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SimSeason: The 2015 Yankees, conclusion

Out of the Park BaseballThis is it, the conclusion 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 wentJuly and August followed, as did September and now the first two rounds of the postseason.

Welcome to the big dance, the final countdown — New York vs. Washington in the World Series. I’d say they had an unlikely road to get here, winning 88 games to take the AL East before beating the Athletics and Tigers for the pennant. Your mileage may vary. 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.

Just like in the 2004 postseason, Carlos Beltran has been at his best when the games have meant the most.

Just like in the 2004 postseason, Carlos Beltran has been at his best when the games have meant the most.

World Series Game 1: Yankees 8, Nationals 2

Carlos Beltran continued his ridiculous postseason, homering and driving in two runs as part of a three-hit performance, and John Ryan Murphy (filling in for the injured Brian McCann) collected four RBIs late to lead the Yanks to an 8-2 victory in Game 1 at Nationals Park. Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings, holding the Nats to two runs and nine hits to improve to 4-0 in the postseason. Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

World Series Game 2: Nationals 1, Yankees 0

Ivan Nova made just one mistake, but Bryce Harper knew what to do with it. Harper’s seventh-inning homer was the difference in Game 2, lifting the Nationals to a 1-0 victory. Max Scherzer started for Washington but left after four innings with an ankle sprain; five Nationals relievers held the fort, with Craig Stammen pitching a scoreless seventh for the win and former Yankee Matt Thornton closing it out in the ninth for his first save.

Michael Pineda was dominant over eight innings in the first World Series start of his career.

Michael Pineda was dominant over eight innings in the first World Series start of his career.

World Series Game 3: Yankees 2, Nationals 1

Mark Teixeira drove in both New York runs and Michael Pineda out-dueled Jordan Zimmerman as the Yankees took a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium. Pineda held the Nats to a run on four hits over eight innings, striking out nine while walking two, and Dellin Betances pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Teixeira homered in the fourth and doubled home Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth.

World Series Game 4: Nationals 6, Yankees 5

Doug Fister bested CC Sabathia as the Fall Classic moved back to even in the Bronx. Sabathia was handed a three-run lead early, thanks to a Mark Teixeira two-run homer and a Didi Gregorius RBI single, but gave it back as the Nats scored four times in the fourth. Ian Desmond’s three-run homer was the big blow against Sabathia, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings. Fister scattered seven hits over seven frames for his second win of the postseason.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, but the Yanks were otherwise held silent in Game 5 of the World Series.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, but the Yanks were otherwise held silent in Game 5 of the World Series.

World Series Game 5: Nationals 9, Yankees 1

Masahiro Tanaka invited the Yankees to strap themselves to his back, but he was due for a clunker. This one came in the form of a six-run pounding at Yankee Stadium, with Tanaka lasting just 2 2/3 innings. Washington scored three in the first, highlighted by Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run homer, and three more in the third. Stephen Strasburg accepted the support, permitting only Jacoby Ellsbury’s sixth-inning homer in 8 2/3 innings of five-hit ball, striking out seven. 

World Series Game 6: Nationals 8, Yankees 7

Elation in D.C., and heartbreak in the Yankees’ clubhouse.

Touch 'em all, Ryan, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life. The Nationals are the 2015 World Series champions.

Touch ’em all, Ryan, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life. The Nationals are the 2015 World Series champions.

Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run, walk-off home run off Dellin Betances sent the crowd into ecstasy as the Nationals secured their first World Series championship. Betances was protecting a two-run lead beginning the ninth, but Stephen Drew booted a Bryce Harper grounder and Anthony Rendon followed with a double. Zimmerman then launched Betances’ second pitch into the left-field seats, a season-ending 353-foot shot.

The Yankees seemed to have the game in hand early. New York scored six times in the first off Max Scherzer, with Carlos Beltran slugging a two-run homer, Drew doubling home a run and Didi Gregorius belting a two-run double. Even Michael Pineda, pitching in short rest, got in on the fun with a line drive single to left that brought home the sixth run.

Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer in the third off Pineda, who threw 89 pitches over 3 2/3 innings. A double play grounder in the seventh brought in Washington’s fourth run and Danny Espinosa homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, trimming the deficit before Betances coughed it up in the ninth. “Ballgame over, World Series over, Nationals win,” Sterling sadly intones.

In our projection, as in real life, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are still seeking championship No. 28.

At the close of our simulation, as in real life, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are still seeking championship No. 28. But our computer squad got a lot closer than you might have expected. 

On the morning of Nov. 5, I receive my final e-mail from ‘Hal Steinbrenner.’ He’s very happy about the nearly winning it all and wants to talk about long-term goals. He’s demanding upgrades in right field, improving the team on-base percentage, increasing attendance from 42,765 to 48,000 per game, and … yeah, he wants to win the World Series.

“The next step is obviously to figure out how you can win that last series and what we can do to help bring glory back to New York,” he writes.

Thanks, but no thanks, Hal. I’ll keep my day job.

What did we learn from this exercise? I’m not going to pretend that these results were scientific, but it was a fun window into what could happen in some alternate universe. It helps confirm a few suspicions on my part, in that the Yankees need their starting pitching to stay healthy, their bullpen should be a force and that there is talent in the farm system that could help soon — if not this year, then next. Enough computer baseball… let’s get into some games that really count!

Spring Game 33: Yankees vs. Nationals

The bags are packed, the cars have been sent north and the plane is waiting on the runway at Tampa International Airport. This is the end of the Grapefruit League portion of the spring, as CC Sabathia makes his final start. The Nationals are here and anxiously will be looking forward to getting to D.C., where the Yanks will tag along for an exhibition game Saturday before making it to The Bronx.

“I’m pleased with the way [Spring Training] went,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We had a couple of injuries that we have to deal with. We’ll try to get through these next two days without anything happening, but pretty good.”

Girardi said that the backup catcher decision won’t be made until tomorrow. He also said that the Yankees may go into the season with no set closer, as Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller could share the duties. Here are the lineups as we say goodbye to George M. Steinbrenner Field until 2016 in a game that will be televised on YES:

NATIONALS (10-15-4)
Michael Taylor cf
Yunel Escobar 3b
Bryce Harper rf
Ryan Zimmerman 1b
Wilson Ramos c
Ian Desmond ss
Tyler Moore lf
Danny Espinosa 2b
Stephen Strasburg p

YANKEES (16-15-1)
Brett Gardner lf
Didi Gregorius ss
Brian McCann dh
Mark Teixeira 1b
Garrett Jones rf
Chase Headley 3b
Chris Young cf
Gregorio Petit 2b
John Ryan Murphy c

CC Sabathia lhp

Spring Game 7: Yankees vs. Nationals

Alex Rodriguez is in the posted lineup at third base, marking his first appearance at the position since Sept. 10, 2013, as the Yankees host the Nationals for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Adam Warren is starting for the Yankees and Doug Fister will go for the Nationals. Dellin Betances is scheduled to make his spring debut.

Early notes from clubhouse availability — CC Sabathia will throw a simulated game this morning on a back field, working to Rob Refsnyder and Greg Bird. His next outing could be in a game if all goes well. Joe Girardi said yesterday that he has no concern about Sabathia being ready for the Opening Day roster. By the way, Girardi said he is not ready to name an Opening Day starter.

Brendan Ryan (back) is still on the shelf. He said that there has been improvement, but he still doesn’t know when he is getting on the field. After missing most of last spring, Ryan said that he is starting to get concerned about being ready for the season.

You can follow the action on YES and WFAN.

NATIONALS (3-0)
Michael A. Taylor cf
Kevin Frandsen 3b
Ian Desmond ss
Tyler Moore lf
Kila Ka’aihue 1b
Mike Carp dh
Jose Lobaton c
Clint Robinson rf
Wilmer Difo 2b

Doug Fister rhp

YANKEES (3-2-1)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Carlos Beltran rf
Brian McCann c
Alex Rodriguez 3b
Garrett Jones 1b
Chris Young rf
Jose Pirela 3b
Nick Noonan ss

Adam Warren rhp

In relief: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Luis Severino

One last untuck: Soriano now an ex-Yankee

Rafael SorianoRafael Soriano is now an ex-Yankee. The right-handed reliever has landed a two-year, $28 million deal with the Washington Nationals, pending the completion of a physical, MLB.com has confirmed.

The deal also includes a $15 million option for the 2015 season that will vest if Soriano finishes 120 games over the next two seasons. It turns out that Scott Boras, a master of January deals in years past, probably knew what he was doing all along with Soriano.

It was generally accepted that Soriano and the Yankees would be parting ways after he opted out of his contract in November, forfeiting the final year of his deal and accepting a $1.5 million buyout instead of the $14 million salary he would have been due.

The Yankees made Soriano a qualifying offer of one year and $13.3 million, which he also rejected, so New York will pick up Draft compensation for Washington’s signing. There were reports that the Yankees didn’t even consider bringing Soriano back on a one-year basis, since they’d much prefer having that pick.

Soriano and the Yankees won’t have to wait too long to renew acquaintances; they’ll meet in D.C. on March 29 for an exhibition game at Nationals Park.

Yankees have interest in Washington’s Michael Morse

Michael MorseThe Yankees have been searching for a right-handed hitting outfielder with power, and the Nationals suddenly may be looking to move one. Michael Morse makes sense for the Yankees on a number of levels, and thus it’s no surprise to see that the two are being linked in trade discussions.

Five to six teams – one of which was the Yankees – have contacted the Nationals regarding Morse, according to Ken Rosenthal, following yesterday’s signing of Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal by Washington.

Morse is due $6.75 million this season and is a free agent for 2014, so he fits under the Yankees’ financial constraints. The Nationals are in the market for a left-handed reliever, suggesting that Boone Logan could be included in a potential package, but they’ll need to come to the table with more.

MLB.com’s Bill Ladson believes, “If the Nationals attempt to trade Morse, they would want top prospects in return. It’s doubtful they would settle for veteran left-handed relievers in a trade.”

Unfortunately, as John Harper notes in the New York Daily News, “[the Yankees’] farm system is utterly barren of big trade chips, a problem that has persisted for several years, particularly after Jesus Montero was dealt.”

Ladson adds that the Nationals see the pitching-rich Rays as “great trade partners” for Morse, and quotes Washington GM Mike Rizzo as saying that the Nationals don’t have to jump at the first offers that come their way.

“We are going to put the best 25 men on the field for Opening Day,” Morse said. “We are going to be patient. If there is a deal out there that makes great sense for us, and makes great sense for Michael Morse, we’ll certainly consider it. But there is no gun to our head that we have to trade Michael Morse. We won’t trade him just to trade him. It will be a good trade in our favor, or we will just keep him.”

Right now, the Yankees’ in-house answers for a right-handed bat figure to be Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler. If you’re wondering what Morse thinks about all this, it seems like we’ll have to wait.

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