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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Yankees Links: Judge, Stanton, Torres, Britton, Chapman, and ALDS Game Recaps!

Yankees Links: Judge, Stanton, Torres, Britton, Chapman, and ALDS Game Recaps!

It’s going to be a tough few days to be waiting until we next get to see this Yankees team getting to play baseball again.

Luckily, there are other postseason baseball games that will be going on tonight, tomorrow, and maybe on Thursday (we can only hope!), all of which are very important in determining who will be playing the Yankees in the ALCS, and who will be battling in the NL for their Championship series.

As we wait until tonight at 7:00 PM to see if the Rays can take another from the Astros, let’s check out some news surrounding the Yankees now that the ALDS is over and swept!

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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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Yankees Power Their Way to Win 102; Keep Home Field Prays Alive

Yankees Power Their Way to Win 102; Keep Home Field Prays Alive

Sometimes, days just feel right. Even though I’m back at college in Pennsylvania, it seems as though this weekend, across the Mid-Atlantic, was the last attempt of summer before the cold mornings and nights of autumn begin again.

Regardless, this was a fantastic weekend that cumulated in a great final home game for the 2019 Yankees. A perfect sunny, 84-degree day with a 9 mph wind to center field. Oh, and an 8-3 Win by the Bronx Bombers, who have continued to live up to their nickname this season.

And that is also without mentioning the pre-game ceremony for current Yankee and future hall-of-fame left-handed pitcher, CC Sabathia. The videos from the event will make you cry.

So, now with wet eyes, and a lack of Yankee Stadium baseball until October, let’s get to the recap!

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Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

Nearly Perfect Paxton: Yankees 10, Rangers 1

After losing their nearly-historic streak against the Rangers yesterday, the Yankees made one heck of a statement tonight in game 2 of their series with Texas. James Paxton was as good as he’s been all season, the bats were no longer afraid, and the Yankees won in definitive fashion in the Bronx, 10-1 over the Rangers.

(Photo Credit: Brad Penner, USA Today Sports)

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DJ LeMahieu Walks-Off in 11 Innings for First 2019 Win Against the Athletics

DJ LeMahieu Walks-Off in 11 Innings for First 2019 Win Against the Athletics

It was a fitting end to the Yankees August campaign as DJ LeMahieu hit a walk-off home run (24) to win the game for the Yankees 4-3 after 11th innings.

The reason I say this is because the Yankees hit 74 home runs in the month of August, the most of any team over any month in the history of baseball. YES Network analyst James Smyth posted a great list on Twitter about who and how many home runs each player hit. Of note, 5 Yankees hit 8+ HR’s over the month, with Gleyber Torres leading the team with 13.

Getting back to yesterday’s game, the Yankees had to use 8 pitchers over 11 innings, as the hitters combined for 6 hits, of which 4 left the yard (all solo home runs) as they finally beat Oakland in their 6th meeting of the year.

Now that we got the W under our belts, let’s get to the recap!

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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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