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:

(Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP)

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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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Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Man, the hits just keep on coming. This team can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.  I really thought that we’d get some of the team healthy prior to the playoffs, but right now, we’re playing two men down, one man up.  Between the bad news on Hicks and injuries to Tauchman, Happ, Kahnle, Sanchez, and Encarnacion, it’s getting tough to keep it all straight.  Luckily, the Yankee front office has assembled a ton of depth, probably even more than it realized.  Still, I’d love to talk about a much healthier Yankee roster as we get closer to the playoffs.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about James Paxton’s run of excellence, sort through a potential playoff infield lineup, and look at a potential role for Jonathan Loaisiga.  Let’s get at it:

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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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Rays 2, Yankees 1: Rays Outlast the Yanks in Extras

Rays 2, Yankees 1: Rays Outlast the Yanks in Extras

Fans at Yankee Stadium may have been able to experience Game of Thrones Day today, but the real treat was the rematch between Ian Snell and Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka got the better of Snell on May 12th, and he did the same today. Unlike the a week ago, the Yankees’ offense and bullpen was not able to give Tanaka enough support, and the Yankees lost 2-1 in 11 innings. As a result, the Yankees lost their lead in the AL East, falling 1/2 game behind the Rays.

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