NYY 5, Houston 0

October 19, 2017 – 7:17 am

Yet another amazing win. Tanaka was incredible, throwing seven innings of shutout ball. And the offense was just as good, getting one critical hit after another, actually getting to the previously unhittable Dallas Keuchel for four runs. The roll this team is on now, you almost wish there wasn’t a day off before game six in Houston. But what the heck — I don’t think anything can stop this team right now!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 1 9 1
Yankees 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 X   5 10 1 13 3
WP: M. Tanaka (1-1)   LP: D. Keuchel (1-1)   
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, HOU – None

LOB: NYY 8, HOU 6   RISP: NYY 3-for-13, HOU 0-for-8

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NYY 6, Houston 4

October 18, 2017 – 7:17 am

What an amazing team! Through the top of the seventh, it was a total clown show. Only one hit, three errors, base running blunders, two unearned runs, and down 4-0. Then everyone comes alive, everyone is hitting and hustling and making plays, and voila — an incredible come-from-behind 6-4 victory to even the series. The Astros have to be reeling. And the Yankees are rocking and rolling. So now it’s basically a three-game series, with the Yankees having all the momentum. Onward!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0   4 3 0 9 3
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 X   6 8 3 3 5
WP: C. Green (1-0)   LP: K. Giles (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (1)
HQS: HOU – L. McCullers Jr. (6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, HOU – None

LOB: NYY 5, HOU 3   RISP: NYY 3-for-8, HOU 1-for-6

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NYY 8, Houston 1

October 17, 2017 – 7:17 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Astros 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 4 0 7 8
Yankees 0 3 0 5 0 0 0 0 X   8 7 1 6 3
WP: C. Sabathia (1-0)   LP: C. Morton (0-1)   
HQS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, T. Frazier, HOU – None

LOB: NYY 2, HOU 11   RISP: NYY 3-for-6, HOU 1-for-7

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Houston 2, NYY 1

October 15, 2017 – 7:18 am

That was painful. It’s one thing to get shut down by the likes of Dallas Keuchel, but getting just one run off Justin Verlander is something else. So now it’s a steep hill to climb, down 0-2 with the number three and four starters scheduled for the next two games. The bats are going to have to come alive, particularly those of Judge and Sanchez who both looked totally lost against Verlander. But it’s not like Houston is all that much better a team than the Yankees. Heck, over the last two months of the season the Yankees were better both hitting (5.19 R/G vs. 4.79) and pitching (3.83 RA/G vs. 4.30). So hopefully we can get things turned around quickly back in New York.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 5 0 13 1
Astros 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   2 5 0 4 3
WP: J. Verlander (1-0)   LP: A. Chapman (0-1)   
HQS: HOU – J. Verlander (9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, HOU – C. Correa

LOB: NYY 4, HOU 4   RISP: NYY 1-for-2, HOU 0-for-2

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Houston 2, NYY 1

October 14, 2017 – 7:17 am

With Keuchel on the mound for the Astros you had to figure that Tanaka would have to be near perfect to even give the Yankees a chance, so when Tanaka gave up those two runs in the fourth that was pretty much it. Oh well, if they can win on Saturday and gain a split in Houston, that should be plenty good. Severino vs. Verlander should be another good pitchers’ duel, but one that is a lot more winnable than this one was.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 5 0 14 3
Astros 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X   2 6 1 5 1
WP: D. Keuchel (1-0)   LP: M. Tanaka (0-1)   S: K. Giles (1)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR)
HQS: HOU – D. Keuchel (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Bird, HOU – None

LOB: NYY 7, HOU 5   RISP: NYY 1-for-5, HOU 2-for-4

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NYY 5, Cleveland 2

October 12, 2017 – 7:18 am

What an incredible win! Fantastic pitching — Sabathia pitched a great game, and then Robertson and Chapman came through in the clutch with 4.2 no-hit innings. And how about Didi Gregorius hitting not one, but two home runs off Kluber, the best pitcher in the league! And then “old timer” Brett Gardner coming up with the big hit in the ninth that for all practical purposes sealed the win. Absolutely amazing — down 0-2 the Yankees beat the best team in the league three straight. Just an unbelievable series.

OK, so at long last, I’m a believer. Bring on them Astros! There ain’t nothing stopping this team right now.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2   5 8 0 16 3
Indians 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0   2 5 3 15 2
WP: D. Robertson (1-0)   LP: C. Kluber (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (2)
HR: NYY – D. Gregorius (2), CLE – None

LOB: NYY 6, CLE 4   RISP: NYY 1-for-4, CLE 2-for-5

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NYY 7, Cleveland 3

October 10, 2017 – 7:17 am

Turnabout is fair play. This one was just as ugly for Cleveland as game two was for the Yankees. Thanks to six unearned runs, we live to see one more game. And what a great comeback for Severino — after getting knocked out in the wildcard game after recording just one out, he goes seven very strong innings while giving up just three runs. Plus, Kahnle pitched superb in relief, striking out five of the six batters he faced.

So now it comes down to Sabathia vs. Klueber for the series finale. It’s still a pretty steep climb for the Yankees — Klueber is the best pitcher in the league right now, plus the Yankees continue to struggle at the plate, particularly Judge and Gregorius. But hey, it’s now a one-game elimination and anything can happen. Bring it on!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Indians 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0   3 4 4 14 3
Yankees 0 4 1 0 1 1 0 0 X   7 8 0 11 6
WP: L. Severino (1-0)   LP: T. Bauer (1-1)   S: T. Kahnle (1)
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, CLE – C. Santana, R. Perez

LOB: NYY 11, CLE 4   RISP: NYY 4-for-13, CLE 0-for-3

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NYY 1, Cleveland 0

October 9, 2017 – 7:17 am

What an amazing performance by Tanaka and Chapman, particularly Tanaka. When he is on, he’s about as good as it gets. And so the Yankees live to see another day — although it’s still a very steep hill they will have to climb. Sure would be nice if the offense showed up in game four. Other than the short outburst they had in the first five innings of game two, they’ve scored all of one run in the other 25 innings. The top four in the lineup are hitting a collective .106. Time for them to break out, no?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Indians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 5 0 11 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X   1 5 0 11 4
WP: M. Tanaka (1-0)   LP: A. Miller (0-1)   S: A. Chapman (1)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – G. Bird, CLE – None

LOB: NYY 7, CLE 5   RISP: NYY 0-for-4, CLE 0-for-4

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Cleveland 9, NYY 8

October 7, 2017 – 7:18 am

It’s one thing to just get flat out beat by a better team, but it’s a totally different thing to actually outplay that team but lose because of an endless stream of screw ups. Sheez, CC Sabathia outpitches the Cy Young winner, staking you to an 8-3 lead and your bullpen blows that lead in just three innings? Joe Girardi has a total mind freeze and chooses not to contest an obviously bad HBP call? Ronald Torreyes is the potential winning run at second base with no outs and the top of the lineup hitting, and he gets picked off? After Betances put the winning run on first base, Girardi leaves him in when that runner was 100% guaranteed to steal second on Betances and thus get in easy scoring position?

Man, there were some ugly losses along the way this year, but this one tops the list.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13   R H E SO BB
Yankees 2 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   8 11 3 12 5
Indians 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   9 9 2 12 5
WP: J. Tomlin (1-0)   LP: D. Betances (0-1)   
HR: NYY – G. Sanchez, G. Bird, A. Hicks, CLE – F. Lindor, J. Bruce

LOB: NYY 7, CLE 8   RISP: NYY 2-for-7, CLE 4-for-8

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Cleveland 4, NYY 0

October 6, 2017 – 7:17 am

Well that was certainly painful to watch. But then, hardly unexpected. Right now Cleveland is just a much better team than the Yankees — better hitting, better starting pitching, better bullpen. And remember that in late August, when the Yankees were starting to heat up for their impressive stretch run, Cleveland easily swept them in a 3-game series at Yankee stadium. So basically this was just a continuation of that series.

And the bad news is that it’s most likely going to get worse in game two, as odds-on Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is on the mound for the Indians. Argh.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 3 0 14 3
Indians 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 X   4 5 0 9 6
WP: T. Bauer (1-0)   LP: S. Gray (0-1)   S: C. Allen (1)
HQS: CLE – T. Bauer (6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, CLE – J. Bruce

LOB: NYY 6, CLE 7   RISP: NYY 0-for-3, CLE 2-for-9

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