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Cleveland wins AL Pennant, Miller ALCS MVP; Cubs even NLCS.

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The Cleveland Indians are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1997. They have only won it twice, in 1920 and 1948.

Andrew Miller was named the ALCS MVP after the Indians beat the Blue Jays in Game 5 in Toronto 3-0 to win the series four games to one.

Terry Francona should probably be put in the Hall of Fame now. With a depleted rotation, two guys down (Carrasco and Salazar), another cuts up his hand (Bauer), he deftly guided his bullpen—thanks to Miller—to a sweep of Boston and a five-game win over Toronto. Good pitching beat good hitting. When you look at his rotation problems right now, you say “No Way!”. Fabulous job by Francona.

Here is one example of the Indians depleted rotation and the job Francona did. The Game 5 starter for Cleveland was Ryan Merritt, a 24 yr. old rookie who had just four major league games under his belt and just one start. He pitched 4 1/3 innings.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp hit solo HRs for Cleveland in the game. Francisco Lindor, who could have been ALCS MVP himself, had 3 hits.

In the NLCS, the Cubs offense woke up after being shut out in Games 2 and 3 and they evened the series at two games apiece, winning Game Four 10-2.

Anthony Rizzo had 3 hits, 3 RBI, inc. a HR. Addison Russell had 3 hits, 2 RBI inc. a HR. The Dodgers were sloppy in making four errors.

I never saw a pitcher wearing a single digit number before Urias last night. And that is in 50 years of watching baseball. How about you?



Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

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Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.

SWB wins AAA Championship.

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Each year, the International League Champ plays the Pacific Coast League Champ in a one-game, sudden death game to decide the AAA Championship.

This year, it was the Yankees’ AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the International League Champ, going up against the El Paso Chihuahua’s, the Pacific Coast League Champ and the AAA team of the San Diego Padres.

SWB won, 3-1, on a 3-run HR by Chris Parmalee.

He had 2 hits as did Clint Frazier and Jake Cave.

The Minors. SWB wins International League championship. Trenton loses.

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AAA: SWB won the Governor’s Cup, the International League Championship, with a 3-0 win on Friday night to take the series three games to one. Mark Payton had 3 hits, a triple, 2 RBI. Clint Frazier had 2 hits and an RBI.

AA: Trenton lost the Eastern League title, as they were swept three games to none. They lost Game 3 by the score of 2-1. Justus Sheffield was a bit wild, 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 walks, 5 K. Anthony Swarzak (yup, all the way down here) gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning. Sebastian Valle a solo HR. Trenton managed just four hits, two by Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).

The Minors: SWB advances to title round, Tampa is in it. Trenton close.

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AAA: SWB beat Lehigh Valley 11-3 to sweep the series 3 games to none and advance to the championship series. Giovanny Gallegos with 3 no-hit shut out innings of relief with 5 K. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI Cito Culver. 3 hits and 2 RBI for Kyle Higashioka. Donovan Solano, Chris Parmalee and Jake Cave all had 2 hits and an RBI. 2 hits for Mason Williams.

AA: Trenton lost to Reading 13-5 as Justus Sheffield and Cale Coshow struggled. Trenton still leads the best-of-five series two games to one. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI Billy McKinney.2 hits, RBI for Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 hits, solo HR Sebastian Valle.

High A: Tampa’s first series was a best of three (didn’t know that), and Tampa won that, two games to one.

So this is game 1 of the championship series, which is a best of five. Tampa lost 8-1. HR Kevin Cornelius.

Low A: Charleston won 4-3 to even their series at one game apiece and stay alive. They scored all four runs in the seventh, when they were down 3-0. Taylor Widener 4 1/3 scoreless relief innings, 1 hit, 6 K. Vicente Conde 2 RBI. This is a best-of-three. Should Charleston win Game 3, they would advance to the best-of-five championship series.


Game 136. Ellsbury & Austin lead Yanks to 5-3 win.

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Jacoby Ellsbury homered, had three hits and drove in three runs, and Tyler Austin had two hits (both doubles) and 2 RBI as the Yanks beat Toronto 5-3 on Labor Day afternoon.

The win puts the Yanks at 71-65, 5 1/2 out of first in the AL East, still in 4th place, and keeps them 3 1/2 out of the second wild card spot. They still need to jump teams and probably have to go 18-8 against a tough schedule to make the playoffs.

But they aren’t going down without a fight.

Masahiro Tanaka, the Yanks’ best player this year (according to WAR on didn’t have his best stuff, giving up 10 base runners in 6 1/3 IP, but he gave up just two runs in improving to 12-4.

Because of some no-decisions early in the season due to the Yanks’ lack of hitting, Tanaka doesn’t have as many decisions as you’d think. He probably should be something like 17-6 or so. If he were that, he’d probably get CYA consideration. Maybe he still will. He has had an excellent season.

Tanaka gave up a run in the first, but the Yanks got two in the bottom of the inning on Ellsbury’s 2-run HR (7).

In the third, Austin doubled and scored on Ellsbury’s single to make it 3-1.

Austin doubled in two in the fourth to make it 5-1. Toronto made it close with two in the seventh.

Aaron Judge is still striking out too often, as he was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts today and has some 35 strikeouts in 65 at bats. He didn’t take his offensive frustrations out to the field however, as he saved two runs defensively. His diving catch saved one run, and he robbed another of a home run. At 6’7 1/2″, he hardly had to jump to bring back a potential home run ball from clearing the 8′ high fence.

Tanaka (w, 12-4, 3.11) 6 1/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 walks,  4 K.
Holder 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 6.75
Heller 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 6.00. Faced one batter, gave up a hit for 2 runs, one charged to Tanaka, the other to Holder.
Layne (H, 8) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.32 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.25 (AZ/NYY)
Betances (S, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.05

We are still awaiting word on Wednesday’s starter, now that Green is out.

BTW, have you noticed how little Teixeira and McCann are being used during these important games?

The Minors. SWB Clinches Division.

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AAA: SWB won 6-1. Phil Coke 6 IP, 1 run. Solo HR Chris Parmalee. 3 hits, RBI Mason Williams, who is at .316. Did the Yanks trade Ben Gamel because they feel Williams would be better? Who knows. 2 hits, RBI Cito Culver. With Lehigh Valley’s loss, SWB clinched their division.

AA: Trenton lost 5-3.

High A: Tampa rained out again.

Low A: Charleston won 8-2. Adonis Rosa six shutout innings. Estevan Florial triple, HR, 2 RBI. 2 hits, RBI Luis Torrens. Kyle Holder 3 hits.