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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 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 152. Yanks win, Didi sets Yankees HR record for SS, tragedy averted, thankfully.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get into the game, I must mention something that happened during this afternoon’s game that fortunately, did not turn into a tragedy.

In the middle of the game, Todd Frazier lined a ball into the stands where it struck a girl in the face. The girl, sitting in the box seats, had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, and rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Players on the field from both teams were in tears because of what happened.

Thankfully, it appears that the girl will be OK.

The girl is 2 years old.

Which raises questions. Should a 2 year old be sitting in box seats? Should you sell tickets to someone who will be sitting in box seats with a two year old or should they be required to take seats further away from the playing field?

Should protective netting be expanded to go all the way up the first and third base lines?

Should the parents be bringing a two-year old to the Stadium in the first place?

This could have been a tragedy. It wasn’t. But these questions need to be addressed. Thankfully, what could have been much worse didn’t happen.

Luis Severino was off. The Twins got three in the top of the third off off Seve, and it was a 46 pitch inning for him. Credit must be given to Joe Mauer, who had a 13-pitch at bat vs. Severino that resulted in a bases-loaded RBI single for a run. It appeared to take everything out of Severino.

The Yanks got it right back in the bottom of the third on back-to-back HRs by Judge (45) and Sanchez (32). The two-run HR by Judge put him over 100 RBI for the season.

It’s also important to remember that Sanchez missed 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the year due to injury.

Judge became the third rookie in history to have 100 walks, runs scored and RBI in a season. The others were Ted Williams in 1939 and Al Rosen in 1950.

He also became the fourth Yankee with 100 RBI in his rookie season, after Tony Lazzeri, Joe DiMaggio and Hideki Matsui.

There was talk about Rosen on the Yankees’ broadcast today. It was mentioned that Rosen broke in in 1947. But Rosen got in 7 games in 1947, 5 in 1948 and 23 in 1949. So he was still a “rookie” in 1950, not having met the criteria for not being a rookie.

In the fourth, the Yanks broke the game open, scoring six runs. With one out, the red-hot Ellsbury (finally over that concussion?) tripled. After a walk, Bird hit his second double of the game to make it 4-3. Gardner singled to make it 5-3. After Judge struck out for the second out, Sanchez singled, 6-3.

Didi Gregorius then hit a 3-run HR (25) to make it 9-3. With the HR, Didi set a new single season record for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, breaking Jeter’s 1999 mark of 24.

In the fifth, Holliday singled and Ellsbury walked. This is where Frazier lined that ball off that poor child’s face. He flied out. Holliday moving up. A WP had Holliday scoring to make it 10-3 and moving Ellsbury to second. Bird singled Ellsbury to third, Gardner was HBP to load the bases, and Judge hit a SF, 11-3.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge HR (45) 3 RBI. Topped 100 RBI for the season.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (32).
Gregorius HR (25), 3 RBI. Yankees’ record for HR in a season by a SS.
Ellsbury 3 hits.
Bird 3 hits, RBI.

Severino 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.03.
Shreve (W, 4-1, 3.71) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. Great job.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50
German 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.84

I am really impressed by what German has shown so far.

The Angels are playing as I write this. But the Yanks magic numbers for being the host wild card team and for making the playoffs at all are both 4.

Quick note: Boxer Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95. He was the subject of the movie Raging Bull, which won Robert De Niro a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta.

Game 148. Yanks bomb O’s again, 9-3. Magic #s for Playoffs reduced.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When will Didi Gregorius get his just due?

When the Yankees got him to replace the legend, Derek Jeter, we were probably hoping for .260-9-54 and good defense. None of us knew Didi would become the first Yankees’ SS to hit 20 or more HR in back to back seasons (even Jeter didn’t do that), or become a .290 hitting, 20 HR, 80 RBI guy… and he missed the first couple weeks of this season.

Who’d have thought he’d be hitting cleanup?

Didi homered again (23) for the Yanks in their 9-3 win over Baltimore today. The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East but increased their lead for the first wild card spot (game at home) by 5 over the Twins.

The magic # for getting the top wild card spot is 10.  With the Twins coming in Mon-Tue-Wed, the Yanks can take care of a lot of business themselves.

The Yanks’ magic # for just making the playoffs is 9 over the Angels.

Didi’s 3-Run HR (23) in the third put the Yanks up 3-0 and gave him 80 RBI on the season.

Maybe we are finally getting to see the Greg Bird we saw in spring training of this year. HR #5 made it 6-0 in the fourth.

In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 7-0.

Todd Frazier hit a 2-run HR (26) in the seventh to make it 9-0.

Chasen Shreve was horrible in the ninth inning when Baltimore scored three runs.

Didi 3 for 4 , scored 3 runs, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 3 hits, RBI.
Frazier HR, 2 RBI.
Bird HR, 3 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 8-7, 4.06) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.58
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.80
Shreve 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 1 K. 3.98  Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06

With the win, the Yanks have a winning season. They haven’t had one since 1992.

Game 145. Yanks edge Rays, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi has turned into Captain Hook, whether his starters like it or not. He has “flipped the page”. Whereas earlier this year, he may have stuck with a starter, now with a playoff spot on the line, he’ll go to his bullpen much quicker, the starter’s feelings be damned for the sake of the team and getting that W.

We saw it earlier this week when he pulled CC in the middle of the fifth up 5-1 when he brought in David Robertson.

Today we saw it with two outs in the fifth when he yanked Jaime Garcia for Chad Green.

They are moves worthy of Casey and Billy. Aggressive, bold and gutsy, the starter’s feelings be damned. It doesn’t matter what pitcher gets the W, as long as it’s a W and not an L. Garcia didn’t like being pulled one out away from qualifying for a win, but it is what it is. Don’t like it? Garcia is a free agent at the end of the year. Don’t like buying into TEAM right now? Leave.  It’s not like he’s been Sandy Koufax or Clayton Kershaw since he was traded for. Besides, right now, Chad Green is such an unhittable weapon.

Girardi couldn’t do this earlier in the year, or he would burn out the bullpen. Now? No holds barred.

Besides Garcia, Betances got a quick hook when he ran into trouble and got pulled for Chapman.

Simple concept. Does well, leave him in. Struggles? Pull him.

The Yanks beat the Rays, 3-2 today, scoring all three runs in the top of the second.

Castro and Ellsbury singled. Todd Frazier singled in a run. After an out and a walk that loaded the bases, Gardner singled in two.

The Rays got a HR in the third off Garcia and scored another in the eighth. With Boston losing tonight, the 79-66 Yanks are three back of the division lead (and to avoid the sudden death wild card game) with 17 games left.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits.
Castro 2 hits.
Ellsbury 2 hits.

Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.35
Green (W, 5-0, 1.96) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.62
Betances (H, 18) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.09
Chapman (S, 18) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K. 3.71

Otani, the Japanese hitter/pitcher will be posted at the end of the year. The Yanks have interest.

Magic numbers for the Yanks making a wild card spot and for top wild card are less than 20.

 

Game 143. Frazier’s 3-run HR keys Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Strange night. Strange venue. Strange record set. Strange pitching performance.

The Yanks were the road team in a game played at Citi Field. But the game wasn’t against the Mets. Because of Hurricane Irma, the game, supposed to be in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays, was moved to a “neutral” site. Of course, Queens isn’t THAT far from the Bronx. You can argue about the neutrality.

Anyway, Jacoby Ellsbury set a MLB record for most times reaching on catcher’s interference in his career (breaking Pete Rose’s record) and it was a key play in a 5-1 Yankees win.

The key blow in the game was a 3-run HR (24) by Todd Frazier.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second when Adeiny Hechevarria tripled in a run. Hechevarria barely missed a cycle tonight.

The Yanks only got four hits on the night, but three came in the fourth inning, when they scored all five of their runs.

Judge walked, and Sanchez singled him to third. Didi tied the game with a SF. After Castro struck out, Holliday reached on a two-base error, Sanchez scoring. Ellsbury set that catcher’s interference record. Frazier then hit his 3-run HR.

With one out in the fourth and a 5-1 lead, Girardi pulled CC. I don’t know if the knee was acting up or what, but two outs away from getting credit for a win, and having a 4-run lead, it seemed odd.

UPDATE: Two on, one out, and Longoria owns CC. Hence the quick hook. Girardi didn’t want the 5-1 lead to get away. Went to Robertson, surprising, gutty move and the correct one.

Odder yet, was who came in to pitch in the fifth inning. David Robertson, who is more used to pitching later in ballgames. Robertson, so used to pitching one inning and closing games, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings in gaining the win.

Greg Bird was supposed to start but was a late scratch at 1B for Tyler Austin. Austin did get a double. The Yanks got just four hits and struck out 11x, but did draw four walks and there were the two Rays’ errors (one being the catcher’s interference).

UPDATE: Bird was scratched with back spasms. Who knows when he’ll return. The guy can’t catch a break.

The win puts the 78-65 Yanks 3 back of Boston with 19 to go, and strengthened their hold on the top wild card spot.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.85. A quick hook.
Robertson (W, 8-2, 2.10) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Longer than usual outing.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.83

In case you missed it, Aaron Judge the other day set a rookie record for most walks in a season. Also, he is one of only 5 Yankees to have a 40 HR season age 25 or younger. The others? Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

Cleveland won their 19th straight game tonight. Meanwhile, the once sizzling hot Dodgers have lost 10 in a row.

UPDATE: With these three games being moved to Citi Field, it means 17 of the last 20 games this regular season for the Yankees will be played in NY. The other 3 are in Toronto.