Game 150: Severino vs. Estrada

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ben Revere, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Bautista, RF
Brian McCann, C Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Justin Smoak, 1B
Greg Bird, 1B Dioner Navarro, C
Chase Headley, 3B Ryan Goins, SS
Dustin Ackley, 2B Kevin Pillar, CF
Didi Gregorius, SS Munenori Kawasaki, 2B
Luis Severino, SP Marco Estrada, SP

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Going Back to the Trade Deadline

“Yankees Twitter” was filled with its normal outrage and cynicism after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki and David Price among others at the trade deadline and the Yankees only acquired Dustin Ackley.

We can get a little better picture of what has happened since then. Obviously, this season it has worked out better for Toronto. They went on a huge run to pass the Yankees in the division and they haven’t really looked back since. David Price has been amazing for them, while Tulowitzki struggled and got hurt.

Even though the Blue Jays have clearly gotten the better of the Yankees this season we can see why Brian Cashman did what he did. Yes, if the Yankees had Price they would likely be winning the AL East this season. It still would not have guaranteed anything in the playoffs. However, if Price would have left as a free agent anything less than a championship would be a failure.… Click here to read the rest

The four stages of baseball grief

After the events of last night, I felt it was important that we explore the stages of baseball grief together. (All four stages were stolen from the five stages of grief.) Of course, different people will have different reactions while going through baseball grief. Some baseball fans tend to wear their baseball emotions on their sleeves, while others tend to grief over baseball in private. But most of us will experience all four of these stages at some point, and I wanted to let you know that you are not alone, and that we can all get through this rough time together.

Stage 1: Denial and Isolation

The first most common reaction to your team not being able to pass the team ahead of them in the standings is usually denial. A lot of Yankee fans are going through denial right now. I even witnessed it last night when I was looking at my Twitter feed and seeing the reactions to how David Price was performing against the Yankees.… Click here to read the rest

Game 149 Recap: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 2

Gardner K vs TOR II

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It always blows when you lose games early.  It especially blows when you lose games early in pennant races and that’s exactly what the Yankees did last night.  A tough 1st inning, a bunch of missed opportunities, and a comeback that was too little too late cost them the first game of this all-important final series with the Blue Jays and pushed the division deficit back up to 3.5 games.

Adam Warren was the starter and he was working on an 80-85 pitch limit last night, a step up from his previous start.  He used a boatload of those pitches up in the bottom of the 1st and gave Toronto all the runs they would need.  Ben Revere singled to lead off the inning, Warren hit Josh Donaldson with an 0-1 fastball, and Jose Bautista singled up the middle to score Revere and make it 1-0.  3 batters, no outs, 1 run.  One of the worst ways to open the game imagainable.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 149: Warren vs. Price

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Toronto Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Ben Revere, LF
Brett Gardner, LF Josh Donaldson, 3B
Alex Rodriguez, DH Jose Bautista, RF
Brian McCann, C Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Carlos Beltran, RF Justin Smoak, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Russell Martin, C
Gregory Bird, 1B Ryan Goins, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Kevin Pillar, CF
Dustin Ackley, 2B Cliff Pennington, 2B
Adam Warren, SP David Price, SP

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Sorry, Mets fans, but New York isn’t yours just yet

When this weekend’s half of the Subway Series began, I was actually pretty irate. I thought it was absolutely ridiculous that the Yankees would have to play in an National League park while in a division race and while trying to lock down a playoff spot. It was clear from the first night’s lineup that the Mets would have an obvious advantage head to head at Citi Field because the Yankees couldn’t start their team leader in home runs. On Friday night, I actually wanted to find the person who made this season’s schedule, drive them to the Bronx Zoo, and throw them into the African Plains exhibit to see how they fared against the lions.

Saturday was a rough day for me. It was my dad’s birthday – the first since he passed away last October. I went to the cemetery and when I was left alone at his grave, I filled him in on what was happening in baseball.… Click here to read the rest

Game 148 Recap: Yankees 11 Mets 2

CC vs NYM

Get the man some Captain Crunch. The big guy’s hungry. Courtesy of Getty Images

Innings limits are a trick thing to deal with.  You can do it the smart way, like the Yankees did with Luis Severino, and have a pitcher working with no restrictions late in the season when games are at their most important.  Or you can do it the not-so-smart way like the Mets have done with Matt Harvey and end up getting killed in a game you probably should have won.  I’m sure the Yanks will take wins however they can get them right now, and last night’s late offensive breakout/Subway Series victory was a positive heading into the final showdown with Toronto.

Harvey was on top of his game last night.  No doubt about that.  The Yankee lineup got but 1 hit off him in 5 scoreless innings, a Brett Gardner single in the 3rd.  Harvey created the rest of his own trouble with a walk and an error, but the Yankee bats were unable to turn those into anything.  … Click here to read the rest