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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Petriello: Bregman’s split-second call preserves shutout

With apologies to Judge, this is the defensive play everyone not named Sterling and Suzyn will remember.

...Given the risk involved, and the fact that Bregman was already facing home plate and would have needed to turn his body to throw back to second, he made the right decision.

That’s in part because of past experience. Speaking to FS1’s postgame show, Bregman referenced a similar opportunity against the Angels on Sept. 24, except that time, he did try for two. It didn’t go well, as he got the runner at second but not the hitter, and the run scored. The Astros lost that game, 7-5.

“Ten games before the end of the regular season, we had a similar play, and I tried to turn a double play and we didn’t get the guy at first base,” Bregman said. “I told myself, and I talked to [manager A.J. Hinch and bench coach Alex Cora], we thought in the playoffs in a close game, it would be smart to try and get the lead runner. We were fortunate enough to put it on the cash, and McCann made a great tag.”


Friday, October 20, 2017

Angell: Bringing the Yankees Home?

Wednesday’s game, at the Stadium, allowed me to continue work on my monograph about Keuchel’s whiskers. Mr. Weirdbeard shows a dense mid-chest curtain of hair depending from spaghetti-strap sideburns that might actually hook over his ears. Further observations offer a different possibility. His long, pale neck is smooth-shaven and stretches up to a high haircut trim close to his cap. The effect, seen from a slight angle astern, suggests a silken Dolce & Gabbana evening bag or, more likely, a black chemise or bit of underwear hanging on the far side of your closet door.

The box score shows that the Yankees struck out thirteen times in Game Five, contributing to their forty-nine strikeouts in the games to date. Shifting to the other league and the other side of the ledger, we come upon the Cubs’ 3–2 win in Game Four, at Wrigley Field, in which all five runs came on solo homers. Amazingly, these were also half of the hits in the game. Totals like this should no longer startle us. Baseball has irremediably altered, accumulating homers and strikeouts in ever-ascending numbers. Aaron Judge’s new rookie record of fifty-two home runs comes along with his record two hundred and eight whiffs. Major-league players hit more home runs this season than ever before, and more of them struck out as well. It’s all about size. At six feet seven and a tautly proportioned two hundred and eighty pounds, Judge is the avatar for this new generation of towering sluggers, while the pitchers, in their leaner and longer fashion, are also stronger than ever before. Launching has replaced hitting, and the batters walk away unflustered when they swing and miss at another hundred-mile-an-hour heater. This altered game is here to stay, and may even suit the distractible, phone-attached modern audience. Almost no one keeps score nowadays, and folks in the seats rise in numbers, shouting for the coming K or wowing for the departing dinger. I’m not a yearner for the past by nature, but maintain a secret fondness for a different baseball moment—a hard single up the right-field side with a man aboard, the baserunner and the relayed white ball now converging on third, and the fractional moment in which we await the call.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Angell: Yanks Get Even

C. C. will become a free agent this year, and it’s not a certainty that the Yankees will come through with an expensive new contract. He’s a different pitcher these days from what he was when he arrived, in 2009, as a high-strikeout star from the Brewers, and now thrives on angles and corners and a commanding elder presence. He went 14–5 in the regular season, but, like others, I most want to hold onto the look of him out there: the tent-like uni top, the billowing pajama pants. His cap sits askew on his bald head, just above his oddly folded ears. Most of all, at six-six and three hundred pounds, he is enormous, but this Monadnock, set in motion, becomes curved and flowing, and the departing and instantly arriving pitch completes the line and the portrait. His eyes gleam with appreciation as well as attention: he is sharing our fun.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Breaking down Todd Frazier’s ‘cheap’ Yankee Stadium home run from ALCS Game 3

Plenty of folks will grumble about it being a Yankee Stadium cheapie, but it’s worth noting that Frazier’s home run actually did travel a longer distance than the homer Carlos Correa hit in Game 2—and besides, it wasn’t anywhere near being the cheapest hit of the inning:

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 17, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, todd frazier, yankees

With His Bat and His Glove, Aaron Judge Lifts Yankees Past Astros | NYT

The Yankees, who had the best home record in the American League during the regular season, continued to look like a different team at a re-energized Yankee Stadium, where they have won all four games in the postseason. The Astros, who played two airtight games in Houston over the weekend, seemed to feel as uncomfortable in the Bronx as the Minnesota Twins did in the wild-card game and the Cleveland Indians did in the division-series round.

“Our players are used to this field,” said Manager Joe Girardi, who will send Sonny Gray to pitch against the Astros’ starter, Lance McCullers Jr., in Game 4 on Tuesday at 5:08 p.m. “They know how to hit here and our fans — our fans are great. I’m watching them in the first inning in left field and they’re banging on the wall. And I love it.”

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 17, 2017 at 02:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, astros, yankees

 

 

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