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

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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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Games 147 and 148. Yanks sweep DH but injury bug bites again and hard. Magic #5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

First the good news. The Yanks swept a DH from the Tigers on Thursday. The magic # for just getting into the playoffs, and also for winning the division outright, is down to 5.

Houston lost, so the Yanks lead Houston by two games for best record in the AL. The Yanks also lead the Dodgers by two games in the race for best record in the majors, which the Yanks currently own.

The lead in the AL East is 10 over Tampa Bay with 14 games to go.

More good news. Jordan Montgomery comes off the IL and will start Sunday. Luis Severino comes off the IL and starts Tuesday.

More news. Stephen Tarpley off the IL. He was activated before yesterday’s games. Also Ben Heller was brought up.

With 4 HR in the DH, the Yanks have more HR than the Twins (280 to 279) but the Twins have played two less games, in the race for who winds up with the new record for most HR in a season.

Now the bad news. We hope it isn’t worse. Tests will prove how bad. The injury bug has hit again, and at the worst possible time, with the end of the regular season just over two weeks away. J.A. Happ has been pitching with tendonitis in his left (pitching arm) biceps. Edwin Encarnacion had to leave Game 1 early with an oblique strain. Gary Sanchez had to leave Game 2 with tightness in his left groin. Losing Happ may be mitigated by the arrivals of Montgomery and Severino, but the lineup would take a huge hit if they lose the parrot and the Kraken.

As for Sanchez, what was he doing trying to steal? And in a game played in less than optimum conditions? And with the Yanks up 3-0? He’s a catcher. He’s slow. He NEVER tries to steal. SMH. That could really come back to bite them if he has to miss time—including PLAYOFF time.

Game 1: Yanks win 10-4. Luke Voit hit a 2-run HR (20) in the top of the first to put the Yanks up 2-0.

In the third, Encarnacion hit a 2-run HR (34) to put them up 4-0. He left later in this game with the oblique problem.

Detroit got a 2-run HR in the fifth off of MayHapp, who pitched well despite the biceps tendonitis. After giving up the HR, Happ gave up a single and then was pulled after 99 pitches, one out short of qualifying for the win. Understandable. The Yanks didn’t want to take any more chances.

In the seventh, Aaron Judge walked, and one out later, Luke Voit doubled. Didi Gregorius was intentionally walked to load the bases as the Tigers were hoping for an inning-ending DP. Instead a WP moved all runners up and put the Yanks up 5-2. After Gio Urshela struck out, Cameron Maybin doubled to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Tigers scored in the bottom of the seventh to cut it to 7-3.

The Yanks put the game away with three in the top of the eighth. Austin Romine singled and one out later, Aaron Judge singled. With two out, Voit singled in one run and Didi Gregorius tripled in two and it was 10-3 Yanks.

Heller, who is just coming back from missing 2018 and most of this season recovering from TJ surgery, gave up a HR in the bottom of the eighth. 10-4, the final score.

Judge 3 walks, scored 4 runs.
Encarnacion 2-run HR (34)
Voit 3 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (20). Scored 3 runs.
Gregorius 2 RBI
Maybin 2 RBI
Romine 3 hits.

Happ 4 2/3 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.  5.07
Green (W, 4-4, 4.57) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  Gave up 1 HR.  9.00
Gearrin 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.  4.32
Lyons 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  7.04

Game 2: Yanks win 6-4. CC, despite giving up 2 runs, looked good. German was great in relief getting his MLB=leading 18th win.

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run HR in the first inning (22) to give the Yanks a quick 2-0 lead.

In the second, Mike Ford singled and scored on a double by D.J. LeMahieu. 3-0.

CC lost it a bit in the fourth, when he gave up two runs, but German was in shutdown mode. 3-2 Yanks after four.

The Yanks got one run back in the top of the fifth when Tyler Wade doubled to lead off the inning and scored two outs later on a single by Didi. Didi went to third (two-base error) on the play but was left stranded. 4-2.

Gio Urshela hit a 2-run PH HR (20) in the top of the ninth to put the Yanks up 6-2, and they needed those runs because Detroit scored two in the bottom of the ninth to close it to 6-4 before the Yanks closed out the game.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI. .325
Judge 2-run HR (22)
Gardner the Golden Sombrero. 0 for 4, 4 strikeouts.
Urshela 2-run PH HR (20)  .328
Wade 2 hits

Sabathia 3 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 5 K.  4.95
German (W, 18-4, 4.09) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 26) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  3.36
Chapman (S, 37) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.32

It doesn’t look as if CC will pass Bob Gibson on the all-time win list (both with 251) because CC isn’t going the five for the win, but CC did pass John Smoltz on the strikeout list last night. The next one up is too far ahead to reach before CC retires at the end of the season.

Game 126. Yanks fall, 8-4. Now head West.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Updated.

The Yanks (83-43) lost today to Cleveland, 8-4, and now head west to face the A’s, Dodgers and Mariners. They are off tomorrow (Monday).

CC came off the IL today, and as I expected, was rusty. He’s been stuck with Bob Gibson (who is ailing, 84, and unfortunately, has pancreatic cancer) at 251 career wins for a while now. Two months.

CC Up, Ryan Dull down.

Thairo Estrada to the IL (hamstring), Tyler Wade up.

Frankly, and sorry if I offend anyone, I didn’t really want CC back this year. He is now 5-7, ERA over 5, and I expected he would not be that effective. He is now 39, and while it’s nice to have him end his career as a Yankee, what has he actually given us this year? 5-7, ERA over 5. Not much. He’s a below average #5 starter who has been on the IL twice, has a bad knee that will probably need a replacement soon, and who (I hate to say this) is best left OFF the postseason roster. 

Sentiment does not win you titles.

This isn’t a knock on CC, but it’s time. His tank is empty, or almost empty, and it’s showing. He’s run out of, or is extremely low on bullets.

Even when good, he won’t give you more than five innings. I want starters to get me into the seventh, and almost NO ONE gets me that far.

You wonder, with 36 games left, if CC gets ANOTHER MLB victory. It probably will happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get another. He’s getting out at the right time.

My biggest fear come October is who in this rotation do you trust to win a must-win game who will give you seven or more innings.

That worries me.

CC gave up 4 runs, inc. a 3-run HR, in the second.

Nestor Cortes, Jr. gave up another HR in the fourth, 5-0.

Cleveland  gets a run in the sixth, 6-0.

At this point I was wondering if the Yanks would score at all. They did, extending this current streak of not being shut out to 208, 100 short of the all-time MLB record of 308, set by the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees of 1931-1933.

D.J. LeMahieu kept that streak alive in the bottom of the seventh with a 2-run HR (21).

Top of the eighth, Cleveland gets a 2-run HR. 8-2.

The Yanks got two in the bottom of the ninth. Gleyber Torres HBP. One out later, Tauchman and LeMahieu (RBI) single, 8-3. Aaron Judge doubles in a run, 8-4, but that is the final.

Tampa Bay won, cutting the Yanks’ lead in the AL East to 9 1/2. The magic # for clinching the division stays at 28.

LeMahieu 2 hits, 3 RBI (2-run HR (21))  .339
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Gardner 2 hits.

Sabathia (L, 5-7, 5.01)  3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 3 W, 5 K.  Gave up 1 HR.
Cortes, Jr.  2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K.   4.56    Gave up 1 HR.
Cessa  3 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K.  4.36   Gave up 1 HR.

 

Game 104. Pitching dooms Yanks again, 9-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Once again, pitching doomed the Yanks as their horrific week of poor pitching continues. Starters aren’t even getting through five innings. In the past seven starts, no starter has given five innings, and in those seven games, starters have given up 51 runs.

The taxed bullpen is hurting, too. The Yanks have given up 73 total runs in their last seven games. Ugh.

Yesterday, it was CC Sabathia who got lit up as the Yanks lost their third in a row to Boston, 9-5.

The Yanks’ (66-38) lead is down to 8 over Boston and 8 1/2 over Tampa Bay. And they have Chris Sale, a Yankee-killer, to face tonight.

And hopefully they won’t lose D.J. LeMahieu (groin strain) to the IL. He’s gone for an MRI.

Gio Urshela started the scoring with a solo HR, #11, in the top of the second. Gio was 4 for 4 for the day.

But Andrew Benintendi got a cheapie HR, hitting the Pesky Pole for what was listed by Statcast as a 310′ HR to tie the game. For years, it’s been said that it is 302 down the RF line at Fenway, but there never has been a marker. There also have been rumors that the distance is actually shorter. Anyway, tie game.

In the fourth, Luke Voit doubled and Urshela singled him in to make it 2-1 Yanks.

But Boston scored three in the bottom of the fourth, getting two of them on a J.D. Martinez HR, to go up 4-2.

The Yanks tried to fight back, scoring in the top of the fifth to make it 4-3. Aaron Hicks walked and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

CC got knocked out in the fifth after he gave up back-to-back doubles to make it 5-3.

Chad Green let the game get away, giving up three in the sixth and one in the seventh and it was 9-3 Boston.

The Yanks got two in the eighth to make it 9-5, the final score. Gleyber Torres singled, Urshela doubled, and Kyle Higashioka singled in the two runs.

Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI.
Voit 2 hits
Urshela 4 for 4, HR (11), 2 RBI  .306
Higashioka 2 RBI

Sabathia, who just turned 39 on July 21, and who is retiring after this season, has been stuck on 251 wins for a while. #252 would pass Bob Gibson on the all-time list, but win #251 came on June 24, over a month ago.

Sabathia (L 5-6, 4.78) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 0 W, 3 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 2 K.  5.18
Cortes, Jr.  1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.17
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.59

On Saturday, July 20, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the sixth and then leaving the game.

Since then:

Paxton         3 1/3 IP, 7 R, 4 ER
CC                 4 IP, 7 R, 6 ER
German       3 2/3 IP,  8 R
Happ            3 1/3 IP, 6 R
Tanaka        3 1/3 IP, 12 R,
Paxton        4 IP, 7 R
CC                4 1/3 IP, 5 R.

 

Ugh. The bleeding has to stop sometime, doesn’t it?

 

Game 78. Yanks tie MLB HR record, “Holder” on to beat Jays, 10-8.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks homered in their 27th consecutive game, tying a MLB record, in opening up a 10-2 lead, then watched Jonathan Holder fritter most of that lead away before beating Toronto 10-8 Monday night.

Holder was sent down after the game. No corresponding move, as far as I know, yet.

The win was the Yanks’ (50-28) 50th of the season. They have a five-game lead over Tampa Bay and eight over Boston.

CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky first inning in which he gave up two runs on a walk and three hits to pitch six strong innings. He didn’t give up any runs after the two he gave up in the first inning.

In the bottom of the fifth,  with one out, D.J. LeMahieu and Luke Voit singled, and Aaron Hicks homered (5) to make it 3-2, Yanks.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the sixth. Didi Gregorius led off the inning with a single and went to third on Gleyber Torres’ double. Gio Urshela got an infield hit, scoring Didi and sending Torres to third. Brett Gardner grounded into a forceout, scoring Torres to make it 5-2. LeMahieu singled, then Luke Voit doubled in two runs to make it 7-2. After a walk to Hicks, Gary Sanchez struck out for the second out, but Giancarlo Stanton, who has missed almost all of this season up to now, hit a 3-run HR, his first of the season, to make it 10-2.

The Yanks needed it.

For in the top of the eighth, the Yanks decided, with the big lead, to put Jonathan Holder in the game, hoping to build his confidence and get him going after a few bad outings. The move failed miserably.

Holder faced five batters, giving up a HR, three singles, then a grand slam. All of a sudden, it was 10-7.

Chad Green, who was supposed to be the opener today (Tuesday) had to come in for Holder. We’ll see how the Yanks handle today’s starting assignment (Cortes?). Holder’s bad outing affected the bullpen.

In his last six outings, 5 1/3 innings, Holder has given up 13 runs, including six HR.

Hence the demotion to SWB after the game.

After a terrrible start to the season, Chad Green was demoted, and worked out his troubles. He’s been good since being recalled.

The Yanks are hoping for the same with Holder.

Aroldis Chapman gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

LeMahieu 4 for 4 with a walk. .331. (leads AL in batting average)
Voit 2 hits, 2 RBI
Hicks 3-run HR (5)
Stanton 3-run HR (1)
Gregorius 2 hits
Torres 3 walks
Urshela 2 hits, RBI .308

CC Sabathia’s 251st win ties Bob Gibson on the all-time list.

Must be nice to have enough depth where Judge and Encarnacion both get a day off and the lineup still is dominating.

Sabathia (W, 5-4, 4.04) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 W, 9 K. Nice comeback after shaky start.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Holder 0 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K.  6.81. Gave up 2 HRs, one a grand slam.
Green (H, 4)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.  6.75
Ottavino (H, 18) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.56.  One batter, three pitches, strikeout.
Chapman (S, 22) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.20

You wonder about the Yanks dealing for another starter. If Severino comes back healthy, there in itself is adding an ace. But in looking at the playoffs, you are hoping for someone who can match up vs. a Verlander or Sale. So far, Severino has to prove some postseason pedigree. He is just 1-2, 6.26 in six postseason starts. Maybe he comes back, is dominating and this postseason belongs to him.

But it wouldn’t hurt to get another ace.

As they say, you can NEVER have enough pitching.

Trout, Kershaw MVPS; Dark dies

Mike Trout was named the unanimous MVP in the American League yesterday, and Clayton Kershaw became the first N.L. pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the CYA and the MVP in the same season.

Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to be the CYA winner and the MVP in the same season, following Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963). When Newcombe and Koufax won, the CYA went to only one pitcher in all of baseball. With all due respect to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, this year’s AL CYA winner, had those rules been in effect today, it’s safe to presume Kershaw would have been the CYA winner had there only been one award as it was from 1956-1966 and not have it split across leagues as it is today.

Alvin Dark, a SS and later manager, died yesterday at the age of 92. Dark played for the Boston Braves from 1946-1949, winning the NL pennant with them in 1948, the NY Giants from 1950-1956, winning the NL pennant in 1951 and the WS in 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-1958, the Chicago Cubs 1958-1959, the Philadelphia Phillies 1960 and the Milwaukee Braves 1960.

He managed the SF Giants to the 1962 pennant and the 1974 A’s to the World Championship. He won the AL West with the A’s in 1975.

He managed the Giants 1961-1964, KC A’s 1966-1967, Cleveland Indians 1968-1971, Oakland A’s 1974-1975 and SD Padres 1977.

He was a 3x All-Star and ROY in 1948.

He also was a fine football player (LSU) who was drafted by the Eagles.

His MLB debut was delayed due to WWII. When he won the ROY voting in 1948, he was 26 years old.

He was a .289 hitter with 126 HR in his career.

He finished 3rd in the voting for 1948 MVP (won by Musial), and hit .322 when the Braves won the pennant. In 1951, for the Giants, he hit .303, led the NL with 41 doubles and hit .417 in the WS. In 1954, he hit .293, had 20 HR and finished 5th in the MVP voting (won by Mays). He hit .412 in the WS that year.

 

Game 87. Lineup, stats & comments. Nunez back.

Eduardo Nunez is back with the Yanks after his rehab assignment. In a tough decision, LOHUD reports that it appears David Phelps was sent down. Phelps wasn’t doing too badly, but the Yanks couldn’t continue to carry 13 pitchers, and after that great performance by Nova last night…

Yanks 47-39, 3rd in AL East, 6 back. They are just 1/2 of a game behind Baltimore for the 2nd wild card spot. They are four games ahead of their Pythagorean record. The numbers of runs scored this year for the Yanks is exactly the same as the number of runs allowed.

OPS+ 87, ERA+ 107. 100 is average and the higher the better.

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total att.   OPS+    Comments in italic
Team leader in bold and significantly subpar in Bold italic

Gardner CF .280-7-31  11/17  112
Suzuki RF .280-5-21  12/15    93
Cano 2B .292-20-57  5/5  144
Hafner DH .225-12-37  2/2  104     .177-4-13 in last 33 games
Almonte LF  .308-1-8  3/3  113        52 MLB AB
Overbay 1B .236-9-35  0/0    90     .208-3-11 in last 39 games
Cruz 3B  .140-1-8  0/0     4     129 ab    As Yankee, 3 for 11, 2 RBI
Nunez SS   .200-0-4  2/3  57     80 ab
Stewart C  .235-3-13  3/3  70      .137-0-3 in last 17 games. 

Pettitte LHP   5-6, 4.40   ERA+ 93

Pettitte has never had a losing season in his career. He did go 14-14 in 2008 for the Yankees. The only pitcher to have decisions in 10 or more seasons and have a winning record in each of those seasons was — Babe Ruth.

Pettitte is looking for career win #251, which would tie Bob Gibson on the all-time list. He started the season 3-0, 2.01 in his first three starts but is 2-6,  5.23 in eleven starts since. You wonder if age (41) is catching up to him.

After Gibson, next up would be Al Spalding at 252, Carl Hubbell at 253, and the duo of Jack Morris and Red Faber at 254.

UPDATE: From Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network: Phelps to DL with a forearm strain.