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Game 60. Bullpen implodes in 11-7 Yanks’ loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A couple of notes before the game recap.

How is Angel Hernandez still a MLB umpire? Some calls he missed on Tuesday night were atrocious, and he’s consistently rated or graded as one of, if not the worst ump in MLB. One pitch Tuesday night that he called a ball was so clearly a strike (Tanaka grimaced and Sanchez turned around) and then the next pitch was a gopher ball.

The Yanks took a flyer and used one of their late draft picks to take Jack Leiter, RHP, son of Al Leiter (and nephew of Mark Sr. and cousin of Mark Jr.). Leiter has 1st round stuff, but has committed to Vanderbilt which is why he dropped and the Yanks took a flyer on him late in the draft in case he changes his mind.

The Yanks also drafted Nick Paciorek, whose uncle, Tom Paciorek, was a MLB player in the 1980s, and who was an All-Star with Seattle in 1981.

MLB.com shows a lot of players who were drafted that have “bloodlines.” Roy Halladay’s son, who is going to Penn State, was one of them, drafted by Toronto.

While we wait for Dallas Keuchel, another top free agent signed. Former Boston closer Craig Kimbrel is going to the Cubs. Out of the AL, and not only for the rest of this year, but for 2020 and 2021 as well.  3 yr., $43MM.

As for the game:

James Paxton was off, and later in the game the bullpen imploded as the Yanks (38-22) lost their third straight game, 11-7, to Toronto Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Yanks’ streak of winning nine straight series is over, and their lead over the Rays was shaved to 1 1/2 games, and the lead over Boston to 6 1/2.

Paxton gave up a 2-run HR to Randall Grichuk (his first of two in the game) in the first inning and a run in the second and the Yanks were down 3-0 after two innings.

Gary Sanchez hit his league-leading 19th HR of the season in the top of the fourth to cut it to 3-1.

The Yanks went up 4-3 in the top of the fifth when Clint Frazier walked, and after a forceout, Gio Urshela singled. Cameron Maybin then singled to make it 3-2. D.J. LeMahieu singled to tie it at 3. Luke Voit walked to load the bases, and Sanchez singled to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Paxton gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth and was knocked out of the game. 4-4.

In the top of the sixth, LeMahieu hit a 3-run HR (7) and the Yanks were up 7-4.

Then the bullpen (and defense) imploded. Two errors helped Toronto get two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-6.

Still, the Yanks were up going into the bottom of the eighth. But in that inning, Zack Britton gave up a 3-run HR to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and then Luis Cessa came in and gave up back-to-back HRs (one by Grichuk, the other by one-time briefly a Yankee Brandon Drury) to make it 11-7 Toronto.

Cessa had a good spring training and a good start to the season, but his last two outings have taken his ERA from around 3.16 to 5.33.

Toronto has the sons of both Hall-of-Famers Vladimir Guerrero and Craig Biggio on the team.

LeMahieu 3 hits, (.315) 4 RBI, 3-run HR (7)
Sanchez 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (19) (DYK: 43 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 19 HR)
Maybin 2 hits, RBI

Paxton 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.  3.11
Ottavino 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.27
Kahnle (H, 12) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.   1.48
Holder (H, 4) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.15
Britton (L, 2-1, 2.96; BS, 2)  1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up HR.
Cessa 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.  5.33

 

 

 

 

 

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WS Game 4. Boston takes 3-1 lead in Series as LA blows late 4-0 lead.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A few years back, the Yanks were having some problems and I recommended that they bring up a certain journeyman who was tearing it up at SWB. A certain writer for a NY paper (who now works for MLB) criticized me for suggesting it.

Sometimes, all you need is to be given a chance.

The players’ name was Steve Pearce. Last night, Pearce drove in 4 runs to enable Boston to go up 3 games to 1 over the Dodgers in the World Series.

Funny how things turned out.

It’s a painful loss for L.A. Not only are they one loss from losing the WS for the second year in a row, but they blew a late 4-0 lead in losing 9-6.

They scored 4 runs in the sixth, highlighted by a 3-run HR by Yasiel Puig. Boston entered the top of the seventh with only one hit.

Then they woke up. Rich Hill, pitching so great to that point, walked the first batter, struck out the next, and was pulled from the game. The Dodgers’ bullpen imploded.

A walk. Another pitching change. A popup.

And once again, Boston struck with two out. PH Keith Moreland hit a 3-run HR to make it 4-3.

Ryan Madson has allowed EVERY inherited runner to score in this WS. So why was he on the mound with two on in a 4-0 game only to give up a 3-run HR?

Yes, Hill may have been tiring in the seventh. But he was still working on a one-hit shutout!

I swear, sometimes teams—in every sport—don’t win games as much as the other team’s coach or manager blows it.

In the eighth, Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen gave up a game-tying HR for the second straight night. Pearce’s blast tied the game.

Then Boston put it away with five runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by a bases-clearing 3-run double by Pearce. Pearce’s double, and another hit that drove in Pearce after that, came with…. you guessed it, two out.

Enrique Hernandez hit a 2-run HR for L.A. in the bottom of the ninth, but the final was 9-6, Boston.

WS MVP if Boston wins tonight? Interesting. Pearce has to be considered, but as of now, I might go with Boston reliever Joe Kelly as a frontrunner. He has pitched in all four games, has one win (in last night’s game 4), has pitched five scoreless innings and has struck out seven.

Kelly the winning pitcher last night, Floro the loser.

Seattle’s Edwin Diaz won the Mariano Rivera Award for best reliever in the A.L., and Josh Hader of Milwaukee won the Trevor Hoffman Award for best N.L. Reliever.

Once the WS is over, I’ll take a look at how Yankees’ prospects are doing in the Arizona Fall League.

 

Yankees prospects in the AFL, Hank Aaron awards, and WS Game 2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

To the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects. Scottsdale, 6-7, lost 8-2.

SS Thairo Estrada, 4 for 5, .395
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 4, RBI, walk. .321

I don’t know if this will be an omen of things to come via the MVP voting, but the Hank Aaron awards went to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL and Jose Altuve in the AL.

In WS Game 2, the game went extra innings, with both bullpens failing. Houston pulled out a 7-6 win in 11 innings to even up the Series.

It is the first WS win in Houston’s history.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Houston had gotten an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers got a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run HR by Cory Seager in the sixth.

So going into the eighth, it appeared that LA had solved Keuchel & Verlander back-to-back. Verlander only gave up two hits, but both were homers.

Then the Dodger bullpen failed. Brandon Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Alex Bregman leading off the eighth. Even though closer Kenley Jansen came in, he gave up a single to Carlos Correa which cut it to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jansen gave up a HR to Marwin Gonzalez that tied the game.

In the tenth, both teams traded blows. Josh Fields replaced Jansen and gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and to Correa. 5-3 Houston. Altuve and Correa combined as the first players to ever go back-to-back in extra innings in Fall Classic history.

But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the tenth. Yasier Puig homered to cut it to 5-4. After two strikeouts, Logan Forsythe, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, walked. A WP and a single by Enrique Hernandez tied the game.

Brandon McCarthy became the new Dodgers’ pitcher and promptly gave up a single to Cameron Maybin, a SB, then a 2-run HR to George Springer which was the deciding blow.

With two out in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson homered for the Dodgers to cut it to 7-6, but Puig then struck out to end the game.

A lot of back and forth in the last few innings, but Houston came out on top as both bullpens were bad in those last four innings.

Even though Houston won, relievers Ken Giles and winner Chris Devenski struggled.

If you check the boxscore, you’ll see too often guys who were effective for an inning pulled. Why? Effective, leave him in. Instead you get these guys who came in and stunk. Houston used five pitchers in the game, the Dodgers nine. As a result, you got that slugging match in the end.

Eight HRs were hit. According to mlb.com:

Five of those big flies came in extra innings, setting a record for any MLB game, regular season or postseason — not just the World Series.

 

 

Dodgers win NL pennant, first time since 1988.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.
 

 

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB won 3-2 in 14 innings. Michael Pineda on rehab 4 2/3 iP, 1 R, 3 h, 0 walks and 3 K. It looks like he’ll be back next week. Austin Romine came into the game late at 1B, went 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

AA: Trenton won 6-0. Caleb Smith 6 Ip, 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 11 K. 1B Rob Segedin 2 h, 3 rbi.

High A: 8-4 Tampa loss. C Kyle Higashioka 3 h, rbi. SS Jorge Mateo 2 rbi. RF Jake Skole 2 hits.

A: Charleston won 9-3. C Jake Hernandez 3 hits, 5 rbi.

Game 64. T-time. Tanaka, Teixeira lead Yanks to 4-2 win.

Masahiro Tanaka had a shutout for 8 1/3, and wound up with a 4-2 complete-game victory. He improved his record to 10-1, and his ERA remained at 2.02.

Tanaka’s bid for a shutout was ruined when Robbie Cano hit a 2-run HR with one out in the 9th.

Tanaka went 9, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 11 K.

Tanaka leads the majors in wins (10) and winning pct. (.909). He leads the AL in ERA (2.02), CG (2), and WHIP (.940).

He became the first Yanks’ rookie to win 10 in a season since El Duque in 1998.

The Yanks offense didn’t help much, but just enough. For the twelfth consecutive game, the Yanks’ offense scored fewer than five runs.

The Yanks got a run in the third on an Ellsbury single, and then the big blow, a 3-run HR by Teixeira in the fifth.

Teixeira’s HR was his 11th of the season and #352 of his career.

The win improved the Yanks’ record to 33-31. They are tied with the Orioles for 2nd in the AL East, 4 1/2 behind Toronto. They are 1/2 game out of the last WC spot.

Derek Jeter got two hits and is now at 3374 for his career.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Wade LeBlanc and brought back David Huff from SF for cash considerations. They activated Shawn Kelley off the DL and sent down Matt Daley.

I must admit, I don’t understand the Huff move. He was there last year, and was 3-1, 4.67 in eleven games (ERA+ 87). He wasn’t doing that well with SF either, 1-0, 6.30 in sixteen games of relief. For his career, 22-27, 5.38, ERA+ 75.

For what it’s worth, Boone Logan is struggling with Colorado. 1-1, 5.87, ERA+ 74.

Verlander first pitcher to win an MVP in 19 years. Nathan goes to Texas.

Justin Verlander won the MVP award today, adding to his CYA this year.

The last pitcher to win an MVP was reliever Dennis Eckersley in 1992. The last starter? Roger Clemens in 1986.

In the NL, the last pitcher to win an MVP was Bob Gibson in 1968.

One ironic thing is this: since 2B Charlie Gehringer won the MVP in 1937 (an award I think Joe D. should have won that year), every Tiger that has won the award since has been a pitcher.

1944-1945 (WWII years) Hal Newhouser 29 and 26 wins.
1968 Denny McLain, 31 wins.
1984 Willie Hernandez
2011 Justin Verlander 24 wins.

As far as Yankees are concerned, it’s interesting that big $$$$ personnel like Jeter, CC and Alex got nothing.

Instead:

Granderson finished fourth. Cano sixth (how could four writers leave Cano out of the top 10 on their ballot?)

Mark Teixeira finished 19th despite the .248 B.A. (39 HR, 111 RBI).

No Mo.

But David Robertson got a 10th place vote, putting him 22nd in the voting.

In other news: Joe Nathan signed with Texas as a free agent. I don’t know where Texas would put him (Feliz) but it makes their BP that much stronger.

Update: Judging from Twitter, (SI’s Heyman, ESPN’s Olney) Feliz is to be moved into the rotation. Well, that’s one way to counter the loss of Wilson (also to counter the collapse of Feliz in WS Game 6).