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Until he dominates in the postseason, until he wins a big postseason game for the Yankees, Gerrit Cole is going to have to carry last night’s performance like a millstone around his neck.
Ask A-Rod. A-Rod’s postseason failures haunted him until the Yanks finally broke through in 2009, led by a lot of A-Rod heroics.
Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. $36MM a year and $324MM over a 9-yr. deal come with high expectations and demands. It comes with the territory.
Getting knocked out in the third inning of a postseason game isn’t one of them. Neither is having a 7.00 ERA at Fenway this year while being 2.94 everywhere else.
Cole, and manager Aaron Boone, denied anything was physically wrong with Cole, but you have to wonder. After leaving a game because of left hamstring tightness about a month ago, Cole hadn’t been the same since. Last night, the Yankees’ ace, who led the AL with 16 wins, gave up a 2-run HR (Xander Bogaerts) in the first inning, a solo shot (Kyle Schwarber) in the third, and only got six outs. When he departed, the Yanks were down 3-0.
He had to be near perfect, because the Yankees’ offense, so disappointing all season, disappointed again, save for Giancarlo Stanton. The Yanks got only six hits, three by Stanton. All three of Stanton’s hits seemed like they would leave the park. One did. Two were singles banged off the Green Monster, the third a HR that snuck around the Pesky Pole in RF. But other than Stanton, not much.
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo HR in the top of the sixth for the Yanks that made it 3-1, then came a huge mistake. Aaron Judge singled and Stanton hit a rocket. It seemed like the Yanks were coming back, but Judge was thrown out at the plate on an awful send by 3B coach Phil Nevin. It wasn’t close. The Yanks got something like 23 runners thrown out at home this season. That is unacceptable and that play at the plate took all the starch out of a possible Yankees comeback. Getting so many runners thrown out at home, whether it be bad coaching or bad base-running, has to change in 2022.
After that misplay in the top of the sixth, Boston scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh (all 3 RBI Alex Verdugo) to go up 6-1. Stanton’s HR in the ninth made it 6-2, but the Yanks are going home for the winter.
In what could be the last game of his career, Brett Gardner was 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts.
Changes need to be made. Lots of them. If not, the Yanks won’t get further than this (and they barely made the postseason, squeaking in by one game over Toronto with a 1-0 win on the last day of the season) and may become worse, what with teams like Toronto and Seattle catching up. Those changes may be many, and yes, could involve some favorites. And those changes could involve everyone from the top down (except some high-salaried and some other players who can’t be moved).
I’ll be writing more about some changes I think need to be done later.
Rizzo solo HR
Stanton 3 hits, solo HR.
Cole (L) 2+IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holmes 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 2 R, 0 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Green 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Yankees pitchers walked 7. You can’t do that, especially in a postseason game. The Yanks struck out 11x.
The Yanks made a few moves before the game. 3rd catcher (Brantly), more speed (Allen). To bring them up, starters who they knew they wouldn’t/couldn’t use, like Kluber, Montgomery and Taillon were left off the roster, only to be reinstated for the ALDS had the Yanks won. They were going for speed and defense, figuring a close game. In the end, it wasn’t necessary.
Boston 84-65 1st WC Slot.
NYY 83-65 – 1/2, 2nd WC Slot
Tor 82-65 – 1 from Bos, – 1/2 from NYY
Oak 80-67 -3 from Bos, – 2 1/2 from NYY
Sea 79-68 – 4 from Bos, – 3 1/2 from NYY
Scenario: Three-team tie for two Wild Card spots. If the Blue Jays, Yankees and Red Sox were all tied, with no other non-division winners in the AL ahead of them, the three teams would choose/receive A, B and C designations. Club A would host Club B. The winner of that game would be one Wild Card club, while the loser would then play Club C on the road to determine the other. The winners of the two games would face each other in the Wild Card Game. The three designations are decided by head-to-head records. The Red Sox went 10-9 against the Blue Jays and, as of this writing, are 10-6 against the Yankees, so they would have the first pick of designation. The Blue Jays are also 10-6 against the Yanks, as of this writing, so they would pick second. The Yankees would get whichever designation is left over. The first selection comes down to a choice of playing up to two games (Club A) or taking your chances as the home team in a single elimination game (Club C).
Ok, figured I’d give an update on the standings and the 3-way scenario first. The Yanks beat the Cleveland (Indians now, next year the [ugh] Guardians) 8-0 last night, hitting 5 HR. Corey Kluber, Michael King and Lucas Luetge combined for the shutout.
Lots of scoreboard watching this time of year. One way to avoid it, of course, is to take care of business earlier, so as to have a nice lead right now where it isn’t necessary, as Tampa Bay has done.
But it is what it is. As for now, the Yanks just have to keep winning.
Joey Gallo got the scoring started with a HR (36) in the bottom of the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead. He was not finished.
Aaron Judge hit one out in the bottom of the fourth to make it 2-0. HR #35 for Judge.
It stayed that way for a while. The Yanks broke open a tight ballgame by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo led off the inning with a single because 1B Bobby Bradley slipped. Gleyber Torres walked, and Gio Urshela singled in a run. After a pitching change, Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR (9) to make it 6-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, Giancarlo Stanton and the red-hot Gallo hit back-to-back HR to make it 8-0. For Stanton, #29, and for Gallo #37 (combined Tex/NYY).
Judge 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (35)
Stanton solo HR (29)
Gallo 3 hits, 2 RBI. 2 solo HR (37, Tex/NYY)
Urshela 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 3-run HR (9)
Kluber (W, 5-3) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 2 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 3.68
King (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.36
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.79
Before the game, Clarke Schmidt was brought back up and Sal Romano was placed on the IL.
Luis Severino and Domingo German are close to returning. Both would be bullpen options to close out the season.
The Yanks almost scored in the top of the second, when Gary Sanchez was robbed of a two-run HR by Orioles’ CF Cedric Mullens. Sanchez would be robbed of another hit later in the game.
They did score in the top of the third, when Gardner led off the inning with a single and Gio Urshela followed with a 2-run HR (12).
Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor”, shutting out Baltimore until giving up a solo HR in the sixth. He struck out 11.
The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but the Orioles got a leadoff single, then a groundout where the runner moved up. Gleyber Torres at second couldn’t start a DP (he’s been shaky defensively—on the radio Sterling and Waldman lamented that the DP wasn’t made) and it came back to hurt. A WP moved the runner to third, then a strikeout. With two out, and on an 0-2 pitch, Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR and the Orioles were up 3-2. Green, unfortunately, hasn’t been too reliable lately. It was the 14th HR Green has given up this season, and it was reported that it was the 8th HR allowed in the 7th inning or later by Green that either tied the game or gave the other team the lead. That’s the most in MLB. He had just given up the GW HR to Lindor and the Mets on Sunday night.
The Yanks miss the injured Loaisiga. (Not to mention Britton if he were healthy, O’Day, and they shouldn’t have traded Cessa).
It was a gut-punch that could have really dealt the Yanks a huge blow in this playoff race. They were now down to the ninth inning, and already knew they had to comeback to keep pace with Toronto and Boston, both who had already won.
Luke Voit led off the top of the ninth by drawing a walk. Tyler Wade PR for him. Gleyber Torres singled Wade to second. After a flyout, a double steal which proved huge. It enabled the Yanks to stay out of a game-ending DP and also forced Baltimore to bring the infield in. Gardner blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to score both runners and give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. The Yanks put another runner on, but couldn’t push another run across.
Aroldis Chapman closed out the game quite easily in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yanks kept pace, thanks to Gardner.
Torres 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, 2 RBI, GW hit
Urshela 2-run HR (12)
Cortes 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.60 (What a revelation and savior he has been)
Green (BS, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.46
Peralta (W, 5-3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.58