Wild Card Game: Twins vs Yanks

Girardi goes with the best OF. Holliday out. Headley sits -- early. Yanks at full Aaron strength.  Twins say No Sano!

Can Sanchez and Sevy stop the Twins from running? Can the outfield arms prevent the Twins from taking the extra base? Is Girardi's leash too short or too long or is it the Goldilocks' leash? Who will get the first PH attempt Holliday or Headley? Will Sevy be "on?"

Twins

Dozier, 2B
Mauer, 1B
Polanco, SS
Rosario, LF
Escobar, 3B
Kepler, RF
Buxton, CF
Castro, C
Grossman, DH
Santana, P

Yanks

Gardner, LF
Judge, RF
Sanchez, C
Gregorius, SS
Castro. 2B
Bird, 1B
Hicks, CF
Ellsbury, DH
T. Frazier, 3B
Severino, P
 

Game on ESPN.....ugh!

Game # 162: BJs (75-86) vs Yanks (91-70)

Season Series: Yanks 9, BJs 9

Magic Numbers:
     Division: 163 (for 2018)
     Home Advantage WC: Clinched
     Wild Card: Clinched

I was wrong, no Andujar at 3B. Some new guy named Holliday at DH. No Judge, Sanchez, or DD. Surprisingly, Monty on the mound.

BJs

Hernandez, CF
Urena, SS
Smiak, 1B
Bautista, DH
Montero, C
Refsnyder, RF
Carrera, LF
Barney, 3B
Goins, 2B
Anderson, P

Yanks

Hicks, CF
Torreyes, SS
Castro, 2B
Holliday, DH
Headley, 1B
T. Frazier, 3B
Romine, C
C. Frazier, LF
Austin, RF
Montgomery, P

Game on YES.

My Favorite Yankee Season...Ever

I wanted to write this post before the Wild Card Game and before a 162nd game that will be meaningless on Sunday. The Red Sox have won the AL East and the Yankees have home field and will host the Twins on Tuesday for the "All or nothing" format. I did not want any of those events to color what the 2017 Yankees have brought me this season. The season has been the most fun I have ever had watching this great franchise I have been rooting for since 1965 (or thereabouts).

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Game # 161: BJs (75-85) vs Yanks (90-70)

Season Series: Yanks 8, BJs 9 (Yanks need a sweep to win the season series.)

Magic Numbers:
     Division: After the Xxx Xxx lost last night I could hear fuster singing "Stayin' Alive."
     Home Advantage WC: Clinched
     Wild Card: Clinched

Still no Holliday. Judge gets half day in. Headley sits. Hicks in.

Once again the Yanks have a chance to gets HRs from The Big Three.  Looks like Holiday is out as the DH. Will fuster still be singing "Stayin' Alive" after the Yanks and the 'Stros have finished today? Who will be on the Toe Night Show?

BJs

Hernandez, CF
Donaldson, 3B
Smoak, 1B
Bautista, RF
Martin, C
Barney, 2B
Carerra, LF
Refsynder, DH
Goins, SS
Storman, P

Yanks

Gardner, LF
Judge, DH
Sanchez, C
Gregorius. SS
Castro, 2B
Bird, 1B
T. Frazier, 3B
Ellsbury, CF
Hicks, RF
Sabathia, P

Game on FOX.

Game # 160: BJs (75-84) vs Yanks (89-70)

Season Series: Yanks 7, BJs 9 (Yanks need a sweep to win the season series.)

Magic Numbers:
     Division: No margin for error (or loss).
     Home Advantage WC: Clinched
     Wild Card: Clinched

Sanchez sits. Romine squats. Yanks at full Aaron strength. Gardy sits. Still no Holliday!

Can the Yanks win the season series? Will Toe get to direct another Toe Night Show? Can the Yanks win without any Baldies? Can Tanaka re-gain his form ifs?

BJs

  1. CF: Teoscar Hernandez
  2. 3B: Josh Donaldson
  3. DH: Jose Bautista
  4. 1B: Kendrys Morales
  5. RF: Michael Saunders
  6. LF: Ezequiel Carrera
  7. C: Rafael Lopez
  8. 2B: Ryan Goins
  9. SS: Richard Urena
  10. SP: Joe Biagini

Yanks

  1. LF: Aaron Hicks
  2. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. RF: Aaron Judge
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. DH: Chase Headley
  8. 3B: Todd Frazier
  9. C: Austin Romine
  10. SP: Masahiro Tanaka

Game on YES and MLBN.

Game # 159: Rays (76-82) vs Yanks (89-69)

Season Series: Yanks 12, Rays 6

Magic Numbers:
     Division: Unlikely in the extreme. (That should get the fuster seal of approval)
     Home Advantage WC: Clinched
     Wild Card: Clinched

Judge back in RF. Bird in. Holliday Inn -- NOT. Headley in. T-Fraz in. Toe -- back directing the Toe-Night Show. No Hicks -- Yank and half-Aaron and half-Frazier strength.

Can the Big Three all homer? Can Judge continue his MVP push? Can any Yankee line up score runs for Gray?

Rays

  1. RF: Mallex Smith
  2. DH: Corey Dickerson
  3. 3B: Evan Longoria
  4. 1B: Lucas Duda
  5. C: Wilson Ramos
  6. SS: Adeiny Hechavarria
  7. 2B: Daniel Robertson
  8. LF: Cesar Puello
  9. CF: Peter Bourjos
  10. SP: Jacob Faria

Yankees

  1. LF: Brett Gardner
  2. RF: Aaron Judge
  3. C: Gary Sanchez
  4. SS: Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B: Starlin Castro
  6. 1B: Greg Bird
  7. DH: Chase Headley
  8. CF: Jacoby Ellsbury
  9. 3B: Todd Frazier
  10. SP: Sonny Gray

Game on YES.

Game # 158: Rays (76-81) vs Yanks (88-69)

Season Series: Yanks 11, Rays 6

Magic Numbers:
     Division: Forget it.
     Home Advantage WC: Clinched
     Wild Card: Clinched

Judge gets half day in. Ells in. Grady is back. Headley at 3B. No Fraziers. Bird with a fly over.

Can Sevy pitch better than his last game? Can Hicks grab another ball (and not get charged with molestation)? Can the Big Three all homer again?

Rays

Kiermaeir, CF
Duda, DH
Longoria, 3B
Morrison, 1B
Souza, RF
Dickerson, LF
Hechavarria, SS
Miller, 2B
Sucre, C
Andriese, P

Yanks

Gardner, LF
Judge, DH
Sanchez, C
Gregorius, SS
Castro, 2B
Bird, 1B
Headley, 3B
Ellsbury, CF
Hicks, RF
Severino, P

NO game on YES. Take your WPIX.