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Game 157. The Kraken wakes up. Yanks win 9-2, lead A’s by 2 1/2.

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This is the Gary Sanchez Yankee fans want and need to see. Not the .180 hitting imposter we have seen all year.

Sanchez homered, had two hits, and drove in four runs as the Yankees (97-60) beat Tampa Bay 9-2 on Tuesday night.

No passed balls by Sanchez, either.

Meanwhile, late in Seattle, the Mariners, down 8-5, scored two in the bottom of the eighth (thanks to two WP by Fernando Rodney. Stick that in your quiver, Rodney.), tied the game with two out in the ninth (thanks to an error), and PH Chris Herrmann hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 11th. Seattle 10, Oakland 8. The Yankees’ lead over Oakland is 2 1/2. The A’s loss also means that Houston now officially clinched the AL West. The A’s face the Yankees. There was a small chance the A’s could have caught Houston and that the Yanks might have to face the Astros next Wednesday night, either in NY or in Houston. Not so.

Meaning the Yankees’ magic # to host the wild card game against Oakland Wednesday October 3 is TWO. Any combination of Yankees’ wins and A’s losses equaling 2 and the Yanks host the wild card game.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the third inning.  Adeiny Hechevarria led off the inning with his sixth HR of the year, second as a Yankee. Brett Gardner tripled and Andrew McCutchen walked.

Aaron Judge then hit a 108 MPH rocket right back at the mound that was caught by Rays’ P Jake Faria. If Faria didn’t catch that, and it would have hit him in the head, ….. you shudder to think…. a very scary moment. He was taken out after that .

So a new pitcher. Luke Voit doubles in a run. 2-0 Yanks. Giancarlo Stanton is intentionally walked to load the bases. Neil Walker walks to force in a run. 3-0. Miguel Andujar hits a SF. 4-0. Sanchez then put the icing on the cake with a 3-run HR (17) to make it 7-0.

Maybe the long inning affected Luis Severino for he wasn’t right in the bottom of the third, giving up two runs. A bad base running decision cost Tampa Bay another run and a chance for more. The Rays hit the ball hard that inning.

In the fifth, a Stanton double and RBI single by Sanchez made it 8-2 Yankees.

Miguel Andujar hit his 26th HR in the ninth for the final tally of 9-2 Yankees.

Andujar HR, 2 RBI
Sanchez HR, 4 RBI
Hechevarria HR

The 3 HR give the Yanks 255 on the year. Nine behind the all-time single season record of 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners, with five games to go.

Severino (W, 19-8, 3.39) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  6.45
Tarpley 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  4.05
German 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.  5.55

Yankees pitchers combined for a five-hitter, with 15 K.

Angels’ rookie P/DH Shohei Ohtani will be undergoing Tommy John surgery and will Not be able to pitch in 2019. He may be able to return to hit.

Lee Stange, a pitcher for the Twins (1961-1964), Indians (1964-1966), Red Sox (1966-1970) and White Sox (1970) from 1961-1970, died on Sept. 21, age 81. He was a member of the 1967 Red Sox which won the AL Pennant.

Stange was a spot starter/long reliever who was 62-61, 3.56 (ERA+ 103) in his MLB career, 125 starts, 234 relief appearances. He was 8-10, 2.77, ERA+ 127 for those 1967 Red Sox (24 starts, 11 relief appearances). He got into one WS game that year, giving up 1 unearned run in two innings pitched. As a hitter, he hit .079 in his career. His 162 g. average was 50 games, 18 starts. 9-9, 3.56.

 

 

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Game 25. Red-Hot Didi wins it in the 10th, 4-3.

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Didi Gregorius’ 10th HR of the season, a solo shot in the top of the tenth, won the game for the Yankees, 4-3, over the Angels Friday night. The win is the Yanks’ seventh in a row and puts them at 16-9 on the season. They are three behind Boston and in second place in the AL East.

The Angels scored first when Shohei Ohtani hit a solo HR off of Luis Severino in the second inning. Ohtani later had to leave the game with an ankle injury.

The Yanks tied it in the fifth when Andujar hit the first of his two doubles on the night, went to third on a single by Torreyes, and scored on a SF by Hicks.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the sixth, when Didi beat out a bunt single, and went to second when Stanton reached on an error. Gary Sanchez struck out, but a WP moved both runners up. Neil Walker was robbed of a HR, and Didi scored on the SF, but in a timing play, he scored before Stanton was ruled out for moving to third and for leaving the bag too early while tagging up. The umps appeared to blow that call.

Walker, hitting just .164 with only two extra-base hits and 4 RBI, did show signs of maybe snapping out of it, just missing two HR on the night. Stanton also hit one deep that appeared to be gone but just missed.

But you do wonder what becomes of Walker when Greg Bird comes back. The Yanks can’t send down Tyler Austin (who has been doing well, what with Austin hitting .290-5-16), can they?

Severino was sailing along with a two-hitter and the only mistake being the Ohtani HR until the seventh when Trout and Pujols singled, and with two out, Severino threw a WP. The next pitch after that was hit for a triple by Andrelton Simmons, giving the Halos a 3-2 lead. For Pujols, it was hit #2995. He has 619 HR. The only players in MLB history with 3000 or more hits and 600 or more HR are Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and A-Rod.

The Yanks tied it in the ninth. Sanchez walked and with one out, Andujar hit his second double of the night (I don’t know what the Yanks are going to do once Brandon Drury is ready. Andujar is at .292-3-11 and leads the majors with 11 doubles).  After Gleyber Torres was intentionally walked to set up a possible game-ending DP, Brett Gardner PH for Torreyes, and this was a risky move because then the Yanks lost the DH, and Andujar, who was the DH, later went to replace Torreyes at 3B. The pitcher now had to hit. Remember the Yanks’ have a shortened bench because this was the first game of Tyler Austin’s suspension (reduced to 4 games from 5). Gardner came through with a SF that tied the game at 3.

That set the stage for Didi’s 10th HR of the year in the top of the tenth. Chapman gave up a two-out double in the bottom of the tenth but got the save.

Didi: what a start. .368-10-30. He leads the majors in ALL THREE CATEGORIES, as well as Slugging, OPS, OPS+, and Total bases.

Judge: 0 for 5, 4 K. After one K, bench coach Josh Bard was ejected.
Didi: 3 hits, bunt single, double, GW HR.
Andujar: 2 doubles

Severino 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. 2.61. Gave up HR to Ohtani.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 8.10
Robertson (W, 1-1, 3.14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.64

David Hale was claimed off of waivers by the Twins. UPDATE: Less than 48 hours later, the Twins DFA’d him.

Yankees News. Winter Meetings ends tomorrow.

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Quick rundown:

Shohei Ohtani apparently has an elbow issue, much like the Yankees’ Tanaka has. So the Angels will have to be careful with him.

Michael Pineda signed a 2-yr. $10MM deal with the Twins. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery, went down in mid-year for the Yanks and won’t be ready for the Twins until 2019. With the Yanks he was mediocre, 31-31, 4.16, ERA+ 101. Average. He should have been much more.

Gary Sanchez has lost weight. This is to increase flexibility behind the plate to avoid all those wild pitches and passed balls.

The price of pitching is higher than expected. MLBTR.com estimated where pitchers would go and for how much. They are wrong in their predictions of where pitchers would go, but are WAY under in their estimations of how much $$$ those pitchers would get.

As for Todd Frazier returning to the Yankees…..he probably wants a multi-year deal and the Yanks won’t give him that…..Number 1, Manny Machado is a free agent after 2018, and number 2, why give him a multi-year deal when you have a minor league prospect, Miguel Andujar, almost ready?

The Yanks are working on another deal. They have discussed Michael Fulmer of the Tigers (who beat out Sanchez for ROY in 2016), Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, and are talking to the Diamondbacks about both LHP Patrick Corbin and also infielder Brandon Drury.

As my friend Josh (the Yankee Truth) states, if the Yanks make the deal with AZ, can they now promote Judge and Drury?

The Yanks have a lot of top-notch prospects that are blocked by players like Judge and Stanton, etc. If they are top prospects, but blocked for what seems like years to come, best to spin them off to fulfill needs.

I smell something big coming up. We’ll see what it is.

The Rule 5 draft ends the Winter meetings tomorrow. Expect the Yanks to lose a couple of prospects.

Bob Costas has been elected to the HOF for his broadcasting.

Chase Headley may not be long for the Padres after the Yanks just dealt him there. He could be turned right around to the Angels.

Yanks finalizing Cashman extension; Ohtani chooses Angels.

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The Yanks are finalizing Brian Cashman’s extension as Yankees’ GM. 5 years, $25MM. Cashman has been GM since 1998.

The Angels won the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. One downside to it for the Angels. It means that Albert Pujols, who is really slowing up, will have to play 1B more in order to let Ohtani DH.

Giancarlo Stanton has refused to waive his no-trade clause to the Giants and Cardinals and they have stopped trying to trade for him. Stanton apparently is interested in waiving it for one of last year’s four finalists: the Astros, Dodgers, Yankees or Cubs.

As interesting as it would be to see Stanton in the same lineup with Judge, Bird, Sanchez, Didi, etc., a few questions:

You are just getting out of A-Rod’s deal and would the Yankees really want to jump into something similar? Hal wants to get under that cap so he can actively pursue a great free agent class after the 2018 season. Getting Stanton negates that.

What kind of prospects would you have to give up? Torres? Andujar? Adams? Sheffield? What kind of combination of prospects do you give up and how much would that gut your farm system?

Where does Stanton go, DH?

 

Baseball winter meetings begin tomorrow.

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It’s been a slow offseason so far, but things could heat up as baseball’s winter meetings begin tomorrow.

The price for pitching went up, as the Cubs paid $38MM for 3 years for free agent Tyler Chatwood. MLBtr.com had him estimated at 3 years, $20MM. Big difference.

We’ll see about a lot of things soon. Stanton. Ohtani. Free agent signings. Trades.

The Yanks are trying to get under the cap to reset themselves for a big push next offseason, when the free agent class will be better.

Josh Bard has interviewed for a job on Aaron Boone’s coaching staff and we’ll see if he gets one.

 

Ohtani turns down Yanks.

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Shohei Ohtani has told the Yanks not to bother sending out a contingent to meet with him face to face.

Apparently he wants a small market, West Coast team.

You can presume that eliminates the Dodgers and Angels as well. I am thinking Seattle, here.

Hey, it is a loss, but if someone doesn’t want to play in NY, then don’t pursue him. No more Randy Johnson’s here, OK?

As the saying goes, if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If you feel you can’t handle NY, then best the Yankees NOT sign you.

Granted, he is a talent, but….

So the Yankees move on. No Ohtani. So as far as filling out the rotation goes, there are still options.

Re-sign CC to a 1-yr. deal (he is 38 next summer). NO to a 2-yr. deal.

Sign Alex Cobb.

Sign Lance Lynn.

Sign none of the above and trust that Chance Adams is ready.

I hear about Bryan Mitchell as a #5 starter. I just don’t have faith in that, and think Mitchell will be moved. Just a gut feeling. I also don’t have faith in Luis Cessa there.

But a disappointment. But now to move on and fill out the rotation.

I don’t see Darvish or Arrietta. The Yanks want to get under the cap. Darvish and Arrietta won’t help them do that.

 

 

Boone’s hiring. Pros and cons.

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So the Yanks have hired Aaron Boone as their new manager, so things will be quite interesting in spring training of 2018, without Shohei Ohtani. (See next post. Ohtani turns down Yankees).

What are the pros and cons of hiring Boone?

Pro: His age. At 44, he may be able to relate better to the younger player.

His broadcasting experience. Excellent communication skills with the players but also with the media, important in NY.

His playing experience, especially his brief time in NY. Been there, done that as a Yankee player. While only there briefly, he can relate to the pressure of putting on the pinstripes that others could not.

With the broadcasting, he was talking to and analyzing all 30 teams. This may be helpful. One of those “know your enemy” kind of deals. Boone, in his role with ESPN over the last several years was talking to all sorts of players, managers, GMs, front office execs all throughout baseball, not just one organization. Know thy enemy, know his weaknesses, attack those weaknesses.

Baseball pedigree. Been around the game his whole life. Grandpa, dad, brother and him all major leaguers, dad a former manager himself.

Cons: Never managed or coached anywhere before. How to manage and relate to players as a boss rather than a media/ex-player. How to relate to a player when you are benching him, sending him down. How to manage a pitching staff or a bullpen. Making in game decisions. Will the game be too fast for him? How quickly can he adjust? Knowing when to challenge a call. Knowing the rule book to challenge an umpire.

What kind of manager will Boone be? An Earl Weaver sit back and wait for the 3-run HR type of guy, or will he be aggressive, hit and run more, run more with stolen bases, use the bunt and the squeeze more (a Billy Martin type)?

What kind of growing pains will there be?

How quickly and in what style will he integrate youngsters like Gleyber Torres and others to the bigs? How will he team with Cashman or Hal?

It’ll be an interesting 2018.