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Dodgers win NL pennant, first time since 1988.

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If the Yankees win Game 6 or 7 in Houston and make it to the WS, they now know who they will face.

The Dodgers.

Thanks to a 3-HR, 7 RBI night by Enrique Hernandez, including a grand slam, the Dodgers won the NL Pennant for the first time since 1988. Since they had the best record in baseball this season, winning 104 games, they will have home field advantage in the World Series.

The Dodgers won 11-1 in Game 5 to close out the NLCS four games to one.

The co-mvps of the NLCS were Chris Taylor and Justin Taylor of the Dodgers. Hernandez’ great night couldn’t give him that.

The Tigers named a new manager, former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 13-7. As for Yankees’ prospects, a GREAT NIGHT.

3B Kyle Holder: 4 for 6, triple, HR, scored 2, drove in 3 runs.
1B Billy McKinney 1 for 4, rbi.
SS Thairo Estrada 2 for 5,
RF Estevan Florial 3 for 5, HR shy of the cycle. 2 RBI.
 

 

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ALCS Game 3. Yanks win 8-1 behind CC, Todd, Judge.

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The Yankees cut Houston’s lead in the ALCS to two games to one by taking Game 3, 8-1, on Monday night.

CC Sabathia pitched six shutout innings for the win.

The Yanks got three runs in the second inning on a 3-run HR by Todd Frazier after singles by Castro and Hicks.

In the fourth, they broke the game open with five runs. Greg Bird doubled, and after two out, Frazier walked. Headley singled in one run, and Brett Gardner was HBP to load the bases for Judge. A WP made it 5-0, then Judge hit a 3-run HR to make it 8-0.

Houston got a run in the ninth, because once again Dellin Betances was ineffective. This was the one downside of the evening. Could Betances be trade bait this offseason? Right now, he is so messed up.

CC, who has resurrected his career by reinventing himself, was outstanding, and he got two great catches by Judge, one crashing into the wall and another coming in to make a diving catch.

Sabathia (WIN) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Betances 0 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. Walked both batters he faced.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Sonny Gray starts for the Yanks in Game 4. Both Games 4 and 5 have 5 PM start times  (Eastern time). Since I work to just about 8 (and sometimes overtime), I’ll miss all or most of both games.

The Yanks have to treat Game 4 as a must-win, too, because Keuchel is set for Game 5, and so far, he owns the Yanks.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 9-8 by giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees’ prospects:

Estevan Florial CF 1 for 5, double, scored a run, struck out 3x
Billy McKinney 1B 1 for 3, triple, 2 RBI, scored a run, walked.
Thairo Estrada SS, 2 for 3, double, scored a run, made an error.

Justus Sheffield started.  4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Andrew Schwaab blew the save and took the loss.
Schwaab 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K.

 

 

ALCS Game 1: Keuchel Curse Continues as Yanks lose, 2-1.

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Deja Vu all over again.

In the 2015 WC game, Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, only to lose to Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 3-0.

In Game 1 of the ALCS last night, Tanaka again pitched well, and once again the Yankees couldn’t figure out Keuchel, and this time they lost 2-1. Keuchel and his relievers struck out 14 Yankees.

Keuchel has owned the Yankees the past few years. In order to advance to the World Series the Yanks have to either find a way to beat him, or just beat all of the other Astros’ pitchers.

The Astros scored two runs in the second when MVP candidate Jose Altuve (he’ll win the award if Judge doesn’t, and he had 3 hits on the night, half of Houston’s total) singled with one out and stole second. Carlos Correa singled in Altuve, moved up on a groundout, and scored on a single by Yuri Gurriel. Half of the Astros six hits came in this inning.

In the fifth, Greg Bird, who had two of the Yanks’ five hits, singled. Matt Holliday reached on an error, moving Bird up, but two outs later, the runners hadn’t advanced. Aaron Judge singled but Bird was thrown out at the plate. That proved to be the difference in the ball game.

Much has been made since, and will continue to be made, of Bird’s lead, not-so-good turn at third, and lack of foot speed. You may also wonder if that ankle injury that required surgery had anything to do with anything. Maybe that slowed him down even more or forced a turn that wasn’t too good. The short LF in Houston also helped the OF, who made a perfect throw. Anyway, Bird was nipped at the plate, and it was confirmed upon review.

Bird homered with two out in the ninth for the Yankees’ only run.

Tanaka (Loss) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H,  0 W, 2 K.

Severino vs. Verlander in Game 2 today.

In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees’ OF prospect Estevan Florial was 1 for 4 with an RBI in Scottsdale’s 6-4 loss.

 

Yanks set rotation, Cubs knock off Nats, and AFL news.

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The Yanks have set their rotation for the ALCS. In a bit of a surprise, Sonny Gray was pushed back to Game 4.

Game 1 will have Tanaka, then he’ll be followed by Severino, then CC, then Gray. Houston will open with Keuchel, followed by Verlander.

With lefty Keuchel going, does Girardi go to Holliday at DH? Houston has a short LF porch, and Headley and Ellsbury didn’t do much if anything in the ALDS vs. Cleveland.

After losing Game 4 to Washington at home on Tuesday, the Cubs rebounded by beating the Nationals, 9-8 Thursday night, coming back from an early 4-1 deficit. So the NLCS will be the defending champion Cubs going up against the Dodgers.  Washington can’t get over the hump. Same for its manager, Dusty Baker.

In the Arizona Fall League, 19-yr. old OF Yankees’ prospect Estevan Florial went 4 for 5 and scored 3 runs in Scottsdale’s 8-0 win last night. Billy McKinney, an OF learning 1B, drove in 4 runs. SS Thairo Estrada was 1 for 5. Andrew Schwaab pitched one inning of scoreless relief, striking out one.

Don Lock, an OF for the Senators, Phillies and Red Sox from 1962-1969, passed away at the age of 81. He hit 27 HR and drove in 82 runs for the 1963 Senators, and followed it up with 28 and 80 in 1964 for them. His 162 g. avg. was .238-21-66, OPS+ 111.

Also, Johnny Herrnstein, 1B for the 1964 Phillies that Phlopped at the end of the season, passed away at the age of 79. He joins Bunning, Green, Amaro and Sievers as members of the 1964 Phillies who all passed away this year. In that 1964 season, Herrnstein hit .234-6-25, OPS+ 82. He played for the Phillies from 1962-1966, the Cubs in 1966 and the Braves in 1966. In 239 games, he hit .220-8-34, OPS+ 67 in 450 career at bats.

 

 

ALDS Game 5. Yanks complete comeback! Advance to ALCS, 5-2. Didi HRs twice.

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The Yankees stunned the baseball world, completing a comeback from an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-five ALDS series vs. Cleveland, by beating the Indians, 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Before losing the last three games of this division series, Cleveland had won 35 of their previous 39 games. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, while with Boston, led them to their historic comeback from down 0-3 to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, but now has seen the Indians lose a 3-1 WS lead last year, and a 2-0 ALDS lead this year.

The Indians’ last WS title? 1948.

For Joe Girardi, a reprieve from what happened with the non-challenge in Game 2.

The Yankees now head to Houston to take on the Astros for the AL pennant. The ALCS is a best-of-seven.

Didi Gregorius got the Yanks on the board in the first inning with his first HR of the night.

In the third, Didi did it again, hitting a 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 3-0.

CC Sabathia was brilliant for 4 1/3 innings, striking out nine, but faltered in the fifth, giving up four straight hits, and two runs.

David Robertson came in and got a DP to get out of the inning, then went two more innings.

It was nail-biter time until the ninth, when the Yanks got two insurance runs to put the game away. With one out, Hicks singled and went to second on an error. After an out, Todd Frazier walked, and Brett Gardner got his third hit of the night to drive in a run. When the throw to the infield got away for another Cleveland error, Frazier scored.

Aroldis Chapman then closed out the game.

The Yanks won despite striking out 16x. Judge struck out 4x. The Yanks struck out 15 Indians.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Robertson (Winner) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Save) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Gardner 3 hits, RBI.
Didi 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI.

What to do about Aaron Judge? 1 for 20 in the series with 16 strikeouts. Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird had a rough Game 5, each took 0-for’s with 3 K each. Chase Headley had an 0 for the series.

Despite some players having offensive woes that they need to break out of vs. Houston, the Yanks came back from a seemingly impossible situation and advance.

Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday in Houston. I would expect the Yanks’ rotation to go like this for the ALCS:

Gray
Tanaka
Severino
CC
Gray
Tanaka
Severino (lined up for Games 3 and 7)

One problem with that is that Tanaka has pitched far better at home than on the road, and with this scenario, Games 2 and 6 are on the road. The Yanks could (and probably won’t) use Montgomery, but Montgomery hasn’t pitched in a while, and with that short LF fence in Houston, the Yanks probably wouldn’t want to use a lefty there.

As for that trade with Chicago this summer? Getting Robertson back has been huge.

And better things to come? The Arizona Fall League started yesterday, and Yankees’ prospects did well in a 7-4 win.

Yankees’ prospects for the Scottsdale Scorpions:
Justus Sheffield 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. Win
Cody Carroll 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. Save
SS Thairo Estrada 2 for 4, RBI
OF Billy McKinney 1 for 4, 3 -run HR.
OF Estevan Florial 1 for 4.

Lastly, Boston manager John Farrell got the axe yesterday. Brad Ausmus of the Tigers is history. So the Phils, Mets, Tigers and Red Sox are all currently looking for new managers.

Minor league report. Tampa knocked out. Not a good day for the minors in the playoffs.

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AAA: SWB’s Game 1 of the International League’s semifinal series with LV was ppd., rain.

AA: Trenton lost Game 1 of their Eastern League Semifinals to Binghamton, 4-1. Clint Frazier on rehab, 0 for 3, struck out all 3x.  OF Zack Zehner 2 hits.

Tate, L, 3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 W, 6 K.
Mesa 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K.

High A: Tampa lost their semifinal series 2 games to 1, losing both games today. They had won Game 1 of the best of 3 series.

Game 2 of the Best of 3: Lost 4-1. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, solo HR. 3B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Abreu L, 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Harris 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Palladino 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.

Game 3; The deciding game to determine the FSL co-champ: Lost 5-3. DH Dalton Blaser 2 hits, solo HR.

Swanson 6 ip, 1 R, 1 h, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare (BS, 1), 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Foley, (L) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Harvey 1 /3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Low A: Charleston lost Game 1 of their series, 4-1. LF Carlos Vidal solo HR, but they got only one other hit. The bullpen blew a superb outing by Freicer Perez.

Perez 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Mundell (BS, L) 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Hodson 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Bristo 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.

Minor League Report: Tampa comes back to win game 1 of playoffs, 8-6 in 10. Hurricane Irma disrupts FSL.

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Brian Keller got knocked out in the first inning, giving up 5 runs, but Tampa came back to win Game 1 of their playoff series (a best of 3), scoring 3 in the top of the 10th, to win 8-6 in 10 innings. Great relief job by Adonis Rosa.

2B Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
3B Gosuke Katoh Solo HR.
CF Estevan Florial 2 hits.
1B Tim Lynch 2-run HR in the top of the 10th.
DH Dalton Blaser 2 hits, solo HR.

Keller 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Rosa 6 IP, 0 R,  4 H, 0 W, 7 K.
Lane 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Frawley (Winner) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.

Because of Hurricane Irma, there will be NO Championship series for the Florida State League. The winners of each of the first round series will be declared co-champions. As for Tampa’s series, Game 2 will be played today. If Tampa wins, they are co-champions.

If they lose, Game 3 will IMMEDIATELY follow, and the winner of that game will be declared a co-champion.

The AAA, AA and Low A series will all begin today.  Thank goodness no hurricane to disrupt things there….