Toronto 4, NYY 0

August 11, 2017 – 7:57 am

Sure could have used some of those eleven runs from last night in this one. The offense continues to be oh so painful to watch. Hard to beat anybody when you go 0-for-9 with RISP.

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 6 1 10 5
Blue Jays 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 X   4 5 0 9 4
WP: M. Estrada (5-7)   LP: S. Gray (6-7)   
HQS: NYY – S. Gray (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: TOR – M. Estrada (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, TOR – J. Bautista

LOB: NYY 11, TOR 4   RISP: NYY 0-for-9, TOR 2-for-5

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NYY 11, Toronto 5

August 10, 2017 – 8:03 am

With this offense it’s all or nothing of late — they either score 7+ runs, or 2 or fewer. With Tanaka struggling again, and a bullpen that’s also kind of hit or miss, it was a good thing they did score 11 runs. Particularly nice to see Todd Frazier go 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs — sure would be nice to see him start hitting closer to his career numbers. Also, how about Garrett Cooper’s night, 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs? After a somewhat slow start after getting called up last month, he’s now hit in this last four games. He had a hot bat in the minors, so if he can start hitting like that in the big leagues that should be a real boost for the offense, which to say the least they sorely need.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 2 3   11 17 1 9 2
Blue Jays 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0   5 6 0 9 7
WP: C. Green (2-0)   LP: N. Tepesch (0-2)   
HR: NYY – D. Gregorius, G. Sanchez, T. Frazier, TOR – J. Bautista

LOB: NYY 8, TOR 9   RISP: NYY 5-for-13, TOR 1-for-8

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Toronto 4, NYY 2

August 9, 2017 – 8:00 am

So much for that offensive outburst we saw on Sunday. For the fifth time in the last six games, the offense couldn’t score more than two runs. Girardi was smart enough to get Sabathia out of the game before it got out of hand, and the bullpen did it’s job in shutting out Toronto for the last five innings. But too much damage had already been done.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   2 7 2 6 5
Blue Jays 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X   4 10 0 3 2
WP: J. Happ (5-8)   LP: C. Sabathia (9-5)   S: R. Osuna (29)
HR: NYY – None, TOR – J. Donaldson (2)

LOB: NYY 10, TOR 8   RISP: NYY 2-for-7, TOR 1-for-6

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NYY 8, Cleveland 1

August 7, 2017 – 7:56 am

Where was all that offense over the last five games???? Sheez, with Severino on the mound you only need to score a couple of runs to get a win, but the Yankees unload for eight runs! Oh well, guess we shouldn’t complain. Severino is THE ace of the staff, I think that’s pretty well established these days, and he delivered just as we have come to expect him to. As for the offense, hopefully that wasn’t just a one-game fluke, but rather it was Ellsbury and Judge and the two Fraziers busting out of their slumps. Sure hope so, with six games coming up with Boston over the next two weeks.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 0   8 12 0 10 3
Indians 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 2 0 10 1
WP: L. Severino (9-4)   LP: C. Carrasco (10-5)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, CLE – M. Brantley

LOB: NYY 7, CLE 2   RISP: NYY 3-for-7, CLE 0-for-3

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NYY 2, Cleveland 1

August 6, 2017 – 8:00 am

The offense continues to be MIA, but at least the Yankees got some good pitching and some excellent defense in this one. Jordan Montgomery made a strong case for keeping him in the starting rotation, giving up just one run on three hits in five strong innings. Betances continues to look good in the eighth, but once again Chapman got roughed up a little, and it was only a great catch by Brett Gardner that kept him from a blown save.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   2 5 0 15 4
Indians 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 6 0 12 0
WP: D. Robertson (5-2)   LP: Z. McAllister (1-1)   S: A. Chapman (14)
HQS: CLE – D. Salazar (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – C. Headley, CLE – C. Santana

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

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Cleveland 7, NYY 2

August 5, 2017 – 7:57 am

Lousy pitching, no offense, ugly defense. What happened to the team that just went 8-2 with three series wins in a row? That sure didn’t last long — we’re right back to where we were two weeks ago, right on track for a .500 season.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1   2 11 1 10 2
Indians 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 X   7 8 0 10 4
WP: T. Bauer (10-8)   LP: J. Garcia (5-8)   
HQS: CLE – T. Bauer (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – T. Frazier, CLE – None

LOB: NYY 9, CLE 4   RISP: NYY 1-for-5, CLE 2-for-8

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Cleveland 5, NYY 1

August 4, 2017 – 7:51 am

With Corey Kluber starting for Cleveland and with the Yankee offense mired in a slump, this game was as predictable as it gets. To Joe Girardi’s credit, he did sit out Holliday and Judge, knowing that they certainly weren’t going to break out of their slumps going up against Kluber. I guess the good news in this one was that Sonny Gray pitched reasonably well in his Yankee debut. Particularly nice to see him come back strong after the Yankee defense was so horrid in the first inning. Effectively he went six innings and gave up just two runs. If he continues to do that on a regular basis, he’ll be a strong addition to the starting rotation.

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 3 3 11 1
Indians 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 X   5 5 0 7 3
WP: C. Kluber (9-3)   LP: S. Gray (6-6)   
HQS: NYY – S. Gray (6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: CLE – C. Kluber (9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, CLE – F. Lindor

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

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Detroit 2, NYY 0

August 3, 2017 – 8:03 am

The good news for this game is that the pitching continues to be good — and in the long term, that is what is going to determine how far the Yankees go this year. Tanaka only gave up two runs in six innings, a true quality start, and Kahnle and Betances pitched three scoreless innings. Betances looked particularly good, even pitching an “immaculate inning” in the eighth. If he is truly back on-track, that’s very good news.

Unfortunately though, the offense was MIA, going 0-for-9 with RISP. But no reason to think that’s anything but a bump in the road. Over the last 10 games, they’ve averaged 4.9 RPG, so hard to complain about that (league average is 4.7). Right now the two big concerns with the offense have to be Judge and Holliday who are hitting .208 and .143 respectively over the last 30 games. With Judge, the question is how much of this is just regression to the mean after his unbelievable first half of the season. What mean is he regressing to? The answer to that is completely up in the air right now, and where his “mean” ends up will be a large determinant of the Yankees success this year.

Holliday, though, is a different matter. Judge continues to have a very good OBP (.357 over the last 30 games), but Holliday isn’t even drawing walks (.173 OBP over last 30). And with Holliday, it’s not really a matter of regressing to the mean — he’s 37 years old, and so some kind of decline is expected. Last year he went form .279 to .246, so to see him finish the season at .215 or so would not be all that surprising. It’s going to be interesting to see how long Girardi keeps giving him ABs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Tigers 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   2 6 0 11 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 7 1 10 0
WP: J. Zimmermann (7-8)   LP: M. Tanaka (8-10)   S: S. Greene (2)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: DET – J. Zimmermann (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, DET – None

LOB: NYY 8, DET 6   RISP: NYY 0-for-9, DET 1-for-9

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Detroit 4, NYY 3

August 2, 2017 – 7:57 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Tigers 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 9 2 6 2
Yankees 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0   3 8 0 4 3
WP: A. Sanchez (3-1)   LP: C. Sabathia (9-4)   S: S. Greene (1)
HQS: DET – A. Sanchez (6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – D. Gregorius, DET – J. Upton, J. Hicks

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

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NYY 7, Detroit 3

August 1, 2017 – 7:43 am

Incredibly the bottom of the order continues to carry the offense, as Headley and Todd Frazier went 4-for-8 with the 4 RBIs that ended up being the winning margin in this one. Since the Yankees emerged out of their summer long slump, the “sluggers” — Sanchez, Judge, and Holliday — have a .189 BA with 15 RBIs, while the bottom of the order guys — Gregorius, Headley, and Torryes — have hit .381 with 21 RBIs. But I guess that’s to be expected for what has been a crazy season so far. With the recent trades bolstering the pitching, if the middle of the lineup can start contributing, it’s going to be interesting to see just how good this team can be.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Tigers 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1   3 9 1 15 4
Yankees 0 0 0 4 1 0 2 0 X   7 7 2 8 3
WP: L. Severino (8-4)   LP: M. Fulmer (10-9)   S: A. Chapman (13)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, DET – None

LOB: NYY 5, DET 14   RISP: NYY 3-for-3, DET 3-for-13

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