Boston 5, NYY 1

August 21, 2017 – 7:54 am

Hard to complain about just losing two of three in this series. Every time you think the Yankees are finally getting back to their early season form, something goes wrong. Now it’s the bullpen, that looked so good for so long. Other than Robertson and Betances, there’s no one you can count on. At least Girardi finally saw the light and removed Chapman from the closer role. But right now there’s no one to get the game to the closer, so it really doesn’t matter all that much.

And then there’s Hicks and Judge who are both helpless at the plate right now. In this series they went a combined 2-for-24 with 12 — count ’em, 12 — strike outs between them. At least Hicks’ slump so far is a short one, as he looked pretty good just a week or so ago. But this Judge slump, or whatever you want to call it, has been going on since the All-Star break. I got no answers for that, but at the very least don’t you have to move him down in the batting order? He’s killing the offense in the three spot.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 3 0 7 3
Red Sox 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 X   5 12 0 3 5
WP: R. Porcello (8-14)   LP: S. Gray (7-8)   
HQS: BOS – R. Porcello (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, BOS – None

LOB: NYY 5, BOS 11   RISP: NYY 0-for-4, BOS 4-for-14

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NYY 4, Boston 3

August 20, 2017 – 7:54 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   4 9 0 10 2
Red Sox 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0   3 6 3 11 2
WP: C. Sabathia (10-5)   LP: C. Sale (14-5)   S: D. Betances (9)
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – T. Frazier, T. Austin, BOS – R. Devers

LOB: NYY 8, BOS 6   RISP: NYY 1-for-6, BOS 1-for-7

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Boston 9, NYY 6

August 19, 2017 – 8:05 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0   6 12 1 13 6
Red Sox 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 2 X   9 10 0 5 6
WP: A. Reed (2-3)   LP: T. Kahnle (2-4)   S: C. Kimbrel (29)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, T. Frazier, BOS – R. Devers, C. Vazquez

LOB: NYY 14, BOS 6   RISP: NYY 1-for-11, BOS 5-for-9

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NYY 7, NY Mets 5

August 18, 2017 – 8:01 am

A series sweep! Just what the doctor ordered. Nice bounce-back win for Severino after that disastrous start in Boston last week. You kinda figured that bad start was a fluke, but nice to see it confirmed. Severino still remains the ace of the staff. Also Gary Sanchez is really starting to heat up, going 2-for-4 with five big RBIs. With Judge continuing to flounder it’s really going to be important for Sanchez to pick up the slack there. As long as he and Gregorious can continue hitting and Judge gets the occasional home run in-between strikeouts, the offense should be OK.

So now on to a very big series with Boston. If they want to have a shot at the division title, they pretty much have to win the series, if not sweep it. And good luck with that, hey?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0   7 9 1 8 2
Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4   5 7 1 12 5
WP: L. Severino (10-5)   LP: S. Matz (2-7)   S: D. Betances (8)
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, NYM – C. Granderson

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

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NYY 5, NY Mets 3

August 17, 2017 – 1:04 pm

Another nice win, although once again it’s against a starter with a 6+ ERA so hard to get too excited. Was nice to see Aaron Judge have a two-hit game, first time he’s done that in the last 25 games. Also nice to see David Robertson get a relatively scare-free save in the ninth. Girardi keeps saying Chapman is still the closer, but man, at some point that has got to change.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0   5 8 0 5 5
Mets 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0   3 6 0 8 3
WP: T. Kahnle (2-3)   LP: P. Sewald (0-5)   S: D. Robertson (14)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, NYM – R. Rivera

LOB: NYY 8, NYM 5   RISP: NYY 1-for-10, NYM 0-for-2

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NYY 5, NY Mets 4

August 16, 2017 – 8:00 am

Now that was a pretty impressive win. Jacob deGrom is arguably one of the best pitchers in the game today, and yet the Yankees got to him for five runs on nine hits. And for the second game in a row it was Hicks, Sanchez, and Judge getting key hits — another indicator that maybe those three are finally getting back into the gear they were in earlier this year. And on top of that, Sonny Gray delivered a “high quality” start, giving up just two runs in six innings. This guy is the model of consistency, something the Yankee rotation desperately needs. That makes NINE straight starts in which he has gone six or more innings and given up two or fewer earned runs. Looks like he’s going to easily be the number two pitcher.

The only bad news in this one was that Chapman once again had a bad outing as the closer. Fortunately the Yankees had a three-run lead, so his giving up two runs in the ninth didn’t cost them the game. But sheez, how much longer is Girardi going to keep running him out there as the closer????

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2   4 7 0 9 3
Yankees 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 X   5 10 0 5 2
WP: S. Gray (7-7)   LP: J. deGrom (13-6)   S: A. Chapman (16)
HQS: NYY – S. Gray (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, J. Ellsbury, NYM – D. Smith, A. Rosario

LOB: NYY 6, NYM 5   RISP: NYY 2-for-8, NYM 0-for-3

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NYY 4, NY Mets 2

August 15, 2017 – 8:00 am

Shades of the Baby Bombers of earlier this year! Solo home runs by Hicks, Judge, and Sanchez — three of the batters that really need to get hot here in the last six weeks of the season. But me, I’m not getting too excited quite yet. Four runs against a starter with a 6+ ERA and a bullpen with a 4.62 ERA ain’t all that impressive. Still a win is a win, and if they can take three of four from the lowly Mets, that will work quite nicely.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Mets 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0 13 3
Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 X   4 8 0 10 2
WP: D. Robertson (6-2)   LP: H. Robles (7-4)   S: D. Betances (7)
HQS: NYM – R. Montero (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, A. Judge, G. Sanchez, NYM – C. Granderson, Y. Cespedes

LOB: NYY 5, NYM 5   RISP: NYY 1-for-3, NYM 0-for-2

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Boston 3, NYY 2

August 14, 2017 – 7:59 am

Sheez, how much longer is Girardi going to stick with Chapman as the closer???? He’s arguably the THIRD best closer on the team, with both Betances and Robertson being far better. Heck, for that matter, why not just dump the whole idea of closer, eighth-inning man, etc. and instead just do strictly match-ups based on whose coming up in the order for the other team? With all the quality relievers he’s got right now (in the past 30 days all six of the regulars have ERAs under 2.15), why not make the best use of all of them? Seems like such an obvious strategy.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1   3 4 0 12 6
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   2 5 0 15 5
WP: C. Kimbrel (4-0)   LP: A. Chapman (4-2)   
HQS: BOS – C. Sale (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, BOS – R. Devers

LOB: NYY 8, BOS 8   RISP: NYY 0-for-6, BOS 2-for-8

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Boston 10, NYY 5

August 13, 2017 – 7:57 am

Well, so much for Friday’s win getting the Yankees back on the right path. All set up to win the first two games of this critical series with their ace on the mound, Severino comes out and stinks it up with his worst start of the season. Now with Chris Sale starting for the Red Sox Sunday, in all likelihood we’re now looking at the fourth series in a row without a series win. And on top of that we have news that Tanaka is hurt again and has joined Sabathia on the DL. Oh well, things did look good there for about what, 21 hours?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 0 0 5 0 5 0 0 0 0   10 12 2 8 2
Yankees 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2   5 9 2 5 2
WP: D. Pomeranz (12-4)   LP: L. Severino (9-5)   
QS: BOS – D. Pomeranz (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, C. Headley, J. Ellsbury, BOS – A. Benintendi (2)

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

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NYY 5, Boston 4

August 12, 2017 – 8:03 am

So will this be the spark that finally lights a fire under the Yankees and gets them out of their two-month long slump? After going 16 straight innings without scoring, the Yankees put a 5-spot on the board in the eighth and then held on to notch what could be a very important win over the hated Red Sox. And it all pretty much centered around Aaron Hicks in just his second game back from the DL. Not only did he get the two-run homer which started the rally in the 8th, but he also was a big part of a huge double-play in the ninth which saved the game. Certainly that play was just as big a part of this win as his homer.

And speaking of that ninth inning — what the sam hill is wrong with Aroldis Chapman? Until Hicks and Frazier saved his butt with that double play, he was well on the way to turning a big win into a very ugly loss. If — and that’s still a very big “if” — the Yankees can get back to playing the way they were in the first two months of the season and they do make it to the playoffs, there’s no way they will go very far with Chapman pitching the way he is. And with the way Betances has been pitching of late, how can Girardi not start at least experimenting with Betances as the closer? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   4 8 0 8 6
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 X   5 7 0 8 5
WP: A. Warren (3-2)   LP: A. Reed (1-3)   S: A. Chapman (15)
HQS: BOS – E. Rodriguez (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks, BOS – A. Benintendi, H. Ramirez

LOB: NYY 8, BOS 9   RISP: NYY 3-for-11, BOS 0-for-6

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