The Curse of Jerry Hairston, Jr./Eric Hinske:

Thursday, August 31, 2017 Despite late rally, Yanks drop nightcap to Tribe

Behind a pair of strong pitching performances from Trevor Bauer and Ryan Merritt, the Indians grabbed both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Yankee Stadium, finishing off a series sweep of the Yankees with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.

Cleveland improved to a season-high 20 games over .500 as Edwin Encarnacion, Yan Gomes and Francisco Lindor homered in the second game, powering the Indians to their seventh consecutive win while dealing another blow to the Yanks’ chances in the American League East race.

That was clearly an awful sweep, but you know what’s even worse? Somehow the Yankees lost three in a row at the same time that the team ahead of them won three in a row and the three teams right behind them in the Wild Card won three in a row (the Angels were down 8-5 earlier in the night but are now up 10-5). A lot of that is just scheduling flukes, as the Angels, Twins and Red Sox happen to be playing literally three of the four worst teams in the American League at the moment (Blue Jays, White Sox and Athletics). The Orioles, though, won their seventh straight by beating the Mariners (also via a big comeback).

Anyhow, not a good day for the Yankees. Jaime Garcia pitched well but it was Jordan Montgomery who sucked, which was a shame. The Yankees, meanwhile, couldn’t hit at all, with Aaron Judge embarrassing himself in the first game by striking out to end the game by swinging and missing at what would have been ball four and then swinging and missing at what would have been ball five and everyone embarrassed themselves in the second game. Greg Bird hit a nice home run while they were down 9-1, but that is not doing much for any optimism going into a four game set against the Red Sox at the Stadium.

--Posted at 12:18 am by Brian Cronin / 18 Comments | - (0)


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Too depressed to comment. The orioles are going to pass them by this time next week. Maybe sooner.

“Late Rally?”

Fun with end points 32-39 since June 13, second division caliber baseball.

3. Well, well aware. :(

Eric Kratz to Yankees. Yankees rearranging lifeboats.

In case both catchers are suspended at the same time?

Our pickup is better

Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Angels “are getting” Upton. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets that the last remaining phase of the deal is the medical review of the involved players.

1:13pm: In a stunning development, the Angels are closing in on a trade to acquire outfielder Justin Upton from the Tigers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter).

Detroit will receive right-hander Grayson Long from the Angels in the trade, Crasnick reports (Twitter link). Long, 23, was the Angels’ third-round pick in 2015 and rates as the No. 9 prospect in Anaheim’s thin farm system, per Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis of It’s not yet clear what (if any) other pieces are in the deal for the Tigers.

Sherman tweets that the Angels are sending Long and either a player to be named later or cash to the Tigers in the deal. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Angels are assuming the majority of Upton’s remaining 2017 salary as well as all of the $88.5MM he’ll be owed after the current season if he forgoes his opt-out clause.

•  I guess Grayson Long is better than nothing. But will Upton really opt-out? Maybe that is why the Tigers are trading him, he wasn’t going to opt-out? How much more would Upton get over his $22.1 million per year to risk opting-out? It is a weak FA crop, but still.

•  What has Sanchez done since that stupid fisticuffs a week ago? He was bombing the ball prior to that.

Yeah, you have to imagine that he’s planning to opt out and that’s why they just wanted SOMEthing for him now. Good for the Angels, though. Good to see teams really go for it.

8/31 @Yankees lineup vs BOS
Gardner LF
Hicks CF
Sanchez C
Gregorius SS
Castro 2B
Judge RF
Headley DH
Bird 1B
T. Frazier 3B
Sabathia P

Kratz is a fine pickup, but it’ll be interesting to see who loses their 40-man spot. I’m guessing it’s just Cessa or Cooper going to the 60-Day DL.

11 That’s it?  Your offense sucks and forget about Andujar and his 1100 OPS vs LHP at Scranton, they can’t even bring up Austin who admittedly in a tiny sample is killing LHP. He’s really not a better addition to the lineup than Todd Effing Frazier or Headley?? Just stand pat.  I’d rather they bring up Holiday who I have zero faith in. They can’t stand pat with this offense.

Good to see them knock Judge down a bit, at least.

I love Didi, but he’s not really a cleanup hitter. If Bird’s really an everyday player bat him 3 or 4.

He’s only been back for two series. I don’t mind waiting a bit longer to move him up. But yes, he should be moving up soon.

Someone had a funny tweet about how the Yankee/Indians 2-1 game still took over 3 hours to play, so imagine how things will be starting tomorrow when every manager suddenly has a bunch of extra relievers handy (especially in the land of double-switches in the National League).

I fear greatly that Judge is gonna be just a rich man’s Shane Spencer…

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