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ALCS Game 1. Tee-Time! Tanaka and Torres lead Yanks to 7-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka came into the game with the rep of being a big-game postseason pitcher with a 1.54 ERA.

That ERA was lowered Saturday night with a brilliant, one-hit, shutout performance over six innings as the Yankees beat the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS, 7-0.

Gleyber Torres continues to remind people of Derek Jeter when it comes to his poise, maturity, and delivering in a key moment at such a young age. Torres drove in five of the Yankees’ seven runs.

The Yanks scored first in the fourth inning when D.J. LeMahieu singled, went to second on a WP and scored on a Torres double.

In the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Judge caught a liner and doubled off the runner on first. Great defensive play.

Home runs by Torres and Giancarlo Stanton in the sixth made it 3-0 Yankees.

With two out in the seventh, Gio Urshela and D.J. singled. Judge singled to load the bases and Torres dunked in a single to make it 5-0.

In the ninth, Urshela homered to make it 6-0. An out later, LeMahieu walked and Judge singled him to third. Judge stole second, and Torres’ RBI groundout made it 7-0.

LeMahieu 2 hits, scored 3 runs.
Judge 2 hits, made the great defensive play for a DP
Torres 3 hits, HR, 5 RBI
Stanton 2 hits, solo HR
Urshela 2 hits, solo HR

Tanaka (WINNER) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K.  Brilliant
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

In the NLCS Game 2, St. Louis is in trouble. They lost both Games 1 and 2 at home and are down 0-2 in the series. In the two games the Cardinals have a TOTAL of four hits. They lost Game 2, 3-1. Max Scherzer 7 IP, 1 H, 11 K. Adam Wainwright pitched well for St. Louis, 11 K in 7 1/3, but the Cards bats are dead.

Adam Eaton 2 RBI for Washington, and a solo HR for Michael Taylor.


Top Prospects, and Cards dealt possible major blow

Baseball America has come out with their top 100 prospects. Five Royals in Top 20, all ETA in 2011 or 2012. For Yankees: #3 Jesus Montero Opening Day 2011 age 21 C/DH? ETA 2011; #30 Gary Sanchez 18, C, ETA 2014; #41 Manny Banuelos 20 LHP, ETA 2012; #43 Dellin Betances 23, RHP, ETA 2012; #78 Andrew Brackman 25, RHP, ETA 2011 and #98 Austin Romine, 22, C, ETA 2011.

Adam Wainwright of St. Louis is heading back to St. Louis to have his elbow looked at. The Cards fear he needs TJ surgery. Goodbye 2011 and half of 2012. Millwood could now be in their sights.

Update, 2/24/11: Wainwright will need TJ surgery. Tweet from Buster Olney:  

A couple of scouts say this: they saw wainwright’s arm angle dropping down the stretch last year, a sign of trouble.

Lincecum wins close NL CYA vote

You knew it would be close.

How close was it?

Consider this: Only 10 points separated the winner, Tim Lincecum of SF from the 3rd place finisher, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.

Consider this, too: Wainwright, who finished 3rd, got the most first-place votes of any of the top three. (Chris Carpenter finished 2nd).

From the LoHud blog and Sam Borden, 1st-2nd and 3rd place votes:

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants — 11 – 12 – 9 — 100 points
Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals — 9 – 14 – 7 — 94 points
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals — 12 – 5 – 15 — 90 points
Javier Vazquez, Atlanta Braves — 0 – 1 – 0 — 3 points
Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks — 0 – 0 – 1 – 1 point

From MLB.com:

Lincecum became the only pitcher to capture the Cy Young Award in each of his first two full Major League seasons.
From ESPN:
Lincecum received 11 first-place votes, 12 seconds and nine thirds for 100 points in balloting released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Carpenter had nine firsts, 14 seconds and seven thirds to take second with 94.

Wainwright, who led the NL with 19 wins and 233 innings, had 12 first-place votes, five seconds and 15 thirds for 90 points. Trevor Hoffman, who finished behind Tom Glavine in 1998, is the only other player to get the most firsts and not win the award.

Two voters, Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN.com, did not include Carpenter on their ballots. Carroll had Wainwright in the top spot, Lincecum second and Arizona’s Dan Haren third. Law voted for Lincecum, Atlanta’s Javier Vazquez and Wainwright in third. Those were the only votes for Haren and Vazquez.

Hmmm….Yankees fans last memory of Javy Vazquez was 2004 and giving up the granny to Damon. Vazquez was 14-10, 4.91 in his only season with the Yankees. He was an all-star but faded badly in the 2nd half of that 2004 season. He started a game in the ALDS but was pulled from the rotation for the ALCS.
This year, he went 15-10, 2.87 for the Braves.
Interesting news on LoHud:
 UPDATE, 2:53 p.m.: Chad here. Didn’t want to start a new post just yet, but USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has posted on Twitter that the Yankees are making Nick Swisher available. That’s not the same as trying to trade Swisher, it could simply mean the Yankees are willing to include him in a deal that brings another right fielder. Or it could mean his name was brought up and the Yankees didn’t label him as untouchable.
Although the BA wasn’t sharp and the postseason was lousy, Swish has brought a fun element to the team. He led the team in walks (and K’s), hit 29 HR and drove in 82 runs. Being a switch-hitter helps, too. …and lest we forget, he had an ERA of 0.00 this year. (ha ha)   

NL CYA vote should be interesting.

I heard an ESPN radio guy talking about the NL CYA voting before going to a commercial. He mentioned Carpenter and Lincecum and went into the commercial. Excuse me? Aren’t we forgetting someone? Wainwright?

Here is a comparison of the three major candidates. Who would you choose?

Wainwright 19-8, 2.63; Whip 1.210; 212 K/233 IP
Carpenter 17-4, 2.24    Whip 1.007; 144 K in 192 2/3 ip
Lincecum 15-7, 2.48    WHIP 1.047; 261 K in 225 1/3 IP

Note what and where I bolded; A split. This will be very interesting vote.

But that is for Thursday.

As for tomorrow (Wed.), the AL and NL managers of the Year will be announced. I wonder where Girardi will end up. Many will say that he “was expected to win 103, what with the additions of CC, AJ and Teixeira and the rest of the payroll”. The expectations may cost him the award.

But let’s remember…expectations aren’t always followed up by reality—look at the Mets.

I got a nice message from my sis in CA the other day. It seems like she gets to see a certain broadcaster just about weekly since he attends her church. Think LONG time broadcaster, a legend, initials V.S. (hint hint).   

Rockies even series, LA up 2-0, Angels go one up.

The Rockies evened their series against the Phils by winning 5-4 today. I heard a bit as I was coming home from work.

Now as you know, I’m a huge baseball fan, but I had to turn the station off at times. ESPN Radio had Berman and Sutcliffe doing the game. I could NOT take Berman. A few minutes and off he went. WAY too much bombast.

Sorry ESPN, but please… on TV I could mute Berman. I can’t on the radio. Off he went. Between him and Sutcliffe…sheesh.    

Goodness what a way to lose. St. Louis is one out away from a win. Wainwright (8 ip, 1 R, 3 H) was brilliant. Loney hits a liner to Holliday, who botches it for a two-base error. A walk. A game-tying single by Belliard. A PB. Another walk and Mark Loretta turns what should have been a 2-1 Cardinals win into a 3-2 Dodgers victory.     

6th inning. Angels up 3-0 on a Torii Hunter 3-run bomb. 

Interesting news from Sam Borden. 

Update: The Angels finished off the shutout of Boston, 5-0.

Good reading…as the Post checks in on Tony Kubek

I have to leave in a bit for I have a busy day planned. Been busy lately as a matter of fact, but I’ll check in with tidbits from time to time.

Anyway, I did catch something yesterday that I’d like to pass along. It was an article on Tony Kubek in the NY Post. Kubek is going into the broadcasting wing of the HOF this year. If you can find the article on the ‘net, go on and read it. It’s a nice piece about someone involved in baseball as a player (ROY 1957) and broadcaster who just walked away from it all after 1994. But someone who hasn’t “retired,” but is still very much involved. Just in other areas. Search it out and give it a read.

Update: I found the link to the Kubek story so that you could click on it. Kubek, 73, played SS and OF for the Yanks from 1957 to 1965. He missed most of the 1962 season due to military obligations. An injury in a touch football game during those military obligations led to back trouble and a premature forced retirement at the age of 29, just short of his 30th b/day. The 1957 ROY was an all-star in three different seasons, played on 7 pennant winners and on 3 World Champions. He hit .266 with an OPS+ of 85. In his last AB in his career, Kubek hit a 2-run HR off of Dick Radatz up in Fenway.

Here is another nice piece, as Chad Jennings analyzes future Yankee needs.

…and MLBTR reports that St. Louis asked about Cano but when the Yanks said Wainwright, the conversation died….and quickly. Adam Wainwright, 27, pitched the Cards to the title in 2006 as he took over the closer role from Isringhausen. 2-1, 3. saves, 3.12 that year in the regular season, Wainwright was 1-0 with 4 saves in the postseason (15 K in 9 2/3), and Mets fans remember his freezing Carlos Beltran to win the pennant for the Cards.

Converted into a starter, he went 14-12, 3.70 (ERA+ 119) in 2007 and 11-3, 3.20 last year in just 20 games (ERA+ 133).