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Yanks Exorcise Jason

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What Goes On in Vargas Stays in Vargas

The Bombers have met their fair share of Junk men this season and for the most part those type pitchers have been kryptonite to  what  has become a very dangerous line-up.

Miguel Gonzalez, Marcus Estrada, Dallas Keuchel, I’ll  even toss in Wade Miley who  walked 8 batters but the Yanks  still  couldn’t square up a pitch  in a timely fashion, have been frustrating games to  watch.

Last night the MLB ERA leader 34 yr old Jason Vargas, who at the moment is king of all Junk Men, looked to be in the cat bird seat based on the Bombers track record vs these roadside flea markets in baseball laundry

Of course this being baseball Suzyn, none of the expected transpired and the Yanks clobbered the Royals 11-7.. The 7 for KC is almost a mirage, the score doesn’t indicate how lopsided this game really was in the Yankees favor.

Jason Vargas is the classic  fast ball (40), change up (25), curve (24), tops out at  86, subtracts to 73 when he uses his knuckle-curve type of competitor.. I don’t know how often he throws his 4 seam fast-ball into  the mix, but last night he only threw 2 of them, and per his graph there is a significant difference in the break..

Staying away from a pretty good fast ball hitting team might have been one reason, and for 3 innings, despite the Bombers scoring a run in the first inning, Vargas was stingy.

Gardner and Castro  teamed up for the first Yankees  run in the 1st inning, a Gardner single and Castro  double, did the trick.. After 6 up  and 6 down the Yanks were selective in their approach in the 4th  inning and they mugged Vargas for 5 runs

Castro smoked a one out double, Judge put up  a very mature base on balls, laying off nasty change-ups and curves that  didn’t look hitter friendly. Gregorius’s ability to hit lefties has become a weapon and he fired off an RBI single to make it 2-0

Aaron Hicks batting 8th wrecked the game for Vargas blasting a near 400 foot  3 run Tater that had foul ball  written all over it, but  when it landed just inside the foul pole, the good guys were on their way  to  a laugher.. The grins expanded as Carter singled and Gardner tripled home the 6th run

There were lots of heroes besides Hicks in this one … Starlin Castro was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Didi Gregorus was 2-for-5 with two ribbies, Gardner was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a sac fly.

The Yanks were up 2-0 when Hicks hit in the fourth with a run in and two out.

Batting right, Hicks made it 5-0 by homering to left of Royals lefty Jason Vargas, who took an AL-best 1.01 ERA into the start and left after a six-run, four-inning outing with it up to 2.03.

The Yanks knocked Vargas out after 4 innings, 7 hits and 6 runs, but KC straw boss Grateful Ned Yost brought in Irish tenor Peter Moylan, and old Pete drove the KC bandwagon into  a telephone pole… Those KC BBQ ribs everybody was chomping on probably didn’t go down smoothly if you were donning Royal Blue

Moylan relieved Vargas. 6 2
Castro reached on infield single to second. 6 2
Judge walked, Castro to second. 6 2
Headley singled to shallow left, Castro scored, Judge to second. 7 2
Gregorius singled to center, Judge scored, Headley to second. 8 2
Hicks walked, Headley to third, Gregorius to second. 8 2
Carter grounded into fielder’s choice to shortstop, Headley scored, Hicks out at second, Gregorius to third. 9 2
Gardner hit sacrifice fly to left, Gregorius scored, Carter to second. 10 2
Sánchez singled to left, Carter out at home, Sánchez to second advancing on throw. 10 2

The Yanks up 10-4 in the 8th loaded the bases with no  outs but could only plate 1 run on a Headley fielders choice, that  capped off their scoring..

Shuttle Butt Giovanny Gallegos didn’t earn  any rewards points in the 9th inning giving up  5 singles and 3 runs, 4 of the knocks came with  2 outs… With the game now 11-7 and  the tying run on deck, Joey Claps rushed Betances into  the game and Brillo Levine’s punching bag picked up  the final out for a Save….

Pineda held serve with  Vargas long enough for his offense to  grab a 6-0 lead… At that point PineTop checked out..

Pineda coughed up  3 hits, one a 2 run HR in the 4th  to make it 6-2.. After throwing 37 pitches in 3 innings, it was the first of two  18 pitch innings, the 6th  was his 2nd..

At 10-3 in the 5th he allowed a solo HR, no harm it was garbage time, but the nurses station  was being alerted, they had a drifter patient  walking the halls..

His strike rate dropped to  50% in the 6th  and 7th innings, and after a lead off single and  2 errors on one play by Headley, Joey Claps yanked his out of focused ass

6 innings, 4 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, 2 BB’s, 5 K’s, 2 HR’s

Penny Layne actually got a LHB out, Adam the Sheriff Warren relieved Layne, gave up  a sac fly,  but he cleaned the remaining 2 outs in the 7th inning and all 3 outs in the 8th before Gallegos decided to increase Psycho Joe’s blood pressure reading in the 9th


Hit and Run

2B: Castro 2 (9, Vargas 2)
3B: Gardner (1, Vargas)
HR: Hicks (7, 4th inning off Vargas 2 on, 2 Out)
RBI: Castro (26), Gregorius 2 (12), Hicks 3 (19), Gardner 2 (16), Headley 2 (17), Carter (11)
SF: Gardner
2-out RBI: Castro, Gregorius, Hicks 3, Gardner
GIDP: Gardner
Yankees RISP: 5-14 (Sánchez 1-1, Headley 1-4, Holliday 0-1, Gregorius 2-4, Hicks 1-1, Carter 0-1, Judge 0-2)
Team LOB: 8
E: Headley 2 (9, throw, ground ball)
DP: 2 (Pineda-Castro-Gregorius-Carter, Headley-Castro-Carter).

Every starter had at least one hit


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Written by Sal

May 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

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  1. Yanks had great career numbers vs Vargas and they ended up pounding him and ruining his era of 1.
    They have really blasted the Royals the past 2 games. Pinheada has continued pitching well,especially for him. No lead is too big for our gidrools-lol Betances got the save,the big thing was he picked up Hosmers roller and actually made a good throw to 1b,something he couldn’t do last year. I was watching the Indians/Rays,the Tribe has former gidrools Nick Goody and Boone Logan(not really a gidrool) in the pen.
    Sherman had an article about former Yanks going well,including Swarzak,who then reverted to form giving up a 3 run bomb to Trout. Yanks making the league weaker by sending their gidrools to the other teams-lol
    Lou Piniella wrote a book,was on with Boomer/Carton,was a great interview,lots of good stuff about George,Arod,etc-worth listening to,its on the wfan website.


    May 18, 2017 at 10:21 am

    • hey Big D hahaha on the gidrools.. Sherman jinxed Swarzak, yes I read that article

      thanks for the Sweet Lou tip when they post it we’ll drop it thanks Big D

      Good point on him throwing a strike to first base lol


      May 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

  2. Yanks have to justify Andrew Miller so Frazier and Sheffield bringing back a top of the rotation piece under team control would be the final piece to the Miller haul…Then that trade can almost make sense


    May 18, 2017 at 11:53 am

  3. Here’s the Lou Piniella interview Big D hipped us to, Thanks D…Scroll down to Wednesday


    May 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

  4. hahaha


    May 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  5. Sal

    May 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  6. Sal

    May 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

  7. make sure you click on the audio icon


    May 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  8. a most definite moscone award candidate right here.. wonder what the Ball dude said to her


    May 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  9. This Clown Francesa keeps denouncing the Yanks saying how none of these guys have a track record of being this good, all this guy ever does is recite stats he looks up before an argument… didn’t watch 1 pitch in ST, didn’t look at one article Re: baseball over the winter, only recites what Girardi or Cashman tell him and his uses that garbage as gospel

    Francesa may have mushed himself saying the Yanks would be a .500 team, that more then anything might be their biggest asset lol


    May 18, 2017 at 1:42 pm

  10. a guy brings up a stat point, and Francesa mentions he doesn’t want to hear about stats… Meanwhile all he did was recite stats to make his argument… The caller never said they didn’t need an upgrade in pitching only that a collection of wins came when they scored 4 runs or less…

    It’s a shame that Francesa a NYY fan is rooting for them to lose because he said they weren’t any good….What an amazing clown


    May 18, 2017 at 2:16 pm

  11. Francesa, they can bring in a FA pitcher lol like who Mike

    here’s this winters FA class

    Brett Anderson (30)
    Jake Arrieta (32)
    Clay Buchholz (33)
    Madison Bumgarner (28) — $12MM club option with a $1.5M buyout
    Trevor Cahill (30)
    Matt Cain (33) — $21MM club option with a $7.5MM buyout
    Andrew Cashner (31)
    Jhoulys Chacin (30)
    Tyler Chatwood (28)
    Jesse Chavez (34)
    Wei-Yin Chen (32) — Can opt out of the remaining three years, $52MM on his contract
    Alex Cobb (30)
    Bartolo Colon (45)
    Johnny Cueto (32) — Can opt out of the remaining four years, $84MM on his contract
    Yu Darvish (31)
    John Danks (33)
    Jorge De La Rosa (37)
    R.A. Dickey (43) — $8MM club option with $500K buyout
    Nathan Eovaldi (28) — $TBD club option
    Marco Estrada (34)
    Scott Feldman (35)
    Yovani Gallardo (32) — $13MM club option with a $2MM buyout
    Jaime Garcia (31)
    Matt Garza (34) — $13MM vesting option/$5MM club option (can become $1MM club option based on DL time)
    Gio Gonzalez (32) – $12MM club option, vests with 180 innings pitched in 2017
    Miguel Gonzalez (34)
    Jeremy Hellickson (31)
    Derek Holland (31)
    Ubaldo Jimenez (34)
    Ian Kennedy (33) — Can opt out of the remaining three years, $43MM on his contract
    John Lackey (39)
    Francisco Liriano (34)
    Jordan Lyles (27)
    Lance Lynn (31)
    Wade Miley (31) — $12MM club option with a $500K buyout
    Mike Minor (30) — $10MM mutual option with a $1.25MM buyout
    Matt Moore (29) — $9MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Jon Niese (31)
    Ricky Nolasco (35) — $13MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Martin Perez (27) — $6MM club option with a $2.45MM buyout
    Michael Pineda (29)
    Clayton Richard (34)
    Tyson Ross (31)
    CC Sabathia (37)
    Anibal Sanchez (34) — $16MM club option with a $5MM buyout
    Hector Santiago (30)
    Chris Sale (29) — $12.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Masahiro Tanaka (29) — Can opt out of the remaining three years, $67MM on his contract
    Chris Tillman (30)
    Josh Tomlin (33) — $3MM club option with a $750K buyout
    Jason Vargas (35)
    Jered Weaver (35)
    Chris Young (39) — $8MM mutual option with a $1.5MM buyout

    Not one pitcher under 30 yr’s old, and those guys who are under 30 have team options…..If you trade for a young pitcher give up prospects in depth positions that’s the best way to build a pitching staff not only for 2017 but for the next 2 or 3 yr’s or more


    May 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    • How much does Mike think Darvish is gonna want as a FA? and at 31 yr’s old what’s he gonna be in 5 or 6 yrs?


      May 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

  12. my God how does this guy have a sports show, his worst nightmare today is everybody wants to talk baseball … Francesa is lost he has no idea who’s even in the NYY system who would be available where the depth is he knows Nothing about the NYY farm..

    Also the Astros might take the best cost controlled starters off the market to beat the deadline rush…

    Grabbing a Cole or Quintana or any cost controlled starter isn’t only bout 2017 or a peanut race, it’s about the next 2 to 4 years… The NYY have nobody ( starting pitchers) under contract after this season, and if Tanaka doesn’t opt out that means he really sucked


    May 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm

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