Yanks Week 12 Recap: Let’s Address the Issues
Tuesday – Thursday vs. Angels:
L 8-3, W 8-4, L 10-5
The implosion of Tyler Clippard continues. Tuesday was a game that we have grown to expect the 2017 Yankees to win, but for what feels like the 12th time in the last 10 days, the usual suspects let this one slip just out of reach. Despite not having his A+ stuff, Pineda was able to keep the game close (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), that is until a costly error by Chris Carter led to a two spot that put the Yanks down by a field goal. A Judge homer in the 5th and this opposite field laser from Sanchez tied it up in the 6th.
Can you guess what happened in the top of the 7th? Enter Clippard. 3 spot. Game over. More to come. Final: 8-3 Angels.
The Yanks turned to their reliable rookie lefthander to try to break their 7 game losing streak, and Montgomery delivered. Montgomery gave a start that has become the norm, keeping the game close, working both sides of the plate with his five pitch assortment (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). Check out this breakdown of his performance on the post game show.
Montgomery was given an early lead on a two run homer into the second deck in right by Didi and again in the 5th on this no doubter by Matt Holliday in the 5th.
The big hero of the night was back up catcher Austin Romine who collected three hits including a two run double in the 6th to break the game open. Remember when I said there would be Clippard to come? Enter Clippard in the 9th, up six runs. Double, two run homer, night over. Yikes. Final: 8-4 Yanks.
Thursday was ugly. No other way to put it. 45 minutes into the game I thought it was over. Up 5-1 after the second with Severino on the mound at home. Game over. Judge had already put another ball into orbit.
The Angels answered with two of their own in the top of the third, and the Yanks bats went cold the rest of the night. One more in the 6th, four in the 7th (two coming off Betances who had only allowed one earned run on the year going into Thursday), and two in the 8th left the Yanks dropping their second series in a week to the Angels. Final: 10-5 Angels.
Friday – Sunday vs. Rangers:
W 2-1, L 8-1, L 7-6
Tanaka in a pitcher’s duel in 2017? Wow. Friday saw Tanaka vs. Darvish in a game that flew by. The Yankees weren’t able to get anything going against Darvish, who allowed only 2 hits while striking out 10 over seven innings. Not to be outdone, Tanaka had his best start in about a month, blanking the Rangers through eight innings (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K). The Rangers took the lead off Chapman in the 9th on a passed ball, only to have Gardner play the hero in the bottom half, and Torreyes in the 10th. Final: 2-1 Yanks.
Luis Cessa was fine (5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K), no one hit except for this bomb from Judge (really cool angle).
And Clippard continued to pitch at a little league level (1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). Over his last seven appearances, Clippard has an ERA over 21 and has seen his season long ERA more than double from 2.22 to 4.85. Final: 8-1 Rangers.
Sunday was so close to being that game that turned the whole skid around. Instead, the Yanks are now 2-10 over their last 12. Pineda just flat out didn’t give them a chance to win. Three runs in each of the first two innings will do that to a team. When it was all said and done Pineda’s line flat out stunk (4 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR). The Yanks started to scratch and claw their way back into it in the bottom half of the 5th when a wild pitch third strike to Romine should have ended the inning, but he was able to reach first. Judge followed that up with an RBI single up the middle, and Sanchez after that with a three run dinger to dead center.
All 160 pounds of Ronald Torreyes hit his 2nd homer of the year in the 7th to make it 7-5, and Didi (after missing a three run homer by two rows) followed up with an RBI single in the, but it wasn’t enough. Final: 7-6 Rangers.
Thank god the Yankees get a break from the AL West as they have gotten dominated by the division all year…until they go to Houston on Friday.
- Chris Carter is GONE. Carter was designated for assignment on Saturday AM clearing a roster spot for Tyler Austin who was finally brought up. Yankees fans everywhere rejoice.
- What can the Yanks do to address their issues. Let’s take a quick look.
Third base? See Gleyber Torres article from Tuesday.
- First base? See bullet above. Tyler Austin will be getting more than his fair shot at winning the position.
- Middle relief? Tyler Webb was called up earlier in the week to fill the lack of left handed relief help. Made his big league debut on Saturday retiring all four batters he faced. Look for Yanks to make a move for an establish middle reliever as the deadline approaches.
- Tanaka Time: Hey look, a good start. Tanaka went 8 scoreless on Friday night against Darvish and the Rangers. Do I think it will continue? Probably not, but it will buy him some confidence from Girardi, and I’m sure he’ll come out on Wednesday and give up 3 or 4 bombs and put that ERA back over six. See ya then.
- Sunday was a bad day for the Yankees. They dropped a rubber match at home, Pineda looked terrible, and most importantly it looks they lost Aaron Hicks with an oblique injury for an extended period. Look for Jacoby Ellsbury to be activated from the DL in this week in Chicago.
- Aaron Judge was invited to participate in the home run derby in Miami. Getting closer and closer to a Giancarlo vs Judge match up. Why even invite anyone else?
Record & Standings:
Week record: 2-4
Overall record: 40-33
A look ahead: 4 @ CWS, 3 @ HOU
Around the League:
- Max Scherzer is cruising to a Cy Young award so far this year. Don’t believe me? Check out his last six starts. He also may have ended Ichiro’s career with this slider. RIP.
- I know I wrote about Cody Bellinger last week, but he continues to rake, and the Dodgers continue to win when he’s in the lineup. They are now 41-15 since being called up in late April.
- Pretty cool story for the A’s. They had three rookies hit their first career homers in the same game on Saturday. First time it has happened since 1914. Check out the story here.