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Game 162. Yanks end season with 2-1 loss, now to the wild card game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a meaningless regular season finale, 2-1, to Toronto, and finished the regular season 91-71, 2 games back of Boston in the AL East. As the top wild card team, they will host the Twins in the sudden-death, wild card game on Tuesday night.

Toronto only got two hits in the game, but they were enough.

In the fourth, a walk, single and SF plated a run for the Blue Jays.

The Yanks, playing with most of the regulars getting a day off, tied it in the seventh on a HR (19) by Matt Holliday.

The Blue Jays got a run in the eighth on a strikeout, but on the play, ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder reached on a wild pitch. A walk, sac bunt and infield nubber plated the winning run.

Adam Warren got some work in before the postseason starts.

Aaron Judge got a crystal gavel for breaking the rookie HR record. He also broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record—set at the Polo Grounds—for most HR hit at home by a Yankee in a season. 33 of Judge’s AL best 52 were at home. Judge also led the league in runs scored and walks, and led the majors in striking out 😦   . He was second in OBP, SA and OPS+.

The Yanks announced they will be extending the netting for next year to protect fans better. The little girl struck by Todd Frazier’s foul ball about two weeks ago is home, but while in the hospital, the two-year-old had tubes in her, suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone, and concern was about blood on the brain that could cause a stroke. Her vision may never recover and be the same.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.88
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35
German (L, 0-1, 3.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82.

Ex-Yankee Pat Kelly, who grew up and graduated from high school not far from where I live, was arrested with his girlfriend (I guess he got divorced, I thought he married an Australian girl some years ago) in a Manhattan hotel early Sunday morning. Both were thrown in jail overnight for assaulting each other.

As for Tuesday, a lot of tough decisions need to be made. Who is in CF? Hicks or Ellsbury? Who DH’s? Hicks, Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday? (Bird will be at 1B, Todd Frazier at 3B). Being that it is a sudden death game, if starter Luis Severino doesn’t have it, Girardi will have to have a quick hook.

 

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Game 161. Yanks win, but Boston’s win relegates Yanks to WC.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks (91-70) won 2-1 today, thanks to a bomb by Aaron Judge (HR # 52), but Boston beat Houston, so the Red Sox win the division and the Yanks are relegated to the top wild card seed.

CC Sabathia got the win, #237 of his career, and that passed Whitey Ford on the all-time wins list. It ties CC with one-time Yankees Waite Hoyt and Clark Griffith. Griffith, of course, is remembered best not for playing or managing the Yankees, but for being the owner of the Washington Senators for many years (Griffith Stadium).

In the fourth, Judge hit his bomb, a drive that cleared the LF bleachers and was estimated at 484 feet. Another Judge drive this year, maybe more towards CF, didn’t clear the bleachers and was measured at 495. Anyway, another bomb and #52 for the season.

With the HR, Judge and Sanchez set a record for most HR hit by a pair of teammates 25 or younger at 85 (Judge 52, Sanchez 33).

After the HR, with one out, Didi singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a single by Castro.

Toronto got a run in the eighth on a SF, but nothing more.

Judge HR (52)
Todd Frazier 2 hits.
CC ties Severino for team lead in wins this year.

Ellsbury or Hicks Tues. night? Interesting question. Hicks has the better OF arm, and since coming off the DL this week, robbed a guy of a grand slam and has hit 2 HR. He has 15 HR this year despite missing two months, while Ellsbury has 7 HR. I’d say Hicks.

With a righty on the mound, Frazier 3B, Bird 1B, Headley DH. I think Ellsbury and Holliday are on the bench. We’ll see. Ellsbury can, of course, PR, and Holliday can PH against a lefty pitcher if needed.

Sabathia (W, 14-5, 3.69) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Green (H, 9) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.83
Kahnle 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.59
Robertson (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.84
Chapman (S, 22) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.22

Game 160. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 4-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You are thinking the same thing I am.

Where was THIS Tanaka all year?

In his final regular season start of what has been a disappointing, inconsistent year, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant. Seven shutout innings, just 3 hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts.

He retired the first 14 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, the resurgent Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The 90-70 Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-0 and for the time being (Boston is playing as I write this) still are not eliminated from winning the AL East (although Boston’s magic # to win is 1).

UPDATE: Boston lost, so the Yanks are still mathematically alive for the AL East title, going into Game 161. They are two back with two to go. If a tie, a playoff game will be on Monday (Game 163) at Yankee Stadium. To win the division, the Yanks must win out and Boston must lose out.

In the first inning, the Yanks scored twice. With one out, Ellsbury singled and Judge walked. Didi singled to load the bases. Castro singled in a run and Bird hit a SF for another.

In the fifth, Romine singled and after Hicks forced him at second, Hicks stole second. After Ellsbury lined out, Judge singled in Hicks but was nabbed trying for two.

In the sixth, Didi singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bird.

Tanaka (W, 13-12, 4.74) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 15 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Betances 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.87    Concerning.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.28

Didi 2 hits
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.

The Phillies announced that their manager, Pete Mackanin, will be bumped up to the front office. They’re looking for a new manager.

They will also be playing the Mets in Williamsport, PA next August as baseball continues the “Little League Classic” they had this year.

Finally, the WS MVP Award has been named in honor of Willie Mays.

Game 159. Rays’ big inning dooms Yanks, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Not what you want to see from Sonny Gray in his final regular season start before the playoffs. No command, knocked out early, gave up a lot of walks and a pair of homers, and couldn’t hold a lead.

Tampa Bay scored seven in the fifth, knocking out Gray, and beat the Yanks 9-6.

The loss kept the Yanks (89-70) three back of Boston with three games to go. It seems inevitable that the Yanks will have to settle for the top wild card.

Gray gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Gardner (21) and Judge (51) leading off the bottom of the first to go up 2-1.

They made it 3-1 in the second on a single by Ellsbury, passed ball, and an RBI single by Todd Frazier.

The red-hot Greg Bird homered in the fourth (9) to make it 4-1. Looking good.

Then the roof fell in. That seven-run inning featured Gray throwing a HR and a WP, and catcher Gary Sanchez committing an error and a passed ball. After Gray was pulled, Jonathan Holder gave up a HBP, single and triple in getting no one out.

Starlin Castro singled in a run in the fifth to cut it to 8-5, but Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the sixth to put the Rays up 9-5.

Aaron Hicks hit his second HR (15) since coming off the DL this week to close out the scoring. It was a PH HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits.

Adam Warren is coming off the DL today.

Gray (L, 10-12, 3.55) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.89
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.77 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.90
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.87

I am impressed this year with Heller and German as far as guys who may be able to really step up and contribute more in 2018.

Game 158. Yanks beat Rays, 6-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the recap, some observations.

With that sweet, made for Yankee Stadium’s RF porch swing, if the Yanks can get Greg Bird going, it makes the Yanks that much more dangerous. What a spring training he had before getting hurt right before Opening Day. That really set him back. It showed. That 6 for 60 isn’t him. It looks like he is getting back to what we and the Yanks expected from him, and another HR tonight. How sweet it is getting him back to normal, and now.

His lefty swing, coupled with Judge and Sanchez’ righty bats, then, Castro righty, Didi lefty, Gardner lefty, Todd or Clint Frazier righty, switch-hitters Headley and Hicks, Lefty Ellsbury, righty Holliday? Balance.

Secondly, Luis Severino tonight looked like the the Severino we want to see next Tuesday night in the wild card game. 6 innings, 1 R, 4 H, 9 K. We will gladly take that next Tuesday against the Twins (as long as the Yanks don’t get shut out).

The only mistake Seve made was in giving up a HR in the top of the fifth. But the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the fifth on a 2-run double by Aaron Judge.

They put the game away with four runs, on three HR, in the sixth. Castro hit an absolute bomb (16) to put the Yanks up 3-1. Bird immediately followed with #8, 4-1. Headley singled, and after a groundout, Hicks hit #14 to make it 6-1.

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge double, 2 walks, 2 RBI.
Castro HR
Bird HR
Headley 2 hits.
Hicks, 2 hits, HR,  2 RBI.

Severino (W, 14-6, 2.98) 6 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. Last reg. season start.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65
Green 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.35.

The win puts the Yanks at 89-69, but Boston won so the Yanks are 3 behind Boston with 4 to go. Not mathematically eliminated from the wild card, but ….. looks like the wild card.

Game 157. Yanks clinch home wild card game with a 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Rays tonight, 6-1, and in so doing ensured that the wild card play-in game will be played in Yankee Stadium.

They did pick up a game on Boston, and are still alive for the division crown, but are 3 back with five games to go. The Yanks won the season series against the Red Sox, so a tie goes to the Yankees.

With their 88th win, the Yanks have won more games than any Yankees team since 2012. You have to go back to 2012, when the Yanks last won the AL East, to find a team with more wins.

That 2012 team won the ALDS over Baltimore, thanks to Raul Ibanez’ heroics, but were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers. That ALCS is best remembered for Derek Jeter breaking his ankle in Game 1.

As for tonight, Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings to get the win, 6-1 over the Rays. He got help in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, who just came off of the DL. Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a grand slam HR. Instead it was a SF, and after that, Montgomery settled in.

Hicks drew 3 walks tonight and stole a base.

In the second, the Yanks struck for four runs. Starlin Castro hit his 15th HR leading off the inning. Singles by Todd and Clint Frazier, and then another by Ronald Torreyes, loaded the bases. Back to Back walks to Hicks and Judge forced in two runs. After a DP, Judge stole second, and a WP brought Hicks home.

In the eighth, with one out, Torreyes walked (a rarity). A WP moved him to second and after another out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled in one run, Holliday another. 6-1.

Hicks 3 walks and robbed a guy of a grand slam (wound up a SF)
Castro 3 for 3, HR.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Montgomery (W, 9-7, 3.96) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.44
Robertson (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.90
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.91

Ok, a question for you. Who would you want as the #4 starter in the postseason rotation after Severino, Gray and CC?

Tanaka? or Montgomery?

I say Montgomery. But I don’t think the Yanks will have the guts to do the right thing, and go with the rookie who has pitched better than Tanaka all season long.

I think they’ll go with the experience and with Tanaka.

But I hope I am wrong, and that do indeed they go with the guy whose ERA is one full run lower, and that’s Montgomery.

 

 

Game 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.