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Machado, CC (cardiac care) and lost targets.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Manny Machado will apparently make his decision after the new year, and all reports are that the Yankees are his first choice, as long as the years and money are close.

But will they be? Rumors are that the Yanks would go 7 years (Machado is 26) and maybe to an 8th if necessary while the Phillies would go 10 years. It appears the White Sox are probably out of the running. Machado apparently has met with no one else.

So does Machado go with where his heart lies (Yankees) or not? What if the Yanks offer 7 years @ $30MM /yr for $210MM but the Phils blow him out of the water by offering 10 years @ $35MM/yr for $350MM? What then?

And if the Yanks sign Machado, and Didi comes back, do the Yanks DH Andujar and move Stanton to LF (with Gardner being a backup OF).

Could the end of the season see a lineup like this?

Hicks CF
Judge RF
Machado 3B
Stanton LF
Gregorius SS
Sanchez C
Andujar DH
Voit 1B
Torres 2B


CC stands for Carsten Charles when it comes to CC Sabathia, but in a scary recent development, Sabathia found out that CC stands for cardiac care. Sabathia had a stent put in his heart on Dec. 11 to fix a blocked artery after he complained of chest pains and other recent problems. He should be good to go in spring training. Still, a scary moment.

Two potential free agent targets for the Yanks are off the board. One was Daniel Murphy. Murphy could have been a backup option for if the Yanks do not get Machado, as he could have been used at 2B (and later 1b/dh as well as 2b/3b when Didi returns) while Gleyber plays SS until Didi returns. His lefty bat would have played well at the Stadium, but his defense is below par. Murphy signed a 2 year deal with Colorado, where he has a .330 career batting average.

And Andrew Miller is off the board as well, so No-Runs DMC (Dellin/Miller/Chapman) will not be reunited. Miller signed a 2 yr (with an option for a third) with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Yanks did sign a couple of lefty pitchers to minor league deals. I don’t expect either to make the major league team, but…

UPDATE: Figured I’d discuss those two pitchers. Rex Brothers, 31, 20-14, 3.79 in his career (ERA+ 119). Missed all of 2016, went 4-3, 7.23 in 2017 for the Braves, pitched in only 1 MLB game in 2018. Did save 19 games with a 1.74 ERA for Colorado in 2013.

The other is Danny Coulombe, 29, 1-1, 4.56 for the A’s in 2018. 6-4, 4.27 (ERA+ 97) in his career.

Cubs advance, Dodgers force Game 5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Chicago Cubs scored 4 in the top of the ninth to send the Giants home and win their division series three games to one with a 6-5 win.Wilson Contreras with a key PH 2-run single.

The Cubs are looking to get into the WS for the first time since 1945 and to win it for the first time since 1908.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers forced a deciding Game 5 in Washington Thursday night by beating the Nationals 6-5. Daniel Murphy had 4 RBI for Washington in the loss. Chase Utley the GW single.

The Dodgers are trying to get to the WS for the first time since 1988.

Washington is the former Expos franchise which never got to the WS. The last time DC hosted a WS game was in 1933, when the team that is now the Minnesota Twins lost to the NY Giants. The only time Washington had a WS winner was in 1924.

So whoever makes it to the Series….both AL and NL teams…will be ending a drought.

Toronto advances, Wash./Dodgers even.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Toronto advanced to the ALCS by sweeping Texas, winning Game Three 7-6 in ten innings. It was a back-and-forth game, and Toronto had tied it in the sixth on a passed ball and won it on an error in the bottom of the tenth. Josh Donaldson had three hits and scored the winning run, and Edwin Encarnacion had 3 RBI, inc. a HR.

The Boston/Cleveland game was rained out. They’ll play Game 3 today, with Cleveland looking for the sweep.

In the NLDS, the Cubs and Giants had an off day.

Washington beat the Dodgers 5-2 to even up the series. Today is an off day. Daniel Murphy was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and Jose Lobaton hit a 3-run HR.

Game 74. Eovaldi’s June Swoon continues. Yanks lose 7-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Nathan Eovaldi had a very good May, but his June is going as badly as his May was good.

Eovaldi gave up four home runs— three in a row—as the Yanks lost to Minnesota to drop to 37-37. The score was 7-1, and Yankees pitchers gave up six home runs total.

The offense was bad also. Facing a pitcher who came into the game with a 6.18 ERA, the first 17 Yanks went down in order before Aaron Hicks doubled. The only Yankees run came on a HR by Teixeira, his first HR since April 13th. Teix’s fourth HR of the season was #398 of his career, tying Dale Murphy on the all-time HR list. Teix’s HR was the second, and last, Yankees’ hit of the game.

Eovaldi (L, 6-5, 5.19) 6 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR, 3 consecutive.
Cessa 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.12. Recalled, Goody sent down.
Bleier 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.86
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.94 Gave up 1 HR.

Game 30. Yanks belt 5 HR in 6-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks belted five HR in a 6-3 win over KC Monday night.

Carlos Beltran hit two (6) to pass teammate Mark Teixeira on the all-time list, 398 to 397. Beltran is tied with Dale Murphy on that list.

Also homering were Brian McCann (4), Brett Gardner (4) and Aaron Hicks (2). Gardner and Hicks went back to back. Beltran’s second HR came just two outs after Gardner and Hicks’ b-2-b blasts.

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees’ debut. Ben Gamel got his first MLB hit.

Nova 4 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 4.34. Gave up 1 HR
Coke 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 0.00
Yates (w, 2-0, 2.38) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Win on official scorer discretion.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.25. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

The Yanks are 12-18.

Game 12. Disappointing night. Yanks lose in 11, 3-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A disappointing night as the Yanks lost in 11, 3-2.

Michael Pineda had his best outing of the year, 2 R in 6 IP, but I do have to nitpick a bit.

Both runs he gave up came immediately after the Yanks scored a run. He did that last time out too, giving up runs right after the Yanks scored. You need shut down innings after you score. It’s just the mentality of it. If you score, and your pitcher keeps giving it back right away, that just deflates the offense like sucking the air out of a balloon. You need those shut down innings right after you score.

Once again, the Yanks had trouble with RISP, going just 1 for 7. Those key hits have to start dropping soon.

The trade of John Ryan Murphy for Aaron Hicks hasn’t worked out for either the Twins or the Yanks so far. Hicks is 1 for 17 for the Yanks. Entering today, Murphy was just 1 for 18 for the Twins.

I was thinking, if Hicks doesn’t improve, then what? Hicks does play all three OF positions. Slade Heathcott has struggled so far at AAA, and if there would be a change, Ben Gamel may be the better option right now. Swish is an option, but he hasn’t played OF yet down there, andt right now, can probably play the corner OF positions, but not CF anymore. Would the Yanks go to Judge right away?

A-Rod’s RBI single in the first gave the Yanks a 1-0 lead, but Pineda gave up a run right back in the top of the second. Beltran’s SF in the fifth made it 2-1 but once again Pineda gave up a run right away in the top of the sixth.

Some bullpen had to crack, and it was the Yanks in the 11th who did.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 7 K. 5.29.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K,. 0.00
Barbato (L, 1-1, 1.13) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

The Yanks fall to 5-7.

Milt Pappas, who pitched for the Orioles, Reds, Braves and Cubs from 1957-1973 died at the age of 76. He won 209 games in his MLB career, ERA+ 110. His average 162 g. season was 14-11, 3.40. A 2x All-Star, Pappas just missed a perfect game in 1972, retiring the first 26 batters, then walking the 27th on a 3-2 count, with the pitch being borderline. He got the 28th batter for the no-hitter. After the 1965 season, the Orioles traded him to the Reds for Frank Robinson.




Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Mets sweep Cubs to make Series; Jays stay alive

The Mets are going to the World Series for the first time since losing to the Yankees in 2000. They completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs by beating them 8-3 on Wednesday night.

For the Cubs, they haven’t been to a WS since 1945 and haven’t won one since 1908, and the legend of Murphy the Billy Goat, and the curse continues.

Worse yet, it was a Murphy who won the NLCS MVP. Daniel Murphy homered in his sixth consecutive postseason game, a record.

Lucas Duda had a HR and 5 RBI in the game.

For manager Terry Collins, his first WS after a long wait.

In the AL, Toronto stayed alive by beating KC 7-1. KC got just four hits in the game, and Toronto SS Troy Tulowitzki drove in 3 runs.

KC still leads the series three games to two. The ALCS resumes Friday night in Kansas City.

KC and Mets one win away from WS matchup

KC trounced Toronto 14-2 Tuesday afternoon to take a three games to one lead in their ALCS. It was so bad that Toronto became the first team ever to use a position player as a pitcher in a postseason game.

The last time these two teams met in the ALCS, in 1985, KC came back from 3-1 down to go to the World Series, and in that Series, they came back from 3-1 down to St. Louis to win their only World Championship so far.

Meanwhile the Mets beat the Cubs 5-2 to go up three games to none in their NLCS. The Cubs haven’t been to a WS since 1945 and haven’t won the whole thing since 1908.

Daniel Murphy homered in his fifth straight postseason game for the Mets.

You’ve probably heard of the curse of the Billy Goat. That in 1945, a Chicago tavern owner wanted to bring his pet goat to the ballpark, was denied, and supposedly put a jinx on the Cubs.

The goat’s name was….. Murphy. No kidding.

Now if only Jacob deGrom can get a haircut. He has more hair than that goat did.

Game 5 of the ALCS is this afternoon, Game 4 of the NLCS is tonight.

Perhaps tomorrow, the WS will be set.

Mets go up 2-0.

The red-hot Daniel Murphy homered again, and the Mets took a two games to none lead over the Cubs in the NLCS, winning 4-1 on Sunday night.

The teams are off today. Game 3 of the ALCS is tonight, with KC leading Toronto 2 games to none.