Yankees hammer Bundy for 7-4 win in series opener with O’s


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If the Yankees were tired after playing Sunday night in New York, it didn’t show Monday afternoon in Baltimore. The Yankees rallied from behind to pick up an important 7-4 win against the Orioles during the Labor Day matinee. The O’s are now 4.5 games back in the wildcard race. It’s a holiday weekend, so let’s recap this game with bullet points:

  • Monty’s Short Start: It’s very clear right now the Yankees either have Jordan Montgomery on a tight leash or they don’t want him going through the lineup three times, or both. I guess that makes sense considering how they’ve been working to control his workload. Montgomery threw only 67 pitches in 4.2 innings Monday. He allowed three runs — Tim Beckham hit a solo homer and Chris Davis hit a two-run homer — and Jonathan Schoop was at the plate representing the tying run when Joe Girardi came and got him. I don’t know if Montgomery’s hitting a wall or what, but the last few outings have been a grind.
  • The Comeback: Dylan Bundy surrendered only two walks in the first three innings, but the Yankees forced him to throw 55 pitches, and their at-bats were noticeably better the second time through the lineup. Starlin Castro opened the fourth with a single, and Didi Gregorius brought him home with a two-run home run over the high wall in right field. It hit the railing at the top of the wall, so it just barely cleared. Two walks (Aaron Judge and Todd Frazier) and a run-scoring single (Jacoby Ellsbury) followed to tie the game 3-3. Bundy threw 93 pitches in four innings. Buck Showalter sent him out to start the fifth, and a single (Chase Headley) and a homer (Castro) later, the Yankees had a 5-3 lead. The Yankees forced Chris Sale and Bundy to throw 207 pitches in 8.1 innings combined the last two games.
  • Insurance Runs: The Yankees drew ten walks in this game. Ten! Three walks led to two insurance runs in the seventh inning. Frazier and Ellsbury started the inning with free passes, Austin Romine bunted them up, and Brett Gardner got a run home with a ground out — Beckham had to move to his left to field it, and after a slight hesitation, Frazier broke for home — and following another walk (Headley), Castro singled in another run. I was surprised Headley didn’t score from second on the Castro single with two outs, but whatever.
  • Bullpen On Parade: Seven up, seven down, four strikeouts for Chad Green, who now owns a 41.7% strikeout rate and a 6.9% walk rate in 59.1 innings (1.97 ERA and 1.83 FIP). He’s been a monster all season. In games like this, when the starter goes short, Green is invaluable. David Robertson made things interesting with back-to-back walks leading off the eighth, but two strikeouts and a ground ball later, the inning was over. He broke out some nasty curveballs to escape the jam. Dellin Betances gave up a garbage time solo homer to Wellington Castillo in the ninth, but nothing else. The bullpen: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.
  • Leftovers: Three hits for Castro and one each for Headley, Gregorius, Judge, Frazier, and Ellsbury … Frazier and Ellsbury each drew two walks as well … tough day for Gardner and Greg Bird, both of whom went 0-for-5 … and finally, Judge drew his 100th walk of the season in the second inning, which is nuts. He’s the eighth rookie in history with 100+ walks and the first since Jim Gilliam in 1953. Judge drew his 101st, 102nd, and 103rd walks of the season in this game as well. He’s the first Yankee with 100 walks since Jason Giambi had 110 in 2006.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page. The Yankees and Orioles will continue this three-game series with the middle game Tuesday night. CC Sabathia and Jeremy Hellickson are the scheduled starting pitchers.

Game 137: Quick Turnaround

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

Last night’s win was one of my favorite games of the season, but because baseball can be a real jerk, the Yankees have a quick turn around today and can’t enjoy it too much. They’re in Baltimore for a Labor Day matinee after playing a night game in New York last night. I’m sure Jordan Montgomery, today’s starter, flew ahead and got a good night’s sleep. The rest of the team? Not so much.

Anyway, this three-game set against the Orioles is pretty darn important. The Yankees currently sit in the first wild card spot and are two games up in the Twins, and 3.5 games up on both the Angels and Orioles. You know Buck Showalter wants to make up a lot of ground these next three days. The Yankees haven’t won a series at Camden Yards since September 2013. Seriously. Would be nice to get off the schneid this week. Here is the Orioles’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. DH Chase Headley
  3. 2B Starlin Castro
  4. SS Didi Gregorius
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. 3B Todd Frazier
  8. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. C Austin Romine
    LHP Jordan Montgomery

Great baseball weather in Baltimore today, according to the internet. The sky is clear and it warm but not oppressively hot. This afternoon’s series opener will begin at 2:05pm ET. YES will have the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

Suspension Update: Gary Sanchez‘s suspension was reduced to three games and he begins serving it today. He can work out with the Yankees and all that, but he can’t be in the ballpark during the game. There’s a pretty good chance Gary was going to sit today anyway — it’s a day game in Baltimore after a night game in New York, and he’d caught each of the last four games, including a day game Saturday after a night game Friday (plus Romine is Montgomery’s personal catcher) — so he’s really only missing two games. No word on Romine’s suspension yet, though I imagine he’ll begin serving it after Sanchez’s suspension ends.

Roster Move: Tyler Wade has been called up, the Yankees announced. They now have 31 players on the active roster. Wade is the de factor fourth outfielder until either Aaron Hicks or Clint Frazier returns from the disabled list. The minor league regular season ends today, so Wade finished with a .310/.382/.460 (136 wRC+) batting line and seven homers and 26 steals (in 31 attempts) in 85 games with Triple-A Scranton. Unless Twins journeyman Matt Hague can miraculously add 15 points to his batting average today, Wade won the International League batting title by a large margin. He’s also only three points off the OBP lead.

News: The Yankees announced today they are donating $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and the Yankees players themselves have pledged $9,000 per win the rest of the season. That’s another reason to root for a great September and a run to the AL East title. Also, the Yankees and Red Sox will auction off autographed items from last night’s game — including all game-worn jerseys — with all the proceeds going to the relief effort. Here are the Yankees and Red Sox auctions.

Game 136: Severino vs. Sale

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

Even though it is only September 3rd, the Yankees and Red Sox will meet for the final time tonight. Final time in the regular season, that is. They could always meet in the postseason. The Yankees have won two of the first three games of this four-game series, and that’s good, but they can’t really afford a split if they want to win the AL East. A loss tonight puts them right back where they were at the start of the series, 5.5 games back.

Tonight’s pitching matchup is a dandy: Luis Severino vs. Chris Sale. If the season ended today, I’m pretty sure Sale would win the Cy Young and Severino would finish in the top three of the voting. Definitely in the top five. As good as Sale is, the Yankees have won three of the four games he’s started against them this year, and in the one loss, they had a lead in the ninth inning. Sale’s been great against the Yankees (2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings), but he can be beat. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 1B Chase Headley
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. 2B Starlin Castro
  5. RF Aaron Judge
  6. SS Didi Gregorius
  7. DH Matt Holliday
  8. 3B Todd Frazier
  9. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    RHP Luis Severino

Not the best baseball weather in New York today. It’s cloudy and chilly, and it was raining on-and-off for a bit. There’s no rain in the forecast tonight. At least nothing heavy. Tonight’s game will begin at 7:35pm ET and ESPN will have the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

Injury Updates: Aaron Hicks (left oblique strain) was placed on the 10-day DL, the Yankees announced. The injury is not as severe as his previous oblique strain and the hope is he can start swinging a bat within ten days. The Yankees used the DL stint to bring Caleb Smith back before his ten days in the minors were up, so there are eleven guys in the bullpen right now. I’m guessing another outfielder will be up soon too … Clint Frazier (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Wednesday.

Rotation Update: Jordan Montgomery, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray will start the next three games in that order. Joe Girardi said they’re essentially slipping Jaime Garcia this time around, though he will rejoin the rotation at some point.

Game 135: Need More Than A Split

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(Corey Perrine/Getty)

Now that they’ve split the first two games of this four-game series with the Red Sox, the only way the Yankees can gain ground in the AL East race this weekend is by winning the next two games. A split does nothing. It’s actually a negative, because they’d leave the series with the same 5.5 game deficit they started with, only with four fewer games on the schedule. Important games, these are.

Of course, gaining ground will require offense, and three times in the last five games the Yankees have been held to two runs or fewer. It’s four times in the last eight games overall. I’m not sure what more the Yankees can do at this point other than keep running the same guys out there and hoping it clicks. The pitching has been really good overall in the second half. The bats have to pick it up. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. RF Aaron Judge
  5. SS Didi Gregorius
  6. 3B Chase Headley
  7. DH Matt Holliday
  8. 1B Greg Bird
  9. 2B Ronald Torreyes
    RHP Masahiro Tanaka

It is cool and cloudy in New York today, and there’s a little bit of rain in the forecast later this afternoon. Nothing that should interfere with the game. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:05pm ET and you’ll be able to watch on YES locally and MLB Network out-of-market. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Starlin Castro needed some emergency dental work this morning — apparently he bit into something and lost a tooth last night — which is why he’s not in the lineup. He’s expected to be available to pinch-hit.

Appeals Update: Still no update on the Sanchez and Austin Romine suspensions. I imagine a ruling won’t come until after Labor Day. MLB’s offices are closed for the weekend.

Game 134: Meet Me In Center Field

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(Rich Schultz/Getty)

This CC Sabathia/bunting story is peak baseball stupid. But! I am pro-trash talk, and Sabathia said if the Red Sox have a problem with him, they can meet him in center field. I’m sure Andrew Benintendi has the finest hair product recommendations and Dustin Pedroia knows when Gap Kids will have their fall collection available. If it takes a dumb bunting story to add some spice to the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, I am all for it.

Anyway, as for the actual baseball game, this is yet another important one for the Yankees, who are trying to chase down the BoSox in the AL East. Last night’s win was great, but last night is last night, and if the Yankees are not on their game, that 4.5 game deficit in the AL East could become 5.5 games again real quick. One game at a time. Win tonight, then worry about tomorrow tomorrow. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Aaron Judge
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. SS Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. 1B Greg Bird
  7. DH Chase Headley
  8. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 3B Todd Frazier
    RHP Sonny Gray

Pretty much perfect weather in New York today. Not too hot and not too hold. It’s a bit cloudy out now, so it might even be chilly at the ballpark. Tonight’s game will begin shortly after 7pm ET. YES and MLB Network will have the broadcast. Enjoy the game.

Roster Moves: In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees added five players to the active roster earlier today, the first day rosters can expand. Matt Holliday has been activated off the disabled list and Jordan Montgomery, Ben Heller, Bryan Mitchell, and Erik Kratz were all called up from Triple-A Scranton. Luis Cessa was transferred to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man roster spot for Kratz.

Injury Update: Clint Frazier (oblique) is throwing and hitting in the batting cage. He’s not going to travel with the Yankees on their next road trip and is instead expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment. The minor league regular season ends this weekend, so one of the affiliates is getting Frazier for their postseason run.

Appeals Update: Sanchez and Austin Romine were scheduled to have their appeals today. I assume they happened. No reason to think otherwise. The rulings may not be handed down until the middle of next week, however, because MLB’s offices are closed for Labor Day weekend. Also, apparently Sanchez and Romine will not have to serve their suspensions at the same time. They’ll be staggered.

Game 133: The Biggest Series of the Season (For Real)

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

So this is it. The most important series of the season. Truly. These four games with the Red Sox will determine whether the Yankees have any chance at winning the AL East, or will have to shift gears and begin focusing on the wildcard. And, truth be told, the Yankees probably need to sweep this series to have a shot at the division title. They’re 5.5 games back. A split accomplishes nothing. Winning three of four gets the Yankees to within 3.5 games with 26 to play, but no head-to-head games against the Red Sox. One game at a time though.

The Yankees just got swept by the Indians and it was abundantly clearly which team went to the World Series last year and which team is hoping to get to the postseason for only the second time in five years. The Yankees have to treat these four games like postseason games. They really do. Because this is their postseason. The wildcard race is tight and the division title is becoming more and more unrealistic. Win tonight, move on to the next one. Here is the Red Sox’s lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Aaron Hicks
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. SS Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. RF Aaron Judge
  7. DH Chase Headley
  8. 1B Greg Bird
  9. 3B Todd Frazier
    LHP CC Sabathia

Cool and cloudy in New York today. Damn near autumnal. Tonight’s series opener will begin a little after 7pm ET And you’ll be able to watch on WPIX locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy the game.

Injury Update: Clint Frazier (oblique) continues to progress and started throwing today. Now that he’s throwing and swinging a bat, I imagine it won’t be too long before he begins a minor league rehab assignment.

Roster Moves: The Yankees have sent Caleb Smith and Jordan Montgomery to Triple-A Scranton, and called up Gio Gallegos, the team announced. Gallegos replaces Smith. Montgomery was the 26th man for yesterday’s doubleheader and had to go back down after the game.

Appeals Update: MLB has scheduled Sanchez’s and Austin Romine‘s appeal hearings for tomorrow, reports Mike Mazzeo. The ruling will not necessarily come tomorrow, however. Hunter Strickland had to wait six days between the hearing and the ruling after throwing at Bryce Harper earlier this year, though that was unusually long. Sanchez and Romine probably won’t have to wait that long. Either way, the Yankees picked up Erik Kratz earlier today for extra catcher depth.

Game 132: Maybe Just Win One?

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Not a good start to the doubleheader. The Yankees dropped the first game 2-1 and have already clinched the series loss to the Indians. All they can do now is salvage the series with a win in today’s second game and go into the four-game weekend series with the Red Sox feeling kinda sorta good about things. Here is the Indians’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup for the second game:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Starlin Castro
  3. DH Gary Sanchez
  4. RF Aaron Judge
  5. SS Didi Gregorius
  6. CF Aaron Hicks
  7. 1B Greg Bird
  8. 3B Ronald Torreyes
  9. C Austin Romine
    LHP Jordan Montgomery

Same weather as this afternoon, meaning pretty much perfect. The second game of the doubleheader is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4:55pm ET. YES and MLB Network will have the broadcast again. Try to enjoy the game.

Roster Move: No one was sent down for Montgomery. He is the 26th man for the doubleheader.