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Game 122. Unleash the Kraken! Yanks edge Orioles, 6-5.

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The Yankees (81-41) edged Baltimore 6-5 Wednesday afternoon. The win was the Yanks 16th in a row vs. the Orioles and they went 17-2 against them this year.

With win #81 of the season, the Yanks ensured that they would not have a losing season. The last time that happened was in 1992.

Gary Sanchez, who had been slumping until Tuesday, had 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a 3-run HR. Good to get him going again. It was the 10th HR he hit against Baltimore this year. With Gleyber Torres hitting 13, they became the second pair of Yankees to each hit 10 or more homers against the same opponent since Ruth and Gehrig, who each mashed 11 home runs off Red Sox pitchers in 1927. (MLB.com)

Some company.

From MLB.com:

The 16 consecutive victories over Baltimore, is their longest single-season streak since winning 21 straight over the 1927 St. Louis Browns.

By going 17-2 against the O’s, it represented the Yanks’ best showing since they won 17 of 22 against the Kansas City Athletics in 1959. They also established a Major League record by belting 61 home runs against a single opponent, having homered in all 19 games against Baltimore. (43 of the HR were at Camden Yards, another record).

Torres also legged out a sixth-inning double, becoming the first Yankee to record 17 extra-base hits against one opponent in a single season since Mickey Mantle had 18 extra-base hits against the 1957 White Sox.

Before the game, the move was Thairo Estrada coming up, Adonis Rosa sent back down.

J.A. Happ gave up a run in the top of the first but the Yanks came right back with four in the bottom half.

Brett Gardner walked and Aaron Judge hit into a forceout. Gio Urshela singled, then Didi Gregorius singled in a run, with Urshela moving to third. Sanchez then launched a 3-run HR (26).

Baltimore got a run in the third to cut it to 4-2.

In the sixth, the Yanks got two runs to make it 6-2. With two out, Sanchez singled and Torres got that double. Mike Tauchman walked to load the bases and Mike Ford singled in two runs.

The Orioles got 3 runs off of Luis Cessa in the seventh.

Sanchez 3 for 3 with a walk. 3-run HR (26). Scored 2x, drove in 3.
Ford 2 RBI

Happ (W, 10-7, 5.40) 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Cessa (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.33
Ottavino (H, 25) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.70
Britton (H, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.17
Chapman (S, 33) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.   2.45

The Yanks claimed RHP Ryan Dull, 29, off of waivers. He was 0-0, 12.00 for Oakland this year. For his career, 8-9, 4.08, all with Oakland (2015-2019). He was claimed off of waivers from the Giants. His best year was in 2016 when he was 5-5, 2.42 for the A’s.

Brady Lail was DFA’d. Tough week for Mantiply and Lail. In the same game, Mantiply gets his first MLB win and Lail makes his MLB debut. In just a few days, both get DFA’d.

With today’s win, the Yanks’ lead in the AL East goes to 10 since the Rays lost. The magic # for the Yankees clinching their first AL East title since 2012 is 31 (updated the #, was one too many. 31.).

Managers of the Year selected today. … and what is or isn’t a rookie?

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Awards week continues as the Managers of the Year will be named tonight.

With last night’s win of the AL ROY by Shohei Ohtani, it once again begs the question of when a Japanese player comes to the U.S. and MLB, what is and what isn’t a rookie?

Ohtani won because of his two-way play, not only hitting .285-22-61, 10 SB, OPS+ 152 in 104 games, but also going 4-2, 3.31, ERA+ 126 in 10 starts before his elbow blew out. That was enough to beat out the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, who hit .297-27-92, OPS+ 126, but who had defensive liabilities.

The vote wasn’t as close as maybe it should have been. 25 first place votes to 5. (The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres finished third, but received no first place votes).

Because of his two-way status, I really feel that as long as Ohtani didn’t fall flat on his face, and he didn’t, that the novelty of being the first true two-way player since Babe Ruth almost 100 years ago would win him the award, and it did.

Ohtani had spent five years in the “Japanese major leagues” though. Other Japanese players have won the Rookie of the Year Award after coming over to the U.S., notably Ichiro Suzuki, who won both the AL ROY and AL MVP in 2001.

But what about 2003, when Hideki Matsui was denied the award in part because people felt he wasn’t a “rookie”, because he had spent 10 years in the “Japanese majors”?

The inconsistency of the BBWAA is still astonishing.

Of course, in a couple of months, some members will prove their ignorance in how they voted in the HOF voting.

 

70 years after his death, the Babe gets the Presidential Medal of Freedom honor.

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From ESPN.com:

President Donald Trump has included three sports figures among his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as former New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and nine-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Alan Page are set to be honored.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest honor for a civilian. A ceremony to award the medals has been scheduled for Friday.

Ruth, Staubach and Page are all Hall of Famers in their respective sports. Ruth is considered one of the greatest hitters of all time, Staubach led the Cowboys to a pair of Super Bowl titles, and Page was the NFL MVP in 1971 with the Minnesota Vikings before going on to a legal career that included more than two decades as a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Medals will also go to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor, and Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is retiring after more than 41 years in the U.S. Senate. Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Elvis Presley.

Dodgers repeat as NL Champs; WS to start in Boston on Tuesday.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers repeated as NL Champs, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night, and are headed to Boston, where the World Series will begin on Tuesday night.

Christan Yelich, the second batter of the game, homered for the Brewers in the first, but it was all the Brewers would get. Yelich hails from my sister’s town in California.

But Cody Bellinger, the NLCS MVP, hit a 2-run HR for the Dodgers in the top of the second.

Chris Taylor made a fabulous catch in left field in the bottom of the fifth to keep the score at 2-1, and in the top of the sixth, Yasiel Puig hit a 3-run HR to ice the game for LA.

It will be the second time the Red Sox and Dodgers will have met in the World Series. In the only other time, 1916, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, and were known as the Brooklyn Robins. Boston took that series in five games, and one of Boston’s stars was a 21 yr. old lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth.

Meanwhile, today, October 21, is the 90th birthday of the Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford.

Wayne Krenchicki, a utility infielder in the 1980s, passed away Tuesday, age 64.

NFL great Dick Modzelewski, DT for the Redskins, Steelers, Giants and Browns from 1953-1966, died Friday, age 87. He played in the NFL Title Game in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (all Giants), 1964 and 1965 (Browns). His teams won in 1956 and 1964. After retiring, he was a long-time assistant coach in the NFL, inc. for the 1981 Bengals team that reached the Super Bowl. He was the interim head coach of the Browns for the final game of the 1977 season. The Browns lost to Seattle, 20-19 (Wikipedia).

Game 143. Yanks go 2 for 15 w/RISP, lose, 3-2, see WC lead shrink to 2 1/2 games.

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The Yanks (89-54) are hearing footsteps.

By losing to Seattle, 3-2 today, the Yanks lead over Oakland for the top wild card spot shrunk to 2 1/2 games.

Time to get nervous, Yankees fans.

What killed the Yanks today was that they were 2 for 15 w/RISP.

This team doesn’t bunt, as I mentioned at our recent Lehigh Valley Yankee Fan Club Meeting. 10 sacrifices all year. I mentioned that in the old days, Phil Rizzuto would have had that many at the All-Star break.  (Rizzuto led the majors 1949-1952).

In 1930, Babe Ruth (BABE RUTH!) had 21 sacrifice bunts. Lou Gehrig had at least 10 each season from 1925-1930, including 21 for the great 1927 squad. Joe DiMaggio had 6 in 1939.

As recently as 2004, Derek Jeter had 16. That is 6 more than the WHOLE YANKEES TEAM has this season.

The game has changed, and not for the better. Instead of a well-rounded team, you have teams that rely strictly on the HR, don’t hit-and-run, can’t steal bases and don’t bunt runners over. Sound familiar?

MeanwAnhile, Seattle won the game because they DID bunt a runner over.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when Stanton and Andujar had back-to-back doubles.

But after getting the first two guys out in the bottom of the first, CC gave up four straight singles. Two runs. Seattle up 2-1.

Now, for a rookie manager, I think Boone has done a good job. How can you argue with 89-54? But….

I realize he was hired to project more calm as opposed to Girardi’s tenseness. But still, there are times when you have to light a fire under the team and bitch them out if necessary.

Girardi’s strength was bullpen management. Some of Boone’s bullpen decisions I question.

But I think the most questions I have regarding Boone is his lineups. Nothing consistent, and the biggest problem I have is this:

Why does he continue to bat Gary Sanchez 4th (as he did today) or 5th in the lineup? Sanchez is now hitting .181 on the season. What other manager bats a guy hitting .180 something 4th or 5th in the lineup? When will Boone ride the hot hand and have Voit cleanup, Torres 5th and have Sanchez and Walker 6th or 7th, instead of Sanchez 4th and Walker 5th?

Here are the numbers and today’s lineup. Batting averages as of the game’s finish.

4th. Sanchez .181 (PR for by Wade later, Romine finishing the game).
5th. Walker .221
6th. Voit .306
7th. Torres .280

Now, based on that, who should be batting 4 and 5, and who should be hitting 6 and 7?

Really?

Three singles and a bases-loaded walk to McCutchen tied the game in the fourth. But they had the bases loaded, no out and only scored that one run. No bunt by Hechevarria or Gardner with the bases loaded, and Stanton grounded out.

Voit doubled to lead off the sixth. He was left stranded. Torres nor Hechevarria with a bunt.

In the bottom of the eighth, a walk, steal, sac bunt and fielder’s choice brought in the winning run for Seattle.

Littleball, which the Yanks need to employ.

You can’t just rely on the HR. They didn’t get any today, and lost 3-2 as a result.

Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 hits (once again, why him 6th, and .181 Sanchez 4th?)

Sabathia 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K.  3.54
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.54
Betances (L, 4-5, 2.56) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.

Game 92. Bullpen comes through. Yanks 7, Indians 4.

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What was supposed to be a pitching duel between Cy Young candidates Luis Severino and Corey Kluber turned into a bit of a slugfest, as neither pitcher had his best stuff. The Yanks (61-31) rallied late to win 7-4 and stay 3 1/2 back of Boston, who won their 10th straight.

Severino struggled right off the bat, giving up a double, groundout and single for a run, and after a caught stealing, gave up a HR. The Yanks were down 2-0.

In the third, Brett Gardner hit the first of his two HR for the game, a 2-run shot that tied it up.

Severino gave the lead right back to Cleveland, giving up a run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-2.

Didi Gregorius, who homered off Kluber twice in Game 5 of last year’s ALDS, tied the game with a HR (16) in the fourth, and later in that inning Stanton singled, advanced to third on an error on Hicks’ sacrifice bunt. Bird, heating up, doubled to make it 4-3. The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out but could not tack on more runs.

Severino gave up a HR in the fifth that tied the game.

In the eighth, Gregorius walked, and with one out, Hicks doubled him in. Hicks stole third and scored on a SF by Bird that make it 6-4.

Gardner hit his second HR (9) of the game in the ninth for the final score of 7-4.

Not a good game for Austin Romine, who got the golden sombrero (0 for 4, 4 strikeouts).

Gardner 2 HR, 3 RBI
Didi solo HR
Bird 2 RBI
Andujar 2 hits

Great job by the bullpen. 4 IP, no runs, no hits.

Severino 5 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.31
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.85
Robertson (W, 6-3, 3.19) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  2.68
Chapman (S, 25) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  1.38

Other notes. Hopefully MLB is wrong. They give Boston a 62 percent chance of winning the division, the Yanks, 38 percent.

The Yanks are 16-13 without Gleyber Torres, 45-18 with him.

Ex-White Sox backup INF Sammy Esposito (member of 1959 AL Champs) has passed away at age 86.

As for Manny Machado wanting to play SS? He’s a great hitter, but if he comes to the Yankees, the Yankees already have Didi. The defensive runs saved above average stat has Manny at -20, Didi -1. Big difference defensively.

Albert Pujols tied Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time HR list with #630 last night. The only players with more are Barry Bonds 762*, Aaron 755, Ruth 714, A-Rod 696* and Mays 660.

Football player LeSean McCoy is in trouble, apparently beating the heck out of his girlfriend. We’ll see what kind of punishment the law and the NFL enforce.

 

 

Yankees news: Silver Sluggers. Boone mgr. candidate? AFL. Another A-Rod endorsement.

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Congratulations to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, recipients of the Silver Slugger Awards at their positions.

Another player has endorsed A-Rod for Yankees’ manager: Carlos Beltran.

Here is the problem I have with A-Rod.

Back in the 1930s, Babe Ruth wanted to manage. The line teams gave on Babe Ruth was this: “if he can’t manage himself, how will he manage a team?”

The same applies to A-Rod. Suspended for a full year because of steroids, if he couldn’t manage his own affairs, how could he manage a a team?

Despite recommendations from CC and Carlos Beltran, how do they defend that question?

Besides, I don’t believe that all of A-Rod’s outside interests (including J-Lo) would permit him to manage the Yankees.

Apparently Rob Thomson had a five-hour interview with the Yanks about becoming their next manager.

Besides David Cone and John Flaherty being interested in the job, another interesting name has developed.

Aaron Boone.

Now Boone has a lot of baseball pedigree, and not only as ESPN’s voice on ball games the past few seasons. He fits as a younger manager, just 44.

The bane of Red Sox Nation since his HR to end the 2003 ALCS has a grandpa (Ray Boone) who was a 2x All-Star in the 1950s who led the AL in 1955 in RBI.

His dad, Bob, was a top-notch catcher in the 1970s and 1980s for the Phillies and Angels and who managed for a few years. Bob was a 4x All-Star, and 7x Gold Glove C who could work with Sanchez. Could Bob, even though he will be 70 soon, be a bench coach for his son and work with Sanchez?

Aaron Boone’s brother Bret was a MLB star.

In the AFL, Yankees’ prospects: (Scottsdale lost, 7-6):

SS Kyle Holder, 0 for 4, walked, Scored a run
LF Billy McKinney 1 for 3, walked 3 x.