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The Art Of Genius

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Well  that’s certainly not what  we were looking for as the NY Yankees Greatest Team on Earth Tour hit a speed bump  by losing a 3 game series to  the Anaheim Angels with another painful 7-5 Left Coast loss

Anaheim who  trails Houston by 11 games came into  the Yankees series 33-33, a .500 club missing their All World Superstar Mike Trout, but they  simply searched, found, and destroyed the Bombers weak links over the last 2 nights, so  a Tip of the Cap

If you dropped in from Mars for 3 days you’d leave thinking Eric Young Jr was Aaron Judge,  Andrelton Simmons, and  Danny Espinosa the AL All Star SS / 2nd base combo, and JC Ramirez in line for a Cy Young….

Unfortunately for the Yanks the Angels played inspired if not great  baseball on Tuesday  and Wednesday and the Yanks who have been firing at  will, and hitting their targets against the AL East, and just  about every team sans the Astros, simply  ran out of gas and  bullets in Anaheim..

The 2 game losing streak  came at  an inopportune time in the unbalanced schedule with Boston getting a full  week of games, 4 in a row, against the worst team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies.. After watching a lot of the Boston / Philly games, calling the Phillies the worst  team in baseball is giving them too much credit, the 1962 Mets come to mind when you think of this 2017 version of the Fighting Phils…

Boston went into  extra innings in the first  2 contests, before fully dropping their spikes on the Phils neck last night, and instead of backing up Chris Sale to face the Astros, on Friday in Houston, Boston will  toss  the StrikeOut Machine against the woeful Phillies tonight, so this now 2 game lead could drop  to  1 if the Yanks continue to play  to the level of their competition ..

Or maybe the Bombers are in the midst of a market correction, and the losses are coming vs teams they  should be beating, after they emptied the tank going 8 and 5 in a tough 13  game stretch through the AL East…

The apologist  who  whistle past the graveyard will  tell  you Michael Pineda started a little rough in last night’s debacle but he ended strong,  “let’s be honest” Pineda pitched one of his worst  games of the season

6 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs, 1 BB, 2 K’s,1 HR, 102 pitches….

The Bombers highlighted by a Sanchez  3 run Bomb in the first inning, gave Pineda a 4-0 lead he could evaporate, and by the 3rd inning the Angels had a 5-4 lead….Pineda never had a 1-2-3 inning, he got an achievement award for lasting 6 innings and “ keeping his team in it”… How about shutting down this .500  squad who’s chances of making the playoffs are about as good as Philadelphia’s ?

Last night Joey Claps pretty much had a wasted bull pen, it seems the “bull pen managing genius” had over used every pitcher in his pen except his best reliever?

The Yanks have played 13 games in June, 119 innings, Betances has pitched 2.2 of those innings, because in Formula Joe’s world with Chapman missing for over a month, Betances is only used to  close games….

That’s fine but if you’re gonna lose 5 of the 13 games, maybe there should be a few  more selections to  choose from, but that’s on Cashman, only he knows why some  of his best pitching prospects are in the minors and 22 yr old kids at AA get used in high leverage situations on the varsity

forget staying up  until 2 AM, I got tired just  reading about how Ronald Herrera got to  Anaheim from Hartford Ct.

“I can’t hurt guys,” Girardi said after the game, in explaining why he threw rookie Ronald Herrera to the wolves in the young man’s major-league debut.

So in a nutshell the Genius  sacrificed a kid who needed to jump  2 levels, had traveled all  day to get to  the park, because Tanaka needed to skip the tougher Baltimore team on Sunday at Home… That  decision inspired   Joey Claps to use  5 pitchers to  win a 14-3 game on Sunday….

Herrera went to bed Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn., where his Double-A Trenton Thunder played. He received a 3:30 wakeup call from manager Bobby Mitchell instructing him of his two-level promotion to the big leagues. Two flights (from Hartford to Philadelphia and from Philly to Los Angeles) and an annoying drive (from L.A. to Anaheim) later, he reported for duty with every expectation that he would help out a bullpen that Girardi described before the game as “fried.”

If we’re gonna give Tanaka an extra day  that’s fine, he needs it, but how about a 6 man rotation then, where all  the pitchers are stretched out.. How about starting a pitcher on Sunday  that has more then 50 / 55 pitches to  work  with?

Davidoff opines it’s a lose the battle, win the War decision that prompted Girardi  and Cashman to make this move, and if you don’t understand it then you should be watching another sport…..OK then…

I guess Sabathia having to throw extra pitches thanks to a Chris Carter error that Tee ball players make, caused the 300 pounder to  strain his hammy wasn’t any help, and most likely Herrera was the only starter on Pineda’s turn available

Maybe Herrera was a better choice then RHP Brady Lail who  was lit up  at AAA last night: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP

The Yanks did finally tie the game at  5-5,  when Headley smacked a clutch RBI single in the 6th but was caught off base for the out that  killed any further thought of a rally..

Herrera after getting 2 outs on 2 pitches in the 7th  lost his release point, walked Valbuena on 5 pitches, then in an effort to get a first pitch  strike gave the hottest hitter on the Angels, Andy Simmons a cookie he could drive into  the seats… No  small  feat in that grave yard ball park and this one was over 7-5

The Yanks had one last shot in the 9th  after Hicks’ double was reversed from a catch   to  a hit, but Judge, the tying run at the plate grounded to  3rd base to end the pain

Joe Espada impacted yet another game  sending Judge on a play Billy Hamilton  couldn’t score on in the 5th inning.. Had Espada held him up, Sanchez who had 3 hits on the night had the bat taken out of his hand…I guess Espada didn’t trust Sanchez could come through, or he’s just  the worst  third base coach in baseball, take your pick….

If you’re looking for help at first base you might hope Cashman trades for somebody because Greg Bird isn’t the answer

1B Greg Bird: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — 2-for-18 (.111) in his last five games

Yeah  that’s one Mike Francesa Jinx that  doesn’t look like it’s in remission, but he’s gonna get to  the bottom of it today  when he talks to Girardi, or should I say  when he kisses Girardi’s ass for 20 minutes on his normal weekly radio spot


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Written by Sal

June 15, 2017 at 7:40 am

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  1. Sal—You said it best. Using 5 pitchers in a 14-3 loss and then complain a few days later that the bullpen is burnt out. What is wrong witha three inning stint for one or more of these guys? What the hell, they can only go one inning?
    Warren should have had a second inning on Tuesday and gone out there for the 8th rather than Clippard. Christ, Warren used to be a starter.
    And I’m I am still dumbfounded about the intial decision to bat Sanchez second. a 230 pound, slow, base clogger who is up and down like a pogo stick behind the plate, burning his knees minute after minute.
    This manager, I feel, is not going to help them win, despite all the good vibes.
    The way he has used Bedtances is criminal. And then I hear this constant shit that if the Yankees fired him, he’d get another managing job in 5 minutes. Please, let’s find out.
    He couldn’t wipe Tony Pena’s ass, or Mattingly’s for that matter.


    June 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    • Hey Noogsie great point on getting up and down impacting his base running skills
      Girardi is a Maddon wanna be

      What a surprise Francesa opens with a Mets win
      He’s a Granderson butt boy so of course that fat pant load will be all over it
      The yanks have won in spite of that geek
      Let’s hope we get back on track tonight


      June 15, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  2. I am so effin sick of binder-boi, espada, rothschild et
    hate the sight of em


    June 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    • Donny you might not always be right but you’re never wrong
      Maybe Donny baseball or Tony get a chance
      A few more nights like this week we might get our wish


      June 15, 2017 at 1:15 pm

  3. I’m now convinced the guys that call Francesa are paid to be uninformed
    That’s the only answer I can come up with

    Francesa is such a Cashman Girardi butt boy

    Chapman won’t be back until Sunday so more of the same this week end


    June 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm

  4. Francesa needs to stick with NBA NFL golf and horse racing
    Baseball has left him in the dust
    Why wouldn’t you want Ellsbury back so they can rest somebody and create depth he still thinks like it’s the 70’s

    I can’t believe he thought CC was only a few weeks
    Guys who’ve had that injury 6 weeks

    Bird sounds like he’s nowhere near returning I bet that last foul ball off his ankle a week ago on the same ankle fucked him up Girardi not mentioning it


    June 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

  5. Sounds like Cessa will get the start


    June 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm

  6. Sale got beat 1-0
    They can pick up a game
    If Montgomery can hold em at 1and the offense lays off the curve balls


    June 15, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    • Maybe Cashman does need to get some pitchers
      These loser team’s pick it up a notch when the greatest team on earth comes to town

      All this hype puts a bulls eye on their back
      Maybe we’ll get some sleep tonight if The GumBino keeps this up


      June 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm

  7. The Triple A’s are playing Their World Series
    We need to get back to playing AL East teams they can beat them


    June 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

  8. I’ll try to find the tweet but last week Bird fouled a ball off the same ankle
    My guess that’s it


    June 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    • Yes Bowling ball just mentioned it
      Girardi sounded down today on gas bags show now we know why

      Bird is as fragile as Nick Johnson bummer


      June 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm

  9. Wow what a grueling night
    Yanks finally tie it and they don’t score the next inning but Sanchez had to leave after stealing a base and driving in the tying run
    Betances 40 pitches he done
    Extra innings with Giovanni warming

    Hicks also hurt left the game rough trip so far
    Clippard strikes again


    June 16, 2017 at 2:14 am

  10. Ref with a hustle single
    Gardner on third
    Judge can put them ahead
    But 2 quick strikes
    Ref steals
    Judge can plate 2 with a knock
    He walks good AB after going 0-2

    Castro with them loaded sac fly take lead Gardzilla scores great base running
    But who closes ? Gallegos !
    Holliday ph can wreck it but gets punched out chasing


    June 16, 2017 at 2:24 am

    • Yanks scored in five innings straight hopefully they can hold it here and win it


      June 16, 2017 at 2:25 am

  11. Betances only pitcher to not give up a run
    Shift almost causes a run to score but Headley comes up with the defensive play two more outs

    Huge spot for Gallegos Warren and Holder must be really really tired

    Gallegos nibbling to Joyce now full count
    And he punches him out on Ballfour great job, terrible at bat for Joyce one more out to go and we can finally fucking go to bed
    Davis gets a base hit go talk to romine Hes shrugging her shoulders

    Man a double now they can win it with a hit IW bases now loaded

    Kid looks shaky but One ball and two strikes


    June 16, 2017 at 2:37 am

    • Romine trying to work him through it
      But Castro blows the pop up
      It was Gardner’s ball to catch
      another BRUTAL LOSS
      Should have been the 3 rd out


      June 16, 2017 at 2:41 am

  12. I don’t get not using Warren here
    Unless he’s hurt
    Girardi would be fired if the old man was still alive going with a kid to close

    Yankee magic has disappeared on this trip
    Hicks Sanchez left game cannot believe Gardner did not call Castro off there


    June 16, 2017 at 2:47 am

  13. Hicks got hurt on the Alonso HR I bet
    Could have picked up a game on the whole division
    Crushing loss
    Girardi picking a great time for auditions


    June 16, 2017 at 2:52 am

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