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ALCS Game 5. Yanks solve Keuchel, are one win away from 41st AL pennant.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Dallas Keuchel owned the Yankees.

Until Wednesday, that is.

The Yanks solved him, and won Game 5 of the ALCS, 5-0. With the win, the Yanks have won every postseason game at home so far, and as a result, have gone up 3 games to 2 in the ALCS.

If they can win either Game 6 or 7 in Houston, they will be headed to the World Series for the 41st time.

Game 6 will be Friday night in Houston, Severino vs. Verlander, and right now, Houston is not hitting….     9 runs in 5 games vs. the Yankees, with 2 unearned.

If Masahiro Tanaka is wanting to opt out of his contract, he is making a statement with his postseason performances. After a very up-and-down regular season, he has been incredible this postseason. A 1-0 win, 2-1 loss, and a 5-0 win.

In the second inning, Houston got a leadoff double, moved the runner to third with one out, but with the Yankees’ infield in (because they wouldn’t know how they could or would get to Keuchel, their nemesis), ex-Yankee Carlos Beltran grounded out and Tanaka got out of it, yielding no runs.

In the bottom of the second, with two out, Castro doubled and Bird singled. 1-0 Yankees.

The big thing and difference in the Yankees this postseason as opposed to the regular season is that we are seeing what Greg Bird can do when he is healthy, and it is coming at the right time. A big difference between him now, and him at the beginning of the year when he wasn’t himself, and Chris Carter.

In the third, Headley singled, Gardner forced him, and Judge doubled Gardner home. 2-0.

To the fifth, and Houston had men on 1st and 2nd, one out, and Tanaka got out of it.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Headley (who had 3 hits) singled, and after Gardner grounded out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled to make it 3-0, and Didi singled to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sanchez homered to make it 5-0, the final score.

The Yankees’ bullpen is all set up. Tanaka for 7, Kahnle for 2 today. Off day tomorrow. A rested bullpen for Games 6 and possibly 7 in Houston.

Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI.
Headley 3 hits.

Tanaka (WIN) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

In the NLCS, the Cubs avoided a sweep by the Dodgers by winning Game 4, 3-2.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 9-5. Yankees’ prospect 2B Kyle Holder went 2 for 4. Prospect Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out the side.

 

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ALCS Game 4. Yanks comeback from down 4-0 evens series, win 6-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Down 4-0 in the seventh.

Only got one hit in the game.

Facing 3-1 down in the series with Keuchel, their nemesis, going tomorrow.

And the Yankees came back to even the ALCS with a 6-4 win at two games apiece.

In the bottom of the fourth, a strange play. With Judge on first and one out, he was running on the pitch when Sanchez lined out. He was past second base and made it back to first. He was originally out but the challenge ruled him safe. However Judge didn’t touch second on the way back, knew it, and tried to get to second while the Astros were going to appeal. He was thrown out.

It went as a caught stealing, but had the Astros appealed, they would have won the appeal because if you round the bag, you have to touch it again on the way back.

It was a scoreless game, with only one hit for either side, when the Astros scored three in the top of the sixth. A walk, a catcher’s interference call on Romine, catching today with Sanchez DHing, and then after Sonny Gray was removed for David Robertson, a walk. Bases loaded, no one out. A strikeout, but then a bases-clearing double by Yuri Gurriel of Houston made it 3-0. Gurriel was thown out trying to take an extra base, and Robertson then got a ground out to get out of the inning.

In the seventh, Chad Green replaced Robertson. After a strikeout, he gave up a double. Ex-Yankee Brian McCann hit one to Castro, and he flubbed it for his second error of the game and the Yanks’ third total (the catcher’s interference on Romine being the other one). 4-0 Houston. Green got a dp to get out of the inning.

So…. bottom of the seventh, down 4-0. Staring at a 3 games to 1 deficit with Keuchel going tomorrow, and the Yanks came back.

Judge got it started with a HR, and after that, Didi tripled and scored on a SF by Sanchez.

To the eighth, and Todd Frazier leads it off with a single. Then, some luck. PH Headley (for Romine, Sanchez went in to catch, DH lost) singled Frazier to third, but Headley fell trying for a double. The Astros had him dead to rights. But in trying to get Headley out at first, Headley took off for second and beat the throw. It was challenged by Houston, but upheld. Second and third, no one out, down 4-2.

Gardner grounded out to second, scoring one run and moving Headley to third. Ellsbury pinch-ran.

Judge doubled in the tying run, and Didi was walked.

Sanchez then hit a GW 2-run double. Bird walked to load the bases but a force at the plate and ground out kept it at 6-4.

Chapman came in for the ninth and closed the game out. 6-4 Yankees.

The Yanks won despite making 3 errors. They held the Astros to just 3 hits.

Judge 2 hits, HR, double, 2 RBI. Scored 2 runs.
Didi 2 hits, scored twice.
Sanchez 3 RBI.
Bird walked 3x
Frazier 2 hits.
Big PH single by Headley.

Gray 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 4 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (WIN) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Chapman (SAVE) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

In the NLDS, the Dodgers got a walk-off 3-run HR from Justin Turner on Sunday to go up 2 games to none. In Game 3 Tuesday night, they won 6-1 to go up 3 games to none, and could sweep the defending champion Cubs tonight.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 10-1.

Yankees prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 5, 2 RBI, scored one run.
LF Billy McKinney 1 for 5, double, RBI, scored 2 runs.
Starting pitcher Albert Abreu 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 8 K.   

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

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

 

 

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

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

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.

 

Game 158. Yanks beat Rays, 6-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the recap, some observations.

With that sweet, made for Yankee Stadium’s RF porch swing, if the Yanks can get Greg Bird going, it makes the Yanks that much more dangerous. What a spring training he had before getting hurt right before Opening Day. That really set him back. It showed. That 6 for 60 isn’t him. It looks like he is getting back to what we and the Yanks expected from him, and another HR tonight. How sweet it is getting him back to normal, and now.

His lefty swing, coupled with Judge and Sanchez’ righty bats, then, Castro righty, Didi lefty, Gardner lefty, Todd or Clint Frazier righty, switch-hitters Headley and Hicks, Lefty Ellsbury, righty Holliday? Balance.

Secondly, Luis Severino tonight looked like the the Severino we want to see next Tuesday night in the wild card game. 6 innings, 1 R, 4 H, 9 K. We will gladly take that next Tuesday against the Twins (as long as the Yanks don’t get shut out).

The only mistake Seve made was in giving up a HR in the top of the fifth. But the Yanks came right back in the bottom of the fifth on a 2-run double by Aaron Judge.

They put the game away with four runs, on three HR, in the sixth. Castro hit an absolute bomb (16) to put the Yanks up 3-1. Bird immediately followed with #8, 4-1. Headley singled, and after a groundout, Hicks hit #14 to make it 6-1.

Gardner 2 hits.
Judge double, 2 walks, 2 RBI.
Castro HR
Bird HR
Headley 2 hits.
Hicks, 2 hits, HR,  2 RBI.

Severino (W, 14-6, 2.98) 6 Ip, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. Last reg. season start.
Shreve 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.65
Green 1/3 IP 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.86
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.35.

The win puts the Yanks at 89-69, but Boston won so the Yanks are 3 behind Boston with 4 to go. Not mathematically eliminated from the wild card, but ….. looks like the wild card.

Game 147. Didi drives in 4 in Yanks 8-2 win. Severino an ace again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Didi Gregorius homered and drove in 4 runs, and Luis Severino continued to prove he is the Yankees’ ace in an 8-2 win over the Orioles.

The win put the Yanks at 81-66. Win #81 ensured the Yanks of a non-losing season. The last time the Yanks had a losing season was in 1992.

A Brett Gardner double, Gary Sanchez single and Didi SF gave the Yanks a run in the first.

Severino faltered only in the second, giving up a 2-run HR. He gave up only 3 hits all night.

Singles by Headley and Holliday in the second put runners on first and second with one out. Bird hit a grounder that should have been an out or a DP but an error allowed the Yanks to tie the game at 2.

In the fifth, Didi hit HR #22, a 2-run shot to put the Yanks up 4-2.

The Yanks broke it open in the seventh. Bird walked and Gardner reached on an error. Judge walked to load the bases. Sanchez singled in a run. Didi hit another SF to make it 6-2. After an out, Headley singled in a run.

In the eighth, Greg Bird homered (4) to make it 8-2.

Sanchez 2 hits, RBI.
Headley 3 hits, RBI.
Didi 4 RBI, HR.
Holliday 2 hits.
Bird HR

Severino (W, 13-6, 2.93) 8 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.07.

As I write this, Tampa Bay blew a 3-run lead going into the 9th against Boston and have given up 2 runs in the top of the 15th. So it looks as if Boston will retain their 3 game lead.

Thanks a lot, Rays.