IIATMS Podcast Episode 41: CC Sabathia, Wild Card Game & Season End Awards

Good morning!

Domenic, E.J. and yours truly recorded a podcast last night. We originally scheduled it for last night but figured we’d discuss the Wild Card game, the possible roster and other stuff, and then the CC Sabathia news happened and we started off with that instead – and with good reason. We also gave out our season end awards for the Yankees’ Most and Least Valuable Players and went through our candidates for American League and National League M.V.P., Cy Young and Rookie of the Year.

Oh, and we also announced the winner of the $100 Steiner Sports Gift Card that we were giving away on Episode 40.


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Tuesday Morning Musings On The Day Of The AL Wild Card Game

The Yankees will play their first postseason game since October 18, 2012 tonight, hosting the Houston Astros at The Stadium in the American League Wild Card game.  For an organization with the Yankees’ history that has failed to reach the postseason the previous 2 years, I feel like that should be a bigger deal, but the Yankees have seemingly been written off heading into this game.  They staggered to the finish of the regular season, losing 6 of 7 and needing a Houston loss to secure the home field advantage for this game.  Then they got hit with the weight of yesterday’s announcement by CC Sabathia that he will be entering rehab for alcohol abuse immediately and will not be pitching in the postseason.

It’s not the happy place I remember it being when the Bombers were in the dance, but it is the postseason in Yankeeland and that’s always a good thing in my book.  With the game a little less than 14 hours away as of me writing this sentence, let’s talk about some stuff heading into the game.…

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End of the Season Returns on Some Former Yankees

Early returns.
Mid-season returns.

Manny Banuelos, Atlanta Braves
26.1 IP, 30 H, 12 BB, 19 K, 5.13 ERA, 5.37 FIP, -0.2 fWAR

It seems as though an eternity has passed since Banuelos was the Golden Goose to be of the Yankees farm system. Since being ranked as the 29th best prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2012 season, Banuelos missed half a season with a lat strain, had Tommy John Surgery, was dealt to the Braves for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve, made his Major League debut, missed time with elbow soreness, and eventually had his rookie season cut short due to surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow (he will be ready for Spring Training). And yet it is somehow still only 24. He struggled mightily this season, and his fastball sat around 89 MPH across six starts, but he’s young enough and the Braves are bad enough that he should be in the mix to see plenty of action next season.…

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Breaking News: CC Sabathia to miss the playoffs, checking into rehab for alcohol abuse

So this is the sort of news no one expected this afternoon.

CC Sabathia released a statement saying that he will be entering alcohol rehab and will be missing the playoffs:


Our best wishes go out to CC and his family during this time.

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A guest post: Do the Yankees always collapse in September?

[Editor’s note: This is a guest post from longtime IIATMS reader, Professor Longnose. If you’d like to write a guest post, feel free to email me at sgotsulias at gmail dot com. -SG]

Aren’t You Glad Girardi Rested the Yankee Players All Season So They Could Collapse in September the Way They Always Do??

I don’t know how many times I said that after a loss recently, but I said it often enough that I wondered if I was being unfair. The Yankees certainly had a September to forget this year, and I’m pretty sure I remember them doing it last year, too, but my memory is as short as most fans. Does Girardi always manage them to a limp finish? Fortunately, we have the data to take a look.

Here is a fairly complicated chart doing a fairly simple thing: comparing the Yankees winning percentage from the beginning of the season through August 31 with their winning percentage from September 1 through the end of the regular season for every year of Girardi’s managerial reign.…

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Game 162 Quick Recap: BAL 9 NYY 4

Joe vs BAL

Better figure out some magic for Tuesday night, sparky. Courtesy of Getty Images

I have neither the time nor the inclination to recap this game in full detail.  I have to spend the next 2 days convincing myself that the Yankees aren’t going to get shut out 6-0 at home on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

Michael Pineda puked on his shoes today in his final 2015 regular season start.  Didn’t make it out of the 4th inning, gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.  Finishes the year with a 4.37 ERA.  That’s pretty terrible when you consider where he was at before the ASB.

Carlos Beltran went 3-3 with a walk today and Greg Bird, Dustin Ackley, and Didi Gregorius all had 2 hits.  I’d bat them 1-4 in some order on Tuesday.

Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-10 with 3 Ks combined.  I’d bat them 7th and 9th respectively.

Chris Capuano sucks, Bryan Mitchell sucks, Caleb Cotham is pretty bad, and James Pazos is nothing special.  …

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Game 162: Just win, gosh darn it!

All the Yankees need to do is win one game to secure home field advantage for the Wild Card game. Of course, they’ve needed to do that all weekend but instead were swept in yesterday’s doubleheader. Not a good look.

Anywho, the pitching matchup is Chris Tillman vs. Michael Pineda.

Reimold CF
Parra RF
Machado 3B
Davis 1B
Wieters C
Pearce LF
Clevenger DH
Hardy SS
Flaherty 2B

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Rodriguez DH
Beltran RF
McCann C
Bird 1B
Headley 3B
Ackley 2B
Gregorius SS

Enjoy the game!

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Game 161 Quick Recap: BAL 4 NYY 3

Whatever.  I didn’t want home field advantage for the WC game anyway.  The Yankees followed up yesterday afternoon’s loss by completing the wrong side of the sweep in the nightcap and dropping both games to the Orioles.  They’ve lost 5 of 6 and 8 of 13 as they stumble into the postseason.

Can’t put this one on Luis Severino.  He gave up a solo home run to Nolan Reimold on the second pitch of the game and got into big trouble in the bottom of the 1st, but he held that damage at 2 runs and settled down quickly to turn in a pretty good start.  Manny Machado bopped a solo shot off him in the 3rd for Baltimore’s third run, then Severino worked the next 4 innings efficiently and scorelessly to keep his team in the game.

The Yankees battled back from the early deficits with a Didi Gregorius sac fly in the 2nd and a big rally against Ubaldo Jimenez in the top of the 5th.  …

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