SimSeason: The 2015 Yankees, October
Here we go with the sixth installment of our just-for-fun projection of the 2015 season, as run through the newest edition of Out of the Park Baseball, licensed by MLB.com. If you missed the first posts, here’s our ground rules and what happened in April, and here’s how May and June went. July and August followed, as did September.
Yesterday, we learned that the Yankees were heading to the American League Division Series after winning the AL East with an 88-74 record. It was a rough ride at times, and since we disabled trades for our simulation, they had to lean heavily on the farm system to get through injuries. The kids helped out and Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia stayed healthy all year, while the bullpen was a strength as expected. If you want to get in the driver’s seat for your own GM/managing experience, OOTP 16 is available now for PC and Mac.
ALDS Game 1: Yankees 3, Athletics 1
Carlos Beltran homered as part of a three-hit performance, supporting Masahiro Tanaka’s seven innings of one-run, six-hit ball as the Yankees defeated the A’s at o.Co Coliseum. Beltran gave the Yanks a quick lead in their first playoff game since 2012, homering in the first off Sonny Gray. New York reclaimed the advantage in the sixth on doubles by Beltran and Brian McCann, and Beltran added a run-scoring single in the seventh. Craig Gentry tripled and scored on a first-inning groundout to account for Oakland’s only run off Tanaka, who walked two and struck out six in his postseason debut.
ALDS Game 2: Yankees 5, Athletics 1
Brian McCann hit a three-run homer and Michael Pineda pitched seven commanding innings as the Yankees defeated the A’s, 5-1, in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. McCann’s sixth-inning shot off Jesse Hahn clanged against the right-field foul pole, while Mark Teixeira drove in New York’s other two runs. Marcus Semien’s solo homer in the seventh was the only dent against Pineda, who permitted four hits over seven innings.
ALDS Game 3: Athletics 4, Yankees 3
CC Sabathia permitted four runs and eight hits over 7 1/3 innings, accepting the loss as the Yankees dropped Game 3 of the AL Division Series, 4-3, at Yankee Stadium. Scott Kazmir limited New York to a Mark Teixeira homer and three hits over six innings, picking up the win, and Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Josh Phegley drove in two runs and Billy Butler had three hits for Oakland, while Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer in the eighth to trim the deficit.
ALDS Game 4: Yankees 4, Athletics 3
Masahiro Tanaka held the A’s to two runs and seven hits over six innings, backed by Jacoby Ellsbury’s three-hit performance as the Yankees advanced to the AL Championship Series with a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium. Ellsbury had a two-run single and Didi Gregorius knocked a run-scoring hit in the second inning, and Carlos Beltran added a RBI single in the fifth off losing pitcher Sonny Gray.
The Yankees will face the Detroit Tigers in a rematch of the 2012 ALCS. Detroit defeated the White Sox, three games to one. In the NL, the Dodgers defeated the Padres in four games to face the Nationals, who went five games against the Cardinals.
ALCS Game 1: Tigers 6, Yankees 4
J.D. Martinez’s seventh-inning double off David Carpenter drove home the tying run and Andrew Miller balked home the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Tigers rallied late for a 6-4 victory at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos punched a RBI single in the eighth as Detroit overcame a strong start by Michael Pineda, who allowed three runs in six innings, including a Steven Moya homer. Didi Gregorius homered for New York off David Price, who pitched 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Joakim Soria picked up the win and Al Alburquerque got the save.
ALCS Game 2: Yankees 6, Tigers 4
Carlos Beltran hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Al Albuquerque, lifting the Yankees to a 6-4 victory at Comerica Park. The Yanks held on after Masahiro Tanaka was knocked out after just 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits, but Nathan Eovaldi provided three scoreless innings of relief. Justin Wilson and winning pitcher Andrew Miller each recorded two outs before Dellin Betances worked around three walks in the ninth for the save. Brett Gardner drove in two runs for the Yanks.
ALCS Game 3: Tigers 4, Yankees 1
Justin Verlander held the Yankees to just Carlos Beltran’s fourth-inning solo homer among four hits over eight innings, pitching the Tigers to a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia served up three solo homers in the loss, charged with four runs and seven hits over seven innings.
ALCS Game 4: Tigers 9, Yankees 1
Ian Kinsler homered twice and J.D. Martinez also went deep as the Tigers thumped Ivan Nova and the Yankees, 9-1, taking a commanding lead in the ALCS. David Price cruised to the victory, allowing an unearned run and two hits over six innings. Each Tigers starter had at least one hit as Kinsler slugged a three-run homer and Martinez belted a two-run shot off Nova, who lasted just three frames. Kinsler’s second homer came in the fifth off Nathan Eovaldi.
ALCS Game 5: Yankees 3, Tigers 1
Masahiro Tanaka allowed a run and five hits over six innings as the Yankees forced the ALCS back to Detroit with a 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium. Brian McCann slugged a two-run double in the third inning off Buck Farmer, who pitched a complete game in the loss. David Carpenter pitched two scoreless innings and Dellin Betances worked a clean ninth for the save.
ALCS Game 6: Yankees 1, Tigers 0
Michael Pineda pitched 7 2/3 dominant innings and Carlos Beltran produced the game’s only run with an eighth-inning RBI double off Anibal Sanchez as the Yankees pushed the ALCS to the limit with a 1-0 win at Comerica Park. Andrew Miller recorded an out and Dellin Betances worked the ninth for the save. Sanchez scattered six hits over eight innings. Yankees catcher Brian McCann exited the game after one at-bat with back spasms and is done for the postseason.
ALCS Game 7: Yankees 8, Tigers 1
Mark Teixeira drove in three runs and Brett Gardner banged out three hits as the Yankees punched their ticket to the World Series with an 8-1 victory at Comerica Park. David Price was hammered for seven runs (six earned) and five hits, knocked out without recording an out in the Yanks’ five-run fifth inning. CC Sabathia worked 5 2/3 breezy innings, allowing a run on four hits, and Nathan Eovaldi fired the final 3 1/3 innings for a save as the Yankees secured entry to their first World Series since 2009.
Tomorrow… the quest for 28 continues into the World Series, as the Yankees and Nationals prepare for an epic showdown. See you there!