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.

Game # 157: Rays (76-80) vs Yanks (87-69)

Season Series: Yanks 10, Rays 6

Magic Numbers:
     Division: Forget it.
     Home Advantage WC: 1 (Yanks hold tie breaker)
     Wild Card: Clinched

Gardy sits. Ells sits. Sanchez gets to catch Monty! Yanks at full-Aaron strength AND full-Frazier strength! DD sits. Toe in. Bird sits. Headley in. Holliday Inn.

Can the Yanks clinch home field advantage for the WC game? Can Hicks time a MLB pitch? Can Judge get to the Heinz homer? Can Gumby throw to Sanchez? Can Holliday get untracked in time for the play offs?

Rays

Kiermaier, CF
Souza, RF
Longoria, 3B
Morrison, 1B
Ramos, C
Hechavarria, SS
Plouffe, DH
Robertson, 2B
Bourjos, LF
Snell, P

Yanks

Hicks, CF
Judge, RF
Sanchez, C
Holliday, DH
Headley, 1B
Castro, 2B
T. Frazier, 3B
C. Frazier, LF
Torreyes, SS
Montgomery, OP

Game on YES:

Game # 156: Royals (76-79) vs Yanks (86-69)

Season series: Yanks 4, Royals 2

Magic Numbers:
     Division: Forget it.
     Home Advantage WC: 3
     Wild Card: Clinched

Sanchez back squatting.  Headley out. Holliday Inn. Castro out. Torreyes in.

Can the Yanks treat the Royals unroyally? Can Judge catch McGwire? Can Bird show his love or short porches? What does Torreyes think of tall porches? Can the Yanks close in on the home field advantage? Is Moustakas trying out for ther 2018 Yanks?

Royals

Merrifield, 2B
Cain, DH
Carbrera, LF
Hosmer, 1B
Perez, C
Moustakas, 3B
Bonifacio, RF
Escobar, SS
Orlando, CF
Junis, P

Yanks

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

Game on YES and MLBN.

Game # 155: Yanks (86-68) vs BJs (72-83)

 

Season series: Yanks 7, BJs 8

Magic Numbers:
     Division: 12 (for a tie)
     Home Advantage WC: 3
     Wild Card: Clinched

Holliday Out. Sanchez out. Romine squats a day game after an afternoon game. Bird still flying.

Still on the Judge watch for HRs. Can Bird fly again? Can Garcia be a K machine again? Will a baldy hit another HR this season? Can Judge catch Headley in SBs? Can DD pad his SS HR crown?

Yanks

Gardner, LF
Headley, DH
Judge, RF
Gregorius, SS
Castro, 2B
Ellsbury, CF
T. Frazier, 3B
Bird, 1B
Romine, C
Garcia, P

BJs

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

Game on YES.