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Thoughts on the final Yankees game this season (from northern clipper)
4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 1:41AM #1
northernclipper
Posts: 2,544



These were my in-game, in the moment thoughts as the game was progressing.



The home plate umpire is incompetent.  The first rule, the VERY FIRST RULE, is know the strike zone and if you know it, you will be consistent.  (I have umpired from t-ball right up to semi-pro, as some of you may know).  This guy calls the outside pitch a strike, especially to righties. Of course, when he does this, other players notice and are tempted to swing  and/or expand their strike zone. 


Sanchez still doesn't move his body to block pitches...He someimes tries to stab the ball.

 


Osuma is usually deadly against the Yankees.  Justice at last!  Catch that one, Springer!!!!  A gme-tying home run after all the close plays, circus catches, etc.  But is it short-lived?  So many chances to win earlier may come back to haunt them.




I'm feeling like we've got a good shot.  Two out, Chapman on the mound.  As soon as I think it, I regret it.  Altuve now up.  Game over!  


Afterthoughts:
I'm sorry, John Smoltz et al.  The home plate umpire was not "missing calls for both teams".  I counted and least 9 pitches outside the strike zone that were called strikes on Yankees batters, far more than the Astros.  That can have a tremendous impact on the game, as I noted above.  Is there no accountability for this ineptitude?  Does anyone evaluate these performances?



How ironic that we have, arguably, our best reliever out there when the roof falls in.  The Yankees fought hard, perhaps could have caught a break here or there (but didn't).  Might have been wiser to go with Austin catching and Gary as DH, but it's all hindsight now.


Two final comments:
Don't look for the return of the parrot.  Sign some front line pitching, someone who is really good, someone who is pitchng for the Astros right now, someone who....well,you get the idea.  Let's hope the front office  does, too.  If this guy grew up a Yankees fan, then make his wish come true, Messrs Steinbrenner.  My two cents.  Thanks for reading.  nc 

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 1:46AM #2
vdfebduderocks
Posts: 516

Basically this year was a failure.  We do need some wholesale changes though to match up with Houston.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 1:55AM #3
FW57Clipper51
Posts: 15,550

Oct 20, 2019 -- 1:46AM, vdfebduderocks wrote:


Basically this year was a failure.  We do need some wholesale changes though to match up with Houston.




No wholesale changes really needed, just good pitchers in our 2020 Yankees starting rotation, that can go 7 innings. Once again good pitching beats good hitting, although some of the Yankees batting order was flat, really no DH at all in the ALCS, but he will be gone anyway.



Clipper





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4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 2:04AM #4
vdfebduderocks
Posts: 516

Oct 20, 2019 -- 1:55AM, FW57Clipper51 wrote:


Oct 20, 2019 -- 1:46AM, vdfebduderocks wrote:


Basically this year was a failure.  We do need some wholesale changes though to match up with Houston.




No wholesale changes really needed, just good pitchers in our 2020 Yankees starting rotation, that can go 7 innings. Once again good pitching beats good hitting, although some of the Yankees batting order was flat, really no DH at all in the ALCS, but he will be gone anyway.


Clipper








We need to revisit our offensive approach and figure out a way to drastically reduce injuries.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 2:06AM #5
penny
Posts: 152
I think we lost this game to not hitting with runners on base. We struck out a lot . They had so many chances in these games and they stranded tons of runners they were like 3/24 with runners in scoring position. Big hits win you games. At the most of it all was the smug smile on Chapman face after altuve hit the homerun .. not a Yankee trait..
yANKS GO ALL THE WAY 28 WS CHAMPION
4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 4:04AM #6
NW
Posts: 1,405

According to MLB:


 NYY@HOU 6: Marvin Hudson: 121/123 Balls + 44/51 Strikes = 165/174 = 94.8%. +3 HOU.


Unfortunately, I thought we had 5 really well umpired games leading to game 6.  Blaser had one of the best games I've ever seen in game 2 (until the Sanchez AB in the 11th which ended up ironically working out anyway).  

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 4:32AM #7
NW
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Oct 20, 2019 -- 2:06AM, penny wrote:

I think we lost this game to not hitting with runners on base. We struck out a lot . They had so many chances in these games and they stranded tons of runners they were like 3/24 with runners in scoring position. Big hits win you games. At the most of it all was the smug smile on Chapman face after altuve hit the homerun .. not a Yankee trait..



The Yankees didn't lose their approach; they lost their balance.  It's ok to have a couple of guys in your lineup who are big boppers.  It's even ok to have some high K guys with holes in their swings.  Houston has a lot of them too.  It's not ok to have Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, and Encanarcion in the same lineup.


It's also ok to grind out at bats but that's not the only way to have a good at bat.  When Jorge Posada was still a great hitter, he had a knack for picking out the pitch in the AB that he could handle the best.  If that was the first pitch, so be it.  In fact, even with his bad late career stats, he had a .349 career BA on the first pitch.  For the season, the Yankees hit .394 on the first pitch.  They also hit .297 when swinging at the first pitch, opposed to .254 when they took it.  


4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 7:38AM #8
yankoldfan
Posts: 8,797

Oct 20, 2019 -- 4:32AM, NW wrote:


Oct 20, 2019 -- 2:06AM, penny wrote:

I think we lost this game to not hitting with runners on base. We struck out a lot . They had so many chances in these games and they stranded tons of runners they were like 3/24 with runners in scoring position. Big hits win you games. At the most of it all was the smug smile on Chapman face after altuve hit the homerun .. not a Yankee trait..



The Yankees didn't lose their approach; they lost their balance.  It's ok to have a couple of guys in your lineup who are big boppers.  It's even ok to have some high K guys with holes in their swings.  Houston has a lot of them too.  It's not ok to have Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, and Encanarcion in the same lineup.


It's also ok to grind out at bats but that's not the only way to have a good at bat.  When Jorge Posada was still a great hitter, he had a knack for picking out the pitch in the AB that he could handle the best.  If that was the first pitch, so be it.  In fact, even with his bad late career stats, he had a .349 career BA on the first pitch.  For the season, the Yankees hit .394 on the first pitch.  They also hit .297 when swinging at the first pitch, opposed to .254 when they took it.  





I'm going to say this and will probably get killed for it on this boards, but we have two players that are young but that are honestly overrated, the first being Sanchez and the second being Judge.. Yes, Judge, the big difference is this, Judge makes up with his defense, Sanchez doesn't hit or play defense worth a crap, I've seen Judge come to the plate against good pitching with chances to do good and he usually like so many, strikes out... Do I want Judge gone, not really, he will hit his home runs against mediocre pitching and he will do well in the season, but come big games against great pitching he does what I hate more than anything he strikes out way too often... Now bash away ??

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 8:12AM #9
Tippy
Posts: 433

Using Green in the first inning doomed this game. Why not start Happ, he is a starter? The opener concept will ultimately fail in the post season.

4 months ago  ::  Oct 20, 2019 - 8:16AM #10
newinn
Posts: 34,322

Oct 20, 2019 -- 8:12AM, Tippy wrote:


Using Green in the first inning doomed this game. Why not start Happ, he is a starter? The opener concept will ultimately fail in the post season.




classic second guesser and if Happ gave up a 3 run homer in the first you would complain they should have started Green. 

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