September 29, 2016

G159: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1

Red Sox - 000 100 000 - 1  4  0
Yankees - 100 012 01x - 5  8  0
CC Sabathia pitched well (7.1-4-1-2-8, 105) as the Yankees finished a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.

New York's three wins were utterly meaningless, though, as the AL-East-champion Red Sox will be playing in the ALDS next week, while the fourth-place Yankees will watch that (and every other) postseason series at home on their big-screen TVs.

During the game, the Yankees were mathematically eliminated from the 2016 postseason. Enjoy your sweep, losers!

Xander Boagerts hit a solo home run in the fourth. ... David Ortiz struck out and walked in his two plate appearances.
Henry Owens / CC Sabathia
Hill, 3B
Benintendi, LF
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Young, RF
Bradley, CF
Hanigan, C
Shaw, 1B
Marrero, 2B
All I know is that the Red Sox will be playing baseball next week ... and the Yankees will not.

David Ortiz: "I wanted to celebrate on that field so bad, but it is what it is. We're going to celebrate anyway."

Jackie Bradley: "[A]s soon as we got in here, we quickly got over it. We're ecstatic. We're glad to be able to go to the postseason and make some noise."

John Farrell: "I told them, don't let one inning take away from what they've done for seven full months."

John Henry: "When a team is as effective as this team has been on the road late in the season, you know there's something special. I feel pretty good. Let's put it this way: Where we are now, I wouldn't want to play us going into the playoffs because this is a really talented team and really tough."

Red Sox-Yankees Walk-Off Grand Slams

April 14, 1933: Red Ruffing (NY's starting pitcher), Yankees 6-2
August 12, 1942: Charlie Keller, Yankees 8-4
July 11, 1959: Don Buddin, Red Sox 8-4 (10)
September 28, 2016: Mark Teixeira, Yankees 5-3


allan said...

With the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, Boston secured first place in the AL East on Wednesday night and continued the team's recent trend of finishing in either first or last place in the division. The Red Sox had a last-place finish in 2012, 2014, and 2015; their other first-place finish over the last five seasons was in 2013, when they went on to win the World Series.
In major-league history, only three other teams finished in first place twice and last place three times in their division (or league before 1969) in a five-year span. The Philadelphia Athletics did this from 1913 to 1917, winning the American League pennant in the first two years and finishing in last over the next three years. The Braves did so from 1988 to 1992, when they had a last-place finish in the first three years before turning it around to win the NL West in the next two seasons. And most recently, the Rangers won the AL West in 1998 and 1999 and then had three consecutive last-place finishes from 2000 to 2002.

hrstrat57 said...

Ok then let's wack these stripers and initiate the MFY elimination party.....