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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Astros’ Lance McCullers will start Game 4 of ALCS - Houston Chronicle

Hinch chose McCullers over Brad Peacock, who had the superior regular season on the whole. Essentially, the Astros are betting on McCullers’ upside. Peacock also has experience out of the bullpen and can be the first pitcher warm if McCullers encounters trouble.
“He’s a really good pitcher,” Hinch said when asked about McCullers. “He’s got really electrifying stuff, some of the best stuff in the big leagues.
“Getting him in a normal routine, normal warmup into the game, big-time breaking ball, the whole league knows it, he’s got a really good fastball. He had a really good bullpen (session) in between his last outing and the next outing (Tuesday).”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: houston, playoffs, yankees

Frazier’s three-run homer | MLB.com (video)

I’ve read some complaints about the homer. It’s happened before. It will happen again. Ballparks matter.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, todd frazier, yankees

ALCS Game 3: The mistake pitch that led to the Aaron Judge of old for one at-bat

Judge had a great all-around game. He did a great job getting to the inside fastball on his homer. It was a good job of hitting.

Finally, in his second at-bat of the night, he got it: 93 mph, high for most but right at his belt, inside but not so far he couldn’t whip around the head of his 35-inch, 33-ounce bat, the kind of pitch that can change a series. And not because the three-run home run Judge topspun into the left-field stands at Yankee Stadium had a particularly profound effect on the ultimate outcome of New York’s 8-1 victory over the Astros in Game 3. It didn’t. In case Judge needed a reminder, though, that this hack-a-thon in which he’d participated over the previous two weeks didn’t render moot his ability to play this game as well as anyone still alive in this postseason, well, this was a push notification that went off at the exact right time.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 06:04 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, astros, playoffs, yankees

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

OTP 16 October 2017: Sorry, Yankee fans: Trump’s claim that he can ensure victory simply isn’t true

As is sometimes the case with Trump’s tweet’s, his claims don’t hold up. We identified 14 games that Trump has attended since 1988, including two preseason games and the game above. Of those 14 games, the Yankees won eight and lost six — 57 percent of the time during seasons when the Yankees won 60 percent of their games overall.

In other words — Trump might be a jinx.

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 16, 2017 at 07:49 AM | 463 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, politics, yankees

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Brian Cashman and the Yankees followed the Red Sox’ blueprint — and may have done it better

“I tried to take what successful franchises like the Red Sox and Indians did and what Theo and Ben and [Indians president of baseball operations] Chris Antonetti were doing and how they handled their young players with their amateur scouting and drafting and building a farm system. I looked at everything,” said Cashman, who has won five championships.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, red sox, yankees

Yankees’ playoff run is already creating new memories for fans - NY Daily News

“I was so high up that night,” a friend of mine from television was saying the other day, talking about that time when the Yankees began to matter again. “But I was there.”

It is part of the beauty of sports, not just baseball. There was a night a few years ago when Jack Nicklaus was talking about people who meet him and want to talk about all the championships that he won in golf, the way we’re talking today about other championships the Yankees have won.

“They want to tell you where they were,” Jack said.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:57 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Ex-teammate thinks Sanchez has done ‘exceptionally well’ | New York Post

Gary Sanchez’s rough postseason took another bad turn when he botched Didi Gregorius’ throw to the plate in the bottom of the ninth that allowed Jose Altuve to score on Carlos Correa’s double to give the Astros a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Still, Brian McCann, now on the other side of the field with the Astros, said he believes too much has been made of Sanchez’s defensive issues. And Sanchez has performed well for the most part this postseason.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Can’t Win 4 Losing podcast: Casey Stengel: How to Learn by Losing

With the Yankees in the ’50s, he had the greatest run in managerial history. But before that, Casey Stengel skippered a series of relentlessly terrible teams. Host King Kaufman asks: Did the Old Perfessor learn to win by losing? Plus: What if the worst player on the worst team in a league met the best player on the best team in that league 40 years later? And what if one of those guys was the host of a podcast about losing?

KingKaufman Posted: October 14, 2017 at 01:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yankees’ Social Media Ruthlessly Burns Indians After Epic ALDS Comeback | MLB | NESN.com

Do these people know there are two series the Yankees still have to win? The Astros and the NL winner might not be ready to roll over.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

The story behind the Astros-Red Sox video that went viral - Houston Chronicle

Yankees fans are back out from under their rocks.


These Yankees have grown to embrace an unfamiliar role | New York Post

Aura and Mystique are back!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Didi Gregorius no longer in Derek Jeter’s shadow | Newsday

Ah, the vagaries of postseason. Plus, a new anointed one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, indians, playoffs, yankees

Monday, October 09, 2017

Bird HR, Yankees top Indians in Game 3 of ALDS | MLB.com

This is a nice homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, indians, yankees

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Not challenging hit-by-pitch only start of Joe Girardi’s problems

In Game 2 on Friday, Sanchez immediately pointed out the ball hit the knob of the bat, not Chisenhall’s hand. He told reporters after the game he yelled “Foul! Foul!” and replays show him looking and pointing toward the dugout, the universal sign for “challenge this.” Girardi did not challenge it. And after the game, Girardi said this:

“There was nothing that told us he was not hit on the pitch.”

Oops.

Wahoo Sam Posted: October 08, 2017 at 05:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, yankees

Joe Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss

It really sucked when he gave up the grand slam.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

Friday, October 06, 2017

Cleveland Indians have a night where everything goes right—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians look awfully tough to beat.

For the Cleveland Indians, it was a night for fans screaming until their throats were raw.

And for standing and stomping and waving red towels.

And for Trevor Bauer to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings ... and then leave the game to a standing ovation.

Tip your cap, Trevor!

And he did just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

This wasn’t the Sonny Gray the Yankees expected | New York Post

Yankees down one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Girardi won’t rule out a Severino bullpen appearance | New York Post

One bad game shouldn’t wipe out a great season.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Heyman | Real Wild-Card Loser Is Pace Of Play

When they were just finishing the third inning around 10 PM, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end. I don’t need the games done in two hours. Somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 hours would be fine. 4+ hour games with 8 PM start times means I’m missing the end. That bites. Tonight I have an extra incentive to stay late. I’ve been rooting for the D’Backs all year since I put $100 down on them at 100-1 odds back before Spring Training started. Unfortunately, I might have to find out if they won Thursday morning.

The wild-card game is a wonderful, fantastic, stupendous idea… in theory, anyway. The games are always energizing and almost always riveting.

Now if only someone could stay up to see them.

For those who didn’t make it to the conclusion of the playoff season opener (just about everyone on the East Coast, I assume), the Yankees beat the Twins, ending Minnesota’s gloriously surprising season, in a game that ended on Wednesday on the East Coast after beginning squarely on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, twins, wild card, yankees

WaPo: One of Mike Francesa’s callers predicted Luis Severino’s early exit … and he was mocked

Al Alburquerque was unavailable for comment. (Were he real.)

“Let’s just say, inning one, right away, you can tell Severino doesn’t have it,” the caller asks. “Do you go to [Yankees reliever] Sonny Gray first or would you go right to Chad Green?”

Francesa, who already had predicted that Severino “was gonna go deep, he could go as many as eight innings,” scoffed at the notion as only Francesa can.

“How many games this year did Severino come out in the second inning, out of his starts?” Francesa asked. “I guarantee you none.”

(Francesa is correct! Severino’s shortest start this year was May 14 against the Astros, when he gave up three runs on six hits and was pulled after just one out in the third inning.)

“This year, I would say that 95 percent of Severino’s starts, he went at least five innings. Ninety five percent. Maybe more than 95 percent. It might have been 30 out of 31 stars, or whatever it was,” Francesa claimed.

(We’ll give this one to Francesa. Severino lasted at least five innings in 28 of 31 regular season starts, or 90.3 percent. Close enough!)

“So the idea of asking me why you’re gonna take him out in the first inning … it’s a ridiculous thing to bring up, it really is,” Francesa scolded. “He’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball. They are going to let him pitch, that’s why he’s pitching this game. I mean, there’s nothing not to like about what he’s done this year all the way down the line, and I would expect him tonight to go out there and really throw a heck of a game. I really would. I would be surprised if he didn’t go out there and throw seven innings, and that’s how many innings I think he’ll pitch. I think he’ll go seven innings, and I’d expect a typical Severino performance over those seven innings. That’s what I expect.”

 

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 04, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, mike francesa, yankees

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The 2 moments that turned afterthought teen into Yankees’ ace | New York Post

Nice feature on Severino.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the percentages and have very, very thick skin.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

Saturday, September 30, 2017

‘I have a short leash’: Girardi’s quick hook sends message to Betances | New York Post

Yanks and Sox going down to the wire.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, yankees

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