Game 124: Start of an Important Stretch

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Do you want the Yankees to make the postseason? Of course you do. What’s the point of watching otherwise? The Yankees came into today four games back of the second wildcard spot with five teams ahead of them. Starting tonight, they’ll play their next 12 games against three of those five teams: Mariners, Orioles, Royals, and Orioles again.

These next 12 games are a big opportunity for the Yankees to gain ground in the the wildcard race, and you know what? They had chances like this earlier in the season and didn’t capitalize. This team has been treading water for about three months now. At some point they have to get hot and stay hot to have a realistic shot at the postseason, and hey, maybe they’re in the middle of that hot streak right now. The Yankees have won seven of their last eleven games, you know. Here is the Mariners’ lineup and here is the Yankees’ lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  3. C Gary Sanchez
  4. SS Didi Gregorius
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. DH Brian McCann
  7. RF Aaron Judge
  8. 3B Chase Headley
  9. 1B Tyler Austin
    RHP Michael Pineda

It has been cool and cloudy all day in Seattle, the internet tells me. Typical Seattle weather, I guess. Tonight’s game will begin at 10:20pm ET and you can watch on YES. Enjoy.

Awards!: Gary Sanchez was named the AL Player of the Week, MLB announced. That’s cool. He went 11-for-21 (.524) with four homers last week. That’ll do it. Sanchez is the first Yankee to be named AL Player of the Week since Gardner last June, and only the second Yankees catcher to win the award, joining Thurman Munson. Yowza.

Josh Donaldson named 2015 AL MVP; McCann, Teixeira, A-Rod all receive votes

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(Tom Szczerbowski/Getty)

As expected, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was named the 2015 AL Most Valuable Player earlier tonight. He received 23 of 30 first place votes. Angels outfielder Mike Trout finished a distant second in the voting. I’d have voted for Trout, personally. Hard to believe he only has one MVP to show for this four-year stretch. It was his worst season too.

Anyway, three Yankees players received down-ballot votes: Brian McCann received one ninth place vote while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira each received a tenth place vote. They’re the first Yankees to receive MVP votes since Robinson Cano in 2014. The Yankees were shut out of the MVP voting last year for the first time since 1992. The full voting results are at the BBWAA’s site.

Bryce Harper was named NL MVP unanimously. The Yankees did not have any awards finalists this year. Their last major award winner remains A-Rod, who was named 2007 AL MVP. Well, Andrew Miller won the Mariano Rivera Award this year, but that’s not really a major award.

Dallas Keuchel wins 2015 AL Cy Young award; Miller and Betances get votes

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(Eric Christian Smith/Getty)

Thanks in part to his dominance of the Yankees, Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel was named the 2015 AL Cy Young award winner tonight. Tigers and Blue Jays southpaw David Price finished a relatively close second while Athletics righty Sonny Gray finished third. The full voting results are at the BBWAA’s site.

Both Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances received down-ballot Cy Young votes. Miller received one fourth place vote and one fifth place vote, finishing tenth overall. Betances received one fifth place vote and finished 14th in the voting. No other Yankees received Cy Young votes, as expected. None of the starters had a good case for even a fifth place vote.

Cubs righty Jake Arrieta between out Dodgers co-aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the NL Cy Young. The MVPs will be announced tomorrow night. The Yankees do not have any finalists, but as with the Cy Young, I’m sure one or two players will get down-ballot votes. Someone will vote for Alex Rodriguez, right?

Jeff Banister named 2015 AL Manager of the Year; Girardi finishes fifth in voting

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(Christian Petersen/Getty)

Tuesday night, MLB and the BBWAA announced Rangers skipper Jeff Banister has won the 2015 AL Manager of the Year award. Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished second and Twins manager Paul Molitor finished third. All three guys were in their first seasons on the job. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year.

Joe Girardi finished fifth in the voting, receiving two first place votes and two third place votes. He was behind Banister, Hinch, Molitor, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Girardi, who won the 2006 NL Manager of the Year award with the Marlins, has received at least one Manager of the Year vote every year since 2009.

The full voting results are available at the BBWAA’s site. The Manager of the Year has morphed into the “manager whose team most exceeds expectations” award, and, well, the Yankees are always expected to win. Joe Torre in 1996 and 1998 is the last New York manager to win the award.

The Rookie of the Year was announced Monday. The Cy Young will be announced Wednesday and the MVP follows Thursday. The Yankees do not have any finalists this year but I’m sure some players received down-ballot votes. They always do.

Carlos Correa named 2015 AL Rookie of the Year

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(Bob Levey/Getty)

Monday night, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was named the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, the BBWAA announced. He received 17 of 30 first place votes. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was second in the voting and Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was a distant third. The full voting results are at the BBWAA’s site.

Correa, 21, hit .279/.345/.512 (133 wRC+) with 22 homers and 14 steals in 99 games after being called up in June. He led all AL rookies in homers and slugging percentage, among other things. Lindor, who received the other 13 first place votes, actually edged Correa in WAR (4.6 to 4.1) but he didn’t have the same power numbers, and much of that 4.6 WAR came from defense.

No Yankees received a Rookie of the Year vote this season. Correa and Lindor were in the top two spots on nearly every ballot, leaving the third spot for all other rookies. Luis Severino was New York’s only chance at a Rookie of the Year vote and it didn’t happen. Greg Bird didn’t play nearly enough games for serious consideration. So it goes.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was named NL Rookie of the Year unanimously. The Manager of the Year award will be announced Tuesday night. Joe Girardi is not a finalist but he has received at least one Manager of the Year vote every year since 2009.

The Yankees do not have any major awards finalists this year. I’m sure one or two guys receive down ballot votes though.

Brian McCann wins Silver Slugger at catcher

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Silver Slugger awards, which are given to the best offensive players at each position, were announced Thursday night. Brian McCann took home Silver Slugger for AL catcher. It’s the sixth of his career and first in pinstripes. He was the only Yankees player to take home a Silver Slugger. Here are all the winners.

McCann, 31, hit .232/.320/.437 (105 wRC+) with a career-high 26 home runs this season, his second in New York. He led all catchers in dingers and his 94 RBI were one behind Buster Posey for the catcher lead, which is pretty much all it takes to win a Silver Slugger. The winners are selected by coaches and managers around the league.

Alex Rodriguez, who lost out to Prince Fielder for the Comeback Player of the Year award, lost out to Kendrys Morales for the Silver Slugger. Aside from A-Rod and McCann, the Yankees didn’t have any good Silver Slugger candidates. I guess Mark Teixeira, but, you know, Miguel Cabrera exists.

The four major awards — MVP, Cy Young, Manager and Rookie of the Year — will be announced next week, but no Yankees are among the finalists. No Yankees won a Gold Glove either. So I guess McCann’s Silver Slugger is the only award the Yankees will take home this year. No biggie.

Update: Forgot Andrew Miller won the Mariano Rivera Award as the league’s best reliever. So two awards this year.

Teixeira, Gregorius, Gardner do not win 2015 Gold Gloves

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(Presswire)

Earlier tonight, the 2015 Gold Glove Award winners were announced. The three finalists at each position were announced last week and the Yankees had three: Mark Teixeira at first base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop, and Brett Gardner at left field. All of this year’s Gold Glove winners are right here.

None of the three Yankees won a Gold Glove this season. Teixeira lost to Eric Hosmer, Gregorius lost to Alcides Escobar, and Gardner lost to Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was only in the league half the season! Also, I guess it wasn’t enough that the Royals won the World Series, huh? Gotta hog the Gold Gloves too? Rude.

Anyway, the Yankees have not had a Gold Glove winner since 2012, when Teixeira and Robinson Cano won. Managers and coaches vote for the Gold Gloves in their leagues — they can’t vote for their own players! — and there’s also a statistical component too.

The MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, and Rookie of the Year awards will be announced last week. The Yankees don’t have any finalists. No awards this year. For shame.