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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NYY 8, Minnesota 4

October 4, 2017 – 12:07 pm

What an amazing win! The big question going into this game was whether it was a good idea to start 23-yr old Severino rather than go with the far more experienced Sabathia, and sure enough we got that answer just four batters into the game. Down already 3-0 before even two outs were recorded and with Ervin Santana on the mound for the Twins, it looked like this one was over in the first inning.

But then the Yankees showed us just what has made them such a good team this year — an offense that refuses to roll over and one of the best overall bullpens in baseball. The top of the lineup — Gardner, Judge, Sanchez, and Gregorious — pounded Santana and the Twins #2 starter, Berrios, for seven runs in just four innings, making it a 7-3 game. And the bullpen totally shut down the Twins, giving up just one more run over the last 8.2 innings. David Robertson had what has to be the best outing of his career, going 3.1 critical innings and shutting out the Twins, pretty much insuring the win.

Absolutely amazing. And now, what a divisional series this could be against the Indians, the odds-on favorites to win the league championship. This Yankee team continues to defy all expectations, so you have to believe that at this point the sky is the limit! Bring it on!

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Twins 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 9 1 13 4
Yankees 3 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 X   8 9 0 5 5
WP: D. Robertson (1-0)   LP: J. Berrios (0-1)   
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, A. Judge, D. Gregorius, MIN – B. Dozier, E. Rosario

LOB: NYY 6, MIN 8   RISP: NYY 2-for-9, MIN 0-for-6

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Toronto 2, NYY 1

October 2, 2017 – 7:24 am

And so this rather incredible season comes to an end, with the Yankees winning a stunning 91 games, 20 over .500. It’s really been a tale of two different teams. For the first 66 games they were 10 games over .500. Then mediocrity set in, and for the next 70 games they played .500 ball. But then all of a sudden they got over some injuries and Aaron Judge started returning to his early season form, and for the final 26 games of the season, they went 18-8 (a .692 clip).

So now it’s a one-game crap shoot to see if they get to play further in October. The idea of playing 162 games to see who makes it to the post-season, and then to have this roll-the-dice format for the two wildcard teams is stupidity at it’s best. But what ya’ gonna do?

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Blue Jays 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0   2 2 0 8 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 5 0 8 1
WP: D. Barnes (3-6)   LP: D. German (0-1)   S: R. Osuna (39)
HR: NYY – M. Holliday, TOR – None

LOB: NYY 4, TOR 2   RISP: NYY 0-for-6, TOR 0-for-3

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NYY 2, Toronto 1

October 1, 2017 – 8:17 am

Nice to see Sabathia end the season on an up note, going 5.2 innings and not giving up any runs. The post-season is all about the pitching, and overall the top four Yankee starters (all that matter in the post-season) match up pretty well with the other teams. Consistency, though, is certainly a potential problem. And then there’s the bullpen, where the top relievers right now are all pitching lights out. Over the last 30 games, the combination of Green-Kahnle-Robertson-Chapman have given up just one earned run. Add to that an offense that seems to have found it’s earlier season form, particularly with Judge and Bird, and we might, just might do well in October. Of course, that all depends on winning the wildcard game, which by definition is a total crap shoot.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   1 6 0 10 2
Yankees 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 X   2 7 0 8 4
WP: C. Sabathia (14-5)   LP: M. Stroman (13-9)   S: A. Chapman (22)
HR: NYY – A. Judge, TOR – None

LOB: NYY 7, TOR 5   RISP: NYY 2-for-9, TOR 0-for-4

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NYY 4, Toronto 0

September 30, 2017 – 7:25 am

What a great start from Tanaka — seven shut-out innings with 15 Ks and 0 BBs. When he is “on”, there’s little doubt that he’s the best starter the Yankees have. But alas, his unpredictability all season long just makes him a crap shoot — something you really can’t have in the post-season. It will be interesting to see how Girardi ends up using him if the Yankees do make it past the wild card game.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 4 0 18 2
Yankees 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 X   4 8 0 9 2
WP: M. Tanaka (13-12)   LP: J. Biagini (3-13)   S: A. Chapman (21)
HQS: NYY – M. Tanaka (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 15 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – None, TOR – None

LOB: NYY 4, TOR 4   RISP: NYY 4-for-8, TOR 0-for-6

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Tampa Bay 9, NYY 6

September 29, 2017 – 7:24 am

Well, that was ugly. So much for momentum, hey? The loss by itself is no big deal, as the Yankees already have home field advantage for the wildcard game, and there was no way they were going to catch the Red Sox. That said, though, that’s two terrible outings for Sonny Gray in his last three starts. And his ERA for September is now a pretty mundane 4.58. That does not bode well for the playoffs, should the Yankees make it past the wildcard game. They need Gray to be his old consistent self.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 1 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0   9 9 0 6 7
Yankees 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1   6 8 1 8 4
WP: C. Hu (1-1)   LP: S. Gray (10-12)   
HR: NYY – B. Gardner, A. Judge, G. Bird, A. Hicks, TB – C. Dickerson, T. Plouffe, W. Ramos

LOB: NYY 5, TB 6   RISP: NYY 2-for-4, TB 3-for-6

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NYY 6, Tampa Bay 1

September 28, 2017 – 7:26 am

Good to see the Yankees keeping up the momentum going into the playoffs. Offense was solid up and down the lineup, and Severino pitched another gem. We’ll definitely need more of that in the wildcard game. Also, somewhat under the radar, Dellin Betances seems to be getting things straightened out. Four of his last five outings have been vintage Betances, giving up no runs and no hits. If the Yankees survive the wildcard game, having a reliable Betances would be a big plus.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0   1 5 1 12 2
Yankees 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 X   6 9 0 6 3
WP: L. Severino (14-6)   LP: M. Andriese (5-5)   
HQS: NYY – L. Severino (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR)
HR: NYY – S. Castro, G. Bird, A. Hicks, TB – A. Hechavarria

LOB: NYY 7, TB 5   RISP: NYY 2-for-10, TB 0-for-4

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NYY 6, Tampa Bay 1

September 27, 2017 – 10:25 am

Nice to see Aaron Hicks back on the field, and what an incredible catch he made there in the first inning — that ball goes for a grand slam and this game could easily have turned out totally different. But you do wonder just how Girardi will use Hicks in the post-season. Right now Gardner and Ellsbury are both on good hitting streaks, and of course Judge is on a tear. So I’m not sure where Hicks fits in come playoff time. Nonetheless, will be good to have him as a backup on the bench.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Rays 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 6 0 8 2
Yankees 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 X   6 10 0 7 8
WP: J. Montgomery (9-7)   LP: B. Snell (4-7)   
HQS: NYY – J. Montgomery (6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR)
HR: NYY – S. Castro, TB – None

LOB: NYY 11, TB 7   RISP: NYY 3-for-15, TB 0-for-4

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NYY 11, Kansas City 3

September 26, 2017 – 7:26 am
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E SO BB
Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0   3 6 1 10 3
Yankees 1 0 2 0 0 3 2 3 X   11 15 0 5 4
WP: C. Sabathia (13-5)   LP: J. Junis (8-3)   
QS: NYY – C. Sabathia (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR)
HR: NYY – A. Judge (2), G. Sanchez, G. Bird, KC – S. Perez, M. Moustakas

LOB: NYY 7, KC 5   RISP: NYY 4-for-10, KC 0-for-3

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