…back into home field for the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game.
See you on Tuesday.
…back into home field for the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game.
See you on Tuesday.
Coming into the last game of the season, here is Alex Rodriguez’ BA/OBA/SLG line in his last 50 games played: .189/.283/.384 (in 187 PA).
Yes, that’s a one-eighty-nine batting average over his last one-hundred-eighty-seven plate appearances. Basically, since August 7th, A-Rod has hit like a pitcher in the National League.
As much as people want to give A-Rod credit for lifting the Yankees this season, they should also realize he is a huge reason why they tanked down the stretch as well.
One more Yankees loss and one more Astros win, and, that will be a reality.
This from the Yankees team who was in 1st place with a seven game lead on July 28th. They also had a 4-game lead in the wildcard top spot on September 23rd.
Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have lost 15 of their last 25 games.
Talk about trending in the wrong direction.
Will I watch them in the wildcard game? Of course! And, I will root for them and I hope that they win. (After all, I am a Yankees fan.)
Do I expect them to play well and advance in the post-season? No, not really…not at all.
I mean…have you seen them play?
Heck, they have gone just 66-60 in their last 126 games. (That translates to being a 85-win team over a full season.)
This Yankees team is a not a very good team. Yes, they made the playoffs. But, they lose as often as they win…for the last 23, 54, and 60 games. Sixty games is a huge sample size. That’s more than one-third of the season.
There’s no way this Yankees team is going to win 12 games in the post-season. They probably won’t even win one.
Yankees are 9-12 in their last 21 games. Further, they are 25-25 in their last 50 games.
What a way to limp into the post-season.
Shouldn’t you play like a champion if you want any chance to be a champion?
Yup, in their last 51 games, from July 29th through and including September 22nd, the Yankees are 26-25. That’s not exactly streaking towards the post-season, is it? I mean…51 games is like one-third of the season. So, don’t waive any sample size flags here. How can anyone get excited about this level of play?
He had a great run. Ninety years ain’t chump change. And, they were quality years.
When he retired as a player, he was easily in the Top 50 of greatest (Post-1900) baseball position players of all-time. And, today, he’s still in the Top 125.
Baseball lost a great one with his passing.
The Yankees are not going to catch the Blue Jays. That ship has just about sailed.
Luckily, New York has a pretty good footing in the wildcard race. It would take a historic collapse for the Yankees not to play in the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game at this point.
That said, they should start aligning themselves to have their best players – including pitchers! – rested and ready to go for that wildcard game…aiming to win it…and then advance to the ALDS (where they would probably play the Royals).
Trying to catch the Jays at this point is just futile.
If you are the Yankees, which team do you want to face in the wildcard game?
Of course, with Houston, you run the risk of having to face Dallas Keuchel. With the Angels, it would be Garrett Richards or maybe Andrew Heaney.
The Twins don’t scare me. Besides, the Twins never play well against the Yankees – especially in October.
Assuming the game is played in Yankee Stadium, the key will be keeping the ball in the park. And, the Angels do have some long ballers.
For me, I would say the pecking order is Twins-Astros-Angels, in terms of best chances to win the game. And, I suspect it will be Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and then Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. And, don’t be shocked if Betances and Miller are asked to cover 3 or 4 innings.
The bigger question for me is “Will the Yankees score more than 5 runs in any of these games at CitiField?” (I don’t believe that they will do it.)
I suspect that no one will sweep this series. And, Saturday will be the swing game – meaning whomever wins on Saturday will win the series. But, that’s just my gut talking.
That’s the number according to many of the baseball playoff odds sources out there, as of this morning.
Now, keep in mind that the Yankees are 12-13 in their last 25 games and 4-7 in the last 11 games.
So, how do you feel? Do you think the Yankees are a lock for the 2015 post-season with 18 games left to play – including 6 on the road, in a row, against the Blue Jays and Mets?
Personally, I think it’s going down to the last week of the season. And, then we will see how the Yankees do against the Red Sox and Orioles. Boston is 16-10 in their last 26 games. Baltimore is 8-4 in the last 12 games. If they can continue to play well leading into that last week, things could be tough for New York.
Lastly, without question, the Yankees MUST beat up on the White Sox when they play them this month. Anything less than winning 3 out of 4 is unacceptable. Chicago is 14-17 in the last 31 games.
In 1st place? Or, having clinched the wildcard? Or, on life support? Or…dead and buried? Oh, the next 11 days in Yankeeland are going to be interesting.
Including tonight’s loss, the Yankees are now 20-19 in their last 39 games. That’s about one-quarter of a season.
It’s no wonder why the Mets are taking over the town. Miss you, Boss.
I really want him to be the Yankees full-time catcher by 2017. (Let McCann and A-Rod split DH duty by that time – maybe backing up Greg Bird at first…since Tex will be gone by that season.)
It’s pretty much a lock that the Yankees have a wildcard slot this year, right?
Who pitches that game for the Yankees? Tanaka, Pineda or Severino?
Still to be played:
That’s a total of 33 games. Some should be easy – like the ones against Boston and Chicago. But, some will be tougher – like the ones against Jays and the Mets. And, some will be interesting – like the ones against Baltimore and Tampa Bay. Those dozen games against the O’s and Rays may just be the ones to push the Yankees over the top or sink their chances at hanging on to a playoff spot.
What’s the Yankees magic number here? Is 17 wins (in 33 games) enough to hang on and make the playoffs? Or, does the number have to be closer to 18 or 19 wins? What do you think?
Two months does not a good season make, does it?
Each one of these is different. But, they are all excellent and I highly recommend reading each one of them.
The Lucas book is an amazing story. It’s a book for readers of any age. Yankees fans born before (say) 1973 probably know about Lucas – thanks to listening to the Scooter talk about him. But, you have to read this book and learn about his incredible life. Of course, it’s full of baseball stuff. Phenomenal man. Fascinating journey. Just a wonderful read.
The Pine Tar Game is flat out fun. It’s more than just the game – it’s backstories galore. Some of those are great trips down memory lane. Others are new to most and super-illuminating. Bondy takes you down a bunch of different roads with this one and each trip as a great story. Great baseball history stuff in this one as well.
Pennington’s biography of Martin is a much bigger book than the other two reads. But, it’s the real deal. Think Jane Leavy’s “The Last Boy,” or Leigh Montville’s “The Big Bam” or James Hirsch’s book on Willie Mays. Without question, this book will go down in history as THE BOOK on Billy Martin. And, it’s a great one. You will not want to put it down once you start it.
You can’t go wrong with any of these books. They are the three best baseball books that I have read this year. If you haven’t read any of these yet, check them out. Again, they’re different types of books – compared to each other. But, they’re all great.
One quarter left to the 2015 season and it appears to be a three team race in the A.L. East: Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles.
Baltimore closes out the season with 7 games against Toronto and New York. That could be interesting.
And, the Yankees and Blue Jays still have to play each other 7 more times this year. Those should be fun games.
Of course, having two wildcards sort of takes the sense of urgency away from the whole thing, a little bit.
Since June 19th, Didi Gregorius has a BA/OBA/SLG line of .299/.343/.402 (in 180 PA). And, that’s impressive.
But, to be candid, when I see this, I think back to 2011 when everyone wanted to throw that “Kevin Long has fixed Curtis Granderson!” parade…and then the Grandyman went back to being “K”urtis Granderson.
Then again, Gregorius did hit a bit, at times, in the minors. Maybe he is just coming into his own now?
In any event, with the glove, while he’s not Andrelton Simmons or Brandon Crawford, having Gregorius in the field has been a positive, overall, for the Yankees (this year). And, he just might be the best fielding SS in the American League for 2015.
Via The Daily News –
For the first time in six weeks, the Yankees are looking up at somebody else.
The run as the American League East’s top team came to an end Wednesday night when the Indians handed the Yankees (61-51) a 2-1 loss, dropping them to second place in the division as the Blue Jays (63-52) won their 10th straight game.
The Yankees, meanwhile, have lost five straight and have seen a lead that was as large as seven games on July 28 disintegrate, relegating them to second place for the first time since July 1.
Seven games in a span of about two weeks. Poooof!
That’s pretty hard to do.
And, George would never tolerate it.
Coming off a series at home where you played like boys against men (versus Toronto), you head into Cleveland to play an Indians team with a starting line-up that looks more like a Triple-A team (than a good big league team) – and, you lose this game in 16 innings?
And, you want to be my 2015 playoff contender?
I don’t think so…
This year, the Yankees added another entry into a rather small group:
|1||2005||Texas Rangers||5||P. Astacio / Joaq. Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez / Ed. Volquez|
|2||2006||Colorado Rockies||4||Miguel Asencio / Denny Bautista / Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Morillo|
|3||2006||Kansas City Royals||4||Denny Bautista / Ambiorix Burgos / Runelvys Hernandez / Odalis Perez|
|4||2002||Cincinnati Reds||4||Jose Acevedo / Carlos Almanzar / Luis Pineda / Jose Rijo|
|5||2000||Boston Red Sox||4||Hector Carrasco / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Hipolito Pichardo|
|6||2015||Kansas City Royals||3||Johnny Cueto / Yordano Ventura / Edinson Volquez|
|7||2015||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||Carlos Frias / Yimi Garcia / Juan Nicasio|
|8||2015||New York Yankees||3||Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Luis Severino|
|9||2014||Cincinnati Reds||3||Daniel Corcino / Johnny Cueto / Alfredo Simon|
|10||2014||New York Mets||3||Bartolo Colon / Jenrry Mejia / Rafael Montero|
|11||2014||New York Yankees||3||Ivan Nova / Michael Pineda / Esmil Rogers|
|12||2014||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||Francisco Liriano / Wandy Rodriguez / Edinson Volquez|
|13||2013||Tampa Bay Rays||3||Roberto Hernandez / Alex Colome / Enny Romero|
|14||2012||Houston Astros||3||Fernando Abad / Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez|
|15||2012||Minnesota Twins||3||Sam Deduno / Francisco Liriano / Esmerling Vasquez|
|16||2012||New York Mets||3||Miguel Batista / Jeurys Familia / Jenrry Mejia|
|17||2011||Colorado Rockies||3||Ubaldo Jimenez / Juan Nicasio / Esmil Rogers|
|18||2011||Houston Astros||3||Aneury Rodriguez / Wandy Rodriguez / Henry Sosa|
|19||2011||New York Yankees||3||Bartolo Colon / Hector Noesi / Ivan Nova|
|20||2008||Baltimore Orioles||3||Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Alfredo Simon|
|21||2008||Houston Astros||3||Alberto Arias / Runelvys Hernandez / Wandy Rodriguez|
|22||2007||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||3||Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana|
|23||2007||Baltimore Orioles||3||Daniel Cabrera / Radhames Liz / Victor Santos|
|24||2006||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||3||Hector Carrasco / Bartolo Colon / Ervin Santana|
|25||2006||Arizona Diamondbacks||3||Miguel Batista / Juan Cruz / Claudio Vargas|
|26||2006||Washington Nationals||3||Pedro Astacio / Ramon Ortiz / Beltran Perez|
|27||2005||Kansas City Royals||3||Denny Bautista / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima|
|28||2004||Texas Rangers||3||Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Ricardo Rodriguez|
|29||2003||Kansas City Royals||3||Miguel Asencio / Runelvys Hernandez / Jose Lima|
|30||2003||Texas Rangers||3||Joaquin Benoit / Juan Dominguez / Victor Santos|
|31||2001||Chicago Cubs||3||Manny Aybar / Juan Cruz / Julian Tavarez|
|32||2001||Houston Astros||3||Pedro Astacio / Octavio Dotel / Jose Lima|
|33||1999||Boston Red Sox||3||Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez / Juan Pena|
|34||1997||Montreal Expos||3||Pedro Martinez / Jose Paniagua / Carlos Perez|
|35||1995||San Francisco Giants||3||Jose Bautista / Salomon Torres / Sergio Valdez|
|36||1993||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez|
|37||1992||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||Pedro Astacio / Pedro Martinez / Ramon Martinez|
Thirty seven times, in baseball history, to date.
The other time was 1978.
The Yankees will go 17-20 in their next 37 games, including the one this evening. But, what do I know?
If they prove me wrong, and win at least 20 of their next 37 games, then I will be convinced that they are a legit contender to make the post-season and do some damage in October.
Ball’s in their court. Prove me right, or, wrong, Yankees.
Now, watch…they will split the difference and win 18 or 19 of their next 37 games. That would be right on pace with how they have played in their last 73 games.