Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Baseball is back, thank goodness

Hi everyone, I am back.  It has been a long few months since the Yankees loss in Houston in game 7

of the ALCS back in October.  I usually don't take the whole offseason off, I usually try to be into the

NFL and NHL with the Jets, Giants and Rangers as much as possible but this season I just needed

the break.  The NFL season wasn't good for the locals in NY where I am coming from and pretty

much the same with the NY Rangers as well.  I am one happy man that baseball is back.  I am

looking forward to another great year for the Yankees and I also do think the Mets will bounce back

for all of you Mets fans out there.  I am going to start with the Yankees though as the reported to

camp today at least pitchers and catchers.  The Yankees were one win away from the World Series

and now they have a new manager in Aaron Boone.  Everyone knows him from his famous homerun

in his brief stint with the Yankees ins 2003 but also from his broadcasting with ESPN over the last

7 or 8 years.

The one thing that stood out to me today in his press conference to open spring training was how laid

back and easy going he was with the media.  He was definitely comfortable in his own skin as well.

He is the direct opposite of his predecessor Joe Girardi.  Girardi especially over the last few seasons

was just not comfortable at all with the media and you can tell everything was wearing on him.

He was a GI joe type anyway and it just got worse, he was a good manager but never a warm and

fuzzy type guy and Boone is that.  I don't know how he will be as manager but he is more of a Joe

Torre type and I think that may be more important right now.  The Yankees team is stacked, they

have a great offense, great bullpen and not so bad starting rotation.  I can see them winning 95 games

and the division.  They of course like any team has to stay healthy but I also think they are more

prepared then most to withstand injuries.  Why am I saying that, well I believe in their farm system

and think there are guys that can be in the majors right now but don't have a spot or are just knocking

on the door.  Clint Frazier could for sure make the team but he also may be in AAA because there are

just too many outfielders.  Justus Sheffield and Chance Adams are on the verge as pitching prospects

and of course Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar may be the starting second and third baseman, we

will see how that plays out this spring.  There is much to be excited about and I am ready to get

going.  It will probably be somewhat slow the next few days but position players report Sunday and

the first exhibition game is next Friday so before we know it we will be off and running, stick with

me all season and we will have some fun.

Monday, October 23, 2017

New York Yankee are shutout in Game 7 and fail to reach World Series


The New York Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros on Saturday night.  The game took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas and the final score was 4-0.  CC Sabathia started for the Yankees and he pitched ok.  The Yankees offense didn’t do much at all. 

Sabathia pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up five hits and a run with three walks.  Sabathia took the loss, Tommy Khanle pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up four hits and three-run with a strikeout, Adam Warren pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings and David Robertson pitched two innings giving up a hit and he struck out three. 

Charlie Morton picked up the win pitching five innings and giving up two hits and a walk with five strikeouts.  Lance McCullers Jr. earned the save pitching four innings and giving up a hit and a walk with six strikeouts. 

Brett Gardner had a hit, Gary Sanchez had a hit and Greg Bird had a hit.  Aaron Hicks drew a walk, Todd Frazier drew a walk and Bird hit a double.  The Yankees were 0-3 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. 

George Springer had a hit, Alex Bregman had a hit and Jose Altuve had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Carlos Correa had two hits, Yuri Gurriel had a hit and Evan Gattis had a hit and an RBI.  Brian McCann had a hit, two RBI and drew two walks.  Marwin Gonzalez had a hit, Josh Reddick had a hit and McCann hit a double, Gattis and Altuve each hit a homerun.  The Astros were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. 

In the fourth Gattis hit a solo homerun giving the Astros a 1-0 lead.  In the fifth Altuve hit a solo homerun and the lead was extended to 2-0.  McCann hit a two-run double and the lead was pushed to 4-0 and that would be the final score. 

The Yankees were not able to win a game in Houston and lost the series in seven games.  They had a remarkable run and came up just short of reaching the World Series.  The Houston Astros for the second time in their history will play in the World Series and take on the Los Angeles Dodgers who haven’t made it there since 1988. 


The New York Yankees come up short in Houston as the Astros force Game 7


The New York Yankees were defeated by the Houston Astros on Friday night.  The game took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas and the final score was 7-1.   Luis Severino started for the Yankees and he didn’t pitch that well.  Chase Headley had a couple of hits to lead the offense. 

Severino pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up three hits and three runs with four walks and three strikeouts.  Severino took the loss.  Chad Green pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings giving up a walk and he struck out three, David Robertson didn’t record an out and he gave up four hits and four runs and Dellin Betances pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one. 

Justin Verlander picked up his second win of the series pitching seven scoreless and giving up five hits.  He walked one and struck out eight.  Brad Peacock pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout and Ken Giles pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout. 

Brett Gardner had a hit, Aaron Judge had a hit and an RBI and Didi Gregorius had a hit.  Gary Sanchez had a hit, Greg Bird drew a walk and Starlin Castro had a hit.  Aaron Hicks drew a walk, Headley had two hits and Judge hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  Gregorius committed an error. 

George Springer drew a walk, Jose Altuve had two hits and three RBI and Carlos Correa had two hits.  Yuri Gurriel had a hit and drew a walk, Alex Bregman had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk and Marwin Gonzalez drew a walk.  Evan Gattis had an RBI and drew a walk, Brian McCann had two hits and an RBI, McCann, Correa and Bregman each hit a double.  Altuve hit a homerun and the Astros were 4-7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. 

In the fifth McCann hit an RBI double to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.  Altuve hit a two-run single and the lead was pushed to 3-0.  In the eighth Judge hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-1.  In the bottom of the eighth Altuve hit a solo homerun, Bregman hit a two-run double and Gattis hit a sac fly to make it a 7-1 game which would be the final score. 

The Astros avoided elimination and forced a game seven on Saturday night in Houston. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

New York Yankees win third straight over Astros to take series lead


The New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros on Wednesday evening.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 5-0.  Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and he was brilliant and Tommy Khanle closed it with two innings.  Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius each had two hits and Chase Headley had three hits. 

Tanaka pitched seven innings giving up no runs on three hits.  He walked one and struck out eight and picked up the win.  Khanle pitched two scoreless innings giving up a hit and he struck out one. 

Dallas Keuchel lost the game pitching 4 2/3 innings and giving up seven hits and four runs with a walk and eight strikeouts.  Will Harris pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout, Brad {eacock pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up two hits and a run with three strikeouts and Francisco Liriano pitched an inning giving up a walk and he struck out one. 

Aaron Judge had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Sanchez had two hits and two RBI and Gregorius had two hits and an RBI.  Starlin Castro had a hit, Greg Bird had a hit, an RBI and drew two walks and Headley had three hits.  Castro, Judge, Headley and Gregorius each hit a double.  Sanchez hit a homerun and the Yankees were 3-13 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.  T. Frazier committed an error. 

George Springer had a hit, Carlos Correa had a hit and Yuri Gurriel had a hit.  Marwin Gonzalez had a hit, Brian McCann drew a walk and Gurriel and Correa each hit a double.  The Astros were 0-8 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Bregman committed an error. 

In the second Bird hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the third Judge hit an RBI double to extend the lead to 2-0.  In the fifth Sanchez hit an RBI single to push the lead to 3-0, Gregorius hit an RBI single making it 4-0 and in the seventh Sanchez hit a solo homerun to finish it off at 5-0. 

The Yankees now own a 3-2 lead in the series and game six is in Houston on Friday night.   

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros in a thrilling comeback victory

The New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 6-4.  Sonny Gray started for the Yankees and he pitched well.  Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier each had two hits. 
Gray pitched five plus innings giving up a hit and two runs with only one being earned.  He walked two and struck out four.  David Robertson pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk and a strikeout, Chad Green got the win pitching two innings and giving up a hit and an unearned run with two strikeouts and Aroldis Chapman picked up the save pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts. 
Lance McCullers Jr. pitched six innings giving up two hits and a run with two walks and three strikeouts.  Chris Devenski pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk, Joe Musgrove pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and two runs and Ken Giles blew the save and picked up the loss pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up three hits and two runs with a walk.  Luke Gregerson pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up a walk. 
Brett Gardner had an RBI, Judge had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Gregorius had two hits.  Gary Sanchez had a hit and three RBI, Greg Bird drew three walks and Starlin Castro drew a walk.  T. Frazier had two hits, Chase Headley had a big pinch hit and Judge and Sanchez each hit a double.  Gregorius hit a triple and Judge hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 3-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.  Judge was caught stealing and Castro committed two errors and Romine had a catcher interference error.  Gardner had an outfield assist. 
George Springer drew a walk, Jose Altuve drew two walks and Yuli Gurriel had a hit and three RBI.  Carlos Beltran had a hit, Marwin Gonzalez had a hit and Beltran, Gurriel and Gonzalez each hit a double.  The Astros were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base. 
In the sixth Gurriel hit a three-run double giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.  In the seventh McCann reached on an error and a run scored to push the score to 4-0 Astros.  In the seventh Judge hit a solo homerun and Sanchez hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 4-2.  In the eighth Gardner hit an RBI ground out, Judge hit an RBI double and Sanchez hit a two-run double to give the Yankees the 6-4 lead and that would be the final score. 
The series is now tied at two games each with game five on Wednesday evening in New York.  There will be a game six on Friday night in Houston. 


 

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