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ALCS Set. Bad day for Texas, both teams lost. It’ll be KC-Toronto.

KC beat Houston 7-2 in Game 5 to go to the ALCS and continue to defend their AL title, while Toronto beat Texas 6-3 to come from 0-2 down to advance to the ALCS themselves.

Bad day for Texans.

The Toronto game featured a controversial call on a live ball, which resulted in Texas being awarded a late, g0-ahead run. The reaction by the Toronto crowd was disgraceful, as they threw debris onto the field. On the play, the throw back to the pitcher by catcher Russell Martin, with a man on third, struck the batter who was in the batter’s box. There was no intent to interfere, and the ball was still a live ball.

Later, Jose Bautista’s grand slam won the game for Toronto. His bat flip after hitting the HR was disgraceful.

I have a problem with people on Facebook who see no problem with Bautista’s bat flip and deride us purists. They laugh when we mention the fact that greats like Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Aaron, Mays, etc. didn’t do bullshit hot-dogging like that.

Is that what society has become? That true sportsmanship, class and dignity gets derided? I would say yes. Just look at how Tim Tebow, no matter what you think of his playing abilities, was mocked for his faith and how he shows that faith publicly.

It is sad when people are more inclined to celebrate selfish hot dogs and at the same time mock those who show any class or dignity (or, in the case of ESPN recently, to cut away once a coach started to mention God).

Yes, I am old school, and proud of it. I can’t stand this bat flipping narcissism and yes, would like to see people like Bautista buzzed or drilled (at the ribs, not the head) the next time up.

Take me back to the days of Gibson, Drysdale, Early Wynn…. where you didn’t dare “show them up.” And take me back to the days of the class of a DiMaggio.

Maybe that is why we should honor people like Cal Ripken and Mariano Rivera more…. for their class stands out greater in this era were there is so little class.

Mets-Dodgers tonight in Game 5 to determine who faces the Cubs in the NLCS.

A article by Sports on Earth (and on lists the greatest Game 5 ALDS’s in history. At #9 they list 1997 Indians/ Yankees where Sandy Alomar hit a game-tying HR off of Mariano Rivera and the Indians would later win the game. There is one problem. That happened in Game FOUR, not Game Five.

ALDS Game 3’s, and 1964 CYA winner Chance dies. Utley suspended.

Chase Utley of the Dodgers drew a two-game suspension for his slide that broke Mets’ SS Ruben Tejada’s leg. He is appealing the suspension.

Meanwhile, in the ALDS, Houston beat KC 4-2 to go up 2 games to 1 in their ALDS Series, and Toronto staved off elimination by defeating Texas 5-1. Texas still has a 2-1 edge there.

Both series resume today along with the NLDS starting up again after a day off.

Dean Chance, winner of the 1964 CYA (back when it was given out to only one pitcher and not two), died at the age of 74. Chance finished 3rd for the 1962 ROY, when he went 14-10, 2.96, ERA+ 130. Two years later, he won the award as the best pitcher in baseball, answering the question who besides Sandy Koufax won the award between 1963 and 1966? The CYA wasn’t split between leagues until 1967. Chance went 20-9, 1.65 in 1964, ERA+ 200. He finished 5th in MVP voting that year. He led the league in wins, CG, IP, and FIP, and the majors in ERA, shutouts (11), ERA+ and HR/9.

Traded to the Twins after the 1966 season, he was a 20-game winner in 1967 for them, losing the last game of the season to the Red Sox and Jim Lonborg. The Twins lost the pennant to Boston by one game. Chance, a 2x all-star,  1964 and 1967, was 20-14, 2.73, ERA+ 128 that year. He led the AL in GS, CG and IP that year and finished 13th in MVP voting.

Chance beat Mel Stottlemyre in a game in August of 1968, which was the first time I ever was at Yankee Stadium.

After averaging 16-13, 2.72, ERA + 125 from 1962-1968, Chance developed troubles in 1969. In 1970 he pitched for Cleveland and the Mets, and he finished his career with the 1971 Tigers. For his career, he was 128-115, 2.92, ERA+ 119. He was just 30 when he pitched his last game.

He got into just one postseason game, in 1969 with the Twins, and gave up 3 R in 2 IP.

CC done for year. Checks into rehab.


Even if the Yanks win tonight’s wild card showdown in the Bronx against the Astros, their rotation for the ALDS vs. KC took a huge hit.

CC Sabathia checked himself into an alcohol rehab center on Monday and is done for the season.

We can only hope for the best. As Yankee GM Brian Cashman stated, this is a life issue.

CC had a bad season, 6-10, 4.73, ERA+ 84, but with Nathan Eovaldi having missed a few weeks with elbow inflammation, was needed to be a starter in the postseason. Not only that, but since wearing the knee brace, CC was pitching better lately. Add in the fact that CC did have prior postseason experience to bring to the table…

Should the Yanks somehow find a way to win and beat Dallas Keuchel tonight, Masahiro Tanaka, tonight’s starter, most likely wouldn’t be ready again until at least Game 3 of the ALDS. Luis Severino would probably start Game 1 against KC.  Besides those two, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova would now probably be the other two starters, Adam Warren staying in the bullpen to provide help there in middle relief.

Nova, however, has been awful lately, going 2-8, 6.58 in his last 10 starts. He probably would have been passed over for a postseason start if this didn’t happen.

Of course, any talk about the ALDS becomes a moot point if the Yanks lose tonight.

Go Tanaka and go Yankees.

Baseball Tonight. Beltran on rehab.

The Majors were off due to the All-Star break. We will see what trades may develop over the next two weeks.

AAA: The All-Star game was tonight for the AAA. The International League (the League the Yankees’ AAA team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB) Railriders are in) scored 3 in the top of the ninth to win 4-3. Big night for SWB’s 1B/DH Kyle Roller. He drove in 2 of those three runs in the ninth to tie the game. C Austin Romine 0 for 1 with a walk.

AA: The Eastern League ASG ended in a 4-4, 9-inning tie.  From Trenton, C Gary Sanchez, 0 for 2. OF Jake Cave, 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts, 1 RBI. P Brady Lail a scoreless IP.  P Eric Ruth a scoreless IP.

High A: Gabriel Encinas 1 R on 2 H in 7 IP in Tampa’s  6-4 win. On rehab, DH Carlos Beltran 2 for 2, walk, rbi, 2 runs scored. 1B Mike Ford  3hits, 2 rbi.

A:  10-5 Charleston win. 4 SB for SS Jorge Mateo, who now has 60 on the season. 2 h, 2 Rbi for DH Isaias Tejeda.

Regarding the Pete Rose thing, as I mentioned yesterday, it is a a thing where I am sick of the USA just letting people off the hook. Lifetime ban. Make people responsible for their actions. If you want to let Pete, or any gambling or  PED user in the HOF, then LIFETIME ban. Compromise? Lifetime ban. Put them in only AFTER they are dead (and if Pete goes in, so does Shoeless Joe Jacksson). That way they are in (and on the plaque, the bottom line STATES why they were admitted posthumously). That way greats like Rose, Palmeiro, Bonds, Clemens, A-Rod, McGwire, etc. are honored, but only AFTER they are dead, and the last line of the HOF plaque states, for eternity, the reason for the delayed induction.

And by the way, ESPN can go bleep themselves. How about awarding the Arthur Ashe Award for courage to an individual who showed REAL courage? Not a transgendered freak (Jenner) or to a person who came out of the closet (Roberts, Sam)… maybe award it  to a vet who ran a marathon or a half-marathon or whatever after losing a leg fighting for our country? Doing so on a prosthetic leg?

The Arthur Ashe Courage award to a freak. I want to vomit.

It is why I am sick of the media forcing their nutcase opinions on us and canceled my newspaper subscription and will fight the nutcase media until I croak.

Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.


Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Game 21. Yanks win, but Tanaka goes on the DL


You win some, you lose some. Chase Whitley came up from the minors today to provide the rotation an extra day off. The way things have worked out, maybe he came up to be PART of the rotation for the next couple of weeks.

For the Yanks put Masahiro Tanaka on the 15-day DL today with a strained forearm and tendonitis in his wrist. You have to wonder if this is an aftereffect of trying to take strain off of that partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. Expect him to miss a month, so we are talking Memorial Day, here.

Whitley was effective tonight, if not efficient. He gave up just one run in 5 IP, but had to be pulled because of the pitch count. 93 pitches in 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The win, ERA 1.80. But with what I wrote earlier, he may need to stick around.  Update: He will be sticking in the rotation with Tanaka out. Because of the DL of Tanaka, Petit can be brought back earlier than usual. (He was sent down for Whitley).

Which means with Tanaka out, CC Sabathia, with an 0-4 record and an ERA near 6.00, better pick it up. 

The Yanks used their speed tonight, esp. from Ellsbury and Gardner, to get the win, along with clutch hitting by Brian McCann. They scored two in the first.

Ellsbury singled, stole second (6, he would get another SB later; he was 3 for 4 with 2 SB), advanced to third on an error and scored on an RBI groundout by Gardner. Later in the inning, Teix and McCann had back-to-back doubles to make it 2-0 Yanks. McCann wound up with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

Whitley stumbled in the third, giving up a run to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, with one out, Ellsbury singled and Gardner singled him to third.  Gardner stole second (6) to avoid the DP. After Teix struck out, McCann doubled in two to make it 4-1.

In the top of the sixth, with Whitley out, Shreve came in and he didn’t have it. Walk, Triple to make it 4-2. He then got a big out with a K. Rogers, who was a star tonight, got a K and a ground out to keep it 4-2.

Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.25.

Rogers  2 2/3 IP. 0R, 1 H, 1 walk and 5K. GREAT job, and it let Betances and Miller each get a day of rest. 2.35. Huge outing.

Martin (S, 1). 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.70.

The win puts the Yanks at 13-8 and with a 2-game lead in the AL East.

A sad situation in Baltimore. Riots forced fans to stay in their seats the other night because of riots in Baltimore. Games were ppd. last night and tonight. The game Wed. afternoon will be played in front of NOBODY because of the riots. Baltimore’s weekend games against the Rays will be move to Tampa Bay — with the Orioles as the HOME team —- because of what is going on. Sad.


Game 12. Yanks sweep Rays, 5-3. Back at .500


The Yanks completed a sweep of the Rays today with a 5-3 victory that put them back at .500 on the young season.

Michael Pineda didn’t have his best stuff, but picked up the win. (2-0, 5.00)

5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 5 K. The bullpen and defense were solid.

Martin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.18

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  7.36

Betances 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00

Miller 1 IP 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K. Save #4. It appears as if Betances will remain the setup man with Miller the closer. 0.00

Nice to see struggling Garrett Jones get a start and snap out of it with 3 hits. Also struggling Didi Gregorious had 2 hits. Chase Headley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Good to get those struggling guys off the schneid a little bit.

Alex Rodriguez’ hit today was #2951 of his career. Earlier this week, he passed Derek Jeter on the all-time runs scored list. So Alex is currently 49 hits from 3000, 2 HR short of tying Willie Mays at 660, 71 runs scored short of 2000 and 20 RBI short of 2000. If only….    *