Four games straight to get to the Serious. Nah, not gonna happen, especially when this one team can only muster three hits over nine and lost the game in the second. I love to watch the Yankees play, but not like this. Bats? Yes please.
Some other day.
The senior circuit is already teeing off for their Championship Series, figuring out who is going to get really Serious.
Meanwhile, the “other” league needs more time, because raindrops keep falling on my head.
It will sort itself out today. Or tomorrow. Nestor Cortes will see to it.
Here we go. ALDS, tied one game apiece. I honestly hope that the home plate ump missed his flight and they have a new home plate umpire tonight, for both teams sake.
We know that the Guardians are at the
Jake Progressive Field. I bet that most ballplayers don’t care about anything except who is throwing a ball to them, and tonight it is Tristan McKenzie for Cleveland and Luis Severino for the Yanks. Here we go.
The rain-out yesterday means what was supposed to be a travel day is now a 1:05pm eastern start in the Bronx as game 2 of the ALDS continues to resolve who gets to lose to Yordan Alvarez in a futile effort to reach the Serious. I called him Kryptonite back in July.
Nestor Cortes and his sparkling 0.92 WHIP and epic mustache faces the Guardians with Shane Bieber on the bump.
Tribe Guardians lead off with a bunt single. Away we go.
“It’s a big relief,” Judge said of hitting the (62) after the chase and all the attention focused on him. “I think everybody can finally sit down and watch some ball games.”
It’s time for the playoffs. Let’s go.
Most HR in a season, MLB history
1. Barry Bonds, 2001: 73
2. Mark McGwire, 1998: 70
3. Sammy Sosa, 1998: 66
4. Mark McGwire, 1999: 65
5. Sammy Sosa, 2001: 64
6. Sammy Sosa, 1999: 63
7. Aaron Judge, 2022: 62
Playoff time. For what really counts.
Hat tip to Mr. Banks for saying the greatest thing a baseball fan can ever hear. Heading towards the end of the season, the Yanks are up against the Texas and took the first game of today’s double header match-up 5-4 in Arlington. Another game is on deck.
Gerrit Cole is on the bump for the Yankees while Jesus Tinoco minds the rubber for the Rangers. Judge will lead off with Stanton following him.
Baseball in October. What can be better?
There will always be tonight. Trevino is on the bump in Arlington. Will this be the night when Judge passes Maris?
Judge stays on pace, hitting another homer off a three-one pitch left in the middle of the plate. What would one expect?
He was 1-4 in the match against Pittsburgh, so his average dipped slightly, but his slugging and total bases are better for the effort.
Today is the last day of summer before the boys of summer.. go on vacation? An interesting aspect is that Ruth hit 60 in 154 possible games. Judge did it in 147. Is that deserving of an asterisk, or an exclamation point? There are a couple other whales in the room, and the curious thing is that the first letter of their first name and first letter of their last name are the same in each case. Alliteration helps people remember what they read.
Aaron Judge homered number 58 and 59 on the season in a slug-fest with an obviously anguished Brewers staff in Milwaukee. An errant slider and a fastball, left in the zone, left the park and Judge had two other hits as well. As we near the end of summer, it is difficult if not impossible to ignore the magnitude of what Judge has done this season.
What is it with the ‘Stros Colt .45s and how they owned the Yankees just after losing a series to Oakland? I currently blame Yordan Lex Álvarez but also Craig Luthor Biggio, retired evil baseball wizard genius.
Holy crap. I made a post for the first time in forever, the Yankees lost. I don’t make a post after making the last one, and the Yankees win. So, I don’t make another post, thinking I’m on to something about me not posting, and Boston scores a fajillion runs, as if they were playing a little league team. Elimination time for the Yankees, with Carston Charles Sabathia looking to hold the Red Sox to what, less than double digits? I ain’t superstitious, but Porcello is gonna cross that path.
Enjoy the game. Lineups after the fold.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees manager Aaron Boone faced each other on the field for the first time May 1st 2001 (I may be wrong.. I had to dig for a while to find it..), when the Dodgers lost to the Reds 7-6, on a three for four performance by Boone including a home run off Eric Gagne, the beginning of history between them as they face off for the first time as managers in the post season. Cora was with the Dodgers in ’04 and Boone sat that season out, injured, so neither figured in the last post-season meeting between the Sox and Yanks. But they will figure tonight, along with the brilliant and impossibly thin figure of Chris Sale on the bump for the home team Boston Red Sox, and J.A. Happ getting the start for the visiting New York Yankees.
This year’s story was the Sox outscoring the Bombers 116 to 102 heads-up, and Boston winning 10 to the Yankees 9. Perhaps most important is that in the height of the race in August, the Sox swept the Yanks four games at Fenway 28-13 including winning the last game in extras, where after putting their proverbial foot down, and won 108 games, never having to look back. The Yankees knocked off the A’s in their play-in game, and managed to win 100 games in the reggalar, third place behind Boston and defending World Champion Houston’s 103 win tally. The Yanks also slugged the most home runs ever in a season (267), while Boston ran away with runs (876) (yanks were 2nd at 851) hits (1509) and doubles (355): +56 for hits on the Cubbies.. Talk about two awesome offenses.
Houston posted a major’s-best 3.3 RA/G, and it’s not even close. What is most remarkable, and you really should go look this up, is that they did it with only 22 pitchers for the season. The Sox and Yanks were both above league average, but think about that Houston rotation and pen. Twenty two pitchers for a whole season? With a staff ERA of 3.11?
Anyway, now it is on to the two best teams in the Beast with a combined 208 regular season wins facing off for the short race to three wins. Line-ups when I have them. It’s important enough to say it again: this the first post-season meeting between these two arch rivals since the epic series of 2004. Wasn’t that something to behold? Comment away.
It’s Whitley at Rogers Centre facing knuckler Dickey.
Comment away, eh?
Tanaka out for a month minimum. In the meantime, Michael Pineda and the Yankees host the Rays and Drew Smyly in a getaway game before the Bombers go to Boston on Friday.