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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Pitching and the Playoffs

Pitching and the Playoffs

If you’ve been reading Start Spreading The News over the last month, I have no doubt but that you’ve noticed that many of us are gazing just slightly into the future. While it’s true that stranger things have happened, the Yankees will likely win the AL East and move on to the playoffs once the calendar turns to October. While we can sit and argue about lineup combinations for a fair length of time, I think that the most pressing concern for anyone who has watched the Yankees this year is the pitching staff. Ironically, while most observers are most worried about the starting pitchers the Yankees will employ in the playoffs, I think that the pitching staff as a whole could very easily be solid enough to take the Yankees to the promised land if the team leans on its strengths.

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Yankees Lose Game #2 Against Tigers, Now Sit 2-3 on Short Season

Yankees Lose Game #2 Against Tigers, Now Sit 2-3 on Short Season

Maybe it’s just the commercials talking, but are we sure that we haven’t entered our own “Twilight Zone” for this season? The Yankees now have 10 players on the IL (which is 2 more than the next three closest teams: Angels, Blue Jays, and Pirates), and they haven’t been playing great baseball against sub-par teams.

However, it’s not just a Yankees thing (thankfully) as their biggest rival, and the reigning World Series Champion Red Sox are having an even harder time getting started this season, with going 1-5. (Maybe this’ll be a repeat of 2014 for the team from Boston?)

It does seems as though just about everything that could go wrong- outside of having the stadium slowly fall apart- has happened in some capacity, with some interesting line-up decisions, early season blunders on defense, and lack of hitting with RISP.

Let’s quickly wrap this last game up though, so we can start fresh again today and take the series from Detroit!

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Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

Looking Ahead...The Day Before Opening Day!

The Yankees offseason strategy seems to have been that the Red Sox won the division by eight games last years, but it is very unlikely so many things will go well again for Boston. There is a possibility they are right about that, but that can hardly be called a strategy in any meaningful sense. When the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALDS last fall, they had some clear weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Their starting pitching was not strong enough; defense at third base was a problem; first base was at best a big question mark; and the injury suffered by shortstop Didi Gregorius created a hole at that position. 

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Who's on First-And Do the Yankees Care

Who's on First-And Do the Yankees Care

Although many fans would still like to see Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or both in pinstripes before the season starts, the Yankees have been very good at addressing major needs, such as adding James Paxton to the pitching staff, as well as more minor ones like adding Adam Ottavino to an already strong bullpen and LeMahieu and Tulowitzki to help fill in for an injured Didi Gregorius. The Yankees, by contrast, have studiously ignored the first base situation. It is possible that Luke Voit will continue to hit the way he did after coming over to the Yankees late last season, but if he does not, the failure to address the first base question could come back to haunt the team. Spring training would be a good time to see if aging veterans, career AAAA players or players trying to come back from injuries, could contribute at first base. Auditioning people for the job of left handed hitting most of the time first baseman during the season is a much less appealing idea. 

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Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

As the 2019 season approaches, most Yankee fans hope, perhaps even expect, that this year ends not with the team handed a defeat by the Red Sox, but rather with a celebration in the Bronx or at some yet undetermined National League ballpark. The question of whether or not the team is good enough to achieve that goal will be answered over the next nine months, but how we look at that question has a lot to do with what we think happened in 2018…

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The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

The Most Talked About Yankees Trade Is Completed: Sonny Gray to the Reds; Becomes 3-Team Deal Late with the Mariners Also Involved.

Moments ago, Jeff Passan of ESPN tweeted that the Yankees and the Reds have officially traded Sonny Gray to play in Cincinnati.

Currently, the total return for the Yankees is unknown, yet many reports before the deal became official listed that 2B prospect Shed Long will be in the deal, which Jeff Passan had confirmed would be heading to New York, for a moment.

However, Passan now reports that the Mariners will be getting Long, and the Yankees are getting back OF prospect Josh Stowers from the Mariners. Ken Rosenthal has confirmed this reporting.

In addition, it was reported that the Reds were talking to Sonny Gray about an extension by both Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman over this past weekend (check out our coverage from this past weekend, here).

Now, Ken Rosenthal is tweeting that a Gray extension has been announced for 3-Years (2020-2022), $30.5 Million (with a 2023 club option, plus bonus incentives). Keep in mind, Gray is already under contract for 2019 at a salary of $7.5 Million from arbitration.

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