Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yankees Snap Skid Amid The Mess At First

And a child shall lead them.

For the Yankees, that "child" was Jordan Montgomery. The Baby Bomber pitched 5.2 very strong innings, giving up two runs while striking out five Angels. The Yankees finally snapped their seven-game losing streak, beating LA 8-4.

I was beginning to wonder if Ricky Nolasco was going to keep the Yankees out of the win column once again. It was touch and go there for a while. Then, Joe Girardi just had to give Tyler Clippard a chance to try and find himself. He didn't, and Aroldis Chapman had to restore order, throwing the season's fastest pitch (102.9 mph) in the process.

Austin Romine, whom Montgomery has the best results with, had three hits with two RBIs, including his 100th career base hit. With him catching, Gary Sanchez was the DH, which moved Matt Holliday to first base.

First base. One of the big problems, and big mysteries, this year. Greg Bird is still out, and hopefully the cortisone shot he received will get him back to baseball activities in 3-5 days. Until then, The Mess At First. It appears Girardi isn't interested in going to the Chris Carter Camp that Brian Cashman and the front office are holding. Tyler Austin hasn't been invited. It makes absolutely no sense.

Well, we've been wrong about the front office before (regarding Hicks), so maybe we'll be wrong again. I can't see it, though. They knew what they were getting in Carter, and for whatever reason, they don't want to clean up his mess.

Finally, from the hospital files, this update from top prospect Gleyber Torres:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Yankees Lose 7th Straight: Judge Homers, Ponders Derby Invite

You can blame the Yankees' seventh straight loss on person: Joe Girardi.

I don't hate Girardi. So many fans do. Most of them are still living in the past. They're still attached to Joe Torre, and can't move on. Face it guys, Girardi is never going to be as good as Torre. He's just not, especially since luck played at least a small part in Torre's success. Girardi is not Joe Torre. It's unfair to make the comparison.

But, again, last night's loss is on Girardi. Bringing in Tyler Clippard in a tie game you needed to win was the wrong move. Clippard is one of the key reasons the Yankees went into tonight having lost six in a row. 

Maybe Giardi thought his offense would ward off another Clippard bad outing. I don't know. I just know he should have left Clippard in the pen, and/or waited until there was either a huge lead or larger deficit to let him try to find himself. 

So, now the Yankees sit a 1/2 game out of first place. On June 21st. Sounds great. As long as you don't think about the seven-game losing streak. Can the Yankees turn things around tonight? Jordan Montgomery will try to lead the charge.

Yesterday I cast my 35 ballot for this year's All Star Game. It was the first time I ever maxed out. Usually I just vote one or two times. But this year I wanted to do everything I could to get Aaron Judge to Miami.

He's definitely going, but will he participate in the Home Run Derby? As we all know, he's been invited. (Why wouldn't he be? He hit is Major League leading 24th HR last night.)  It seems as if no one wants him to go. They think he'll get hurt and/or mess up his swing.

If Judge doesn't participate, I'll understand, but it would be the greatest thing if he did. Look at it this way: the guy is SO strong, he wouldn't be straining himself out there. Also, he's participated in these things in the past and come through unscathed. 

Yeah, my heart would be in my throat with each swing, but it would be entertaining all the same. For all involved. Do it, Aaron!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Oakland Agoraphobics Hand Yankees 6th Straight Loss

Where to begin?

So many things went wrong on the Yankees just-completed West Coast road trip. The bullpen was completely ineffective. Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez and Adam Warren sustained injuries. Masahiro Tanaka continued, for the most part, to suck. Luis Cessa was the wrong spot starter.

I'm probably leaving things out, but whatever. I'm just glad this damn trip is over. The players have a much-needed off-day today, but we fans need it just as much. After all, it's hard to hold your head up after your team is swept by the Oakland Agoraphobics.

The Oakland Athletics are 9-25 on the road this season. Nine and 25! Can't predict baseball? Shove it, John Sterling. The Agoraphobics are 22-13 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Too bad it's one of the ugliest ballparks in MLB.

Tuesday the Yankees will try to regroup against the Angels, who they lost two of three to last week in Anaheim. The Red Sox, will be in Kansas City, and I believe Chris Sale will be on the mound for them. Yeah, I forgot to mention Boston is now tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East. 

Rest up, everyone. It's going to be an eventful week.