…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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
It’s the morning of July 20th and the Yankees are in first place. That’s exciting.
But, they have gone 34-32 in the last 66 games (since May 4th). And, that’s just treading water.
Something tells me that August is going to be make or break time for Yankeeland.
I am actually amazed that the Yankees are in first place (at this point in the season).
No question, Yankee Stadium has something to do with it. The difference between their home and road records, to date, is huge. They just hit so much better in the Bronx.
Can they keep it up over t he next 80 games? Time will tell.
That’s May 12th through and including June 23rd.
Their starting pitching is pretty bad, overall.
Does anyone think the start of June 2015 is going to be any better?
Yankees have played 35 games so far in 2015.
In their first 13 games, they went 6-7.
In their next 12 games, they went 10-2.
In their last 10 games, they went 5-5.
Any guess on how they will do in their next 10-13 games?
Now, this is putting the pedal to the metal.
That’s what it says here.
He’s playing like a man who knows Brian Roberts is toast.
Padres got him in the draft yesterday. He went high – as expected.
For some reason, he’s the guy who interested me the most in this draft. I think he could be very good. Maybe not Derek Jeter. But, for sure, he’ll be better than Matt Bush.
He’s a very exciting player – at least to me. I think he could be just as good as Jose Reyes, if things go well for him.
BBA America had him at #89 in their top 200 prospects list. Yankees took him at #55.
Short lefty relief pitcher with a fastball-slider combo.
At best, maybe he can be Billy Wagner or Ricardo Rincon. At the worst, he can be Joe Klink. In the end, he’ll probably be somewhere in between.
…and, the question is “Why?”
Somehow, I don’t think there’s going to be a line of Steiner Collectibles celebrating “The Foul.”
The story via the AP –
Derek Jeter jogged nonchalantly down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over.
For a star with a resume full of memorable moments, he then nearly made a blunder worthy of a blooper reel.
Jeter’s rare mental mistake helped give Kyle Seager his second triple Monday night to go along with a homer and a double in the Seattle Mariners’ 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees.
“I almost gave it to a fan,” Jeter said. “I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory.”
The play that confused the Yankees captain came in the fourth inning, when Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn’t come up with it.
With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he took several more steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.
“It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I basically just kept running.”
Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) hollered “throw the ball!” as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying “I thought it was foul” as he walked back to the infield.
“My emotions got the best of me,” Phelps said. “I was trying to scream at him to get his attention, hoping he didn’t throw the ball into the stands.”
Actually, this “play” just may become the signature moment of this Yankees season. And, that’s very sad.
…they should have kept some for themselves. Well, that, and, they should have prayed for rain after 8 innings.
I was at this one today.
Other than getting some nice seats cheap on StubHub, having my son get a free bat, not much positive to say about the trip.
When I saw the line-up, I thought “This is a major league team?” I got my answer once they started playing.
Via Wally Matthews -
The Yankees did not pitch well, they did not hit well and they did not run the bases well in their 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at the Stadium tonight.
But playing poorly was not the worst of their sins; even the best of teams can have a bad night now and then.
In this one, however, the Yankees weren’t just bad. They were boring, and that is a lot worse.
How boring were they? In the sixth inning, down by just three runs and with Ricky Nolasco, a pitcher with a 6.12 ERA still in the game, what was left of the announced crowd of 42,245 began doing the wave.
Not just once and not just twice. At least four times, the silly shouting and raising of hands circled the ballpark. Clearly, the crowd had no further interest in watching a game that on the scoreboard at least was not close to being out of reach.
On the field, however, it was a different story. The Yankees had nine hits, and three of them were timely — Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI double in the third, Derek Jeter’s single in the fifth that looked like it would score a run but wound up turning into a soul-crushing, inning-ending rundown thanks to the arm of Twins right-fielder Oswaldo Arcia and a rare baserunning mistake by Jeter, and Yangervis Solarte’s single in the sixth, that looked as if it would score Roberts — until a rifle shot from Arcia nailed him at the plate for the final out.
But it seemed as if the crowd had come in with little faith in the Yankees’ ability to score runs tonight, and with good reason. Time and again, their big hitters failed in clutch situations. Three times, Brian McCann came up with runners on base, twice with a runner in scoring position. He made an out all three times, ending the inning twice. He did manage a two-out single in the eight, which went nowhere when Brian Roberts flied out. Roberts also got picked off first after leading off the second inning with a single.
The sad fact is that right now, every team but the Yankees is taking advantage of their homer-friendly ballpark. Arcia hit a long solo homer in the second. Josh Willingham hit a longer solo homer in the fourth. Two batters later, Trevor Plouffe hit the longest homer of all, into the mesh above Monument Park, to give the Twins a 4-1 lead. All of them came off Vidal Nuno, who took the loss.
Meanwhile, the Yankees — formerly known as the Bronx Bombers — rank eighth in the AL and 17th in baseball with just 47 home runs, and have no player in double digits. (The Toronto Blue Jays lead the pack with 80).
“This is not a lineup that’s filled with a ton of power, so we’re going to have to put hits together and hit doubles and steal some bases and do some things like that,” Joe Girardi said.
The manager then launched into a bizarre justification in which he ridiculed people who said the Yankees were too reliant on home runs in previous seasons. “Now we’re hitting singles and now we’re not hitting home runs and I’m being asked why we’re not hitting home runs,” Girardi said. “I was thinking back a couple of years, people were asking me, well, all you do is score runs with home runs. What are you going to do when you don’t hit home runs?”
Girardi’s team provided the answer tonight: Lose. And lose boringly.
On the bright side, Tanaka is pitching today.