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Kendrys Morales retires. Last games as a Yankee.

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Kendrys Morales has announced his retirement.

He played for the Angels (2006-2010, 2012), Seattle (2013) Twins (2013), Seattle II, (2013), KC Royals, (2015-2016), Toronto (2017-2018), Oakland (2019) and finished his career with the Yankees (2019).

He finished 5th in MVP voting in 2009 with the Angels  (.306-34-108, OPS+ 139), who lost the ALCS to the Yankees that season.

He was a member of the 2015 WS Champion Royals, and received MVP consideration. (Finished 18th, got Silver Slugger Award that year). His 162 game average was .265-25-88 for his career, OPS+ 111.

His last 19 games were for the Yankees, going 11 for 62 (.177-1-5), OPS+ just 55.

In postseason play, in 32 games, he hit .224-6-17.

 

 

Cole Yanks #1 target.

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Team’s brass has “ownership-level approval to offer him a record deal.”

 

8 yr,. $275 MM? That is my guess. Just under $35 MM a year for 8 years.

Is that the offer? Apparently the Yanks are all in, but what enables all-in?

 

D.J. 4, Gleyber 17th in MVP vote.

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Mike Trout of the Angels won his 3rd MVP—narrowly— over Alex Bregman of Houston. Trout got 17 of the 30 first place votes, Bregman the other 13.

Trout is the second youngest ever to win 3 MVP awards. The youngest being Stan Musial.

In the last eight years, Trout has 3 MVP awards, four runnerups and a fourth-place finish. If he retired NOW, he’d be in the HOF.  So close to 7 MVP Awards already.

He is tied for most in AL history. Barry Bonds won 7******** in the NL. (Asterisks necessary).

The Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu finished 4th in the voting. Gleyber Torres finished 17th.

In the NL, Cody Bellinger won with 19 first place votes to 10 for defending MVP Chistian Yelich and one for Anthony Rendon of Washington.


Will Smith became an early free agent signing, going to Atlanta from SF for 3 yrs. $39MM.


Taking the Q.O. and NOT becoming free agents: Jake Odirizzi of the Twins and Jose Abreu of the White Sox.


 

Ron Fairly dies at 81. Dodgers/Expos player spent 21 years in majors.

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Ron Fairly, a 2x All-Star (Expos) and 3x WS Champ (Dodgers) died Wednesday at the age of 81.

Fairly played with the Dodgers (1958-1969), being part of WS Champs in 1959, 1963 and 1965 as well as the 1966 NL Champs.

He was with the Expos 1969-1974, Cardinals 1975-1976, A’s 1976, Blue Jays 1977 and Angels 1978. His career spanned 21 seasons.

Primarily a 1B, he also played all three OF positions.

He hit .266 with 215 HR in his career, OPS+ 117. His 162 g. average was .266-14-69.

In 20 WS games, he hit .300 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. In the 1965 WS he went 11 for 29 (.379) with 3 doubles, 2 HR and 6 RBI vs. the Twins.

Yanks fire pitching coach Rothschild.

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The Yankees fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild Monday and will begin the search for a new one.

No other changes to the coaching staff have been announced as of yet, nor is it known whether there will be other changes.

Rothschild was the pitching coach for the past nine seasons.

 

 

The game has changed, but Yanks got to get closer to this figure ….

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This is a followup to what I wrote before about how Yankees pitchers need to go longer in postseason games.

From 1996-2003 the Yanks won 6 out of 8 pennants and 4 WS titles.

They played 103 postseason games. The starter went over 6 innings in 65 of those games. 63%

Since Game 2 of the 2012 ALCS, the Yanks have played in 30 postseason games. In only 7 of those games has the Yankees starter pitched six or more innings. 23%

Yes. I know the game has changed, and I think not for the better. But for the Yanks to get better than just losing in the ALCS, I think that percentage has to be closer to that 1996-2003 rate.     \

Your thoughts?

Game 158. Yanks lose in 12th, 2-1.

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Cory Gearrin gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, Ji-Man Choi, in the bottom of the 12th as the Yanks lost to Tampa Bay 2-1 in a game that featured 20 pitchers.

Thank God for the changes coming next year regarding September callups. Ridiculous. Gearrin was the eleventh pitcher the Yanks used in the game.

When you use all those pitchers, eventually you find the guy who has nothing on that given night.

The only Yankees’ run came on a HR (10) by Cameron Maybin in the third inning. The bats were silent. In 12 innings, the Yanks got only 7 hits, and struck out 13x.

Maybin is the 14th Yankee with 10 or more HR this season, a MLB record.

CC Sabathia came out of the bullpen and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.

The Yanks escaped a disaster when X-rays on Gio Urshela’s hand came up negative after he was HBP.

Kevin Kiermaier homered in the fifth for the Rays to tie the game, and it stood at 1-1 until Choi’s walkoff HR.

Maybin’s HR was #299 for the Yanks this season. The Twins didn’t homer, so they are still at 297 in the race for the new team HR record in a season. The Twins have one more game to play than the Yankees do.

With the loss, the Yankees (102-56) fall 1 1/2 behind Houston for the majors’ best record with just four games to play. Houston has the tiebreaker. It doesn’t look like the Yanks can catch Houston for the best record in the majors. Rather, it looks like they’ll be the AL’s #2 seed and play the Twins in the first round, with the Yanks having the home field advantage. With all those homers between the teams, it could be a shootout. Should the Yanks make it to the WS, they are 1/2 game ahead of the NL’s best team, the Dodgers, and the Yanks hold the tiebreaker over LA.

Maybin solo HR (10)

Montgomery 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.75
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.69
Sabathia (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   4.95
Tarpley (BS, 1) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.   7.43
Lyons 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.   7.36.  Faced one batter, walked him.
Cessa 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K.  3.62
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.45
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.94
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.79
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.24
Gearrin (L, 1-3, 4.25) 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Faced one batter, gave up HR.

Yankees’ pitchers struck out 17.

 

Game 156. Good days for Paxton and Stanton in Yanks’ 7-2 win. Gleyber OK.

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Gleyber Torres’ MRI came back negative, and the Yanks (101-55) got great performances from James Paxton and Giancarlo Stanton in a 7-2 win over Toronto Saturday afternoon.

Torres slipped on the outfield grass Friday night and at first appeared seriously injured. This was good news for a team that has had to overcome so many injuries this season.

Paxton won his tenth straight decision and Stanton, just off the IL, doubled and homered in the victory.

With the win, the Yanks have won more games in one season (101) since they last won the WS in 2009.

Houston lost, so the Yanks are 1/2 game behind them for the best record in baseball (Houston has the tiebreaker). Should the Yankees make the WS, they have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers, and the Yanks also own the tiebreaker against LA.

With Stanton’s HR, the Yanks have 295 on the season, one ahead of the Twins in the race for the new team HR record. The Twins have played one less game, however.

Toronto scored first, getting an unearned run in the second.

The Yanks scored two in the fourth. Aaron Judge led off the inning with a double and one out later Stanton doubled him home. An out after that, Mike Ford (good day for him too) singled in Stanton to make it 2-1.

The Yanks put the game away in the sixth when they scored four runs. Stanton led off the inning with his second HR of the season. After an out, Ford doubled. Clint Frazier doubled in Ford to make it 4-1. Tyler Wade singled and moved up on the throw, Frazier holding at third. Kyle Higashioka singled in two runs to make it 6-1.

Toronto got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 6-2, but the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the seventh with a run of their own. With one out, Cameron Maybin walked and moved up on a groundout. He scored on a Ford single. 7-2.

Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were both ejected early in the game for arguing about the strike zone. A carryover from Cowboy Joe West’s bad call Friday night. West, 66, has an arrogance about him. He’s also getting up in years, and isn’t in the best shape to umpire anymore. It’s time to retire, Joe.

Hopefully the umpires don’t carry grudges though. The Yanks’ problems with umpires’ strike zones (and the umps are wrong, they don’t adjust the zone as they should for tall guys like Judge and Stanton) could bite them in the playoffs if there is a close call.

Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (2)
Ford 3 hits, 2 RBI
Wade 2 hits (hot lately)
Higashioka 2 RBI

Paxton (W, 15-6; 3.73) 6 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Loaisiga 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K.  4.25 (Wouldn’t mind him on postseason roster)
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.   4.36  (2.78 since recalled from AAA in mid-May).

 

A look back. The games that could cost the Yankees ALCS Home-Field Advantage.

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If the Yanks play Houston in the ALCS, it appears that Houston, as in 2017, will have home field advantage. We know what happened in the 2017 ALCS. The home team won every game.

As of now, Houston has a 1 1/2 game edge over the Yanks for home field advantage, and owns the tiebreaker. Just seven games remain in the regular season.

Yes, you can lose things in April.

Looking back. The series that could come back to haunt them. The Jose Altuve series.

April 8 at Houston: Yanks take a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. They lose 4-3. Tanaka was great, 1 R, in 6 IP, but Britton and Ottavino couldn’t hold it. Altuve hits a HR.

April 9 at Houston: The Yanks had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. They gave up one in the seventh and three in the eighth to lose 6-3. One of the few games started this year by Jonathan Loaisiga. Chad Green has been great since getting fixed at AAA (when his ERA was 16.43) and coming back, but this was one of those games before having to go down to AAA that Green was awful in. He gave up 3 runs in 2/3 of an inning and took the loss. Jonathan Holder, who has had a bad, wasted year, was the one who gave up the run in the seventh. Altuve homered in this game.

I am not sure, but I think it was also this game in which Clint Frazier in LF really messed up a couple of balls as well.

April 10 at Houston: Houston won 8-6, Altuve hit 2 HR.

So a combination of failing bullpen, Jose Altuve being on fire, and bad defense doomed the Yankees. All before mid-April.

When the teams met at Yankee Stadium in June, the Yanks won the first three games 10–6, 4-1 and 7-5 before dropping the final one 9-4.

2017 ALCS: Yanks 0-4 @ Houston,  3-0 vs. Houston at home.
2018: Yanks 3-1 @ Houston (two shutouts), 2-1 against Houston at home.
2019: Yanks 0-3 @ Houston; 3-1 vs. Houston at home.

Ok, 2018 was a bit strange. But otherwise, you can see the difference recently.

If the Yanks do meet Houston in the ALCS this year, and Houston, as it looks like right now, does have home field advantage, we’ll ruefully look back at those games in April, esp. the first two, as games that could have tremendous bearing on home field advantage and who the AL pennant winner may turn out to be.

One thing is for sure. If the Yanks do play Houston in the ALCS, they’ll have to figure out a way to win in Houston (shutting them out, like in 2018, would help).

Game 155. A Gleyber scare in Yanks’ 4-3 loss.

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The Yanks (100-55) lost to Toronto 4-3 Friday night, and the loss hurts their chances of beating out Houston for the best record in the AL, but the bigger concern is that of Gleyber Torres.

In a season where the Yankees have overcome so many injuries, losing Gleyber could be the straw that would break the camel’s back. He’ll get tests today. Manager Aaron Boone said that Torres is likely OK. Let’s hope so.

J.A. Happ pitched pretty well. He gave up a run in the fourth on the play in which Gleyber may or may not have gotten hurt. After a double by Cavan Biggio and an out, Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit a grounder up the middle. Torres backhanded the ball and in trying to plant himself for the throw, his legs went out from under him. At first, it looked really bad. Torres remained in the game until the seventh inning, when he was removed after reporting what manager Aaron Boone described as “weakness in his lower legs.”

Aaron Judge tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth with his 25th HR of the season.

Happ gave up a HR to Danny Jansen in the top of the fifth to put Toronto up 2-1.

The Yanks took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Tyler Wade hit his 2nd HR of the season. 3-2 Yankees.

Wade’s HR was #294 for the Yanks for the season. The Twins didn’t HR last night so the Yanks are up 294-293, but the Twins have played one less game. Also, the Yanks have a tougher schedule, it appears. The Yanks do play Tampa Bay for two games in a few days. Whoever comes out on top will have set the new team MLB HR record for a season.

That 3-2 Yankees’ lead was wiped out when Tommy Kahnle gave up a 2-run HR to Justin Smoak in the seventh inning.

Umpire “Cowboy” Joe West made a really bad call in the bottom of the ninth. Brett Gardner thought he walked on a 3-1 pitch, and replays appeared to show the pitch a good few inches outside. West called strike two and Gardner later lined out.

With the loss, the Yanks fell 1 1/2 games behind Houston for the best record in the majors. Houston holds the tiebreaker. Should the Yankees make it to the WS, they have a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers, and the Yanks hold the tiebreaker there. It’s appearing as if the Yanks will have the #2 seed in the AL and play the Twins in the ALDS, with the Yanks having home-field advantage.

Judge 2 hits, Solo HR (25)
Voit 0 for 4 , 4 strikeouts. Golden Sombrero. Tough night.
Wade 2-run HR (2)

Happ 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.01
Ottavino (H, 29) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.   1.82
Kahnle (L, 3-2, 3.51;  BS, 5)  1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Gearrin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.   4.08
Lyons 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.30
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.   2.08

Domingo German is done for the year because of  this domestic abuse incident.

Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, who won the 1955 Heisman Trophy Award at Ohio State, died at the age of 85. He was a member of the 1954 National Champ Ohio State team and also a member of the NFL Champion Detroit Lions of 1957. He worked for the Yankees for some 30 years.