“You learn in baseball, to turn the page”, first baseman Greg Bird said. This is not the first time we went through a bad stretch as a team.
The Yankees will do that. They now limp into the postseason after suffering a weekend sweep at the hands of the Orioles, a team managed by ex-Yankee manager Buck Showalter.
So the Yankees got what they needed in this final week, despite playing horribly themselves. “Tuesday is a new day. We want to be the last team standing, the last city standing, and our city deserves that”. We’re in the playoffs.
In a five, or seven game series, home-field advantage is a perk, but not a must-have. Is it possible to feel good about that right now?
The Yankees offense came up short, but it was at no fault to Carlos Beltran, who had three hits and a walk on the day.
This is how it’s been going for the Yankees much of the season. Tomorrow we have a practice. “If it ends today, it was a great time”. They’re in Texas to play the Rangers. “You win, you move on”.
The second game didn’t look any more promising early.
“I’m not talking about Tommy John anymore”, said Nova, who is 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in his last four starts. The previous mark was 31 set by Texas and Seattle in 1997. I felt very honored to be part of that. “I was in trouble for me, you know?”
“I’ve been waiting for it for a long time”, the 26-year-old Noel said. “I didn’t pitch the way I would like to pitch“. “Too many pitches”, Girardi said. If you want to read about this, check out this Athletics Nation article that can explain it better than I ever could. “I have to protect him”. He’ll finish this year with a 1.82 WHIP and a 7.97 ERA. Two months ago, those innings might have belonged to Chasen Shreve, but Shreve’s breakout season crumbled in recent weeks and the Yankees have searched in vain for a reliable middle-innings alternative.
The Yankees return to the Bronx to host the Astros in the one-game wild card playoff Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. From there, James Pazos, Andrew Bailey, Branden Pinder combined for two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings before Justin Wilson and Andrew Miller pitched the eighth. I won’t know until I go through the process. Instead he had each of them get one out as a tuneup for Tuesday.
Regardless of whether Wieters returns to the Orioles, he thinks the Orioles are in good shape moving forward. It all starts over.
“The regular season doesn’t matter now”. Hopefully the pitching and the offense take Monday to get things right and they come out on Tuesday fresh and ready to compete. He has an. 857 on-base plus slugging percentage at home, against an ugly.
The Yankees’ top three hitters in their lineup-Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez-went 0-for-13 Sunday.
Davis hit a two-run shot off Bryan Mitchell in the fifth and a two-run drive against Caleb Cotham in the eighth, increasing his team-leading RBI total to 117. He broke out in a big way at the plate, flashed the defensive pedigree that won him a Gold Glove in his first full season back in 2013, and was by far the best player on the Orioles, even if local media did not recognize him as such.
NOTES: 3B Manny Machado achieved his goal of playing in all 162 games, the only major leaguer to do so.