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Chasing the Stars

Current record: 23-14, 2nd in the A.L. East

Latest results: May 20, 2018

As a Yankees fan, I really enjoyed my team's performance in 2017. Most exciting for me were the playoffs, particularly being one game away from beating the Houston Astros for the American League pennant. For my replay, I will attempt to do better than the real Yankees. This season I will chase the stars and try to catch the Astros like the real-life Yankees almost did in seven games.

This replay uses my 2017 pitchers' fixes and my settings. I will post all results, pre-game notes, newspaper recaps, League Notes summaries of interesting autoplayed games, recaps provided by my Events settings, and my own Manager Notes for what went through my head during each Yankees win and loss. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I did playing Strat-O-Matic and writing my thoughts.


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Tuesday May 16, 2017, 2017

New York Yankees 7 @ Kansas City Royals 6 (10 innings)

Manager's Notes
We started well with two consecutive HRs - a 2-run HR by Todd Frazier (Extreme Matchup 1 vs. Duffy) and Gary Sanchez. Unfortunately K.C. took advantage of good hitting and 3 errors by us to lead 5-3 in the top of 4th.
Duffy started to lose control and beaned Jacoby Ellsbury and Frazier, the latter with the bases loaded and two outs, to score a run for us to cut the deficit to 5-4. Sanchez took advantage of a bad pitch by Duffy in the 6 column to lace a 2-run single to give us the 6-5 lead and knock Duffy out of the game.
Awful fielding reared its ugly head again in the top of the 7th inning. Starlin Castro made another error for K.C.'s first baserunner of the inning. It resulted in a run to tie the game 6-6 when a RF single and throw by Aaron Judge couldn't get Gary Sanchez to block enough of the plate.
We got a lucky break on the bottom of 9th when Merrifield singled through 1B Frazier, but rolled a RP and got thrown out changing his mind and returning to 1B for the 2nd out.
Frazier was the hero with the bases loaded in the top of 10th, hitting a LF single that scored Castro but Aaron Hicks got thrown out trying to score from 2nd. David Robertson was brilliant, rolling a 3-8 strikeout to Hosmer with #6-7 and #9-10 being singles. He had a strikeout before that and a popout to Brett Garder gave him his 14th save of the season and a much-needed win for us.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
In an interesting game, led by LF Adam Duvall's grand slam, the Cincinnati Reds scored all 9 of their runs in the top of the 7th inning. They held off late rallies by the Chicago Cubs to win 9-6.

Monday May 15, 2017 - off

League Notes
Atlanta Braves 9 @ Toronto Blue Jays 5
Blue Jays 1B Justin Smoak went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs, 2 HRs, and a double shy of a cycle. Unfortunately for his team the Braves blew the game wide open in the 6th and 7th innings for a high-scoring win over the Jays.
·Full game report
· League recap.

Sunday May 14, 2017

Houston Astros 7 @ New York Yankees 5

Manager's Notes
Masahiro Tanaka was simply awful tonight. He gave up 4 HRs in the first two innings. I was ready to yank him in the 4th inning with the score 5-0, men on 3B and 2B, and no outs, but 2B Starlin Castro made a lmax catch and doubled off the 3B runner for a double play to keep Tanaka in the game.
That must have fired up our batters. Green Extreme Matchups Castro got a RBI single off Morton and Todd Frazier followed it up with a 3-run HR to make it a 5-4 game. Unfortunately a 2-run HR given by by Chasen Shreve in relief of Tanaka deflated us and the Astros won 7-5 to complete an embarrassing 4-game sweep at our home, and on national TV no less. We have a ways to go just to even win one game against the Astros. The won their 7th straight game tonight and now have the 2nd-best record in the A.L. (28-11), just behind the Boston Red Sox (29-9).
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Philadelphia Phillies 0 @ Washington Nationals 9

The Nats' Max Scherzer had another monster game, this time a 2-hit shutout over the Phillies. Scherzer tallied 12 strikeouts walked no one, and threw exactly 100 pitches to lower his season ERA to 2.03.
·Full game report.

New York Mets 2 @ Milwaukee Brewers 11
Brewers 2B Neil Walker hit a 3-run HR and a 2-run single to finish with 5 RBIs total in an easy win over the New York Mets.
·Full game report.

In an exciting game, the Atlanta Braves led the Miami Marlins 4-0 entering the 9th inning. The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton capped a thrilling comeback with a walk-off grand slam with two outs to give the Fins a 6-4 victory.

Saturday May 13, 2017

Houston Astros 7 @ New York Yankees 6

Manager's Notes
Verlander racked up 10 strikeouts, including 3 against Aaron Judge. C.C. Sabathia had an off day and gave up two crucial homers - a 3-run HR in the 4th and a 2-run in the 5th. That seemed to be the tone of the game with a 7-2 Houson lead, but a two-run HR by Aaron Hicks and timely extra base hits, as well as good relief performance, enabled us to catch up 7-6. That was how the game ended. It is too bad about those two HRs we gave up. We will have one last game against the Astros tomorrow to try to get that W against them.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Oakland Athletics 14 @ Texas Rangers 2

A's 3B Matt Chapman had 5 hits total to keep the Oakland offense going in its lopsided victory over the Royals.
·Full game report.

There were quite a few very long games. The Washington Nationals had a walk-off win after 16 innings with the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5. The Miami Marlins walked off in 15 against the Atlanta Braves 6-5. The visitor Baltimore Orioles prevailed in 15 innings over the Kansas City Roylas 8-7. Finally, Eric Thames hit a solo HR to walk the Milwaukee Brewers off against the New York Mets in 13 innings, 10-9.

Friday May 12, 2017

Houston Astros 3 @ New York Yankees 2

Manager's Notes
It appeared to be a good pitcher's duel, but in reality Dallas Keuchel dominated us and Luis Severino struggled to hold his own. By the time I put Aroldis Chapman in for the 7th inning, Severino had given up 9 hits and Keuchel only 2. Severino gave up a solo shot to McCann that stayed fair of the right field pole. In the same inning, the 4th, Chase Headley doubled and immediately after Gary Sanchez doubled to the outfield. The outfielders ran into each other and enabled Chase to score to tie the game.
Chapman had a bit of an adventure. He gave up a Bregman stolen base, then threw a wild pitch to get Bregman to 3B with no outs and the Astros' first three hitters up. Fortunately, Springer struck out, Reddick popped out, and Altuve struck out.
Don't you hate it when you desperately need a solo HR, have Starlin Castro roll a HR9DO, and roll a 10??? With Gardner facing Keuchel next in the top of 8th, I opted to sit him for Aaron Judge. Judge hit a huge S= that resulted into Castro scoring and giving us a 2-1 lead.
Unfortunately David Robertson couldn't save the game for us. We gave up too many base runners and Houston wore out our defense with singles to the outfield to score two runs. We were able to send PH Austin Romine with a double, but our bottom of the order couldn't bring him home. Great game by Keuchel. He was so dominant tonight but at least we took the W away from him.
I will be making my first minor league move of the season. I need another lefty reliever, so I am sending down Bryan Mitchell for Chasen Shreve.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
There were a couple of good pitching performances today. Corey Kluber struck out 13 Minnesota Twins in a complete game for the Cleveland Indians, 7-1. The San Diego Padres' Dinelson Lamet pitched fewer innings but struck out almost as many, 12, in his 11-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Houston Astros 7 @ New York Yankees 1

Manager's Notes
We had our opportunity to catch the 'Stros tonight. Unfortunately our batters couldn't get anything going except for a solo HR by Didi Gregorius. Sonny Gray pitched well but gave up two HRs. Our mop-up guys couldn't keep the game close and combined to give up a grand slam to Carlos Correa. Chase Headley had his league-leading 14-game hitting streak snapped.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Kansas City Royals 3 @ Tampa Bay Rays 8

The Rays' Bradley Miller, hitting .171 this season, hit two homers and a RBI double to total 6 RBIs for the win over the Royals.
·Full game report.

Pittsburgh Pirates 13 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 2
The Bucs overwhelmed the D-Backs with pitching (Ivan Nova threw a complete game) and batting (Josh Bell had 5 RBIs and Francisco Cervelli hit 2 HRs).
·Full game report.

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 @ Colorado Rockies 4
The Dodgers' Justin Turner took advantage of the thin mountain air to launch a two-run HR and a grand slam. He finished the day with 7 RBIs. Rich Hill struck out 12 Rockies in 7 innings.
·Full game report.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 - off

League Notes
The Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer improved to 6-1 with a 14-strikeouts win over the Baltimore Orioles 3-2.
· League recap.

Tuesday May 9, 2017

New York Yankees 6 @ Cincinnati Reds 3

Manager's Notes
C.C. Sabathia did not start well, falling behind 3-0. However, he got better after the 2nd inning and our batters backed him up. We managed to load the bases with two outs. I put in Jacoby Ellsbury to bat for Sabathia, but the Reds put in a lefthanded reliever (Garrett) and I countered with my lefty-only pinch hitter, Matt Holliday. He rolled a HR16DO and rolled a... 16! for a grand slam and a 6-3 lead!
If there is a letdown for this game, I had two batters who popped out bunts and got the runner doubled off by the catcher. A bit unrealistic as real-life players would have been more careful about taking too big a lead for bunts after the first time, but whatever. For a silver lining, Chase Headley has now hit safely in a current-MLB-best 14 consecutive games. His second hit of the game was a big single that kept everyone safe right before Holliday's grand slam.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
San Francisco Giants 2 @ New York Mets 1

The Mets' Jacob de Grom had a no-hitter for 7.1 innings. However he ran out of gas and gave up a solo HR, a walk, and a run-scoring double . The Giants didn't hit again but the Mets couldn't come back.
·Full game report.

Kansas City Royals 1 @ Tampa Bay Rays 0
In what is either an amazingly pitched game or a horribly batted game, the Royals scored on a wild pitch in the top of 3rd and never looked back. Both teams combined for 2 hits and used 3 pitchers each.
·Full game report.

There were more fine pitching performances around the league. Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the 6th inning in the Toronto Blue Jays' 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians. Chris Sale did one inning better but Milwaukee forced a 2-2 tie in the bottom of 9th. The Red Sox won it when Jackie Bradley, Jr. tripled, then reached home on an error. Finally, the Minnesota Twins' Jose Berrios fanned 13 but didn't stay for the shutout, pitching 7 innings total in his 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Monday May 8, 2017

New York Yankees 8 @ Cincinnati Reds 6

Manager's Notes
Masahiro Tanaka had a very mixed start today. While he struck out 8, he also gave up 4 HRs to allow the Reds to come back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game 6-6. However, he made up for it by batting a double off his hitting card to score Todd Frazier from 2nd and give us a 7-6 lead. Later in the game Didi Gregorius hit a solo HR to make it 8-6. Reds speedster Hamilton made it 8-7 by stealing 2nd, then stealing 3rd and reaching home on a Gary Sanchez throwing error. 7th inning man Aroldis Chapman got the necessary outs for a hold and Chad Green and David Robertson completed a high-scoring victory for us.
Credit goes to our batters. They kept us competitive throughout Tanaka's homer-happy game. We had four homers of our own. Six different batters got RBIs and all the starters except for Aaron Hicks (0 for 5) got a hit today.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Chicago Cubs 1 @ Colorado Rockies 13

The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez had 5 RBIS - a solo HR and a grand slam - to lead today's high-scoring Colorado offense in an easy win over the Cubs.
·Full game report.

In an exciting game today, the hometown Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Kansas City Royals on a walk-off... walk. Corey Dickerson forced a 1-out walk with the bases loaded to score his teammate Kevin Kiermaier.

Sunday May 7, 2017

New York Yankees 0 @ Chicago Cubs 1

Manager's Notes
We were denied our third consecutive sweep on a nationally televised Sunday night game. Luis Severino was fantastic, going 7 2/3 innings and striking out 10 batters. Unfortunately one of the 5 hits he gave up was a solo HR to Zobrist and that made the difference. We left 7 men on base and went 1 for 10 with RISP tonight. Tip of the hat to the Cubs' SP Quintana for the 11 strikeouts performance and CL Davis for his two-inning save.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
The Miami Marlins' Edinson Volquez threw a 3-hit shutout in an easy 10-0 win over the New York Mets.

Saturday May 6, 2017

New York Yankees 2 @ Chicago Cubs 0

Manager's Notes
Sonny Gray cruised tonight with 12 strikeouts and one hit in 8 innings. A John Jay double forced my hand with a 2-0 lead and I called in David Robertson to close the game. A Bryant single to LF result in Gardner gunning down Jay trying for home. A diving catch by Aaron Judge in RF and a strikeout by Robertson ensured Sonny's great game resulted in our 8th consecutive win, the best current streak in the Majors.
There was not much hitting today with the bad weather tonight. We hit several balls that would have been home runs instead of fly outs with better weather. We had a sacrifice fly in the top of 4th. In the top of 6th we loaded the bases with 1 out to knock SP Hendricks out of the game, but Gary Sanchez grounded into a double play. Brett Gardner hit a solo HR in the top of 8th to give us a little more breathing room.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Houston Astros 0 @ Los Angeles Angels 6

Angels SP Alex Meyer has a masterful no-hitter over the Astros. He struck out 13 and walked 3. Congratulations to him!
·Full game report.

Washington Nationals 7 @ Philadelphia Phillies 2
Another pitcher that had a big game today was Washington's Max Scherzer. He had a 16-strikeout complete game. 12 hits total by the Nats kept him loose and productive on the mound. Bryce Harper's 2 HRs and 4 RBIs certainly helped.
·Full game report.

Miami Marlins 2 @ New York Mets 8
The Mets' Yoenis Cespedes had his second consecutive 5+ RBI game. He had only one hit today but it was a big one - a grand slam. Earlier in the game he also had a sacrifice fly.
·Full game report.

San Francisco Giants 16 @ Cincinnati Reds 5
Giants SS Brandon Crawford went 4 for 5 with 5 RBIs today to lead San Francisco in a rout over Cincinnati.
·Full game report.

In the most lopsided victory of the season, the Minnesota Twins won over the Boston Red Sox 21-2. The Twins totaled 21 hits while the Red Sox managed 10.

Friday May 5, 2017

New York Yankees 3 @ Chicago Cubs 2

Manager's Notes
an inside the park HR. Jacoby Ellsbury was able to gun him down from CF to keep the game 0-0.
On the top of 4th, SP Lester unbelievably walked C.C. Sabathia with the bases loaded and two outs! C.C. rolled a 1-2! I won't complain as it sent Todd Frazier home and improved our lead to 2-0. In the 2nd inning Todd hit a HR to make it 1-0. Brett Gardner got a great pitch next but unfortunately lined out.
The Cubs had good pitching after Lester left the game in 5 innings, but the damage had been done. Chase Headley hit for his 10th consecutive game, David Robertson got his 10th save of the season, and we won our 7th consecutive game.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Boston Red Sox 8 @ Minnesota Twins 2

Chris Sale struck out 12 Twins and Hanley Ramirez had 5 RBI's (grand slam and 1-run double) today. The Sox continue to stay 4.0 game ahead of us in the A.L. East standing, despite our winning streak.
·Full game report.

Miami Marlins 9 @ New York Mets 18
Yoenis Cespedes had 6 RBIs total with all but 2 coming from small-ball hits. That helped his Mets trounce the Marlins at home.
·Full game report.

A good team effort today was by the Atlanta Braves. They rallied from a 8-3 deficit to lead 9-8 in the bottom of 8th. That ended up being the game result. 3B Jace Peterson starred with RBIs, including the go-ahead HR.

Thursday May 4, 2017 - off

League Notes
Chicago White Sox 5 @ Kansas City Royals

Royals CF Lorenzo Cain had two HRs and totaled 5 RBIs, including the game-winning two-run single in the bottom of the 8th inning.
·Full game report

New York Mets 8 @ Atlanta Braves 6
Mets 3B Wilmer Flores had a two-run double and a three-run HR to total 5 RBIs for the day.
·Full game report

Oakland Athletics 3 @ Minnesota Twins 2
Oakland SP Andrew Triggs had 7 no-hit innings until he gave up a solo HR with no out in the bottom of 8th.
·Full game report

Probably because it was a three-hit game, an outstanding pitching performance that didn't generate an event box score for me was the Arizona Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. D-Backs SP Zack Greinke had 7 no-hit innings and finished the day with 2 hits and 8 strikeouts after 1/3 additional inning. Fernando Rodney earned his N.L.-leading 14th save.
· League recap.

Wednesday May 3, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays 4 @ New York Yankees 10

Manager's Notes
Monster hitting in the first inning for us tonight. Todd Frazier launched a 3-run HR and before long Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR. Stroman got yanked in record time!!! Too bad, since Aaron Judge had an Extreme 3 advantage over Stroman and I was looking forward to exploiting that.
The Blue Jays had a nice home run of their own in the top of 3rd by Donaldson. CF Aaron Hicks nearly robbed it. With a 8-20 out, Hicks rolled a 7. :-( For another :-(, Donaldson hit a solo shot in the top of 5th with two outs to cut the deficit to 5-4.
Now I have a :-) after Aaron Judge hit a two-run HR to extend our lead 7-4 and give our relievers some breathing room. Even more fun was when Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury bunted in two straight fielder's choices, and the lead runner (Gary Sanchez) was safe each time. They must have been mad about his HR earlier in the game. SS Tulowitzki got his revenge by fielding a Brett Gardner gb(SS)B and nailing Sanchez at home. We almost blew a 0-out bases loaded situation, but Didi Gregorius made a 2-run single to increase our lead to 9-4.
Sanchez got his revenge in the bottom of 7th by hitting his 2nd HR of the night, a solo shot, to match Donaldson's feat. Tommy Kahnle, Aroldis Chapman, and Chad Green took advantage of tomorrow's day off to easily finish what SP Jordan Montgomery started. We got our second consecutive sweep and sixth consecutive win. That almost makes up for being swept by Boston last week. Almost.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Milwaukee Brewers 5 @ St. Louis Cardinals 14

Cardinals SS Paul DeJong had a monster day at the plate. He went 5 for 5, batted in 5 runs, and scored 3 of his own. He finished a triple shy of a cycle. He has now hit safely in 13 consecutive games and is tied for 3rd in the N.L. with a .358 batting average.
·Full game report.

Los Angeles Angels 2 @ Seattle Mariners 10
The Angels could not stop Robinson Cano. He went 3 for 5 and all three hits were HRs. Cano ended the day with 8 RBIs. That made Felix Hernandez's 8 strikeouts and 4 hits in 8 innings almost an afterthought.
·Full game report.

Chicago White Sox 4 @ Kansas City Royals 2
White Sox SP Lucas Giolito managed to stop the entire Royals team today. He gave up only one hit - and it didn't even score a run for the Royals. The Royals scored one run on two consecutive ground outs, and the other run on two consecutive force outs. DH Matt Davidson won the game for the Sox by hitting a two-run double in the top of the 8th inning.
·Full game report.

Tuesday May 2, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays 0 @ New York Yankees 2

Manager's Notes
In a well pitched game, we got on board in the bottom of 4th thanks to a Brett Gardner RBI single. It would have been two runs but Didi Gregorius got thrown out at home plate after Matt Holliday scored.
Luis Severino showed signs of fatigue by walking the first two batters in the top of 7th, but a double play and a strikeout got him out of that jam. He had 9 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Severino exited having given up only two hit. Chad Green threw a struckout and David Robertson pitched a perfect 9th for his 9th save of the season. Our defense was aided by bad weather that turned two likely HRs for the Blue Jays into left field outs.
We had a dumb play in the bottom of 7th when Starlin Castro bunted a popout, and Gardner got caught not returning to 2B in time. Fortunately in the bottom of 8th PH Aaron Judge (who doesn't start against lefties) had a big double to score Chase Headley from 1B to improve our lead to 2-0.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
New York Mets 1 @ Atlanta Braves 5

The Braves' Sean Newcomb threw a 16-strikouts complete game. The Braves' three best hitters, Matt Kemp (.311), Nick Markakis (.354) and Ender Inciarte (.398, best in the N.L.) each contributed 3 hits for a team total of 12 hits.
·Full game report.

Monday May 1, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays 4 @ New York Yankees 11

Manager's Notes
SP Sonny Gray was out of control tonight in the first few innings. He hit three Blue Jays batters!
Aaron Judge had a nice two-run homer in the bottom of 2nd. In the bottom of 3rd, Aaron Hicks rolled into a split HR, but unfortunately the Jays' shift hurt his power and it was caught by LF Carrera at the wall. Actually, that is what the play-by-play said, but apparently it is actually a double by Hicks. I'll contact Tech Support but keep that double. :-)
A highlight in the bottom of 4th: Gary Sanchez laid down a 0-out bunt and beat the throw to load the bases. Jacoby Ellsbury rewarded the hustle with a two-run-scoring single.
In the next inning, Todd Frazier stole 2nd base. We were really having our way with RP Bolsinger and C Martin with his +1 throwing arm. We keep hitting and scoring all night and had a 11-2 lead in the bottom of 9th inning. Sonny was exhausted from his 12 strikeout performance and gave up four consecutive walks, including two with the bases loaded. We needed his CG to fully rest our bullpen for the last two games before our day off. He was able to get Morales to strike out after Morales nearly hit a grand slam that curved foul.
Hicks was the star batter today, going 5 for 5 with that home run, a double, two stolen bases, and a double. He leads all Yankees with a .323 batting average for the season.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
The Yankees were helped in the standings by Baltimore. The Orioles recovered from a disastrous sweep at Yankee Stadium last weekend to defeat the Boston Red Sox 3-1. The Sox's Chris Sale had 13 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings. However, the O's were able to keep the Red Sox batters under control thanks to SP Dylan Bund and closer Zach Britton. The Yankees are now 3.5 games behind Boston.

Sunday April 30, 2017

Baltimore Orioles 0 @ New York Yankees 1

Manager's Notes
In the top of 2nd inning, Brett Gardner easily robbed Mancini of a HR. Unfortunately, in the bottom of that inning, it was our turn to be denied a run when we had a man on 3rd and no out but couldn't capitalize.
Baltimore made it exciting with in the top of 5th with men on 3B and 2B. Adam Jones launched a line drive that would have scored at least one go-ahead run, but Didi Gregorius managed to catch it for the third out.
We finally got on board in the bottom of 8th with Chase Headley squeezing home Didi Gregorius. C.C. Sabathia had been cruising all game (4 hits, no walk, and 6 K's), but with only a 1-0 lead and Machado, Trumbo, and Davis coming up, I couldn't take any chances. David Robertson had a 1-2-3 9th inning save, but Chase Headley was one split digit from making an error off a Davis grounder. That was a great confidence-boosting sweep for us. Let's aim for one more.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
San Diego Padres 11 @ San Francisco Giants 2

Padres SP Luis Perdomo pitched a complete game. He was assisted by a strong Padres offense led by catcher Austin Hedges, who had 5 RBIs from a single, a solo HR, and a 3-run HR.
·Full game report.

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 @ Miami Marlins 4
Josh Bell had 5 RBIs total, including 4 from the top of the 11th inning when he hit the game-winning grand slam.
·Full game report.

In other news, the St. Louis Cardinals' bats went cold today. They managed only two hits against the Cincinnati Reds in their 4-1 loss. That snapped a 11-game winning streak for them. If streaks make you happy, note that the Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus now has a MLB season-leading 16 game hitting streak.

Saturday April 29, 2017

Baltimore Orioles 3 @ New York Yankees 7

Manager's Notes
Our batters were able to contribute to the effort of Masahiro Tanaka today. We were able to pressure SP Asher out of the game and take advantage of a bases loaded with one out situation. We walked twice and had an infield single where Todd Frazier beat out RP Givens' throw to 1B Davis. Aaron Judge, who has been hitting so badly that I now sit him against lefties, finally comes through with a double out of a Double-HR split to score two more runs.

Baltimore's bats woke up in the top of 7th to hit two home runs. Tanaka and Dellin Betances got pressured in a one-out bases loaded situation with Machado as the tying run in the plate. I no longer use Betances against righties (too easy to roll a walk, like he did to the previous lefty batter). Fortunately Chapman was able to get a big double play grounder to stop the O's from tying the game, or worse. He stayed for the rest of the game and picked up his first game of the season, walking one, giving up one hit, and throwing two wild pitches in 2 2/3 innings.

In the end of the day, all of our nine batters had at least one hit apiece. Being 5 for 11 with RISP and turning in two double plays helped us a lot. As long as we keep playing like that then we can at least make the wild card.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Colorado Rockies 10 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 5

Rockies SP German Marquez had a no-hitter all the way into the 8th inning with two outs remaining. Unfortunately, the Diamondbacks' PH Jeremy Hazelbaker. batting .417 in 12 plate appearances, hit a solo homer to stop that no-hit bid. Colorado was leading 5-0 at the time, but Arizona added two more 2-run HRs in the bottom of the 9th off closer Greg Holland to tie the game. Determined not to have Marquez's big day spoiled, Nolan Arenado hit the go-ahead three-run HR in the top of 10th for the win. Another star Rockie today was 2B D.J. Lemahieu. He went 5 for 5, had 4 RBIs, and is batting at .361 for the season.
·Full game report.

Another standout pitching performance was the Seattle Mariners' James Paxton striking out 12 Texas Rangers en route to a 3-2 victory. An interesting stat that stands out right now is that the top 4 ERAs in the American League, in order, are three Red Soxs and one Yankee: Eduardo Rodriguez (1.01), Drew Pomeranz (1.53), Chris Sale (1.75), and Luis Severino (1.77).

Friday April 28, 2017

Baltimore Orioles 0 @ New York Yankees 2

Manager's Notes
You should have seen my rolls in the bottom of the 5th. Chase Headley and Aaron Hicks both rolled a 4-9 against SP Gausman's card in consecutive at-bats. Headley split into a double and Hicks hit a HR to give us a 2-0 lead. Gausman was otherwise pitching well, but he got yanked for a reliever anyway.

It was a great pitching performance by both teams. SP Jordan Montgomery did a fantastic job with 8 strikeouts. The setup-closer combination of Chad Green and David Robertson prevented the O's from capitalizing on baserunners. The pitching was good in the final two games against the Red Sox, but our offense need to come out of the teamwide slump soon, like next game soon.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
New York Mets 6 @ Washington Nationals 11

The Nats' LF Jayson Werth was 5 for 5 with a 2-run HR and Bryce Harper hit two HRs of his own as the Nationals routed the Mets today. This is the first time I have seen an autoplayed single player's 5+ hit game so it must be pretty rare compared to single players' 5+ RBI games.
·Full game report.

There were good pitching performances today. The San Diego Padres won 3-2 over the San Francisco Giants thanks in part to Padres SP Dinelson Lamet carrying a no-hitter into the 6th inning. Mark Leiter threw a 3-hit shutout for the Philadelphia Phillies' 5-0 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the L.A. Dodgers. Finally, Robbie Ray struck out 13 Colorado Rockies to pace the Arizona Diamondbacks to an easy 14-1 win.

Thursday April 27, 2017

New York Yankees 0 @ Boston Red Sox 3

Manager's Notes
In a matchup of two of the A.L.'s best starters, Chris Sale and Luis Severino, both pitchers did not disappoint at all. Sale struck out 12 in 7 innings. Severino carried a 1-hitter to the 7th inning.
In a big defensive play in the bottom of 6th, Aaron Judge caught a Benintendi fly. Betts tried to get to 3B from 2B but Judge rolled a 19 and gunned him down for a huge double play. In another great play in the bottom of 7th, CF Jacoby Ellsbury with his +1 arm rolled a 20 to gun down Devers trying to score from 1st on a Vazquez double for a 3rd out. Unfortunately, Bogaerts had scored from 2B.
In this Yankees fan's opinion, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman are vastly overrated both in real life and in this game. They proved me right by combining to give up two walks, a wild pitch, and two runs in the bottom of 8th to pad the Sox's lead to 3-0. Our bats were again dormant. We were 0 for 9 in RISP, including a golden opportunity in the top of 8th when we had men on 3B and 2B with no out. Our lefty matchup looked good in the beginning of this season, but going up against the Sox's lefty starters really exposed us. Let's hope for series wins for the next six games before we get a day off.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Los Angeles Dodgers 10 @ San Francisco Giants 5

Today was a good day for the Dodgers. How good was it? CF Enrique Hernandez, batting .136 for the season, had 5 RBIs. He had a 1st-inning grand slam and also batted into a double play that scored a man from 3rd. Yu Darvish had a mixed bag today. He gave up 5 runs but struck out 10 in 7 innings.
·Full game report.

The St. Louis Cardinals won their 9th straight game thanks to a walk-off 3-run HR in the bottom of 12th inning courtesy of Jedd Gyorko.

Wednesday April 26, 2017

New York Yankees 0 @ Boston Red Sox 0

Manager's Notes
Our bats were useless against Eduardo Rodriguez today. He had a 4-hit shutout. SP Sonny Gray did not settle down until the 5th inning, but by then the Red Sox were too far ahead. If this keeps up all season then we will need to focus on securing the wild card.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Minnesota Twins 2 @ Texas Rangers 10

Elvis Andrus had a HR and two doubles to total 5 RBIs for the day. SP A.J. Griffin went the distance to get his first win of the season.
·Full game report.

In other news, Carlos Martinez had a complete game and 11 strikeouts for the St. Louis Cardinals' 10-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cardinals have won 8 consecutive games and show no signs of slowing down.

Tuesday April 25, 2017

New York Yankees 5 @ Boston Red Sox 6

Manager's Notes
Man, I hate the Red Sox's computer manager. In the top of 2nd SP Price was yanked with bases loaded, two outs, and us playing small ball to take a 3-2 lead. Not only that the computer manager gave up too easily, but also because my next batter up was Matt Holliday and he hasn't been able to get a hit against righties all season. True to form, Matt grounded out on a split to the shortstop.
I love SOM's new shift defensive strategy. A Betts HR roll turned into a single in the bottom of 2nd. Next batter Pedroia grounded into a double play. In addition, in the bottom of 3rd, guarding lines robbed Bogaerts of a RBI double when 3B Chase Headley caught the grounder and threw him out at 1B. I use guarding lines a lot in close games and so far this season I haven't been punished for using it yet. I can't say the same for holding baserunners, and sometimes the computer manager gets punished for drawing his infield in.
In the bottom of 5th, both Gary Sanchez (dropped foul pop) and Todd Frazier (misplayed grounder) resulted in me walking Ramirez to face Moreland with no outs and the bases loaded. Moreland rewarded me with a double play. We came into that half with a 5-2 lead and escaped with a 5-4 lead.
Unfortunately SP Masahiro Tanaka couldn't maintain the lead. Bradley, Jr. doubled to score Vazquez (who advanced on a wild pitch). Pedroia's single got Bradley, Jr. to score to lead us 6-5. Benintendi doubled and an ambitious Pedroia tried to score against LF Aaron Hicks' arm. Pedroia lost - Gary Sanchez blocked the plate to get him out.
Reliever Tommy Kahnle did a great job in the last 2 2/3 innings of the game, surrendering no run of his own. Unfortunately the Sox's closer Craig Kimbrel blew us away with a two-inning save. He now leads the A.L. with 9 saves. With Price knocked out of the game early, we really blew an opportunity to wear out the Sox's relievers and get a win. Let's hope for a better game tomorrow night.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Oakland Athletics 5 @ Los Angeles Angels 6

Angels catcher Martin Maldonado hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 2nd inning and the game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th inning. He totaled 5 RBIs today.
·Full game report.

League Notes
Miami Marlins 8 @ Philadelphia Phillies 9

The Phillies' 3B Maikel Franco had the most RBIs in this high-scoring game. He launched two 2-run HRs and also hit a sacrifice fly.
·Full game report.

Monday April 24, 2017 - off

League Notes
San Diego Padres 6 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 8

The Diamondbacks' J.D. Martinez hit a three-run HR, a two-run HR, and a two-run double to end the day with 7 RBIs. He single-handedly beat the Padres, relatively speaking.
·Full game report

Washington Nationals 8 @ Colorado Rockies 9
The Rockies' Nolan Arenado was the star of today's game. He hit two three-run HRs, including one in the bottom of the 9th with two outs, to lead Colorado to an exciting comeback victory over the Nats. Arenado finished with 6 RBIs for the day.
·Full game report

The Yankees will play 9 consecutive days, starting with three games at the Boston Red Sox. We will do our best to win at least two of those games to cut the Red Sox's A.L. East lead. It looks like the Sox's next three starters will be Porcello, Price, and Rodriguez. Let's see what our batters can do.
· League recap.

Sunday April 23, 2017

New York Yankees 4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 7

Manager's Notes
Our pitching could not back up our batters' hard work. We had three hit batters and a wild pitch. McCutchen hit a 3-run HR in the bottom of the 3rd and Marte hit a two-run HR in the bottom of the 6th. Brett Gardner had a double and triple and both Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro added their own solo home runs.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 1

Arizona SP Randall Delgado pitched a shutout and gave up only two hits. The combination of the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Morrow were able to shut out the Diamondbacks as well. David Peralta hit a two-out walk-off single to score teammate Jake Lamb from 2B.
·Full game report.

San Francisco Giants 5 @ Colorado Rockies 0
Giants SP Chris Stratton had a two-hit shutout of his own. He took a no-hit bid into the 6th inning. He ended up striking out 11 Rockies.
·Full game report.

Washington Nationals 0 @ New York Mets 1
How about a game where BOTH teams only had two hits each??? The Nats' Max Scherzer (7 innings) and the Mets' Jacob de Grom (8 innings) both pitched two hitters. Scherzer struck out 8 and de Grom had 10 strikeouts. The Mets' Michael Conforto hit a solo HR off Scherzer that was the difference in today's game.
·Full game report.

The Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale was at it again. He struck out 14 Baltimore Orioles in 7 2/3 innings to lead the Red Sox to a 9-3 win. In addition, the St. Louis Cardinals won their 6th consecutive game, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2.

Saturday April 22, 2017

New York Yankees 4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 1

Manager's Notes
Today was a good pitcher's duel between former Yankee Ivan Nova and current Yankee Luis Severino. Both SPs threw 7 innings. Nova struck out 8 and Severino fanned 9. We took advantage of a two-base throwing error that scored Aaron Hicks from 2nd. The very next at-bat, Didi Gregorius hit a homer to score himself and Brett Gardner, and to get us up 3-0. The Pirates had some good hits off splits, but being 0 for 9 in RISP killed them this afternoon.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Boston Red Sox 3 @ Baltimore Orioles 1

Drew Pomeranz had a no-hitter for the Red Sox all the way to the first out of the bottom of the 9th. Seth Smith ended that dream with a single. Pomeranz was out of gas by then, so Craig Kimbrel picked up his A.L. leading 8th save of the season.
·Full game report.

Friday April 21, 2017

New York Yankees 4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (10 innings)

Manager's Notes
Three doubles resulted into a driven run each for us. We started with a 3-0 lead.
SP Sonny Gray had a great start, holding the Pirates hitless (but with a threatening number of walks) until the bottom of the 6th inning. Harrison broke it up with a bunt and beat the throw to 1B by two steps. The Pirates batters pressured Sonny into a 3B and 2B runners with no out situation. A strikeout and two fly outs enabled us to escape that inning with only a sacrifice run.
The top of the 7th inning was exciting. Pittsburgh's batters fought hard and forced me to use my Betances/Chapman/Green combination with each reliever picking up one out each. Chad Green struck out McCutchen with the bases loaded to help us preserve a 3-1 lead.
Once again the Pirates picked at our lead in the 8th by getting one run off Green for a 3-2 deficit. In the bottom of 9th, David Robertson nearly rolled into a split HR swing but narrowly struck out Bell. Unfortunately with 2 outs in the bottom of 9th, Robertson fumbled a throw to 1B, resulting into an extra base error, and the game was tied 3-3. A successful pitch-around strikeout sent the game into extra innings.
It didn't take long for our batters to stop fooling around and get us a win. Pinch hitter Jacoby Ellsbury walked. Aaron Hicks made a sacrifice bunt. Brett Gardner hit the game-winning single to send Ellsbury home. With no true closer available for us, Adam Warren labored to pick up his first save.
I did not manage that game well. I was too aggressive when up 3-0 and hit into a few double plays when I could have made more sacrifice bunts to run up the score and put the game out of reach of the Pirates. We underestimated the Pirates' tenacity. I'm just glad we won tonight.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Atlanta Braves 1 @ Philadelphia Philllies 6

The Braves' Enger Inciarte went 5 for 5 to increase his MLB-leading batting average to .449. Unfortunately his teammates did not do enough to help the Braves win today against the lowly Phillies.
·Full game report.

Thursday April 20, 2017 - off

League Notes
Baltimore Orioles 4 @ Cincinnati Reds 8

Scott Feldman struck out 11 Orioles. His win was assisted by the offense of Eugenio Suarez, who had a grand slam and a solo HR for 5 total RBIs today.
·Full game report

Cleveland Indians 10 @ Minnesota Twins 15
Minnesota's Jason Castro knocked in three runs twice with one swing of a bat. He had a bases-clearing double and a three-run HR. His 6 RBIs total helped the Twins overcome the Indians in a high-scoring contest.
·Full game report

Kansas City Royals 2 @ Texas Rangers 13
Nomar Mazara, struggling in the #3 spot with a .182 batting average, hopes he has broken out of his early-season slump with a three-run HR and a two-RBI single to end up with 5 RBIs in the day. Martin Perez had little trouble with the Royals batters as he pitched a compete game.
·Full game report

With 23 ABs, 7 Hits, 11 RBIs, 4 BBs, 4 HRS, and a .304 average, Todd Frazier has been one of the hottest batters in the majors in the last 10 days. I look forward to his continuing production on the field. In unrelated news, the Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper has hit safely in all 15 Nationals games this season.
· League recap.

Wednesday April 19, 2017

Chicago White Sox 0 @ New York Yankees 6

Manager's Notes
Our batters faced a lefty starter today, which has been very rare so far this season. Todd Frazier gave his patented thumbs-down celebration twice, launching two 2-run homers to give us all the runs we needed. It would have been three homers, but he had a RF HR/flyout split that didn't go his way in between the two homers he hit. With a day off tomorrow I didn't risk leaving Masahiro Tanaka on for too long. He had been taking advantage of bad White Sox batting all night. Chad Green picked up a save for two innings of work, including striking out three consecutive batters to preserve our shutout.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Boston Red Sox 2 @ Toronto Blue Jays 4

The Red Sox's Chris Sale had a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the 4th inning. Kendrys Morales got the 3-2 lead with a two-run HR, and Troy Tulowitzki immediately followed with another HR. The Sox's offense couldn't back up Sale to prevent his first loss of the season, but he still finished the game with 16 strikeouts in 8 innings.
·Full game report.

In other games, Yadier Molina hit a two-out solo walk-off HR to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 10th for his St. Louis Cardinals to prevail over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jacob de Grom struck out 13 Philadelphia Phillies in 8 innings to help the New York Mets win 4-1.

Tuesday April 18, 2017

Chicago White Sox 2 @ New York Yankees 0

Manager's Notes
It was a very bad night for our batters. We did not get a hit until the 5th inning. At the top of the 6th inning, Abreu launched a solo HR and immediately after Garcia made a triple. With one out, I made the decision to keep SP Jordan Montgomery in against Davidson due to a favorable card matchup. Unfortunately, Davidson hit a single to left field to score Garcia. That proved to be the difference. Our bats woke up in the 8th inning when Aaron Judge was able to single Gary Sanchez home. In the bottom of 9th with one out, Aaron Hicks hit a single. Aggressive baserunning (stole 2nd and advanced to 3rd on a balk) gave us a chance, but our remaining batters were not able to get him home to tie the game.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Los Angeles Angels 2 @ Houston Astros 12

Marwin Gonzalez had a grand slam and 6 RBIs total to back up Justin Verlander's 8.2 innings of strong pitching.
·Full game report.

Monday April 17, 2017

Chicago White Sox 5 @ New York Yankees 7

Manager's Notes
We used a combination of small ball and a two-run homer by Todd Frazier to start with a 5-0 lead. Luis Severino had an uneventful outing until the top of the 6th. We had to intentionally walk Abreu to load the bases with two outs, but Seveino threw two strikeouts to keep the game out of reach of the White Sox. In the end he threw a 5-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts. That was a fantastic game by Luis. Us having 11 hits total helped to keep him relaxed and focused.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Miami Marlins 10 @ Seattle Mariners 20

The Mariners' Mike Zunino led the high-scoring charge with two home runs and a double. He launched a three-run HR even after getting applause from the home crowd, which showed even with a huge lead his focus was on his craft. He ended up with 8 RBIs.
·Full game report.

The Boston Red Sox had yet another win and yet another huge complete game. This time it was Drew Pomeranz going the distance and striking out 14 Tampa Bay Rays. The Red Sox had a 3-2 walk-off victory after Jackie Bradley, Jr. singled home Xander Bogaerts to break a 2-2 tie. Not to be outdone, the Cleveland Indians' Corey Kluber also got 14 strikeouts, but needed one less inning. Two relievers were able to complete a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Sunday April 16, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals 3 @ New York Yankees 9

Manager's Notes
Aaron Judge had a great defensive play in the top of the 1st inning. He rolled a 17 to gun down Fowler trying to score at home from 2nd base off a Molina single to keep the Cardinals shut out early on.
In his season debut, starter C.C. Sabathia wasn't so lucky in the top of the 3rd inning. He walked three consecutive batters after recording the first out. You can't do that with a good hitting team like the Cardinals. A B grounder enabled the man on 3rd to score but we escaped with only a 1-1 tie.
That 1-0 lead previously came from a leadoff home run by Brett Gardner. It inspired our batters to put in a team effort. We scored by a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius, a huge 2-run triple by Todd Frazier, a 2-run HR by Gardner, and a 2-run HR by Frazier. The offensive explosion on Sunday night national TV was fun to show off! It certainly made up for only two runs in each of our previous two games.
As for the pitching side, After Sabathia was done in 5 2/3 innings, the relievers combined for 3 1/3 no-hit innings and only two walks. Adam Warren finally got something to do and he easily retired the last two innings' worth of Cardinals to secure the win.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Texas Rangers 12 @ Seattle Mariners 4

Joey Gallo led a high-scoring Texas offense over the Mariners. He hit a solo HR, a grand slam, and added one more run to finish the day with 5 RBIs.
·Full game report.

Baltimore Orioles 7 @ Toronto Blue Jays 4 (17 innings)
In an exciting team effort, SP Dylan Bundy went 9 2/3 innings and struck out 12 Blue Jays in 154 total pitches. Unfortunately the game was still deadlocked 4-4. Jonathan Schoop capped a 5-for-7 day by slamming the game-winning three-run HR in the top of the 17th inning. He is currently among the league leaders with a .383 batting average.
·Full game report.

Today was a good day for baseball around the league. Asher Wojciechowski, starting his first game of the season as the #5 pitcher in the Reds rotation, had a 14-strikeout performance as his team won over the Milwaukee Brewers 13-6. Stephen Strasburg had 12 strikeouts in 6 innings to help the Washington Nationals defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2. In what I hope won't be a series preview for us Yankees for the next three days, the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins in a high-scoring affair 11-10. There was a good number of close games and walk-off victories around the league today.

Saturday April 15, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals 3 @ New York Yankees 2

Manager's Notes
SP Sonny Gray was not able to maintain a 2-0 lead and had runners in scoring position and 1 out or less in the top of the 4th and 5th innings. He gave up a two-run single in the 4th, but for both innings, double plays saved him from further damage. Another double play got him through the 6th inning after I visited him to make sure he was okay.
I pulled Gray after the 7th inning, but the relievers could not maintain the lead and gave up a run. We had the bases loaded with two outs but Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner were both struck out looking by closer Rosenthal. We lost today, again by a score of 3-2. The 5 double plays made our pitchers look better than they really were today. Being 2 for 10 in RISP and leaving 12 men on bases did not help our cause at all. We will try to prevent a sweep at home tomorrow.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Philadelphia Phillies 0 @ Washington Nationals 4

Max Scherzer nearly took a no-hitter into the 9th inning and he struck out 17 Phillies total. I have a good feeling he will get a no-no this season. Dominant stuff.
·Full game report.

New York Mets 5 @ Miami Marlins 0
Jacob de Grom also had a brilliant pitching performance, nabbing a two-hit shutout and striking out 12 Marlins.
·Full game report.

Another strong pitching performance came once again from Chris Sale. He gave up 5 hits and no walks and struck out 12 in a 9-0 complete game victory for the Boston Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Friday April 14, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals 3 @ New York Yankees 2

Manager's Notes
Masahiro Tanaka gave up two costly home runs to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Other than those he was solid and finished one out short of a complete game. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez had solo HRs each. Matt Holliday got a nice and fat pitch over the plate right after Sanchez's HR in the bottom of the 8th that could have been the game-tying HR, but he was caught on a checked swing. We had Didi Gregorius on 1st in the bottom of 9th two outs, but Chase Headley narrowly struck out. The Cardinals' Gyorko was rightfully recognized as the hitting star by smacking that "game-winning" solo home run in the top of the 5th inning. Martinez did not give our batters an easy night and his ERA is now at 1.75.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays 2 @ New York Yankees 5

Manager's Notes
We started well with a three-run HR by Didi Gregorius and a two-run double by Aaron Hicks. It would have been three runs but Souza gunned down Brett Gardner trying to score from 1st. Ramos blocked the plate to stop further damage. Prior to that, Gardner made a great bunt advancing men on 2B and 1B and getting himself safe.
The Rays did a good job in the top of the 7th inning loading the bases with no out, knocking Jordan Montgomery out of the game, and forcing me to use three different relievers. We gave up two runs charged to Montgomery but a lineout and two strikeouts stopped their rally. Dellin Betances, Chad Green, and David Robertson combined for 7 strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings to preserve the win for us.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Texas Rangers 2 @ Los Angeles Angels 1

Cole Hamels of the Rangers took a no-hitter into the 7th inning. It was a good pitcher's duel with only five hits total. Behind 2-0 in the bottom of 9th, Mike Trout got things going with a triple and scored a run, but closer Matt Bush was able to earn the save with three ground outs.
·Full game report.

League Notes
Chicago White Sox 1 @ Cleveland Indians 6

Cleveland's Mike Clevinger had only one hit in six innings, giving up a solo home run to .118 batter Matt Davidson. Andrew Miller pitched three no-hit innings for the save. When Clevinger was relieved it was a 2-1 Indians lead, but 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th convinced the manager to just let Miller finish the game.
·Full game report.

In other news, the Miami Marlins' Jose Urena pitched a shutout to stop the New York Mets' 7-game winning streak by a score of 7-0.

Wednesday April 12, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays 8 @ New York Yankees 6

Manager's Notes
Luis Severino had a bad start by his standards, giving up three home runs in the first three innings, including consecutive solo HRs to give Tampa Bay a 4-0 lead. However, it was our bats' turn to catch fire as home runs by red-hot Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius helped us tie the game by the bottom of the 5th inning. From there SP Faria fell apart and issued a bases-loaded walk to Todd Frazier to give us the lead.
Unfortunately the joy was short-lived. Severino gave up yet another home run, a two-run shot by Morrison, to give the Rays a 6-5 lead. The Rays another run off Aroldis Chapman and a solo home run by Ramos, the first batter faced by reliever Bryan Mitchell this season. Our batters were great today but the home runs killed us this afternoon. People will say it is because we left 10 men on bases and were 2 for 13 in RISPs, but with a defense as reliable as ours we can't give up those home runs and expect the batters to rescue us later in the game.
Chase Headley did a nice job going 1-1 with three walks. Starlin Castro also enjoyed a 4 for 5 performance with two runs and a RBI to push his batting average to .448, 4th in the American League. Hicks is second in the A.L. with .464. Headley has improved to .286. None of our other batters are that close. Hopefully we can catch the Rays' SP on a bad day tomorrow and go 2-1 for the series.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Cincinnati Reds 5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 0

Luis Castillo took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 6th inning. He finished the game with a 2-hit shutout. He struck out seven and only walked one batter.
·Full game report.

I enjoy going through the autoplay newspaper recaps because being able to choose only 10+ or 15+ strikeouts by a pitcher for Strat-O-Matic events, I don't want to overlook great performances below 15 strikeouts. One example was Corey Kluber today. He struck out 14 to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. What makes the performance so remarkable is that Kluber did it in only 6.2 innings pitched! See the league notes link above to access the box score.

The hot Houston Astros had their winning streak snapped when they were humbled by the Seattle Mariners 12-5. A new team to watch is the New York Mets. They have won 7 straight games and easily manhandled the Philadelphia Phillies today 12-2.

Tuesday April 11, 2017 - off

League Notes
Minnesota Twins 15 @ Detroit Tigers 12 (10 innings)

The Twins' Max Kepler had 5 hits (a triple shy of a cycle) and 7 RBIs to get his season average up to .545. However, it was Miguel Sano who broke the 12-12 extra innings tie with a two-run HR to help the Twins win.
·Full game report

Baltimore Orioles 2 @ Boston Red Sox 6
Chris Sale had another stunning individual performance by striking out 15 O's in 8 2/3 innings pitched.
·Full game report

New York Mets 2 @ Philadelphia Phillies 0
As a Red Sox hater, I am happy to report that a New York pitcher actually had a better game than Chris Sale today. It was Jacob de Grom. He struck out 16 Phillies and went the distance for a 7-hit shutout. de Grom was very humble after the game by telling the Strat-O-Matic reporter that the important thing was that his team won. Yep, winning is the most important thing to the Mets team and it shows. They share the best record in the N.L. with the L.A. Dodgers, starting 7-1.
How good is de Grom right now? In the league recap link below, he is one of the five hottest pitchers in the N.L. in the last 10 days. 27 IPs (3 complete games in 10 days!!!), 22 hits, only 2 ERs, 7 walks, 2 HRs given up, and 41 strikeouts.
·Full game report

With there being no unbeaten teams left, all eyes, including mine (Chasing the Stars, remember?) are on the Houston Astros. SP Dallas Keuchel and CL Ken Giles combined to defeat the Seattle Mariners 4-3, giving the 'Stros their 7th consecutive victory and a 8-1 overall record, best in the A.L. The Yankees are the only other team in the league with only one loss.
· League recap.

Monday April 10, 2017

Tampa Bay Rays 5 @ New York Yankees 7

Manager's Notes
In the top of the 3rd inning, there was a good defensive play by Jacoby Ellsbury in CF. Not known for his strong throwing arm, he rolled a 17 to gun down Hechavarria trying to score from 1st base after Dickerson hit a double. Unfortunately I intentionally walked Duda with 2 outs to get men on 1st and 2nd and face Longoria instead. The latter took advantage of his green Extreme Matchup to knock both teammates in home with a double. I only play Ellsbury in CF because he platoons against lefties. Brett Gardner has a stronger throwing arm but for now I am sitting him against lefty starters.
Good hitting in the bottom of 5th. Double by Ellsbury (he rolled a 1), singled home by Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge hit a home run to left field to give us the 4-3 lead. At long last Judge hit his first home run of the season! After an out, Todd Frazier hit a home run. After another out, it was Matt Holliday's turn to hit a solo home run. Just like that, a 6-3 Yankees lead.
In the top of the 7th, the Rays were able to get men on 3rd and 2nd with one out thanks to a Tommy Kahnle wild pitch. He had just replaced SP Sonny Gray. Kahnle struck out the next batter (Rausmus) and Aroldis Chapman got the next batter (Dickerson) to ground out. The middle relievers (Kahnle, Chapman, and Chad Green) did enough to limit damage. Closer David Robertson gave up a solo HR but we had built a high enough cushion that as long as he got three outs we had the game won.
The batters did a great job today. Didi Gregorius was the only Yankee to not get a hit. Ellsbury not only had that big OF assist, but he also had a double, a triple, and scored three runs. He was definitely our difference maker this afternoon.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

Sunday April 9, 2017

New York Yankees 2 @ Baltimore Orioles 3

Manager's Notes
Baltimore drew first blood with a Machado 2-run home run at the bottom of the 3rd inning. We grounded into a double play sacrifice to score Starlin Castro from 3rd base. Unfortunately Gary Sanchez got a nice and fat pitch, to hit into a home run (righty pitcher, 2nd column) but rolled a 7, the only out, and grounded out.
The Orioles extended the lead 3-1 in the bottom of 7th with a Trumbo solo HR. That and Machado's HR did Masahiro Tanaka in today. Other than those two he was able to strike out 8 batters and got himself out of a couple jams. Unfortunately we grounded into two double plays and were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. There were a lot of close dice rolls that did not go our way. Oh well. That's Strat-O-Matic Baseball. Tomorrow we will head for our home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. Let's hope for another sweep!
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Cleveland Indians 7 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 4

Francisco Lindor had a great game with two home runs (his only two hits), three runs, five RBIs, and drove his batting average up to .423.
·Full game report.

Atlanta Braves 16 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 5
In a high-scoring team effort Matt Kemp was a hitting machine today. He had three home runs, two other hits, four runs, and 6 RBIs total.
·Full game report.

Toronto Blue Jays 5 @ Tampa Bay Rays 0
J.A. Happ carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning. He finished with a 9-inning shutout, surrendered only two hits, and struck out ten. I hope that is a good sign for our starting pitchers for the homestand against the Rays tomorrow.
·Full game report.

There were other notable pitching performances were Jordan Montgomery having the same game as Happ, but only one more hit. His Chicago Cubs won over the Milwaukee Brewers 11-0. In addition, Justin Verlander struck out 12 in 8 innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Mike Trout almost hit for the cycle for the L.A. Angels. He had a triple, a double, and two home runs in the 8-6 win over the Seattle Mariners. I have never understood why hitting for a cycle would be so great when the single could have been substituted for a home run like Trout's second one, but I guess that is baseball.

Saturday April 8, 2017

New York Yankees 6 @ Baltimore Orioles 4

Manager's Notes
There was a good pitcher's duel in the beginning between Jordan Montgomery and Baltimore's Asher. Brett Gardner easily robbed a Schoop solo HR attempt at left field in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
In the top of the 4th inning, we covered all three bases thanks to walks. Didi Gregorius, a recent grand slam hero, intimidated SP Asher too much and he threw a high wild pitch, causing Aaron Judge to score. No grand slam this time??? That's OK. Didi connected with the next pitch for a three-run home run to score everyone. That was just as good as a grand slam!!!
Very good hitting in the bottom got the O's two runs. They had men on 3rd and 2nd with two outs and Beckham batting. I rolled a 2 - Beckham's lefty strength column on his card - and I perfectly rolled a 7. Jordan Montgomery struck him out looking! Any other roll of 3 to 10 are all guaranteed or likely on base rolls. Yes, 7 is the most common red dice roll in the game, but rolls like that are why I love playing this game. :-)
Okay, I spoke too soon. The next inning a tiring Montgomery (his SP stamina is 5) walked Machado, then gave up a HR to Trumbo to even the game up 4-4.
In the top of the 9th inning we took the 5-4 lead thanks to Chase Headley rolling a 1 on the fielding chart against LF4 Mancini to score Aaron Hicks from 1B. Clutch hitting right there. Gary Sanchez rewarded Headley by singling him home to make it 6-4.
With Castillo on 1B and 1 out, David Robertson made the same great 2-7 roll Montgomery made earlier in the game to catch Beckham looking again. One more strike out, against Adam Jones, gave Robertson his 3rd save of the season and us a great 5-0 start. Considering that we had only ONE hit until the 7th inning, it was an exciting win for us. Boston finally lost today, giving us sole possession 1st place.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Cincinnati Reds 7 @ St. Louis Cardinals 9

LF Adam Duvall two home runs and had 5 RBIs total for the Reds. St. Louis countered that with 17 hits total and outscored the Reds.
·Full game report.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 @ Colorado Rockies 0
Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers flirted with a no-hitter for 7.1 innings. Ian Desmond hit a single. Kenley Jansen got his 3rd save of the season to complete the team 1-hitter.
·Full game report.

An interesting game that wasn't an Event was Texas defeating Oakland in 13 innings 4-3. Joey Gallo homered twice, a two-run dinger in the 7th and a leadoff walk-off HR in the 13th. Oakland managed only 4 hits total for 13 innings, not counting two Texas errors.

Friday April 7, 2017

New York Yankees 3 @ Baltimore Orioles 0

Manager's Notes
It was bedtime when I managed this one. I accidentally put Todd Frazier in the minors and called up Tyler Wade. I really wish I didn't have to edit the minor leagues every time I play a game, but that is the price I pay for going 25-man with all the other computer managers having unlimited minor leaguers in their lineup.
Fortunately Luis Severino not only covered for me, he pitched brilliantly. He threw a complete game 4-hit shutout (probably my first CG shutout playing Strat) with 14 strikeouts!!! The highlight was the bottom of 4th with the bases loaded and no out. Severino struck out Davis, then got Mancini to hit to a 6-4-3 double play!
Aaron Hicks had two consecutive doubles. The first one scored Gary Sanchez on 2nd and the second one was rewarded with Chase Headley singling him home in the next at-bat. Tonight's low point was Aaron Judge striking out in all 4 at-bats. We need our bats more consistent for those nights where our starters won't have their sharpest stuff.
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Boston Red Sox 10 @ Detroit Tigers 2

Chris Sale pitched a brilliant 3-hitter and struck out 16 Tigers. He is now 2nd in the AL in strikeouts with 23. Ahead of him is our own Luis Severino with 24.
·Full game report.

San Francisco Giants 1 @ San Diego Padres 0
Jeff Samardzija rebounded from a bad season debut by giving up only 2 hits in 8 innings. His teammates rewarded him by breaking up the 0-0 tie in the top of the 9th inning. A Brandon Crawford sacrifice fly scored another Brandon, one named Belt, home. The Giants took no chances in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the ball to Sam Dyson for a 1-2-3 9th and his first save of the season.
·Full game report.

Strikeouts seemed popular today. Max Scherzer had 11 (Nats over Phillies 1-0), Jacob de Grom had 13 for the Mets (7-2 over the Marlins), and Corey Kluber had 14 as the Indians beat the Diamondbacks 5-3.

Thursday April 6, 2017 - off

League Notes
Dallas Keuchel pitched a 4-hit shutout as the Astros beat the Mariners 6-0. Carlos Correa enjoyed a 2-HR day.
· League recap.

Wednesday April 5, 2017

New York Yankees 7 @ Tampa Bay Rays 3

Manager's Notes
Didi Gregorius finally got his first hit of the season on the top of the 5th inning. Starlin Castro, with a favorable Extreme Matchup against Archer, rewarded Didi by singling him home. Sonny Gray made a fantastic play on the bottom of 5th by fielding a pop-up bunt by Kiermaier, then firing to 1B to get Ramos out too.
Once again the skittish manager pulled his SP early. Archer was pulled after Gary Sanchez singled with 0 out in the top of the 7th inning and slow-starter Didi on the plate. Didi made a sacrifice bunt, then Aaron Hicks launched a great double to send Sanchez home to tie 2-2.
Aaron Judge missed swinging at a great pitch but walked to load the bases with one out ont he top of 8th and us behind 3-2. Sanchez singled to tie us up but two consecutive pop-ups ruined our chance to take the lead.
Things looked bad in the bottom of the 9th inning when the Rays had a man on 2B with no out. Chad Green intentionally walked, struck out, and induced a 5-4-3 double play to get us into extra innings.
Dellin Betances had a big season debut by getting our last two outs of the bottom of 11th, including a strikeout with men in scoring position and two outs. Miller picked a bad time to earn his silver sombero in front of the tired home fans, with it being a night game and all. He would later pick up a 5th strikeout! Tough night for him.
Dellin had a fantastic game tonight, striking out 5. Didi is officially out of his early season slump! He launched a grand slam with two outs in the top of the 14th! Luckily we have the day off tomorrow. I put in my usual closer David Robertson to make sure the Rays didn't make any heroic comeback. A groundout and two strikeouts secured the sweep for us!
·Pre-game notes. · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
Amazingly there was another 14 inning game. The Cardinals won over the Cubs 6-5 in a similar fashion: the winning team had much more hits than the losing team. However, the Cardinals were the home team so Matt Carpenter was the walk-off hero by singling Jose Martinez home from 3rd.
Now that the Astros has Justin Verlander for the entire season in my league, he will be fun to watch. Today he pitched eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits. However, the manager went for Ken Giles to close the game with a slim 1-0 lead for Houston. Oh well.

Tuesday April 4, 2017

New York Yankees 5 @ Tampa Bay Rays 3

Manager's Notes
It was a good performance by Masahiro Tanaka. In the bottom of 3rd, he got out of a 1-out jam with men in scoring position. Duda and Longoria both grounded out. Aaron Judge rewarded us the next at-bat with a solo home run to put us ahead 2-1. In the top of the 5th, again the Rays' manager yanked his starter Cobb with a Yankee on 1B and 1 out. Again we made the reliever pay by driving in another run.
Brett Gardner was fantastic at the plate tonight with two triples, both driving teammates home.
In the bottom of the 8th I had to pull Tanaka. I tried Aroldis Chapman with mostly lefty matchups but he struggled a little bit. Chad Green got the last out and we escaped with a 5-3 lead. David Robertson finished the game for his 2nd save of the season. I wish Tanaka could have gotten that CG - he was not that tired. On the other hand, I love our team's bullpen depth. I don't want to manage a long season and not make the playoffs, so team wins need to take precedence over individual achievements.
Starlin Castro got the day off due to his extreme matchup against SP Cobb. That is what I like about the newer computer games, that it prevents me from using the exact same lefty/righty lineups the whole season and keeps things interesting. Fortunatley Castro was supposed to bat 9th. I tend to think a little more if the extreme matchup happens in the heart of the lineup. However if my #2-#5 batter is amazing, then I trust his skills enough to leave him where he is.
·Pre-game notes · Full game report. · League recap.

League Notes
San Francisco Giants 3 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 15

Jake Lamb had a triple, two homers, one more run of his own, and 6 RBIs. He led the charge in a big win for the Diamondbacks over the Giants. Zack Godley took advantage of the lopsided victory to go the distance, notching 10 strikeouts along the way.
·Full game report

Monday April 3, 2017 - off

League Notes
Seattle Mariners 11 @ Houston Astros 12 (10 innings)

Jean Segura had 5 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. However, the Astros outlasted the Mariners for an exciting home victory thanks to Jake Marisnick singling to score Cameron Maybin from 2nd. There were two other games that were walk-offs in extra innings.
·Full game report · League recap.

Sunday April 2, 2017

New York Yankees 4 @ Tampa Bay Rays 2

Manager's Notes
It was a strong game by Luis Severino. He gave up a solo HR to the second batter (Duda). After that, his only other bad pitch was a double in the bottom of 8th that made me go to setup man Chad Green. David Robertson was sloppy (gave up a solo HR) but got the save. Our batters started slowly but pressured three TB relievers into a 1-out bases loaded situation. Cishek's error and then a wild pitch got us the 2-1 lead and we scored just enough afterwards to win. The 4th and 5th holes had 0-4 days, but everyone else got hits and sacrifices when we needed them the most. The Rays' manager pulled Faria too soon (they were leading 1-0 in the start of the 7th) and hung onto their relievers for too long. Still, a win is a win.
·Full game report. · League recap.

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