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Houston ends Yankees’ season, 3-0.


You can’t win if you don’t score, and in 22 innings vs. Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel this season (regular and postseason), the Yankees didn’t score once.

As a result, the Yankees are going home, eliminated from the rest of the postseason, after losing 3-0 to Houston in the wild card game. The Yanks managed just three hits all night.

Chris Young started in left, and I guess the decision was who would play CF and who would sit between Brett Gardner & Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury sat, Gardner was awful, striking out three times, but it wouldn’t have made a difference. Ellsbury PH and popped up late in the game.

Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t bad, but on this night he had to be perfect. He wasn’t, giving up solo HRs in the second and fourth innings. Houston touched Dellin Betances for a run in the seventh.

Tanaka (L) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 0 K
Betances 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 4 K
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

The way the Yanks weren’t hitting, when the Yanks got down 2-0, it felt like 20-0, and you kind of knew Houston would be the ones heading to KC.

Tip your cap to Keuchel and the Astros. Hopefully in 2016, the Yanks can score off of Keuchel.

Soon, a review of the 2015 season, including final report cards and a look at what the Yanks must do to improve in 2016.

Game 161. The Yanks are killing us. They literally throw this one away, 4-3.


The Yanks literally threw this game away, thanks to Dellin Betances.

As a result, the Yanks are very much in danger of having to play that wild card play-in game on the road at Houston. 

If the Yanks lose the regular season finale tomorrow vs. the Orioles, and Houston wins, the Yanks are headed to Houston for the wild card game UNLESS the Angels beat Texas, forcing a 163rd game for the division title between Texas and Houston whereupon the winner is AL West champ and the loser heads to the Bronx.

In other words, Yankee fans must root for:

  1. the Yanks to win.
  2. Houston to lose or
  3. If the Yanks lose and Houston wins, then for the Angels to beat Texas. That would force a 163rd game wherein the winner would be 88-65 and win the AL West but the loser would be 87-76 and behind the Yankees’ 87-75.

Luis Severino wasn’t on, giving up a HR to his first batter and two runs in the first, and another solo HR in the third, but the 21 yr. old rookie gutted it out by giving up just 3 R in 7 IP.

The Yanks got a run in the second on a SF by Gregorius to cut it to 2-1.

In the fifth, Slade Heathcott doubled in a run to cut it to 3-2 and Carlos Beltran walked with the bases loaded to tie the game. The slumping (down to .232) Brian McCann left the bases loaded by making out. It would come back to haunt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dellin Betances relieved Severino and gave up a hit. A WP moved the runner to second and after a strikeout, a bunt single put runners on first and third. The SECOND WP of the inning forced in a run. Then a strikeout, intentional walk to set up a force and strikeout. But those two wild pitches in the inning by Betances doomed the Yanks to a 4-3 loss.

With one out in the ninth, A-rod singled, but PR Rico Noel was picked off before Chase Headley made an out to end the game.                           

Severino 7 IP, 3 r, 5 H, 0 walks and 6 K. 2.89. Gutty outing by a 21 year old. He finishes the year 5-3, 2.89 in 11 starts.

Betances (L, 6-4 1.50) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walks and 3 K but 2 WP.

Game 159. Yanks clinch playoff spot with 4-1 win. Win is #10000 in franchise history.


The Yanks won the 10000th game in franchise history, and the win put the Yanks into the 2015 postseason. They had missed the postseason the previous two seasons.

The 4-1 win over Boston put them into the postseason. One Yankees win or one Houston loss will ensure that Tuesday night’s wild card play-in game will be played in the Bronx.

CC Sabathia, Adam Warren and Dellin Betances combined for the win, and the Yanks used three homers for the offense. Two of the homers were by rookies.

The Yanks got two in the second on a HR by Carlos Beltran (19, #392 career) and after a couple of walks, a single by Brendan Ryan.

Boston got a run in the fifth, but the Yanks got some late insurance when Greg Bird hit a HR (11) in the seventh and Rob Refsnyder hit one (2) in the eighth.

Sabathia (W, 6-10, 4.73) 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 3.29
Betances (9th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.41.

Now for a little rest, see what the weather does this weekend, and get ready for Tuesday.

Game 158. Yanks lose to Boston again, 9-5 in 11


I have to admit, I am concerned about how the Yanks are limping to the finish line.

They lost their third straight game to Boston, 9-5 in 11 innings, on Wednesday night.

Masahiro Tanaka, starting for the first time in twelve days because of that strained hammy, gave up a 3-run HR in the first inning.  He gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. Hopefully the rust after missing a start is off because he has to do better next time out in the wild card play-in game (should the Yanks make it into that game) or the Yanks will be going home and not advancing on to the divisional series round.

Earlier in the evening, Toronto clinched the AL East title.

The Yanks got a run back in the second on a Rob Refsnyder double. Boston went up 4-1 in the third.

The Yanks came all the way back but the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Outside of Wilson, Shreve, Betances and Miller, the Yanks have to find someone they could trust in the bullpen. And it appears that big four listed above is getting tired.

The Yanks got three in the fifth to tie it on an RBI double by Beltran, RBI groundout by McCann and an RBI single by Young.

A-Rod’s 33rd HR of the year (#687 career) put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth.

But Dellin Betances served up the first of Mookie Betts’ two homers of the game in the seventh to let Boston tie it up at five.

In the eleventh, Boston got four runs, capped off by Betts’ second HR of the game, and the Yanks lost 9-5.

The loss drops them to 86-72 and reduced their lead for WC #1 to 2 1/2. The magic number remains at 2.

There is a lot of rain in the forecast. Whether that means a later start, a doubleheader, rainouts, … we’ll see. Maybe the Yanks can clinch and not need to makeup the game. If so, maybe some extra rest will rejuvenate them.

It’s time to pick it up and find a second (or third, or fourth, or…) wind.

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.    3.51
Wilson 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K.  3.12
Betances 1 1/3, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.43
Miller 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.91.
Bailey (L, 0-1, 9.00) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.79
Cotham 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.79.

Game 155. Yanks reduce magic number to get into postseason to 3 with 6-1 win.


With a 6-1 win Sunday over the White Sox, the Yanks reduced their magic number to get into the postseason to 3.

They remain 4 behind Toronto with 7 to go for the division. But they maintain a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1 and five over the Angels for WC #2.

Luis Severino pitched six shutout innings in the victory.

The Yanks scored in the first on a Brian McCann SF. A HR (9) by Dustin Ackley and a passed ball made it 3-0 in the third.

After a White Sox HR cut it to 3-1 in the top of the seventh, Jacoby Ellsbury’s single made it 4-1 in the bottom of the same frame.

The Yanks tacked two more on in the eighth on a single by Greg Bird and SF by Slade Heathcott.

But it was Severino’s day as once again the 21-year-old rookie was superb.

With their 86th win of the season, the Yanks topped their totals of 2014 and 2013.

Severino (W, 5-3, 2.77) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 2 K
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.34
Mitchell 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.60.

Game 154. Yanks edge Chisox 2-1


Moving someone from the rotation to the bullpen (because of Nova coming back) and then back into the rotation (Eovaldi injury) is not easy but Adam Warren was great today.

In the first four batters of the game, Warren gave up a run and three hits. The White Sox picked up NO hits thereafter.

Still, the Yanks offense struggled, until in the sixth, Ellsbury singled and back to back doubles by Headley and A-Rod put the Yanks up 2-1. The three-headed monster of Wilson-Betances and Miller took it from there.

The win put the Yanks at 85-69 with eight games left. The magic # for both clinching a playoff spot and that WC #1 is four.

The Division? Damned near impossible. 4 back with 8 to go.

After that, the wild card #1 seems like where they will be.

Warren (W, 7-7, 3.37_ 6 IP, 1 R, 3 h, 3 walks and 4 K.
Wilson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.10
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.36
Miller (36th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 0 walks, 2 K, 1.97.

Game 152. Beltran’s HR wins it for Yanks, 3-2. Magic #5 for playoff spot.


Carlos Beltran’s 3-run HR was all the Yanks’ offense in a 3-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.

Beltran’s 18th HR of the season was #391 of his career, passing Graig Nettles on the all-time list. On base was Alex Rodriguez, and his run scored was #2000 of his career.

The win puts the Yanks at 84-68 with 10 games to go. They are 3 behind Toronto in the AL East, have a 4 1/2 game lead over Houston for WC #1 and a six-game lead over both the Twins and Angels for WC spot #2.

The magic number to get into that WC game is 5.

Pineda (W, 12-8, 3.99) 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 walks, 6 K
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.16
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.37
Miller (35th save) 1 IP, 0 R 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.01