After a tight pitching duel that Tampa took 3-1 in the opener, the Yankees used their bats to even the series in a 7-4 game 2 victory. Ray pitching held the Yanks to 5 runs in the next 18 innings to take the series in 4 games. Congrats to first-year owner Alan Minsky on making AND advancing in the playoffs!
Mark Yee took his Yankees to their 3rd playoff appearance in the last 5 years, and this is his 8th playoff appearance overall, which includes the 1996 league championship. Since 2008 he’s taken the Bosox, Yankees, and Cardinals to postseason play. He took Texas to 110 wins in 1993 and when the actual team crashes a year later he finished +11 WOR with the same bunch. If you’ve seen his facebook feed, its easy to tell he’s a good guy with a big heart, and one of my highlights of this season is when he put my in touch with his niece for a consult on a debate competition. He’s been a staple in the league since the inaugural 1992 season and has managed almost 4,000 ASFBL games. Another great year, Mark!
The Dbacks showed some constant offense by scoring 3 runs in every game, but didn’t get the pitching to slow down the National bats. The best effort came in the decisive game 3, but Wieters and Abreu went deep and had just enough to hold off a furious 3-run 9th by the Dbacks to take the game 4-3 and sweep the series.
Ben is a key part of the Leckie Family Dynasty in the ASFBL and, having been in the league for 5 years, just finished his 4th playoff appearance. This is his first foray outside of the NL East and his fifth year in five when he’s finished in positive WOR territory. It’s been fun watching him work his lineups and he undoubtedly has the best pedigree in the league. See you next year, Ben!
Boston hosts the Rays and Cleveland travels to Houston in the AL. Dodgers are at home against the Nats and Milwaukee has the home-field vs. Atlanta.