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About Last Night: The Yankees Were Embarrassed by the Royals 12-5.

By: Tim Kabel

September 30th, 2023

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The Yankees opened their final series of the season last night in Kansas City. Apparently, they felt the season was already over, as they were down 9-0 in the first inning. Carlos Rodon did his best to leave the Yankees fans with a lasting impression for the off-season as he gave up eight runs on six hits without recording a single out. I think just about everyone reading this article could give up eight runs without recording an out. The Yankees took two out of three from the Blue Jays but were embarrassed and humiliated last night in Kansas City. Although the Yankees are guaranteed to not have a losing record this season, it is most certainly a lost season.


Quick Stats -

  • Jordan Lyles entered the game last night with a 5-17 record and a 6.24 ERA. The Royals lost his first 15 starts of the season, which is a major league record. Yet, he retired the first nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts. I guess this was his last-ditch effort to win the Cy Young Award.

  • Austin Wells has 4 home runs and 9 RBI in his last 7 games. He has 13 RBI for the season. Ben Rortvedt has 4 RBI for the season. Jose Trevino had 4 home runs and 15 RBI in about 100 more at bats than Wells.

  • Mathematicians from MIT are working on figuring out Carlos Rodon's ERA after the first inning.

  • 70-year-old George Brett is contemplating a comeback after watching last night's game.

  • Good news. Frankie Montas is expected to pitch for the Yankees this weekend. Look at it this way, he can't be any worse than Carlos Rodon was last night.

  • The Yankees are 79-81 with two games to play. They need to win at least one of those two games in order to have a winning season.

  • Reportedly, Suzyn Waldman was walking around Kansas City yesterday wearing a t-shirt depicting the incident in which John Sterling was hit by the foul ball, with him saying "ow". I guess if John wasn't going to be there, that would have been the next best thing.

  • On September 29th, 1987, Don Mattingly broke a major league record by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season. Ironically, those were the only six grand slams he hit in his entire career. Perhaps the YES Network will show that home run repeatedly next year after Mattingly replaces Aaron Boone as manager.

Big Story -

The Yankees were looking to end this season on a high note. So was Carlos Rodon. They had the perfect opportunity because they were playing the Royals. The Royals have lost 105 games this season. The 2023 Royals rank with William Jennings Bryan, Adlai Stevenson, and Ralph Nader as the biggest losers in American History. Unfortunately, as Robert Burns wrote, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." Last night, things went about as well for Carlos Rodon as they did for Lenny in Steinbeck's novel. Rodon tied the Major League record for the most runs given up without recording an out. The Yankees were 3-11 in games started by Rodon this season. Hopefully, he will be better next year. He can't be much worse.


Player of the Day -

Austin Wells hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs.

Notable Performance -

Randy Vasquez had a solid relief outing and put himself in position to be considered for a major role on the team next year.

Better to Forget-

That I spent two and a half hours watching this mess.

My Take -

This was my last game recap of the season. I finished up about a month earlier than I anticipated. At this point, all we can hope for is that the games today and tomorrow end as quickly as possible and that no one gets hurt. Sure, it would be nice for the Yankees to have a winning record but, does it really matter?


After the game, Aaron Boone was talking about conversations that he will have with Carlos Rodon during the off-season. Considering the season the Yankees have had, and the job Boone has done not just this year but, as manager of the team since 2018, that is pretty bold of him. If he assumes that he will be back as manager, he could certainly be in for a rude awakening. There are rumors about the Yankees making major changes in multiple areas during this off season. That could include players, coaches, front office personnel, and most certainly, the manager.


There have been a few bright spots as the team staggers toward the end of this season. Some of the young players showed a great deal of promise. Austin Wells has done much better defensively than was predicted. He is starting to come around offensively as well, which everyone expected. Considering there is not a lot of competition on the team in the catcher department, I think he is beginning to stake a claim on the role of starting catcher next year. Obviously, he needs to work a lot during the off season, which I'm sure he will.

As I wrap up this article, I would like to thank all the readers for their time and thoughtful comments. I look forward to writing articles during the off-season as the Yankees hopefully rebuild the team and put things in place for a winning year in 2024.


Next Up -

Tonight, the Yankees will play their penultimate game of the season against the Royals in Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. Clarke Scmidt (9-9 4.65 ERA) will face an as-yet unnamed pitcher for Kansas City.

15 Comments


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Sep 30, 2023


Carlos Rodon has no ERA.

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Unknown member
Sep 30, 2023

If Hal hires a biz consulting firm to help him, no doubt that the thinking of the two huge on-field assets, Judge and Cy Cole, are going to be included. Judge we know is solidly behind Boone. But really, whether Donnie Baseball is asked to come back & wear the uniform one more time is probably just running in place, warmed-over Boone, but I'm not wasting any time thinking about it. If they change so be it. Only sweeping change is if they change the GM. (Not likely IMO). If anything, there'll be a better defined role for Brian Sabean.


Wells: too short a sample size. At this point, I'd peg him in as DH and begin teaching him firs…


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jjw49
Sep 30, 2023

I'm not sure how you fix Rodon but as of today he is a certain liability for Yankees pitching rotation for next year. He's on a bad contract and Cashman is stuck once again. You listen to Boone's comments and if he isn't a manager in waiting to be fired... he knows he's walking the plank. The idea of him being retained is border line insanity at this point.

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fuster
Sep 30, 2023

Wells can hit, but continues to look as though he needs to spend the off-season honing his physical skills as a catcher.

he's got the mental part in his grasp, but he's not quite blocking as quickly as is desirable.


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fuster
Sep 30, 2023
Replying to

I expect him to improve, but I WOULD be surprised by seeing Trevino traded as quickly as that.


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Alan B.
Alan B.
Sep 30, 2023

Thank you Tim.

I think Wells, Dominguez, Florial, Peraza, & Brito have done the most to cement their place on the 2024 Yankees, or will be traded away (personally, the trade would be of Peraza). Cabrera has shown he can be the utility player next year, but at this point I don't want to see him scheduled to play everyday. Also, disappointed that Cabrera has yet to play a game at 1B this September. Pereira is going to need a good Spring Training to go north with the club out of Spring, his 38.2% K rate is unacceptable, considering that it's a lot more swing & miss rather than taking too many pitches.


As for Boone, whether he stays or…


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