The 60-game Coronavirus season came to an end like a big fart. In a game the Yanks needed to win to secure the 5th spot in the playoff ranking, NY was thoroughly shut out, 5-0. Luckily enough, Toronto blew a 4-1 lead against Baltimore and lost too — so the Yanks did get the 5th spot in the playoffs and will face Cleveland in the 1st round.
The reasons why it was a big fart:
1. They Were Shutout by Castano
A DJ LeMahieu line drive hit Florida’s starting pitcher Jose Urena in the 3rd inning and he had to leave the game after having pitched 2.1 shutout innings. Florida brought in 6’3 lefty Daniel Castano — a rookie starting pitcher — who threw 6.1 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, striking out only 2. James Hoyt came in to get the final out of the game when Castano, at 96 pitches, allowed a 2-out single to Brett Gardner in the 9th.
Castano came to the Marlins from St Louis as part of the Marcell Ozuna deal — his scouting report is that he doesn’t have overpowering stuff but has put up winning numbers in the minors. The Yanks were beaten by Florida’s version of Mike King.
2. Schmidt Had Inauspicious Debut
Meanwhile on the other hill, the Yankees prized prospect Clarke Schmidt made his 1st start in the big leagues and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in 4 innings (striking out 4) and took the loss. He allowed 3 runs in the 2nd — a 2-RBI double by shortstop Jazz Chisholm and an RBI single to DH Corey Dickerson.
Schmidt recovered to pitch a shutout 3rd and 4th so it wasn’t too bad of a performance. Just enough to lose. Like a half smelly fart. Schmidt had two 1-inning relief stints earlier and finished 0-1 7.11 in his initial season.
3. Everyone Just Missed Good Numbers
As it was the last game of the season, it was important for the manager to nurse player’s batting averages. This didn’t happen.
- Aaron Judge went 0-2 with 2 walks to finish at .257 (dropping out of the .260’s; he was in the .270’s a few games ago and .280’s a week ago)
- Gio Urshela went 0-3 to finish at .298 — just missing .300
- Luke Voit went 0-3 to finish at .277 — he entered in the .280’s
- Gary Sanchez went 0-4 to bat .147 — just missing .150
Good News — LeMahieu Wins Batting Title
The good news was that DJ LeMahieu won the battin g title. He went 2 for 3 to finish at .364 but he didn’t need to get a hit — he came in with a 30 point lead over 2nd place Tim Anderson. Anderson went 0-4 again to finish 2nd at .322. Years from now people will never know this was a close race until the final few days.
Unstoppable Machine 👀 pic.twitter.com/gDoJVtYGEB
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 27, 2020
“Pretty Cool” — Voit Leads League in Homers
More good news was that Luke Voit led the league in homers with 22.
When asked about it after the prior game, Voit had this to say: “Pretty damn cool. It’s pretty cool.”
"Pretty damn cool"
Luke Voit on possibly finishing the regular season leading the league in home runs pic.twitter.com/9JUlhralCj
— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) September 26, 2020