Well that's it. Another disappointing season has come to an end. With nothing left to play for, the Yankees took it easy in their final series against Baltimore. More young players played while veterans rested, Mark Teixeira was celebrated, and fans and writers alike took to looking ahead to 2017. The Orioles took 2 of 3 to secure their place in the 2016 postseason, the second straight instance of AL East teams who were not the Yankees celebrating playoff berths at Yankee Stadium.
Friday (BAL 8 NYY 1)- The final act of the 2016 Michael Pineda Experience was a familiar one, with Pineda getting knocked around with 2 strikes and 2 outs and giving up big home runs. Baltimore tagged him for 5 runs on 6 hits in 4.1 innings, and a Spring Training-quality starting lineup couldn't do much against Yovani Gallardo and the Oriole 'pen.
Saturday (NYY 7 BAL 3)- The final Yankee win of the year was a fun one. Down 3-0 in the middle innings, the Yankees started a slow comeback that culminated in a huge 8th inning go-ahead breakout. After tacking on a run each in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings to tie the game, the Yanks went for 4 in the 8th thanks to 2 big 2-run hits by Austin Romine (single) and Brett Gardner (double). Big ups to the bullpen in this one. They went 5.1 scoreless after Luis Severino pooped the bed again as the starter.
Sunday (BAL 5 NYY 2)- Mark Teixeira's final game was pretty uneventful after the pregame ceremony. He went 0-3 before getting lifted late for one final standing ovation. The rest of the lineup around him did nothing to figure out Kevin Gausman for the 18th time this year and Luis Cessa got bit by the long ball again.