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NY Times: The Yankees Have a Consolation Prize: The 2018 Season
(28 Comments - 10/23/2017 4:39:48 pm)

Yankees.com: Yanks’ run ends with Game 7 loss to Astros
(64 Comments - 10/23/2017 10:26:13 am)

Yankees (91-71) @ Astros (101-61), Saturday, 10/21/2017, 06:08p ET
(296 Comments - 10/22/2017 1:14:36 am)

Yankees.com: Yanks can’t close out ALCS; Game 7 tonight
(39 Comments - 10/21/2017 8:21:48 pm)

Yankees (91-71) @ Astros (101-61), Friday, 10/20/2017, 08:08p ET
(261 Comments - 10/21/2017 2:35:49 am)

Yahoo! Sports: Passan: ALCS Game 5: The New York Yankees are actually likable
(93 Comments - 10/20/2017 5:37:09 pm)

Yankees.com: Masa-zero! Yanks blank Astros, lead ALCS 3-2
(164 Comments - 10/20/2017 1:58:50 pm)

Astros (101-61) @ Yankees (91-71), Wednesday, 10/18/2017, 05:08p ET
(274 Comments - 10/19/2017 3:10:10 am)

Yankees.com: Judge & fury: Yankees erupt late, tie ALCS!
(52 Comments - 10/18/2017 4:57:44 pm)

Astros (101-61) @ Yankees (91-71), Tuesday, 10/17/2017, 05:08p ET
(434 Comments - 10/18/2017 3:26:53 am)


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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Monday, October 23, 2017

NY Times: The Yankees Have a Consolation Prize: The 2018 Season

It has been years since the future of the Yankees has been as clear as it is now. A dynamic core of young talent, centered on the captivating Aaron Judge, is in place. Burdensome contracts — symbols of the checkbook strategy that the Yankees used to rely on to build contenders — are coming off the books.

It does not take pinstriped glasses to envision World Series title No. 28 in the near future — with 29 and 30 not that far behind.

In effect, this Yankees season, which did not end until a Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series on Saturday, was an affirmation of an organizational evolution, one in which the impetuous has largely given way to the meticulous.

And yet, in the somber aftermath of Saturday’s defeat, it was hard not to recognize the inevitable uncertainty of the winter ahead.

Part of what made this season special—and it was special despite how it ended—was that it was a surprise.  Nobody expected Aaron Judge to do what he did this year.  Few expected the season Luis Severino ended up having.  Raise your hand if you saw Chad Green coming?

The Yankees could very well be better in 2018 than they were this year, but it’s not a given.  They do have to replace several important parts of the team and it’s fairly likely we’ll see regression in a lot of areas that exceeded expectations.  But now we also are going to expect great things from them going forward, and while I’m optimistic it’s not a given.  Houston isn’t really going anywhere any time soon.  Cleveland will probably be a top team again next year.  Boston is always around and always irritating.

I’m not so sure 2018 is going to be a consolation prize, especially with Hal-Cap™.  The Yankees are freeing up a fair amount of money but they can’t spend a lot of it if they want to remain under that salary cap.  Maybe that’s better and will force them to give more prospects an extended look.  But it also means that there’s a good chance the 2018 team won’t be as good as the 2017 team was.

Still, the outlook is far better for this organization now than it was a year ago, and that’s pretty nice.

--Posted at 8:30 am by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Yankees.com: Yanks’ run ends with Game 7 loss to Astros

The deafening roars began on the first pitch thrown by Charlie Morton in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, and they didn’t stop. Solo homers by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning and Jose Altuve in the fifth rocked Minute Maid Park, and a two-run double by Brian McCann later in the fifth sent the ballpark into a frenzy.

The party was just getting started.

Only four years after losing a club-record 111 games—in their first year in the AL in 2013—the Astros completed a remarkable run to the World Series by beating the Yankees, 4-0, on Saturday night to win the ALCS and send Houston to its second Fall Classic.

The Astros pretty clearly outplayed the Yankees. The Yankees scored only three runs in their four games in Houston. You’re not going to win many games with that kind of offensive output. Morton/McCullers was just too much for the Yankees.

The Yankees pulled out one of their classic “Relievers performing only when the game is out of reach” games, with Tommy Kahnle giving up an awful double to Brian McCann with two outs in the fifth. Since the Yankees scored no runs, the game was already lost as soon as CC gave up a solo home run to Evan Gattis, but it was still brutal to see Kahnle unable to put McCann away with two strikes. Sticking with Kahnle made sense there, he just got beat by a mediocre hitter. Sometimes, good players suck. The Yankees saw that with D-Rob last night.

If the Yankees want to get back here next year, they really have to keep Tanaka, so hopefully that works out.

All in all, this was a productive season, but they need to do even better next year. Hopefully we get to see Gleyber next year!

--Posted at 11:31 pm by Brian Cronin / 64 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (91-71) @ Astros (101-61), Saturday, 10/21/2017, 06:08p ET

Yankees: CC Sabathia (L): (148.2 IP, 3.69 ERA, 3.4 RA9 WAR) vs. Astros: Charlie Morton (R): (146.2 IP, 3.62 ERA, 2.8 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.350/.428, 3.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .284/.422/.627, 8.2 fWAR
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .287/.318/.478, 3.9 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .278/.345/.531, 4.4 fWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B .190/.288/.422, -0.4 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .300/.338/.454, 1.9 fWAR
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .266/.372/.475, 3.3 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.344/.428, 3 fWAR
9. Chase Headley (S) DH .273/.352/.406, 1.9 fWAR
Team Total: 30.0 fWAR

Astros
1. George Springer (R) CF .283/.367/.522, 4.5 fWAR
2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .284/.352/.475, 3.8 fWAR
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .346/.410/.547, 7.5 fWAR
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS .315/.391/.550, 5.2 fWAR
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .299/.332/.486, 1.8 fWAR
6. Evan Gattis (R) DH .263/.311/.457, 0.9 fWAR
7. Brian McCann (L) C .241/.323/.436, 1.6 fWAR
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .303/.377/.530, 4.1 fWAR
9. Josh Reddick (L) RF .314/.363/.484, 3.5 fWAR
Team Total: 32.9 fWAR

This is probably the last game of the Yankees’ season.  It was mostly fun while it lasted.

--Posted at 5:42 pm by SG / 296 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks can’t close out ALCS; Game 7 tonight

Another dominant performance by Justin Verlander saved the Astros’ season for at least one more day and forced a Game 7 against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Verlander threw seven scoreless innings for the Astros, who got clutch hits from Brian McCann and Jose Altuve in the fifth and a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh by George Springer to beat the Yankees, 7-1, on Friday night in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park.
“For us to get to Game 7, I’m glad we played well enough to have home-field advantage,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s going to be here in Houston.”

The Astros, looking to advance to their second World Series, will meet the Yankees, who are aiming for their 41st AL pennant, on Saturday in a win-or-go-home game. Since the LCS expanded to seven games in 1985, home teams are 18-7 in Game 7s. The home team has won the first six games of this ALCS.

This reminded me a lot of the first two games, where every close call went against the Yankees (not umpire calls, although the strike zone certainly changed abruptly for Severino in the fifth inning), I mean just lucky stuff,. That is, until David Robertson came into the game and was just terrible. Honestly, I don’t know if I’d even want Robertson to pitch in Game 7 at all. He might have to be given the Chad Green Post-Game 2 treatment.

Anyhow, as we all expected when the season began, everything will boil down to CC Sabathia bailing them out in the decisive Game 7. Let’s hope that he had at least one miraculous performance left in that creaky old left arm (fun fact - did you know that CC is right handed? He just throws with his left hand. All the normal, everyday stuff he does with his right hand). Plus, let us hope that the second engagement for McCullers Charlie Morton (why are they starting Morton over McCullers?) is like Game 3.

--Posted at 12:33 am by Brian Cronin / 39 Comments | - (0)




Friday, October 20, 2017

Yankees (91-71) @ Astros (101-61), Friday, 10/20/2017, 08:08p ET

Yankees: Luis Severino (R): (193.1 IP, 2.98 ERA, 5.5 RA9 WAR) vs. Astros: Justin Verlander (R): (206 IP, 3.36 ERA, 5.9 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.350/.428, 3.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .284/.422/.627, 8.2 fWAR
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .287/.318/.478, 3.9 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C .278/.345/.531, 4.4 fWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B .190/.288/.422, -0.4 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .300/.338/.454, 1.9 fWAR
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .266/.372/.475, 3.3 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.344/.428, 3 fWAR
9. Chase Headley (S) DH .273/.352/.406, 1.9 fWAR
Team Total: 30.0 fWAR

Astros
1. George Springer (R) CF .283/.367/.522, 4.5 fWAR
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF .314/.363/.484, 3.5 fWAR
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .346/.410/.547, 7.5 fWAR
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS .315/.391/.550, 5.2 fWAR
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .299/.332/.486, 1.8 fWAR
6. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .284/.352/.475, 3.8 fWAR
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .303/.377/.530, 4.1 fWAR
8. Evan Gattis (R) DH .263/.311/.457, 0.9 fWAR
9. Brian McCann (L) C .241/.323/.436, 1.6 fWAR
Team Total: 32.9 fWAR

I never thought this series was coming back to Houston.  While the Yankees are now the favorites to win this series, they are probably the underdog in each of the two games that are potentially going to be played.

The good news is that Justin Verlander is no Lance McCullers or Dallas Keuchel.  The bad news is Luis Severino is no CC Sabathia or Sonny Gray or Masahiro Tanaka.  In fact, by Game Score two of Severino’s worst three starts in the regular season were versus Houston, against whom he pitched a total of 7.2 innings while allowing 15 hits , nine runs and four walks.  That’s not particularly good.  We all know that Verlander has dominated the Yankees all season, holding them to one run and averaging 13 K per nine innings.  Dominant.

If there is a Game 7, all momentum will have shifted back to Houston and it’s essentially a guaranteed loss for the Yankees.  The Yankees don’t have to win tonight but I am certain that whomever wins tonight’s game will win the AL pennant and earn the privilege of losing to the Dodgers in the World Series.

The fact that the Yankees have won three games in the ALCS is cool, but it would be even cooler if they won a fourth one.

--Posted at 3:54 pm by SG / 261 Comments | - (0)



Yahoo! Sports: Passan: ALCS Game 5: The New York Yankees are actually likable

The idea that this makes the Yankees what they are – that they’re somehow parlaying this status into motivation to win – is silly. No, this is something instead that’s embedded in them, that for years has motivated them, because so many on the Yankees roster found themselves at a nadir similar to Tanaka’s in May.

For Greg Bird, who missed most of the season with an injury after missing all of the previous season with an injury, it was: Could he stay healthy? He was Wednesday, and he drew first blood on Keuchel, who had entered the game with a career 1.09 ERA against the Yankees, with an RBI single in the third inning.

For Judge, first it was the horror of last season, when in his major league debut he struck out in half his at-bats, and then, after an MVP-type season this year, the clowns that conflated a week’s worth of postseason struggles with an inability to perform in October. It was dumb then, and Judge proved in dumber in the third inning, when he doubled home Brett Gardner to hand the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

For Sanchez, it was down in the minor leagues, where he had stagnated and his prospect luster had dimmed. Scouts never doubted his talent. They did wonder whether he would fulfill it. As his RBI single in the fifth that helped chase Keuchel and his solo home run in the seventh that provided the Yankees’ final run attested: Yes. Yes he would.

--Posted at 9:31 am by SG / 93 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yankees.com: Masa-zero! Yanks blank Astros, lead ALCS 3-2

The Yankees recognized that they would have to find a way to defeat Dallas Keuchel or Justin Verlander in order to advance, and they attacked that challenge head on. Having toppled one of the Astros’ aces to move within one win of the 41st World Series in franchise history, they will now focus their attention on the other.
The Bombers’ new core of Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius all contributed run-scoring hits to back Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant effort as the Yankees remained unbeaten at home this postseason, defeating the Astros, 5-0, in Wednesday’s Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

“We have a great group of guys. We’re always positive,” Sanchez said through an interpreter. “As you know, it’s a long season and there’s up and downs. The important thing is that we always stayed positive, and now we have one more game to get to the World Series. We’ll focus on that.”

That was pretty damned amazing. Keuchel had been next to unhittable against the Yankees (SG showed the stats the other day - just insane) and the Yankees managed to get 4 runs off of him! Meanwhile, Tanaka is making himself so much goddamn money with his postseason performance this year. He’s truly the definition of the “Big Game Pitcher.” Hopefully he somehow doesn’t opt out.

So here we are - the Yankees need to win 1 of the next 2 games to make it to the World Series. Just stunning. The bad news for the Yankees (and the hope for the Astros) is that Justin Verlander is pitching Game 6 and he will be tough to beat, especially at home. You really want to avoid a winner takes all Game 7, so the Yankees need to find a way to figure Verlander out somehow. It does not seem to be particularly likely, but hey, ya never know! Hopefully Luis Severino has a good game on Friday.

Just a remarkable turn of events for the Yankees.

--Posted at 2:53 am by Brian Cronin / 164 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Astros (101-61) @ Yankees (91-71), Wednesday, 10/18/2017, 05:08p ET

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (L): (145.2 IP, 2.90 ERA, 4.5 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (178.1 IP, 4.74 ERA, 1.7 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Astros
1. George Springer (R) CF .283/.367/.522, 4.5 fWAR
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF .314/.363/.484, 3.5 fWAR
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .346/.410/.547, 7.5 fWAR
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS .315/.391/.550, 5.2 fWAR
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .299/.332/.486, 1.8 fWAR
6. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .284/.352/.475, 3.8 fWAR
7. Carlos Beltran (S) DH .231/.283/.383, -1.1 fWAR
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .303/.377/.530, 4.1 fWAR
9. Brian McCann (L) C .241/.323/.436, 1.6 fWAR
Team Total: 30.9 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.350/.428, 3.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .284/.422/.627, 8.2 fWAR
3. Gary Sanchez (R) C .278/.345/.531, 4.4 fWAR
4. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .287/.318/.478, 3.9 fWAR
5. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .266/.372/.475, 3.3 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .300/.338/.454, 1.9 fWAR
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B .190/.288/.422, -0.4 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.344/.428, 3 fWAR
9. Chase Headley (S) DH .273/.352/.406, 1.9 fWAR
Team Total: 30.0 fWAR

How can we put Dallas Keuchel’s career dominance over the Yankees into perspective?  How about some data?

Player PA AB Hits 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP K BA OBA Slug% OPS
Dallas Keuchel 212 204 37 7 0 0 8 8 0 62 .181 .210 0.216 .426
Lee Smith 123 112 19 2 0 1 4 11 0 34 .170 .244 0.214 .458
Grant Jackson 115 108 19 3 0 2 10 5 1 23 .176 .217 0.259 .476
Dave McNally 126 111 19 5 0 0 4 13 1 15 .171 .262 0.216 .478
Darren O’Day 182 161 27 2 0 3 9 19 1 45 .168 .258 0.236 .494
Casey Janssen 159 149 28 5 0 2 13 7 3 41 .188 .239 0.262 .501
Pete Harnisch 122 112 22 3 1 0 6 10 0 28 .196 .262 0.241 .503
Greg Minton 112 100 20 1 0 1 7 11 0 10 .200 .277 0.24 .517
Steven Wright 125 115 20 3 0 3 8 9 1 25 .174 .240 0.278 .518
Salome Barojas 213 198 42 3 0 2 15 12 2 25 .212 .263 0.258 .521
Mark Eichhorn 190 170 32 9 0 2 21 15 4 33 .188 .268 0.276 .544
Drew Smyly 159 150 26 5 0 6 9 8 1 42 .173 .220 0.327 .547
Woodie Fryman 113 102 21 0 0 2 6 11 0 17 .206 .283 0.265 .548
Corey Kluber 187 178 33 10 0 5 12 7 2 58 .185 .225 0.326 .551
Koji Uehara 160 156 30 5 0 6 10 4 0 52 .192 .212 0.34 .552
Chris Sale 348 322 61 12 1 8 19 19 6 111 .189 .247 0.307 .554
Jim Barr 113 106 25 2 0 1 5 7 0 6 .236 .283 0.283 .566
Danys Baez 191 174 34 5 1 4 19 16 0 41 .195 .262 0.305 .567
Frank Castillo 159 145 29 4 0 4 9 11 1 20 .200 .258 0.31 .568
Jim Todd 134 121 26 2 0 2 14 13 0 9 .215 .291 0.281 .572

What does this table show?  It is the top 20 career splits for everyone who has faced at least 100 Yankee batters over their career (data goes back to 1974), sorted by OPS in ascending order.  I’ve added Keuchel’s two postseason starts to the data.

Yep.  Keuchel has arguably been the most effective pitcher against the Yankees EVER.  If you want to get even more annoyed by this, note that Keuchel has a career ERA of 1.09 and FIP of 1.47 vs. the Yankees, compared to career ERA/FIP of:

vs. Boston: 9.88/5.93
vs. Tampa Bay: 4.78/4.00

The good news is that Dallas Keuchel is no Justin Verlander or Lance McCullers.  The bad news is Masahiro Tanaka is no Luis Severino or CC Sabathia or Sonny Gray.  With Friday’s game a guaranteed loss, the Yankees have to win today to at least make Houston tire out a bit before their destined trip to the World Series vs. the Dodgers, and to at least let the fans at DNYS go home happy one more time.

The fact that the Yankees have won two games in the ALCS is cool, but it would be even cooler if they won a third one.

--Posted at 1:46 pm by SG / 274 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Judge & fury: Yankees erupt late, tie ALCS!

There is no quit in these “Baby Bombers,” and as their youthful exuberance fuels an incredible postseason run, they have summoned the excitement of Bronx Octobers past. The triple decks of Yankee Stadium are being transformed into a deafening, swaying party zone on a nightly basis.

Aaron Judge homered and delivered a game-tying hit, while Gary Sanchez crushed the go-ahead double in a decisive four-run eighth as the Yankees stunned the Astros with a 6-4 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday to even the American League Championship Series at two games apiece.

“That ballpark is alive. It was unbelievable,” Judge said. “That stadium was rocking, the fans were going crazy. I didn’t know what to do after I touched home plate. That’s why we play this game, for a moment like that.”
Nine outs away from having to face Dallas Keuchel with their season on the line, Judge sparked the Yankees’ comeback from a four-run deficit with his third homer of the postseason, a solo drive to Monument Park that chased starter Lance McCullers Jr. The Yanks rallied for six unanswered runs, ensuring the ALCS presented by Camping World will be completed in Houston. In best-of-seven LCS, teams that win Game 5 to go ahead 3-2 have gone on to win 13 of 16 times.

Yes, they did, indeed, put an exclamation mark in their headlines. MLB.com headlines are so weird. First CC-sick and now an exclamation mark in a headline.

Anyhow, that, of course, was just incredible. Down 4-0 after six and a half innings (Sonny Gray battled like crazy - good for him), the Yankees then scored 6 unanswered runs to win the ballgame. Excellent.

Not only that, but D-Rob and Chapman barely pitched and Tommy Kahnle did not pitch at all, so all three pitchers should be available to pitch multiple innings, if need be, in Wednesday’s Game 5. Hopefully Tanaka can pitch like he did against the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS.

An underrated aspect of Game 4? The asshole fan who did not just reach over the fence on Judge’s game-tying double, but made a huge effort to reach over the fence on the hit. What a selfish asshole. There is a possibility that they could have ruled that fan interference. Just inexplicably terrible behavior from that fan.

Judge is hot right now and when Judge is hot, well, that’s a good thing. Let’s just hope that a hot Judge can actually do something against Keuchel. And, of course, let’s hope that Tanaka pitches well.

--Posted at 12:48 am by Brian Cronin / 52 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Astros (101-61) @ Yankees (91-71), Tuesday, 10/17/2017, 05:08p ET

Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (R): (118.2 IP, 4.25 ERA, 1.4 RA9 WAR) vs. Yankees: Sonny Gray (R): (162.1 IP, 3.55 ERA, 2.6 RA9 WAR)

Lineups
Astros
1. George Springer (R) CF .283/.367/.522, 4.5 fWAR
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF .314/.363/.484, 3.5 fWAR
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B .346/.410/.547, 7.5 fWAR
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS .315/.391/.550, 5.2 fWAR
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B .299/.332/.486, 1.8 fWAR
6. Alex Bregman (R) 3B .284/.352/.475, 3.8 fWAR
7. Carlos Beltran (S) DH .231/.283/.383, -1.1 fWAR
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) LF .303/.377/.530, 4.1 fWAR
9. Brian McCann (L) C .241/.323/.436, 1.6 fWAR
Team Total: 30.9 fWAR

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .264/.350/.428, 3.8 fWAR
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF .284/.422/.627, 8.2 fWAR
3. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .287/.318/.478, 3.9 fWAR
4. Gary Sanchez (R) DH .278/.345/.531, 4.4 fWAR
5. Greg Bird (L) 1B .190/.288/.422, -0.4 fWAR
6. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .300/.338/.454, 1.9 fWAR
7. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .266/.372/.475, 3.3 fWAR
8. Todd Frazier (R) 3B .213/.344/.428, 3 fWAR
9. Austin Romine (R) C .218/.272/.293, -0.6 fWAR
Team Total: 27.5 fWAR

I was thinking the Yankees need more Austin Romine in the lineup.  Just not in the FREAKING ALCS.  I’d assume this means pinch-hitting at some point and losing the DH and severly hindering how long the team can deploy their relievers since they’ll have to keep pinch-hitting for them.

The good news is that Lance Mucullers is no Dallas Keuchel or Justin Verlander.  The bad news is Sonny Gray is no Masahiro Tanaka or Luis Severino or CC Sabathia.  With tomorrow’s game a guaranteed loss, the Yankees have to win today to at least prevent Houston from celebrating in Yankee Stadium when they wrap up the ALCS. 

The fact that the Yankees won a game in the ALCS is cool, but it would be even cooler if they won a second one.

--Posted at 12:59 pm by SG / 434 Comments | - (0)



Yankees.com: Yanks, Judge make Astros CC sick in G3

Each of the three October contests between the Astros and Yankees have featured loud chants of “M-V-P!” echoing throughout a sold-out venue. Jose Altuve’s fantastic season has continued for Houston, but Monday night’s plaudits were for Aaron Judge, as the Yanks’ rookie right fielder enjoyed a postseason performance for the ages at Yankee Stadium.
Judge crushed a three-run homer in the fourth inning and made several splendid defensive plays, including a fearless crash into the right-field wall in the top of the fourth, as he made his presence felt by powering the Yankees’ surge in an 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

I don’t see how the Yankees just let CC Sabathia go after all he’s done this season and the postseason.

Great win and it gave the Yankees the all-important Pythagoras advantage in the series. Thank goodness Aaron Judge had a good game, as it was getting brutal hearing the coverage he was getting.

Anyhow, the season (more or less) turns on Tuesday afternoon’s game. The Yankees have been avoiding Sonny Gray all postseason since he was bad in Game 1 of the ALDS. Let’s hope that he proves everybody wrong in Game 2! The Astros are countering with Lance McCullers, who has had success against the Yankees, over their normal #4 starter, Brad Peacock. Let’s hope that that was a mistake on their part!

--Posted at 6:02 am by Brian Cronin / 48 Comments | - (0)



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