Category Archives: Regular Season

NL Seedings still not set. 163rd games needed. Leaders.

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It will be an interesting day for the NL. Neither the Central nor the West were decided after 162 games and there will be two games today (Monday) to determine division champions.

Brewers at Cubs, 1 PM Eastern.  To decide the NL Central. Both finished with 95 wins after 162.

Rockies at Dodgers 4 PM Easter. To decide the NL West. Both finished with 91 wins after 162.

The losers of these games will face off Tuesday night in the one-game sudden death wild card game at the home of whoever lost the NL Central division deciding game.

Mike Scioscia of the Angels joins Toronto’s John Gibbons as managers who won’t be back with their teams next year.

Leaders: AL, then NL (and today’s 163rd games count–see bold).

Batting Average: Betts Boston .346, Yelich Mil .323
Homers: Davis Oakland 48; Arenado Col 37
RBI: Martinez Bos 130; Baez, Cubs 111
SB: Merrifield KC 45; Turner Wash 43
OPS+: Trout Angels, 199 ;  Yelich Mil 163

Wins: Snell Tampa Bay 21;  Scherzer/Lester/Mikolas 18
ERA: Snell 1.89; DeGrom Mets 1.70
Saves: Diaz Sea 57; Davis Col 43
Losses Bundy Balt and Shields CWS 16;  Roark Wash 15
ERA+: Snell 219, DeGrom 216

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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 160. Yanks beat Boston, get the wild card game at home, tie for all-time single season HR record.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees (99-61) beat Boston 11-6 Friday night to ensure that they will play the wild card game against Oakland next Wednesday night in the Bronx.

They denied Boston a 110 win season, and there are only (I think) five teams in MLB history who have accomplished that. One being the 1927 Yankees, another the 1998 Yankees.

The Yanks hit 4 HR in the game and by doing that, have 264 on the season, tying the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the most in one season by a team. They have two games left to hit one HR to break the record.

Gary Sanchez started the scoring in the the top of the third with his 18th HR of the season. With two out, Aaron Judge walked, and singles by Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton made it 2-0 Yanks.

The Yanks got six in the fourth inning. With one out, Miguel Andujar doubled. Gary Sanchez walked and Gleyber Torres doubled in two runs to make it 4-0. Andrew McCutchen singled in Torres to make it 5-0. After Aaron Judge singled, Hicks hit a 3-run HR (27) to make it 8-0.

In the sixth, manager Aaron Boone made a mistake. With two out and men on second and third, Yankees’ starter J.A. Happ walked Xander Bogaerts to load the bases. Up came Steve Pearce, who has killed the Yanks this year.

Not only that, but Pearce had 5 career HR off of Happ.

Make that six. Grand slam. 8-4 Yanks. Boone never should have let Happ pitch to Pearce there.

The Yanks came right back with two in the seventh. With two out, Luke Voit homered (14, and his 13th as a Yankee) to make it 9-4. Didi Gregorius, playing for the first time since injuring his wrist, singled. Andujar walked and Sanchez reached on an error, Didi scoring. 10-4.

Didi looked good tonight in his first game back from the injury. Very encouraging. That cortisone shot to help him recover from torn cartillage in his right wrist seems to be helping.

In the top of the eighth, Aaron Judge homered (27). It was his first HR since coming off the DL from the broken wrist, and that HR not only made it 11-4, but also was #264 of the season, enabling the Yanks to tie the 1997 Seattle Mariners for the all-time single season record.

Of course, there was no DH before 1973, so the 1961 Yankees, who hit 240, didn’t have that luxury (also, Death Valley at the old Stadium killed a lot of potential HR balls).

Things then got sloppy. Boston scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and left the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the ninth, Didi made an error, Boston scored another run to make it 11-6, and they once again left the bases loaded.

Judge 2 hits, HR
Hicks 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Voit HR
Sanchez 2 hits, HR
Torres 2 RBI

Happ (W, 17-6, 3.65, Tor/NYY) 6 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up grand slam. (7-0 as NYY)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.50
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.   2.70
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K.    3.10 (Balt/NYY)

Game 159. Yanks rout Rays 12-1. Magic # for wild card game at home is 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

$500,000? What $500,000?

I’ll get to that in a moment.

The Yanks (98-51) routed the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon 12-1 and with the win, the Yanks’ magic number over the A’s for hosting the wild card game is down to 1.

Meaning that any Yankees’ win or A’s loss this weekend means that the wild card game will be played in the Bronx.

The Yanks got off to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Gardner doubled, and with one out, Voit walked. Stanton walked. A WP moved everyone up and scored a run. Andujar hit a 3-run HR (27) and it was 4-0 Yanks.

To the fourth. Torres singles. PB. Romine singles. 5-0. Hechevarria singles. Forceout. Judge SF to make it 6-0. SB. Double by Voit. 7-0.

Bottom of the fifth. CC hits a batter with a pitch. Up 7-0, you cannot see it as intentional.

Top of the sixth. Romine is thrown at. No excuse for that. Hechevarria singles and Gardner triples to make it 8-0. Judge SF. 9-0. Voit homers (13, 12 as a Yankee) 10-0. Stanton hits his first of 2 HR on the game. 11-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, CC gets revenge for trying to hit Romine by hitting a batter. Both he and Boone are ejected. CC had a low pitch count at this point. Two more innings would have made an incentive bonus of $500,000 kick in. Instead, CC stuck up for his teammate, drilled someone, finished two innings short of kicking in that bonus, and said to hell with the $500,000, I am sticking up for my teammate.

Great job, CC.

Which is why his teammates love him. 

If the Yanks lose the wild card game, this could be the last game CC ever pitches for the Yankees. A free agent, CC turns 39 next July. He, because of the knee and age, doesn’t go into the sixth or beyond anymore. Whether he comes back at all, or whether the Yanks want him for 2019, is a question mark right now.

He would pitch in the ALDS vs. Boston. But do the Yanks make it that far?

Luis Cessa gave up a HR in the seventh. 11-1.

Stanton hit his 2nd HR of the game in the ninth (37), 12-1, the final score.

With the 4 HR, the Yanks have 260 with 3 games left. The single season record is 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners. The Yanks have 3 games in Fenway to get 5 HR to break the record.

Gardner 2 hits, 1 RBI, scored 3 runs.
Judge 2 RBI
Voit 3 for 3, 2 RBI. HR. Boy, is he hot.
Stanton 2 HR.
Andujar 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Hechevarria 2 hits.

 

Sabathia (W, 9-7, 3.65) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K
Cessa 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.   4.67
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.  5.56

 

Game 158. Yanks’ comeback falls short. Lead over A’s 1 1/2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (97-61) opened and closed the game strong offensively, but didn’t do anything in between as a furious ninth inning comeback came up just short in a 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay Wednesday night.

The A’s won, so the Yanks’ magic # over the A’s to clinch home field for the wild card game next Wednesday remains at 2. The Yanks lead the A’s by 1 1/2 games.

Neil Walker hit his 11th HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to give the Yanks a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.

But Masahiro Tanaka had nothing, giving 3 right back to the Rays in the bottom of the first.

In the third, Tanaka gave up a HR, 4-3 Rays. If this was an audition for starting the wild card game, Tanaka didn’t help himself.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the fifth with one out, but Giancarlo Stanton GIDP.

In the bottom of the eighth, David Robertson came in and had nothing, giving up 4 runs, and yes, Gary Sanchez committed another passed ball. 8-3 Rays.

The Yanks scored four in the top of the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Brett Gardner singled. Andrew McCutchen singled to load the bases. Aaron Judge singled in a run. Luke Voit singled in two runs. Giancarlo Stanton singled in a run. But Tyler Wade flied out and Miguel Andujar popped up to end the game.

Injury report: Didi Gregorius has been cleared to play. He didn’t Wednesday, but the cortisone shot in the wrist is helping. Aaron Hicks didn’t play because of the turf and a tight hamstring. Gleyber Torres didn’t start (tight hip/groin) but did come into the game later.

McCutchen 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Voit 3 hits, 2 RBI
Walker 3-run HR

Tanaka (L, 12-6, 3.75) 4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  2.88
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   2.53
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   2.49
Robertson 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.   3.26
Sheffield 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

Sheffield made a costly error on a pickoff attempt that enabled the final run to score.

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.