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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NYY 14, Baltimore 3

June 12, 2017 – 7:47 am

Wow, just WOW! The Aaron Judge show has now passed unbelievable. Even if the Yankees were below .500 and 10 games out, this would still be an incredibly fun team to watch because of Judge. But add the fact that they are arguably the best team in baseball right now (certainly based on run differential they are), and it’s hard to remember when the Yankees were this enjoyable.

You got to figure at some point they are going to come back down to earth. But the next seventeen games are all against weak, sub-.500 teams, so who knows? At the end of the month they have a three game series in Houston, and if the Yankees continue the way they are, man is that going to be some kind of match up. Fun, fun, fun!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Orioles 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0   3 9 1 7 3
Yankees 5 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 X   14 15 0 4 9
WP: A. Warren (2-1)   LP: K. Gausman (3-5)   
HR: NYY – A. Judge (2), S. Castro, G. Sanchez, BAL – None

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

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NYY 16, Baltimore 3

June 11, 2017 – 7:56 am

It just keeps getting better and better. That’s four straight starts for Severino where he’s gone 6+ innings and given up two or fewer runs. His team-leading ERA is now down to 2.75, fifth best in the league. Offensively six of the Baby Bombers had multi-hit games, with Judge, Holliday, and Sanchez all having three-hit games. And five of them went yard. Absolutely amazing.

Sunday the Yankees go for the sweep, and interestingly they’ve moved Tanaka back a day so more than likely it will be Chad Green starting, which should give them a much better shot at the sweep. Plus it allows Tanaka to go up against the Angels, who are one of the league’s weaker hitting teams, and with Mike Trout now out, even weaker. So if Tanaka is ever going to turn things around, this should be a good opportunity.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Orioles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1   3 4 0 8 3
Yankees 6 3 0 3 2 0 0 2 X   16 18 0 7 5
WP: L. Severino (5-2)   LP: C. Tillman (1-4)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, M. Holliday, S. Castro, G. Sanchez, D. Gregorius, BAL – C. Davis, J. Rickard

LOB: NYY 6, BAL 3   RISP: NYY 6-for-14, BAL 1-for-4

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NYY 8, Baltimore 2

June 10, 2017 – 7:46 am

The Baby Bombers just keep rolling along. Jordan Montgomery notched his sixth quality start (out of eleven starts), Aaron Hicks continued his hot hitting with two home runs, and the bullpen finished what Montgomery started for a surprisingly easy 8-2 win over the Orioles. With Severino on the mound for game two, things are looking good for the Yankees to avenge that series loss to the Orioles a week ago.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Orioles 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   2 5 1 9 2
Yankees 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 2 X   8 11 0 6 4
WP: J. Montgomery (4-4)   LP: D. Bundy (6-5)   
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1 HR)
QS: BAL – D. Bundy (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Hicks (2), S. Castro, BAL – J. Schoop

LOB: NYY 7, BAL 5   RISP: NYY 2-for-12, BAL 0-for-6

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NYY 9, Boston 1

June 9, 2017 – 7:46 am

Man is this team hitting on all cylinders right now. Or at least all cylinders not named “Tanaka”. The offense is raking, the starting pitching (save you-know-who) is pitching lights out, and the bullpen is rock solid. And they are doing all this without Bird at first base and Chapman as closer. They out scored the Red Sox by a combined 21-6 while winning this series, and now have opened up a three game lead in the East. If they can win this next series against Baltimore, they will then have pretty clear sailing for the rest of the month, with the next 17 games all against sub-.500 teams. This unbelievable season just keeps getting better and better!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 4 0 12 4
Yankees 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 2 X   9 13 1 6 5
WP: M. Pineda (7-3)   LP: D. Price (1-1)   
HQS: NYY – M. Pineda (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, G. Sanchez (2), BOS – None

LOB: NYY 10, BOS 7   RISP: NYY 3-for-14, BOS 0-for-4

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NYY 8, Boston 0

June 8, 2017 – 7:47 am

It’s certainly a good thing that CC Sabathia is headed in the exact opposite direction of Tanaka. CC continues to look better and better, and in fact has the exact opposite record of Tanaka over his last five starts at 5-0. And his ERA over those starts is an incredible 1.12. Compare that to his previous five starts when his ERA was 7.39. I’m still not convinced CC has turned the corner, but things are definitely looking good for him at this point.

And speaking of turnarounds, how about Headley and Carter — who came into this game as pretty much automatic outs — going a combined 5-for-9 with 4 RBIs? If the bottom of the order can start hitting just somewhere above the Mendoza line, this offense is going to be a real monster.

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

LOB: NYY 7, BOS 4   RISP: NYY 5-for-12, BOS 0-for-4

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Boston 5, NYY 4

June 7, 2017 – 7:44 am

The Masahiro Tanaka mystery continues. If he’s not hurt, what exactly has he changed that has taken him from third best ERA in the AL in 2016 to the worst ERA in the league this year? His ERA has gone from 3.07 in 2016 to 6.55 this year — that’s DOUBLE the number of earned runs. His starts have become virtually a guaranteed loss — the Yankees are 0-5 over his last five starts. They can’t just keep running him out there like this. Hell, even if he isn’t injured, isn’t it a good idea to put him on the 10-day disabled list, just to give him some time to rest and work on his stuff?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Red Sox 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0   5 6 1 8 2
Yankees 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0   4 9 0 13 4
WP: D. Pomeranz (6-3)   LP: M. Tanaka (5-6)   S: C. Kimbrel (17)
HR: NYY – C. Carter, BOS – A. Benintendi, M. Moreland, H. Ramirez

LOB: NYY 8, BOS 3   RISP: NYY 0-for-10, BOS 0-for-3

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Toronto 3, NYY 2

June 5, 2017 – 7:43 am

Man is the AL East shaping up to be a tough division. The Blue Jays are in last place, and yet they are only one game below .500 and have gone 18-12 over their last 30 games. So splitting this series with them in Toronto maybe isn’t such a bad thing, no? And what a great outing for Severino. Can you imagine what this rotation is going to be like if/when Tanaka gets his act together? Even with Tanaka stinking it up as he has, they Yankees still have the second best ERA in the league.

And speaking of Tanaka — next up is a three game series with the second-place Red Sox, and sure enough it’s Tanaka that is pitching game one. Followed by Sabathia in game two. A critical series like this and we end up with our two worst pitchers in the first two games. Not good.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0   2 6 0 9 1
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X   3 7 1 8 1
WP: J. Smith (2-0)   LP: T. Clippard (0-3)   S: R. Osuna (13)
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)
HQS: TOR – M. Stroman (6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, TOR – J. Donaldson, J. Smoak

LOB: NYY 3, TOR 5   RISP: NYY 1-for-7, TOR 0-for-6

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NYY 7, Toronto 0

June 4, 2017 – 7:45 am

Jordan Montgomery continues to impress, putting in his best performance of the year with a six inning shutout of the Blue Jays, allowing just three hits. And what you really have to like is his consistency — in his ten starts, he’s given up five earned runs once, four once, and in the other eight starts it’s been three earned runs or fewer. Hard to beat that for a so-called number five starter.

And meanwhile, the baby bombers just continue to bomb away. Two plus months into the season they continue to lead the league in scoring, and it’s still coming from all up and down the lineup. In this game all of the one through six hitters got at least one RBI, with four of them (Gardner, Holiday, Castro, and Gregorious) getting solo home runs. Amazing.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 0   7 8 0 8 1
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 1 9 5
WP: J. Montgomery (3-4)   LP: J. Biagini (1-4)   
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: TOR – J. Biagini (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, M. Holliday, S. Castro, D. Gregorius, TOR – None

LOB: NYY 3, TOR 8   RISP: NYY 3-for-7, TOR 0-for-7

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Toronto 7, NYY 5

June 3, 2017 – 7:45 am

Pineda was overdue for a bad start, so what ya gonna do? Hopefully Montgomery will continue his impressive performance of late and get the Yankees back on track.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0   5 8 2 10 4
Blue Jays 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 X   7 12 1 5 3
WP: F. Liriano (3-2)   LP: M. Pineda (6-3)   S: R. Osuna (12)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, S. Castro, TOR – J. Donaldson (2), J. Smoak

LOB: NYY 7, TOR 8   RISP: NYY 0-for-9, TOR 0-for-7

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