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Monday, October 21, 2019

Yankees’ Season Blows Up With Starting Pitcher Void Never Filled

HOUSTON — Twenty minutes after José Altuve hit the walk-off home run that sent the Astros to the World Series and the Yankees back to the Bronx, Minute Maid Park continued to roar. The field echoed with cheers as Altuve accepted the ALCS MVP trophy. The concourses reverberated as orange-clad fans congratulated one another and floated into the night. The parking lots buzzed.

The only quiet place in the ballpark could be found in the bowels below the third-base dugout, where the Yankees gathered in their clubhouse, silent but for the sounds of hands clapping shoulders as they said their goodbyes.

Eyes red, reliever Zack Britton contemplated what had just slipped away. The Astros’ 6–4 win had seemed almost unfathomable just 35 minutes earlier, after New York first baseman DJ LeMahieu lined a cutter into the rightfield bleachers to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning. That was it, the Yankees were sure. Momentum was on their side. They would force a Game 7.

Then came the bottom of the ninth. Closer Aroldis Chapman got two outs. He walked George Springer on five pitches. He ran the count to 2–1 on Altuve. He hung a slider.

Some thoughts on the roots of a loss.

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, pitching, yankees

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Savages in the box go bust with slew of strikeouts

HOUSTON (AP) — A record-setting season by Savages in the Box ended with a slew of strikeouts and another October bust for the New York Yankees.

For the first time since the 1910s, the 27-time champions have gone through an entire calendar decade without even making it to a World Series.

An AL Championship Series of missed opportunities ended when Aroldis Chapman allowed José Altuve’s pennant-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Saturday night that gave the Houston Astros a 6-4 win and the pennant in six games.

“It will serve us well going forward when we get to the top of the mountain,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

I’d like to think that Boone would feel embarrassed about his puffery after how it ended, but he doesn’t seem to be the sort who has shame, so….

 

QLE Posted: October 20, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, strikeouts, yankees

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Yankees, Astros plan all relievers in ALCS Game 4 vs. Astros

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees and Astros plan all-bullpen games from the start in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series in a sign of the times.

With the best-of-seven series tied 1-1, New York’s Luis Severino starts Game 3 on Tuesday against Gerrit Cole. Masahiro Tanaka began the opener for the Yankees and James Paxton was on the mound for Game 2.

Neither team had a starting pitcher it wanted to use for Game 4 on Wednesday.

“J.A. Happ could very much be in the mix, as well as I picture our bullpen being unleashed on that day,” New York manager Aaron Boone said Monday as the series shifted to Yankee Stadium.

For those of you who can’t get enough of the parade of anonymous relievers that makes up so much of contemporary baseball…..

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:42 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alcs, bullpenning

 

 

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