The final month of the regular season was an eventful one. During September, it was confirmed that the Yankees were not going to catch the Red Sox for the AL East crown. However, they also clinched a Wild Card spot, won 100 games, and set the record for single season home runs.
Forget the good or bad things from September. Lets get to the weird things.
After getting just on runner on via error in the first five innings, and then recording their first hit in the sixth, the Yankees’ offense woke up and did this in the seventh.
The rally seemed to come out of nowhere.
The Yankees scored four more runs in the eighth and ninth, winning 5-1.
The Yankees were being no-hit into the eighth inning. It took a Greg Bird double, after he has barely played for a couple weeks, to pick up a hit and get the Yankees on the board. The game lowered Jake Odorizzi’s ERA by over a tenth of a run in the September of a season where he’s made a normal amount of starts.
Repeating a theme from the first two entries, the Yankees mustered just two hits in the first six innings. In the seventh, Neil Walker happened.
We’ll use this game where he hit two home runs to highlight the ridiculousness of Luke Voit overall. In his time as a Yankee, he has a higher slugging percentage than Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Kyle Higashioka, Tyler Wade, Brandon Drury, Shane Robinson, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jace Peterson, and Billy McKinney’s respective OPSs with the team. Voit hit .368/.400/1.000 for the week of September 17-23, and it’s not even the week he won AL Player of the Week in.
Even though it should be, the fact that they lost to the Orioles isn’t the surprising thing here. Losing to the Orioles with J.A. Happ on the mound, and Baltimore starter Alex Cobb leaving after four pitches is, though. A.J. Cole allowing three runs on zero innings pitched will do that.
The Yankees went into the top of the ninth with a 1% win expectancy. They managed to score four runs to cut the lead to one-run and get their win expectancy to 28%. The game was then put in the hands of the man you would want: Tyler Wade. The Yankees did not win.
This is maybe not as “weird” as it is “cool,” but this was the game where the Yankees set the single season team home run record, as you may recall.
End of season games are always ripe for some weirdness, and this one delivered.
First there was Yankees’ starter Luis Cessa having to leave the game in the first inning after colliding with Eduardo Nunez. (Okay, maybe that second part isn’t that weird.)
With the game out of hand, the Yankees emptied their bench and sent in the B-lineup. The replacement made a pretty good lineup for the Yankees: Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade in the two and three slots. The best thing, however, is probably Walker making his first ever appearance in left field. He wasn’t tasked with having to make any plays out there, so we’ll never know if Walker is actually a Gold Glove caliber left fielder.