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WS Game 5. Chapman keeps Cubs alive.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Cubs stretched out Aroldis Chapman to get the final 8 outs of the game, and Chapman did so, saving the Cubs’ season for now. The Cubs’ 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the WS sends the Series back to Cleveland. Game Six is Tuesday night.

Cleveland still leads the Series three games to two.

Jose Ramirez homered for Cleveland in the second to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs got all their runs in the fourth. Kris Bryant homered to tie the game. Anthony Rizzo doubled. Ben Zobrist singled to put runners on the corners. An infield single by Addison Russell made it 2-1, and after a strikeout, a bunt single loaded the bases. David Ross’ SF made it 3-1.

The Indians made it 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI single by Francisco Lindor, but Chapman soon came in to slam the door.

The Cubs won despite striking out 14x.

 

More uncertainty as Ibanez goes back to Seattle

The Yankees need a righty-hitting OF, what with their OF now consisting of three lefty hitters in Granderson, Gardner and Ichiro. Andruw Jones, who hit less than .200 last year, signed a deal with a Japanese team. Forget Cody Ross, for he signed with Arizona. Could Melky Mesa actually get a shot?

They may need a catcher, what with the defection of Russell Martin to Pittsburgh. The only in-house options are Francisco Cervelli (probably the best hitter of the bunch, and that’s not saying much), and the better defensive catchers in Austin Romine, Bobby Wilson and Chris Stewart. Romine, 24, has a shot to win the job, but he’s only played 21 games at the AAA level.

Now there is another hole that needs to be filled. Raul Ibanez signed a one-year deal with Seattle. So now the Yanks need to find a DH. They, of course, could DH Jeter, who will be 39 next June and who is coming off that broken ankle. The problem with that is that Eduardo Nunez isn’t known for his glove. So Jeter might have to be the SS but you wonder how his range (never great to begin with) will be after the injury. So you might DH Nunez. But Nunez is good for his speed (as are Gardner and Ichiro) and not power (likewise Gardner and Ichiro), so the Bronx Bombers might all of a sudden be the Bronx Burners. Ichiro won’t, at age 39, steal as many bases as he did before.

Now the loss of Ibanez, who’ll be 41 next June, might not be too bad. The biggest problem isn’t the loss (he hit .240 with 19 HR last year, but then had a great playoff run), but in the replacement. Who will it be?

In this respect it’s like losing Martin, who despite his 21 HR hit just .211. It’s not so much the loss, as it is who will be the replacement?

The Yanks have holes to fill. For right now it’s like too many holes in the dike. Sooner or later the dike bursts and you drown.

We’ll soon see how the Yanks fill these holes.

Who’s left?

Well, two people I would have been interested in are off the market. Victorino signed with Boston and Soria with Texas.

I was thinking Victorino for the OF (younger than Ichiro, and losing Swisher… 3 GG, speed) and Soria, coming off TJ surgery as a replacement for Soriano.

Now they are not there. Meanwhile the Yanks have needs at RF (Swisher leaving), C (Martin left), 3B (Alex out 1/2 a year, Chavez a F.A.),  DH (Ibanez a F.A.) and possibly SS (will Jeter be ready for the opener after that broken ankle?).

One person out there is Cody Ross. Ross, 32 soon, hit .267-22-81, OPS+113, for Boston this year and his 162 g. ave. for his career is .262-22-83, OPS+ 107. Swisher-like, but not a switch-hitter (he hits righty). He has postseason experience, having been on the 2010 WS Champs, the Giants (and he hit .294-5-10 in that postseason, winning the NLCS MVP). You wonder if he and the Yanks could reach a deal. What’s his a$king price?

But he’d fill just one hole (RF). There are many more holes to fill.

How many holes in the dike must Cashman plug?

More off the board.

So Shane Victorino, who I would have liked for RF (to replace Swisher, and in place of the aging Ichiro) is off the board, having gone to Boston as a free agent.

It does mean that Cody Ross, who hit .267-22-81, OPS+ 113 for Boston last year is available. The righty hitter could be a match for the Yanks for RF now. For his career, the 32 (soon) year old has a 162 g. ave. of .262-22-83, OPS+ 107… numbers similar to Swisher. In the postseason, he’s .294-5-10 in 51 AB. Do the Yanks pursue Ross, now?

I also wanted Joakim Soria, in part to replace Soriano, but Soria is off to Texas.

There isn’t too much more I wanted. Of those out there I was interested in, only Jeff Keppinger makes sense. He would be a better utility man than Nix, and could platoon with Chavez at 3B until A-Rod comes back.

With Jeter’s injury (will he be ready for Opening Day?), Keppinger would be insurance there.

You wonder about Nunez. If they won’t use him in a utility role, is he trade bait?

Posada retires today.

Jorge Posada announces his retirement at a press conference at Yankee Stadium today. See Bronx Baseball Daily (link at right) for a review of Posada’s career.

Cody Ross signed with Boston. He most likely will platoon in RF. Boston still has holes to fill.

Kevin Millwood signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. Omar Vizquel signed with Toronto. Vizquel, the active leader in games, PA and AB, will be 45 in April. He has 2841 hits.

Besides Ibanez, Damon, Vlad, Matsui… forgot another DH still out there: Derrek Lee. One off the board: Wilson Betemit, who signed with Baltimore.

Ex-Phils broadcaster Andy Musser died at the age of 74.

 

2010 WS Game 3. Home cooking. Texas wins 4-2, now down 2 games to 1.

Colby Lewis went 7 2/3, and the Rangers rode the home cooking to a 4-2 win to cut the Giants lead in the Series to two games to one.

Mitch Moreland hit a three-run HR and Josh Hamilton a solo HR for the Texas runs. SF got HRs by Cody Ross and Andres Torres.

SF’s Pat Burrell took the golden sombrero.

  

SF to take on Rangers for the title.

The Giants are going to their first WS since 2002 as Juan Uribe’s 8th inning HR was the difference in the 3-2 win.

The Phils didn’t go down easy, as Ryan Howard was caught looking by Brian “the Beach Boy” Wilson with two on to end it.

And so the 1942-1944 Cardinals are still the last NL team to win three straight pennants.

So the Series comes down to a franchise making its very first trip to the Fall Classic vs. another whose last WS title came in another city 56 years ago.

Too close to call? The fact that four games are scheduled in the NL park (SF) means that Texas will have to do without the DH. Meaning what do they do with Vlad?   

NLCS MVP: Cody Ross.