Sunday, September 25, 2016
Jose Bautista has rediscovered his power stroke, and the Blue Jays will hope to ride it all the way into the postseason.
Bautista came through in a big moment yet again on Saturday with a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give Toronto a 3-0 victory over the Yankees. It was Bautista’s second home run in his last three games, after he also hit a tying ninth-inning home run vs. Seattle on Wednesday.
It’s really seeming like a winning season might be at risk. They don’t exactly have any easy wins coming up and Tanaka’s out and WOE is about as WOEful as it has been in years, so things are looking bad.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Blake Snell hurled five effective innings and Corey Dickerson homered, helping the Rays put another dent in the Yankees’ postseason hopes with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Tropicana Field.
Brad Miller drove in the game’s first run to help Tampa Bay take the finale of this three-game series with New York, which fell to three games back—with four teams to jump—in the chase for the second American League Wild Card berth. That spot is now held by the Tigers, who won both ends of a doubleheader at Minnesota on Thursday.
Snell struck out six while scattering five hits against a Yankees club that went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. It was Snell’s fourth career start against the Yankees, having made his Major League debut against them on April 23 in New York.
Obviously it’s not over until it’s officially over, but it’s about as close to being officially over as you can get. The Yankees are three out with ten to play. They pretty much have to go 8-2 or better to have a chance. That’s unlikely to happen.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.348/.360, 3.0 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.262/.320/.379, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.337/.410/.747, 3.0 bWAR)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH (.285/.337/.426, 0.3 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.199/.289/.346, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Chase Headley (S) 3B (.257/.333/.394, 2.4 bWAR)
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.306/.449, 1.8 bWAR)
8. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.214/.275/.329, -0.3 bWAR)
9. Donovan Solano (R) 2B (.308/.308/.615, 0.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.322/.406, 11.9 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.277/.347/.466, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.243/.329/.417, 4.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) DH (.280/.325/.537, 4.0 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) SS (.249/.306/.497, 1.4 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.243/.287/.469, 1.4 bWAR)
6. Curt Casali (R) C (.161/.248/.302, 0.3 bWAR)
7. Juniel Querecuto (S) 3B
8. Richie Shaffer (R) 1B (.161/.235/.323, -0.1 bWAR)
9. Mikie Mahtook (R) RF (.177/.223/.231, -1.0 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.247/.307/.456, 14.5 bWAR)
I miss Tyler Austin.
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. – As long as teams continue to pitch to Gary Sanchez, the Yankees should have a shot to get to the postseason.
Sanchez put the Yankees on his back once again Wednesday night, homering twice to lead them to an 11-5 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The 23-year-old rookie homered for the fourth straight game, driving in five runs as he continued his assault on American League pitching.
“It’s hard to believe what this young man has done in a short period up here,” Joe Girardi said. “You just watch him and he continues to come up with big hit after big hit. It’s hard to believe. I haven’t seen anything like it.”
I’m starting to think this kid Sanchez has a chance to carve out a major league career.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.257/.348/.361, 2.8 bWAR)
2. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF (.265/.321/.382, 2.5 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.327/.399/.710, 2.7 bWAR)
4. Brian McCann (L) DH (.234/.328/.409, 0.9 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.288/.344, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.307/.450, 1.9 bWAR)
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 3B (.276/.326/.402, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Mason Williams (L) RF (.385/.385/.462, 0.2 bWAR)
9. Donovan Solano (R) 2B (.125/.125/.125, -0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.257/.325/.411, 10.6 bWAR
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.279/.350/.470, 3.7 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.243/.330/.419, 4.8 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.281/.325/.534, 3.9 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.247/.305/.485, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.241/.285/.460, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.240/.277/.335, -2.3 bWAR)
7. Jaff Decker (L) RF (.133/.212/.133, -0.2 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) DH (.185/.267/.370, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.237/.273/.351, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.253/.308/.446, 12.0 bWAR
Gary Sanchez’s increasingly convincing candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year Award kept the Yankees’ postseason dream alive for another day.
Sanchez slugged a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field. Mark Teixeira also homered and Brett Gardner drove home a run for the Yankees, who won for just the second time in their past nine games.
I don’t believe that there is enough time to change the voters’ minds, but I’ve been convinced. I’d go with Sanchez for Rookie of the Year, but I’m an easy mark, as I’ve always been a “if it is close, give it to the guy who looks like he’ll be the bigger star,” which is why I think Manny Ramirez, Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton should have won Rookies of the Year.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF (.258/.350/.362, 2.9 bWAR)
2. Aaron Hicks (S) RF (.213/.273/.330, -0.3 bWAR)
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C (.327/.393/.698, 2.5 bWAR)
4. Billy Butler (R) DH (.283/.336/.417, 0.2 bWAR)
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B (.198/.286/.337, -0.8 bWAR)
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS (.278/.308/.452, 2.0 bWAR)
7. Ronald Torreyes (R) 2B (.268/.321/.398, 0.6 bWAR)
8. Donovan Solano (R) 3B (.250/.250/.250, 0.0 bWAR)
9. Mason Williams (L) CF (.444/.444/.556, 0.2 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.256/.320/.408, 7.3 bWAR)
1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B (.277/.348/.465, 3.6 bWAR)
2. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF (.245/.333/.424, 4.9 bWAR)
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B (.279/.324/.533, 3.9 bWAR)
4. Brad Miller (L) 1B (.245/.303/.481, 1.3 bWAR)
5. Corey Dickerson (L) LF (.243/.287/.464, 1.1 bWAR)
6. Mikie Mahtook (R) RF (.181/.227/.236, -0.9 bWAR)
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS (.242/.277/.337, -2.4 bWAR)
8. Richie Shaffer (R) DH (.208/.296/.417, 0.1 bWAR)
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C (.240/.277/.356, -0.3 bWAR)
Lineup Total: (.252/.306/.440, 11.3 bWAR)
Yay, Hicksy is back as the drive for 82 wins kicks into high gear.
Monday, September 19, 2016
BOSTON — Bad, bad Binder.
For those who thought Joe Girardi could not have had a worse performance as manager this series, he saved his worst night for the series finale.
The Red Sox finished off their four-game sweep, their Yankees massacre, with a thunderous 5-4 win at Fenway Park on Sunday night with Hanley Ramirez once again doing the damage.
Ramirez blasted a two-out, three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the fifth to get the Red Sox within one after the Yankees opened up a 4-0 lead. Then with the game tied at 4-4, Ramirez crushed another long home run over the Green Monster in the seventh off reliever Tyler Clippard to lift the Red Sox to victory and the four-game sweep.
The Yankees were still playing? I had no idea.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Hanley Ramirez created a wild walk-off finish for the Red Sox on Thursday night with a towering three-run homer off closer Dellin Betances to cap a stunning 7-5 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Ramirez’s second career game-winning homer came with two outs and capped a five-run bottom of the ninth. Ramirez’s homer, projected at 426 feet by Statcast™, was the longest that Betances has allowed this season. The drive came on a 99.3-mph pitch; just five homers in the Majors this year have been hit on faster pitches.
“I was trying to go to the moon,” said Ramirez. “That’s why I was sitting on a fastball the whole time. Just stay back and let it rip.”
While that was terrible, we shouldn’t let the awful end to the season distract from how enjoyable this last month and a half has been. These guys have made it so that next season actually looks like it might be fun to watch, which is a good thing.