What Have We Learned From The New York Yankees’ 2018 Season

The 2018 New York Yankees. Put it in the books. Season over.

Expectations were high for this group as the 2017 team overachieved and led fans on an unexpected wild ride all the way to Game 7 of the ALCS.

With the addition of 2017 NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, it seemed to many that 2018 would be the Yankees year. However, pitching was not addressed in the off-season by GM Brian Cashman with questions among his starting staff going into the season.

Add in a rookie manager in Aaron Boone and a precarious start, going 9-9 in the team’s early going and being 7 games behind the Red Sox, it looked like disaster looming in the Bronx.

The team would then pick it up and go on a 17 of 18 game winning streak in April, amassing the best record in MLB at 26-10. Had the Bronx Bombers returned to greatness?

There were definitely high points that MLB may never see again, such as the team breaking the home run record set by the Seattle Mariners. Didi Gregorius breaking the RBI record for a shortstop with 8 in a freezing cold early season game in the Bronx.

The emergence of Miguel Andujar, who just may win the AL Rookie of the Year award this year, and his teammate Gleyber Torres. Who could have predicted the impact the pair would have on their team?

The night when Stanton cemented his place in Pinstripes with his first walk-off on June 20.

The Aaron Hicks 3-home run game which highlighted an 11-1 win over rival Boston Red Sox and David Price.

Interesting times such as the brawl at Fenway and in Houston when Giles punched himself in the face after the Sanchez go-ahead homer in the ninth inning.

Head-scratchers too. Losing to teams such as the Orioles that were on baseball’s less than elite list. The rocky play of catcher Gary Sanchez who continued to struggle in all phases of his game. Aaron Judge being sidelined for the better part of the second part of the year with a fractured wrist.

The regression of Yankees ace Luis Severino, who faltered badly in the second half of the season.

Getting past adversity is in the game of life as well as baseball. Why they play a 162 game season. The 2018 New York Yankees were able to win 100 games for the first time since 2009 in spite of injuries, rookie players, and a manager who had never been in the position previously.

Did they produce up to expectations? Some say yes, some no. However, even though it ended too early to many, lessons were learned and building blocks set in place for the future. Boone gained a year of experience, as did the entire team. They had unbelievable highs and rocky lows.

We’ll see what additions Cashman makes for the 2019 team but a sound core is in place going forward. Adversity taught the 2018 team much. The bright times showed them that the sky is the limit.

2018…just the beginning of something very special in Yankee baseball. Bring on 2019!

 

 

New York Yankees: ALDS Preview Versus The Boston Red Sox

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You can breathe now New York Yankees fans. They beat Oakland in the AL Wild Card Game and now have an ALDS matchup against Boston starting tomorrow. I’m here to break it down.

Pitching: In what came as a surprise to nobody, J.A Happ was announced to be the Starter for Game 1 against Chris Sale and the Red Sox and Masahiro Tanaka in Game 2 against David Price. The rest of the rotation hasn’t been announced yet, but I think Wild Card Stater Luis Severino will start on regular rest against Rick Porcello, and C.C Sabathia in Game 4 against former Yankee, Nathan Eovaldi.

Happ has a great track record against Boston with a career 2.98 ERA against the Red Sox and a 3.27 ERA in Fenway. Sale has established himself has one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, but struggled in the postseason last year and saw his velocity dip in every start since coming off the DL. Tanaka has struggled against the Red Sox this year, but he has a 1.44 ERA in four career playoff starts.

Price has struggled both against the Yankees and in the playoffs with a ERA’s close to five. Severino pitched four shutout innings allowing only two hits against Oakland and Porcello has a 5.47 career playoff ERA. Porcello also has mixed result against the Yankees. He has pitched good against them overall, but struggles at Yankee Stadium. This year he pitched 18 innings of one run ball in three starts against the Yankees at Fenway, but gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in his only start at Yankee Stadium.

Eovaldi has dominated the Yankees this year with a 1.93 ERA in four starts against the Yankees. C.C has been shaky against the Red Sox this year but overall pitches better at Yankee Stadium.

The pitching matchups could change depending on the first two games. If it is 1-1, we might see C.C pitch Game 3 so the Yankees can save Severino for Game 4. If the Red Sox down 2-1, you could see them bring back Sale on short rest, or at least make him available out of the bullpen.

The Yankees also have a better bullpen. There bullpen has a 3.38 ERA, while Boston’s bullpen only has a 3.74 ERA. Aroldis Chapman is back in the Closer role for the Yankees. After letting up a home run in his return from the DL, he has pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. They have a solid bridge featuring Zack Britton, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, and Chad Green. The Red Sox have an elite closer in Craig Kimbrel, but their bridge is not as strong.

Advantage: Yankees

Offense: The Yankees and Red Sox have two of the most prolific offenses in Major League Baseball. The Yankees broke the record for single season home runs and the Red Sox are led by MVP candidates J.D Martinez and Mookie Betts.  The Red Sox have other good offensive players like Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts, but the Yankees have a deeper lineup overall.

The stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Martinez, and Betts are going to hit. Stanton and Judge have hit a combine .360 with 10 HR’s and 27 RBI’s against Boston. Bets and Martinez have a combined 7 HR’s and 35 RBI’s. The X-Factor’s for the series are Gary Sanchez and Steve Pearce. Sanchez has slumped this year, but batting .303 with 8 Home runs in 18 career games at Fenway. Pearce is a Yankee killer. He is hitting .288 with 15 career home runs in 64 games against the Yankees.

Advantage: Yankees

Fielding, Base running, and Managing: Managing is almost even.  Both teams have rookie managers and won over 100 games. The have the clear advantage in baserunning. Three of their regulars have more stolen bases than Brett Gardner, who leads the Yankees in stolen bases with 16.  However, the Yankees have a big advantage defensively. According to Sports Info Solutions, the Red Sox are last among all playoff teams with -26 defensive runs saved. That is 50 less than the Yankees who have 24.  The biggest culprits are Bogaerts, Eduardo Nunez, and Rafael Devers are a combined -51. Nunez and Devers will like platoon, as will Ian Kinsler  and Brock Holt at second.

Advantage: Yankees Fielding, Red Sox baserunning, managing even

Prediction: I think overall the Yankees matchup better against Boston than any of the other teams in the American League playoffs. They lost the regular season series 10-9, but they are 8-6 with Judge in the lineup against Boston and would have avoided the four game sweep in early August had Andujar made a good throw to first in the 9th inning on Sunday night. I think most of the pitching matchups favor us, especially since Chris Sale doesn’t appear to be physically right.  While I like the matchup, I think Betts will end his postseason struggles and winning 108 games is hard. I think the two teams will return to Yankee Stadium tied at one and the Yankees make the most of their home field advantage games 3 and 4.

Result: Yankees in 4

 

New York Yankees: 2018 Wildcard Preview

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The 2018 New York Yankees regular season has come to an end and it was certainly one to remember. The team finished in 2nd place in the AL East with a record of 100-62, an impressive campaign for rookie manager Aaron Boone.

The team broke several records, most notably the record for most home-runs by a team in a single season with 267. This came from all across the board as well with the Yankees amassing at least 20 HR’s of production from each position on the field.

We saw absolutely stellar campaigns from many players from rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, slugger Giancarlo Stanton, ace Luis Severino, and the majority of the bullpen. There were many story-lines written for the team during the regular season but as any Yankee season goes, the regular season success is never enough. On Wednesday October 3rd , the Yanks will face off in the Bronx in a one-game elimination playoff matchup against the Oakland Athletics.

The Athletics come into the playoffs as arguably the hottest team in baseball. Midway through June the team had a 34-36 record looking like another disappointing year, before the team ripped off a stretch of a 63-29 record the rest of the way. The team is headlined by their star studded slugger Khris Davis, who finished the season with 48 HR and 123 RBI, along with a compliment of talented infielders in Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie, who both boasted .800+ OPS and 20+ HR’s.

The team’s dominant offense is complimented by one of the all-time seasons in the history of the game by close Blake Treinen who became the first pitcher in the history of baseball to finish a season with at least 30 saves, 100 K’s and an ERA under 1.00.

The Yanks will indeed have a lot to deal with against this Athletics team but also have some big factors on their side going into the game. The consistency of Miguel Andujar, who put up a .297 BA, 25 HR, and 97 RBI and DH Giancarlo Stanton, who added 38 HR and 100 RBI himself were some standouts in the lineup to name a few. The team had a historically dominant offense with six players finishing with an OPS above .800 (Judge, Andujar, Stanton, Hicks, Didi, and Gleyber).

This was complimented by a stellar season from Yankees ace Luis Severino, finishing the year with a 19-8 record, 3.39 ERA and 220K and a bullpen that was not too shabby either, featuring two pitchers (Betances and Chapman) boasting K/9 of 15.00 or higher. The Yanks will make their decision either today or tomorrow in regards to who will start the game, but will have plenty of good choices between Severino, Tanaka, and J.A. Happ.

On the Oakland side, they do not have many great choices in their starting rotation so many expect it to be a bullpen game on their side. One thing is for certain if the Yanks are going to win they are going to need to get the production out of the players mentioned to beat a talented Oakland bunch. Expect plenty of runs and fireworks in the Bronx on Wednesday night, as the Yanks will play for a chance at a date with the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.

New York Yankees Flasbhack: Farewell to the House That Ruth Built

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September 21, 2008, will be bittersweet to this Yankee fan as long as they continue to play the game, as it was the day they played the last game in old Yankee Stadium.

The ballpark was open all day, with fans circling the infield and paying their final respects in Monument Park. In the pregame ceremonies Yankee employees dressed as old-time ballplayers, portraying the starting nine from the opener in 1923, took the field along with faux-Manager Miller Huggins. Then players from yesteryear were honored position by position.

Several were invited to take to the field at their old positions, with Yankee widows and children taking the place of their deceased fathers and husbands in several spots. The bat that Babe Ruth used to hit the game-winning home run that day was laid across home plate, and Derek Jeter was presented with a silver bat in honor of his having eclipsed Lou Gehrig‘s record for most hits stroked in the old Stadium just weeks before.

Ageless emcee Bob Sheppard greeted the fans from home on the video board several times, and recited a poem in honor of the old place. Broadcaster Michael Kay appeared on the Scoreboard in the fifth inning when it came time to reduce the games remaining in the old Stadium counter from the “1″ displayed, changing it to “Forever” because the magic would be moving across the street to the new Stadium.

Although not at his sharpest, Andy Pettitte got the start and the win. Johnny Damon‘s third-inning three-run home run wiped out an early 2-0 Birds lead, and once the visitors scored for a tying tally, unlikely offensive hero Jose Molina hit the last home run in the old Stadium for a 5-3 lead. Later, Jason Giambi stroked the last hit, and Brett Gardner scored the last run in the Cathedral pinch-running, on a sac fly by Robbie Cano, the last rbi in Yankee Stadium, in a 7-3 win.

Aside from Gardner, other reserves Manager Joe Girardi let play in the historic game were Melky Cabrera, Wilson Betemit, Cody Ransom, and Ivan Rodriguez. Relievers who pitched in the game were Jose Veras, Phil Coke, and Joba Chamberlain, with the game started by Pettitte being finished by the one and only Mariano Rivera, of course.

Once the game was over, Captain Jeter led the players around the field, and he exhorted us to bring our memories to the new Stadium in 2009. People just hung out until well after midnight, as some just did not want to leave. Sitting in the Upper Deck at the new place across 161st Street, I still cannot believe they torn down the old structure, the House That Ruth Built, with its upper deck hanging right over the field, and not seemingly hundreds of feet back from the field like in the new place.

New York Yankees: Who Should Start Expected Wild Card Game?

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The New York Yankees are sitting at 90-55 with the second best record in baseball. While this season has been an impressive one for the Yanks, there seems to be more desired from fans that have been critical of the team as of late.

This could be a combination of things from criticism of rookie manager Aaron Boone, very pedestrian second half performance, and underwhelming seasons from certain players. All of that however is glorified due to the fact they are playing in the same division as the Boston Red Sox who are putting together one of the best regular seasons ever and are on pace for 110 wins.

With 17 games to go and a 9-game deficit in the AL East, it seems all by inevitable that the Yankees will be playing in the AL Wild Card game and has their fate decided in a 1-game playoff as they did last season.

A big question for the Yanks over this second half of the season has become, who will start that potential season-deciding game for them?

At the halfway point of this season this question would seem like a no-brainer with All-Star pitcher and Cy Young candidate at the time, Louis Severino.

Severino was 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 144 SO going into the break but has struggled greatly ever since. In the second half, Severino has been completely different with a 3-5 record, a 6.95 ERA and opponents batting .318 against him.

It’s clear that Severino has been struggling and some can pin it on his tremendous workload in terms of innings pitched but nevertheless the Yankees ace is no longer a guaranteed answer for a one game do or die. Deeper into the rotation other potential answers for this question have emerged with veteran pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and newly acquired lefty J.A. Happ.

Both of these two have had some great moments in the second half of the season and have been pitching very well as of late. Tanaka has bolstered a 2-2 record with a 2.12 ERA in his last 5 starts, along with going 7+ innings in his last three starts.

Tanaka has also been somewhat of a mark of consistency throughout the season seeming to always be a reliable option for the Yanks every 5 th day. J.A. Happ on the other hand is coming on as a very strong potential candidate for the Yanks, as well as a popular one.

Since joining the Yanks, Happ has made 8 starts for the team. He has posted a 6-0 record, 2.70 ERA, 43 SO, and a .220 BAA in those starts. The team is also 7-1 in games started by Happ. This is an extremely impressive stretch for a guy coming into the toughest place to play in all of baseball and an undeniably strong case for him to be the Wild Card game starter.

While rookie manager will have a tough decision to make if and when that day arrives in which the Yankees have to play a one-game win-or- go-home playoff, there will be options on the table for him. Even beyond the guys mentioned, veteran C.C. Sabathia who has some of the most playoff pitching experience in all of Major League Baseball is another viable option for the team.

Above all else the Yankees #1 priority going into the playoffs should be health and consistency on the field. With Didi Gregorious and Gary Sanchez returning to the lineup and Aaron Judge on the way behind them, the Yanks can be set up to make another playoff run in 2018 if they play their cards correctly.

 

New York Yankees Flashback: The Visiting Team in New York

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I considered not sharing a history post on 9/11, and I won’t speak about that day. My condolences to all who lost loved ones in that tragedy.

The Yankees and CC Sabathia were down 1-0 to an Adeiny Hechavarria second-inning rbi triple as the Rays hosted them at CitiField on September 11, 2017, as severe weather drove them from Florida. But things collapsed for Jake Odorizzi in the five-run Yankee fourth, a frame that had one walk, one single, one sac fly, one infield error, one double, one catcher’s interference call during a Jacoby Ellsbury at bat, and, most important of all, Todd Frazier‘s three-run home run. The Yanks were outhit nine to four, but walked away with a 5-1 victory.

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees in new Yankee Stadium seven weeks before Championship No. 27, 10-4 on September 11, 2009.

A beastly night where the start of the game was held up for 90 minutes, and there was another extended rain delay later, but none of that is important (not even the score). That is because Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for most hits by a Yankee with a one-base hit in the fourth (at 9:23 p.m.), then broke the all-time Pinstriped hits record with an rbi single in the fifth (at 10:00 p.m.). Amazingly, there were other Yankee highlights, as Alex Rodriguez gave Andy Pettitte an instant lead with a three-run bomb in the first, but it was all O’s thereafter (except for the Jeter all-time record).

Baltimore sent eight, then nine, then eight batters up in the fifth, sixth, and seventh and scored 2, 4, and 3 runs respectively. The home run was Alex’s 577th.

September 11, 1985, was the day that Pete Rose singled off San Diego’s Eric Show, passing Ty Cobb to become the all-time major-league hits leader with 4,192.

New York Yankees Flashback: CC, Moose, and Coney: The Pursuit of Perfection

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The September 2, 2010, headliner in the 5-0 win over Oakland in Yankee Stadium was staff ace CC Sabathia, but Curtis Granderson made a late claim at the laurels as well. The Yanks’ burly southpaw barely broke a sweat, subduing the A’s over eight innings with 96 tosses, only one of which was struck for a hit. But Granderson, subbing early in the game for ailing Nick Swisher, stroked home runs in both the sixth and seventh innings for three rbi’s.

It was Yankees in front of Boston in the standings on September 2, 2001. The venue was Fenway, the opposing pitchers, Mike Mussina and (at the time) Boston’s David Cone. Cone battled gamely through eight scoreless innings against the “perfect” Mussina, who lost his perfecto to Carl Everett‘s single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, one half inning after Cone had allowed the only (unearned) run of the contest, on Enrique Wilson‘s double.

In a strange twist, Boston GM Dan Duquette fired interim pitching coach John Cumberland after the game. Cumberland had been promoted to the spot after the incumbent Joe Kerrigan had replaced the fired Jimy Williams as manager.

In another memorable pitching performance, September 2, 1996, was the day that David Cone returned to the Yankees’ mound after recovering and rehabbing from May shoulder surgery to remove an aneurysm. Joe Torre, following the pitch count from the game plan they had established going in, did the generally unthinkable, taking the ball from Cone after seven innings of a still intact no-hitter. Mariano Rivera allowed one hit in finishing up the 5-0 win over Oakland.

On September 2, 1958, back-to-back sixth-inning dingers off Boston’s Dave Sisler from Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle broke a scoreless tie, and the Yanks won, 6-1. Mantle and Berra would go yard back-to-back 12 times in their careers playing together, and the two homered in the same game 50 times.

At this point, for any fan who remembers the name, recognition of the birthday of one-time Yank “Marvelous” Marv Throneberry (1933) is likely to bring a smile. And most fans today would gladly tip their cap to “Toe,”  infielder Ronald Torreyes, born this day in 1992.

Can The New York Yankees Survive This string Of Injuries?

Down goes Chapman!! Down goes Chapman, down goes Didi!! Down goes Didi… a left hook, then a devastating right cross sends two New York Yankees reeling to the canvas, as the DL virus pounds the teams immune system once again…

The Yankees have been hammered by injuries. Before the All-Star break, the only serious concerns were Clint Frazier (concussion) and Jacoby Ellsbury (back/hip). Minor set back to Gleyber Torres (hip) and Gary Sanchez (groin) were light; expected to be back in the lineup at the beginning of the second half without problem. But then it happened…

The ship had sputtered into the habor, running low on gas; a leak in the hull; and a small tear in the sail. Nothing complicated. We were sporting the 2nd best record in MLB—trailing only the Red Sox. We docked, and the crew disembarked to their respective destinies for a well deserved rest. Five days later, we returned; finding the ship in tip top shape. All aboard! Time to set sail again!

We glided through the habor and out to the open sea. It was a beautiful day for sailing. The captain opened the throttle; full steam ahead. Time to catch Boston! However, when the captain cut the motor, and ordered the sails to be raised, we made an abrupt turn to the left, catching everybody off-guard.

Management had decided to chart a new course. Instead of following the traditional route wich lends to favorable wins, we gambled and flip-flopped the rotation. The Baseball Gods were not pleased with this ingenius strategy, costing us into unknown waters. Going against the grain, the sea became choppy and the sails were lowered promote stability. It didn’t work; one mishap followed another…

Domingo German started game one. He lost and was tosed overboard to the minors. Split-squad lineups were used for a double-header against Kansas City, when we needed a sweep to gain some momentum. Gleyber Torres—the hands down favorite for ROY—also tumbled into the deep after a scolding from Phil Nevin for his lapses on defense (though hitting 2 Home Runs and 4 RBI’S in the same game). His average nose dived—from .289 to .268 at the time of this commentary—hitting .204 in the next 22 games (with only 2 Home Runs and 7 ribbies).

Then it was Gary Sanchez who reappeared only to dissapear to Tampa; exiled because his game/body were not up to par. Superman Aaron Judge is crippled by kryptonite; Boston sweeps; and a depleted offense is weakened even more, when, mysteriously Neil Walker is not playing after hitting 2 Home Runs the night before, two days later Greg Bird receives the same treatment. When asked about these moves, Boone’s rhetoric was unconvencing. To close things out, the DL virus returned stricking CC, Didi, and Chapman…

All the forces of evil have had their turn unleashing missiles and torpedos at Bronx Bombers. Yet, somehow, in an amazing way, the team has weathered the storm. We’re still the 2nd best club in baseball! So whether we like it or not, we have to give credit where credit is due.

Aaron Boone and his staff, along with crafty moves by the front office, have held things together. Despite the inexperience,  or the inexplicable, Boone has rallied his troops. Hicks has been fantastic; stepping up his game to unite with Stanton as the power source. The vets (Walker and Gardner) have been reliable as always with their presence.

What about Miguel Andújar who has quietly moved to the forefront of the ROY balloting? Romine arose to the occasion in the absence of Sanchez. Even new addition Luke Voit is getting in on the action. Then there’s Happ, Lynn, and Britton which tightened a sagging staff. Betances is back, Robertson is Robertson, and all others are doing their part too.

Aaron Boone is getting the most out of his players, and that’s quite commendable.

In closing, I feel that the only thing missing is for us to find the right current. The one where all unite in perfect harmony—health, chemistry, rythmn (pitching/defense,hitting)—and favorable winds carrying us to our 28th championship. No doubt, we have the pieces to get the job done.

Yankees Acquire Veteran Outfielder Andrew McCutchen

Get excited, Yankees fans. Brian Cashman has finally made a move in adding some production back into the outfield and into the lineup. Not just anyone, though – according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees have agreed to a trade with the San Francisco Giants for the 2013 National League MVP, 5x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger, 1x Gold Glove veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen in exchange for INF Abiatal Avelino and one other minor league player.

How influential is the signing of Andrew McCutchen for the Yankees?

This is huge for the Yankees. Yes, the 31-year-old may be past his prime years, but he is essentially replacing the 33-year-old Shane Robinson who doesn’t even contribute half as much as McCutchen could both offensively and defensively.

Since Aaron Judge was put on the disabled list on July 27, Robinson is posting an abysmal .143/.182/.238 slash line with a .420 OPS. Not to mention that he has not been a protector of the short porch to say the least.

McCutchen is not necessarily playing up to his career numbers of .288/.377/.481 with a .858 OPS – but rather he’s put up a .255/.357/.415 slash line this season with a .772 OPS and 15 HR, 55 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

As you can see from the numbers, he is a significant improvement from Shane Robinson. As it stands today, the Yankees are 7.5 games behind Boston and are seemingly not going to surpass them. With Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, AND Aaron Judge on the disabled list, the Yankees have been struggling offensively.

With an influx of bat efficiency from McCutchen, the Bombers will have enough fire power until their star players return to the lineup. Additionally, they will need all the help they can find to fend off the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners in the Wild Card.

New York Yankees Flashback: Catfish, Again

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When Catfish Hunter beat the Oakland A’s, 6-2, on August 27, 1978, he completed a six-win/no-loss August that helped propel the Yankees on their way in their momentous climb from 14 games back of the Red Sox.

Double/single, then a walk and back-to-back errors, then double/single again gave the Bombers a 6-1 first-inning lead over the Mariners in Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2017, in an eventual 10-1 win. A brilliant Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 over seven, and the surprising big hit on back-to-back days was delivered by Jacoby Ellsbury.

The Yankees had a doubly fine day on August 27, 1938, both in that they swept a pair from the Indians, and because they had both their offense and pitching to thank. Joe DiMaggio led the way by stroking three triples in the 8-7 win in the first game, and Monte Pearson won his 10th straight game and fashioned a no-hitter to boot in the 13-0 Yankee victory in Game Two.

The fact that it was only their second loss in 14 games made it a bit easier to swallow the Yanks’ 8-2 defeat to Texas on August 27, 1977, but the manner of their undoing was bizarre. Toby Harrah and Bump Wills belted inside-the-park home runs on consecutive pitches from Yankee righty Ken Clay.

Outfielder and pitcher Johnny Lindell (1985) is the most noteworthy Yankee player to have died on August 27. Lindell cleared 63 fences good for 369 runs batted in for the Yanks in his 1941-1950 debut, and he won two games, lost one, and saved one in 23 appearances on the mound (two starts).

The hitting stats grew to 72 and 404 after a year with the Cardinals, one with the Pirates, and two with the Phillies. And in 55 overall pitching appearances (28 starts), he posted an 8-18-1 record.