Category Archives: Ex-Players

Boston evens ALCS at 1 game each, Sale hospitalized.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Boston won Game 2, 7-5 over Houston, to even the ALCS at one game each.

Boston does have a new concern. From mlb.com:

Red Sox ace Chris Sale was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital with a stomach illness on Sunday, and he didn’t travel with the team to Houston, where the American League Championship Series against the Astros will resume on Tuesday.

The Red Sox are hopeful he will be ok to start Game 5 on Thursday.

Game 3 of the NLCS between Milwaukee and the Dodgers is today. That series is also tied.

NFL great Jim Taylor, fullback for the Lombardi Packers of the 1960s, died Saturday morning at the age of 83. #31 for those teams, he was on the 1961, 1962, 1965 NFL champs as well as the Super Bowl I (1966) champs. He scored the first TD in Super Bowl history. He was the one Chuck Bednarik tackled at the 9-yd. line when the Eagles beat the Packers 17-13 for the NFL Championship, and Taylor also won the NFL rushing title in 1962—the only year Jim Brown (1957-1965) did NOT lead the league in rushing.

 

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Yanks/Red Sox overshadowing other series? One team may have a beef about that.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Because of the rivalry and the markets, the focus is on the Yankees/Red Sox series. You wonder how the other teams feel about that. The NL, and especially, one AL club.

With that focus on Boston/NY, Houston may be saying, “What about us? We won 103 this year, and we’re the defending WS Champs!”

And they would have every right to feel that way.

The Yanks made a couple of moves. That roster for the wild card game was only for that game so off goes Higashioka and Wade, and on goes CC and Tarpley.

Tarpley could be a shocker (or sleeper?). I saw his MLB debut on 9/2. He got in 10 games this year, no decisions, ERA 3.00.

9 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 6 W, 13 K. Walks too high, but here he will be facing the Red Sox in a postseason series, as most likely, a LOOGY.

Happ will start Game 1.

Boston has announced Sale, Price, Porcello and Eovaldi for Games 1-4.

Interesting a lot of lefties going up in Fenway. Happ, Sale, Price.

I haven’t seen the Yanks order, but after Happ, I expect Tanaka (Update: it is), then Severino, CC and then Happ. (Update: No starter named after Tanaka. Looking like 3/4 could be switched, CC then Severino?).

Happ has a 2.98 ERA or so in 21 games (20 starts) against Boston. A good record, but unconventional in that a lefty goes in Games 1 and maybe 5 up in Fenway.

Milw. won game 1 of their NLDS against Colorado. As I write this, the Dodgers have a nice lead in Game 1 over the Braves. (Update: Dodgers won 6-0).

A passing: Marty Pattin at the age of  75 yesterday. Angels 1968, Seattle Pilots 1969. Milwaukee Brewers 1970-1971, Boston 1972-1973, KC Royals 1974-1980.

Pattin faced the Yanks in the ALCS in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.

He was an All-Star in 1971 for the Brewers.

He won 17 in 1972 for Boston.

114-109, 3.62, ERA+ 102. Average 162 g. season? 22 Starts, 24 more in relief. 11-11, 3.62.

 

Game 162. Yanks fall, 10-2, finish 100-62. Wild Card game next.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost the season finale, 10-2, to finish the season at 100-62, 2nd in the AL East, 8 behind Boston. They now prepare for the sudden death wild card game at the Stadium on Wednesday night vs. the 97 win A’s.

Not a good day for a tweener, Cessa, or two rookies in Loaisiga and Sheffield.

Luke Voit got two of the Yanks’ four hits, and his 2-run HR (15, 14 as a Yankee) accounted for both of the Yankees’ runs. So the record is 267 HR in a season by one team, the 2018 Yankees.

The Yanks made 3 errors in this game.

Miguel Andujar got his 47th double of the season tying Fred Lynn’s record for most by an AL rookie.

Gary Sanchez finished at .186, the lowest batting average in Yankees’ history for someone with, say, 300 plate appearances.  1970 Jerry Kenney was the previous low.

Cessa (L, 1-4, 5.24) 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Robertson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.23
Loaisiga 2 IP, 3 R, 0 ER,  4 H, 0 W, 2 K. gave up 1 HR.   5.11
Sheffield 1 1P, 3 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  10.13
Tarpley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 4 K.  3.00
Cole 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  6.14 (Wash/NYY)
Adams  1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  7.04

 

Game 161. Yanks win 100, Stanton gets 100, and Yanks set a couple records.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In the next to last regular season game, the Yanks (100-61) beat Boston 8-5 for their 100th win of the season. It is the first time since 2009 that the Yanks have won 100 games in a season.

In so doing, they hit 2 HR which set a new single season record by HR by a team in a season.

Since Gleyber Torres, in the 9 spot, hit the HR for the new record, it meant that each spot in the lineup 1 through 9 contributed 20 or more HR, another MLB record.

Not only that, Miguel Andujar hit 2 doubles in the game, giving him 46 on the year, setting a new record for a Yankees’ rookie, breaking that of Joe DiMaggio in 1936.

In the first, Gardner reached on an error and two outs later, scored on a double by Stanton.

Boston tied it in the bottom of the second.

To the fourth. Didi singles and after an out, Bird doubles in Didi. After another out, Torres hits a HR (24) to make it 4-0. Torres’ HR, #265 on the season for the Yanks, sets the all-time record of HR by one team in one season. They weren’t and are not done.

Boston gets a run in the fourth, 4-2 Yanks after 4.

The Yanks get three in the fifth. Hicks and Stanton single, and after an out, Andujar doubles in two. After another out, Romine singles, 7-2 Yankees.

Stanton homers (38) in the seventh. It’s also RBI #100. Some jerk (hope you are reading this, asshole) throws the ball back and hits Stanton as he is rounding the bases. No harm, no foul, but what an asshole. He was kicked out, deservedly so.

Ugly eighth as Kahnle gives up a run. 8-3.

Ugly ninth with Holder before Chapman closes it out. Give up 2 runs, cut it to 8-5. Then Chappy.

McCutchen 2 hits.
Stanton 3 hits, HR (Yankees HR #266), 2 RBI.  RBI #100
Andujar 2 hits, (2 doubles) 2 RBI. Passes Joe D. for most doubles by a Yankees’ rookie in one season.
Bird 2 hits, RBI
Torres HR (he broke the record with HR #265, also set record of every position in lineup, 1-9, giving 20 or more HR) and 2 RBI

German 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.   5.57
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   3.68
Lynn (W, 10-10, 4.77 Min/NYY) 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Gray 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  4.90
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W,  0 K.  6.56
Holder 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.   Gave up 1 HR.   3.14
Chapman (S, 32)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.    2.45

CC suspended first 5 games of next year for what happened Thursday. He is appealing. So if he retires (he is 38), what are they going to do, put him on house arrest?

Game 157. The Kraken wakes up. Yanks win 9-2, lead A’s by 2 1/2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is the Gary Sanchez Yankee fans want and need to see. Not the .180 hitting imposter we have seen all year.

Sanchez homered, had two hits, and drove in four runs as the Yankees (97-60) beat Tampa Bay 9-2 on Tuesday night.

No passed balls by Sanchez, either.

Meanwhile, late in Seattle, the Mariners, down 8-5, scored two in the bottom of the eighth (thanks to two WP by Fernando Rodney. Stick that in your quiver, Rodney.), tied the game with two out in the ninth (thanks to an error), and PH Chris Herrmann hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 11th. Seattle 10, Oakland 8. The Yankees’ lead over Oakland is 2 1/2. The A’s loss also means that Houston now officially clinched the AL West. The A’s face the Yankees. There was a small chance the A’s could have caught Houston and that the Yanks might have to face the Astros next Wednesday night, either in NY or in Houston. Not so.

Meaning the Yankees’ magic # to host the wild card game against Oakland Wednesday October 3 is TWO. Any combination of Yankees’ wins and A’s losses equaling 2 and the Yanks host the wild card game.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the third inning.  Adeiny Hechevarria led off the inning with his sixth HR of the year, second as a Yankee. Brett Gardner tripled and Andrew McCutchen walked.

Aaron Judge then hit a 108 MPH rocket right back at the mound that was caught by Rays’ P Jake Faria. If Faria didn’t catch that, and it would have hit him in the head, ….. you shudder to think…. a very scary moment. He was taken out after that .

So a new pitcher. Luke Voit doubles in a run. 2-0 Yanks. Giancarlo Stanton is intentionally walked to load the bases. Neil Walker walks to force in a run. 3-0. Miguel Andujar hits a SF. 4-0. Sanchez then put the icing on the cake with a 3-run HR (17) to make it 7-0.

Maybe the long inning affected Luis Severino for he wasn’t right in the bottom of the third, giving up two runs. A bad base running decision cost Tampa Bay another run and a chance for more. The Rays hit the ball hard that inning.

In the fifth, a Stanton double and RBI single by Sanchez made it 8-2 Yankees.

Miguel Andujar hit his 26th HR in the ninth for the final tally of 9-2 Yankees.

Andujar HR, 2 RBI
Sanchez HR, 4 RBI
Hechevarria HR

The 3 HR give the Yanks 255 on the year. Nine behind the all-time single season record of 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners, with five games to go.

Severino (W, 19-8, 3.39) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.45
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.05
German 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  5.55

Yankees pitchers combined for a five-hitter, with 15 K.

Angels’ rookie P/DH Shohei Ohtani will be undergoing Tommy John surgery and will Not be able to pitch in 2019. He may be able to return to hit.

Lee Stange, a pitcher for the Twins (1961-1964), Indians (1964-1966), Red Sox (1966-1970) and White Sox (1970) from 1961-1970, died on Sept. 21, age 81. He was a member of the 1967 Red Sox which won the AL Pennant.

Stange was a spot starter/long reliever who was 62-61, 3.56 (ERA+ 103) in his MLB career, 125 starts, 234 relief appearances. He was 8-10, 2.77, ERA+ 127 for those 1967 Red Sox (24 starts, 11 relief appearances). He got into one WS game that year, giving up 1 unearned run in two innings pitched. As a hitter, he hit .079 in his career. His 162 g. average was 50 games, 18 starts. 9-9, 3.56.

 

 

Game 152. Boston clinches AL East, beating Yanks 11-6. Yanks lead over A’s 1.5 games.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It wasn’t a good night for the Yanks, who lost 11-6 to Boston as Boston clinched the AL East with the win.

Also, the A’s routed the Angels yesterday, so the Yanks’ (93-59) lead over the A’s for the top wild card spot is down to 1 1/2 games. The Yanks’ magic # over the A’s (since the Yanks hold the tiebreaker) is 8, and the Yanks magic # to make the playoffs is 3 over Tampa Bay, 2 over Seattle.

Masahiro Tanaka started and struggled, giving up a run in the first and two in the second.

Luke Voit cut Boston’s lead to 3-2 with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the second that set a couple of records. Voit became the 12th Yankee to hit 10 or more HR this season (it was his 11th HR, his 10th as a Yankee), and that set a MLB record for most players on a team with 10 or more. It also was the Yanks’ 246th HR of the season, setting a new team single season record.

But Boston came back with a run in the third. 4-2. Mookie Betts killed the Yanks in this game, getting 4 hits and driving in 5 runs.

In the fourth, Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam (his 35th HR) to put the Yanks up 6-4.

But Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth and the Yanks’ bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Up 6-5 in the seventh, the Yanks gave up 3 runs in the seventh and another 3 in the eighth to lose 11-6.

Ex-MLB pitching star and current broadcaster for the MLB network, Jim Kaat (who once pitched for the Yanks briefly) was critical, and rightly so, of some pitching decisions made by either the Yankees’ pitchers or by catcher Gary Sanchez.

Chad Green, who smoked batters in the sixth, gave up a game-tying HR to Jackie Bradley in the seventh on a changeup. Kaat pointed out that his fastball was electric, and that Green has thrown maybe 15 changeups all year long, and you should not get beat on what is, for Green, his third best pitch, and one that is a work in progress. Two more runs scored after this. 8-6 Boston.

The Yanks had to get Aroldis Chapman some work, since he just came off the DL, in order to get him ready for the playoffs, and some rust showed. He gave up a 3-run HR to Betts, 11-6. Once again, Kaat was critical because the HR came off a slider, and not Chapman’s vaunted fastball.

McCutchen 2 hits, 2 walks
Stanton grand slam
Gregorius 2 hits
Voit 2-run HR.

Tanaka 4+ IP, 5 R, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.67
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.81
Green (BS, 4; L, 8-3, 2.64) 1+ IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.  2.73
Chapman 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.64 Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  3.02
Cole 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  5.21 (Wash/NYY)
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.79

 

Game 148. Yanks’ comeback falls short, lose to Toronto, 8-7.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia had nothing, neither did Tommy Kahnle and a furious Yankees comeback came up short in an 8-7 loss to Toronto Saturday.

With the loss, the Yanks fell to 91-57. Tampa Bay beat Oakland, so the Yanks stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the A’s for the top wild card spot. They are 10 1/2 back of Boston with just 14 games left. Boston’s magic # for clinching the AL East is 4.

The Yanks’ magic # for that top wild card spot is 13, and possibly 12 since they currently hold a tiebreaker. Their magic # just to make the wild card game is 6.

CC gave up 5 runs and 3 HR in getting knocked out in the third inning.

Down 5-0, Didi Gregorius homered (25) for the Yanks in the sixth to make it 5-1. The Yanks loaded the bases with two out, but Andrew McCutchen struck out. McCutchen struck out four times in the game.

There are some decisions Aaron Boone is making that I don’t understand. Once again he batted .191 hitting Gary Sanchez fifth. In a normal year, yes. In a .191-hitting year, I don’t know why he is hitting ahead of say, Gleyber Torres (.280) or Miguel Andujar (.299). The rookies are doing better and should be hitting above Sanchez in the lineup.

Analytics be damned.

Another thing I can’t see is his bringing in certain relievers at certain times of the game. For the third time this month, Tommy Kahnle let a manageable deficit become an unmanageable one, and any comeback the Yanks had in them was wasted because the deficit to overcome got too large. On Sept. 2,  Kahnle came into a game and immediately gave up a HR to the first batter he faced.  Early last week, he came into a game in Minnesota, and the first batter he faced, Joe Mauer, hit a grand slam.

On Saturday he didn’t last an inning, giving up 3 runs in ballooning the Toronto lead from 5-1 to 8-1. This proved costly.

Why Boone is relying on guys in September who haven’t proven anything all year long is beyond me. Kahnle’s ERA is 7.11. Neither he nor Sanchez have performed to their capabilities all year long. Neither have others—Greg Bird for instance.

Those three runs Kahnle gave up helped to cost the Yanks the game, because the Yanks scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh. Stanton homered (34) to start things up. Didi hit his second HR of the game (26) to make it 8-3.

That second HR by Didi broke his own record for HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, which he set just last year.

Then Miguel Andujar, who didn’t start the game, hit a grand slam later in the inning to make it 8-7. It was Andujar’s 24th HR of the season.

But the Yanks couldn’t close the gap completely and lost 8-7.

The HR are great, but it’s coming with a price. The Yanks struck out 16 times in the game.

In the second inning, the Yanks had loaded the bases with no one out, but three straight strikeouts by Walker, Voit and Gardner meant no runs scored. That helped cost them the game, too.

Sabathia (L, 7-7, 3.80) 2 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.08
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.  7.11
Tarpley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.75
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.    2.52
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.60 (Balt/NYY)

Billy O’Dell, a lefty pitcher who pitched against the Yanks in the 1962 WS for the SF Giants, died Sept. 12, age 85. O’Dell started and lost Game 1 of that WS, but got a save in Game 4. He also pitched in Game 7. O’Dell had won 19 games that year for the Giants. O’Dell pitched for the Orioles (1954, 1956-1959), Giants (1960-1964) Braves (1965-1966) and Pirates (1966-1967). He was a 2x All-Star (Orioles 1958 and 1959) who was 105-100 in his MLB career with an ERA of 3.29, ERA+ 109. His 162 g. average was 48 games, 20 of which would be starts, 11-10, 3.29.