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Yankees (86-68) @ Blue Jays (72-83), Sunday, 9/24/2017, 01:07p ET
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Yankees.com: Flying high: Bird leads Yanks to playoff clinch
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Yankees (85-68) @ Blue Jays (72-82), Saturday, 9/23/2017, 01:07p ET
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Yankees (85-67) @ Blue Jays (71-82), Friday, 9/22/2017, 07:07p ET
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CBS Sports: Here’s why the Yankees are better than you think they are
(13 Comments - 9/22/2017 5:24:21 pm)

NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/21/17)
(62 Comments - 9/22/2017 1:41:14 pm)

Twins (78-73) @ Yankees (84-67), Wednesday, 9/20/2017, 01:05p ET
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TGS: Luis Severino’s start moved up to Wednesday against Minnesota
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Twins (78-72) @ Yankees (83-67), Tuesday, 9/19/2017, 07:05p ET
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NJ.com: What’s the Yankees’ magic number to clinch playoff spot? (9/19/17)
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Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.
-alskor

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.
sabernar

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.
OldYanksFan




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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Yankees.com: Judge (2 HRs), Yanks trim East deficit to 3 1/2

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each crushed two home runs and Didi Gregorius had four hits as the Yankees won for the second time in three games against the Rangers with a 16-7 victory Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The victory allowed the Yankees to move within 3 1/2 games of the Red Sox in the American League East. They also now have a 3 1/2- game lead over the Twins in the AL Wild Card race with 20 games left. With the Twins losing on Sunday, the Rangers remained 2 1/2 games behind them for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Judge hit two home runs for the fourth time this season and first since June 11 against the Red Sox. The 41 home runs are the second most by a rookie in Major League history behind Mark McGwire’s 49 in 1987.

It’s funny, for such an awesome win, there were still some some major sore spots. Not so much Greg Bird going 0-5, but the fact that Montgomery couldn’t even get to the fifth inning despite being staked to a 9-1 lead. And Dellin Betances sucked again in a super low pressure situation. Ugh.

Still, that was outweighed by the awesomeness of them scoring 16 runs. 16 runs, people! Two home runs for Aaron Judge, two home runs for Gary Sanchez and four hits for Didi. Amazing.

The Twins lost and the Red Sox lost (the Angels won). The Yankees now stand four games ahead of the Twins in the loss column and three games back of the Red Sox in the loss column. They’re five games up on the Angels in the loss column and six games up on the Rangers, Royals, Mariners and currently the Orioles (it could be seven if the Orioles lose tonight). The Red Sox host the A’s the next series, so that will not be good for the division race, but at least the Wild Card race is looking more reasonable. As I’ve been saying for a month or so, really, all they need to do is keep winning games and they should be fine. They’re now 12 games over for the first time in quite a while. That’s good.

The Yankees head to Citifield to play the Rays in a three-game set that was moved from Tampa Bay due to Hurricane Irma. CC gets the first game. We’ll probably see Jaime Garcia get a start this series. Hopefully he doesn’t suck.

--Posted at 6:47 pm by Brian Cronin / 45 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (76-65) @ Rangers (71-70), Sunday, 9/10/2017, 03:05p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (134.2 IP, 4.14 ERA, 2.1 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: A.J. Griffin (R): (69 IP, 5.09 ERA, 0.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .257/.347/.423, 3.2 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .279/.360/.430, 2.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .278/.346/.524, 3.6 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.323/.478, 3.5 fWAR
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.346/.476, 1.8 fWAR
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .274/.409/.568, 5.8 fWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B .155/.265/.278, 0.0 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.336/.393, 0.9 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .220/.276/.293, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 20.4 fWAR

Rangers
1. Delino DeShields (R) CF .279/.354/.380, 2.2 fWAR
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) DH .262/.363/.414, 0.7 fWAR
3. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .305/.347/.496, 4.2 fWAR
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .193/.287/.432, -0.6 fWAR
5. Nomar Mazara (L) RF .260/.335/.443, 1.0 fWAR
6. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .266/.376/.545, 2.3 fWAR
7. Joey Gallo (L) 3B .210/.336/.554, 2.9 fWAR
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .214/.257/.413, -0.5 fWAR
9. Ryan Rua (R) LF .208/.282/.340, -0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 11.7 fWAR

--Posted at 10:38 am by SG / 49 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks rally late, outlast Rangers in duel

After a dazzling pitching duel, the Yankees pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth to knock off the Rangers, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The Yankees trailed, 1-0, after seven before rallying and reinforcing their hold on the lead in the American League Wild Card race. The Rangers are five back of the Yankees while both teams awaited results of other games later on Saturday.
“The team’s going to hit,” Yankees pitcher Luis Severino said, of being down, 1-0. “They’ve got to do something. But in my mind, I just was thinking ‘I’ve got to keep this a one-run game.’ And that’s what I did.”

It’s good to know that Severino has more faith in this offense than we do.

Wow, what a great win. They did what they almost never do. They trailed all the game and then came alive in the late innings. Some of the key moments were Matt Holliday’s pinch-hit single in the 8th (Texas tried to force the Yankees’ hand by bringing in a lefty and then Girardi took out Bird and put in Holliday and Texas stuck with their lefty and Holliday got the big hit to move the runner to third. Chase Headley then tied the game with a sac fly), Texas failing to convert a seemingly tailor-made double play ball in the ninth by Judge that kept the inning alive and then, of course, Tyler Austin coming through with the big pinch-hit (is it really pinch-hit? Didn’t he come in to play first in the bottom of the 8th?) go-ahead single. Then Headley worked out a bases loaded walk.

Aroldis Chapman looks like he has put his nonsense behind him and is back to being the typical unhittable Aroldis Chapman. When you can routinely not only throw 101 MPH but can LOCATE your 101 MPH fastball? How can anyone really do anything against you? Girardi argued after the game that Chapman’s problem has been that his contact rate has been the same, but the balls have just been going for home runs more often. That probably does say SOMEthing about it (similar situation happened with Tanaka where they were hitting the ball the same percentage, but they were going for home runs more often than normal) but his swings and misses were non-existent the last few months and that’s back to normal, so I haven’t the foggiest idea. I still think he has a physical issue that had messed with his mechanics and now he was just adjusting.

Luckily, all of the other teams in the Wild Card race lost, so the Yankees opened up a three game lead in the loss over Minnesota and five-game leads over the Angels and Rangers, with a six-game lead now over the Orioles, Royals and Mariners (all of these leads are in the loss column).

Big game on Sunday afternoon, with the Yankees trying to win another road series. That’d be huge. Jordan Montgomery also has to prove that he can be a bit more consistent.

--Posted at 7:04 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Yankees (75-65) @ Rangers (71-69), Saturday, 9/9/2017, 08:05p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (169.1 IP, 3.03 ERA, 4.6 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: Andrew Cashner (R): (139.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 3.8 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Rangers
TBA

--Posted at 12:03 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Tanaka can’t hold lead as Yanks fall 4 1/2 out

The Rangers tightened the American League Wild Card race by rallying for an 11-5 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a three-game series at Global Life Park on Friday night.

The Yankees now lead the Twins by just 1 1/2 games for the top spot in the Wild Card standings. The Rangers remain 2 1/2 games behind the Twins and are now four games behind the Yankees after their seventh win in the past 10 games. Meanwhile, the Yanks fell 4 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, who beat the Rays.

Yesterday, I noted that one of the best things about Sonny Gray was that you know he probably isn’t going to suck when it is his turn in the rotation. Apparently we cannot say the same for Masahiro Tanaka, who was absolute garbage today. All of his pitches just fell flat. It was really odd, actually. Just a complete disaster. That said, the Yankees really need to score in innings later than the third if they’re going to win games, so the offense certainly shouldn’t be left off the hook, either.

Plus, Tommy Kahnle is broken and that sucks.

Big game for the Yankees on Saturday. Hopefully Luis Severino comes through. Only good things about last night were the Angels and Bucks losing.

--Posted at 7:25 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)




Friday, September 8, 2017

Yankees (75-64) @ Rangers (70-69), Friday, 9/8/2017, 08:05p ET

Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (154.2 IP, 4.54 ERA, 1.8 RA-9 WAR) vs. Rangers: Martin Perez (L): (157 IP, 4.87 ERA, 1.5 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.348/.426, 3.2 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .276/.412/.574, 5.9 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .276/.344/.527, 3.6 fWAR
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .313/.351/.484, 1.9 fWAR
5. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.323/.440, 0.1 fWAR
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .292/.326/.478, 3.5 fWAR
7. Chase Headley (S) 1B .279/.361/.432, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .258/.339/.397, 1.0 fWAR
9. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .216/.349/.396, 2.4 fWAR
Team Total: 23.9 fWAR

Rangers
1. Delino DeShields (R) LF .280/.357/.382, 2.3 fWAR
2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) DH .263/.365/.415, 0.8 fWAR
3. Elvis Andrus (R) SS .304/.345/.494, 4.1 fWAR
4. Nomar Mazara (L) RF .259/.334/.439, 0.9 fWAR
5. Carlos Gomez (R) CF .251/.339/.462, 2.1 fWAR
6. Joey Gallo (L) 3B .211/.336/.561, 3.0 fWAR
7. Mike Napoli (R) 1B .196/.290/.437, -0.5 fWAR
8. Rougned Odor (L) 2B .213/.255/.410, -0.6 fWAR
9. Robinson Chirinos (R) C .259/.367/.536, 2.1 fWAR
Team Total: 14.2 fWAR

--Posted at 3:57 pm by SG / 39 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks’ blasts back Gray as NY gains in East

The offensive philosophy that Gene Michael always encouraged the Yankees to follow involved finding players who could make pitchers work, steal an occasional base and slug home runs. When they did all three in the first inning of Thursday’s 9-1 victory over the Orioles, manager Joe Girardi remarked that they’d just witnessed “a Stick special.”

Wearing black armbands on their left jersey sleeves to mourn the passing of the longtime player, scout, manager and general manager, the Yankees hit four homers—including Aaron Judge’s 39th, reclaiming a share of the American League lead—as they supported Sonny Gray’s solid effort and notched their first series victory in Baltimore since September 2013.

“I’m sure he would have liked that,” said Brett Gardner, who battled back from an 0-2 count against Kevin Gausman to spark the Yankees’ three-run first inning. “He obviously meant a lot to this organization, and I’m sure he’d be happy about how the game went today. We don’t usually leave here winning the series, especially not recently, so it’s a good feeling.”

Very sweet of the article-writer and the Yankees to specifically pay tribute to Stick Michael.

In any event, huge win for the Yankees, as they open up a five-game lead in the loss column over Baltimore. If they had only held on to that lead in the previous game, they would have buried Baltimore, but hey, five games in the loss column is better than three!

Aaron Judge hitting a home run in the first inning was a nice treat. It’d be nice if he could hit some more home runs. It’s weird that Khris Davis also has 39 home runs. Khris Davis is such an odd player.

The Sonny Gray experience continues to be fun to watch. You can tell why you had to give up a lot of young talent to get a guy like Gray locked in for two more seasons on top of this one. He’s just a good pitcher who you can expect to at least not get rocked during his starts. That’s very helpful. It’d be nice if he was a dominant pitcher, but that doesn’t seem to be the type of guy that he is.

The Yankees head to Texas to try to win another series.

--Posted at 7:30 pm by Brian Cronin / 43 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (74-64) @ Orioles (71-68), Wednesday, 9/6/2017, 01:35p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (37 IP, 3.16 ERA, 2.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (157.2 IP, 4.79 ERA, 1.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.344/.423, 3 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .280/.362/.427, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.352/.479, 1.9 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.323/.472, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.570, 5.8 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.324/.443, 0.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .259/.341/.397, 1 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.345/.375, 2.3 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .214/.271/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 19.0 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .353/.382/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .273/.328/.507, 3.7 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.353/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.315/.470, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .292/.339/.504, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B .222/.315/.438, 0.4 fWAR
7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.418, -0.5 fWAR
8. Seth Smith (L) RF .271/.354/.461, 1.1 fWAR
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C .271/.305/.440, 0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.3 fWAR

--Posted at 12:24 pm by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Gene ‘Stick’ Michael dies at age 79

Gene Michael, the former Major League player, manager and executive best known as the architect of the Yankees’ 1990s dynasty, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 79.

Michael had already spent two decades in baseball when he was named general manager of the Yankees in 1990, the start of a five-year tenure that would define his career. From 1990-95, Michael built the farm system that would help yield four World Series championships in the five years to close out the decade.

Under Michael’s watch, the Yankees acquired players such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Paul O’Neill, either via signings, the Draft or trade.

“Stick was a great man with enormous heart and integrity,” Yankees president Randy Levine said. “One of the greatest baseball executives of our time. He was central to the success of the Yankees.”

One of the great pieces of luck in Yankee history is that George Steinbrenner was suspended at just the right time to let Stick Michael do what he wanted to do and build up a Yankee team that became a dynasty.

Rest in peace, Stick. Our condolences to his friends and family.

--Posted at 10:00 am by Brian Cronin / 15 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Yankees (74-64) @ Orioles (71-68), Wednesday, 9/6/2017, 07:05p ET

Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (37 IP, 3.16 ERA, 2.2 RA9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Kevin Gausman (R): (157.2 IP, 4.79 ERA, 1.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .255/.344/.423, 3 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) 1B .280/.362/.427, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .315/.352/.479, 1.9 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .288/.323/.472, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.570, 5.8 fWAR
6. Matt Holliday (R) DH .229/.324/.443, 0.1 fWAR
7. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .259/.341/.397, 1 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.345/.375, 2.3 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .214/.271/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 19.0 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .353/.382/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .273/.328/.507, 3.7 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.353/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.315/.470, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .292/.339/.504, 1.4 fWAR
6. Chris Davis (L) 1B .222/.315/.438, 0.4 fWAR
7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.418, -0.5 fWAR
8. Seth Smith (L) RF .271/.354/.461, 1.1 fWAR
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C .271/.305/.440, 0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.3 fWAR

I turned off the TV last night with the Yankees up 6-2 and Boston trailing 2-0.  At least I went to bed happy.

--Posted at 4:33 pm by SG / 16 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks can’t hold 5-run lead, fall on walk-off

The American League Player of the Month in August, Manny Machado shows no signs of slowing down.

Machado’s two-out, walk-off homer—his second blast of the game—erased the O’s deficit and gave them some late-inning heroics and a badly-needed 7-6, series-evening win over the Yankees in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
The win moves the O’s within a half-game of the second American League Wild Card, pending the outcome of the Angels game, with the Yankees falling one out shy of breaking their own hex at Camden Yards. New York has not won a series at the O’s home since the start of the 2014 season.

That’s a crazy stat about the Yankees not winning a series in Baltimore since 2014.

Anyhow, that was an awful loss. Since the Yankees have put together their “super bullpen,” they have had only three games where the bullpen came in in the sixth inning or earlier and then gone the rest of the game without giving up a run in a Yankee win. Just THREE games. That’s really not that hard to do. It’s pitching three-four innings without giving up a run while leading. And they’ve only pulled that off three times, and two of them were against the awful Mets. And to make matters worse, they were up 6-5 with two outs in the ninth inning and no one on base. So then Dellin Betances dicks around the batter ahead of the red hot Manny Machado and the rest was…well…a walk-off home run, of course.

The Angels, meanwhile, came back to beat the Athletics and the Red Sox came back to beat the Blue Jays in 19 innings (after tying the game in the 9th down 2-0 against Osuna, who has only blown one save against the Yankees in his career, and he ended up winning that one game). So that sucks.

So 3.5 back of the Red Sox (three in the loss), 2.5 up on the Angels (three in the loss), 3 up on the Twins (three in the loss) and 3.5 up on the Orioles (four in the loss) Plus, somehow, the Rangers are just 4.5 back (4 in the loss). Hopefully they find a way to take this series against the Baltimore Bucks on Wednesday.

--Posted at 1:26 am by Brian Cronin / 22 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yankees (74-63) @ Orioles (70-68), Tuesday, 9/5/2017, 07:05p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (121.1 IP, 3.71 ERA, 2.7 RA-9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Jeremy Hellickson (R): (34.1 IP, 6.55 ERA, 0.7 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .256/.345/.425, 3.1 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .277/.412/.573, 5.7 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .313/.349/.479, 1.8 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .289/.322/.474, 3.3 fWAR
5. Matt Holliday (R) DH .231/.322/.447, 0.1 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .144/.267/.278, -0.8 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .220/.354/.386, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .254/.335/.394, 0.9 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .213/.272/.289, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 15.8 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .363/.388/.603, 3.2 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .272/.327/.497, 3.4 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .306/.352/.539, 3.9 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .279/.316/.472, 1.4 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .290/.337/.504, 1.3 fWAR
6. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.300/.414, -0.5 fWAR
7. Chris Davis (L) 1B .224/.318/.443, 0.5 fWAR
8. Welington Castillo (R) C .300/.337/.518, 2.7 fWAR
9. Joey Rickard (R) RF .246/.280/.352, 0.4 fWAR
Team Total: 16.3 fWAR

--Posted at 3:54 pm by SG / 104 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yankees 2.5 out of 1st after comeback win

Starlin Castro homered and drove in three runs, Didi Gregorius slugged a two-run shot and the Yankees roared from behind to celebrate a 7-4 series-opening victory over the Orioles on Monday afternoon at Camden Yards.

With their third straight win and fourth in the last five games, the Yankees closed within 2 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Red Sox, who lost to the Blue Jays on Monday night, while moving three games ahead of the Twins, who lost to the Rays, for the top AL Wild Card. The Orioles now trail the Yankees by 4 1/2 games, the Twins by 1 1/2 and the Angels by one in the Wild Card chase.

This is really one heck of a playoff race, isn’t it? That series the Yankees have against the Twins is two weeks is looming very, very large right now.

Jordan Montgomery was actually pretty decent today, but with Chad Green so well-rested, it made a ton of sense to go for the much better pitcher in Green and he DOMINATED the Orioles.

Nice comeback win. They should feel proud of that.

Now hopefully they can do well against the Baltimore Bucks in the second game of the series, as well.

--Posted at 1:32 am by Brian Cronin / 28 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 4, 2017

Yankees (73-63) @ Orioles (70-67), Monday, 9/4/2017, 01:35p ET

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery (L): (130 IP, 4.15 ERA, 2.1 RA-9 WAR) vs. Orioles: Dylan Bundy (R): (155.1 IP, 3.94 ERA, 3.2 RA-9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .258/.348/.429, 3.2 fWAR
2. Chase Headley (S) DH .280/.361/.429, 2.2 fWAR
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .309/.346/.469, 1.6 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .290/.323/.471, 3.3 fWAR
5. Aaron Judge (R) RF .275/.407/.572, 5.6 fWAR
6. Greg Bird (L) 1B .153/.280/.294, 0.0 fWAR
7. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .217/.346/.380, 2.3 fWAR
8. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .253/.330/.394, 0.8 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .215/.271/.292, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 18.4 fWAR

Orioles
1. Tim Beckham (R) SS .364/.385/.587, 3.1 fWAR
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B .271/.324/.497, 3.4 fWAR
3. Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B .309/.354/.543, 4.1 fWAR
4. Adam Jones (R) CF .281/.318/.475, 1.5 fWAR
5. Trey Mancini (R) LF .291/.338/.507, 1.4 fWAR
6. Mark Trumbo (R) DH .246/.301/.415, -0.5 fWAR
7. Chris Davis (L) 1B .224/.319/.437, 0.5 fWAR
8. Welington Castillo (R) C .300/.339/.512, 2.6 fWAR
9. Joey Rickard (R) RF .249/.283/.357, 0.5 fWAR
Team Total: 16.6 fWAR

--Posted at 11:27 am by SG / 57 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks chase Sale early, cut Sox lead to 3 1/2

The Yankees set the stage for an exciting American League East race heading down the stretch by pulling out a crucial 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday night that gave them three wins in the four-game series against their rivals.

Fueled by a dominant pitching performance by Luis Severino and three solo homers against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, the Yankees slimmed Boston’s lead to 3 1/2 games with four weeks left in the regular season.

“This club’s gonna fight,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’re gonna fight, and we’re resilient.”
It was the last of 19 meetings between the Red Sox and Yankees, and New York won the season series, 11-8. The clubs could meet again in the postseason. The Yankees hold a two-game lead over the Twins for the first AL Wild Card spot.

Well, you certainly couldn’t realistically expect them to do any better than to take three out of four against the Red Sox, bringing them within three games in the loss column of the Red Sox. Meanwhile, due to losses by the Twins and the Angels, the Yankees open up a two-game lead on Minnesota Twins for the first Wild Card spot and three and a half games (four games in the loss column) on the Angels and the Orioles.

This, then, leads to a huge three-game set in Baltimore against the Orioles. The Angels play the shitty Athletics. So that could be some trouble there. Really, though, the whole thing is just win ball games. If the Yankees keep winning games, they’ll be fine. Remember, the Orioles and Angels are both just three games over .500. The Yankees are 10 games over.  Just keep on trying to stay at least 10 games over.

It was nice to see basically an opposite result of the Severino/Kluber game from Monday, with Sale being the one who gave up three solo home runs and Severino being the one who kept it strong before his offense crushed the relief pitching of the other team. Good job, Severino!

Good result to see.

Hopefully they do well against the Baltimore Bucks.

--Posted at 1:38 am by Brian Cronin / 5 Comments | - (0)



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