Thursday, October 19, 2017

Yankees Take Game 5, Could Clinch Pennant Friday

One win away from the World Series!

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I envision this. While I thought the Yankees would be competitive during the season, this was definitely not what I had in mind. And anyone reading this who says they did is a liar. Plain and simple.

What a pitching performance by Masahiro Tanaka. And how about Tommy Kahnle, who shut the door? Big time. Absolutely big time. Put all of that together with clutch hitting from the Baby Bombers, including Gary Sanchez's cake topping homer, and you have a 5-0 shutout against one of the best offenses in baseball.

Across the field, in the visitors' dugout, things must have been really tense. In fact, I'm convinced they absolutely were. The Astros played tight last night, no doubt about it. Their offense couldn't square anything up against Tanaka, and Dallas Keuchel was very pedestrian.

The Stadium crowd got to Keuchel. He all but said so in his postgame comments. But the Yankees seemed to change their approach against him, as well. It all worked out to 4R on 4H over 4.2IP. 

Speaking of the crowd, I think it has been the best part of the entire Yankee postseason. So many people blamed the New Yankee Stadium for the fact that it wasn't as loud as the Old Stadium. But, it wasn't the Stadium, after all. It wasn't even the fans. It was the team, and this season they set things right.

Is Luis Severino right? Last I heard he'd checked out fine the day after his injury scare in Game 2. Fingers crossed that he gives the team a good outing. Better yet, let's hope he pitches his team right into the World Series.

Travel day today, then back to the chase Friday. 👎

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Yankees Take Game 4, ALCS Tied 2-2

If the Houston Astros do any more celebrating this postseason, it won't be on the field at Yankee Stadium.

Down 4-0 in the seventh inning, it looked as if the Yankees would be facing Dallas Keuchel today carrying a 3-1 series deficit. They all played it off as not having that on their minds when the rally began, but how could it not be? 

All those terrible, stick-it-in-your-face celebrations that opposing teams put on, like the Dodgers jumping into the pool at Chase Field and, closer to home, the Diamondbacks playing Frank Sinatra after the 2001 World Series. (What is it with Chase Field?)  I just hope the Astros don't get a chance to do that at Minute Maid Park.

So many contributors to such an amazing comeback, but it's hard not to look at Aaron Judge as the one who started it off.  Aside from Starlin Castro, Judge is probably the next-most relieved that the Yankees came back and won the game. I was at work during his base-running gaffe, following the proceedings on Twitter, which wasn't fun, let me tell you. Based on that, I concluded that things were much, much worse than they actually were. He hit the home run just before I walked into my apartment, and that was all she wrote for the Houston Astros.

The Astros still had a 4-1 lead after the homer, and Lance McCullers, Jr had been cruising, yet AJ Hinch took him out. Why? It's not like the Astros bullpen is anything close to that of the Yankees. Well, I'm glad he made such a bonehead move. Keep it up, AJ!

The move of Austin Romine to C for Sonny Gray's start, slotting Gary Sanchez into the DH spot, proved genius. Gray pitched well, and Sanchez went 1-3 with a sac fly, driving in three runs. Romine must be Gray's personal catcher going forward.

Keuchel vs Tanaka today. You know the drill, guys. 👎

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Yankees Take Game 3, Trail ALCS 2-1

1. Be competitive ✅

2. Don't get swept ✅

All of my demands have now been met. As far as I'm concerned, anything that happens from this point on is truly icing on the cake. House money.

Of course, having to face Dallas Keuchel after losing today would not be optimal. Ideally, the Yankees want to get the series back to Houston so that the Astros don't get to celebrate on the field in the Bronx.

But, one game at a time.

As for last night, CC Sabathia was Senor Stopper once again. He is now 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA following Yankee losses this season. Who'da thunkit? I hope the Yankees don't give him more than one year on any new deal, though.

While Aaron Judge continues to struggle, he made his trademark easier to see last night, homering and using his height to rob two Astros of base hits. I don't know if he'll ever cut down on his strikeouts, but he'll always be fun to watch when he has nights like that.

How about Todd Frazier having the time of his life? He has obviously enjoyed himself since the moment he entered the clubhouse back in July, and lately it has shown on the field. It's so much fun having a local boy make good on the big stage. In Todd we trust!

Can't say the same for the other local boy on the team. Many are speculating that Dellin Betances has pitched his way off the team, and could be moved in the off-season. I hate to say so, but I think that I might agree. What a shame.

Let's hope Sonny Gray follows CC's lead today. Go, Yankees!