11 11 1 11 3
WP: A Warren (1-0)   LP: W. Harris (1-1)   
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, S. Castro, A. Judge, HOU – None

LOB: NYY 5, HOU 8   RISP: NYY 5-for-12, HOU 5-for-13

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