Potential Wild Card Matchups

With six games remaining things are close to certain for the Yankees as to where they stand in the playoff picture. They can clinch their first postseason berth since 2012 with a win tonight and losses by the Twins and Angels. They’re going to be in a one game playoff with the only question being who will it be against.

It’s hard to say which team you want to play in a one game playoff because one game in baseball can be so random, which is why the idea of a one game playoff is silly. The Yankees scored 21 runs in one game against Texas and allowed 11 runs to the Philadelphia Phillies twice. Baseball should be about the 162 game grind. However, the one game playoff is good for drama and ratings, so it stays.

The Houston Astros are a 1/2 game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels and 1.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins. This is probably the best case scenario for the Yankees if it stays this close.…

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Game 156 Quick Recap: BOS 5 NYY 1

Nova vs BOS III

Homers always beat sac bunts. Courtesy of Getty Images

This game was all kinds of frustrating.  A “classic” Ivan Nova start, early chances not fully realized thanks both to bad hitting and bad decision making, and a disappearing offense in the later innings.  The Wild Card clincher and 10,00th win will wait another day.

Ivan Nova looked pretty good over the first few innings last night.  His sinker had great movement and he threw some good swing-and-miss curveballs.  He also worked around leadoff baserunners in the 1st and 2nd innings and 2 walks in the 3rd, so it wasn’t like he was in total control out there.  The baserunner bug finally bit him in the top of the 6th, when future AL batting champ Xander Bogaerts snuck a double down the third base line and Travis Shaw followed up with a 2-run home run to left.  It came on a dead middle first-pitch fastball, not a good pitch.  Jackie Bradley Jr.…

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Game 156: Nova vs. Rodriguez

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

Boston Red Sox New York Yankees
Mookie Betts, CF Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Xander Bogaerts, SS Alex Rodriguez, DH
Travis Shaw, 1B Carlos Beltran, RF
Brock Holt, RF Chase Headley, 3B
Allen Craig, DH Greg Bird, 1B
Blake Swihart, C John Ryan Murphy, C
Deven Marrero, 3B Didi Gregorius, SS
Jackie Bradley Jr., LF Rob Refsnyder, 2B
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP Ivan Nova, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick Hit: Severino’s Changing Approach?

In the recap this morning, I hinted at a potential change in Luis Severino’s approach over his last few starts.  He’s been much lower on strikeouts and higher on GB contact, and he made a comment about being more of a pitcher than a thrower before his last outing against Toronto in reference to that one bad outing earlier in the month.  It all adds up to a guy who’s starting to realize the differences between what does and doesn’t work when you go from Triple-A to the Majors and adjusting his approach accordingly.

A quick look at the differences in pitch usage provide some supporting evidence to this theory.  Here’s the breakdown of pitches over Severino’s first 8 Major League starts, courtesy of Texas Leaguers (Brooks hasn’t added their pitch data from yesterday’s start):

Severino Pitch Breakdown 8-9-15

TL reads more cutters and 2-seamers than Brooks, but it’s a real heavy dose of fastball-slider with a small side salad of changeups.  Compare that to his pitch usage in his last 2 starts:

Severino Pitch Breakdown Last 2 Starts 15

That’s a little more balanced.  …

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Random thoughts about life, baseball, moons and dugout kerfuffles

Good morning everyone. It’s random thoughts time (because I cannot come up with anything else to write about today)!

Ready, set, go!

  • The Yankees won three out of four against the White Sox and their magic number is actually down to two so they could clinch a playoff spot if they beat the Red Sox tonight and either A’s beat Angels or Mariners beat Astros.
  • Nice!
  • I still think it’s funny that there are people in Yankeeland who think the Yankees still have a chance to win the division.
  • Have they not seen how Toronto has been playing since the trade deadline?
  • They’re unconscious. (Toronto, not those fans.)
  • And it’s perfectly okay that the Yankees aren’t winning the division.
  • Would I have liked to have seen them win it? Of course.
  • With regards to winning a division, how about those Mets?
  • I’m happy for my friends who are Mets fans.
  • But not that happy…
  • Let’s talk about Saturday, shall we?
  • I attended a charity event that’s held every year in my town and saw some former players.
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Game 155 Recap: Yankees 6 White Sox 1

Noel-Headley vs CHW

Rico Noel stuntin’ in his pinch runner shades. Courtesy of Getty Images

I said before I left for the weekend that the Yanks taking 3 of 4 against the White Sox would be great, and lo and behold that’s exactly what they went out and did.  They locked up the final win of the series with another strong team pitching performance and some late offensive insurance.

In typical 2015 Yankee fashion, they came out and scored quickly in the top of the 1st.  Jacoby Ellsbury leadoff walk, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran reaching on back-to-back Jose Abreu errors, Brian McCann sac fly.  I don’t even know if that counts as manufacturing runs because of the 2 errors, but I’ll take it.  Of course, in keeping with the “typical 2015 Yankee fashion” theme, they failed to add any more runs in that inning and went dormant through the next 4 innings despite creating plenty of opportunities against Chicago starter Erik Johnson.…

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Game 155: Johnson vs. Severino

Welcome to the game thread!

Adam Eaton DH
Jose Abreu 1B
Melky Cabrera LF
Trayce Thompson CF
J.B. Shuck RF
Mike Olt 3B
Rob Brantly C
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Tyler Saladino SS

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Greg Bird 1B
Dustin Ackley 2B
Didi Gregorius SS
Slade Heathcott RF
Brendan Ryan 3B

Enjoy the game!

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Game 154 Quick Recap: Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Hooray! A victory!

I didn’t see any of this game either but it was for a good reason. I was attending a charity event and hanging out with this guy.


Yes, that’s friend of the blog, David Cone, and I can call him that since he was nice enough to give us a shout out on YES last season.

Anyway, I was getting updates on my phone – so was my brother – and when I saw that Chase Headley hit the double to tie the game and A-Rod hit the double to get the lead, I was pretty happy.

I was also happy to see that the Yankees held onto the lead and didn’t give up any stupid late home runs. Good job, guys!

And Adam Warren pitched a good game which is nice. He needed it.

Now, win the damn game tomorrow so that magic number can shrink even more!

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Game 154: Danks vs. Warren

Welcome to today’s game thread!


Eaton CF
Abreu 1B
Cabrera LF
Thompson RF
LaRoche DH
Ramirez SS
Olt 3B
Flowers C
Sanchez 2B

Danks P

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

Enjoy the game!

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