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 Move to 1 Win from the ALCS - Beat Twins 8-2 at Home

Yanks Move to 1 Win from the ALCS - Beat Twins 8-2 at Home

The ALDS match-up between the Yankees and Twins has been billed as a series featuring two powerful offenses forced to bludgeon each other into submission. Thus far, only one side has lived up to that billing. Yankee pitching remained highly effective early Saturday evening, while the Yanks’ offense remained highly potent, pushing the Twins to the brink with an 8-2 win to move ahead in the ALDS 2-0 over the Twins. With the win, the Yankees have a chance to move on with a sweep on Monday night in Minnesota. For now though, the Yankees and their fans can revel in yet another dominant performance.

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The (Very) Early Returns on Luis Severino

The (Very) Early Returns on Luis Severino

The Yankees’ rotation has been scrutinized, analyzed, and generally evaluated as thin and weak when compared to other World Series rosters such as the Astros and the Dodgers. Certainly, the rotation had its struggles throughout the 2019 season, and the lack of depth in the rotation has been clear at various times throughout the year. Despite the performance of the starting rotation for much of the season, the Yankees have been publicly optimistic about the pitching staff’s potential for success in October. Some of that is the natural optimism all good teams espouse to the media, but some of that optimism is the realization of the return of a lost asset: Luis Severino. Of all of the injuries the Yankees have faced this season, it can be argued that the most important injury this season was to Luis Severino. Severino came into 2019 as the formidable ace of the staff, and the Yankees have been without him for the entire regular season prior to the final weeks of September. Few teams are capable of winning consistently despite the loss of the ace of the pitching staff, yet the Yankees have prevailed, and look to be that much stronger now that Sevy has returned.

Despite the optimism surrounding Sevy’s return, there were significant questions about what Severino would look like when he finally entered an MLB game this year. For one, his injuries were all sustained in his pitching shoulder and pitching lat. Additionally, Severino had multiple setbacks during his rehabilitation program. As good as Severino has been the last two years, it was fair to wonder what he would look like. We are working with an admittedly minuscule sample size, but the early performance has been outstanding.

Severino has thrown 9 innings in two starts since his return, striking out 13 batters while allowing just 5 hits, 2 walks, and no runs. As electrifying as the results have been, the caveat is that both starts came against weak offenses currently employed by the Angels and the Royals. What do the underlying metrics tell us about how real Severino’s performance is since his return? I am willing to throw some of my usual caution and skepticism to the wind regarding the sample size, and I think the metrics tell us that this version of Luis Severino is every bit as dominant as the eye test would lead us to believe.

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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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Weekly Mailbag: German's Leave, Sevy's Return, Re-Signing Didi and Dellin, and CC!

Weekly Mailbag: German's Leave, Sevy's Return, Re-Signing Didi and Dellin, and CC!

This has been a long week, with a lot going on in the Yankee Universe. We’ll get right to the meat today, so let’s talk about German’s leave, Sevy’s return, think about re-signing Dellin and Didi, and salute CC’s career. Let’s get at it:

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The Bronx Beat Podcast, Episode 210: "Betances is Back! Severino is Back! Stanton is Back!"

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Paul Semendinger, is the featured guest on the most recent Bronx Beat Podcast. On this episode Dr. Semendinger and host EJ Fagan discuss: the returns of Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, and Giancarlo Stanton; the potential Yankees playoff starters; what to do about Didi Gregorius; the Start Spreading the News Yankees Blog, and more!

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Off-Day Musings and Analysis

Off-Day Musings and Analysis

The Yankees are officially in the home stretch now with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.  Barring some form of horrific, historic collapse, the Yankees will go to the playoffs and win the AL East.  While the remaining games have importance, and getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs would certainly be a preferable outcome to the end of the season, I am personally more concerned about finishing the season with as many healthy players as possible.  It will be a delicate balance, but Aaron Boone has a tough job ahead of him to ensure that guys get the right amount of playing time to be sharp for the playoffs while keeping the Yankees’ foot to the accelerator enough to win some ball games.

As we look to the last couple of weeks of the regular season, here are a few storylines I’ve thought about a bit:

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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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