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KC goes 2 Up, Mets take Game 1.

The Toronto Blue Jays rallied from down 0-2 to win their Division Series against Texas. In order to make the World Series, they’ll have to do the same against KC. KC scored five in he seventh in rallying to a 6-3 win over Toronto to take Game 2 of their ALCS on Saturday afternoon. Amazingly, David Price is now 0-7 as a starter in his postseason career. He took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, but lost it thanks to miscues by 2B Ryan Goins.

The Mets took Game 1 of their NLCS with the Cubs, 4-2. Daniel Murphy, who homered three times in the Divisional Series against the Dodgers, stayed hot by hitting another HR. Game 2 is tonight.

Cubs going to NLCS, eliminate Cards. Dodgers force Game 5. Both ALDS series to be decided today.

The Cubs are the first team in the final four of baseball, eliminating the Cardinals 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the NLCS. It’ll be the Cubs first trip to the NLCS since 2003…. and Bartman.

Meanwhile the Dodgers staved off elimination by beating the Mets last night 3-1. Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings of three-hit ball. The fifth and deciding Game 5 will be in LA Thursday night.

Today sees two deciding games to decide who goes to the ALCS. The early game at 4 will be Texas to Toronto. I have to wonder why Toronto manager John Gibbons used David Price in relief in the Game 4 victory with a 7-1 lead instead of saving him for today and Game 5.

The night game features Houston at KC.

Game 114. Beltran’s Belt regains 1st place for the Yankees.


Never, ever, underestimate the power of the law of averages.

Toronto entered the game with an eleven-game winning streak. They were due to lose sometime.

Toronto had an 3-0 lead going into the top of the eighth. Nova had pitched well, but Price was better.

The Yanks had not scored against Toronto in some 33+ innings. 

In the last three games the Yanks had faced Toronto, they lost 2-1 in ten innings, 6-0 and 2-0. The pitching held up, the hitters did not. One stinking run.

Law of averages: sooner or later, the Yanks would score against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were due to lose. Eventually the Yankees would score against Toronto.    

So going into the top of the eighth, the Yanks were down 3-0.

Then the law of averages struck for the benefit of the Yankees and against Toronto.

In the top of the eighth, with one out, Teix & McCann singled. Headley doubled in a run. Beltran PH for Young and belted a 3-run HR. 4-3 Yanks.

It was HR #11 of the season for Beltran, #384 of his career, tying him with Harold Baines on the all-time list.

In the bottom of the 9th, with two out and men on second and third, Andrew Miller struck out Troy Tulowitzki to end the game. This, after about 12 pitches. Epic at bat and finish.

Dramatic ending.

Nova (W, 5-4, 3.57) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.19.
Miller (26th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.20.

Game 101. Yanks lose in 9th, 7-6. Pineda to DL, CC to hospital, Yanks make minor deal.


Before the game, the Yanks traded OF Ramon Flores and RHP Jose Ramirez to Seattle for utility man Dustin Ackley. Mostly a 2b/lf, Ackley can also play 1B, CF and RF. Ackley, 27, was hitting .215-6-19, OPS+ 79, for Seattle this year. His 162 g. average is .243-12-56, OPS+ 92. His versatility means that Garrett Jones could be gone.

Also before the game, Michael Pineda was scratched from his start and placed on the DL with a forearm strain. CC Sabathia, on normal rest, started instead. After the game, CC showed signs of dehydration, and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The Yanks brought up Bryan Mitchell and Nick Goody before the game. Caleb Cotham was sent back to AAA.

Meanwhile, the Yanks saw Toronto get David Price, and one Yankees’ target, Cincy’s Mike Leake, was dealt to SF. The trade deadline is this afternoon.

As for the game, the Yanks were edged 7-6 on a Josh Hamilton walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th. The Yanks’ lead is now six over Baltimore and the refurbished (Tulo and Price) Toronto. The Yanks are 57-44.

In the first, the Yanks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an Ellsbury triple, a SF by Gardner, a solo HR (25) by Teixeira and a single by McCann, walk to Beltran and RBI single by Headley.

But CC gave it right back on a 3-run HR by Hamilton. Then in the second,he gave up the lead on a HR by Choo.

The Yanks took back the lead in the top of the third on a 2-run HR (16) by McCann. 5-4 Yanks.

In the bottom of the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury missed trying to make a diving catch and Ryan Rua had an inside-the-park HR to tie up the game for Texas.

The Yanks went back up, 6-5, in the seventh when Teixeira did a Texas two-step with his second HR of the game. #26 of the season was #389 of his career, tying Johnny Bench on the all-time list and placing Teix one behind Graig Nettles.

The Yanks couldn’t hold the lead again, though, as Texas got one in the seventh to tie before Hamilton’s walkoff single in the 9th.

The Yanks had a chance to score a run in the 8th, Beltran singled to start the inning, but Headley GIDP. They still managed to load the bases after that, but Gardner struck out.

Nick Goody made his MLB debut in the game.

Sabathia 5 IP, 5 R,  9 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 5.54
Wilson 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2.65
Betances 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. 1.32
Goody 1/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.   27.00
Miller  (L, 0-2, 1.54) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.

Game 100. Yanks fall, 5-2.


Masahiro Tanaka struggled through six innings, and the Yanks’ four-game winning streak was snapped in Texas last night, 5-2.

After 100 games, the Yanks are 57-43, and six games in the lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored their two runs in the top of the second. Carlos Beltran homered, #8 of the season and #381 of his career (tying him with Albert Belle). Two out singles by Gregorius, Drew and Ellsbury plated another run to make it 2-0 but that was all the Yanks would get.

Tanaka gave three runs back in the bottom of the second, and Texas tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d Chris Capuano, and brought up Caleb Cotham, who made his MLB debut in this game.

Tanaka (L, 7-4, 3.80) 6 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.77
Cotham 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 4 K. 0.00

Cole Hamels is going to Texas. David Price may still be out there to be had by the Yanks, but the Yanks don’t want to give up any of these four in any trade: Severino, Bird, Judge and Mateo.

Why not…. ?

I’ve heard some names attached to the Yanks as far as getting a pitcher goes. CC should be back in August, maybe Pineda too. I place more credence in CC coming back than Pineda. Even when (and if) they do come back, how good will they be? Will CC be the pre-2013 CC (very good) or the CC we’ve seen since 2013 (struggling)?

One thing is for sure. They’ll need another starter. Nuno is not long for the rotation, and you wonder how long Whitley and Phelps will hold up.

It’d be nice to get a Samardzija, but you wonder if the Yanks have the goods to get him. Word is (and Joel Sherman has written) that the Cubs would want a high-end, just about ready for the majors starter in return, which the Yanks don’t have unless they make a three-way deal. Jason Hammel may be a nice fit. Some people are talking about David Price but there is no way I can see the Rays trading Price within the division.

Other names include (from MLB Trade Rumors): John Danks, Ian Kennedy (a former Yankee) and Cliff Lee. Personally, I don’t think Lee would approve a trade to the Yanks.

Let’s explore these pitchers and I’ll bring up another name which hasn’t been mentioned much but one that I think may be a good fit.

I am going to skip over Samardzija, Price and Lee. I don’t think the Yanks get any of these three. If they do, great, but I’m going to be a bit more realistic here.

Danks: 29 and a lefty. 6-6, 4.34 this year. ERA+ 94. 4-14, 4.75 last year. Average season 12-14, 4.21, ERA+ 105. Went 13-11 in 2009 and 15-11 in 2010 but is 21-36, 4.62 since. Hmmm. Not sold on him.

Hammel: Will be 32 and is a righty. Has AL East experience from his time with the O’s and Rays. Having a good year, 6-5, 2.99 with the Cubs. Average season 9-11, 4.64 ERA+ 95. Not bad, but I’m not too sold on him.

Kennedy 29 and righty: The Yanks had some problems with him when he first came up (maturity). 29 and a righty. Had a great 2011 (21-4, 2.88, 4th in CYA and 14th in MVP). Decent 2012, 15-12, 4.02. 12-18, 4.56 since 2012. Currently 5-8, 3.90, ERA+ 88 pitching in a pitcher’s park in SD. For his career, is 58-48, 3.99, ERA+ 99. Average. But take away that one great season, and he is 37-44. Averages 12-10, 3.99, but was that one great season a flash in the pan?

Now for someone whose name hasn’t been mentioned but who I think may be a good fit:

MLB Trade Rumors states

•Though Joel Sherman of the New York Post said not long ago that the Mets should act boldly as buyers, the team’s recent woes have him convinced that the opposite may now be true. After a 4-11 skid, he writes that the Mets should deal two of Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee this summer and also make Daniel Murphy available in trades.

Ok. There you have it. Sherman thinks that the Mets should trade two of Niese, Colon (who, to me, is too old for the Yanks to pursue) and Gee. Why not make a deal with the Mets, especially when it makes sense?

I think Niese may be a good fit. The Mets have some good young pitching coming up. Matt Harvey will be coming back from Tommy John surgery sometime next year, Zach Wheeler is young, and they have just brought up Jake deGromm and Rafael Montero. Noah Syndergaard is on the way. The Mets need hitting, and the Yanks may have some hitting prospects to trade to the Mets for someone like Niese.

Jon Niese is 27 and a lefty. He is 4-4, 2.78 for the Mets right now. ERA+ 126. For his career, 47-44, 3.84, ERA+ 97. But he has been improving each of the last three years. Since 2011, he is just 25-21 (his team doesn’t hit) but with a 3.37 ERA. ERA+ 109. Granted that Citi Field is a pitchers’ park, but…

Compared to the others listed above (Danks, Kennedy and Hammel), Niese’s numbers are very comparable. Yes, Samardzija, Price and Lee (who is 35) may be nice, but for reality sake, why not consider Niese (who has NY experience already)?

More awards, a signing, and a huge trade.

Manager of the Year Awards went out last night. Davey Johnson of Washington won for the N.L., and the A.L. award went to Bob Melvin of Oakland.

I thought Buck Showalter of Baltimore would win in the A.L., but he lost 16 first-place votes to 12. I’m not saying Melvin wasn’t deserving, but I thought Buck would get it.

Today, the CYA winners were announced. David Price of Tampa Bay edged out Detroit’s Justin Verlander for the A.L. award by just four points. The N.L.  award went to R. A. Dickey of the Mets, who became the first knuckleballer to ever win the award.

Tomorrow, the MVPs.

Torii Hunter signed a 2-yr. deal with Detroit. You would think that Hunter, winner of 9 Gold Glove awards, will help the Tiger defense, what with being next to Austin Jackson in that big outfield in Detroit. Hunter wanted 2 years, and the Yanks wouldn’t go for that, even if Swisher goes. Hunter got those 2 years, along with $26MM, from the Tigers. Hunter, who will be 38 next June (and it may be a good thing the Yanks DID NOT get him, what with their present age concerns), hit .313-16-92, OPS+ 132 for the Angels this past year. Yes, an excellent year, but you have to ask how many players 35+ you want on the Yankees.

As for the Yankees, they better watch out. Toronto made a huge trade. If the old players on the Yankees show their age, then the Yanks could very well slip to 3rd or 4th place in the A.L. East. The Blue Jays picked up a #1 AND a #2 starter from the Marlins in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, as well as an All-Star SS in Jose Reyes. They also got C John Buck and speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio in the deal. (Reyes and Bonifacio combined for 70 SB, and Bonifacio only played in 64 games).

There is rumors that Miami isn’t done. I see on the BBD blog that the Yanks are thinking about bringing back Ibanez (I’m against it, he’ll be 41 next June) and thinking about Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins. I also see a rumor that Miami may shop Logan Morrison.

Nolasco, 29, was 12-13, 4.48, ERA+ 88 last year. I don’t want that. For his career, he is 76-64, 4.49. His 162 g. average is 14-12, 4.49. Figure in the DH league he goes something like 13-13, 4.80. That’s not good enough in my book.

I’d rather let Ibanez go and go after Morrison if the Marlins have him on the block. I appreciate what Ibanez did last year (esp. in the postseason), but he will be 41 next June. How many old players do you want on the Yankees (think Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera, A-Rod, maybe Kuroda, maybe Ichiro… Jones is most likely gone, if Chavez comes back, he is 35, Ichiro…). Morrison is 25, LF/1B. With Gardner maybe moving to CF and Granderson to LF, Morrison can DH, play RF and fill in at 1B once in a while (he seems better suited for DH, his defense isn’t good). He hit just .230-11-36 (OPS+ 91) last year, but is young, a lefty hitter, 6’3″ 240 and hopefully can use that to take advantage of the porch. He hasn’t done badly vs. lefties (.247 vs. righties and .259 vs. lefties). He hit 23 HR in 2011. His 162 g. average is .250-21-73. OPS+ 110. Younger than Ibanez, more potential, can probably put up better numbers in 2013 than Raul.

But getting back to Toronto. This is a big deal for them. Let’s face it. The Yanks have an OLD team. If the Yanks don’t watch it, they can fall to fourth place in a hurry, maybe even last. God forbid. But look at the division. Good young players in Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and now Toronto made a big move. Goodness knows how Boston will rebuild.

Yes, I know the Yanks had the best record in the league last year. But they were exposed in the playoffs.

There is a fine line between experienced, and old.

Will the Yanks inject some youth in 2013?