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2 hours into the game I get a notice from my phone that I had been using it for 2 hours and I needed to set it down and go do something else LOL Sucker was warm!!
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I have been saying that for the last few months. When we are hot, no one can stop us. When we are cold, a little league team can beat us.
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ALCS loss to Astros caps a decade without a pennant for the 27-time world champions

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Oct. 20, 2019 9:52 am ET
In many respects, the New York Yankees just completed an extraordinary decade. Over the past 10 regular seasons, they won 921 games, more than any other team in baseball. They made the playoffs seven times—no other team played into October more often.

The 2010s were a success by every measure—that is, except for the only one their fans actually care about: winning the World Series.

New York’s season-ending defeat to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series on Saturday means that for the first time since the 1910s, they have gone a full calendar decade without so much as appearing in the World Series.

They spent more than $2 billion on player salaries, more than any other team in the majors over that span. They employed at least eight current, likely or possible future Hall of Famers. And yet, along the way, the Yankees settled into a strange, new normal. They have become the sort of franchise their fans used to mock: great in every way but the one that counts.

It is tempting to compare them to the 1990s Atlanta Braves, a team best remembered for underachieving in the postseason. But even those Braves—the would-be Team of the ‘90s before the Yankees staked their own claim to that title—appeared in five World Series and won one.

What the Yankees did in the 2010s is without precedent in modern baseball history: In no previous calendar decade since 1900 has the winningest team of the decade by regular-season record failed to win at least one pennant, according to Stats LLC.

Their latest October exit was particularly crushing. After Jose Altuve sent Houston to the World Series with a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 on Saturday, the mood in the Yankees’ clubhouse was funereal.

Many players sat in silence, some in tears. Manager Aaron Boone went from player to player, hugging them and whispering words of encouragement in their ears. Slugger Aaron Judge called the season a failure.

“Just like that, with one swing of the bat, it’s all over,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “It’ll take a while to get over. Some of us may never get over it.”

The cruel irony of the Yankees’ lost decade is that no other franchise has been so openly dismissive of merely reaching the World Series. The Yankees—perhaps their fans have mentioned this—have won 27 championships, more than any other North American professional sports franchise.

Part of their identity is treating anything less with the sort of solemn mea culpas befitting a huge corporate scandal. When they lost the 1981 World Series in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers, late owner George Steinbrenner famously issued a statement that began: “I want to sincerely apologize to the people of New York.”

In 2011, after they won 97 games and the AL East but lost in the division series, team president Randy Levine used the phrase “bitter disappointment” in describing the season. “We are the Yankees,” he told ESPN. But in the years since, that sort of bluster has given way to a more nuanced view.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner said, “That’s our expectation: to be in the [World] Series every year. That’s the standard we hold ourselves to, because we understand our fans do. But there’s then the logical side, which is: The landscape has changed. The sport has changed. There are a lot of really good teams out there.”

Despite the efforts of Major League Baseball to encourage competitive balance and offset the Yankees’ financial advantages, the landscape at the start of the decade looked awfully familiar. They had just won the 2009 World Series following a $400 million winter spending spree.

But the ensuing years turned into a long sunset for the Yankees’ championship core. Mariano Rivera retired in 2013. Derek Jeter followed in 2014. Alex Rodriguez got suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs and missed all of 2014.

The Yankees refused to adopt the lose-big-now, win-big-later strategy that resulted in titles for the Astros and the Chicago Cubs. They haven’t had a losing season since 1992. Yet despite their unwillingness to tear their roster down, they managed to rebuild. Judge headlined a group of young stars that propelled the Yankees to the ALCS in 2017.

As they approached the end of the decade, the Yankees were well-positioned to begin a new championship era in the Bronx. Their failure to do so can be traced partly to their unwillingness to pay the cost of acquiring one of the dominant starting pitchers they coveted.

Most notable among them were the two aces that helped beat them in the ALCS, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, who instead were traded to the Astros in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In addition to keeping a tight grip on minor-league prospects, the Yankees haven’t awarded a $100 million-plus contract to a free agent since 2014.

“It’s not like we weren’t out there spending, trying to improve,” Steinbrenner said. “It just wasn’t in the one mega-player some people wanted.”

As the Yankees look to retool their roster for 2020, they figure to do so from a position of strength. Their best young players, most notably Judge and Gleyber Torres, are still under their control, as are their top starting pitchers and relievers. It’s not hard to imagine them back in the postseason again a year from now. But it’s what they do when they get there that defines them. Right now, that’s the problem.

“You’ve got to win in October,” Gardner said. “Obviously we’ve got a long time to think about that before another October rolls around.”


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I can't be the only one that thinks this might be a really good knock-down-drag-out fight of a World Series. These two teams might be well matched up and we have a really good long series. Or the Nationals choke under the high pressure of postseason baseball where the Houston Astros can mow them down. Also a good possibility, is that the Nationals come in and club the living daylights out of Houston's pitching. This could be a far more interesting series than any Yankee Dodger bullshit drama shit show...
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I can't be the only one that thinks this might be a really good knock-down-drag-out fight of a World Series. These two teams might be well matched up and we have a really good long series. Or the Nationals choke under the high pressure of postseason baseball where the Houston Astros can mow them down. Also a good possibility, is that the Nationals come in and club the living daylights out of Houston's pitching. This could be a far more interesting series than any Yankee Dodger bullshit drama shit show...
Oh man am I glad neither of those will be in it this year!

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The World Series has arrived, and it's a good one: The 107-win Astros, hoping to collect their second ring in three seasons, face the more-than-a-Cinderella-story Nationals, owners of the second-most wins in baseball over the past seven seasons. Looking for superstars? Friend, you've got them -- on both sides.

Let's quickly dispense with the false narratives: No, the Nationals aren't "better without Bryce Harper." (He'd be a big upgrade in right field.) No, this isn't the final battle of "old school vs. new school." (The Nats may not be the famously analytical Astros, but they have plenty of smart people working for them looking at lots of numbers.) If Washington loses, it might be as much because Houston is a historically good team as it is that "they got rusty waiting too long."

So there’s plenty of story to get through before we get to the actual game. When we do, how do these teams match up? Looking position-by-position can give us an interesting view.

Remember: We're not just looking at "who's been hot in the playoffs," though we won't rule it out entirely, either. Don't forget that Cardinals sluggers Marcell Ozuna and Paul Goldschmidt combined to post a .429 average and an .881 slugging percentage in the National League Division Series against the Braves before collapsing to .125/.156 -- with 17 strikeouts! -- in four games of the NL Championship Series against the Nationals. It can happen that fast in a short series, and what happened in the long season matters as much or more.

Catcher

It is extremely hard to separate these two teams at this position. Their starters hit almost exactly the same this year, with Houston's Robinson Chirinos posting a .336 wOBA and Washington's Kurt Suzuki posting a .337 wOBA. Their backups hit almost exactly the same this year, with the Astros' Martin Maldonado's .288 wOBA coming in nearly identical to Washington's Yan Gomes' .298. None of them is a terribly impressive pitch framer.

What this “matchup” lacks in glamour, it makes up for in being really close.
Tiny Advantage Nationals
First base

Howie Kendrick may see some time here, but this spot is going to be Ryan Zimmerman's, given the fact that Kendrick has been starting at second base and that both will be needed when the designated hitter is in play in Houston. It feels somewhat unfair to lean too heavily on Zimmerman's just-OK .257/.321/.415 slash line in an injury-plagued season with only 190 plate appearances, but Yuli Gurriel ended up being so good this year -- a .298/.343/.541 to go with 31 homers, and legitimately one of the 10 best hitters in baseball in the second half -- that he gives Houston the edge anyway.

Advantage: Astros

Second base

José Altuve, finally healthy, was also one of the "10 best hitters in baseball in the second half," and he's got a half-decade of truly elite performance backing it up. (He's also hitting .349/.417/.767 with five home runs this month, including his pennant-winning walk-off homer for the ages on Saturday.) While Kendrick was a legitimate star hitter this year as well, his somewhat-similar line came in nearly 200 fewer plate appearances, and because of the DH, it's likely that Brian Dozier (.238/.340/.430 during the season, and the owner of just six postseason plate appearances) will need to see plenty of time here, too. That’s a boon for Houston.

Big advantage: Astros

Shortstop

We don't generally rely too heavily on Wins Above Replacement in the playoffs, because it's a counting stat that works a lot better over full seasons than in short series, but looking at it for Carlos Correa and Trea Turner can still tell us something instructive:

Correa: 321 plate appearances -- 3.2 WAR

Turner: 569 plate appearances -- 3.5 WAR

In just about half as many plate appearances, Correa nearly equaled Turner's value. That's what happens when you have a similar OBP (.358 for Correa, .353 for Turner), a massive slugging advantage (.568 to .497) and better defensive metrics -- though Turner regains some of that value by being one of baseball's most dangerous baserunners.

Advantage: Astros

Third base

Alex Bregman is a legitimate American League Most Valuable Player Award candidate having a great season.

Anthony Rendon is a legitimate NL MVP Award candidate having a great season, perhaps likely to finish third behind Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, but still with a chance to win.

During the season, Bregman had a .423 OBP and a .592 slugging percentage, which is barely distinguishable from Rendon's .412 OBP and .598 slugging. Surely, there's a difference in October, right? Well, Rendon is having the superior 2019 postseason (1.059 OPS to Bregman's .863) … but Bregman's .835 OPS in 37 career postseason games beats Rendon's .821 OPS in 24 postseason games.

These are two of the biggest superstars in the game, and they're shining on the brightest stage. Good luck picking. We won’t.

Advantage: Push. Are you kidding? You can't make us choose.

Left field

Michael Brantley has long been a solid player, and he put up a typically solid season, hitting .311/.372/.503, making him one of the more valuable players on the Astros. Against a lot of other left fielders, he'd be the easy choice -- but Juan Soto isn't any other left fielder, is he?

At just 20 years old, Soto got on base more than Brantley did (.401 OBP) and hit for more power, too (.548 slugging percentage). Throw in the fact that Soto is a better defender (plus-6 Outs Above Average) than Brantley (minus-7 OAA), and that he's been better in October, with huge hits in the winner-take-all NL Wild Card Game and NLDS Game 5, and this one is an easy call.

Advantage: Nationals

Center field

Victor Robles might be the best defensive outfielder of 2019 (plus-21 Outs Above Average), but George Springer is pretty good with the glove himself (plus-7 OAA), and the offensive difference between the two of them is massive. Just compare the lines:

Springer: .292/.383/.591, .974 OPS, 39 home runs

Robles: .255/.326/.419, .745 OPS, 17 home runs

This doesn't even consider the open question of whether Robles is fully healed from the right hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two games of the NLCS, though he did have three hits including a homer after returning. Either way, Robles is a good young player, but Springer is a star.

Big advantage: Astros

Right field

Josh Reddick and Adam Eaton are each average defensive outfielders -- that's a good thing, not a bad thing -- and roughly average hitters, though Eaton's bat is a tick above average while Reddick's is a little further away from that on the negative side (89 OPS+). For us, it really comes down to the fact that Eaton's .365 OBP is considerably better than Reddick's .319, though neither side has a huge edge here.

Small advantage: Nationals

Designated hitter

This one should be easy. After all, Yordan Alvarez just put up one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history, mashing 27 homers in only 87 games to go with a .313/.412/.655 slash line. The only slight hesitation is that Alvarez hasn't done all that much in the postseason, hitting .171/.227/.244 so far. Then again, he was great against the Rays in the ALDS (.316/.350/.474), and we know better than to let a few games against the Yankees color our thinking, don't we? The Nationals will counter with either Zimmerman or Kendrick, as they did in all 10 of their road Interleague games this year.

Advantage: Astros

Starting pitching

You'd need something like an electron microscope to choose between the competing ace duos of Gerrit Cole/Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg, so we won't. Instead, we'll look at what happens after that.

Do you prefer Patrick Corbin (3.25 ERA, 3.49 FIP) or Zack Greinke (2.93 ERA, 3.22 FIP)? Greinke was a little better in the regular season, though he's struggled at times in three October starts (.910 OPS allowed), while Corbin has been strong this month, save for a disastrous NLDS Game 3 relief appearance. But Houston pounds lefty pitching better than any other team in the game, adding another wrinkle. These are two of the more accomplished veteran starters in the game, and you could go either way.

Then we get to the fourth starters, where Aníbal Sánchez not only threw 166 innings of solid 3.85-ERA ball this season, but has also been stunningly effective in two postseason starts, allowing one earned run in 12 2/3 innings. Houston would have to counter either with rookie Jose Urquidy, who's barely been relied upon at all this month -- his only appearances were in long relief in ALDS Game 4 and in the clinching Game 6 of the ALCS -- try another bullpen game like it used in ALCS Game 6, or bring back its Game 1 starter on short rest.

It's a pretty tight matchup. Washington's slightly better depth in a long series earns it the minor edge.

Small advantage: Nationals

elief pitching

The thin Washington bullpen hasn't yet been the downfall that many expected, though it's worth pointing out that just six pitchers -- the top four starters, plus top relievers Daniel Hudson and Sean Doolittle -- threw 90 percent of the team's innings in the NLCS. That's fine for a four-game sweep, but it might be tougher over a longer series against better competition, and manager Dave Martinez will have to risk using rookie flamethrower Tanner Rainey, ageless veteran Fernando Rodney, or relatively anonymous names like Javy Guerra and Austin Voth at some point.

The Astros bullpen, for what it's worth, hasn't exactly been invincible, especially since shutdown setup man Ryan Pressly hasn't quite looked like himself since coming back from a late-summer right knee injury, which he re-aggravated in Game 6 of the ALCS. Then again, Pressly looked great in Game 4, and he, Roberto Osuna (despite the blown save in Game 6), Will Harris and Joe Smith have become a fairly reliable late-inning quartet, though one without a lefty to use against Soto.

Advantage: Astros

Prediction

Over the course of the season, the Astros were baseball's most dominant team, becoming the first club to have the most strikeouts as pitchers and the fewest as hitters. There's a reason they won 107 games, and most will give Houston the advantage in the Fall Classic over a team that didn't even win its division.

That's fair enough, but don't sleep on how good the Nationals have been, too. In Scherzer, Strasburg, Soto, and Rendon, they have the star power to match any roster. And check out the records of the two teams after the Nationals famously bottomed out at 19-31 on May 23:

Astros: 73-37, .667, best record in baseball

Nationals: 74-38, .661, second-best record in baseball (tied with Dodgers)

It's going to be close -- closer than you think. We'll take the Astros for their second title in three seasons, but it won't be easy.

Astros in six
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I was for the Cardinals, but the Nationals winning was acceptable.
Astros, Yankees had to be the Astros all the way

This one I really don't have a dog in the hunt I just want it to be a series of good games not like when the Rockies made it in 2007 and blew it in 4 games more like 2001 where the Diamondbacks fought the Yankees down to the last game!
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Wooo go ‘stros!!!!

Should be a damn good matchup. Hell might even be a 0-1 win with the pitching happening these first few games. I guess we will see.
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Should be a damn good matchup. Hell might even be a 0-1 win with the pitching happening these first few games. I guess we will see.
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I live just outside of DC, so I guess I'll root for the Nats, unless the Astros don't have some dumbass stuffed inside a mascot costume running around the stadium like a fucking retard.

Just Googled it. Astros may have an even more retarded mascot than the Nats. Going with the home team.
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I live just outside of DC, so I guess I'll root for the Nats, unless the Astros don't have some dumbass stuffed inside a mascot costume running around the stadium like a fucking retard.

Just Googled it. Astros may have an even more retarded mascot than the Nats. Going with the home team.
LOL I can understand you living outside of DC being part of your decision but mascot?
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Were you able to afford tickets or are you still on vacation!
We are home. We got home Sunday afternoon. We got hosed on our tickets. Since the Astros are popular now, us 28 game season ticket holders only get 1 guaranteed game per series. This was done a month ago, before anyone knew who had home field or anything. We chose “game 2” for Alds, “game 1” alcs and “game 3” for ws. So in reality we got game 2 Alds, game 1 alcs and now game 6 ws. We figured “game 3” would be game 5 or 6 depending on when we would play at home.

We bought extra games when they went on sale on a pre sale for season ticket holders, but they go fast. We bought the ws tickets for tonight while we were on vacation and doing it from a phone. One bad finger touch later and we only got tickets for tonight’s, way up top. . We missed game 2 and 7.

So we are there, just for game 1 and game 6, if it even gets played.

The best part is we pay “normal” pricing, not jacked up second hand prices
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