11:00 AM EDT, Wed October 18, 2017
1 hour ago

Thoughts prior to Game Five of the 2017 ALCS

So are we having fun this postseason or what? Once again, the Yankees have fought back from down 0-2 in a series to even things up 2-2. They did it against the Indians in the ALDS, and now the Astros are getting a taste of the Fighting Spirit in the ALCS. That win was amazing […] The post Thoughts prior to Game Five of the 2017 ALCS appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
14 hours ago

Yankees 6, Astros 4: Judge and Sanchez lead Yanks to come-from-behind win in Game Four

You didn’t doubt the Fighting Spirit, did you? The October ghosts have returned to Yankees baseball. I’ve missed them. The Yankees mounted a remarkable comeback in Game Four of the ALCS on Tuesday night to even the series at 2-2. The final score: 6-4. Holy moly. This team, you guys. I never want this to […] The post Yankees 6, Astros 4: Judge and Sanchez lead Yanks to come-from-behind win in Game Four appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
18 hours ago

2017 ALCS Game Four: Astros at Yankees

A very strong case can be made this is the most important game of the ALCS. The Astros lead the series 2-1, meaning the Yankees need to win today to avoid falling down 3-1 in the series before facing Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in Games Five and Six. Having to beat Keuchel and Verlander […] The post 2017 ALCS Game Four: Astros at Yankees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
19 hours ago

The outlook for the upcoming ALCS games

Alright, we’ve seen this before. Down 2-1 in the series but a win tonight would tie it up. Gotta win few more games in a row from here on, right? Well, the Yankees could do that (again), but if only it were that simple. Winning three against a team like the Indians after being down […] The post The outlook for the upcoming ALCS games appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
20 hours ago

Brad Peacock may be Astros’ secret weapon in Game Four

The Astros changed course this series, opting to start Lance McCullers Jr. and not Brad Peacock in an important Game 4. If you were seeing this in July, you would have laughed. McCullers was the Astros’ No. 2 starter then behind Dallas Keuchel and you could have argued he was their No. 1. Now? Not […] The post Brad Peacock may be Astros’ secret weapon in Game Four appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
21 hours ago

Scouting Game Four of the ALCS: Lance McCullers Jr.

Following Game Three last night, the Astros somewhat surprisingly announced Lance McCullers Jr. will start Game Four this evening. I say somewhat surprisingly because McCullers hasn’t pitched all that well of late, and they had both Brad Peacock and Dallas Keuchel (on short rest) as options. Instead, it’s McCullers, son of the former Yankee and […] The post Scouting Game Four of the ALCS: Lance McCullers Jr. appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
23 hours ago

Sonny Gray must get his control back on track for the Yankees to have a chance in Game Four

Last week, when the Yankees lined up their ALCS rotation, they opted to start trade deadline pickup Sonny Gray in Game Four even though he started Game One of the ALDS and could’ve started Game One of the ALCS. The Yankees had Gray throw an extended three-inning simulated game on Thursday to stay sharp, though […] The post Sonny Gray must get his control back on track for the Yankees to have a chance in Game Four appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 17, 2017

Thoughts prior to Game Four of the 2017 ALCS

Now we’ve got a series on our hands. After dropping Games One and Two of the ALCS in Houston, the Yankees returned home to Yankee Stadium to win Game Three last night. They still trail the series 2-1, but according to the laws of sports momentum, they will go undefeated the rest of the postseason […] The post Thoughts prior to Game Four of the 2017 ALCS appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

Yankees 8, Astros 1: Judge breaks out, Sabathia shuts down Astros in Game Three

Alright, now we have a series. After getting stifled by Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander in Games One and Two of the ALCS, the Yankees bounced back with a big 8-1 win in Game Three on Monday night. Good hitting, good pitching, good defense. This one had it all. The Astros still lead the series […] The post Yankees 8, Astros 1: Judge breaks out, Sabathia shuts down Astros in Game Three appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

2017 ALCS Game Three: Astros at Yankees

Once again, the Yankees return home in a postseason series down 0-2. And, once again, they’re faced with having to make a big comeback against a 100+ win team. The Yankees made that comeback against the Indians in the ALDS. Can they do it against the Astros in the ALCS? I mean, sure, of course […] The post 2017 ALCS Game Three: Astros at Yankees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

Tommy Kahnle went from having an undefined role during the regular season to being a postseason weapon

I don’t think Brian Cashman or the Yankees would admit it, but when they made the big trade with the White Sox back in July, righty Tommy Kahnle was the key piece. Todd Frazier is a rental player and David Robertson, while awesome, is owed quite a bit of a money next season. Kahnle was […] The post Tommy Kahnle went from having an undefined role during the regular season to being a postseason weapon appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

Scouting Game Three of the ALCS: Charlie Morton

Despite allowing four runs total in Games One and Two of the ALCS in Houston, the Yankees return home to New York for Game Three down 0-2 in the series. Annoying! Very annoying, really. The Yankees have been here before though. They came home down 0-2 to the Indians in the ALDS, and that was […] The post Scouting Game Three of the ALCS: Charlie Morton appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

Thoughts prior to Game Three of the 2017 ALCS

After two close games at Minute Maid Park, the ALCS now shifts to Yankee Stadium for Games Three and Four and, hopefully, Five. The Yankees are down 0-2 in the series and hey, they’ve been here before. They just came back from down 0-2 against the Indians in the ALDS. That doesn’t mean they’ll do […] The post Thoughts prior to Game Three of the 2017 ALCS appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 16, 2017

Fan Confidence Poll: October 16th, 2017

Regular Season Record: 91-71 (858 RS, 660 RA, 100-62 pythag. record), second in ALE Postseason Record: 4-4 (31 RS, 26 RA), won AL WC Game, won ALDS, down 0-2 in ALCS Opponents This Week: ALCS Game Three vs. Astros (Mon.), ALCS Game Four vs. Astros (Tues.), ALCS Game Five vs. Astros (Weds. if necessary), ALCS […] The post Fan Confidence Poll: October 16th, 2017 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Oct 15, 2017

DotF: Sheffield dominant in Arizona Fall League opener

Now that the various fall and winter leagues have started their seasons, it’s time for a minor league update. I usually only do these once a week during the offseason. Before we get to the game action, here are some stray notes and links. If you’re still holding out hope the Yankees will find a […] The post DotF: Sheffield dominant in Arizona Fall League opener appeared first on River Avenue Blues.