Yanks Won't Go Quietly Into The Night: Defeat Astros 4-1 to Force Game 6

Yanks Won't Go Quietly Into The Night: Defeat Astros 4-1 to Force Game 6

Wow, that was one heck of a game. Many people had written off the Yankees after their loss in Game 4, but the Yankees had other ideas tonight. After failing with runners in scoring position all series, the Yankees finally broke through tonight. Verlander again proved that he can be beaten in the playoffs, and the Yanks were finally able to capitalize on hung pitches in the strike zone.

I also am willing to toot my own horn a bit: I thought that Paxton could go toe-to-toe with Verlander tonight. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek, I said in today’s Mailbag that Paxton would go 6 innings and strikeout 10 batters. Well, I was almost right: Paxton went 6 innings with 9 Ks. I’d say that I came close enough.

More importantly, the Yankees pulled the ALCS to 3-2. The hard part starts tomorrow night in Houston: re-create tonight two more times. Let’s recap tonight’s masterpiece:

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ALCS Game 3: Yanks Fall 4-1 to Astros

ALCS Game 3: Yanks Fall 4-1 to Astros

If I told you that Luis Cessa threw two innings, but didn’t tell you the final score of Game 3 of the ALCS, you would probably assume that the Yankees lost by a large margin. While the Yankees lost 4-1 to fall behind in the series 2-1, it was an exciting game, and the Yankees had Gerrit Cole more than once. Sadly, the Yankee offense was not able to capitalize despite the fact that Severino kept the Yankees in the ballgame despite pitching without his A-level command again.

The Astros are a great team, but games like Tuesday (and Game 2, for that matter) are the type that could make the Yankees lose some sleep. This was a winnable game, and what’s worse is that I’m not sure that anything could have been done differently.

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Yanks End Regular Season With a Whimper, Fall to Rangers 6-1

Yanks End Regular Season With a Whimper, Fall to Rangers 6-1

And so it ends not with thunder and lightning, but with a dull thud and a whimper. In the final game of the regular season, the Yankees fell to the Rangers 6-1 in the final game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Yankees have plenty to be pleased with, finishing the 2019 Regular Season with 103 wins in a year where it felt like the number of injured players often out-numbered the players on the active roster. The Yankees made a concerted effort to get guys some rest in the final days of the regular season in lieu of chasing the best record in the American League (and by extension, home field advantage in the AL playoffs). I won’t argue with that decision, as I think the Yankees made the right call trying to give guys a breather heading into the playoffs, though there’s little doubt but that this strategy impacted the on-field performance in the last few days. In the end, the Yankees just didn’t have enough to finish the regular season with an exclamation mark on Sunday.

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The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

The Weirdness of the 2019 Yankees

As the last month of the regular season approaches, the weirdness of the Yankees 2019 season remains extraordinary. The Yankees have exceeded most pre-season expectations as they have been in control of the AL East race since before the All-Star break and have a good chance of finishing the season with the best record in the big leagues. They have done this with Luis Severino, Deilin Betances, Giancarlo Stanton, and Miguel Andujar being non-factors, with Didi Gregorius and even Aaron Hicks having some value, but hardly being among the most important contributors on the team. Moreover, the team’s best starting pitcher, and only starter with an ERA+ under 100, has been Domingo German who was expected to be vie for playing time this season. Relief pitching is the only part of the team that has performed as expected as Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton have led one of the baseball’s best bullpens.

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The Umps Cost the Yanks a Game: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1

The Umps Cost the Yanks a Game: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1

Much as I try to be fair and unbiased, there is no other way to put it: the umpiring was as bad as I’ve ever seen it in today’s game, and there is no argument I’ll accept other than that the umpires cost the Yankees a game today. The Dodgers pitched well, the Yankees didn’t play their best, but this game is on the umps. Read more inside.

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Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

Yankees 11, Rockies 5: Yanks Extend Winning Streak to 5

The Yankees are quite simply playing fantastic baseball over the last couple of weeks, winning 7 of their last 9. The Yankees beat up on the Rockies on Saturday, winning by a score of 11-5 while extending their winning streak to 5 games. The offense did all of their damage without the benefit of a home run, Tanaka was efficient until a disastrous 6th inning, and Luke Voit avoided serious injury after a scary moment in the 4th inning. Add it all up, and the Yankees are one game from a sweep.

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Baseball Paradise

Baseball Paradise

Let’s start today with a bit of trivia: what do Aaron Judge, DJ Lemahieu, Jonathan Holder, Mark Teixeira, John Flaherty, Todd Frazier, Andrew Miller, Joe Girardi, and Aaron Boone all have in common? OK, that’s not a fair question, since I haven’t really given you enough information to answer - sure, looking at the list you would probably guess that each of these guys have worn pinstripes at one time or another, but that’s not all they have in common. If I expanded this list of guys to include Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Wieters, Albert Belle, Yan Gomes, Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Kolton Wong, and Stephen Wright, do you know what connects all of these guys? Yes, they all have played Major League Baseball, but prior to that, they all played summer ball in college for the most prestigious amateur summer league in the country.

Deep in the heart of Red Sox country, 8 teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), consisting of the best talent college baseball has to offer, battle it out on iconic small-town American diamonds across the peninsula of Cape Cod from the beginning of June through the first week of August every year. Not only are these fields filled with fans for the summer, but at any given Cape League match-up, it is impossible not to notice anywhere from 3-15 MLB scouts in attendance. Scouts are intrigued not just by the talent pool available for viewing on any given night, but also because the CCBL allows scouts the opportunity to watch players in game settings with a wood bat. For fans of baseball, the games are fantastic for a number of reasons: a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, admission is free (though donations through 50-50 and pass-the-hat are greatly appreciated), and you can get as close to the action as your lawn chair will allow. For hardcore baseball fans who are prospect geeks, the CCBL allows you to see some of the best amateur baseball prospects in the country up close from the same angle as professional scouts. The league is truly unique, and there is some magic at each of the Cape League’s fields. I have been going to the Cape for 1-2 weeks every summer for the last 25 years, and CCBL baseball is at the heart of every trip.

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Off-Day Classics: Game 7, 2003 ALCS, Red Sox at Yankees (The Aaron Boone Game)

Quick Programming Note -

Our Wednesday Night Classics will be called the OFF-DAY CLASSICS during the season. Rather than airing a video while a live game is being played, we will save the videos for days when the Yankees don’t play. This will give all fans a chance to watch some classic Yankees moments on a night when there otherwise isn’t Yankees baseball.

We will return to Wednesday nights at the conclusion of the season.

Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

Bombs, Controversy, and Another Man Down: The Yanks Reach .500

The Yankees came into Saturday’s game looking to win their second series in a row, and gain some semblance of momentum despite the vast number of injuries the team has experienced this year. Saturday’s rubber match had a little bit of everything: controversy, home runs, strong pitching, and yet another significant injury. Ultimately, the Yankees beat the Royals easily, 9-2, and moved to 10-10 on the season.

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