Game 162: –30–

:-( (Jim Rogash/Getty)
(Jim Rogash/Getty)

So this is it. The final game of the season. The last six months have mostly sucked but there were plenty of awesome moments mixed in, none better than Derek Jeter‘s walk-off single in his Yankee Stadium farewell three days ago. That was just amazing. All-time great moment I’ll remember forever.

The Yankees wrap up the 2014 regular season this afternoon before heading into what I am sure will be an eventful offseason. Eventful good or eventful bad? That’s the question. I really have no idea what’s in store this winter. We can worry about all of that starting tomorrow. For now, just enjoy the last few innings of Yankees baseball until the spring. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Derek Jeter
  3. CF Brett Gardner
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. 3B Chase Headley
  6. SS Stephen Drew
  7. C Frankie Cervelli
  8. LF Chris Young
  9. 2B Jose Pirela
    RHP Michael Pineda

Another nice and sunny day in Boston. The weather has been pretty awesome this weekend. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:35pm ET, but the Red Sox are having a pre-game ceremony for Jeter that is scheduled to begin around 1pm ET. You’ll be able to watch on YES locally and both TBS and MLB.tv nationally. MLB.tv is free for the weekend. Enjoy the game, folks.

A-Rod declared healthy and preparing to play in 2015

Prior to yesterday’s game, Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters that Alex Rodriguez has been declared healthy by the team’s insurance company and he is preparing to play in 2015. “He’s doing two-a-days right now. Last I remember, he said he was out at UCLA. Between that and his workouts in Miami, he’s (also) going to plan on working with our staff in Tampa at some point this winter. He looks forward to reintroducing himself in a positive way for us going forward,” said the GM to Chad Jennings.

A-Rod, now 39, has opted not to play winter ball as a tune-up heading into next season. Cashman said the team ran the idea by him just so they could begin the process of getting him on a roster, but he declined. Rodriguez missed most of last season following left hip surgery after having right hip surgery in 2009. He played only 265 of 486 possible games from 2011-13. What will the Yankees get out of A-Rod next year? Who in the world knows. Cashman made it pretty clear they aren’t going to release him — they could still recoup some of the $63M they owe him through 2017 if he gets suspended or hurt again (insurance!) — so they’ll need him to contribute something more than nothing.

Saturday Night Open Thread

Here is your open thread for the night. MLB.tv is free all weekend, so you can watch any game your heart desires. Tigers-Twins, Royals-White Sox, Athletics-Rangers, Cardinals-Diamondbacks, and Mariners-Angels all have postseason implications. I’m sure there’s a bunch of college football on somewhere as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, Joe Girardi ripping the team, or anything else right here.

Tanaka, Yankees get roughed up 10-4 by BoSox


Source: FanGraphs

This is the type of game that would have totally sucked had it meant something but is easily brushed off because it didn’t. The Yankees got clobbered by the Red Sox by the score of 10-4 on Saturday afternoon, in the second to last game of the 2014 season. Let’s recap:

  • Ugly Ending: This was definitely not the way Masahiro Tanaka wanted to go into the offseason. He looked pretty terrible on Saturday afternoon — stuff was flat, no command at all, laboring from start to finish — and the result was seven runs (five earned) in only 1.2 innings (50 pitches). Some really bad defense didn’t help but it’s not like Tanaka was fooling anyone either. As long as his elbow is healthy — Joe Girardi said he was fine physically after the game, no injury just ineffective — the bad performance doesn’t really matter. It just would have been nice to end the season on a high note.
  • Swing Away: The Yankees went into “let’s get this over with” mode after Boston’s eight-run second inning — 17 of the next 19 men they sent to the plate swung at the first or second pitch. The plan went awry in the three-run eighth inning, which was highlighted by Chris Young‘s one-run single and Stephen Drew‘s two-run ground-rule double. Three singles, including infield hits by Frankie Cervelli and Chase Headley, set that rally up. The Yankees put two on the ninth but did not score.
  • Bullpen On Parade: Preston Claiborne replaced Tanaka, faced six hitters, and retired one (three hits, one walk, one error). He was charged with two unearned runs. Bryan Mitchell allowed one run while soaking up four efficient innings (44 pitches) then Chase Whitely closed it out with two quick innings. Three September call-up relievers combined to allow three runs (one earned) in 6.1 innings while striking out seven. Not awful despite Claiborne.
  • Leftovers: Derek Jeter started at DH and went 1-for-2 with an infield single before being replaced … the Yankees allowed a season-high four unearned runs, which is amazing considering how terrible the infield was for much of the year … Headley, Cervelli, and Young each had two hits while Ichiro Suzuki, Jeter, Austin Romine, Drew (double), and Jose Pirela (triple) each had one. Drew and Pirela walked … Tanaka is the first Yankee to allow at least seven runs in fewer than two full innings since Phil Hughes last May.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. Since this was their 78th loss of the season, the Yankees will officially have a worst record than last year (85-77). Gross. Michael Pineda and Clay Buchholz will be on the mound in the 2014 season finale Sunday afternoon.

ESPN NY: Girardi ripped players in team meeting last week

Via ESPN NY: Joe Girardi ripped players in an “angry” team meeting before Thursday’s home finale, reportedly chiding some players for being overweight and others for not being “hungry.” Girardi and several players confirmed the meeting happened without giving details. “I’m not going to go into what I talked about. Write whatever you want,” he said.

“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before. It’s something he probably should have said back in Spring Training,” said someone involved with the meeting to ESPN NY. I’m guessing stuff like this happens much more often than we hear about and there’s nothing wrong with some brutal honesty and tough love in my opinion. The Yankees played like crap and definitely didn’t look “hungry” at times this year. It needed to be said.