May 122017

The Yankees were dominated by Houston pitching last night. They actually managed some baserunners, especially in the late innings (no so much against Keuchel in the first 6) but were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Pineda was good but not great (GS 56, 3 ER in 6.2 IP) but they trailed 3-1 in the ninth inning. They managed to get two on base and in fact had a classic finale set up: 2 runners in scoring position, two outs, fast runner (Ellsbury) on second, and Gary Sanchez at the plate. Four possible outcomes, in order of likelihood: 1) strike out, 2) hard hit out, 3) game-tying hit, 4) walk-off home run.

The fates dictated a sad variant on #3 – a game-winning hard single to left field, followed by a game-saving perfect throw from Marisnick to nail Ellsbury at home and preserve a 3-2 win (Win: Keuchel, Save: Marisnick). The send was automatic and correct – it takes a perfect throw to get the speedy Ellsbury (reached the catcher on the fly!) so that even though he was out “by a mile” I would say the odds that he scores on that play were above 90%. Add in that Marisnick was not even in the game at the start (normal left-fielder Aoki started (no way Aoki throws out Ellsbury) and you get my frustration.

New York fell a half game behind idle Baltimroe for the division race, and Houston moved to 24-11 on the season.

Busy today – maybe a longer post tomorrow.

I still love this game, though, even when it frustrates me.

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