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ALCS Game 3. Yanks fall 4-1, trail in Series 2 games to 1. Nats win NL.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Since May 22, Gerrit Cole has been unbeatable, going 19-0 in 25 starts with a 1.59 ERA. Incredible.

He was vulnerable against the Yankees, giving up 5 walks and 4 hits in his seven innings of work, but no runs.

Luis Severino was OK, but gave up a HR in the first to Jose Altuve (Altuve kills the Yankees) and another in the second to Josh Reddick and that is all Cole needed. Houston wins Game 3 of the ALCS, 4-1, and is up two games to one in the series.

The Yanks have a couple of problems. For one, manager Aaron Boone has to wonder if he should bench Gary Sanchez and start Austin Romine instead. Sanchez is 1 for 13 in this series with six strikeouts. For the whole postseason, he is 2 for 21 with 10 strikeouts. He also couldn’t block a WP that enabled Houston to score a run.

In a post-game interview, Boone said no when asked about going to Romine. I think he may be making a mistake.

Another is Adam Ottavino, who came into Game 3 with the score 2-0 in the top of the seventh. Ottavino isn’t getting anyone out and gave up a walk and a single before being pulled. Both runners later scored. Boone said he’ll continue to use him…. what else is he going to say?

Ottavino’s numbers this postseason: 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 W, 3 K.  1 HR given up. He’s faced 16 batters and 9 have reached base. You just can’t trust him in tight games anymore. At least not now.

There is no time in the postseason to hope. It’s do or die. It’s why Joe Torre once benched Wade Boggs, Tino Martinez AND Paul O’Neill for the same game (replacing them in the lineup with Charlie Hayes, Cecil Fielder and Darryl Strawberry).

Cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion is also slumping. 1 for 12 with 6 strikeouts in this series. Maybe he needs to be dropped in the lineup.

The one constant is Gleyber Torres. The only Yankees’ run came on a HR by Torres in the eighth inning. He is 10 for 24 this postseason with 3 HR and 10 RBI. Maybe Boone should just keep him in the 3 spot. He batted fifth in Game 3, probably to try to protect Encarnacion and hopefully get Edwin going.

But that meant Brett Gardner hit third. Now the Yanks did get singles from D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to lead off the bottom of the first, but Gardner flied out. The Yanks didn’t score. Maybe Gardner should have bunted the runners over there. I know you are thinking big inning, but this is Cole on the mound, and Gardner is not your prototypical #3 hitter (like a Ruth, DiMaggio, Maris or Mantle), and who knows, maybe Gardner beats it out. Just saying.  Gardner is 2 for 13 in this series with five strikeouts.

Didi Gregorius JUST MISSED putting the Yanks up 3-2 with a two-out drive with two on in the fifth that was caught at the wall. Tough break. Didi is 1 for 12 in this series.

The forecast is for rain. There is a very strong chance Game 4 gets rained out tonight. If so, I believe the Yanks HAVE to come back with Tanaka then for Game 4 on regular rest (and in his six innings on Saturday, he only threw 68 pitches in Game 1) to try to even the series and avoid going down three games to one.

The Yanks only had five hits in the game. In their last 20 innings, they’ve scored just three runs.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Torres HR, 2 walks
Aaron Hicks, starting his first game in over 2 months, walked twice.

Severino (LOSS) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 6 K.  Gave up 2 HR
Green 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 0 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.  1 WP that scored a run.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.

Who’d have thought Cessa would be out-pitching Ottavino this postseason?

Hopefully some of these Yankees’ bats heat up.

Also, hopefully Boone makes some right, and maybe necessary, tough decisions to shake the Yanks up.

Washington won the NLCS by beating St. Louis 7-4 last night, scoring all seven runs in the bottom of the first. With the four game sweep, the Nationals go to their first WS in franchise history, going back to 1969 when they were the Montreal Expos 1969-2004 before moving to Washington.

For D.C., it’ll host their first WS games since 1933 when the old Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins) won the AL pennant but lost the WS to the NY (now SF) Giants.

Howie Kendrick was named the NLCS MVP.

So whoever wins the ALCS knows they’ll have to face Washington with its trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin (not to mention Anibal Sanchez).




NLCS Game 3. Long time coming? Washington 1 win away from WS.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Washington, D.C. has been part of three World Series—in 1924, 1925 and 1933, when the original Washington Senators (who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961) won the AL pennant in those years, and the World Series in 1924. Walter Johnson, near the end of his career, was on the 1924 and 1925 teams.

The current Washington Nationals team came from Montreal, where from 1969-2004 they were the Montreal Expos. This franchise has never made it to the World Series.

They are one win away after an 8-1 win over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals lead the series three games to none and could make it a sweep tonight.

Houston has their threesome of Verlander, Cole and Grienke, but Washington’s trio of Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin is right up there.

Strasburg went seven, and gave up just one unearned run while striking out 12.

Howie Kendrick, whose grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS doomed the Dodgers, had 3 hits and 3 RBI last night.

Long-time National Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs.

Game 4 of this series is tonight.

Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yanks and Astros is at 4 this afternoon.

ALDS Game 1: Torres and DJ lead Yanks to 10-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

In setting the roster for the Division Series, the Yanks went with Luke Voit over Mike Ford. Making the bullpen were Tyler Lyons, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Loaisiga.

The 25-man roster is:

C: Sanchez and Romine
IF/OF Wade
IF Voit, Encarnacion (who’ll DH), LeMahieu, Torres, Didi, Urshela
OF Stanton, Maybin, Gardner, Judge

P Paxton, Tanaka, Severino, Happ, Loaisiga, Cessa, Lyons, Kahnle, Green, Ottavino, Britton, Chapman.

The Yanks took Game 1 of the ALDS 10-4. Paxton had his usual first inning troubles, as even though he struck out the side, he gave up a solo HR. Twins up 1-0 already.

He gave up another HR in the top of the third. 2-0 Twins.

The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the third. D.J. LeMahieu, who made an uncharacteristic error in the second inning (it didn’t come back to bite them) singled. Aaron Judge singled D.J. to second. After Gardner lined out to advance D.J., Edwin Encarnacion doubled to make it 2-1. Giancarlo Stanton walked to load the bases. Gleyber Torres bounced into a force out, but two runs scored on the fielding error when the Twins tried to turn the DP. 3-2 Yanks.

Paxton gave up a run in the top of the fifth, and was pulled from the game. He was OK, nothing special. Ottavino faced one man and walked him. Kahnle got the last out.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Yanks took the lead for good. Aaron Judge walked and Brett Gardner was HBP. After Encarnacion struck out, Stanton walked to load the bases. Torres hit a double to make it 5-3.

Kahnle gave up a HR in the top of the sixth that cut it to 5-4, Yankees. He walked the next guy but then Chad Green came in to get out of the inning.

The Yankees built a cushion in the bottom of the sixth when both LeMahieu and Gardner hit solo HR. 7-4.

They put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Stanton walked and was PR for by Cameron Maybin, who stole second. Expect to see that—Maybin for defensive purposes for Stanton late in games. Torres walked, and after Sanchez struck out, Maybin and Torres executed a double steal. Didi walked to load the bases. Urshela flied out, not deep enough to advance anyone, but then LeMahieu doubled, clearing the bases and making it 10-4.

LeMahieu 3 hits, solo HR, 4 RBI
Judge 2 walks; 2 diving catches
Gardner solo HR
Encarnacion 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 3 walks
Torres 2 RBI

Sanchez and Gregorius didn’t look too good at the plate.

Paxton 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 8 K. Gave up 2 HR
Ottavino 0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Kahnle (Winner) 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Green (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Happ 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

In the other division series:

Houston won Game 1 6-2 over Tampa Bay. Verlander 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 8 K. Jose Altuve HR.

Atlanta shut out St. Louis 3-0 to even that series at a game apiece. Mike Foltynewicz 7 shutout innings, Adam Duvall a PH 2-run HR.

Washington beat the L.A. Dodgers 4-2 to even that series at a game apiece. Stephen Strasburg (6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 10 K) out dueled Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is a great pitcher, but his “kryptonite” is the postseason, where he has never dominated like he does in the regular season.

Notable Passing:

Tom Waddell, 60, went 15-11, 4.30 with 15 saves for the Indians from 1984-1985 and 1987.

Washington stuns Milwaukee with 3 in 8th, win NL WC game, 4-3.


The late Bill Buckner may have company. Washington scored 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to stun Milwaukee and win the NL WC game, 4-3. They’ll face the Dodgers in the NLCS.

The Brewers got 2 runs in the first on a 2-run HR by Yasmani Grandal, and another in the second on a solo HR by Eric Thames.

The Nationals cut it to 3-1 in the third on a solo HR by Trea Turner.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Michael Taylor was ruled HBP. It was questionable whether the pitch hit his hand or the bottom of the bat first. It was ruled the hand. An out later, Ryan Zimmerman blooped a broken bat single into center, and then Anthony Rendon walked to load up the bases for the Nationals.

Juan Soto singled. In his haste to get to the ball and make a play at the plate, hopefully to cut down the tying run, Brewers’ RF Trent Grisham overran the ball, which not only allowed the tying run to score, but cleared the bases, putting the Nationals up 4-3–a lead they held on to in the top of the ninth.

A devastating and stunning loss for the Brew Crew.  Washington’s Stephen Strasburg pitched three scoreless innings of relief and wound up with the win.

Seve 3rd in CYA voting. AFL news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer were named the winners of the CYA in the AL and NL respectively.

The Yankees’ Luis Severino placed 3rd for the AL Cy Young Award, behind Kluber and Chris Sale.

I’m a little surprised that Scherzer beat Clayton Kershaw by such a wide margin (Scherzer’s teammate, Stephen Strasburg, finished third). Kershaw won more games, had the lower ERA. Scherzer struck out more because he started four more games than Scherzer. For Scherzer, his third CYA, matching Kershaw.

For Kluber, his 2nd CYA.

Tomorrow, we find out the MVPs and if Aaron Judge wins or is runnerup.

In the Arizona Fall League, Sxottsdale lost, 4-1.

Yankees prospects:

1b Billy McKinney 1 for 4, double. 2 strikeouts. .279

Andrew Schwaab RP, 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.35
Cody Carroll, RP, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

Remember that recent Yankees’ prospects who have starred in the Arizona Fall League are Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres.

Hal Steinbrenner confirmed that he thought the same way as Cashman, that it was time for Girardi to go, and he’s felt this way for a few years, not a few weeks. Hal said that he agreed with the decision, and it was a confirmation of the decision from Hal, not a persuasion.


Strasburg needs surgery. Andy tests his injury. Other injury news.

Ok, first the bad news. It (bad news) doesn’t concern the Yankees….yet, and we hope, not at all.

It appears that Stephen Strasburg will need Tommy John surgery. Since that is a 12 to 18-month recovery time and it is now late August, the Nats should just shut the wunderkind down for ALL of 2011.

That wailing sound you just heard was that of the Nationals’ ticket office seeing 2011 season ticket packages flushed down the toilet.

Even the youngest Nationals
fans are crying about a
Strasburg-less 2011

Meanwhile, Joe Girardi will be eyeballing Andy Pettitte today. The hope is that all goes well, from flat ground to mound and that Andy could throw a simulated game soon, followed by rehab.

The NY Post reported that the Yanks are 20-16 since Andy went on the DL. You really need him back for the postseason. When Andy went down, he was 11-2, 2.88, ERA+ 139. His postseason experience alone (18-9, 3.90) is important to the Yankees.

What would you rather see? A postseason rotation of CC, Hughes, Andy and AJ (or Vazquez), or one of CC, Hughes AJ AND Vazquez? I know which one I want.

Speaking of, how will Girardi align the rotation if the Yanks make the postseason? CC hasn’t lost at home since July 2, 2009. he is 10-0, 2.46 at home, 7-5, 3.55 away.

Meanwhile, Phil Hughes is the opposite. 6-3, 3.38 away but 9-3, 4.66 at home. Pettitte 7-2, 3.27 home vs. 4-0, 2.36 away.

As for Burnett,  it is about even. 4-5, 4.62 home and 5-6, 4.92 away.

Vazquez is about the same as AJ. 4-5, 5.26 home and 5-4, 4.76 away.

I’d probably guess that if Andy is ok, that Girardi would lean to CC and AJ at home (better for AJ’s psyche) with Hughes and Andy away. We’ll see. I don’t see Vazquez in the postseason rotation, unless of course, Andy isn’t ok. Which is why today is an important day for the Yankees and Pettitte.   

It isn’t over yet. The Yanks have a lot of games left vs. Tampa and Boston, and even though the magic # to eliminate Boston is 30, those final games in Boston could mean a playoff berth. It’s best to kill off the Red Sox so that those games become meaningless.

Don’t make this a 3-team race for two spots. Boston is six out in the loss column now. Keep them there. The best way to do that is to cross our fingers and hope Andy’s sore groin is ok today as he tests it. Without Andy, the Yankees are not a certainty to make the playoffs (best record in the AL (tied with Tampa) or not) and the chances of success in the postseason diminish greatly.  

As we know, Andy isn’t the only banged-up Yankee. Swisher should be back tonight after fouling a couple off his leg and hurting that. Alex is still on the DL, as is Berkman. Berkman has had a bad year and hasn’t done much since joining the Yanks. Maybe the rest will help him. Who knows when Aceves gets back? He’s still on rehab. I am counting out Marte.  

Jeter appears to be banged up as well. We know that this has been the worst season of Jeter’s career so far. He is a .315 career hitter hitting .275. Not terrible, but still, forty points is forty points. What’s more, is this revealing stat by the NY Post: Jeter has only 8 extra-base hits in his last 131 AB. Wow. The Post states that Jeter is nursing a sore left leg that may be affecting him more than he will admit. But then, as we know with Jeter and injuries, he never admits anything.

Burnett pitches tonight. It is imperative (see possible postseason rotation above) that the talented but enigmatic and inconsistent Burnett turns it up. 9-11, 4.80, ERA + 83 isn’t cutting it, and definitely won’t cut it in the postseason.              

Game 124. By the “C.” Cano, CC lead Yanks to 10-0 rout. 30 over.

With today’s win, the Yanks go 30 over to 77-47.

Surprisingly, they are 12-0 without A-Rod.

A few days ago, I mentioned how this could be a great opportunity for Cano. Great meaning this: the guy is in the middle of an MVP race with Josh Hamilton and Miggy Cabrera. With Alex out and on the DL, it’s a perfect time for Cano to enhance his candidacy by carrying the team. What better way to state “I’m the MVP?”

So what does Robbie do today? He drove in 6 runs with a grand slam and a 2-run single. That’s the way to make your case!

It’s the 10th grand slam of the season for the Yanks, tying the team record set in 1987 when Don Mattingly hit six (a single season record) all by himself.

Besides Cano’s granny (his 25th HR), Kearns (10, combined) and Posada (15, 258 career) added solo shots in the 10-0 shutout win.

CC went six (rain) and improved to 17-5, 3.02. After coming so close last year (19 wins, and couldn’t win in his only shot for #20), hopefully this year he cracks the 20-win barrier for the first time. He went the six innings, no runs, 3 hits, no walks and 8 K. He’s really kicking into high gear.

1 2/3 for Wood, 2 hits and a walk, no K. Combined ERA 4.40, but he’s done great as a Yankee since coming over.

Joba finished up. 1 1/3. 1 hit, no walks or K. ERA 4.80.

Still 1 up on Tampa. They and Boston won.

Lou Piniella was supposed to retire at the end of the year. He announced that today would be his last game. Apparently his mom is ill. Lou may have wanted to retire in the fourth inning or so today as his Cubs were pasted in his final game as manager, 16-5. I can’t wait for Lou to come back to the Stadium for Old-Timers day for a much deserved ovation.

Hopefully Stephen Strasburg is OK. He was pulled after 4 1/3 yesterday with a flexor tendon problem in his elbow. It may need surgery but the Nats are awaiting the MRI. Regardless, he should be shut down for the year. He is too valuable a commodity to mess around with.

The Dodgers got some help as they dealt for Rod Barajas of the Mets. LA lost Russell Martin for the year a few weeks ago and they are some ways out. They needed the help.