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ALDS Game 2: Yanks up 2-0 after Didi slams, Tanaka tames Twins, 8-2.

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One thing about the postseason. A player can be struggling at the end of the regular season, then one postseason at bat can make him a hero.

Such is the case with Didi Gregorius in Game 2 of the ALDS. Didi, who was struggling badly at the end of the regular season, and also in Game 1, hit a grand slam that broke Game 2 open, and the Yanks beat the Twins 8-2 to take a two games to none lead into Minnesota on Monday for Game 3 of the best-of-five series.

Masahiro Tanaka continued to be a postseason force, improving his record to 4-2, 1.54 in the postseason. The YES network showed a graph of people with postseason ERAs under Tanaka’s (minimum five starts). That list was headed by Sandy Koufax, Christy Mathewson and Eddie Plank (although the YES network screwed up. The picture shown was of Lefty Grove, not Eddie Plank). Wild Bill Hallahan was in there too. Koufax, Mathewson and Plank are all hall-of-famers.

The Twins made a curious decision, starting a rookie, Randy Dobnak, making only his SIXTH start in the majors, and who had only 28 1/3 innings of major league experience. This, in Game 2 of the ALDS, in a game you NEED to win to avoid going down 0-2 in a best of five series. Strange decision indeed.

Not only that, the kid got married last Saturday. So his focus lately hasn’t been 100% on baseball.

Tanaka got out of a jam in first, being the back end of a nifty 3-6-1 DP to end the inning. Tanaka helps himself out when he pitches by holding runners on well and also by fielding his position well. Here his fielding helped him out.

The Yanks got to Dobnak early, scoring one run in the first. D.J. LeMahieu led off with a double and Aaron Judge walked. A flyout by Brett Gardner moved D.J. to third. Edwin Encarnacion, looking hot and nothing like a guy just off the IL, singled to make it 1-0 Yanks.

Then came the third inning. The Yankees tied their postseason record by scoring seven runs in the inning.

Judge led off with a single and Gardner walked. Encarnacion singled to load the bases and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF to make it 2-0. Gleyber Torres singled in a run, 3-0. Gary Sanchez was HBP to reload the bases and then Didi hit his grand slam. 7-0. After Gio Urshela struck out, D.J. walked and Judge singled. Gardner singled to make it 8-0, and the game was basically over.

Tanaka did give up a run in the fourth, and the Twins also got a run off of Jonathan Loaisiga in the ninth.

Judge 2 hits, 2 walks
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Gregorius 2 hits, 4 RBI. Grand slam. (1st by Yankee in postseason since Robbie Cano 2011)
Urshela 2 hits.

 

Tanaka (WINNER) 5 IP,  1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.  Brilliant.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lyons 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

Yankees’ pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts. Meanwhile, besides getting 11 hits, the Yankees drew 8 walks.

 


No offense to other good teams in the AL, like Oakland, Tampa Bay and Cleveland (who didn’t make the playoffs despite winning over 90 games) or the Twins, but for months it has appeared that, unless there is an upset, that the ALCS would be the Yankees vs. the Astros.

That possibility became even more of a certainty Saturday night when Houston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to go up two games to none in their series. Gerrit Cole struck out 15 in 7 2/3 innings. The only pitchers to strike out more in a postseason game were Bob Gibson and Kevin Brown (yeah, I still wretch when I think of Kevin Brown). Houston pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts and Alex Bregman hit a HR.

Cole is a free agent after the season. The Yanks drafted him in 2008 but he went to college instead. The Yanks tried to trade for him but wouldn’t give up Miguel Andujar in the deal.  So the interest is clearly there. Cole went 20-5, 2.50 with 326 K this season. He led the AL in ERA and the majors in strikeouts. You can guess how much I want Hal Steinbrenner to break open the piggy bank and sign Cole (who, obviously, won’t come cheap) in this upcoming offseason. Not only to help the Yanks but to hurt Houston.

Can you imagine a rotation of Cole, Severino, Tanaka, Paxton and Happ (sorry to the youngsters).

Cole is 29. A three-time All-Star who will get CYA consideration for the third time this offseason (and who may win it, unless he loses to teammate Justin Verlander). His 162 g. average is 17-7, 3.22, ERA+ 127.

Look at that rotation again. You can buy Happ out after 2020 and maybe a youngster like Deivi Garcia is ready in 2021 (and I didn’t even mention Jordan Montgomery).

8 years, $250 million?

It isn’t my money, obviously. But I can dream about spending Hal’s, can’t I?

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Game 141. Judge and Torres HRs carry Yanks, 4-1. Magic #12.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres homered, and the Yanks used an “opener” and six pitchers to defeat Texas 4-1 Wednesday night.

With the win, the Yankees (92-49) have a 10 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. The magic # for clinching the division outright (no tiebreakers) is 12. They have a two-game lead over Houston for the best record in the AL (Houston owns tiebreaker) and a 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers for the best record in baseball (Yankees own tiebreaker).

Judge got the scoring started with a 2-run HR (20) in the third inning.

Torres hit a solo HR (34) in the fourth to make it 3-0, Yankees.

In the sixth, Mike Tauchman walked and scored on a double by Austin Romine. 4-0.

Texas got a HR on a Rougned Odor HR in the ninth to spoil the shutout.

Judge 2-run HR (20)
Torres solo HR (34)
Romine 2 hits, RBI.

Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K.  4.84
Cessa (W, 2-1, 3.82) 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Ottavino (H, 28) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.66
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  3.11
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.   2.11
Gearrin 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  4.18

Green’s overall ERA isn’t impressive, but he had that terrible start to the season and was sent to AAA with an ERA of 16.43. Since coming back, his ERA is 3.06. Now THAT is impressive.

There is a report that the Yanks almost made a deal at the trade deadline for Ken Giles of Toronto. It would have required three unnamed prospects.

Thinking how much I would like the Yanks to break the bank for Gerrit Cole and have a rotation next year of Cole, Severino, Paxton, Tanaka and Happ. That is, if Happ can’t be dealt.

In AAA, you could have Montgomery (if Happ isn’t dealt), Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia and Michael King (granted all are healthy). That’s an impressive AAA rotation of guys “on the ready.”

From MLBTR.com:

The Yankees have signed left-handed reliever Danny Coulombe to a minor league contract for a second time, Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports (via Twitter). New York brought Coulombe into the fold on a minor league pact last winter but gave him his release from the organization on July 1. Coulombe signed with the Brewers a couple of weeks later but opted out of that deal late last month and is now returning to the Yanks.

also from MLBTR/com:

The Yankees have released veteran right-hander David Hernandez, per an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in Scranton (h/t: Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune, on Twitter).

The 34-year-old Hernandez had signed with New York on a minor league pact back on Aug. 15 after a disastrous season with the Reds, but he didn’t fare much better in his brief time with his new organization

 

One notable passing: Clint Conatser, a backup OF for the Boston Braves of 1948 and 1949, died at the age of 98. He played in the 1948 WS for the Braves. Since the Braves last played in Boston in 1952, I wonder how many Boston Braves players are still alive?

Also, I wonder how far back you can go to still find a living WS participant. I think the answer could be Dr. Bobby Brown, who is still alive at 94 and who played in the 1947 WS for the Yankees.

Game 27. A fine nine. Sanchez’ HR leads Yanks to 9th straight win, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR and CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings as the Yanks won their ninth game in a row, 2-1 over the Angels, Sunday night.

The Yanks (18-9) stay two games back of Boston, and now head to Houston to face the defending WS Champion Astros for four games.

The Yanks only got four hits in the game and struck out 13x, but scored both their runs in the fourth inning when Stanton doubled and Sanchez hit a 447-ft. HR (7).

The Angels scored in the sixth on two singles and a WP by CC. One single was by Albert Pujols, who is now four hits shy of 3000 for his career.

Sabathia’s 239th career win ties him with Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown and David Wells on the all-time list.

Sabathia (W, 2-0, 1.71)  7 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Green (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.08
Chapman (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 1.50

Recent passings.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A couple tragedies this past week. On the same day, in two separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic, Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura and former MLB infielder Andy Marte died.

Ventura, 25, was 38-31, 3.89, ERA+ 107 in his brief MLB career. He won 14 games for the 2014 AL Champs and 13 for the 2015 WS Champs. He finished 6th in ROY voting in 2014. He went 1-2, 4.66 in 10 postseason games. He was 11-12, 4.45 in 2016.

Marte, 33, played for Atlanta in 2005, Cleveland 2006-2010, and Arizona in 2014. In 308 games, 854 at bats, he hit .218-21-99. His 162 g. average was .218-11-52, OPS+ 69. He played 3B and 1B.

Also, pitcher Jackie Brown died at the age of 73 on January 8. Brown was with the Washington Senators 1970-1971, the Texas Ranger 1973-1975, Cleveland 1975-1976 and Montreal 1977. He went 47-53, 4.18 in his career, ERA+ 87. His best year was in 1974, when he went 13-12, 3.57 for a Billy Martin-led Rangers team that surprisingly finished second in the AL West. His 162 G. average was 10-11, 4.18, 22 starts, 24 more relief appearances.

Game 46. Teix, Warren, lead Yanks back in to first place, 5-1.

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Mark Teixeira homered, doubled, and drove in four runs to support Adam Warren’s strong effort as the Yanks beat KC 5-1 Tuesday evening.

With the win, the Yanks moved back into first place, 1/2 game ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yanks are 24-22.

Teixeira hit a 2-run HR, his 14th of the season in the first. The homer was #377 of his career, passing teammate Carlos Beltran as well as Carlton Fisk on the all-time list and tying Jeff Kent and Norm Cash.

Teixeira doubled in two in the fifth, and went to third on an error. Chase Headley drove Teix in with a SF.

Adam Warren pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Warren (W, 3-3, 3.91) 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 5 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 5.52
Betances struck out the side. 3 up, 3 down and the hitters looked absolutely helpless against him. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 0.00.
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.89.

A-Rod had two hits to take his total to 2979.

Recent baseball passings: OF “Downtown” Ollie Brown and reliever Fred Gladding.

Passed away…

A couple of deaths in the sporting world recently…

Gates Brown, OF/PH for the Tigers in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, passed away. One of the top pinch-hitters of all-time, he hit .370 in 92 AB for the WC 1968 Tigers

and

L.C. Greenwood, DE for the Steel Curtain, a 4x Super Bowl Champ.

The minors today.

AAA: 6-3 win for SWB. Chris Bootcheck 3 R in 5 IP. Jeter 0 for 2, walk and run scored. C J.R. Murphy 3 hits. (.307 at AAA since call up. PLEASE, Cashman, bring him up for Romine. He HAS to hit better than Romine’s .132!). DH Randy Ruiz 2 RBI & 3B Josh Bell 3 RBI. RF Thomas Neal 2 hits, .321.

AA: Trenton won 10-6. Zach Nuding 5 R in 6 2/3. CF Slade Heathcott 2 h, rbi. 2B Jose Pirela 2h, 2 rbi. SS Carmen Angelini & LF Shane Brown 2 rbi each.

High A: Tampa lost 4-3. Bryan Mitchell 2 R in 6 2/3. A-Rod didn’t play. LF Ben Gamel 2 hits and 2 RBI for C Gary Sanchez. 2 hits 1B Saxon Butler.

Low A: Charleston off.