Okay, it was not quite that bad. Still, it was a disappointing loss. It would have looked so much different if Greg Bird had homered in the third instead of pulling it foul. He had another chance to do damage in the fifth, but was unable to push any runs across (although he did reach on a fielding error which allowed Jacoby Ellsbury and Aaron Judge to score). He finished the night 0-for-4, dropping his batting average to .122. When he does start hitting, he’ll quickly become a fan favorite.
The Yankees lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, and fell 1 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. The O’s beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, behind a stellar pitching performance by Dylan Bundy. With the Red Sox loss, the Yankees maintained their slight hold on second place.
This was a winnable game. Even though it was an off-night for starter CC Sabathia, he kept the team in the game and lasted five innings. We cannot expect the vintage Sabathia every outing. He is, after all, a 36 year old who had to reinvent himself. This is not 2009 even if he lulled us into that thinking with his first couple of starts.
It’s hard to put a finger on any single reason for the loss. Bird’s slow start. Sabathia’s underwhelming performance. Chase Headley’s base running skills. Starlin Castro’s fielding. Aaron Judge’s six men left on base. It was just one of those nights. Shoulda, coulda, woulda…but it didn’t happen.
Oh well, today is a new day. Michael Pineda takes the mound against Pittsburgh’s talented young righthander, Jameson Taillon. Pineda will need to bring his ‘A’ game but if he has truly turned the corner, I am sure he will. With Baltimore and Boston looming next week, the Yankees cannot afford to stumble in the Steel City.
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The Yankees need to figure out a way to get Aaron Hicks into the lineup. Limited to pinch hitting, he did single in the eighth last night. I hate rehashing why the Yankees should trade Brett Gardner, but I keep watching the San Francisco Giants and their troubles with left field. Their starting left fielder, Jarrett Parker, is out for a couple of months with a broken right clavicle. They signed Melvin Upton, Jr to a minors deal following his release by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb so he is down for a couple of months too. In last night’s loss to the Colorado Rockies, they were playing journeyman Chris Marrero who has struggled to find a home in the Majors for the last few years. Marrero did homer but he is only batting .152 (5-for-33). I’ve always thought Gardner would be a good fit in San Francisco. The Giants have the prospects for a match. The “reach for the sky” choice would be 23-year-old RHP Tyler Beede, but GM Brian Cashman would have to include more than Gardner to make it happen. Gardner would be easier to trade if he wasn’t hitting only .192. His bat will come around so when it does, Cashman should get Giants EVP-Baseball Operations Brian Sabean or GM Bobby Evans on the phone to strike a deal.
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It’s good to see shortstop Didi Gregorius in rehab games. On Friday night, he was 2-for-3 with six innings of work for the High A Tampa Yankees. He’s on track to return to the Bronx the beginning of May. I am sure that he’s motivated to be back for the two game series in Cincinnati beginning on May 8th as the Reds are his original team. Of course, that’s also true for a certain flame-throwing closer as well as a YES Network announcer who proudly wore #21 in the Bronx for a few years.
Speaking of numbers, Rickey Henderson, Tino Martinez, and Robinson Cano should be very pleased to hear that their former MLB jersey has cracked the top 10 for most popular jerseys sold…thanks to Gary Sanchez. According to MLB.com, Sanchez has the ninth most popular jersey, ahead of the Los Angeles Angels star outfielder, Mike Trout. There were four Cubs, two Dodgers, two Giants, and no Red Sox in the Top 8.
Have a great Saturday! Yankees, just bring it! We want one for the win column!