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Judge Slams the A’s

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Thanks to the Red Sox starting their season stuck in the mud, and the Orioles falling on hard times losing 7 in a row 8 out of their last ten, the Bombers 9-5 win and 4-2 Homestand has them  sitting 3 games in front of Boston  for the AL East  lead

The Yanks are 5-5 in their last  10 games, they also lead the AL in runs scored 254, 2 runs ahead of Houston, all  thanks to yesterday’s 9  run  explosion

In the previous 5 home games the Yanks had plated a total of 13 runs, before yesterday  the they hadn’t scored more then  4 runs in their 6 previous games vs Tampa, KC, and Oakland

Michael Pineda for the 2nd straight outing needed to  figure out how gobble up outs without having in his possession  the skull  and cross-bones slider, and for the most part he did


Pineda picked up questionable, but   favorable print from the media

After struggling through a 6-12 campaign with a bloated 4.82 ERA, this season Pineda has improved to 6-2 with a 3.32. And having more confidence in that changeup has helped him, even on days when his slider isn’t at its peak.

The bar had been set low for Pineda if they  think  yesterday’s outing was the Pineda NY was looking for last year.. Yes he’s managed to  grind out  some games when his stuff isn’t A+, so he’s moving on up  the food chain Re: his free agency value, but If I’m a GM taking an interest in Pineda long term, I still have reservations on his make up ?

With no Betances, and in a way  thankfully no Clippard available, it was imperative Pineda give the Yanks some length in what  was a psychological must  win  game vs a very bad AL West  squad, especially on the road (7-17).

Pineda put the Bombers in a quick  2-0 hole after 1.5 innings, but the Yanks managed to cut it in half with 2 singles and a sac fly in their portion of the 2nd inning.

Oakland’s starter Andy Triggs featured a nasty slider that looked tough  to hit, he wasn’t especially sharp  with his command, but the Yanks weren’t especially patient and the strike zone managed to  widen quite a bit until Aaron Judge wrecked the game in the third inning  with his first  ever Grand Slam

Down  2-1 Torreyes led off the 3rd with an infield hit, Sanchez rolled over a slider that escaped the infield thanks to  Oakland’s shift leaving enough available  real  estate between first and 2nd base they could have built their much needed new stadium on it

Matt Joyce then dropped a potential F/9 to load the bases with 1 out, but Castro choked on his AB, and flailed away on 3 straight  breaking pitches that were nowhere near hittable or in the strike zone….

Castro’s AB temporarily took the wind out of the inning’s sails, but Aaron Judge, the anti Castro, didn’t bite on a few pitches out of the zone before connecting with a 2-1 fastball  that he deposited into  the right field seats

The Salami  not only picked up Castro, but it gave Pineda a 3 run margin for error, and with his best stuff still in lock  down, Judge’s clutch bomb shifted the momentum to  the Bombers

Hicks created the 6th run in the 4th inning on a single, a stolen base, an E-2, and a sac fly by Hurricane Carter.. 6-2 NY

Pineda wasn’t crisp but after 4 innings he was pretty much on schedule with 59 pitches, plus he had a 6-2 cushion, so perhaps going deep into  the game was a possibility..?

Unfortunately it took him 42 pitches to navigate through the 5th  and 6th innings, and  at 101 pitches his gas tank was on E..

Pineda was given high  marks but had he not been saved by Judge, his offense, and some very bad Oakland defense, his outing wouldn’t have garnered the Ace label being awarded him by the NY media

My how the bar has dropped on what starting pitchers are expected to  accomplish in this era… 5 and fly or 6 innings, 3 runs, seems to be except-able Quality pitching… That’s fine, but you better have a very stout bull pen to  cover the constant 9 to  12 outs you’re needing to get every game..

Chad Too Green’s 1.1 inning, 1 hit, 2 run, 2 BB, 2 K, 42 pitch outing  was probably the biggest  disappointment of the afternoon..  Pineda not giving the Yanks an expected minimum 21 out game, paled in comparison to Green’s off day

If the Bombers are going to  succeed for 162, they need the  young starters who  didn’t crack the rotation out of boot camp  to  at  least provide shut down relief work, in fact Green should have been able to take the last 9 outs to  the house

Unfortunately after getting the first out in the 8th inning, and ahead in the count  1-2 to Lowery, Green  couldn’t put him away, eventually walking him… He was in a bad match-up  vs fast ball hitting Kris Davis, but it’s time to  see if Cashman  trading Justin Wilson for Cessa and Green is panning out, and this was a great  test..

Green was ahead in the count again 1-2, but a 2-2 clothes line 96 MPH fast ball landed in the seats cutting the Bombers lead to  7-5…

The dinger knocked Green out of the game, and it was Joey Claps time, match-up by committee with Layne and Warren cleaning up  the 8th..

Warren in a much needed bounce back game closed out the 9th after the Bombers had given him some breathing room plating 2 more runs in the top  half  thanks to  a clutch bases loaded double by Gardner

Green could have given  everybody a day off, and with  the next 13 games in a row vs AL East opponents, starting with a fresh bull pen in Baltimore today would have been “what  we’re  looking for”

Thanks to  the 2 insurance runs in the 9th, Betances who  was warming up didn’t need to  bail out Girardi and Levine once again…

Hit  and Run

2B: Sánchez (2, Smith); Gardner (8, Axford)
HR: Judge (16, 3rd inning off Triggs 3 on, 2 Out)
RBI: Hicks (21), Judge 4 (34), Carter (14), Sánchez (12), Gardner 2 (22)
SF: Hicks, Carter
2-out RBI: Judge 4, Sánchez, Gardner 2
Yankees RISP: 2-7 (Sánchez 0-1, Holliday 0-1, Carter 0-1, Castro 0-2, Judge 1-1, Gardner 1-1)
Team LOB: 5
SB: Hicks (7, 2nd base off Triggs/Phegley)
CS: Hicks (3, 2nd base by Triggs/Phegley)
E: Pineda (1, throw)
DP: 1 (Castro-Carter).
Outfield Assist: Gardner (Healy at 2nd base).

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Written by Sal

May 29, 2017 at 8:40 am

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  1. Not the best day to wax poetic Justin Wilson, yesterday the White Sox got to him for 3 runs, but he’s also closing for the Tigers… Previous he was light’s out

    Wilson in the Bombers BP would have been much better then what Green and Cessa have given NY, so unless Green and Cessa can start to help the varsity Cashman fucked up


    May 29, 2017 at 8:57 am

  2. Sal, I didn’t know Green & Cessa from a comedy team playing Open Mike Night at the Towne Crier.
    I thought Wilson was the perfect lefty when we had him, & was less than enthused when CashMan made the deal. I still like Wilson. And Wilson & Cessa are still perfecting their comedy routine unable to break out of the Borscht Belt. Not looking good so far for the horse trader


    May 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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