Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

BBWAA announces awards finalists

25 Comments

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced on MLB Network the top three finalists for each league’s respective Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player Awards.

Here they are. Remember that votes were turned in before the start of the playoffs.

Now for some stray thoughts. It’s weird not to see Clayton Kershaw‘s name in the top-three of the Cy Young balloting. He had a top-three finish in each of the past five seasons, but missed 12 starts with a back injury. Noah Syndergaard was arguably more deserving of a top-three spot than Lester or Scherzer. There’s also an argument to be made for Jose Fernandez’s inclusion. I’m also shocked that BBWAA voters didn’t push Orioles closer Zach Britton into the top-three, though not doing so was the right call. Will Trout be screwed out of yet another MVP Award?

The award winners schedule: Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (Nov. 8), Players Choice Awards (Nov. 9), Louisville Silver Slugger Awards (Nov. 10), Rookie of the Year Awards (Nov. 14), Manager of the Year Awards (Nov. 15), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 16), MVP Awards (Nov. 17), Esurance MLB Awards (Nov. 18).

On a night full of letdowns, Yankees’ defense let them down the most

Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images
3 Comments

Game 4 of the ALCS was a gigantic letdown for the Yankees for myriad reasons. They lost, first and foremost, 8-3 to the Astros to fall behind three games to one. Their fans continued to act boorishly. CC Sabathia exited with an injury, likely the final time he’ll pitch in his career. The offense went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

The biggest letdown of the night, though, was the Yankees’ defense. They committed four errors, their highest total in a postseason game since committing five errors in Game 2 of the 1976 ALCS.

Make no mistake: the two three-run home runs hit by George Springer and Carlos Correa, given up by Masahiro and Chad Green respectively, were the big blows in the game. But the errors contributed to the loss and were downright demoralizing.

The first error came at the start of the top of the sixth inning, when Alex Bregman hit a cue shot to first baseman DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu couldn’t read the bounce and the ball clanked off of his knee, allowing Bregman to reach safely. He would score later in the inning on Correa’s blast.

The Yankees committed two errors in the top of the eighth, leading to a run. Yuli Gurriel hit another grounder to LeMahieu, which he couldn’t handle. That not only allowed Gurriel to reach safely, but Bregman — who led off with a double — moved to third base. He would score when second baseman Gleyber Torres couldn’t handle a Yordan Álvarez grounder.

Error number four occurred when Altuve hit a grounder to Torres to lead off the top of the ninth. The ball skipped right under his glove. Facing Michael Brantley, Jonathan Loaisiga uncorked a wild pitch which advanced Altuve to second base. Brantley followed up with a line drive single to left field, plating Altuve for another run. Loaisiga would throw another wild pitch facing Bregman but that one didn’t come back to haunt him.

The Yankees can’t control injuries, the behavior of their fans, or how good the Astros’ pitching is on any given night. They can control the quality of their defense. On Thursday, it was a farce, and now they’re staring down the barrel of having to win three consecutive games against the Astros to stave off elimination.